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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431315/effects-of-pm2-5-exposure-on-the-notch-signaling-pathway-and-immune-imbalance-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Xing-Yu Gu, Xu Chu, Xiao-Li Zeng, Hai-Rong Bao, Xiao-Ju Liu
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is associated with T lymphocytes subset (Th1/Th2, Th17/Treg) imbalance. Notch signaling pathway plays a key role in the development of the adaptive immunity. The immune disorder induced by fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is related to COPD. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism by which PM2.5 influences the Notch signaling pathway leading to worsening immune disorder and accelerating COPD development. A COPD mouse model was established by cigarette smoke exposure...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428712/notch-signaling-mediated-by-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-pathway-in-concanavalin-a-induced-liver-fibrosis-in-rats
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Yi Wang, Ruo-Wu Shen, Bing Han, Zhen Li, Le Xiong, Feng-Yu Zhang, Bei-Bei Cong, Bei Zhang
AIM: To explore the exact interaction between Notch and transforming growth factor (TGF)-β signaling in liver fibrosis. METHODS: We established a rat model of liver fibrosis induced by concanavalin A. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were isolated from the modeled rats, and cultured with γ-secretase inhibitor DAPT and TGF-β inhibitor for 24 h. The mRNA levels of Notch and TGF-β signaling were detected by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction...
April 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424456/paraquat-poisoning-induced-pulmonary-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-through-notch1-pathway
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Tiegang Li, Xiangming Yang, Shiyu Xin, Yan Cao, Nana Wang
Progressive pulmonary fibrosis is the most characteristic feature of subacute PQ poisoning. Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is reported to be involved in the pulmonary fibrosis after PQ exposure. Recent evidence suggested Notch signaling is required for EMT. In this study, we investigated whether Notch1 and TGF-β1/Smad3 signaling was involved in EMT caused by PQ. It is demonstrated that A549 cells underwent EMT after treated with PQ at dose of 300 μmol/L for 6 days, charactered by increasing expression of mesenchymal marker α-SMA and decreasing expression of epithelial marker E-cadherin...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416766/notch3-overexpression-enhances-progression-and-chemoresistance-of-urothelial-carcinoma
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Heng Zhang, Limei Liu, Chungang Liu, Jinhong Pan, Gensheng Lu, Zhansong Zhou, Zhiwen Chen, Cheng Qian
Abnormal activation of Notch signaling is involved in the etiology of various diseases, including cancer, but the association between Notch3 expression in urothelial cancer and clinical outcome remains unclear, and the molecular mechanisms underlying Notch3 signaling activation are not well defined. In this study we examined 59 urothelial cancer patients and found that Notch3 was more highly expressed in human urothelial cancer tissues than in non-tumorous bladder tissue samples, with Notch3 overexpression being associated with poor clinical outcome...
March 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415816/targeting-the-pim-protein-kinases-for-the-treatment-of-a-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-subset
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Sathish K R Padi, Libia A Luevano, Ningfei An, Ritu Pandey, Neha Singh, Jin H Song, Jon C Aster, Xue-Zhong Yu, Shikhar Mehrotra, Andrew S Kraft
New approaches are needed for the treatment of patients with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) who fail to achieve remission with chemotherapy. Analysis of the effects of pan-PIM protein kinase inhibitors on human T-ALL cell lines demonstrated that the sensitive cell lines expressed higher PIM1 protein kinase levels, whereas T-ALL cell lines with NOTCH mutations tended to have lower levels of PIM1 kinase and were insensitive to these inhibitors. NOTCH-mutant cells selected for resistance to gamma secretase inhibitors developed elevated PIM1 kinase levels and increased sensitivity to PIM inhibitors...
March 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413462/identification-of-mirna-biomarkers-of-pneumonia-using-rna-sequencing-and-bioinformatics-analysis
#6
Sai Huang, Cong Feng, Yong-Zhi Zhai, Xuan Zhou, Bei Li, Li-Li Wang, Wei Chen, Fa-Qin Lv, Tan-Shi Li
Pneumonia is a lower respiratory tract infection that causes dramatic mortality worldwide. The present study aimed to investigate the pathogenesis of pneumonia and identify microRNA (miRNA) biomarkers as candidates for targeted therapy. RNA from the peripheral blood plasma of participants with pneumonia (severe, n=9; non-severe, n=9) and controls (n=9) was isolated and paired-end sequencing was performed on an Illumina HiSeq4000 system. Following the processing of raw reads, the sequences were aligned against the Genome Reference Consortium human genome assembly 38 reference genome using Bowtie2 software...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410452/notch-signaling-regulates-circulating-t-helper-22-cells-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c
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Ben-Chun Jiang, Xin Liu, Xiao-Hong Liu, Zhen-Sheng-Nan Li, Guang-Ze Zhu
Notch signaling enhanced the response of interleukin (IL)-22-producing CD4(+) T cells that were defined as T helper 22 (Th22) cells, and Notch-aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR)-IL-22 axis fine-tuned inflammatory response. Previous studies have demonstrated that both Notch signaling and Th22 cells took part in the pathogenesis of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Thus, in this study, we aimed at examining the regulatory role of Notch signaling in Th22 cells in HCV infection. A total of 59 patients with chronic hepatitis C and 22 normal controls (NCs) were enrolled in this study...
April 14, 2017: Viral Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410270/the-aurora-kinase-inhibitor-amg-900-increases-apoptosis-and-induces-chemosensitivity-to-anticancer-drugs-in-the-nci-h295-adrenocortical-carcinoma-cell-line
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Kleiton S Borges, Augusto F Andrade, Vanessa S Silveira, David S Marco Antonio, Elton J R Vasconcelos, Sonir R R Antonini, Luiz G Tone, Carlos A Scrideli
Adrenocortical tumor (ACT) is a malignancy with a low incidence rate and the current therapy for advanced disease has a limited impact on overall patient survival. A previous study from our group suggested that elevated expression of aurora-A and aurora-B is associated with poor outcome in childhood ACT. Similar results were also reported for adult ACTs. The present in-vitro study shows that AMG 900 inhibits aurora kinases in adrenocortical carcinoma cells. AMG 900 inhibited cell proliferation in NCI-H295 cells as well as in the ACT primary cultures and caused apoptosis in the cell line NCI-H295...
April 13, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400072/notch-signaling-pathway-promotes-the-development-of-ovine-ovarian-follicular-granulosa-cells
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Jiongjie Jing, Xiaolong Jiang, Jianwei Chen, Xiaolei Yao, Miaomiao Zhao, Pengfei Li, Yangyang Pan, Youshe Ren, Wenzhong Liu, Lihua Lyu
The Notch signaling pathway regulates cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis involved in development of the organs and tissues such as nervous system, cartilage, lungs, kidneys and prostate as well as the ovarian follicles. This study aimed to investigate the mRNA expression and localization of NOTCH2, as the key factor in Notch signaling pathway. This was determined by PCR, real-time PCR and immunohistochemistry. Additionally, the effects of inhibiting Notch signaling pathway with different concentrations (5μM, 10μM and 20μM) of N-[N-(3, 5-Difuorophenacetyl)-l-alanyl]-S-phenylglycine t-butyl ester (DAPT), an inhibitor of Notch signaling pathway, on ovine granulosa cells was determined in vitro by detecting estradiol production using enzyme linked immunosorbent assay and expressions of the genes related to the cell cycle and apoptosis using real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
March 28, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396518/rapamycin-efficiently-promotes-cardiac-differentiation-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Qin Lu, Zhuqing Jia, Yang Wang, Weiping Wang, Zhe Yang, Tao Li, Yuyao Tian, Ping Chen, Kangtao Ma, Yinan Liu, Chunyan Zhou
To investigate the effects of the rapamycin on cardiac differentiation, murine ESCs was induced to cardiomyocytes by 10(-4) M ascorbic acid (AA), 20 nM rapamycin alone or 0.1‰ solvent dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). We found that rapamycin alone was insufficient to initiate cardiomyogenesis. Then the ESCs was treated with AA and rapamycin (20 nM) or AA and DMSO (0.1‰) as a control. Compared with control, mESCs treated with rapamycin (20 nM) and AA yielded a significantly higher percentage of cardiomyocytes, as confirmed by percentage of beating EBs, the immunofluorescence and FACS analysis...
April 10, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385373/computed-tomography-features-of-lung-adenocarcinomas-with-programmed-death-ligand-1-expression
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Gouji Toyokawa, Kazuki Takada, Tatsuro Okamoto, Mototsugu Shimokawa, Yuka Kozuma, Taichi Matsubara, Naoki Haratake, Shinkichi Takamori, Takaki Akamine, Masakazu Katsura, Fumihiro Shoji, Yoshinao Oda, Yoshihiko Maehara
INTRODUCTION: The development of immune checkpoint inhibitors against programmed death 1 has paved the way for a new era of treatment of lung cancer. Programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) is expected to predict the response of immune checkpoint inhibitors in lung cancer. Predicting PD-L1 expression using a noninvasive method before immunotherapy would, therefore, help identify patients for whom immunotherapy can be successful. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 394 patients with resected lung adenocarcinoma who had undergone preoperative thin-section computed tomography (CT) were analyzed for PD-L1 expression by immunohistochemistry and evaluated to determine the association between PD-L1 expression and CT characteristics, including convergence, surrounding ground glass opacity (GGO), air bronchogram, notching, pleural indentation, spiculation, and cavitation...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372569/cancer-metastasis-issues-and-challenges
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EDITORIAL
Chao-Nan Qian, Yan Mei, Jian Zhang
Metastasis is the major cause of treatment failure in cancer patients and of cancer-related deaths. This editorial discusses how cancer metastasis may be better perceived and controlled. Based on big-data analyses, a collection of 150 important pro-metastatic genes was studied. Using The Cancer Genome Atlas datasets to re-analyze the effect of some previously reported metastatic genes-e.g., JAM2, PPARGC1A, SIK2, and TRAF6-on overall survival of patients with renal and liver cancers, we found that these genes are actually protective factors for patients with cancer...
April 3, 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371279/ephb4-forward-signalling-mediates-angiogenesis-caused-by-ccm3-pdcd10-ablation
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Chao You, Kai Zhao, Philipp Dammann, Kathy Keyvani, Ilonka Kreitschmann-Andermahr, Ulrich Sure, Yuan Zhu
CCM3, also named as PDCD10, is a ubiquitous protein expressed in nearly all tissues and in various types of cells. It is essential for vascular development and post-natal vessel maturation. Loss-of-function mutation of CCM3 predisposes for the familial form of cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM). We have previously shown that knock-down of CCM3 stimulated endothelial angiogenesis via impairing DLL4-Notch signalling; moreover, loss of endothelial CCM3 stimulated tumour angiogenesis and promoted tumour growth...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356132/down-regulation-of-e-cadherin-enhances-prostate-cancer-chemoresistance-via-notch-signaling
#14
Wenchu Wang, Lihui Wang, Atsushi Mizokami, Junlin Shi, Chunlin Zou, Jinlu Dai, Evan T Keller, Yi Lu, Jian Zhang
BACKGROUND: The chemoresistance of prostate cancer (PCa) is invariably associated with the aggressiveness and metastasis of this disease. New emerging evidence indicates that the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) may play pivotal roles in the development of chemoresistance and metastasis. As a hallmark of EMT, E-cadherin is suggested to be a key marker in the development of chemoresistance. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying PCa chemoresistance remain unclear. The current study aimed to explore the association between EMT and chemoresistance in PCa as well as whether changing the expression of E-cadherin would affect PCa chemoresistance...
March 29, 2017: Chinese Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351949/papers-of-note-in-science355-6331
#15
Annalisa M VanHook
This week's articles describe a nonimmune function for macrophages in forming pigment stripes in fish skin, regulation of mTORC1 signaling by cholesterol, how the age-related reduction of a cofactor could affect DNA repair, the role of pulling forces in Notch activation, an epigenetic mechanism that contributes to tumor cell resistance to PI3K inhibitors, and structural analysis of an NMDA receptor.
March 28, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347224/crocodile-choline-from-crocodylus-siamensis-induces-apoptosis-of-human-gastric-cancer
#16
Xiao-Mei Mao, Qi-Rui Fu, Hua-Liang Li, Ya-Hui Zheng, Shu-Ming Chen, Xin-Yi Hu, Qing-Xi Chen, Qiong-Hua Chen
Crocodile choline, an active compound isolated from Crocodylus siamensis, was found to exert potent anti-cancer activities against human gastric cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. Our study revealed that crocodile choline led to cell cycle arrest at the G2/M phase through attenuating the expressions of cyclins, Cyclin B1, and CDK-1. Furthermore, crocodile choline accelerated apoptosis through the mitochondrial apoptotic pathway with the decrease in mitochondrial membrane potential, the increase in reactive oxygen species production and Bax/Bcl-2 ratio, and the activation of caspase-3 along with the release of cytochrome c...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337369/role-of-notch-signaling-pathway-in-pancreatic-cancer
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REVIEW
Jiankun Gao, Bo Long, Zhiwei Wang
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is one of the highly aggressive malignancies in the United States. It has been shown that multiple signaling pathways are involved in the pathogenesis of PC, such as JNK, PI3K/AKT, Rho GTPase, Hedgehog (Hh) and Skp2. In recent years, accumulated evidence has demonstrated that Notch signaling pathway plays critical roles in the development and progression of PC. Therefore, in this review we discuss the recent literature regarding the function and regulation of Notch in the pathogenesis of PC...
2017: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327358/a-cell-autonomous-positive-signaling-circuit-associated-with-the-pdgf-no-id4-regulatory-axis-in-glioblastoma-cells
#18
Kiyoung Eun, Hye-Min Jeon, Sung-Ok Kim, Sang-Hun Choi, Seon Yong Lee, Xiong Jin, Sung-Chan Kim, Hyunggee Kim
Most cancer-related signaling pathways sustain their active or inactive status via genetic mutations or various regulatory mechanisms. Previously, we demonstrated that platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) activates Notch signaling through nitric oxide (NO)-signaling-driven activation of inhibitor of differentiation 4 (ID4) in glioblastoma (GBM) stem cells (GSCs) and endothelial cells in the vascular niche of GBM, leading to maintenance of GSC traits and GBM progression. Here, we determined that the PDGF-NO-ID4-signaling axis is constantly activated through a positive regulatory circuit...
March 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323021/the-challenge-of-targeting-cancer-stem-cells-to-halt-metastasis
#19
REVIEW
Alice Agliano, Alfonso Calvo, Carol Box
Despite a continuing debate about the existence of cancer stem cells (CSCs), recent discoveries have provided further support for their existence and their roles in drug resistance, cancer recurrence and metastasis. CSC characteristics, such as self-renewal and tumour initiation, and supporting cellular processes, particularly the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition, are attracting a great deal of attention from cancer researchers as they offer opportunities for discovering novel therapeutic targets for future drug development...
March 16, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322442/systems-analysis-of-dynamic-transcription-factor-activity-identifies-targets-for-treatment-in-olaparib-resistant-cancer-cells
#20
Joseph T Decker, Eric C Hobson, Yining Zhang, Seungjin Shin, Alexandra L Thomas, Jacqueline S Jeruss, Kelly B Arnold, Lonnie D Shea
The development of resistance to targeted therapeutics is a challenging issue for the treatment of cancer. Cancers that have mutations in BRCA, a DNA repair protein, have been treated with poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors, which target a second DNA repair mechanism with the aim of inducing synthetic lethality. While these inhibitors have shown promise clinically, the development of resistance can limit their effectiveness as a therapy. This study investigated mechanisms of resistance in BRCA-mutated cancer cells (HCC1937) to Olaparib (AZD2281) using TRACER, a technique for measuring dynamics of transcription factor (TF) activity in living cells...
March 21, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
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