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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545248/ephedra-treated-donor-derived-gut-microbiota-transplantation-ameliorates-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-in-rats
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Jing-Hua Wang, Bong-Soo Kim, Kyungsun Han, Hojun Kim
Changes in gut microbiota (GM) are closely associated with metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2 diabetes and so on. Several medicinal herbs, including Ephedra sinica (Es), have anti-obesity effects that ameliorate metabolic disorders. Therefore, in this study we evaluated whether Es maintains its anti-obesity effect through Es-altered gut microbiota (EsM) transplantation. GM was isolated from cecal contents of Es treated and untreated rats following repeated transplants into obese rats via oral gavage over three weeks...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545081/perturbed-adipose-tissue-hydrogen-peroxide-metabolism-in-centrally-obese-men-association-with-insulin-resistance
#2
May G Akl, Eman Fawzy, Maha Deif, Ayman Farouk, Amany K Elshorbagy
OBJECTIVE: Although adipose tissue hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and its metabolizing enzymes have been linked to obesity and insulin resistance in animal studies, this relation remains to be evaluated in humans. METHODS: Non-diabetic men (N = 43, median age, 49 (37, 54 y)) undergoing abdominal surgeries were studied. Participants were classified by body mass index (BMI) into normal-weight (N = 19), or overweight/obese (Ow/Ob; BMI ≥25; N = 24). Centrally obese men were identified by waist-height ratio ≥0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545035/novel-ppar%C3%AE-agonist-mhy553-alleviates-hepatic-steatosis-by-increasing-fatty-acid-oxidation-and-decreasing-inflammation-during-aging
#3
Seong Min Kim, Bonggi Lee, Hye Jin An, Dae Hyun Kim, Kyung Chul Park, Sang-Gyun Noh, Ki Wung Chung, Eun Kyeong Lee, Kyung Mok Kim, Do Hyun Kim, Su Jeong Kim, Pusoon Chun, Ho Jeong Lee, Hyung Ryong Moon, Hae Young Chung
Hepatic steatosis is frequently observed in obese and aged individuals. Because hepatic steatosis is closely associated with metabolic syndromes, including insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and inflammation, numerous efforts have been made to develop compounds that ameliorate it. Here, a novel peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) α agonist, 4-(benzo[d]thiazol-2-yl)benzene-1,3-diol (MHY553) was developed, and investigated its beneficial effects on hepatic steatosis using young and old Sprague-Dawley rats and HepG2 cells...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545032/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-mediated-membrane-expression-of-crt-erp57-induces-immunogenic-apoptosis-in-drug-resistant-endometrial-cancer-cells
#4
Qin Xu, Chuanben Chen, An Lin, Yunqing Xie
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-mediated CRT/ERp57 complex expression underlying the mechanism of resistance to doxorubicin (DOX) in endometrial carcinoma (EC) in vivo and in vitro. METHODS: The expression of CRT, ERp57, p-PERK, eIF2α, p-eIF2α in EC patients and EC cells was detected by Western blots and by immunofluorescence assay. MTT assay was used to determine the LC50 of EC cells to DOX and cell viability. Apoptosis was assayed using flow cytometer...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545020/microtubule-inhibitor-sp-6-27-inhibits-angiogenesis-and-induces-apoptosis-in-ovarian-cancer-cells
#5
Arpita Kulshrestha, Gajendra K Katara, Safaa A Ibrahim, Renukadevi Patil, Shivaputra A Patil, Kenneth D Beaman
In ovarian cancer (OVCA), treatment failure due to chemo-resistance is a serious challenge. It is therefore critical to identify new therapies that are effective against resistant tumors and have reduced side effects. We recently identified 4-H-chromenes as tubulin depolymerizing agents that bind to colchicine site of beta-tubulin. Here, we screened a chemical library of substituted 4-H-chromenes and identified SP-6-27 to exhibit most potent anti-proliferative activity towards a panel of human cisplatin sensitive and resistant OVCA cell lines with 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50; mean ± SD) ranging from 0...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544747/k-ras-mutation-and-amplification-status-is-predictive-of-resistance-and-high-basal-pakt-is-predictive-of-sensitivity-to-everolimus-in-biliary-tract-cancer-cell-lines
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Yvonne Yeung, David K Lau, Fiona Chionh, Hoanh Tran, Janson W T Tse, Andrew J Weickhardt, Mehrdad Nikfarjam, Andrew M Scott, Niall C Tebbutt, John M Mariadason
Advanced biliary tract cancer (BTC) has a poor prognosis and limited treatment options. The PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway is hyperactivated in a subset of BTCs and clinical activity to the mTOR inhibitor everolimus has been observed in some BTC patients. The goal of this study was to identify biomarkers predictive of everolimus response. Twenty BTC cell lines were assessed for everolimus sensitivity with a spectrum of growth inhibitory responses observed. Molecular biomarkers of sensitivity and resistance were identified by interrogation of the activation status of the Ras/MAPK and PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathways...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544681/tenebrio-molitor-gram-negative-binding-protein-3-tmgnbp3-is-essential-for-inducing-downstream-antifungal-tenecin-1-gene-expression-against-infection-with-beauveria-bassiana-jef-007
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Yi-Ting Yang, Mi Rong Lee, Se Jin Lee, Sihyeon Kim, Yu-Shin Nai, Jae Su Kim
The Toll signaling pathway is responsible for defense against both Gram-positive bacteria and fungi. Gram-negative binding protein 3 (GNBP3) has a strong affinity for the fungal cell wall component, β-1,3-glucan, which can activate the prophenoloxidase (proPO) cascade and induce the Toll signaling pathway. Myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) is an intracellular adaptor protein involved in the Toll signaling pathway. In this study, we monitored the response of 5 key genes (TmGNBP3, TmMyD88, and Tenecin 1, 2, and 3) in the Toll pathway of the mealworm Tenebrio molitor immune system against the fungus Beauveria bassiana JEF-007 using RT-PCR...
May 23, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544661/early-passage-mesenchymal-stem-cells-display-decreased-radiosensitivity-and-increased-dna-repair-activity
#8
Po-Kuei Wu, Jir-You Wang, Cheng-Fong Chen, Kuang-Yu Chao, Ming-Chau Chang, Wei-Ming Chen, Shih-Chieh Hung
Cell therapies using human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have received much attention in the past decade. In pursuit of the therapeutic potential of MSCs, cell expansion is required to generate a great number of cells with desired phenotype and functionality. Long-term expansion in vitro, however, can lead to altered functions. To explore the changes in DNA damage responses (DDR) in MSCs expanded, DDR pathways following irradiation were characterized in early- and late-passage bone marrow MSCs. Seventy-two hours after irradiation, the percentage of sub-G1 cells in early-passage MSCs did not change significantly...
June 2017: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544639/biomimetic-model-of-tumor-microenvironment-on-microfluidic-platform
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Minhwan Chung, Jungho Ahn, Kyungmin Son, Sudong Kim, Noo Li Jeon
The "Tumor microenvironment" (TME) is a complex, interacting system of the tumor and its surrounding environment. The TME has drawn more attention recently in attempts to overcome current drug resistance and the recurrence of cancer by understanding the cancer and its microenvironment systematically, beyond past reductionist approaches. However, a lack of experimental tools to dissect the intricate interactions has hampered in-depth research into the TME. Here, a biomimetic TME model using a microfluidic platform is presented, which enables the interaction between TME constituents to be studied in a comprehensive manner...
May 24, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544623/amphoteric-ion-exchange-membranes-with-significantly-improved-vanadium-barrier-properties-for-all-vanadium-redox-flow-batteries
#10
Olga Nibel, Tomasz Rojek, Thomas J Schmidt, Lorenz Gubler
All-vanadium redox flow batteries (VRBs) have attracted considerable interest as promising energy storage devices which can allow the efficient utilization of renewable energy sources. The membrane, which separates the porous electrodes in a redox flow cell, is one of the key components in VRBs. High rates of cross-over of vanadium ions and water through the membrane impair the efficiency and capacity of a VRB. Thus, membranes with low permeation rate of vanadium species and water are required, also characterized by low resistance and stability in the VRB environment...
May 23, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544604/thymic-peripheral-crosstalk-in-lymphodepletion-therapy
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EDITORIAL
M E Snyder, D L Farber
T cell depletion is widely used as induction therapy in solid organ transplants and particularly in kidney transplantation, to reduce the episodes of acute cellular rejection. The resultant reduction in T cell numbers is usually temporary, as T cells are actively replenished due to thymic output and/or lymphopenia-induced proliferation of remaining, depletion-resistant T cells. However, the extent of T cell replenishment and the persistence of lymphopenia varies between individuals, with potential impacts on protective or pathogenic immune responses...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544570/relative-susceptibility-of-airway-organisms-to-antimicrobial-effects-of-nitric-oxide
#12
Alan D Workman, Ryan M Carey, Michael A Kohanski, David W Kennedy, James N Palmer, Nithin D Adappa, Noam A Cohen
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO) is released in the airway as a critical component of innate immune defense against invading pathogenic organisms. It is well documented that bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects of NO are concentration-dependent. However, few data exist comparing relative susceptibility of common pathogens to NO at physiologic concentrations. In this study we evaluated the effects of NO on 4 common airway bacteria and 1 fungus, and examined the potential implications of discrepancies in sensitivity...
May 25, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544394/muscle-metabolic-alterations-induced-by-genetic-ablation-of-4e-bp1-and-4e-bp2-in-response-to-diet-induced-obesity
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Olivier Le Bacquer, Kristell Combe, Christophe Montaurier, Jérôme Salles, Christophe Giraudet, Véronique Patrac, Carla Domingues-Faria, Christelle Guillet, Katie Louche, Yves Boirie, Nahum Sonenberg, Cédric Moro, Stéphane Walrand
SCOPE: In recent years, several studies reported the role of eIF4E-binding proteins (4E-BPs) on the development of diet-induced obesity and insulin resistance. Our aim was to investigate the effect of 4E-BP protein deletion on lipid accumulation and metabolism in skeletal muscle in response to a high fat diet-induced obesity in 4E-BP1/2 DKO mice. METHODS AND RESULTS: Diet-induced obesity engendered increased ectopic accumulation of lipotoxic species in skeletal muscle of 4E-BP1 and 4E-BP2 double-knockout mice (4E-BP1/2 DKO), namely diacylglycerols and ceramides...
May 21, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544390/phenotypic-plasticity-and-remodeling-in-the-stress-induced-caenorhabditis-elegans-dauer
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REVIEW
Rebecca J Androwski, Kristen M Flatt, Nathan E Schroeder
Organisms are often capable of modifying their development to better suit their environment. Under adverse conditions, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans develops into a stress-resistant alternative larval stage called dauer. The dauer stage is the primary survival stage for C. elegans in nature. Large-scale tissue remodeling during dauer conveys resistance to harsh environments. The environmental and genetic regulation of the decision to enter dauer has been extensively studied. However, less is known about the mechanisms regulating tissue remodeling...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544385/korean-red-ginseng-extract-enhances-the-anticancer-effects-of-sorafenib-through-abrogation-of-creb-and-c-jun-activation-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
#15
Chulwon Kim, Jong Hyun Lee, Seung Ho Baek, Jeong-Hyeon Ko, Dongwoo Nam, Kwang Seok Ahn
Although application of sorafenib in the treatment of human renal cell carcinoma (RCC) remains one of the best examples of successful targeted therapy, majority of RCC patients suffer from its side effects as well as develop resistance to this targeted therapy. Thus, there is a need to promote novel alternative therapies for the treatment of RCC. In this study, we investigated whether Korean red ginseng extract (KRGE) could inhibit the proliferation and induce chemosensitization in human renal cancer cells...
May 22, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544355/temporal-overexpression-of-sirt1-in-skeletal-muscle-of-adult-mice-does-not-improve-insulin-sensitivity-or-markers-of-mitochondrial-biogenesis
#16
Kristoffer Svensson, Samuel A LaBarge, Vitor F Martins, Simon Schenk
AIMS: Activation of the NAD(+) dependent protein deacetylase SIRT1 has been proposed as a therapeutic strategy to treat mitochondrial dysfunction and insulin resistance in skeletal muscle. However, life-long overexpression of SIRT1 in skeletal muscle does not improve parameters of mitochondrial function and insulin sensitivity. In this study we investigated whether temporal overexpression of SIRT1 in muscle of adult mice would affect skeletal muscle mitochondrial function and insulin sensitivity...
May 22, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544324/albumin-templated-manganese-dioxide-nanoparticles-for-enhanced-radioisotope-therapy
#17
Longlong Tian, Qian Chen, Xuan Yi, Jiawen Chen, Chao Liang, Yu Chao, Kai Yang, Zhuang Liu
Although nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems have been widely explored for tumor-targeted delivery of radioisotope therapy (RIT), the hypoxia zones of tumors on one hand can hardly be reached by nanoparticles with relatively large sizes due to their limited intratumoral diffusion ability, on the other hand often exhibit hypoxia-associated resistance to radiation-induced cell damage. To improve RIT treatment of solid tumors, herein, radionuclide (131) I labeled human serum albumin (HSA)-bound manganese dioxide nanoparticles ((131) I-HSA-MnO2 ) are developed as a novel RIT nanomedicine platform that is responsive to the tumor microenvironment (TME)...
May 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544198/jaboticaba-berry-peel-intake-prevents-insulin-resistance-induced-tau-phosphorylation-in-mice
#18
Ângela G Batista, Edilene S Soares, Monique C P Mendonça, Juliana K da Silva, Ana Paula Dionísio, Cesar R Sartori, Maria Alice da Cruz-Höfling, Mário R Maróstica Júnior
The hyperphosphorylation of tau in the hippocampus can be caused by central and peripheral insulin resistance and these alterations are related to the development of tauopathies, such as Alzheimer's disease. In this study, we used a high-fat diet to induce obesity and insulin resistance in adult Swiss mice and checked whether supplementation with Myrciaria jaboticaba berry peel for 10 weeks could improve insulin sensitivity, learning/memory performance and prevent tau phosphorylation in the hippocampus. Furthermore, adipocytokines, inflammatory markers, and oxidative stress were assessed...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543931/severe-asthma-in-children
#19
REVIEW
Andrew Bush, Louise Fleming, Sejal Saglani
Most children with asthma have their disease easily controlled if low-dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) are regularly and correctly administered. If a child presents with asthma which is apparently resistant to therapy with high-dose ICS and other controllers, then they have problematic severe asthma. However, in light of the UK National Review of Asthma Deaths, definitions of severe asthma based solely on the levels of prescribed treatment are too narrow. A detailed assessment of all such children should be performed...
May 25, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543796/mxd1-mediates-hypoxia-induced-cisplatin-resistance-in-osteosarcoma-cells-by-repression-of-the-pten-tumor-suppressor-gene
#20
Datong Zheng, Weiling Wu, Na Dong, Xiuqin Jiang, Jinjin Xu, Xi Zhan, Zhengdong Zhang, Zhenzhen Hu
Hypoxia-induced chemoresistance remains a major obstacle to treating osteosarcoma effectively. Mxd1, a member of the Myc/Max/Mxd family, was shown to be involved in the development of drug resistance under hypoxia. However, the effect of Mxd1 on hypoxia-induced cisplatin (CDDP) resistance and its mechanism in osteosarcoma have not been fully elucidated. In this study, we demonstrated that HIF-1α-induced Mxd1 contributed to CDDP resistance in hypoxic U-2OS and MG-63 cells. The knockdown of Mxd1 expression elevated PTEN expression at both protein and RNA levels in these hypoxic cells...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
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