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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161781/in-silico-docking-studies-of-lupeol-with-mapk-pathway-proteins-raf-1-mek-erk
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Mital H Bhatt, Chirag K Prajapati, M N Reddy
Lupeol, A triterpenoid found in variety of plants is reported to have beneficial medicinal effects on several ailments. Lupeol is also found to show inhibitory effect on proliferation of breast cancer cells. Metastasis is considered to be a major cause for worldwide deaths related to cancer. Ras related MAPK Signaling Pathway is one of the crucial pathways leading to metastasis. Lupeols binding possibility with Ras is already reported. In present study, Interaction between with downstream proteins of Ras- MAPK pathway, Raf ,MEK ,ERK1/2 and their corresponding domains are studied using STRING Database and their structures are retrieved in PDB Format...
November 2017: Journal of Experimental Therapeutics & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161772/microarray-analysis-of-gene-expression-in-the-cyclooxygenase-cox-knockout-mice-a-connection-to-autism-spectrum-disorder
#2
Ravneet Rai-Bhogal, Eizaaz Ahmad, Hongyan Li, Dorota A Crawford
The cellular and molecular events that take place during brain development play an important role in governing function of the mature brain. Lipid signalling molecules such as prostaglandin E2 (PGE2 ) play an important role in healthy brain development. Abnormalities along the COX/PGE2 signalling pathway due to genetic or environmental causes have been linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). This study aims to evaluate the effect of altered COX/PGE2 signalling on development and function of the prenatal brain using male mice lacking cyclooxygenase-1 and -2 (COX-1(-/-) and COX-2(-/-) ) as potential model systems of ASD...
November 21, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161765/mir-335-inhibited-cell-proliferation-of-lung-cancer-cells-by-target-tra2%C3%AE
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Jian Liu, Tingting Bian, Jia Feng, Li Qian, Jianguo Zhang, Daishan Jiang, Qing Zhang, Xiaoli Li, Yifei Liu, Jiahai Shi
Accumulating evidence has suggested that the dysregulation of miRNAs is an important factor in the pathogenesis of lung cancer. Here, we demonstrate that miR-335 expression is reduced in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tumors relative to non-cancerous adjacent tissues, whilst the expression of Tra2β is increased. In addition, clinical data revealed that the increased Tra2β and decreased miR-335 expression observed in NSCLC cells was associated with poor patient survival rates. In-vitro experimentation showed that the overexpression of miR-335 inhibited the growth, invasion and migration capabilities of A459 lung cancer cells, by targeting Tra2β...
November 21, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161706/endotoxin-effects-on-cardiac-and-renal-functions-and-cardiorenal-syndromes
#4
Grazia Maria Virzì, Anna Clementi, Alessandra Brocca, Claudio Ronco
Gram-negative sepsis is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in critical ill patients. Recent findings in molecular biology and in signaling pathways have enhanced our understanding of its pathogenesis and opened up opportunities of innovative therapeutic approaches. Endotoxin plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of multi-organ dysfunction in the setting of gram-negative sepsis. Indeed, heart and kidney impairments seem to be induced by the release of circulating pro-inflammatory and pro-apoptotic mediators triggered by endotoxin interaction with immune cells...
November 22, 2017: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161701/yin-yang-1-dynamically-regulates-antiviral-innate-immune-responses-during-viral-infection
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Jie Zan, Hao Zhang, Ai-Ping Gu, Kai-Lun Zhong, Min-Yi Lu, Xiao-Xin Bai, Jin-Yang Zhang, Jun Cai
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Type I interferon (IFN-1) production and IFN-1 signaling play critical roles in the host antiviral innate immune responses. Although transcription factor Yin Yang 1 (YY1) has been reported to have a dual activator/repressor role during the regulation of interferon beta (IFN-β) promoter activity, the roles of YY1 in the regulation of upstream signaling pathways leading to IFN-1 induction and IFN-1 signaling during viral infection remain to be elucidated. METHODS: The roles of YY1 in IFN-1 production and IFN-1 signaling were investigated using immunoblotting, real-time PCR, small interfering RNA (siRNA)-mediated YY1 knockdown, YY1 overexpression by transient transfection, and co-immunoprecipitation, using mouse cells...
November 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161591/cell-invasion-in%C3%A2-vivo-via-rapid-exocytosis-of-a-transient-lysosome-derived-membrane-domain
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Kaleb M Naegeli, Eric Hastie, Aastha Garde, Zheng Wang, Daniel P Keeley, Kacy L Gordon, Ariel M Pani, Laura C Kelley, Meghan A Morrissey, Qiuyi Chi, Bob Goldstein, David R Sherwood
Invasive cells use small invadopodia to breach basement membrane (BM), a dense matrix that encases tissues. Following the breach, a large protrusion forms to clear a path for tissue entry by poorly understood mechanisms. Using RNAi screening for defects in Caenorhabditis elegans anchor cell (AC) invasion, we found that UNC-6(netrin)/UNC-40(DCC) signaling at the BM breach site directs exocytosis of lysosomes using the exocyst and SNARE SNAP-29 to form a large protrusion that invades vulval tissue. Live-cell imaging revealed that the protrusion is enriched in the matrix metalloprotease ZMP-1 and transiently expands AC volume by more than 20%, displacing surrounding BM and vulval epithelium...
November 20, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161432/modeling-mutant-wild-type-interactions-to-ascertain-pathogenicity-of-prokr2-missense-variants-in-patients-with-isolated-gnrh-deficiency
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Kimberly H Cox, Luciana M B Oliveira, Lacey Plummer, Braden Corbin, Thomas Gardella, Ravikumar Balasubramanian, William F Crowley
A major challenge in human genetics is the validation of pathogenicity of heterozygous missense variants. This problem is well-illustrated by PROKR2 variants associated with Isolated GnRH Deficiency (IGD). Homozygous, loss of function variants in PROKR2 were initially implicated in autosomal recessive IGD; however, most IGD-associated PROKR2 variants are heterozygous. Moreover, while IGD patient cohorts are enriched for PROKR2 missense variants similar rare variants are also found in normal individuals. To elucidate the pathogenic mechanisms distinguishing IGD-associated PROKR2 variants from rare variants in controls, we assessed 59 variants using three approaches: (i) in silico prediction, (ii) traditional in vitro functional assays across 3 signaling pathways with mutant-alone transfections, and (iii) modified in vitro assays with mutant and wild-type expression constructs co-transfected to model in vivo heterozygosity...
November 17, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161339/astrocyte-specific-deletion-of-sox2-promotes-functional-recovery-after-traumatic-brain-injury
#8
Chunhai Chen, Xiaoling Zhong, Derek K Smith, Wenjiao Tai, Jianjing Yang, Yuhua Zou, Lei-Lei Wang, Jiahong Sun, Song Qin, Chun-Li Zhang
Injury to the adult brain induces activation of local astrocytes, which serves as a compensatory response that modulates tissue damage and recovery. However, the mechanism governing astrocyte activation during brain injury remains largely unknown. Here we provide in vivo evidence that SOX2, a transcription factor critical for stem cells and brain development, is also required for injury-induced activation of adult cortical astrocytes. Genome-wide chromatin immunoprecipitation-seq analysis of mouse cortical tissues reveals that SOX2 binds to regulatory regions of genes associated with signaling pathways that control glial cell activation, such as Nr2e1, Mmd2, Wnt7a, and Akt2...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161318/loss-of-mtorc2-signaling-in-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells-delays-myelination
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Mark D Grier, Kathryn L West, Nathaniel D Kelm, Cary Fu, Mark D Does, Brittany Parker, Eleanor McBrier, Andre H Lagrange, Kevin C Ess, Robert P Carson
Myelin abnormalities are increasingly being recognized as an important component of a number of neurologic developmental disorders. The integration of many signaling pathways and cell types are critical for correct myelinogenesis. The PI3-K and mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathways have been found to play key roles. mTOR is found within two distinct complexes, mTORC1 and mTORC2. mTORC1 activity has been shown to play a major role during myelination, while the role of mTORC2 is not yet well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161311/expression-and-regulation-of-atl9-an-e3-ubiquitin-ligase-involved-in-plant-defense
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Fengyan Deng, Tingwei Guo, Mitchell Lefebvre, Steven Scaglione, Christopher J Antico, Tao Jing, Xin Yang, Weixing Shan, Katrina M Ramonell
Plants are continually exposed to a variety of pathogenic organisms, including bacteria, fungi and viruses. In response to these assaults, plants have developed various defense pathways to protect themselves from pathogen invasion. An understanding of the expression and regulation of genes involved in defense signaling is essential to controlling plant disease. ATL9, an Arabidopsis RING zinc finger protein, is an E3 ubiquitin ligase that is induced by chitin and involved in basal resistance to the biotrophic fungal pathogen, Golovinomyces cichoracearum (G...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161272/global-transcriptome-profile-reveals-abundance-of-dna-damage-response-and-repair-genes-in-individuals-from-high-level-natural-radiation-areas-of-kerala-coast
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Vinay Jain, Birajalaxmi Das
The high level natural radiation areas (HLNRA) of Kerala coast in south west India is unique for its wide variation in the background radiation dose (<1.0mGy to 45mGy/year) and vast population size. Several biological studies conducted in this area did not reveal any adverse effects of chronic low dose and low dose rate radiation on human population. In the present study, global transcriptome analysis was carried out in peripheral blood mono-nuclear cells of 36 individuals belonging to different background dose groups [NLNRA, (Group I, ≤1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161257/regulation-of-camp-and-gsk3-signaling-pathways-contributes-to-the-neuronal-conversion-of-glioma
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Jinsoo Oh, Yongbo Kim, Lihua Che, Jeong Beom Kim, Gyeong Eon Chang, Eunji Cheong, Seok-Gu Kang, Yoon Ha
Glioma is the most malignant type of primary central nervous system tumors, and has an extremely poor prognosis. One potential therapeutic approach is to induce the terminal differentiation of glioma through the forced expression of pro-neural factors. Our goal is to show the proof of concept of the neuronal conversion of C6 glioma through the combined action of small molecules. We investigated the various changes in gene expression, cell-specific marker expression, signaling pathways, physiological characteristics, and morphology in glioma after combination treatment with two small molecules (CHIR99021, a glycogen synthase kinase 3 [GSK3] inhibitor and forskolin, a cyclic adenosine monophosphate [cAMP] activator)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161093/b-cells-producing-type-i-interferon-modulate-macrophage-polarization-in-tuberculosis
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Alan Bénard, Imme Sakwa, Pablo Schierloh, André Colom, Ingrid Mercier, Ludovic Tailleux, Luc Jouneau, Pierre Boudinot, Talal Al-Saati, Roland Lang, Jan Rehwinkel, Andre G Loxton, Stefan He Kaufmann, Véronique Anton-Leberre, Anne O'Garra, Maria Del Carmen Sasiain, Brigitte Gicquel, Simon Fillatreau, Olivier Neyrolles, Denis Hudrisier
RATIONALE: In addition to their well-known function as antibody-producing cells, B lymphocytes can markedly influence the course of infectious or non-infectious diseases via antibody-independent mechanisms. In tuberculosis, B cells accumulate in lungs, yet their functional contribution to the host response remains poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: To document the role of B cells in tuberculosis in an unbiased manner. METHODS: We generated the transcriptome of B cells isolated from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb)-infected mice, and validated the identified key pathways using in vitro and in vivo assays...
November 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161091/dealing-with-stress-defective-metabolic-adaptation-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-pathogenesis
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Charalambos Michaeloudes, Pankaj K Bhavsar, Sharon Mumby, Kian Fan Chung, Ian M Adcock
The mitochondrion is the main site of energy production and a hub of key signaling pathways. It is also central in stress-adaptive response due to its dynamic morphology and ability to interact with other organelles. In response to stress, mitochondria fuse into networks to increase bioenergetic efficiency and protect against oxidative damage. Mitochondrial damage triggers segregation of damaged mitochondria from the mitochondrial network through fission and their proteolytic degradation by mitophagy. Post-translational modifications of the mitochondrial proteome and nuclear cross-talk lead to reprogramming of metabolic gene expression to maintain energy production and redox balance...
November 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161084/mitochondrial-dysfunction-linking-obesity-and-asthma
#15
Naveen K Bhatraju, Anurag Agrawal
The bidirectional epidemiological association between asthma and obesity is well known. Recent evidence suggests that there is an intersection of the pathophysiological molecular pathways leading to either obesity or asthma, at the level of mitochondria. This is not surprising, because mitochondria, beyond their roles as the metabolic powerhouses of the cell, serve as sensors of threats, regulators of stress signaling, and effectors of cytotoxicity. Reduced mitochondrial function and low metabolic activity are well-recognized features of obesity...
November 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160911/simultaneous-use-of-erythropoietin-and-lfm-a13-as-a-new-therapeutic-approach-for-colorectal-cancer
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Anna Tankiewicz-Kwedlo, Justyna Magdalena Hermanowicz, Tomasz Domaniewski, Krystyna Pawlak, Małgorzata Rusak, Anna Pryczynicz, Arkadiusz Surazynski, Tomasz Kaminski, Adam Kazberuk, Dariusz Pawlak
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) is a non-receptor tyrosine kinase involved in the activation of signaling pathways responsible for cell maturation and viability. BTK has previously been reported to be overexpressed in colon cancers. This kind of cancer is often accompanied by anemia, which is treated with an erythropoietin supplement. The goal of the present study was to assess the effects of combination therapy with erythropoietin beta (Epo) and LFM-A13 (BTK inhibitor) on colon cancer in in vitro and in vivo models...
November 21, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160908/connective-tissue-growth-factor-induces-renal-fibrosis-via-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-activation
#17
Sandra Rayego-Mateos, José Luis Morgado-Pascual, Raúl R Rodrigues-Diez, Raquel Rodrigues-Diez, Lucas Falke, Sergio Mezzano, Alberto Ortiz, Jesús Egido, Roel Goldschmeding, Marta Ruiz-Ortega
Connective tissue growth factor (CCN2/CTGF) is a matricellular protein overexpressed in progressive human renal diseases, mainly in fibrotic areas. In vitro studies have demonstrated that CCN2 regulates production of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins and epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT), and therefore could contribute to renal fibrosis. CCN2 blockade ameliorates experimental renal damage, including diminution of ECM accumulation. We have described that CCN2 and its C-terminal degradation product CCN2(IV), bind to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) to modulate renal inflammation...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160895/differential-expression-of-micrornas-contributed-to-the-health-efficacy-of-egcg-in-in-vitro-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-model
#18
Ying Chen, Liyong Huang, Lei Wang, Lingyun Chen, Wenhua Ren, Wenke Zhou
(-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) exhibits a broader spectrum health efficacy in subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) therapy; the mechanisms, however, are largely unknown. Given that miRNAs play important roles in regulation of thousands of gene expressions, the effect of EGCG on the expression of miRNAs was investigated to explore the multi-targeting actions of EGCG by using an in vitro SAH model. MTT and western blot assays were used to assess the health effects of EGCG in SAH progression; the results showed that oxyhemoglobin (OxyHb)-induced cell proliferation and excessive autophagic activation were significantly inhibited by 50 μM EGCG, but not by 1 μM EGCG...
November 21, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160881/effect-of-nobiletin-on-the-mapk-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway-in-the-synovial-membrane-of-rats-with-arthritis-induced-by-collagen
#19
Guliang Yang, Shiming Li, Li Yuan, Yiwen Yang, Min-Hsiung Pan
Nobiletin (5,6,7,8,3',4'-hexamethoxyflavone) is a natural compound in the fruit peel of citrus fruit in the Rutaceae family. It is active in inhibiting inflammation, reducing plasma lipids and has anti-oxidative properties. In studying the effect of nobiletin on rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) model on Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats was established by bovine type II collagen (BIIC), and the effect of nobiletin on RA was investigated using hematoxylin-eosin (H&E) staining, serum enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) detection and western blotting...
November 21, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160857/synergistic-effects-of-danshen-salvia-miltiorrhizae-radix-et-rhizoma-and-sanqi-notoginseng-radix-et-rhizoma-combination-in-angiogenesis-behavior-in-eahy-926-cells
#20
Xian Zhou, Valentina Razmovski-Naumovski, Antony Kam, Dennis Chang, Chunguang Li, Alan Bensoussan, Kelvin Chan
Background: This study investigated the combination effects of the Danshen and Sanqi herb pair on angiogenesis in vitro. Methods: Nine combination ratios of Danshen-Sanqi extracts (DS-SQ) were screened for their angiogenic effects in the human vascular endothelial EAhy 926 cell line via cell proliferation, cell migration and tube formation activities against the damage to the cells exerted by DL-homocysteine (Hcy) and adenosine (Ado). The type of interaction (synergistic, antagonistic, additive) between Danshen and Sanqi was analyzed using combination index (CI) and isobologram models...
November 21, 2017: Medicines (Basel, Switzerland)
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