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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526679/succession-of-transiently-active-tumor-initiating-cell-clones-in-human-pancreatic-cancer-xenografts
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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
#2
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490573/dok7-gene-therapy-enhances-motor-activity-and-life-span-in-als-model-mice
#3
Sadanori Miyoshi, Tohru Tezuka, Sumimasa Arimura, Taro Tomono, Takashi Okada, Yuji Yamanashi
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, multifactorial motor neurodegenerative disease with severe muscle atrophy. The glutamate release inhibitor riluzole is the only medication approved by the FDA, and prolongs patient life span by a few months, testifying to a strong need for new treatment strategies. In ALS, motor neuron degeneration first becomes evident at the motor nerve terminals in neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), the cholinergic synapse between motor neuron and skeletal muscle; degeneration then progresses proximally, implicating the NMJ as a therapeutic target...
May 10, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468934/a-genome-editing-approach-to-study-cancer-stem-cells-in-human-tumors
#4
Carme Cortina, Gemma Turon, Diana Stork, Xavier Hernando-Momblona, Marta Sevillano, Mònica Aguilera, Sébastien Tosi, Anna Merlos-Suárez, Camille Stephan-Otto Attolini, Elena Sancho, Eduard Batlle
The analysis of stem cell hierarchies in human cancers has been hampered by the impossibility of identifying or tracking tumor cell populations in an intact environment. To overcome this limitation, we devised a strategy based on editing the genomes of patient-derived tumor organoids using CRISPR/Cas9 technology to integrate reporter cassettes at desired marker genes. As proof of concept, we engineered human colorectal cancer (CRC) organoids that carry EGFP and lineage-tracing cassettes knocked in the LGR5 locus...
May 2, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455313/transient-transcription-factor-oskm-expression-is-key-towards-clinical-translation-of-in%C3%A2-vivo-cell-reprogramming
#5
Irene de Lázaro, Giulio Cossu, Kostas Kostarelos
Reprogramming adult, fully differentiated cells to pluripotency in vivo via Oct3/4, Sox2, Klf4 and c-Myc (OSKM) overexpression has proved feasible in various independent studies and could be used to induce tissue regeneration owing to the proliferative capacity and differentiation potential of the reprogrammed cells. However, a number of these reports have described the generation of teratomas caused by sustained reprogramming, which precludes the therapeutic translation of this technology. A recent study by the Izpisúa-Belmonte laboratory described a cyclic regime for short-term OSKM expression in vivo that prevents complete reprogramming to the pluripotent state as well as tumorigenesis...
April 28, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455312/administration-of-rankl-boosts-thymic-regeneration-upon-bone-marrow-transplantation
#6
Noella Lopes, Hortense Vachon, Julien Marie, Magali Irla
Cytoablative treatments lead to severe damages on thymic epithelial cells (TECs), which result in delayed de novo thymopoiesis and a prolonged period of T-cell immunodeficiency. Understanding the mechanisms that govern thymic regeneration is of paramount interest for the recovery of a functional immune system notably after bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Here, we show that RANK ligand (RANKL) is upregulated in CD4(+) thymocytes and lymphoid tissue inducer (LTi) cells during the early phase of thymic regeneration...
April 28, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438786/vegfr2-but-not-vegfr3-governs-integrity-and-remodeling-of-thyroid-angiofollicular-unit-in-normal-state-and-during-goitrogenesis
#7
Jeon Yeob Jang, Sung Yong Choi, Intae Park, Do Young Park, Kibaek Choe, Pilhan Kim, Young Keum Kim, Byung-Joo Lee, Masanori Hirashima, Yoshiaki Kubota, Jeong-Won Park, Sheue-Yann Cheng, Andras Nagy, Young Joo Park, Kari Alitalo, Minho Shong, Gou Young Koh
Thyroid gland vasculature has a distinguishable characteristic of endothelial fenestrae, a critical component for proper molecular transport. However, the signaling pathway that critically governs the maintenance of thyroid vascular integrity, including endothelial fenestrae, is poorly understood. Here, we found profound and distinct expression of follicular epithelial VEGF-A and vascular VEGFR2 that were precisely regulated by circulating thyrotropin, while there were no meaningful expression of angiopoietin-Tie2 system in the thyroid gland...
April 24, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408402/poly-gp-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-links-c9orf72-associated-dipeptide-repeat-expression-to-the-asymptomatic-phase-of-als-ftd
#8
Carina Lehmer, Patrick Oeckl, Jochen H Weishaupt, Alexander E Volk, Janine Diehl-Schmid, Matthias L Schroeter, Martin Lauer, Johannes Kornhuber, Johannes Levin, Klaus Fassbender, Bernhard Landwehrmeyer, Martin H Schludi, Thomas Arzberger, Elisabeth Kremmer, Andrew Flatley, Regina Feederle, Petra Steinacker, Patrick Weydt, Albert C Ludolph, Dieter Edbauer, Markus Otto
The C9orf72 GGGGCC repeat expansion is a major cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia (c9ALS/FTD). Non-conventional repeat translation results in five dipeptide repeat proteins (DPRs), but their clinical utility, overall significance, and temporal course in the pathogenesis of c9ALS/FTD are unclear, although animal models support a gain-of-function mechanism. Here, we established a poly-GP immunoassay from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to identify and characterize C9orf72 patients. Significant poly-GP levels were already detectable in asymptomatic C9orf72 mutation carriers compared to healthy controls and patients with other neurodegenerative diseases...
April 13, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396567/inhibition-of-pikfyve-prevents-myocardial-apoptosis-and-hypertrophy-through-activation-of-sirt3-in-obese-mice
#9
Helene Tronchere, Mathieu Cinato, Andrei Timotin, Laurie Guitou, Camille Villedieu, Helene Thibault, Delphine Baetz, Bernard Payrastre, Philippe Valet, Angelo Parini, Oksana Kunduzova, Frederic Boal
PIKfyve is an evolutionarily conserved lipid kinase that regulates pleiotropic cellular functions. Here, we identify PIKfyve as a key regulator of cardiometabolic status and mitochondrial integrity in chronic diet-induced obesity. In vitro, we show that PIKfyve is critical for the control of mitochondrial fragmentation and hypertrophic and apoptotic responses to stress. We also provide evidence that inactivation of PIKfyve by the selective inhibitor STA suppresses excessive mitochondrial ROS production and apoptosis through a SIRT3-dependent pathway in cardiomyoblasts...
April 10, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396566/gene-therapy-for-ada-scid-the-first-marketing-approval-of-an-ex%C3%A2-vivo-gene-therapy-in-europe-paving-the-road-for-the-next-generation-of-advanced-therapy-medicinal-products
#10
Alessandro Aiuti, Maria Grazia Roncarolo, Luigi Naldini
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 10, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396565/a-clinical-and-mechanistic-study-of-topical-borneol-induced-analgesia
#11
Shu Wang, Dan Zhang, Jinsheng Hu, Qi Jia, Wei Xu, Deyuan Su, Hualing Song, Zhichun Xu, Jianmin Cui, Ming Zhou, Jian Yang, Jianru Xiao
Bingpian is a time-honored herb in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is an almost pure chemical with a chemical composition of (+)-borneol and has been historically used as a topical analgesic for millennia. However, the clinical efficacy of topical borneol lacks stringent evidence-based clinical studies and verifiable scientific mechanism. We examined the analgesic efficacy of topical borneol in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study involving 122 patients with postoperative pain...
April 10, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377496/ferrochelatase-is-a-therapeutic-target-for-ocular-neovascularization
#12
Halesha D Basavarajappa, Rania S Sulaiman, Xiaoping Qi, Trupti Shetty, Sardar Sheik Pran Babu, Kamakshi L Sishtla, Bit Lee, Judith Quigley, Sameerah Alkhairy, Christian M Briggs, Kamna Gupta, Buyun Tang, Mehdi Shadmand, Maria B Grant, Michael E Boulton, Seung-Yong Seo, Timothy W Corson
Ocular neovascularization underlies major blinding eye diseases such as "wet" age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Despite the successes of treatments targeting the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) pathway, resistant and refractory patient populations necessitate discovery of new therapeutic targets. Using a forward chemical genetic approach, we identified the heme synthesis enzyme ferrochelatase (FECH) as necessary for angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo FECH is overexpressed in wet AMD eyes and murine choroidal neovascularization; siRNA knockdown of Fech or partial loss of enzymatic function in the Fech(m1Pas) mouse model reduces choroidal neovascularization...
April 4, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28373218/hepatic-stellate-cells-limit-hepatocellular-carcinoma-progression-through-the-orphan-receptor-endosialin
#13
Carolin Mogler, Courtney König, Matthias Wieland, Anja Runge, Eva Besemfelder, Dorde Komljenovic, Thomas Longerich, Peter Schirmacher, Hellmut G Augustin
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is among the most common and deadliest cancers worldwide. A major contributor to HCC progression is the cross talk between tumor cells and the surrounding stroma including activated hepatic stellate cells (HSC). Activation of HSC during liver damage leads to upregulation of the orphan receptor endosialin (CD248), which contributes to regulating the balance of liver regeneration and fibrosis. Based on the established role of endosialin in regulating HSC/hepatocyte cross talk, we hypothesized that HSC-expressed endosialin might similarly affect cell proliferation during hepatocarcinogenesis...
April 3, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360091/transcriptional-response-to-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-and-interferon-alpha-treatment-in-the-human-liver
#14
Tujana Boldanova, Aleksei Suslov, Markus H Heim, Anamaria Necsulea
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is widely used to investigate host-virus interactions. Cellular responses to HCV infection have been extensively studied in vitro However, in human liver, interferon (IFN)-stimulated gene expression can mask direct transcriptional responses to infection. To better characterize the direct effects of HCV infection in vivo, we analyze the transcriptomes of HCV-infected patients lacking an activated endogenous IFN system. We show that expression changes observed in these patients predominantly reflect immune cell infiltrates rather than cell-intrinsic pathways...
March 30, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341702/nras-destines-tumor-cells-to-the-lungs
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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/28377495/rig-i-antiviral-signaling-drives-interleukin-23-production-and-psoriasis-like-skin-disease
#16
Huiyuan Zhu, Fangzhou Lou, Qianqian Yin, Yuanyuan Gao, Yang Sun, Jing Bai, Zhenyao Xu, Zhaoyuan Liu, Wei Cai, Fang Ke, Lingyun Zhang, Hong Zhou, Hong Wang, Gang Wang, Xiang Chen, Hongxin Zhang, Zhugang Wang, Florent Ginhoux, Chuanjian Lu, Bing Su, Honglin Wang
Retinoic acid inducible-gene I (RIG-I) functions as one of the major sensors of RNA viruses. DDX58, which encodes the RIG-I protein, has been newly identified as a susceptibility gene in psoriasis. Here, we show that the activation of RIG-I by 5'ppp-dsRNA, its synthetic ligand, directly causes the production of IL-23 and triggers psoriasis-like skin disease in mice. Repeated injections of IL-23 to the ears failed to induce IL-23 production and a full psoriasis-like skin phenotype, in either germ-free or RIG-I-deficient mice...
May 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356312/an-intranasally-delivered-peptide-drug-ameliorates-cognitive-decline-in-alzheimer-transgenic-mice
#17
Yu-Sung Cheng, Zih-Ten Chen, Tai-Yan Liao, Chen Lin, Howard C-H Shen, Ya-Han Wang, Chi-Wei Chang, Ren-Shyan Liu, Rita P-Y Chen, Pang-Hsien Tu
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common neurodegenerative disease. Imbalance between the production and clearance of amyloid β (Aβ) peptides is considered to be the primary mechanism of AD pathogenesis. This amyloid hypothesis is supported by the recent success of the human anti-amyloid antibody aducanumab, in clearing plaque and slowing clinical impairment in prodromal or mild patients in a phase Ib trial. Here, a peptide combining polyarginines (polyR) (for charge repulsion) and a segment derived from the core region of Aβ amyloid (for sequence recognition) was designed...
May 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351932/seeding-and-transgenic-overexpression-of-alpha-synuclein-triggers-dendritic-spine-pathology-in-the-neocortex
#18
Sonja Blumenstock, Eva F Rodrigues, Finn Peters, Lidia Blazquez-Llorca, Felix Schmidt, Armin Giese, Jochen Herms
Although misfolded and aggregated α-synuclein (α-syn) is recognized in the disease progression of synucleinopathies, its role in the impairment of cortical circuitries and synaptic plasticity remains incompletely understood. We investigated how α-synuclein accumulation affects synaptic plasticity in the mouse somatosensory cortex using two distinct approaches. Long-term in vivo imaging of apical dendrites was performed in mice overexpressing wild-type human α-synuclein. Additionally, intracranial injection of preformed α-synuclein fibrils was performed to induce cortical α-syn pathology...
May 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351931/antibodies-inhibit-transmission-and-aggregation-of-c9orf72-poly-ga-dipeptide-repeat-proteins
#19
Qihui Zhou, Carina Lehmer, Meike Michaelsen, Kohji Mori, Dominik Alterauge, Dirk Baumjohann, Martin H Schludi, Johanna Greiling, Daniel Farny, Andrew Flatley, Regina Feederle, Stephanie May, Franziska Schreiber, Thomas Arzberger, Christoph Kuhm, Thomas Klopstock, Andreas Hermann, Christian Haass, Dieter Edbauer
Cell-to-cell transmission of protein aggregates is an emerging theme in neurodegenerative disease. Here, we analyze the dipeptide repeat (DPR) proteins that form neuronal inclusions in patients with hexanucleotide repeat expansion C9orf72, the most common known cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). Sense and antisense transcripts of the (G4C2)n repeat are translated by repeat-associated non-ATG (RAN) translation in all reading frames into five aggregating DPR proteins...
May 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341703/niacin-ameliorates-ulcerative-colitis-via-prostaglandin-d2-mediated-d-prostanoid-receptor-1-activation
#20
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...
May 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
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