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Haitao Luo, Caixia Liang
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for ~80% of all types of lung cancer, which has the highest morbidity and mortality of all types of cancer worldwide. It is important to identify novel biomarkers and the molecular mechanism of NSCLC to improve current treatments of NSCLC. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of miR-148b expression on the proliferation, epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and radiosensitivity of NSCLC cells. It was demonstrated that miR-148b expression was significantly decreased in NSCLC tissues and cell lines...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Hao Wang, Mingxia Zhang, Guoping Sun
This study aimed to elucidate the roles of long non-coding RNA Nuclear Paraspeckle Assembly Transcript 1 (NEAT1) in gastric cancer. The expression of NEAT1 in gastric cancer tissues and cells was determined. NEAT1 was then overexpressed and suppressed in BGC-823 cells in vitro to further explore the effects of NEAT1 on cell proliferation, migration, and invasion. In addition, the regulatory relationship among NEAT1, miR-335-5p and Rho Associated Coiled-Coil Containing Protein Kinase 1 (ROCK1) was investigated...
March 5, 2018: Die Pharmazie
Verónica M Negrón-Pérez, Luana Teixeira Rodrigues, Gisele Zoccal Mingoti, Peter J Hansen
Rho-associated coiled-coil containing protein kinases (ROCK1 and ROCK2) are activated by binding to RHO GTPases and phosphorylate a variety of downstream targets including actinomyosin. In the mouse embryo, ROCK signaling acts to promote formation of trophectoderm (TE) and inhibit formation of the inner cell mass (ICM) by polarizing outer cells of the embryo to inactivate Hippo signaling (Kono et al., 2014; Mihajlović and Bruce, 2016). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 15, 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Sheng-Yong Luo, Qing-Hua Xu, Gong Peng, Zhi-Wu Chen
Objectives: Total flavones from Rhododendron simsii Planch. (TFR) are the effective part extracted from the flowers of Rhododendron simsii Planch. and have obvious protective effects against cerebral ischemic or myocardial injuries in rabbits and rats. However, their mechanism of cardioprotection is still unrevealed. Therefore, the present study was designed to investigate the effect of TFR on myocardial I/R injury and the underlying mechanism. Methods: TFR groups were treated by gavage once a day for 3 days at a dose of 20, 40, and 80 mg/kg, respectively, and then the model of myocardial I/R injury was established...
2018: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Shen Wu, Nanping Ai, Qian Liu, Jingxue Zhang
Retinoblastoma (RB) is the most common primary intraocular malignancy during infancy and childhood worldwide. Numerous microRNAs (miRNAs) contribute to RB initiation and progression through the regulation of cell proliferation, cycle, apoptosis, migration, invasion and metastasis. Therefore, further investigation concerning the expression, roles and associated mechanisms of RB‑related miRNAs may be beneficial to develop novel strategies for patients with this malignancy. Recently, miRNA‑448 (miR‑448) has been reported to be aberrantly expressed and to play an important role in several types of human cancer...
March 8, 2018: Oncology Reports
Juhyun Park, Sung Yong Cho, Kwanjin Park, Ji Sun Chai, Hwancheol Son, Soo Woong Kim, Jae-Seung Paick, Min Chul Cho
We evaluated whether LIM-kinase 2 inhibitor (LIMK2i) could improve erectile function by suppressing corporal fibrosis through the normalization of the Rho-associated coiled-coil protein kinase 1 (ROCK1)/LIMK2/Cofilin pathway in a rat model of cavernous nerve crush injury (CNCI). Sixty 11-week-old male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided equally into five groups: sham surgery (S), CNCI (I), and CNCI treated with low-dose (L), medium-dose (M), and high-dose (H) LIMK2i. The L, M, and H groups were treated with a daily intraperitoneal injection of LIMK2i (2...
March 6, 2018: Asian Journal of Andrology
Zhen Zhong, Laura Grasso, Caroline Sibilla, Tim J Stevens, Nicholas Barry, Anne Bertolotti
Protein aggregation is a hallmark of diverse neurodegenerative diseases. Multiple lines of evidence have revealed that protein aggregates can penetrate inside cells and spread like prions. How such aggregates enter cells remains elusive. Through a focused siRNA screen targeting genes involved in membrane trafficking, we discovered that mutant SOD1 aggregates, like viruses, exploit cofilin-1 to remodel cortical actin and enter cells. Upstream of cofilin-1, signalling from the RHO GTPase and the ROCK1 and LIMK1 kinases controls cofilin-1 activity to remodel actin and modulate aggregate entry...
March 15, 2018: EMBO Journal
Wanyi Zhang, Rina Su, Li Lin, Huixia Yang
INTRODUCTION: Fetal macrosomia has confirmed be related to multiple labor complications and metabolism syndromes later in life. However, the mechanism of fetal macrosomia in normal glucose tolerance (NGT) and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) pregnant women is still obscure. This study aimed to investigate the mechanism of Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factor 11 (ARHGEF11) and the insulin signaling pathway in placenta affecting fetal overgrowth in NGT and GDM pregnant women. METHODS: Eighty-nine pregnant women with paired antepartum BMI were recruited and divided into four groups: NGT with normal birth weight (NGT-N, n = 30) or macrosomia (NGT-M, n = 22) and GDM with normal birth weight (GDM-N, n = 22) or macrosomia (GDM-M, n = 15)...
March 2018: Placenta
Şenay Aydin, Cengiz Özdemir, Cem Ismail Küçükali, Sinem Nedime Sökücü, Murat Giriş, Uğur Akcan, Erdem Tüzün
BACKGROUND/AIM: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is associated with intermittent episodes of hypoxia, endothelial dysfunction and associated cardiovascular problems. Our aim was to investigate whether OSAS-related hypoxia alters the expression of rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK), a marker of chronic hypoxia and endothelial dysfunction. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ROCK1 and ROCK2 levels were measured by immunoblotting in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) of 47 OSAS patients and 17 healthy controls...
March 2018: In Vivo
Shaojun Su, Xinguang Nie
Abnormal expression of miR-139 was found to be aberrantly expressed in various tumors. However, whether it is involved in osteosarcomas (OS) has never been explored. In the current study, we found that the level of ROCK1 was markedly increased in OS cancer tissues compared to that of noncancerous tissues. Meanwhile, the expression of miR-139 was markedly reduced in OS cancer tissues and cell lines. Enhanced miR-139 expression markedly suppressed colony-formation and cell invasion capacity of OS cancer cells...
December 1, 2017: Die Pharmazie
Xu Wang, Di Sun, Jiandong Tai, Si Chen, Miao Yu, Dong Ren, Lei Wang
BACKGROUND: Aberrant expression of transcription Factor AP-2 Gamma (TFAP2C) has been reported to be implicated in malignant process of many cancers. The purpose of this study is to investigate the clinical significance and biological roles of TFAP2C in colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: TFAP2C expression was evaluated by real-time PCR, Western blot and immunohistochemistry (IHC) respectively in clinical CRC tissues. Statistical analysis was performed to explore the correlation between TFAP2C expression and clinicopathological features, and overall and progression-free survival in CRC patients...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Dawei Mu, Gaobiao Zhou, Jianye Li, Bin Su, Heqing Guo
Ursolic acid has various pharmacological activities, and can reduce blood fat as well as having antihepatic, antitumoral, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. However, the pro-apoptotic mechanism by which ursolic acid influences human prostate cancer requires additional study. The aim of the present study was to assess whether ursolic acid activates the apoptosis of prostate cancer and to investigate the mechanism by which the Rho-associated protein kinase 1 (ROCK1)/phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) signaling pathway performs a role in ursolic acid-mediated cofilin-1 to induce apoptosis in human prostate cancer...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Gabriela Maciel Vieira, Gabriela Molinari Roberto, Régia Caroline Lira, Edgard Eduard Engel, Luiz Gonzaga Tone, María Sol Brassesco
Ewing's sarcoma (EWS) is a highly aggressive bone cancer that affects children and adolescents. Despite advances in multimodal management, 5-year event-free survival rates for patients presenting with metastases at diagnosis remain at 25%. As key regulators of actin organization, the Rho-associated coiled-coil containing protein kinases, ROCK1 and ROCK2, have been associated with cancer dissemination and poorer prognosis. Recently, in vitro data indicating ROCK2 as a molecular target for the treatment of EWS has been presented...
February 2018: Oncology Letters
Dan Zhao, Qianshun Li, Mengting Liu, Wenjuan Ma, Tengfei Zhou, Changyue Xue, Xiaoxiao Cai
OBJECTIVES: Human salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma (SACC) is one of the most common malignant tumours of the salivary gland and has strong migratory and invasive ability, which often lead to poor prognosis and lower survival rate. Tumour tissue tends to stiffen during solid tumour progression. This study aimed to investigate the influence of various substrate stiffness on the migration and invasion of SACC. METHODS: Salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma cell line ACC2 cells were cultured on polydimethylsiloxane substrates (PDMS) with varying stiffness for investigating the effects of substrate stiffness on the activities of MMPs and TIMPs...
February 8, 2018: Cell Proliferation
Zhongzhong Chen, Lele Kuang, Richard H Finnell, Hongyan Wang
Neural tube defects (NTDs), which include spina bifida and anencephaly, are the second most common form of human structural congenital malformations. While it is well established that SHROOM3 plays a pivotal role in the complex morphogenetic processes involved in neural tube closure (NTC), the underlying genetic contributions of SHROOM gene family members in the etiology of human NTDs remain poorly understood. Herein, we systematically investigated the mutation patterns of SHROOM1-4 in a Chinese population composed of 343 NTD cases and 206 controls, using targeted next-generation sequencing...
February 8, 2018: Human Genetics
Rui-Juan Zhuang, Wei-Dong Jin, Xiao-Yan Wang, Xue-Ming Wu
Olmesartan (OL) is the pharmacologically active metabolite of Olmesartan medoxomil (OM), an FDA-approved angiotensin II receptor antagonist for administrating cardiovascular diseases. The drug has been found to have potential effects on diverse protein kinase signaling involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, either by directly inhibiting the hub kinases or by indirectly modulating marginal members in the signaling pathways. In the present study, we computationally model the kinase-chemical Interaction Profile between six OL-related chemicals (i...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Mathieu Unbekandt, Simone Belshaw, Justin Bower, Maeve Clarke, Jacqueline Cordes, Diane Crighton, Daniel R Croft, Martin J Drysdale, Mathew J Garnett, Kathryn Gill, Christopher Gray, David A Greenhalgh, James Am Hall, Jennifer Konczal, Sergio Lilla, Duncan McArthur, Patricia McConnell, Laura McDonald, Lynn McGarry, Heather McKinnon, Carol McMenemy, Mokdad Mezna, Nicholas A Morrice, June Munro, Gregory Naylor, Nicola Rath, Alexander W Schüttelkopf, Mairi Sime, Michael F Olson
The myotonic dystrophy-related Cdc42-binding kinases MRCKα and MRCKβ contribute to the regulation of actin-myosin cytoskeleton organization and dynamics, acting in concert with the Rho-associated coiled-coil kinases ROCK1 and ROCK2. The absence of highly potent and selective MRCK inhibitors has resulted in relatively little knowledge of the potential roles of these kinases in cancer. Here we report the discovery of the azaindole compounds BDP8900 and BDP9066 as potent and selective MRCK inhibitors that reduce substrate phosphorylation, leading to morphological changes in cancer cells along with inhibition of their motility and invasive character...
January 30, 2018: Cancer Research
Xiaojing Guo, Silong Wei, Mengmeng Lu, Zhengwei Shao, Jiayu Lu, Lunguo Xia, Kaili Lin, Derong Zou
Strontium ranelate (SrR) is an anti-osteoporosis drug with excellent osteogenic and angiogenic capacity. In this study, we aimed to investigate the osteogenesis and angiogenesis effects of SrR and the underlying mechanism involved. RNA-Seq was conducted to examine the effects of SrR on gene expression in ovariectomy rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (OVX-rBMSCs). To validate the different expressed gene in vitro, the effects of gene interference and overexpression in osteogenic induction environment of OVX-rBMSCs and in primary osteoblasts were studied...
January 30, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Roberto V Reyes, Marcela Díaz, Germán Ebensperger, Emilio A Herrera, Sebastián A Quezada, Ismael Hernandez, Emilia M Sanhueza, Julian T Parer, Dino A Giussani, Aníbal J Llanos
Llamas are born in the Alto Andino with protection against pulmonary hypertension. The physiology underlying protection against pulmonary vasoconstrictor responses to acute hypoxia in highland species is unknown. We determined the role of NO in the cardiopulmonary responses to acute hypoxia in high- and low-land newborn llamas. The cardiopulmonary function of newborn llamas, born at low (580 m) or high altitude (3600 m), was studied under acute hypoxia, with and without NO blockade. In pulmonary arteries, we measured the reactivity to potassium and SNP, and in lung we determined the content of cGMP and the expression of the NO-related proteins: BKCa, PDE5, PSer92-PDE5, PKG-1, ROCK1 and 2, MYPT1, PSer695-MYPT1, PThr696-MYPT1, MLC20 and PSer19-MLC20...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Yukio Hiroi, Kensuke Noma, Hyung-Hwan Kim, Nikola Sladojevic, Corey E Tabit, Yuxin Li, Guray Soydan, Salvatore Salomone, Michael A Moskowitz, James K Liao
BACKGROUND: Rho-associated kinases (ROCK1 and ROCK2) are important regulators of the actin cytoskeleton and endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). Because the phosphorylation of eukaryotic elongation factor-1A1 (eEF1A1) by ROCK2 is critical for eNOS expression, we hypothesized that this molecular pathway may play a critical role in neuroprotection following focal cerebral ischemia.Methods and Results:Adult male wild-type (WT) and mutant ROCK2 and eNOS-/-mice were subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO), and cerebral infarct size, neurological deficit and absolute cerebral blood flow were measured...
January 19, 2018: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
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