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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634161/oncolytic-adenovirus-expressing-bispecific-antibody-targets-t-cell-cytotoxicity-in-cancer-biopsies
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Joshua D Freedman, Joachim Hagel, Eleanor M Scott, Ioannis Psallidas, Avinash Gupta, Laura Spiers, Paul Miller, Nikolaos Kanellakis, Rebecca Ashfield, Kerry D Fisher, Margaret R Duffy, Leonard W Seymour
Oncolytic viruses exploit the cancer cell phenotype to complete their lytic life cycle, releasing progeny virus to infect nearby cells and repeat the process. We modified the oncolytic group B adenovirus EnAdenotucirev (EnAd) to express a bispecific single-chain antibody, secreted from infected tumour cells into the microenvironment. This bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE) binds to EpCAM on target cells and cross-links them to CD3 on T cells, leading to clustering and activation of both CD4 and CD8 T cells. BiTE transcription can be controlled by the virus major late promoter, limiting expression to cancer cells that are permissive for virus replication...
June 20, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623238/a-normal-genetic-variation-modulates-synaptic-mmp-9-protein-levels-and-the-severity-of-schizophrenia-symptoms
#2
Katarzyna Lepeta, Katarzyna J Purzycka, Katarzyna Pachulska-Wieczorek, Marina Mitjans, Martin Begemann, Behnam Vafadari, Krystian Bijata, Ryszard W Adamiak, Hannelore Ehrenreich, Magdalena Dziembowska, Leszek Kaczmarek
Matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) has recently emerged as a molecule that contributes to pathological synaptic plasticity in schizophrenia, but explanation of the underlying mechanisms has been missing. In the present study, we performed a phenotype-based genetic association study (PGAS) in > 1,000 schizophrenia patients from the Göttingen Research Association for Schizophrenia (GRAS) data collection and found an association between the MMP-9 rs20544 C/T single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) located in the 3'untranslated region (UTR) and the severity of a chronic delusional syndrome...
June 16, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606997/hpv-e7-induces-chemotherapy-mediated-tumor-suppression-by-ceramide-dependent-mitophagy
#3
Raquela J Thomas, Natalia Oleinik, Shanmugam Panneer Selvam, Silvia G Vaena, Mohammed Dany, Rose N Nganga, Ryan Depalma, Kyla D Baron, Jisun Kim, Zdzislaw M Szulc, Besim Ogretmen
Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is linked to improved survival in response to chemo-radiotherapy for patients with oropharynx head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). However, mechanisms involved in increased HNSCC cell death by HPV signaling in response to therapy are largely unknown. Here, using molecular, pharmacologic and genetic tools, we show that HPV early protein 7 (E7) enhances ceramide-mediated lethal mitophagy in response to chemotherapy-induced cellular stress in HPV-positive HNSCC cells by selectively targeting retinoblastoma protein (RB)...
June 12, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606996/targeting-endothelin-receptor-signalling-overcomes-heterogeneity-driven-therapy-failure
#4
Michael P Smith, Emily J Rowling, Zsofia Miskolczi, Jennifer Ferguson, Loredana Spoerri, Nikolas K Haass, Olivia Sloss, Sophie McEntegart, Imanol Arozarena, Alex von Kriegsheim, Javier Rodriguez, Holly Brunton, Jivko Kmarashev, Mitchell P Levesque, Reinhard Dummer, Dennie T Frederick, Miles C Andrews, Zachary A Cooper, Keith T Flaherty, Jennifer A Wargo, Claudia Wellbrock
Approaches to prolong responses to BRAF targeting drugs in melanoma patients are challenged by phenotype heterogeneity. Melanomas of a "MITF-high" phenotype usually respond well to BRAF inhibitor therapy, but these melanomas also contain subpopulations of the de novo resistance "AXL-high" phenotype. > 50% of melanomas progress with enriched "AXL-high" populations, and because AXL is linked to de-differentiation and invasiveness avoiding an "AXL-high relapse" is desirable. We discovered that phenotype heterogeneity is supported during the response phase of BRAF inhibitor therapy due to MITF-induced expression of endothelin 1 (EDN1)...
June 12, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606995/synergistic-antibacterial-effect-of-silver-and-ebselen-against-multidrug-resistant-gram-negative-bacterial-infections
#5
Lili Zou, Jun Lu, Jun Wang, Xiaoyuan Ren, Lanlan Zhang, Yu Gao, Martin E Rottenberg, Arne Holmgren
Multidrug-resistant (MDR) Gram-negative bacteria account for a majority of fatal infections, and development of new antibiotic principles and drugs is therefore of outstanding importance. Here, we report that five most clinically difficult-to-treat MDR Gram-negative bacteria are highly sensitive to a synergistic combination of silver and ebselen. In contrast, silver has no synergistic toxicity with ebselen on mammalian cells. The silver and ebselen combination causes a rapid depletion of glutathione and inhibition of the thioredoxin system in bacteria...
June 12, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606994/calcineurin-nfat-signalling-in-myeloid-leucocytes-new-prospects-and-pitfalls-in-immunosuppressive-therapy
#6
REVIEW
Kamila Bendickova, Federico Tidu, Jan Fric
Myeloid leucocytes mediate host protection against infection and critically regulate inflammatory responses in body tissues. Pattern recognition receptor signalling is crucial for myeloid cell responses to pathogens, but growing evidence suggests an equally potent role for Calcineurin-NFAT signalling in control of myeloid cell function. All major subsets of myeloid leucocytes employ Calcineurin-NFAT signalling during immune responses to pathogens and/or tissue damage, but the influence this pathway exerts on pathogen clearance and host susceptibility to infection is not fully understood...
June 12, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588032/inactivation-of-%C3%AE-secretases-leads-to-accumulation-of-substrates-and-non-alzheimer-neurodegeneration
#7
Hermien Acx, Lutgarde Serneels, Enrico Radaelli, Serge Muyldermans, Cécile Vincke, Elise Pepermans, Ulrike Müller, Lucía Chávez-Gutiérrez, Bart De Strooper
γ-Secretases are a family of intramembrane cleaving aspartyl proteases and important drug targets in Alzheimer's disease. Here, we generated mice deficient for all γ-secretases in the pyramidal neurons of the postnatal forebrain by deleting the three anterior pharynx defective 1 (Aph1) subunits (Aph1abc cKO Cre(+)). The mice show progressive cortical atrophy, neuronal loss, and gliosis. Interestingly, this is associated with more than 10-fold accumulation of membrane-bound fragments of App, Aplp1, Nrg1, and Dcc, while other known substrates of γ-secretase such as Aplp2, Lrp1, and Sdc3 accumulate to lesser extents...
June 6, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572090/gdf15-is-a-heart-derived-hormone-that-regulates-body-growth
#8
Ting Wang, Jian Liu, Caitlin McDonald, Katherine Lupino, Xiandun Zhai, Benjamin J Wilkins, Hakon Hakonarson, Liming Pei
The endocrine system is crucial for maintaining whole-body homeostasis. Little is known regarding endocrine hormones secreted by the heart other than atrial/brain natriuretic peptides discovered over 30 years ago. Here, we identify growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF15) as a heart-derived hormone that regulates body growth. We show that pediatric heart disease induces GDF15 synthesis and secretion by cardiomyocytes. Circulating GDF15 in turn acts on the liver to inhibit growth hormone (GH) signaling and body growth...
June 1, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566333/cdk4-phosphorylation-status-and-a-linked-gene-expression-profile-predict-sensitivity-to-palbociclib
#9
Eric Raspé, Katia Coulonval, Jaime M Pita, Sabine Paternot, Françoise Rothé, Laure Twyffels, Sylvain Brohée, Ligia Craciun, Denis Larsimont, Véronique Kruys, Flavienne Sandras, Isabelle Salmon, Steven Van Laere, Martine Piccart, Michail Ignatiadis, Christos Sotiriou, Pierre P Roger
Cyclin D-CDK4/6 are the first CDK complexes to be activated in the G1 phase in response to oncogenic pathways. The specific CDK4/6 inhibitor PD0332991 (palbociclib) was recently approved by the FDA and EMA for treatment of advanced ER-positive breast tumors. Unfortunately, no reliable predictive tools are available for identifying potentially responsive or insensitive tumors. We had shown that the activating T172 phosphorylation of CDK4 is the central rate-limiting event that initiates the cell cycle decision and signals the presence of active CDK4...
May 31, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559443/colorectal-cancer-initiating-cells-caught-in-the-act
#10
Sebastian M Dieter, Hanno Glimm, Claudia R Ball
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 30, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559442/cxcl12%C3%AE-sdf-1-from-perisynaptic-schwann-cells-promotes-regeneration-of-injured-motor-axon%C3%A2-terminals
#11
Samuele Negro, Francesca Lessi, Elisa Duregotti, Paolo Aretini, Marco La Ferla, Sara Franceschi, Michele Menicagli, Elisanna Bergamin, Egle Radice, Marcus Thelen, Aram Megighian, Marco Pirazzini, Chiara M Mazzanti, Michela Rigoni, Cesare Montecucco
The neuromuscular junction has retained through evolution the capacity to regenerate after damage, but little is known on the inter-cellular signals involved in its functional recovery from trauma, autoimmune attacks, or neurotoxins. We report here that CXCL12α, also abbreviated as stromal-derived factor-1 (SDF-1), is produced specifically by perisynaptic Schwann cells following motor axon terminal degeneration induced by α-latrotoxin. CXCL12α acts via binding to the neuronal CXCR4 receptor. A CXCL12α-neutralizing antibody or a specific CXCR4 inhibitor strongly delays recovery from motor neuron degeneration in vivo Recombinant CXCL12α in vivo accelerates neurotransmission rescue upon damage and very effectively stimulates the axon growth of spinal cord motor neurons in vitro These findings indicate that the CXCL12α-CXCR4 axis plays an important role in the regeneration of the neuromuscular junction after motor axon injury...
May 30, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554943/spink2-deficiency-causes-infertility-by-inducing-sperm-defects-in-heterozygotes-and-azoospermia-in%C3%A2-homozygotes
#12
Zine-Eddine Kherraf, Marie Christou-Kent, Thomas Karaouzene, Amir Amiri-Yekta, Guillaume Martinez, Alexandra S Vargas, Emeline Lambert, Christelle Borel, Béatrice Dorphin, Isabelle Aknin-Seifer, Michael J Mitchell, Catherine Metzler-Guillemain, Jessica Escoffier, Serge Nef, Mariane Grepillat, Nicolas Thierry-Mieg, Véronique Satre, Marc Bailly, Florence Boitrelle, Karin Pernet-Gallay, Sylviane Hennebicq, Julien Fauré, Serge P Bottari, Charles Coutton, Pierre F Ray, Christophe Arnoult
Azoospermia, characterized by the absence of spermatozoa in the ejaculate, is a common cause of male infertility with a poorly characterized etiology. Exome sequencing analysis of two azoospermic brothers allowed the identification of a homozygous splice mutation in SPINK2, encoding a serine protease inhibitor believed to target acrosin, the main sperm acrosomal protease. In accord with these findings, we observed that homozygous Spink2 KO male mice had azoospermia. Moreover, despite normal fertility, heterozygous male mice had a high rate of morphologically abnormal spermatozoa and a reduced sperm motility...
May 29, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554942/msto1-is-a-cytoplasmic-pro-mitochondrial-fusion-protein-whose-mutation-induces-myopathy-and-ataxia-in-humans
#13
Aniko Gal, Peter Balicza, David Weaver, Shamim Naghdi, Suresh K Joseph, Péter Várnai, Tibor Gyuris, Attila Horváth, Laszlo Nagy, Erin L Seifert, Maria Judit Molnar, György Hajnóczky
The protein MSTO1 has been localized to mitochondria and linked to mitochondrial morphology, but its specific role has remained unclear. We identified a c.22G > A (p.Val8Met) mutation of MSTO1 in patients with minor physical abnormalities, myopathy, ataxia, and neurodevelopmental impairments. Lactate stress test and myopathological results suggest mitochondrial dysfunction. In patient fibroblasts, MSTO1 mRNA and protein abundance are decreased, mitochondria display fragmentation, aggregation, and decreased network continuity and fusion activity...
May 29, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539479/%C3%AE-secretase-inhibitors-in-cancer-clinical-trials-are-pharmacologically-and-functionally-distinct
#14
Yong Ran, Fokhrul Hossain, Antonio Pannuti, Christian B Lessard, Gabriela Z Ladd, Joo In Jung, Lisa M Minter, Barbara A Osborne, Lucio Miele, Todd E Golde
γ-Secretase inhibitors (GSIs) are being actively repurposed as cancer therapeutics based on the premise that inhibition of NOTCH1 signaling in select cancers is therapeutic. Using novel assays to probe effects of GSIs against a broader panel of substrates, we demonstrate that clinical GSIs are pharmacologically distinct. GSIs show differential profiles of inhibition of the various NOTCH substrates, with some enhancing cleavage of other NOTCH substrates at concentrations where NOTCH1 cleavage is inhibited. Several GSIs are also potent inhibitors of select signal peptide peptidase (SPP/SPPL) family members...
May 24, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539478/a-novel-epigenetic-aml1-eto-thap10-mir-383-mini-circuitry-contributes-to-t-8-21-leukaemogenesis
#15
Yonghui Li, Qiaoyang Ning, Jinlong Shi, Yang Chen, Mengmeng Jiang, Li Gao, Wenrong Huang, Yu Jing, Sai Huang, Anqi Liu, Zhirui Hu, Daihong Liu, Lili Wang, Clara Nervi, Yun Dai, Michael Q Zhang, Li Yu
DNA methylation patterns are frequently deregulated in t(8;21) acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), but little is known of the mechanisms by which specific gene sets become aberrantly methylated. Here, we found that the promoter DNA methylation signature of t(8;21)(+) AML blasts differs from that of t(8;21)(-) AMLs. This study demonstrated that a novel hypermethylated zinc finger-containing protein, THAP10, is a target gene and can be epigenetically suppressed by AML1-ETO at the transcriptional level in t(8;21) AML...
May 24, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536304/abnormal-glycogen-chain-length-pattern-not-hyperphosphorylation-is-critical-in-lafora-disease
#16
Felix Nitschke, Mitchell A Sullivan, Peixiang Wang, Xiaochu Zhao, Erin E Chown, Ami M Perri, Lori Israelian, Lucia Juana-López, Paola Bovolenta, Santiago Rodríguez de Córdoba, Martin Steup, Berge A Minassian
Lafora disease (LD) is a fatal progressive epilepsy essentially caused by loss-of-function mutations in the glycogen phosphatase laforin or the ubiquitin E3 ligase malin. Glycogen in LD is hyperphosphorylated and poorly hydrosoluble. It precipitates and accumulates into neurotoxic Lafora bodies (LBs). The leading LD hypothesis that hyperphosphorylation causes the insolubility was recently challenged by the observation that phosphatase-inactive laforin rescues the laforin-deficient LD mouse model, apparently through correction of a general autophagy impairment...
May 23, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533211/targeting-key-angiogenic-pathways-with-a-bispecific-crossmab-optimized-for-neovascular-eye%C3%A2-diseases
#17
Jörg T Regula, Peter Lundh von Leithner, Richard Foxton, Veluchamy A Barathi, Chui Ming Gemmy Cheung, Sai Bo Bo Tun, Yeo Sia Wey, Daiju Iwata, Miroslav Dostalek, Jörg Moelleken, Kay G Stubenrauch, Everson Nogoceke, Gabriella Widmer, Pamela Strassburger, Michael J Koss, Christian Klein, David T Shima, Guido Hartmann
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 22, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533210/specific-biomarkers-for-c9orf72-ftd-als-could-expedite-the-journey-towards-effective-therapies
#18
Rubika Balendra, Thomas G Moens, Adrian M Isaacs
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 22, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526679/succession-of-transiently-active-tumor-initiating-cell-clones-in-human-pancreatic-cancer-xenografts
#19
Claudia R Ball, Felix Oppel, Karl Roland Ehrenberg, Taronish D Dubash, Sebastian M Dieter, Christopher M Hoffmann, Ulrich Abel, Friederike Herbst, Moritz Koch, Jens Werner, Frank Bergmann, Naveed Ishaque, Manfred Schmidt, Christof von Kalle, Claudia Scholl, Stefan Fröhling, Benedikt Brors, Wilko Weichert, Jürgen Weitz, Hanno Glimm
Although tumor-initiating cell (TIC) self-renewal has been postulated to be essential in progression and metastasis formation of human pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC), clonal dynamics of TICs within PDAC tumors are yet unknown. Here, we show that long-term progression of PDAC in serial xenotransplantation is driven by a succession of transiently active TICs producing tumor cells in temporally restricted bursts. Clonal tracking of individual, genetically marked TICs revealed that individual tumors are generated by distinct sets of TICs with very little overlap between subsequent xenograft generations...
May 19, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500065/loss-of-mpdz-impairs-ependymal-cell-integrity-leading-to-perinatal-onset-hydrocephalus-in-mice
#20
Anja Feldner, M Gordian Adam, Fabian Tetzlaff, Iris Moll, Dorde Komljenovic, Felix Sahm, Tobias Bäuerle, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Horst Schroten, Thomas Korff, Ilse Hofmann, Hartwig Wolburg, Andreas von Deimling, Andreas Fischer
Hydrocephalus is a common congenital anomaly. LCAM1 and MPDZ (MUPP1) are the only known human gene loci associated with non-syndromic hydrocephalus. To investigate functions of the tight junction-associated protein Mpdz, we generated mouse models. Global Mpdz gene deletion or conditional inactivation in Nestin-positive cells led to formation of supratentorial hydrocephalus in the early postnatal period. Blood vessels, epithelial cells of the choroid plexus, and cilia on ependymal cells, which line the ventricular system, remained morphologically intact in Mpdz-deficient brains...
May 12, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
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