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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319810/inhibitors-of-glut-slc2a-enhance-the-action-of-bcnu-and-temozolomide-against-high-grade-gliomas
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Alberto Azzalin, Giulia Nato, Elena Parmigiani, Francesca Garello, Annalisa Buffo, Lorenzo Magrassi
Glucose transport across glioblastoma membranes plays a crucial role in maintaining the enhanced glycolysis typical of high-grade gliomas and glioblastoma. We tested the ability of two inhibitors of the glucose transporters GLUT/SLC2A superfamily, indinavir (IDV) and ritonavir (RTV), and of one inhibitor of the Na/glucose antiporter type 2 (SGLT2/SLC5A2) superfamily, phlorizin (PHZ), in decreasing glucose consumption and cell proliferation of human and murine glioblastoma cells. We found in vitro that RTV, active on at least three different GLUT/SLC2A transporters, was more effective than IDV, a specific inhibitor of GLUT4/SLC2A4, both in decreasing glucose consumption and lactate production and in inhibiting growth of U87MG and Hu197 human glioblastoma cell lines and primary cultures of human glioblastoma...
March 17, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319084/structural-and-mechanistic-insights-into-an-archaeal-dna-guided-argonaute-protein
#2
Sarah Willkomm, Christine A Oellig, Adrian Zander, Tobias Restle, Ronan Keegan, Dina Grohmann, Sabine Schneider
Argonaute (Ago) proteins in eukaryotes are known as key players in post-transcriptional gene silencing(1), while recent studies on prokaryotic Agos hint at their role in the protection against invading DNA(2,3). Here, we present crystal structures of the apo enzyme and a binary Ago-guide complex of the archaeal Methanocaldococcus jannaschii (Mj) Ago. Binding of a guide DNA leads to large structural rearrangements. This includes the structural transformation of a hinge region containing a switch helix, which has been shown for human Ago2 to be critical for the dynamic target search process(4-6)...
March 20, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319066/nucleus-accumbens-associated-protein-1-promotes-glycolysis-and-survival-of-hypoxic-tumor-cells-via-the-hdac4-hif-1%C3%AE-axis
#3
Y Zhang, Y-J Ren, L-C Guo, C Ji, J Hu, H-H Zhang, Q-H Xu, W-D Zhu, Z-J Ming, Y-S Yuan, X Ren, J Song, J-M Yang
Nucleus accumbens-associated protein-1 (NAC1), a nuclear factor of the BTB/POZ gene family, has emerging roles in cancer. In this study, we identified the NAC1-HDAC4-HIF-1α axis as an important pathway in regulating glycolysis and hypoxic adaptation in tumor cells. We show that nuclear NAC1 binds to histone deacetylase type 4 (HDAC4), hindering phosphorylation of HDAC4 at Ser(246) and preventing its nuclear export that leads to cytoplasmic degradation of the deacetylase. Accumulation of HDAC4 in the nuclei results in an attenuation of HIF-1α acetylation, enhancing the stabilization and transcriptional activity of HIF-1α and strengthening adaptive response of cells to hypoxia...
March 20, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319064/oct4-controls-mitotic-stability-and-inactivates-the-rb-tumor-suppressor-pathway-to-enhance-ovarian-cancer-aggressiveness
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E Comisso, M Scarola, M Rosso, S Piazza, S Marzinotto, Y Ciani, M Orsaria, L Mariuzzi, C Schneider, S Schoeftner, R Benetti
OCT4 (Octamer-binding transcription factor 4) is essential for embryonic stem cell self-renewal. Here we show that OCT4 increases the aggressiveness of high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HG-SOC) by inactivating the Retinoblastoma tumor suppressor pathway and enhancing mitotic stability in cancer cells. OCT4 drives the expression of Nuclear Inhibitor of Protein Phosphatase type 1 (NIPP1) and Cyclin F (CCNF) that together inhibit Protein Phosphatase 1 (PP1). This results in pRB hyper-phosphorylation, accelerated cell proliferation and increased in vitro tumorigenicity of ovarian cancer cells...
March 20, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319050/extracellular-matrix-proteomics-identifies-molecular-signature-of-symptomatic-carotid-plaques
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Sarah R Langley, Karin Willeit, Athanasios Didangelos, Ljubica Perisic Matic, Philipp Skroblin, Javier Barallobre-Barreiro, Mariette Lengquist, Gregor Rungger, Alexander Kapustin, Ludmilla Kedenko, Chris Molenaar, Ruifang Lu, Temo Barwari, Gonca Suna, Xiaoke Yin, Bernhard Iglseder, Bernhard Paulweber, Peter Willeit, Joseph Shalhoub, Gerard Pasterkamp, Alun H Davies, Claudia Monaco, Ulf Hedin, Catherine M Shanahan, Johann Willeit, Stefan Kiechl, Manuel Mayr
BACKGROUND: The identification of patients with high-risk atherosclerotic plaques prior to the manifestation of clinical events remains challenging. Recent findings question histology- and imaging-based definitions of the "vulnerable plaque," necessitating an improved approach for predicting onset of symptoms. METHODS: We performed a proteomics comparison of the vascular extracellular matrix and associated molecules in human carotid endarterectomy specimens from 6 symptomatic versus 6 asymptomatic patients to identify a protein signature for high-risk atherosclerotic plaques...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318799/transcriptome-analysis-of-il-10-stimulated-m2c-macrophages-by-next-generation-sequencing
#6
Emily B Lurier, Donald Dalton, Will Dampier, Pichai Raman, Sina Nassiri, Nicole M Ferraro, Ramakrishan Rajagopalan, Mahdi Sarmady, Kara L Spiller
Alternatively activated "M2" macrophages are believed to function during late stages of wound healing, behaving in an anti-inflammatory manner to mediate the resolution of the pro-inflammatory response caused by "M1" macrophages. However, the differences between two main subtypes of M2 macrophages, namely interleukin-4 (IL-4)-stimulated "M2a" macrophages and IL-10-stimulated "M2c" macrophages, are not well understood. M2a macrophages are characterized by their ability to inhibit inflammation and contribute to the stabilization of angiogenesis...
February 20, 2017: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318397/baiba-does-not-regulate-ucp-3-expression-in-human-skeletal-muscle-as-a-response-to-aerobic-exercise
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Flor E Morales, Jeffrey S Forsse, Thomas L Andre, Sarah K McKinley-Barnard, Paul S Hwang, Ian G Anthony, Grant M Tinsley, Mike Spillane, Peter W Grandjean, Alejandro Ramirez, Darryn S Willoughby
OBJECTIVE: β-Aminoisobutyric acid (BAIBA) has shown to modulate uncoupling protein (UCP)-1 expression, which is mainly expressed in white adipose tissue; however, no studies to date have analyzed its potential effect on the main uncoupling protein of skeletal muscle, UCP-3. The main goal of this study was to assess the potential effect of acute aerobic exercise on serum BAIBA and skeletal muscle UCP-3. The secondary goal was to assess the potential involvement of the transcription factors proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1-alpha (PGC-1α) and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPARα), as well as free fatty acids (FFAs) in UCP-3 expression...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317396/3d-qsar-studies-pharmacophore-modeling-and-virtual-screening-of-diarylpyrazole-benzenesulfonamide-derivatives-as-a-template-to-obtain-new-inhibitors-using-human-carbonic-anhydrase-ii-as-a-model-protein
#8
Yeganeh Entezari Heravi, Hassan Sereshti, Ali Akbar Saboury, Jahan Ghasemi, Marzieh Amirmostofian, Claudiu T Supuran
A 3D-QSAR modeling was performed on a series of diarylpyrazole-benzenesulfonamide derivatives acting as inhibitors of the metalloenzyme carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC 4.2.1.1). The compounds were collected from two datasets with the same scaffold, and utilized as a template for a new pharmacophore model to screen the ZINC database of commercially available derivatives. The datasets were divided into training, test, and validation sets. As the first step, comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA), CoMFA region focusing and comparative molecular similarity indices analysis (CoMSIA) in parallel with docking studies were applied to a set of 41 human (h) CA II inhibitors...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317030/blind-testing-cross-linking-mass-spectrometry-under-the-auspices-of-the-11-th-critical-assessment-of-methods-of-protein-structure-prediction-casp11
#9
Adam Belsom, Michael Schneider, Lutz Fischer, Mahmoud Mabrouk, Kolja Stahl, Oliver Brock, Juri Rappsilber
Determining the structure of a protein by any method requires various contributions from experimental and computational sides. In a recent study, high-density cross-linking/mass spectrometry (HD-CLMS) data in combination with ab initio structure prediction determined the structure of human serum albumin (HSA) domains, with an RMSD to X-ray structure of up to 2.5 Å, or 3.4 Å in the context of blood serum. This paper reports the blind test on the readiness of this technology through the help of Critical Assessment of protein Structure Prediction (CASP)...
December 9, 2016: Wellcome Open Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317026/toxoplasma-gondii-ap2ix-4-regulates-gene-expression-during-bradyzoite-development
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Sherri Huang, Michael J Holmes, Joshua B Radke, Dong-Pyo Hong, Ting-Kai Liu, Michael W White, William J Sullivan
Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite of great importance to human and animal health. In the host, this obligate intracellular parasite persists as a tissue cyst that is imperceptible to the immune response and unaffected by current therapies. The tissue cysts facilitate transmission through predation and give rise to chronic cycles of toxoplasmosis in immunocompromised patients. Transcriptional changes accompany conversion of the rapidly replicating tachyzoites into the encysted bradyzoites, and yet the mechanisms underlying these alterations in gene expression are not well defined...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316180/-effect-and-related-mechanism-of-microrna-181-attenuates-oxidized-low-density-lipoprotein-induced-vascular-endothelial-cell-injury
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N N Wang, X Sun, X L Zhang, L Lou, K M Chen, H Li, L Tang, W G Wang, M Zhang
Objective: To observe the expression level of microRNA-181 (miR-181) and importin-α3 in oxidized low density lipoprotein (ox-LDL) induced vascular endothelial cell injury models, and explore the effect and mechanism of miR-181 on endothelial cell injury. Methods: Human vein endothelial cell line CRL-1730 were cultured and vascular endothelial cell injury model was established by intervention with ox-LDL. The cells were divided into control group (intervened by double distilled water), low-dose group (intervened by 10 μg/ml ox-LDL) and high-dose group (intervened by 20 μg/ml ox-LDL)...
March 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316179/-effects-and-related-mechanism-of-angiotensin-1-7-on-toll-like-receptor-4-mediated-oxidative-stress-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
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W F Yan, J J Xue, H Y Yang, B Liang, Z M Yang
Objective: To explore the role and related mechanisms of angiotensin-(1-7)(Ang-(1-7)) on Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) mediated oxidized low-density lipoprotein(ox-LDL)-induced oxidative stress in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). Methods: HUVECs were cultured in vitro and divided into six groups: the control group (normal medium), the ox-LDL group(treated with 75 mg/L ox-LDL), the ox-LDL+ Ang-(1-7) group (1 μmol/L Ang-(1-7) pretreated for 30 minutes, then intervened with 75 mg/L ox-LDL), the ox-LDL+ Ang-(1-7)+ A-779 group(1 μmol/L A-779 (Mas receptor) pretreated for 30 minutes, 1 μmol/L Ang-(1-7) pretreated for 30 minutes, then intervened with 75 mg/L ox-LDL), the ox-LDL+ A-779 group (1 μmol/L A-779 pretreated for 30 minutes, then intervened with 75 mg/L ox-LDL), the ox-LDL+ HTA125 group (10 μg/L HTA125 (TLR4-blocking antibody) pretreated for 30 minutes, then intervened with 75 mg/L ox-LDL )...
March 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316166/-analgesic-effect-and-related-mechanism-of-peripheral-acupoints-electroacupuncture-on-superficial-partial-thickness-burn-rats
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X Sun, Z R Wei, Z Xiao
Objective: To observe the analgesic effect and related mechanism of peripheral acupoints electroacupuncture on superficial partial-thickness burn rats. Methods: Eighty SD rats were divided into sham injury group (SI), pure burn group (PB), electroacupuncture group (E), and sham electroacupuncture group (SE) according to the random number table, with 20 rats in each group. Right posterior leg of rats in group SI were sham injured, while superficial partial-thickness scald (hereinafter referred to as burn) model was reproduced on the right posterior leg of rats in the latter three groups...
March 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316163/-effects-of-silencing-smad-ubiquitination-regulatory-factor-2-on-the-function-of-human-hypertrophic-scar-derived-fibroblasts
#14
Z Zhang, F Kuang, C L Liu, B Chen, W B Tang, X J Li
Objective: To explore the effects of silencing Smad ubiquitination regulatory factor 2 (Smurf2) on the secretion of transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGF-β(1)), alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and collagen type Ⅰ by human hypertrophic scar-derived fibroblasts. Methods: The human normal skin-derived fibroblasts and hypertrophic scar-derived fibroblasts were cultured with explant culture technique from the normal skin and hypertrophic scar tissue, which was obtained from 9 patients with hypertrophic scars after burn...
March 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315766/bone-morphogenetic-protein-4-is-overexpressed-in-and-promotes-migration-and-invasion-of-drug-resistant-cancer-cells
#15
Kairui Zhou, Xiaoli Shi, Jinling Huo, Weihua Liu, Dongxiao Yang, Tengjiao Yang, Tiantian Qin, Cong Wang
Drug resistance and metastasis significantly hinder chemotherapy and worsen prognoses in cancer. Bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4) belongs to the TGF-β superfamily, has broad biological activities in cell proliferation and cartilage differentiation and is also able to induce migration and invasion. Herein, we investigated the role of BMP4 in the regulation of metastasis in paclitaxel-resistant human esophageal carcinoma EC109 cells (EC109/Taxol) and docetaxel-resistant human gastric cancer MGC803 cells (MGC/Doc)...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315683/klotho-ameliorates-cyclosporine-a-induced-nephropathy-via-pdlim2-nf-kb-p65-signaling-pathway
#16
Meihua Jin, Pengfei Lv, Guanyu Chen, Peng Wang, Zhongfu Zuo, Lili Ren, Jing Bi, Chul-Woo Yang, Xifan Mei, Donghe Han
Klotho, an antiaging protein, can extend the lifespan and modulate cellular responses to inflammation and oxidative stress which can ameliorate chronic kidney diseases (CKD). To investigate the molecular mechanism of Klotho on inflammation in cyclosporine A (CsA) induced nephropathy, the mice were transfected with adenovirus mediated Klotho gene and treated with cyclosporine A (CsA; 30 mg/kg/day) for 4 weeks. Also, primary human renal proximal tubule epithelial cells (RPTECs) were treated with soluble Klotho protein and LPS...
March 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315328/tead4-yap-interaction-regulates-tumoral-growth-by-controlling-cell-cycle-arrest-at-the-g1-phase
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Shin Takeuchi, Atsushi Kasamatsu, Masanobu Yamatoji, Dai Nakashima, Yosuke Endo-Sakamoto, Nao Koide, Toshikazu Takahara, Toshihiro Shimizu, Manabu Iyoda, Katsunori Ogawara, Masashi Shiiba, Hideki Tanzawa, Katsuhiro Uzawa
TEA domain transcription factor 4 (TEAD4), which has critical functions in the process of embryonic development, is expressed in various cancers. However, the important role of TEAD4 in human oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs) remain unclear. Here we investigated the TEAD4 expression level and the functional mechanism in OSCC using quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, Western blot analysis, and immunohistochemistry. Furthermore, TEAD4 knockdown model was used to evaluate cellular proliferation, cell-cycle analysis, and the interaction between TEAD4 and Yes-associated protein (YAP) which was reported to be a transcription coactivator of cellular proliferation...
March 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315294/neuronal-cell-sheet-of-cortical-motor-neuron-phenotype-derived-from-human-ips-cells
#18
Noboru Suzuki, Nagisa Arimitsu, Jun Shimizu, Kenji Takai, Chieko Hirotsu, Erika Takada, Yuji Ueda, Sueshige Wakisaka, Naruyoshi Fujiwara, Tomoko Suzuki
<p>Transplantation of stem cells which differentiate into more mature neural cells brings about functional improvement in pre-clinical studies of stroke. Previous transplant approaches in diseased brain have utilized injection of the cells in a cell suspension. In addition, neural stem cells were preferentially used as graft. However, these cells had no specific relationship to the damaged tissue of stroke patients and brain injury. The injection of cells in a suspension destroyed the cell-cell interactions that are suggested to be important for promoting functional integrity as cortical motor neurons...
March 17, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315160/modulatory-role-of-l-carnitine-against-microcystin-lr-induced-immunotoxicity-and-oxidative-stress-in-common-carp
#19
Xiu-Mei Chen, Gui-Liang Guo, Li Sun, Qiu-Shi Yang, Gui-Qin Wang, Dong-Ming Zhang
Microcystin-LR (MCLR), one of the most popular microcystins (MCs) found in many field water bodies around the world, poses great health risks to animals and humans. In the present study, healthy common carp (initial weight 24.8 ± 2.3 g) were randomly assigned to five groups. Group I was fed on normal diet as control. Group II was maintained on normal diet and received MCLR intraperitoneal injection (150 μg kg(-1) BW). Common carp in groups III, IV, and V were daily pretreated with L-carnitine (LC) at doses of 0...
March 17, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314853/activation-of-the-orphan-g-protein-coupled-receptor-gpr27-by-surrogate-ligands-promotes-%C3%AE-arrestin-2-recruitment
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Nadine Dupuis, Celine Laschet, Delphine Franssen, Martyna Szpakowska, Julie Gilissen, Pierre Geubelle, Arvind Soni, Anne-Simone Parent, Bernard Pirotte, Andy Chevigne, Jean-Claude Twizere, Julien Hanson
G protein-coupled receptors are the most important drug targets for human diseases. An important number of them remain devoid of confirmed ligands. GPR27 is one of these orphan receptors, characterized by a high level of conservation among vertebrates and a predominant expression in the central nervous system. In addition, it has recently been linked to insulin secretion. However, the absence of endogenous or surrogate ligands for GPR27 complicates the examination of its biological function. Our aim was to validate GPR27 signaling pathways and therefore we sought to screen a diversity oriented synthesis library to identify GPR27-specific surrogate agonists...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
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