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Mihwa Kim, Ji-Yeon Jung, Seungho Choi, Hyunseung Lee, Liza D Morales, Jeong-Tae Koh, Sun Hun Kim, Yoo-Duk Choi, Chan Choi, Thomas J Slaga, Won Jae Kim, Dae Joon Kim
Recent progress in chemotherapy has significantly increased its efficacy, yet the development of chemoresistance remains a major drawback. In this study, we show that GFRA1/GFRα1 (GDNF family receptor alpha 1), contributes to cisplatin-induced chemoresistance by regulating autophagy in osteosarcoma. We demonstrate that cisplatin treatment induced GFRA1 expression in human osteosarcoma cells. Induction of GFRA1 expression reduced cisplatin-induced apoptotic cell death and it significantly increased osteosarcoma cell survival via autophagy...
October 18, 2016: Autophagy
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
Alireza Najafian, Salem I Noureldine, Faris Azar, Chady Atallah, Gina Trinh, Eric B Schneider, Ralph P Tufano, Martha A Zeiger
BACKGROUND: Molecular markers associated with thyroid malignancy are increasingly being used as differential diagnostic tools for thyroid nodules. However, little has been reported recently regarding the prevalence of these markers in benign lesions. We systematically reviewed the literature to examine studies that reported on the prevalence of these markers in benign thyroid lesions. METHODS: Appropriate papers published between January 01, 2000 and April 30, 2015 and cataloged on PubMed, Embase, Cochrane, Scopus and Web of Science databases by combining different keywords for ''thyroid tumor'' with both general and specific keywords for ''molecular marker'' by using ''AND'' as the Boolean operator...
October 17, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Siri Tähtinen, Carolin Blattner, Markus Vähä-Koskela, Dipongkor Saha, Mikko Siurala, Suvi Parviainen, Jochen Utikal, Anna Kanerva, Viktor Umansky, Akseli Hemminki
The immunosuppressive microenvironment of solid tumors renders adoptively transferred T cells hypofunctional. However, adenoviral delivery of immunostimulatory cytokines IL2 and TNFα can significantly improve the efficacy of adoptive T-cell therapy. Using ret transgenic mice that spontaneously develop skin malignant melanoma, we analyzed the mechanism of action of adenoviruses coding for IL2 and TNFα in combination with adoptive transfer of TCR-transgenic TRP-2-specific T cells. Following T-cell therapy and intratumoral virus injection, a significant increase in antigen-experienced, tumor-reactive PD-1 CD8 T cells was seen in both cutaneous lesions and in metastatic lymph nodes...
November 2016: Journal of Immunotherapy
Ye Xu, Chen Zhu, Wenliang Qian, Min Zheng
PURPOSE: Although many studies have explored clinicopathologic characteristics and prognosis of lung adenocarcinoma, a few literatures reported the mutational status of lung adenocarcinomas with lepidic pattern and whether there is difference between adenocarcinomas with pure lepidic component and lepidic predominant adenocarcinomas remain unknown. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-three patients including 92 adenocarcinomas with pure lepidic component and 41 lepidic predominant adenocarcinomas were subjected to the study...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
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
Keisuke Sugimoto, Tomoki Miyazawa, Hitomi Nishi, Kohei Miyazaki, Takuji Enya, Mitsuru Okada, Tsukasa Takemura
BACKGROUND: Several shared common gene networks participate in development of interstinal ganglia and also nephron formation; the glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor/Ret/glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor receptor gene network is particularly important. CASE PRESENTATION: We encountered a patient with total colonic aganglionosis as well as right renal agenesis and oligomeganephronia. Gene analysis in this patient disclosed a heterozygous p.S811F mutation was in Ret gene exon 14, resulting in a substitution of phenylalanine for serine...
October 7, 2016: BMC Nephrology
Claudio Bellevicine, Roberta Sgariglia, Umberto Malapelle, Elena Vigliar, Mariantonia Nacchio, Giuseppe Ciancia, Markus Eszlinger, Ralf Paschke, Giancarlo Troncone
BACKGROUND: Fine-needle aspiration (FNA) cytology is accurate and cost-effective in the evaluation of thyroid nodules. Molecular techniques may contribute to risk stratification in indeterminate cases. Although next-generation sequencing (NGS) is a promising technique for the molecular testing of thyroid FNA specimens, thyroid-specific cancer gene panels are not commercially available. Conversely, the Ion AmpliSeq Cancer Hotspot Panel v2 (CHPv2), which includes the genes most frequently mutated in thyroid neoplasms, is commercially available and may represent an alternative to thyroid-specific panels...
September 26, 2016: Cancer
Zhuofeng Ding, Wei Xu, Jie Zhang, Wangyuan Zou, Qulian Guo, Changsheng Huang, Chang Liu, Tao Zhong, Jun-Ming Zhang, Zongbin Song
Bone cancer pain (BCP) is the most common complication in patients with bone cancer. Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) is believed to be involved in chronic pain conditions. In this article, the expression and roles of GDNF were studied in a rat model of BCP induced by tibia injection of Walker 256 rat mammary gland carcinoma cells. Significant mechanical and thermal hyperalgesia and ongoing pain were observed beginning as early as day 5 post injection. The expression level of GDNF protein examined on day 16 after tibia injection was decreased in the L3 dorsal root ganglion (DRG) and lumbar spinal cord, but not in other spinal levels or the anterior cingulate cortex...
September 22, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Yongkun Sun, Wei Niu, Feng Du, Chunxia Du, Shuting Li, Jinwan Wang, Li Li, Fengqing Wang, Yu Hao, Chuan Li, Yihebali Chi
BACKGROUND: Anlotinib is a novel multi-target tyrosine kinase inhibitor that is designed to primarily inhibit VEGFR2/3, FGFR1-4, PDGFR α/β, c-Kit, and Ret. We aimed to evaluate the safety, pharmacokinetics, and antitumor activity of anlotinib in patients with advanced refractory solid tumors. METHODS: Anlotinib (5-16 mg) was orally administered in patients with solid tumor once a day on two schedules: (1) four consecutive weeks (4/0) or (2) 2-week on/1-week off (2/1)...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
Ming Xuan Gao, Hong Yan Zou, Peng Fei Gao, Yue Liu, Na Li, Yuan Fang Li, Cheng Zhi Huang
Resonance energy transfer (RET) processes have wide applications; these processes involve a unidirectional energy transfer from a particular donor to a particular acceptor. Here, we report a plasmonic resonance energy transfer (PRET), which occurs from the surface of gold nanoparticles to fluorescent organic dyes, and coexists with a nanometal surface energy transfer (NSET) that operates in the reverse direction. The coexistence of both PRET and NSET in opposite directions means that the roles of both donor and acceptor can be interchanged, which could be identified by using spectrofluorometric measurements and light scattering dark field microscopic imaging...
September 15, 2016: Nanoscale
Nidhi Shah, Natasha Klaponski, Carrie Selin, Rachel Rudney, W G Dilantha Fernando, Mark F Belmonte, Teresa R de Kievit
In vitro inhibition of the fungal pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum by Pseudomonas chlororaphis PA23 is reliant upon a LysR-type transcriptional regulator (LTTR) called PtrA. In the current study, we show that Sclerotinia stem rot and leaf infection are significantly increased in canola plants inoculated with the ptrA-mutant compared to the wild type, establishing PtrA as an essential regulator of PA23 biocontrol. LTTRs typically regulate targets that are upstream of and divergently transcribed from the LTTR locus...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Shu Meng, Hongyan Wu, Jing Wang, Qiyuan Qiu
The proto-oncogene protein RET is a receptor tyrosine kinase that plays an important role in the development and progress of various human cancers. Currently, targeting RET with small-molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) has been established as promising therapeutic strategy for thyroid carcinoma (TC). However, two gatekeeper mutations V804M and V804L in RET kinase domain have been frequently observed to cause drug resistance during the targeted therapy, largely limiting the application of reversible TKIs in TC...
October 2016: Molecular Informatics
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
William Grey, Rosaline Hulse, Anna Yakovleva, Dilyana Genkova, Benjamin Whitelaw, Ellen Solomon, Salvador J Diaz-Cano, Louise Izatt
The REarranged during Transfection (RET) proto-oncogene is a receptor tyrosine kinase involved in growth and differentiation during embryogenesis and maintenance of the urogenital and nervous systems in mammals. Distinct mutations across hotspot RET exons can cause Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Type 2A (MEN2A) characterised by development of medullary thyroid cancer (MTC), phaeochromocytoma (PCC) and primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), with a strong correlation between genotype and phenotype. Here, we report a 42-year-old man presented in the clinic with a unilateral PCC, with subsequent investigations revealing a nodular and cystic thyroid gland...
October 5, 2016: Endocrine Pathology
Kenji Ikeda, Masatoshi Kudo, Seiji Kawazoe, Yukio Osaki, Masafumi Ikeda, Takuji Okusaka, Toshiyuki Tamai, Takuya Suzuki, Takashi Hisai, Seiichi Hayato, Kiwamu Okita, Hiromitsu Kumada
BACKGROUND: Lenvatinib is an oral inhibitor of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1-3, fibroblast growth factor receptor 1-4, platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha, RET, and KIT. This phase 2, single-arm, open-label multicenter study evaluated lenvatinib in advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: Patients with histologically/clinically confirmed advanced HCC who did not qualify for surgical resection or local therapies received lenvatinib at a dosage of 12 mg once daily (QD) in 28-day cycles...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Gastroenterology
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
Shengwen Duan, Xiangyuan Feng, Lifeng Cheng, Yuande Peng, Ke Zheng, Zhengchu Liu
Among industrial fiber crops, jute is ranked second to cotton in terms of yield and planting area worldwide. The traditional water retting and chemical semi-degumming methods restrict the development of the jute industry. Jute fiber can be extracted from jute bast through mechanical rolling (preprocessing), culture of bacteria, soaking fermentation (liquor ratio = 10, inoculum size = 1 %, temperature = 35 °C, and time = 15 h), inactivation, washing, and drying. Pectobacterium sp. DCE-01 secretes key degumming enzymes: pectinase, mannase, and xylanase, which match well the main non-cellulosic components of jute bast...
December 2016: AMB Express
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