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Forouzan Absalan, Sadegh Saremy, Esrafil Mansori, Mahin Taheri Moghadam, Ali Reza Eftekhari Moghadam, Razie Ghanavati
OBJECTIVE: Phthalates, which are commonly used to render plastics into soft and flexible materials, have also been determined as developmental and reproductive toxicants in human and animals. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of mono-(2- ethylhexyl) phthalate (MEHP) and di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) oral administrations on maturation of mouse oocytes, apoptosis and gene transcription levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this experimental study, immature oocytes recovered from Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI) mouse strain (6-8 weeks), were divided into seven different experimental and control groups...
2017: Cell Journal
Kazunori Hashimoto, Yoshiaki Tsuji
Cyclic AMP-response element-binding protein (CREB) plays key transcriptional roles in cell metabolism, proliferation, and survival. Ser133 phosphorylation by protein kinase A (PKA) is a well-characterized CREB activation mechanism. Homeodomain-interacting protein kinase (HIPK) 2, a nuclear serine/threonine kinase, activates CREB through Ser271 phosphorylation; however, the regulatory mechanism remains uncharacterized. Transfection of CREB in HEK293 cells together with the kinase demonstrated that HIPK2 phosphorylated CREB at Ser271 but not Ser133; likewise, PKA phosphorylated CREB at Ser133 but not Ser271, suggesting two distinct CREB regulatory mechanisms by HIPK2 and PKA...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
Gintaras Juodzbalys, David Kasradze, Marco Cicciù, Aurimas Sudeikis, Laurynas Banys, Pablo Galindo-Moreno, Zygimantas Guobis
INTRODUCTION: Nearly half of the head and neck cancer cases are diagnosed in late stages. Traditional screening modalities have many disadvantages. The aim of the present article was to review the scientific literature about novel head and neck cancer diagnostics - epigenetic biomarkers. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A comprehensive review of the current literature was conducted according to the PRISMA guidelines by accessing the NCBI PubMed database. Authors conducted the search of articles in English language published from 2004 to 2015...
September 30, 2016: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
Kuan-Chun Huang, Junzheng Yang, Michelle C Ng, Shu-Kay Ng, William R Welch, Michael G Muto, Ross S Berkowitz, Shu-Wing Ng
BACKGROUND: The development of intrinsic and acquired resistance to antineoplastic agents is a major obstacle to successful chemotherapy in ovarian cancers. Identification and characterisation of chemoresponse-associated biomarkers are of paramount importance for novel therapeutic development. METHODS: Global RNA expression profiles were obtained by high-throughput microarray analysis. Cell cycle, proliferation rate, and paclitaxel sensitivity of ovarian cancer cells harbouring cyclin A1-inducible expression construct were compared with and without tetracycline induction, as well as when the cyclin A1 expression was suppressed by short inhibiting RNA (siRNA)...
November 2016: European Journal of Cancer
Galja Pletikapić, Alexandre Berquand, Tea Mišić Radić, Vesna Svetličić
It is generally accepted that a diatom cell wall is characterized by a siliceous skeleton covered by an organic envelope essentially composed of polysaccharides and proteins. Understanding of how the organic component is associated with the silica structure provides an important insight into the biomineralization process and patterning on the cellular level. Using a novel atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging technique (Peak Force Tapping), we characterized nanomechanical properties (elasticity and deformation) of a weakly silicified marine diatom Cylindrotheca closterium (Ehrenb...
February 2012: Journal of Phycology
Kristin L Gardiner, Louise Downs, Agnes I Berta-Antalics, Evelyn Santana, Gustavo D Aguirre, Sem Genini
BACKGROUND: Mitotic terminally differentiated photoreceptors (PRs) are observed in early retinal degeneration (erd), an inherited canine retinal disease driven by mutations in the NDR kinase STK38L (NDR2). RESULTS: We demonstrate that a similar proliferative response, but of lower magnitude, occurs in two other early onset disease models, X-linked progressive retinal atrophy 2 (xlpra2) and rod cone dysplasia 1 (rcd1). Proliferating cells are rod PRs, and not microglia or Müller cells...
March 11, 2016: BMC Genomics
Regina Miftakhova, Andreas Hedblom, Julius Semenas, Brian Robinson, Athanasios Simoulis, Johan Malm, Albert Rizvanov, David M Heery, Nigel P Mongan, Norman J Maitland, Cinzia Allegrucci, Jenny L Persson
Bone metastasis is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in prostate cancer. While cancer stem-like cells have been implicated as a cell of origin for prostate cancer metastasis, the pathways that enable metastatic development at distal sites remain largely unknown. In this study, we illuminate pathways relevant to bone metastasis in this disease. We observed that cyclin A1 (CCNA1) protein expression was relatively higher in prostate cancer metastatic lesions in lymph node, lung, and bone/bone marrow. In both primary and metastatic tissues, cyclin A1 expression was also correlated with aromatase (CYP19A1), a key enzyme that directly regulates the local balance of androgens to estrogens...
15, 2016: Cancer Research
Young Wha Koh, Sung-Min Chun, Young-Soo Park, Joon Seon Song, Geon Kook Lee, Shin Kwang Khang, Se Jin Jang
Aberrant methylation of promoter CpG islands is one of the most important inactivation mechanisms for tumor suppressor and tumor-related genes. Previous studies using genome-wide DNA methylation microarray analysis have suggested the existence of a CpG island methylator phenotype (CIMP) in lung adenocarcinomas. Although the biological behavior of these tumors varies according to tumor stage, no large-scale study has examined the CIMP in lung adenocarcinoma patients according to tumor stage. Furthermore, there have been no reported results regarding the clinical significance of each of the six CIMP markers...
August 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Y Fang, L-N Xie, X-M Liu, Z Yu, F-S Kong, N-X Song, F Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To identify disrupted genes and pathways involved in acute myelocytic leukemia (AML) by systematically tracking the dysregulated modules across normal and AML conditions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, we firstly integrated the protein interaction data and expression profiles to infer and reweight the normal and AML networks using Pearson correlation coefficient (PCC). Next, clustering-based on maximal cliques (CMC) approach and a maximum weight bipartite matching method were implemented to infer the condition-specific modules and capture the disturbed modules, respectively, from two conditional networks...
December 2015: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Christian Huisman, Monique G P van der Wijst, Matthijs Schokker, Pilar Blancafort, Martijn M Terpstra, Klaas Kok, Ate G J van der Zee, Ed Schuuring, G Bea A Wisman, Marianne G Rots
DNA hypermethylation is extensively explored as therapeutic target for gene expression modulation in cancer. Here, we re-activated hypermethylated candidate tumor suppressor genes (TSGs) (C13ORF18, CCNA1, TFPI2, and Maspin) by TET2-induced demethylation in cervical cancer cell lines. To redirect TET2 to hypermethylated TSGs, we engineered zinc finger proteins (ZFPs), which were first fused to the transcriptional activator VP64 to validate effective gene re-expression and confirm TSG function. ChIP-Seq not only revealed enriched binding of ZFPs to their intended sequence, but also considerable off-target binding, especially at promoter regions...
March 2016: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Masaki Nagata, Hiroshi Kurita, Kohya Uematsu, Shin Ogawa, Katsu Takahashi, Hideyuki Hoshina, Ritsuo Takagi
The aim of the present study was to investigate the diagnostic value of cell cycle-related genes in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) by examining the expression of the following genes in 77 OSCC tissues by quantitative polymerase chain reaction: Cyclin genes (CCNA1, CCND1, CCND2 and CCNE1), cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK) genes (CDK1, CDK2 and CDK4), CDK inhibitor genes (CDKN2A, CDKN1A, CDKN1B and CDKN1C), and integrin and associated genes that we previously reported (ITGA3, ITGB4, CD9 and JUP). The expression ratios of 66 combinations of the 11 cell cycle-related genes were analyzed to examine their associations with major clinical events using Mann-Whitney U and log-rank tests...
September 2015: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Dang-Dang Li, Zhan-Qing Yang, Chuan-Hui Guo, Liang Yue, Cui-Cui Duan, Hang Cao, Bin Guo, Zhan-Peng Yue
Although Hmgn1 is involved in the regulation of gene expression and cellular differentiation, its physiological roles on the differentiation of uterine stromal cells during decidualization still remain unknown. Here we showed that Hmgn1 mRNA was highly expressed in the decidua on days 6-8 of pregnancy. Simultaneously, increased expression of Hmgn1 was also observed in the artificial and in vitro induced decidualization models. Hmgn1 induced the proliferation of uterine stromal cells and expression of Ccna1, Ccnb1, Ccnb2 and Cdk1 in the absence of estrogen and progesterone...
2015: Cell Cycle
Shama Virani, Emily Light, Lisa A Peterson, Maureen A Sartor, Jeremy M G Taylor, Jonathan B McHugh, Gregory T Wolf, Laura S Rozek
BACKGROUND: As cancer progresses, methylation patterns change to promote the tumorigenic phenotype. However, stability of methylation markers over time and the extent that biopsy samples are representative of larger tumor specimens are unknown. This information is critical for clinical use of such biomarkers. METHODS: Ninety-eight patients with tumor specimens from 2 timepoints were measured for DNA methylation in the promoter regions across 4 genes. RESULTS: There were no significant differences in overall methylation of CCNA1 (cyclin A1), NDN (necdin), deleted in colorectal carcinoma (DCC), and cluster of differentiation 1a (CD1A) within paired specimens (p values = ...
April 2016: Head & Neck
Shama Virani, Emily Bellile, Carol R Bradford, Thomas E Carey, Douglas B Chepeha, Justin A Colacino, Joseph I Helman, Jonathan B McHugh, Lisa A Peterson, Maureen A Sartor, Jeremy Mg Taylor, Heather M Walline, Greg T Wolf, Laura S Rozek
BACKGROUND: HPV-associated HNSCCs have a distinct etiologic mechanism and better prognosis than those with non-HPV associated HNSCCs. However, even within the each group, there is heterogeneity in survival time. Here, we test the hypothesis that specific candidate gene methylation markers (CCNA1, NDN, CD1A, DCC, p16, GADD45A) are associated with tumor recurrence and survival, in a well-characterized, prospective, cohort of 346 HNSCC patients. METHODS: Kaplan-Meier curves were used to estimate survival time distributions...
October 30, 2015: BMC Cancer
Aijun Yin, Qing Zhang, Xiangnan Kong, Lin Jia, Ziyan Yang, Lihua Meng, Li Li, Xiao Wang, Yunbo Qiao, Nan Lu, Qifeng Yang, Keng Shen, Beihua Kong
DNA methylation is clinically relevant to important tumorigenic mechanisms. This study evaluated the methylation status of candidate genes in cervical neoplasia and determined their diagnostic performance in clinical practice. Cervical cancer and normal cervix tissue was used to select the top 5 discriminating loci among 27 loci in 4 genes (CCNA1, CADM1, DAPK1, JAM3), and one locus of JAM3 (region M4) was identified and confirmed with 267 and 224 cervical scrapings from 2 independent colposcopy referral studies...
December 29, 2015: Oncotarget
Mina Waraya, Keishi Yamashita, Akira Ema, Natsuya Katada, Shiro Kikuchi, Masahiko Watanabe
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive search for DNA methylated genes identified candidate tumor suppressor genes that have been proven to be involved in the apoptotic process of the p53 pathway. In this study, we investigated p53 mutation in relation to such epigenetic alteration in primary gastric cancer. METHODS: The methylation profiles of the 3 genes: PGP9.5, NMDAR2B, and CCNA1, which are involved in the p53 tumor suppressor pathway in combination with p53 mutation were examined in 163 primary gastric cancers...
2015: PloS One
Kanwalat Chalertpet, Watcharapong Pakdeechaidan, Vyomesh Patel, Apiwat Mutirangura, Pattamawadee Yanatatsaneejit
Human papillomavirus (HPV) oncoproteins drive distinctive promoter methylation patterns in cancer. However, the underlying mechanism remains to be elucidated. Cyclin A1 (CCNA1) promoter methylation is strongly associated with HPV-associated cancer. CCNA1 methylation is found in HPV-associated cervical cancers, as well as in head and neck squamous cell cancer. Numerous pieces of evidence suggest that E7 may drive CCNA1 methylation. First, the CCNA1 promoter is methylated in HPV-positive epithelial lesions after transformation...
October 2015: Cancer Science
Elin Andersson, Christina M Dahmcke, Kenneth Steven, Louise K Larsen, Per Guldberg
Molecular analysis of cells from urine provides a convenient approach to non-invasive detection of bladder cancer. The practical use of urinary cell-based tests is often hampered by difficulties in handling and analyzing large sample volumes, the need for rapid sample processing to avoid degradation of cellular content, and low sensitivity due to a high background of normal cells. We present a filtration device, designed for home or point-of-care use, which enables collection, storage and shipment of urinary cells...
2015: PloS One
Nina Milutin Gašperov, Ivan Sabol, Pavao Planinić, Goran Grubišić, Ivan Fistonić, Ante Ćorušić, Magdalena Grce
Change in the host and/or human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA methylation profile is probably one of the main factors responsible for the malignant progression of cervical lesions to cancer. To investigate those changes we studied 173 cervical samples with different grades of cervical lesion, from normal to cervical cancer. The methylation status of nine cellular gene promoters, CCNA1, CDH1, C13ORF18, DAPK1, HIC1, RARβ2, hTERT1, hTERT2 and TWIST1, was investigated by Methylation Specific Polymerase Chain Reaction (MSP)...
2015: PloS One
J Zhang, Y Suh, Y M Choi, P R Chen, M E Davis, K Lee
Hyperplastic growth and hypertrophic growth within adipose tissue is tightly associated with cell cycle activity. In this study, CCNG2 and CDKN2C were found to be correlated with cell cycle inhibition during fat cell differentiation, whereas CCND3, CCNA1, and ANAPC5 were positively associated with cell cycle activity during fat cell proliferation after selection based on GEO datasets available on the NCBI website. The findings were validated through comparison of expressions of these genes among different tissues/fractions in broiler chickens and time points during primary cell culture using quantitative real-time PCR...
October 2015: Lipids
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