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Rita Barros, Daniela Pereira, Catarina Callé, Vânia Camilo, Ana Isabel Cunha, Leonor David, Raquel Almeida, António Dias-Pereira, Paula Chaves
Barrett's esophagus (BE) is the replacement of the normal esophageal squamous epithelium by a columnar lining epithelium. It is a premalignant condition for the development of adenocarcinoma of the esophagus and esophagogastric junction. BE is associated with gastroesophageal reflux which might change the expression profile of key transcription factors involved in the establishment of tissue differentiation, namely, SOX2 (associated with esophageal and gastric differentiation) and CDX2 (associated with intestinal differentiation)...
2016: Disease Markers
Vishwanatha R A P Reddy, Ivan Trus, Hans J Nauwynck
Although it has been speculated that the tracheal obstructions and asphyxiation during acute infectious laryngotracheitis (ILT) are due to mucoid plugs/casts formed by mucus hypersecretion, there are no reports demonstrating this. Hence, in the present study, we first examined if the main respiratory mucins, MUC5AC and MUC5B, are expressed in the mucosae of larynx, trachea and bronchi of mock-inoculated and ILTV infected chickens. Second, the tracheas with plugs/casts were stained for mucins (MUC5AC and MUC5B) and nuclear material (traps)...
October 15, 2016: Virus Research
Alyssa M Krasinskas, Gerard J Oakley, Pelin Bagci, Kee-Taek Jang, Shih-Fan Kuan, Michelle D Reid, Ipek Erbarut, Volkan Adsay
Pancreatic cysts >1 cm lined by nonpapillary mucinous epithelium without ovarian-type stroma pose diagnostic challenges. The term "simple mucinous cyst" was recently proposed for this entity. Our goal was to determine the clinicopathologic characteristics of these cysts, as they have not been previously described. Of the 39 patients with pancreatic resections included in this study, the mean age was 65 years and the female-to-male ratio was 4:1. The characteristics of the cysts are as follows: 82% had elevated cyst fluid carcinoembryonic antigen levels, 67% were unilocular, 69% occurred in the body/tail, 92% did not communicate with pancreatic ducts, the mean size was 2...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Surgical Pathology
Yue Xue, Alessandro Vanoli, Serdar Balci, Michelle M Reid, Burcu Saka, Pelin Bagci, Bahar Memis, Hyejeong Choi, Nobuyike Ohike, Takuma Tajiri, Takashi Muraki, Brian Quigley, Bassel F El-Rayes, Walid Shaib, David Kooby, Juan Sarmiento, Shishir K Maithel, Jessica H Knight, Michael Goodman, Alyssa M Krasinskas, Volkan Adsay
Literature on non-ampullary-duodenal carcinomas is limited. We analyzed 47 resected non-ampullary-duodenal carcinomas. Histologically, 78% were tubular-type adenocarcinomas mostly gastro-pancreatobiliary type and only 19% pure intestinal. Immunohistochemistry (n=38) revealed commonness of 'gastro-pancreatobiliary markers' (CK7 55, MUC1 50, MUC5AC 50, and MUC6 34%), whereas 'intestinal markers' were relatively less common (MUC2 36, CK20 42, and CDX2 44%). Squamous and mucinous differentiation were rare (in five each); previously, unrecognized adenocarcinoma patterns were noted (three microcystic/vacuolated, two cribriform, one of comedo-like, oncocytic papillary, and goblet-cell-carcinoid-like)...
October 14, 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Vanessa Duah, Zhen Huang, Stephanie Val, Christie DeMason, Marain Poley, Diego Preciado
BACKGROUND: Chronic otitis media (COM) is one of the most common childhood diseases. Its pathophysiology is complex and multifactorial. The role of specific mucin glycoprotein subtypes in OM is only recently being elucidated. OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between middle ear fluid mucins and clinical variables of patients needing tympanostomy tubes (TT). METHODS: Middle ear effusions (MEE) from children receiving TT were collected over a 2-year period...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Na-Rae Shin, Hyung-Won Ryu, Je-Won Ko, Ji-Won Park, Ok-Kyoung Kwon, Sei-Ryang Oh, Jong-Choon Kim, In-Sik Shin, Kyung-Seop Ahn
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: A standardized bark extract of Pinus pinaster Aiton (Pycnogenol(®); PYC) used as an herbal medicine to treat various diseases in Europe and North America. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study evaluates the ability of PYC to inhibit chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the cigarette smoke extract (CSE)-stimulated human airway epithelial cell line NCI-H292 and in a cigarette smoke (CS) and lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced mouse model...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Inês Rolim, Rita Vale Rodrigues, António Bettencourt, Rita Barros, Vânia Camilo, António Dias Pereira, Raquel Almeida, Paula Chaves
We report a case of metaplastic columnar epithelium in the mid-esophagus in a patient with history of caustic ingestion. A cardiac-type gastric phenotype, with early signs of intestinalization, was confirmed by immunohistochemistry studies (MUC5AC, MUC6, SOX2, and CDX2). Nonmetaplastic mucosa had histologic evidence of gastroesophageal reflux. In this case, esophageal reepithelization seems to have been modulated by acidic gastroesophageal reflux, which might activate transcription factors leading to phenotypic reprogramming of the regenerative epithelium...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
Josalyn L Cho, Morris F Ling, David C Adams, Lucas Faustino, Sabina A Islam, Roshi Afshar, Jason W Griffith, Robert S Harris, Aylwin Ng, Giorgia Radicioni, Amina A Ford, Andre K Han, Ramnik Xavier, William W Kwok, Richard Boucher, James J Moon, Daniel L Hamilos, Mehmet Kesimer, Melissa J Suter, Benjamin D Medoff, Andrew D Luster
Despite systemic sensitization, not all allergic individuals develop asthma symptoms upon airborne allergen exposure. Determination of the factors that lead to the asthma phenotype in allergic individuals could guide treatment and identify novel therapeutic targets. We used segmental allergen challenge of allergic asthmatics (AA) and allergic nonasthmatic controls (AC) to determine whether there are differences in the airway immune response or airway structural cells that could drive the development of asthma...
October 5, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
Shiv Ram Krishn, Sukhwinder Kaur, Yuri M Sheinin, Lynette M Smith, Shailendra K Gautam, Asish Patel, Maneesh Jain, Vasthala Juvvigunta, Priya Pai, Audrey J Lazenby, Hemant K Roy, Surinder K Batra
Sessile serrated adenoma/polyps (SSA/P) are premalignant lesions of colorectal cancer that are difficult to distinguish histologically from hyperplastic polyps (HP) of minimal to no malignant potential. Specific markers for differentiating SSA/P from HP can aid clinicians for optimizing colon surveillance intervals. The present study investigates the potential of mucins and associated O-glycans to distinguish SSA/P from HP. Expression of colonic mucins (MUC1, MUC4, MUC17, MUC2, and MUC5AC) and O-glycans [Sialyl LewisA (CA19-9) and Tn/Sialyl-Tn on MUC1] were analyzed in HP (n=33), SSA/P (n=39), and tubular adenoma (TA) (n=36) samples by immunohistochemistry...
September 29, 2016: Oncotarget
Wu Yan, Haoxiang Zhang, Jingwen Li, Caifei Shen, Yiju Xia, Pu Wang, Yafei Zhang, Ji Feng, Shunzi Shao, Xiaona Yu, Dianchun Fang
INTRODUCTION: Barrett's esophagus is a metaplastic lesion. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved are poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the roles of KLF4 and BMP4 in the pathogenesis of Barrett's epithelium. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was used to analyse the expression of KLF4, BMP4, CDX2, MUC2 and MUC5AC in human esophageal specimens. Human esophageal squamous epithelial cells were subjected to bile acid treatment and used in transfection experiments...
September 28, 2016: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
Yaron Niv
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The mucus layer of the intestinal tract is the main barrier between luminal microbes and the mucosa, and has an essential role in the body defense mechanisms. Previous research could not establish consistent results for mucin genes expression in Crohn's disease (CD) patients. In this meta-analysis we looked at the mucin expression in CD patients and compared it with healthy controls. METHOD: English medical literature searches were conducted for mucin expression in the mucosa of the ileum and colon of CD patients and compared it with normal mucosa...
September 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Mingyuan Han, Jun Young Hong, Suraj Jaipalli, Charu Rajput, Jing Lei, Joanna L Hinde, Qiang Chen, Natalie M Hershenson, J Kelley Bentley, Marc B Hershenson
Early-life wheezing-associated infections with rhinovirus (RV) have been associated with asthma development in children. We have shown that RV infection of six day-old mice induces mucous metaplasia and airways hyperresponsiveness which is dependent on IL-13, IL-25 and type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s). Infection of immature mice fails to induce lung IFN-γ expression, in contrast to mature 8 week-old mice with a robust IFN-γ response, consistent with the notion that deficient IFN-γ production in immature mice permits RV-induced type 2 immune responses...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Yutaka Shishikura, Akira Koarai, Hiroyuki Aizawa, Mutsuo Yamaya, Hisatoshi Sugiura, Mika Watanabe, Yuichiro Hashimoto, Tadahisa Numakura, Tomonori Makiguti, Kyoko Abe, Mituhiro Yamada, Toshiaki Kikuchi, Yasushi Hoshikawa, Yoshinori Okada, Masakazu Ichinose
BACKGROUND: In response to tissue damage or inflammation, adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP) is released into the extracellular compartment and has been demonstrated to augment inflammation via purinergic P2 receptors (P2Rs). Recently, ATP has been shown to be increased in the airways of COPD patients. In the present study, we examined the possible involvement of extracellular ATP in airway mucus hypersecretion during viral-induced COPD exacerbations. METHODS: The involvement of extracellular ATP in the release of a major airway mucin, MUC5AC, and its signal pathway was examined after stimulation with polyinosine-polycytidylic acid [poly(I:C)], a synthetic analog of dsRNA to mimic viral infection, and rhinovirus (RV) infection in NCI-H292 cells and differentiated airway epithelial cells from COPD patients...
September 27, 2016: Respiratory Research
Junichi Matsuo, Shunichi Kimura, Akihiro Yamamura, Cai Ping Koh, Md Zakir Hossain, Dede Liana Heng, Kazuyoshi Kohu, Dominic Chih-Cheng Voon, Hiroshi Hiai, Michiaki Unno, Jimmy Bok Yan So, Feng Zhu, Supriya Srivastava, Teh Meng, Khay Guan Yeoh, Motomi Osato, Yoshiaki Ito
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Little is known about mechanisms of gastric carcinogenesis, partly because it has been a challenge to identify characterize gastric stem cells. Runx genes regulate development and their products are transcription factors associated with cancer development. A Runx1 enhancer element, eR1 is a marker of hematopoietic stem cells. We studied expression from eR1 in stomach and the roles of gastric stem cells in gastric carcinogenesis in transgenic mice. METHODS: We used in situ hybridization and immunofluorescence analyses to study expression of Runx1 in gastric tissues from C57BL/6 (control) mice...
September 23, 2016: Gastroenterology
Jean A Hall, Jaye Hartman, Monica M Skinner, Adam R Schwindt, Kay A Fischer, William R Vorachek, Gerd Bobe, Beth A Valentine
The prevalence of asthma has increased in recent decades, which may be related to higher dietary intake of (n-6) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and lower intake of (n-3) PUFA, e.g., those contained in fish oil. The objective of this study was to determine if dietary PUFA enrichment decreases mucus production or the inflammatory response associated with ovalbumin (OVA)-induced allergic lung inflammation. Mice (n = 10/group) were fed control, 20% fish oil, or 20% corn oil enriched diets for a total of 12 weeks...
2016: PloS One
Mieke Veltman, Marta Stolarczyk, Danuta Radzioch, Gabriella Wojewodka, Juan B De Sanctis, Willem A Dik, Oleh Dzyubachyk, Tamas Oravecz, Ismé De Kleer, Bob J Scholte
Progressive lung disease with early onset is the main cause of mortality and morbidity in Cystic Fibrosis patients. Here we report a reduction of Sphingosine-1-Phosphate (S1P) in the lung of unchallenged Cftrtm1EUR F508del CFTR mutant mice. This correlates with enhanced infiltration by inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) expressing granulocytes, B- and T-cells. Furthermore, the ratio of macrophage derived dendritic cells (MoDC) to conventional dendritic cells (cDC) is higher in mutant mouse lung, consistent with unprovoked inflammation...
September 23, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Zhaoe Liu, Bo Han, Xing Chen, Qiaoling Wu, Lijun Wang, Gang Li
Pycnogenol(®) (PYC) is utilized in the treatment of various diseases ranging from chronic inflammation to circulatory diseases, but its efficacy and functional mechanism in pediatric asthma continue to remain obscure. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness and molecular mechanism of PYC on regulation of asthmatic airway inflammation. We found that PYC with tail intravenous injection of 50 mg/kg or intragastric administration of 100 mg/kg all reduced ovalbumin (OVA)-induced airway injury...
September 19, 2016: DNA and Cell Biology
Shao-Cheng Liu, Chun-Shu Lin, Shyi-Gen Chen, Yueng-Hsiang Chu, Fei-Peng Lee, Hsuan-Hsuan Lu, Hsing-Won Wang
Both glucocorticoids and H1-antihistamines are widely used on patients with airway diseases. However, their direct effects on airway epithelial cells are not fully explored. Therefore, we use the primary culture of human nasal epithelial cells (HNEpC) to delineate in vitro mucosal responses to above two drugs. HNEpC cells were cultured with/without budesonide and azelastine. The growth rate at each group was recorded and measured as population double time (PDT). The histamine1-receptor (H1R), muscarinic1-receptor (M1R) and M3R were measured using immunocytochemistry and western blotting after 7-days treatment...
September 13, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Xijia Zhu, Xiangkai Long, Xishun Luo, Zhike Song, Shengguo Li, Haipeng Wang
Deregulated expressions of mucins have been found in various malignancies and play a pivotal role in carcinogenesis. MUC5AC, as a secreted mucin, is reported to be aberrantly expressed during epithelial cancer progression, including colon cancer. However, the mechanisms of the oncoprotein MUC5AC in the initiation of colon cancer requires further investigation. Here, we collected colon cancer tissues (n = 20) and corresponding paracancerous tissues (n = 20) and found that the expression of MUC5AC was significantly elevated in colon cancer tissues when compared with the corresponding paracancerous tissues...
September 2016: Cancer Biotherapy & Radiopharmaceuticals
Chang Hoon Bae, Yoon Seok Choi, Si-Youn Song, Yoon-Keun Kim, Yong-Dae Kim
BACKGROUND: Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) release extracellular vesicles (EVs). E. coli-derived and S. aureus-derived EVs are associated with neutrophilic respiratory inflammation. In neutrophilic respiratory inflammation of human, expression of mucin is increased in airway epithelial cells and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality of the affected patients. However, no study on the effects of EVs on expression of mucin genes has been reported in airway epithelial cells...
September 5, 2016: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
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