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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334184/mild-traumatic-brain-injury-induces-structural-and-functional-disconnection-of-local-neocortical-inhibitory-networks-via-parvalbumin-interneuron-diffuse-axonal-injury
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Michal Vascak, Xiaotao Jin, Kimberle M Jacobs, John T Povlishock
Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) plays a major role in cortical network dysfunction posited to cause excitatory/inhibitory imbalance after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Current thought holds that white matter (WM) is uniquely vulnerable to DAI. However, clinically diagnosed mTBI is not always associated with WM DAI. This suggests an undetected neocortical pathophysiology, implicating GABAergic interneurons. To evaluate this possibility, we used mild central fluid percussion injury to generate DAI in mice with Cre-driven tdTomato labeling of parvalbumin (PV) interneurons...
March 4, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332637/evaluation-of-the-immunomodulatory-activity-of-the-chicken-nk-lysin-derived-peptide-cnk-2
#2
Woo H Kim, Hyun S Lillehoj, Wongi Min
Chicken NK-lysin (cNK-lysin), the chicken homologue of human granulysin, is a cationic amphiphilic antimicrobial peptide (AMP) that is produced by cytotoxic T cells and natural killer cells. We previously demonstrated that cNK-lysin and cNK-2, a synthetic peptide incorporating the core α-helical region of cNK-lysin, have antimicrobial activity against apicomplexan parasites such as Eimeria spp., via membrane disruption. In addition to the antimicrobial activity of AMPs, the immunomodulatory activity of AMPs mediated by their interactions with host cells is increasingly recognized...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323861/overexpression-of-c-jun-contributes-to-sorafenib-resistance-in-human-hepatoma-cell-lines
#3
Yuki Haga, Tatsuo Kanda, Masato Nakamura, Shingo Nakamoto, Reina Sasaki, Koji Takahashi, Shuang Wu, Osamu Yokosuka
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances in treatment strategies, it is still difficult to cure patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Sorafenib is the only approved multiple kinase inhibitor for systemic chemotherapy in patients with advanced HCC. The majority of advanced HCC patients are resistant to sorafenib. The mechanisms of sorafenib resistance are still unknown. METHODS: The expression of molecules involved in the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway in human hepatoma cell lines was examined in the presence or absence of sorafenib...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322749/cannabinoid-receptor-1-contributes-to-sprouted-innervation-in-endometrial-ectopic-growth-through-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-activation
#4
Hongxiu Han, Xizi Liang, Juan Wang, Qianqian Zhao, Mei Yang, Weifang Rong, Guohua Zhang
The endocannabinoid system regulates neurite outgrowth and neurogenesis during development of the central nervous system. Cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1R) is expressed in neurons, including the somata and fibers, that innervate the endometrial ectopic cyst in rats. Here, we investigated the contribution of CB1R and its downstream signaling to the innervation of endometrial ectopic growth. We found that intrathecal injection of a CB1R agonist enhanced both the density of protein gene product (PGP) 9.5-immunoreactive sprouted nerve fibers and the protein level of PGP 9...
March 17, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321599/c-jun-amino-terminal-kinase-is-involved-in-valproic-acid-mediated-neuronal-differentiation-of-mouse-embryonic-nscs-and-neurite-outgrowth-of-nsc-derived-neurons
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Lu Lu, Hengxing Zhou, Bin Pan, Xueying Li, Zheng Fu, Jun Liu, Zhongju Shi, Tianci Chu, Zhijian Wei, Guangzhi Ning, Shiqing Feng
Valproic acid (VPA), an anticonvulsant and mood-stabilizing drug, can induce neuronal differentiation, promote neurite extension and exert a neuroprotective effect in central nervous system (CNS) injuries; however, comparatively little is known regarding its action on mouse embryonic neural stem cells (NSCs) and the underlying molecular mechanism. Recent studies suggested that c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) is required for neurite outgrowth and neuronal differentiation during neuronal development. In the present study, we cultured mouse embryonic NSCs and treated the cells with 1 mM VPA for up to 7 days...
March 21, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320610/carbon-monoxide-releasing-molecule-401-suppresses-polymorphonuclear-leukocyte-migratory-potential-by-modulating-f-actin-dynamics
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Ken Inoue, Eric K Patterson, Alfredo Capretta, Abdel R Lawendy, Douglas D Fraser, Gediminas Cepinskas
Carbon monoxide-releasing molecules (CORMs) suppress inflammation by reducing polymorphonuclear leukocyte (PMN) recruitment to the affected organs. We investigated modulation of PMN-endothelial cell adhesive interactions by water-soluble CORM-401 using an experimental model of endotoxemia in vitro. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells grown on laminar-flow perfusion channels were stimulated with 1 μg/mL lipopolysaccharide for 6 hours and perfused with 100 μmol/L CORM-401 (or inactive compound iCORM-401)-pretreated PMN for 5 minutes in the presence of 1...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316375/torilin-inhibits-inflammation-by-limiting-tak1-mediated-map-kinase-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation
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Mehari Endale, Tae-Hwan Kim, Yi-Seong Kwak, Na-Mi Kim, Seung-Hyung Kim, Jae Youl Cho, Bong-Sik Yun, Man-Hee Rhee
Torilin, a sesquiterpene isolated from the fruits of Torilis japonica, has shown antimicrobial, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties. However, data on the mechanism of torilin action against inflammation is limited. This study aimed at determining the anti-inflammatory property of torilin in LPS-induced inflammation using in vitro model of inflammation. We examined torilin's effect on expression levels of inflammatory mediators and cytokines in LPS-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages. The involvement of NF-kB and AP-1, MAP kinases, and adaptor proteins were assessed...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315715/sab-mediates-mitochondrial-dysfunction-involved-in-imatinib-mesylate-induced-cardiotoxicity
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Tara P Chambers, Luis Santiesteban, David Gomez, Jeremy W Chambers
Imatinib mesylate is an effective treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia and gastrointestinal stromal tumors. Although imatinib mesylate is highly tolerable, it has been implicated in severe congestive heart failure in mouse models and patients. A hallmark of imatinib mesylate-induced cardiotoxicity is mitochondrial dysfunction. The mitochondrial scaffold Sab has been implicated in facilitating signaling responsible for mitochondrial dysfunction in a c-Jun N-terminal Kinase (JNK)-dependent manner. We examined the impact of Sab-mediated signaling on imatinib mesylate cardiotoxicity in H9c2 rat cardiomyocyte-like cells...
March 15, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315425/the-expression-of-a-tumor-suppressor-gene-jdp2-and-its-prognostic-value-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hcc-patients
#9
Yao-Li Chen, Shih-Hsuan Chan, Ping-Yi Lin, Pei-Yi Chu
The c-Jun dimerization protein 2 (JDP2) belongs to the activator protein-1 (AP-1) family and functions as a repressor of the AP-1 complex by dimerizing with other c-Jun proteins. Thus, JDP2 plays an important role in the repression of AP-1-driven biological processes, such as differentiation and proliferation. Recent studies have suggested that JDP2 may function as a tumor suppressor through its suppressive action against the AP-1 complex, which is known to drive oncogenic signals in several human malignancies...
March 14, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314481/benzophenones-and-xanthone-derivatives-from-garcinia-schomburgkiana-induced-p-glycoprotein-overexpression-in-human-colorectal-caco-2-cells-via-oxidative-stress-mediated-mechanisms
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Cherdsak Boonyong, Chutichot Pattamadilok, Rutt Suttisri, Suree Jianmongkol
BACKGROUND: Up-regulation of P-gp is an adaptive survival mechanism of cancer cells from chemotherapy. Three new phytochemicals including two benzophenones, guttiferone K (GK) and oblongifolin C (OC), and a xanthone, isojacaruebin (ISO), are potential anti-cancer agents. However, the capability of these compounds to increase multidrug-resistance (MDR) through P-gp up-regulation in cancer cells has not been reported. PURPOSE: This study was to investigate the effects of GK, OC and ISO on P-gp up-regulation in colorectal adenocarcinoma cells (Caco-2 cells)...
April 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314104/ginsenoside-re-ameliorates-brain-insulin-resistance-and-cognitive-dysfunction-in-high-fat-diet-induced-c57bl-6-mice
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Jong Min Kim, Chang Hyeon Park, Seon Kyeong Park, Tae Wan Seung, Jin Yong Kang, Jeong Su Ha, Du Sang Lee, Uk Lee, Dae-Ok Kim, Ho Jin Heo
The ameliorating effects of ginsenoside Re (G Re) on high fat diet (HFD)-induced insulin resistance in C57BL/6 mice were investigated to assess its physiological function. In the results of behavioral tests, G Re improved cognitive dysfunction in diabetic mice using Y-maze, passive avoidance, and Morris water maze tests. G Re also significantly recovered hyperglycemia and fasting blood glucose level. In the results of serum analysis, G Re decreased triglyceride (TG), total cholesterol (TCHO), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLC), glutamic-oxaloacetic transaminase (GOT), and glutamic-pyruvic transaminase (GPT) and increased the ratio of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDLC)...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302129/cholesterol-lowing-effect-of-taurine-in-hepg2-cell
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Junxia Guo, Ya Gao, Xuelian Cao, Jing Zhang, Wen Chen
BACKGROUND: A number of studies indicate that taurine promotes cholesterol conversion to bile acids by upregulating CYP7A1 gene expression. Few in vitro studies are concerned the concentration change of cholesterol and its product of bile acids, and the molecular mechanism of CYP7A1 induction by taurine. METHODS: The levels of intracellular total cholesterol (TC), free cholesterol (FC), cholesterol ester (EC), total bile acids (TBA) and medium TBA were determined after HepG2 cells were cultured for 24/48 h in DMEM supplemented with taurine at the final concentrations of 1/10/20 mM respectively...
March 16, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301598/regulation-of-anti-apoptotic-bcl-2-family-protein-mcl-1-by-s6-kinase-2
#13
Alakananda Basu, Savitha Sridharan
The anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family protein myeloid cell leukemia-1 (Mcl-1) plays an important role in breast cancer cell survival and chemoresistance. We have previously shown that knockdown of the 40S ribosomal protein S6 kinase-2 (S6K2), which acts downstream of the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1), enhanced breast cancer cell death by apoptotic stimuli. The increase in cell death by S6K2 depletion was partly due to inactivation of Akt. In the present study, we investigated if S6K2 regulates Mcl-1, which acts downstream of Akt...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298526/the-ap-1-transcription-factor-c-jun-promotes-arthritis-by-regulating-cyclooxygenase-2-and-arginase-1-expression-in-macrophages
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Nicole Hannemann, Jutta Jordan, Sushmita Paul, Stephen Reid, Hanns-Wolf Baenkler, Sophia Sonnewald, Tobias Bäuerle, Julio Vera, Georg Schett, Aline Bozec
Activation of proinflammatory macrophages is associated with the inflammatory state of rheumatoid arthritis. Their polarization and activation are controlled by transcription factors such as NF-κB and the AP-1 transcription factor member c-Fos. Surprisingly, little is known about the role of the AP-1 transcription factor c-Jun in macrophage activation. In this study, we show that mRNA and protein levels of c-Jun are increased in macrophages following pro- or anti-inflammatory stimulations. Gene Ontology and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway enrichment cluster analyses of microarray data using wild-type and c-Jun-deleted macrophages highlight the central function of c-Jun in macrophages, in particular for immune responses, IL production, and hypoxia pathways...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293067/syndecan-1-acts-as-an-important-regulator-of-cxcl1-expression-and-cellular-interaction-of-human-endometrial-stromal-and-trophoblast-cells
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Dunja Maria Baston-Buest, Olga Altergot-Ahmad, Sarah Jean Pour, Jan-Steffen Krüssel, Udo Rudolf Markert, Tanja Natascha Fehm, Alexandra Petra Bielfeld
Successful implantation of the embryo into the human receptive endometrium is substantial for the establishment of a healthy pregnancy. This study focusses on the role of Syndecan-1 at the embryo-maternal interface, the multitasking coreceptor influencing ligand concentration, release and receptor presentation, and cellular morphology. CXC motif ligand 1, being involved in chemotaxis and angiogenesis during implantation, is of special interest as a ligand of Syndecan-1. Human endometrial stromal cells with and without Syndecan-1 knock-down were decidualized and treated with specific inhibitors to evaluate signaling pathways regulating CXC ligand 1 expression...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289210/phosphorylation-induced-conformational-dynamics-in-an-intrinsically-disordered-protein-and-potential-role-in-phenotypic-heterogeneity
#16
Prakash Kulkarni, Mohit Kumar Jolly, Dongya Jia, Steven M Mooney, Ajay Bhargava, Luciane T Kagohara, Yihong Chen, Pengyu Hao, Yanan He, Robert W Veltri, Alexander Grishaev, Keith Weninger, Herbert Levine, John Orban
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) that lack a unique 3D structure and comprise a large fraction of the human proteome play important roles in numerous cellular functions. Prostate-Associated Gene 4 (PAGE4) is an IDP that acts as a potentiator of the Activator Protein-1 (AP-1) transcription factor. Homeodomain-Interacting Protein Kinase 1 (HIPK1) phosphorylates PAGE4 at S9 and T51, but only T51 is critical for its activity. Here, we identify a second kinase, CDC-Like Kinase 2 (CLK2), which acts on PAGE4 and hyperphosphorylates it at multiple S/T residues, including S9 and T51...
March 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288932/inhibition-of-jnk-by-pi-class-of-glutathione-s-transferase-through-pka-creb-pathway-is-associated-with-carnosic-acid-protection-against-6-hydroxydopamine-induced-apoptosis
#17
Chia-Yuan Lin, Ru-Huei Fu, Ruey-Hwang Chou, Jing-Hsien Chen, Chi-Rei Wu, Shu-Wei Chang, Chia-Wen Tsai
Pi class of glutathione S-transferase (GST) is known to suppress c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK)-related apoptosis through protein-protein interactions. Moreover, signaling by PKA/cAMP response element binding protein (CREB) is necessary for GSTP up-regulation. This study explored whether carnosic acid (CA) from rosemary prevents 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced neurotoxicity by inhibition of JNK through GSTP via PKA/CREB signaling. Results indicated that the GSTP protein was increased in SH-SY5Y cells treated with CA for 18 and 24 h...
March 10, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288820/resveratrol-inhibits-bk-induced-cox-2-transcription-by-suppressing-acetylation-of-ap-1-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-in-human-rheumatoid-arthritis-synovial-fibroblasts
#18
Chuen-Mao Yang, Yu-Wen Chen, Pei-Ling Chi, Chih-Chung Lin, Li-Der Hsiao
Bradykinin (BK) induces inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Resveratrol is a potent activator of Sirt1 which could modulate inflammation through deacetylating histones of transcription factors. Here, we investigated the mechanisms underlying BK-induced COX-2 expression which is modulated by resveratrol/Sirt1 in human rheumatoid arthritis synovial fibroblasts (RASFs). We found that BK-induced COX-2 protein and mRNA expression associated with PGE2 synthesis, and promoter activity was mediated through B2R receptors, which were attenuated by selective B2R antagonist Hoe140 or transfection with B2R siRNA...
March 11, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288548/upregulated-glutathione-transferase-omega-1-correlates-with-progression-of-urinary-bladder-carcinoma
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Tatjana Djukic, Tatjana Simic, Marija Pljesa-Ercegovac, Marija Matic, Sonja Suvakov, Vesna Coric, Dejan Dragicevic, Ana Savic-Radojevic
OBJECTIVES: Newly discovered glutathione transferase omega 1 (GSTO1-1) plays an important role in the glutathionylation cycle, a significant mechanism of protein function regulation. GSTO1-1 expression pattern has not been studied in transitional cell carcinoma (TCC), as yet. METHODS: A total of 56 TCC tumor and corresponding non-tumor specimens were investigated. Glutathione content and thioltransferase activity were measured spectrophotometrically. Protein-glutathione mixed disulfides were measured fluorimetrically...
March 13, 2017: Redox Report: Communications in Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286938/n-acetyl-l-cysteine-controls-osteoclastogenesis-through-regulating-th17-differentiation-and-rankl-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#20
Hae-Rim Kim, Kyoung-Woon Kim, Bo-Mi Kim, Kyung-Ann Lee, Sang-Heon Lee
Background/Aims: This study aimed to determine the regulatory role of N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC), an antioxidant, in interleukin 17 (IL-17)-induced osteoclast differentiation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods: After RA synovial fibroblasts were stimulated by IL-17, the expression and production of receptor activator of nuclear factor κ-B ligand (RANKL) was determined by real-time polymerase chain reaction and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Osteoclastogenesis was also determined after co-cultures of IL-17-stimulated RA synovial fibroblasts, Th17 cells and various concentrations of NAC with monocytes...
March 13, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
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