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John E Cebak, Indrapal N Singh, Rachel L Hill, Juan Wang, Edward D Hall
Lipid peroxidation is a key contributor to the pathophysiology of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Traditional antioxidant therapies are intended to scavenge the free radicals responsible for either the initiation or the propagation of lipid peroxidation (LP). A more recently explored approach involves scavenging the terminal LP breakdown products that are highly reactive and neurotoxic carbonyl compounds 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE) and acrolein to prevent their covalent modification and rendering of cellular proteins non-functional leading to loss of ionic homeostasis, mitochondrial failure, and subsequent neuronal death...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
Le Xie, Guang-Hong Xiang, Tao Tang, Yan Tang, Ling-Yun Zhao, Dong Liu, You-Ren Zhang, Jin-Tian Tang, Shen Zhou, Da-Hua Wu
Human glioma is the most common type of primary brain tumor and one of the most invasive and aggressive tumors, which, even with treatments including surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, often relapses and exhibits resistance to conventional treatment methods. Developing novel strategies to control human glioma is, therefore, an important research focus. The present study investigated the mechanism of apoptosis induction in U251 human glioma cells by capsaicin (Cap) and dihydrocapsaicin (DHC), the major pungent ingredients of red chili pepper, using the Cell Counting Kit‑8 assay, transmission electron microscopy analysis, flow cytometry analysis, laser scanning confocal microscope analysis and immunohistochemical staining...
September 26, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Lelin Hu, Hao Wang, Li Huang, Yong Zhao, Junjie Wang
Autophagy induced by radiation is critical to cell fate decision. Evidence now sheds light on the importance of autophagy induced by cancer radiotherapy. Traditional view considers radiation can directly or indirectly damage DNA which can activate DNA damage the repair signaling pathway, a large number of proteins participating in DNA damage repair signaling pathway such as p53, ATM, PARP1, FOXO3a, mTOR and SIRT1 involved in autophagy regulation. However, emerging recent evidence suggests radiation can also cause injury to extranuclear targets such as plasma membrane, mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and induce accumulation of ceramide, ROS, and Ca2+ concentration which activate many signaling pathways to modulate autophagy...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Yuh-Feng Tsai, Ching-Wen Huang, Jo-Hua Chiang, Fuu-Jen Tsai, Yuan-Man Hsu, Chi-Cheng Lu, Chen-Yu Hsiao, Jai-Sing Yang
Gadolinium (Gd) compounds are important as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents, and are potential anticancer agents. However, no report has shown the effect of gadolinium chloride (GdCl3) on osteosarcoma in vitro. The present study investigated the apoptotic mechanism of GdCl3 on human osteosarcoma U-2 OS cells. Our results indicated that GdCl3 significantly reduced cell viability of U-2 OS cells in a concentration-dependent manner. GdCl3 led to apoptotic cell shrinkage and DNA fragmentation in U-2 OS cells as revealed by morphologic changes and TUNEL staining...
October 14, 2016: Oncology Reports
Qi Xie, Jing Su, Bingxuan Jiao, Luyan Shen, Liwei Ma, Xianzhi Qu, Chunyan Yu, Xianrui Jiang, Ye Xu, Liankun Sun
Bcl-2, which belongs to the Bcl-2 family, is frequently overexpressed in various types of cancer cells and contributes to drug resistance. However, the function of Bcl-2 in cisplatin resistance in human ovarian cancer cells is not fully understood. In this study, we found that the pharmacological inhibitor ABT737 or genetic knockdown of Bcl-2 increased cisplatin cytotoxicity in cisplatin-resistant ovarian cancer cells. Additionally, treatment with ABT737 or Bcl-2 siRNA increased cisplatin-induced free Ca2+ levels in the cytosol and mitochondria, which increased endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated and mitochondria-mediated apoptosis...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
B Erol, U Sari, A S Amasyali, S Ozkanli, S Sogut, V Hanci, O Efiloglu, Y O Danacioglu, P Engin, F Yencilek, G Atis, A Yildirim, O A Alkoc, T Caskurlu
We aimed to compare the preventive effects of combined antioxidants (CA1, 2) with a single antioxidant drug (thymoquinone; TQ) on experimental testis Ischemia/Reperfusion (I/R) injury. Thirty-five adult male Wistar rats were divided into five groups of seven rats each: control, testis I/R, testis I/R + CA1, testis I/R + CA2, and testis I/R + TQ. After 1 h of testicular ischemia, reperfusion was achieved by detorsion for 4 h. Antioxidants were intraperitoneally administered for 30 min prior to reperfusion...
October 16, 2016: Andrology
Danya Ben-Hail, Racheli Begas-Shvartz, Moran Shalev, Anna Shteinfer-Kuzmine, Arie Gruzman, Simona Reina, Vito De Pinto, Varda Shoshan-Barmatz
Apoptosis is thought to play a critical role in several pathological processes, such as neurodegenerative diseases (i.e., Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases) and various cardiovascular diseases. Despite the fact that apoptotic mechanisms are well defined, there is still no substantial therapeutic strategy to stop or even slow this process. Thus, there is an unmet need for therapeutic agents that are able to block or slow apoptosis in neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. The outer mitochondrial membrane protein voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1) is a convergence point for a variety of cell survival and death signals, including apoptosis...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Zoltan Patai, Andras Guttman, Endre G Mikus
Drotaverine is considered to evoke a spasmolytic effect through the inhibition of cyclic-3',5'-nucleotide-phophodiesterase (PDE) enzymes. However, published receptor binding data supports the potential L-type Voltage Operated Calcium Channel (L-VOCC) blocking effect of drotaverine as well. Hence, in this work we are focusing on the potential L-VOCC blocking effect of drotaverine using L-VOCC associated functional in vitro models. Accordingly, drotaverine and reference agents were tested on KCl-induced guinea pig tracheal contraction...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Fábio V G Campanha, Denise Perone, Dijon H S de Campos, Renata de A M Luvizotto, Maria T De Síbio, Miriane de Oliveira, Regiane M C Olimpio, Fernanda C F Moretto, Carlos R Padovani, Gláucia M F S Mazeto, Antonio C Cicogna, Célia R Nogueira
Objective: The current study was aimed at analyzing sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ ATPase (Serca2) and ryanodine receptor type 2 (Ryr2) gene expression in rats subjected to surgery that induced HF and were subsequently treated with T4 using physiological doses. Materials and methods: HF was induced in 18 male Wistar rats by clipping the ascending thoracic aorta to generate aortic stenosis (HFS group), while the control group (9-sham) underwent thoracotomy. After 21 weeks, the HFS group was subdivided into two subgroups...
October 10, 2016: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Changhwan Ahn, Dongoh Lee, Jae-Hwan Lee, Hyun Yang, Beum-Soo An, Eui-Bae Jeung
It has been proposed that cellular Ca2+ signals activate hormone secretion. In pancreatic β cells, which produce insulin, Ca2+ signals have been known to contribute to insulin secretion. Prior to this study, we confirmed that insulin-secreting β cells express CaBP-9k, and assumed that CaBP-9k play a role in β cell insulin synthesis or secretion. Using CaBP-9k knock out (KO) mice, we demonstrated that ablation of CaBP-9k causes reducing insulin secretion and increasing serum glucose. To compare the role of CaBP-9k with pathophysiological conditions, we exposed wild-type and CaBP-9k KO mice to hypoxic conditions for 10 days...
2016: PloS One
Myriam A Badr, Jose R Pinto, Michael W Davidson, P Bryant Chase
Cardiac troponin C (cTnC) is a key effector in cardiac muscle excitation-contraction coupling as the Ca2+ sensing subunit responsible for controlling contraction. In this study, we generated several FRET sensors for divalent cations based on cTnC flanked by a donor fluorescent protein (CFP) and an acceptor fluorescent protein (YFP). The sensors report Ca2+ and Mg2+ binding, and relay global structural information about the structural relationship between cTnC's N- and C-domains. The sensors were first characterized using end point titrations to decipher the response to Ca2+ binding in the presence or absence of Mg2+...
2016: PloS One
Nathan D Rudd, Hao Wang, Erika M A Fuentes-Fernandez, Simon J Teat, Feng Chen, Gene Stephen Hall, Yves J Chabal, Jing Li
We have designed and synthesized an isoreticular series of luminescent metal-organic frameworks (LMOFs) by incorporating a strongly emissive molecular fluorophore and functionally diverse co-linkers into Zn-based structures. The three-dimensional porous networks of LMOF-261, -262 and -263 represent a unique/new type of nets, classified as a 2-nodal, (4,4)-c net (mot-e type) with four-fold, class IIIa interpenetration. All compounds crystallize in body-centered tetragonal crystal system (space group I41/a). A systematic study has been implemented to analyze their interactions with heavy metals...
October 13, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
V Poletto, V Galimberti, G Guerra, V Rosti, F Moccia, M Biggiogera
We propose a tool for a rapid high-resolution detection of calcium ions which can be used in parallel with other techniques. We have applied a new approach by  photo-oxidation of diaminobenzidine in presence of the emission of an excited fluorochrome specific for calcium detection. This method combines the selectivity of available fluorophores to the high spatial resolution offered by transmission electron microscopy to detect even fluorescing molecules even when present in low amounts in membrane-bounded organelles...
August 10, 2016: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
Mukesh Madhukar Shete
Hypertension is one of the most common conditions seen in primary care and a major public health problem in India. It can lead to various complications if not detected early and treated appropriately. As per the latest Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) the goal BP in most hypertensive patients age <60 years should be <140/90 mmHg and treatment can be started by selecting drugs from among 4 specific medication classes i.e. angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB), calcium channel blocker (CCB) or diuretics...
April 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Zhichao Xiao, Wenting Guo, Bo Sun, Donald J Hunt, Jinhong Wei, Yingjie Liu, Yundi Wang, Ruiwu Wang, Peter P Jones, Thomas G Back, S R Wayne Chen
Recent three-dimensional structural studies reveal that the Central domain of ryanodine receptor (RyR) serves as a transducer that converts long-range conformational changes into the gating of the channel pore. Interestingly, the Central domain encompasses one of the mutation hotspots (corresponding to amino acid residues 3778-4201) that contains a number of cardiac RyR (RyR2) mutations associated with catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) and atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the functional consequences of these Central domain RyR2 mutations are not well understood...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Takashi Daiho, Kazuo Yamasaki, Stefania Danko, Hiroshi Suzuki
The cytoplasmic Actuator domain of sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum Ca(2+)-ATPase undergoes large rotational movements that influence the distant transmembrane transport sites, and a long second transmembrane helix (M2) connected with this domain plays critical roles in transmitting motions between the cytoplasmic catalytic domains and transport sites. Here we explore possible structural roles of Gly(105) between the cytoplasmic (M2c) and transmembrane (M2m) segments of M2 by introducing mutations that limit/increase conformational freedom...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Mei Wang, Youyang Hu, Yifei Fan, Yan Guo, Fanglin Chen, Shuo Chen, Qinglin Li, Zhiwu Chen
BACKGROUND/AIM: H2S is a novel vasoactivator. To verify the hypothesis that H2S may act as an endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor (EDHF) in the rat cerebrovasculature, the role of H2S in endothelium-derived relaxing factor (EDRF)-mediated responses was investigated. METHODS: Cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE) was knocked down with an siRNA technique. Artery diameter, hyperpolarization and Ca2+-activated K+ (KCa) current were measured. RESULTS: CSE knockdown was indicated by a decrease in protein and mRNA expression in the rat middle cerebral artery (MCA) and cerebral basilar artery (CBA)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Vascular Research
Zhixue Wang, Zijing Liu, Lijng Zhou, Tingting Long, Xing Zhou, Yixi Bao
OBJECTIVE: This study is to investigate the role of second messengers and TLR4/NF-κB signaling pathway in the immunomodulatory activities of Astragalus polysaccharide (APS) and Polysaccharopeptide (PSP) in macrophages. METHODS: RAW 264.7 macrophage cells were treated with APS, PSP, lipopolysaccharide (LPS), or NiCl2. Power-spectral method was used to detect protein kinase C (PKC) and Griess reaction to detect nitric oxide (NO). ELISA was conducted to detect cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), diglycerides (DAG), inositol 1, 4, 5-triphosphate (IP3), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6)...
October 9, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Izaskun Buendia, Giammarco Tenti, Patrycja Michalska, Iago Méndez-López, Enrique Luengo, Michele Satriani, Juan Fernando Padin Nogueira, Manuela G López, María Teresa Ramos, Antonio G García, J Carlos Menéndez, Rafael León
During brain ischemia, oxygen and glucose deprivation induces calcium overload, extensive oxidative stress, neuroinflammation and, finally, massive neuronal loss. In the search of a neuroprotective compound to mitigate this neuronal loss, we have designed and synthesized a new multitarget hybrid (ITH14001) directed at the reduction of calcium overload by acting on two regulators of calcium homeostasis; the mitochondrial Na+/Ca2+ exchanger (mNCX) and L-type voltage dependent calcium channels (VDCCs). This compound is a hybrid of CGP37157 (mNCX inhibitor) and nimodipine (L-type VDCCs blocker), and its pharmacological evaluation revealed a moderate ability to selectively inhibit both targets...
October 12, 2016: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Kaivan Khavandi, Rachael L Baylie, Sarah A Sugden, Majid Ahmed, Viktoria Csato, Philip Eaton, David C Hill-Eubanks, Adrian D Bonev, Mark T Nelson, Adam S Greenstein
Activation of Ca(2+)-sensitive, large-conductance potassium (BK) channels in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) by local, ryanodine receptor-mediated Ca(2+) signals (Ca(2+) sparks) acts as a brake on pressure-induced (myogenic) vasoconstriction-a fundamental mechanism that regulates blood flow in small resistance arteries. We report that physiological intraluminal pressure within resistance arteries activated cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG) in VSMCs through oxidant-induced formation of an intermolecular disulfide bond between cysteine residues...
October 11, 2016: Science Signaling
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