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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106292/23-hydroxytormentic-acid-protects-human-dermal-fibroblasts-by-attenuating-uva-induced-oxidative-stress
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Hae Jeong Youn, Ki Bbeum Kim, Hyo-Sun Han, In-Sook An, Kyu Joong Ahn
Ultraviolet A (UVA), one of the major components of sunlight, can penetrate the dermal layer of the skin and generate reactive oxygen species (ROS). It causes alterations in the dermal connective tissue and gene expression, inflammation, photoaging, and DNA damage. Therefore, the harmful effects of UVA and strategies to reduce it have been consistently investigated. 23-Hydroxytormentic acid (23-HTA) has been demonstrated to improve drug-induced nephrotoxicity and exhibit several free radical scavenging effects with other molecules...
January 20, 2017: Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105749/octopamine-enhances-oxidative-stress-resistance-through-the-fasting-responsive-transcription-factor-daf-16-foxo-in%C3%A2-c-%C3%A2-elegans
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Haruka Hoshikawa, Masaharu Uno, Sakiko Honjoh, Eisuke Nishida
Dietary restriction regimens lead to enhanced stress resistance and extended life span in many species through the regulation of fasting and/or diet-responsive mechanisms. The fasting stimulus is perceived by sensory neurons and causes behavioral and metabolic adaptations. Octopamine (OA), one of the Caenorhabditis elegans neurotransmitters, is involved in behavioral adaptations, and its levels are increased under fasting conditions. However, it remains largely unknown how OA contributes to the fasting responses...
January 20, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105176/dihydroartemisinin-transiently-activates-the-jnk-sapk-signaling-pathway-in-endothelial-cells
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Fengyun Dong, Ju Han, Guoxian Jing, Xiaocui Chen, Suhua Yan, Longtao Yue, Zhiqun Cao, Xiaochun Liu, Guozhao Ma, Ju Liu
Artemisinin and its derivatives are well-known anti-malaria drugs and in the early stages of research for cancer treatment. Dihydroartemisinin (DHA), a more water-soluble derivative of artemisinin, has demonstrated strong anti-angiogenic activity. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms of the effect of DHA on angiogenesis. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) treated with DHA were examined for apoptosis and activation of the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling pathway, one of the major mitogen-activated protein kinase cascades...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099887/comparative-proteomics-of-paired-vocal-fold-and-oral-mucosa-fibroblasts
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Michael Karbiener, Barbara Darnhofer, Marie-Therese Frisch, Beate Rinner, Ruth Birner-Gruenberger, Markus Gugatschka
: Injuries of the vocal folds frequently heal with scar formation, which can have lifelong detrimental impact on voice quality. Current treatments to prevent or resolve scars of the vocal fold mucosa are highly unsatisfactory. In contrast, the adjacent oral mucosa is mostly resistant to scarring. These differences in healing tendency might relate to distinct properties of the fibroblasts populating oral and vocal fold mucosae. We thus established the in vitro cultivation of paired, near-primary vocal fold fibroblasts (VFF) and oral mucosa fibroblasts (OMF) to perform a basic cellular characterization and comparative cellular proteomics...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099497/assessing-the-mental-health-impact-of-the-2011-great-japan-earthquake-tsunami-and-radiation-disaster-on-elementary-and-middle-school-children-in-the-fukushima-prefecture-of-japan
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Mark Lieber
BACKGROUND: On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred off of Japan's Pacific coast, which was followed by huge tsunamis that destroyed many coastal cities in the area. Due to the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, malfunctions occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi (Fukushima I) nuclear power plant, resulting in the release of radioactive material in the region. While recent studies have investigated the effects of these events on the mental health of adults in the region, no studies have yet been performed investigating similar effects among children...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098811/aspalathin-protects-the-heart-against-hyperglycemia-induced-oxidative-damage-by-up-regulating-nrf2-expression
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Phiwayinkosi V Dludla, Christo J F Muller, Elizabeth Joubert, Johan Louw, M Faadiel Essop, Kwazi B Gabuza, Samira Ghoor, Barbara Huisamen, Rabia Johnson
Aspalathin (ASP) can protect H9c2 cardiomyocytes against high glucose (HG)-induced shifts in myocardial substrate preference, oxidative stress, and apoptosis. The protective mechanism of ASP remains unknown. However, as one of possible, it is well known that phytochemical flavonoids reduce oxidative stress via nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2) activation resulting in up-regulation of antioxidant genes and enzymes. Therefore, we hypothesized that ASP protects the myocardium against HG- and hyperglycemia-induced oxidative damage by up-regulating Nrf2 expression in H9c2 cardiomyocytes and diabetic (db/db) mice, respectively...
January 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098734/multimodal-fundus-imaging-of-outer-retinal-tubulations-in-choroidal-osteoma-patients
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Yi Xuan, Yongjin Zhang, Min Wang, Jinli Guo, Lei Li, Wei Liu, Xiaofeng Ye
PURPOSE: To evaluate the morphological findings of outer retinal tubulations (ORTs) shown on multimodal imaging modalities in patients with choroidal osteoma. METHODS: Nineteen eyes of 17 patients with choroidal osteoma underwent full clinical and imaging assessments. Color fundus photography, spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (OCT), and en face OCT were used to identify and detect the characteristics of ORT structures, including the shape, configuration, location, and distribution in the fundus...
January 16, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093052/erk-nrf2-ho-1-pathway-mediated-mitophagy-alleviates-traumatic-brain-injury-induced-intestinal-mucosa-damage-and-epithelial-barrier-dysfunction
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Yinlong Liu, Zhongyuan Bao, Xiupeng Xu, Honglu Chao, Chao Lin, Zheng Li, Yan Liu, Xiaoming Wang, Yongping You, Ning Liu, Jing Ji
Gastrointestinal dysfunction is one of several physiologic complications in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI can result in increased intestinal permeability due to apoptosis of intestinal epithelial cells, which contain a large number of mitochondria for persisting barrier function. Autophagy of damaged mitochondria (mitophagy) controls the quality of the mitochondria and regulates cellular homeostasis. However, the exact mechanism of mitophagy that underlies the pathological changes induced by TBI is unknown...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092862/protective-effects-of-total-flavonoids-of-astragalus-against-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-in-rats-by-regulating-opg-rankl-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Xin-Yu Liu, Lu Xu, Ying Wang, Jin-Xia Li, Yu Zhang, Chong Zhang, Sha-Sha Wang, Xue-Mei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Astragalus membranaceus Bunge is one of the oldest and most frequently used crude herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. The total flavonoids of Astragalus (TFA) are the main active components isolated from Astragalus membranaceus Bunge. Our recent study has shown its potential immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects in vivo and in vitro. However, its anti-arthritic effects and mechanisms of action involved have not been elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effects and possible mechanisms of TFA on Freund's complete adjuvant (FCA)-induced arthritis in rats...
January 13, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091411/protective-effects-of-calpain-inhibition-on-neurovascular-unit-injury-through-downregulating-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-related-inflammation-during-traumatic-brain-injury-in-mice
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Xiao-Gang Tao, Jing-Hua Shi, Shu-Yu Hao, Xue-Tao Chen, Bai-Yun Liu
BACKGROUND: In addition to neurons, all components of the neurovascular unit (NVU), such as glial, endothelial, and basal membranes, are destroyed during traumatic brain injury (TBI). Previous studies have shown that excessive stimulation of calpain is crucial for cerebral injury after traumatic insult. The objective of this study was to investigate whether calpain activation participated in NVU disruption and edema formation in a mouse model of controlled cortical impact (CCI). METHODS: One hundred and eight mice were divided into three groups: the sham group, the control group, and the MDL28170 group...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089915/dendrimers-as-nanocarriers-for-nucleoside-analogues
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REVIEW
Michał Gorzkiewicz, Barbara Klajnert-Maculewicz
Dendrimers constitute a class of hyperbranched macromolecules with several potential applications due to their unique properties such as a well-defined structure, multivalency and biocompatibility. These polymers became one of the most promising drug nanocarriers, providing improved solubility of therapeutics, high loading capacity and controllable biodistribution pattern. In addition, the use of dendrimers as drug delivery devices in cancer therapies may help to overcome the resistance mechanisms by transporting activated drug molecules directly to cancer cells...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089712/effect-of-heme-oxygenase-1-on-ochratoxin-a-induced-nephrotoxicity-in-mice
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Agnieszka Loboda, Anna Stachurska, Paulina Podkalicka, Mateusz Sobczak, Olga Mucha, Agnieszka Witalisz-Siepracka, Alicja Jozkowicz, Jozef Dulak
Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), a heme-degrading enzyme, is suggested to play an important role in kidney pathophysiology, mostly due to its anti-fibrotic, anti-apoptotic and anti-oxidant properties. One of the mycotoxin, ochratoxin A (OTA) was previously shown to affect HO-1 expression, however, the mechanisms of OTA-induced nephrotoxicity during HO-1 deficiency are unknown. We have shown that OTA regulates the number of pro-fibrotic, pro-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and pro-apoptotic factors in HO-1 dependent manner, as the lack of HO-1 accelerates whereas the induction of HO-1 expression by cobalt protoporphyrin (CoPP) attenuates nephrotoxic effect of OTA...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089347/virtual-screening-and-experimental-validation-identify-novel-modulators-of-nuclear-receptor-rxr%C3%AE-from-drugbank-database
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Dan Xu, Lijun Cai, Shangjie Guo, Lei Xie, Meimei Yin, Ziwen Chen, Hu Zhou, Ying Su, Zhiping Zeng, Xiaokun Zhang
Retinoid X receptor alpha (RXRα), an important ligand-dependent transcription factor, plays a critical role in the development of various cancers and metabolic and neurodegenerative diseases. Therefore, RXRα represents one of the most important targets in modern drug discovery. In this study, Drugbank 2.0 with 1280 old drugs were virtually screened by Glide according to the crystal structure of ligand-binding domain (LBP) of RXRα. 15 compounds selected were tested for their binding and transcriptional activity toward RXRα by Biacore and reporter gene assay, respectively...
December 26, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086956/differential-expression-of-e-type-prostanoid-receptors-2-and-4-in-microglia-stimulated-with-lipopolysaccharide
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Ester Bonfill-Teixidor, Amaia Otxoa-de-Amezaga, Miriam Font-Nieves, M Glòria Sans-Fons, Anna M Planas
BACKGROUND: Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is induced under inflammatory conditions, and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is one of the products of COX activity. PGE2 has pleiotropic actions depending on the activation of specific E-type prostanoid EP1-4 receptors. We investigated the involvement of PGE2 and EP receptors in glial activation in response to an inflammatory challenge induced by LPS. METHODS: Cultures of mouse microglia or astroglia cells were treated with LPS in the presence or absence of COX-2 inhibitors, and the production of PGE2 was measured by ELISA...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086911/enhanced-neuroinflammation-mediated-by-dna-methylation-of-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-triggers-cognitive-dysfunction-after-sevoflurane-anesthesia-in-adult-rats-subjected-to-maternal-separation-during-the-neonatal-period
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Yangzi Zhu, Yu Wang, Rui Yao, Ting Hao, Junli Cao, He Huang, Liwei Wang, Yuqing Wu
BACKGROUND: Mounting evidence indicates that children who experience abuse and neglect are prone to chronic diseases and premature mortality later in life. One mechanistic hypothesis for this phenomenon is that early life adversity alters the expression or functioning of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) throughout the course of life and thereby increases sensitivity to inflammatory stimulation. An exaggerated pro-inflammatory response is generally considered to be a key cause of postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD)...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081193/environmental-factors-can-influence-mitochondrial-inheritance-in-the-saccharomyces-yeast-hybrids
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Yu-Yi Hsu, Jui-Yu Chou
Mitochondria play a critical role in the generation of metabolic energy and are crucial for eukaryotic cell survival and proliferation. In most sexual eukaryotes, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is inherited from only one parent in non-Mendelian inheritance in contrast to the inheritance of nuclear DNA. The model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae is commonly used to study mitochondrial biology. It has two mating types: MATa and MATα. Previous studies have suggested that the mtDNA inheritance patterns in hybrid diploid cells depend on the genetic background of parental strains...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077890/effect-of-lead-nanoparticles-inhalation-on-bone-calcium-sensing-receptor-hydroxyapatite-crystal-and-receptor-activator-of-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-in-rats
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Rendra Leonas, Zairin Noor, Hermawan Nagar Rasyid, Tita Husnitawati Madjid, Fachry Ambia Tanjung
This study aimed to investigate whether Pb nanoparticle exposure affects the bone calcium sensing receptor (CaSR), hydroxyapatite crystal, and receptor activator of nuclear factor-kappa B (RANK) in rats exposed to subchronic and chronic inhalation. Thirty two rats were randomly divided into eight groups. One group is a non-exposed group. While three groups were exposed to nanoparticles Pb at the following doses 6.25; 12.5; or 25 mg/m(3) an hour daily for 28 days. Another three groups were exposed to nanoparticles Pb at following doses 6...
October 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077658/a-cytoplasmic-rna-virus-alters-the-function-of-the-cell-splicing-protein-srsf2
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Efraín E Rivera-Serrano, Ethan J Fritch, Elizabeth H Scholl, Barbara Sherry
: To replicate efficiently, viruses must create favorable cell conditions and overcome cell antiviral responses. We previously reported that the reovirus protein μ2 from strain T1L, but not strain T3D, represses one antiviral response: interferon-α/β (IFN-β) signaling. We report here that T1L but not T3D μ2 localizes to nuclear speckles where it forms a complex with the mRNA splicing factor SRSF2 and alters its sub-nuclear localization. Reovirus replicates in cytoplasmic viral factories and there is no evidence that reovirus genomic or messenger RNAs are spliced, suggesting that T1L μ2 might target splicing of cell RNAs...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076901/nuclear-factor-one-transcription-factors-as-epigenetic-regulators-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Mitchell Fane, Lachlan Harris, Aaron G Smith, Michael Piper
Tumour heterogeneity poses a distinct obstacle to therapeutic intervention. While the initiation of tumours across various physiological systems is frequently associated with signature mutations in genes that drive proliferation and bypass senescence, increasing evidence suggests that tumour progression and clonal diversity is driven at an epigenetic level. The tumour microenvironment plays a key role in driving diversity as cells adapt to demands during tumour growth, and is thought to drive certain subpopulations back to a stem cell-like state...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074262/activated-microglia-induce-the-production-of-reactive-oxygen-species-and-promote-apoptosis-of-co-cultured-retinal-microvascular-pericytes
#20
Xinyi Ding, Meng Zhang, Ruiping Gu, Gezhi Xu, Haixiang Wu
PURPOSE: Pericyte apoptosis is a predominant feature of early diabetic retinopathy. In diabetic retinopathy, activated microglia migrate and release proinflammatory cytokines that contribute to disruption of the blood-retinal barrier, neuronal loss, and enhanced ROS production. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are implicated in pericyte death; however, the mechanism by which activated microglia affect retinal microvascular pericytes is unclear. We hypothesized that activated microglia may promote pericyte apoptosis by enhancing ROS production...
January 10, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
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