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Sini M Kinnunen, Marja Tölli, Mika J Välimäki, Erhe Gao, Zoltan Szabo, Jaana Rysä, Mónica P A Ferreira, Pauli Ohukainen, Raisa Serpi, Alexandra Correia, Ermei Mäkilä, Jarno Salonen, Jouni Hirvonen, Hélder A Santos, Heikki Ruskoaho
Transcription factors are fundamental regulators of gene transcription, and many diseases, such as heart diseases, are associated with deregulation of transcriptional networks. In the adult heart, zinc-finger transcription factor GATA4 is a critical regulator of cardiac repair and remodelling. Previous studies also suggest that NKX2-5 plays function role as a cofactor of GATA4. We have recently reported the identification of small molecules that either inhibit or enhance the GATA4-NKX2-5 transcriptional synergy...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jill Bennett-Toomey, Carlos Stocco
GATA4 and GATA6 are the sole GATA factors expressed in the ovary during embryonic development and adulthood. Up today, GATA4 and GATA6 are the only transcription factors that have been conditionally deleted during ovarian development and at each major stage of follicle maturation. The evidence from these transgenic mice revealed that GATA4 and GATA6 are crucial for follicles assembly, granulosa cell differentiation, postnatal follicle growth, and luteinization. Thus, conditional knockdown of both factors in the granulosa cells at any stage of development leads to female infertility...
2018: Vitamins and Hormones
Shuyu Guo, Yuxin Zhang, Tingting Zhou, Dongyue Wang, Yajuan Weng, Qi Chen, Junqing Ma, Yi-Ping Li, Lin Wang
The role of GATA-binding protein 4 (GATA4) in neural crest cells (NCCs) is poorly defined. Here we showed that mouse NCCs lacking GATA4 exhibited developmental defects in craniofacial bone, teeth, and heart. The defects likely occurred due to decreased cell proliferation at the developmental stage. The in vitro results were consistent with the mouse model. The isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation assay revealed that BARX1 is one of the differentially expressed proteins after GATA4 knockdown in NCCs...
March 9, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Rafal P Piprek, Milena Damulewicz, Malgorzata Kloc, Jacek Z Kubiak
Development of the gonads is a complex process, which starts with a period of undifferentiated, bipotential gonads. During this period the expression of sex-determining genes is initiated. Sex determination is a process triggering differentiation of the gonads into the testis or ovary. Sex determination period is followed by sexual differentiation, i.e. appearance of the first testis- and ovary-specific features. In Xenopus laevis W-linked DM-domain gene (DM-W) had been described as a master determinant of the gonadal female sex...
March 2, 2018: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
Wanling Xuan, Yan Wang, Yaoliang Tang, Ailia Ali, Hong Hu, Mark Maienschein-Cline, Muhammad Ashraf
Cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) being multipotent offer a promising source for cardiac repair due to their ability to proliferate and multiply into cardiac lineage cells. Here, we explored a novel strategy for human CPCs generation from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) using a cardiogenic small molecule, isoxazole (ISX-9) and their ability to grow in the scar tissue for functional improvement in the infarcted myocardium. CPCs were induced from hiPSCs with ISX-9. CPCs were characterized by immunocytochemistry and RT-PCR...
February 26, 2018: Shock
Yoshihisa Yamada, Shohei Wakao, Yoshihiro Kushida, Shingo Minatoguchi, Atsushi Mikami, Kenshi Higashi, Shinya Baba, Taeko Shigemoto, Yasumasa Kuroda, Hiromitsu Kanamori, Mohamad Amin, Masanori Kawasaki, Kazuhiko Nishigaki, Masato Taoka, Toshiaki Isobe, Chisako Muramatsu, Mari Dezawa, Shinya Minatoguchi
<u>Rationale:</u> Muse cells, pluripotent marker SSEA-3+ cells, are non-tumorigenic endogenous pluripotent-like stem cells obtainable from various tissues including the bone marrow (BM). Their therapeutic efficiency has not been validated in the acute myocardial infarction (AMI). <u>Objective:</u> To clarify the efficiency of intravenously infused rabbit autograft, allograft, and xenograft (human) BM-Muse cells in a rabbit AMI model and their mechanisms of tissue repair. <u>Methods and Results:</u> In vivo dynamics of Nano-lantern-labeled Muse cells showed preferential homing of the cells to the post-infarct heart at 3 days and 2 weeks, with ~14...
February 23, 2018: Circulation Research
Cai-Xia Lu, Wei Wang, Qian Wang, Xing-Yuan Liu, Yi-Qing Yang
Congenital heart defect (CHD) represents the most prevalent birth defect, and accounts for substantial morbidity and mortality in humans. Aggregating evidence demonstrates the genetic basis for CHD. However, CHD is a heterogeneous disease, and the genetic determinants underlying CHD in most patients remain unknown. In the present study, a cohort of 186 unrelated cases with CHD and 300 unrelated control individuals were recruited. The coding exons and flanking introns of the MEF2C gene, which encodes a transcription factor crucial for proper cardiovascular development, were sequenced in all study participants...
February 21, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Run-Shan Duan, Gang-Bin Tang, Hong-Zhen Du, Yi-Wen Hu, Pei-Pei Liu, Ya-Jie Xu, Yu-Qiang Zeng, Shuang-Feng Zhang, Rui-Ying Wang, Zhao-Qian Teng, Chang-Mei Liu
Neurons in the central nervous system (CNS) lose their intrinsic ability and fail to regenerate, but the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Polycomb group (PcG) proteins, which include PRC1 and PRC2 complexes function as gene repressors and are involved in many biological processes. Here we report that PRC1 components (polycomb chromobox (CBX) 2, 7, and 8) are novel regulators of axon growth and regeneration. Especially, knockdown of CBX7 in either embryonic cortical neurons or adult dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons enhances their axon growth ability...
February 19, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Qiang Yao, Anxin Gu, Zhuozhong Wang, Yingwei Xue
Gastric cancer (GC) poses a serious public health threat and the 5-year survival rate of patients with GC is low. MicroRNAs (miRNAs/miRs) may serve oncogenic or tumor suppressor functions during tumorigenesis by regulating cell proliferation, apoptosis, migration and invasion and it has been demonstrated that they may be dysregulated in various types of cancer. The present study demonstrated that miR-144 and GATA4 were downregulated in GC tissues and cell lines and suggested that this may be due to hypermethylation...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Lisa R Letourneau, Siri Atma W Greeley
The majority of patients diagnosed with diabetes less than 6 months of age, and many cases diagnosed between 6 and 12 months of age, have a gene mutation that causes permanent or transient hyperglycemia. Recent research advances have allowed for the discovery of new causes of congenital diabetes, including genes involved in pancreatic development (GATA4, NKX2-2, MNX1) and monogenic causes of autoimmune dysregulation (STAT3, LRBA). Ongoing follow-up of patients with KCNJ11 and ABCC8 mutations has supported the safety and efficacy of sulfonylureas, as well as the use of insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitors in infants with insulin-requiring forms of monogenic diabetes...
February 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
Tao Li, Xia Zhang, Kesheng Jiang, Jing Liu, Zhiqiang Liu
Oxidative stress generates reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can promote or inhibit cardiac differentiation of stem cells dependent on the intensity of stimuli as well as cellular context in redox and differentiation status. In the current study, we confirmed that suitable intensity of hydrogen peroxide at the formation stage of embryoid bodies (EBs) effectively favored the formation of spontaneously beating cardiomyocytes from P19 embryonal carcinoma cells. Mechanistic studies implicated that extrinsic ROS enhanced the Caspase-mediated degradation of Oct4 and Nanog, two factors that governing pluripotent property...
February 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Kuixiang Chen, Mubarak Rekep, Wei Wei, Qian Wu, Qin Xue, Sujuan Li, Jiahui Tian, Quan Yi, Genshui Zhang, Guiping Zhang, Qing Xiao, Jiandong Luo, Yinghua Liu
PURPOSE: Quercetin, a flavonoid, has been reported to ameliorate cardiovascular diseases, such as cardiac hypertrophy. However, the mechanism is not completely understood. In this study, a mechanism related to proteasome-glycogen synthesis kinase 3 (GSK-3) was elucidated in rats and primary neonatal cardiomyocytes. METHODS: Rats were subjected to sham or constriction of abdominal aorta surgery groups and treated with or without quercetin for 8 weeks. Angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced primary cardiomyocytes were cultured with quercetin treatment or not for 48 h...
February 12, 2018: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
Yan-Ping Hou, Zhi-Yuan Zhang, Xiao-Yu Xing, Jin Zhou, Jie Sun
The reprogramming of fibroblasts to induced pluripotent stem cells raises the possibility that a somatic cell can be reprogrammed to an alternative, differentiated fate without first becoming a stem/progenitor cell. Recent work has shown that fibroblasts can be reprogrammed to other, terminally differentiated cells with a combination of several transcription factors. Here, we report that a combination of four developmental transcription factors; GATA4, SF-1, NGFI-B, and COUP TF2; efficiently reprogrammed human foreskin fibroblasts into functional induced Leydig-like cells (iLCs)...
2018: American Journal of Translational Research
Kelsey L Mauro, Sarah G Helton, Dan B Rosoff, Audrey Luo, Melanie Schwandt, Jeesun Jung, Jisoo Lee, Christine Muench, Falk W Lohoff
Aims: Previous genetic association studies have shown that variation in the GATA4 gene encoding the GATA binding protein 4, a binding protein that binds to the ANA sequence GATA, increase susceptibility for alcohol use disorder (AUD). In this study, we aimed to replicate those findings in an independent sample and analyze their association with anxiety. Methods: Overall, 1044 individuals with AUD [534 European American (EA), 510 African Americans (AA)] and 645 controls [413 EA, 232 AA] were genotyped using 34 markers...
February 5, 2018: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
Jiaheng Li, Riqiang Bao, Shiwei Peng, Chunping Zhang
Over these years, more and more sex cord-stromal tumors have been reported. Granulosa cell tumor (GCT) is a rare tumor in ovaries, accounts for 2% to 5% of ovarian cancers. The main different feature of GCTs from other ovarian cancers is that GCTs can lead to abnormally secreted hormones (estrogen, inhibin and Müllerian inhibiting substance). The GCT is divided into two categories according to the age of patients, namely AGCT (adult granulosa cell tumor) and JGCT (Juvenile granulosa cell tumor). AGCT patients accounts for 95%...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Ovarian Research
Christian David Schmid, Kai Schledzewski, Carolin Mogler, Nina Waldburger, Viktoria Kalna, Alexander Marx, Anna Maria Randi, Cyrill Géraud, Sergij Goerdt, Philipp-Sebastian Koch
Endothelial cells (EC) along the vascular tree exhibit organ-specific angiodiversity. Compared to most other ECs, liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSEC) that constitute the organ-specific microvasculature of the liver are morphologically and functionally unique. Previously, we showed that transcription factor Gata4 acts as a master regulator controlling LSEC differentiation. Upon analysis of the molecular signature of LSEC, we identified GPR182 as a potential LSEC-specific orphan G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR)...
January 31, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Lavanya M Iyer, Sankari Nagarajan, Monique Woelfer, Eric Schoger, Sara Khadjeh, Maria Patapia Zafiriou, Vijayalakshmi Kari, Jonas Herting, Sze Ting Pang, Tobias Weber, Franziska S Rathjens, Thomas H Fischer, Karl Toischer, Gerd Hasenfuss, Claudia Noack, Steven A Johnsen, Laura C Zelarayán
Chromatin remodelling precedes transcriptional and structural changes in heart failure. A body of work suggests roles for the developmental Wnt signalling pathway in cardiac remodelling. Hitherto, there is no evidence supporting a direct role of Wnt nuclear components in regulating chromatin landscapes in this process. We show that transcriptionally active, nuclear, phosphorylated(p)Ser675-β-catenin and TCF7L2 are upregulated in diseased murine and human cardiac ventricles. We report that inducible cardiomyocytes (CM)-specific pSer675-β-catenin accumulation mimics the disease situation by triggering TCF7L2 expression...
January 31, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Fariborz Soheili, Zahra Jalili, Mahtab Rahbar, Zahed Khatooni, Amir Mashayekhi, Hossein Jafari
BACKGROUND: The mutations in GATA4 gene induce inherited atrial and ventricular septation defects, which is the most frequent forms of congenital heart defects (CHDs) constituting about half of all cases. METHOD: We have performed High resolution melting (HRM) mutation scanning of GATA4 coding exons of nonsyndrome 100 patients as a case group including 39 atrial septal defects (ASD), 57 ventricular septal defects (VSD) and four patients with both above defects and 50 healthy individuals as a control group...
January 28, 2018: Congenital Heart Disease
Changqing Tang, Yuxin Deng, Hongyu Duan, Yi Zhang, Yifei Li, Dajian Qiu, Kaiyu Zhou, Yimin Hua, Chuan Wang
Accumulating evidence has suggested a link between maternal di-(2-ethylhexyl)-phthalate (DEHP) exposure and various developmental abnormalities. However, the evidence regarding the effect of maternal DEHP exposure on fetal cardiac development is scarce. The present study aimed to determine the effect of maternal DEHP exposure on fetal cardiac development in mice and explore the possible involved mechanism preliminarily. The C57BL mice were randomly divided into four groups: the vehicle group (corn oil, n = 10), 250 mg kg-1 DEHP group (n = 15), 500 mg kg-1 DEHP group (n = 20) and 1 g kg-1 DEHP group (n = 20)...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
Ellen Ngar Yun Poon, Baixia Hao, Daogang Guan, Mulin Jun Li, Jun Lu, Yong Yang, Binbin Wu, Stanley Chun Ming Wu, Sarah E Webb, Yan Liang, Andrew L Miller, Xiaoqiang Yao, Junwen Wang, Bin Yan, Kenneth R Boheler
Aims: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are crucial for the post-transcriptional control of protein-encoding genes, and together with transcription factors (TFs) regulate gene expression; however, the regulatory activities of miRNAs during cardiac development are only partially understood. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that integrative computational approaches could identify miRNAs that experimentally could be shown to regulate cardiomyogenesis. Methods and results: We integrated expression profiles with bioinformatics analyses of miRNA and TF regulatory programs to identify candidate miRNAs involved with cardiac development...
January 24, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
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