Read by QxMD icon Read


Steven Wang, Jie Yan, Guangde Zhou, Rebecca Heintzelman, J Steve Hou
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are hematopoietic malignancies characterized by unchecked proliferation of differentiated myeloid cells. The most common BCR-ABL1-negative MPNs are polycythemia vera, essential thrombocythemia, and primary myelofibrosis. The discovery of JAK2 V617F mutation has improved our understanding of the molecular basis of MPN. The high frequency of JAK2 mutation in MPN makes JAK2 mutation testing an essential diagnostic tool and potential therapeutic target for MPN. Here, we present a rare case of a 34-year-old patient who was initially diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with mutated NPM1...
2016: Case Reports in Hematology
Yang Tan, Xingxin Wu, Jing Sun, Wenjie Guo, Fangyuan Gong, Fenli Shao, Tao Tan, Yi Cao, Bingfeng Zheng, Yanhong Gu, Yang Sun, Qiang Xu
Interferon gamma (IFN-γ) signaling in T cells plays an important role in developing T helper 1 (Th1)-mediated inflammation. Selective regulation of IFN-γ signaling is an attractive strategy for treating Th1-mediated immune diseases. In this study, we aimed to explore possible means of targeting IFN-γ signaling by using small molecule compound. A synthetic small molecule FC9 was identified as it selectively inhibited IFN-γ signaling in T cells without suppressing interleukin 4 (IL-4) signaling. Furthermore, FC9 inhibited IFN-γ-induced Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) activation via competing with IFN-γ for binding to IFN-γ receptor 1 (IFN-γ R1)...
October 14, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
J Wu, W Liu, J P Williams, N Ratner
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is an inherited disease in which affected patients are predisposed to develop benign Schwann cell (SC) tumours called neurofibromas. In the mouse, loss of Nf1 in the SC lineage causes neurofibroma formation. The tyrosine kinase receptor EGFR is expressed in Schwann cell precursors (SCP), which have been implicated in plexiform neurofibroma initiation. To test if EGFR activity affects neurofibroma initiation, size, and/or number, we studied mice expressing human EGFR in SCs and SCP in the context of mice that form neurofibromas...
October 17, 2016: Oncogene
M S Patton, D J Lodge, D A Morilak, M Girotti
Deficits in cognitive flexibility are prominent in stress-related psychiatric disorders, including depression. Ketamine has rapid antidepressant efficacy, but it is unknown if ketamine improves cognitive symptoms. In rats, 2 weeks chronic intermittent cold (CIC) stress impairs reversal learning, a form of cognitive flexibility mediated by the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) that we have used previously to model cognitive dysfunction in depression. We have shown that activating JAK2/STAT3 signaling in the OFC rescued the CIC stress-induced reversal learning deficit...
October 17, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Anna Ngo, Ann Koay, Christian Pecquet, Carmen C Diaconu, Yasmine Ould-Amer, Qiwei Huang, Congbao Kang, Anders Poulsen, May Ann Lee, David Jenkins, Andrew Shiau, Stefan N Constantinescu, Meng Ling Choo
BACKGROUND: Rather than a Janus Kinase 2 inhibitor (ruxolitinib), a specific thrombopoietin receptor (TpoR) inhibitor would be more specific for the treatment of myeloproliferative neoplasms due to TpoR mutations. OBJECTIVE: A cell-based phenotypic approach to identify specific TpoR inhibitors was implemented and a library of 505,483 small molecules was screened for inhibitory effects on cells transformed by TpoR mutants. RESULTS: Among the identified hits are two analogs of 3-(4-piperidinyl) indole...
October 10, 2016: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
David T Hoang, Kenneth A Iczkowski, Deepak Kilari, William See, Marja T Nevalainen
Despite aggressive treatment for localized cancer, prostate cancer (PC) remains a leading cause of cancer-related death for American men due to a subset of patients progressing to lethal and incurable metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Organ-confined PC is treated by surgery or radiation with or without androgen deprivation therapy (ADT), while options for locally advanced and disseminated PC include radiation combined with ADT, or systemic treatments including chemotherapy. Progression to CRPC results from failure of ADT, which targets the androgen receptor (AR) signaling axis and inhibits AR-driven proliferation and survival pathways...
October 10, 2016: Oncotarget
K Kollmann, W Warsch, C Gonzalez-Arias, F L Nice, E Avezov, J Milburn, J Li, D Dimitropoulou, S Biddie, M Wang, E Poynton, M Colzani, M R Tijssen, S Anand, U McDermott, B Huntly, T Green
Most MPN patients lacking JAK2 mutations harbour somatic CALR mutations that are thought to activate cytokine signalling although the mechanism is unclear. To identify kinases important for survival of CALR-mutant cells we developed a novel strategy (KISMET) which utilises the full range of kinase selectivity data available from each inhibitor and thus takes advantage of off-target noise that limits conventional siRNA or inhibitor screens. KISMET successfully identified known essential kinases in haematopoietic and non-haematopoietic cell lines and identified the MAPK pathway as required for growth of the CALR-mutated MARIMO cells...
October 14, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
M Marchetti, G Barosi, F Cervantes, G Birgegård, M Griesshammer, C Harrison, R Hehlmann, J-J Kiladjian, N Kröger, M F McMullin, F Passamonti, A Vannucchi, T Barbui
Ruxolitinib is an oral JAK1/JAK2 inhibitor approved for the treatment of patients with myelofibrosis (MF) based on the results of two randomized clinical trials. However, discordant indications were provided by regulatory agencies and scientific societies for selecting the most appropriate candidates to this drug. The European LeukemiaNet and the Italian Society of Hematology shared the aim of building evidence-based recommendations for the use of ruxolitinib according to the GRADE methodology. Eighteen patient-intervention-comparator-outcome profiles were listed, each of them comparing ruxolitinib to other therapies with the aim of improving one of three clinical outcomes: a) splenomegaly, b) disease-related symptoms, and c) survival...
October 14, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Wen-Juan Lu, Scheffer C G Tseng, Shuangling Chen, Sean Tighe, Yuan Zhang, Xin Liu, Szu-Yu Chen, Chen-Wei Su, Ying-Ting Zhu
Human corneal endothelial cells (HCECs) have limited proliferative capacity due to "contact-inhibition" at G1 phase. Such contact-inhibition can be delayed from Day 21 to Day 42 by switching EGF-containing SHEM to LIF/bFGF-containing MESCM through transient activation of LIF-JAK1-STAT3 signaling that delays eventual nuclear translocation of p16(INK4a). Using the latter system, we have reported a novel tissue engineering technique by implementing 5 weekly knockdowns with p120 catenin (p120) and Kaiso siRNAs since Day 7 to achieve effective expansion of HCEC monolayers to a transplantable size with a normal HCEC density, through reprogramming of HCECs into neural crest progenitors by activating p120-Kaiso-RhoA-ROCK-canonical BMP signaling...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Umberto Gianelli, Daniele Cattaneo, Anna Bossi, Ivan Cortinovis, Leonardo Boiocchi, Yen-Chun Liu, Claudia Augello, Arturo Bonometti, Stefano Fiori, Nicola Orofino, Francesca Guidotti, Attilio Orazi, Alessandra Iurlo
In this study, we investigate in detail the morphological, clinical and molecular features of 71 consecutive patients with a diagnosis of myeloproliferative neoplasms, unclassifiable. We performed a meticulous morphological analysis and found that most of the cases displayed a hypercellular bone marrow (70%) with normal erythropoiesis without left-shifting (59%), increased granulopoiesis with left-shifting (73%) and increased megakaryocytes with loose clustering (96%). Megakaryocytes displayed frequent giant forms with hyperlobulated or bulbous nuclei and/or other maturation defects...
October 14, 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Sabine Blum, Filipe Martins, Lorenzo Alberio
The discovery of JAK2 V617F mutation in the mid-2000s started to fill the gap between clinical presentation of polycythemia vera (PV), first described by Vaquez at the end of the 19th century, and spontaneous erythroid colony formation, reported by Prchal and Axelrad in the mid-1970s. The knowledge on this mutation brought an important insight to our understanding of PV pathogenesis and led to a revision of the World Health Organization diagnostic criteria in 2008. JAK-STAT is a major signaling pathway implicated in survival and proliferation of hematopoietic precursors...
2016: Journal of Blood Medicine
Daniel Xia, Robert P Hasserjian
Polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET), and primary myelofibrosis (PMF) are myeloproliferative neoplasms characterized by recurrent somatic mutations in JAK2, CALR, and MPL. This short review addresses 1) the spectrum of mutations seen in PV, ET, and PMF, 2) the emerging genotype-phenotype correlations, 3) the current role of molecular testing in disease classification and management, and 4) several important considerations for selecting an appropriate molecular test. In our view, sequential testing algorithms and simultaneous assessment of multiple mutations by next-generation sequencing are both valid approaches to testing...
October 11, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Katsuto Takenaka
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are chronic hematopoietic stem cell disorders, including polycythemia vera, essential thrombocytosis, and primary myelofibrosis. The JAK2V617F mutation was identified in 2005, followed by the discovery of the JAK2 exon12, MPNW515 mutation, and CALR mutation. About 90% of patients with BCR/ABL negative MPNs have been shown to have one of these driver mutations. In addition, mutations in epigenetic regulators and RNA splicing genes were found to co-exist with driver mutations and to play critical roles in the disease progression of MPNs...
2016: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
Roy Fleischmann, Michael Schiff, Désirée van der Heijde, Cesar Ramos-Remus, Alberto Spindler, Marina Stanislav, Cristiano A F Zerbini, Sirel Gurbuz, Christina Dickson, Stephanie de Bono, Douglas Schlichting, Scott Beattie, Wen-Ling Kuo, Terence Rooney, William Macias, Tsutomu Takeuchi
Objective This Phase 3 study evaluated baricitinib, an oral Janus kinase (JAK)1/JAK2 inhibitor, as monotherapy or combined with methotrexate (MTX) compared to MTX in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with no or minimal prior conventional synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) and naive to biologic DMARDs. Methods Patients (N=588) were randomized 4:3:4 (MTX: baricitinib 4 mg once daily: baricitinib 4 mg + MTX) for 52 weeks. The primary endpoint assessment was noninferiority of baricitinib monotherapy to MTX based on American College of Rheumatology 20% (ACR20) response at Week 24...
October 9, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Wenda Zhang, Ting Ma, Shanshan Li, Yanwei Yang, Jianpeng Guo, Wenying Yu, Lingyi Kong
STAT3 is an attractive therapeutic target for cancer therapy. However, due to low potency or poor druggability, none of its inhibitors are clinically available. Herein, a series of aminobenzo[b]thiophene 1, 1-dioxides with good drug-likeness properties were designed, synthesized and evaluated as STAT3 inhibitors. Most of them exhibited higher antitumor activity than the small-molecule STAT3 inhibitor, Stattic. Compound 15 was the most potent and had an IC50 range in 0.33-0.75 μM in various cancer cell lines...
September 22, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
K-H Lim, Y-C Chang, Y-H Chiang, H-C Lin, C-Y Chang, C-S Lin, L Huang, W-T Wang, C Gon-Shen Chen, W-C Chou, Y-Y Kuo
CALR mutations are identified in about 30% of JAK2/MPL-unmutated myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) including essential thrombocythemia (ET) and primary myelofibrosis. Although the molecular pathogenesis of CALR mutations leading to MPNs has been studied using in vitro cell lines models, how mutant CALR may affect developmental hematopoiesis remains unknown. Here we took advantage of the zebrafish model to examine the effects of mutant CALR on early hematopoiesis and model human CALR-mutated MPNs. We identified three zebrafish genes orthologous to human CALR, referred to as calr, calr3a and calr3b...
October 7, 2016: Blood Cancer Journal
Madeleine Themanns, Kristina M Mueller, Sonja M Kessler, Nicole Golob-Schwarzl, Thomas Mohr, Doris Kaltenecker, Jerome Bourgeais, Jamile Paier-Pourani, Katrin Friedbichler, Doris Schneller, Michaela Schlederer, Eva Zebedin-Brandl, Luigi M Terracciano, Xiaonan Han, Lukas Kenner, Kay-Uwe Wagner, Wolfgang Mikulits, Andrey V Kozlov, Markus H Heim, Fabrice Gouilleux, Johannes Haybaeck, Richard Moriggl
Genetic deletion of the tyrosine kinase JAK2 or the downstream transcription factor STAT5 in liver impairs growth hormone (GH) signalling and thereby promotes fatty liver disease. Hepatic STAT5 deficiency accelerates liver tumourigenesis in presence of high GH levels. To determine whether the upstream kinase JAK2 exerts similar functions, we crossed mice harbouring a hepatocyte-specific deletion of JAK2 (JAK2(Δhep)) to GH transgenic mice (GH(tg)) and compared them to GH(tg)STAT5(Δhep) mice. Similar to GH(tg)STAT5(Δhep) mice, JAK2 deficiency resulted in severe steatosis in the GH(tg) background...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ana Karina Alves de Medeiros, Reinhart Speeckaert, Eline Desmet, Mireille Van Gele, Sofie De Schepper, Jo Lambert
The recent interest and elucidation of the JAK/STAT signaling pathway created new targets for the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases (ISDs). JAK inhibitors in oral and topical formulations have shown beneficial results in psoriasis and alopecia areata. Patients suffering from other ISDs might also benefit from JAK inhibition. Given the development of specific JAK inhibitors, the expression patterns of JAKs in different ISDs needs to be clarified. We aimed to analyze the expression of JAK/STAT family members in a set of prevalent ISDs: psoriasis, lichen planus (LP), cutaneous lupus erythematosus (CLE), atopic dermatitis (AD), pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) and alopecia areata (AA) versus healthy controls for (p)JAK1, (p)JAK2, (p)JAK3, (p)TYK2, pSTAT1, pSTAT2 and pSTAT3...
2016: PloS One
Yong-Seok Han, Jun Hee Lee, Yeo Min Yoon, Chul Won Yun, Hyunjin Noh, Sang Hun Lee
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are 'adult' multipotent cells that promote regeneration of injured tissues in vivo. However, differences in oxygenation levels between normoxic culture conditions (21% oxygen) and both the MSC niche (2-8% oxygen) and ischemic injury-induced oxidative stress conditions in vivo have resulted in low efficacy of MSC therapies in both pre-clinical and clinical studies. To address this issue, we examined the effectiveness of hypoxia preconditioning (2% oxygen) for enhancing the bioactivity and tissue-regenerative potential of adipose-derived MSCs...
October 6, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Wenbin Zhou, Xingjie Bi, Guojun Gao, Lijiang Sun
Aberrantly expressed microRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in many diseases including cancer. In clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCCs) expression of miR-133b and miR-135a is reduced compared to control tissue and other sarcomas but the functional effects of this downregulation are not fully understood. This study aimed at evaluating the miR-133b and miR-135a expression profiles in different RCC subtypes and the functional role of these miRNAs. Viability and apoptosis were examined in three different ccRCC cell lines (786-O, A498 and SN12-PM6) after over-expression of these miRNAs...
October 3, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"