Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research (J RECEPT SIG TRANSD)

Publisher: Informa Healthcare

Journal description

This widely respected journal presents the latest laboratory and clinical studies on biological receptors and associated signal transduction pathways for ligands involved in the regulation of central and peripheral tissues and cells, including the immune system, thus covering the field from neurotransmitters to peptides, steroids, growth factors, cytokines and drugs. The journal repidly communicates important research results to the international scientific community in a variety of stimulating formats, including original and review papers, brief communications, solicited and unsolicited mini reviews, and symposia proceedings. The Journal of Receptors and Signal Transduction maintains a rigorous peer-review process that ensures the originality, timeliness, and significance of topics covered, such as physicochemical and biophysical properties modeling molecular biology and genetics receptor structure and function the pathology of receptors as well as signal transduction pathway components from G proteins and second messengers to enzymes and ionic channels signal transduction pathways activated by receptor-ligand interactions molecular strategies for designing drugs acting on receptors receptors in the diagnosis and therapy of disease and much more! In addition, the Journal fulfills the vital need for a single source of information on all facets of receptor and signal transduction for researchers working in disciplines as diverse as anesthesiology biochemistry biophysics cancer research endocrinology immunology medicinal chemistry microbiology molecular and cell biology molecular physiology neurobiology neuroscience pathology pharmacology physical chemistry radiation oncology toxicology.

Current impact factor: 1.61

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.611
2012 Impact Factor 1.63
2011 Impact Factor 1.588
2010 Impact Factor 1.822
2009 Impact Factor 1.517
2008 Impact Factor 1.54
2007 Impact Factor 1.815
2006 Impact Factor 2
2005 Impact Factor 2
2004 Impact Factor 1.825
2003 Impact Factor 1.093
2002 Impact Factor 1.053
2001 Impact Factor 2.293
2000 Impact Factor 1.915
1999 Impact Factor 1.868
1998 Impact Factor 1.406
1997 Impact Factor 1.481

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 1.41
Cited half-life 6.20
Immediacy index 0.35
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.43
Website Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research website
Other titles Journal of receptor and signal transduction research, Journal of receptors and signal transduction
ISSN 1079-9893
OCLC 31634807
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

Informa Healthcare

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author cannot archive a post-print version
  • Restrictions
    • 12 months embargo
  • Conditions
    • On author's personal website or institution website
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    • On a non-profit server
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    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • NIH funded authors may post articles to PubMed Central for release 12 months after publication
    • Wellcome Trust authors may deposit in Europe PMC after 6 months
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

  • Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 08/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Lung cancer is becoming the leading cause of cancer death worldwide with highest morbidity and mortality, and knowing the pathogenesis and signaling pathway is very important and advances in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease are urgently needed. Gene polymorphism was reported to be associated with the lung cancer risk. We reviewed the potential signaling pathway of hypoxia-inducible factor in lung cancer and conducted a meta-analysis to explore its gene polymorphism with lung cancer risk. In the meta-analysis, hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) G1790A A allele, AA genotype and GG genotype were associated with lung cancer risk (A allele: OR = 2.31, 95% CI: 1.77–3.02, p < 0.00001; AA genotype: OR = 4.52, 95% CI: 2.31–8.83, p < 0.0001; GG genotype: OR = 0.45, 95% CI: 0.33–0.63, p < 0.00001). Furthermore, HIF-1α C1772 TT genotype and CC genotype were associated with lung cancer risk, but the T allele was not. In conclusion, HIF-1α G1790A A allele, AA genotype and GG genotype, HIF-1α C1772 TT genotype and CC genotype were associated with lung cancer risk. However, more studies should be performed to confirm it.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 07/2015; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2015.1041648
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Carnosol is an ortho-diphenolic diterpene with excellent antioxidant potential. The present study was designed to identify the protective role of carnosol against spinal cord injury (SCI)-induced oxidative stress and inflammation in Wistar rats. Methods: In the present study, oxidative stress status was determined through estimating total antioxidant capacity, total oxidant status, lipid peroxide content, protein carbonyl and sulfhydryl levels, reactive oxygen species (ROS), antioxidant status (superoxide-dismutase, catalase, glutathione, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione-S-transferase). Inflammatory effects were determined by analyzing the expression of NF-κB and COX-2 through Western blot analysis. Further, carnosol-mediated redox homeostasis was analyzed by determining p-AKT and Nrf-2 levels. Results: SCI resulted in a significant increase in oxidative stress status through increased ROS generation, total oxidant levels, lipid peroxide content, protein carbonyl and sulfhydryl levels. The antioxidant status in SCI rats was significantly reduced, indicating imbalance in redox status. In addition, the expression of NF-κB and COX-2 was significantly upregulated, while p-AKT and Nrf-2 levels were downregulated in SCI rats. However, treatment with carnosol showed a significant enhancement in the antioxidant status with concomitant decline in oxidative stress parameters. Further, carnosol treatment regulated the key proteins in inflammation and redox status through significant downregulation of NF-κB and COX-2 levels and upregulation of p-AKT and Nrf-2 expression. Conclusion: Thus, the present study shows for the first time on the protective role of carnosol against SCI-induced oxidative stress and inflammation through modulating NF-κB, COX-2 and Nrf-2 levels in Wistar rats.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 07/2015; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2015.1049358
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    ABSTRACT: Sulfur mustard (SM) affects divergent cellular pathways including cell cycle, apoptosis, necrosis, and inflammatory responses. SM-induced lesions in skin include late-onset hyper-pigmentation, xerosis, and atrophy. It seems that TGF-b signaling pathway is a major player for SM pathogenesis. Here, we have employed a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) approach to evaluate the expression alterations of all TGF-b variants and their receptors in skin biopsies obtained from 10 Iran–Iraq war veterans. Using specific LNA primers, the expression alteration of a TGF-bR2 regulator, miR-20a, and TGF-b downstream target, miR-21, was also assessed in the same samples Our real-time PCR data revealed a significant down-regulation of TGF-b1 and TGF-bR2, the major mediators of TGF-b signaling pathway, in skin biopsies of SM-exposed patients (p = 0.0015 and p = 0.0115, respectively). Down-regulation of TGF-b signaling pathway seems to contribute in severe inflammation observed in SM-exposed patients’ tissues. MiR-20a and miR-21, as two important TGF-b associated microRNAs (miRNAs), were also down-regulated in SM-exposed skin lesions, compared to those of control group (p = 0.0003). Based on our findings, these miRNAs could be directly or indirectly involve in the pathogenesis of SM. Altogether, our data suggest the suitability of TGF-b1, TGF-bR2, as well as miR-20a and miR-21 as potential biomarkers for diagnosis and treatment of SM-exposed patients.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 07/2015; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2015.1041646
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    ABSTRACT: With the purpose of designing novel chemical entities with improved inhibitory potencies against drug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the 3D- quantitative structure–activity relationship (QSAR) studies were carried out on biphenyl analogs of the tuberculosis (TB) drug, PA-824. Anti-mycobacterial activity (MABA) was considered for the 3D-QSAR studies using the comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) and comparative molecular similarity indices analysis (CoMSIA) approaches. The best CoMFA and CoMSIA models were found statistically significant with cross-validated coefficients (q2) of 0.784 and 0.768, respectively, and conventional coefficients (r2) of 0.823 and 0.981, respectively. The cross-validated and the external validation results revealed that both the CoMFA and CoMSIA models possesses high accommodating capacities and they would be reliable for predicting the pMIC values of new PA-824 derivatives. Based on the models and structural insights, a series of new PA-824 derivatives were designed and the anti-mycobacterial activities of the designed compounds were predicted based on the best 3D-QSAR model. The predicted data results suggest the designed compounds are more potent than existed ones.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 06/2015; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2015.1015734
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    ABSTRACT: Metabolic homeostasis during long-term adaptation in animals is primarily achieved by controlling the expression of metabolic genes by a plethora of cellular transcription factors. The nuclear receptor superfamily in eukaryotes is an assembly of diverse receptors working as transcriptional regulators of multiple genes. The orphan estrogen-related receptor alpha (ERRα) is one such receptor of the nuclear receptor superfamily with significant influence on numerous metabolic and other genes. Although it is presently unknown as to which endogenous hormones or ligands activate ERRα, nevertheless it regulates a host of genes whose products participate in various metabolic pathways. Studies over the years show new and interesting data that add to the growing knowledge on ERRα and metabolic regulation. For instance, novel findings indicate existence of mTOR/ERRα regulatory axis and also that ERRα control PGC-1α expression which potentially have significant impact on cellular metabolism. Data show that ERRα exerts its metabolic control by regulating the expression of SIRT5 that influence oxygen consumption and ATP generation. Moreover ERRα has a role in creatine and lactate uptake in skeletal muscle which is important towards energy generation and contraction. This review is focused on the new insights gained into ERRα regulation of metabolism and networks and pathways that have important consequences in maintaining metabolic homeostasis including development of cancer.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 06/2015; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2015.1024853
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a pivotal role in both innate and adaptive immunity, and TLRs recognize invading pathogens through molecular pattern recognition, and ultimately lead to the activation of transcription factors and inflammatory responses. Myocardial infarction leads to changes in the remodeling of the left ventricle of the heart, and the degree and type of remodeling provides important diagnostic information for the therapeutic management of ischemic heart disease. Innate immune takes a most important role in myocardial infarction. There are some studies reporting that TLRs play an important role in the myocardial infarction. The literatures were searched extensively and this review was performed to review the role of TLRs in myocardial infarction.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 12/2014; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2014.993649
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Tripartite motif 22 (TRIM22) is involved in various cellular processes. It has been reported that TRIM22 can activate nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) pathway, but the precise mechanism remains unclear. In this study, we explored the exact role of TRIM22 in activating the NF-κB pathway. Different to tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) induction, we found that the overexpression of TRIM22 could induce the processing of p100 to p52 in HEK293T cells. Furthermore, based on the results of co-immunoprecipitation and co-localization experiments, we demonstrated that TRIM22 could interact with IκB kinase (IKK)α but not IKKβ and could increase the level and phosphorylation of IKKα through its really interesting new gene (RING) and spla-ryanodine receptor (SPRY) domains. These results suggest that TRIM22 is able to activate the noncanonical but not the canonical NF-κB pathway by activating IKKα. This finding will aid our understanding of the biological function of TRIM22.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 12/2014; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2014.977450
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract GNE Myopathy (GNEM) is a neuromuscular disorder caused by mutations in the GNE gene. It is a slowly progressive distal and proximal muscle weakness sparing the quadriceps. In this study, we applied our model of mutated M743T GNE enzyme skeletal muscle-cultured myoblasts and paired healthy controls to depict the pattern of signaling proteins controlling survival and/or apoptosis of the PI3K/AKT, BCL2, ARTS/XIAP pathways, examined the effects of metabolic changes/stimuli on their expression and activation, and their potential role in GNEM. Immunoblot analysis of the GNEM myoblasts indicated a notable increased level of activated PTEN and PDK1 and a trend of relative differences in the expression and activation of the examined signaling molecules with variability among the cultures. ANOVA analysis showed a highly significant interaction between the level of PTEN and the patients groups. In parallel, the interaction between the level of BCL2, BAX and PTEN with the specific PI3K/AKT inhibitor-LY294002 was highly significant for BCL2 and nearly significant for PTEN and BAX. The pattern of the ARTS/XIAP signaling proteins of GNEM and the paired controls was variable, with no significant differences between the two cell types. The response of the GNEM cells to the metabolic changes/stimuli: serum depletion and insulin challenge, as indicated by expression of selected signaling proteins, was variable and similar to the control cells. Taken together, our observations provide a clearer insight into specific signaling molecules influencing growth and survival of GNEM muscle cells.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 12/2014; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2014.956755
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract IL-27 plays an important role in anti-cancer activity. The -964A/G polymorphism in IL-27 gene has been implicated in susceptibility to cancer, but the results were conflicting. The aim of this study was to assess the association between this polymorphism and cancer risk. Pubmed and Wanfang database were searched for all publications concerning IL-27 -964A/G polymorphism and cancer risk. Odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence interval (CI) were used to assess the strength of association. Statistical analysis was performed using Stata 11.0 software. A total of eight case-control studies including 2044 cancer cases and 2197 controls were identified. Overall, significant association between IL-27 -964A/G polymorphism and cancer risk was observed (GG versus AA: OR = 1.26, 95% CI = 1.03-1.52; GG versus AG + AA: OR = 1.20, 95% CI = 1.00-1.44). In subgroup analysis based on cancer type, significant association was found in colorectal cancer (GG versus AA: OR = 1.55, 95% CI = 1.07-2.27; AG versus AA: OR = 1.31, 95% CI = 1.02-1.67). The current meta-analysis suggests that IL-27 -964A/G polymorphism might enhance cancer risk. However, large-scale and well-designed studies are still needed to confirm the result of our meta-analysis. The association of IL-27 polymorphism with colorectal cancer may provide insight for future therapies.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2014.986743
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Stromal cell-derived factor 1 (CXCL12) and its receptor CXC chemokine receptor 4 (CXCR4) are known to modulate hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension (PH) and vascular remodeling by mobilization and recruitment of progenitor cells to the pulmonary vasculature. However, little is known about CXCL12/CXCR4 regulating proliferation and cell cycle progression of pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs). To determine whether CXCL12/CXCR4 regulates PASMC proliferation and the cell cycle, immunohistochemistry, Western blot, bromodeoxyuridine incorporation and cell cycle analysis were preformed in this study. Our results showed that CXCR4 was induced by hypoxia in pulmonary arteries and PASMCs of rats. Hypoxia-increased cell viability, DNA synthesis and proliferating cell nuclear antigen expression were blocked by administration of CXCR4 antagonist AMD3100, silencing CXCR4 or CXCL12. Furthermore, inhibition of CXCL12/CXCR4 suppressed cell cycle progression, decreased the number of cells in S+G2/M phase and attenuated the expression of proteins that regulate the cell cycle progression at these phases. In addition, PI3K/Akt signaling mediated CXCL12/CXCR4 regulating proliferation and cell cycle progression in PASMCs. Thus, these results indicate that blockade of CXCL12/CXCR4 inhibited PASMC proliferation and cell cycle progression in hypoxia-induced PH via PI3K/Akt signaling pathway.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2014.984308
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Introduction: Bile acids are recognized as signaling molecules, mediating their effects both through the cell surface receptor TGR5 and the nuclear receptor FXR. After a meal, approximately 95% of the bile acids are transported from terminal ileum and back to the liver via the portal vein, resulting in postprandial elevations of bile acids in blood. During the digestion of fat, components from the microbiota, including LPS, are thought to reach the circulation where it may lead to inflammatory responses after binding TLR4 immune cells. Both LPS and bile acids are present in blood after a high-fat meal; we therefore wanted to study consequences of a possible interplay between TGR5 and TLR4 in human monocytes. Methods: The monocytic cell line U937 stably transfected with the NF-κB reporter plasmid 3x-κB-luc was used as a model system to study the effects of TGR5 and TLR4. Activation of MAP kinases was studied to reveal functional consequences of triggering TGR5 in U937 cells. Effects of TGR5 and TLR4 activation were monitored using NF-κB luciferase assay and by quantification of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and IL-8 using ELISA. Results: In this study, results show that triggering TGR5 with the specific agonist betulinic acid (BA), and the bile acids CDCA or DCA, activated both the main MAP kinases ERK1/2, p38 and JNK, and the NF-κB signaling pathway. We further demonstrated that co-triggering of TLR4 and TGR5 enhanced the activation of NF-κB and the release of inflammatory cytokines in a synergistic manner compared to triggering of TLR4 alone. Conclusions: Thus, two different and simultaneous events associated with the digestive process coordinately affect the function of human monocytes and contribute to enhanced inflammation. Because elevated levels of circulatory LPS may contribute to the development of insulin resistance, the results from this study suggest that bile acids through the activation of TGR5 may have a role in the development of insulin resistance as well.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2014.986744
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Hepatic fibrosis is overly exuberant wound healing in which excessive connective tissue builds up in the liver. The treatment of hepatic fibrosis is still difficult and remains a challenge to the clinician. In recent years, the TGF-β signaling pathway regulator tyrosine kinase Abl has been raised as a new and promising target of hepatic fibrosis therapy. Here, considering that there are numerous drugs and drug-like compounds being approved or under clinical development and experimental investigation, it is expected that some of the existing drugs can be re-exploited as new agents to target Abl with the capability of suppressing hepatic fibrosis. To achieve this, a synthetic protocol that integrated molecular docking, affinity scoring dynamics simulation and free energy analysis was described to systematically profile the inhibitory potency of various drugs and drug-like compounds against the kinase domain of Abl. Consequently, 4 out of 13 tested drug candidates were successfully identified to have high-Abl inhibitory activities. By visually examining the dynamics behavior, structural basis and energetic property of few typical Abl-drug complex cases, a significantly different pattern of non-bonded interactions between the binding of active and inactive drug ligands to Abl receptor was revealed; the former is defined by strong, specific chemical forces, while the latter can only form non-specific hydrophobic contacts with slight atomic collisions.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2014.986745
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract Luffa acutangula (Cucurbitaceae) is widely used as a traditional medicine in India and was reported to possess various pharmacological activities including its anti-proliferative effects. In this study, the bioactive compound of ethanolic extract of L. acutangula (LA) was isolated using bioassay-guided approach. Five major fractions were collected and evaluated for their anti-proliferative activity against non-small cell lung cancer cells (NCI-H460). Among the test fractions, the fraction LA/FII effectively decreased the growth of cancer cells with IC50 values of 10 µg/ml concentration. Furthermore, it significantly increased intracellular reactive oxygen species and decreased the mitochondrial membrane potential. The apoptogenic activity of fraction LA/FII was confirmed by cell shrinkage, membrane blebbing and formation of apoptotic bodies. A single bioactive compound was isolated from the active faction, LA/FII and subsequently identified as 1,8 dihydroxy-4-methylanthracene 9,10-dione (compound 1) by comparing its spectral data [Ultraviolet (UV), Infrared (IR), Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and Electrospray Ionization-Mass Spectroscopy (ESI-MS)] with literature values. This is the first report on the isolation of compound 1 from this plant.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2014.977451
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    ABSTRACT: The enzyme complex IκB kinase (IKK) is an essential activator of NF-κB signaling pathway involved in propagating the cellular response to inflammation. The complex contains two functional subunits IKKα and IKKβ, which are structurally conserved kinases and selective inhibition of them would result in distinct biological effects. However, most existing IKK inhibitors show moderate or high promiscuity for the two homologous kinases. Understanding of the molecular mechanism and biological implication underlying the specific interactions in IKK–ligand recognition is thus fundamentally important for the rational design of selective IKK inhibitors. In the current work, we integrated molecular docking, quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics calculation and Poisson–Boltzmann/surface area analysis to investigate the structural basis and energetic property of the selective binding of small-molecule ligands to IKKα and IKKβ. It was found that the selectivity is primarily determined by the size and topology difference in ATP-binding pocket of IKKα and IKKβ kinase domains; bulky inhibitor molecules commonly have, respectively, low and appropriate affinities towards IKKα and IKKβ, and thus exhibit relatively high selectivity for IKKβ over IKKα, whereas small ligands can only bind weakly to both the two kinases with low selectivity. In addition, the conformation, arrangement and distribution of residues in IKK pockets are also responsible for constituting the exquisite specificity of ligand binding to KKα and IKKβ. Next, a novel quantitative structure–selectivity relationship model was developed to characterize the relative contribution of each kinase residue to inhibitor selectivity and to predict the selectivity and specificity for a number of known IKK inhibitors. Results showed that the active-site residues contribute significantly to the selectivity by directly interacting with inhibitor ligands, while those protein portions far away from the kinase active sites may also play an important role in determining the selectivity through long-range non-bonded forces and indirect allosteric effect.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2014.980950
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract MicroRNA (miRNA) is a class of small endogenous non-coding RNAs that are ∼ 22 nucleotides in length and can have structural, enzymatic and post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression targeting mRNA for translational repression and/or degradation. miR-497 is high on the list of noncoding, small, regulatory RNAs that plays important roles in the pathogenesis of some diseases and takes part in some signaling pathways in some diseases, but many questions await answers. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a notable chemokine that plays critical roles in angiogenesis and vasculogenesis. There might be an association between miRNA-497 and VEGF. This review was performed to sum up the roles of miR-497 and its potential signaling pathway in diseases and with VEGF.
    Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research 11/2014; DOI:10.3109/10799893.2014.977452