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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102849/berberine-sonodynamic-therapy-induces-autophagy-and-lipid-unloading-in-macrophage
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Jiayuan Y Kou, Ying Li, Zhaoyu Y Zhong, Yueqing Q Jiang, Xuesong S Li, Xiaobo B Han, Zhongni N Liu, Ye Tian, Liming M Yang
Impaired autophagy in macrophages accompanies the progression of atherosclerosis and contributes to lipid loading in plaques and ineffective lipid degradation. Therefore, evoking autophagy and its associated cholesterol efflux may provide a therapeutic treatment for atherosclerosis. In the present study, berberine-mediated sonodynamic therapy (BBR-SDT) was used to induce autophagy and cholesterol efflux in THP-1 macrophages and derived foam cells. Following BBR-SDT, autophagy was increased in the macrophages, autophagy resistance in the foam cells was prevented, and cholesterol efflux was induced...
January 19, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102843/il-17-mediated-mitochondrial-dysfunction-impairs-apoptosis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-synovial-fibroblasts-through-activation-of-autophagy
#2
Eun Kyung Kim, Jeong-Eun Kwon, Seon-Young Lee, Eun-Jung Lee, Da Som Kim, Su-Jin Moon, Jennifer Lee, Seung-Ki Kwok, Sung-Hwan Park, Mi-La Cho
Fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLSs) are a major cell population of the pannus that invades cartilage and bone in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). FLS resistance to apoptosis is a major characteristic of RA. The aims of this study were to investigate the effects of interleukin-17 (IL-17) and IL-17-producing T helper (Th17) cells on resistance to apoptosis in FLSs from RA patients (RA FLSs) and their roles in mitochondrial dysfunction and autophagy. Mitochondrial function was assessed in RA FLSs and FLSs from osteoarthritis patients (OA FLSs)...
January 19, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102669/intervention-of-isomaltodextrin-mitigates-intestinal-inflammation-in-a-dextran-sodium-sulfate-induced-mouse-model-of-colitis-via-inhibition-of-toll-like-receptor-4
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Kaustav Majumder, Toshihiko Fukuda, Hua Zhang, Takeo Sakurai, Yoshifumi Taniguchi, Hikaru Watanabe, Hitoshi Mitsuzumi, Toshiro Matsui, Yoshinori Mine
Isomaltodextrin (IMD), a highly branched α-glucan, is a type of resistant starch. Earlier studies have indicated that polysaccharides could prevent inflammation and can be effective in reducing the complications of chronic gastrointestinal diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Therefore, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effect of IMD in dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis in a mouse model. IMD (0.5, 1.0, 2.5, and 5.0% (w/v)) was given orally for 23 days to female Balb/c mice, and then 5% DSS was administered to induce colitis (from day 15 onward to the end of the trial)...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102430/innate-and-intrinsic-antiviral-immunity-in-drosophila
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REVIEW
Assel Mussabekova, Laurent Daeffler, Jean-Luc Imler
The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has been a valuable model to investigate the genetic mechanisms of innate immunity. Initially focused on the resistance to bacteria and fungi, these studies have been extended to include antiviral immunity over the last decade. Like all living organisms, insects are continually exposed to viruses and have developed efficient defense mechanisms. We review here our current understanding on antiviral host defense in fruit flies. A major antiviral defense in Drosophila is RNA interference, in particular the small interfering (si) RNA pathway...
January 19, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102395/sesamol-ameliorates-high-fat-and-high-fructose-induced-cognitive-defects-via-improving-insulin-signaling-disruption-in-the-central-nervous-system
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Zhigang Liu, Yali Sun, Qinglian Qiao, Tong Zhao, Wentong Zhang, Bo Ren, Qian Liu, Xuebo Liu
Sesamol, a nutritional component from sesame, possesses antioxidant, lipid lowering and antidepressant activities. Nonetheless, few studies report its effects on high-energy-dense diet-induced cognitive loss. The present research aimed to elucidate the action of sesamol on high-fat and high-fructose (HFFD) "western"-diet-induced central nervous system insulin resistance and learning and memory impairment, and further determined the possible underlying mechanism. 3 month-old C57BL/6J mice were divided into 3 groups with/without sesamol in the drinking water (0...
January 19, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102354/a-signature-of-renal-stress-resistance-induced-by-short-term-dietary-restriction-fasting-and-protein-restriction
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F Jongbloed, T C Saat, M Verweij, C Payan-Gomez, J H J Hoeijmakers, S van den Engel, C T van Oostrom, G Ambagtsheer, S Imholz, J L A Pennings, H van Steeg, J N M IJzermans, M E T Dollé, R W F de Bruin
During kidney transplantation, ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) induces oxidative stress. Short-term preoperative 30% dietary restriction (DR) and 3-day fasting protect against renal IRI. We investigated the contribution of macronutrients to this protection on both phenotypical and transcriptional levels. Male C57BL/6 mice were fed control food ad libitum, underwent two weeks of 30%DR, 3-day fasting, or received a protein-, carbohydrate- or fat-free diet for various periods of time. After completion of each diet, renal gene expression was investigated using microarrays...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102267/a-theoretical-foundation-for-multi-scale-regular-vegetation-patterns
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Corina E Tarnita, Juan A Bonachela, Efrat Sheffer, Jennifer A Guyton, Tyler C Coverdale, Ryan A Long, Robert M Pringle
Self-organized regular vegetation patterns are widespread and thought to mediate ecosystem functions such as productivity and robustness, but the mechanisms underlying their origin and maintenance remain disputed. Particularly controversial are landscapes of overdispersed (evenly spaced) elements, such as North American Mima mounds, Brazilian murundus, South African heuweltjies, and, famously, Namibian fairy circles. Two competing hypotheses are currently debated. On the one hand, models of scale-dependent feedbacks, whereby plants facilitate neighbours while competing with distant individuals, can reproduce various regular patterns identified in satellite imagery...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102180/hfo2-porous-anodic-alumina-composite-films-for-multifunctional-data-storage-media-materials-under-electric-field-control
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Liqian Qi, Di-Ya Pan, Jun-Qing Li, Lihu Liu, Huiyuan Sun
New materials for achieving direct electric field control of ferromagnetism and resistance behavior are highly desirable in the development of multifunctional data storage devices. In this paper, HfO2 nanoporous films have been fabricated on porous anodic alumina (PAA) substrates by DC-reactive magnetron sputtering. Electrically induced resistive switching (RS) and modulated room temperature ferromagnetism are simultaneously found in a Ag/HfO2/PAA/Al (Ag/HP/Al) heterostructure. The switching mechanism between low resistance state (LRS) and high resistance state (HRS) is generally attributed to the formation/rupture of conductive filaments which may consist of oxygen vacancies...
January 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101526/rapamycin-resistant-mtor-activity-is-required-for-sensory-axon-regeneration-induced-by-a-conditioning-lesion
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Weitao Chen, Na Lu, Yue Ding, Yuan Wang, Leung Ting Chan, Xu Wang, Xin Gao, Songshan Jiang, Kai Liu
Neuronal mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) activity is a critical determinant of the intrinsic regenerative ability of mature neurons in the adult central nervous system (CNS). However, whether its action also applies to peripheral nervous system (PNS) neurons after injury remains elusive. To address this issue unambiguously, we used genetic approaches to determine the role of mTOR signaling in sensory axon regeneration in mice. We showed that deleting mTOR in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons suppressed the axon regeneration induced by conditioning lesions...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101344/evaluation-of-pharmacological-relaxation-effect-of-the-natural-product-naringin-on-in-vitro-cultured-airway-smooth-muscle-cells-and-in-vivo-ovalbumin-induced-asthma-balb-c-mice
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Yue Wang, Yun Lu, Mingzhi Luo, Xiaohao Shi, Yan Pan, Huilong Zeng, Linhong Deng
Asthma has become a common chronic respiratory disease worldwide and its prevalence is predicted to continue increasing in the next decade, particularly in developing countries. A key component in asthma therapy is to alleviate the excessive bronchial airway narrowing ultimately due to airway smooth muscle contraction, which is often facilitated by a smooth muscle relaxant, such as the β2-adrenergic agonists. Recently, bitter taste receptor (TAS2R) agonists, including saccharin and chloroquine, have been found to potently relax the airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) via intracellular Ca(2+) signaling...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101169/role-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-wnt-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-and-wnt-ca-2-pathways-in-cisplatin-induced-chemoresistance-in-ovarian-cancer
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Lu Huang, Ye Jin, Shujun Feng, Yuqing Zou, Sainan Xu, Shuang Qiu, Ling Li, Jianhua Zheng
The aim of the present study was to explore the expression of Wnt signaling proteins β-catenin, c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) in ovarian cancer cells, and assess the correlation between this expression and cisplatin-induced chemoresistance. SKOV3 ovarian carcinoma cells and SKOV3/DDP (cisplatin resistant) cells were treated with cisplatin in the absence or presence of a Wnt signaling activator (CHIR-99021, glycogen synthase kinase 3β inhibitor) or inhibitor (XAV-939, tankyrase inhibitor)...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101123/regulatory-landscape-of-age-rage-oxidative-stress-axis-and-its-modulation-by-ppar%C3%AE-activation-in-high-fructose-diet-induced-metabolic-syndrome
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Luca Cannizzaro, Giuseppe Rossoni, Federica Savi, Alessandra Altomare, Cristina Marinello, Thammakorn Saethang, Marina Carini, D Michael Payne, Trairak Pisitkun, Giancarlo Aldini, Asada Leelahavanichkul
BACKGROUND: The AGE-RAGE-oxidative stress (AROS) axis is involved in the onset and progression of metabolic syndrome induced by a high-fructose diet (HFD). PPARγ activation is known to modulate metabolic syndrome; however a systems-level investigation looking at the protective effects of PPARγ activation as related to the AROS axis has not been performed. The aim of this work is to simultaneously characterize multiple molecular parameters within the AROS axis, using samples taken from different body fluids and tissues of a rat model of HFD-induced metabolic syndrome, in the presence or absence of a PPARγ agonist, Rosiglitazone (RGZ)...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100961/auxin-extraction-and-purification-based-on-recombinant-aux-iaa-proteins
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Yi Su, Weigui Luo, Xiaofei Chen, Huizhen Liu, Yueqing Hu, Wanhuang Lin, Langtao Xiao
BACKGROUND: Indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) extraction and purification are of great importance in auxin research, which is a hot topic in the plant growth and development field. Solid-phase extraction (SPE) is frequently used for IAA extraction and purification. However, no IAA-specific SPE columns are commercially available at the moment. Therefore, the development of IAA-specific recognition materials and IAA extraction and purification methods will help researchers meet the need for more precise analytical methods for research on phytohormones...
2017: Biological Procedures Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100706/oscul3a-negatively-regulates-cell-death-and-immunity-by-degrading-osnpr1-in-rice
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Qun-En Liu, Yuese Ning, Yingxin Zhang, Ning Yu, Chunde Zhao, Xiaodeng Zhan, Weixun Wu, Daibo Chen, Xiangjin Wei, Guo-Liang Wang, Shihua Cheng, Liyong Cao
Cullin3-based RING E3 ubiquitin ligases (CRL3), composed of Cullin3 (CUL3), RBX1, and BTB proteins, are involved in plant immunity but the function of CUL3 in the process is largely unknown. Here, we show that rice OsCUL3a is important for the regulation of cell death and immunity. The rice lesion mimic mutant oscul3a displays a significant increase in the accumulation of flg22- and chitin-induced reactive oxygen species, and in pathogenesis-related gene expression as well as resistance to Magnaporthe oryzae and Xanthomonas oryzae pv...
January 18, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100616/the-v3-loop-of-hiv-1-env-determines-viral-susceptibility-to-ifitm3-impairment-of-viral-infectivity
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Yimeng Wang, Qinghua Pan, Shilei Ding, Zhen Wang, Jingyou Yu, Andrés Finzi, Shan-Lu Liu, Chen Liang
: Interferon inducible transmembrane proteins (IFITMs) inhibit a broad spectrum of viruses including HIV-1. IFITM proteins deter HIV-1 entry when expressed in target cells and also impair HIV-1 infectivity when expressed in virus producer cells. However, little is known about how viruses resist IFITM inhibition. In this study, we have investigated the susceptibilities of different primary isolates of HIV-1 to the inhibition of viral infectivity by IFITMs. Our results demonstrate that the infectivity of different HIV-1 primary isolates including transmitted founder viruses is diminished by IFITM3 to various levels, with strain AD8-1 exhibiting strong resistance...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100611/the-envelope-gene-of-transmitted-hiv-1-resists-a-late-ifn%C3%AE-induced-block
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Suzannah J Rihn, Toshana L Foster, Idoia Busnadiego, Muhamad Afiq Aziz, Joseph Hughes, Stuart J D Neil, Sam J Wilson
: Type I interferon (IFN) signaling engenders an antiviral state that likely plays an important role in constraining HIV-1 transmission and contributes to defining subsequent AIDS pathogenesis. Type II IFN (IFNγ) also induces an antiviral state but is often primarily considered to be an immunomodulatory cytokine. We report that IFNγ stimulation can induce an antiviral state that can be both distinct from that of type I interferon, and can potently inhibit HIV-1 in primary CD4+ T cells and a number of human cell lines...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100475/effects-of-obesity-and-exercise-on-testicular-leptin-signal-transduction-and-testosterone-biosynthesis-in-male-mice
#17
Xuejie Yi, Haining Gao, Dequan Chen, Donghui Tang, Wanting Huang, Tao Li, Tie Ma, Bo Chang
To explore the role of the testicular leptin and JAK-STAT(LEP-JAK-STAT) pathway in testosterone biosynthesis during juvenile stages and exercise for weight loss, male C57BL/6J mice were randomly divided into normal-diet (ND) and high-fat diet (HFD) groups. After 10 weeks, mice in the HFD group were further divided randomly into obese control (OC), obese moderate-volume exercise (OME), and obese high-volume exercise (OHE) groups. Mice in the OME group were provided with 2 h/day, 6 days/week swimming exercise for 8 weeks and mice in the OHE group underwent twice the amount of daily exercise intervention as the OME group...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100259/antitumor-activity-of-mir-34a-in-peritoneal-mesothelioma-relies-on-c-met-and-axl-inhibition-persistent-activation-of-erk-and-akt-signaling-as-a-possible-cytoprotective-mechanism
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Rihan El Bezawy, Michelandrea De Cesare, Marzia Pennati, Marcello Deraco, Paolo Gandellini, Valentina Zuco, Nadia Zaffaroni
BACKGROUND: The value of microRNAs (miRNAs) as novel targets for cancer therapy is now widely recognized. However, no information is currently available on the expression/functional role of miRNAs in diffuse malignant peritoneal mesothelioma (DMPM), a rapidly lethal disease, poorly responsive to conventional treatments, for which the development of new therapeutic strategies is urgently needed. Here, we evaluated the expression and biological effects of miR-34a-one of the most widely deregulated miRNAs in cancer and for which a lipid-formulated mimic is already clinically available-in a large cohort of DMPM clinical samples and a unique collection of in house-developed preclinical models, with the aim to assess the potential of a miR-34a-based approach for disease treatment...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100069/the-effect-of-n-acetylcysteine-supplementation-on-serum-homocysteine-levels-and-hepatic-and-renal-oxidative-stress-in-homocysteine-thiolactone-treated-rats
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Gamze Kondakçı, A Fatih Aydın, Semra Doğru-Abbasoğlu, Müjdat Uysal
The effect of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) (1 g/kg body weight/day) on serum homocysteine (Hcy) levels, insulin resistance (IR), and hepatic and renal prooxidant-antioxidant balance was evaluated in rats treated with homocysteine thiolactone (HcyT) (500 mg/kg body weight/day for 6 weeks). Reactive oxygen species (ROS), malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione, ferric reducing antioxidant power, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) activities were determined in the liver and kidney. HcyT elevated serum Hcy levels and caused IR, but liver and kidney function tests remained unchanged...
January 19, 2017: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099939/type-5-phosphodiesterase-regulates-glioblastoma-multiforme-aggressiveness-and-clinical-outcome
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Valeriana Cesarini, Maurizio Martini, Lucia Ricci Vitiani, Giovanni Luca Gravina, Silvia Di Agostino, Grazia Graziani, Quintino Giorgio D'Alessandris, Roberto Pallini, Luigi M Larocca, Pellegrino Rossi, Emmanuele A Jannini, Susanna Dolci
Expression of type 5 phosphodiesterase (PDE5), a cGMP-specific hydrolytic enzyme, is frequently altered in human cancer, but its specific role in tumorigenesis remains controversial. Herein, by analyzing a cohort of 69 patients affected by glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) who underwent chemo- and radiotherapy after surgical resection of the tumor, we found that PDE5 was strongly expressed in cancer cells in about 50% of the patients. Retrospective analysis indicated that high PDE5 expression in GBM cells significantly correlated with longer overall survival of patients...
January 14, 2017: Oncotarget
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