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Mei-Sheng Wu, Ruo-Nan Chen, Yao Xiao, Zi-Xin Lv
Here, we propose a simple and novel "signal-on" electrochemiluminescence (ECL) biosensor based on resonance energy transfer (RET) for detection of prostate specific antigen (PSA). The system is composed of Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimer and Au nanoparticles (NPs) film on glassy carbon electrode (GCE) to improve the electron transfer, provide abundant amine group for the immobilization of biomolecules, and amplify the ECL signal. After that, Au nanorods (Au NRs) labeled peptide is modified on electrode surface to serve as ECL-RET acceptor due to the excellent overlap between the ECL emission spectrum of Ru(bpy)3(2+) and the absorption spectrum of Au NRs, leading to the significant decrement of ECL signal...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Naftali Stern
As both the rate of hypertension and cancer rise with age, concomitant hypertension in patients receiving treatment for cancer is very common. Increase in blood pressure during cancer treatment requires careful clinical assessment. Distinction between discontinuation or malabsorption of antihypertensive treatment due to factors such as nausea/vomiting/diarrhea and anti-cancer drug specific effects must be first made. De-novo hypertension during cancer treatment is likely related to anticancer drugs per se. Classical chemotherapeutic agents such as cyclophosphamide, cisplatin and busulfan have been previously linked to rising blood pressure...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Xiaohui Geng, Fanglin Zhang, Qiang Gao, Yingfeng Lei
A sensitive and disposable electrochemical impedance biosensor to detect Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) was developed based on a gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-modified screen-printed carbon electrode (SPCE). A biosensor was fabricated through covalent grafting of a mixed self-assembled monolayer on AuNPs with a specific antibody. To detect JEV and achieve signal amplification, the horseradish peroxidase (HRP)-labeled second antibody was linked to the biosensor through a sandwich immunity reaction. HRP was used to catalyze 4-chloro-1-naphthol oxidation to produce an insoluble precipitate, which introduced a barrier to electron transfer on the electrode...
2016: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
Wenwen Tu, Huijuan Cao, Long Zhang, Jianchun Bao, Xuhui Liu, Zhihui Dai
Using Au nanoparticles (NPs) decorated water-soluble ZnSe-COOH nanoflakes (NFs), an ultrasensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) biosensing strategy based on the dual signal amplification was proposed. As a result of the localized surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au NPs, the ultraviolet-visible absorption spectrum of Au NPs overlapped with emission spectra of ZnSe-COOH NFs, which generated efficient resonant energy transfer (RET) between ZnSe-COOH NFs and Au NPs. The RET improved photoelectric conversion efficiency of ZnSe-COOH NFs and significantly amplified PEC signal...
October 10, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Marco Kramer, Diogo Ribeiro, Marie Arsenian-Henriksson, Thomas Deller, Hermann Rohrer
: Neuroblastoma (NB) is a childhood tumor that arises from the sympathoadrenal lineage. MYCN amplification is the most reliable marker for poor prognosis and MYCN overexpression in embryonic mouse sympathetic ganglia results in NB-like tumors. MYCN cooperates with mutational activation of anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK), which promotes progression to NB, but the role of MYCN and ALK in tumorigenesis is still poorly understood. Here, we use chick sympathetic neuroblasts to examine the normal function of MYCN and MYC in the control of neuroblast proliferation, as well as effects of overexpression of MYCN, MYC, and activated ALK, alone and in combination...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Michael S Fleming, Jian J Li, Daniel Ramos, Tong Li, David A Talmage, Shin-Ichi Abe, Silvia Arber, Wenqin Luo
: Axon-Schwann cell interactions are crucial for the development, function, and repair of the peripheral nervous system, but mechanisms underlying communication between axons and nonmyelinating Schwann cells are unclear. Here, we show that ER81 is functionally required in a subset of mouse RET(+) mechanosensory neurons for formation of Pacinian corpuscles, which are composed of a single myelinated axon and multiple layers of nonmyelinating Schwann cells, and Ret is required for the maintenance of Er81 expression...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Clara Sze-Man Tang, Hongsheng Gui, Ashish Kapoor, Jeong-Hyun Kim, Berta Luzón-Toro, Anna Pelet, Grzegorz Burzynski, Francesca Lantieri, Man-Ting So, Courtney Berrios, Hyoung Doo Shin, Raquel M Fernández, Thuy-Linh Le, Joke B G M Verheij, Ivana Matera, Stacey S Cherny, Priyanka Nandakumar, Hyun Sub Cheong, Guillermo Antiñolo, Jeanne Amiel, Jeong-Meen Seo, Dae-Yeon Kim, Jung-Tak Oh, Stanislas Lyonnet, Salud Borrego, Isabella Ceccherini, Robert M W Hofstra, Aravinda Chakravarti, Hyun-Young Kim, Pak Chung Sham, Paul K H Tam, Maria-Mercè Garcia-Barceló
Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) is the most common cause of neonatal intestinal obstruction. It is characterized by the absence of ganglia in the nerve plexuses of the lower gastrointestinal tract. So far, three common disease-susceptibility variants at the RET, SEMA3 and NRG1 loci have been detected through genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in Europeans and Asians to understand its genetic etiologies. Here we present a trans-ethnic meta-analysis of 507 HSCR cases and 1191 controls, combining all published GWAS results on HSCR to fine-map these loci and narrow down the putatively causal variants to 99% credible sets...
October 3, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Shumei Kato, Vivek Subbiah, Erica Marchlik, Sheryl K Elkin, Jennifer L Carter, Razelle Kurzrock
PURPOSE: Aberrations in genetic sequences encoding the tyrosine kinase receptor RET lead to oncogenic signaling that is targetable with anti-RET multi-kinase inhibitors. Understanding the comprehensive genomic landscape of RET aberrations across multiple cancers may facilitate clinical trial development targeting RET. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We interrogated the molecular portfolio of 4,871 patients with diverse malignancies for the presence of RET aberrations using Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) of 182 or 236 gene panels...
September 28, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Elliott J Brea, Claire Y Oh, Eusebio Manchado, Sadna Budhu, Ron S Gejman, George Mo, Patrizia Mondello, James E Han, Casey A Jarvis, David Ulmert, Qing Xiang, Aaron Y Chang, Ralph J Garippa, Taha Merghoub, Jedd D Wolchok, Neal Rosen, Scott W Lowe, David A Scheinberg
The major histocompatibility complex I (MHC-I) presents antigenic peptides to tumor-specific CD8+ T cells. The regulation of MHC-I by kinases is largely unstudied, even though many patients with cancer are receiving therapeutic kinase inhibitors. Regulators of cell surface HLA amounts were discovered using a pooled human kinome shRNA interference-based approach. Hits scoring highly were subsequently validated by additional RNAi and pharmacologic inhibitors. MAP2K1 (MEK), EGFR, and RET were validated as negative regulators of MHC-I expression and antigen presentation machinery in multiple cancer types, acting through an ERK output-dependent mechanism; the pathways responsible for increased MHC-I upon kinase inhibition were mapped...
September 28, 2016: Cancer Immunology Research
Vinicius Ernani, Mukesh Kumar, Amy Y Chen, Taofeek K Owonikoko
Although rare, medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) exemplifies the value that ever-expanding knowledge of molecular pathways and mechanisms brings to managing challenging cancers. Although surgery can be curative for MTC in many patients, a substantial proportion of patients present with locoregional or distant metastatic disease. Once distant disease occurs, treatment options are limited, and conventional cancer treatments such as cytotoxic chemotherapy are of minimal benefit. Biomarkers such as calcitonin and carcinoembryonic antigen are important correlates of disease burden as well as predictors of disease progress, including recurrence and survival...
September 10, 2016: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Naftali Stern
As both the rate of hypertension and cancer rise with age, concomitant hypertension in patients receiving treatment for cancer is very common. Increase in blood pressure during cancer treatment requires careful clinical assessment. Distinction between discontinuation or malabsorption of antihypertensive treatment due to factors such as nausea/vomiting/diarrhea and anti-cancer drug specific effects must be first made. De-novo hypertension during cancer treatment is likely related to anticancer drugs per se. Classical chemotherapeutic agents such as cyclophosphamide, cisplatin and busulfan have been previously linked to rising blood pressure...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Zongyu Li, Xin Huang, Jinkai Xu, Qinghua Su, Jun Zhao, Jiancang Ma
Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most common thyroid cancer and represent approximately 80% of all thyroid cancers. The present study is aimed to investigate the role of microRNA (miR)-449 in the progression of PTC. Our results revealed that miR-449 was underexpressed in the collected PTC specimens compared with non-cancerous PTC tissues. Overexpression of miR-449 induced a cell cycle arrest at G0/G1 phase and inhibited PTC cell growth in vitro. Further studies revealed that RET proto-oncogene (RET) is a novel miR-449 target, due to miR-449 bound directly to its 3'-untranslated region and miR-449 mimic reduced the protein expression of RET...
August 18, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Sarah Levinson, Ross L Cagan
We generated and compared Drosophila models of RET fusions CCDC6-RET and NCOA4-RET. Both RET fusions directed cells to migrate, delaminate, and undergo EMT, and both resulted in lethality when broadly expressed. In all phenotypes examined, NCOA4-RET was more severe than CCDC6-RET, mirroring their effects on patients. A functional screen against the Drosophila kinome and a library of cancer drugs found that CCDC6-RET and NCOA4-RET acted through different signaling networks and displayed distinct drug sensitivities...
September 13, 2016: Cell Reports
Anja Drinkut, Karsten Tillack, Durga P Meka, Jorg B Schulz, Sebastian Kügler, Edgar R Kramer
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is a potent survival and regeneration-promoting factor for dopaminergic neurons in cell and animal models of Parkinson disease (PD). GDNF is currently tested in clinical trials on PD patients with so far inconclusive results. The receptor tyrosine kinase Ret is the canonical GDNF receptor, but several alternative GDNF receptors have been proposed, raising the question of which signaling receptor mediates here the beneficial GDNF effects. To address this question we overexpressed GDNF in the striatum of mice deficient for Ret in dopaminergic neurons and subsequently challenged these mice with 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP)...
2016: Cell Death & Disease
Elena Andreucci, Paola Francica, Antony Fearns, Lesley-Ann Martin, Paola Chiarugi, Clare M Isacke, Andrea Morandi
The majority of breast cancers are estrogen receptor positive (ER+). Blockade of estrogen biosynthesis by aromatase inhibitors (AIs) is the first-line endocrine therapy for post-menopausal women with ER+ breast cancers. However, AI resistance remains a major challenge. We have demonstrated previously that increased GDNF/RET signaling in ER+ breast cancers promotes AI resistance. Here we investigated the efficacy of different small molecule RET kinase inhibitors, sunitinib, cabozantinib, NVP-BBT594 and NVP-AST487, and the potential of combining a RET inhibitor with the AI letrozole in ER+ breast cancers...
September 2, 2016: Oncotarget
You-Yuan Zhang, Ze-Bing Liu, Xuan-Guang Ye, Wei-Min Ren
Treatment with high iodine concentrations can delay oncogenic activation effects, reduce cell growth and return thyroid-specific gene and protein expression levels to normal. During rearranged during transfection (RET)/papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) 3 activation, excess iodine can act as a protective agent in thyroid follicular cells. The chemokine receptor CCR7 serves a critical role in lymphocyte trafficking into and within lymph nodes, the preferential metastatic site for PTC. However, the potential associations between chemokine (C‑C motif) ligand 21 (CCL21)/C‑C chemokine receptor type 7 (CCR7) interaction and iodine concentrations in primary cultures of PTC with RET/PTC expression remain unclear...
October 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Mariusz Kaczmarczyk, Beata Loniewska, Anna Kuprjanowicz, Agnieszka Binczak-Kuleta, Iwona Goracy, Malgorzata Ryder, Olga Taryma-Lesniak, Andrzej Ciechanowicz
BACKGROUND: Abnormal congenital nephron number has been implicated in the pathogenesis of hypertension and renal disease. The RET receptor complex propagates signals essential for nephrogenesis and the RET c.1296G>A polymorphism, leading to aberrant splicing of exon 7, is associated with reduced kidney volume, a surrogate for nephron endowment. The glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) family receptor alpha 1 (GFRA1) is a component of the RET receptor complex, and three alternatively spliced GFRA1 transcripts (with or without exon 5) have been identified...
October 2016: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
Sang Jae Lee, Jang-Sik Choi, Byeong-Gu Han, Hyoun Sook Kim, Ho-Juhn Song, Jaekyoo Lee, Seungyoon Nam, Sung-Ho Goh, Jung-Ho Kim, Jong Sung Koh, Byung Il Lee
: Spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) is a cytosolic nonreceptor protein tyrosine kinase that mediates key signal transduction pathways following the activation of immune cell receptors. SYK regulates cellular events induced by the B-cell receptor and Fc receptors with high intrinsic activity. Furthermore, SYK has been regarded as an attractive target for the treatment of autoimmune diseases and cancers. Here, we report the crystal structures of SYK in complex with seven newly developed inhibitors (G206, G207, O178, O194, O259, O272, and O282) to provide structural insights into which substituents of the inhibitors and binding regions of SYK are essential for lead compound optimization...
October 2016: FEBS Journal
Chen Lin, Shanshan Wang, Weiwei Xie, Rongliang Zheng, Yu Gan, Jianhua Chang
The Rearranged during transfection (RET) fusion gene is a newly identified oncogenic mutation in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The aim of this study is to explore the biological functions of the gene in tumorigenesis and metastasis in RET gene fusion-driven preclinical models. We also investigate the anti-tumor activity of Apatinib, a potent inhibitor of VEGFR-2, PDGFR-β, c-Src and RET, in RET-rearranged lung adenocarcinoma, together with the mechanisms underlying. Our results suggested that KIF5B-RET fusion gene promoted cell invasion and migration, which were probably mediated through Src signaling pathway...
August 1, 2016: Oncotarget
Yin-Zhu Wang, Wei Zhao, Pan-Pan Dai, Hai-Jie Lu, Jing-Juan Xu, Jing Pan, Hong-Yuan Chen
Herein, a spatial-resolved electrochemiluminescene (ECL) ratiometry based on a closed biopolar electrode (BPE) is reported for the highly sensitive detection of prostate specific antigen (PSA). Au@g-C3N4 NCs as one ECL emitter were firstly coated on the cathode of BPE, while the anode of the BPE served for calibration via another ECL substance, Ru(bpy)3(2+). The electroneutrality across the BPE makes the reactions on each pole of BPE electrically coupled. Thus one electrochemical sensing reaction at one pole of BPE could be quantified at both ends...
December 15, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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