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Patrizia Ferroni, Francesca Santilli, Francesco Cavaliere, Paola Simeone, Leopoldo Costarelli, Rossella Liani, Romina Tripaldi, Silvia Riondino, Mario Roselli, Giovanni Davi, Fiorella Guadagni
The hypothesis that increased oxidative stress in breast cancer (BC) patients could induce enhanced lipid peroxidation, which, in turn, would contribute to platelet activation and poor clinical outcome is attractive. To address this issue, we investigated pre-surgical urinary 8-iso-prostaglandin (PG)F2α (marker of in vivo oxidative stress) and 11-dehydro-thromboxane (TX)B2 (marker of in vivo platelet activation) levels in patients with primary BC (n=115) compared with control women paired for co-morbidities and their association with patients' metabolic profile and clinical prognostic factors...
October 26, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Katarzyna Modzelewska, Elena F Boer, Timothy L Mosbruger, Daniel Picard, Daniela Anderson, Rodney R Miles, Mitchell Kroll, William Oslund, Theodore J Pysher, Joshua D Schiffman, Randy Jensen, Cicely A Jette, Annie Huang, Rodney A Stewart
Malignant brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children. Primitive neuroectodermal tumors of the CNS (CNS-PNETs) are particularly aggressive embryonal tumors of unknown cellular origin. Recent genomic studies have classified CNS-PNETs into molecularly distinct subgroups that promise to improve diagnosis and treatment; however, the lack of cell- or animal-based models for these subgroups prevents testing of rationally designed therapies. Here, we show that a subset of CNS-PNETs co-express oligoneural precursor cell (OPC) markers OLIG2 and SOX10 with coincident activation of the RAS/MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) pathway...
October 25, 2016: Cell Reports
Estelle Jamard, Bertrand Volard, Audrey Emmanuelle Dugué, Angelina Legros, Alexandra Leconte, Bénédicte Clarisse, Grégoire Davy, Florence Polycarpe, Catherine Dugast, Caroline Abadie, Thierry Frebourg, Julie Tinat, Isabelle Tennevet, Valérie Layet, Florence Joly, Laurent Castéra, Pascaline Berthet, Dominique Vaur, Sophie Krieger
Germline allele specific expression (ASE), resulting in a lowered expression of one of the BRCA1 alleles, has been described as a possible predisposition marker in Hereditary Breast or Ovarian Cancer (HBOC), usable for molecular diagnosis in HBOC. The main objective of this prospective case-control study was to compare the proportion of ASE between controls without familial history of breast or ovarian cancer, and HBOC cases without BRCA1 or BRCA2 deleterious mutation. BRCA1 ASE evaluated on three SNPs among controls and HBOC patients without deleterious mutation were assessed by pyrosequencing...
October 25, 2016: Familial Cancer
Hong-Xiao Liu, Nan Jiang, Hui-Ying Liang, Ying-Yan Zhou, Xing-Hua Feng, Xiao-Yan Feng, He-Qiu Zhang, Zhi-Kui Wu, Quan Jiang, Jiao Fu, Xiao-Juan Ma, Peng Chen
OBJECTIVE: To explore the mechanism of Bushen Qiangji Granule (, BSQJ) in restraining the osteogenic differentiation of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) fifibroblasts. METHODS: Hip joint capsules were obtained from AS patients (n=10) receiving total hip replacement and healthy hip joint capsules from patients with hip fracture (n=10) receiving surgery as a control. Finite fifibroblast lines were established from these tissue samples to observe the effect of BSQJ on suppressing osteogenic differentiation of fifibroblasts...
November 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Michela Bulfoni, Matteo Turetta, Fabio Del Ben, Carla Di Loreto, Antonio Paolo Beltrami, Daniela Cesselli
Although the enumeration of circulating tumor cells (CTC) defined as expressing both epithelial cell adhesion molecule and cytokeratins (EpCAM⁺/CK⁺) can predict prognosis and response to therapy in metastatic breast, colon and prostate cancer, its clinical utility (i.e., the ability to improve patient outcome by guiding therapy) has not yet been proven in clinical trials. Therefore, scientists are now focusing on the molecular characterization of CTC as a way to explore its possible use as a "surrogate" of tumor tissues to non-invasively assess the genomic landscape of the cancer and its evolution during treatment...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Christine Jungk, Andreas Mock, Janina Exner, Christoph Geisenberger, Rolf Warta, David Capper, Amir Abdollahi, Sara Friauf, Bernd Lahrmann, Niels Grabe, Philipp Beckhove, Andreas von Deimling, Andreas Unterberg, Christel Herold-Mende
BACKGROUND: The spatial relationship of glioblastoma (GBM) to the subventricular zone (SVZ) is associated with inferior patient survival. However, the underlying molecular phenotype is largely unknown. We interrogated an SVZ-dependent transcriptome and potential location-specific prognostic markers. METHODS: mRNA microarray data of a discovery set (n = 36 GBMs) were analyzed for SVZ-dependent gene expression and process networks using the MetaCore™ workflow...
October 26, 2016: BMC Medicine
Andrea Schmitt, Daniel Martins-de-Souza, Schahram Akbarian, Juliana S Cassoli, Hannelore Ehrenreich, Andre Fischer, Alfred Fonteh, Wagner F Gattaz, Michael Gawlik, Manfred Gerlach, Edna Grünblatt, Tobias Halene, Alkomiet Hasan, Kenij Hashimoto, Yong-Ku Kim, Sophie-Kathrin Kirchner, Johannes Kornhuber, Theo F J Kraus, Berend Malchow, Juliana M Nascimento, Moritz Rossner, Markus Schwarz, Johann Steiner, Leda Talib, Florence Thibaut, Peter Riederer, Peter Falkai
OBJECTIVES: Despite progress in identifying molecular pathophysiological processes in schizophrenia, valid biomarkers are lacking for both the disease and treatment response. METHODS: This comprehensive review summarises recent efforts to identify molecular mechanisms on the level of protein and gene expression and epigenetics, including DNA methylation, histone modifications and micro RNA expression. Furthermore, it summarises recent findings of alterations in lipid mediators and highlights inflammatory processes...
October 26, 2016: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
Ved Prakash Kumar, Anupam Shrivastwa, Parag Nigam, Dhyanendra Kumar, Surendra Prakash Goyal
Swamp deer (Rucervus duvaucelii) is an endemic, Scheduled I species under the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, India. According to variations in antler size, it has been classified into three subspecies, namely Western (R. duvaucelii duvaucelii), Central (R. duvaucelii branderi), and Eastern (R. duvaucelii ranjitsinhii). For planning effective ex situ and in situ conservation of a wide-ranging species in different bioclimatic regions and in wildlife forensic, the use of genetic characterization in defining morpho/ecotypes has been suggested because of the geographic clines and reproductive isolation...
October 26, 2016: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
Clara Leigh Feider, Natalia Elizondo, Livia S Eberlin
Ambient ionization mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) has been increasingly used to investigate the molecular distribution of biological tissue samples. Here, we report the integration and optimization of desorption electrospray ionization (DESI) and liquid-microjunction surface sampling probe (LMJ-SSP), and a chip-based high-field asymmetric waveform ion mobility spectrometry (FAIMS) device to image metabolites, lipids, and proteins in biological tissue samples. Optimized FAIMS parameters for specific molecular classes enabled semi-targeted detection of multiply-charged molecular species at enhanced signal-to-noise ratios (S/N), improved visualization of spatial distributions, and most importantly, allowed detection of species which were otherwise unseen by ambient ionization MSI alone...
October 26, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Valentina Tabanelli, Vanessa Santiago-Pacheco, Mario Corbellino, Angelica Calleri, Claudio Agostinelli, Carlo Parravicini, Stefano A Pileri
AIMS: A new subtype of granzyme B (GrB) producing "regulatory B cells" (Bregs) has been recently described; these peculiar cytotoxic B-cells are significantly increased in interleukin-21 (IL-21)-rich settings, and in particular during HIV and EBV infection. Our aim is to report a unique case of an EBV-positive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) with cytotoxic features arisen in an HIV+ patient, and to understand if this lesion may represent a proliferation of neoplastic cytotoxic Bregs...
October 26, 2016: Histopathology
Patrick D Slaine, James G Ackford, Andrew M Kropinski, Robert A Kozak, Peter J Krell, Éva Nagy
Fowl aviadenoviruses, many of which are of importance in veterinary medicine, are classified into 5 species. In this study, a pathogenic isolate and a nonpathogenic isolate of fowl aviadenovirus serotype 11 (FAdV-11) of species Fowl aviadenovirus D were characterized. Growth rates were analyzed for the 2 isolates, showing notable differences. The complete genomic sequences of the viruses were fully determined and were analyzed. The genomes of the 2 isolates showed 98.1% sequence identity and revealed 6 nonsynonymous mutations between the Ontario isolates...
July 12, 2016: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
Torsten Pietsch, Christine Haberler
The revised WHO classification of tumors of the CNS 2016 has introduced the concept of the integrated diagnosis. The definition of medulloblastoma entities now requires a combination of the traditional histological information with additional molecular/genetic features. For definition of the histopathological component of the medulloblastoma diagnosis, the tumors should be assigned to one of the four entities classic, desmoplastic/nodular (DNMB), extensive nodular (MBEN), or large cell/anaplastic (LC/A) medulloblastoma...
October 26, 2016: Clinical Neuropathology
Fang-Ping Xu, Yan-Hui Liu, Xin-Lan Luo, Fen Zhang, Hai-Yu Zhou, Yan Ge, Chao Liu, Jie Chen, Dong-Lan Luo, Li-Xu Yan, Ping Mei, Jie Xu, Heng-Guo Zhuang
Steroid receptor coactivator-3 (SRC-3), a transcriptional coactivator for nuclear receptors and other transcription factors, plays an important role in the genesis and progression of several cancers. However, studies investigated the role of SRC-3 in esophageal squamous cell carcinomas (ESCCs) are limited, and the role of SRC-3 in tumor progression remains unclear. We examined the expression of SRC-3 in 8 ESCC cell lines and 302 human ESCC tissues by qPCR, Western blot, and immunohistochemistry. In addition, ESCC cell lines were subjected to proliferation and invasion assays, tumorigenicity assay, flow cytometry assay, qPCR, Western blot, and Chromatin Immunoprecipitation assay to investigate the role of SRC-3 in cancer progression...
October 26, 2016: Cancer Medicine
Manasi Talwadekar, Sophia Fernandes, Vaijayanti Kale, Lalita Limaye
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are known to express a wide range of markers belonging to all the three lineages: mesodermal, ectodermal and endodermal. Therefore, the possibility of their transdifferentiation towards a neural lineage has been an aspect of active research. In the present study, MSCs were isolated from human placental tissue (P-MSC) and subjected them to neural differentiation. It was found that the P-MSCs differentiated towards neural lineage in appropriate differentiation conditions. However, when a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor - valproic acid (VPA) - was incorporated in the medium, there was a further increase in their neural differentiation potential...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Hongsheng Tang, Xiangliang Zhang, Shuzhong Cui, Jin Wang, Qiang Ruan, Yonghong Huang, Dinghua Yang
: To study the role and molecular mechanism of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) in reversing drug-resistance to 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in gastric cancer drug-resistant cell line SGC-7901/5-FU. METHODS: Drug-resistance gastric cancer cell line (SGC-7901/5-FU) was established by high doses of repeated impact joint drug concentration increment methods. The cell viability of the parent cell line and the drug-resistance cell line were determined by standard MTT assay. Cell survival rate of drug-resistance was calculated by the formula [(A490 of the treatment group / A490 of the control group) × 100%]...
October 25, 2016: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
Daniel Wai-Hung Ho, Regina Cheuk-Lam Lo, Lo-Kong Chan, Irene Oi-Lin Ng
The pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a multistep process involving the progressive accumulation of molecular alterations pinpointing different molecular and cellular events. The next-generation sequencing technology is facilitating the global and systematic evaluation of molecular landscapes in HCC. There is emerging evidence supporting the importance of cancer metabolism and tumor microenvironment in providing a favorable and supportive niche to expedite HCC development. Moreover, recent studies have identified distinct surface markers of cancer stem cell (CSC) in HCC, and they also put forward the profound involvement of altered signaling pathways and epigenetic modifications in CSCs, in addition to the concomitant drug resistance and metastasis...
October 2016: Liver Cancer
Jan Ševčík, David Kaspřák, Michal Mantič, Scott Fitzgerald, Tereza Ševčíková, Andrea Tóthová, Mathias Jaschhof
The phylogeny of the insect infraorder Bibionomorpha (Diptera) is reconstructed based on the combined analysis of three nuclear (18S, 28S, CAD) and three mitochondrial (12S, 16S, COI) gene markers. All the analyses strongly support the monophyly of Bibionomorpha in both the narrow (sensu stricto) and the broader (sensu lato) concepts. The major lineages of Bibionomorpha sensu lato (Sciaroidea, Bibionoidea, Anisopodoidea, and Scatopsoidea) and most of the included families are supported as monophyletic groups...
2016: PeerJ
Petra Minarikova, Lucie Benesova, Tereza Halkova, Barbora Belsanova, Inna Tuckova, Frantisek Belina, Ladislav Dusek, Miroslav Zavoral, Marek Minarik
Background. Gastric cancer is known for a notable variety in the course of the disease. Clinical factors, such as tumor stage, grade, and localization, are key in patient survival. It is expected that molecular factors such as somatic mutations and gene amplifications are also underlying tumor biological behavior and may serve as factors for prognosis estimation. Aim. The purpose of this study was to examine gene amplifications from a panel of genes to uncover potential prognostic marker candidates. Methods...
2016: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Yee-Seul So, Dong-Hoon Yang, Kwang-Woo Jung, Won-Ki Huh, Yong-Sun Bahn
In this study, we aimed to generate a series of versatile tagging plasmids that can be used in diverse molecular biological studies of the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans. We constructed 12 plasmids that can be used to tag a protein of interest with a GFP, mCherry, 4×FLAG, or 6×HA along with nourseothricin, neomycin, or hygromycin-resistant selection markers. Using this tagging plasmid set, we explored the adenylyl cyclase complex (ACC), consisting of adenylyl cyclase (Cac1) and its associated protein Aca1, in the cAMP-signaling pathway, which is critical for the pathogenicity of C...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Ho Jae Lee, Jong Min Park, Ki Baik Hahm
Background/Aims: Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) is a cytokine implicated in the susceptibility, development, and progression of gastrointestinal cancer and certain other neoplasms. In the later stages of cancer, TGF-β not only acts as a bystander of host-immune response, but also contributes to cell growth, invasion, and metastasis. In the current study, we generated gastric mucosal cells that stably express Smad7, and explored the Helicobacter pylori-associated biological changes between mock-transfected and Smad7-transfected RGM1 cells...
October 25, 2016: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
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