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Chaoting Zhang, Rui Zhang, Zhiqiang Chen, Jing Chen, Jigang Ruan, Zheming Lu, Hongchao Xiong, Wenjun Yang
Objective: This study aimed to comprehensively assess Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-induced methylation alterations of B cell across whole genome. Methods: We compared DNA methylation patterns of primary B cells and corresponding lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) from eight participants. The genome-wide DNA methylation profiles were compared at over 850,000 genome-wide methylation sites. Results: DNA methylation analysis revealed 87,732 differentially methylated CpG sites, representing approximately 12...
February 2018: Chinese Journal of Cancer Research, Chung-kuo Yen Cheng Yen Chiu
John K Fallon, Nicole Houvig, Catherine L Booth-Genthe, Philip C Smith
Information is needed on the expression of transporters in lung to inform drug development and therapeutic decisions. Much of the information currently available is from semiquantitative gene expression or immunometric densitometry studies reported in the literature. NanoLC-MS/MS (MRM mode) isotope dilution targeted quantitative proteomics was used here to quantify twelve selected transporters in fresh human lung membrane fraction samples and in the membrane fraction of selected immortalized human lung epithelial cell line samples...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Muhammad Shahid, Nicole Gull, Austin Yeon, Eunho Cho, Jooeun Bae, Hyun Seok Yoon, Sungyong You, Hana Yoon, Minjung Kim, Benjamin P Berman, Jayoung Kim
Interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic urinary tract disease that is characterized by unpleasant sensations, such as persistent pelvic pain, in the absence of infection or other identifiable causes. We previously performed comprehensive metabolomics profiling of urine samples from IC patients using nuclear magnetic resonance and gas-chromatography/mass spectrometry and found that urinary α-oxoglutarate (α-OG), was significantly elevated. α-OG, a tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle intermediate, reportedly functions to suppress the proliferation of immortalized normal human bladder epithelial cells...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yingqian Peng, Edouard Baulier, Yifeng Ke, Alejandra Young, Novruz B Ahmedli, Steven D Schwartz, Debora B Farber
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) released by virtually every cell of all organisms are involved in processes of intercellular communication through the delivery of their functional mRNAs, proteins and bioactive lipids. We previously demonstrated that mouse embryonic stem cell-released EVs (mESEVs) are able to transfer their content to different target retinal cells, inducing morphological and biochemical changes in them. The main objective of this paper is to characterize EVs derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESEVs) and investigate the effects that they have on cultured retinal glial, progenitor Müller cells, which are known to give rise to retinal neurons under specific conditions...
2018: PloS One
Christine E Birdwell, Kanchanjunga Prasai, Samantha Dykes, Yali Jia, Tawsha G C Munroe, Malgorzata Bienkowska-Haba, Rona S Scott
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated carcinomas, such as nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), exhibit an undifferentiated and metastatic phenotype. To determine viral contributions involved in the invasive phenotype of EBV-associated carcinomas, EBV-infected human telomerase-immortalized normal oral keratinocytes (NOK) were investigated. EBV-infected NOK were previously shown to undergo epigenetic reprogramming involving CpG island hypermethylation and delayed responsiveness to differentiation. Here, we show that EBV-infected NOK acquired an invasive phenotype that was epigenetically retained after viral loss...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Jan Raska, Lucie Ctverackova, Aneta Dydowiczova, Iva Sovadinova, Ludek Blaha, Pavel Babica
HL1-hT1 cell line represents adult human liver stem cells (LSCs) immortalized with human telomerase reverse transcriptase. In this study, HL1-hT1 cells were found to express mesenchymal markers (vimentin, CD73, CD90/THY-1 and CD105) and an early hepatic endoderm marker FOXA2, while not expressing hepatic progenitor (HNF4A, LGR5, α-fetoprotein) or differentiated hepatocyte markers (albumin, transthyretin, connexin 32). In response to microcystin-LR (MC-LR), a time- and concentration-dependent formation of MC-positive protein bands in HL1-hT1 cells was observed...
March 10, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Xueheng Zhao, Marion G Brusadelli, Sharon L Sauter, Melinda Butsch Kovacic, Wujuan Zhang, Lindsey E Romick-Rosendale, Paul F Lambert, Kenneth D Setchell, Susanne I Wells
PURPOSE: Mutations in Fanconi anemia (FA) genes are common in sporadic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (HNSCC) and we have previously demonstrated that FA pathway depletion in HNSCC cell lines stimulates invasion. The goal of our studies was to use a systems approach in order to define FA pathway-dependent lipid metabolism, and to extract lipid-based signatures and effectors of invasion in FA-deficient cells. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We subjected FA-isogenic HNSCC keratinocyte cell lines to untargeted and targeted lipidomics analyses to discover novel biomarkers and candidate therapeutic targets in FA-deficient cells...
March 12, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Jieyu Liu, Peiyu Jin, Xiaoli Lin, Qing Zhou, Fei Wang, Shengnan Liu, Shuhua Xi
To understand the direct link between Cyclin D1, and nuclear factor of activated T cells 2 (NFAT2) and nuclear factor (NF)-κB in arsenic-treated bladder cells, as well as the association between MAPK and NFAT signaling, we determined whether or not the Ca2+ /NFAT pathway is activated in an arsenic-treated normal urothelial cell line and determined the roles of NFAT and NF-κB signals in the regulation of Cyclin D1 expression. The SV-40 immortalized human uroepithelial cell line, SV-HUC-1, was treated with NaAsO2 for 24 h (0, 1, 2, 4, 8, and 10 μM) and 10, 20, 30, and 40 weeks (0 and 0...
March 12, 2018: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
Laure-Estelle Cassagnes, Monivan Chhour, Pierre Perio, Jan Sudor, Régis Gayon, Gilles Ferry, Jean A Boutin, Françoise Nepveu, Karine Reybier
There is increasing evidence that oxidative stress is involved in the etiology and pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders. Overproduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is due in part to the reactivity of catecholamines, such as dopamine, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. These molecules are rapidly converted, chemically or enzymatically, into catechol-quinone and then into highly deleterious semiquinone radicals after 1-electron reduction in cells. Notably, the overexpression of dihydronicotinamide riboside:quinone oxidoreductase (QR2) in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells increases the production of ROS, mainly superoxide radicals, when it is exposed to exogenous catechol-quinones (e...
March 8, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Hua Xin, Yu Cao, Ming-Liang Shao, Wei Zhang, Chun-Bin Zhang, Jing-Tao Wang, Li-Chun Liang, Wen-Wu Shao, Ya-Ling Qi, Yue Li, Ze-Yu Zhang, Zhe Yang, Yu-Hong Sun, Peng-Xia Zhang, Lin-Lin Jia, Wei-Qun Wang
INTRODUCTION: We have previously indicated that CXCL3 was upregulated in the tissues of prostate cancer, and exogenous administration of CXCL3 played a predominant role in the tumorigenicity of prostate cancer cells. In the present study, we further explored the role and the underlying mechanism of CXCL3 overexpression in the oncogenic potential of prostate cancer in an autocrine/paracrine fashion. METHODS: CXCL3-overexpressing prostate cancer cell line PC-3 and immortalized prostate stromal cell line WPMY-1 were established by gene transfection...
March 9, 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
Katrin Schelleckes, Boris Schmitz, Malte Lenders, Mirja Mewes, Stefan-Martin Brand, Eva Brand
KIBRA has been suggested as a key regulator of the hippo pathway, regulating organ size, cell contact inhibition as well as tissue regeneration and tumorigenesis. Recently, alterations of KIBRA expression caused by promotor methylation have been reported for several types of cancer. Our current study aimed to design an artificial transcription factor capable of re-activating expression of the tumor suppressor KIBRA and the hippo pathway. We engineered a new gene named 'ZFP226' encoding for a ~23 kDa fusion protein...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kristina K Durham, Kevin M Chathely, Bernardo L Trigatti
The cardioprotective lipoprotein HDL prevents myocardial infarction , and cardiomyocyte death due to ischemia/reperfusion injury .  The scavenger receptor class B, type 1 (SR-B1) is a high affinity HDL receptor and has been shown to mediate HDL dependent lipid transport as well as signaling in a variety of different cell types.  The contribution of SR-B1 in cardiomyocytes to the protective effects of HDL on cardiomyocyte survival following ischemia has not yet been studied.  Here we use a model of simulated ischemia (oxygen and glucose deprivation; OGD), to assess the mechanistic involvement of SR-B1, PI3K, and AKT in HDL mediated protection of cardiomyocytes from cell death...
March 9, 2018: Biochemical Journal
Zhaojun Shen, Saisai Li, Bo Sheng, Qi Shen, Lu-Zhe Sun, Haiyan Zhu, Xueqiong Zhu
BACKGROUND: Medical therapeutic options remain quite limited for uterine fibroids treatment. Statins, competitive inhibitors of 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase, have anti-tumoral effects on multiple cancer types, however, little is known about their effects on uterine fibroids. METHODS: Initially, we conducted a retrospective study of 120 patients with uterine fibroids and hyperlipidemia from the Second Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Mónica Muñoz-Vega, Felipe Massó, Araceli Páez, Elizabeth Carreón-Torres, Hector A Cabrera-Fuentes, José Manuel Fragoso, Nonanzit Pérez-Hernández, Laurent O Martinez, Souad Najib, Gilberto Vargas-Alarcón, Óscar Pérez-Méndez
BACKGROUND: Primary cultures endothelial cells have been used as models of endothelial related diseases such atherosclerosis. Biological behavior of primary cultures is donor-dependent and data could not be easily reproducible; endothelial cell lines are emerging options, particularly, human dermal microvascular endothelial cells (HMEC-1), that should be validated to substitute primary cultures for the study of HDL functions. METHODS: Morphology, size and granularity of cells were assessed by phase contrast microscopy and flow cytometry of HMEC-1...
March 9, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
Kostadin Rolev, Dominic G OʼDonovan, Peter Coussons, Linda King, Madhavan S Rajan
PURPOSE: To test the feasibility of a cell therapy approach to treat corneal endothelial (CE) disorders using an in vitro model of human corneal decompensation. METHODS: A CE decompensation model was established by removal of the Descemet membrane/endothelium complex from cadaveric human corneas in an air interface organ culture system (group 2) and compared with normal corneas (group 1). The posterior stroma of decompensated corneas was seeded with immortalized human corneal endothelial cells (HCEC-12) in group 3 and passage 0 primary human CE cells in group 4 corneas...
March 6, 2018: Cornea
Donata Szymczak, Jarosław Dybko, Kazimierz Kuliczkowski
Hypoxia, understood as low partial oxygen pressure, has become one of the most explored fields in recent years. Cellular response to hypoxia is mediated by hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs) - potent transcription regulators, and their downstream pathways. In general, HIFs modify energy metabolism, inflammation and immune response, enhance cancer invasion, metastasis, resistance to treatment, and relapse. The influence of HIFs on the progression of leukemia is still under investigation in various studies, but in mice and some human models HIFs have been recognized as leukemia immortalizers by promoting leukemic stem cell quiescence and inhibiting their cell cycle...
February 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Sandra Huber, Tulin Karagenc, Dominic Ritler, Sven Rottenberg, Kerry Woods
Theileria annulata is an apicomplexan parasite that modifies the phenotype of its host cell completely, inducing uncontrolled proliferation, resistance to apoptosis and increased invasiveness. The infected cell thus resembles a cancer cell, and changes to various host cell signaling pathways accompany transformation. Most of the molecular mechanisms leading to Theileria-induced immortalization of leukocytes remain unknown. The parasite dissolves the surrounding host cell membrane soon after invasion and starts interacting with host proteins, ensuring its propagation by stably associating with the host cell microtubule network...
March 8, 2018: Cellular Microbiology
Matthew L Neal, Alexa M Boyle, Kevin M Budge, Fayez F Safadi, Jason R Richardson
BACKGROUND: Neuroinflammation is one of the hallmarks of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease (PD). Activation of glial cells, including microglia and astrocytes, is a characteristic of the inflammatory response. Glycoprotein non-metastatic melanoma protein B (GPNMB) is a transmembrane glycoprotein that releases a soluble signaling peptide when cleaved by ADAM10 or other extracellular proteases. GPNMB has demonstrated a neuroprotective role in animal models of ALS and ischemia...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Krzysztof Wrzesinski, Stephen J Fey
The recovery of physiological functionality, which is commonly seen in tissue mimetic three-dimensional (3D) cellular aggregates (organoids, spheroids, acini, etc.), has been observed in cells of many origins (primary tissues, embryonic stem cells (ESCs), induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), and immortal cell lines). This plurality and plasticity suggest that probably several basic principles promote this recovery process. The aim of this study was to identify these basic principles and describe how they are regulated so that they can be taken in consideration when micro-bioreactors are designed...
March 7, 2018: Bioengineering
W X Li, Q W Ma, F Y Zeng
Objective: To study the function of ten-eleven translocation 2 (Tet2) in γ globin gene expression in patients with β- thalassemia. Methods: Gamma globin expression was induced by 5-azacytidine and Tet2 gene expression was knocked down by short hairpin RNA (shRNA) in a human immortalized myelogenous leukemia K562 cell line. The global 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) level was measured by an ELISA kit. 5hmC level of γ globin gene was quantified by sulfite sequencing. The mRNA level of Tet2, γ globin, and related transcription factors Nfe4 and Klf1 were quantified by real-time PCR...
March 1, 2018: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
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