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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529619/effects-of-prolonged-exposure-to-low-dose-metformin-in-thyroid-cancer-cell-lines
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Safar Kheder, Karen Sisley, Sirwan Hadad, Sabapathy P Balasubramanian
Background: Thyroid cancer is generally associated with an excellent prognosis, but there is significant long-term morbidity with standard treatment. Some sub-types however have a poor prognosis. Metformin, an oral anti-diabetic drug is shown to have anti-cancer effects in several types of cancer (breast, lung and ovarian cancer). The proposed mechanisms include activation of the Adenosine Mono-phosphate-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) pathway and inhibition of the mTOR pathway (which promotes growth and proliferation)...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526910/expression-and-regulation-of-type-2a-protein-phosphatases-and-alpha4-signalling-in-cardiac-health-and-hypertrophy
#2
Olga Eleftheriadou, Andrii Boguslavskyi, Michael R Longman, Jonathan Cowan, Asvi Francois, Richard J Heads, Brian E Wadzinski, Ali Ryan, Michael J Shattock, Andrew K Snabaitis
Cardiac physiology and hypertrophy are regulated by the phosphorylation status of many proteins, which is partly controlled by a poorly defined type 2A protein phosphatase-alpha4 intracellular signalling axis. Quantitative PCR analysis revealed that mRNA levels of the type 2A catalytic subunits were differentially expressed in H9c2 cardiomyocytes (PP2ACβ > PP2ACα > PP4C > PP6C), NRVM (PP2ACβ > PP2ACα = PP4C = PP6C), and adult rat ventricular myocytes (PP2ACα > PP2ACβ > PP6C > PP4C)...
July 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492345/the-focinator-v2-0-graphical-interface-four-channels-colocalization-analysis-and-cell-phase-identification
#3
Sebastian Oeck, Nathalie M Malewicz, Sebastian Hurst, Klaudia Al-Refae, Adam Krysztofiak, Verena Jendrossek
The quantitative analysis of foci plays an important role in various cell biological methods. In the fields of radiation biology and experimental oncology, the effect of ionizing radiation, chemotherapy or molecularly targeted drugs on DNA damage induction and repair is frequently performed by the analysis of protein clusters or phosphorylated proteins recruited to so called repair foci at DNA damage sites, involving for example γ-H2A.X, 53BP1 or RAD51. We recently developed "The Focinator" as a reliable and fast tool for automated quantitative and qualitative analysis of nuclei and DNA damage foci...
May 11, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491095/angelica-sinensis-polysaccharide-prevents-hematopoietic-stem-cells-senescence-in-d-galactose-induced-aging-mouse-model
#4
Xinyi Mu, Yanyan Zhang, Jing Li, Jieyu Xia, Xiongbin Chen, Pengwei Jing, Xiaoying Song, Lu Wang, Yaping Wang
Age-related regression in hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSC/HPCs) limits replenishment of the blood and immune system and hence contributes to hematopoietic diseases and declined immunity. In this study, we employed D-gal-induced aging mouse model and observed the antiaging effects of Angelica Sinensis Polysaccharide (ASP), a major active ingredient in dong quai (Chinese Angelica Sinensis), on the Sca-1(+) HSC/HPCs in vivo. ASP treatment prevents HSC/HPCs senescence with decreased AGEs levels in the serum, reduced SA-β-Gal positive cells, and promoted CFU-Mix formation in the D-gal administrated mouse...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487971/azidothymidine-inhibits-cell-growth-and-telomerase-activity-and-induces-dna-damage-in-human-esophageal-cancer
#5
Haoli Wang, Jianwen Zhou, Qiong He, Yu Dong, Yanhui Liu
Esophageal cancer is one of the most common type of malignancies. Telomerase activity, which is absent or weakly detected in the majority of human somatic cells, is elevated in esophageal cancer. Although azidothymidine (AZT), a reverse transcriptase inhibitor, has been utilized as a treatment for tumors, its role in treating esophageal cancer has not been confirmed. The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of AZT on telomerase activity and the proliferation of the human esophageal cancer cell line TE‑11...
June 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454371/synergistic-effects-of-a-novel-lipid-soluble-extract-from-pinellia-pedatisecta-schott-and-cisplatin-on-human-cervical-carcinoma-cell-lines-through-the-regulation-of-dna-damage-response-signaling-pathway
#6
Mingxing Zhang, Hongwei Zhang, Yi Yu, Haixia Huang, Guiling Li, Congjian Xu
Herbal medicines have been recognized as an attractive approach for cancer therapy with minimal side effects. The present study investigated the type of interaction between a novel lipid-soluble extract from Pinellia pedatisecta Schott (PE) and cisplatin (CDDP) on human cervical cancer SiHa and CaSki cell lines in vitro. The mechanism of this combination was studied using cell proliferation, invasion and apoptosis assays, and by analyzing cell cycle distribution and protein expression, with a focus on DNA damage response (DDR) activation...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442502/ribonucleotide-reductase-large-subunit-rrm1-as-a-novel-therapeutic-target-in-multiple-myeloma
#7
Morihiko Sagawa, Hiroto Ohguchi, Takeshi Harada, Mehmet K Samur, Yu-Tzu Tai, Nikhil C Munshi, Masahiro Kizaki, Teru Hideshima, Kenneth C Anderson
Purpose: To investigate the biologic and clinical significance of ribonucleotide reductase (RR) in multiple myeloma (MM). <p>Experimental Design: We assessed the impact of RR expression on patient outcome in MM. We then characterized the effect of genetic and pharmacological inhibition of RRM1 on MM growth and survival using siRNA and clofarabine (CLO), respectively, both in vitro and in vivo mouse xenograft model.</p> <p>Results: Newly diagnosed MM patients with higher RRM1 expression have shortened survival...
April 25, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436335/localization-of-the-werner-protein-together-with-h2ax-in-%C3%AE-irradiation-induced-neoplastic-transformed-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#8
Nedime Serakinci, Tufan Cankaya, Steen Kølvraa
The H2A histone family, member X (H2AX), and Werner (WRN) are important proteins for genome and telomere maintenance. WRN has a major role in genome stability, particularly during DNA replication, transcription, recombination, and repair of DNA double-stranded breaks (DSBs) via base excision repair, homologous recombination, or nonhomologous end joining. H2AX plays a part in the rapid, sensitive, cellular response to the ionizing radiation or DNA-damaging chemotherapeutic agents that cause DSBs. This occurs when radiation-induced DSBs trigger the activation of H2AX and begin the damage-repair process...
2017: Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392109/compartmentalization-of-dna-damage-response-between-heterochromatin-and-euchromatin-is-mediated-by-distinct-h2a-histone-variants
#9
Zdravko J Lorković, Chulmin Park, Malgorzata Goiser, Danhua Jiang, Marie-Therese Kurzbauer, Peter Schlögelhofer, Frédéric Berger
DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair depends on the ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) kinase that phosphorylates the conserved C-terminal SQ motif present in the histone variant H2A.X [1-7]. In constitutive heterochromatin of mammals, DSB repair is delayed and relies on phosphorylation of the proteins HP1 and KAP1 by ATM [2, 8-14]. However, KAP1 is not conserved in plants and the HP1-related protein Like-HP1 (LHP1) is not localized at constitutive heterochromatin [15], suggesting that in plants, alternative mechanisms could be responsible for repair of DSBs in heterochromatin...
April 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356983/tcn-an-akt-inhibitor-exhibits-potent-antitumor-activity-and-enhances-radiosensitivity-in-hypoxic-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#10
Qing Guo, Jia He, Feng Shen, Wei Zhang, Xi Yang, Chi Zhang, Qu Zhang, Jun-Xing Huang, Zheng-Dong Wu, Xin-Chen Sun, Sheng-Bin Dai
The aim of the present study was to investigate the radiosensitization effect of triciribine (TCN) on human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) in normoxia or hypoxia and its mechanism. The cytotoxicity and radiosensitization mechanism of TCN were investigated by Cell Counting Kit 8, clonogenic assay, flow cytometry, western blotting (WB) and immunofluorescence staining of phospho-histone H2A.X, Ser139 (γ-H2AX) in ESCC in vitro, while the protein expression levels of AKT, phosphorylated (p)-AKT, hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) were evaluated by WB in vivo...
February 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351316/novel-tetrahydroacridine-and-cyclopentaquinoline-derivatives-with-fluorobenzoic-acid-moiety-induce-cell-cycle-arrest-and-apoptosis-in-lung-cancer-cells-by-activation-of-dna-damage-signaling
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Paweł Szymański, Paulina Olszewska, Elżbieta Mikiciuk-Olasik, Antoni Różalski, Agnieszka Maszewska, Łukasz Markiewicz, Magda Cuchra, Ireneusz Majsterek
Lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide, indicating a necessity to develop more effective therapy. Acridine derivatives are potential anticancer agents due to their ability to intercalate DNA as well as inhibit enzymes involved in replication and transcription. Recently, we have evaluated anticancer activity of 32 novel acridine-based compounds. We found that the most effective were tetrahydroacridine and cyclopentaquinoline derivatives with fluorobenzoic acid containing eight and nine carbon atoms in the aliphatic chain...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350066/dna-damage-response-defect-in-williams-beuren-syndrome
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David Guenat, Giuseppe Merla, Eric Deconinck, Christophe Borg, Pierre-Simon Rohrlich
Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS, no. OMIM 194050) is a rare multisystem genetic disorder caused by a microdeletion on chromosome 7q11.23 and characterized by cardiovascular malformations, mental retardation, and a specific facial dysmorphism. Recently, we reported that a series of non‑Hodgkin's lymphoma occurs in children with WBS and thus hypothesized that a predisposition to cancer may be associated with this genetic disorder. The aim of the present study was to ascertain the role played by three genes hemizygously deleted in WBS (RFC2, GTF2I and BAZ1B) in DNA damage response pathways...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316325/silencing-of-the-small-gtpase-diras3-induces-cellular-senescence-in-human-white-adipose-stromal-progenitor-cells
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Asim Ejaz, Monika Mattesich, Werner Zwerschke
Inhibition of Akt-mTOR signaling protects from obesity and extends life span in animals. In the present study, we analyse the impact of the small GTPase, GTP-binding RAS-like 3 (DIRAS3), a recently identified weight-loss target gene, on cellular senescence in adipose stromal/progenitor cells (ASCs) derived from human subcutaneous white adipose tissue (sWAT). We demonstrate that DIRAS3 knock-down (KD) in ASCs induces activation of Akt-mTOR signaling and proliferation arrest. DIRAS3 KD ASCs lose the potential to form colonies and are negative for Ki-67...
March 17, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315825/effects-of-florida-red-tides-on-histone-variant-expression-and-dna-methylation-in-the-eastern-oyster-crassostrea-virginica
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Rodrigo Gonzalez-Romero, Victoria Suarez-Ulloa, Javier Rodriguez-Casariego, Daniel Garcia-Souto, Gabriel Diaz, Abraham Smith, Juan Jose Pasantes, Gary Rand, Jose M Eirin-Lopez
Massive algal proliferations known as Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) represent one of the most important threats to coastal areas. Among them, the so-called Florida Red Tides (FRTs, caused by blooms of the dinoflagellate Karenia brevis and associated brevetoxins) are particularly detrimental in the southeastern U.S., causing high mortality rates and annual losses in excess of $40 million. The ability of marine organisms to cope with environmental stressors (including those produced during HABs) is influenced by genetic and epigenetic mechanisms, the latter resulting in phenotypic changes caused by heritable modifications in gene expression, without involving changes in the genetic (DNA) sequence...
March 7, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284059/reactivating-p53-and-inducing-tumor-apoptosis-rita-enhances-the-response-of-rita-sensitive-colorectal-cancer-cells-to-chemotherapeutic-agents-5-fluorouracil-and-oxaliplatin
#15
Armin Wiegering, Niels Matthes, Bettina Mühling, Monika Koospal, Anne Quenzer, Stephanie Peter, Christoph-Thomas Germer, Michael Linnebacher, Christoph Otto
Colorectal carcinoma (CRC) is the most common cancer of the gastrointestinal tract with frequently dysregulated intracellular signaling pathways, including p53 signaling. The mainstay of chemotherapy treatment of CRC is 5-fluorouracil (5FU) and oxaliplatin. The two anticancer drugs mediate their therapeutic effect via DNA damage-triggered signaling. The small molecule reactivating p53 and inducing tumor apoptosis (RITA) is described as an activator of wild-type and reactivator of mutant p53 function, resulting in elevated levels of p53 protein, cell growth arrest, and cell death...
April 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270613/smn-deficiency-in-severe-models-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy-causes-widespread-intron-retention-and-dna-damage
#16
Mohini Jangi, Christina Fleet, Patrick Cullen, Shipra V Gupta, Shila Mekhoubad, Eric Chiao, Norm Allaire, C Frank Bennett, Frank Rigo, Adrian R Krainer, Jessica A Hurt, John P Carulli, John F Staropoli
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), an autosomal recessive neuromuscular disease, is the leading monogenic cause of infant mortality. Homozygous loss of the gene survival of motor neuron 1 (SMN1) causes the selective degeneration of lower motor neurons and subsequent atrophy of proximal skeletal muscles. The SMN1 protein product, survival of motor neuron (SMN), is ubiquitously expressed and is a key factor in the assembly of the core splicing machinery. The molecular mechanisms by which disruption of the broad functions of SMN leads to neurodegeneration remain unclear...
March 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228717/mild-hypothermia-attenuates-the-anesthetic-isoflurane-induced-cytotoxicity
#17
Cheng Li, Yuanlin Dong, Dan Chen, Zhongcong Xie, Yiying Zhang
The commonly used inhalation anesthetic isoflurane has been reported to induce DNA damage and cytotoxicity. However, the methods to attenuate these effects remain largely to be determined. Mild hypothermia has neuroprotective effects. We therefore set out to assess whether mild hypothermia could protect the isoflurane-induced DNA damage and cytotoxicity. Moreover, we investigated the underlying mechanisms by assessing the effects of mild hypothermia on the isoflurane-induced changes in ATP levels. H4 human neuroglioma cells were treated with 2% isoflurane for 3 or 6 h with and without mild hypothermia (35°C)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213359/methylation-of-the-phosphatase-transcription-activator-eya1-by-protein-arginine-methyltransferase-1-mechanistic-functional-and-structural-studies
#18
Xingguo Li, Allison Eberhardt, Jeanne N Hansen, Dirk Bohmann, Haitao Li, Nina F Schor
The eyes absent (EYA) family proteins are conserved transcriptional coactivators with intrinsic protein phosphatase activity. They play an essential role in the development of various organs in metazoans. These functions are associated with a unique combination of phosphatase and transactivation activities. However, it remains poorly understood how these activities and the consequent biologic functions of EYA are regulated. Here, we demonstrate that 2 conserved arginine residues, R304 and R306, of EYA1 are essential for its in vitro phosphatase activity and in vivo function during Drosophila eye development...
February 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176872/genotoxic-effects-of-culture-media-on-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
#19
Megha Prakash Bangalore, Syama Adhikarla, Odity Mukherjee, Mitradas M Panicker
Culture conditions play an important role in regulating the genomic integrity of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells (HPSCs). We report that HPSCs cultured in Essential 8 (E8) and mTeSR, two widely used media for feeder-free culturing of HPSCs, had many fold higher levels of ROS and higher mitochondrial potential than cells cultured in Knockout Serum Replacement containing media (KSR). HPSCs also exhibited increased levels of 8-hydroxyguanosine, phospho-histone-H2a.X and p53, as well as increased sensitivity to γ-irradiation in these two media...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166748/body-mass-index-modifies-the-relationship-between-%C3%AE-h2ax-a-dna-damage-biomarker-and-pathological-complete-response-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#20
Maddalena Barba, Patrizia Vici, Laura Pizzuti, Luigi Di Lauro, Domenico Sergi, Anna Di Benedetto, Cristiana Ercolani, Francesca Sperati, Irene Terrenato, Claudio Botti, Lucia Mentuccia, Laura Iezzi, Teresa Gamucci, Clara Natoli, Ilio Vitale, Marcella Mottolese, Ruggero De Maria, Marcello Maugeri-Saccà
BACKGROUND: Body mass index (BMI) is largely investigated as a prognostic and predictive factor in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Overweight and obesity are linked to a variety of pathways regulating tumor-promoting functions, including the DNA damage response (DDR). The DDR physiologically safeguards genome integrity but, in a neoplastic background, it is aberrantly engaged and protects cancer cells from chemotherapy. We herein verified the role of BMI on a previously assessed association between DDR biomarkers and pathological complete response (pCR) in TNBC patients treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT)...
February 6, 2017: BMC Cancer
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