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Szczepan Mogilski et al.
Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior, 133, 99-110 (2015-04-08)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the analgesic as well as anti-inflammatory activities of the new pyrrolo[3,4-d]pyridazinone derivatives. Moreover, the present study attempted to assess some of the mechanisms involved in the pharmacological activity of these compounds. In
Arnis Strods et al.
Scientific reports, 5, 11639-11639 (2015-06-27)
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) core (HBc) virus-like particles (VLPs) are one of the most powerful protein engineering tools utilised to expose immunological epitopes and/or cell-targeting signals and for the packaging of genetic material and immune stimulatory sequences. Although HBc VLPs
Youqiang Li et al.
International journal of oncology, 46(4), 1461-1472 (2015-02-06)
Hormone therapy targeting estrogen receptor α (ERα) is the most effective treatment for breast cancer. However, this treatment eventually fails as the tumor develops resistance. Although reduced expression of ER-α is a known contributing factor to endocrine resistance, the mechanism
Hae Lin Jang et al.
ACS nano, 9(4), 4447-4457 (2015-04-02)
Nature designs circulatory systems with hierarchically organized networks of gradually tapered channels ranging from micrometer to nanometer in diameter. In most hard tissues in biological systems, fluid, gases, nutrients and wastes are constantly exchanged through such networks. Here, we developed
Muyi Yang et al.
The Prostate, 75(13), 1363-1375 (2015-05-28)
The sex determing region Y-box 4 (SOX4) gene is a critical developmental transcriptional factor that is overexpressed in prostate cancer (PCa). While we and others have investigated the role of SOX4 overexpression in PCa, the molecular mechanism underlying its aberrant
Jaime Pei Pei Foong et al.
The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 35(18), 7106-7115 (2015-05-08)
Acetylcholine-activating pentameric nicotinic receptors (nAChRs) are an essential mode of neurotransmission in the enteric nervous system (ENS). In this study, we examined the functional development of specific nAChR subtypes in myenteric neurons using Wnt1-Cre;R26R-GCaMP3 mice, where all enteric neurons and
Jian Li et al.
Nanomedicine : nanotechnology, biology, and medicine, 10(7), 1465-1475 (2014-02-04)
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are promising drug delivery systems due to their external functionalizable surface and their hollowed cavity that can encapsulate several bioactive molecules. In this study, the chemotherapeutic drug cisplatin or an inert platinum(IV) complex were entrapped inside functionalized-multi-walled-CNTs
Juliana Noguti et al.
Journal of oral pathology & medicine : official publication of the International Association of Oral Pathologists and the American Academy of Oral Pathology, 44(3), 222-228 (2014-08-30)
The aim of this study was to evaluate whether sleep restriction (SR) could affect the mechanisms and pathways' essentials for cancer cells in tongue cancer induced by 4-nitroquinoline 1-oxide in Wistar rats. The animals were distributed into 4 groups of
María C Merino et al.
PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 8(7), e2997-e2997 (2014-07-25)
Protein S-palmitoylation, a hydrophobic post-translational modification, is performed by protein acyltransferases that have a common DHHC Cys-rich domain (DHHC proteins), and provides a regulatory switch for protein membrane association. In this work, we analyzed the presence of DHHC proteins in
Agnieszka Konopacka et al.
eLife, 4 (2015-11-13)
In response to an osmotic challenge, the synthesis of the antidiuretic hormone arginine vasopressin (AVP) increases in the hypothalamus, and this is accompanied by extension of the 3' poly(A) tail of the AVP mRNA, and the up-regulation of the expression
Jianlan Chang et al.
Journal of hepatology, 63(6), 1413-1420 (2015-08-13)
The secretory protein Slit2 and its receptor Robo1 are believed to regulate cell growth and migration. Here, we aimed to determine whether Slit2-Robo1 signaling mediates the pathogenesis of liver fibrosis. Serum levels of Slit2 in patients with liver fibrosis were
Peter DelNero et al.
Biomaterials, 55, 110-118 (2015-05-03)
Oxygen status and tissue dimensionality are critical determinants of tumor angiogenesis, a hallmark of cancer and an enduring target for therapeutic intervention. However, it is unclear how these microenvironmental conditions interact to promote neovascularization, due in part to a lack
Ji Yeon Son et al.
Molecular cancer therapeutics, 13(7), 1704-1716 (2014-05-13)
Advanced tumors produce an excessive amount of transforming growth factor β (TGFβ), which promotes tumor progression at late stages of malignancy. The purpose of this study was to develop anti-TGFβ therapeutics for cancer. We synthesized a novel small-molecule TGFβ receptor
Harunori Yoshikawa et al.
Nucleic acids research, 43(11), 5524-5536 (2015-05-15)
During the early steps of ribosome biogenesis in mammals, the two ribosomal subunits 40S and 60S are produced via splitting of the large 90S pre-ribosomal particle (90S) into pre-40S and pre-60S pre-ribosomal particles (pre-40S and pre-60S). We previously proposed that
Y Itahana et al.
Oncogene, 34(14), 1799-1810 (2014-05-27)
Only humans and higher primates have high uric acid blood levels. Although high uric acid causes gout, it has been linked with human longevity because of its hypothetical antioxidant function. Recent studies reveal that p53 has significant roles in cellular
Yu Zhang et al.
Peptides, 58, 83-90 (2014-06-28)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of gene regulators originating from non-coding endogenous RNAs. Altered expression, both up- and down-regulation, of miRNAs plays important roles in many human diseases. Correcting miRNA dysregulation by either inhibiting or restoring miRNA function may provide
Min Ji Choi et al.
Plant physiology and biochemistry : PPB, 96, 132-140 (2015-08-12)
Although the functional roles of cold shock domain proteins (CSDPs) have been demonstrated during the growth, development, and stress adaptation of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana), rice (Oryza sativa), and wheat (Triticum aestivum), the functions of CSDPs in other plants species, including
Ursula Úrias et al.
Journal of neuro-oncology, 119(1), 59-70 (2014-05-07)
In the present study, we searched for genes highly expressed in placenta and that could contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a malignant phenotype in different types of tumours, and in astrocytomas in particular. We employed a strategy based
Trisha Rao et al.
Breast cancer research : BCR, 16(1), R11-R11 (2014-01-25)
Effective in vivo models of breast cancer are crucial for studying the development and progression of the disease in humans. We sought to engineer a novel mouse model of polyomavirus middle T antigen (PyV mT)-mediated mammary tumourigenesis in which inducible
Saurabh Chattopadhyay et al.
EMBO reports, 16(11), 1535-1547 (2015-09-06)
Mammalian Toll-like receptors (TLR) recognize microbial products and elicit transient immune responses that protect the infected host from disease. TLR4--which signals from both plasma and endosomal membranes--is activated by bacterial lipopolysaccharides (LPS) and induces many cytokine genes, the prolonged expression
Robert L Seymour et al.
PLoS neglected tropical diseases, 9(6), e0003800-e0003800 (2015-06-27)
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a positive sense, single stranded RNA virus in the genus Alphavirus, and the etiologic agent of epidemics of severe arthralgia in Africa, Asia, Europe and, most recently, the Americas. CHIKV causes chikungunya fever (CHIK), a syndrome
Adam J Wells et al.
PloS one, 10(6), e0130512-e0130512 (2015-06-30)
Malignant middle cerebral artery (MCA) stroke has a disproportionately high mortality due to the rapid development of refractory space-occupying cerebral edema. Animal models are essential in developing successful anti-edema therapies; however to date poor clinical translation has been associated with
Jinghua Yu et al.
Molecular medicine reports, 12(5), 7195-7202 (2015-10-16)
Primary squamous cell carcinoma of the thyroid is a rare and aggressive type of neoplasm, which is routinely treated with surgery; however, despite this, survival time is not commonly more than six months. Thus, the aim of the present study
Yasmin M Vasquez et al.
Molecular endocrinology (Baltimore, Md.), 29(3), 421-433 (2015-01-15)
The forkhead box O1A (FOXO1) is an early-induced target of the protein kinase A pathway during the decidualization of human endometrial stromal cells (HESCs). In this study we identified the cistrome and transcriptome of FOXO1 and its role as a
Helena Ahlfors et al.
Journal of immunology (Baltimore, Md. : 1950), 193(9), 4602-4613 (2014-09-28)
IL-22 is a cytokine that regulates tissue homeostasis at barrier surfaces. A variety of IL-22-producing cell types is known, but identification on the single-cell level remains difficult. Therefore, we generated a fate reporter mouse that would allow the identification of
Nithin B Boppana et al.
International journal of oncology, 46(5), 2003-2010 (2015-03-05)
Because photodynamic therapy (PDT) alone is not always effective as an anticancer treatment, PDT is combined with other anticancer agents for improved efficacy. The clinically-relevant fenretinide [N-(4-hydroxyphenyl) retinamide; 4HPR], was combined with the silicon phthalocyanine photosensitizer Pc4-mediated PDT to test
Antonio DiGiandomenico et al.
Science translational medicine, 6(262), 262ra155-262ra155 (2014-11-14)
Widespread drug resistance due to empiric use of broad-spectrum antibiotics has stimulated development of bacteria-specific strategies for prophylaxis and therapy based on modern monoclonal antibody (mAb) technologies. However, single-mechanism mAb approaches have not provided adequate protective activity in the clinic.
Xiao-Bing Cui et al.
The Journal of endocrinology, 224(2), 127-137 (2014-11-12)
Obesity is an important independent risk factor for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and many other chronic diseases. Adipose tissue inflammation is a critical link between obesity and insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes and a contributor to disease susceptibility
Moustapha Mbow et al.
Immunology, 143(4), 569-577 (2014-06-14)
Differences in lifestyle and break with natural environment appear to be associated with changes in the immune system resulting in various adverse health effects. Although genetics can have a major impact on the immune system and disease susceptibility, the contribution
Fahima Madouri et al.
Journal of molecular cell biology, 7(4), 351-365 (2015-02-26)
The cysteine protease caspase-1 (Casp-1) contributes to innate immunity through the assembly of NLRP3, NLRC4, AIM2, and NLRP6 inflammasomes. Here we ask whether caspase-1 activation plays a regulatory role in house dust mite (HDM)-induced experimental allergic airway inflammation. We report
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