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Evan Tan, Harry H Asada, Ruowen Ge
NOTCH signalling is an evolutionarily conserved juxtacrine signalling pathway that is essential in development. Jagged1 (JAG1) and Delta-like ligand 4 (DLL4) are transmembrane NOTCH ligands that regulate angiogenesis by controlling endothelial cell (EC) differentiation, vascular development and maturation. In addition, DLL4 could bypass its canonical cell-cell contact-dependent signalling to influence NOTCH signalling and angiogenesis at a distance when it is packaged into extracellular vesicles (EVs). However, it is not clear whether JAG1 could also be packaged into EVs to influence NOTCH signalling and angiogenesis...
March 14, 2018: Angiogenesis
Justyna Niderla-Bielińska, Krzysztof Bartkowiak, Bogdan Ciszek, Eric Czajkowski, Ewa Jankowska-Steifer, Alicja Krejner, Anna Ratajska
Pentoxifylline (PTX), a non-specific inhibitor of cAMP phosphodiesterases, is commonly used for treatment of peripheral vascular disorders although its direct action on endothelial cells is not well described. The aim of this study was to determine the influence of PTX on tubule formation and mRNA expression for angiogenesis-related proteins in endothelial cell line C166 and mouse proepicardial explants cultured on collagen. C166 cells and explants were stimulated with proangiogenic cocktail containing bFGF/VEGF-A120 /VEGF-A164 and with proangiogenic cocktail enriched with PTX...
March 10, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Qi Zhao, Alexandra Eichten, Asma A Parveen, Christina Adler, Ying Huang, Wei Wang, Yueming Ding, Alexander Adler, Thomas Nevins, Min Ni, Yi Wei, Gavin Thurston
Angiogenesis involves dynamic interactions between specialized endothelial tip and stalk cells that are believed to be regulated in part by VEGF and Dll4-Notch signaling. However, our understanding of this process is hampered by limited knowledge of the heterogeneity of endothelial cells and the role of different signaling pathways in specifying endothelial phenotypes. Here we characterized by single cell transcriptomics the heterogeneity of mouse endothelial cells and other stromal cells during active angiogenesis in xenograft tumors as well as from adult normal heart, following pharmacologic inhibition of VEGF and Dll4-Notch signaling...
February 15, 2018: Cancer Research
Nagarajan Nandagopal, Leah A Santat, Lauren LeBon, David Sprinzak, Marianne E Bronner, Michael B Elowitz
The Notch signaling pathway comprises multiple ligands that are used in distinct biological contexts. In principle, different ligands could activate distinct target programs in signal-receiving cells, but it is unclear how such ligand discrimination could occur. Here, we show that cells use dynamics to discriminate signaling by the ligands Dll1 and Dll4 through the Notch1 receptor. Quantitative single-cell imaging revealed that Dll1 activates Notch1 in discrete, frequency-modulated pulses that specifically upregulate the Notch target gene Hes1...
January 30, 2018: Cell
Wenchen Ruan, Feng Zhao, Shunyi Zhao, Luyong Zhang, Lei Shi, Tao Pang
Long noncoding RNAs is a novel class of RNA molecules, which is closely related to the occurrence and development of human disease. Recent studies have highlighted the importance of MEG3 in angiogenesis and the maintenance of normal function of vascular endothelial cells. However, whether MEG3 contributes to human endothelial cell angiogenesis as well as potential mechanisms are largely unknown. In this work, we found that the high expression level of MEG3 in primary HUVEC was controlled by DNA methylation, and its expression in HUVEC was regulated by HIF-1α under hypoxia condition...
January 29, 2018: Gene
Fabienne Billiard, Sevasti Karaliota, Bei Wang, Dimitrios Stellas, Ioannis Serafimidis, Antigoni Manousopoulou, Yiassemi Koutmani, Elpiniki Ninou, Jacquelynn Golubov, Amanda DaNave, Panagiotis Tsakanikas, Yurong Xin, Wen Zhang, Matthew Sleeman, George D Yancopoulos, Andrew J Murphy, Spiros D Garbis, Katia Karalis, Dimitris Skokos
Although Notch signaling has been proposed as a therapeutic target for type-2 diabetes, liver steatosis, and atherosclerosis, its direct effect on pancreatic islets remains unknown. Here, we demonstrated a function of Dll4-Notch signaling inhibition on the biology of insulin-producing cells. We confirmed enhanced expression of key Notch signaling genes in purified pancreatic islets from diabetic NOD mice and showed that treatment with anti-Dll4 antibody specifically abolished Notch signaling pathway activation...
January 23, 2018: Cell Reports
Sheng Xia, Heather L Menden, Thomas R Korfhagen, Tsutomu Kume, Venkatesh Sampath
KEY POINTS: The mechanisms by which bacteria alter endothelial cell phenotypes and programme inflammatory angiogenesis remain unclear. In lung endothelial cells, we demonstrate that toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signalling induces activation of forkhead box protein C2 (FOXC2), a transcriptional factor implicated in lymphangiogenesis and endothelial specification, in an extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK)-dependent manner. TLR4-ERK-FOXC2 signalling regulates expression of the Notch ligand DLL4 and signals inflammatory angiogenesis in vivo and in vitro...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Brad Best, Patrick Moran, Bin Ren
Microvascular ECs (MVECs) are an ideal model in angiogenesis research. The aim of this study was to determine vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)/protein kinase D1 (PKD-1) signaling in expression of arteriogenic genes in human MVECs. To achieve this aim, we transduced specific SV40 large T antigen and telomerase into primary human dermal MVECs (HMVEC-D) to establish reversible HMVECs with extended lifespan (HMVECi-D). HMVECi-D was then exposed to VEGF/VEGF-inducer GS4012 or transduced with constitutively active protein kinase PKD-1 (PKD-CA)...
January 29, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Markus Jabs, Adam J Rose, Lorenz H Lehmann, Jacqueline Taylor, Iris Moll, Tjeerd P Sijmonsma, Stefanie E Herberich, Sven W Sauer, Gernot Poschet, Giuseppina Federico, Carolin Mogler, Eva-Maria Weis, Hellmut G Augustin, Minhong Yan, Norbert Gretz, Roland M Schmid, Ralf H Adams, Hermann-Joseph Gröne, Rüdiger Hell, Jürgen G Okun, Johannes Backs, Peter P Nawroth, Stephan Herzig, Andreas Fischer
Background -Nutrients are transported through endothelial cells before being metabolized in muscle cells. However, little is known about the regulation of endothelial transport processes. Notch signaling is a critical regulator of metabolism and angiogenesis during development. Here, we studied how genetic and pharmacological manipulation of endothelial Notch signaling in adult mice affects endothelial fatty acid transport, cardiac angiogenesis, and heart function. Methods -Endothelial-specific Notch inhibition was achieved by conditional genetic inactivation of Rbp-jκ in adult mice to analyze fatty acid metabolism and heart function...
January 20, 2018: Circulation
Ga-Hang Lee, Ki-Chun Yoo, Yoojeong An, Hae-June Lee, Minyoung Lee, Nizam Uddin, Min-Jung Kim, In-Gyu Kim, Yongjoon Suh, Su-Jae Lee
Basal type breast cancer is the most aggressive and has mesenchymal features with a high metastatic ability. However, the signaling node that determines the basal type features in breast cancer remains obscure. Here, we report that FYN among SRC family kinases is required for the maintenance of basal type breast cancer subtype. Importantly, FYN enhanced NOTCH2 activation in basal type breast cancer cells through STAT5-mediated upregulation of Jagged-1 and DLL4 NOTCH ligands, thereby contributed to mesenchymal phenotypes...
January 19, 2018: Oncogene
Shweta Varshney, Pamela Stanley
Notch signaling is an evolutionary conserved signaling pathway that plays an indispensable role during development, and in the maintenance of homeostatic processes, in a wide variety of tissues (Kopan, 2012; Hori et al., 2013). The multifaceted roles of Notch signaling are stringently regulated at different levels. One of the most important aspects of regulation is the binding of different Notch ligands to each Notch receptor (NOTCH1-NOTCH4). Canonical ligands Delta or Serrate (in Drosophila), and Delta-like (DLL1 and DLL4) or Jagged (JAG1 and JAG2) (in mammals), are transmembrane glycoproteins...
December 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
Tobias Wertheimer, Enrico Velardi, Jennifer Tsai, Kirsten Cooper, Shiyun Xiao, Christopher C Kloss, Katja J Ottmüller, Zeinab Mokhtari, Christian Brede, Paul deRoos, Sinéad Kinsella, Brisa Palikuqi, Michael Ginsberg, Lauren F Young, Fabiana Kreines, Sophia R Lieberman, Amina Lazrak, Peipei Guo, Florent Malard, Odette M Smith, Yusuke Shono, Robert R Jenq, Alan M Hanash, Daniel J Nolan, Jason M Butler, Andreas Beilhack, Nancy R Manley, Shahin Rafii, Jarrod A Dudakov, Marcel R M van den Brink
The thymus is not only extremely sensitive to damage but also has a remarkable ability to repair itself. However, the mechanisms underlying this endogenous regeneration remain poorly understood, and this capacity diminishes considerably with age. We show that thymic endothelial cells (ECs) comprise a critical pathway of regeneration via their production of bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4) ECs increased their production of BMP4 after thymic damage, and abrogating BMP4 signaling or production by either pharmacologic or genetic inhibition impaired thymic repair...
January 12, 2018: Science Immunology
Navina Panneerselvan, Malathi Ragunathan
Hypoxia is known to be a major player during pathological angiogenesis and adenosine as a negative feedback signaling to maintain oxygen delivery in pathological ischemic condition. We mimicked hypoxic condition and studied angiogenesis by inducing adenosine receptors using forskolin, a plant compound and NECA analogue of adenosine using zebrafish model. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is known to play a key role during pathological angiogenesis and regulated by the factors HIF1a under hypoxic condition and recently Notch is proposed to play a negative feedback loop mechanism along with VEGF signaling but the role of adenosine receptor during the process is not known...
January 9, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Sylvain Pagie, Nathalie Gérard, Béatrice Charreau
BACKGROUND: Notch signaling controls many cellular processes, including cell fate determination, cell differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis. In mammals, four Notch receptors (Notch 1-4) can interact with five distinct ligands [Jagged1, Jagged2, Delta-like 1 (DLL1), DLL3, and DLL4]. We previously reported that Notch activation is modulated in endothelial cells and monocytes during inflammation and showed that inflammation upregulates DLL4 on endothelial cells. DLL4 promotes differentiation of blood monocytes into proinflammatory M1 macrophages...
January 10, 2018: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
Nicole Madfis, Zhiqiang Lin, Ashwath Kumar, Simone A Douglas, Manu O Platt, Yuhong Fan, Kara E McCloskey
A well-formed and robust vasculature is critical to the health of most organ systems in the body. However, the endothelial cells (ECs) forming the vasculature can exhibit a number of distinct functional subphenotypes like arterial or venous ECs, as well as angiogenic tip and stalk ECs. In this study, we investigate the in vitro differentiation of EC subphenotypes from embryonic stem cells (ESCs). Using our staged induction methods and chemically defined mediums, highly angiogenic EC subpopulations, as well as less proliferative and less migratory EC subpopulations, are derived...
March 1, 2018: Stem Cells and Development
Rasoul Baharlou, Nader Tajik, Mahdi Behdani, Mohammad Ali Shokrgozar, Amir Hassan Zarnani, Fatemeh Shahhosseini, Mahdi Habibi-Anbouhi
Antibody-based targeting of angiogenesis is a key approach for cancer treatment. Delta-like ligand 4 (DLL4) plays a pivotal role in tumor neovascular development and angiogenesis during tumor progression. It forecasts the prognosis of human malignancies and blocking its signaling can help to inhibit neovascularization and tumor metastasis. Nanobodies are the smallest antigen-binding domains of heavy chain antibodies in camelidae. The aim of this study was to develop a Nanobody against DLL4 and apply binding and functional approaches to target it...
December 12, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
Federico González-Pozas, Rosa Montes, Joan Domingo-Reinés, Verónica Ayllón, Verónica Ramos-Mejía
The Notch ligand DLL4 has key roles during embryonic development of different tissues, but most of the data comes from animal models. Here we describe the generation and characterization of 2 human Pluripotent Stem Cell (hPSC) lines that overexpress DLL4, as well as the two corresponding control hPSC lines. DLL4 expression can be detected at the mRNA and protein level, and does not affect the pluripotency of the cells. These hPSC lines can be used to study the role of DLL4 during human embryonic development...
December 2017: Stem Cell Research
Shujie Jiao, Yaling Liu, Yaobing Yao, Junfang Teng
Background: Neural stem cells (NSCs) are able to differentiate into neurons and astroglia. miRNAs have been demonstrated to be involved in NSC self-renewal, proliferation and differentiation. However, the exact role of miR-124 in the development of NSCs and its underlying mechanism remain to be explored. Methods: Primary NSCs were isolated from embryos of Wistar rats. Immunocytochemistry was used to stain purified NSCs. miR-124, Delta-like 4 (DLL4), ki-67, Nestin, β-tubulin III, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), HES1, HEY2, and cyclin D1 (CCND1) expressions were detected by qRT-PCR and western blot...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
SiewHui Low, Josephine L Barnes, Peter S Zammit, Jonathan R Beauchamp
Notch signaling is essential to maintain skeletal muscle stem cells in quiescence. However, the precise roles of different Notch receptors are incompletely defined. Here, we demonstrate a role for Notch3 (N3) in the self-renewal of muscle stem cells. We found that N3 is active in quiescent C2C12 reserve cells (RCs), and N3 over-expression and knockdown studies in C2C12 and primary satellite cells reveal a role in self-renewal. The Notch ligand Delta-like 4 (Dll4) is expressed by newly formed myotubes and interaction with this ligand is sufficient to maintain N3 activity in quiescent C2C12 RCs to prevent activation and progression into the cell cycle...
March 2018: Stem Cells
Ekaterina Hatch, David Morrow, Weimin Liu, Paul A Cahill, Eileen M Redmond
Alcohol (EtOH) consumption can variously affect cardiovascular disease. Our aim was to compare the effects of EtOH and its primary metabolite acetaldehyde (ACT) on vascular smooth muscle Notch signaling and cell growth, which are important for atherogenesis. Human coronary artery smooth muscle cells (HCASMCs) were treated with EtOH (25 mM) or ACT (10 or 25 μM). As previously reported, EtOH inhibited Notch signaling and growth of HCASMCs. In contrast, ACT treatment stimulated HCASMC proliferation (cell counts) and increased proliferating cell nuclear antigen expression, concomitant with stimulation of Notch signaling, as determined by increased Notch receptor (N1 and N3) and target gene (Hairy-related transcription factor 1-3) mRNA levels...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
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