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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897392/toll-like-receptor-4-signalling-mediates-inflammation-in-skeletal-muscle-of-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Daniela Verzola, Alice Bonanni, Antonella Sofia, Fabrizio Montecucco, Elena D'Amato, Valeria Cademartori, Emanuele Luigi Parodi, Francesca Viazzi, Chiara Venturelli, Giuliano Brunori, Giacomo Garibotto
BACKGROUND: Inflammation in skeletal muscle is implicated in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and cachexia but why uremia up-regulates pro-inflammatory cytokines is unknown. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) regulate locally the innate immune responses, but it is unknown whether in chronic kidney disease (CKD) TLR4 muscle signalling is altered. The aim of the study is to investigate whether in CKD muscle, TLRs had abnormal function and may be involved in transcription of pro-inflammatory cytokine...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895771/co-culture-of-hepatoma-cells-with-hepatocytic-precursor-stem-like-cells-inhibits-tumor-cell-growth-and-invasion-by-downregulating-akt-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-expression
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Cheng-Jun Sui, Miao Xu, Wei-Qing Li, Jia-Mei Yang, Hong-Zhu Yan, Hui-Min Liu, Chun-Yan Xia, Hong-Yu Yu
Hepatocytic stem cells (HSCs) have inhibitory effects on hepatocarcinoma cells. The present study investigated the effects of HSC activity in hepatocarcinoma cells in vitro. A Transwell co-culture system of hepatocytic precursor (stem-like) WB-F344 cells and hepatoma CBRH-7919 cells was used to assess HSC activity in metastasized hepatoma cells in vitro. Nude mouse xenografts were used to assess HSC activity in vivo. Co-culture of hepatoma CBRH-7919 cells with WB-F344 cells suppressed the growth and colony formation, tumor cell migration and invasion capacity of CBRH-7919 cells...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879648/the-role-of-deoxycytidine-kinase-dck-in-radiation-induced-cell-death
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Rui Zhong, Rui Xin, Zongyan Chen, Nan Liang, Yang Liu, Shumei Ma, Xiaodong Liu
Deoxycytidine kinase (dCK) is a key enzyme in deoxyribonucleoside salvage and the anti-tumor activity for many nucleoside analogs. dCK is activated in response to ionizing radiation (IR)-induced DNA damage and it is phosphorylated on Serine 74 by the Ataxia-Telangiectasia Mutated (ATM) kinase in order to activate the cell cycle G2/M checkpoint. However, whether dCK plays a role in radiation-induced cell death is less clear. In this study, we genetically modified dCK expression by knocking down or expressing a WT (wild-type), S74A (abrogates phosphorylation) and S74E (mimics phosphorylation) of dCK...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875549/the-synthetic-%C3%AE-nitrostyrene-derivative-cyt-rx20-inhibits-esophageal-tumor-growth-and-metastasis-via-pi3k-akt-and-stat3-pathways
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Wen-Chin Chiu, Yi-Chen Lee, Yu-Han Su, Yen-Yun Wang, Chun-Hao Tsai, Yi-An Hou, Chie-Hong Wang, Ying-Fong Huang, Chih-Jen Huang, Shah-Hwa Chou, Pei-Wen Hsieh, Shyng-Shiou F Yuan
The β-nitrostyrene family have been implicated for anti-cancer property. However, the pharmacological role of β-nitrostyrene in esophageal cancer remain unclear. Here, a β-nitrostyrene derivative, CYT-Rx20, was synthesized and assessed for its anti-cancer activities and underlying mechanism in esophageal cancer. CYT-Rx20 induced cytotoxicity in esophageal cancer cells by promoting apoptosis through activation of caspase cascade and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) cleavage. Besides, CYT-Rx20 inhibited esophageal cancer cell migration and invasion by regulating the expression of epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) markers...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867349/baclofen-protects-primary-rat-retinal-ganglion-cells-from-chemical-hypoxia-induced-apoptosis-through-the-akt-and-perk-pathways
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Pingping Fu, Qiang Wu, Jianyan Hu, Tingting Li, Fengjuan Gao
Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) consume large quantities of energy to convert light information into a neuronal signal, which makes them highly susceptible to hypoxic injury. This study aimed to investigate the potential protection by baclofen, a GABAB receptor agonist of RGCs against hypoxia-induced apoptosis. Cobalt chloride (CoCl2) was applied to mimic hypoxia. Primary rat RGCs were subjected to CoCl2 with or without baclofen treatment, and RNA interference techniques were used to knock down the GABAB2 gene in the primary RGCs...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866972/letrozole-regulates-actin-cytoskeleton-polymerization-dynamics-in-a-src-1-dependent-manner-in-the-hippocampus-of-mice
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Yangang Zhao, Yanlan Yu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Li He, Linli Qiu, Jikai Zhao, Mengying Liu, Jiqiang Zhang
In the hippocampus, local estrogens (E2) derived from testosterone that is catalyzed by aromatase play important roles in the regulation of hippocampal neural plasticity, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. The actin cytoskeleton contributes greatly to hippocampal synaptic plasticity; however, whether it is regulated by local E2 and the related mechanisms remain to be elucidated. In this study, we first examined the postnatal developmental profiles of hippocampal aromatase and specific proteins responsible for actin cytoskeleton dynamics...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851698/nitrite-prevents-right-ventricular-failure-and-remodeling-induced-by-pulmonary-artery-banding
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Jian Hu, Maryam Sharifi-Sanjani, Stevan P Tofovic
BACKGROUND: Nitrite has been shown to reduce right ventricle (RV) remodeling in experimental pulmonary hypertension. However, whether this effect is due to a reduction in RV afterload (i.e., reduction in pulmonary artery pressure) or a direct effect on the RV itself remains unanswered. We hypothesize that nitrite has direct effects on RV remodeling and studied its effects in mice with pulmonary artery banding (PAB). METHODS AND RESULTS: PAB decreased exercise tolerance, and reduced RV systolic and diastolic function...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849335/mycotoxin-verrucarin-a-inhibits-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-in-prostate-cancer-cells-by-inhibiting-prosurvival-akt-nf-kb-mtor-signaling
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Yongbo Liu, Xiaohua Gao, Dorrah Deeb, Yiguan Zhang, Jiajiu Shaw, Frederick A Valeriote, Subhash C Gautam
Trichothecenes are powerful mycotoxins that inhibit protein synthesis and induce ribotoxic stress response in mammalian cells. Verrucarin A (VC-A) is a Type D macrocyclic mycotoxin which inhibits cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in cancer cells. However, the antitumor activity of VC-A for prostate cancer cells has not been investigated. The objective of the present study was to determine the anticancer activity and its mechanism of action in hormone-responsive (LNCaP) and hormone-refractory (PC-3) carcinoma of the prostate (CaP) cell lines...
November 2016: Journal of Experimental Therapeutics & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847386/17%C3%AE-estradiol-inhibites-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-induced-apoptosis-of-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells-via-the-pi3k-akt-pathway
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Tao Wang, Si-Dong Yang, Sen Liu, Hui Wang, Huan Liu, Wen Yuan Ding
BACKGROUND Tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) has been widely known to induce degeneration of nucleus pulposus cells (NPCs). 17β-estradiol (17β-E2) has been broadly proven for its function of suppressing cell apoptosis. The aim of this study is to explore whether 17β-E2 protects apoptosis of human NPCs induced by TNF-α via the PI3K/AKT pathway. MATERIAL AND METHODS NPCs were divided into four groups: control, TNF-α (100 ng/mL), TNF-α (100 ng/mL) with pretreated 17β-E2 (10 um/L), TNF-α (100 ng/mL) with pretreated 17β-E2 (10 um/L) and MK2206 (10 um/L, inhibitor of the PI3K/AKT pathway)...
November 12, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803763/mir-21-reduces-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-apoptosis-in-c-kit-cardiac-stem-cells-in-vitro-through-pten-pi3k-akt-signaling
#10
Wenwen Deng, Yan Wang, Xianping Long, Ranzun Zhao, Zhenglong Wang, Zhijiang Liu, Song Cao, Bei Shi
The low survival rate of cardiac stem cells (CSCs) in the infarcted myocardium hampers cell therapy for ischemic cardiomyopathy. MicroRNA-21 (miR-21) and one of its target proteins, PTEN, contribute to the survival and proliferation of many cell types, but their prosurvival effects in c-kit(+) CSC remain unclear. Thus, we hypothesized that miR-21 reduces hydrogen peroxide- (H2O2-) induced apoptosis in c-kit(+) CSC and estimated the contribution of PTEN/PI3K/Akt signaling to this oxidative circumstance. miR-21 mimics efficiently reduced H2O2-induced apoptosis in c-kit(+) CSC, as evidenced by the downregulation of the proapoptosis proteins caspase-3 and Bax and upregulation of the antiapoptotic Bcl-2...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802188/metformin-enhances-the-radiosensitivity-of-human-liver-cancer-cells-to-%C3%AE-rays-and-carbon-ion-beams
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Eun Ho Kim, Mi-Sook Kim, Yoshiya Furusawa, Akiko Uzawa, Soorim Han, Won-Gyun Jung, Sei Sai
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of metformin on the responses of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells to γ-rays (low-linear energy transfer (LET) radiation) and carbon-ion beams (high-LET radiation). HCC cells were pretreated with metformin and exposed to a single dose of γ-rays or carbon ion beams. Metformin treatment increased radiation-induced clonogenic cell death, DNA damage, and apoptosis. Carbon ion beams combined with metformin were more effective than carbon ion beams or γ-rays alone at inducing subG1 and decreasing G2/M arrest, reducing the expression of vimentin, enhancing phospho-AMPK expression, and suppressing phospho-mTOR and phospho-Akt...
October 27, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27791278/conditioned-media-from-adipose-tissue-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-reverse-insulin-resistance-in-cellular-models
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Nitya Shree, Ramesh R Bhonde
The link between insulin resistance (IR) and type 2 diabetes has been recognized for a long time. Type 2 diabetes is often associated with basal hyperinsulinemia, reduced sensitivity to insulin, and disturbances in insulin release. There are evidences showing the reversal of IR by mesenchymal stem cells. However, the effect of conditioned media from adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs-CM) in reversal of IR has not been established. We established an insulin resistant model of 3T3L1 and C2C12 cells and treated with ADSCs-CM...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788957/targeting-phosphatidylinositol-4-kinase-iii%C3%AE-for-radiosensitization-a-potential-model-of-drug-repositioning-using-an-anti-hepatitis-c-viral-agent
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Jeanny Kwon, Dan Hyo Kim, Ji Min Park, Young Hee Park, Yeo Hyun Hwang, Hong-Gyun Wu, Kyung Hwan Shin, In Ah Kim
PURPOSE: To investigate which isotype of phosphatidylinositol 4-kinase (PI4K) may affect radiosensitivity and examine whether anti-hepatitis C viral (HCV) agents, some of which have been shown to inhibit PI4K IIIα activity, could be repositioned as a radiosensitizer in human cancer cells. METHODS AND MATERIALS: U251, BT474, and HepG2 cell lines and normal human astrocyte were used. Ribonucleic acid interference, clonogenic assays, Western blotting, immunofluorescence, annexin V assay, lysotracker staining, and β-galactosidase assay were performed...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781956/influence-of-a-high-fat-diet-on-cardiac-inos-in-female-rats
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Esma R Isenovic, Aleksandra Jovanovic, Emina Sudar Milovanovic, Sudar Milovanovic, Samantha J Pitt, Alan J Stewart, Sonja Zafirovic, Julijana Stanimirovic, Djordje Radak
Overexpression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) is a key link between high-fat (HF) diet induced obesity and cardiovascular disease. Oestradiol has cardioprotective effects that may be mediated through reduction of iNOS activity/expression. In the present study, female Wistar rats were fed a standard diet or a HF diet (42% fat) for 10 weeks. iNOS gene and protein expressions were measured in heart tissue. HF-fed rats exhibited a significant increase in cardiac iNOS mRNA by 695% (p<0.05), iNOS protein level by 248% (p<0...
October 25, 2016: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771246/protective-effects-of-estrogen-against-vascular-calcification-via-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-dependent-growth-arrest-specific-gene-6-transactivation
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Michiko Nanao-Hamai, Bo-Kyung Son, Tsuyoshi Hashizume, Sumito Ogawa, Masahiro Akishita
Vascular calcification is one of the major complications of cardiovascular disease and is an independent risk factor for myocardial infarction and cardiac death. Postmenopausal women have a higher prevalence of vascular calcification compared with premenopausal women, suggesting protective effects of estrogen (E2). However, the underlying mechanisms of its beneficial effects remain unclear. In the present study, we examined the inhibitory effects of E2 on vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) calcification, and found that growth arrest-specific gene 6 (Gas6), a crucial molecule in vascular calcification, is transactivated by estrogen receptor α (ERα) in response to E2...
October 19, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768639/high-cytotoxic-t-lymphocyte-associated-antigen-4-and-phospho-akt-expression-in-tumor-samples-predicts-poor-clinical-outcomes-in-ipilimumab-treated-melanoma-patients
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Nitin Chakravarti, Doina Ivan, Van A Trinh, Isabella C Glitza, Jonathan L Curry, Carlos Torres-Cabala, Michael T Tetzlaff, Roland L Bassett, Victor G Prieto, Wen-Jen Hwu
Ipilimumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody against cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4), is the first immune checkpoint inhibitor approved for the treatment of unresectable melanoma on the basis of its overall survival (OS) benefit. However, ipilimumab is associated with significant immune-related adverse events. We hypothesized that biomarker exploration of pretreatment tumor samples and correlation with clinical outcome would enable patient selection with an increased benefit/risk ratio for ipilimumab therapy...
October 20, 2016: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764792/axl-modulates-extracellular-matrix-protein-expression-and-is-essential-for-invasion-and-metastasis-in-endometrial-cancer
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Laura M Divine, Mai R Nguyen, Eric Meller, Riva A Desai, Batool Arif, Erinn B Rankin, Katherine H Bligard, Cherise Meyerson, Ian S Hagemann, Maria Massad, Premal H Thaker, Andrea R Hagemann, Carolyn K McCourt, Matt A Powell, David G Mutch, Katherine C Fuh
The receptor tyrosine kinase AXL promotes migration, invasion, and metastasis. Here, we evaluated the role of AXL in endometrial cancer. High immunohistochemical expression of AXL was found in 76% (63/83) of advanced-stage, and 77% (82/107) of high-grade specimens and correlated with worse survival in uterine serous cancer patients. In vitro, genetic silencing of AXL inhibited migration and invasion but had no effect on proliferation of ARK1 endometrial cancer cells. AXL-deficient cells showed significantly decreased expression of phospho-AKT as well as uPA, MMP-1, MMP-2, MMP-3, and MMP-9...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27748285/pi3k-akt-mtor-signaling-its-regulator-tumour-suppressor-genes-pten-lkb1-in-human-uterine-leiomyomas
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Annu Makker, Madhu Mati Goel, Abbas Ali Mahdi, Vikram Bhatia, Vinita Das, Anjoo Agarwal, Amita Pandey
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Despite their high occurrence and associated significant level of morbidity manifesting as spectrum of clinical symptoms, the pathogenesis of uterine leiomyomas (ULs) remains unclear. We investigated expression profile of tumour suppressor genes PTEN (phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome ten) and LKB1 (liver kinase B1), and key signaling components of P13K (phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase)/Akt (protein kinase B)/mTOR (mammalian target of rapamycin) pathway in leiomyomas and adjacent normal myometrium in women of reproductive age, to explore the possibility of targeting this pathway for future therapeutic implications...
May 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746632/expression-of-phosphatase-and-tensin-homologue-phospho-akt-and-p53-in-acral-benign-and-malignant-melanocytic-neoplasms-benign-nevi-dysplastic-nevi-and-acral-melanomas
#19
So Min Lyu, Ju Yeon Wu, Ji Yeon Byun, Hae Young Choi, Sang Hee Park, You Won Choi
BACKGROUND: The role of the phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase signaling pathway in the development of acral melanoma has recently gained evidence. Phosphatase and tensin homologue (PTEN), one of the key molecules in the pathway, acts as a tumor suppressor through either an Akt-dependent or Akt-independent pathway. Akt accelerates degradation of p53. OBJECTIVE: We assessed the expression of PTEN, phospho-Akt (p-Akt), and p53 by immunohistochemistry in benign acral nevi, acral dysplastic nevi, and acral melanomas in the radial growth phase and with a vertical growth component...
October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746366/mir-222-promotes-drug-resistance-of-breast-cancer-cells-to-adriamycin-via-modulation-of-pten-akt-foxo1-pathway
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Hongyu Shen, Dandan Wang, Liangpeng Li, Sujin Yang, Xiu Chen, Siying Zhou, Shanliang Zhong, Jianhua Zhao, Jinhai Tang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Acquisition of resistance to adriamycin (ADR) is one of the most important clinical obstacles in the treatment of breast cancer, but the molecular mechanisms underlying sensitivity to ADR remain elusive. In our previous study, through miRNA microarray and experiments, we have emphasized that miR-222 could promote the ADR-resistance in breast cancer cells. The aim of this study was to explore the possible mechanism by which miR-222 affects sensitivity to ADR. METHODS: Through pathway enrichment analyses for miR-222, we found that PTEN/Akt/FOXO1 signaling pathway may be of importance...
October 13, 2016: Gene
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