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Michael Chalick, Oded Jacobi, Edward Pichinuk, Christian Garbar, Armand Bensussan, Alan Meeker, Ravit Ziv, Tania Zehavi, Nechama I Smorodinsky, John Hilkens, Franz-Georg Hanisch, Daniel B Rubinstein, Daniel H Wreschner
Translation of mRNA in alternate reading frames (ARF) is a naturally occurring process heretofore underappreciated as a generator of protein diversity. The MUC1 gene encodes MUC1-TM, a signal-transducing trans-membrane protein highly expressed in human malignancies. Here we show that an AUG codon downstream to the MUC1-TM initiation codon initiates an alternate reading frame thereby generating a novel protein, MUC1-ARF. MUC1-ARF, like its MUC1-TM 'parent' protein, contains a tandem repeat (VNTR) domain. However, the amino acid sequence of the MUC1-ARF tandem repeat as well as N- and C- sequences flanking it differ entirely from those of MUC1-TM...
2016: PloS One
Lili Zhang, Marianne Gallup, Lorna Zlock, Yu Ting Feeling Chen, Walter E Finkbeiner, Nancy A McNamara
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death, and 87% of these deaths are directly attributable to smoking. Using three-dimensional cultures of primary human bronchial epithelial cells, we demonstrated that loss of adherens junction protein, epithelial cadherin, and the aberrant interaction of its adherens junction binding partner, p120-catenin (p120ctn), with the cytoplasmic tail of apical mucin-1 (MUC1-CT) represent initiating steps in the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Smoke provoked the rapid nuclear entry of p120ctn in complex with MUC1-CT that was inhibited using the MUC1-CT inhibitory peptides, PMIP and GO-201...
October 17, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Sandra Cascio, Olivera J Finn
Altered glycosylation of mucin 1 (MUC1) on tumor cells compared to normal epithelial cells was previously identified as an important antigenic modification recognized by the immune system in the process of tumor immunosurveillance. This tumor form of MUC1 is considered a viable target for cancer immunotherapy. The importance of altered MUC1 glycosylation extends also to its role as a promoter of chronic inflammatory conditions that lead to malignant transformation and cancer progression. We review here what is known about the role of specific cancer-associated glycans on MUC1 in protein-protein interactions and intracellular signaling in cancer cells and in their adhesion to each other and the tumor stroma...
October 13, 2016: Biomolecules
Hitomi Hoshino, Makoto Ohta, Makoto Ito, Kenji Uchimura, Yasuhiro Sakai, Takeshi Uehara, Shulin Low, Mana Fukushima, Motohiro Kobayashi
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) is the second most common primary liver neoplasm, followed by hepatocellular carcinoma. ICC can be further subclassified as (i) perihilar and (ii) peripheral types, the latter histologically resembling small-sized intrahepatic bile ducts, such as interlobular bile ducts, cholangioles/ductules and the canals of Hering. Cholangiolocellular carcinoma (CoCC), now classified by the World Health Organization as a subtype of combined hepatocellular-cholangiocarcinoma, is currently regarded as a subtype of peripheral-type ICC...
October 17, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Yue Xue, Alessandro Vanoli, Serdar Balci, Michelle M Reid, Burcu Saka, Pelin Bagci, Bahar Memis, Hyejeong Choi, Nobuyike Ohike, Takuma Tajiri, Takashi Muraki, Brian Quigley, Bassel F El-Rayes, Walid Shaib, David Kooby, Juan Sarmiento, Shishir K Maithel, Jessica H Knight, Michael Goodman, Alyssa M Krasinskas, Volkan Adsay
Literature on non-ampullary-duodenal carcinomas is limited. We analyzed 47 resected non-ampullary-duodenal carcinomas. Histologically, 78% were tubular-type adenocarcinomas mostly gastro-pancreatobiliary type and only 19% pure intestinal. Immunohistochemistry (n=38) revealed commonness of 'gastro-pancreatobiliary markers' (CK7 55, MUC1 50, MUC5AC 50, and MUC6 34%), whereas 'intestinal markers' were relatively less common (MUC2 36, CK20 42, and CDX2 44%). Squamous and mucinous differentiation were rare (in five each); previously, unrecognized adenocarcinoma patterns were noted (three microcystic/vacuolated, two cribriform, one of comedo-like, oncocytic papillary, and goblet-cell-carcinoid-like)...
October 14, 2016: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Su-Tang Lo, Pamela Pantazopouos, Zdravka Medarova, Anna Moore
Underglycosylated mucin 1 antigen (uMUC1) is a proven biomarker of cancer progression relevant to many malignancies including pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). However, while ample evidence exists of the expression of total MUC1, little is known about the abundance of the underglycolsylated form of the antigen and its significance in disease progression. Such knowledge is important because the underglycosylated form of MUC1 is intimately linked to metastatic potential. Here, we investigated the expression uMUC1 at various stages of PDAC including pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia (PanIN)...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
Marie Masuda, Shigeru Kawakami, Wassana Wijagkanalan, Tadaharu Suga, Yuki Fuchigami, Fumiyoshi Yamashita, Mitsuru Hashida
We previously developed a negatively charged amino acid dendrimer to address the safety concerns associated with the constituent unit of these systems, which resulted in the formation of a sixth-generation glutamic acid-modified dendritic poly(L-lysine) system (KG6E). The aim of this study was to develop a nanocarrier for targeted drug delivery into cancer cells. In this study, we have synthesized a conjugate material consisting of anti-mucin 1 (MUC1) aptamer (anti-MUC1 apt) and KG6E (anti-MUC1 apt/KG6E) for targeted drug delivery to human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells, which express high levels of the MUC1...
2016: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Yuichi Uchino, Ashley M Woodward, Pablo Argüeso
Mucins are a group of highly glycosylated glycoproteins responsible for the protection of wet-surfaced epithelia. Recent data indicate that transmembrane mucins differ in their contribution to the protective function of the ocular surface, with MUC16 being the most effective barrier on the apical surface glycocalyx. Here, we investigated the role of the mucoprotective drug rebamipide in the regulation of transmembrane mucin biosynthesis using stratified cultures of human corneal and conjunctival epithelial cells...
October 7, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Seema Singh, Pravin Jha, Vandana Singh, Kislay Sinha, Sahid Hussain, Manoj K Singh, Prolay Das
Non-targeted photosensitizers lack selectivity that undermines the potential use of photodynamic therapy (PDT). Herein, we report the DNA mediated assembly of a ZnSe/ZnS quantum dot (QD)-photosensitizer (PS)-Mucin 1(MUC1) aptamer conjugate for targeting the MUC1 cancer biomarker and simultaneous generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). A photosensitizer, protoporphyrin IX (PpIX), was conjugated to a single stranded DNA and self-assembled to a complementary strand that was conjugated to a QD and harboring a MUC1 aptamer sequence...
October 10, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Syed A Khurram, Jemel Sultan-Khan, Neil Atkey, Paul M Speight
OBJECTIVES: Mammary analogue secretory carcinoma (MASC), initially considered a subset of acinic cell carcinoma (ACC), harbors an ETV6 translocation [t(12:15)(p13:25 q)] and is now regarded as a distinct entity. Several putative markers to differentiate MASC from ACC have been reported; however, the immunohistochemical profile is still being explored and updated. The purpose of this study was to further explore the cytogenetic and immunohistochemical profile of MASC. STUDY DESIGN: Cases were analyzed for ETV6 translocation using fluorescent in situ hybridization and stained for CK8, amylase, mammaglobin, GCDFP-15, MUC1, MUC4, STAT5a, Ki-67 (n = 37), CK7, Cam5...
July 20, 2016: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Gali Epstein Shochet, Oded Komemi, Dana Sadeh-Mestechkin, Meir Pomeranz, Ami Fishman, Liat Drucker, Michael Lishner, Shelly Tartakover Matalon
During placental implantation, cytotrophoblast cells differentiate to extravillous trophoblast (EVT) cells that invade from the placenta into the maternal uterine blood vessels. The heat shock protein-27 (HSP27), the signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT3) and the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E (EIF4E) are involved in regulating EVT cell differentiation/migration. EIF4E and EIF4G compose the translation initiation complex, which is a major control point in protein translation...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Molecular Histology
Elisabetta Bigagli, Carlotta De Filippo, Cinzia Castagnini, Simona Toti, Francesco Acquadro, Francesco Giudici, Marilena Fazi, Piero Dolara, Luca Messerini, Francesco Tonelli, Cristina Luceri
BACKGROUND: DNA copy number alterations (CNAs) and gene expression changes have amply been encountered in colorectal cancers (CRCs), but the extent at which CNAs affect gene expression, as well as their relevance for tumor development, are still poorly defined. Here we aimed at assessing the clinical relevance of these parameters in a 10 year follow-up study. METHODS: Tumors and normal adjacent colon mucosa, obtained at primary surgery from 21 CRC patients, were subjected to (i) high-resolution array CGH (a-CGH) for the detection of CNAs and (ii) microarray-based transcriptome profiling for the detection of gene expression (GE) changes...
October 5, 2016: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
Shiv Ram Krishn, Sukhwinder Kaur, Yuri M Sheinin, Lynette M Smith, Shailendra K Gautam, Asish Patel, Maneesh Jain, Vasthala Juvvigunta, Priya Pai, Audrey J Lazenby, Hemant K Roy, Surinder K Batra
Sessile serrated adenoma/polyps (SSA/P) are premalignant lesions of colorectal cancer that are difficult to distinguish histologically from hyperplastic polyps (HP) of minimal to no malignant potential. Specific markers for differentiating SSA/P from HP can aid clinicians for optimizing colon surveillance intervals. The present study investigates the potential of mucins and associated O-glycans to distinguish SSA/P from HP. Expression of colonic mucins (MUC1, MUC4, MUC17, MUC2, and MUC5AC) and O-glycans [Sialyl LewisA (CA19-9) and Tn/Sialyl-Tn on MUC1] were analyzed in HP (n=33), SSA/P (n=39), and tubular adenoma (TA) (n=36) samples by immunohistochemistry...
September 29, 2016: Oncotarget
Junguo Wang, Fang Mei, Xia Gao, Shoulin Wang
Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is the most common cancer originating from the nasopharynx, and can be induced by infection with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). To study the mechanisms of EBV-associated NPC, a microarray of the GSE12452 dataset was analyzed. GSE12452 was downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus and consisted of 31 NPC samples and 10 normal healthy nasopharyngeal tissue samples. The differentially-expressed genes (DEGs) were screened using the linear models for microarray data package in R. Using Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery software, potential functions of the DEGs were predicted by Gene Ontology and pathway enrichment analyses...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Arpad Karsai, Teri Jo Slack, Hamed Malekan, Fadi Khoury, Wei-Feng Lin, Victoria Tran, Daniel Cox, Michael Toney, Xi Chen, Gang-Yu Liu
Mucin 1 (MUC1) peptide fused with Q11 (MUC1-Q11) having 35 residues has previously been shown to form amyloid fibrils. Using time-dependent and high-resolution atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging, it is revealed that the formation of individual MUC1-Q11 fibrils entails nucleation and extension at both ends. This process can be altered by local mechanical perturbations using AFM probes. This work reports two specific perturbations and outcomes. First, by increasing load while maintaining tip-surface contact, the fibrils are cut during the scan due to shearing...
September 30, 2016: Small
Ms Jun Du, Qin Shen, Honglin Yin, Qiu Rao, Mr Xiaojun Zhou
MUC1 is a transmembrane mucin that has been related to tumor progression and outcome in various malignancies. GLUT1 is a member of the mammalian facilitative glucose transporter (GLUT) family of passive carriers that functions as an energy-independent system for transporting glucose. Both of them are useful markers for the diagnosis, progression, and prognosis of various tumors, especially those that are cancerous. However, the clinical significance of MUC1 and GLUT1 in thymic epithelial tumors remains uncertain due to a lack of quality specimen and studies at sufficient scale, both owing, in part, to the rarity of the tumors...
September 13, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Iraklis Perysinakis, Emilia Minaidou, Dimitrios Mantas, George C Sotiropoulos, Vasileia Leontara, Hercules Tsipras, George N Zografos, Ilias Margaris, Gregory Kouraklis
INTRODUCTION: Subclassification of ampullary adenocarcinomas into intestinal and pancreatobiliary type has prognostic and therapeutic implications. Immunohistochemical staining against specific biomarkers has been proven to be a useful adjunct in determining the exact histotype. Furthermore the immunohistochemical profile is suggestive of the molecular pathogenic mechanisms through which the tumor evolved. The aim of this study was to correlate p53, MDM2, CK7, CK20, MUC1, MUC2 and CDX2 expression in ampullary adenocarcinomas with the type of differentiation and patients' survival...
September 22, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Tsubasa Hiraki, Sohsuke Yamada, Michiyo Higashi, Kazuhito Hatanaka, Seiya Yokoyama, Ikumi Kitazono, Yuko Goto, Mari Kirishima, Surinder K Batra, Suguru Yonezawa, Akihide Tanimoto
Mucins play pivotal roles in influencing cancer biology, for example affecting carcinoma invasion, aggressiveness and/or metastatic potential. Our aim is to investigate the significance of expression profiles of two mucins in particular, MUC1 and MUC2, their correlations with various clinicopathological features, and prognosis in gallbladder adenocarcinoma (GBAC). We performed immunohistochemistry from patients with surgically resected GBAC, using antibodies against mucin core proteins MUC1/DF3 and MUC2/Ccp58 in 81 paraffin-embedded tumor samples...
September 27, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
Maroof Alam, Audrey Bouillez, Ashujit Tagde, Rehan Ahmad, Hasan Rajabi, Takahiro Maeda, Masayuki Hiraki, Yozo Suzuki, Donald Kufe
: Apical-basal polarity and epithelial integrity are maintained in part by the Crumbs (CRB) complex. The C-terminal subunit of MUC1 (MUC1-C) is a transmembrane protein that is expressed at the apical border of normal epithelial cells and aberrantly at high levels over the entire surface of their transformed counterparts. However, it is not known if MUC1-C contributes to this loss of polarity that is characteristic of carcinoma cells. Here it is demonstrated that MUC1-C downregulates expression of the Crumbs complex CRB3 protein in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells...
September 22, 2016: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Sayo Horibe, Toshihito Tanahashi, Shoji Kawauchi, Shigeto Mizuno, Yoshiyuki Rikitake
Recent advances in diagnostic technologies have revealed that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause serious mucosal injury in the upper and lower gastrointestinal tract (including the small intestine). A drug to treat NSAID-induced small-intestinal injury (SII) is lacking. Sodium alginate is a soluble dietary fiber extracted from brown seaweed and its solution has been used as a hemostatic agent to treat gastrointestinal bleeding due to gastric ulcers. Whether sodium alginate has therapeutic effects on NSAID-induced SII and its mechanism of action are not known...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
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