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Xiaodan Luo, Lihua Xu, Yangqiu Li, Huo Tan
Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) induced by host antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and donor-derived T cells remains the major limitation of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (allo-BMT). Notch signaling pathway is a highly conserved cell-cell communication that is important in T cell development. Recently, Notch signaling pathway is reported to be involved in regulating GVHD. To investigate the role of Notch inhibition in modulating GVHD, we established MHC-mismatched murine allo-BMT model. We found that inhibition of Notch signaling pathway by γ-secretase inhibitor in vivo could reduce aGVHD, which was shown by the onset time of aGVHD, body weight, clinical aGVHD scores, pathology aGVHD scores, and survival...
October 21, 2016: Cell Biology and Toxicology
Shasha Li, Hao Hu, Zhiheng He, Deguang Liang, Rui Sun, Ke Lan
Kaposi's sarcoma (KS)-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is an oncogenic pathogen that displays latent and lytic life cycles. In KS lesions, infiltrated immune cells, secreted viral and/or cellular cytokines, and hypoxia orchestrate a chronic pro-lytic microenvironment that can promote KSHV reactivation. However, only a small subset of viruses spontaneously undergoes lytic replication in this pro-lytic microenvironment while the majority remains in latency. Here, we show that the expression of the Notch ligand JAG1 is induced by KSHV-encoded replication and transcription activator (RTA) during reactivation...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Michael Rehman, Sreeharsha Gurrapu, Gabriella Cagnoni, Lorena Capparuccia, Luca Tamagnone
The secreted semaphorin Sema3E controls cell migration and invasiveness in cancer cells. Sema3E-receptor, PlexinD1, is frequently upregulated in melanoma, breast, colon, ovarian and prostate cancers; however, the mechanisms underlying PlexinD1 upregulation and the downstream events elicited in tumor cells are still unclear. Here we show that the canonical RBPjk-dependent Notch signaling cascade controls PlexinD1 expression in primary endothelial and cancer cells. Transcriptional activation was studied by quantitative PCR and promoter activity reporter assays...
2016: PloS One
Jiayuan Huang, Yitian Chen, Junyang Li, Kai Zhang, Jing Chen, Dongqin Chen, Bing Feng, Haizhu Song, Jifeng Feng, Rui Wang, Longbang Chen
We previously demonstrated that expression of Notch-1 is associated with poor prognosis in lung adenocarcinoma (LAD) patients. The aim of this study is to reveal whether Notch-1 was associated with Taxanes-resistant LAD and, the underlying mechanisms. We collected 39 patients of advanced LAD treated with Taxanes and found that positive Notch-1 expression is closely related to LAD lymph node metastasis, recurrence and poorer prognosis, and Notch-1 acts as an independent poor prognostic factor in LAD by multivariate analysis with Cox regression model...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Nameeta P Richard, Raffaella Pippa, Megan M Cleary, Alka Puri, Deanne Tibbitts, Shawn Mahmood, Dale J Christensen, Sophia Jeng, Shannon McWeeney, A Thomas Look, Bill H Chang, Jeffrey W Tyner, Michael P Vitek, María D Odero, Rosalie Sears, Anupriya Agarwal
Recent evidence suggests that inhibition of protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) tumor suppressor activity via the SET oncoprotein contributes to the pathogenesis of various cancers. Here we demonstrate that both SET and c-MYC expression are frequently elevated in T-ALL cell lines and primary samples compared to healthy T cells. Treatment of T-ALL cells with the SET antagonist OP449 restored the activity of PP2A and reduced SET interaction with the PP2A catalytic subunit, resulting in a decrease in cell viability and c-MYC expression in a dose-dependent manner...
October 1, 2016: Oncotarget
Fernanda Silva, Ana Félix, Jacinta Serpa
Epithelial ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecologic malignancy, despite advances in treatment. The most common histological type, high-grade ovarian serous carcinoma (OSC) is usually diagnosed at an advanced stage, and although these types of tumors frequently respond to surgery and platinum-based chemotherapy, they usually recur. Ovarian clear cell carcinoma (OCCC) is an unusual histological type, which is known to be intrinsically chemoresistant and is associated with poor prognosis in advanced stages...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
M Majidinia, E Alizadeh, B Yousefi, M Akbarzadeh, A Mihanfar, M Rahmati-Yamchi, N Zarghami
Background: Ovarian cancer is one of the most lethal gynecological malignancies and numerous changes in signaling cascades are involved in the initiation and progression of ovarian cancerous cells. Here, we investigated the role of NF-κB and Notch pathways inhibition on human ovarian cancer OVCAR-3 cells proliferation and IκB-α and Hes-1 expression as 2 key genes in these pathways regulation. Methods: The effects of Bay 11-7085 and DAPT, NF-κB and Notch pathways specific inhibitors, on cell proliferation were evaluated using MTT assay...
September 29, 2016: Drug Research
M Massimiani, S Salvi, D Piccirilli, L Vecchione, S Moresi, S Ferrazzani, H Stuhlmann, L Campagnolo
INTRODUCTION: Placental development requires invasion and differentiation of trophoblast cells, together with coordinated fetal vasculogenesis and maternal vascular remodeling. During placental development, extravillous cytotrophoblasts invade the uterine spiral arteries of the decidua and myometrium. These invasive cytotrophoblasts replace the endothelial layer of the maternal spiral arteries, transforming them from high-resistance vessels into large-caliber capacitance vessels capable of adequately nourishing the fetus...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Yi-Liang Bi, Min Min, Wei Shen, Yan Liu
The present study aims to evaluate whether repression of the Numb/Notch signaling pathway affects the radiosensitivity of human pancreatic cancer cell lines. Different doses of X-rays (0, 2, 3, 4, and 5 Gy) were applied to the PANC-1, SW1990, and MIA PaCa-2 human pancreatic cancer cell lines, and the Numb/Notch pathway inhibitor DAPT was added at different doses (0, 1, 3, and 5 μmol/l). MTT assay, colony formation assay, flow cytometry, scratch assay, and Transwell experiments were performed, and qRT-PCR and Western blot were conducted for the detection of Numb expression...
September 27, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Mark Y Chiang, Qing Wang, Anna C Gormley, Sarah J Stein, Lanwei Xu, Olga Shestova, Jon C Aster, Warren S Pear
Activating NOTCH1 mutations are frequent in human T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) and Notch inhibitors (gamma-secretase inhibitors or GSI) have produced responses in patients with relapsed, refractory disease. However, sustained responses, while reported, are uncommon, suggesting other pathways can substitute for Notch in T-ALL. To address this possibility, we first generated Kras(G12D) transgenic mice with T-cell specific expression of the pan-Notch inhibitor, DNMAML. These mice developed leukemia, but instead of accessing alternative oncogenic pathways, the tumor cells acquired Notch1 mutations and subsequently deleted DNMAML, reinforcing the notion that activated Notch1 is particularly transforming within the context of T-cell progenitors...
September 26, 2016: Blood
Toshiki Okubo, Akio Iwanami, Jun Kohyama, Go Itakura, Soya Kawabata, Yuichiro Nishiyama, Keiko Sugai, Masahiro Ozaki, Tsuyoshi Iida, Kohei Matsubayashi, Morio Matsumoto, Masaya Nakamura, Hideyuki Okano
Neural stem/progenitor cells (NS/PCs) derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) are considered to be a promising cell source for cell-based interventions that target CNS disorders. We previously reported that transplanting certain hiPSC-NS/PCs in the spinal cord results in tumor-like overgrowth of hiPSC-NS/PCs and subsequent deterioration of motor function. Remnant immature cells should be removed or induced into more mature cell types to avoid adverse effects of hiPSC-NS/PC transplantation...
October 11, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
Laura Asnaghi, Arushi Tripathy, Qian Yang, Harpreet Kaur, Allison Hanaford, Wayne Yu, Charles G Eberhart
Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular malignancy of childhood. Notch plays a key role in retinal cells from which retinoblastomas arise, and we therefore studied the role of Notch signaling in promoting retinoblastoma proliferation. Moderate or strong nuclear expression of Hes1 was found in 10 of 11 human retinoblastoma samples analyzed immunohistochemically, supporting a role for Notch in retinoblastoma growth. Notch pathway components were present in WERI Rb1 and Y79 retinoblastoma lines, with Jag2 and DLL4 more highly expressed than other ligands, and Notch1 and Notch2 more abundant than Notch3...
September 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Rita Dorantes-Heredia, José Manuel Ruiz-Morales, Fernando Cano-García
Lung cancer is the principal cause of cancer-related death worldwide. The use of targeted therapies, especially tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), in specific groups of patients has dramatically improved the prognosis of this disease, although inevitably some patients will develop resistance to these drugs during active treatment. The most common cancer-associated acquired mutation is the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) Thr790Met (T790M) mutation. During active treatment with targeted therapies, histopathological transformation to small-cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) can occur in 3-15% of patients with non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) tumors...
August 2016: Translational Lung Cancer Research
Lingbao Gao, Keyu Yuan, Wei Ding, Mei Lin
Notch signaling is a well-conserved cell-fate determining factor in embryo development, and the dyregulation of this signaling is frequently observed in many types of cancers, including hematological malignancies. In this review, we briefly describe the Notch signaling pathway, and we primarily focus on the relationship between Notch and hematological malignancies. We also discuss the clinical development of promising agents including γ-secretase inhibitors (GSIs) and monoclonal antibodies (mAbs). Complete response has been observed among patients with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) when treated with GSIs...
2016: Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression
David Reichman, Limor Man, Laura Park, Raphael Lis, Jeannine Gerhardt, Zev Rosenwaks, Daylon James
During development, endothelial cells (EC) display tissue-specific attributes that are unique to each vascular bed, as well as generic signaling mechanisms that are broadly applied to create a patent circulatory system. We have previously utilized human embryonic stem cells (hESC) to generate tissue-specific EC sub-types (Rafii et al., 2013) and identify pathways that govern growth and trans-differentiation potential of hESC-derived ECs (James et al., 2010). Here, we elucidate a novel Notch-dependent mechanism that induces endothelial to mesenchymal transition (EndMT) in confluent monolayer cultures of hESC-derived ECs...
September 13, 2016: Stem Cell Research
L Castagnoli, G C Ghedini, A Koschorke, T Triulzi, M Dugo, P Gasparini, P Casalini, A Palladini, M Iezzi, A Lamolinara, P L Lollini, P Nanni, C Chiodoni, E Tagliabue, S M Pupa
We have previously shown that the d16HER2 splice variant is linked to HER2-positive breast cancer (BC) tumorigenesis, progression and response to Trastuzumab. However, the mechanisms by which d16HER2 contributes to HER2-driven aggressiveness and targeted therapy susceptibility remain uncertain. Here, we report that the d16HER2-positive mammary tumor cell lines MI6 and MI7, derived from spontaneous lesions of d16HER2 transgenic (tg) mice and resembling the aggressive features of primary lesions, are enriched in the expression of Wnt, Notch and epithelial-mesenchymal transition pathways related genes compared with full-length wild-type (WT) HER2-positive cells (WTHER2_1 and WTHER2_2) derived from spontaneous tumors arising in WTHER2 tg mice...
September 19, 2016: Oncogene
Yiwei Wang, Shuiliang Yu, Dan Huang, Min Cui, Huankai Hu, Lihua Zhang, Weihuan Wang, Neetha Parameswaran, Mark Jackson, Barbara Osborne, Barbara Bedogni, Chaoyang Li, Man-Sun Sy, Wei Xin, Lan Zhou
Up-regulation of human prion protein (PrP) in patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is associated with a poor prognosis. However, the underlying molecular mechanism of PrP-mediated tumorigenesis is not completely understood. In this study, we found that PDAC cell lines can be divided into either PrP high expresser or PrP low expresser. In addition to filamin A (FLNA), PrP interacts with Notch1, forming a PrP/FLNA/Notch1 complex. Silencing PrP in high-expresser cells decreases Notch1 expression and Notch1 signaling...
September 14, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Martina Konantz, Elisa Alghisi, Joëlle S Müller, Anna Lenard, Virginie Esain, Kelli J Carroll, Lothar Kanz, Trista E North, Claudia Lengerke
During development, hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) emerge from aortic endothelial cells (ECs) through an intermediate stage called hemogenic endothelium by a process known as endothelial-to-hematopoietic transition (EHT). While Notch signaling, including its upstream regulator Vegf, is known to regulate this process, the precise molecular control and temporal specificity of Notch activity remain unclear. Here, we identify the zebrafish transcriptional regulator evi1 as critically required for Notch-mediated EHT In vivo live imaging studies indicate that evi1 suppression impairs EC progression to hematopoietic fate and therefore HSC emergence...
September 16, 2016: EMBO Journal
Christopher A Lopez, Brittany M Miller, Fabian Rivera-Chávez, Eric M Velazquez, Mariana X Byndloss, Alfredo Chávez-Arroyo, Kristen L Lokken, Renée M Tsolis, Sebastian E Winter, Andreas J Bäumler
Citrobacter rodentium uses a type III secretion system (T3SS) to induce colonic crypt hyperplasia in mice, thereby gaining an edge during its competition with the gut microbiota through an unknown mechanism. Here, we show that by triggering colonic crypt hyperplasia, the C. rodentium T3SS induced an excessive expansion of undifferentiated Ki67-positive epithelial cells, which increased oxygenation of the mucosal surface and drove an aerobic C. rodentium expansion in the colon. Treatment of mice with the γ-secretase inhibitor dibenzazepine to diminish Notch-driven colonic crypt hyperplasia curtailed the fitness advantage conferred by aerobic respiration during C...
September 16, 2016: Science
Shuman Zhang, Pan Wang, Lili Ren, Chunli Hu, Jing Bi
BACKGROUND: Amyloid-beta (Aβ) plays a key role in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis, and soluble Aβ oligomers are more cytotoxic than Aβ fibrils. Recent evidence suggests that Notch signaling is affected by AD and other brain diseases. Melatonin exerts beneficial effects on many aspects of AD and may protect against myocardial ischemia via Notch1 signaling regulation. Therefore, we hypothesized that the Notch1 signaling pathway is involved in the neuroprotective role of melatonin against soluble Aβ1-42...
2016: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
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