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Yue Li, Yunyan Wei, Weiwei Yuan, Qiqing Huang, Yaya Zhao, Weihong Zhao, Wei Xu, Jianqing Wu
The ligand of CD40, known as CD154 or CD40L, is the key to immunostimulatory and anticancer activity, but how CD40L affects cellular senescence is unclear. Thus, we studied a membrane‑stable mutant form CD40L (CD40L‑M) to explore tumor growth and cellular senescence in CD40‑positive NSCLC cells. We found that CD40L‑M‑expressing cells had senescent characteristics, including reduced cell proliferation and enlargement, increased SA‑β‑gal staining activity, and overexpression of several cell cycle regulators p53 and p21...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Hsien-Kuo Chin, Chi-Ting Horng, Yi-Shan Liu, Chi-Cheng Lu, Chen-Ying Su, Pei-Syuan Chen, Hong-Yi Chiu, Fuu-Jen Tsai, Po-Chuen Shieh, Jai-Sing Yang
Anti-angiogenesis is one of the most general clinical obstacles in cancer chemotherapy. Kaempferol is a flavonoid phytochemical found in many fruits and vegetables. Our previous study revealed that kaempferol triggered apoptosis in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) by ROS‑mediated p53/ATM/death receptor signaling. However, the anti‑angiogenic potential of kaempferol remains unclear and its underlying mechanism warranted further exploration in VEGF‑stimulated HUVECs. In the present study, kaempferol significantly reduced VEGF‑stimulated HUVEC viability...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Tuan Anh Ho, Yifeng Wang, Louise J Criscenti
Kerogen plays a central role in hydrocarbon generation in an oil/gas reservoir. In a subsurface environment, kerogen is constantly subjected to stress confinement or relaxation. The interplay between mechanical deformation and gas adsorption of the materials could be an important process for shale gas production but unfortunately is poorly understood. Using a hybrid Monte Carlo/molecular dynamics simulation, we show here that a strong chemo-mechanical coupling may exist between gas adsorption and mechanical strain of a kerogen matrix...
March 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Martin Poot
The highly complex structural genome variations chromothripsis, chromoanasynthesis, and chromoplexy are subsumed under the term chromoanagenesis, which means chromosome rebirth. Precipitated by numerous DNA double-strand breaks, they differ in number of and distances between breakpoints, associated copy number variations, order and orientation of segments, and flanking sequences at joining points. Results from patients with the autosomal dominant cancer susceptibility disorder Li-Fraumeni syndrome implicated somatic TP53 mutations in chromothripsis...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Yu-Yan Li, Guang Zheng, Liang Liu
OBJECTIVE: To decipher the possible mechanisms of Sinomenium Acutum (SA) in treating diseases by a bioinformatics method. METHODS: SA ingredients were searched according to Chinese Pharmacopoeia, Chinese Medicine Dictionary and Traditional Chinese Medicines Database (TCMD). Active compounds and target proteins of SA were acquired through the Pubchem platform. Pathway, network and function analyses of SA were performed with ingenuity pathway analysis (IPA), a bioinformatics analysis platform...
March 21, 2018: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Yi Chieh Lim, Hazel Quek, Carolin Offenhäuser, Shazrul Fazry, Andrew Boyd, Martin Lavin, Tara Roberts, Bryan Day
Glioblastoma (GBM) is a highly fatal disease with a 5 year survival rate of less than 22%. One of the most effective treatment regimens to date is the use of radiotherapy which induces lethal DNA double-strand breaks to prevent tumour growth. However, recurrence occurs in the majority of patients and is in-part a result of robust radioresistance mechanisms. In this study, we demonstrate that the multifunctional cytokine, interleukin-6 (IL-6), confers a growth advantage in GBM cells but does not have the same effect on normal neural progenitor cells...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Xue Cao, Qiuqiong Tang, Tim Holland-Letz, Melanie Gündert, Katarina Cuk, Sarah Schott, Jörg Heil, Michael Golatta, Christof Sohn, Andreas Schneeweiss, Barbara Burwinkel
Breast cancer (BC) is the most common cancer among women and has high mortality rates. Early detection is supposed to be critical for the patient's prognosis. In recent years, several studies have investigated global DNA methylation profiles and gene-specific DNA methylation in blood-based DNA to develop putative screening markers for cancer. However, most of the studies have not yet been validated. In our study, we analyzed the promoter methylation of RASSF1A and ATM in peripheral blood DNA of 229 sporadic patients and 151 healthy controls by the MassARRAY EpiTYPER assay...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Devram S Ghorpade, Lale Ozcan, Ze Zheng, Sarah M Nicoloro, Yuefei Shen, Emily Chen, Matthias Blüher, Michael P Czech, Ira Tabas
Obesity-induced metabolic disease involves functional integration among several organs via circulating factors, but little is known about crosstalk between liver and visceral adipose tissue (VAT). In obesity, VAT becomes populated with inflammatory adipose tissue macrophages (ATMs). In obese humans, there is a close correlation between adipose tissue inflammation and insulin resistance, and in obese mice, blocking systemic or ATM inflammation improves insulin sensitivity. However, processes that promote pathological adipose tissue inflammation in obesity are incompletely understood...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Kaouther Kerboua, Oualid Hamdaoui
A computational study treating cavitation phenomenon within a single bubble undergoing various controlled ultrasonic waveforms is presented in this paper. Numerical simulations using sinusoidal, square, triangular and sawtooth waves crossing an aqueous media, saturated with oxygen, are conducted upon various operational conditions of frequency and amplitude. Bubble radius, temperature and pressure were estimated over time for 64 combined cases. The obtained results show that at relatively low acoustic pressure, i...
May 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Xiao Huang, Qian-Xi Wang, A-Man Zhang, Jian Su
Acoustic bubbles have wide and important applications in ultrasonic cleaning, sonochemistry and medical ultrasonics. A two-microbubble system (TMS) under ultrasonic wave excitation is explored in the present study, by using the boundary element method (BEM) based on the potential flow theory. A parametric study of the behaviour of a TMS has been carried out in terms of the amplitude and direction of ultrasound as well as the sizes and separation distance of the two bubbles. Three regimes of the dynamic behaviour of the TMS have been identified in terms of the pressure amplitude of the ultrasonic wave...
May 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Hayley L Letson, Geoffrey P Dobson
BACKGROUND: Currently no drug therapy prevents secondary injury progression after TBI. Our aim was to investigate the effects of small-volume intravenous adenosine, lidocaine and Mg (ALM) resuscitation fluid after moderate-TBI in a rat fluid-percussion injury model. METHODS: Anesthetized, mechanically-ventilated male Sprague-Dawley rats (449±5g) were randomly assigned to one of four groups: 1) Sham (craniotomy without TBI), 2) No-Treatment, 3) Saline-controls or 4) ALM therapy (all n=16)...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
Koki Wakamoto, Shigehiro Doi, Ayumu Nakashima, Toru Kawai, Yasufumi Kyuden, Takayuki Naito, Mariko Asai, Shunsuke Takahashi, Masaaki Murakami, Takao Masaki
PURPOSE: This study was performed to investigate the effect of the balloon dilation pressure on the 12-month patency rate in patients with failed arteriovenous fistulas undergoing hemodialysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this multicenter, prospective, randomized trial, the 4-mm-diameter YOROI balloon was used for dilation of stenotic lesions. The balloons were inflated to a pressure of 8 atm (low-pressure group) or 30 atm to achieve complete expansion (high-pressure group)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Li-Yun Fann, Ying Chen, Da-Chen Chu, Shao-Ju Weng, Heng-Cheng Chu, Alexander T H Wu, Jiann-Fong Lee, Ahmed Atef Ahmed Ali, Tsung-Chih Chen, Hsu-Shan Huang, Kuo-Hsing Ma
The small-molecule naphtha [2,3-f]quinoxaline-7,12-dione (NSC745887) can effectively inhibit the proliferation of various cancers by trapping DNA-topoisomerase cleavage. The aim of this study was to elucidate cellular responses of NSC745887 in human glioblastoma multiforme (GBM, U118MG and U87MG cells) and investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms. NSC745887 reduced the cell survival rate and increased the sub-G1 population in dose- and time-dependent manners in GBM cells. Moreover, NSC745887 increased expression of γH2AX and caused DNA fragmentation leading to DNA damage...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Chao Shi, Bei-Qing Pan, Feng Shi, Zhi-Hui Xie, Yan-Yi Jiang, Li Shang, Yu Zhang, Xin Xu, Yan Cai, Jia-Jie Hao, Ming-Rong Wang
Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is one of the malignancies in digestive system, with a low 5-year survival rate. We previously revealed that Sequestosome 1 (SQSTM1/p62) protein levels were upregulated in ESCC tissues. However, it is unclear about the function of p62 and the underlying mechanism. Here, we used immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry to investigate the expression of p62 in ESCC. Western blotting, quantitative RT-PCR, colony formation assay, flow cytometry, immunoprecipitation and xenograft tumor assay were used to analyze the role of p62 in vitro and vivo...
March 19, 2018: Oncogene
Ahmed H Ghobashi, Maher A Kamel
The maintenance of genome integrity is essential for organism survival. Therefore, eukaryotic cells possess many DNA repair mechanisms in response to DNA damage. Acetyltransferase, Tip60, plays a central role in ATM and p53 activation which are involved in DNA repair. Recent works uncovered the roles of Tip60 in ATM and p53 activation and how Tip60 is recruited to double-strand break sites. Moreover, recent works have demonstrated the role of Tip60 in cancer progression. Here, we review the current understanding of how Tip60 activates both ATM and p53 in response to DNA damage and his new roles in tumorigenesis...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Applied Genetics
Dustin P Joubert, Jorge Z Granados, Jonathan M Oliver, Bethany L Noack, Peter W Grandjean, Christopher R Woodman, Steven E Riechman, Stephen F Crouse
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to compare acute bouts of aquatic treadmill (ATM) and land treadmill (LTM) exercise on flow-mediated dilation (FMD), post-exercise blood pressure (BP), plasma nitrate/nitrite (PN), and atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) in untrained, pre-hypertensive men. DESIGN: In a counterbalanced, crossover design, 19 untrained, pre-hypertensive men completed bouts of ATM and LTM on separate days. FMD was measured pre-exercise and 1-hour post-exercise...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Anthony J Kee, Jayshan Chagan, Jeng Yie Chan, Nicole S Bryce, Christine A Lucas, Jun Zeng, Jeff Hook, Herbert Treutlein, D Ross Laybutt, Justine R Stehn, Peter W Gunning, Edna C Hardeman
The development of novel small molecule inhibitors of the cancer-associated tropomyosin 3.1 (Tpm3.1) provides the ability to examine the metabolic function of specific actin filament populations. We have determined the ability of these anti-Tpm (ATM) compounds to regulate glucose metabolism in mice. Acute treatment (1 h) of wild-type (WT) mice with the compounds (TR100 and ATM1001) led to a decrease in glucose clearance due mainly to suppression of glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) from the pancreatic islets...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ryo Sato, Tetsuhiko Sato, Yuichi Shirasawa, Chika Kondo, Masao Tadakoshi, Michio Fukuda, Nobuyuki Ohte, Kunio Morozumi
OBJECTIVE: Although percutaneous transluminal angioplasty is an effective therapy against vascular access failure in hemodialysis patients, recurrent stenosis imposes enormous burden for hemodialysis patients. A nitinol scoring element-equipped helical balloon catheter (AngioSculpt® ) has been altered the landscape for treating several vascular diseases. It is not, however, fully elucidated whether AngioSculpt for advanced vascular access stenosis, difficult to expand by conventional balloons, successfully provides bailout angioplasty...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Jinyu Wang, Haitao Zhang, Mohammed Al Shibar, Belinda Willard, Alo Ray, Kurt W Runge
Telomeres, the ends of eukaryotic chromosomes, consist of repetitive DNA sequences and their bound proteins that protect the end from the DNA damage response. Short telomeres with fewer repeats are preferentially elongated by telomerase. Tel1, the yeast homolog of human ATM kinase, is preferentially recruited to short telomeres and Tel1 kinase activity is required for telomere elongation. Rif1, a telomere-binding protein, negatively regulates telomere length by forming a complex with two other telomere binding proteins, Rap1 and Rif2, to block telomerase recruitment...
March 7, 2018: DNA Repair
Justin Stebbing, Kalpit Shah, Lei Cheng Lit, Teresa Gagliano, Angeliki Ditsiou, Tingting Wang, Franz Wendler, Thomas Simon, Krisztina Sára Szabó, Timothy O'Hanlon, Michael Dean, April Camilla Roslani, Swee Hung Cheah, Soo-Chin Lee, Georgios Giamas
Lemur tyrosine kinase 3 (LMTK3) is an oncogenic kinase that is involved in different types of cancer (breast, lung, gastric, colorectal) and biological processes including proliferation, invasion, migration, chromatin remodeling as well as innate and acquired endocrine resistance. However, the role of LMTK3 in response to cytotoxic chemotherapy has not been investigated thus far. Using both 2D and 3D tissue culture models, we found that overexpression of LMTK3 decreased the sensitivity of breast cancer cell lines to cytotoxic (doxorubicin) treatment...
March 15, 2018: Oncogene
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