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Zhizhen Dong, Jianrong Chen, Xuli Yang, Wenjie Zheng, Li Wang, Miao Fang, Mengna Wu, Min Yao, Dengfu Yao
Lung cancer is the most common malignant tumor with increasing angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) and a high rate of metastasis. However, the mechanism of Ang-2 enhancing tumor proliferation and facilitating metastasis remains to be clarified. In this study, Ang-2 expression and its gene transcription on effects of biological behaviors and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) were investigated in lung cancers. Total incidence of Ang-2 expression in the cancerous tissues was up to 91.8 % (112 of 122) with significantly higher (χ2 =103...
February 27, 2018: Oncotarget
Ran Xu, Xuan Zhu, Fangzhi Chen, Changkun Huang, Kai Ai, Hongtao Wu, Lei Zhang, Xiaokun Zhao
Background: The abnormal expression of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs), such as microRNAs and long ncRNAs, often contribute to the development of cancers. miR-200c functions as a tumour suppressor that impacts the growth of bladder cancer cells and the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT). LncRNA X inactive specific transcript (XIST) is highly expressed in tumour tissues, promotes cancer progression and might act as an miRNA molecular sponge. This study aimed to examine the relationship between lncRNA XIST and miR-200c and to assess their functions in the regulation of the stemness properties and tumourigenicity of human bladder cancer stem cell (BCSC)-like cells...
2018: Cancer Cell International
Guanman Li, Qiao Su, Haibo Liu, Dong Wang, Wenhui Zhang, Zhenhai Lu, Yu Chen, Xiaohui Huang, Wen Li, Changhua Zhang, Yulong He, Li Fu, Jiong Bi
Aberrant activation of Wnt signaling is a crucial event in tumor development and metastasis. Wnt signaling is commonly divided into canonical and non-canonical signaling pathways based on whether β-catenin is activated (canonical). The two signaling pathways are initiated by Wnt ligand binding to the surface Frizzled (FZD) receptors, and regulate cancer stem cell self-renewal and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Frizzled 7 (FZD7), a member of Frizzled family, promotes cell proliferation and invasiveness in many cancers, suggesting that FZD7 transmitting Wnt signaling is important for driving cancer growth...
2018: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Honghong Zhou, Yongshuo Liu, Rui Zhu, Fang Ding, Xiufeng Cao, Dongxin Lin, Zhihua Liu
Snail is a key regulator of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and plays an important role in tumor progression and metastasis. Snail is rapidly degraded in the cells and its protein level is critically controlled. Although several E3 ligases regulating Snail degradation have been defined, the deubiquitinases (DUBs) responsible for Snail deubiquitination are less studied. We identified ovarian tumor domain-containing ubiquitin aldehyde binding protein 1 (OTUB1) as a DUB that stabilizes Snail through preventing its ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation...
March 21, 2018: Oncogene
Yue Zhou, Zhilei Zhang, Ning Wang, Jizheng Chen, Xu Zhang, Min Guo, Li John Zhong, Qian Wang
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), including adenocarcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, is the leading cause of death from lung malignancies and has a poor prognosis due to metastasis. Suppressor of cytokine signalling-2 (SOCS2), a feedback inhibitor of cytokine signalling, has been shown to be involved in growth control. Here, we show that SOCS2 were significantly downregulated in tumour foci in NSCLC patients. The expression levels of SOCS2 significantly correlated with clinical stage, lymph node metastasis, histological subtype and survival time...
March 20, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Ying Chen, Zetian Shen, Yingru Zhi, Hao Zhou, Kai Zhang, Ting Wang, Bing Feng, Yitian Chen, Haizhu Song, Rui Wang, Xiaoyuan Chu
Radiotherapy plays a limited role in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) due to the development of resistance. Therefore, further investigation of underlying mechanisms involved in HCC radioresistance is warranted. Increasing evidence shows that long non-coding RNAs (linc-RNAs) are involved in the pathology of various tumors, including HCC. Previously, we have shown that long noncoding RNA regulator of reprogramming (linc-ROR) promotes HCC metastasis via induction of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)...
March 17, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Kasturi Chatterjee, Sayantan Jana, Pramathes DasMahapatra, Snehasikta Swarnakar
Endometriosis, characterized by extrauterine development of endometrial glands and stroma, is associated with increased risk of ovarian cancer development. In the present study, we investigated the role of matrix metalloproteinase-7 (MMP-7) on epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) during ovarian endometriosis ( N = 40) progression. We found that the expressions of EMT markers such as vimentin, slug, and N-cadherin were significantly elevated in late stages of ovarian endometriosis compared with those found in early stages...
March 20, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Udesh Dhawan, Ming-Wen Sue, Kuan Chun Lan, Waradee Buddhakosai, Pao Hui Huang, Yi Cheng Chen, Po-Chun Chen, Wen-Liang Chen
Epithelial to Mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a highly orchestrated process motivated by the nature of physical, chemical composition of Tumor Microenvironment (TME). The role of physical framework of the tumor microenvironment in guiding cells towards EMT is poorly understood. To investigate this, breast cancer MDA-MB-231 and MCF-7 cells were cultured on nanochips comprising of Tantalum oxide nanodots ranging in diameter from 10 to 200nm, fabricated through electrochemical approach and collectively referred to as artificial microenvironments...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ege Riza Karagur, Cennet Ozay, Ramazan Mammadov, Hakan Akca
Scientists are increasingly focusing attention on natural products of plant origin for use as agents in cancer protection and treatment. Cyclamen L. tuber extracts contain saponin glycosides that have been shown to have anti-cancer and other biological activities. The epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is thought to enhance malignant tumour progress. The transcriptional repressor zinc-finger E-box binding homeobox 1 (ZEB1) is an important inducer of EMT in different human tumours and has recently been shown to boost invasion by tumour cells...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Natural Medicines
Jiao Li, Shu-Hong Li, Jun Wu, Richard D Weisel, Alina Yao, William L Stanford, Shi-Ming Liu, Ren-Ke Li
Background: To improve the regenerative capacity of aged individuals, we reconstituted bone marrow (BM) of aged mice with young Sca-1 cells, which repopulated cardiac progenitors and prevented cardiac dysfunction after a myocardial infarction (MI). However, the mechanisms involved were incompletely elucidated. This study aimed to investigate whether young, highly regenerative BM Sca-1 cells exert their cardio-protective effects on the aged heart through reactivation of the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) process...
2018: Theranostics
Xiaoying Li, Yu Cao, Mu Li, Feng Jin
HES1 is a transcriptional repressor involved in cell differentiation and proliferation as well as in various cancer developments, but its expression pattern and biological roles in breast cancer have not been examined. In this study, we assessed HES1 expression in breast cancer tissues using immunohistochemistry and Western blot analyses and investigated HES1 function using MTT and Matrigel invasion assays. Significant relationships were observed between HES1 upregulation and advanced TNM stage (p=0.011), node metastasis (p=0...
2018: Journal of Cancer
Xiu-Liang Xia, Dong Xue, Ting-Hai Xiang, Huai-Yong Xu, De-Kun Song, Pei-Guang Cheng, Jian-Qiang Wang
The clinical significance and essential role of long non-coding RNA colorectal neoplasia differentially expressed (lncRNA CRNDE) have been well illuminated in various cancers. However, the function of CRNDE in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (IHCC) has not been reported at present. The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of CRNDE in IHCC. Firstly, the relative expression of CRNDE was observed to be upregulated in IHCC cell lines and tissues. And high CRNDE expression was statistically associated with IHCC differentiation grade, lymph node metastasis, tumor-nodes-metastasis (TNM) stage and size...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Xiaoyu Wang, Libing Wang, Yan Xu, Guohua Zhang, Yunlin Wu, Ping Chen
Protein inhibitor of activated signal transducer and activator of transcription-1 (PIAS1) is an important regulator of the inflammatory signaling network, the expression of which was decreased in gastric cancer and implicated in the development of cancer. However, its mechanism has not been elucidated. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of PIAS1 on epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of gastric cancer cells within the inflammatory microenvironment. Recombinant adenovirus Ad5/F35-PIASl and Ad5/F35-null plasmids were constructed to transfect SGC7901 cells...
March 2018: Oncology Letters
Kousuke Sasaki, Tamotsu Sugai, Kazuyuki Ishida, Mitsumasa Osakabe, Hiroo Amano, Hiroaki Kimura, Minoru Sakuraba, Katsuhiko Kashiwa, Seiichiro Kobayashi
Activated cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) and fibroblasts that have undergone the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in cancer stroma contribute to tumor progression and metastasis. However, no reports have investigated the CAF phenotype and its clinicopathological relevance in cutaneous malignant tumors, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and malignant melanoma (MM). Here, we investigated the CAF phenotype in cutaneous malignant tumors based on their histology and immunohistochemical expression of CAF-related markers, including adipocyte enhancer-binding protein 1 (AEBP1), podoplanin, platelet derived growth factor receptor α (PDGFRα), PDGFRβ, fibroblast activating protein (FAP), CD10, S100A4, α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), and EMT-related markers (Zeb1, Slug and Twist)...
March 16, 2018: Human Pathology
Loredana Campo, Eun-Kyoung Breuer
Studies have shown that transforming acidic coiled-coil protein 3 (TACC3), a key component of centrosome-microtubule dynamic networks, is significantly associated with various types of human cancer. We have recently reported that high levels of TACC3 are found in breast cancer, lead to the accumulation of spontaneous DNA damage due to defective DNA damage response signaling, and confer cellular sensitivity to radiation and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. Although our study suggests a potential role of TACC3 as a biomarker in breast cancer detection and prediction of therapy outcome, its role as a therapeutic target in breast cancer is not well studied...
March 19, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Xiaoni Liu, Shuang Wang, Jianji Xu, Buxin Kou, Dexi Chen, Yajie Wang, Xiaoxin Zhu
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs(miRNAs)are involved in the initiation and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma. ESC, an extract of Stellerachamaejasme L, had been confirmed as a potential anti-tumor extract of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In light of the important role of miRNAs in hepatocellular carcinoma, we questioned whether the inhibitory effects of ESC on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) were associated with miRNAs. METHODS: The proliferation inhibition of ESC on HCC cells was measured with MTT assay...
March 20, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Zhihong Yang, Lixia Ji, Guohui Jiang, Ranran Liu, Zhantao Liu, Yuecheng Yang, Qingxia Ma, Hongqin Zhao
The aim of the current study was to investigate the effects of FL118, a novel camptothecin analogue, on migration and invasion of human breast cancer cells and the underlying mechanisms of those effects. A 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and a plate clone formation assay were used to examine inhibition of the proliferation of MDA-MB-231 cells by FL118. Cell cycle distribution was detected using flow cytometry. A wound healing assay and a transwell assay were performed to detect the effects of FL118 on migration and invasion of MDA-MB-231 cells, respectively...
2018: Bioscience Trends
Ge Shi, Wei Wu, Yi-Gang Wan, He Wei-Ming Hex, Yue Tu, Wen-Bei Han, Bu-Hui Liu, Ying-Lu Liu, Zi-Yue Wan
To explore the effects and molecular mechanisms of triptolide(TP)on improving podocyte epithelial-mesenchymal transition(EMT)induced by high dose of D-glucose(HG), the immortalized podocytes of mice in vitro were divided into the normal group(N), the high dose of D-glucose group(HG), the low dose of TP group(L-TP), the high dose of TP group(H-TP)and the mannitol group(MNT), and treated by the different measures respectively. More specifically, the podocytes in each group were separately treated by D-glucose(DG, 5 mmol·L⁻¹)or HG(25 mmol·L⁻¹)or HG(25 mmol·L⁻¹)+ TP(3 μg·L⁻¹)or HG(25 mmol·L⁻¹)+ TP(10 μg·L⁻¹)or DG(5 mmol·L⁻¹)+ MNT(24...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Zhihong Liu, Youfu Zhang, Zhidan Xu
PURPOSE: It has been reported that UNC119 is significantly up-regulated in liver cancer cells. However, the role of UNC119 in liver cancer and the clinical significance of reducing its expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are not well understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression profile of UNC119 in HCC and its connection with the progression of HCC. METHODS: UNC119 expression in HCC cell lines and tissues was assessed using quantitative real-time PCR, western blot and immunohistochemical analyses...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Zhihong Liu, Youfu Zhang, Zhidan Xu
PURPOSE: It has been reported that UNC119 is significantly up-regulated in liver cancer cells. However, the role of UNC119 in liver cancer and the clinical significance of reducing its expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are not well understood. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression profile of UNC119 in HCC and its connection with the progression of HCC. METHODS: UNC119 expression in HCC cell lines and tissues was assessed using quantitative real-time PCR, western blot and immunohistochemical analyses...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
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