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Xiaobin Huang, Janine N Post, Leilei Zhong, Jeroen Leijten, Staffan Larsson, Marcel Karperien, André Struglics
OBJECTIVE: To explore the involvement of the WNT and BMP antagonists Dickkopf-related protein 1 (DKK1), Frizzled-related protein (FRZB) and Gremlin 1 (GREM1) in knee injury and osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN: The antagonists were immunoassayed in synovial fluid from a cross-sectional cohort of 9 knee healthy reference subjects, patients with recent (0-77 days, n=158) or old (1-37 years, n=50) knee injuries, and OA (n=22). Cartilage (ARGS-aggrecan, cartilage oligomeric matrix protein and C2C type II collagen) and other biomarkers were assessed in synovial fluid in a subset of samples...
March 8, 2018: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Salvatore Condello, Livia Elena Sima, Cristina Ivan, Horacio Cardenas, Gary E Schiltz, Rama K Mishra, Daniela Matei
Cancer progression and recurrence are linked to a rare population of cancer stem cells (CSC). Here we hypothesized that interactions with the extracellular matrix drive CSC proliferation and tumor-initiating capacity and investigated the functions of scaffold protein tissue transglutaminase (TG2) in ovarian CSC. Complexes formed by TG2, fibronectin (FN), and integrin β1 were enriched in ovarian CSC and detectable in tumors. A function-inhibiting antibody against the TG2 FN-binding domain suppressed complex formation, CSC proliferation as spheroids, tumor-initiating capacity, and stemness-associated Wnt/β-catenin signaling...
March 6, 2018: Cancer Research
Yanpeng Ci, Xiaoning Li, Maorong Chen, Jiateng Zhong, Brian J North, Hiroyuki Inuzuka, Xi He, Yu Li, Jianping Guo, Xiangpeng Dai
Wnt signaling has emerged as a major regulator of tissue development by governing the self-renewal and maintenance of stem cells in most tissue types. As a key upstream regulator of the Wnt pathway, the transmembrane E3 ligase ZNRF3 has recently been established to play a role in negative regulation of Wnt signaling by targeting Frizzled (FZD) receptor for ubiquitination and degradation. However, the upstream regulation of ZNRF3, in particular the turnover of ZNRF3, is still unclear. Here we report that ZNRF3 is accumulated in the presence of proteasome inhibitor treatment independent of its E3-ubiquitin ligase activity...
March 1, 2018: Protein & Cell
Nicolas Aznar, Jason Ear, Ying Dunkel, Nina Sun, Kendall Satterfield, Fang He, Nicholas A Kalogriopoulos, Inmaculada Lopez-Sanchez, Majid Ghassemian, Debashis Sahoo, Irina Kufareva, Pradipta Ghosh
Cellular proliferation, differentiation, and morphogenesis are shaped by multiple signaling cascades, and their dysregulation plays an integral role in cancer progression. Three cascades that contribute to oncogenic potential are those mediated by Wnt proteins and the receptor Frizzled (FZD), growth factor receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), and heterotrimeric G proteins and associated GPCRs. Daple is a guanine nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) for the G protein Gαi Daple also binds to FZD and the Wnt/FZD mediator Dishevelled (Dvl), and it enhances β-catenin-independent Wnt signaling in response to Wnt5a-FZD7 signaling...
February 27, 2018: Science Signaling
Yan-Hua Wang, Yoichi Imai, Masayuki Shiseki, Junji Tanaka, Toshiko Motoji
Multidrug resistance (MDR) is a major obstacle to leukemia treatment. The Frizzled-1 (FZD1) Wnt receptor is involved in MDR in some solid cancers, but has rarely been reported to act in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We investigated whether the knockdown of FZD1 affects MDR1 expression and P-glycoprotein (P-gp) function in multidrug resistant leukemic cell lines, as well as FZD1 and MDR1/P-gp expression in leukemic cells taken from patients with AML (n = 112). FZD1 knockdown significantly reduced MDR1 expression through the Wnt/β-catenin pathway, disrupted the P-gp efflux function, induced the recovery of sensitivity to chemotherapeutic agents, and hindered cell proliferation in cell lines...
January 31, 2018: Leukemia Research
Ian Ackers, Candice Szymanski, K Jordan Duckett, Leslie A Consitt, Mitchell J Silver, Ramiro Malgor
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Wnt5a is a highly studied member of the Wnt family and recently has been implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, but its precise role is unknown. Foam cell development is a critical process to atherosclerotic plaque formation. In the present study, we investigated the role of noncanonical Wnt5a signaling in the development of foam cells. METHODS: Human carotid atherosclerotic tissue and THP-1-derived macrophages were used to investigate the contribution of Wnt5a signaling in the formation of foam cells...
February 20, 2018: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
Guillaume Courbon, Raphaëlle Lamarque, Maude Gerbaix, Robin Caire, Marie-Thérèse Linossier, Norbert Laroche, Mireille Thomas, Thierry Thomas, Laurence Vico, Hubert Marotte
Periarticular bone loss in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is considered to be mainly related to synovial inflammation. However, strong bone loss has also described at the time of arthritis onset. Recently, a paradoxical exacerbation of joint damage was described when blocking sclerostin in various arthritis models. Thus, we aimed to determine kinetics of bone loss and its mechanisms in the adjuvant induced arthritis (AIA) rat model of RA. AIA was induced (n = 35) or not (n = 35) at day 0. In addition to well-known arthritis at day 12, we showed with 3D-imaging and histomorphometry that bone microstructural alterations occurred early from day 8 post-induction, characterized by cortical porosity and trabecular bone loss...
February 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
Josué Curto, Beatriz Del Valle-Pérez, Aida Villarroel, Guillem Fuertes, Meritxell Vinyoles, Raúl Peña, Antonio García de Herreros, Mireia Duñach
Canonical and non-canonical Wnt pathways share some common elements but differ in the responses they evoke. Similar to Wnt ligands acting through the canonical pathway, Wnts that activate the non-canonical signaling, such as Wnt5a, promote Disheveled (Dvl) phosphorylation and its binding to the Frizzled (Fz) Wnt receptor complex. The protein kinase CK1ε is required for Dvl/Fz association in both canonical and non-canonical signaling. Here we show that differently to its binding to canonical Wnt receptor complex, CK1ε does not require p120-catenin for the association with the Wnt5a co-receptor Ror2...
February 21, 2018: Molecular Oncology
T Heinosalo, M Gabriel, L Kallio, P Adhikari, K Huhtinen, T D Laajala, E Kaikkonen, A Mehmood, P Suvitie, H Kujari, T Aittokallio, A Perheentupa, M Poutanen
STUDY QUESTION: What is the role of SFRP2 in endometriosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: SFRP2 acts as a canonical WNT/CTNNB1 signaling agonist in endometriosis, regulating endometriosis lesion growth and indicating endometriosis lesion borders together with CTNNB1 (also known as beta catenin). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Endometriosis is a common, chronic disease that affects women of reproductive age, causing pain and infertility, and has significant economic impact on national health systems...
February 15, 2018: Human Reproduction
Jiaqi Liu, Huayu Zhu, Hongtao Wang, Jun Li, Fu Han, Yang Liu, Wanfu Zhang, Ting He, Na Li, Zhao Zheng, Dahai Hu
Keloid, a benign skin disorder, forms during wound healing in genetically susceptible individuals. To better control keloid and understand the molecular mechanisms, this study screened gene hypermethylations of GEO database microarray data on keloids and identified the hypermethylation of the secreted frizzled related protein-1 (SFRP1) promoter. Subsequently, hypermethylation and mRNA and protein levels were assessed in 57 cases of keloid vs. normal skin tissues. Fibroblasts from tissues were isolated for the assessment of gene regulation in vitro...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Molecular Histology
Arianna Colini Baldeschi, Eugenia Pittaluga, Federica Andreola, Simona Rossi, Mauro Cozzolino, Giuseppe Nicotera, Gianluca Sferrazza, Pasquale Pierimarchi, Annalucia Serafino
In the last decades increasing evidence indicated a crucial role of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling in development of midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neurons. Recently dysregulation of this pathway has been proposed as a novel pathomechanism leading to Parkinson's disease (PD) and some of the molecules participating to the signaling have been evaluated as potential therapeutic targets for PD. Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) is a cardiac-derived hormone having a critical role in cardiovascular homeostasis. ANP and its receptors (NPRs) are widely expressed in mammalian central nervous system (CNS) where they could be implicated in the regulation of neural development, synaptic transmission and information processing, as well as in neuroprotection...
2018: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Regina Cheuk-Lam Lo, Carmen Oi-Ning Leung, Kristy Kwan-Shuen Chan, Daniel Wai-Hung Ho, Chun-Ming Wong, Terence Kin-Wah Lee, Irene Oi-Lin Ng
Identification and characterization of functional molecular targets conferring stemness properties in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) offers crucial insights to overcome the major hurdles of tumor recurrence, metastasis and chemoresistance in clinical management. In the current study, we investigated the significance of Cripto-1 in contributing to HCC stemness. Cripto-1 was upregulated in the sorafenib-resistant clones derived from HCC cell lines and patient-derived xenograft that we previously developed, suggesting an association between Cripto-1 and stemness...
February 14, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Maria Principia Scavo, Livia Fucci, Lucia Caldarola, Anita Mangia, Amalia Azzariti, Giovanni Simone, Giampietro Gasparini, Silke Krol
Frizzled (FZD) proteins, a family of Wnt receptors, are involved in carcinogenesis in different organs. One interesting FZD protein is FZD-10 highly expressed in embryogenesis but completely absent in the membrane or cytosol of healthy proliferated cells. We studied in detail the expression level and the location of Frizzled-10 protein in different cancerous tissues, such as colon, melanoma and gastric cancer and in function of different staging of the tumor and in metastases. We observed a correlation between cancer evolution and FZD-10 expression, and localization of protein during carcinogenesis...
January 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Argyrios Sklavos, Theofilos Poutahidis, Alexander Giakoustidis, Kali Makedou, Katerina Angelopoulou, Alexander Hardas, Paola Andreani, Argyro Zacharioudaki, George Saridis, Thomas Goulopoulos, Kalliopi Tsarea, Maria Karamperi, Vassilios Papadopoulos, Vassilios Papanikolaou, Apostolos Papalois, Stavros Iliadis, Satvinder Mudan, Daniel Azoulay, Dimitrios Giakoustidis
Recent evidence has suggested that downregulation of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway may contribute to the development and growth of HCC. Consequently, elements of this pathway have begun to emerge as potential targets for improving outcomes of anti-HCC. Thus, the present study sought to examine the effects of Wnt-1 blockade using the classical diethylnitrosamine (DEN)-induced chemical carcinogenesis mouse model of HCC. The depletion of Wnt-1 using neutralizing antisera was done for ten consecutive days at the age of 9 months and mice were examined for the following 20 days...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
Mei Ding, Xin Wang
The crosstalk of multiple cellular signaling pathways is crucial in animal development and tissue homeostasis, and its dysregulation may result in tumor formation and metastasis. The Hedgehog (Hh) and Wnt signaling pathways are both considered to be essential regulators of cell proliferation, differentiation and oncogenesis. Recent studies have indicated that the Hh and Wnt signaling pathways are closely associated and involved in regulating embryogenesis and cellular differentiation. Hh signaling acts upstream of the Wnt signaling pathway, and negative regulates Wnt activity via secreted frizzled-related protein 1 (SFRP1), and the Wnt/β-catenin pathway downregulates Hh activity through glioma-associated oncogene homolog 3 transcriptional regulation...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
Anita Khadka, Marina Martínez-Bartolomé, Stephanie D Burr, Ryan C Range
The anterior neuroectoderm (ANE) in many deuterostome embryos (echinoderms, hemichordates, urochordates, cephalochordates, and vertebrates) is progressively restricted along the anterior-posterior axis to a domain around the anterior pole. In the sea urchin embryo, three integrated Wnt signaling branches (Wnt/β-catenin, Wnt/JNK, and Wnt/PKC) govern this progressive restriction process, which begins around the 32- to 60-cell stage and terminates by the early gastrula stage. We previously have established that several secreted Wnt modulators of the Dickkopf and secreted Frizzled-related protein families (Dkk1, Dkk3, and sFRP-1/5) are expressed within the ANE and play important roles in modulating the Wnt signaling network during this process...
2018: EvoDevo
Hao Zhang, Yanhua Qi, Decheng Geng, Yi Shi, Xu Wang, Rutong Yu, Xiuping Zhou
Wnt signaling has been identified as a critical regulator of human tumor development in vitro. However, there remains a lack of studies systematically examining the expression pattern and clinical relevance of the core molecules of Wnt signaling in glioma tissues. In the present study, it was identified that the mRNA expression levels of Wnt3a and 5a, and their receptors frizzled 2, 6 and 7 increased, whereas Wnt7b was markedly decreased in glioma relative to non-tumor tissue. The mRNA levels of β-catenin, adenomatous polyposis coli gene product, glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) and AXIN1 and its target genes cyclin D1 and AXIN2 did not differ...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
Abhijeet Deshmukh, Frank Arfuso, Philip Newsholme, Arun Dharmarajan
Tumours contain a small number of treatment-resistant cancer stem cells (CSCs), and it is through these that tumour regrowth originates at secondary sites, thus rendering CSCs an attractive target for treatment. Cancer cells adapt cellular metabolism for aggressive proliferation. Tumour cells use less efficient glycolysis for the production of ATP and increasing tumour mass, instead of oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS). CSCs show distinct metabolic shift and, depending on the cancer type, can be highly glycolytic or OXPHOS dependent...
January 31, 2018: Cancers
Keisuke Nagasaki, Gen Nishimura, Toru Kikuchi, Hiromi Nyuzuki, Sunao Sasaki, Yohei Ogawa, Akihiko Saitoh
Omodysplasia-2 (OMOD2; OMIM%16475) is a rare autosomal dominant (AD) skeletal dysplasia characterized by shortened humeri, short first metacarpal, craniofacial dysmorphism (frontal bossing, depressed nasal bridge, bifid nasal tip, and long philtrum), and variable degrees of genitourinary anomalies. This clinical phenotype overlaps with that of AD type Robinow syndrome. Recently, a mutation in FZD2 encoding a Frizzled Class Receptor 2 has been identified in a family with AD omodysplasia (an affected girl and her affected mother)...
January 31, 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Kristy Kwan-Shuen Chan, Regina Cheuk-Lam Lo
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) have a substantial role in tumorigenesis and are described as a "cancer driver". Aberrant expression or activation of GPCRs leads to the deregulation of downstream signaling pathways, thereby promoting cancer progression. In hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the Wnt signaling pathway is frequently activated and it is associated with an aggressive HCC phenotype. Frizzled (FZD) receptors, a family member of GPCRs, are known to mediate Wnt signaling. Accumulating findings have revealed the deregulation of FZD receptors in HCC and their functional roles have been implicated in HCC progression...
January 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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