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Fenfang Wu, Liyong Chen, Yong Ren, Xiaojing Yang, Tongzhou Yu, Bo Feng, Shangwu Chen, Anlong Xu
Lamprey, the primitive jawless vertebrate, uses variable lymphocyte receptor (VLR) as alternative adaptive immune system instead of immunoglobulin (Ig)-based receptors used in jawed vertebrates. In the present study, we characterized a potential inhibitory receptor of VLRB from leucocytes in lamprey. It is a novel ITIM-containing IgSF protein and was therefore named as NICIP. NICIP has two Ig-like domains in extracellular region, a transmembrane domain and two classical ITIM motifs in cytoplasmic domain. It is mainly expressed on the surface of granulocytes and monocytes and can interact with VLRB...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lei Xu, Meng-Ke Zhai, Fei Wang, Lin Sun, Hong-Bin Du
We herein report a series of microporous metal-porphyrinic frameworks (MPFs), denoted as NUPF-2M, based on rare earth (RE) clusters. NUPF-2M represent the first examples of RE cluster-based MPFs, possessing a rarely seen shp-a topology and exhibiting high thermal and thermal stabilities. After a post-metallization process with FeCl3, NUPF-2M is catalytically active as an efficient heterogeneous catalyst for intermolecular N-H carbene insertion.
October 20, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Xiaojiaoyang Li, Zihang Yuan, Runping Liu, Hozeifa M Hassan, Hang Yang, Rong Sun, Luyong Zhang, Zhenzhou Jiang
Estrogen-induced cholestasis, known as intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), is an estrogen-related liver disease that is widely recognized as female or pregnancy-specific. Our previous findings showed that the synthetic estrogen, 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE), induced cholestatic injury through ERK1/2-LKB1-AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling pathway and its mediated suppression of farnesoid X receptor (FXR). To investigate the role played by bile acids in EE-induced cholestasis, we evaluated the effects of chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA), ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) and deoxycholic acid (DCA) on sandwich cultured rat primary hepatocytes (SCRHs) and an in vivo rat model...
October 12, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Helena Soler, Jonatan Dorca-Arévalo, Marta González, Sara Esmeralda Rubio, Jesús Ávila, Eduardo Soriano, Marta Pascual
Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common cause of dementia nowadays, has been linked to alterations in the septohippocampal pathway (SHP), among other circuits in the brain. In fact, the GABAergic component of the SHP, which controls hippocampal rhythmic activity crucial for learning and memory, is altered in the J20 mouse model of AD-a model that mimics the amyloid pathology of this disease. However, AD is characterized by another pathophysiological hallmark: the hyperphosphorylation and aggregation of the microtubule-associated protein Tau...
September 15, 2016: Neurobiology of Aging
Motasem Melhem, Mohamed Abu-Farha, Dinu Antony, Ashraf Al Madhoun, Chiara Bacchelli, Fadi Alkayal, Irina AlKhairi, Sumi John, Mohamad Alomari, Phillip L Beales, Osama Alsmadi
OBJECTIVE: To characterize the underlying genetic and molecular defects in a consanguineous family with life-long blood disorder manifested with thrombocytopenia (low platelets count) and anemia. METHODS: Genetic linkage analysis, exome sequencing and functional genomics were carried out to identify and characterize the defective gene. RESULTS: We identification of a novel truncation mutation (p.C108*) in Chromosome 6 Open Reading Frame 25 (C6orf25) gene in this family...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Haematology
Argyrios Tzouvelekis, Guoying Yu, Christian Lacks Lino Cardenas, Jose D Herazo-Maya, Rong Wang, Tony Woolard, Yi Zhang, Koji Sakamoto, Hojin Lee, Jae-Sung Yi, Giuseppe DeIuliis, Nikolaos Xylourgidis, Farida Ahangari, Patty J Lee, Vassilis Aidinis, Erica L Herzog, Robert Homer, Anton M Bennett, Naftali Kaminski
RATIONALE: Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic fatal lung disease with dismal prognosis and no cure. The potential role of the ubiquitously expressed SH2 domain-containing-tyrosine phosphatase (SHP2) as a therapeutic target has not been studied in IPF Objectives: To determine the expression, mechanistic role and potential therapeutic utility of SHP2 in Pulmonary Fibrosis Methods: The effects of SHP2 overexpression and inhibition on fibroblast response to pro-fibrotic stimuli were analyzed in-vitro in primary human and mouse lung fibroblasts...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Tao Zhang, Suoyuan Li, Jingjie Li, Fei Yin, Yingqi Hua, Zhouying Wang, Binhui Lin, Hongsheng Wang, Dongqing Zou, Zifei Zhou, Jing Xu, Chengqing Yi, Zhengdong Cai
Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) has important roles in cancer aggressiveness and has been confirmed as an attractive target for cancer therapy. In this study, we used a dual-luciferase assay to identify that pectolinarigenin inhibited STAT3 activity. Further studies showed pectolinarigenin inhibited constitutive and interleukin-6-induced STAT3 signaling, diminished the accumulation of STAT3 in the nucleus and blocked STAT3 DNA-binding activity in osteosarcoma cells. Mechanism investigations indicated that pectolinarigenin disturbed the STAT3/DNA methyltransferase 1/HDAC1 histone deacetylase 1 complex formation in the promoter region of SHP-1, which reversely mediates STAT3 signaling, leading to the upregulation of SHP-1 expression in osteosarcoma...
October 13, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Sankar Panneerselvam, Rajaa Muthu Packirisamy, Zachariah Bobby, Sajini Elizabeth Jacob, Magadi Gopalakrishna Sridhar
Obesity emerged as the major risk factor for metabolic syndrome. Postmenopausal women are more prone to develop obesity than premenopausal women. The absence of safe and effective conventional treatments for postmenopausal obesity has changed the focus to natural products as alternative remedy. We investigated the molecular basis of the effect of soy isoflavones (SIFs) on hypertriglyceridemia and hepatic steatosis in an animal model of postmenopausal obesity. Ovariectomized (OVX) and sham-operated Wistar rats were fed with high-fat diet (HFD) and normal diet for 8 weeks with and without SIF extract (150mg/kg body weight/day)...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Xiaoyue Pan, Christopher A Bradfield, M Mahmood Hussain
Circadian rhythms controlled by clock genes affect plasma lipids. Here we show that global ablation of Bmal1 in Apoe(-/-) and Ldlr(-/-) mice and its liver-specific ablation in Apoe(-/-) (L-Bmal1(-/-)Apoe(-/-)) mice increases, whereas overexpression of BMAL1 in L-Bmal1(-/-)Apoe(-/-) and Apoe(-/-)mice decreases hyperlipidaemia and atherosclerosis. Bmal1 deficiency augments hepatic lipoprotein secretion and diminishes cholesterol excretion to the bile. Further, Bmal1 deficiency reduces expression of Shp and Gata4...
October 10, 2016: Nature Communications
Yue Wang, Yulong Han, Fangni Chai, Hongmei Xiang, Tao Huang, Shuming Kou, Bing Han, Xiaobao Gong, Xiaoli Ye
The aim of this study was to investigate the antihypercholesterolemic activity and potential molecular mechanism of columbamine (COL) that was prepared by extraction from Rhizoma Coptidis in hamsters and HepG2 cells. The results displayed that the COL from Rhizoma Coptidis was a safe natural compound with a LD50 0f 1524.6mg/kg and no detectable toxic symptoms during the observation of chronic toxicity. COL dose-dependently reversed the abnormal lipid levels induced by HFHC diet. Specifically, COL(M) and COL(H) significantly reduced the blood lipid levels(TC, TG and LDL-c) and enhanced the fecal contents of TBA by 21...
October 3, 2016: Fitoterapia
Hsueh-Chun Wang, Yufeng Zhou, Shau-Ku Huang
Previously we reported that exposure of mouse and human mast cells to aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) ligands resulted in reactive oxygen species (ROS)- and calcium (Ca(2+))-dependent activation of mast cells in vitro and in vivo. However, the mechanisms through which the AhR-ligand axis mediates stress response, Ca(2+) signaling and subsequent mast cell activation remain to be fully elucidated. Evidence is provided herein that SHP-2 is critical in regulating AhR-mediated ER stress response and intracellular Ca(2+) dynamics...
October 5, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Xian Pan, Miaoran Ning, Hyunyoung Jeong
CYP2D6-mediated drug metabolism exhibits large interindividual variability. While genetic variations in CYP2D6 gene are well-known contributors to the variability, accumulating data indicate that transcriptional regulation of CYP2D6 may also account for part of CYP2D6 variability. Yet, factors governing transcriptional regulation of CYP2D6 are poorly understood. Recently, mechanistic studies for increased CYP2D6-mediated drug metabolism in pregnancy revealed an important role of a transcription factor small heterodimer partner (SHP) as a transcriptional repressor of CYP2D6...
October 3, 2016: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
Martin G Sauer, Jessica Herbst, Ulf Diekmann, Christopher E Rudd, Christian Kardinal
The clinical potential of transplantation is often reduced by T cell-mediated alloresponses that cause graft rejection or graft versus host disease. Integrin-mediated adhesion between alloreactive T cells and antigen-presenting cells is essential for allorejection. The identity of the signaling events needed to the activation of integrins such as LFA-1 is poorly understood. Here, we identify a novel role of the protein tyrosine phosphatase SHP-1 in the regulation of murine LFA-1-mediated adhesion in an allograft setting...
October 3, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Elisa Albini, Verdiana Rosini, Marco Gargaro, Giada Mondanelli, Maria L Belladonna, Maria Teresa Pallotta, Claudia Volpi, Francesca Fallarino, Antonio Macchiarulo, Cinzia Antognelli, Roberta Bianchi, Carmine Vacca, Paolo Puccetti, Ursula Grohmann, Ciriana Orabona
The enzyme indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) catalyses the initial, rate-limiting step in tryptophan (Trp) degradation, resulting in tryptophan starvation and the production of immunoregulatory kynurenines. IDO1's catalytic function has long been considered as the one mechanism responsible for IDO1-dependent immune suppression by dendritic cells (DCs), which are master regulators of the balance between immunity and tolerance. However, IDO1 also harbours immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motifs, (ITIM1 and ITIM2), that, once phosphorylated, bind protein tyrosine phosphatases, (SHP-1 and SHP-2), and thus trigger an immunoregulatory signalling in DCs...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Luisa Pozzo, Andrea Vornoli, Ilaria Coppola, Clara Maria Della Croce, Lucia Giorgetti, Pier Giovanni Gervasi, Vincenzo Longo
AIMS: The aim of the study was to evaluate lipid, cholesterol and glucose metabolism in a novel rat model of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). MAIN METHODS: Rats (Wistar) were fed high fat/cholesterol diet (HFD) and a single low dose (35mg/kg) of streptozotocin (STZ). Collagen and glycogen content, oxidative stress and glucokinase activity were measured using biochemical assays. Other metabolic pathway were assessed by qRT-PCR. KEY FINDINGS: HFD/STZ treated rats, compared to control ones, showed an increase in expression of biomarkers of inflammation (TNFα, IL6), fibrosis (TGFβ), mitochondrial stress (UCP2) and oxidative stress (GSH and carbonylated proteins) but not of ER stress (CHOP, XBP1)...
September 28, 2016: Life Sciences
Jason P Sullivan, Conor S O'Brien, Laura K Barger, Shantha M W Rajaratnam, Charles A Czeisler, Steven W Lockley
STUDY OBJECTIVES: Firefighters' schedules include extended shifts and long work weeks which cause sleep deficiency and circadian rhythm disruption. Many firefighters also suffer from undiagnosed sleep disorders, exacerbating fatigue. We tested the hypothesis that a workplace-based Sleep Health Program (SHP) incorporating sleep health education and sleep disorders screening would improve firefighter health and safety compared to standard practice. DESIGN: Prospective station-level randomized, field-based intervention...
September 26, 2016: Sleep
Don-Kyu Kim, Yong-Hoon Kim, Yoon Seok Jung, Ki-Sun Kim, Jae-Ho Jeong, Yong-Soo Lee, Jae-Min Yuk, Byung-Chul Oh, Hyon E Choy, Steven Dooley, Martina U Muckenthaler, Chul-Ho Lee, Hueng-Sik Choi
Small heterodimer partner (SHP) is a transcriptional corepressor regulating diverse metabolic processes. Here, we show that SHP acts as an intrinsic negative regulator of iron homeostasis. SHP-deficient mice maintained on a high-iron diet showed increased serum hepcidin levels, decreased expression of the iron exporter ferroportin as well as iron accumulation compared to WT mice. Conversely, overexpression of either SHP or AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), a metabolic sensor inducing SHP expression, suppressed BMP6-induced hepcidin expression...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Le Thi My Le, Wonchull Kang, Ji-Yun Kim, Oanh Thi Tu Le, Sang Yoon Lee, Jin Kuk Yang
The hexameric ATPase p97 has been implicated in diverse cellular processes through interactions with many different adaptor proteins at its N-terminal domain. Among these, the Ufd1-Npl4 heterodimer is a major adaptor, and the p97-Ufd1-Npl4 complex plays an essential role in endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation (ERAD), acting as a segregase that translocates the ubiquitinated client protein from the ER membrane into the cytosol for proteasomal degradation. We determined the crystal structure of the complex of the N-terminal domain of p97 and the SHP box of Ufd1 at a resolution of 1...
2016: PloS One
Rainer Kimmig, Peter Rusch, Paul Buderath, Bahriye Aktas
Superior hypogastric plexus (SHG) contains mainly sympathetic and most probably also postganglionic parasympathetic fibers. Thus, surgical damage of SHG may cause autonomic pelvic organ dysfunction (Kraima et al., 2015). As already shown for rectal cancer, preservation of the autonomic nerves is facilitated by robotic surgery and may avoid sexual dysfunctions and voiding disorders (Kim et al., 2015). In this educational video, we demonstrate left lower paraaortic lymph node dissection preserving the SHG using ICG fluorescence to label the lymphatic compartment...
November 2016: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
Eri Ishikawa, Hidetaka Kosako, Tomoharu Yasuda, Masaki Ohmuraya, Kimi Araki, Tomohiro Kurosaki, Takashi Saito, Sho Yamasaki
Thymic selection shapes an appropriate T cell antigen receptor (TCR) repertoire during T cell development. Here, we show that a serine/threonine kinase, protein kinase D (PKD), is crucial for thymocyte positive selection. In T cell-specific PKD-deficient (PKD2/PKD3 double-deficient) mice, the generation of CD4 single positive thymocytes is abrogated. This defect is likely caused by attenuated TCR signalling during positive selection and incomplete CD4 lineage specification in PKD-deficient thymocytes; however, TCR-proximal tyrosine phosphorylation is not affected...
2016: Nature Communications
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