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Chloé I Charendoff, Lisa Bouchier-Hayes
The caspase family of proteases play essential roles in apoptosis and innate immunity. Among these, a subgroup known as initiator caspases are the first to be activated in these pathways. This group includes caspase-2, -8, and -9, as well as the inflammatory caspases, caspase-1, -4, and -5. The initiator caspases are all activated by dimerization following recruitment to specific multiprotein complexes called activation platforms. Caspase Bimolecular Fluorescence Complementation (BiFC) is an imaging-based approach where split fluorescent proteins fused to initiator caspases are used to visualize the recruitment of initiator caspases to their activation platforms and the resulting induced proximity...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Mireille Laforge, Ricardo Silvestre, Vasco Rodrigues, Julie Garibal, Laure Campillo-Gimenez, Shahul Mouhamad, Valérie Monceaux, Marie-Christine Cumont, Henintsoa Rabezanahary, Alain Pruvost, Anabela Cordeiro-da-Silva, Bruno Hurtrel, Guido Silvestri, Anna Senik, Jérôme Estaquier
Apoptosis has been proposed as a key mechanism responsible for CD4+ T cell depletion and immune dysfunction during HIV infection. We demonstrated that Q-VD-OPH, a caspase inhibitor, inhibits spontaneous and activation-induced death of T cells from SIV-infected rhesus macaques (RMs). When administered during the acute phase of infection, Q-VD-OPH was associated with (a) reduced levels of T cell death, (b) preservation of CD4+/CD8+ T cell ratio in lymphoid organs and in the gut, (c) maintenance of memory CD4+ T cells, and (d) increased specific CD4+ T cell response associated with the expression of cytotoxic molecules...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Ting Zhang, Hao Zhang, Liang He, Zhihong Wang, Wenwu Dong, Wei Sun, Ping Zhang
BACKGROUND Low levels of 1-25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2D3] in serum may be a risk factor for several tumor types. Also, high cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide (CAMP) expression is regarded to be important against tumor progression. We evaluated the potential importance of 1,25(OH)2D3 in the diagnosis and treatment of papillary thyroid cancer (PTC). MATERIAL AND METHODS The preoperative serum level of 1,25(OH)2D3 was measured using a double-antibody sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Vitamin D3 receptor (VDR) expression was detected by streptavidin-peroxidase immunohistochemical staining in PTC specimens...
March 19, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Hao Tu, Qin Zhou, Xun Zhang, Ting Wang, Cheng-Fu Yuan, Chang-Cheng Zhang, Ding Yuan, Zhao-Qi Liu
This study aimed to investigate the molecular mechanism and protective effect of total saponins of Panax japonicas (TSPJ) on HepG2 cells apoptosis induced by palmitic acid (PA).The HepG2 cells were cultured in vitro , and divided into five groups: the control group, the model group, the high-dose group (50 mg·L⁻¹), the middle-dose group (25 mg·L⁻¹) and the low-dose group (12.5 mg·L⁻¹).The cells of the five groups were cultured continuously for 24 hours. The cell viability was measured with MTT. HepG2 cells apoptosis was detected by Hoechest staining and Annexin V-FITC/PI staining...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Qun Dai, Yu-Qing Ge
Platycodin D(PD) has a significantly inhibitory effect on multiple malignant tumors, and can inhibit the proliferation of leukemia cells K562 and induce apoptosis. However, its effect in improving the sensitivity of drug-resistant cells to imatinib and their molecular mechanism remained unclear. To investigate the effect and mechanism of PD alone or combined with imatinib (IM) in inhibiting CML imatinib resistant cell line K562/R, the cell proliferation was examined by CCK8 assay to reveal the effect of PD on the inhibitory function of imatinib...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Xiao-Yan Huang, Yu-Guang Wang, Yi Wang, Yue Gao
This study aimed to investigate the effect and mechanism of ophiopogonin D (OP-D) on Ang Ⅱ-induced HUVECs apoptosis, in order to provide a reliable basis for the safety and efficacy of traditional Chinese medicines. The effect of Ang Ⅱ on survival and total proteins content of HUVECs were measured by MTT and Western blotting. The effect of OP-D on Ang Ⅱ-induced lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release rate in HUVECs was measured by enzyme standard instrument. The effects of OP-D and 11,12-EET on phosphorylation of JNK/c-Jun induced by Ang Ⅱ were measured by Western blot and RT-PCR with the help of JNK specific inhibitor SP600125 and CYP450 isozymes selective inhibitor 6-(2-propargyloxyphenyl) hexanoic acid (PPOH)...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Jing Tian, Rong Lv, Wei Guo
Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterized by left ventricular hypertrophy, myocardial fibrosis and diastolic dysfunction, which are uncorrelated with underlying coronary artery disease or hypertension. As an important metabolic organelle, mitochondria directly involve the process of cell growth, proliferation, signal transduction, apoptosis and so on. Recent studies have demonstrated a close correlation between the mitochondrial dysfunction and the pathogenesis of diabetic cardiomyopathy. The underlying effects of mitochondrial dysfunction in the progress of diabetic cardiomyopathy involve disturbed metabolism, oxidative stress, defective calcium handling, mitochondrial uncoupling, apoptosis, imbalance of mitochondrial quality control and regulation of MicroRNAs...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Xue Zhang, Dong Lan, Shuhua Ning, Liwen Ruan
PURPOSE: Skin cancer is one of the cancers responsible for significant morbidity and mortality across the globe. The treatment options for skin cancer are limited and associated with significant toxicity. Therefore, researches have been directed towards exploring molecules that could prove beneficial in the treatment of this disease. Lactucopicrin is an important sesquiterpene lactone with important pharmacological potential. METHODS: In the present study the anticancer effects of lactucopicrin against human skin SKMEL-5 cancer cell line were investigated...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Jia Yang, Peng Xiao, Jiaming Sun, Liang Guo
PURPOSE: Melanoma is an aggressive form of human cancer with limited treatment options currently available. The present study was aimed to evaluate the anticancer activity of kaempferol (KAM) against the human malignant melanoma A375 cell line along with evaluation of its effects on apoptosis, cell cycle, cell migration and m-TOR/PI3K/AKT pathway. METHODS: Effects on cell viability were assessed by MTT assay while clonogenic assay measured the effects of KAM on colony formation...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Chengfei Hao, Xibo Zhang, Hongtao Zhang, Haitao Shang, Jianheng Bao, Haibo Wang, Zhonglian Li
PURPOSE: Plants produce a diversity of molecular scaffolds with tremendous pharmacological potential. In the present study we evaluated the anticancer activity of the plant-derived natural product sugiol. We also evaluated its effects on apoptosis-related key proteins, cell cycle phase distribution, reactive oxygen species (ROS) and mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP). METHODS: Cell viability was evaluated by MTT assay while clonogenic assay was done to determine the effects of sugiol on the cancer cell colony formation...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Rong Yu, Yan Zhang, Ziqiang Xu, Jinjun Wang, Bicheng Chen, Hao Jin
Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed malignancy in men and the second major reason of cancer death in males. Currently, there are no viable options available for the treatment of advanced-stage prostate cancer. Against this backdrop, the present study aimed to study the anticancer effect of panaxatriol against prostate DU-15 cancer cells. METHODS: MTT cell viability assay evaluated the effects of the drug on cell cytotoxicity, while clonogenic assay was used to assess the effects on colony formation in DU-15 cells...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Michail Mitsis, George A Alexiou, Evrysthenis Vartholomatos, Georgios Markopoulos, Diamanto Lazari, Entela Hodaj, Dimitrios Nastos, Panagiota Zagorianakou, Vasiliki Galani, Athanasios P Kyritsis
PURPOSE: Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed malignancy among women. Breast cancer cells may develop resistance to current chemotherapy, thus new chemotherapeutic agents are urgently needed. METHODS: A major number of drugs with anticancer activity have been isolated from plants. Herewith, we investigated for the first time the effect of N-(p-coumaroyl) serotonin (CS), isolated from Centaurea seed on a drug-resistant breast carcinoma (MCF-7) cells. Viability and proliferation of the cells were examined with trypan blue exclusion assay and 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
JinYing Liu, Xiaokang Liu, Wei Ma, Wei Kou, CaiLi Li, Jin Zhao
PURPOSE: Ovarian cancer is one of the deadly causes of gynecological cancer related mortality worldwide. Despite initial responses to chemotherapy, the disease consistently relapses. Therefore there is an urgent need for identification of anticancer lead molecules for treatment and management of ovarian cancer. The present study evaluated the anticancer activity of cucurbitacin-A on ovarian SKVO3 cancer cells. METHODS: The cell viability of SKVO3 cells was evaluated by MTT assay, while clonogenic assay was used to evaluate the effects on cancer cell colony formation...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Lan Luo, Haibo Zhao, Qian Luo
PURPOSE: Ovarian cancer is one of the major causes of death in females around the world. There are several drug regimens available for this type of cancer, but despite initial response to chemotherapy, the disease consistently relapses, showing that there is a need to find more efficient and novel anticancer agents. Plant-derived natural products may prove beneficial in this case due to their lower cytotoxicity. In the present study we evaluated the anticancer activity of swerchirin against human SKOV3 ovarian cancer cell line...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Jianying Shen, Jian Zhou, Yong Lin, Zhen Liu, Ping Chen, Xianchun Wang
Plasma membrane (PM) and mitochondrial membrane (MM) proteins of rat hippocampal neurons were identified and comparatively characterized on the basis of a sequential digestion-centered combinative strategy for sample treatment. A total of 478 membrane proteins were identified, of which 240 had PM localization, 170 had MM localization, and 33 had both of the two subcellular localizations. Compared with the PM proteome, the MM proteome not only was smaller, more basic, and more hydrophobic, but also had a narrower protein molecular mass distribution range and a higher proportion of transmembrane proteins...
March 19, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Hussaina Banu, N Renuka, S M Faheem, Raees Ismail, Vinita Singh, Zahra Saadatmand, Saad Sultan Khan, Kavya Narayanan, Alma Raheem, Kumpati Premkumar, Geetha Vasanthakumar
Recently, several attempts have been made to use the phytopharmaceuticals from plant extracts as reducing, capping and stabilizing agents for the biomimetic synthesis of various metal nanoparticles conjugated to the phytopharmaceuticals. These biogenic metal nanoparticles are non-toxic and can be used as contrast agents, drug delivery vehicles and photothermal agents for cancer therapy. Herein, we report the synthesis of both silver and gold nanoparticles using the pollen extract of Phoenix dactylifera (Date Palm), characterization using UV-visible spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, quantitation of phytochemicals capping the nanoparticles using Folin - Ciocalteu's method, cytotoxicity studies on MCF-7 breast cancer cells, cancer cell death analysis using fluorescent microscopy, and modulation of expression of the pro-apoptotic p53 and anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins...
March 18, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
Ritu S Sharma, David J Harrison, Dorothy Kisielewski, Diane M Cassidy, Alison D McNeilly, Jennifer R Gallagher, Shaun V Walsh, Tadashi Honda, Rory J McCrimmon, Albena T Dinkova-Kostova, Michael L J Ashford, John F Dillon, John D Hayes
Background & Aims: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is associated with oxidative stress. We surmised that pharmacologic activation of NF-E2 p45-related factor 2 (Nrf2) using the acetylenic tricyclic bis(cyano enone) TBE-31 would suppress NASH because Nrf2 is a transcriptional master regulator of intracellular redox homeostasis. Methods: Nrf2 +/+ and Nrf2 -/- C57BL/6 mice were fed a high-fat plus fructose (HFFr) or regular chow diet for 16 weeks or 30 weeks, and then treated for the final 6 weeks, while still being fed the same HFFr or regular chow diets, with either TBE-31 or dimethyl sulfoxide vehicle control...
March 2018: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Jian Zhang, Liming Yu, Yinli Xu, Yu Liu, Zhi Li, Xiaodong Xue, Song Wan, Huishan Wang
This article elaborates on cardioprotective action of hypothermia related long noncoding RNA against myocardial infarction through improving mitochondrial function, which preset by J Zhang. Herein, we provide the materials and methods used in that study. And provided the detail of dysregulation of lncRNAs under the treatment of hypothermia. Furthermore, we found that lnc-UIHTC (lncRNA upregulated in hypothermia treated cardiomyocyte, NONHSAT094064) attenuated cardiomyocytes apoptosis in vitro.
April 2018: Data in Brief
Jinhua Wang, Wan Li, Xiangjin Zheng, Xiaocong Pang, Guanhua Du
FOXC1 is a vital member of FOX families which play important roles in biological processes including proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, migration, invasion, metabolism, and longevity. Here we are focusing on roles of FOXC1 and their mechanisms in cancers. FOXC1 promoted progress of many cancers, such as breast cancer (especially basal-like breast cancer), hepatocellular carcinoma, gastric cancer and so on. FOXC1 was also found to be associated with drug resistance of cancers. FOXC1 promoted metastasis of cancers by increasing expression of MMP7, NEDD9 and Snail...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Hui Liu, Xin-Hua Cheng
Oxaliplatin is a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug for the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer. However, acquired drug resistance against oxaliplatin remains a major obstacle for efficient use of it, and mechanisms underlying oxaliplatin resistance are still required to be explored. In the present study, we exposed colorectal cancer cell line SW480 to oxaliplatin for a long time to obtain oxaliplatin-resistant colorectal cancer cell model (OR-SW480). We found that intracellular expression of miR-29b was decreased when the SW480 cells became oxaliplatin-resistant...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
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