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Silvia Laura Locatelli, Giuseppa Careddu, Giuliano Giuseppe Stirparo, Luca Castagna, Armando Santoro, Carmelo Carlo-Stella
PI3K/AKT and RAF/MEK/ERK pathways are constitutively activated in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) patients, thus representing attractive therapeutic targets. Here we report that the PI3K/ERK dual inhibitor AEZS-136 induced significant cell proliferation inhibition in L-540, SUP-HD1, KM-H2 and L-428 HL cell lines, but a significant increase in necroptotic cell death was observed only in two out of four cell lines (L-540 and SUP-HD1). In these cells, AEZS-136-induced necroptosis was associated with mitochondrial dysfunction and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Astrid Escudero-Esparza, Michael Bartoschek, Chrysostomi Gialeli, Marcin Okroj, Sioned Owen, Karin Jirström, Akira Orimo, Wen G Jiang, Kristian Pietras, Anna M Blom
Human CUB and Sushi multiple domains 1 (CSMD1) is a membrane-bound complement inhibitor suggested to act as a putative tumor suppressor gene, since allelic loss of this region encompassing 8p23 including CSMD1 characterizes various malignancies. Here, we assessed the role of CSMD1 as a tumor suppressor gene in the development of breast cancer in vitro and in vivo. We found that human breast tumor tissues expressed CSMD1 at lower levels compared to that in normal mammary tissues. The decreased expression of CSMD1 was linked to a shorter overall survival of breast cancer patients...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Bin Cai, Xiangxiong Kong, Chao Zhong, Suli Sun, Xiao Feng Zhou, Yin Hua Jin, Youning Wang, Xia Li, Zhendong Zhu, Jing Bo Jin
SIZ1 is a small ubiquitin-related modifier (SUMO) E3 ligase that mediates post-translational SUMO modification of target proteins and thereby regulates developmental processes and hormonal and environmental stress responses in Arabidopsis. However, the role of SUMO E3 ligases in crop plants is largely unknown. Here, we identified and characterized two Glycine max (soybean) SUMO E3 ligases, GmSIZ1a and GmSIZ1b. Expression of GmSIZ1a and GmSIZ1b was induced in response to salicylic acid (SA), heat, and dehydration treatment, but not in response to cold, ABA, and NaCl treatment...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
Jesus Duque-Afonso, Chiou-Hong Lin, Kyuho Han, Michael C Wei, Jue Feng, Jason Kurzer, Corina Schneidawind, Stephen H K Wong, Michael C Bassik, Michael L Cleary
There is limited understanding of how signaling pathways are altered by oncogenic fusion transcription factors that drive leukemogenesis. To address this, we interrogated activated signaling pathways in a comparative analysis of mouse and human leukemias expressing the fusion protein E2A-PBX1, which is present in 5-7% of pediatric and 50% of pre-B-cell receptor (preBCR+) acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). In this study, we describe remodeling of signaling networks by E2A-PBX1 in pre-B-ALL which result in hyperactivation of the key oncogenic effector enzyme PLCγ2...
October 7, 2016: Cancer Research
Yarikipati Prathibha, Balasubramanian Senthilkumaran
PAX2, a member of paired box family, is an essential transcription factor for the organ development in vertebrates including teleosts, yet no evidence has been shown for its involvement in reproduction. To study this, partial- and/or full-length cDNA of pax2 was isolated from the ovary of catfish, Clarias batrachus, along with its other Pax family members, pax1 and pax9 Tissue distribution and ontogeny expression analysis indicated the prevalence of pax2 but not pax1 and pax9 in ovary. Varied phase-wise expression during ovarian cycle and elevation of pax2 after human chorionic gonadotropin induction showed probable regulation by gonadotropins...
December 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Hubo Li, Brenton G Mar, Huadi Zhang, Rishi V Puram, Francisca Vazquez, Barbara A Weir, William C Hahn, Benjamin Ebert, David Pellman
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a heterogeneous disease with complex molecular pathophysiology. To systematically characterize AML's genetic dependencies, we conducted genome-scale shRNA screens in 17 AML cell lines and analyzed dependencies relative to parallel screens in 199 cell lines of other cancer types. We identified 353 genes specifically required for AML cell proliferation. To validate the in vivo relevance of genetic dependencies observed in human cell lines, we performed a secondary screen in a syngeneic murine AML model driven by the MLL-AF9 oncogenic fusion protein...
October 18, 2016: Blood
Mei-Mei Gu, Jing-Rong Kong, Di-Huang, Ting Peng, Chen-Ying Xie, Kai-Yuan Yang, Yuan Liu, Wei-Na Wang
Prohibitin2 (PHB2), a potential tumor suppressor protein, plays important roles in inhibition of cell cycle progression, transcriptional regulation, apoptosis and the mitochondrial respiratory chain. To explore its potential roles in crustaceans' immune responses we have identified and characterized LvPHB2, a 891 bp gene encoding a 297 amino acids protein in the shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei. Expression analyses showed that LvPHB2 is expressed in all examined tissues, and largely present in cytoplasm, correlating with its known anti-oxidation function in mitochondria...
October 15, 2016: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Ángel Baldán, Carlos Fernández-Hernando
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Better tools are sorely needed for both the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, which account for more than one-third of the deaths in Western countries. MicroRNAs typically regulate the expression of several mRNAs involved in the same biological process. Therapeutic manipulation of miRNAs could restore the expression of multiple players within the same physiologic pathway, and ideally offer better curative outcomes than conventional approaches that target only one single player within the pathway...
October 17, 2016: Current Opinion in Lipidology
Athanassios D Velentzas, Panagiotis D Velentzas, Niki E Sagioglou, Eumorphia G Konstantakou, Athanasios K Anagnostopoulos, Maria M Tsioka, Vassiliki E Mpakou, Zoe Kollia, Christos Consoulas, Lukas H Margaritis, Issidora S Papassideri, George Th Tsangaris, Evangelia Sarantopoulou, Alkiviadis-Constantinos Cefalas, Dimitrios J Stravopodis
Drosophila chorion represents a model biological system for the in vivo study of gene activity, epithelial development, extracellular-matrix assembly and morphogenetic-patterning control. It is produced during the late stages of oogenesis by epithelial follicle cells and develops into a highly organized multi-layered structure that exhibits regional specialization and radial complexity. Among the six major proteins involved in chorion's formation, the s36 and s38 ones are synthesized first and regulated in a cell type-specific and developmental stage-dependent manner...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zhong-Guo Shan, Ke-Xin Zhu, Fang-Yi Chen, Jie Liu, Bei Chen, Kun Qiao, Hui Peng, Ke-Jian Wang
A new gene homologous to the reported antimicrobial peptide (AMP) hyastatin from Hyas araneus was screened in the SSH library constructed from the hemocytes of Scylla paramamosain, and named SpHyastatin. In vivo study showed that SpHyastatin was predominantly expressed in hemocytes of S. paramamosain. With the challenge of either Vibrio parahaemolyticus or lipopolysaccharide (LPS), SpHyastatin showed a positive response, meaning that it was probably involved in the immune reaction against bacterial infection in vivo...
October 14, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
Wenzhong Yi, Enhua Xiao, Ru Ding, Ping Luo, Yi Yang
Fibronectin is a glycoprotein of the extracellular matrix, and regulates the processes of self-renewal and cell cycle progression. This study aimed to investigate fibronectin expression in colorectal cancer (CRC) and elucidate the effects of fibronectin on CRC by using a knockdown approach. Immunohistochemistry was used to evaluate the expression of fibronectin in 107 CRC patient tissues and gene expression was detected by real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR) and western blot analysis. Based on the above findings, the association among fibronectin expression, clinicopathological features and prognosis was analyzed...
October 17, 2016: Oncology Reports
Yong Li, Changqiang Wu, Tianwu Chen, Juanjuan Zhang, Gang Liu, Yu Pu, Jiang Zhu, Chengyi Shen, Yang Zhang, Nanlin Zeng, Xiaoming Zhang
It was previously demonstrated that mucin 4 (MUC4) is not expressed in normal pancreatic tissues or in chronic pancreatitis tissue but is highly expressed in pancreatic cancer (PC) tissue. Effective MUC4 gene knockdown in PC may contribute to the elucidation of pancreatic tumor development and metastasis, and may be valuable in new therapeutic approaches. Thus to confirm this, in the present study, the BxPC-3 cell line was transfected with eight pairs of shRNA lentiviral vectors for MUC4. The qPCR results showed that expression of MUC4 mRNA in the BxPC-3 cells was significantly decreased at 96 h after transfection...
October 6, 2016: Oncology Reports
Juan Lv, Qiaoying Zhu, Xuemei Jia, Ningzhu Yu, Qian Li
BACKGROUND Endometriosis can cause dysmenorrhea and infertility. Its pathogenesis has not yet been clarified and its treatment continues to pose enormous challenges. The protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTEN) gene is a tumor suppressor gene. The aim of this study was to investigate the role and significance of PTEN protein in the occurrence, development, and treatment of endometriosis through changes in apoptosis rate, cell cycle, and angiogenesis. MATERIAL AND METHODS PTEN was overexpressed and silenced in lentiviral vectors and inserted into primary endometrial cells...
October 16, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Jin-Hua He, Bao-Xia Li, Ze-Ping Han, Mao-Xian Zou, Li Wang, Yu-Bing Lv, Jia-Bin Zhou, Ming-Rong Cao, Yu-Guang Li, Jing-Zhi Zhang
Rapidly accumulated evidence has shown that long non-coding RNA (lncRNAs) disregulation is involved in human tumorigenesis in many cancers, including prostate cancer (PCa). LncRNAs can regulate essential pathways that contribute to tumor initiation and progression with tissue specificity, which suggests that lncRNAs could be valuable biomarkers and therapeutic targets. Prostate cancer antigen 3 (PCA3), also known as differential display code 3 (DD3), is one such lncRNA that maps to chromosome 9q21-22. PCA3 expression is highly specific to PCa...
October 14, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Chengcheng Yang, Huangzhen Wang, Boxiang Zhang, Yimeng Chen, Yamin Zhang, Xin Sun, Guodong Xiao, Kejun Nan, Hong Ren, Sida Qin
BACKGROUND: LCL161, a novel Smac mimetic, is known to have anti-tumor activity and improve chemosensitivity in various cancers. However, the function and mechanisms of the combination of LCL161 and paclitaxel in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remain unknown. METHODS: Cellular inhibitor of apoptotic protein 1 and 2 (cIAP1&2) expression in NSCLC tissues and adjacent non-tumor tissues were assessed by immunohistochemistry. The correlations between cIAP1&2 expression and clinicopathological characteristics, prognosis were analyzed...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Peter Gin-Fu Chen, Zhongjie Sun
Cold temperatures are associated with increased prevalence of hypertension. Cold exposure increases endothelin-1 (ET1) production. The purpose of this study is to determine if upregulation of ET1 contributes to cold-induced hypertension (CIH). In vivo RNAi silencing of the ET1 gene was achieved by AAV2 delivery of ET1 short-hairpin siRNA (ET1-shRNA). Four groups of male rats were used. Three groups were given AAV.ET1-shRNA, AAV.SC-shRNA (scrambled shRNA), and phosphate-buffered saline (PBS), respectively, before exposure to a moderately cold environment (6...
October 12, 2016: Human Gene Therapy
Yanwen Jiang, Ana Ortega-Molina, Huimin Geng, Hsia-Yuan Ying, Katerina Hatzi, Sara Parsa, Dylan McNally, Ling Wang, Ashley S Doane, Xabier Agirre Ena, Matt Teater, Cem Meydan, Zhuoning Li, David Poloway, Shenqiu Wang, Daisuke Ennishi, David W Scott, Kristy R Stengel, Janice E Kranz, Edward Holson, Sneh Sharma, James W Young, Chi-Shuen Chu, Robert G Roeder, Rita Shaknovich, Scott W Hiebert, Randy D Gascoyne, Wayne Tam, Olivier Elemento, Hans-Guido Wendel, Ari M Melnick
Somatic mutations in CREBBP occur frequently in B-cell lymphoma. Here, we show that loss of CREBBP facilitates development of germinal center derived lymphomas in mice. In both human and murine lymphomas CREBBP loss of function resulted in focal depletion of enhancer H3K27 acetylation and aberrant transcriptional silencing of genes that regulate B-cell signaling and immune responses including class II MHC. Mechanistically, CREBBP regulated enhancers are counter-regulated by the BCL6 transcriptional repressor in a complex with SMRT and HDAC3, which we find bind extensively to MHC class II loci...
October 12, 2016: Cancer Discovery
Jong-Lyel Roh, Hye Jin Jang, Eun Hye Kim, Daiha Shin
AIMS: The glutathione (GSH), thioredoxin (Trx), and Nrf2 systems represent a major defense against reactive oxygen species (ROS), the cellular imbalance of which in cancer promotes growth and therapeutic resistance. This study investigated whether targeting the GSH, Trx, and Nrf2 antioxidant systems effectively eliminated head and neck cancer (HNC). RESULTS: At high concentrations, auranofin, but not buthionine sulfoximine (BSO) alone, decreased the viability of HNC, whereas even at low concentrations, auranofin plus BSO synergized to kill HNC cells...
October 12, 2016: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Huijuan Liu, Jie Wang, Guiyun Ren, Yanning Zhang, Fusheng Dong
OBJECTIVE: To study the relationship between proteoglycan inhibition and the implantation of salivary pleomorphic adenoma (SPA). METHODS: SPA fresh tissue was primitively cultured and identified. The Ad-shRNA-XT-II adenovirus vector was constructed and transfected into SPA cells to silence the XT-II gene. The expression of the XT-II gene and protein was detected using real-time PCR and western blotting, respectively. The proteoglycan content of the cells was determined 48 hours after transfectction...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
Yong Xu, Xiao Wang, Shi-Ming Chen, Chen Chen, Yan Wang, Bo-Kui Xiao, Ze-Zhang Tao
PURPOSE: To explore the influences of telomerase and alternative lengthening of telomeres mechanism on telomere length and laryngeal squamous cell carcinoma in vitro and in vivo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Short hairpin RNA expression vectors targeting the messenger TERT, TRF2, RAD51 and NBS1 were constructed. The mRNA and protein expression of targeted genes in human laryngeal squamous carcinoma cell line HEp-2 was evaluated by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and Western blotting separately...
September 6, 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
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