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ataxia telangiectasia

Li-Yun Fann, Ying Chen, Da-Chen Chu, Shao-Ju Weng, Heng-Cheng Chu, Alexander T H Wu, Jiann-Fong Lee, Ahmed Atef Ahmed Ali, Tsung-Chih Chen, Hsu-Shan Huang, Kuo-Hsing Ma
The small-molecule naphtha [2,3-f]quinoxaline-7,12-dione (NSC745887) can effectively inhibit the proliferation of various cancers by trapping DNA-topoisomerase cleavage. The aim of this study was to elucidate cellular responses of NSC745887 in human glioblastoma multiforme (GBM, U118MG and U87MG cells) and investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms. NSC745887 reduced the cell survival rate and increased the sub-G1 population in dose- and time-dependent manners in GBM cells. Moreover, NSC745887 increased expression of γH2AX and caused DNA fragmentation leading to DNA damage...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Justin Stebbing, Kalpit Shah, Lei Cheng Lit, Teresa Gagliano, Angeliki Ditsiou, Tingting Wang, Franz Wendler, Thomas Simon, Krisztina Sára Szabó, Timothy O'Hanlon, Michael Dean, April Camilla Roslani, Swee Hung Cheah, Soo-Chin Lee, Georgios Giamas
Lemur tyrosine kinase 3 (LMTK3) is an oncogenic kinase that is involved in different types of cancer (breast, lung, gastric, colorectal) and biological processes including proliferation, invasion, migration, chromatin remodeling as well as innate and acquired endocrine resistance. However, the role of LMTK3 in response to cytotoxic chemotherapy has not been investigated thus far. Using both 2D and 3D tissue culture models, we found that overexpression of LMTK3 decreased the sensitivity of breast cancer cell lines to cytotoxic (doxorubicin) treatment...
March 15, 2018: Oncogene
Tatsuo Miyamoto, Silvia Natsuko Akutsu, Hiroshi Tauchi, Yoshiki Kudo, Satoshi Tashiro, Takashi Yamamoto, Shinya Matsuura
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) induced by ionizing radiation (IR) are the initial and critical step in major alteration of genetic information and cell death. To prevent deleterious effects, DNA repair systems recognize and re-join DNA DSBs in human cells. It has been suggested that there are individual differences in radiosensitivity within human populations, and that variations in DNA repair genes might contribute to this heterogeneity. Because confounding factors, including age, gender, smoking, and diverse genetic backgrounds within human populations, also influence the cellular radiosensitivity, to accurately measure the effect of candidate genetic variations on radiosensitivity, it is necessary to use human cultured cells with a uniform genetic background...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Radiation Research
Dehong Huang, Lei Jin, Zhengkang Li, Ji Wu, Ni Zhang, Dianrong Zhou, Xiaorong Ni, Tieying Hou
Hepatoblastoma (HB) is the most common malignant liver tumor in children. DNA and DNA-associated processes are one of the most important targets of chemotherapeutic agents. Isoorientin (Iso), a natural flavonoid compound, can be extracted from several plant species. The effects of Iso and its molecular mechanisms on hepatic malignancies remain unclear. Herein, the anti-tumor effects of Iso in HB and its underlying mechanisms were explored. We found that Iso significantly inhibited the proliferation of HB cells both in vitro and in vivo...
March 7, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Diana A Olszewska, Terri McVeigh, Emer M Fallon, Gregory M Pastores, Tim Lynch
Genetics is the backbone of Neurology, where a number of disorders have a genetic aetiology and are complex, requiring a dedicated Neurogenetics clinic. Genetics in the Republic of Ireland is under-resourced, with the lowest number of consultants per million of population in Europe. In November 2014, we established the monthly adult Neurogenetics clinic in Ireland, staffed by 2 consultants and 2 registrars from each speciality. We see patients with complex rare neurological conditions that may potentially have an underlying genetic basis, in the presence or absence of a family history...
March 9, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Yusuke Yamamoto, Kohkichi Hosoda, Taichiro Imahori, Jun Tanaka, Kazuya Matsuo, Tomoaki Nakai, Yasuhiro Irino, Masakazu Shinohara, Naoko Sato, Takashi Sasayama, Kazuhiro Tanaka, Hiroaki Nagashima, Masaaki Kohta, Eiji Kohmura
Molecular mechanism underlying ischemic stroke remains poorly understood. We previously reported glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) activity in pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) is activated via heat shock protein 27 (HSP27) phosphorylation at serine 85 (S85) by ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) kinase during cerebral ischemia. This mechanism seems to be endogenous antioxidative system. To determine whether this system also works during reperfusion, we performed comparative metabolic analysis of reperfusion effect on metabolism in rat cortex using middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO)...
March 3, 2018: Brain Research
Britta Weigelt, Rui Bi, Rahul Kumar, Pedro Blecua, Diana L Mandelker, Felipe C Geyer, Fresia Pareja, Paul A James, Fergus J Couch, Diana M Eccles, Fiona Blows, Paul Pharoah, Anqi Li, Pier Selenica, Raymond S Lim, Gowtham Jayakumaran, Nic Waddell, Ronglai Shen, Larry Norton, Hannah Y Wen, Simon N Powell, Nadeem Riaz, Mark E Robson, Jorge S Reis-Filho, Georgia Chenevix-Trench
Pathogenic germline variants in ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM), a gene that plays a role in DNA damage response and cell cycle checkpoints, confer an increased breast cancer (BC) risk. Here, we investigated the phenotypic characteristics and landscape of somatic genetic alterations in 24 BCs from ATM germline mutation carriers by whole-exome and targeted sequencing. ATM-associated BCs were consistently hormone receptor positive and largely displayed minimal immune infiltrate. Although 79.2% of these tumors exhibited loss of heterozygosity of the ATM wild-type allele, none displayed high activity of mutational signature 3 associated with defective homologous recombination DNA (HRD) repair...
February 28, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Svetlana O Sharapova, Alena V Valochnik, Irina E Guryanova, Inga S Sakovich, Olga V Aleinikova
Ataxia-telangiectasia (AT) is a rare neurodegenerative disease characterized by an early onset ataxia, oculocutaneous telangiectasia, immunodeficiency, recurrent infections, radio-sensitivity, and a predisposition to malignancy. We present the case of a child with coexistent AT and trisomy X (47,XXX). We used fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) to confirm that this person had 47,XXX karyotype in blood cells, bone marrow, fibroblasts, and buccal smear. Standard cytogenetic studies (not banded) were conducted on blood cells...
February 28, 2018: Immunogenetics
Yang Zhang, Jinliang Guo, Mo Chen, Lun Li, Lihua Wang, Chao-Feng Huang
Aluminum (Al) can target multiple sites of root cells for toxicity, including the cell wall, the plasma membrane and symplastic components. Previous work revealed that the cell cycle checkpoint regulator (ATR) Ataxia Telangiectasia-mutated and Rad3-related is required for Al toxicity-induced root growth inhibition in als3 and that the symplastic component DNA is an important target site of Al for the toxicity. However, whether monitoring DNA integrity through ATR-regulated pathway is required for Al-induced root growth inhibition in other Al-sensitive mutants remains unknown...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Eleftheria Alexopoulou, Theodora Katsila, Maria Tolia, Nikolaos Tsoukalas, Michael Leontsinidis, George Kyrgias, Vasilios Kouloulias, George P Patrinos, Despoina Spyropoulou, Dimitrios Kardamakis
BACKGROUND/AIM: Radiation dermatitis is observed in 95% of breast cancer patients receiving radiotherapy. The aim of this study was to explore the correlation between protein expression in tumor cells and the risk of developing radiation dermatitis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Breast cancer patients receiving postoperative radiotherapy were included in this study. Tumor specimens from 122 patients were examined by immunohistochemistry for the expression of Ki67, ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) kinase, hypoxia-inducible factor-1-alpha (HIF-1a), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), and a-glucosidase (aGluc)...
March 2018: Anticancer Research
E Cirillo, E Del Giudice, R Micheli, A M Cappellari, A Soresina, R M Dellepiane, M C Pietrogrande, L Dell'Era, F Specchia, A Pession, A Plebani, C Pignata
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T) is a rare neurodegenerative disease, due to A-T Mutated (ATM) gene mutations, which typically presents with signs of progressive neurological dysfunction, cerebellar ataxia and uncoordinated movements. A-T severely affects patients' quality of life (QoL). Successful treatment options are still not available. Aim of this multicenter study, performed with a blind evaluation procedure, was to define the minimal effective dosage of oral betamethasone, thus preventing the occurrence of side effects...
February 28, 2018: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Michael R Pranzatelli, Tyler J Allison, Nathan R McGee, Elizabeth D Tate
Studies of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) γδ T cells in children are limited, especially due to the lack of control data. In adults, gamma/delta T cells (TCR-γδ) residing in the intrathecal space are sometimes involved in neuroinflammation. To evaluate the possible role of γδ T cells in pediatric neuroinflammation, we immunophenotyped CSF and blood lymphocytes using flow cytometry in a case-control study of 100 children with non-inflammatory neurologic disorders (NIND), 312 with opsoclonus-myoclonus (OMS), and 23 with other inflammatory neurologic disorders (OIND)...
February 27, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
Masaki Nagane, M Lakshmi Kuppusamy, Jennifer An, Jesse M Mast, Rajan Gogna, Hironobu Yasui, Tohru Yamamori, Osamu Inanami, Periannan Kuppusamy
Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), a constitutive enzyme expressed in vascular endothelial cells, is the main source of nitric oxide (NO), which plays key roles in diverse biological functions, including regulation of vascular tone. Exposure to radiation has been known to generate nitric oxide from eNOS; however, the precise mechanism of its generation and function is not known. The goal of this study was to determine the involvement of radiation-induced DNA damage response (DDR) on eNOS transcription and its effect on cell survival after irradiation...
February 23, 2018: Radiation Research
Sara Di Siena, Federica Campolo, Roberto Gimmelli, Chiara Di Pietro, Daniela Marazziti, Susanna Dolci, Andrea Lenzi, Andre Nussenzweig, Manuela Pellegrini
Hereditary deficiencies in DNA damage signaling are invariably associated with cancer predisposition, immunodeficiency, radiation sensitivity, gonadal abnormalities, premature aging, and tissue degeneration. ATM kinase has been established as a central player in DNA double-strand break repair and its deficiency causes ataxia telangiectasia, a rare, multi-system disease with no cure. So ATM represents a highly attractive target for the development of novel types of gene therapy or transplantation strategies...
February 22, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Shijie Zheng, Lirong Xiao, Yu Liu, Yujiao Wang, Lin Cheng, Junjun Zhang, Naihong Yan, Danian Chen
Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited retinal degenerative diseases causing progressive loss of photoreceptors. Numerous gene mutations are identified to be related with RP, but epigenetic modifications may also be involved in the pathogenesis. Previous studies suggested that both DNA methylation and histone acetylation regulate photoreceptor cell death in RP mouse models. However, the role of histone methylation in RP has never been investigated. In this study, we found that trimethylation of several lysine sites of histone H3, including lysine 27 (H3K27me3), increased in the retinas of rd1 mice...
February 22, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Jiangsong Jiang, Nishant Mohan, Yukinori Endo, Yi Shen, Wen Jin Wu
Despite heightened risk of cardiotoxicity associated with combination therapy of anthracyclines and trastuzumab in HER2-positive breast cancer patients, little research effort has been invested in exploring the molecular mechanisms of cardiotoxicity induced by this combination therapy. In this study, we demonstrate that trastuzumab downregulates both gene and protein expressions of type IIB DNA topoisomerase/DNA topoisomerase IIB (TOP2B), a major intracellular target mediating doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity, in human primary cardiomyocytes...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
Maiyon Park, Danielle Upton, Melodie Blackmon, Valerie Dixon, Scott Craver, Dawn Neal, Derek Perkins
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer related death and its incidence has risen steadily. Although anticancer drugs have been developed based on the new molecular findings, the drugs have produced unsatisfactory results due to toxicity and resistance. Thus, a complementary therapeutic intervention is urgently needed for pancreatic cancer patients. METHODS: The aim of this study was to assess the potential therapeutic effect of Anacardic acid on pancreatic cancer in vitro and elucidate its underlying mechanisms...
February 20, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Terri G Edwards, Chris Fisher
The ability of antiviral polyamides (AVP) to act upon polyomaviruses (PyV) was evaluated. Initial studies found that a single treatment of AVP protected SV40-infected BSC-1 cells from cytopathic effect (CPE) for as long as 11 days p.i.. AVP substantially suppressed SV40 genome copy numbers over the duration of the experiment. Immunofluorescence analysis of ataxia-telangiectasia mutated (ATM) activation and large T antigen (LTag) expression clearly demonstrated that AVP treatment at day 1 p.i. delayed the onset of productive SV40 replication by approximately 3 days, and substantially limited the infection relative to vehicle-treated controls...
February 16, 2018: Antiviral Research
Ariel Levy, Anthony E Lang
Ataxia-telangiectasia is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disorder that was initially thought to present exclusively in childhood. With the discovery of the ATM gene, the phenotypic spectrum of the condition has expanded. This review elaborates the expanded phenomenology, including oculomotor apraxia and immunodeficiency, and estimates the presence of each movement disorder feature from previously reported literature. Initial manifestations of Ataxia-telangiectasia include cerebellar symptoms (67%), dystonia (18%), choreoathetosis (10%), and tremor (4%), with parkinsonism and myoclonus not reported as initial features...
February 13, 2018: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Xin Xie, Zhaoping Xu, Chenghe Wang, Chen Fang, Juping Zhao, Le Xu, Xiaoqiang Qian, Jun Dai, Fukang Sun, Danfeng Xu, Wei He
Tip60, an oncogene, accelerates cell growth by regulating androgen receptor translocation into the nucleus in prostate cancer. However, the mechanism of Tip60 in the response of prostate cancer to radiotherapy, and radioresistance, has not been studied. Using human prostate cancer samples and two human prostate cancer cell lines (LNCaP and DU145), Tip60 protein expression and the acetylation of ataxia telangiectasia mutant (ATM) were analysed by western blotting and immunoprecipitation. Tip60 was downregulated with small interfering RNA...
February 2018: FEBS Open Bio
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