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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437853/inhibition-of-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-promotes-expansion-of-human-epidermal-keratinocytes-in-feeder-cell-co-culture
#1
Daisuke Suzuki, Filipa Pinto, Makoto Senoo
Cultured epidermal autografts have been used worldwide since 1981 for patients with extensive third-degree burn wounds and limited skin donor sites. Despite significant progress in techniques toward improving clinical outcome of skin grafts, the long in vitro preparation time of cultured autografts has remained a major factor limiting its widespread use. Here, we show that pharmacological inhibition of TGF-β signaling promotes the expansion of human epidermal keratinocytes (HEKs) with high proliferative potential in co-cultures with both murine 3T3-J2 cells and human feeder cells, including dermal fibroblasts and preadipocytes...
April 24, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436082/tricellulin-is-a-target-of-the-ubiquitin-ligase-itch
#2
Susanne Jennek, Sonnhild Mittag, Juliane Reiche, Julie K Westphal, Stefanie Seelk, Max J Dörfel, Thorsten Pfirrmann, Karlheinz Friedrich, Anja Schütz, Udo Heinemann, Otmar Huber
Tricellulin, a member of the tight junction-associated MAGUK protein family, preferentially localizes to tricellular junctions in confluent polarized epithelial cell layers and is downregulated during the epithelial-mesenchymal transition. Posttranslational modifications are assumed to play critical roles in the process of downregulation of tricellulin at the protein level. Here, we report that the E3 ubiquitin ligase Itch forms a complex with tricellulin and thereby enhances its ubiquitination. Pull-down assays confirmed a direct interaction between tricellulin and Itch, which is mediated by the Itch WW domain and the N-terminus of tricellulin...
April 24, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433711/mdh2-is-an-rna-binding-protein-involved-in-downregulation-of-sodium-channel-scn1a-expression-under-seizure-condition
#3
Yong-Hong Chen, Shu-Jing Liu, Mei-Mei Gao, Tao Zeng, Guo-Wang Lin, Na-Na Tan, Hui-Ling Tang, Ping Lu, Tao Su, Wei-Wen Sun, Long-Chang Xie, Yong-Hong Yi, Yue-Sheng Long
Voltage-gated sodium channel α-subunit type I (NaV1.1, encoded by SCN1A gene) plays a critical role in the excitability of brain. Downregulation of SCN1A expression is associated with epilepsy, a common neurological disorder characterized by recurrent seizures. Here we reveal a novel role of malate dehydrogenase 2 (MDH2) in the posttanscriptional regulation of SCN1A expression under seizure condition. We identified that MDH2 was an RNA binding protein that could bind two of the four conserved regions in the 3' UTRs of SCN1A...
April 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432123/an-amphipathic-%C3%AE-helix-directs-palmitoylation-of-the-large-intracellular-loop-of-the-sodium-calcium-exchanger
#4
Fiona Plain, Samitha Dilini Congreve, Rachel Sue Zhen Yee, Jennifer Kennedy, Jacqueline Howie, Chien-Wen Kuo, Niall Fraser, William Fuller
The electrogenic sodium/calcium exchanger (NCX) mediates bidirectional calcium transport controlled by the transmembrane sodium gradient. NCX inactivation occurs in the absence of phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2), and is facilitated by palmitoylation of a single cysteine at position 739 within NCX's large intracellular loop. The aim of this investigation was to identify the structural determinants of NCX1 palmitoylation. Full-length NCX1 (FL-NCX1) and a YFP fusion protein of the NCX1 large intracellular loop (YFP-NCX1) were expressed in HEK cells...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429726/verteporfin-induced-formation-of-protein-cross-linked-oligomers-and-high-molecular-weight-complexes-is-mediated-by-light-and-leads-to-cell-toxicity
#5
Eleni K Konstantinou, Shoji Notomi, Cassandra Kosmidou, Katarzyna Brodowska, Ahmad Al-Moujahed, Fotini Nicolaou, Pavlina Tsoka, Evangelos Gragoudas, Joan W Miller, Lucy H Young, Demetrios G Vavvas
Verteporfin (VP) was first used in Photodynamic therapy, where a non-thermal laser light (689 nm) in the presence of oxygen activates the drug to produce highly reactive oxygen radicals, resulting in local cell and tissue damage. However, it has also been shown that Verteporfin can have non-photoactivated effects such as interference with the YAP-TEAD complex of the HIPPO pathway, resulting in growth inhibition of several neoplasias. More recently, it was proposed that, another non-light mediated effect of VP is the formation of cross-linked oligomers and high molecular weight protein complexes (HMWC) that are hypothesized to interfere with autophagy and cell growth...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429670/expression-of-dominant-negative-k6w-ubiquitin-in-the-lens-epithelium-via-an-adenoviral-vector-delays-posterior-capsule-opacification-in-a-rabbit-model
#6
Xuan Bao, Min Hou, Ruiping Peng, Furong Luo, Mingxing Wu
PURPOSE: Ubiquitin is involved in cell proliferation and differentiation, and the objective of this study is to investigate the potential of dominant negative Ubiquitin (Ub) with a lysine to tryptophan mutation at the 6 position (K6W) through an adenoviral expression vector in the prevention of posterior capsule opacification (PCO) in a rabbit PCO model. METHODS: Recombinant dominant negative K6W-Ub adenovirus (RAd-K6W-Ub) with green fluorescent protein (RAd-K6W-Ub/GFP) and RAd-GFP viruses (control) were generated with QBI-HEK 293A cells...
March 31, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429522/globotriaosylsphingosine-induces-oxidative-dna-damage-in-cultured-kidney-cells
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Giovana Brondani Biancini, Ana Moira Morás, Luiza Steffens Reinhardt, Franciele Faccio Busatto, Nathalia Denise de Moura Sperotto, Jenifer Saffi, Dinara Jaqueline Moura, Roberto Giugliani, Carmen Regla Vargas
Fabry disease (FD) is a lysosomal disorder caused by mutations leading to a deficient activity α-galactosidase A with progressive and systemic accumulation of its substrates. Substrates deposition is related to tissue damage in FD, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain not completely understood. DNA damage has been associated with disease progression in chronic diseases and was recently described in high levels in Fabry patients. Once renal complications are major morbidity causes in FD, we investigated the effects of the latest biomarker for FD - globotriaosylsphingosine (lyso-Gb3) in a cultured renal lineage - human embryonic kidney cells (HEK-293 T) - on DNA damage...
June 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428430/collagen-beta-1-o-galactosyltransferase-1-glt25d1-is-required-for-the-secretion-of-high-molecular-weight-adiponectin-and-affects-lipid-accumulation
#8
Julie A Webster, Zhe Yang, Yu-Hee Kim, Dorothy Loo, Rasha M Mosa, Hongzhuo Li, Chen Chen
Secretion of high molecular weight (HMW) adiponectin is dependent on post-translational modification (PTM) of conserved lysines in the collagenous domain. This work aims to characterize the enzymes responsible for the PTM of conserved lysines which leads to HMW adiponectin secretion, and to define its significance in relation to obesity.  Collagen beta (1- O ) galactosyltransferase 1 (GLT25D1) was knocked down in HEK cells modified for the stable expression of adiponectin (Adipo-HEK cells) as well as in Simpson Golabi-Behmel-Syndrome (SGBS) adipocytes...
April 20, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427767/%C3%AE-arrestins-negatively-control-human-adrenomedullin-type-1-receptor-internalization
#9
Kenji Kuwasako, Kazuo Kitamura, Sayaka Nagata, Toshio Sekiguchi, Jiang Danfeng, Manabu Murakami, Yuichi Hattori, Johji Kato
Adrenomedullin (AM) is a potent hypotensive peptide that exerts a powerful variety of protective effects against multiorgan damage through the AM type 1 receptor (AM1 receptor), which consists of the calcitonin receptor-like receptor (CLR) and receptor activity-modifying protein 2 (RAMP2). Two β-arrestin (β-arr) isoforms, β-arr-1 and β-arr-2, play a central role in the agonist-induced internalization of many receptors for receptor resensitization. Notably, β-arr-biased agonists are now being tested in phase II clinical trials, targeting acute pain and acute heart failure...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426961/endogenous-piezo1-can-confound-mechanically-activated-channel-identification-and-characterization
#10
Adrienne E Dubin, Swetha Murthy, Amanda H Lewis, Lucie Brosse, Stuart M Cahalan, Jörg Grandl, Bertrand Coste, Ardem Patapoutian
A gold standard for characterizing mechanically activated (MA) currents is via heterologous expression of candidate channels in naive cells. Two recent studies described MA channels using this paradigm. TMEM150c was proposed to be a component of an MA channel partly based on a heterologous expression approach (Hong et al., 2016). In another study, Piezo1's N-terminal "propeller" domain was proposed to constitute an intrinsic mechanosensitive module based on expression of a chimera between a pore-forming domain of the mechanically insensitive ASIC1 channel and Piezo1 (Zhao et al...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426911/tbk1-ikke-blockade-inhibits-mutant-sting-mediated-inflammatory-response-in-patient-cells
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Marie-Louise Frémond, Carolina Uggenti, Lien Van Eyck, Isabelle Melki, Vincent Bondet, Naoki Kitabayashi, Christina Hertel, Adrian Hayday, Bénédicte Neven, Yoann Rose, Darragh Duffy, Yanick J Crow, Mathieu P Rodero
OBJECTIVE: Gain-of-function mutations in TMEM173 encoding STING (stimulator of interferon genes) underlie a novel type I interferonopathy, minimally responsive to conventional immunosuppressive therapies and associated with high childhood morbidity and mortality. STING gain-of-function causes constitutive over secretion of interferon (IFN). We determined the effects of a TBK1/IKKE inhibitor (BX795) on IFN secretion and signaling in primary peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from four patients...
April 20, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424266/disease-associated-extracellular-loop-mutations-in-the-adhesion-g-protein-coupled-receptor-g1-adgrg1-gpr56-differentially-regulate-downstream-signaling
#12
Ayush Kishore, Randy A Hall
Mutations to the adhesion G protein-coupled receptor ADGRG1 (G1; also known as GPR56) underlie the neurological disorder bilateral frontoparietal polymicrogyria (BFPP). Disease-associated mutations in G1 studied to date are believed to induce complete loss of receptor function, either through disruption of receptor trafficking or signaling activity. Given that N-terminal truncation of G1 and other adhesion G protein-coupled receptors has been shown to significantly increase the receptors' constitutive signaling, we examined two different BFPP-inducing extracellular loop mutations (R565W and L640R) in the context of both full-length and N-terminally truncated (deltaNT) G1...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423482/clerosterol-from-vinegar-baked-radix-bupleuri-modifies-drug-transport
#13
Ya Zhao, Li-Min Feng, Li-Juan Liu, Xian Zhang, Rui-Zhi Zhao
Vinegar-baked Radix Bupleuri (VBRB) is reportedly used to treat liver cancer when combined with traditional chemotherapy and data show that this combination may modify drug transport. We isolated clerosterol from VBRB and studied its effect on drug transporters in normal or transporter-overexpressing cells. Transporter activity was assayed using cellular substrate concentration and transporter expression with Western blot and RT-qPCR. Clerosterol decreased cisplatin uptake in BRL cells mainly through increasing Mrp2 gene expression...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422714/toll-like-receptor-3-as-an-immunotherapeutic-target-for-kras-mutated-colorectal-cancer
#14
Radhashree Maitra, Titto Augustine, Yitzchak Dayan, Carol Chandy, Matthew Coffey, Sanjay Goel
New therapeutic interventions are essential for improved management of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). This is especially critical for those patients whose tumors harbor a mutation in the KRAS oncogene (40-45% of all patients). This patient cohort is excluded from receiving anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies that have added a significant therapeutic benefit for KRAS wild type CRC patients. Reovirus, a double stranded (ds) RNA virus is in clinical development for patients with chemotherapy refractory KRAS mutated tumors...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414205/molecular-tumor-targeting-of-gelonin-by-fusion-with-f3-peptide
#15
Song-Hee Ham, Kyoung Ah Min, Meong Cheol Shin
Therapeutically potent macromolecular drugs have shown great promise for overcoming the limitations of small-molecule anti-cancer drugs. But tumor cell-selective intracellular delivery of the macromolecules remains a major hurdle for their successful clinical application. To overcome this challenge, we engineered a novel genetic fusion protein (F3-Gel) that composed of F3 peptide, a tumor-homing peptide, and gelonin, a plant-derived ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP), and then evaluated its anti-cancer activity in vitro and in vivo...
April 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413321/the-beneficial-effect-of-ginsenosides-extracted-by-pulsed-electric-field-against-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-oxidative-stress-in-hek-293-cells
#16
Di Liu, Ting Zhang, Zhifei Chen, Ying Wang, Shuang Ma, Jiyun Liu, Jingbo Liu
BACKGROUND: Ginsenosides are the main pharmacological components of Panax ginseng root, which are thought to be primarily responsible for the suppressing effect on oxidative stress. METHODS: 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical scavenging activity and oxygen radical absorption capacity were applied to evaluate the antioxidant activities of the ginsenosides. Human embryonic kidney 293 (HEK-293) cells were incubated with ginsenosides extracted by pulsed electric field (PEF) and solvent cold soak extraction (SCSE) for 24 h and then the injury was induced by 40μM H2O2...
April 2017: Journal of Ginseng Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412809/selective-estrogen-receptor-modulator-serm-like-activities-of-diarylheptanoid-a-phytoestrogen-from-curcuma-comosa-in-breast-cancer-cells-pre-osteoblast-cells-and-rat-uterine-tissues
#17
Natthakan Thongon, Nittaya Boonmuen, Kanoknetr Suksen, Patsorn Wichit, Arthit Chairoungdua, Patoomratana Tuchinda, Apichart Suksamrarn, Wipawee Winuthayanon, Pawinee Piyachaturawat
Diarylheptanoids from Curcuma comosa, of the Zingiberaceae family, exhibit diverse estrogenic activities. In this study we investigated the estrogenic activity of a major hydroxyl diarylheptanoid, 7-(3,4 -dihydroxyphenyl)-5-hydroxy-1-phenyl-(1E)-1-heptene (compound 092) isolated from C. comosa. The compound elicited different transcriptional activities of estrogen agonist at low concentrations (0.1-1 μM) and antagonist at high concentrations (10-50 μM) using luciferase reporter gene assay in HEK-293T cells...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411183/membrane-permeation-of-arginine-rich-cell-penetrating-peptides-independent-of-transmembrane-potential-as-a-function-of-lipid-composition-and-membrane-fluidity
#18
Rike Wallbrecher, Tobias Ackels, R Alis Olea, Marco J Klein, Lucie Caillon, Jürgen Schiller, Petra H Bovée-Geurts, Toin H van Kuppevelt, Anne S Ulrich, Marc Spehr, Merel J W Adjobo-Hermans, Roland Brock
Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) are prominent delivery vehicles to confer cellular entry of (bio-) macromolecules. Internalization efficiency and uptake mechanism depend, next to the type of CPP and cargo, also on cell type. Direct penetration of the plasma membrane is the preferred route of entry as this circumvents endolysosomal sequestration. However, the molecular parameters underlying this import mechanism are still poorly defined. Here, we make use of the frequently used HeLa and HEK cell lines to address the role of lipid composition and membrane potential...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408648/azithromycin-causes-a-novel-proarrhythmic-syndrome
#19
Zhenjiang Yang, Joseph K Prinsen, Kevin R Bersell, Wangzhen Shen, Liudmila Yermalitskaya, Tatiana Sidorova, Paula B Luis, Lynn Hall, Wei Zhang, Liping Du, Ginger Milne, Patrick Tucker, Alfred L George, Courtney M Campbell, Robert A Pickett, Christian M Shaffer, Nagesh Chopra, Tao Yang, Bjorn C Knollmann, Dan M Roden, Katherine T Murray
BACKGROUND: The widely used macrolide antibiotic azithromycin increases risk of cardiovascular and sudden cardiac death, although the underlying mechanisms are unclear. Case reports, including the one we document here, demonstrate that azithromycin can cause rapid, polymorphic ventricular tachycardia in the absence of QT prolongation, indicating a novel proarrhythmic syndrome. We investigated the electrophysiological effects of azithromycin in vivo and in vitro using mice, cardiomyocytes, and human ion channels heterologously expressed in human embryonic kidney (HEK 293) and Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells...
April 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404899/balb-c-mice-immunized-with-a-combination-of-virus-like-particles-incorporating-kaposi-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-kshv-envelope-glycoproteins-gpk8-1-gb-and-gh-gl-induced-comparable-serum-neutralizing-antibody-activity-to-uv-inactivated-kshv
#20
Anne K Barasa, Peng Ye, Meredith Phelps, Ganapathiram T Arivudainambi, Timelia Tison, Javier Gordon Ogembo
Infection with Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is estimated to account for over 44,000 new cases of Kaposi sarcoma annually, with 84% occurring in Africa, where the virus is endemic. To date, there is no prophylactic vaccine against KSHV. KSHV gpK8.1, gB, and gH/gL glycoproteins, implicated in the virus entry into host cells, are attractive vaccine targets for eliciting potent neutralizing antibodies (nAbs) against virus infection. We incorporated gpK8.1, gB, or gH/gL on the surface of virus-like particles (VLPs) and characterized these VLPs for their composition, size, and functionality...
February 22, 2017: Oncotarget
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