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Lauren S Sherman, Maran Shaker, Veronica Mariotti, Pranela Rameshwar
Mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSC) have emerged as a class of cells suitable for cellular delivery of nanoparticles, drugs and micro-RNA cargo for targeted treatments such as tumor and other protective mechanisms. The special properties of MSC underscore the current use for various clinical applications. Examples of applications include but are not limited to regenerative medicine, immune disorders and anti-cancer therapies. In recent years, there has been intense research in modifying MSC to achieve targeted and efficient clinical outcomes...
October 17, 2016: Cytotherapy
T B Opstad, B S Brusletto, H Arnesen, A Å Pettersen, I Seljeflot
RATIONALE: The heterodimer IL-12 is an inducer of Th1 responses and stimulates INFƴ production. Micro-RNA-21 (miR-21) is described as a key regulator of the pro-inflammatory response and has IL-12p35 mRNA as one of its main targets. The IL-12p40 1188A/C genetic variant located in 3'untranslated region (UTR), thus environmentally exposed, has further been reported to modify IL-12 levels. We have previously reported on the lowering effect of cigarette smoke on circulating IL-12 in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD)...
October 13, 2016: Immunobiology
Aydın Güçlü, Cengiz Koçak, Fatma Emel Koçak, Raziye Akçılar, Yavuz Dodurga, Aydın Akçılar, Mücahit Seçme
AIM: MicroRNAs (miR) are important diagnostic and treatment targets due to their different tissue expressions and their central position in the regulation of gene expressions. miR studies might pioneer emerging of new diagnostic tools and treatment goals in kidney diseases. Captopril (CAP) and telmisartan (TEL) were shown to be effective in ischemia reperfusion (IR) injury. There is not any study about the effect of TEL and CAP over miR-21-320-146a. Our aim was to study the effects of CAP and TEL over miR on renal IR model...
October 19, 2016: Renal Failure
Giovanni Ciancio, Manuela Ferracin, Elena Saccenti, Valentina Bagnari, Ilaria Farina, Federica Furini, Elisa Galuppi, Barbara Zagatti, Francesco Trotta, Massimo Negrini, Marcello Govoni
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the micro-RNA (miRNA) expression profile in patients with early psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in order to assess the role of miRNAs as potential PsA biomarkers. METHODS: The expression of 723 mature miRNAs in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of early PsA patients in comparison with early-rheumatoid arthritis (ERA) patients and healthy controls (HC) was evaluated using a miRNA microarray. All patients had active disease and were naïve from treatment...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
A Caporali, A Martello, V Miscianinov, D Maselli, R Vono, G Spinetti
During physiological development and after a stressor event, vascular cells communicate with each other to evoke new vessel formation - a process known as angiogenesis. This communication occurs via direct contact and via paracrine release of proteins and nucleic acids, both in a free form or encapsulated into micro-vesicles. In diseases with an altered angiogenic response, such as cancer and diabetic vascular complications, it becomes of paramount importance to tune the cell communication process. Endothelial cell growth and migration are essential processes for new vessel formation, and pericytes, together with some classes of circulating monocytes, are important endothelial regulators...
October 11, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Shreyas Shah, Kiran Jadhav, Vandana Shah, Nidhi Gupta, Kapil Dagrus
: The vast majority of cancer epigenetic research is now focused on micro RNA (miRNA). Though thousands of miRNA have been identified, the validation of their role is a continuous process. AIM: the aim of this paper is to comprehensively review the role of miRNA 21 in Oral cancer as a marker for diagnosis, prognosis and therapeutic target. METHOD: The data was collected from major search engines like PubMed, Science Direct, Cochrane library and Google Patents with the key words miRNA 21, miRNA and Oral Cancer, miRNA 21 prognostic role, miRNA therapeutic target etc...
September 19, 2016: MicroRNA
Feifei Pu, Fengxia Chen, Zengwu Shao
MicroRNAs are a group of small non-coding RNAs that play a complex role in post-transcriptional gene expression and can be used for diagnosis, prognosis, and targeted treatment. Despite advances in diagnosis and treatment of chondrosarcoma, its underpinning molecular mechanisms still remain elusive. Given the recent increasing knowledge base of micro RNA (miRNA) roles in neoplasia, both as oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, this review will focus on discussing the available data on expression profiles and potential roles of miRNA in chondrosarcoma...
October 11, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Chandni V Jain, Philip Jessmon, Brian A Kilburn, Meritxell Jodar, Edward Sendler, Stephen A Krawetz, D Randall Armant
INTRODUCTION: The growth factor HBEGF is upregulated post-transcriptionally in the low O2 environment of the human placenta during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. We have examined the possible roles of HBEGF turnover and micro-RNA (miRNA) in its regulation by O2 in human first trimester trophoblast. METHODS: HTR-8/SVneo trophoblast cells were cultured at 2% or 20% O2. The cells were transfected with a dual luciferase reporter construct (psiCHECK-2) containing no insert (control), the HBEGF 3' untranslated region (3'UTR), or sub-regions of the 3'UTR, as well as with siRNA for DGCR8...
2016: PloS One
Ali Mohammadi, Behzad Mansoori, Behzad Baradaran
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is still the third most common cancer in the world. Mechanism of CRC tumorigenesis has been widely studied at the molecular levels, and has been recently entered the area of microRNAs. MicroRNAs are small 19 to 22 nucleotides of RNA that engage in the regulation of cell differentiation, apoptosis, and cell cycle progression. MicroRNAs are similar to small interfering RNA (siRNA), that post-transcriptionally regulate gene expression and control various cellular mechanisms. They are important factors in the carcinogenesis of CRC, one of the most important factors includes microRNA...
October 1, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Allison M Keeler, Ellen Sapp, Kathryn Chase, Emily Sottosanti, Eric Danielson, Edith Pfister, Lorelei Stoica, Marian DiFiglia, Neil Aronin, Miguel Sena-Esteves
BACKGROUND: The genetic mutation in Huntington's disease (HD) is a CAG repeat expansion in the coding region of the huntingtin (Htt) gene. RNAi strategies have proven effective in substantially down-regulating Htt mRNA in the striatum through delivery of siRNAs or viral vectors based on whole tissue assays, but the extent of htt mRNA lowering in individual neurons is unknown. OBJECTIVE: Here we characterize the effect of an AAV9-GFP-miRHtt vector on Htt mRNA levels in striatal neurons of Q140/Q140 knock-in mice...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Huntington's Disease
Ferenc Sipos, Gábor Firneisz, Györgyi Műzes
Colonic inflammation is required to heal infections, wounds, and maintain tissue homeostasis. As the seventh hallmark of cancer, however, it may affect all phases of tumor development, including tumor initiation, promotion, invasion and metastatic dissemination, and also evasion immune surveillance. Inflammation acts as a cellular stressor and may trigger DNA damage or genetic instability, and, further, chronic inflammation can provoke genetic mutations and epigenetic mechanisms that promote malignant cell transformation...
September 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Izabela Papiewska-Pająk, Maria A Kowalska, Joanna Boncela
Inhibition of E-cadherin gene expression by transcription factor SNAIL is known to be a crucial element of Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition; EMT. Epigenetic regulation of E-cadherin expression is regulated by SNAIL binding to E-box sequences in the CDH1 gene promoter and recruiting enzymes belonging to repressor complexes that are directly engaged in histone modifications and DNA methylation leading to the modification of chromatin structure. SNAIL involvement in cell acquisition of invasive phenotype is based on direct suppression of tight-junction and gap junction proteins...
2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Abdelnaby Khalyfa, Chunling Zhang, Ahamed A Khalyfa, Glen E Foster, Andrew E Beaudin, Jorge Andrade, Patrick J Hanly, Marc J Poulin, David Gozal
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Intermittent hypoxia (IH) is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Exosomes are secreted by most cell types and released in biological fluids, including plasma, and play a role in modifying the functional phenotype of target cells. Using an experimental human model of IH, we investigated potential exosome-derived biomarkers of IH-induced vascular dysfunction. METHODS: Ten male volunteers were exposed to room air (D0), IH (6 h/day) for 4 days (D4) and allowed to recover for 4 days (D8)...
September 9, 2016: Sleep
Ashley R Connolly, Rena Hirani, Amanda V Ellis, Matt Trau
A synthetic DNA oligonucleotide has been programmed to function as a biological circuit to detect 5'-IsomiRs. The circuit consists of two integrated DNA switches. The first is "activated" when a DNA probe is enzymatically modified by a reverse transcriptase that incorporates nucleotides complementary to the 5'-region of a microRNA (miRNA). Addition of the correct number and sequence of nucleotides enables the probe to assemble into an asymmetric DNA hairpin. The reconfigured hairpin probe then primes an internal polymerisation reaction, resulting in the synthesis of a symmetrical DNA hairpin...
September 15, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
Christopher R Heier, Alyson A Fiorillo, Ellen Chaisson, Heather Gordish-Dressman, Yetrib Hathout, Jesse M Damsker, Eric P Hoffman, Laurie S Conklin
OBJECTIVE: Serum biomarkers may serve to predict early response to therapy, identify relapse, and facilitate drug development in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Biomarkers are particularly important in children, in whom achieving early remission and minimizing procedures are especially beneficial. METHODS: We profiled protein and micro RNA (miRNA) in serum from patients pre- and post-therapy, to identify molecular markers of pharmacodynamic effect. Serum was obtained from children with IBD before and after treatment with either corticosteroids (prednisone; n=12) or anti-tumor necrosis factor-α biologic (infliximab; n=7)...
2016: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
Konstantin A Tsetsarkin, Guangping Liu, Heather Kenney, Meghan Hermance, Saravanan Thangamani, Alexander G Pletnev
Tick-borne viruses include medically important zoonotic pathogens that can cause life-threatening diseases. Unlike mosquito-borne viruses, whose impact can be restrained via mosquito population control programs, for tick-borne viruses only vaccination remains the reliable means of disease prevention. For live vaccine viruses a concern exists, that spillovers from viremic vaccinees could result in introduction of genetically modified viruses into sustainable tick-vertebrate host transmission cycle in nature...
2016: Scientific Reports
Tomoko Hirakawa, Kaei Nasu, Wakana Abe, Yoko Aoyagi, Mamiko Okamoto, Kentaro Kai, Kanetoshi Takebayashi, Hisashi Narahara
STUDY QUESTION: Is the micro-RNA (miRNA) miR-503, downregulated in endometriotic cyst stromal cells (ECSCs) and does this affect the cell cycle, cell proliferation, angiogenesis and contractility of these cells? SUMMARY ANSWER: miR-503 expression is downregulated in ECSCs by DNA hypermethylation and this contributes to their proliferation, resistance to apoptosis, extracellular matrix (ECM) contractility and angiogenesis through effects on cyclin D1, B-cell lymphoma/leukemia (Bcl)-2, Ras homology A  and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGF-A)...
September 12, 2016: Human Reproduction
Elena Senís, Stefan Mockenhaupt, Daniel Rupp, Tobias Bauer, Nagarajan Paramasivam, Bettina Knapp, Jan Gronych, Stefanie Grosse, Marc P Windisch, Florian Schmidt, Fabian J Theis, Roland Eils, Peter Lichter, Matthias Schlesner, Ralf Bartenschlager, Dirk Grimm
Successful RNAi applications depend on strategies allowing robust and persistent expression of minimal gene silencing triggers without perturbing endogenous gene expression. Here, we propose a novel avenue which is integration of a promoterless shmiRNA, i.e. a shRNA embedded in a micro-RNA (miRNA) scaffold, into an engineered genomic miRNA locus. For proof-of-concept, we used TALE or CRISPR/Cas9 nucleases to site-specifically integrate an anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) shmiRNA into the liver-specific miR-122/hcr locus in hepatoma cells, with the aim to obtain cellular clones that are genetically protected against HCV infection...
September 9, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Iris Martinez-Quetglas, Roser Pinyol, Daniel Dauch, Sara Torrecilla, Victoria Tovar, Agrin Moeini, Clara Alsinet, Anna Portela, Leonardo Rodriguez-Carunchio, Manel Solé, Amaia Lujambio, Augusto Villanueva, Swan Thung, Manel Esteller, Lars Zender, Josep M Llovet
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Effective treatments are urgently needed for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which is usually diagnosed at advanced stages. Signaling via the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) pathway is aberrantly activated in HCC by IGF2 overexpression. We aimed to elucidate the mechanism of IGF2 overexpression and its oncogenic activities and evaluate the anti-tumor effects of reducing IGF2 signaling. METHODS: We obtained 228 HCC samples from patients who underwent liver resection, 168 paired non-tumor adjacent cirrhotic liver samples, and 10 non-tumor liver tissues from patients undergoing resection for hepatic hemangioma...
September 7, 2016: Gastroenterology
Panos G Ziros, Dionysios V Chartoumpekis, Gerasimos P Sykiotis
As a dedicated hormone-secreting organ, the thyroid gland possesses a complement of proteostatic systems, including antioxidant, unfolded protein, and autophagic responses. The vast majority of animal investigations of thyroid physiology and, more recently, proteostasis, have utilized as model the rat, rather than the mouse. This is due to the very small size of the thyroid gland in the latter, with a total weight of ~2 mg (~1 mg per thyroid lobe). However, this strategy has limited the utilization of genetic approaches, such as taking advantage of the various transgenic and knockout mouse models...
2016: Methods in Molecular Biology
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