Up-Regulation

Publication Title: 
PloS One

BACKGROUND: The "classic" endocannabinoid (eCB) system includes the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, the eCB ligands anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), and their metabolic enzymes. An emerging literature documents the "eCB deficiency syndrome" as an etiology in migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, psychological disorders, and other conditions. We performed a systematic review of clinical interventions that enhance the eCB system--ways to upregulate cannabinoid receptors, increase ligand synthesis, or inhibit ligand degradation.

Author(s): 
McPartland, John M.
Guy, Geoffrey W.
Di Marzo, Vincenzo
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: 
Experimental Dermatology

Dyskeratosis congenita (DC) is characterized by the triad of reticulate skin pigmentation, nail dystrophy and leukoplakia. Epidermal atrophy, hair growth defects, bone marrow failure and increased risk of cancer are also common in DC patients. DC is caused by mutations in genes encoding for telomerase complex factors. Although there is an association of epidermal abnormalities with DC, epidermal cells from DC donors have not been previously characterized.

Author(s): 
Gourronc, Francoise A.
Robertson, mckaylee M.
Herrig, Annie K.
Lansdorp, Peter M.
Goldman, Frederick D.
Klingelhutz, Aloysius J.
Publication Title: 
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Aging is a complex process accompanied by a decreased capacity of cells to cope with random molecular damages. Damaged proteins can form aggregates and have cytotoxic properties, a feature of many age-associated diseases. Small Hsps are chaperones involved in the refolding and/or disposal of protein aggregates. In Drosophila melanogaster, the mitochondrial DmHsp22 is preferentially upregulated during aging. Its over-expression results in an extension of lifespan (>30%) and an increased resistance to stress.

Author(s): 
Morrow, GeneviËve
Kim, Hyun-Ju
Le PÈcheur, Marie
Kaul, Sunil C.
Wadhwa, Renu
Tanguay, Robert M.
Publication Title: 
Biogerontology

2-Deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG) and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) have been hypothesized to extend lifespan via mimicking calorie restriction (CR). Activation of sirtuins has been proposed to contribute to life extension of CR by increasing intercellular levels of NAD(+) in several organisms. However, it is unclear whether 2-DG and DHEA may affect intracellular NAD(+) levels and human sirtuin 1 (SIRT1) activities. Here, using human fibroblast Hs68 cells we showed that 2-DG increased intracellular NAD(+) levels in both time- and concentration-dependent manners.

Author(s): 
Yang, Nae-Cherng
Song, Tuzz-Ying
Chen, Mei-Yau
Hu, Miao-Lin
Publication Title: 
European journal of human genetics: EJHG

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of early childhood death worldwide and no therapy is available today. Many drugs, especially histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi), increase SMN levels. As all HDACi tested so far only mildly ameliorate the SMA phenotype or are unsuitable for use in humans, there is still need to identify more potent drugs. Here, we assessed the therapeutic power of the pan-HDACi JNJ-26481585 for SMA, which is currently used in various clinical cancer trials.

Author(s): 
Schreml, Julia
Riessland, Markus
Paterno, Mario
Garbes, Lutz
Roflbach, Kristina
Ackermann, Bastian
Kr‰mer, Jan
Somers, Eilidh
Parson, Simon H.
Heller, Raoul
Berkessel, Albrecht
Sterner-Kock, Anja
Wirth, Brunhilde
Publication Title: 
Human Molecular Genetics

In amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the progressive loss of motor neurons is accompanied by extensive muscle denervation, resulting in paralysis and ultimately death. Upregulation of amyloid beta (A4) precursor protein (APP) in muscle fibres coincides with symptom onset in both sporadic ALS patients and the SOD1(G93A) mouse model of familial ALS.

Author(s): 
Bryson, J. Barney
Hobbs, Carl
Parsons, Michael J.
Bosch, Karen D.
Pandraud, Amelie
Walsh, Frank S.
Doherty, Patrick
Greensmith, Linda
Publication Title: 
Nature

Embryonic stem cells can replicate continuously in the absence of senescence and, therefore, are immortal in culture. Although genome stability is essential for the survival of stem cells, proteome stability may have an equally important role in stem-cell identity and function. Furthermore, with the asymmetric divisions invoked by stem cells, the passage of damaged proteins to daughter cells could potentially destroy the resulting lineage of cells. Therefore, a firm understanding of how stem cells maintain their proteome is of central importance.

Author(s): 
Vilchez, David
Boyer, Leah
Morantte, Ianessa
Lutz, Margaret
Merkwirth, Carsten
Joyce, Derek
Spencer, Brian
Page, Lesley
Masliah, Eliezer
Berggren, W. Travis
Gage, Fred H.
Dillin, Andrew
Publication Title: 
Scientific Reports

Centenarians exhibit extreme longevity and a remarkable compression of morbidity. They have a unique capacity to maintain homeostatic mechanisms. Since small non-coding RNAs (including microRNAs) are implicated in the regulation of gene expression, we hypothesised that longevity of centenarians may reflect alterations in small non-coding RNA expression. We report the first comparison of microRNAs expression profiles in mononuclear cells from centenarians, octogenarians and young individuals resident near Valencia, Spain.

Author(s): 
Serna, Eva
Gambini, Juan
Borras, Consuelo
Abdelaziz, Kheira M.
Mohammed, Kheira
Belenguer, Angel
Sanchis, Paula
Avellana, Juan A.
Rodriguez-MaÒas, Leocadio
ViÒa, Jose
Publication Title: 
Aging Cell

Accumulation of tau is a critical event in several neurodegenerative disorders, collectively known as tauopathies, which include Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia. Pathological tau is hyperphosphorylated and aggregates to form neurofibrillary tangles. The molecular mechanisms leading to tau accumulation remain unclear and more needs to be done to elucidate them. Age is a major risk factor for all tauopathies, suggesting that molecular changes contributing to the aging process may facilitate tau accumulation and represent common mechanisms across different tauopathies.

Author(s): 
Caccamo, Antonella
MagrÏ, Andrea
Medina, David X.
Wisely, Elena V.
LÛpez-Aranda, Manuel F.
Silva, Alcino J.
Oddo, Salvatore

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