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Bing Wang, Hongmei Yong, Huijun Zhu, Daguang Ni, Sijie Tang, Shu Zhang, Wei Wang, Yan Zhou, Wei Zhao, Guipeng Ding, Jin Zhu, Xiaohua Li, Zhenqing Feng
Gastric cancer (GC) is a global health issue with a high mortality rate. Early diagnosis and tracking of GC is a challenge due to a lack of reliable tools. Amphiregulin (AREG) is a member of the epidermal growth factor (EGF) family that activates growth signaling upon binding of EGF receptors. Elevated AREG expression is associated with various pathological conditions, including cancer. Here, we investigated whether increased AREG expression is a disease indicator and/or prognostic biomarker for GC. We used tissue microarray and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction to assess AREG expression in clinical tissue specimens at various stages of GC and a conducted bioinformatics analysis to evaluate the value of AREG over-expression as a GC biomarker...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Wu-Lin Zuo, Jing Yang, Kazunori Gomi, IonWa Chao, Ronald G Crystal, Renat Shaykhiev
The airway epithelium of cigarette smokers undergoes dramatic remodeling with hyperplasia of basal cells (BC) and mucus-producing cells, squamous metaplasia, altered ciliated cell differentiation and decreased junctional barrier integrity, relevant to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer. In this study, we show that EGFR ligand amphiregulin (AREG) is induced by smoking in human airway epithelium as a result of EGF-driven squamous differentiation of airway BC stem/progenitor cells. In turn, AREG induced a unique EGFR activation pattern in human airway BC, distinct from that evoked by EGF, leading to BC- and mucous hyperplasia, altered ciliated cell differentiation and impaired barrier integrity...
October 6, 2016: Stem Cells
Jian Gao, Camilla H Ulekleiv, Trond S Halstensen
BACKGROUND: Increased expression of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and its ligands is associated with poor prognosis and chemoresistance in many carcinoma types, but its role in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is unclear. Our aim was to clarify whether mRNA expression of EGFR-ligands was linked to prognosis and cisplatin resistance, and if so, which ligand was most important and how was the expression regulated. METHODS: To examine the prognostic effect of EGFR-ligand expression, we analyzed tumorous mRNA expression in 399 HNSCC patients...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Eirini Kefaloyianni, Muthu Lakshmi Muthu, Jakob Kaeppler, Xiaoming Sun, Venkata Sabbisetti, Athena Chalaris, Stefan Rose-John, Eitan Wong, Irit Sagi, Sushrut S Waikar, Helmut Rennke, Benjamin D Humphreys, Joseph V Bonventre, Andreas Herrlich
Kidney fibrosis following kidney injury is an unresolved health problem and causes significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. In a study into its molecular mechanism, we identified essential causative features. Acute or chronic kidney injury causes sustained elevation of a disintegrin and metalloprotease 17 (ADAM17); of its cleavage-activated proligand substrates, in particular of pro-TNFα and the EGFR ligand amphiregulin (pro-AREG); and of the substrates' receptors. As a consequence, EGFR is persistently activated and triggers the synthesis and release of proinflammatory and profibrotic factors, resulting in macrophage/neutrophil ingress and fibrosis...
August 18, 2016: JCI Insight
Bhuminder Singh, Graham Carpenter, Robert J Coffey
Seven ligands bind to and activate the mammalian epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor (EGFR/ERBB1/HER1): EGF, transforming growth factor-alpha (TGFA), heparin-binding EGF-like growth factor (HBEGF), betacellulin (BTC), amphiregulin (AREG), epiregulin (EREG), and epigen (EPGN). Of these, EGF, TGFA, HBEGF, and BTC are thought to be high-affinity ligands, whereas AREG, EREG, and EPGN constitute low-affinity ligands. This focused review is meant to highlight recent studies related to actions of the individual EGFR ligands, the interesting biology that has been uncovered, and relevant advances related to ligand interactions with the EGFR...
2016: F1000Research
Olivia J Hall, Nathachit Limjunyawong, Meghan S Vermillion, Dionne P Robinson, Nicholas Wohlgemuth, Andrew Pekosz, Wayne Mitzner, Sabra L Klein
Over 100 million women use progesterone therapies worldwide. Despite having immunomodulatory and repair properties, their effects on the outcome of viral diseases outside of the reproductive tract have not been evaluated. Administration of exogenous progesterone (at concentrations that mimic the luteal phase) to progesterone-depleted adult female mice conferred protection from both lethal and sublethal influenza A virus (IAV) infection. Progesterone treatment altered the inflammatory environment of the lungs, but had no effects on viral load...
September 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Shernan G Holtan, Nandita Khera, John E Levine, Xiaoyu Chai, Barry Storer, Hien D Liu, Yoshihiro Inamoto, George L Chen, Sebastian Mayer, Mukta Arora, Jeanne Palmer, Mary E D Flowers, Corey S Cutler, Alexander Lukez, Sally Arai, Aleksandr Lazaryan, Laura F Newell, Christa Krupski, Madan H Jagasia, Iskra Pusic, William Wood, Anne S Renteria, Gregory Yanik, William J Hogan, Elizabeth Hexner, Francis Ayuk, Ernst Holler, Phandee Watanaboonyongcharoen, Yvonne A Efebera, James L M Ferrara, Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Daniel Weisdorf, Stephanie J Lee, Joseph Pidala
Late acute (LA) graft vs. host disease (GVHD) is persistent, recurrent, or new onset acute GVHD symptoms occurring after 100 days post-allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). The aim of this analysis is to describe the onset, course, morbidity, mortality, and examine angiogenic factors associated with LA GVHD. A prospective cohort of patients (n=909) was enrolled as part of an observational study within the Chronic GVHD Consortium. Eighty-three patients (11%) developed LA GVHD at a median of 160 (interquartile range, IQR 128-204) days after HCT...
September 13, 2016: Blood
Zuzana Koledova, Xiaohong Zhang, Charles Streuli, Robert B Clarke, Ophir D Klein, Zena Werb, Pengfei Lu
The role of the local microenvironment in influencing cell behavior is central to both normal development and cancer formation. Here, we show that sprouty 1 (SPRY1) modulates the microenvironment to enable proper mammary branching morphogenesis. This process occurs through negative regulation of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling in mammary stroma. Loss of SPRY1 resulted in up-regulation of EGFR-extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling in response to amphiregulin and transforming growth factor alpha stimulation...
September 27, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Esther Groth, Jessica Pruessmeyer, Aaron Babendreyer, Julian Schumacher, Tobias Pasqualon, Daniela Dreymueller, Shigeki Higashiyama, Inken Lorenzen, Joachim Grötzinger, Didier Cataldo, Andreas Ludwig
By mediating proteolytic shedding on the cell surface the disintegrin and metalloproteinases ADAM10 and ADAM17 function as critical regulators of growth factors, cytokines and adhesion molecules. We here report that stimulation of lung epithelial A549 tumor cells with phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA) leads to the downregulation of the surface expressed mature form of ADAM17 without affecting ADAM10 expression. This reduction could not be sufficiently explained by metalloproteinase-mediated degradation, dynamin-mediated internalization or microdomain redistribution of ADAM17...
September 3, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Cristiana Lo Nigro, Vincenzo Ricci, Daniela Vivenza, Cristina Granetto, Teresa Fabozzi, Emanuela Miraglio, Marco C Merlano
AIM: To reviewing genetic and epigenetic make-up of metastatic colorectal cancers (mCRCs) addicted to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signalling. METHODS: The present study summarizes the potential value of prognostic and predictive biomarkers in selecting mCRC patients treated with anti-EGFR therapy. A meta-analysis was performed using a systematic search of PubMed, Medline and Web of Science to identify eligible papers until March 21(st), 2016 using these following terms: ''colorectal cancer'', "predictive biomarkers'', "anti-EGFR therapy", "KRAS", "NRAS'', "PIK3CA", "TP53", "PTEN", ''EGFR", "MET", "HER2", "epiregulin", "amphiregulin", "prognostic biomarkers", "BRAF", "miRNA" and "antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) activity"...
August 14, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Marta Stolarczyk, Gimano D Amatngalim, Xiao Yu, Mieke Veltman, Pieter S Hiemstra, Bob J Scholte
Aberrant activity of a disintegrin and metalloprotease 17 (ADAM17), also known as TACE, and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) has been suggested to contribute to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) development and progression. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of these proteins in activation of primary bronchial epithelial cells differentiated at the air-liquid interface (ALI-PBEC) by whole cigarette smoke (CS), comparing cells from COPD patients with non-COPD CS exposure of ALI-PBEC enhanced ADAM17-mediated shedding of the IL-6 receptor (IL6R) and the EGFR agonist amphiregulin (AREG) toward the basolateral compartment, which was more pronounced in cells from COPD patients than in non-COPD controls...
August 2016: Physiological Reports
Paolo Bossi, Carlo Resteghini, Nicholas Paielli, Lisa Licitra, Silvana Pilotti, Federica Perrone
EGFR is an extensively studied biomarker in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). In this review, we discuss the prognostic and predictive role of EGFR in HNSCC, focusing on the different molecular alterations in specific treatment modalities such as radiotherapy alone (RT), combination of surgery, RT and chemotherapy (CT), EGFR inhibitors. We considered EGFR at different molecular levels: protein expression, protein activation, gene copy number, polymorphisms, mutation, EGFRvIII expression and EGFR ligand expression...
August 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Jeffrey S Boyles, Shane Atwell, Zhanna Druzina, Josef G Heuer, Derrick R Witcher
Recent studies have implicated a role of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) pathway in kidney disease. Skin toxicity associated with therapeutics which completely block the EGFR pathway precludes their use in chronic dosing. Therefore, we developed antibodies which specifically neutralize the EGFR ligands TGFα (transforming growth factor-alpha) and epiregulin but not EGF (epidermal growth factor), amphiregulin, betacellulin, HB-EGF (heparin-binding epidermal growth factor), or epigen. The epitope of one such neutralizing antibody, LY3016859, was characterized in detail to elucidate the structural basis for ligand specificity...
August 20, 2016: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
Jung-Chien Cheng, Lanlan Fang, Hsun-Ming Chang, Ying-Pu Sun, Peter C K Leung
Sprouty2 (SPRY2) is an important intracellular regulator for epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-mediated ERK1/2 signaling. In human granulosa cells, although SPRY2 is expressed, its regulation and function remains complete unknown and must be defined. Our previous study has shown that human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG)/luteinizing hormone (LH) up-regulates the expression levels of EGF-like growth factor, amphiregulin (AREG), which subsequently contributes to the hCG/LH-induced COX-2 expression and PGE2 production...
2016: Scientific Reports
Stefano Schiaffino, Marcelo G Pereira, Stefano Ciciliot, Patrizia Rovere-Querini
Skeletal muscle regeneration results from the activation and differentiation of myogenic stem cells, called satellite cells, located beneath the basal lamina of the muscle fibers. Inflammatory and immune cells have a crucial role in the regeneration process. Acute muscle injury causes an immediate transient wave of neutrophils followed by a more persistent infiltration of M1 (pro-inflammatory) and M2 (anti-inflammatory/pro-regenerative) macrophages. New studies show that injured muscle is also infiltrated by a specialized population of regulatory T (Treg) cells, which control both the inflammatory response, by promoting the M1-to-M2 switch, and the activation of satellite cells...
August 1, 2016: FEBS Journal
Jerusa A Q A Faria, Carolina de Andrade, Alfredo M Goes, Michele A Rodrigues, Dawidson A Gomes
The epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is activated through binding to specific ligands and generates signals for proliferation, differentiation, migration, and cell survival. Recent data show the role of nuclear EGFR in tumors. Although many EGFR ligands are upregulated in cancers, little is known about their effects on EGFR nuclear translocation. We have compared the effects of six EGFR ligands (EGF, HB-EGF, TGF-α, β-Cellulin, amphiregulin, and epiregulin) on nuclear translocation of EGFR, receptor phosphorylation, migration, and proliferation...
September 9, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Mariana Tamazato Longhi, Magna Magalhães, Jeffrey Reina, Vanessa Morais Freitas, Nathalie Cella
Maspin (SerpinB5) is a non-inhibitory serpin (serine protease inhibitor) with very diverse biological activities including regulation of cell adhesion, migration, death, control of gene expression and oxidative stress response. Initially described as a tumor and metastasis suppressor, clinical data brought controversies to the field, as some studies reported no correlation between SerpinB5 expression and prognosis value. These data underscore the importance of understanding SerpinB5 function in a normal physiological context and the molecular mechanism involved...
2016: PloS One
Isabela Henriques, Gisele A Padilha, Robert Huhle, Caio Wierzchon, Paulo J B Miranda, Isalira P Ramos, Nazareth Rocha, Fernanda F Cruz, Raquel S Santos, Milena V de Oliveira, Sergio A Souza, Regina C Goldenberg, Ronir R Luiz, Paolo Pelosi, Marcelo G de Abreu, Pedro L Silva, Patricia R M Rocco
Emphysema is characterized by loss of lung tissue elasticity and destruction of structures supporting alveoli and capillaries. The impact of mechanical ventilation strategies on ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) in emphysema is poorly defined. New ventilator strategies should be developed to minimize VILI in emphysema. The present study was divided into two protocols: (1) characterization of an elastase-induced emphysema model in rats and identification of the time point of greatest cardiorespiratory impairment, defined as a high specific lung elastance associated with large right ventricular end-diastolic area; and (2) comparison between variable (VV) and conventional volume-controlled ventilation (VCV) on lung mechanics and morphometry, biological markers, and cardiac function at that time point...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Sihua Wang, Yuan Zhang, Yan Wang, Ping Ye, Jun Li, Huabin Li, Qingqing Ding, Jiahong Xia
Previous studies mainly focused on the role of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in tumor cells, whereas the effects of the EGFR on immune responses has not been determined. Our study shows that the EGFR signaling pathway play a role in the regulation of regulatory T cells (Treg cells) in cancer patients. The EGF-like growth factor Amphiregulin (AREG) protein was frequently up-regulated in a tissue microarray, which was associated with worse overall survival. Additionally, in sera, tissue specimens, and effusions of lung or gastric cancer patients, up-regulated AREG protein enhanced the suppressive function of Treg cells...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Jiao Yang, Shuting Li, Biyuan Wang, Yinying Wu, Zheling Chen, Meng Lv, Yayun Lin, Jin Yang
Anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) therapy has established efficacy in metastatic colorectal cancer, but a significant number of patients do not respond to such treatment. Recently, various biomarkers were reported to be useful in predicting resistance to anti-EGFR. All the potential biomarkers predicting resistance to anti-EGFR are reviewed herein from five aspects. First, upstream molecules, including epiregulin (EREG) and amphiregulin (AREG), might play different roles according to their abnormal levels in tumor tissue and serum...
July 16, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
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