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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349631/promoter-analysis-of-the-fish-gene-of-slow-cardiac-type-myosin-heavy-chain-implicated-in-specification-of-muscle-fiber-types
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Shigeharu Kinoshita, Saltuk Bugrahan Ceyhun, Asaduzzamann Md, Bhuiyan Sharmin Siddique, Dadasaheb B Akolkar, Shuichi Asakawa, Shugo Watabe
Vertebrate skeletal muscles consist of heterogeneous tissues containing various types of muscle fibers, where specification of the fiber type is crucial for muscle development. Fish are an attractive experimental model to study the mechanisms of such fiber type specification because of the separated localization of slow and fast muscles in the trunk myotome. We examined regulation of expression of the torafugu gene of slow/cardiac-type myosin heavy chain, MYH M5 , and isolated an operational promoter in order to force its tissue-specific expression across different fish species via the transgenic approach in zebrafish and medaka...
January 18, 2018: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348431/a-synthetic-combinatorial-approach-to-disabling-deviant-hedgehog-signaling
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C-W Fan, N Yarravarapu, H Shi, O Kulak, J Kim, C Chen, L Lum
Mutations in components of the Hedgehog (HH) signal transduction pathway are found in the majority of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and medulloblastoma incidents. Cancerous cells with intrinsic or acquired resistance to antagonists targeting the seven transmembrane effector Smoothened (SMO) frequently invoke alternative mechanisms for maintaining deviant activity of the GLI DNA binding proteins. Here we introduce a chemical agent that simultaneously achieves inhibition of SMO and GLI activity by direct targeting of the SMO heptahelical domain and the GLI-modifying enzymes belonging to the histone deacetylase (HDAC) family...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346753/sonic-hedgehog-is-a-remotely-produced-cue-that-controls-axon-guidance-trans-axonally-at-a-midline-choice-point
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Jimmy Peng, Pierre J Fabre, Tiphaine Dolique, Shannon M Swikert, Laëtitia Kermasson, Tomomi Shimogori, Frédéric Charron
At the optic chiasm choice point, ipsilateral retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) are repelled away from the midline by guidance cues, including Ephrin-B2 and Sonic Hedgehog (Shh). Although guidance cues are normally produced by cells residing at the choice point, the mRNA for Shh is not found at the optic chiasm. Here we show that Shh protein is instead produced by contralateral RGCs at the retina, transported anterogradely along the axon, and accumulates at the optic chiasm to repel ipsilateral RGCs. In vitro, contralateral RGC axons, which secrete Shh, repel ipsilateral RGCs in a Boc- and Smo-dependent manner...
January 17, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341457/different-effects-of-dexmedetomidine-and-midazolam-on-the-expression-of-nr2b-and-gabaa-%C3%AE-1-following-peripheral-nerve-injury-in-rats
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Jiayu Chen, Hanjun Li, Grewo Lim, Michael F McCabe, Wei Zhao, Yunli Yang, Weiqing Ma, Na Li
Neuropathic pain is a complex, chronic pain condition and the treatment is a major clinical challenge. Recent studies have shown that two FDA approved drugs dexmedetomidine (DEX) and midazolam (MZL), may be useful in treating neuropathic pain, but the mechanism is not fully dementated. Here, we investigated the effects and mechanisms of DEX and MZL treatment in the peripheral nerve injury model. Intramuscular injection with DEX and MZL attenuated the development of mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia in rats with chronic constriction injury (CCI)...
January 17, 2018: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339095/patterning-the-gastrointestinal-epithelium-to-confer-regional-specific-functions
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REVIEW
Cayla A Thompson, Ann DeLaForest, Michele A Battle
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract, in simplest terms, can be described as an epithelial-lined muscular tube extending along the cephalocaudal axis from the oral cavity to the anus. Although the general architecture of the GI tract organs is conserved from end to end, the presence of different epithelial tissue structures and unique epithelial cell types within each organ enables each to perform the distinct digestive functions required for efficient nutrient assimilation. Spatiotemporal regulation of signaling pathways and downstream transcription factors controls GI epithelial morphogenesis during development to confer essential regional-specific epithelial structures and functions...
January 12, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339090/patched-1-expression-correlates-with-biochemical-relapse-in-high-risk-prostate-cancer-patients
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Annelies Gonnissen, Sofie Isebaert, Christiaan Perneel, Chad M McKee, Filip Van Utterbeeck, Evelyne Lerut, Clare Verrill, Richard J Bryant, Steven Joniau, Ruth J Muschel, Karin Haustermans
There is an unmet clinical need for adequate biomarkers to aid risk stratification and management of prostate cancer (PCa) patients. Even within the high-risk PCa category not all patients will invariably have a poor prognosis, and improved stratification of this heterogeneous group is needed. In this context, components of the hedgehog (Hh) pathway may have promise as biomarkers, as the available evidence suggests increased Hh pathway activity may confer a poorer outcome in advanced and castrate-resistant PCa...
January 12, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338454/chemical-computational-and-functional-insights-into-the-chemical-stability-of-the-hedgehog-pathway-inhibitor-gant61
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Andrea Calcaterra, Valentina Iovine, Bruno Botta, Deborah Quaglio, Ilaria D'Acquarica, Alessia Ciogli, Antonia Iazzetti, Romina Alfonsi, Ludovica Lospinoso Severini, Paola Infante, Lucia Di Marcotullio, Mattia Mori, Francesca Ghirga
This work aims at elucidating the mechanism and kinetics of hydrolysis of GANT61, the first and most-widely used inhibitor of the Hedgehog (Hh) signalling pathway that targets Glioma-associated oncogene homologue (Gli) proteins, and at confirming the chemical nature of its bioactive form. GANT61 is poorly stable under physiological conditions and rapidly hydrolyses into an aldehyde species (GANT61-A), which is devoid of the biological activity against Hh signalling, and a diamine derivative (GANT61-D), which has shown inhibition of Gli-mediated transcription...
December 2018: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337143/the-role-of-hedgehog-responsive-fibroblasts-in-facial-nerve-regeneration
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Gabriela L Bobarnac Dogaru, Subhash C Juneja, Alireza Shokrani, Roseanne Y Hui, Yang Chai, Jon-Paul Pepper
BACKGROUND: Facial nerve paralysis is a significant cause of morbidity, affecting facial appearance, emotional expression, speech, oral competence, and vision. A more complete understanding of the complex cellular events required for successful nerve regeneration may reveal new therapeutic targets. The role of fibroblasts in regeneration, and the process by which the nerve reforms its three-dimensional structure after a transection injury, are not fully understood. The Hedgehog signaling pathway has been shown to mediate nerve sheath formation during development...
January 11, 2018: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333580/persistent-organochlorine-contaminant-residues-in-tissues-of-hedgehogs-from-turkey
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Kalender Arıkan, Zeynep Yaşar Arıkan, Salih Levent Turan
The residues of persistent organochlorinated pollutants (POPs), namely polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) (HCHs, CHLs, HCCPs, DDTs, and dicofol congeners) were investigated in the hair and muscle of road-killed Erinaceus roumanicus and E. concolor in Turkey. Mean residue levels were as follows: in hair, PCBs = 7.43 ± 4.88 ng/g and OCPs = 9.21 ± 1.27 ng/g; in muscle, PCBs = 30.73 ± 2.51 ng/g and OCPs = 145.04 ± 16.59 ng/g. There was no significant difference between species and sex, while there was significant difference between habitats and regions in terms of either total PCB and OCP levels, or POP levels (p < 0...
January 15, 2018: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331808/simultaneous-inhibition-of-hedgehog-signaling-and-tumor-proliferation-remodels-stroma-and-enhances-pancreatic-cancer-therapy
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Jun Zhao, Huamin Wang, Cheng-Hui Hsiao, Diana S-L Chow, Eugene J Koay, Yaan Kang, Xiaoxia Wen, Qian Huang, Ying Ma, James A Bankson, Stephen E Ullrich, Willem Overwijk, Anirban Maitra, David Piwnica-Worms, Jason B Fleming, Chun Li
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the deadliest cancers. It has an excessive desmoplastic stroma that can limit the intratumoral delivery of chemotherapy drugs, and protect tumor cells against radiotherapy. Therefore, both stromal and tumor compartments need to be addressed in order to effectively treat PDAC. We hereby co-deliver a sonic hedgehog inhibitor, cyclopamine (CPA), and a cytotoxic chemotherapy drug paclitaxel (PTX) with a polymeric micelle formulation (M-CPA/PTX). CPA can deplete the stroma-producing cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), while PTX can inhibit tumor proliferation...
January 9, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331683/appropriate-fossil-calibrations-and-tree-constraints-uphold-the-mesozoic-divergence-of-solenodons-from-other-extant-mammals
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Mark S Springer, William J Murphy, Alfred L Roca
The mammalian order Eulipotyphla includes four extant families of insectivorans: Solenodontidae (solenodons); Talpidae (moles); Soricidae (shrews); and Erinaceidae (hedgehogs). Of these, Solenodontidae includes only two extant species, which are endemic to the largest islands of the Greater Antilles: Cuba and Hispaniola. Most molecular studies suggest that eulipotyphlan families diverged from each other across several million years, with the basal split between Solenodontidae and other families occurring in the Late Cretaceous...
January 10, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329585/involvement-of-hedgehog-pathway-in-early-onset-aggressive-molecular-subtypes-and-metastatic-potential-of-breast-cancer
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Syeda Kiran Riaz, Jahangir Sarwar Khan, Syed Tahir Abbas Shah, Fen Wang, Lin Ye, Wen G Jiang, Muhammad Faraz Arshad Malik
BACKGROUND: Dysregulation of hedgehog pathway is observed in numerous cancers. Relevance of hedgehog pathway genes in cancer cohort and inhibition of its downstream effector (GLI1) towards metastasis in cell lines are explored in the study. METHOD: One hundred fifty fresh tumours of breast cancer patients were collected for the study. Based on differential expression, panel of 6 key regulators of the pathway (SHH, DHH, IHH, PTCH1, SMO and GLI1) in microarray datasets were identified...
January 8, 2018: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329377/endometrial-stem-cell-derived-g-csf-attenuates-endometrial-fibrosis-via-sonic-hedgehog-transcriptional-activator-gli2
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Xiaona Lin, Yanling Zhang, Yibin Pan, Shilin He, Yongdong Dai, Bingqing Zhu, Cheng Wei, Liaobing Xin, Wenzhi Xu, Chunsheng Xiang, Songying Zhang
Intrauterine adhesion (IUA) is characterized by endometrial fibrosis, which ultimately leads to menstrual abnormalities, infertility and recurrent miscarriages. The Shh/Gli2 pathway plays a critical role in tissue fibrogenesis and regeneration; Gli2 activation induces profibrogenic effects in various tissues, such as the liver and kidney. However, the role of Gli2 in endometrial fibrosis remains unknown. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that activated Gli2 promotes endometrial fibrosis. Endometrial samples from moderate and severe IUA patients exhibited significantly enhanced expression of Gli2 compared with normal endometrial samples and mild IUA samples...
January 10, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328464/inhibition-of-gli-leads-to-antitumor-growth-and-enhancement-of-cisplatin-induced-cytotoxicity-in-large-cell-neuroendocrine-carcinoma-of-the-lung
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Tsukasa Ishiwata, Shunichiro Iwasawa, Takahiro Ebata, Mengmeng Fan, Yuji Tada, Koichiro Tatsumi, Yuichi Takiguchi
Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) of the lung is a highly aggressive tumor without established standard treatment. The Hedgehog (Hh) signal, which is critical in embryogenesis, is known to play important roles in maintaining a malignant phenotype in various cancers. The present study explored the possibility of targeting the Hh signal in the treatment of LCNEC by suppressing Hh downstream molecules, Smoothened (Smo) and GLI family zinc finger 1/2 (Gli1/2), in 3 human LCNEC cell lines. Smo inhibitor, BMS-833923, and Gli inhibitor, GANT61, downregulated Gli1 and 2, resulting in the suppression of the cell viability of the 3 cell lines as assessed using an MTT assay...
January 3, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326074/overcoming-the-resistance-mechanisms-of-smoothened-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Xiaochun Dong, Chenglin Wang, Zhongjian Chen, Weili Zhao
Smoothened (Smo), the main transducer of the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway, is a promising target for anticancer therapy. Although vismodegib and sonidegib have demonstrated effectiveness for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma (BCC), their clinical use has been associated with mutation-related drug resistance. In this review, we outline the resistance mechanisms of Smo inhibitors and point the way for future endeavors. We focus in particular on the development of second-generation Smo inhibitors based on co-crystal structures, inhibition of downstream components, and the regulation of other interacting pathways or mediators that could compensate for the inhibitory activity of upstream inhibitors...
January 8, 2018: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321670/clinical-and-experimental-evidence-suggest-a-link-between-kif7-and-c5orf42-related-ciliopathies-through-sonic-hedgehog-signaling
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Reza Asadollahi, Justin E Strauss, Martin Zenker, Oliver Beuing, Simon Edvardson, Orly Elpeleg, Tim M Strom, Pascal Joset, Dunja Niedrist, Christine Otte, Beatrice Oneda, Paranchai Boonsawat, Silvia Azzarello-Burri, Deborah Bartholdi, Michael Papik, Markus Zweier, Cordula Haas, Arif B Ekici, Alessandra Baumer, Eugen Boltshauser, Katharina Steindl, Michael Nothnagel, Albert Schinzel, Esther T Stoeckli, Anita Rauch
Acrocallosal syndrome (ACLS) is an autosomal recessive neurodevelopmental disorder caused by KIF7 defects and belongs to the heterogeneous group of ciliopathies related to Joubert syndrome (JBTS). While ACLS is characterized by macrocephaly, prominent forehead, depressed nasal bridge, and hypertelorism, facial dysmorphism has not been emphasized in JBTS cohorts with molecular diagnosis. To evaluate the specificity and etiology of ACLS craniofacial features, we performed whole exome or targeted Sanger sequencing in patients with the aforementioned overlapping craniofacial appearance but variable additional ciliopathy features followed by functional studies...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321650/rna-seq-analysis-and-comparison-of-corneal-epithelium-in-keratoconus-and-myopia-patients
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Jingjing You, Susan M Corley, Li Wen, Chris Hodge, Roland Höllhumer, Michele C Madigan, Marc R Wilkins, Gerard Sutton
Keratoconus is a common degenerative corneal disease that can lead to significant visual morbidity, and both genetic and environmental factors have been implicated in its pathogenesis. We compared the transcriptome of keratoconus and control epithelium using RNA-Seq. Epithelial tissues were obtained prior to surgery from keratoconus and myopia control patients, undergoing collagen cross-linking and photorefractive keratectomy, respectively. We identified major differences in keratoconus linked to cell-cell communication, cell signalling and cellular metabolism...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321139/bmp-smad-pathway-promotes-neurogenesis-of-midbrain-dopaminergic-neurons-in-vivo-and-in-human-induced-pluripotent-and-neural-stem-cells
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V M Jovanovic, A Salti, H Tilleman, K Zega, M M Jukic, H Zou, R H Friedel, N Prakash, S Blaess, F Edenhofer, C Brodski
The embryonic formation of midbrain dopaminergic (mDA) neurons in vivo provides critical guidelines for the in vitro differentiation of mDA neurons from stem cells, currently being developed for Parkinson's disease cell replacement therapy. Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)/SMAD inhibition is routinely used during early steps of stem cell differentiation protocols, including for the generation of mDA neurons. However, the function of the BMP/SMAD pathway for in vivo specification of mammalian mDA neurons is virtually unknown...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320312/targeted-therapy-for-advanced-solid-tumors-on-the-basis-of-molecular-profiles-results-from-mypathway-an-open-label-phase-iia-multiple-basket-study
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John D Hainsworth, Funda Meric-Bernstam, Charles Swanton, Herbert Hurwitz, David R Spigel, Christopher Sweeney, Howard Burris, Ron Bose, Bongin Yoo, Alisha Stein, Mary Beattie, Razelle Kurzrock
Purpose Detection of specific molecular alterations in tumors guides the selection of effective targeted treatment of patients with several types of cancer. These molecular alterations may occur in other tumor types for which the efficacy of targeted therapy remains unclear. The MyPathway study evaluates the efficacy and safety of selected targeted therapies in tumor types that harbor relevant genetic alterations but are outside of current labeling for these treatments. Methods MyPathway ( ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02091141) is a multicenter, nonrandomized, phase IIa multiple basket study...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318530/a-novel-heterozygous-gli2-mutation-in-a-patient-with-congenital-urethral-stricture-and-renal-hypoplasia-dysplasia-leading-to-end-stage-renal-failure
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Toshihiko Shirakawa, Yumiko Nakashima, Satoshi Watanabe, Sadatomo Harada, Mariko Kinoshita, Toshiharu Kihara, Yuko Hamasaki, Seiichiro Shishido, Koh-Ichiro Yoshiura, Hiroyuki Moriuchi, Sumito Dateki
Glioblastoma 2 (GLI2) is a mediator of Sonic hedgehog signaling pathway that plays an important role in development of the central nervous system and limbs. Heterozygous GLI2 mutations have been associated with postaxial polydactyly, various pituitary dysfunction, and holoprosencephaly-like phenotype. Herein, we report a Japanese boy who presented with isolated growth hormone deficiency with ectopic posterior pituitary, postaxial polydactyly, atrioventricular septal defect, intellectual disability and dysmorphic facial features including mid-facial hypoplasia...
January 9, 2018: CEN Case Reports
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