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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646487/immunotoxic-effects-of-thymus-in-mice-following-exposure-to-nanoparticulate-tio2
#1
Fashui Hong, Yaoming Zhou, Yingjun Zhou, Ling Wang
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) have been extensively used in industry, medicine, and daily life, and have shown potential toxic effects for animals or humans. We noted that the effects of TiO2 NPs on the immune system and its mechanism of action in animals or humans have not been elucidated. Thus, mice were exposed to the TiO2 NPs (0, 1.25, 2.5, or 5 mg kg(-1) body weight) for 9 consecutive months. Exposure to TiO2 NPs was accumulated in the thymus, leading to a decrease in body weight and increases in the weight of the thymus or thymus indices...
June 24, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645294/3-5-4-trihydroxy-6-7-3-trimethoxyflavone-protects-against-beta-amyloid-induced-neurotoxicity-through-antioxidative-activity-and-interference-with-cell-signaling
#2
Alona Telerman, Rivka Ofir, Yoel Kashman, Anat Elmann
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative disease, characterized by progressive decline in memory and cognitive functions, that results from loss of neurons in the brain. Amyloid beta (Aβ) protein and oxidative stress are major contributors to Alzheimer's disease, therefore, protecting neuronal cells against Aβ-induced toxicity and oxidative stress might form an effective approach for treatment of this disease. 3,5,4'-trihydroxy-6,7,3'-trimethoxyflavone (TTF) is a flavonoid we have purified from the plant Achillea fragrantissima; and the present study examined, for the first time, the effects of this compound on Aβ-toxicity to neuronal cells...
June 23, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643937/proinflammatory-effects-and-mechanisms-of-calprotectin-on-human-gingival-fibroblasts
#3
H Gao, J Hou, H Meng, X Zhang, Y Zheng, L Peng
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Calprotectin (S100A8/A9) is a heterodimer of S100A8 and S100A9 and is associated with multiple inflammatory diseases, including Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and periodontitis. Levels of calprotectin are elevated in the gingival crevicular fluid of patients with periodontitis; however, the effects of calprotectin on human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) remain unknown. This study investigated the proinflammatory activity of calprotectin on HGFs and the functional receptors and signaling pathways engaged by calprotectin...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642593/transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-regulates-the-nascent-hematopoietic-stem-cell-niche-by-promoting-gluconeogenesis
#4
C-Y Zhang, H-M Yin, H Wang, D Su, Y Xia, L-F Yan, B Fang, W Liu, Y-M Wang, A-H Gu, Y Zhou
The understanding of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) emergence is important to generate HSCs from pluripotent precursors. However, integrated signaling network that regulates the niche of nascent HSCs remains unclear. Herein, we uncovered a novel role of TGF-β1 in the metabolic niche of HSC emergence using the tgf-β1b(-/-) zebrafish. Our findings first showed that Tgf-β1 transcripts were enriched in the nascent HSCs. Loss of tgf-β1b caused a decrease of nascent HSCs within the aorta-gonad-mesonephros. Moreover, tgf-β1b(+) cells were runx1(+) HSCs and underwent an endothelial-to-hematopoietic-transition process...
June 23, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639904/role-of-jnk-signaling-in-oral-cancer-a-mini-review
#5
Ioannis Gkouveris, Nikolaos G Nikitakis
JNKs (c-Jun N-terminal kinases) belong to mitogen-activated protein kinases' family and become activated by several growth factors, stress, radiation, and other extracellular signals. In turn, JNK activation results in phosphorylation of downstream molecules involved in many normal cellular processes. Nevertheless, recent data have linked JNK signaling with several pathological conditions, including neurodegenerative diseases, inflammation, and cancer. The role of JNK in cancer remains controversial. Initially, JNK was thought to play a rather oncosuppressive role by mediating apoptosis in response to stress stimuli, inflammatory, or oncogenic signals...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637759/role-of-jnk-pathway-in-varicella-zoster-virus-lytic-infection-and-reactivation
#6
Sravya Kurapati, Tomohiko Sadaoka, Labchan Rajbhandari, Balaji Jagdish, Priya Shukla, Yong Jun Kim, Gabsang Lee, Jeffrey I Cohen, Arun Venkatesan
Mechanisms of neuronal infection by varicella-zoster virus (VZV) have been challenging to study due to the relatively strict human tropism of the virus and the paucity of tractable experimental models. Cellular mitogen activated protein kinases (MAPKs) have been shown to play a role in VZV infection of non-neuronal cells, with distinct consequences on infectivity in differing cell types. Here, we utilize several human neuronal culture systems to investigate the role of one such MAPK, the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), in VZV lytic infection and reactivation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637673/lipopolysaccharide-downregulates-macrophage-derived-il-22-to-attenuate-alcohol-induced-hepatocyte-cell-death
#7
Yaming Liu, Vikas Verma, Harmeet Malhi, Gregory J Gores, Patrick S Kamath, Arun J Sanyal, Naga Chalasani, Bin Gao, Vijay H Shah
BACKGROUND/AIM: Interleukin 22 (IL-22) is a Th17 cell hepatoprotective cytokine that is undergoing clinical trials to treat patients with alcoholic hepatitis (AH). Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) activation of macrophage is implicated in hepatocyte cell death and pathogenesis of AH. The role of IL-22 production from macrophage, its regulation by LPS and effects on alcohol induced hepatocyte cell death are unexplored and were examined in this study. METHODS/RESULTS: Low levels of IL-22 mRNA/protein were detected in macrophage but were significantly upregulated by 6...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637660/interleukin-33-induces-growth-regulated-oncogene-%C3%AE-expression-and-secretion-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
#8
Masayoshi Yamamoto, Katsuyuki Umebashi, Akinori Tokito, Junichi Imamura, Michihisa Jougasaki
Although interleukin (IL)-33, a member of the IL-1 cytokine family, plays pro-inflammatory roles in immune cells as an "alarmin", little is known regarding the biological actions of IL-33 on vascular endothelial cells. To investigate the effects of IL-33 on vascular endothelial cells, we first screened the IL-33-regulated proteins in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) using a dot blot array, and observed that IL-33 markedly increased growth-regulated oncogene (GRO)-α, a chemokine that is also known as CXCL1...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633020/apoptosis-and-compensatory-proliferation-signaling-are-coupled-by-crki-containing-microvesicles
#9
Kajal H Gupta, Josef W Goldufsky, Stephen J Wood, Nicholas J Tardi, Gayathri S Moorthy, Douglas Z Gilbert, Janet P Zayas, Eunsil Hahm, Mehmet M Altintas, Jochen Reiser, Sasha H Shafikhani
Apoptosis has been implicated in compensatory proliferation signaling (CPS), whereby dying cells induce proliferation in neighboring cells as a means to restore homeostasis. The nature of signaling between apoptotic cells and their neighboring cells remains largely unknown. Here we show that a fraction of apoptotic cells produce and release CrkI-containing microvesicles (distinct from exosomes and apoptotic bodies), which induce proliferation in neighboring cells upon contact. We provide visual evidence of CPS by videomicroscopy...
June 19, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632169/the-novel-mechanisms-concerning-the-inhibitions-of-palmitate-induced-proinflammatory-factor-releases-and-endogenous-cellular-stress-with-astaxanthin-on-min6-%C3%AE-cells
#10
Atsuko Kitahara, Kazuto Takahashi, Naru Morita, Toshitaka Murashima, Hirohisa Onuma, Yoshikazu Sumitani, Toshiaki Tanaka, Takuma Kondo, Toshio Hosaka, Hitoshi Ishida
Astaxanthin, an antioxidant agent, can protect pancreatic β-cells of db/db mice from glucotoxicity and resolve chronic inflammation in adipose tissue. Nonetheless, the effects of astaxanthin on free-fatty-acid-induced inflammation and cellular stress in β-cells remain to be demonstrated. Meanwhile, palmitate enhances the secretion of pro-inflammatory adipokines monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) and VEGF120 (vascular endothelial growth factor). We therefore investigated the influence of astaxanthin on palmitate-stimulated MCP-1 and VEGF120 secretion in mouse insulinoma (MIN6) pancreatic β-cells...
June 20, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631556/kruppel-like-factor-4-inhibits-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cell-growth-and-aggressiveness-by-stimulating-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-meidated-erk-jnk-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathways
#11
Renzhi Yu, Lei Han, Xin Ni, Minghuan Wang, Ping Xue, Li Zhang, Mei Yuan
Non-small cell lung cancer is one of the most common epithelial tumors that cause the most common cancer-related mortality due to invasive ability. Research has found that Kruppel-like factor 4, a zinc-finger transcription factor, plays a critical role in the tumor evolution and progression. However, the molecular signal pathways mediated by Kruppel-like factor 4 in the progression of non-small cell lung cancer cells have not been well understood yet. In this study, we investigated the possible role and potential mechanism of Kruppel-like factor 4 in growth and aggressiveness of non-small cell lung cancer cells...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629997/membrane-translocation-of-transient-receptor-potential-ankyrin-1-induced-by-inflammatory-cytokines-in-lung-cancer-cells
#12
Kenji Takahashi, Toshio Ohta
Transient receptor potential ankyrin 1 (TRPA1) is known as one of the nociceptors expressed in sensory neurons. It also plays a role in non-neural cells in inflammatory sites. However, the regulatory mechanisms for the reactivity of TRPA1 in these cells under inflammatory conditions are not clear. To clarify these mechanisms, we examined the effects of inflammatory cytokines (interleukin [IL]-1α, IL-1β and tumor necrosis factor α [TNFα]) on TRPA1 reactivity and expression in the endogenously TRPA1-expressing lung tumor cell line A549...
June 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629242/differential-effect-of-p38-and-mk2-kinase-inhibitors-on-the-inflammatory-and-toxicity-biomarkers-in-vitro
#13
R K Singh, M Diwan, S G Dastidar, A K Najmi
BACKGROUND: Many inflammatory responses including chemotaxis, production of nitric oxide, and modulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines in immunological cells are mediated by p38MAPK. Due to its pivotal role, p38MAPK has been extensively explored as a molecular target for inhibition of chronic inflammation; however, it has not been successful so far due to serious toxicity issues. Among several downstream substrates of p38, mitogen-activated protein kinase-activated protein kinase 2 (MK2) has been reported to be a direct and essential downstream component in regulation of innate immune and inflammatory responses...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628612/novel-interplay-between-jnk-and-egfr-signaling-in-drosophila-dorsal-closure
#14
Tatyana Kushnir, Sharon Mezuman, Shaked Bar-Cohen, Rotem Lange, Ze'ev Paroush, Aharon Helman
Dorsal closure (DC) is a developmental process in which two contralateral epithelial sheets migrate to seal a large hole in the dorsal ectoderm of the Drosophila embryo. Two signaling pathways act sequentially to orchestrate this dynamic morphogenetic process. First, c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signaling activity in the dorsal-most leading edge (LE) cells of the epidermis induces expression of decapentaplegic (dpp). Second, Dpp, a secreted TGF-β homolog, triggers cell shape changes in the adjacent, ventrally located lateral epidermis, that guide the morphogenetic movements and cell migration mandatory for DC...
June 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627691/scutellaria%C3%A2-baicalensis-georgi-induces-caspase-dependent-apoptosis-via-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-activation-and-the-generation-of-reactive-oxygen-species-signaling-pathways-in-mcf-7-breast-cancer-cells
#15
Jin Ryeong Park, Min Cheol Lee, Seong-Cheol Moon, Junghoon Kim, Ki-Tae Ha, Eun Jung Park, Chansik Hong, Byoung-Do Seo, Byung Joo Kim
Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi extract (SBGE) is used in traditional herbal medicine and has also been used clinically to ameliorate the symptoms of various inflammatory diseases and cancer. In women, breast cancer is one of the most common diseases and numerous women succumb to it. The present study was undertaken to investigate the mechanism responsible for the SBGE‑induced apoptosis of MCF‑7 human breast cancer cells. SBGE was administered to cells at concentrations between 100 and 500 mg/ml, and cell viabilities were identified using an MTT assay...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627659/effects-of-saikosaponin-d-on-apoptosis-in-human-u87-glioblastoma-cells
#16
Yan Li, Tongjian Cai, Wei Zhang, Wenhe Zhu, Shijie Lv
Saikosaponin D (SSd) is a type of Saponin derivative, which is a component extracted from Bupleurum falactum. SSd has been reported to exert anticancer activities. However, the effects of SSd on gliomas have not been elucidated. The aim of the present study was to investigate the pharmacological functions and potential molecular mechanisms of SSd in human U87 glioblastoma cells. The cells were treated with SSd at various concentrations for 48 h, the cell viability was assessed with 3‑(4,5‑dimethylthiazol‑2‑yl)‑2,5‑diphenyltetrazolium assay, and the activation of Akt, extracellular signal‑regulated kinases (ERK), c‑Jun N‑terminal kinases (JNK) and caspase‑3 was assessed by western blotting...
June 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627654/bioinformatics-analysis-of-transcription-profiling-of-solid-pseudopapillary-neoplasm-of-the-pancreas
#17
Yongping Zhang, Xu Han, Hao Wu, Yifeng Zhou
Solid pseudopapillary neoplasm (SPN) of the pancreas is a low-grade malignant neoplasm that accounts for ~5% of cystic pancreatic tumors and ~0.9‑2.7% of exocrine pancreatic tumors. The transcription profiling data (GSE43795) of 14 SPN and 6 control samples were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database. Using the Limma package, Student's t‑tests were performed to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) between SPN and control samples [with the following criterion: False discovery rate (FDR)<0...
June 19, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624424/fusaric-acid-fa-protects-heart-failure-induced-by-isoproterenol-isp-in-mice-through-fibrosis-prevention-via-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smads-and-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathways
#18
Xin Li, Zhou-Long Zhang, Hui-Fen Wang
Fusaric acid (FA) is a novel compound derived from a class of nicotinic acid derivatives, exhibiting activity against cancers. However, its role in regulating cardiac injury is limited. Our study was aimed to investigate the role and the underlying molecular mechanism of FA in heart fibrosis and hypertrophy. Isoproterenol (ISP) was used to induce cardiac fibrosis and hypertrophy in vitro and in vivo. FA administration ameliorated hypertrophy by reducing atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP), brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), and β -myosin heavy chain (β-MHC) in vitro and in vivo...
June 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621502/amniotic-membrane-stimulates-cell-migration-by-modulating-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-signaling
#19
Catalina Ruiz-Cañada, Ángel Bernabé-García, Sergio Liarte, Carmen Luisa Insausti, Diego Angosto, José María Moraleda, Gregorio Castellanos, Francisco José Nicolás
Keratinocyte migration is a mandatory aspect of wound-healing. We have previously shown that Amniotic Membrane (AM) applied to chronic wounds assists healing through a process resulting in overexpression of c-Jun at the wound's leading edge. Also, we have demonstrated that amniotic membrane modifies the genetic program induced by TGF-ß in chronic wounds. In this paper, we used a scratch assay of Mv1Lu and HaCaT cells to examine the influence of AM application on the underlying signaling during scratch closure...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620810/c-jun-integrates-signals-from-both-mek-erk-and-mkk-jnk-pathways-upon-vaccinia-virus-infection
#20
Flávia G G Leite, Alice A Torres, Leonardo C De Oliveira, André F P Da Cruz, Jamária A P Soares-Martins, Anna C T C Pereira, Giliane S Trindade, Jonatas S Abrahão, Erna G Kroon, Paulo C P Ferreira, Cláudio A Bonjardim
Usurpation of the host's signalling pathways is a common strategy employed by viruses to promote their successful replication. Here we show that infection with the orthopoxvirus vaccinia virus (VACV) leads to sustained stimulation of c-Jun activity during the entire infective cycle. This stimulation is temporally regulated through MEK/ERK or MKK/JNK pathways, i.e. during the early/mid phase (1 to 6 hpi) and in the late phase (9 to 24 hpi) of the infective cycle, respectively. As a transcriptional regulator, upon infection with VACV, c-Jun is translocated from the cytoplasm to the nucleus, where it binds to the AP-1 DNA sequence found at the promoter region of its target genes...
June 15, 2017: Archives of Virology
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