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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440448/modified-panax-ginseng-extract-regulates-autophagy-by-ampk-signaling-in-a549-human-lung-cancer-cells
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Hwa-Seung Yoo, Jung Min Kim, Eunbi Jo, Chong-Kwan Cho, Seung-Yeul Lee, Hwan Su Kang, Min-Goo Lee, Pei-Ying Yang, Ik-Soon Jang
Panax ginseng has been used worldwide as a traditional medicine for the treatment of cancer and other diseases. The antiproliferative activity of ginseng has been increased after enzymatic processing of ginseng saponin, which may result in the accumulation of minor saponins, such as Rh2, Rg3, compound K and protopanaxatriol type (PPT) in modified regular ginseng extract (MRGX). In the present study, the anticancer activity and the associated mechanisms of MRGX were investigated using A549 human lung cancer cells...
April 20, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410237/combination-therapy-in-combating-cancer
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Reza Bayat Mokhtari, Tina S Homayouni, Narges Baluch, Evgeniya Morgatskaya, Sushil Kumar, Bikul Das, Herman Yeger
Combination therapy, a treatment modality that combines two or more therapeutic agents, is a cornerstone of cancer therapy. The amalgamation of anti-cancer drugs enhances efficacy compared to the monotherapy approach because it characteristically targets key pathways with a synergistic or an additive effect. This approach potentially reduces drug-resistance, while simultaneously producing therapeutic anti-cancer benefits, such as reducing tumor growth and metastatic potential, arresting cells in cell cycle, reducing cancer stem cell populations, and inducing apoptosis...
March 30, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409495/antiplatelet-and-anti-proliferative-action-of-disintegrin-from-echis-multisquamatis-snake-venom
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Volodymyr Chernyshenko, Natalia Petruk, Darya Korolova, Ludmila Kasatkina, Olha Gornytska, Tetyana Platonova, Tamara Chernyshenko, Andriy Rebriev, Olena Dzhus, Liudmyla Garmanchuk, Eduard Lugovskoy
AIM: To purify the platelet aggregation inhibitor from Echis multisquamatis snake venom (PAIEM) and characterize its effect on platelet aggregation and HeLa cell proliferation. METHODS: Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) were used for PAIEM identification. Platelet aggregation in the presence of PAIEM was studied on aggregometer Solar-AP2110. The changes of shape and granularity of platelets in the presence of PAIEM were studied on flow cytometer COULTER EPICS XL, and degranulation of platelets was estimated using spectrofluorimetry...
April 14, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408143/tetrandrine-potentiates-the-glucocorticoid-pharmacodynamics-via-inhibiting-p-glycoprotein-and-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-in-mitogen-activated-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells
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Wencheng Xu, Kehan Meng, Yuanchao Tu, Sachiko Tanaka, Kenji Onda, Kentaro Sugiyama, Toshihiko Hirano, Haruki Yamada
Glucocorticoids play significant roles in treatments of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Some patients show a poor or absent response even to high doses of glucocorticoids. The purpose of this study was to explore whether tetrandrine combined with glucocorticoids could be a new treatment strategy to resolve glucocorticoids resistance. Information on glucocorticoids sensitivity was usually obtained through mitogen-activated human peripheral blood mononuclear cells in cell culture procedures. Thus, human peripheral blood mononuclear cells was chosen as a model to study the immunosuppressive effect of methylprednisolone combined with tetrandrine, including the possible action mechanisms...
April 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348038/bone-morphogenetic-proteins-in-vascular-homeostasis-and-disease
#5
Marie-José Goumans, An Zwijsen, Peter Ten Dijke, Sabine Bailly
It is well established that control of vascular morphogenesis and homeostasis is regulated by vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), Delta-like 4 (Dll4), angiopoietin, and ephrin signaling. It has become clear that signaling by bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs), which have a long history of studies in bone and early heart development, are also essential for regulating vascular function. Indeed, mutations that cause deregulated BMP signaling are linked to two human vascular diseases, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia and pulmonary arterial hypertension...
March 27, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347547/pace4-is-an-important-driver-of-zr-75-1-estrogen-receptor-positive-breast-cancer-proliferation-and-tumor-progression
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François Panet, Frédéric Couture, Anna Kwiatkowska, Roxane Desjardins, Brigitte Guérin, Robert Day
Breast cancer is the most frequent and deadly malignancy in women worldwide. Despite national screening programs combined with new treatments relapse rate remain high and new therapies are needed. From previous work, we identified PACE4, a member of the proprotein convertase (PCs) family of endoproteases, as a novel therapeutic target in prostate cancer. In the present study we asked the question if PACE4 could also be a potential target in breast cancer. In clinical samples of breast adenocarcinoma, we observed a specific overexpression of PACE4 in the estrogen-receptor (ER) positive subtype...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291251/activated-hepatic-stellate-cells-impair-nk-cell-anti-fibrosis-capacity-through-a-tgf-%C3%AE-dependent-emperipolesis-in-hbv-cirrhotic-patients
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Jijing Shi, Juanjuan Zhao, Xin Zhang, Yongqian Cheng, Jinhua Hu, Yuanyuan Li, Xin Zhao, Qinghua Shang, Yanling Sun, Bo Tu, Lei Shi, Bin Gao, Fu-Sheng Wang, Zheng Zhang
Natural killer (NK) cells can induce liver fibrosis remission by killing hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and producing interferon (IFN)-γ in a mouse model; however, their anti-fibrotic immune-characteristics and regulatory mechanisms by HSCs remain to be determined, especially in livers from HBV-infected liver cirrhosis (LC) patients. We analyzed frequency, phenotype and anti-fibrotic function of hepatic and peripheral NK subsets in 43 HBV-LC patients. We found that hepatic NK subsets from LC patients displayed a decreased frequency, activation status and anti-fibrotic activity compared with those from chronic hepatitis B patients, which were mainly mediated by increased intrahepatic tumour-growth factor (TGF)-β because blockade of TGF-β significantly reversed NK anti-fibrotic function in vitro...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285160/ethanol-dispersed-and-antibody-conjugated-polymer-nanofibers-for-the-selective-capture-and-3-dimensional-culture-of-epcam-positive-cells
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Junghyo Yoon, Hee-Sook Yoon, Yoojin Shin, Sanghyun Kim, Youngjun Ju, Jungbae Kim, Seok Chung
Electrospun and ethanol-dispersed polystyrene-poly(styrene-co-maleic anhydride) (PS-PSMA) nanofibers (NFs) were used as a platform for the selective capture and three-dimensional culture of EpCAM-positive cells in cell culture medium and whole blood. The NFs were treated with streptavidin to facilitate bond formation between the amino groups of streptavidin and the maleic anhydride groups of the NFs. A biotinylated anti-EpCAM monoclonal antibody (mAb) was attached to the streptavidin-conjugated NFs via the selective binding of streptavidin and biotin...
March 8, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250275/optimization-of-albumin-secretion-and-metabolic-activity-of-cytochrome-p450-1a1-of-human-hepatoblastoma-hepg2-cells-in-multicellular-spheroids-by-controlling-spheroid-size
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Tomoko Nishikawa, Yutaro Tanaka, Makiya Nishikawa, Yuka Ogino, Kosuke Kusamori, Narumi Mizuno, Yuya Mizukami, Kazunori Shimizu, Satoshi Konishi, Yuki Takahashi, Yoshinobu Takakura
Multicellular spheroids are useful as three-dimensional cell culture systems and for cell-based therapies. Their successful application requires an understanding of the consequences of spheroid size for cellular functions. In the present study, we prepared multicellular spheroids of different sizes using the human hepatoblastoma HepG2 cells, as hepatocytes are frequently used for in vitro drug screening and cell-based therapy. Precise polydimethylsiloxane-based microwells with widths of 360, 450, 560, and 770 µm were fabricated using a micromolding technique...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224479/modulation-of-arts-and-xiap-by-parkin-is-associated-with-carnosic-acid-protects-sh-sy5y-cells-against-6-hydroxydopamine-induced-apoptosis
#10
Ru-Huei Fu, Li-Chun Huang, Chia-Yuan Lin, Chia-Wen Tsai
The mediation of apoptosis-related protein in the TGF-β signaling pathway (ARTS) and X-liked inhibitor of apoptosis protein (XIAP) by parkin plays a critical role in preventing Parkinson's disease. We studied whether carnosic acid (CA) could prevent 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced apoptosis by modulating ARTS and XIAP through parkin in SH-SY5Y cells. In cells treated with 6-OHDA, the protein expression of ARTS is increased and XIAP is decreased. Pretreatment of cells with CA reversed these effects. Moreover, CA attenuated the activation of caspase 9 and caspase 7 by 6-OHDA...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161850/potential-anti-proliferative-and-immunomodulatory-effects-of-marine-microalgal-exopolysaccharide-on-various-human-cancer-cells-and-lymphocytes-in-vitro
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Geon-Tae Park, Ryeo-Eun Go, Hae-Miru Lee, Geum-A Lee, Cho-Won Kim, Jeong-Woo Seo, Won-Kyung Hong, Kyung-Chul Choi, Kyung-A Hwang
Marine microalgal exopolysaccharides (EPSs) have drawn great attention due to their biotechnological potentials such as anti-viral, anti-oxidant, anti-lipidemic, anti-proliferative, and immunomodulatory activities, etc. In the present study, the EPS derived from microalgae Thraustochytriidae sp.-derived mutant GA was investigated for its anti-proliferation and immunomodulation. Anti-cancer efficacy of the microalgal EPS was examined for the alterations in cell proliferation and cell cycle-related gene expression that occur in three types of human cancer cell lines, BG-1 ovarian, MCF-7 breast, and SW-620 colon cancer cell lines, by its treatment...
February 4, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143835/oncolytic-adenoviral-delivery-of-an-egfr-targeting-t-cell-engager-improves-antitumor-efficacy
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Carlos Alberto Fajardo, Sonia Guedan, Luis Alfonso Rojas, Rafael Moreno, Marcel Arias-Badia, Jana de Sostoa, Carl H June, Ramon Alemany
Antiviral immune responses present a major hurdle to the efficacious use of oncolytic adenoviruses as cancer treatments. Despite the existence of a highly immunosuppressive tumor environment, adenovirus-infected cells can nonetheless be efficiently cleared by infiltrating cytotoxic T lymphocytes (CTL) without compromising tumor burden. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that tumor-infiltrating T cells could be more effectively activated and redirected by oncolytic adenoviruses that were armed with bispecific T-cell-engager (BiTE) antibodies...
January 31, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132143/manipulation-of-oat-protoplasts-for-transient-expression-assays
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Robyn Roberts, Jincan Zhang, Nicole Mihelich, Danielle Savino, Aurélie M Rakotondrafara
Oat protoplasts are a useful and convenient system to study transient expression using whole cells. Nucleic acid can rapidly be introduced into live cells, and, depending on the assay, results can be collected the same day. Compared to plant tissue, oat cell suspension cultures provide a simple, high yielding, and consistent means to isolate protoplasts. Here, we describe how to generate an oat cell suspension culture from callus grown on solidified medium, and how to maintain the oat cells in cell suspension culture for protoplast preparation...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126234/characteristics-applications-and-prospects-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-cell-therapy
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REVIEW
Juan A Guadix, José L Zugaza, Patricia Gálvez-Martín
Recent advances in the field of cell therapy and regenerative medicine describe mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) as potential biological products due to their ability to self-renew and differentiate. MSCs are multipotent adult cells with immunomodulatory and regenerative properties, and, given their therapeutic potential, they are being widely studied in order to evaluate their viability, safety and efficacy. In this review, we describe the main characteristics and cellular sources of MSCs, in addition to providing an overview of their properties and current clinical applications, as well offering updated information on the regulatory aspects that define them as somatic cell therapy products...
January 23, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107584/targeting-of-tumor-growth-and-angiogenesis-underlies-the-enhanced-antitumor-activity-of-lenvatinib-in-combination-with-everolimus
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Masahiro Matsuki, Yusuke Adachi, Yoichi Ozawa, Takayuki Kimura, Taisuke Hoshi, Kiyoshi Okamoto, Osamu Tohyama, Kaoru Mitsuhashi, Atsumi Yamaguchi, Junji Matsui, Yasuhiro Funahashi
The combination of lenvatinib, a multiple receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, plus everolimus, a mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor, significantly improved clinical outcomes versus everolimus monotherapy in a phase II clinical study of metastatic renal cell carcinoma (RCC). We investigated potential mechanisms underlying the antitumor activity of the combination treatment in preclinical RCC models. Lenvatinib plus everolimus showed greater antitumor activity than either monotherapy in three human RCC xenograft mouse models (A-498, Caki-1, and Caki-2)...
January 20, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100275/cell-in-cell-structures-are-more-potent-predictors-of-outcome-than-senescence-or-apoptosis-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinomas
#16
Hannah Schenker, Maike Büttner-Herold, Rainer Fietkau, Luitpold V Distel
BACKGROUND: This study sheds light on cell inactivating processes with focus on the phenomenon of cell-in-cell (CIC). Cell-in-cell describes a cell process where one cell is being engulfed by another non-professional phagocyte. We determined frequency and prognostic impact of CIC structures (CICs) as well as of senescent and apoptotic cells in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC). METHODS: These different forms of cell inactivation as well as the proportion of proliferating and tumor cells were assessed in 169 pre-radiochemotherapy biopsies and 32 post-therapy tumor resections by immunohistochemistry of tissue microarrays...
January 18, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095743/adult-murine-pancreatic-progenitors-require-epidermal-growth-factor-and-nicotinamide-for-self-renewal-and-differentiation-in-a-serum-and-conditioned-medium-free-culture
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Lena Wedeken, Angela Luo, Jacob R Tremblay, Jeffrey Rawson, Liang Jin, Dan Gao, Janine Quijano, Hsun Teresa Ku
Adult pancreatic stem and progenitor cells may serve as an alternative source of insulin-secreting endocrine cells in cell replacement therapy for type 1 diabetes, but much remained unknown about these cells. We previously identified adult murine pancreatic progenitor-like cells that displayed in vitro self-renewal and tri-lineage differentiation activities in a three-dimensional colony/organoid assay containing 1% methylcellulose and 5% Matrigel. However, the presence of other undefined culture components, such as serum and conditioned medium, has prevented a complete understanding of the signals required for progenitor cell growth...
April 15, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073590/objective-detection-of-apoptosis-in-rat-renal-tissue-sections-using-light-microscopy-and-free-image-analysis-software-with-subsequent-machine-learning-detection-of-apoptosis-in-renal-tissue
#18
Nayana Damiani Macedo, Aline Rodrigues Buzin, Isabela Bastos Binotti Abreu de Araujo, Breno Valentim Nogueira, Tadeu Uggere de Andrade, Denise Coutinho Endringer, Dominik Lenz
OBJECTIVE: The current study proposes an automated machine learning approach for the quantification of cells in cell death pathways according to DNA fragmentation. METHODS: A total of 17 images of kidney histological slide samples from male Wistar rats were used. The slides were photographed using an Axio Zeiss Vert.A1 microscope with a 40x objective lens coupled with an Axio Cam MRC Zeiss camera and Zen 2012 software. The images were analyzed using CellProfiler (version 2...
February 2017: Tissue & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057727/indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-activity-is-associated-with-regulatory-t-cell-response-in-acute-puumala-hantavirus-infection
#19
Tuisku-Tuulia Koivula, Anni Tuulasvaara, Iivo Hetemäki, Mikko Hurme, Satu Mäkelä, Jukka Mustonen, Antti Vaheri, T Petteri Arstila
High indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) activity is associated with clinically severe acute infection caused by Puumala hantavirus. The immunoregulatory effects of IDO can be mediated either through metabolic control of effector T cells, caused by depletion of the essential amino acid tryptophan, or intercellular signaling and activation of regulatory T cell responses. Here we have studied 24 patients with acute PUUV infection to distinguish between these possibilities. Maximum IDO activity showed a significant positive correlation with FOXP3 expression levels in regulatory T cells, a quantitative surrogate marker for suppressive capability...
January 5, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033108/tissue-factor-promotes-breast-cancer-stem-cell-activity-in-vitro
#20
Hudhaifah Shaker, Hannah Harrison, Robert Clarke, Goran Landberg, Nigel J Bundred, Henri H Versteeg, Cliona C Kirwan
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are a subpopulation of cells that can self-renew and initiate tumours. The clotting-initiating protein Tissue Factor (TF) promotes metastasis and may be overexpressed in cancer cells with increased CSC activity. We sought to determine whether TF promotes breast CSC activity in vitro using human breast cancer cell lines. TF expression was compared in anoikis-resistant (CSC-enriched) and unselected cells. In cells sorted into of TF-expressing and TF-negative (FACS), and in cells transfected to knockdown TF (siRNA) and overexpress TF (cDNA), CSC activity was compared by (i) mammosphere forming efficiency (MFE) (ii) holoclone colony formation (Hc) and (iii) ALDH1 activity...
December 13, 2016: Oncotarget
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