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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882355/cullin-3-mutation-causes-arterial-stiffness-and-hypertension-through-a-vascular-smooth-muscle-mechanism
#1
Larry N Agbor, Stella-Rita C Ibeawuchi, Chunyan Hu, Jing Wu, Deborah R Davis, Henry L Keen, Frederick W Quelle, Curt D Sigmund
Cullin-3 (CUL3) mutations (CUL3Δ9) were previously identified in hypertensive patients with pseudohypoaldosteronism type-II (PHAII), but the mechanism causing hypertension and whether this is driven by renal tubular or extratubular mechanisms remains unknown. We report that selective expression of CUL3Δ9 in smooth muscle acts by interfering with expression and function of endogenous CUL3, resulting in impaired turnover of the CUL3 substrate RhoA, increased RhoA activity, and augmented RhoA/Rho kinase signaling...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882354/bcl-2-associated-athanogene-3-protects-the-heart-from-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#2
Feifei Su, Valerie D Myers, Tijana Knezevic, JuFang Wang, Erhe Gao, Muniswamy Madesh, Farzaneh G Tahrir, Manish K Gupta, Jennifer Gordon, Joseph Rabinowitz, Frederick V Ramsey, Douglas G Tilley, Kamel Khalili, Joseph Y Cheung, Arthur M Feldman
Bcl-2-associated athanogene 3 (BAG3) is an evolutionarily conserved protein expressed at high levels in the heart and the vasculature and in many cancers. While altered BAG3 expression has been associated with cardiac dysfunction, its role in ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) is unknown. To test the hypothesis that BAG3 protects the heart from reperfusion injury, in vivo cardiac function was measured in hearts infected with either recombinant adeno-associated virus serotype 9-expressing (rAAV9-expressing) BAG3 or GFP and subjected to I/R...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882353/longitudinal-pet-imaging-demonstrates-biphasic-car-t-cell-responses-in-survivors
#3
Yogindra Vedvyas, Enda Shevlin, Marjan Zaman, Irene M Min, Alejandro Amor-Coarasa, Spencer Park, Susan Park, Keon-Woo Kwon, Turner Smith, Yonghua Luo, Dohyun Kim, Young Kim, Benedict Law, Richard Ting, John Babich, Moonsoo M Jin
Clinical monitoring of adoptive T cell transfer (ACT) utilizes serial blood analyses to discern T cell activity. While useful, these data are 1-dimensional and lack spatiotemporal information related to treatment efficacy or toxicity. We utilized a human genetic reporter, somatostatin receptor 2 (SSTR2), and PET, to quantitatively and longitudinally visualize whole-body T cell distribution and antitumor dynamics using a clinically approved radiotracer. Initial evaluations determined that SSTR2-expressing T cells were detectable at low densities with high sensitivity and specificity...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882352/quantitative-evaluation-of-the-antiretroviral-efficacy-of-dolutegravir
#4
Sarah B Laskey, Robert F Siliciano
The second-generation HIV-1 integrase strand transfer inhibitor (InSTI) dolutegravir (DTG) has had a major impact on the treatment of HIV-1 infection. Here we describe important but previously undetermined pharmacodynamic parameters for DTG. We show that the dose-response curve slope, which indicates cooperativity and is a major determinant of antiviral activity, is higher for DTG than for first-generation InSTIs. This steepness does not reflect inhibition of multiple steps in the HIV-1 life cycle, as is the case for allosteric integrase inhibitors and HIV-1 protease inhibitors...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882351/activity-of-nav1-2-promotes-neurodegeneration-in-an-animal-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
#5
Benjamin Schattling, Walid Fazeli, Birgit Engeland, Yuanyuan Liu, Holger Lerche, Dirk Isbrandt, Manuel A Friese
Counteracting the progressive neurological disability caused by neuronal and axonal loss is the major unmet clinical need in multiple sclerosis therapy. However, the mechanisms underlying irreversible neuroaxonal degeneration in multiple sclerosis and its animal model experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) are not well understood. A long-standing hypothesis holds that the distribution of voltage-gated sodium channels along demyelinated axons contributes to neurodegeneration by increasing neuroaxonal sodium influx and energy demand during CNS inflammation...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882350/plasma-vesicle-mirnas-for-therapy-response-monitoring-in-hodgkin-lymphoma-patients
#6
Monique A J van Eijndhoven, Josée M Zijlstra, Nils J Groenewegen, Esther E E Drees, Stuart van Niele, S Rubina Baglio, Danijela Koppers-Lalic, Hans van der Voorn, Sten F W M Libregts, Marca H M Wauben, Renee X de Menezes, Jan R T van Weering, Rienk Nieuwland, Lydia Visser, Anke van den Berg, Daphne de Jong, D Michiel Pegtel
BACKGROUND. Cell-free circulating nucleic acids, including 22-nt microRNAs (miRNAs), represent noninvasive biomarkers for treatment response monitoring of cancer patients. While the majority of plasma miRNA is bound to proteins, a smaller, less well-characterized pool is associated with extracellular vesicles (EVs). Here, we addressed whether EV-associated miRNAs reflect metabolic disease in classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) patients. METHODS. With standardized size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), we isolated EV-associated extracellular RNA (exRNA) fractions and protein-bound miRNA from plasma of cHL patients and healthy subjects...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882349/the-airway-epithelium-undergoes-metabolic-reprogramming-in-individuals-at-high-risk-for-lung-cancer
#7
S M Jamshedur Rahman, Xiangming Ji, Lisa J Zimmerman, Ming Li, Bradford K Harris, Megan D Hoeksema, Irina A Trenary, Yong Zou, Jun Qian, Robbert J C Slebos, Jennifer Beane, Avrum Spira, Yu Shyr, Rosana Eisenberg, Daniel C Liebler, Jamey D Young, Pierre P Massion
The molecular determinants of lung cancer risk remain largely unknown. Airway epithelial cells are prone to assault by risk factors and are considered to be the primary cell type involved in the field of cancerization. To investigate risk-associated changes in the bronchial epithelium proteome that may offer new insights into the molecular pathogenesis of lung cancer, proteins were identified in the airway epithelial cells of bronchial brushing specimens from risk-stratified individuals by shotgun proteomics...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882348/humanized-neuronal-chimeric-mouse-brain-generated-by-neonatally-engrafted-human-ipsc-derived-primitive-neural-progenitor-cells
#8
Chen Chen, Woo-Yang Kim, Peng Jiang
The creation of a humanized chimeric mouse nervous system permits the study of human neural development and disease pathogenesis using human cells in vivo. Humanized glial chimeric mice with the brain and spinal cord being colonized by human glial cells have been successfully generated. However, generation of humanized chimeric mouse brains repopulated by human neurons to possess a high degree of chimerism have not been well studied. Here we created humanized neuronal chimeric mouse brains by neonatally engrafting the distinct and highly neurogenic human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived rosette-type primitive neural progenitors...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882347/ml372-blocks-smn-ubiquitination-and-improves-spinal-muscular-atrophy-pathology-in-mice
#9
Mahlet B Abera, Jingbo Xiao, Jonathan Nofziger, Steve Titus, Noel Southall, Wei Zheng, Kasey E Moritz, Marc Ferrer, Jonathan J Cherry, Elliot J Androphy, Amy Wang, Xin Xu, Christopher Austin, Kenneth H Fischbeck, Juan J Marugan, Barrington G Burnett
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive neuromuscular disease and one of the leading inherited causes of infant mortality. SMA results from insufficient levels of the survival motor neuron (SMN) protein, and studies in animal models of the disease have shown that increasing SMN protein levels ameliorates the disease phenotype. Our group previously identified and optimized a new series of small molecules, with good potency and toxicity profiles and reasonable pharmacokinetics, that were able to increase SMN protein levels in SMA patient-derived cells...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882346/epigenetic-regulation-of-macrophage-polarization-and-inflammation-by-dna-methylation-in-obesity
#10
Xianfeng Wang, Qiang Cao, Liqing Yu, Huidong Shi, Bingzhong Xue, Hang Shi
Obesity is associated with increased classically activated M1 adipose tissue macrophages (ATMs) and decreased alternatively activated M2 ATMs, both of which contribute to obesity-induced inflammation and insulin resistance. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. We find that inhibiting DNA methylation pharmacologically using 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine or genetically by DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) deletion promotes alternative activation and suppresses inflammation in macrophages. Consistently, mice with myeloid DNMT1 deficiency exhibit enhanced macrophage alternative activation, suppressed macrophage inflammation, and are protected from obesity-induced inflammation and insulin resistance...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882345/institutional-implementation-of-clinical-tumor-profiling-on-an-unselected-cancer-population
#11
Lynette M Sholl, Khanh Do, Priyanka Shivdasani, Ethan Cerami, Adrian M Dubuc, Frank C Kuo, Elizabeth P Garcia, Yonghui Jia, Phani Davineni, Ryan P Abo, Trevor J Pugh, Paul van Hummelen, Aaron R Thorner, Matthew Ducar, Alice H Berger, Mizuki Nishino, Katherine A Janeway, Alanna Church, Marian Harris, Lauren L Ritterhouse, Joshua D Campbell, Vanesa Rojas-Rudilla, Azra H Ligon, Shakti Ramkissoon, James M Cleary, Ursula Matulonis, Geoffrey R Oxnard, Richard Chao, Vanessa Tassell, James Christensen, William C Hahn, Philip W Kantoff, David J Kwiatkowski, Bruce E Johnson, Matthew Meyerson, Levi A Garraway, Geoffrey I Shapiro, Barrett J Rollins, Neal I Lindeman, Laura E MacConaill
BACKGROUND. Comprehensive genomic profiling of a patient's cancer can be used to diagnose, monitor, and recommend treatment. Clinical implementation of tumor profiling in an enterprise-wide, unselected cancer patient population has yet to be reported. METHODS. We deployed a hybrid-capture and massively parallel sequencing assay (OncoPanel) for all adult and pediatric patients at our combined cancer centers. Results were categorized by pathologists based on actionability. We report the results for the first 3,727 patients tested...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882344/slit2-robo2-signaling-pathway-inhibits-nonmuscle-myosin-iia-activity-and-destabilizes-kidney-podocyte-adhesion
#12
Xueping Fan, Hongying Yang, Sudhir Kumar, Kathleen E Tumelty, Anna Pisarek-Horowitz, Hila Milo Rasouly, Richa Sharma, Stefanie Chan, Edyta Tyminski, Michael Shamashkin, Mostafa Belghasem, Joel M Henderson, Anthony J Coyle, David J Salant, Stephen P Berasi, Weining Lu
The repulsive guidance cue SLIT2 and its receptor ROBO2 are required for kidney development and podocyte foot process structure, but the SLIT2/ROBO2 signaling mechanism regulating podocyte function is not known. Here we report that a potentially novel signaling pathway consisting of SLIT/ROBO Rho GTPase activating protein 1 (SRGAP1) and nonmuscle myosin IIA (NMIIA) regulates podocyte adhesion downstream of ROBO2. We found that the myosin II regulatory light chain (MRLC), a subunit of NMIIA, interacts directly with SRGAP1 and forms a complex with ROBO2/SRGAP1/NMIIA in the presence of SLIT2...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882343/proapoptotic-protein-bim-attenuates-estrogen-enhanced-survival-in-lymphangioleiomyomatosis
#13
Chenggang Li, Na Li, Xiaolei Liu, Erik Y Zhang, Yang Sun, Kouhei Masuda, Jing Li, Julia Sun, Tasha Morrison, Xiangke Li, Yuanguang Chen, Jiang Wang, Nagla A Karim, Yi Zhang, John Blenis, Mauricio J Reginato, Elizabeth P Henske, Jane J Yu
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a progressive lung disease that primarily affects young women. Genetic evidence suggests that LAM cells bearing TSC2 mutations migrate to the lungs, proliferate, and cause cystic remodeling. The female predominance indicates that estrogen plays a critical role in LAM pathogenesis, and we have proposed that estrogen promotes LAM cell metastasis by inhibition of anoikis. We report here that estrogen increased LAM patient-derived cells' resistance to anoikis in vitro, accompanied by decreased accumulation of the proapoptotic protein Bim, an activator of anoikis...
November 17, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812547/acute-hemodynamic-effects-of-inhaled-sodium-nitrite-in-pulmonary-hypertension-associated-with-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#14
Marc A Simon, Rebecca R Vanderpool, Mehdi Nouraie, Timothy N Bachman, Pamela M White, Masataka Sugahara, John Gorcsan, Ed L Parsley, Mark T Gladwin
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is associated with poor outcomes, yet specific treatments only exist for a small subset of patients. The most common form of PH is that associated with left heart disease (Group 2), for which there is no approved therapy. Nitrite has shown efficacy in preclinical animal models of Group 1 and 2 PH, as well as in patients with left heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). We evaluated the safety and efficacy of a potentially novel inhaled formulation of nitrite in PH-HFpEF patients as compared with Group 1 and 3 PH...
November 3, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812546/%C3%AE-cell-specific-increased-expression-of-calpastatin-prevents-diabetes-induced-by-islet-amyloid-polypeptide-toxicity
#15
Tatyana Gurlo, Safia Costes, Jonathan D Hoang, Jacqueline F Rivera, Alexandra E Butler, Peter C Butler
The islet in type 2 diabetes (T2D) shares many features of the brain in protein misfolding diseases. There is a deficit of β cells with islet amyloid derived from islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP), a protein coexpressed with insulin. Small intracellular membrane-permeant oligomers, the most toxic form of IAPP, are more frequent in β cells of patients with T2D and rodents expressing human IAPP. β Cells in T2D, and affected cells in neurodegenerative diseases, share a comparable pattern of molecular pathology, including endoplasmic reticulum stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, attenuation of autophagy, and calpain hyperactivation...
November 3, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812545/low-dose-il-2-selectively-activates-subsets-of-cd4-tregs-and-nk-cells
#16
Masahiro Hirakawa, Tiago Matos, Hongye Liu, John Koreth, Haesook T Kim, Nicole E Paul, Kazuyuki Murase, Jennifer Whangbo, Ana C Alho, Sarah Nikiforow, Corey Cutler, Vincent T Ho, Philippe Armand, Edwin P Alyea, Joseph H Antin, Bruce R Blazar, Joao F Lacerda, Robert J Soiffer, Jerome Ritz
CD4(+) regulatory T cells (CD4Tregs) play a critical role in the maintenance of immune tolerance and prevention of chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. IL-2 supports the proliferation and survival of CD4Tregs and previous studies have demonstrated that IL-2 induces selective expansion of CD4Tregs and improves clinical manifestations of chronic GVHD. However, mechanisms for selective activation of CD4Tregs and the effects of low-dose IL-2 on other immune cells are not well understood...
November 3, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812544/akt-and-shp-1-are-dc-intrinsic-checkpoints-for-tumor-immunity
#17
Yaron Carmi, Tyler R Prestwood, Matthew H Spitzer, Ian L Linde, Jonathan Chabon, Nathan E Reticker-Flynn, Nupur Bhattacharya, Hong Zhang, Xiangyue Zhang, Pamela A Basto, Bryan M Burt, Michael N Alonso, Edgar G Engleman
BM-derived DC (BMDC) are powerful antigen-presenting cells. When loaded with immune complexes (IC), consisting of tumor antigens bound to antitumor antibody, BMDC induce powerful antitumor immunity in mice. However, attempts to employ this strategy clinically with either tumor-associated DC (TADC) or monocyte-derived DC (MoDC) have been disappointing. To investigate the basis for this phenomenon, we compared the response of BMDC, TADC, and MoDC to tumor IgG-IC. Our findings revealed, in both mice and humans, that upon exposure to IgG-IC, BMDC internalized the IC, increased costimulatory molecule expression, and stimulated autologous T cells...
November 3, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812543/duox1-mediates-persistent-epithelial-egfr-activation-mucous-cell-metaplasia-and-airway-remodeling-during-allergic-asthma
#18
Aida Habibovic, Milena Hristova, David E Heppner, Karamatullah Danyal, Jennifer L Ather, Yvonne M W Janssen-Heininger, Charles G Irvin, Matthew E Poynter, Lennart K Lundblad, Anne E Dixon, Miklos Geiszt, Albert van der Vliet
Chronic inflammation with mucous metaplasia and airway remodeling are hallmarks of allergic asthma, and these outcomes have been associated with enhanced expression and activation of EGFR signaling. Here, we demonstrate enhanced expression of EGFR ligands such as amphiregulin as well as constitutive EGFR activation in cultured nasal epithelial cells from asthmatic subjects compared with nonasthmatic controls and in lung tissues of mice during house dust mite-induced (HDM-induced) allergic inflammation. EGFR activation was associated with cysteine oxidation within EGFR and the nonreceptor tyrosine kinase Src, and both amphiregulin production and oxidative EGFR activation were diminished by pharmacologic or genetic inhibition of the epithelial NADPH oxidase dual oxidase 1 (DUOX1)...
November 3, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812542/activating-transcription-factor-4-promotes-mineralization-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#19
Masashi Masuda, Shinobu Miyazaki-Anzai, Audrey L Keenan, Yuji Shiozaki, Kayo Okamura, Wallace S Chick, Kristina Williams, Xiaoyun Zhao, Shaikh Mizanoor Rahman, Yin Tintut, Christopher M Adams, Makoto Miyazaki
Emerging evidence indicates that upregulation of the ER stress-induced pro-osteogenic transcription factor ATF4 plays an important role in vascular calcification, a common complication in patients with aging, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease (CKD). In this study, we demonstrated the pathophysiological role of ATF4 in vascular calcification using global Atf4 KO, smooth muscle cell-specific (SMC-specific) Atf4 KO, and transgenic (TG) mouse models. Reduced expression of ATF4 in global ATF4-haplodeficient and SMC-specific Atf4 KO mice reduced medial and atherosclerotic calcification under normal kidney and CKD conditions...
November 3, 2016: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812541/muscle-oxidative-phosphorylation-quantitation-using-creatine-chemical-exchange-saturation-transfer-crcest-mri-in-mitochondrial-disorders
#20
Catherine DeBrosse, Ravi Prakash Reddy Nanga, Neil Wilson, Kevin D'Aquilla, Mark Elliott, Hari Hariharan, Felicia Yan, Kristin Wade, Sara Nguyen, Diana Worsley, Chevonne Parris-Skeete, Elizabeth McCormick, Rui Xiao, Zuela Zolkipli Cunningham, Lauren Fishbein, Katherine L Nathanson, David R Lynch, Virginia A Stallings, Marc Yudkoff, Marni J Falk, Ravinder Reddy, Shana E McCormack
Systemic mitochondrial energy deficiency is implicated in the pathophysiology of many age-related human diseases. Currently available tools to estimate mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) capacity in skeletal muscle in vivo lack high anatomic resolution. Muscle groups vary with respect to their contractile and metabolic properties. Therefore, muscle group-specific estimates of OXPHOS would be advantageous. To address this need, a noninvasive creatine chemical exchange saturation transfer (CrCEST) MRI technique has recently been developed, which provides a measure of free creatine...
November 3, 2016: JCI Insight
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