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  • Open Access

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    UBE2T mediates the stemness properties of breast cancer cells through the mTOR signaling pathway

    JIAWEI YIN1, YONGSHENG WANG2,3, GUANGWEI WEI4, MINGXIN WEN3,*

    BIOCELL, Vol.48, No.6, pp. 959-970, 2024, DOI:10.32604/biocell.2024.049349

    Abstract Objectives: This study aimed to reveal the role and possible mechanism of the ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme 2T (UBE2T) in the biological activities of breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs). Methods: The specific protein and gene expression were quantified by Western blotting and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, the proportion of BCSCs was examined by flow cytometry, and the self-renewal and proliferation of BCSCs were verified by serial sphere formation and soft agar. Results: Increasing expression of UBE2T was drastically found in breast cancer than that in adjacent tissues. Furthermore, UBE2T overexpression significantly increased the proportion of BCSCs in More >

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    REVIEW

    Non-coding RNA as future target for diagnose and treatment of perineural invasion in cancers

    BINGJIE LI1,#, WENBO CAO1,2,3,#, JINJING XIAO1, YIXIAO CHEN1, QIYING WEI1, MINGJIN YUE4, SAIJUN MO1,2,3,*

    BIOCELL, Vol.48, No.6, pp. 923-934, 2024, DOI:10.32604/biocell.2024.049160

    Abstract Perineural invasion (PNI), a particularly insidious form of tumor metastasis distinct from hematogenous or lymphatic spread, has the capacity to extend well beyond the primary tumor site, infiltrating distant regions devoid of lymphatic or vascular structures. PNI often heralds a decrease in patient survival rates and is recognized as an indicator of an unfavorable prognosis across a variety of cancers. Despite its clinical significance, the underlying molecular mechanisms of PNI remain elusive, complicating the development of specific and efficacious diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. In the realm of cancer research, non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) have attracted considerable… More >

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    Retraction: KIF18A is a potential prognostic factor and promotes tumor progression in oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma

    BIOCELL Editorial Office

    BIOCELL, Vol.48, No.6, pp. 1009-1009, 2024, DOI:10.32604/biocell.2024.054510

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    ARTICLE

    LA-D-B1, a novel Abemaciclib derivative, exerts anti-breast cancer effects through CDK4/6

    LING MA1,#, ZIRUI JIANG1,#, XIAO HOU1, YUTING XU1, ZIYUN CHEN1, SIYI ZHANG1, HANXUE LI1, SHAOJIE MA1, GENG ZHANG2, XIUJUN WANG1,*, JING JI1,*

    BIOCELL, Vol.48, No.5, pp. 847-860, 2024, DOI:10.32604/biocell.2024.050868

    Abstract Background: Regulatory proteins involved in human cellular division and proliferation, cyclin-dependent kinases 4 and 6 (CDK4/6) are overexpressed in numerous cancers, including triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). TNBC is a common pathological subtype of breast cancer that is prone to recurrence and metastasis, and has a single treatment method. As one of the CDK4/6 inhibitors, abemaciclib can effectively inhibit the growth of breast tumors. In this study, we synthesized LA-D-B1, a derivative of Abemaciclib, and investigated its anti-tumor effects in breast cancer. Methods: Cellular viability was assessed using the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay. Cell cloning and… More >

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    Anemarsaponin B mitigates acute pancreatitis damage in mice through apoptosis reduction and MAPK pathway modulation

    YI HU1,#, ZHONGYANG REN2,#, ZHENGZHONG ZHAO1, YONGJIA HUANG3, WANTING HUANG3, JIE LIU3,*, LING DING3,*

    BIOCELL, Vol.48, No.5, pp. 745-758, 2024, DOI:10.32604/biocell.2024.049140

    Abstract Background: Acute pancreatitis (AP), known for its rapid onset and significant incidence and mortality rates, presents a clinical challenge due to the limited availability of effective treatments and preventive measures. Anemarsaponin B (ASB) has emerged as a potential therapeutic agent, demonstrating capabilities in reducing immune inflammation, positioning it as a promising candidate for AP treatment. Methods: We investigated the effects of ASB on AP in mice, induced by caerulein and lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Peripheral blood samples were collected 24 h post-induction with caerulein to assess of key biomarkers including lipase, amylase, TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6, SOD, and… More >

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    REVIEW

    Pathogenic genes associated with Parkinson’s disease: molecular mechanism overview

    TINGTING LIU1,#, YIWEI HAO2,#, LIFENG ZHAO2,*

    BIOCELL, Vol.48, No.5, pp. 707-729, 2024, DOI:10.32604/biocell.2024.049130

    Abstract Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disease in the elderly, accounting for more than 1% of the population aged 65 years. Monogenic inheritance is relatively rare in PD, accounting for approximately 5% to 10% of PD patients, and there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that multiple genetic risk factors play a significant role in the pathogenesis of PD. Several groups have identified and reported a number of genes carrying mutations associated with affected family members. Mutated genes associated with PD are also candidates for idiopathic PD, and these genes may also carry… More >

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    MAPK9 as a therapeutic target: unveiling ferroptosis in localized prostate cancer progression

    CHENG-GONG LUO1,2,#, JIAO ZHANG1,#, YUN-ZHAO AN1, XUAN LIU1, SHUAI-JIE LI1, WEI ZHANG1, KAI LI1, XU ZHAO1, DONG-BO YUAN1, LING-YUE AN1, WEI CHEN2, YE TIAN1,*, BIN XU1,*

    BIOCELL, Vol.48, No.5, pp. 771-792, 2024, DOI:10.32604/biocell.2024.048878

    Abstract Background: Ferroptosis, a lipid peroxidation-mediated programmed cell death, is closely linked to tumor development, including prostate cancer (PCa). Despite established connections between ferroptosis and PCa, a comprehensive investigation is essential for understanding its impact on patient prognosis. Methods: A risk model incorporating four ferroptosis-related genes was developed and validated. Elevated risk scores correlated with an increased likelihood of biochemical recurrence (BCR), diminished immune infiltration, and adverse clinicopathological characteristics. To corroborate these results, we performed validation analyses utilizing datasets from both the Cancer Genome Atlas Cohort (TCGA) and the Gene Expression Synthesis Cohort (GEO). Moreover, we conducted… More >

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    REVIEW

    HIFs in hypoxic regulation of the extracellular matrix: focus on little-known player HIF-3

    ALEKSANDRA GORNOSTAEVA, LUDMILA BURAVKOVA, MARGARITA LOBANOVA, ELENA ANDREEVA*

    BIOCELL, Vol.48, No.5, pp. 677-692, 2024, DOI:10.32604/biocell.2024.048873

    Abstract The structural and associated molecules of the extracellular matrix (ECM) complex is an important component of the local milieu of cells, both for maintaining their functions and homeostasis. It is a dynamic structure that is finely tuned to changes in the microenvironment. One of these factors is hypoxia, which can arise in tissues due to physiological or pathological effects. As a result of the hypoxic effect, the properties of the ECM are significantly modified, stiffness increases, the balance between degradation and synthesis of structural proteins shifts, and the deposition of biologically active mediators’ changes. Hypoxia-inducible… More >

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    Quercetin regulates depression-like behavior in CUMS rat models via TLR4/NF-κB signaling

    YUANYUAN LI1, BITAO ZHANG1, ZILONG CUI1, PEIJIAN FAN1, SHAOXIAN WANG1,2,*

    BIOCELL, Vol.48, No.5, pp. 731-744, 2024, DOI:10.32604/biocell.2024.048820

    Abstract Background: Depression is becoming increasingly prevalent around the world, imposing a substantial burden on individuals, families, as well as society. Quercetin is known to be highly effective in treating depression. However, additional research is needed to dissect the mechanisms of its anti-depressive effects. Methods: For this study, Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomized into the control, model, quercetin, or fluoxetine group. The latter three groups were exposed to chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) for 42 d. The first two groups received saline solution daily via oral gavage. Meanwhile, the quercetin group was orally administered a quercetin suspension… More >

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    REVIEW

    Exercise and exerkine upregulation: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor as a potential non-pharmacological therapeutic strategy for Parkinson’s disease

    VIRAAJ VISHNU PRASAD, JENNIFER SALLY SAMSON, VENKATACHALAM DEEPA PARVATHI*

    BIOCELL, Vol.48, No.5, pp. 693-706, 2024, DOI:10.32604/biocell.2024.048776

    Abstract Physical activity and exercise have several beneficial roles in enhancing both physiological and psychological well-being of an individual. In addition to aiding the regulation of aerobic and anaerobic metabolism, exercise can stimulate the synthesis of exerkine hormones in the circulatory system. Among several exerkines that have been investigated for their therapeutic potential, Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is considered the most promising candidate, especially in the management of neurodegenerative diseases. Owing to the ability of physical activity to enhance BDNF synthesis, several experimental studies conducted so far have validated this hypothesis and produced satisfactory results at More > Graphic Abstract

    Exercise and exerkine upregulation: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor as a potential non-pharmacological therapeutic strategy for Parkinson’s disease

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