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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931214/baicalin-alleviates-radiation-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-primary-type-ii-alveolar-epithelial-cells-via-tgf-%C3%AE-and-erk-gsk3%C3%AE-signaling-pathways
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Jinhua Lu, Yazhen Zhong, Zechen Lin, Xianlei Lin, Zhaohui Chen, Xuping Wu, Nan Wang, Haiqiao Zhang, Siyu Huang, Yuan Zhu, Yuanyuan Wang, Shengyou Lin
BACKGROUND: Radiation therapy is commonly used to treat thoracic malignancies. However, it may lead to severe lung pneumonitis and ultimately fibrosis. Irradiation has been reported to increase epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of type II alveolar epithelial cells (AEC), which play an important role in pulmonary fibrosis. The transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) and ERK/glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) pathways are critically involved in radiation-induced EMT. In the present study, we investigated whether baicalin was a novel therapeutic candidate for radiation-induced EMT in type II AEC...
September 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930992/a-cell-culture-model-of-resistance-arteries
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Lauren A Biwer, Christophe Lechauve, Sheri Vanhoose, Mitchell J Weiss, Brant E Isakson
The myoendothelial junction (MEJ), a unique signaling microdomain in small diameter resistance arteries, exhibits localization of specific proteins and signaling processes that can control vascular tone and blood pressure. As it is a projection from either the endothelial or smooth muscle cell, and due to its small size (on average, an area of ~1 µm(2)), the MEJ is difficult to study in isolation. However, we have developed a cell culture model called the vascular cell co-culture (VCCC) that allows for in vitro MEJ formation, endothelial cell polarization, and dissection of signaling proteins and processes in the vascular wall of resistance arteries...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930972/study-of-protein-protein-interactions-in-autophagy-research
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Secil Erbil-Bilir, Nur M Kocaturk, Melih Yayli, Devrim Gozuacik
Protein-protein interactions are important for understanding cellular signaling cascades and identifying novel pathway components and protein dynamics. The majority of cellular activities require physical interactions between proteins. To analyze and map these interactions, various experimental techniques as well as bioinformatics tools were developed. Autophagy is a cellular recycling mechanism that allows the cells to cope with different stressors, including nutrient deprivation, chemicals, and hypoxia. In order to better understand autophagy-related signaling events and to discover novel factors that regulate protein complexes in autophagy, we performed protein-protein interaction screens...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930913/the-effect-of-lactoferrin-and-pepsin-treated-lactoferrin-on-iec-6-cell-damage-induced-by-clostridium-difficile-toxin-b
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Kosuke Otake, Norio Sato, Ayako Kitaguchi, Takayuki Irahara, Satoru Murata, Keiichiro Shiraga, Yuichi Ogawa, Takahiro K Fujiwara, Kaoru Koike, Hiroyuki Yokota
Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) have recently increased worldwide. Some CDI progress to fulminant and recurrent CDI and are associated with high mortality and morbidity. CD produces toxins A and B, which cause intestinal mucosal damage, although toxin B exhibits greater cytotoxicity. Pepsin-treated lactoferrin (PLF) is the decomposed product of lactoferrin (LF), a multifunctional glycoprotein with anti-inflammatory properties. Here, we investigate the effects of LF and PLF in toxin B-stimulated rat intestinal epithelial (IEC-6) cells...
September 19, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930716/antinociceptive-effect-of-ghrelin-in-a-rat-model-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome-involves-trpv1-opioid-systems
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Yuqing Mao, Zhengyang Li, Kan Chen, Huafang Yu, Shaoren Zhang, Miao Jiang, Yuanhua Ma, Chunli Liang, Hongyan Liu, Huanqing Li, Qian Hua, Hao Zhou, Yonghong Sun, Xiaoming Fan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), defined as recurrent abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits, seriously affects quality of life and ability to work. Ghrelin is a brain-gut hormone, which has been reported to show antinociceptive effects in peripheral pain. We investigated the effect of ghrelin on visceral hypersensitivity and pain in a rat model of IBS. METHODS: Maternal deprivation (MD) was used to provide a stress-induced model of IBS in Wistar rats...
September 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930567/molecular-mechanisms-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-resistance-to-antimicrobial-drugs
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Tomislav Mestrovic, Suncanica Ljubin-Sternak
Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis) is a leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted infections in developed and undeveloped countries, and therefore a global public health issue. In an era of increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotics, resistance has been an exceedingly rare phenomenon in C. trachomatis; however, clinical treatment failures attributed to multidrug-resistant C. trachomatis strains have been described on several occasions. Cell culture systems using McCoy cells and subsequent immunofluorescent staining are still the most common methodology used for antimicrobial susceptibility testing, but the presence of resistance markers should be appraised by further genetic analysis...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930082/cryptosporidium-spp-and-giardia-sp-in-aquatic-mammals-in-northern-and-northeastern-brazil
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João Carlos Borges, Danielle Dos Lima, Edson Moura da Silva, André Lucas de Oliveira Moreira, Miriam Marmontel, Vitor Luz Carvalho, Rodrigo de Amaral, Stella Maris Lazzarini, Leucio Câmara Alves
Cryptosporidium and Giardia are protozoans that can infect humans and wild and domestic animals. Due to the growing importance of diseases caused by protozoan parasites in aquatic species, we aimed to evaluate the frequency of infection by Cryptosporidium spp. and Giardia sp. in aquatic and marine mammals in the northern and northeastern regions of Brazil. We collected 553 fecal samples from 15 species of wild-ranging and captive aquatic mammals in northern and northeastern Brazil. All samples were analyzed by the Kinyoun technique for identification of Cryptosporidium spp...
September 20, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929376/divergent-coronary-flow-responses-to-uridine-adenosine-tetraphosphate-in-atherosclerotic-apoe-knockout-mice
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Bunyen Teng, Hicham Labazi, Changyan Sun, Yan Yang, Xiaorong Zeng, S Jamal Mustafa, Zhichao Zhou
Uridine adenosine tetraphosphate (Up4A) exerts potent relaxation in porcine coronary arteries that is reduced following myocardial infarction, suggesting a crucial role for Up4A in the regulation of coronary flow (CF) in cardiovascular disorders. We evaluated the vasoactive effects of Up4A on CF in atherosclerosis using ApoE knockout (KO) mice ex vivo and in vivo. Functional studies were conducted in isolated mouse hearts using the Langendorff technique. Immunofluorescence was performed to assess purinergic P2X1 receptor (P2X1R) expression in isolated mouse coronary arteries...
September 20, 2017: Purinergic Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929353/anti-parietal-cell-antibodies-in-patients-with-autoimmune-thyroid-diseases
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S R R Utiyama, R S De Bem, T L Skare, G A De Carvalho, L M Teixeira, M Bertolazo, S O Ioshii, R Nisihara
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD) patients may have a higher prevalence of anti-parietal cell antibodies (APCA) than normal population. OBJECTIVE: To study the prevalence of APCA in a cohort of ATD patients to know its association with patient's clinical profile and gastrointestinal complaints. METHODS: APCA was sought for by indirect immunofluorescence test in 243 ATD patients: 136 (55.9%) with Graves' disease and 107 (44.0%) with Hashimoto's thyroiditis...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929337/escherichia-coli-aggravates-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-triggers-chop-dependent-apoptosis-in-weaned-pigs
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Qian Jiang, Shuai Chen, Wenkai Ren, Gang Liu, Kang Yao, Guoyao Wu, Yulong Yin
Intestinal cells can sense the presence of pathogens and trigger many important signaling pathways to maintain tissue homeostasis and normal function. Escherichia coli and lipopolysaccharides (LPS) are the main pathogenic factors of intestinal disease in pigs. However, the roles of endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) and its mediated apoptosis in intestinal malfunction induced by E. coli or LPS remain unclear. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate whether ERS could be activated by E. coli fed to piglets and whether the underlying mechanisms of this disease process could be exploited...
September 19, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929330/development-of-a-rapid-analysis-method-for-bone-resection-margins-for-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-by-immunoblotting
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Claudia Haase, Bernd Lethaus, Ruth Knüchel-Clarke, Frank Hölzle, Angela Cassataro, Till Braunschweig
The purpose of this proof-of-principle study was to develop a rapid and approachable method to analyse bone resection margins in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) in an intraoperative setting, similar to assessing frozen sections of soft tissue. Bone excision and risk of remaining tumour cells could be minimised, thus improving reconstruction measures and facilitating convalescence. Frozen, sawed wafers of porcine bone artificially combined with porcine skin (simulating OSCC properties) were used to develop and evaluate a new molecular method: protein transfer from non-decalcified, sawed wafers onto a membrane stained by immunofluorescence (Tissue-ProtTrans)...
September 19, 2017: Head and Neck Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928968/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-dimethylsulphoxide-on-morphology-cellular-viability-mrna-and-protein-expression-of-stem-cells-culture-in-growth-media
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Hyunjin Lee, Jun-Beom Park
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of differential concentration of dimethylsulphoxide (DMSO) on the morphology, cell viability, mRNA, and protein expression of stem cells obtained from the intraoral area. Stem cells derived obtained from gingiva were cultured in a growth medium in the presence of DMSO at concentrations ranging from 0.01 to 10%. The morphology and cellular viability were evaluated on days 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10. Quantitative polymerase chain reaction was used to evaluate the mRNA levels of collagen I and Runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2)...
October 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928892/the-targeted-antitumor-effects-of-c-pc-cmc-cd59sp-nanoparticles-on-hela-cells-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Yujuan Wang, Liangqian Jiang, Qifeng Yin, Huihui Liu, Guoxiang Liu, Guoteng Zhu, Bing Li
The novel C-PC/CMC-CD59sp-NPs were made by carbocymethyl chitosan (CMC) loading C-phycocyanin (C-PC) with the lead of CD59 specific ligand peptide (CD59sp) for targeting, and the characteristics and targeted anti-tumor mechanism were explored in order to realize the targeted therapy of C-PC on the growth of HeLa cells both in vitro and vivo. The targeting nanoparticles were synthesized by ionic-gelation method, and the optimal condition was selected out by orthogonal analysis. The properties of nanoparticles were observed by laser particle analyzer and dynamic light scattering (DLS) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR)...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928869/hes1-promotes-colorectal-cancer-cell-resistance-to-5-fu-by-inducing-of-emt-and-abc-transporter-proteins
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Lei Sun, Jia Ke, Zhen He, Zexian Chen, Qinghua Huang, Wenjia Ai, Guoqiang Wang, Yisheng Wei, Xiangcai Zou, Shi Zhang, Ping Lan, Chuyuan Hong
Background and Aim: Hairy enhancer of split-1 (HES1) is a downstream transcriptional factor of Notch signaling pathway, which was found to be related to chemoresistance. This study was aimed to investigate the role of HES1 in chemoresistance of colorectal cancer (CRC). Methods: Tissue microarray was used to analyze the clinical significance of HES1 in radical resected (R0) stage II/III CRC patients that received adjuvant chemotherapy. 5-fluorouracil (5-Fu) chemoresistance was examined in CRC cell lines (RKO and HCT8, LOVO) with stable over-expression and inhibition of HES1 gene by cytotoxicity test...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928809/nedd4-promotes-cell-growth-and-migration-via-pten-pi3k-akt-signaling-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Zhi-Jun Huang, Jun-Jun Zhu, Xiao-Yu Yang, Ewelina Biskup
The novel E3 ubiquitin-protein ligase neural precursor cell-expressed developmentally downregulated protein 4 (NEDD4) has been implicated as a crucial factor promoting the tumorigenesis of several types of cancer. The present study investigated the oncogenic role of NEDD4 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) by targeted small interfering RNA silencing of the tumor suppressor phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN). Using normal hepatocyte and HCC cell lines, the influence of NEDD4 depletion on proliferation and migration as well as on the PTEN/phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase/protein kinase B signaling pathway was assessed...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928639/microglia-polarization-with-m1-m2-phenotype-changes-in-rd1-mouse-model-of-retinal-degeneration
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Tian Zhou, Zijing Huang, Xiaowei Sun, Xiaowei Zhu, Lingli Zhou, Mei Li, Bing Cheng, Xialin Liu, Chang He
Microglia activation is recognized as the hallmark of neuroinflammation. However, the activation profile and phenotype changes of microglia during the process of retinal degeneration are poorly understood. This study aimed to elucidate the time-spatial pattern of microglia distribution and characterize the polarized phenotype of activated microglia during retinal neuroinflammation and degeneration in rd1 (Pde6β(rd1/rd1)) mice, the classic model of inherited retinal degeneration. Retinae of rd1 mice at different postnatal days (P7, P14, P21, P28, P56, and P180) were prepared for further analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928629/proteomic-identification-of-an-upregulated-isoform-of-annexin-a3-in-the-spinal-cords-of-rats-in-a-neuropathic-pain-model
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Wangyuan Zou, Wei Xu, Zongbin Song, Tao Zhong, Yingqi Weng, Changsheng Huang, Maoyu Li, Chuanlei Zhang, Xianquan Zhan, Qulian Guo
Neuropathic pain (NP) is induced by nerve damage or a disturbance in the peripheral or central nervous systems. Nerve damage causes the activation of sensitizing mechanisms in the peripheral and central nervous systems, which induces transcriptional and post-transcriptional alterations in sensory nerves. However, the underlying mechanisms of NP remain elusive. In the study, Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2DGE)-based comparative proteomics identified 38 differential gel spots, and 15 differentially expressed proteins (DEPs) between the sham and the chronic constriction injury (CCI)-induced neuropathic pain rats...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928541/morphological-and-functional-analyses-of-the-tight-junction-in-the-palatal-epithelium-of-mouse
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Noriko Shiotsu, Tadafumi Kawamoto, Mariko Kawai, Mika Ikegame, Yasuhiro Torii, Hiroyuki Sasaki, Toshio Yamamoto
Tight junction (TJ) is one of the cell-cell junctions and known to have the barrier and fence functions between adjacent cells in both simple and stratified epithelia. We examined the distribution pattern, constitutive proteins, and permeability of TJ in the stratified squamous epithelium of the palatal mucosa of mice. Ultrastructural observations based on the ultrathin section and freeze-fracture methods revealed that poorly developed TJs are located at the upper layer of the stratum granulosum. The positive immunofluorescence of occludin (OCD), claudin (CLD)-1 and -4 were localized among the upper layer of the stratum granulosum showing a dot-like distribution pattern...
August 25, 2017: Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928221/upregulation-of-autophagy-related-gene-5-protects-dopaminergic-neurons-in-a-zebrafish-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Zhan-Ying Hu, Bo Chen, Jing-Pu Zhang, Yuan-Yuan Ma
Parkinson's disease (PD) is one of the most epidemic neurodegenerative diseases, and is characterized by movement disorders arising from loss of midbrain dopaminergic (DA) neurons. Recently, the relationship between PD and autophagy has received considerable attention, but information about the mechanisms involved is lacking. Here, we report that autophagy-related gene 5 (ATG5) is potentially important in protecting dopaminergic neurons in a 1-methyl-4phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)-induced PD model in zebrafish...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928140/selenoprotein-t-is-a-novel-ost-subunit-that-regulates-upr-signaling-and-hormone-secretion
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Abdallah Hamieh, Dorthe Cartier, Houssni Abid, André Calas, Carole Burel, Christine Bucharles, Cedric Jehan, Luca Grumolato, Marc Landry, Patrice Lerouge, Youssef Anouar, Isabelle Lihrmann
Selenoprotein T (SelT) is a recently characterized thioredoxin-like protein whose expression is very high during development, but is confined to endocrine tissues in adulthood where its function is unknown. We report here that SelT is required for adaptation to the stressful conditions of high hormone level production in endocrine cells. Using immunofluorescence and TEM immunogold approaches, we find that SelT is expressed at the endoplasmic reticulum membrane in all hormone-producing pituitary cell types. SelT knockdown in corticotrope cells promotes unfolded protein response (UPR) and ER stress and lowers endoplasmic reticulum-associated protein degradation (ERAD) and hormone production...
September 19, 2017: EMBO Reports
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