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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328482/cytisine-induces-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-caused-by-calcium-overload-in-hepg2-cells
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Lei Yu, Bo Jiang, Zhifeng Chen, Xin Wang, Dongxue Shang, Xiaopo Zhang, Yongxue Sun, Jinghui Yang, Yubin Ji
Cytisine, a quinolizidine alkaloid, is one of the major bioactive components found in the small tree Sophora Alopecuraides L., and is a traditional Chinese medicine that is used for treating hepatitis and liver cancer. In the 1960s, quinolizidine alkaloids were reported to exhibit inhibitory effects on tumour cell proliferation in several types of cancer cells. However, few studies have investigated the effect of cytisine on liver cancer. Our team confirmed that cytisine induced apoptosis in HepG2 cells via a mitochondrial pathway...
January 8, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323715/alleviation-of-palmitic-acid-induced-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-by-augmenter-of-liver-regeneration-through-ip3r-controlled-ca2-release
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Wei-Chun Xiao, Zhang Jing, Si-Li Chen, Yi-Jun Shi, Fan Xiao, Wei An
The aberrant release of Ca2+ from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) contributes to the onset of ER stress, which is closely related to the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. We previously reported that augmenter of liver regeneration (ALR) alleviates ER stress and protects hepatocytes from lipotoxicity. However, the link between ALR protection and the suppression of ER stress remains unclear. In this study, we investigated whether the protection against liver steatosis afforded by ALR is related to its inhibition of calcium overflow from the ER to the mitochondria...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322934/computational-analysis-reveals-the-coupling-between-bistability-and-the-sign-of-a-feedback-loop-in-a-tgf-%C3%AE-1-activation-model
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Huipeng Li, Lakshmi Venkatraman, Balakrishnan Chakrapani Narmada, Jacob K White, Hanry Yu, Lisa Tucker-Kellogg
BACKGROUND: Bistable behaviors are prevalent in cell signaling and can be modeled by ordinary differential equations (ODEs) with kinetic parameters. A bistable switch has recently been found to regulate the activation of transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) in the context of liver fibrosis, and an ordinary differential equation (ODE) model was published showing that the net activation of TGF-β1 depends on the balance between two antagonistic sub-pathways. RESULTS: Through modeling the effects of perturbations that affect both sub-pathways, we revealed that bistability is coupled with the signs of feedback loops in the model...
December 21, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322864/effects-of-danshen-tablets-on-pharmacokinetics-of-atorvastatin-calcium-in-rats-and-its-potential-mechanism
#4
Sen Sun, Rong Wang, Jie Fan, Guoqing Zhang, Hai Zhang
CONTEXT: Danshen tablets (DST), an effective traditional Chinese multi-herbal formula, are often combined with atorvastatin calcium (AC) for treating coronary heart disease in the clinic. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the effects of DST on the pharmacokinetics of AC and the potential mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The pharmacokinetics of AC (1 mg/kg) with or without pretreatment of DST (100 mg/kg) were investigated using LC-MS/MS...
December 2018: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320235/a-limited-survey-of-metal-content-in-blue-jack-mackerel-trachurus-picturatus-obtained-from-markets-in-the-canary-islands
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Carmen Rubio, Laura Acosta, Gara Luis-González, Dailos González-Weller, Consuelo Revert, Arturo Hardisson, Ángel Gutiérrez
The levels of 20 metals (aluminum, boron, barium, calcium, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, copper, iron, potassium, lithium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, sodium, nickel, lead, strontium, vanadium, and zinc) were analyzed in muscle and liver tissue of Trachurus picturatus marketed in the Canary Islands (Spain) by using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry. In the liver samples, the mean concentrations in milligrams per kilogram wet weight (wt) of Al (14.7), B (0.99), Ba (1.64), Ca (314), Cd (2...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306821/the-effect-of-divalent-metal-chelators-and-cadmium-on-serum-phosphotriesterase-lactonase-and-arylesterase-activities-of-paraoxonase-1
#6
Anna Bizoń, Halina Milnerowicz
Paraoxonase 1 (PON1) is calcium dependent enzyme involved in many functions in human body. PON1 is synthesized in the liver and secreted to the bloodstream where bounds high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Association of PON1 with HDL increases the enzyme stability and biological activities. PON1 have three different activities: phosphotriesterase, lactonase and arylesterase. Until now there is now commercial available kits to determine these three PON1 activities. Also there is no date about stability of PON1 in serum after storage condition...
December 27, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303514/depletion-of-s100a4-stromal-cells-does-not-prevent-hcc-development-but-reduces-the-stem-cell-like-phenotype-of-the-tumors
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Jingjing Jiao, Álvaro González, Heather L Stevenson, Mihai Gagea, Hikaru Sugimoto, Raghu Kalluri, Laura Beretta
There is a pressing need for the development of novel approaches to treat and prevent hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The S100 calcium-binding protein S100A4 is associated with poor prognosis and metastasis in several human cancers. In addition, a role for S100A4 in modulating cancer-initiating cells stemness properties was recently proposed in head and neck and gastric cancers. Whether S100A4+ stromal cells contribute to tumor onset remains, however, an unanswered question. To address that question, we generated a new mouse model allowing for the depletion of S100A4+ cells in a mouse model of HCC with stemness properties, by crossing mice with hepatic deletion of phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) with mice expressing viral thymidine kinase under the control of S100A4 promoter...
January 5, 2018: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299797/transcriptome-assembly-and-expression-profiling-of-the-molecular-responses-to-cadmium-toxicity-in-cerebral-ganglia-of-wolf-spider-pardosa-pseudoannulata-araneae-lycosidae
#8
Huilin Yang, Yuande Peng, Yixue Shi, Jianxiang Tian, Juan Wang, Xianjin Peng, Chunliang Xie, Xiang Xu, Qisheng Song, Zhi Wang, Zhiyue Lv
Cadmium (Cd) is a heavy metal that can cause irreversible toxicity to animals, and is an environmental pollutant in farmlands. Spiders are considered to be an excellent model for investigating the impacts of heavy metals on the environment. To date, the changes at the molecular level in the cerebral ganglia of spiders are poorly understood. Cd exposure leads to strong damage in the nervous system, such as apoptosis and necrosis of nerve cells, therefore we conducted a transcriptomic analysis of Pardosa pseudoannulata cerebral ganglia under Cd stress to profile differential gene expression (DGE)...
January 3, 2018: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285441/high-dose-vitamin-d-supplementation-precipitating-hypercalcemic-crisis-in-granulomatous-disorders
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Vijaya Sarathi, Hareeshababu Karethimmaiah, Amit Goel
Background: Vitamin D supplementation precipitating hypercalcemic crisis is often the first manifestation in patients with granulomatous disorders. Methods: We report our experience on patients presenting with hypercalcemic crisis due to granulomatous disorder and the role of Vitamin D supplementation in the precipitation of hypercalcemic crisis in them. Results: The study included five patients with granulomatous disorders who presented with hypercalcemic crisis...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278884/decreased-expression-of-pth1r-is-a-poor-prognosis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#10
Hui-Ju Wang, Liang Wang, Shu-Shu Song, Xiang-Lei He, Hong-Ying Pan, Zhi-Ming Hu, Xiao-Zhou Mou
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Hypercalcemia is a potentially fatal and not rare complication of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and its underlying mechanism remains unclear. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) is the most important regulator of the concentrations of calcium and phosphate in blood; parathyroid hormone-related protein (PTHrP) was the most frequent cause of humoral hypercalcemia of malignancy; parathyroid hormone 1 receptor (PTH1R) is the common receptor for PTH and PTHrP. The aim of this study is to investigate the expression of PTH, PTHrP, and PTH1R in HCC tissues, and their relationship with clinical pathological characters in HCC...
December 15, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277987/bioinspired-manganese-chelated-alginate-poly-dopamine-nanomaterials-for-efficient-in-vivo-t1%C3%A2-weighted-magnetic-resonance-imaging-mri
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Kefyalew Dagnew Addisu, Balkew Zewge Hailemeskel, Shewaye Lakew Mekuria, Abegaz Tizazu Andrgie, Yu-Chun Lin, Hsieh-Chih Tsai
Manganese-based nanomaterials are an emerging new class of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents (CAs) that provide impressive contrast abilities. MRI CAs that can respond to pathophysiological parameters like pH or redox potential are also highly demanded for MRI guided tumor diagnosis. Until now, synthesizing nanomaterials with good biocompatibility, physio-chemical stability, and good contrast effects remain challenging. This study investigated two new systems of calcium/manganese cations complexed with either alginate-polydopamine or alginate-dopamine nanogels (AlgPDA(Ca/Mn) NG or AlgDA (Ca/Mn) NG)...
December 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277577/coronaridine-congeners-modulate-mitochondrial-%C3%AE-3%C3%AE-4-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-with-different-potency-and-through-distinct-intra-mitochondrial-pathways
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Hugo R Arias, Olena Lykhmus, Kateryna Uspenska, Maryna Skok
In contrast to plasma membrane-expressed nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), mitochondrial nAChRs function in an ion-independent manner by triggering intra-mitochondrial kinases that regulate the release of cytochrome c (Cyt c), an important step in cellular apoptosis. The aim of this study is to determine the structural requirements for mitochondrial α3β4* nAChR activation by measuring the modulatory effects of two noncompetitive antagonists of these receptors, (+)-catharanthine and (±)-18-methoxycoronaridine [(±)-18-MC], on Cyt c release from wild-type and α7-/- mice mitochondria...
December 22, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243851/alterations-in-gene-expression-in-vitamin-d-deficiency-down-regulation-of-liver-cyp7a1-and-renal-oat3-in-mice
#13
Holly P Quach, Keumhan Noh, Stacie Y Hoi, Adrie Bruinsma, Geny M M Groothuis, Albert P Li, Edwin C Y Chow, K Sandy Pang
The vitamin D-deficient model, established in C57BL/6 mouse after 8-week feeding of vitamin D-deficient diets in absence or presence of added calcium, was found associated with elevated levels of plasma parathyroid hormone (PTH) and plasma and liver cholesterol, and reduction in cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase (Cyp7a1, rate-limiting enzyme for cholesterol metabolism) and renal Oat3 mRNA/protein expression levels. There was, however, no change in plasma calcium and phosphate levels. Appraisal of the liver revealed up-regulation of mRNA expressions of the small heterodimer partner (Shp) and attenuation of Cyp7a1, which contributed to hypercholesterolemia in vitamin D-deficiency...
December 15, 2017: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243095/ca2-camkk%C3%AE-pathway-is-required-for-adiponectin-induced-secretion-in-rat-submandibular-gland
#14
Chong Ding, Zhi-Hao Du, Sheng-Lin Li, Li-Ling Wu, Guang-Yan Yu
Adiponectin functions as a promoter of saliva secretion in rat submandibular gland via activation of adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and increased paracellular permeability. Ca2+ mobilization is the primary signal for fluid secretion in salivary acinar cells. However, whether intracellular Ca2+ mobilization is involved in adiponectin-induced salivary secretion is unknown. Here, we found that full-length adiponectin (fAd) increased intracellular Ca2+ and saliva secretion in submandibular glands...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230534/the-burden-of-comorbidity-and-complexity-in-sarcoidosis-impact-of-associated-chronic-diseases
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Pilar Brito-Zerón, Nihan Acar-Denizli, Antoni Sisó-Almirall, Xavier Bosch, Fernanda Hernández, Sergi Vilanova, Mireia Villalta, Belchin Kostov, Marina Paradela, Marcelo Sanchez, José Ramírez, Africa Muxí, Antonio Berruezo, Celeste Galceran-Chaves, Antoni Xaubet, Carles Agustí, Jacobo Sellarés, Manuel Ramos-Casals
PURPOSE: To evaluate comorbidity, complexity and poor outcomes in patients with sarcoidosis and to compare those scores with a control group. METHODS: 218 consecutive patients were diagnosed with sarcoidosis according to the ATS/ERS/WASOG criteria; extrathoracic involvement was evaluated using the 2014 WASOG organ assessment instrument. Sarcoidosis patients were compared with an age- and gender-matched control group of primary care outpatients without sarcoidosis...
December 11, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223393/mersalyl-prevents-the-tl-induced-permeability-transition-pore-opening-in-the-inner-membrane-of-ca2-loaded-rat-liver-mitochondria
#16
Sergey M Korotkov, Svetlana A Konovalova, Vladimir P Nesterov, Irina V Brailovskaya
It was earlier shown that the calcium load of rat liver mitochondria in medium containing TlNO3 and KNO3 resulted in the Tl+-induced mitochondrial permeability transition pore (MPTP) opening in the inner membrane. This opening was accompanied by an increase in swelling and membrane potential dissipation and a decrease in state 3, state 4, and 2,4-dinitrophenol-uncoupled respiration. This respiratory decrease was markedly leveled by mersalyl (MSL), the phosphate symporter (PiC) inhibitor which poorly stimulated the calcium-induced swelling, but further increased the potential dissipation...
December 6, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220061/comparison-of-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-coronary-artery-calcium-score-for-estimating-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-fatty-liver-disease
#17
Hyun-Jin Kim, Hyung-Bok Park, Yongsung Suh, Yoon-Hyeong Cho, Eui-Seok Hwang, Deok-Kyu Cho, Tae-Young Choi
INTRODUCTION: Fatty liver disease (FLD) is correlated with cardiovascular disease. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and coronary artery calcium score (CACS) can noninvasively identify subclinical atherosclerosis and predict risk for cardiovascular events. This study evaluated CIMT and CACS measurements to detect subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with and without FLD. METHODS: Patients who underwent carotid and abdominal ultrasounds as well as cardiac computed tomography (CT) scans were evaluated retrospectively...
December 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214384/dispensability-of-annual-laboratory-follow-up-after-more-than-2%C3%A2-years-of-valproic-acid-use-a-systematic-review
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Rosanne W Meijboom, Koen P Grootens
BACKGROUND: The necessity of annual laboratory follow-up in patients treated with valproic acid (VPA) is controversial. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the need for annual laboratory follow-up of liver enzymes, electrolytes, and full blood count (FBC) in patients treated with VPA. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A systematic search in Evidence-Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR), MEDLINE, and EMBASE was undertaken in December 2016 to identify all published articles investigating or citing valproic acid, liver function disorders, electrolyte disorders, and FBC deviations...
December 6, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211283/systemic-effect-of-mineral-aggregate-based-cements-histopathological-analysis-in-rats
#19
Lucas da Fonseca Roberti Garcia, Claudia Huck, Fernando Augusto Cintra Magalhães, Pedro Paulo Chaves de Souza, Carlos Alberto de Souza Costa
OBJECTIVE: Several studies reported the local tissue reaction caused by mineral aggregate-based cements. However, few studies have investigated the systemic effects promoted by these cements on liver and kidney when directly applied to connective tissue. The purpose of this in vivo study was to investigate the systemic effect of mineral aggregate-based cements on the livers and kidneys of rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Samples of Mineral Trioxide Aggregate (MTA) and a calcium aluminate-based cement (EndoBinder) containing different radiopacifiers were implanted into the dorsum of 40 rats...
November 2017: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210840/conoscere-e-curare-il-cuore-1986-2016-how-the-heart-has-changed
#20
Alessandro Boccanelli
: The demographic transition, with longer life expectancy, is mainly due to prevention and care of atherosclerotic vascular and heart disease. The cardiovascular patient is now much older and often presents with coexisting geriatric syndromes that affect healthcare goals, outcomes, and the process of care. Numerous mechanisms at cellular level are responsible for cardiovascular aging such as replicative senescence, apoptosis, proteins misfolding, and inflammation. Aging-related modifications are increase in left-ventricular mass, increased left atrial size, myocardial collagen deposition, and calcium deposition in valvular structures and the coronary arteries...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
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