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Marta Stolarczyk, Bob J Scholte
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and cystic fibrosis (CF) share molecular mechanisms that cause the pathological symptoms they have in common. Here, we review evidence suggesting that hyperactivity of the EGFR/ADAM17 axis plays a role in the development of chronic lung disease in both CF and COPD. The ubiquitous transmembrane protease A disintegrin and metalloprotease 17 (ADAM17) forms a functional unit with the EGF receptor (EGFR), in a feedback loop interaction labeled the ADAM17/EGFR axis. In airway epithelial cells, ADAM17 sheds multiple soluble signaling proteins by proteolysis, including EGFR ligands such as amphiregulin (AREG), and proinflammatory mediators such as the interleukin 6 coreceptor (IL-6R)...
2018: Mediators of Inflammation
Julieta L Rojo, Martina Linari, Kelly A Young, Marina C Peluffo
PURPOSE: We hypothesized that the chemokine SDF1/CXCR4 system was present in feline cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) and that COCs cultured with SDF1 would directly upregulate gene expression in the ovulatory cascade. METHODS: Ovaries (n = 50) were obtained from adult domestic cats during the breeding season and COCs were recovered from antral follicles. Because IVM media triggers cumulus-oocyte expansion, culture conditions needed to be optimized to study periovulatory genes...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Areg Grigorian, Victor Joe, Patrick Thomas Delaplain, Sebastian Schubl, Bel Barker, Viktor Gabriel, Austin Ronald Dosch, Cristobal Barrios, Jeffry Nahmias
PURPOSE: Pelvic gynecologic trauma (PGT) includes injury to the uterus, ovaries or fallopian tubes. We hypothesized Injury Severity Score (ISS) ≥ 25, hypotension on admission and age ≥ 51 (average age for menopause) would be independent risk factors for resection compared to repair. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the National Trauma Data Bank was performed between 2007 and 2015. RESULTS: Of 2,040,235 female patients, 1938 (< 0...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Andrew Graham Hill, Michael Findlay, Matthew Burge, Christopher Jackson, Pilar García Alfonso, Leslie Samuel, Vinod Ganju, Meinolf Karthaus, Alessio Amatu, Mark Jeffery, Maria Di Bartolomeo, John Bridgewater, Andrew L Coveler, Manuel Hidalgo, Amy V Kapp, Roxana Sufan, Bruce McCall, William Hanley, Elicia Penuel, Andrea Pirzkall, Josep Tabernero
PURPOSE: Duligotuzumab is a dual-action antibody directed against EGFR and HER3. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: mCRC patients with KRAS ex2 wild-type received duligotuzumab or cetuximab and FOLFIRI until progression or intolerable toxicity. Mandatory tumor samples underwent mutation and biomarker analysis. Efficacy analysis was conducted in patients with RAS exon 2/3 wild-type tumors. RESULTS: Of 134 randomized patients, 98 were RAS ex2/3 wild-type...
March 5, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Satoshi Sugimura, Tadayuki Yamanouchi, Maria Grazia Palmerini, Yutaka Hashiyada, Kei Imai, Robert B Gilchrist
The administration of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) prior to oocyte retrieval improves oocyte developmental competence. During bovine embryo production in vitro, however, oocytes are typically derived from FSH-unprimed animals. In the current study, we examined the effect of pre-in vitro maturation (IVM) with cAMP modulators, also known as the second messengers of FSH, on the developmental competence of oocytes derived from small antral follicles (2-4 mm) of FSH-unprimed animals. Pre-IVM with N6,2'-O-dibutyryladenosine 3',5'-cyclicmonophosphate (dbcAMP) and 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine (IBMX) for 2 h improved the blastocyst formation in oocytes stimulated by FSH or amphiregulin (AREG)...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Reproduction and Development
Michael Koeppen, Jae W Lee, Seong-Wook Seo, Kelley S Brodsky, Simone Kreth, Ivana V Yang, Peter M Buttrick, Tobias Eckle, Holger K Eltzschig
Myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) leads to the stabilization of the transcription factors hypoxia-inducible factor 1-alpha (HIF1-alpha) and hypoxia-inducible factor 2-alpha (HIF2-alpha). While previous studies implicate HIF1-alpha in cardioprotection, the role of HIF2-alpha remains elusive. Here we show that HIF2-alpha induces the epithelial growth factor amphiregulin (AREG) to elicit cardioprotection in myocardial IRI. Comparing mice with inducible deletion of Hif1a or Hif2a in cardiac myocytes, we show that loss of Hif2-alpha increases infarct sizes...
February 26, 2018: Nature Communications
Hiroya Kitasaka, Tomoko Kawai, S A Masudul Hoque, Takashi Umehara, Youko Fujita, Masayuki Shimada
It has been known that EGF-like factor secreted from LH-stimulated granuloma cells acts on granulosa cells and cumulus cells to induce ovulation process. Granulosa cells are changed the morphology with differentiating cell functions to produce progesterone. Cumulus cells are detached to make a space between the cells to accumulate hyaluronan rich matrix. LH also changes extracellular matrix (ECM) components including fibronectin in the follicular walls and granulosa cell layers. EGF like factor and fibronectin synergistically play important roles in numerous cell functions, especially cancer cell migration, estimating that fibronectin would impact on granulosa cells and cumulus cells...
2018: PloS One
E Nagyova, L Nemcova, A Bujnakova Mlynarcikova, M Blaha, R Prochazka, S Scsukova
Bone morphogenetic protein-15 (BMP-15), an oocyte-derived growth factor, has been shown to play integral roles in regulation of ovarian follicular function in mammals. Despite the recognition of the physiological importance of the BMP system in regulation of gonadotropin action in the ovary, molecular mechanisms of BMP-15 effect on oocyte and somatic follicular cell functions remain poorly understood. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of BMP-15 on the FSH/LH-stimulated synthesis of hyaluronan (HA) by oocyte cumulus complexes (OCC) and progesterone by OCC and granulosa cells (GC) in the presence or absence of serum using primary porcine cultures...
October 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Marta Stolarczyk, Guido Veit, Andrea Schnur, Mieke Veltman, Gergely L Lukacs, Bob J Scholte
The EGFR/ADAM17 signaling pathway mediates the shedding of growth factors and secretion of cytokines, and is involved in chronic inflammation and tissue remodeling. Since these are hallmarks of cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease, we hypothesized that CFTR deficiency enhances EGFR/ADAM17 activity in human bronchial epithelial cells. In CFBE41o- cells lacking functional CFTR (iCFTR-) cultured at air-liquid interface (ALI) we found enhanced ADAM17-mediated shedding of the EGFR ligand amphiregulin (AREG) compared to genetically identical cells with induced CFTR expression (iCFTR+)...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Bo Yang, Takahiro Kumoto, Takeshi Arima, Minako Nakamura, Yohei Sanada, Thanutchaporn Kumrungsee, Yusuke Sotomaru, Masayuki Shimada, Noriyuki Yanaka
To determine adipocytokines that play a regulatory role during obesity development, we explored the genes that encode growth factors and investigated the physiological functions for adipose tissue development. Here, we isolated amphiregulin (Areg) gene whose expression was significantly up-regulated in obese adipose tissues. Areg mRNA level was positively correlated with macrophage marker gene expression in adipose tissues in vivo. Unexpectedly, Areg transgenic mice showed less adipose tissue mass with increased mRNA expression levels of Tnf-α and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ coactivator 1α (Pgc-1α) and delayed white adipose tissue development during the convalescent stage in a dextran sodium sulfate-induced colitis model...
January 17, 2018: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Armine Haroyan, Vahan Mukuchyan, Nana Mkrtchyan, Naira Minasyan, Srbuhi Gasparyan, Aida Sargsyan, Mikael Narimanyan, Areg Hovhannisyan
BACKGROUND: The aim of this clinical trial was to assess the efficacy and safety of curcuminoid complex extract from turmeric rhizome with turmeric volatile oil (CuraMed®) and its combination with boswellic acid extract from Indian frankincense root (Curamin®) vs placebo for the treatment of 40- to 70-year-old patients with osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: The effects of CuraMed® 500-mg capsules (333 mg curcuminoids) and Curamin® 500-mg capsules (350 mg curcuminoids and 150 mg boswellic acid) taken orally three times a day for 12 weeks in 201 patients was investigated in a three-arm, parallel-group, randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial...
January 9, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Chawalit Chayangsu, Siriporn Khunsri, Virote Sriuranpong, Suebpong Tanasanvimon
Background: Amphiregulin (AREG) is one of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) ligands and plays the important roles in tumor progression and metastasis. Upregulation of AREG in colorectal cancer (CRC) tissues has been shown to correlate with depth of tumor invasion, nerve invasion and liver metastasis. We sought to investigate a correlation of serum AREG in CRC with clinicopathological parameters. Methods: Patients with CRC receiving treatment at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital during August 2013 to March 2014 were enrolled...
December 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Sheng-Tien Li, Tai-Horng Young, Tsung-Wei Huang
Olfactory dysfunction significantly influences patients' life quality, but currently has no adequate treatment. Poly (ethylene-co-vinyl alcohol) (EVAL) mediates cell adhesion, growth and modulates differentiation of neural stem cells. However, whether EVAL is a suitable substrate to establish an in vitro culture system that can promote development and differentiation of human olfactory neuroepithelial cells (HONCs) remains unexplored. This study isolates and cultures HONCs on controls and EVAL films for 21 days...
December 26, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
Areg Ghazaryan, Tobias Graß, Michael J Gullans, Pouyan Ghaemi, Mohammad Hafezi
We show how to realize two-component fractional quantum Hall phases in monolayer graphene by optically driving the system. A laser is tuned into resonance between two Landau levels, giving rise to an effective tunneling between these two synthetic layers. Remarkably, because of this coupling, the interlayer interaction at nonzero relative angular momentum can become dominant, resembling a hollow-core pseudopotential. In the weak tunneling regime, this interaction favors the formation of singlet states, as we explicitly show by numerical diagonalization, at fillings ν=1/2 and ν=2/3...
December 15, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Maran L Sprouse, Ivan Shevchenko, Marissa A Scavuzzo, Faith Joseph, Thomas Lee, Samuel Blum, Malgorzata Borowiak, Matthew L Bettini, Maria Bettini
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) use a distinct TCR repertoire and are more self-reactive compared with conventional T cells. However, the extent to which TCR affinity regulates the function of self-reactive Tregs is largely unknown. In this study, we used a two-TCR model to assess the role of TCR affinity in Treg function during autoimmunity. We observed that high- and low-affinity Tregs were recruited to the pancreas and contributed to protection from autoimmune diabetes. Interestingly, high-affinity cells preferentially upregulated the TCR-dependent Treg functional mediators IL-10, TIGIT, GITR, and CTLA4, whereas low-affinity cells displayed increased transcripts for Areg and Ebi3 , suggesting distinct functional profiles...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Yongguang Yang, Marissa Leonard, Yijuan Zhang, Dan Zhao, Charif Mahmoud, Shugufta Khan, Jiang Wang, Elyse E Lower, Xiaoting Zhang
Studies of the estrogen receptor (ER) coactivator protein Mediator subunit 1 (MED1) have revealed its specific roles in pubertal mammary gland development and potential contributions to breast tumorigenesis, based on coamplification of MED1 and HER2 in certain breast cancers. In this study, we generated a mouse model of mammary tumorigenesis harboring the MMTV-HER2 oncogene and mutation of MED1 to evaluate its role in HER2-driven tumorigenesis. MED1 mutation in its ER-interacting LxxLL motifs was sufficient to delay tumor onset and to impair tumor growth, metastasis, and cancer stem-like cell formation in this model...
January 15, 2018: Cancer Research
Hongda Chen, Jing Qian, Simone Werner, Katarina Cuk, Phillip Knebel, Hermann Brenner
Objective: Reliable noninvasive biomarkers for early detection of colorectal cancer (CRC) are highly desirable for efficient population-based screening with high adherence rates. We aimed to discover and validate blood-based protein markers for the early detection of CRC. Patients and methods: A two-stage design with a discovery and a validation set was used. In the discovery phase, plasma levels of 92 protein markers and serum levels of TP53 autoantibody were measured in 226 clinically recruited CRC patients and 118 controls who were free of colorectal neoplasms at screening colonoscopy...
2017: Clinical Epidemiology
Jamie M Ahrens, James D Jones, Nirca J Nieves, Ann M Mitzey, Hector F DeLuca, Margaret Clagett-Dame
While all 2-methylene-19-nor analogs of 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1α,25(OH)2D3) tested produce an increase in epidermal thickness in the rhino mouse, only a subset reduce utricle size (comedolysis). All-trans retinoic acid (atRA) also causes epidermal thickening and a reduction in utricle size in the rhino mouse. We now report that 2-methylene-19-nor-(20S)-1α-hydroxybishomopregnacalciferol (2MbisP), a comedolytic analog, increases epidermal thickening more rapidly than does atRA, while both reduce utricle area at an equal rate...
2017: PloS One
Hannah Schmucker, Walker M Blanding, Julia M Mook, Jessica F Wade, Jang Pyo Park, Kerri Kwist, Hiral Shah, Brian W Booth
PURPOSE: Tumor initiation and progression rely on cellular proliferation and migration. Many factors are involved in these processes, including growth factors. Amphiregulin (AREG) is involved in normal mammary development and the development of estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer. The aim of this project was to determine if AREG is involved in the proliferation and progression of HER2-positive breast cancer. METHODS: Mouse cell lines MMTV-neu, HC-11 and COMMA-D, as well as human cell lines MCF10A, SKBR3, HCC1954 and BT474 were used...
November 27, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
Latha Kadalayil, Sofia Khan, Heli Nevanlinna, Peter A Fasching, Fergus J Couch, John L Hopper, Jianjun Liu, Tom Maishman, Lorraine Durcan, Sue Gerty, Carl Blomqvist, Brigitte Rack, Wolfgang Janni, Andrew Collins, Diana Eccles, William Tapper
To identify genetic variants associated with breast cancer prognosis we conduct a meta-analysis of overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS) in 6042 patients from four cohorts. In young women, breast cancer is characterized by a higher incidence of adverse pathological features, unique gene expression profiles and worse survival, which may relate to germline variation. To explore this hypothesis, we also perform survival analysis in 2315 patients aged ≤ 40 years at diagnosis. Here, we identify two SNPs associated with early-onset DFS, rs715212 (Pmeta  = 3...
November 21, 2017: Nature Communications
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