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Young-Kwon Park, Kai Ge
Dexamethasone (DEX), a synthetic ligand for glucocorticoid receptor (GR), is routinely used to stimulate adipogenesis in culture. GR-depleted preadipocytes show adipogenesis defects one week after induction of differentiation. However, it has remained unclear whether GR is required for adipogenesis in vivo By deleting GR in precursors of brown adipocytes, we found unexpectedly that GR is dispensable for brown adipose tissue development in mice. In culture, GR-deficient primary or immortalized white and brown preadipocytes showed severely delayed adipogenesis one week after induction of differentiation...
October 24, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Sabrina J Merat, Richard Molenkamp, Koen Wagner, Sylvie M Koekkoek, Dorien van de Berg, Etsuko Yasuda, Martino Böhne, Yvonne B Claassen, Bart P Grady, Maria Prins, Arjen Q Bakker, Menno D de Jong, Hergen Spits, Janke Schinkel, Tim Beaumont
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is world-wide a major cause of liver related morbidity and mortality. No vaccine is available to prevent HCV infection. To design an effective vaccine, understanding immunity against HCV is necessary. The memory B cell repertoire was characterized from an intravenous drug user who spontaneously cleared HCV infection 25 years ago. CD27+IgG+ memory B cells were immortalized using BCL6 and Bcl-xL. These immortalized B cells were used to study antibody-mediated immunity against the HCV E1E2 glycoproteins...
2016: PloS One
Lindsey L Kennedy, Fanyin Meng, Julie K Venter, Tianhao Zhou, Walker A Karstens, Laura A Hargrove, Nan Wu, Konstantina Kyritsi, John Greene, Pietro Invernizzi, Francesca Bernuzzi, Shannon S Glaser, Heather L Francis, Gianfranco Alpini
Cholestasis is a condition that leads to chronic hepatobiliary inflammation, fibrosis, and eventually cirrhosis. Many microRNAs (miRs) are known to have a role in fibrosis progression; however, the role of miR-21 during cholestasis remains unknown. Therefore, the aim of this study was to elucidate the role of miR-21 during cholestasis-induced biliary hyperplasia and hepatic fibrosis. Wild-type (WT) and miR-21(-/-) mice underwent Sham or bile duct ligation (BDL) for 1 week, before evaluating liver histology, biliary proliferation, hepatic stellate cell (HSC) activation, fibrotic response, and small mothers against decapentaplegic 7 (Smad-7) expression...
October 24, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Chunhao Niu, Xiaoying Sun, Weijing Zhang, Han Li, Liqun Xu, Jun Li, Benke Xu, Yanna Zhang
BACKGROUND: There is an abnormal expression of nuclear receptor subfamily 2 group F member 6 (NR2F6) in human cancers such as breast cancer, colon cancer, and acute myelogenous leukemia. However, its clinical significance in cervical cancer has not been established. We explored NR2F6 expression and its clinicopathological significance in early-stage cervical cancer. METHODS: NR2F6 expression in cervical cancer cell lines and cervical cancer tissues was determined by Western blotting, real-time PCR, and immunochemistry (IHC)...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Xueting Wang, Jie Ding, Zou Xiang, Peipei Jiang, Jing Du, Xiaodong Han
Microcystin-LR (MC-LR), which generates strong reproductive toxicity, reduces serum testosterone level without directly damaging Leydig cells. The purpose of this study was to identify the target cells of MC-LR in the rat hypothalamic-pituitary axis and to investigate the underlying mechanisms. We found that the gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neurons were the direct target of MC-LR. In vivo results showed that upon exposure to rats, cells around the third ventricle of hypothalamus underwent apoptosis...
October 20, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Christine Wang, Xinming Tong, Xinyi Jiang, Fan Yang
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and aggressive form of primary brain tumor with median survival of 12 months. To improve clinical outcomes, it is critical to develop in vitro models that support GBM proliferation and invasion for deciphering tumor progression and screening drug candidates. A key hallmark of GBM cells is their extreme invasiveness, a process mediated by matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-mediated degradation of the extracellular matrix. We recently reported the development of a MMP-degradable, poly(ethylene-glycol)-based hydrogel platform for culturing GBM cells...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Amber A Bokhari, Laura R Lee, Dewayne Raboteau, Jane Turbov, Isabel V Rodriguez, J Wesley Pike, Chad A Hamilton, G Larry Maxwell, Gustavo C Rodriguez, Viqar Syed
Here, we evaluated the expression of CYP24A1, a protein that inactivates vitamin D in tissues. CYP24A1 expression was increased in advanced-stage endometrial tumors compared to normal tissues. Similarly, endometrial cancer cells expressed higher levels of CYP24A1 than immortalized endometrial epithelial cells. RT-PCR and Western blotting were used to examine CYP24A1 mRNA and protein levels in endometrial cancer cells after 8, 24, 72, and 120 h of exposure to progesterone, progestin derivatives and calcitriol, either alone or in combination...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
H Kumon, Y Ariyoshi, K Sasaki, T Sadahira, M Araki, S Ebara, H Yanai, M Watanabe, Y Nasu
As the First-In-Human study of in situ gene therapy using an adenovirus vector carrying the human REIC (reduced expression in immortalized cell)/Dkk-3 gene (Ad-REIC), we conducted neoadjuvant intraprostatic injections in patients with high-risk localized prostate cancer undergoing radical prostatectomy (RP). Patients with recurrence probability of 35% or more within 5 years following RP, as calculated by Kattan's nomogram, were enrolled. Patients received two ultrasound-guided intratumoral injections at 2-week intervals, followed by RP 6 weeks after the second injection...
October 21, 2016: Cancer Gene Therapy
Yuan Ren, Nan Ji, Xixiong Kang, Renzhi Wang, Wenbin Ma, Zhenjun Hu, Xingfeng Liu, Yajie Wang
Glioblastoma is a highly vascularized brain tumor that causes high mortality. Kininogen-1 (KNG1) has demonstrated both tumor suppressor and antiangiogenesis properties in gliobastoma cells. We analyzed the microarray and proteomic profiles of tumor tissues from glioblastoma patients (N = 180), and identified potential RNA regulators of the KNG1. Validation experiments in U87 glioblastoma cells showed that the regulation of KNG1 by CTU1, KIAA1274, and RAX was mediated by miR-138. The siRNA-mediated knockdown of CTU1, KIAA1274, or RAX in U87 cells and immortalized human endothelial cells (iHECs) significantly reduced KNG1 expression (P < 0...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Mercedes Fernández-Moreno, Tamara Hermida-Gómez, M Esther Gallardo, Andrea Dalmao-Fernández, Ignacio Rego-Pérez, Rafael Garesse, Francisco J Blanco
INTRODUCTION: The generation of Rho-0 cells requires the use of an immortalization process, or tumor cell selection, followed by culture in the presence of ethidium bromide (EtBr), incurring the drawbacks its use entails. The purpose of this work was to generate Rho-0 cells using human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) with reagents having the ability to remove mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) more safely than by using EtBr. METHODOLOGY: Two immortalized hMSC lines (3a6 and KP) were used; 143B...
2016: PloS One
Katharina Wolf, Susanne Strand
Generation of primary cell culture of hepatocytes by mouse liver perfusion (MLP) combines the advantages of in vivo and in vitro models. It provides hepatocytes that grow under physiological conditions in mice, with the genotype of the whole organism or a specific gene knockout. In contrast to immortalized cell cultures, primary murine hepatocytes (pmHep) are non-cancerous cells with a limited lifespan but still amenable to classical in vitro methods such as treatment with drugs, small molecule inhibitors, and agonistic/antagonistic antibodies of surface receptors as well as transfection...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Angelyn V Nguyen, Kendra D Nyberg, Michael B Scott, Alia M Welsh, Andrew H Nguyen, Nanping Wu, Sophia V Hohlbauch, Nicholas A Geisse, Ewan A Gibb, A Gordon Robertson, Timothy R Donahue, Amy C Rowat
Metastasis is a fundamentally physical process in which cells are required to deform through narrow gaps as they invade surrounding tissues and transit to distant sites. In many cancers, more invasive cells are more deformable than less invasive cells, but the extent to which mechanical phenotype, or mechanotype, can predict disease aggressiveness in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) remains unclear. Here we investigate the invasive potential and mechanical properties of immortalized PDAC cell lines derived from primary tumors and a secondary metastatic site, as well as noncancerous pancreatic ductal cells...
October 20, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Corneille Edgar Ontsouka, Xiao Huang, Eldar Aliyev, Christiane Albrecht
Cell-based studies previously showed that the ATP-binding cassette transporter A1 (ABCA1) transfers cholesterol across mammary epithelial cells (MEC). Data for phospholipid transport are lacking, and it is unclear from which cellular source the transported cholesterol stems, whether this transport activates signaling pathways, and how lactogenic hormones regulate it. To clarify these aspects, lipid transport and expressional analyses were performed in bovine primary (bMEC) and/or immortalized (MAC-T) MEC cultures...
October 16, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Shigeo Ohba, Joydeep Mukherjee, Tor-Christian Johannessen, Andrew Mancini, Tracy T Chow, Matthew Wood, Lindsey Jones, Tali Mazor, Roxanne E Marshall, Pavithra Viswanath, Kyle M Walsh, Arie Perry, Robert J A Bell, Joanna J Phillips, Joseph F Costello, Sabrina M Ronen, Russell O Pieper
Mutations in the isocitrate dehydrogenase gene IDH1 are common in lower-grade glioma where they result in the production of 2-hydroxyglutarate (2HG), disrupted patterns of histone methylation and gliomagenesis. IDH1 mutations also co-segregate with mutations in the ATRX gene and the TERT promoter, suggesting that IDH mutation may drive the creation or selection of telomere-stabilizing events as part of immortalization/transformation process. To determine if and how this may occur, we investigated the phenotype of pRb/p53-deficient human astrocytes engineered with IDH1 wild-type (WT) or R132H mutant (IDH1mut) genes as they progressed through their lifespan...
October 6, 2016: Cancer Research
Jae-Woo Jang, Yeonhwa Song, Kang Mo Kim, Jin-Sun Kim, Eun Kyung Choi, Joon Kim, Haengran Seo
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignant cancers worldwide and is associated with substantial mortality. Because HCCs have strong resistance to conventional chemotherapeutic agents, novel therapeutic strategies are needed to improve survival in HCC patients. METHODS: Here, we developed a fluorescence image-based phenotypic screening system in vitro to identify HCC-specific drugs in co-cultures of HCC cells with hepatocytes. To this end, we identified two distinctive markers of HCC, CHALV1 and AFP, which are highly expressed in HCC cell lines and liver cancer patient-derived materials...
October 18, 2016: BMC Cancer
Yiping Xia, Guiqiu Zhao, Jing Lin, Cui Li, Lin Cong, Nan Jiang, Qiang Xu, Qian Wang
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study is to observe whether cyclosporine A (CsA) inhibits the expression of dectin-1 in human corneal epithelial cells infected with Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus) and to investigate the molecular mechanisms of the inhibition. METHODS: Immortalized human corneal epithelial cells (HCECs) were pretreated with 1,25(OH)2D3 and VDR inhibitor for 1 h, and then they were pretreated with CsA for 12h. After these pretreatments, the HCECs were stimulated with A...
2016: PloS One
Jesse McClure, Cheng Zhang, Elizabeth Inks, Yuri K Peterson, Jiaying Li, C James Chou
One of the biggest hurdles yet to be overcome for the continued improvement of Histone Deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors is finding alternative motifs equipotent to the classic and ubiquitously used hydroxamic acid. The N-hydroxyl group of this motif is highly subject to sulfation/glucoronidation-based inactivation in humans; compounds containing this motif require much higher dosing in clinic to achieve therapeutic concentrations. With the goal of developing a second generation of HDAC inhibitors, lacking this hydroxamate, we designed a series of potent and selective class I HDAC inhibitors using a hydrazide motif...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Juan Wang, Hiroyuki Kobori, Yuki Shibayama, Daisuke Nakano, Hirofumi Hitomi, Akira Nishiyama
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies have shown that angiotensinogen (AGT) synthesis is enhanced by high glucose (HG) in rat renal proximal tubular cells. We aimed to investigate the glucose-responsive elements within human AGT (hAGT) promoter in human immortalized proximal tubular HK-2 cells. DESIGN AND METHOD: HK-2 cells were treated with normal glucose (NG: 5.5 mmol/L) and high glucose (HG: 15 mmol/L). Human AGT promoter region was cloned from -4358 to +122. Consecutive 5'-end deletion mutant constructs and different site-direct mutagenesis products were transfected into HK-2, followed by promoter activity measurement by dual luciferase assay...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Nicole E McNeil, Hesed M Padilla-Nash, Floryne O Buishand, Yue Hue, Thomas Ried
Human colorectal carcinomas are defined by a non-random distribution of genomic imbalances that are characteristic for this disease. Often, these imbalances affect entire chromosomes. Understanding the role of these aneuploidies for carcinogenesis is of utmost importance. Currently, established transgenic mice do not recapitulate the pathognonomic genome aberration profile of human colorectal carcinomas. We have developed a novel model based on the spontaneous transformation of murine colon epithelial cells...
October 17, 2016: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
Jing Hu, Jie Liu, Aozheng Chen, Jia Lyu, Guihai Ai, Qiongjing Zeng, Yi Sun, Chunxia Chen, Jinbo Wang, Jin Qiu, Yi Wu, Jiajing Cheng, Xiujuan Shi, Liwen Song
Ino80 ATPase is an integral component of the INO80 ATP-dependent chromatin-remodeling complex, which regulates transcription, DNA repair and replication. We found that Ino80 was highly expressed in cervical cancer cell lines and tumor samples. Ino80 knockdown inhibited cervical cancer cell proliferation, induced G0/G1 phase cell cycle arrest in vitro and suppressed tumor growth in vivo. However, Ino80 knockdown did not affect cell apoptosis, migration or invasion in vitro. Ino80 overexpression promoted proliferation in the H8 immortalized cervical epithelial cell line, which has low endogenous Ino80 expression as compared to cervical cancer cell lines...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
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