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Min Huang, Li Zhu, Jacqueline S Garcia, Michael X Li, Andrew J Gentles, Beverly S Mitchell
We have recently reported that activation of Brd4 is associated with the presence of autophagy in NPMc+ and MLL AML cells. In order to determine the mechanisms underlying this relationship, we have examined the role of Brd4 in regulating the expression of several genes that are central to the process of autophagy. We found that Brd4 binds to the promoters of ATG 3, 7 and CEBPβ, and expression of these genes is markedly reduced by inhibitors of Brd4, as well as by Brd4-shRNA and depletion of CEBPβ. Inhibitors of Brd4 also dramatically suppress the transcription of Keap1, thereby increasing the expression of anti-oxidant genes through the Nrf2 pathway and reducing the cytotoxicity induced by Brd4 inhibitors...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Jingyi Li, Jie Xu, Lynne V Abruzzo, Guilin Tang, Shaoying Li, M James You, Gary Lu, Elias J Jabbour, Qi Deng, Carlos E Bueso-Ramos, L Jeffrey Medeiros, C Cameron Yin
We describe the clinical, morphologic, immunophenotypic and molecular genetic features of 15 cases of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with t(4;12)(q12;p13). There were 9 men and 6 women, with a median age of 50 years (range, 17-76). Most patients had hypercellular bone marrow with a median blast count of 58% and multilineage dysplasia. Flow cytometry analysis showed myeloid lineage with blasts positive for CD13, CD33, CD34, CD38, CD117 and HLA-DR. Interestingly, aberrant CD7 expression was detected in 12/14 cases, and myeloperoxidase was either negative (3/15) or positive in only a small subset of the blasts (12/15)...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Erina Tonouchi, Yasuyuki Gen, Tomoki Muramatsu, Hidekazu Hiramoto, Kousuke Tanimoto, Jun Inoue, Johji Inazawa
Bromodomain Containing 4 (BRD4) mediates transcriptional elongation of the oncogene MYC by binding to acetylated histones. BRD4 has been shown to play a critical role in tumorigenesis in several cancers, and the BRD4-NUT fusion gene is a driver of NUT midline carcinoma (NMC), a rare but highly lethal cancer. microRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenous small non-coding RNAs that suppress target gene expression by binding to complementary mRNA sequences. Here, we show that miR-3140, which was identified as a novel tumor suppressive miRNA by function-based screening of a library containing 1090 miRNA mimics, directly suppressed BRD4 by binding to its coding sequence (CDS)...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Krzysztof Kucharz, Martin Lauritzen
Cortical spreading depolarization waves, the cause underlying migraine aura, are also the markers and mechanism of pathology in the acutely injured human brain. Propagation of spreading depolarization wave uniquely depends on the interaction between presynaptic and postsynaptic glutamate N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs). In the normally perfused brain, even a single wave causes a massive depolarization of neurons and glia, which results in transient loss of neuronal function and depression of the ongoing electrocorticographic activity...
March 12, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
A Bar-Ilan, T Livnat, M Hoffmann, L Binder, M Zakar, R Guy, Y Felikman, L Moschcovich, B Shenkman, D Monroe, O Hershkovitz, G Kenet, G Hart
INTRODUCTION: Recombinant FVIIa (rFVIIa) is an effective treatment for haemophilia through frequent administration. However, the short half-life of rFVIIa decreases its prophylactic ability to reduce bleeding. Carboxy-terminal peptide (CTP)-modified FVIIa (MOD-5014) is a long-acting rFVIIa developed for on-demand treatment of haemophilia using either an intravenous or subcutaneous injection with the aim of less frequent administrations, as well as for prophylactic use. AIM: The comprehensive evaluation of the activity MOD-5014 vs commercially available rhFVIIa, as well as their interaction with cofactors and inhibitors...
March 14, 2018: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
Xiujuan Zhang, Yuanmei Zhu, Hao Hu, Senyan Zhang, Pengfei Wang, Huihui Chong, Jinsheng He, Xinquan Wang, Yuxian He
The deep hydrophobic pocket of HIV-1 gp41 has been considered a drug target, but short-peptides targeting this site usually lack potent antiviral activity. By applying the M-T hook structure, we previously generated highly potent short-peptide fusion inhibitors that specifically targeted the pocket site, such as MT-SC22EK, HP23L, and LP-11. Here, the crystal structures of HP23L and LP-11 bound to the target mimic peptide N36 demonstrated the critical intrahelical and interhelical interactions, especially verifying that the hook-like conformation was finely adopted while the methionine residue was replaced by the oxidation-less prone residue leucine, and that addition of an extra glutamic acid significantly enhanced the binding and inhibitory activities...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Yakai Song, Linjuan Li, Yantao Chen, Jingqiu Liu, Senhao Xiao, Fulin Lian, Naixia Zhang, Hong Ding, Yuanyuan Zhang, Kaixian Chen, Hualiang Jiang, Chenhua Zhang, Yu-Chih Liu, Shijie Chen, Cheng Luo
DOT1L (the disruptor of telomeric silencing 1-like), through its methyltransferase activity of H3K79, plays essential roles in transcriptional regulation, cell cycle regulation, and DNA damage response. In addition, DOT1L is believed to be involved in the development of MLL-rearranged leukemia driven by the MLL (mixed-lineage leukemia) fusion proteins, which thus to be a crucial target for leukemia therapy. Hence, discovering of novel DOT1L inhibitors has been in a great demand. In this study, we initiated the discovering process from setting up the AlphaLISA based High Throughput Screening (HTS) assay of DOT1L...
February 24, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
Min Liu, Hui Wang, Jiaxiang Zhang, Xiaodong Yang, Bodong Li, Changhao Wu, Qixing Zhu
Both NF-κB pathway and complement activation appear to be involved in kidney damage induced by trichloroethylene (TCE). However, any relationship between these two systems has not yet been established. The present study aimed to clarify the role of NF-κB in complement activation and renal injury in TCE-sensitized BALB/c mice. Mice were sensitized by an initial subcutaneous injection and repeated focal applications of TCE to dorsal skin at specified timepoints. NF-κB inhibitor pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDTC) was injected (intraperitoneal) before the final two focal TCE challenges...
December 2018: Journal of Immunotoxicology
Wonsik Lee, Truc Do, Ge Zhang, Daniel Kahne, Timothy C Meredith, Suzanne Walker
Targeted modification of bacterial chromosomes is necessary to understand new drug targets, investigate virulence factors, elucidate cell physiology, and validate results of -omics-based approaches. For some bacteria, reverse genetics remains a major bottleneck to progress in research. Here we describe a compound-centric strategy that combines new negative selection markers with known positive selection markers to achieve simple, efficient one-step genome engineering of bacterial chromosomes. The method was inspired by the observation that certain non-essential metabolic pathways contain essential late steps, suggesting that antibiotics targeting a late step can be used to select for the absence of genes that control flux into the pathway...
March 13, 2018: ACS Infectious Diseases
H T Niu, P Dong, J N Wang, Y X Zeng, W Yuan, P Yuan
Objective: To investigate the expression status of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) fusion gene in lung sarcomatoid carcinoma (LSC) and the role of ALK inhibitors for treatment. Methods: Total of 84 cases of LSC confirmed by histopathology were detected for ALK fusion gene from January 2011 to December 2014 in the Cancer Hospital of Chinese Academy of Medical Science&Peking Union Medical College and Shandong Zibo Wanjie Cancer Hospital. All patients were primarily treated by the multi-disciplinary mode in combination with chemotherapy or targeted therapy based on surgery...
March 6, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Summer J Rozzi, Valeria Avdoshina, Jerel A Fields, Italo Mocchetti
Human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV) infection of the central nervous system promotes neuronal injury that culminates in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders. Viral proteins, including transactivator of transcription (Tat), have emerged as leading candidates to explain HIV-mediated neurotoxicity, though the mechanisms remain unclear. Tat transgenic mice or neurons exposed to Tat, which show neuronal loss, exhibit smaller mitochondria as compared to controls. To provide an experimental clue as to which mechanisms are used by Tat to promote changes in mitochondrial morphology, rat cortical neurons were exposed to Tat (100 nM) for various time points...
December 2018: Cell Death Discovery
Helena Yu, Ken Suzawa, Emmet J Jordan, Ahmet Zehir, Andy Ni, Hyunjae Ryan Kim, Mark G Kris, Matthew D Hellmann, Bob T Li, Romel Somwar, David B Solit, Michael F Berger, Maria E Arcila, Gregory J Riely, Marc Ladanyi
PURPOSE: To identify molecular factors that determine duration of response to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors and to identify novel mechanisms of drug resistance, we molecularly profiled EGFR mutant tumors prior to treatment and after progression on EGFR TKI using targeted next-generation sequencing.      Experimental Design: Targeted next-generation sequencing was performed on 374 consecutive patients with metastatic EGFR mutant lung cancer. Clinical data were collected and correlated with somatic mutation data...
March 12, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Andrea Necchi, Salvatore Lo Vullo, Daniele Raggi, Annunziata Gloghini, Patrizia Giannatempo, Maurizio Colecchia, Luigi Mariani
FGFR gene alterations represent a target for treatment in clinical trials of urothelial carcinoma (UC). Little is known about their prognostic effect in patients with metastatic UC. We analyzed data for 112 patients treated with platinum-based first-line chemotherapy at our center between October 2011 and March 2017 and who were screened for the presence of FGFR mutations or gene fusions within multiple clinical trials with pan-FGFR inhibitors. Centralized targeted exome sequencing analyses were performed to detect multiple FGFR mutations and fusions...
March 7, 2018: European Urology Focus
Khadega A Abuelgasim, Hinna Rehan, Maha Alsubaie, Nasser Al Atwi, Mohammed Al Balwi, Saeed Alshieban, Areej Almughairi
BACKGROUND: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia and chronic myeloid leukemia are the most common types of adult leukemia. However, it is rare for the same patient to suffer from both. Richter's transformation to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is frequently observed in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Purine analog therapy and the presence of trisomy 12, and CCND1 gene rearrangement have been linked to increased risk of Richter's transformation. The coexistence of chronic myeloid leukemia and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in the same patient is extremely rare, with only nine reported cases...
March 11, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Yasukazu Takanezawa, Ryosuke Nakamura, Yuka Kojima, Yuka Sone, Shimpei Uraguchi, Masako Kiyono
Cancer cells enhance autophagic activity as a survival measure against metabolic and therapeutic stresses. The inhibition of autophagy may represent a valuable sensitizing target for cancer treatment. Recently, we examined the ability of various cytochalasins to inhibit autophagy and demonstrated the potent inhibitory effect of cytochalasin E (CE) on autophagic flux. The present study was conducted to investigate whether CE inhibited autophagosome-lysosome fusion, and to determine whether CE enhanced chemotherapy-induced cell death...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Fulvio Massaro, Gioia Colafigli, Matteo Molica, Massimo Breccia
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is characterized by a pathognomonic chromosomal translocation, which leads to the fusion of breakpoint cluster region (BCR) and Abelson leukemia virus 1 (ABL1) genes, generating an oncoprotein with deregulated tyrosine kinase activity. Areas covered: In the last two decades, BCR/ABL1 kinase has become the molecular target for tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), a class of drugs that impressively improved overall survival. Despite these results, a proportion of patients experiences resistance to TKIs and need to change treatment...
March 9, 2018: Expert Review of Hematology
Małgorzata Janeczko-Czarnecka, Maryna Krawczuk-Rybak, Irena Karpińska-Derda, Maciej Niedźwiecki, Katarzyna Musioł, Magdalena Ćwiklińska, Katarzyna Drabko, Katarzyna Mycko, Tomasz Ociepa, Katarzyna Pawelec, Danuta Januszkiewicz-Lewandowska, Marek Ussowicz, Blanka Rybka, Renata Ryczan-Krawczyk, Andrzej Kołtan, Grażyna Karolczyk, Agnieszka Zaucha-Prażmo, Wanda Badowska, Krzysztof Kałwak
BACKGROUND: Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) constitutes only 2-3% of all leukemias in pediatric patients. Philapelphia chromosome and BCR-ABL fusion are genetic hallmarks of CML, and their presence is crucial for targeted molecular therapy with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), which replaced hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) as a standard first-line therapy. The disease in pediatric population is rare, and despite molecular and clinical similarities to CML in adults, different approach is needed, due to the long lifetime expectancy and distinct developmental characteristics of affected children...
January 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
JiaLi Xu, YaDong Feng, GuoXin Song, QiXing Gong, Li Yin, YingYing Hu, Dan Luo, ZhiQiang Yin
Background: Topical calcineurin inhibitors including tacrolimus and pimecrolimus are used in the treatment of many inflammatory skin diseases mainly via blocking T-cell proliferation. Our previous studies found that pimecrolimus 1% cream could reverse high-dose ultraviolet B (UVB) irradiation-induced epidermal Langerhans cell (LC) reduction via inhibition of LC migration. We conducted this study to investigate the effects of topical tacrolimus 0.03% ointment on high-dose UVB-irradiated human epidermal LCs. Methods: Twenty fresh human foreskin tissues were randomly divided into four groups as follows: Control , Tacrolimus (0...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Haojuan Jia, Jia Shi, Shu'an Dong, Yuan Zhang, Jianbo Yu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of heme oxygenase-1/carbon monoxide (HO-1/CO) pathway on mitochondrial fusion in rat alveolar epithelial type II cells (AEC II) stimulated by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). METHODS: Once the cultured in vitro rat AEC II cells line RLE-6TN reached confluency of 85%, they were subcultured and randomly divided into seven groups (n = 5 each). RLE-6TN cells were routinely cultured in control group. The cells in LPS group was stimulated with 10 mg/L LPS to reproduce the model of endotoxin challenge in AECII cells...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Jia Liu, Wenting Lu, Shuang Liu, Ying Wang, Saisai Li, Yingxi Xu, Haiyan Xing, Kejing Tang, Zheng Tian, Qing Rao, Min Wang, Jianxiang Wang
The t(8;21)(q22;q22) translocation generated the fusion protein AML1-ETO. AML1-ETO recruits histone deacetylase (HDAC) complex via its ETO part to repress AML1-mediated transactivation. Our previous study demonstrated that HDAC inhibitor phenylbutyrate (PB) could induce AML1-ETO positive leukemia cell line Kasumi-1 cells to undergo differentiation and apoptosis accompanied by significant changes in gene expression profile. ZFP36L2 was one of the up-regulated genes in Kasumi-1 cells induced by PB treatment. In this study, ZFP36L2 was found to express at a lower level in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients with t(8;21) compared to AML patients without t(8;21)...
February 27, 2018: Leukemia Research
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