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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624577/identification-of-an-immune-specific-class-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-based-on-molecular-features
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Daniela Sia, Yang Jiao, Iris Martinez-Quetglas, Olga Kuchuk, Carlos Villacorta-Martin, Manuel Castro de Moura, Juan Putra, Genis Camprecios, Laia Bassaganyas, Nicholas Akers, Bojan Losic, Samuel Waxman, Swan N Thung, Vincenzo Mazzaferro, Manel Esteller, Scott L Friedman, Myron Schwartz, Augusto Villanueva, Josep M Llovet
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Agents that induce an immune response against tumors by altering T-cell regulation have increased survival times of patients with advanced-stage tumors, such as melanoma or lung cancer. We aimed to characterize molecular features of immune cells that infiltrate hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) to determine whether these types of agents might be effective against liver tumors. METHODS: We analyzed HCC samples from 956 patients. We separated gene expression profiles from tumor, stromal, and immune cells using a non-negative matrix factorization algorithm...
June 14, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613983/azithromycin-attenuates-myofibroblast-differentiation-and-lung-fibrosis-development-through-proteasomal-degradation-of-nox4
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Kazuya Tsubouchi, Jun Araya, Shunsuke Minagawa, Hiromichi Hara, Akihiro Ichikawa, Nayuta Saito, Tsukasa Kadota, Nahoko Sato, Masahiro Yoshida, Yusuke Kurita, Kenji Kobayashi, Saburo Ito, Yu Fujita, Hirofumi Utsumi, Haruhiko Yanagisawa, Mitsuo Hashimoto, Hiroshi Wakui, Yutaka Yoshii, Takeo Ishikawa, Takanori Numata, Yumi Kaneko, Hisatoshi Asano, Makoto Yamashita, Makoto Odaka, Toshiaki Morikawa, Katsutoshi Nakayama, Yoichi Nakanishi, Kazuyoshi Kuwano
Accumulation of profibrotic myofibroblasts is involved in the process of fibrosis development during idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) pathogenesis. TGFB (transforming growth factor beta) is one of the major profibrotic cytokines for myofibroblast differentiation and NOX4 (NADPH oxidase 4) has an essential role in TGFB-mediated cell signaling. Azithromycin (AZM), a second-generation antibacterial macrolide, has a pleiotropic effect on cellular processes including proteostasis. Hence, we hypothesized that AZM may regulate NOX4 levels by modulating proteostasis machineries, resulting in inhibition of TGFB-associated lung fibrosis development...
June 14, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536871/impact-of-early-subcultures-on-stemness-migration-and-angiogenic-potential-of-adipose-tissue-derived-stem-cells-and-their-resistance-to-in-vitro-ischemic-condition
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Hossein Faghih, Arash Javeri, Masoumeh Fakhr Taha
Adipose tissue-derived stem cells (ADSCs) are capable of multipotential differentiation and express several angiogenic, anti-apoptotic and immunomodulatory markers. These features make adipose tissue as a promising source of stem cells for regenerative medicine. However, for efficient translational use, culture-induced changes in the gene expression profile and resistance of the ADSCs to ischemic environment should be taken into consideration. We compared the expression of some clinically important markers between the unpassaged and third-passaged ADSCs by RT-PCR, qPCR and flow cytometry...
May 23, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506076/nos2-as-an-emergent-player-in-progression-of-cancer
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Douglas D Thomas, David A Wink
Although the inducible form of nitric oxide synthase (NOS2) was initially shown to be a major player as an antitumor component of the immune response, more recent data have shown that NOS2 expression in cancer cells often predicts poor outcome. Unlike growth factors associated with a single oncogenic pathway, nitric oxide (NO) has a ubiquitous nature wherein it simultaneously mediates major oncogenic pathways from Akt/PI3K and RAS/ERK to HIF1a and TGFb. These interactive loops perpetuate oncogenic mechanism that leads to increased cancer stemness, proliferation metastasis, chemoresistance, angiogenesis, and immunosuppression...
June 10, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500669/anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-signaling-is-influenced-by-follistatin-288-but-not-14-other-transforming-growth-factor-beta-superfamily-regulators
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Yui Kawagishi, Michael W Pankhurst, Yoshio Nakatani, Ian S McLennan
The hypothesis that, in contrast to other transforming growth factor-beta (TGFβ) superfamily ligands, the dose-response curve of Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is unmodulated was tested by examining whether known TGFB superfamily modulators affect AMH signaling, using a P19/BRE luciferase reporter assay. AMHC and AMHN,C activated the reporter with an EC50 of approximately 0.5 nM. Follistatins (FS) produced concentration-dependent increases in AMHC - and AMHN,C -initiated reporter activity, with FS288 being more potent than FS315; however, the maximum bioactivity of AMH was not altered by either follistatin...
May 13, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470822/pericyte-derived-bone-morphogenetic-protein-4-underlies-white-matter-damage-after-chronic-hypoperfusion
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Maiko T Uemura, Masafumi Ihara, Takakuni Maki, Takayuki Nakagomi, Seiji Kaji, Kengo Uemura, Tomohiro Matsuyama, Raj N Kalaria, Ayae Kinoshita, Ryosuke Takahashi
Subcortical small vessel disease (SVD) is characterized by white matter damage resulting from arteriolosclerosis and chronic hypoperfusion. Transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGFB1) is dysregulated in the hereditary SVD, CARASIL (cerebral autosomal recessive arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy). However, very little is known about the role of the largest group in the TGFB superfamily - the bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) - in SVD pathogenesis. The aim of this study was to characterize signaling abnormalities of BMPs in sporadic SVD...
May 4, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444170/neuronal-activity-tgf%C3%AE-signaling-and-unpredictable-chronic-stress-modulate-transcription-of-gadd45-family-members-and-dna-methylation-in-the-hippocampus
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Daniela Grassi, Henriette Franz, Riccardo Vezzali, Patrick Bovio, Stefanie Heidrich, Fariba Dehghanian, Natalia Lagunas, Catherine Belzung, Kerstin Krieglstein, Tanja Vogel
Neuronal activity is altered in several neurological and psychiatric diseases. Upon depolarization not only neurotransmitters are released but also cytokines and other activators of signaling cascades. Unraveling their complex implication in transcriptional control in receiving cells will contribute to understand specific central nervous system (CNS) pathologies and will be of therapeutically interest. In this study we depolarized mature hippocampal neurons in vitro using KCl and revealed increased release not only of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) but also of transforming growth factor beta (TGFB)...
April 21, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418896/nfkb-is-essential-for-activin-induced-colorectal-cancer-migration-via-upregulation-of-pi3k-mdm2-pathway
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Arundhati Jana, Nancy L Krett, Grace Guzman, Ahmer Khalid, Ozkan Ozden, Jonas J Staudacher, Jessica Bauer, Seung Hyun Baik, Timothy Carroll, Cemal Yazici, Barbara Jung
Colorectal cancer (CRC) remains a common and deadly cancer due to metastatic disease. Activin and TGFB (TGFβ) signaling are growth suppressive pathways that exert non-canonical pro-metastatic effects late in CRC carcinogenesis. We have recently shown that activin downregulates p21 via ubiquitination and degradation associated with enhanced cellular migration independent of SMADs. To investigate the mechanism of metastatic activin signaling, we examined activated NFkB signaling and activin ligand expression in CRC patient samples and found a strong correlation...
June 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390866/activation-of-transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-signaling-in-gastric-cancer-associated-fibroblasts-increases-their-motility-via-expression-of-rhomboid-5-homolog-2-and-ability-to-induce-invasiveness-of-gastric-cancer-cells
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Takatsugu Ishimoto, Keisuke Miyake, Tannistha Nandi, Masakazu Yashiro, Nobuyuki Onishi, Kie Kyon Huang, Lin Suling Joyce, Ramnarayanan Kalpana, Su Ting Tay, Yuka Suzuki, Byoung Chul Cho, Daisuke Kuroda, Kota Arima, Daisuke Izumi, Masaaki Iwatsuki, Yoshifumi Baba, Eiji Oki, Masayuki Watanabe, Hideyuki Saya, Kosei Hirakawa, Hideo Baba, Patrick Tan
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Fibroblasts that interact with cancer cells are called cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), which promote progression of different tumor types. We investigated the characteristics and functions of CAFs in diffuse-type gastric cancers (DGCs) by analyzing features of their genome and gene expression patterns. METHODS: We isolated CAFs and adjacent non-cancer fibroblasts (NFs) from 110 gastric cancer (GC) tissues from patients who underwent gastrectomy in Japan from 2008 through 2016...
April 5, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362822/fasciola-hepatica-reinfection-potentiates-a-mixed-th1-th2-th17-treg-response-and-correlates-with-the-clinical-phenotypes-of-anemia
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M Adela Valero, Ignacio Perez-Crespo, Carlos Chillón-Marinas, Messaoud Khoubbane, Carla Quesada, Marta Reguera-Gomez, Santiago Mas-Coma, Manuel Fresno, Núria Gironès
BACKGROUND: Fascioliasis is a severe zoonotic disease of worldwide extension caused by liver flukes. In human fascioliasis hyperendemic areas, reinfection and chronicity are the norm and anemia is the main sign. Herein, the profile of the Th1/Th2/Th17/Treg expression levels is analyzed after reinfection, correlating them with their corresponding hematological biomarkers of morbidity. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The experimental design reproduces the usual reinfection/chronicity conditions in human fascioliasis endemic areas and included Fasciola hepatica primo-infected Wistar rats (PI) and rats reinfected at 8 weeks (R8), and at 12 weeks (R12), and negative control rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361317/generation-of-gastrointestinal-organoids-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Jorge O Múnera, James M Wells
Over the past several decades, developmental biologists have discovered fundamental mechanisms by which organs form in developing embryos. With this information it is now possible to generate human "organoids" by the stepwise differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells using a process that recapitulates organ development. For the gastrointestinal tract, one of the first key steps is the formation of definitive endoderm and mesoderm, a process that relies on the TGFb molecule Nodal. Endoderm is then patterned along the anterior-posterior axis, with anterior endoderm forming the foregut and posterior endoderm forming the mid and hindgut...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337864/molecular-basis-of-growth-proliferation-and-differentiation-of-mammalian-follicular-granulosa-cells
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W Kranc, J Budna, R Kahan, A Chachuła, A Bryja, S Ciesiółka, S Borys, M P Antosik, D Bukowska, K P Brussow, M Bruska, M Nowicki, M Zabel, B Kempisty
For normal folliculogenesis and oogenesis to occur many intrinsic and extrinsic factors are needed, i.e. positive feedback of hormone secretion and local ovarian-follicular growth factors distribution. During follicle formation, granulosa cells (GCs) change their morphology and physiological properties. The factors needed for GCs to differentiate within each layer are transforming growth factor beta (TGFB) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF), as well as the activation and modification of biochemical pathways involved in folliculogenesis...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300161/foxo-transcription-factors-protect-against-the-diet-induced-fatty-liver-disease
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Xiaoyan Pan, Yang Zhang, Hyeong-Geug Kim, Suthat Liangpunsakul, X Charlie Dong
Forkhead O transcription factors (FOXOs) have been implicated in glucose and lipid homeostasis; however, the role of FOXOs in the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is not well understood. In this study, we designed experiments to examine the effects of two different diets-very high fat diet (HFD) and moderately high fat plus cholesterol diet (HFC)-on wildtype (WT) and liver-specific Foxo1/3/4 triple knockout mice (LTKO). Both diets induced severe hepatic steatosis in the LTKO mice as compared to WT controls...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295446/a-recombinant-cystatin-from-ascaris-lumbricoides-attenuates-inflammation-of-dss-induced-colitis
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S Coronado, L Barrios, J Zakzuk, R Regino, V Ahumada, L Franco, Y Ocampo, L Caraballo
Helminthiasis may ameliorate inflammatory diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease and asthma. Information about immunomodulators from Ascaris lumbricoides is scarce, but could be important considering the co-evolutionary relationships between helminths and humans. We evaluated the immunomodulatory effects of a recombinant cystatin from A. lumbricoides on an acute model of dextran sodium sulphate (DSS)-induced colitis in mice. From an A. lumbricoides cDNA library, we obtained a recombinant cystatin (rAl-CPI)...
April 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287848/immunomodulating-and-immunoresistance-properties-of-cancer-initiating-cells-implications-for-the-clinical-success-of-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Cristina Maccalli, Giorgio Parmiani, Soldano Ferrone
Cancer-initiating cells (CICs) represent a relatively rare subpopulation of cells endowed with self-renewal, stemness properties, tumorigenicity in immunodeficient mice, and resistance to standard therapies as well as to immunotherapy. Here, we review the biological and immunological characteristics of CICs with special focus on the immunomodulating mechanisms they utilize to escape from immunosurveillance. The recently developed immunotherapeutic strategies have yielded remarkable clinical results in many types of tumors, indicating that indeed a patient's immune system can mount an immune response, which is effective in controlling tumor growth...
April 2017: Immunological Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286209/esophageal-adenocarcinoma-cells-and-xenograft-tumors-exposed-to-erb-b2-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-2-and-3-inhibitors-activate-transforming-growth-factor-beta-signaling-which-induces-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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Eva A Ebbing, Anne Steins, Evelyn Fessler, Phylicia Stathi, Willem Joost Lesterhuis, Kausilia K Krishnadath, Louis Vermeulen, Jan Paul Medema, Maarten F Bijlsma, Hanneke W M van Laarhoven
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Drugs that inhibit the erb-b2 receptor tyrosine kinase 2 (ERBB2 or HER2) are the standard treatment of patients with different types of cancer, including HER2-overexpressing gastroesophageal tumors. Unfortunately, cancer cells become resistant to these drugs, so overall these drugs provide little benefit to patients with these tumors. We investigated mechanisms that mediate resistance of esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) cells and patient-derived xenograft tumors to ERBB inhibitors...
March 9, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275008/pparg-is-central-to-the-initiation-and-propagation-of-human-angiomyolipoma-suggesting-its-potential-as-a-therapeutic-target
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Oren Pleniceanu, Racheli Shukrun, Dorit Omer, Einav Vax, Itamar Kanter, Klaudyna Dziedzic, Naomi Pode-Shakked, Michal Mark-Daniei, Sara Pri-Chen, Yehudit Gnatek, Hadas Alfandary, Nira Varda-Bloom, Dekel D Bar-Lev, Naomi Bollag, Rachel Shtainfeld, Leah Armon, Achia Urbach, Tomer Kalisky, Arnon Nagler, Orit Harari-Steinberg, Jack L Arbiser, Benjamin Dekel
Angiomyolipoma (AML), the most common benign renal tumor, can result in severe morbidity from hemorrhage and renal failure. While mTORC1 activation is involved in its growth, mTORC1 inhibitors fail to eradicate AML, highlighting the need for new therapies. Moreover, the identity of the AML cell of origin is obscure. AML research, however, is hampered by the lack of in vivo models. Here, we establish a human AML-xenograft (Xn) model in mice, recapitulating AML at the histological and molecular levels. Microarray analysis demonstrated tumor growth in vivo to involve robust PPARG-pathway activation...
April 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260098/identification-of-crucial-genes-associated-with-rat-traumatic-spinal-cord-injury
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Zibin Yang, Qiao Lv, Zhengxiang Wang, Xiliang Dong, Rongxin Yang, Wei Zhao
The aim of the present study was to investigate the key genes associated with traumatic spinal cord injuries (TSCI). The dataset GSE52763 was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus, for which lumbar spinal cord samples were obtained from rats at 1 and 3 weeks following contusive spinal cord injury and 1 week subsequent to a sham laminectomy, and used to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs). Functional enrichment analysis, co‑expression analysis and transcription factor (TF) identification were performed for DEGs common to the 1 and 3 week injury samples...
April 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250236/tgfb1-represses-the-expression-of-sf1-and-lrh1-to-inhibit-e2-production-in-rat-lcs
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Qianqian Yang, Binfang Ma, Huilian Qiao, He Ma, Yuhang Dong, Liang Cao, Jing Ma, Zhen Li
Leydig cells (LCs) in the adult testis have been identified as the major sites of oestrogen production, which is crucial for mammalian germ cell differentiation. Our previous work showed that transforming growth factor beta 1 (TGFB1) inhibits estradiol (E2) secretion via down-regulating Cyp19 gene expression in mature rat (LCs). However, the mechanism remains unclear. In the present study, the effects of TGFB1 on the expression levels of steroidogenic factor 1 (SF1), liver receptor homolog 1 (LRH1), cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) and cAMP responsive element modulator (CREM) were evaluated by Western blotting and immunofluorescence staining both in primary cultured LCs and in rat testis...
March 1, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215431/global-decrease-in-the-expression-of-signalling-pathways-genes-in-murine-uterus-during-preimplantation-pregnancy
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Katarzyna Buska, Anna Ewa Kedzierska, Anna Slawek, Anna Chelmonska-Soyta
Early preimplantation embryo-maternal communication is crucial for the establishment and development of pregnancy. Though the involvement of several candidate genes and proteins in this complex event has been described, the hierarchy of molecular networks governing this communication remains unknown. The primary objective of this study was to determine whether the presence of embryos in the uterine lumen stimulated or inhibited gene expression in the uterine tissue on day 3.5 post coitum. To answer this question, we investigated the gene expression of dedicated signal transduction pathways in the uterus of CD-1 mice during the preimplantation stage of pregnancy and compared this expression to mice with induced pseudopregnancy...
February 15, 2017: Reproductive Biology
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