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American Journal of Pathology

Shigeto Sato, Masato Koike, Manabu Funayama, Junji Ezaki, Takahiro Fukuda, Takashi Ueno, Yasuo Uchiyama, Nobutaka Hattori
Kufor-Rakeb syndrome (KRS) is an autosomal recessive form of early-onset parkinsonism linked to the PARK9 locus. The causative gene for KRS is Atp13a2, which encodes a lysosomal type 5 P-type ATPase. We recently showed that KRS/PARK9-linked mutations lead to several lysosomal alterations, including reduced proteolytic processing of cathepsin D in vitro. However, it remains unknown how deficiency of Atp13a2 is connected to lysosomal impairments. To address this issue, we analyzed brain tissues of Atp13a2 conditional-knockout mice, which exhibited characteristic features of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, including accumulation of lipofuscin positive for subunit c of mitochondrial ATP synthase, suggesting that a common pathogenic mechanism underlies both neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis and Parkinson disease...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Amita Shukla-Dave, Mireia Castillo-Martin, Ming Chen, Jose Lobo, Nataliya Gladoun, Ana C Lorduy, Faisal M Khan, Vladimir Ponomarev, Zhengzi Yi, Weijia Zhang, Pier P Pandolfi, Hedvig Hricak, Carlos Cordon-Cardo
Increased polyamine synthesis is known to play an important role in prostate cancer. We aimed to explore its functional significance in prostate tumor initiation and its link to androgen receptor (AR) signaling. For this purpose, we generated a new cell line derived from normal epithelial prostate cells (RWPE-1) with overexpression of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) and used it for in vitro and in vivo experiments. We then comprehensively analyzed the expression of the main metabolic enzymes of the polyamine pathway and spermine abundance in 120 well-characterized cases of human prostate cancer and high-grade prostate intraepithelial neoplasia (HGPIN)...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Tianwei E Zhou, José C Rivera, Vikrant K Bhosle, Isabelle Lahaie, Zhuo Shao, Houda Tahiri, Tang Zhu, Anna Polosa, Allison Dorfman, Alexandra Beaudry-Richard, Santiago Costantino, Gregory A Lodygensky, Pierre Lachapelle, Sylvain Chemtob
Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), the most common cause of blindness in premature infants, has long been associated with inner retinal alterations. However, recent studies reveal outer retinal dysfunctions in patients formerly afflicted with ROP. We have recently demonstrated that choroidal involution occurs early in retinopathy. Herein, we investigated the mechanisms underlying the choroidal involution and its long-term impact on retinal function. An oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) model was used. In vitro and ex vivo assays were applied to evaluate cytotoxic effects of IL-1β on choroidal endothelium...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Siying Ren, Yongfeng Luo, Hui Chen, David Warburton, Hilaire C Lam, Larry Wang, Ping Chen, Elizabeth P Henske, Wei Shi
The tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) proteins are critical negative regulators of the mTORC1 pathway. Germline mutations of TSC1 or TSC2 cause TSC, affecting multiple organs, including the kidney and lung, and causing substantial morbidity and mortality. The mechanisms of organ-specific disease in TSC remain incompletely understood, and the impact of TSC inactivation on mesenchymal lineage cells has not been specifically studied. We deleted Tsc2 specifically in mesoderm-derived mesenchymal cells of multiple organs in mice using the Dermo1-Cre driver...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Lili Zhang, Marianne Gallup, Lorna Zlock, Yu Ting Feeling Chen, Walter E Finkbeiner, Nancy A McNamara
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death, and 87% of these deaths are directly attributable to smoking. Using three-dimensional cultures of primary human bronchial epithelial cells, we demonstrated that loss of adherens junction protein, epithelial cadherin, and the aberrant interaction of its adherens junction binding partner, p120-catenin (p120ctn), with the cytoplasmic tail of apical mucin-1 (MUC1-CT) represent initiating steps in the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Smoke provoked the rapid nuclear entry of p120ctn in complex with MUC1-CT that was inhibited using the MUC1-CT inhibitory peptides, PMIP and GO-201...
October 17, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Verena Stahn, Inga Nagel, Susan Fischer-Huchzermeyer, Florian Oyen, Reinhard Schneppenheim, Stefan Gesk, Axel Bohring, Levan Chikobava, Peter Young, Burkhard Gess, Mathias Werner, Volker Senner, Anja Harder
Neurofibromas and schwannomas are benign Schwann cell-derived peripheral nerve sheath tumors arising sporadically and within neurofibromatoses. Multiple tumors are a hallmark of neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and type 2 (NF2) and schwannomatosis. Neurofibromas in NF1 and schwannomas in NF2 or schwannomatosis are defined by distinctive molecular hits. Among these, multiple hybrid neurofibromas/schwannomas may also appear, not yet being defined by a molecular background. We therefore performed molecular analysis of 22 hybrid neurofibromas/schwannomas using array comparative genomic hybridization, immunohistochemistry, quantitative RT-PCR, and functional analyses of cultured Schwann cells...
October 17, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Shanika Panagodage, Hannah E Juen Yong, Fabricio Da Silva Costa, Anthony J Borg, Bill Kalionis, Shaun P Brennecke, Padma Murthi
Preeclampsia (PE), a serious hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, remains a leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Perturbed trophoblast function and impaired placental development early in pregnancy are key features. Low-dose acetylsalicylic acid (LDA) administered before 16 weeks' gestation significantly reduces the risk for PE. However, the exact mechanisms of action of LDA, particularly on trophoblast function, are unclear. We hypothesized that LDA influences placental trophoblast function and reverses PE-associated abnormalities...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Tahnee L Kennedy, Kristy Swiderski, Kate T Murphy, Stefan M Gehrig, Claire L Curl, Chanchal Chandramouli, Mark A Febbraio, Lea M D Delbridge, René Koopman, Gordon S Lynch
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a severe and progressive striated muscle wasting disorder that leads to premature death from respiratory and/or cardiac failure. We have previously shown that treatment of young dystrophic mdx and dystrophin/utrophin null (dko) mice with BGP-15, a coinducer of heat shock protein 72, ameliorated the dystrophic pathology. We therefore tested the hypothesis that later-stage BGP-15 treatment would similarly benefit older mdx and dko mice when the dystrophic pathology was already well established...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Patrizio Caturegli, Giulia Di Dalmazi, Martina Lombardi, Federica Grosso, H Benjamin Larman, Tatianna Larman, Giacomo Taverna, Mirco Cosottini, Isabella Lupi
Hypophysitis that develops in cancer patients treated with monoclonal antibodies blocking cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated protein 4 (CTLA-4; an inhibitory molecule classically expressed on T cells) is now reported at an incidence of approximately 10%. Its pathogenesis is unknown, in part because no pathological examination of the pituitary gland has been reported to date. We analyzed at autopsy the pituitary glands of six cancer patients treated with CTLA-4 blockade, one with clinical and pathological evidence of hypophysitis, one with mild lymphocytic infiltration in the pituitary gland but no clinical signs of hypophysitis, and four with normal pituitary structure and function...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Linda M Slot, Robbert Hoogeboom, Laura A Smit, Thera A M Wormhoudt, Bart J Biemond, Monique E C M Oud, Esther J M Schilder-Tol, André B Mulder, Aldo Jongejan, Antoine H C van Kampen, Philip M Kluin, Jeroen E J Guikema, Richard J Bende, Carel J M van Noesel
Follicular lymphoma (FL) is an indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma able to transform into germinal center-type diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. We describe four extraordinary cases of FL, which progressed to TdT(+)CD20(-) precursor B-lymphoblastic lymphoma (B-LBL). Fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis showed that all four B-LBLs had acquired a MYC translocation on transformation. Comparative genomic hybridization analysis of one case demonstrated that in addition to 26 numerical aberrations that were shared between the FL and B-LBL, deletion of CDKN2A/B and 17q11, 14q32 amplification, and copy-neutral loss of heterozygosity of 9p were gained in the B-LBL cells...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Jun Sang Bae, See-Hyoung Park, Urangoo Jamiyandorj, Kyoung Min Kim, Sang Jae Noh, Jung Ryul Kim, Hye Jeong Park, Keun Sang Kwon, Sung Hoo Jung, Ho Sung Park, Byung-Hyun Park, Ho Lee, Woo Sung Moon, Karl G Sylvester, Kyu Yun Jang
Recently, the roles of sirtuins (SIRTs) in tumorigenesis have been of interest to oncologists, and casein kinase 2 α1 (CSNK2A1) has been shown to be involved in tumorigenesis by phosphorylating various proteins, including SIRT1. Therefore, we evaluated the roles of CSNK2A1, SIRT6, and phosphorylated SIRT6 and their relationships in breast carcinoma. Nuclear expression of CSNK2A1 and SIRT6 predicted shorter overall survival and relapse-free survival by multivariate analysis. Inhibition of CSNK2A1 decreased the proliferative and invasive activity of cancer cells...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Yanqing Zhang, Cheng Wang, Yunli Tian, Fengxiao Zhang, Wenjing Xu, Xiangrao Li, Zhiping Shu, Yan Wang, Kai Huang, Dan Huang
Activation of Kupffer cells (KCs) by gut-derived endotoxin plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver diseases (ALD). Limiting the activation of resident KCs attenuates chronic ethanol-induced liver steatosis and injury. Poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP)-1 is suggested to play a role in a number of chronic inflammatory diseases. In this study, we found a significant increase of hepatic PARP activity in mice with short-term and long-term ethanol-induced ALD. Male mice on a long-term ethanol diet exhibited severe hepatic steatosis and apoptosis and enhanced KC activation and neutrophil infiltration...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Susmita K Singh, Anna-Maria Andersson, Rada Ellegård, Cecilia S Lindestam Arlehamn, Alessandro Sette, Marie Larsson, Olle Stendahl, Robert Blomgran
HIV coinfection is the most prominent risk factor for progression of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection into active tuberculosis (TB) disease. The mechanisms behind the increased transition from latent to active TB in coinfected individuals have not been well elucidated at the cellular level. We hypothesized that HIV infection contributes to Mtb pathogenesis by interfering with the dendritic cell (DC)-mediated immune control. Mtb-antigen processing and presentation are key events in the immune response against TB...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Gwendalyn J Randolph, Shashi Bala, Jean-François Rahier, Michael W Johnson, Peter L Wang, ILKe Nalbantoglu, Laurent Dubuquoy, Amélie Chau, Benjamin Pariente, Alex Kartheuser, Bernd H Zinselmeyer, Jean-Frederic Colombel
Early pathological descriptions of Crohn disease (CD) argued for a potential defect in lymph transport; however, this concept has not been thoroughly investigated. In mice, poor healing in response to infection-induced tissue damage can cause hyperpermeable lymphatic collecting vessels in mesenteric adipose tissue that impair antigen and immune cell access to mesenteric lymph nodes (LNs), which normally sustain appropriate immunity. To investigate whether analogous changes might occur in human intestinal disease, we established a three-dimensional imaging approach to characterize the lymphatic vasculature in mesenteric tissue from controls or patients with CD...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Patrick Mucka, Nicholas Levonyak, Elena Geretti, Bernadette M M Zwaans, Xiaoran Li, Irit Adini, Michael Klagsbrun, Rosalyn M Adam, Diane R Bielenberg
The vasculature influences the progression and resolution of tissue inflammation. Capillaries express vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) receptors, including neuropilins (NRPs), which regulate interstitial fluid flow. NRP2, a receptor of VEGFA and semaphorin (SEMA) 3F ligands, is expressed in the vascular and lymphatic endothelia. Previous studies have demonstrated that blocking VEGF receptor 2 attenuates VEGFA-induced vascular permeability. The inhibition of NRP2 was hypothesized to decrease vascular permeability as well...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Susana Galli, Arlene Naranjo, Collin Van Ryn, Jason U Tilan, Emily Trinh, Chao Yang, Jessica Tsuei, Sung-Hyeok Hong, Hongkun Wang, Ewa Izycka-Swieszewska, Yi-Chien Lee, Olga C Rodriguez, Chris Albanese, Joanna Kitlinska
Neuroblastoma (NB) is a pediatric malignant neoplasm of sympathoadrenal origin. Challenges in its management include stratification of this heterogeneous disease and a lack of both adequate treatments for high-risk patients and noninvasive biomarkers of disease progression. Our previous studies have identified neuropeptide Y (NPY), a sympathetic neurotransmitter expressed in NB, as a potential therapeutic target for these tumors by virtue of its Y5 receptor (Y5R)-mediated chemoresistance and Y2 receptor (Y2R)-mediated proliferative and angiogenic activities...
October 11, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Hiroaki Kasashima, Masakazu Yashiro, Hirohisa Nakamae, Kisyu Kitayama, Go Masuda, Haruhito Kinoshita, Tatsunari Fukuoka, Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Takahiko Nakane, Masayuki Hino, Kosei Hirakawa, Masaichi Ohira
Tumor stromal cells play a critical role in the progression of diffuse-type gastric cancer (DGC). The aim of this study was to clarify where tumor stromal cells originate from and which factor(s) recruits them into the tumor stroma. Immunodeficient mice with bone marrow transplantation from the cytomegalovirus enhancer/chicken β-actin promoter-enhanced green fluorescent protein mice were used for the in vivo experiments. An in vitro study analyzed the chemotaxis-stimulating factor from DGC cells using bone marrow-derived mesenchymal cells (BM-MCs)...
October 8, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Zhong Zheng, Xinli Zhang, Catherine Dang, Steven Beanes, Grace X Chang, Yao Chen, Chen-Shuang Li, Kevin S Lee, Kang Ting, Chia Soo
In contrast to adult and late-gestation fetal skin wounds, which heal with scar, early-gestation fetal skin wounds display a remarkable capacity to heal scarlessly. Although the underlying mechanism of this transition from fetal-type scarless healing to adult-type healing with scar has been actively investigated for decades, in utero restoration of scarless healing in late-gestation fetal wounds has not been reported. In this study, using loss- and gain-of-function rodent fetal wound models, we identified that fibromodulin (Fm) is essential for fetal-type scarless wound healing...
September 22, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Ole P Rekvig, Dhivya Thiyagarajan, Hege L Pedersen, Kjersti D Horvei, Natalya Seredkina
Divergent incommensurable models have been developed to explain the pathogenesis of lupus nephritis. Most contemporary models favor a central role for anti-chromatin antibodies. How they exert their pathogenic effect has, however, endorsed conflicts that at least for now preclude insight into definitive pathogenic pathways. The following paradigms are contemporarily in conflict with each other: i) the impact of anti-double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) antibodies that cross-react with inherent renal antigens, ii) the impact of anti-dsDNA antibodies targeting exposed chromatin in glomeruli, and iii) the impact of relative antibody avidity for dsDNA, chromatin fragments, or cross-reacting antigens...
September 21, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
William V Perks, Ravinder K Singh, Gareth W Jones, Jason P Twohig, Anwen S Williams, Ian R Humphreys, Philip R Taylor, Simon A Jones, Eddie C Yern Wang
Death receptor 3 (DR3; TNFRSF25) and its tumor necrosis factor-like ligand TL1A (TNFSF15) control several processes in inflammatory diseases through the expansion of effector T cells and the induction of proinflammatory cytokines from myeloid and innate lymphoid cells. Using wild-type (DR3(+/+)) and DR3-knockout (DR3(-/-)) mice, we show that the DR3/TL1A pathway triggers the release of multiple chemokines after acute peritoneal inflammation initiated by a single application of Staphylococcus epidermidis supernatant, correlating with the infiltration of multiple leukocyte subsets...
September 21, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
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