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Logan Horne, Frank R Avilucea, Huifeng Jin, Jared J Barrott, Kyllie Smith-Fry, Yanliang Wang, Bang H Hoang, Kevin B Jones
Previous reports document expression of low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5) in osteosarcoma (OS) tissue. Expression of this Wnt receptor correlated with metastatic disease and poor disease-free survival. Forced expression of dominant-negative LRP5 (dnLRP5), which lacks the membrane binding domain of the native protein and therefore functions as a soluble receptor-sponge for Wnt ligands, reduced in vitro cellular invasion and in vivo xenograft tumor growth for osteosarcoma cell lines. Here, we use a genetically engineered mouse model of osteosarcomagenesis with and without expression of dnLRP5 to assess to what degree tumorigenesis is affected and whether Wnt/β-catenin signaling is circumvented or maintained...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Olivier Boucherat, Kim Landry-Truchon, Rifdat Aoidi, Nicolas Houde, Valérie Nadeau, Jean Charron, Lucie Jeannotte
BACKGROUND: Reciprocal epithelial-mesenchymal communications are critical throughout lung development, dictating branching morphogenesis and cell specification. Numerous signaling molecules are involved in these interactions but how epithelial-mesenchymal crosstalk is coordinated remains unclear. The ERK/MAPK pathway transduces several important signals in lung formation. Epithelial inactivation of both Mek genes, encoding ERK/MAPK kinases, causes lung agenesis and death. Conversely, Mek mutation in mesenchyme results in lung hypoplasia, trachea cartilage malformations, kyphosis, omphalocele and death...
October 17, 2016: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
Gabriel L Galea, Lance E Lanyon, Joanna S Price
Mechanical loading is the primary functional determinant of bone mass and architecture, and osteocytes play a key role in translating mechanical signals into (re)modelling responses. Although the precise mechanisms remain unclear, Wnt signalling pathway components, and the anti-osteogenic canonical Wnt inhibitor Sost/sclerostin in particular, play an important role in regulating bone's adaptive response to loading. Increases in loading-engendered strains down-regulate osteocyte sclerostin expression, whereas reduced strains, as in disuse, are associated with increased sclerostin production and bone loss...
October 11, 2016: Bone
Raimundo Barbosa-Barros, Andrés Ricardo Pérez-Riera, Luiz Carlos de Abreu, Ricardo Paulo de Sousa-Rocha, Danielli Oliveira da Costa Lino, Adrian Baranchuk, Li Zhang
Left ventricular involvement in the advanced stage of arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC) is an evolution of this desmosomopathy. Mutation in intercalated discs explains the phenotypic variability. Abnormal trafficking of the intercalated discs at the site of end-to-end contacts between cardiomyocytes and the canonical Wnt/β-catenin and Hippo signaling pathways have been implicated. In AC, T-wave inversion in lateral leads is the hallmark of left ventricular (LV) involvement. We herein report a case of isolated LV AC in which the initial ECG has typical features: fragmented QRS (fQRS), Twave inversion (TWI) in lateral leads, and ventricular tachycardia from inferobasal LV wall...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
Shellese A Cannonier, Cara B Gonzales, Kim Ely, Scott A Guelcher, Julie A Sterling
Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma (OSCC) is the sixth most common cancer worldwide. OSCC invasion into the lymph nodes and mandible correlates with increased rates of recurrence and lower overall survival. Tumors that infiltrate mandibular bone proliferate rapidly and induce bone destruction. While survival rates have increased 12% over the last 20 years, this improvement is attributed to general advances in prevention, earlier detection, and updated treatments. Additionally, despite decades of research, the molecular mechanisms of OSCC invasion into the mandible are not well understood...
October 12, 2016: Oncotarget
Miquel Sureda-Gómez, José M Martín-Durán, Teresa Adell
The βcatenin-dependent Wnt pathway exerts multiple context-dependent roles in embryonic and adult tissues. In planarians, βcatenin-1 is thought to specify posterior identities through the generation of an anteroposterior gradient. However, the existence of such gradient has not been directly demonstrated. Here, we use a specific polyclonal antibody to demonstrate that nuclear βCATENIN-1 exists as an anteroposterior gradient from the pre-pharyngeal region to the tail of the planarian Schmidtea polychroa High levels in the posterior region steadily decrease towards the pre-pharyngeal region but then increase again in the head region...
October 13, 2016: Development
Jose Luis Muñoz-Bravo, Alvaro Flores-Martínez, Griselda Herrero-Martin, Sapna Puri, Makoto Mark Taketo, Anabel Rojas, Matthias Hebrok, David A Cano
Organ formation is achieved through the complex interplay between signaling pathways and transcriptional cascades. The canonical Wnt signaling pathway plays multiple roles during embryonic development including patterning, proliferation and differentiation in distinct tissues. Previous studies have established the importance of this pathway at multiple stages of pancreas formation as well as in postnatal organ function and homeostasis. In mice, gain-of-function experiments have demonstrated that activation of the canonical Wnt pathway results in pancreatic hypoplasia, a phenomenon whose underlying mechanisms remains to be elucidated...
2016: PloS One
Cristina Velázquez-Marrero, Alexandra Burgos, José O García, Stephanie Palacio, Héctor G Marrero, Alexandra Bernardo, Juliana Pérez-Laspiur, Marla Rivera-Oliver, Garrett Seale, Steven N Treistman
: It has been suggested that drug tolerance represents a form of learning and memory, but this has not been experimentally established at the molecular level. We show that a component of alcohol molecular tolerance (channel internalization) from rat hippocampal neurons requires protein synthesis, in common with other forms of learning and memory. We identify β-catenin as a primary necessary protein. Alcohol increases β-catenin, and blocking accumulation of β-catenin blocks alcohol-induced internalization in these neurons...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Shanmugam Muruganandan, Rajgopal Govindarajan, Nichole M McMullen, Christopher J Sinal
Bone remodelling is a dynamic process requiring the coordinated action of formative (osteoblast) and resorptive (osteoclast) cell populations. An imbalance of the development and function of these cell types underlies several chronic bone loss disorders such as osteoporosis. Increased bone marrow adipocyte numbers commonly occur with bone loss disorders and numerous studies have documented an inverse relationship between bone marrow fat and bone formation. Osteoblasts and adipocytes derive in a competitive fashion from a common mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) precursor...
October 12, 2016: Stem Cells
Do Yeon Kim, Jong Hoon Park
Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease is caused by mutation of PKD1 (polycystic kidney disease-1) or PKD2 (polycystic kidney disease-2). PKD1 and PKD2 encode PC1 (polycystin-1) and PC2 (polycystin-2), respectively. In addition, the mutation of cilia-associated proteins is also a recognized major factor of pathogenesis, since PC1 and PC2 are located in primary cilium. Abnormalities of PC1 or PC2 lead to aberrant signaling through downstream pathways, such as the negative growth regulation, G protein activation, and canonical and non-canonical Wnt pathways...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Timo H Lüdtke, Carsten Rudat, Irina Wojahn, Anna-Carina Weiss, Marc-Jens Kleppa, Jennifer Kurz, Henner F Farin, Anne Moon, Vincent M Christoffels, Andreas Kispert
Numerous signals drive the proliferative expansion of the distal endoderm and the underlying mesenchyme during lung branching morphogenesis, but little is known about how these signals are integrated. Here, we show by analysis of conditional double mutants that the two T-box transcription factor genes Tbx2 and Tbx3 act together in the lung mesenchyme to maintain branching morphogenesis. Expression of both genes depends on epithelially derived Shh signaling, with additional modulation by Bmp, Wnt, and Tgfβ signaling...
October 4, 2016: Developmental Cell
S Cuesta, J Batuecas, M J Severin, A Funes, S B Rosso, A M Pacchioni
Cocaine addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder characterized by the loss of control over drug-seeking and taking, and continued drug use regardless of adverse consequences. Despite years of research, effective treatments for psychostimulant addiction have not been identified. Persistent vulnerability to relapse arises from a number of long lasting adaptations in the reward circuitry that mediate the enduring response to the drug. Recently, we reported that the activity of the canonical or Wnt/β-catenin pathway in the Prefrontal Cortex (PFC) is very important in the early stages of cocaine-induced neuroadaptations...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Qiong Duan, Yi Xiao, Zhenzhen Liu, Xiaoxiao Mao, Zhengxiang Zhou, Chaonan Liao, Jinxing Cai, Fulian Huang, Zehao Liu, Jian Zeng, Ke Xia, Cheng Chang, Jun Qi, Zihua Chen, He Huang, Tianlun Yang
Transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) is a key transcriptional mediator of Hippo signaling that has been recently reported to mediate Wnt-activated transcription and serve as a component to suppress canonical Wnt/β-catenin activity. The Bromodomain and Extra-terminal domain (BET) family of proteins can recognize the acetylated lysine chain on histones and plays a critical role in transcriptional regulation. However, the mechanisms underlying transcriptional repression by the BET bromodomain are poorly understood...
October 4, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Shuyuan Chen, Qin Zhang, Baoling Bai, Shengrong Ouyang, Yihua Bao, Huili Li, Ting Zhang
Dishevelled (DVL/Dvl) genes play roles in canonical and noncanonical Wnt signaling, both of which are essential in neural tube closing and are involved in balancing neural progenitor growth and differentiation, or neuroepithelial cell polarity, respectively. In mouse Dvl haploinsufficiency leads to neural tube defects (NTDs), which represent the second most common birth defects. However, DVL genes' genetic contributions in human NTDs are modest. We sought to explore the molecular impact on such genes in human NTDs in a Han Chinese cohort...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Shihai Jia, Hyuk-Jae Edward Kwon, Yu Lan, Jing Zhou, Han Liu, Rulang Jiang
Mutations in MSX1 cause craniofacial developmental defects, including tooth agenesis, in humans and mice. Previous studies suggest that Msx1 activates Bmp4 expression in the developing tooth mesenchyme to drive early tooth organogenesis. Whereas Msx1(-/-) mice exhibit developmental arrest of all tooth germs at the bud stage, mice with neural crest-specific inactivation of Bmp4 (Bmp4(ncko)(/ncko)), which lack Bmp4 expression in the developing tooth mesenchyme, showed developmental arrest of only mandibular molars...
October 3, 2016: Developmental Biology
Giuseppe Murdolo, Marta Piroddi, Cristina Tortoioli, Desirée Bartolini, Martin Schmelz, Francesca Luchetti, Barbara Canonico, Stefano Papa, Chiara Zerbinati, Luigi Iuliano, Francesco Galli
CONTEXT/OBJECTIVE: Increased oxidative stress in adipose tissue (AT) emerges as an inducer of obesity-linked insulin resistance. Here we tested the hypothesis whether free-radical derived oxysterols are formed by, and accumulate in, human adipocytes. Moreover, we asked whether increased accumulation of oxysterols characterizes the adipose cells of obese patients with T2D (OBT2D) as compared with lean, nondiabetic controls (CTRL). Finally, we studied the effects of the free radical-derived oxysterols on adipogenic differentiation of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs)...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Tingxiu Xiang, Yichao Fan, Chunhong Li, Lili Li, Ying Ying, Junhao Mu, Weiyan Peng, Yixiao Feng, Michael Oberst, Kathleen Kelly, Guosheng Ren, Qian Tao
Wnt signaling plays an important role in breast carcinogenesis. DAPPER2 (DACT2) functions as an inhibitor of canonical Wnt signaling and plays distinct roles in different cell contexts, with its role in breast tumorigenesis unclear. We investigated DACT2 expression in breast cancer cell lines and primary tumors, as well as its functions and molecular mechanisms. Results showed that DACT2 expression was silenced in 9/9 of cell lines. Promoter CpG methylation of DACT2 was detected in 89% (8/9) of cell lines, as well as in 73% (107/147) of primary tumors, but only in 20% (1/5) of surgical margin tissues and in none of normal breast tissues...
September 29, 2016: Oncotarget
M Borrell-Pages, G Vilahur, J C Romero, L Casaní, M T Bejar, L Badimon
LRP5 (low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 5) activates canonical Wnt signalling. LRP5 plays multiple roles including regulation of lipoprotein and cholesterol homeostasis as well as innate immunity cell function. However, it is not known whether LRP5 has a role in the myocardium. The aim of this study was to investigate LRP5 and Wnt signalling in myocardial remodelling after acute myocardial infarction (MI). Wnt protein levels were determined in a hypercholesterolemic porcine model of MI, in Lrp5 (-/-) C57Bl6 mice, in cultured cardiomyocytes and in human explanted hearts with previous MI episodes...
November 2016: Basic Research in Cardiology
U Smith, B B Kahn
Obesity, the major cause of the current global epidemic of type 2 diabetes (T2D), induces insulin resistance in peripheral insulin target tissues. Several mechanisms have been identified related to cross-talk between adipose tissue, skeletal muscle and liver. These mechanisms involve both increased free fatty acid release and altered secretion of adipokines from adipose tissue. A major determinant of metabolic health is the ability of subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) to store excess fat rather than allowing it to accumulate in ectopic depots including liver (i...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
Giuseppina Federico, Michael Meister, Daniel Mathow, Gunnar H Heine, Gerhard Moldenhauer, Zoran V Popovic, Viola Nordström, Annette Kopp-Schneider, Thomas Hielscher, Peter J Nelson, Franz Schaefer, Stefan Porubsky, Danilo Fliser, Bernd Arnold, Hermann-Josef Gröne
Renal tubular atrophy and interstitial fibrosis are common hallmarks of etiologically different progressive chronic kidney diseases (CKD) that eventually result in organ failure. Even though these pathological manifestations constitute a major public health problem, diagnostic tests, as well as therapeutic options, are currently limited. Members of the dickkopf (DKK) family, DKK1 and -2, have been associated with inhibition of Wnt signaling and organ fibrosis. Here, we identify DKK3 as a stress-induced, tubular epithelia-derived, secreted glycoprotein that mediates kidney fibrosis...
January 21, 2016: JCI Insight
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