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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413643/cytotoxic-and-antimigratory-effects-of-cratoxy-formosum-extract-against-hepg2-liver-cancer-cells
#1
Benjaporn Buranrat, Nootchanat Mairuae, Watchara Kanchanarach
The aim of the present study was to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying Cratoxylum formosum (CF) Dyer-induced cancer cell death and antimigratory effects in HepG2 liver cancer cells. The cytotoxic, antiproliferative and antimigratory effects of CF leaf extract on human liver cancer HepG2 cell lines were evaluated using sulforhodamine B, colony formation, and wound healing assays. In addition, apoptosis induction mechanisms were investigated via reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, caspase 3 activities, and mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm) disruption...
April 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411160/life-on-the-rocks-multilocus-phylogeography-of-rock-hyrax-procavia-capensis-from-southern-africa
#2
K Amanda Maswanganye, Michael J Cunningham, Nigel C Bennett, Christian T Chimimba, Paulette Bloomer
Understanding the role of geography and climatic cycles in determining patterns of biodiversity is important in comparative and evolutionary biology and conservation. We studied the phylogeographic pattern and historical demography of a rock-dwelling small mammal species from southern Africa, the rock hyrax Procavia capensis. Using a multilocus coalescent approach, we assessed the influence of strong habitat dependence and fluctuating regional climates on genetic diversity. We sequenced a mitochondrial gene (cytochrome b) and two nuclear introns (AP5, PRKC1) supplemented with microsatellite genotyping, in order to assess evolutionary processes over multiple temporal scales...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409271/unique-presentation-of-cutis-laxa-with-leigh-like-syndrome-due-to-echs1-deficiency
#3
S Balasubramaniam, L G Riley, D Bratkovic, D Ketteridge, N Manton, M J Cowley, V Gayevskiy, T Roscioli, M Mohamed, T Gardeitchik, E Morava, J Christodoulou
Clinical finding of cutis laxa, characterized by wrinkled, redundant, sagging, nonelastic skin, is of growing significance due to its occurrence in several different inborn errors of metabolism (IEM). Metabolic cutis laxa results from Menkes syndrome, caused by a defect in the ATPase copper transporting alpha (ATP7A) gene; congenital disorders of glycosylation due to mutations in subunit 7 of the component of oligomeric Golgi (COG7)-congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) complex; combined disorder of N- and O-linked glycosylation, due to mutations in ATPase H+ transporting V0 subunit a2 (ATP6VOA2) gene; pyrroline-5-carboxylate reductase 1 deficiency; pyrroline-5-carboxylate synthase deficiency; macrocephaly, alopecia, cutis laxa, and scoliosis (MACS) syndrome, due to Ras and Rab interactor 2 (RIN2) mutations; transaldolase deficiency caused by mutations in the transaldolase 1 (TALDO1) gene; Gerodermia osteodysplastica due to mutations in the golgin, RAB6-interacting (GORAB or SCYL1BP1) gene; and mitogen-activated pathway (MAP) kinase defects, caused by mutations in several genes [protein tyrosine phosphatase, non-receptor-type 11 (PTPN11), RAF, NF, HRas proto-oncogene, GTPase (HRAS), B-Raf proto-oncogene, serine/threonine kinase (BRAF), MEK1/2, KRAS proto-oncogene, GTPase (KRAS), SOS Ras/Rho guanine nucleotide exchange factor 2 (SOS2), leucine rich repeat scaffold protein (SHOC2), NRAS proto-oncogene, GTPase (NRAS), and Raf-1 proto-oncogene, serine/threonine kinase (RAF1)], which regulate the Ras-MAPK cascade...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397070/ketone-bodies-as-anti-seizure-agents
#4
Timothy A Simeone, Kristina A Simeone, Jong M Rho
There is growing evidence that ketone bodies (KB)-derived from fatty acid oxidation and produced during fasting or consumption of high-fat diets-can exert broad neuroprotective effects. With respect to epilepsy, KB (such as β-hydroxybutyrate or BHB, acetoacetate and acetone) have been shown to block acutely induced and spontaneous recurrent seizures in various animal models. Although the mechanisms underlying the anti-seizure effects of KB have not been fully elucidated, recent experimental studies have invoked ketone-mediated effects on both inhibitory (e...
April 10, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395021/tipifarnib-prevents-development-of-hypoxia-induced-pulmonary-hypertension
#5
Lucie Duluc, Blerina Ahmetaj-Shala, Jane Mitchell, Vahitha B Abdul-Salam, Abdul S Mahomed, Lulwah Aldabbous, Eduardo Oliver, Lucio Iannone, Olivier D Dubois, Elisabeth M Storck, Edward W Tate, Lan Zhao, Martin R Wilkins, Beata Wojciak-Stothard
Aims: RhoB plays a key role in the pathogenesis of hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension. Farnesylated RhoB promotes growth responses in cancer cells and we investigated whether inhibition of protein farnesylation will have a protective effect. Methods and results: The analysis of lung tissues from rodent models and pulmonary hypertensive patients showed increased levels of protein farnesylation. Oral farnesyltransferase inhibitor tipifarnib prevented development of hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension in mice...
March 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358928/regulation-of-white-and-brown-adipocyte-differentiation-by-rhogap-dlc1
#6
Choon Kiat Sim, Sun-Yee Kim, Reinhard Brunmeir, Qiongyi Zhang, Hongyu Li, Dharmini Dharmasegaran, Carol Leong, Ying Yan Lim, Weiping Han, Feng Xu
Adipose tissues constitute an important component of metabolism, the dysfunction of which can cause obesity and type II diabetes. Here we show that differentiation of white and brown adipocytes requires Deleted in Liver Cancer 1 (DLC1), a Rho GTPase Activating Protein (RhoGAP) previously studied for its function in liver cancer. We identified Dlc1 as a super-enhancer associated gene in both white and brown adipocytes through analyzing the genome-wide binding profiles of PPARγ, the master regulator of adipogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357356/formaldehyde-fixation-is-detrimental-to-actin-cables-in-glucose-depleted-s-cerevisiae-cells
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Pavla Vasicova, Mark Rinnerthaler, Danusa Haskova, Lenka Novakova, Ivana Malcova, Michael Breitenbach, Jiri Hasek
Actin filaments form cortical patches and emanating cables in fermenting cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This pattern has been shown to be depolarized in glucose-depleted cells after formaldehyde fixation and staining with rhodamine-tagged phalloidin. Loss of actin cables in mother cells was remarkable. Here we extend our knowledge on actin in live glucose-depleted cells co-expressing the marker of actin patches (Abp1-RFP) with the marker of actin cables (Abp140-GFP). Glucose depletion resulted in appearance of actin patches also in mother cells...
April 12, 2016: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317242/chemical-screening-identifies-rock-as-a-target-for-recovering-mitochondrial-function-in-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome
#8
Hyun Tae Kang, Joon Tae Park, Kobong Choi, Hyo Jei Claudia Choi, Chul Won Jung, Gyu Ree Kim, Young-Sam Lee, Sang Chul Park
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) constitutes a genetic disease wherein an aging phenotype manifests in childhood. Recent studies indicate that reactive oxygen species (ROS) play important roles in HGPS phenotype progression. Thus, pharmacological reduction in ROS levels has been proposed as a potentially effective treatment for patient with this disorder. In this study, we performed high-throughput screening to find compounds that could reduce ROS levels in HGPS fibroblasts and identified rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) inhibitor (Y-27632) as an effective agent...
March 19, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300646/developmental-changes-in-trak-mediated-mitochondrial-transport-in-neurons
#9
Omar Loss, F Anne Stephenson
Previous studies established that the kinesin adaptor proteins, TRAK1 and TRAK2, play an important role in mitochondrial transport in neurons. They link mitochondria to kinesin motor proteins via a TRAK acceptor protein in the mitochondrial outer membrane, the Rho GTPase, Miro. TRAKs also associate with enzyme, O-linked N-acetylglucosamine transferase (OGT), to form a quaternary, mitochondrial trafficking complex. A recent report suggested that TRAK1 preferentially controls mitochondrial transport in axons of hippocampal neurons whereas TRAK2 controls mitochondrial transport in dendrites...
March 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277985/indoxyl-sulfate-potentiates-endothelial-dysfunction-via-reciprocal-role-for-reactive-oxygen-species-and-rhoa-rock-signaling-in-5-6-nephrectomized-rats
#10
Shuang Chu, Xiaodong Mao, Hengjiang Guo, Li Wang, Zezheng Li, Yang Zhang, Yunman Wang, Hao Wang, Xuemei Zhang, Wen Peng
Accumulative indoxyl sulfate (IS) retained in chronic kidney disease (CKD) can potentiate vascular endothelial dysfunction, and herein, we aim at elucidating the underlying mechanisms from the perspective of possible association between reactive oxygen species (ROS) and RhoA/ROCK pathway. IS-treated nephrectomized rats are administered with antioxidants including NADPH oxidase inhibitor apocynin, SOD analog tempol, and mitochondrion-targeted SOD mimetic mito-TEMPO to scavenge ROS, or ROCK inhibitor fasudil to obstruct RhoA/ROCK pathway...
March 13, 2017: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270747/metabolic-dysfunction-underlying-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-potential-treatment-approaches
#11
REVIEW
Ning Cheng, Jong M Rho, Susan A Masino
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by deficits in sociability and communication, and increased repetitive and/or restrictive behaviors. While the etio-pathogenesis of ASD is unknown, clinical manifestations are diverse and many possible genetic and environmental factors have been implicated. As such, it has been a great challenge to identify key neurobiological mechanisms and to develop effective treatments. Current therapies focus on co-morbid conditions (such as epileptic seizures and sleep disturbances) and there is no cure for the core symptoms...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243663/transcriptomic-analyses-of-the-anti-adipogenic-effects-of-oleuropein-in-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Antonio Casado-Díaz, Jaouad Anter, Sören Müller, Peter Winter, José Manuel Quesada-Gómez, Gabriel Dorado
Extra virgin olive oil has positive effects on health. Oleuropein is a polyphenolic compound present in olive-tree leaves, fruits (olives) and olive oil. It is responsible for the relevant organoleptic and biological properties of olive oil, including antiadipogenic properties. Thus, the effects of oleuropein on the adipogenesis of human bone-marrow mesenchymal stem cells were studied by transcriptomics and differential gene-expression analyses. Oleuropein could upregulate expression of 60% of adipogenesis-repressed genes...
February 28, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235481/molecular-determinants-of-the-olfactory-receptor-olfr544-activation-by-azelaic-acid
#13
Trung Thanh Thach, Yu-Jung Hong, Sangho Lee, Sung-Joon Lee
The mouse olfactory receptor Olfr544 is expressed in several non-olfactory tissues and has been suggested as a functional receptor regulating different signaling pathways. However, the molecular interaction between Olfr544 and its natural ligand, azelaic acid (AzA), remains poorly characterized, primarily due to difficulties in the heterologous expression of the receptor protein on the cell membrane and lack of entire protein structure. In this report, we describe the molecular determinants of Olfr544 activation by AzA...
April 1, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230232/carisbamate-blockade-of-t-type-voltage-gated-calcium-channels
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Do Young Kim, Fang-Xiong Zhang, Stan T Nakanishi, Timothy Mettler, Ik-Hyun Cho, Younghee Ahn, Florian Hiess, Lina Chen, Patrick G Sullivan, S R Wayne Chen, Gerald W Zamponi, Jong M Rho
OBJECTIVES: Carisbamate (CRS) is a novel monocarbamate compound that possesses antiseizure and neuroprotective properties. However, the mechanisms underlying these actions remain unclear. Here, we tested both direct and indirect effects of CRS on several cellular systems that regulate intracellular calcium concentration [Ca(2+) ]i . METHODS: We used a combination of cellular electrophysiologic techniques, as well as cell viability, Store Overload-Induced Calcium Release (SOICR), and mitochondrial functional assays to determine whether CRS might affect [Ca(2+) ]i levels through actions on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), mitochondria, and/or T-type voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels...
April 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217180/hypoxic-pulmonary-vasoconstriction-in-humans-tale-or-myth
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REVIEW
A Hussain, M S Suleiman, S J George, M Loubani, A Morice
Hypoxic Pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) describes the physiological adaptive process of lungs to preserves systemic oxygenation. It has clinical implications in the development of pulmonary hypertension which impacts on outcomes of patients undergoing cardiothoracic surgery. This review examines both acute and chronic hypoxic vasoconstriction focusing on the distinct clinical implications and highlights the role of calcium and mitochondria in acute versus the role of reactive oxygen species and Rho GTPases in chronic HPV...
2017: Open Cardiovascular Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191700/supplement-of-autologous-ooplasm-into-porcine-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-embryos-does-not-alter-embryo-development
#16
W-J Lee, J-H Lee, R-H Jeon, S-J Jang, S-C Lee, J-S Park, S-L Lee, W-A King, G-J Rho
Somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) is considered as the technique in which a somatic cell is introduced into an enucleated oocyte to make a cloned animal. However, it is unavoidable to lose a small amount of the ooplasm during enucleation step during SCNT procedure. The present study was aimed to uncover whether the supplement of autologous ooplasm could ameliorate the oocyte competence so as to improve low efficiency of embryo development in porcine SCNT. Autologous ooplasm-transferred (AOT) embryos were generated by the supplementation with autologous ooplasm into SCNT embryos...
February 13, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149678/three-new-karst-dwelling-cnemaspis-strauch-1887-squamata-gekkoniade-from-peninsular-thailand-and-the-phylogenetic-placement-of-c-%C3%A2-punctatonuchalis-and-c-%C3%A2-vandeventeri
#17
Perry Lee Wood, L Lee Grismer, Anchalee Aowphol, César A Aguilar, Micheal Cota, Marta S Grismer, Matthew L Murdoch, Jack W Sites
Three new species of Rock Geckos Cnemaspis lineogularis sp. nov., C. phangngaensis sp. nov., and C. thachanaensis sp. nov. of the chanthaburiensis and siamensis groups are described from the Thai portion of the Thai-Malay Peninsula. These new species are distinguished from all other species in their two respective groups based on a unique combination of morphological characteristics, which is further supported by mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from the NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 gene (ND2). Cnemaspis lineogularis sp...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114306/new-evidences-of-mitochondrial-dna-heteroplasmy-by-putative-paternal-leakage-between-the-rock-partridge-alectoris-graeca-and-the-chukar-partridge-alectoris-chukar
#18
Andrea Gandolfi, Barbara Crestanello, Anna Fagotti, Francesca Simoncelli, Stefania Chiesa, Matteo Girardi, Eleonora Giovagnoli, Carla Marangoni, Ines Di Rosa, Livia Lucentini
The rock partridge, Alectoris graeca, is a polytypic species declining in Italy mostly due to anthropogenic causes, including the massive releases of the closely related allochthonous chukar partridge Alectoris chukar which produced the formation of hybrids. Molecular approaches are fundamental for the identification of evolutionary units in the perspective of conservation and management, and to correctly select individuals to be used in restocking campaigns. We analyzed a Cytochrome oxidase I (COI) fragment of contemporary and historical A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086790/rna-sequencing-for-global-gene-expression-associated-with-muscle-growth-in-a-single-male-modern-broiler-line-compared-to-a-foundational-barred-plymouth-rock-chicken-line
#19
Byung-Whi Kong, Nicholas Hudson, Dongwon Seo, Seok Lee, Bhuwan Khatri, Kentu Lassiter, Devin Cook, Alissa Piekarski, Sami Dridi, Nicholas Anthony, Walter Bottje
BACKGROUND: Modern broiler chickens exhibit very rapid growth and high feed efficiency compared to unselected chicken breeds. The improved production efficiency in modern broiler chickens was achieved by the intensive genetic selection for meat production. This study was designed to investigate the genetic alterations accumulated in modern broiler breeder lines during selective breeding conducted over several decades. METHODS: To identify genes important in determining muscle growth and feed efficiency in broilers, RNA sequencing (RNAseq) was conducted with breast muscle in modern pedigree male (PeM) broilers (n = 6 per group), and with an unselected foundation broiler line (Barred Plymouth Rock; BPR)...
January 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078613/l-f001-a-multifunction-rock-inhibitor-prevents-6-ohda-induced-cell-death-through-activating-akt-gsk-3beta-and-nrf2-ho-1-signaling-pathway-in-pc12-cells-and-attenuates-mptp-induced-dopamine-neuron-toxicity-in-mice
#20
Liting Luo, Jingkao Chen, Dan Su, Meihui Chen, Bingling Luo, Rongbiao Pi, Lan Wang, Wei Shen, Rikang Wang
Amounting evidences demonstrated that Rho/Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) might be a novel target for the therapy of Parkinson's disease (PD). Recently, we synthesized L-F001 and revealed it was a potent ROCK inhibitor with multifunctional effects. Here we investigated the effects of L-F001 in PD models. We found that L-F001 potently attenuated 6-OHDA-induced cytotoxicity in PC12 cells and significantly decreased intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), prevented the 6-OHDA-induced decline of mitochondrial membrane potential and intracellular GSH levels...
February 2017: Neurochemical Research
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