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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212558/ataxin-1-regulates-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-cervical-cancer-cells
#1
A-Ram Kang, Hyoung-Tae An, Jesang Ko, Seongman Kang
The mutant form of the protein ataxin-1 (ATXN1) causes the neurodegenerative disease spinocerebellar ataxia type-1. Recently, ATXN1 was reported to enhance E-cadherin expression in the breast cancer cell line MCF-7, suggesting a potential association between ATXN1 and cancer development. In the present study, we discovered a novel mechanism through which ATXN1 regulates the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of cancer cells. Hypoxia-induced upregulation of the Notch intracellular domain expression decreased ATXN1 expression via MDM2-associated ubiquitination and degradation...
February 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211758/life-cycle-host-utilization-and-ecological-fitting-for-invasive-lancet-liver-fluke-dicrocoelium-dendriticum-emerging-in-southern-alberta-canada
#2
Bradley van Paridon, John S Gilleard, Douglas D Colwell, Cameron P Goater
The expansion of parasite distributions outside of their native host and geographical ranges has occurred repeatedly over evolutionary time. Contemporary examples include emerging infectious diseases (EID's), many of which pose threats to human, domestic animal, and wildlife populations. Theory predicts that parasites with complex life cycles will be rare as EID's due to constraints imposed by host specialization at each life-cycle stage. In contrast to predictions of this theory, we report 2 new intermediate hosts in the 3-host life cycle of the liver fluke Dicrocoelium dendriticum in Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209945/effects-of-static-cold-storage-and-hypothermic-machine-perfusion-on-oxidative-stress-factors-adhesion-molecules-and-zinc-finger-transcription-factor-proteins-before-and-after-liver-transplantation
#3
De-Fang Zhao, Qin Dong, Tong Zhang
BACKGROUND This study aimed to investigate the effects of static cold storage (SCS) and hypothermic machine perfusion (HMP) on the oxidative stress factors (OSF), adhesion molecules (AM), and zinc finger transcription factor (Snail) before and after liver transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS Experimental dogs were randomly divided into donor (group A), SCS (group B), and HMP (group C) (n=30) groups. Livers retrieved from group A were transplanted into group B after SCS, and the livers sampled from group B were transplanted into group C after HMP...
February 17, 2017: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209612/microrna-520f-reverses-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-by-targeting-adam9-and-tgfbr2
#4
Jasmijn Gm van Kampen, Onno van Hooij, Cornelius Fj Jansen, Frank P Smit, Paula I van Noort, Iman J Schultz, Roel Qj Schaapveld, Jack A Schalken, Gerald W Verhaegh
Reversing epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in cancer cells has been widely considered as an approach to combat cancer progression and therapeutic resistance, but a limited number of broadly comprehensive investigations of microRNAs involved in this process have been conducted. In this study, we screened a library of 1120 microRNA for their ability to transcriptionally activate the E-cadherin gene CDH1 in a promoter reporter assay as a measure of EMT reversal. By this approach, we defined miR-520f as a novel EMT-reversing microRNA...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209530/slc39a6-promotes-aggressiveness-of-esophageal-carcinoma-cells-by-increasing-intracellular-levels-of-zinc-activating-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-signaling-and-upregulating-genes-that-regulate-metastasis
#5
Xinxin Cheng, Lixuan Wei, Xudong Huang, Jian Zheng, Mingming Shao, Ting Feng, Jun Li, Yaling Han, Wenle Tan, Wen Tan, Dongxin Lin, Chen Wu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: A common variant in the solute carrier family 39 member 6 gene (SLC39A6) has been associated with survival times of patients with esophageal squamous-cell carcinoma (ESCC). We investigated the function of SLC39A6 and ways in which this variant affects tumor progression by studying ESCC samples and cell lines. METHODS: SLC39A6 was expressed, or knocked down by expression of small hairpin RNAs, in ESCC cells (KYSE30 and KYSE450) and HeLa cells using lentiviral vectors; we analyzed effects on proliferation, colony formation, migration, and invasion in vitro...
February 13, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208423/modeling-angiogenesis-a-discrete-to-continuum-description
#6
Samara Pillay, Helen M Byrne, Philip K Maini
Angiogenesis is the process by which new blood vessels develop from existing vasculature. During angiogenesis, endothelial tip cells migrate via diffusion and chemotaxis, loops form via tip-to-tip and tip-to-sprout anastomosis, new tip cells are produced via branching, and a vessel network forms as endothelial cells follow the paths of tip cells. The latter process is known as the snail trail. We use a mean-field approximation to systematically derive a continuum model from a two-dimensional lattice-based cellular automaton model of angiogenesis in the corneal assay, based on the snail-trail process...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207769/role-of-glycogen-synthase-kinase-3%C3%AE-and-ppar-%C3%AE-on-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-dss-induced-colorectal-fibrosis
#7
Jacopo Di Gregorio, Roberta Sferra, Silvia Speca, Antonella Vetuschi, Caroline Dubuquoy, Pierre Desreumaux, Simona Pompili, Loredana Cristiano, Eugenio Gaudio, Vincenzo Flati, Giovanni Latella
BACKGROUND: Intestinal fibrosis is characterized by abnormal production and deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins by activated myofibroblasts. The main progenitor cells of activated myofibroblasts are the fibroblasts and the epithelial cells, the latter through the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). AIM: To evaluate the action of the new PPAR-γ modulator, GED-0507-34 Levo (GED) on the expression of EMT associated and regulatory proteins such as TGF-β, Smad3, E-cadherin, Snail, ZEB1, β-catenin, and GSK-3β, in a mouse model of DSS-induced intestinal fibrosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204958/biological-control-of-snail-hosts-transmitting-schistosomiasis-by-the-water-bug-sphaerodema-urinator
#8
Aly Younes, Hanaa El-Sherief, Fathia Gawish, Marwa Mahmoud
The water bug, Sphaerodema urinator (Hemiptera : Belostomatidae), shares the same habitat of the freshwater snails in ponds, lakes, and streams. Studies conducted in lakes show that fish and crayfish predators play an important role in determining the abundance of freshwater snails. In contrast, shallow ponds and marches often lack fish and crayfish but have abundant insect predators. This study has been carried out to evaluate the predatory potential of S. urinator adult on two freshwater snails that serves as intermediate hosts of Schistosoma...
February 15, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202642/chilean-loco-snail-at-risk-in-future-climate-scenarios
#9
Kathryn Knight
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202240/fatty-acid-profile-of-the-sea-snail-gibbula-umbilicalis-as-a-biomarker-for-coastal-metal-pollution
#10
Carla O Silva, Tiago Simões, Sara C Novais, Inês Pimparel, Luana Granada, Amadeu M V M Soares, Carlos Barata, Marco F L Lemos
Metals are among the most common environmental pollutants with natural or anthropogenic origin that can be easily transferred through the food chain. Marine gastropods are known to accumulate high concentrations of these metals in their tissues. Gibbula umbilicalis ecological importance and abundant soft tissues, which enables extent biochemical assessments, makes this particular organism a potentially suitable species for marine ecotoxicological studies. Fatty acids are carbon-rich compounds that are ubiquitous in all organisms and easy to metabolize...
February 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197382/s100a8-stroma-cells-predict-a-good-prognosis-and-inhibit-aggressiveness-in-colorectal-carcinoma
#11
Si Li, Fangying Xu, Hui Li, Jing Zhang, Anjing Zhong, Bin Huang, Maode Lai
Gene microarray and bioinformatic analysis showed that S100A8 was more abundant in the stroma surrounding tumor buddings (TBs) than in the stroma surrounding primary tumor cells in colorectal carcinomas. Here, S100A8(+) cells in 419 colorectal carcinoma samples were stained by immunohistochemistry and counted using Image-pro plus 6.0. TBs were also counted and biomarkers associated with the epithelial-mesenchymal transition and apoptosis were assessed by immunohistochemistry. We evaluated the association between S100A8(+) cells and clinico-pathological variables as well as survival...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196873/lymphotoxin-beta-interacts-with-methylated-egfr-to-mediate-acquired-resistance-to-cetuximab-in-head-and-neck-cancer
#12
Dennis Shin-Shian Hsu, Wei-Lun Hwang, Chiou-Hwa Yuh, Chen-Hsi Chu, Yang-Hui Ho, Pon-Bo Chen, Han-Syuan Lin, Hua-Kuo Lin, Shih-Pei Wu, Chih-Yi Lin, Wen-Hao Hsu, Hsin-Yi Lan, Hsiao-Jung Wang, Shyh-Kuan Tai, Mien-Chie Hung, Muh-Hwa Yang
PURPOSE: In head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), the incidence of RAS mutation, which is the major cause of cetuximab resistance, is relatively rare compared with the other types of cancers, and the mechanism mediating acquired resistance is unclear compared with the driver gene mutation-mediated de novo resistance. Here we investigated the driver gene mutation-independent mechanism for cetuximab resistance in HNSCC. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We used the in vitro-selected and in vivo-selected cetuximab-resistant sublines of HNSCC cell lines for investigating the mechanism of acquired resistance to cetuximab...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196415/hierarchical-assembly-of-tough-bioelastomeric-egg-capsules-is-mediated-by-a-bundling-protein
#13
Jun Jie Loke, Akshita Kumar, Shawn Hoon, Chandra S Verma, Ali Miserez
Marine snail egg capsules are shock-absorbing bio-elastomers made from precursor "egg case proteins" (ECPs) that initially lack long-range order. During capsule formation, these proteins self-assemble into coiled-coil filaments that subsequently align into microscopic layers, a multi-scale process which is crucial to the capsules' shock-absorbing properties. In this study, we show that the self-assembly of ECPs into their functional capsule material is mediated by a bundling protein that facilitates the aggregation of coiled-coil building blocks and their gelation into a pre-final capsule prior to final stabilization...
February 14, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195240/mir302-regulates-snai1-expression-to-control-mesangial-cell-plasticity
#14
L De Chiara, D Andrews, A Watson, G Oliviero, G Cagney, J Crean
Cell fate decisions are controlled by the interplay of transcription factors and epigenetic modifiers, which together determine cellular identity. Here we elaborate on the role of miR302 in the regulation of cell plasticity. Overexpression of miR302 effected silencing of the TGFβ type II receptor and facilitated plasticity in a manner distinct from pluripotency, characterized by increased expression of Snail. miR302 overexpressing mesangial cells also exhibited enhanced expression of EZH2 coincident with Snail upregulation...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187665/land-flatworms-platyhelminthes-geoplanidae-of-s%C3%A3-o-tom%C3%A3-%C3%A2-a-first-account-on-their-diversity-with-the-description-of-five-new-species
#15
Ronald Sluys, Matthias Neumann, Ricardo F DE Lima, Robert C Drewes
The present contribution provides the first faunistic and taxonomic account of six species of land flatworm from the island of São Tomé, including five new species of the genus Othelosoma Gray, 1869 and the introduced Bipalium kewense Moseley, 1878. One of the new species represents the first African land flatworm that has specks on its dorsal body surface, instead of stripes or a more or less uniform colouration. At least two of the new species were observed to prey on snails. The study details the fourth record of a sclerotic spermatophore in a species of land flatworm, and discusses the definition and homology of double female genital canals in African and Indian species of the genus Othelosoma...
January 17, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187573/a-new-species-of-snail-case-caddisflies-trichoptera-helicopsychidae-and-new-records-of-caddisflies-from-chapada-diamantina-bahia-brazil
#16
Raquel Lima DE Souza, Victor Gomes, Adolfo R Calor
A new species of Helicopsyche subgenus Feropsyche from Chapada Diamantina is diagnosed, described, and illustrated. Helicopsyche catoles n. sp. is easily distinguished from congeners by the following features: inferior appendages clavate, each bearing a posteroventral projection with 2-4 setae in lateral view, and tergum X with a notched apex and a short setal row along its length in dorsal view. Additionally, new records from Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil, are presented. A total of 31 species, including the new species, are recorded, belonging to 14 genera and 8 families...
February 3, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187434/interface-between-breast-cancer-cells-and-the-tumor-microenvironment-using-platelet-rich-plasma-to-promote-tumor-angiogenesis-influence-of-platelets-and-fibrin-bundles-on-the-behavior-of-breast-tumor-cells
#17
Sheila Siqueira Andrade, Joana Tomomi Sumikawa, Eloísa Dognani Castro, Fabricio Pereira Batista, Edgar Paredes-Gamero, Lilian Carolina Oliveira, Izabel Monastério Guerra, Giovani Bravin Peres, Renan Pelluzzi Cavalheiro, Luiz Juliano, Afonso Pinto Nazário, Gil Facina, Siu Mui Tsai, Maria Luiza Vilela Oliva, Manoel João Batista Castello Girão
Cancer progression is associated with an evolving tissue interface of direct epithelial-tumor microenvironment interactions. In biopsies of human breast tumors, extensive alterations in molecular pathways are correlated with cancer staging on both sides of the tumor-stroma interface. These interactions provide a pivotal paracrine signaling to induce malignant phenotype transition, the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). We explored how the direct contact between platelets-fibrin bundles primes metastasis using platelet-rich plasma (PRP) as a source of growth factors and mimics the provisional fibrin matrix between actively growing breast cancer cells and the tumor stroma...
February 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187347/influence-of-blooms-of-phytoplankton-on-concentrations-of-hydrophobic-organic-chemicals-in-sediments-and-snails-in-a-hyper-eutrophic-freshwater-lake
#18
Wei Shi, Nanyang Yu, Xia Jiang, Zhihua Han, Shuhang Wang, Xiaowei Zhang, Si Wei, John P Giesy, Hongxia Yu
Blooms of phytoplankton, which are common in freshwater ecosystems, might not only affect quality of water but also influence biogeochemical processing of pollutants. Based on three years of field observations in sediments of Tai Lake, China, concentrations of organochlorine (OC) pesticides and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in areas where blooms occurred were 2.4 and 3.4 times greater than concentrations in areas without blooms. Concentrations of octylphenol (OP), nonylphenol (NP) and bisphenol A (BPA) in areas where blooms did not occur were 3...
January 31, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187251/assessing-the-dietary-bioavailability-of-metals-associated-with-natural-particles-extending-the-use-of-the-reverse-labeling-approach-to-zinc
#19
Marie Noele Croteau, Daniel J Cain, Christopher C Fuller
We extend the use of a novel tracing technique to quantify the bioavailability of zinc (Zn) associated with natural particles using snails enriched with a less common Zn stable isotope. Lymnaea stagnalis is a model species that has relatively fast Zn uptake rates from the dissolved phase, enabling their rapid enrichment in 67Zn during the initial phase of labeling. Isotopically enriched snails were subsequently exposed to algae mixed with increasing amounts of metal-rich particles collected from two acid mine drainage impacted rivers...
February 10, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186986/common-cytotoxic-chemotherapeutics-induce-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-emt-downstream-of-er-stress
#20
Parag P Shah, Tess V Dupre, Leah J Siskind, Levi J Beverly
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in eukaryotes is a main organelle involved in a wide variety of functions including calcium storage, lipid biosynthesis, protein folding and protein transport. Disruption of ER homeostasis leads to ER stress and activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR). We and others have previously found that ER stress induces EMT in different cellular systems. Induction of ER stress with chemical modulators of ER homeostasis was sufficient to activate an EMT-like state in all cellular systems tested...
February 7, 2017: Oncotarget
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