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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341703/niacin-ameliorates-ulcerative-colitis-via-prostaglandin-d2-mediated-d-prostanoid-receptor-1-activation
#1
Juanjuan Li, Deping Kong, Qi Wang, Wei Wu, Yanping Tang, Tingting Bai, Liang Guo, Lumin Wei, Qianqian Zhang, Yu Yu, Yuting Qian, Shengkai Zuo, Guizhu Liu, Qian Liu, Sheng Wu, Yi Zang, Qian Zhu, Daile Jia, Yuanyang Wang, Weiyan Yao, Yong Ji, Huiyong Yin, Masataka Nakamura, Michael Lazarus, Richard M Breyer, Lifu Wang, Ying Yu
Niacin, as an antidyslipidemic drug, elicits a strong flushing response by release of prostaglandin (PG) D2 However, whether niacin is beneficial for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) remains unclear. Here, we observed niacin administration-enhanced PGD2 production in colon tissues in dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-challenged mice, and protected mice against DSS or 2,4,6-trinitrobenzene sulfonic acid (TNBS)-induced colitis in D prostanoid receptor 1 (DP1)-dependent manner. Specific ablation of DP1 receptor in vascular endothelial cells, colonic epithelium, and myeloid cells augmented DSS/TNBS-induced colitis in mice through increasing vascular permeability, promoting apoptosis of epithelial cells, and stimulating pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion of macrophages, respectively...
March 24, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341702/nras-destines-tumor-cells-to-the-lungs
#2
Anastasios D Giannou, Antonia Marazioti, Nikolaos I Kanellakis, Ioanna Giopanou, Ioannis Lilis, Dimitra E Zazara, Giannoula Ntaliarda, Danai Kati, Vasileios Armenis, Georgia A Giotopoulou, Anthi C Krontira, Marina Lianou, Theodora Agalioti, Malamati Vreka, Maria Papageorgopoulou, Sotirios Fouzas, Dimitrios Kardamakis, Ioannis Psallidas, Magda Spella, Georgios T Stathopoulos
The lungs are frequently affected by cancer metastasis. Although NRAS mutations have been associated with metastatic potential, their exact role in lung homing is incompletely understood. We cross-examined the genotype of various tumor cells with their ability for automatic pulmonary dissemination, modulated NRAS expression using RNA interference and NRAS overexpression, identified NRAS signaling partners by microarray, and validated them using Cxcr1- and Cxcr2-deficient mice. Mouse models of spontaneous lung metastasis revealed that mutant or overexpressed NRAS promotes lung colonization by regulating interleukin-8-related chemokine expression, thereby initiating interactions between tumor cells, the pulmonary vasculature, and myeloid cells...
March 24, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314782/moving-molecular-medicine
#3
EDITORIAL
Philippe J Sansonetti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 17, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298340/pre-clinical-validation-of-a-selective-anti-cancer-stem-cell-therapy-for-numb-deficient-human-breast-cancers
#4
Daniela Tosoni, Sarah Pambianco, Blanche Ekalle Soppo, Silvia Zecchini, Giovanni Bertalot, Giancarlo Pruneri, Giuseppe Viale, Pier Paolo Di Fiore, Salvatore Pece
The cell fate determinant Numb is frequently downregulated in human breast cancers (BCs), resulting in p53 inactivation and an aggressive disease course. In the mouse mammary gland, Numb/p53 downregulation leads to aberrant tissue morphogenesis, expansion of the stem cell compartment, and emergence of cancer stem cells (CSCs). Strikingly, CSC phenotypes in a Numb-knockout mouse model can be reverted by Numb/p53 restoration. Thus, targeting Numb/p53 dysfunction in Numb-deficient human BCs could represent a novel anti-CSC therapy...
March 15, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289079/deletion-of-f4l-ribonucleotide-reductase-in-vaccinia-virus-produces-a-selective-oncolytic-virus-and-promotes-anti-tumor-immunity-with-superior-safety-in-bladder-cancer-models
#5
Kyle G Potts, Chad R Irwin, Nicole A Favis, Desmond B Pink, Krista M Vincent, John D Lewis, Ronald B Moore, Mary M Hitt, David H Evans
Bladder cancer has a recurrence rate of up to 80% and many patients require multiple treatments that often fail, eventually leading to disease progression. In particular, standard of care for high-grade disease, Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), fails in 30% of patients. We have generated a novel oncolytic vaccinia virus (VACV) by mutating the F4L gene that encodes the virus homolog of the cell-cycle-regulated small subunit of ribonucleotide reductase (RRM2). The F4L-deleted VACVs are highly attenuated in normal tissues, and since cancer cells commonly express elevated RRM2 levels, have tumor-selective replication and cell killing...
March 13, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289078/delivery-is-key-lessons-learnt-from-developing-splice-switching-antisense-therapies
#6
REVIEW
Caroline Godfrey, Lourdes R Desviat, Bård Smedsrød, France Piétri-Rouxel, Michela A Denti, Petra Disterer, Stéphanie Lorain, Gisela Nogales-Gadea, Valentina Sardone, Rayan Anwar, Samir El Andaloussi, Taavi Lehto, Bernard Khoo, Camilla Brolin, Willeke Mc van Roon-Mom, Aurélie Goyenvalle, Annemieke Aartsma-Rus, Virginia Arechavala-Gomeza
The use of splice-switching antisense therapy is highly promising, with a wealth of pre-clinical data and numerous clinical trials ongoing. Nevertheless, its potential to treat a variety of disorders has yet to be realized. The main obstacle impeding the clinical translation of this approach is the relatively poor delivery of antisense oligonucleotides to target tissues after systemic delivery. We are a group of researchers closely involved in the development of these therapies and would like to communicate our discussions concerning the validity of standard methodologies currently used in their pre-clinical development, the gaps in current knowledge and the pertinent challenges facing the field...
March 13, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283651/tfe3-regulates-whole-body-energy-metabolism-in-cooperation-with-tfeb
#7
Nunzia Pastore, Anna Vainshtein, Tiemo J Klisch, Andrea Armani, Tuong Huynh, Niculin J Herz, Elena V Polishchuk, Marco Sandri, Andrea Ballabio
TFE3 and TFEB are members of the MiT family of HLH-leucine zipper transcription factors. Recent studies demonstrated that they bind overlapping sets of promoters and are post-transcriptionally regulated through a similar mechanism. However, while Tcfeb knockout (KO) mice die during early embryonic development, no apparent phenotype was reported in Tfe3 KO mice. Thus raising the need to characterize the physiological role of TFE3 and elucidate its relationship with TFEB TFE3 deficiency resulted in altered mitochondrial morphology and function both in vitro and in vivo due to compromised mitochondrial dynamics...
March 10, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283650/culturing-human-intestinal-stem-cells-for-regenerative-applications-in-the-treatment-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#8
REVIEW
Fredrik Eo Holmberg, Jakob B Seidelin, Xiaolei Yin, Benjamin E Mead, Zhixiang Tong, Yuan Li, Jeffrey M Karp, Ole H Nielsen
Both the incidence and prevalence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is increasing globally; in the industrialized world up to 0.5% of the population are affected and around 4.2 million individuals suffer from IBD in Europe and North America combined. Successful engraftment in experimental colitis models suggests that intestinal stem cell transplantation could constitute a novel treatment strategy to re-establish mucosal barrier function in patients with severe disease. Intestinal stem cells can be grown in vitro in organoid structures, though only a fraction of the cells contained are stem cells with regenerative capabilities...
March 10, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279974/ethics-of-stem-cell-derived-gametes-made-in-a-dish-fertility-for-everyone
#9
Annelien L Bredenoord, Insoo Hyun
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 9, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275008/pparg-is-central-to-the-initiation-and-propagation-of-human-angiomyolipoma-suggesting-its-potential-as-a-therapeutic-target
#10
Oren Pleniceanu, Racheli Shukrun, Dorit Omer, Einav Vax, Itamar Kanter, Klaudyna Dziedzic, Naomi Pode-Shakked, Michal Mark-Daniei, Sara Pri-Chen, Yehudit Gnatek, Hadas Alfandary, Nira Varda-Bloom, Dekel D Bar-Lev, Naomi Bollag, Rachel Shtainfeld, Leah Armon, Achia Urbach, Tomer Kalisky, Arnon Nagler, Orit Harari-Steinberg, Jack L Arbiser, Benjamin Dekel
Angiomyolipoma (AML), the most common benign renal tumor, can result in severe morbidity from hemorrhage and renal failure. While mTORC1 activation is involved in its growth, mTORC1 inhibitors fail to eradicate AML, highlighting the need for new therapies. Moreover, the identity of the AML cell of origin is obscure. AML research, however, is hampered by the lack of in vivo models. Here, we establish a human AML-xenograft (Xn) model in mice, recapitulating AML at the histological and molecular levels. Microarray analysis demonstrated tumor growth in vivo to involve robust PPARG-pathway activation...
March 8, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275007/gene-expression-profiling-of-patient-derived-pancreatic-cancer-xenografts-predicts-sensitivity-to-the-bet-bromodomain-inhibitor-jq1-implications-for-individualized-medicine-efforts
#11
Benjamin Bian, Martin Bigonnet, Odile Gayet, Celine Loncle, Aurélie Maignan, Marine Gilabert, Vincent Moutardier, Stephane Garcia, Olivier Turrini, Jean-Robert Delpero, Marc Giovannini, Philippe Grandval, Mohamed Gasmi, Mehdi Ouaissi, Veronique Secq, Flora Poizat, Rémy Nicolle, Yuna Blum, Laetitia Marisa, Marion Rubis, Jean-Luc Raoul, James E Bradner, Jun Qi, Gwen Lomberk, Raul Urrutia, Andres Saul, Nelson Dusetti, Juan Iovanna
c-MYC controls more than 15% of genes responsible for proliferation, differentiation, and cellular metabolism in pancreatic as well as other cancers making this transcription factor a prime target for treating patients. The transcriptome of 55 patient-derived xenografts show that 30% of them share an exacerbated expression profile of MYC transcriptional targets (MYC-high). This cohort is characterized by a high level of Ki67 staining, a lower differentiation state, and a shorter survival time compared to the MYC-low subgroup...
March 8, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270449/supraphysiological-levels-of-gdf11-induce-striated-muscle-atrophy
#12
David W Hammers, Melissa Merscham-Banda, Jennifer Ying Hsiao, Stefan Engst, James J Hartman, H Lee Sweeney
Growth and differentiation factor (GDF) 11 is a member of the transforming growth factor β superfamily recently identified as a potential therapeutic for age-related cardiac and skeletal muscle decrements, despite high homology to myostatin (Mstn), a potent negative regulator of muscle mass. Though several reports have refuted these data, the in vivo effects of GDF11 on skeletal muscle mass have not been addressed. Using in vitro myoblast culture assays, we first demonstrate that GDF11 and Mstn have similar activities/potencies on activating p-SMAD2/3 and induce comparable levels of differentiated myotube atrophy...
March 7, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264936/deletion-of-ribosomal-protein-genes-is-a-common-vulnerability-in-human-cancer-especially-in-concert-with-tp53-mutations
#13
Ram Ajore, David Raiser, Marie McConkey, Magnus Jöud, Bernd Boidol, Brenton Mar, Gordon Saksena, David M Weinstock, Scott Armstrong, Steven R Ellis, Benjamin L Ebert, Björn Nilsson
Heterozygous inactivating mutations in ribosomal protein genes (RPGs) are associated with hematopoietic and developmental abnormalities, activation of p53, and altered risk of cancer in humans and model organisms. Here we performed a large-scale analysis of cancer genome data to examine the frequency and selective pressure of RPG lesions across human cancers. We found that hemizygous RPG deletions are common, occurring in about 43% of 10,744 cancer specimens and cell lines. Consistent with p53-dependent negative selection, such lesions are underrepresented in TP53-intact tumors (P ≪ 10(-10)), and shRNA-mediated knockdown of RPGs activated p53 in TP53-wild-type cells...
March 6, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264935/stat3-promotes-ifn%C3%AE-tnf%C3%AE-induced-muscle-wasting-in-an-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-dependent-and-il-6-independent-manner
#14
Jennifer F Ma, Brenda J Sanchez, Derek T Hall, Anne-Marie K Tremblay, Sergio Di Marco, Imed-Eddine Gallouzi
Cachexia is a debilitating syndrome characterized by involuntary muscle wasting that is triggered at the late stage of many cancers. While the multifactorial nature of this syndrome and the implication of cytokines such as IL-6, IFNγ, and TNFα is well established, we still do not know how various effector pathways collaborate together to trigger muscle atrophy. Here, we show that IFNγ/TNFα promotes the phosphorylation of STAT3 on Y705 residue in the cytoplasm of muscle fibers by activating JAK kinases. Unexpectedly, this effect occurs both in vitro and in vivo independently of IL-6, which is considered as one of the main triggers of STAT3-mediated muscle wasting...
March 6, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258154/sodium-leak-through-k2p-potassium-channels-and-cardiac-arrhythmia-an-emerging-theme
#15
Steve An Goldstein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 3, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255028/gene-signature-driving-invasive-mucinous-adenocarcinoma-of-the-lung
#16
Minzhe Guo, Koichi Tomoshige, Michael Meister, Thomas Muley, Takuya Fukazawa, Tomoshi Tsuchiya, Rebekah Karns, Arne Warth, Iris M Fink-Baldauf, Takeshi Nagayasu, Yoshio Naomoto, Yan Xu, Marcus A Mall, Yutaka Maeda
Though invasive mucinous adenocarcinoma of the lung (IMA) is pathologically distinctive, the molecular mechanism driving IMA is not well understood, which hampers efforts to identify therapeutic targets. Here, by analyzing gene expression profiles of human and mouse IMA, we identified a Mucinous Lung Tumor Signature of 143 genes, which was unexpectedly enriched in mucin-producing gastrointestinal, pancreatic, and breast cancers. The signature genes included transcription factors FOXA3, SPDEF, HNF4A, mucins MUC5AC, MUC5B, MUC3, and an inhibitory immune checkpoint VTCN1/B7-H4 (but not PD-L1/B7-H1)...
March 2, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242755/faecal-microbiota-transplantation-protects-against-radiation-induced-toxicity
#17
Ming Cui, Huiwen Xiao, Yuan Li, Lixin Zhou, Shuyi Zhao, Dan Luo, Qisheng Zheng, Jiali Dong, Yu Zhao, Xin Zhang, Junling Zhang, Lu Lu, Haichao Wang, Saijun Fan
Severe radiation exposure may cause acute radiation syndrome, a possibly fatal condition requiring effective therapy. Gut microbiota can be manipulated to fight against many diseases. We explored whether intestinal microbe transplantation could alleviate radiation-induced toxicity. High-throughput sequencing showed that gastrointestinal bacterial community composition differed between male and female mice and was associated with susceptibility to radiation toxicity. Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) increased the survival rate of irradiated animals, elevated peripheral white blood cell counts and improved gastrointestinal tract function and intestinal epithelial integrity in irradiated male and female mice...
February 27, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242754/sodium-permeable-and-hypersensitive-trek-1-channels-cause-ventricular-tachycardia
#18
Niels Decher, Beatriz Ortiz-Bonnin, Corinna Friedrich, Marcus Schewe, Aytug K Kiper, Susanne Rinné, Gunnar Seemann, Rémi Peyronnet, Sven Zumhagen, Daniel Bustos, Jens Kockskämper, Peter Kohl, Steffen Just, Wendy González, Thomas Baukrowitz, Birgit Stallmeyer, Eric Schulze-Bahr
In a patient with right ventricular outflow tract (RVOT) tachycardia, we identified a heterozygous point mutation in the selectivity filter of the stretch-activated K2P potassium channel TREK-1 (KCNK2 or K2P2.1). This mutation introduces abnormal sodium permeability to TREK-1. In addition, mutant channels exhibit a hypersensitivity to stretch-activation, suggesting that the selectivity filter is directly involved in stretch-induced activation and desensitization. Increased sodium permeability and stretch-sensitivity of mutant TREK-1 channels may trigger arrhythmias in areas of the heart with high physical strain such as the RVOT We present a pharmacological strategy to rescue the selectivity defect of the TREK-1 pore...
February 27, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219898/sk4-k-channels-are-therapeutic-targets-for-the-treatment-of-cardiac-arrhythmias
#19
Shiraz Haron-Khun, David Weisbrod, Hanna Bueno, Dor Yadin, Joachim Behar, Asher Peretz, Ofer Binah, Edith Hochhauser, Michael Eldar, Yael Yaniv, Michael Arad, Bernard Attali
Catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) is a stress-provoked ventricular arrhythmia, which also manifests sinoatrial node (SAN) dysfunction. We recently showed that SK4 calcium-activated potassium channels are important for automaticity of cardiomyocytes derived from human embryonic stem cells. Here SK4 channels were identified in human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) from healthy and CPVT2 patients bearing a mutation in calsequestrin 2 (CASQ2-D307H) and in SAN cells from WT and CASQ2-D307H knock-in (KI) mice...
February 20, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202493/a-klebsiella-pneumoniae-antibiotic-resistance-mechanism-that-subdues-host-defences-and-promotes-virulence
#20
Timothy J Kidd, Grant Mills, Joana Sá-Pessoa, Amy Dumigan, Christian G Frank, José L Insua, Rebecca Ingram, Laura Hobley, José A Bengoechea
Klebsiella pneumoniae is an important cause of multidrug-resistant infections worldwide. Recent studies highlight the emergence of multidrug-resistant K. pneumoniae strains which show resistance to colistin, a last-line antibiotic, arising from mutational inactivation of the mgrB regulatory gene. However, the precise molecular resistance mechanisms of mgrB-associated colistin resistance and its impact on virulence remain unclear. Here, we constructed an mgrB gene K. pneumoniae mutant and performed characterisation of its lipid A structure, polymyxin and antimicrobial peptide resistance, virulence and inflammatory responses upon infection...
February 15, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
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