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Genki Yamato, Norio Shiba, Kenichi Yoshida, Yusuke Hara, Yuichi Shiraishi, Kentaro Ohki, Jun Okubo, Myoung-Ja Park, Manabu Sotomatsu, Hirokazu Arakawa, Nobutaka Kiyokawa, Daisuke Tomizawa, Souichi Adachi, Takashi Taga, Keizo Horibe, Satoru Miyano, Seishi Ogawa, Yasuhide Hayashi
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March 14, 2018: Blood
Helena Claerhout, Sophie Van Aelst, Celine Melis, Thomas Tousseyn, Olivier Gheysens, Peter Vandenberghe, Daan Dierickx, Nancy Boeckx
OBJECTIVE: Diagnosing myeloid sarcoma remains challenging and we aimed to provide clinicopathological features to facilitate diagnosis. METHOD: Clinicopathological data from 41 patients with de novo and 31 with secondary myeloid sarcoma were reviewed. RESULTS: Most de novo cases presented with isolated myeloid sarcoma (n=19) or myeloid sarcoma with concurrent acute myeloid leukemia (n=15). Most secondary cases presented after acute myeloid leukemia (n=11), myeloproliferative neoplasm (n=9) or myelodysplastic syndrome (n=8)...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
Michael Lie-A-Ling, Elli Marinopoulou, Andrew J Lilly, Mairi Challinor, Rahima Patel, Christophe Lancrin, Valerie Kouskoff, Georges Lacaud
During ontogeny, hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells arise from hemogenic endothelium through an endothelial-to-hematopoietic transition that is strictly dependent on the transcription factor RUNX1. Although it is well established that RUNX1 is essential for the onset of hematopoiesis, little is known about the role of RUNX1 dosage specifically in hemogenic endothelium and during the endothelial-to-hematopoietic transition. Here, we used the mouse embryonic stem cell differentiation system to determine if and how RUNX1 dosage affects hemogenic endothelium differentiation...
March 12, 2018: Development
Łukasz Sędek, Prisca Theunissen, Elaine Sobral da Costa, Alita van der Sluijs-Gelling, Ester Mejstrikova, Giuseppe Gaipa, Alicja Sonsala, Magdalena Twardoch, Elen Oliveira, Michaela Novakova, Chiara Buracchi, Jacques J M van Dongen, Alberto Orfao, Vincent H J van der Velden, Tomasz Szczepański
BACKGROUND: Optimal discrimination between leukemic blasts and normal B-cell precursors (BCP) is critical for treatment monitoring in BCP acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL); thus identification of markers differentially expressed on normal BCP and leukemic blasts is required. METHODS: Multicenter analysis of CD73, CD86 and CD304 expression levels was performed in 282 pediatric BCP-ALL patients vs. normal bone marrow BCP, using normalized median fluorescence intensity (nMFI) values...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Immunological Methods
Xiaoli Hou, Yongzhao Zhang, Wei Li, Alexander J Hu, Chi Luo, Wenhui Zhou, Jamie K Hu, Stefano G Daniele, Jinfeng Wang, Jinghao Sheng, Yongsheng Fan, Andrew S Greenberg, Stephen R Farmer, Miaofen G Hu
Whereas white adipose tissue depots contribute to the development of metabolic diseases, brown and beige adipose tissue has beneficial metabolic effects. Here we show that CDK6 regulates beige adipocyte formation. We demonstrate that mice lacking the CDK6 protein or its kinase domain (K43M) exhibit significant increases beige cell formation, enhanced energy expenditure, better glucose tolerance, and improved insulin sensitivity, and are more resistant to high-fat diet-induced obesity. Re-expression of CDK6 in Cdk6-/- mature or precursor cells, or ablation of RUNX1 in K43M mature or precursor cells, reverses these phenotypes...
March 9, 2018: Nature Communications
Fangjia Lu, Qingyang Liu
The impact of unrhythmic circadian clock on obesity has started to be increasingly appreciated nowadays. Recently it was discovered that interaction between intestinal microbiota and unrhythmic circadian clock plays a key role in such a process. It involves relaying signals from microbiota through dendritic cells to group 3 innate lymphoid cells in the intestine and in the end impacting some of the key transcription factors of circadian clock. Breaking such a signal relay may prove to be an effective way reducing unrhythmic circadian clock-induced obesity...
April 2018: Medical Hypotheses
Zhiheng Cheng, Kai Hu, Lei Tian, Yifeng Dai, Yifan Pang, Wei Cui, Hongmian Zhao, Tong Qin, Yu Han, Ning Hu, Li Chen, Chao Wang, Yijie Zhang, Depei Wu, Xiaoyan Ke, Jinlong Shi, Lin Fu
The mutational spectrum and molecular characteristics of acute myelomonocytic lineage leukemia, namely acute myeloid leukemia (AML) French-American-British (FAB) subtypes M4 and M5, are largely unknown. In order to explore the mutational spectrum and prognostic factors of FAB-M4 and -M5, next-generation sequencing (NGS) was performed to screen for mutated genes and fusion genes relevant to the pathogenesis of AML. Of the 63 patients enrolled in the study, 60% had more than three mutated genes. NPM1 had the highest mutation frequency, followed by DNMT3A, FLT3, NRAS, RUNX1, and TET2...
February 28, 2018: Cancer Gene Therapy
Chen Huan, Zhaolong Li, Shanshan Ning, Hong Wang, Xiao-Fang Yu, Wenyan Zhang
The HIV-1 reservoir is a major obstacle to complete eradication of the virus. Although many proteins and RNAs have been characterized as regulators in HIV-1/AIDS pathogenesis and latency, only a few long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been shown to be closely associated with HIV-1 replication and latency. Here, we demonstrated that lncRNA uc002yug.2 plays a key role in HIV-1 viral replication and latency. uc002yug.2 potentially enhances HIV-1 viral replication, LTR activity as well as the activation of latent HIV-1 in both cell lines and CD4+ T cells from patients...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Virology
Kiran Tawana, Michael W Drazer, Jane E Churpek
Comprehensive genomic profiling of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cases have enabled the detection and differentiation of driver and subclonal mutations, informed risk prognostication, and defined targeted therapies. These insights into disease biology, and management have made multigene-acquired mutation testing a critical part of the diagnostic assessment of patients with sporadic MDS and AML. More recently, our understanding of the role of an increasing number of inherited genetic factors on MDS/AML risk and management has rapidly progressed...
February 27, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Mahdi Jalili, Marjan Yaghmaie, Mohammad Ahmadvand, Kamran Alimoghaddam, Seyed Asadollah Mousavi, Mohammad Vaezi, Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh
The RUNX1 (AML1) gene is a relatively infrequent mutational target in cases of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Previous work indicated that RUNX1 mutations can have pathological and prognostic implications. To evaluate prognostic value, we conducted a meta-analysis of 4 previous published works with data for survival according to RUNX1 mutation status. Pooled hazard ratios for overall survival and disease-free survival were 1.55 (95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.11–2.15; p-value = 0.01) and 1.76 (95% CI = 1...
February 26, 2018: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
Matteo Zampini, Claudia Tregnago, Valeria Bisio, Luca Simula, Giulia Borella, Elena Manara, Carlo Zanon, Francesca Zonta, Valentina Serafin, Benedetta Accordi, Silvia Campello, Barbara Buldini, Andrea Pession, Franco Locatelli, Giuseppe Basso, Martina Pigazzi
The somatic translocation t(8;21)(q22;q22)/RUNX1-RUNX1T1 is one of the most frequent rearrangements found in children with standard-risk acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Despite the favorable prognostic role of this aberration, we recently observed a higher than expected frequency of relapse. Here, we employed an integrated high-throughput approach aimed at identifying new biological features predicting relapse among 34 t(8;21)-rearranged patients. We found that the DNA methylation status of patients who suffered from relapse was peculiarly different from that of children maintaining complete remission...
February 2, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Christine Feld, Peeyush Sahu, Miriam Frech, Florian Finkernagel, Andrea Nist, Thorsten Stiewe, Uta-Maria Bauer, Andreas Neubauer
SKI is a transcriptional co-regulator and overexpressed in various human tumors, for example in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). SKI contributes to the origin and maintenance of the leukemic phenotype. Here, we use ChIP-seq and RNA-seq analysis to identify the epigenetic alterations induced by SKI overexpression in AML cells. We show that approximately two thirds of differentially expressed genes are up-regulated upon SKI deletion, of which >40% harbor SKI binding sites in their proximity, primarily in enhancer regions...
February 20, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Hua Ji, Linhao Xu, Zheng Wang, Xinli Fan, Lihui Wu
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in numerous herbicide formulations. The role of glyphosate in neurotoxicity has been reported in human and animal models. However, the detailed mechanism of the role of glyphosate in neuronal development remains unknown. Recently, several studies have reported evidence linking neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) with gestational glyphosate exposure. The current group previously identified microRNAs (miRNAs) that are associated with the etiology of NDDs, but their expression levels in the developing brain following glyphosate exposure have not been characterized...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Natarajan Bhaskaran, Zhihui Liu, Senthil S Saravanamuthu, Chunhua Yan, Ying Hu, Lijin Dong, Peggy Zelenka, Lixin Zheng, Vassili Bletsos, Rachel Harris, Brenna Harrington, Aaron Weinberg, Carol J Thiele, Fengchun Ye, Pushpa Pandiyan
While T helper (Th) cells play a crucial role in host defense, an imbalance in Th effector subsets due to dysregulation in their differentiation and expansion contribute to inflammatory disorders. Here, we show that Casz1, whose function is previously unknown in CD4+ T cells, coordinates Th differentiation in vitro and in vivo . Casz1 deficiency in CD4+ T cells lowers susceptibility to experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis, consistent with the reduced frequency of Th17 cells, despite an increase in Th1 cells in mice...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Terra L Lasho, Mythri Mudireddy, Christy M Finke, Curtis A Hanson, Rhett P Ketterling, Natasha Szuber, Kebede H Begna, Mrinal M Patnaik, Naseema Gangat, Animesh Pardanani, Ayalew Tefferi
Among 248 consecutive patients with blast phase myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN-BP), DNA collected at the time of blast transformation was available in 75 patients (median age, 66 years; 64% men). MPN-BP followed primary myelofibrosis in 39 patients, essential thrombocythemia in 20 patients, and polycythemia vera in 16 patients. A myeloid neoplasm-relevant 33-gene panel was used for next-generation sequencing. Driver mutation distribution was JAK2 57%, CALR 20%, MPL 9%, and triple-negative 13%. Sixty-four patients (85%) harbored other mutations/variants, including 37% with ≥3 mutations; most frequent were ASXL1 47%, TET2 19%, RUNX1 17%, TP53 16%, EZH2 15%, and SRSF2 13%; relative mutual exclusivity was expressed by TP53 , EZH2 , LNK , RUNX1 , SRSF2 , and NRAS/KRAS mutations...
February 27, 2018: Blood Advances
Guanying Zhang, Guangye Han, Xinjun Zhang, Quanfeng Yu, Zeyu Li, Zhenhui Li, Jianchang Li
CONTEXT: Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the most commonly diagnosed malignancy in men in the western world. OBJECTIVE: We aim to investigate the biological role of long non-coding RNA FENDRR and its mechanism in PCa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We determined the expression of FENDRR and miR-18a-5p in PCa tissues and examined the regulatory mechanism in PCa cell lines. RESULTS: FENDRR transcripts in human PCa tissues were significantly decreased compared with the normal controls...
February 21, 2018: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
Jonathan K Alder, Vidya Sagar Hanumanthu, Margaret A Strong, Amy E DeZern, Susan E Stanley, Clifford M Takemoto, Ludmilla Danilova, Carolyn D Applegate, Stephen G Bolton, David W Mohr, Robert A Brodsky, James F Casella, Carol W Greider, J Brooks Jackson, Mary Armanios
Telomere length (TL) predicts the onset of cellular senescence in vitro but the diagnostic utility of TL measurement in clinical settings is not fully known. We tested the value of TL measurement by flow cytometry and FISH (flowFISH) in patients with mutations in telomerase and telomere maintenance genes. TL had a discrete and reproducible normal range with definable upper and lower boundaries. While TL above the 50th age-adjusted percentile had a 100% negative predictive value for clinically relevant mutations, the lower threshold in mutation carriers was age-dependent, and adult mutation carriers often overlapped with the lowest decile of controls...
February 20, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Rafael Escate, Pedro Mata, Jose Maria Cepeda, Teresa Padró, Lina Badimon
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) conveys a high risk of premature atherosclerosis as a result of lifelong exposure to high LDL cholesterol levels that are not fully reduced by standard-of-care lipid-lowering treatment. Inflammatory mediators have played a role in the progression of atherosclerotic lesions. Here, we investigated whether innate immunity cells in patients with FH have a specific proinflammatory phenotype that is distinct from that of cells in normal participants. To this end, miR-505-3p-a microRNA related to chronic inflammation-and its target genes were investigated in monocyte-derived macrophages (MACs) of patients with FH (FH-MACs) and non-FH controls (co-MACs)...
February 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Nadine Teichweyde, Lara Kasperidus, Sebastian Carotta, Valerie Kouskoff, Georges Lacaud, Peter A Horn, Stefan Heinrichs, Hannes Klump
Generation of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) from pluripotent stem cells, in vitro, holds great promise for regenerative therapies. Primarily, this has been achieved in mouse cells by overexpression of the homeotic selector protein HOXB4. The exact cellular stage at which HOXB4 promotes hematopoietic development, in vitro, is not yet known. However, its identification is a prerequisite to unambiguously identify the molecular circuits controlling hematopoiesis, since the activity of HOX proteins is highly cell and context dependent...
February 15, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
Ailing Liu, Minhui Chen, Rashmi Kumar, Maja Stefanovic-Racic, Robert M O'Doherty, Ying Ding, Willi Jahnen-Dechent, Lisa Borghesi
Obesity, a prevalent condition in adults and children, impairs bone marrow (BM) function. However, the underlying mechanisms are unclear. Here, we show that obese mice exhibit poor emergency immune responses in a toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)-dependent manner. Canonical myeloid genes (Csf1r, Spi1, Runx1) are enhanced, and lymphoid genes (Flt3, Tcf3, Ebf1) are reduced. Using adoptive transfer and mixed BM chimera approaches we demonstrate that myeloid>lymphoid bias arises after 6 weeks of high-fat diet and depends on precursor cell-autonomous TLR4...
February 16, 2018: Nature Communications
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