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Vicente Andreu-Fernandez, Maria J García-Murria, Manuel Bañó-Polo, Juliette Martin, Luca Monticelli, Mar Orzáez, Ismael Mingarro
Changes in the equilibrium of pro- and anti-apoptotic members of the B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) protein family in the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM) induce structural changes that commit cells to apoptosis. Bcl-2 homology-3 (BH3)-only proteins participate in this process by either activating pro-apoptotic effectors or inhibiting anti-apoptotic components and by promoting MOM permeabilization. The association of BH3-only proteins with MOMs is necessary for the activation and amplification of death signals; however, the nature of this association remains controversial, as these proteins lack a canonical transmembrane sequence...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
J Regino Perez-Polo
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
C M Inness, K L Morgan
Polo, one of the world's oldest sports, is played in over 80 countries. It is unique in combining the skills of a person with the agility and performance of an animal in a contact sport. There is only one report of the frequency and type of injuries in this population. Here we report risk perception, mitigation and risk factors for injuries and falls in UK polo players. Data were collected retrospectively from a random sample of 112 UK polo players by telephone questionnaire. Injuries (commonly to a shoulder or wrist) requiring a hospital visit were sustained by 17...
December 2015: Sports Medicine—Open
Antonio López-Serrano, Inmaculada Ortiz Polo, Javier Sanz de la Vega, Eduardo Moreno-Osset
Obesity is a highly prevalent disease worldwide, and one in which gastroenterologists can play an important role. Some digestive diseases are more common in obese patients, and preoperative evaluation may be required in some cases. Additionally, bariatric surgery can lead to digestive complications in the short and long term that require intervention, and endoscopic treatment can be an important factor in weight loss. The aim of this review is to highlight the role of the gastroenterologist in the management of obese patients who are either scheduled for or have undergone surgical or endoscopic treatment for obesity...
October 13, 2016: Gastroenterología y Hepatología
Francia C Díaz, Esteban Sáez-González, Salvador Benlloch, Diego Álvarez-Sotomayor, Isabel Conde, Begoña Polo, María García, María Rodríguez, Martín Prieto
:  Background and aims. Steroid-related hepatotoxicity has become one of the most relevant causes of drug induced liver cholestasis. Some patients do not improve after standard medical treatment (SMT) and may therefore require other approaches, like extracorporeal liver support. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We report four cases of patients with pruritus, abnormal liver function tests and biopsy-proven anabolic steroid-induced cholestasis who were unresponsive to SMT. They underwent treatment with albumin dialysis (Molecular Adsorbent Recirculating System -MARS®-)...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Uma S Kamaraj, Julian Gough, Jose M Polo, Enrico Petretto, Owen J L Rackham
Directed cell conversion (or transdifferentiation) of one somatic cell-type to another can be achieved by ectopic expression of a set of transcription factors. Since the experimental identification of transcription factors for transdifferentiation is extremely time-consuming and expensive, there are still relatively few transdifferentiations achieved in comparison to the number of human cell-types. However, the growing volume of transcriptional data available and the recent introduction of data-driven algorithmic approaches that predict factors for transdifferentiation holds great promise for accelerating this field...
October 13, 2016: Cell Cycle
Marcela De La Hoz Polo, Monica Khanna, Miny Walker
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 11, 2016: Skeletal Radiology
Irena Zurnic, Sylvia Hütter, Ute Rzeha, Roger Helbig, Nicole Stanke, Juliane Reh, Erik Müllers, Martin V Hamann, Tobias Kern, Gesche K Gerresheim, Fabian Lindel, Erik Serrao, Paul Lesbats, Alan N Engelman, Peter Cherepanov, Dirk Lindemann
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1005860.].
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
W Bruinsma, M Aprelia, I García-Santisteban, J Kool, Y J Xu, R H Medema
When cells in G2 phase are challenged with DNA damage, several key mitotic regulators such as Cdk1/Cyclin B, Aurora A and Plk1 are inhibited to prevent entry into mitosis. Here we have studied how inhibition of Plk1 is established after DNA damage. Using a Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based biosensor for Plk1 activity, we show that inhibition of Plk1 after DNA damage occurs with relatively slow kinetics and is entirely dependent on loss of Plk1-T210 phosphorylation. As T210 is phosphorylated by the kinase Aurora A in conjunction with its co-factor Bora, we investigated how they are affected by DNA damage...
October 10, 2016: Oncogene
Nadya Velikova, Nuria Mas, Laura Miguel-Romero, Lorena Polo Aguado, Ellen Stolte, Edoardo Zaccaria, Rui Cao, Nico Taverne, José Ramón Murguía, Ramon Martinez-Manez, Alberto Marina, Jerry Wells
Two-component systems (TCS) regulate diverse processes such as virulence, stress responses, metabolism and antibiotic resistance in bacteria but are absent in humans, making them promising targets for novel antibacterials. By incorporating recently described TCS histidine kinase autophosphorylation inhibitors (HKAIs) into ε-poly-L-lysine capped nanoparticles (NPs) we could overcome the Gram negative (Gr-) permeability barrier for the HKAIs. The observed bactericidal activity against Gr- bacteria was shown to be due to the enhanced delivery and internalization of the HKAIs and not an inhibitory or synergistic effect of the NPs...
October 5, 2016: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
Tyler S Machovina, Rana Mainpal, Anahita Daryabeigi, Olivia McGovern, Dimitra Paouneskou, Sara Labella, Monique Zetka, Verena Jantsch, Judith L Yanowitz
Crossover (CO) recombination creates a physical connection between homologs that promotes their proper segregation at meiosis I (MI). Failure to realize an obligate CO causes homologs to attach independently to the MI spindle and separate randomly, leading to nondisjunction. However, mechanisms that determine whether homolog pairs have received crossovers remain mysterious. Here we describe a surveillance system in C. elegans that monitors recombination intermediates and couples their formation to meiotic progression...
October 1, 2016: Current Biology: CB
M Rodríguez-Arribas, S M S Yakhine-Diop, J M Bravo-San Pedro, P Gómez-Suaga, R Gómez-Sánchez, G Martínez-Chacón, J M Fuentes, R A González-Polo, M Niso-Santano
Mitochondria-associated membranes (MAMs) are structures that regulate physiological functions between endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria in order to maintain calcium signaling and mitochondrial biogenesis. Several proteins located in MAMs, including those encoded by PARK genes and some of neurodegeneration-related proteins (huntingtin, presenilin, etc.), ensure this regulation. In this regard, MAM alteration is associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's (PD), Alzheimer's (AD), and Huntington's diseases (HD) and contributes to the appearance of the pathogenesis features, i...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Maria Cristina Lo Giudice, Fabian Meder, Ester Polo, Steffi S Thomas, Kholoud Alnahdi, Sandra Lara, Kenneth A Dawson
Nanoparticles (NPs) functionalized with two active targeting ligands have been proposed in drug delivery for their promising capability to stimulate different pathways with one object. Due to the multivalency, the construction and analysis of the effective surface of such bifunctional nanoparticles, however, is significantly more complex than for nanoparticles bearing only one ligand. Here, we optimize construction and analysis of bifunctional NPs containing recognizable combinations of human serum albumin (HSA), transferrin (Tf), and epidermal growth factor (EGF) on fluorescent silica NPs grafted via common polyethylene glycol (PEG) linkers as a model system...
September 29, 2016: Nanoscale
Andreas Ritter, Alexandra Friemel, Nina-Naomi Kreis, Frank Louwen, Juping Yuan
Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) has been established as one of the most promising targets for molecular anticancer intervention. In fact, various Plk1 inhibitors have been identified and characterized. While the data derived from the bench are prospective, the clinical outcomes are less encouraging by showing modest efficacy. One of the explanations for this discrepancy could be unintendedly targeting of non-malignant cells by Plk1 inhibitors. In this work, we have addressed the effect of Plk1 inhibition in adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs)...
October 5, 2016: Oncotarget
Arancha Cebrián, Teresa Gómez Del Pulgar, Maria Jesús Fernández-Aceñero, Aurea Borrero-Palacios, Laura Del Puerto-Nevado, Javier Martínez-Useros, Juan Pablo Marín-Arango, Cristina Caramés, Ricardo Vega-Bravo, María Rodríguez-Remírez, Felix Manzarbeitia, Jesús García-Foncillas
AIM: Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) plays a key role in mitotic cell division and DNA damage repair. It has been observed that either up-regulated or down-regulated Plk1 could induce mitotic defects that results in aneuploidy and tumorigenesis, probably depending on the context. Few previous reports have associated Plk1 expression with prognosis and response to radiotherapy in rectal carcinomas. The aim of this study is to investigate the prognostic impact of Plk1 expression and its role in predicting response to neoadjuvant cheomoradiotherapy in rectal cancer...
September 22, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Irina Virtanen, Nea Kalleinen, Anna S Urrila, Päivi Polo-Kantola
OBJECTIVES: In sleep laboratory studies, the new environment is generally considered to disturb sleep during the first night. However, older women have rarely been studied. Although menopause and hormone therapy affect sleep, their impact on the first-night effect is virtually unknown. PARTICIPANTS: Four groups of women with no sleep laboratory experience: young on hormonal contraceptives (n = 11, 23.1 [0.5] years), perimenopausal (n = 15, 48.0 [0.4] years), postmenopausal without hormone therapy (HT; off-HT, n = 22, 63...
October 4, 2016: Behavioral Sleep Medicine
Yuma Nonomiya, Kohji Noguchi, Noritaka Tanaka, Takahiro Kasagaki, Kazuhiro Katayama, Yoshikazu Sugimoto
Polo-like kinase (PLK) is a cell-cycle regulator that is overexpressed in several cancer cell types. PLK is considered a novel target for cancer therapies, and several PLK inhibitors (PLKis), including BI 2536, BI 6727, and GSK461364, have been developed. In this study, we established five BI 2536-resistant cell lines from human colorectal cancer HCT 116 cells, to explore the resistance mechanism and identify predictable biomarkers of PLKis. We demonstrated that PLKi-induced caspase-8 activation was attenuated in the BI 2536-resistant cell lines...
October 3, 2016: Cancer Science
Polo A M S, Velo-Gala I, Sánchez-Polo M, von Gunten U, López-Peñalver J J, Rivera-Utrilla J
The objective of this study was to analyze the behavior of a new material, silver-doped polymeric cloth (Ag-cloth), in the removal of bromide and iodide from waters. Silver is immobilized on the cloth, guaranteeing selective adsorption of the halide ions as retained silver halides that therefore do not pass into the solution. Results indicate that Ag(0) reacts with H2O2 in the first phases of the process, yielding Ag(+) and superoxide radical; however, as the process advances, this radical favors Ag(+) reduction...
September 30, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Nelson Canales-Casco, Alejandro Dominguez-Amillo, Miguel Angel Arrabal-Polo, Francisco Javier Sanchez-Tamayo, Miguel Arrabal-Martin, Jose Manuel Cozar-Olmo
A 17-year-old male was referred to the Urology department for hematospermia after initiation of sexual relationship. An MRI scan showed giant dilation of a multi-cystic left seminal vesicle with left renal agenesis. These findings are typical of the Zinner syndrome. In 70-80% of the cases when renal agenesis is found, there is an ipsilateral cystic dilation of the seminal vesicle that in some cases may be associated with testicular ectopia or absence of the bladder trigone. The ejaculatory ducts, which are formed from the mesonephric system, are abnormally developed in this cases...
September 30, 2016: Urology
Anuj Rathi, Riyaz Syed, Vijay Singh, Han-Seung Shin, Rahul V Patel
Cancer accounts for a numbers of deaths each year. Consequently, prevention of this deadly disease though the invention of new anticancer agents is of utmost importance. The current review elaborates the importance of indole designs as patented in the form of anticancer drug-like molecules targeting different cites of biological arena, specifically kinases such as platelet-derived growth factor receptor, vascular endothelial growth factor receptor and fibroblast growth factor receptor, Bruton's tyrosine kinase, anaplastic lymphoma kinase, Janus kinase, cyclin-dependent kinase aurora kinases A, B and C, checkpoint kinases, protein kinase R, Pim kinases, phosphoinositide 3-kinase, altered proteins kinases, polo-like kinase and many more...
October 3, 2016: Recent Patents on Anti-cancer Drug Discovery
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