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Daisuke Yamada, Kensuke Takahashi, Kohichi Kawahara, Maeda Takehiko
Cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) exist in tumor tissues composed of heterogeneous cell population and are characterized by their self-renewal capacity and tumorigenicity. Many studies demonstrate that eradication of CSCs prevents development and recurrences of tumor; yet, molecules critical for the maintenance of CSCs have not been completely understood. We previously reported that Semaphorin3A (Sema3a) knockdown suppressed the tumorigenicity and proliferative capacity of Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) cells. Therefore, we identified Sema3a as an essential factor for the establishment or maintenance of CSCs derived from LLC (LLC-stem cell)...
October 18, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Dongdong Chai, Hong Jiang, Qifang Li
OBJECTIVE: Previously, we found that the inhaled anesthetic isoflurane up-regulated the transcriptional factor hypoxia inducible factor (HIF)-1α protein levels during induction of neurodegeneration in the brain of neonatal rats. Here, we investigated the role of HIF-1α and the underlying signaling pathway in the neurodegenration induced by isoflurane in rodent developing brain. METHODS: Primary hippocampal neurons were exposed to isoflurane (0.4mM) for 12h. Neuron injury was analyzed by 3-(4,5-dimethyithiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-tetra-zolium bromide (MTT) test and quantification of lactate dehydrogenaserelease...
October 18, 2016: Brain Research
Somayeh Shatizadeh Malekshahi, Vahid Salimi, Ehsan Arefian, Ghazal Fatemi-Nasab, Sarvin Adjaminejad-Fard, Jila Yavarian, Talat Mokhtari-Azad
We attempted to generate siRNAs with two active strands, which can simultaneously knock down the expression of mRNA and viral genomic RNA. In this study, short hairpin RNAs (shRNAs) against N and F genes were used. Expression of F and N mRNA transcripts as well as genomic RNA was determined with relative real-time RT-PCR. The RSV load in infected cell culture supernatant was determined by absolute quantitative real-time PCR. We found that (i) in the presence of shRNA-N, a greater reduction in viral genomic RNA was found; (ii) the level of expression at MOI 0...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Biotechnology
Jinxin Xie, Huancheng Guo, Wenjie Gong, Daliang Jiang, Li Zhang, Junjie Jia, Changchun Tu
NS5A is a multifunctional non-structural protein of classical swine fever virus (CSFV) that plays an important role in viral replication, but how it exerts its functions is unknown. Here, we report the cleavage of NS5A of the vaccine C-strain, resulting in two truncated forms (b and c). Further experiments using calpain- and caspase-family-specific inhibitors, followed by a caspase-6-specific shRNAs and inhibitor, showed that the cleavage of C-strain NS5A to produce truncated form c is mediated by caspase-6, mapping to (272)DTTD(275), while the cleavage producing truncated form b is probably mediated by another unknown protease...
October 20, 2016: Archives of Virology
Yun-Fang Zhen, Song-Tao Li, Yun-Rong Zhu, Xiao-Dong Wang, Xiao-Zhong Zhou, Lun-Qing Zhu
Malignant osteosarcoma (OS) is still a deadly disease for many affected patients. The search for the novel anti-OS agent is extremely urgent and important. Our previous study has proposed that salinomycin is a novel anti-OS agent. Here we characterized DNA-dependent protein kinase catalytic subunit (DNA-PKcs) as a primary salinomycin resistance factor in OS cells. DNA-PKcs inhibitors (NU7026, NU7441 and LY294002) or DNA-PKcs shRNA knockdown dramatically potentiated salinomycin-induced death and apoptosis of OS cells (U2OS and MG-63 lines)...
October 17, 2016: Oncotarget
Hisato Kawakami, Shengbing Huang, Krishnendu Pal, Shamit K Dutta, Debabrata Mukhopadhyay, Frank A Sinicrope
Oncogenic BRAFV600E mutations activate MAP kinase signaling and are associated with treatment resistance and poor prognosis in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). In BRAFV600E mutant CRCs, treatment failure may be related to BRAFV600E -mediated apoptosis resistance that occurs by an as yet undefined mechanism. We found that BRAFV600E can upregulate anti-apoptotic MCL-1 in a gene dose-dependent manner using CRC cell lines isogenic for BRAF. BRAFV600E -induced MCL-1 upregulation was confirmed by ectopic BRAFV600E expression that activated MEK/ERK signaling to phosphorylate (MCL-1Thr163) and stabilize MCL-1...
October 7, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Chunfeng Lu, Wenxuan Xu, Feng Zhang, Jiangjuan Shao, Shizhong Zheng
It has emerged that hepatocyte necroptosis plays a critical role in chronic alcoholic liver disease (ALD). Our previous study has identified that the beneficial therapeutic effect of curcumin on alcohol-caused liver injury might be attributed to activation of nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (Nrf2), whereas the role of curcumin in regulating necroptosis and the underlying mechanism remain to be determined. We firstly found that chronic alcohol consumption triggered obvious hepatocyte necroptosis, leading to increased expression of receptor-interacting protein 1, receptor-interacting protein 3, high-mobility group box 1, and phosphorylated mixed lineage kinase domain-like in murine livers...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Sang-Jin Lee, Jeongmi Hwang, Hyeon-Ju Jeong, Miran Yoo, Ga-Yeon Go, Jae-Rin Lee, Young-Eun Leem, Jong Woo Park, Dong-Wan Seo, Yong Kee Kim, Myong-Joon Hahn, Jeung-Whan Han, Jong-Sun Kang, Gyu-Un Bae
Skeletal myogenesis is coordinated by multiple signaling pathways that control cell adhesion/migration, survival and differentiation accompanied by muscle-specific gene expression. A cell surface protein Cdo is involved in cell contact-mediated promyogenic signals through activation of p38MAPK and AKT. Protein kinase C-related kinase 2 (PKN2/PRK2) is implicated in regulation of various biological processes, including cell migration, adhesion and death. It has been shown to interact with and inhibit AKT thereby inducing cell death...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Shi Jia, Xue Qiao, Jingjing Ye, Xuan Fang, Chunling Xu, Yangpo Cao, Ming Zheng
Myocardial infarction is caused by insufficient coronary blood supply, which leads to myocardial damage and eventually the heart failure. Molecular mechanisms associated with the loss of cardiomyocytes during myocardial infarction (MI) and ischemia-related cardiac diseases are not yet fully understood. Nogo-C is an endoplasmic reticulum protein ubiquitously expressed in tissues including in the heart, however, the cardiac function of Nogo-C is still unknown. In the present study, we found that Nogo-C was upregulated in mouse hearts after MI, and hypoxic treatments also increased Nogo-C protein level in cardiomyocytes...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
Emilie Lukasova, Aleš Kovařík, Alena Bačíková, Martin Falk, Stanislav Kozubek
The cellular transition to senescence is associated with extensive chromatin reorganization and gene expression changes. Recent studies appeared implying an association of lamin B1 (LB1) reduction with chromatin rearrangement in human fibroblasts promoted to senescence, while the mechanisms and structural features of these relations were not yet clarified. In this work we examined the functions of LB1 and lamin B receptor (LBR) in human cancer cells. We found that both LB1 and LBR tend to deplete during cancer cells transfer to senescence by γ-irradiation...
October 19, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Tao He, Didier Surdez, Juha K Rantala, Saija Haapa-Paananen, Jozef Ban, Maximilian Kauer, Eleni Tomazou, Vidal Fey, Javier Alonso, Heinrich Kovar, Olivier Delattre, Kristiina Iljin
A translocation leading to the formation of an oncogenic EWS-ETS fusion protein defines Ewing sarcoma. The most frequent gene fusion, present in 85 percent of Ewing sarcomas, is EWS-FLI1. Here, a high-throughput RNA interference screen was performed to identify genes whose function is critical for EWS-FLI1 driven cell viability. In total, 6781 genes were targeted by siRNA molecules and the screen was performed both in presence and absence of doxycycline-inducible expression of the EWS-FLI1 shRNA in A673/TR/shEF Ewing sarcoma cells...
October 16, 2016: Gene
Junyi Che, Anqi Tao, Shun Chen, Xiaoming Li, Yi Zhao, Weien Yuan
Small interfering RNA (siRNA) has increased the hope for highly-efficient treatment of gene-related diseases. However, the stable and efficient delivery of therapeutic nucleic acids is a prerequisite for the successful clinical translation of RNA interfering therapy. To achieve this, we condensed the low molecular weight polyethyleneimine (PEI, Mw < 2000) with 2,6-pyridinedicarboxaldehyde (PDA) to synthesize a biologically responsive and degradable cationic polymer (abbreviated to PDAPEI) which was utilized as a gene vector for the delivery of a VEGF-A shRNA expression plasmid DNA (pDNA)...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hubo Li, Brenton G Mar, Huadi Zhang, Rishi V Puram, Francisca Vazquez, Barbara A Weir, William C Hahn, Benjamin Ebert, David Pellman
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a heterogeneous disease with complex molecular pathophysiology. To systematically characterize AML's genetic dependencies, we conducted genome-scale shRNA screens in 17 AML cell lines and analyzed dependencies relative to parallel screens in 199 cell lines of other cancer types. We identified 353 genes specifically required for AML cell proliferation. To validate the in vivo relevance of genetic dependencies observed in human cell lines, we performed a secondary screen in a syngeneic murine AML model driven by the MLL-AF9 oncogenic fusion protein...
October 18, 2016: Blood
Qi Zhang, Manyi Yang, Zhan Qu, Jixiang Zhou, Qin Jiang
Molecule-targeted therapy has become the research focus for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Persistent PI3K-AKT activation is often detected in HCC, representing a valuable oncotarget for treatment. Here, we tested the anti-HCC activity by a potent AKT inhibitor: AKT inhibitor 1/2 (AKTi-1/2). In both established (HepG2 and Huh-7) and primary human HCC cells, treatment with AKTi-1/2 inhibited cell survival and proliferation, but induced cell apoptosis. AKTi-1/2 blocked AKT-mTOR activation, yet simultaneously provoked cytoprotective autophagy in HCC cells...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Wen-Juan Gan, Jing-Ru Wang, Xiao-Li Zhu, Xiao-Shun He, Peng-Da Guo, Shen Zhang, Xiu-Ming Li, Jian-Ming Li, Hua Wu
BACKGROUND: Aberrant expression of Retinoic acid receptor γ (RARγ) is implicated in cancer development. Our previous study identified that RARγ functions as a tumor promoter to drive hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) growth. However, its contribution to HCC invasion and metastasis remains unclear. METHODS: RARγ expression in clinical HCC samples was detected by western blot and immunohistochemistry. The relationship between RARγ expression levels and the clinical characteristics were evaluated...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Chu-Qiang Qin, Dong-Sheng Huang, Chi Zhang, Bin Song, Jian-Bin Huang, Yue Ding
BACKGROUND: Aseptic loosening is a significant impediment to joint implant longevity. Prosthetic wear particles are postulated to play a central role in the onset and progression of periprosthetic osteolysis, leading to aseptic loosening of the prosthesis. METHODS: We investigated the inhibitory effects of a lentivirus-mediated short hairpin RNA that targets the TNF-alpha gene on the particle-induced inflammatory and osteolytic changes via macrophages both in vitro and in vivo...
October 18, 2016: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Lin Liu, PeiYu Huang, ZhiHui Wang, Nan Chen, Con Tang, Zhong Lin, PeiJian Peng
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have reported that eEF-2 kinase is associated with tumour cell sensitivity to certain therapies. In the present study, we investigated the relationship between eEF-2 kinase and lapatinib, a dual inhibitor of EGFR and HER-2, in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cells. METHODS: The effect of treatment on the growth and proliferation of NPC cells was measured by three methods: cell counting, crystal violet staining and colony counting. Apoptosis was evaluated by flow cytometry to determine Annexin V-APC/7-AAD and cleaved PARP levels, and the results were further confirmed by Western blot analysis...
October 19, 2016: BMC Cancer
Steffen Jørgensen, Mehmet Coskun, Keld Mikkelsen Homburg, Ole B V Pedersen, Jesper T Troelsen
The mammalian Caudal-related homeobox transcription factor 2 (CDX2) plays a key role in the homeobox regulatory network and is essential in regulating the expression of several homeobox (HOX) genes during embryonic development, particularly in the gut. Genome-wide CDX2 chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis and expression data from Caco2 cells also suggests a role for CDX2 in the regulation of HOXB4 gene expression in the intestinal epithelium. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate whether HOXB4 gene expression is regulated by CDX2 in the intestinal epithelium...
2016: PloS One
Deepesh Pandey, Daijiro Tori, Yohei Nomura, Dan Berkowitz, Lewis Romer
OBJECTIVE: Kruppel Like Factor 15 (KLF15) has recently been shown to be critical for activation of proinflammatory processes in vascular smooth muscle and atherogenesis. Although KLF15 is abundantly expressed in vascular endothelium there is a significant lack of knowledge regarding the role of KLF15 in the regulation of vascular endothelial function. Here we tested the hypothesis that KLF15 is a critical regulator of Arg2 transcription in hypoxia exposed human pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (HPMEC) and that it plays critical role in pathogenesis of pulmonary hypertension (PHTN)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Frank Cackowski, Matthew R Eber, James Rhee, Ann Decker, Kenji Yumoto, Janice E Berry, Eunsohl Lee, Yusuke Shiozawa, Younghun Jung, Julio A Aguirre-Ghiso, Russell S Taichman
Many prostate cancer (PCa) recurrences are thought to be due to reactivation of disseminated tumor cells (DTCs). We previously found a role of the TAM family of receptor tyrosine kinases TYRO3, AXL and MERTK in PCa dormancy regulation. However, the mechanism and contributions of the individual TAM receptors is largely unknown. Knockdown of MERTK, but not AXL or TYRO3 by shRNA in PCa cells induced a decreased ratio of P-Erk1/2 to P-p38, increased expression of p27, NR2F1, SOX2, and NANOG, induced higher levels of histone H3K9me3 and H3K27me3, and induced a G1/G0 arrest, all of which are associated with dormancy...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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