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Rachana Patel, Janis Fleming, Ernest Mui, Carolyn Loveridge, Peter Repiscak, Arnaud Blomme, Victoria Harle, Mark Salji, Imran Ahmad, Katy Teo, Freddie C Hamdy, Ann Hedley, Niels van den Broek, Gillian Mackay, Joanne Edwards, Owen J Sansom, Hing Y Leung
Metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) is a lethal form of treatment-resistant prostate cancer and poses significant therapeutic challenges. Deregulated receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) signalling mediated by loss of tumour suppressor Sprouty2 (SPRY2) is associated with treatment resistance. Using pre-clinical human and murine mCRPC models, we show that SPRY2 deficiency leads to an androgen self-sufficient form of CRPC Mechanistically, HER2-IL6 signalling axis enhances the expression of androgen biosynthetic enzyme HSD3B1 and increases SRB1-mediated cholesterol uptake in SPRY2-deficient tumours...
March 14, 2018: EMBO Molecular Medicine
Guannan Zhao, Charles G Bailey, Yue Feng, John Rasko, Frank J Lovicu
Sprouty (Spry) and Spred proteins have been identified as closely related negative regulators of the receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK)-mediated MAPK pathway, inhibiting cellular proliferation, migration and differentiation in many systems. As the different members of this antagonist family are strongly expressed in the lens epithelium in overlapping patterns, in this study we used lens epithelial explants to examine the impact of these different antagonists on the morphologic and molecular changes associated with fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-induced lens fiber differentiation...
March 1, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
Annamaria Milillo, Clelia Molinario, Stefano Costanzi, Gisella Vischini, Francesca La Carpia, Francesco La Greca, Donato Rigante, Giovanni Gambaro, Fiorella Gurrieri, Eugenio Sangiorgi
Studies on IgA nephropathy (IgAN) have identified, through GWAS, linkage analysis, and pathway scanning, molecular defects in familial and sporadic IgAN patients. In our previous study, we identified a novel variant in the SPRY2 gene that segregates with the disease in one large family. The functional characterization of this variant led us to discover that the MAPK/ERK pathway was defective not only in this family, but also in two sporadic IgAN patients wild type for SPRY2. In the present study, we have deepened the molecular analysis of the MAPK/ERK pathway and extended our evaluation to a larger cohort of sporadic patients and to one additional family...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nephrology
Masum Saini, Aakanksha Verma, Sam J Mathew
Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) is a predominantly pediatric soft-tissue cancer where the tumor cells exhibit characteristics of the developing skeletal muscle, and the two most common sub-types are embryonal and alveolar RMS. Elevated activation of the receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) MET is frequent in RMS and is thought to cause increased tumor metastasis and lack of differentiation. However, the reasons underlying dysregulated MET expression and activation in RMS are not well understood. Therefore, we explored the role of Sprouty 2 (SPRY2), a modulator of RTK signaling, in regulating MET...
February 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
David J Walker, Stephen C Land
Sprouty2 (Spry2) acts as a central regulator of tubular growth and branch patterning in the developing mammalian lung by controlling both magnitude and duration of growth factor signalling. To determine if this protein coordinates airway and vascular growth factor signalling, we tested the hypothesis that Spry2 links the primary cue for airway outgrowth, fibroblast growth factor-10 (FGF-10), to genomic events underpinning the expression and release of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A). Using primary fetal distal lung epithelial cells (FDLE) from rat, and immortalised human bronchial epithelial cells (16HBE14o-), we identified a nuclear sub-population of Spry2 which interacted with regions of the rat and human VEGF-A promoter spanning the hypoxia response element (HRE) and adjacent 3' sites...
January 31, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Rizwan Yousaf, Zubair M Ahmed, Arnaud Pj Giese, Robert J Morell, Ayala Lagziel, Alain Dabdoub, Edward R Wilcox, Sheikh Riazuddin, Thomas B Friedman, Saima Riazuddin
A modifier variant can abrogate risk of a monogenic disorder. DFNM1 is a locus on chromosome 1 encoding a dominant suppressor of human DFNB26 recessive, profound deafness. Here, we report that DFNB26 is associated with a substitution (p.Gly116Glu) in the pleckstrin-homology-domain of GAB1, an essential scaffold in the MET/HGF pathway. A dominant substitution (p.Arg544Gln) of METTL13, encoding a predicted methyltransferase, is the DFNM1 suppressor of GAB1-associated deafness. In zebrafish, human METTL13 mRNA harboring the modifier allele rescues the GAB1 associated morphant phenotype...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Weiyin Gao, Shuangquan Lin, Cheng Cheng, Anyi Zhu, Yingbo Hu, Zimin Shi, Xiao Zhang, Zhengdong Hong
Prostate cancer (PC) is the most common cancer in men; however, limited effect is obtained due to the therapy resistance. CASC2 acts as a tumor suppressor in human malignancies serving as a ceRNA for miRNAs; Sprouty2 (SPRY2), a key antagonist of RTK signalling, also serves as a tumor suppressor. Herein, CASC2 and SPRY2 expression was down-regulated in PC tissues and cell lines; the overexpression of CASC2 and SPRY2 could suppress PC cell proliferation, promote PC cell apoptosis, and enhance the sensitivity of PC cells to docetaxel...
January 23, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Pei-Hsien Liao, Yen-Yun Wang, Wen-Chen Wang, Chung-Ho Chen, Yu-Hsun Kao, Jing-Wei Hsu, Ching-Yi Chen, Ping-Ho Chen, Shyng-Shiou Yuan, Yuk-Kwan Chen
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated SPRY2 expression in human oral potentially malignant disorders (OPMDs) and oral squamous cell carcinomas (OSCCs). METHODS: 75 OSCCs, 23 OPMDs with malignant transformation (MT), 17 OPMDs without MT, and eight normal oral mucosa (NOM) tissues were used for immunohistochemical staining; three OSCC tissues with normal tissue counterparts were used for western blotting. Three human oral cancer cell lines (OCCLs), an oral precancer cell line (DOK), and a NOM primary culture (NOMPC) were used for western blotting; OCCLs and NOMPC were employed for real-time quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction...
December 27, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
Hiroyoshi Kunimoto, Cem Meydan, Abbas Nazir, Justin Whitfield, Kaitlyn Shank, Franck Rapaport, Rebecca Maher, Elodie Pronier, Sara C Meyer, Francine E Garrett-Bakelman, Martin Tallman, Ari Melnick, Ross L Levine, Alan H Shih
Mutations in epigenetic modifiers and signaling factors often co-occur in myeloid malignancies, including TET2 and NRAS mutations. Concurrent Tet2 loss and NrasG12D expression in hematopoietic cells induced myeloid transformation, with a fully penetrant, lethal chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML), which was serially transplantable. Tet2 loss and Nras mutation cooperatively led to decrease in negative regulators of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activation, including Spry2, thereby causing synergistic activation of MAPK signaling by epigenetic silencing...
December 13, 2017: Cancer Cell
G-B Wang, J-H Liu, J Hu, K Xue
OBJECTIVE: Gliomas are accompanied with high mortality owning to their invasive peculiarity and vulnerability to drug resistance. miR-21 is a vital oncogenic miRNA that regulates drug resistance of tumor cells. This study aims to elucidate the function of miR-21 in human glioma cells resistant to carmustine (BCNU) and to demonstrate the underlying molecular mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: BCNU-sensitive cells (SWOZ2 cells) were transfected with miR-21 agomir and negative control, and BCNU-resistance cells (SWOZ2-BCNU cells) were transfected with miR-21 antagomir and negative control...
November 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Z-S Yuan, Y Cao, Z-Y Li
OBJECTIVE: Gliomas are accompanied with high mortality owning to their invasive peculiarity and vulnerability to drug resistance. miR-21 is a vital oncogenic miRNA that regulates drug resistance of tumor cells. This study aims to elucidate the function of miR-21 in human glioma cells resistant to carmustine (BCNU) and to demonstrate the underlying molecular mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: BCNU-sensitive cells (SWOZ2 cells) were transfected with miR-21 agomir and negative control, and BCNU-resistance cells (SWOZ2-BCNU cells) were transfected with miR-21 antagomir and negative control...
November 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Gizem Ürel Demir, Özlem Akgün Doğan, Pelin Özlem Şimşek Kiper, Gülen Eda Utine, Koray Boduroğlu, Safak Gucer, Mehmet Alikaşifoğlu
INTRODUCTION: Ovotesticular disorder of sex development (OT-DSD) is a rare disorder of sexual differentiation characterized by the presence of both testicular and ovarian tissue in an individual and the majority of cases have been reported with 46,XX karyotype. In 46,XX cases, testicular differentiation may occur due to the translocation of SRY to the X chromosome or to an autosome. CASE REPORT: Herein, we present a female newborn with a combination of trisomy 13 and SRY (-) XX OT-DSD...
December 2017: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
Ping Wu, Jie Yan, Yung-Chih Lai, Chen Siang Ng, Ang Li, Xueyuan Jiang, Ruth M Elsey, Randall Widelitz, Ruchi Bajpai, Wen-Hsiung Li, Cheng-Ming Chuong
The origin of feathers is an important question in Evo-Devo studies, with the eventual evolution of vaned feathers which are aerodynamic, allowing feathered dinosaurs and early birds to fly and venture into new ecological niches. Studying how feathers and scales are developmentally specified provides insight into how a new organ may evolve. We identified feather-associated genes using genomic analyses. The candidate genes were tested by expressing them in chicken and alligator scale forming regions. Ectopic expression of these genes induced intermediate morphotypes between scales and feathers which revealed several major morphogenetic events along this path: Localized growth zone formation, follicle invagination, epithelial branching, feather keratin differentiation, and dermal papilla formation...
February 1, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Peng Han, Hilda Guerrero-Netro, Anthony Estienne, Binyun Cao, Christopher Price
Fibroblast growth factors (FGF) modify cell proliferation and differentiation through receptor tyrosine kinases, which stimulate the expression of transcription factors including members of the early growth response (EGR) family. In ovarian granulosa cells, most FGFs activate typical response genes, although the role of EGR proteins has not been described. In the present study, we determined the regulation of EGR mRNA by FGFs and explored the role of EGR1 in the regulation of FGF response genes. Addition of FGF1, FGF2, FGF4 or FGF8b increased EGR1 and EGR3 mRNA levels, whereas FGF18 increased only EGR1 mRNA abundance...
July 21, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
Y A Kousa, R Roushangar, N Patel, A Walter, P Marangoni, R Krumlauf, O D Klein, B C Schutte
Rare mutations in IRF6 and GRHL3 cause Van der Woude syndrome, an autosomal dominant orofacial clefting disorder. Common variants in IRF6 and GRHL3 also contribute risk for isolated orofacial clefting. Similarly, variants within genes that encode receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) signaling components, including members of the FGF pathway, EPHA3 and SPRY2, also contribute risk for isolated orofacial clefting. In the mouse, loss of Irf6 or perturbation of Fgf signaling leads to abnormal oral epithelial adhesions and cleft palate...
October 2017: Journal of Dental Research
Yoon-Sim Yap, Li-Lian Kwok, Nicholas Syn, Wen Yee Chay, John Whay Kuang Chia, Chee Kian Tham, Nan Soon Wong, Soo Kien Lo, Rebecca Alexandra Dent, Sili Tan, Zuan Yu Mok, King Xin Koh, Han Chong Toh, Wen Hsin Koo, Marie Loh, Raymond Chee Hui Ng, Su Pin Choo, Richie Chuan Teck Soong
Importance: Hand-foot syndrome (HFS) is a common adverse effect of capecitabine treatment. Objective: To compare the incidence and time to onset of grade 2 or greater HFS in patients receiving pyridoxine vs placebo and to identify biomarkers predictive of HFS. Design, Setting, and Participants: This single-center, randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial conducted at National Cancer Centre Singapore assessed whether oral pyridoxine could prevent the onset of grade 2 or higher HFS in 210 patients scheduled to receive single-agent capecitabine chemotherapy for breast, colorectal, and other cancers...
November 1, 2017: JAMA Oncology
L M Moreno Uribe, T Fomina, R G Munger, P A Romitti, M M Jenkins, H K Gjessing, M Gjerdevik, K Christensen, A J Wilcox, J C Murray, R T Lie, G L Wehby
Prior genome-wide association studies for oral clefts have focused on clinic-based samples with unclear generalizability. Prior samples were also small for investigating effects by cleft type and exclusively studied isolated clefts (those occurring without other birth defects). We estimated the effects of 17 top loci on cleft types in both isolated and nonisolated cases in the largest consortium to date of European-descent population-based studies. Our analytic approach focused on a mother-child dyad case-control design, but it also allowed analyzing mother-only or child-only genotypes to maximize power...
October 2017: Journal of Dental Research
Lata Rani, Nitin Mathur, Ritu Gupta, Ajay Gogia, Gurvinder Kaur, Jaspreet Kaur Dhanjal, Durai Sundar, Lalit Kumar, Atul Sharma
BACKGROUND: In chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), epigenomic and genomic studies have expanded the existing knowledge about the disease biology and led to the identification of potential biomarkers relevant for implementation of personalized medicine. In this study, an attempt has been made to examine and integrate the global DNA methylation changes with gene expression profile and their impact on clinical outcome in early stage CLL patients. RESULTS: The integration of DNA methylation profile (n = 14) with the gene expression profile (n = 21) revealed 142 genes as hypermethylated-downregulated and; 62 genes as hypomethylated-upregulated in early stage CLL patients compared to CD19+ B-cells from healthy individuals...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
A Kristin Schneider, Giuseppe Cama, Mandeep Ghuman, Francis J Hughes, Borzo Gharibi
Sprouty 2 (Spry2), an inhibitor of MAP kinase signaling was previously shown by our group to be induced during mechanical loading of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Here, we studied the implication of Spry2 activation during mechanical loading and chemically induced MSC differentiation. Spry 2 expression showed an immediate early response during mechanical loading and chemical induction of osteogenic differentiation and followed the same pattern as osteogenic associated gene FosB and was necessary for the induction of FosB, as Spry 2 knock down also abrogated the upregulation of FosB expression...
September 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Patricia G Tremblay, Marc-André Sirard
The developmental competence of an oocyte is its capacity to resume maturation, undergo successful fertilization, and reach the blastocyst stage. This competence is acquired through interaction with somatic cells of the follicle. Cumulus and granulosa cells support oocyte development, while the oocyte influences follicular cell growth and differentiation. Studies suggest that follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone play an essential role in oocyte competence acquisition through signaling initiated by protein kinases A and C (PKA and PKC) in granulosa cells...
April 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
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