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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227287/creating-a-graft-friendly-environment-for-stem-cells-in-diseased-brains
#1
Robert Yl Tsai
Most of the adult CNS lacks regenerative activity in terms of both neuron birth and neurite outgrowth. While this regeneration-unfriendly environment of the adult CNS may preserve the existing neuronal circuitry that takes years to develop in higher organisms, it also poses a major obstacle for CNS repair later in life. In this issue of the JCI, Song et al. report on their development of a strategy that uses region-specific and molecularly engineered astrocytes to turn an unfavorable brain environment into a favorable one for engrafted neural stem/progenitor cells (NSC/NPCs)...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227286/drug-perturbation-based-stratification-of-blood-cancer
#2
Sascha Dietrich, Małgorzata Oleś, Junyan Lu, Leopold Sellner, Simon Anders, Britta Velten, Bian Wu, Jennifer Hüllein, Michelle da Silva Liberio, Tatjana Walther, Lena Wagner, Sophie Rabe, Sonja Ghidelli-Disse, Marcus Bantscheff, Andrzej K Oleś, Mikołaj Słabicki, Andreas Mock, Christopher C Oakes, Shihui Wang, Sina Oppermann, Marina Lukas, Vladislav Kim, Martin Sill, Axel Benner, Anna Jauch, Lesley Ann Sutton, Emma Young, Richard Rosenquist, Xiyang Liu, Alexander Jethwa, Kwang Seok Lee, Joe Lewis, Kerstin Putzker, Christoph Lutz, Davide Rossi, Andriy Mokhir, Thomas Oellerich, Katja Zirlik, Marco Herling, Florence Nguyen-Khac, Christoph Plass, Emma Andersson, Satu Mustjoki, Christof von Kalle, Anthony D Ho, Manfred Hensel, Jan Dürig, Ingo Ringshausen, Marc Zapatka, Wolfgang Huber, Thorsten Zenz
As new generations of targeted therapies emerge and tumor genome sequencing discovers increasingly comprehensive mutation repertoires, the functional relationships of mutations to tumor phenotypes remain largely unknown. Here, we measured ex vivo sensitivity of 246 blood cancers to 63 drugs alongside genome, transcriptome, and DNA methylome analysis to understand determinants of drug response. We assembled a primary blood cancer cell encyclopedia data set that revealed disease-specific sensitivities for each cancer...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227285/shifts-in-podocyte-histone-h3k27me3-regulate-mouse-and-human-glomerular-disease
#3
Syamantak Majumder, Karina Thieme, Sri N Batchu, Tamadher A Alghamdi, Bridgit B Bowskill, M Golam Kabir, Youan Liu, Suzanne L Advani, Kathryn E White, Laurette Geldenhuys, Karthik K Tennankore, Penelope Poyah, Ferhan S Siddiqi, Andrew Advani
Histone protein modifications control fate determination during normal development and dedifferentiation during disease. Here, we set out to determine the extent to which dynamic changes to histones affect the differentiated phenotype of ordinarily quiescent adult glomerular podocytes. To do this, we examined the consequences of shifting the balance of the repressive histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation (H3K27me3) mark in podocytes. Adriamycin nephrotoxicity and subtotal nephrectomy (SNx) studies indicated that deletion of the histone methylating enzyme EZH2 from podocytes decreased H3K27me3 levels and sensitized mice to glomerular disease...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227284/cografting-astrocytes-improves-cell-therapeutic-outcomes-in-a-parkinson-s-disease-model
#4
Jae-Jin Song, Sang-Min Oh, Oh-Chan Kwon, Noviana Wulnansari, Hyun-Seob Lee, Mi-Yoon Chang, Eunsoo Lee, Woong Sun, Sang-Eun Lee, Sunghoe Chang, Heeyoung An, C Justin Lee, Sang-Hun Lee
Transplantation of neural progenitor cells (NPCs) is a potential therapy for treating neurodegenerative disorders, but this approach has faced many challenges and limited success, primarily because of inhospitable host brain environments that interfere with enriched neuron engraftment and function. Astrocytes play neurotrophic roles in the developing and adult brain, making them potential candidates for helping with modification of hostile brain environments. In this study, we examined whether astrocytic function could be utilized to overcome the current limitations of cell-based therapies in a murine model of Parkinson's disease (PD) that is characterized by dopamine (DA) neuron degeneration in the midbrain...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227283/sharpin-mediated-regulation-of-protein-arginine-methyltransferase-5-controls-melanoma-growth
#5
Hironari Tamiya, Hyungsoo Kim, Oleksiy Klymenko, Heejung Kim, Yongmei Feng, Tongwu Zhang, Ji Yun Han, Ayako Murao, Scott J Snipas, Lucia Jilaveanu, Kevin Brown, Harriet Kluger, Hao Zhang, Kazuhiro Iwai, Ze'ev A Ronai
SHARPIN, an adaptor for the linear ubiquitin chain assembly complex (LUBAC), plays important roles in NF-κB signaling and inflammation. Here, we have demonstrated a LUBAC-independent role for SHARPIN in regulating melanoma growth. We observed that SHARPIN interacted with PRMT5, a type II protein arginine methyltransferase, and increased its multiprotein complex and methyltransferase activity. Activated PRMT5 controlled the expression of the transcription factors SOX10 and MITF by SHARPIN-dependent arginine dimethylation and inhibition of the transcriptional corepressor SKI...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227282/hypoxia-induced-upregulation-of-bmx-kinase-mediates-therapeutic-resistance-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Jolieke G van Oosterwijk, Daelynn R Buelow, Christina D Drenberg, Aksana Vasilyeva, Lie Li, Lei Shi, Yong-Dong Wang, David Finkelstein, Sheila A Shurtleff, Laura J Janke, Stanley Pounds, Jeffrey E Rubnitz, Hiroto Inaba, Navjotsingh Pabla, Sharyn D Baker
Oncogenic addiction to the Fms-like tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) is a hallmark of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that harbors the FLT3-internal tandem duplication (FLT3-ITD) mutation. While FLT3 inhibitors like sorafenib show initial therapeutic efficacy, resistance rapidly develops through mechanisms that are incompletely understood. Here, we used RNA-Seq-based analysis of patient leukemic cells and found that upregulation of the Tec family kinase BMX occurs during sorafenib resistance. This upregulation was recapitulated in an in vivo murine FLT3-ITD-positive (FLT3-ITD+) model of sorafenib resistance...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227281/targeting-mcl-1-enhances-dna-replication-stress-sensitivity-to-cancer-therapy
#7
Guo Chen, Andrew T Magis, Ke Xu, Dongkyoo Park, David S Yu, Taofeek K Owonikoko, Gabriel L Sica, Sarah W Satola, Suresh S Ramalingam, Walter J Curran, Paul W Doetsch, Xingming Deng
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are mainly repaired either by homologous recombination (HR) or by nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ) pathways. Here, we showed that myeloid cell leukemia sequence 1 (Mcl-1) acts as a functional switch in selecting between HR and NHEJ pathways. Mcl-1 was cell cycle-regulated during HR, with its expression peaking in S/G2 phase. While endogenous Mcl-1 depletion reduced HR and enhanced NHEJ, Mcl-1 overexpression resulted in a net increase in HR over NHEJ. Mcl-1 directly interacted with the dimeric Ku protein complex via its Bcl-2 homology 1 and 3 (BH1 and BH3) domains, which are required for Mcl-1 to inhibit Ku-mediated NHEJ...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227280/proapoptotic-puma-targets-stem-like-breast-cancer-cells-to-suppress-metastasis
#8
Qi Sun, Jacqueline Lesperance, Hiromi Wettersten, Elaine Luterstein, Yoko S DeRose, Alana Welm, David A Cheresh, Jay S Desgrosellier
Breast cancer cells with stem cell properties are key contributors to metastatic disease, and there remains a need to better understand and target these cells in human cancers. Here, we identified rare stem-like cells in patients' tumors characterized by low levels of the proapoptotic molecule p53-upregulated modulator of apoptosis (PUMA) and showed that these cells play a critical role in tumor progression that is independent of clinical subtype. A signaling axis consisting of the integrin αvβ3, Src kinase, and the transcription factor Slug suppresses PUMA in these cells, promoting tumor stemness...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202483/pmp22-antisense-oligonucleotides-reverse-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-type-1a-features-in-rodent-models
#9
Hien Tran Zhao, Sagar Damle, Karli Ikeda-Lee, Steven Kuntz, Jian Li, Apoorva Mohan, Aneeza Kim, Gene Hung, Mark A Scheideler, Steven S Scherer, John Svaren, Eric E Swayze, Holly B Kordasiewicz
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A (CMT1A) is caused by duplication of peripheral myelin protein 22 (PMP22) and is the most common hereditary peripheral neuropathy. CMT1A is characterized by demyelination and axonal loss, which underlie slowed motor nerve conduction velocity (MNCV) and reduced compound muscle action potentials (CMAP) in patients. There is currently no known treatment for this disease. Here, we show that antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) effectively suppress PMP22 mRNA in affected nerves in 2 murine CMT1A models...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202482/ligand-activated-bmp-signaling-inhibits-cell-differentiation-and-death-to-promote-melanoma
#10
Arvind M Venkatesan, Rajesh Vyas, Alec K Gramann, Karen Dresser, Sharvari Gujja, Sanchita Bhatnagar, Sagar Chhangawala, Camilla Borges Ferreira Gomes, Hualin Simon Xi, Christine G Lian, Yariv Houvras, Yvonne J K Edwards, April Deng, Michael Green, Craig J Ceol
Oncogenomic studies indicate that copy number variation (CNV) alters genes involved in tumor progression; however, identification of specific driver genes affected by CNV has been difficult, as these rearrangements are often contained in large chromosomal intervals among several bystander genes. Here, we addressed this problem and identified a CNV-targeted oncogene by performing comparative oncogenomics of human and zebrafish melanomas. We determined that the gene encoding growth differentiation factor 6 (GDF6), which is the ligand for the BMP family, is recurrently amplified and transcriptionally upregulated in melanoma...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202481/bone-marrow-drives-central-nervous-system-regeneration-after-radiation-injury
#11
Jorg Dietrich, Ninib Baryawno, Naema Nayyar, Yannis K Valtis, Betty Yang, Ina Ly, Antoine Besnard, Nicolas Severe, Karin U Gustafsson, Ovidiu C Andronesi, Tracy T Batchelor, Amar Sahay, David T Scadden
Nervous system injury is a frequent result of cancer therapy involving cranial irradiation, leaving patients with marked memory and other neurobehavioral disabilities. Here, we report an unanticipated link between bone marrow and brain in the setting of radiation injury. Specifically, we demonstrate that bone marrow-derived monocytes and macrophages are essential for structural and functional repair mechanisms, including regeneration of cerebral white matter and improvement in neurocognitive function. Using a granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) receptor knockout mouse model in combination with bone marrow cell transplantation, MRI, and neurocognitive functional assessments, we demonstrate that bone marrow-derived G-CSF-responsive cells home to the injured brain and are critical for altering neural progenitor cells and brain repair...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202480/differential-impact-of-rb-status-on-e2f1-reprogramming-in-human-cancer
#12
Christopher McNair, Kexin Xu, Amy C Mandigo, Matteo Benelli, Benjamin Leiby, Daniel Rodrigues, Johan Lindberg, Henrik Gronberg, Mateus Crespo, Bram De Laere, Luc Dirix, Tapio Visakorpi, Fugen Li, Felix Y Feng, Johann de Bono, Francesca Demichelis, Mark A Rubin, Myles Brown, Karen E Knudsen
The tumor suppressor protein retinoblastoma (RB) is mechanistically linked to suppression of transcription factor E2F1-mediated cell cycle regulation. For multiple tumor types, loss of RB function is associated with poor clinical outcome. RB action is abrogated either by direct depletion or through inactivation of RB function; however, the basis for this selectivity is unknown. Here, analysis of tumor samples and cell-free DNA from patients with advanced prostate cancer showed that direct RB loss was the preferred pathway of disruption in human disease...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202479/spop-mutation-drives-prostate-neoplasia-without-stabilizing-oncogenic-transcription-factor-erg
#13
Jonathan Shoag, Deli Liu, Mirjam Blattner, Andrea Sboner, Kyung Park, Lesa Deonarine, Brian D Robinson, Juan Miguel Mosquera, Yu Chen, Mark A Rubin, Christopher E Barbieri
Nearly 50% of prostate cancers harbor gene fusions that lead to overexpression of the transcription factor ERG, while a mutually exclusive 10% of prostate cancers harbor recurrent mutations in the gene encoding the E3 ubiquitin ligase SPOP. Recent reports suggest that SPOP acts as a ubiquitin ligase for ERG and propose that ERG stabilization is the oncogenic effector of SPOP mutation. Here, we used human prostate cancer samples and showed that the vast majority of human SPOP-mutant cancers do not express ERG...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202478/%C3%AE-%C3%AE-tcr-recruits-the-syk-pi3k-axis-to-drive-proinflammatory-differentiation-program
#14
Ryunosuke Muro, Takeshi Nitta, Kenta Nakano, Tadashi Okamura, Hiroshi Takayanagi, Harumi Suzuki
γδT cells produce inflammatory cytokines and have been implicated in the pathogenesis of cancer, infectious diseases, and autoimmunity. The T cell receptor (TCR) signal transduction that specifically regulates the development of IL-17-producing γδT (γδT17) cells largely remains unclear. Here, we showed that the receptor proximal tyrosine kinase Syk is essential for γδTCR signal transduction and development of γδT17 in the mouse thymus. Zap70, another tyrosine kinase essential for the development of αβT cells, failed to functionally substitute for Syk in the development of γδT17...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202477/crispr-cas9-screen-reveals-a-mycn-amplified-neuroblastoma-dependency-on-ezh2
#15
Liying Chen, Gabriela Alexe, Neekesh V Dharia, Linda Ross, Amanda Balboni Iniguez, Amy Saur Conway, Emily Jue Wang, Veronica Veschi, Norris Lam, Jun Qi, W Clay Gustafson, Nicole Nasholm, Francisca Vazquez, Barbara A Weir, Glenn S Cowley, Levi D Ali, Sasha Pantel, Guozhi Jiang, William F Harrington, Yenarae Lee, Amy Goodale, Rakela Lubonja, John M Krill-Burger, Robin M Meyers, Aviad Tsherniak, David E Root, James E Bradner, Todd R Golub, Charles Wm Roberts, William C Hahn, William A Weiss, Carol J Thiele, Kimberly Stegmaier
Pharmacologically difficult targets, such as MYC transcription factors, represent a major challenge in cancer therapy. For the childhood cancer neuroblastoma, amplification of the oncogene MYCN is associated with high-risk disease and poor prognosis. Here, we deployed genome-scale CRISPR-Cas9 screening of MYCN-amplified neuroblastoma and found a preferential dependency on genes encoding the polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) components EZH2, EED, and SUZ12. Genetic and pharmacological suppression of EZH2 inhibited neuroblastoma growth in vitro and in vivo...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202476/stromal-lkb1-deficiency-leads-to-gastrointestinal-tumorigenesis-involving-the-il-11-jak-stat3-pathway
#16
Saara Ollila, Eva Domènech-Moreno, Kaisa Laajanen, Iris Pl Wong, Sushil Tripathi, Nalle Pentinmikko, Yajing Gao, Yan Yan, Elina H Niemelä, Timothy C Wang, Benoit Viollet, Gustavo Leone, Pekka Katajisto, Kari Vaahtomeri, Tomi P Mäkelä
Germline mutations in the gene encoding tumor suppressor kinase LKB1 lead to gastrointestinal tumorigenesis in Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) patients and mouse models; however, the cell types and signaling pathways underlying tumor formation are unknown. Here, we demonstrated that mesenchymal progenitor- or stromal fibroblast-specific deletion of Lkb1 results in fully penetrant polyposis in mice. Lineage tracing and immunohistochemical analyses revealed clonal expansion of Lkb1-deficient myofibroblast-like cell foci in the tumor stroma...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29200404/stat5bn642h-is-a-driver-mutation-for-t-cell-neoplasia
#17
Ha Thi Thanh Pham, Barbara Maurer, Michaela Prchal-Murphy, Reinhard Grausenburger, Eva Grundschober, Tahereh Javaheri, Harini Nivarthi, Auke Boersma, Thomas Kolbe, Mohamed Elabd, Florian Halbritter, Jan Pencik, Zahra Kazemi, Florian Grebien, Markus Hengstschläger, Lukas Kenner, Stefan Kubicek, Matthias Farlik, Christoph Bock, Peter Valent, Mathias Müller, Thomas Rülicke, Veronika Sexl, Richard Moriggl
STAT5B is often mutated in hematopoietic malignancies. The most frequent STAT5B mutation, Asp642His (N642H), has been found in over 90 leukemia and lymphoma patients. Here, we used the Vav1 promoter to generate transgenic mouse models that expressed either human STAT5B or STAT5BN642H in the hematopoietic compartment. While STAT5B-expressing mice lacked a hematopoietic phenotype, the STAT5BN642H-expressing mice rapidly developed T cell neoplasms. Neoplasia manifested as transplantable CD8+ lymphoma or leukemia, indicating that the STAT5BN642H mutation drives cancer development...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199996/antisense-oligonucleotides-offer-hope-to-patients-with-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-type-1a
#18
Michael E Shy
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A (CMT1A) is the most common heritable peripheral neuropathy and results from a duplication on chromosome 17 that results in an extra copy and increased dosage of peripheral myelin protein 22 (PMP22). Zhao et al., in this issue of the JCI, successfully utilized antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) to reduce PMP22 and ameliorated neuropathy in both mouse and rat models of CMT1A. These data confirm that strategies to reduce PMP22 have potential as effective therapeutic approaches for CMT1A and lay the groundwork for clinical trials in humans afflicted with this chronic, debilitating neurodegenerative disease...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199995/rare-mutations-provide-unique-insight-into-oncogenic-potential-of-stat-transcription-factors
#19
Lisa N Heppler, David A Frank
The inappropriate activation of transcription factors, including STATs, is known to promote tumor initiation and progression. The most common mechanisms of misregulation lead to constitutive activation of WT STATs. However, the recent discovery of rare STAT mutations in hematopoietic malignancies suggests that STAT mutants may be oncogenic. In this issue of the JCI, Pham et al. use a transgenic mouse model to demonstrate that STAT5BN642H is sufficient for the development of T cell neoplasia. This study, along with other studies of constitutively active STAT mutants, provides insight into the pathogenesis and treatment of STAT5-driven cancer...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202474/adhfe1-is-a-breast-cancer-oncogene-and-induces-metabolic-reprogramming
#20
Prachi Mishra, Wei Tang, Vasanta Putluri, Tiffany H Dorsey, Feng Jin, Fang Wang, Donewei Zhu, Lauren Amable, Tao Deng, Shaofei Zhang, J Keith Killian, Yonghong Wang, Tsion Z Minas, Harry G Yfantis, Dong H Lee, Arun Sreekumar, Michael Bustin, Wei Liu, Nagireddy Putluri, Stefan Ambs
Metabolic reprogramming in breast tumors is linked to increases in putative oncogenic metabolites that may contribute to malignant transformation. We previously showed that accumulation of the oncometabolite, 2-hydroxyglutarate (2HG), in breast tumors was associated with MYC signaling, but not with isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH) mutations, suggesting a distinct mechanism for increased 2HG in breast cancer. Here, we determined that D-2HG is the predominant enantiomer in human breast tumors and show that the D-2HG-producing mitochondrial enzyme, alcohol dehydrogenase, iron-containing protein 1 (ADHFE1), is a breast cancer oncogene that decreases patient survival...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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