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Simon Maher, Fred P M Jjunju, Deidre E Damon, Hannah Gorton, Yosef S Maher, Safaraz U Syed, Ron M A Heeren, Iain S Young, Stephen Taylor, Abraham K Badu-Tawiah
Metaldehyde is extensively used worldwide as a contact and systemic molluscicide for controlling slugs and snails in a wide range of agricultural and horticultural crops. Contamination of surface waters due to run-off, coupled with its moderate solubility in water, has led to increased concentration of the pesticide in the environment. In this study, for the first time, rapid analysis (<~1 minute) of metaldehyde residues in water is demonstrated using paper spray mass spectrometry (PS-MS). The observed precursor molecular ions of metaldehyde were confirmed from tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) experiments by studying the fragmentation patterns produced via collision-induced dissociation...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jinhui Wu, Dongshuang Wang
Lung cancer is the most common solid tumor and the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) represents the major histological subtype and accounts for about 80 % cases of lung cancer cases. Recently, lncRNA lncTCF7 was identified, which is highly expressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tumors and liver cancer stem cells (CSCs). However, the role of lnTCF7 in NSCLC remains largely unknown. In this study, Gain- and loss-of-function studies demonstrated the critical role of lncTCF7 in promoting invasion and self-renewal in NSCLC cells...
October 20, 2016: Human Cell
Eun Ho Kim, Mi-Sook Kim, Kyung-Hee Lee, Jae-Soo Koh, Won-Gyun Jung, Chang-Bae Kong
To overcome radioresistance in the treatment of osteosarcoma, a primary malignant tumor of the bone, radiotherapy is generally combined with radiosensitizers. The purpose of this study was to investigate a third-generation bisphosphonate, zoledronic acid (ZOL), as a radiosensitizer for osteosarcoma. We found that exposure of KHOS/NP osteosarcoma cells to 20 μM ZOL decreased the γ-radiation dose needed to kill 90% of cells. This radiosensitizing effect of ZOL was mediated through decreased mitochondrial membrane potential, increased levels of reactive oxygen species, increased DNA damage (as assessed by counting γ-H2AX foci), decreased abundance of proteins involved in DNA repair pathways (ATR, Rad52, and DNA-PKcs), and decreased phosphorylation of PI3K-Akt and MAPK pathway proteins (Raf1, MEK1/2, ERK1/2, and Akt), as compared to γ-irradiation alone...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
Xiaoyun Dai, Kwang Seok Ahn, Ling Zhi Wang, Chulwon Kim, Amudha Deivasigamni, Frank Arfuso, Jae-Young Um, Alan Prem Kumar, Young-Chae Chang, Dhiraj Kumar, Gopal C Kundu, Junji Magae, Boon Cher Goh, Kam Man Hui, Gautam Sethi
Increasing evidence(s) have indicated that epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) at the advanced stage of liver cancer, not only has the ability to self-renew and progress cancer, but also enables greater resistance to conventional chemo- and radio-therapies. Here, we report that ascochlorin (ASC), an isoprenoid antibiotic could potentiate the cytotoxic effect of doxorubicin (DOX) on HCCLM3, SNU387, SNU49, and SK-Hep-1 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, which had a predominantly mesenchymal signature with low expression of E-cadherin but high expression of N-cadherin...
October 7, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Sheng-Chieh Lin, Yu-Ting Chou, Shih-Sheng Jiang, Junn-Liang Chang, Chih-Hung Chung, Yu-Rung Kao, I-Shou Chang, Cheng-Wen Wu
Cell differentiation within stem cell lineages can check proliferative potential but nodal pathways that can limit tumor growth are obscure. Here we report that lung cancer cell populations generate phenotypic and oncogenic plasticity via a switch between differentiation programs controlled by SOX2 and SOX9, thus altering proliferative and invasive capabilities. In lung cancer cells, SOX2 bound the EPCAM promoter to induce EpCAM-p21Cip1-cyclin A2 signaling, encouraging cell proliferation as well as barrier properties...
October 7, 2016: Cancer Research
Guangpu Zhu, Jun Yao, Lei Zhang, Hai Sun, Aifen Li
A large amount of residual oil, which exists as isolated oil slugs, remains trapped in reservoirs after water flooding. Numerous numerical studies are performed to investigate the fundamental flow mechanism of oil slugs to improve flooding efficiency. Dynamic contact angle models are usually introduced to simulate an accurate contact angle and meniscus displacement of oil slug under a high capillary number. Nevertheless, in the oil slug flow simulation process, it is unnecessary to introduce the dynamic contact angle model due to a negligible change of meniscus displacement after using the dynamic contact angle model when the capillary number is small...
October 18, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Elisabet Cuyàs, Almudena Pérez-Sánchez, Vicente Micol, Javier A Menendez, Joaquim Bosch-Barrera
The signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) has been suggested to play a prominent role in mediating non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) resistance to some tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI)-mediated therapies. Using a model of anaplastic lymphoma kinase gene (ALK)-translocated NSCLC with acquired resistance to the ALK TKI crizotinib, but lacking amplifications or mutations in the kinase domain of ALK, we herein present evidence that STAT3 activation is a novel mechanism of crizotinib resistance that involves the upregulation of immune escape and epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) signaling pathways...
October 18, 2016: Cell Cycle
Yuan Seng Wu, Ivy Chung, Won Fen Wong, Atsushi Masamune, Maw Shin Sim, Chung Yeng Looi
BACKGROUND: We previously showed that pancreatic stellate cells (PSC) secreted interleukin (IL)-6 and promoted pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cell proliferation via nuclear factor erythroid 2 (Nrf2)-mediated metabolic reprogramming. Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a key process for the metastatic cascade. To study the mechanism of PDAC progression to metastasis, we investigated the role of PSC-secreted IL-6 in activating EMT and the involvement of Nrf2 in this process...
October 14, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Michael Rehman, Sreeharsha Gurrapu, Gabriella Cagnoni, Lorena Capparuccia, Luca Tamagnone
The secreted semaphorin Sema3E controls cell migration and invasiveness in cancer cells. Sema3E-receptor, PlexinD1, is frequently upregulated in melanoma, breast, colon, ovarian and prostate cancers; however, the mechanisms underlying PlexinD1 upregulation and the downstream events elicited in tumor cells are still unclear. Here we show that the canonical RBPjk-dependent Notch signaling cascade controls PlexinD1 expression in primary endothelial and cancer cells. Transcriptional activation was studied by quantitative PCR and promoter activity reporter assays...
2016: PloS One
Oleksandr Holovachov, Sven Boström, Irma Tandingan De Ley, Rory J Mc Donnell, Salomon Alvarado, Timothy D Paine, Paul De Ley
A new species of Alloionema Schneider, 1859, A. similis n. sp., and the known species A. appendiculatum Schneider, 1859 were isolated from cadavers of invasive slugs in California. Both species are described based on morphology, morphometrics and molecular data. Alloionema similis n. sp. is morphologically very similar to A. appendiculatum but can be distinguished by a more posterior position of the excretory pore in the Kleinform females and longer tail in the Kleinform males. Substantial differences between the two species are, however, found in both 18S and 28S rDNA sequences...
November 2016: Systematic Parasitology
Imran Ali, Bettina Julin, Anders Glynn, Johan Högberg, Marika Berglund, Jan-Erik Johansson, Swen-Olof Andersson, Ove Andrén, Edward Giovannucci, Alicja Wolk, Ulla Stenius, Agneta Åkesson
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are highly persistent environmental pollutants and are undesirable components of our daily food. PCBs are classified as human carcinogens, but the evidence for prostate cancer is limited and available data are inconsistent. We explored the link between non-dioxin-like PCB and grade of prostate cancer in a prospective cohort as well as in cell experiments. A population-based cohort of 32496 Swedish men aged 45-79 years was followed prospectively through 1998-2011, to assess the association between validated estimates of dietary PCB exposure and incidence of prostate cancer by grade (2789 cases, whereof 1276 low grade, 756 intermediate grade, 450 high grade) and prostate cancer mortality (357 fatal cases)...
October 7, 2016: Carcinogenesis
Z Cui, Y Hu
OBJECTIVE: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer but its carcinogenesis remains not completely elucidated. Dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) is involved in the development of various cancers, including NSCLC, whereas a role of miR-124 in the pathogenesis of NSCLC has not been reported. Here we addressed these questions. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We examined the levels of Slug and miR-124 in NSCLC tissue, compared to the adjacent non-tumor tissue...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Hyejung Jung, Bomin Kim, Byung In Moon, Eok-Soo Oh
During epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), epithelial cells lose key phenotypic markers (e.g., E-cadherin and cytokeratin 18) and acquire mesenchymal markers (e.g., N-cadherin and vimentin). Although the loss of cytokeratin 18 is a hallmark of EMT, the regulatory role of cytokeratin 18 in EMT is not yet fully understood. Here, we report that cytokeratin 18 is involved in the regulation of transforming growth factor-beta1 (TGF-β1)-induced EMT in breast epithelial cells. When MCF10A cells were treated with TGF-β1 for 24 h, considerable morphological changes, indicative of the early stages of EMT (e...
October 13, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Lei Sun, Peng Sun, Qi-Ying Zhou, Xiangchun Gao, Qing Han
Increasing evidences have demonstrated that long noncoding RNAs (LncRNAs) play a significant role in the development of tumor. However, the role of metastasis-associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1) in uveal melanoma remains unknown. In this study, we demonstrated that the expression of MALAT1 was upregulated in the uveal melanoma tissues compared to normal tissues. Among them, MALAT1 was upregulated in 72% (18/25) uveal melanoma tissues compared to their paired normal tissues. Knockdown of MALAT1 suppressed uveal melanoma cell proliferation, colony information, invasion and migration...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
F Vand-Rajabpour, N Sadeghipour, S Saee-Rad, H Fathi, P Noormohammadpour, M Yaseri, K K Hesari, Z Bagherpour, M Tabrizi
PURPOSE: Melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and basal cell carcinoma (BCC) can be used as a unique model to identify molecular mechanisms to distinguish rarely metastatic (BCC), often metastatic (SCC) and most metastatic (melanoma) cancer. It is known that epithelial-mesenchymal transition and stemness transcription factors (TWIST1, SNAI2/SLUG, and BMI1) play an important role in metastasis and their dysregulation has been demonstrated in metastatic cancers. We hypothesized that this spectrum of cutaneous cancers (BCC, SCC, and melanoma) would be a unique cancer model system to elucidate steps toward cancer invasion and metastasis...
October 7, 2016: Clinical & Translational Oncology
Jane Antony, Tuan Zea Tan, Zoe Kelly, Jeffrey Low, Mahesh Choolani, Chiara Recchi, Hani Gabra, Jean Paul Thiery, Ruby Yun-Ju Huang
Ovarian cancer is a complex disease with heterogeneity among the gene expression molecular subtypes (GEMS) between patients. Patients with tumors of a mesenchymal ("Mes") subtype have a poorer prognosis than patients with tumors of an epithelial ("Epi") subtype. We evaluated GEMS of ovarian cancer patients for molecular signaling profiles and assessed how the differences in these profiles could be leveraged to improve patient clinical outcome. Kinome enrichment analysis identified AXL as a particularly abundant kinase in Mes-subtype tumor tissue and cell lines...
October 4, 2016: Science Signaling
Yin-Kai Chao, Ta-Lun Peng, Wen-Yu Chuang, Chi-Ju Yeh, Yan-Liang Li, Ya-Ching Lu, Ann-Joy Cheng
Background: To characterize the potential function and clinical significance of Transketolase (TKT) in esophageal cancer. Methods: High invasive esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) cell line CE48T/VGH was used. Cellular functions in response to TKT modulation were examined, including cell growth, migration and invasion. The underlying molecules involved in the TKT regulatory mechanism were determined by western blot and confocal microscopic analysis. Clinically, TKT expressions in 76 ESCC patients were assessed by immunohistochemical (IHC) method, and the association with treatment outcome was determined...
2016: Journal of Cancer
Ryuji Matsumoto, Masumi Tsuda, Kazuhiko Yoshida, Mishie Tanino, Taichi Kimura, Hiroshi Nishihara, Takashige Abe, Nobuo Shinohara, Katsuya Nonomura, Shinya Tanaka
In treating bladder cancer, determining the molecular mechanisms of tumor invasion, metastasis, and drug resistance are urgent to improving long-term patient survival. One of the metabolic enzymes, aldo-keto reductase 1C1 (AKR1C1), plays an essential role in cancer invasion/metastasis and chemoresistance. In orthotopic xenograft models of a human bladder cancer cell line, UM-UC-3, metastatic sublines were established from tumors in the liver, lung, and bone. These cells possessed elevated levels of EMT-associated markers, such as Snail, Slug, or CD44, and exhibited enhanced invasion...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
María Laura Matos, Lara Lapyckyj, Arina Rosso, María José Besso, María Victoria Mencucci, Clara Isabel Marín Briggiler, Silvina Giustina, Laura Inés Furlong, Mónica Hebe Vazquez-Levin
Epithelial Cadherin (E-cadherin) is involved in calcium-dependent cell-cell adhesion and signal transduction. The E-cadherin decrease/loss is a hallmark of Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition (EMT), a key event in tumor progression. The underlying molecular mechanisms that trigger E-cadherin loss and consequent EMT have not been completely elucidated. This study reports the identification of a novel human E-cadherin variant mRNA produced by alternative splicing. A bioinformatics evaluation of the novel mRNA sequence and biochemical verifications suggest its regulation by Nonsense-Mediated mRNA Decay (NMD)...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Olivier Calvayrac, Anne Pradines, Gilles Favre
Metastatic dissemination is the cause of death in the vast majority of cancers, including lung cancers. In order to metastasize, tumor cells must undergo a well-known series of changes, however the molecular details of how they manage to overcome the barriers at each stage remain incomplete. One critical step is acquiring the ability to migrate through the extracellular matrix. Loss of expression of the RAS-related small GTPase RHOB is a common feature of lung cancer progression, and we recently reported that this induces an epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) that is dependent on SLUG overexpression and E-Cadherin inhibition and is characterized by 3-dimensional cell shape reorganization and the increased invasiveness of bronchial cells...
September 27, 2016: Small GTPases
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