Chick Embryo

Publication Title: 
Journal of Cell Science

In mammalian cells, products of the INK4a-ARF locus play major roles in senescence and tumour suppression in different contexts, whereas the adjacent INK4b gene is more generally associated with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta)-mediated growth arrest. As the chicken genome does not encode an equivalent of INK4a, we asked whether INK4b and/or ARF contribute to replicative senescence in chicken cells.

Author(s): 
Kim, Soo-Hyun
Rowe, Janice
Fujii, Hideta
Jones, Rebecca
Schmierer, Bernhard
Kong, Byung-Whi
Kuchler, Karl
Foster, Douglas
Ish-Horowicz, David
Peters, Gordon
Publication Title: 
PloS One

Genetic mutations of FUS have been linked to many diseases including Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration. A primate specific and polymorphic retrotransposon of the SINE-VNTR-Alu (SVA) family is present upstream of the FUS gene. Here we have demonstrated that this retrotransposon can act as a classical transcriptional regulatory domain in the context of a reporter gene construct both in vitro in the human SK-N-AS neuroblastoma cell line and in vivo in a chick embryo model.

Author(s): 
Savage, Abigail L.
Wilm, Thomas P.
Khursheed, Kejhal
Shatunov, Aleksey
Morrison, Karen E.
Shaw, Pamela J.
Shaw, Christopher E.
Smith, Bradley
Breen, Gerome
Al-Chalabi, Ammar
Moss, Diana
Bubb, Vivien J.
Quinn, John P.
Publication Title: 
Zhongguo Yao Li Xue Bao = Acta Pharmacologica Sinica

AIM: To study the effect of artemether (Art) on the tegument of schistosomes. METHODS: Mice infected with S japonicum cercariae for 7 and 35 d, or with S mansoni cercariae for 49 d were treated intragastrically with Art 200-300 mg.kg-1.d-1 for 2 d. Schistosomes were collected in groups of 2 mice at various intervals after medication for scanning electron microscopic observation. RESULTS: The tegumental changes induced by Art appeared to be similar in S japonicum and S mansoni: swelling and fusion of tegumental surfaces, vesicle formation and collapse of discoid-like sensory structures.

Author(s): 
Xiao, S. H.
Shen, B. G.
Horner, J.
Catto, B. A.
Publication Title: 
European Cells & Materials

Long bone and in particular tibia fractures frequently fail to heal. A disturbed revascularisation is supposed to be a major cause for impaired bone healing or the development of non-unions. We aim to establish an animal model, which reliably mimics the clinical situation. Human microvascular endothelial cells (HMEC-1) and primary human osteoblast like cells (POBs) were cultured with different angiogenesis-inhibitors (Fumagillin, SU5416, Artesunate and 3,5,4'-Trimethoxystilbene) released out of poly(D,L-Lactide) (PDLLA) coated k-wires and cell activity was determined.

Author(s): 
Fassbender, M.
Strobel, C.
Rauhe, J. S.
Bergmann, C.
Schmidmaier, G.
Wildemann, B.
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: The polyherbal eye drop (Itone™) is a mixture of aqueous distillates of nineteen traditionally used ingredients that sum up to impart potency to the formulation and make it a useful adjunct in various ocular pathologies. However, as there have been no controlled experimental studies accounting to the above claim, therefore, the present study was designed to evaluate the polyherbal formulation (PHF) for antiangiogenic, anti-inflammatory, anticataract, antioxidant and cytotoxicity in addition to the evaluation of intraocular penetration of PHF in rabbit eyes using LC-MS/MS.

Author(s): 
Velpandian, Thirumurthy
Gupta, Pankaj
Ravi, Alok Kumar
Sharma, Hanuman Prasad
Biswas, Nihar Ranjan
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: The polyherbal eye drop (Itone™) is a mixture of aqueous distillates of nineteen traditionally used ingredients that sum up to impart potency to the formulation and make it a useful adjunct in various ocular pathologies. However, as there have been no controlled experimental studies accounting to the above claim, therefore, the present study was designed to evaluate the polyherbal formulation (PHF) for antiangiogenic, anti-inflammatory, anticataract, antioxidant and cytotoxicity in addition to the evaluation of intraocular penetration of PHF in rabbit eyes using LC-MS/MS.

Author(s): 
Velpandian, Thirumurthy
Gupta, Pankaj
Ravi, Alok Kumar
Sharma, Hanuman Prasad
Biswas, Nihar Ranjan
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology

Flavonoids within Scutellaria baicalensis may be potent antioxidants on the basis of our studies of S. baicalensis extract. To further this work, we studied the antioxidative effects of baicalein, a flavonoid component of S. baicalensis, in a chick cardiomyocyte model of reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation during hypoxia, simulated ischemia-reperfusion, or mitochondrial complex III inhibition with antimycin A. Oxidant stress was measured by oxidation of the intracellular probes 2',7'-dichlorofluorescin diacetate and dihydroethidium.

Author(s): 
Shao, Zuo-Hui
Vanden Hoek, Terry L.
Qin, Yimin
Becker, Lance B.
Schumacker, Paul T.
Li, Chang-Qing
Dey, Lucy
Barth, Eugene
Halpern, Howard
Rosen, Gerald M.
Yuan, Chun-Su
Publication Title: 
European Journal of Pharmacology

Since flavonoids scavenge reactive oxygen species, they may potentially protect against ischemia/reperfusion injury. This study compared the scavenging capacity of specific flavonoids towards different reactive oxygen species. Whether the differential oxidant scavenging capacity correlated with their protective efficacy in ischemia/reperfusion injury of cardiomyocytes was determined.

Author(s): 
Chang, Wei-Tien
Shao, Zuo-Hui
Yin, Jun-Jie
Mehendale, Sangeeta
Wang, Chong-Zhi
Qin, Yimin
Li, Juan
Chen, Wen-Jone
Chien, Chiang-Ting
Becker, Lance B.
Vanden Hoek, Terry L.
Yuan, Chun-Su
Publication Title: 
Archives of Pharmacal Research

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) can induce oxidative injury via iron interactions (i.e. Fenton chemistry and hydroxyl radical formation). Our prior work suggested that American ginseng berry extract and ginsenoside Re were highly cardioprotective against oxidant stress. To extend this study, we evaluated the protective effect of protopanaxadiol-type ginsenoside Rb1 (gRb1) on H(2)O(2)-induced oxidative injury in cardiomyocytes and explored the ROS-mediated intracellular signaling mechanism. Cultured embryonic chick cardiomyocytes (4-5 day) were used.

Author(s): 
Li, Jing
Shao, Zuo-Hui
Xie, Jing-Tian
Wang, Chong-Zhi
Ramachandran, Srinivasan
Yin, Jun-Jie
Aung, Han
Li, Chang-Qing
Qin, Gina
Vanden Hoek, Terry
Yuan, Chun-Su
Publication Title: 
Carcinogenesis

Cucurbitacin E (CuE, α-elaterin), a tetracyclic triterpenes compound from folk traditional Chinese medicine plants, has been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth, inflammatory response and bilirubin-albumin binding. However, the effects of CuE on tumor angiogenesis and its potential molecular mechanism are still unknown. Here, we demonstrated that CuE significantly inhibited human umbilical vascular endothelial cell (HUVEC) proliferation, migration and tubulogenesis in vitro and blocked angiogenesis in chick embryo chorioallantoic membrane assay and mouse corneal angiogenesis model in vivo.

Author(s): 
Dong, Yanmin
Lu, Binbin
Zhang, Xiaoli
Zhang, Jing
Lai, Li
Li, Dali
Wu, Yuanyuan
Song, Yajuan
Luo, Jian
Pang, Xiufeng
Yi, Zhengfang
Liu, Mingyao

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