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Hanseol Kim, Jihye Ryu, Chaeyoung Lee
A genome-wide association study was conducted to identify expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) for human telomerase.We tested the genetic associations of nucleotide variants with expression of the genes encoding human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) and telomerase RNA components (TERC) in lymphoblastoid cell lines derived from 373 Europeans.Our results revealed 6 eQTLs associated with hTERT (P < 5 × 10). One eQTL (rs17755753) was located in the intron 1 of the gene encoding R-spondin-3 (RSPO3), a well-known Wnt signaling regulator...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
O Sakiragaoglu, A L Munn
To inhibit telomerase activity, a construct which contains artificial introns in the enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) gene that encodes small hairpin RNA (shRNA) sequences that target human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) gene expression was designed and tested for its effect on lung cancer cell line. On intron splicing from the construct, intronic sequences were released and formed shRNA in the cells. After transfection of the construct, hTERT mRNA expression decreased by approximately 55 % in A549 cells...
October 17, 2016: Molecular Biotechnology
Wafaa M Ezzat, Khalda Said Amr, Haiam Abdel Raouf, Yasser A Elhosary, Abdelfattah E Hegazy, Hoda H Fahim, Refaat R Kamel
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Activation of telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) has a role in liver carcinogenesis where telomerase is normally suppressed in most human somatic tissues after birth. In the current study we aimed to detect the significance of hTERT mRNA in early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and to determine the relationship between serum microRNA155 and telomerase expression. METHODS: Serum and liver tissue samples were collected from 40 patients (17 samples from patients with liver cirrhosis and 23 samples from patients with HCC) and 12 blood samples from healthy subjects were collected...
July 2016: Archives of Medical Research
Fa-Min Zeng, Yang-Min Xie, Lian-Di Liao, Li-Yan Li, Bo Chen, Jian-Jun Xie, Li-Yan Xu, En-Min Li
The key molecular events that contribute to tumorigenesis are incompletely understood. The aim of the present study was to characterize and compare the biological phenotypes of three human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) and/or human papillomavirus 16 E6 and E7‑immortalized esophageal epithelial cell lines, NE2‑hTERT (NE2), NE3‑E6E7‑hTERT (NE3) and NEcA6‑E6E7‑hTERT (NEcA6). The present study used soft‑agar colony formation assays, tumorigenicity assays in nude mice, and cell proliferation, adhesion and migration assays to identify the biological characteristics of NE2, NE3 and NEcA6 cells...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Diqi Yang, Lei Wang, Pengfei Lin, Tingting Jiang, Nan Wang, Fan Zhao, Huatao Chen, Keqiong Tang, Dong Zhou, Aihua Wang, Yaping Jin
With granulosa and theca cells, the ovaries are responsible for producing oocytes and secreting sex steroids such as estrogen and progesterone. Endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) plays an important role in follicle atresia and embryo implantation. In this study, goat granulosa cells were isolated from medium-sized (4-6 mm) healthy follicles. Primary granulosa cells were immortalized by transfection with human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) to establish a goat granulosa cell line (hTERT-GGCs). These hTERT-GGCs expressed hTERT and had relatively long telomeres at passage 50...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
Reiko Sanokawa-Akakura, Shin Akakura, Siamak Tabibzadeh
Recent evidence suggests that hydrogen sulfide (H2S) has cytoprotective and anti-aging effects. However, the mechanisms for such properties are not fully understood. Here, we show that the expression of the main H2S producing enzyme, CBS, and production of H2S are coordinately diminished in replicative senescent adult human dermal fibroblasts. The reduced production of H2S falls within the same time-frame that the hallmarks of replicative senescence appear including accumulation of SA-β-Gal, enhanced expression of p16, p21, and RRM2B while the expression of RRM2, hTERT, SIRT1, NAMPT, and NAD/NADH ratio all fall...
2016: PloS One
Chaojing Lu, Lixin Yang, Hezhong Chen, Zhengxiang Shan
Currently, long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been shown to have critical regulatory roles in various cancers. However, its role in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remains largely unknown. Here, we focused on lncRNA BC032469, one of the lncRNAs involved in the development of ESCC. The levels of a specific differentially expressed lncRNA (termed lncRNA-BC032469) were measured in 45 paired esophageal squamous cell carcinoma tissue samples by quantitative real-time RT-PCR and then subjected to correlation analysis with clinical parameters and prognosis...
October 10, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
María Sánchez-Peris, Juan Murga, Eva Falomir, Miguel Carda, Alberto J Marco
A group of 36 biphenyl derivatives structurally related to honokiol were synthesised by means of Suzuki coupling reactions. Their cytotoxicities were evaluated and compared to that of honokiol. Some of the compounds were then evaluated for their ability to downregulate the secretion of the VEGF protein and the expression of the VEGF, hTERT and c-Myc genes, the two latter involved in the activation of telomerase in tumoral cells. Some of the synthetized derivatives showed promising pharmacological features as they exhibited IC50 values in low micromolar range, good therapeutic margins and a multiple mode of action on tumor cells based on the inhibition of VEGF and, at the same time, of the expression of genes related to the activation of telomerase...
October 7, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
Shahla Masood, Ehab El-Gabry, Chuhua Zhang, Zhiqiang Wang
BACKGROUND: It is documented that in tumor cell lines, the hTERT gene exhibits prominent methylation at a CpG island rich region about -600 bp upstream of the transcription start site, but mixed or allelically absent around ±150 bp region. Given the potential clinical implications of the findings in breast cancer diagnostics, we set out to investigate if such findings are reproducible on primary surgically resected invasive breast carcinomas. METHODS: The cohort consisted of 50 cases of freshly sampled and formalin-fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) invasive breast cancers and normal tissue...
November 2016: Laboratory Medicine
Z S Yu, X H Song, H M Gan, D Z Geng, J Yang
This study aims at observing the expression of activated Src tyrosine kinase in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), and exploring the relationship of Src tyrosine kinase with the occurrence and progression of ESCC. Immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, and immunoblotting are employed to investigate the expression of Src tyrosine kinase in the ESCC tissue. Cellular immunofluorescence is used to measure the expression of activated Src tyrosine kinase in TE1 and TE9 cell lines of human ESCC tissues and EPC1-htert and EPC2-htert cell lines of esophageal epithelial cells...
August 26, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Xiang-Kui Fan, Rui-Hua Yan, Xiang-Qun Geng, Jing-Shan Li, Xiang-Ming Chen, Jian-Zhe Li
In the present study, to investigate the expression of PinX1 gene and its functional effects in human esophageal carcinoma (Eca)-109 cell line, expression vectors of human PinX1 (pEGFP-C3-PinX1) and its small interfering RNA (PinX1-FAM-siRNA) were constructed and transfected into Eca-109 cells using Lipofectamine 2000. Firstly, the mRNA expression level of PinX1 was examined using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Once successful transfection was achieved, the effects on the mRNA level of human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT), telomerase activity, cell proliferation and apoptosis were examined by semi-quantitative RT-PCR, stretch PCR, MTT assay and flow cytometry, respectively...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Lucy Cassar, Craig Nicholls, Alex R Pinto, Ruping Chen, Lihui Wang, He Li, Jun-Ping Liu
Human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) plays a central role in telomere lengthening for continuous cell proliferation, but it remains unclear how extracellular cues regulate telomerase lengthening of telomeres. Here we report that the cytokine bone morphogenetic protein-7 (BMP7) induces the hTERT gene repression in a BMPRII receptor- and Smad3-dependent manner in human breast cancer cells. Chonic exposure of human breast cancer cells to BMP7 results in short telomeres, cell senescence and apoptosis...
September 30, 2016: Protein & Cell
Marta Viana-Pereira, Gisele Caravina Almeida, João Norberto Stavale, Susana Malheiro, Carlos Clara, Patrícia Lobo, José Pimentel, Rui Manuel Reis
Hotspot activating mutations of the telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) promoter region were recently described in several tumor types. These mutations lead to enhanced expression of telomerase, being responsible for telomere maintenance and allowing continuous cell division. Additionally, there are alternative telomere maintenance mechanisms, associated with histone H3 mutations, responsible for disrupting the histone code and affecting the regulation of transcription. Here, we investigated the clinical relevance of these mechanistically related molecules in medulloblastoma...
October 1, 2016: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
Puneet Gandhi, Richa Khare, Kavita Niraj, Nitin Garg, Sandeep K Sorte, Hanni Gulwani
Mixed gliomas, primarily oligoastrocytomas, account for about 5%-10% of all gliomas. Distinguishing oligoastrocytoma based on histological features alone has limitations in predicting the exact biological behavior, necessitating ancillary markers for greater specificity. In this case report, human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) and high mobility group-A1 (HMGA1); markers of proliferation and stemness, have been quantitatively analyzed in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue samples of a 34 years old patient with oligoastrocytoma...
September 16, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Cases
Eunju Im, Jong Bok Yoon, Han-Woong Lee, Kwang Chul Chung
Human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) is the catalytic subunit of telomerase, an RNA-dependent DNA polymerase that elongates telomeric DNA. hTERT displays several extra-telomeric functions that are independent of its telomere-regulatory function, including tumor progression and neuronal cell death regulation. In this study, we evaluated these additional hTERT non-telomeric functions. We determined that hTERT interacts with several 19S and 20S proteasome subunits. The 19S regulatory particle and 20S core particle are part of 26S proteasome complex, which plays a central role in ubiquitin-dependent proteolysis...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Hyun-Jin Kang, Yunxi Cui, Holly Yin, Amy Scheid, William P D Hendricks, Jessica Schmidt, Aleksandar Sekulic, Deming Kong, Jeffrey M Trent, Vijay Gokhale, Hanbin Mao, Laurence H Hurley
Activation of human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) is necessary for limitless replication in tumorigenesis. Whereas hTERT is transcriptionally silenced in normal cells, most tumor cells reactivate hTERT expression by alleviating transcriptional repression through diverse genetic and epigenetic mechanisms. Transcription-activating hTERT promoter mutations have been found to occur at high frequencies in multiple cancer types. These mutations have been shown to form new transcription factor binding sites that drive hTERT expression, but this model cannot fully account for differences in wild-type (WT) and mutant promoter activation and has not yet enabled a selective therapeutic strategy...
October 5, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Martin J Edelman, Rena Lapidus, Josephine Feliciano, Miroslav Styblo, Jan H Beumer, Tao Liu, Jogarao Gobbru
PURPOSE: KML-001 (sodium metaarsenite) displaces hTERT from the nucleus and is synergistic with cisplatin. This phase I trial tested the tolerability, activity and pharmacology of this combination. METHODS: Patients with advanced solid tumors that were "platinum sensitive," PS 0-1, normal renal and hepatic function were eligible. Treatment was with cisplatin 75 mg/m(2) day 1 and KML-001 p.o. daily days 1-14 on a 21-day cycle. A standard 3 + 3 design was employed...
September 12, 2016: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Joana Ropio, Jean-Philippe Merlio, Paula Soares, Edith Chevret
Telomerase expression and telomere maintenance are critical for cell proliferation and survival, and they play important roles in development and cancer, including hematological malignancies. Transcriptional regulation of the rate-limiting subunit of human telomerase reverse transcriptase gen (hTERT) is a complex process, and unveiling the mechanisms behind its reactivation is an important step for the development of diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Here, we review the main mechanisms of telomerase activation and the associated hematologic malignancies...
2016: Genes
Anke Vanderstraeten, Sandra Tuyaerts, Tina Everaert, Rieta Van Bree, Godelieve Verbist, Cathérine Luyten, Frederic Amant
BACKGROUND: While immunotherapy moved to the forefront of treatment of various cancers, it remains underexplored for uterine cancer. This might be due to the small patient population with advanced endometrial carcinoma and uterine sarcoma. Data about immunotherapeutic targets are scarce in endometrial carcinoma and lacking in uterine sarcoma. METHODS: Expression of five tumor-associated antigens (TAA) (BORIS, MUC1, hTERT, MAGE-A3 and Sp17) was validated in uterine tumor samples by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and/or quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
September 9, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Dwi L Priwitaningrum, Jean-Baptiste G Blondé, Adithya Sridhar, Joop van Baarlen, Wim E Hennink, Gert Storm, Séverine Le Gac, Jai Prakash
Nanoparticle penetration through tumor tissue after extravasation is considered as a key issue for tumor distribution and therapeutic effects. Most tumors possess abundant stroma, a fibrotic tissue composed of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) and extracellular matrix (ECM), which acts as a barrier for nanoparticle penetration. There is however a lack of suitable in vitro systems to study the tumor stroma penetration of nanoparticles. In the present study, we developed and thoroughly characterized a 3D co-culture spheroidal array to mimic tumor stroma and investigated the penetration of silica and PLGA nanoparticles in these spheroids...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
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