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Tianhua Liu, Riqiang Liu, Shu Zhang, Kun Guo, Qinle Zhang, Wei Li, Yinkun Liu
Sorafenib is a multikinase inhibitor and is effective in treating hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, it remains unknown whether sorafenib induces the alteration of protein glycosylation. The present study treated HCC MHCC97L and MHCC97H cells with a 50% inhibitory concentration of sorafenib. Following this treatment, alteration of protein glycosylation was detected using a lectin microarray. Compared with the controls, the binding capacity of glycoproteins extracted from sorafenib-treated HCC cells to the lectins Bauhinia purpurea lectin, Dolichos biflorus agglutinin, Euonymus europaeus lectin, Helix aspersa lectin, Helix pomatia lectin, Jacalin, Maclura pomifera lectin and Vicia villosa lectin were enhanced; while, the binding capacities to the lectins Caragana arborescens lectin, Lycopersicon esculentum lectin, Limulus polyphemus lectin, Maackia amurensis lecin I, Phaseolus vulgaris leucoagglutinin, Ricinus communis agglutinin 60, Sambucus nigra lectin and Solanum tuberosum lectin were reduced (spot intensity median/background intensity median ≥2, P<0...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
Laura Gómez-Santos, Edurne Alonso, Lucio Díaz-Flores, Juan F Madrid, Francisco J Sáez
Parietal cells undergo a differentiation process while they move from the isthmus toward the pits and the base region of the gastric gland. The aim of this work was to analyze the rat gastric glands by lectin histochemistry to show the glycans expressed by upper (young) and lower (old) parietal cells. We used lectins recognizing the most frequent sugar moieties in mammals. Each lectin was assayed alone and in combination with several deglycosylation pretreatments: (1) β-elimination, which removes O-linked oligosaccharides; (2) incubation with Peptide-N-glycosidase F, to remove N-linked glycans; (3) acid hydrolysis, which removes terminal sialic acid moieties; (4) methylation-saponification, to remove sulfate groups from sugar residues; and (5) glucose oxidase, a technique carried out with the lectin concanavalin A to convert glucose into gluconic acid...
May 2017: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
V Vigneshwaran, P Thirusangu, B R Vijay Avin, V Krishna, S N Pramod, B T Prabhakar
Neovascularization and jeopardized immunity has been critically emphasized for the establishment of malignant progression. Lectins are the diverse class of carbohydrate interacting proteins, having great potential as immunopotentiating and anti-cancer agents. The present investigation sought to demonstrate the anti-proliferative activity of Dolichos lablab lectin (DLL) encompassing immunomodulatory attributes. DLL specific to glucose and mannose carbohydrate moieties has been purified to homogeneity from the common dietary legume D...
July 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Dong Ho Suh, Hye Won Lee, Eun Sung Jung, Digar Singh, Seung-Hyung Kim, Choong Hwan Lee
SCOPE: The esoteric anti-obesity effects of hyacinth bean (Dolichos lablab L) have largely remained unexplored. Herein, we investigated the anti-obesity mechanisms of hyacinth bean compared to milk thistle, a natural herb employed for ameliorating obesity-related diseases, using high fat-diet (HFD) fed mice towards unfolding the perplexing mechanisms. METHODS AND RESULTS: C57BL/6J mice were orally administered hyacinth bean (25 mg/kg/day) and milk thistle (100 mg/kg/day) for 9 weeks along with HFD...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
A M Felker, B A Croy
Early and midgestational decidua of mice genetically ablated for expression of the natural killer (NK) cell natural cytotoxicity receptor (NCR; Ncr1(Gfp/Gfp) mice) shows restricted angiogenesis and atypically small uterine (u)NK cells . We hypothesized that NCR1 inactivation disturbs maturation and angiokine production by uterine natural killer (uNK) cells. Using histological and morphometric approaches, we observed that Ncr1(Gfp/Gfp) but not control C57BL/6 (B6) implantation sites sustain immature, non-granulated uNK cells into midpregnancy...
January 18, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
Hosam M Habib, Serah W Theuri, Ehab Kheadr, Fedah E Mohamed
The underutilized Kenyan variety of Dolichos lablab bean seeds serve as a good source of natural antioxidants, which can probably be effective in reducing the risk of occurrence of several diseases. This study was undertaken for the first time to address the limited knowledge regarding the antioxidant activities of lablab beans. Moreover, their DNA damage inhibitory activity, bovine serum albumin (BSA) damage inhibitory activity, and the inhibition of acetylcholinesterase and porcine α-amylase were also investigated...
February 22, 2017: Food & Function
Hosam M Habib, Serah W Theuri, Ehab E Kheadr, Fedah E Mohamed
The underutilized Kenyan variety of Dolichos lablab bean seeds serves as a good source of nutrients. This study was undertaken for the first time to address the limited knowledge regarding the bioactive, biochemical, physicochemical, and functional properties of Dolichos lablab beans. Proximate analysis, mineral, total and free amino acid profiles, total protein, total dietary and profile of fiber, carotenoids and fat soluble vitamins, total phenolics, and total flavonoids were evaluated. The results clearly show that Dolichos lablab beans contain many health-promoting components, such as fiber, proteins, minerals, and numerous phytochemicals endowed with useful biological activities, that allow it to contribute in a relevant way to the daily intake of these nutrients...
February 22, 2017: Food & Function
Chao-Yang Meng, Zhong-Yin Li, Wen-Ning Fang, Zhi-Hui Song, Dan-Dan Yang, Dan-Dan Li, Ying Yang, Jing-Pian Peng
Cytochrome P450 26A1 (CYP26A1) has a spatiotemporal expression pattern in the uterus, with a significant increase in mRNA and protein levels during peri-implantation. Inhibiting the function or expression of CYP26A1 can cause pregnancy failure, suggesting an important regulatory role of CYP26A1 in the maintenance of pregnancy. However, little is known about the exact mechanism involved. In this study, using a pCR3.1-cyp26a1 plasmid immunization mouse model and a Cyp26a1-MO (Cyp26a1-specific antisense oligos) knockdown mouse model, we report that the number of Dolichos biflorus agglutinin (DBA) lectin-positive uterine natural killer (uNK) cells was reduced in pCR3...
April 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Indrani Kar, Rajagopal Chattopadhyaya
The influences of substoichiometric amounts of seven plant extracts in the Fenton reaction-mediated damage to deoxynucleosides, deoxynucleoside monophosphates, deoxynucleoside triphosphates, and supercoiled plasmid DNA were studied to rationalize anticancer properties reported in some of these extracts. Extracts from Acacia catechu, Emblica officinalis, Spondias dulcis, Terminalia belerica, Terminalia chebula, as well as gallic acid, epicatechin, chebulagic acid and chebulinic acid enhance the extent of damage in Fenton reactions with all monomeric substrates but protect supercoiled plasmid DNA, compared to standard Fenton reactions...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Zaki Hakami, Satoshi Wakisaka
The development of submucosal glands of rat nasopharynx was studied with respect to their morphological maturation and glycoprotein alterations during the postnatal period. This study examined the histological morphology with hematoxylin-eosin and the binding pattern of lectins, soybean agglutinin (SBA), Dolichos biflorus agglutinin (DBA), Vicia villosa agglutinin (VVA), Ulex europaeus agglutinin-I (UEA-I), peanut agglutinin (PNA), wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), and succinylated WGA (sucWGA) on frozen sections from newborn into adulthood...
September 2016: Acta Histochemica
H M Zhao, H Yang, F H Luo, M X Li, S Zhang, X G Yang, Y Q Lu, S S Lu, Y J Wu, K H Lu
Spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs), the unique seed cells of testes, can undergo meiosis and form spermatozoa, thus transmitting genetic information to offspring. Research concerning these cells explores the mechanism underlying spermatogenesis, making possible the induction of their differentiation into spermatozoa in vitro. SSCs have therefore attracted much interest among scientists. Although the proliferation of such cells in vitro has been demonstrated, we are unaware of any long-term laboratory culture of porcine SSCs...
August 12, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Xing Chen, Xiao-Ming Hou, You-Fei Fan, Yu-Ting Jin, Yu-Lin Wang
The sonic hedgehog (SHH) morphogen regulates cell differentiation and controls a number of genes during renal morphogenesis. To date, the effects of SHH on fibroblast growth factors (Fgfs) in embryonic kidney development remain unclear. In the present study, explants of BALB/c mouse embryonic kidney tissues were used to investigate the role of exogenous SHH on Fgf8 and Fgf10 expression levels ex vivo. Ureteric bud branches and epithelial metanephric derivatives were used to determine the renal morphogenesis with Dolichos biflorus agglutinin or hematoxylin‑eosin staining...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Flavia Bieczynski, Walter D C Torres, Julio C Painefilu, Juan M Castro, Virginia A Bianchi, Jimena L Frontera, Dante A Paz, Carolina González, Alejandro Martín, Silvina S M Villanueva, Carlos M Luquet
Accumulation and toxicity of cyanobacterial toxins, particularly microcystin-LR (MCLR) have been extensively studied in fish and aquatic invertebrates. However, MCLR excretion mechanisms, which could reduce this toxin's effects, have received little attention. The Patagonian silverside, Odontesthes hatcheri, is an omnivorous-planktivorous edible fish, which has been shown to digest cyanobacterial cells absorbing MCLR and eliminating the toxin within 48h without suffering significant toxic effects. We studied the effects of MCLR on glycoconjugate composition and the possible role of multidrug resistance associated proteins (Abcc) in MCLR export from the cells in O...
September 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
Anthony Swain, Kasem Kulkeaw, Yuka Tanaka, Yoichi Nakanishi, Senji Shirasawa, Daisuke Sugiyama
BACKGROUND/AIM: Hematopoietic malignancies lead to disease states involving abnormal proliferation of blood cells. Ki-67 and carboxyfluorescein succinimidyl ester (CFSE) are assays used to examine the proliferation status of cells but affect cell viability. In this study, we used lectins to bind to surfaces of proliferating cells with different phenotypes while preserving cell viability. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The mouse lymphocyte Friend leukemia F5-5.F1 cell line was stained using biotin-conjugated lectins from Canavalia ensiformis (ConA), Dolichos biflorus (DBA), Erythrina cristagalli (ECA), Lens culinaris (LCA), Phaseolus vulgaris (PHA-E4), Arachis hypogaea (PNA), Ulex europaeus (UEA) and Triticum vulgaris (WGA) and sorted by fluorescence-activated cell sorting...
July 2016: Anticancer Research
S Escada-Rebelo, A F Silva, S Amaral, R S Tavares, C Paiva, S Schlatt, J Ramalho-Santos, P C Mota
Spermatogonial stem cells are being exploited in many species as a tool to recover fertility, but may also be used to manipulate the genetic pool. Whatever the purpose, these cells must be fully characterized and easily identifiable, and our goal was to improve this procedure in the domestic cat, used as an animal model for endangered felid species and for some human diseases/physiological processes. We have therefore screened several markers that might be used to distinguish and study the undifferentiated spermatogonia population in situ and in vitro via immunohistochemistry applied to tissue sections and whole mounts of the domestic cat seminiferous tubules...
June 17, 2016: Andrology
Brian J McMorran, Francis E McCarthy, Elizabeth M Gibbs, Mabel Pang, Jamie L Marshall, Alison V Nairn, Kelley W Moremen, Rachelle H Crosbie-Watson, Linda G Baum
The neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is enriched with glycoproteins modified with N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) residues, and four nominally GalNAc-specific plant lectins have historically been used to identify the NMJ and the utrophin-glycoprotein complex. However, little is known about the specific glycan epitopes on skeletal muscle that are bound by these lectins, the glycoproteins that bear these epitopes or how creation of these glycan epitopes is regulated. Here, we profile changes in cell surface glycosylation during muscle cell differentiation and identify distinct differences in the binding preferences of GalNAc-specific lectins, Wisteria floribunda agglutinin (WFA), Vicia villosa agglutinin (VVA), soybean agglutinin (SBA) and Dolichos biflorus agglutinin (DBA)...
October 2016: Glycobiology
Takashi Muramatsu
Embryonal carcinoma cells, stem cells of teratocarcinomas, are pluripotent stem cells and also prototypes of embryonic stem cells. Embryonal carcinoma cells contain large amounts of a highly branched poly-N-acetyllactosamine called embryoglycan, which has a molecular weight of approximately 10,000 or greater, and is asparagine-linked. This glycan was found by analyses of fucose-labeled glycopeptides, and its characteristics were established by biochemical analyses. The content of embryoglycan progressively decreases during the in vitro differentiation of embryonal carcinoma cells...
May 17, 2016: Glycoconjugate Journal
A-Rang Im, Yun Hee Kim, Hye Won Lee, Kwang Hoon Song
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a common chronic liver disease that is rising in prevalence worldwide. Therapeutic strategies for patients with NAFLD are limited by a lack of effective drugs. In this report, we show that Dolichos lablab water extract (DLL-Ex) protects against free fatty acid (FFA)-induced lipid accumulation and attenuates expression of genes involved in lipid droplet accumulation in cellular NAFLD models. The hepatoprotective effects and underlying mechanism of DLL-Ex were assessed using an in vitro cellular model in which NAFLD was simulated by inducing excessive FFA influx into hepatocytes...
May 2016: Journal of Medicinal Food
C M Keerthi, S Ramesh, M Byregowda, A Mohan Rao, B S Rajendra Prasad, P V Vaijayanthi Vaijayanthi
An investigation on inheritance of qualitative traits in dolichos bean revealed biallelic monogenic control of photoperiodinduced sensitivity to flowering time and flower colour in F₂ and F₂ generations. While, growth habit and pod curvature are each controlled by two genes that exhibit classical complementary epistasis, raceme emergence was controlled by two genes that displayed classical inhibitory epistasis. The dominant alleles, at two different unlinked pairs of genes are necessary for plants to exhibit indeterminate growth habit and bear straight pods...
March 2016: Journal of Genetics
Jolene Zheng, Mingming Wang, Wenqian Wei, Jeffrey N Keller, Binita Adhikari, Jason F King, Michael L King, Nan Peng, Roger A Laine
Lectins from dietary plants have been shown to enhance drug absorption in the gastrointestinal tract of rats, be transported trans-synaptically as shown by tracing of axonal and dendritic paths, and enhance gene delivery. Other carbohydrate-binding protein toxins are known to traverse the gut intact in dogs. Post-feeding rhodamine- or TRITC-tagged dietary lectins, the lectins were tracked from gut to dopaminergic neurons (DAergic-N) in transgenic Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) [egIs1(Pdat-1:GFP)] where the mutant has the green fluorescent protein (GFP) gene fused to a dopamine transport protein gene labeling DAergic-N...
2016: Frontiers in Nutrition
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