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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933510/anti-fibrotic-effects-of-salvia-miltiorrhiza-and-ligustrazine-injection-on-lx-2-cells-involved-with-increased-n-myc-downstream-regulated-gene-2-expression
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Jin Zheng, Li-Tian Ma, Qin-You Ren, Yue Hu, Yang Bai, Huan Bian, Yi Zhang, Yong-Chun Zhou, Ming-Hui Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of Salvia miltiorrhiza and Ligustrazine Injection (SML) on proliferation and apoptosis of human hepatic stellate cell LX-2 and the expression of N-myc downstream-regulated gene 2 (NDRG2, a tumor suppressor gene). METHODS: HSCs from the LX-2 cell line were cultured in vitro. The proliferative state of different initial LX-2 cell numbers was measured using a 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) colorimetric assay...
December 8, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932593/dexamethasone-induced-intrauterine-growth-restriction-is-associated-with-altered-expressions-of-metastasis-tumor-antigens-and-cell-cycle-control-proteins-in-rat-placentas
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Mariam Alqaryyan, Narayana Kilarkaje, Abdeslam Mouihate, Maie D Al-Bader
Molecular mechanisms affecting placental formation in intrauterine growth-restricted (IUGR) pregnancies are not clearly understood. Since metastasis tumor antigens (MTAs) MTA1 and MTA2 promote cell proliferation and MTA3 suppresses it, we hypothesized that IUGR alters cell survival/cell death programs driven by placental MTAs. To induce IUGR, pregnant Sprague Dawley rats were given daily intraperitoneal injections of either saline or dexamethasone (0.4 mg/kg) starting from 14 days of gestation (dg) to either 19 dg or 21 dg...
December 8, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932247/crystal-structure-of-the-pdz-domain-of-mouse-dishevelled-1-and-its-interaction-with-cxxc5
#3
Inhwan Lee, Sooho Choi, Ji-Hye Yun, Seolhwa Seo, Sehee Choi, Kang-Yell Choi, Weontae Lee
Dishevelled (Dvl) plays a crucial role in Wnt signaling by interacting with membrane-bound receptors and downstream molecules through its PDZ domain. CXXC5 is one of the key molecules that interacts with Dvl and negatively regulates the Wnt/β-catenin pathway in osteoblast differentiation. Recently, the Dvl-CXXC5 interaction has been identified as an excellent target for osteoporosis treatment. Therefore, it is desirable to have detailed structural information for the Dvl-CXXC5 interaction. Although solution structures of the Dvl1 PDZ domain have been reported, a high-resolution crystal structure would provide detailed sidechain information that is essential for drug development...
December 5, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932034/oncogenic-retinoic-acid-receptor-%C3%AE-promotes-human-colorectal-cancer-growth-through-simultaneously-regulating-p21-transcription-and-gsk3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#4
Gui-Li Huang, Wei Zhang, Hong-Yue Ren, Pan Zhou, Yun Chen, Qing-Xi Chen, Dong-Yan Shen
Retinoic acid receptor α (RARα) plays important roles in the progression of several cancers such as leukemia, breast cancer, and lung cancer. In this study, we demonstrated that RARα protein was frequently overexpressed in human CRC specimens and CRC cell lines. RARα knockdown decreased cell survival, proliferation, and colony formation in vitro and tumorigenic potential in nude mice. Specifically, RARα knockdown inhibited cell cycle progression at G1 phase through upregulation of cell cycle inhibitor p21, and downregulation of cyclinD1...
December 5, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930552/nuclear-expression-and-or-reduced-membranous-expression-of-%C3%AE-catenin-correlate-with-poor-prognosis-in-colorectal-carcinoma-a-meta-analysis
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Shizhen Zhang, Zhen Wang, Jinlan Shan, Xiuyan Yu, Ling Li, Rui Lei, Daozhe Lin, Siqi Guan, Xiaochen Wang
BACKGROUND: The differential subcellular localizations of β-catenin (including membrane, cytoplasm, and nucleus) play different roles in the progression of colorectal cancer (CRC). However, the correlation between each subcellular localization of β-catenin and the prognosis of CRC patients remains undetermined. METHODS: Systematic strategies were applied to search for eligible published studies in the PubMed, Embase, and Web of Science databases. The correlation between each subcellular localizations of β-catenin expression and patients' clinicopathological features or prognosis was analyzed...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928465/gene-expression-and-pathway-analysis-of-ctnnb1-in-cancer-and-stem-cells
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Shihori Tanabe, Takeshi Kawabata, Kazuhiko Aoyagi, Hiroshi Yokozaki, Hiroki Sasaki
AIM: To investigate β-catenin (CTNNB1) signaling in cancer and stem cells, the gene expression and pathway were analyzed using bioinformatics. METHODS: The expression of the catenin β 1 (CTNNB1) gene, which codes for β-catenin, was analyzed in mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and gastric cancer (GC) cells. Beta-catenin signaling and the mutation of related proteins were also analyzed using the cBioPortal for Cancer Genomics and HOMology modeling of Complex Structure (HOMCOS) databases...
November 26, 2016: World Journal of Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927684/in-vitro-patterning-of-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-intestine-recapitulates-in-vivo-human-development
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Yu-Hwai Tsai, Roy Nattiv, Priya H Dedhia, Melinda S Nagy, Alana M Chin, Matthew Thomson, Ophir Klein, Jason Spence
The intestine plays a central role in digestion, nutrient absorption and metabolism, with individual regions of the intestine having distinct functional roles. For example, the most proximal region of the small intestine, the duodenum, is associated with absorption of micronutrients such as iron and folate, whereas the more distal ileum is responsible for recycling bile salts. Many examples of region-specific gene expression in the adult intestine are known, but how intestinal regional identity is established during development is a largely open question...
December 7, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927230/molecular-control-of-nitric-oxide-synthesis-through-enos-and-caveolin-1-interaction-regulates-osteogenic-differentiation-of-adipose-derived-stem-cells-by-modulation-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#8
Nadeeka Bandara, Saliya Gurusinghe, Shiang Yong Lim, Haying Chen, Shuangfeng Chen, Dawei Wang, Bryan Hilbert, Le-Xin Wang, Padraig Strappe
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO) plays a role in a number of physiological processes including stem cell differentiation and osteogenesis. Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), one of three NO-producing enzymes, is located in a close conformation with the caveolin-1 (CAV-1(WT)) membrane protein which is inhibitory to NO production. Modification of this interaction through mutation of the caveolin scaffold domain can increase NO release. In this study, we genetically modified equine adipose-derived stem cells (eASCs) with eNOS, CAV-1(WT), and a CAV-1(F92A) (CAV-1(WT) mutant) and assessed NO-mediated osteogenic differentiation and the relationship with the Wnt signaling pathway...
December 7, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926520/inhibiting-the-mnk-eif4e-%C3%AE-catenin-axis-increases-the-responsiveness-of-aggressive-breast-cancer-cells-to-chemotherapy
#9
Zhiqiang Li, Yang Sun, Miao Qu, Hongxing Wan, Fang Cai, Peng Zhang
Advanced breast cancer (eg. stage IV) is resistant to chemotherapy. In this work, we identified potentially druggable targets that are critically involved in chemoresistance. We showed that eIF4E is highly phosphorylated at serine 209 in breast cancer patients in response to chemotherapy, which significantly correlated with poorer clinical responses and outcomes. Depletion of eIF4E enhanced the anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects of chemotherapeutic drugs in breast cancer cells. Chemotherapy activated the Wnt/β-catenin signaling in an eIF4E-dependent manner...
December 2, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926488/blocking-ezh2-methylation-transferase-activity-by-gsk126-decreases-stem-cell-like-myeloma-cells
#10
Delong Zeng, Maoxing Liu, Jingxuan Pan
EZH2 is a critical epigenetic regulator that is deregulated in various types of cancers including multiple myeloma (MM). In the present study, we hypothesized that targeting EZH2 might induce apoptosis in myeloma cells including stem cell-like cells (CSCs). We investigated the effect of EZH2 inhibition on MM cells using a potent inhibitor (GSK126). The results showed that GSK126 effectively abrogated the methylated histone 3 (H3K27me3) level in MM.1S and LP1 cells, and inhibited the number of live cells and colony formation in soft agar of six MM cell lines...
December 2, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926361/nonductal-pancreatic-cancers
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Sun-Young Jun, Seung-Mo Hong
Nonductal pancreatic neoplasms, including solid pseudopapillary neoplasms, acinar cell carcinomas, and pancreatoblastomas, are uncommon. These entities share overlapping gross, microscopic, and immunohistochemical features, such as well-demarcated solid neoplasms, monotonous cellular tumor cells with little intervening stroma, and abnormal beta-catenin expression. Each tumor also has unique clinicopathologic characteristics with diverse clinical behavior. To differentiate nonductal pancreatic neoplasms, identification of histologic findings, such as pseudopapillae, acinar cell features, and squamoid corpuscles, is important...
December 2016: Surgical Pathology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924522/expression-of-%C3%AE-catenin-protein-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-its-relationship-with-alpha-fetoprotein
#12
Ya-Jun Ren, Tao Huang, Hong-Lu Yu, Li Zhang, Qian-Jin He, Zhi-Fan Xiong, Hua Peng
This study aimed to investigate the expression of β-catenin in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissues and its relationship with α-fetoprotein (AFP) in HCC. Immunohistochemistry was used to determine the expression of β-catenin in normal liver tissues (n=10), liver cirrhosis tissues (n=20), and primary HCC tissues (n=60). The relationship between β-catenin expression and clinical parameters of HCC was investigated. Real-time PCR and Western blotting were used to detect the mRNA and protein expression levels of β-catenin in the liver cancer cell line SMMC-7721 transfected with a plasmid encoding AFP, and also the mRNA and protein expression levels of β-catenin were measured in the liver cancer cell line Huh7 before and after the transfection with AFP shRNA plasmids...
December 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923905/%C3%AE-lapachone-inhibits-lung-metastasis-of-colorectal-cancer-by-inducing-apoptosis-of-ct26-cells
#13
Ji-Ye Kee, Yo-Han Han, Jinbong Park, Dae-Seung Kim, Jeong-Geon Mun, Kwang Seok Ahn, Hyun-Jung Kim, Jae-Young Um, Seung-Heon Hong
BACKGROUND: β-Lapachone is a quinone-containing compound found in red lapacho (Tabebuia impetiginosa, syn. T avellanedae) trees. Lapacho has been used in traditional medicine by several South and Central American indigenous people to treat various types of cancer. The purpose of this study was to investigate the antimetastatic properties of β-lapachone and the underlying mechanisms using colon cancer cells. METHODS: This research used metastatic murine colon cancer cell lines, colon 26 (CT26) and colon 38 (MC38)...
December 5, 2016: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923775/the-plasticizer-bbp-selectively-inhibits-epigenetic-regulator-sirtuin-during-differentiation-of-c3h10t1-2-stem-cell-line
#14
Jian Zhang, Mahua Choudhury
Exposure to environmental chemicals can perturb an individual's metabolic set point, especially during critical periods of development, and as a result increase his or her propensity towards obesity that is manifested later in life and possibly in successive generations. We hypothesized that benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), a widespread endocrine disruptor, may impair one important epigenetic regulator, sirtuin, in mesenchymal stem cells and induce adipogenesis. Our results showed that gene expression of two well-known adipogenic markers, aP2 and PPARγ, were significantly increased from day 2 to day 8 under 50μM BBP exposure when compared to control in C3H10T1/2 stem cells (p<0...
December 3, 2016: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923660/highly-expressed-lncrna-ccnd2-as1-promotes-glioma-cell-proliferation-through-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
#15
Hua Zhang, Lin D Wei, Long Wan, Feng S Yan, Hui Yan Sun
Glioma is the most common and aggressive primary brain tumor in adults. Long-non coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been recently shown to play important roles in regulating numerous biological processes both in physiologic and pathologic condition. However, the role of lncRNAs in glioma remains largely unknown. In this study, we firstly found that lncRNA CCND2-AS2 is significantly up regulated in malignant glioma tissues and cell lines. Both loss- and gain-functions assays show that CCND2-AS1 promotes glioma cells proliferation and growth...
December 3, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923410/supplementation-with-brazil-nuts-and-green-tea-extract-regulates-targeted-biomarkers-related-to-colorectal-cancer-risk-in-humans
#16
Ying Hu, Graeme H McIntosh, Richard K Le Leu, Roshini Somashekar, Xing Q Meng, Geetha Gopalsamy, Libby Bambaca, Ross A McKinnon, Graeme P Young
Se and green tea have been shown in epidemiological, observational and preclinical studies to be inversely related to the risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC). However, there are limited studies to evaluate their regulatory effects on genes/proteins that relate to CRC oncogenesis in human subjects, such as selenoproteins, WNT signalling pathway, inflammation and methylation. This study examined the effects of supplementation of Se using Brazil nuts and green tea extract (GTE) capsules, alone and in combination, on targeted biomarkers...
December 7, 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922964/the-effect-of-uniaxial-mechanical-stretch-on-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#17
Chuang Zhao, Yunfeng Li, Xuemei Wang, Shujuan Zou, Jing Hu, En Luo
Wnt/β-catenin signal is required in bone formation and remodling, but little is known about whether Wnt/β-catenin signal could promote osteogenic differentiation of rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) after uniaxial mechanical stretch. In this study, rat BMSCs were identified by flow cytometry and used for mechanical stretch. A custom-made uniaxial dynamic stretch apparatus was applied for rat BMSCs stretch. There were 2 groups in the study: the mechanical stretch group and the nonstretch control group...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920883/exogenous-secreted-frizzled-related-protein-4-modulates-steroidogenesis-of-rat-granulosa-cells-through-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-and-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathways
#18
Ghamartaj Hossein, Manijeh Khanmohammadi, Parisa Sahranavard Fard, Yasaman Heidarian, Somaieh Kazemnejad, Mohammad Mehdi Akhondi
BACKGROUND: It has been reported that secreted frizzled-related protein-4 known as an antagonist of Wnt signaling pathway plays a role in luteinization process of rodent granulosa cells. The purpose of this study was twofold: 1) to determine whether recombinant human secreted frizzled-related protein-4 (rhSFRP-4) could directly induce terminal differentiation of rat Granulosa Cells (GCs) and 2) to understand how the modulation of β-catenin and Protein Kinase B (PKB)/AKT activity by exogenous SFRP-4 could be involved in steroidogenesis...
October 2016: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919960/dancr-acts-as-a-diagnostic-biomarker-and-promotes-tumor-growth-and-metastasis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#19
Xiang Ma, Xin Wang, Chao Yang, Zusen Wang, Bing Han, Liqun Wu, Likun Zhuang
BACKGROUND: Long non-coding RNA differentiation antagonizing non-protein coding RNA (DANCR) is considered to be an oncogene in many cancer types. However, the role of DANCR in diagnosis and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still unknown. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this study, 146 participants including healthy volunteers (HVs) and patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), cirrhosis and HCC were recruited. RESULTS: Firstly, quantitative reverse transcription-PCR analysis showed that DANCR was up-regulated in tumor tissues and plasma of patients with HCC, and its expression was highly correlated with microvascular and liver capsule invasion of HCC...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919789/unravelling-a-p73-regulated-network-the-role-of-a-novel-p73-dependent-target-mir3158-in-cancer-cell-migration-and-invasiveness
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Sotiris Galtsidis, Stella Logotheti, Athanasia Pavlopoulou, Christos P Zampetidis, Georgia Papachristopoulou, Andreas Scorilas, Borek Vojtesek, Vassilis Gorgoulis, Vassilis Zoumpourlis
The transcription factor p73 is homologous to the well-known tumor-suppressor p53. The p73-regulated networks are of significant clinical interest, because they may substitute for impaired p53-regulated networks which are commonly perturbed in cancer. Herein, we aimed to characterize a p73-regulated network that mediates cell migration and restores anti-oncogenic responses in p53-mutant cancer cells. In this study, we demonstrate that p73 regulates a network underlying cell migration, which consists of MIR34A/MIR3158/vimentin/β-catenin/lef1...
December 2, 2016: Cancer Letters
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