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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340506/neuromedin-u-alters-bioenergetics-and-expands-the-cancer-stem-cell-phenotype-in-her2-positive-breast-cancer
#1
Vanesa G Martinez, John Crown, Richard K Porter, Lorraine O'Driscoll
Neuromedin U (NmU) is a neuropeptide belonging to the neuromedin family. Recently, we reported a significant association between NmU and breast cancer, particularly correlating with increased aggressiveness, resistance to HER2-targeted therapies and overall significantly poorer outcome for patients, although the mechanism through which it exerts this effect remained unexplained. Investigating this, here we found that ectopic over-expression of NmU in HER2-positive breast cancer cells induced aberrant metabolism, with increased glycolysis, likely due to enhanced pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase activity...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340252/urinary-tract-infection-recent-insight-into-the-evolutionary-arms-race-between-uropathogenic-escherichia-coli-and-our-immune-system
#2
Sebastian Schwab, Katarzyna Jobin, Christian Kurts
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common bacterial infections worldwide. Humans evolved various immune-dependent and independent defense mechanisms, while pathogens evolved multiple virulence factors to fight back. This article summarizes recent findings regarding the arms race between hosts and pathogens in UTIs. It was recently reported that macrophage subsets regulate neutrophil-mediated defense in primary UTIs but seem to subvert adaptive immunity upon re-infection. Moreover, some bacterial strains can survive inside macrophages, leading to recurrent infections...
March 15, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340238/cigarette-smoke-exposure-worsens-endotoxin-induced-lung-injury-and-pulmonary-edema-in-mice
#3
Jeffrey E Gotts, Jason Abbott, Xiaohui Fang, Haru Yanagisawa, Naoki Takasaka, Stephen L Nishimura, Carolyn S Calfee, Michael A Matthay
Introduction: Cigarette smoking (CS) remains a major public health concern and has recently been associated with an increased risk of developing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) experiments in human volunteers have demonstrated that active smokers develop increased alveolar-epithelial barrier permeability to protein after inhaling lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Here we tested the hypothesis that short-term whole-body CS exposure would increase LPS-induced lung edema in mice...
March 9, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340212/accelerated-senescence-in-skin-in-a-murine-model-of-radiation-induced-multi-organ-injury
#4
Elizabeth A McCart, Rajesh L Thangapazham, Eric D Lombardini, Steven R Mog, Ronald Allan M Panganiban, Kelley M Dickson, Rihab A Mansur, Vitaly Nagy, Sung-Yop Kim, Reed Selwyn, Michael R Landauer, Thomas N Darling, Regina M Day
Accidental high-dose radiation exposures can lead to multi-organ injuries, including radiation dermatitis. The types of cellular damage leading to radiation dermatitis are not completely understood. To identify the cellular mechanisms that underlie radiation-induced skin injury in vivo, we evaluated the time-course of cellular effects of radiation (14, 16 or 17 Gy X-rays; 0.5 Gy/min) in the skin of C57BL/6 mice. Irradiation of 14 Gy induced mild inflammation, observed histologically, but no visible hair loss or erythema...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339963/anti-apoptotic-effects-of-decyl-gallate-on-the-induction-of-apoptosis-in-a549-pneumocytes-by-paracoccidioides-brasiliensis-gp43
#5
Thais Bernardi, Julhiany de Fátima da Silva, Juliana Vicentin, Haroldo Cesar de Oliveira, Patricia Akemi Assato, Caroline Maria Marcos, Ana Carolina Alves de Paula E Silva, Rosangela Aparecida Moraes da Silva, Luis Octávio Regasini, Dulce Helena Siqueira Silva, Vanderlan da Silva Bolzani, Ana Marisa Fusco-Almeida, Maria José Soares Mendes-Giannini
Apoptosis is considered an escape mechanism from the host immune system for the fungus Paracoccidioides spp, and it serves as a vehicle for entry into macrophages without stimulating microbicidal activities. Recently, gp43 of P. brasiliensis was demonstrated to be involved in this process. Therefore, as a new therapeutic alternative, it is very important to study compounds that could reduce the modulation of the induction of apoptosis caused by this fungus. Decyl gallate (G14) is a known antifungal compound, and we decided to investigate its anti-apoptotic properties...
March 3, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339958/postconditioning-protects-renal-fibrosis-by-attenuating-oxidative-stress-induced-mitochondrial-injury
#6
Shuxian Zhang, Xiaohua Tan, Yan Chen, Xiuying Zhang
Background.: Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays a critical role in renal fibrosis. We hypothesize that mitochondrial DNA damage and DNA deletions caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) during renal ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) might lead to EMT in renal fibrosis. Methods.: Rats were classified into seven groups: sham-operation, IRI, postconditioning (POC), I/R + apocynin, POC +  apocynin, I/R + Mito-Tempol (Mito-T) and POC +  Mito-T...
March 3, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339909/il-17-and-cd40-ligand-synergistically-stimulate-the-chronicity-of-diabetic-nephropathy
#7
Huey-Liang Kuo, Chiu-Ching Huang, Tze-Yi Lin, Ching-Yuang Lin
Background.: Early stages of diabetic nephropathy (DN) are characterized by an influx of inflammatory cells. Interactions between infiltrating T cells and podocytes may play an important role in the ongoing inflammatory response and remodelling. The aim of this study was to explore the role of IL-17 and CD40 ligand (CD40L) in DN. Methods.: The study design involved a case series. Kidney biopsy samples of 69 patients with type 2 diabetes were assessed for the presence of CD4 +  IL-17 +  T cells...
March 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339861/constitutive-luteinizing-hormone-receptor-signaling-causes-sexual-dysfunction-and-leydig-cell-adenomas-in-male-mice1
#8
Lan Hai, Deepak S Hiremath, Marilène Paquet, Prema Narayan
The luteinizing hormone receptor (LHCGR) is necessary for fertility and genetic mutations cause defects in reproductive development and function. Activating mutations in LHCGR cause familial male limited precocious puberty (FMPP). We have previously characterized a mouse model (KiLHRD582G) for FMPP that exhibits the same phenotype of precocious puberty, Leydig cell hyperplasia and elevated testosterone as boys with the disorder. We observed that KiLHRD582G male mice became infertile by 6 months of age although sperm count and motility were normal...
February 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339833/vdac1-is-a-molecular-target-in-glioblastoma-with-its-depletion-leading-to-reprogrammed-metabolism-and-reversed-oncogenic-properties
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Tasleem Arif, Yakov Kerlin, Itay Nakdimon, Daniel Benharroch, Avijit Paul, Daniela Dadon-Klein, Varda Shoshan-Barmatz
Background.: Glioblastoma (GBM), an aggressive brain tumor with frequent relapses and a high mortality, still awaits an effective treatment. Like many cancers, GBM cells acquire oncogenic properties, including metabolic reprogramming, vital for growth. As such, tumor metabolism is an emerging avenue for cancer therapy. One relevant target is the voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1), a mitochondrial protein controlling cell energy and metabolic homeostasis. Methods...
February 28, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339614/integrin-linked-kinase-regulates-syncytialization-of-bewo-trophoblast-cells%C3%A2
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Trina M Butler, Justin A Pater, Daniel J MacPhee
During placental development, mononuclear villous cytotrophoblast cells differentiate and fuse with the overlying syncytiotrophoblast. This process requires the dissolution of E-cadherin (CDH1)-containing adherens junctions in cytotrophoblast. Integrin linked kinase (ILK) can downregulate CDH1 through poly (ADP-ribose) polymerase 1 (PARP1) and Snail-1 (SNAI1) during epithelial-mesenchymal transition. ILK is known to be expressed in cytotrophoblast; thus, the role of a potential ILK-PARP1-SNAI1 pathway in aiding trophoblast syncytialization via the downregulation of CDH1 was examined...
January 27, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339537/stimulatory-effects-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-2-on-proliferation-and-migration-of-uterine-luminal-epithelial-cells-during-early-pregnancy%C3%A2-%C3%A2
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Whasun Lim, Hyocheol Bae, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
Fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2) is a mitogen that induces proliferation, differentiation, and migration of cells, as well as angiogenesis and carcinogenesis via autocrine or paracrine actions. Fibroblast growth factor 2 expression is abundant in porcine conceptuses and endometrium during the estrous cycle and peri-implantation period of pregnancy. However, its intracellular actions in uterine epithelial cells have not been reported. The results of this study indicated abundant expression of FGFR1 and FGFR2 predominantly in uterine luminal and glandular epithelia during early pregnancy and that their expression decreased with increasing parity of the sows...
December 20, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339425/potential-role-of-the-ovol1-ovol2-axis-and-c-myc-in-the-progression-of-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Takamichi Ito, Gaku Tsuji, Fumitaka Ohno, Takeshi Nakahara, Hiroshi Uchi, Masutaka Furue
OVOL1 and OVOL2 are ubiquitously conserved genes encoding C2H2 zinc-finger transcription factors in mammals. They promote epithelial cell proliferation, differentiation, and mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition, coordinately mediated via the Wnt signaling pathway. We previously reported that human OVOL1 and OVOL2 were preferentially expressed in the normal epidermis and hair follicles as well as their tumors, and found that OVOL1 is upregulated in Bowen's disease and downregulated in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma...
March 24, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339301/cultivation-of-human-oral-mucosal-explants-on-contact-lenses
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Barbara Zsebik, László Ujlaky-Nagy, Gergely Losonczy, György Vereb, Lili Takács
Purpose/Aim: Autologous cultivated oral mucosal (OM) epithelial transplantation has been successfully used as corneal epithelial replacement in bilateral limbal stem cell deficiency. Recently, lotrafilcon A contact lens (CL) surface was described as a suitable carrier for cultured stem cells in corneal epithelial transplantation. Our aim was to establish explant cultures from human OM on CL carriers that are free of animal-derived materials and feeder cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human cadaveric 2 mm OM explants were sutured onto CL surfaces and cultivated with fetal calf serum (FCS) or human serum (HS) supplemented culture medium without feeder cells...
March 24, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339095/expression-of-yes-associated-protein%C3%A2-1-and-its-clinical-significance-in-ovarian-serous-cystadenocarcinoma
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Sang Yeon Cho, Kwanghun Kim, Min Soo Park, Mi Young Jang, Young Hwan Choi, Suyeon Han, Hyun Mo Shin, Chaeuk Chung, Hye Young Han, Jung Bo Yang, Young Bok Ko, Heon Jong Yoo
Yes-associated protein 1 (YAP1) is a key transcriptional regulator in the Hippo signaling pathway that plays a critical role in the development and progression of several types of malignancies, including ovarian cancer. Herein, we investigated the expression of YAP1 and its clinical significance in a large population of patients with ovarian serous cystadenocarcinoma (OSC), which is the most common form of epithelial ovarian neoplasm, using the TCGA database. Surprisingly, cross-cancer mRNA expression and alterations in YAP1 were higher in OSC than in those of other types of cancers in the TCGA database...
March 21, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339091/fibulin-4-promotes-osteosarcoma-invasion-and-metastasis-by-inducing-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-via-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway
#15
Dong Zhang, Songgang Wang, Jie Chen, Haitao Liu, Jinfa Lu, Hua Jiang, Aimin Huang, Yunzhen Chen
This study explored the role of fibulin-4 in osteosarcoma progression and the possible signaling pathway involved. Fibulin-4 mRNA and protein expression in normal tissue, benign fibrous dysplasia, osteosarcoma, osteosarcoma cell lines, the normal osteoblastic cell line hFOB, and different invasive subclones were evaluated by immunohistochemistry (IHC) or immunocytochemistry (ICC) and real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (real-time qRT-PCR). Using in vitro functional assays, we analyzed the invasive and proliferative abilities of different osteosarcoma cell lines and subclones with differing invasive potential...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339087/regulation-of-intestinal-myofibroblasts-by-kras-mutated-colorectal-cancer-cells-through-heparin-binding-epidermal-growth-factor-like-growth-factor
#16
Hideyoshi Kawasaki, Takuya Saotome, Tatsuya Usui, Takashi Ohama, Koichi Sato
In colorectal cancer, gain-of-function mutations in KRas play a critical role in malignant transformation. Tumor growth in colorectal cancer is known to be promoted by the intestinal myofibroblasts (IMFs) that localize adjacent to the cancer cells, but the mechanisms of interaction between KRas-mutated cancer cells and the myofibroblasts remain unclear. Here, we investigated the effects of KRas-mutated cells on the behavior of myofibroblasts by using mouse primary IMFs and cells of an IMF cell line (LmcMF) and a mouse colon epithelial cell line (aMoC1)...
March 22, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339080/inhibition-of-ccr7-promotes-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-dependent-apoptosis-and-suppresses-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#17
Lan Zhang, Xuyang Xiao, Hui An, Jian Wang, Yanmei Ma, Yi-Hua Qian
Activation of C-C chemokine receptor type 7 (CCR7) has been demonstrated to mediate the occurrence and progression of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, the potential therapeutic role of CCR7 inhibition in NSCLC is still obscure. Thus, the present study was conducted to investigate the molecular mechanism underlying the inhibition of CCR7 on cell apoptosis and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in NSCLC A549 cells. Chemokine ligand 21 (CCL21) was used to activate CCR7 and the results revealed that CCR7 upregulation inhibited cell apoptosis and affected apoptosis‑related protein levels...
March 23, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339069/transglutaminase-2-is-upregulated-in-primary-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-early-recurrence-as-determined-by-proteomic-profiles
#18
Hiromi Yamaguchi, Kazumichi Kuroda, Masahiko Sugitani, Tadatoshi Takayama, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Mariko Esumi
The mechanism of early recurrence of hepato-cellular carcinoma (HCC) is not well understood. To examine whether early intrahepatic metastasis of HCC can be determined by the reliable molecular characteristics of the primary HCC, we focused on early-stage tumors of primary and solitary HCC cases. Proteomic differences were investigated between two groups, 11 early (recurrence within 12 months) and 10 late (no recurrence within 48 months) HCC cases, using two-dimensional fluorescence difference gel electrophoresis...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339056/nobiletin-inhibits-invasion-via-inhibiting-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-in-slug-expressing-glioma-cells
#19
Xiang Zhang, Kebin Zheng, Chunhui Li, Yonghui Zhao, Heyang Li, Xuguang Liu, Yinbo Long, Junchao Yao
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a pivotal event in tumor progression during which cancer cells undergo dramatic changes acquiring highly invasive properties. In this study, we found that nobiletin, a polymethoxylated flavone, suppressed migration and invasion in both U87 and U251 glioma cells. Expression of epithelial markers (E-cadherin and occludin) was upregulated; mesenchymal markers (N-cadherin, fibronectin) and the transcriptional factor Slug were downregulated after nobiletin treatment. Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) was applied to stimulate EMT and the results showed that nobiletin not only influenced basal level cell migration but also prevented TGF-β-triggered migration and EMT, with the AKT/GSK3β/β-catenin signaling pathway greatly involved...
March 23, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339052/ahr%C3%A2-e2f1%C3%A2-kgfr-signaling-is-involved-in-kgf%C3%A2-induced-intestinal-epithelial-cell-proliferation
#20
Kunqiu Yang, Jiuheng Yin, Baifa Sheng, Qimeng Wang, Bin Han, Aimin Pu, Min Yu, Lihua Sun, Weidong Xiao, Hua Yang
Keratinocyte growth factor (KGF) stimulates intestinal epithelial cell proliferation upon binding to the KGF receptor (KGFR). The activated aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) serves an important role in the development of tissues by promoting the expression of AhR receptors, which can regulate cell proliferation. In the present study, the signaling pathway between AhR and KGFR in investigated with regards to KGF‑induced intestinal epithelial cell proliferation. Male C57BL/6J wild type and AhR‑/‑ mice, were randomized into four groups: Control, KGF, AhR‑/‑ + KGF and AhR‑/‑ (n=6 per group)...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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