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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092865/investigations-on-the-immunosuppressive-activity-of-derivatives-of-mycophenolic-acid-in-immature-dendritic-cells
#1
Dorota Iwaszkiewicz-Grzes, Grzegorz Cholewinski, Agata Kot-Wasik, Piotr Trzonkowski, Krystyna Dzierzbicka
The main activity of mycophenolic acid 1 (MPA) and its analogs is the inhibition of proliferation of T cells. Here, we hypothesized that MPA and its conjugates inhibits also the activity of antigen-presenting cells (APC) including dendritic cells (DCs). We tested the effect of novel amino acid derivatives of MPA and conjugates of MPA with acridines/acridones on DCs by flow cytometry, ELISA and MLR assay. Both acridines/acridone derivatives could inhibit the maturation of DC, as shown by the decreased expression of B7 family receptors...
January 13, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092667/oncogenic-braf-fusions-in-mucosal-melanomas-activate-the-mapk-pathway-and-are-sensitive-to-mek-pi3k-inhibition-or-mek-cdk4-6-inhibition
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H S Kim, M Jung, H N Kang, H Kim, C-W Park, S-M Kim, S J Shin, S H Kim, S G Kim, E K Kim, M R Yun, Z Zheng, K Y Chung, J Greenbowe, S M Ali, T-M Kim, B C Cho
Despite remarkable progress in cutaneous melanoma genomic profiling, the mutational landscape of primary mucosal melanomas (PMM) remains unclear. Forty-six PMMs underwent targeted exome sequencing of 111 cancer-associated genes. Seventy-six somatic nonsynonymous mutations in 42 genes were observed, and recurrent mutations were noted on eight genes, including TP53 (13%), NRAS (13%), SNX31 (9%), NF1 (9%), KIT (7%) and APC (7%). Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK; 37%), cell cycle (20%) and phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)-mTOR (15%) pathways were frequently mutated...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092415/the-cluster-micrornas-mir-194-and-mir-215-suppress-the-tumorigenicity-of-intestinal-tumor-organoids
#3
Toshiaki Nakaoka, Yoshimasa Saito, Yuriko Shimamoto, Toshihide Muramatsu, Masaki Kimura, Yae Kanai, Hidetsugu Saito
Tumor stem cells with self-renewal and multipotent capacity play critical roles in the initiation and progression of cancer. Recently, a new 3D culture system known as organoid culture has been developed, allowing Lgr5-positive stem cells to form organoids that resemble the properties of original tissues. Here we established organoids derived from intestinal tumors of Apc(min/+) mice and normal intestinal epithelia of C57BL/6J mice and investigated the roles of microRNAs (miRNAs) in intestinal tumor organoids...
January 16, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092116/changes-in-thyroid-cancer-incidence-post-2009-american-thyroid-association-guidelines
#4
Lucy L Shi, Carol DeSantis, Ahmedin Jemal, Amy Y Chen
BACKGROUND: The thyroid cancer incidence rate has tripled in the United States since the 1980s, especially among women and small-sized tumors. This trend has been attributed to increased detection due to the availability of ultrasound and fine-needle aspiration technology. In 2009, the American Thyroid Association (ATA) released revisions to their guidelines for well-differentiated thyroid cancers. OBJECTIVE: To examine trends in thyroid cancer incidence rates by tumor size and gender following the 2009 ATA guideline revisions...
January 16, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091893/endoscopic-management-of-eroded-bands-following-banded-gastric-bypass-with-video
#5
Hany Shehab, Khaled Gawdat
BACKGROUND: Banded-gastric bypass is a highly effective bariatric procedure, yet the possibility of band erosion remains a significant drawback. Surgical removal of eroded bands may be associated with significant morbidity. In this study, we assess the efficacy and safety of a solely peroral endoscopic approach for the management of eroded bands in patients with a banded-gastric bypass. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Starting January 2012, all patients with banded-gastric bypass and an eroded band were subjected to an attempt at peroral endoscopic removal using endoscopic scissors and/or argon plasma coagulation (APC), regardless of the circumference of band eroding inside the lumen...
January 13, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091842/squamous-cell-dysplasia-in-the-proximal-rectum-of-three-patients-treated-for-ulcerative-colitis-on-immunomodulators
#6
James G Connolly, Stephen E Goldstone
BACKGROUND: Anal canal high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL) is the precursor to anal cancer. Immunocompromised patients are at increased risk and disease is usually within 3 cm from the anal verge. High-resolution anoscopy (HRA) with an 8-cm anoscope is used to identify and guide cautery treatment of HSIL. PURPOSE: We report three patients with a long-term history of ulcerative colitis (UC) treated with systemic immunomodulators who developed proximally located rectal HSIL...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089111/the-molecular-landscape-of-colitis-associated-carcinogenesis
#7
Deborah Saraggi, Matteo Fassan, Claudia Mescoli, Marco Scarpa, Nicola Valeri, Andrea Michielan, Renata D'Incá, Massimo Rugge
In spite of the well-established histopathological phenotyping of IBD-associated preneoplastic and neoplastic lesions, their molecular landscape remains to be fully elucidated. Several studies have pinpointed the initiating role of longstanding/relapsing inflammatory insult on the intestinal mucosa, with the activation of different pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-6, IL-10, IFN-γ), chemokines and metabolites of arachidonic acid resulting in the activation of key transcription factors such as NF-κB. Longstanding inflammation may also modify the intestinal microbiota, prompting the overgrowth of genotoxic microorganisms, which may act as further cancer promoters...
December 21, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088614/ccaat-enhancer-binding-protein-%C3%AE-promotes-pathogenesis-of-eae
#8
Michelle R Simpson-Abelson, Gerard Hernandez-Mir, Erin E Childs, J Agustin Cruz, Amanda C Poholek, Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Sarah L Gaffen, Mandy J McGeachy
The CCAAT/Enhancer Binding Protein β (C/EBPβ) transcription factor is activated by multiple inflammatory stimuli, including IL-17 and LPS, and C/EBPβ itself regulates numerous genes involved in inflammation. However, the role of C/EBPβ in driving autoimmunity is not well understood. Here, we demonstrate that Cebpb(-/-) mice are resistant to EAE. Cebpb(-/-) mice exhibited reduced lymphocyte and APC infiltration into CNS following EAE induction. Furthermore, MOG-induced Th17 cytokine production was impaired in draining LN, indicating defects in Th17 cell priming...
January 12, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088496/endogenous-thrombin-potential-changes-during-the-first-cycle-of-oral-contraceptive-use
#9
Carolyn L Westhoff, Malcolm C Pike, Serge Cremers, Andrew Eisenberger, Stella Thomassen, Jan Rosing
OBJECTIVES: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) risk increases within months of combination oral contraceptive (COC) initiation. Because elevated endogenous thrombin potential (ETP) has been found in several studies to be a VTE risk factor, we evaluated the extent of ETP changes during the initial cycle of an ethinyl estradiol (EE) and levonorgestrel (LNG) COC. We also assessed the relationship between ETP changes and systemic EE and LNG concentrations. STUDY DESIGN: Participants provided multiple blood samples during a first 21-day cycle of a 30 μg EE/150 μg LNG COC and after a further 7 days without an active COC...
January 11, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086833/delta-like-4-notch-signaling-promotes-apc-min-tumor-initiation-through-angiogenic-and-non-angiogenic-related-mechanisms
#10
Marina Badenes, Alexandre Trindade, Hugo Pissarra, Luís Lopes-da-Costa, António Duarte
BACKGROUND: Delta like 4 (Dll4)/Notch signaling is a key regulator of tumor angiogenesis. Additionally, the role of Dll4 has been studied on tumor stem cells. However, as these cells are implicated in tumor angiogenesis, it is conceivable that the effect of Dll4 on these cells may be a consequence of its angiogenic function. Our aim was to evaluate the expression and dissect the functions of Dll4 in the Apc (Min/+) model of colorectal cancer. METHODS: We evaluated the protein expression pattern of Dll4 and other Notch members in the Apc (Min/+) tumors relatively to the normal gut and compared endothelial-specific with ubiquitous Dll4 knockout mice on an Apc (Min/+) background...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078112/molecular-spectrum-of-kras-nras-braf-pik3ca-tp53-and-apc-somatic-gene-mutations-in-arab-patients-with-colorectal-cancer-determination-of-frequency-and-distribution-pattern
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Humaid O Al-Shamsi, Jeremy Jones, Yazan Fahmawi, Ibrahim Dahbour, Aziz Tabash, Reham Abdel-Wahab, Ahmed O S Abousamra, Kenna R Shaw, Lianchun Xiao, Manal M Hassan, Benjamin R Kipp, Scott Kopetz, Amr S Soliman, Robert R McWilliams, Robert A Wolff
BACKGROUND: The frequency rates of mutations such as KRAS, NRAS, BRAF, and PIK3CA in colorectal cancer (CRC) differ among populations. The aim of this study was to assess mutation frequencies in the Arab population and determine their correlations with certain clinicopathological features. METHODS: Arab patients from the Arab Gulf region and a population of age- and sex-matched Western patients with CRC whose tumors were evaluated with next-generation sequencing (NGS) were identified and retrospectively reviewed...
December 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077598/notch-ligand-delta-like-4-promotes-regulatory-t-cell-identity-in-pulmonary-viral-infection
#12
Hung-An Ting, Matthew A Schaller, Denise E de Almeida Nagata, Andrew J Rasky, Ivan P Maillard, Nicholas W Lukacs
Regulatory T (Treg) cells establish tolerance, prevent inflammation at mucosal surfaces, and regulate immunopathology during infectious responses. Recent studies have shown that Delta-like ligand 4 (Dll4) was upregulated on APC after respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection, and its inhibition leads to exaggerated immunopathology. In the present study, we outline the role of Dll4 in Treg cell differentiation, stability, and function in RSV infection. We found that Dll4 was expressed on CD11b(+) pulmonary dendritic cells in the lung and draining lymph nodes in wild-type BALB/c mice after RSV infection...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076475/expression-of-e-cadherin-and-wnt-pathway-proteins-betacatenin-apc-tcf-4-and-survivin-in-gastric-adenocarcinoma-clinical-and-pathological-implication
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Rodrigo Rego Lins, Celina Tizuko Fujiyama Oshima, Levindo Alves de Oliveira, Marcelo Souza Silva, Ana Maria Amaral Antonio Mader, Jaques Waisberg
Background: Gastric cancer is the fifth most frequent cancer and the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide.It has been reported that Wnt/ betacatenin pathway is activated in 30-50% of these tumors. However,the deregulation of this pathway has not been fully elucidated. Aim: To determine the expression of E-cadherin, betacatenin, APC, TCF-4 and survivin proteins in gastric adenocarcinoma tissues and correlate with clinical and pathological parameters...
November 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075483/detecting-apc-gene-mutations-in-familial-adenomatous-polyposis-fap
#14
Babi Ramesh Reddy Nallamilli, Madhuri Hegde
Hereditary forms of colorectal cancer (CRC) account for up to 5% of total cases. Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is an autosomal dominant condition affecting nearly 1 in 5000 people and accounts for only about 1% of all CRCs. It is characterized by the progressive development of hundreds to thousands of adenomatous colon polyps. The gene associated with FAP (APC) contains 15 coding exons. The mutation spectrum of the APC gene is broad in that 87% of causative mutations are point mutations (including other sequence variants) and around 10% to 15% are intragenic deletions and duplications...
January 11, 2017: Current Protocols in Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075444/the-role-of-lncrna-malat1-in-the-regulation-of-hepatocyte-proliferation-during-liver-regeneration
#15
Cuicui Li, Lei Chang, Zhiquan Chen, Zhongzhong Liu, Yanfeng Wang, Qifa Ye
Exploring the biological functions of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) has come to the foreground in recent years. Studies have indicated that the lncRNA metastasis‑associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1) not only regulates tumorigenesis in hepatocellular carcinoma, but also controls cell cycle progression in hematopoietic cells. The present study was designed to investigate the biological role of lncRNA MALAT1 in liver regeneration. We carried out a series of assays during liver regeneration following 2/3 partial hepatectomy in mice...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073555/molecular-and-phylogenetic-characterization-of-ostreopsis-dinophyceae-and-the-description-of-a-new-species-ostreopsis-rhodesae-sp-nov-from-a-subtropical-australian-lagoon
#16
Arjun Verma, Mona Hoppenrath, Juan José Dorantes-Aranda, D Tim Harwood, Shauna A Murray
Cryptic and pseudo-cryptic species are common amongst marine phytoplankton, and may cause misleading inferences of ecological and physiological data of plankton community studies. Deciphering the diversity and distribution of species of the benthic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis is one example, as there are many morphologically indistinct clades that differ greatly genetically and toxicologically from one another. In this study, a new species, Ostreopsis rhodesae from the southern Great Barrier Reef was described...
December 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073382/a-retrospective-study-comparing-agar-plate-culture-indirect-immunofluorescence-and-real-time-pcr-for-the-diagnosis-of-strongyloides-stercoralis-infection
#17
Dora Buonfrate, Francesca Perandin, Fabio Formenti, Zeno Bisoffi
Strongyloides stercoralis is a parasite that can cause death in immunocompromised people. A proper diagnosis is hence essential. The real-time polymerase-chain reaction (RT-PCR) is a novel, promising diagnostic method, that detects the DNA of the parasite in stool samples. In this retrospective study, we compared the sensitivity of agar plate coproculture (APC), an in-house immunofluorescence test (IFAT) and an in-house RT-PCR for the diagnosis of S. stercoralis infection. The study sample was composed by 223 samples...
January 11, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072388/a-sequential-multi-target-mps1-phosphorylation-cascade-promotes-spindle-checkpoint-signaling
#18
Zhejian Ji, Haishan Gao, Luying Jia, Bing Li, Hongtao Yu
The master spindle checkpoint kinase Mps1 directly senses kinetochore-microtubule attachment and promotes checkpoint signaling to ensure accurate chromosome segregation. The kinetochore scaffold Knl1, when phosphorylated by Mps1, recruits checkpoint complexes Bub1-Bub3 and BubR1-Bub3 to unattached kinetochores. Active checkpoint signaling ultimately enhances the assembly of the mitotic checkpoint complex (MCC) consisting of BubR1-Bub3, Mad2, and Cdc20, which inhibits the anaphase-promoting complex or cyclosome bound to Cdc20 (APC/C(Cdc20)) to delay anaphase onset...
January 10, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070680/a-disturbance-of-intestinal-epithelial-cell-population-and-kinetics-in-apc1638t-mice
#19
Tuya Wang, Takanori Onouchi, Nami O Yamada, Shuji Matsuda, Takao Senda
The adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) is a multifunctional protein as well as a tumor suppressor. To determine the functions of the C-terminal domain of APC, we explored APC (1638T/1638T) (APC1638T) mice that express a truncated APC lacking the C-terminal domain. The APC1638T mice were tumor free and exhibited growth retardation. In the present study, we compared small intestinal crypt-villus cells homeostasis in APC (+/+) (WT) mice and APC1638T mice. The body weight of APC1638T mice was significantly smaller than that of WT mice at all ages...
January 9, 2017: Medical Molecular Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069902/wnt-regulation-of-embryonic-development-likely-involves-pathways-independent-of-nuclear-ctnnb1
#20
Paula Tribulo, James I Moss, Manabu Ozawa, Zongliang Jiang, Cindy Tian, Peter J Hansen
The bovine was used to examine potential for WNT signaling to affect the preimplantation embryo. Expression of seven key genes involved in canonical WNT signaling declined to a nadir at the morula or blastocyst stage. Expression of 80 genes associated with WNT signaling in the morula and inner cell mass (ICM) and trophectoderm (TE) of the blastocyst was also evaluated. Many genes associated with WNT signaling were characterized by low transcript abundance. Seven genes were different between ICM and TE, and all of them were overexpressed in TE as compared to ICM, including WNT6, FZD1, FZD7, LRP6, PORCN, APC, and SFRP1...
January 9, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
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