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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423501/epigenetic-silencing-of-mir-520c-leads-to-induced-s100a4-expression-and-its-mediated-colorectal-cancer-progression
#1
Giridhar Mudduluru, Katharina Ilm, Steffen Fuchs, Ulrike Stein
The S100 calcium-binding protein A4 (S100A4) induces epithelial mesenchymal transition, migration, invasion, angiogenesis and metastasis. Its induced expression in several cancer types correlates with poor prognosis. Apart from the functional and transcriptional regulatory aspects of S100A4, its post-transcriptional regulation is not yet clearly elucidated. In this study, we show that microRNAs (miR) miR-505-5p and miR-520c-3p target the 3'-UTR of S100A4 and inhibits its expression and its mediated migration and invasion...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416225/b-type-natriuretic-peptide-overexpression-ameliorates-hepatorenal-fibrocystic-disease-in%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-rat%C3%A2-model-of-polycystic-kidney-disease
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Sara J Holditch, Claire A Schreiber, Peter C Harris, Nicholas F LaRusso, Marina Ramirez-Alvarado, Alessandro Cataliotti, Vicente E Torres, Yasuhiro Ikeda
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) involves progressive hepatorenal cyst expansion and fibrosis, frequently leading to end-stage renal disease. Increased vasopressin and cAMP signaling, dysregulated calcium homeostasis, and hypertension play major roles in PKD progression. The guanylyl cyclase A agonist, B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP), stimulates cGMP and shows anti-fibrotic, anti-hypertensive, and vasopressin-suppressive effects, potentially counteracting PKD pathogenesis. Here, we assessed the impacts of guanylyl cyclase A activation on PKD progression in a rat model of PKD...
April 14, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412648/content-decline-of-serca-inhibitors-saikosaponin-a-and-d-attenuates-cardiotoxicity-and-hepatotoxicity-of-vinegar-baked-radix-bupleuri
#3
Shifeng Wang, Yuxin Zhang, Qiao Zhang, Sha Peng, Chen Shen, Yangyang Yu, Minyu Zhang, Wei Yang, Qinghua Wu, Yanling Zhang, Shiyou Li, Yanjiang Qiao
Improper usage of unprocessed Radix bupleuri root (chaihu) may cause cardiotoxicity and liver injury. Baking herb with vinegar is believed to attenuate the adverse responses. However, the chemical and molecular basis involved remained unclear. To this end, we investigated the in vitro toxicity of saikosaponin a, c, d, and their hydrolysates saikosaponin b1 and b2. Results showed that SSa and SSd possessed higher affinity with sarcoplasmic/endoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase (SERCA) by molecular docking, and exhibited stronger toxic responses on cardiomyocytes and hepatocytes than the other three saikosaponins in equivalent concentrations...
April 4, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409826/glycogen-phosphorylase-inhibition-improves-%C3%AE-cell-function
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Lilla Nagy, Judit Márton, András Vida, Gréta Kis, Éva Bokor, Sándor Kun, Mónika Gönczi, Tibor Docsa, Attila Tóth, Miklós Antal, Pál Gergely, Balázs Csóka, Pal Pacher, László Somsák, Péter Bai
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Glycogen phosphorylase (GP) is the key enzyme for glycogen degradation. GP inhibitors (GPi-s) are glucose lowering agents trapping glucose in the liver as glycogen. Glycogen metabolism has implications in β-cell function; glycogen degradation can maintain cellular glucose levels, which feeds into catabolism to maintain insulin secretion, and elevated glycogen degradation levels contribute to glucotoxicity. The purpose of this study was to assess whether influencing glycogen metabolism in β-cells by GPi-s impacts β-cell function...
April 13, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409320/vitamin-d-sub-inflammation-and-insulin-resistance-a-window-on-a-potential-role-for-the-interaction-between-bone-and-glucose-metabolism
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REVIEW
Stefania Giuliana Garbossa, Franco Folli
Vitamin D is a key hormone involved in the regulation of calcium/phosphorous balance and recently it has been implicated in the pathogenesis of sub-inflammation, insulin resistance and obesity. The two main forms of vitamin D are cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) and ergocalciferol (Vitamin D2): the active form (1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D) is the result of two hydroxylations that take place in liver, kidney, pancreas and immune cells. Vitamin D increases the production of some anti-inflammatory cytokines and reduces the release of some pro-inflammatory cytokines...
April 13, 2017: Reviews in Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395010/inflammation-and-metabolic-cardiomyopathy
#6
Kazuhiko Nishida, Kinya Otsu
Excessive feeding is associated with an increase in the incidence of chronic metabolic diseases, such as obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. Metabolic disturbance induces chronic low-grade inflammation in metabolically-important organs, such as the liver and adipose tissue. Many of the inflammatory signalling pathways are directly triggered by nutrients. The pro-inflammatory mediators in adipocytes and macrophages infiltrating adipose tissue promote both local and systemic pro-inflammatory status...
March 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390327/ingestion-of-dug-well-water-from-an-area-with-high-prevalence-of-chronic-kidney-disease-of-unknown-etiology-ckdu-and-development-of-kidney-and-liver-lesions-in-rats
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M G Thammitiyagodage, M M Gunatillaka, N Ekanayaka, C Rathnayake, N U Horadagoda, R Jayathissa, U K Gunaratne, W G Kumara, P Abeynayake
Introduction: Chronic kidney disease of unknown aetiology (CKDu) is prevalent in the North Central Province (NCP) of Sri Lanka and ingestion of dug well water is considered a potential causative factor. Three CKDu prevalent villages were selected from the NCP based on the number of CKDu patients in the locality. Methods: Forty Wistar rats were divided into four groups with 10 rats each. Group No 1, 2 and 3 were given water from selected dug wells. Control group was given tap water from Colombo...
March 31, 2017: Ceylon Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386338/pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-pedf-peptide-promotes-the-expansion-of-hepatic-stem-progenitor-cells-via-erk-and-stat3-dependent-signaling
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Shou-Chuan Shih, Tsung-Chuan Ho, Show-Li Chen, Yeou-Ping Tsao
Hepatic stem/progenitor cells (HPC) have been considered as a potential cell source of an alternative to liver transplantation. Production of large numbers of autologous HPC from small pieces of live tissue is crucial for the application of HPC-based liver therapy. In this study, we demonstrated that a synthetic 44-amino acid peptide (44-mer) derived from pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) can facilitate the production of a large number of actively dividing HPC from normal adult rat livers in a 35-day culture period...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385609/investigation-of-phosphorylated-adjuvants-co-encapsulated-with-a-model-cancer-peptide-antigen-for-the-treatment-of-colorectal-cancer-and-liver-metastasis
#9
Tyler J Goodwin, Leaf Huang
The lipid calcium phosphate nanoparticle is a versatile platform capable of encapsulating a wide range of phosphorylated molecules from single nucleotides to pDNA. The use of this platform has shown great success as an immunotherapeutic vaccine carrier, capable of delivering co-encapsulated phosphorylated adjuvants and peptides. Three potent vaccine formulations were investigated for anti-cancer efficacy. The phosphorylated adjuvants, CpG, 2'3'cGAMP, and 5'pppdsRNA were co-encapsulated with a model phosphorylated tumor specific peptide antigen (p-AH1-A5)...
April 3, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384213/prevention-of-tgf-%C3%AE-induced-early-liver-fibrosis-by-a-maleic-acid-derivative-anti-oxidant-through-suppression-of-ros-inflammation-and-hepatic-stellate-cells-activation
#10
Kun-Lin Yang, Wen-Teng Chang, Ming-Yuan Hong, Kuo-Chen Hung, Chia-Chang Chuang
Current anti-fibrotic effect of antioxidants in vivo is disappointing due probably to the fact that once liver fibrogenesis is established it is too advanced to be reversed by anti-oxidation mechanism. We consider antioxidant may only act on the early phase of fibrogenesis. Thus, we had previously established an early liver fibrosis animal model using an inducible expression vector (pPK9a), which contains TGF-β gene and was hydro-dynamically transferred into mice to induce a transient liver fibrosis. TGF-β1 has been well documented to up-regulate the expression of α2(1) collagen (Col 1A2) gene in the liver via the reactive oxygen species (ROS); the process triggers inflammation, leading to hepatic stellate cells (HSC) activation and liver fibrogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351840/macrophages-utilize-the-mitochondrial-calcium-uniporter-for-profibrotic-polarization
#11
Linlin Gu, Jennifer L Larson-Casey, A Brent Carter
Fibrosis in multiple organs, including the liver, kidney, and lung, often occurs secondary to environmental exposure. Asbestos exposure is one important environmental cause of lung fibrosis. The mechanisms that mediate fibrosis is not fully understood, although mitochondrial oxidative stress in alveolar macrophages is critical for fibrosis development. Mitochondrial Ca(2+) levels can be associated with production of reactive oxygen species. Here, we show that patients with asbestosis have higher levels of mitochondrial Ca(2+) compared with normal patients...
March 28, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344015/transdermal-delivery-of-atorvastatin-calcium-from-novel-nanovesicular-systems-using-polyethylene-glycol-fatty-acid-esters-ameliorated-effect-without-liver-toxicity-in-poloxamer-407-induced-hyperlipidemic-rats
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Mohamed O Mahmoud, Heba M Aboud, Amira H Hassan, Adel A Ali, Thomas P Johnston
CONTEXT: Atorvastatin calcium (ATV), a cholesterol-lowering agent, suffers from poor systemic availability (14%) after oral administration in addition to other side effects on the gastrointestinal tract, liver and muscle. OBJECTIVE: The goal of the present investigation was to improve ATV bioavailability and overcome complications attendant with peroral administration by developing a new nanovesicular system encapsulating ATV for its delivery via the transdermal route...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341344/propofol-affinity-to-mitochondrial-membranes-does-not-alter-mitochondrial-function
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Luís M Félix, Fernando Correia, Pedro A Pinto, Sónia P Campos, Telma Fernandes, Romeu Videira, M M Oliveira, Francisco P Peixoto, Luís M Antunes
The molecular mechanisms of hepatotoxicity after propofol anaesthesia have not been fully elucidated, although there is a relation with mitochondrial dysfunction. The action of propofol on mitochondrial hepatic functions in a rat model was evaluated by infusion for 4h with 25 and 62.5mg/kg/h propofol or 3.125ml/kg/h (vehicle). Liver mitochondrial respiratory rates were evaluated as well as mitochondrial transmembrane potential (ΔΨ), calcium fluxes, mitochondrial enzymatic activities (Complex I-V) and oxidative stress biomarkers (superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione reductase, glutathione S-transferase, lipid peroxidation and the oxidised/reduced glutathione ratio)...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338462/perioperative-calcium-magnesium-and-phosphorus-in-living-liver-donors
#14
Raymond A Dieter
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337244/rat-liver-enzyme-release-depends-on-blood-flow-bearing-physical-forces-acting-in-endothelium-glycocalyx-rather-than-on-liver-damage
#15
Julieta A Díaz-Juárez, Rolando Hernández-Muñoz
We have found selective elevation of serum enzyme activities in rats subjected to partial hepatectomy (PH), apparently controlled by hemodynamic flow-bearing physical forces. Here, we assess the involvement of stretch-sensitive calcium channels and calcium mobilization in isolated livers, after chemical modifications of the endothelial glycocalyx and changing perfusion directionality. Inhibiting in vivo protein synthesis, we found that liver enzyme release is influenced by de novo synthesis of endothelial glycocalyx components, and released enzymes are confined into a liver "pool...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336823/-regulatory-mechanism-of-calcium-metabolism
#16
Keiichi Ozono
It is often difficult for terrestrial animals to take enough calcium. To maintain serum or extracellular calcium levels is very important for muscle and nerve function. Two major regulators to increase the serum calcium levels are parathyroid hormone(PTH)and vitamin D. PTH binds to the G protein coupling receptor, PTH1R, and increases intracellular cAMP levels. Impirement in the PTH signalling causes many diseases such as pseudohypoparathyroidism and acrodysostosis with hormone resistance. Vitamin D is activated to 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D[1,25(OH)2D]by two steps of hydroxylation which occurs in the Liver and Kidney...
2017: Clinical Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331027/malignant-hypercalcaemia-related-to-parathyroid-hormone-related-peptide-pthrp-secretion-from-a-metastatic-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumour-net
#17
Megan Symington, Louise Davies, Gregory Kaltsas, Martin O Weickert
A 54-year-old woman presented to our centre with acute abdominal pain and vomiting. Routine blood tests showed severe hypercalcaemia (>4 mmol/L). Serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) was suppressed. CT scan detected a pancreatic mass and some liver lesions, initially suspicious for metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Liver biopsy however revealed the presence of a well-differentiated, grade 1, metastatic neuroendocrine tumour (NET) where prognosis is considerably better. Serum PTHrP was raised, indicating paraneoplastic hypercalcaemia, most likely secondary to the pancreatic NET...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324001/cyp3a4-induction-by-rifampin-an-alternative-pathway-for-vitamin-d-inactivation-in-patients-with-cyp24a1-mutations
#18
Colin Patrick Hawkes, Dong Li, Hakon Hakonarson, Kevin E Meyers, Kenneth Thummel, Michael A Levine
Context: The P450 enzyme CYP24A1 is the principal inactivator of vitamin D metabolites. Biallelic loss-of-function mutations in CYP24A1 are associated with elevated serum levels of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 with consequent hypercalcemia and hypercalciuria, and represent the most common form of idiopathic infantile hypercalcemia (IIH). Current management strategies for this condition include a low calcium diet, reduced dietary vitamin D intake and limited sunlight exposure. CYP3A4 is a P450 enzyme that inactivates many drugs and xenobiotics and may represent an alternative pathway for inactivation of vitamin D metabolites...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321657/novel-hemostatic-agents-based-on-gelatin-microbial-transglutaminase-mix
#19
Fang Lv, Xiaonan Cong, Wenshu Tang, Yiming Han, Yu Tang, Yongrui Liu, Liqiang Su, Mingyao Liu, Mingfei Jin, Zhengfang Yi
Hemostasis is a major challenge in surgical procedures and traumas. Conventional hemostatic methods have limited efficacy and may cause additional tissue damage. In this study, we designed a novel hemostatic agent based on the in situ gel formation of gelatin cross-linked by a novel microbial transglutaminase (mTGase), in which the amino acid sequences differed from commercial mTGases. The new hemostatic agent showed the same biochemical crosslinking chemistry as the final stages of the blood coagulation cascade while using gelatin as a "structural" protein (rather than fibrin) and a calcium-independent mTGase as the crosslinking catalyst (rather than factor XIIIa)...
March 17, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319895/impact-of-high-cholesterol-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-on-metabolic-diseases-an-updated-mini-review
#20
REVIEW
Erdi Sozen, Nesrin Kartal Ozer
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is the major site of protein folding and calcium storage. Beside the role of ER in protein homeostasis, it controls the cholesterol production and lipid-membrane biosynthesis as well as surviving and cell death signaling mechanisms in the cell. It is well-documented that elevated plasma cholesterol induces adverse effects in cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), liver disorders, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), non-alcoholic steatosis hepatitis (NASH), and metabolic diseases which are associated with oxidative and ER stress...
March 6, 2017: Redox Biology
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