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David Edberg, Debra Hoppensteadt, Amanda Walborn, Jawed Fareed, James Sinacore, Angelos Halaris
Immune system activation and neuroinflammation appear to play a key role in the pathophysiology and treatment of bipolar depression (BDD). This study is the first to analyze blood levels of the pro-inflammatory biomarker C-reactive protein (CRP) in bipolar disorder patients treated with the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor, celecoxib (CBX). In this double-blind study, 47 consenting patients with BDD were randomized to receive either escitalopram (10 mg twice/day) + CBX (200 mg twice/day), or escitalopram (10 mg twice/day) + placebo (twice/day)...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Linqiang Zhou, Chenglin Liu, Zhong Wang, Haitao Shen, Zunjia Wen, Dongdong Chen, Qing Sun, Gang Chen
Pannexins serve an important role in the regulation of extracellular neuronal regenerative currents and cellular signal transduction of glial cells; however, the effects of pannexins in various cerebrovascular diseases have not been reported. The present study focused on the expression and influence of pannexins in a rat model of intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), and confirmed that pannexins (including Pannexin‑1, Pannexin‑2 and Pannexin‑3) are expressed in rat brain tissues. However, only the expression of Pannexin‑1 was significantly increased and peaked 48 h post‑ICH...
February 21, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Run-Shan Duan, Gang-Bin Tang, Hong-Zhen Du, Yi-Wen Hu, Pei-Pei Liu, Ya-Jie Xu, Yu-Qiang Zeng, Shuang-Feng Zhang, Rui-Ying Wang, Zhao-Qian Teng, Chang-Mei Liu
Neurons in the central nervous system (CNS) lose their intrinsic ability and fail to regenerate, but the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Polycomb group (PcG) proteins, which include PRC1 and PRC2 complexes function as gene repressors and are involved in many biological processes. Here we report that PRC1 components (polycomb chromobox (CBX) 2, 7, and 8) are novel regulators of axon growth and regeneration. Especially, knockdown of CBX7 in either embryonic cortical neurons or adult dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons enhances their axon growth ability...
February 19, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Shenglong Li, Jing Wang, Yudi Han, Xiaoteng Li, Changjian Liu, Zhengshuai Lv, Xiuhui Wang, Xin Tang, Zhe Wang
The aim of the present study was to explore the effects of pannexin1 (Px1) protein channels on osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) under mechanical stress stimulation. MSCs were isolated from Sprague Dawley rats (3 weeks old, weighing 100-120 g) and cultured in vitro . A safe concentration of carbenoxolone was determined (CBX, an inhibitor of Px1 channels; 100 µM) on MSCs using the Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK8) method. MSCs were divided into 6 groups: Control, stress (4,000 µ strain), and stress following 3, 6, 12, and 24 h pretreatment with CBX...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Emilia Waraksa, Marzena Wójtowicz-Zawadka, Dorota Kwiatkowska, Anna Jarek, Anna Małkowska, Robert Wrzesień, Jacek Namieśnik
A novel assay for the simultaneous determination of ibuprofen (IBU) and its four probable metabolites, 1-hydroxyibuprofen (1-OH IBU), 2-hydroxyibuprofen (2-OH IBU), 3-hydroxyibuprofen (3-OH IBU) and carboxyibuprofen (CBX IBU) in equine urine samples with the application of Gas Chromatography-Electron Ionization-Mass Spectrometry (GC-EI-MS) has been developed and elaborated. The new approach for sample preparation including minimizing matrix effects by the application of weak cation exchange solid-phase extraction together with strong cation exchange solid-phase extraction has been applied...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Qiong Wu, Bo Jiang, Yejing Weng, Jianxi Liu, Senwu Li, Yechen Hu, Kaiguang Yang, Zhen Liang, Lihua Zhang, YuKui Zhang
Boronate affinity materials have been successfully used for the selective recognition of glycoproteins. However, by such materials, the large-scale glycoproteins enrichment from human plasma under physiological conditions is rarely reported. In this work, 3-carboxybenzoboroxole (CBX) functionalized polyethyleneimine (PEI) modified magnetic graphene oxide nanocomposites were synthesized. Benefited from the low pKa value of CBX (~6.9) and PEI dendrimer-assisted multivalent binding, the Freundlich constant (KF) for the adsorption of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) was 3...
January 30, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Christian Brooks, Valerie Gausman, Chanthel Kokoy-Mondragon, Khushboo Munot, Sunil P Amin, Amit Desai, Claudine Kipp, John Poneros, Amrita Sethi, Frank G Gress, Michel Kahaleh, Vundavalli V Murty, Reem Sharaiha, Tamas A Gonda
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Our goal was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of FISH in the detection of malignancy compared with other standard diagnostic modalities, including brush cytology and biopsy specimens over a 10-year period of prospective data collection. METHODS: We conducted a review of all consecutive biliary strictures evaluated between 2006 and 2016. Patients with a final pathologic diagnosis or conclusive follow-up were included. We evaluated the performance of FISH polysomy (CEP 3, 7, and 17) and 9p21 deletion as well as cholangioscopic biopsy (CBx) and EUS-FNA...
January 20, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Yolanda Picó, Rodrigo Alvarez-Ruiz, Leonard Wijaya, Ahmed Alfarhan, Mohammed Alyemeni, Damià Barceló
A liquid chromatography quadruple time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LC-QqTOF-MS/MS) method was developed for simultaneous quantitative analysis of ibuprofen (IBU), 1- and 2-hydroxyibuprofen (1-OH IBU and 2-OH IBU), and carboxyibuprofen (CBX IBU) while preserving the ability of the instrument to get precursor and product ion mass spectra of non-target compounds. The trigger was the precursor ions reaching 100 cps intensity. Sample preparation was carried out by ultrasound solid-liquid extraction with methanol as extraction solvent at pH < 2 followed by solid-phase extraction (SPE) clean-up using STRATA-X cartridges and methanol as an eluent...
December 29, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Jing-Sheng Zeng, Zhen-Dong Zhang, Li Pei, Zhi-Zhu Bai, Yong Yang, Hong Yang, Qiu-Hong Tian
Polycomb chromobox (CBX) proteins are involved in gene silencing to function as oncogenes or tumor suppressors through the polycomb repressive complex (PRC1). CBX4 has been implicated in the progression of human cancers, but its role and clinical significance in breast cancer remain unclear. Here, we show that CBX4 is up-regulated in breast cancer and exerts oncogenic activities via miR-137-mediated activation of Notch1 signaling pathway. CBX4 expression was increased in breast cancer, compared with the nontumorous tissues...
February 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Ming Ni, Jin-Gang He, Hai-Yun Zhou, Xiao-Jia Lu, Yuan-Lang Hu, Li Mao, Fang Wang, Jian-Guo Chen, Zhuang-Li Hu
Mefloquine (MFQ) is widely used for the treatment of malaria clinically. Apart from antimalarial effect, psychiatric side effects such as depression and anxiety of MFQ have been reported. Interestingly, MFQ is also known as a broad-spectrum pannexin-1 (Panx1) inhibitor. Panx1 is a new gap junction channel expressed in the brain which mediates efflux of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Although exogenous ATP has been known to produce a potential antidepressant-like effect, little is known about the role of Panx1 in pathophysiology of depression, especially the depression induced by administration of MFQ...
December 5, 2017: Neuropharmacology
Yuan-Ke Liang, Hao-Yu Lin, Chun-Fa Chen, De Zeng
Chromobox (CBX) family proteins are canonical components in polycomb repressive complexes 1 (PRC1), with epigenetic regulatory function and transcriptionally repressing target genes via chromatin modification. A plethora of studies have highlighted the function specifications among CBX family members in various cancer, including lung cancer, colon cancer and breast cancer. Nevertheless, the functions and prognostic roles of distinct CBX family members in breast cancer (BC) remain elusive. In this study, we reported the prognostic values of CBX family members in patients with BC through analysis of a series of databases, including CCLE , ONCOMINE , Xena Public Data Hubs, and Kaplan-Meier plotter...
November 3, 2017: Oncotarget
Shih-Chieh Chang, Yi-Chun Lai, Yen-Chung Chen, Nai-Kuan Wang, Wei-Shu Wang, Jiun-I Lai
AIM: Lung cancer is typically categorized into small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). NSCLC comprises of the majority of lung cancer with a poor prognosis in advanced cases. Transcriptional profiling studies, including microarrays and RNA-sequencing studies, have significantly enriched our knowledge of gene expression patterns in NSCLC. A recent transcriptional profiling study identified high prevalence of CBX3/HP1-gamma upregulation in human NSCLC samples...
November 10, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
Alexandra Santanach, Enrique Blanco, Hua Jiang, Kelly R Molloy, Miriam Sansó, John LaCava, Lluis Morey, Luciano Di Croce
Polycomb group proteins (PcG) are transcriptional repressors that control cell identity and development. In mammals, five different CBX proteins associate with the core Polycomb repressive complex 1 (PRC1). In mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs), CBX6 and CBX7 are the most highly expressed CBX family members. CBX7 has been recently characterized, but little is known regarding the function of CBX6. Here, we show that CBX6 is essential for ESC identity. Its depletion destabilizes the pluripotency network and triggers differentiation...
November 1, 2017: Nature Communications
Huy Nguyen Duc, Xiaojun Ren
HaloTag has been widely used to label proteins in vitro and in vivo (Los et al., 2008). In this protocol, we describe labelling HaloTag-Cbx fusion proteins by HaloTag ligands for live-cell single-molecule imaging (Zhen et al., 2016).
September 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
Neil Brockdorff
Identifying the critical RNA binding proteins (RBPs) that elicit Xist mediated silencing has been a key goal in X inactivation research. Early studies implicated the Polycomb proteins, a family of factors linked to one of two major multiprotein complexes, PRC1 and PRC2 (Wang 2001 Nat. Genet.28, 371-375 (doi:10.1038/ng574); Silva 2003 Dev. Cell4, 481-495 (doi:10.1016/S1534-5807(03)00068-6); de Napoles 2004 Dev. Cell7, 663-676 (doi:10.1016/j.devcel.2004.10.005); Plath 2003 Science300, 131-135 (doi:10.1126/science...
November 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Heng Chen, Guoqiang Xiao, Xueliang Chai, Xingguan Lin, Jun Fang, Shuangshuang Teng
BACKGROUND: Blood clams (Tegillarca granosa) are one of the most commercial shellfish in China and South Asia with wide distribution in Indo-Pacific tropical to temperate estuaries. However, recent data indicate a decline in the germplasm of this species. Furthermore, the molecular mechanisms underpinning reproductive regulation remain unclear and information regarding genetic diversity is limited. Understanding the reproductive biology of shellfish is important in interpreting their embryology development, reproduction and population structure...
2017: PloS One
Gang Wang, Jianjun Tang, Weixiang Zhan, Ruhua Zhang, Meifang Zhang, Dan Liao, Xin Wang, Yuanzhong Wu, Tiebang Kang
The poor clinical outcome and prognosis of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is mainly attributed to its highly invasive and metastatic nature, making it urgent to further elicit the molecular mechanisms of the metastasis of ESCC. The function of each polycomb chromobox (CBX) protein in cancer is cell-type-dependent. Although CBX8 has been reported to promote the esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) tumorigenesis, its role in ESCC metastasis has not been explored yet. In this study, we report that the inhibition of cell migration, invasion, and metastasis in ESCC requires CBX8-mediated repression of Snail, a key transcription factor that induces epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), and that CBX8 inversely correlated with Snail in the ESCC tissues...
2017: Theranostics
Bo Ning, Wei Zhao, Chen Qian, Pinghua Liu, Qingtian Li, Wenyuan Li, Rong-Fu Wang
Despite much progress in the comprehension of the complex process of somatic cell reprogramming, many questions regarding the molecular mechanism of regulation remain to be answered. At present, the knowledge on the negative regulation of reprogramming process is indeed poor in contrary to the identification of positive regulators. Here we report for the first time that ubiquitin-specific protease 26 negatively regulates somatic cell-reprogramming process by stabilizing chromobox (CBX)-containing proteins CBX4 and CBX6 of polycomb-repressive complex 1 through the removal of K48-linked polyubiquitination...
August 24, 2017: Nature Communications
Meenakshi Tiwari, Shail K Chaube
BACKGROUND: Disruption of gap junction and transfer of cyclic nucleotides to the oocyte lead to meiotic exit from diplotene arrest (EDA) in mammals. In the present study, we examined whether a gap junction blocker, carbenoxolone (CBX) could induce EDA by reducing cyclic nucleotides level and destabilizing maturation promoting factor (MPF) in rat oocytes cultured in vitro. METHODS: Diplotene-arrested cumulus oocyte complexes (COCs) were collected from ovary of immature female rats after 20 IU pregnant mare's serum gonadotropins (PMSG) for 48h...
October 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Jianxin Tao, Liping Shi, Longchang Huang, Haoze Shi, Hang Chen, Yixin Wang, Tong Wang
PURPOSE: Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) induction of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in SW480 was established as a system for studies of colon cancer metastasis. However, the epigenetic mechanisms underlying this process remain unknown. In mammal, polycomb repressive complex-2 (PRC2) is a highly conserved histone methyltransferase involved in epigenetic regulations. Enhancer of zeste Homolog 2 (EZH2) is the catalytic subunit of PRC2, which catalyzes methylation of lysine 27 of histone H3 (H3K27)...
November 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
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