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Peng Liu, Teng-Fei Zhou, Bao-An Qiu, Ying-Xiang Yang, Yong-Jian Zhu, Yang An, Wen-Chao Zhao, Yin-Tao Wu, Peng-Fei Ma, Jing-Bo Li, Nian-Xin Xia
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is one of the most common hepatic and biliary malignancies, accounting for about 3% of all gastrointestinal tumors. GATA5 is a transcription factor capable of suppressing the development of various human cancer types. Transcriptional inactivation and CpG island (CGI) methylation of GATA3 and GATA5, two members of the GATA family of transcription factors, have been observed in some human cancers. But whether high-density CGI methylation of GATA5 is associated with the clinical course of CCA patients has not been clarified...
March 13, 2018: Translational Oncology
Steve Taylor, Kimberly Eisenstein, Vanessa Gildenstern, Harper Price, Pooja Hingorani, Apurvi Patel, Nathan Page, Smita Bailey, David Carpentieri
Infantile choriocarcinoma (ICC) is a rare, highly malignant form of gestational trophoblastic neoplasia. Rapid diagnosis and initiation of treatment are paramount in reaching a successful outcome. Patients with these tumors typically present with a triad of anemia, hepatomegaly, and precocious puberty. Cutaneous manifestations of ICC are extraordinarily rare with few documented cases. Here, we describe a male neonate who presented to our Dermatology clinic with a rapidly growing, markedly vascular glabellar mass associated with abnormal laboratory values suggestive of Kasabach-Merritt phenomenon...
January 1, 2018: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
H Zhao, J Wang, D Fang, O Lee, R T Chatterton, V Stearns, S A Khan, S E Bulun
Obesity is associated with increased risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal but not in premenopausal women. Many factors may be responsible for this difference. The aim of this study was to determine the mechanisms by which the genes related to the AMPK pathway, inflammation, and estrogen actions are affected by adiposity in breast tissue with the objective of identifying differences that may explain the different breast cancer risk in premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Random fine needle aspirates (rFNAs) of breast tissue were collected from 57 premenopausal and 55 postmenopausal women and were classified as normal weight, overweight, or obese...
March 15, 2018: Hormones & Cancer
Jianbo Chen, Yao Zhang, Yunsheng Liang, Ming Zhao, Hai Long, Rong Xiao, Haijing Wu, Jieyue Liao, Shuaihantian Luo, Guiying Zhang, Qianjin Lu
Pemphigus vulgaris is an autoimmune blistering disease characterized by a loss of epidermal cell-cell adhesion caused by anti-desmoglein (Dsg) autoantibodies. The pathogenesis of PV remains unclear. However, abnormal frequency and function of Th2 cells are believed to contribute to PV. We investigated Nr4a2, a transcription factor, which has been found to regulate T cell differentiation, for its association with Th2 cell differentiation and functions in PV. We found significantly decreased mRNA and protein levels of Nr4a2 in CD4+ T cells from patients with PV, compared with healthy control subjects...
February 16, 2018: Oncotarget
Rong-Kai Zhang, Guo-Wei Li, Dong Jiang, Da-Wei Zhang, Bing Yu, Lu-Kun Yang
OBJECTIVE: To identify the master transcription factors (TF) that might be responsible for the gene expression alteration of OA. METHODS: Raw expression data for rat OA model(GSE30322) was downloaded from NCBI GEO database. Microarray data analysis for rat and human was carried out separately using functions from limma packagein R, gene expression was considered as significantly changed between conditions if adjusted P -value<0.05 and the absolute value of fold change>=2...
February 25, 2018: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
José A Jiménez-Heffernan, Patricia Muñoz-Hernández, Alberto Canca Velasco, Alwalid Freih Fraih, Julián Cuesta, Pilar González-Peramato, Carlos Olivier-García, Blanca Vicandi
BACKGROUND: Differentiation between normal renal cellular structures and renal tumors can be a diagnostic challenge during fine needle aspiration. It is of particular relevance during percutaneous thermal ablation because of the small size of tumors and when performing rapid on-site evaluation. METHODS: A cyto-histological correlation study assisted by immunocytochemistry was performed. The study was based on 10 nephrectomy specimens. For the identification of proximal tubular cells we used CD10 and α-methylacyl coenzyme A racemase (AMACR)...
March 14, 2018: Diagnostic Cytopathology
Motoki Takaku, Sara A Grimm, John D Roberts, Kaliopi Chrysovergis, Brian D Bennett, Page Myers, Lalith Perera, Charles J Tucker, Charles M Perou, Paul A Wade
GATA3 is frequently mutated in breast cancer; these mutations are widely presumed to be loss-of function despite a dearth of information regarding their effect on disease course or their mechanistic impact on the breast cancer transcriptional network. Here, we address molecular and clinical features associated with GATA3 mutations. A novel classification scheme defines distinct clinical features for patients bearing breast tumors with mutations in the second GATA3 zinc-finger (ZnFn2). An engineered ZnFn2 mutant cell line by CRISPR-Cas9 reveals that mutation of one allele of the GATA3 second zinc finger (ZnFn2) leads to loss of binding and decreased expression at a subset of genes, including Progesterone Receptor...
March 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Karan Lal, Travis J Morrell, Michael Cunningham, Patrick OʼDonnell, Nikki A Levin, Kristine M Cornejo
Cutaneous mixed tumor (chondroid syringoma) is the cutaneous counterpart of pleomorphic adenoma of salivary glands, comprised of both epithelial and mesenchymal components. Malignant transformation is exceptionally rare, with only a few cases reported. We report a case of a malignant cutaneous mixed tumor in an 86-year-old white man who presented with a pink indurated plaque on his left scapula. He had a history of nonmelanoma skin cancers, a stage IB malignant melanoma of a lower extremity and Gleason 4 + 3 prostate cancer treated with brachytherapy, external beam irradiation, and bicalutamide...
March 6, 2018: American Journal of Dermatopathology
Quentin Manach, Olivier Cussenot, Morgan Rouprêt, Xavier Gamé, Emmanuel Chartier-Kastler, Christine Reus, Philippe Camparo, Eva Compérat, Véronique Phé
INTRODUCTION: To establish if the validated tumor biomarkers of luminal and basal bladder cancers in non neuro-urological patients are applicable to a neuro-urological population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrieved bladder cancer samples from neuro-urological patients (n = 20) and non-neurological controls (n = 40). The expression of GATA3 and CK5/6 was analyzed using immunohistochemistry of microarray tissue sections. We also assessed the correlation between previous biomarker expression, gender, age, tumor stage (non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC)/muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC)), squamous-cell differentiation and basal/luminal subtypes using Pearson's correlation coefficient (r)...
February 2018: Canadian Journal of Urology
Christina Li-Ping Thio, Po-Yu Chi, Alan Chuan-Ying Lai, Ya-Jen Chang
BACKGROUND: Allergic asthma is characterized airway hyperreactivity (AHR) and inflammation driven by aberrant TH 2 response. Type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) are a critical source of TH 2 cytokines IL-5 and IL-13 which promote acute asthma exacerbation. Short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) have been shown to attenuate T cell-mediated allergic airway inflammation. Their role in the regulation of ILC2-driven AHR and lung inflammation, however, remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the immunomodulatory role of SCFAs in the regulation of ILC2-induced AHR and airway inflammation and delineated the mechanism involved...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Difeng Fang, Kairong Cui, Gangqing Hu, Rama Krishna Gurram, Chao Zhong, Andrew J Oler, Ryoji Yagi, Ming Zhao, Suveena Sharma, Pentao Liu, Bing Sun, Keji Zhao, Jinfang Zhu
GATA-binding protein 3 (GATA3) acts as the master transcription factor for type 2 T helper (Th2) cell differentiation and function. However, it is still elusive how GATA3 function is precisely regulated in Th2 cells. Here, we show that the transcription factor B cell lymphoma 11b (Bcl11b), a previously unknown component of GATA3 transcriptional complex, is involved in GATA3-mediated gene regulation. Bcl11b binds to GATA3 through protein-protein interaction, and they colocalize at many important cis-regulatory elements in Th2 cells...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Na Li, Vincent van Unen, Thomas Höllt, Allan Thompson, Jeroen van Bergen, Nicola Pezzotti, Elmar Eisemann, Anna Vilanova, Susana M Chuva de Sousa Lopes, Boudewijn P F Lelieveldt, Frits Koning
Innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) are abundant in mucosal tissues and involved in tissue homeostasis and barrier function. Although several ILC subsets have been identified, it is unknown if additional heterogeneity exists, and their differentiation pathways remain largely unclear. We applied mass cytometry to analyze ILCs in the human fetal intestine and distinguished 34 distinct clusters through a t-SNE-based analysis. A lineage (Lin)- CD7+ CD127- CD45RO+ CD56+ population clustered between the CD127+ ILC and natural killer (NK) cell subsets, and expressed diverse levels of Eomes, T-bet, GATA3, and RORγt...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Experimental Medicine
Kwang-Soo Kim, Jiewan Kim, Nuri Oh, Mi-Young Kim, Kyung-Soon Park
Gata3 is a master regulator that drives mammary epithelial cell differentiation, and the suppression of GATA3 expression is associated with the development of aggressive breast cancer. However, the mechanism through which GATA3 loss drives cancer development is poorly understood. Previously, we reported that ELK3 suppression in MDA-MB-231 (ELK3 KD) resulted in the reprogramming of these cells from a basal to luminal subtype, which was associated with the induction of GATA3 expression, and that the ELK3-GATA3 axis orchestrated the metastatic characteristics of MDA-MB-231...
March 3, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Per Kempe, Daniel Eklund, Agnes Hallin, Mats Hammar, Tomas Olsson, Jan Brynhildsen, Jan Ernerudh
To prospectively study systemic in vivo immunological effects of sex hormones, using different phases of oral combined hormonal contraceptives (CHC), and the natural menstrual cycles in both healthy women and in women with multiple sclerosis (MS), blood samples from sixty female MS patients and healthy controls with and without CHC were drawn in high and low estrogenic/progestogenic phases. Expression of Th-associated genes in blood cells was determined by qPCR and a panel of cytokines and chemokines was measured in plasma...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Deniz Genç, Noushin Zibandeh, Ercan Nain, Muazzez Gökalp, Ahmet Oğuzhan Özen, Mehmet Kamil Göker, Tunç Akkoç
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease in which inflammatory responses have the polarization of CD4+ T cells to Th2 cells. Dental follicle mesenchymal stem cells (DFSCs) have strong anti-inflammatory properties comparable to other mesenchymal stem cells. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the immunomodulatory effects of DFSCs on CD4+ T helper cell responses of asthmatic patients and compared the results with those obtained with asthmatic subjects on immunotherapy and with healthy individuals...
March 2, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Allergy: Journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Ralph Stadhouders, Bobby W S Li, Marjolein J W de Bruijn, Antonio Gomez, Tata Nageswara Rao, Hans Jörg Fehling, Wilfred F J van IJcken, Ai Ing Lim, James P Di Santo, Thomas Graf, Rudi W Hendriks
BACKGROUND: Group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) are major producers of cytokines driving allergic asthma and elevated numbers of ILC2s have been detected in blood and sputum of asthma patients. Asthma susceptibility has a strong genetic component, but the underlying mechanisms and whether asthma genetics impact ILC2 biology remains unclear. OBJECTIVE: To study the ILC2 transcriptome and epigenome during airway inflammation (AI) in order to couple these to genes and genetic variants associated with asthma pathogenesis...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Valentina Miano, Giulio Ferrero, Valentina Rosti, Eleonora Manitta, Jamal Elhasnaoui, Giulia Basile, Michele De Bortoli
Estrogen receptor-α (ERα) is a ligand-inducible protein which mediates estrogenic hormones signaling and defines the luminal BC phenotype. Recently, we demonstrated that even in absence of ligands ERα (apoERα) binds chromatin sites where it regulates transcription of several protein-coding and lncRNA genes. Noteworthy, apoERα-regulated lncRNAs marginally overlap estrogen-induced transcripts, thus representing a new signature of luminal BC genes. By the analysis of H3K27ac enrichment in hormone-deprived MCF-7 cells, we defined a set of Super Enhancers (SEs) occupied by apoERα, including one mapped in proximity of the DSCAM-AS1 lncRNA gene...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Yi Xu, Roberto Romero, Derek Miller, Pablo Silva, Bogdan Panaitescu, Kevin R Theis, Afrah Arif, Sonia S Hassan, Nardhy Gomez-Lopez
PROBLEM: Pathological inflammation is causally linked to preterm labor and birth, the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Our aims were to investigate whether (i) the newly described family of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) was present at the human maternal-fetal interface and (ii) ILC inflammatory subsets were associated with the pathological process of preterm labor. METHODS OF STUDY: Decidual leukocytes were isolated from women with preterm or term labor as well as from gestational age-matched non-labor controls...
February 19, 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
Xueying Li, Jiaqi Jin, Siyuan Yang, Weizhi Xu, Xianbin Meng, Haiteng Deng, Jun Zhan, Shan Gao, Hongquan Zhang
GATA3 is a transcriptional factor involved in the development of multiple organs. Post translational modifications of GATA3 are critical to its function. Here, we report that GATA3 interacts with and is acetylated by the acetyltransferase CBP. Class I deacetylases HDAC1, HDAC2 and HDAC3 deacetylate GATA3. The major acetylated site of GATA3 in lung adenocarcinoma cells was determined at lysine 119 (AcK119). Functionally, GATA3-acetylation mimics K119Q mutant was found to inhibit lung adenocarcinoma cell migration and invasion with concomitant downregulation of EMT-controlling transcriptional factors Slug, Zeb1 and Zeb2...
February 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Jiangping Song, Xiao Chen, Liang Cheng, Man Rao, Kai Chen, Ningning Zhang, Jian Meng, Mengmeng Li, Zhi-Qiang Liu, Ping-Chang Yang
Background and aims: The aberrant immune responses play a critical role in the pathogenesis of myocarditis. Vitamin D receptor (VDR) has immune regulatory functions. This study aims to investigate the role of VDR in the restricting the immune inflammation in the heart. Methods: The human heart samples were obtained from the heart transplantation. T helper (Th)2 and Th1 responses in the heart tissue were characterized by histology and immune assay. VDR-/- mice and Rag2-/- mice were used in the experiments to test the role of VDR in the maintaining the homeostasis in the heart...
February 12, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
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