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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531660/carbon-black-aggregates-cause-endothelial-dysfunction-by-activating-rock
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Junyan Yan, Chia-Hsiang Lai, Shih-Chun Candice Lung, Wen-Cheng Wang, Chih-Ching Huang, Guan-Wen Chen, Guangli Suo, Cheng-Tai Choug, Chia-Hua Lin
Carbon black nanoparticles (CBNs) have been associated with the progression of atherosclerosis. CBNs normally enter the bloodstream and crosslink together to form agglomerates. However, most studies have used nano-sized CB particles to clarify the involvement of CBN exposure in CBN-induced endothelial dysfunction. Herein, we studied endothelial toxicity of CBN aggregates (CBA) to human EA.hy926 vascular cells. Cell viability, lactate dehydrogenase leakage, and oxidative stress were affected by the highest concentration of CBA...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531100/functional-mitochondria-are-important-for-the-effect-of-resveratrol
#2
Anne L Widlund, Kaushal Baral, Louise T Dalgaard, Ole Vang
Resveratrol (Resv) is a polyphenol reported to modulate mitochondrial activity. The aim was to use HeLa and 143B cells to characterize the action of Resv on mitochondrial activity, cell size and proliferation using wild type (WT) and Rho 0 cells deficient in mitochondrial DNA. In both HeLa WT and Rho 0 cells, the oxygen consumption rate (OCR) was increased at 20 µM Resv after 24 h, whereas only a non-significant increase of OCR was observed in 143B WT cells. Resv decreased cell number concentration-dependently in both WT and Rho 0 cell types...
May 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530130/injectable-graft-substitute-active-on-bone-tissue-regeneration
#3
Michela Bosetti, Alessia Borrone, Massimiliano Leigheb, Prasad Shastri, Mario Cannas
With the aim to obtain an injectable bioactive scaffold that can accelerate bone formation in sinus lift augmentation, in bony void and in fracture repair, we have developed a three-dimensional (3D) jelly collagen containing Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and 1α,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D3). Using an in vitro 3D culture model of bone fracture we show that the contraction of the collagen gel is mediated by Rho-kinase activation in osteoblasts. This contraction was cell concentration dependent and was increased by LPA which favored apposition and fastening of bone fragments approach...
May 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529178/anti-inflammatory-activities-of-compounds-from-twigs-of-morus-alba
#4
Huynh Nguyen Khanh Tran, Van Thu Nguyen, Jeong Ah Kim, Seong Soo Rho, Mi Hee Woo, Jae Sui Choi, Jeong-Hyung Lee, Byung Sun Min
Five new compounds, 10-oxomornigrol F (1), (7″R)-(-)-6-(7″-hydroxy-3″,8″-dimethyl-2″,8″-octadien-1″-yl)apigenin (2), ramumorin A (3), ramumorin B (4), and (4S,7S,8R)-trihydroxyoctadeca-5Z-enoic acid (5), together with 31 known compounds (6-36), were isolated from the twigs of Morus alba (Moraceae). The chemical structures of these compounds were established using spectroscopic analyses, 1D and 2D NMR, high-resolution electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (HRESIMS), and Mosher's methods. The anti-inflammatory activities of the compounds were evaluated by investigating their ability to inhibit lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced nitric oxide (NO) production in macrophage RAW 264...
May 18, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528353/adrenomedullin-ameliorates-podocyte-injury-induced-by-puromycin-aminonucleoside-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-through-modulation-of-rho-gtpases
#5
Nan Dong, Lixia Meng, Ruqun Xue, Meng Yu, Zhonghua Zhao, Xueguang Liu
PURPOSE: Podocyte injury is a key event in proteinuric kidney disease and eventually glomerular scarring. While adrenomedullin (AM), a potent vasodilatory peptide, has been reported to confer renoprotection in several experimental models of kidney diseases, its effect on injured podocytes and the related mechanism is still largely unknown. METHODS: Employing Western blotting analysis, immunoprecipitation and immunofluorescence, we investigated the effects of AM on the expressions of podocyte cytoskeletal proteins and Rho-family small GTPases (Rho GTPases) in puromycin aminonucleoside (PAN)-induced podocyte injury, both in cultured podocytes and in PAN nephrosis rats...
May 20, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527113/mutant-p53-promotes-cell-spreading-and-migration-via-arhgap44
#6
Jinjin Xu, Jian Jiao, Wei Xu, Lei Ji, Dongjie Jiang, Shaofang Xie, Syeda Kubra, Xiaotao Li, Junjiang Fu, Jianru Xiao, Bianhong Zhang
The tumor suppressor p53 protein is either lost or mutated in about half of all human cancers. Loss of p53 function is well known to influence cell spreading, migration and invasion. While expression of mutant p53 is not equivalent to p53 loss, mutant p53 can acquire new functions to drive cell spreading and migration via different mechanisms. In our study, we found that mutant p53 significantly increased cell spreading and migration when comparing with p53-null cells. RNA-Seq analysis suggested that Rho GTPase activating protein 44 (ARHGAP44) is a new target of mutant p53, which suppressed ARHGAP44 transcription...
May 16, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526517/regulation-of-rhoa-rock-and-sustained-arterial-contraction-by-low-cytosolic-ca-2-levels-during-prolonged-depolarization-of-arterial-smooth-muscle
#7
Cristina Porras-González, Antonio Ordóñez, Antonio Castellano, Juan Ureña
The role of L-type Ca(2+) channels (LTCCs) and RhoA/Rho kinase (ROCK) on depolarization-induced sustained arterial contraction lasting several minutes is already known. However, in vivo, vascular smooth muscle cells can be depolarized for longer periods, inducing substantial inactivation of LTCCs and markedly reducing Ca(2+) influx into the myocytes. We have examined, in femoral arterial rings, the role of LTCCs and RhoA/ROCK during long-lasting depolarization. Our results reveal a new vasoreactive response after 20-30min of depolarization in 2...
May 16, 2017: Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525877/functional-network-connectivity-predicts-treatment-outcome-during-treatment-of-nicotine-use-disorder
#8
Claire E Wilcox, Vince D Calhoun, Srinivas Rachakonda, Eric D Claus, Rae A Littlewood, Jessica Mickey, Pamela B Arenella, Kent E Hutchison
Altered resting state functional connectivity (rsFC) and functional network connectivity (FNC), which is a measure of coherence between brain networks, may be associated with nicotine use disorder (NUD). We hypothesized that higher connectivity between insula and 1) dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (dACC) and 2) dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dlPFC) would predict better treatment outcomes. We also performed an exploratory analysis of the associations between FNC values between additional key frontal and striatal regions and treatment outcomes...
April 30, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524846/concerted-regulation-of-retinal-pigment-epithelium-basement-membrane-and-barrier-function-by-angiocrine-factors
#9
Ignacio Benedicto, Guillermo L Lehmann, Michael Ginsberg, Daniel J Nolan, Rohan Bareja, Olivier Elemento, Zelda Salfati, Nazia M Alam, Glen T Prusky, Pierre Llanos, Sina Y Rabbany, Arvydas Maminishkis, Sheldon S Miller, Shahin Rafii, Enrique Rodriguez-Boulan
The outer blood-retina barrier is established through the coordinated terminal maturation of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), fenestrated choroid endothelial cells (ECs) and Bruch's membrane, a highly organized basement membrane that lies between both cell types. Here we study the contribution of choroid ECs to this process by comparing their gene expression profile before (P5) and after (P30) the critical postnatal period when mice acquire mature visual function. Transcriptome analyses show that expression of extracellular matrix-related genes changes dramatically over this period...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524754/arf-gtpase-interplay-with-rho-gtpases-in-regulation-of-the-actin-cytoskeleton
#10
Vikash Singh, Anthony C Davidson, Peter J Hume, Daniel Humphreys, Vassilis Koronakis
The Arf and Rho subfamilies of small GTPases are nucleotide-dependent molecular switches that act as master regulators of vesicular trafficking and the actin cytoskeleton organization. Small GTPases control cell processes with high fidelity by acting through distinct repertoires of binding partners called effectors. While we understand a great deal about how these GTPases act individually, relatively little is known about how they cooperate, especially in the control of effectors. This review highlights how Arf GTPases collaborate with Rac1 to regulate actin cytoskeleton dynamics at the membrane via recruiting and activating the Wave Regulatory Complex (WRC), a Rho effector that underpins lamellipodia formation and macropinocytosis...
May 19, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523036/relationship-of-oral-tumor-thickness-with-the-rate-of-lymph-node-metastasis-in-neck-based-on-ct-scan
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Sohail Ahmed Khan, Sadaf Zia, Syeda Uzma Naqvi, Hatem Adel, Syed Omair Adil, Munawar Hussain
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship of tumor thickness of oral lesions with metastasis in neck based on CT scan. METHODS: A total of 58 oral squamous cell carcinoma patients having the median age of 46 (39-55) years. with either gender presented with malignant tumor of buccal mucosa and tongue were prospectively enrolled. A CT Scan with contrast was performed on all patients. Correlation of tumor thickness level with metastasis in neck was calculated using spearman's rank correlation coefficient test...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522355/closed-versus-open-vitrification-for-human-blastocyst-cryopreservation-a-meta-analysis
#12
Hyun Sik Youm, Jong-Ryeol Choi, Daesik Oh, Yong Ho Rho
Closed vitrification can minimize the risk of microbiological transmission through liquid nitrogen during the cooling, storage, and warming procedures. As cooling rates may reduce when closed vitrification is applied, clinical outcomes should be compared between closed and open vitrification in order to justify the use of closed vitrification. This study was conducted to investigate the differences in survival, implantation, clinical pregnancy, and live birth rates between closed and open vitrification for human blastocyst cryopreservation...
May 15, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521592/molecular-perturbation-strategies-to-examine-spatiotemporal-features-of-rho-gef-and-rho-gtpase-activity-in-living-cells
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Joachim Goedhart, Jakobus van Unen
Much of our current knowledge of Rho GTPase networks and the regulation by Rho guanine exchange factors (Rho GEFs) and Rho GTPase activating proteins (Rho GAPs) is based on population-based techniques. Over the last decades, technologies that enable single cell analysis with high spatial and temporal resolution have revealed that Rho GTPase activity in cells is regulated on second timescales and at submicrometer length scales. Therefore, perturbation methods with matching spatial and temporal resolution are crucial to further our understanding of Rho GTPase signaling...
May 19, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521412/microrna-335-and-its-target-rock1-synergistically-influence-tumor-progression-and-prognosis-in-osteosarcoma
#14
Yong Wang, Ningning Wang, Xiandong Zeng, Jie Sun, Guangbin Wang, Huimian Xu, Wei Zhao
MicroRNA (miR)-335 and Rho-associated serine-threonine protein kinase 1 (Rock1) is ectopically expressed in multiple malignant tumors including osteosarcoma. The present study aimed to clarify whether the combined ectopically expressed miR-335 and Rock1 was correlated with clinicopathological features and prognosis in patients with osteosarcoma. The expression of miR-335 and Rock1 in 91 osteosarcoma tissue samples and 47 noncancerous bone tissues were determined respectively by in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521307/downregulation-of-x-linked-inhibitor-of-apoptosis-protein-by-7-benzylidenenaltrexone-maleate-sensitizes-pancreatic-cancer-cells-to-trail-induced-apoptosis
#15
So Young Kim, Sojung Park, SeonA Yoo, Jin Kyung Rho, Eun Sung Jun, Suhwan Chang, Kyung Kon Kim, Song Cheol Kim, Inki Kim
Tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a potential biological anticancer agent. However, a wide range of human primary cancers, including pancreatic cancer, display resistance to apoptosis induction by TRAIL. Therefore, this resistance needs to be overcome to allow TRAIL to be successfully used in cancer therapy. In this study, we performed a compound screen to isolate TRAIL sensitizers and found that one of the identified compounds, 7-benzylidenenaltrexone maleate (BNTX), sensitized pancreatic cancer cells to TRAIL-induced apoptotic cell death...
May 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520932/translational-control-and-rho-dependent-transcription-termination-are-intimately-linked-in-riboswitch-regulation
#16
Laurène Bastet, Adrien Chauvier, Navjot Singh, Antony Lussier, Anne-Marie Lamontagne, Karine Prévost, Eric Massé, Joseph T Wade, Daniel A Lafontaine
Riboswitches are regulatory elements that control gene expression by altering RNA structure upon the binding of specific metabolites. Although Bacillus subtilis riboswitches have been shown to control premature transcription termination, less is known about regulatory mechanisms employed by Escherichia coli riboswitches, which are predicted to regulate mostly at the level of translation initiation. Here, we present experimental evidence suggesting that the majority of known E. coli riboswitches control transcription termination by using the Rho transcription factor...
May 18, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517046/three-dimensional-proximal-flow-convergence-automatic-calculation-for-determining-mitral-valve-area-in-rheumatic-mitral-stenosis
#17
Francisco Sampaio, Ricardo Ladeiras-Lopes, João Almeida, Paulo Fonseca, Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho, José Ribeiro, Vasco Gama
PURPOSE: Management of patients with mitral stenosis (MS) depends heavily on the accurate quantification of mitral valve area (MVA) using echocardiography. All currently used two-dimensional (2D) methods have limitations. Estimation of MVA using the proximal isovelocity surface area (PISA) method with real time three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography may circumvent those limitations. We aimed to evaluate the accuracy of 3D direct measurement of PISA in the estimation of MVA. METHODS: Twenty-seven consecutive patients (median age of 63 years; 77...
May 18, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515690/brain-renin-angiotensin-system-and-microglial-polarization-implications-for-aging-and-neurodegeneration
#18
REVIEW
Jose L Labandeira-Garcia, Ana I Rodríguez-Perez, Pablo Garrido-Gil, Jannette Rodriguez-Pallares, Jose L Lanciego, Maria J Guerra
Microglia can transform into proinflammatory/classically activated (M1) or anti-inflammatory/alternatively activated (M2) phenotypes following environmental signals related to physiological conditions or brain lesions. An adequate transition from the M1 (proinflammatory) to M2 (immunoregulatory) phenotype is necessary to counteract brain damage. Several factors involved in microglial polarization have already been identified. However, the effects of the brain renin-angiotensin system (RAS) on microglial polarization are less known...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513338/worldwide-surveillance-policy-and-research-on-physical-activity-and-health-the-global-observatory-for-physical-activity-gopa
#19
Andrea Ramirez Varela, Michael Pratt, Kenneth Powell, I-Min Lee, Adrian Bauman, Gregory Heath, Rafaela Costa Martins, Harold Kohl, Pedro C Hallal
BACKGROUND: The Global Observatory for Physical Activity-GoPA! was launched in response to the physical inactivity pandemic. The aim of this article is to present current information about surveillance, policy, and research on physical activity (PA) and health worldwide. METHODS: Information was collected for 217 countries. For 139 of these nations we identified a contact who confirmed information's accuracy and completeness. Associations were calculated among surveillance, policy and research categories...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513223/activation-of-thromboxane-a2-receptors-mediates-endothelial-dysfunction-in-diabetic-mice
#20
Xiaona Xie, Wanchun Sun, Jun Wang, Xiaoou Li, Xiaofeng Liu, Ning Liu
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is one of high-risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Improvement of endothelial dysfunction in diabetes reduces vascular complications. However, the underlying mechanism needs to be uncovered. This study was conducted to elucidate whether and how thromboxane A2 receptor (TPr) activation contributes to endothelial dysfunction in diabetes. METHODS AND RESULTS: Exposure of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) to either TPr agonists, two structurally related thromboxane A2 (TxA2) mimetics, significantly reduced phosphorylations of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) at Ser(1177) and Akt at Ser(473)...
May 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
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