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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906509/principles-of-brain-development
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REVIEW
Joan Stiles
Throughout much of the 20th century, the major models of brain development were strongly deterministic. It was thought that brain development proceeds via a prescribed blueprint that is somehow innately specified in the organism. Contemporary models present a distinctly different view of both inheritance and brain development. First, we do not inherit blueprints or plans, we inherit genes and the cellular machinery for expressing them. Genes carry essential information for creating proteins, but do not determine biological processes or developmental outcomes; the first cells contain the elements necessary for creating proteins based on the information coded in the nucleotide sequences of genes...
December 1, 2016: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906178/a-mechanism-for-overcoming-p-glycoprotein-mediated-drug-resistance-novel-combination-therapy-that-releases-stored-doxorubicin-from-lysosomes-via-lysosomal-permeabilization-using-dp44mt-or-dpc
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Nicole A Seebacher, Des R Richardson, Patric J Jansson
The intracellular distribution of a drug can cause significant variability in both activity and selectivity. Herein, we investigate the mechanism by which the anti-cancer agents, di-2-pyridylketone 4,4-dimethyl-3-thiosemicarbazone (Dp44mT) and the clinically trialed, di-2-pyridylketone 4-cyclohexyl-4-methyl-3-thiosemicarbazone (DpC), re-instate the efficacy of doxorubicin (DOX), in drug-resistant P-glycoprotein (Pgp)-expressing cells. Both Dp44mT and DpC potently target and kill Pgp-expressing tumors, while DOX effectively kills non-Pgp-expressing cancers...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906098/direct-reprogramming-of-urine-derived-cells-with-inducible-myod-for-modeling-human-muscle-disease
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Ellis Y Kim, Patrick Page, Lisa M Dellefave-Castillo, Elizabeth M McNally, Eugene J Wyatt
BACKGROUND: Cellular models of muscle disease are taking on increasing importance with the large number of genes and mutations implicated in causing myopathies and the concomitant need to test personalized therapies. Developing cell models relies on having an easily obtained source of cells, and if the cells are not derived from muscle itself, a robust reprogramming process is needed. Fibroblasts are a human cell source that works well for the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells, which can then be differentiated into cardiomyocyte lineages, and with less efficiency, skeletal muscle-like lineages...
September 15, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905556/cellular-aspartyl-proteases-promote-the-unconventional-secretion-of-biologically-active-hiv-1-matrix-protein-p17
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Francesca Caccuri, Maria Luisa Iaria, Federica Campilongo, Kristen Varney, Alessandro Rossi, Stefania Mitola, Silvia Schiarea, Antonella Bugatti, Pietro Mazzuca, Cinzia Giagulli, Simona Fiorentini, Wuyuan Lu, Mario Salmona, Arnaldo Caruso
The human immune deficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) matrix protein p17 (p17), although devoid of a signal sequence, is released by infected cells and detected in blood and in different organs and tissues even in HIV-1-infected patients undergoing successful combined antiretroviral therapy (cART). Extracellularly, p17 deregulates the function of different cells involved in AIDS pathogenesis. The mechanism of p17 secretion, particularly during HIV-1 latency, still remains to be elucidated. A recent study showed that HIV-1-infected cells can produce Gag without spreading infection in a model of viral latency...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905519/the-impact-of-dna-damage-response-gene-polymorphisms-on-therapeutic-outcomes-in-late-stage-ovarian-cancer
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F Guffanti, R Fruscio, E Rulli, G Damia
Late stage epithelial ovarian cancer has a dismal prognosis. Identification of pharmacogenomic markers (i.e. polymorphisms) to stratify patients to optimize individual therapy is of paramount importance. We here report the retrospective analysis of polymorphisms in 5 genes (ATM, ATR, Chk1, Chk2 and CDK12) involved in the cellular response to platinum in a cohort of 240 cancer patients with late stage ovarian cancer. The aim of the present study was to evaluate associations between the above mentioned SNPs and patients' clinical outcomes: overall survival (OS) and progression free survival (PFS)...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905500/targeting-intracellular-p-aminobenzoic-acid-production-potentiates-the-anti-tubercular-action-of-antifolates
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Joshua M Thiede, Shannon L Kordus, Breanna J Turman, Joseph A Buonomo, Courtney C Aldrich, Yusuke Minato, Anthony D Baughn
The ability to revitalize and re-purpose existing drugs offers a powerful approach for novel treatment options against Mycobacterium tuberculosis and other infectious agents. Antifolates are an underutilized drug class in tuberculosis (TB) therapy, capable of disrupting the biosynthesis of tetrahydrofolate, an essential cellular cofactor. Based on the observation that exogenously supplied p-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) can antagonize the action of antifolates that interact with dihydropteroate synthase (DHPS), such as sulfonamides and p-aminosalicylic acid (PAS), we hypothesized that bacterial PABA biosynthesis contributes to intrinsic antifolate resistance...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905327/potential-therapeutic-effect-of-epigenetic-therapy-on-treatment-induced-neuroendocrine-prostate-cancer
#7
Xiang Xu, Yu-Hua Huang, Yan-Jing Li, Alexa Cohen, Zhen Li, Jill Squires, Wei Zhang, Xu-Feng Chen, Min Zhang, Jiao-Ti Huang
Although adenocarcinomas of the prostate are relatively indolent, some patients with advanced adenocarcinomas show recurrence of treatment-induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer, which is highly aggressive and lethal. Detailed biological features of treatment-induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer have not been characterized owing to limited biopsies/resections and the lack of a cellular model. In this study, we used a unique cellular model (LNCaP/NE1.8) to investigate the potential role of cancer stem cells in treatment-induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer with acquired resistance to hormonal therapy and chemotherapy...
November 29, 2016: Asian Journal of Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904848/silencing-the-livin-gene-enhances-the-cytotoxic-effects-of-anticancer-drugs-on-colon-cancer-cells
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Bo Young Oh, Kwang Ho Kim, Soon Sup Chung, Ryung-Ah Lee
PURPOSE: Livin is associated with drug response in several cancers. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of silencing the livin gene expression on anticancer drug response in colorectal cancer. METHODS: siRNA was transfected at different concentrations (0, 10, and 30nM) into HCT116 cells, then cells were treated with either 5-fluorouracil (FU)/leucovorin (LV) or oxaliplatin (L-OHP)/5-FU/LV. Cellular viability and apoptosis were evaluated following silencing of livin gene expression combined with treatment with anticancer drugs...
December 2016: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904779/generation-characterization-and-maintenance-of-trastuzumab-resistant-her2-breast-cancer-cell-lines
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Sandra Zazo, Paula González-Alonso, Ester Martín-Aparicio, Cristina Chamizo, Ion Cristóbal, Oriol Arpí, Ana Rovira, Joan Albanell, Pilar Eroles, Ana Lluch, Juan Madoz-Gúrpide, Federico Rojo
Trastuzumab became the therapy of choice for patients with HER2-positive breast cancer in 1998, and it has provided clinical benefit ever since. However, a significant percentage of patients show primary resistance to trastuzumab at diagnosis, and most patients with metastatic disease that initially respond to trastuzumab eventually progress (acquired resistance). Consequently, there is an urgent need to improve our knowledge of the mechanisms governing resistance, so that specific therapeutic strategies can be developed to provide improved efficacy...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904762/activin-receptor-like-kinases-a-diverse-family-playing-an-important-role-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Holli A Loomans, Claudia D Andl
The role and function of the members of the TGFβ superfamily has been a substantial area of research focus for the last several decades. During that time, it has become apparent that aberrations in TGFβ family signaling, whether through the BMP, Activin, or TGFβ arms of the pathway, can result in tumorigenesis or contribute to its progression. Downstream signaling regulates cellular growth under normal physiological conditions yet induces diverse processes during carcinogenesis, ranging from epithelial- to-mesenchymal transition to cell migration and invasion to angiogenesis...
2016: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904713/farnesoid-x-receptor-ligand-cdca-suppresses-human-prostate-cancer-cells-growth-by-inhibiting-lipid-metabolism-via-targeting-sterol-response-element-binding-protein-1
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Nian Liu, Jun Zhao, Jinguo Wang, Haolin Teng, Yaowen Fu, Hang Yuan
AIM: A wealth of studies have demonstrated that abnormal cellular lipid metabolism plays an important role in prostate cancer (PCa) development. Therefore, manipulating lipid metabolism is a potential PCa therapy strategy. In this study, our goal is to investigate the role of farnesoid X receptor (FXR) in regulating the proliferation and lipid metabolism of human PCa cells following its ligand chenodexycholic acid (CDCA) treatment. METHODS: Oil Red O was used to stain lipid contents in PCa cells, and siRNA knockdown was performed to deplete FXR expression...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904678/mir-221-promotes-growth-and-invasion-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-by-constitutive-activation-of-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb
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Zimin Liu, Chenghong Wang, Xuelong Jiao, Shanna Zhao, Xudong Liu, Yun Wang, Jian Zhang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: microRNAs (miRs) are small noncoding RNAs that modulate a variety of cellular processes by regulating multiple targets, which can promote or inhibit the development of malignant behaviors. Accumulating evidence suggests that microRNA-221 (miR-221) plays important roles in human carcinogenesis. It has recently found that miR-221 was overexpressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and overexpression of miR-221 has a bad prognosis in these patients. Thus, down-regulation of miR-221 expression in HCC would provide new treatment approaches...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903989/repression-of-yap-by-nctd-disrupts-nsclc-progression
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Jiwei Guo, Yan Wu, Lijuan Yang, Jing Du, Kaikai Gong, Weiwei Chen, Juanjuan Dai, XueLin Li, Sichuan Xi
The efficacy of available lung cancer therapeutic interference is significantly limited by various resistance mechanisms to those drugs. Activation of the oncogene YAP underlying the initiation, progression, and metastasis of lung cancer associates with poor prognosis and confers drug resistance against targeted therapy. In this study, we evaluated the specificity of norcantharidin (NCTD) in repressing YAP to inhibit non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) progression. Our study revealed that YAP signal pathways were aberrantly activated in lung cancer tissues and cells which rendered more proliferative and invasive phenotypes to human lung cancer cells...
November 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903987/mapping-heterogeneity-in-patient-derived-melanoma-cultures-by-single-cell-rna-seq
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Tobias Gerber, Edith Willscher, Henry Loeffler-Wirth, Lydia Hopp, Dirk Schadendorf, Manfred Schartl, Ulf Anderegg, Gray Camp, Barbara Treutlein, Hans Binder, Manfred Kunz
Recent technological advances in single-cell genomics make it possible to analyze cellular heterogeneity of tumor samples. Here, we applied single-cell RNA-seq to measure the transcriptomes of 307 single cells cultured from three biopsies of three different patients with a BRAF/NRAS wild type, BRAF mutant/NRAS wild type and BRAF wild type/NRAS mutant melanoma metastasis, respectively. Analysis based on self-organizing maps identified sub-populations defined by multiple gene expression modules involved in proliferation, oxidative phosphorylation, pigmentation and cellular stroma...
November 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903969/targeting-tissue-factor-as-a-novel-therapeutic-oncotarget-for-eradication-of-cancer-stem-cells-isolated-from-tumor-cell-lines-tumor-xenografts-and-patients-of-breast-lung-and-ovarian-cancer
#15
Zhiwei Hu, Jie Xu, Jijun Cheng, Elizabeth McMichael, Lianbo Yu, William E Carson Iii
Targeting cancer stem cell (CSC) represents a promising therapeutic approach as it can potentially fight cancer at its root. The challenge is to identify a surface therapeutic oncotarget on CSC. Tissue factor (TF) is known as a common yet specific surface target for cancer cells and tumor neovasculature in several solid cancers. However, it is unknown if TF is expressed by CSCs. Here we demonstrate that TF is constitutively expressed on CD133 positive (CD133+) or CD24-CD44+ CSCs isolated from human cancer cell lines, tumor xenografts from mice and breast tumor tissues from patients...
November 26, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903865/imaging-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-human-skin-reveals-depth-dependent-hypoxia-and-malignant-potential-for-diagnosis
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Dimitra Pouli, Mihaela Balu, Carlo A Alonzo, Zhiyi Liu, Kyle P Quinn, Francisca Rius-Diaz, Ronald M Harris, Kristen M Kelly, Bruce J Tromberg, Irene Georgakoudi
Active changes in mitochondrial structure and organization facilitate cellular homeostasis. Because aberrant mitochondrial dynamics are implicated in a variety of human diseases, their assessment is potentially useful for diagnosis, therapy, and disease monitoring. Because current techniques for evaluating mitochondrial morphology are invasive or necessitate mitochondria-specific dyes, their clinical translation is limited. We report that mitochondrial dynamics can be monitored in vivo, within intact human skin by relying entirely on endogenous two-photon-excited fluorescence from the reduced metabolic coenzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH)...
November 30, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903634/distinct-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-subsets-mediate-anti-her2-drug-resistance-in-breast-cancer
#17
Peter B Alexander, Rui Chen, Chang Gong, Lifeng Yuan, Jeff S Jasper, Yi Ding, Geoffrey J Markowitz, Pengyuan Yang, Xin Xu, Donald P McDonnell, Erwei Song, Xiao-Fan Wang
Targeted inhibitors of the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) such as trastuzumab and lapatinib are among the first examples of molecularly targeted cancer therapy and have proven largely effective for the treatment of HER2-positive breast cancers. However, approximately half of those patients either do not respond to these therapies or develop secondary resistance. Although a few signaling pathways have been implicated, a comprehensive understanding of mechanisms underlying HER2 inhibitor drug resistance is still lacking...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903248/long-term-clinical-course-of-anti-glycyl-trna-synthetase-anti-ej-antibody-related-interstitial-lung-disease-pathologically-proven-by-surgical-lung-biopsy
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Hajime Sasano, Eri Hagiwara, Hideya Kitamura, Yasunori Enomoto, Norikazu Matsuo, Tomohisa Baba, Shinichiro Iso, Koji Okudela, Tae Iwasawa, Shinji Sato, Yasuo Suzuki, Tamiko Takemura, Takashi Ogura
BACKGROUND: Anti-glycyl-tRNA synthetase (anti-EJ) antibody is occasionally positive in patients with interstitial lung disease (ILD). We aimed to define the clinical, radiological and pathological features of patients with anti-EJ antibody-positive ILD (EJ-ILD). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the medical records of 12 consecutive patients with EJ-ILD who underwent surgical lung biopsy. RESULTS: The median follow-up time was 74 months (range, 17-115 months)...
December 1, 2016: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903244/cryopreservation-of-dermal-fibroblasts-and-keratinocytes-in-hydroxyethyl-starch-based-cryoprotectants
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Yahaira Naaldijk, Adiv A Johnson, Annett Friedrich-Stöckigt, Alexandra Stolzing
BACKGROUND: Preservation of human skin fibroblasts and keratinocytes is essential for the creation of skin tissue banks. For successful cryopreservation of cells, selection of an appropriate cryoprotectant agent (CPA) is imperative. The aim of this study was to identify CPAs that minimize toxic effects and allow for the preservation of human fibroblasts and keratinocytes in suspension and in monolayers. RESULTS: We cryopreserved human fibroblasts and keratinocytes with different CPAs and compared them to fresh, unfrozen cells...
December 1, 2016: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903221/in-vitro-generated-mesenchymal-stem-cells-suitable-tools-to-target-insulin-dependent-diabetes-mellitus
#20
Shruti D Dave, Patel C N, Patel J V, Thakkar U G
A synergy of a pre-accumulated genes with an autoimmunity advancing to slow abolition of pancreatic beta-cells causes insulin deficiency and results enrooting insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM). As per WHO data worldwide about 150 million people are diabetic and the number may rise to more than double by the year 2025. Any absolute cure for IDDM is not available yet, and one of the credible advent in the field include cell-based therapy. At this conjecture, mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) seems to have a specific and beneficial characteristics due to their in vivo as well as in vitro potential to mimic a pancreatic endocrine phenotype and immune-regulatory actions...
November 21, 2016: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
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