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#28738389   2017/07/24 Save this To Up

PDGF Promotes the Warburg Effect in Pulmonary Arterial Smooth Muscle Cells via Activation of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR/HIF-1α Signaling Pathway.

The enhanced proliferation of pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) is a central pathological component in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Both the Warburg effect and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) are involved in the proliferation of PASMCs. However, the mechanism underlying the crosstalk between the Warburg effect and PDGF during PASMC proliferation is still unknown. We hypothesized that PDGF promotes the Warburg effect via activating the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling pathway and hypoxia-inducible factor 1-α (HIF-1α) in proliferative PASMCs.

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#28559962   2017/05/31 Save this To Up

Icariside II promotes the osteogenic differentiation of canine bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells via the PI3K/AKT/mTOR/S6K1 signaling pathways.

The aim of the present study was to investigate the osteogenic effects of icariside II (ICSII) on canine bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) and the pathways by which these effects were induced. BMSCs were cultured and expanded to the fourth passage. The proliferative effects of ICSII were assessed using the cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) assay. The osteogenic response to ICSII in BMSCs in vitro was examined by alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity assays and Alizarin red staining. Using Western blot assays and real-time PCR (RT-PCR), we examined the expression of osteogenetic proteins/genes. We also evaluated changes in Akt and S6K1 phosphorylation levels, along with changes in the expression of osteogenesis proteins/genes after pretreatment with wortmannin (an inhibitor of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase; PI3K) or rapamycin [a specific inhibitor of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)] in the presence or absence of ICSII. Our results show that ICSII promotes the proliferation of BMSCs, while inhibiting ALP activity. We also found that calcium nodules form after BMSCs are treated with ICSII and osteogenetic medium for 21 days. ICSII significantly increased the expression of osteogenesis proteins/genes and elevated the phosphorylation levels of Akt and S6K1. Treatment with wortmannin or rapamycin attenuated the expression of p-Akt, p-S6K1, and osteogenesis proteins/genes. These results suggest that ICSII promotes the osteogenic differentiation of canine BMSCs via the PI3K/AKT/mTOR/S6K1 signaling pathways.

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#28498357   2017/05/12 Save this To Up

Adiponectin Is Involved in Connective Tissue Growth Factor-Induced Proliferation, Migration and Overproduction of the Extracellular Matrix in Keloid Fibroblasts.

Adiponectin, an adipocyte-derived hormone, exerts pleiotropic biological effects on metabolism, inflammation, vascular homeostasis, apoptosis and immunity. Recently, adiponectin has been suggested to attenuate the progression of human dermal fibrosis. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is induced in keloids and is thought to be participated in the formation of keloid fibrosis. However, the roles played by adiponectin in keloids remain unclear. In this study, we explored the effects of adiponectin on CTGF-induced cell proliferation, migration and the deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) and their associated intracellular signalling pathways in keloid fibroblasts (KFs). We also explored possible mechanisms of keloid pathogenesis. Primary fibroblast cultures were established from foreskin biopsies and skin biopsies from patients with keloids. The expression of adiponectin and adiponectin receptors (adipoRs) was evaluated by reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR), quantitative real-time RT-PCR, immunofluorescence staining, and immunohistochemical analysis. Next, KFs and normal dermal fibroblasts (NFs) were treated with CTGF in the presence or absence of adiponectin. A cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) and the Transwell assay were used to examine cell proliferation and migration. The level of the collagen I, fibronectin (FN) and α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) mRNAs and proteins were determined by quantitative real-time RT-PCR and western blotting. The effects of RNA interference (RNAi) targeting the adipoR genes were detected. Phosphorylation of adenosine 5'-monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK), mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and phosphatidylinositol 3 kinase-protein kinase (PI3K-Akt) were examined by western blotting to further investigate the signalling pathways. Furthermore, inhibitors of signal transduction pathways were investigated. The expression levels of adiponectin and adipoRs were significantly decreased in keloids compared with those in normal skin tissue. Adiponectin suppressed the CTGF-induced KFs, but not NFs, proliferation, migration and ECM production. Moreover, adiponectin inhibited the phosphorylation of AMPK, p38 and extracellular-regulated kinase (ERK), but not that of Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) or Akt, in CTGF-treated KFs. The activity of adiponectin-mediated signalling pathways was attenuated by small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) targeting adipoR1 (but not siRNAs targeting adipoR2, T-cadherin or calreticulin), AMPK (Compound C), p38 (SB203580) inhibitors, and mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) inhibitor (PD98059). Based on our results, adiponectin suppresses CTGF-induced KFs proliferation, migration and ECM overproduction. One of the underlying mechanisms is the activation of the adipoR1, AMPK, p38, and ERK signalling pathways. Therefore, adiponectin may play an important role in the progression of keloids, suggesting a potential novel target for keloid treatment.

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#28458565   2017/05/01 Save this To Up

NVP-AUY922, a novel HSP90 inhibitor, inhibits the progression of malignant pheochromocytoma in vitro and in vivo.

Malignant pheochromocytoma (PCC) is a rare tumor with a very poor prognosis and no effective treatments. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of a novel second-generation synthetic heat-shock protein 90 (HSP90) inhibitor, NVP-AUY922, to treat malignant PCC in vitro and in vivo.

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#28403213   2017/04/13 Save this To Up

M-COPA suppresses endolysosomal Kit-Akt oncogenic signalling through inhibiting the secretory pathway in neoplastic mast cells.

Gain-of-function mutations in Kit receptor tyrosine kinase result in the development of a variety of cancers, such as mast cell tumours, gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs), acute myeloid leukemia, and melanomas. The drug imatinib, a selective inhibitor of Kit, is used for treatment of mutant Kit-positive cancers. However, mutations in the Kit kinase domain, which are frequently found in neoplastic mast cells, confer an imatinib resistance, and cancers expressing the mutants can proliferate in the presence of imatinib. Recently, we showed that in neoplastic mast cells that endogenously express an imatinib-resistant Kit mutant, Kit causes oncogenic activation of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase-Akt (PI3K-Akt) pathway and the signal transducer and activator of transcription 5 (STAT5) but only on endolysosomes and on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), respectively. Here, we show a strategy for inhibition of the Kit-PI3K-Akt pathway in neoplastic mast cells by M-COPA (2-methylcoprophilinamide), an inhibitor of this secretory pathway. In M-COPA-treated cells, Kit localization in the ER is significantly increased, whereas endolysosomal Kit disappears, indicating that M-COPA blocks the biosynthetic transport of Kit from the ER. The drug greatly inhibits oncogenic Akt activation without affecting the association of Kit with PI3K, indicating that ER-localized Kit-PI3K complex is unable to activate Akt. Importantly, M-COPA but not imatinib suppresses neoplastic mast cell proliferation through inhibiting anti-apoptotic Akt activation. Results of our M-COPA treatment assay show that Kit can activate Erk not only on the ER but also on other compartments. Furthermore, Tyr568/570, Tyr703, Tyr721, and Tyr936 in Kit are phosphorylated on the ER, indicating that these five tyrosine residues are all phosphorylated before mutant Kit reaches the plasma membrane (PM). Our study provides evidence that Kit is tyrosine-phosphorylated soon after synthesis on the ER but is unable to activate Akt and also demonstrates that M-COPA is efficacious for growth suppression of neoplastic mast cells.

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#28391163   2017/04/09 Save this To Up

Peroxiredoxin 4 inhibits IL-1β-induced chondrocyte apoptosis via PI3K/AKT signaling.

Chondrocytes apoptosis induced by reactive oxygen species (ROS) plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis (OA). Peroxiredoxin 4 (PRDX4), a member of the PRDX family, is essential for removing metabolic free radicals and reducing intracellular ROS. In this study, we sought to investigate the roles of PRDX4 on interleukin 1β (IL-1β)-induced chondrocyte apoptosis.

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#28260110   2017/03/05 Save this To Up

Inhibitory effect of emodin on fatty acid synthase, colon cancer proliferation and apoptosis.

Fatty acid synthase (FASN) is a key anabolic enzyme for de novo fatty acid synthesis, which is important in the development of colon carcinoma. The high expression of FASN is considered a promising molecular target for colon cancer therapy. Emodin, a naturally occurring anthraquinone, exhibits an anticancer effect in various types of human cancer, including colon cancer; however, the molecular mechanisms remain to be fully elucidated. Cell viability was evaluated using a Cell Counting Kit‑8 assay. The apoptosis rate of cells was quantified via flow cytometry following Annexin V/propidium iodide staining. FASN activity was measured by monitoring oxidation of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate at a wavelength of 340 nm, and intracellular free fatty acid levels were detected using a Free Fatty Acid Quantification kit. Western blot analysis and reverse transcription‑polymerase chain reaction were used to detect target gene and protein expression. The present study was performed to investigate whether the gene expression of FASN and its enzymatic activity are regulated by emodin in a human colon cancer cell line. Emodin markedly inhibited the proliferation of HCT116 cells and a higher protein level of FASN was expressed, compared with that in SW480, SNU-C2A or SNU‑C5 cells. Emodin significantly downregulated the protein expression of FASN in HCT116 cells, which was caused by protein degradation due to elevated protein ubiquitination. Emodin also inhibited intracellular FASN enzymatic activity and reduced the levels of intracellular free fatty acids. Emodin enhanced antiproliferation and apoptosis in a dose‑ and time‑dependent manner. The combined treatment of emodin and cerulenin, a commercial FASN inhibitor, had an additive effect on these activities. Palmitate, the final product of the FASN reaction, rescued emodin‑induced viability and apoptosis. In addition, emodin altered FASN‑involved signaling pathways, including phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt and mitogen‑activated protein kinases/extracellular signal-regulated kinases 1/2. These results suggested that emodin-regulated cell growth and apoptosis were mediated by inhibiting FASN and provide a molecular basis for colon cancer therapy.

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#28216895   2017/02/20 Save this To Up

Vincamine Alleviates Amyloid-β 25-35 Peptides-induced Cytotoxicity in PC12 Cells.

Vincamine is a plant alkaloid used clinically as a peripheral vasodilator that increases cerebral blood flow and oxygen and glucose utilization by neural tissue to combat the effect of aging. The main purpose of the present study is to investigate the influence of vincamine on amyloid-β 25-35 (Aβ25-35) induced cytotoxicity, to gain a better understanding of the neuroprotective effects of this clinically used anti-Alzheimer's disease drug.

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#28026003   2016/12/27 Save this To Up

Quercetin promotes the apoptosis of fibroblast-like synoviocytes in rheumatoid arthritis by upregulating lncRNA MALAT1.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune joint disease and fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS) are the resident mesenchymal cells of synovial joints. Quercetin is a dietary antioxidant. In this study, we aimed to explore the mechanisms responsible for the quercetin-induced apoptosis of FLS from patients with RA (termed RAFLS). RAFLS viability was determined following treatent of the cells with or without quercetin using the Cell Counting kit-8 (CCK-8) assay. The apoptosis of the RAFLS was analyzed using the Annexin V-fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) apoptosis detection kit I. The results revealed that RAFLS viability decreased and apoptosis increased in following treatment with quercetin. The differentially expressed long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) were screened and marked by PCR array following treatment with quercetin. The expression levels of the screened lncRNAs were then determined and compared in the cells treated with or without quercetin by quantitative PCR. The lncRNA metastasis associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1) was finally selected. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) was then used to knock down the expression of MALAT1 in order to determine the role of MALAT1 in the quercetin-induced apoptosis of RAFLS. The results revealed that the knockdown of MALAT1 inhibited RAFLS apoptosis. At the same time, the expression of caspase-3 and caspase-9 was significantly decreased in the cells in which MALAT1 was knocked down. The phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT signaling pathway was activated; this activation is known to be associated with enhanced cell proliferation and decreased apoptosis. The findings of our study indicate that quercetin promotes RAFLS apoptosis by upregulating lncRNA MALAT1, and that MALAT1 induces apoptosis by inhibiting the activation of the PI3K/AKT pathway.

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#27827932   2016/11/09 Save this To Up

Bauhinia championii Flavone Attenuates Hypoxia-Reoxygenation Induced Apoptosis in H9c2 Cardiomyocytes by Improving Mitochondrial Dysfunction.

This study aimed to determine the effects of Bauhinia championii flavone (BCF) on hypoxia-reoxygenation (H/R) induced apoptosis in H9c2 cardiomyocytes and to explore potential mechanisms. The H/R model in H9c2 cardiomyocytes was established by 6 h of hypoxia and 12 h of reoxygenation. Cell viability was detected by CCK-8 assay. Apoptotic rate was measured by Annexin V/PI staining. Levels of mitochondria-associated ROS, mitochondrial transmembrane potential (∆Ψm) and mitochondrial permeability transition pores (MPTP) opening were assessed by fluorescent probes. ATP production was measured by ATP assay kit. The release of cytochrome c, translocation of Bax, and related proteins were measured by western blotting. Our results showed that pretreatment with BCF significantly improved cell viability and attenuated the cardiomyocyte apoptosis caused by H/R. Furthermore, BCF increased ATP production and inhibited ROS-generating mitochondria, depolarization of ΔΨm, and MPTP opening. Moreover, BCF pretreatment decreased Bax mitochondrial translocation, cytochrome c release, and activation of caspase-3, as well as increased the expression of p-PI3K, p-Akt, and the ratio of Bcl-2 to Bax. Interestingly, a specific inhibitor of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, LY294002, partly reversed the anti-apoptotic effect of BCF. These observations indicated that BCF pretreatment attenuates H/R-induced myocardial apoptosis strength by improving mitochondrial dysfunction via PI3K/Akt signaling pathway.

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