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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245117/gold-nanoflowers-synthesized-using-acanthopanacis-cortex-extract-inhibit-inflammatory-mediators-in-lps-induced-raw264-7-macrophages-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-ap-1-pathways
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Sungeun Ahn, Priyanka Singh, Mi Jang, Yu-Jin Kim, Verónica Castro-Aceituno, Shakina Yesmin Simu, Yeon Ju Kim, Deok-Chun Yang
We reported the rapid synthesis (<8s) of gold nanoparticles at room temperature using Acanthopanacis cortex extract (A-AuNPs). We characterized the A-AuNPs using several analytical techniques and found that nano-flower type A-AuNPs, which are known to possess a coarse surface with a high surface to volume ratio, conferring these particles with high binding capacity for various biological molecules. After confirming the stability of the nanoparticles, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effect of A-AuNPs in LPS-stimulated RAW264...
November 17, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245067/lin28a-functionally-modulates-bupivacaine-induced-dorsal-root-ganglion-neuron-apoptosis-through-trka-activation
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Liangsheng Yu, Yuanxu Jiang, Bin Tang
PURPOSE: Lin-28 Homolog A gene (Lin28a) is an important regulator in nerve system. In this study, we investigated the functional mechanism of Lin28a during the process of bupivacaine (BUP)-induced neuronal apoptosis of spinal cord dorsal root ganglion neurons (DRGNs). METHODS: Young mouse DRGNs were cultured in vitro and treated with series concentrations of BUP. Apoptosis was evaluated by TUNEL assay. Corresponding Lin28a mRNA and protein expressions were evaluated by qRT-PCR and western blot (WB) assays...
December 12, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245051/magnesium-phosphate-ceramics-incorporating-a-novel-indene-compound-promote-osteoblast-differentiation-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-bone-regeneration-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Ju Ang Kim, Hui-Suk Yun, Young-Ae Choi, Jung-Eun Kim, So-Young Choi, Tae-Geon Kwon, Young Kyung Kim, Tae-Yub Kwon, Myung Ae Bae, Nak Jeong Kim, Yong Chul Bae, Hong-In Shin, Eui Kyun Park
Incorporating bioactive molecules into synthetic ceramic scaffolds is challenging. In this study, to enhance bone regeneration, a magnesium phosphate (MgP) ceramic scaffold was incorporated with a novel indene compound, KR-34893. KR-34893 induced the deposition of minerals and expression of osteoblast marker genes in primary human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and a mouse osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cell line. Analysis of the mode of action showed that KR-34893 induced the phosphorylation of MAPK/extracellular signal-regulated kinase and extracellular signal-regulated kinase, and subsequently the expression of bone morphogenetic protein 7, accompanied by SMAD1/5/8 phosphorylation...
December 7, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245047/polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic-acid-facilitates-interleukin-6-and-interleukin-8-secretion-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts-via-the-jak-stat3-and-p38-mapk-signal-transduction-pathways
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Zhang Ying Zhu, Cong Zhuo Jia, Jian Min Luo, Li Wang
Polyriboinosinic-polyribocytidylic acid (polyI:C) is a viral dsRNA analoguethat promotes wounds healing, accelerates re-epithelialization, granulation and neovascularization, and induces pro-inflammatory cytokine release. Little is known about polyI:C mediated induction of inflammatory mediators in human dermal fibroblast (HDFs), which form the primary scaffold for epithelial cells covering the wound. Here, we found that polyI:C enhances IL-6 and IL-8 mRNA expression and induces of IL-6 and IL-8 production in a concentration-dependent and time-dependent manner in HDFs...
December 12, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244864/resistant-and-susceptible-responses-in-alfalfa-medicago-sativa-to-bacterial-stem-blight-caused-by-pseudomonas-syringae-pv-syringae
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Lev G Nemchinov, Jonathan Shao, Maya N Lee, Olga A Postnikova, Deborah A Samac
Bacterial stem blight caused by Pseudomonas syringae pv. syringae is a common disease of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L). Little is known about host-pathogen interactions and host defense mechanisms. Here, individual resistant and susceptible plants were selected from cultivars Maverick and ZG9830 and used for transcript profiling at 24 and 72 hours after inoculation (hai) with the isolate PssALF3. Bioinformatic analysis revealed a number of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in resistant and susceptible genotypes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244256/myricetin-induces-protective-autophagy-by-inhibiting-the-phosphorylation-of-mtor-in-hepg2-cells
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Jianping Cao, Hanwen Chen, Wei Lu, Yihua Wu, Xia Wu, Dajing Xia, Jiang Zhu
Myricetin, a natural flavonoid present in a variety of fruits and vegetables, has been studied as a promising cancer chemopreventive agent in many cancer models. It has been reported that myricetin could inhibit tumor promotion by inducing cell cycle arrest and promoting apoptotic cell death. At present, autophagy is considered to be closely associated with cancer, functioning as either an anti-cancer or pro-cancer mechanism depending on the cancer stage. Till date, the role of myricetin in regulating autophagy has not been reported...
December 15, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244233/inadequate-brain-glycogen-or-sleep-increases-spreading-depression-susceptibility
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Kivilcim Kilic, Hulya Karatas, Buket Donmez-Demir, Emine Eren-Kocak, Yasemin Gursoy-Ozdemir, Alp Can, Jean-Marie Petit, Pierre J Magistretti, Turgay Dalkara
OBJECTIVE: Glycogen in astrocyte endfeet contributes to maintenance of low extracellular glutamate and K+ concentrations around synapses. Sleep deprivation (SD), a common migraine trigger induces transcriptional changes in astrocytes reducing glycogen breakdown. We hypothesize that when glycogen utilization cannot match synaptic energy demand, extracellular K+ can rise to levels that activate neuronal pannexin-1 channels and downstream inflammatory pathway, which might be one of the mechanisms initiating migraine headaches...
December 15, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244196/iron-overload-induces-g1-phase-arrest-and-autophagy-in-murine-preosteoblast-cells
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Wan-Jing Cen, Yi Feng, Shu-Shu Li, Wei-Liang Huang, Tao Zhang, Wu Zhang, Wei-Dong Kong, Jian-Wei Jiang
This study aimed to investigate the cell cycle arrest and autophagy induced by iron overload inMC3T3-E1 cells. MC3T3-E1 cells were cultured in different concentrations of ferric ammonium citrate (FAC), and Perls' Prussian blue reaction was used to detect the iron levels of the cells. CCK-8 assays were used to detect the growth of MC3T3-E1. The level of reactive oxygen species (ROS) within cells was investigated with DCFH-DA. PI staining was used to analyze the cell cycle distribution of MC3T3-E1 cells. Finally, the expression levels of cell cycle related proteins, autophagy related proteins, AKT, p38 MAPK, Stat3 and their downstream proteins were detected with western blot assays...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244171/arabidopsis-mkk10-mpk6-mediates-red-light-regulated-opening-of-seedling-cotyledons-through-phosphorylation-of-pif3
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Xiaoyun Xin, Wenhao Chen, Bo Wang, Fan Zhu, Yuan Li, Hailian Yang, Jigang Li, Dongtao Ren
Photomorphogenesis is an important process in which seedlings emerge from soil and begin autotrophic growth. Mechanisms of photomorphogenesis include light signal perception, signal transduction, and the modulation of expression of light-responsive genes, ultimately leading to cellular and developmental changes. Phytochrome-interacting factors (PIFs) play negative regulatory roles in photomorphogenesis. Light-induced activation of phytochromes triggers rapid phosphorylation and degradation of PIFs, but the kinases responsible for the phosphorylation of PIFs are largely unknown...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244158/znf830-mediates-cancer-chemoresistance-through-promoting-homologous-recombination-repair
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Guo Chen, Jianxiang Chen, Yiting Qiao, Yaru Shi, Wei Liu, Qi Zeng, Hui Xie, Xiaorui Shi, Youwei Sun, Xu Liu, Tongyu Li, Liqian Zhou, Jianqin Wan, Tian Xie, Hangxiang Wang, Fu Wang
Homologous recombination (HR), which mediates the repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSB), is crucial for maintaining genomic integrity and enhancing survival in response to chemotherapy and radiotherapy in human cancers. However, the mechanisms of HR repair in treatment resistance for the improvement of cancer therapy remains unclear. Here, we report that the zinc finger protein 830 (ZNF830) promotes HR repair and the survival of cancer cells in response to DNA damage. Mechanistically, ZNF830 directly participates in DNA end resection via interacting with CtIP and regulating CtIP recruitment to DNA damage sites...
December 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244127/comparison-of-efficiency-of-purification-from-human-plasma-of-a-nerve-agent-adduct-of-butyrylcholinesterase-between-the-affinity-gel-method-and-immunomagnetic-separation
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Jin Young Lee
O-ethyl S-2-diisopropylaminoethyl methyl phosphonothiolate (VX) is a highly toxic chemical warfare agent because it inhibits cholinesterase (ChE) activity in the nervous system. Inhibition of butyrylcholinesterase (BChE) activity by VX is due to formation of a phosphorylated BChE adduct; this adduct in human plasma can serve as a biomarker of exposure to nerve agents. We compared purification efficiency between the procainamide affinity gel method and immunomagnetic separation (IMS) for the nerve agent adduct of BChE in plasma and then optimized the sample preparation by purifying BChE to measure biomarkers of human exposure to organophosphorus nerve agents...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243967/extracts-of-porphyra-tenera-nori-seaweed-activate-the-immune-response-in-mouse-raw264-7-macrophages-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
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Ji-Hye Song, Hee-Bum Kang, Seung-Ho Park, Ji-Hoon Jeong, Jeongjin Park, Yanghee You, Yoo-Hyun Lee, Jeongmin Lee, Eungpil Kim, Kyung-Chul Choi, Woojin Jun
Porphyra tenera, also known as nori, is a red algal species of seaweed. It is cultivated in Asia for culinary purposes. We report that P. tenera extract (PTE) enhances the immune response in mouse macrophages. We found that P. tenera extract regulates the NF-κB IκB kinase (IKK) signaling pathway, and we assessed the expression and translocation of p65, a subunit of NF-κB, in RAW264.7 mouse macrophage cells after treatment with PTE. We also investigated the effects of 10% ethanol PTE (PTE10) in RAW264.7 cells...
December 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243844/in-vitro-improvement-of-quail-primordial-germ-cell-expansion-through-activation-of-tgf-beta-signaling-pathway
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Saeed Yakhkeshi, Shaban Rahimi, Mohsen Sharafi, Seyedeh-Nafiseh Hassani, Sara Taleahmad, Abdolhossein Shahverdi, Hossein Baharvand
Avian primordial germ cells (PGCs) have valuable potentials to cell-based approaches for transgenic bird production. In this regard, improvement of avian PGC expansion in vitro is necessary. Among experimental avian species, quail is a good model for transgenic technology, especially due to its short generation time. In the present study, we have examined the proliferative effects of transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) on the quail PGCs. After isolation of quail PGCs from blood [Hamburger-Hamilton (HH stages 13-15)] and gonads (HH stages 28-30), these cells were cultured on quail embryonic fibroblasts (QEF)...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243286/conformational-dynamics-of-human-protein-kinase-ck2%C3%AE-and-its-effect-on-function-and-inhibition
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Ashutosh Srivastava, Tsuyoshi Hirota, Stephan Irle, Florence Tama
Protein Kinase CK2 is ubiquitously expressed and highly conserved protein kinase that shows constitutive activity. It phosphorylates a diverse set of proteins and plays crucial role in several cellular processes. The catalytic subunit of this enzyme (CK2α) shows remarkable flexibility as evidenced in numerous crystal structures determined till now. Here, using analysis of multiple crystal structures and long timescale molecular dynamics simulations, we explore the conformational flexibility of CK2α. The enzyme shows considerably higher flexibility in the solution as compared to that observed in crystal structure ensemble...
December 15, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243095/ca2-camkk%C3%AE-pathway-is-required-for-adiponectin-induced-secretion-in-rat-submandibular-gland
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Chong Ding, Zhi-Hao Du, Sheng-Lin Li, Li-Ling Wu, Guang-Yan Yu
Adiponectin functions as a promoter of saliva secretion in rat submandibular gland via activation of adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and increased paracellular permeability. Ca2+ mobilization is the primary signal for fluid secretion in salivary acinar cells. However, whether intracellular Ca2+ mobilization is involved in adiponectin-induced salivary secretion is unknown. Here, we found that full-length adiponectin (fAd) increased intracellular Ca2+ and saliva secretion in submandibular glands...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243082/dihydroquercetin-ameliorated-acetaminophen-induced-hepatic-cytotoxicity-via-activating-jak2-stat3-pathway-and-autophagy
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Wenjing Zai, Wei Chen, Jingyun Luan, Jiajun Fan, Xuyao Zhang, Zimei Wu, Tao Ding, Dianwen Ju, Hongrui Liu
Acetaminophen (APAP) overdose is currently the leading cause of acute liver disease, but therapeutic treatment strategies are commonly limited. Although dihydroquercetin (DHQ) is an attractive botanical antioxidant, its protective potential for liver disease remains elusive. The present study investigated the protective effects of DHQ against APAP-induced hepatic cytotoxicity. Primary mouse hepatocytes were treated with different concentrations of DHQ followed by APAP administration. Our data showed that DHQ relieved APAP-induced growth inhibition and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release in a dose-dependent manner, as well as inhibited APAP-induced necrosis and extracellular signal regulated kinase-c-Jun-N-terminal kinase (ERK-JNK) stress...
December 14, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243067/translational-regulation-in-the-anoxic-turtle-trachemys-scripta-elegans
#17
Kama E Szereszewski, Kenneth B Storey
The red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans), has developed remarkable adaptive mechanisms for coping with decreased oxygen availability during winter when lakes and ponds become covered with ice. Strategies for enduring anoxia tolerance include an increase in fermentable fuel reserves to support anaerobic glycolysis, the buffering of end products to minimize acidosis, altered expression in crucial survival genes, and strong metabolic rate suppression to minimize ATP-expensive metabolic processes such as protein synthesis...
December 14, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242808/small-peptide-substrates-and-high-resolution-peptide-gels-for-the-analysis-of-site-specific-protein-phosphorylation-and-dephosphorylation
#18
Laura Johnson Battle, Timothy C Chambers
Protein phosphorylation and dephosphorylation reactions play key regulatory roles in many fundamental cellular processes. Due to the large number of kinases and phosphatases in the genome, the identification of the specific enzymes responsible for a given site in a given protein is immensely challenging. However, because protein kinases and phosphatases recognize local specificity determinants within proteins, it is possible to use small peptides to study the characteristics of site-specific phosphorylation...
2017: Journal of Biological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242605/ddias-suppresses-trail-mediated-apoptosis-by-inhibiting-disc-formation-and-destabilizing-caspase-8-in-cancer-cells
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Joo-Young Im, Bo-Kyung Kim, Ji-Young Lee, Seung-Ho Park, Hyun Seung Ban, Kyeong Eun Jung, Misun Won
DNA damage-induced apoptosis suppressor (DDIAS) has an anti-apoptotic function during DNA damage in lung cancer. However, the anti-apoptotic mechanism of DDIAS in cancer cells under other conditions has not been reported. We report here that DDIAS protects cancer cells from tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL)-induced apoptosis by two distinct mechanisms in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. DDIAS depletion sensitized NSCLC and HCC cells to TRAIL-mediated apoptosis, an effect that was abrogated by pharmacological or genetic inhibition of caspase-8 and was independent of caspase-9, p53, or mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling...
December 15, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242551/ezh2-phosphorylation-state-determines-its-capacity-to-maintain-cd8-t-memory-precursors-for-antitumor-immunity
#20
Shan He, Yongnian Liu, Lijun Meng, Hongxing Sun, Ying Wang, Yun Ji, Janaki Purushe, Pan Chen, Changhong Li, Jozef Madzo, Jean-Pierre Issa, Jonathan Soboloff, Ran Reshef, Bethany Moore, Luca Gattinoni, Yi Zhang
Memory T cells sustain effector T-cell production while self-renewing in reaction to persistent antigen; yet, excessive expansion reduces memory potential and impairs antitumor immunity. Epigenetic mechanisms are thought to be important for balancing effector and memory differentiation; however, the epigenetic regulator(s) underpinning this process remains unknown. Herein, we show that the histone methyltransferase Ezh2 controls CD8+ T memory precursor formation and antitumor activity. Ezh2 activates Id3 while silencing Id2, Prdm1 and Eomes, promoting the expansion of memory precursor cells and their differentiation into functional memory cells...
December 14, 2017: Nature Communications
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