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Anticancer Res ; 39(10): 5329-5338, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31570426

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BACKGROUND/AIM: The P13K/Akt signaling pathway is a growth-regulating cellular pathway that is constitutively activated in a variety of human cancers. In previous studies, we reported that a solenopsin analog, compound B (MU-06-SC-608-7), shows inhibitory effects on Akt phosphorylation at a key activation site, as well as on proliferation of tumorigenic cells at sub-micromolar concentrations. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of compound B on downstream effectors of Akt kinase, phosphorylation of Akt at a second activation site, Akt kinase activity in vitro, tumorigenic cell viability and other signaling pathways. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Western blot analyses were performed using WBras1 epithelial and H2009 human carcinoma cells and cell viability assays were performed on H2009 cells. In vitro Akt kinase assays were performed using a commercially available kit. RESULTS: Compound B decreased the phosphorylation of Akt at the Thr308 activation site and key downstream effectors of Akt kinase, but did not directly inhibit Akt kinase. Substantial decreases in cell viability were observed at concentrations above 5 µM. No effect was seen on ERK or JNK pathways. CONCLUSION: The results earmark this compound for further studies as a potential targeted cancer therapy.


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Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Inibidores Enzimáticos/farmacologia , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Pirimidinas/farmacologia , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases/efeitos dos fármacos , Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinases/metabolismo , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos
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Anticancer Res ; 39(10): 5483-5494, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31570442

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Canine mammary gland tumors (CMGTs) are the most common tumors in female dogs. Rivoceranib (also known as apatinib) is a novel anti-angiogenic tyrosine kinase inhibitor that selectively binds to vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR2). The aim of this study was to disclose the antitumor effects of rivoceranib on CMGT cell lines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The direct effects of rivoceranib on CMGT cells in vitro were analyzed by cell proliferation and migration assays. Cell-cycle distribution and apoptotic ratio were analyzed by flow cytometry. Expression levels of phosphorylated VEGFR2 were evaluated by western blot analysis. RESULTS: Rivoceranib treatment significantly reduced the proliferation and migration of CMGT cells in a dose-dependent manner. Flow cytometry results revealed significant increases in G0/G1 phase arrest and apoptosis proportional to the drug concentration used. Rivoceranib reduced the level of phosphorylated VEGFR2. CONCLUSION: We confirm that rivoceranib exerts antitumor effects on CMGT cells by inhibiting biological functions.


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Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Neoplasias Mamárias Animais/tratamento farmacológico , Inibidores de Proteínas Quinases/farmacologia , Piridinas/farmacologia , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Pontos de Checagem do Ciclo Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Movimento Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Cães , Feminino , Fase G1/efeitos dos fármacos , Neoplasias Mamárias Animais/metabolismo , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Fase de Repouso do Ciclo Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Fator A de Crescimento do Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo
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J Agric Food Chem ; 67(37): 10513-10520, 2019 Sep 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31475823

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Amino acids can stimulate milk fat synthesis, but the underlying molecular mechanism is still largely unknown. In this study, we studied the regulatory role and corresponding molecular mechanism of cAMP response element-binding protein-regulated transcription coactivator 2 (CRTC2) in amino acid-induced milk fat synthesis in mammary epithelial cells. We showed that leucine and methionine stimulated CRTC2 but not p-CRTC2(Ser171) expression and nuclear localization in cow mammary epithelial cells. Knockdown of CRTC2 decreased milk fat synthesis and sterol regulatory element binding protein 1c (SREBP-1c) expression and activation, whereas its overexpression had the opposite effects. Neither knockdown nor overexpression of CRTC2 affected ß-casein synthesis and phosphorylation of the machanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR), suggesting that CRTC2 only regulates milk fat synthesis. CRTC2 knockdown abolished the stimulation of leucine and methionine on SREBP-1c expression and activation. Knockdown or overexpression of CRTC2 did not affect the protein level of cAMP-response element-binding protein (CREB) and its phosphorylation but decreased or increased the binding of p-CREB to the promoter of SREBP-1c gene and its mRNA expression, respectively. Mutation of Ser171 of CRTC2 did not alter the stimulation of CRTC2 on SREBP-1c expression and activation, further suggesting that CRTC2 functions in the nucleus. mTOR inhibition by rapamycin totally blocked the stimulation of leucine and methionine on CRTC2 expression. The expression of CRTC2 was dramatically higher in the mouse mammary gland of lactation period, compared with that of the dry and puberty periods, whereas p-CRTC2(Ser171) was not changed, further supporting that CRTC2 is a key transcription coactivator for milk fat synthesis. These results uncover that CRTC2 is a key transcription coactivator of amino acid-stimulated mTOR-mediated milk fat synthesis in mammary epithelial cells.


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Aminoácidos/metabolismo , Bovinos/metabolismo , Células Epiteliais/metabolismo , Gorduras/metabolismo , Glândulas Mamárias Animais/citologia , Leite/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/metabolismo , Animais , Bovinos/genética , Feminino , Glândulas Mamárias Animais/metabolismo , Camundongos , Fosforilação , Proteína de Ligação a Elemento Regulador de Esterol 1/genética , Proteína de Ligação a Elemento Regulador de Esterol 1/metabolismo , Serina-Treonina Quinases TOR/genética , Serina-Treonina Quinases TOR/metabolismo , Fatores de Transcrição/genética
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Tumour Biol ; 41(9): 1010428319878536, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31552812

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Histone H2AX undergoes phosphorylation as an answer to DNA double-strand breaks, which in turn are part of the oncogenic procedure. The detection of gamma-H2AX can potentially serve as a biomarker for transformation of normal tissue to premalignant and consequently to malignant tissues. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical significance of gamma-H2AX expression in breast cancer. Gamma-H2AX expression in tissues from 110 breast cancer patients was analyzed by immunohistochemistry and correlated with clinicopathological variables. Greater tumor size, higher grade, and the number of affected lymph nodes are significantly associated with greater values of gamma-H2AX. In addition, gamma-H2AX differs significantly among patients' International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics stage. Higher values of estrogen receptor and progesterone receptor are significantly associated with lower gamma-H2AX values. In conclusion, a positive association between gamma-H2AX expression and infaust histopathological parameters was observed.


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Biomarcadores Tumorais/biossíntese , Neoplasias da Mama Masculina/metabolismo , Neoplasias da Mama/metabolismo , Histonas/biossíntese , Idoso , Neoplasias da Mama/diagnóstico , Neoplasias da Mama/cirurgia , Neoplasias da Mama Masculina/diagnóstico , Neoplasias da Mama Masculina/cirurgia , Feminino , Humanos , Imuno-Histoquímica , Modelos Lineares , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Gradação de Tumores , Fosforilação , Receptores Estrogênicos , Receptores de Progesterona
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Anticancer Res ; 39(9): 4805-4810, 2019 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31519582

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BACKGROUND/AIM: Ro 90-7501 has been reported as an inhibitor of the amyloid ß42 fibril assembly that is associated with Alzheimer's disease. The present study aimed to elucidate the radiosensitizing effects of Ro 90-7501 and focused on ATM signaling after irradiation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Clonogenic survival, apoptosis, and cell-cycle assays as well as western blotting were performed in HeLa cells treated with irradiation and Ro 90-7501. Tumor growth delay assay was also performed using BALB/c-nu mice. RESULTS: The combination of irradiation with Ro 90-7501 showed significant radiosensitizing effects in clonogenic survival and tumor growth delay assays. Ro 90-7501 significantly increased apoptosis and impaired cell cycle after irradiation. Western blotting showed that Ro 90-7501 suppressed the phosphorylation of ATM and its downstream proteins, such as H2AX, Chk1, and Chk2, after irradiation. CONCLUSION: Ro 90-7501 inhibits DNA damage response by inhibiting ATM and has significant radiosensitizing effects on cervical cancer cells.


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Aminas/farmacologia , Proteínas Mutadas de Ataxia Telangiectasia/metabolismo , Benzimidazóis/farmacologia , Radiossensibilizantes/farmacologia , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Apoptose/efeitos da radiação , Ciclo Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Ciclo Celular/efeitos da radiação , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Dano ao DNA/efeitos dos fármacos , Reparo do DNA/efeitos dos fármacos , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Feminino , Humanos , Camundongos , Modelos Biológicos , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Neoplasias do Colo do Útero/metabolismo
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Acta Cir Bras ; 34(7): e201900708, 2019 Sep 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31531541

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PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of astragaloside IV (As-IV) on myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury in rats and reltaed mechanisms. METHODS: Sixty rats were randomly divided into sham-operated, control I/R and 2.5, 5 and 10 mg/kg As-IV groups, 12 rats in each group. The later three groups were intragastrically administered with As-IV for 7 days, with a dose of 2.5, 5 and 10 mg/kg, respectively. The myocardial I/R injury model was constructed in later four groups. At the end of reperfusion, the cardiac function indexes, serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and creatine kinase (CK) levels, heart weight (HW)/body weight (BW) ratio and infarct size, and expressions of phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase/serine-threonine protein kinase (PI3K/AKT) and glycogen synthase kinase-3ß (GSK-3ß) proteins and the phosphorylated forms (p-AKT, p-GSK-3ß) were determined. RESULTS: Compared with control I/R group, in 5 and 10 mg/kg As-IV groups the left ventricular systolic pressure, fractional shortening and ejection fraction were increased, the left ventricular end-diastolic pressure was decreased, the serum LDH and CK levels were decreased, the HW/BW ratio and myocardial infarct size were decreased, and the p-Akt/Akt ratio and p-GSK-3ß/GSK-3ß ratio were increased (all P < 0.05). CONCLUSION: As-IV can alleviate the myocardial I/R injury in rats through regulating PI3K/AKT/GSK-3ß signaling pathways.


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Glicogênio Sintase Quinase 3 beta/metabolismo , Traumatismo por Reperfusão Miocárdica/prevenção & controle , Fosfatidilinositol 3-Quinases/metabolismo , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Saponinas/farmacologia , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Triterpenos/farmacologia , Animais , Masculino , Traumatismo por Reperfusão Miocárdica/tratamento farmacológico , Fosforilação , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley
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Chin J Physiol ; 62(4): 139-147, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31535629

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Cardiac hypertrophy is the main cause of heart failure. Levels of circulating interleukin-18 (IL-18) have been reported to increase in congestive heart disease and cardiac hypertrophy. Relationships among IL-18 levels, IL-18 receptor (IL-18R) expression, and cardiac hypertrophy remain unclear. IL-18 can induce cardiac hypertrophy in cardiomyoblasts. We also studied IL-18R messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein expression through quantitative-polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting. Furthermore, we treated cardiomyoblasts with adenine, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), and inhibitors to analyze the morphology and identify signaling pathways involved in cardiac hypertrophy. Moreover, we studied the effects of IL-18R small interfering RNA (siRNA) on signaling pathways through Western blotting. The mRNA expression of IL-18R in H9c2 cardiomyoblasts, which was induced by IL-18, increased significantly after 8 h, and the protein level increased significantly after 15 h. Morphological examination of H9c2 cardiomyoblasts showed that cell volume and cell diameter decreased after adenine pretreatment. Both p38 MAPK and PI3 kinase are biomarkers in the pathway correlated with cardiac hypertrophy. After treatment with inhibitors SB203580 and LY294002, the levels of p38 MAPK and PI3 kinase, respectively, decreased along with cell size and IL-18R expression. Treatment with adenine, but not AuNPs, reduced the levels of phosphorylated p38 and PI3 kinase expression more effectively than did treatment with the respective inhibitors alone. IL-18R siRNA significantly reduced cell size but not PI3 kinase expression and phosphorylation of p38 MAPK. However, adenine treatment reduced PI3 kinase expression after treatment with IL-18R siRNA. In this study, IL-18 induced cardiomyoblast hypertrophy through IL-18R upregulation, which was found to be related to p38 MAPK and PI3 kinase signaling. Adenine, but not AuNPs, showed antihypertrophic effects possibly because of decreased levels of signaling.


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Receptores de Interleucina-18/classificação , Adenina , Ouro , Interleucina-8 , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases , Nanopartículas Metálicas , Fosforilação , Proteínas Quinases p38 Ativadas por Mitógeno
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Cancer Res ; 79(18): 4580-4581, 2019 Sep 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31519776

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Elucidating the events that underpin the transition from androgen-dependent to castrate-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) remains a clinical challenge. In this issue of Cancer Research, Gao and colleagues identify that the γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) shunt is upregulated with the onset of CRPC, via phosphorylation and activation of glutamate decarboxylase (GAD) 65. Overproduction of GABA, an oncometabolite, can directly regulate nuclear androgen receptor signaling to drive tumorigenesis, thereby providing a link between aberrant metabolism and protumorigenic signaling in advanced prostate cancer. The findings from this study support exploring the GABA shunt, GAD65 in particular, as a molecular target in the treatment of CRPC.See related article by Gao et al., p. 4638.


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Neoplasias da Próstata , Humanos , Masculino , Fosforilação , Transdução de Sinais , Ácido gama-Aminobutírico
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Biol Res ; 52(1): 50, 2019 Sep 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31492196

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BACKGROUND: Ureteral obstruction causes injury of the renal tissues and can irreversibly progress to renal fibrosis, with atrophy and apoptosis of tubular cells. The goal of the current study was to examine the effects of rhein on the apoptosis o renal tubular cells as well as renal fibrosis using a rodent model of unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO). METHODS: UUO was induced through ureteral ligation, then animals received treatments with rhein or vehicle. The control rats only received sham operation. The renal tissue was harvested 1 week after surgery for assessment of kidney fibrosis. RESULTS: The expressions of collagen I and α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), as well as the severity of renal tubular apoptosis and fibrosis were time-dependently increased following UUO. Treatments with rhein partially inhibited such responses. Renal interstitial fibrosis was associated with STAT3 (signal transducer and activator of transcription 3) phosphorylation as well as altered expressions of Bax and Bcl2, both apoptosis-related proteins. Treatment with rhein also partly blocked these responses. CONCLUSION: These findings demonstrated that rhein mitigated apoptosis of renal tubular cell as well as renal fibrosis in a UUO rodent model. This curative effect is likely mediated via suppression of STAT3 phosphorylation.


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Antraquinonas/administração & dosagem , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Rim/patologia , Obstrução Ureteral/prevenção & controle , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Progressão da Doença , Fibrose/metabolismo , Fibrose/patologia , Fibrose/prevenção & controle , Masculino , Fosforilação , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/metabolismo , Obstrução Ureteral/metabolismo , Obstrução Ureteral/patologia
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Zhejiang Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban ; 48(3): 303-309, 2019 May 25.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31496163

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OBJECTIVE: To determine the correlation of phosphorylated ribosomal S6 protein (P-S6) content in blood and brain tissue in mice and rats with seizure. METHODS: Seizure models were induced by intraperitoric injection of kainic acid (KA) in C57BL/mice and SD rats. Flow cytometry was used to detect the content of P-S6 in blood; Western blot was used to detect the expression of P-S6 in brain tissues. The correlation between P-S6 expression in blood and in brain tissue was examine by Pearson analysis, and the correlation between P-S6 expression in blood and the severity of seizure was also observed. RESULTS: Western blotting analysis showed that the expression of P-S6 was significantly increased in peripheral blood and brain tissue in mice 1 h after KA-induced seizure,and the expression levels increased to (1.49±0.45) times (P<0.05) and (2.55±0.66) times (P <0.01) of the control group, respectively. Flow cytometry showed that the positive percentage and average fluorescence intensity of P-S6 in the blood of mice increased significantly 1 h after KA-induced seizures (P<0.01), which was consistent with the expression of P-S6 in brain tissue (r=0.8474, P<0.01). Flow cytometry showed that the average fluorescence intensity of P-S6 in blood increased from 14.89±9.75 to 52.35±21.72 (P<0.01) in rats with seizure, which was consistent with the change of P-S6 in brain tissue (r=0.9385, P<0.01). Rats with higher levels of seizure were of higher levels of P-S6 in peripheral blood. CONCLUSIONS: Consistent correlation of P-S6 expression is demonstrated in peripheral blood and in brain tissue after KA-induced seizure, suggesting that the expression of P-S6 in blood can accurately reflect the changes of mTOR signaling pathway in brain tissue.


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Encéfalo , Regulação da Expressão Gênica , Ácido Caínico , Convulsões , Animais , Encéfalo/efeitos dos fármacos , Encéfalo/fisiopatologia , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Fosforilação , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Convulsões/sangue , Convulsões/induzido quimicamente , Convulsões/fisiopatologia
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Zhonghua Yi Xue Za Zhi ; 99(36): 2811-2815, 2019 Sep 24.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31550807

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Objective: To assess the methylation level of SHP-1 promoter region and the effects on the phosphorylation of the Signal Transducers and Activators of Transcription 3 (STAT3) protein in bone marrow specimen of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and to explore the relationship of SHP-1 methylation and prognosis of the patients. Method: Bone marrow specimens of 93 patients with MDS were collected from the General Hospital of Tianjin Medical University from September 2010 to June 2014. The enrolled subjects included 54 males and 39 females and they were divided into the low-risk group (IPSS score:0-1.0, median: 0.5) and the high-risk group (IPSS score: 1.5-3.0, median: 2.5) according to the International Prognostic Score System (IPSS). The methylation level of SHP-1 was detected by methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction, and the level of p-STAT3 was detected using Western blot. Results: In the high-risk group, 64.44% (29/45) of the patients had methylation in the SHP-1 promoter region, which was significantly higher than the low-risk group 22.92% (11/48). Therefore, SHP-1 methylation was frequently presented in the patients of the high-risk group. Similarly, 66.67% (30/45) of the patients in the high-risk group had positive STAT3 phosphorylation status, whereas only 20.83% (10/48) were tested positive in the low-risk group. In addition, correlation analysis also revealed that the SHP-1 methylation rate was positively correlated with the positive rate of STAT3 phosphorylation (r=0.57,P<0.001). Conclusions: SHP-1 methylation is significantly correlated with the risk of MDS patients. It may be used as an independent predictor of shorter survival in patients of the high-risk group. The increased level of SHP-1 methylation will lead to the uncontrolled activation of the downstream JAK/STAT3 pathway, which in turn can cause further positive feedback to amplify the carcinogenic signal.


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Síndromes Mielodisplásicas , Proteína Tirosina Fosfatase não Receptora Tipo 6/metabolismo , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/metabolismo , Metilação de DNA , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , Fosforilação , Prognóstico
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Plant Mol Biol ; 101(3): 325-339, 2019 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31399934

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KEY MESSAGE: Combining genetic engineering of MPK4 activity and quantitative proteomics, we established an in planta system that enables rapid study of MPK4 signaling networks and potential substrate proteins. Mitogen activated protein kinase 4 (MPK4) is a multifunctional kinase that regulates various signaling events in plant defense, growth, light response and cytokinesis. The question of how a single protein modulates many distinct processes has spurred extensive research into the physiological outcomes resulting from genetic perturbation of MPK4. However, the mechanism by which MPK4 functions is still poorly understood due to limited data on the MPK4 networks including substrate proteins and downstream pathways. Here we introduce an experimental system that combines genetic engineering of kinase activity and quantitative proteomics to rapidly study the signaling networks of MPK4. First, we transiently expressed a constitutively active (MPK4CA) and an inactive (MPK4IN) version of a Brassica napus MPK4 (BnMPK4) in Nicotiana benthamiana leaves. Proteomics analysis revealed that BnMPK4 activation affects multiple pathways (e.g., metabolism, redox regulation, jasmonic acid biosynthesis and stress responses). Furthermore, BnMPK4 activation also increased protein phosphorylation in the phosphoproteome, from which putative MPK4 substrates were identified. Using protein kinase assay, we validated that a transcription factor TCP8-like (TCP8) and a PP2A regulatory subunit TAP46-like (TAP46) were indeed phosphorylated by BnMPK4. Taken together, we demonstrated the utility of proteomics and phosphoproteomics in elucidating kinase signaling networks and in identification of downstream substrates.


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Regulação da Expressão Gênica de Plantas , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Proteômica , Arabidopsis , Proteínas de Arabidopsis/metabolismo , Brassica napus/enzimologia , Engenharia Genética , Sistema de Sinalização das MAP Quinases , Fosforilação , Imunidade Vegetal , Folhas de Planta/enzimologia , Proteoma , Transdução de Sinais , Tabaco/enzimologia
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Chem Biol Interact ; 312: 108799, 2019 Oct 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31433961

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Black seed (Nigella sativa) oil has been used in various dermatological applications, and its major constituent, thymoquinone (TQ) has been shown to exhibit antiproliferative activity against various cancer cells. In this study, we tried to provide a mechanistic basis of apoptosis induced by TQ. Skin squamous carcinoma A431 cells were treated with TQ to monitor the apoptosis induced by TQ. Western blot analysis was performed to detect expression of apoptotic or anti-apoptotic proteins. Cell viability and apoptosis were measured by using the MTT test and FACS analysis, respectively. The induction of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) by TQ was evaluated by 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein diacetate staining. In vivo xenograft study was followed to confirm the antiproliferative effect of TQ. Treatment of A431 cells with TQ-induced apoptosis, which was associated with the induction of p53 and Bax, inhibition of Mdm2, Bcl-2, and Bcl-xl expression, and activation of caspase-9, -7, and -3. TQ inhibited the constitutive phosphorylation and DNA binding activity of signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT3) in A431 cells by blocking the phosphorylation of the upstream kinase, Src. Moreover, the expression of STAT3 target gene products, cyclin D1 and survivin, was attenuated by TQ treatment. The generation of ROS was increased during TQ-induced apoptosis, and the pretreatment of N-acetyl cysteine, a ROS scavenger, reversed the apoptotic effect of TQ. In vivo study with NOD scid gamma (NSG) mice confirmed the inhibitory effect of TQ on the growth of A431 cells. Our results provide the first demonstration that TQ induces the apoptosis of A431 cells through generation of ROS and inhibition of STAT3 signaling.


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Antineoplásicos/farmacocinética , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Benzoquinonas/farmacologia , Regulação para Baixo/efeitos dos fármacos , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/metabolismo , Animais , Antineoplásicos/uso terapêutico , Benzoquinonas/uso terapêutico , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/tratamento farmacológico , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/metabolismo , Carcinoma de Células Escamosas/patologia , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Humanos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos NOD , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-bcl-2/genética , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-bcl-2/metabolismo , Transplante Heterólogo , Proteína Supressora de Tumor p53/genética , Proteína Supressora de Tumor p53/metabolismo
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J Agric Food Chem ; 67(35): 9805-9811, 2019 Sep 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31407895

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Stachydrine (STA) is a constituent of citrus fruits and Leonurus heterophyllus Sweet. In the present study, we established that STA caused acute endothelium-dependent relaxation. The vascular action of STA was mediated by nitric oxide (NO) via cyclic guanosine monophosphate. Mechanistically, STA activated AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), protein kinase B/Akt, and endothelial NO synthase (eNOS) in vascular endothelial cells (ECs). AMPK inhibition by compound C blocked STA-induced Akt/eNOS phosphorylation, suggesting that AMPK is the upstream of Akt and eNOS. Inhibition of Akt by MK2206 blocked STA-stimulated eNOS phosphorylation without altering AMPK phosphorylation. Furthermore, we showed that STA activated AMPK via the induction of liver kinase B1 phosphorylation. These results indicated that STA can induce eNOS phosphorylation and vasorelaxation by regulating the interplay between AMPK and Akt pathways in ECs. These findings further highlighted the potential of STA as a nutritional factor in the beneficial effects of fruit intake in preventing the endothelial dysfunction-related metabolic cardiovascular diseases.


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Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por AMP/metabolismo , Aorta Torácica/efeitos dos fármacos , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/farmacologia , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/efeitos dos fármacos , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/metabolismo , Prolina/análogos & derivados , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Vasodilatadores/farmacologia , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por AMP/genética , Animais , Aorta Torácica/metabolismo , Aorta Torácica/fisiopatologia , Bovinos , Citrus/química , Células Endoteliais da Veia Umbilical Humana/metabolismo , Humanos , Técnicas In Vitro , Leonurus/química , Masculino , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo III/genética , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Prolina/farmacologia , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/genética , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Vasodilatação/efeitos dos fármacos
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Adv Exp Med Biol ; 1155: 889-903, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31468455

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Diabetes causes memory loss. Hippocampus is responsible for memory and increased apoptosis was found in diabetes patients. Taurine improved memory in diabetes condition. However, mechanism is unclear. In current study, hippocampal cell line HT-22 cells were subjected to analysis as five groups i.e. Control, High glucose (HG) at concentration of 150 mM, HG + 10 mM (T1), 20 mM (T2) and 40 mM (T3) taurine solution. TUNEL assay showed that HG increased the number of apoptotic cell significantly while taurine reduced apoptosis. Taurine increased phosphorylation of Akt in HT-22 cell treated with HG, and increased phosphorylation of Bad (p-Bad) was seen suggesting involvement of Akt/Bad signaling pathway. Expression of Bcl-2 was reduced in HG group but taurine improved this. Bax expression showed opposite trend. This indicated that taurine may reduce apoptosis by controlling balance of Bcl-2 and Bax. When the activation of Akt was blocked by using of perifosine, the effect of taurine disappears either partially or altogether. Thus, it was clear that taurine reduces apoptosis via Akt/Bad pathway in HT-22 cells exposed to HG which further improves downstream balance of Bcl-2 and Bax. This mechanism may be involved in apoptosis of hippocampus cells in diabetic condition.


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Apoptose , Neurônios/efeitos dos fármacos , Taurina/farmacologia , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Glucose , Hipocampo/citologia , Camundongos , Fosforilação , Transdução de Sinais
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Acta Cir Bras ; 34(6): e201900609, 2019 Aug 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31433000

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PURPOSE: The research is intended for clarification of the efficacy as well as the underlying mechanism of GSK-3ß inhibitors on the advancement of acute lung injuries in acute necrotizing pancreatitis (ANP) in rats. METHODS: Seventy-two rats were randomly divided into 6 groups: (1)ANP-vehicle; (2)ANP-TDZD-8;(3)ANP-SB216763;(4)Sham-vehicle;(5)Sham-TDZD-8;(6)Sham-SB216763; Blood biochemical test, histopathological examination and immunohistochemical analysis of rats pancreas and lung tissues were performed. The protein expression of GSK-3ß, phospho-GSK-3ß (Ser9), iNOS, ICAM-1, TNF-α, and IL-10 were detected in lung tissues by Western-blot. RESULTS: The outcomes revealed that the intervention of GSK-3ß inhibitors alleviated the pathological damage of pancreas and lung (P<0.01), reduced serum amylase, lipase, hydrothorax and lung Wet-to-Dry Ratio, attenuated serum concentrations of IL-1ß and IL-6 (P<0.01), inhibited the activation of NF-κB, and abated expression of iNOS, ICAM-1 and TNF-α protein, but up-regulated IL-10 expression in lung of ANP rats (P<0.01). The inflammatory response and various indicators in ANP-TDZD-8 groups were lower than those in ANP-SB216763 groups. CONCLUSIONS: Inhibition of GSK-3ß weakens acute lung injury related to ANP via the inhibitory function of NF-κB signaling pathway. Different kinds of GSK-3ß inhibitors have different effects to ANP acute lung injury.


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Lesão Pulmonar Aguda/prevenção & controle , Glicogênio Sintase Quinase 3 beta/antagonistas & inibidores , Pancreatite Necrosante Aguda/complicações , Lesão Pulmonar Aguda/etiologia , Lesão Pulmonar Aguda/metabolismo , Lesão Pulmonar Aguda/patologia , Animais , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Imuno-Histoquímica , Interleucina-1beta/metabolismo , Masculino , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Pancreatite Necrosante Aguda/patologia , Fosforilação , Ratos , Ratos Wistar , Transdução de Sinais , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/metabolismo
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Cell Physiol Biochem ; 53(2): 366-387, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31385665

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: The extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) 1 and 2 (ERK1/2) are members of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) family. Upon stimulation, these kinases translocate from the cytoplasm to the nucleus, where they induce physiological processes such as proliferation and differentiation. The mechanism of translocation of this kinase involves phosphorylation of two Ser residues within a nuclear translocation signal (NTS), which allows binding to importin7 and a subsequent penetration via nuclear pores. However, the regulation of this process and the protein kinases involved are not yet clear. METHODS: To answer this point we developed specific anti phospho-SPS antibody, used this and other antibodies in Western blots and crystalized the phospho-mimetic mutated ERK. RESULTS: Here we show that the phosphorylation of both Ser residues is mediated mainly by casein kinase 2 (CK2) and that active ERK may assist in the phosphorylation of the N-terminal Ser. We also demonstrate that the phosphorylation is dependent on the release of ERK from cytoplasmic anchoring proteins. Crystal structure of the phosphomimetic ERK revealed that the NTS phosphorylation creates an acidic patch in ERK. Our model is that in resting cells ERK is bound to cytoplasmic anchors, which prevent its NTS phosphorylation. Upon stimulation, phosphorylation of the ERK TEY domain releases ERK and allows phosphorylation of its NTS by CK2 and active ERK to generate a negatively charged patch in ERK, binding to importin 7 and nuclear translocation. CONCLUSION: These results provide an important role of CK2 in regulating nuclear ERK activities.


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Núcleo Celular/metabolismo , Proteína Quinase 1 Ativada por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Proteína Quinase 3 Ativada por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Transporte Ativo do Núcleo Celular , Caseína Quinase II/metabolismo , Linhagem Celular , Humanos , Carioferinas/metabolismo , Fosforilação , Ligação Proteica , Receptores Citoplasmáticos e Nucleares/metabolismo
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Cell Physiol Biochem ; 53(3): 439-452, 2019.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31436397

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Among the assisted reproductive techniques, the in vitro maturation of oocytes (IVM) is less developed than other techniques, but its implementation would entail a qualitative advance. This technique consists in the extraction of immature oocytes from antral ovarian follicles with the patient under low hormone stimulation or without hormone to mature exogenously in culture media supplemented with different molecules to promote maturation. In this sense, we are interested in the role that cannabinoids could have as IVM promoters because cannabinoid's molecular pathway is similar to the one by which oocyte's meiosis resumption is activated. With the intention of advancing in the possible use of cannabinoids as supplements for the media for in vitro maturation of oocytes, we intend to deepen the study of the function of the phytocannabinoid Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the IVM process. METHODS: By immunocytochemistry, we detected the location pattern of cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and type 2 (CB2) during oocyte maturation in presence or absence of THC, as well as, the staining pattern of p-AKT and p-ERK. We used a genetic/ pharmacological approach generating knockout oocytes for CB1 and/or CB2 and they were incubated with THC during the oocyte maturation to visualize the physiological effects of THC, observing the rate of blastocyst achieved by oocyte. RESULTS: This study confirms that the incubation of oocytes with THC during IVM accelerated some events of that process like the phosphorylation pattern of ERK and AKT and was able to increase the blastocyst rate in response to IVF. Moreover, it seems that both CB1 and CB2 are necessary to maintain a healthy oocyte maturation. CONCLUSION: Our data suggest that THC may be useful IVM supplements in clinic as is more feasible and reliable than any synthetic cannabinoid.


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Blastocisto/efeitos dos fármacos , Dronabinol/farmacologia , Oócitos/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Apoptose/efeitos dos fármacos , Blastocisto/citologia , Blastocisto/metabolismo , MAP Quinases Reguladas por Sinal Extracelular/metabolismo , Feminino , Fertilização In Vitro , Técnicas de Maturação in Vitro de Oócitos , Meiose/efeitos dos fármacos , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Oócitos/citologia , Oócitos/metabolismo , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/metabolismo , Receptor CB1 de Canabinoide/genética , Receptor CB1 de Canabinoide/metabolismo , Receptor CB2 de Canabinoide/genética , Receptor CB2 de Canabinoide/metabolismo
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Anticancer Res ; 39(8): 4111-4116, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31366495

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BACKGROUND/AIM: We investigated whether the expression of inositol 1, 4, 5-trisphosphate receptor-binding protein released with inositol 1, 4, 5-trisphosphate (IRBIT) in clinical gastric cancer (GC) patients could predict the therapeutic response to postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was used to investigate IRBIT expression in 115 GC patients. To clarify whether IRBIT had a relationship with the therapeutic effects of chemotherapy, we compared two groups - 62 patients treated with postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy and 53 patients treated with postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy. RESULTS: Regarding the postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy-free group, we did not find any statistically significant correlation between clinicopathological features and recurrence regardless of the expression of IRBIT. In contrast, in the group receiving postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy, a significant association was found between IRBIT expression and both overall and disease-free survival. CONCLUSION: IRBIT may be used as a useful predictive marker for chemotherapy.


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Biomarcadores Tumorais/genética , Lectinas Tipo C/genética , Proteínas de Membrana/genética , Recidiva Local de Neoplasia/tratamento farmacológico , Neoplasias Gástricas/tratamento farmacológico , Idoso , Quimioterapia Adjuvante/efeitos adversos , Intervalo Livre de Doença , Feminino , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Recidiva Local de Neoplasia/genética , Recidiva Local de Neoplasia/patologia , Fosforilação/efeitos dos fármacos , Ligação Proteica/efeitos dos fármacos , Neoplasias Gástricas/genética , Neoplasias Gástricas/patologia
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Anticancer Res ; 39(8): 4165-4170, 2019 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31366501

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AIM: To examine the influence of hypoxia on the in vitro growth of leukaemia cells and the activity of signalling proteins to better understand the pathophysiology of leukaemia cells in human bone marrow. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six human leukaemia cell lines were cultured under normoxic or hypoxic conditions. Cell growth, recovery of clonogenic cells, and the expression and activation of various signalling proteins were examined. RESULTS: Hypoxia suppressed cell growth and the recovery of clonogenic cells. Moreover, hypoxia up-regulated hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) 1α and HIF2α expression while suppressing the expression and activation of NOTCH1, mechanistic target of rapamycin kinase (mTOR) activation, and nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) phosphorylation. CONCLUSION: We found that hypoxia up-regulated HIF expression while it suppressed the self-renewal capacity of leukaemia cells, NOTCH activity, and expression of its down-stream signalling molecules, which differs from previous reports mentioning that HIF activates NOTCH signalling. Our findings serve to further elucidate the in vivo pathophysiology of leukaemia cells.


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Fatores de Transcrição Hélice-Alça-Hélice Básicos/genética , Subunidade alfa do Fator 1 Induzível por Hipóxia/genética , Leucemia/genética , Receptor Notch1/genética , Ciclo Celular/genética , Hipóxia Celular/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Proliferação de Células/genética , Regulação Leucêmica da Expressão Gênica/genética , Humanos , Leucemia/patologia , NF-kappa B/genética , Fosforilação , Proteínas Proto-Oncogênicas c-akt/genética , Transdução de Sinais/genética , Serina-Treonina Quinases TOR/genética
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