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Jing Wang, Bing Wang, Ling-Qiang Chen, Jin Yang, Zhi-Qiang Gong, Xue-Ling Zhao, Chun-Qiang Zhang, Kai-Li Du
OBJECTIVE: Osteosarcoma is a common malignancy with high rate of metastasis. miR-10b has been reported to be expressed in many types of tumors abnormally and be associated with cancer carcinogenesis and progression. But the function of miR-10b in osteosarcoma is still unknown. So this study was aimed to investigate the role of miR-10b in osteosarcoma development. METHODS: miR-10b expression in osteosarcoma tissues and osteosarcoma cells were detected using real time PCR...
October 17, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Jennifer Jurkin, Corinna Krump, René Köffel, Christina Fieber, Christopher Schuster, Patrick M Brunner, Izabela Borek, Gregor Eisenwort, Clarice Lim, Jörg Mages, Roland Lang, Wolfgang Bauer, Diana Mechtcheriakova, Anastasia Meshcheryakova, Adelheid Elbe-Bürger, Georg Stingl, Herbert Strobl
BACKGROUND: Langerhans cell (LC) networks play key roles in immunity and tolerance at body surfaces. LCs are established prenatally and can be replenished from blood monocytes. Unlike skin-resident dermal/interstitial-type DCs (d/intDCs) and inflammatory dendritic epidermal cells (IDECs) appearing in dermatitis/eczema lesions, LCs lack key monocyte-affiliated markers. Inversely, LCs express various epithelial genes critical for their long-term peripheral tissue residency. OBJECTIVE: DCs are functionally involved in inflammatory diseases; however, mechanisms remained poorly understood...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Shanfei Ge, Lunli Zhang, Jianping Xie, Fei Liu, Jinni He, Jinwen He, Xiaowei Wang, Tianxing Xiang
:  Background. We previously identified miR-146b as being up-regulated during the development of hepatic fibrosis using deep sequencing technology and gene expression analysis. However, the roles and related mechanisms of miR-146b in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), which are involved in fibrogenesis and fibrosis, have not been elucidated. RESULTS: We report that miR-146b expression was increased in TGF-ß1-treated HSCs. TGF- ß1 enhanced α-SMA and COL1A1 protein expression in HSCs and stimulated proliferation of these cells compared with cells transfected with inhibitor NC...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Cody Kime, Masayo Sakaki-Yumoto, Leeanne Goodrich, Yohei Hayashi, Salma Sami, Rik Derynck, Michio Asahi, Barbara Panning, Shinya Yamanaka, Kiichiro Tomoda
Developmental signaling molecules are used for cell fate determination, and understanding how their combinatorial effects produce the variety of cell types in multicellular organisms is a key problem in biology. Here, we demonstrate that the combination of leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4), lysophosphatidic acid (LPA), and ascorbic acid (AA) efficiently converts mouse primed pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) into naive PSCs. Signaling by the lipid LPA through its receptor LPAR1 and downstream effector Rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) cooperated with LIF signaling to promote this conversion...
October 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Shang-You Yang, Nora Strong, Xuan Gong, Michael H Heggeness
BACKGROUND: Stem cell-involved tissue engineering has gained dramatic attention as a therapeutic strategy for tissue regeneration including bone repair. However, the currently available possibilities to use embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPCs) face potential ethical issues, as well as risks of malignant transformation and immune rejection. Recently identified peripheral nerve-derived adult pluripotent cells (NEDAPS) that quickly proliferate after exposure to BMP-2 or nerve trauma and exhibit many embryonic stem cell characteristics may provide an attractive source cells for a variety of regenerative therapies...
October 10, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Charles Yuen Yung Loh, Aline Yen Ling Wang, Huang-Kai Kao, Esteban Cardona, Sheng-Hao Chuang, Fu-Chan Wei
Traumatic peripheral nerve neurotmesis occurs frequently and functional recovery is often slow and impaired. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have shown much promise in recent years due to its regenerative properties similar to that of embryonic stem cells. However, the potential of iPSCs in promoting the functional recovery of a transected peripheral nerve is largely unknown. This study is the first to investigate in vivo effects of episomal iPSCs (EiPSCs) on peripheral nerve regeneration in a murine sciatic nerve transection model...
2016: PloS One
Ramiro Olivera, Lucia Natalia Moro, Roberto Jordan, Carlos Luzzani, Santiago Miriuka, Martin Radrizzani, F Xavier Donadeu, Gabriel Vichera
The demand for equine cloning as a tool to preserve high genetic value is growing worldwide; however, nuclear transfer efficiency is still very low. To address this issue, we first evaluated the effects of time from cell fusion to activation (<1h, n = 1261; 1-2h, n = 1773; 2-3h, n = 1647) on in vitro and in vivo development of equine embryos generated by cloning. Then, we evaluated the effects of using different nuclear donor cell types in two successive experiments: I) induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) vs...
2016: PloS One
Han Joon Kim, Jaemin Jeong, Sunhoo Park, Young-Woo Jin, Seung-Sook Lee, Seung Bum Lee, Dongho Choi
Background/Aims: Cancer is known to be a disease by many factors. However, specific results of reprogramming by pluripotency-related transcription factors remain to be scarcely reported. Here, we verified potential effects of pluripotent-related genes in hepatocellular carcinoma cancer cells. Methods: To better understand reprogramming of cancer cells in different genetic backgrounds, we used four liver cancer cell lines representing different states of p53 (HepG2, Hep3B, Huh7 and PLC)...
October 13, 2016: Gut and Liver
Honghai Xia, Jun Cao, Qing Li, Yang Lv, Weidong Jia, Weihua Ren, Qingyu Cheng, Xiaoyuan Song, Geliang Xu
The recent identification of "Side Population" (SP) cells in a number of unrelated human cancers has renewed interests in the hypothesis of cancer stem cells. Here we isolated SP cells from HepG2 cells and 18 of the 21 fresh hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissue samples. These SP cells have higher abilities of forming spheroids, invasion and migration. Tumors could generate only from SP, not non-SP (NSP), cells in a low dose of subcutaneous injection to the NOD/SCID mice (5 × 10(2) cells/mouse). The mRNA microarray analysis of the SP vs...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
R Mimoto, Y Imawari, S Hirooka, H Takeyama, K Yoshida
Whereas accumulating studies have supported the cancer stem cell theory, a specific therapy targeting a cancer stem cell subpopulation has not been established. Here, we show that dual-specificity tyrosine phosphorylation-kinase 2 (DYRK2) is a novel negative regulator for formation of breast cancer stem cells. Downregulation of DYRK2 promotes cancer stem-like traits in vitro, tumourigenesis in vivo and the proportion of the cancer stem cell population in human breast cancer tissues. We found that Krupple-like factor 4 (KLF4) serves as a key mediator of DYRK2's control over the cancer stem phenotype...
October 10, 2016: Oncogene
Yixin Yu, Haibo Jiang, Haibo Li, Weitao Song, Xiaobo Xia
Cataract, the leading cause of blindness worldwide, is caused by the apoptosis of lens epithelial cells (LECs). αA-crystallin is a major structural protein of the lens. However, the antiapoptotic function of αA-crystallin in lens stem cells remains unclear. In this study, primary LECs were isolated from postnatal 3-5 days of SD rats and transfected by Sendai virus loaded with four factors, OCT3/4, Sox2, c-Myc, and Klf4, to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). LEC-iPSC-like cells were identified by immunofluorescent staining...
October 2016: Cellular Reprogramming
Wu Yan, Haoxiang Zhang, Jingwen Li, Caifei Shen, Yiju Xia, Pu Wang, Yafei Zhang, Ji Feng, Shunzi Shao, Xiaona Yu, Dianchun Fang
INTRODUCTION: Barrett's esophagus is a metaplastic lesion. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved are poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the roles of KLF4 and BMP4 in the pathogenesis of Barrett's epithelium. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was used to analyse the expression of KLF4, BMP4, CDX2, MUC2 and MUC5AC in human esophageal specimens. Human esophageal squamous epithelial cells were subjected to bile acid treatment and used in transfection experiments...
September 28, 2016: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
Da-Ming Cui, Tao Zeng, Jie Ren, Ke Wang, Yi Jin, Lin Zhou, Liang Gao
AIMS: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is induced by complex primary and secondary mechanisms that give rise to cell death, inflammation, and neurological dysfunction. Understanding the mechanisms that drive neurological damage as well as those that promote repair can guide the development of therapeutic drugs for TBI. Kruppel-like factor 4 (KLF4) has been reported to negatively regulate axon regeneration of injured retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) through inhibition of JAK-STAT3 signaling. However, the role of KLF4 in TBI remains unreported...
September 27, 2016: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
Qin Zou, Shi Tan, Zailin Yang, Juan Wang, Jingrong Xian, Shuaishuai Zhang, Hongjun Jin, Liyuan Yang, Lu Wang, Ling Zhang
Mutations in the nucleophosmin 1 (NPM1) gene are the most frequent genetic alteration in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Here, we showed that enforced expression of NPM1 mutation type A (NPM1-mA) inhibits myeloid differentiation of leukemia cells, whereas knockdown of NPM1-mA has the opposite effect. Our analyses of normal karyotype AML samples from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) dataset revealed that miR-10b is commonly overexpressed in NPM1-mutated AMLs. We also found high expression of miR-10b in primary NPM1-mutated AML blasts and NPM1-mA positive OCI-AML3 cells...
September 23, 2016: Oncotarget
Michael H Heggeness, Nora Strong, Paul H Wooley, Shang-You Yang
BACKGROUND: The clinical use of recombinant human bone morphogenic protein 2 (rhBMP-2, Infuse) has been associated with nerve-related complications including new-onset sciatica, and retrograde ejaculation. PURPOSE: To better understand the interaction of rhBMP-2 and peripheral nerves with the intent of making procedures safer. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: Using a mouse model to examine the direct effect of diluted rhBMP-2 (Infuse) on murine sciatic nerves...
September 21, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Issei Saitoh, Masahiro Sato, Miki Soda, Emi Inada, Yoko Iwase, Tomoya Murakami, Hayato Ohshima, Haruaki Hayasaki, Hirofumi Noguchi
Type 1 diabetes occurs due to the autoimmune destruction of pancreatic β-cells in islets. Transplantation of islets is a promising option for the treatment of patients with type 1 diabetes that experience hypoglycemic unawareness despite maximal care, but the present shortage of donor islets hampers such transplantation. Transplantation of insulin-producing cells derived from the patients themselves would be one of the most promising approaches to cure type 1 diabetes. Previously, we demonstrated that insulin-producing cells could be produced by transfecting murine pancreatic cells with Yamanaka's reprogramming factors...
2016: PloS One
Jae-Young Lee, Dae-Kwan Kim, Jeong-Jae Ko, Keun Pil Kim, Kyung-Soon Park
Rad51 is a key component of homologous recombination (HR) to repair DNA double-strand breaks and it forms Rad51 recombinase filaments of broken single-stranded DNA to promote HR. In addition to its role in DNA repair and cell cycle progression, Rad51 contributes to the reprogramming process during the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells. In light of this, we performed reprogramming experiments to examine the effect of co-expression of Rad51 and four reprogramming factors, Oct4, Sox2, Klf4, and c-Myc, on the reprogramming efficiency...
June 2016: Balsaeng'gwa Saengsig
Eunsohl Lee, Jingcheng Wang, Kenji Yumoto, Younghun Jung, Frank C Cackowski, Ann M Decker, Yan Li, Renny T Franceschi, Kenneth J Pienta, Russell S Taichman
Cancer metastasis is a multistep process associated with the induction of an epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and cancer stem cells (CSCs). Although significant progress has been made in understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating EMT and the CSC phenotype, little is known of how these processes are regulated by epigenetics. Here we demonstrate that reduced expression of DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) plays an important role in the induction of EMT and the CSC phenotype by prostate cancer (PCa) cells, with enhanced tumorigenesis and metastasis...
September 2016: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
Ruxue Wei, Xueming Zhao, Haisheng Hao, Weihua Du, Huabin Zhu
The rabbit is considered an important model animal from which to obtain embryonic stem cells because of the utility of this animal in physiology and reproductive research. Here, we derived rabbit ES-like (rES-like) cells from blastocysts of superovulated Japanese white rabbits using culture medium containing 10(-7)  M melatonin, 10 ng/mL basic fibroblast growth factor, and 1,000 IU/mL human leukemia inhibitory factor. This concentration of melatonin had the most significant positive effects on the proliferation inner cell mass-derived cells (improving rates from 19...
September 20, 2016: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Jagmohan Singh, Ettickan Boopathi, Sankar Addya, Benjamin Phillips, Isidore Rigoutsos, Raymond B Penn, Satish Rattan
A comprehensive -omic, computational, and physiological approach was employed to examine the (previously unexplored) role of microRNAs (miRNAs) as regulators of IAS smooth muscle contractile phenotype and basal tone. MicroRNA profiling, genome wide expression, validation and network analyses were employed to assess changes in mRNA and miRNA expression in IAS smooth muscles from young vs. aging rats. Multiple miRNAs, including rno-miR-1, rno-miR-340-5p, rno-miR-185, rno-miR-199a-3p, rno-miR-200c, rno-miR-200b, rno-miR-31, rno-miR-133a and rno-miR-206 were found to be up-regulated in aging IAS...
September 15, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
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