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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212569/mir-124-acts-as-a-tumor-suppressor-by-inhibiting-the-expression-of-sphingosine-kinase-1-and-its-downstream-signaling-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Yuan Zhao, Zhiqiang Ling, Yubin Hao, Xiaowu Pang, Xianlin Han, Joseph A Califano, Liang Shan, Xinbin Gu
By analyzing the expression profile of microRNAs in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC), we found that the expression level of miR-124 was 4.59-fold lower in tumors than in normal tissues. To understand its functions, we generated a miR-124-expressing subline (JHU-22miR124) and a mock vector-transfected subline (JHU-22vec) by transfecting the mimic of miR-124 into JHU-22 cancer cells. Restored expression of miR-124 in JHU-22miR124 cells led to reduced cell proliferation, delayed colony formation, and decreased tumor growth, indicating a tumor-suppressive effect of miR-124...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212547/resveratrol-induces-cell-cycle-arrest-and-apoptosis-with-docetaxel-in-prostate-cancer-cells-via-a-p53-p21waf1-cip1-and-p27kip1-pathway
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Santosh Kumar Singh, Saswati Banerjee, Edward P Acosta, James W Lillard, Rajesh Singh
Resveratrol (RES) is the most effective natural products used for the treatment of a variety of cancers. In this study, we tested the effect of RES in enhancing the efficacy of docetaxel (DTX) treatment in prostate cancer (PCa) cells. The C4-2B and DU-145 cell lines were treated with RES, DTX and combination followed by evaluating the apoptosis and cell cycle progression. The combined drug treatment up-regulates the pro-apoptotic genes (BAX, BID, and BAK), cleaved PARP and down regulates the anti-apoptotic genes (MCL-1, BCL-2, BCL-XL) promoting apoptosis...
February 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212544/protective-effect-of-dhea-on-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-oxidative-damage-and-apoptosis-in-primary-rat-leydig-cells
#3
Xiao Ding, Lei Yu, Chongyang Ge, Haitian Ma
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is widely used as a nutritional supplement due to its putative anti-aging properties. However, the effect of DHEA in Leydig cells, a major target cell of DHEA biotransformation in male, are not clear. The present study aimed to investigate the preventative effect of DHEA on oxidative damage and apoptosis after H2O2 treatment in Leydig cells. The results showed that DHEA treatment attenuated the reduction of cell viability induced by H2O2. No differences were observed on the superoxide anion (O2-) content, while DHEA treatment decreased reactive oxygen species (ROS) and hydroxyl radical (•OH) content in H2O2-treated Leydig cells...
February 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212395/delayed-apoptosis-allows-islet-%C3%AE-cells-to-implement-an-autophagic-mechanism-to-promote-cell-survival
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Heather L Hayes, Brett S Peterson, Jonathan M Haldeman, Christopher B Newgard, Hans E Hohmeier, Samuel B Stephens
Increased β-cell death coupled with the inability to replicate existing β-cells drives the decline in β-cell mass observed in the progression of both major forms of diabetes. Understanding endogenous mechanisms of islet cell survival could have considerable value for the development of novel strategies to limit β-cell loss and thereby promote β-cell recovery. Insulinoma cells have provided useful insight into β-cell death pathways but observations made in cell lines sometimes fail to translate to primary islets...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210902/deletion-of-mammalian-sterile-20-like-kinase-1-attenuates-neuronal-loss-and-improves-locomotor-function-in-a-mouse-model-of-spinal-cord-trauma
#5
Pan-Feng Wang, Da-Yuan Xu, Yuntong Zhang, Xiao-Bin Liu, Yan Xia, Pan-Yu Zhou, Qing-Ge Fu, Shuo-Gui Xu
Neuronal cell death following spinal cord injury (SCI) is an important contributor to neurological deficits. The purpose of our work was to delineate the function of mammalian sterile 20-like kinase 1 (Mst1), a pro-apoptotic kinase and key mediator of apoptotic signaling, in the pathogenesis of an experimental mouse model of SCI. Male mice received a mid-thoracic spinal contusion injury, and it was found that phosphorylation of Mst1 at the injured site was enhanced significantly following SCI. Furthermore, when compared to the wild-type controls, Mst1-deficient mice displayed improved locomotor function by increased Basso mouse scale score...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209992/from-basic-apoptosis-discoveries-to-advanced-selective-bcl-2-family-inhibitors
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Avi Ashkenazi, Wayne J Fairbrother, Joel D Leverson, Andrew J Souers
Members of the B cell lymphoma 2 (BCL-2) gene family have a central role in regulating programmed cell death by controlling pro-apoptotic and anti-apoptotic intracellular signals. In cancer, apoptosis evasion through dysregulation of specific BCL-2 family genes is a recurring event; accordingly, selective inhibition of specific anti-apoptotic BCL-2 family proteins represents an exciting therapeutic opportunity. A combination of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based screening and structure-based drug design has yielded the first bona fide BCL-2 homology 3 (BH3) mimetics, including the BCL-2 and BCL-XL dual antagonist navitoclax, which is the first BCL-2 family inhibitor to show efficacy in patients with cancer...
February 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208804/hazelnut-corylus-avellana-l-shells-extract-phenolic-composition-antioxidant-effect-and-cytotoxic-activity-on-human-cancer-cell-lines
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Tiziana Esposito, Francesca Sansone, Silvia Franceschelli, Pasquale Del Gaudio, Patrizia Picerno, Rita Patrizia Aquino, Teresa Mencherini
Hazelnut shells, a by-product of the kernel industry processing, are reported to contain high amount of polyphenols. However, studies on the chemical composition and potential effects on human health are lacking. A methanol hazelnut shells extract was prepared and dried. Our investigation allowed the isolation and characterization of different classes of phenolic compounds, including neolignans, and a diarylheptanoid, which contribute to a high total polyphenol content (193.8 ± 3.6 mg of gallic acid equivalents (GAE)/g of extract)...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206952/identification-of-sphingosine-kinase-1-sphk1-as-a-primary-target-of-icaritin-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Pei-Hua Lu, Min-Bin Chen, Yuan-Yuan Liu, Mian-Hua Wu, Wen-Ting Li, Mu-Xin Wei, Chao-Ying Liu, Shu-Kui Qin
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a highly aggressive neoplasm. We aim to explore the anti-HCC activity by a natural prenylflavonoid icaritin. Icaritin was cytotoxic and pro-apoptotic when added to established (HepG2, KYN-2 and Huh-7 lines) and primary human HCC cells. At the signaling level, icaritin inhibited sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1) activity in HCC cells, which led to pro-apoptotic ceramide production and JNK1 activation. SphK1 inhibition or silence (by shRNA/microRNA) mimicked icaritin-mediated cytotoxicity, and almost nullified icaritin's activity in HepG2 cells...
February 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205610/cr-laao-an-l-amino-acid-oxidase-from-calloselasma-rhodostoma-venom-as-a-potential-tool-for-developing-novel-immunotherapeutic-strategies-against-cancer
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Tássia R Costa, Danilo L Menaldo, Karina F Zoccal, Sandra M Burin, Alexandre F Aissa, Fabíola A de Castro, Lúcia H Faccioli, Lusânia M Greggi Antunes, Suely V Sampaio
L-amino acid oxidases from snake venoms have been described to possess various biological functions. In this study, we investigated the inflammatory responses induced in vivo and in vitro by CR-LAAO, an L-amino acid oxidase isolated from Calloselasma rhodostoma venom, and its antitumor potential. CR-LAAO induced acute inflammatory responses in vivo, with recruitment of neutrophils and release of IL-6, IL-1β, LTB4 and PGE2. In vitro, IL-6 and IL-1β production by peritoneal macrophages stimulated with CR-LAAO was dependent of the activation of the Toll-like receptors TLR2 and TLR4...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202418/ros-txnip-pathway-contributes-to-thrombin-induced-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-and-cell-apoptosis-in-bv2-cells
#10
Dandan Zuo, Xinchun Ye, Lu Yu, Liang Zhang, Jiao Tang, Chengcheng Cui, Lei Bao, Kun Zan, Zuohui Zhang, Xinxin Yang, Hao Chen, Hai Tang, Jie Zu, Hongjuan Shi, Guiyun Cui
There is no effective therapy for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) because of poor understanding of the mechanisms of brain injury after hemorrhage. The NLRP3 inflammasome, as a vital component of innate immune system, which is associated with a wide range of human CNS disorders, including ICH. But its detailed mechanisms in ICH remain mainly unclear. In this study, BV2 cells with thrombin exposure were used to investigate the role of NLRP3 inflammasome in thrombin-induced brain injury. We used western blot to detect NLRP3 inflammasome activation and the expression of thioredoxin binding protein (TXNIP), DCFH-DA to investigate intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), flow cytometry to analyze apoptosis...
February 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202415/glutamine-deprivation-sensitizes-human-breast-cancer-mda-mb-231-cells-to-trial-mediated-apoptosis
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Matharage Gayani Dilshara, Jin-Woo Jeong, Rajapaksha Gedara Prasad Tharanga Jayasooriya, Ilandarage Menu Neelaka Molagoda, Seungheon Lee, Sang Rul Park, Yung Hyun Choi, Gi-Young Kim
Tumor cell metabolism is a promising target for various cancer treatments. Apart from aerobic glycolysis, cancer cell growth is dependent on glutamine (Gln) supply, leading to their survival and differentiation. Therefore, we examined whether treatment with TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) sensitizes MDA-MB-231 cells to apoptosis under Gln deprivation condition (TRAIL/Gln deprivation). Gln deprivation decreased cell proliferation as expected, but did not induce remarkable cell death. TRAIL/Gln deprivation, however, significantly increased growth inhibition and morphological shrinkage of MDA-MB-231 cells compared to those induced by treatment with either Gln deprivation or TRAIL alone...
February 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202285/decreased-mir-146a-expression-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-directly-targets-the-fbxl10-mrna-and-is-involved-in-modulating-apoptosis
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Sheng-Hua Li, Lan Chen, Xiao-Min Pang, Sheng-You Su, Xia Zhou, Chun-Yong Chen, Li-Gang Huang, Jing-Pin Li, Jing-Li Liu
BACKGROUND: miR-146a, a strong pro-apoptotic factor in some pathophysiological processes, is reported to be involved in ischemic stroke (IS), though its role remains unclear. Fbxl10 is an active anti-apoptotic factor and a predicted target of miR-146a. We hypothesized that dysregulation of miR-146a contributes to ischemic injury by targeting Fbxl10. METHODS: Circulating miRNAs were detected by miRNA microarray and qRT-PCR. miR-146a targets were predicted using bioinformatics and confirmed with a dual luciferase reporter assay...
February 12, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197987/effects-of-frutalin-on-early-follicle-morphology-ultrastructure-and-gene-expression-in-cultured-goat-ovarian-cortical-tissue
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Maria A A Soares, José J N Costa, Gisvani L Vasconcelos, Regislane P Ribeiro, José C Souza, André L C Silva, Robert Van den Hurk, José R V Silva
Frutalin is a galactose-binding lectin that has an irreversible cytotoxic effect on HeLa cervical cancer cells, by inducing apoptosis and inhibiting cell proliferation. It was previously shown that after in vitro incubation, frutalin is internalized into HeLa cells nucleus, which indicates that frutalin apoptosis-inducing activity might be linked with its nuclear localization. Considering that drugs commonly used for cancer treatment have a deleterious effect on germ cells, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of frutalin on the activation, survival, ultrastructure and gene expression in follicles cultured within ovarian tissue...
February 15, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197319/structure-based-design-of-non-natural-peptidic-macrocyclic-mcl-1-inhibitors
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Jeffrey W Johannes, Stephanie Bates, Carl Beigie, Matthew A Belmonte, John Breen, Shenggen Cao, Paolo A Centrella, Matthew A Clark, John W Cuozzo, Christoph E Dumelin, Andrew D Ferguson, Sevan Habeshian, David Hargreaves, Camil Joubran, Steven Kazmirski, Anthony D Keefe, Michelle L Lamb, Haiye Lan, Yunxia Li, Hao Ma, Scott Mlynarski, Martin J Packer, Philip B Rawlins, Daniel W Robbins, Haidong Shen, Eric A Sigel, Holly H Soutter, Nancy Su, Dawn M Troast, Haiyun Wang, Kate F Wickson, Chengyan Wu, Ying Zhang, Qiuying Zhao, Xiaolan Zheng, Alexander W Hird
Mcl-1 is a pro-apoptotic BH3 protein family member similar to Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL. Overexpression of Mcl-1 is often seen in various tumors and allows cancer cells to evade apoptosis. Here we report the discovery and optimization of a series of non-natural peptide Mcl-1 inhibitors. Screening of DNA-encoded libraries resulted in hit compound 1, a 1.5 μM Mcl-1 inhibitor. A subsequent crystal structure demonstrated that compound 1 bound to Mcl-1 in a β-turn conformation, such that the two ends of the peptide were close together...
February 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195074/induction-of-autophagy-in-the-porcine-corpus-luteum-of-pregnancy-following-anti-androgen-treatment
#15
M Grzesiak, K Knapczyk-Stwora, M Slomczynska
Experimentally induced androgen deficiency during late pregnancy leads to decreased progesterone synthesis in the porcine corpus luteum (CL), which suggested an onset of functional luteolysis. It was shown that luteal regression in mammals involves not only apoptosis but also autophagy. Therefore, this study aimed to examine whether anti-androgen flutamide treatment during late pregnancy in pigs induces apoptosis and/or autophagy within luteal cells. Flutamide (50 mg/kg b.w.) was administered into pregnant gilts between 83 - 89 (GD90F) or 101 - 107 (GD108F) gestational days (GD)...
December 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189088/identification-of-residues-within-the-african-swine-fever-virus-dp71l-protein-required-for-dephosphorylation-of-translation-initiation-factor-eif2%C3%AE-and-inhibiting-activation-of-pro-apoptotic-chop
#16
Claire Barber, Chris Netherton, Lynnette Goatley, Alice Moon, Steve Goodbourn, Linda Dixon
The African swine fever virus DP71L protein recruits protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) to dephosphorylate the translation initiation factor 2α (eIF2α) and avoid shut-off of global protein synthesis and downstream activation of the pro-apoptotic factor CHOP. Residues V16 and F18A were critical for binding of DP71L to PP1. Mutation of this PP1 binding motif or deletion of residues between 52 and 66 reduced the ability of DP71L to cause dephosphorylation of eIF2α and inhibit CHOP induction. The residues LSAVL, between 57 and 61, were also required...
February 8, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187956/cytotoxic-and-apoptotic-effects-of-the-combination-of-palladium-ii-5-5-diethylbarbiturate-complex-with-bis-2-pyridylmethyl-amine-and-curcumin-on-non-small-lung-cancer-cell-lines
#17
Duygu Tunc, Egemen Dere, Didem Karakas, Buse Cevatemre, Veysel Turan Yilmaz, Engin Ulukaya
Metal-based chemotherapeutics such as cisplatin are widely used treatment of lung cancer which is the major cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide. Recent studies demonstrated that novel metal-based compounds have strong cytotoxic activity in a similar way as cisplatin. Therefore, metal-based compounds have been synthesized and investigated in order to determine their cytotoxic activities. It has been also reported curcumin, which has been derived from turmeric plant, has powerful cytotoxic effect on various cancer cell lines...
January 28, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187727/cryptotanshinone-enhances-the-effect-of-arsenic-trioxide-in-treating-liver-cancer-cell-by-inducing-apoptosis-through-downregulating-phosphorylated-stat3-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#18
Li Shen, Guangshun Zhang, Zhaohuan Lou, Guanhua Xu, Guangji Zhang
BACKGROUND: Arsenic trioxide (ATO) is approved for treating terminal-stage liver cancer in China. Cryptotanshinone (CT), a STAT3 inhibitor, has exhibited certain anti-tumor potency; however, the use of CT enhanced ATO for treating liver cancer has not been reported. Here we try to elucidate how CT could enhance the efficacy of ATO for treating liver cancer and its correlation to STAT3 in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: Cell viability of ATO combined with CT was assessed by (1)MTT assay...
February 10, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186490/atomistic-simulations-indicate-the-c-subunit-ring-of-the-f1fo-atp-synthase-is-not-the-mitochondrial-permeability-transition-pore
#19
Wenchang Zhou, Fabrizio Marinelli, Corrine Nief, José D Faraldo-Gómez
Pathological metabolic conditions such as ischemia induce the rupture of the mitochondrial envelope and the release of pro-apoptotic proteins, leading to cell death. At the onset of this process, the inner mitochondrial membrane becomes depolarized and permeable to osmolytes, due to the opening of a non-selective protein channel of unknown molecular identity. A recent study purports that this channel, referred to as Mitochondrial Permeability Transition Pore (MPTP), is the lumen of the c-subunit ring of the ATP synthase, upon dissociation from the catalytic domain...
February 10, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185908/purification-and-biophysical-characterization-of-the-aimp2-dx2-protein
#20
Roshan Jha, Hye Young Cho, Ameeq Ul Mushtaq, Kiho Lee, Dae Gyu Kim, Sunghoon Kim, Young Ho Jeon
Besides their primary role in protein synthesis, aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (AARSs) are involved in several non-canonical processes such as apoptosis, inflammation and angiogenesis through their interactions with various cellular proteins. Nine of these AARSs interact with three aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase interacting multifunctional proteins (AIMPs), forming a multi-synthetase complex (MSC) in eukaryotes. Among the three AIMPs, AIMP2 is involved in controlling cell proliferation and apoptosis. However, a splicing variant of AIMP2 lacking exon 2, referred to as AIMP2-DX2, is oncogenic and compromises the pro-apoptotic activity of AIMP2 by competing with it for p53 and TRAF2...
February 6, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
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