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F Wu, S Wu, X Gou
Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is the most common type of renal cancer in adults. The aim of this study is to identify the biomarkers and potential molecular mechanisms of ccRCC. Three gene expression profiles and two miRNA expression profiles were downloaded from GEO database. A total of 330 up-regulated differentially expressed genes (DEGs), 545 down-regulated DEGs, 26 up-regulated differentially expressed miRNAs (DEMs) and 11 down-regulated DEMs were identified by GEO2R. The gene ontology (GO) enrichment and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway analysis were performed by KOBAS software...
2018: Neoplasma
Hadis Shakeri, Andreas B Gevaert, Dorien M Schrijvers, Guido R Y De Meyer, Gilles W De Keulenaer, Pieter-Jan D F Guns, Katrien Lemmens, Vincent F Segers
Aims: Cardiovascular ageing is a key determinant of life expectancy. Cellular senescence, a state of irreversible cell cycle arrest, is an important contributor to ageing due to the accumulation of damaged cells. Targeting cellular senescence could prevent age-related cardiovascular diseases. In this study, we investigated the effects of neuregulin-1 (NRG-1), an epidermal growth factor with cardioprotective and anti-atherosclerotic effects, on cellular senescence. Methods & results: Senescence was induced in cultured rat aortic endothelial cells (ECs) and aortic smooth muscle cells (SMCs) by 2 hours exposure to 30 µM hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)...
March 8, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Clara Sm Tang, Xuehan Zhuang, Wai-Yee Lam, Elly Sau-Wai Ngan, Jacob Shujui Hsu, Y U Michelle, S O Man-Ting, Stacey S Cherny, Ngoc Diem Ngo, Pak C Sham, Paul Kh Tam, Maria-Mercè Garcia-Barcelo
Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) is a complex birth defect characterized by the lack of ganglion cells along a variable length of the distal intestine. A large proportion of HSCR patients remain genetically unexplained. We applied whole-genome sequencing (WGS) on 9 trios where the probands are sporadically affected with the most severe form of the disorder and harbor no coding sequence variants affecting the function of known HSCR genes. We found de novo protein-altering variants in three intolerant to change genes-CCT2, VASH1, and CYP26A1-for which a plausible link with the enteric nervous system (ENS) exists...
February 26, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
Debby W Tsuang, Tiffany A Greenwood, Suman Jayadev, Marie Davis, Andrew Shutes-David, Thomas D Bird
BACKGROUND: Psychotic symptoms of delusions and hallucinations occur in about 5% of persons with Huntington's disease (HD). The mechanisms underlying these occurrences are unknown, but the same symptoms also occur in schizophrenia, and thus genetic risk factors for schizophrenia may be relevant to the development of psychosis in HD. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the possible role of genes associated with schizophrenia in the occurrence of psychotic symptoms in HD. METHODS: DNA from subjects with HD and psychosis (HD+P; n = 47), subjects with HD and no psychosis (HD-P; n = 126), and controls (CTLs; n = 207) was genotyped using the Infinium PsychArray-24 v1...
2018: Journal of Huntington's Disease
Steven F Grieco, Todd C Holmes, Xiangmin Xu
Experience-dependent critical period plasticity has been extensively studied in the visual cortex. Monocular deprivation during the critical period affects ocular dominance, limits visual performance, and contributes to the pathological etiology of amblyopia. Neuregulin-1 (NRG1) signaling through its tyrosine kinase receptor ErbB4 is essential for the normal development of the nervous system, and has been linked to neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. We discovered recently that NRG1/ErbB4 signaling in PV neurons is critical for the initiation of critical period visual cortical plasticity by controlling excitatory synaptic inputs onto PV neurons and thus PV-cell mediated cortical inhibition that occurs following visual deprivation...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Ya-Nan Wang, Dwight Figueiredo, Xiang-Dong Sun, Zhao-Qi Dong, Wen-Bing Chen, Wan-Peng Cui, Fang Liu, Hong-Sheng Wang, Hai-Wen Li, Heath Robinson, Er-Kang Fei, Bing-Xing Pan, Bao-Ming Li, Wen-Cheng Xiong, Lin Mei
Neuregulin3 (NRG3) is a growth factor of the neuregulin (NRG) family and a risk gene of various severe mental illnesses including schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, and major depression. However, the physiological function of NRG3 remains poorly understood. Here we show that loss of Nrg3 in GFAP-Nrg3 f/f mice increased glutamatergic transmission, but had no effect on GABAergic transmission. These phenotypes were observed in Nex-Nrg3 f/f mice, where Nrg3 was specifically knocked out in pyramidal neurons, indicating that Nrg3 regulates glutamatergic transmission by a cell-autonomous mechanism...
February 20, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Youichi Sato, Atsushi Tajima, Takehiro Sato, Shiari Nozawa, Miki Yoshiike, Issei Imoto, Aiko Yamauchi, Teruaki Iwamoto
BACKGROUND: The decrease in sperm motility has a potent influence on fertilisation. Sperm motility, represented as the percentage of motile sperm in ejaculated sperms, is influenced by lifestyle habits or environmental factors and by inherited factors. However, genetic factors contributing to individual differences in sperm motility remain unclear. To identify genetic factors that influence human sperm motility, we performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of sperm motility. METHODS: A two-stage GWAS was conducted using 811 Japanese men in a discovery stage, followed by a replication study using an additional 779 Japanese men...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
Pauli M Turunen, Lauri M Louhivuori, Verna Louhivuori, Jyrki P Kukkonen, Karl E Åkerman
Cell-cell communication plays a central role in the guidance of migrating neuronal precursor cells during the development of the cerebral cortex. Endocannabinoids (eCBs) have previously been shown to be one of the central factors regulating neuronal migration. In this study the effects of eCBs on different parameters, expected to affect embryonic cortical neuronal motility have been analyzed in neurosphere derived neuroblasts using time-lapse microscopy. Increased endogenous production of the endocannabinoid 2-arachidonyl glycerol (2-AG) causes bursts of neuroblast motility...
February 10, 2018: Neuroscience
Thiri W Lin, Zhibing Tan, Arnab Barik, Dong-Min Yin, Egil Brudvik, Hongsheng Wang, Wen-Cheng Xiong, Lin Mei
GABA signaling has been implicated in neural development; however, in vivo genetic evidence is missing because mutant mice lacking GABA activity die prematurely. Here, we studied synapse development by ablating vesicular GABA transporter Vgat in in ErbB4-positive (ErbB4+) interneurons. We show that inhibitory axo-somatic synapses onto pyramidal neurons vary from one cortical layer to another; however, inhibitory synapses on axon initial segments (AISs) were similar across layers. On the other hand, PV-positive (PV+)/ErbB4+ interneurons and PV-only interneurons receive a higher number of inhibitory synapses from PV+ErbB4+ interneurons, compared with ErbB4-only interneurons...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Dehua Liao, Yujin Guo, Daxiong Xiang, Ruili Dang, Pengfei Xu, Hualin Cai, Lizhi Cao, Pei Jiang
Objective: Long-term use of doxorubicin (Dox) can cause neurobiological side effects associated with depression, but the underlying mechanisms remain equivocal. While recent evidence has indicated that Neuregulin-1 (NRG1) and its ErbB receptors play an essential role in neural function, much is still unknown concerning the biological link between the NRG1/ErbB pathway and the Dox-induced neurotoxicity. Therefore, we examined the protein expression of NRG1 and ErbB receptors in the hippocampus of rats following Dox treatment...
2018: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Christine Hoesl, Jennifer M Röhrl, Marlon R Schneider, Maik Dahlhoff
BACKGROUND: The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and associated receptors ERBB2 and ERBB3 are important for skin development and homeostasis. To date, ERBB4 could not be unambiguously identified in the epidermis. The aim of this study was to analyze the ERBB-receptor family with a special focus on ERBB4 in vitro in human keratinocytes and in vivo in human and murine epidermis. METHODS: We compared the transcript levels of all ERBB-receptors and the seven EGFR-ligands in HaCaT and A431 cells...
January 30, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Femina Rauf, Fernanda Festa, Jin G Park, Mitchell Magee, Seron Eaton, Capria Rinaldi, Carlos Morales Betanzos, Laura Gonzalez-Malerva, Joshua LaBaer
Alterations in ERBB family members have been associated with many tumor malignancies. EGFR and ERBB2 have been extensively explored in clinical oncology and several drugs currently target them therapeutically. However, the significance of ERBB4 as a potential therapeutic target remains mostly unexplored, even though ERBB4 is overexpressed or mutated in many solid tumors. Using a unique functional protein microarray platform, we found that ibrutinib inhibits ERBB4 activity in the same nM range as its canonical target, BTK...
February 5, 2018: Oncogene
Asahiro Morishita, Hisakazu Iwama, Shintaro Fujihara, Miwako Watanabe, Koji Fujita, Tomoko Tadokoro, Kyoko Ohura, Taiga Chiyo, Teppei Sakamoto, Shima Mimura, Takako Nomura, Joji Tani, Hirohito Yoneyama, Keiichi Okano, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Takashi Himoto, Tsutomu Masaki
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Although the clinical success rate for the treatment of early-stage HCC has improved, the prognosis of advanced HCC remains poor owing to the high recurrence rate and the refractory nature of HCC for various anticancer drugs. A better understanding of the pathogenesis of HCC is therefore critically needed in order to treat HCC, including its genetic alterations. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has provided an unbiased platform to systematically identify gene mutations and reveal the pathogenesis of various cancers...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
Jimmy El Hokayem, Edwin Weeber, Zafar Nawaz
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a complex genetic disorder that affects the nervous system. AS affects an estimated 1 in 12,000 to 20,000 individuals. Characteristic features of AS includes developmental delay or intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, seizures, small head size (microcephaly), and problems with movement and balance (ataxia). AS individuals usually have microdeletion of the maternal copy of 15q11.2-15q13 region of chromosome 15. The E6-associated protein (E6AP, an E3 ubiquitin protein ligase enzyme) is encoded by the gene UBE3A, which is located in this region, and it has been shown that deregulation of E6AP gives rise to AS and neuropathology of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) (e...
January 31, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Malgorzata Milewska, Mattia Cremona, Clare Morgan, John O'Shea, Aoife Carr, Sri H Velanki, Ann M Hopkins, Sinead Toomey, Stephen F Madden, Bryan T Hennessy, Alex J Eustace
Background: The application of genomic technologies to patient tumor samples identified groups of signaling pathways which acquire activating mutations. Some cancers are dependent on these mutations and the aberrant proteins resulting from these mutations can be targeted by novel drugs which can eradicate the cancer. Methods: We used to determine the frequency of ERBB mutations in solid tumors. We then determined the sensitivity of a panel of cell lines to clinically available PI3K inhibitors...
2018: Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology
Qingqing Liu, Kristine M Cornejo, Liang Cheng, Lloyd Hutchinson, Mingsheng Wang, Shaobo Zhang, Keith Tomaszewicz, Ediz F Cosar, Bruce A Woda, Zhong Jiang
Overlapping morphological, immunohistochemical, and ultrastructural features make it difficult to diagnose chromophobe renal cell carcinoma (ChRCC) and renal oncocytoma (RO). Since ChRCC is a malignant tumor, whereas RO is a tumor with benign behavior, it is important to distinguish these two entities. We aimed to identify genetic markers that distinguish ChRCC from RO by using next-generation sequencing (NGS). NGS for hotspot mutations or gene copy number changes was performed on 12 renal neoplasms including seven ChRCC and five RO cases...
January 15, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
DeAnalisa C Jones, Adriana Scanteianu, Matthew DiStefano, Mehdi Bouhaddou, Marc R Birtwistle
Current treatments for glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)-an aggressive form of brain cancer-are minimally effective and yield a median survival of 14.6 months and a two-year survival rate of 30%. Given the severity of GBM and the limitations of its treatment, there is a need for the discovery of novel drug targets for GBM and more personalized treatment approaches based on the characteristics of an individual's tumor. Most receptor tyrosine kinases-such as EGFR-act as oncogenes, but publicly available data from the Cancer Cell Line Encyclopedia (CCLE) indicates copy number loss in the ERBB4 RTK gene across dozens of GBM cell lines, suggesting a potential tumor suppressor role...
2018: PloS One
Min Li, Xiaoping Qian, Mingzhen Zhu, Aiyi Li, Mingzhi Fang, Yong Zhu, Jingyu Zhang
MicroRNAs (miR) are important in various crucial cell processes including proliferation, migration and invasion. Dysregulation of miRNAs have been increasingly reported to contribute to colorectal cancer. However, the detailed biological function and potential mechanisms of miR‑1273g‑3p in colorectal cancer remain poorly understood. The expression levels of miR‑1273g‑3p in human colorectal cancer LoVo cell lines were detected via reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT‑qPCR)...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Iris Morath, Christian Jung, Romain Lévêque, Chen Linfeng, Robert-Alain Toillon, Arne Warth, Véronique Orian-Rousseau
Members of the CD44 family of transmembrane glycoproteins control cell signaling pathways from numerous cell surface receptors, including receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs). The decisive factor (ligand, RTKs or both) that controls the recruitment of specific CD44 isoforms is still unknown. We investigated this question by using the EGFR signaling pathway, in which one receptor can be activated by a broad range of ligands. By means of siRNA-mediated downregulation of CD44 expression and blocking experiments, we identified CD44v6 as a co-receptor for EGF- and ER-induced ErbB1 activation and for NRG1-induced ErbB3 and ErbB4 activation...
January 11, 2018: Oncogene
Aya Murakami, Masataka Nakamura, Satoshi Kaneko, Wen-Lang Lin, Dennis W Dickson, Hirofumi Kusaka
The human epidermal growth factor receptor family consists of 4 members that belong to the ErbB lineage of proteins (ErbB1-4). Neuregulin-1 (NRG1)/ErbB signalling regulates brain development and function. Abnormalities in this signalling have been implicated in the aetiology or development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. So, we aimed at investigating whether the expression of NRG1 or ErbB proteins are altered in progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) METHODS: The brains of 10 PSP and 6 control patients were investigated by immunohistochemical analysis RESULTS: Whereas C-terminal ErbB4 immunoreacitivity was partially but distinctly present in the cytoplasm and/or in the nucleus of neurons in control patients, it was rarely observed in the neuronal nuclei in PSP patients...
January 10, 2018: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
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