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Yuan Ren, Nan Ji, Xixiong Kang, Renzhi Wang, Wenbin Ma, Zhenjun Hu, Xingfeng Liu, Yajie Wang
Glioblastoma is a highly vascularized brain tumor that causes high mortality. Kininogen-1 (KNG1) has demonstrated both tumor suppressor and antiangiogenesis properties in gliobastoma cells. We analyzed the microarray and proteomic profiles of tumor tissues from glioblastoma patients (N = 180), and identified potential RNA regulators of the KNG1. Validation experiments in U87 glioblastoma cells showed that the regulation of KNG1 by CTU1, KIAA1274, and RAX was mediated by miR-138. The siRNA-mediated knockdown of CTU1, KIAA1274, or RAX in U87 cells and immortalized human endothelial cells (iHECs) significantly reduced KNG1 expression (P < 0...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Xunian Zhou, Grace Gar-Lee Yue, Minghua Liu, Zhili Zuo, Julia Kin-Ming Lee, Mingyue Li, Stephen Kwok-Wing Tsui, Kwok-Pui Fung, Handong Sun, Jianxin Pu, Clara Bik-San Lau
Eriocalyxin B (EriB), a natural ent-kaurane diterpenoid isolated from the plant Isodon eriocalyx var. laxiflora, has emerged as a promising anticancer agent. The effects of EriB on angiogenesis were explored in the present study. Here we demonstrated that the subintestinal vein formation was significantly inhibited by EriB treatment (10, 15 μM) in zebrafish embryos, which was resulted from the alteration of various angiogenic genes as shown in transcriptome profiling. In human umbilical vein endothelial cells, EriB treatment (50, 100 nM) could significantly block vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF)-induced cell proliferation, tube formation, cell migration and cell invasion...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Wai-Lun Kwong, Kar-Yee Lam, Chun-Nam Lok, Yau-Tsz Lai, Pui-Yan Lee, Chi-Ming Che
A macrocyclic ruthenium(III) complex [Ru(III) (N2 O2 )Cl2 ]Cl (Ru-1) is reported as an inhibitor of angiogenesis and an anti-tumor compound. The complex is relatively non-cytotoxic towards endothelial and cancer cell lines in vitro, but specifically inhibited the processes of angiogenic endothelial cell tube formation and cancer cell invasion. Moreover, compared with known anti-cancer ruthenium complexes, Ru-1 is distinct in that it suppressed the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-2 (VEGFR2), and the associated downstream signaling that is crucial to tumor angiogenesis...
October 17, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Pavel I Nedvetsky, Xiaocheng Zhao, Thomas Mathivet, Irene M Aspalter, Fabio Stanchi, Ross J Metzger, Keith E Mostov, Holger Gerhardt
cAMP-dependent protein kinase A (PKA) is a ubiquitously expressed serine/threonine kinase that regulates a variety of cellular functions. Here, we demonstrate that endothelial PKA activity is essential for vascular development, specifically regulating the transition from sprouting to stabilization of nascent vessels. Inhibition of endothelial PKA by endothelial cell-specific expression of dominant-negative PKA in mice led to perturbed vascular development, hemorrhage and embryonic lethality at mid-gestation...
October 1, 2016: Development
Trina Manalo, Adam May, Joshua Quinn, Dominique S Lafontant, Olubusola Shifatu, Wei He, Juan M Gonzalez-Rosa, Geoffrey C Burns, Caroline E Burns, Alan R Burns, Pascal J Lafontant
Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins commonly used as biochemical and histochemical tools to study glycoconjugate (glycoproteins, glycolipids) expression patterns in cells, tissues, including mammalian hearts. However, lectins have received little attention in zebrafish (Danio rerio) and giant danio (Devario aequipinnatus) heart studies. Here, we sought to determine the binding patterns of six commonly used lectins-wheat germ agglutinin (WGA), Ulex europaeus agglutinin, Bandeiraea simplicifolia lectin (BS lectin), concanavalin A (Con A), Ricinus communis agglutinin I (RCA I), and Lycopersicon esculentum agglutinin (tomato lectin)-in these hearts...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry: Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society
David Zada, Adi Tovin, Tali Lerer-Goldshtein, Lior Appelbaum
Hypomyelination is a key symptom of the Allan-Herndon-Dudley syndrome (AHDS), a psychomotor retardation associated with mutations in the thyroid-hormone (TH) transporter MCT8. AHDS is characterized by severe intellectual deficiency, neuromuscular impairment, and brain hypothyroidism. In order to understand the mechanism for TH-dependent hypomyelination, we developed an mct8 mutant (mct8-/-) zebrafish model. The quantification of genetic markers for oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) and mature oligodendrocytes revealed reduced differentiation of OPCs into oligodendrocytes in mct8-/- larvae and adults...
September 23, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Daniel Brönnimann, Audrey Bouchet, Christoph Schneider, Marine Potez, Raphaël Serduc, Elke Bräuer-Krisch, Werner Graber, Stephan von Gunten, Jean Albert Laissue, Valentin Djonov
Our goal was the visualizing the vascular damage and acute inflammatory response to micro- and minibeam irradiation in vivo. Microbeam (MRT) and minibeam radiation therapies (MBRT) are tumor treatment approaches of potential clinical relevance, both consisting of parallel X-ray beams and allowing the delivery of thousands of Grays within tumors. We compared the effects of microbeams (25-100 μm wide) and minibeams (200-800 μm wide) on vasculature, inflammation and surrounding tissue changes during zebrafish caudal fin regeneration in vivo...
2016: Scientific Reports
Augustine T Nkembo, Elizabeth Ntantie, Olufisayo O Salako, Felix Amissah, Rosemary A Poku, Lekan M Latinwo, Nazarius S Lamango
Angiogenesis is essential for solid tumor growth, therapeutic resistance and metastasis, the latest accounting for 90% of cancer deaths. Although angiogenesis is essential for the malignant transformations in solid tumors and therefore is an attractive target, few drugs are available that block tumor angiogenesis. The focus has been to block signaling by receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), such as for vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), whose activation abrogate apoptosis and promote angiogenesis. The polyisoprenylated cysteinyl amide inhibitors (PCAIs) were designed to modulate aberrant polyisoprenylated small G-proteins such as mutant Ras whose constitutive activation promotes RTKs signaling...
September 8, 2016: Oncotarget
Masahiro Shin, Ira Male, Timothy J Beane, Jacques A Villefranc, Fatma O Kok, Lihua J Zhu, Nathan D Lawson
Vascular endothelial growth factor C (Vegfc) activates its receptor, Flt4, to induce lymphatic development. However, the signals that act downstream of Flt4 in this context in vivo remain unclear. To better understand Flt4 signaling, we generated zebrafish bearing a deletion in the Flt4 cytoplasmic domain that eliminates tyrosines Y1226 and 1227. Embryos bearing this deletion failed to initiate sprouting or differentiation of trunk lymphatic vessels and did not form a thoracic duct. Deletion of Y1226/7 prevented ERK phosphorylation in lymphatic progenitors while ERK inhibition blocked trunk lymphatic sprouting and differentiation...
September 12, 2016: Development
Xiang Tu, YuanPing Deng, Jing Chen, Quan Hu, ChengShi He, James B Jordan, Sen Zhong
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Few studies have explored the anti-angiogenic effects of TCM - even more so, as it applies to cancer treatment research. Heat-clearing and detoxicating TCM is the most frequently used category in the treatment of cancerous tumors, but lacks sufficient validation studies. AIM OF THE STUDY: The present research (in our series of studies) aims to explore the anti-angiogenic effects of TCM; so we begin with heat-clearing and detoxicating TCM...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Bei Xu, Quansheng Jin, Jun Zeng, Ting Yu, Yan Chen, Shuangzhi Li, Daoqiong Gong, Lili He, Xiaoyue Tan, Li Yang, Gu He, Jinhui Wu, Xiangrong Song
A rational combination is critical to achieve efficiently synergistic therapeutic efficacy for tumor treatment. Hence, we designed novel antitumor combinations (T-NPs) by integrating the tumor vascular and tumor cells dual-targeting ligand with antiangiogenesis/antitumor agents. The truncated bFGF peptide (tbFGF), which could effectively bind to FGFR1 overexpressed on tumor neovasculature endothelial cells and tumor cells, was selected to modify PLGA nanoparticles (D/P-NPs) simultaneously loaded with PEDF gene and paclitaxel in this study...
October 5, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Stefanie Spiegler, Bettina Kirchmaier, Matthias Rath, G Christoph Korenke, Fabian Tetzlaff, Maartje van de Vorst, Kornelia Neveling, Amparo Acker-Palmer, Andreas W Kuss, Christian Gilissen, Andreas Fischer, Stefan Schulte-Merker, Ute Felbor
Cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) are prevalent slow-flow vascular lesions which harbour the risk to develop intracranial haemorrhages, focal neurological deficits, and epileptic seizures. Autosomal dominantly inherited CCMs were found to be associated with heterozygous inactivating mutations in 3 genes, CCM1 (KRIT1), CCM2 (MGC4607), and CCM3 (PDCD10) in 1999, 2003 and 2005, respectively. Despite the availability of high-throughput sequencing techniques, no further CCM gene has been published since. Here, we report on the identification of an autosomal dominantly inherited frameshift mutation in a gene of thus far unknown function, FAM222B (C17orf63), through exome sequencing of CCM patients mutation-negative for CCM1-3...
July 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Sankar Jagadeeshan, R Vivek Sagayaraj, Navina Paneerselvan, Syed Shabin Ghouse, Raghunathan Malathi
p21-activated kinase 1 (Pak1)-a key node protein kinase regulating various cellular process including angiogenesis-has been recognised to be a therapeutic target for multitude of diseases, and hence, various small molecule inhibitors targeting its activity have been tested. However, the direct toxic and anti-angiogenic effects of these pharmacologic agents have not been examined. In this study, we evaluate the translational efficacy of Pak1 inhibitor IPA-3 using zebrafish toxicity model system to stratify its anti-angiogenic potential and off-target effects to streamline the compound for further therapeutic usage...
August 31, 2016: Cell Biology and Toxicology
M Shin, T Beane, A Quillien, I Male, L J Zhu, N D Lawson
Vascular endothelial growth factor a (Vegfa) is essential for blood vessel formation and can induce activation of numerous signaling effectors in endothelial cells. However, it is unclear how and where these function in developmental contexts during vascular morphogenesis. To address this issue, we have visualized activation of presumptive Vegfa effectors at single cell resolution in zebrafish blood vessels. From these studies, we find that phosphorylation of the serine/threonine kinase ERK (pERK) preferentially occurs in endothelial cells undergoing angiogenesis, but not in committed arterial endothelial cells...
August 30, 2016: Development
Marina Venero Galanternik, Amber N Stratman, Hyun Min Jung, Matthew G Butler, Brant M Weinstein
The lymphatic vasculature is comprised of a network of endothelial vessels found in close proximity to but separated from the blood vasculature. An essential tissue component of all vertebrates, lymphatics are responsible for the maintenance of fluid homeostasis, dissemination of immune cells, and lipid reabsorption under healthy conditions. When lymphatic vessels are impaired due to invasive surgery, genetic disorders, or parasitic infections, severe fluid build-up accumulates in the affected tissues causing a condition known as lymphedema...
November 2016: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
Changwen Zhang, Jillian L Ellis, Chunyue Yin
Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) results from alcohol overconsumption and is among the leading causes of liver-related morbidity and mortality worldwide. Elevated expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptors has been observed in ALD, but how it contributes to ALD pathophysiology is unclear. Here we investigated the impact of VEGF signaling inhibition on an established zebrafish model of acute alcoholic liver injury. VEGF-receptor 2/Kdrl activity was blocked by chemical inhibitor treatment or by genetic mutation...
August 24, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Andrea Rossi, Sebastien Gauvrit, Michele Marass, Luyuan Pan, Cecilia B Moens, Didier Y R Stainier
The mechanisms that allow cells to bypass anti-VEGFA therapy remain poorly understood. Here we use zebrafish to investigate this question and first show that vegfaa mutants display a severe vascular phenotype that can surprisingly be rescued to viability by vegfaa mRNA injections at the one-cell stage. Using vegfaa mutants as an in vivo test tube, we found that zebrafish Vegfbb, Vegfd and Pgfb can also rescue these animals to viability. Taking advantage of a new vegfr1 tyrosine kinase deficient mutant, we determined that Pgfb rescues vegfaa mutants via Vegfr1...
August 24, 2016: Blood
Jinlong Li, Yan Chen, Li Zhang, Lianping Xing, Hao Xu, Yongjun Wang, Qi Shi, Qianqian Liang
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Lymphatic system plays an important role in maintaining the fluid homeostasis and normal immune responses, anatomic or functional obstruction of which leads to lymphedema, and treatments for therapeutic lymphangiogenesis are efficiency for secondary lymphedema. Total saponins of panaxnotoginseng (PNS) are a mixture isolated from Panaxnotoginseng (Burkill) F.H.Chen, which has been used as traditional Chinese medicine in China for treatment of cardio- and cerebro-vascular diseases...
August 21, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
S Kiando, N Tucker, L Castro-Vega, D Cusi, P Galan, Empana J-P, J Olin, H Gornik, P-F Plouin, I Kullo, D Milan, S Ganesh, P Boutouyrie, J Kovacic, X Jeunemaitre, N Bouatia-Naji
OBJECTIVE: Fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) is a nonatherosclerotic vascular disease leading to stenosis, dissection and aneurysm affecting mainly the renal and cerebrovascular arteries. FMD has higher prevalence in females (80-90%) and predisposes to hypertension and stroke but its pathophysiology is unclear. DESIGN AND METHOD: We performed a multistage genetic association study (1,154 patients and 3,895 controls) from five case-control cohorts. We investigated the association between rs9349379 in the phosphatase and actin regulator 1 gene (PHACTR1) and carotid traits by echo-tracking in healthy volunteers, the expression of PHACTR1 by genotypes in human fibroblasts, protein staining pattern in human carotids, and vasculature development after Phactr1 knockdown in zebrafish...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jiejun Gao, Cecon T Mahapatra, Christopher D Mapes, Maria Khlebnikova, Alexander Wei, Marisol S Sepúlveda
Nanoparticles (NPs, 1-100 nm) can enter the environment and result in exposure to humans and other organisms leading to potential adverse health effects. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the effects of early life exposure to polyvinylpyrrolidone-coated silver nanoparticles (PVP-AgNPs, 50 nm), particularly with respect to vascular toxicity on zebrafish embryos and larvae (Danio rerio). Previously published data has suggested that PVP-AgNP exposure can inhibit the expression of genes within the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling pathway, leading to delayed and abnormal vascular development...
November 2016: Nanotoxicology
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