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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458127/calmodulin-induced-conformational-control-and-allostery-underlying-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-activation
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Quinlin M Hanson, Jeffrey R Carley, Tyler J Gilbreath, Brian C Smith, Eric S Underbakke
Nitric oxide synthase (NOS) is the primary generator of nitric oxide signals controlling diverse physiological processes such as neurotransmission and vasodilation. NOS activation is contingent on Ca2+ /calmodulin binding at a linker between its oxygenase and reductase domains to induce large conformational changes that orchestrate inter-domain electron transfer. However, the structural dynamics underlying activation of full-length NOS remain ambiguous. Employing hydrogen-deuterium exchange mass spectrometry, we reveal mechanisms underlying neuronal NOS (nNOS) activation by calmodulin and regulation by phosphorylation...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457300/glucagon-like-peptide-2-decreases-osteoclasts-by-stimulating-apoptosis-dependent-on-nitric-oxide-synthase
#2
Yi Lu, Dongdong Lu, Yu Hu
OBJECTIVES: Glucagon-like peptide 2 (GLP2) is involved in the regulation of energy absorption and metabolism. Despite the importance of the GLP2 signalling mechanisms on osteoclast, little has been studied on how GLP2 works during osteoclastogenesis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: RAW264.7 cells were infected with rLV-Green-GLP2. The induction of osteoclasts was performed by RANKL. TRAP were detected by RT-PCR, Western blotting and staining. Total nitric oxide and total NOS activity were measured...
February 19, 2018: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29456717/naringin-ameliorates-endothelial-dysfunction-in-fructose-fed-rats
#3
Wachirawadee Malakul, Sirinat Pengnet, Chanon Kumchoom, Sakara Tunsophon
High fructose consumption is associated with metabolic disorders including hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia, in addition to endothelial dysfunction. Naringin, a flavonoid present in citrus fruit, has been reported to exhibit lipid lowering, antioxidant, and cardiovascular protective properties. Therefore, the present study investigated the effect of naringin on fructose-induced endothelial dysfunction in rats and its underlying mechanisms. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were given 10% fructose in drinking water for 12 weeks, whereas control rats were fed drinking water alone...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455417/effect-of-yulangsan-polysaccharide-on-the-reinstatement-of-morphine-induced-conditioned-place-preference-in-sprague-dawley-rats
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Chunxia Chen, Zhihuan Nong, Xingmei Liang, Mingyu Meng, Feifei Xuan, Qiuqiao Xie, Junhui He, Renbin Huang
We previously reported that Yulangsan polysaccharide (YLSP), which was isolated from the root of Millettia pulchra Kurz, attenuates withdrawal symptoms of morphine dependence by regulating the nitric oxide pathway and modulating monoaminergic neurotransmitters. In this study, we investigated the effects and mechanism of YLSP on the reinstatement of morphine-induced conditioned place preference (CPP) in rats. A CPP procedure was employed to assess the behavior of rats, and indicators of serum and four brain regions (nucleus accumbens, ventral tegmental area, hippocampus and prefrontal cortex) were determined to explore its underlying mechanism...
February 17, 2018: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455054/seco-labdane-diterpenoids-from-the-leaves-of-callicarpa-nudiflora-showing-nitric-oxide-inhibitory-activity
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Xiaocong Sun, Feng Liu, Xueyuan Yang, Jinghan Wang, Bangjian Dong, Chunfeng Xie, Da-Qing Jin, Jie Zhang, Dongho Lee, Yasushi Ohizumi, Jing Xu, Yuanqiang Guo
Nine previously undescribed seco-labdane diterpenoids, nudiflopenes A-I, were isolated from the leaves of Callicarpa nudiflora. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of extensive 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic data analysis, and the absolute configurations of these compounds were established by the modified Mosher's method and experimental and calculated electronic circular dichroism spectra. Nudiflopenes A-I belong to the class of seco-labdane diterpenoids. All of the isolates showed inhibitory activities on lipopolysaccharide-induced nitric oxide (NO) production in murine microglial BV-2 cells...
February 15, 2018: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454969/jip3-knockout-protects-mice-against-high-fat-diet-induced-liver-injury
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Xiao-Jun Ma, Hai-Zhou Xing, Gao-Fei Ren, Xiao-Juan Rao, Zhi-Zhen Li
Multiple pathways contribute to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in response to high fat diets (HFD). A homolog of mammalian JNK-interacting protein 3 (JIP3), also known as JSAP-1, activates different components in various signaling pathways to modulate cellular processes. The purpose of this study was to examine the role of JIP3 in obesity-related pathologies pathway. Wild-type (WT) C57BL/6 and JIP3-knockout (JIP3-/- ) mice were randomized to chow or HFD. HFD-fed WT mice increased hepatic JIP3 expression...
February 15, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454052/activity-of-nitric-oxide-synthase-isoforms-in-acute-brain-oxidative-damage-induced-by-ozone-exposure
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Juan Carlos Martínez-Lazcano, Edith González-Guevara, Verónica Custodio, Francisca Pérez-Severiano, Karen Olvera-Pérez, Sandra Salgado-Mozo, Carmen Rubio, Carlos Paz
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February 14, 2018: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453985/zika-virus-infected-primary-microglia-impairs-npcs-proliferation-and-differentiation
#8
Jin Wang, Jing Liu, Rui Zhou, Xin Ding, Qipeng Zhang, Chenyu Zhang, Liang Li
Zika virus (ZIKV) can lead to severe birth defects especially microcephaly in newborns by infecting human neural progenitors and impairing brain development. However, as the resident immune cells in the brain, the role of microglia in the ZIKV pathology is not clearly defined. To understand the interplay between immune response and neural cells, we investigate the interaction between microglia and NPCs during ZIKV infection. Our results demonstrate that primary microglia infected with ZIKV induces an inflammatory response similar to that in human, producing high level of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin 6 (IL-6), interleukin 1β (IL-1β) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS)...
February 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453795/inflammatory-and-degenerative-phases-resulting-from-anterior-cruciate-rupture-in-a-non-invasive-murine-model-of-post-traumatic-osteoarthritis
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Sophie Jane Gilbert, Cleo Selina Bonnet, Paulina Stadnik, Victor Colin Duance, Deborah JaneMason, Emma Jane Blain
Joint injury is the predominant risk factor for post-traumatic osteoarthritis development (PTOA). Several non-invasive mouse models mimicking human PTOA investigate molecular mechanisms of disease development; none have characterised the inflammatory response to this acute traumatic injury. Our aim was to characterise the early inflammatory phase and later degenerative component in our in vivo non-invasive murine model of PTOA induced by anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture. Right knees of 12-week-old C57Bl6 mice were placed in flexion at a 30° offset position and subjected to a single compressive load (12N, 1...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453519/tricurin-a-synergistic-formulation-of-curcumin-resveratrol-and-epicatechin-gallate-repolarizes-tumor-associated-macrophages-and-triggers-an-immune-response-to-cause-suppression-of-hpv-tumors
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Sumit Mukherjee, Rahman Hussaini, Richard White, Doaa Atwi, Angela Fried, Samay Sampat, Longzhu Piao, Quintin Pan, Probal Banerjee
Our earlier studies reported a unique potentiated combination (TriCurin) of curcumin (C) with two other polyphenols. The TriCurin-associated C displays an IC50 in the low micromolar range for cultured HPV+ TC-1 cells. In contrast, because of rapid degradation in vivo, the TriCurin-associated C reaches only low nano-molar concentrations in the plasma, which are sub-lethal to tumor cells. Yet, injected TriCurin causes a dramatic suppression of tumors in TC-1 cell-implanted mice (TC-1 mice) and xenografts of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) cells in nude/nude mice...
February 16, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453346/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-tauroursodeoxycholic-acid-in-raw-264-7-macrophages-bone-marrow-derived-macrophages-bv2-microglial-cells-and-spinal-cord-injury
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Seong Jun Kim, Wan-Kyu Ko, Min-Jae Jo, Yoshie Arai, Hyemin Choi, Hemant Kumar, In-Bo Han, Seil Sohn
This study aimed to investigate the anti-inflammatory effects of tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA) after spinal cord injury (SCI) in rats. We induced an inflammatory process in RAW 264.7 macrophages, BV2 microglial cells, and bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMM) using lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The anti-inflammatory effects of TUDCA on LPS-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages, BV2 microglial cells, and BMMs were analyzed using nitric oxide (NO) assays, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reactions (qRT-PCR), and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA)...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453308/sex-specific-mechanisms-of-resistance-vessel-endothelial-dysfunction-induced-by-cardiometabolic-risk-factors
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Ana P Davel, Qing Lu, M Elizabeth Moss, Sitara Rao, Imran J Anwar, Jennifer J DuPont, Iris Z Jaffe
BACKGROUND: The incidence of obesity is rising, particularly among women. Microvascular dysfunction is more common with female sex, obesity, and hyperlipidemia and predicts adverse cardiovascular outcomes, but the molecular mechanisms are unclear. Because obesity is associated with mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) activation, we tested the hypothesis that MR in endothelial cells contribute to sex differences in resistance vessel dysfunction in response to cardiometabolic risk factors. METHODS AND RESULTS: Male and female endothelial cell-specific MR knockout mice and MR-intact littermates were randomized to high-fat-diet-induced obesity or obesity with hyperlipidemia induced by adeno-associated virus-based vector targeting transfer of the mutant stable form (DY mutation) of the human PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) gene and compared with control diet...
February 16, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452248/mercaptopyruvate-acts-as-endogenous-vasodilator-independently-of-3-mercaptopyruvate-sulfurtransferase-activity
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Emma Mitidieri, Teresa Tramontano, Danila Gurgone, Valentina Citi, Vincenzo Calderone, Vincenzo Brancaleone, Antonia Katsouda, Noriyuki Nagahara, Andreas Papapetropoulos, Giuseppe Cirino, Roberta d'Emmanuele di Villa Bianca, Raffaella Sorrentino
Hydrogen sulfide (H 2 S) is produced by the action of cystathionine-β-synthase (CBS), cystathionine-γ-lyase (CSE) or 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase (3-MST). 3-MST converts 3-mercaptopyruvate (MPT) to H 2 S and pyruvate. H 2 S is recognized as an endogenous gaseous mediator with multiple regulatory roles in mammalian cells and organisms. In the present study we demonstrate that MPT, the endogenous substrate of 3-MST, acts also as endogenous H 2 S donor. Colorimetric, amperometric and fluorescence based assays demonstrated that MPT releases H 2 S in vitro in an enzyme-independent manner...
February 13, 2018: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452086/ameliorative-effects-of-clonidine-on-ethanol-induced-kidney-injury-in-rats-potential-role-for-imidazoline-1-receptor
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Nesreen M I M Elkomy, Islam A A E-H Ibrahim, Shimaa M Elshazly, Hassan M El-Fayoumi
Chronic alcoholism is a risk factor for kidney injury. Clonidine is an α 2 -adrenergic receptor/imidazoline-1 receptor agonist that can reduce blood pressure and maintain renal functions. This study aims to investigate the possible ameliorative effects of clonidine on ethanol induced kidney injury and its mechanism of action. Kidney injury was induced in rats by adding ethanol to drinking water for eight weeks. Clonidine effects on kidney functions and histopathology were measured. Moreover, phentolamine (α-adrenergic receptor antagonist), efaroxan (imidazoline-1 receptor antagonist) and rilmenidine (imidazoline-1 receptor agonist) were used to clarify the role of imidazoline-1 receptor in mediating renal ameliorative effects...
February 13, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451373/regional-structural-and-functional-specialisations-in-the-urethra-of-the-female-rat-evidence-for-complex-physiological-control-systems
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Monica Eggermont, Stefan De Wachter, Jane Eastham, James Gillespie
The present study characterises the complex structural and functional elements of the female rat urethra that may be involved in controlling urethral closure and continence. Urethras were dissected from female Sprague-Dawley rats (n=12) euthanized by pentobarbital overdose. Tissues were fixed (4% paraformaldehyde), frozen and sectioned (8μm) for light microscopy and immunohistochemistry. Antibodies were used to detect immunoreactivity to calcitonin gene related peptide, nitric oxide synthase, vesicular acetylcholine transporter and tyrosine hydroxylase...
February 16, 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451295/evaluation-of-hif-1%C3%AE-and-inos-in-ischemia-reperfusion-gastric-model-bioimpedance-histological-and-immunohistochemical-analyses
#16
Eduardo Peña-Mercado, Mario Garcia-Lorenzana, Elena Arechaga-Ocampo, Claudia H González-De la Rosa, Nohra E Beltran
Gastrointestinal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) generates pathological alterations that could lead to death. Early ischemic damage markers could be used to guide therapy and improve outcomes. AIM: To relate hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α) activation and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expression to gastric impedance changes due to I/R damage. METHODS: Experimental animals were randomly distributed into 3 groups: control, ischemia (30 min) and I/R (60 min)...
February 16, 2018: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449632/inducible-nitric-oxide-synthase-during-the-late-phase-of-sepsis-is-associated-with-hypothermia-and-immune-cell-migration
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Yudai Takatani, Kenji Ono, Hiromi Suzuki, Masato Inaba, Makoto Sawada, Naoyuki Matsuda
Hypothermia is a significant sign of sepsis, which is associated with poor prognosis, but few mechanisms underlying the regulation of hypothermia are known. Inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) is a key inflammatory mediator of sepsis. However, the therapeutic benefit of iNOS inhibition in sepsis is still controversial, and requires elucidation in an accurate model system. In this study, wild-type (WT) mice showed temperature drops in a biphasic manner at the early and late phase of sepsis, and all mice died within 48 h of sepsis...
February 14, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449623/targeted-disruption-of-the-inos-gene-improves-adipose-tissue-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-leptin-deficient-ob-ob-mice-role-of-tenascin-c
#18
S Becerril, A Rodríguez, V Catalán, L Méndez-Giménez, B Ramírez, N Sáinz, M Llorente, X Unamuno, J Gómez-Ambrosi, G Frühbeck
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Obesity is related to a dynamic extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling, which involves the synthesis and degradation of different proteins, such as tenascin C (TNC) in the adipose tissue (AT). Given the functional relationship between leptin and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), our aim was to analyze the impact of the absence of the iNOS gene in AT inflammation and ECM remodeling in ob/ob mice. SUBJECTS/METHODS: The expression of genes involved in inflammation and ECM remodeling was evaluated in 10-week-old male double knockout (DBKO) mice simultaneously lacking the ob and iNOS genes as well as in ob/ob mice classified into three groups [control, leptin-treated (1 mg kg -1 day -1 ) and pair-fed]...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449563/cinacalcet-mediated-activation-of-the-camkk%C3%AE-lkb1-ampk-pathway-attenuates-diabetic-nephropathy-in-db-db-mice-by-modulation-of-apoptosis-and-autophagy
#19
Ji Hee Lim, Hyung Wook Kim, Min Young Kim, Tae Woo Kim, Eun Nim Kim, Yaeni Kim, Sungjin Chung, Young Soo Kim, Bum Soon Choi, Yong-Soo Kim, Yoon Sik Chang, Hye Won Kim, Cheol Whee Park
Apoptosis and autophagy are harmoniously regulated biological processes for maintaining tissue homeostasis. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) functions as a metabolic sensor to coordinate cellular survival and function in various organs, including the kidney. We investigated the renoprotective effects of cinacalcet in high-glucose treated human glomerular endothelial cells (HGECs), murine podocytes and C57BLKS/J-db/db mice. In cultured HGECs and podocytes, cinacalcet decreased oxidative stress and apoptosis and increased autophagy that were attributed to the increment of intracellular Ca2+ concentration and the phosphorylation of Ca2+ /calmodulin-dependent protein kinase kinaseβ (CaMKKβ)-Liver kinase B1 (LKB1)-AMPK and their downstream signals including the phosphorylation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) and increases in superoxide dismutases and B cell leukemia/lymphoma 2/BCL-2-associated X protein expression...
February 15, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449333/endothelial-cell-autonomous-role-of-akt1-regulation-of-vascular-tone-and-ischemia-induced-arteriogenesis
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Monica Y Lee, Ana Gamez-Mendez, Jiasheng Zhang, Zhenwu Zhuang, David J Vinyard, Jan Kraehling, Heino Velazquez, Gary W Brudvig, Themis R Kyriakides, Michael Simons, William C Sessa
OBJECTIVE: The importance of PI3K/Akt signaling in the vasculature has been demonstrated in several models, as global loss of Akt1 results in impaired postnatal ischemia- and VEGF-induced angiogenesis. The ubiquitous expression of Akt1, however, raises the possibility of cell-type-dependent Akt1-driven actions, thereby necessitating tissue-specific characterization. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Herein, we used an inducible, endothelial-specific Akt1-deleted adult mouse model (Akt1iECKO) to characterize the endothelial cell autonomous functions of Akt1 in the vascular system...
February 15, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
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