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Tomohisa Okamura, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Keishi Fujio
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are necessary for the maintenance of immune tolerance. Tregs are divided into two major populations: one is thymus derived and the other develops in the periphery. Among these Tregs, CD4+ CD25+ Tregs, which mainly originate in the thymus, have been extensively studied. Transcription factor Foxp3 is well known as a master regulatory gene for the development and function of CD4+ CD25+ Tregs. On the other hand, peripheral Tregs consist of distinct cell subsets including Foxp3-dependent extrathymically developed Tregs and interleukin (IL)-10-producing type I regulatory T (Tr1) cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Hsin-Pin Lin, Idil Oksuz, John Svaren, Rajeshwar Awatramani
Recent studies have elucidated the crucial role for microRNAs in peripheral nerve myelination by ablating components of the microRNA synthesis machinery. Few studies have focused on the role of individual microRNAs. To fill this gap, we focused this study on miR-138, which was shown to be drastically reduced in Dicer1 and Dgcr8 knockout mice with hypomyelinating phenotypes and to potentially target the negative regulators of Schwann cell differentiation. Here, we show that of two miR-138 encoding loci, mir-138-1 is the predominant locus transcribed in Schwann cells...
February 28, 2018: Scientific Reports
Lai Wei, Fengming Ran
MicroRNA-20a (miR-20a) serves a notable role in tumor development and progression; it functions differently in different types of malignant tumor, and its role and mechanism in non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) remains unclear. In the present study, the effects of miR-20a on the proliferation and invasion of NSCLC cells and the underlying mechanisms behind this were investigated. Reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction revealed that the expression level of miR-20a was higher in human NSCLC than in normal tissues...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
Wanda M Snow, Chris Cadonic, Claudia Cortes-Perez, Subir K Roy Chowdhury, Jelena Djordjevic, Ella Thomson, Michael J Bernstein, Miyoung Suh, Paul Fernyhough, Benedict C Albensi
The brain has a high demand for energy, of which creatine (Cr) is an important regulator. Studies document neurocognitive benefits of oral Cr in mammals, yet little is known regarding their physiological basis. This study investigated the effects of Cr supplementation (3%, w/w) on hippocampal function in male C57BL/6 mice, including spatial learning and memory in the Morris water maze and oxygen consumption rates from isolated mitochondria in real time. Levels of transcription factors and related proteins (CREB, Egr1, and IκB to indicate NF-κB activity), proteins implicated in cognition (CaMKII, PSD-95, and Egr2), and mitochondrial proteins (electron transport chain Complex I, mitochondrial fission protein Drp1) were probed with Western blotting...
February 2018: Learning & Memory
Xin Zhao, Ming-Ming Jiang, Yi-Zhou Yan, Lei Liu, Yong-Zhi Xie, Xiao-Bo Li, Zheng-Mao Hu, Xiao-Hong Zi, Kun Xia, Bei-Sha Tang, Ru-Xu Zhang
BACKGROUND: SH3TC2, PMP2, and BSCL2 genes are related to autosomal recessive (AR) Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease type 1, autosomal dominant (AD)-CMT1, and AD-CMT2, respectively. Pathogenic variants in these three genes were not well documented in Chinese CMT patients. Therefore, this study aims to detect SH3TC2, PMP2, and BSCL2 pathogenic variants in a cohort of 315 unrelated Chinese CMT families. METHODS: A total of 315 probands from 315 unrelated Chinese CMT families were recruited from the Department of Neurology of Third Xiangya Hospital and Xiangya Hospital...
January 20, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Becky Omodho, Tizong Miao, Alistair L J Symonds, Randeep Singh, Suling Li, Ping Wang
INTRODUCTION: Impaired proliferation and production of IL2 are the hallmarks of experimental T cell tolerance. However, in most autoimmune diseases, auto-reactive T cells do not display hyper proliferation, but inflammatory phenotypes. METHODS: We have now demonstrated that the transcription factors Egr2 and 3 are important for the control of inflammatory cytokine production by tolerant T cells, but not for tolerance induction. RESULTS: In the absence of Egr2 and 3, T cell tolerance, as measured by impaired proliferation and production of IL2, can still be induced, but tolerant T cells produced high levels of inflammatory cytokines...
January 3, 2018: Immunity, Inflammation and Disease
Wenfang Lai, XiuLi Xie, Xiaoqin Zhang, Yingzheng Wang, Kedan Chu, John Brown, Lidian Chen, Guizhu Hong
Salidroside is neuroprotective across a wide therapeutic time-window after cerebral ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI). Here, we investigated the role of complement in mediating effects of salidroside after cerebral IRI in rats. Rats were administrated with vehicle or salidroside 50 mg/kg, given daily for either 24 or 48 h, after middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) for 2 h and reperfusion for 1 h. Levels of proteins in ischemic brain were measured by immunofluorescence and western blotting. We observed early increases in the deposition of immunoglobulin M, mannose-binding lectin 2, and annexin IV on cerebral endothelial cells, induction of the complement components C3 and C3a, by 24 h after IRI, and a later significant increase in the complement component C1q by 48 h...
December 2, 2017: Inflammation
György Máté Milley, Edina Timea Varga, Zoltán Grosz, Csilla Nemes, Zsuzsanna Arányi, Judit Boczán, Péter Diószeghy, Mária Judit Molnár, Anikó Gál
Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy (CMT) is a genetically and clinically heterogeneous group of neuromuscular disorders with an overall prevalence of 1 per 2500. Here we report the first comprehensive genetic epidemiology study of Hungarian CMT patients. 409 CMT1 and 122 CMT2 patients were enrolled and genetic testing of PMP22, GJB1, MPZ, EGR2 and MFN2 genes were performed routinely. NDRG1 and CTDP1 genes were screened only for founder mutations in Roma patients. Causative genetic mutations were identified in 67...
January 2018: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Wei-Zhen Xue, Xiaozhen Gu, Yulan Wu, Danyang Li, Yi Xu, Hui-Li Wang
Pb is a pervasive environmental threat to human health. Although remarkable progress has been made in its neurotoxicity, the precise molecular mechanisms underlying this widespread toxicant still remain elusive. In this study, the detailed roles of EZH2, a transcriptional repressor, in the regulation of Pb-led neurotoxicity were investigated, highlighting its sub-functionalization, compartmentalization, functional chaperones and downstream partners. Based on the findings, EZH2's protein levels were significantly reduced in response to Pb treatment; EZH2's gain-of-function trials recovered the dampened neurite outgrowth; EZH2' recruitment to ploycomb complex, as well as its interaction with cytosolic Vav1, was altered in a distinct manner, suggesting that EZH2's multiple roles were markedly redistributed in this context; EZH2's cytosolic and nuclear presence differed in their respective response towards Pb treatment; EZH2 directly occupied the promoters of EGR2, NGFR and CaMKK2, genes responsible for various nerve functions and repair mechanisms, and essentially contributed to their aberrant expression...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
Zuxia Ma, Yang Shen, Quan Zeng, Jie Liu, Li Yang, Ran Fu, Guohua Hu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Accumulating studies indicate that miR-150-5p might play a significant role in dendritic cells (DCs) of peripheral blood in chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) patients. We sought to investigate the effects and mechanism of miR-150-5p, which regulates early growth response 2 (EGR2) to promote the development of CRS via the DC-Th axis. METHODS: The upregulated expression of miR-150-5p in DCs of CRS was assayed by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), and IL-17 cytokines in the supernatants of DC-naïve T cells co-cultures were analysed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
November 15, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
Wanlong Huang, Xiuxiu Zhang, Ai Li, Lingli Xie, Xiangyang Miao
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) can regulate lipid metabolism and adipogenesis. However, there is little research on the role of lncRNAs in fat deposition in pig. In this study, RNA-seq technology was used to analyze the gene expression profiles of subcutaneous adipose tissue in Laiwu (LW) and Large White (LY) pigs. Then, key lncRNAs and genes associated with lipid metabolism and adipogenic differentiation were identified. Fifty four lncRNAs and 482 known mRNAs were differentially expressed in the two pig breeds...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
Nyssa R Adams, Yasmin M Vasquez, Qianxing Mo, William Gibbons, Ertug Kovanci, Francesco J DeMayo
The differentiation of endometrial stromal cells into decidual cells, termed decidualization, is an integral step in the establishment of pregnancy. The mitogen-activated protein kinase homolog, WNK lysine deficient protein kinase 1 (WNK1), is activated downstream of epidermal growth factor receptor during decidualization. Primary human endometrial stromal cells (HESCs) were subjected to small interfering RNA knockdown of WNK1 followed by in vitro decidualization. This abrogated expression of the decidual marker genes, insulin like growth factor binding protein 1 (IGFBP1) and prolactin (PRL), and prevented adoption of decidual cell morphology...
September 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Pavel Katsel, Peter Fam, Weilun Tan, Sonia Khan, Chunxia Yang, Yan Jouroukhin, Sergei Rudchenko, Mikhail V Pletnikov, Vahram Haroutunian
Genetic, neuroimaging, and gene expression studies suggest a role for oligodendrocyte (OLG) dysfunction in schizophrenia (SZ). Disrupted-in-schizophrenia 1 (DISC1) is a risk gene for major psychiatric disorders, including SZ. Overexpression of mutant truncated (hDISC1), but not full-length sequence of human DISC1 in forebrain influenced OLG differentiation and proliferation of glial progenitors in the developing cerebral cortex concurrently with reduction of OLG progenitor markers in the hindbrain. We examined gene and protein expression of the molecular determinants of hindbrain OLG development and their interactions with DISC1 in mutant hDISC1 mice...
August 18, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
Melanie Märklin, Jonas S Heitmann, Alexander R Fuchs, Felicia M Truckenmüller, Michael Gutknecht, Stefanie Bugl, Sebastian J Saur, Juliane Lazarus, Ursula Kohlhofer, Leticia Quintanilla-Martinez, Hans-Georg Rammensee, Helmut R Salih, Hans-Georg Kopp, Michael Haap, Andreas Kirschniak, Lothar Kanz, Anjana Rao, Stefan Wirths, Martin R Müller
Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is a clonal disorder of mature B cells. Most patients are characterised by an indolent disease course and an anergic phenotype of their leukaemia cells, which refers to a state of unresponsiveness to B cell receptor stimulation. Up to 10% of CLL patients transform from an indolent subtype to an aggressive form of B cell lymphoma over time (Richter´s syndrome) and show a significantly worse treatment outcome. Here we show that B cell-specific ablation of Nfat2 leads to the loss of the anergic phenotype culminating in a significantly compromised life expectancy and transformation to aggressive disease...
October 2, 2017: Nature Communications
Noha Sharafeldin, Martha L Slattery, Qi Liu, Conrado Franco-Villalobos, Bette J Caan, John D Potter, Yutaka Yasui
Characterization of gene-environment interactions (GEIs) in cancer is limited. We aimed at identifying GEIs in rectal cancer focusing on a relevant biologic process involving the angiogenesis pathway and relevant environmental exposures: cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, and animal protein intake. We analyzed data from 747 rectal cancer cases and 956 controls from the Diet, Activity and Lifestyle as a Risk Factor for Rectal Cancer study. We applied a 3-step analysis approach: first, we searched for interactions among single nucleotide polymorphisms on the pathway genes; second, we searched for interactions among the genes, both steps using Logic regression; third, we examined the GEIs significant at the 5% level using logistic regression for cancer risk and Cox proportional hazards models for survival...
September 28, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Maike F Dohrn, Nicola Glöckle, Lejla Mulahasanovic, Corina Heller, Julia Mohr, Christine Bauer, Erik Riesch, Andrea Becker, Florian Battke, Konstanze Hörtnagel, Thorsten Hornemann, Saranya Suriyanarayanan, Markus Blankenburg, Jörg B Schulz, Kristl G Claeys, Burkhard Gess, Istvan Katona, Andreas Ferbert, Debora Vittore, Alexander Grimm, Stefan Wolking, Ludger Schöls, Holger Lerche, G Christoph Korenke, Dirk Fischer, Bertold Schrank, Urania Kotzaeridou, Gerhard Kurlemann, Bianca Dräger, Anja Schirmacher, Peter Young, Beate Schlotter-Weigel, Saskia Biskup
Hereditary neuropathies comprise a wide variety of chronic diseases associated to more than 80 genes identified to date. We herein examined 612 index patients with either a Charcot-Marie-Tooth phenotype, hereditary sensory neuropathy, familial amyloid neuropathy, or small fiber neuropathy using a customized multigene panel based on the next generation sequencing technique. In 121 cases (19.8%), we identified at least one putative pathogenic mutation. Of these, 54.4% showed an autosomal dominant, 33.9% an autosomal recessive, and 11...
December 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
Gianluca Figlia, Camilla Norrmén, Jorge A Pereira, Daniel Gerber, Ueli Suter
Myelination is a biosynthetically demanding process in which mTORC1, the gatekeeper of anabolism, occupies a privileged regulatory position. We have shown previously that loss of mTORC1 function in Schwann cells (SCs) hampers myelination. Here, we genetically disrupted key inhibitory components upstream of mTORC1, TSC1 or PTEN, in mouse SC development, adult homeostasis, and nerve injury. Surprisingly, the resulting mTORC1 hyperactivity led to markedly delayed onset of both developmental myelination and remyelination after injury...
September 7, 2017: ELife
Romana R Gerner, Victoria Klepsch, Sophie Macheiner, Kathrin Arnhard, Timon E Adolph, Christoph Grander, Verena Wieser, Alexandra Pfister, Patrizia Moser, Natascha Hermann-Kleiter, Gottfried Baier, Herbert Oberacher, Herbert Tilg, Alexander R Moschen
OBJECTIVE: Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT, also referred to as pre-B cell colony-enhancing factor or visfatin) is critically required for the maintenance of cellular nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) supply catalysing the rate-limiting step of the NAD salvage pathway. NAMPT is strongly upregulated in inflammation including IBD and counteracts an increased cellular NAD turnover mediated by NAD-depleting enzymes. These constitute an important mechanistic link between inflammatory, metabolic and transcriptional pathways and NAD metabolism...
September 6, 2017: Gut
Sina Taefehshokr, Yashar Azari Key, Mansour Khakpour, Pourya Dadebighlu, Amin Oveisi
The immune system is evolved to defend the body against pathogens and is composed of thousands of complicated and intertwined pathways, which are highly controlled by processes such as transcription and repression of cellular genes. Sometimes the immune system malfunctions and a break down in self-tolerance occurs. This lead to the inability to distinguish between self and non-self and cause attacks on host tissues, a condition also known as autoimmunity, which can result in chronic debilitating diseases. Early growth response genes are family of transcription factors comprising of four members, Egr1, Egr2, Egr3 and Egr4...
2017: Central-European Journal of Immunology
Lin Lu, Xinhua Ye, Qing Yao, Aijiao Lu, Zhen Zhao, Yang Ding, Chuchen Meng, Wenlong Yu, Yunfeng Du, JinLuo Cheng
Insulin resistance is generally responsible for the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Early growth response proteins-2 (Egr2) has been reported to be able to increase the expression of the suppressors of cytokine signaling-1 (SOCS-1), and impair insulin signaling pathway through suppression of insulin receptor substrates (IRS), including IRS-1 and IRS-2. However, whether Egr2 is directly involved in the development of insulin resistance, and how its potential contributions to insulin resistance still remain unknown...
August 22, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
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