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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087810/akt1-lkb1-and-yap1-revealed-as-myc-interactors-with-nanoluc-based-protein-fragment-complementation-assay
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Xiu-Lei Mo, Qi Qi, Andrei A Ivanov, Qiankun Niu, Yin Luo, Jonathan Havel, Russell Goetze, Sydney Bell, Carlos S Moreno, Lee A D Cooper, Margaret A Johns, Fadlo R Khuri, Yuhong Du, Haian Fu
The c-Myc (MYC) transcription factor is a major cancer driver and a well-validated therapeutic target. However, directly targeting MYC has been challenging. Thus, identifying proteins that interact with and regulate MYC may provide alternative strategies to inhibit its oncogenic activity. Here we report the development of a NanoLuc®-based protein-fragment complementation assay (NanoPCA) and mapping of the MYC protein interaction hub in live mammalian cells. The NanoPCA system was configured to enable detection of protein-protein interactions (PPI) at the endogenous level, as shown with PRAS40 dimerization, and detection of weak interactions, such as PINCH1-NCK2...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087471/il-6-promotes-m2-macrophage-polarization-by-modulating-purinergic-signaling-and-regulates-the-lethal-release-of-nitric-oxide-during-trypanosoma-cruzi-infection
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Liliana M Sanmarco, Nicolás E Ponce, Laura M Visconti, Natalia Eberhardt, Martin G Theumer, Ángel R Minguez, Maria P Aoki
The production of nitric oxide (NO) is a key defense mechanism against intracellular pathogens but it must be tightly controlled in order to avoid excessive detrimental oxidative stress. In this study we described a novel mechanism through which interleukin (IL)-6 mediates the regulation of NO release induced in response to Trypanosoma cruzi infection. Using a murine model of Chagas disease, we found that, in contrast to C57BL/6 wild type (WT) mice, IL-6-deficient (IL6KO) mice exhibited a dramatic increase in plasma NO levels concomitant with a significantly higher amount of circulating IL-1β and inflammatory monocytes...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087336/oleate-induces-katp-channel-dependent-hyperpolarisation-in-mouse-hypothalamic-glucose-excited-neurones-without-altering-cellular-energy-charge
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Selma Dadak, Craig Beall, Julia M Vlachaki Walker, Marc Pm Soutar, Rory J McCrimmon, Michael L J Ashford
The unsaturated fatty acid, oleate exhibits anorexigenic properties reducing food intake and hepatic glucose output. However, its mechanism of action in the hypothalamus has not been fully determined. This study investigated the effects of oleate and glucose on GT1-7 mouse hypothalamic cells (a model of glucose-excited (GE) neurones) and mouse arcuate nucleus (ARC) neurones. Whole-cell and perforated patch-clamp recordings, immunoblotting and cell energy status measures were used to investigate oleate and glucose sensing properties of mouse hypothalamic neurones...
January 9, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087332/exo-mfa-a-13c-metabolic-flux-analysis-to-dissect-tumor-microenvironment-secreted-exosome-contributions-towards-cancer-cell-metabolism
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Abhinav Achreja, Hongyun Zhao, Lifeng Yang, Tae Hyun Yun, Juan Marini, Deepak Nagrath
Dissecting the pleiotropic roles of tumor micro-environment (TME) on cancer progression has been brought to the foreground of research on cancer pathology. Extracellular vesicles such as exosomes, transport proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids, to mediate intercellular communication between TME components and have emerged as candidates for anti-cancer therapy. We previously reported that cancer-associated fibroblast (CAF) derived exosomes (CDEs) contain metabolites in their cargo that are utilized by cancer cells for central carbon metabolism and promote cancer growth...
January 10, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079010/discovery-of-natural-product-proteasome-inhibitors-as-novel-anticancer-therapeutics-current-status-and-perspectives
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Hui Wang, Qingzhu Yang, Ping Dou, Huanjie Yang
Natural products serve as a main resource for drug discovery. The ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) is one of the primary intracellular protein degradation systems, which is responsible for the degradation of most short-lived, mis-folded and aged proteins. The proteasome is a validated target for cancer treatment, since cancer cells are more reliant on high levels of proteasome activity to maintain the dynamic protein homeostasis required for enhanced metabolism and unrestricted proliferation inherent in cancer cells...
January 11, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079005/dendritic-cells-modulate-iron-homeostasis-and-inflammatory-abilities-following-quercetin-exposure
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Vanessa Galleggiante, Stefania De Santis, Elisabetta Cavalcanti, Aurelia Scarano, Maria De Benedictis, Grazia Serino, Maria Lucia Caruso, Mauro Mastronardi, Aldo Pinto, Pietro Campiglia, Dale Kunde, Angelo Santino, Marcello Chieppa
BACKGROUND: Fruit and vegetables are rich in plant polyphenols, whose consumption is encouraged in healthy dietary regimes due to their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects. These organic molecules exhibit numerous properties including phylochelation; the ability to create complex with metal ions. Among polyphenols, we focused our attention to quercetin that previously demonstrated its ability to reduce dendritic cells (DCs) inflammatory cytokine secretion and antigen presentation following LPS exposure...
January 12, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077872/structural-basis-for-nutrient-acquisition-by-dominant-members-of-the-human-gut-microbiota
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Amy J Glenwright, Karunakar R Pothula, Satya P Bhamidimarri, Dror S Chorev, Arnaud Baslé, Susan J Firbank, Hongjun Zheng, Carol V Robinson, Mathias Winterhalter, Ulrich Kleinekathöfer, David N Bolam, Bert van den Berg
The human large intestine is populated by a high density of microorganisms, collectively termed the colonic microbiota, which has an important role in human health and nutrition. The survival of microbiota members from the dominant Gram-negative phylum Bacteroidetes depends on their ability to degrade dietary glycans that cannot be metabolized by the host. The genes encoding proteins involved in the degradation of specific glycans are organized into co-regulated polysaccharide utilization loci, with the archetypal locus sus (for starch utilisation system) encoding seven proteins, SusA-SusG...
January 11, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077444/protein-interactions-during-the-flavivirus-and-hepacivirus-life-cycle
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Gisa Gerold, Janina Bruening, Bettina Weigel, Thomas Pietschmann
Protein-protein interactions govern biological functions in cells, in the extracellular milieu and at the border between cells and extracellular space. Viruses are small intracellular parasites and thus rely on protein interactions to produce progeny inside host cells and to spread from cell to cell. Usage of host proteins by viruses can have severe consequences e.g. apoptosis, metabolic disequilibria or altered cell proliferation and mobility. Understanding protein interactions during virus infection can thus educate us on viral infection and pathogenesis mechanisms...
January 11, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077438/fibroblast-drug-scavenging-increases-intratumoural-gemcitabine-accumulation-in-murine-pancreas-cancer
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E Hessmann, M S Patzak, L Klein, N Chen, V Kari, I Ramu, T E Bapiro, K K Frese, A Gopinathan, F M Richards, D I Jodrell, C Verbeke, X Li, R Heuchel, J M Löhr, S A Johnsen, T M Gress, V Ellenrieder, A Neesse
OBJECTIVE: Desmoplasia and hypovascularity are thought to impede drug delivery in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). However, stromal depletion approaches have failed to show clinical responses in patients. Here, we aimed to revisit the role of the tumour microenvironment as a physical barrier for gemcitabine delivery. DESIGN: Gemcitabine metabolites were analysed in LSL-Kras(G12D/+); LSL-Trp53(R172H/+); Pdx-1-Cre (KPC) murine tumours and matched liver metastases, primary tumour cell lines, cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) and pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) by liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry...
January 10, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076777/antagonistic-functions-of-mbp-and-cnp-establish-cytosolic-channels-in-cns-myelin
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Nicolas Snaidero, Caroline Velte, Matti Myllykoski, Arne Raasakka, Alexander Ignatev, Hauke B Werner, Michelle S Erwig, Wiebke Möbius, Petri Kursula, Klaus-Armin Nave, Mikael Simons
The myelin sheath is a multilamellar plasma membrane extension of highly specialized glial cells laid down in regularly spaced segments along axons. Recent studies indicate that myelin is metabolically active and capable of communicating with the underlying axon. To be functionally connected to the neuron, oligodendrocytes maintain non-compacted myelin as cytoplasmic nanochannels. Here, we used high-pressure freezing for electron microscopy to study these cytoplasmic regions within myelin close to their native state...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075451/the-role-of-sphingolipid-signalling-in-diabetes%C3%A2-associated-pathologies-review
#11
Mei Li Ng, Carol Wadham, Olga A Sukocheva
Sphingosine kinase (SphK) is an important signalling enzyme that catalyses the phosphorylation of sphingosine (Sph) to form sphingosine‑1‑phosphate (S1P). The multifunctional lipid, S1P binds to a family of five G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). As an intracellular second messenger, S1P activates key signalling cascades responsible for the maintenance of sphingolipid metabolism, and has been implicated in the progression of cancer, and the development of other inflammatory and metabolic diseases...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075409/the-hiv-1-vpr-protein-a-multifaceted-target-for-therapeutic-intervention
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María Eugenia González
The human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) Vpr protein is an attractive target for antiretroviral drug development. The conservation both of the structure along virus evolution and the amino acid sequence in viral isolates from patients underlines the importance of Vpr for the establishment and progression of HIV-1 disease. While its contribution to virus replication in dividing and non-dividing cells and to the pathogenesis of HIV-1 in many different cell types, both extracellular and intracellular forms, have been extensively studied, its precise mechanism of action nevertheless remains enigmatic...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072885/functional-role-of-intracellular-calcium-receptor-inositol-1-4-5-trisphosphate-type-1-in-rat-hippocampus-after-neonatal-anoxia
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Juliane Midori Ikebara, Silvia Honda Takada, Débora Sterzeck Cardoso, Natália Myuki Moralles Dias, Beatriz Crossiol Vicente de Campos, Talitha Amanda Sanches Bretherick, Guilherme Shigueto Vilar Higa, Mariana Sacrini Ayres Ferraz, Alexandre Hiroaki Kihara
Anoxia is one of the most prevalent causes of neonatal morbidity and mortality, especially in preterm neonates, constituting an important public health problem due to permanent neurological sequelae observed in patients. Oxygen deprivation triggers a series of simultaneous cascades, culminating in cell death mainly located in more vulnerable metabolic brain regions, such as the hippocampus. In the process of cell death by oxygen deprivation, cytosolic calcium plays crucial roles. Intracellular inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors (IP3Rs) are important regulators of cytosolic calcium levels, although the role of these receptors in neonatal anoxia is completely unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072864/1h-nmr-metabolomics-reveals-association-of-high-expression-of-inositol-1-4-5-trisphosphate-receptor-and-metabolites-in-breast-cancer-patients
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Aru Singh, Raj Kumar Sharma, Megha Chagtoo, Gaurav Agarwal, Nelson George, Neeraj Sinha, Madan M Godbole
1H NMR is used to detect alterations in metabolites and their linkage to metabolic processes in a number of pathological conditions including breast cancer. Inositol 1, 4, 5 trisphosphate (IP3R) receptor is an intracellular calcium channel known to regulate metabolism and cellular bioenergetics. Its expression is up regulated in a number of cancers. However, its linkage to metabolism in disease conditions has not been evaluated. This study was designed to determine the association if any, of these metabolites with altered expression of IP3R in breast cancer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071763/starved-epithelial-cells-uptake-extracellular-matrix-for-survival
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Taru Muranen, Marcin P Iwanicki, Natasha L Curry, Julie Hwang, Cory D DuBois, Jonathan L Coloff, Daniel S Hitchcock, Clary B Clish, Joan S Brugge, Nada Y Kalaany
Extracellular matrix adhesion is required for normal epithelial cell survival, nutrient uptake and metabolism. This requirement can be overcome by oncogene activation. Interestingly, inhibition of PI3K/mTOR leads to apoptosis of matrix-detached, but not matrix-attached cancer cells, suggesting that matrix-attached cells use alternate mechanisms to maintain nutrient supplies. Here we demonstrate that under conditions of dietary restriction or growth factor starvation, where PI3K/mTOR signalling is decreased, matrix-attached human mammary epithelial cells upregulate and internalize β4-integrin along with its matrix substrate, laminin...
January 10, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070865/sphingosine-1-phosphate-pretreatment-amends-hypoxia-induced-metabolic-dysfunction-and-impairment-of-myogenic-potential-in-differentiating-c2c12-myoblasts-by-stimulating-viability-calcium-homeostasis-and-energy-generation
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Babita Rahar, Sonam Chawla, Sanjay Pandey, Anant Narayan Bhatt, Shweta Saxena
Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) has a role in transpiration in patho-physiological signaling in skeletal muscles. The present study evaluated the pre-conditioning efficacy of S1P in facilitating differentiation of C2C12 myoblasts under a normoxic/hypoxic cell culture environment. Under normoxia, exogenous S1P significantly promoted C2C12 differentiation as evident from morphometric descriptors and differentiation markers of the mature myotubes, but it could facilitate only partial recovery from hypoxia-induced compromised differentiation...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070799/metabolic-alterations-and-the-protective-effect-of-punicalagin-against-glutamate-induced-oxidative-toxicity-in-ht22-cells
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Kavitha Pathakoti, Lavanya Goodla, Manjunath Manubolu, Tewin Tencomnao
Oxidative stress is involved in many neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's disease. Punicalagin (PC) is a hydrolysable polyphenol derived from Punica granatum and a potent antioxidant. In this study, the neuroprotective effect of PC on glutamate-induced oxidative stress was evaluated in the mouse hippocampal cell line, HT22. PC treatment protected HT22 cells from glutamate-induced cell death in a concentration-dependent manner, potentially attenuated glutamate-induced intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and restored the mitochondrial membrane depolarization...
January 9, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069738/fbxl5-inactivation-in-mouse-brain-induces-aberrant-proliferation-of-neural-stem-progenitor-cells
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Takayoshi Yamauchi, Masaaki Nishiyama, Toshiro Moroishi, Atsuki Kawamura, Keiichi I Nakayama
FBXL5 is the substrate recognition subunit of an SCF-type ubiquitin ligase that serves as a master regulator of iron metabolism in mammalian cells. We previously showed that mice with systemic deficiency of FBXL5 fail to sense intracellular iron levels and die in utero at embryonic day (E) 8.5 as a result of iron overload and subsequent oxidative stress. This early embryonic mortality has thus impeded study of the role of FBXL5 in brain development. We have now generated mice lacking FBXL5 specifically in Nestin-expressing neural stem-progenitor cells (NSPCs) in the brain...
January 9, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069443/the-cyclic-amp-phosphodiesterase-4d5-pde4d5-receptor-for-activated-c-kinase-1-rack1-signalling-complex-as-a-sensor-of-the-extracellular-nano-environment
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Stephen J Yarwood, Euan Parnell, Rebecca J Bird
The cyclic AMP and protein kinase C (PKC) signalling pathways regulate a wide range of cellular processes that require tight control, including cell proliferation and differentiation, metabolism and inflammation. The identification of a protein complex formed by receptor for activated C Kinase 1 (RACK1), a scaffold protein for protein kinase C (PKC), and the cyclic AMP-specific phosphodiesterase, PDE4D5, demonstrates a potential mechanism for crosstalk between these two signalling routes. Indeed, RACK1-bound PDE4D5 is activated by PKCα, providing a route through which the PKC pathway can control cellular cyclic AMP levels...
January 6, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069436/streptozotocin-causes-neurotoxic-effect-in-cultured-cerebellar-granule-neurons
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Elisaveta E Genrikhs, Elena V Stelmashook, Sergey A Golyshev, Olga P Aleksandrova, Nickolay K Isaev
Streptozotocin (STZ) is a glucosamine-nitrosourea compound used for experimental simulation of sporadic Alzheimer's disease at intracerebroventricular administration in vivo. The studies of STZ influence on neurons of central nervous system performed on the primary cultures are practically absent. We have shown the application of STZ (1-5mM) in primary culture for 48h induced strong dose-dependent death in cultured cerebellar granule neurons. This toxic effect was decreased by pyruvate, insulin partially. Using the indicator Fluo-4 AM for measurements of intracellular calcium ions and tetramethylrhodamine ethyl ester (TMRE) for detection of changes of mitochondrial membrane potential in live cells we have shown that 5 h-exposure to STZ induced intensive increase of Fluo-4 and decrease TMRE fluorescence in neurons...
January 6, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
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