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N Kaji, S Nakayama, K Horiguchi, S Iino, H Ozaki, M Hori
BACKGROUND: Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) serve as intestinal pacemakers. Postoperative ileus (POI) is a gastrointestinal motility disorder that occurs following abdominal surgery, which is caused by inflammation-induced dysfunction of smooth muscles and enteric neurons. However, the participation of ICC in POI is not well understood. In this study, we investigated the functional changes of ICC in a mouse model of POI. METHODS: Intestinal manipulation (IM) was performed to induce POI...
March 15, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
N-N Song, H-L Lu, C Lu, L Tong, S-Q Huang, X Huang, J Chen, Y-C Kim, W-X Xu
BACKGROUND: A major complication related to gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms in diabetic patients is chronic constipation. Constipation has serious negative impacts on quality of life; however, without a comprehensive understanding of the disease, currently available treatments cannot provide a cure. Platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha-positive cells (PDGFRα+ cells), which form the SIP syncytium with interstitial cells of Cajal and smooth muscle cells, play important roles in GI motility...
March 9, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Jieying Chen, Xunan Sheng, Hongchang Ma, Zhengshan Tang, Chao Yang, Lanqin Cao, Yang Sun, Tanggang Deng, Peifu Feng, Bin Hu, Dong Wei, Jing Liu, Wei Xiong, Mao Ye
WD repeat protein 79 (WDR79) is a member of the WD-repeat protein family characterized by the presence of a series of WD-repeat domains and is a scaffold protein that participates in telomerase assembly, Cajal body formation and DNA double strand break repair. Although previous studies have revealed that WDR79 is frequently overexpressed in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and promotes the proliferation of NSCLC cells, the underlying mechanism responsible for WDR79-mediated NSCLC proliferation is not fully understood...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Simon J Gibbons
In common with other regions of the gastrointestinal tract, the stomach generates multiple patterns of motility that serve to accommodate, break down and mix food. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 5, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Donatienne Van Weehaeghe, Olivier Gheysens, Vincent Vandecaveye, Patrick Schöffski, Koen Van Laere, Christophe M Deroose
BACKGROUND: Gastro-intestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are very rare tumors of the gastro-intestinal tract, originating from the interstitial cells of Cajal or a common cell precursor which both express type III tyrosine kinase receptors. Regorafenib is an oral multi-kinase inhibitor used to treat gastro-intestinal stromal tumors. To our knowledge this is the first case in literature to show the response of regorafenib on PET. CASE PRESENTATION: A 37-year-old male with lower abdominal pain and weight loss was referred to our hospital...
March 5, 2018: BMC Cancer
P A Zykin, I A Moiseenko, L A Tkachenko, R A Nasyrov, E A Tsvetkov, E I Krasnoshchekova
We studied peculiarities of the structure of human entorhinal cortex at weeks 20-26 of gestation (10 hemispheres). The samples were Nissl-stained and immunohistochemically treated with antibodies to parvalbumin, calretinin, calbindin, and cytoskeleton proteins (MAP2 and N200). 3D-reconstruction of the entorhinal cortex from serial sections was performed, caudomedial and rostrolateral areas were isolated. Parvalbumin+ cells in layer I, discrete distribution of layer II cells with colocalization of MAP2 and calretinin at the border with layer I, and two sublayers Va and Vb with MAP2+ neurons were typical for the caudomedial area...
March 4, 2018: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Matthew S Block, Robert A Vierkant, Peter F Rambau, Stacey J Winham, Philipp Wagner, Nadia Traficante, Aleksandra Tołoczko, Daniel G Tiezzi, Florin Andrei Taran, Peter Sinn, Weiva Sieh, Raghwa Sharma, Joseph H Rothstein, Teresa Ramón Y Cajal, Luis Paz-Ares, Oleg Oszurek, Sandra Orsulic, Roberta B Ness, Gregg Nelson, Francesmary Modugno, Janusz Menkiszak, Valerie McGuire, Bryan M McCauley, Marie Mack, Jan Lubiński, Teri A Longacre, Zheng Li, Jenny Lester, Catherine J Kennedy, Kimberly R Kalli, Audrey Y Jung, Sharon E Johnatty, Mercedes Jimenez-Linan, Allan Jensen, Maria P Intermaggio, Jillian Hung, Esther Herpel, Brenda Y Hernandez, Andreas D Hartkopf, Paul R Harnett, Prafull Ghatage, José M García-Bueno, Bo Gao, Sian Fereday, Ursula Eilber, Robert P Edwards, Christiani B de Sousa, Jurandyr M de Andrade, Anita Chudecka-Głaz, Georgia Chenevix-Trench, Alicia Cazorla, Sara Y Brucker, Jennifer Alsop, Alice S Whittemore, Helen Steed, Annette Staebler, Kirsten B Moysich, Usha Menon, Jennifer M Koziak, Stefan Kommoss, Susanne K Kjaer, Linda E Kelemen, Beth Y Karlan, David G Huntsman, Estrid Høgdall, Jacek Gronwald, Marc T Goodman, Blake Gilks, María José García, Peter A Fasching, Anna de Fazio, Suha Deen, Jenny Chang-Claude, Francisco J Candido Dos Reis, Ian G Campbell, James D Brenton, David D Bowtell, Javier Benítez, Paul D P Pharoah, Martin Köbel, Susan J Ramus, Ellen L Goode
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate myeloid differentiation primary response gene 88 (MyD88) and Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) expression in relation to clinical features of epithelial ovarian cancer, histologic subtypes, and overall survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We conducted centralized immunohistochemical staining, semi-quantitative scoring, and survival analysis in 5263 patients participating in the Ovarian Tumor Tissue Analysis consortium. Patients were diagnosed between January 1, 1978, and December 31, 2014, including 2865 high-grade serous ovarian carcinomas (HGSOCs), with more than 12,000 person-years of follow-up time...
March 2018: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
Gianluca Cipriani, Simon J Gibbons, Katie E Miller, Daniel S Yang, Matthew L Terhaar, Seth T Eisenman, Tamas Ördög, David R Linden, Gabriela B Gajdos, Joseph H Szurszewski, Gianrico Farrugia
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Muscularis propria macrophages lie close to cells that regulate gastrointestinal motor function, including interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) and myenteric neurons. In animal models of diabetic gastroparesis, development of delayed gastric emptying has been associated with loss of macrophages that express cytoprotective markers and reduced networks of ICC. Mice with long-term diabetes and normal gastric emptying have macrophages that express anti-inflammatory markers and have normal gastric ICC...
February 28, 2018: Gastroenterology
Chenguang Bai, Xiaohong Liu, Jingjing Xu, Chen Qiu, Runqiu Wang, Jianming Zheng
Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is believed to originate from intestinal cells of Cajal or their stem-cell precursors, and expresses stemness-related markers, such as CD117, CD34, DOG1 and nestin. To further characterize phenotypic features of GISTs, we examined expression profiles of a panel of stemness genes in GISTs, by analyzing existing gene expression profiling datasets. Our results showed that mRNA levels of B-lymphoma moloney murine leukaemia virus insertion region-1 (BMI1), kruppel-like factor 4 (KLF4), sal-like protein 4 (SALL4) and telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) were significantly unregulated in GISTs...
February 24, 2018: Human Pathology
Natalia O Kalinina, Svetlana Makarova, Antonida Makhotenko, Andrew J Love, Michael Taliansky
The nucleolus is the most conspicuous domain in the eukaryotic cell nucleus, whose main function is ribosomal RNA (rRNA) synthesis and ribosome biogenesis. However, there is growing evidence that the nucleolus is also implicated in many other aspects of cell biology, such as regulation of cell cycle, growth and development, senescence, telomerase activity, gene silencing, responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. In the first part of the review, we briefly assess the traditional roles of the plant nucleolus in rRNA synthesis and ribosome biogenesis as well as possible functions in other RNA regulatory pathways such as splicing, nonsense-mediated mRNA decay and RNA silencing...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Dahyana Arias Escayola, Karla Neugebauer
Nuclear bodies are RNA-rich membraneless organelles in the cell nucleus that concentrate specific sets of nuclear proteins and RNA-protein complexes. Nuclear bodies such as the nucleolus, Cajal body (CB), and the histone locus body (HLB) concentrate factors required for nuclear steps of RNA processing. Formation of these nuclear bodies occurs on genomic loci and is frequently associat-ed with active sites of transcription. Whether nuclear body formation is dependent on a particular gene element, an active process such as transcription, or the nascent RNA present at gene loci is a topic of debate...
February 23, 2018: Biochemistry
Natalia V Nizyaeva, Tatiana V Sukhacheva, Roman A Serov, Galina V Kulikova, Marina N Nagovitsyna, Natalia E Kan, Victor L Tyutyunnik, Stanislav V Pavlovich, Rimma A Poltavtseva, Ekaterina L Yarotskaya, Aleksandr I Shchegolev, Gennadiy T Sukhikh
A new cell type, interstitial Cajal-like cell (ICLC), was recently described in different organs. The name was recently changed to telocytes (TCs), and their typical thin, long processes have been named telopodes (Tp). TCs regulate the contractile activity of smooth muscle cells and play a role in regulating vessel contractions. Although the placenta is not an innervated organ, we believe that TCs are present in the placenta. We studied placenta samples from physiological pregnancies and in different variants of preeclampsia (PE)...
February 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
Todd R Albrecht, Sergey P Shevtsov, Yixuan Wu, Lauren G Mascibroda, Natoya J Peart, Kai-Lieh Huang, Iain A Sawyer, Liang Tong, Miroslav Dundr, Eric J Wagner
Integrator (INT) is a transcriptional regulatory complex associated with RNA polymerase II that is required for the 3'-end processing of both UsnRNAs and enhancer RNAs. Integrator subunits 9 (INTS9) and INTS11 constitute the catalytic core of INT and are paralogues of the cleavage and polyadenylation specificity factors CPSF100 and CPSF73. While CPSF73/100 are known to associate with a third protein called Symplekin, there is no paralog of Symplekin within INT raising the question of how INTS9/11 associate with the other INT subunits...
February 20, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Jordi Vilardell, Estefania Alcaraz, Eduard Sarró, Enric Trilla, Thaïs Cuadros, Inés de Torres, Maria Plana, Santiago Ramón Y Cajal, Lorenzo A Pinna, Maria Ruzzene, Juan Morote, Anna Meseguer, Emilio Itarte
Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is the most common and aggressive subtype of renal cancer. STAT3 pathway is altered in these tumors and p-STAT3 Ser727 is an independent prognostic factor for ccRCC. Protein kinase CK2 is altered in different types of tumors and overexpression of CK2α is considered predictive of bad prognosis and metastatic risk. CK2 subunits analyses in ccRCC samples showed increased CK2α/α' nuclear content in all cases, but decreased cytosolic CK2β (CK2βcyt) levels in the more advanced tumors...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
Santiago Ramon Y Cajal, Josep Castellvi, Stefan Hümmer, Vicente Peg, Jerry Pelletier, Nahum Sonenberg
One of the daunting challenges facing modern medicine lies in the understanding and treatment of tumor heterogeneity. Most tumors show intra-tumor heterogeneity at both genomic and proteomic levels, with marked impacts on the responses of therapeutic targets. Therapeutic target-related gene expression pathways are affected by hypoxia and cellular stress. However, the finding that targets such as eukaryotic initiation factor (eIF) 4E (and its phosphorylated form, p-eIF4E) are generally homogenously expressed throughout tumors, regardless of the presence of hypoxia or other cellular stress conditions, opens the exciting possibility that malignancies could be treated with therapies that combine targeting of eIF4E phosphorylation with immune checkpoint inhibitors or chemotherapy...
February 21, 2018: Oncogene
Nathaniel Robichaud, Brian E Hsu, Roman Istomine, Fernando Alvarez, Julianna Blagih, Eric H Ma, Sebastian V Morales, David L Dai, Glenn Li, Margarita Souleimanova, Qianyu Guo, Sonia V Del Rincon, Wilson H Miller, Santiago Ramón Y Cajal, Morag Park, Russell G Jones, Ciriaco A Piccirillo, Peter M Siegel, Nahum Sonenberg
The translation of mRNAs into proteins serves as a critical regulatory event in gene expression. In the context of cancer, deregulated translation is a hallmark of transformation, promoting the proliferation, survival, and metastatic capabilities of cancer cells. The best-studied factor involved in the translational control of cancer is the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E (eIF4E). We and others have shown that eIF4E availability and phosphorylation promote metastasis in mouse models of breast cancer by selectively augmenting the translation of mRNAs involved in invasion and metastasis...
February 20, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Noelia López, Ángel Gil-de-Miguel, Raquel Pascual-García, Jose Manuel Ramón Y Cajal, Ruth Gil-Prieto
BACKGROUND: Vulvar and vaginal cancers are considered rare cancers in women. Human Papillomavirus is responsible for 30%-76% of them. The aim of this study was to describe the burden of hospital admissions by malignant neoplasia (MN) and in situ carcinoma (ISC) of vulva and vagina from 2009 to 2013, in Spain METHODS: This observational, descriptive study used discharge information obtained from the national surveillance system for hospital data, Conjunto Mínimo Básico de Datos, CMBD, provided by the Ministry of Health...
February 16, 2018: Papillomavirus Research
José Miguel Martínez de Zabarte Fernández, Juan Pablo García Íñiguez, Mercedes Domínguez Cajal
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Methaemoglobinaemia is a typical acute intoxication disorder in children under one year old. It is produced by excess nitrates which induce the haemoglobin's iron oxidation, preventing its adequate binding to oxygen. It is more frequent in infants due to its lower enzymatic activity. PATIENTS: Two cases of 15-month-old infants with methaemoglobinaemia after the intake of vegetables, atypical by the age of the patients and the initial severity in the first case that simulated a septic syndrome...
February 10, 2018: Medicina Clínica
Qian Liu, Chao Wu, Shengquan Huang, Qingjian Wu, Tao Zhou, Xiaobing Liu, Xin Liu, Xiaoyan Hu, Longkun Li
Spinal cord injury (SCI) leads to bereft voluntary control of bladder, but the possible role of spontaneous excited system in bladder of SCI patients is poorly understood. Hyper-polarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels are deemed to regulate the spontaneous contraction of bladder, our study explored the functional role of HCN channels in SCI induced neurogenic bladder. Sixty female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized into control, sham and SCI groups. Rat models subjected to SCI at S2 levels were successfully established and were assessed using hematoxylin and eosin staining and cystometry...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Niki Karachaliou, Imane Chaib, Andres Felipe Cardona, Jordi Berenguer, Jillian Wilhelmina Paulina Bracht, Jie Yang, Xueting Cai, Zhigang Wang, Chunping Hu, Ana Drozdowskyj, Carles Codony Servat, Jordi Codony Servat, Masaoki Ito, Ilaria Attili, Erika Aldeguer, Ana Gimenez Capitan, July Rodriguez, Leonardo Rojas, Santiago Viteri, Miguel Angel Molina-Vila, Sai-Hong Ignatius Ou, Morihito Okada, Tony S Mok, Trever G Bivona, Mayumi Ono, Jean Cui, Santiago Ramón Y Cajal, Peng Cao, Rafael Rosell
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mutation-positive non-smallcell lung cancer (NSCLC) is incurable, despite high rates of response to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). We investigated receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), Src family kinases and focal adhesion kinase (FAK) as genetic modifiers of innate resistance in EGFR-mutation-positive NSCLC. We performed gene expression analysis in two cohorts (Cohort 1 and Cohort 2) of EGFR-mutation-positive NSCLC patients treated with EGFR TKI. We evaluated the efficacy of gefitinib or osimertinib with the Src/FAK/Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) inhibitor, TPX0005 in vitro and in vivo...
February 5, 2018: EBioMedicine
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