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Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436954/optimized-expression-based-microdissection-of-formalin-fixed-lung-cancer-tissue
#1
Markus Grafen, Thurid R Hofmann, Andreas H Scheel, Julia Beck, Alexander Emmert, Stefan Küffer, Bernhard C Danner, Ekkehard Schütz, Reinhardt Büttner, Andreas Ostendorf, Philipp Ströbel, Hanibal Bohnenberger
Analysis of specific DNA alterations in precision medicine of tumors is crucially important for molecular targeted treatments. Lung cancer is a prototypic example and one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide. One major technical problem of detecting DNA alterations in tissue samples is cellular heterogeneity, that is, mixture of tumor and normal cells. Microdissection is an important tool to enrich tumor cells from heterogeneous tissue samples. However, conventional laser capture microdissection has several disadvantages like user-dependent selection of regions of interest (ROI), high costs for dissection systems and long processing times...
April 24, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436953/disruption-of-direct-3d-telomere-trf2-interaction-through-two-molecularly-disparate-mechanisms-is-a-hallmark-of-primary-hodgkin-and-reed-sternberg-cells
#2
Hans Knecht, Nathalie A Johnson, Tina Haliotis, Daniel Lichtensztejn, Sabine Mai
In classical Hodgkin's lymphoma (cHL), specific changes in the 3D telomere organization cause progression from mononuclear Hodgkin cells (H) to multinucleated Reed-Sternberg cells (RS). In a post-germinal center B-cell in vitro model, permanent latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) expression, as observed in Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated cHL, results in multinuclearity and complex chromosomal aberrations through downregulation of key element of the shelterin complex, the telomere repeat binding factor 2 (TRF2)...
April 24, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414327/a-novel-antibody-against-cancer-stem-cell-biomarker-dclk1-s-is-potentially-useful-for-assessing-colon-cancer-risk-after-screening-colonoscopy
#3
Shubhashish Sarkar, Vsevolod L Popov, Malaney R O'Connell, Heather L Stevenson, Brian S Lee, Robert A Obeid, Gurinder K Luthra, Pomila Singh
DCLK1 expression is critically required for maintaining growth of human colon cancer cells (hCCCs). Human colorectal tumors (CRCs) and hCCCs express a novel short isoform of DCLK1 (DCLK1-S; isoform 2) from β-promoter of hDCLK1 gene, while normal colons express long isoform (DCLK1-L; isoform 1) from 5'(α)-promoter, suggesting that DCLK1-S, and not DCLK1-L, marks cancer stem cells (CSCs). Even though DCLK1-S differs from DCLK1-L by only six amino acids, we succeeded in generating a monospecific DCLK1-S-Antibody (PS41014), which does not cross-react with DCLK1-L, and specifically detects CSCs...
April 17, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414326/mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-obesity-insights-for-translational-applications
#4
Kenichi Matsushita, Victor J Dzau
Obesity is now a major public health problem worldwide. Lifestyle modification to reduce the characteristic excess body adiposity is important in the treatment of obesity, but effective therapeutic intervention is still needed to control what has become an obesity epidemic. Unfortunately, many anti-obesity drugs have been withdrawn from market due to adverse side effects. Bariatric surgery therefore remains the most effective therapy for severe cases, although such surgery is invasive and researchers continue to seek new control strategies for obesity...
April 17, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414325/hedgehog-signaling-pathway-affects-the-sensitivity-of-hepatoma-cells-to-drug-therapy-through-the-abcc1-transporter
#5
Jia Ding, Xiao-Tian Zhou, Hao-Yu Zou, Jian Wu
The poor response to drug therapy often seen in hepatocellular carcinoma requires insight into the molecular interplay responsible for intrinsic or acquired drug resistance. We previously demonstrated that the CD133(-)/EpCAM(-) subpopulation of the Huh-7 hepatoma cell line features aberrant activation of the hedgehog signaling (Hh) pathway and chemoresistance. The prevailing hypothesis of the present study is that hedgehog signaling may govern expression of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters, which are responsible for drug resistance in the CD133(-)/EpCAM(-) subpopulation...
April 17, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414324/correlation-between-histone-acetylation-and-expression-of-notch1-in-human-lung-carcinoma-and-its-possible-role-in-combined-small-cell-lung-carcinoma
#6
Wael Abdo Hassan, Shin-Ichiro Takebayashi, Mohamed Osama Ali Abdalla, Kosuke Fujino, Shinji Kudoh, Yamoto Motooka, Yonosuke Sato, Yoshiki Naito, Koichi Higaki, Joeji Wakimoto, Seiji Okada, Mituyoshi Nakao, Yuichi Ishikawa, Takaaki Ito
Combined small-cell lung carcinoma (cSCLC) is composed of small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) admixed with non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). Evaluating the molecular differences between SCLC and NSCLC could lead to a better understanding of the pathogenesis of such neoplasms. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the correlation between histone acetylation and Notch1 expression in lung carcinoma. Using chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay, we measured the level of acetylated histone H3 around the promoter region of Notch1 in SCLC and NSCLC cells...
April 17, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414323/pyrimidine-tract-binding-protein-1-mediates-pyruvate-kinase-m2-dependent-phosphorylation-of-signal-transducer-and-activator-of-transcription-3-and-oncogenesis-in-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphoma
#7
Steven R Hwang, Carlos Murga-Zamalloa, Noah Brown, Johnvesly Basappa, Scott Rp McDonnell, Veronica Mendoza-Reinoso, Venkatesha Basrur, Ryan Wilcox, Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson, Megan S Lim
PKM2 (pyruvate kinase M2), a critical regulator of glycolysis, is phosphorylated by numerous growth factor receptors and oncogenic tyrosine kinases including NPM-ALK which is expressed in a subset of aggressive T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma, ALK-positive. Our previous work demonstrated that phosphorylation of Y105-PKM2 by NPM-ALK regulates a major metabolic shift to promote lymphomagenesis. In addition to its role in metabolism, recent studies have shown that PKM2 promotes oncogenesis by phosphorylating nuclear STAT3 (signal transducer and activator of transcription 3) and regulating transcription of genes involved in cell survival and proliferation...
April 17, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394321/the-role-of-angiopoietin-2-in-nucleus-pulposus-cells-during-human-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
#8
Kun Wang, Wei Liu, Yu Song, Xinghuo Wu, Yukun Zhang, Shuai Li, Yong Gao, Ji Tu, Yingle Liu, Cao Yang
Although evidence shows that intervertebral disc degeneration is generally characterized by angiogenesis, the role of angiopoietin has not been investigated. This study examined the presence of angiopoietin-1 (Ang-1) and angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) within the native intervertebral disc (IVD) and elucidated their functions in the regulation of nucleus pulposus (NP) cells. Initial investigation of uncultured NP tissue revealed that Ang-1 and Ang-2 were expressed by native NP cells. Ang-2 expression was significantly increased in infiltrated and degenerate samples relative to normal samples...
April 10, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394320/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-affects-the-presentation-of-mhc-class-ii-antigens
#9
Tuantuan Zhao, Kenneth E Bernstein, Jianmin Fang, Xiao Z Shen
Antigen processing and presentation through the MHC class II pathway is critical for activating T helper cells. Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) is a carboxyl peptidase expressed by antigen-presenting cells. By analysis of ACE null (knockout), wild-type, and ACE-overexpressing (ACE10) mice and the antigen-presenting cells derived from these mice, we found that ACE has a physiological role in the processing of peptides for MHC class II presentation. The efficiency of presenting MHC class II epitopes from ovalbumin (OVA) and hen egg lysosome is markedly affected by cellular ACE levels...
April 10, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394319/activation-of-nlrp3-inflammasomes-contributes-to-hyperhomocysteinemia-aggravated-inflammation-and-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-deficient-mice
#10
Renqing Wang, Yiqin Wang, Nana Mu, Xiaoying Lou, Weixuan Li, Yanming Chen, Dong Fan, Hongmei Tan
Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) has been shown to promote vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis, but the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. The NLRP3 inflammasome has been identified as the cellular machinery responsible for activation of inflammatory processes. In this study, we hypothesized that the activation of NLRP3 inflammasomes contributes to HHcy-induced inflammation and atherosclerosis. ApoE(-/-) mice were fed regular chow, high-fat (HF) diet, or HF plus high methionine diet to induce HHcy...
April 10, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394318/the-evolving-concept-of-cancer-stem-like-cells-in-thyroid-cancer-and-other-solid-tumors
#11
Heather Hardin, Ranran Zhang, Holly Helein, Darya Buehler, Zhenying Guo, Ricardo V Lloyd
The cancer stem-like cell (CSC) hypothesis postulates that a small population of cells in a cancer has self-renewal and clonal tumor initiation properties. These cells are responsible for tumor initiation, growth, recurrence and for resistance to chemotherapy and radiation therapy. CSCs can be characterized using markers such as SSEA-1, SSEA-4, CD44, CD24, ALDEFLUOR and others. CSCs form spheres when they are cultured in serum-free condition in low attachment plates and can generate tumors when injected into immune-deficient mice...
April 10, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346400/t-lymphocyte-homing-an-underappreciated-yet-critical-hurdle-for-successful-cancer-immunotherapy
#12
Robert Sackstein, Tobias Schatton, Steven R Barthel
Advances in cancer immunotherapy have offered new hope for patients with metastatic disease. This unfolding success story has been exemplified by a growing arsenal of novel immunotherapeutics, including blocking antibodies targeting immune checkpoint pathways, cancer vaccines, and adoptive cell therapy (ACT). Nonetheless, clinical benefit remains highly variable and patient-specific, in part, because all immunotherapeutic regimens vitally hinge on the capacity of endogenous and/or adoptively transferred T-effector (Teff) cells, including chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, to home efficiently into tumor target tissue...
March 27, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346399/endothelial-cell-specific-activation-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-signaling-in-mice-induces-cutaneous-visceral-and-microvascular-fibrosis
#13
Peter J Wermuth, Kellan R Carney, Fabian A Mendoza, Sonsoles Piera-Velazquez, Sergio A Jimenez
In this study, we tested the hypothesis that constitutive endothelial cell-specific activation of TGF-β signaling induces tissue fibrosis and vasculopathy resembling the characteristic fibrotic and vascular alterations of systemic sclerosis. Transgenic mice with inducible expression of a constitutively active TGF-β receptor I specifically in endothelial cells were generated by intercrossing mice harboring a constitutively active TGF-β receptor I with a mouse strain containing the endothelial cell-specific Cdh5 gene promoter directing the tamoxifen-inducible expression of the Cre-ER(T2) cassette...
March 27, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319086/cytochrome-p450-cyp-epoxygenases-as-potential-targets-in-the-management-of-impaired-diabetic-wound-healing
#14
Huichen Zhao, Jicui Chen, Jiachao Chai, Yuchao Zhang, Cong Yu, Zhe Pan, Peng Gao, Chen Zong, Qingbo Guan, Yuqin Fu, Yuantao Liu
Epoxyeicosatrienoic acids (EETs) are the epoxidation products of arachidonic acid catalyzed by cytochrome P450 (CYP) epoxygenases, which possess multiple biological activities. In the present study, we aimed to explore the role and effects of CYP epoxygenases/EETs in wound healing in ob/ob mice. Full-thickness skin dorsal wounds were made on ob/ob mice and C57BL/6 control mice. The mRNA and protein expression of CYP epoxygenases were determined in granulation tissues of wounds. Effects of EETs on wound healing were evaluated...
March 20, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287635/efficient-production-of-trophoblast-lineage-cells-from-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#15
Junya Kojima, Atsushi Fukuda, Hayato Taira, Tomoyuki Kawasaki, Hiroe Ito, Naoaki Kuji, Keiichi Isaka, Akihiro Umezawa, Hidenori Akutsu
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are potentially useful in both clinical applications and basic biological research. hiPSCs can differentiate into extra-embryonic cells in the presence of BMP4. However, the differentiation potential of hiPSCs can be affected by culture conditions or genetic variation. In this study, we investigated the effect of various BMP4 concentrations on the expression states of trophoblast markers and the optimal conditions for trophoblast induction. A high-fidelity gene expression assay using hiPSC lines showed that the expression levels of various trophoblast marker genes, such as KRT7, GCM1, CGB, and HLA-G, were upregulated by BMP4 in a dose-dependent manner in all types of hiPSCs used in this study...
March 13, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287634/immune-microenvironment-of-gliomas
#16
Anna Gieryng, Dominika Pszczolkowska, Kacper A Walentynowicz, Wenson D Rajan, Bozena Kaminska
High-grade gliomas are rapidly progressing tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) with a very poor prognosis despite extensive resection combined with radiation and/or chemotherapy. Histopathological and flow cytometry analyses of human and rodent experimental gliomas revealed heterogeneity of a tumor and its niche, composed of reactive astrocytes, endothelial cells, and numerous immune cells. Infiltrating immune cells consist of CNS resident (microglia) and peripheral macrophages, granulocytes, myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs), and T lymphocytes...
March 13, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287633/increased-vasohibin-1-expression-is-associated-with-metastasis-and-poor-prognosis-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-patients
#17
Shuji Mikami, Mototsugu Oya, Takeo Kosaka, Ryuichi Mizuno, Yasumasa Miyazaki, Yasufumi Sato, Yasunori Okada
The microvascular density detected by markers of endothelial cells (ECs), such as CD31 and CD34, is considered to be a biomarker for angiogenesis, and it is generally associated with the malignant potential of solid tumors. However, there is a conflicting relationship between the microvascular density and prognosis in clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) patients. It may be explained by the suggestion that the microvascular density cannot fully reflect the angiogenic activity in ccRCC, as the markers of ECs are expressed by both quiescent and activated ECs...
March 13, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263294/increased-expression-of-latent-tgf-%C3%AE-binding-protein-4-affects-the-fibrotic-process-in-scleroderma-by-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-signaling
#18
Jiaying Lu, Qingmei Liu, Lei Wang, Wenzhen Tu, Haiyan Chu, Weifeng Ding, Shuai Jiang, Yanyun Ma, Xiangguang Shi, Weilin Pu, Xiaodong Zhou, Li Jin, Jiucun Wang, Wenyu Wu
Scleroderma is a fibrosis-related disorder characterized by cutaneous and internal organ fibrosis, and excessive collagen deposition in extracellular matrix (ECM) is a major cause of fibrosis. Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β)/SMAD signaling has a central role in the pathogenesis of fibrosis by inducing abnormal collagen accumulation in ECM, and latent TGF-β-binding protein 4 (LTBP-4) affects the secretion of latent TGF-β to ECM. A previous study indicated that bleomycin (BLM) treatment increased LTBP-4 expression in lung fibroblasts of Thy-1 knockout mice with lung fibrosis, and LTBP-4 further promoted TGF-β bioavailability as well as SMAD3 phosphorylation...
March 6, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263293/advanced-oxidation-protein-products-promote-nadph-oxidase-dependent-%C3%AE-cell-destruction-and-dysfunction-through-the-bcl-2-bax-apoptotic-pathway
#19
Min Liang, Aiqing Li, Aiju Lou, Xifang Zhang, Youyuan Chen, Lei Yang, Yumin Li, Shenglin Yang, Fan Fan Hou
The accumulation of plasma advanced oxidation protein products (AOPPs) has been linked with diverse disorders, including diabetes, chronic kidney disease, obesity, and metabolic syndrome. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the pathophysiological relevance of AOPPs in β-cell destruction and dysfunction. Exposure of cultured rat β-cells (INS-1) to AOPPs induced an increase in Bax expression, caspase-3 activity, and apoptosis as well as a decrease in Bcl-2 expression in a dose- and time-dependent manner...
March 6, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263292/the-master-role-of-microphthalmia-associated-transcription-factor-in-melanocyte-and-melanoma-biology
#20
Akinori Kawakami, David E Fisher
Certain transcription factors have vital roles in lineage development, including specification of cell types and control of differentiation. Microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) is a key transcription factor for melanocyte development and differentiation. MITF regulates expression of numerous pigmentation genes to promote melanocyte differentiation, as well as fundamental genes for maintaining cell homeostasis, including genes encoding proteins involved in apoptosis (eg, BCL2) and the cell cycle (eg, CDK2)...
March 6, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
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