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Hui Yu, Xinxin You, Jia Li, Xinhui Zhang, Shuai Zhang, Shoujia Jiang, Xueqiang Lin, Hao-Ran Lin, Zining Meng, Qiong Shi
The orange-spotted grouper, Epinephelus coioides, is one of the most popular fish in China and Southeast Asian countries because of its important economic value. However, molecular mechanism underlying the growth of orange-spotted grouper has never been fully understood. Herein, we performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) on a natural population of 198 individuals aiming to screen the whole genome of orange-spotted grouper for identification of growth-related loci by restrictionsite associated DNA sequencing...
March 12, 2018: Science China. Life Sciences
Rivka Sukenik Halevy, Huan-Chieh Chien, Bo Heinz, Michael J Bamshad, Deborah A Nickerson, Martin Kircher, Nadav Ahituv
Isolated hand syndactyly is a common limb malformation with limited known genetic etiology. We used exome sequencing to discover two novel variants, chr11 g.46896373C>G; p.D1403H and chr11 g.46893078G>T; p.Q1564K, in LRP4 in a child with isolated bilateral syndactyly of the third and fourth fingers. Each variant was inherited from a different parent and neither parent was affected. Variants in LRP4 have been previously associated with syndactyly in Cenani-Lenz syndactyly syndrome and Sclerosteosis 2, but have not been reported in individuals with isolated syndactyly...
March 10, 2018: Human Mutation
Zhong Du, Hai-Long Ma, Zhi-Yuan Zhang, Jia-Wei Zheng, Yan-An Wang
A TIE2 mutation causing arginine-to-tryptophan substitution at residue 849 ( TIE2-R849W ) is commonly identified in heredofamilial venous malformation. However, there is no in vivo model to confirm the pathogenic role of TIE2-R849W . Humanized TIE2-R849W plasmid was constructed via PCR-mediated site-directed mutagenesis. After transcription and micro-injection, TIE2-R849W significantly induces multiple malformations in zebrafish: caudal vein plexus (CVP) defect, eye abnormalities, forebrain formation perturbations, and mandibular malformation...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Jiwon Choi, Kyungro Lee, Myeongmo Kang, Sung-Kil Lim, Kyoung Tai No
The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway is a key regulator of bone homeostasis. Sclerostin act as an extracellular inhibitor of canonical Wnt signaling through high-affinity binding to the Wnt co-receptor LRP5/6. Disruption of the interaction between LRP5/6 and sclerostin has been recognized as a therapeutic target for osteoporosis. We identified a quinoxaline moiety as a new small-molecule inhibitor of the LRP5/6-sclerostin interaction through pharmacophore-based virtual screening, docking simulations, and in vitro assays...
February 2, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Jieping Li, Wenlin Gong, Xiaoxue Li, Ruirong Wan, Fengzhen Mo, Zhenghua Zhang, Panpan Huang, Zixi Hu, Zongqiang Lai, Xiaoling Lu, Yongxiang Zhao
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common cancers around the world. Multiple etiologic factors such as virus and environment can lead to HCC. It is a challenge for us to successfully detect early HCC due to the lack of effective characterized and specific biomarkers. However, if the early diagnosis is successfully realized, it provides crucial chance for HCC patients to receive effective treatment as early as possible. Dickkopf-1 (DKK-1) is a secretary glycoprotein, which negatively regulates Wnt pathway through binding to surface receptors LRP5/6 and Kremen 1/2...
August 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Timur Yorgan, Jean-Pierre David, Michael Amling, Thorsten Schinke
Bone remodeling is a continuously ongoing process mediated by bone-resorbing osteoclasts and bone-forming osteoblasts. One key regulator of bone formation is the putative Wnt co-receptor Lrp5, where activating mutations in the extracellular domain cause increased bone formation in mice and humans. We have previously reported that megakaryocyte numbers are increased the bone marrow of mice carrying a high bone mass mutation (HBM) of Lrp5 (Lrp5G170V ). Since megakaryocytes can promote bone formation, we addressed the question, if the bone remodeling phenotype of Lrp5G170V mice is affected by megakaryocyte depletion...
March 4, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Qian Xiao, Jibo Wu, Wei-Jia Wang, Shiyang Chen, Yingxia Zheng, Xiaoqing Yu, Katrina Meeth, Mahnaz Sahraei, Alfred L M Bothwell, Lieping Chen, Marcus Bosenberg, Jianfeng Chen, Veronika Sexl, Le Sun, Lin Li, Wenwen Tang, Dianqing Wu
Immunotherapy offers new options for cancer treatment, but efficacy varies across cancer types. Colorectal cancers (CRCs) are largely refractory to immune-checkpoint blockade, which suggests the presence of yet uncharacterized immune-suppressive mechanisms. Here we report that the loss of adenomatosis polyposis coli (APC) in intestinal tumor cells or of the tumor suppressor PTEN in melanoma cells upregulates the expression of Dickkopf-related protein 2 (DKK2), which, together with its receptor LRP5, provides an unconventional mechanism for tumor immune evasion...
February 12, 2018: Nature Medicine
Julien Paccou, Laetitia Michou, Sami Kolta, Françoise Debiais, Bernrard Cortet, Pascal Guggenbuhl
A finding of high bone mineral density (BMD) from routine dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) screening is not uncommon. No consensus exists about the definition of high BMD, and T-score and/or Z-score cutoffs of ≥+2.5 or ≥+4 have been suggested. The many disorders that can result in high BMD are usually classified based on whether the BMD changes are focal vs. generalized or acquired vs. constitutional. In over half the cases, careful interpretation of the DXA report and images identifies the cause as an artefact (e...
January 30, 2018: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
Weiyuan Ye, Ya Wang, Bing Mei, Sasa Hou, Xinhong Liu, Guiju Wu, Longjuan Qin, Kehui Zhao, Qingyang Huang
The SOST gene encodes sclerostin, a C-terminal cysteine knot-like domain containing key negative regulator of osteoblastic bone formation that inhibits LRP5/6-mediated canonical Wnt signaling. Numerous single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the SOST locus are firmly associated with bone mineral density (BMD) and fracture in genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and candidate gene association studies. However, the validation and mechanistic elucidation of causal genetic variants, especially for SNPs located beyond the promoter-proximal region, remain largely unresolved...
January 4, 2018: Bone
Xiaotian Yang, Hongchen He, Qiang Gao, Chengqi He
Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) is often used for management of osteoarthritis (OA). The aim of the study was to determine whether PEMF can successfully improve subchondral bone microstructure through a Wnt/β-catenin signaling-associated pathway in rats with knee OA induced by low-dose monosodium iodoacetate (MIA). Seventy-two 12-week-old male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to three groups: OA (n = 24), PEMF (n = 24), and Control (n = 24). OA was induced (OA and PEMF groups) by injecting 0...
February 2018: Bioelectromagnetics
Ateeque Siddique, Bin Yu, Kashif Khan, Ryan Buyting, Hamood Al-Kindi, Hossny Alaws, Eric Rhéaume, Jean-Claude Tardif, Renzo Cecere, Adel Schwertani
The cellular mechanisms that induce calcific aortic stenosis are yet to be unravelled. Wnt signaling is increasingly being considered as a major player in the disease process. However, the presence of Wnt Frizzled receptors (Fzd) and co-receptors LRP5 and 6 in normal and diseased human aortic valves remains to be elucidated. Immunohistochemistry and qPCR were used to determine Fzd receptor expression in normal and calcified human aortic valve tissue, as well as human aortic valve interstitial cells (HAVICs) isolated from calcified and normal human aortic valves...
December 15, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Whitney Besse, Jungmin Choi, Dina Ahram, Shrikant Mane, Simone Sanna-Cherchi, Vicente Torres, Stefan Somlo
Expanded mutation detection and novel gene discovery for isolated polycystic liver disease (PCLD) are necessary as 50% of cases do not have identified mutations in the seven published disease genes. We investigated a family with 5 affected siblings for which no loss of function variants were identified by whole exome sequencing analysis. SNP genotyping and linkage analysis narrowed the candidate regions to ∼8% of the genome, which included two published PCLD genes in close proximity to each other, GANAB and LRP5...
December 15, 2017: Human Mutation
Tao Lei, Zhuowen Liang, Feijiang Li, Chi Tang, Kangning Xie, Pan Wang, Xu Dong, Shuai Shan, Maogang Jiang, Qiaoling Xu, Erping Luo, Guanghao Shen
Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) has been investigated as a noninvasive alternative method to prevent bone loss for postmenopausal osteoporosis (OP), and the bone tissue involved in these studies are usually long bones such as femur and tibia in OP patients or rat models. However, few studies have investigated the effects of PEMF on the vertebral bone in mice with OP. This study aimed to investigate whether PEMF preserve lumbar vertebral bone mass, microarchitecture and strength in ovariectomized (OVX) mouse model of OP and its associated mechanisms...
March 2018: Bone
K M Roetzer, G Uyanik, A Brehm, J Zwerina, S Zandieh, T Czech, P Roschger, B M Misof, K Klaushofer
The Wnt signalling pathway is a critical regulator of bone mass and quality. Several heterozygous mutations in the LRP5 gene, a Wnt co-receptor, causing high bone mass (LRP5-HBM) have been described to date. The pathogenic mechanism is thought to be a gain-of-function caused by impaired inhibition of the canonical Wnt signalling pathway, thereby leading to increased bone formation. We report the cases of two affected family members, a 53-year-old mother and her 23-year-old daughter, with high bone mass (T-scores mother: lumbar spine 11...
February 2018: Bone
Ying Lin, Hongbin Gao, Chuan Chen, Yi Zhu, Tao Li, Bingqian Liu, Chenghong Ma, Hongye Jiang, Yonghao Li, Ying Huang, Qingxiu Wu, Haichun Li, Xiaoling Liang, Chenjin Jin, Jianhua Ye, Xinhua Huang, Lin Lu
Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) is a rare hereditary retinal disorder characterized by the premature arrest of vascularization in the peripheral retina. The aim of the present study was to characterize the clinical presentations of a Chinese family affected by bilateral severe FEVR, and to identify the underlying genetic variations. One family that presented with bilateral FEVR was recruited for this study. Comprehensive ophthalmic examinations, including best‑corrected visual acuity, slit‑lamp examination, fundus photography, fundus fluorescein angiography imaging and electroretinogram were performed...
February 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Miao Tang, Limei Sun, Andina Hu, Miner Yuan, Yu Yang, Xuening Peng, Xiaoyan Ding
Purpose: LRP5, NDP, and TSPAN12 are known to be associated with familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR). In this study, a comprehensive mutation screening for the three genes was performed in patients with a clinical diagnosis of FEVR in Han Chinese. Methods: Genomic DNA and clinical data were collected from 100 probands and their family members. Sanger sequencing was performed to screen for LRP5, NDP, and TSPAN12 mutations and phenotype-genotype correlation was analyzed...
November 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Aimy Sebastian, Nicholas R Hum, Deepa K Murugesh, Sarah Hatsell, Aris N Economides, Gabriela G Loots
Wnt3a is a major regulator of bone metabolism however, very few of its target genes are known in bone. Wnt3a preferentially signals through transmembrane receptors Frizzled and co-receptors Lrp5/6 to activate the canonical signaling pathway. Previous studies have shown that the canonical Wnt co-receptors Lrp5 and Lrp6 also play an essential role in normal postnatal bone homeostasis, yet, very little is known about specific contributions by these co-receptors in Wnt3a-dependent signaling. We used high-throughput sequencing technology to identify target genes regulated by Wnt3a in osteoblasts and to elucidate the role of Lrp5 and Lrp6 in mediating Wnt3a signaling...
2017: PloS One
Tao Xu, Lin-Xin Pan, Yun-Xuan Ge, Peng Li, Xiao-Ming Meng, Cheng Huang, Jun Li
Recent data have shown that Transmembrane protein 88 (TMEM88), a newly discovered protein localized on the cell membrane, interacts with the PDZ domain of disheveled-1 (Dvl-1) in Xenopus embryos. Indeed, TMEM88 might inhibit the canonical Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway by competing with LRP5/6 for interaction with Dvl-1. TMEM88 plays a crucial role in regulating human stem cell differentiation and embryonic development. Until recently, the function of TMEM88 has been a matter of debate. In this study, we explore the role of TMEM88 in cytokine secretion and the role of the MAPK and Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway in tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α)-induced TMEM88 expression in LX-2 cells...
November 20, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
Misa Hirose, Paul Schilf, Sarah Rohde, Yask Gupta, Tiphaine Sancerni, Marie-Clotilde Alves-Guerra, Christian Sina, Robert Jaster, Bruno Miroux, Saleh M Ibrahim
Polycystic liver diseases (PCLDs) are autosomal dominant disorders. To date, 3 genes are known to be associated with the disease, SEC63 and PRKCSH and LRP5. Here, we report that mice deficient in the mitochondrial uncoupling protein 2 gene (Ucp2(-/-)) spontaneously developed PCLDs when they were over 12months old. Macroscopical observation, blood chemistry as well as histopathological analysis demonstrated the PCLDs found in Ucp2(-/-) mice were very similar to the findings in human PCLDs. This is the first report describing the gene encoding mitochondrial protein is causative for PCLDs...
November 14, 2017: Mitochondrion
Jenna Mazzoni, Julian R Smith, Sanjid Shahriar, Tyler Cutforth, Bernardo Ceja, Dritan Agalliu
Coordinating angiogenesis with acquisition of tissue-specific properties in endothelial cells is essential for vascular function. In the retina, endothelial cells form a blood-retina barrier by virtue of tight junctions and low transcytosis. While the canonical Norrin/Fz4/Lrp5/6 pathway is essential for angiogenesis, vascular remodeling, and barrier maturation, how these diverse processes are coordinated remains poorly understood. Here we demonstrate that Apcdd1, a negative regulator of Wnt/β-catenin signaling, is expressed in retinal endothelial cells during angiogenesis and barrier formation...
December 6, 2017: Neuron
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