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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902891/tems-but-not-dkk1-could-serve-as-complementary-biomarkers-for-afp-in-diagnosing-afp-negative-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#1
Liping Mao, Yueguo Wang, Delin Wang, Gang Han, Shouzhong Fu, Jianxin Wang
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Hepatitis B virus (HBV)-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is prevalent worldwide. Despite its limitations, serum alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) remains the most widely-used biomarker for the diagnosis of HCC. This study aimed to assess whether measurement of peripheral plasma Dickkopf-1 (DKK1) and Tie2-expressing monocytes (TEMs) could overcome the limitations of AFP and improve the diagnostic accuracy of HCC. METHODS: Plasma DKK1 level and the percentage of TEMs in peripheral CD14+CD16+ monocytes from HCC patients (n = 82), HBV-related liver cirrhosis (LC) patients (n = 29), chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infected patients (n = 28) and healthy volunteers (n = 31) were analyzed by ELISA and flow cytometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882159/estrogen-attenuates-the-spondyloarthritis-manifestations-of-the-skg-arthritis-model
#2
Hyemin Jeong, Eun-Kyung Bae, Hunnyun Kim, Yeong Hee Eun, In Young Kim, Hyungjin Kim, Jaejoon Lee, Chan Hong Jeon, Eun-Mi Koh, Hoon-Suk Cha
BACKGROUND: Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a male-predominant disease, and radiographic evidence of damage is also more severe in males. Estrogen modulates immune-related processes such as T cell differentiation and cytokine production. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of estrogen on the disease activity of spondyloarthritis (SpA). METHODS: The effects of estrogen on the development of arthritis were evaluated by performing ovariectomy and 17β-estradiol (E2) pellet implantation in zymosan-treated SKG mice...
September 7, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870909/expression-of-cancer-stem-cell-associated-dkk1-mrna-serves-as-prognostic-marker-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#3
Tomohiko Sakabe, Junya Azumi, Yoshihisa Umekita, Kan Toriguchi, Etsuro Hatano, Yasuaki Hirooka, Goshi Shiota
BACKGROUND/AIM: Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are associated with prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In our previous study, we created cDNA microarray databases on the CSC population of human HuH7 cells. In the present study, we identified genes that might serve as prognostic markers of HCC by employing existing databases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Expressions of glutathione S-transferase pi 1 (GSTP1), lysozyme (LYZ), C-X-C motif chemokine ligand 5 (CXCL5), interleukin-8 (IL8) and dickkopf WNT signaling pathway inhibitor 1 (DKK1), the five most highly expressed genes in the CSC cDNA microarray databases, were examined in 99 patients with HCC by real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), and their clinical significance was analyzed...
September 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28846804/overexpression-of-mir-335-5p-promotes-bone-formation-and-regeneration-in-mice
#4
Lan Zhang, Yin Tang, Xiaofang Zhu, Tianchi Tu, Lei Sui, Qianqian Han, Liming Yu, Shu Meng, Leilei Zheng, Paloma Valverde, Jean Tang, Dana Murray, Xuedong Zhou, Hicham Drissi, Michel M Dard, Qisheng Tu, Jake Chen
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) and the Wnt signaling pathway play critical roles in regulating bone development and homeostasis. Our previous study revealed high expression of miR-335-5p in osteoblasts and hypertrophic chondrocytes in mouse embryos and the ability of miR-335-5p to promote osteogenic differentiation by downregulating Wnt antagonist Dickkopf-1 (DKK1). The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of miR-335-5p constitutive overexpression on bone formation and regeneration in vivo. To that end, we generated a transgenic mouse line specifically overexpressing miR-335-5p in osteoblasts lineage by the osterix promoter and characterized its bone phenotype...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816988/relationship-between-serum-adipokine-levels-and-radiographic-progression-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-a-preliminary-2-year-longitudinal-study
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Ji-Heh Park, Seung-Geun Lee, Yun-Kyung Jeon, Eun-Kyoung Park, Young-Sun Suh, Hyun-Ok Kim
The immunomodulatory effects of adipokines have been extensively studied in rheumatic diseases, and there is a paucity of information regarding their effects on bone metabolism.The aim of this study was to investigate the relationships between serum adipokines levels and radiographic progression over 2 years in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS).In this preliminary longitudinal study, we prospectively recruited 20 consecutive male patients with AS and 11 gender- and age-matched healthy subjects. At the baseline and 2-year follow-up, serum adiponectin, leptin, resistin, tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-6, and Dickkopf-1(DKK-1) levels were measured in AS patients using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays; these measurements were only performed at the baseline for healthy controls...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812103/re-expression-of-pro-fibrotic-embryonic-preserved-mediators-in-irradiated-arterial-vessels-of-the-head-and-neck-region
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Patrick Möbius, Raimund H M Preidl, Manuel Weber, Kerstin Amann, Friedrich W Neukam, Falk Wehrhan
PURPOSE: Surgical treatment of head and neck malignancies frequently includes microvascular free tissue transfer. Preoperative radiotherapy increases postoperative fibrosis-related complications up to transplant loss. Fibrogenesis is associated with re-expression of embryonic preserved tissue developmental mediators: osteopontin (OPN), regulated by sex-determining region Y‑box 9 (Sox9), and homeobox A9 (HoxA9) play important roles in pathologic tissue remodeling and are upregulated in atherosclerotic vascular lesions; dickkopf-1 (DKK1) inhibits pro-fibrotic and atherogenic Wnt signaling...
August 15, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810582/microrna-92a-promotes-cell-viability-and-invasion-in-cervical-cancer-via-directly-targeting-dickkopf-related-protein-3
#7
Shengtian Luo, Na Li, Shaohua Yu, Lichun Chen, Chunying Liu, Jiawei Rong
MicroRNA-92a (miR-92a) was recently reported to have an oncogenic role in cervical cancer; however, the underlying mechanism remains largely unclear. The present study aimed to investigate the expression, clinical significance and regulatory mechanism of miR-92a in cervical cancer. Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) data indicated that miR-92a was significantly upregulated in cervical cancer tissues compared with matched adjacent non-tumor tissues (P<0.01). High expression of miR-92a was significantly associated with poor differentiation (P=0...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807065/possible-role-of-dickkopf-1-protein-in-the-pathogenesis-of-tympanosclerosis-in-a-rat-model
#8
Y Zhang, S Wang, Y Zheng, A Liu
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the expression of DKK1 protein in an experimental model of tympanosclerosis and its possible role in the pathogenesis of this disorder. METHODS: Forty Sprague Dawley rats were included in the study: 20 in the control group (which received no treatment) and 20 in the experimental group (which received an incision to induce tympanosclerosis). Otomicroscopy was performed to observe the development of myringosclerosis. Haematoxylin and eosin staining was performed to observe the morphological changes...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807014/epigenetic-reprogramming-converts-human-wharton-s-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cells-into-functional-cardiomyocytes-by-differential-regulation-of-wnt-mediators
#9
G Bhuvanalakshmi, Frank Arfuso, Alan Prem Kumar, Arun Dharmarajan, Sudha Warrier
BACKGROUND: Lineage commitment of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to cardiac differentiation is controlled by transcription factors that are regulated by epigenetic events, mainly histone deacetylation and promoter DNA methylation. Here, we studied the differentiation of human Wharton's jelly MSCs (WJMSCs) into the cardiomyocyte lineage via epigenetic manipulations. METHODS: We introduced these changes using inhibitors of DNA methyl transferase and histone deacetylase, DC301, DC302, and DC303, in various combinations...
August 14, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806419/effects-of-short-term-dry-immersion-on-bone-remodeling-markers-insulin-and-adipokines
#10
Marie-Thérèse Linossier, Liubov E Amirova, Mireille Thomas, Myriam Normand, Marie-Pierre Bareille, Guillemette Gauquelin-Koch, Arnaud Beck, Marie-Claude Costes-Salon, Christine Bonneau, Claude Gharib, Marc-Antoine Custaud, Laurence Vico
BACKGROUND: Dry immersion (DI), a ground-based model of microgravity previously used in Russia, has been recently implemented in France. The aim of this study was to analyze early events in a short-term DI model in which all conditions are met to investigate who is first challenged from osteo- or adipo-kines and to what extent they are associated to insulin-regulating hormones. METHODS: Twelve healthy men were submitted to a 3-day DI. Fasting blood was collected during pre-immersion phase for the determination of the baseline data collection (BDC), daily during DI (DI24h, DI48H and DI72h), then after recovery (R+3h and R+24h)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791396/oxidored-nitro-domain-containing-protein-1-promotes-liver-fibrosis-by-activating-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Tianxin Xiang, Shouhua Zhang, Na Cheng, Shanfei Ge, Jiangxiong Wen, Juhua Xiao, Xiaoping Wu
Hepatic fibrosis is a characteristic of various types of chronic liver diseases, and may further develop into liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. Oxidored‑nitro domain‑containing protein 1 (NOR1) expression levels are greater in hepatitis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma samples compared with from normal liver samples. However, the importance of NOR1 in liver fibrosis remains to be elucidated. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of NOR1 on the proliferation and matrix expression of human hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) in vitro...
October 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790847/combined-detection-of-dickkopf-1-subtype-classification-autoantibodies-as-biomarkers-for-the-diagnosis-and-prognosis-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Lei Shen, Xiaoguang Wu, Jinjing Tan, Meng Gu, Yu Teng, Zitong Wang, Wentao Yue
PURPOSE: This study aims to identify the clinical significance of serum autoantibodies against dickkopf-1 (DKK1) and evaluate their feasibility in the immunodiagnosis and prognosis of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Epitope mapping by peptide microarray-based serum screening of NSCLC patients (n=72) and healthy controls (n=16) was performed. Indirect ELISA with peptides was used to measure the serum levels of autoantibodies in 206 NSCLC patients and 99 healthy controls...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767428/suppression-of-mir-708-inhibits-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-by-activating-dkk3-in-adult-b-all
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Yingjie Zhang, Huibo Li, Rongyi Cao, Lili Sun, Yan Wang, Shengjin Fan, Yanqiu Zhao, Desheng Kong, Lin Cui, Leilei Lin, Ke Wang, Yinghua Li, Jin Zhou
Inactivation of Dickkopf-3 (DKK3) is closely associated with a poor prognosis in various solid tumor and hematologic malignancies. Promoter hypermethylation is one potential cause of DKK3 inactivation. However, whether other mechanisms lead to DKK3 inactivation and the subsequent effects of these inactivations on cell proliferation and the Wnt signaling pathway in adult B acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) remain unclear. In the present study, we found that low DKK3 expression levels were associated with high miR-708 expression and promoter hypermethylation in adult B-ALL...
July 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763521/correlation-of-dickkopf-1-concentrations-in-plasma-and-synovial-fluid-to-the-severity-of-radiographic-signs-of-equine-osteoarthritis
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Jillian S Mills, Marc A Kinsley, Duncan F Peters, Patty S D Weber, Tara R Shearer, Anthony P Pease
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether there was a correlation between circulating and intra-synovial Dkk-1 and radiographic signs of equine osteoarthritis. METHODS: Circulating and intra-synovial Dkk-1 levels were measured in clinical cases using a commercially available human Dkk-1 ELISA. Radiographs were performed of the joints from which fluid was collected and these were assessed and scored by a boarded radiologist for joint narrowing, subchondral bone sclerosis, subchondral bone lysis, and periarticular modelling...
September 12, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749252/the-role-of-dickkopf-1-as-a-potential-prognostic-marker-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
#15
De-Jun Liu, Yue-Xia Xie, Xiao-Xing Liu, Yan-Miao Huo, Min-Wei Yang, Xue-Liang Fu, Wei Liu, Jian-Yu Yang, Jiao Li, Rong Hua, Pei-Feng Liu, Yong-Wei Sun, Jun-Feng Zhang
Dickkopf-1(DKK-1), the downstream target of β-catenin/T-cell factor, participates in a negative feedback loop in the Wnt signaling and reported as an important biomarker in many tumors. In this study, we analyzed the expression of DKK-1 in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) patients at both mRNA and protein levels. We used real-time PCR to detect the expression of DKK-1 in 32 PDAC and paired adjacent non-tumor tissues, results suggested that the expression of DKK-1 was increased in PDAC tissues. We found the similar results in the analysis of 3 independent microarray data sets...
2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744803/xanthoceraside-modulates-neurogenesis-to-ameliorate-cognitive-impairment-in-app-ps1-transgenic-mice
#16
Lin Zhu, Tianyan Chi, Xuemei Zhao, Lei Yang, Shijie Song, Qiaohui Lu, Xuefei Ji, Peng Liu, Lihua Wang, Libo Zou
Neuronal loss is reported to be an important pathological process in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Neurogenesis is a process of generation of new neurons to fill the neuronal loss. Xanthoceraside has been shown to attenuate the cognitive deficits in several AD animal models. However, little is known about the effect of xanthoceraside on neurogenesis in APP/PS1 transgenic mice. Thus, in this study, we investigated whether xanthoceraside can ameliorate learning and memory impairment by promoting NSCs proliferation and neuronal differentiation...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738084/the-dkk3-gene-encodes-a-vital-intracellular-regulator-of-cell-proliferation
#17
Jack L Leonard, Deborah M Leonard, Scot A Wolfe, Jilin Liu, Jaime Rivera, Michelle Yang, Ryan T Leonard, Jacob P S Johnson, Prashant Kumar, Kate L Liebmann, Amanda A Tutto, Zhongming Mou, Karl J Simin
Members of the Dickkopf (Dkk) family of Wnt antagonists interrupt Wnt-induced receptor assembly and participate in axial patterning and cell fate determination. One family member, DKK3, does not block Wnt receptor activation. Loss of Dkk3 expression in cancer is associated with hyperproliferation and dysregulated ß-catenin signaling, and ectopic expression of Dkk3 halts cancer growth. The molecular events mediating the DKK3-dependent arrest of ß-catenin-driven cell proliferation in cancer cells are unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731148/molecular-genetics-and-targeted-therapy-of-wnt-related-human-diseases-review
#18
Masuko Katoh, Masaru Katoh
Canonical WNT signaling through Frizzled and LRP5/6 receptors is transduced to the WNT/β-catenin and WNT/stabilization of proteins (STOP) signaling cascades to regulate cell fate and proliferation, whereas non-canonical WNT signaling through Frizzled or ROR receptors is transduced to the WNT/planar cell polarity (PCP), WNT/G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) and WNT/receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) signaling cascades to regulate cytoskeletal dynamics and directional cell movement. WNT/β-catenin signaling cascade crosstalks with RTK/SRK and GPCR-cAMP-PKA signaling cascades to regulate β-catenin phosphorylation and β-catenin-dependent transcription...
September 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715139/uvb-exposure-of-a-humanized-skin-model-reveals-unexpected-dynamic-of-keratinocyte-proliferation-and-wnt-inhibitor-balancing
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Teresa Michalczyk, Thomas Biedermann, Sophie Böttcher-Haberzeth, Agnes S Klar, Martin Meuli, Ernst Reichmann
We developed human dermo-epidermal skin substitutes which are presently applied in phase I and II clinical trials. Here we used these very same skin equivalents containing melanocytes, named MelSkin, as an experimental skin model. We investigated the effects of UVB irradiation on the skin grafts transplanted on immune-compromised rats. The irradiation induces a strong wound healing response going along with massive proliferation of basal keratinocytes, basically quiescent under non-irradiated, homeostatic conditions...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710530/proteomic-characterisation-reveals-active-wnt-signalling-by-human-multipotent-stromal-cells-as-a-key-regulator-of-beta-cell-survival-and-proliferation
#20
Miljan Kuljanin, Gillian I Bell, Stephen E Sherman, Gilles A Lajoie, David A Hess
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Novel strategies to stimulate the expansion of beta cell mass in situ are warranted for diabetes therapy. The aim of this study was to elucidate the secretome of human bone marrow (BM)-derived multipotent stromal cells (MSCs) with documented islet regenerative paracrine function. We hypothesised that regenerative MSCs will secrete a unique combination of protein factors that augment islet regeneration. METHODS: Human BM-derived MSCs were examined for glucose-lowering capacity after transplantation into streptozotocin-treated NOD/severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) mice and segregated into samples with regenerative (MSC(R)) vs nonregenerative (MSC(NR)) capacity...
July 14, 2017: Diabetologia
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