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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214891/up-regulated-atf4-expression-increases-cell-sensitivity-to-apoptosis-in-response-to-radiation
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Ying Zong, Shijie Feng, Jinwei Cheng, Chenlin Yu, Guocai Lu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4) is a member of the activating transcription factor family which regulates the expression of genes involved in amino acid metabolism, redox homeostasis and ER stress responses. ATF4 is also over-expressed in human solid tumors, although its effect on responsiveness to radiation is largely unexplored. METHODS: Real-time PCR was used to detect ATF4 mRNA levels in cells treated with different doses of 60Coγ radiation...
February 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214706/influence-of-oxygen-partial-pressure-on-the-characteristics-of-human-hepatocarcinoma-cells
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Jenifer Trepiana, Susana Meijide, Rosaura Navarro, M Luisa Hernández, José Ignacio Ruiz-Sanz, M Begoña Ruiz-Larrea
Most of the in vitro studies using liver cell lines have been performed under atmospheric oxygen partial pressure (21% O2). However, the oxygen concentrations in the liver and cancer cells are far from this value. In the present study, we have evaluated the influence of oxygen on 1) the tumor cell lines features (growth, steady-state ROS levels, GSH content, activities of antioxidant enzymes, p66 Shc and SOD expressions, metalloproteinases secretion, migration, invasion, and adhesion) of human hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines, and b) the response of the cells to an oxidant stimulus (aqueous leaf extract of the V...
February 13, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199857/socioeconomic-status-hair-cortisol-and-internalizing-symptoms-in-parents-and-children
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Alexandra Ursache, Emily C Merz, Samantha Melvin, Jerrold Meyer, Kimberly G Noble
Socioeconomic disadvantage is consistently linked with higher risk for internalizing problems, and stress is likely one important mechanism explaining this increased risk. Few studies have examined socioeconomic differences in hair cortisol, a novel biomarker of long-term adrenocortical activity and chronic stress. Moreover, no studies have examined whether differences in hair cortisol might explain socioeconomic disparities in internalizing problems. To address these gaps, we first examined relations of socioeconomic status (SES; family income and parental education) to variation in both parents' and children's hair cortisol concentrations (HCC) and then tested whether HCC and perceptions of stress mediated relations of SES to parents' and children's internalizing symptoms...
January 28, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195035/pre-s2-mutant-induced-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-signal-pathways-as-potential-therapeutic-targets-for-hepatitis-b-virus-associated-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#4
Chiao-Fang Teng, Han-Chieh Wu, Woei-Cherng Shyu, Long-Bin Jeng, Ih-Jen Su
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Pre-S2 mutant represents an HBV oncoprotein that is accumulated in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and manifests as type II ground glass hepatocytes (GGHs). Pre-S2 mutant can induce ER stress and initiate multiple ER stress-dependent or -independent cellular signal pathways, leading to growth advantage of type II GGH. Importantly, the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signal pathways are consistently activated throughout the liver tumorigenesis in pre-S2 mutant transgenic mice and in human HCC tissues, leading to hepatocyte proliferation, metabolic disorders, and HCC tumorigenesis...
February 14, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183144/rapid-deterioration-of-latent-hbv-hepatitis-during-cushing-disease-and-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-after-earthquake
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Ryosuke Tashiro, Yoshikazu Ogawa, Teiji Tominaga
Reactivation of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a risk in the 350 million HBV carriers worldwide. HBV reactivation may cause hepatocellular carcinoma, cirrhosis, and fulminant hepatitis, and HBV reactivation accompanied with malignant tumor and/or chemotherapy is a critical problem for patients with chronic HBV infection. Multiple risk factors causing an immunosuppressive state can also induce HBV reactivation.We present a case of HBV reactivation during an immunosuppressive state caused by Cushing disease and physical and psychological stress after a disaster...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181396/the-aflatoxin-b1-fumonisin-b1-toxicity-in-brl-3a-hepatocytes-is-associated-to-induction-of-cytochrome-p450-activity-and-arachidonic-acid-metabolism
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Verónica S Mary, Silvina L Arias, Santiago N Otaiza, Pilar A Velez, Héctor R Rubinstein, Martín G Theumer
Human oral exposure to aflatoxin B1 (AFB1 ) and fumonisin B1 (FB1 ) is associated with increased hepatocellular carcinoma. Although evidence suggested interactive AFB1 -FB1 hepatotoxicity, the underlying mechanisms remain mostly unidentified. This work was aimed at evaluating the possible AFB1 -FB1 interplay to induce genetic and cell cycle toxicities in BRL-3A rat hepatocytes, reactive oxygen species (ROS) involvement, and the AFB1 metabolizing pathways cytochrome P450 (CYP) and arachidonic acid (ArAc) metabolism as ROS contributors...
February 9, 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155845/design-and-fabrication-of-a-scalable-liver-lobule-on-a-chip-microphysiological-platform
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Amin A Banaeiyan, Jannick Theobald, Jurgita Paukštyte, Stefan Wölfl, Caroline B Adiels, Mattias Goksör
The design and fabrication of a very large-scale liver-lobule (VLSLL)-on-a-chip device, providing a microphysiological niche for hepatocytes, is described. The device consists of an integrated network of liver-lobule-like hexagonal tissue-culture chambers constructed in a hybrid layout with a separate seed-feed network. As a key feature, each chamber contains a central outlet mimicking the central vein of a liver lobule. Separating chamber walls located between the culture area and feed network protects cells from the shear force of the convective flow...
February 3, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154266/the-serum-oxidative-anti-oxidative-stress-balance-becomes-dysregulated-in-patients-with-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-associated-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Yasuyuki Shimomura, Akinobu Takaki, Nozomu Wada, Tetsuya Yasunaka, Fusao Ikeda, Takayuki Maruyama, Naofumi Tamaki, Daisuke Uchida, Hideki Onishi, Kenji Kuwaki, Shinichiro Nakamura, Kazuhiro Nouso, Yasuhiro Miyake, Kazuko Koike, Takaaki Tomofuji, Manabu Morita, Kazuhide Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Okada
Objective Oxidative stress is associated with the progression of chronic liver disease. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is also an oxidative stress-related disease. However, the oxidative/anti-oxidative balance has not been fully characterized in NAFLD. The objective of the present study was to investigate the balance between oxidative stress and the anti-oxidative activity in NAFLD, including non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Patients We recruited 69 patients with histologically proven NAFLD without HCC (NAFLD; n=58), and with NASH-related HCC (NASH-HCC; n=11)...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135674/stress-related-and-basic-determinants-of-hair-cortisol-in-humans-a-meta-analysis
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Tobias Stalder, Susann Steudte-Schmiedgen, Nina Alexander, Tim Klucken, Annika Vater, Susann Wichmann, Clemens Kirschbaum, Robert Miller
The analysis of hair cortisol concentrations (HCC) is a relatively new strategy to measure long-term cumulative cortisol levels, which is increasingly used in psychoneuroendocrinological research. Here, we conduct a first comprehensive meta-analysis of HCC research based on aggregated data from a total of 124 (sub)samples (66 independent studies; total N=10,289). We seek to answer two central questions: (i) Which covariates and basic features of HCC need to be considered in future research? (ii) What are the main determinants of HCC in terms of chronic stress exposure and mental health? Concerning basic characteristics, our findings identify several covariates to be considered (age, sex, hair washing frequency, hair treatment, oral contraceptive use), confirm a decline of HCC from the first to the second proximal 3cm hair segment, and show positive associations between HCC and short-term salivary cortisol measures...
January 10, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134285/aqueous-extract-of-polygonum-bistorta-modulates-proteostasis-by-ros-induced-er-stress-in-human-hepatoma-cells
#10
Yu-Huei Liu, Yui-Ping Weng, Hsuan-Yuan Lin, Sai-Wen Tang, Chao-Jung Chen, Chi-Jung Liang, Chung-Yu Ku, Jung-Yaw Lin
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains the leading cause of cancer mortality with limited therapeutic targets. The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) plays a pivotal role in maintaining proteostasis in normal cells. However, alterations in proteostasis are often found in cancer cells, making it a potential target for therapy. Polygonum bistorta is used in traditional Chinese medicine owing to its anticancer activities, but the molecular and pharmacological mechanisms remain unclear. Using hepatoma cells as a model system, this study demonstrated that P...
January 30, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125040/silymarin-silybin-and-chronic-liver-disease-a-marriage-of-many-years
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REVIEW
Alessandro Federico, Marcello Dallio, Carmelina Loguercio
Silymarin is the extract of Silybum marianum, or milk thistle, and its major active compound is silybin, which has a remarkable biological effect. It is used in different liver disorders, particularly chronic liver diseases, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, because of its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic power. Indeed, the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effect of silymarin is oriented towards the reduction of virus-related liver damages through inflammatory cascade softening and immune system modulation...
January 24, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110063/curcumin-ameliorates-liver-damage-and-progression-of-nash-in-nash-hcc-mouse-model-possibly-by-modulating-hmgb1-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-translocation
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Rejina Afrin, Somasundaram Arumugam, Azizur Rahman, Mir Imam Ibne Wahed, Vengadeshprabhu Karuppagounder, Meilei Harima, Hiroshi Suzuki, Shizuka Miyashita, Kenji Suzuki, Hiroyuki Yoneyama, Kazuyuki Ueno, Kenichi Watanabe
Curcumin, a phenolic compound, has a wide spectrum of therapeutic effects such as antitumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and so on. The study aimed to investigate the underlying mechanisms of curcumin to protect liver damage and progression of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in a novel NASH-hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) mouse model. To induce this model neonatal C57BL/6J male mice were exposed to low-dose streptozotocin and were fed a high-fat diet (HFD) from the age of 4weeks to 14weeks. Curcumin was given at 100mg/kg dose daily by oral gavage started at the age of 10weeks and continued until 14weeks along with HFD feeding...
January 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109948/design-and-synthesis-of-novel-tetrandrine-derivatives-as-potential-anti-tumor-agents-against-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Junjie Lan, Ning Wang, Lan Huang, Yazhou Liu, Xiaopan Ma, Huayong Lou, Chao Chen, Yibin Feng, Weidong Pan
Tetrandrine, a lead anti-tumor compound with a bis-benzyltetrahydroisoquinoline skeleton isolated from medicinal plant Stephania tetrandra. In order to obtain active anti-tumor agents and evaluate their structure-activity relationships, a series of novel tetrandrine derivatives were designed and synthesized in this study. Their anti-tumor activities against human hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines (HMCC97L and PLC/PRF/5) were also evaluated. The bioassay results showed that the derivatives exhibited moderate to strong inhibition against the two cell lines...
January 7, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109728/the-utility-of-hair-cortisol-concentrations-in-the-prediction-of-ptsd-symptoms-following-traumatic-physical-injury
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Maria L Pacella, Bryce Hruska, Susann Steudte-Schmiedgen, Richard L George, Douglas L Delahanty
RATIONALE: Although cortisol alterations have been associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and PTSD symptoms (PTSS), the direction of association is mixed. Cortisol which is measured in blood, saliva, or urine is subject to transient factors that may confound results. Recent advances in cortisol sampling techniques provide novel opportunities to address these inconsistencies. Hair cortisol sampling is a non-invasive method for the retrospective assessment of long-term integrated cortisol, yet its utility at predicting PTSS has not been assessed in acute injury victims...
January 6, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107896/cortisol-levels-in-hair-are-altered-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome-a-case-control-study-in-primary-care
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A-K Norlin, S Walter, E Theodorsson, V Tegelstrom, E Grodzinsky, M P Jones, Å Faresjö
OBJECTIVE: Stress is an important component in the pathophysiology of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Long term Hypothalamus Pituitary Adrenal (HPA)-axis activity can be studied by measuring hair cortisol concentrations (HCC). Some previous studies have indicated a dysregulated HPA-axis in IBS patients, but cortisol levels in hair have not yet been studied. We investigated whether HCC and self-reported stress differentiate IBS patients from controls. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study within 10 Swedish Primary Health Care Centers we compared patients in working age with active IBS to patients without GI complaints...
February 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105726/biological-stress-indicators-as-risk-markers-for-increased-alcohol-use-following-traumatic-experiences
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Sebastian Trautmann, Markus Muehlhan, Clemens Kirschbaum, Hans-Ulrich Wittchen, Michael Höfler, Tobias Stalder, Susann Steudte-Schmiedgen
Alcohol misuse is a common sequela of traumatic event experiences causing considerable morbidity and mortality. Although biological stress indicators have been identified as useful risk markers for the development of trauma-related disorders, no such biological indicators exist for the risk of increased alcohol use after trauma exposure. This is the first study to prospectively investigate the predictive value of long-term cortisol levels and acute stress reactivity for the risk of increased alcohol use following traumatic events...
January 20, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104392/scutellarein-antagonizes-the-tumorigenesis-by-modulating-cytokine-vegf-mediated-neoangiogenesis-and-dff-40-actuated-nucleosomal-degradation
#17
Prabhu Thirusangu, V Vigneshwaran, B R Vijay Avin, H Rakesh, H M Vikas, B T Prabhakar
Neoplastic cells often reside in distinctive tumor hypoxia armed with a series of adaptive responses including oxidative stress, defective apoptotic machinery and neoangiogenesis, through that further confer cell survival improvement. Plants still acts as reservoir of natural chemicals to provide newer active pharmacophores. Scutellarein is flavones which has wide range of pharmacophoral effects. In our current research, scutellarein employed for targeting oxidative stress mediated tumor angiogenesis and apoptotic nuclear fragmentation...
February 26, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081247/changes-of-oxidative-stress-glutathione-and-its-dependent-antioxidant-enzyme-activities-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-before-and-after-tumor-resection
#18
Shao-Bin Cheng, Hsiao-Tien Liu, Sin-Yuan Chen, Ping-Ting Lin, Chia-Yu Lai, Yi-Chia Huang
The changes in and relationship between oxidative stress and the glutathione (GSH) antioxidant system in the plasma and tissues of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) before and after tumor resection have not been clearly determined. We investigated the changes in oxidative stress, GSH status and its dependent antioxidant enzyme activities in HCC patients before and after tumor resection, and to determine the association of oxidative stress with GSH and its dependent antioxidant enzyme activities in plasma and tissues...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073090/hair-dyeing-hair-washing-and-hair-cortisol-concentrations-among-women-from-the-healthy-start-study
#19
Sheila K Kristensen, Sofus C Larsen, Nanna J Olsen, Jan Fahrenkrug, Berit L Heitmann
BACKGROUND: Hair cortisol concentration (HCC) has been suggested as a promising marker for chronic stress. However, studies investigating the influence of hair dyeing and hair washing frequency on HCC have shown inconsistent results. OBJECTIVE: To examine associations between HCC and hair dyeing status or weekly hair washing frequency among women. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was based on data from 266 mothers participating in the Healthy Start intervention study...
December 31, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069382/antibiotic-tigecycline-enhances-cisplatin-activity-against-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-through-inducing-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-oxidative-damage
#20
Jun Tan, Meijun Song, Mi Zhou, Yaoren Hu
Targeting mitochondrial metabolism has been recently demonstrated to be a promising therapeutic strategy for the treatment of various cancer. In this work, we demonstrate that antibiotic tigecycline is selectively against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) through inducing mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative damage. Tigecycline is more effective in inhibiting proliferation and inducing apoptosis of HCC than normal liver cells. Importantly, tigecycline significantly enhances the inhibitory effects of chemotherapeutic drug cisplatin in HCC in vitro and in vivo...
January 29, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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