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  1. Retarding the senescence of human vascular endothelial cells induced by hydrogen peroxide: effects of 17beta-estradiol (E2) mediated mitochondria protection.

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    Ruan, Yunjun; Wu, Saizhu; Zhang, Li; Chen, Guodong; Lai, Wenyan

    2014-08-01

    This study investigates the influence of 17beta-estradiol (E2) on hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced human vascular endothelial cell (HUVEC) senescence. HUVECs were divided into four groups, namely control group, H2O2 stimulation group, E2 intervention group and ICI182780 (ICI) intervention group. The aging-related ?-galactosidase activities, cytochrome C oxidase activities, intracellular ATP levels, intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels and phosphorylated Rb protein expressions were mainly observed. Of which, senescence-associated ?-galactosidase activities were detected using immunohistochemical staining, cytochrome C oxidase activities and intracellular ATP levels were detected using commercial kits, ROS levels were detected by fluorescence microscopy and fluorescence microplate reader, immunoblotting was used to quantitatively detect the expressions of phosphorylated Rb proteins. After continuous treatment of H2O2, the senescent phenotypes appeared in the HUVECs. The percentage of positive SA-?gal staining cells and the phosphorylated Rb expressions were significantly increased; intracellular ROS levels, cytochrome C oxidase activities and intracellular ATP levels were elevated. Compared with the H2O2 stimulation group, E2 intervention significantly decreased the positive rate of SA-?-gal staining, the phosphorylated Rb protein levels, the intracellular ROS levels, cytochrome C oxidase activities and intracellular ATP levels. Pretreatment of estrogen receptor blocker ICI182780 weakened the role of E2. These results indicated that H2O2 could induce HUVEC senescence; 17beta-E2 might relieve H2O2-induced mitochondrial damage through estrogen receptor and delay the vascular endothelial cell senescence. PMID:24938685

  2. Occurrence and Pathways of Manure-borne 17beta-Estradiol in Vadose Zone Water

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    Reproductive hormones, such as 17beta-estradiol (E2), can cause physiological and reproductive disorders in numerous species at low part per trillion concentrations. The persistence and transport pathways of manure-borne E2 in agricultural soils were determined by comparing the occurrence of E2 in t...

  3. Modeling of Coupled Degradation, Sorption, and Transport of 17beta-Estradiol in Undisturbed Soil

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    The presence of 17 beta-estradiol in the environment, even at part-per trillion concentrations, may raise significant concern regarding the health of aquatic organisms. Once 17 beta-estradiol is released into the environment from human and animal sources, its fate and transport is controlled by fact...

  4. Low-dosage micronized 17 beta-estradiol prevents bone loss in postmenopausal women

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    Ettinger, B.; Genant, H. K.; Steiger, P.; Madvig, P.

    1992-01-01

    With the use of a double-blind, randomized, dose-ranging design, we tested during an 18-month period the degree of protection against postmenopausal bone loss afforded by micronized 17 beta-estradiol in dosages of 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 mg. All subjects received supplementation to ensure a minimum of 1500 mg calcium daily. Fifty-one subjects completed at least 1 year of follow-up bone density measurements by quantitative computed tomography and by single- and dual-photon absorptiometry. In the placebo group spinal trabecular bone density decreased 4.9% annually (p less than 0.001), whereas in those taking micronized 17 beta-estradiol bone density tended to increase (annual increases of 0.3% in the 0.5 mg micronized 17 beta-estradiol group, 1.8% in the 1.0 mg micronized 17 beta-estradiol group, and 2.5% in the 2.0 mg micronized 17 beta-estradiol group). After completing the double-blind phase, 41 subjects completed an additional 18 months of follow-up while taking 1.0 mg micronized 17 beta-estradiol. During this time one third of the subjects were randomly assigned to discontinue calcium supplements. Among those who previously received placebo, trabecular bone density increased 4.3% annually, whereas among those who had used micronized 17 beta-estradiol, trabecular bone density response was inversely related to the dosage previously used. Additionally and independently, the level of calcium intake showed a statistically significant correlation with the change in spinal trabecular bone density (r = 0.37, p = 0.02). We conclude that micronized 17 beta-estradiol has a continuous skeletal dose-response effect in the range of 0.5 to 2.0 mg and that calcium intake positively modifies the skeletal response to 1.0 mg micronized 17 beta-estradiol.

  5. 17 beta-estradiol mimics ligand activity of the c-erbB2 protooncogene product.

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    Matsuda, S; Kadowaki, Y; Ichino, M; Akiyama, T; Toyoshima, K; Yamamoto, T

    1993-01-01

    We report here the physical and functional interaction of estrogen with the ErbB2 protein p185c-erbB2. The ErbB2 protein immunoprecipitated from estrogen-treated [10(-8) to 10(-6) M 17 beta-estradiol (E2)] RC cells showed higher autophosphorylation activity than that from untreated cells. Likewise autophosphorylation activity of ErbB2 protein from untreated cells was stimulated in vitro by E2. In addition, E2 treatment induced down-regulation of ErbB2 protein from the detergent-soluble fraction of the RC cells within 15 min. E2 also induced morphological transformation of the RC cells but not of the parental NIH 3T3 cells, which express little c-erbB2 under the same experimental conditions. This morphological transformation of RC cells was reversed by tamoxifen. However, E2 treatment did not induce anchorage-independent growth of RC cells. Scatchard analysis revealed E2 binding to the ErbB2 protein on RC cells; the Kd value was 2.7 nM. E2 did not bind appreciably to the parental NIH 3T3 cells or cells expressing an ErbB2 protein lacking most of its extracellular domain. These data suggest that estrogen plays an important role in ErbB2-mediated signaling. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 Fig. 5 PMID:7902571

  6. Molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction for the selective determination of 17beta-estradiol in fishery samples with high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Jiang, Tianhe; Zhao, Lixia; Chu, Baolin; Feng, Qinzhong; Yan, Wei; Lin, Jin-Ming

    2009-04-30

    A molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) has been synthesized by a thermo-polymerization method using methacrylic acid (MAA) as functional monomer, ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as cross-linker, acetonitrile as porogenic solvent, and 17beta-estradiol as template. The MIP showed obvious affinity for 17beta-estradiol in acetonitrile solution, which was confirmed by absorption experiments. After optimization of molecularly imprinted solid-phase extraction (MISPE) conditions, three structurally related estrogenic compounds (17beta-estradiol, estriol, and diethylstilbestrol) were used to evaluate the selectivity of the MIP cartridges. The MIP cartridges exhibited highly selectivity for E(2), the recoveries were 84.8+/-6.53% for MIPs and 19.1+/-1.93% for non-imprinted polymer (NIP) cartridges. The detection and quantification limits correspond to 0.023 and 0.076 mg L(-1). Furthermore, the MISPE methods were used to selectively extract E(2) from fish and prawn tissue prior to HPLC analysis. This MISPE-HPLC procedure could eliminate all matrix interference simultaneously and had good recoveries (78.3-84.5%). PMID:19203606

  7. Effects of 17 beta-estradiol on serum hormone concentrations and estrous cycle in female Crl:CD BR rats: effects on parental and first generation rats.

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    Biegel, L B; Cook, J C; Hurtt, M E; O'Connor, J C

    1998-08-01

    The recently passed Food Quality Protection Act of 1996 requires the U.S. EPA to implement screening strategies for endocrine active compounds (EACs) within the next 2 years. Interpreting results from screening tests is complicated by the absence of traditional dietary rodent bioassay data with model estrogenic compounds such as 17 beta-estradiol. Thus, a 90-day/one-generation reproduction study with 17 beta-estradiol was designed to: (1) provide such baseline data; (2) set dose levels for multigeneration reproduction and combined chronic toxicity/oncogenicity studies; and (3) evaluate various mechanistic/biochemical endpoints for inclusion in these follow-up studies. The current article describes the effects of dietary administration of 0, 0.05, 2.5, 10, and 50 ppm 17 beta-estradiol on the serum hormone concentrations and estrous cyclicity of female Crl:CD BR rats and evaluates a sampling strategy for measuring serum hormone levels in cycling female rats. Serum hormones were measured at three time points during a 90-day dietary exposure (1 week, 28 days, and 90 days) and in the F1 generation rats on postnatal day 98. Over the course of the 90-day feeding study for the P1 generation and from postnatal days 21 to 98 for the F1 generation, the estrous cycle was monitored daily in 10 rats/group. In P1 generation rats, dietary administration of 2.5, 10, and 50 ppm 17 beta-estradiol produced a dose-dependent increase in serum estradiol (E2) concentrations at all time points. In contrast, administration of 0.05, 2.5, 10, and 50 ppm 17 beta-estradiol produced a dose-dependent decrease in serum progesterone (P4) concentrations on test day 90, which correlated with an absence of corpora lutea and ovarian atrophy. At 10 and 50 ppm 17 beta-estradiol, serum luteinizing hormone (LH) concentrations were consistently decreased at all time points and were decreased at 2.5 ppm on test day 90. Serum prolactin (PRL) concentrations were increased at 50 ppm 17 beta-estradiol on test day 90. Serum follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) concentrations were either similar to the control levels or minimally changed at all time points. No F1 generation rats were produced at 10 or 50 ppm 17 beta-estradiol. In F1 generation rats, serum E2 concentrations were increased and P4 concentrations were decreased at a dietary concentration of 2.5 ppm 17 beta-estradiol, while serum concentrations of LH, FSH, and PRL were similar to the control. Dietary administration of 17 beta-estradiol at concentrations of 2.5 (both generations) and 10 and 50 ppm (P1 generation only) produced marked effects on the estrous cycle: decreased number of cycles, increased mean cycle length, and decreased number of normally cycling rats. The estrous cyclicity of rats fed 2.5 ppm 17 beta-estradiol appeared more severely affected in rats of the F1 generation than in rats of the P1 generation. Whether this increase in severity is related to an in utero exposure and/or greater mean daily intake of 17 beta-estradiol in the F1 generation rats in the postnatal period is unclear. Another goal of this study was to evaluate whether a single time point sampling strategy using cycling female rats could be used to detect compound-related changes in serum hormone concentrations. In evaluating a sampling strategy for measuring serum hormone levels, it appears that detection of compound-related alterations in serum hormone concentrations can be best detected by sampling during diestrus. Since the stage of the cycle dramatically influences hormone concentrations, large sample sizes (n = 50) are needed if serum hormone measurements are not matched with the stage of the cycle. The data indicate that this strategy of measuring serum hormone concentrations has utility in detecting compound-related effects within the confines of a traditional guideline study (subchronic, chronic, or multigenerational reproduction study). PMID:9742653

  8. Persistence and Fate of 17beta-estradiol and testosterone in agricultural soils

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    Steroidal hormones are constantly released into the environment by man-made and natural sources. The goal of this study was to examine the persistence and fate of 17beta-estradiol and testosterone, the two primary natural hormones. Incubation experiments were conducted under aerobic and anaerobic co...

  9. [Effects of methamidophos and 17beta-estradiol on the dynamics of experimental population of freshwater rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus].

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    Ke, Li-xia; Xi, Yi-long; Zha, Chun-wang; Yang, Dong-qing

    2008-01-01

    The study on the dynamics of experimental population of freshwater rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus under exposure of different concentrations of methamidophos (0.01, 0.1, 1.0, 10.0, 100.0, 1000.0 and 10000.0 microg x L(-1)) and 17beta-estradiol (0.001, 0.01, 0.1, 1.0, 10.0, 100.0 and 1000.0 microg x L(-1)) showed that both methamidophos and 17beta-estradiol had significant effects on the mean growth rate of the population, but less affected the mean fertilization rate of mictic females. Methamidophos affected the mean ratio of ovigerous to non-ovigerous females and the mean mictic rate significantly but had less effect on the total resting egg production, while 17beta-estradiol was in adverse. Compared with the controls, both 10.0-10000.0 microg x L(-1) of methamidophos and 100.0 microg x L(-1) of 17beta-estradiol increased the mean population growth rate significantly. 0.1-10000.0 and 10.0 microg x L(-1) of methamidophos decreased significantly the average ratio of ovigerous to non-ovigerous females and the average mictic rate, respectively, and 1000.0 microg x L(-1) of 17beta-estradiol decreased the total resting egg production significantly. Within the range of test concentrations of methamidophos, the relationship between the mean population growth rate (Y, d(-1) and the concentration (X, microg x L(-1) of methamidophos could be described as Y = -2 x 10(-8) X2 + 0.002X + 0.374. The population growth rate could be used to assess the effects of methamidophos on the population dynamics of the rotifer. PMID:18419089

  10. 17beta-estradiol potently suppresses cAMP-induced insulin-like growth factor-I gene activation in primary rat osteoblast cultures

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    McCarthy, T. L.; Ji, C.; Shu, H.; Casinghino, S.; Crothers, K.; Rotwein, P.; Centrella, M.

    1997-01-01

    Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) is a key factor in bone remodeling. In osteoblasts, IGF-I synthesis is enhanced by parathyroid hormone and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) through cAMP-activated protein kinase. In rats, estrogen loss after ovariectomy leads to a rise in serum IGF-I and an increase in bone remodeling, both of which are reversed by estrogen treatment. To examine estrogen-dependent regulation of IGF-I expression at the molecular level, primary fetal rat osteoblasts were co-transfected with the estrogen receptor (hER, to ensure active ER expression), and luciferase reporter plasmids controlled by promoter 1 of the rat IGF-I gene (IGF-I P1), used exclusively in these cells. As reported, 1 microM PGE2 increased IGF-I P1 activity by 5-fold. 17beta-Estradiol alone had no effect, but dose-dependently suppressed the stimulatory effect of PGE2 by up to 90% (ED50 approximately 0.1 nM). This occurred within 3 h, persisted for at least 16 h, required ER, and appeared specific, since 17alpha-estradiol was 100-300-fold less effective. By contrast, 17beta-estradiol stimulated estrogen response element (ERE)-dependent reporter expression by up to 10-fold. 17beta-Estradiol also suppressed an IGF-I P1 construct retaining only minimal promoter sequence required for cAMP-dependent gene activation, but did not affect the 60-fold increase in cAMP induced by PGE2. There is no consensus ERE in rat IGF-I P1, suggesting novel downstream interactions in the cAMP pathway that normally enhances IGF-I expression in skeletal cells. To explore this, nuclear extract from osteoblasts expressing hER were examined by electrophoretic mobility shift assay using the atypical cAMP response element in IGF-I P1. Estrogen alone did not cause DNA-protein binding, while PGE2 induced a characteristic gel shift complex. Co-treatment with both hormones caused a gel shift greatly diminished in intensity, consistent with their combined effects on IGF-I promoter activity. Nonetheless, hER did not bind IGF-I cAMP response element or any adjacent sequences. These results provide new molecular evidence that estrogen may temper the biological effects of hormones acting through cAMP to regulate skeletal IGF-I expression and activity.

  11. Effects of 17beta-estradiol on blood-brain barrier disruption during focal cerebral ischemia in younger and older rats.

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    Chi, O Z; Hunter, C; Liu, X; Weiss, H R

    2006-06-01

    This study was performed to compare the effects of 17beta-estradiol on blood-brain barrier disruption in focal cerebral ischemia between younger and older rats. Younger (three-month-old) and older (24-month-old) ovariectomized female Fischer 344 rats were studied. In one half of each age group, a 500 microg 17beta-estradiol 21-day release pellet and in another half, a vehicle pellet was implanted 21 days before the experiments. One hour after middle cerebral artery occlusion, the transfer coefficient (Ki) of 14C-alpha-aminoisobutyric acid and the volume of 3H-dextran distribution were determined to examine the degree of blood-brain barrier disruption. In all four groups, the Ki in the ischemic cortex was higher than in the corresponding contralateral cortex. There was no significant difference in the Ki in both cortices among the groups. The volume of dextran distribution of the ischemic cortex was only greater than in the corresponding contralateral cortex in the older 17beta-estradiol-treated group, and the volume of that group was greater than the younger 17beta-estradiol-treated group (4.00 +/- 1.29 VS. 2.13 +/- 0.88 ml/100 g). After analyzing the difference in Ki between the ischemic cortex and the contralateral cortex in each animal, the difference was significantly greater in the older 17beta-estradiol-treated rats than the older vehicle-treated rats (3.40 +/- 2.10 VS. 1.26 +/- 1.44 microl/g/min). In the younger rats, however, 17beta-estradiol did not significantly affect the difference. Our data showed that 17beta-estradiol treatment failed to attenuate the BBB disruption in the cerebral ischemic cortex in the older or younger Fischer 344 rats. However, our data also suggest the possibility that 17beta-estradiol could aggravate the BBB disruption in older rats. PMID:16823719

  12. Degradation of 17beta-estradiol in aqueous solution by ozonation in the presence of manganese(II) and oxalic acid.

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    Jiang, Liying; Zhang, Lu; Chen, Jianmeng; Ji, Hong

    2013-01-01

    Natural estrogens, such as 17beta-estradiol (E2), are the main substances responsible for estrogenic activity found in domestic sewage. In the work described herein, the degradation of E2 has been investigated by single ozonation and catalytic ozonation in the presence of manganese ion (Mn2+) and oxalic acid. The presence of Mn2+ and oxalic acid in the ozonation processes significantly improved the E2 degradation and, hence, the reduction of estrogenic activity in aqueous solution. The addition of Mn2+ and oxalic acid produced many more hydroxyl radicals in the catalytic ozonation system than in the single ozonation system. Oxidation products formed during ozonation of E2 have been identified by means of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), on the basis of which a possible reaction pathway for E2 degradation by ozonation is proposed. E2 was first oxidized to hydroxyl-semiquinone isomers, and these were subsequently degraded to low molecular weight compounds such as oxalic acid and malonic acid. The latter were easily oxidized by ozone to form carbon dioxide (CO2). The results demonstrate that the ozonation-Mn(2+)-oxalic acid system may serve as a powerful tool for removing E2, and the addition of Mn2+ and oxalic acid is favourable for the complete removal of estrogenic activity induced by steroid estrogens in aqueous solution. PMID:23530323

  13. Effect of 17beta-estradiol and voluntary exercise on lymphocyte apoptosis in mice.

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    Hoffman-Goetz, L; Fietsch, C L; McCutcheon, D; Duerrstein, L

    2001-01-01

    During the perimenopause, women may begin estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) and physical activity programs to reduce the symptoms of the climacteric. High-intensity exercise increases lymphocyte apoptosis, and estrogen is also known to have immune modulatory effects. The present study determined whether (1) estrogen exposure in vivo, and (2) low-intensity, voluntary exercise affect thymic and splenic lymphocyte apoptosis in adult female mice. 'Middle-aged' (>1 year), ovarian-intact female B6D2F(1) mice were implanted with 17beta-estradiol (E) pellets (L: 3 microg/day or H: 12 microg/day) or placebo (P: 0 microg/day). Mice were given 1 week to recover from implantation surgery after which they were randomized to wheel-running or no-wheel-running conditions. Twenty one days later, mice were sacrificed and thymus and spleen removed for determination of percent apoptosis and percent necrosis by flow cytometry, serum E levels by RIA, and tissue and body weights. Estrogen-treated, ovarian-intact mice accumulated less cumulative wheel-running activity than mice implanted with placebo (P<.001). E exposure was associated with lighter thymuses (P<.05), higher thymocyte apoptosis (P<.001), and higher serum E levels (P<.001), effects which were not modified by voluntary exercise. In contrast, splenocyte apoptosis and spleen weights did not differ by estrogen treatment or exercise. The results suggest that in vivo exposure to supplemental estrogen is associated with greater spontaneous apoptosis of thymocytes and reduced thymus weights in older ovarian-intact mice. The clinical significance for thymic (cellular) immunity in perimenopausal women given HRT remains to be determined. PMID:11790427

  14. Rapid vascular escape of arterially injected 16alpha-radioiodo, 17beta-estradiol

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    Scharl, A.; Holt, J.A. )

    1993-03-20

    The authors undertook this study because confirmation of a rapid vascular escape and slow release back into the circulatory system suggests that arterial injection of radiohalogenated steroid receptor ligands might provide an efficacious route of administration for imaging or treatment of receptor-rich malignant tumors in peripheral tissues. The authors injected radiolabeled 16alpha-iodo, 17beta-estradiol ([I]-E) into the femoral artery of swine in a solution that contained [[sup 125]I]-E in a known ratio to [[sup 99]Tc]-labeled red blood cells. Fractions of femoral venous blood were collected at short intervals during 10 min. They looked for changes in the ratio of the radiolabeles. [[sup 99m]Tc]-labeled red blood cells are known to remain in the vascular system for an hour or more. After passage of the injectate through the capillary bed of the swine leg, a dramatic decrease of the initial [sup 125]I:[sup 99m]Tc ratio to only 10% was observed in the femoral venous blood. This ratio increased gradually during the next 10 min to approximately 30% of that in the injectate, indicating that a significant portion (approximately 90%) of the [[sup 125]I]-E was initially trapped in the limb and then slowly re-entered the vascular system. To obtain visual confirmation of the rapid vascular escape of iodo-estrogen, they injected either an imageable form of [I]-E ([[sup 123]I]-E) or [[sup 99m]Tc]-labeled red blood cells into the dorsal aorta of superovulated rabbits, whose smaller size allowed whole-body imaging. The biodistributions of these radiopharmaceuticals were surveyed continuously by real-time planar gamma imaging. A large fraction of [I]-E escapes from the vascular system during the first pass through an organ or limb, without regard to the estrogen receptor content of the tissue. 28 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Upregulation of estrogen receptor subtypes and vitellogenin mRNA in cinnamon clownfish Amphiprion melanopus during the sex change process: profiles on effects of 17beta-estradiol.

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    Kim, Na Na; Jin, Deuk-Hee; Lee, Jehee; Kil, Gyung-Suk; Choi, Cheol Young

    2010-10-01

    In the present study, we investigated the expression pattern of estrogen receptors (esr) and vitellogenin (vtg) mRNA in the gonads and liver during sex change in cinnamon clownfish by using quantitative polymerase chain reaction. We divided gonadal development during the sex change from male to female into 3 stages (mature male, male at 90days after removing female, and mature female) and investigated esr and vtg mRNA expressions during the sex change. With female, the esr and vtg mRNA expressions increased. In western blot analysis, Esr1 protein was detected only in the ovaries of female cinnamon clownfish. Also, to understand the effect of 17beta-estradiol (E(2)), we investigated the esr and vtg mRNA expression patterns in the gonads and liver, and the changes in plasma E(2) level after E(2) injection. E(2) treatment increased both mRNA expression levels of esr and vtg and plasma E(2) levels. The present study describes the molecular characterization of esr subtypes and the interactions between esr and vtg after E(2) treatment in cinnamon clownfish. PMID:20601066

  16. A RIKILT yeast estrogen bioassay (REA) for estrogen residue detection in urine of calves experimentally treated with 17beta-estradiol.

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    Divari, S; De Maria, R; Cannizzo, F T; Spada, F; Mulasso, C; Bovee, T F H; Capra, P; Leporati, M; Biolatti, B

    2010-01-01

    17beta-Estradiol is one of the most powerful sex steroids illegally used in bovine production. The objective of this study was to evaluate the application and the specificity of the RIKILT yeast estrogen bioassay (REA) for the detection of molecules with estrogenic activities in the urine of calves experimentally treated with anabolics. Four groups of six calves each received an injection of 17beta-estradiol intramuscularly (group B), androsterone and gliburide (group A), and testosterone (group C) molecules at different dosage for 40 days. Group D was the control. The ability of the REA test to detect estrogenic activity in urine samples from all animals was assessed. All estrogen-treated animals (group B) showed as being positive up to 7 days after administration of the highest dosage of 17beta-estradiol, while the other three groups showed as being negative. The identity of estrogenic molecules in the urine of group B (17beta-estradiol, 17alpha-estradiol) was confirmed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS). This is the first time the REA test has been applied to detect 17beta-estradiol in the urine of calves treated with the hormone in vivo. The technique may offer an advantageous laboratory method for the veterinary surveillance of illegal steroid use. PMID:19763989

  17. Signaling responses after exposure to 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone or 17 beta-estradiol in norepinephrine-induced hypertrophy of neonatal rat ventricular myocytes.

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    Koshman, Yevgeniya E; Piano, Mariann R; Russell, Brenda; Schwertz, Dorie W

    2010-03-01

    Androgens appear to enhance, whereas estrogens mitigate, cardiac hypertrophy. However, signaling pathways in cells for short (3 min) and longer term (48 h) treatment with 17beta-estradiol (E2) or 5 alpha-dihydrotestosterone (DHT) are understudied. We compared the effect of adrenergic stimulation by norepinephrine (NE; 1 microM) alone or in combination with DHT (10 nM) or E2 (10 nM) treatment in neonatal rat ventricular myocytes (NRVMs) by cell area, protein synthesis, sarcomeric structure, gene expression, phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated (ERK), and focal adhesion kinases (FAK), and phospho-FAK nuclear localization. NE alone elicited the expected hypertrophy and strong sarcomeric organization, and DHT alone gave a similar but more modest response, whereas E2 did not alter cell size. Effects of NE dominated when used with either E2 or DHT with all combinations. Both sex hormones alone rapidly activated FAK but not ERK. Long-term or brief exposure to E2 attenuated NE-induced FAK phosphorylation, whereas DHT had no effect. Neither hormone altered NE-elicited ERK activation. Longer term exposure to E2 alone reduced FAK phosphorylation and reduced nuclear phospho-FAK, whereas its elevation was seen in the presence of NE with both sex hormones. The mitigating effects of E2 on the NE-elicited increase in cell size and the hypertrophic effect of DHT in NRVMs are in accordance with results observed in whole animal models. This is the first report of rapid, nongenomic sex hormone signaling via FAK activation and altered FAK trafficking to the nucleus in heart cells. PMID:20044473

  18. Aqueous exposure to 4-nonylphenol and 17beta-estradiol increases stress sensitivity and disrupts ion regulatory ability of juvenile Atlantic salmon.

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    Lerner, Darren T; Björnsson, Björn Thrandur; McCormick, Stephen D

    2007-07-01

    Population declines of wild Atlantic salmon have been attributed to an array of anthropogenic disturbances, including dams, commercial and recreational fishing, habitat loss, and pollution. Environmental contaminants in particular, can act as environmental stressors on fish, typically causing disruption of ion homeostasis due to their close association with the aquatic environment. To examine the effects of the xenoestrogen 4-nonylphenol (NP) or 17beta-estradiol (E2) on stress sensitivity and ion regulation, we exposed juvenile Atlantic salmon continuously for 21 d to either 10 or 100 microg/L NP (NP-L or NP-H), 2 microg/L E2 (positive control), or vehicle control during the parr-smolt transformation in April. After treatment, fish were sampled in freshwater (FW), transferred to 30 per thousand seawater (SW) for 24 h, or subjected to a handling stress. Estradiol and NP-H increased plasma vitellogenin in males and females, and E2 increased gonadosomatic index only in males. In FW, E2 reduced sodium potassium-activated adenosine triphosphatase activity as well as plasma levels of growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor I, and triiodothyronine. Both E2 and NP-H reduced plasma sodium in FW and increased plasma chloride in SW. Plasma cortisol levels pre- and poststressor were significantly elevated by all treatments relative to controls, but only E2 increased plasma glucose before and after the stressor. These results indicate that exposure of anadromous salmonids to environmental estrogens heightens sensitivity to external stressors, impairs ion regulation in both FW and SW, and disrupts endocrine pathways critical for smolt development. PMID:17665683

  19. Larval exposure to 4-nonylphenol and 17beta-estradiol affects physiological and behavioral development of seawater adaptation in Atlantic salmon smolts.

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    Lerner, Darren T; Björnsson, Björn Thrandur; McCormick, Stephen D

    2007-06-15

    Population declines of anadromous salmonids are attributed to anthropogenic disturbances including dams, commercial and recreational fisheries, and pollutants, such as estrogenic compounds. Nonylphenol (NP), a xenoestrogen, is widespread in the aquatic environment due to its use in agricultural, industrial, and household products. We exposed Atlantic salmon yolk-sac larvae to waterborne 10 or 100 microg L(-1) NP (NP-L or NP-H, respectively), 2 microg L(-1) 17beta-estradiol (E2), or vehicle, for 21 days to investigate their effects on smolt physiology and behavior 1 year later. NP-H caused approximately 50% mortality during exposure, 30 days after exposure, and 60 days after exposure. Mortality rates of NP-L and E2 fish were not affected until 60 days after treatment, when they were 4-fold greater than those of controls. Treatment with NP-L or E2 as yolk-sac larvae decreased gill sodium-potassium-activated adenosine triphosphatase (Na+,K(+)-ATPase) activity and seawater (SW) tolerance during smolt development, 1 year after exposure. Exposure to NP-L and E2 resulted in a latency to enter SW and reduced preference for SW approximately 2- and 5-fold, respectively. NP-L-exposed fish had 20% lower plasma insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) levels and 35% lower plasma triiodothyronine (T3). Plasma growth hormone and thyroxine (T4) were unaffected. Exposure to E2 did not affect plasma levels of IGF-I, GH, T3, or T4. Both treatment groups exhibited increased plasma cortisol and decreased osmoregulatory capacity in response to a handling stressor. These results suggest that early exposure to environmentally relevant concentrations of NP, and other estrogenic compounds, can cause direct and delayed mortalities and that this exposure can have long-term, "organizational" effects on life-history events in salmonids. PMID:17626455

  20. Validating a commercially available enzyme immunoassay for the determination of 17beta-estradiol and progestogens in the feces of cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus): a case report.

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    Borque, C; Perez-Garnelo, S S; Lopez, M; Talavera, C; Delclaux, M; de la Fuente, J

    2005-03-01

    Fecal 17beta-estradiol and progestogens excretion was monitored in adult, female cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus; n = 2), ZGG-12301 (born 3 April 1993), gonadotrophin treated and ZGT-3301, (born 19 August 1993), nontreated, for 120 days using commercially available plate enzyme immunoassay kits prepared for human serum or plasma. There were significant differences (P < 0.001) between baseline and peak concentrations of both hormone measures. Female ZGG-12301, which conceived, but this pregnancy resulted in an unobserved spontaneous abortion, showed no significant difference (P > 0.05) between baseline and gestation 17beta-estradiol values; fecal 17beta-estradiol excretion during pregnancy was statistically different (P < 0.001) from excretion during the nonpregnancy period. Baseline progestogen concentrations were different from pregnancy (P < 0.001) and postovulatory (P < 0.01) concentrations, and progestogen concentrations during pregnancy period were different (P < 0.001) from postovulatory concentrations. In the nontreated cheetah (ZGT-3301), basal and increased progestogen concentrations were statistically different (P < 0.01). On the basis of 17beta-estradiol excretory patterns, duration of the estrous cycle (x +/- SEM) was 13.2 +/- 2.2 days. These results suggest that the enzyme-linked immunosorbent methods reported in this study were capable of quantifying reproductive hormones in fecal extracts of cheetahs and could be a practical alternative to other enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays which require more complex procedures. PMID:17315457

  1. Regulated expression of matrix metalloproteinases, inflammatory mediators, and endometrial matrix remodeling by 17beta-estradiol in the immature rat uterus

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    Russo, Louise A; Peano, Bryan J; Trivedi, Shreya P; Cavalcanto, Todd D; Olenchock, Benjamin A; Caruso, Joseph A; Smolock, Amanda R; Vishnevsky, Oleg; Gardner, Russell M

    2009-01-01

    Background Administration of a single physiological dose of 17beta-estradiol (E2:40 microg/kg) to the ovariectomized immature rat rapidly induces uterine growth and remodeling. The response is characterized by changes in endometrial stromal architecture during an inflammatory-like response that likely involves activated matrix-metalloproteinases (MMPs). While estrogen is known as an inducer of endometrial growth, its role in specific expression of MMP family members in vivo is poorly characterized. E2-induced changes in MMP-2, -3, -7, and -9 mRNA and protein expression were analyzed to survey regulation along an extended time course 0-72 hours post-treatment. Because E2 effects inflammatory-like changes that may alter MMP expression, we assessed changes in tissue levels of TNF-alpha and MCP-1, and we utilized dexamethasone (600 microg/kg) to better understand the role of inflammation on matrix remodeling. Methods Ovariectomized 21 day-old female Sprague-Dawley rats were administered E2 and uterine tissues were extracted and prepared for transmission electron microscopy (TEM), mRNA extraction and real-time RT-PCR, protein extraction and Western blot, or gelatin zymography. In inhibitor studies, pretreatment compounds were administered prior to E2 and tissues were harvested at 4 hours post-hormone challenge. Results Using a novel TEM method to quantitatively assess changes in stromal collagen density, we show that E2-induced matrix remodeling is rapid in onset (< 1 hour) and leads to a 70% reduction in collagen density by 4 hours. Matrix remodeling is MMP-dependent, as pretreatment with batimastat ablates the hormone effect. MMP-3, -7, and -9 and inflammatory markers (TNF-alpha and MCP-1) are transiently upregulated with peak expression at 4 hours post-E2 treatment. MMP-2 expression is increased by E2 but highest expression and activity occur later in the response (48 hours). Dexamethasone inhibits E2-modulated changes in collagen density and expression of MMPs although these effects are variable. Dexamethasone upregulates MMP-3 mRNA but not protein levels, inhibiting E2-induced upregulation of MMP-7, and -9, and MCP-1 mRNA and protein but not inhibiting the hormone-induced increase in TNF-alpha mRNA. Conclusion The data demonstrate that E2-regulated endometrial remodeling is rapid in onset (<1 hour) and peak expression of MMPs and inflammatory mediators correlates temporally with the period of lowest stromal collagen density during uterine tissue hypertrophy. PMID:19889233

  2. Effect of 17beta-estradiol and testosterone on the expression of flavin-containing monooxygenase and the toxicity of aldicarb to Japanese medaka, Oryzias latipes.

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    El-Alfy, Abir T; Schlenk, Daniel

    2002-08-01

    Previous studies in our laboratory indicated gender differences in salinity-enhanced acute toxicity of aldicarb in Japanese medaka with females being more susceptible. In the current study, the effects of the sex steroids, 17beta estradiol (E2) and testosterone (T) on aldicarb toxicity was examined. Adult Japanese medaka were separated by sex and exposed to 100 microg/l E2 or T for 6 days followed by exposure to the 96-h LC50 (0.5 mg/l) of aldicarb. The toxicity of aldicarb to adult males was significantly lowered by E2 and T whereby the mortality percentage was reduced to 23.3 +/- 5.8% and 3.3 +/- 5.8%, respectively, compared to the fish not receiving steroids (46.7 +/- 5.8% mortality). In females, T caused significant reduction in aldicarb toxicity to 16.7 +/- 5.8%, while E2 significantly enhanced the toxicity to 96.7 +/- 5.8% mortality. Since the flavin-containing monooxygenase (FMO) enzyme system had been shown to play a critical role in aldicarb toxicity, the effect of E2 and T on FMO expression was examined. Gill FMO activity showed a direct correlation with the overall toxicity of aldicarb in both male and female medaka. Expression of FMO1-like protein was significantly reduced by T in male livers and gills, and T did not affect the expression of FMOs in female tissues. In contrast, E2 significantly reduced FMO1-like protein expression in male gills and female livers, as well as FMO3 expression in both male and female livers, but significantly increased gill FMO1 expression in females. Since aldicarb acts by inhibiting the enzyme cholinesterase (ChE), the effect of sex hormones on the activity of this enzyme was also examined. In both male and female medaka, T counteracted the inhibitory effect of aldicarb on muscle ChE. In male fish, E2 had similar effects but did not seem to counteract the ChE inhibition in females. In conclusion, E2 and T modulation of aldicarb toxicity in Japanese medaka seems to be mediated via alteration of gill FMO and ChE actitivies. PMID:12151634

  3. Transport of 17beta-estradiol and testosterone in a field lysimeter

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    17ß-estradiol (E2) and testosterone (T) are present in sources such as waste treatment effluent and manures, and can potentially disrupt aquatic organisms at low concentrations. Laboratory studies consistently indicate limited mobility and rapid attenuation of E2 and T in soils; however, these hormo...

  4. Stimulation of catecholamine synthesis through unique estrogen receptors in the bovine adrenomedullary plasma membrane by 17{beta}-estradiol

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    Yanagihara, Nobuyuki . E-mail: yanagin@med.uoeh-u.ac.jp; Liu, Minhui; Toyohira, Yumiko; Tsutsui, Masato; Ueno, Susumu; Shinohara, Yuko; Takahashi, Kojiro; Tanaka, Kazumi

    2006-01-13

    Incubation of cultured bovine adrenal medullary cells with 17{beta}-estradiol (E{sub 2}) (0.3-100 nM) or membrane-impermeable E{sub 2}-bovine serum albumin (100 nM) acutely increased {sup 14}C-catecholamine synthesis from [{sup 14}C]tyrosine. The stimulatory effect of E{sub 2} was not inhibited by ICI182,780, a nuclear estrogen receptor inhibitor. E{sub 2} also increased tyrosine hydroxylase activity and p44/42MAPK phosphorylation, the former of which was attenuated by U0126, an inhibitor of p44/42MAPK kinase. The plasma membrane isolated from the gland showed two classes of specific binding sites of [{sup 3}H]E{sub 2} with apparent K {sub d}s of 3.2 and 106 nM, and B {sub max}s of 0.44 and 8.5 pmol/mg protein, respectively. The high-affinity binding of [{sup 3}H]E{sub 2} was most strongly inhibited by E{sub 2} and phytoestrogens, and to lesser extents by other steroid hormones, while it was enhanced by ICI182,780 and environmental estrogenic pollutants. These findings suggest that E{sub 2} acutely stimulates catecholamine synthesis via activation of p44/42MAPK through unique estrogen receptors in the plasma membrane of bovine adrenal medulla.

  5. 17-Beta-estradiol induces neoplastic transformation in prostatic epithelial cells.

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    Yu, Shan; Zhang, Yan; Yuen, Mong-Ting; Zou, Chang; Danielpour, David; Chan, Franky L

    2011-05-01

    Although estrogens have been long implicated in the prostate carcinogenesis, direct evidence showing their carcinogenicity on prostatic epithelial cells has not yet been clearly demonstrated. In this study, we treated an immortalized, non-transformed and androgen-responsive rat prostatic epithelial cell line NRP-152 with 17?-estradiol (E2) at concentrations 1-3 microM for period 2-6 weeks. After in vitro treatment, we evaluated the anchorage-independent growth of E2-treated NRP-152 cells by soft agar assay and isolated the colonies formed by the transformed E2-NRP-152 cells in soft agar for further growth phenotype characterization. Our results showed that the isolated E2-NRP-152 clones displayed neoplastic transformation phenotype, as demonstrated by their capacity of forming colonies in soft agar and tumors in immunodeficient nude mice, while losing their spheroid formation capacity in Matrigel 3D-culture. Western blot and RT-PCR analyses showed that the transformed E2-NRP-152 cells expressed increased levels of ER? and several putative prostate cancer stem cell markers (integrins ?2?1, CD44, CD133, ABCG2 and CXCR4) but decreased levels of ER? and AR. Comet assay revealed that E2-treatment also induced formation of comet cells, indicating that E2 caused DNA damage to the NRP-152 cells. Our present findings demonstrated that in vitro E2 exposure could neoplastically transform the rat prostatic epithelial cells, indicating that E2 is carcinogenic to the prostatic epithelial cells. PMID:21353741

  6. Effects of 17beta-estradiol on blood-brain barrier disruption in focal ischemia during GABA(A) receptor inhibition.

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    Chi, O Z; Hunter, C; Liu, X; Weiss, H R

    2005-04-01

    We performed this study to determine whether gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA(A)) receptor inhibition could reverse the effect of 17beta-estradiol on blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption in focal cerebral ischemia. Young ovariectomized rats were implanted with a 500 microg 17beta-estradiol 21-day release pellet or with a vehicle pellet 21 days before the experiments. Forty-five minutes after middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion, half of each group was infused with bicuculline (a GABA(A) receptor antagonist) 1 mg/kg/min for 2 min followed by 0.1 mg/kg/min up to the end of experiments. The other half was infused with the same volume of normal saline. The transfer coefficient (Ki) of 14C-alpha-aminoisobutyric acid and the volume of 3H-dextran distribution (70,000 Daltons) were determined to measure the degree of BBB disruption one hour after MCA occlusion. In the control vehicle-treated animals, the Ki in the ischemic cortex (7.2 +/- 2.6 microl/g/min) was higher than in the contralateral cortex (2.5 +/- 1.4 microl/g/min). After bicuculline infusion, the Ki in the ischemic cortex increased (10.6 +/- 5.4 microl/g/min) although the increase was not statistically significant. In the 17beta-estradiol treated animals, the Ki in the ischemic cortex (3.8 +/- 1.6 microl/g/min) was lower than control vehicle-treated rats. With bicuculline infusion, the Ki in the ischemic cortex (14.5 +/- 6.8 microl/g/min) was markedly increased. In the non-ischemic cortex, there was no significant difference in Ki among the experimental groups. The volume of dextran distribution was not significantly different between the experimental groups in the ischemic or non-ischemic cortex. Our data suggests that part of the reason for the decreased BBB disruption in the focal ischemic area after 17beta-estradiol treatment could be due to the interaction between GABA(A) receptors and 17beta-estradiol. PMID:15952079

  7. Cosupplementation of isoflavones, prenylflavonoids, and lignans alters human exposure to phytoestrogen-derived 17beta-estradiol equivalents.

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    Bolca, Selin; Wyns, Ciska; Possemiers, Sam; Depypere, Herman; De Keukeleire, Denis; Bracke, Marc; Verstraete, Willy; Heyerick, Arne

    2009-12-01

    The microbial metabolism of dietary phytoestrogens varies considerably among individuals and influences the final exposure to bioactive compounds. In view of the increasing number of food supplements combining several classes of phytoestrogens, the microbial potential to activate various proestrogens within an individual was evaluated in 3 randomized dietary crossovers. Treatment allocation was based on participants' eligibility (>45% in vitro bioactivation of >or=2 separate proestrogens by fecal cultures; n = 40/100). After a run-in of >or=4 d, participants were given soy-, hop-, and/or flax-based food supplements dosed either separately (SOY: 2.83 mg daidzein aglycone equivalents/supplement, HOP: 1.20 mg isoxanthohumol (IX)/supplement, or FLAX: 2.08 mg secoisolariciresinol (SECO) aglycone equivalents/supplement; reference intervention) or simultaneously (MIX; test intervention) 3 times/d for 5 d, followed by a wash-out period (>or=7 d) and the second intervention. Before and after each (co)supplementation, spot urine and serum were collected. In total, 22 equol, 19 8-prenylnaringenin (8-PN), and 21 enterolactone (ENL) producers completed the SOY+MIX, HOP+MIX, and FLAX+MIX trials, respectively. The microbial bioactivation of daidzein, IX, and SECO, generally decreased upon coincubation in vitro (equol: 4.4%, P = 0.164; 8-PN: 20.5%, P < 0.001; ENL: 44.3%, P < 0.001) and cosupplementation in vivo (equol: 28.3%, P = 0.009; 8-PN: 35.4%, P = 0.107; ENL: 35.9%, P = 0.003). Although the bioavailabilities of total isoflavones, prenylflavonoids, and lignans were not significantly affected upon coadministration, participants were exposed to lower phytoestrogen-derived 17beta-estradiol equivalents. In conclusion, the bioavailability of phytoestrogens, especially when given in mixtures, is subject to high interindividual variation. These findings support the importance of personalized screening when assessing the efficacy of such products and mixtures. PMID:19864398

  8. Inhibition of the increased 17beta-estradiol-induced mast cell number by melatonin in the testis of the frog Rana esculenta, in vivo and in vitro.

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    Izzo, Gaia; d'Istria, Michela; Serino, Ismene; Minucci, Sergio

    2004-01-01

    In the present study, we have utilized 17beta-estradiol to induce the increase of mast cell number in order to verify the melatonin effect on mast cell accumulation in the frog testicular interstitium. Data obtained from in vivo experiments confirm that 17beta-estradiol increases the mast cell number and indicate a melatonin-inhibitory role in their accumulation in the frog testis. In addition, melatonin interferes with the effects of estradiol on the increase of mast cell number in short-term cultured testes, and this result has also been obtained in a dose-response experiment at physiological concentration. The data suggest that melatonin acts on mast cell number directly via its local action in the frog gonads. In conclusion, our study shows, for the first time, that melatonin may interfere, probably via estrogen receptors, with the differentiation and/or proliferation of mast cells induced by estradiol treatment either in vivo or in vitro in the testis of the frog Rana esculenta. PMID:14691091

  9. 17Beta-estradiol protects against oxidative stress-induced cell death through the glutathione/glutaredoxin-dependent redox regulation of Akt in myocardiac H9c2 cells.

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    Urata, Yoshishige; Ihara, Yoshito; Murata, Hiroaki; Goto, Shinji; Koji, Takehiko; Yodoi, Junji; Inoue, Satoshi; Kondo, Takahito

    2006-05-12

    The GSH/glutaredoxin (GRX) system is involved in the redox regulation of certain enzyme activities, and this system protects cells from H2O2-induced apoptosis by regulating the redox state of Akt (Murata, H., Ihara, Y., Nakamura, H., Yodoi, J., Sumikawa, K., and Kondo, T. (2003) J. Biol. Chem. 278, 50226-50233). Estrogens, such as 17beta-estradiol (E2), play an important role in development, growth, and differentiation and appear to have protective effects on oxidative stress mediated by estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha). However, the role of the ERbeta-mediated pathway in this cytoprotection and the involvement of E2 in the redox regulation are not well understood. In the present study, we demonstrated that E2 protected cardiac H9c2 cells, expressing ERbeta from H2O2-induced apoptosis concomitant with an increase in the activity of Akt. E2 induced the expression of glutaredoxin (GRX) as well as gamma-glutamylcysteine synthetase, a rate-limiting enzyme for the synthesis of GSH. Inhibitors for both gamma-glutamylcysteine synthetase and GRX and ICI182,780, a specific inhibitor of ERs, abolished the protective effect of E2 on cell survival as well as the activity of Akt, suggesting that ERbeta is involved in the cytoprotection and redox regulation by E2. Transcription of the GRX gene was enhanced by E2. The promoter activity of GRX was up-regulated by an ERbeta-dependent element. These results suggest that the GRX/GSH system is involved in the cytoprotective and genomic effects of E2 on the redox state of Akt, a pathway that is mediated, at least in part, by ERbeta. This mechanism may also play an antiapoptotic role in cancer cells during carcinogenesis or chemotherapy. PMID:16549430

  10. Up-regulation of PI3K/Akt signaling by 17{beta}-estradiol through activation of estrogen receptor-{alpha}, but not estrogen receptor-{beta}, and stimulates cell growth in breast cancer cells

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    Lee, Young-Rae; Park, Jinny; Kim, Jong-Suk; Youn, Hyun Jo; Jung, Sung Hoo . E-mail: shjung@chonbuk.ac.kr

    2005-11-04

    Estrogen stimulates cell proliferation in breast cancer. The biological effects of estrogen are mediated through two intracellular receptors, estrogen receptor-{alpha} (ER{alpha}) and estrogen receptor-{beta} (ER{beta}). However, the role of ERs in the proliferative action of estrogen is not well established. Recently, it has been known that ER activates phosphatidylinositol-3-OH kinase (PI3K) through binding with the p85 regulatory subunit of PI3K. Therefore, possible mechanisms may include ER-mediated phosphoinositide metabolism with subsequent formation of phosphatidylinositol-3,4,5-trisphosphate (PIP{sub 3}), which is generated from phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate via PI3K activation. The present study demonstrates that 17{beta}-estradiol (E2) up-regulates PI3K in an ER{alpha}-dependent manner, but not ER{beta}, and stimulates cell growth in breast cancer cells. In order to study this phenomenon, we have treated ER{alpha}-positive MCF-7 cells and ER{alpha}-negative MDA-MB-231 cells with 10 nM E2. Treatment of MCF-7 cells with E2 resulted in a marked increase in PI3K (p85) expression, which paralleled an increase in phospho-Akt (Ser-473) and PIP{sub 3} level. These observations also correlated with an increased activity to E2-induced cell proliferation. However, these effects of E2 on breast cancer cells were not observed in the MDA-MB-231 cell line, indicating that the E2-mediated up-regulation of PI3K/Akt pathway is ER{alpha}-dependent. These results suggest that estrogen activates PI3K/Akt signaling through ER{alpha}-dependent mechanism in MCF-7 cells.

  11. Cytochrome P450 inhibition profile in liver of veal calves administered a combination of 17beta-estradiol, clenbuterol, and dexamethasone for growth-promoting purposes.

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    Cantiello, Michela; Carletti, Monica; Dacasto, Mauro; Martin, Pascal G P; Pineau, Thierry; Capolongo, Francesca; Gardini, Giulia; Nebbia, Carlo

    2008-08-01

    The effects of the administration of a combination of 17beta-estradiol (10mg i.m. for three times at 17 days intervals), dexamethasone (4 mg/day for 6 days and 5mg/day for further 6 days, dissolved in milk), and clenbuterol (20 microg/kg b.w./day, dissolved in milk, for the last 40 days before slaughtering) for growth-promoting (GP) purposes on liver drug metabolising capacity were studied in crossbred Friesian male calves. Compared to controls, liver preparations from GP-treated calves showed an overall reduction in the extent of the in vitro ability to metabolize testosterone and a number of substrates, most notably those associated with CYP 2C or CYP 3A, which also displayed a reduced expression on western blotting. By contrast, the tested hydrolytic and conjugative pathways were not significantly affected. As measured by northern blot, the lack of significant differences in CYP mRNA abundance point to a post-transcriptional effect of the GP combination. The remarkable involvement of the affected hepatic CYPs in the biotransformation of both steroid hormones and a large array of commonly used drugs may result in the further accumulation of undesirable residues in meat and offals of illegally treated calves. PMID:18602204

  12. 17Beta-estradiol promotes aggressive laryngeal cancer through membrane-associated estrogen receptor-alpha 36.

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    Schwartz, Nofrat; Chaudhri, Reyhaan A; Hadadi, Agreen; Schwartz, Zvi; Boyan, Barbara D

    2014-02-01

    17?-estradiol (E2) plays a key role in tumorigenesis by enhancing cell survivability and metastasis through its cytoplasmic receptors. Recently, a variant of estrogen receptor alpha, ER?36 has been implicated as a substantial mediator of E2's proliferative and antiapoptotic effects through rapid membrane-associated signaling, and cancers previously regarded as hormone-independent due to the absence of traditional receptors, may in fact be susceptible to E2. Despite rising from a secondary sex organ and having a clear gender disposition, laryngeal cancer is not uniformly accepted as hormone dependent, even in the face of compelling evidence of E2 responsiveness. The aim of this study was to further elucidate the role of E2 in the tumorigenesis of laryngeal cancer, both in vitro and in vivo. ER?36 presence was evaluated in membranes of the laryngeal carcinoma cell line, Hep2, as well as in laryngeal tumor samples. In vitro ER?36 was found to mediate rapid activation of protein kinase C and phospholipase D by E2, leading to increased proliferation and protection against chemotherapy-induced apoptosis. Furthermore, in response to E2 activation of ER?36, an upregulation of angiogenic and metastatic factors was observed. Clinical analysis of laryngeal tumors revealed a similar association between the amount of ER?36 and VEGF and indicated a role in lymph node metastasis. These findings present compelling evidence of ER?36-dependent E2 signaling in laryngeal cancer. Thus, targeting ER?36 may reduce the deleterious effects of E2 in laryngeal cancer, ultimately suggesting the importance of antiestrogen therapy or the production of novel drugs that specifically target ER?36. PMID:24081562

  13. PLASMA CLEARANCE OF VITELLOGENIN IN SHEEPSHEAD MINNOWS AFTER CESSATION OF EXPOSURE TO 17BETA-ESTRADIOL AND PARA-NONYLPHENOL

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    Two experiments were performed to determine the rate of vitellogenin plasma accumulation and clearance in male sheepshead minnows (Cyprinodon variegatus) during and after exposure to either 17b-estradiol (E2) or para-nonylphenol (p-NP). Adult fish were continuously exposed to aqu...

  14. Hepatic estrogen receptor and plasma 17{beta}-estradiol concentrations as biomarkers of 2,3,7,8-TCDD exposure in avian hatchlings

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    Janz, D.M.; Bellward, G.D.

    1995-12-31

    The authors have been investigating the sensitivity of various toxicologically relevant endpoints as environmental biomarkers in avian hatchlings exposed in ovo to 2,3,7,8-TCDD. Potential biomarkers included various endocrine endpoints such as plasma 17{beta}-estradiol (E{sub 2}), hepatic estrogen receptor (ER) affinities and concentrations, and plasma thyroid hormones, which were compared to hepatic ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase (EROD) induction. The animal models used were domestic chickens and pigeons, and great blue herons. An experiment conducted in pigeon hatchlings compared ``early`` (embryonic day 4; E4) vs. ``late`` (E14) in ovo exposure to 1 {micro}g/kg and 3 {micro}g/kg of TCDD, respectively. Birds were sacrificed on day of hatch (H) and day 7 after hatch (D7). In the late exposure experiment, plasma E{sub 2} concentrations were reduced at H and elevated at D7 in the TCDD-exposed birds (p < 0.05). Hepatic ER concentrations were elevated at H (p < 0.01). Although EROD was half-maximally induced at H and D7 in the early exposure experiment in pigeons, there was no effect of TCDD treatment on E, or ER levels. The nominal TCDD concentration in these pigeons (1 {micro}g/kg egg) was within the range observed in wild piscivorous bird eggs collected from aquatic systems contaminated with TCDD and related chemicals (approx. 0.5--2 ng TEQ/g egg). In herons exposed to 2 {micro}g/kg of TCDD at the midpoint of incubation, hepatic ER affinities (Kd) and concentrations (Bmax) were elevated in treated birds at H (p < 0.05); however there was no effect on plasma E, levels. Liver [{sup 3}H]-TCDD concentrations were 11.3 {+-} 0.8 ng/g at H, and 0.8 {+-} 0.1 ng/g at D7, representing 9.9% and 4.9% of the nominal TCDD dose, respectively.

  15. Rainfall and tillage effects on transport of fecal bacteria and sex hormones 17beta-estradiol and testosterone from broiler litter applications to a Georgia Piedmont Ultisol.

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    Jenkins, Michael B; Truman, Clint C; Siragusa, Gregory; Line, Eric; Bailey, J Stan; Frye, Jonathan; Endale, Dinku M; Franklin, Dorcas H; Schomberg, Harry H; Fisher, Dwight S; Sharpe, Ronald R

    2008-09-15

    Poultry litter provides nutrients for crop and pasture production; however, it also contains fecal bacteria, sex hormones (17beta-estradiol and testosterone) and antibiotic residues that may contaminate surface waters. Our objective was to quantify transport of fecal bacteria, estradiol, testosterone and antibiotic residues from a Cecil sandy loam managed since 1991 under no-till (NT) and conventional tillage (CT) to which either poultry litter (PL) or conventional fertilizer (CF) was applied based on the nitrogen needs of corn (Zea mays L) in the Southern Piedmont of NE Georgia. Simulated rainfall was applied for 60 min to 2 by 3-m field plots at a constant rate in 2004 and variable rate in 2005. Runoff was continuously measured and subsamples taken for determining flow-weighted concentrations of fecal bacteria, hormones, and antibiotic residues. Neither Salmonella, nor Campylobacter, nor antimicrobial residues were detected in litter, soil, or runoff. Differences in soil concentrations of fecal bacteria before and after rainfall simulations were observed only for Escherichia coli in the constant rainfall intensity experiment. Differences in flow-weighted concentrations were observed only for testosterone in both constant and variable intensity rainfall experiments, and were greatest for treatments that received poultry litter. Total loads of E. coli and fecal enterococci, were largest for both tillage treatments receiving poultry litter for the variable rainfall intensity. Load of testosterone was greatest for no-till plots receiving poultry litter under variable rainfall intensity. Poultry litter application rates commensurate for corn appeared to enhance only soil concentrations of E. coli, and runoff concentrations of testosterone above background levels. PMID:18571694

  16. Beneficial effect of 17{beta}-estradiol on hyperglycemia and islet {beta}-cell functions in a streptozotocin-induced diabetic rat model

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    Yamabe, Noriko; Kang, Ki Sung; Zhu Baoting

    2010-11-15

    The modulating effect of estrogen on glucose homeostasis remains a controversial issue at present. In this study, we sought to determine the beneficial effect of 17{beta}-estradiol (E{sub 2}) on hyperglycemia and islet {beta}-cell functions in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were injected i.p. with STZ to induce a relatively mild diabetic condition. The rats were then treated with E{sub 2} orally at 500 {mu}g/kg body weight/day for 15 days to evaluate the modulating effect on hyperglycemia, insulin secretion, and islet {beta}-cell proliferation. E{sub 2} administration for 10 days significantly lowered plasma glucose levels, increased plasma insulin levels, and improved glucose tolerance by attenuating insulin response to oral glucose loading. These beneficial effects of E{sub 2} were accompanied by increases in islet number and volume, rate of islet cell proliferation, and the amount of insulin secreted. The growth-stimulatory effect of E{sub 2} on islet cells was linked to the functions of the estrogen receptor {alpha}. Notably, these protective effects of E{sub 2} on diabetic conditions were basically not observed when the STZ-treated rats had a more severe degree of islet damage and hyperglycemia. Taken together, we conclude that E{sub 2} can promote the regeneration of damaged pancreatic islets by stimulating {beta}-cell proliferation in diabetic rats, and this effect is accompanied by improvements in glucose tolerance and a decrease in plasma glucose levels. These findings suggest that oral administration of E{sub 2} may be beneficial in diabetic patients with an accelerated loss of islet {beta}-cells.

  17. Environmental Technology Verification Report for Abraxis 17?-Estradiol (E2) Magnetic Particle Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) Test Kits

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    The EPA's National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL) and its verification organization partner, Battelle, operate the Advanced Monitoring Systems (AMS) Center under ETV. The AMS Center recently evaluated the performance of the Abraxis 17(beta)-estradiol (E2) magnetic p...

  18. Divergent effects of 17-{beta}-estradiol on human vascular smooth muscle and endothelial cell function diminishes TNF-{alpha}-induced neointima formation

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    Nintasen, Rungrat; Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Center , University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT; Department of Tropical Pathology, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University ; Riches, Kirsten; Mughal, Romana S.; Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Center , University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT ; Viriyavejakul, Parnpen; Chaisri, Urai; Maneerat, Yaowapa; Turner, Neil A.; Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Center , University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT ; Porter, Karen E.

    2012-04-20

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TNF-{alpha} augments neointimal hyperplasia in human saphenous vein. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TNF-{alpha} induces detrimental effects on endothelial and smooth muscle cell function. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Estradiol exerts modulatory effects on TNF-induced vascular cell functions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The modulatory effects of estradiol are discriminatory and cell-type specific. -- Abstract: Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a condition characterized by increased levels of proinflammatory cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor-{alpha} (TNF-{alpha}). TNF-{alpha} can induce vascular endothelial cell (EC) and smooth muscle cell (SMC) dysfunction, central events in development of neointimal lesions. The reduced incidence of CHD in young women is believed to be due to the protective effects of estradiol (E2). We therefore investigated the effects of TNF-{alpha} on human neointima formation and SMC/EC functions and any modulatory effects of E2. Saphenous vein (SV) segments were cultured in the presence of TNF-{alpha} (10 ng/ml), E2 (2.5 nM) or both in combination. Neointimal thickening was augmented by incubation with TNF-{alpha}, an effect that was abolished by co-culture with E2. TNF-{alpha} increased SV-SMC proliferation in a concentration-dependent manner that was optimal at 10 ng/ml (1.5-fold increase), and abolished by E2 at all concentrations studied (1-50 nM). Surprisingly, E2 itself at low concentrations (1 and 5 nM) stimulated SV-SMC proliferation to a level comparable to that of TNF-{alpha} alone. SV-EC migration was significantly impaired by TNF-{alpha} (42% of control), and co-culture with E2 partially restored the ability of SV-EC to migrate and repair the wound. In contrast, TNF-{alpha} increased SV-SMC migration by 1.7-fold, an effect that was completely reversed by co-incubation with E2. Finally, TNF-{alpha} potently induced ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 expression in both SV-EC and SV-SMC. However there was no modulation by E2 in either cell-type. In conclusion, TNF-{alpha} induced SV neointima formation, increased SMC proliferation and migration, impaired SV-EC migration and increased expression of adhesion molecules. E2 exerted distinct cell-type and function-specific modulation, the mechanisms underlying which are worthy of further detailed study.

  19. An inter-laboratory study on the variability in measured concentrations of 17Beta-estradiol, testosterone and 11-ketotestosterone in white sucker: implications and recommendations

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    Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are exogenous substances that can lead to impacts on the reproduction of fish sometimes by altering circulating concentrations of 17â-estradiol (E2), testosterone (T) and 11-ketotestosterone (11-KT). Common methods to measure steroids in pla...

  20. Reconnaissance of 17 beta-estradiol, 11-ketotestosterone, vitellogenin, and gonad histopathology in common carp of United States streams; potential for contaminant-induced endocrine disruption

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    Goodbred, Steven L.; Gilliom, Robert J.; Gross, Timothy S.; Denslow, Nancy P.; Bryant, Wade B.; Schoeb, Trenton R.

    1997-01-01

    A reconnaissance of sex steroid hormones and other biomarkers in common carp was used to assess whether endocrine disruption may be occurring in fish in United States streams, to evaluate relations between endocrine disruption and contaminant levels, and to determine requirements for further studies. 17?-estradiol, 11-ketotestosterone, vitellogenin, and gonadal histopathology were measured in adult carp (usually 10--15 for each sex) at 25 sites (647 fish), representing a wide range of environmental settings typical of major regions of the nation. Fish were collected during August--December 1994, a period of gonadal maturation after spawning. Contaminants evaluated were organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls in tissue; phthalates, phenols, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in bed sediment; and dissolved pesticides in water. Mean site concentrations of steroid hormones spanned two orders of magnitude for both sexes. No significant regional differences in steroid hormones were detected for males, but females from the Northern and Southern Midcontinent were significantly different from other regions of the country in one or both hormones. Within all regions there were significant differences between sites in one or both hormones for both sexes. Most correlation coefficients between biomarkers and contaminants were negative. Contaminants that had significant (a=0.05) correlations with biomarkers were organochlorine pesticides, phenols, and dissolved pesticides. The strongest pattern common to both males and females was a negative correlation between the hormone ratio (E2/11-KT) and dissolved pesticides. The significant site-to-site differences in biomarkers, and the presence of significant correlations between biomarkers and contaminants, are evidence that fish in some streams may be experiencing endocrine disruption. Improved information is needed to evaluate whether endocrine disruption is actually occurring and if there are reproductive effects on individual or populations of carp or other species. Future studies should shift to more intensive study of fewer sites, including reference and contaminated sites, in order to address these additional questions.

  1. Land-cover effects on the fate and transport of surface-applied antibiotics and 17-beta-estradiol on a sandy outwash plain, Anoka County, Minnesota, 2008–09

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    Trost, Jared J.; Kiesling, Richard L.; Erickson, Melinda L.; Rose, Peter J.; Elliott, Sarah M.

    2013-01-01

    A plot-scale field experiment on a sandy outwash plain in Anoka County in east-central Minnesota was used to investigate the fate and transport of two antibiotics, sulfamethazine (SMZ) and sulfamethoxazole (SMX), and a hormone, 17-beta-estradiol (17BE), in four land-cover types: bare soil, corn, hay, and prairie. The SMZ, SMX, and 17BE were applied to the surface of five plots of each land-cover type in May 2008 and again in April 2009. The cumulative application rate was 16.8 milligrams per square meter (mg/m2) for each antibiotic and 0.6 mg/m2 for 17BE. Concentrations of each chemical in plant-tissue, soil, soil-water, and groundwater samples were determined by using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits. Soil-water and groundwater sampling events were scheduled to capture the transport of SMZ, SMX, and 17BE during two growing seasons. Soil and plant-tissue sampling events were scheduled to identify the fate of the parent chemicals of SMZ, SMX, and 17BE in these matrices after two chemical applications. Areal concentrations (mg/m2) of SMZ and SMX in soil tended to decrease in prairie plots in the 8 weeks after the second chemical application, from April 2009 to June 2009, but not in other land-cover types. During these same 8 weeks, prairie plots produced more aboveground biomass and had extracted more water from the upper 125 centimeters of the soil profile compared to all other land-cover types. Areal concentrations of SMZ and SMX in prairie plant tissue did not explain the temporal changes in areal concentrations of these chemicals in soil. The areal concentrations of SMZ and SMX in the aboveground plant tissues in June 2009 and August 2009 were much lower, generally two to three orders of magnitude, than the areal concentrations of these chemicals in soil. Pooling all treatment plot data, the median areal concentration of SMZ and SMX in plant tissues was 0.01 and 0.10 percent of the applied chemical mass compared to 22 and 12 percent in soil, respectively. Furthermore, areal concentrations of SMZ and SMX in plant-tissue samples were variable, and did not differ significantly between control and treatment plots within each land-cover type. SMZ was detected in 23 percent of soil-water samples and in 16 percent of groundwater samples collected between October 2008 and October 2009 in treatment plots, indicating that surface-applied SMZ leached below the rooting zone and reached groundwater. SMX was detected in only 1 percent of soil-water and groundwater samples during this same time period. In contrast to the antibiotics, 17BE was not reliably detected in soil samples. Additionally, ELISA-determined 17BE concentrations in plant-tissue, soil-water, and groundwater samples indicated the presence of chemicals that were not applied as part of this experiment [17BE from an external source or other chemical(s) that interfered with the 17BE ELISA kits].

  2. Water-compatible magnetic imprinted nanoparticles served as solid-phase extraction sorbents for selective determination of trace 17beta-estradiol in environmental water samples by liquid chromatography.

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    Hao, Yi; Gao, Ruixia; Shi, Lu; Liu, Dechun; Tang, Yuhai; Guo, Zengjun

    2015-05-29

    Endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) are a potential risk for wildlife and humans for their existence in water. The efficient extraction and clean-up steps are required before detection of low concentration levels of EDCs. In this work, a novel water-compatible magnetic molecularly imprinted nanoparticles is synthesized for the selective extraction of 17?-estradiol (E2) in environmental water samples. The preparation is carried out by introducing aldehyde groups to the surface of amino-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles through a simple one-step modification, followed by copolymerization of functional monomer gelatin and template E2 via surface imprinting technique. The gelatin with abundant active groups could not only act as functional monomer reacting with template, but also assemble covalently at the surface of magnetic nanoparticles. At the same time, gelatin would improve the water-compatibility of imprinted materials for attaining high extraction efficiency. To obtain high imprinting effect, the preparation conditions are optimized in detail using Central composite design-response surface methodology. The resultant polymers have uniform spherical shape with a shell thickness of about 8nm, stable crystalline form, and super-paramagnetic property. Meanwhile, the obtained polymers have high capacity of 12.87mgg(-1) and satisfactory selectivity to template molecule. To testify the feasibility of the magnetic imprinted polymers in sample pretreatment, a method for determination of trace E2 in environmental water samples was set up by combination of solid-phase extraction (SPE) using the prepared polymers as sorbents and HPLC for rapid isolation and determination of E2. The limit of detection of proposed method is 0.04ngmL(-1), the intra- and inter-day relative standard deviations (RSDs) are less than 4.6% and 5.7%, respectively. The recoveries of E2 from environmental water samples are in the range from 88.3% to 99.1% with the RSDs less than 7.2%. PMID:25890441

  3. 17beta-estradiol downregulates beta3-integrin expression in differentiating and mature human osteoclasts.

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    Saintier, D; Burde, M-A; Rey, J M; Maudelonde, T; de Vernejoul, M C; Cohen-Solal, M E

    2004-02-01

    The increased bone resorption observed after estrogen withdrawal is responsible for bone loss and may lead to osteoporosis. The mechanism by which estradiol inhibits bone resorption is known to involve decreased osteoclastogenesis, however, the effect on osteoclast adhesion remains unclear. We examined the in vitro effect of estradiol and raloxifene on human osteoclast differentiation and function. Human peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultured with M-CSF/RANK-L for 18 days, and we evaluated bone resorption, the expression of the protein and mRNA of the integrins, c-jun and c-fos in the presence or absence of estradiol. In this human model, beta3-integrin expression increased at the mRNA and protein levels during osteoclast differentiation, whereas that of beta5-integrin did not. We found that estradiol and raloxifene directly inhibited bone resorption on bone slices by 50%, and decreased the expression of beta3-integrin mRNA (60%) and protein (20%) in a time-dependent manner. Moreover, the mRNAs of c-fos and c-jun were both diminished by estradiol and raloxifene, particularly in early osteoclasts, but also to a lesser extent in mature cells. These findings suggest that the direct inhibitory action of estradiol on bone resorption may affect human osteoclast differentiation through downregulation of c-fos and c-jun and adhesion through modulation of beta3-integrin. PMID:14603529

  4. Lipocalin 2: a "sexy" adipokine that regulates 17Beta-estradiol and obesity

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    In this article we review the findings of Guo et. al. (Endocrinology, 153: 1183-1193) that the protein, Lipocalin 2 is more highly expressed in subcutaneous adipose tissue than in gondal tissue of female mice. Of particular interest is that the paper by Guo et. al. observed that ablation of the Lip...

  5. The chemical behavior of estrone and 17beta-estradiol in the environment 

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    Ullman, Jeffrey Layton

    2007-09-17

    , including partitioning by synthetic membranes (Chang et al., 2003; Nghiem et al., 2004; 16 Yamamoto and Liljestrand, 2004; Yoon et al., 2004), reverse osmosis (Schafer et al., 2003) and activated carbon (Chang et al., 2004; Yoon et al., 2003). A... conditions imposed on columns strove to describe 17?-estradiol transport by forward modeling and to identify independent degradation estimates, respectively. Although this approach provided sufficient simulation efficacy, the authors noted a need...

  6. Effects of 17Beta-estradiol on cognitive performance of ovariectomized female rats exposed to 56Fe particles

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    On exploratory class missions to other planets astronauts will be exposed to types and doses of radiation (HZE particles) that are not experienced in low earth orbit. While it is likely that the crew will consist of both male and female astronauts, there has been little research on the effects of ...

  7. 17beta-estradiol counteracts neuropathic pain: a behavioural, immunohistochemical, and proteomic investigation on sex-related differences in mice.

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    Vacca, Valentina; Marinelli, Sara; Pieroni, Luisa; Urbani, Andrea; Luvisetto, Siro; Pavone, Flaminia

    2016-01-01

    Sex differences play a role in pain sensitivity, efficacy of analgesic drugs and prevalence of neuropathic pain, even if the underlying mechanisms are far from being understood. We demonstrate that male and female mice react differently to structural and functional changes induced by sciatic nerve ligature, used as model of neuropathic pain. Male mice show a gradual decrease of allodynia and a complete recovery while, in females, allodynia and gliosis are still present four months after neuropathy induction. Administration of 17?-estradiol is able to significantly attenuate this difference, reducing allodynia and inducing a complete recovery also in female mice. Parallel to pain attenuation, 17?-estradiol treated-mice show a functional improvement of the injured limb, a faster regenerative process of the peripheral nerve and a decreased neuropathy-induced gliosis. These results indicate beneficial effects of 17?-estradiol on neuropathic pain and neuronal regeneration and focuses on the importance of considering gonadal hormones also in clinical studies. PMID:26742647

  8. Development of a rapid and confirmatory procedure to detect 17beta-estradiol 3-benzoate treatments in bovine hair.

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    Regal, Patricia; Vázquez, Beatriz I; Franco, Carlos M; Cepeda, Alberto; Fente, Cristina A

    2008-12-24

    A high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method (LC-MS/MS) was developed for efficient and confirmatory surveillance of illegal use of estradiol benzoate, even when this substance is used in reproductive control. After cryogenic grinding, estradiol benzoate was extracted from hair with acetonitrile for 24 h on a rocking table. The validation of the method was based on Commission Decision 2002/657/EC using the deuterated analogue of estradiol benzoate as internal standard. Decision limit (0.81 ng/g), detection capability (1.38 ng/g), repeatability CV% (13.7), within in laboratory reproducibility CV% (15.6%), and trueness (99.3%) were calculated. Using the proposed methodology the presence of estradiol benzoate in samples obtained from animals treated to synchronize their estrous cycles can be confirmed. PMID:19090709

  9. The effect of 17 beta-estradiol on cholesterol in human macrophages is influenced by the lipoprotein milieu

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    Estrogen and testosterone are thought to modulate coronary heart disease (CHD) risk. To examine how these hormones affect human macrophage cholesterol transport, a key factor in atherogenesis, we obtained monocytes from healthy male and postmenopausal female donors (age 50-70 y). Cells were allowe...

  10. 17Beta-estradiol induces nuclear translocation of CrkL at the window of embryo implantation.

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    Nautiyal, Jaya; Kumar, Pradeep G; Laloraya, Malini

    2004-05-21

    Crk family adaptors are widely expressed and mediate the timely formation of signal transduction protein complexes upon a variety of extracellular stimuli, including various growth and differentiation factors. The window of implantation is the favorable time period when the uterus develops a receptive approach to the invading embryo. Various signaling cascades are likely to become active at the window of implantation both in the uterus and the embryo. This helps create maternal embryo dialogue leading to successful embryo implantation. In this study we report for the first time the presence and nuclear translocation of the adaptor molecule CrkL both in the uterine and embryonic partners at the window of implantation. We also report that estrogen, which initiates and guides crucial changes in the uterus and the embryo at the window of receptivity, causes a massive surge in the expression and subsequent nuclear translocation of CrkL. We have also identified the existence of one LXXLL motif in the CrkL amino acid sequence and a single LXD is sufficient for activation by the estrogen receptor. This is suggestive that CrkL can bind to estrogen receptors and act as a coactivator. PMID:15110759

  11. Estradiol-Induced Object Memory Consolidation in Middle-Aged Female Mice Requires Dorsal Hippocampal Extracellular Signal-Regulated Kinase and Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase Activation

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    Lewis, Michael C.

    We previously demonstrated that dorsal hippocampal extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) activation is necessary for 17?[beta]-estradiol (E2[E subscript 2]) to enhance novel object recognition in young ovariectomized ...

  12. Uterine physiological responses and global gene expression in ovariectomized (ovx) rats treated with soy protein isolate (spi) or 17Beta-estradiol

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    Concerns regarding increased endometrial cancer risk have been raised in women who consume soy products as the result of the estrogenicity of phytochemical components such as the isoflavones genistein and daidzein. Female Sprague-Dawley rats (N = 20/group) were fed AIN-93G diets with casein or SPI a...

  13. Hepatic gene expression following consumption of soy protein isolate in female sprague-dawley rats differs from that produced by 17beta-estradiol treatment

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    Although soy foods have been recognized as an excellent source of protein, there have been recent concerns regarding potential adverse effects of isoflavone phytochemicals found in soy products, which are known to bind and activate estrogen receptors. Here we used global hepatic gene expression prof...

  14. 17beta-Estradiol and testosterone in drainage and runoff from poultry litter applications to tilled and no-till crop land under irrigation.

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    Jenkins, Michael B; Endale, Dinku M; Schomberg, Harry H; Hartel, Peter G; Cabrera, Miguel L

    2009-06-01

    Thirteen million [corrected] metric tons of poultry litter are produced annually by poultry producers in the U.S. Poultry litter contains the sex hormones estradiol and testosterone, endocrine disruptors that have been detected in surface waters. The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential impact of poultry litter applications on estradiol and testosterone concentrations in subsurface drainage and surface runoff in irrigated crop land under no-till and conventional-till management. We conducted an irrigation study in fall of 2001 and spring of 2002. Four treatments, no-till plus poultry litter, conventional-till plus poultry litter, no-till plus conventional fertilizer, and conventional-till plus conventional fertilizer, were evaluated. Flow-weighted concentration and load ha(-1) of the two hormones were measured in drainage and runoff. Soil concentrations of estradiol and testosterone were measured. Based on comparisons to the conventional fertilizer (and control) treatments, poultry litter did not add to the flow-weighted concentration or load ha(-1) of either estradiol or testosterone in subsurface drainage or surface runoff. Significant differences were, however, observed between tillage treatments: flow-weighted concentrations of estradiol were greater for no-till than conventional-till plots of the June irrigation; and runoff loads of both estradiol and testosterone were less from no-till than conventional-till plots for the November irrigation. Although the differences between no-till and conventional-tillage appeared to affect the hydrologic transport of both hormones, the differences appeared to have inconsequential environmental impact. PMID:19269082

  15. Activation of growth factor secretion in tumorigenic states of breast cancer induced by 17. beta. -estradiol or v-Ha-ras oncogene

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    Dickson, R.B.; Kasid, A.; Huff, K.K.; Bates, S.E.; Knabbe, C.; Bronzert, D.; Gelmann, E.P.; Lippman, M.E.

    1987-02-01

    The MCF-7 human breast cancer cell line responds to estrogen stimulation in vitro by increased secretion of growth factors and proliferation and in vivo by tumor formation in the nude mouse. To test a possible role of growth factor secretion in expression of the tumorigenic phenotype, the authors stably transfected MCF-7 cells with the v-Ha-ras oncogene to produce the MCF-7ras cell line. The MCF-7ras cell line was tumorigenic in the absence of estrogens and secreted 3- to 5-fold elevated levels of a high molecular weight form of a type ..cap alpha.. transforming growth factor-like growth factor, type ..beta.. transforming growth factor, and insulin-like growth factor I. MCF-7ras cells, in contrast to MCF-7, were less sensitive to further growth stimulation by estrogen, type ..cap alpha.. transforming growth factor, and insulin-like growth factor I and showed little change in receptor levels for these hormones. Conditioned medium from MCF-7ras cells as well as two of its component growth factors replaced estrogen in stimulating MCF-7 colony formation in vitro. A coordinate increase in growth factor secretion by human breast cancer may contribute to its escape from estrogen dependence.

  16. Mammary gland morphology and gene expression differ in female rats treated with 17 beta-estradiol or fed soy protein isolate

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    Soy foods have been suggested to have both positive health benefits and potentially adverse effects as a result of their content of phytoestrogens. However, studies on the estrogenicity of soy foods are lacking. Here we directly compared the effects of soy protein isolate (SPI), the protein in soy i...

  17. SPE-LC/ESI/MS: a simple and reproducible method for detection and quantification of 17beta-estradiol in aqueous samples

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    Steroid estrogens contained in wastewater discharge from sewage treatment plants and agricultural run-off can alter endocrine function in exposed wildlife at part per trillion (ng/L) levels. Detection and quantification of estrogens in the environment at these levels pose numerous analytical challen...

  18. Modulation of vitellogenin synthesis through estrogen receptor beta-1 in goldfish (Carassius auratus) juveniles exposed to 17-beta estradiol and nonylphenol.

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    Soverchia, L; Ruggeri, B; Palermo, F; Mosconi, G; Cardinaletti, G; Scortichini, G; Gatti, G; Polzonetti-Magni, A M

    2005-12-15

    Many synthetic chemicals, termed xenoestrogens, have been shown to interact as agonists with the estrogen receptor (ER) to elicit biological responses similar to those of natural hormones. To date, the regulation of vitellogenesis in oviparous vertebrates has been widely used for evaluation of estrogenic effects. Therefore, Carassius auratus juveniles were chosen as a fish model for studying the effects of estradiol-17beta and different concentrations (10(-6) and 10(-7) M) of 4-nonylphenol (4-NP) on the expression of liver ERbeta-1 subtype; plasma vitellogenin and sex steroids (androgens and estradiol-17beta) were also evaluated together with the bioaccumulation process, through mass-spectrometry. C. auratus is a species widespread in the aquatic environment and, on the toxicological point of view, can be considered a good "sentinel" species. Juveniles of goldfish were maintained in tanks with only tap water or water with different concentrations (10(-6) and 10(-7) M) of 4-nonylphenol (4-NP), or 10(-7) M of estradiol-17beta. After 3 weeks of treatment, animals were anesthetized within 5 min after capture, and blood was immediately collected into heparinized syringes by cardiac puncture and stored at -70 degrees C; the gonads were fixed, then frozen and stored at -70 degrees C; the whole fish, liver, and muscle tissues were harvested and immediately stored at -70 degrees C for molecular biology experiments and bioaccumulation measurements. The estrogenic effects of 4-NP were evidenced by the presence of plasma vitellogenin in juveniles exposed both to estradiol-17beta and the two doses of 4-NP; moreover, exposure to 4-NP also increased aromatization of androgens, as suggested by decreasing androgens and increasing estradiol-17beta plasma levels. The changes of these parameters were in agreement with the increasing transcriptional rate of ERbeta-1 mRNA in the liver, demonstrating that both estradiol-17beta and 4-NP modulate the vitellogenin rate through interaction with the ERbeta-1 subtype. The present study also suggests that 4-NP at the concentration of 10(-6) M bioaccumulates in the liver. PMID:15921715

  19. Modulation of vitellogenin synthesis through estrogen receptor beta-1 in goldfish (Carassius auratus) juveniles exposed to 17-{beta} estradiol and nonylphenol

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    Soverchia, L.; Ruggeri, B.; Palermo, F.; Mosconi, G.; Cardinaletti, G.; Scortichini, G.; Gatti, G.; Polzonetti-Magni, A.M. . E-mail: alberta.polzonetti@unicam.it

    2005-12-15

    Many synthetic chemicals, termed xenoestrogens, have been shown to interact as agonists with the estrogen receptor (ER) to elicit biological responses similar to those of natural hormones. To date, the regulation of vitellogenesis in oviparous vertebrates has been widely used for evaluation of estrogenic effects. Therefore, Carassius auratus juveniles were chosen as a fish model for studying the effects of estradiol-17{beta} and different concentrations (10{sup -6} and 10{sup -7} M) of 4-nonylphenol (4-NP) on the expression of liver ER{beta}-1 subtype; plasma vitellogenin and sex steroids (androgens and estradiol-17{beta}) were also evaluated together with the bioaccumulation process, through mass-spectrometry. C. auratus is a species widespread in the aquatic environment and, on the toxicological point of view, can be considered a good 'sentinel' species. Juveniles of goldfish were maintained in tanks with only tap water or water with different concentrations (10{sup -6} and 10{sup -7} M) of 4-nonylphenol (4-NP), or 10{sup -7} M of estradiol-17{beta}. After 3 weeks of treatment, animals were anesthetized within 5 min after capture, and blood was immediately collected into heparinized syringes by cardiac puncture and stored at -70 deg. C; the gonads were fixed, then frozen and stored at -70 deg. C; the whole fish, liver, and muscle tissues were harvested and immediately stored at -70 deg. C for molecular biology experiments and bioaccumulation measurements. The estrogenic effects of 4-NP were evidenced by the presence of plasma vitellogenin in juveniles exposed both to estradiol-17{beta} and the two doses of 4-NP; moreover, exposure to 4-NP also increased aromatization of androgens, as suggested by decreasing androgens and increasing estradiol-17{beta} plasma levels. The changes of these parameters were in agreement with the increasing transcriptional rate of ER{beta}-1 mRNA in the liver, demonstrating that both estradiol-17{beta} and 4-NP modulate the vitellogenin rate through interaction with the ER{beta}-1 subtype. The present study also suggests that 4-NP at the concentration of 10{sup -6} M bioaccumulates in the liver.

  20. DNA ARRAYS TO MONITOR GENE EXPRESSION IN RAT BLOOD AND UTERUS FOLLOWING 17-BETA-ESTRADIOL EXPOSURE: BIOMONITORING ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS USING SURROGATE TISSUES

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    DNA arrays to monitor gene expression in rat blood and uterus following 17-b-estradiol exposure - biomonitoring environmental effects using surrogate tissues
    John C. Rockett, Robert J. Kavlock, Christy R. Lambright, Louise G. Parks, Judith E. Schmid, Vickie S. Wilson, Carmen W...

  1. Identification of two Isoforms of Vitelline Envelope Protein as Complementary Biomarkers to Vitellogenin in the Plasma of Rainbow Trout Exposed to 17beta-estradiol

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    In the present study, protein markers of estrogenic exposure in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) were isolated and identified using innovative sample preparation techniques followed by advanced MS and bioinformatics approaches. Juvenile trout were administered 17ß-estradiol t...

  2. Effect of ovariectomy and 17 beta-estradiol implantation on bone metabolism in female rats fed 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D/sub 3/

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    Osborne, M.; Sherman, S.; Soares, J.H. Jr.

    1986-03-01

    Eight-week old Sprague-Dawley female rats were used in two experiments to test the effects of 17-B estradiol (E/sub 2/) via silastic tubing implants on /sup 3/H-labelled tetracycline (TC) incorporation into bone. 1,25(OH)/sub 2/D/sub 3/ was the dietary source of vitamin D in a low calcium (.2%) semipurified eggwhite diet. In experiment I, the Ovx + E/sub 2/ animals showed a significantly (p < .01) higher /sup 3/H TC uptake in scapula during a 2-week labelling experiment. An increase in /sup 3/H TC content resulted (p < .01) when E/sub 2/ was implanted in 1,25(OH)/sub 2/D/sub 3/ fed Ovx rats. However, the calcium content was not significantly different. The effect of dietary 1,25(OH)/sub 2/D/sub 3/ and E/sub 2/ implantation appears to be additive. Optimal action of the Vitamin D endocrine system may be dependent on presence of E/sub 2/.

  3. DETERMINING THE SENSITIVE DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES OF INTERSEX INDUCTION IN MEDAKA (ORYZIAS LATIPES) EXPOSED TO 17 BETA-ESTRADIOL OR TESTOSTERONE. (R825298)

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    The perspectives, information and conclusions conveyed in research project abstracts, progress reports, final reports, journal abstracts and journal publications convey the viewpoints of the principal investigator and may not represent the views and policies of ORD and EPA. Concl...

  4. A Computational Model of the Hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal Axis in Male Fathead Minnows Exposed to 17 | *alpha* | -ethinylestradiol and 17 | *beta* | -estradiol

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    Estrogenic chemicals in the aquatic environment have been shown to cause a variety of reproductive anomalies in fish including full sex reversal, intersex, and altered population sex ratios. Two estrogens found in the aquatic environment, 17-ethinylestradiol and 17â-estradiol, h...

  5. Pathogenic infection confounds induction of the estrogenic biomarker vitellogenin in rainbow trout

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    To examine the behavior of the estrogenic biomarker vitellogenin (VTG) under the combined impact of estrogens and pathogens, parasite-infected or noninfected rainbow trout were exposed to two doses of 17 beta-estradiol (E2). Infected and E2-exposed fish showed significantly lower hepatic VTG mRNA le...

  6. Differential effects of short term feeding of a soy protein isolate diet and estrogen treatment on bone in the pre-pubertal rat

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    Beneficial effects of a soy diet on bone quality have been assumed to be due to the putative estrogenic actions of isoflavones. We studied the effects of soy protein isolate (SPI) on bone quality and compared these effects to 17 beta-estradiol (E2) in pre-pubertal rats. Female rats were weaned to a ...

  7. Sorption, fate, and transport of endogenous steroid hormones in soils

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    The natural hormones 17 beta-estradiol (E2) and testosterone (T) are present in animal manures that are applied to agricultural land as fertilizer and, potentially, may act as endocrine disruptors. Laboratory incubation, batch, and column experiments have been conducted on a series of soils and wer...

  8. DIFFERENTIAL EFFECTS OF 17-BETA-ESTRADIOL AND 1,25-DIHYDROXYVITAMIN D ON CAT1 AND CALBINDIN D GENE EXPRESSION AND TRANSEPITHELIAL CALCIUM TRANSPORT IN CACO2 CELLS

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    Estrogen deficiency has been associated with low intestinal calcium (Ca) absorption and increased bone loss. Studies in experimental animals and humans have shown that estrogen treatment has a positive effect on calcium absorption. However, it is unclear whether estrogen has a direct effect on calci...

  9. The E(2) particle

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    Ghosh, Subir; Pal, Probir

    2009-12-15

    Recently it has been advocated [A. G. Cohen and S. L. Glashow, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 021601 (2006)] that for describing nature within the minimal symmetry requirement, certain subgroups of the Lorentz group may play a fundamental role. One such group is E(2) which induces a Lie algebraic noncommutative spacetime [M. M. Sheikh-Jabbari and A. Tureanu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 261601 (2008); arXiv:0811.3670] where translation invariance is not fully maintained. We have constructed a consistent structure of noncommutative phase space for this system, and furthermore we have studied an appropriate point particle action on it. Interestingly, the Einstein dispersion relation p{sup 2}=m{sup 2} remains intact. The model is constructed by exploiting a dual canonical phase space following the scheme developed by us earlier [S. Ghosh and P. Pal, Phys. Rev. D 75, 105021 (2007)].

  10. The E(2) particle

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    Ghosh, Subir; Pal, Probir

    2009-12-01

    Recently it has been advocated [A. G. Cohen and S. L. Glashow, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 021601 (2006)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.97.021601] that for describing nature within the minimal symmetry requirement, certain subgroups of the Lorentz group may play a fundamental role. One such group is E(2) which induces a Lie algebraic noncommutative spacetime [M. M. Sheikh-Jabbari and A. Tureanu, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 261601 (2008)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.101.261601; arXiv:0811.3670] where translation invariance is not fully maintained. We have constructed a consistent structure of noncommutative phase space for this system, and furthermore we have studied an appropriate point particle action on it. Interestingly, the Einstein dispersion relation p2=m2 remains intact. The model is constructed by exploiting a dual canonical phase space following the scheme developed by us earlier [S. Ghosh and P. Pal, Phys. Rev. DPRVDAQ1550-7998 75, 105021 (2007)10.1103/PhysRevD.75.105021].

  11. Click synthesis of estradiol–cyclodextrin conjugates as cell compartment selective estrogens

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    Kim, Hye-Yeong; Sohn, Johann; Wijewickrama, Gihani T.; Edirisinghe, Praneeth; Gherezghiher, Teshome; Hemachandra, Madhubani; Lu, Pei-Yi; Chandrasena, R. Esala; Molloy, Mary Ellen; Tonetti, Debra A.; Thatcher, Gregory R. J.

    2010-01-01

    Cyclodextrin (CD) is a well known drug carrier and excipient for enhancing aqueous solubility. CDs themselves are anticipated to have low membrane permeability because of relatively high hydrophilicity and molecular weight. CD derivatization with 17-beta estradiol (E2) was explored extensively using a number of different click chemistries and the cell membrane permeability of synthetic CD–E2 conjugate was explored by cell reporter assays and confocal fluorescence microscopy. In simile with reported dendrimer –E2 conjugates, CD–E2 was found to be a stable, extranuclear receptor selective estrogen that penetrated into the cytoplasm. PMID:20031420

  12. E2 Advanced Biofuel Market Report 2014 1 E2 ADVANCED BIOFUEL MARKET REPORT 2014

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    E2 Advanced Biofuel Market Report 2014 1 E2 ADVANCED BIOFUEL MARKET REPORT 2014 #12;E2 | Environmental Entrepreneurs E2 Advanced Biofuel Market Report 2014 2 Executive Summary E2's fourth annual Advanced Biofuel Market Report catalogs the growths and challenges in the advanced biofuel industry

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  2. Estrogen promotes benzo[a]pyrene-induced lung carcinogenesis through oxidative stress damage and cytochrome c-mediated caspase-3 activation pathways in female mice.

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    Chen, Zhaoli; Zhang, Yunxiao; Yang, Jie; Jin, Min; Wang, Xin-Wei; Shen, Zhi-Qiang; Qiu, Zhigang; Zhao, Guofan; Wang, Jingfeng; Li, Jun-Wen

    2011-09-01

    Estrogen may contribute to the development of smoking-induced lung cancer in women. To test this hypothesis, an mouse model was used to investigate the effects of 17 beta-estradiol (E2) on benzo[a]pyrene (B[a]P)-induced lung carcinogenesis. We found that B[a]P could cause oxidative stress damage, upregulate mitochondrial cytochrome-c and caspase-3 expression, induce lung carcinogenesis in female mice, E2 promoted these effects of B[a]P while tamoxifen (TAM) inhibited this effects of E2. We conclude that E2 can promote the tumorigenic effects of B[a]P in female mice, and oxidative stress damage and activation of cytochrome-c-mediated caspase-3 pathway may be involved in this process. PMID:21601985

  3. Contrasting roles of E2F2 and E2F3 in endothelial cell growth and ischemic angiogenesis.

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    Zhou, Junlan; Cheng, Min; Wu, Min; Boriboun, Chan; Jujo, Kentaro; Xu, Shiyue; Zhao, Ting C; Tang, Yao-Liang; Kishore, Raj; Qin, Gangjian

    2013-07-01

    The growth of new blood vessels after ischemic injury requires endothelial cells (ECs) to divide and proliferate, and the E2F transcription factors are key regulators of the genes responsible for cell-cycle progression; however, the specific roles of individual E2Fs in ECs are largely unknown. To determine the roles of E2F2 and E2F3 in EC proliferation and the angiogenic response to ischemic injury, hind-limb ischemia was surgically induced in E2F2(-/-) mice, endothelial-specific E2F3-knockout (EndoE2F3(?/?)) mice, and their littermates with wild-type E2F2 and E2F3 expression. Two weeks later, Laser-Doppler perfusion measurements, capillary density, and endothelial proliferation were significantly greater in E2F2(-/-) mice and significantly lower in EndoE2F3(?/?) mice than in their littermates, and EndoE2F3(?/?) mice also developed toe and limb necrosis. The loss of E2F2 expression was associated with increases in the proliferation and G1/S-phase gene expression of isolated ECs, while the loss of E2F3 expression led to declines in these parameters. Thus E2F2 impairs, and endothelial E2F3 promotes, the angiogenic response to peripheral ischemic injury through corresponding changes in EC cell-cycle progression. PMID:23603666

  4. An adenovirus E4 gene product trans-activates E2 transcription and stimulates stable E2F binding through a direct association with E2F.

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    Neill, S D; Hemstrom, C; Virtanen, A; Nevins, J R

    1990-01-01

    The adenovirus E4 gene encodes a trans-activating function that can stimulate the E2 promoter. E2 promoter sequences required for E4 trans-activation are identical to those required for E1A trans-activation, and these principally are the E2 promoter binding factor (E2F) binding sites. Furthermore, full activation of E2F DNA binding activity requires both E1A and E4 action. Analysis of a series of mutant E4 viruses identifies open reading frame (orf) 6/7 of the E4 transcription unit as that required for activation of E2F binding activity. In addition, the assay of various E4 cDNAs demonstrates that the E4 orf 6/7 also is responsible for the trans-activation of E2 transcription. Translation of the E4 orf 6/7 mRNA, but not a control mRNA, in a reticulocyte extract generates an activity that can stimulate cooperative binding of E2F in vitro, consistent with recent in vivo assays that demonstrate a role for the E4 gene in E2F stable complex formation. This stimulation is due to a direct interaction of the E4 protein with E2F since an antibody that recognizes the E4 orf 6/7 polypeptide detects this E4 protein in the E2F-DNA complex. We conclude that the E4 orf 6/7 product interacts with the E2F factor altering binding to allow formation of a stable complex that results in a stimulation of transcription. Images PMID:2137929

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  11. Developing a Biosensor for Estrogens in Water Samples: Study ofthe Real-time Response of Live Cells of the Estrogen-sensitive YeastStrain RMY/ER-ERE using Fluorescence Microscopy

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    Wozei, E.; Hermanowicz, S.W.; Holman, H-Y.N.

    2006-01-01

    Using a fluorescein di-{beta}-d-galactopyranoside (FDG) substrate we show that in live cells of an estrogen-sensitive yeast strain RMY/ER-ERE with human estrogen receptor (ER{alpha}) gene and the lacZ gene which encodes {beta}-galactosidase, the uptake of 17{beta}-estradiol (E2) and the subsequent production of {beta}-galactosidase enzyme occur quite rapidly, with maximal enzyme-catalyzed product formation evident after about 30 min of exposure to E2. This finding which agrees with the well-known rates of enzyme-catalyzed reactions could have implications for shortening the duration of environmental sample screening and monitoring regimes using yeast-based estrogen assays, and the development of biosensors for environmental estrogens to complement quantification methods.

  12. Developing a Biosensor for Estrogens in Water Samples: Study ofthe Real-time Response of Live Cells of the Estrogen-sensitive YeastStrain RMY/ER-ERE using Fluorescence Microscopy

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    Wozei, E.; Hermanowicz, S.W.; Holman, H-Y.N.

    2005-07-13

    Using a fluorescein di-{beta}-D-galactopyranoside (FDG) substrate we show that in live cells of an estrogen-sensitive yeast strain RMY/ER-ERE with human estrogen receptor (ER{alpha}) gene and the lacZ gene which encodes {beta}-galactosidase, the uptake of 17 {beta}-estradiol (E2) and the subsequent production of {beta}-galactosidase enzyme occur quite rapidly, with maximal enzyme-catalyzed product formation evident after about 30 minutes of exposure to E2. This finding which agrees with the well-known rates of enzyme-catalyzed reactions could have implications for shortening the duration of environmental sample screening and monitoring regimes using yeast-based estrogen assays, and the development of biosensors for environmental estrogens to complement quantification methods.

  13. E2F1 and E2F2 prevent replicative stress and subsequent p53-dependent organ involution.

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    Iglesias-Ara, A; Zenarruzabeitia, O; Buelta, L; Merino, J; Zubiaga, A M

    2015-10-01

    Tissue homeostasis requires tight regulation of cellular proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. E2F1 and E2F2 transcription factors share a critical role in tissue homeostasis, since their combined inactivation results in overall organ involution, specially affecting the pancreatic gland, which subsequently triggers diabetes. We have examined the mechanism by which these E2Fs regulate tissue homeostasis. We show that pancreas atrophy in E2F1/E2F2 double-knockout (DKO) mice is associated with mitochondrial apoptosis and activation of the p53 pathway in young animals, before the development of diabetes. A deregulated expression of E2F target genes was detected in pancreatic cells of young DKO animals, along with unscheduled DNA replication and activation of a DNA damage response. Importantly, suppression of DNA replication in vivo with aphidicolin led to a significant inhibition of the p53 pathway in DKO pancreas, implying a causal link between DNA replication stress and p53 activation in this model. We further show that activation of the p53 pathway has a key role in the aberrant phenotype of DKO mice, since targeted inactivation of p53 gene abrogated cellular apoptosis and prevented organ involution and insulin-dependent diabetes in mice lacking E2F1/E2F2. Unexpectedly, p53 inactivation unmasked oncogenic features of E2F1/E2F2-depleted cells, as evidenced by an accelerated tumor development in triple-knockout mice compared with p53(-/-) mice. Collectively, our data reveal a role for E2F1 and E2F2 as suppressors of replicative stress in differentiating cells, and uncover the existence of a robust E2F-p53 regulatory axis to enable tissue homeostasis and prevent tumorigenesis. These findings have implications in the design of approaches targeting E2F for cancer therapy. PMID:25656653

  14. Recruitment of Pontin/Reptin by E2f1 amplifies E2f transcriptional response during cancer progression

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    Tarangelo, Amy; Lo, Nathanael; Teng, Rebecca; Kim, Eunsun; Le, Linh; Watson, Deborah; Furth, Emma E.; Raman, Pichai; Ehmer, Ursula; Viatour, Patrick

    2015-01-01

    Changes in gene expression during tumorigenesis are often considered the consequence of de novo mutations occurring in the tumour. An alternative possibility is that the transcriptional response of oncogenic transcription factors evolves during tumorigenesis. Here we show that aberrant E2f activity, following inactivation of the Rb gene family in a mouse model of liver cancer, initially activates a robust gene expression programme associated with the cell cycle. Slowly accumulating E2f1 progressively recruits a Pontin/Reptin complex to open the chromatin conformation at E2f target genes and amplifies the E2f transcriptional response. This mechanism enhances the E2f-mediated transactivation of cell cycle genes and initiates the activation of low binding affinity E2f target genes that regulate non-cell-cycle functions, such as the Warburg effect. These data indicate that both the physiological and the oncogenic activities of E2f result in distinct transcriptional responses, which could be exploited to target E2f oncogenic activity for therapy. PMID:26639898

  15. Recruitment of Pontin/Reptin by E2f1 amplifies E2f transcriptional response during cancer progression.

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    Tarangelo, Amy; Lo, Nathanael; Teng, Rebecca; Kim, Eunsun; Le, Linh; Watson, Deborah; Furth, Emma E; Raman, Pichai; Ehmer, Ursula; Viatour, Patrick

    2015-01-01

    Changes in gene expression during tumorigenesis are often considered the consequence of de novo mutations occurring in the tumour. An alternative possibility is that the transcriptional response of oncogenic transcription factors evolves during tumorigenesis. Here we show that aberrant E2f activity, following inactivation of the Rb gene family in a mouse model of liver cancer, initially activates a robust gene expression programme associated with the cell cycle. Slowly accumulating E2f1 progressively recruits a Pontin/Reptin complex to open the chromatin conformation at E2f target genes and amplifies the E2f transcriptional response. This mechanism enhances the E2f-mediated transactivation of cell cycle genes and initiates the activation of low binding affinity E2f target genes that regulate non-cell-cycle functions, such as the Warburg effect. These data indicate that both the physiological and the oncogenic activities of E2f result in distinct transcriptional responses, which could be exploited to target E2f oncogenic activity for therapy. PMID:26639898

  16. 17?-estradiol (E2) in membranes: Orientation and dynamic properties.

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    Guo, Jason J; Yang, De-Ping; Tian, Xiaoyu; Vemuri, V Kiran; Yin, Dali; Li, Chen; Duclos, Richard I; Shen, Lingling; Ma, Xiaoyu; Janero, David R; Makriyannis, Alexandros

    2016-02-01

    Non-genomic membrane effects of estrogens are of great interest because of the diverse biological activities they may elicit. To further our understanding of the molecular features of the interaction between estrogenic hormones and membrane bilayers, we have determined the preferred orientation, location, and dynamic properties of 17?-estradiol (E2) in two different phospholipid membrane environments using (2)H-NMR and 2D (1)H-(13)C HSQC in conjunction with molecular dynamics simulations. Unequivocal spectral assignments to specific (2)H labels were made possible by synthesizing six selectively deuterated E2 molecules. The data allow us to conclude that the E2 molecule adopts a nearly "horizontal" orientation in the membrane bilayer with its long axis essentially perpendicular to the lipid acyl-chains. All four rings of the E2 molecule are located near the membrane interface, allowing both the E2 3-OH and the 17?-OH groups to engage in hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interactions with polar phospholipid groups. The findings augment our knowledge of the molecular interactions between E2 and membrane bilayer and highlight the asymmetric nature of the dynamic motions of the rigid E2 molecule in a membrane environment. PMID:26607010

  17. E2F and its developmental regulation in Xenopus laevis.

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    Philpott, A; Friend, S H

    1994-01-01

    The transcription factor E2F has been implicated in cell cycle control by virtue of its association with cyclins, cyclin-dependent kinases, and pRb-related tumor suppressor gene products. Eggs and embryos from the frog Xenopus laevis have been used to investigate the characteristics of E2F-like molecules in the Xenopus cell cycle and throughout early development. We find multiple E2F species in Xenopus eggs, at least one of which is modified by phosphorylation. The vast majority of E2F remains in the free form throughout the very early embryonic cell cycle, and it also remains predominantly free until some time after the mid-blastula transition, the onset of zygotic transcription. At this time, E2F complexes significantly to pRb but not to cdk2, although cdk2 binding is found in tissue culture cells from a very advanced stage in embryogenesis. This suggests that the complexing of E2F to cyclins, cyclin-dependent kinases, and tumor suppressor gene products may be controlled separately in early Xenopus development. Thus, the association of E2F with other molecules may not result solely from processes affecting cell cycle progression but may also reflect developmental and differentiation cues. Images PMID:8007993

  18. Canonical and Atypical E2Fs Regulate the Mammalian Endocycle

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    Chen, Hui-Zi; Ouseph, Madhu M.; Li, Jing; Pécot, Thierry; Chokshi, Veda; Kent, Lindsey; Bae, Sooin; Byrne, Morgan; Duran, Camille; Comstock, Grant; Trikha, Prashant; Mair, Markus; Senapati, Shantibhusan; Martin, Chelsea K.; Gandhi, Sagar; Wilson, Nicholas; Liu, Bin; Huang, Yi-Wen; Thompson, John C.; Raman, Sundaresan; Singh, Shantanu; Leone, Marcelo; Machiraju, Raghu; Huang, Kun; Mo, Xiaokui; Fernandez, Soledad; Kalaszczynska, Ilona; Wolgemuth, Debra J.; Sicinski, Piotr; Huang, Tim; Jin, Victor; Leone, Gustavo

    2012-01-01

    SUMMARY The endocycle is a variant cell cycle consisting of successive DNA synthesis and Gap phases that yield highly polyploid cells. Although essential for metazoan development, relatively little is known about its control or physiologic role in mammals. Using novel lineage-specific cre mice we identified two opposing arms of the E2F program, one driven by canonical transcription activation (E2F1, E2F2 and E2F3) and the other by atypical repression (E2F7 and E2F8), that converge on the regulation of endocycles in vivo. Ablation of canonical activators in the two endocycling tissues of mammals, trophoblast giant cells in the placenta and hepatocytes in the liver, augmented genome ploidy, whereas ablation of atypical repressors diminished ploidy. These two antagonistic arms coordinate the expression of a unique G2/M transcriptional program that is critical for mitosis, karyokinesis and cytokinesis. These results provide in vivo evidence for a direct role of E2F family members in regulating non-traditional cell cycles in mammals. PMID:23064266

  19. Nematicidal activity of (E,E)-2,4-decadienal and (E)-2-decenal from Ailanthus altissima against Meloidogyne javanica.

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    Caboni, Pierluigi; Ntalli, Nikoletta G; Aissani, Nadhem; Cavoski, Ivana; Angioni, Alberto

    2012-02-01

    Methanol extracts of various plant parts of Ailanthus altissima were tested against the root knot nematode Meloidogyne javanica . Extracts of bark (ABE), wood (AWE), roots (ARE), and leaves (ALE) from A. altissima were investigated against freshly hatched second-stage juveniles (J(2)). AWE was the most active extract, with EC(50/3d) of 58.9 mg/L, while ALE, ARE, and ABE did not show nematicidal activity. The chemical composition of the extracts of A. altissima was determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, and (E,E)-2,4-decadienal, (E)-2-undecenal, (E)-2-decenal, hexanal, nonanal, and furfural were the most prominent constituents. (E,E)-2,4-Decadienal, (E)-2-decenal, and furfural showed the highest nematicidal activity against M. javanica , with EC(50/1d) = 11.7, 20.43, and 21.79 mg/L, respectively, while the other compounds were inactive at the concentrations tested. The results obtained showed that AWE and its constituents (E,E)-2,4-decadienal and (E)-2-decenal could be considered as potent botanical nematicidal agents. PMID:22224661

  20. E2F6 in axial skeletal development and gliosis

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    Friesenhahn, Laurie Beth

    2008-01-01

    E2F transcription factors were originally identified as regulators of cell cycle and cellular proliferation. In vivo mouse models have uncovered novel roles for these proteins in different developmental processes. This ...

  1. Cezanne regulates E2F1-dependent HIF2? expression

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    Moniz, Sonia; Bandarra, Daniel; Biddlestone, John; Campbell, Kirsteen J.; Komander, David; Bremm, Anja; Rocha, Sonia

    2015-01-01

    ABSTRACT Mechanisms regulating protein degradation ensure the correct and timely expression of transcription factors such as hypoxia inducible factor (HIF). Under normal O2 tension, HIF? subunits are targeted for proteasomal degradation, mainly through vHL-dependent ubiquitylation. Deubiquitylases are responsible for reversing this process. Although the mechanism and regulation of HIF? by ubiquitin-dependent proteasomal degradation has been the object of many studies, little is known about the role of deubiquitylases. Here, we show that expression of HIF2? (encoded by EPAS1) is regulated by the deubiquitylase Cezanne (also known as OTUD7B) in an E2F1-dependent manner. Knockdown of Cezanne downregulates HIF2? mRNA, protein and activity independently of hypoxia and proteasomal degradation. Mechanistically, expression of the HIF2? gene is controlled directly by E2F1, and Cezanne regulates the stability of E2F1. Exogenous E2F1 can rescue HIF2? transcript and protein expression when Cezanne is depleted. Taken together, these data reveal a novel mechanism for the regulation of the expression of HIF2?, demonstrating that the HIF2? promoter is regulated by E2F1 directly and that Cezanne regulates HIF2? expression through control of E2F1 levels. Our results thus suggest that HIF2? is controlled transcriptionally in a cell-cycle-dependent manner and in response to oncogenic signalling. PMID:26148512

  2. Cezanne regulates E2F1-dependent HIF2? expression.

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    Moniz, Sonia; Bandarra, Daniel; Biddlestone, John; Campbell, Kirsteen J; Komander, David; Bremm, Anja; Rocha, Sonia

    2015-08-15

    Mechanisms regulating protein degradation ensure the correct and timely expression of transcription factors such as hypoxia inducible factor (HIF). Under normal O2 tension, HIF? subunits are targeted for proteasomal degradation, mainly through vHL-dependent ubiquitylation. Deubiquitylases are responsible for reversing this process. Although the mechanism and regulation of HIF? by ubiquitin-dependent proteasomal degradation has been the object of many studies, little is known about the role of deubiquitylases. Here, we show that expression of HIF2? (encoded by EPAS1) is regulated by the deubiquitylase Cezanne (also known as OTUD7B) in an E2F1-dependent manner. Knockdown of Cezanne downregulates HIF2? mRNA, protein and activity independently of hypoxia and proteasomal degradation. Mechanistically, expression of the HIF2? gene is controlled directly by E2F1, and Cezanne regulates the stability of E2F1. Exogenous E2F1 can rescue HIF2? transcript and protein expression when Cezanne is depleted. Taken together, these data reveal a novel mechanism for the regulation of the expression of HIF2?, demonstrating that the HIF2? promoter is regulated by E2F1 directly and that Cezanne regulates HIF2? expression through control of E2F1 levels. Our results thus suggest that HIF2? is controlled transcriptionally in a cell-cycle-dependent manner and in response to oncogenic signalling. PMID:26148512

  3. An (e,2e) Measurement of the Xe Photoelectron ? Parameter

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    Childers, J. G.; Martin, N. L. S.; Thompson, D. B.

    2000-06-01

    We have carried out (e,2e) experiments on Xe in the autoionizing region between the ^2P_3/2 and ^2P_1/2 ionic limits. (e,2e) spectra were taken at 150 eV incident electron energy and 0^circ scattering angle corresponding to a momentum transfer of 0.14 au. The spectral range covered the (^2P_1/2)nd,ms (n>=6,m>=8) autoionizing resonances which have ejected electron energies between 0 and 1.3 eV. The (e,2e) spectrometer has two ejected electron detectors configured to allow the simultaneous collection of (e,2e) ejected-electron spectra 180^circ apart. The summation of these spectra eliminates the non-dipole effects due to dipole-monopole and dipole-quadrupole interference, leaving a spectrum that mimics a pure dipole photoelectron experiment. Two separate (e,2e) experiments, at ejected electron directions 60^circ (the minimum possible) and 90^circ away from the momentum transfer axis, enable the determination of the Xe ? parameter. Our results are in quite good agreement with the true photoelectron experiments.(J.Z. Wu, S.B. Whitfield, C.D. Caldwell, M.O. Krause, P. van der Meulen and A. Fahlman, Phys.Rev.A 42), 1350 (1990).

  4. Hepatitis C Virus E2 Envelope Glycoprotein Core Structure

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    Kong, Leopold; Giang, Erick; Nieusma, Travis; Kadam, Rameshwar U.; Cogburn, Kristin E.; Hua, Yuanzi; Dai, Xiaoping; Stanfield, Robyn L.; Burton, Dennis R.; Ward, Andrew B.; Wilson, Ian A.; Law, Mansun

    2014-08-26

    Hepatitis C virus (HCV), a Hepacivirus, is a major cause of viral hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. HCV envelope glycoproteins E1 and E2 mediate fusion and entry into host cells and are the primary targets of the humoral immune response. The crystal structure of the E2 core bound to broadly neutralizing antibody AR3C at 2.65 angstroms reveals a compact architecture composed of a central immunoglobulin-fold ? sandwich flanked by two additional protein layers. The CD81 receptor binding site was identified by electron microscopy and site-directed mutagenesis and overlaps with the AR3C epitope. The x-ray and electron microscopy E2 structures differ markedly from predictions of an extended, three-domain, class II fusion protein fold and therefore provide valuable information for HCV drug and vaccine design.

  5. ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF DREDGING AND DISPOSAL (E2-D2)

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    US Army Corps of Engineers public web site for the "Environmental Effects of Dredging and Disposal" ("E2-D2") searchable database of published reports and studies about environmental impacts associated with dredging and disposal operations. Many of the reports and studies are ava...

  6. Frequency Modulation Spectroscopy of the "Forbidden" M1 & E2

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    Holmes, Christopher D.

    Frequency Modulation Spectroscopy of the "Forbidden" M1 & E2 1283nm Transition in Thallium induced amplitudes in the 6P1/2 6P3/2 transition in thallium. The weak nature of this "forbidden" M1 1.2 Parity Violation in Thallium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 1.3 Parity

  7. Low-energy behavior of $E2$ strength functions

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    R. Schwengner

    2014-11-04

    Electric quadrupole strength functions have been deduced from averages of a large number of $E2$ transition strengths calculated within the shell model for the nuclides $^{94}$Mo and $^{95}$Mo. These strength functions are at variance with phenomenological approximations as provided by the Reference Input Parameter Library RIPL-3 for calculations of reaction rates on the basis of the statistical model.

  8. 26 CFR 31.3231(e)-2 - Contribution base.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 15 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Contribution base. 31.3231(e)-2 Section 31.3231... Contribution base. The term compensation does not include any remuneration paid during any calendar year by an employer to an employee for services rendered in excess of the applicable contribution base. For...

  9. 26 CFR 31.3231(e)-2 - Contribution base.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 26 Internal Revenue 15 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Contribution base. 31.3231(e)-2 Section 31.3231... Contribution base. The term compensation does not include any remuneration paid during any calendar year by an employer to an employee for services rendered in excess of the applicable contribution base. For...

  10. Imperial College London EEE 1L1 Autumn 2009 E2.2 Analogue Electronics E2.2 Analogue Electronics

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    Papavassiliou, Christos

    Imperial College London ­ EEE 1L1 Autumn 2009 E2.2 Analogue Electronics E2.2 Analogue Electronics Autumn 2009 E2.2 Analogue Electronics What analogue electronics is · Engineering, i.e. the analysis ­ EEE 3L1 Autumn 2009 E2.2 Analogue Electronics analogue electronics is not only · CMOS integrated

  11. Chang'e-2 spacecraft observations of asteroid 4179 Toutatis

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    Ji, Jianghui; Zhao, Yuhui; Wang, Su; Yu, Liangliang

    2015-01-01

    On 13 December 2012, Chang'e-2 completed a successful flyby of the near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis at a closest distance of 770 meters from the asteroid's surface. The observations show that Toutatis has an irregular surface and its shape resembles a ginger-root of a smaller lobe (head) and a larger lobe (body). Such bilobate shape is indicative of a contact binary origin for Toutatis. In addition, the high-resolution images better than 3 meters provide a number of new discoveries about this asteroid, such as an 800-meter depression at the end of the large lobe, a sharply perpendicular silhouette near the neck region, boulders, indicating that Toutatis is probably a rubble-pile asteroid. Chang'e-2 observations have significantly revealed new insights into the geological features and the formation and evolution of this asteroid. In final, we brief the future Chinese asteroid mission concept.

  12. Advanced Stirling Convertor (ASC-E2) Characterization Testing

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    Williams, Zachary D.; Oriti, Salvatore M.

    2012-01-01

    Testing has been conducted on Advanced Stirling Convertors (ASCs)-E2 at NASA Glenn Research Center in support of the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) project. This testing has been conducted to understand sensitivities of convertor parameters due to environmental and operational changes during operation of the ASRG in missions to space. This paper summarizes test results and explains the operation of the ASRG during space missions

  13. Advanced Stirling Convertor (ASC-E2) Characterization Testing

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    Williams, Zachary D.; Oriti, Salvatore M.

    2012-01-01

    Testing has been conducted on Advanced Stirling Convertor (ASC-E2) convertors at NASA Glenn Research Center in support of the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) Project. This testing has been conducted to understand sensitivities of convertor parameters due to environmental and operational changes during operation of the ASRG in missions to space. This paper summarizes test results and explains in terms of operation of the ASRG during space missions.

  14. Formulation of Ames 24E2 IR-black coating

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    Smith, Sheldon M.

    1991-01-01

    The formulation of Ames 24E2 IR-black coating and a rationale for the selection of its components are given. The objective was to make a very rough, very thick, and highly absorbing coating to attenuate the specular reflectance of telescope baffles at far-IR wavelengths. Application and curing instructions are also given. Outgassing measurements are quite low following a 24-hour radiative cure.

  15. UHMWPE carrying estradiol to treat the particle-induced osteolysis-Processing and characterizing.

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    Liu, Aiqin; Qu, Shuxin; Chao, Mengmeng; Zhu, Minhao; Weng, Jie; Zhou, Zhongrong

    2009-08-01

    The objective of this study was to explore the possibility of UHMWPE implant used as the drug carrier to treat particle-induced osteolysis. 17beta-estradiol (E2), which had the potential application on osteolysis treatment and the high melting point, was added into UHMWPE powder to produce UHMWPE-E2 composites through hot press processing. The hydrophobicity, crystallinity, mechanical properties, and wear performance of the UHMWPE-E2 were characterized compared with the control UHMWPE. The thermal analysis and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy results demonstrated that the hot press processing would not alter the functional groups of E2 in this study. There were no significant differences in the hydrophobicity and crystallinity between the UHMWPE-E2 and UHMWPE. The UHMWPE-E2 showed satisfying mechanical properties, including ultimate tensile strength (47.2 +/- 3.6 MPa), yield strength (25.0 +/- 0.6 MPa) and elongation at break (320 +/- 25.5 %), which were similar with the control UHMWPE. The friction coefficients and worn scars were similar between the UHMWPE-E2 and the control UHMWPE. The wear mechanism of the UHMWPE-E2 and UHMWPE both were abrasive wear under dry friction. The UHMWPE-E2 possesses the approving mechanical properties and wear performance compared with the control UHMWPE, which might be used as the potential implanted drug carrier to prevent the particle-induced osteolysis in joint replacements. PMID:18563828

  16. Astro-E2 Magnesium Diboride High Current Leads

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    Panek, J. S.; Tuttle, J. G.; Riall, S.; Mustafi, S.; Gray, A.; Edmonds, R.; Marrero, V.

    2003-01-01

    The recent discovery of superconducting properties in MgB_2 and rapid development of small diameter steel-clad wires has opened up the possibility of enhancing the design of the baseline Astro-E2 high current lead assembly. Replacing YBCO filaments with MgB_2 wires and modifying the heat sink location can give much higher margins against quench from temperature oscillations of the 4 K heat sink, although wih some overall thermal penalty. The design and performance of a new lead assembly during flight qualification is discussed, with emphasis on thermal, structural, and electrical test results.

  17. Two E2 binding sites (E2BS) alone or one E2BS plus an A/T-rich region are minimal requirements for the replication of the human papillomavirus type 11 origin.

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    Lu, J Z; Sun, Y N; Rose, R C; Bonnez, W; McCance, D J

    1993-01-01

    Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) cannot be propagated in vitro, but the DNA can be replicated transiently in an assay in the presence of two trans-acting viral proteins, E1 and E2. Using this assay, we have defined the minimal cis-acting elements of the origin of replication of HPV type 11. Most HPV genomes are conserved at the origin of replication, and the core contains three E2 binding sites (E2BS) surrounding an A/T-rich spacer region. The present results show that the minimal requirement for replication is either two E2BS alone or the A/T-rich region plus one E2BS; in the latter case the relative position of the E2BS is important. In all the studies, the presence of both E1 and E2 proteins was essential for replication, yet only the E2BS was required at the origin. We have shown that E1, E2, and the origin of replication containing an E2BS from a complex in vitro, and our data are consistent with a model in which E2 acts to target E1 to the HPV type 11 replication origin. Images PMID:8230435

  18. Triply differential (e,2e) studies of phenol

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    Silva, G. B. da; Neves, R. F. C.; Chiari, L.; Jones, D. B.; Ali, E.; Madison, D. H.; Ning, C. G.; Nixon, K. L.; Lopes, M. C. A.; Brunger, M. J.

    2014-09-28

    We have measured (e,2e) triple differential cross sections (TDCS) for the electron-impact ionisation of phenol with coplanar asymmetrical kinematics for an incident electron energy of 250 eV. Experimental measurements of the angular distribution of the slow outgoing electrons at 20 eV are obtained when the incident electron scatters through angles of ?5°, ?10°, and ?15°, respectively. The TDCS data are compared with calculations performed within the molecular 3-body distorted wave model. In this case, a mixed level of agreement, that was dependent on the kinematical condition being probed, was observed between the theoretical and experimental results in the binary peak region. The experimental intensity of the recoil features under all kinematical conditions was relatively small, but was still largely underestimated by the theoretical calculations.

  19. Ionization excitation of helium by the (e,2e) reaction

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    Ren, X.G.; Ning, C.G.; Deng, J.K.; Su, G.L.; Zhang, S.F.; Huang, Y.R.; Li, G.Q.

    2005-10-15

    The (e,2e) cross sections for transitions to the n=1, 2, and 3 final state of He{sup +} have been measured at impact energies of 1000 and 1600 eV by using a newly developed energy and momentum dispersive spectrometer. Binding energy spectra in the range of 8 to 86 eV and momentum profiles for the transitions to the ground and excited ion states of He{sup +} are reported at different impact energies, and the experimental results are compared with plane wave impulse approximation calculations. The impact energy dependence of cross section ratios for the He{sup +} n=1, 2, and 3 final states are obtained. Some discrepancies are observed between experimental data and theoretical calculations.

  20. Dynamical (e,2e) studies of tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol.

    PubMed

    Bellm, S M; Builth-Williams, J D; Jones, D B; Chaluvadi, Hari; Madison, D H; Ning, C G; Wang, F; Ma, X G; Lohmann, B; Brunger, M J

    2012-06-28

    Cross section data for electron scattering from DNA are important for modelling radiation damage in biological systems. Triply differential cross sections for the electron impact ionization of the highest occupied outer valence orbital of tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol, which can be considered as an analogue to the deoxyribose backbone molecule in DNA, have been measured using the (e,2e) technique. The measurements have been performed with coplanar asymmetric kinematics at an incident electron energy of 250 eV, an ejected electron energy of 20 eV, and at scattered electron angles of -5°, -10°, and -15°. Experimental results are compared with corresponding theoretical calculations performed using the molecular 3-body distorted wave model. Some important differences are observed between the experiment and calculations. PMID:22755568

  1. The human papillomavirus type 16 L1 protein directly interacts with E2 and enhances E2-dependent replication and transcription activation

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    Siddiqa, Abida; Léon, Karen Campos; James, Claire D.; Bhatti, Muhammad Faraz; Roberts, Sally

    2015-01-01

    The human papillomavirus (HPV) E2 protein is a multifunctional protein essential for the control of virus gene expression, genome replication and persistence. E2 is expressed throughout the differentiation-dependent virus life cycle and is functionally regulated by association with multiple viral and cellular proteins. Here, we show for the first time to our knowledge that HPV16 E2 directly associates with the major capsid protein L1, independently of other viral or cellular proteins. We have mapped the L1 binding region within E2 and show that the ?-2 helices within the E2 DNA-binding domain mediate L1 interaction. Using cell-based assays, we show that co-expression of L1 and E2 results in enhanced transcription and virus origin-dependent DNA replication. Upon co-expression in keratinocytes, L1 reduces nucleolar association of E2 protein, and when co-expressed with E1 and E2, L1 is partially recruited to viral replication factories. Furthermore, co-distribution of E2 and L1 was detected in the nuclei of upper suprabasal cells in stratified epithelia of HPV16 genome-containing primary human keratinocytes. Taken together, our findings suggest that the interaction between E2 and L1 is important for the regulation of E2 function during the late events of the HPV life cycle. PMID:25911730

  2. Estradiol uptake, toxicity, metabolism, and adverse effects on cadmium-treated amphibian embryos.

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    Fridman, Osvaldo; Corró, Lucrecia; Herkovits, Jorge

    2004-01-01

    The exposure of Bufo arenarum embryos to 25 micromol/L 17beta-estradiol (E2) resulted in 100% lethality within 48 hr, whereas 10 micromol//L E2 was the no observed effect concentration value for short-term chronic (7 days) exposure. The toxicity profile curves show that lethal effects were proportional to the E2 concentration and the time of exposure. The E2 uptake resulted in 20.1 ng E2/mg embryo at 8 hr posttreatment, but 67.3% of this value was achieved during the first 30 min of incubation with this estrogen. Regarding metabolism, the embryos synthesize estrone (E1) from E2 by means of 17beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase. Simultaneous treatments of Bufo arenarum embryos with 1 mg/L Cd2+ and 0.1, 1, or 10 micromol/L E2 enhanced the lethality exerted by cadmium in 76.7, 80, and 83.3% of embryos, respectively. The results indicate that estrogenic endocrine disruptors could have an adverse effect on amphibian embryos and enhance the toxic effect of Cd on amphibian embryos. This study points to the possibility of using the AMPHITOX test as a screening method for potential endocrine disruption as well as the combined effects of chemical mixtures. PMID:15175173

  3. Cesium vacancy ordering in phase-separated C sxF e2 -yS e2

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    Taddei, K. M.; Sturza, M.; Chung, D. Y.; Cao, H. B.; Claus, H.; Kanatzidis, M. G.; Osborn, R.; Rosenkranz, S.; Chmaissem, O.

    2015-09-01

    By simultaneously displaying magnetism and superconductivity in a single phase, the iron-based superconductors provide a model system for the study of magnetism's role in superconductivity. The class of intercalated iron selenide superconductors is unique among these in having the additional property of phase separation and coexistence of two distinct phases—one majority phase with iron vacancy ordering and strong antiferromagnetism, and the other a poorly understood minority microscopic phase with a contested structure. Adding to the intrigue, the majority phase has never been found to show superconductivity on its own while the minority phase has never been successfully synthesized separate from the majority phase. In order to better understand this minority phase, a series of high-quality C sxF e2 -yS e2 single crystals with (0.8 ?x ?1 ; 0 ?y ?0.3 ) were grown and studied. Neutron and x-ray powder diffraction performed on ground crystals show that the average I 4 /m m m structure of the minority phase is distinctly different from the high-temperature I 4 /m m m parent structure. Moreover, single-crystal diffraction reveals the presence of discrete superlattice reflections that remove the degeneracy of the Cs sites in both the majority and minority phases and reduce their structural symmetries from body centered to primitive. Group theoretical analysis in conjunction with structural modeling shows that the observed superlattice reflections originate from three-dimensional Cs vacancy ordering. This model predicts a 25 % vacancy of the Cs site in the minority phase which is consistent with the site's refined occupancy. Magnetization measurements performed in tandem with neutron single-crystal diffraction provide evidence that the minority phase is the host of superconductivity. Our results also reveal a superconducting dome in which the superconducting transition temperature varies as a function of the nominal valence of iron.

  4. Time course of the estradiol-dependent induction of oxytocin receptor binding in the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus of the rat

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    Johnson, A.E.; Ball, G.F.; Coirini, H.; Harbaugh, C.R.; McEwen, B.S.; Insel, T.R. )

    1989-09-01

    Oxytocin (OT) transmission is involved in the steroid-dependent display of sexual receptivity in rats. One of the biochemical processes stimulated by the ovarian steroid 17 beta-estradiol (E2) that is relevant to reproduction is the induction of OT receptor binding in the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus (VMN). The purpose of these experiments was to determine if E2-induced changes in OT receptor binding in the VMN occur within a time frame relevant to cyclic changes in ovarian steroid secretion. OT receptor binding was measured in the VMN of ovariectomized rats implanted for 0-96 h with E2-containing Silastic capsules. The rate of decay of OT receptor binding was measured in another group of animals 6-48 h after capsule removal. Receptors were labeled with the specific OT receptor antagonist ({sup 125}I)d(CH2)5(Tyr(Me)2,Thr4,Tyr-NH2(9))OVT, and binding was measured with quantitative autoradiographic methods. In addition, plasma E2 levels and uterine weights were assessed in animals from each treatment condition. Significant increases in E2-dependent OT receptor binding and uterine weight occurred within 24 h of steroid treatment. After E2 withdrawal, OT receptor binding and uterine weight decreased significantly within 24 h. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that steroid modulation of OT receptor binding is necessary for the induction of sexual receptivity.

  5. Estradiol affects liver mitochondrial function in ovariectomized and tamoxifen-treated ovariectomized female rats

    SciTech Connect

    Moreira, Paula I.; Custodio, Jose B.A.; Nunes, Elsa; Moreno, Antonio; Seica, Raquel; Oliveira, Catarina R.; Santos, Maria S. . E-mail: mssantos@ci.uc.pt

    2007-05-15

    Given the tremendous importance of mitochondria to basic cellular functions as well as the critical role of mitochondrial impairment in a vast number of disorders, a compelling question is whether 17{beta}-estradiol (E2) modulates mitochondrial function. To answer this question we exposed isolated liver mitochondria to E2. Three groups of rat females were used: control, ovariectomized and ovariectomized treated with tamoxifen. Tamoxifen has antiestrogenic effects in the breast tissue and is the standard endocrine treatment for women with breast cancer. However, under certain circumstances and in certain tissues, tamoxifen can also exert estrogenic agonist properties. We observed that at basal conditions, ovariectomy and tamoxifen treatment do not induce any statistical alteration in oxidative phosphorylation system and respiratory chain parameters. Furthermore, tamoxifen treatment increases the capacity of mitochondria to accumulate Ca{sup 2+} delaying the opening of the permeability transition pore. The presence of 25 {mu}M E2 impairs respiration and oxidative phosphorylation system these effects being similar in all groups of animals studied. Curiously, E2 protects against lipid peroxidation and increases the production of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} in energized mitochondria of control females. Our results indicate that E2 has in general deleterious effects that lead to mitochondrial impairment. Since mitochondrial dysfunction is a triggering event of cell degeneration and death, the use of exogenous E2 must be carefully considered.

  6. Hippocampal glucose metabolism is associated with cerebrospinal fluid estrogen levels in postmenopausal women with Alzheimer's disease.

    PubMed

    Schönknecht, Peter; Henze, Marcus; Hunt, Aoife; Klinga, Klaus; Haberkorn, Uwe; Schröder, Johannes

    2003-10-30

    Animal studies indicate that estrogens, such as 17beta-estradiol (E(2)), may enhance hippocampal metabolism and function. In postmenopausal Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) E(2) levels were significantly lower than in non-demented controls. This finding was inversely correlated with CSF beta-amyloid levels. To address the potential impact of this finding, E(2) levels in CSF were correlated with regional cerebral [18F]2-fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose (FDG) uptake as measured using positron emission tomography (PET) in six postmenopausal AD patients. CSF E(2) levels were determined using an electro-chemiluminescence-immunoassay on the Roche Elecsys 2010 immunoassay analyzer. Basic image processing was done by MEDx, using SPM routines for spatial normalization and statistics. CSF E(2) levels were significantly correlated with cerebral glucose metabolism in the left hippocampus. This is the first clinical study indicating an association between CSF E(2) concentration and hippocampal glucose metabolism in postmenopausal women with AD. PMID:14561431

  7. STS-70 Launch - Nikon E-2 Digital Image

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    1995-01-01

    This test images was taken with a Nikon E-2 Digital Imaging System camera and are provided courtesy of Nikon (GIF 450x450 JPEG 1280x1000): The second Shuttle launch in 16 days hurtles off the pad into a sweltering summer sky. The unstable weather typical to Florida in the summertime didn't have a chance to coalesce and impact this morning's launch window, and the Space Shuttle Discovery began its planned seven-day, 22-hour flight on Mission STS-70 from Launch Pad 39B at 9:41:55.078 a.m. EDT, just seconds off schedule. On board for Discovery's 21st spaceflight are a crew of five: Commander Terence 'Tom' Henricks; Pilot Kevin R. Kregel; and Mission Specialists Nancy Jane Currie, Donald A. Thomas and Mary Ellen Weber. The crew's primary objective during the 70th Shuttle flight is to deploy the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-G), which will join a constellation of other TDRS spacecraft already on orbit. TDRS-G is destined to become an on- orbit, fully operational 'ready reserve' satellite, available along with one other ready reserve TDRS spacecraft to back up the two primary TDRS satellites positions, TDRS East over the Atlantic Ocean and TDRS West over the Pacific. Assured capability of the TDRS communications network is essential for linking Earth-orbiting spacecraft such as the Shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope with the ground.

  8. STS-70 Launch - Nikon E-2 Digital Image

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1995-01-01

    This test image was taken with a Nikon E-2 Digital Imaging System camera and are provided courtesy of Nikon (GIF 450x450 JPEG 1280x1000): The second Shuttle launch in 16 days hurtles off the pad into a sweltering summer sky. The unstable weather typical to Florida in the summertime didn't have a chance to coalesce and impact this morning's launch window, and the Space Shuttle Discovery began its planned seven-day, 22-hour flight on Mission STS-70 from Launch Pad 39B at 9:41:55.078 a.m. EDT, just seconds off schedule. On board for Discovery's 21st spaceflight are a crew of five: Commander Terence 'Tom' Henricks; Pilot Kevin R. Kregel; and Mission Specialists Nancy Jane Currie, Donald A. Thomas and Mary Ellen Weber. The crew's primary objective during the 70th Shuttle flight is to deploy the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-G), which will join a constellation of other TDRS spacecraft already on orbit. TDRS-G is destined to become an on- orbit, fully operational 'ready reserve' satellite, available along with one other ready reserve TDRS spacecraft to back up the two primary TDRS satellites positions, TDRS East over the Atlantic Ocean and TDRS West over the Pacific. Assured capability of the TDRS communications network is essential for linking Earth-orbiting spacecraft such as the Shuttle and the Hubble Space Telescope with the ground.

  9. Parametrization of a spin-polarized (e,2e) experiment

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    Mazevet, S.; McCarthy, I. E.; Weigold, E.

    1998-03-01

    We use the density-matrix formalism to parametrize a spin-polarized (e,2e) experiment where a p electron is ejected from a closed-shell system and the fine structure of the ion is resolved experimentally. This formulation allows a definition from general principles of the recently observed spin up-down asymmetry [X. Guo and co-workers, Phys. Rev. Lett. 76, 1228 (1996); J. Phys. B 30, 4097 (1997)] due to the fine-structure effect [S. Jones et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 72, 2554 (1994); G. F. Hanne, in Abstracts of Contributed Papers, XVIIth International Conference on the Physics of Electronic and Atomic Collisions, edited by W. R. MacGillivray, I. E. McCarthy, and M. C. Standage (Hilger, Bristol, 1992), p. 199] and the complete definition of potentially observable quantities such as the polarization of the fast- and slow-emitted-electron beams and the orientation of the ion beam after the collision. These parameters are defined for the general case where the incoming-electron beam has an arbitrary polarization P=(Px,Py,Pz) and calculated in an asymmetric kinematic for the case where the initial-electron beam is, respectively, unpolarized and polarized perpendicular to the scattering plane.

  10. Prostaglandin E2 Prevents Disuse-Induced Cortical Bone Loss

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    Jee, Webster S. S.; Akamine, T.; Ke, Hua Zhu; Li, Xiao Jian; Tang, L. Y.; Zeng, Q. Q.

    1992-01-01

    The object of this study was to determine whether prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) can prevent disuse (underloaded)-induced cortical bone loss as well as add extra bone to underloaded bones. Thirteen-month-old retired female Sprague-Dawley breeders served as controls or were subjected to simultaneous right hindlimb immobilization by bandaging and daily subcutaneous doses of 0, 1, 3, or 6 mg PGE2/kg/d for two and six weeks. Histomorphometric analyses were performed on double-fluorescent labeled undecalcified tibial shaft sections (proximal to the tibiofibular junction). Disuse-induced cortical bone loss occurred by enlarging the marrow cavity and increasing intracortical porosity. PGE2 treatment of disuse shafts further increased intracortical porosity above that in disuse alone controls. This bone loss was counteracted by enhancement of periosteal and corticoendosteal bone formation. Stimulation of periosteal and corticoendosteal bone formation slightly enlarged the total tissue (cross-sectional) area and inhibited marrow cavity enlargement. These PGE2-induced activities netted the same percentage of cortical bone with a different distribution than the beginning and age related controls. These findings indicate the PGE2-induced increase in bone formation compensated for the disuse and PGE2-induced bone loss, and thus prevented immobilization induced bone loss.

  11. Inhalation Treatment of Pulmonary Fibrosis by Liposomal Prostaglandin E2

    PubMed Central

    Ivanova, Vera; Garbuzenko, Olga B.; Reuhl, Kenneth R.; Reimer, David C.; Pozharov, Vitaly P.; Minko, Tamara

    2013-01-01

    Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive, and often fatal form of interstitial lung disease. We hypothesized that the local pulmonary delivery of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) by liposomes can be used for the effective treatment of IPF. To test this hypothesis, we used a murine model of bleomycin-induced IPF to evaluate liposomes which carries PGE2 topically to the lungs. Animal survival, body weight, hydroxyproline content in the lungs, lung histology, mRNA and protein expression were studied. After inhalation delivery, liposomes accumulated predominately in the lungs. In contrast, intravenous administration led to the accumulation of liposomes mainly in kidney, liver, and spleen. Liposomal PGE2 prevented the disturbances in the expression of many genes associated with the development of IPF, substantially restricted inflammation and fibrotic injury in the lung tissues, prevented decrease in body weight, limited hydroxyproline accumulation in the lungs and virtually eliminated mortality of animals after intratracheal instillation of bleomycin. In summary, our data provide evidence that pulmonary fibrosis can be effectively treated by the inhalation administration of liposomal form of PGE2 into the lungs. The results of the present investigations make the liposomal form of PGE2 an attractive drug for the effective inhalation treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. PMID:23228437

  12. A potential oncogenic role of the commonly observed E2F5 overexpression in hepatocellular carcinoma

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    Jiang, Yuzhu; Yim, Seon-Hee; Xu, Hai-Dong; Jung, Seung-Hyun; Yang, So Young; Hu, Hae-Jin; Jung, Chan-Kwon; Chung, Yeun-Jun

    2011-01-01

    AIM: To explore the expression pattern of E2F5 in primary hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) and elucidate the roles of E2F5 in hepatocarcinogenesis. METHODS: E2F5 expression was analyzed in 120 primary HCCs and 29 normal liver tissues by immunohistochemistry analysis. E2F5-small interfering RNA was transfected into HepG2, an E2F5-overexpressed HCC cell line. After E2F5 knockdown, cell growth capacity and migrating potential were examined. RESULTS: E2F5 was significantly overexpressed in primary HCCs compared with normal liver tissues (P = 0.008). The E2F5-silenced cells showed significantly reduced proliferation (P = 0.004). On the colony formation and soft agar assays, the number of colonies was significantly reduced in E2F5-silenced cells (P = 0.004 and P = 0.009, respectively). E2F5 knockdown resulted in the accumulation of G0/G1 phase cells and a reduction of S phase cells. The number of migrating/invading cells was also reduced after E2F5 knockdown (P = 0.021). CONCLUSION: To our knowledge, this is the first evidence that E2F5 is commonly overexpressed in primary HCC and that E2F5 knockdown significantly repressed the growth of HCC cells. PMID:21274376

  13. Global identification of genes regulated by estrogen signaling and demethylation in MCF-7 breast cancer cells

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    Putnik, Milica; Zhao, Chunyan; Gustafsson, Jan-Ake; Department of Biology and Biochemistry, Science and Engineering Research Center Bldg, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-5056 ; Dahlman-Wright, Karin

    2012-09-14

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Estrogen signaling and demethylation can both control gene expression in breast cancers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cross-talk between these mechanisms is investigated in human MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 137 genes are influenced by both 17{beta}-estradiol and demethylating agent 5-aza-2 Prime -deoxycytidine. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A set of genes is identified as targets of both estrogen signaling and demethylation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer There is no direct molecular interplay of mediators of estrogen and epigenetic signaling. -- Abstract: Estrogen signaling and epigenetic modifications, in particular DNA methylation, are involved in regulation of gene expression in breast cancers. Here we investigated a potential regulatory cross-talk between these two pathways by identifying their common target genes and exploring underlying molecular mechanisms in human MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Gene expression profiling revealed that the expression of approximately 140 genes was influenced by both 17{beta}-estradiol (E2) and a demethylating agent 5-aza-2 Prime -deoxycytidine (DAC). Gene ontology (GO) analysis suggests that these genes are involved in intracellular signaling cascades, regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis. Based on previously reported association with breast cancer, estrogen signaling and/or DNA methylation, CpG island prediction and GO analysis, we selected six genes (BTG3, FHL2, PMAIP1, BTG2, CDKN1A and TGFB2) for further analysis. Tamoxifen reverses the effect of E2 on the expression of all selected genes, suggesting that they are direct targets of estrogen receptor. Furthermore, DAC treatment reactivates the expression of all selected genes in a dose-dependent manner. Promoter CpG island methylation status analysis revealed that only the promoters of BTG3 and FHL2 genes are methylated, with DAC inducing demethylation, suggesting DNA methylation directs repression of these genes in MCF-7 cells. In a further analysis of the potential interplay between estrogen signaling and DNA methylation, E2 treatment showed no effect on the methylation status of these promoters. Additionally, we show that the ER{alpha} recruitment occurs at the FHL2 promoter in an E2- and DAC-independent fashion. In conclusion, we identified a set of genes regulated by both estrogen signaling and DNA methylation. However, our data does not support a direct molecular interplay of mediators of estrogen and epigenetic signaling at promoters of regulated genes.

  14. Estrogen inhibits the response-to-injury in a mouse carotid artery model.

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    Sullivan, T R; Karas, R H; Aronovitz, M; Faller, G T; Ziar, J P; Smith, J J; O'Donnell, T F; Mendelsohn, M E

    1995-01-01

    The atheroprotective effects of estrogen are well documented, but the mechanisms responsible for these effects are not well understood. To study the role of physiologic (nanomolar) estrogen levels on the arterial response-to-injury, we applied a mouse carotid artery injury model to ovariectomized C57BL/6J mice. Mice were treated with vehicle (-E2, n = 10) or 17 beta-estradiol (+E2, n = 10) for 7 d, subjected to unilateral carotid injury, and 14 d later contralateral (normal = NL) and injured carotids from -E2 and +E2 animals were pressure fixed, harvested, and analyzed by quantitative morphometry. E2 levels in +E2 mice were consistently in the nanomolar range (2.1-2.5 nM) at days 0, 7, and 14. At 14 d, measures of both intimal and medial area were markedly increased in the -E2 group: (-E2 vs NL, P < 0.05 for both), but were unchanged from normal levels in the +E2 group (+E2 vs NL, P = NS and +E2 vs -E2, P < 0.05 for both). Cellular proliferation, as assessed by bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) labeling, was significantly increased over NL in the -E2 mice, but this increase was markedly attenuated in the estrogen replacement group (total BrdU positive cells/section: NL = 6.4 +/- 4.5; -E2 = 113 +/- 26, +E2 = 40 +/- 3.7; -E2 vs NL, P < 0.05; +E2 vs NL, P = NS; -E2 vs +E2, P < 0.05). These data (a) demonstrate significant suppression of the mouse carotid response-to-injury by physiologic levels of estrogen replacement; (b) support the utility of this model in the study of the biologic effects of estrogen on the vascular-injury response; and (c) suggest a direct effect of estrogen on vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation in injured vessels. Images PMID:7593638

  15. MPN patients harbor recurrent truncating mutations in transcription factor NF-E2

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    Jutzi, Jonas S.; Bogeska, Ruzhica; Nikoloski, Gorica; Schmid, Corina A.; Seeger, Thalia S.; Stegelmann, Frank; Schwemmers, Sven; Gründer, Albert; Peeken, Jan C.; Gothwal, Monika; Wehrle, Julius; Aumann, Konrad; Hamdi, Kamar; Dierks, Christine; Wang, Wei; Döhner, Konstanze; Jansen, Joop H.

    2013-01-01

    The molecular etiology of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) remains incompletely understood, despite recent advances incurred through the discovery of several different mutations in MPN patients. We have recently described overexpression of the transcription factor NF-E2 in MPN patients and shown that elevated NF-E2 levels in vivo cause an MPN phenotype and predispose to leukemic transformation in transgenic mice. We report the presence of acquired insertion and deletion mutations in the NF-E2 gene in MPN patients. These result in truncated NF-E2 proteins that enhance wild-type (WT) NF-E2 function and cause erythrocytosis and thrombocytosis in a murine model. NF-E2 mutant cells acquire a proliferative advantage, witnessed by clonal dominance over WT NF-E2 cells in MPN patients. Our data underscore the role of increased NF-E2 activity in the pathophysiology of MPNs. PMID:23589569

  16. The role of E2f4 in cell cycle exit and bone development

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    Miller, Emily S. (Emily Sun Young)

    2009-01-01

    Members of the E2F family of transcription factors are critical downstream effectors of the pocket protein family and mediate the regulation of genes required for cellular proliferation. The repressive E2Fs act in association ...

  17. Inhibition of the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae in vitro by the bed bug defensive secretions (E)-2-hexenal and (E)-2-octenal

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    The two major aldehydes (E)-2-hexenal and (E)-2-octenal emitted as defensive secretions by bed bugs Cimex lectularius L. (Hemiptera: Cimicidae), inhibit the in vitro growth of Metarhizium anisopliae (Metsch.) Sokorin (Hypocreales: Clavicipitaceae). These chemicals inhibit fungal growth by direct con...

  18. Cyclin A/CDK2 binds directly to E2F-1 and inhibits the DNA-binding activity of E2F-1/DP-1 by phosphorylation.

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    Xu, M; Sheppard, K A; Peng, C Y; Yee, A S; Piwnica-Worms, H

    1994-01-01

    E2F-1, a member of the E2F transcription factor family, contributes to the regulation of the G1-to-S phase transition in higher eukaryotic cells. E2F-1 forms a heterodimer with DP-1 and binds to several cell cycle regulatory proteins, including the retinoblastoma family (RB, p107, p130) and cyclin A/CDK2 complexes. We have analyzed E2F-1 phosphorylation and its interaction with cyclin A/CDK2 complexes both in vivo and in vitro. In vitro, E2F-1 formed a stable complex with cyclin A/CDK2 but not with either subunit alone. DP-1 did not interact with cyclin A, CDK2, or the cyclin A/CDK2 complex. While the complex of cyclin A/CDK2 was required for stable complex formation with E2F-1, the kinase-active form of CDK2 was not required. However, E2F-1 was phosphorylated by cyclin A/CDK2 in vitro and was phosphorylated in vivo in HeLa cells. Two-dimensional tryptic phosphopeptide mapping studies demonstrated an overlap in the phosphopeptides derived from E2F-1 labeled in vitro and in vivo, indicating that cyclin A/CDK2 may be responsible for the majority of E2F-1 phosphorylation in vivo. Furthermore, an active DNA-binding complex could be reconstituted from purified E2F-1/DP-1 and cyclin A/CDK2. Binding studies conducted both in vitro and in vivo demonstrated that the cyclin A/CDK2-binding region resided within the N-terminal 124 amino acids of E2F-1. Because the stable association of E2F-1 with cyclin A/CDK2 in vitro and in vivo did not require a DP-1- or RB-binding domain and because the interactions could be reconstituted from purified components in vitro, we conclude that the interactions between cyclin A/CDK2 and E2F-1 are direct. Finally, we report that the DNA-binding activity of the E2F-1/DP-1 complex is inhibited following phosphorylation by cyclin A/CDK2. Images PMID:7969176

  19. In vivo delivery of bovine viral diahorrea virus, E2 protein using hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles

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    Mahony, D.; Cavallaro, A. S.; Mody, K. T.; Xiong, L.; Mahony, T. J.; Qiao, S. Z.; Mitter, N.

    2014-05-01

    Our work focuses on the application of mesoporous silica nanoparticles as a combined delivery vehicle and adjuvant for vaccine applications. Here we present results using the viral protein, E2, from bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV). BVDV infection occurs in the target species of cattle and sheep herds worldwide and is therefore of economic importance. E2 is a major immunogenic determinant of BVDV and is an ideal candidate for the development of a subunit based nanovaccine using mesoporous silica nanoparticles. Hollow type mesoporous silica nanoparticles with surface amino functionalisation (termed HMSA) were characterised and assessed for adsorption and desorption of E2. A codon-optimised version of the E2 protein (termed Opti-E2) was produced in Escherichia coli. HMSA (120 nm) had an adsorption capacity of 80 ?g Opti-E2 per mg HMSA and once bound E2 did not dissociate from the HMSA. Immunisation studies in mice with a 20 ?g dose of E2 adsorbed to 250 ?g HMSA was compared to immunisation with Opti-E2 (50 ?g) together with the traditional adjuvant Quillaja saponaria Molina tree saponins (QuilA, 10 ?g). The humoral responses with the Opti-E2/HMSA nanovaccine although slightly lower than those obtained for the Opti-E2 + QuilA group demonstrated that HMSA particles are an effective adjuvant that stimulated E2-specific antibody responses. Importantly the cell-mediated immune responses were consistently high in all mice immunised with Opti-E2/HMSA nanovaccine formulation. Therefore we have shown the Opti-E2/HMSA nanoformulation acts as an excellent adjuvant that gives both T-helper 1 and T-helper 2 mediated responses in a small animal model. This study has provided proof-of-concept towards the development of an E2 subunit nanoparticle based vaccine.Our work focuses on the application of mesoporous silica nanoparticles as a combined delivery vehicle and adjuvant for vaccine applications. Here we present results using the viral protein, E2, from bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV). BVDV infection occurs in the target species of cattle and sheep herds worldwide and is therefore of economic importance. E2 is a major immunogenic determinant of BVDV and is an ideal candidate for the development of a subunit based nanovaccine using mesoporous silica nanoparticles. Hollow type mesoporous silica nanoparticles with surface amino functionalisation (termed HMSA) were characterised and assessed for adsorption and desorption of E2. A codon-optimised version of the E2 protein (termed Opti-E2) was produced in Escherichia coli. HMSA (120 nm) had an adsorption capacity of 80 ?g Opti-E2 per mg HMSA and once bound E2 did not dissociate from the HMSA. Immunisation studies in mice with a 20 ?g dose of E2 adsorbed to 250 ?g HMSA was compared to immunisation with Opti-E2 (50 ?g) together with the traditional adjuvant Quillaja saponaria Molina tree saponins (QuilA, 10 ?g). The humoral responses with the Opti-E2/HMSA nanovaccine although slightly lower than those obtained for the Opti-E2 + QuilA group demonstrated that HMSA particles are an effective adjuvant that stimulated E2-specific antibody responses. Importantly the cell-mediated immune responses were consistently high in all mice immunised with Opti-E2/HMSA nanovaccine formulation. Therefore we have shown the Opti-E2/HMSA nanoformulation acts as an excellent adjuvant that gives both T-helper 1 and T-helper 2 mediated responses in a small animal model. This study has provided proof-of-concept towards the development of an E2 subunit nanoparticle based vaccine. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Desorption studies of Opti-E2 bound HMSA. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01202j

  20. 29 CFR 2584.8477(e)-2 - Allocation of fiduciary duties.

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    2010-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 9 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Allocation of fiduciary duties. 2584.8477(e)-2 Section 2584.8477(e)-2 Labor Regulations Relating to Labor (Continued) EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SECURITY ADMINISTRATION... AND REGULATIONS FOR THE ALLOCATION OF FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY § 2584.8477(e)-2 Allocation...

  1. 29 CFR 2584.8477(e)-2 - Allocation of fiduciary duties.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 29 Labor 9 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Allocation of fiduciary duties. 2584.8477(e)-2 Section 2584.8477(e)-2 Labor Regulations Relating to Labor (Continued) EMPLOYEE BENEFITS SECURITY ADMINISTRATION... AND REGULATIONS FOR THE ALLOCATION OF FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY § 2584.8477(e)-2 Allocation...

  2. E2F activators signal and maintain centrosome amplification in breast cancer cells.

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    Lee, Mi-Young; Moreno, Carlos S; Saavedra, Harold I

    2014-07-01

    Centrosomes ensure accurate chromosome segregation by directing spindle bipolarity. Loss of centrosome regulation results in centrosome amplification, multipolar mitosis and aneuploidy. Since centrosome amplification is common in premalignant lesions and breast tumors, it is proposed to play a central role in breast tumorigenesis, a hypothesis that remains to be tested. The coordination between the cell and centrosome cycles is of paramount importance to maintain normal centrosome numbers, and the E2Fs may be responsible for regulating these cycles. However, the role of E2F activators in centrosome amplification is unclear. Because E2Fs are deregulated in Her2(+) cells displaying centrosome amplification, we addressed whether they signal this abnormal process. Knockdown of E2F1 or E2F3 in Her2(+) cells decreased centrosome amplification without significantly affecting cell cycle progression, whereas the overexpression of E2F1, E2F2, or E2F3 increased centrosome amplification in MCF10A mammary epithelial cells. Our results revealed that E2Fs affect the expression of proteins, including Nek2 and Plk4, known to influence the cell/centrosome cycles and mitosis. Downregulation of E2F3 resulted in cell death and delays/blocks in cytokinesis, which was reversed by Nek2 overexpression. Nek2 overexpression enhanced centrosome amplification in Her2(+) breast cancer cells silenced for E2F3, revealing a role for the E2F activators in maintaining centrosome amplification in part through Nek2. PMID:24797070

  3. 17 CFR 270.6e-2 - Exemptions for certain variable life insurance separate accounts.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ... 17 Commodity and Securities Exchanges 3 2011-04-01 2011-04-01 false Exemptions for certain variable life insurance separate accounts. 270.6e-2 Section 270.6e-2 Commodity and Securities Exchanges SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (CONTINUED) RULES AND REGULATIONS, INVESTMENT COMPANY ACT OF 1940 § 270.6e-2 Exemptions for certain variable...

  4. Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics 424512 E #2 -rz maj 2015 bo Akademi Univ -Chemical Engineering

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    Zevenhoven, Ron

    .zevenhoven@abo.fi Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics 424512 E #2 - rz maj 2015 Åbo Akademi Univ - Chemical Engineering Dynamics 424512 E #2 - rz maj 2015 Åbo Akademi Univ - Chemical Engineering Thermal and Flow Engineering Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics 424512 E #2 - rz maj 2015 Åbo Akademi Univ - Chemical Engineering

  5. Structural insights into the DNA-binding specificity of E2F family transcription factors

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    Morgunova, Ekaterina; Yin, Yimeng; Jolma, Arttu; Dave, Kashyap; Schmierer, Bernhard; Popov, Alexander; Eremina, Nadejda; Nilsson, Lennart; Taipale, Jussi

    2015-01-01

    The mammalian cell cycle is controlled by the E2F family of transcription factors. Typical E2Fs bind to DNA as heterodimers with the related dimerization partner (DP) proteins, whereas the atypical E2Fs, E2F7 and E2F8 contain two DNA-binding domains (DBDs) and act as repressors. To understand the mechanism of repression, we have resolved the structure of E2F8 in complex with DNA at atomic resolution. We find that the first and second DBDs of E2F8 resemble the DBDs of typical E2F and DP proteins, respectively. Using molecular dynamics simulations, biochemical affinity measurements and chromatin immunoprecipitation, we further show that both atypical and typical E2Fs bind to similar DNA sequences in vitro and in vivo. Our results represent the first crystal structure of an E2F protein with two DBDs, and reveal the mechanism by which atypical E2Fs can repress canonical E2F target genes and exert their negative influence on cell cycle progression. PMID:26632596

  6. Structural insights into the DNA-binding specificity of E2F family transcription factors.

    PubMed

    Morgunova, Ekaterina; Yin, Yimeng; Jolma, Arttu; Dave, Kashyap; Schmierer, Bernhard; Popov, Alexander; Eremina, Nadejda; Nilsson, Lennart; Taipale, Jussi

    2015-01-01

    The mammalian cell cycle is controlled by the E2F family of transcription factors. Typical E2Fs bind to DNA as heterodimers with the related dimerization partner (DP) proteins, whereas the atypical E2Fs, E2F7 and E2F8 contain two DNA-binding domains (DBDs) and act as repressors. To understand the mechanism of repression, we have resolved the structure of E2F8 in complex with DNA at atomic resolution. We find that the first and second DBDs of E2F8 resemble the DBDs of typical E2F and DP proteins, respectively. Using molecular dynamics simulations, biochemical affinity measurements and chromatin immunoprecipitation, we further show that both atypical and typical E2Fs bind to similar DNA sequences in vitro and in vivo. Our results represent the first crystal structure of an E2F protein with two DBDs, and reveal the mechanism by which atypical E2Fs can repress canonical E2F target genes and exert their negative influence on cell cycle progression. PMID:26632596

  7. The function of E2F6 in the Polycomb complex

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    Courel, María F. (María Federica)

    2005-01-01

    The E2F family of transcription factors are known cell cycle regulators that function at the G1/S transition. Unlike other E2Fs, E2F6 does not activate transcription and is not regulated by pocket protein binding. Instead, ...

  8. Evaluation of Emerging Contaminants of Concern at the South District Wastewater Treatment Plant Based on Seasonal Events, Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2004

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    Lietz, Arthur C.; Meyer, Michael T.

    2006-01-01

    The Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan has identified highly treated wastewater as a possible water source for the restoration of natural water flows and hydroperiods in selected coastal areas, including the Biscayne Bay coastal wetlands. One potential source of reclaimed wastewater for the Biscayne Bay coastal wetlands is the effluent from the South District Wastewater Treatment Plant in southern Miami-Dade County. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan Wastewater Reuse Technology Pilot Project Delivery Team, initiated a study to assess the presence of emerging contaminants of concern in the South District Wastewater Treatment Plant influent and effluent using current wastewater-treatment methods. As part of the study, 24-hour composite and discrete samples were collected at six locations (influent at plants 1 and 2, effluent pump, reuse train, chlorine dioxide unit, and ultraviolet pilot unit) at the plant during: (1) a dry-season, low-flow event on March 2-3, 2004, with an average inflow rate of 83.7 million gallons per day; (2) a wet-season, average-flow event on July 20-21, 2004, with an average inflow rate of 89.7 million gallons per day; and (3) high-rate disinfection tests on October 5 and 20, 2004, with average flow rates of 84.1 and 119.6 million gallons per day, respectively. During these four sampling events, 26, 27, 29, and 35 constituents were detected, respectively. The following transformations in concentration were determined in the waste stream: -100 to 180 percent at the effluent pump and -100 to 85 percent at the reuse train on March 2-3, 2004, and -100 to 1,609 percent at the effluent pump and -100 to 832 percent at the reuse train on July 20-21, 2004; -100 to -37 percent at the effluent pump, -100 to -62 percent at the reuse train, -100 to -56 percent at the chlorine dioxide unit, and -100 to -40 percent at the ultraviolet pilot unit on October 5, 2004; and -100 to -4 percent at the effluent pump, -100 to 17 percent at the reuse train, -100 to -40 percent at the chlorine dioxide unit, and -100 to -14 percent at the ultraviolet pilot unit on October 20, 2004. Samples were tested for detection of household and industrial (organic) wastewater compounds, pharmaceutical compounds, antibiotic compounds, and hormones in influent. Two 'known' endocrine disrupting compounds?17 beta-estradiol (E2) and diethoxynonylphenol? and four 'suspected' endocrine-disrupting compounds?1,4-dichlorobenzene, benzophenone, tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate, and tris(dichloroisopropyl) phosphate?were detected during these sampling events. Phenanthrene and indole showed the greatest concentration ranges and highest concentrations for the organic wastewater compounds. Acetaminophen showed the greatest concentration range and highest concentration, and warfarin showed the smallest concentration range for the pharmaceutical compounds. Sulfamethoxazole (a sulfonamide) showed the greatest concentration range and highest concentration, and sulfathiozole (also a sulfonamide) showed the smallest concentration range for the antibiotic compounds. Two hormones, 17 beta-estradiol (E2) and estrone (E1), were detected in influent. Samples were also tested for detection of organic wastewater compounds, pharmaceutical compounds, antibiotic compounds, and hormones in effluent. Indole showed the greatest concentration range and highest concentration, and triphenyl phosphate showed the smallest concentration range for the organic wastewater compounds. Dehydronifedipine showed the greatest concentration range and highest concentration, and warfarin had the smallest concentration range for the pharmaceutical compounds. Anhydro-erythromycin (a macrolide degradation product) showed the greatest concentration range, and sulfadiazine (a sulfonamide) and tetracycline showed the lowest concentration ranges for the antibiotic compounds. One hormone, 17 beta-estradiol (E2), was det

  9. Subunit affinities and stoichiometries of the human papillomavirus type 11 E1:E2:DNA complex.

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    Chao, S F; Rocque, W J; Daniel, S; Czyzyk, L E; Phelps, W C; Alexander, K A

    1999-04-01

    The association between the papillomavirus E1 and E2 proteins is an important regulatory interaction, imparting coordinated control of viral transcription and replication. Using fluorescence polarization, we have characterized the interactions between HPV-11 E1, HPV-11 E2, and DNA in solution at equilibrium. For these studies, two double-stranded fluorescein-labeled oligonucleotides were prepared. The first fluorescent oligonucleotide, designated Fl-E2BS and containing a single E2 binding-site palindrome (ACCGN6CGGT), was used to determine the affinity of E2 for its DNA binding site. HPV-11 E2 bound Fl-E2BS with an apparent Kd of 0.84 nM. Binding was saturable and consistent with a single class of noninteracting sites. The second oligonucleotide, designated Fl-E1E2BS, contained both E1 and E2 sites in sequence derived directly from the HPV-11 origin of replication. Under titration conditions identical to those used for Fl-E2BS, the E2 protein exhibited reduced affinity for Fl-E1E2BS (Kd > 100 nM). E1 binding to Fl-E1E2BS was of very low affinity. Addition of excess HPV-11 E1 to Fl-E1E2BS lowered the dissociation constant for the E2:Fl-E1E2BS interaction to 2 nM. This effect was not dependent upon ATP or magnesium ion. Fluorescence polarization and other data suggest formation of a complex containing six E1 molecules and a single dimer of E2 bound to a single Fl-E1E2BS oligonucleotide; E2 dissociation from the final complex did not occur. In summary, physical interaction between E1 and E2 increases the DNA binding affinity of each. The role of this energy coupling may be to promote origin-specific binding of both E1 and E2 to DNA. PMID:10194380

  10. In vivo delivery of bovine viral diahorrea virus, E2 protein using hollow mesoporous silica nanoparticles.

    PubMed

    Mahony, D; Cavallaro, A S; Mody, K T; Xiong, L; Mahony, T J; Qiao, S Z; Mitter, N

    2014-06-21

    Our work focuses on the application of mesoporous silica nanoparticles as a combined delivery vehicle and adjuvant for vaccine applications. Here we present results using the viral protein, E2, from bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV). BVDV infection occurs in the target species of cattle and sheep herds worldwide and is therefore of economic importance. E2 is a major immunogenic determinant of BVDV and is an ideal candidate for the development of a subunit based nanovaccine using mesoporous silica nanoparticles. Hollow type mesoporous silica nanoparticles with surface amino functionalisation (termed HMSA) were characterised and assessed for adsorption and desorption of E2. A codon-optimised version of the E2 protein (termed Opti-E2) was produced in Escherichia coli. HMSA (120 nm) had an adsorption capacity of 80 ?g Opti-E2 per mg HMSA and once bound E2 did not dissociate from the HMSA. Immunisation studies in mice with a 20 ?g dose of E2 adsorbed to 250 ?g HMSA was compared to immunisation with Opti-E2 (50 ?g) together with the traditional adjuvant Quillaja saponaria Molina tree saponins (QuilA, 10 ?g). The humoral responses with the Opti-E2/HMSA nanovaccine although slightly lower than those obtained for the Opti-E2 + QuilA group demonstrated that HMSA particles are an effective adjuvant that stimulated E2-specific antibody responses. Importantly the cell-mediated immune responses were consistently high in all mice immunised with Opti-E2/HMSA nanovaccine formulation. Therefore we have shown the Opti-E2/HMSA nanoformulation acts as an excellent adjuvant that gives both T-helper 1 and T-helper 2 mediated responses in a small animal model. This study has provided proof-of-concept towards the development of an E2 subunit nanoparticle based vaccine. PMID:24811899

  11. The role of E2F1 in the development of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

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    Wolfram, Julie A; Liner, Anna; Richardson, Sandy L; Zhu, Xiongwei; Smith, Mark A; Hoit, Brian D; Lee, Hyoung-gon

    2011-01-01

    The overexpression of the transcription factor, E2F1, induces hypertrophy and apoptosis with cell cycle re-entry in cardiomyocytes in vitro and in vivo, suggesting that targeting E2F1 may have therapeutic potential. Accordingly, we tested the hypothesis that blocking the E2F1-mediated signal transduction pathway prevents cardiac hypertrophy by treating E2F1 knockout mice (E2F1-/-) with either isoproterenol (ISO) or Angiotensin II (ANG). Echocardi-ography was used to measure left ventricular mass index and myocardial performance index, a measure of combined systolic and diastolic left ventricular function. In control mice (E2F1+/+) both ISO and ANG treatments induced cardiac hypertrophy, and impaired ventricular function in ANG treated mice. In contrast to previously published work, E2F1-/- mice also demonstrated a similar pattern of cardiac hypertrophy and function after either treatment. Atrial natriuretic peptide, a molecular marker of hypertrophy and necropsy-determined body weight-normalized left ventricle mass were similarly increased in ISO and ANG treated E2F1+/+ and E2F-/- mice, supporting the echocardiographic data. These data indicate that E2F1 is not necessary for the development of cardiac hypertrophy although studies using an overexpression approach suggest a causal role of E2F1. The reason for this discrepancy is unclear, although it is possible that other E2F-family members (e.g., E2F2) may play a compensatory role. In conclusion, our data demonstrate that cardiac hypertrophy can be induced in an E2F1-independent fashion and suggest that in contrast to previous reports, targeting E2F1 may not be a good therapeutic approach. PMID:21738823

  12. The E2F2 Transcription Factor Sustains Hepatic Glycerophospholipid Homeostasis in Mice

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    Maldonado, Eduardo N.; Delgado, Igotz; Furland, Natalia E.; Buqué, Xabier; Iglesias, Ainhoa; Aveldaño, Marta I.; Zubiaga, Ana; Fresnedo, Olatz; Ochoa, Begoña

    2014-01-01

    Increasing evidence links metabolic signals to cell proliferation, but the molecular wiring that connects the two core machineries remains largely unknown. E2Fs are master regulators of cellular proliferation. We have recently shown that E2F2 activity facilitates the completion of liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy (PH) by regulating the expression of genes required for S-phase entry. Our study also revealed that E2F2 determines the duration of hepatectomy-induced hepatic steatosis. A transcriptomic analysis of normal adult liver identified “lipid metabolism regulation” as a major E2F2 functional target, suggesting that E2F2 has a role in lipid homeostasis. Here we use wild-type (E2F2+/+) and E2F2 deficient (E2F2?/?) mice to investigate the in vivo role of E2F2 in the composition of liver lipids and fatty acids in two metabolically different contexts: quiescence and 48-h post-PH, when cellular proliferation and anabolic demands are maximal. We show that liver regeneration is accompanied by large triglyceride and protein increases without changes in total phospholipids both in E2F2+/+ and E2F2?/? mice. Remarkably, we found that the phenotype of quiescent liver tissue from E2F2?/? mice resembles the phenotype of proliferating E2F2+/+ liver tissue, characterized by a decreased phosphatidylcholine to phosphatidylethanolamine ratio and a reprogramming of genes involved in generation of choline and ethanolamine derivatives. The diversity of fatty acids in total lipid, triglycerides and phospholipids was essentially preserved on E2F2 loss both in proliferating and non-proliferating liver tissue, although notable exceptions in inflammation-related fatty acids of defined phospholipid classes were detected. Overall, our results indicate that E2F2 activity sustains the hepatic homeostasis of major membrane glycerolipid components while it is dispensable for storage glycerolipid balance. PMID:25396754

  13. Catalytic diesel particulate filters reduce the in vitro estrogenic activity of diesel exhaust.

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    Wenger, Daniela; Gerecke, Andreas C; Heeb, Norbert V; Naegeli, Hanspeter; Zenobi, Renato

    2008-04-01

    An in vitro reporter gene assay based on human breast cancer T47D cells (ER-CALUX) was applied to examine the ability of diesel exhaust to induce or inhibit estrogen receptor (ER)-mediated gene expression. Exhaust from a heavy-duty diesel engine was either treated by iron- or copper/iron-catalyzed diesel particulate filters (DPFs) or studied as unfiltered exhaust. Collected samples included particle-bound and semivolatile constituents of diesel exhaust. Our findings show that all of the samples contained compounds that were able to induce ER-mediated gene expression as well as compounds that suppressed the activity of the endogenous hormone 17beta-estradiol (E2). Estrogenic activity prevailed over antiestrogenic activity. We found an overall ER-mediated activity of 1.63 +/- 0.31 ng E2 CALUX equivalents (E2-CEQs) per m(3) of unfiltered exhaust. In filtered exhaust, we measured 0.74 +/- 0.07 (iron-catalyzed DPF) and 0.55 +/- 0.09 ng E2-CEQ m(-3) (copper/iron-catalyzed DPF), corresponding to reductions in estrogenic activity of 55 and 66%, respectively. Our study demonstrates that both catalytic DPFs lowered the ER-mediated endocrine-disrupting potential of diesel exhaust. PMID:18264702

  14. Novel locally active estrogens accelerate cutaneous wound healing. A preliminary study.

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    Brufani, Mario; Ceccacci, Francesca; Filocamo, Luigi; Garofalo, Barbara; Joudioux, Roberta; La Bella, Angela; Leonelli, Francesca; Migneco, Luisa M; Bettolo, Rinaldo Marini; Farina, Paolo M; Ashcroft, Gillian S; Routley, Claire; Hardman, Matthew; Meda, Clara; Rando, Gianpaolo; Maggi, Adriana

    2009-01-01

    New 17beta-estradiol (E2) derivatives 1-11 were synthesized from an estrone derivative by addition of organometallic reagents prepared from protected alpha,omega-alkynols and further elaboration of the addition products. The estrogenic activity of these novel compounds was determined using in vitro binding competition assay and transactivation analysis. Among the E2 derivatives synthesized, compound 2 showed the highest transactivation potency and was therefore tested for its ability to modulate cutaneous wound healing in vivo. Compound 2's ability to accelerate wound healing in ovariectomized mice and decrease the production of inflammatory molecules was comparable to that of E2. However, the activity of compound 2 was not superimposable to E2 with regard to the cells involved in the wound repairing process. When locally administered, compound 2 did not show any systemic activity on ER. This class of compounds with clear beneficial effects on wound healing and suitable for topical administration may lead to the generation of innovative drugs for an area of unmet clinical need. PMID:19718805

  15. Modulation of the cytosolic androgen receptor in striated muscle by sex steroids

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    Rance, N. E.; Max, S. R.

    1984-01-01

    The effects of orchiectomy (GDX) and of subsequent administration of testosterone propionate (TP) or 17(beta)-estradiol (E2) on the maximum binding (Bmax) and apparent Kd of the cytosolic androgen receptor in levator ani (LA) and skeletal muscles of adult male Sprague-Dawley rats are investigated experimentally. The results are presented in graphs and discussed. In LA, BMAX is found to rise from a control level of 2.5 fmol/mg protein to 280, 600, 478, and 133 percent of control at 12 h, 14 d, 30 d, and 44 d after GDX, respectively, while Kd increased only insignificantly (from 680 to 960 fM); Bmax is held at control levels for 6 h by cycloheximide given at GDX, is unaffected by TP given at 30 d, and is further increased (by 480 percent at 44 d) by administration of E2 at 30 d. Bmax in skeletal muscles is found to increase to 139, 212, 220, and 158 percent of control at 12 h, 14 d, 30 d, and 44 d, respectively; Bmax is returned to control at 44 d by TP at 30 d but is not affected by E2. The effect of E2 in LA is attributed to either induction of the cytosolic receptor or a decreased rate of receptor degradation.

  16. E2F1 responds to ultraviolet radiation by directly stimulating DNA repair and suppressing carcinogenesis.

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    Biswas, Anup Kumar; Mitchell, David L; Johnson, David G

    2014-06-15

    In response to DNA damage, the E2F1 transcription factor is phosphorylated at serine 31 (serine 29 in mouse) by the ATM or ATR kinases, which promotes E2F1 protein stabilization. Phosphorylation of E2F1 also leads to the recruitment of E2F1 to sites of DNA damage, where it functions to enhance DNA repair. To study the role of this E2F1 phosphorylation event in vivo, a knock-in mouse model was generated, in which serine 29 was mutated to alanine. The S29A mutation impairs E2F1 stabilization in response to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and doxorubicin treatment, but has little effect on the expression of E2F target genes. The apoptotic and proliferative responses to acute UV radiation exposure are also similar between wild-type and E2f1(S29A/) (S29A) mice. As expected, the S29A mutation prevents E2F1 association with damaged DNA and reduces DNA repair efficiency. Moreover, E2f1(S29A/) (S29A) mice display increased sensitivity to UV-induced skin carcinogenesis. This knock-in mouse model thus links the ability of E2F1 to directly promote DNA repair with the suppression of tumor development. PMID:24741006

  17. EWS-FLI1 employs an E2F switch to drive target gene expression

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    Schwentner, Raphaela; Papamarkou, Theodore; Kauer, Maximilian O.; Stathopoulos, Vassilios; Yang, Fan; Bilke, Sven; Meltzer, Paul S.; Girolami, Mark; Kovar, Heinrich

    2015-01-01

    Cell cycle progression is orchestrated by E2F factors. We previously reported that in ETS-driven cancers of the bone and prostate, activating E2F3 cooperates with ETS on target promoters. The mechanism of target co-regulation remained unknown. Using RNAi and time-resolved chromatin-immunoprecipitation in Ewing sarcoma we report replacement of E2F3/pRB by constitutively expressed repressive E2F4/p130 complexes on target genes upon EWS-FLI1 modulation. Using mathematical modeling we interrogated four alternative explanatory models for the observed EWS-FLI1/E2F3 cooperation based on longitudinal E2F target and regulating transcription factor expression analysis. Bayesian model selection revealed the formation of a synergistic complex between EWS-FLI1 and E2F3 as the by far most likely mechanism explaining the observed kinetics of E2F target induction. Consequently we propose that aberrant cell cycle activation in Ewing sarcoma is due to the de-repression of E2F targets as a consequence of transcriptional induction and physical recruitment of E2F3 by EWS-FLI1 replacing E2F4 on their target promoters. PMID:25712098

  18. Amplification of the E2F1 transcription factor gene in the HEL erythroleukemia cell line

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    Saito, M.; Valentine, M.B.; Look, A.T.

    1995-01-01

    The E2F transcription factor plays an important regulatory role in cell proliferation, mediating the expression of genes whose products are essential for inducing resting cells to enter the cell cycle and synthesize DNA. To investigate the possible involvement of E2F in hematopoietic malignancies, we isolated genomic clones encompassing the human E2F1 gene. We then used fluorescence in situ hybridization to localize E2F1 to human chromosome 20q11, telomeric to the p107 locus, a gene whose product is related to the retinoblastoma gene product (pRb). This finding contrasts with the 1p36 and 6q22 chromosomal locations previously assigned E2F2 and E2F3, two additional members of the E2F family. Although deletions or structural rearrangements of E2F1 were not detected in 14 primary acute leukemia or myelodysplasia samples with structural abnormalities of chromosome 20q11, the gene was amplified and overexpressed in HEL erythroleukemia cells and translocated to other chromosomes in several established human leukemia cell lines. This study provides the first evidence of gene amplification involving a member of the E2F family of transcription factors. We propose that E2F1 overexpression in erythroid progenitors may stimulate abnormal cell proliferation by overriding negative regulatory signals mediated by tumor suppressor proteins such as pRb. 76 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  19. A functionally distinct member of the DP family of E2F subunits.

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    Milton, A; Luoto, K; Ingram, L; Munro, S; Logan, N; Graham, A L; Brummelkamp, T R; Hijmans, E M; Bernards, R; La Thangue, N B

    2006-05-25

    E2F transcription factors regulate genes involved in cell-cycle progression. In mammalian cells, physiological E2F exists as an E2F/DP heterodimer. Currently, eight E2F and two DP subunits have been characterized. We report here the characterization of a new member of the DP family, DP-4. While DP-4 exhibits certain similarities with members of the DP family, it also possesses a number of significant differences. Thus, DP-4 forms a heterodimer with E2F subunits, binds to the E2F site and associates with pocket proteins including pRb. In contrast to DP-1, however, DP-4/E2F-1 complexes exhibit reduced DNA binding activity. Furthermore, DP-4 interferes with E2F-1-dependent transcription and delays cell-cycle progression. These results highlight an emerging complexity in the DP family of E2F subunits, and suggest that DP-4 may endow E2F heterodimers with distinct transcription properties. PMID:16418725

  20. Transcriptional regulation of human RANK ligand gene expression by E2F1

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    Hu Yan; Sun Meng; Nadiminty, Nagalakshmi; Lou Wei; Pinder, Elaine; Gao, Allen C.

    2008-06-06

    Receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligand (RANKL) is a critical osteoclastogenic factor involved in the regulation of bone resorption, immune function, the development of mammary gland and cardiovascular system. To understand the transcriptional regulation of RANKL, we amplified and characterized a 1890 bp 5'-flanking sequence of human RANKL gene (-1782 bp to +108 bp relative to the transcription start site). Using a series of deletion mutations of the 1890 bp RANKL promoter, we identified a 72 bp region (-172 to -100 bp) mediating RANKL basal transcriptional activity. Sequence analysis revealed a putative E2F binding site within this 72 bp region in the human RANKL promoter. Overexpression of E2F1 increased RANKL promoter activity, while down-regulation of E2F1 expression by small interfering RNA decreased RANKL promoter activity. RT-PCR and enzyme linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) further demonstrated that E2F1 induced the expression of RANKL. Electrophoretic gel mobility shift assays (EMSA) and antibody competition assays confirmed that E2F1 proteins bind to the consensus E2F binding site in the RANKL promoter. Mutation of the E2F consensus binding site in the RANKL promoter profoundly reduced the basal promoter activity and abolished the transcriptional modulation of RANKL by E2F1. These results suggest that E2F1 plays an important role in regulating RANKL transcription through binding to the E2F consensus binding site.

  1. Ratio B(E2, 4\\rightarrow2 )/B(E2, 2\\rightarrow 0) in Even-Even Nuclei:Apparent Anomalous Behavior of the Chromium Isotopes

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    Hertz-Kintish, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    We consider the ratio RE4 = B(E2,4\\rightarrow2 )/B(E2,2\\rightarrow 0) for the lowest 2^{+} and 4^{+} states in even-even nuclei. In the rotatonal and vibrational models and the shell model calculations here considered, RE4 is greater than one, however empirically, using adopted values from NNDC for ^{48}Cr and ^{50} Cr this ratio is less than one.

  2. Ratio B(E2, 4\\rightarrow2)/B(E2, 2\\rightarrow 0) in Even-Even Nuclei:Apparent Anomalous Behavior of the Chromium Isotopes

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    Daniel Hertz-Kintish; Larry Zamick

    2014-08-01

    We consider the ratio RE4 = B(E2,4\\rightarrow2)/B(E2,2\\rightarrow 0) for the lowest 2^{+} and 4^{+} states in even-even nuclei. In the rotatonal and vibrational models and the shell model calculations here considered, RE4 is greater than one, however empirically, using adopted values from NNDC for ^{48}Cr and ^{50} Cr this ratio is less than one.

  3. Sertoli-Leydig cell tumors: hormonal profile after dynamic test with GnRH analogue: triptorelin represents a useful tool to evaluate tumoral hyperandrogenism.

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    Turra, J; Granzotto, M; Gallea, M; Faggian, D; Conte, L; Litta, P; Vettor, R; Mioni, R

    2015-01-01

    We report the case of a 15-year-old woman with signs of hyperandrogenism affected by a Sertoli-Leydig cell tumor (SLCT). In our patient, blood analysis showed a high testosterone (T) level (T: 8.53?nmol/L; nv?17-beta estradiol (E2) and T, from 2 to 18 times higher than healthy women. When we compared our patient with healthy men, we differently observed a comparable response of T. The response of our patient was also comparable with that observed in the PCOS group for E2. During the post-surgical follow up, the GnRH-analogue test of our patient showed a response of OHP, T, and E2 comparable with that of the PCOS group. The GnRH-analogue test is a useful tool to characterize steroidogenesis in SLCT. PMID:25299229

  4. Disrupted Organization of RFamide Pathways in the Hypothalamus Is Associated with Advanced Puberty in Female Rats Neonatally Exposed to Bisphenol A1

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    Losa-Ward, Sandra M.; Todd, Karina L.; McCaffrey, Katherine A.; Tsutsui, Kazuyoshi; Patisaul, Heather B.

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT Hypothalamic neurons, which produce the kisspeptin family of peptide hormones (Kp), are critical for initiating puberty and maintaining estrous cyclicity by stimulating gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) release. Conversely, RFamide-related peptide-3 (RFRP3) neurons inhibit GnRH activity. It has previously been shown that neonatal exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) can alter the timing of female pubertal onset and induce irregular estrous cycles or premature anestrus. Here we tested the hypothesis that disrupted ontogeny of RFamide signaling pathways may be a mechanism underlying advanced puberty. To test this, we used a transgenic strain of Wistar rats whose GnRH neurons express enhanced green fluorescent protein. Pups were exposed by daily subcutaneous injection to vehicle, 17beta-estradiol (E2), 50 ?g/kg BPA, or 50 mg/kg BPA, from Postnatal Day (PND) 0 through PND 3, and then cohorts were euthanized on PNDs 17, 21, 24, 28, and 33 (5–8 animals per age per exposure; males were collected on PNDs 21 and 33). Vaginal opening was advanced by E2 and 50 ?g/kg BPA. On PND 28, females exposed to E2 and 50 ?g/kg BPA had decreased RFRP-3 fiber density and contacts on GnRH neurons. RFRP3 perikarya were also decreased in females exposed to 50 ?g/kg BPA. Data suggest that BPA-induced premature puberty results from decreased inhibition of GnRH neurons. PMID:22572997

  5. Computational Estimates of Binding Affinities for Estrogen Receptor Isoforms in Rainbow Trout

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    Shyu, Conrad

    2009-01-01

    Molecular dynamics simulations are performed to determine the binding affinities between the hormone 17 beta-estradiol (E2) and different estrogen receptor (ER) isoforms in the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Previous studies have demonstrated that a recent, unique gene duplication of the ER alpha subtype created two isoforms ER alpha 1 and ER alpha 2, and an early secondary split of ER beta produced two distinct isoforms of ER beta 1 and ER beta 2 based on the phylogenetic analysis. The objective of our computational studies is to provide insight into the underlying evolutionary selection pressure on the ER isoforms. Our results show that E2 binds preferentially to ER alpha 1. This finding corresponds to the experimental results as the ERs evolved from gene duplication events are frequently free from selective pressure and should exhibit no deleterious effects. The E2, however, only binds slightly better to ER beta 2. Both isoforms remain competitive. This finding reflects the fact that since ER beta 2 ...

  6. Induction of osteoblast differentiation by selective activation of kinase-mediated actions of the estrogen receptor.

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    Kousteni, Stavroula; Almeida, Maria; Han, Li; Bellido, Teresita; Jilka, Robert L; Manolagas, Stavros C

    2007-02-01

    Estrogens control gene transcription by cis or trans interactions of the estrogen receptor (ER) with target DNA or via the activation of cytoplasmic kinases. We report that selective activation of kinase-mediated actions of the ER with 4-estren-3alpha,17beta-diol (estren) or an estradiol-dendrimer conjugate, each a synthetic compound that stimulates kinase-mediated ER actions 1,000 to 10,000 times more potently than direct DNA interactions, induced osteoblastic differentiation in established cell lines of uncommitted osteoblast precursors and primary cultures of osteoblast progenitors by stimulating Wnt and BMP-2 signaling in a kinase-dependent manner. In sharp contrast, 17beta-estradiol (E(2)) suppressed BMP-2-induced osteoblast progenitor commitment and differentiation. Consistent with the in vitro findings, estren, but not E(2), stimulated Wnt/beta-catenin-mediated transcription in T-cell factor-lacZ transgenic mice. Moreover, E(2) stimulated BMP signaling in mice in which ERalpha lacks DNA binding activity and classical estrogen response element-mediated transcription (ERalpha(NERKI/-)) but not in wild-type controls. This evidence reveals for the first time the existence of a large signalosome in which inputs from the ER, kinases, bone morphogenetic proteins, and Wnt signaling converge to induce differentiation of osteoblast precursors. ER can either induce it or repress it, depending on whether the activating ligand (and presumably the resulting conformation of the receptor protein) precludes or accommodates ERE-mediated transcription. PMID:17158928

  7. Antiestrogenic effects of marijuana smoke condensate and cannabinoid compounds.

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    Lee, Soo Yeun; Oh, Seung Min; Lee, Sang Ki; Chung, Kyu Hyuck

    2005-12-01

    The antiestrogenic effects of marijuana smoke condensate (MSC) and three major cannabinoids, ie., delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and cannabinol (CBN), were evaluated using in vitro bioassays, viz., the human breast cancer cell proliferation assay, the recombinant human estrogen receptor (ER) competitive binding assay, and the reporter gene assay. The inhibitory effects on estrogen were also examined using the ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD) assay, the aromatase assay, and the 17beta-estradiol (E2) metabolism assay. The results showed that MSC induced the antiestrogenic effect via the ER-mediated pathway, while THC, CBD, and CBN did not have any antiestrogenic activity. This suggests that the combined effects of the marijuana smoke components are responsible for the antiestrogenicity of marijuana use. In addition, MSC induced the CYP1A activity and the E2 metabolism, but inhibited the aromatase activity, suggesting that the antiestrogenic activity of MSC is also related to the indirect ER-dependent pathway, as a result of the depletion of the in situ E2 level available to bind to the ER. In conclusion, pyrogenic products including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the non-polar fraction, which is the most biologically active fraction among the seven fractions of MSC, might be responsible for the antiestrogenic effect. PMID:16392670

  8. Metabolism of testosterone by human granulosa cells in culture: influence of follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone

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    Moon, Y.S.; Duleba, A.; Leung, P.C.; Gomel, V.

    1982-03-15

    Human granulosa cells were isolated from follicles (8 to 15 mm) and cultivated for 24 hours in the presence or absence of follicle-stimulating hormone (NIH-FSH-HS-1, 1 microgram/ml) and luteinizing hormone (NIAMDD-hLH-1, 1 microgram/ml). Testosterone -4-14C was added subsequently to all cultures for 4-, 6-, and 24-hour periods. Of the seven metabolites of testosterone studied, 17 beta-estradiol (E2) and estrone (E1) were the major products. In all patients, levels of E2 were three to ten times higher than those of E1. Production of E2, but not E1, was stimulated by either follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) or luteinizing hormone (LH). The cells of the largest follicle (15 mm) showed greater response to LH than to FSH. Production of the other C19 and C18 metabolites was very low or negligible. These results further suggest that FSH regulates the aromatization of testosterone in human granulosa cells, and that LH may have the same effect on the matured follicle during the preovulatory period.

  9. Effects of postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy on ovarian function in women undergoing treatment for soft tissue sarcoma

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    Shamberger, R.C.; Sherins, R.J.; Ziegler, J.L.; Glatstein, E.; Rosenberg, S.A.

    1981-12-01

    Ovarian function was evaluated in 11 women 16 to 43 years of age at treatment who received doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and high doses of methotrexate with or without radiotherapy in adjuvant therapy of soft tissue sarcoma. Five women (16-33 yr old) who received chemotherapy alone or combined with radiotherapy only at sites distant from the ovaries (chest wall, thigh, and leg) had minimal menstrual irregularities or temporary cessation of menses during therapy; cyclic menses returned promptly after therapy. Gonadotropin levels (expressed as means +/- SD (follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), 10 +/- 5 mlU/ml; luteinizing hormone (LH), 10 +/- 4 mlU/ml) and 17 beta-estradiol (E2) levels (means +/- SD, 208 +/- 147 pg/ml) were normal. By contrast, 4 older women (ages 36-43 yr) who received similar treatment developed persistent amenorrhea with postmenopausal levels of gonadotropin (FSH, 108 +/- 29 mlU/ml; LH, 72 +/- 19 mlU/ml) and E2 (19 +/- 8 pg/ml). Two additional women (ages 21 and 39 yr) who received radiation (7,000 rad) to the pelvis plus chemotherapy developed prompt cessation of menses and became functional castrates (FSH, 77 and 80 mlU/ml; LH, 40 and 58 mlU/ml; E2, 10 and 19 pg/ml). However, this result would be expected from the radiation dose alone. The data demonstrated that ovarian dysfunction may follow the use of doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and high doses of methotrexate and that the injury is age related.

  10. Inhibition of E2F-mediated transcription by p202.

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    Choubey, D; Li, S J; Datta, B; Gutterman, J U; Lengyel, P

    1996-01-01

    Many of the antimicrobial, immunomodulatory and cell growth inhibitory activities of the interferons are mediated by interferon-inducible proteins. Earlier we characterized an interferon-inducible murine protein, p202, whose expression in transfected cells inhibits cell proliferation and which can form a complex with retinoblastoma protein (pRb). Here we report that in transfected cells expression of p202 inhibits E2F-stimulated transcription of a reporter gene and of endogenous genes. Inhibition of the transcriptional activity of E2F by p202 does not depend on fully functional pRb and is correlated with inhibition of the sequence-specific DNA binding of E2F. p202 interacts with the transcription factor E2F (E2F-1/DP-1) in vitro and in vivo. Inhibition of E2F activity by p202 may contribute to growth inhibition by the interferons. Images PMID:8896460

  11. Regulation of E2F-1 gene expression in human breast cancer cells 

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    Ngwenya, Sharon Khethiwe

    2005-08-29

    ...............................................................................108 26. Role of NF-YA on transactivation in cells transfected with pE2F-1k and pE2F-1jm1..................................................................................................109 27. Effects of NFYA on hormonal activation of p... containing the yeast GAL4 DNA binding domain fused to pM-NFYA and a construct containing five tandem GAL4 response elements. Subsequent studies showed that hormonal activation of pE2F-1jm1 and pM-NFYA are dependent on non-genomic pathways in which E2...

  12. Characterization of the nuclear localization signal of high risk HPV16 E2 protein

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    Klucevsek, Kristin; Wertz, Mary; Lucchi, John; Leszczynski, Anna; Moroianu, Junona . E-mail: moroianu@bc.edu

    2007-03-30

    The E2 protein of high risk human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16) contains an amino-terminal (N) domain, a hinge (H) region and a carboxyl-terminal (C) DNA-binding domain. Using enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) fusions with full length E2 and E2 domains in transfection assays in HeLa cells, we found that the C domain is responsible for the nuclear localization of E2 in vivo, whereas the N and H domains do not contain additional nuclear localization signals (NLSs). Deletion analysis of EGFP-E2 and EGFP-cE2 determined that the C domain contains an {alpha} helix cNLS that overlaps with the DNA-binding region. Mutational analysis revealed that the arginine and lysine residues in this cNLS are essential for nuclear localization of HPV16 E2. Interestingly, these basic amino acid residues are well conserved among the E2 proteins of BPV-1 and some high risk HPV types but not in the low risk HPV types, suggesting that there are differences between the NLSs and corresponding nuclear import pathways between these E2 proteins.

  13. A Role for E2F Activities in Determining the Fate of Myc-Induced Lymphomagenesis

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    Rempel, Rachel E.; Mori, Seiichi; Gasparetto, Maura; Glozak, Michele A.; Andrechek, Eran R.; Adler, Steven B.; Laakso, Nina M.; Lagoo, Anand S.; Storms, Robert; Smith, Clay; Nevins, Joseph R.

    2009-01-01

    The phenotypic heterogeneity that characterizes human cancers reflects the enormous genetic complexity of the oncogenic process. This complexity can also be seen in mouse models where it is frequently observed that in addition to the initiating genetic alteration, the resulting tumor harbors additional, somatically acquired mutations that affect the tumor phenotype. To investigate the role of genetic interactions in the development of tumors, we have made use of the E?-myc model of pre-B and B cell lymphoma. Since various studies point to a functional interaction between Myc and the Rb/E2F pathway, we have investigated the role of E2F activities in the process of Myc-induced lymphomagenesis. Whereas the absence of E2F1 and E2F3 function has no impact on Myc-mediated tumor development, the absence of E2F2 substantially accelerates the time of tumor onset. Conversely, tumor development is delayed by the absence of E2F4. The enhanced early onset of tumors seen in the absence of E2F2 coincides with an expansion of immature B lineage cells that are likely to be the target for Myc oncogenesis. In contrast, the absence of E2F4 mutes the response of the lineage to Myc and there is no expansion of immature B lineage cells. We also find that distinct types of tumors emerge from the E?-myc mice, distinguished by different patterns of gene expression, and that the relative proportions of these tumor types are affected by the absence of either E2F2 or E2F4. From these results, we conclude that there are several populations of tumors that arise from the E?-myc model, reflecting distinct populations of cells that are susceptible to Myc-mediated oncogenesis and that the proportion of these cell populations is affected by the presence or absence of E2F activities. PMID:19749980

  14. Fate, transport, and biodegradation of natural estrogens in the environment and engineered systems.

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    Khanal, Samir Kumar; Xie, Bin; Thompson, Michael L; Sung, Shihwu; Ong, Say-Kee; Van Leeuwent, J

    2006-11-01

    Natural steroidal estrogen hormones, e.g., estrone (E1), 17beta-estradiol (E2), estriol (E3), and 17alpha-estradiol (17alpha), are released by humans and livestock in the environment and are the most potent endocrine disrupters even at nanogram per liter levels. Published studies broadly conclude that conventional wastewater treatment is efficient in the removal of 17beta-estradiol (85-99%), but estrone removal is relatively poor (25-80%). The removal occurs mainly through sorption by sludge and subsequent biodegradation. The long solids retention time in wastewater treatment systems enhances estrogen removal due to longer exposure and the presence of a diverse microbial community, particularly nitrifiers. In spite of the treatment, the effluent from conventional biological wastewater treatment systems still contains estrogenic compounds at a level that may cause disruption of endocrine systems in some species. Advanced wastewater treatment systems such as membrane processes remove the estrogen compounds mainly through physical straining of particle-bound estrogens. Another major source, which accounts for 90% of the estrogen load, is animal manure from concentrated animal-feeding operations (CAFOs). Manure is not required to be treated in the United States as long as it is not discharged directly into water bodies. Thus, there is an urgent need to study the fate of animal-borne estrogens from these facilities into the environment. A number of studies have reported the feminization of male aquatic species in water bodies receiving the effluents from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) or surface runoff from fields amended with livestock manure and municipal biosolids. Estrogenicity monitoring studies have been conducted in more than 30 countries, and abundant research articles are now available in refereed journals. This review paper focuses on estrogen contributions by wastewater and livestock manure, their removal rate and mechanisms in an engineered system, and their transport and ultimate fate in an engineered system and the environment. The review aims to advance our understanding of fate, transport, and biodegradation of estrogen compounds and outlines some directions for future research. PMID:17144275

  15. Regulation of the Arf tumor suppressor by E2F transcription factors

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    Iaquinta, Phillip John

    2007-01-01

    Effective tumor suppression requires the appropriate function of two major signaling pathways, the pRB-E2F growth-control pathway and the p53 stress-response pathway. Members of the E2F family of transcription factors are ...

  16. 40 CFR Figure E-2 to Subpart E of... - Product Manufacturing Checklist

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    2010-07-01

    ...Testing Physical (Design) and Performance Characteristics of Reference Methods and Class I and Class II Equivalent Methods for PM2.5 or PM10â2.5 Pt. 53, Subpt. E, Fig. E-2 Figure E-2 to Subpart E of Part 53—Product Manufacturing...

  17. NRIP enhances HPV gene expression via interaction with either GR or E2

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    Chang, Szu-Wei; Lu, Pei-Yu; Guo, Jih-Huong; Tsai, Tzung-Chieh; Tsao, Yeou-Ping; Chen, Show-Li

    2012-02-05

    We previously identified a gene, nuclear receptor-interaction protein (NRIP), which functions as a transcription cofactor in glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and human papillomavirus E2 (HPV E2)-driven gene expression. Here, we comprehensively evaluated the role of NRIP in HPV-16 gene expression. NRIP acts as a transcription cofactor to enhance GR-regulated HPV-16 gene expression in the presence of hormone. NRIP also can form complex with E2 that caused NRIP-induced HPV gene expression via E2-binding sites in a hormone-independent manner. Furthermore, NRIP can associate with GR and E2 to form tri-protein complex to activate HPV gene expression via GRE, not the E2-binding site, in a hormone-dependent manner. These results indicate that NRIP and GR are viral E2-binding proteins and that NRIP regulates HPV gene expression via GRE and/or E2 binding site in the HPV promoter in a hormone-dependent or independent manner, respectively.

  18. 40 CFR Figure E-2 to Subpart E of... - Product Manufacturing Checklist

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    2011-07-01

    ...Characteristics of Reference Methods and Class I and Class II Equivalent Methods for PM2.5 or PM10â2.5 Pt. 53, Subpt. E, Fig. E-2 Figure E-2 to Subpart E of Part 53—Product Manufacturing Checklist PRODUCT MANUFACTURING CHECKLIST...

  19. THE HEPATITIS C VIRUS E2p7 LOCALIZATION AND TOPOLOGY IN A RECOMBINANT SYSTEM

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    THE HEPATITIS C VIRUS E2p7 LOCALIZATION AND TOPOLOGY IN A RECOMBINANT SYSTEM COSTIN I. POPESCU,1, 2 Road, Oxford, OX1 3QU, United Kingdom (Received September 1, 2009) The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) genome cleavage at the E2/p7 site is not regulated by changes in p7 membrane topology. Key words: hepatitis C

  20. Overexpression of E2F3 promotes proliferation of functional human ? cells without induction of apoptosis

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    Rady, Brian; Chen, Yanmei; Vaca, Pilar; Wang, Qian; Wang, Yong; Salmon, Patrick; Oberholzer, José

    2013-01-01

    The mechanisms that control proliferation, or lack thereof, in adult human ? cells are poorly understood. Controlled induction of proliferation could dramatically expand the clinical application of islet cell transplantation and represents an important component of regenerative approaches to a functional cure of diabetes. Adult human ? cells are particularly resistant to common proliferative targets and often dedifferentiate during proliferation. Here we show that expression of the transcription factor E2F3 has a role in regulating ?-cell quiescence and proliferation. We found human islets have virtually no expression of the pro-proliferative G1/S transcription factors E2F1–3, but an abundance of inhibitory E2Fs 4–6. In proliferative human insulinomas, inhibitory E2Fs were absent, while E2F3 is expressed. Using this pattern as a “roadmap” for proliferation, we demonstrated that ectopic expression of nuclear E2F3 induced significant expansion of insulin-positive cells in both rat and human islets. These cells did not undergo apoptosis and retained their glucose-responsive insulin secretion, showing the ability to reverse diabetes in mice. Our results suggest that E2F4–6 may help maintain quiescence in human ? cells and identify E2F3 as a novel target to induce proliferation of functional ? cells. Refinement of this approach may increase the islets available for cell-based therapies and research and could provide important cues for understanding in vivo proliferation of ? cells. PMID:23907129

  1. 76 FR 75774 - Targeted Populations Under Section 45D(e)(2)

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    ...TD 9560] RIN 1545-BE89 Targeted Populations Under Section 45D(e)(2) AGENCY...how an entity serving certain targeted populations can meet the requirements to be a qualified...provide rules relating to certain targeted populations under section 45D(e)(2). On...

  2. Cell cycle-related transformation of the E2F4-p130 repressor complex

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    Popov, Boris . E-mail: popov_478@hotmail.com; Chang, L.-S.; Serikov, Vladimir

    2005-10-28

    During G0 phase the p130, member of the pRb tumor suppressor protein family, forms a repressor complex with E2F4 which is inactivated in G1/S by hyperphosphorylation of the p130. The role of p130 after G1/S remains poorly investigated. We found that in nuclear extracts of T98G cells, the p130-E2F4-DNA (pp-E2F4) complex does not dissociate at G1/S transition, but instead reverts to the p130-E2F4-cyclin E/A-cdk2 (cyc/cdk-pp-E2F4) complex, which is detected in S and G2/M phases of the cell cycle. Hyperphosphorylation of the p130 at G1/S transition is associated with a decrease of its total amount; however, this protein is still detected during the rest of the cell cycle, and it is increasingly hyperphosphorylated in the cytosol, but continuously dephosphorylated in the nucleus. Both nuclear and cytosol cell fractions in T98G cells contain a hyperphosphorylated form of p130 in complex with E2F4 at S and G2/M cell cycle phases. In contrast to T98G cells, transformation of the p130 containing cyc/cdk-pp-E2F4 complex into the p130-pp-E2F4 repressor does not occur in HeLa cells under growth restriction conditions.

  3. Specific estrogen-induced cell proliferation of cultured Syrian hamster renal proximal tubular cells in serum-free chemically defined media

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    Oberley, T.D.; Lauchner, L.J.; Pugh, T.D.; Gonzalez, A.; Goldfarb, S. ); Li, S.A.; Li, J.J. )

    1989-03-01

    It has long been recognized that the renal proximal tubular epithelium of the hamster is a bona fide estrogen target tissue. The effect of estrogens on the growth of proximal tubule cell explants and dissociated single cells derived from these explant outgrowths has been studied in culture. Renal tubular cells were grown on a PF-HR-9 basement membrane under serum-free chemically defined culture conditions. At 7-14 days in culture, cell number was enhanced 3-fold in the presence of either 17{beta}-estradiol or diethylstilbestrol. A similar 3-fold increase in cell number was also seen at 1 nM 17{beta}-estradiol in subcultured dissociated single tubular cells derived from hamster renal tubular explant outgrowths at 21 days in culture. Concomitant exposure of tamoxifen at 3-fold molar excess in culture completely abolished the increase in cell number seen with 17{beta}-estradiol. The proliferation effect of estrogens on proximal tubular cell growth appears to be species specific since 17{beta}-estradiol did not alter the growth of either rat or guinea pig proximal tubules in culture. In addition, at 7-10 days in culture in the presence of 17{beta}-estradiol, ({sup 3}H)thymidine labeling of hamster tubular cells was enhanced 3-fold. These results clearly indicate that estrogens can directly induce primary epithelial cell proliferation at physiologic concentrations and provide strong additional evidence for an important hormonal role in the neoplastic transformation of the hamster kidney.

  4. Involvement of G protein-coupled receptor 30 (GPR30) in rapid action of estrogen in primate LHRH neurons.

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    Noel, Sekoni D; Keen, Kim L; Baumann, David I; Filardo, Edward J; Terasawa, Ei

    2009-03-01

    Previously, we have reported that 17beta-estradiol (E(2)) induces an increase in firing activity of primate LH-releasing hormone (LHRH) neurons. The present study investigates whether E(2) alters LHRH release as well as the pattern of intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)](i)) oscillations and whether G protein-coupled receptor 30 (GPR30) plays a role in mediating the rapid E(2) action in primate LHRH neurons. Results are summarized: 1) E(2), the nuclear membrane-impermeable estrogen, estrogen-dendrimer conjugate, and the plasma membrane-impermeable estrogen, E(2)-BSA conjugate, all stimulated LHRH release within 10 min of exposure; 2) whereas the estrogen receptor antagonist, ICI 182,780, did not block the E(2)-induced LHRH release, E(2) application to cells treated with pertussis toxin failed to induce LHRH release; 3) GPR30 mRNA was expressed in olfactory placode cultures, and GPR30 protein was expressed in a subset of LHRH neurons; 4) pertussis toxin treatment blocked the E(2)-induced increase in [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations; 5) knockdown of GPR30 in primate LHRH neurons by transfection with small interfering RNA (siRNA) for GPR30 completely abrogated the E(2)-induced changes in [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations, whereas transfection with control siRNA did not; 6) the estrogen-dendrimer conjugate-induced increase in [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations also did not occur in LHRH neurons transfected with GPR30 siRNA; and 7) G1, a GPR30 agonist, resulted in changes in [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations, similar to those observed with E(2). Collectively, E(2) induces a rapid excitatory effect on primate LHRH neurons, and this rapid action of E(2) appears to be mediated, in part, through GPR30. PMID:19131510

  5. Measurement of the optical dielectric function of monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides: MoS2, Mo S e2 , WS2, and WS e2

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    Li, Yilei; Chernikov, Alexey; Zhang, Xian; Rigosi, Albert; Hill, Heather M.; van der Zande, Arend M.; Chenet, Daniel A.; Shih, En-Min; Hone, James; Heinz, Tony F.

    2014-11-01

    We report a determination of the complex in-plane dielectric function of monolayers of four transition-metal dichalcogenides: Mo S2 , Mo S e2 , W S2 , and WS e2 , for photon energies from 1.5 to 3 eV. The results were obtained from reflection spectra using a Kramers-Kronig constrained variational analysis. From the dielectric functions, we obtain the absolute absorbance of the monolayers. We also provide a comparison of the dielectric function for the monolayers with the corresponding bulk materials.

  6. Tables of E2 Transition Probabilities from the first $2^{+}$ States in Even-Even Nuclei

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    B. Pritychenko; M. Birch; B. Singh; M. Horoi

    2015-10-02

    Experimental results of E2 transition probabilities or B(E2) values for the known first 2$^{+}$ states in 447 even-even nuclei have been compiled and evaluated. The evaluation policies for the analysis of experimental data have been described and new results are discussed. The recommended B(E2) values have been compared with comprehensive shell model calculations for a selected set of nuclei, where such theoretical procedures are amenable. The present work was motivated by a rapid increase in the number of new B(E2) measurements for the first 2$^{+}$ states since the previous evaluation of such data by S. Raman {\\it et al.} published in 2001. Future plans to investigate the systematics of B(E2)$\\uparrow$ values, and intercomparison of different experimental techniques to obtain these data are outlined.

  7. E2F Transcription Factors Control the Roller Coaster Ride of Cell Cycle Gene Expression.

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    Thurlings, Ingrid; de Bruin, Alain

    2016-01-01

    Initially, the E2F transcription factor was discovered as a factor able to bind the adenovirus E2 promoter and activate viral genes. Afterwards it was shown that E2F also binds to promoters of nonviral genes such as C-MYC and DHFR, which were already known at that time to be important for cell growth and DNA metabolism, respectively. These findings provided the first clues that the E2F transcription factor might be an important regulator of the cell cycle. Since this initial discovery in 1987, several additional E2F family members have been identified, and more than 100 targets genes have been shown to be directly regulated by E2Fs, the majority of these are important for controlling the cell cycle. The progression of a cell through the cell cycle is accompanied with the increased expression of a specific set of genes during one phase of the cell cycle and the decrease of the same set of genes during a later phase of the cell cycle. This roller coaster ride, or oscillation, of gene expression is essential for the proper progression through the cell cycle to allow accurate DNA replication and cell division. The E2F transcription factors have been shown to be critical for the temporal expression of the oscillating cell cycle genes. This review will focus on how the oscillation of E2Fs and their targets is regulated by transcriptional, post-transcriptional and post-translational mechanism in mammals, yeast, flies, and worms. Furthermore, we will discuss the functional impact of E2Fs on the cell cycle progression and outline the consequences when E2F expression is disturbed. PMID:26254918

  8. Comparative study of the reproductive characteristics of XY male and hormonally sex-reversed XX male Eurasian perch, Perca fluviatilis.

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    Rougeot, Carole; Nicayenzi, Félix; Mandiki, S N M; Rurangwa, Eugène; Kestemont, Patrick; Mélard, Charles

    2004-09-01

    In order to compare the reproductive capacity of XY male versus XX male (neomales) Eurasian perch (Perca fluviatilis), we determined the sperm quality (sperm concentration and motility) and reproductive characteristics such as gonadosomatic index (GSI), fertilization rate and sex steroid levels (testosterone, T; 17beta-estradiol, E2 and 11-ketotestosterone, 11KT) during the reproductive season. Median GSI was not significantly different between XY males (7.9%) and XX males (7.5%). Fertilization rates ranged between 30.0 and 98.0%. Sperm concentration ranged between 27.9 x 10(9) and 42.0 x 10(9) spermatozoa ml(-1). Median level of T, 11KT and E2 levels increased in the middle of the reproductive season (2136.0, 2409.0 and 3252.0 pg ml(-1), respectively) and decreased at the end (1657.0, 2006.6 and 431.0 pg ml(-1), respectively). Sperm motility was assessed by CASA and expressed by the curvilinear velocity (VCL), straight line velocity (VSL), average path velocity (VAP), linearity (LIN), percentage of motile sperm (% MOT) and motile concentration (MOC). Overall, there were not any significant differences between XY and XX males. In conclusion, no differences of reproductive capacities were observed between XY males and XX males suggesting that the last can be crossed with females to improve the productivity of Eurasian perch by producing all-female stock. PMID:15251230

  9. G protein-coupled receptor 30 is an estrogen receptor in the plasma membrane

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    Funakoshi, Takeshi; Yanai, Akie; Shinoda, Koh; Kawano, Michio M.; Mizukami, Yoichi . E-mail: mizukami@yamaguchi-u.ac.jp

    2006-08-04

    Recently, GPR30 was reported to be a novel estrogen receptor; however, its intracellular localization has remained controversial. To investigate the intracellular localization of GPR30 in vivo, we produced four kinds of polyclonal antibodies for distinct epitopes on GPR30. Immunocytochemical observations using anti-GPR30 antibody and anti-FLAG antibody show that FLAG-GPR30 localizes to the plasma membrane 24 h after transfection. Treatment with estrogen (17{beta}-estradiol or E2) causes an elevation in the intracellular Ca{sup 2+} concentration ([Ca{sup 2+}]{sub i}) within 10 s in HeLa cells expressing FLAG-GPR30. In addition, E2 induces the translocation of GPR30 from the plasma membrane to the cytoplasm by 1 h after stimulation. Immunohistochemical analysis shows that GPR30 exists on the cell surface of CA2 pyramidal neuronal cells. The images on transmission electron microscopy show that GPR30 is localized to a particular region associated with the plasma membranes of the pyramidal cells. These data indicate that GPR30, a transmembrane receptor for estrogen, is localized to the plasma membrane of CA2 pyramidal neuronal cells of the hippocampus in rat brain.

  10. Short-term exposure to a 1439-MHz TDMA signal exerts no estrogenic effect in rats.

    PubMed

    Yamashita, Hiroharu; Hata, Keisuke; Yamaguchi, Hironori; Tsurita, Giichiro; Wake, Kanako; Watanabe, Soichi; Taki, Masao; Ueno, Shoogo; Nagawa, Hirokazu

    2010-10-01

    The aim of this study was to elucidate the possible effects of short-term exposure to a 1439-MHz electromagnetic field (EMF) employing time division multiple access (TDMA), which is the basis of the Japanese Personal Digital Cellular system, on estrogenic activity in rats. Sixty-four ovariectomized female Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: EMF exposure (EM), sham exposure, cage control, and 17 beta-estradiol injected (E2). The EM group was exposed, for 4?h per day on three consecutive days, to the 1439-MHz TDMA signal that produced 5.5-6.1 and 0.88-0.99?W/kg average specific absorption rates in the brain and the whole body, respectively. The uterine wet mass and serum estradiol level significantly increased in the E2 group, while there were no differences among the other three groups. Although negative effects of long-term EMF exposure must be thoroughly investigated before a final conclusion can be reached, our results do not support the assumption that the high frequency EMF used in cellular phones exerts estrogenic activity. PMID:20607740

  11. The G protein-coupled receptor GPR30 mediates the proliferative and invasive effects induced by hydroxytamoxifen in endometrial cancer cells

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    Du, Gui-Qiang; Zhou, Long; Chen, Xiao-Yue; Wan, Xiao-Ping; He, Yin-Yan

    2012-04-06

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We assessed hydroxytamoxifen (OHT) effects in two endometrial cancer cell lines. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer GPR30 mediates the proliferative effects induced by OHT. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer GPR30 mediates the invasive effects induced by OHT. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer GPR30 expression was up-regulated by OHT in endometrial cancer cell line. -- Abstract: The selective ER modulator tamoxifen (TAM) is the most widely used ER antagonist for treatment of women with hormone-dependent breast tumor. However, long-term treatment is associated with an increased risk of endometrial cancer. The aim of the present study was to demonstrate new insight into the role of G-protein coupled receptor 30 (GPR30) in the activity of TAM, which promoted endometrial cancer. In endometrial cancer cell lines ISHIKAWA and KLE, the potential of 4-hydroxytamoxifen (OHT), the active metabolite of TAM, 17{beta}-estradiol (E2) and G1, a non-steroidal GPR30-specific agonist to promote cell proliferation and invasion was evaluated. All agents above induced high proliferative and invasive effects, while the down-regulation of GPR30 or the interruption of MAPK signal pathway partly or completely prevented the action of the regent. Moreover, the RNA and protein expression of GPR30 was up-regulated by G1, E2 or OHT in both cell lines. The present study provided a new insight into the mechanism involved in the agonistic activity exerted by TAM in the uterus.

  12. Effects of estrogen and gender on cataractogenesis induced by high-LET radiation

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    Henderson, M.A.; Rusek, A.; Valluri, S.; Garrett, J.; Lopez, J.; Caperell-Grant, A.; Mendonca, M.; Bigsby, R.; Dynlacht, J.

    2010-02-01

    Planning for long-duration manned lunar and interplanetary missions requires an understanding of radiation-induced cataractogenesis. Previously, it was demonstrated that low-linear energy transfer (LET) irradiation with 10 Gy of {sup 60}Co {gamma} rays resulted in an increased incidence of cataracts in male rats compared to female rats. This gender difference was not due to differences in estrogen, since male rats treated with the major secreted estrogen 17-{beta}-estradiol (E2) showed an identical increase compared to untreated males. We now compare the incidence and rate of progression of cataracts induced by high-LET radiation in male and female Sprague-Dawley rats. Rats received a single dose of 1 Gy of 600 MeV {sup 56}Fe ions. Lens opacification was measured at 2-4 week intervals with a slit lamp. The incidence and rate of progression of radiation-induced cataracts was significantly increased in the animals in which estrogen was available from endogenous or exogenous sources. Male rats with E2 capsules implanted had significantly higher rates of progression compared to male rats with empty capsules implanted (P = 0.025) but not compared to the intact female rats. These results contrast with data obtained after low-LET irradiation and suggest the possibility that the different types of damage caused by high- and low-LET radiation may be influenced differentially by steroid sex hormones.

  13. Profiles of sex steroids, fecundity, and spawning of the curimatã-pacu Prochilodus argenteus in the São Francisco River, downstream from the Três Marias Dam, Southeastern Brazil.

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    Arantes, Fábio P; Santos, Helio B; Rizzo, Elizete; Sato, Yoshimi; Bazzoli, Nilo

    2010-04-01

    The present study evaluated for the first time sex steroid profiles and fecundity in females of Prochilodus argenteus from two sections of the São Francisco River Brazil, downstream from the Três Marias Dam, which influences characteristics of their water habitat. The model species in the study, P. argenteus, is an important commercial and recreational species in Brazil. In the region closest to the dam (section 1), females did not reach final oocyte maturation, failed to spawn, and displayed lesser circulating concentrations of testosterone, 17(-hydroxyprogesterone (17(-P) and 17beta-estradiol (E2) than those farther downstream of the dam (section 2). The endocrine and fecundity deficiencies probably are attributed to lower water temperature and oxygen concentration in (section 1). The follicular atresia rate in the region closest to the dam (26%) was greater than those fish captured farther downstream of the dam (13%), after the Abaeté River (section 2). Variations in testosterone, E2 and 17(-P concentrations in section 2, followed gonadal maturation which are typical features of species which have seasonal reproduction, group-synchronous oocyte development, and are single batch spawners such as P. argenteus. Results document the first evidence of endocrine and reproductive dysfunctions caused by inadequate water conditions in a wild population of the migratory species P. argenteus in the São Francisco River, downstream from the Três Marias dam. PMID:19683404

  14. Effects of atrazine on hepatic metabolism and endocrine homeostasis in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

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    Salaberria, Iurgi Hansen, Bjorn Henrik; Asensio, Vega; Olsvik, Pal A.; Andersen, Rolf A.; Jenssen, Bjorn Munro

    2009-01-01

    The herbicide atrazine (ATZ) is one of the most widely used pesticides in the world and is now under scrutiny for its alleged capacity to disrupt the endocrine system. Exhibiting negligible interaction with the estrogen receptor (ER), ATZ's mode of action remains to be elucidated. ATZ may act as an inducer of the enzyme aromatase, which converts androgens to estrogens, although other mechanisms should also be taken into consideration such as impairment of hepatic metabolism. Therefore we administered juvenile rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) a dose of either 2 or 200 {mu}g ATZ/kg, or of carrier control phosphate buffered saline (PBS) and we measured plasma concentrations of testosterone (T), 17beta-estradiol (E2) and vitellogenin (Vtg) 6 days after exposure. Simultaneously we analyzed hepatic gene expression of cytochrome P450 (CYP) 1A and pi-class glutathione S-transferase (GST-P), and catalase (CAT) activity. Although sex steroid levels showed no significant alterations, we found a dose-dependent increase in Vtg and a concomitant decrease in CYP1A. There was no effect of ATZ on GST-P mRNA levels but GST-P was positively correlated with CYP1A. Also, CYP1A was negatively correlated with liver CAT and E2, and varied with T concentrations in a hormetic manner. The results showed that ATZ can alter hepatic metabolism, induce estrogenic effects and oxidative stress in vivo, and that these effects are linked.

  15. Materials characterization activities for %E2%80%9CTake Our Sons&Daughters to Work Day%E2%80%9D 2013.

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    Mowry, Curtis Dale; Pimentel, Adam S.; Sparks, Elizabeth Schares; Hanlon, Brittany Paula

    2013-09-01

    We created interactive demonstration activities for Take Our Daughters&Sons to Work Day (TODSTWD) 2013 in order to promote general interest in chemistry and also generate awareness of the type of work our laboratories can perform. %E2%80%9CCurious about Mars Rover Curiosity?%E2%80%9D performed an elemental analysis on rocks brought to our lab using the same technique utilized on the planet Mars by the NASA robotic explorer Curiosity. %E2%80%9CFood is Chemistry?%E2%80%9D utilized a mass spectrometer to measure, in seconds, each participant's breath in order to identify the food item consumed for the activity. A total of over 130 children participated in these activities over a 3 hour block, and feedback was positive. This document reports the materials (including handouts), experimental procedures, and lessons learned so that future demonstrations can benefit from the baseline work performed. We also present example results used to prepare the Food activity and example results collected during the Curiosity demo.

  16. Oncogenic ETS fusions deregulate E2F3 target genes in Ewing sarcoma and prostate cancer

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    Bilke, Sven; Schwentner, Raphaela; Yang, Fan; Kauer, Maximilian; Jug, Gunhild; Walker, Robert L.; Davis, Sean; Zhu, Yuelin J.; Pineda, Marbin; Meltzer, Paul S.; Kovar, Heinrich

    2013-01-01

    Deregulated E2F transcription factor activity occurs in the vast majority of human tumors and has been solidly implicated in disturbances of cell cycle control, proliferation, and apoptosis. Aberrant E2F regulatory activity is often caused by impairment of control through pRB function, but little is known about the interplay of other oncoproteins with E2F. Here we show that ETS transcription factor fusions resulting from disease driving rearrangements in Ewing sarcoma (ES) and prostate cancer (PC) are one such class of oncoproteins. We performed an integrative study of genome-wide DNA-binding and transcription data in EWSR1/FLI1 expressing ES and TMPRSS2/ERG containing PC cells. Supported by promoter activity and mutation analyses, we demonstrate that a large fraction of E2F3 target genes are synergistically coregulated by these aberrant ETS proteins. We propose that the oncogenic effect of ETS fusion oncoproteins is in part mediated by the disruptive effect of the E2F–ETS interaction on cell cycle control. Additionally, a detailed analysis of the regulatory targets of the characteristic EWSR1/FLI1 fusion in ES identifies two functionally distinct gene sets. While synergistic regulation in concert with E2F in the promoter of target genes has a generally activating effect, EWSR1/FLI1 binding independent of E2F3 is predominantly associated with repressed differentiation genes. Thus, EWSR1/FLI1 appears to promote oncogenesis by simultaneously promoting cell proliferation and perturbing differentiation. PMID:23940108

  17. E2 ubiquitin conjugating enzymes regulate the deubiquitinating activity of OTUB1

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    Wiener, Reuven; DiBello, Anthony T.; Lombardi, Patrick; Guzzo, Catherine M.; Zhang, Xiangbin; Matunis, Michael J.; Wolberger, Cynthia

    2014-01-01

    OTUB1 is a Lys48-specific deubiquitinating enzyme that forms a complex in vivo with E2 ubiquitin conjugating enzymes including UBC13 and UBCH5. OTUB1 binds to E2~Ub thioester intermediates and prevent ubiquitin transfer, thereby non-catalytically inhibiting accumulation of polyubiquitin. We report here that a second role of OTUB1-E2 interactions is to stimulate OTUB1 cleavage of Lys48 polyubiquitin, and that this stimulation is regulated by the ratio of charged to uncharged E2 and by the concentration of Lys48-linked polyubiquitin and free ubiquitin. Structural and biochemical studies of human and worm OTUB1 and UBCH5B show that the E2 stimulates binding of the Lys48 polyubiquitin substrate by stabilizing folding of the OTUB1 N-terminal ubiquitin-binding helix. Our results suggest that OTUB1-E2 complexes in the cell are poised to regulate polyubiquitin chain elongation or degradation in response to changing levels of E2 charging and available free ubiquitin. PMID:23955022

  18. Transcriptional Regulation of the Human Tumor Suppressor DOK1 by E2F1

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    Siouda, Maha; Yue, Jiping; Shukla, Ruchi; Guillermier, Sophie; Herceg, Zdenko; Creveaux, Marion; Accardi, Rosita; Tommasino, Massimo

    2012-01-01

    The expression of the tumor suppressor DOK1 is repressed in a variety of human tumors as a result of hypermethylation of its promoter region. However, the molecular mechanisms by which DOK1 expression is regulated have been poorly investigated. Here, we show that the expression of DOK1 is regulated mainly by the transcription factor E2F1. We identified three putative E2F1 response elements (EREs) in the DOK1 promoter region. E2F1 had a relatively higher binding affinity for the ERE located between bp ?498 and ?486 compared with the other two EREs. E2F1 gene silencing strongly inhibited DOK1 expression. E2F1-driven DOK1 transcription occurred in the presence of cellular stresses, such as accumulation of DNA damage induced by etoposide. DOK1 silencing promoted cell proliferation and protected against etoposide-induced apoptosis, indicating that DOK1 acts as a key mediator of cellular stress-induced cell death. Most importantly, we observed that DNA methylation of the DOK1 core promoter region found in head and neck cancer cell lines hampered the recruitment of E2F1 to the DOK1 promoter and compromised DOK1 expression. In summary, our data show that E2F1 is a key factor in DOK1 expression and provide novel insights into the regulation of these events in cancer cells. PMID:23028047

  19. p45 NF-E2 regulates expression of thromboxane synthase in megakaryocytes.

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    Deveaux, S; Cohen-Kaminsky, S; Shivdasani, R A; Andrews, N C; Filipe, A; Kuzniak, I; Orkin, S H; Roméo, P H; Mignotte, V

    1997-01-01

    Transcription factor p45 NF-E2 is highly expressed in the erythroid and megakaryocytic lineages. Although p45 recognizes regulatory regions of several erythroid genes, mice deficient for this protein display only mild dyserythropoiesis but have abnormal megakaryocytes and lack circulating platelets. A number of megakaryocytic marker genes have been extensively studied, but none of them is regulated by NF-E2. To find target genes for p45 NF-E2 in megakaryopoiesis, we used an in vivo immunoselection assay: genomic fragments bound to p45 NF-E2 in the chromatin of a megakaryocytic cell line were immunoprecipitated with an anti-p45 antiserum and cloned. One of these fragments belongs to the second intron of the thromboxane synthase gene (TXS). We demonstrate that the TXS gene, which is mainly expressed in megakaryocytes, is indeed directly regulated by p45 NF-E2. First, its promoter contains a functional NF-E2 binding site; second, the intronic NF-E2 binding site is located within a chromatin-dependent enhancer element; third, p45-null murine megakaryocytes do not express detectable TXS mRNA, although TXS expression can be detected in other cells. These data, and the structure of the TXS promoter and enhancer, suggest that TXS belongs to a distinct subgroup of genes involved in platelet formation and function. PMID:9312024

  20. Erythropoiesis and globin gene expression in mice lacking the transcription factor NF-E2.

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    Shivdasani, R A; Orkin, S H

    1995-01-01

    Previous studies in transgenic mice and cultured cells have indicated that the major enhancer function for erythroid cell expression of the globin genes is provided by the heterodimeric basic-leucine zipper transcription factor NF-E2. Globin gene expression within cultured mouse erythroleukemia cells is highly dependent on NF-E2. To examine the requirement for this factor in vivo, we used homologous recombination in embryonic stem cells to generate mice lacking the hematopoietic-specific subunit, p45 NF-E2. The most dramatic aspect of the homozygous mutant mice was an absence of circulating platelets, which led to the death of most animals due to hemorrhage. In contrast, the effect of loss of NF-E2 on the erythroid lineage was surprisingly mild. Although neonates exhibited severe anemia and dysmorphic red-cell changes, probably compounded by concomitant bleeding, surviving adults exhibited only mild changes consistent with a small decrease in the hemoglobin content per cell. p45 NF-E2-null mice responded to anemia with compensatory reticulocytosis and splenomegaly. Globin chain synthesis was balanced, and switching from fetal to adult globins progressed normally. Although these findings are consistent with the substitution of NF-E2 function in vivo by one or more compensating proteins, gel shift assays using nuclear extracts from p45 NF-E2-null mice failed to reveal novel complexes formed on an NF-E2 binding site. Thus, regulation of globin gene transcription through NF-E2 binding sites in vivo is more complex than has been previously appreciated. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Fig. 4 PMID:7567998

  1. Rendezvous with Toutatis from the Moon: The Chang'e-2 mission

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    Huang, J.; Tang, X.; Meng, L.

    2014-07-01

    Chang'e-2 probe was the second lunar probe of China, with the main objectives to demonstrate some key features of the new lunar soft landing technology, and its applications to future exploration missions. After completing the planned mission successfully, Chang'e-2 flew away from the Moon and entered into the interplanetary space. Later, at a distance of 7 million km from the Earth, Chang'e-2 encountered asteroid (4179) Toutatis with a very close fly-by distance and obtained colorful images with a 3-m resolution. Given some surplus velocity increment as well as the promotion of autonomous flight ability and improvement of control, propulsion, and thermal systems in the initial design, Chang'e-2 had the capabilities necessary for escaping from the Moon. By taking advantage of the unique features of the Lagrangian point, the first close fly-by of asteroid Toutatis was realized despite the tight constraints of propellant allocation, spacecraft-Earth communication, and coordination of execution sequences. Chang'e-2 realized the Toutatis flyby with a km-level distance at closest approach. In the absence of direct measurement method, based on the principle of relative navigation and through the use of the sequence of target images, we calculated the rendezvous parameters such as relative distance and image resolution. With the help of these parameters, some fine and new scientific discoveries about the asteroid were obtained by techniques of optical measurements and image processing. Starting with an innovative design, followed by high-fidelity testing and demonstration, elaborative implementation, and optimal usage of residual propellant, Chang'e-2 has for the first time successfully explored the Moon, L2 point and an asteroid, while achieving the purpose of 'faster, better, cheaper'. What Chang'e-2 has accomplished was far beyond our expectations. *J. Huang is the chief designer (PI) of Chang'e-2 probe, planned Chang'e-2's multi-objective and multitasking exploration mission.

  2. 26 CFR 301.6223(e)-2 - Elections if Internal Revenue Service fails to provide timely notice.

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    2013-04-01

    ... years beginning prior to October 4, 2001, see § 301.6223(e)-2T contained in 26 CFR part 1, revised April... provide timely notice. 301.6223(e)-2 Section 301.6223(e)-2 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE... In General § 301.6223(e)-2 Elections if Internal Revenue Service fails to provide timely notice....

  3. 26 CFR 301.6223(e)-2 - Elections if Internal Revenue Service fails to provide timely notice.

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    2012-04-01

    ... years beginning prior to October 4, 2001, see § 301.6223(e)-2T contained in 26 CFR part 1, revised April... provide timely notice. 301.6223(e)-2 Section 301.6223(e)-2 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE... In General § 301.6223(e)-2 Elections if Internal Revenue Service fails to provide timely notice....

  4. 26 CFR 301.6223(e)-2 - Elections if Internal Revenue Service fails to provide timely notice.

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    ... years beginning prior to October 4, 2001, see § 301.6223(e)-2T contained in 26 CFR part 1, revised April... provide timely notice. 301.6223(e)-2 Section 301.6223(e)-2 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE... In General § 301.6223(e)-2 Elections if Internal Revenue Service fails to provide timely notice....

  5. 26 CFR 301.6223(e)-2 - Elections if Internal Revenue Service fails to provide timely notice.

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    2014-04-01

    ... years beginning prior to October 4, 2001, see § 301.6223(e)-2T contained in 26 CFR part 1, revised April... provide timely notice. 301.6223(e)-2 Section 301.6223(e)-2 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE... In General § 301.6223(e)-2 Elections if Internal Revenue Service fails to provide timely notice....

  6. 26 CFR 301.6223(e)-2 - Elections if Internal Revenue Service fails to provide timely notice.

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    ... years beginning prior to October 4, 2001, see § 301.6223(e)-2T contained in 26 CFR part 1, revised April... provide timely notice. 301.6223(e)-2 Section 301.6223(e)-2 Internal Revenue INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE... In General § 301.6223(e)-2 Elections if Internal Revenue Service fails to provide timely notice....

  7. A Proposal for Integrated Efficacy-to-Effectiveness (E2E) Clinical Trials

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    Selker, H. P.

    We propose an “efficacy-to-effectiveness” (E2E) clinical trial design, in which an effectiveness trial would commence seamlessly upon completion of the efficacy trial. Efficacy trials use inclusion/exclusion criteria to ...

  8. Physik E2 (SS 2007) Prof. Roland Kersting Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitt Terahertz Gruppe

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    Kersting, Roland

    Physik E2 (SS 2007) Prof. Roland Kersting Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Terahertz Gruppe München. (b) Bestimmen Sie mit Hilfe der Maxwell-Boltzmann-Verteilung die mitt- lere Auslenkung ¯. (c) Nehmen

  9. The RB/E2F pathway and regulation of RNA processing

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    Ahlander, Joseph; Bosco, Giovanni

    2009-07-03

    The retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein (RB) is inactivated in a majority of cancers. RB restricts cell proliferation by inhibiting the E2F family of transcription factors. The current model for RB/E2F function describes its role in regulating transcription at gene promoters. Whether the RB or E2F proteins might play a role in gene expression beyond transcription initiation is not well known. This review describes evidence that points to a novel role for the RB/E2F network in the regulation of RNA processing, and we propose a model as a framework for future research. The elucidation of a novel role of RB in RNA processing will have a profound impact on our understanding of the role of this tumor suppressor family in cell and developmental biology.

  10. 26 CFR 1.860E-2 - Tax on transfers of residual interests to certain organizations.

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    2010-04-01

    ...INCOME TAXES Real Estate Investment Trusts § 1.860E-2 Tax on transfers...liquidation provided for in the REMIC's organizational documents. (4) Present value computation...in determining real estate investment trust taxable income under section...

  11. Anisotropic magnetotransport and exotic longitudinal linear magnetoresistance in WT e2 crystals

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    Zhao, Yanfei; Liu, Haiwen; Yan, Jiaqiang; An, Wei; Liu, Jun; Zhang, Xi; Wang, Huichao; Liu, Yi; Jiang, Hua; Li, Qing; Wang, Yong; Li, Xin-Zheng; Mandrus, David; Xie, X. C.; Pan, Minghu; Wang, Jian

    2015-07-01

    The WT e2 semimetal, as a typical layered transition-metal dichalcogenide, has recently attracted much attention due to an extremely large, nonsaturating parabolic magnetoresistance in the perpendicular field. Here, we report a systematic study of the angular dependence of the magnetoresistance in a WT e2 single crystal. The significant anisotropic magnetotransport behavior in different magnetic field directions and violation of the Kohler's rule are observed. Unexpectedly, when the applied field and excitation current are both parallel to the tungsten chains of WT e2 , an exotic large longitudinal linear magnetoresistance as high as 1200 % at 15 T and 2 K is identified. Our results imply that the WT e2 semimetal, due to its balanced hole and electron populations, seems to be the first material for which a large longitudinal linear magnetoresistance appears when the external magnetic field is parallel to the applied current. Our work may stimulate studies of double-carrier correlated materials and the corresponding quantum physics.

  12. The role of E2F4 in the growth suppressive properties of the retinoblastoma protein

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    Lee, Eunice Y. (Eunice Yoon)

    2005-01-01

    The growth suppressive functions of the retinoblastoma protein (pRB), the first identified tumor suppressor, are considerably mediated through the repression of the E2F transcription factors. Functional inactivation of ...

  13. Regression of Human Papillomavirus Intraepithelial Lesions Is Induced by MVA E2 Therapeutic Vaccine

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    López-Contreras, Mario; Rosales, Carlos; Magallanes-Molina, Jose-Roberto; Gonzalez-Vergara, Roberto; Arroyo-Cazarez, Jose Martin; Ricardez-Arenas, Antonio; del Follo-Valencia, Armando; Padilla-Arriaga, Santiago; Guerrero, Miriam Veronica; Pirez, Miguel Angel; Arellano-Fiore, Claudia; Villarreal, Freddy

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Human papilloma viruses can induce warts, condylomas, and other intraepithelial cervical lesions that can progress to cancer. Cervical cancer is a serious problem in developing countries because early detection is difficult, and thus proper early treatment is many times missing. In this phase III clinical trial, we evaluated the potential use of MVA E2 recombinant vaccinia virus to treat intraepithelial lesions associated with papillomavirus infection. A total of 1176 female and 180 male patients with intraepithelial lesions were studied. They were injected with 107 MVA E2 virus particles directly into their uterus, urethra, vulva, or anus. Patients were monitored by colposcopy and cytology. Immune response was determined by measuring the antibody titer against MVA E2 virus and by analyzing the cytotoxic activity against cancer cells bearing papillomavirus DNA. Papillomavirus was determined by the Hybrid Capture method or by polymerase chain reaction analysis. By histology, 1051 (89.3%) female patients showed complete elimination of lesions after treatment with MVA E2. In 28 (2.4%) female patients, the lesion was reduced to CIN 1. Another 97 (8.3%) female patients presented isolated koilocytes after treatment. In men, all lesions were completely eliminated. All MVA E2–treated patients developed antibodies against the MVA E2 vaccine and generated a specific cytotoxic response against papilloma-transformed cells. Papillomavirus DNA was not detected after treatment in 83% of total patients treated. MVA E2 did not generate any apparent side effects. These data suggest that therapeutic vaccination with MVA E2 vaccine is an excellent candidate to stimulate the immune system and generate regression in intraepithelial lesions when applied locally. PMID:25275724

  14. E2F-1 represses transcription of the human telomerase reverse transcriptase gene.

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    Crowe, D L; Nguyen, D C; Tsang, K J; Kyo, S

    2001-07-01

    The ends of human chromosomes (telomeres) lose up to 200 bp of DNA per cell division. Chromosomal shortening ultimately leads to senescence and death in normal cells. Many human carcinoma lines are immortal in vitro, suggesting that these cells have a mechanism for maintaining the ends of their chromosomes. Telomerase is a ribonucleoprotein complex that synthesizes telomeric DNA onto chromosomes using its RNA component as template. Telomerase activity is found in most tumor cells, but is absent from normal cells. Little is known about how normal human cells repress telomerase (hTERT) gene expression. Mice carrying an E2F-1 null mutation develop a variety of malignant tumors, suggesting that this transcription factor has a tumor suppressor function. To determine mechanisms by which E2F-1 suppresses tumor formation, we examined the role of this transcription factor in regulation of the hTERT promoter in human cells. We identified two putative E2F-1-binding sites proximal to the transcriptional start site of the hTERT promoter. Mutation of these sites produced dramatic increases in promoter activity. Overexpression of E2F-1 but not a mutant E2F-1 repressed hTERT promoter activity in reporter gene assays. This repression was abolished by mutation of the E2F-1-binding sites in the hTERT promoter. Human cancer cell lines stably overexpressing E2F-1 exhibited decreased hTERT mRNA expression and telomerase activity. We conclude that E2F-1 has an atypical function as a transcriptional repressor of the hTERT gene in human cells. PMID:11433024

  15. Temperature Dependent E2 Raman Modes in the ZnCoO Ternary Alloy

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    Samanta, K.; Bhattacharya, P.; Katiyar, R. S.

    2007-01-01

    The anharmonic properties of low and high frequency E2 modes of ZnO and Co doped ZnO were investigated using Raman scattering spectroscopy. We have determined the behavior of frequency, linewidths, and lifetime of E2 modes in the temperature range from 80 to 800 K. In the case of E2(high) mode the frequency shift towards the lower energy side was analyzed in light of the theory of anharmonic phonon-phonon interaction and thermal expansion of the lattice, and the linewidth behavior was analyzed in terms of anharmonic effect of three-phonon decay mechanism. But in the case of E2(low), the linewidth and frequency behaved practically harmonic with respect to temperature and independent of Co substitutions. It is found that the E2(high) phonon anharmonicity is higher for ZnCoO alloys than in pure ZnO and it increases with the compositional disorder. The low temperature lifetime of E2 phonon in ZnO, 1 % and 3% Co doped ZnO were found to be 1.S2, 1.74, and 1.54 ps, respectively.

  16. Transcriptional control of stem cell fate by E2Fs and pocket proteins

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    Julian, Lisa M.; Blais, Alexandre

    2015-01-01

    E2F transcription factors and their regulatory partners, the pocket proteins (PPs), have emerged as essential regulators of stem cell fate control in a number of lineages. In mammals, this role extends from both pluripotent stem cells to those encompassing all embryonic germ layers, as well as extra-embryonic lineages. E2F/PP-mediated regulation of stem cell decisions is highly evolutionarily conserved, and is likely a pivotal biological mechanism underlying stem cell homeostasis. This has immense implications for organismal development, tissue maintenance, and regeneration. In this article, we discuss the roles of E2F factors and PPs in stem cell populations, focusing on mammalian systems. We discuss emerging findings that position the E2F and PP families as widespread and dynamic epigenetic regulators of cell fate decisions. Additionally, we focus on the ever expanding landscape of E2F/PP target genes, and explore the possibility that E2Fs are not simply regulators of general ‘multi-purpose’ cell fate genes but can execute tissue- and cell type-specific gene regulatory programs. PMID:25972892

  17. Identification of Aptamer-Binding Sites in Hepatitis C Virus Envelope Glycoprotein E2

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    Chen, Fan; Chen, Si-Chong; Zhou, Jing; Chen, Zhi-De; Chen, Fang

    2015-01-01

    Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) encodes two envelope glycoproteins, E1 and E2. Our previous work selected a specific aptamer ZE2, which could bind to E2 with high affinity, with a great potential for developing new molecular probes as an early diagnostic reagents or therapeutic drugs targeting HCV. In this study, the binding sites between E2 and aptamer ZE2 were further explored. E2 was truncated to 15 peptides (P1 to P15) and these peptides were used to detect the affinity with ZE2 by ELISA respectively. The peptide with high affinity was then further truncated, detected and compared with six kinds of HCV genotypes. The basic amino acid in 500 aa bound to ZE2 with high affinity, while acidic amino acid in 501 aa reduced the reaction between E2 and ZE2. The results showed the 500 aa and 501 aa of E2 were the key sites that bound to ZE2. PMID:25648186

  18. [Evaluation of endocrine disruptors in environmental water using yeast two-hybrid system].

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    Nakamuro, K; Ueno, H; Okuno, T; Kawai, H

    2000-12-01

    Estrogenicity of concentrates from waters of lake, river, tap water and effluent of sewage treatment plant by XAD-2 resin column concentration method was detected by the yeast two-hybrid system. Estrogenicity was detected in all environmental waters. From dose-response curve on estrogenic activity of concentrates from the Yodo river water by the two-hybrid system with and without S9mix, 17 beta-estradiol equivalent values in the river water were very similar to analytical values of 17 beta-estradiol reported by the Ministry of Constraction's survey(1999). Estrogenic activities of these concentrates were enhanced by metabolic activation. On the other hand, the tests on effect of these concentrates against estrogenic activity of 17 beta-estradiol (6 x 10(-10) M) revealed that the river water may contain not only inhibitors to estrogenicity but also precursors of estrogenic substances formed by metabolic activation. PMID:11187740

  19. Hyaluronic acid prevents immunosuppressive drug-induced ovarian damage via up-regulating PGRMC1 expression

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    Zhao, Guangfeng; Yan, Guijun; Cheng, Jie; Zhou, Xue; Fang, Ting; Sun, Haixiang; Hou, Yayi; Hu, Yali

    2015-01-01

    Chemotherapy treatment in women can frequently cause damage to the ovaries, which may lead to primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). In this study, we assessed the preventative effects of hyaluronic acid (HA) in immunosuppressive drug-induced POI-like rat models and investigated the possible mechanisms. We found that HA, which was reduced in primary and immunosuppressant-induced POI patients, could protect the immunosuppressant-induced damage to granulosa cells (GCs) in vitro. Then we found that HA blocked the tripterygium glycosides (TG) induced POI-like presentations in rats, including delayed or irregular estrous cycles, reduced 17 beta-estradiol(E2) concentration, decreased number of follicles, destruction of follicle structure, and damage of reproductive ability. Furthermore, we investigated the mechanisms of HA prevention effects on POI, which was associated with promotion of GC proliferation and PGRMC1 expression. In conclusion, HA prevents chemotherapy-induced ovarian damage by promoting PGRMC1 in GCs. This study may provide a new strategy for prevention and treatment of POI. PMID:25558795

  20. Free and conjugated estrogen exports in surface-runoff from poultry litter-amended soil.

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    Dutta, Sudarshan; Inamdar, Shreeram; Tso, Jerry; Aga, Diana S; Sims, J Tom

    2010-01-01

    Land application of animal manures such as poultry litter is a common practice, especially in states with surplus manure. Past studies have shown that animal manure may contain estrogens, which are classified as endocrine-disrupting chemicals and may pose a threat to aquatic and wildlife species. We evaluated the concentrations of estrogens in surface runoff from experimental plots (5 x 12 m each) receiving raw and pelletized poultry litter. We evaluated the free (estrone, E1; 17beta-estradiol, E2beta; estriol, E3) and conjugate forms (glucuronides and sulfates) of estrogens, which differ in their toxicity. Sampling was performed for 10 natural storm events over a 4-mo period (April-July 2008). Estrogen concentrations were screened using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), followed by quantification using liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS). Concentrations of estrogens from ELISA were much higher than the LC/MS/MS values, indicating crossreactivity with organic compounds. Exports of estrogens were much lower from soils amended with pelletized poultry litter than the raw form of the litter. No-tillage management practice also resulted in a lower export of estrogens with surface runoff compared with reduced tillage. The concentrations and exports of conjugate forms of estrogens were much higher than the free forms for some treatments, indicating that the conjugate forms should be considered for a comprehensive assessment of the threat posed by estrogens. PMID:21043274

  1. Effect of photoperiod on endocrine profiles and vitellogenin expression in European eels Anguilla anguilla during artificially induced ovarian development.

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    Parmeggiani, A; Govoni, N; Zannoni, A; Di Biase, A; Sirri, R; Forni, M; Mandelli, M; Mordenti, O

    2015-03-01

    The aim of this work was to determine the effects of dark and light conditions on the E2, testosterone and thyroid hormones levels and on the gene expression levels (vitellogenin 1, vitellogenin 2, and estradiol receptor one) in European eels (Anguilla anguilla) during ovarian development induced by increasing doses of carp pituitary extracts (CPEs). The subjects were divided into 2 groups: 14-hour light:10-hour dark (Light Group) and 24-hour darkness (Dark Group). All the eels received intramuscular injections with CPE at a dosage of 10 mg/kg body weight (BW) once a week for the first 3 weeks, 20 mg/kg BW fourth-sixth week, 30 mg/kg BW seventh-ninth week, and 40 mg/kg up to the end of the experiment (13th week). Vitellogenin and estradiol receptor expression levels did not show significant differences between the two housing conditions whereas in both groups vitellogenin mRNA increased starting from first CPE injection. Testosterone and 17-beta estradiol plasma levels were significantly greater in the Dark Group compared with the Light Group starting from the ninth and the 13th week, respectively. These results suggest that darkness could be a useful variable for standardizing gonadal maturation in eels kept in captivity. PMID:25459031

  2. Therapeutic Effects of Oligonol, Acupuncture, and Quantum Light Therapy in Chronic Nonbacterial Prostatitis

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    Öztekin, ?lhan; Akdere, Hakan; Can, Nuray; Aktoz, Tevfik; Turan, Fatma Nesrin

    2015-01-01

    This research aimed to compare anti-inflammatory effects of oligonol, acupuncture, and quantum light therapy in rat models of estrogen-induced prostatitis. Adult male Wistar albino rats were grouped as follows: Group I, control (n = 10); Group II, chronic prostatitis (n = 10); Group III, oligonol (n = 10); Group IV, acupuncture (n = 10); Group V, quantum (n = 10); Group VI, oligonol plus quantum (n = 10); Group VII, acupuncture plus oligonol (n = 10); Group VIII, quantum plus acupuncture (n = 10); and Group IX, acupuncture plus quantum plus oligonol (n = 10). Chronic prostatitis (CP) was induced by the administration of 17-beta-estradiol (E2) and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Oligonol was given for 6 weeks at a dose of 60?mg/day. Acupuncture needles were inserted at CV 3/4 and bilaterally B 32/35 points with 1-hour manual stimulation. Quantum therapy was administered in 5-minute sessions three times weekly for 6 weeks. Lateral lobes of prostates were dissected for histopathologic evaluation. Although all of the treatment modalities tested in this study showed anti-inflammatory effects in the treatment of CP in male rats, a synergistic effect was observed for oligonol plus quantum light combination. Monotherapy with oligonol showed a superior anti-inflammatory efficacy as compared to quantum light and acupuncture monotherapies. PMID:26064171

  3. The growth inhibitory activity of the Cimicifuga racemosa extract Ze 450 is mediated through estrogen and progesterone receptors-independent pathways.

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    Garita-Hernandez, Marcela; Calzado, Marco A; Caballero, Francisco J; Macho, Antonio; Muñoz, Eduardo; Meier, Beat; Brattström, Axel; Fiebich, Bernd L; Appel, Kurt

    2006-03-01

    Despite the wide use of Cimicifuga racemosa (CR) extract to treat symptoms associated with menopause and other gynecological disorders, very little is known about its mechanism of action. Therefore, we studied in this report the antiestrogenic and antiproliferative effect of a new CR ethanolic extract, Ze 450, in a MCF-7 cell clone that does not proliferate in response to 17beta-estradiol (E(2)). Using this cell line, we have found that the extract inhibited cell proliferation and showed antiestrogenic activity using an ERE-luciferase reporter assay. The growth inhibitory activity was different from the antiestrogenic activity since the CR extract also inhibited the growth of the ER-negative human breast cancer cell line T-47D. Also, we evaluated the effects of this CR extract on the transcriptional regulation of genes involved in cell cycle progression in the ER-negative cell lines 293T and T-47D and we found that this extract markedly inhibited the luciferase activity driven by the cyclin D1 promoter and increased the transcriptional activity of the p21 gene promoter. Finally, we observed that our CR extract bound to the progesterone receptor B1 but did not show progestin-like activity in the T-47D cell line. These findings provide new mechanistic insights into the antiproliferative activities of CR in ER-positive and ER-negative tumour cell lines and highlight their potential in the management of climacteric disorders in women with a history of breast cancer. PMID:16557472

  4. Development of in vivo and in vitro assays to evaluate the physiological effects of environmental estrogens in fish

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    Tremblay, L.; Yao, Z.; Kraak, G. Van Der

    1995-12-31

    There are many reports of environmental chemicals that may act as estrogens by binding to the nuclear 17-{beta} estradiol (E{sub 2}) receptor. Experiments were conducted to evaluate whether the plant sterol {beta}-sitosterol and the detergent nonylphenol interact with hepatic estrogen receptors in fish. These compounds are estrogenic in mammals and are found in treated industrial and municipal sewage waters and in pulp and paper mill effluents. Specific high affinity binding sites were characterized in rainbow trout. Nonylphenol and sitosterol were found to have relative affinities of 0.009 and 0.0001 compared to E{sub 2}. To determine if these compounds act as E{sub 2} agonists, their ability to induce estrogen dependent processes was monitored. Induction of estrogen receptors is a common E{sub 2} dependent effect. While other groups have shown in other systems that induction of hepatic E2 receptor levels was estrogen dependent, the authors found that E{sub 2} did not increase E{sub 2} binding in goldfish. However, using isolated goldfish hepatocytes cells, E{sub 2}, sitosterol and nonylphenol induced vitellogenin production. Current studies are aimed at evaluating the structure and activity relationships of these compounds responsible for causing E{sub 2} binding and vitellogenin inductions. Other means to evaluate E{sub 2} binding in goldfish liver are also being investigated.

  5. Variation in estrogenic activity among fractions of a commercial nonylphenol by high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Kim, Yun-Seok; Katase, Takao; Sekine, Sayaka; Inoue, Tadashi; Makino, Mitsuko; Uchiyama, Taketo; Fujimoto, Yasuo; Yamashita, Nobuyoshi

    2004-02-01

    Estrogenic activity by recombinant yeast screen assay of the commercial NP was considerably higher when compared with that of n-nonylphenol (n-NP). Fractionation of the commercial NP by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) afforded seven isomers: 4-(1,3-dimethyl-1-propyl-butyl)-phenol, 4-(1,1,3-trimethyl-hexyl)-phenol, 4-(1,1-dimethyl-3-ethyl-pentyl)-phenol, 4-(1,1,4-trimethyl-hexyl)-phenol, 4-(1-methyl-1-propyl-pentyl)-phenol, 4-(1,1,2-trimethyl-hexyl)-phenol and 4-(1-ethyl-1-methyl-hexyl)-phenol. The structures of these isomers were determined by GC-MS and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). All of these isomers possessed tertiary alpha-carbon in their chemical structures. Another tertiary NP, 4-(1,1-dimethyl-heptyl)-phenol was synthesized in the present study and this synthetic NP also exhibited the estrogenic activity. One fractionated compound was identified as one of decylphenol, 4-(1-ethyl-1,4,4-trimethyl-pentyl)-phenol. The isomer, 4-(1,1,4-trimethyl-hexyl)-phenol exhibited the highest estrogenic activity corresponding to 1/10000 that of 17beta-estradiol (E2). The activity of n-NP was the least. This suggests that it may be possible to develop a technical NP mixture with relatively low estrogenic activity. PMID:14664841

  6. Characterization of human papillomavirus type 11 E1 and E2 proteins expressed in insect cells.

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    Bream, G L; Ohmstede, C A; Phelps, W C

    1993-01-01

    The study of human papillomavirus replication has been hampered by the lack of an in vitro system which reliably supports virus replication. Recent results from the bovine papillomavirus (BPV) system indicate that the E1 and E2 proteins are the only viral gene products required for replication. By analogy with simian virus 40 large T antigen, E1 is thought to possess ATPase and helicase activity, which may play a direct role in viral DNA replication. The precise role of E2 is unclear, but it may function in part to help localize E1 to the replication origin. We have initiated a study of replication in the human papillomavirus type 11 system which, by analogy to BPV, has focused on the E1 and E2 proteins of this virus. We have expressed the full-length E1 and E2 proteins in Sf9 insect cells by using a baculovirus expression vector. Both the 80-kDa E1 protein and the 42.5-kDa E2 protein are nuclear phosphoproteins. The E1 and E2 proteins form a heteromeric complex within the insect cells, and both proteins localize to a DNA fragment which contains the viral origin of replication. In addition, we have detected an E1-associated ATPase and GTPase activity, which is likely part of an energy-generating system for the helicase activity which is predicted for this protein. The human papillomavirus type 11 E1 and E2 proteins possess the same replication-associated activities exhibited by the corresponding BPV proteins, suggesting that the replication activities of these viruses are tightly conserved. Images PMID:8386271

  7. ModelE2-TOMAS development and evaluation using aerosol optical depths, mass and number concentrations

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    Lee, Y. H.; Adams, P. J.; Shindell, D. T.

    2014-09-01

    The TwO-Moment Aerosol Sectional microphysics model (TOMAS) has been integrated into the state-of-the-art general circulation model, GISS ModelE2. TOMAS has the flexibility to select a size resolution as well as the lower size cutoff. A computationally efficient version of TOMAS is used here, which has 15 size bins covering 3 nm to 10 ?m aerosol dry diameter. For each bin, it simulates the total aerosol number concentration and mass concentrations of sulphate, pure elementary carbon (hydrophobic), mixed elemental carbon (hydrophilic), hydrophobic organic matter, hydrophilic organic matter, sea salt, mineral dust, ammonium, and aerosol-associated water. This paper provides a detailed description of the ModelE2-TOMAS model and evaluates the model against various observations including aerosol precursor gas concentrations, aerosol mass and number concentrations, and aerosol optical depths. Additionally, global budgets in ModelE2-TOMAS are compared with those of other global aerosol models, and the TOMAS model is compared to the default aerosol model in ModelE2, which is a bulk aerosol model. Overall, the ModelE2-TOMAS predictions are within the range of other global aerosol model predictions, and the model has a reasonable agreement with observations of sulphur species and other aerosol components as well as aerosol optical depth. However, ModelE2-TOMAS (as well as the bulk aerosol model) cannot capture the observed vertical distribution of sulphur dioxide over the Pacific Ocean possibly due to overly strong convective transport. The TOMAS model successfully captures observed aerosol number concentrations and cloud condensation nuclei concentrations. Anthropogenic aerosol burdens in the bulk aerosol model running in the same host model as TOMAS (ModelE2) differ by a few percent to a factor of 2 regionally, mainly due to differences in aerosol processes including deposition, cloud processing, and emission parameterizations. Larger differences are found for naturally emitted aerosols such as sea salt and mineral dust. With TOMAS, ModelE2 has three different aerosol models (the bulk aerosol model and modal-based aerosol microphysics model, MATRIX) and allows exploration of the uncertainties associated with aerosol modelling within the same host model, NASA GISS ModelE2.

  8. Enhanced osteoblast proliferation and collagen gene expression by estradiol

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    Ernest, M.; Schmid, Ch.; Froesch, E.R. )

    1988-04-01

    Estrogens play a crucial role in the development of postmenopausal osteoporosis. However, the mechanism by which estrogens exert their effects on bone is unknown. To examine possible direct effects of 17{beta}-estradiol on bone-forming cells, the authors used pure rat osteoblast-like cells in vitro as a model. Osteoblast-like cells prepared from calvaria of newborn rats were cultured serum-free in methylcellulose-containing medium for 21 days. Osteoblast-like cells proliferate selectively into clonally derived cell clusters of spherical morphorlogy. 17{beta}-Estradiol at concentrations of 0.1 nM and 1 nM enhanced osteoblast-like cell proliferation by 41% and 68% above vehicle-treated controls. The biologically inactive stereoisomer 17{alpha}-estradiol (same concentrations) had no effect. Moreover, the antiestrogen tamoxifen abolished the stimulation of osteoblast-like cell proliferation by 17{beta}-estradiol. After 21 days of culture, RNA was prepared and analyzed in a dot-hybridization assay for the abundance of pro{alpha}1(I) collagen mRNA. Steady-state mRNA levels were increased in cultures treated with 17{beta}-estradiol in a dose-dependent manner with maximal stimulation at 1 nM and 10 nM. At the same concentrations, the percentage of synthesized protein (labeled by ({sup 3}H)proline pulse) that was digestible by collagenase was increased, indicating that 17{beta}-estradiol acts as pretranslational levels to enhance synthesis of bone collagen. These data show that the osteoblast is a direct target for 17{beta}-estradiol.

  9. Aberrant Retinoblastoma (RB)-E2F Transcriptional Regulation Defines Molecular Phenotypes of Osteosarcoma.

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    Scott, Milcah C; Sarver, Aaron L; Tomiyasu, Hirotaka; Cornax, Ingrid; Van Etten, Jamie; Varshney, Jyotika; O'Sullivan, M Gerard; Subramanian, Subbaya; Modiano, Jaime F

    2015-11-20

    We previously identified two distinct molecular subtypes of osteosarcoma through gene expression profiling. These subtypes are associated with distinct tumor behavior and clinical outcomes. Here, we describe mechanisms that give rise to these molecular subtypes. Using bioinformatic analyses, we identified a significant association between deregulation of the retinoblastoma (RB)-E2F pathway and the molecular subtype with worse clinical outcomes. Xenotransplantation models recapitulated the corresponding behavior for each osteosarcoma subtype; thus, we used cell lines to validate the role of the RB-E2F pathway in regulating the prognostic gene signature. Ectopic RB resets the patterns of E2F regulated gene expression in cells derived from tumors with worse clinical outcomes (molecular phenotype 2) to those comparable with those observed in cells derived from tumors with less aggressive outcomes (molecular phenotype 1), providing a functional association between RB-E2F dysfunction and altered gene expression in osteosarcoma. DNA methyltransferase and histone deacetylase inhibitors similarly reset the transcriptional state of the molecular phenotype 2 cells from a state associated with RB deficiency to one seen with RB sufficiency. Our data indicate that deregulation of RB-E2F pathway alters the epigenetic landscape and biological behavior of osteosarcoma. PMID:26378234

  10. E2~Ub Conjugates Regulate the Kinase Activity of Shigella Effector OspG During Pathogenesis

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    Pruneda, Jonathan N.; Smith, F Donelson; Daurie, Angela; Swaney, Danielle L.; Villen, Judit; Scott, John D.; Stadnyk, Andrew W.; Le Trong, Isolde; Stenkamp, Ronald E.; Klevit, Rachel E.; Rohde, John R.; Brzovic, Peter S.

    2014-03-03

    Pathogenic bacteria introduce effector proteins directly into the cytosol of eukaryotic cells to promote invasion and colonization. OspG, a Shigella spp. effector kinase, plays a role in this process by helping to suppress the host inflammatory response. OspG has been reported to bind host E2 ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes activated with ubiquitin (E2~Ub), a key enzyme complex in ubiquitin transfer pathways. A cocrystal structure of the OspG/UbcH5c~Ub complex reveals that complex formation has important ramifications for the activity of both OspG and the UbcH5c~Ub conjugate. OspG is a minimal kinase domain containing only essential elements required for catalysis. UbcH5c~Ub binding stabilizes an active conformation of the kinase, greatly enhancing OspG kinase activity. In contrast, interaction with OspG stabilizes an extended, less reactive form of UbcH5c~Ub. Recognizing conserved E2 features, OspG can interact with at least ten distinct human E2s~Ub. Mouse oral infection studies indicate that E2~Ub conjugates act as novel regulators of OspG effector kinase function in eukaryotic host cells.

  11. E2-RING expansion of the NEDD8 cascade confers specificity to cullin modification

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    Huang, Danny T.; Ayrault, Olivier; Hunt, Harold W.; Taherbhoy, Asad M.; Duda, David M.; Scott, Daniel C.; Borg, Laura A.; Neale, Geoffrey; Murray, Peter J.; Roussel, Martine F.; Schulman, Brenda A.

    2009-01-01

    Summary Ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like proteins (UBLs) are directed to targets by cascades of E1, E2, and E3 enzymes. The largest ubiquitin E3 subclass consists of cullin-RING ligases (CRLs), which contain one each of several cullins (CUL1, 2, 3, 4, or 5) and RING proteins (RBX1 or 2). CRLs are activated by ligation of the UBL NEDD8 to a conserved cullin Lys. How is cullin NEDD8ylation specificity established? Here we report that like UBE2M (aka UBC12), the previously uncharacterized E2 UBE2F is a NEDD8 conjugating enzyme in vitro and in vivo. Biochemical and structural analyses indicate how plasticity of hydrophobic E1–E2 interactions and E1 conformational flexibility allow one E1 to charge multiple E2s. The E2s have distinct functions, with UBE2M/RBX1 and UBE2F/RBX2 displaying different target cullin specificities. Together, these studies reveal the molecular basis for and functional importance of hierarchical expansion of the NEDD8 conjugation system in establishing selective CRL activation. PMID:19250909

  12. Apolipoprotein E ?4 is superior to apolipoprotein E ?2 in predicting cognitive scores over 30 months

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    Regal, Paul; Nair, Balakrishnan; Hetherington, Eileen

    2013-01-01

    Background The purpose of this study was to compare apolipoprotein E ?4 (Apo E ?4) and apolipoprotein E ?2 (Apo E ?2) as predictors of cognitive and functional trajectories over 30 months. Methods This prospective cohort study included 287 community-dwelling memory clinic patients with dementia, mild cognitive impairment, or no cognitive impairment. The Addenbrooke Cognitive Examination, Mini-Mental State Examination, Montreal Cognitive Assessment, Delirium Index, and Nottingham Instrumental Activities of Daily Living tests were administered to each subject. Results One hundred and nine subjects (40%) carried Apo E ?4 and 48 (16.7%) carried Apo E ?2. One hundred and nine ?4-positive subjects differed significantly from 178 ?4-negative subjects in 19/52 comparisons (36.5%), whereas 46 Apo E ?2-positive subjects had 0/52 significant differences from 239 ?2-negative subjects (P < 0.0001). The variables most affected by ?4 were the Delirium Index and Mini-Mental State Examination. Instrumental Activities of Daily Living score and residence were unrelated to Apo E ?4 or ?2. Conclusion Apo E ?4 positivity predicted four cognitive scores measured every 6 months over 30 months. Apo E ?2 scores predicted none of 52 comparisons. PMID:24204131

  13. Identification of conjugation specificity determinants unmasks vestigial preference for ubiquitin within the NEDD8 E2.

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    Huang, Danny T; Zhuang, Min; Ayrault, Olivier; Schulman, Brenda A

    2008-03-01

    Ubiquitin-like proteins (UBLs) modify targets via related E1-E2-E3 cascades. How is UBL conjugation fidelity established? Here we report the basis for UBL selection by UBL conjugating enzyme 12 (Ubc12), which is specific for the neural precursor cell expressed, developmentally down-regulated protein 8 (NEDD8), and does not form a thioester-linked conjugate with ubiquitin. We systematically identified Ubc12 surfaces impeding Ubc12 approximately ubiquitin conjugate formation and found that several structurally dispersed E1 binding elements, rather than UBL-interacting surfaces, determine E2 approximately UBL specificity. In addition to roles for conserved E1 and E2 domains, unique structures contribute UBL specificity to the NEDD8 and ubiquitin pathways. By removing surface elements, without substituting corresponding sequences from ubiquitin E2s, we unmasked Ubc12's vestigial preference for ubiquitin over NEDD8 by approximately 10(10)-fold. This has implications for the evolution of specific functions among ubiquitin E2s. We also find that Ubc12 sequences dictating UBL selection map to the E3 binding site, thus providing a molecular mechanism preventing inappropriate modification of targets. PMID:18264111

  14. Identification of E2F1 as a positive transcriptional regulator for {delta}-catenin

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    Kim, Kwonseop; Oh, Minsoo; Ki, Hyunkyoung; Wang Tao; Bareiss, Sonja; Fini, M. Elizabeth.; Li Dawei; Lu Qun

    2008-05-02

    {delta}-Catenin is upregulated in human carcinomas. However, little is known about the potential transcriptional factors that regulate {delta}-catenin expression in cancer. Using a human {delta}-catenin reporter system, we have screened several nuclear signaling modulators to test whether they can affect {delta}-catenin transcription. Among {beta}-catenin/LEF-1, Notch1, and E2F1, E2F1 dramatically increased {delta}-catenin-luciferase activities while {beta}-catenin/LEF-1 induced only a marginal increase. Rb suppressed the upregulation of {delta}-catenin-luciferase activities induced by E2F1 but did not interact with {delta}-catenin. RT-PCR and Western blot analyses in 4 different prostate cancer cell lines revealed that regulation of {delta}-catenin expression is controlled mainly at the transcriptional level. Interestingly, the effects of E2F1 on {delta}-catenin expression were observed only in human cancer cells expressing abundant endogenous {delta}-catenin. These studies identify E2F1 as a positive transcriptional regulator for {delta}-catenin, but further suggest the presence of strong negative regulator(s) for {delta}-catenin in prostate cancer cells with minimal endogenous {delta}-catenin expression.

  15. Role of E2-Ub-conjugating enzymes during skeletal muscle atrophy

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    Polge, Cecile; Attaix, Didier; Taillandier, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    The Ubiquitin Proteasome System (UPS) is a major actor of muscle wasting during various physio-pathological situations. In the past 15 years, increasing amounts of data have depicted a picture, although incomplete, of the mechanisms implicated in myofibrillar protein degradation, from the discovery of muscle-specific E3 ligases to the identification of the signaling pathways involved. The targeting specificity of the UPS relies on the capacity of the system to first recognize and then label the proteins to be degraded with a poly-ubiquitin (Ub) chain. It is fairly assumed that the recognition of the substrate is accomplished by the numerous E3 ligases present in mammalian cells. However, most E3s do not possess any catalytic activity and E2 enzymes may be more than simple Ub-providers for E3s since they are probably important actors in the ubiquitination machinery. Surprisingly, most authors have tried to characterize E3 substrates, but the exact role of E2s in muscle protein degradation is largely unknown. A very limited number of the 35 E2s described in humans have been studied in muscle protein breakdown experiments and the vast majority of studies were only descriptive. We review here the role of E2 enzymes in skeletal muscle and the difficulties linked to their study and provide future directions for the identification of muscle E2s responsible for the ubiquitination of contractile proteins. PMID:25805999

  16. Decreased brain infarct following focal ischemia in mice lacking the transcription factor E2F1.

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    MacManus, J P; Koch, C J; Jian, M; Walker, T; Zurakowski, B

    1999-09-01

    E2F1+/- mice subjected to 2 h middle cerebral artery occlusion developed an infarct of 77.0 +/- 3.2 mm3 (mean +/- s.e.m., n = 15) in the ischemic hemisphere after 24 h reperfusion. A significantly smaller infarct of 58.8 +/- 4.8 mm3 (n = 15; p < 0.01) was found in E2F1-/- animals. Both deficient and normal mice had similar cerebral angioarchitecture and intra-ischemic decreases in regional blood flow. Similar areas of hypoxia in both groups of ischemic animals were demonstrated directly by immunohistochemical detection of nitroimidazole adducts. It was concluded that all animals received the same ischemic insult, yet the subsequent damage was different in the mutant mice. This is the first indication that the E2F1 gene plays a role in ischemic death of post-mitotic neurons. PMID:10511428

  17. B(E2) Predictions for Even-Even Nuclei in the Differential Equation Model

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    Nayak, R C

    2014-01-01

    We use the recently developed Differential Equation Model for the reduced electric quadrupole transition probability B(E2) for predicting its values for a wide range of even-even nuclides almost throughout the nuclear landscape from Neon to Californium. This is made possible as the principal equation in the model, namely, the differential equation connecting the B(E2) value of a given nucleus with its derivatives with respect to neutron and proton numbers provides two different recursion relations, each connecting three different neighboring even-even nuclei from lower to higher mass numbers and vice-verse. These relations helped us to extrapolate from known to unknown terrain of the B(E2) landscape and thereby facilitate its predictions throughout.

  18. B(E2) Predictions for Even-Even Nuclei in the Differential Equation Model

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    R. C. Nayak; S. Pattnaik

    2014-05-13

    We use the recently developed Differential Equation Model for the reduced electric quadrupole transition probability B(E2) for predicting its values for a wide range of even-even nuclides almost throughout the nuclear landscape from Neon to Californium. This is made possible as the principal equation in the model, namely, the differential equation connecting the B(E2) value of a given nucleus with its derivatives with respect to neutron and proton numbers provides two different recursion relations, each connecting three different neighboring even-even nuclei from lower to higher mass numbers and vice-verse. These relations helped us to extrapolate from known to unknown terrain of the B(E2) landscape and thereby facilitate its predictions throughout.

  19. Purification, crystallization and initial crystallographic characterization of brazil-nut allergen Ber e 2

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    Guo, Feng; Jin, Tengchuan; Howard, Andrew; Zhang, Yu-Zhu

    2007-11-01

    The crystallization of the brazil nut allergen Ber e 2 is reported. Peanut and tree-nut allergies have attracted considerable attention because of their frequency and their lifelong persistence. Brazil-nut (Bertholletia excelsa) allergies have been well documented and the 11S legumin-like seed storage protein Ber e 2 (excelsin) is one of the two known brazil-nut allergens. In this study, Ber e 2 was extracted from brazil-nut kernels and purified to high purity by crystalline precipitation and gel-filtration chromatography. Well diffracting single crystals were obtained using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. A molecular-replacement structural solution has been obtained. Refinement of the structure is currently under way.

  20. Release of deuterated (E)-2-nonenal during beer aging from labeled precursors synthesized before boiling.

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    Liégeois, Catherine; Meurens, Nicolas; Badot, Camille; Collin, Sonia

    2002-12-18

    Although lipid autoxidation in the boiling kettle is a key determinant of the cardboard flavor of aged beers, recent results show that mashing is another significant source of wort nonenal potential, the well-known indicator of how a beer will release (E)-2-nonenal during storage. Although unstable, deuterated (E)-2-nonenal nitrogen adducts created during mashing can in some cases partially persist in the pitching wort, to release deuterated (E)-2-nonenal during beer aging. In the experiment described here, the relative contributions of mashing and boiling were estimated at 30 and 70%, respectively. The presence of oxygen during mashing and, to a lesser extent, high lipoxygenase activity can intensify the stale cardboard flavor. PMID:12475282

  1. Role of the transcription factor E2F1 in CXCR4-mediated neurotoxicity and HIV neuropathology

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    Meucci, Olimpia

    transcrip- tional activity and enhanced the expression of the E2F1 target proteins Cdc2 and Puma. Studies- induced neurotoxicity and up-regulation of Cdc2 and Puma. Levels of E2F1 protein were greater

  2. E2F1-Mediated Induction of NFYB Attenuates Apoptosis via Joint Regulation of a Pro-Survival Transcriptional Program

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    Jiang, Xiaolei; Nevins, Joseph Roy

    2015-01-01

    The E2F1 transcription factor regulates cell proliferation and apoptosis through the control of a considerable variety of target genes. Previous work has detailed the role of other transcription factors in mediating the specificity of E2F function. Here we identify the NF-YB transcription factor as a novel direct E2F1 target. Genome-wide expression analysis of the effects of NFYB knockdown on E2F1-mediated transcription identified a large group of genes that are co-regulated by E2F1 and NFYB. We also provide evidence that knockdown of NFYB enhances E2F1-induced apoptosis, suggesting a pro-survival function of the NFYB/E2F1 joint transcriptional program. Bioinformatic analysis suggests that deregulation of these NFY-dependent E2F1 target genes might play a role in sarcomagenesis as well as drug resistance. PMID:26039627

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  8. Small molecule regulators of Rb-E2F pathway as modulators of transcription

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    Singh, Sandeep; Johnson, Jackie; Chellappan, Srikumar

    2010-01-01

    The retinoblastoma tumor suppressor protein, Rb, plays a major role in the regulation of mammalian cell cycle progression. It has been shown that Rb function is essential for the proper modulation of G1/S transition and inactivation of Rb contributes to deregulated cell proliferation. Rb exerts its cell cycle regulatory functions mainly by targeting the E2F family of transcription factors and Rb has been shown to physically interact with E2Fs1, 2 and 3, repressing their transcriptional activity. Multiple genes involved in DNA synthesis and cell cycle progression are regulated by E2Fs, and Rb prevents their expression by inhibiting E2F activity, inducing growth arrest. It has been established that inactivation of Rb by phosphorylation, mutation, or by the interaction of viral oncoproteins lead to a release of the repression of E2F activity, facilitating cell cycle progression. Rb-mediated repression of E2F activity involves the recruitment of a variety of transcriptional co-repressors and chromatin remodeling proteins, including histone deacetylases, DNA methyl transferases and Brg1/Brm chromatin remodeling proteins. Inactivation of Rb by sequential phosphorylation events during cell cycle progression leads to a dissociation of these co-repressors from Rb, facilitating transcription. It has been found that small molecules that prevent the phosphorylation of Rb prevents the dissociation of certain co-repressors from Rb, especially Brg1, leading to the maintenance of Rb mediated transcriptional repression and cell cycle arrest. Such small molecules have anti-cancer activities and will also act as valuable probes to study chromatin remodeling and transcriptional regulation. PMID:20637913

  9. Comparative genomics reveals multistep pathogenesis of E2A-PBX1 acute lymphoblastic leukemia

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    Duque-Afonso, Jesús; Feng, Jue; Scherer, Florian; Lin, Chiou-Hong; Wong, Stephen H.K.; Wang, Zhong; Iwasaki, Masayuki; Cleary, Michael L.

    2015-01-01

    Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common childhood cancer; however, its genetic diversity limits investigation into the molecular pathogenesis of disease and development of therapeutic strategies. Here, we engineered mice that conditionally express the E2A-PBX1 fusion oncogene, which results from chromosomal translocation t(1;19) and is present in 5% to 7% of pediatric ALL cases. The incidence of leukemia in these mice varied from 5% to 50%, dependent on the Cre-driving promoter (Cd19, Mb1, or Mx1) used to induce E2A-PBX1 expression. Two distinct but highly similar subtypes of B cell precursor ALLs that differed by their pre–B cell receptor (pre-BCR) status were induced and displayed maturation arrest at the pro-B/large pre–B II stages of differentiation, similar to human E2A-PBX1 ALL. Somatic activation of E2A-PBX1 in B cell progenitors enhanced self-renewal and led to acquisition of multiple secondary genomic aberrations, including prominent spontaneous loss of Pax5. In preleukemic mice, conditional Pax5 deletion cooperated with E2A-PBX1 to expand progenitor B cell subpopulations, increasing penetrance and shortening leukemia latency. Recurrent secondary activating mutations were detected in key signaling pathways, most notably JAK/STAT, that leukemia cells require for proliferation. These data support conditional E2A-PBX1 mice as a model of human ALL and suggest targeting pre-BCR signaling and JAK kinases as potential therapeutic strategies. PMID:26301816

  10. Discovery and Classification of the z=1.86 SLSNe: DES15E2mlf

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    Pan, Y.-C.; Foley, R. J.; Galbany, L.; Gonzalez-Gaitan, S.; Forster, F.; Hamuy, M.; Prieto, J. L.; Yuan, F.; Tucker, B. E.; Lidman, C.; Martini, P.; Gshwend, Julia; Moller, A.; Zhang, B.; Desai, S.; Paech, K.; Smith, R. C.; Schubnell, M.; Kessler, R.; Lasker, J.; Scolnic, D.; Brout, D. J.; Gladney, L.; Sako, M.; Wolf, R. C.; Brown, P. J.; Krisciunas, K.; Suntzeff, N.; Nichol, R.; Papadopoulos, A.; Childress, M.; D'Andrea, C.; Prajs, S.; Smith, M.; Sullivan, M.; Maartens, R.; Gupta, R.; Kovacs, E.; Kuhlmann, S.; Spinka, H.; Ahn, E.; Finley, D. A.; Frieman, J.; Marriner, J.; Wester, W.; Aldering, G.; Kim, A. G.; Thomas, R. C.; Barbary, K.; Bloom, J. S.; Goldstein, D.; Nugent, P.; Perlmutter, S.; Casas, R.; Castander, F. J.

    2015-12-01

    We report the spectroscopic classification of DES15E2mlf as a superluminous supernova (SLSN) discovered by the Dark Energy Survey (ATEL #4668). DES15E2mlf was discovered on 7 November 2015 at R.A. = 00:41:33.40, Decl = -43:27:17.2 with r = 24.1 mag. We obtained spectra using GMOS on Gemini-South (520-990nm) on 06 December 2015 which indicated a redshift of z = 1.86 from Mg II 2800 absorption.

  11. Antidepressant and memory affecting influence of estrogen and venlafaxine in ovariectomized rats.

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    Nowakowska, Elzbieta; Kus, Krzysztof

    2005-01-01

    The experiments presented in this paper aimed to investigate whether estrogen level changes in oviariectomized rats (OVX) may lead to depression and memory disorders, and whether the effects of such changes may be reversible following administration of a new antidepressant, venlafaxine (CAS 9930-78-4, VEN, Efectin). The Porsolt forced swimming test and Morris water maze test were carried out on female Wistar rats after ovariectomy and in sham-ovariectomized rats. VEN 20 mg/kg was administered orally 30 min before the tests for the period of 14 days. Estradiol (17beta-estradiol benzoate, CAS 50-28-2, E2) administration (5 microg E2/0.2 ml sesame oil s.c.) was started 24 h after ovariectomy and was continued for 14 days--each dose was administered 180 min before the test. In the immobility test, which reflects antidepressant drug activity, it was found that VEN shortened immobility time (IT) after the 1st, 7th and 14th administration (days 1, 7, 14, respectively) in ovariectomized rats, whereas in the control group (sham-ovariectomized rats) VEN exerted antidepressant action only after single administration (day 1) and after 7 days of administration. E2 significantly reduced immobility behaviour both after single and chronic treatment in ovariectomized rats. After joint administration of VEN and E2 potentiation of the antidepressant activity of VEN could be observed in both groups except for concurrent administration of VEN and E2 after 14 days in sham-ovariectomized rats. VEN improved the spatial memory in the Morris water maze test, whereas E2 did not affect the memory of the tested animals. Joint administration of VEN and E2 maintained the memory improving effect induced by VEN. The regulatory role of the steroid hormone and the new antidepressant drug (VEN) in antidepressant activity and memory function could be related to the interactions between noradrenergic and serotoninergic systems. PMID:15819387

  12. Transcription Factors ETF, E2F, and SP-1 Are Involved in Cytokine-Independent Proliferation of Murine

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    Timmer, Jens

    Transcription Factors ETF, E2F, and SP-1 Are Involved in Cytokine-Independent Proliferation-regulated. The latter genes showed an overrepresen- tation of transcription factor binding sites (TFBS) for ETF (TEA domain family member 2), E2F1 (E2F transcription factor 1), and SP-1 (Sp1 transcription factor) (P

  13. Inhibition of endothelial cell activation by bHLH protein E2-2 and its impairment of angiogenesis.

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    Tanaka, Aya; Itoh, Fumiko; Nishiyama, Koichi; Takezawa, Toshiaki; Kurihara, Hiroki; Itoh, Susumu; Kato, Mitsuyasu

    2010-05-20

    E2-2 belongs to the basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) family of transcription factors. E2-2 associates with inhibitor of DNA binding (Id) 1, which is involved in angiogenesis. In this paper, we demonstrate that E2-2 interacts with Id1 and provide evidence that this interaction potentiates angiogenesis. Mutational analysis revealed that the HLH domain of E2-2 is required for the interaction with Id1 and vice versa. In addition, Id1 interfered with E2-2-mediated effects on luciferase reporter activities. Interestingly, injection of E2-2-expressing adenoviruses into Matrigel plugs implanted under the skin blocked in vivo angiogenesis. In contrast, the injection of Id1-expressing adenoviruses rescued E2-2-mediated inhibition of in vivo angiogenic reaction. Consistent with the results of the Matrigel plug assay, E2-2 could inhibit endothelial cell (EC) migration, network formation, and proliferation. On the other hand, knockdown of E2-2 in ECs increased EC migration. The blockade of EC migration by E2-2 was relieved by exogenous expression of Id1. We also demonstrated that E2-2 can perturb VEGFR2 expression via inhibition of VEGFR2 promoter activity. This study suggests that E2-2 can maintain EC quiescence and that Id1 can counter this effect. PMID:20231428

  14. Loss of E2F1 Extends Survival and Accelerates Oral Tumor Growth in HPV-Positive Mice.

    PubMed

    Zhong, Rong; Bechill, John; Spiotto, Michael T

    2015-01-01

    The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is associated with several human cancers, including head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs). HPV expresses the viral oncogene E7 that binds to the retinoblastoma protein (RB1) in order to activate the E2F pathway. RB1 can mediate contradictory pathways-cell growth and cell death via E2F family members. Here, we assessed the extent to which E2F1 mediates lethality of HPV oncogenes. Ubiquitous expression of the HPV oncogenes E6 and E7 caused lethality in mice that was associated with focal necrosis in hepatocytes and pancreatic tissues. Furthermore, all organs expressing HPV oncogenes displayed up-regulation of several E2F1 target genes. The E2F1 pathway mediated lethality in HPV-positive mice because deletion of E2F1 increased survival of mice ubiquitously expressing HPV oncogenes. E2F1 similarly functioned as a tumor suppressor in HPV-positive oral tumors as tumors grew faster with homozygous loss of E2F1 compared to tumors with heterozygous loss of E2F1. Re-expression of E2F1 caused decreased clonogenicity in HPV-positive cancer cells. Our results indicate that HPV oncogenes activated the E2F1 pathway to cause lethality in normal mice and to suppress oral tumor growth. These results suggest that selective modulation of the E2F1 pathway, which is activated in HPV tumors, may facilitate tumor regression. PMID:26670255

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  3. 40 CFR Table E-2 to Subpart E of... - Spectral Energy Distribution and Permitted Tolerance for Conducting Radiative Tests

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  4. TGF{beta}-mediated formation of pRb-E2F complexes in human myeloid leukemia cells

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    Hu Xiaotang

    2008-05-02

    TGF{beta} is well known for its inhibitory effect on cell cycle G1 checkpoint kinases. However, its role in the control of pRb-E2F complexes is not well established. TGF{beta} inhibits phosphorylation of pRb at several serine and threonine residues and regulates the association of E2F transcription factors with pRb family proteins. Recent studies found that predominantly E2F-4, p130, and histone deacetylase (HDAC) are found to bind to corresponding E2F-responsive promoters in G0/G1 phase. As cells progress through mid-G1, p130-E2F4 complex are replaced by p107-E2F4 followed by activators E2F1, 2, and 3. pRb was not detectable in the promoters containing the E2F-responsive site in cycling cells but was associated with E2F4-p130 complexes or E2F4-p107 complexes during G0/G1 phase. In human myeloid leukemia cell line, MV4-11, TGF{beta} upregulated pRb-E2F-4 and p130-E2F-4, and downregulated p107-E2F-4 complexes. However, pRB-E2F1 and pRb-E2F3 complexes were found in proliferating cells but not in TGF{beta} arrested G1 cells. In addition, electrophoretic gel mobility shift assay (EMSA) could not detect pRb-E2F DNA-binding activities either in S or G1 phase but exhibited the existence of p107-E2F4 in proliferating cells and p130-E2F4 complexes in TGF{beta}-arrested G1 cells, respectively. Our data suggest that p107 and p130, but not pRb, and the repressor E2F, but not activator E2Fs, play a critical role in regulating E2F-responsive gene expression in TGF{beta}-mediated cell cycle control in human myeloid leukemia cells.

  5. leadingtheglobalsustainableenergyeconomy The Center for Clean Energy Engineering (C2E2)

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    Alpay, S. Pamir

    cost-effective and efficient fuel cells and other advanced energy systems. C2E2 will utilize in advanced fuel cell power systems, the Center for Clean Energy Engineering has expanded its mission, scope; and renewable energy systems. EDUCaTion anD WoRkFoRCE DEvEloPmEnT as a portal for energy research

  6. Use of Prostaglandin E2 in the Management of Missed Abortion, Missed Labour, and Hydatidiform Mole

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    Karim, S. M. M.

    1970-01-01

    Treatment of six cases of missed abortion and one case of hydatidiform mole with intravenous infusion of prostaglandin E2 resulted in complete abortion in all cases. Of 15 patients with missed labour, 14 were delivered successfully with similar treatment. The technique appears to be a safe, reliable, and rapid method of managing missed abortion, missed labour, and hydatidiform mole. PMID:5448780

  7. Synthesis of monoclinic IrT e2 under high pressure and its physical properties

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    Li, X.; Yan, J.-Q.; Singh, D. J.; Goodenough, J. B.; Zhou, J.-S.

    2015-10-01

    In a pressure-temperature (P -T ) diagram for synthesizing IrT e2 compounds, the well-studied trigonal (H ) phase with the Cd I2 -type structure is stable at low pressures. The superconducting cubic (C ) phase can be synthesized under higher temperatures and pressures. A rhombohedral phase with the crystal structure similar to the C phase can be made at ambient pressure; but the phase contains a high concentration of Ir deficiency. In this paper we report that a rarely studied monoclinic (M ) phase can be stabilized in narrow ranges of pressure and temperature in this P -T diagram. The peculiar crystal structure of the M -IrT e2 eliminates the tendency to form Ir-Ir dimers found in the H phase. The M phase has been fully characterized by structural determination and measurements of electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power, DC magnetization, and specific heat. These physical properties have been compared with those in the H and C phases of I r1 -xT e2 . Moreover, magnetic and transport properties and specific heat of the M -IrT e2 can be fully justified by calculations with the density-functional theory presented in this paper.

  8. E.2. Electronic Appendix -Food Web Elements of the Fraser River Upper River (above rkm 210)

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    1 E.2. Electronic Appendix - Food Web Elements of the Fraser River Basin Upper River (above rkm 210) Food webs: Microbenthic algae (periphyton), detritus from riparian vegetation and littoral insects). Stressors: Water quality and habitat conditions have changed food webs in specific locations in the upper

  9. DOE Challenge Home Case Study: e2 Homes – Winter Park, Florida

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    none,

    2013-01-01

    This Challenge Home case study describes the first certified DOE Challenge Home as constructed by e2 Homes. Completed in May 2012, the “Wilson Residence” in Winter Park, Florida, is a 4,305-ft2 custom home that scores a HERS 57 without solar and a better than zero net-energy HERS -7 with solar.

  10. Triaxial rotor model description of E2 properties in {sup 186,188,190,192}Os

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    Allmond, J. M.; Zaballa, R.; Oros-Peusquens, A. M.; Kulp, W. D.; Wood, J. L.

    2008-07-15

    The triaxial rotor model with independent inertia and electric quadrupole tensors is applied to the description of the extensive set of E2 matrix elements available for {sup 186,188,190,192}Os. Most large and medium transition E2 matrix elements can be reproduced to within {approx}10%, and most diagonal elements to within {approx}30%. Most small transition matrix elements can be reproduced to within {approx}30%, and they support the interference effect exhibited by the model between the inertia and E2 tensors: this is a new feature of quantum rotor models. The diagonal E2 matrix elements at higher spins in the K=2 band are extremely sensitive to admixtures of higher K values: the low experimental values in {sup 190,192}Os indicate significant admixtures of K=4 components. Attention is given to the K{sup {pi}}=4{sup +} bands in these nuclei and the controversial issue of whether they are of quadrupole or hexadecapole nature.

  11. Intramolecular diffraction in (e, 2e) reactions of CX4 (X=F, Cl, Br)

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    Ning, Chuangang; Zhu, Jingsheng; Deng, Jingkang; Miao, Yurun

    2014-04-01

    The remarkable discrepancies between the experimental momentum distributions and the calculated distributions within the plane wave impulse approximation (PWIA) were observed in (e, 2e) reaction of CF4, CCl4, and CBr4. The discrepancies evidently depend on the impact energy of electrons. One possible explanation is the intramolecular diffraction.

  12. Cell Reports A Genetic Screen Identifies TCF3/E2A

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    target gene CDKN1A (p21), an in- hibitor of cell-cycle progression, versus BBC3 (PUMA), a key mediator of apoptosis. Our screen identified numerous factors whose depletion cre- ates an imbalance in the p21:PUMA re- pressing PUMA across cancer cell types of multiple origins. Accordingly, TCF3/E2A depletion

  13. 76 FR 75774 - Targeted Populations Under Section 45D(e)(2)

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  14. 76 FR 52667 - International Conference on Harmonisation; Guidance on E2F Development Safety Update Report...

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    ...The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the availability of a guidance entitled ``E2F Development Safety Update Report.'' The guidance was prepared under the auspices of the International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH). The guidance describes the format, content, and timing of a development safety......

  15. Gene expression profiling in polycythaemia vera: overexpression of transcription factor NF-E2

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    Timmer, Jens

    Gene expression profiling in polycythaemia vera: overexpression of transcription factor NF-E2 Polycythaemia vera (PV) is one of four diseases termed the myeloproliferative disorders (MPDs) (Dameshek, 1951 myeloid leukaemia (CML). The four diseases share several clinical features (Michiels et al, 1999; Tefferi

  16. "Expectations to Change" ((E2C): A Participatory Method for Facilitating Stakeholder Engagement with Evaluation Findings

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    Adams, Adrienne E.; Nnawulezi, Nkiru A.; Vandenberg, Lela

    2015-01-01

    From a utilization-focused evaluation perspective, the success of an evaluation is rooted in the extent to which the evaluation was used by stakeholders. This paper details the "Expectations to Change" (E2C) process, an interactive, workshop-based method designed to engage primary users with their evaluation findings as a means of…

  17. Uma Interface Hbrida para Desktop Integrando Realidade Virtual, Realidade Aumentada e 2D WIMP

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    Barbosa, Alberto

    Uma Interface Híbrida para Desktop Integrando Realidade Virtual, Realidade Aumentada e 2D WIMP interfaces in a common desktop setup. In addition, it is proposed the integration of a 2D WIMP (Windows with the mouse in the WIMP environment and in making data transferences, such as text, audio or video files

  18. The E2 Domains of APP and APLP1 Share a Conserved Mode of Dimerization

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    S Lee; Y Xue; J Hulbert; Y Wang; X Liu; B Demeler; Y Ha

    2011-12-31

    Amyloid precursor protein (APP) is genetically linked to Alzheimer's disease. APP is a type I membrane protein, and its oligomeric structure is potentially important because this property may play a role in its function or affect the processing of the precursor by the secretases to generate amyloid {beta}-peptide. Several independent studies have shown that APP can form dimers in the cell, but how it dimerizes remains controversial. At least three regions of the precursor, including a centrally located and conserved domain called E2, have been proposed to contribute to dimerization. Here we report two new crystal structures of E2, one from APP and the other from APLP1, a mammalian APP homologue. Comparison with an earlier APP structure, which was determined in a different space group, shows that the E2 domains share a conserved and antiparallel mode of dimerization. Biophysical measurements in solution show that heparin binding induces E2 dimerization. The 2.1 {angstrom} resolution electron density map also reveals phosphate ions that are bound to the protein surface. Mutational analysis shows that protein residues interacting with the phosphate ions are also involved in heparin binding. The locations of two of these residues, Arg-369 and His-433, at the dimeric interface suggest a mechanism for heparin-induced protein dimerization.

  19. Enhancement of immune response to a hepatitis C virus E2 DNA vaccine by an immunoglobulin Fc fusion tag.

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    Sun, Wei; Li, Qun; Zhu, Dandan; Feng, Jinrong; Zhuang, Zhong; Sun, Xiaolei; Xiao, Gengfu; Duan, Yinong

    2015-12-01

    Neutralizing antibodies and cellular immune response both play essential roles in the clearance of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The envelope glycoprotein E2 is a major target for producing neutralizing antibodies against HCV. Here, we constructed a recombinant plasmid, termed pcDNA3.1-E2-Fc, to express HCV E2 with an immunoglobulin Fc fusion tag (E2-Fc). Importantly, we found that the titers of E2-specific IgG from mice immunized with pcDNA3.1-E2-Fc were significantly higher than that from mice immunized with pcDNA3.1-E2. Moreover, pcDNA3.1-E2-Fc immunization could boost E2-specific lymphocyte proliferation and enhance the secretion of IFN-? by lymphocytes upon in vitro stimulation with soluble E2 compared to pcDNA3.1-E2 immunization. Neutralization assays showed that serum from pcDNA3.1-E2-Fc immunized mice exhibited more effective neutralizing capacity of HCVpp entry into Huh-7 cells compared with that from pcDNA3.1-E2 immunized mice, although both of the sera could inhibit the virus entry. Taken together, our results imply that pcDNA3.1-E2-Fc immunization could enhance E2-specific humoral and cellular immune response in mice and thus provide a promising candidate for the development of an HCV vaccine. J. Med. Virol. 87:2090-2097, 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. PMID:26010499

  20. Identifying the Role of E2 Domains on Alphavirus Neutralization and Protective Immune Responses

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    Weger-Lucarelli, James; Aliota, Matthew T.; Kamlangdee, Attapon; Osorio, Jorge E.

    2015-01-01

    Background Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) and other alphaviruses are the etiologic agents of numerous diseases in both humans and animals. Despite this, the viral mediators of protective immunity against alphaviruses are poorly understood, highlighted by the lack of a licensed human vaccine for any member of this virus genus. The alphavirus E2, the receptor-binding envelope protein, is considered to be the predominant target of the protective host immune response. Although envelope protein domains have been studied for vaccine and neutralization in flaviviruses, their role in alphaviruses is less characterized. Here, we describe the role of the alphavirus E2 domains in neutralization and protection through the use of chimeric viruses. Methodology/Principal Findings Four chimeric viruses were constructed in which individual E2 domains of CHIKV were replaced with the corresponding domain from Semliki Forest virus (SFV) (?DomA/?DomB/?DomC/ ?DomA+B). Vaccination studies in mice (both live and inactivated virus) revealed that domain B was the primary determinant of neutralization. Neutralization studies with CHIKV immune serum from humans were consistent with mouse studies, as ?DomB was poorly neutralized. Conclusions/Significance Using chimeric viruses, it was determined that the alphavirus E2 domain B was the critical target of neutralizing antibodies in both mice and humans. Therefore, chimeric viruses may have more relevance for vaccine discovery than peptide-based approaches, which only detect linear epitopes. This study provides new insight into the role of alphavirus E2 domains on neutralization determinants and may be useful for the design of novel therapeutic technologies. PMID:26473963

  1. Single Cell Analysis to locate the Restriction Point with respect to E2F Expression

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    Pimienta, R.; Johnson, A.

    2011-12-01

    The restriction point is a G1-phase checkpoint that regulates passage through the cell cycle and is misregulated in all known types of cancer. The Rb-E2F switch is thought to be one of the most relevant molecular mechanisms which regulate the restriction point in mammalian cells. However, recent experiments have brought the timing of the restriction point into question. In previous studies, cells were analyzed as populations and this prevented an accurate determination of the restriction point. By creating and analyzing an E2F-GFP reporter in single cells, we can pinpoint the timing of E2F activation and determine whether it coincides with the restriction point. Using calcium phosphate and Fugene,we transfected human embryonic kidney (293T) cells with a CMV-GFP plasmid and an E2F-GFP reporter. Based on our results, it appears that calcium phosphate is more effective than Fugene at transfecting mammalian cells. The calcium phosphate transfection had 9.59% more fluorescent cells than Fugene. However, this result only occurred with the CMV-GFP plasmid and not the E2F-GFP reporter, which was not properly expressed in human embryonic kidney (293T) cells. We will continue troubleshooting to fix this reporter as we proceed with our research. Once the reporter is properly cloned, we will transfect it into retinal pigmented epithelial (RPE1-hTERT) cells using the calcium phosphate method. RPE1-hTERT cells are an immortalized with telomerase and are more close to normal cells than tumor-derived cell lines. Through this research we will better comprehend commitment to the mammalian cell cycle.

  2. E2F decoy oligodeoxynucleotides on neointimal hyperplasia in canine vein graft.

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    Cho, W H; Lee, S O; Kim, H T; Ahn, J D; Lee, I K

    2005-01-01

    Double-stranded DNA with high affinity to E2F as a decoy cis-element blocks the activation of genes mediating the cell cycle, resulting in effective suppression of the smooth muscle cell proliferation that causes intimal hyperplasia. To evaluate the effect of the E2F decoy to suppress neointimal hyperplasia autogenous venous bypass grafts were performed in dogs after incubation with heparin (group 1), with E2F decoy oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN) (groups 2 and 3), or with a random ODN (group 4) using a Japan-liposomeal method based on a hemagglutinating virus. The intimal and medial cross-sectional surface area of the anastomotic site was measured at 4 months after bypass surgery in groups 1, 3, and 4 by computerized planimetry and at 4 weeks in group 2 to compare the intimal/medial (I/M) area ratios. Autogenous vein grafts treated with E2F decoy showed a significant reduction in I/M area ratio (0.26 +/- 0.11) compared with the heparin-treated control group (1.49 +/- 0.29) or the mismatched ODN-treated group (1.61 +/- 0.28; P = .000). There was no difference in the I/M area ratio according to experimental periods (groups 2 vs 3: 0.26 +/- 0.11 vs 0.37 +/- 0.32; P = .446) or the anastomotic sites (proximal vs distal; P = .934). In conclusion, an E2F decoy can suppress neointimal hyperplasia in autogenous vein grafts, which may prolong patency by reducing graft stenosis. PMID:15808553

  3. Rapid action of estrogens on intracellular calcium oscillations in primate luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone-1 neurons.

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    Abe, Hideki; Keen, Kim L; Terasawa, Ei

    2008-03-01

    Feedback controls of estrogen in LHRH-1 neurons play a pivotal role in reproductive function. However, the mechanism of estrogen action in LHRH-1 neurons is still unclear. In the present study, the effect of estrogens on intracellular calcium ([Ca(2+)](i)) oscillations in primate LHRH-1 neurons was examined. Application of 17beta-estradiol (E(2), 1 nm) for 10 min increased the frequency of [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations within a few minutes. E(2) also increased the frequency of [Ca(2+)](i) synchronization among LHRH-1 neurons. Similar E(2) effects on the frequency of [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations were observed under the presence of tetrodotoxin, indicating that estrogen appears to cause direct action on LHRH-1 neurons. Moreover, application of a nuclear membrane-impermeable estrogen dendrimer conjugate, not control dendrimer, resulted in a robust increase in the frequencies of [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations and synchronizations, indicating that effects estrogens on [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations and their synchronizations do not require their entry into the cell nucleus. Exposure of cells to E(2) in the presence of the estrogen receptor antagonist ICI 182,780 did not change the E(2)-induced increase in the frequency of [Ca(2+)](i) oscillations or the E(2)-induced increase in the synchronization frequency. Collectively, estrogens induce rapid, direct stimulatory actions through receptors located in the cell membrane/cytoplasm of primate LHRH-1 neurons, and this action of estrogens is mediated by an ICI 182,780-insensitive mechanism yet to be identified. PMID:18079199

  4. In vivo study of the effect of exogenous estradiol on alpha-adrenoceptor responsiveness of human veins.

    PubMed

    Jilma, B; Wolzt, M; Wagner, O F; Zweytick, B; Monitzer, B; Schuller-Petrovic, S; Eichler, H G

    1994-06-01

    Based on previous experimental and epidemiologic findings, we hypothesized that 17 beta-estradiol (E2) could decrease the alpha-adrenergic responsiveness in venous smooth muscle cells (VSMC), thereby decreasing venous tone and contributing to the pathogenesis of varicose veins. To test this hypothesis, the effect of an acute increase in E2 serum concentrations on venous alpha-adrenergic responsiveness to norepinephrine (NE) was studied in young healthy men. We conducted a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled cross-over study in 23 male volunteers; 96 +/- 2 h after a single intramuscular (i.m.) injection of 10 mg estradiol valerate or placebo, we quantified the pharmacologic effects of estradiol on alpha-adrenergic responsiveness of superficial hand veins by venous compliance technique (VCT) and on resting blood pressure (BP). After administration of estradiol, E2 serum levels increased 9.97 +/- 7.54-fold (mean +/- 1 SD, p < 0.001) to within the range of premenopausal preovulatory women. No significant difference was observed in mean dose of NE required for half-maximal venoconstriction (ED50, p = 0.224), however, or in the maximal effect of NE (Emax, p = 0.796) after administration of E2 as compared with placebo. A significant difference in diastolic BP (DBP) (p = 0.039) was observed after E2 administration (64.6 +/- 7.7 mm Hg) as compared with placebo (68.3 +/- 7.6 mm Hg); BP (SBP) was not affected (p = 0.786). Our findings do not support the concept that E2 reduces alpha-adrenoceptor responsiveness of SMC in superficial veins. PMID:7523775

  5. Ozonation attenuates the steroidogenic disruptive effects of sediment free oil sands process water in the H295R cell line.

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    He, Yuhe; Wiseman, Steve B; Zhang, Xiaowei; Hecker, Markus; Jones, Paul D; El-Din, Mohamed Gamal; Martin, Jonathan W; Giesy, John P

    2010-07-01

    There is concern regarding oil sands process water (OSPW) produced by the oil sands industry in Alberta, Canada. Little is known about the potential for OSPW, and naphthenic acids (NAs), which are the primary persistent and toxic constituents of OSPW, to affect endocrine systems. Although ozonation significantly reduces concentrations of NAs and OSPW toxicity, it was hypothesized that oxidation of OSPW might produce hydroxylated products with steroidogenic activity. Therefore, untreated and ozone treated OSPW were examined for effects on sex steroid production using the H295R Steroidogenesis Assay. Untreated OSPW significantly decreased testosterone (T) and increased 17beta-estradiol (E2) concentrations at OSPW dilutions greater or equal to 10-fold. This effect was mainly due to decreased E2 metabolism. Analysis of CYP19A (aromatase) mRNA abundance and enzyme activity suggested that induction of this enzyme activity may have also contributed to these effects. Reduction of parent NA concentrations by 24% or 85% decreased the effect of OSPW on E2 production. Although T production remained significantly reduced in cells exposed to ozone treated OSPW, the effect was diminished. Aromatase mRNA abundance and enzyme activity were significantly greater in cells exposed to ozone treated OSPW, however the magnitude was less than in cells exposed to untreated OSPW. No change of E2 metabolism was observed in cells exposed to ozone treated OSPW, which may account for recovery of E2 levels. The results indicate that OSPW exposure can decrease E2 and T production, but ozonation is an effective treatment to reduce NA concentrations in OSPW without increasing affects on steroidogenesis. PMID:20466405

  6. Estrogen administration modulates hippocampal GABAergic subpopulations in the hippocampus of trimethyltin-treated rats

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    Corvino, Valentina; Di Maria, Valentina; Marchese, Elisa; Lattanzi, Wanda; Biamonte, Filippo; Michetti, Fabrizio; Geloso, Maria Concetta

    2015-01-01

    Given the well-documented involvement of estrogens in the modulation of hippocampal functions in both physiological and pathological conditions, the present study investigates the effects of 17-beta estradiol (E2) administration in the rat model of hippocampal neurodegeneration induced by trimethyltin (TMT) administration (8 mg/kg), characterized by loss of pyramidal neurons in CA1, CA3/hilus hippocampal subfields, associated with astroglial and microglial activation, seizures and cognitive impairment. After TMT/saline treatment, ovariectomized animals received two doses of E2 (0.2 mg/kg intra-peritoneal) or vehicle, and were sacrificed 48 h or 7 days after TMT-treatment. Our results indicate that in TMT-treated animals E2 administration induces the early (48 h) upregulation of genes involved in neuroprotection and synaptogenesis, namely Bcl2, trkB, cadherin 2 and cyclin-dependent-kinase-5. Increased expression levels of glutamic acid decarboxylase (gad) 67, neuropeptide Y (Npy), parvalbumin, Pgc-1? and Sirtuin 1 genes, the latter involved in parvalbumin (PV) synthesis, were also evident. Unbiased stereology performed on rats sacrificed 7 days after TMT treatment showed that although E2 does not significantly influence the extent of TMT-induced neuronal death, significantly enhances the TMT-induced modulation of GABAergic interneuron population size in selected hippocampal subfields. In particular, E2 administration causes, in TMT-treated rats, a significant increase in the number of GAD67-expressing interneurons in CA1 stratum oriens, CA3 pyramidal layer, hilus and dentate gyrus, accompanied by a parallel increase in NPY-expressing cells, essentially in the same regions, and of PV-positive cells in CA1 pyramidal layer. The present results add information concerning the role of in vivo E2 administration on mechanisms involved in cellular plasticity in the adult brain. PMID:26594149

  7. Interaction of Sp1 with the growth- and cell cycle-regulated transcription factor E2F.

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    Karlseder, J; Rotheneder, H; Wintersberger, E

    1996-01-01

    Within the region around 150 bp upstream of the initiation codon, which was previously shown to suffice for growth-regulated expression, the murine thymidine kinase gene carries a single binding site for transcription factor Sp1; about 10 bp downstream of this site, there is a binding motif for transcription factor E2F. The latter protein appears to be responsible for growth regulation of the promoter. Mutational inactivation of either the Sp1 or the E2F site almost completely abolishes promoter activity, suggesting that the two transcription factors interact directly in delivering an activation signal to the basic transcription machinery. This was verified by demonstrating with the use of glutathione S-transferase fusion proteins that E2F and Sp1 bind to each other in vitro. For this interaction, the C-terminal part of Sp1 and the N terminus of E2F1, a domain also present in E2F2 and E2F3 but absent in E2F4 and E2F5, were essential. Accordingly, E2F1 to E2F3 but not E2F4 and E2F5 were found to bind sp1 in vitro. Coimmunoprecipitation experiments showed that complexes exist in vivo, and it was estabilished that the distance between the binding sites for the two transcription factors was critical for optimal promoter activity. Finally, in vivo footprinting experiments indicated that both the sp1 and E2F binding sites are occupied throughout the cell cycle. Mutation of either binding motif abolished binding of both transcription factors in vivo, which may indicate cooperative binding of the two proteins to chromatin-organized DNA. Our data are in line with the hypothesis that E2F functions as a growth- and cell cycle regulated tethering factor between Sp1 and the basic transcription machinery. PMID:8657141

  8. Assessment of the role of in situ generated (E)-2,4-diene-valproic acid in the toxicity of valproic acid and (E)-2-ene-valproic acid in sandwich-cultured rat hepatocytes

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    Surendradoss, Jayakumar; Chang, Thomas K.H.; Abbott, Frank S.

    2012-11-01

    Valproic acid (VPA) undergoes cytochrome P450-mediated desaturation to form 4-ene-VPA, which subsequently yields (E)-2,4-diene-VPA by ?-oxidation. Another biotransformation pathway involves ?-oxidation of VPA to form (E)-2-ene-VPA, which also generates (E)-2,4-diene-VPA by cytochrome P450-mediated desaturation. Although the synthetic form of (E)-2,4-diene-VPA is more hepatotoxic than VPA as shown in various experimental models, there is no conclusive evidence to implicate the in situ generated (E)-2,4-diene-VPA in VPA hepatotoxicity. The present study investigated the effects of modulating the in situ formation of (E)-2,4-diene-VPA on markers of oxidative stress (formation of 2?,7?-dichlorofluorescein; DCF), steatosis (accumulation of BODIPY 558/568 C{sub 12}), necrosis (release of lactate dehydrogenase; LDH), and on cellular total glutathione (GSH) levels in sandwich-cultured rat hepatocytes treated with VPA or (E)-2-ene-VPA. Treatment with either of these chemicals alone increased each of the toxicity endpoints. In VPA-treated hepatocytes, (E)-2,4-diene-VPA was detected only at trace levels, even after phenobarbital (PB) pretreatment and there was no effect on the toxicity of VPA. Furthermore, pretreatment with a cytochrome P450 enzyme inhibitor, 1-aminobenzotriazole (1-ABT), did not influence the extent of VPA toxicity in both PB-pretreated and vehicle-pretreated hepatocytes. However, in (E)-2-ene-VPA-treated hepatocytes, PB pretreatment greatly enhanced the levels of (E)-2,4-diene-VPA and this was accompanied by a further enhancement of the effects of (E)-2-ene-VPA on DCF formation, BODIPY accumulation, LDH release, and GSH depletion. Pretreatment with 1-ABT reduced the concentrations of (E)-2,4-diene-VPA and the extent of (E)-2-ene-VPA toxicity; however, this occurred in PB-pretreated hepatocytes, but not in control hepatocytes. In conclusion, in situ generated (E)-2,4-diene-VPA is not responsible for the hepatocyte toxicity of VPA, whereas it contributes to the toxicity of (E)-2-ene-VPA in PB-pretreated rat hepatocytes. -- Highlights: ? (E)-2,4-diene-valproic acid is a reactive and toxic metabolite of valproic acid (VPA). ? In situ, this metabolite is not responsible for VPA toxicity in rat hepatocytes. ? This metabolite enhances (E)-2-ene-VPA toxicity in PB-pretreated hepatocytes.

  9. E2 superfamily of ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes: constitutively active or activated through phosphorylation in the catalytic cleft

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    Valimberti, Ilaria; Tiberti, Matteo; Lambrughi, Matteo; Sarcevic, Boris; Papaleo, Elena

    2015-01-01

    Protein phosphorylation is a modification that offers a dynamic and reversible mechanism to regulate the majority of cellular processes. Numerous diseases are associated with aberrant regulation of phosphorylation-induced switches. Phosphorylation is emerging as a mechanism to modulate ubiquitination by regulating key enzymes in this pathway. The molecular mechanisms underpinning how phosphorylation regulates ubiquitinating enzymes, however, are elusive. Here, we show the high conservation of a functional site in E2 ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes. In catalytically active E2s, this site contains aspartate or a phosphorylatable serine and we refer to it as the conserved E2 serine/aspartate (CES/D) site. Molecular simulations of substrate-bound and -unbound forms of wild type, mutant and phosphorylated E2s, provide atomistic insight into the role of the CES/D residue for optimal E2 activity. Both the size and charge of the side group at the site play a central role in aligning the substrate lysine toward E2 catalytic cysteine to control ubiquitination efficiency. The CES/D site contributes to the fingerprint of the E2 superfamily. We propose that E2 enzymes can be divided into constitutively active or regulated families. E2s characterized by an aspartate at the CES/D site signify constitutively active E2s, whereas those containing a serine can be regulated by phosphorylation. PMID:26463729

  10. Exogenous 17?-oestradiol (E2) modifies thymus growth and regionalization in European sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax.

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    Seemann, F; Knigge, T; Olivier, S; Monsinjon, T

    2015-03-01

    The effect of 17?-oestradiol (E2) on the growth of the thymus and its regionalization into cortex and medulla was investigated in juvenile European sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax as they find themselves close to sources of oestrogenic pollution whilst residing in their estuarine nursery areas. While the exposure to 2, 20 and 200 ng l(-1) in 60 days post-hatch (dph) fish tended to cause a non-monotonous dose-response curve with a significant difference of the cortex size between lowest and highest exposures, the exposure to 20 ng l(-1) E2 from 90 dph onwards resulted in a distinct enlargement of the cortex. It is probable that the alteration of the cortex size also affects the T-cell differentiation and proliferation. PMID:25683570

  11. E2 enzyme inhibition by stabilization of a low affinity interface with ubiquitin

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    St-Cyr, Daniel J.; Ziemba, Amy; Garg, Pankaj; Plamondon, Serge; Auer, Manfred; Sidhu, Sachdev; Marinier, Anne; Kleiger, Gary; Tyers, Mike; Sicheri, Frank

    2014-01-01

    Weak protein interactions between ubiquitin and the ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) enzymes that mediate its covalent attachment to substrates serve to position ubiquitin for optimal catalytic transfer. We show that a small molecule inhibitor of the E2 ubiquitin conjugating enzyme Cdc34A, called CC0651, acts by trapping a weak interaction between ubiquitin and the E2 donor ubiquitin binding site. A structure of the ternary CC0651-Cdc34A-ubiquitin complex reveals that the inhibitor engages a composite binding pocket formed from Cdc34A and ubiquitin. CC0651 also suppresses the spontaneous hydrolysis rate of the Cdc34A-ubiquitin thioester, without overtly affecting the interaction between Cdc34A and the RING domain subunit of the E3 enzyme. Stabilization of the numerous other weak interactions between ubiquitin and UPS enzymes by small molecules may be a feasible strategy to selectively inhibit different UPS activities. PMID:24316736

  12. M1-E2 interference in the Zeeman spectra of Bi I

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    Werbowy, S.; Kwela, J.

    2008-02-15

    Studies of the M1-E2 interference effect in the mixed-type forbidden lines 461.5, 647.6, and 875.5 nm of Bi I are reported. A special computer program considering the interference effect was designed to obtain the predicted contours of the Zeeman structures of the lines. By variation of free parameters describing the line shapes and the electric-quadrupole admixtures, the calculated profiles were fitted to the recorded spectra. The E2 admixtures found are (7.84{+-}0.14)%, (17.5{+-}0.4)%, and (0.70{+-}0.11)% for the 461.5, 647.6, and 875.5 nm lines, respectively. Our results are compared with recent theories and other experiments.

  13. Structural insights into E2-E3 interaction for LC3 lipidation.

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    Metlagel, Zoltan; Otomo, Chinatsu; Ohashi, Kazuto; Takaesu, Giichi; Otomo, Takanori

    2014-03-01

    The members of the LC3/Atg8 family of proteins are covalently attached to phagophore and autophagosomal membranes. At the last step of the LC3 lipidation cascade, LC3 is transferred from the E2 enzyme ATG3 to phosphatidylethanolamine (PE). This transfer is stimulated by the ATG12-ATG5-ATG16L1 E3 complex, but the mechanism is not fully understood. We recently found that ATG12 of the E3 binds to a short sequence in the flexible region (FR) of ATG3 with high affinity, and that this interaction is critical for E2-E3 complex formation. These findings, together with detailed structural analyses of this interaction, define the properties of ATG12 and provide new insights of how LC3 transfer begins with ATG3 recruitment by ATG12. PMID:24413923

  14. E2 transition probabilities for decays of isomers observed in neutron-rich odd Sn isotopes

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    Iskra, ?. W.; Broda, R.; Janssens, R. V.F.; Wrzesi?ski, J.; Chiara, C. J.; Carpenter, M. P.; Fornal, B.; Hoteling, N.; Kondev, F. G.; Królas, W.; et al

    2015-01-01

    High-spin states were investigated with gamma coincidence techniques in neutron-rich Sn isotopes produced in fission processes following ??Ca + ²??Pb, ??Ca + ²³?U, and ??Ni + ²³?U reactions. By exploiting delayed and cross-coincidence techniques, level schemes have been delineated in odd ¹¹??¹²?Sn isotopes. Particular attention was paid to the occurrence of 19/2? and 23/2? isomeric states for which the available information has now been significantly extended. Reduced transition probabilities, B(E2), extracted from the measured half-lives and the established details of the isomeric decays exhibit a striking regularity. This behavior was compared with the previously observed regularity of the B(E2) amplitudesmore »for the seniority ? = 2 and 3, 10? and 27/2? isomers in even- and odd-Sn isotopes, respectively.« less

  15. Double-blind crossover trial of prostaglandin E2 in postgastrectomy reflux gastritis.

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    Nicolai, J J; van de Stadt, J; Tytgat, G N

    1986-12-01

    Excessive Enterogastric reflux following partial gastrectomy is believed to be responsible for bilious regurgitation, vomiting, nausea, and epigastric pain. At endoscopy, striking erythema and inflammatory changes of the gastric mucosa may be seen. The nonsurgical treatment for this syndrome is unsatisfactory. Because of the potential pathogenetic role of regurgitating bile acids, lysolecithin, and pancreatic secretions, it seemed relevant to find out whether prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) in a dose of 0.5 mg qid could protect the gastric mucosa from further damage and thereby lead to symptomatic improvement. The results of this controlled doubled-blind crossover trial, comparing PGE2 and placebo, in the treatment of postgastrectomy reflux gastritis reveal no significant differences between PGE2 and placebo with regard to symptoms, endoscopic features, and histologic evidence of inflammatory changes. Thus, prostaglandin E2 in the dose used appears incapable of improving postgastrectomy reflux gastritis in patients with mild to moderate degrees of this entity. PMID:3542441

  16. Antagonist of prostaglandin E2 receptor 4 induces metabolic alterations in liver of mice.

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    Li, Ning; Zhang, Limin; An, Yanpeng; Zhang, Lulu; Song, Yipeng; Wang, Yulan; Tang, Huiru

    2015-03-01

    Prostaglandin E2 receptor 4 (EP4) is one of the receptors for prostaglandin E2 and plays important roles in various biological functions. EP4 antagonists have been used as anti-inflammatory drugs. To investigate the effects of an EP4 antagonist (L-161982) on the endogenous metabolism in a holistic manner, we employed a mouse model, and obtained metabolic and transcriptomic profiles of multiple biological matrixes, including serum, liver, and urine of mice with and without EP4 antagonist (L-161982) exposure. We found that this EP4 antagonist caused significant changes in fatty acid metabolism, choline metabolism, and nucleotide metabolism. EP4 antagonist exposure also induced oxidative stress to mice. Our research is the first of its kind to report information on the alteration of metabolism associated with an EP4 antagonist. This information could further our understanding of current and new biological functions of EP4. PMID:25669961

  17. E2 transition probabilities for decays of isomers observed in neutron-rich odd Sn isotopes

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    Iskra, ?. W.; Broda, R.; Janssens, R. V.F.; Wrzesi?ski, J.; Chiara, C. J.; Carpenter, M. P.; Fornal, B.; Hoteling, N.; Kondev, F. G.; Królas, W.; Lauritsen, T.; Paw?at, T.; Seweryniak, D.; Stefanescu, I.; Walters, W. B.; Zhu, S.

    2015-01-01

    High-spin states were investigated with gamma coincidence techniques in neutron-rich Sn isotopes produced in fission processes following ??Ca + ²??Pb, ??Ca + ²³?U, and ??Ni + ²³?U reactions. By exploiting delayed and cross-coincidence techniques, level schemes have been delineated in odd ¹¹??¹²?Sn isotopes. Particular attention was paid to the occurrence of 19/2? and 23/2? isomeric states for which the available information has now been significantly extended. Reduced transition probabilities, B(E2), extracted from the measured half-lives and the established details of the isomeric decays exhibit a striking regularity. This behavior was compared with the previously observed regularity of the B(E2) amplitudes for the seniority ? = 2 and 3, 10? and 27/2? isomers in even- and odd-Sn isotopes, respectively.

  18. How Does (E)-2-(Acetamidomethylene)succinate Bind to Its Hydrolase? From the Binding Process to the Final Result

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    Zhang, Ji-Long; Zheng, Qing-Chuan; Li, Zheng-Qiang; Zhang, Hong-Xing

    2013-01-01

    The binding of (E)-2-(acetamidomethylene)succinate (E-2AMS) to E-2AMS hydrolase is crucial for biological function of the enzyme and the last step reaction of vitamin B6 biological degradation. In the present study, several molecular simulation methods, including molecular docking, conventional molecular dynamics (MD), steered MD (SMD), and free energy calculation methods, were properly integrated to investigate the detailed binding process of E-2AMS to its hydrolase and to assign the optimal enzyme-substrate complex conformation. It was demonstrated that the substrate binding conformation with trans-form amide bond is energetically preferred conformation, in which E-2AMS's pose not only ensures hydrogen bond formation of its amide oxygen atom with the vicinal oxyanion hole but also provides probability of the hydrophobic interaction between its methyl moiety and the related enzyme's hydrophobic cavity. Several key residues, Arg146, Arg167, Tyr168, Arg179, and Tyr259, orientate the E-2AMS's pose and stabilize its conformation in the active site via the hydrogen bond interaction with E-2AMS. Sequentially, the binding process of E-2AMS to E-2AMS hydrolase was studied by SMD simulation, which shows the surprising conformational reversal of E-2AMS. Several important intermediate structures and some significant residues were identified in the simulation. It is stressed that Arg146 and Arg167 are two pivotal residues responsible for the conformational reversal of E-2AMS in the binding or unbinding. Our research has shed light onto the full binding process of the substrate to E-2AMS hydrolase, which could provide more penetrating insight into the interaction of E-2AMS with the enzyme and would help in the further exploration on the catalysis mechanism. PMID:23308285

  19. Api5 Contributes to E2F1 Control of the G1/S Cell Cycle Phase Transition

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    Garcia-Jove Navarro, Marina; Basset, Céline; Arcondéguy, Tania; Touriol, Christian; Perez, Guillaume; Prats, Hervé; Lacazette, Eric

    2013-01-01

    Background The E2f transcription factor family has a pivotal role in controlling the cell fate in general, and in particular cancer development, by regulating the expression of several genes required for S phase entry and progression through the cell cycle. It has become clear that the transcriptional activation of at least one member of the family, E2F1, can also induce apoptosis. An appropriate balance of positive and negative regulators appears to be necessary to modulate E2F1 transcriptional activity, and thus cell fate. Methodology/Principal Findings In this report, we show that Api5, already known as a regulator of E2F1 induced-apoptosis, is required for the E2F1 transcriptional activation of G1/S transition genes, and consequently, for cell cycle progression and cell proliferation. Api5 appears to be a cell cycle regulated protein. Removal of Api5 reduces cyclin E, cyclin A, cyclin D1 and Cdk2 levels, causing G1 cell cycle arrest and cell cycle delay. Luciferase assays established that Api5 directly regulates the expression of several G1/S genes under E2F1 control. Using protein/protein and protein/DNA immunoprecipitation studies, we demonstrate that Api5, even if not physically interacting with E2F1, contributes positively to E2F1 transcriptional activity by increasing E2F1 binding to its target promoters, through an indirect mechanism. Conclusion/Significance The results described here support the pivotal role of cell cycle related proteins, that like E2F1, may act as tumor suppressors or as proto-oncogenes during cancer development, depending on the behavior of their positive and negative regulators. According to our findings, Api5 contributes to E2F1 transcriptional activation of cell cycle-associated genes by facilitating E2F1 recruitment onto its target promoters and thus E2F1 target gene transcription. PMID:23940755

  20. Isoscalar E0, E1, and E2 strength in Ca-40 

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    Youngblood, David H.; Lui, YW; Clark, HL.

    2001-01-01

    : Isoscalar E0, E1, and E2 strength in 40Ca ?Phys. Rev. C 63, 067301 ?2001?? D. H. Youngblood, Y.-W. Lui, and H. L. Clark ~Published 21 September 2001! DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevC.64.049901 PACS number~s!: 25.55.Ci, 24.30.Cz, 27.40.1z, 99.10.1g Due to a...

  1. Advanced Stirling Convertor (ASC-E2) Performance Testing at NASA Glenn Research Center

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    Oriti, Salvatore; Wilson, Scott

    2011-01-01

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center (GRC) has been supporting development of the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) since 2006. A key element of the ASRG Project is providing life, reliability, and performance testing of the Advanced Stirling Convertor (ASC). For this purpose, four pairs of ASCs capable of operating to 850 C and designated with the model number ASC-E2, were delivered by Sunpower of Athens, Ohio, to GRC in 2010. The ASC-E2s underwent a series of tests that included workmanship vibration testing, performance mapping, and extended operation. Workmanship vibration testing was performed following fabrication of each convertor to verify proper hardware build. Performance mapping consisted of operating each convertor at various conditions representing the range expected during a mission. Included were conditions representing beginning-of-mission (BOM), end-of-mission (EOM), and fueling. This same series of tests was performed by Sunpower prior to ASC-E2 delivery. The data generated during the GRC test were compared to performance before delivery. Extended operation consisted of a 500-hr period of operation with conditions maintained at the BOM point. This was performed to demonstrate steady convertor performance following performance mapping. Following this initial 500-hr period, the ASC-E2s will continue extended operation, controller development and special durability testing, during which the goal is to accumulate tens of thousands of hours of operation. Data collected during extended operation will support reliability analysis. Performance data from these tests is summarized in this paper.

  2. Apolipoprotein E ?2 Is Associated with New Hemorrhage Risk in Brain Arteriovenous Malformations

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    Pawlikowska, Ludmila; Poon, K.Y. Trudy; Achrol, Achal S.; McCulloch, Charles E.; Ha, Connie; Lum, Kristen; Zaroff, Jonathan G.; Ko, Nerissa U.; Johnston, S. Claiborne; Sidney, Stephen; Marchuk, Douglas A.; Lawton, Michael T.; Kwok, Pui-Yan; Young, William L.

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE Patients with brain arteriovenous malformation (AVM) are at life-threatening risk of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). Identification of genetic variants associated with increased new ICH risk would facilitate risk stratification and guide therapeutic intervention. METHODS Brain AVM patients evaluated at University of California, San Francisco or Kaiser Permanente Northern California were followed longitudinally. Primary outcome was new ICH after diagnosis; censoring events were any AVM treatment or last follow-up examination. The association of ApoE ?2 and ?4 genotype with new ICH was evaluated by Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and further characterized via a Cox proportional hazards model. RESULTS We genotyped 284 brain AVM patients (50% women; 57% Caucasian; median follow-up time, 0.3 yr) including 18 patients with a history of new ICH). ApoE ?2, but not ApoE ?4 genotype, was associated with new ICH (P = 0.0052). ApoE ?2 carriers had fivefold increased risk of new ICH (hazard ratio, 5.09; 95% confidence interval, 1.46–17.7; P = 0.010; Cox proportional hazards model adjusting for race/ethnicity and clinical presentation). Subset analysis in the largest homogenous ethnic subcohort (Caucasians) confirmed the increased risk of new ICH in ApoE ?2 carriers (hazard ratio, 8.71; 95% confidence interval, 1.4–53.9; P = 0.020; multivariate model adjusting for clinical presentation). CONCLUSION ApoE genotype may influence the risk of ICH in the natural course of brain AVM. The identification of genetic predictors of ICH risk may facilitate estimation of AVM natural history risk and individualize clinical decision-making and therapeutic recommendations. PMID:16639317

  3. Advanced Stirling Convertor (ASC-E2) Performance Testing at NASA Glenn Research Center

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    Oriti, Salvatore; Wilson, Scott

    2011-01-01

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center (GRC) has been supporting development of the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG) since 2006. A key element of the ASRG Project is providing life, reliability, and performance testing of the Advanced Stirling Convertor (ASC). For this purpose, four pairs of ASCs capable of operating to 850 C and designated with the model number ASC-E2, were delivered by Sunpower of Athens, OH, to GRC in 2010. The ASC-E2s underwent a series of tests that included workmanship vibration testing, performance mapping, and extended operation. Workmanship vibration testing was performed following fabrication of each convertor to verify proper hardware build. Performance mapping consisted of operating each convertor at various conditions representing the range expected during a mission. Included were conditions representing beginning-of-mission (BOM), end-of-mission (EOM), and fueling. This same series of tests was performed by Sunpower prior to ASC-E2 delivery. The data generated during the GRC test were compared to performance before delivery. Extended operation consisted of a 500-hour period of operation with conditions maintained at the BOM point. This was performed to demonstrate steady convertor performance following performance mapping. Following this initial 500-hour period, the ASC-E2s will continue extended operation, controller development and special durability testing, during which the goal is to accumulate tens of thousands of hours of operation. Data collected during extended operation will support reliability analysis. Performance data from these tests is summarized in this paper.

  4. A new non-Hermitian E2-quasi-exactly solvable model

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    Andreas Fring

    2014-12-08

    We construct a previously unknown $E_2$-quasi-exactly solvable non-Hermitian model whose eigenfunctions involve weakly orthogonal polynomials obeying three-term recurrence relations that factorize beyond the quantization level. The model becomes Hermitian when one of its two parameters is fixed to a specific value. We analyze the double scaling limit of this model leading to the complex Mathieu equation. The norms, Stieltjes measures and moment functionals are evaluated for some concrete values of one of the two parameters.

  5. Sex steroid dynamics during embryogenesis and sexual differentiation in Eurasian perch, Perca fluviatilis.

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    Rougeot, C; Krim, A; Mandiki, S N M; Kestemont, P; Mélard, C

    2007-03-15

    It is widely accepted that sex steroid hormones play an important and a specific role during the process of sex differentiation in fish. In order to describe the role of the three main sex steroid hormones (testosterone--T, 17beta-estradiol--E2 and 11keto-testosterone--11KT) during embryogenesis and sex differentiation in Eurasian perch, Perca fluviatilis, eggs, larvae and juveniles originating from two mixed-sex and two all-female progenies were regularly sampled from fertilization to hatching (D0) and from hatching to day 70 post-hatching (D70). Just after spawning, a significant amount of sex steroids [T (1634.2pgg(-1)), E2 (554.4pgg(-1)) and 11KT (1513.2pgg(-1))] was measured in non-fertilised eggs suggesting a maternal transmission of these steroids. From D2 to D70 post-hatching, E2 levels were significantly higher in mixed-sex progenies (median: 725.7pgg(-1)) than in all-female progenies (156.2pgg(-1)) and significantly increased after the onset of the histological differentiation of the gonad in both progenies (D35). Levels of 11KT were significantly higher in mixed-sex (median: 431.5pgg(-1)) than in all-female progenies (below the limit of assay detection) and significantly increased at D35 in all-female progenies (median value: 343.2pgg(-1)). Mean 11KT to E2 ratio was six-fold higher in mixed-sex progenies (1.35) than in all-female progenies (0.24). The data suggest that the 11-oxygenated androgen (11KT) plays a major role in the male differentiation process, and that sex differentiation in Eurasian perch is probably determined by the 11KT to E2 ratio. PMID:17270265

  6. New observations of asteroid (4179) Toutatis as closely observed by Chang’e-2

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    Ji, Jianghui; Jiang, Yun; Zhao, Yuhui

    2015-08-01

    Toutatis, as an Apollo near-Earth asteroid in an eccentric orbit, was successfully visited by Chang'e-2 on December 13th 2012 after the spacecraft completed its lunar exploration and an extended mission of space-environment exploration at the Sun-Earth Lagrangian point. This flyby as close as a distance of 770 m away from the asteroid’s surface, reveals many geological features on Toutatis’ surface, like concavities, boulders, lineaments and regolith, particularly an ~ 800 m giant basin at the end of the large lobe as well as a sharply perpendicular silhouette near the neck region, indicating that Toutatis is probably a rubble-pile asteroid (Huang et al. 2013). We further identify more than 200 boulders over the imaged area of Toutatis, and infer that most boulders cannot solely be generated by impact cratering, but probably originate from the fragments of parent body of Toutatis. Incorporation with ground-based radar observations over the last two decades, we investigate the orientation and the rotational parameters of Toutatis based on the images captured by Chang'e-2. Hence, Chang'e-2's flyby enables us to have an in-depth understanding of the formation and evolution of this asteroid.

  7. Alterations in p53 and E2F-1 function common to immortalized chicken embryo fibroblasts.

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    Kim, H; You, S; Kim, I J; Foster, L K; Farris, J; Ambady, S; Ponce de León, F A; Foster, D N

    2001-05-10

    A number of non-virally and non-chemically immortalized chicken embryo fibroblast (CEF) cells have been established recently in continuous cell culture. All immortal CEF cells tested showed common genetic alterations in the expression patterns of p53 and E2F-1 mRNA and protein which were down- and up-regulated, respectively. The biological effects of differentially regulated p53 and E2F-1 were determined by reporter gene transcriptional activity assays, DNA binding assays, and Northern blot analysis of the expression patterns of down-stream genes. In addition, expression of most of the cyclin genes was up-regulated in immortal CEF cells, which may be associated with the rapid cell division rates and serum-independent growth patterns seen in immortal CEF cells. The telomeric lengths and chromosome integrity were maintained in all immortal CEF cell lines without detectable telomerase activity. Although the functional inactivations of the p53 and Rb regulatory pathways are known to be common events for cellular immortalization, the genetic changes leading to alteration of p53 and E2F-1 function through transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation seem to be unique in immortal CEF cells. PMID:11420679

  8. E2-2 Dependent Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells Control Autoimmune Diabetes

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    Hansen, Lisbeth; Schmidt-Christensen, Anja; Gupta, Shashank; Fransén-Pettersson, Nina; Hannibal, Tine D.; Reizis, Boris; Santamaria, Pere; Holmberg, Dan

    2015-01-01

    Autoimmune diabetes is a consequence of immune-cell infiltration and destruction of pancreatic ?-cells in the islets of Langerhans. We analyzed the cellular composition of the insulitic lesions in the autoimmune-prone non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse and observed a peak in recruitment of plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) to NOD islets around 8–9 weeks of age. This peak coincides with increased spontaneous expression of type-1-IFN response genes and CpG1585 induced production of IFN-? from NOD islets. The transcription factor E2-2 is specifically required for the maturation of pDCs, and we show that knocking out E2-2 conditionally in CD11c+ cells leads to a reduced recruitment of pDCs to pancreatic islets and reduced CpG1585 induced production of IFN-? during insulitis. As a consequence, insulitis has a less aggressive expression profile of the Th1 cytokine IFN-? and a markedly reduced diabetes incidence. Collectively, these observations demonstrate a disease-promoting role of E2-2 dependent pDCs in the pancreas during autoimmune diabetes in the NOD mouse. PMID:26624013

  9. Serine/threonine kinases and E2-ubiquitin conjugating enzymes in Planctomycetes: unexpected findings.

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    Arcas, Aida; Cases, Ildefonso; Rojas, Ana M

    2013-10-01

    The regulation of signal transduction by phosphorylation and ubiquitination is essential to ensure the correct behavior of eukaryotic cells. We searched for protein families involved in such signaling in several eukaryotic species and in a limited set of prokaryotes, where two members of the Planctomycetes phylum were included as they exhibit eukaryote-like features (Gemmata obscuriglobus and Pirellula staleyi). We identified sequences homologous to eukaryotic serine/threonine kinases (STKs) and E2-ubiquitin conjugating enzymes in the two Planctomycetes species. To extend these analyses to the Planctomycetes/Verrucomicrobia/Chlamydia super-phylum, we performed comparative analyses using domains from kinases, phosphatases and GTPases that serve as signaling signatures, and we analyzed their distributions. We found substantial differences in kinome densities with regards to other prokaryote clades and among the groups in the Planctomycetes/Verrucomicrobia/Chlamydia super-phylum. In addition, we identified the presence of classic eukaryotic E2-conjugating ubiquitin proteins in prokaryotes, these having previously believed to exist only in eukaryotes. Our phylogenetic analyses of the STKs signature domains and E2-enzymes suggest the existence of horizontal gene transfer. PMID:23918348

  10. Broadly Neutralizing Alphavirus Antibodies Bind an Epitope on E2 and Inhibit Entry and Egress.

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    Fox, Julie M; Long, Feng; Edeling, Melissa A; Lin, Hueylie; van Duijl-Richter, Mareike K S; Fong, Rachel H; Kahle, Kristen M; Smit, Jolanda M; Jin, Jing; Simmons, Graham; Doranz, Benjamin J; Crowe, James E; Fremont, Daved H; Rossmann, Michael G; Diamond, Michael S

    2015-11-19

    We screened a panel of mouse and human monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against chikungunya virus and identified several with inhibitory activity against multiple alphaviruses. Passive transfer of broadly neutralizing MAbs protected mice against infection by chikungunya, Mayaro, and O'nyong'nyong alphaviruses. Using alanine-scanning mutagenesis, loss-of-function recombinant proteins and viruses, and multiple functional assays, we determined that broadly neutralizing MAbs block multiple steps in the viral lifecycle, including entry and egress, and bind to a conserved epitope on the B domain of the E2 glycoprotein. A 16 Å resolution cryo-electron microscopy structure of a Fab fragment bound to CHIKV E2 B domain provided an explanation for its neutralizing activity. Binding to the B domain was associated with repositioning of the A domain of E2 that enabled cross-linking of neighboring spikes. Our results suggest that B domain antigenic determinants could be targeted for vaccine or antibody therapeutic development against multiple alphaviruses of global concern. PMID:26553503

  11. CMIP5 Historical Simulations (1850-2012) with GISS ModelE2

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    Miller, Ronald Lindsay; Schmidt, Gavin A.; Nazarenko, Larissa S.; Tausnev, Nick; Bauer, Susanne E.; DelGenio, Anthony D.; Kelley, Max; Lo, Ken K.; Ruedy, Reto; Shindell, Drew T.; Aleinov, Igor; Bauer, Mike; Bleck, Rainer; Canuto, Vittorio; Chen, Yonghua; Cheng, Ye; Clune, Thomas L.; Faluvegi, Greg; Healy, Richard J.; Kiang, Nancy Y.; Lacis, Andy A.; LeGrande, Allegra N.; Lerner, Jean; Rind, David; Russell, Gary L.

    2014-01-01

    Observations of climate change during the CMIP5 extended historical period (1850-2012) are compared to trends simulated by six versions of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies ModelE2 Earth System Model. The six models are constructed from three versions of the ModelE2 atmospheric general circulation model, distinguished by their treatment of atmospheric composition and the aerosol indirect effect, combined with two ocean general circulation models, HYCOM and Russell. Forcings that perturb the model climate during the historical period are described. Five-member ensemble averages from each of the six versions of ModelE2 simulate trends of surface air temperature, atmospheric temperature, sea ice and ocean heat content that are in general agreement with observed trends, although simulated warming is slightly excessive within the past decade. Only simulations that include increasing concentrations of long-lived greenhouse gases match the warming observed during the twentieth century. Differences in twentieth-century warming among the six model versions can be attributed to differences in climate sensitivity, aerosol and ozone forcing, and heat uptake by the deep ocean. Coupled models with HYCOM export less heat to the deep ocean, associated with reduced surface warming in regions of deepwater formation, but greater warming elsewhere at high latitudes along with reduced sea ice. All ensembles show twentieth-century annular trends toward reduced surface pressure at southern high latitudes and a poleward shift of the midlatitude westerlies, consistent with observations.

  12. The prostaglandin E2 receptor EP4 is integral to a positive feedback loop for prostaglandin E2 production in human macrophages infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

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    Nishimura, Tomoyasu; Zhao, Xiaomin; Gan, Huixian; Koyasu, Shigeo; Remold, Heinz G

    2013-09-01

    Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is an important biological mediator involved in the defense against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection. Previously, we reported that in macrophages (M?s), infection with avirulent Mtb H37Ra resulted in inhibition of necrosis by an inhibitory effect on mitochondrial permeability transition via the PGE2 receptor EP2. However, human M?s also express EP4, a PGE2 receptor functionally closely related to EP2 that also couples to stimulatory guanine nucleotide binding protein, but the functional differences between EP2 and EP4 in Mtb-infected M?s have been unclear. EP4 antagonist addition to H37Ra-infected M?s inhibited the expression of cyclooxygenase 2 (COX2) and microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 (mPGES-1), which are involved in PGE2 production. Moreover, H37Ra infection induced PGE2 production through the Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2/p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway. Induction of COX2 and mPGES-1 expression by TLR2 stimulation or Mtb infection was increased after additional stimulation with EP4 agonist. Hence, in Mtb-infected M?s, PGE2 production induced by pathogen recognition receptors/p38 MAPK signaling is up-regulated by EP4-triggered signaling to maintain an effective PGE2 concentration. PMID:23759445

  13. Structure Determination and Characterization of the Vitamin B[superscript 6] Degradative Enzyme (E)-2-(Acetamidomethylene)succinate Hydrolase

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    McCulloch, Kathryn M.; Mukherjee, Tathagata; Begley, Tadhg P.; Ealick, Steven E.

    2010-06-22

    The gene identification and kinetic characterization of (E)-2-(acetamidomethylene)succinate (E-2AMS) hydrolase has recently been described. This enzyme catalyzes the final reaction in the degradation of vitamin B{sub 6} and produces succinic semialdehyde, acetate, ammonia, and carbon dioxide from E-2AMS. The structure of E-2AMS hydrolase was determined to 2.3 {angstrom} using SAD phasing. E-2AMS hydrolase is a member of the {alpha}/{beta} hydrolase superfamily and utilizes a serine/histidine/aspartic acid catalytic triad. Mutation of either the nucleophilic serine or the aspartate resulted in inactive enzyme. Mutation of an additional serine residue in the active site causes the enzyme to be unstable and is likely structurally important. The structure also provides insight into the mechanism of hydrolysis of E-2AMS and identifies several potential catalytically important residues.

  14. Dietary effects of soy isoflavones daidzein and genistein on 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene-induced mammary mutagenesis and carcinogenesis in ovariectomized Big Blue transgenic rats.

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    Manjanatha, Mugimane; Shelton, Sharon; Bishop, Michelle; Lyn-Cook, Lascelles; Aidoo, Anane

    2006-10-01

    The major constituents of isoflavones daidzein (DZ) and genistein (GE) interact with the and estrogen receptors in several tissues including mammary tissues. In this study, we used ovariectomy (OVX) to model menopause and determined the effects of DZ, GE or 17beta-estradiol (E(2)) exposures on chemically induced mutagenesis and carcinogenesis in the mammary glands of female Big Blue transgenic rats. The rats were fed control diet containing the isoflavones and E(2) and treated with a single oral dose of 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA) at PND50. Animals were euthanized at 16 or 20 weeks post-carcinogen treatment to assess mutant frequencies (MFs) and histopathological parameters, respectively. The isoflavones or E(2) supplementation alone resulted in the lac I MFs that were not significantly different from the MFs measured in rats fed the control diet alone. DMBA exposure, however, induced significant increases in the lac I MFs in the mammary tissues of both OVX and INT rats and Hprt MFs in spleen lymphocytes (P < 0.01). In general, feeding the isoflavones or E(2) did not cause any significant changes in DMBA-induced mutagenicity in the mammary tissues. However, feeding the isoflavone mixture (daidzein + genistein; DZG) resulted in a significant reduction in the DMBA-induced lac I MFs (P < 0.05). Cell proliferation as measured by PCNA immunohistochemistry was increased in both OVX and INT rats exposed to DMBA as compared with rats fed control diet (P < 0.05). Mammary histology indicated that hyperplasia was induced in most of the treatment groups including control. Although DMBA did not induce mammary tumors in the OVX rats, adenoma and adenocarcinoma were detected in the mammary glands of INT rats. PMID:16709578

  15. Estradiol rapidly inhibits soluble guanylyl cyclase expression in rat uterus

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    Krumenacker, J. S.; Hyder, S. M.; Murad, F.

    2001-01-01

    Previous reports that investigated the regulation of the NO/soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC)/cGMP pathway by estrogenic compounds have focused primarily on the levels of NO, NO-producing enzymes, and cGMP in various tissues. In this study, we demonstrate that 17beta-estradiol (E2) regulates the alpha(1) and beta(1) subunits of the NO receptor, sGC, at the mRNA and protein levels in rat uterus. Using real-time quantitative PCR, we found that within 1 h of in vivo E2 administration to rats, sGC mRNA levels begin to diminish. After 3 h, there is a maximal diminution of sGC mRNA expression (sGC alpha(1) 10% and sGC beta(1) 33% of untreated). This effect was blocked by the estrogen receptor antagonist, ICI 182,780, indicating that estrogen receptor is required. The effect of E2 also was observed in vitro with incubations of uterine tissue, indicating that the response does not depend on the secondary release of other hormones or factors from other tissues. Puromycin did not block the effect, suggesting the effects occur because of preexisting factors in uterine tissues and do not require new protein synthesis. Using immunoblot analysis, we found that sGC protein levels also were reduced by E2 over a similar time course as the sGC mRNA. We conclude that sGC plays a vital role in the NO/sGC/cGMP regulatory pathway during conditions of elevated estrogen levels in the rat uterus as a result of the reduction of sGC expression.

  16. Estrogenic and anti-estrogenic effects of wood extractives present in pulp and paper mill effluents on rainbow trout.

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    Orrego, Rodrigo; Guchardi, John; Krause, Rachelle; Holdway, Douglas

    2010-08-15

    Wood extractives present in pulp and paper mill effluents may cause reproductive disturbances in fish. A chronic-exposure toxicity experiment using immature rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) was conducted in order to assess the endocrine disrupting effects of two Chilean pulp and paper mill specific extracts (solid phase extraction, SPE) obtained from primary and secondary treated effluents. The (anti)estrogenic potencies and toxicity of the wood extractives regularly present in pulp mill effluent such as dehydroabietic acid (DHAA), beta-sitosterol (BS), and model estrogen 17beta-estradiol (E2) were evaluated by analysis of plasma vitellogenin (VTG) levels, gonadal somatic index (GSI) and liver ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD) activity, respectively. The protocol involved the use of multiple intra-peritoneal injections (1 injection every 7 days for a total exposure period of 28 days). Analysis of variance/covariance, demonstrated no differences associated with fish gender other than GSI. The phytosterol BS, E2 and both pulp mill effluent extracts showed significant inductions of EROD and increased VTG levels after 4, 7, 14, 21 and 28 of exposure. While fish injected with secondary treated effluent extract showed a delayed induction in VTG levels compared to primary effluent injected fish, no effects on VTG and EROD levels were observed in DHAA injected fish. Moreover simultaneous injection of DHAA+E2 reduced the VTG levels found in E2 injected fish, indicating a potential indirect anti-estrogenic effect of this resin acid. The results of this study indicate that Chilean pulp and paper mill effluent extracts are estrogenic in rainbow trout males and females. PMID:20483492

  17. Beneficial effects of beta-Ecdysone on the joint, epiphyseal cartilage tissue and trabecular bone in ovariectomized rats.

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    Kapur, P; Wuttke, W; Jarry, H; Seidlova-Wuttke, D

    2010-04-01

    Ecdysteroids are steroids found in invertebrates and plants. In mammals they have protein anabolic effects. We have recently published antiosteoporotic effects of Tinospora cordifolia (TC) extract and the search for the possible active ingredients yielded the presence of beta-Ecdysone (Ecd). Therefore, we investigated the effects of pure Ecd in ovariectomized rats on morphological changes in joint, epiphyseal cartilage and trabecular tissue. Following ovariectomy rats were fed for 1 month with Ecd containing food at a dose of 52.8 mg/day/animal. Positive and negative control animals received 17-beta Estradiol (E(2), 132 microg/day/animal) and soy free (sf) food respectively. At sacrifice, specimens consisting of upper tibiae-lower femurs and knee joint were harvested and processed for histomorphometry. The parameters measured included thickness of the joint cartilage, thickness of the whole epiphyseal growth plate and its three zones. Furthermore, the percentage of trabecular bone in the metaphysis region of tibiae was quantified. Ecd and E(2) induced a significant increase in the thickness of joint cartilage. The whole epiphyseal growth plate and its proliferative and hypertrophic zones were also increased by Ecd whereas E(2) reduced their size. The percentage of trabecular area in the metaphysis of tibia was significantly increased in Ecd and E(2) treated animals. Results provide a plausible explanation for the antiosteoporotic effects of TC. Hence, TC as well as other Ecd producing plants or pure Ecd may be of value in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis which is of increasing importance due to aging and obesity among individuals. PMID:20171072

  18. Dynamic nature of alterations in the endocrine system of fathead minnows exposed to the fungicide prochloraz.

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    Ankley, Gerald T; Bencic, David C; Cavallin, Jenna E; Jensen, Kathleen M; Kahl, Michael D; Makynen, Elizabeth A; Martinovic, Dalma; Mueller, Nathaniel D; Wehmas, Leah C; Villeneuve, Daniel L

    2009-12-01

    The vertebrate hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis is controlled through various feedback mechanisms that maintain a dynamic homeostasis in the face of changing environmental conditions, including exposure to chemicals. We assessed the effects of prochloraz on HPG axis function in adult fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) at multiple sampling times during 8-day exposure and 8-day depuration/recovery phases. Consistent with one mechanism of action of prochloraz, inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) 19 aromatase activity, the fungicide depressed ex vivo ovarian production and plasma concentrations of 17beta-estradiol (E2) in female fish. At a prochloraz water concentration of 30 microg/l, inhibitory effects on E2 production were transitory and did not persist during the 8-day exposure phase. At 300 microg/l prochloraz, inhibition of E2 production was evident throughout the 8-day exposure but steroid titers recovered within 1 day of cessation of exposure. Compensation or recovery of steroid production in prochloraz-exposed females was accompanied by upregulation of several ovarian genes associated with steroidogenesis, including cyp19a1a, cyp17 (hydroxylase/lyase), cyp11a (cholesterol side-chain cleavage), and follicle-stimulating hormone receptor. In male fathead minnows, the 8-day prochloraz exposure decreased testosterone (T) production, possibly through inhibition of CYP17. However, as for E2 in females, ex vivo testicular production and plasma concentrations of T recovered within 1 day of stopping exposure. Steroidogenic genes upregulated in testis included cyp17 and cyp11a. These studies demonstrate the adaptability of the HPG axis to chemical stress and highlight the need to consider the dynamic nature of the system when developing approaches to assess potential risks of endocrine-active chemicals. PMID:19767443

  19. Effects of pulp and paper mill effluent extractives on aromatase CYP19a gene expression and sex steroid levels in juvenile triploid rainbow trout.

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    Orrego, Rodrigo; McMaster, Mark; Van Der Kraak, Glen; Holdway, Douglas

    2010-05-10

    We evaluated plasma testosterone (T) and 17beta-estradiol (E2) levels and ovarian aromatase CYP19a gene expression following a single intraperitoneal injection of Chilean pulp and paper mill effluent extracts into juvenile triploid rainbow trout. Fish injected with untreated effluent extracts had increased plasma T after 4 days, while plasma E2 concentration was increased in fish injected with both primary and secondary treated effluent extracts at the same sampling period. Ovarian CYP19a gene expression as measured by qRT-PCR was significantly induced in fish injected with the untreated, primary and secondary treated pulp and paper mill effluent extracts. Similar induction of CYP19a expression was found in fish injected with the androgens androstenedione (ADD) and T. A Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was conducted in order to identify structure in relationships between all measured variables and identifying which factors were most responsible for the variance observed within the plasma steroid levels, upregulation of ovarian CYP19a gene expression and the final estrogenic effect of increased plasma VTG levels. This analysis indicated a cluster correlation between plasma T levels and CYP19a gene expression (Factor 1, explaining 27.2% of total variance), a cluster including condition factor and liver somatic index (Factor 2, explaining 17.3%) and an additional cluster including plasma E2 and vitellogenin levels (Factor 3, explaining an additional 15.8%). The present results indicate that Chilean pulp and paper mill effluent extracts cause estrogenic effects in triploid rainbow trout. These effects could be related to the compounds present in the effluent that act as estrogen receptor agonists, or that induce changes leading to increased amounts of endogenous estrogens, reflected by increased E2 levels and induced aromatase expression/activity. PMID:20129681

  20. Dietary effects of soy isoflavones daidzein and genistein on 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene-induced mammary mutagenesis and carcinogenesis in ovariectomized Big Blue transgenic rats.

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    Manjanatha, Mugimane G; Shelton, Sharon; Bishop, Michelle E; Lyn-Cook, Lascelles E; Aidoo, Anane

    2006-12-01

    The major constituents of isoflavones, daidzein (DZ) and genistein (GE) are known to interact with the alpha and beta estrogen receptors (ERalpha/beta) in several tissues including mammary. In this study, we used ovariectomy (OVX) to model menopause and determined the effects of DZ, GE or 17beta-estradiol (E2) exposures on chemically induced mutagenesis and carcinogenesis in the mammary glands of female Big Blue (BB) transgenic rats. The rats were fed control diet containing the isoflavones and E2 and treated with a single oral dose of 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA) at PND 50. Animals were sacrificed at 16 or 20 weeks post-carcinogen treatment to assess mutant frequencies (MFs) and histopathological parameters, respectively. The isoflavones or E2 supplementation alone resulted in modest increases in the lacI MF that were not significantly different from the MFs measured in rats fed the control diet alone. DMBA exposure, however, induced significant increases in the lacI MFs in the mammary of both OVX and ovary intact (INT) rats and Hprt MFs in spleen lymphocytes (PE2 separately did not cause any significant changes in DMBA-induced mutagenicity in the mammary. However, feeding the isoflavone mixture (DZG) resulted in a significant reduction in the DMBA-induced lacI MFs (P

  1. Relationship between O-antigen chain length and resistance to colicin E2 in Shigella flexneri.

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    Tran, Elizabeth Ngoc Hoa; Papadopoulos, Magdalene; Morona, Renato

    2014-03-01

    The Shigella flexneri polysaccharide co-polymerase class 1a (PCP1a) protein, WzzBSF, regulates LPS O-antigen (Oag) chain length to confer short (S)-type Oag chains of ~10-17 Oag repeat units (RUs). The S-type Oag chains affect Shigella flexneri virulence as they influence IcsA-mediated actin-based motility. However, they do not confer resistance to complement; this is conferred by the very-long (VL)-type Oag chains determined by WzzB(pHS2). Colicins are bacterial proteins produced by some Escherichia coli strains to kill related strains. While the presence of Oag chains has been shown to shield outer-membrane proteins from colicins, the impact of Oag chain length against colicins is unknown. In this study, initial testing indicated that a Shigella flexneri Y wzz?:?:?kan(r) mutant was more sensitive to colicin E2 compared with the WT strain. Plasmids encoding Wzz mutant and WT PCP1a proteins conferring different Oag modal chain lengths were then expressed in the mutant background, and tested against purified colicin E2. Analysis of swab and spot sensitivity assays showed that strains expressing either S-type or long (L)-type Oag chains (16-28 Oag RUs) conferred greater resistance to colicin E2 compared with strains having very-short-type (2-8 Oag RUs), intermediate-short-type (8-14 Oag RUs) or VL-type (>80 Oag RUs) Oag chains. These results suggest a novel role for LPS Oag chain length control that may have evolved due to selection pressure from colicins in the environment. PMID:24425769

  2. Electronic, magnetic, transport, and thermal properties of single-crystalline UF e2A l10

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    Tro?, R.; Samsel-Czeka?a, M.; Talik, E.; Wawryk, R.; Gajek, Z.; Pasturel, M.

    2015-09-01

    The valence and core-level x-ray photoemission spectra (XPS), performed on an UF e2A l10 single crystal, were measured using the Al K? radiation. The results of valence XPS show practically two separate regions of spectral intensity, one just at the Fermi level (EF) and the other one being a wide content with its maximum at about 0.8 eV below EF. These give rise to two electronic configurations of the 5 f states in the studied aluminide, itinerant and localized ones, i.e., their dual character. In such a situation the corresponding valence spectra, calculated within the local density approximation (LDA), well explain the former configuration, being responsible for a metallic behavior of the studied compound. Moreover, this behavior is confirmed clearly also by our results of magnetotransport measurements. On the other hand, the obtained magnetic susceptibility, specific heat, electrical resistivity, and thermoelectric power data support very well the local character of the 5 f2 -electron configuration of the U4 + ion in UF e2A l10 having the orthorhombic and cage-type crystal structure. Based on that configuration, the magnetic and thermal characteristics of the compound were modeled by the effective crystal field (CF) potential in the intermediate coupling scheme using initial parameters obtained by the angular overlap model (AOM). The obtained final CF parameters yielded the CF level scheme, composed of only singlets, proper for orthorhombic symmetry. Such a set of singlets reproduces in a satisfactory way both the strongly anisotropic temperature variations of the magnetic susceptibility, measured along the three main crystallographic directions, as well as the Schottky anomaly, evaluated using specific heat results of isomorphic ThF e2A l10 as a phonon reference. Also, the strongly anisotropic behavior of the Seebeck coefficient and its low temperature maxima observed for the compound studied here have been explained roughly by the CF effect.

  3. Comparative analysis of the replicon regions of eleven ColE2-related plasmids.

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    Hiraga, S; Sugiyama, T; Itoh, T

    1994-01-01

    The incA gene product of ColE2-P9 and ColE3-CA38 plasmids is an antisense RNA that regulates the production of the plasmid-coded Rep protein essential for replication. The Rep protein specifically binds to the origin and synthesizes a unique primer RNA at the origin. The IncB incompatibility is due to competition for the Rep protein among the origins of the same binding specificity. We localized the regions sufficient for autonomous replication of 15 ColE plasmids related to ColE2-P9 and ColE3-CA38 (ColE2-related plasmids), analyzed their incompatibility properties, and determined the nucleotide sequences of the replicon regions of 9 representative plasmids. The results suggest that all of these plasmids share common mechanisms for initiation of DNA replication and its control. Five IncA specificity types, 4 IncB specificity types, and 9 of the 20 possible combinations of the IncA and IncB types were found. The specificity of interaction of the Rep proteins and the origins might be determined by insertion or deletion of single nucleotides and substitution of several nucleotides at specific sites in the origins and by apparently corresponding insertion or deletion and substitution of amino acid sequences at specific regions in the C-terminal portions of the Rep proteins. For plasmids of four IncA specificity types, the nine-nucleotide sequences at the loop regions of the stem-loop structures of antisense RNAs are identical, suggesting an evolutionary significance of the sequence. The mosaic structures of the replicon regions with homologous and nonhomologous segments suggest that some of them were generated by exchanging functional parts through homologous recombination. PMID:7525540

  4. Evaluation of the global aerosol microphysical ModelE2-TOMAS model against satellite and ground-based observations

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    Lee, Y. H.; Adams, P. J.; Shindell, D. T.

    2015-03-01

    The TwO-Moment Aerosol Sectional (TOMAS) microphysics model has been integrated into the state-of-the-art general circulation model, GISS ModelE2. This paper provides a detailed description of the ModelE2-TOMAS model and evaluates the model against various observations including aerosol precursor gas concentrations, aerosol mass and number concentrations, and aerosol optical depths. Additionally, global budgets in ModelE2-TOMAS are compared with those of other global aerosol models, and the ModelE2-TOMAS model is compared to the default aerosol model in ModelE2, which is a one-moment aerosol (OMA) model (i.e. no aerosol microphysics). Overall, the ModelE2-TOMAS predictions are within the range of other global aerosol model predictions, and the model has a reasonable agreement (mostly within a factor of 2) with observations of sulfur species and other aerosol components as well as aerosol optical depth. However, ModelE2-TOMAS (as well as ModelE2-OMA) cannot capture the observed vertical distribution of sulfur dioxide over the Pacific Ocean, possibly due to overly strong convective transport and overpredicted precipitation. The ModelE2-TOMAS model simulates observed aerosol number concentrations and cloud condensation nuclei concentrations roughly within a factor of 2. Anthropogenic aerosol burdens in ModelE2-OMA differ from ModelE2-TOMAS by a few percent to a factor of 2 regionally, mainly due to differences in aerosol processes including deposition, cloud processing, and emission parameterizations. We observed larger differences for naturally emitted aerosols such as sea salt and mineral dust, as those emission rates are quite different due to different upper size cutoff assumptions.

  5. Direct and Indirect Targets of the E2A-PBX1 Leukemia-Specific Fusion Protein

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    Diakos, Christofer; Xiao, Yuanyuan; Zheng, Shichun; Kager, Leo; Dworzak, Michael; Wiemels, Joseph L.

    2014-01-01

    E2A-PBX1 is expressed as a result of the t(1;19) chromosomal translocation in nearly 5% of cases of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The E2A-PBX1 chimeric transcription factor contains the N-terminal transactivation domain of E2A (TCF3) fused to the C-terminal DNA-binding homeodomain of PBX1. While there is no doubt of its oncogenic potential, the mechanisms of E2A-PBX1-mediated pre-B cell transformation and the nature of direct E2A-PBX1 target genes and pathways remain largely unknown. Herein we used chromatin immunoprecipitation assays (ChIP-chip) to identify direct targets of E2A-PBX1, and we used gene expression arrays of siRNA E2A-PBX1-silenced cells to evaluate changes in expression induced by the fusion protein. Combined ChIP-chip and expression data analysis gave rise to direct and functional targets of E2A-PBX1. Further we observe that the set of ChIP-chip identified E2A-PBX1 targets show a collective down-regulation trend in the E2A-PBX1 silenced samples compared to controls suggesting an activating role of this fusion transcription factor. Our data suggest that the expression of the E2A-PBX1 fusion gene interferes with key regulatory pathways and functions of hematopoietic biology. Among these are members of the WNT and apoptosis/cell cycle control pathways, and thus may comprise an essential driving force for the propagation and maintenance of the leukemic phenotype. These findings may also provide evidence of potentially attractive therapeutic targets. PMID:24503810

  6. Kinetics of Lethal Adsorption of Colicin E2 by Escherichia coli

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    Shannon, R.; Hedges, A. J.

    1967-01-01

    The kinetics of lethal adsorption of colicin E2 by Escherichia coli C6 were studied by means of survivor plots. These were determined by a method which allowed rapid sampling of the reaction mixture and estimation of approximate confidence limits for the plotted data. The results were consistent with the predictions of a hypothetical model that assumed a single-hit mechanism of colicin action upon a bacterial population whose cells varied in their number of specific (lethal) receptors for colicin. The possibility of nonlethal adsorption is discussed. PMID:5340307

  7. X-ray spectroscopy of E2 and M3 transitions in Ni-like W

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    Clementson, J.; Beiersdorfer, P.; Gu, M. F.

    2010-01-15

    The electric quadrupole (E2) and magnetic octupole (M3) ground-state transitions in Ni-like W{sup 46+} have been measured using high-resolution crystal spectroscopy at the LLNL electron-beam ion trap facility. The lines fall in the soft x-ray region near 7.93 A and were originally observed as an unresolved feature in tokamak plasmas. Using flat ammonium dihydrogen phosphate and quartz crystals, the wavelengths, intensities, and polarizations of the two lines have been measured for various electron-beam energies and compared to intensity and polarization calculations performed using the Flexible Atomic Code (FAC).

  8. (e, 2e) electron momentum spectrometer with high sensitivity and high resolution

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    Ren, X.G.; Ning, C.G.; Deng, J.K.; Zhang, S.F.; Su, G.L.; Huang, F.; Li, G.Q.

    2005-06-15

    A high sensitivity and high resolution (e, 2e) electron momentum spectrometer with simultaneous detection in energy and momentum are constructed. The design and performance of the spectrometer are reported. The orbital electron density distributions are obtained accurately and rapidly by using this spectrometer equipped with a double toroidal analyzer. The experimental results on argon and helium exhibit the significant improvements in coincidence count rates, resolution, sensitivity and obtainment of a wide range of adjustable experimental impact energies, which are crucial for further electron momentum spectroscopy studying electronic structure and electron correlation in complex systems.

  9. Future climate change under RCP emission scenarios with GISS ModelE2

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    Nazarenko, L.; Schmidt, G. A.; Miller, R. L.; Tausnev, N.; Kelley, M.; Ruedy, R.; Russell, G. L.; Aleinov, I.; Bauer, M.; Bauer, S.; Bleck, R.; Canuto, V.; Cheng, Y.; Clune, T. L.; Del Genio, A. D.; Faluvegi, G.; Hansen, J. E.; Healy, R. J.; Kiang, N. Y.; Koch, D.; Lacis, A. A.; LeGrande, A. N.; Lerner, J.; Lo, K. K.; Menon, S.; Oinas, V.; Perlwitz, J.; Puma, M. J.; Rind, D.; Romanou, A.; Sato, M.; Shindell, D. T.; Sun, S.; Tsigaridis, K.; Unger, N.; Voulgarakis, A.; Yao, M. -S.; Zhang, Jinlun

    2015-02-24

    We examine the anthropogenically forced climate response for the 21st century representative concentration pathway (RCP) emission scenarios and their extensions for the period 2101–2500. The experiments were performed with ModelE2, a new version of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Sciences (GISS) coupled general circulation model that includes three different versions for the atmospheric composition components: a noninteractive version (NINT) with prescribed composition and a tuned aerosol indirect effect (AIE), the TCAD version with fully interactive aerosols, whole-atmosphere chemistry, and the tuned AIE, and the TCADI version which further includes a parameterized first indirect aerosol effect on clouds. Each atmospheric version is coupled to two different ocean general circulation models: the Russell ocean model (GISS-E2-R) and HYCOM (GISS-E2-H). By 2100, global mean warming in the RCP scenarios ranges from 1.0 to 4.5°#2;C relative to 1850–1860 mean temperature in the historical simulations. In the RCP2.6 scenario, the surface warming in all simulations stays below a 2#2;°C threshold at the end of the 21st century. For RCP8.5, the range is 3.5–4.5°#2;C at 2100. Decadally averaged sea ice area changes are highly correlated to global mean surface air temperature anomalies and show steep declines in both hemispheres, with a larger sensitivity during winter months. By the year 2500, there are complete recoveries of the globally averaged surface air temperature for all versions of the GISS climate model in the low-forcing scenario RCP2.6. TCADI simulations show enhanced warming due to greater sensitivity to CO?, aerosol effects, and greater methane feedbacks, and recovery is much slower in RCP2.6 than with the NINT and TCAD versions. All coupled models have decreases in the Atlantic overturning stream function by 2100. In RCP2.6, there is a complete recovery of the Atlantic overturning stream function by the year 2500 while with scenario RCP8.5, the E2-R climate model produces a complete shutdown of deep water formation in the North Atlantic.

  10. Dynamical (e, 2e) studies using tetrahydrofuran as a DNA analog.

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    Colyer, C J; Bellm, S M; Lohmann, B; Hanne, G F; Al-Hagan, O; Madison, D H; Ning, C G

    2010-09-28

    Triple differential cross sections for the electron-impact ionization of the outer valence orbital of tetrahydrofuran have been measured using the (e, 2e) technique. The measurements have been performed with coplanar asymmetric kinematics, at an incident electron energy of 250 eV and at an ejected electron energy of 10 eV, over a range of momentum transfers. The experimental results are compared with theoretical calculations carried out using the molecular three-body distorted wave model. The results obtained are important for gaining an understanding of electron driven processes at a molecular level and for modeling energy deposition in living tissue. PMID:20886927

  11. On-orbit calibration of soft X-ray detector on Chang'E-2 satellite

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    Hong Xiao; Wenxi Penga; Huanyu Wang; Xingzhu Cui; Dongya Guo

    2015-02-02

    X-ray spectrometer is one of the satellite payloads on Chang'E-2 satellite. The soft X-ray detector is one of the device on X-ray spectrometer which is designed to detect the major rock-forming elements within 0.5-10keV range on lunar surface. In this paper, energy linearity and energy resolution calibration is done using a weak Fe55 source, while temperature and time effect is considered not take big error. The total uncertainty is estimated to be within 5% after correction.

  12. On-orbit calibration of soft X-ray detector on Chang'E-2 satellite

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    Xiao, Hong; Peng, Wen-Xi; Wang, Huan-Yu; Cui, Xing-Zhu; Guo, Dong-Ya

    2015-10-01

    The X-ray spectrometer is one of the satellite payloads on the Chang'E-2 satellite. The soft X-ray detector is one of the devices on the X-ray spectrometer, designed to detect the major rock-forming elements within the 0.5-10 keV range on the lunar surface. In this paper, energy linearity and energy resolution calibration is done using a weak 55Fe source. Temperature and time effects are found not to give a large error. The total uncertainty of calibration is estimated to be within 5% after correction. Supported by National Science Foundation of Ministry of Education

  13. Development of an (e,2e) electron momentum spectroscopy apparatus using an ultrashort pulsed electron gun

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    Yamazaki, M.; Kasai, Y.; Oishi, K.; Nakazawa, H.; Takahashi, M.

    2013-06-15

    An (e,2e) apparatus for electron momentum spectroscopy (EMS) has been developed, which employs an ultrashort-pulsed incident electron beam with a repetition rate of 5 kHz and a pulse duration in the order of a picosecond. Its instrumental design and technical details are reported, involving demonstration of a new method for finding time-zero. Furthermore, EMS data for the neutral Ne atom in the ground state measured by using the pulsed electron beam are presented to illustrate the potential abilities of the apparatus for ultrafast molecular dynamics, such as by combining EMS with the pump-and-probe technique.

  14. Future climate change under RCP emission scenarios with GISS ModelE2

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    Nazarenko, L.; NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, NY; Schmidt, G. A.; Miller, R. L.; Tausnev, N.; Trinnovim LLC, New York, NY; Kelley, M.; Trinnovim LLC, New York, NY; Ruedy, R.; Trinnovim LLC, New York, NY; et al

    2015-02-24

    We examine the anthropogenically forced climate response for the 21st century representative concentration pathway (RCP) emission scenarios and their extensions for the period 2101–2500. The experiments were performed with ModelE2, a new version of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Sciences (GISS) coupled general circulation model that includes three different versions for the atmospheric composition components: a noninteractive version (NINT) with prescribed composition and a tuned aerosol indirect effect (AIE), the TCAD version with fully interactive aerosols, whole-atmosphere chemistry, and the tuned AIE, and the TCADI version which further includes a parameterized first indirect aerosol effect on clouds. Each atmosphericmore »version is coupled to two different ocean general circulation models: the Russell ocean model (GISS-E2-R) and HYCOM (GISS-E2-H). By 2100, global mean warming in the RCP scenarios ranges from 1.0 to 4.5°#2;C relative to 1850–1860 mean temperature in the historical simulations. In the RCP2.6 scenario, the surface warming in all simulations stays below a 2#2;°C threshold at the end of the 21st century. For RCP8.5, the range is 3.5–4.5°#2;C at 2100. Decadally averaged sea ice area changes are highly correlated to global mean surface air temperature anomalies and show steep declines in both hemispheres, with a larger sensitivity during winter months. By the year 2500, there are complete recoveries of the globally averaged surface air temperature for all versions of the GISS climate model in the low-forcing scenario RCP2.6. TCADI simulations show enhanced warming due to greater sensitivity to CO?, aerosol effects, and greater methane feedbacks, and recovery is much slower in RCP2.6 than with the NINT and TCAD versions. All coupled models have decreases in the Atlantic overturning stream function by 2100. In RCP2.6, there is a complete recovery of the Atlantic overturning stream function by the year 2500 while with scenario RCP8.5, the E2-R climate model produces a complete shutdown of deep water formation in the North Atlantic.« less

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  1. HPV-18 E2circumflexE4 chimera: 2 new spliced transcripts and proteins induced by keratinocyte differentiation

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    Tan, Chye Ling; Gunaratne, Jayantha; Lai, Deborah; Carthagena, Laetitia; Wang, Qian; Xue, Yue Zhen; Quek, Ling Shih; Doorbar, John; Bachelerie, Francoise; Thierry, Francoise; Bellanger, Sophie

    2012-07-20

    The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) E4 is known to be synthesized as an E1circumflexE4 fusion resulting from splice donor and acceptor sites conserved across HPV types. Here we demonstrate the existence of 2 HPV-18 E2circumflexE4 transcripts resulting from 2 splice donor sites in the 5 Prime part of E2, while the splice acceptor site is the one used for E1circumflexE4. Both E2circumflexE4 transcripts are up-regulated by keratinocyte differentiation in vitro and can be detected in clinical samples containing low-grade HPV-18-positive cells from Pap smears. They give rise to two fusion proteins in vitro, E2circumflexE4-S and E2circumflexE4-L. Whereas we could not differentiate E2circumflexE4-S from E1circumflexE4 in vivo, E2circumflexE4-L could be formally identified as a 23 kDa protein in raft cultures in which the corresponding transcript was also found, and in a biopsy from a patient with cervical intraepithelial neoplasia stage I-II (CINI-II) associated with HPV-18, demonstrating the physiological relevance of E2circumflexE4 products.

  2. Surface plasmon resonance imaging reveals multiple binding modes of Agrobacterium transformation mediator VirE2 to ssDNA.

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    Kim, Sanghyun; Zbaida, David; Elbaum, Michael; Leh, Hervé; Nogues, Claude; Buckle, Malcolm

    2015-07-27

    VirE2 is the major secreted protein of Agrobacterium tumefaciens in its genetic transformation of plant hosts. It is co-expressed with a small acidic chaperone VirE1, which prevents VirE2 oligomerization. After secretion into the host cell, VirE2 serves functions similar to a viral capsid in protecting the single-stranded transferred DNA en route to the nucleus. Binding of VirE2 to ssDNA is strongly cooperative and depends moreover on protein-protein interactions. In order to isolate the protein-DNA interactions, imaging surface plasmon resonance (SPRi) studies were conducted using surface-immobilized DNA substrates of length comparable to the protein-binding footprint. Binding curves revealed an important influence of substrate rigidity with a notable preference for poly-T sequences and absence of binding to both poly-A and double-stranded DNA fragments. Dissociation at high salt concentration confirmed the electrostatic nature of the interaction. VirE1-VirE2 heterodimers also bound to ssDNA, though by a different mechanism that was insensitive to high salt. Neither VirE2 nor VirE1-VirE2 followed the Langmuir isotherm expected for reversible monomeric binding. The differences reflect the cooperative self-interactions of VirE2 that are suppressed by VirE1. PMID:26044711

  3. E2F1 represses b-catenin transcription and is antagonized by both pRB and CDK8

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    Cai, Long

    suppressor protein (pRB). Here we show that E2F1 is a potent and specific inhibitor of b). Together, these genetic interactions show a strong functional antagonism between elevated dE2F1/dDP and Arm of cell function, including proliferation, differentiation and survival4,5 . The genetic interactions

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  7. Preparation of human single chain Fv antibody against hepatitis C virus E2 protein and its identification in immunohistochemistry

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    Zhong, Yan-Wei; Cheng, Jun; Wang, Gang; Shi, Shuang-Shuang; Li, Li; Zhang, Ling-Xia; Chen, Ju-Mei

    2002-01-01

    AIM: To screen human single chain Fv antibody (scFv) against hepatitis C virus E2 antigen and identify its application in immunohistochemistry. METHODS: The phage antibody library was panned by HCV E2 antigen, which was coated in microtiter plate. After five rounds of biopanning, 56 phage clones were identified specific to HCV E2 antigen. The selected scFv clones were digested by Sfi I/Not I and DNA was sequenced. Then it was subcloned into the vector pCANTAB5E for expression as E-tagged soluble scFv. The liver tissue sections from normal person and patients with chronic hepatitis B and chronic hepatitis C were immunostained with HCV E2 scFv antibody. RESULTS: The data of scFv-E2 DNA digestion and DNA sequencing showed that the scFv gene is composed of 750 bp. ELISA and immunohistochemistry demonstrated that the human single chain Fv antibody against hepatitis C E2 antigen has a specific binding character with hepatitis virus E2 antigen and paraffin-embedded tissue, but did not react with liver tissues from healthy persons or patients with chronic hepatitis B. CONCLUSION: We have successfully screened and identified HCV E2 scFv and the scFv could be used in the immunostaining of liver tissue sections from patients with chronic hepatitis C. PMID:12378631

  8. THE E2/FRB PATHWAY REGULATION OF DNA REPLICATION AND PROTEIN BIOSYNTHESIS

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    The E2F/Rb pathway plays a pivotal role in the control of cell cycle progression and regulates the expression of genes required for Gl/S transition. Our study examines the genomic response in Drosophila embryos after overexpression and mutation of E2F/Rb pathway molecules. Hierar...

  9. Imperial College London EEE 1L6 Autumn 2009 E2.2 Analogue Electronics Multiple stage amplifiers

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    Papavassiliou, Christos

    Imperial College London ­ EEE 1L6 Autumn 2009 E2.2 Analogue Electronics Multiple stage amplifiers Aims: · Examine a few common 2-transistor amplifiers: -- Differential amplifiers -- Cascode amplifiers amplifiers #12;Imperial College London ­ EEE 2L6 Autumn 2009 E2.2 Analogue Electronics Two stage BJT

  10. Interaction of CSFV E2 protein with swine host factors as detected by yeast two-hybrid system

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    E2 is one of the envelope glycoproteins of pestiviruses, including classical swine fever virus (CSFV) and bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV). E2 is involved in several critical functions, including virus entry into target cells, induction of a protective immune response and virulence in swine. Howev...

  11. Computer-assisted Identification of Cell Cycle-related Genes: New Targets for E2F Transcription Factors

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    Computer-assisted Identification of Cell Cycle-related Genes: New Targets for E2F Transcription to the promoters predicted by the computer-assisted methods. Our identi®cation of new E2F target genes provides new factors; computer-associated prediction; composite elements; weight matrix*Corresponding author

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  13. Surface plasmon resonance imaging reveals multiple binding modes of Agrobacterium transformation mediator VirE2 to ssDNA

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    Kim, Sanghyun; Zbaida, David; Elbaum, Michael; Leh, Hervé; Nogues, Claude; Buckle, Malcolm

    2015-01-01

    VirE2 is the major secreted protein of Agrobacterium tumefaciens in its genetic transformation of plant hosts. It is co-expressed with a small acidic chaperone VirE1, which prevents VirE2 oligomerization. After secretion into the host cell, VirE2 serves functions similar to a viral capsid in protecting the single-stranded transferred DNA en route to the nucleus. Binding of VirE2 to ssDNA is strongly cooperative and depends moreover on protein–protein interactions. In order to isolate the protein–DNA interactions, imaging surface plasmon resonance (SPRi) studies were conducted using surface-immobilized DNA substrates of length comparable to the protein-binding footprint. Binding curves revealed an important influence of substrate rigidity with a notable preference for poly-T sequences and absence of binding to both poly-A and double-stranded DNA fragments. Dissociation at high salt concentration confirmed the electrostatic nature of the interaction. VirE1–VirE2 heterodimers also bound to ssDNA, though by a different mechanism that was insensitive to high salt. Neither VirE2 nor VirE1–VirE2 followed the Langmuir isotherm expected for reversible monomeric binding. The differences reflect the cooperative self-interactions of VirE2 that are suppressed by VirE1. PMID:26044711

  14. Multiple Mechanisms for E2F Binding Inhibitionby Phosphorylation of the Retinoblastoma Protein C-terminal Domain

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    Burke, Jason R.; Liban, Tyler J.; Restrepo, Tamara; Lee, Hsiau-Wei; Rubin, Seth M.

    2013-01-01

    The retinoblastoma proteinC-terminal domain (RbC) is necessary for the tumor suppressor protein's activities in growth suppression and E2F transcription factor inhibition. Cyclin-dependent kinase phosphorylation of RbC contributes to Rb inactivation and weakens the Rb-E2F inhibitory complex. Here we demonstratetwo mechanisms for how RbC phosphorylation inhibits E2F binding. We find that phosphorylation of S788 and S795 weakens the direct association between the N-terminal portion of RbC (RbCN) and the marked-box domains of E2F and its heterodimerization partner DP. Phosphorylation of these sites and S807/S811 also induces an intramolecular association between RbC and the pocket domain,which overlaps with the site of E2F transactivation domain binding. Areduction in E2F binding affinity occurs with S788/S795 phosphorylation that is additive with the effects of phosphorylation at other sites, and we propose a structural mechanism that explains this additivity. We find that different Rb phosphorylation events have distinct effects on activating E2F family members, which suggests a novel mechanism for how Rb may differentially regulate E2F activities. PMID:24103329

  15. Prostaglandin I2 and prostaglandin E2 modulate human intrarenal artery contractility through prostaglandin E2-EP4, prostacyclin-IP, and thromboxane A2-TP receptors.

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    Eskildsen, Morten P; Hansen, Pernille B L; Stubbe, Jane; Toft, Anja; Walter, Steen; Marcussen, Niels; Rasmussen, Lars M; Vanhoutte, Paul M; Jensen, Boye L

    2014-09-01

    Cyclooxygenase inhibitors decrease renal blood flow in settings with decreased effective circulating volume. The present study examined the hypothesis that prostaglandins, prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and prostacyclin (PGI2), induce relaxation of human intrarenal arteries through PGE2-EP and PGI2-IP receptors. Intrarenal arteries were microdissected from human nephrectomy samples (n=53, median diameter ?362 ?m, 88% viable, 76% relaxed in response to acetylcholine). Rings were suspended in myographs to record force development. In vessels with K(+)-induced tension (EC70: -log [mol/L]=1.36±0.03), PGE2 and PGI2 induced concentration-dependent relaxation (-log EC50: PGE2=7.1±0.3 and PGI2=7.7). The response to PGE2 displayed endothelium dependence and desensitization. Relaxation by PGE2 was mimicked by an EP4 receptor agonist (CAY10598, EC50=6.7±0.2). The relaxation after PGI2 was abolished by an IP receptor antagonist (BR5064, 10(-8) mol/L). Pretreatment of quiescent arteries with PGE2 for 5 minutes (10(-6) mol/L) led to a significant right shift of the concentration-response to norepinephrine (EC50 from 6.6±0.1-5.9±0.1). In intrarenal arteries with K(+)-induced tone, PGE2 and PGI2 at 10(-5) mol/L elicited increased tension. This was abolished by thromboxane receptor (TP) antagonist (S18886, 10(-6) mol/L). A TP agonist (U46619, n=6) evoked tension (EC50=8.1±0.2) that was inhibited by S18886. Polymerase chain reaction and immunoblotting showed EP4, IP, and TP receptors in intrarenal arteries. In conclusion, PGE2 and PGI2 may protect renal perfusion by activating cognate IP and EP4 receptors associated with smooth muscle cells and endothelium in human intrarenal arteries and contribute to increased renal vascular resistance at high pathological concentrations mediated by noncognate TP receptor. PMID:24914192

  16. The X-ray Mirrors for the Astro-E2 Mission

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    Chan, Kai-Wing; Soong, Yang; Serlemitsos, Peter J.; White, Nicholas E. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    The X-Ray telescopes (XRT) for the US/Japan collaborative mission Astro-E2 will be of the same basic design as those built for the original Astro-E mission which failed to reach orbit in Feb. 2000. The NASA/GSFC X-ray Astrophysics Branch will again provide the five lightweight, broad-band mirrors for the mission. X-ray calibrations of the mirrors delivered for the original Astro-E instrument showed spatial resolutions characterized by Half-Power Diameters (HPD) in the range of 1.8 - 2.2 minutes of arc, essentially independent of photon energy in the soft X-ray band. For the mission Astro-E2, both funding constraints and management decisions drastically limit any design modifications, so reflector fabrication and assembly procedures have remained largely unchanged. Nevertheless, in view of the importance in scientific return of attaining even a modest improvement in the spatial resolution of these mirrors, we have carefully considered the various sources of spatial error and, whenever possible, incorporated promising modifications. In this paper, we discuss our current understanding of the various error components as well as the small changes we have been able to implement.

  17. Antifibrotic effects of noscapine through activation of prostaglandin E2 receptors and protein kinase A.

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    Kach, Jacob; Sandbo, Nathan; La, Jennifer; Denner, Darcy; Reed, Eleanor B; Akimova, Olga; Koltsova, Svetlana; Orlov, Sergei N; Dulin, Nickolai O

    2014-03-14

    Myofibroblast differentiation is a key process in the pathogenesis of fibrotic disease. We have shown previously that differentiation of myofibroblasts is regulated by microtubule polymerization state. In this work, we examined the potential antifibrotic effects of the antitussive drug, noscapine, recently found to bind microtubules and affect microtubule dynamics. Noscapine inhibited TGF-?-induced differentiation of cultured human lung fibroblasts (HLFs). Therapeutic noscapine treatment resulted in a significant attenuation of pulmonary fibrosis in the bleomycin model of the disease. Noscapine did not affect gross microtubule content in HLFs, but inhibited TGF-?-induced stress fiber formation and activation of serum response factor without affecting Smad signaling. Furthermore, noscapine stimulated a rapid and profound activation of protein kinase A (PKA), which mediated the antifibrotic effect of noscapine in HLFs, as assessed with the PKA inhibitor, PKI. In contrast, noscapine did not activate PKA in human bronchial or alveolar epithelial cells. Finally, activation of PKA and the antifibrotic effect of noscapine in HLFs were blocked by the EP2 prostaglandin E2 receptor antagonist, PF-04418948, but not by the antagonists of EP4, prostaglandin D2, or prostacyclin receptors. Together, we demonstrate for the first time the antifibrotic effect of noscapine in vitro and in vivo, and we describe a novel mechanism of noscapine action through EP2 prostaglandin E2 receptor-mediated activation of PKA in pulmonary fibroblasts. PMID:24492608

  18. Antifibrotic Effects of Noscapine through Activation of Prostaglandin E2 Receptors and Protein Kinase A*

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    Kach, Jacob; Sandbo, Nathan; La, Jennifer; Denner, Darcy; Reed, Eleanor B.; Akimova, Olga; Koltsova, Svetlana; Orlov, Sergei N.; Dulin, Nickolai O.

    2014-01-01

    Myofibroblast differentiation is a key process in the pathogenesis of fibrotic disease. We have shown previously that differentiation of myofibroblasts is regulated by microtubule polymerization state. In this work, we examined the potential antifibrotic effects of the antitussive drug, noscapine, recently found to bind microtubules and affect microtubule dynamics. Noscapine inhibited TGF-?-induced differentiation of cultured human lung fibroblasts (HLFs). Therapeutic noscapine treatment resulted in a significant attenuation of pulmonary fibrosis in the bleomycin model of the disease. Noscapine did not affect gross microtubule content in HLFs, but inhibited TGF-?-induced stress fiber formation and activation of serum response factor without affecting Smad signaling. Furthermore, noscapine stimulated a rapid and profound activation of protein kinase A (PKA), which mediated the antifibrotic effect of noscapine in HLFs, as assessed with the PKA inhibitor, PKI. In contrast, noscapine did not activate PKA in human bronchial or alveolar epithelial cells. Finally, activation of PKA and the antifibrotic effect of noscapine in HLFs were blocked by the EP2 prostaglandin E2 receptor antagonist, PF-04418948, but not by the antagonists of EP4, prostaglandin D2, or prostacyclin receptors. Together, we demonstrate for the first time the antifibrotic effect of noscapine in vitro and in vivo, and we describe a novel mechanism of noscapine action through EP2 prostaglandin E2 receptor-mediated activation of PKA in pulmonary fibroblasts. PMID:24492608

  19. Parametrizations of triaxial deformation and E2 transitions of the wobbling band

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    Shimizu, Yoshifumi R.; Shoji, Takuya; Matsuzaki, Masayuki

    2008-02-15

    There are various different definitions for the triaxial deformation parameter '{gamma}'. It is pointed out that the parameter conventionally used in the Nilsson (or Woods-Saxon) potential, {gamma}(pot:Nils) [or {gamma}(pot:WS)], is not appropriate for representing the triaxiality {gamma} defined in terms of the intrinsic quadrupole moments. The difference between the two can be as large as a factor two in the case of the triaxial superdeformed bands recently observed in Hf and Lu nuclei, i.e., {gamma}(pot:Nils){approx_equal}20 deg. corresponds to {gamma}{approx_equal}10 deg. In our previous work, we studied the wobbling excitations in Lu nuclei using the microscopic framework of the cranked Nilsson mean-field and the random phase approximation. The most serious problem was that the calculated B(E2) value is about factor two too small. It is shown that the origin of this underestimate can mainly be attributed to the small triaxial deformation parameter {gamma}{approx_equal}10 deg. that corresponds to {gamma}(pot:Nils){approx_equal}20 deg. If the same triaxial deformation parameter is used as in the analysis of the particle-rotor model, {gamma}{approx_equal}20 deg., the calculated B(E2) gives correct magnitude of the experimental data.

  20. Global Carbon Cycle Modeling in GISS ModelE2 GCM

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    Aleinov, I. D.; Kiang, N. Y.; Romanou, A.; Romanski, J.

    2014-12-01

    Consistent and accurate modeling of the Global Carbon Cycle remains one of the main challenges for the Earth System Models. NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) ModelE2 General Circulation Model (GCM) was recently equipped with a complete Global Carbon Cycle algorithm, consisting of three integrated components: Ent Terrestrial Biosphere Model (Ent TBM), Ocean Biogeochemistry Module and atmospheric CO2 tracer. Ent TBM provides CO2 fluxes from the land surface to the atmosphere. Its biophysics utilizes the well-known photosynthesis functions of Farqhuar, von Caemmerer, and Berry and Farqhuar and von Caemmerer, and stomatal conductance of Ball and Berry. Its phenology is based on temperature, drought, and radiation fluxes, and growth is controlled via allocation of carbon from labile carbohydrate reserve storage to different plant components. Soil biogeochemistry is based on the Carnegie-Ames-Stanford (CASA) model of Potter et al. Ocean biogeochemistry module (the NASA Ocean Biogeochemistry Model, NOBM), computes prognostic distributions for biotic and abiotic fields that influence the air-sea flux of CO2 and the deep ocean carbon transport and storage. Atmospheric CO2 is advected with a quadratic upstream algorithm implemented in atmospheric part of ModelE2. Here we present the results for pre-industrial equilibrium and modern transient simulations and provide comparison to available observations. We also discuss the process of validation and tuning of particular algorithms used in the model.

  1. New insights of asteroid 4179 Toutatis using China Chang'e-2 close flyby optical measurements

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    Bu, Yanlong; Tang, Geshi; Cao, Jianfeng; Hu, Songjie; Yang, Cheng; Liu, Chuankai; Di, KaiChang; Xu, Bin; Liu, Bin; Fa, Wenzhe; Hu, Tianjiang; Ding, Chibiao E-mail: tanggeshi@bacc.org.cn

    2015-01-01

    The mysteries of near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis have been more comprehensively unveiled by analyzing the optical images taken during the Chang'e-2 flyby in 2012. Compared with previous works, this paper concentrates on the photogrammetric relation between the Chang'e-2 spacecraft and Toutatis and the imaging shadow effect during the flyby. Accurate models of imaging and optical measurements are developed to study Toutatis's dimensions and rotational state at the time of imaging. As the illumination study shows, the shadowed region perpendicular to the long axis accounts for 27.78% of the Toutatis images, while the long axis of the body is fully captured. With a compensation on the shadow effect, the optical measurements reveal that Toutatis's long axis is 4354 ± 56 m, the maximum length is 4391 ± 56 m, and the spatial orientation described with the angles of direction cosine during the flyby is (126.°13 ± 0.°29, 122.°98 ± 0.°21, 126.°63 ± 0.°46). Furthermore, a new triaxial ellipsoid of 4354 × 1835 × 2216 m and a volume of 7.5158 km{sup 3} are proposed based on the previous Toutatis shape model. The effectiveness of the proposed method is validated, since typical features such as the neck and endpoints agree well with the results simultaneously observed by the ground radar. Moreover, it also potentially provides a feasible approach to precisely calculate the spin period of Toutatis.

  2. Detection of ethylene glycol - toward W51/e2 and G34.3+0.02

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    Lykke, Julie M.; Favre, Cécile

    2014-07-01

    Ethylene glycol (HOCH2CH2OH), also commenly known as antifreeze, is the reduced alcohol version of glycolaldehyde (CH2OHCHO). Glycoladehyde - the simplest possible aldehyde sugar (Marstokk and Møllendal 1973) - is the first intermediate step in the path toward forming more complex and biologically relevant molecules through the the formose reaction, which begins with formaldehyde (H2CO) and ends with the formation of sugars and ultimately ribose, the backbone of RNA (e.g., Larralde et al. 1995). The presence of glycolaldehyde is therefore an important indication that processes leading to biologically relevant molecules are taking place. It is however, still unclear as to how glycolaldehyde and ethylene glycol are formed in the ISM. It has been proposed that they share a common formation pathway through UV-irradiation of methanol (CH3OH) ices mixed with CO (Öberg et al. 2009). So far, ethylene glycol, in its lower energy con-former (g’Ga(CH2OH)2), has been detected toward SgrB2 (N) by Hollis et al. (2002), tentatively toward IRAS 16293-2422 (Jørgensen et al. 2012) and marginally by Kalenskii and Johansson (2010) toward W51 e1/e2. Here we present a firm detection of ethylene glycol toward W51/e2 as well as a first detection toward G34.3+0.02 at 1mm and 3mm using the IRAM 30m telescope.

  3. Structural Code for DNA Recognition Revealed in Crystal Structures of Papillomavirus E2-DNA Targets

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    Rozenberg, Haim; Rabinovich, Dov; Frolow, Felix; Hegde, Rashmi S.; Shakked, Zippora

    1998-12-01

    Transcriptional regulation in papillomaviruses depends on sequence-specific binding of the regulatory protein E2 to several sites in the viral genome. Crystal structures of bovine papillomavirus E2 DNA targets reveal a conformational variant of B-DNA characterized by a roll-induced writhe and helical repeat of 10.5 bp per turn. A comparison between the free and the protein-bound DNA demonstrates that the intrinsic structure of the DNA regions contacted directly by the protein and the deformability of the DNA region that is not contacted by the protein are critical for sequence-specific protein/DNA recognition and hence for gene-regulatory signals in the viral system. We show that the selection of dinucleotide or longer segments with appropriate conformational characteristics, when positioned at correct intervals along the DNA helix, can constitute a structural code for DNA recognition by regulatory proteins. This structural code facilitates the formation of a complementary protein-DNA interface that can be further specified by hydrogen bonds and nonpolar interactions between the protein amino acids and the DNA bases.

  4. Association of the Apolipoprotein E 2 Allele with Concurrent Occurrence of Endometrial Hyperplasia and Endometrial Carcinoma

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    Ivanova, Tatiana I.; Krikunova, Ludmila I.; Ryabchenko, Nikolay I.; Mkrtchyan, Liana S.; Khorokhorina, Vera A.; Salnikova, Lyubov E.

    2015-01-01

    Genes encoding proteins with antioxidant properties may influence susceptibility to endometrial hyperplasia (EH) and endometrial carcinoma (ECa). Patients with EH (n = 89), EH concurrent with ECa (n = 76), ECa (n = 186), and healthy controls (n = 1110) were genotyped for five polymorphic variants in the genes involved in metabolism of lipoproteins (APOE Cys112Arg and Arg158Cys), iron (HFE Cys282Tyr and His63Asp), and catecholamines (COMT Val158Met). Patients and controls were matched by ethnicity (all Caucasians), age, body mass index (BMI), and incidence of hypertension and diabetes. The frequency of the APOE E 2 allele (158Cys) was higher in patients with EH + ECa than in controls (P = 0.0012, PBonferroni = 0.018, OR = 2.58, 95% CI 1.49–4.45). The APOE E 4 allele (112Arg) was more frequently found in patients with EH than in controls and HFE minor allele G (63Asp) had a protective effect in the ECa group, though these results appeared to be nonsignificant after correction for multiple comparisons. The results of the study indicate that E 2 allele might be associated with concurrent occurrence of EH and ECa. PMID:25741405

  5. Pure E2 transitions: A test for BRICC Internal Conversion Coefficients

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    Gerl, J.; Sai, K. Vijay; Sainath, M.; Gowrishankar, R.; Venkataramaniah, K.

    2009-01-01

    The most widely used theoretical internal conversion coefficient (ICC) tables are of Hager and Seltzer (HS), Rosel et al. and BRICC (Band et al. tables using BRICC interpolation code). A rigorous comparison of experimental ICCs with various theoretical tabulations is possible only when a large data on experimental ICCs is available at one place. For this reason, a compilation of all the available experimental ICCs, ?T, ?K, ?L of E2 transitions for a number of elements in the range of 24?Z?94 is presented. Listing of experimental data includes 595 datasets corresponding to 505 E2 transitions in 165 nuclei across the nuclear chart. Data with less than 10% experimental uncertainty have been selected for comparison with the theoretical values of Hager and Seltzer, Rosel et al. and BRICC. The relative percentage deviation (%?) have been calculated for each of the above theories and the average (%?¯) are estimated. The Band et al. tables, using the BRICC interpolation code are seen to give theoretical ICCs closest to experimental values.

  6. Characterization of species-specific genes regulated by E2-2 in human plasmacytoid dendritic cells.

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    Cheng, Menglan; Zhang, Xuyuan; Yu, Haisheng; Du, Peishuang; Plumas, Joël; Chaperot, Laurance; Su, Lishan; Zhang, Liguo

    2015-01-01

    Dendritic cells (DCs) are sentinels of the immune system and comprise two distinct subsets: conventional DCs (cDCs) and plasmacytoid DCs (pDCs). Human pDCs are distinguished from mouse pDCs phenotypically and functionally. Basic helix-loop-helix protein E2-2 is defined as an essential transcription factor for mouse pDC development, cell fate maintenance and gene programe. It is unknown whether E2-2 regulation contributes to this species-specific difference. Here we investigated the function of E2-2 in human pDCs and screened human-specific genes regulated by E2-2. Reduced E2-2 expression in human pDC cell line GEN2.2 resulted in diminished IFN-? production in response to CpG but elevated antigen presentation capacity. Gene expression profiling showed that E2-2 silence down-regulated pDC signature genes but up-regulated cDC signature genes. Thirty human-specific genes regulated by E2-2 knockdown were identified. Among these genes, we confirmed that expression of Siglec-6 was inhibited by E2-2. Further more, Siglec-6 was expressed at a higher level on a human pDC subset with drastically lower expression of E2-2. Collectively, these results highlight that E2-2 modulates pDC function in a species-specific manner, which may provide insights for pDC development and functions. PMID:26182859

  7. DNA Repair, Redox Regulation and Modulation of Estrogen Receptor Alpha Mediated Transcription

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    Curtis-Ducey, Carol Dianne

    2009-01-01

    Interaction of estrogen receptor [alpha] (ER[alpha]) with 17[beta]-estradiol (E[subscript 2]) facilitates binding of the receptor to estrogen response elements (EREs) in target genes, which in turn leads to recruitment of coregulatory proteins. To better understand how estrogen-responsive genes are regulated, our laboratory identified a number of…

  8. Estradiol-Induced Object Recognition Memory Consolidation Is Dependent on Activation of mTOR Signaling in the Dorsal Hippocampus

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    Fortress, Ashley M.; Fan, Lu; Orr, Patrick T.; Zhao, Zaorui; Frick, Karyn M.

    2013-01-01

    The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signaling pathway is an important regulator of protein synthesis and is essential for various forms of hippocampal memory. Here, we asked whether the enhancement of object recognition memory consolidation produced by dorsal hippocampal infusion of 17[Beta]-estradiol (E[subscript 2]) is dependent on mTOR…

  9. F a c t s A b o u t Menopausal hormone therapy once seemed the answer for many of the conditions

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    Shen, Jun

    as the result of surgery.A surgical procedure, called a hysterectomy, removes the uterus.This surgery puts through menopause immediately if both of your ovaries are also removed at surgery.Whether you go through-estradiol and norethindrone acetate Ortho-Prefest 17-beta-estradiol and norgestimate Examples of Oral Estrogen and Estrogen

  10. Deciphering Active Estrogen-Degrading Microorganisms in Bioreactors 

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    Roh, Hyung Keun

    2010-10-12

    for heterotrophs in activated sludge. Strain KC8 can also grow on other organic constituents (glucose, succinate, and acetate). Strain KC8 retained its ability to degrade both 17beta-estradiol and estrone (after 15 d of growth on a complex nutrient medium without...

  11. Neonatal genistein or bisphenol-A exposure alters sexual differentiation of the AVPV.

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    Patisaul, Heather B; Fortino, Anne E; Polston, Eva K

    2006-01-01

    There is growing concern that naturally occurring and chemically manufactured endocrine-active compounds (EACs) may disrupt hormone-dependent events during central nervous system development. We examined whether postnatal exposure to the phytoestrogen genistein (GEN) or the plastics component bisphenol-A (BIS) affected sexual differentiation of the anteroventral periventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus (AVPV) in rats. The AVPV is sexually differentiated in rodents. The female AVPV is larger than the male AVPV and contains a higher number of cells expressing tyrosine hydroxylase (TH). Sexual differentiation of the AVPV results from exposure of the male nervous system to estrogen aromatized from testicular testosterone secreted in the first few days after birth. Thus, we hypothesized that exposure to EACs during this critical period could alter the sexually dimorphic expression of TH and the overall expression of estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha) in the AVPV. Animals were given 4 subcutaneous injections of sesame oil (control), 50 microg 17beta-estradiol (E2), 250 microg GEN, or 250 microg BIS at 12-h intervals over postnatal days (PND) 1 and 2 and sacrificed on PND 19. E2 treatment masculinized TH immunoreactivity (TH-ir) in the female AVPV while exposure to GEN or BIS demasculinized TH-ir in the male AVPV. In addition, we identified a population of neurons co-expressing TH and ERalpha located primarily in the medial region of the AVPV. Normally, females have nearly three times as many double-labeled cells as males, but their numbers were defeminized by E2, GEN or BIS treatment. These results suggest that acute exposure to EACs during a critical developmental period alters AVPV development. PMID:16427766

  12. Effects of culture conditions on estrogen-mediated hepatic in vitro gene expression and correlation to in vivo responses

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    Fong, C.J.; Burgoon, L.D.; Zacharewski, T.R. . E-mail: tzachare@msu.edu

    2006-08-15

    Refinement of in vitro systems for predictive toxicology is important in order to develop high-throughput early toxicity screening assays and to minimize animal testing studies. This study assesses the ability of mouse Hepa-1c1c7 hepatoma cell model under differing culture conditions to predict in vivo estrogen-induced hepatic gene expression changes. Custom mouse cDNA microarrays were used to compare Hepa-1c1c7 temporal gene expression profiles treated with 10 nM 17{beta}-estradiol (E2) in serum-free and charcoal-stripped serum supplemented media at 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, and 24 h. Stripped serum supplemented media increased the number gene expression changes and overall responsiveness likely due to the presence of serum factors supporting proliferation and mitochondrial activity. Data from both experiments were compared to a gene expression time course study examining the hepatic effects of 100 {mu}g/kg 17{alpha}-ethynyl estradiol (EE) in C57BL/6 mice at 2, 4, 8, 12, 18, and 24 h. Only 18 genes overlapped between the serum-free and in vivo studies, whereas 238 genes were in common between Hepa-1c1c7 cells in stripped serum data and C57BL/6 liver samples. Stripped serum cultured cells exhibited E2-elicited gene expression changes associated with proliferation, cytoskeletal re-organization, cholesterol uptake and synthesis, increased fatty acid {beta}-oxidation, and oxidative stress, which correlated with in vivo hepatic responses. These results demonstrate that E2 treatment of Hepa-1c1c7 cells in serum supplemented media modulate responses in selected pathways which appropriately model estrogen-elicited in vivo hepatic responses.

  13. The histone demethylase LSD1 is required for estrogen-dependent S100A7 gene expression in human breast cancer cells

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    Yu, Seung Eun; Yonsei Biomolecule Research Initiative, Yonsei University, Seoul 120-749 ; Jang, Yeun Kyu

    2012-10-19

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer S100A7 gene is up-regulated in response to estrogen in breast cancer cells. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Histone demethylase LSD1 can associate physically with S100A7 gene promoters. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer E2-induced S100A7 expression requires the enzymatic activity of LSD1. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer S100A7 inhibits cell proliferation, implying its tumor suppressor-like function. -- Abstract: S100A7, a member of S100 calcium binding protein family, is highly associated with breast cancer. However, the molecular mechanism of S100A7 regulation remains unclear. Here we show that long-term treatment with estradiol stimulated S100A7 expression in MCF7 breast cancer cells at both the transcriptional and translational levels. Both treatment with a histone demethylase LSD1 inhibitor and shRNA-based knockdown of LSD1 expression significantly decreased 17{beta}-estradiol (E2)-induced S100A7 expression. These reduced E2-mediated S100A7 expression are rescued by the overexpressed wild-type LSD1 but not by its catalytically inactive mutant. Our data showed in vivo association of LSD1 with S100A7 promoters, confirming the potential role of LSD1 in regulating S100A7 expression. S100A7 knockdown increased both normal cell growth and estrogen-induced cell proliferation, suggesting a negative influence by S100A7 on the growth of cancer cells. Together, our data suggest that estrogen-induced S100A7 expression mediated by the histone demethylase LSD1 may downregulate breast cancer cell proliferation, implying a potential tumor suppressor-like function for S100A7.

  14. Antiestrogenic activity of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin: Effect on expression of pS2, a prognostic marker for human breast cancer

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    Gillesby, B.E.; Wu, Z.F.; Zacharewski, T.; Stanostefano, M.; Safe, S.

    1995-12-31

    2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) and related compounds modulate endocrine systems by altering hormone synthesis, enhancing ligand metabolism and down-regulating receptor levels and binding activity. Previous studies have demonstrated that TCDD inhibits the 17{beta}-estradiol (E2)-induction of pS2, a prognostic marker for breast cancer. This effect occurs at the transcriptional level and is an Ah receptor-mediated process. Computer analysis of the regulatory region identified three dioxin response element (DRE)-like motifs each containing a perfectly conserved DRE core. In order to identify the motif which mediated this inhibition, transient transfection experiments were performed in MCF-7 human breast cancer cells using pS2-regulated luciferase reporter genes. Deletion analysis indicates that the DRE-like motif (IDRE) located at {minus}527 to {minus}514 is required for TCOD-mediated suppression of E2-induced reporter gene activity. The introduction of a point mutation within this core motif (T to C at position {minus}518) abolishes the suppressive effects, further supporting a role for the IDRE- in the antiestrogenic activity of TCDD. UV-induced protein-DNA cross-linking studies and gel retardation assays demonstrate that the IDRE could bind and compete with the consensus DRE for Ah receptor complex binding. These results suggest that Ah receptor complexes interact with a specific motif in the 51 regulatory region to suppress E2-induction of pS2 expression. Therefore, the inhibition of gene expression may also contribute to the antiestrogenic activities of TCOD and related compounds.

  15. Disposition of hop prenylflavonoids in human breast tissue.

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    Bolca, Selin; Li, Jinghu; Nikolic, Dejan; Roche, Nathalie; Blondeel, Phillip; Possemiers, Sam; De Keukeleire, Denis; Bracke, Marc; Heyerick, Arne; van Breemen, Richard B; Depypere, Herman

    2010-07-01

    Hop-derived products may contain xanthohumol (XN), isoxanthohumol (IX), and the potent phytoestrogen 8-prenylnaringenin (8-PN). To evaluate the potential health effects of these prenylflavonoids on breast tissue, their concentration, nature of metabolites, and biodistribution were assessed and compared with 17beta-estradiol (E(2)) exposure. In this dietary intervention study, women were randomly allocated to hop (n=11; 2.04 mg XN, 1.20 mg IX, and 0.1 mg 8-PN per supplement) or control (n=10). After a run-in of >or=4 days, three supplements were taken daily for 5 days preceding an aesthetic breast reduction. Blood and breast biopsies were analyzed using HPLC-ESI-MS/MS. Upon hop administration, XN and IX concentrations ranged between 0.72 and 17.65 nmol/L and 3.30 and 31.50 nmol/L, and between 0.26 and 5.14 pmol/g and 1.16 and 83.67 pmol/g in hydrolyzed serum and breast tissue, respectively. 8-PN however, was only detected in samples of moderate and strong 8-PN producers (0.43-7.06 nmol/L and 0.78-4.83 pmol/g). Phase I metabolism appeared to be minor (approximately 10%), whereas extensive glucuronidation was observed (> 90%). Total prenylflavonoids showed a breast adipose/glandular tissue distribution of 38/62 and their derived E(2)-equivalents were negligible compared with E(2) in adipose (384.6+/-118.8 fmol/g, p=0.009) and glandular (241.6+/-93.1 fmol/g, p<0.001) tissue, respectively. Consequently, low doses of prenylflavonoids are unlikely to elicit estrogenic responses in breast tissue. PMID:20486208

  16. Identification and Transcriptional Modulation of the Largemouth Bass, Micropterus salmoides, Vitellogenin Receptor During Oocyte Development by Insulin and Sex Steroids1

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    Dominguez, Gustavo A.; Quattro, Joseph M.; Denslow, Nancy D.; Kroll, Kevin J.; Prucha, Melinda S.; Porak, Wesley F.; Grier, Harry J.; Sabo-Attwood, Tara L.

    2012-01-01

    ABSTRACT Fish vitellogenin synthesized and released from the liver of oviparous animals is taken up into oocytes by the vitellogenin receptor. This is an essential process in providing nutrient yolk to developing embryos to ensure successful reproduction. Here we disclose the full length vtgr cDNA sequence for largemouth bass (LMB) that reveals greater than 90% sequence homology with other fish vtgr sequences. We classify LMB Vtgr as a member of the low density lipoprotein receptor superfamily based on conserved domains and categorize as the short variant that is devoid of the O-glycan segment. Phylogenetic analysis places LMB Vtgr sequence into a well-supported monophyletic group of fish Vtgr. Real-time PCR showed that the greatest levels of LMB vtgr mRNA expression occurred in previtellogenic ovarian tissues. In addition, we reveal the effects of insulin, 17beta-estradiol (E2), and 11-ketotestosterone (11-KT) in modulation of vtgr, esr, and ar mRNAs in previtellogenic oocytes. Insulin increased vtgr expression levels in follicles ex vivo while exposure to E2 or 11-KT did not result in modulation of expression. However, both steroids were able to repress insulin-induced vtgr transcript levels. Coexposure with insulin and E2 or of insulin and 11-KT increased ovarian esr2b and ar mRNA levels, respectively, which suggest a role for these nuclear receptors in insulin-mediated signaling pathways. These data provide the first evidence for the ordered stage-specific expression of LMB vtgr during the normal reproductive process and the hormonal influence of insulin and sex steroids on controlling vtgr transcript levels in ovarian tissues. PMID:22786822

  17. Multiple Methanol Transitions Detected in W51-E2 from the Arecibo Galactic Chemistry Survey

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    Minchin, Robert F.; Harrington, Kevin; Ghosh, Tapasi; Salter, Christopher J.; Araya, Esteban; Arce, Hector G.; Lebron Santos, Mayra E.; De Vries, Christopher H.

    2015-01-01

    Two major components of the star-forming region W51 have been observed with the Arecibo 305-m telescope as a part of the Arecibo Galactic Chemistry Survey. Located at a distance of ~6 kpc towards the Sagittarius Arm, W51 is one of the most luminous and massive (upper 5-10% by mass and upper 1% by size of all Giant Molecular Clouds in our Galaxy; Carpenter & Sanders, 1998). The infrared source, IRS1, was observed over 1.1 - 10 GHz from 2010 through 2012, and the angularly nearby compact component, E2, over 4.3 - 4.9 GHz and 8.0 - 10.2 GHz in 2014. Methanol (CH3OH) transitions at 8.34-GHz (4(1,3)-4(1,4)-+), 9.94-GHz (9(-1,9)-8(-2,7)), 9.98-GHz (4(3,2)-5(2,3)++), and 10.06-GHz (4(3,1)-5(2,4)--) were detected towards W51-E2 for the first time, some showing a mixture of emission and absorption. The peak emission ratios for the 9.94- to 9.98-GHz, and the 9.94- to 10.06-GHz transitions are consistent with the predictions of Slysh, Kalenskii & Val'tts (1993). All three 6-cm wavelength hydroxyl (OH) transitions were also detected, with the 4.66-GHz satellite line masing strongly. In IRS1, the intense methanol maser at 6.67 GHz (Araya et al. 2013) was observed to have a flux density of > 200 Jy, with the 4.66-GHz OH maser having an intensity of ~1 Jy. In IRS1, we also detected the methanol 9.94-GHz transition featuring emission with multiple components. Additionally, a total of over 60 H, 30 He, and 8 C radio recombination lines (RRLs) were identified in E2 over the two frequency ranges observed. This includes the highest frequency spectral line yet detected at Arecibo, namely the He(86)? RRL at 10.17 GHz. Over 120 H, 70 He, and 40 C recombination lines were identified in IRS1 over the frequency range of 4 - 10 GHz.

  18. A Single-Amino-Acid Polymorphism in Chikungunya Virus E2 Glycoprotein Influences Glycosaminoglycan Utilization

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    Silva, Laurie A.; Khomandiak, Solomiia; Ashbrook, Alison W.; Weller, Romy; Heise, Mark T.; Morrison, Thomas E.

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a reemerging arbovirus responsible for outbreaks of infection throughout Asia and Africa, causing an acute illness characterized by fever, rash, and polyarthralgia. Although CHIKV infects a broad range of host cells, little is known about how CHIKV binds and gains access to the target cell interior. In this study, we tested whether glycosaminoglycan (GAG) binding is required for efficient CHIKV replication using CHIKV vaccine strain 181/25 and clinical isolate SL15649. Preincubation of strain 181/25, but not SL15649, with soluble GAGs resulted in dose-dependent inhibition of infection. While parental Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells are permissive for both strains, neither strain efficiently bound to or infected mutant CHO cells devoid of GAG expression. Although GAGs appear to be required for efficient binding of both strains, they exhibit differential requirements for GAGs, as SL15649 readily infected cells that express excess chondroitin sulfate but that are devoid of heparan sulfate, whereas 181/25 did not. We generated a panel of 181/25 and SL15649 variants containing reciprocal amino acid substitutions at positions 82 and 318 in the E2 glycoprotein. Reciprocal exchange at residue 82 resulted in a phenotype switch; Gly82 results in efficient infection of mutant CHO cells but a decrease in heparin binding, whereas Arg82 results in reduced infectivity of mutant cells and an increase in heparin binding. These results suggest that E2 residue 82 is a primary determinant of GAG utilization, which likely mediates attenuation of vaccine strain 181/25. IMPORTANCE Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection causes a debilitating rheumatic disease that can persist for months to years, and yet there are no licensed vaccines or antiviral therapies. Like other alphaviruses, CHIKV displays broad tissue tropism, which is thought to be influenced by virus-receptor interactions. In this study, we determined that cell-surface glycosaminoglycans are utilized by both a vaccine strain and a clinical isolate of CHIKV to mediate virus binding. We also identified an amino acid polymorphism in the viral E2 attachment protein that influences utilization of glycosaminoglycans. These data enhance an understanding of the viral and host determinants of CHIKV cell entry, which may foster development of new antivirals that act by blocking this key step in viral infection. PMID:24371059

  19. Conserved E2F mediated metastasis in mouse models of breast cancer and HER2 positive patients

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    Rennhack, Jonathan; Andrechek, Eran

    2015-01-01

    To improve breast cancer patient outcome work must be done to understand and block tumor metastasis. This study leverages bioinformatics techniques and traditional genetic screens to create a novel method of discovering potential contributors of tumor progression with a focus on tumor metastasis. A database of 1172 of expression data from a variety of mouse models of breast cancer was assembled and queried using previously defined oncogenic activity signatures. This analysis revealed high activity of the E2F family of transcription factors in the MMTV-Neu mouse model. A genetic cross of MMTV-Neu mice into an E2F1 null, E2F2 null, or E2F3 heterozygous background revealed significant changes in tumor progression specifically reductions in tumor latency and metastasis with E2F1 or E2F2 loss. These findings were found to be conserved in human HER2 positive patients. Patients with high E2F1 activity were shown to have worse outcomes such as relapse free survival and distant metastasis free survival. This study shows conserved mechanisms of tumor progression in human breast cancer subtypes and analogous mouse models and underlies the importance of increased research into the characterization of and comparisons between mouse and human tumors to identify which mouse models resemble each subtype of human breast cancer. PMID:26682278

  20. KMTase Set7/9 is a critical regulator of E2F1 activity upon genotoxic stress

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    Lezina, L; Aksenova, V; Ivanova, T; Purmessur, N; Antonov, A V; Tentler, D; Fedorova, O; Garabadgiu, A V; Talianidis, I; Melino, G; Barlev, N A

    2014-01-01

    During the recent years lysine methyltransferase Set7/9 ((Su(var)-3–9, Enhancer-of-Zeste, Trithorax) domain containing protein 7/9) has emerged as an important regulator of different transcription factors. In this study, we report a novel function for Set7/9 as a critical co-activator of E2 promoter-binding factor 1 (E2F1)-dependent transcription in response to DNA damage. By means of various biochemical, cell biology, and bioinformatics approaches, we uncovered that cell-cycle progression through the G1/S checkpoint of tumour cells upon DNA damage is defined by the threshold of expression of both E2F1 and Set7/9. The latter affects the activity of E2F1 by indirectly modulating histone modifications in the promoters of E2F1-dependent genes. Moreover, Set7/9 differentially affects E2F1 transcription targets: it promotes cell proliferation via expression of the CCNE1 gene and represses apoptosis by inhibiting the TP73 gene. Our biochemical screening of the panel of lung tumour cell lines suggests that these two factors are critically important for transcriptional upregulation of the CCNE1 gene product and hence successful progression through cell cycle. These findings identify Set7/9 as a potential biomarker in tumour cells with overexpressed E2F1 activity. PMID:25124555

  1. Interaction of CSFV E2 protein with swine host factors as detected by yeast two-hybrid system.

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    Gladue, Douglas P; Baker-Bransetter, Ryan; Holinka, Lauren G; Fernandez-Sainz, Ignacio J; O'Donnell, Vivian; Fletcher, Paige; Lu, Zhiqiang; Borca, Manuel V

    2014-01-01

    E2 is one of the envelope glycoproteins of pestiviruses, including classical swine fever virus (CSFV) and bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV). E2 is involved in several critical functions, including virus entry into target cells, induction of a protective immune response and virulence in swine. However, there is no information regarding any host binding partners for the E2 proteins. Here, we utilized the yeast two-hybrid system and identified fifty-seven host proteins as positive binding partners which bound E2 from both CSFV and BVDV with the exception of two proteins that were found to be positive for binding only to CSFV E2. Alanine scanning of CSFV E2 demonstrated that the binding sites for these cellular proteins on E2 are likely non-linear binding sites. The possible roles of the identified host proteins are discussed as the results presented here will be important for future studies to elucidate mechanisms of host protein-virus interactions during pestivirus infection. However, due to the limitations of the yeast two hybrid system, the proteins identified is not exhaustive and each interaction identified needs to be confirmed by independent experimental approaches in the context of virus-infected cells before any definitive conclusion can be drawn on relevance for the virus life cycle. PMID:24416391

  2. Boulders on asteroid Toutatis as observed by Chang’e-2

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    Jiang, Yun; Ji, Jianghui; Huang, Jiangchuan; Marchi, Simone; Li, Yuan; Ip, Wing-Huen

    2015-11-01

    Boulders are ubiquitously found on the surfaces of small rocky bodies in the inner solar system and their spatial and size distributions give insight into the geological evolution and collisional history of the parent bodies. Using images acquired by the Chang’e-2 spacecraft, more than 200 boulders have been identified over the imaged area of the near-Earth asteroid Toutatis. The cumulative boulder size frequency distribution (SFD) shows a steep slope of ?4.4?±?0.1, which is indicative of a high degree of fragmentation. Similar to Itokawa, Toutatis probably has a rubble-pile structure, as most boulders on its surface cannot solely be explained by impact cratering. The significantly steeper slope for Toutatis’ boulder SFD compared to Itokawa may imply a different preservation state or diverse formation scenarios. In addition, the cumulative crater SFD has been used to estimate a surface crater retention age of approximately 1.6?±?0.3?Gyr.

  3. Boulders on asteroid Toutatis as observed by Chang'e-2

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    Jiang, Yun; Huang, Jiangchuan; Marchi, Simone; Li, Yuan; Ip, Wing-Huen

    2015-01-01

    Boulders are ubiquitously found on the surfaces of small rocky bodies in the inner solar system and their spatial and size distributions give insight into the geological evolution and collisional history of the parent bodies. Using images acquired by the Chang'e-2 spacecraft, more than 200 boulders have been identified over the imaged area of the near-Earth asteroid Toutatis. The cumulative boulder size frequency distribution (SFD) shows a steep slope of -4.4 $\\pm$ 0.1, which is indicative of a high degree of fragmentation. Similar to Itokawa, Toutatis probably has a rubble-pile structure, as most boulders on its surface cannot solely be explained by impact cratering. The significantly steeper slope for Toutatis' boulder SFD compared to Itokawa may imply a different preservation state or diverse formation scenarios. In addition, the cumulative crater SFD has been used to estimate a surface crater retention age of approximately 1.6 $\\pm$ 0.3 Gyr.

  4. Boulders on asteroid Toutatis as observed by Chang'e-2.

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    Jiang, Yun; Ji, Jianghui; Huang, Jiangchuan; Marchi, Simone; Li, Yuan; Ip, Wing-Huen

    2015-01-01

    Boulders are ubiquitously found on the surfaces of small rocky bodies in the inner solar system and their spatial and size distributions give insight into the geological evolution and collisional history of the parent bodies. Using images acquired by the Chang'e-2 spacecraft, more than 200 boulders have been identified over the imaged area of the near-Earth asteroid Toutatis. The cumulative boulder size frequency distribution (SFD) shows a steep slope of -4.4?±?0.1, which is indicative of a high degree of fragmentation. Similar to Itokawa, Toutatis probably has a rubble-pile structure, as most boulders on its surface cannot solely be explained by impact cratering. The significantly steeper slope for Toutatis' boulder SFD compared to Itokawa may imply a different preservation state or diverse formation scenarios. In addition, the cumulative crater SFD has been used to estimate a surface crater retention age of approximately 1.6?±?0.3?Gyr. PMID:26522880

  5. Phenomenological analysis of B (E 2 ) transition strengths in neutron-rich carbon isotopes

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    Macchiavelli, A. O.; Petri, M.; Fallon, P.; Paschalis, S.; Clark, R. M.; Cromaz, M.; Lee, I. Y.

    2014-12-01

    Recent experimental results related to the quadrupole collectivity in neutron-rich carbon isotopes are analyzed in a phenomenological approach. B (E 2 ;21+?01+) transitions rates derived from lifetime measurements are interpreted in terms of the mixing of basic neutron and proton 2+ excitations. A seniority inspired scheme is used to describe the neutron component. The observed increase in collectivity can be explained with a corresponding increased role of proton excitations. This is likely due to the reduction of the proton p3 /2-p1 /2 spin-orbit splitting caused by the tensor and two-body spin-orbit components of the force between the protons and the added neutrons in the (d5 /2+s1 /2 ) shells.

  6. Mutations in the Gene Encoding the E2 Conjugating Enzyme UBE2T Cause Fanconi Anemia

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    Hira, Asuka; Yoshida, Kenichi; Sato, Koichi; Okuno, Yusuke; Shiraishi, Yuichi; Chiba, Kenichi; Tanaka, Hiroko; Miyano, Satoru; Shimamoto, Akira; Tahara, Hidetoshi; Ito, Etsuro; Kojima, Seiji; Kurumizaka, Hitoshi; Ogawa, Seishi; Takata, Minoru; Yabe, Hiromasa; Yabe, Miharu

    2015-01-01

    Fanconi anemia (FA) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by genome instability, increased cancer susceptibility, progressive bone marrow failure (BMF), and various developmental abnormalities resulting from the defective FA pathway. FA is caused by mutations in genes that mediate repair processes of interstrand crosslinks and/or DNA adducts generated by endogenous aldehydes. The UBE2T E2 ubiquitin conjugating enzyme acts in FANCD2/FANCI monoubiquitination, a critical event in the pathway. Here we identified two unrelated FA-affected individuals, each harboring biallelic mutations in UBE2T. They both produced a defective UBE2T protein with the same missense alteration (p.Gln2Glu) that abolished FANCD2 monoubiquitination and interaction with FANCL. We suggest this FA complementation group be named FA-T. PMID:26046368

  7. E2-quasi-exact solvability for non-Hermitian models

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    Fring, Andreas

    2015-04-01

    We propose the notion of E2-quasi-exact solvability and apply this idea to find explicit solutions to the eigenvalue problem for a non-Hermitian Hamiltonian system depending on two parameters. The model considered reduces to the complex Mathieu Hamiltonian in a double scaling limit, which enables us to compute the exceptional points in the energy spectrum of the latter as a limiting process of the zeros for some algebraic equations. The coefficient functions in the quasi-exact eigenfunctions are univariate polynomials in the energy obeying a three-term recurrence relation. The latter property guarantees the existence of a linear functional such that the polynomials become orthogonal. The polynomials are shown to factorize for all levels above the quantization condition leading to vanishing norms rendering them to be weakly orthogonal. In two concrete examples we compute the explicit expressions for the Stieltjes measure.

  8. Up-regulation of cyclooxygenase-2 by product-prostaglandin E2

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    Tjandrawinata, R. R.; Hughes-Fulford, M.

    1997-01-01

    The development of prostate cancer has been linked to high level of dietary fat intake. Our laboratory investigates the connection between cancer cell growth and fatty acid products. Studying human prostatic carcinoma PC-3 cells, we found that prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) increased cell growth and up-regulated the gene expression of its own synthesizing enzyme, cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2). PGE2 increased COX-2 mRNA expression dose-dependently with the highest levels of stimulation seen at the 3-hour period following PGE2 addition. The NSAID flurbiprofen (5 microM), in the presence of exogenous PGE2, inhibited the up-regulation of COX-2 mRNA and cell growth. These data suggest that the levels of local intracellular PGE2 play a major role in the growth of prostate cancer cells through an activation of COX-2 gene expression.

  9. Revisit of rotational dynamics of Asteroid 4179 Toutatis from Chang'e-2's flyby

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    Zhao, Yuhui; Ji, Jianghui

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents analysis of the rotational parameters of Toutatis based on the observational results from Chang'e-2's close flyby. The 3-D shape model derived from ground-based radar observation is used to calculate the 3-1-3 Euler angles at the flyby epoch, which are evaluated to be $-20.1^\\circ\\pm1^\\circ$, $27.6^\\circ\\pm1^\\circ$ and $42.2^\\circ\\pm1^\\circ$. The large amplitude of Toutatis' tumbling attitude is demonstrated to be the result of the large deviation of the angular momentum axis and the rotational axis. Two rotational periods are evaluated to be $5.38\\pm0.03$ days for rotation about the long axis and $7.40\\pm0.03$ days for precession of the long axis about the angular momentum vector based on Fourier analysis. These results provide a further understanding of rotational state of Toutatis.

  10. Dynamical (e,2e) studies of tetrahydropyran and 1,4-dioxane

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    Builth-Williams, J. D.; da Silva, G. B.; Chiari, L.; Jones, D. B.; Chaluvadi, Hari; Madison, D. H.; Brunger, M. J.

    2014-06-01

    We present experimental and theoretical results for the electron-impact ionization of the highest occupied molecular orbitals of tetrahydropyran and 1,4-dioxane. Using an (e,2e) technique in asymmetric coplanar kinematics, angular distributions of the slow ejected electron, with an energy of 20 eV, are measured when incident electrons at 250 eV ionize the target and scatter through an angle of either -10° or -15°. The data are compared with calculations performed at the molecular 3-body distorted wave level. Fair agreement between the theoretical model and the experimental measurements was observed. The similar structures for these targets provide key insights for assessing the limitations of the theoretical calculations. This study in turn facilitates an improved understanding of the dynamics in the ionization process.

  11. Boulders on asteroid Toutatis as observed by Chang’e-2

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    Jiang, Yun; Ji, Jianghui; Huang, Jiangchuan; Marchi, Simone; Li, Yuan; Ip, Wing-Huen

    2015-01-01

    Boulders are ubiquitously found on the surfaces of small rocky bodies in the inner solar system and their spatial and size distributions give insight into the geological evolution and collisional history of the parent bodies. Using images acquired by the Chang’e-2 spacecraft, more than 200 boulders have been identified over the imaged area of the near-Earth asteroid Toutatis. The cumulative boulder size frequency distribution (SFD) shows a steep slope of ?4.4?±?0.1, which is indicative of a high degree of fragmentation. Similar to Itokawa, Toutatis probably has a rubble-pile structure, as most boulders on its surface cannot solely be explained by impact cratering. The significantly steeper slope for Toutatis’ boulder SFD compared to Itokawa may imply a different preservation state or diverse formation scenarios. In addition, the cumulative crater SFD has been used to estimate a surface crater retention age of approximately 1.6?±?0.3?Gyr. PMID:26522880

  12. Seniority, collectivity, and B(E2) enhancement in 72Ni

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    Chiara, C. J.; Walters, W. B.; Stefanescu, I.; Alcorta, M.; Carpenter, M. P.; Fornal, B.; Gürdal, G.; Hoffman, C. R.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Kay, B. P.; Kondev, F. G.; Królas, W.; Lauritsen, T.; Lister, C. J.; McCutchan, E. A.; Paw?at, T.; Rogers, A. M.; Seweryniak, D.; Sharp, N.; Wrzesi?ski, J.; Zhu, S.

    2011-09-01

    Gamma rays assigned to 2872Ni44 have been identified with Gammasphere in deep-inelastic reactions involving a 450-MeV 76Ge beam and a 198Pt target. Using a combination of spectra produced by double gates on the known 454-, 843-, and 1095-keV members of the ground-state cascade, a coincident line at 199 keV has been identified and is tentatively assigned as the 8+?6+ transition. These ?-ray coincidences have been observed only in prompt events, indicating an 8+ half-life below 20 ns and requiring a large B(E2) enhancement compared to that expected from a seniority scheme. This value is consistent with models showing decay to a seniority ?=4, 6+ level that is depressed by the same two-body interaction responsible for the rather low 1095-keV 21+ energy, as compared to the valence-symmetry counterpart 4494Ru50.

  13. Dynamical (e,2e) studies of tetrahydropyran and 1,4-dioxane

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    Builth-Williams, J. D.; Chiari, L.; Jones, D. B. E-mail: michael.brunger@flinders.edu.au; Silva, G. B. da; Chaluvadi, Hari; Madison, D. H.; Brunger, M. J. E-mail: michael.brunger@flinders.edu.au

    2014-06-07

    We present experimental and theoretical results for the electron-impact ionization of the highest occupied molecular orbitals of tetrahydropyran and 1,4-dioxane. Using an (e,2e) technique in asymmetric coplanar kinematics, angular distributions of the slow ejected electron, with an energy of 20 eV, are measured when incident electrons at 250 eV ionize the target and scatter through an angle of either ?10° or ?15°. The data are compared with calculations performed at the molecular 3-body distorted wave level. Fair agreement between the theoretical model and the experimental measurements was observed. The similar structures for these targets provide key insights for assessing the limitations of the theoretical calculations. This study in turn facilitates an improved understanding of the dynamics in the ionization process.

  14. E-2-hexenal promotes susceptibility to Pseudomonas syringae by activating jasmonic acid pathways in Arabidopsis

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    Scala, Alessandra; Mirabella, Rossana; Mugo, Cynthia; Matsui, Kenji; Haring, Michel A.; Schuurink, Robert C.

    2013-01-01

    Green leaf volatiles (GLVs) are C6-molecules – alcohols, aldehydes, and esters – produced by plants upon herbivory or during pathogen infection. Exposure to this blend of volatiles induces defense-related responses in neighboring undamaged plants, thus assigning a role to GLVs in regulating plant defenses. Here we compared Arabidopsis thaliana ecotype Landsberg erecta (Ler) with a hydroperoxide lyase line, hpl1, unable to synthesize GLVs, for susceptibility to Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato (DC3000). We found that the growth of DC3000 was significantly reduced in the hpl1 mutant. This phenomenon correlated with lower jasmonic acid (JA) levels and higher salicylic acid levels in the hpl1 mutant. Furthermore, upon infection, the JA-responsive genes VSP2 and LEC were only slightly or not induced, respectively, in hpl1. This suggests that the reduced growth of DC3000 in hpl1 plants is due to the constraint of JA-dependent responses. Treatment of hpl1 plants with E-2-hexenal, one of the more reactive GLVs, prior to infection with DC3000, resulted in increased growth of DC3000 in hpl1, thus complementing this mutant. Interestingly, the growth of DC3000 also increased in Ler plants treated with E-2-hexenal. This stronger growth was not dependent on the JA-signaling component MYC2, but on ORA59, an integrator of JA and ethylene signaling pathways, and on the production of coronatine by DC3000. GLVs may have multiple effects on plant–pathogen interactions, in this case reducing resistance to Pseudomonas syringae via JA and ORA59. PMID:23630530

  15. Expression Analysis of Genes Involved in the RB/E2F Pathway in Astrocytic Tumors

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    Ferreira, Wallax Augusto Silva; Araújo, Mariana Diniz; de Oliveira, Edivaldo Herculano Correa; Brito, José Reginaldo Nascimento; Burbano, Rommel Rodriguez; Harada, Maria Lúcia; Borges, Bárbara do Nascimento

    2015-01-01

    Astrocytic gliomas, which are derived from glial cells, are considered the most common primary neoplasias of the central nervous system (CNS) and are histologically classified as low grade (I and II) or high grade (III and IV). Recent studies have shown that astrocytoma formation is the result of the deregulation of several pathways, including the RB/E2F pathway, which is commonly deregulated in various human cancers via genetic or epigenetic mechanisms. On the basis of the assumption that the study of the mechanisms controlling the INK4/ARF locus can help elucidate the molecular pathogenesis of astrocytic tumors, identify diagnostic and prognostic markers, and help select appropriate clinical treatments, the present study aimed to evaluate and compare methylation patterns using bisulfite sequencing PCR and evaluate the gene expression profile using real-time PCR in the genes CDKN2A, CDKN2B, CDC6, Bmi-1, CCND1, and RB1 in astrocytic tumors. Our results indicate that all the evaluated genes are not methylated independent of the tumor grade. However, the real-time PCR results indicate that these genes undergo progressive deregulation as a function of the tumor grade. In addition, the genes CDKN2A, CDKN2B, and RB1 were underexpressed, whereas CDC6, Bmi-1, and CCND1 were overexpressed; the increase in gene expression was significantly associated with decreased patient survival. Therefore, we propose that the evaluation of the expression levels of the genes involved in the RB/E2F pathway can be used in the monitoring of patients with astrocytomas in clinical practice and for the prognostic indication of disease progression. PMID:26317630

  16. Measurement of e+e-??+?-? (2 S ) via initial state radiation at Belle

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    Wang, X. L.; Yuan, C. Z.; Shen, C. P.; Wang, P.; Abdesselam, A.; Adachi, I.; Aihara, H.; Al Said, S.; Arinstein, K.; Asner, D. M.; Ayad, R.; Bakich, A. M.; Bansal, V.; Bhuyan, B.; Bobrov, A.; Bonvicini, G.; Bra?ko, M.; Browder, T. E.; ?ervenkov, D.; Chang, P.; Chekelian, V.; Chen, A.; Cheon, B. G.; Chilikin, K.; Chistov, R.; Cho, K.; Chobanova, V.; Choi, S.-K.; Choi, Y.; Cinabro, D.; Dalseno, J.; Danilov, M.; Doležal, Z.; Drásal, Z.; Drutskoy, A.; Dutta, K.; Eidelman, S.; Farhat, H.; Fast, J. E.; Ferber, T.; Gaur, V.; Garmash, A.; Getzkow, D.; Gillard, R.; Goh, Y. M.; Haba, J.; Hayasaka, K.; Hayashii, H.; He, X. H.; Hou, W.-S.; Iijima, T.; Inami, K.; Ishikawa, A.; Itoh, R.; Iwasaki, Y.; Joffe, D.; Julius, T.; Kang, K. H.; Kato, E.; Kawasaki, T.; Kiesling, C.; Kim, D. Y.; Kim, H. J.; Kim, J. B.; Kim, J. H.; Kim, M. J.; Kim, S. H.; Kim, Y. J.; Kinoshita, K.; Ko, B. R.; Kodyš, P.; Korpar, S.; Križan, P.; Krokovny, P.; Kuzmin, A.; Kwon, Y.-J.; Lange, J. S.; Lee, I. S.; Lewis, P.; Li, Y.; Li Gioi, L.; Libby, J.; Liventsev, D.; Lukin, P.; Matvienko, D.; Miyabayashi, K.; Miyata, H.; Mizuk, R.; Moll, A.; Mori, T.; Mussa, R.; Nakano, E.; Nakao, M.; Nanut, T.; Natkaniec, Z.; Nisar, N. K.; Nishida, S.; Ogawa, S.; Okuno, S.; Olsen, S. L.; Pakhlov, P.; Pakhlova, G.; Park, C. W.; Park, H.; Pedlar, T. K.; Pestotnik, R.; Petri?, M.; Piilonen, L. E.; Ribežl, E.; Ritter, M.; Rostomyan, A.; Ryu, S.; Sakai, Y.; Sandilya, S.; Santelj, L.; Sanuki, T.; Savinov, V.; Schneider, O.; Schnell, G.; Schwanda, C.; Semmler, D.; Senyo, K.; Shebalin, V.; Shibata, T.-A.; Shiu, J.-G.; Sibidanov, A.; Simon, F.; Sohn, Y.-S.; Sokolov, A.; Solovieva, E.; Stari?, M.; Steder, M.; Sumiyoshi, T.; Tamponi, U.; Tanida, K.; Tatishvili, G.; Teramoto, Y.; Trabelsi, K.; Uchida, M.; Uglov, T.; Unno, Y.; Uno, S.; Usov, Y.; Van Hulse, C.; Vanhoefer, P.; Varner, G.; Vinokurova, A.; Wagner, M. N.; Watanabe, Y.; Won, E.; Yashchenko, S.; Yusa, Y.; Zhang, Z. P.; Zhilich, V.; Zupanc, A.; Belle Collaboration

    2015-06-01

    We report measurement of the cross section of e+e-??+?-? (2 S ) between 4.0 and 5.5 GeV, based on an analysis of initial state radiation events in a 980 fb-1 data sample recorded with the Belle detector. The properties of the Y (4360 ) and Y (4660 ) states are determined. Fitting the mass spectrum of ?+?-? (2 S ) with two coherent Breit-Wigner functions, we find two solutions with identical mass and width but different couplings to electron-positron pairs: MY (4360 )=(4347 ±6 ±3 ) MeV /c2 , ?Y (4360 )=(103 ±9 ±5 ) MeV , MY (4660 )=(4652 ±10 ±8 ) MeV /c2 , ?Y (4660 )=(68 ±11 ±1 ) MeV ; and B [Y (4360 )??+?-? (2 S )].?Y(4360 ) e+e-=(10.9 ±0.6 ±0.7 ) eV and B [Y (4660 )??+?-? (2 S )].?Y(4660 ) e+e-=(8.1 ±1.1 ±0.5 ) eV for one solution; or B [Y (4360 )??+?-? (2 S )].?Y(4360 ) e+e-=(9.2 ±0.6 ±0.6 ) eV and B [Y (4660 )??+?-? (2 S )].?Y(4660 ) e+e-=(2.0 ±0.3 ±0.2 ) eV for the other. Here, the first errors are statistical and the second systematic. Evidence for a charged charmoniumlike structure at 4.05 GeV /c2 is observed in the ?±? (2 S ) intermediate state in the Y (4360 ) decays.

  17. Characterization of the colistin (polymyxin E1 and E2) biosynthetic gene cluster.

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    Tambadou, Fatoumata; Caradec, Thibault; Gagez, Anne-Laure; Bonnet, Antoine; Sopéna, Valérie; Bridiau, Nicolas; Thiéry, Valérie; Didelot, Sandrine; Barthélémy, Cyrille; Chevrot, Romain

    2015-05-01

    Colistin is a mixture of polymyxin E1 and E2, bactericidal pentacationic lipopeptides used to treat infections caused by Gram-negative pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Industrial production of colistin is obtained by a fermentation process of the natural producer Paenibacillus polymyxa var colistinus. NonRibosomal peptide synthetases (NRPS) coding the biosynthesis of polymyxins A, B and P have been recently described, rendering thereof the improvement of their production possible. However, the colistin biosynthesis pathway was not published so far. In this study, a Paenibacillus alvei has been identified by biochemical (Api 50 CH system) and molecular (16S rDNA sequencing) methods. Its culture supernatant displayed inhibitory activity against Gram-negative bacteria (P. aeruginosa, K. pneumoniae, Salmonella spp.). Two polymyxins, E1 and E2, were recovered from the supernatant and were characterized by high resolution LC-MS. A genomic library (960 clones) was constructed to identify the gene cluster responsible for biosynthesis of polymyxins. Selection of the clones harbouring the sequences of interest was obtained by a simple PCR-based screening. We used primers targeting NRPS sequences leading to the incorporation of amino acids present in polymyxins E. The sequences from three clones of interest were assembled on 50.4 kb. Thus, five open reading frames corresponding to a new NRPS gene cluster of 41 kb were identified. In silico, analyses revealed the presence of three NRPS implicated in the biosynthesis of polymyxins E. This work provides insightful information on colistin biosynthesis and might contribute to future drug developments in this group of antibiotics. PMID:25609230

  18. A Digital Hydrologic Network Supporting NAWQA MRB SPARROW Modeling--MRB_E2RF1

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    Brakebill, J.W.; Terziotti, S.E.

    2011-01-01

    A digital hydrologic network was developed to support SPAtially Referenced Regression on Watershed attributes (SPARROW) models within selected regions of the United States. These regions correspond with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program Major River Basin (MRB) study units 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 (Preston and others, 2009). MRB2, covers the South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee River basins. MRB3, covers the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy River basins. MRB4, covers the Missouri River basins. MRB5, covers the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf River basins. MRB7, covers the Pacific Northwest River basins. The digital hydrologic network described here represents surface-water pathways (MRB_E2RF1) and associated catchments (MRB_E2RF1WS). It serves as the fundamental framework to spatially reference and summarize explanatory information supporting nutrient SPARROW models (Brakebill and others, 2011; Wieczorek and LaMotte, 2011). The principal geospatial dataset used to support this regional effort was based on an enhanced version of a 1:500,000 scale digital stream-reach network (ERF1_2) (Nolan et al., 2002). Enhancements included associating over 3,500 water-quality monitoring sites to the reach network, improving physical locations of stream reaches at or near monitoring locations, and generating drainage catchments based on 100m elevation data. A unique number (MRB_ID) identifies each reach as a single unit. This unique number is also shared by the catchment area drained by the reach, thus spatially linking the hydrologically connected streams and the respective drainage area characteristics. In addition, other relevant physical, environmental, and monitoring information can be associated to the common network and accessed using the unique identification number.

  19. Extreme relativistic electron fluxes at geosynchronous orbit: Analysis of GOES E > 2 MeV electrons

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    Meredith, Nigel P.; Horne, Richard B.; Isles, John D.; Rodriguez, Juan V.

    2015-03-01

    Relativistic electrons (E > 1 MeV) cause internal charging on satellites and are an important space weather hazard. A key requirement in space weather research concerns extreme events and knowledge of the largest flux expected to be encountered over the lifetime of a satellite mission. This is interesting both from scientific and practical points of view since satellite operators, engineers, and the insurance industry need this information to better evaluate the effects of extreme events on their spacecraft. Here we conduct an extreme value analysis of daily averaged E > 2 MeV electron fluxes from the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) during the 19.5 year period from 1 January 1995 to 30 June 2014. We find that the daily averaged flux measured at GOES West is typically a factor of about 2.5 higher than that measured at GOES East, and we conduct independent analyses for these two locations. The 1 in 10, 1 in 50, and 1 in 100 year daily averaged E > 2 MeV electron fluxes at GOES West are 1.84 ×105, 5.00 ×105, and 7.68 ×105 cm-2 s-1 sr-1, respectively. The corresponding fluxes at GOES East are 6.53 ×104, 1.98 ×105, and 3.25 ×105 cm-2 s-1 sr-1, respectively. The largest fluxes seen during the 19.5 year period on 29 July 2004 were particularly extreme and were seen by satellites at GOES West and GOES East. The extreme value analysis suggests that this event was a 1 in 50 year event.

  20. HEPATIC CYTOCHROME P450 UBIQUITINATION: CONFORMATIONAL PHOSPHODEGRONS FOR E2/E3 RECOGNITION?

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    Correia, Maria Almira; Wang, YongQiang; Kim, Sung-Mi; Guan, Shenheng

    2014-01-01

    Hepatic endoplasmic reticulum (ER) integral cytochromes P450 (P450s) are monooxygenases engaged in the biotransformation and elimination of endo- as well as xenobiotics. Of the human liver P450s, CYP3A4 is the major and most dominant catalyst, responsible for the biotransformation of over 50% of clinically prescribed drugs. CYP2E1 metabolizes smaller molecular weight compounds (EtOH), carcinogens, environmental toxins and endobiotics, and is justly implicated in various toxigenic/pathogenic mechanisms of human disease. Both P450s are notorious for their potential to generate pathogenic reactive oxygen species (ROS) during futile oxidative cycling and/or oxidative uncoupling. Such ROS not only oxidatively damage the P450 catalytic cage, but on their escape into the cytosol, also the P450 outer surface and any surrounding cell organelles. Given their ER-monotopic topology coupled with this high potential to acquire oxidative lesions in their cytosolic (C) domain, not surprisingly these P450 proteins exhibit shorter lifespans and are excellent prototype substrates of ER-associated degradation (“ERAD-C”) pathway. Indeed, we have shown that both CYP3A4 and CYP2E1 incur ERAD-C, during which they are first phosphorylated by protein kinases A and C, which greatly enhance/accelerate their ubiquitination by UBC7/gp78 and UbcH5a/CHIP/Hsp70/Hsp40 E2/E3 ubiquitin ligase complexes. Such P450 phosphorylation occurs on Ser/Thr residues within linear sequences as well as spatially clustered acidic (Asp/Glu) residues. We propose that such S/T phosphorylation within these clusters creates a negatively charged patch i.e. conformational phosphodegrons, for interaction with positively charged E2/E3 domains. Such P450 S/T phosphorylation we posit serves as a switch to turn on its ubiquitination and ERAD-C. PMID:24488826

  1. A Digital Hydrologic Network Supporting NAWQA MRB SPARROW Modeling--MRB_E2RF1WS

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    Brakebill, J.W.; Terziotti, S.E.

    2011-01-01

    A digital hydrologic network was developed to support SPAtially Referenced Regression on Watershed attributes (SPARROW) models within selected regions of the United States. These regions correspond with the U.S. Geological Survey's National Water Quality Assessment (NAWQA) Program Major River Basin (MRB) study units 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 (Preston and others, 2009). MRB2, covers the South Atlantic-Gulf and Tennessee River basins. MRB3, covers the Great Lakes, Ohio, Upper Mississippi, and Souris-Red-Rainy River basins. MRB4, covers the Missouri River basins. MRB5, covers the Lower Mississippi, Arkansas-White-Red, and Texas-Gulf River basins. MRB7, covers the Pacific Northwest River basins. The digital hydrologic network described here represents surface-water pathways (MRB_E2RF1) and associated catchments (MRB_E2RF1WS). It serves as the fundamental framework to spatially reference and summarize explanatory information supporting nutrient SPARROW models (Brakebill and others, 2011; Wieczorek and LaMotte, 2011). The principal geospatial dataset used to support this regional effort was based on an enhanced version of a 1:500,000 scale digital stream-reach network (ERF1_2) (Nolan et al., 2002). Enhancements included associating over 3,500 water-quality monitoring sites to the reach network, improving physical locations of stream reaches at or near monitoring locations, and generating drainage catchments based on 100m elevation data. A unique number (MRB_ID) identifies each reach as a single unit. This unique number is also shared by the catchment area drained by the reach, thus spatially linking the hydrologically connected streams and the respective drainage area characteristics. In addition, other relevant physical, environmental, and monitoring information can be associated to the common network and accessed using the unique identification number.

  2. Conserved Motifs within Hepatitis C Virus Envelope (E2) RNA and Protein Independently Inhibit T Cell Activation

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    Bhattarai, Nirjal; McLinden, James H.; Xiang, Jinhua; Kaufman, Thomas M.; Stapleton, Jack T.

    2015-01-01

    T cell receptor (TCR) signaling is required for T-cell activation, proliferation, differentiation, and effector function. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with impaired T-cell function leading to persistent viremia, delayed and inconsistent antibody responses, and mild immune dysfunction. Although multiple factors appear to contribute to T-cell dysfunction, a role for HCV particles in this process has not been identified. Here, we show that incubation of primary human CD4+ and CD8+ T-cells with HCV RNA-containing serum, HCV-RNA containing extracellular vesicles (EVs), cell culture derived HCV particles (HCVcc) and HCV envelope pseudotyped retrovirus particles (HCVpp) inhibited TCR-mediated signaling. Since HCVpp’s contain only E1 and E2, we examined the effect of HCV E2 on TCR signaling pathways. HCV E2 expression recapitulated HCV particle-induced TCR inhibition. A highly conserved, 51 nucleotide (nt) RNA sequence was sufficient to inhibit TCR signaling. Cells expressing the HCV E2 coding RNA contained a short, virus-derived RNA predicted to be a Dicer substrate, which targeted a phosphatase involved in Src-kinase signaling (PTPRE). T-cells and hepatocytes containing HCV E2 RNA had reduced PTPRE protein levels. Mutation of 6 nts abolished the predicted Dicer interactions and restored PTPRE expression and proximal TCR signaling. HCV RNA did not inhibit distal TCR signaling induced by PMA and Ionomycin; however, HCV E2 protein inhibited distal TCR signaling. This inhibition required lymphocyte-specific tyrosine kinase (Lck). Lck phosphorylated HCV E2 at a conserved tyrosine (Y613), and phospho-E2 inhibited nuclear translocation of NFAT. Mutation of Y613 restored distal TCR signaling, even in the context of HCVpps. Thus, HCV particles delivered viral RNA and E2 protein to T-cells, and these inhibited proximal and distal TCR signaling respectively. These effects of HCV particles likely aid in establishing infection and contribute to viral persistence. PMID:26421924

  3. Protease Omi facilitates neurite outgrowth in mouse neuroblastoma N2a cells by cleaving transcription factor E2F1

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    Ma, Qi; Hu, Qing-song; Xu, Ran-jie; Zhen, Xue-chu; Wang, Guang-hui

    2015-01-01

    Aim: Omi is an ATP-independent serine protease that is necessary for neuronal function and survival. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of protease Omi in regulating differentiation of mouse neuroblastoma cells and to identify the substrate of Omi involved in this process. Methods: Mouse neuroblastoma N2a cells and Omi protease-deficient mnd2 mice were used in this study. To modulate Omi and E2F1 expression, N2a cells were transfected with expression plasmids, shRNA plasmids or siRNA. Protein levels were detected using immunoblot assays. The interaction between Omi and E2F1 was studied using immunoprecipitation, GST pulldown and in vitro cleavage assays. N2a cells were treated with 20 ?mol/L retinoic acid (RA) and 1% fetal bovine serum to induce neurite outgrowth, which was measured using Image J software. Results: E2F1 was significantly increased in Omi knockdown cells and in brain lysates of mnd2 mice, and was decreased in cells overexpressing wild-type Omi, but not inactive Omi S276C. In brain lysates of mnd2 mice, endogenous E2F1 was co-immunoprecipitated with endogenous Omi. In vitro cleavage assay demonstrated that Omi directly cleaved E2F1. Treatment of N2a cells with RA induced marked differentiation and neurite outgrowth accompanied by significantly increased Omi and decreased E2F1 levels, which were suppressed by pretreatment with the specific Omi inhibitor UCF-101. Knockdown of Omi in N2a cells suppressed RA-induced neurite outgrowth, which was partially restored by knockdown of E2F1. Conclusion: Protease Omi facilitates neurite outgrowth by cleaving the transcription factor E2F1 in differentiated neuroblastoma cells; E2F1 is a substrate of Omi. PMID:26238290

  4. Sites of disruption within E1 and E2 genes of HPV16 and association with cervical dysplasia.

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    Tsakogiannis, D; Gortsilas, P; Kyriakopoulou, Z; Ruether, I G A; Dimitriou, T G; Orfanoudakis, G; Markoulatos, P

    2015-11-01

    Integration of HPV16 DNA into the host chromosome usually disrupts the E1 and/or E2 genes. The present study investigated the disruption of E1, E2 genes in a total of eighty four HPV16-positive precancerous and cervical cancer specimens derived from Greek women (seventeen paraffin-embedded cervical biopsies and sixty seven Thin Prep samples). Complete E2 and E1 genes were amplified using three and nine overlapping primer sets respectively, in order to define the sites of disruption. Extensive mapping analysis revealed that disruption/deletion events within E2 gene occurred in high grade and cervical cancer samples (x(2) test, P < 0.01), while no evidence of E2 gene disruption was documented among low grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasias. In addition, disruptions within the E1 gene occur both in high and low grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia. This leads to the assumption that in low grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasias only E1 gene disruption was involved (Fisher's exact test, P < 0.05), while in high grade malignancies and cervical cancer cases deletions in both E1 and E2 genes occurred. Furthermore, the most prevalent site of disruption of E1 gene was located between nucleotides 1059 and 1323, while the most prevalent deleted region of the E2 gene was located between nucleotides 3172 and 3649 (E2 hinge region). Therefore, it is proposed that each population has its own profile of frequencies and sites of disruptions and extensive mapping analysis of E1 and E2 genes is mandatory in order to determine suitable markers for HPV16 DNA integration analysis in distinct populations. PMID:25959607

  5. HEDGEHOG/GLI-E2F1 axis modulates iASPP expression and function and regulates melanoma cell growth.

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    Pandolfi, S; Montagnani, V; Lapucci, A; Stecca, B

    2015-12-01

    HEDGEHOG (HH) signaling is a key regulator of tissue development and its aberrant activation is involved in several cancer types, including melanoma. We and others have shown a reciprocal cross talk between HH signaling and p53, whose function is often impaired in melanoma. Here we present evidence that both GLI1 and GLI2, the final effectors of HH signaling, regulate the transcription factor E2F1 in melanoma cells, by binding to a functional non-canonical GLI consensus sequence. Consistently, we find a significant correlation between E2F1 and PATCHED1 (PTCH1), GLI1 and GLI2 expression in human melanomas. Functionally, we find that E2F1 is a crucial mediator of HH signaling and it is required for melanoma cell proliferation and xenograft growth induced by activation of the HH pathway. Interestingly, we present evidence that the HH/GLI-E2F1 axis positively modulates the inhibitor of apoptosis-stimulating protein of p53 (iASPP) at multiple levels. HH activation induces iASPP expression through E2F1, which directly binds to iASPP promoter. HH pathway also contributes to iASPP function, by the induction of Cyclin B1 and by the E2F1-dependent regulation of CDK1, which are both involved in iASPP activation. Our data show that activation of HH signaling enhances proliferation in presence of E2F1 and promotes apoptosis in its absence or upon CDK1 inhibition, suggesting that E2F1/iASPP dictates the outcome of HH signaling in melanoma. Together, these findings identify a novel HH/GLI-E2F1-iASPP axis that regulates melanoma cell growth and survival, providing an additional mechanism through which HH signaling restrains p53 proapoptotic function. PMID:26024388

  6. The TRAF-interacting protein (TRAIP) is a novel E2F target with peak expression in mitosis

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    Chapard, Christophe; Hohl, Daniel; Huber, Marcel

    2015-01-01

    The TRAF-interacting protein (TRAIP) is an E3 ubiquitin ligase required for cell proliferation. TRAIP mRNA is downregulated in human keratinocytes after inhibition of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling. Since E2F transcription factors are downstream of PI3K/AKT/mTOR we investigated whether they regulate TRAIP expression. E2F1 expression significantly increased the TRAIP mRNA level in HeLa cells. Reporter assays with the 1400bp 5?-upstream promoter in HeLa cells and human keratinocytes showed that E2F1-, E2F2- and E2F4-induced upregulation of TRAIP expression is mediated by 168bp upstream of the translation start site. Mutating the E2F binding site within this fragment reduced the E2F1- and E2F2-dependent promoter activities and protein-DNA complex formation in gel shift assays. Abundance of TRAIP mRNA and protein was regulated by the cell cycle with a peak in G2/M. Expression of GFP and TRAIP-GFP demonstrated that TRAIP-GFP protein has a lower steady-state concentration than GFP despite similar mRNA levels. Cycloheximide inhibition experiments indicated that the TRAIP protein has a half-life of around four hours. Therefore, the combination of cell cycle-dependent transcription of the TRAIP gene by E2F and rapid protein degradation leads to cell cycle-dependent expression with a maximum in G2/M. These findings suggest that TRAIP has important functions in mitosis and tumorigenesis. PMID:26369285

  7. The TRAF-interacting protein (TRAIP) is a novel E2F target with peak expression in mitosis.

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    Chapard, Christophe; Hohl, Daniel; Huber, Marcel

    2015-08-28

    The TRAF-interacting protein (TRAIP) is an E3 ubiquitin ligase required for cell proliferation. TRAIP mRNA is downregulated in human keratinocytes after inhibition of the PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling. Since E2F transcription factors are downstream of PI3K/AKT/mTOR we investigated whether they regulate TRAIP expression. E2F1 expression significantly increased the TRAIP mRNA level in HeLa cells. Reporter assays with the 1400 bp 5'-upstream promoter in HeLa cells and human keratinocytes showed that E2F1-, E2F2- and E2F4-induced upregulation of TRAIP expression is mediated by 168 bp upstream of the translation start site. Mutating the E2F binding site within this fragment reduced the E2F1- and E2F2-dependent promoter activities and protein-DNA complex formation in gel shift assays. Abundance of TRAIP mRNA and protein was regulated by the cell cycle with a peak in G2/M. Expression of GFP and TRAIP-GFP demonstrated that TRAIP-GFP protein has a lower steady-state concentration than GFP despite similar mRNA levels. Cycloheximide inhibition experiments indicated that the TRAIP protein has a half-life of around four hours. Therefore, the combination of cell cycle-dependent transcription of the TRAIP gene by E2F and rapid protein degradation leads to cell cycle-dependent expression with a maximum in G2/M. These findings suggest that TRAIP has important functions in mitosis and tumorigenesis. PMID:26369285

  8. Silica Vesicle Nanovaccine Formulations Stimulate Long-Term Immune Responses to the Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus E2 Protein

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    Mody, Karishma T.; Mahony, Donna; Cavallaro, Antonino S.; Zhang, Jun; Zhang, Bing; Mahony, Timothy J.; Yu, Chengzhong; Mitter, Neena

    2015-01-01

    Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV) is one of the most serious pathogen, which causes tremendous economic loss to the cattle industry worldwide, meriting the development of improved subunit vaccines. Structural glycoprotein E2 is reported to be a major immunogenic determinant of BVDV virion. We have developed a novel hollow silica vesicles (SV) based platform to administer BVDV-1 Escherichia coli-expressed optimised E2 (oE2) antigen as a nanovaccine formulation. The SV-140 vesicles (diameter 50 nm, wall thickness 6 nm, perforated by pores of entrance size 16 nm and total pore volume of 0.934 cm3g-1) have proven to be ideal candidates to load oE2 antigen and generate immune response. The current study for the first time demonstrates the ability of freeze-dried (FD) as well as non-FD oE2/SV140 nanovaccine formulation to induce long-term balanced antibody and cell mediated memory responses for at least 6 months with a shortened dosing regimen of two doses in small animal model. The in vivo ability of oE2 (100 ?g)/SV-140 (500 ?g) and FD oE2 (100 ?g)/SV-140 (500 ?g) to induce long-term immunity was compared to immunisation with oE2 (100 ?g) together with the conventional adjuvant Quil-A from the Quillaja saponira (10 ?g) in mice. The oE2/SV-140 as well as the FD oE2/SV-140 nanovaccine generated oE2-specific antibody and cell mediated responses for up to six months post the final second immunisation. Significantly, the cell-mediated responses were consistently high in mice immunised with oE2/SV-140 (1,500 SFU/million cells) at the six-month time point. Histopathology studies showed no morphological changes at the site of injection or in the different organs harvested from the mice immunised with 500 ?g SV-140 nanovaccine compared to the unimmunised control. The platform has the potential for developing single dose vaccines without the requirement of cold chain storage for veterinary and human applications. PMID:26630001

  9. DNA Bending is Induced in an Enhancer by the DNA-Binding Domain of the Bovine Papillomavirus E2 Protein

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    Moskaluk, Christopher; Bastia, Deepak

    1988-03-01

    The E2 gene of bovine papillomavirus type 1 has been shown to encode a DNA-binding protein and to trans-activate the viral enhancer. We have localized the DNA-binding domain of the E2 protein to the carboxyl-terminal 126 amino acids of the E2 open reading frame. The DNA-binding domain has been expressed in Escherichia coli and partially purified. Gel retardation and DNase I ``footprinting'' on the bovine papillomavirus type 1 enhancer identify the sequence motif ACCN6GGT (in which N = any nucleotide) as the E2 binding site. Using electrophoretic methods we have shown that the DNA-binding domain changes conformation of the enhancer by inducing significant DNA bending.

  10. Classical swine fever virus marker vaccine strain CP7_E2alf: genetic stability in vitro and in vivo.

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    Goller, Katja V; Dräger, Carolin; Höper, Dirk; Beer, Martin; Blome, Sandra

    2015-12-01

    Recently, CP7_E2alf (Suvaxyn(®)CSF Marker), a live marker vaccine against classical swine fever virus, was licensed through the European Medicines Agency. For application of such a genetically engineered virus under field conditions, knowledge about its genetic stability is essential. Here, we report on stability studies that were conducted to assess and compare the mutation rate of CP7_E2alf in vitro and in vivo. Sequence analyses upon passaging confirmed the high stability of CP7_E2alf, and no recombination events were observed in the experimental setup. The data obtained in this study confirm the genetic stability of CP7_E2alf as an important safety component. PMID:26392285

  11. E2F4 cooperates with pRB in the development of extra-embryonic tissues

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    Lee, Eunice Y.

    The retinoblastoma gene, RB-1, was the first identified tumor suppressor. Rb[superscript ?/?] mice die in mid-gestation with defects in proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. The activating E2F transcription factors, ...

  12. The roles of Rb, p107, and E2f4 in bone formation and embryonic development

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    Berman, Seth D

    2007-01-01

    The pocket proteins, through their interaction with the E2F transcription factors, ensure the proper regulation of cell proliferation. By doing so, these protein complexes affect other fundamental processes such as ...

  13. Cell type specific transcriptional activities among different papillomavirus long control regions and their regulation by E2

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    Ottinger, Matthias; Smith, Jennifer A.; Schweiger, Michal-Ruth; Robbins, Dana; Powell, Maria L.C.; You, Jianxin; Howley, Peter M.

    2009-01-01

    This study systematically examined the viral long control region (LCR) activities and their responses to E2 for human papillomavirus (HPV) types 11. 16 and 18 as well as bovine papillomavirus 1 (BPV1) in a number of different cell types, including human cervical cancer cell lines, human oral keratinocytes, BJ fibroblasts, as well as CV1 cells. The study revealed cell- and virus-type specific differences among the individual LCRs and their regulation by E2. In addition, the integration of the LCR into the host genome was identified as a critical determinant for LCR activity and its response to E2. Collectively, these data indicate a more complex level of transcriptional regulation of the LCR by cellular and viral factors than previously appreciated, including a comparatively low LCR activity and poor E2 responsive for HPV16 in most human cells. This study should provide a valuable framework for future transcriptional studies in the papillomavirus field. PMID:19836046

  14. JNK-mediated turnover and stabilization of the transcription factor p45/NF-E2 during differentiation

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    Tsai, Ming-Daw

    JNK-mediated turnover and stabilization of the transcription factor p45/NF-E2 during for the regulation of erythroid maturation. In the model, the posttransla- tional modifications and turnover of p45

  15. The Effect of Thyroid Hormone, Prostaglandin E2, and Calcium Gluconate on Orthodontic Tooth Movement and Root Resorption in Rats

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    Seifi, Massoud; Hamedi, Roya; Khavandegar, Zohre

    2015-01-01

    Statement of the Problem A major objective of investigators is to clarify the role of metabolites in achievement of maximum tooth movement with minimal root damage during orthodontic tooth movement (OTM). Purpose The aim of this study was to determine the effect of administration of thyroid hormone, prostaglandin E2, and calcium on orthodontic tooth movement and root resorption in rats. Materials and Method Sixty four male Wistar rats were randomly divided into 8 groups of eight rats each: 1- 20µg/kg thyroxine was injected in traperitoneally after installation of the orthodontic appliance.  2- 0.1 ml of 1 mg/ml prostaglandin E2 was injected submucosally.  3- 10% (200 mg/kg) calcium gluconate was injected.  4- Prostaglandin E2 was injected submucosally and 10% calcium was injected intraperitoneally.  5- Thyroxine was injected intraperitoneally and prostaglandin E2 was injected submucosally.  6- 20µg/kg thyroxine with calcium was injected. 7- Prostaglandin E2 was injected submucosally with calcium and thyroxine.  8- Distilled water was used in control group. The orthodontic appliances comprised of a NiTi closed coil were posteriorly connected to the right first molar and anteriorly to the upper right incisor. OTM was measured with a feeler gauge. The mid-mesial root of the first molar and the adjacent tissues were histologically evaluated. The Data were analyzed by one-way ANOVA and Student-Newman-Keuls test. Results The highest mean OTM was observed in the thyroxine and prostaglandin E2 group (Mean±SD = 0.7375±0.1359 mm) that was significantly different (p< 0.05). A significant difference (p< 0.05) in root resorption was observed between the prostaglandin E2 (0.0192±0.0198 mm2) and the other groups. Conclusion It seems that the combination of thyroxine and prostaglandin E2, with a synergistic effect, would decrease the root resorption and increase the rate of orthodontic tooth movement in rats. PMID:26106633

  16. E2 potentializes benzo(a)pyrene-induced hepatic cytochrome P450 enzyme activities in Nile tilapia at high concentrations.

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    Rodrigues, Aline Cristina Ferreira; de Oliveira Moneró, Tatiana; Frighetto, Rosa Toyoko Shiraishi; de Almeida, Eduardo Alves

    2015-11-01

    In the aquatic environment, biotransformation enzymes are established biomarkers for assessing PAH exposure in fish, but little is known about the effect of 17?-estradiol (E2) on these enzymes during exposure to benzo(a)pyrene (BaP). In this study, Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) were exposed for 3, 5, and 10 days to BaP (300 ?g L(-1)) and E2 (5 ?g L(-1)). These substances were applied isolated or mixed. In the mixture experiment, fish were analyzed pre- and postexposure in order to better understand whether preexposure to the hormone masks the responses activated by PAH or vice versa. Phase I enzymes ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD), pentoxyresorufin-O-depenthylase (PROD), and benzyloxyresorufin-O-debenzylase (BROD) activities as well as the phase II enzyme glutathione S-transferase (GST) were analyzed. Isolated E2 treatment decreased EROD activity after 3 days, but this enzyme activity returned to control values after 5 and 10 days of exposure. Isolated BaP treatment significantly induced EROD activity after 3 and 5 days, and the activity returned to control levels after ten exposure days. Combined treatment (E2?+?Bap) significantly increased EROD activity, both in the pre- and postexposure. This increase was even higher than in the isolated BaP treatment, suggesting a synergism between these two compounds. When E2 and BaP were used singly, they did not change BROD and PROD activities. However, combined treatment (E2?+?Bap) significantly increased PROD activity. Isolated BaP treatment increased GST activity after 10 days. However, this response was not observed in the mixture treatment, suggesting that E2 suppressed the GST induction modulated by BaP. The results put together indicated that E2 altered the biotransformation pathway regarding enzymes activated by BaP in Nile tilapia. PMID:25280508

  17. Full-length core sequence dependent complex-type glycosylation of hepatitis C virus E2 glycoprotein

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    Zhu, Li-Xin; Liu, Jing; Li, Ying-Chun; Kong, Yu-Ying; Staib, Caroline; Sutter, Gerd; Wang, Yuan; Li, Guang-Di

    2002-01-01

    AIM: To study HCV polyprotein processing is important for the understanding of the natural history of HCV and the design of vaccines against HCV. The purpose of this study is to investigate the affection of context sequences on hepatitis C virus (HCV) E2 processing. METHODS: HCV genes of different lengths were expressed and compared in vaccinia virus/T7 system with homologous patient serum S94 and mouse anti-serum ME2116 raised against E. coli-derived E2 peptide, respectively. Deglycosylation analysis and GNA (Galanthus nivalus) lectin binding assay were performed to study the post-translational processing of the expressed products. RESULTS: E2 glycoproteins with different molecular weights (~75 kDa and ~60 kDa) were detected using S94 and ME2116, respectively. Deglycosylation analysis showed that this difference was mainly due to different glycosylation. Endo H resistance and its failure to bind to GNA lectin demonstrated that the higher molecular weight form (75 kDa) of E2 was complex-type glycosylated, which was readily recognized by homologous patient serum S94. Expression of complex-type glycosylated E2 could not be detected in all of the core-truncated constructs tested, but readily detected in constructs encoding full-length core sequences. CONCLUSION: The upstream conserved full-length core coding sequence was required for the production of E2 glycoproteins carrying complex-type N-glycans which reacted strongly with homologous patient serum and therefore possibly represented more mature forms of E2. As complex-type N-glycans indicated modification by Golgi enzymes, the results suggest that the presence of full-length core might be critical for E1/E2 complex to leave ER. Our data may contribute to a better understanding of the processing of HCV structural proteins as well as HCV morphogenesis. PMID:12046079

  18. Comprehensive Mapping of Common Immunodominant Epitopes in the Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus E2 Protein Recognized by Avian Antibody Responses

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    Sun, EnCheng; Zhao, Jing; Sun, Liang; Xu, QingYuan; Yang, Tao; Qin, YongLi; Wang, WenShi; Wei, Peng; Sun, Jing; Wu, DongLai

    2013-01-01

    Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) is a mosquito-borne virus that can cause both human and equine encephalitis with high case fatality rates. EEEV can also be widespread among birds, including pheasants, ostriches, emu, turkeys, whooping cranes and chickens. The E2 protein of EEEV and other Alphaviruses is an important immunogenic protein that elicits antibodies of diagnostic value. While many therapeutic and diagnostic applications of E2 protein-specific antibodies have been reported, the specific epitopes on E2 protein recognized by the antibody responses of different susceptible hosts, including avian species, remain poorly defined. In the present study, the avian E2-reactive polyclonal antibody (PAb) response was mapped to linear peptide epitopes using PAbs elicited in chickens and ducks following immunization with recombinant EEEV E2 protein and a series of 42 partially overlapping peptides covering the entire EEEV E2 protein. We identified 12 and 13 peptides recognized by the chicken and duck PAb response, respectively. Six of these linear peptides were commonly recognized by PAbs elicited in both avian species. Among them five epitopes recognized by both avian, the epitopes located at amino acids 211–226 and 331–352 were conserved among the EEEV antigenic complex, but not other associated alphaviruses, whereas the epitopes at amino acids 11–26, 30–45 and 151–166 were specific to EEEV subtype I. The five common peptide epitopes were not recognized by avian PAbs against Avian Influenza Virus (AIV) and Duck Plague Virus (DPV). The identification and characterization of EEEV E2 antibody epitopes may be aid the development of diagnostic tools and facilitate the design of epitope-based vaccines for EEEV. These results also offer information with which to study the structure of EEEV E2 protein. PMID:23922704

  19. p53-repressed miRNAs are involved with E2F in a feed-forward loop promoting proliferation

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    Pilpel, Yitzhak

    , mutations of this gene are highly common in human cancers (Hussain and Harris, 1999). p53 is a sequence and in breast cancers harboring wild-type p53. These miRNAs are repressed by p53 in an E2F1-mediated mannerp53-repressed miRNAs are involved with E2F in a feed-forward loop promoting proliferation Ran Brosh

  20. Assessing the usefulness of prostaglandin E2 (Cervidil) for transcervical artificial insemination in ewes.

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    Bartlewski, Pawel M; Candappa, Ivanka B R

    2015-12-01

    The underlying theme of this study involved the evaluation of the dilatory effects of prostaglandin E2 on the ovine cervix and thus the assessment of its potential applicability to transcervical artificial insemination (TCAI) in ewes. A novel method of prostaglandin E2 administration (controlled slow-release vaginal inserts) was examined, and the practical implications of this approach including cervical penetrability and posttreatment pregnancy rates were evaluated. The Guelph method of TCAI was performed during the seasonal anestrus (n = 40) and the breeding season (n = 40) on multiparous Rideau Arcott × Polled Dorset ewes, with or without the pretreatment with Cervidil (for a duration of 12 hours or 24 hours before TCAI). Cervical penetration rates averaged 82.5% (66 of 80), and they varied neither (P > 0.05) between the two seasons nor between Cervidil-treated ewes and their respective controls. Cervidil priming significantly reduced the total time required for TCAI during the breeding season in comparison with controls (54 vs. 98 seconds), especially after the 24-hour exposure (38 vs. 108 seconds). The time taken to traverse the uterine cervix was negatively correlated (P < 0.05) with the breed (percentage of Rideau Arcott genotype) and lifetime lamb production in seasonally anestrous ewes. Four out of 36 (11%) successfully penetrated ewes in the breeding season (three ewes allocated to the 12-hour control group and one ewe that had received Cervidil for 12 hours) became pregnant and carried the lambs to term. Vaginal mucus impedance at TCAI was significantly and positively correlated with the total time required to complete the procedure in cyclic ewes, and the negative correlation between vaginal mucus impedance and total time values at the time of controlled intravaginal drug release device removal approached to significance in anestrous ewes. The present results indicate a moderate benefit of using Cervidil for inducing cervical dilation before TCAI in ewes, mainly in the breeding season. The specific reason(s) for impaired fertility after the TCAI using frozen-thawed ram semen remains to be elucidated. PMID:26349412

  1. E2-C, a cyclin-selective ubiquitin carrier protein required for the destruction of mitotic cyclins.

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    Aristarkhov, A; Eytan, E; Moghe, A; Admon, A; Hershko, A; Ruderman, J V

    1996-01-01

    Ubiquitin-dependent proteolysis of the mitotic cyclins A and B is required for the completion of mitosis and entry into the next cell cycle. This process is catalyzed by the cyclosome, an approximately 22S particle that contains a cyclin-selective ubiquitin ligase activity, E3-C, that requires a cyclin-selective ubiquitin carrier protein (UBC) E2-C. Here we report the purification and cloning of E2-C from clam oocytes. The deduced amino acid sequence of E2-C indicates that it is a new UBC family member. Bacterially expressed recombinant E2-C is active in in vitro cyclin ubiquitination assays, where it exhibits the same substrate specificities seen with native E2-C. These results demonstrate that E2-C is not a homolog of UBC4 or UBC9, proteins previously suggested to be involved in cyclin ubiquitination, but is a new UBC family member with unique properties. Images Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 4 Fig. 5 PMID:8633058

  2. Effects of a 5-day treatment with the UV-filter octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC) on the function of the hypothalamo-pituitary-thyroid function in rats.

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    Klammer, Holger; Schlecht, Christiane; Wuttke, Wolfgang; Schmutzler, Cornelia; Gotthardt, Inka; Köhrle, Josef; Jarry, Hubertus

    2007-09-01

    Octyl-methoxycinnamate (OMC) is one of the most frequently used UV-filters in sunscreens to protect the skin against the noxious influence of UV radiation. Recently, OMC was suspected to act as an "endocrine active chemical" (EAC) with estrogenic actions. While EACs have been investigated thoroughly for interference with reproductive function in mammalians, surprisingly little efforts have been made to investigate an interference of EACs with the hypothalamo-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) axis despite the expression of estrogen receptors in all parts of this axis. Therefore, we conducted an in vivo study with ovariectomised rats treated for 5 days with different doses of OMC or 17beta-estradiol (E2) as a control. Determined parameters comprised serum levels of TSH, T4 and T3, hypothalamic TRH mRNA expression, protein-expression of the sodium-iodide-symporter (NIS) and the TSH receptor and the activities of thyroid peroxidase (TPO) in the thyroid and the T3-responsive hepatic type I 5'deiodinase (Dio1) in the liver. While E2 did not affect TSH-, T4- or T3-levels, OMC caused a dose-dependent decrease of serum concentrations of all of these hormones. TRH expression remained unaffected, while in the thyroid, expression of the TSH receptor but not of NIS was stimulated by OMC. TPO activity was unaltered but Dio1 activity was reduced by OMC. Thus, our results demonstrate a non-estrogenic interference of OMC within the rodent HPT axis with inadequate feedback response to impaired thyroid hormone status, indicated by decreased serum thyroid hormone and hepatic Dio1 levels. PMID:17651886

  3. Estrogenic activity of UV filter mixtures.

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    Kunz, Petra Y; Fent, Karl

    2006-11-15

    UV-absorbing chemicals (UV filters) are widely used for protection against UV radiation in sunscreens and in a variety of cosmetic products and materials. Depending on the breadth and factor of UV protection, they are added as single compounds or as a combination thereof. Some UV filters have estrogenic activity, but their activity and interactions in mixtures are largely unknown. In this work, we analyzed 8 commonly used UV filters, which are pure or partial hERalpha agonists, for their estrogenic activity in equieffective mixtures in a recombinant yeast assay carrying the human estrogen receptor alpha (hERalpha). Mixtures of two, four and eight UV filters alone, or in combination with 17 beta estradiol (E2), were assessed at different effect levels and no-observed-effect-concentrations (NOEC). Predictions of the joint effects of these mixtures were calculated by employing the concentration addition (CA) and independent action (IA) model. Most binary mixtures comprising of pure hERalpha agonists showed a synergistic activity at all mixture combinations. Only in combination with benzophenone-1, antagonistic activity was observed at some effect levels. All mixtures of four or eight, pure or pure and partial hERalpha agonists, alone or including E2, showed synergistic activity at concentrations giving an increase of 10% of basal activity (BC10). This occurred even at concentrations that were at the NOEC level of each single compound. Hence, there were substantial mixture effects even though each UV filter was present at its NOEC level. These results show that significant interactions occur in UV filter mixtures, which is important for the hazard and risk assessments of these personal care products. PMID:17027055

  4. Temporal expression of hepatic estrogen receptor 1, vitellogenin1 and vitellogenin2 in European silver eels.

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    Palstra, Arjan P; Schnabel, Denhi; Nieveen, Maaike C; Spaink, Herman P; van den Thillart, Guido E E J M

    2010-03-01

    Because European silver eels have never been caught during or after their 6000-km reproductive migration to the Sargasso Sea, all existing knowledge on their sexual maturation comes from hormonal stimulation. Silver eels that start their oceanic migration are still immature with pre-vitellogenic oocytes. Hence we assumed that vitellogenesis should start with the expression of the estrogen receptor in the liver before the circulating 17beta-estradiol (E2) can have any effect. In this study we followed the hepatic vitellogenesis upon 4 weekly injections with carp pituitary extracts (CPE). New molecular primers for the expression of the estrogen receptor 1 (esr1), vitellogenin1 (vtg1) and vitellogenin2 (vtg2) in the liver were developed. Sequences of vtg2 and esr1 were not previously described in Anguilla anguilla. All eels showed weekly increase of the eye size and pectoral fin length, which are signs of early maturation. The same occurred with the gonadosomatic index, the oocyte stage and diameter, and number of deposited fat droplets. Early vitellogenesis appeared as a 3-step process (1) E2-levels and esr1 expression were significantly increased already after one injection, (2) vtg1 and vtg2 expression were significantly increased after one and two injections, respectively, and (3) vtg1 and vtg2 expression increased further after three and four injections. Then also plasma calcium (corresponds with plasma vitellogenin) increased and yolk globuli appeared in the oocytes. These results show that esr1 is the first of the three genes examined that is expressed during the onset of hepatic vitellogenesis. Furthermore, ovarian vitellogenesis (appearance of yolk globuli in oocytes) occurs 1-2 weeks later than the onset of hepatic vitellogenesis. PMID:19766647

  5. Estrogenic activity of UV filter mixtures

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    Kunz, Petra Y. . E-mail: petra.kunz@fhnw.ch; Fent, Karl . E-mail: karl.fent@bluewin.ch

    2006-11-15

    UV-absorbing chemicals (UV filters) are widely used for protection against UV radiation in sunscreens and in a variety of cosmetic products and materials. Depending on the breadth and factor of UV protection, they are added as single compounds or as a combination thereof. Some UV filters have estrogenic activity, but their activity and interactions in mixtures are largely unknown. In this work, we analyzed 8 commonly used UV filters, which are pure or partial hER{alpha} agonists, for their estrogenic activity in equieffective mixtures in a recombinant yeast assay carrying the human estrogen receptor alpha (hER{alpha}). Mixtures of two, four and eight UV filters alone, or in combination with 17 {beta} estradiol (E2), were assessed at different effect levels and no-observed-effect-concentrations (NOEC). Predictions of the joint effects of these mixtures were calculated by employing the concentration addition (Canada) and independent action (IA) model. Most binary mixtures comprising of pure hER{alpha} agonists showed a synergistic activity at all mixture combinations. Only in combination with benzophenone-1, antagonistic activity was observed at some effect levels. All mixtures of four or eight, pure or pure and partial hER{alpha} agonists, alone or including E2, showed synergistic activity at concentrations giving an increase of 10% of basal activity (BC10). This occurred even at concentrations that were at the NOEC level of each single compound. Hence, there were substantial mixture effects even though each UV filter was present at its NOEC level. These results show that significant interactions occur in UV filter mixtures, which is important for the hazard and risk assessments of these personal care products.

  6. Estradiol-induced promotion of hepatocarcinogenesis in medaka: Relationship of foci of cellular alteration to neoplasia

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    Cooke, J.B.; Hinton, D.E.

    1995-12-31

    In some laboratory and field studies, female fish have higher prevalences of liver tumors than do males. The authors hypothesize gender and site-specific differences in prevalence are due to variable exposures of previously initiated fish to tumor modulating compounds. Estradiol, a growth promoter, increases incidences of hepatic tumors in carcinogen-treated rainbow trout and medaka (Oryzias latipes). Estradiol also increases incidences of hepatic foci of cellular alteration (FCA) in medaka. FCA are found in subadults of tumor-bearing feral populations. Lack of knowledge about the relationship of various phenotypes of FCA to eventual tumors, however, has prevented use of FCA as a biomarker. The authors examined fate and growth of liver FCA using a 2-step, initiation-promotion protocol. Three week old medaka were exposed to 200 ppm diethylnitrosamine (DEN) for 24 hr. and then fed 0.1 ppm 17-{beta}-estradiol (E2) continuously through sampling at weeks 4--26. Percent volume of FCA and morphometric characteristics of normal and focal hepatocytes, including numerical density and average hepatocyte volume were quantified using computer-assisted stereology. E2 increased percentage of liver occupied by DEN-initiated amphophilic, basophilic and eosinophilic FCA in both sexes. Focal parameters of young, DEN-initiated and estradiol-treated medaka were not reached until much later in fish given only DEN. Non-focal hepatocytes in estradiol-treated medaka were smaller and more numerous than in DEN-only counterparts. Morphometric analysis is quantitatively tracking the fate of specific phenotypes of FCA to determine their role in progression to cancer.

  7. E2?E1 transition and Rb(+) release induced by Na(+) in the Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase. Vanadate as a tool to investigate the interaction between Rb(+) and E2.

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    Montes, Mónica R; Monti, José L E; Rossi, Rolando C

    2012-09-01

    This work presents a detailed kinetic study that shows the coupling between the E2?E1 transition and Rb(+) deocclusion stimulated by Na(+) in pig-kidney purified Na,K-ATPase. Using rapid mixing techniques, we measured in parallel experiments the decrease in concentration of occluded Rb(+) and the increase in eosin fluorescence (the formation of E1) as a function of time. The E2?E1 transition and Rb(+) deocclusion are described by the sum of two exponential functions with equal amplitudes, whose rate coefficients decreased with increasing [Rb(+)]. The rate coefficient values of the E2?E1 transition were very similar to those of Rb(+)-deocclusion, indicating that both processes are simultaneous. Our results suggest that, when ATP is absent, the mechanism of Na(+)-stimulated Rb(+) deocclusion would require the release of at least one Rb(+) ion through the extracellular access prior to the E2?E1 transition. Using vanadate to stabilize E2, we measured occluded Rb(+) in equilibrium conditions. Results show that, while Mg(2+) decreases the affinity for Rb(+), addition of vanadate offsets this effect, increasing the affinity for Rb(+). In transient experiments, we investigated the exchange of Rb(+) between the E2-vanadate complex and the medium. Results show that, in the absence of ATP, vanadate prevents the E2?E1 transition caused by Na(+) without significantly affecting the rate of Rb(+) deocclusion. On the other hand, we found the first evidence of a very low rate of Rb(+) occlusion in the enzyme-vanadate complex, suggesting that this complex would require a change to an open conformation in order to bind and occlude Rb(+). PMID:22521366

  8. Prostaglandin E2 increases hematopoietic stem cell survival and accelerates hematopoietic recovery after radiation injury

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    Porter, Rebecca L.; Georger, Mary; Bromberg, Olga; McGrath, Kathleen E.; Frisch, Benjamin J.; Becker, Michael W.; Calvi, Laura M.

    2013-01-01

    Hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs), which continuously maintain all mature blood cells, are regulated within the marrow microenvironment. We previously reported that pharmacologic treatment of naïve mice with prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) expands HSPCs. However, the cellular mechanisms mediating this expansion remain unknown. Here we demonstrate that PGE2 treatment in naïve mice inhibits apoptosis of HSPCs without changing their proliferation rate. In a murine model of sub-lethal total body irradiation (TBI), in which HSPCs are rapidly lost, treatment with a long-acting PGE2 analogue (dmPGE2) reversed the apoptotic program initiated by TBI. dmPGE2 treatment in vivo decreased the loss of functional HSPCs following radiation injury, as demonstrated both phenotypically and by their increased reconstitution capacity. The antiapoptotic effect of dmPGE2 on HSPCs did not impair their ability to differentiate in vivo, resulting instead in improved hematopoietic recovery after TBI. dmPGE2 also increased microenvironmental cyclooxygenase-2 expression and expanded the ?-SMA+ subset of marrow macrophages, thus enhancing the bone marrow microenvironmental response to TBI. Therefore, in vivo treatment with PGE2 analogues may be particularly beneficial to HSPCs in the setting of injury by targeting them both directly and also through their niche. The current data provide rationale for in vivo manipulation of the HSPC pool as a strategy to improve recovery after myelosuppression. PMID:23169593

  9. Role of carbonic anhydrase in bone resorption induced by prostaglandin E2 in vitro

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    Hall, G. E.; Kenny, A. D.

    1985-01-01

    The possible role of carbonic anhydrase in bone resorption induced by prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) was studied using an in vitro neonatal mouse calvarial culture system. PGE2 (10 to the -6th M) was effective in stimulating resorption, as assessed by calcium release into culture media. This enhanced resorption was accompanied by significant increases in calvarial carbonic anhydrase activity over control values at 48 and 96 h. At 48 h, bones treated with PGE2 had 20 percent more carbonic anhydrase activity than controls. By 96 h, treated bones contained 79 percent more carbonic anhydrase activity than controls. PGE2-induced bone resorption was inhibited by the carbonic anhydrase inhibitor acetazolamide in a dose-dependent fashion from 10 to the -5th to 10 to the -4th M with 77 percent inhibition observed at 10 to the -4th M. The acetazolamide analogue CL 13,850 (N-t-butylacetazolamide), which does not inhibit carbonic anhydrase, failed to inhibit PGE2-induced resorption. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that carbonic anhydrase is a necessary component of the osteoclastic bone resorptive mechanism.

  10. Elucidating the Specificity Determinants of the AtxE2 Lasso Peptide Isopeptidase.

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    Maksimov, Mikhail O; Koos, Joseph D; Zong, Chuhan; Lisko, Bozhena; Link, A James

    2015-12-25

    Lasso peptide isopeptidase is an enzyme that specifically hydrolyzes the isopeptide bond of lasso peptides, rendering these peptides linear. To carry out a detailed structure-activity analysis of the lasso peptide isopeptidase AtxE2 from Asticcacaulis excentricus, we solved NMR structures of its substrates astexin-2 and astexin-3. Using in vitro enzyme assays, we show that the C-terminal tail portion of these peptides is dispensable with regards to isopeptidase activity. A collection of astexin-2 and astexin-3 variants with alanine substitutions at each position within the ring and the loop was constructed, and we showed that all of these peptides except for one were cleaved by the isopeptidase. Thus, much like the lasso peptide biosynthetic enzymes, lasso peptide isopeptidase has broad substrate specificity. Quantitative analysis of the cleavage reactions indicated that alanine substitutions in loop positions of these peptides led to reduced cleavage, suggesting that the loop is serving as a recognition element for the isopeptidase. PMID:26534965

  11. A preliminary result of self-calibration bundle adjustment of Chang'E-2 stereo imagery

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    Liu, Yiliang; Liu, Bin; Peng, Man; Di, Kaichang

    2014-05-01

    The high resolution lunar global images acquired by Chang'E-2 (CE-2) CCD camera orbiter are of great importance for lunar science research as well as preparation of the landing and surface operation of Chang'E-3 (CE-3) lunar rover. In this paper, a rigorous geometric model of CE-2 CCD camera is developed based on the push-broom imaging principle. A self-calibration bundle adjustment (SCBA) method is proposed to eliminate the inconsistencies between forward- and backward-looking images, which are caused by the inaccuracy of exterior orientation (EO) parameters and the uncertain relationship between the two CCD line arrays of the camera. The interior orientation (IO) model is refined by adding several additional parameters and the EO parameters are fitted by a third-order polynomial model. Strategies for ensuring the robustness and reliability of the solution are also adopted, including EO pseudo observations selection, reasonable weight determination, and truncated singular value decomposition method. After adjustment, the inconsistencies between the forward- and backward-looking images are eliminated effectively by reducing the image-space residuals from around 20 pixels to sub-pixel. Based on the adjustment, high precision DEM (Digital Elevation Model) and DOM (Digital Ortho Map) of a local area at Sinus Iridum (pre-selected CE-3 landing site) are generated automatically.

  12. MicroRNA-577 inhibits gastric cancer growth by targeting E2F transcription factor 3

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    YU, ZHANJIANG; ZHANG, WEI; DENG, FENGCHUN

    2015-01-01

    The incidence and mortality rates of gastric cancer are one of the highest of all types of cancers. Emerging evidence has demonstrated that altered expression of micro (mi)RNAs may be implicated in the tumorigenesis of numerous types of cancer. Therefore, miRNAs may have potential as important tools in cancer diagnostics and therapeutics. miRNAs regulate the expression of genes involved in mediating cell proliferation and developmental timing, among numerous other processes. Altered expression levels of miRNAs may result in the ability of cells to proliferate aberrantly and migrate. The present study used reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction assays to analyze miRNA-577 expression in gastric cancer tissues and cell lines, MTT and cell cycle analysis to examine cell proliferation in vitro, and luciferase assays and western blot to investigate miRNA-577?s downstream targets. The results demonstrated that miRNA-577 was significantly downregulated in gastric cancer patient samples and cell lines. In addition, miRNA-577 affected an important regulator of E2F transcription factor 3 expression and that altered miRNA-577 expression resulted in the aberrant proliferation of gastric cancer cells. PMID:26622688

  13. Lateral Load Testing of the Advanced Stirling Convertor (ASC-E2) Heater Head

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    Cornell, Peggy A.; Krause, David L.; Davis, Glen; Robbie, Malcolm G.; Gubics, David A.

    2010-01-01

    Free-piston Stirling convertors are fundamental to the development of NASA s next generation of radioisotope power system, the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG). The ASRG will use General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) modules as the energy source and Advanced Stirling Convertors (ASCs) to convert heat into electrical energy, and is being developed by Lockheed Martin under contract to the Department of Energy. Achieving flight status mandates that the ASCs satisfy design as well as flight requirements to ensure reliable operation during launch. To meet these launch requirements, GRC performed a series of quasi-static mechanical tests simulating the pressure, thermal, and external loading conditions that will be experienced by an ASC E2 heater head assembly. These mechanical tests were collectively referred to as lateral load tests since a primary external load lateral to the heater head longitudinal axis was applied in combination with the other loading conditions. The heater head was subjected to the operational pressure, axial mounting force, thermal conditions, and axial and lateral launch vehicle acceleration loadings. To permit reliable prediction of the heater head s structural performance, GRC completed Finite Element Analysis (FEA) computer modeling for the stress, strain, and deformation that will result during launch. The heater head lateral load test directly supported evaluation of the analysis and validation of the design to meet launch requirements. This paper provides an overview of each element within the test and presents assessment of the modeling as well as experimental results of this task.

  14. Lateral Load Testing of the Advanced Stirling Convertor (ASC-E2) Heater Head

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    Cornell, Peggy A.; Krause, David L.; Davis, Glen; Robbie, Malcolm G.; Gubics, David A.

    2010-01-01

    Free-piston Stirling convertors are fundamental to the development of NASA s next generation of radioisotope power system, the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG). The ASRG will use General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) modules as the energy source and Advanced Stirling Convertors (ASCs) to convert heat into electrical energy, and is being developed by Lockheed Martin under contract to the Department of Energy. Achieving flight status mandates that the ASCs satisfy design as well as flight requirements to ensure reliable operation during launch. To meet these launch requirements, GRC performed a series of quasi-static mechanical tests simulating the pressure, thermal, and external loading conditions that will be experienced by an ASC-E2 heater head assembly. These mechanical tests were collectively referred to as "lateral load tests" since a primary external load lateral to the heater head longitudinal axis was applied in combination with the other loading conditions. The heater head was subjected to the operational pressure, axial mounting force, thermal conditions, and axial and lateral launch vehicle acceleration loadings. To permit reliable prediction of the heater head s structural performance, GRC completed Finite Element Analysis (FEA) computer modeling for the stress, strain, and deformation that will result during launch. The heater head lateral load test directly supported evaluation of the analysis and validation of the design to meet launch requirements. This paper provides an overview of each element within the test and presents assessment of the modeling as well as experimental results of this task.

  15. Suppression of Alzheimer-Associated Inflammation by Microglial Prostaglandin-E2 EP4 Receptor Signaling

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    Woodling, Nathaniel S.; Wang, Qian; Priyam, Prachi G.; Larkin, Paul; Shi, Ju; Johansson, Jenny U.; Zagol-Ikapitte, Irene; Boutaud, Olivier

    2014-01-01

    A persistent and nonresolving inflammatory response to accumulating A? peptide species is a cardinal feature in the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD). In response to accumulating A? peptide species, microglia, the innate immune cells of the brain, generate a toxic inflammatory response that accelerates synaptic and neuronal injury. Many proinflammatory signaling pathways are linked to progression of neurodegeneration. However, endogenous anti-inflammatory pathways capable of suppressing A?-induced inflammation represent a relatively unexplored area. Here we report that signaling through the prostaglandin-E2 (PGE2) EP4 receptor potently suppresses microglial inflammatory responses to A?42 peptides. In cultured microglial cells, EP4 stimulation attenuated levels of A?42-induced inflammatory factors and potentiated phagocytosis of A?42. Microarray analysis demonstrated that EP4 stimulation broadly opposed A?42-driven gene expression changes in microglia, with enrichment for targets of IRF1, IRF7, and NF-?B transcription factors. In vivo, conditional deletion of microglial EP4 in APPSwe-PS1?E9 (APP-PS1) mice conversely increased inflammatory gene expression, oxidative protein modification, and A? deposition in brain at early stages of pathology, but not at later stages, suggesting an early anti-inflammatory function of microglial EP4 signaling in the APP-PS1 model. Finally, EP4 receptor levels decreased significantly in human cortex with progression from normal to AD states, suggesting that early loss of this beneficial signaling system in preclinical AD development may contribute to subsequent progression of pathology. PMID:24760848

  16. Cyclooxygenase-1-Selective Inhibitors Based on the (E)-2?-Des-methyl-sulindac Sulfide Scaffold

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    2012-01-01

    Prostaglandins (PGs) are powerful lipid mediators in many physiological and pathophysiological responses. They are produced by oxidation of arachidonic acid (AA) by cyclooxygenases (COX-1 and COX-2) followed by metabolism of endoperoxide intermediates by terminal PG synthases. PG biosynthesis is inhibited by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Specific inhibition of COX-2 has been extensively investigated, but relatively few COX-1-selective inhibitors have been described. Recent reports of a possible contribution of COX-1 in analgesia, neuroinflammation, or carcinogenesis suggest that COX-1 is a potential therapeutic target. We designed, synthesized, and evaluated a series of (E)-2?-des-methyl-sulindac sulfide (E-DMSS) analogues for inhibition of COX-1. Several potent and selective inhibitors were discovered, and the most promising compounds were active against COX-1 in intact ovarian carcinoma cells (OVCAR-3). The compounds inhibited tumor cell proliferation but only at concentrations >100-fold higher than the concentrations that inhibit COX-1 activity. E-DMSS analogues may be useful probes of COX-1 biology in vivo and promising leads for COX-1-targeted therapeutic agents. PMID:22263894

  17. Design, synthesis, and anti-melanogenic effects of (E)-2-benzoyl-3-(substituted phenyl)acrylonitriles

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    Yun, Hwi Young; Kim, Do Hyun; Son, Sujin; Ullah, Sultan; Kim, Seong Jin; Kim, Yeon-Jeong; Yoo, Jin-Wook; Jung, Yunjin; Chun, Pusoon; Moon, Hyung Ryong

    2015-01-01

    Background Tyrosinase is the most prominent target for inhibitors of hyperpigmentation because it plays a critical role in melaninogenesis. Although many tyrosinase inhibitors have been identified, from both natural and synthetic sources, there remains a considerable demand for novel tyrosinase inhibitors that are safer and more effective. Methods (E)-2-Benzoyl-3-(substituted phenyl)acrylonitriles (BPA analogs) with a linear ?-phenyl-?,?-unsaturated carbonyl scaffold were designed and synthesized as potential tyrosinase inhibitors. We evaluated their effects on cellular tyrosinase activity and melanin biosynthesis in murine B16F10 melanoma cells and their ability to inhibit mushroom tyrosinase activity. Results BPA analogs exhibited inhibitory activity against mushroom tyrosinase. In particular, BPA13 significantly suppressed melanin biosynthesis and inhibited cellular tyrosinase activity in B16F10 cells in a dose-dependent manner. A docking study revealed that BPA13 had higher binding affinity for tyrosinase than kojic acid. Conclusion BPA13, which possesses a linear ?-phenyl-?,?-unsaturated carbonyl scaffold, is a potential candidate skin-whitening agent and treatment for diseases associated with hyperpigmentation. PMID:26347064

  18. Structural Basis for the Lack of E2 Interaction in the RING Domain of TRAF2

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    Yin, Q.; Lamothe, B; Darnay, B; Wu, H

    2009-01-01

    TRAF proteins are intracellular signal transducers for a number of immune receptor superfamilies. Specifically, TRAF2 interacts with members of the TNF receptor superfamily and connects the receptors to downstream signaling proteins. It has been assumed that TRAF2 is a ubiquitin ligase like TRAF6 and mediates K63-linked polyubiquitination of RIP1, a kinase pivotal in TNF{alpha}-induced NF-{kappa}B activation. Here we report the crystal structure of the RING and the first zinc finger domains of TRAF2. We show that the TRAF2 RING structure is very different from the known TRAF6 RING structure. The differences are multifaceted, including amino acid differences at the critical Ubc13-interacting site, local conformational differences, and a unique nine-residue insertion between the RING domain and the first zinc finger in TRAF2. These structural differences prevent TRAF2 from interacting with Ubc13 and other related E2s via steric clash and unfavorable interfaces. Our structural observation should prompt a re-evaluation of the role of TRAF2 in TNF{alpha} signaling and may indicate that TRAF2-associated proteins such as cIAPs may be the ubiquitin ligases for NF-{kappa}B signaling.

  19. [Plasma prostaglandin E2 in pregnant women undergoing labor induction with endocervical gel application].

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    Siqueira, M; Neves, J; Arteaga, M; Bicho, M; Silva Cruz, A

    1999-08-01

    The authors describe an assay that quantify with precision the plasmatic prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of the gel formulation PGE2 endocervical in the induction of labour. We have studied 26 pregnant women without disease at the term of the pregnancy. The blood sample was collected before and 30 minutes after the labor induction in tubes with 10 mg EDTA Na2 and 5 microg of aspirin. The PGE2 was isolated by extraction and chromatography with 70-100% recovery. The concentration was evaluated by a completion assay with RIA. The PGE2 in plasma was found before and after the induction of labor with the following results: 347 +/- 51.6 and 719 +/- 128 pg/ml. The data was compared by the Student's t test for paired values (df = 50, t = 13. 22 and p < 0.0001). We can conclude that in pregnant women the concentration of PGE2 in plasma was double after the labor induction with the sensitivity in 1.25 pg/tube and the reproducibility 4.6% intraassay and 7% interassay showing that the method is sensitive, reproducible and efficient for the PGE2. PMID:10481108

  20. Lateral Load Testing of the Advanced Stirling Convertor (ASC-E2) Heater Head

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    Cornell, Peggy A.; Krause, David L.; Davis, Glen; Robbie, Malcolm G.; Gubics, David A.

    2011-01-01

    Free-piston Stirling convertors are fundamental to the development of NASA s next generation of radioisotope power system, the Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG). The ASRG will use General Purpose Heat Source (GPHS) modules as the energy source and Advanced Stirling Convertors (ASCs) to convert heat into electrical energy, and is being developed by Lockheed Martin under contract to the Department of Energy. Achieving flight status mandates that the ASCs satisfy design as well as flight requirements to ensure reliable operation during launch. To meet these launch requirements, GRC performed a series of quasi-static mechanical tests simulating the pressure, thermal, and external loading conditions that will be experienced by an ASC-E2 heater head assembly. These mechanical tests were collectively referred to as "lateral load tests" since a primary external load lateral to the heater head longitudinal axis was applied in combination with the other loading conditions. The heater head was subjected to the operational pressure, axial mounting force, thermal conditions, and axial and lateral launch vehicle acceleration loadings. To permit reliable prediction of the heater head s structural performance, GRC completed Finite Element Analysis (FEA) computer modeling for the stress, strain, and deformation that will result during launch. The heater head lateral load test directly supported evaluation of the analysis and validation of the design to meet launch requirements. This paper provides an overview of each element within the test and presents assessment of the modeling as well as experimental results of this task.

  1. Abnormal prostaglandin E2 production blocks myogenic differentiation in myotonic dystrophy.

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    Beaulieu, Daniel; Thebault, Philippe; Pelletier, Richard; Chapdelaine, Pierre; Tarnopolsky, Mark; Furling, Denis; Puymirat, Jack

    2012-01-01

    The congenital form of myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is the most severe type of the disease associated with CTG expansions over 1500 repeats and delayed muscle maturation. The mechanistic basis of the congenital form of DM1 is mostly unknown. Here, we show that muscle satellite cells bearing large CTG expansions (>3000) secrete a soluble factor that inhibits the fusion of normal myoblasts in culture. We identified this factor as prostaglandin E2 (PGE(2)). In these DM1 cells, PGE(2) production is increased through up-regulation of cyclooxygenase 2 (Cox-2), mPGES-1 and prostaglandin EP2/EP4 receptors. Elevated levels of PGE(2) inhibit myogenic differentiation by decreasing the intracellular levels of calcium. Exogenous addition of acetylsalicylic acid, an inhibitor of Cox enzymes, abolishes PGE(2) abnormal secretion and restores the differentiation of DM1 muscle cells. These data indicate that the delay in muscle maturation observed in congenital DM1 may result, at least in part, from an altered autocrine mechanism. Inhibitors of prostaglandin synthesis may thus offer a powerful method to restore the differentiation of DM1 muscle cells. PMID:21742035

  2. Failure of frusemide to increase production of prostaglandin E2 in human nasal mucosa in vivo.

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    Mullol, J; Ramis, I; Prat, J; Roselló-Catafau, J; Xaubet, A; Piera, C; Gelpí, E; Picado, C

    1993-01-01

    BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that inhaled frusemide protects subjects with asthma against bronchoconstriction by enhancing the synthesis of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). To evaluate this hypothesis the effect of frusemide on PGE2 production from nasal mucosa was studied. METHODS: Two main arachidonic acid metabolites produced by epithelial cells, PGE2 and 15-hydroxy 5,8,11,13-eicosatetraenoic acid (15-HETE), were measured by radioimmunoassay in nasal secretions obtained by nasal lavages with saline. Eleven healthy volunteers were randomly assigned to two study days, one week apart, in a double blind crossover study. Nasal instillation with three increasing doses of frusemide (5, 10, and 20 mg) or placebo was carried out at intervals of 15 minutes. Nasal lavages were performed immediately before nasal instillations and 15, 30, and 60 minutes after the last instillation. RESULTS: Baseline concentrations of 15-HETE were at least six times higher than PGE2. No differences between frusemide and placebo were detected either on PGE2 or 15-HETE release. CONCLUSIONS: The findings do not support the hypothesis that the antiasthmatic effect of frusemide may be due to increased synthesis of PGE2 or release in the respiratory mucosa. PMID:8497826

  3. Seniority, collectivity, and B(E2) enhancement in {sup 72}Ni

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    Chiara, C. J.; Stefanescu, I.; Walters, W. B.; Sharp, N.; Alcorta, M.; Carpenter, M. P.; Hoffman, C. R.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Kay, B. P.; Lauritsen, T.; Lister, C. J.; McCutchan, E. A.; Rogers, A. M.; Seweryniak, D.; Zhu, S.; Fornal, B.; Pawlat, T.; Wrzesinski, J.; Guerdal, G.; Kondev, F. G.

    2011-09-15

    Gamma rays assigned to {sub 28}{sup 72}Ni{sub 44} have been identified with Gammasphere in deep-inelastic reactions involving a 450-MeV {sup 76}Ge beam and a {sup 198}Pt target. Using a combination of spectra produced by double gates on the known 454-, 843-, and 1095-keV members of the ground-state cascade, a coincident line at 199 keV has been identified and is tentatively assigned as the 8{sup +}{yields}6{sup +} transition. These {gamma}-ray coincidences have been observed only in prompt events, indicating an 8{sup +} half-life below 20 ns and requiring a large B(E2) enhancement compared to that expected from a seniority scheme. This value is consistent with models showing decay to a seniority {nu}=4, 6{sup +} level that is depressed by the same two-body interaction responsible for the rather low 1095-keV 2{sub 1}{sup +} energy, as compared to the valence-symmetry counterpart {sub 44}{sup 94}Ru{sub 50}.

  4. Seniority, collectivity, and B(E 2) enhancement in 72Ni

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    Chiara, C. J.; Stefanescu, I.; Walters, W. B.; Sharp, N.; Alcorta, M.; Carpenter, M. P.; Gürdal, G.; Hoffman, C. R.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Kay, B. P.; Kondev, F. G.; Lauritsen, T.; Lister, C. J.; McCutchan, E. A.; Rogers, A. M.; Seweryniak, D.; Zhu, S.; Fornal, B.; Królas, W.; Paw?at, T.; Wrzesi?ski, J.

    2011-10-01

    Gamma rays assigned to 2872Ni44have been identified with Gammasphere in deep-inelastic reactions involving a 450-MeV 76Ge beam and a 198Pt target. Using a combination of spectra produced by double gates on the known 454-, 843-, and 1095-keV members of the ground-state cascade, a coincident line at 199 keV has been identified and is tentatively assigned as the 8+ -->6+ transition. These ?-ray coincidences were observed only in prompt events, indicating an 8+ half-life below 20 ns and requiring a large B(E 2) enhancement compared to that expected from a seniority scheme. This value is consistent with models showing decay to a seniority ? = 4 , 6+ level that is depressed by the same two-body interaction responsible for the rather low 1095-keV 21+ energy, as compared to the valence-symmetry counterpart 44 94Ru50. Supported by the DoE, Office of Nuclear Physics, under Grant No. DE-FG02-94ER40834 and Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357, and the Polish Ministry of Science under Contract No. NN202103333.

  5. Levels of CSF prostaglandin E2, cognitive decline, and survival in Alzheimer's disease

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    Combrinck, M; Williams, J; De Berardinis, M A; Warden, D; Puopolo, M; Smith, A D; Minghetti, L

    2006-01-01

    Background Although epidemiological, clinical, and experimental evidence indicates that the inducible isoform of cyclo?oxygenase (COX?2) may be involved in the pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative disorders, the mechanisms whereby COX?2 contributes to Alzheimer's disease are largely unknown. Objective To undertake a longitudinal study of CSF levels of a major product of COX activity, prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), in relation to cognitive decline and survival in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Methods CSF PGE2 was measured on at least three annual visits in 35 controls and 33 Alzheimer patients (26 necropsy confirmed) who completed the Cambridge cognitive assessment (CAMCOG). Results Compared with controls, CSF PGE2 was higher in patients with mild memory impairment, but lower in those with more advanced Alzheimer's disease. The median survival time of patients with higher initial PGE2 levels was five years longer than those with lower levels. Conclusions COX activity in Alzheimer's disease varies with stage of the disease. PGE2 levels correlate positively with patient survival. These findings suggest that inhibition of COX activity does not represent a major target for the pharmacological treatment of Alzheimer's disease. PMID:15944180

  6. Platelet-activating factor increases prostaglandin E(2) release from astrocyte-enriched cortical cell cultures.

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    Teather, Lisa A; Lee, Robert K K; Wurtman, Richard J

    2002-08-01

    The phospholipid mediator platelet-activating factor (PAF) increased the release of prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) from astrocyte-enriched cortical cell cultures in a concentration- and time-dependent manner. The nonhydrolyzable PAF analog methylcarbamyl-PAF (mc-PAF), the PAF intermediate lyso-PAF, and arachidonic acid (AA) also produced this effect. In contrast, phosphatidlycholine (PC) and lyso-PC, lipids that are structurally similar to PAF and lyso-PAF, had no effect on PGE(2) production, suggesting that PAF-induced PGE(2) release is not the consequence of nonspecific phospholipid-induced membrane perturbation. Antagonism of intracellular PAF binding sites completely abolished the ability of mc-PAF and lyso-PAF to mobilize PGE(2,) and attenuated the AA effect. Antagonism of the G-protein-coupled PAF receptor in plasma membranes had no significant effect on mc-PAF, lyso-PAF or AA-induced PGE(2) release. Based on the present findings, we hypothesize that intracellular PAF is a physiologic stimulus of PGE(2) production in astrocytes. PMID:12133598

  7. Orbit optimization of Chang'E-2 by global adjustment using images of the moon

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    Yan, Wei; Liu, Jianjun; Ren, Xin; Wang, Fenfei; Wang, Wenrui; Li, Chunlai

    2015-12-01

    The orbit accuracy of the Chang'E-2 (CE-2) lunar probe is one of the most critical factors for a seamless mosaic of the global lunar topographic map. During the production of the CE-2 global lunar topographic map, a maximum deviation of kilometers magnitude existed in the horizontal direction of homologous points between neighboring images, while the maximum height deviation of these points is up to several hundred meters. This phenomenon indicates that current orbit determination results of CE-2 cannot truly reflect the relative position relationship between probe and lunar surface features. Against this background, global adjustment using images of the moon should be carried out to solve this problem. In this paper, the influence of CE-2 current orbit accuracy on the production of a global lunar topographic map will be analyzed based on the introduction of CE-2 observation data, including images and orbit data. Additionally, key technologies and technical processes of global adjustment using CE-2 images with high-resolution and large amounts of data will be researched. Finally, orbit optimization of CE-2 after global adjustment is analyzed, as well as the accuracy of the CE-2 global lunar topographic map for validation verification.

  8. Correlation Between Nuclear Factor E2-Related Factor 2 Expression and Gastric Cancer Progression

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    Zheng, Hongyu; Nong, Zhiwei; Lu, Guohao

    2015-01-01

    Background Nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) plays an anti-oxidative and phase II detoxification function via its up-regulation on various antioxidant response elements (ARE) genes. Nrf2 can protect both normal and cancer cells from damages of cell stress, thereby exerting a critical role in the development of cancer. The expression and significance of Nrf2 in gastric cancer, however, has not been reported. This study thus aimed to investigate the expression of Nrf2 in gastric cancer tissues via immunohistochemical (IHC) staining. Material/Methods Gastric carcinoma tissues from a total of 175 patients during surgical resection were examined for Nfr2 expression profiles using IHC staining on paraffin-embedded slides. Between-group-comparisons were performed by chi-square, Fisher’s exact, or Mann-Whitney U test. The correlation between Nfr2 expression and clinical indexes was further analyzed by Kaplan-Meier test, univariate/multivariate analysis, and log-rank test. Results Nrf2 is mainly expressed in nuclei of gastric carcinoma tissues, with significant correlation with clinical indexes, including tumor size, invasive depth, lymph node metastasis, and invasion. Patients with Nrf2-positive expression had significantly lower survival rates compared to those in the negative group (p<0.01), with chemo-resistance against 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) (p<0.05). Conclusions Nrf2 expression is positively correlated with invasive gastric cancer, suggesting its utility as a predictive index for unfavorable prognosis. PMID:26410168

  9. Crystal structure of (E)-2-hy­droxy-4?-meth­oxy­aza­stilbene

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    Chantrapromma, Suchada; Kaewmanee, Narissara; Boonnak, Nawong; Chantrapromma, Kan; Ghabbour, Hazem A.; Fun, Hoong-Kun

    2015-01-01

    The title aza­stilbene derivative, C14H13NO2 {systematic name: (E)-2-[(4-meth­oxy­benzyl­idene)amino]­phenol}, is a product of the condensation reaction between 4-meth­oxy­benzaldehyde and 2-amino­phenol. The mol­ecule adopts an E conformation with respect to the azomethine C=N bond and is almost planar, the dihedral angle between the two substituted benzene rings being 3.29?(4)°. The meth­oxy group is coplanar with the benzene ring to which it is attached, the Cmeth­yl—O—C—C torsion angle being ?1.14?(12)°. There is an intra­molecular O—H?N hydrogen bond generating an S(5) ring motif. In the crystal, mol­ecules are linked via C—H?O hydrogen bonds, forming zigzag chains along [10-1]. The chains are linked via C—H?? inter­actions, forming a three-dimensional structure. PMID:26090124

  10. Solute concentration affects bradykinin-mediated increases in renal prostaglandin E2

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    Zenser, T.V.; Davis, E.S.; Rapp, N.S.; Davis, B.B.

    1981-12-01

    The effects of solute concentration on the bradykinin-mediated increase in inner medullary slice prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) synthesis were investigated. PG content was determined by specific RIA. Bradykinin stimulation was prevented by the addition of the following solutes to Krebs buffer: 1.0 M urea, 0.5 or 1.0 M NaCl, 0.5 or 1.0 M mannitol, 1.0 M urea plus 0.5 M NaCl, or 1.0 M mannitol plus 0.5 M NaCl. By contrast, basal PGE2 synthesis was increased by 1.0 M mannitol or by 1.0 M mannitol plus 0.5 M NaCl, but decreased by 1.0 M urea. Urea elicited a concentration-dependent, reversible inhibition of bradykinin stimulation, with 0.01 M urea being the lowest effective concentration. By contrast, basal PGE2 synthesis was only reduced at a urea concentration greater than 0.6 M. Arachidonic acid-mediated increases in both PGE2 and PGF2 alpha synthesis were not prevented by 1.0 M urea. The latter suggests that neither PG endoperoxide synthetase nor PG endoperoxide E isomerase are inhibited by urea. The data indicate that different hypertonic solutions have different effects on basal PG production, but all inhibit bradykinin stimulation.

  11. Asteroid 4179 Toutatis: boulders distribution as closely flew by Chang’e-2

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    Jiang, Yun; Ji, Jianghui; Huang, Jiangchuan; Marchi, Simone; Li, Yuan; Ip, Wing-Huen

    2015-08-01

    On 13 December 2012 at 8:29:58.7 UTC, Chang’e-2 flew by asteroid 4179 Toutatis successfully after it accomplished its primary objective and an extended mission. So far, this is the closest flyby with a distance of 770 ± 120 m (3?) from Toutatis’surface and with highest-resolution images of better than 3 m/pixel. A total of 222 boulders are identified over the imaged area, with geometric mean sizes from 10 m to 61 m. The number density of boulders larger than 20 m on Toutatis is ~ 17/km2, which is smaller than that of Itokawa (~ 30/km2), but much larger than that of Eros (~ 2/km2). The estimated diameter of the source crater generating the largest boulder (~ 61 m) is ~ 2570 m, which is much larger than the largest impact crater (~ 530 m) observed on the surface of Toutatis. Further, the ratio of the total volume of the boulders to the total excavated volume of the craters on Toutatis is ˜10%, which is much larger than that on Eros (0.4%) and smaller than that on Itokawa (25%). These results imply that most boulders cannot solely be produced as products of cratering on the surface of Toutatis. Many boulders especially larger than 20 m ones are probably surviving fragments from the parent body of Toutatis, accreted after its breakup.

  12. Fever Is Mediated by Conversion of Endocannabinoid 2-Arachidonoylglycerol to Prostaglandin E2

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    Kita, Yoshihiro; Yoshida, Kenij; Tokuoka, Suzumi M.; Hamano, Fumie; Yamazaki, Maya; Sakimura, Kenji; Kano, Masanobu; Shimizu, Takao

    2015-01-01

    Fever is a common response to inflammation and infection. The mechanism involves prostaglandin E2 (PGE2)-EP3 receptor signaling in the hypothalamus, which raises the set point of hypothalamic thermostat for body temperature, but the lipid metabolic pathway for pyretic PGE2 production remains unknown. To reveal the molecular basis of fever initiation, we examined lipopolysaccharides (LPS)-induced fever model in monoacylglycerol lipase (MGL)-deficient (Mgll?/?) mice, CB1 receptor-MGL compound-deficient (Cnr1?/?Mgll?/?) mice, cytosolic phospholipase A2? (cPLA2?)-deficient (Pla2g4a?/?) mice, and diacylglycerol lipase ? (DGL?)-deficient (Dagla?/?) mice. Febrile reactions were abolished in Mgll?/? and Cnr1?/?Mgll?/? mice, whereas Cnr1?/?Mgll+/+, Pla2g4a?/? and Dagla?/? mice responded normally, demonstrating that MGL is a critical enzyme for fever, which functions independently of endocannabinoid signals. Intracerebroventricular administration of PGE2 caused fever similarly in Mgll?/? and wild-type control mice, suggesting a lack of pyretic PGE2 production in Mgll?/? hypothalamus, which was confirmed by lipidomics analysis. Normal blood cytokine responses after LPS administration suggested that MGL-deficiency does not affect pyretic cytokine productions. Diurnal body temperature profiles were normal in Mgll?/? mice, demonstrating that MGL is unrelated to physiological thermoregulation. In conclusion, MGL-dependent hydrolysis of endocannabinoid 2-arachidonoylglycerol is necessary for pyretic PGE2 production in the hypothalamus. PMID:26196692

  13. Alterations in locomotor activity induced by radioprotective doses of 16,16-dimethyl prostaglandin E2

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    Landauer, M.R.; Walden, T.L.; Davis, H.D.; Dominitz, J.A.

    1987-01-01

    16,16-Dimethyl prostaglandin E2 (DiPGE2) is an effective radioprotectant when administered before irradiation. A notable side effect of this compound is sedation. In separate experiments, the dose-response determinations of the time course of locomotor activity and 30-day survival after 10 Gy gamma irradiation (LD100) were made. Adult male CD2F1 mice were injected subcutaneously with vehicle or DiPGE2 in doses ranging from 0.01 to 40 micrograms per mouse. A dose of 0.01 micrograms did not result in alterations in locomotor behaviour or enhance survival. Doses greater than 1 microgram produced ataxia and enhanced radiation survival in a dose-dependent fashion. Full recovery of locomotor activity did not occur until 6 and 30 hr after injection for the 10 microgram and 40 microgram groups, respectively. Radioprotection was observed when DiPGE2 was administered preirradiation but not postirradiation. Doses of 1 and 10 micrograms were maximally effective as a radioprotectant if injected 5 min prior to irradiation (80%-90% survival). A dose of 40 micrograms resulted in 100% survival when injected 5-30 min before irradiation. Therefore, increasing doses of DiPGE2 resulted in an enhanced effectiveness as a radioprotectant. However, the doses that were the most radioprotective were also the most debilitating to the animal.

  14. Prostaglandin E2 promotes MYCN non-amplified neuroblastoma cell survival via ?-catenin stabilization

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    Jansen, Sepp R; Holman, Rian; Hedemann, Ilja; Frankes, Ewoud; Elzinga, Carolina R S; Timens, Wim; Gosens, Reinoud; de Bont, Eveline S; Schmidt, Martina

    2015-01-01

    Amplification of MYCN is the most well-known prognostic marker of neuroblastoma risk classification, but still is only observed in 25% of cases. Recent evidence points to the cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) elevating ligand prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and ?-catenin as two novel players in neuroblastoma. Here, we aimed to define the potential role of PGE2 and cAMP and its potential interplay with ?-catenin, both of which may converge on neuroblastoma cell behaviour. Gain and loss of ?-catenin function, PGE2, the adenylyl cyclase activator forskolin and pharmacological inhibition of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) were studied in two human neuroblastoma cell lines without MYCN amplification. Our findings show that PGE2 enhanced cell viability through the EP4 receptor and cAMP elevation, whereas COX-2 inhibitors attenuated cell viability. Interestingly, PGE2 and forskolin promoted glycogen synthase kinase 3? inhibition, ?-catenin phosphorylation at the protein kinase A target residue ser675, ?-catenin nuclear translocation and TCF-dependent gene transcription. Ectopic expression of a degradation-resistant ?-catenin mutant enhances neuroblastoma cell viability and inhibition of ?-catenin with XAV939 prevented PGE2-induced cell viability. Finally, we show increased ?-catenin expression in human high-risk neuroblastoma tissue without MYCN amplification. Our data indicate that PGE2 enhances neuroblastoma cell viability, a process which may involve cAMP-mediated ?-catenin stabilization, and suggest that this pathway is of relevance to high-risk neuroblastoma without MYCN amplification. PMID:25266063

  15. Revisit of Rotational Dynamics of Asteroid 4179 Toutatis from Chang'e-2's flyby

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    Zhao, Yuhui; Hu, Shoucun; Ji, Jianghui

    2015-08-01

    In this work we investigate the rotational dynamics of Toutatis based on the derived results from Chang'e-2's close flyby to the asteroid (Huang et al. 2013). Toutatis' non-principal axis rotation (NPA) was revealed by radar observations captured from its Earth approaches in the past two decades. Matrix of inertia calculated from radar derived shape model are inconsistent with observations, which may indicate an uneven density distribution of the asteroid. We perform numerical simulations of rotational evolution of Toutatis and figure out the relative rotational parameters of Euler angles, rotational velocities and matrix of inertia. According to the major morphological feature of the ginger-shaped asteroid, we suggest a density ratio of the two lobes. On the basis of these results, we will evaluate the magnitude of the bias of mass center and figure center, which may have slight effects in the momentum variation calculation. These results are in good agreements with the previous radar observation derived results (Takahashi et al. 2013).

  16. The role of the E2F1 transcription factor in the innate immune response to systemic LPS

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    Warg, Laura A.; Oakes, Judy L.; Burton, Rachel; Neidermyer, Amanda J.; Rutledge, Holly R.; Groshong, Steve; Schwartz, David A.

    2012-01-01

    Previous publications from our and other groups identified E2F1 as a transcription factor involved in the regulation of inflammatory response to Toll-like receptor ligands including LPS. In this study, we challenged E2F1-deficient mice with LPS systemically and demonstrated decreased survival despite attenuated inflammatory response compared with controls. Gene expression profiling of liver tissue identified a dampened transcriptional response in the coagulation cascade in B6;129E2F1?/? compared with B6x129 F2 mice. These data were further corroborated by increased prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, and fibrin split products in the blood of E2F1-deficient mice, suggesting disseminated intravascular coagulation as a consequence of uncontrolled sepsis providing at least a partial explanation for their decreased survival despite attenuated inflammatory response. To identify novel miRNAs involved in the innate immune response to LPS, we also performed miRNA profiling of liver tissue from B6;129E2F1?/? and B6x129 F2 mice treated with LPS systemically. Our analysis identified a set of miRNAs and their mRNA targets that are significantly differentially regulated in E2F1-deficient but not control mice including let-7g, miR-101b, miR-181b, and miR-455. These miRNAs represent novel regulators of the innate immune response. In summary, we used transcriptional and miRNA profiling to characterize the response of E2F1-deficient mice to systemic LPS. PMID:22707615

  17. Regulation of a senescence checkpoint response by the E2F1 transcription factor and p14ARF tumor suppressor

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    Dimri, Goberdhan P.; Itahana, Koji; Acosta, Meileen; Campisi, Judith

    1999-11-05

    Normal cells do not divide indefinitely due to a process known as replicative senescence. Human cells arrest growth with a senescent phenotype when they acquire one or more critically short telomere as a consequence of cell division. Recent evidence suggests that certain types of DNA damage, chromatin remodeling, or oncogenic forms of Rasor Raf can also elicit a senescence response. We show here that E2F1, a multifunctional transcription factor that binds the retinoblastoma (pRb) tumor suppressor and can either promote or suppress tumorigenesis, induces a senescent phenotype when overexpressed in normal human fibroblasts. Normal human cells stably arrested proliferation and expressed several markers of replicative senescence in response to E2F1. This activity of E2F1 was independent of its pRb binding activity, but dependent on its ability to stimulate gene expression. The E2F1 target gene critical for the senescence response appeared to be the p14ARF tumor suppressor. Replicatively senescent human fibroblasts overexpressed p14ARF, and ectopic expression of p14ARF in presenescent cells induced a phenotype similar to that induced by E2F1. Consistent with a critical role for p14ARF, cells with compromised p53 function were immune to senescence induction by E2F1, as were cells deficient in p14ARF. Our findings support the idea that the senescence response is a critical tumor suppressive mechanism, provide an explanation for the apparently paradoxical roles of E2F1 in oncogenesis, and identify p14ARF as a potentially important mediator of the senescent phenotype.

  18. Configuration and assessment of the GISS ModelE2 contributions to the CMIP5 archive

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    Schmidt, Gavin A.; Kelley, Max; Nazarenko, Larissa; Ruedy, Reto; Russell, Gary L.; Aleinov, Igor; Bauer, Mike; Bauer, Susanne E.; Bhat, Maharaj K.; Bleck, Rainer; Canuto, Vittorio; Chen, Yong-Hua; Cheng, Ye; Clune, Thomas L.; Del Genio, Anthony; de Fainchtein, Rosalinda; Faluvegi, Greg; Hansen, James E.; Healy, Richard J.; Kiang, Nancy Y.; Koch, Dorothy; Lacis, Andy A.; LeGrande, Allegra N.; Lerner, Jean; Lo, Ken K.; Matthews, Elaine E.; Menon, Surabi; Miller, Ron L.; Oinas, Valdar; Oloso, Amidu O.; Perlwitz, Jan P.; Puma, Michael J.; Putman, William M.; Rind, David; Romanou, Anastasia; Sato, Makiko; Shindell, Drew T.; Sun, Shan; Syed, Rahman A.; Tausnev, Nick; Tsigaridis, Kostas; Unger, Nadine; Voulgarakis, Apostolos; Yao, Mao-Sung; Zhang, Jinlun

    2014-03-01

    We present a description of the ModelE2 version of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) General Circulation Model (GCM) and the configurations used in the simulations performed for the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5). We use six variations related to the treatment of the atmospheric composition, the calculation of aerosol indirect effects, and ocean model component. Specifically, we test the difference between atmospheric models that have noninteractive composition, where radiatively important aerosols and ozone are prescribed from precomputed decadal averages, and interactive versions where atmospheric chemistry and aerosols are calculated given decadally varying emissions. The impact of the first aerosol indirect effect on clouds is either specified using a simple tuning, or parameterized using a cloud microphysics scheme. We also use two dynamic ocean components: the Russell and HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM) which differ significantly in their basic formulations and grid. Results are presented for the climatological means over the satellite era (1980-2004) taken from transient simulations starting from the preindustrial (1850) driven by estimates of appropriate forcings over the 20th Century. Differences in base climate and variability related to the choice of ocean model are large, indicating an important structural uncertainty. The impact of interactive atmospheric composition on the climatology is relatively small except in regions such as the lower stratosphere, where ozone plays an important role, and the tropics, where aerosol changes affect the hydrological cycle and cloud cover. While key improvements over previous versions of the model are evident, these are not uniform across all metrics.

  19. Anik-E1 and E2 satellite failures of January 1994 revisited

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    Lam, H.-L.; Boteler, D. H.; Burlton, B.; Evans, J.

    2012-10-01

    The consecutive failures of the geosynchronous Anik-E1 communication satellite on January 20, 1994, and Anik-E2 about nine hours later on January 21 (both incidents occurred on January 20 local time) received considerable publicity because the malfunctions of the satellites disrupted television and computer data transmissions across Canada, as well as telephone services to remote northern communities for hours. This often-cited event is revisited here with materials not covered before. Using publicly available information, Anik-E failure details, media coverage, recovery effort and cost incurred are first presented. This is then followed by scrutiny of space weather conditions pertinent to the occurrences of the Anik-E upsets. We trace the space weather episode's inception on the Sun, propagation through interplanetary medium, and manifestation in magnetic field variations as well as in energetic electron flux increases, and its eventual impact on the Anik-Es. The genesis of the energetic electron enhancements that have been blamed for the satellite malfunctions is thus traceable via high-speed solar wind stream with Alfven wave fluctuations to a longitudinally wide coronal hole on the Sun. Furthermore, strong magnetic pulsations preceding electron flux peaks indicate Pc5 ULF (Ultra Low Frequency) waves as a probable acceleration mechanism for the energetic electron flux enhancement that resulted in the internal charging of the Anik-Es. The magnetic fluctuations may even be possible triggers for the subsequent discharge that caused the satellites to malfunction. This incident illustrates that satellite operators should be on alert for elevated high-energy electron environment that is above established thresholds, as specifications in satellite design may not render a satellite immune from internal charging.

  20. Asteroid (4179) Toutatis size determination via optical images observed by the Chang'e-2 probe

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    Liu, P.; Huang, J.; Zhao, W.; Wang, X.; Meng, L.; Tang, X.

    2014-07-01

    This work is a physical and statistical study of the asteroid (4179) Toutatis using the optical images obtained by a solar panel monitor of the Chang'e-2 probe on Dec. 13, 2012 [1]. In the imaging strategy, the camera is focused at infinity. This is specially designed for the probe with its solar panels monitor's principle axis pointing to the relative velocity direction of the probe and Toutatis. The imaging strategy provides a dedicated way to resolve the size by multi-frame optical images. The inherent features of the data are: (1) almost no rotation was recorded because of the 5.41-7.35 Earth-day rotation period and the small amount of elapsed imaging time, only minutes, make the object stay in the images in a fixed position and orientation; (2) the sharpness of the upper left boundary and the vagueness of lower right boundary resulting from the direction of SAP (Sun-Asteroid-Probe angle) cause a varying accuracy in locating points at different parts of Toutatis. A common view is that direct, accurate measurements of asteroid shapes, sizes, and pole positions are now possible for larger asteroids that can be spatially resolved using the Hubble Space Telescope or large ground-based telescopes equipped with adaptive optics. For a quite complex planetary/asteroid probe study, these measurements certainly need continuous validation via a variety of ways [2]. Based on engineering parameters of the probe during the fly-by, the target spatial resolving and measuring procedures are described in the paper. Results estimated are optical perceptible size on the flyby epoch under the solar phase angles during the imaging. It is found that the perceptible size measured using the optical observations and the size derived from the radar observations by Ostro et al.~in 1995 [3], are close to one another.

  1. Prostaglandin E2 from Candida albicans Stimulates the Growth of Staphylococcus aureus in Mixed Biofilms

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    Krause, Jan; Geginat, Gernot; Tammer, Ina

    2015-01-01

    Background Previous studies showed that Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans interact synergistically in dual species biofilms resulting in enhanced mortality in animal models. Methodology/Principal Findings The aim of the current study was to test possible candidate molecules which might mediate this synergistic interaction in an in vitro model of mixed biofilms, such as farnesol, tyrosol and prostaglandin (PG) E2. In mono-microbial and dual biofilms of C.albicans wild type strains PGE2 levels between 25 and 250 pg/mL were measured. Similar concentrations of purified PGE2 significantly enhanced S.aureus biofilm formation in a mode comparable to that observed in dual species biofilms. Supernatants of the null mutant deficient in PGE2 production did not stimulate the proliferation of S.aureus and the addition of the cyclooxygenase inhibitor indomethacin blocked the S.aureus biofilm formation in a dose-dependent manner. Additionally, S. aureus biofilm formation was boosted by low and inhibited by high farnesol concentrations. Supernatants of the farnesol-deficient C. albicans ATCC10231 strain significantly enhanced the biofilm formation of S. aureus but at a lower level than the farnesol producer SC5314. However, C. albicans ATCC10231 also produced PGE2 but amounts were significantly lower compared to SC5314. Conclusion/Significance In conclision, we identified C. albicans PGE2 as a key molecule stimulating the growth and biofilm formation of S. aureus in dual S. aureus/C. albicans biofilms, although C. albicans derived farnesol, but not tyrosol, may also contribute to this effect but to a lesser extent. PMID:26262843

  2. Efficient T-cell priming and activation requires signaling through prostaglandin E2 (EP) receptors.

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    Sreeramkumar, Vinatha; Hons, Miroslav; Punzón, Carmen; Stein, Jens V; Sancho, David; Fresno, Manuel; Cuesta, Natalia

    2016-01-01

    Understanding the regulation of T-cell responses during inflammation and auto-immunity is fundamental for designing efficient therapeutic strategies against immune diseases. In this regard, prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is mostly considered a myeloid-derived immunosuppressive molecule. We describe for the first time that T cells secrete PGE2 during T-cell receptor stimulation. In addition, we show that autocrine PGE2 signaling through EP receptors is essential for optimal CD4(+) T-cell activation in vitro and in vivo, and for T helper 1 (Th1) and regulatory T cell differentiation. PGE2 was found to provide additive co-stimulatory signaling through AKT activation. Intravital multiphoton microscopy showed that triggering EP receptors in T cells is also essential for the stability of T cell-dendritic cell (DC) interactions and Th-cell accumulation in draining lymph nodes (LNs) during inflammation. We further demonstrated that blocking EP receptors in T cells during the initial phase of collagen-induced arthritis in mice resulted in a reduction of clinical arthritis. This could be attributable to defective T-cell activation, accompanied by a decline in activated and interferon-?-producing CD4(+) Th1 cells in draining LNs. In conclusion, we prove that T lymphocytes secret picomolar concentrations of PGE2, which in turn provide additive co-stimulatory signaling, enabling T cells to attain a favorable activation threshold. PGE2 signaling in T cells is also required for maintaining long and stable interactions with DCs within LNs. Blockade of EP receptors in vivo impairs T-cell activation and development of T cell-mediated inflammatory responses. This may have implications in various pathophysiological settings. PMID:26051593

  3. Longitudinal evaluation of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and periodontal status in HIV+ patients.

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    Alpagot, Tamer; Remien, John; Bhattacharyya, Mouchumi; Konopka, Krystyna; Lundergan, William; Duzgune?, Nejat

    2007-11-01

    The study aim was to determine whether prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) in gingival crevicular fluid (GCF) could serve as a risk factor for periodontitis in human immunodeficiency virus-positive (HIV(+)) patients. Clinical measurements, including gingival index (GI), plaque index, bleeding index, probing depth (PD), attachment loss (AL) and GCF samples were taken from two healthy sites (including sites with gingival recession, GI=0; PD< or =3 mm; AL< or =2 mm), three gingivitis sites (GI>0; PD< or =3 mm; AL=0) and three periodontitis sites (GI>0; PD> or =5 mm; AL> or =3 mm) of each of the 30 patients at baseline and 6-month visits. GCF samples were also taken by means of paper strips. GCF PGE(2) levels were determined by a sandwich ELISA. The progressing site was defined as a site which had 2 mm or more attachment loss during the 6-month study period. The mean amounts of PGE(2) were significantly higher in gingivitis and periodontitis sites than in healthy sites (p<0.0001). GCF levels of PGE(2) were significantly correlated with probing depth, attachment loss, CD4(+) cells, viral load, age and smoking pack-years at baseline and 6-month visits (0.0001

  4. Regulation of sulfated glycosaminoglycan production by prostaglandin E2 in cultured lung fibroblasts

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    Karlinsky, J.B.; Goldstein, R.H. )

    1989-08-01

    Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) has been shown to increase the synthesis of hyaluronic acid in cultured fibroblasts by increasing the activity of hyaluronate synthetase, a group of plasma membrane-bound synthetic enzymes. We examined whether PGE2 also increased the activity of those enzyme systems involved in the synthesis of sulfated glycosaminoglycan in the human embryonic lung fibroblast. Exposure of cells to PGE2 resulted in dose-dependent increases in glucosamine incorporation into all sulfated glycosaminoglycan subtypes. PGE2 at 10(-7) mol/L increased total glycosaminoglycan per dish to 21.6 +/- 3.1 micrograms versus 12.0 +/- 2.5 micrograms in control untreated cultures. Stimulation of endogenous PGE2 production by bradykinin had a similar effect on glycosaminoglycan synthesis. To examine whether PGE2 affected sulfated glycosaminoglycan protein core production, cells were labeled with tritiated glucosamine in the presence of cycloheximide. Under these conditions, incorporation of radiolabel into all glycosaminoglycan subtypes was reduced. However, when exogenous sulfated glycosaminoglycan chain initiator (p-nitrophenyl beta-D-xyloside) was added, incorporation of tritiated glucosamine into sulfated glycosaminoglycan increased but not to levels found in control cultures. Application of PGE2 to cultures treated with cycloheximide alone, or to cultures treated with cycloheximide plus xyloside, increased tritiated glucosamine incorporation into chondroitin, dermatan sulfate, and to a lesser extent into heparan sulfate. We conclude that PGE2 stimulates synthesis of all sulfated glycosaminoglycan even in the absence of new protein core production, probably by increasing activities of sulfated glycosaminoglycan synthetase enzymes. PGE2 stimulation of heparan sulfate synthesis is partially dependent on the availability of heparan sulfate-specific protein core.

  5. Normal Human Lung Epithelial Cells Inhibit Transforming Growth Factor-? Induced Myofibroblast Differentiation via Prostaglandin E2

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    Epa, Amali P.; Thatcher, Thomas H.; Pollock, Stephen J.; Wahl, Lindsay A.; Lyda, Elizabeth; Kottmann, R. M.; Phipps, Richard P.; Sime, Patricia J.

    2015-01-01

    Introduction Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic progressive disease with very few effective treatments. The key effector cells in fibrosis are believed to be fibroblasts, which differentiate to a contractile myofibroblast phenotype with enhanced capacity to proliferate and produce extracellular matrix. The role of the lung epithelium in fibrosis is unclear. While there is evidence that the epithelium is disrupted in IPF, it is not known whether this is a cause or a result of the fibroblast pathology. We hypothesized that healthy epithelial cells are required to maintain normal lung homeostasis and can inhibit the activation and differentiation of lung fibroblasts to the myofibroblast phenotype. To investigate this hypothesis, we employed a novel co-culture model with primary human lung epithelial cells and fibroblasts to investigate whether epithelial cells inhibit myofibroblast differentiation. Measurements and Main Results In the presence of transforming growth factor (TGF)-?, fibroblasts co-cultured with epithelial cells expressed significantly less ?-smooth muscle actin and collagen and showed marked reduction in cell migration, collagen gel contraction, and cell proliferation compared to fibroblasts grown without epithelial cells. Epithelial cells from non-matching tissue origins were capable of inhibiting TGF-? induced myofibroblast differentiation in lung, keloid and Graves’ orbital fibroblasts. TGF-? promoted production of prostaglandin (PG) E2 in lung epithelial cells, and a PGE2 neutralizing antibody blocked the protective effect of epithelial cell co-culture. Conclusions We provide the first direct experimental evidence that lung epithelial cells inhibit TGF-? induced myofibroblast differentiation and pro-fibrotic phenotypes in fibroblasts. This effect is not restricted by tissue origin, and is mediated, at least in part, by PGE2. Our data support the hypothesis that the epithelium plays a crucial role in maintaining lung homeostasis, and that damaged and/ or dysfunctional epithelium contributes to the development of fibrosis. PMID:26248335

  6. Prostaglandin E2 resistance in granulocytes from patients with aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease

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    Laidlaw, Tanya M.; Cutler, Anya J.; Kidder, Molly S.; Liu, Tao; Cardet, Juan Carlos; Chhay, Heng; Feng, Chunli; Boyce, Joshua A.

    2014-01-01

    Background Aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD) is an inflammatory condition of the respiratory tract and is characterized by overproduction of leukotrienes (LT) and large numbers of circulating granulocyte-platelet complexes. LT production can be suppressed by prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) and the cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinase A (PKA). Objective To determine if PGE2-dependent control of LT production by granulocytes is dysregulated in AERD. Methods Granulocytes from well-characterized patients with and without AERD were activated ex vivo and subjected to a range of functional and biochemical analyses. Results Granulocytes from subjects with AERD generated more LTB4 and cysteinyl LTs than did granulocytes from controls with aspirin-tolerant asthma and controls without asthma. When compared with controls, granulocytes from subjects with AERD had comparable levels of EP2 protein expression and PGE2-mediated cAMP accumulation, yet were resistant to PGE2-mediated suppression of LT generation. Percentages of platelet-adherent neutrophils correlated positively with LTB4 generation and inversely with responsiveness to PGE2-mediated suppression of LTB4. The PKA inhibitor H89 potentiated LTB4 generation by control granulocytes but was inactive in granulocytes from individuals with AERD and had no effect on platelet P-selectin induction. Both tonic PKA activity and levels of PKA catalytic gamma subunit protein were significantly lower in granulocytes from individuals with AERD relative to those from controls. Conclusions Impaired granulocyte PKA function in AERD may lead to dysregulated control of 5-lipoxygenase activity by PGE2, whereas adherent platelets lead to increased production of LTs, which contributes to the features of persistent respiratory tract inflammation and LT overproduction. PMID:24486071

  7. Prostaglandin E2 Promotes Endothelial Differentiation from Bone Marrow-Derived Cells through AMPK Activation

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    Li, Xiaoxia; Song, Yimeng; Li, Chenghong; Zou, Minghui; Guan, Youfei; Zhu, Yi

    2011-01-01

    Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) has been reported to modulate angiogenesis, the process of new blood vessel formation, by promoting proliferation, migration and tube formation of endothelial cells. Endothelial progenitor cells are known as a subset of circulating bone marrow mononuclear cells that have the capacity to differentiate into endothelial cells. However, the mechanism underlying the stimulatory effects of PGE2 and its specific receptors on bone marrow-derived cells (BMCs) in angiogenesis has not been fully characterized. Treatment with PGE2 significantly increased the differentiation and migration of BMCs. Also, the markers of differentiation to endothelial cells, CD31 and von Willebrand factor, and the genes associated with migration, matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9, were significantly upregulated. This upregulation was abolished by dominant-negative AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and AMPK inhibitor but not protein kinase, a inhibitor. As a functional consequence of differentiation and migration, the tube formation of BMCs was reinforced. Along with altered BMCs functions, phosphorylation and activation of AMPK and endothelial nitric oxide synthase, the target of activated AMPK, were both increased which could be blocked by EP4 blocking peptide and simulated by the agonist of EP4 but not EP1, EP2 or EP3. The pro-angiogenic role of PGE2 could be repressed by EP4 blocking peptide and retarded in EP4+/? mice. Therefore, by promoting the differentiation and migration of BMCs, PGE2 reinforced their neovascularization by binding to the receptor of EP4 in an AMPK-dependent manner. PGE2 may have clinical value in ischemic heart disease. PMID:21876756

  8. Multiple signaling pathways are responsible for prostaglandin E2-induced murine keratinocyte proliferation

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    Ansari, Kausar M.; Rundhaug, Joyce E.; Fischer, Susan M.

    2008-01-01

    Although prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) has been shown by pharmacological and genetic studies to be important in skin cancer, the molecular mechanism(s) by which it contributes to tumor growth is not well understood. In this study we investigated the mechanisms by which PGE2 stimulates murine keratinocyte proliferation using in vitro and in vivo models. In primary mouse keratinocyte (PMK) cultures, PGE2 activated the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and its downstream signaling pathways as well as increased cyclic AMP (cAMP) production and activated the cAMP response element binding protein (CREB). EGFR activation was not significantly inhibited by pretreatment with a c-src inhibitor (PP2), nor by a protein kinase A inhibitor (H-89). However, PGE2-stimulated extracellularly-regulated kinase1/2 (ERK1/2) activation was completely blocked by EGFR, ERK1/2 and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3-K) pathway inhibitors. In addition, these inhibitors attenuated the PGE2-induced proliferation, nuclear factor-?B (NF-?B), activator protein-1 (AP-1) and CREB binding to the promoter regions of the cyclin D1 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) genes and expression of cyclin D1 and VEGF in PMKs. Similarly, in vivo, we found that wild type (WT) mice treated with PGE2 and untreated COX-2 overexpressing transgenic mice had higher levels of cell proliferation and expression of cyclin D1 and VEGF, as well as higher levels of activated EGFR, NF-?B, AP-1 and CREB, than vehicle-treated WT mice. Our findings provide evidence for a link between COX-2 overexpression and EGFR-, ERK-, PI3-K-, cAMP-mediated cell proliferation, and the tumor promoting activity of PGE2 in mouse skin. PMID:18567804

  9. Loss of Prostaglandin E2-induced Extra Cortical Bone After its Withdrawal in Rats

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    Jee, Webster S. S.; Ke, Hua Zhu; Li, Xiao Jian

    1992-01-01

    The object of this study was to determine the fate of PGE2-(Prostaglandin E2) induced new cortical bone mass after withdrawal of PGE2 administration. Seven-month-old male Sprague-Dawley rats were given subcutaneous injections of 1, 3 and 6 mg PGE2/kg/day for 60 days and then withdrawn for 60 and 120 days (on/off treatment). Histomorphometric analyses were performed on double-fluorescent-labeled undecalcified tibial shaft sections (proximal to the tibiofibular junction). In a previous report we showed that after 60, 120 and 180 days of daily PGE2 (on)treatment, a new steady state was achieved marked by increased total bone area (+16%, +25% and +34% with 1, 3 and 6 mg PGE2/kg/day) when compared to age-matched controls. The continuous PGE2 treatment stimulated periosteal and endocortical lamellar bone formation, activated endocortical woven trabecular bone formation and intracortical bone resorption. These responses increased cortical bone mass since the bone formation exceeded bone resorption. The current study showed that after withdrawal of PGE2 for 60 and 120 days, the extra endocortical bone, which was induced by the first 60-days treatment, was resorbed, but the new subperiosteal bone persisted resulting in a tibial shaft with larger cross sectional and marrow areas. Despite that, there was still the same amount of bone mass in these shafts as in age-related controls. A new steady state was achieved after 60 days of withdrawal, in which the bone mass and bone formation activity approximated that of age-related controls. It was concluded that maintaining the extra PGE2-induced cortical bone mass depends on continuous daily administration of PGE2.

  10. Exact Solutions of an Extended Bose-Hubbard Model with E 2 Symmetry

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    Pan, Feng; Zhang, Ningyun; Wang, Qianyun; Draayer, J. P.

    2015-07-01

    An extended Bose-Hubbard (BH) model with number-dependent multi-site and infinite-range hopping is proposed, which, similar to the original BH model, describes a phase transition between the delocalized superfluid (SF) phase and localized Mott insulator (MI) phase. It is shown that this extended model with local Euclidean E 2 symmetry is exactly solvable when on-site local potentials are included, while the model without local potentials is quasi-exactly solvable, which means only a part of the excited states including the ground state being exactly solvable. As applications of the exact solution for the ground state, phase diagram of the model in 1D without local potential and on-site disorder for filling factor ? = 1 with M = 6, M = 10, and M = 14 sites are obtained. The ground state probabilities to detect n particles on a single site, P n , for n = 0, 1, 2 as functions of the control parameter U/ t in these cases are also calculated. It is shown that the critical point in P n and in the entanglement measure is away from that of the SF-MI transition determined in the phase analysis. It is also shown that the model-independent entanglement measure is related with P n , which, therefore, may be practically useful because P n is measurable experimentally. The ground state expectation value of local particle numbers, the ground state local particle number fluctuations, the ground state probabilities to detect n particles on every site, and the entanglement measure have also been studied in the model for N = M = 4 with the two-body onsite repulsion and a local confining harmonic potential. The connection between these quantities and the entanglement observed previously is verified.

  11. Configuration and Assessment of the GISS ModelE2 Contributions to the CMIP5 Archive

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    Schmidt, Gavin A.; Kelley, Max; Nazarenko, Larissa; Ruedy, Reto; Russell, Gary L.; Aleinov, Igor; Bauer, Mike; Bauer, Susanne E.; Bhat, Maharaj K.; Bleck, Rainer; Canuto, Vittorio; Clune, Thomas L.; Fainchtein, Rosalinda de; Genio, Anthony Del; Kiang, Nancy Y.; Lacis, Andy A.; LeGrande, Allegra N.; Matthews, Elaine E.; Miller, Ron L.; Oloso, Amidu O.; Putman, William M.; Rind, David; Shindell, Drew T.; Syed, Rahman A.; Zhang, Jinlun

    2014-01-01

    We present a description of the ModelE2 version of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) General Circulation Model (GCM) and the configurations used in the simulations performed for the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5). We use six variations related to the treatment of the atmospheric composition, the calculation of aerosol indirect effects, and ocean model component. Specifically, we test the difference between atmospheric models that have noninteractive composition, where radiatively important aerosols and ozone are prescribed from precomputed decadal averages, and interactive versions where atmospheric chemistry and aerosols are calculated given decadally varying emissions. The impact of the first aerosol indirect effect on clouds is either specified using a simple tuning, or parameterized using a cloud microphysics scheme. We also use two dynamic ocean components: the Russell and HYbrid Coordinate Ocean Model (HYCOM) which differ significantly in their basic formulations and grid. Results are presented for the climatological means over the satellite era (1980-2004) taken from transient simulations starting from the preindustrial (1850) driven by estimates of appropriate forcings over the 20th Century. Differences in base climate and variability related to the choice of ocean model are large, indicating an important structural uncertainty. The impact of interactive atmospheric composition on the climatology is relatively small except in regions such as the lower stratosphere, where ozone plays an important role, and the tropics, where aerosol changes affect the hydrological cycle and cloud cover. While key improvements over previous versions of the model are evident, these are not uniform across all metrics.

  12. Perspective of microsomal prostaglandin E2 synthase-1 as drug target in inflammation-related disorders.

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    Koeberle, Andreas; Werz, Oliver

    2015-11-01

    Prostaglandin (PG)E2 encompasses crucial roles in pain, fever, inflammation and diseases with inflammatory component, such as cancer, but is also essential for gastric, renal, cardiovascular and immune homeostasis. Cyclooxygenases (COX) convert arachidonic acid to the intermediate PGH2 which is isomerized to PGE2 by at least three different PGE2 synthases. Inhibitors of COX - non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - are currently the only available therapeutics that target PGE2 biosynthesis. Due to adverse effects of COX inhibitors on the cardiovascular system (COX-2-selective), stomach and kidney (COX-1/2-unselective), novel pharmacological strategies are in demand. The inducible microsomal PGE2 synthase (mPGES)-1 is considered mainly responsible for the excessive PGE2 synthesis during inflammation and was suggested as promising drug target for suppressing PGE2 biosynthesis. However, 15 years after intensive research on the biology and pharmacology of mPGES-1, the therapeutic value of mPGES-1 as drug target is still vague and mPGES-1 inhibitors did not enter the market so far. This commentary will first shed light on the structure, mechanism and regulation of mPGES-1 and will then discuss its biological function and the consequence of its inhibition for the dynamic network of eicosanoids. Moreover, we (i) present current strategies for interfering with mPGES-1-mediated PGE2 synthesis, (ii) summarize bioanalytical approaches for mPGES-1 drug discovery and (iii) describe preclinical test systems for the characterization of mPGES-1 inhibitors. The pharmacological potential of selective mPGES-1 inhibitor classes as well as dual mPGES-1/5-lipoxygenase inhibitors is reviewed and pitfalls in their development, including species discrepancies and loss of in vivo activity, are discussed. PMID:26123522

  13. Effects of prostaglandin E2 on synaptic transmission in the rat spinal trigeminal subnucleus caudalis.

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    Mizutani, Yuka; Ohi, Yoshiaki; Kimura, Satoko; Miyazawa, Ken; Goto, Shigemi; Haji, Akira

    2015-11-01

    The spinal trigeminal subnucleus caudalis (Vc) receives preferentially nociceptive afferent signals from the orofacial area. Nociceptive stimuli to the orofacial area induce cyclooxygenase both peripherally and centrally, which can synthesize a major prostanoid prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) that implicates in diverse physiological functions. To clarify the roles of centrally-synthesized PGE2 in nociception, effects of exogenous PGE2 on synaptic transmission in the Vc neurons were investigated in the rat brainstem slice. Spontaneously occurring excitatory and inhibitory postsynaptic currents (sEPSCs and sIPSCs) were recorded, respectively, under pharmacological blockade of inhibitory and excitatory transmission by whole-cell patch-clamp mode. Perfusion of PGE2 (1-5?M) increased the frequency of sIPSCs in a concentration-dependent manner but had no significant effect on the amplitude. Similarly to the effects on sIPSCs, PGE2 increased the sEPSC frequency without any effect on the amplitude. These facilitatory effects of PGE2 on spontaneous synaptic transmissions were blocked by an EP1 antagonist SC19220 but not by an EP4 antagonist AH23848. Electrical stimulation of the trigeminal tract evoked short latency EPSCs (eEPSCs) in the Vc neurons. PGE2 (5?M) was ineffective on the eEPSCs. The present study demonstrated that PGE2 facilitated spontaneous synaptic transmissions in the Vc neurons through activating the presynaptic EP1 receptors but had no effect on the trigeminal tract-mediated excitatory transmission. These results suggest that centrally-synthesized PGE2 modifies the synaptic transmission in the Vc region, thereby contributing to the processing of nociceptive signals originated from the orofacial area. PMID:26320551

  14. Effect of Prostaglandin E2 on Multidrug Resistance Transporters In Human Placental Cells

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    Lee, Gene T.; Dong, Yafeng; Zhou, Helen; He, Lily; Weiner, Carl P.

    2014-01-01

    Prostaglandin (PG) E2, a major product of cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, acts as an immunomodulator at the maternal-fetal interface during pregnancy. It exerts biologic function through interaction with E-prostanoid (EP) receptors localized to the placenta. The activation of the COX-2/PGE2/EP signal pathway can alter the expression of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters, multidrug resistance protein 1 [P-glycoprotein (Pgp); gene: ABCB1], and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP; gene: ABCG2), which function to extrude drugs and xenobiotics from cells. In the placenta, PGE2-mediated changes in ABC transporter expression could impact fetal drug exposure. Furthermore, understanding the signaling cascades involved could lead to strategies for the control of Pgp and BCRP expression levels. We sought to determine the impact of PGE2 signaling mechanisms on Pgp and BCRP in human placental cells. The treatment of placental cells with PGE2 up-regulated BCRP expression and resulted in decreased cellular accumulation of the fluorescent substrate Hoechst 33342. Inhibiting the EP1 and EP3 receptors with specific antagonists attenuated the increase in BCRP. EP receptor signaling results in activation of transcription factors, which can affect BCRP expression. Although PGE2 decreased nuclear factor ?-light chain-enhancer of activated B activation and increased activator protein 1, chemical inhibition of these inflammatory transcription factors did not blunt BCRP up-regulation by PGE2. Though PGE2 decreased Pgp mRNA, Pgp expression and function were not significantly altered. Overall, these findings suggest a possible role for PGE2 in the up-regulation of placental BCRP expression via EP1 and EP3 receptor signaling cascades. PMID:25261564

  15. Prostaglandin E2 promotes proliferation of skeletal muscle myoblasts via EP4 receptor activation.

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    Mo, Chenglin; Zhao, Ruonan; Vallejo, Julian; Igwe, Orisa; Bonewald, Lynda; Wetmore, Lori; Brotto, Marco

    2015-01-01

    We recently demonstrated that conditioned media (CM) from osteocytes enhances myogenic differentiation of myoblasts, suggesting that signaling from bone may be important for skeletal muscle myogenesis. The effect of CM was closely mimicked by prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), a bioactive lipid mediator in various physiological or pathological conditions. PGE2 is secreted at high levels by osteocytes and such secretion is further enhanced under loading conditions. Although four types of receptors, EP1 to EP4, mediate PGE2 signaling, it is unknown whether these receptors play a role in myogenesis. Therefore, in this study, the expression of EPs in mouse primary myoblasts was characterized, followed by examination of their roles in myoblast proliferation by treating myoblasts with PGE2 or specific agonists. All four PGE2 receptor mRNAs were detectable by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR), but only PGE2 and EP4 agonist CAY 10598 significantly enhance myoblast proliferation. EP1/EP3 agonist 17-phenyl trinor PGE2 (17-PT PGE2) and EP2 agonist butaprost did not have any significant effects. Moreover, treatment with EP4 antagonist L161,982 dose-dependently inhibited myoblast proliferation. These results were confirmed by cell cycle analysis and the gene expression of cell cycle regulators. Concomitant with the inhibition of myoblast proliferation, treatment with L161,982 significantly increased intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels. Cotreatment with antioxidant N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) or sodium ascorbate (SA) successfully reversed the inhibition of myoblast proliferation and ROS overproduction caused by L161,982. Therefore, PGE2 signaling via the EP4 receptor regulates myogenesis by promoting myoblast proliferation and blocking this receptor results in increased ROS production in myoblasts. PMID:25785867

  16. Activation of prostaglandin E2-EP4 signaling reduces chemokine production in adipose tissue.

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    Tang, Eva H C; Cai, Yin; Wong, Chi Kin; Rocha, Viviane Z; Sukhova, Galina K; Shimizu, Koichi; Xuan, Ge; Vanhoutte, Paul M; Libby, Peter; Xu, Aimin

    2015-02-01

    Inflammation of adipose tissue induces metabolic derangements associated with obesity. Thus, determining ways to control or inhibit inflammation in adipose tissue is of clinical interest. The present study tested the hypothesis that in mouse adipose tissue, endogenous prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) negatively regulates inflammation via activation of prostaglandin E receptor 4 (EP4). PGE2 (5-500 nM) attenuated lipopolysaccharide-induced mRNA and protein expression of chemokines, including interferon-?-inducible protein 10 and macrophage-inflammatory protein-1? in mouse adipose tissue. A selective EP4 antagonist (L161,982) reversed, and two structurally different selective EP4 agonists [CAY10580 and CAY10598] mimicked these actions of PGE2. Adipose tissue derived from EP4-deficient mice did not display this response. These findings establish the involvement of EP4 receptors in this anti-inflammatory response. Experiments performed on adipose tissue from high-fat-fed mice demonstrated EP4-dependent attenuation of chemokine production during diet-induced obesity. The anti-inflammatory actions of EP4 became more important on a high-fat diet, in that EP4 activation suppressed a greater variety of chemokines. Furthermore, adipose tissue and systemic inflammation was enhanced in high-fat-fed EP4-deficient mice compared with wild-type littermates, and in high-fat-fed untreated C57BL/6 mice compared with mice treated with EP4 agonist. These findings provide in vivo evidence that PGE2-EP4 signaling limits inflammation. In conclusion, PGE2, via activation of EP4 receptors, functions as an endogenous anti-inflammatory mediator in mouse adipose tissue, and targeting EP4 may mitigate adipose tissue inflammation. PMID:25510249

  17. Prostaglandin E2 regulates angiogenesis via activation of fibroblast growth factor receptor-1.

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    Finetti, Federica; Solito, Raffaella; Morbidelli, Lucia; Giachetti, Antonio; Ziche, Marina; Donnini, Sandra

    2008-01-25

    Prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) behaves as a mitogen in epithelial tumor cells as well as in many other cell types. We investigated the actions of PGE(2) on microvascular endothelial cells (capillary venular endothelial cells) with the purpose of delineating the signaling pathway leading to the acquisition of the angiogenic phenotype and to new vessel formation. PGE(2) (100 nM) produced activation of the fibroblast growth factor receptor 1 (FGFR-1), as measured by its phosphorylation, but not of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2. PGE(2) stimulated the EP3 subtype receptor, as deduced by abrogation of EP3 Galpha(i) subunit activity through pertussis toxin. Consistent with this result, in human umbilical venular endothelial cells missing the EP3 receptor, PGE(2) did not phosphorylate FGFR-1. Upon binding to its receptor, PGE(2) initiated an autocrine/paracrine signaling cascade involving the intracellular activation of c-Src, activation of matrix metalloproteinase (predominantly MMP2), which in turn caused the mobilization of membrane-anchored fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2). In fact, in cells unable to release FGF-2 the transfection with both FGFR-1 and EP3 did not result in FGFR-1 phosphorylation in response to PGE(2). Relevance for the FGF2-FGFR-1 system was highlighted by confocal analysis, showing receptor internalization after cell exposure to the prostanoid. ERK1/2 appeared to be the distal signal involved, its phosphorylation being sensitive to either cSrc inhibitor or FGFR-1 blocker. Finally, PGE(2) stimulated cell migration and capillary formation in aortic rings, which were severely reduced by inhibitors of signaling molecules or by receptor antagonist. In conclusion, this study provides evidence for the involvement of FGFR-1 through FGF2 in eliciting PGE(2) angiogenic responses. This signaling pattern is similar to the autocrine-paracrine mechanism which operates in endothelial cells to support neovascular growth. PMID:18042549

  18. Argon laser irradiation of rabbits' eyes-changes in prostaglandin E2 levels

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    Naveh, N.; Peer, J.; Bartov, E.; Weissman, C. )

    1991-02-01

    Laser irradiation of the eye is a widely used therapeutic measure in various ocular disorders. We investigated in laser-treated rabbits' eyes the changes in prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) levels of the tissue affected by the laser (the retina/choroid) and of its adjacent vitreous over a two-week period. The parameters studied were; PGE2 in vitro production by the retina/choroid, as well as PGE2 and protein levels in the vitreous, the latter indicative of a break in the blood retinal barrier (BRB). The effect of noncoherent light exposure used for illumination, and that of the mechanical manipulation involved (sham exposure) were also studied. Following laser exposure vitreal PGE2 levels were increased two-fold above baseline (days three and 14), whereas light exposure resulted in a single peak. PGE2 in vitro production by the retina/choroid in the laser-exposed group was elevated throughout the observation period, peaking twice (days 3 and 14), in the light-exposed group the enhanced production was evident during a shorter period, whereas in the sham group it remained unchanged from baseline. An elevation in vitreal protein levels to above baseline levels occurred in both the laser- and, to a lesser degree, in the noncoherent light-exposed groups, but not in the sham group. Our study demonstrated an enhanced PGE2 in vitro production by retina/choroid of laser-exposed eyes, which might be attributable to the additive effect of the laser induced trauma, and the noncoherent light photochemical changes; the clinical significance of the recurrent increase in vitreal PGE2 levels in laser-treated eyes might be related to its anti-inflammatory properties.

  19. Variable internal flexibility characterizes the helical capsid formed by agrobacterium VirE2 protein on single-stranded DNA.

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    Bharat, Tanmay A M; Zbaida, David; Eisenstein, Miriam; Frankenstein, Ziv; Mehlman, Tevie; Weiner, Lev; Sorzano, Carlos Oscar S; Barak, Yoav; Albeck, Shira; Briggs, John A G; Wolf, Sharon G; Elbaum, Michael

    2013-07-01

    Agrobacterium is known for gene transfer to plants. In addition to a linear ssDNA oligonucleotide, Agrobacterium tumefaciens secretes an abundant ssDNA-binding effector, VirE2. In many ways VirE2 adapts the conjugation mechanism to transform the eukaryotic host. The crystal structure of VirE2 shows two compact domains joined by a flexible linker. Bound to ssDNA, VirE2 forms an ordered solenoidal shell, or capsid known as the T-complex. Here, we present a three-dimensional reconstruction of the VirE2-ssDNA complex using cryo-electron microscopy and iterative helical real-space reconstruction. High-resolution refinement was not possible due to inherent heterogeneity in the protein structure. By a combination of computational modeling, chemical modifications, mass spectroscopy, and electron paramagnetic resonance, we found that the N-terminal domain is tightly constrained by both tangential and longitudinal links, while the C terminus is weakly constrained. The quaternary structure is thus rigidly assembled while remaining locally flexible. This flexibility may be important in accommodating substrates without sequence specificity. PMID:23769668

  20. Inhibition of ?-catenin signaling involved in the biological activities of a lignan E2S isolated from Carya cathayensis fruits.

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    Xia, Xichun; Bi, Xiuli; Wu, Wei; Mou, Yanhua; Hou, Yue; Zhang, Kaiqing; Zhao, Yuqing

    2013-11-01

    Carya cathayensis is a fruit-bearing plant that belongs to the Juglandaceae family and is widely distributed throughout the world. It possesses various important biological activities. We have previously isolated an antitumor compound from the shell of C. cathayensis fruits and named it E2S ((E)-3-[(2S,3R)-2,3-dihydro-2-(4'-hydroxy-3'-methoxyphenyl)-3-hydroxymethyl-7-methoxy-1-benzo[b]furan-5-yl]-2-propenal). In this study, we investigated the antitumor activity of E2S against various human colorectal cancer cell lines (HCT116, HT29, SW480, LoVo). The results showed that E2S could significantly inhibit the growth of cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner, as well as disrupt the progression of the cell cycle. Mechanistic study revealed that E2S could decrease the protein levels of ?-catenin and its downstream targets (such as c-myc, a key transcriptional target of ?-catenin) in the cells. In addition, it also significantly suppressed ?-catenin/TCF transcriptional activity. Taken together, the results suggested that E2S might partially exert an antiproliferative effect on human colorectal cancer cells by targeting ?-catenin signaling, a finding that might potentially translate into a chemotherapeutic strategy for the treatment of cancer. It might also have implications for cancer prevention strategies. PMID:24218372

  1. Involvement of the transcriptional factor E2F1 in the regulation of the rRNA promoter

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    Ayrault, Olivier; Andrique, Laetitia; Seite, Paule . E-mail: paule.seite@univ-poitiers.fr

    2006-04-15

    p16{sup INK4a}-pRB-E2F and ARF-MDM2-p53 are two major tumor suppressor networks involved in cell proliferation control. The nucleolar ARF protein binds to MDM2 to activate the growth suppressive functions of p53, but can also exert its tumor suppressor activity independently of p53, through mechanisms involving other regulators: in that manner, p14{sup ARF} has been shown to inhibit the transcriptional activity of E2F1 in vitro, suggesting that the two pathways intersect with one another. More recently, ARF has been shown to inhibit ribosomal RNA processing, and to specifically interact with the rRNA promoter, suggesting a role in the regulation of both maturation and transcription processes. We show here that E2F1 can bind the rRNA promoter and modulate its activity through the interaction with two E2F1-binding sequences we have identified. The regulation of ribosome biogenesis appears as a major p53-independent process, which involves both ARF and E2F1 to control cell proliferation.

  2. Dioscorea japonica extract down-regulates prostaglandin E2 synthetic pathway and induces apoptosis in lung cancer cells.

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    Suzuki-Yamamoto, Toshiko; Tanaka, Sayuri; Tsukayama, Izumi; Takafuji, Miki; Hanada, Takae; Arakawa, Toshiya; Kawakami, Yuki; Kimoto, Masumi; Takahashi, Yoshitaka

    2014-11-01

    Prostaglandin E2 plays a role in an array of pathophysiological responses, including inflammation, carcinogenesis and so on. Prostaglandin E2 is synthesized from arachidonic acid by the enzymes cyclooxygenase and prostaglandin E synthase. In some pathological conditions, the isozymes cyclooxygenase-2 and microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 are transiently induced, leading to prostaglandin E2 overproduction. The present study showed that Dioscorea japonica extract suppresses mRNA expression of cyclooxygenase-2 and microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 in human non-small-cell lung carcinoma A549 cells in a dose-dependent manner. The suppressive effects of Dioscorea japonica extract on the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 and microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1 were confirmed by Western blotting, cyclooxygenase activity and prostaglandin E2 production. Dioscorea japonica extract induced the translocation of nuclear factor-?B from the nucleus to the cytosol and inhibited the activity of the cyclooxygenase-2 promoter. Furthermore Dioscorea japonica extract suppressed the expression of the anti-apoptotic factor B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia/lymphoma 2 and enhanced apoptotic terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick end labeling-positive intensity in A549 cells. These results suggest that Dioscorea japonica extract suppresses the expression of cyclooxygenase-2 and microsomal prostaglandin E synthase-1, with the regulation of the transcriptional activity of cyclooxygenase-2, and induces apoptosis in cancer cells. Thus, Dioscorea japonica may contribute to the prevention of prostaglandin E2-mediated pathophysiological responses such as carcinogenesis and inflammation. PMID:25411520

  3. Electrophysiological and behavioral activity of (E)-2-hexenal in the granary weevil and its application in food packaging.

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    Germinara, G S; Conte, A; De Cristofaro, A; Lecce, L; Di Palma, A; Rotundo, G; Del Nobile, M A

    2012-02-01

    The purpose of this work was to develop a biodegradable carrier material to control insect pests in cereal products. To this aim, (E)-2-hexenal was used, being a natural compound with antimicrobial activity that is also commonly adopted as a flavoring agent. Three coating layers of polycaprolactone (PCL) were spread onto the internal side of a paperboard carton, the first being the active coating containing (E)-2-hexenal. The antennal sensitivity of Sitophilus granarius to a broad range of doses of (E)-2-hexenal was first demonstrated. Next, the ability of different concentrations of this compound to disrupt the orientation of adult S. granarius beetles to odors of intact wheat kernels was established in a two-choice pitfall bioassay. In addition, invasion tests were carried out over an 8-week period to highlight the effects of the biobased repellent packaging and their potential persistence. The results demonstrated that during the entire monitoring period, the percentage of S. granarius adults found in cartons coated with (E)-2-hexenal-loaded multilayer PCL was about 10 % of the total number of insects used in the bioassay, very low compared with the respective control samples, thus assessing both the effectiveness and persistence of the repellent system developed. Although the infestation level of treated packages was reduced relative to the infestation levels in the controls, any infestation of food packages is unacceptable to consumers, so further tests are required to determine whether infestation can be completely prevented using (E)-2-hexenal. PMID:22289599

  4. Transcription Factors E2A, FOXO1 and FOXP1 Regulate Recombination Activating Gene Expression in Cancer Cells

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    Chen, Zhengshan; Xiao, Yanna; Zhang, Junjun; Li, Jing; Liu, Yuxuan; Zhao, Yingying; Ma, Changchun; Luo, Jin; Qiu, Yamei; Huang, Guowei; Korteweg, Christine; Gu, Jiang

    2011-01-01

    It has long been accepted that immunoglobulins (Igs) were produced by B lymphoid cells only. Recently Igs have been found to be expressed in various human cancer cells and promote tumor growth. Recombination activating gene 1 (RAG1) and RAG2, which are essential enzymes for initiating variable-diversity-joining segment recombination, have also been found to be expressed in cancer cells. However, the mechanism of RAG activation in these cancer cells has not been elucidated. Here, we investigated the regulatory mechanism of RAG expression in four human cancer cell lines by analyzing transcription factors that induce RAG activation in B cells. By RT-PCR, Western blot and immunofluorescence, we found that transcription factors E2A, FOXO1 and FOXP1 were expressed and localized to the nuclei of these cancer cells. Over-expression of E2A, FOXO1 or Foxp1 increased RAG expression, while RNA interference of E2A, FOXO1 or FOXP1 decreased RAG expression in the cancer cells. Chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments showed acetylation of RAG enhancer (Erag) and E2A, FOXO1 or FOXP1 were bound to Erag in vivo. These results indicate that in these cancer cells the transcription factors E2A, FOXO1 and FOXP1 regulate RAG expression, which initiates Ig gene rearrangement much in the way similar to B lymphocytes. PMID:21655267

  5. HCV E2 may induce apoptosis of Huh-7 cells via a mitochondrial-related caspase pathway

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    Chiou, H.-L. . E-mail: hlchiou@csmu.edu.tw; Hsieh, Y.-S.; Hsieh, M.-R.; Chen, T.-Y.

    2006-06-23

    Introduction: One unusual characteristic of HCV is to establish chronic infection and the precise mechanisms remain unclear. Materials and methods: Huh-7 cells were transiently transfected with E2 and subjected to MTT assay, DNA fragmentation assay, and Western blotting to see the impact of E2 protein on apoptosis. Results and discussion: E2 may inhibit cell proliferation by inducing apoptosis and pro-caspases 3, 8, and 9 were cleaved and activated to result in the presence of active forms in a time-dependent fashion, which suggest that E2-induced apoptosis is caspase-dependent. Furthermore, the cytosolic level of cytochrome c was increased together with a gradually down-regulated Bcl-2 and up-regulated Bax protein expression. The continuing reduction of Bid protein and the gradual increase of tBid protein also indicated that a time-dependent increased turn-over of Bid protein into tBid. Taken together, our data suggested that HCV E2 may induce apoptosis through a mitochondrial damage-mediated caspase pathway.

  6. PPAR{gamma} ligands suppress the feedback loop between E2F2 and cyclin-E1

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    Komatsu, Yoko; Ito, Ichiaki; Wayama, Mitsutoshi; Fujimura, Akiko; Akaogi, Kensuke; Machida, Hikaru; Nakajima, Yuka; Kuroda, Takao; Ohmori, Kazuji; Murayama, Akiko; Kimura, Keiji; Yanagisawa, Junn

    2008-05-23

    PPAR{gamma} is a nuclear hormone receptor that plays a key role in the induction of peroxisome proliferation. A number of studies showed that PPAR{gamma} ligands suppress cell cycle progression; however, the mechanism remains to be determined. Here, we showed that PPAR{gamma} ligand troglitazone inhibited G1/S transition in colon cancer cells, LS174T. Troglitazone did not affect on either expression of CDK inhibitor (p18) or Wnt signaling pathway, indicating that these pathways were not involved in the troglitazone-dependent cell cycle arrest. GeneChip and RT-PCR analyses revealed that troglitazone decreased mRNA levels of cell cycle regulatory factors E2F2 and cyclin-E1 whose expression is activated by E2F2. Down-regulation of E2F2 by troglitazone results in decrease of cyclin-E1 transcription, which could inhibit phosphorylation of Rb protein, and consequently evoke the suppression of E2F2 transcriptional activity. Thus, we propose that troglitazone suppresses the feedback loop containing E2F2, cyclin-E1, and Rb protein.

  7. Recombinant modified vaccinia virus Ankara expressing glycoprotein E2 of Chikungunya virus protects AG129 mice against lethal challenge.

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    van den Doel, Petra; Volz, Asisa; Roose, Jouke M; Sewbalaksing, Varsha D; Pijlman, Gorben P; van Middelkoop, Ingeborg; Duiverman, Vincent; van de Wetering, Eva; Sutter, Gerd; Osterhaus, Albert D M E; Martina, Byron E E

    2014-09-01

    Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) infection is characterized by rash, acute high fever, chills, headache, nausea, photophobia, vomiting, and severe polyarthralgia. There is evidence that arthralgia can persist for years and result in long-term discomfort. Neurologic disease with fatal outcome has been documented, although at low incidences. The CHIKV RNA genome encodes five structural proteins (C, E1, E2, E3 and 6K). The E1 spike protein drives the fusion process within the cytoplasm, while the E2 protein is believed to interact with cellular receptors and therefore most probably constitutes the target of neutralizing antibodies. We have constructed recombinant Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) expressing E3E2, 6KE1, or the entire CHIKV envelope polyprotein cassette E3E26KE1. MVA is an appropriate platform because of its demonstrated clinical safety and its suitability for expression of various heterologous proteins. After completing the immunization scheme, animals were challenged with CHIV-S27. Immunization of AG129 mice with MVAs expressing E2 or E3E26KE1 elicited neutralizing antibodies in all animals and provided 100% protection against lethal disease. In contrast, 75% of the animals immunized with 6KE1 were protected against lethal infection. In conclusion, MVA expressing the glycoprotein E2 of CHIKV represents as an immunogenic and effective candidate vaccine against CHIKV infections. PMID:25188230

  8. p53-dependent gene repression through p21 is mediated by recruitment of E2F4 repression complexes

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    Benson, E K; Mungamuri, S K; Attie, O; Kracikova, M; Sachidanandam, R; Manfredi, J J; Aaronson, S A

    2014-01-01

    The p53 tumor suppressor protein is a major sensor of cellular stresses, and upon stabilization, activates or represses many genes that control cell fate decisions. While the mechanism of p53-mediated transactivation is well established, several mechanisms have been proposed for p53-mediated repression. Here, we demonstrate that the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p21 is both necessary and sufficient for the downregulation of known p53-repression targets, including survivin, CDC25C, and CDC25B in response to p53 induction. These same targets are similarly repressed in response to p16 overexpression, implicating the involvement of the shared downstream retinoblastoma (RB)-E2F pathway. We further show that in response to either p53 or p21 induction, E2F4 complexes are specifically recruited onto the promoters of these p53-repression targets. Moreover, abrogation of E2F4 recruitment via the inactivation of RB pocket proteins, but not by RB loss of function alone, prevents the repression of these genes. Finally, our results indicate that E2F4 promoter occupancy is globally associated with p53-repression targets, but not with p53 activation targets, implicating E2F4 complexes as effectors of p21-dependent p53-mediated repression. PMID:24096481

  9. Plasma levels, metabolic clearance rates, and rates of secretion of testosterone and estradiol-l7 beta in the silver eel (Anguilla anguilla L. )

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    Querat, B.; Hardy, A.; Leloup-Hatey, J.

    1985-09-01

    Testosterone (T) and 17 beta-estradiol (E2) plasma levels and metabolic clearance rates (MCR) were measured to investigate their ovarian production in immature silver eel. The dynamics of T and E2 metabolism were studied in catheterized eels using single injections of 0.2 to 0.5 microCi /sup 3/H-labeled steroid. The distribution volumes, biological half-life and MCR of nonconjugated tracers were calculated on the basis of a two-compartment model. At the end of the experiments, radioactivity was measured in different organs and tissues to localize the site of T and E2 catabolism. The volume of the inner compartment was 3.4% for T and E2. The outer compartment was larger for T (6.4%) than that for E2 (4.3%). The biological half-life was three to four times shorter for T (14.5 hr) than that for E2 (48.5 hr). The MCR for T (1.71 ml/kg body wt/hr) was higher than for E2 (0.51 ml/kg body wt/hr). Plasma levels were determined, using radioimmunoassay, on samples taken before injections of radiolabeled steroid. Free or protein-bound hormone levels were 0.12 and 0.31 ng/ml for T and E2, respectively. Conjugated T and E2 levels were, respectively, 0.13 and 0.23 ng/ml. Production rates were determined as the product of the MCR and the plasma concentration of the nonconjugated hormone. No significant differences were observed between the production rates of T and E2 (0.24 ng/kg body wt/hr). The liver was the principal site of metabolism for both hormones, which were excreted via the enterohepatic route. E2 injection gave rise to no metabolite in the plasma whereas after T injection a metabolite was produced, the concentration of which increased as a function of time. Its chromatographic properties were different from that of E2 or androstenedione, suggesting that no significant peripheral aromatization or 17-oxidoreduction occurs in the immature silver eel.

  10. Changes in prostaglandin E2 and F2 alpha during vitellogenesis in the Florida crayfish Procambarus paeninsulanus.

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    Spaziani, E P; Hinsch, G W; Edwards, S C

    1993-01-01

    While the role of eicosanoids in reproduction in vertebrate species has been well established, the role of these fatty acid derivatives in invertebrate species has not been as well characterized. The purpose of this study was to investigate changes in prostaglandins E2 and F2 alpha during vitellogenesis in the crayfish Procambarus paeninsulanus. In homogenates of crayfish ovaries taken at various stages of development, the rate of prostaglandin synthesis and the concentrations of prostaglandins E2 and F2 alpha increased during the final stages of yolk production just prior to ovulation. A gradual increase in prostaglandin E2 amounts was observed throughout the progression of vitellogenesis. The data suggests the possible involvement of prostaglandins in regulatory events associated with vitellogenesis and the induction of ovulation in Procambarus paeninsulanus. PMID:8151012

  11. Crosstalk between E2F3 and p19ARF/p53 in the regulation of cell cycle progression and tumorigenesis

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    Aslanian, Aaron Spencer

    2005-01-01

    E2F activity was originally identified as a critical component of the cellular machinery responsible for promoting cell cycle progression that is co-opted during transformation and tumorigenesis. Classic E2F target genes ...

  12. Structural Flexibility of a Conserved Antigenic Region in Hepatitis C Virus Glycoprotein E2 Recognized by Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies

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    Meola, Annalisa; Tarr, Alexander W.; England, Patrick; Meredith, Luke W.; McClure, C. Patrick; Foung, Steven K. H.; McKeating, Jane A.; Ball, Jonathan K.; Rey, Felix A.

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT Neutralizing antibodies (NAbs) targeting glycoprotein E2 are important for the control of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. One conserved antigenic site (amino acids 412 to 423) is disordered in the reported E2 structure, but a synthetic peptide mimicking this site forms a ?-hairpin in complex with three independent NAbs. Our structure of the same peptide in complex with NAb 3/11 demonstrates a strikingly different extended conformation. We also show that residues 412 to 423 are essential for virus entry but not for E2 folding. Together with the neutralizing capacity of the 3/11 Fab fragment, this indicates an unexpected structural flexibility within this epitope. NAbs 3/11 and AP33 (recognizing the extended and ?-hairpin conformations, respectively) display similar neutralizing activities despite converse binding kinetics. Our results suggest that HCV utilizes conformational flexibility as an immune evasion strategy, contributing to the limited immunogenicity of this epitope in patients, similar to the conformational flexibility described for other enveloped and nonenveloped viruses. IMPORTANCE Approximately 180 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), and neutralizing antibodies play an important role in controlling the replication of this major human pathogen. We show here that one of the most conserved antigenic sites within the major glycoprotein E2 (amino acids 412 to 423), which is disordered in the recently reported crystal structure of an E2 core fragment, can adopt different conformations in the context of the infectious virus particle. Recombinant Fab fragments recognizing different conformations of this antigenic site have similar neutralization activities in spite of converse kinetic binding parameters. Of note, an antibody response targeting this antigenic region is less frequent than those targeting other more immunogenic regions in E2. Our results suggest that the observed conformational flexibility in this conserved antigenic region contributes to the evasion of the humoral host immune response, facilitating chronicity and the viral spread of HCV within an infected individual. PMID:25473061

  13. Mulan E3 ubiquitin ligase interacts with multiple E2 conjugating enzymes and participates in mitophagy by recruiting GABARAP.

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    Ambivero, Camilla T; Cilenti, Lucia; Main, Stacey; Zervos, Antonis S

    2014-12-01

    Mulan is an E3 ubiquitin ligase embedded in the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM) with its RING finger facing the cytoplasm and a large domain located in the intermembrane space (IMS). Mulan is known to have an important role in cell growth, cell death, and more recently in mitophagy. The mechanism of its function is poorly understood; but as an E3 ligase it is expected to interact with specific E2 ubiquitin conjugating enzymes and these complexes will bind and ubiquitinate specific substrates. The unique topology of Mulan can provide a direct link of communicating mitochondrial signals to the cytoplasm. Our studies identified four different E2 conjugating enzymes (Ube2E2, Ube2E3, Ube2G2 and Ube2L3) as specific interactors of Mulan. Each of these E2 conjugating enzymes was fused to the RING finger domain of Mulan and used in a modified yeast two-hybrid screen. Several unique interactors for each Mulan-E2 complex were isolated. One such specific interactor of Mulan-Ube2E3 was the GABARAP (GABAA receptor-associated protein). GABARAP is a member of the Atg8 family of proteins that plays a major role in autophagy/mitophagy. The interaction of GABARAP with Mulan-Ube2E3 required an LC3-interacting region (LIR) located in the RING finger domain of Mulan as well as the presence of Ube2E3. The isolation of four different E2 conjugating enzymes, as specific partners of Mulan E3 ligase, suggests that Mulan is involved in multiple biological pathways. In addition, the interaction of GABARAP with Mulan-Ube2E3 supports the role of Mulan as an important regulator of mitophagy and provides a plausible mechanism for its function in this process. PMID:25224329

  14. Intravenous anesthetic propofol suppresses prostaglandin E2 production in murine dendritic cells.

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    Inada, Takefumi; Kubo, Kozue; Ueshima, Hironobu; Shingu, Koh

    2011-01-01

    Propofol is an intravenous anesthetic that is widely used for anesthesia and sedation. Dendritic cells (DC) are one of the crucial immune cells that bridge innate and adaptive immunity, in which DC process antigens during innate immune responses to present them to naïve T-cells, leading to an establishment of adaptive immunity. Prostaglandin (PG)-E(2) may be secreted by DC into the microenvironment, considerably influencing DC phenotype and function, and thus determining the fate of adaptive immunity. Since propofol suppresses PGE(2) production in murine macrophages, the primary purpose of the present study was to determine whether propofol also suppresses PGE(2) production in DC. Assuming a positive finding of such suppression, we tested whether this also leads to alterations of interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-10 production and DC surface marker expression, both of which can be modulated by PGE(2). In bone marrow-derived DC, propofol significantly suppressed the PGE(2) production after lipopolysaccharide stimulation. Cyclo-oxygenase (COX) protein expression and arachidonic acid release were unaffected, while COX enzyme activity was significantly inhibited by propofol. The propofol-induced COX inhibition did not lead to the increased production of cysteinyl leukotrienes and leukotriene-B(4). Endogenous COX inhibition with propofol, as well as with the selective COX-2 inhibitor, NS-398, did not affect IL-12 and IL-10 production from DC. The surface expression of I-A(b) and CD40 on DC was not changed, while that of CD86 slightly increased, with both propofol and NS-398; expression of CD80 was not affected with propofol, but increased slightly with NS-398. Finally, endogenous COX inhibition with either propofol or NS-398 did not significantly affect the ability of DC to induce allogeneic T-cell proliferation. It is concluded that the intravenous anesthetic propofol suppresses COX enzyme activity in DC, with no consequences with respect to IL-12/IL-10 production and allogeneic T-cell proliferation, while minimal consequences were observed in surface molecule expression. PMID:22035152

  15. Role of the Prostaglandin E2 EP1 Receptor in Traumatic Brain Injury

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    Glushakov, Alexander V.; Fazal, Jawad A.; Narumiya, Shuh; Doré, Sylvain

    2014-01-01

    Brain injuries pr