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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938438/targeted-disruption-of-yap-and-taz-impairs-the-maintenance-of-the-adrenal-cortex
#1
Adrien Levasseur, Guillaume St-Jean, Marilène Paquet, Derek Boerboom, Alexandre Boyer
Yes-associated protein (YAP) and transcriptional co-activator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) are functionally redundant transcriptional regulators that are downstream effectors of the Hippo signaling pathway. They act as major regulators of stem cell maintenance, cell growth and differentiation. To characterize their roles in the adrenal cortex, we generated a mouse model in which Yap and Taz were conditionally deleted in steroidogenic cells (Yapflox/flox;Tazflox/flox;Nr5a1cre/+). Male Yapflox/flox;Tazflox/flox;Nr5a1cre/+ mice were characterized by an age-dependent degeneration of the adrenal cortex associated with an increase in apoptosis and a progressive reduction in the expression levels of steroidogenic genes...
September 14, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928250/coexistent-duplication-of-urethra-and-a-refluxing-ectopic-ureter-presenting-as-recurrent-epididymo-orchitis-in-a-child
#2
Ferzine Mohamed, Susan Jehangir
Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUTs) occur in 3-6 per 1000 live births, accounting for most cases of paediatric end-stage kidney disease.(1) However, the molecular basis of CAKUT and anomalies of the external genitalia is poorly understood. We, herein, describe a case with left recurrent epididymo-orchitis with a coexistent urethral duplication and an ectopic ureter with an ipsilateral non-functioning kidney, which is, to the best of our knowledge, the first reported case of its kind...
September 19, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925352/bmps-direct-sensory-interneuron-identity-in-the-developing-spinal-cord-using-signal-specific-not-morphogenic-activities
#3
Madeline G Andrews, Lorenzo M Del Castillo, Eliana Ochoa-Bolton, Ken Yamauchi, Jan Smogorzewski, Samantha J Butler
The Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) family reiteratively signals to direct disparate cellular fates throughout embryogenesis. In the developing dorsal spinal cord, multiple BMPs are required to specify sensory interneurons (INs). Previous studies suggested that the BMPs act as concentration-dependent morphogens to direct IN identity, analogous to the manner in which sonic hedgehog patterns the ventral spinal cord. However, it remains unresolved how multiple BMPs would cooperate to establish a unified morphogen gradient...
September 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921619/alcohol-reduces-arterial-remodeling-by-inhibiting-sonic-hedgehog-stimulated-sca1-progenitor-stem-cell-expansion
#4
Emma Fitzpatrick, Xu Han, Weimin Liu, Eoin Corcoran, Denise Burtenshaw, Maryam Alshamrani, David Morrow, Jay-Christian Helt, Paul A Cahill, Eileen M Redmond
BACKGROUND: Cell and molecular mechanisms mediating the cardiovascular effects of alcohol are not fully understood. Our aim was to determine the effect of moderate Ethanol (EtOH) on Sonic Hedgehog (SHh) signaling in regulating possible Sca1(+) progenitor stem cell involvement during pathologic arterial remodeling. METHODS AND RESULTS: Partial ligation or sham-operation of the left carotid artery was performed in transgenic Sca1-eGFP mice gavaged with or without 'daily moderate' EtOH...
September 18, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915233/the-utility-of-stem-cells-in-pediatric-urinary-bladder-regeneration
#5
REVIEW
Philip M Iannaccone, Vasil Galat, Matthew I Bury, Yongchao C Ma, Arun K Sharma
Pediatric patients with a neurogenic urinary bladder caused by developmental abnormalities including spina bifida exhibit chronic urological problems. Surgical management in the form of enterocystoplasty is used to enlarge the bladder but is associated with significant clinical complications. Thus, alternative methods to enterocystoplasty have been explored through the incorporation of stem cells with tissue engineering strategies. Within the context of this review, we will examine the use of bone marrow stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) as they relate to bladder regeneration at the anatomic and molecular levels...
September 15, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901252/the-origin-and-identification-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-teeth-from-odontogenic-to-non-odontogenic
#6
Dixin Cui, Hongyu Li, Mian Wan, Yiran Peng, Xin Xu, Xuedong Zhou, Liwei Zheng
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in teeth have been exploited as vital seed cells for stem cell-based dental medicine. To date, several mesenchymal stem cell populations originated from odontogenic tissue have been isolated and characterized by their expression of MSC surface markers and capacity of multi-lineage differentiation, including dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs), stem cells from human exfoliated deciduous teeth (SHED), stem cells from apical papilla (SCAP) and so on. However, their identity in vivo remains elusive, which hinders further understanding of their application in stem cell-based tooth regeneration...
September 13, 2017: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892064/a-mouse-model-for-embryonal-tumors-with-multilayered-rosettes-uncovers-the-therapeutic-potential-of-sonic-hedgehog-inhibitors
#7
Julia E Neumann, Annika K Wefers, Sander Lambo, Edoardo Bianchi, Marie Bockstaller, Mario M Dorostkar, Valerie Meister, Pia Schindler, Andrey Korshunov, Katja von Hoff, Johannes Nowak, Monika Warmuth-Metz, Marlon R Schneider, Ingrid Renner-Müller, Daniel J Merk, Mehdi Shakarami, Tanvi Sharma, Lukas Chavez, Rainer Glass, Jennifer A Chan, M Mark Taketo, Philipp Neumann, Marcel Kool, Ulrich Schüller
Embryonal tumors with multilayered rosettes (ETMRs) have recently been described as a new entity of rare pediatric brain tumors with a fatal outcome. We show here that ETMRs are characterized by a parallel activation of Shh and Wnt signaling. Co-activation of these pathways in mouse neural precursors is sufficient to induce ETMR-like tumors in vivo that resemble their human counterparts on the basis of histology and global gene-expression analyses, and that point to apical radial glia cells as the possible tumor cell of origin...
September 11, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891097/ventral-neural-patterning-in-the-absence-of-a-shh-activity-gradient-from-the-floorplate
#8
Angelo Iulianella, Daisuke Sakai, Hiroshi Kurosaka, Paul Trainor
BACKGROUND: Vertebrate spinal cord development requires Sonic Hedgehog (Shh) signaling from the floorplate and notochord, where it is thought to act in concentration dependent manner to pattern distinct cell identities along the ventral-to-dorsal axis. While in vitro experiments demonstrate naïve neural tissues are sensitive to small changes in Shh levels, genetic studies illustrate that some degree of ventral patterning can occur despite significant perturbations in Shh signaling. Consequently, the mechanistic relationship between Shh morphogen levels and acquisition of distinct cell identities remains unclear...
September 11, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887094/salvianolic-acids-for-injection-safi-promotes-functional-recovery-and-neurogenesis-via-sonic-hedgehog-pathway-after-stroke-in-mice
#9
Ye Zhang, Xiangjian Zhang, Lili Cui, Rong Chen, Cong Zhang, Yaoru Li, Tingting He, Xingyuan Zhu, Zuyuan Shen, Lipeng Dong, Jingru Zhao, Ya Wen, Xiufen Zheng, Pan Li
There is a pressing need of developing approaches for delayed post-stroke therapy for patients who fail to receive thrombolysis within the narrow time window. Neuroprotection of Salvianolic Acids for Injection (SAFI) for cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury in acute phase has been well documented. The current study was to determine the influence of SAFI at the subacute phase after stroke in mice, and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms. Adult male C57BL/6 mice were subjected to permanent occlusion of the distal middle cerebral artery (dMCAO), followed by daily intraperitoneal injection of SAFI 24 h after stroke for 14 days...
September 5, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886691/impaired-response-of-the-bronchial-epithelium-to-inflammation-characterizes-severe-equine-asthma
#10
Laurence Tessier, Olivier Côté, Mary Ellen Clark, Laurent Viel, Andrés Diaz-Méndez, Simon Anders, Dorothee Bienzle
BACKGROUND: Severe equine asthma is a naturally occurring lung inflammatory disease of mature animals characterized by neutrophilic inflammation, bronchoconstriction, mucus hypersecretion and airway remodeling. Exacerbations are triggered by inhalation of dust and microbial components. Affected animals eventually are unable of aerobic performance. In this study transcriptomic differences between asthmatic and non-asthmatic animals in the response of the bronchial epithelium to an inhaled challenge were determined...
September 8, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886322/carnosol-inhibits-hedgehog-signaling-pathway-in-both-lncap-and-du145-prostate-cancer-cell-lines
#11
H Gao, Q Song, J Yang, S Yu, J Zhao, G Yu
To investigate the effect of carnosol on the Hedgehog (HH) signaling pathway in human hormone-dependent prostate cancer cell line LNCaP and hormone-independent prostate cancer cell line DU145. The expression levels of glioma-associated oncogene homolog 1 (Gli1) and Sonic hedgehog (Shh) in human prostate cancer tissues were detected by immunohistochemistry. After treated with carnosol (0.25-16 μmol/L), the cell survival of LNCaP and DU145 cells were detected by MTT assay. The expression levels of Gli1 and Shh mRNA and protein in the two cells were detected by qRT-PCR and western blot, respectively...
August 30, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886265/microvesicles-releasing-by-oral-cancer-cells-enhance-endothelial-cell-angiogenesis-via-shh-rhoa-signaling-pathway
#12
Xiao Huaitong, Feng Yuanyong, Tao Yueqin, Zhao Peng, Shang Wei, Song Kai
The present study aimed to investigate the significance of hedgehog signaling pathway in association with clinicopathology parameters and its effect on angiogenesis in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). The expression of Sonic Hh (Shh) and Gli1 were done on primary tumors and metastatic lymph nodes in OSCC samples from 80 patients by immunohistochemical analysis. The western blot was used to examine the expression of Shh in OSCC cell lines and OSCC-derived microvesicles (MVs). The role of Shh carried by MVs to induce endothelial cell angiogenesis was further investigated by matrigel assay...
September 8, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885585/hair-regenerative-mechanisms-of-red-ginseng-oil-and-its-major-components-in-the-testosterone-induced-delay-of-anagen-entry-in-c57bl-6-mice
#13
Van-Long Truong, Min Ji Bak, Changook Lee, Mira Jun, Woo-Sik Jeong
Hair loss (alopecia) is a universal problem for numerous people in the world. The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of red ginseng oil (RGO) and its major components on hair re-growth using testosterone (TES)-induced delay of anagen entry in C57BL/6 mice and their mechanisms of action. Seven-week-old C57BL/6 mice were daily treated with TES for 1 h prior to topical application of 10% RGO, 1% linoleic acid (LA), 1% β-sitosterol (SITOS), or 1% bicyclo(10.1.0)tridec-1-ene (BICYCLO) once a day for 28 days...
September 8, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885142/sonic-hedgehog-switches-on-wnt-planar-cell-polarity-signaling-in-commissural-axon-growth-cones-by-reducing-levels-of-shisa2
#14
Keisuke Onishi, Yimin Zou
Commissural axons switch on responsiveness to Wnt attraction during midline crossing and turn anteriorly only after exiting the floor plate. We report here that Sonic Hedgehog (Shh)-Smoothened signaling downregulates Shisa2, which inhibits the glycosylation and cell surface presentation of Frizzled3 in rodent commissural axon growth cones. Constitutive Shisa2 expression causes randomized turning of post-crossing commissural axons along the anterior-posterior (A-P) axis. Loss of Shisa2 led to precocious anterior turning of commissural axons before or during midline crossing...
September 8, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874804/whole-transcriptome-analysis-of-notochord-derived-cells-during-embryonic-formation-of-the-nucleus-pulposus
#15
Sun H Peck, Kendra K McKee, John W Tobias, Neil R Malhotra, Brian D Harfe, Lachlan J Smith
Recapitulation of developmental signals represents a promising strategy for treating intervertebral disc degeneration. During development, embryonic notochord-derived cells (NDCs) are the direct progenitors of cells that populate the adult nucleus pulposus (NP) and are an important source of secreted signaling molecules. The objective of this study was to define global gene expression profiles of NDCs at key stages of embryonic disc formation. NDCs were isolated from Shh-cre;ROSA:YFP mice at embryonic day 12...
September 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873068/neuroinflammation-and-physical-exercise-as-modulators-of-adult-hippocampal-neural-precursor-cell-behavior
#16
Martha Pérez-Domínguez, Luis B Tovar-Y-Romo, Angélica Zepeda
The dentate gyrus of the hippocampus is a plastic structure where adult neurogenesis constitutively occurs. Cell components of the neurogenic niche are source of paracrine as well as membrane-bound factors such as Notch, Bone Morphogenetic Proteins, Wnts, Sonic Hedgehog, cytokines, and growth factors that regulate adult hippocampal neurogenesis and cell fate decision. The integration and coordinated action of multiple extrinsic and intrinsic cues drive a continuous decision process: if adult neural stem cells remain quiescent or proliferate, if they take a neuronal or a glial lineage, and if new cells proliferate, undergo apoptotic death, or survive...
September 5, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871046/loss-of-ocrl-increases-ciliary-pi-4-5-p2-in-oculocerebrorenal-syndrome-of-lowe
#17
Philipp P Prosseda, Na Luo, Biao Wang, Jorge A Alvarado, Yang Hu, Yang Sun
Lowe syndrome is a rare X-linked disorder characterized by bilateral congenital cataracts and glaucoma, mental retardation, and proximal renal tubular dysfunction. Mutations in OCRL1, an inositol polyphosphate 5-phosphatase that dephosphorylates PI(4,5)P2, cause Lowe syndrome. Previously we showed that OCRL localizes to the primary cilium, which has a distinct membrane phospholipid composition, but disruption of phosphoinositides in the ciliary membrane poorly understood. Here we demonstrate that cilia from Lowe syndrome patient fibroblasts exhibit increased levels of PI(4,5)P2 and decreased levels of PI4P...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870926/hedgehog-stimulation-suppresses-clonogenicity-and-activates-notch-signalling-in-t-lymphoblastic-leukaemia-jurkat-cells
#18
Yuki Okuhashi, Mai Itoh, Shuji Tohda
BACKGROUND/AIM: Hedgehog (HH) and NOTCH pathways are involved in the regulation of cancer stem cells and haematopoietic malignancies. However, the effects of HH stimulation on cell growth and NOTCH signalling in acute T-lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL) cells have not been elucidated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two T-ALL cell lines, Jurkat and KOPT-K1 harbouring activating NOTCH1 mutations, were cultured with recombinant Sonic (S) HH and analysed for proliferation, colony formation, and expression of NOTCH-regulated genes and proteins...
September 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870814/curcumin-inhibits-bladder-cancer-stem-cells-by-suppressing-sonic-hedgehog-pathway
#19
Dengdian Wang, Xiaochuan Kong, Yuan Li, Weiwei Qian, Jiaxing Ma, Daming Wang, Dexin Yu, Caiyun Zhong
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) is responsible for the recurrence of human cancers. Thus, targeting CSCs is considered to be a valid way for human cancer treatment. Curcumin is a major component of phytochemicals that exerts potent anticancer activities. However, the effect of curcumin on bladder cancer stem cells (BCSCs) remains to be elucidated. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of curcumin suppressing bladder cancer stem cells. In this study, UM-UC-3 and EJ cells were cultured in serum-free medium (SFM) to form cell spheres that was characterized as BCSCs...
September 1, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859094/epithelial-heparan-sulfate-regulates-sonic-hedgehog-signaling-in-lung-development
#20
Hua He, Meina Huang, Shenfei Sun, Yihui Wu, Xinhua Lin
The tree-like structure of the mammalian lung is generated from branching morphogenesis, a reiterative process that is precisely regulated by numerous factors. How the cell surface and extra cellular matrix (ECM) molecules regulate this process is still poorly understood. Herein, we show that epithelial deletion of Heparan Sulfate (HS) synthetase Ext1 resulted in expanded branching tips and reduced branching number, associated with several mesenchymal developmental defects. We further demonstrate an expanded Fgf10 expression and increased FGF signaling activity in Ext1 mutant lungs, suggesting a cell non-autonomous mechanism...
August 2017: PLoS Genetics
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