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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427901/the-20kda-and-22kda-forms-of-human-growth-hormone-hgh-exhibit-different-intracellular-signalling-profiles-and-properties
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Liu Yao-Xia, Chen Jing-Yan, Tang Xia-Lian, Chen Ping, Zhang Min
Human Growth Hormone (hGH) includes two main variants. The first is 22 kilodalton GH (22K-GH), which is predominant in the blood circulation. The second most abundant variant is 20K-GH, which makes up 5-10% of the blood circulation. Both bind and activate the same receptor, called the human growth hormone receptor (GHR). However, the reason why 22K-GH and 20K-GH exhibit similar, but not identical physiological activities remains poorly understood. In this article, the intracellular signalling profiles between these two hormones were examined...
April 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427458/whole-exome-sequencing-identifies-novel-candidate-predisposition-genes-for-familial-polycythemia-vera
#2
Elina A M Hirvonen, Esa Pitkänen, Kari Hemminki, Lauri A Aaltonen, Outi Kilpivaara
BACKGROUND: Polycythemia vera (PV), characterized by massive production of erythrocytes, is one of the myeloproliferative neoplasms. Most patients carry a somatic gain-of-function mutation in JAK2, c.1849G > T (p.Val617Phe), leading to constitutive activation of JAK-STAT signaling pathway. Familial clustering is also observed occasionally, but high-penetrance predisposition genes to PV have remained unidentified. RESULTS: We studied the predisposition to PV by exome sequencing (three cases) in a Finnish PV family with four patients...
April 20, 2017: Human Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427233/assessment-of-the-interlaboratory-variability-and-robustness-of-jak2v617f-mutation-assays-a-study-involving-a-consortium-of-19-italian-laboratories
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Margherita Perricone, Francesca Palandri, Emanuela Ottaviani, Mario Angelini, Laura Bagli, Enrica Bellesia, Meris Donati, Donato Gemmati, Patrizia Zucchini, Stefania Mancini, Valentina Marchica, Serena Trubini, Giovanna De Matteis, Silvia Di Zacomo, Mosè Favarato, Annamaria Fioroni, Caterina Bolzonella, Giorgia Maccari, Filippo Navaglia, Daniela Gatti, Luisa Toffolatti, Linda Orlandi, Vèronique Laloux, Marco Manfrini, Piero Galieni, Barbara Giannini, Alessia Tieghi, Sara Barulli, Maria Luisa Serino, Monica Maccaferri, Anna Rita Scortechini, Nicola Giuliani, Daniele Vallisa, Massimiliano Bonifacio, Patrizia Accorsi, Cristina Salbe, Vinicio Fazio, Milena Gusella, Eleonora Toffoletti, Marzia Salvucci, Mirija Svaldi, Filippo Gherlinzoni, Francesca Cassavia, Francesco Orsini, Giovanni Martinelli
To date, a plenty of techniques for the detection of JAK2V617F is used over different laboratories, with substantial differences in specificity and sensitivity. Therefore, to provide reliable and comparable results, the standardization of molecular techniques is mandatory.A network of 19 centers was established to 1) evaluate the inter- and intra-laboratory variability in JAK2V617F quantification, 2) identify the most robust assay for the standardization of the molecular test and 3) allow consistent interpretation of individual patient analysis results...
March 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427199/combinatorial-treatment-with-polyi-c-and-anti-il6-enhances-apoptosis-and-suppresses-metastasis-of-lung-cancer-cells
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Wai Hoe Lau, Xiphias Ge Zhu, Shamaine Wei Ting Ho, Shu Chun Chang, Jeak Ling Ding
Activation of TLR3 stimulates cancer cell apoptosis and triggers secretion of inflammatory cytokines. PolyI:C, a TLR3 agonist, activates immune cells and regresses metastatic lung cancer in vivo. Although polyI:C reportedly kills lung carcinomas, the mechanism remains elusive. Here, we demonstrated that polyI:C suppressed the proliferation and survival of metastatic (NCI-H358 and NCI-H292) and non-metastatic (A549) lung cancer cells. Notably, A549, NCI-H292 and NCI-H358 which are inducible by polyI:C, expressed low-to-medium level of TLR3 protein, and were susceptible to polyI:C treatment...
March 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424277/janus-kinase-2-regulates-transcription-factor-eb-expression-and-autophagy-completion-in-glomerular-podocytes
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Tamadher A Alghamdi, Syamantak Majumder, Karina Thieme, Sri N Batchu, Kathryn E White, Youan Liu, Angela S Brijmohan, Bridgit B Bowskill, Suzanne L Advani, Minna Woo, Andrew Advani
The nonreceptor kinase Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) has garnered attention as a promising therapeutic target for the treatment of CKD. However, being ubiquitously expressed in the adult, JAK2 is also likely to be necessary for normal organ function. Here, we investigated the phenotypic effects of JAK2 deficiency. Mice in which JAK2 had been deleted from podocytes exhibited an elevation in urine albumin excretion that was accompanied by increased podocyte autophagosome fractional volume and p62 aggregation, which are indicative of impaired autophagy completion...
April 19, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423567/cxcr1-2-pathways-in-paclitaxel-induced-neuropathic-pain
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Brandolini Laura, Benedetti Elisabetta, Ruffini Pier Adelchi, Russo Roberto, Cristiano Loredana, Antonosante Andrea, d'Angelo Michele, Castelli Vanessa, Giordano Antonio, Allegretti Marcello, Cimini Annamaria
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a type of neuropathic pain that represents a frequent and serious consequence of chemotherapy agents. Over the last years, significant progress has been achieved in elucidating the underlying pathogenesis of CIPN. The interference of taxanes with microtubule has been proposed as a mechanism that leads to altered axonal transport and to permanent neurological damages. The inflammatory process activated by chemotherapeutic agents has been considered as a potential trigger of nociceptive process in CIPN...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422740/involvement-of-mir-106b-in-tumorigenic-actions-of-both-prolactin-and-estradiol
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Kuan-Hui Ethan Chen, Karissa Bustamante, Vi Nguyen, Ameae M Walker
Prolactin promotes a variety of cancers by an array of different mechanisms. Here, we have investigated prolactin's inhibitory effect on expression of the cell cycle-regulating protein, p21. Using a miRNA array, we identified a number of miRNAs upregulated by prolactin treatment, but one in particular that was strongly induced by prolactin and predicted to bind to the 3'UTR of p21 mRNA, miR-106b. By creating a p21 mRNA 3'UTR-luciferase mRNA construct, we demonstrated degradation of the construct in response to prolactin in human breast, prostate and ovarian cancer cell lines...
March 31, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422716/sequential-evaluation-of-calr-mutant-burden-in-patients-with-myeloproliferative-neoplasms
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Chiara Cavalloni, Elisa Rumi, Virginia V Ferretti, Daniela Pietra, Elisa Roncoroni, Marta Bellini, Michele Ciboddo, Ilaria C Casetti, Benedetta Landini, Elena Fugazza, Daniela Troletti, Cesare Astori, Mario Cazzola
We investigated the variation of CALR-mutant burden during follow-up in 105 CALR-mutant MPN and compared it to the variation of JAK2-mutant burden in 226 JAK2-mutant MPN.The median allele burden at last evaluation was significantly higher than at first evaluation in essential thrombocythemia (ET) (49.5% vs 45%, P < .001) but not in primary myelofibrosis (PMF) (52% vs 51%, P 0.398). Median values of slope were positive both in ET (0.071) and in PMF (0.032). In CALR-mutant ET there was a difference between natural and therapy-related slope (P 0...
April 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419183/comparison-of-the-mutational-profiles-of-primary-myelofibrosis-polycythemia-vera-and-essential-thrombocytosis
#9
Jinming Song, Mohammad Hussaini, Hailing Zhang, Haipeng Shao, Dahui Qin, Xiaohui Zhang, Zhenjun Ma, Syeda Mahrukh Hussnain Naqvi, Ling Zhang, Lynn C Moscinski
Objectives: To compare the mutational profiles of patients with primary myelofibrosis (PMF), polycythemia vera (PV), and essential thrombocytosis (ET). Methods: Next-generation sequencing results of 75 cases of PMF, 33 cases of PV, and 27 cases of ET were compared. Results: Mutation rates of ASXL1 and SRSF2 were significantly higher in PMF than in PV or ET. ASXL1 mutations appeared to be more frequently associated with risk of transformation to acute myeloid leukemia than JAK2 or TET2 mutations...
April 15, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415825/recombinant-human-erythropoietin-stimulates-melanoma-tumor-growth-through-activation-of-initiation-factor-eif4e
#10
Annabelle Julius, Anjali Desai, Raymond L Yung
Recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) is standard treatment for anemia in cancer patients. Recent clinical trials suggest that EPO may accelerate tumor progression and increase mortality. However, the evidence supporting a growth-promoting effect of EPO has remained controversial. Employing an in vivo model of B16 murine melanoma, we observed that administration of EPO to tumor bearing C57BL/6 mice resulted in pronounced acceleration of melanoma growth. Our in vitro studies demonstrate that B16 murine melanoma cells express EPOR, both at the protein and mRNA levels...
March 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415571/increased-b-cell-activation-is-present-in-jak2v617f-mutated-calr-mutated-and-triple-negative-essential-thrombocythemia
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Ken-Hong Lim, Caleb Gon-Shen Chen, Yu-Cheng Chang, Yi-Hao Chiang, Chen-Wei Kao, Wei-Ting Wang, Chiao-Yi Chang, Ling Huang, Ching-Sung Lin, Chun-Chia Cheng, Hung-I Cheng, Nai-Wen Su, Johnson Lin, Yi-Fang Chang, Ming-Chih Chang, Ruey-Kuen Hsieh, Huan-Chau Lin, Yuan-Yeh Kuo
Essential thrombocythemia (ET) is a BCL-ABL1-negative myeloproliferative neoplasm. We have reported that increased activated B cells can facilitate platelet production mediated by cytokines regardless JAK2 mutational status in ET. Recently, calreticulin (CALR) mutations were discovered in ~30% JAK2/MPL-unmutated ET and primary myelofibrosis. Here we sought to screen for CALR mutations and to evaluate B cell immune profiles in a cohort of adult Taiwanese ET patients. B cell populations, granulocytes/monocytes membrane-bound B cell-activating factor (mBAFF) levels, B cells toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) expression and intracellular levels of interleukin (IL)-1β/IL-6 and the expression of CD69, CD80, and CD86 were quantified by flow cytometry...
March 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411440/tweak-fn14-promotes-pro-inflammatory-cytokine-secretion-in-hepatic-stellate-cells-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-stat3-pathways
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Aixiu Wang, Feng Zhang, Hui Xu, Mingcui Xu, Yu Cao, Chen Wang, Yuanyuan Xu, Min Su, Ming Zhang, Yuzheng Zhuge
Tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK) and its receptor fibroblast growth factor-inducible 14 (Fn14) have been associated with liver disease. Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) play a critical role in the hepatic wound-healing response after liver injury, but there is little information available on the role of the TWEAK/Fn14 pathway in human HSCs. In this study, we explored the role of TWEAK/Fn14 in activated human HSCs. The LX-2 cells were treated with TWEAK, and the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines was assayed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and real-time PCR (RT-PCR)...
April 12, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411309/calreticulin-mutations-in-bulgarian-mpn-patients
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Ivan Pavlov, Evgueniy Hadjiev, Tzvetan Alaikov, Sylva Spassova, Angel Stoimenov, Elissaveta Naumova, Velizar Shivarov, Milena Ivanova
Somatic mutations in JAK2, MPL and CALR are recurrently identified in most of the cases with Philadelphia chromosome negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). We applied four molecular genetic methods for identification of CALR exon 9 mutations, including high resolution melt (HRM) analysis, Sanger sequencing, semiconductor target genes sequencing and whole exome sequencing. A total of 78 patients with myeloid malignancies were included in the study. We identified 14 CALR exon 9 mutated cases out of 78 studied patients with myeloid malignancies...
April 14, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410970/insulin-and-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-modulate-the-lipolytic-action-of-growth-hormone-by-altering-signal-pathway-linkages
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Heather E Bergan-Roller, Alicia T Ickstadt, Jeffrey D Kittilson, Mark A Sheridan
Growth hormone (GH) has many actions in vertebrates, including the regulation of two disparate metabolic processes: growth promotion (anabolic) and th e mobilization of stored lipids (catabolic). Our previous studies showed that GH stimulated IGF-1 production in hepatocytes from fed rainbow trout, but in cells from fasted fish GH stimulated lipolysis. In this study, we used rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) to elucidate regulation of the mechanisms that enable cells to alter their lipolytic responsiveness to GH...
April 11, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408900/the-thrombopoietin-receptor-structural-basis-of-traffic-and-activation-by-ligand-mutations-agonists-and-mutated-calreticulin
#15
REVIEW
Leila N Varghese, Jean-Philippe Defour, Christian Pecquet, Stefan N Constantinescu
A well-functioning hematopoietic system requires a certain robustness and flexibility to maintain appropriate quantities of functional mature blood cells, such as red blood cells and platelets. This review focuses on the cytokine receptor that plays a significant role in thrombopoiesis: the receptor for thrombopoietin (TPO-R; also known as MPL). Here, we survey the work to date to understand how this receptor functions at a molecular level throughout its lifecycle, from traffic to the cell surface, dimerization and binding cognate cytokine via its extracellular domain, through to its subsequent activation of associated Janus kinases and initiation of downstream signaling pathways, as well as the regulation of these processes...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408464/targetable-kinase-gene-fusions-in-high-risk-b-all-a-study-from-the-children-s-oncology-group
#16
Shalini C Reshmi, Richard C Harvey, Kathryn G Roberts, Eileen Stonerock, Amy Smith, Heather Jenkins, I-Ming Chen, Marc Valentine, Yu Liu, Yongjin Li, Ying Shao, John Easton, Debbie Payne-Turner, Zhaohui Gu, Thai Hoa Tran, Jonathan V Nguyen, Meenakshi Devidas, Yunfeng Dai, Nyla A Heerema, Andrew J Carroll, Elizabeth A Raetz, Michael J Borowitz, Brent L Wood, Anne L Angiolillo, Michael J Burke, Wanda L Salzer, Patrick A Zweidler-McKay, Karen R Rabin, William L Carroll, Jinghui Zhang, Mignon L Loh, Charles G Mullighan, Cheryl L Willman, Julie M Gastier-Foster, Stephen P Hunger
Philadelphia chromosome-like acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph-like ALL) is a high-risk subtype characterized by genomic alterations that activate cytokine receptor and kinase signaling. We examined the frequency and spectrum of targetable genetic lesions in a retrospective cohort of 1389 consecutively diagnosed childhood B-ALL patients with high-risk clinical features and/or elevated minimal residual disease at the end of remission induction therapy. The Ph-like gene expression profile was identified in 341 of 1389 patients, 57 of which were excluded from additional analysis because of the presence of BCR-ABL1 (n=46) or ETV6-RUNX1 (n=11)...
April 13, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406147/transcriptome-analyses-of-differential-gene-expression-in-the-bursa-of-fabricius-between-silky-fowl-and-white-leghorn
#17
Deping Han, Yuanyuan Zhang, Jianfei Chen, Guoying Hua, Junying Li, Xuegong Deng, Xuemei Deng
Hyperpigmentation in Silky Fowl (SF) results in aberrant immune cell development. However, how melanocytes regulate B-cell proliferation in the bursa of Fabricius (BF) is unclear. To resolve this conundrum, we collected BFs from three-week-old SF and White Leghorn (WL) female chickens for RNA sequencing. The BF development was relatively weaker in SF than in WL. The transcriptome analyses identified 4848 differentially expressed genes, 326 long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), and 67 microRNAs in the BF of SF. The genes associated with melanogenesis was significantly higher, but that of the genes associated with the cytokine-cytokine receptor interactions and JAK-STAT signalling pathway was significantly lower in SF than in WL...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406068/clinical-and-hematological-relevance-of-jak2-v617f-and-calr-mutations-in-bcr-abl-negative-et-patients
#18
N Limsuwanachot, B Rerkamnuaychoke, S Chuncharunee, T Pauwilai, R Singdong, P Rujirachaivej, T Chareonsirisuthigul, T Siriboonpiputtana
BACKGROUND: Classical BCR-ABL1-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) including polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia (ET), and primary myelofibrosis frequently harbor JAK2, MPL, and CALR somatic mutations. METHODS: AS-PCR for JAK2 V617F, pyrosequencing for MPL W515L/K, and PCR-fragment analysis for CALR exon 9 mutations were established to analyze genomic DNA isolated from peripheral blood samples of 58 newly diagnosed ET patients in Thailand. RESULTS: JAK2 V617F was detected in 41 patients (71%) and CALR exon 9 mutation was positive in eight patients (14%), whereas no mutation of MPL W515L/K was observed in this study...
April 13, 2017: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405618/efficacy-of-alk5-inhibition-in-myelofibrosis
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Lanzhu Yue, Matthias Bartenstein, Wanke Zhao, Wanting Tina Ho, Ying Han, Cem Murdun, Adam W Mailloux, Ling Zhang, Xuefeng Wang, Anjali Budhathoki, Kith Pradhan, Franck Rapaport, Huaquan Wang, Zonghong Shao, Xiubao Ren, Ulrich Steidl, Ross L Levine, Zhizhuang Joe Zhao, Amit Verma, Pearlie K Epling-Burnette
Myelofibrosis (MF) is a bone marrow disorder characterized by clonal myeloproliferation, aberrant cytokine production, extramedullary hematopoiesis, and bone marrow fibrosis. Although somatic mutations in JAK2, MPL, and CALR have been identified in the pathogenesis of these diseases, inhibitors of the Jak2 pathway have not demonstrated efficacy in ameliorating MF in patients. TGF-β family members are profibrotic cytokines and we observed significant TGF-β1 isoform overexpression in a large cohort of primary MF patient samples...
April 6, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405504/pd-l1-cd274-copy-number-gain-expression-and-immune-cell-infiltration-as-candidate-predictors-for-response-to-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-soft-tissue-sarcoma
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Jan Budczies, Gunhild Mechtersheimer, Carsten Denkert, Frederick Klauschen, Sadaf S Mughal, Priya Chudasama, Michael Bockmayr, Korinna Jöhrens, Volker Endris, Amelie Lier, Felix Lasitschka, Roland Penzel, Manfred Dietel, Benedikt Brors, Stefan Gröschel, Hanno Glimm, Peter Schirmacher, Marcus Renner, Stefan Fröhling, Albrecht Stenzinger
Soft-tissue sarcomas (STS) are rare malignancies that account for 1% of adult cancers and comprise more than 50 entities. Current therapeutic options for advanced-stage STS are limited. Immune checkpoint inhibitors targeting the PD-1/PD-L1 signaling axis are being explored as new treatment modality in STS; however, the determinants of response to these agents are largely unknown. Using the sarcoma data set of The Cancer Genome Altas (TCGA) and an independent cohort of untreated high-grade STS, we analyzed DNA copy number status and mRNA expression of PD-L1 in a total of 335 STS cases...
2017: Oncoimmunology
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