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epithelial mesenchymal transition hepatocyte liver

Yanfeng Pan, Tao Qin, Shenglu Yin, Xianqiang Zhang, Xiaojuan Gao, Lifen Mu
Several long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been investigated and found to be correlated with the behaviours and prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); Specifically, we revealed that the lncRNA UC001kfo was differentially expressed in HCC tissues compared with normal liver tissues using lncRNA microarrays, but its functional role in cancers, including HCC, has not yet been elucidated. The present study found that the expression of UC001kfo was upregulated in HCC tissues and cell lines in comparison with tumour-adjacent tissues and normal hepatocytes, respectively...
March 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Hsiao-Mei Chao, Hong-Xuan Huang, Po-Hsiang Chang, Kuo-Chang Tseng, Atsushi Miyajima, Edward Chern
Y-box binding protein-1 (YB-1) is a pleiotropic molecule that binds DNA to regulate genes on a transcriptional level in the nucleus and binds RNA to modulate gene translation in the cytoplasm. In our previous studies, YB-1 was also characterized as a fetal hepatic protein that regulates the maturation of hepatocytes and is upregulated during liver regeneration. Moreover, YB-1 has been shown to be expressed in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the role of YB-1 in HCC remains unclear. Here, we aimed to characterize the role of YB-1 in HCC...
January 10, 2017: Oncotarget
Wei Xu, Nong-Rong Wang, Hua-Feng Wang, Qiong Feng, Jun Deng, Zhi-Qiang Gong, Jian Sun, Xiao-Liang Lou, Xue-Feng Yu, Lv Zhou, Jin-Ping Hu, Xiao-Feng Huang, Xiao-Qing Qi, Yan-Juan Deng, Rui Gong, Yan Guo, Meng-Meng Wang, Jia-Cheng Xiao, Huan Deng
BACKGROUND: The origin and heterogeneity of hepatic progenitor cells (HPCs) remain unclear. This study aimed to investigate the involvement of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in the histogenesis of HPCs. METHODS: Surgical liver specimens from patients with HBV-related hepatitis and cirrhosis were investigated with double immunofluorescence labeling to detect antigens associated with HPCs and EMT. Ductular reactions were subjected to quantitative reverse transcription PCR following isolation by laser capture microdissection...
November 24, 2016: Diagnostic Pathology
I V Kholodenko, R V Kholodenko, G V Manukyan, V V Burunova, K N Yarygin
The cells isolated from biopsy specimen of a patient with alcoholic liver cirrhosis and cultured under standard conditions for obtaining stromal cell culture clearly diverged during early passages into two morphologically and phenotypically different subtypes: epithelial and mesenchymal. Mesenchymal cells expressed CD90 and CD44 and epithelial cells expressed CD166, CD227, and hepatocyte growth factor receptor Met. Starting from passage 6, the culture underwent spontaneous morphological changes and by passages 8-10 contained only epithelium-like cells...
November 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Ruili Yin, Duo Guo, Shuxian Zhang, Xiuying Zhang
Oxidative stress induces the activation of liver fibrogenic cells (myofibroblasts), thus promoting the expression of fibrosis-related genes, leading to hepatic fibrogenesis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a new class of small RNAs ~18-25 nucleotides in length involved in post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. Wound-healing and remodeling processes in liver fibrosis have been associated with changes in hepatic miRNA expression. However, the role of miR-706 in liver fibrogenesis is currently unknown. In the present study, we show that miR-706 is abundantly expressed in hepatocytes...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
Sung Min Kim, Jung Eun Choi, Wonhee Hur, Jung-Hee Kim, Sung Woo Hong, Eun Byul Lee, Joon Ho Lee, Tian Zhu Li, Pil Soo Sung, Seung Kew Yoon
The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is involved in many different types of cellular behavior, including liver fibrosis. In this report, we studied a novel function of RAR-related orphan receptor gamma (ROR-γ) in hepatocyte EMT during liver fibrosis. To induce EMT in vitro, primary hepatocytes and FL83B cells were treated with TGF-β1. Expression of ROR-γ was analyzed by western blot in the fibrotic mouse livers and human livers with cirrhosis. To verify the role of ROR-γ in hepatocyte EMT, we silenced ROR-γ in FL83B cells using a lentiviral short hairpin RNA (shRNA) vector...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
J Xu, J Wang, Y Hu, X X Wang, L L Cheng, H Y Yu
Objective: To investigate the expression of sal-like 4 (SALL4) in tissues of primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and its association with epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and clinicopathological characteristics. Methods: Immunohistochemistry and nucleic acid in situ hybridization were used to measure the mRNA expression of SALL4, epithelial cadherin (E-cadherin), vimentin, and Snail in 72 HCC samples, 2 fetal liver samples, and 2 normal adult liver tissue samples. Results: Strong expression of SALL4 was observed in hepatoblasts in fetal liver, but SALL4 expression was not observed in primitive hematopoietic cells and normal adult hepatocytes or biliary epithelial cells...
July 20, 2016: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
Talha Ijaz, Maki Wakamiya, Hong Sun, Adrian Recinos, Ronald G Tilton, Allan R Brasier
BACKGROUND: Nuclear Factor-Kappa B (NF-kB) is a family of transcription factors that are important in embryonic development, inflammation, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and cancer. The 65 kDa RelA subunit is the major transcriptional activator of the NF-kB pathways. Whole-body deficiency of RelA leads to massive apoptosis of liver hepatocytes and death in utero. To study the role of RelA in physiology and in disease states in a manner that circumvents this embryonic lethal phenotype, we have generated a mouse with RelA conditional knockout (CKO) alleles containing loxP sites that are deleted by activated Cre recombinase...
September 23, 2016: BMC Developmental Biology
Zhiyun Xu, Encheng Li, Zhe Guo, Ruofei Yu, Hualong Hao, Yitong Xu, Zhao Sun, Xiancheng Li, Jianxin Lyu, Qi Wang
Metastasis is a complex pathophysiological process. As the main cause of cancer mortality in humans it represents a serious challenge to both basic researchers and clinicians. Here we report the design and construction of a multi-organ microfluidic chip that closely mimics the in vivo microenvironment of lung cancer metastasis. This multi-organs-on-a-chip includes an upstream "lung" and three downstream "distant organs", with three polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) layers and two thin PDMS microporous membranes bonded to form three parallel microchannels...
October 5, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Norio Kubo, Kenichiro Araki, Hiroyuki Kuwano, Ken Shirabe
The hepatic stellate cells in the liver are stimulated sustainably by chronic injury of the hepatocytes, activating myofibroblasts, which produce abundant collagen. Myofibroblasts are the major source of extracellular proteins during fibrogenesis, and may directly, or secreted products, contribute to carcinogenesis and tumor progression. Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are one of the components of the tumor microenvironment that promote the proliferation and invasion of cancer cells by secreting various growth factors and cytokines...
August 14, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Shaffer R S Mok, Sachin Mohan, Navjot Grewal, Adam B Elfant, Thomas A Judge
BACKGROUND: Biphenotypic hepatocellular carcinoma-cholangiocarcinoma (HCC-CC) is an uncommon primary liver neoplasm. Due to limitations in radiologic imaging for the diagnosis of this condition, biopsy is a common method for diagnosis, which is invasive and holds potential complications. To identify alternative means for obtaining the diagnosis and assessing the prognosis of this condition, we evaluated biomarkers for biphenotypic HCC-CC using a genetic database. METHODS: To evaluate the genetic associations with each variable we utilized GeneCards(®), The Human Gene Compendium (http://www...
August 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Tian Zhu Li, Sung Min Kim, Wonhee Hur, Jung Eun Choi, Jung-Hee Kim, Sung Woo Hong, Eun Byul Lee, Joon Ho Lee, Seung Kew Yoon
Background/Aims: The role of Elk-3 in the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) during liver fibrogenesis remains unclear. Here, we determined the expression of Elk-3 in in vitro and in vivo models and in human liver fibrotic tissues. We also investigated the molecular relationships among Elk-3, early growth response-1 (Egr-1), and the mitogen activated protein kinases (MAPK) pathway during EMT in hepatocytes. Methods: We established an in vitro EMT model in which normal mouse hepatocyte cell lines were treated with transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 and a CCl₄-induced liver fibrosis model...
January 15, 2017: Gut and Liver
Ioanna Vallianou, Dimitra Dafou, Niki Vassilaki, Penelope Mavromara, Margarita Hadzopoulou-Cladaras
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection presents with a disturbed lipid profile and can evolve to hepatic steatosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor 4 alpha (HNF4α) is the most abundant transcription factor in the liver, a key regulator of hepatic lipid metabolism and a critical determinant of Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition and hepatic development. We have previously shown that transient inhibition of HNF4α initiates transformation of immortalized hepatocytes through a feedback loop consisting of miR-24, IL6 receptor (IL6R), STAT3, miR-124 and miR-629, suggesting a central role of HNF4α in HCC...
September 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Li-Li Zhang, Shan Huang, Xiao-Xin Ma, Wen-Yong Zhang, Dan Wang, Si-Yi Jin, Yan-Ping Zhang, Yang Li, Xu Li
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is correlated with NAPDH oxidase (NOX)-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS). The ROS-induced NOD-like receptor pyrin domain containing-3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is a novel mechanism of EMT. Angiotensin II (AngII) induces EMT by regulating intracellular ROS. Nevertheless, it has not been reported whether AngII could induce hepatocyte EMT. Angiotensin-(1-7) [Ang-(1-7)] can inhibit the effects of AngII via a counter-regulatory mechanism. However, whether Ang-(1-7) attenuated the effects of AngII on hepatocyte EMT remains unclear...
August 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Qisheng Li, Catherine Sodroski, Brianna Lowey, Cameron J Schweitzer, Helen Cha, Fang Zhang, T Jake Liang
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) enters the host cell through interactions with a cascade of cellular factors. Although significant progress has been made in understanding HCV entry, the precise mechanisms by which HCV exploits the receptor complex and host machinery to enter the cell remain unclear. This intricate process of viral entry likely depends on additional yet-to-be-defined cellular molecules. Recently, by applying integrative functional genomics approaches, we identified and interrogated distinct sets of host dependencies in the complete HCV life cycle...
July 5, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Orit Goldman, Victor Julian Valdes, Elena Ezhkova, Valerie Gouon-Evans
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and the mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) are processes required for embryo organogenesis. Liver develops from the epithelial foregut endoderm from which the liver progenitors, hepatoblasts, are specified. The migrating hepatoblasts acquire a mesenchymal phenotype to form the liver bud. In mid-gestation, hepatoblasts mature into epithelial structures: the hepatocyte cords and biliary ducts. While EMT has been associated with liver bud formation, nothing is known about its contribution to hepatic specification...
July 2016: Stem Cell Research
Kaiming Wu, Changhong Ye, Lin Lin, Yimin Chu, Meng Ji, Weiping Dai, Xin Zeng, Yong Lin
MicroRNA-21 (miR-21) has emerged as a critical regulatory molecule and an important serum marker in hepatic fibrogenesis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of inhibiting miR-21 on hepatic fibrosis treatment. Serum miR-21 levels in 60 healthy individuals and 180 patients with different stages of liver cirrhosis were examined, miR-21 levels in normal or cirrhotic human liver tissues (n=10 each) were also detected. An adenoviral vector (Ad-TuD-21) carrying the sponging ToughDecoy (TuD)-RNA sequence against miR-21 was constructed to reduce miR-21 expression efficiently in vitro and in vivo Histological and immunohistological examinations were performed to evaluate the inhibitory effects and mechanism of Ad-TuD-21 delivery into carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced hepatic fibrosis rats by targeting extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1 (ERK1) signalling in hepatic stellate cells (HSC) and hepatocyte epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)...
August 1, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
Wen-Guang Zhang, Chuan-Fei Li, Min Liu, Xiao-Feng Chen, Kai Shuai, Xin Kong, Lin Lv, Zhe-Chuan Mei
Aquaporin 9 (AQP9) is the main aquaglyceroporin in the liver. Few studies have been performed regarding the role of AQP9 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Here, we report the expression and function of AQP9 in HCC tissues and cell lines. We found that AQP9 mRNA and protein levels were down-regulated in HCC tissues and human hepatoma cell lines compared to the para-cancer normal liver tissues and normal hepatocyte line, respectively. In a human HCC SMMC-7721 cell line, over-expression of AQP9 suppressed cell invasion in vitro and xenograft tumor growth in vivo...
May 20, 2016: Cancer Letters
Sihem Mebarki, Romain Désert, Laurent Sulpice, Marie Sicard, Mireille Desille, Frédéric Canal, Hélène Dubois-Pot Schneider, Damien Bergeat, Bruno Turlin, Pascale Bellaud, Elise Lavergne, Rémy Le Guével, Anne Corlu, Christine Perret, Cédric Coulouarn, Bruno Clément, Orlando Musso
About 20% hepatocellular carcinomas (HCCs) display wild-type β-catenin, enhanced Wnt signaling, hepatocyte dedifferentiation and bad outcome, suggesting a specific impact of Wnt signals on HCC stem/progenitor cells. To study Wnt-specific molecular pathways, cell fates and clinical outcome, we fine-tuned Wnt/β-catenin signaling in liver progenitor cells, using the prototypical Wnt ligand Wnt3a. Cell biology assays and transcriptomic profiling were performed in HepaRG hepatic progenitors exposed to Wnt3a after β-catenin knockdown or Wnt inhibition with FZD8_CRD...
June 28, 2016: Oncotarget
Nirajan Shrestha, Lokendra Chand, Myung Kwan Han, Seung Ok Lee, Chan Young Kim, Yeon Jun Jeong
Glutamine, traditionally a non-essential amino acid, now has been considered as essential in serious illness and injury. It is a major precursor for glutathione synthesis. However, the anti-fibrotic effect of glutamine and its molecular mechanism in experimental liver fibrosis have not been explored. In the present study we aimed to examine the potential role of glutamine in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) induced liver fibrosis and TGF-β1 mediated epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) and apoptosis in mouse hepatocytes...
July 2016: Food and Chemical Toxicology
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