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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326306/cd44-a-multifunctional-cell-surface-adhesion-receptor-is-a-regulator-of-progression-and-metastasis-of-cancer-cells
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Linda T Senbanjo, Meenakshi A Chellaiah
CD44 is a cell surface adhesion receptor that is highly expressed in many cancers and regulates metastasis via recruitment of CD44 to the cell surface. Its interaction with appropriate extracellular matrix ligands promotes the migration and invasion processes involved in metastases. It was originally identified as a receptor for hyaluronan or hyaluronic acid and later to several other ligands including, osteopontin (OPN), collagens, and matrix metalloproteinases. CD44 has also been identified as a marker for stem cells of several types...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326305/implications-for-a-stem-cell-regenerative-medicine-based-approach-to-human-intervertebral-disk-degeneration
#2
REVIEW
Petra Kraus, Thomas Lufkin
The human body develops from a single cell, the zygote, the product of the maternal oocyte and the paternal spermatozoon. That 1-cell zygote embryo will divide and eventually grow into an adult human which is comprised of ~3.7 × 10(13) cells. The tens of trillions of cells in the adult human can be classified into approximately 200 different highly specialized cell types that make up all of the different tissues and organs of the human body. Regenerative medicine aims to replace or restore dysfunctional cells, tissues and organs with fully functional ones...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316970/dgk-%C3%AE-a-checkpoint-in-cancer-mediated-immuno-inhibition-and-target-for-immunotherapy
#3
Elfriede Noessner
Immunotherapy is moving to the forefront of cancer treatments owing to impressive durable responses achieved with checkpoint blockade antibodies and adoptive T-cell therapy. Still, improvements are necessary since, overall, only a small percentage of patients benefit from current therapies. Here, I summarize evidence that DGK-α may represent an immunological checkpoint suppressing the activity of cytotoxic immunocytes in the tumor microenvironment. DGK-inhibitors can restore the antitumor function of tumor-suppressed adaptive and innate cytotoxic immunocytes...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299311/immunostimulated-arginase-ii-expression-in-intestinal-epithelial-cells-reduces-nitric-oxide-production-and-apoptosis
#4
Maria M Talavera, Sushma Nuthakki, Hongmei Cui, Yi Jin, Yusen Liu, Leif D Nelin
Increased production of nitric oxide (NO) and subsequent local cytotoxicity to mucosal epithelial cells has been proposed as a putative mechanism involved in the development of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) metabolize L-arginine to either nitric oxide (NO) by NO synthase (NOS) or to L-ornithine and urea by arginase. L-ornithine is the first step in polyamine synthesis important for cell proliferation, while NO production can lead to apoptosis. We hypothesized that in IECs immunostimulation increases both NOS and arginase expression, and that arginase activity mitigates NO production and apoptosis...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293554/sonic-hedgehog-signaling-in-limb-development
#5
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Cheryll Tickle, Matthew Towers
The gene encoding the secreted protein Sonic hedgehog (Shh) is expressed in the polarizing region (or zone of polarizing activity), a small group of mesenchyme cells at the posterior margin of the vertebrate limb bud. Detailed analyses have revealed that Shh has the properties of the long sought after polarizing region morphogen that specifies positional values across the antero-posterior axis (e.g., thumb to little finger axis) of the limb. Shh has also been shown to control the width of the limb bud by stimulating mesenchyme cell proliferation and by regulating the antero-posterior length of the apical ectodermal ridge, the signaling region required for limb bud outgrowth and the laying down of structures along the proximo-distal axis (e...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286748/the-importance-of-rest-for-development-and-function-of-beta-cells
#6
REVIEW
David Martin, Anne Grapin-Botton
Beta cells are defined by the genes they express, many of which are specific to this cell type, and ensure a specific set of functions. Beta cells are also defined by a set of genes they should not express (in order to function properly), and these genes have been called forbidden genes. Among these, the transcriptional repressor RE-1 Silencing Transcription factor (REST) is expressed in most cells of the body, excluding most populations of neurons, as well as pancreatic beta and alpha cells. In the cell types where it is expressed, REST represses the expression of hundreds of genes that are crucial for both neuronal and pancreatic endocrine function, through the recruitment of multiple transcriptional and epigenetic co-regulators...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280720/strategies-to-inhibit-myc-and-their-clinical-applicability
#7
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Jonathan R Whitfield, Marie-Eve Beaulieu, Laura Soucek
Myc is an oncogene deregulated in most-perhaps all-human cancers. Each Myc family member, c-, L-, and N-Myc, has been connected to tumor progression and maintenance. Myc is recognized as a "most wanted" target for cancer therapy, but has for many years been considered undruggable, mainly due to its nuclear localization, lack of a defined ligand binding site, and physiological function essential to the maintenance of normal tissues. The challenge of identifying a pharmacophore capable of overcoming these hurdles is reflected in the current absence of a clinically-viable Myc inhibitor...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271062/gap-junction-in-the-teleost-fish-lineage-duplicated-connexins-may-contribute-to-skin-pattern-formation-and-body-shape-determination
#8
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Masakatsu Watanabe
Gap junctions are intercellular channels that allow passage of ions and small molecules between adjacent cells. Gap junctions in vertebrates are composed of connexons, which are an assembly of six proteins, connexins. Docking of two connexons on the opposite cell surfaces forms a gap junction between the cytoplasm of two neighboring cells. Connexins compose a family of structurally related four-pass transmembrane proteins. In mammals, there are ~20 connexins, each of which contributes to unique permeability of gap junctions, and mutations of some connexin-encoding genes are associated with human diseases...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271061/identification-and-expression-analysis-of-the-complete-family-of-zebrafish-pkd-genes
#9
Samantha J England, Paul C Campbell, Santanu Banerjee, Annika J Swanson, Katharine E Lewis
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) proteins are trans-membrane proteins that have crucial roles in many aspects of vertebrate development and physiology, including the development of many organs as well as left-right patterning and taste. They can be divided into structurally-distinct PKD1-like and PKD2-like proteins and usually one PKD1-like protein forms a heteromeric polycystin complex with a PKD2-like protein. For example, PKD1 forms a complex with PKD2 and mutations in either of these proteins cause Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD), which is the most frequent potentially-lethal single-gene disorder in humans...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265560/functional-redundancy-of-septin-homologs-in-dendritic-branching
#10
Charlotte Kaplan, Mayra Steinmann, Natalia A Zapiorkowska, Helge Ewers
Septins are cytoskeletal GTPases present in nonpolar heteromeric complexes that assemble in a palindromic fashion from two to eight subunits. Mammalian septins function in several fundamental cellular processes at the membrane-cytoskeleton interface including dendritic branching in neurons. Sequence homology divides the 13 mammalian septin genes into four homology groups. Experimental findings suggest that septin function is redundant among septins from one homology group. This is best understood for the isoforms of the SEPT2 group, which form a homodimer at the center of septin complexes...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261581/pbx1-as-pioneer-factor-a-case-still-open
#11
REVIEW
Britta M Grebbin, Dorothea Schulte
Pioneer factors are proteins that can recognize their target sites in barely accessible chromatin and initiate a cascade of events that allows for later transcriptional activation of the respective genes. Pioneer factors are therefore particularly well-suited to initiate cell fate changes. To date, only a small number of pioneer factors have been identified and studied in depth, such as FOXD3/FOXA1, OCT4, or SOX2. Interestingly, several recent studies reported that the PBC transcription factor PBX1 can access transcriptionally inactive genomic loci...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243589/nuclear-compartmentalization-contributes-to-stage-specific-gene-expression-control-in-trypanosoma-cruzi
#12
Lucía Pastro, Pablo Smircich, Andrés Di Paolo, Lorena Becco, María A Duhagon, José Sotelo-Silveira, Beatriz Garat
In the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, as in other trypanosomatids, transcription of protein coding genes occurs in a constitutive fashion, producing large polycistronic transcription units. These units are composed of non-functionally related genes which are pervasively processed to yield each mRNA. Therefore, post-transcriptional processes are crucial to regulate gene expression. Considering that nuclear compartmentalization could contribute to gene expression regulation, we comparatively studied the nuclear, cytoplasmic and whole cell transcriptomes of the non-infective epimastigote stage of T...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224125/how-do-mesenchymal-stem-cells-influence-or-are-influenced-by-microenvironment-through-extracellular-vesicles-communication
#13
REVIEW
Gabriel Dostert, Benjamin Mesure, Patrick Menu, Émilie Velot
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are widely used in cell therapy and tissue engineering thanks to their self-renewal, their multipotency, and their immunomodulatory properties that make them an attractive tool for regenerative medicine. A large part of MSCs positive effects is due to their secretion products which participate in creating a favorable microenvironment and closely relate these cells to other cell types. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) belong to cellular secretions. They are produced by cells continuously or after stimulation (e...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224124/the-mammalian-septin-interactome
#14
REVIEW
Katharina Neubauer, Barbara Zieger
Septins are GTP-binding and membrane-interacting proteins with a highly conserved domain structure involved in various cellular processes, including cytoskeleton organization, cytokinesis, and membrane dynamics. To date, 13 different septin genes have been identified in mammals (SEPT1 to SEPT12 and SEPT14), which can be classified into four distinct subgroups based on the sequence homology of their domain structure (SEPT2, SEPT3, SEPT6, and SEPT7 subgroup). The family members of these subgroups have a strong affinity for other septins and form apolar tri-, hexa-, or octameric complexes consisting of multiple septin polypeptides...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217689/multiple-roles-of-myc-in-integrating-regulatory-networks-of-pluripotent-stem-cells
#15
REVIEW
Luca Fagnocchi, Alessio Zippo
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) are defined by their self-renewal potential, which permits their unlimited propagation, and their pluripotency, being able to generate cell of the three embryonic lineages. These properties render PSCs a valuable tool for both basic and medical research. To induce and stabilize the pluripotent state, complex circuitries involving signaling pathways, transcription regulators and epigenetic mechanisms converge on a core transcriptional regulatory network of PSCs, thus determining their cell identity...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203562/editorial-antimicrobial-peptides-interaction-with-membrane-lipids-and-proteins
#16
EDITORIAL
Leendert W Hamoen, Michaela Wenzel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194397/a-novel-human-tissue-engineered-3-d-functional-vascularized-cardiac-muscle-construct
#17
Mani T Valarmathi, John W Fuseler, Jeffrey M Davis, Robert L Price
Organ tissue engineering, including cardiovascular tissues, has been an area of intense investigation. The major challenge to these approaches has been the inability to vascularize and perfuse the in vitro engineered tissue constructs. Attempts to provide oxygen and nutrients to the cells contained in the biomaterial constructs have had varying degrees of success. The aim of this current study is to develop a three-dimensional (3-D) model of vascularized cardiac tissue to examine the concurrent temporal and spatial regulation of cardiomyogenesis in the context of postnatal de novo vasculogenesis during stem cell cardiac regeneration...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184371/transcriptional-regulation-of-telomerase-reverse-transcriptase-tert-by-myc
#18
REVIEW
Ekta Khattar, Vinay Tergaonkar
Telomerase elongates telomeres and is crucial for maintaining genomic stability. While stem cells and cancer cells display high telomerase activity, normal somatic cells lack telomerase activity primarily due to transcriptional repression of telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT), the catalytic component of telomerase. Transcription factor binding, chromatin status as well as epigenetic modifications at the TERT promoter regulates TERT transcription. Myc is an important transcriptional regulator of TERT that directly controls its expression by promoter binding and associating with other transcription factors...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168188/diversity-of-cnidarian-muscles-function-anatomy-development-and-regeneration
#19
REVIEW
Lucas Leclère, Eric Röttinger
The ability to perform muscle contractions is one of the most important and distinctive features of eumetazoans. As the sister group to bilaterians, cnidarians (sea anemones, corals, jellyfish, and hydroids) hold an informative phylogenetic position for understanding muscle evolution. Here, we review current knowledge on muscle function, diversity, development, regeneration and evolution in cnidarians. Cnidarian muscles are involved in various activities, such as feeding, escape, locomotion and defense, in close association with the nervous system...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154814/induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-for-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
#20
REVIEW
Mohamad Khazaei, Christopher S Ahuja, Michael G Fehlings
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a common cause of mortality and neurological morbidity. Although progress had been made in the last decades in medical, surgical, and rehabilitation treatments for SCI, the outcomes of these approaches are not yet ideal. The use of cell transplantation as a therapeutic strategy for the treatment of SCI is very promising. Cell therapies for the treatment of SCI are limited by several translational road blocks, including ethical concerns in relation to cell sources. The use of iPSCs is particularly attractive, given that they provide an autologous cell source and avoid the ethical and moral considerations of other stem cell sources...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
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