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Yue Zhou, Zhilei Zhang, Ning Wang, Jizheng Chen, Xu Zhang, Min Guo, Li John Zhong, Qian Wang
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), including adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, is the leading cause of death from lung malignancies and has a poor prognosis due to metastasis. Suppressor of cytokine signalling-2 (SOCS2), a feedback inhibitor of cytokine signalling, has been shown to be involved in growth control. Here, we show that SOCS2 were significantly downregulated in tumour foci in NSCLC patients. The expression levels of SOCS2 significantly correlated with clinical stage, lymph node metastasis, histological subtype and survival time...
March 20, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Quanwei Zhang, Qi Wang, Jishang Gong, Jiaxing Du, Yong Zhang, Xingxu Zhao
Insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) recapitulates many of the activities of insulin and promotes differentiation of myoblasts and osteoblasts, which likely contribute to genetic variations of growth potential. However, little is known about the functions and signaling properties of IGF2 variants in yaks. The over-expression vector and knockdown sequence of yak IGF2 were transfected into yak fibroblasts, and the effects were detected by a series of assays. IGF2 expression in yak muscle tissues was significantly lower than that of other tissues...
March 20, 2018: Genes
Kaixuan Zeng, Xiaoxiang Chen, Mu Xu, Xiangxiang Liu, Xiuxiu Hu, Tao Xu, Huiling Sun, Yuqin Pan, Bangshun He, Shukui Wang
Mounting evidences indicate that circular RNAs (circRNAs) have a vital role in human diseases, especially cancers. More recently, circHIPK3, a particularly abundant circRNA, was proposed to be involved in tumorigenesis. However, its role in colorectal cancer (CRC) has not been explored. In this study, we found circHIPK3 was significantly upregulated in CRC tissues and cell lines, at least in part, due to c-Myb overexpression and positively correlated with metastasis and advanced clinical stage. Moreover, Cox multivariate survival analysis showed that high-level expression of circHIPK3 was an independent prognostic factor of poor overall survival (OS) in CRC (hazard ratio [HR] = 2...
March 16, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Abraham Neelankal John, Ramesh Ram, Fang-Xu Jiang
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is a global health issue and dedifferentiation plays underlying causes in the pathophysiology of T2D; however, there is a lack of understanding in the mechanism. Dedifferentiation results from the loss of function of pancreatic β-cells alongside a reduction in essential transcription factors under various physiological stressors. Our study aimed to establish db/db as an animal model for dedifferentiation by using RNA sequencing to compare the gene expression profile in islets isolated from wild-type, db/+ and db/db mice, and qPCR was performed to validate those significant genes...
March 14, 2018: Endocrine Pathology
Akshay Bareja, Conrad P Hodgkinson, Erik Soderblom, Greg Waitt, Victor J Dzau
The insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) is a receptor tyrosine kinase with critical roles in various biological processes. Recent results from clinical trials targeting IGF1R indicate that IGF1R signaling pathways are more complex than previously thought. Moreover, it has become increasingly clear that the function of many proteins can be understood only in the context of a network of interactions. To that end, we sought to profile IGF1R-protein interactions with the proximity-labeling technique BioID...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Hegui Huang, Lian Liu, Jing Li, Chunyan Zhu, Xiaoyu Xie, Ying Ao, Hui Wang
Autophagy plays a vital role in embryonic development and cell differentiation. Our previous study demonstrated that prenatal ethanol exposure (PEE) resulted in intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) and adrenal developmental toxicities in rat offspring. The present study focused on PEE-induced autophagy as an underlying mechanism and its biological significance in female fetal rats. Female fetuses in the PEE group exhibited lower body weights and suffered adrenal structural abnormalities compared to the controls...
March 7, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Jingjing Sun, Zhiyuan Lu, Yun Deng, Wei Wang, Qianting He, Wangxiang Yan, Anxun Wang
The insulin receptor (INSR) and insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) have been reported to be involved in the tumorigenesis and metastasis of various malignancies. The aim of our study was to investigate and compare the effects of INSR and IGF1R on the tumorigenesis and metastasis of tongue squamous cell carcinoma (TSCC) and explore the possible mechanism(s) involved. We found that INSR had the same up-regulated expression pattern as IGF1R in TSCC tissues. INSR and IGF1R up-regulation were correlated with each other and associated with lymph node metastasis and poor prognosis...
March 5, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Tao Qiu, Janet L Crane, Liang Xie, Lingling Xian, Hui Xie, Xu Cao
Parathyroid hormone (PTH) regulates bone remodeling by activating PTH type 1 receptor (PTH1R) in osteoblasts/osteocytes. Insulin-like growth factor type 1 (IGF-1) stimulates mesenchymal stem cell differentiation to osteoblasts. However, little is known about the signaling mechanisms that regulates the osteoblast-to-osteocyte transition. Here we report that PTH and IGF-I synergistically enhance osteoblast-to-osteocyte differentiation. We identified that a specific tyrosine residue, Y494, on the cytoplasmic domain of PTH1R can be phosphorylated by insulin-like growth factor type I receptor (IGF1R) in vitro...
2018: Bone Research
Bo Hou, Hajime Ishinaga, Kaoru Midorikawa, Satoshi Nakamura, Yusuke Hiraku, Shinji Oikawa, Ning Ma, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Mariko Murata
To elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the progression of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), we investigated the function of let-7c as a tumor suppressor. Let-7c expression was significantly down-regulated in HNSCC tumor tissues and cell lines. In vitro and in vivo studies revealed that let-7c negatively regulated HNSCC proliferation, migration and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). To explore the underlying mechanisms that affect these molecular events achieved by let-7c, we predicted its target genes...
February 6, 2018: Oncotarget
Akshay Bareja, Shubham Patel, Conrad P Hodgkinson, Alan Payne, Victor J Dzau
The development of biased agonist drugs is widely recognized to be important for the treatment of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease. While GPCR biased agonism has been heavily characterized there is a distinct lack of information with respect to RTK biased agonism both in the identification of biased agonists as well as their attendant mechanisms. One such RTK, the Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 Receptor (IGF1R) plays an important role in a range of biological and disease processes. The micropeptide LL37 has been described as a biased agonist of the IGF1R...
February 27, 2018: Cellular Signalling
Heleen K Bronsveld, Marie L De Bruin, Jelle Wesseling, Joyce Sanders, Ingrid Hofland, Vibeke Jensen, Marloes T Bazelier, Bas Ter Braak, Anthonius de Boer, Peter Vestergaard, Marjanka K Schmidt
BACKGROUND: The insulin receptor (INSR) and the insulin growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) play important roles in the etiology of both diabetes mellitus and breast cancer. We aimed to evaluate the expression of hormone and insulin-related proteins within or related to the PI3K and MAPK pathway in breast tumors of women with or without diabetes mellitus, treated with or without insulin (analogues). METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was performed on tumor tissue of 312 women with invasive breast cancer, with or without pre-existing diabetes mellitus, diagnosed in 2000-2010, who were randomly selected from a Danish breast cancer cohort...
February 27, 2018: BMC Cancer
Yunhua L Muller, Graham Skelton, Paolo Piaggi, Peng Chen, Anup Nair, Sayuko Kobes, Wen-Chi Hsueh, William C Knowler, Robert L Hanson, Leslie J Baier, Clifton Bogardus
AIMS: Insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) is involved in cell growth and glucose homeostasis. In the current study, the IGF1R locus was analyzed as a candidate gene for type 2 diabetes (T2D) in American Indians. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Whole genome sequence data from 335 American Indians identified 3 novel missense variants in IGF1R. The associations of IGF1R variants with T2D, age of T2D onset and birth weight were analyzed in a population based sample of 7701 American Indians...
February 22, 2018: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
Haim Werner, Shilhav Meisel-Sharon, Ilan Bruchim
The insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor (IGF1R) has been identified as a potent anti-apoptotic, pro-survival tyrosine kinase-containing receptor. Overexpression of the IGF1R gene constitutes a typical feature of most human cancers. Consistent with these biological roles, cells expressing high levels of IGF1R are expected not to die, a quintessential feature of cancer cells. Tumor specific chromosomal translocations that disrupt the architecture of transcription factors are a common theme in carcinogenesis...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
Ho Jin Lee, Phuong Chi Pham, Seung Yeob Hyun, Byungyeob Baek, Byungjin Kim, Yunha Kim, Hye-Young Min, Jeeyeon Lee, Ho-Young Lee
BACKGROUND: Both the type I insulin-like growth factor receptor (IGF1R) and Src pathways are associated with the development and progression of numerous types of human cancer, and Src activation confers resistance to anti-IGF1R therapies. Hence, targeting both IGF1R and Src concurrently is one of the main challenges in combating resistance to the currently available anti-IGF1R-based anticancer therapies. However, the enhanced toxicity from this combinatorial treatment could be one of the main hurdles for this strategy, suggesting the necessity of developing a novel strategy for co-targeting IGF1R and Src to meet an urgent clinical need...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
Daniil Nikitin, Dmitry Penzar, Andrew Garazha, Maxim Sorokin, Victor Tkachev, Nicolas Borisov, Alexander Poltorak, Vladimir Prassolov, Anton A Buzdin
Endogenous retroviruses and retrotransposons also termed retroelements (REs) are mobile genetic elements that were active until recently in human genome evolution. REs regulate gene expression by actively reshaping chromatin structure or by directly providing transcription factor binding sites (TFBSs). We aimed to identify molecular processes most deeply impacted by the REs in human cells at the level of TFBS regulation. By using ENCODE data, we identified ~2 million TFBS overlapping with putatively regulation-competent human REs located in 5-kb gene promoter neighborhood (~17% of all TFBS in promoter neighborhoods; ~9% of all RE-linked TFBS)...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Zhifen Yang, Jing Zhang, Dadi Jiang, Purvesh Khatri, David E Solow-Cordero, Diego A S Toesca, Constantinos Koumenis, Nicholas C Denko, Amato J Giaccia, Quynh-Thu Le, Albert C Koong
Activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR) signaling pathways is linked to multiple human diseases including cancer. The inositol-requiring kinase 1 (IRE1)-X-box binding protein 1 (XBP1) pathway is the most evolutionarily conserved of the three major signaling branches of the UPR. Here, we performed a genome-wide siRNA screen to obtain a systematic assessment of genes integrated in the IRE1-XBP1 axis. We monitored the expression of an XBP1-luciferase chimeric protein in which luciferase was fused in-frame with the spliced (active) form of XBP1...
February 9, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Yongjiang Zheng, Jiguang Bao, Qiyi Zhao, Tianshou Zhou, Xiaoqiang Sun
The emergence of drug resistance is often an inevitable obstacle that limits the long-term effectiveness of clinical cancer chemotherapeutics. Although various forms of cancer cell-intrinsic mechanisms of drug resistance have been experimentally revealed, the role and the underlying mechanism of tumor microenvironment in driving the development of acquired drug resistance remain elusive, which significantly impedes effective clinical cancer treatment. Recent experimental studies have revealed a macrophage-mediated drug resistance mechanism in which the tumor microenvironment undergoes adaptation in response to macrophage-targeted colony-stimulating factor-1 receptor (CSF1R) inhibition therapy in gliomas...
February 13, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Abhishek Kumar, Priyashree Sunita, Shivesh Jha, Shakti P Pattanayak
Breast cancer (BC) is a persistent and impulsive metabolic disorder with the highest prevalence in women, worldwide. 7,12-Dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA) is a potent polyaromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-based carcinogen producing mammary carcinomas in rats resembling the human hormone-dependent BC. 7,8-Dihydroxycoumarin (78DC) is a coumarin derivative that possesses diversified and favorable pharmacology profile to be considered in anticancer research against various malignancies. The present study was intended to investigate the antiproliferative and chemotherapeutic potentials of 78DC (20, 40, and 80 mg/kg BW) against DMBA (20 mg in olive oil)-induced mammary carcinoma Sprague-Dawley rats...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
Ying Ye, Juhua Zhuang, Guangdong Wang, Saifei He, Suiliang Zhang, Guoyu Wang, Jing Ni, Jiening Wang, Wei Xia
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the fifth most common malignancy and second-most frequent cause of cancer-associated deaths worldwide. Previously, increasing studies report that microRNAs (miRNAs/miRs) are abnormally expressed in various types of human cancers and may participate in the tumourigenesis and tumour development of HCC. miRNA-based targeted therapy is effective against different molecular targets and may increase the sensitisation of cancer cells to therapy by several folds. Therefore, further validation of potentially important miRNAs involved in HCC initiation and progression may provide valuable insights into the treatment of patients with HCC...
January 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
I Y H Martinez, A P C Santos, M P Bottino, R E Orlandi, G Santos, L M S Simões, J C Souza, A M G Díaza, M Binelli, J N S Sales
The growth profiles of the future dominant follicle (DF) and subordinate follicle (SF) and the gene expression of the granulosa cells during luteolysis induction in Bos indicus cows were evaluated. Forty cows were synchronized with a progesterone and estradiol based protocol. After synchronization, cows with a corpus luteum (CL) were evaluated by ultrasonography every 12 h, beginning at eight days post ovulation. Cows identified with a follicle of at least 6.0 mm in diameter in the second wave were split into two groups (BD-before follicular deviation and AD-after follicular deviation...
February 2, 2018: Theriogenology
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