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Laura Masala, Federica Ariu, Luisa Bogliolo, Emanuela Bellu, Sergio Ledda, Daniela Bebbere
Oocytes from prepubertal animals have a reduced ability to undergo embryo development and produce viable offspring. The present work used an ovine model consisting of oocytes derived from adult and prepubertal donors to assess the molecular status of oocytes and preimplantation embryos with different developmental competence. The lower potential of oocytes of young donors was confirmed in terms of in vitro developmental capabilities and kinetics. A panel of genes including maternal effect (DPPA3, GDF9, NMP2, ZAR1) and housekeeping genes (ACTB, RPL19, SDHA, YWHAZ, ATP1A1), genes involved in DNA methylation (DNMT1, DNMT3A, DNMT3B), genomic imprinting (IGF2R), pluripotency (NANOG, POU5F1) and cell cycle regulation (CCNB1, CDK1, MELK) was relatively quantified...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Yubao Wang, Young-Mi Li, Lukas Baitsch, Alan Huang, Yi Xiang, Haoxuan Tong, Ana Lako, Thanh Von, Christine Choi, Elgene Lim, Junxia Min, Li Li, Frank Stegmeier, Robert Schlegel, Michael J Eck, Nathanael S Gray, Timothy J Mitchison, Jean J Zhao
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March 12, 2018: ELife
Christian Lerch, Rukshana Shroff, Mandy Wan, Lesley Rees, Helen Aitkenhead, Ipek Kaplan Bulut, Daniela Thurn, Aysun Karabay Bayazit, Anna Niemirska, Nur Canpolat, Ali Duzova, Karolis Azukaitis, Ebru Yilmaz, Fatos Yalcinkaya, Jerome Harambat, Aysel Kiyak, Harika Alpay, Sandra Habbig, Ariane Zaloszyc, Oguz Soylemezoglu, Cengiz Candan, Alejandra Rosales, Anette Melk, Uwe Querfeld, Maren Leifheit-Nestler, Anja Sander, Franz Schaefer, Dieter Haffner
Background: We investigated the effects of nutritional vitamin D supplementation on markers of bone and mineral metabolism, i.e. serum levels of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), Klotho, bone alkaline phosphatase (BAP) and sclerostin, in two cohorts with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Methods: In all, 80 vitamin D-deficient children were selected: 40 with mild to moderate CKD from the ERGO study, a randomized trial of ergocalciferol supplementation [estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) 55 mL/min/1...
February 21, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Kosei Hasegawa, Yuji Ikeda, Yuko Kunugi, Akira Kurosaki, Yuichi Imai, Shunsuke Kohyama, Shoji Nagao, Eito Kozawa, Koji Yoshida, Takuya Tsunoda, Yusuke Nakamura, Keiichi Fujiwara
Cancer immunotherapy has now been established as a leading standard therapeutic option in a subset of patients with cancer. In this study, we conducted a phase I dose-escalation trial using a mixture of 5 peptides to vaccinate cervical cancer patients with HLA-A*2402. The primary endpoints were safety and determination of a recommended vaccine dose, and the secondary endpoints were evaluations of immunologic responses and clinical efficacy. All patients had recurrent or persistent disease and had failed to respond to or were intolerant to prior standard chemotherapy...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Immunotherapy
Bianca Borchert-Mörlins, Nima Memaran, Martin Sauer, Britta Maecker-Kolhoff, Karl-Walter Sykora, Ricarda Blöte, Elena Bauer, Bernhard M W Schmidt, Anette Melk, Rita Beier
Advances in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in malignant and non-malignant diseases result in more long-term survivors, in whom cardiovascular (CV) disease is one leading non-cancer cause of death. This study aimed to evaluate risk factors and subclinical CV organ damage in survivors after HSCT in pediatric age. We enrolled 64 children in a cross-sectional approach 3.3 ± 3.1 years after HSCT. Anthropometric data, laboratory values, office and 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) were evaluated, showing a high prevalence of obesity, hypertension and dyslipidemia...
February 9, 2018: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Christopher J Giuliano, Ann Lin, Joan C Smith, Ann C Palladino, Jason M Sheltzer
The Maternal Embryonic Leucine Zipper Kinase (MELK) has been identified as a promising therapeutic target in multiple cancer types. MELK over-expression is associated with aggressive disease, and MELK has been implicated in numerous cancer-related processes, including chemotherapy resistance, stem cell renewal, and tumor growth. Previously, we established that triple-negative breast cancer cell lines harboring CRISPR/Cas9-induced null mutations in MELK proliferate at wild-type levels in vitro (<xref ref-type="bibr" rid="bib34">Lin et al...
February 8, 2018: ELife
Jeffrey Settleman, Charles L Sawyers, Tony Hunter
More than 30 published articles have suggested that a protein kinase called MELK is an attractive therapeutic target in human cancer, but three recent reports describe compelling evidence that it is not. These reports highlight the caveats associated with some of the research tools that are commonly used to validate candidate therapeutic targets in cancer research.
February 8, 2018: ELife
Shan Guan, Jiaxiong Lu, Yanling Zhao, Yang Yu, Hui Li, Zhenghu Chen, Zhongcheng Shi, Haoqian Liang, Mopei Wang, Kevin Guo, Xiangmei Chen, Wenjing Sun, Shayahati Bieerkehazhi, Xin Xu, Surong Sun, Saurabh Agarwal, Jianhua Yang
Maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) is known to modulate intracellular signaling and control cellular processes. However, the role of MELK in oncogenesis is not well defined. In this study, using two microarray datasets of neuroblastoma (NB) patients, we identified that MELK expression is significantly correlated to poor overall survival, unfavorable prognosis, and high-risk status. We found that MELK is a direct transcription target of MYCN and MYC in NB, and MYCN increases MELK expression via direct promoter binding...
January 5, 2018: Oncotarget
Shu Zhou, Guo-Bo Li, Lin Luo, Lei Zhong, Kai Chen, Hui Li, Xiao-Juan Jiang, Qi Fu, Xin Long, Jin-Ku Bao
Maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK), a serine/threonine protein kinase, has oncogenic properties and plays a key functional role in various cancer cells. Although MELK may not be a cancer addiction target, the development of specific MELK inhibitors would provide useful chemical tools for synthetic lethal investigation. Herein, we identified several hit compounds using a customized structure-based virtual screening, among which compounds 4 and 16 showed the most potent inhibition to MELK with IC50 values of 3...
February 7, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Junjie Piao, Jie Sun, Yang Yang, Tiefeng Jin, Liyan Chen, Zhenhua Lin
BACKGROUND: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the major leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. This study aims to explore molecular mechanism of NSCLC. METHODS: Microarray dataset was obtained from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database, and analyzed by using GEO2R. Functional and pathway enrichment analysis were performed based on Gene Ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) database. Then, STRING, Cytoscape and MCODE were applied to construct the Protein-protein interaction (PPI) network and screen hub genes...
March 20, 2018: Gene
Hua Wang, Kunshan Zhang, Yifei Liu, Yudong Fu, Shan Gao, Peng Gong, Haiying Wang, Zhongcheng Zhou, Ming Zeng, Zhenfeng Wu, Yu Sun, Tong Chen, Siguang Li, Lin Liu
BACKGROUND: Telomere length heterogeneity has been detected in various cell types, including stem cells and cancer cells. Cell heterogeneity in pluripotent stem cells, such as embryonic stem cells (ESCs), is of particular interest; however, the implication and mechanisms underlying the heterogeneity remain to be understood. Single-cell analysis technology has recently been developed and effectively employed to investigate cell heterogeneity. Yet, methods that can simultaneously measure telomere length and analyze the global transcriptome in the same cell have not been available until now...
December 8, 2017: BMC Biology
Jan Budczies, Carsten Denkert, Balázs Győrffy, Peter Schirmacher, Albrecht Stenzinger
BACKGROUND: Inhibition of the PD-L1/PD-1 immune checkpoint axis represents one of the most promising approaches of immunotherapy for various cancer types. However, immune checkpoint inhibition is successful only in subpopulations of patients emphasizing the need for powerful biomarkers that adequately reflect the complex interaction between the tumor and the immune system. Recently, recurrent copy number gains (CNG) in chromosome 9p involving PD-L1 were detected in many cancer types including lung cancer, melanoma, bladder cancer, head and neck cancer, cervical cancer, soft tissue sarcoma, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, ovarian cancer, and triple-negative breast cancer...
December 6, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
Radoslav Janostiak, Navin Rauniyar, TuKiet T Lam, Jianhong Ou, Lihua J Zhu, Michael R Green, Narendra Wajapeyee
Melanoma accounts for more than 80% of skin cancer-related deaths, and current therapies provide only short-term benefit to patients. Here, we show in melanoma cells that maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) is transcriptionally upregulated by the MAPK pathway via transcription factor E2F1. MELK knockdown or pharmacological inhibition blocked melanoma growth and enhanced the effectiveness of BRAFV600E inhibitor against melanoma cells. To identify mediators of MELK function, we performed stable isotope labeling with amino acids in cell culture (SILAC) and identified 469 proteins that had downregulated phosphorylation after MELK inhibition...
December 5, 2017: Cell Reports
Daniel Hovey, Susanne Henningsson, Diana S Cortes, Tanja Bänziger, Anna Zettergren, Jonas Melke, Håkan Fischer, Petri Laukka, Lars Westberg
The ability to correctly understand the emotional expression of another person is essential for social relationships and appears to be a partly inherited trait. The neuropeptides oxytocin and vasopressin have been shown to influence this ability as well as face processing in humans. Here, recognition of the emotional content of faces and voices, separately and combined, was investigated in 492 subjects, genotyped for 25 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in eight genes encoding proteins important for oxytocin and vasopressin neurotransmission...
November 28, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
Shaohan Wu, Xujian Chen, Chundong Hu, Jing Wang, Yiyu Shen, Zhengxiang Zhong
BACKGROUND Maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) has been implicated in various types of tumors, but its expression profile and clinicopathologic significance in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in Chinese Han people remains unknown. Therefore, this study attempted to investigate the expression pattern of MELK in HCC tissues obtained from a Chinese Han population. MATERIAL AND METHODS The expression of MELK, from RNA to protein levels, in HCC or disease-free human liver tissues was evaluated using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction assays and immunohistochemistry staining, and its prognostic significance was determined based on its impact on HCC patients' survival...
December 1, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Susan Klaeger, Stephanie Heinzlmeir, Mathias Wilhelm, Harald Polzer, Binje Vick, Paul-Albert Koenig, Maria Reinecke, Benjamin Ruprecht, Svenja Petzoldt, Chen Meng, Jana Zecha, Katrin Reiter, Huichao Qiao, Dominic Helm, Heiner Koch, Melanie Schoof, Giulia Canevari, Elena Casale, Stefania Re Depaolini, Annette Feuchtinger, Zhixiang Wu, Tobias Schmidt, Lars Rueckert, Wilhelm Becker, Jan Huenges, Anne-Kathrin Garz, Bjoern-Oliver Gohlke, Daniel Paul Zolg, Gian Kayser, Tonu Vooder, Robert Preissner, Hannes Hahne, Neeme Tõnisson, Karl Kramer, Katharina Götze, Florian Bassermann, Judith Schlegl, Hans-Christian Ehrlich, Stephan Aiche, Axel Walch, Philipp A Greif, Sabine Schneider, Eduard Rudolf Felder, Juergen Ruland, Guillaume Médard, Irmela Jeremias, Karsten Spiekermann, Bernhard Kuster
Kinase inhibitors are important cancer therapeutics. Polypharmacology is commonly observed, requiring thorough target deconvolution to understand drug mechanism of action. Using chemical proteomics, we analyzed the target spectrum of 243 clinically evaluated kinase drugs. The data revealed previously unknown targets for established drugs, offered a perspective on the "druggable" kinome, highlighted (non)kinase off-targets, and suggested potential therapeutic applications. Integration of phosphoproteomic data refined drug-affected pathways, identified response markers, and strengthened rationale for combination treatments...
December 1, 2017: Science
Yue Li, You Li, Yao Chen, Qian Xie, Ningning Dong, Yanjun Gao, Huan Deng, Chunhua Lu, Suihai Wang
Background: MicroRNAs are considered as potential regulators in various biological pathways and contribute to the diagnosis and prognosis of cancers. MicroRNA-214-3p (miR-214-3p) was proved to be correlated with various cancers in recent studies. However, the biological functions of miR-214-3p in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and its association with the prognosis of HCC after liver transplantation are still unevaluated. Here we intended to elucidate the functional implication of miR-214-3p in regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis and its potential prediction of clinical prognosis of HCC patients...
2017: Cancer Cell International
Fang-Xin Wang, Mu-He Chen, Yan-Nan Lin, Hang Zhang, Cai-Ping Tan, Liang-Nian Ji, Zong-Wan Mao
Four phosphorescent cyclometalated iridium(III) complexes containing benzimidazole moiety have been designed and synthesized. These Ir(III) complexes can effectively inhibit several cancerous processes, including cell migration, invasion, colony formation, and angiogenesis. Interestingly, they show a much higher singlet oxygen quantum yield in an acidic solution than in a neutral solution. Upon irradiation at 425 nm with low energy (1.2 J cm-2 ), they can induce apoptosis through lysosomal damage, evaluation of reactive oxygen species level, and activation of caspase-3/7...
December 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Radka Moravcova, Barbora Melkes, Jiri Novotny
OBJECTIVES: Extensive research has been dedicated to elucidating the mechanisms of signal transduction through different G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). However, relatively little is known about the regulation of receptor movement within the cell membrane upon ligand binding. In this study we focused our attention on the thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) receptor that typically couples to Gq/11 proteins. METHODS: We monitored receptor diffusion in the plasma membrane of HEK293 cells stably expressing yellow fluorescent protein (YFP)-tagged TRH receptor (TRHR-YFP) by fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP)...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
Arnold Bolomsky, Roy Heusschen, Karin Schlangen, Kathrin Stangelberger, Joséphine Muller, Wolfgang Schreiner, Niklas Zojer, Jo Caers, Heinz Ludwig
Treatment of high-risk patients is a major challenge in multiple myeloma. This is especially true for patients assigned to the gene-expression-profiling defined proliferation subgroup. Although recent efforts have identified some key players of proliferative myeloma, genetic interactions and players that can be targeted with clinically effective drugs have to be identified to overcome the poor prognosis of these patients. We therefore examined maternal embryonic leucine zipper kinase (MELK) for its implications in hyper-proliferative myeloma and analysed the activity of the MELK inhibitor OTSSP167 in vitro and in vivo...
November 9, 2017: Haematologica
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