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V Lakshma Nayak, Narayana Nagesh, A Ravikumar, Chandrakant Bagul, M V P S Vishnuvardhan, Vunnam Srinivasulu, Ahmed Kamal
Apoptosis is a representative form of programmed cell death, which has been assumed to be critical for cancer prevention. Thus, any agent that can induce apoptosis may be useful for cancer treatment and apoptosis induction is arguably the most potent defense against cancer promotion. In our previous studies, 2-aryl benzimidazole conjugates were synthesized and evaluated for their antiproliferative activity and one of the new molecule (2f) was considered as a potential lead. This lead molecule showed significant antiproliferative activity against human breast cancer cell line, MCF-7...
October 21, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Dan Li, Nan Liu, Liang Zhao, Lei Tong, Hitoshi Kawano, Hong-Jing Yan, Hong-Peng Li
Nigrostriatal pathway injury is one of the traumatic brain injury models that usually lead to neurological dysfunction or neuron necrosis. Resveratrol-induced benefits have recently been demonstrated in several models of neuronal degeneration diseases. However, the protective properties of resveratrol against neurodegeneration have not been explored definitely. Thus, we employ the nigrostriatal pathway injury model to mimic the insults on the brain. Resveratrol decreased the p-ERK expression and increased the p-JNK expression compared to the DMSO group, but not alter the p38 MAPK proteins around the lesion site by Western blot...
October 18, 2016: Brain Research
Yi-Xin Wu, Jia-Hua Yang, Hirotomo Saitsu
Bortezomib (BTZ), a proteasome inhibitor, is the first proteasome inhibitor to be used in clinical practice. Here we investigated the mechanisms underlying acquired bortezomib resistance in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells. Using stepwise selection, we established two acquired bortezomib-resistant HCC cell lines, a bortezomib-resistant HepG2 cell line (HepG2/BTZ) and bortezomib-resistant HuH7 cell line (HuH7/BTZ). The 50% inhibitory concentration values of HepG2/BTZ and HuH7/BTZ were respectively 15- and 39-fold higher than those of parental cell lines...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Gang Bao, Chuankun Li, Lei Qi, Ning Wang, Baixiang He
Tetrandrine (TET) is a bis-benzylisoquinoline alkaloid, which is isolated from a Chinese medicinal herb with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. In this study, we investigated the effects of TET on oxygen-glucose-serum deprivation/reoxygenation (OGSD/R)-induced injury in rat spinal cord astrocytes, which mimics hypoxic/ischemic conditions in vivo. MTT and LDH assays indicated that cell viability was distinctly reduced and LDH leakage was elevated after OGSD/R exposure, which were dose-dependently reversed by pretreatment with TET (0...
October 17, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Yong-Chao Ma, Zhi-Xin Wang, Shao-Ju Jin, Yan-Xin Zhang, Guo-Qiang Hu, Dong-Tao Cui, Jiang-Shuan Wang, Min Wang, Fu-Qing Wang, Zhi-Jun Zhao
Both tyrosine kinase and topoisomerase II (TopII) are important anticancer targets, and their respective inhibitors are widely used in cancer therapy. However, some combinations of anticancer drugs could exhibit mutually antagonistic actions and drug resistance, which further limit their therapeutic efficacy. Here, we report that HMNE3, a novel bis-fluoroquinolone chalcone-like derivative that targets both tyrosine kinase and TopII, induces tumor cell proliferation and growth inhibition. The viabilities of 6 different cancer cell lines treated with a range of HMNE3 doses were detected using the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay...
2016: PloS One
X Liu, X Zhang, K Ma, R Zhang, P Hou, B Sun, S Yuan, Z Wang, Z Liu
Matrine is a quinolizidine alkaloid derived from the herb Radix Sophorae Flavescentis, and possesses anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumoral properties. However, its effectiveness against subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) is not well known. In this study, we investigated the effects of matrine on early brain injury (EBI) and the related potential mechanisms following SAH in rats. Our results showed that matrine pretreatment partially alleviated SAH-induced EBI, including neurological deficit, severity of SAH grade, brain edema, and blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption in rats...
September 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Minghui Chen, Xueshi Wang, Daolong Zha, Fangfang Cai, Wenjing Zhang, Yan He, Qilai Huang, Hongqin Zhuang, Zi-Chun Hua
Apigenin (APG) is an edible plant-derived flavonoid that shows modest antitumor activities in vitro and in vivo. APG treatment results in cell growth arrest and apoptosis in various types of tumors by modulating several signaling pathways. In the present study, we evaluated interactions between APG and TRAIL in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells. We observed a synergistic effect between APG and TRAIL on apoptosis of NSCLC cells. A549 cells and H1299 cells were resistant to TRAIL treatment alone. The presence of APG sensitized NSCLC cells to TRAIL-induced apoptosis by upregulating the levels of death receptor 4 (DR4) and death receptor 5 (DR5) in a p53-dependent manner...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Wenwen Wang, Yanqin Yang, Zhewen Xiong, Jiamin Kong, Xinlu Fu, Feihai Shen, Zhiying Huang
Triptolide (TP), a diterpene triepoxide, is a major active component of Tripterygium wilfordii extracts, which are prepared as tablets and has been used clinically for the treatment of inflammation and autoimmune disorders. However, TP's therapeutic potential is limited by severe adverse effects. In a previous study, we reported that TP induced mitochondria dependent apoptosis in cardiomyocytes. Glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) is a multifunctional serine/threonine kinase that plays important roles in the necrosis and apoptosis of cardiomyocytes...
October 14, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Jeremy L Yap, Lijia Chen, Maryanna E Lanning, Steven Fletcher
A hallmark of cancer is the evasion of apoptosis, which is often associated with the upregulation of the anti-apoptotic members of the Bcl-2 family of proteins. The prosurvival function of the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins is manifested by capturing the pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins through their BH3 death domains. Accordingly, strategies to antagonize the anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins have largely focused on the development of low-molecular-weight, synthetic and selective BH3 mimetics ("magic bullets") to disrupt the protein-protein interactions between anti- and pro-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Xiang-Jun Fan, Yao Wang, Lei Wang, Mingyan Zhu
The role of salidroside in colon cancer remains unknown. Here we show that salidroside, a phenylpropanoid glycoside extracted from Rhodiola rosea, exhibited potent anti-proliferative properties in human colorectal cancer cells via inducing apoptosis and autophagy. We ascertained that salidroside exerts an inhibitory effect on the proliferation of human colorectal cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, salidroside induced cell apoptosis, accompanied by an increase of chromatin condensation and nuclear fragmentation, and a decrease of Bcl-2/Bax protein expression ratio...
September 30, 2016: Oncology Reports
Yali Chen, Qianxiang Zhou, Lei Zhang, Ran Wang, Meihua Jin, Yuling Qiu, Dexin Kong
Increasing resistance of imatinib, a BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase inhibitor, hinders its use in the therapy of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). The PI3K pathway is known to be closely involved in BCR-ABL transformation and the tumorigenesis of CML, suggesting that PI3K may be a potential target for CML therapy. Idelalisib, a specific inhibitor of PI3K p110δ, has been approved for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). However, the antileukemia effect of idelalisib on CML remains unknown. In the present study, the antileukemia activity of idelalisib alone or in combination with imatinib was investigated by use of K562 cells...
October 17, 2016: Oncology Reports
Xiubing Zhang, Lu Hua, Daliang Yan, Fengbo Zhao, Jinxia Liu, Huiling Zhou, Jie Liu, Miaomiao Wu, Chengliang Zhang, Yingying Chen, Buyou Chen, Baoying Hu
Poly(C)‑binding protein 2 (PCBP2) is a member of the PCBP family, and plays an important role in post‑transcriptional and translational regulation of various signaling molecules through direct binding to single‑stranded poly(C) motifs. PCBP2 has been reported to play a critical role in the development of multiple human tumors. However, whether PCBP2 participates in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) development remains largely elusive. Herein, we showed that PCBP2 was upregulated in human HCC tissues and cell lines...
October 13, 2016: Oncology Reports
Guangcai Li, Yuan He, Jun Yao, Chuying Huang, Xiusheng Song, Yan Deng, Sheng Xie, Jie Ren, Meng Jin, Huiguo Liu
Angelicin is a member of a well-known class of chemical photosensitizes that have anticancer proper-ties in several cancer cell lines. However, the effects and the potential underlying mechanisms of angelicin action on human lung cancer cells remain unclear. Here, we report that angelicin has an essential role in inhibiting human lung carcinoma growth and metastasis. We found that angelicin markedly induced cell apoptosis and arrested the cell cycle in vitro. Angelicin also inhibited the migration of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) A549 cells in a Transwell assay in a dose-dependent manner...
October 12, 2016: Oncology Reports
Ai-Shun Guo, Yi-Qun Huang, Xu-Dong Ma, Rui-Sheng Lin
The present study aimed to investigate the differential expression and clinical significance of histone methyltransferase G9a, histone H3K9me2 and histone H3K9me1 in human brain glioma and adjacent tissue samples. It also aimed to observe the effect and mechanism of BIX‑01294, as an inhibitor of methyltransferase G9a, on the proliferation, apoptosis, methylation of H3K9 and H3K27, and the acetylation in U251 glioma cells in vitro. The differential expression of methyltransferase G9a, histone H3K9me2 and histone H3K9me1 in in human brain glioma and adjacent tissues were analyzed by immunohistochemistry, a growth curve of U251 cells following treatment with BIX‑01294 was determined using the MTT assay...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Hui Teng, Qun Huang, Lei Chen
Data from the present study showed that agrimonolide exhibited a high anti-proliferation effect against human gastric cancer AGS cells. Flow cytometric analysis revealed that the number of total apoptotic cells increased after the treatment with the agrimonolide in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, it was found that agrimonolide-induced cell apoptosis was associated with the increase in the (Bcl-2 Associated X Protein, BAX)/(B-cell lymphoma-2, Bcl-2) ratio and the activation of cleaved caspase-3. MAPK (p38, c-Jun N-terminal kinase, and ERK1/2) signaling pathways were involved in agrimonolide-induced apoptosis...
October 17, 2016: Food & Function
Lijia Chen, Steven Fletcher
The myeloid cell leukemia -1 (MCL-1) protein is one of the key anti-apoptotic protein members of the B-cell lymphoma-2 (BCL-2) protein family. Over-expression of MCL-1 has been closely related to tumor progression as well as resistance to not only traditional chemotherapies but also targeted therapeutics including BCL-2 inhibitors such as ABT-263. Therefore, extensive research and development in the last fifteen years in both academic and industrial settings to address this unmet medical need. Areas covered: This review covers research and patent literature of the past 10 years in the field of discovery and development of small-molecule inhibitors of the MCL-1 anti-apoptotic protein...
October 17, 2016: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
Guojun Zhang, Mingkai Xu, Huiwen Zhang, Yubo Song, Jian Wang, Chenggang Zhang
Staphylococcal enterotoxin C2 (SEC2), a member of bacterial superantigen, is one of the most potent known activators of T lymphocytes. With this property, SEC2 has already been used in clinic as a tumor immunotherapy agent in China. To increase the antitumor activity, a SEC2 mutant named ST-4 (GKVTG102-106WWH) with amino acid substitutions in T cell receptor (TCR)-binding domain was generated by site-directed mutagenesis, and the molecular mechanism of the enhanced antitumor activity was investigated. Results showed that ST-4 could activate much more Vβ 8...
October 11, 2016: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Yu Li, Min Wang, Shilei Wang
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have shown that mitochondrial division inhibitor 1 (mdivi-1) protects rat brain from ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury, but the precise mechanisms are unclear. This study aims to elucidate the effect of mdivi-1 on energy metabolism and neuronal apoptosis induced by I/R in vitro. METHODS: Cultured hippocampal neurons from Wistar rats were randomly divided into four treatment groups: control (C), vehicle (V), I/R (I), and I/R plus mdivi-1 (M)...
October 14, 2016: Neurological Research
Shasha Liu, Qidi Ai, Kai Feng, Yubing Li, Xiang Liu
Reperfusion therapy is widely used to treat acute myocardial infarction (AMI). However, further injury to the heart induced by rapidly initiating reperfusion is often encountered in clinical practice. A lack of pharmacological strategies in clinics limits the prognosis of patients with myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury (MIRI). Dihydromyricetin (DMY) is one of the most abundant components in vine tea, commonly known as the tender stems and leaves of Ampelopsis grossedentata. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cardioprotection of DMY against myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury and to further investigate the underlying mechanism...
October 13, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
Sarah L Cuddihy, Sarah Drake, D Tim Harwood, Andrew I Selwood, Paul S McNabb, Mark B Hampton
Portimine is a recently discovered member of a class of marine micro-algal toxins called cyclic imines. In dramatic contrast to related compounds in this toxin class, portimine has very low acute toxicity to mice but is highly cytotoxic to cultured cells. In this study we show that portimine kills human Jurkat T-lymphoma cells and mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs), with LC50 values of 6 and 2.5 nM respectively. Treated cells displayed rapid caspase activation and phosphatidylserine exposure, indicative of apoptotic cell death...
October 13, 2016: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
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