Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry (MOL CELL BIOCHEM)

Publisher: Springer Verlag

Journal description

Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry: An International Journal for Chemical Biology in Health and Disease publishes original full-length research papers and short communications in all areas of the biochemical sciences the emphasis being on those papers which present novel findings relevant to the biochemical basis of cellular function and disease processes as well as the mechanics of action of hormones and chemical agents. Investigations directed towards molecular biology and gene expression in the cell are particularly encouraged. Membrane transport receptor mechanism immune response secretory processes and cytoskeletal function are areas of great interest to this journal as are articles in all areas related to biochemical structure-function relationships in the cell. Studies examining adaptation of biochemical processes at the molecular and cellular levels in response to physiological and pathological stimuli are welcome. In addition to the reports of original research the journal publishes state of the art reviews. Specific subjects that are covered by Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry are: cellular metabolism cellular pathophysiology enzymology ion transport lipid biochemistry membrane biochemistry molecular biology nuclear structure and function and protein chemistry.

Current impact factor: 2.39

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 2.393
2013 Impact Factor 2.388
2012 Impact Factor 2.329
2011 Impact Factor 2.057
2010 Impact Factor 2.168
2009 Impact Factor 1.896
2008 Impact Factor 1.764
2006 Impact Factor 1.862
2005 Impact Factor 1.681
2004 Impact Factor 1.714
2003 Impact Factor 1.763
2002 Impact Factor 1.548
2001 Impact Factor 1.583
2000 Impact Factor 2.054
1999 Impact Factor 1.547
1998 Impact Factor 1.273
1997 Impact Factor 1.345
1996 Impact Factor 1.504
1995 Impact Factor 1.625
1994 Impact Factor 1.25
1993 Impact Factor 1.06
1992 Impact Factor 1.377

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5-year impact 2.37
Cited half-life 7.30
Immediacy index 0.79
Eigenfactor 0.02
Article influence 0.60
Website Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry website
Other titles Molecular and cellular biochemistry
ISSN 0300-8177
OCLC 1787431
Material type Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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  • Yichi Zhang · Kenneth B. Storey ·

    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2605-x
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    ABSTRACT: Normal human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) can develop neoplastic cancer stem cell (CSC) properties after coculture with transformed hESCs in vitro. In the present study, the influence of the tumor microenvironment on malignant transformation of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) was studied after allografting a mixture of enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP)-labeled BMSCs and C6 glioma cells into the rat brain to understand the influence of the cellular environment, especially the tumor environment, on the transformation of grafted BMSCs in the rat brain. We performed intracerebral transplantation in the rat brain using EGFP-labeled BMSCs coinjected with C6 tumor cells. After transplantation, the EGFP-labeled cells were isolated from the tumor using fluorescence-activated cell sorting, and the characteristics of the recovered cells were investigated. Glioma-specific biomarkers of the sorted cells and the biological characteristics of the tumors were analyzed. The BMSCs isolated from the cografts were transformed into glioma CSCs, as indicated by the marked expression of the glioma marker GFAP in glioma cells, and of Nestin and CD133 in neural stem cells and CSCs, as well as rapid cell growth, decreased level of the tumor suppressor gene p53, increased level of the oncogene murine double minute gene 2 (MDM2), and recapitulation of glioma tissues in the brain. These data suggest that BMSCs can be transformed into CSCs, which can be further directed toward glioma formation under certain conditions, supporting the notion that the tumor microenvironment is involved in transforming normal BMSCs into glial CSCs.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2602-0
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    ABSTRACT: Twist is a basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor family normally expressed during embryonic development and apparently activated in variety of tumours. Overexpression of twist is correlated with uncontrolled cell proliferation, differentiation, invasion and metastasis. Twist expression is associated with oestrogen receptor (ER); however, the molecular mechanism behind involvement of twist in progression of breast cancer is still unclear. Nitric oxide synthases (NOSs) which cause damage to the cellular DNA are also shown to be involved in cancer progression. The present study involves total number of n = 85 breast biopsies, which include 19 non-cancer and 66 cancerous lesions. We analysed twist, iNOS and ER expression pattern in human breast carcinomas by RT-PCR and also analysed twist cellular localisation by immunohistochemical analysis. iNOS expression pattern was correlated with different stages of breast carcinoma. Twist expression was significantly increased in cancer lesions when compared to the non-cancer. The breast cancer lesions positive to ER showed positivity to twist (72 %) as well. The higher stages of cancer lesions showed a significant expression of twist localised in cytoplasm of the cancer cells. Collectively these data indicate that up-regulation of twist is correlated with the ER presenting breast cancer, and iNOS expression was positively correlated with tumour-node metastasis (TNM) staging of breast cancer. These findings suggest that expression of twist and iNOS may have a functional role in cancer progression.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2606-9
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    ABSTRACT: Controversy exists as to whether the muscle-specific E3 ubiquitin ligases MAFbx and MuRF1 are transcriptionally upregulated in the process of sarcopenia. In the present study, we investigated the effects of ageing on mRNA/protein expression of muscle-specific E3 ubiquitin ligases and Akt/Foxo signalling in gastrocnemius muscles of female mice. Old mice exhibited a typical sarcopenic phenotype, characterized by loss of muscle mass and strength, decreased amount of myofibrillar proteins, incidence of aberrant muscle fibres, and genetic signature to sarcopenia. Activation levels of Akt were lower in adult and old mice than in young mice. Consequently, Akt-mediated phosphorylation levels of Foxo1 and Foxo3 proteins were decreased. Nuclear levels of Foxo1 and Foxo3 proteins showed an overall increasing trend in old mice. MAFbx mRNA expression was decreased in old mice relative to adult mice, whereas MuRF1 mRNA expression was less affected by ageing. At the protein level, MAFbx was less affected by ageing, whereas MuRF1 was increased in old mice relative to adult mice, with ubiquitin-protein conjugates being increased with ageing. In conclusion, we provided evidence for no mRNA upregulation of muscle-specific E3 ubiquitin ligases and disconnection between their expression and Akt/Foxo signalling in sarcopenic mice. Their different responsiveness to ageing may reflect different roles in sarcopenia.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2608-7
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    ABSTRACT: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) increases endothelial barrier permeability, an effect that may contribute to macular edema in diabetic retinopathy. Since vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, can tighten the endothelial permeability barrier, we examined whether it could prevent the increase in permeability due to VEGF in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). As previously observed, VEGF increased HUVEC permeability to radiolabeled inulin within 60 min in a concentration-dependent manner. Loading the cells with increasing concentrations of ascorbate progressively prevented the leakage caused by 100 ng/ml VEGF, with a significant inhibition at 13 µM and complete inhibition at 50 µM. Loading cells with 100 µM ascorbate also decreased the basal generation of reactive oxygen species and prevented the increase caused by both 100 ng/ml VEGF. VEGF treatment decreased intracellular ascorbate by 25 %, thus linking ascorbate oxidation to its prevention of VEGF-induced barrier leakage. The latter was blocked by treating the cells with 60 µM L-NAME (but not D-NAME) as well as by 30 µM sepiapterin, a precursor of tetrahydrobiopterin that is required for proper function of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). These findings suggest that VEGF-induced barrier leakage uncouples eNOS. Ascorbate inhibition of the VEGF effect could thus be due either to scavenging superoxide or to peroxynitrite generated by the uncoupled eNOS, or more likely to its ability to recycle tetrahydrobiopterin, thus avoiding enzyme uncoupling in the first place. Ascorbate prevention of VEGF-induced increases in endothelial permeability opens the possibility that its repletion could benefit diabetic macular edema.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2609-6
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    ABSTRACT: Sox6 is a transcription factor that induces neuronal differentiation in P19 cells; its suppression not only inhibits neuronal differentiation but also induces retinoic acid (RA)-dependent apoptosis of P19 cells. In the present study, we found that Sox6 suppression-induced apoptosis was mediated by activation of caspase 9 and 3. Moreover, we noted a weak leakage of cytochrome c into the cytoplasm from the mitochondria, indicating that apoptosis occurs through a mitochondrial pathway in Sox6-suppressed P19 (P19[anti-Sox6]) cells. Sox6 suppression in the presence of RA also induced the expression and secretion of bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP-4). Addition of an anti-BMP-4 antibody for neutralization increased cell viability and led to RA-dependent death of P19[anti-Sox6] cells. Our results indicate that Sox6 suppression induces RA-dependent cell death of P19 cells, mediated by BMP-4 expression and secretion. Normally, high Sox6 expression leads to RA-mediated neuronal differentiation in P19 cells; however, Sox6 deficiency induces production and secretion of BMP-4, which mediates selective cell death. Our findings suggest that Sox6 contributes to cell survival by suppressing BMP-4 transcription during neuronal differentiation.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 11/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2607-8
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    ABSTRACT: Many studies have explored whether the Notch signaling pathway has a tumor-suppressive or an oncogenic role in various tumors; however, the role of the Notch signaling pathway in salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma (SACC) is still unknown. In this study, we attempt to define the role of Notch2 signaling in cell growth, invasion, and migration in SACC. We compared Notch2 expression in clinical SACC samples with that of normal samples by using immunohistochemical staining. Then, we down-regulated Notch2 expression to observe the effect of Notch2 on proliferation, invasion, migration, and the expression of known target genes of Notch signal pathway. According to our results, Notch2 expression was higher in SACC tissues compared with normal tissues. Knockdown of Notch2 inhibited cell proliferation, invasion, and migration in vitro and down-regulated the expression of HEY2 and CCND1. The results of this study suggest that Notch2 has an essential role in the cell growth, invasion, and migration of SACC. Notch2 may therefore be a potential target gene for the treatment of SACC by interfering with cell growth and metastasis.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 10/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2575-z
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    ABSTRACT: Resveratrol (RSV) has beneficial effects on renal diseases, but its underlying mechanisms are still unclear. In the present study, we investigate the renoprotective effects of RSV on obesity-related renal diseases and clarify the potential mechanisms. Male C57BL/6J mice were fed with high-fat diet (HFD) with or without 400 mg/kg RSV treatment for 12 weeks. Feeding HFD induced renal injuries, but treating them with RSV significantly decreased glomerular volume (p < 0.05), glycogen (p < 0.01) and collagen (p < 0.05) in renal tissues. Although slightly changed body weight and fasting blood glucose, RSV attenuated renal dysfunction, including decreased levels of blood urea nitrogen (p < 0.05), urea protein (p < 0.01), and microalbuminuria (p < 0.01). Furthermore, RSV treatment markedly reduced gene expression of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin (IL)-6 and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) (all p < 0.05), 4-Hydroxynonenal expression (p < 0.01), and lipid accumulation. Mechanistically, RSV enhanced the expression of lipolytic genes, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR)-α (p < 0.001), carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT)-1 (p < 0.05), and medium-chain acyl-coenzyme A dehydrogenase (MCAD) (p < 0.01), but had no effect on lipogenic genes, PPAR-γ and sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP)-1c. RSV also obviously increased renal PPAR-α protein expression (p < 0.001) and the phosphorylation of AMPK level. Collectively, these results support the therapeutic effects of RSV on high-fat diet-induced renal damages at least partially through targeting on PPAR-α signaling pathway.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2576-y
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    ABSTRACT: Human periodontal ligament fibroblasts (hPLFs) are exposed to oxidative stress during periodontal inflammation and dental treatments. It is hypothesized that hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-mediated oxidative stress decreases survival and osteogenic differentiation of hPLFs, whereas these decreases are prevented by activation of the Wnt pathway. However, there has been a lack of reports that define the exact roles of canonical Wnt/β-catenin signaling in H2O2-exposed hPLFs. Treatment with H2O2 reduced viability and proliferation in hPLFs in a dose- and time-dependent manner and led to mitochondria-mediated apoptosis. Pretreatment with lithium chloride (LiCl) or Wnt1 inhibited the oxidative damage that occurred in H2O2-exposed hPLFs. However, knockout of β-catenin or treatment with DKK1 facilitated the H2O2-induced decreases in viability, mitochondrial membrane potential, and Bcl-2 induction. Osteoblastic differentiation of hPLFs was also inhibited by combined treatment with 100 μM H2O2, as evidenced by the decreases in alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and mineralization. H2O2-mediated inhibition of osteoblast differentiation in hPLFs was significantly attenuated in the presence of 500 ng/ml Wnt1 or 20 mM LiCl. In particular, H2O2 stimulated the expression of nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2) at protein and mRNA levels in hPLFs, whereas the induction was almost completely suppressed in the presence of Wnt1 or LiCl. Furthermore, siRNA-mediated silencing of Nrf2 blocked H2O2-induced decreases in ALP activity and mineralization of hPLFs with the concomitant restoration of runt-related transcription factor 2 and osteocalcin mRNA expression and ALP activity. Collectively, these results suggest that activation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway improves proliferation and mineralization in H2O2-exposed hPLFs by downregulating Nrf2. Keywords Human periodontal ligament fibroblasts Hydrogen peroxide Wnt pathway Differentiation Nrf2
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 09/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2570-4
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    ABSTRACT: P-selectin-mediated tumor cell adhesion to platelets is a well-established stage in the process of tumor metastasis. Through computerized structural analysis, we found a marine-derived polysaccharide, holothurian glycosaminoglycan (hGAG), behaved as a ligand-competitive inhibitor of P-selectin, indicating its potential to disrupt the binding of P-selectin to cell surface receptor and activation of downstream regulators of tumor cell migration. Our experimental data demonstrated that hGAG significantly inhibited P-selectin-mediated adhesion of tumor cells to platelets and tumor cell migration in vitro and reduced subsequent pulmonary metastasis in vivo. Furthermore, abrogation of the P-selectin-mediated adhesion of tumor cells led to down-regulation of protein levels of integrins, FAK and MMP-2/9 in B16F10 cells, which is a crucial molecular mechanism of hGAG to inhibit tumor metastasis. In conclusion, hGAG has emerged as a novel anti-cancer agent via blocking P-selectin-mediated malignant events of tumor metastasis.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2546-4
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    ABSTRACT: We hypothesized that matrix metalloproteinase secretion in response to cigarette smoke is modulated by cross-talk between resident cells within the aorta, namely, aortic smooth muscles, endothelial cells, and infiltrating macrophages, and this may be crucial for in vivo formation/progression of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Cigarette smoke extract (CSE) was applied to rat aortic smooth muscle (RASMC), endothelial (RAEC) or RAW cells, and conditioned media (CSE-CM) collected. Fresh cells were treated with CSE-CM for 24 h and then maintained in serum-free medium (SFM) for 72 h to analyze MMP2 and MMP9 in media by zymography and the ratio (pS/pJ) of phospho-Stat3 (pStat3) and phospho-Jak2 (pJak2) inside the cells by Western blot. We observed that CSE-CM from RAW and RAEC increased MMP9 by 200 and 17 %, respectively, in RASMC and also increased pS/pJ ratio (305 and 228 %, respectively) in RASMC. RAW cell-derived CSE-CM induced RAEC to produce moderate amounts of MMP2 (17 %), MMP9 (30 %), and a 137 % increase in pS/pJ. RAW cells receiving unstimulated CM from RASMC and RAEC produced significant amounts of MMP9 (128 and 155 %, respectively) and increased pS/pJ (45 and 1283 %, respectively). CSE-CM from RASMC and RAEC induced significant production of MMP9 from RAW cells (237 and 162 %, respectively) and increase in pS/pJ ratios (1348 and 1494 %, respectively). This is the first in vitro study demonstrating cigarette smoke extract-mediated differential interactions between resident cells in the aorta leads to altered modulation of signaling molecules that may be vital for AAA formation under in vivo conditions.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2539-3
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    ABSTRACT: Muscle wasting impairs physical function and leads people to a bedridden state. We previously demonstrated that lysine (Lys) suppresses autophagic-proteolysis through the Akt pathway. However, the effect of metabolites of Lys on proteolysis is unclear. In this study, we investigated the effect of saccharopine (Sac), a metabolite of Lys, on proteolysis in C2C12 cells. When C2C12 myotubes were incubated in serum-free medium containing Sac, the rate of proteolysis, which was evaluated by 3-methylhistidine released from C2C12 myotubes, and autophagy activity, which was assessed by amount of light chain 3-II, were suppressed. Sac stimulated Akt and mammalian target of rapamycin signaling, which was evaluated from eIF4E-binding protein 1 phosphorylation. The suppressive effects of Sac on proteolysis and autophagy were completely abolished by an Akt inhibitor. Therefore, we concluded that Sac suppresses autophagic-proteolysis through Akt as with Lys.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2541-9
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    ABSTRACT: Adult stem cells have more restricted differentiation potential than embryonic stem cells (ESCs), but upon appropriate stimulation can differentiate into cells of different germ layers. Epigenetic factors, including DNA modifications, take a significant part in regulation of pluripotency and differentiation of ESCs. Less is known about the epigenetic regulation of these processes in adult stem cells. Gene expression profile and location of DNA modifications in adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) and their osteogenically differentiated lineages were analyzed using Agilent microarrays. Methylation-specific PCR and restriction-based quantitative PCR were applied for 5-methylcytosine (5mC) and 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) detection in selected loci. The level of DNA modifications in the POU5F1 locus was quantified with deep sequencing. Expression levels of selected genes were assayed by real-time PCR. ADSCs differentiation into osteogenic lineages involved marked changes in both 5mC and 5hmC profiles, but 5hmC changes were more abundant. 5mC losses and 5hmC gains were the main events observed during ADSCs differentiation, and were accompanied by increased expression of TET1 (P = 0.009). In ADSCs, POU5F1 was better expressed than NANOG or SOX2 (P ≤ 0.001). Both 5mC and 5hmC marks were present in the POU5F1 locus, but only hydroxymethylation of specific cytosine showed significant effect on the gene expression. In summary, the data of our study suggest significant involvement of changes in 5hmC profile during the differentiation of human adult stem cells.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2543-7
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    ABSTRACT: Signaling through the Janus kinase/signal transducers and activators of transcription (JAK/STAT) pathway, especially JAK2/STAT3, is involved in renal fibrosis. Fluorofenidone (FD), a novel pyridone agent, exerts anti-fibrotic effects in vitro and in vivo. Herein, we sought to investigate whether FD demonstrates its inhibitory function through preventing JAK2/STAT3 pathway. In this study, we examined the effect of FD on activation of rat renal interstitial fibroblasts, glomerular mesangial cells (GMC), and expression of JAK2/STAT3. Moreover, we explored the histological protection effects of FD in UUO rats, db/db mice, and phosphorylation of JAK2/STAT3 cascade. Our studies found that pretreatment with FD resulted in blockade of activation of fibroblast and GMC manifested by fibronectin (FN) and α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) protein expression and decline of STAT3 tyrosine phosphorylation induced by IL-6 or high glucose. In unilateral ureteral obstruction rats and a murine model of spontaneous type 2 diabetes (db/db mice), treatment with FD blocked the expression of FN and α-SMA, prevented renal fibrosis progression, and attenuated STAT3 activation. However, FD administration did not interfere with JAK2 activation both in vivo and in vitro. In summary, the molecular mechanism by which FD exhibits renoprotective effects appears to involve the inhibition of STAT3 phosphorylation.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 06/2015; 407(1-2). DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2456-5
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    ABSTRACT: Bone cells respond to various mechanical stimuli including fluid shear stress (FSS) in vitro. Induction of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is thought to be important for the anabolic effects of mechanical loading. Recently, extracellular-signal-regulated kinase 5 (ERK5) has been found to be involved in multiple cellular processes. However, the relationship between ERK5 and the induction of COX-2 is still unknown. Here, we investigated the potential involvement of ERK5 in the response of pre-osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells upon FSS. MC3T3-E1 cells were subjected to 12 dyn/cm2 FSS. Then, we established a ERK5 small interfering RNA (siRNA) transfected cell line using the MC3T3-E1 cells. After the successful transfection confirmed by real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting, the expression of COX-2, cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB), and nuclear factor kappa B cells (NF-κB) were assayed for downstream effectors of activated ERK5 under FSS by Western blotting. Our results showed that FSS could stimulate COX-2 activity, and induce the phosphorylation of ERK5, CREB, and NF-κB. When the MC3T3-E1 cells were transfected using siRNA before exposure to FSS, COX-2 activity was suppressed, and the phosphorylation of CREB and NF-κB was significantly downregulated. In summary, we demonstrated that ERK5 pathway is essential in the induction of COX-2 gene
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 05/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Cardiomyocyte hypertrophy is an adaptive response of heart to various stress conditions. During the period of stress accumulation, transition from physiological hypertrophy to pathological hypertrophy results in the promotion of heart failure. Our previous studies found that ZAK, a sterile alpha motif and leucine zipper containing kinase, was highly expressed in infarcted human hearts and demonstrated that overexpression of ZAK induced cardiac hypertrophy. This study evaluates, cellular events associated with the expression of two doxycycline (Dox) inducible Tet-on ZAK expression systems, a Tet-on ZAK WT (wild-type), and a Tet-on ZAK DN (mutant, Dominant-negative form) in H9c2 myoblast cells; Tet-on ZAK WT was found to increase cell size and hypertrophic marker BNP in a dose-dependent manner. To ascertain the mechanism of ZAK-mediated hypertrophy, expression analysis with various inhibitors of the related upstream and downstream proteins was performed. Tet-on ZAK WT expression triggered the p38 and JNK pathway and also activated the expression and nuclear translocation of p-GATA4 and p-c-Jun transcription factors, without the involvement of p-ERK or NFATc3. However, Tet-on ZAK DN showed no effect on the p38 and JNK signaling cascade. The results showed that the inhibitors of JNK1/2 and p38 significantly suppressed ZAK-induced BNP expression. The results show the role of ZAK and/or the ZAK downstream events such as JNK and p38 phosphorylation, c-Jun, and GATA-4 nuclear translocation in cardiac hypertrophy. ZAK and/or the ZAK downstream p38, and JNK pathway could therefore be potential targets to ameliorate cardiac hypertrophy symptoms in ZAK-overexpressed patients.
    Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 04/2015; DOI:10.1007/s11010-015-2389-z