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Chunhao Niu, Xiaoying Sun, Weijing Zhang, Han Li, Liqun Xu, Jun Li, Benke Xu, Yanna Zhang
BACKGROUND: There is an abnormal expression of nuclear receptor subfamily 2 group F member 6 (NR2F6) in human cancers such as breast cancer, colon cancer, and acute myelogenous leukemia. However, its clinical significance in cervical cancer has not been established. We explored NR2F6 expression and its clinicopathological significance in early-stage cervical cancer. METHODS: NR2F6 expression in cervical cancer cell lines and cervical cancer tissues was determined by Western blotting, real-time PCR, and immunochemistry (IHC)...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Jia Sun, Jintang Sun, Bingfeng Song, Lin Zhang, Qianqian Shao, Yanguo Liu, Daoying Yuan, Yun Zhang, Xun Qu
In tumor microenvironment, macrophages as a polarized M2 population promote tumor progression via releasing multiple cytokines and chemokines. A brown seaweed fucose-rich polysaccharide, fucoidan has antitumor activity and immune modulation through affecting tumor cells and lymphocytes. Here, we focused on the effect of fucoidan on macrophages especially M2 subtype. Our results demonstrated that fucoidan down-regulated partial cytokines and chemokines, especially a M2-type chemokine CCL22. Furthermore, fucoidan inhibited tumor cells migration and CD4(+) T lymphocytes, especially Treg cells, recruitment induced by M2 macrophages conditioned medium through suppression of CCL22...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xinxin Song, Yangchun Xie, Rui Kang, Wen Hou, Xiaofang Sun, Michael W Epperly, Joel S Greenberger, Daolin Tang
Bone marrow injury remains a serious concern in traditional cancer treatment. Ferroptosis is an iron- and oxidative-dependent form of regulated cell death that has become part of an emerging strategy for chemotherapy. However, the key regulator of ferroptosis in bone marrow injury remains unknown. Here, we show that Fanconi anemia complementation group D2 (FANCD2), a nuclear protein involved in DNA damage repair, protects against ferroptosis-mediated injury in bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs). The classical ferroptosis inducer erastin remarkably increased the levels of monoubiquitinated FANCD2, which in turn limited DNA damage in BMSCs...
October 20, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Shanzheng Lu, Ganggang Shi, Xiaoxi Xu, Grace Wang, Xu Lan, Peng Sun, Xiang Li, Baoren Zhang, Xiangying Gu, Thomas E Ichim, Hao Wang
BACKGROUND: The endometrial regenerative cell (ERC) is a novel type of adult mesenchymal stem cell isolated from menstrual blood. Previous studies demonstrated that ERCs possess unique immunoregulatory properties in vitro and in vivo, as well as the ability to differentiate into functional hepatocyte-like cells. For these reasons, the present study was undertaken to explore the effects of ERCs on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced acute liver injury (ALI). METHODS: An ALI model in C57BL/6 mice was induced by administration of intraperitoneal injection of CCl4...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Ki Mo Kim, Deok Rim Heo, Young-A Kim, Jun Lee, No Soo Kim, Ok-Sun Bang
Coniferaldehyde (CA) exerts anti-inflammatory properties by inducing heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1). To define the regulation mechanism by which CA induces a cytoprotective function and HO-1 expression, the up-stream regulations involved in the activation of nuclear transcription factor-erythroid 2-related factor (Nrf)-2/HO-1 pathway were investigated. CA dramatically increased the Nrf-2 nuclear translocation and HO-1 expression. Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, and cell death were down-regulated by CA, which were reversed by inhibition of HO-1 activity...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Zhengwang Sun, Sang Yong Park, Eunson Hwang, Bom Park, Seul A Seo, Jin-Gyeong Cho, Mengyang Zhang, Tae-Hoo Yi
BACKGROUND: Foeniculum vulgare Mill (FV) has long been prescribed in traditional medicine due to its antioxidant anti-inflammatory properties. However, little research has been done on the use of FV to alleviate changes in UVB-induced photoaging PURPOSE: This study was to investigate the photoprotective effects and mechanism of FV in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: The anti-photoaging effect of FV was assessed in normal human dermal fibroblasts (NHDFs) in vitro. The secretion of reactive oxygen species (ROS), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), GSH, matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), procollagen type I, IL-6 and transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) were measured by kits...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Liang Leng, Xiaojun Zhong, Guan Sun, Wen Qiu, Lei Shi
Temozolomide (TMZ) is widely used in the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) as it can effectively inhibit the growth of GBM for some months; however, this cancer type is still incurable. The existence of glioma stem cells (GSCs) is thought to be responsible for the invariable recurrence of GBM after treatment, but GSCs are insensitive to TMZ. Our recent research showed that demethoxycurcumin (DMC), a component of curcumin, was superior to TMZ in its ability to inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis of GSCs in vitro...
October 18, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Makoto Kawaguchi, Noboru Hara, Vladimir Bilim, Hiroshi Koike, Mituko Suzuki, Tae-Sun Kim, Nan Gao, Yu Dong, Sheng Zhang, Yuji Fujinawa, Osamu Yamamoto, Hiromi Ito, Yoshihiko Tomita, Yuchi Naruse, Akira Sakamaki, Yoko Ishii, Koichi Tsuneyama, Masaaki Inoue, Johbu Itoh, Masanori Yasuda, Nobuo Sakata, Cha-Gyun Jung, Satoshi Kanazawa, Hiroyasu Akatsu, Hiroshi Minato, Takayuki Nojima, Kiyofumi Asai, Yutaka Miura
BACKGROUND: Pathological stage and grade have limited ability to predict the outcomes of superficial urothelial bladder carcinoma at initial transurethral resection (TUR). AT-motif binding factor 1 (ATBF1) is a tumor suppressive transcription factor that is normally localized to the nucleus but has been detected in the cytoplasm in several cancers. Here, we examined the diagnostic value of the intracellular localization of ATBF1 as a marker for the identification of high risk urothelial bladder carcinoma...
October 18, 2016: BMC Cancer
Shuai Jiang, Yang Yang, Tian Li, Zhiqiang Ma, Wei Hu, Chao Deng, Chongxi Fan, Jianjun Lv, Yang Sun, Wei Yi
Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factor of the cap'n'collar (CNC) family that is present in various organs. The cardiovascular system (CVS) is susceptible to a spectrum of diseases that are strongly associated with increased risks of mortality and morbidity, and studies have demonstrated that Nrf2 has a pivotal role in protection against cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Areas covered: Nrf2 is a basic protective molecule that guards against CVD by attenuating oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and inflammation...
October 19, 2016: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
Zhoushuai Qin, Zhiqiang Bai, Ying Sun, Xiaohong Niu, Wei Xiao
In response to replication-blocking lesions, proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) can be sequentially ubiquitinated at the K164 residue leading to two modes of DNA-damage tolerance, namely translesion DNA synthesis (TLS) and error-free lesion bypass. Ectopic expression of PCNA fused with ubiquitin (Ub) lacking the two C-terminal Gly residues resembles PCNA monoubiquitination-mediated TLS. However, if the fused Ub contains C-terminal Gly residues, it is further polyubiquitinated and inhibits cell proliferation...
October 18, 2016: Cell Cycle
Kai Sun, Chao Fang, Weicheng Yang, Zhongjie Xu, Haoran Wang, Wen Sun, Yong Luo, Yi Xu
This report presents an efficient synthesis of D6 -clenproperol and D6 -cimaterol with 99.5% and 99.7% isotopic abundance in acceptable yields and excellent chemical purities with deuterium isopropylamine as labelled precursor. Their structures and the isotope-abundance were confirmed by proton nuclear magnetic resonance and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry.
October 17, 2016: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
Yue Sun, Da-Wei Ye, Peng Zhang, Ying-Xing Wu, Bang-Yan Wang, Guang Peng, Shi-Ying Yu
Cytokines are believed to be involved in a "vicious circle" of progressive interactions in bone metastasis. Iguratimod is a novel anti-rheumatic drug which is reported to have the capability of anti-cytokines. In this study, a rat model was constructed to investigate the effect of iguratimod on bone metastasis and it was found that iguratimod alleviated cancer-induced bone destruction. To further explore whether an anti-tumor activity of iguratimod contributes to the effect of bone resorption suppression, two human breast cancer cell lines MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 were studied...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Xi Ling, Guowei Zhang, Lei Sun, Zhi Wang, Peng Zou, Jianfang Gao, Kaige Peng, Qing Chen, Huan Yang, Niya Zhou, Zhihong Cui, Ziyuan Zhou, Jinyi Liu, Jia Cao, Lin Ao
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are widespread environmental pollutants that have adverse effects on the male reproductive function. Many studies have confirmed that PAHs preferentially accumulate in mitochondria DNA relative to nuclear DNA and disrupt mitochondrial functions. However, it is rare whether exposure to PAHs is associated with mitochondrial damage and dysfunction in sperm. To evaluate the effects of PAHs on sperm mitochondria, we measured mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), mitochondrial DNA copy number (mtDNAcn) and mtDNA integrity in 666 individuals from the Male Reproductive Health in Chongqing College Students (MARHCS) study...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Pollution
Jian Wan, Yi Shan, Yibo Fan, Conghui Fan, Song Chen, Jie Sun, Lili Zhu, Long Qin, Mengjin Yu, Zhaofen Lin
Toll-like receptor (TLR) family are receptors for extracellular or intracellular signaling, such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS), or 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate. TLR induces the differentiation of human myeloid monocytic‑leukemia cells (THP-1) to macrophages. However, the relationship between extracellular or intracellular signaling and the TLR protein level remain to be determined. Using RT-PCR and western blot analysis, the aim of the present study was to determine whether TLR4, a major TLR family member, could be moderately upregulated by high concentration of LPS and whether it promoted the maturation of THP1 cells...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Keping Sun, Rebecca T Kimball, Tong Liu, Xuewen Wei, Longru Jin, Tinglei Jiang, Aiqing Lin, Jiang Feng
Palaeoclimatic oscillations and different landscapes frequently result in complex population-level structure or the evolution of cryptic species. Elucidating the potential mechanisms is vital to understanding speciation events. However, such complex evolutionary patterns have rarely been reported in bats. In China, the Rhinolophus macrotis complex contains a large form and a small form, suggesting the existence of a cryptic bat species. Our field surveys found these two sibling species have a continuous and widespread distribution with partial sympatry...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Haifeng Teng, Meng Chen, Ansheng Zou, Haili Jiang, Jichun Han, Long Sun, Chao Feng, Ju Liu
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to investigate the hepatoprotective effect of licochalcone B (LCB) in a mice model of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver toxicity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Hepatotoxicity was induced in mice by a single subcutaneous injection (SC) of CCl4. The LCB was administered orally once a day for seven days (PO) as pretreatment at three doses of 1, 5, and 25 mg/kg/day. The levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione (GSH), glutathione disulfide (GSSG), C-reactive protein (CRP), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-6 (IL-6), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and aspartate aminotransferase (AST) were analyzed by ELISA...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Sung-Hee Hwang, Byung-Hwan Lee, Sun-Hye Choi, Hyeon-Joong Kim, Kyung Jong Won, Hwan Myung Lee, Hyewon Rhim, Hyoung-Chun Kim, Seung-Yeol Nah
BACKGROUND: Ginseng extracts are known to have angiogenic effects. However, to date, only limited information is available on the molecular mechanism underlying the angiogenic effects and the main components of ginseng that exert these effects. Human umbilical-vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) are used as an in vitro model for screening therapeutic agents that promote angiogenesis and wound healing. We recently isolated gintonin, a novel ginseng-derived lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) receptor ligand, from ginseng...
October 2016: Journal of Ginseng Research
Jixing Liu, Fuhong Yu, Jian Liu, Lifeng Cui, Zhen Zhao, Yuechang Wei, Qianyao Sun
A series of meso-microporous Cu-SAPO-34 catalysts were successfully synthesized by a one-pot hydrothermal crystallization method, and these catalysts exhibited excellent NH3-SCR performance at low temperature. Their structure and physic chemical properties were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N2 sorption-desorption, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission spectrometer (ICP-AES), X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XPS), Temperature-programmed desorption of ammonia (NH3-TPD), Ultraviolet visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS) and Temperature programmed reduction (TPR)...
October 2016: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Chang-Bum Ahn, Jae-Young Je, Young-Sang Kim, Sun-Joo Park, Boo Il Kim
Chemical modification of chitosan is a promising method for the improvement of biological activity. In this study, chitosan-caffeic acid (CCA) was prepared and its in vitro hepatoprotective ability against hydrogen peroxide-induced hepatic damage in liver cells was evaluated. Treatment with CCA (50-400 µg/mL) did not show cytotoxicity and also significantly (p < 0.05) recovered cell viability against 650 µM hydrogen peroxide-induced hepatotoxicity. CCA treatment attenuated reactive oxygen species generation and lipid peroxidation in addition to increasing cellular glutathione level in cultured hepatocytes...
October 15, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Yeon-Hui Jeong, Jin-Sun Park, Dong-Hyun Kim, Hee-Sun Kim
Lonchocarpine is a phenylpropanoid compound isolated from Abrus precatorius that has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiproliferative, and antiepileptic activities. In the present study, we investigated the antioxidant effects of lonchocarpine in brain glial cells and analyzed its molecular mechanisms. We found that lonchocarpine suppressed reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and cell death in hydrogen peroxide-treated primary astrocytes. In addition, lonchocarpine increased the expression of antioxidant enzymes, such as heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1), and manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD), which are all under the control of Nrf2/antioxidant response element (ARE) signaling...
October 17, 2016: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
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