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Miquel Sureda-Gómez, José M Martín-Durán, Teresa Adell
The βcatenin-dependent Wnt pathway exerts multiple context-dependent roles in embryonic and adult tissues. In planarians, βcatenin-1 is thought to specify posterior identities through the generation of an anteroposterior gradient. However, the existence of such gradient has not been directly demonstrated. Here, we use a specific polyclonal antibody to demonstrate that nuclear βCATENIN-1 exists as an anteroposterior gradient from the pre-pharyngeal region to the tail of the planarian Schmidtea polychroa High levels in the posterior region steadily decrease towards the pre-pharyngeal region but then increase again in the head region...
October 13, 2016: Development
Leen Bussche, Gat Rauner, Mark Antonyak, Bethany Syracuse, Melissa McDowell, Anthony M C Brown, Richard A Cerione, Gerlinde R Van de Walle
Signaling mechanisms that regulate mammary stem/progenitor cell (MaSC) self-renewal are essential for developmental changes that occur in the mammary gland during pregnancy, lactation and involution. We observed that equine MaSCs (eMaSCs) maintain their growth potential in culture for an indefinite period, while canine MaSCs (cMaSCs) lose their growth potential in long-term cultures. We then used this system to investigate the role of microvesicles (MVs) in promoting self-renewal properties. We found that Wnt3a and Wnt1 were expressed at higher levels in MVs isolated from eMaSCs compared to those from cMaSCs...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Ville-Valtteri Välimäki, Outi Mäkitie, Renata Pereira, Christine Laine, Katherine Wesseling-Perry, Jorma Määttä, Mikko Kirjavainen, Heli Viljakainen, Matti J Välimäki
CONTEXT: We previously identified two Finnish families with dominantly inherited, low-turnover osteoporosis caused by mutations in WNT1 or PLS3. OBJECTIVE: Design and Setting: This prospective, longitudinal, uncontrolled study was undertaken to evaluate whether patients with these mutations respond to teriparatide treatment. PATIENTS AND INTERVENTION: We recruited six adults (median age 54); three with a WNT1 missense mutation c.652T>G and three with a PLS3 splice mutation c...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Ping Lu, Xiaolong Chen, Yun Feng, Qiao Zeng, Cizhong Jiang, Xianmin Zhu, Guoping Fan, Zhigang Xue
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) patients carry the expansion of over 200 CGG repeats at the promoter of fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1), leading to decreased or absent expression of its encoded fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). However, the global transcriptional alteration by FMRP deficiency has not been well characterized at single nucleotide resolution, i.e., RNA-seq. Here, we performed in-vitro neuronal differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells that were derived from fibroblasts of a FXS patient (FXS-iPSC)...
October 11, 2016: Science China. Life Sciences
Mitsunari Nakajima, Takashi Watanabe, Rui Aoki, Risei Shimizu, Satoshi Okuyama, Yoshiko Furukawa
Wnt1-Cre- and Wnt1-GAL4 double transgenic (dTg) mice are used to study neural crest cell lineages by utilizing either the Cre/loxP or the GAL4/UAS system. We have previously shown that these mice exhibit behavioral abnormalities that resemble certain behaviors of psychiatric disorders and histologic alterations in the cholinergic and glutamatergic systems in the brain. The objective of the current study was to extend the behavioral analyses in these mice and to determine whether there were any sex-specific differences in the prevalence or severity of these behaviors...
September 27, 2016: Brain Research
David H Taylor, Chelsea M McLean, Warren L Wu, Alex B Wang, Paul D Soloway
BACKGROUND: In mammals, tight regulation of cytosine methylation is required for embryonic development and cellular differentiation. The trans-acting DNA methyltransferases that catalyze this modification have been identified and characterized; however, these proteins lack sequence specificity, leaving the mechanism of targeting unknown. A cis-acting regulator within the Rasgrf1 imprinting control region (ICR) is necessary for establishment and maintenance of local imprinted methylation...
2016: Epigenetics & Chromatin
Hyung Chul Lee, Sumi Lim, Jae Yong Han
Here, we investigated the role of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway in chicken primordial germ cells (PGCs) in vitro. We confirmed the expression of Wnt signaling pathway-related genes and the localization of β-catenin in the nucleus, revealing that this pathway is potentially activated in chicken PGCs. Then, using the single-cell pick-up assay, we examined the proliferative capacity of cultured PGCs in response to Wnt ligands, a β-catenin-mediated Wnt signaling activator (6-bromoindirubin-3'-oxime [BIO]) or inhibitor (JW74), in the presence or absence of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF)...
2016: Scientific Reports
Zeinab Ahsani, Samira Mohammadi-Yeganeh, Vahid Kia, Hamzeh Karimkhanloo, Nosratollah Zarghami, Mahdi Paryan
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is an invasive form of hepatic cancer arising from the accumulation of multiple genetic alterations. In this study, the causal role of disturbed canonical Wnt/β-catenin pathway was approved, and some of HCC-driven important gene candidates were determined. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), small non-coding RNAs, are the key regulators of important cancer genes, and their participation in tumorigenesis has been shown. By reviewing literature, WNT1 gene with functional significance was selected to approve miRNAs as new subjects for targeted therapy...
September 29, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Jiajia Jin, Ping Zhan, Hong Qian, Xiaoxia Wang, Masaru Katoh, Kevin Phan, Jin-Haeng Chung, Tangfeng Lv, Yong Song
BACKGROUND: Wingless-type protein (Wnt) signaling pathway plays a crucial role in the development of human malignancies, such as epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and the maintenance of cancer stem cells (CSCs). Several studies have shown that the expression levels of Wnt proteins, ligands of Wnt signaling pathway, are related to clinical outcomes of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. This meta-analysis aimed to assess the prognostic value of Wnts proteins in patients with NSCLC...
August 2016: Translational Lung Cancer Research
Jun Li, Xiangyu Gao, Ke Ji, Andrew J Sanders, Zhongtao Zhang, Wen G Jiang, Jiafu Ji, Lin Ye
CCN is an acronym for cysteine-rich protein 61 (CYR61), connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) and nephroblastoma overexpressed (NOV). Aberrations of certain CCN members including CYR61, CTGF, Wnt1-inducible signalling pathway protein (WISP)-1 and -3 have been reported in gastric cancer. The present study aimed to examine the clinical relevance of NOV along with CYR61 and CTGF in gastric cancer by analysing their transcript levels. CYR61, CTGF and NOV transcript expression in 324 gastric cancer samples with paired adjacent normal gastric tissues were determined using real-time quantitative PCR and the results were statistically analysed against patient clinicopathological data using SPSS software...
September 8, 2016: Oncology Reports
Lien-Cheng Chang, Tsung-Chih Chen, Shiag-Jiun Chen, Chun-Liang Chen, Chia-Chung Lee, Shih-Hsiung Wu, Yun Yen, Hsu-Shan Huang, Jing-Jer Lin
Developing the Wnt pathway inhibitors has been considered as a therapeutic approach for cancers and other Wnt-related diseases. Previously we found that the G-rich sequence of WNT1 promoter is capable of forming G-quadruplex structure and stabilizing agents for Wnt1-mediated signaling pathway. Using a established cell-based drug screen system that enabled the evaluation of WNT1 expression activity in a G-quadruplex structure dependent manner, we evaluated a series of 6-substituted 9-chloro-11H-indeno[1,2-c]quinolin-11-one derivatives that potentially inhibit the Wnt1-mediated signaling pathway...
December 15, 2015: Oncotarget
Yingnan Ye, Xinxin Long, Lijie Zhang, Jieying Chen, Pengpeng Liu, Hui Li, Feng Wei, Wenwen Yu, Xiubao Ren, Jinpu Yu
Neurotensin (NTS) is a neuropeptide distributed in central nervous and digestive systems. In this study, the significant association between ectopic NTS expression and tumor invasion was confirmed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In primary HCC tissues, the NTS and neurotensin receptor 1 (NTR1) co-expression (NTS+NTR1+) is a poor prognostic factor correlated with aggressive biological behaviors and poor clinical prognosis. Enhanced epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) features, including decreased E-cadherin, increased β-catenin translocation and N-cadherin expression, were identified in NTS+NTR1+ HCC tissues...
September 6, 2016: Oncotarget
Lingxiang Hu, Jingrong Lu, Hao Chiang, Hao Wu, Albert S B Edge, Fuxin Shi
UNLABELLED: Cochlear hair cells (HCs), the sensory cells that respond to sound, do not regenerate after damage in adult mammals, and their loss is a major cause of deafness. Here we show that HC regeneration in newborn mouse ears occurred spontaneously when the original cells were ablated by treatment with diphtheria toxin (DT) in ears that had been engineered to overexpress the DT receptor, but was not detectable when HCs were ablated in vivo by the aminoglycoside antibiotic neomycin...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Miso Jeon, Naimur Rahman, Yong-Sik Kim
The canonical Wnt/β-catenin signaling not only features in many developmental processes but also recently emerged as an attractive negative regulator of differentiation of preadipocytes into adipocytes. Here, we show that β-catenin signaling plays a distinct role in methyl gallate (MG)-mediated inhibition of 3T3-L1 adipocytes differentiation. We found that the expression of β-catenin decreased after adipogenic hormonal induction, whereas incubation of the differentiating cells with a physiological concentration of MG during adipogenic hormonal induction significantly prevented β-catenin degradation by activating Wnt signaling components such as Wnt1, Wnt10b, Fzd1, Fzd2, Lrp5, Lrp6, Dvl1, and Dvl2...
October 7, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Huifang Sun, Changmao Ding, Huiyu Zhang, Jianbo Gao
The tumor-suppressive let-7 family of microRNAs (miRNAs) has been previously identified to induce cell apoptosis, proliferation‑inhibition and suppression of the self‑renewal capacities of cancer stem cells (CSCs). However, let‑7‑mediated sensitization of tumors to radiation treatment remains to be investigated fully in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), of which the clinical treatment is challenging. The inhibitory effect of let‑7 miRNAs on the self‑renewal ability of CSCs from TNBC was investigated...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Pau Gonzalez, Francisco Javier Rodríguez
Despite the essential functions of astrocytes and the emerging relevance of the Wnt family of proteins in the CNS under physiological and pathological conditions, the astroglial expression of this family of proteins and its potential modulatory role on astroglial activation is almost unknown. Thus, we have evaluated the expression of all Wnt ligands, receptors and regulators, and the activation state of Wnt-related signaling pathways in non-activated and differentially activated astroglial cultures. We found that numerous Wnt ligands, receptors and regulators were expressed in non-activated astrocytes, while the Wnt-dependent pathways were constitutively active...
August 22, 2016: Neuroscience Research
Bruno C Vellutini, Andreas Hejnol
The diverse and complex developmental mechanisms of segmentation have been more thoroughly studied in arthropods, vertebrates and annelids-distantly related animals considered to be segmented. Far less is known about the role of "segmentation genes" in organisms that lack a segmented body. Here we investigate the expression of the arthropod segment polarity genes engrailed, wnt1 and hedgehog in the development of brachiopods-marine invertebrates without a subdivided trunk but closely related to the segmented annelids...
2016: Scientific Reports
Da Jing, Mingming Zhai, Shichao Tong, Fei Xu, Jing Cai, Guanghao Shen, Yan Wu, Xiaokang Li, Kangning Xie, Juan Liu, Qiaoling Xu, Erping Luo
Treatment of osseous defects remains a formidable clinical challenge. Porous titanium alloys (pTi) have been emerging as ideal endosseous implants due to the excellent biocompatibility and structural properties, whereas inadequate osseointegration poses risks for unreliable long-term implant stability. Substantial evidence indicates that pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF), as a safe noninvasive method, inhibit osteopenia/osteoporosis experimentally and clinically. We herein investigated the efficiency and potential mechanisms of PEMF on osteogenesis and osseointegration of pTi in vitro and in vivo...
2016: Scientific Reports
Monica Colitti, Bruno Stefanon
Several natural compounds exhibit strong capacity for decreasing triglyceride accumulation, enhancing lipolysis and inducing apoptosis. The present study reports the anti-adipogenic effects of Silybum marianum (SL), Citrus aurantium (CA), Taraxacum officinale (TO), resveratrol (RE), Curcuma longa (CU), caffeine (CF), oleuropein (OL) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in reducing differentiation and increasing lipolysis and apoptosis. Analyses were performed on human primary visceral pre-adipocytes after 10 (P10) and 20 (P20) days of treatment during differentiation and on mature adipocytes after 7 days of treatment (A7)...
2016: EXCLI journal
Y-H Taguchi, Mitsuo Iwadate, Hideaki Umeyama
BACKGROUND: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) remains a lethal disease despite many proposed treatments. Recent studies have indicated that epigenetic therapy, which targets epigenetic effects, might be a new therapeutic methodology for NSCLC. However, it is not clear which objects (e.g., genes) this treatment specifically targets. Secreted frizzled-related proteins (SFRPs) are promising candidates for epigenetic therapy in many cancers, but there have been no reports of SFRPs targeted by epigenetic therapy for NSCLC...
2016: BMC Medical Genomics
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