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Arthropods     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Asian Bioethics Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Asian Journal of Biodiversity     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
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Asian Journal of Cell Biology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Asian Journal of Developmental Biology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Asian Journal of Medical and Biological Research     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Asian Journal of Nematology     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Asian Journal of Poultry Science     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Australian Life Scientist     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Australian Mammalogy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Autophagy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
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Avian Conservation and Ecology     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
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Bacteriophage     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics     Open Access  
Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy     Open Access  
Bangladesh Journal of Scientific Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Berita Biologi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Between the Species     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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BIO Web of Conferences     Open Access  
BIO-Complexity     Open Access  
Bio-Grafía. Escritos sobre la Biología y su enseñanza     Open Access  
Bioanalytical Reviews     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
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Bioedukasi : Jurnal Pendidikan Biologi FKIP UM Metro     Open Access  
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Biologia on-line : Revista de divulgació de la Facultat de Biologia     Open Access  
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   ISSN (Print) 1573-675X - ISSN (Online) 1360-8185
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  • Alcohol and thiamine deficiency trigger differential mitochondrial
           transition pore opening mediating cellular death
    • Authors: Abdoulaye Bâ
      Pages: 741 - 752
      Abstract: Abstract Accumulating evidence has shown that binge-type alcohol intake in mothers interferes with thiamine deficiency (TD) to promote the fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Developmental alcohol or TD exposures act either synergistically or separately to reproduce FAS features e.g. intrauterine growth retardation and related microcephaly characterized by extensive cellular death induced by one another neurotoxicant. However molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying apoptosis in both alcohol and TD toxicities are unknown. The current review addresses mechanisms of apoptosis underlying alcohol and TD toxicities for further understanding FAS pathology. This study indicates two different mitochondria pathways regulating cellular death: The first mechanism may engage alcohol which activates the c-subunit ring of the F0-ATP synthase to form MPT pore-dependent apoptosis; following the second mechanism, TD activates CyP-D translocation from mitochondrial matrix towards the mitochondrial inner membrane to form MPT pore-dependent necrosis. These studies shed light upon molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying apoptosis and necrosis in developemental brain disorders related to alcohol and thiamine deficiency, in hopes of developing new therapeutic strategies for FAS medication.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1372-4
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 6 (2017)
  • Ursolic acid-mediated changes in glycolytic pathway promote cytotoxic
           autophagy and apoptosis in phenotypically different breast cancer cells
    • Authors: Anna Lewinska; Jagoda Adamczyk-Grochala; Ewa Kwasniewicz; Anna Deregowska; Maciej Wnuk
      Pages: 800 - 815
      Abstract: Abstract Plant-derived pentacyclic triterpenotids with multiple biological activities are considered as promising candidates for cancer therapy and prevention. However, their mechanisms of action are not fully understood. In the present study, we have analyzed the effects of low dose treatment (5–20 µM) of ursolic acid (UA) and betulinic acid (BA) on breast cancer cells of different receptor status, namely MCF-7 (ER+, PR+/−, HER2−), MDA-MB-231 (ER−, PR−, HER2−) and SK-BR-3 (ER−, PR−, HER2+). UA-mediated response was more potent than BA-mediated response. Triterpenotids (5–10 µM) caused G0/G1 cell cycle arrest, an increase in p21 levels and SA-beta-galactosidase staining that was accompanied by oxidative stress and DNA damage. UA (20 µM) also diminished AKT signaling that affected glycolysis as judged by decreased levels of HK2, PKM2, ATP and lactate. UA-induced energy stress activated AMPK that resulted in cytotoxic autophagy and apoptosis. UA-mediated elevation in nitric oxide levels and ATM activation may also account for AMPK activation-mediated cytotoxic response. Moreover, UA-promoted apoptosis was associated with decreased pERK1/2 signals and the depolarization of mitochondrial membrane potential. Taken together, we have shown for the first time that UA at low micromolar range may promote its anticancer action by targeting glycolysis in phenotypically distinct breast cancer cells.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1353-7
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 6 (2017)
  • Anandamide oxidative metabolism-induced endoplasmic reticulum stress and
    • Authors: M. Almada; B. M. Fonseca; C. Amaral; M. Diniz-da-Costa; G. Correia-da-Silva; N. Teixeira
      Pages: 816 - 826
      Abstract: Abstract The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) has been recognized as a crucial player in human reproduction. Changes in the levels of anandamide (AEA), the main endocannabinoid (eCB), negatively affect reproductive events, such as implantation, decidualization and placentation. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is a major enzyme expressed in the endometrium and its involvement in female reproductive system has evolved over the last few years. Currently, COX-2 oxidative metabolism is emerging as a key mediator of AEA-induced actions. In this study, we aimed to disclose the mechanisms underlying the effects of AEA in human endometrial stromal cell fate, using a human-derived endometrial cell line (St-T1b). We found that AEA has an anti-proliferative activity through a direct effect on cell cycle progression by inducing G2/M arrest. Moreover, high levels of AEA increased COX-2 activity, triggering apoptotic cell death, with loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, induction of caspase -9 and -3/-7 activities, and cleavage of poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP). In addition, the involvement of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress was verified. These effects were prevented by pre-incubation with a selective COX-2 inhibitor. Therefore, we hypothesize that, in response to altered levels of this eCB, COX-2 oxidative metabolism of AEA may deregulate endometrial cell turnover and, consequently, interfere with cellular events crucial for implantation and decidualization, with a negative impact on human fertility.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1356-4
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 6 (2017)
  • Ricolinostat, a selective HDAC6 inhibitor, shows anti-lymphoma cell
           activity alone and in combination with bendamustine
    • Authors: Maria Cosenza; Monica Civallero; Luigi Marcheselli; Stefano Sacchi; Samantha Pozzi
      Pages: 827 - 840
      Abstract: Abstract Histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACis) have emerged as a new class of anticancer agents, targeting the biological process including cell cycle and apoptosis. We investigated and explained the anticancer effects of an HDAC6 inhibitor, ricolinostat alone and in combination with bendamustine in lymphoma cell lines. Cell viability was measured by MTT assay. Apoptosis, reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, Bcl-2 protein expression, cell cycle progression and tubuline expression were determined by flow cytometry. The effects of ricolinostat alone and in combination on the caspases, PI3K/Akt, Bcl-2 pathways, ER stress and UPR were assessed by immunoblotting. Ricolinostat shows anti lymphoma activity when used as single agent and its capability to induce apoptosis is synergistically potentiated by the bendamustine in lymphoma cell lines. Drug combination reduced the proportion of cells in the G0/G1 and S phases and caused an increase of “sub-G0/G1” peak. The synergistic effect accompanied with the increased ROS, activation of caspase-8, -9, and -3, the cleavage of PARP and modulated by Bcl-2 proteins family. In addition, the exposure of ricolinostat induced the acetylation level of α-tubulin, the extend of which was not further modified by bendamustine. Finally, the apoptosis effect of ricolinostat/bendamustine may be mediated by a corresponding effect on microtubule stabilization. Our data suggest that ricolinostat in combination with bendamustine may be a novel combination with potential for use as an antitumor agent in lymphoma.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1364-4
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 6 (2017)
  • The mechanism of Jurkat cells apoptosis induced by Aggregatibacter
           actinomycetemcomitans cytolethal distending toxin
    • Authors: Hui-ping Chen; Lu Li; Xu Chen; Mi-fang Yang; Yu Ye; Xiao-qian Wang; Yan Xu
      Pages: 841 - 851
      Abstract: Abstract Cytolethal distending toxin (CDT) which is produced by Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans causes apoptosis in lymphocytes. But the specific mechanism is not clear. The aim of our research was to investigate the effect and mechanism during this process. The wild-type CdtA, CdtB, CdtC (CdtAW, CdtBW, CdtCW) and mutant CdtB (CdtBM) were expressed and purified respectively and the purity of each subunit was examined by BandScan software. And the type I deoxyribonuclease and PI-3,4,5-triphosphate (PI-3,4,5-P3, PIP3) phosphatase activity were detected by DNA agarose gel electrophoresis and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay respectively. The cell apoptosis rates were analyzed by flow cytometry. The morphological changes of apoptosis cells were observed by confocal laser scanning microscopy. The protein expression of Bax and Bcl-2 was examined by western blot. Differentially expressed apoptosis-related proteins were identified based on isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation technology. In the present study we found that: (i) recombinant wild-type CdtA, CdtB and CdtC (CdtAW, CdtBW, CdtCW) and mutant CdtB (CdtBM) were correctly expressed and the purity of each protein was higher than 80%, (ii) the average apoptosis rate in wild-type CDT (CDTW) treated groups was 50.54%, which was significantly higher than the controls (4.71%) and mutant CDT (CDTM) treated groups (5.58%) (p < 0.05), (iii) morphological changes of apoptosis were observed in CDTW treated cells, (iv) the expression of Bax protein was significantly increased in CDTW treated cells, while Bcl-2 protein expression was significantly decreased, (v) 17 apoptosis-related proteins were expressed differentially, among which 10 proteins (SMNDC1, TNFRSF10B, UBE2I, ITM2A, CASP3, P53, EIF1, TCF3, HMGN5, CASP8) were up-regulated and 7 proteins (RRM2, TPX2, KIF11, NUCKS1, TOP2A, XRCC1, PTPLAD1, RRM2) were down-regulated, (vi) one possible apoptotic pathway [Ubc9 (UBE2I)/P53/DR5 (TNFRSF10B)/Caspase-8 (CASP8)/ Caspase-3 (CASP3)] was selected and partially proved.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1357-3
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 6 (2017)
  • A novel non-ATP competitive FGFR1 inhibitor with therapeutic potential on
           gastric cancer through inhibition of cell proliferation, survival and
    • Authors: Jianzhang Wu; Xiaojing Du; Wulan Li; Yangyang Zhou; Encheng Bai; Yanting Kang; Qiuxiang Chen; Weitao Fu; Di Yun; Qing Xu; Peihong Qiu; Rong Jin; Yuepiao Cai; Guang Liang
      Pages: 852 - 864
      Abstract: Abstract Fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR1), belonging to receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), possesses various biological functions. Over-expression of FGFR1 has been observed in multiple human malignancies. Hence, targeting FGFR1 is an attractive prospect for the advancement of cancer treatment options. Here, we present a novel small molecular FGFR1 inhibitor L16H50, which can inhibit FGFR1 kinase in an ATP-independent manner. It potently inhibits FGFR1-mediated signaling in a gastric cancer cell line, resulting in inhibition of cell growth, survival and migration. It also displays an outstanding anti-tumor activity in a gastric cancer xenograft tumor model by targeting FGFR1 signaling. These results show that L16H50 is a potent non-ATP-competitive FGFR1 inhibitor and may provide strong rationale for its evaluation in gastric cancer patients.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1361-7
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 6 (2017)
  • Retraction Note to: Advanced oxidation protein products induce chondrocyte
           death through a redox-dependent, poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase-1-mediated
    • Authors: Wenbin Ye; Zhaoming Zhong; Siyuan Zhu; Shuai Zheng; Jun Xiao; Shaolian Song; Hui Yu; Qian Wu; Zhen Lin; Jianting Chen
      Pages: 885 - 885
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1373-3
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 6 (2017)
  • Propofol attenuates H 2 O 2 -induced oxidative stress and apoptosis via
           the mitochondria- and ER-medicated pathways in neonatal rat cardiomyocytes
    • Authors: Xue-Ru Liu; Lu Cao; Tao Li; Lin-Lin Chen; Yi-Yan Yu; Wen-Jun Huang; Li Liu; Xiao-Qiu Tan
      Pages: 639 - 646
      Abstract: Abstract Previous studies have shown that propofol, an intravenous anesthetic commonly used in clinical practice, protects the myocardium from injury. Mitochondria- and endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-mediated oxidative stress and apoptosis are two important signaling pathways involved in myocardial injury and protection. The present study aimed to test the hypothesis that propofol could exert a cardio-protective effect via the above two pathways. Cultured neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were treated with culture medium (control group), H2O2 at 500 μM (H2O2 group), propofol at 50 μM (propofol group), and H2O2 plus propofol (H2O2 + propofol group), respectively. The oxidative stress, mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm) and apoptosis of the cardiomyocytes were evaluated by a series of assays including ELISA, flow cytometry, immunofluorescence microscopy and Western blotting. Propofol significantly suppressed the H2O2-induced elevations in the activities of caspases 3, 8, 9 and 12, the ratio of Bax/Bcl-2, and cell apoptosis. Propofol also inhibited the H2O2-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) release and mitochondrial transmembrane potential (ΔΨm) depolarization, and restored the H2O2-induced reductions of glutathione (GSH) and superoxide dismutase (SOD). In addition, propofol decreased the expressions of glucose-regulated protein 78 kDa (Grp78) and inositol-requiring enzyme 1α (IRE1α), two important signaling molecules in the ER-mediated apoptosis pathway. Propofol protects cardiomyocytes from H2O2-induced injury by inhibiting the mitochondria- and ER-mediated apoptosis signaling pathways.
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1349-3
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 5 (2017)
  • Remifentanil postconditioning ameliorates histone H3 acetylation
           modification in H9c2 cardiomyoblasts after hypoxia/reoxygenation via
           attenuating endoplasmic reticulum stress
    • Authors: Manli Chen; Qin Liu; Lijian Chen; Lei Zhang; Erwei Gu
      Pages: 662 - 671
      Abstract: Abstract Remifentanil postconditioning (RPC) elicits cardioprotection against ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI) by attenuating apoptosis associated with endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS). Histone H3, acetylation modifications of histone H3, and histone deacetylases (HDAC) also have key roles in the mediation of the survival and apoptosis of cardiomyocytes. In this study, an in vitro IRI model was established with H9c2 cardiomyoblasts to investigate the role of histone H3 acetylation and HDAC3 in RPC-induced attenuation of ERS-associated apoptosis. Briefly, H9c2 cardiomyoblasts were randomly subjected to hypoxia/reoxygenation with and without remifentanil administered at the onset of reoxygenation. Results showed that RPC increased cell viability and prevented cell apoptosis (evidenced by CCK-8 cell viability assays and flow cytometry), and these effects were accompanied by lower levels of expression of GRP78, CHOP, cleaved caspase-12, and cleaved caspase-3. RPC also mimicked the effects of SAHA by increasing the amount of histone H3 deacetylation and decreasing up-regulation of HDAC at both the mRNA and protein levels in response to HR. Finally, RPC-induced protective effects against HR, including attenuation of ERS-associated protein markers, deacetylation of histone H3, and down-regulation of HDAC3 were completely abolished by pretreatment with thapsigargin (TG, a specific ERS activator). In contrast, these effects were not found to be enhanced after pretreatment with 4-phenyl butyric acid (4-PBA, a widely used ERS inhibitor). The present results demonstrate that RPC protects H9c2 cardiomyoblasts from HR injury, and this protection involves an attenuation of ERS-associated apoptosis, which mediates a reduction in HDAC3 expression and an increase in histone H3 deacetylation.
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1347-5
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 5 (2017)
  • Caspase dependent and independent mechanisms of apoptosis across gestation
           in a sheep model of placental insufficiency and intrauterine growth
    • Authors: Troy Monson; Tanner Wright; Henry L. Galan; Paul R. Reynolds; Juan A. Arroyo
      Pages: 710 - 718
      Abstract: Abstract Increased placental apoptosis is a hallmark of intrauterine growth restricted (IUGR). Several molecules have been shown to be involved in the control of apoptosis during this disease. Our objective was to determine the expression of Bcl2, Bax, phospho XIAP, AIF, caspase 3 and 9, and telomerase activity across gestation in an ovine hyperthermia-induced model of IUGR. Pregnant sheep were placed in hyperthermic (HT) conditions to induce IUGR along with age-matched controls. Placental tissues were collected at 55 (early), 95 (mid-gestation) and 130 (near-term) days of gestational age (dGA) to determine the expression of apoptotic molecules during the development of IUGR. Compared to the control placenta, IGUR pregnancies showed: significantly reduced placental Bcl2 in early gestation (55 dGA) with a significant increase observed at mid gestation (95 dGA); decreased placental pXIAP at both mid and near term gestational days (95 and 130 dGA); placental AIF increased only at 55 dGA (early gestation); active caspase 3 increased at both mid and near term gestational days (95 and 130 dGA); caspase 9 only increased at mid gestation (95 dGA) and decreased Telomerase activity near term. Placental apoptosis, mediated in part by the apoptosis related molecule, participates in the development of IUGR. Findings from this study suggest a caspase-independent apoptotic pathway during early gestation and caspase-dependent apoptosis at mid and near term gestation. The data also implicate decreased activation of XIAP as a plausible factor involved in the control of placental apoptosis during IUGR.
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1343-9
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 5 (2017)
  • Surfactant protein D delays Fas- and TRAIL-mediated extrinsic pathway of
           apoptosis in T cells
    • Authors: Pascal Djiadeu; Lakshmi P. Kotra; Neil Sweezey; Nades Palaniyar
      Pages: 730 - 740
      Abstract: Abstract Only a few extracellular soluble proteins are known to modulate apoptosis. We considered that surfactant-associated protein D (SP-D), an innate immune collectin present on many mucosal surfaces, could regulate apoptosis. Although SP-D is known to be important for immune cell homeostasis, whether SP-D affects apoptosis is unknown. In this study we aimed to determine the effects of SP-D on Jurkat T cells and human T cells dying by apoptosis. Here we show that SP-D binds to Jurkat T cells and delays the progression of Fas (CD95)-Fas ligand and TRAIL–TRAIL receptor induced, but not TNF–TNF receptor-mediated apoptosis. SP-D exerts its effects by reducing the activation of initiator caspase-8 and executioner caspase-3. SP-D also delays the surface exposure of phosphatidylserine. The effect of SP-D was ablated by the presence of caspase-8 inhibitor, but not by intrinsic pathway inhibitors. The binding ability of SP-D to dying cells decreases during the early stages of apoptosis, suggesting the release of apoptotic cell surface targets during apoptosis. SP-D also delays FasL-induced death of primary human T cells. SP-D delaying the progression of the extrinsic pathway of apoptosis could have important implications in regulating immune cell homeostasis at mucosal surfaces.
      PubDate: 2017-05-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1348-4
      Issue No: Vol. 22, No. 5 (2017)
  • Augmenter of liver regeneration regulates autophagy in renal
           ischemia–reperfusion injury via the AMPK/mTOR pathway
    • Authors: Tao Pu; Xiao-hui Liao; Hang Sun; Hui Guo; Xiao Jiang; Jun-bo Peng; Ling Zhang; Qi Liu
      Abstract: Abstract Autophagy may have protective effects in renal ischemia–reperfusion (I/R) injury, although the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Augmenter of liver regeneration (ALR), a widely distributed multifunctional protein that is originally identified as a hepatic growth factor, may participate in the process of autophagy. To investigate the role of ALR in autophagy, ALR expression is knocked-down in human kidney 2 (HK-2) cells with short hairpin RNA lentivirals. Then, the level of autophagy is measured in the shRNA/ALR group and the shRNA/control group in an in vitro model of ischemia–reperfusion (I/R). The results indicate that the level of autophagy in two groups increase, accompanied by increased reactive oxygen species production, especially in the shRNA/ALR group. The AMPK/mTOR signaling pathway is hyperactive in the shRNA/ALR group. Inhibition of autophagy with the AMPK inhibitor compound C induce apoptosis, especially in the shRNA/ALR group. These findings collectively indicate that ALR negatively regulates the autophagy process through an association with the AMPK/mTOR signaling pathway. Autophagy inhibit apoptosis and play a protective role under conditions of oxidative stress.
      PubDate: 2017-05-02
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1370-6
  • Study on the apoptosis mediated by cytochrome c and factors that affect
           the activation of bovine longissimus muscle during postmortem aging
    • Authors: Jiaying Zhang; Qunli Yu; Ling Han; Cheng Chen; Hang Li; Guangxing Han
      Abstract: Abstract This study investigates whether bovine longissimus muscle cell apoptosis occurs during postmortem aging and whether apoptosis is dependent on the mitochondria pathway. This study also determines the apoptosis process mediated by cytochrome c after its release from mitochondria and the factors that affect the activation processes. Results indicate that apoptotic nuclei were detected at 12 h postmortem. Cytochrome c release from the mitochondria to the cytoplasm activated the caspase-9 and caspase-3 at early postmortem aging and the activation of caspase-9 occurs before the activation of caspase-3. The pH level decreased during the first 48 h postmortem, whereas the mitochondria membrane permeability increased from 6 to 12 h. Results demonstrate that an apoptosis process of bovine muscle occurred during postmortem aging. Apoptosis was dependent on the mitochondria pathway and occurred at early postmortem aging. Increased mitochondria membrane permeability and low pH are necessary conditions for the release of cytochrome c during postmortem aging.
      PubDate: 2017-04-12
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1374-2
  • Novel Triazole linked 2-phenyl benzoxazole derivatives induce apoptosis by
           inhibiting miR-2, miR-13 and miR-14 function in Drosophila melanogaster
    • Authors: Tanmoy Mondal; A. V. S. Lavanya; Akash Mallick; Tulshiram L. Dadmala; Ravindra M. Kumbhare; Utpal Bhadra; Manika Pal Bhadra
      Abstract: Abstract Apoptosis is an important phenomenon in multi cellular organisms for maintaining tissue homeostasis and embryonic development. Defect in apoptosis leads to a number of disorders like- autoimmune disorder, immunodeficiency and cancer. 21–22 nucleotides containing micro RNAs (miRNAs/miRs) function as a crucial regulator of apoptosis alike other cellular pathways. Recently, small molecules have been identified as a potent inducer of apoptosis. In this study, we have identified novel Triazole linked 2-phenyl benzoxazole derivatives (13j and 13h) as a negative regulator of apoptosis inhibiting micro RNAs (miR-2, miR-13 and miR-14) in a well established in vivo model Drosophila melanogaster where the process of apoptosis is very similar to human apoptosis. These compounds inhibit miR-2, miR-13 and miR-14 activity at their target sites, which induce an increased caspase activity, and in turn influence the caspase dependent apoptotic pathway. These two compounds also increase the mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) level to trigger apoptotic cell death.
      PubDate: 2017-04-11
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1367-1
  • PERK signalling pathway mediates single prolonged stress-induced
           dysfunction of medial prefrontal cortex neurons
    • Authors: Lili Wen; Bing Xiao; Yuxiu Shi; Fang Han
      Abstract: Abstract Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized with abnormal learning and memory. Impairments in learning and memory are closely associated with apoptosis in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). We previously examined the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress was involved in the apoptosis in the mPFC of PTSD. The PERK pathway plays the important role in the ER stress-induced apoptosis. The aim of the present study was to explore the role of PERK pathway in neuronal apoptosis in the mPFC of rat models of PTSD. We used the single prolonged stress (SPS) to mimic PTSD in rats and studied the effects of the PERK pathway in mPFC. Learning and memory behavior were examined by Morris water maze and novel object recognition tests. Apoptosis in mPFC was detected by TUNEL staining. Our results showed decreased learning memory and increased apoptosis of mPFC neurons in rats exposed to SPS. SPS exposure upregulate mRNA expressions of PERK, p-PERK, eIF2α, p-eIF2α, nuclear ATF4 and C/EBP-homologous protein (CHOP) in mPFC neurons, but the protein levels of these molecules showed difference in magnitude and time course. GSK2606414 (an antagonist of PERK) treatment successfully reversed the above changes. These results suggested that the PERK pathway mediated SPS-induced neural apoptosis in the mPFC. These findings will be helpful in understanding mPFC-related pathogenesis of PTSD.
      PubDate: 2017-04-08
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1371-5
  • Relaxin attenuates aristolochic acid induced human tubular epithelial cell
           apoptosis in vitro by activation of the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway
    • Authors: Xiang-Cheng Xie; Ning Zhao; Qun-Hong Xu; Xiu Yang; Wen-Kai Xia; Qi Chen; Ming Wang; Xiao Fei
      Abstract: Abstract Aristolochic acid nephropathy remains a leading cause of chronic kidney disease (CKD), however few treatment strategies exist. Emerging evidence has shown that H2 relaxin (RLX) possesses powerful antifibrosis and anti-apoptotic properties, therefore we aimed to investigate whether H2 relaxin can be employed to reduce AA-induced cell apoptosis. Human proximal tubular epithelial (HK-2) cells exposed to AA-I were treated with or without administration of H2 RLX. Cell viability was examined using the WST-8 assay. Apoptotic morphologic alterations were observed using the Hoechst 33342 staining method. Apoptosis was detected using flow cytometry. The expression of caspase 3, caspase 8, caspase 9, ERK1/2, Bax, Bcl-2, and Akt proteins was determined by Western blot. Co-treatment with RLX reversed the increased apoptosis observed in the AA-I only treated group. RLX restored expression of phosphorylated Akt which found to be decreased in the AA-I only treated cells. RLX co-treatment led to a decrease in the Bax/Bcl-2 ratio as well as the cleaved form of caspase-3 compared to the AA-I only treated cells. This anti-apoptotic effect of RLX was attenuated by co-administration of the Akt inhibitor LY294002. The present study demonstrated H2 RLX can decrease AA-I induced apoptosis through activation of the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway.
      PubDate: 2017-04-06
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1369-z
  • Fatty acid synthase regulates the chemosensitivity of breast cancer cells
           to cisplatin-induced apoptosis
    • Authors: Shadia Al-Bahlani; Hanaa Al-Lawati; Moza Al-Adawi; Nadia Al-Abri; Buthaina Al-Dhahli; Kawther Al-Adawi
      Abstract: Abstract Fatty acid synthase (FASN) is a key enzyme in fat biosynthesis that is over-expressed in advanced breast cancer stages. Cisplatin (CDDP) is a platinum-based drug used in the treatment of certain types of this disease. Although it was shown that FASN inhibition induced apoptosis by enhancing the cytotoxicity of certain drugs in breast cancer, its role in regulating the chemosensitivity of different types of breast cancer cells to CDDP-induced apoptosis is not established yet. Therefore, two different breast cancer cell lines; triple negative breast cancer (TNBC; MDA-MB-231) and triple positive breast cancer (TPBC; BT-474) cells were used to examine such role. We show that TNBC cells had naturally less fat content than TPBC cells. Subsequently, the fat content increased in both cells when treated with Palmitate rather than Oleate, whereas both fatty acids produced apoptotic ultra-structural effects and attenuated FASN expression. However, Oleate increased FASN expression in TPBC cells. CDDP decreased FASN expression and increased apoptosis in TNBC cells. These effects were further enhanced by combining CDDP with fatty acids. We also illustrate that the inhibition of FASN by either siRNA or exogenous inhibitor decreased CDDP-induced apoptosis in TPBC cells suggesting its role as an apoptotic factor, while an opposite finding was observed in TNBC cells when siRNA and fatty acids were used, suggesting its role as a survival factor. To our knowledge, we are the first to demonstrate a dual role of FASN in CDDP-induced apoptosis in breast cancer cells and how it can modulate their chemosensitivity.
      PubDate: 2017-04-06
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1366-2
  • Notch-4 silencing inhibits prostate cancer growth and EMT via the
           NF-κB pathway
    • Authors: Jianwei Zhang; Youlin Kuang; Yan Wang; Quanquan Xu; Qinghua Ren
      Abstract: Abstract Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is implicated in the metastasis of human prostate cancer (PCa). Notch signaling has been established as a regulator of EMT. Notch-4 has emerged as a mammary proto-oncogene and a target in several cancers. However, the role and the mechanism of action of Notch-4 in PCa are still unclear. In the present study, we first observed a marked increase in Notch-4 expression in the PCa cell lines DU145, PC3 and LnCAP compared with the non-malignant prostate epithelial cell line RWPE1. Knocking down the expression of Notch-4 suppressed the viability and proliferation in the PCa cell lines DU145 and PC3. Also, further study showed that a decline in Notch-4 significantly promoted apoptosis in PC3 cells. Notch-4 silencing also resulted in decreased cell migration and invasion and affected the expression of EMT markers. We hypothesized that Notch-4 ablation suppresses the activity of NF-κB, so we used PMA to stimulate NF-κB p50 and p65 activation in PC3 cells. The results indicate that PMA treatment impaired the action of Notch-4 ablation in the biology of PC3 cells including cell growth, apoptosis, migration, invasion and EMT. The results of the present study show that RNAi targeting against Notch-4 expression suppresses PCa progression.
      PubDate: 2017-04-03
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1368-0
  • EGCG protects against homocysteine-induced human umbilical vein
           endothelial cells apoptosis by modulating mitochondrial-dependent
           apoptotic signaling and PI3K/Akt/eNOS signaling pathways
    • Authors: Shumin Liu; Zhengwu Sun; Peng Chu; Hailong Li; Anil Ahsan; Ziru Zhou; Zonghui Zhang; Bin Sun; Jingjun Wu; Yalin Xi; Guozhu Han; Yuan Lin; Jinyong Peng; Zeyao Tang
      Abstract: Abstract Homocysteine (Hcy) induced vascular endothelial injury leads to the progression of endothelial dysfunction in atherosclerosis. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a natural dietary antioxidant, has been applied to protect against atherosclerosis. However, the underlying protective mechanism of EGCG has not been clarified. The present study investigated the mechanism of EGCG protected against Hcy-induced human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) apoptosis. Methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium assay (MTT), transmission electron microscope, fluorescent staining, flow cytometry, western blot were used in this study. The study has demonstrated that EGCG suppressed Hcy-induced endothelial cell morphological changes and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. Moreover, EGCG dose-dependently prevented Hcy-induced HUVECs cytotoxicity and apoptotic biochemical changes such as reducing mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), decreasing Bcl-2/Bax protein ratio and activating caspase-9 and 3. In addition, EGCG enhanced the protein ratio of p-Akt/Akt, endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) activation and nitric oxide (NO) formation in injured cells. In conclusion, the present study shows that EGCG prevents Hcy-induced HUVECs apoptosis via modulating mitochondrial apoptotic and PI3K/Akt/eNOS signaling pathways. Furthermore, the results indicate that EGCG is likely to represent a potential therapeutic strategy for atherosclerosis associated with Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy).
      PubDate: 2017-03-19
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1360-8
  • CF 3 DODA-Me induces apoptosis, degrades Sp1, and blocks the
           transformation phase of the blebbishield emergency program
    • Authors: Rikiya Taoka; Goodwin G. Jinesh; Wenrui Xue; Stephen Safe; Ashish M. Kamat
      Abstract: Abstract Cancer stem cells are capable of undergoing cellular transformation after commencement of apoptosis through the blebbishield emergency program in a VEGF-VEGFR2-dependent manner. Development of therapeutics targeting the blebbishield emergency program would thus be important in cancer therapy. Specificity protein 1 (Sp1) orchestrates the transcription of both VEGF and VEGFR2; hence, Sp1 could act as a therapeutic target. Here, we demonstrate that CF3DODA-Me induced apoptosis, degraded Sp1, inhibited the expression of multiple drivers of the blebbishield emergency program such as VEGFR2, p70S6K, and N-Myc through activation of caspase-3, inhibited reactive oxygen species; and inhibited K-Ras activation to abolish transformation from blebbishields as well as transformation in soft agar. These findings confirm CF3DODA-Me as a potential therapeutic candidate that can induce apoptosis and block transformation from blebbishields.
      PubDate: 2017-03-11
      DOI: 10.1007/s10495-017-1359-1
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