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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448008/a-protocol-for-using-f%C3%A3-rster-resonance-energy-transfer-fret-force-biosensors-to-measure-mechanical-forces-across-the-nuclear-linc-complex
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Paul T Arsenovic, Kranthidhar Bathula, Daniel E Conway
The LINC complex has been hypothesized to be the critical structure that mediates the transfer of mechanical forces from the cytoskeleton to the nucleus. Nesprin-2G is a key component of the LINC complex that connects the actin cytoskeleton to membrane proteins (SUN domain proteins) in the perinuclear space. These membrane proteins connect to lamins inside the nucleus. Recently, a Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET)-force probe was cloned into mini-Nesprin-2G (Nesprin-TS (tension sensor)) and used to measure tension across Nesprin-2G in live NIH3T3 fibroblasts...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447579/glucan-phosphate-inhibits-hmgb-1-release-from-rat-myocardial-h9c2-cells-in-sepsis-via-tlr4-nf-%C3%B0%C2%BAb-signal-pathway
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Haizhu Wang, Zhifei Cui, Fei Sun, Huayong Ding
PURPOSE: The effect of glucan phosphate (GP) on the release of HMGB-1 from rat myocardial cells (H9C2) during lipopolysaccharide-induced sepsis, and the underlying mechanisms, were investigated. METHODS: H9C2 cells were divided into three groups: normal; lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (1 mg/ml LPS); and, LPS+GP (2 mg/ml GP). Western blot was used to determine toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) levels, and electrophoretic mobility-shift assays (EMSA) was used to determine nuclear factor-кB (NF-кB) activity 3, 6 and 9 h after treatment...
April 26, 2017: Clinical and Investigative Medicine. Médecine Clinique et Experimentale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446712/aspirin-inhibits-the-shh-gli1-signaling-pathway-and-sensitizes-malignant-glioma-cells-to-temozolomide-therapy
#3
Jianguang Ming, Bo Sun, Ziwei Li, Lin Lin, Xiangqi Meng, Bo Han, Ruijia Wang, Pengfei Wu, Jianlong Li, Jinquan Cai, Chuanlu Jiang
Aberrant activation of sonic hedgehog (SHH)/glioma-associated oncogene homolog 1 (GLI1) pathway plays an important role in the tumorigenicity of malignant glioma cells and resistance to temozolomide (TMZ). Here we investigated the aspirin's antineoplastic molecular route by targeting SHH/GLI1 pathway and examined the feasibility of aspirin combined with TMZ therapy. Western blot and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) revealed that the activity of the SHH/GLI1 pathway was strongly inhibited by aspirin...
April 17, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443134/characterization-of-x-chromosome-gene-expression-in-bovine-blastocysts-derived-by-in-vitro-fertilization-and-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer
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Byungkuk Min, Jung Sun Park, Kyuheum Jeon, Yong-Kook Kang
To better understand X-chromosome reactivation (XCR) during early development, we analyzed transcriptomic data obtained from bovine male and female blastocysts derived by in-vitro fertilization (IVF) or somatic-cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). We found that X-linked genes were upregulated by almost two-fold in female compared with male IVF blastocysts. The upregulation of X-linked genes in female IVFs indicated a transcriptional dimorphism between the sexes, because the mean autosomal gene expression levels were relatively constant, regardless of sex...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441719/suppression-of-oxidative-stress-and-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mapk-signaling-by-lyophilized-black-raspberries-for-esophageal-cancer-prevention-in-rats
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Ni Shi, Fang Chen, Xiaoli Zhang, Steven K Clinton, Xiaofei Tang, Zheng Sun, Tong Chen
Research in the laboratory has shown that lyophilized black raspberries (BRB) significantly inhibit N-nitrosomethylbenzylamine (NMBA)-induced esophageal squamous cell carcinogenesis in rats. The objective of the present study is to characterize the underlying mechanism(s) of anti-cancer action of BRB in this preclinical animal model focusing on oxidative stress and its related oncogenic signaling pathways. Esophageal epithelial tissues were collected and assessed for markers of oxidative stress and nuclear factor κB (NFκB) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)...
April 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440514/silibinin-downregulates-mmp2-expression-via-jak2-stat3-pathway-and-inhibits-the-migration-and-invasive-potential-in-mda-mb-231-cells
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Hyo Joo Byun, Pramod Darvin, Dong Young Kang, Nipin Sp, Youn Hee Joung, Jong Hwan Park, Sun Jin Kim, Young Mok Yang
Worldwide, breast cancer (BCa) is the most common cancer in women. Among its subtypes, triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an aggressive form associated with diminished survival. TNBCs are characterized by their absence, or minimal expression, of the estrogen and progesterone receptors, as well as the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (i.e. ER-/-, PR-/-, Her2-/Low). Consequently, treatment for this subtype of BCa remains problematic. Silibinin, a derivative of the flavonoid silymarin, is reported to have anticancer activities against hepatic and non-small cell lung cancers...
April 19, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440455/%C3%AE-adrenoceptor-mediated-enhanced-inducibility-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-a-canine-system-inflammation-model
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Ying-Ying Chen, Ze-Wei Sun, Jian-Ping Jiang, Xiao-Dong Kang, Lin-Lin Wang, Yue-Liang Shen, Xu-Dong Xie, Liang-Rong Zheng
The exact mechanism associated with inflammation and atrial fibrillation (AF) remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to investigate the roles of connexin 43 (Cx43) and a1‑adrenergic receptor (α1‑AR) activation in the pathogenesis of system inflammation‑induced AF. A canine model of chronic low‑grade system inflammation was established by administrating a low dose of lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 0.1 µg/kg) for 2 weeks. Programmed stimulation was applied on the right atrial appendage to determine the effective refractory periods (ERP) and the window of vulnerability (WOV)...
April 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440398/lycopene-inhibits-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-and-adhesion-molecule-expression-through-nrf2-mediated-heme-oxygenase-1-in-endothelial-cells
#8
Po-Min Yang, Huang-Zhi Chen, Yu-Ting Huang, Chia-Wen Hsieh, Being-Sun Wung
The endothelial expression of cell adhesion molecules plays a leading role in atherosclerosis. Lycopene, a carotenoid with 11 conjugated double bonds, has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. In the present study, we demonstrate a putative mechanism for the anti-inflammatory effects of lycopene. We demonstrate that lycopene inhibits the adhesion of tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα)-stimulated monocytes to endothelial cells and suppresses the expression of intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) at the transcriptional level...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438065/reduced-expression-of-eukaryotic-translation-initiation-factor-3-subunit-e-and-its-possible-involvement-in-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-endometriosis
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Xianjun Cai, Minhong Shen, Xishi Liu, Sun-Wei Guo
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is now well documented to be involved in the development of endometriosis through the promotion of invasion and fibrogenesis. To date, several factors have been reported to be involved in EMT in endometriosis. The eukaryotic translation initiation factor 3 subunit e (eIF3e) protein is a component of the multisubunit eIF3 complex essential for cap-dependent translation initiation. The aim of this study was to investigate whether eIF3e is involved in EMT in endometriosis...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436337/molecular-cloning-expression-and-characterization-of-e2f-transcription-factor-4-from-antheraea-pernyi
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M N Abbas, S Kausar, Y-X Sun, Y Sun, L Wang, C Qian, G-Q Wei, B-J Zhu, C-L Liu
The E2F transcription factor family is distributed widely in eukaryotes and has been well studied among mammals. In the present study, the E2F transcription factor 4 (E2F4) gene was isolated from fat bodies of Antheraea pernyi and sequenced. E2F4 comprised a 795 bp open reading frame encoding a deduced amino acid sequence of 264 amino acid residues. The recombinant protein was expressed in Escherichia coli (Transetta DE3), and anti-E2F4 antibodies were prepared. The deduced amino acid sequence displayed significant homology to an E2F4-like protein from Bombyx mori L...
April 24, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435071/er-%C3%AE-36-mediates-estrogen-stimulated-mapk-erk-activation-and-regulates-migration-invasion-proliferation-in-cervical-cancer-cells
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Qing Sun, Ying Liang, Tianli Zhang, Kun Wang, Xingsheng Yang
OBJECTIVE: Estrogen receptor alpha 36 (ER-α36), a truncated variant of ER-α, is different from other nuclear receptors of the ER-α family. Previous findings indicate that ER-α36 might be involved in cell growth, proliferation, and differentiation in carcinomas and primarily mediates non-genomic estrogen signaling. However, studies on ER-α36 and cervical cancer are rare. This study aimed to detect the expression of ER-α36 in cervical cancer; the role of ER-α36 in 17-β-estradiol (E2)-induced invasion, migration and proliferation of cervical cancer; and their probable molecular mechanisms...
April 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431285/two-benzoyl-coumarin-amide-fluorescence-chemosensors-for-cyanide-anions
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Zian Wang, Qianqian Wu, Jiale Li, Shuang Qiu, Duxia Cao, Yongxiao Xu, Zhiqiang Liu, Xueying Yu, Yatong Sun
Two new benzoyl coumarin amide derivatives with ortho hydroxyl benzoyl as terminal group have been synthesized. Their photophysical properties and recognition properties for cyanide anions in acetonitrile have also been examined. The influence of electron donating diethylamino group in coumarin ring and hydroxyl in benzoyl group on recognition properties was explored. The results indicate that the compounds can recognize cyanide anions with obvious absorption and fluorescence spectral change and high sensitivity...
April 13, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430599/tak1-inhibitor-5z-7-oxozeaenol-sensitizes-cervical-cancer-to-doxorubicin-induced-apoptosis
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Shan Guan, Jiaxiong Lu, Yanling Zhao, Sarah E Woodfield, Huiyuan Zhang, Xin Xu, Yang Yu, Jing Zhao, Shayahati Bieerkehazhi, Haoqian Liang, Jianhua Yang, Fuchun Zhang, Surong Sun
Aberrant activation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) allows cancer cells to escape chemotherapy-induced cell death and acts as one of the major mechanisms of acquired chemoresistance in cervical cancer. TAK1, a crucial mediator that upregulates NF-κB activation in response to cellular genotoxic stress, is required for tumor cell viability and survival. Herein, we examined whether TAK1 inhibition is a potential therapeutic strategy for treating cervical cancer. We found that TAK1 inhibitor 5Z-7-oxozeaenol significantly augmented the cytotoxic effects of Dox in a panel of cervical cancer cell lines...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429615/regulation-of-vascular-large-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-channels-by-nrf2-signalling
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Yong Li, Xiao-Li Wang, Xiaojing Sun, Qiang Chai, Jingchao Li, Benjamin Thompson, Win-Kuang Shen, Tong Lu, Hon-Chi Lee
BK channels are major ionic determinants of vasodilation. BK channel function is impaired in diabetic vessels due to accelerated proteolysis of its beta-1 (BK-β1) subunits in response to increased oxidative stress. The nuclear factor E2-related factor-2 (Nrf2) signalling pathway has emerged as a master regulator of cellular redox status, and we hypothesized that it plays a central role in regulating BK channel function in diabetic vessels. We found that Nrf2 expression was markedly reduced in db/db diabetic mouse aortas, and this was associated with significant downregulation of BK-β1...
April 1, 2017: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427939/nrage-induces-%C3%AE-catenin-arm-o-glcnacylation-and-negatively-regulates-wnt-signaling
#15
Yuxin Chen, Lei Jin, Bin Xue, Dong Jin, Fenyong Sun, Chuanjun Wen
The Wnt pathway is crucial for animal development, as well as tumor formation. Understanding the regulation of Wnt signaling will help to elucidate the mechanism of the cell cycle, cell differentiation and tumorigenesis. It is generally accepted that in response to Wnt signals, β-catenin accumulates in the cytoplasm and is imported into the nucleus where it recruits LEF/TCF transcription factors to activate the expression of target genes. In this study, we report that human NRAGE, a neurotrophin receptor p75 (p75NTR) binding protein, markedly suppresses the expression of genes activated by the Wnt pathway...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427189/identifying-biomarkers-of-papillary-renal-cell-carcinoma-associated-with-pathological-stage-by-weighted-gene-co-expression-network-analysis
#16
Zhongshi He, Min Sun, Yuan Ke, Rongjie Lin, Youde Xiao, Shuliang Zhou, Hong Zhao, Yan Wang, Fuxiang Zhou, Yunfeng Zhou
Although papillary renal cell carcinoma (PRCC) accounts for 10%-15% of renal cell carcinoma (RCC), no predictive molecular biomarker is currently applicable to guiding disease stage of PRCC patients. The mRNASeq data of PRCC and adjacent normal tissue in The Cancer Genome Atlas was analyzed to identify 1148 differentially expressed genes, on which weighted gene co-expression network analysis was performed. Then 11 co-expressed gene modules were identified. The highest association was found between blue module and pathological stage (r = 0...
March 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426747/metabolic-analysis-of-radioresistant-medulloblastoma-stem-like-clones-and-potential-therapeutic-targets
#17
Lue Sun, Takashi Moritake, Kazuya Ito, Yoshitaka Matsumoto, Hironobu Yasui, Hidehiko Nakagawa, Aki Hirayama, Osamu Inanami, Koji Tsuboi
Medulloblastoma is a fatal brain tumor in children, primarily due to the presence of treatment-resistant medulloblastoma stem cells. The energy metabolic pathway is a potential target of cancer therapy because it is often different between cancer cells and normal cells. However, the metabolic properties of medulloblastoma stem cells, and whether specific metabolic pathways are essential for sustaining their stem cell-like phenotype and radioresistance, remain unclear. We have established radioresistant medulloblastoma stem-like clones (rMSLCs) by irradiation of the human medulloblastoma cell line ONS-76...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425347/expression-and-clinicopathological-significance-of-mel-18-and-bmi-1-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#18
Huaijun Ji, Ming Cao, Kunlun Ren, Ningbo Sun, Wei Wang, Qiang Zhu, Qi Zang, Zhongmin Jiang
The Polycomb group genes are a general class of regulators that are responsible for maintaining homeotic gene expression throughout cell division. Polycomb group expression plays an important role in oncogenesis of several types of human cancer. Melanoma nuclear protein 18 and B-cell-specific Moloney leukemia virus insert site 1 are key Polycomb group proteins. Studies have shown that melanoma nuclear protein 18 is a potential tumor suppression, and B-cell-specific Moloney leukemia virus insert site 1 is overexpressed in several human malignancies...
January 1, 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424978/the-physicochemical-investigation-of-17%C3%AE-estradiol-crystalline-prepared-by-in-situ-ph-dependent-solubility-technique-with-polyvinylpyrrolidone
#19
Hui Xiong, Jinping Fu, Hanjing Sun, Enfu Wang, Yunhui Ding, Guobin Ren, Qiufang Jing, Fuzheng Ren
Micro-particles of 17β-estradiol (ED) were prepared with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) by in situ pH-dependent solubility technique. Products were characterized using multiple instruments, and molecular interactions between ED and PVP were explored. Powder X-ray diffraction and thermal analysis revealed crystalline ED in the micro-particles is hemihydrated. PVP was also present in the micro-particles. Laser particle size analysis and scanning electron microscopy revealed thin slice morphology, which might have resulted from the influence of PVP...
April 19, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423575/activated-notch-signaling-augments-cell-growth-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-via-up-regulating-the-nuclear-receptor-nr4a2
#20
Bo Zhu, Lichun Sun, Wei Luo, Min Li, David H Coy, Long Yu, Wenbo Yu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most malignant cancers. Conventional therapies are limited due to the human liver being such a unique organ and easily showing side-effects. The unclear molecular mechanisms are tough challenges for scientists searching for new and effective anti-HCC targeting drugs. We identified that the nuclear receptor NR4A2 is a novel oncogene in HCC progression. In this study, we show that NR4A2 and the notch recceptor Notch1 were expressed highly in primary HCC tissues and immortal HCC cells by using qPCR, western blot and immuno-histochemistry assays...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
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