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The combination of metformin and conventional tuberculosis drug as a new therapeutic strategy

2637 views | Nov 20 2014

Singhal et al. demonstrated a diabetic drug, metformin (MET), mediates host cell responses to pathogen for promoting anti-Mtb activities. The combined regimens have shown promising positive clinical effects on tuberculosis patients.The article was published on Science Translational Medicine. [Read the Full Post]

The mechanism of drug resistance in BRAF (V600E) mutant melanoma

8880 views | Nov 19 2014

Sun et al. demonstrated the resistance of BRAF (V600E) is reversible and adaptive. The process involves several transduction factors, such as EGFR, PDGFRB, TGF-β, and SOX10. [Read the Full Post]

SGK3 and INPP4B mediate PI3K signaling pathway in breast cancer

4977 views | Nov 18 2014

Gasser et al. found a new PI3K signaling axis, with SGK3 and INPP4B as key factors and in the absence of Akt activity, for regulation of tumorigenesis, tumor cell proliferation and invasive migration. [Read the Full Post]

Two strategies to overcome eribulin resistance: pharmacokinetic imaging and nanoparticle delivery system

4876 views | Nov 17 2014

Laughney et al. developed strategies of pharmacokinetic for to reveal drug-resistant mechanisms, and nanoparticle system to overcome the resistance. [Read the Full Post]

Combination of PI3K/mTOR and EGFR inhibitors suppresses KRAS-mutant colorectal cancer

6437 views | Nov 14 2014

Belmont et al. demonstrated combination of PI3K/mTOR and EGFR inhibitors may become a novel therapy in patients with KRAS-mutant CRC. [Read the Full Post]

A new neurogenic receptor activator of P2Y1——Up4A

4123 views | Nov 13 2014

Recently, researchers from Nevada School of Medicine found a novel factor, Up4A, may contribute in mediating enteric inhibitory neurotransmission of the intestines, acts through P2Y1 receptors and apamin-sensitive small-conductance SK channels. [Read the Full Post]

The activation of BMP and WNT signals specifies epicardial lineage from hESCs

6409 views | Nov 12 2014

Witty et al. describe a new strategy of using human pluripotent stem cells (hESCs) to generate epicardial lineage cells by activation the BMP and WNT signaling pathways in a stage-specific way. [Read the Full Post]

The inhibition of AKT pathway by truncated CNT-1 enhances cell apoptosis

4202 views | Nov 11 2014

Nakagawa et al. demonstrated a new negative regulator of AKT signaling, tCNT-1, can promote cell apoptosis and suppress cell growth and proliferation. [Read the Full Post]

Interactions between Slit-Robo and JAK-STAT signaling in regulation of stem cell-niche adhesion

8042 views | Nov 10 2014

Rachel R. Stine et al. found Slit-Robo and JAK-STAT signaling pathways play key roles in stem cells competition within their niches. [Read the Full Post]

High-fat diet and NAD+ replenishment can rescue Cockayne Syndrome

5147 views | Nov 07 2014

Scheibye-Knudsen et al. demonstrated high-fat diet, the inhibition of β-OHB, and the elevation of NAD+ levels, may have the effect to rescue CS-associated phenotype through activating SIRT 1 signaling. [Read the Full Post]

FGF21 is not required for CR-mediated IGF-1 reduction or cell proliferation inhibition

7451 views | Nov 06 2014

Thompson et al. found that, in response to moderate CR, phosphorylated STAT5 may act as a key molecule, and FGF21 was not required for the down-regulation of IGF-1 expression level or cell proliferation rates. [Read the Full Post]

New platform of high efficiency iPSC reprogramming

8014 views | Nov 05 2014

Vidal et al. found the inhibition of transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) or activation of Wnt signaling, or both, can provide a high efficient iPSC reprogramming in a cell-type-specific manner. [Read the Full Post]

Targeting ALK and ERK5 is a new strategy for neuroblastoma treatment

4137 views | Nov 04 2014

Umapathy et al. found kinase ERK5 regulates Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) induced MYCN transcription and proliferation of neuroblastoma. The results indicates that combination therapy of inhibiting ALK and ERK5 may be a novel strategy for ALK-positive neuroblastoma patients. [Read the Full Post]

JAK2 and MPL are two main regulators of TPO-induced megakaryopoiesis

6543 views | Nov 03 2014

Megakaryopoiesis is regulated by TPO, which activates multiple signaling molecules. Besancenot et al. demonstrated that the protein levels of JAK2 and MPL determine TPO-induced megakaryopoiesis. [Read the Full Post]

Huntingtin enhances Huntington's disease via activating mTORC1 signaling pathway

2897 views | Oct 31 2014

Huntington's disease causes muscle discoordination and cognitive decline. This disease is associated with huntingtin protein. William Pryor et al. found huntingtin enhances signaling of mTORC1. [Read the Full Post]

Neural stem cells "heal" target cells via extracellular vesicles

3818 views | Oct 29 2014

Cossetti et al. found NPCs communicate to the host via extracellular vesicles (EVs) and also investigated the cytokine-regulated pathways involved in the communication. It comes to a novel view in the understanding the mechanisms of stem cell therapy. [Read the Full Post]

The role of TGFβ target——LTBP4 in muscular dystrophy

3853 views | Oct 24 2014

Ceco et al. found latent transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ) binding proteins 4 (LTBP4) play determinant roles in muscular dystrophy symptoms.Their data suggested that blocking LTBP4 results in reduced TGFβ release, and then leads to a reduction of muscle inflammation and damage in DMD. [Read the Full Post]

Notch signaling acts as a key regulator in generation of neurons from neural precursor cells

5180 views | Oct 23 2014

Notch signaling plays a central role before asymmetric division and in the fate of Drosophila melanogaster neural precursor cells. It also acts as a critical factor in Numb distribution in neural precursor cells before cleavage. [Read the Full Post]

The effect of panobinostat on HIV latency disruption in a phase 1/2 clinical trial

5174 views | Oct 22 2014

Rasmussen et al. found panobinostat, a histone deacetylase inhibitor, has the ability to activate infected cells from HIV latency. They also tested the safety of this strategy on phase 1/2 clinical trial. The effect of panobinostat treatment was not significant in reducing the number of latently infected cells. However, panobinostat effectively disrupt HIV latency in vivo. [Read the Full Post]

TIPE3, a new transfer protein of lipid second messengers regulates human cancer

2271 views | Oct 21 2014

Svethlana et al. found one of the transfer protein, TIPE3 (TNFAIP8L3), acts as a controller of phosphoinositide second messenger that promotes cancer. IPE3 may represent a valuable target in therapeutic treatment of malignant diseases. [Read the Full Post]