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Amanpreet Kaur, Marie R Webster, Ashani T Weeraratna
Although the clinical landscape of melanoma is improving rapidly, metastatic melanoma remains a deadly disease. Age remains one of the greatest risk factors for melanoma, and patients older than 55 have a much poorer prognosis than younger individuals, even when the data are controlled for grade and stage. The reasons for this disparity have not been fully uncovered, but there is some recent evidence that Wnt signalling may have a role. Wnt signalling is known to have roles both in cancer progression as well as in organismal ageing...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
QiuShi Wei, Jin Zhang, GuoJu Hong, ZhenQiu Chen, WeiMin Deng, Wei He, Mei Hui Chen
Icariin, the main effective component of Herba Epimedii, has been identified to regulate the osteogenic differentiation of rat bone marrow stromal cells (rBMSCs) and have potential application in preventing bone loss and promoting bone regeneration. However, the underlying signaling pathway of its osteogenic effect remains unclear. Here, we investigated whether icariin could promote osteogenesis of rBMSCs through modulating the estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) and Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathways, which implicated in rBMSCs osteogenesis...
October 17, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Issei Egashira, Fumi Takahashi-Yanaga, Risa Nishida, Masaki Arioka, Kazunobu Igawa, Katsuhiko Tomooka, Yoshimichi Nakatsu, Teruhisa Tsuzuki, Yusaku Nakabeppu, Takanari Kitazono, Toshiyuki Sasaguri
We previously reported that celecoxib, a selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor, strongly inhibited human colon cancer cell proliferation by suppressing the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway. 2,5-Dimethylcelecoxib (DM-celecoxib), a celecoxib analogue, which does not inhibit COX-2, has also been reported to have an anti-tumor effect. In the present study, we elucidated whether DM-celecoxib inhibits intestinal cancer growth, and its underlying mechanism of action. First, we compared the effect of DM-celecoxib with that of celecoxib on the human colon cancer cell lines HCT-116 and DLD-1...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Science
He-Peng Cheng, Qian Liu, Yang Li, Xiao-Dong Li, Chao-Yang Zhu
Protein disulfide isomerases A6 (PDIA6) belongs to the PDI family. Recently, PDIA6 was found to have a close association with various cancers. However, there has been little investigation into the biological functions of PDIA6 in bladder cancer (BC). In this study, we explored the expression pattern and functional significance of PDIA6 in BC. We found that PDIA6 was overexpressed in BC tissues and cell lines. The in vitro study showed that PDIA6 downregulation significantly inhibited BC proliferation and invasion...
October 18, 2016: Oncology Research
Hanseol Kim, Jihye Ryu, Chaeyoung Lee
A genome-wide association study was conducted to identify expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) for human telomerase.We tested the genetic associations of nucleotide variants with expression of the genes encoding human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) and telomerase RNA components (TERC) in lymphoblastoid cell lines derived from 373 Europeans.Our results revealed 6 eQTLs associated with hTERT (P < 5 × 10). One eQTL (rs17755753) was located in the intron 1 of the gene encoding R-spondin-3 (RSPO3), a well-known Wnt signaling regulator...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Claire Peghaire, Marie Lise Bats, Raj Sewduth, Sylvie Jeanningros, Beatrice Jaspard, Thierry Couffinhal, Cécile Duplàa, Pascale Dufourcq
OBJECTIVE: Vessel formation requires precise orchestration of a series of morphometric and molecular events controlled by a multitude of angiogenic factors and morphogens. Wnt/frizzled signaling is required for proper vascular formation. In this study, we investigated the role of the Fzd7 (frizzled-7) receptor in retinal vascular development and its relationship with the Wnt/β-catenin canonical pathway and Notch signaling. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Using transgenic mice, we demonstrated that Fzd7 is required for postnatal vascular formation...
October 6, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Yu Zou, Huei Jinn Tong, Mingming Li, Kai Soo Tan, Tong Cao
The ability of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to proliferate indefinitely is attributed to its high telomerase activity and associated long telomere. However, factors regulating telomere length in hESCs remain largely uncharacterized. The aims of this study were, to identify factors which modulate telomere length of hESCs, and to determine if the telomere length of hESCs influences cellular senescence of its differentiated progeny cells. Telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene expression, telomerase activity and telomere length of hESCs cultured in different culture systems were compared...
October 18, 2016: Biogerontology
Peter L Stern, Richard Harrop
The natural history of a patient's cancer is often characterised by genetic diversity and sequential sweeps of clonal dominance. It is therefore not surprising that identifying the most appropriate tumour-associated antigen for targeted intervention is challenging. The 5T4 oncofoetal antigen was identified by searching for surface molecules shared between human trophoblast and cancer cells with the rationale that they may function to allow survival of the foetus as a semi-allograft in the mother or a tumour in its host...
October 18, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
Virgil Radu Enatescu, Ion Papava, Ileana Enatescu, Mirela Antonescu, Andrei Anghel, Edward Seclaman, Ioan Ovidiu Sirbu, Catalin Marian
OBJECTIVE: Significant progress was made in the understanding etiopathogenic factors related to MDD, including through research on the role of micro RNAs (miRs). We investigated plasma miRs as potential markers for MDD in patients treated with antidepressants. METHODS: At the initiation and at the end of twelve weeks of treatment, blood samples were collected and a structured diagnostic interview and a standardized depression rating scale for the presence and severity of major depression were done...
September 2016: Psychiatry Investigation
Xiaojing Qiao, Yahui Liu, Peiqiang Li, Zhongzhong Chen, Huili Li, Xueyan Yang, Richard H Finnell, Zhangmin Yang, Ting Zhang, Bin Qiao, Yufang Zheng, Hongyan Wang
The planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway is critical for proper embryonic development of the neural tube and heart. Mutations in these genes have previously been implicated in the pathogenesis of neural tube defects (NTDs), but not in congenital heart defects (CHDs) in humans. We systematically identified the mutation patterns of CELSR1-3 , one family of the core PCP genes, in human cohorts composed of 352 NTD cases, 412 CHD cases, and matched controls. A total of 72 disease-specific rare novel coding mutations were identified, of which 37 were identified in CHD cases, and 36 were identified in NTD patients...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
Yarikipati Prathibha, Balasubramanian Senthilkumaran
PAX2, a member of paired box family, is an essential transcription factor for the organ development in vertebrates including teleosts, yet no evidence has been shown for its involvement in reproduction. To study this, partial- and/or full-length cDNA of pax2 was isolated from the ovary of catfish, Clarias batrachus, along with its other Pax family members, pax1 and pax9 Tissue distribution and ontogeny expression analysis indicated the prevalence of pax2 but not pax1 and pax9 in ovary. Varied phase-wise expression during ovarian cycle and elevation of pax2 after human chorionic gonadotropin induction showed probable regulation by gonadotropins...
December 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
M A Rosales-Reynoso, A R Arredondo-Valdez, C I Juárez-Vázquez, L I Wence-Chavez, P Barros-Núñez, M P Gallegos-Arreola, S E Flores-Martínez, M C Morán-Moguel, J Sánchez-Corona
Accumulative evidence suggests that alterations due to mutations or genetic polymorphisms in the TCF7L2 and CCND1 genes, which are components of the Wnt signaling pathway, contributes to carcinogenesis. The present study was designated to clarify whether common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the transcription factor 7- like 2 (TCF7L2) and cyclin D1 (CCND1) genes are associated with colorectal cancer risk in Mexican patients. A case-control study including 197 colorectal cancer patients and 100 healthy subjects was conducted in a Mexican population...
September 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Junqing Wang, Yunyun Zhou, Xiaochun Fei, Xunhua Chen, Zhenggang Zhu
The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway dominates numerous cellular processes including cell proliferation, differentiation, and epithelial-mesenchymal transition, which play a crucial role in human cancer malignancies. Regulator of G-protein signaling 3 (RGS3) is a pivotal molecule involved in the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway, which is worthy of intensive research as a potential target in cancer treatment. In this study, we found that RGS3 is significantly upregulated in gastric cancer (GC) tumor samples compared with normal samples from the analysis of two independent GC mRNA microarray datasets in the NCBI public database...
October 14, 2016: Anti-cancer Drugs
Juan Wang, Yuki Shibayama, Daisuke Nakano, Hirofumi Hitomi, Akira Nishiyama
OBJECTIVE: Constitutive activation of Wnt/β-catenin pathway plays an important role in the pathogenesis of colon cancer; however, recent studies have also indicated that elevated Wnt levels are essential. In the present study, we investigated the potential role of (pro) renin receptor in the pathophysiology of colon cancer. DESIGN AND METHOD: (P) RR expression in human colon tissues was measured by immunohistochemistry and Western blot analysis. Human colon cancer cell lines DLD-1 with adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) truncated mutation, and HCT116 withβ-catenin activating mutation, were transfected with scramble siRNA and siRNA against (pro) renin receptor...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Li Qin, Chan Liu, Ya-Guang Ni, Ya-Ning Shi, Bao-Xue Ao, Zheng Liu, Duan-Fang Liao
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension is closely associated with profound vascular remodeling, especially proliferation and hyperplasia of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Aberrant Wnt5a signaling has been related to vascular diseases, but its role on the proliferation of VSMCs is unclear. The study evaluated the effect of Wnt5a on the proliferation of VSMCs and its possible mechanism. DESIGN AND METHOD: The capability of cell proliferation was detected by the assays of MTT, colony formation and EdU cell proliferation...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Junhua Zhou, Brian Lam, Sudeshna Neogi, Giles Yeo, Elena Azizan, Morris Brown
OBJECTIVE: Primary aldosteronism (PA) is the most common type of secondary hypertension occurring in ∼10% of hypertensive patients. Up to 50% of PA is caused by aldosterone-producing adenomas (APA). This study is to identify the potential biological processes and canonical pathways involved with aldosterone regulation, APA formation, or APA and ZG cell functions. DESIGN AND METHOD: Gene ontology (GO) and pathway analyses were performed on genes differentially expressed in APAs when compared to ZG and on genes differentially expressed in ZG when compared to ZF...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Satoshi Umemura
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is a heterogeneous group of disorders including both sporadic and familial forms (familial hyperaldosteronism type I, II and III). PA is the most frequent endocrine cause of secondary hypertension and associated with a higher rate of cardiovascular complications, compared with essential hypertension.Here I review the recent progress in understanding of the genetic and molecular mechanisms leading to autonomous aldosterone production in PA.Systematic screening detects primary aldosteronism in 5 to 10% of all patients with hypertension and in approximately 20% of patients with resistant hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
P-M Martin, R E Stanley, A P Ross, A E Freitas, C E Moyer, A C Brumback, J Iafrati, K S Stapornwongkul, S Dominguez, S Kivimäe, K A Mulligan, M Pirooznia, W R McCombie, J B Potash, P P Zandi, S M Purcell, S J Sanders, Y Zuo, V S Sohal, B N R Cheyette
Mice lacking DIX domain containing-1 (DIXDC1), an intracellular Wnt/β-catenin signal pathway protein, have abnormal measures of anxiety, depression and social behavior. Pyramidal neurons in these animals' brains have reduced dendritic spines and glutamatergic synapses. Treatment with lithium or a glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK3) inhibitor corrects behavioral and neurodevelopmental phenotypes in these animals. Analysis of DIXDC1 in over 9000 cases of autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia reveals higher rates of rare inherited sequence-disrupting single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) in these individuals compared with psychiatrically unaffected controls...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Satomi Nadanaka, Hiroki Kinouchi, Hiroshi Kitagawa
Chondroitin sulfate (CS) proteoglycans are abundant extracellular and cell surface molecules that consist of a protein core to which highly sulfated CS chains are covalently attached. The CS backbone is composed of repeating disaccharide units [-GlcA-GalNAc-]n, and during synthesis the CS chains acquire structural variability due to the action of sulfotransferases. Specific sulfation patterns are recognized by a large variety of proteins, including growth factors, morphogens, and extracellular matrix proteins, and these interactions regulate key events in development and normal physiology...
October 14, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Ming-Shyen Yen, Jen-Ruei Chen, Peng-Hui Wang, Kuo-Chang Wen, Yi-Jen Chen, Heung-Tat Ng
Uterine sarcoma is a very aggressive and highly lethal disease. Even after a comprehensive staging surgery or en block cytoreduction surgery followed by multimodality therapy (often chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy), many patients relapse or present with distant metastases, and finally die of diseases. The worst outcome of uterine sarcomas is partly because of their rarity, unknown etiology, and highly divergent genetic aberration. Uterine sarcomas are often classified into four distinct subtypes, including uterine leiomyosarcoma, low-grade uterine endometrial stromal sarcoma, high-grade uterine endometrial stromal sarcoma, and undifferentiated uterine sarcoma...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
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