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Jose Maria Carvajal-Gonzalez, Sonia Mulero-Navarro, Marek Mlodzik
Planar cell polarity (PCP)-signaling and associated tissue polarization are evolutionarily conserved. A well documented feature of PCP-signaling in vertebrates is its link to centriole/cilia positioning, although the relationship of PCP and ciliogenesis is still debated. A recent report in Drosophila established that Frizzled (Fz)-PCP core signaling has an instructive input to polarized centriole positioning in non-ciliated Drosophila wing epithelia as a PCP read-out. Here, we review the impact of this observation in the context of recent descriptions of the relationship(s) of core Fz-PCP signaling and cilia/centriole positioning in epithelial and non-epithelial cells...
October 24, 2016: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Marlies Bekaert, D Margriet Ouwens, Tina Hörbelt, Frederique Van de Velde, Pia Fahlbusch, Daniella Herzfeld de Wiza, Yves Van Nieuwenhove, Patrick Calders, Marleen Praet, Anne Hoorens, Anja Geerts, Xavier Verhelst, Jean-Marc Kaufman, Bruno Lapauw
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate whether circulating levels and/or visceral adipose tissue (VAT) expression of recently described adipokines associate with histopathological severity of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), independent of obesity and insulin resistance. METHODS: Serum levels of adiponectin, omentin, chemerin, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, and secreted frizzled-related protein 4 were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in 81 patients with obesity and NAFLD and 18 lean control subjects...
October 21, 2016: Obesity
Claire Peghaire, Marie Lise Bats, Raj Sewduth, Sylvie Jeanningros, Beatrice Jaspard, Thierry Couffinhal, Cécile Duplàa, Pascale Dufourcq
OBJECTIVE: Vessel formation requires precise orchestration of a series of morphometric and molecular events controlled by a multitude of angiogenic factors and morphogens. Wnt/frizzled signaling is required for proper vascular formation. In this study, we investigated the role of the Fzd7 (frizzled-7) receptor in retinal vascular development and its relationship with the Wnt/β-catenin canonical pathway and Notch signaling. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Using transgenic mice, we demonstrated that Fzd7 is required for postnatal vascular formation...
October 6, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Qian Sun, Jing Bai, Renrong Lv
Since hedgehog (HH)/Gli1 that contributes to cancer proliferation and metastasis has been masked for decades, the signaling pathway was investigated about its exact role in proliferation and metastasis of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Sonic hedgehog homolog (Shh), GLI family zinc finger 1 (Gli1), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expressions in cutaneous SCC tissues were analyzed with immunohistochemistry, and their correlations with cutaneous SCC patients' prognosis were conducted with Kaplan-Meier curve...
October 17, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Ritva Heljasvaara, Mari Aikio, Heli Ruotsalainen, Taina Pihlajaniemi
Collagen XVIII is a ubiquitous basement membrane (BM) proteoglycan produced in three tissue-specific isoforms that differ in their N-terminal non-collagenous sequences, but share collagenous and C-terminal non-collagenous domains. The collagenous domain provides flexibility to the large collagen XVIII molecules on account of multiple interruptions in collagenous sequences. Each isoform has a complex multi-domain structure that endows it with an ability to perform various biological functions. The long isoform contains a frizzled-like (Fz) domain with Wnt-inhibiting activity and a unique domain of unknown function (DUF959), which is also present in the medium isoform...
October 13, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Melissa V Gammons, Trevor J Rutherford, Zachary Steinhart, Stephane Angers, Mariann Bienz
Dishevelled (DVL) assembles Wnt signalosomes through dynamic head-to-tail polymerisation by means of its DIX domain. It thus transduces Wnt signals to cytoplasmic effectors including β-catenin, to control cell fates during normal development, tissue homeostasis and also in cancer. To date, most functional studies of Dishevelled relied on its Wnt-independent signalling activity resulting from overexpression, which is sufficient to trigger polymerisation, bypassing the requirement for Wnt signals. Here, we generate a human cell line devoid of endogenous Dishevelled (DVL1- DVL3), which lacks Wnt signal transduction to β-catenin...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Juan Wu, Junfeng Zhang, Qinhong Cao, Junqin Wang, Zhen Zhan, Zhong Li
BACKGROUND: Secreted frizzled-related protein 1 (sFRP1), a negative regulator of the Wnt signaling pathway, is frequently inactivated in human gastric cancer. Genetic variants in the 3' untranslated region (UTR) of the gene may influence the strength of miRNA binding and the regulation of mRNA transcription, affecting the individual's cancer risk. This study aims to investigate the impact of variants in the 3' UTR of sFRP1 on the gastric cancer susceptibility in a Chinese population. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The association between 2 sFRP1 gene variation loci (rs1127379 and rs10088390) with minor allele frequency more than 0...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Biological Markers
James C Lin, Wei-Wen Kuo, Rathinasamy Baskaran, Ming-Cheng Chen, Tsung-Jung Ho, Ray-Jade Chen, Ya-Fang Chen, Viswanadha Vijaya Padma, Ing-Shiow Lay, Chih-Yang Huang
BACKGROUND: Beta-catenin has been implicated in cell-cell communication in a wide variety of developmental and physiological processes. Defective Wnt signaling could result in various cardiac and vascular abnormalities. Little is known regarding Wnt/frizzled pathway in cardiomyocyte apoptosis. METHODS: In this study, the role of β-catenin in apoptosis was investigated in H9c2 cardiomyocytes and primary cardiomyocytes isolated in diabetic Wistar rats. The cardiomyocytes were transfected with porcine cytomegalovirus (pCMV)-β-catenin plasmid in order to overexpress β-catenin...
October 13, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Leilei Zhong, Xiaobin Huang, Emilie Dooms Rodrigues, Jeroen Leijten, Theo Verrips, Mohamed El Khattabi, Marcel Karperien, Janine N Post
Hypertrophic differentiation occurs during in vitro chondrogenesis of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), decreasing the quality of the cartilage construct. Previously we identified WNT pathway antagonists Dickkopf 1 homolog (DKK1) and frizzled-related protein (FRZB) as key factors in blocking hypertrophic differentiation of hMSCs. In this study, we investigated the role of endogenously expressed DKK1 and FRZB in chondrogenesis of hMSC, chondrocyte redifferentiation and in preventing cell hypertrophy using three relevant human cell based systems, isolated hMSCs, isolated primary human chondrocytes (hChs), and co-cultures of hMSCs with hChs for which we specifically designed neutralizing nano-antibodies...
October 12, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Andrea Du Toit
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October 12, 2016: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
Jose Maria Carvajal-Gonzalez, Sonia Mulero-Navarro, Michael Smith, Marek Mlodzik
Most mutant alleles in the Fz-PCP pathway genes were discovered in classic Drosophila screens looking for recessive loss-of-function mutations. Nonetheless, although Fz-PCP signaling is sensitive to increased doses of PCP gene products, not many screens have been performed in the wing under genetically engineered Fz over-expression conditions, mostly because the Fz phenotypes were strong and/or not easy to score and quantify. Here we present a screen based on an unexpected mild Frizzled gain-of-function phenotype...
October 11, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Zhiran Zhou, Huitian Zhang, Yunxia Lei
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic value of secreted frizzled-related protein 2 (SFRP2) gene promoter hypermethylation in stool for colorectal cancer (CRC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Open published diagnostic study of SFRP2 gene promoter hypermethylation in stool for CRC detection was electronic searched in the databases of PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure. The data of true positive, false positive false negative, and true negative identified by stool SFRP2 gene hypermethylation was extracted and pooled for diagnostic sensitivity, specificity, and summary receiver operating characteristic (SROC) curve...
October 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Yanhui Liu, Zhenghao Sun, Dandan Xu, Junda Liu, Xiaofeng Li, Xiaoqin Wu, Yilong Zhang, Qianqian Wang, Cheng Huang, Xiaoming Meng, Jun Li
Hesperidin (HDN), a flavanone glycoside derived from the citrus cultivation, has a multitude of pharmacological properties, which include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypolipidaemic and anti-carcinogenic actions, but the underlying mechanisms by which treatment of HDN attenuates Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) remain elusive. Here we engaged to determine whether Hesperidin derivative-11(HDND-11), a HDN derivative with enhanced water-solubility and bioavailability, is effective on treating arthritis in rats. In this study, results of 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetra-zolium bromide (MTT) assay and Flow cytometry indicated that administration of HDND-11 inhibited proliferation of fibroblast-like synoviocytes (FLS)...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Alana M Chin, Yu-Hwai Tsai, Stacy R Finkbeiner, Melinda S Nagy, Emily M Walker, Nicole J Ethen, Bart O Williams, Michele A Battle, Jason R Spence
Much of our understanding about how intestinal stem and progenitor cells are regulated comes from studying the late fetal stages of development and the adult intestine. In this light, little is known about intestine development prior to the formation of stereotypical villus structures with columnar epithelium, a stage when the epithelium is pseudostratified and appears to be a relatively uniform population of progenitor cells with high proliferative capacity. Here, we investigated a role for WNT/β-CATENIN signaling during the pseudostratified stages of development (E13...
October 6, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
F Y Lyu, H F Wang, C J Xu, Z Xu, D M Li, Y T Chi
Objective: To investigate the concentrations and clinical significance of secreted frizzled-related protein-1(SFRP1) insaliva and gingival crevicular fluid of patients with oral submucous fibrosis (OSF) as well as the expression of SFRP1 in patients' OSF buccal mucosa. Methods: Twenty OSF patients aged 20 to 40 years old were recruited and randomly divided into two experimental groups, of which were triamcinolone acetonide group and combined triamcinolone acetonide and salvia miltiorrhiza group, respectively...
October 9, 2016: Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Stomatology
Shibing Yu, Laura M Yerges-Armstrong, Yanxia Chu, Joseph M Zmuda, Yingze Zhang
The wingless pathway has a powerful influence on bone metabolism and is a therapeutic target in skeletal disorders. Wingless signaling is mediated in part through the Frizzled (FZD) receptor family. FZD transcriptional regulation is poorly understood. Herein we tested the hypothesis that Sp1 plays an important role in the transcriptional regulation of FZD1 expression in osteoblasts and osteoblast mineralization. To test this hypothesis, we conducted FZD1 promoter assays in Saos2 cells with and without Sp1 overexpression...
2016: PloS One
Melissa V Gammons, Miha Renko, Christopher M Johnson, Trevor J Rutherford, Mariann Bienz
Extracellular signals are often transduced by dynamic signaling complexes ("signalosomes") assembled by oligomerizing hub proteins following their recruitment to signal-activated transmembrane receptors. A paradigm is the Wnt signalosome, which is assembled by Dishevelled via reversible head-to-tail polymerization by its DIX domain. Its activity causes stabilization of β-catenin, a Wnt effector with pivotal roles in animal development and cancer. How Wnt triggers signalosome assembly is unknown. Here, we use structural analysis, as well as biophysical and cell-based assays, to show that the DEP domain of Dishevelled undergoes a conformational switch, from monomeric to swapped dimer, to trigger DIX-dependent polymerization and signaling to β-catenin...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Cell
Rachel K Crowley, Michael W O'Reilly, Iwona J Bujalska, Zaki K Hassan-Smith, Jonathan M Hazlehurst, Danielle R Foucault, Paul M Stewart, Jeremy W Tomlinson
AIMS: The aim of this study was to assess depot-specific expression and secretion of secreted frizzled-related protein 2 (sFRP2) by adipose tissue and its effect on adipocyte biology. We measured serum sFRP2 concentrations in 106 patients in vivo to explore its relationship to fat mass, glycaemia and insulin resistance. METHODS: Expression of sFRP2 in mouse and human tissues was assessed using polymerase chain reaction and Western blot. Western blot confirmed secretion of sFRP2 by adipose tissue into cell culture medium...
2016: PloS One
Liang Tao, Jie Zhang, Paul Meraner, Alessio Tovaglieri, Xiaoqian Wu, Ralf Gerhard, Xinjun Zhang, William B Stallcup, Ji Miao, Xi He, Julian G Hurdle, David T Breault, Abraham L Brass, Min Dong
Clostridium difficile toxin B (TcdB) is a critical virulence factor that causes diseases associated with C. difficile infection. Here we carried out CRISPR-Cas9-mediated genome-wide screens and identified the members of the Wnt receptor frizzled family (FZDs) as TcdB receptors. TcdB binds to the conserved Wnt-binding site known as the cysteine-rich domain (CRD), with the highest affinity towards FZD1, 2 and 7. TcdB competes with Wnt for binding to FZDs, and its binding blocks Wnt signalling. FZD1/2/7 triple-knockout cells are highly resistant to TcdB, and recombinant FZD2-CRD prevented TcdB binding to the colonic epithelium...
September 28, 2016: Nature
Giacomo Lettini, Lorenza Sisinni, Valentina Condelli, Danilo Swann Matassa, Vittorio Simeon, Francesca Maddalena, Marica Gemei, Elvira Lopes, Giulia Vita, Luigi Del Vecchio, Franca Esposito, Matteo Landriscina
Colorectal carcinoma (CRC) is a common cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Indeed, treatment failures are triggered by cancer stem cells (CSCs) that give rise to tumor repopulation upon initial remission. Thus, the role of the heat shock protein TRAP1 in stemness was investigated in CRC cell lines and human specimens, based on its involvement in colorectal carcinogenesis, through regulation of apoptosis, protein homeostasis and bioenergetics. Strikingly, co-expression between TRAP1 and stem cell markers was observed in stem cells located at the bottom of intestinal crypts and in CSCs sorted from CRC cell lines...
November 1, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
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