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Mary Jc Hendrix, Irawati Kandela, Andrew P Mazar, Elisabeth A Seftor, Richard Eb Seftor, Naira V Margaryan, Luigi Strizzi, George F Murphy, Georgina V Long, Richard A Scolyer
Metastatic melanoma is a highly aggressive skin cancer with a poor prognosis. It is the leading cause of skin cancer deaths with a median overall survival for advanced-stage metastatic disease of <6 months. Despite advances in the field with conventional and targeted therapies, the heterogeneity of melanoma poses the greatest ongoing challenge, ultimately leading to relapse and progression to a more drug-resistant tumor in most patients. Particularly noteworthy are recent findings, indicating that these therapies exert selective pressure on tumors resulting in the activation of pathways associated with cancer stem cells that are unresponsive to current therapy...
October 24, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Magda Langiewicz, Andrea Schlegel, Enrica Saponara, Michael Linecker, Pieter Borger, Rolf Graf, Bostjan Humar, Pierre A Clavien
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Occlusion of one liver section by portal vein ligation (PVL) induces compensatory liver regeneration in the remaining part. PVL-induced liver growth is being exploited for the surgical removal of large/multiple liver tumors. A novel approach coined ALPPS (Associating Liver Partition and Portal vein ligation for Staged hepatectomy) combines PVL with parenchymal transection and massively accelerates compensatory growth, enabling much faster and more extensive tumor removal...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
Ruben Perez-Carrasco, Pilar Guerrero, James Briscoe, Karen M Page
During tissue development, patterns of gene expression determine the spatial arrangement of cell types. In many cases, gradients of secreted signalling molecules-morphogens-guide this process by controlling downstream transcriptional networks. A mechanism commonly used in these networks to convert the continuous information provided by the gradient into discrete transitions between adjacent cell types is the genetic toggle switch, composed of cross-repressing transcriptional determinants. Previous analyses have emphasised the steady state output of these mechanisms...
October 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Daniel B Schwab, Armin P Moczek
The elaboration of exaggerated, sexually selected weapons and ornaments often comes at a cost to other traits. For instance, by sustaining the growth of an exaggerated weapon during development, shared and limited resources such as morphogens, growth factors, and nutrients may become depleted and limit the size to which other structures can grow. Such interactions are characteristic of resource allocation trade-offs, which can constrain the production of phenotypic variation and bias evolutionary trajectories...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
Claire Peghaire, Marie Lise Bats, Raj Sewduth, Sylvie Jeanningros, Beatrice Jaspard, Thierry Couffinhal, Cécile Duplàa, Pascale Dufourcq
OBJECTIVE: Vessel formation requires precise orchestration of a series of morphometric and molecular events controlled by a multitude of angiogenic factors and morphogens. Wnt/frizzled signaling is required for proper vascular formation. In this study, we investigated the role of the Fzd7 (frizzled-7) receptor in retinal vascular development and its relationship with the Wnt/β-catenin canonical pathway and Notch signaling. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Using transgenic mice, we demonstrated that Fzd7 is required for postnatal vascular formation...
October 6, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Mohammad Jafarian, Nima Dehghani, Shahin Shams, Mohammad Esmaeelinejad, Farzad Aghdashi
Arteriovenous malformations are uncommon congenital disorders in vascular development. They frequently involve craniofacial structures and result in a morphogenic abnormality with ominous arteriovenous shunting. We present a huge AVM of the upper lip in an 18-year-old patient who was successfully treated by the combination method of presurgical endovascular embolization and complete resection of the lesion. Subsequent surgical defect in upper lip, which involved more than two-third of the lip length, was reconstructed via Webster's modification of cheek advancement flap...
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Satomi Nadanaka, Hiroki Kinouchi, Hiroshi Kitagawa
Chondroitin sulfate (CS) proteoglycans are abundant extracellular and cell surface molecules that consist of a protein core to which highly sulfated CS chains are covalently attached. The CS backbone is composed of repeating disaccharide units [-GlcA-GalNAc-]n, and during synthesis the CS chains acquire structural variability due to the action of sulfotransferases. Specific sulfation patterns are recognized by a large variety of proteins, including growth factors, morphogens, and extracellular matrix proteins, and these interactions regulate key events in development and normal physiology...
October 14, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Kerstin Kick, Katharina Nekolla, Markus Rehberg, Angelika M Vollmar, Stefan Zahler
OBJECTIVE: Cell-matrix interactions are crucial for regulating cellular activities, such as migration. This is of special importance for morphogenic processes, such as angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels). Most of our understanding of cell migration relies on 2-dimensional (2D) experiments. However, the awareness that 3D settings might elicit different results has increased. Knowledge about endothelial cell (EC) behavior in 3D environments and the influence of matrix composition on EC migration, in particular, is still limited...
October 13, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Sho Ohta, Baolin Wang, Suzanne L Mansour, Gary C Schoenwolf
During development of the inner ear, secreted morphogens act coordinately to establish otocyst dorsoventral polarity. Among these, Sonic hedgehog (SHH) plays a critical role in determining ventral polarity. However, how this extracellular signal is transduced intracellularly to establish ventral polarity is unknown. In this study, we show that cAMP dependent protein kinase A (PKA) is a key intracellular factor mediating SHH signaling through regulation of GLI3 processing. Gain-of-function experiments using targeted gene transfection by sonoporation or electroporation revealed that SHH signaling inactivates PKA, maintaining a basal level of PKA activity in the ventral otocyst...
October 5, 2016: Developmental Biology
Worawan Kunotai, Panjit Ananpornruedee, Mark Lubinsky, Apitchaya Pruksametanan, Piranit Nik Kantaputra
A Thai mother and her two daughters were affected with tricho-rhino-phalangeal syndrome type I. The daughters had 15 and 18 supernumerary teeth, respectively. The mother had normal dentition. Mutation analysis of TRPS1 showed a novel heterozygous c.3809_3811delACTinsCATGTTGTG mutation in all. This mutation is predicted to cause amino acid changes in the Ikaros-like zinc finger domain near the C-terminal end of TRPS1, which is important for repressive protein function. The results of our study and the comprehensive review of the literature show that pathways of forming supernumerary teeth appear to involve APC and RUNX2, the genes responsible for familial adenomatous polyposis syndrome and cleidocranial dysplasia, respectively...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Wing-Cheong Lo, Likun Zheng, Qing Nie
Stochastic fluctuations in reaction-diffusion processes often have substantial effect on spatial and temporal dynamics of signal transductions in complex biological systems. One popular approach for simulating these processes is to divide the system into small spatial compartments assuming that molecules react only within the same compartment and jump between adjacent compartments driven by the diffusion. While the approach is convenient in terms of its implementation, its computational cost may become prohibitive when diffusive jumps occur significantly more frequently than reactions, as in the case of rapid diffusion...
September 2016: Royal Society Open Science
Tabea Dierker, Chun Shao, Tatjana Haitina, Joseph Zaia, Andrea Hinas, Lena Kjellén
Proteoglycans are proteins that carry sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). They help form and maintain morphogen gradients, guiding cell migration and differentiation during animal development. While no sulfated GAGs have been found in marine sponges, chondroitin sulfate (CS) and heparan sulfate (HS) have been identified in Cnidarians, Lophotrocozoans and Ecdysozoans. The general view that nematodes such as Caenorhabditis elegans, which belong to Ecdysozoa, produce HS but only chondroitin without sulfation has therefore been puzzling...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Roy Baas, Ayestha Sijm, Hetty A A M van Teeffelen, Robert van Es, Harmjan R Vos, H Th Marc Timmers
Gene-specific transcription factors (GSTFs) control gene transcription by DNA binding and specific protein complex recruitment, which regulates promoter accessibility for transcription initiation by RNA polymerase II. Mutations in the GSTFs Suppressor of Mothers Against Decapentaplegic 2 (SMAD2) and SMAD4 are frequently associated with colon and rectal carcinomas. These proteins play an important role in bone morphogenic protein (BMP) and transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) signaling pathways controlling cell fate and proliferation...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Anne-Sophie Sikora, Charles Hellec, Mathieu Carpentier, Pierre Martinez, Maxime Delos, Agnès Denys, Fabrice Allain
Heparan sulfate (HS) 6-O-endosulfatases (Sulfs) have emerged recently as critical regulators of many physiological and pathological processes. By removing 6-O-sulfates from specific HS sequences, they modulate the activities of a variety of growth factors and morphogens, including fibroblast growth factor (FGF)-1. However, little is known about the functions of Sulfs in inflammation. Tumour-necrosis factor (TNF)-α plays an important role in regulating the behaviour of fibroblasts. In this study, we examined the effect of this inflammatory cytokine on the expression of Sulfs in human MRC-5 fibroblasts...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Hideaki Takano, Yuhei Matsui, Junpei Nomura, Masahiro Fujimoto, Naoto Katsumata, Takafumi Koyama, Isamu Mizuno, Shoichi Amano, Hatsumi Shiratori-Takano, Mamoru Komatsu, Haruo Ikeda, Kenji Ueda
AmfS, a class III lantipeptide serves as a morphogen in Streptomyces griseus. Here, we constructed a high production system of AmfS in S. griseus. We isolated S. griseus Grd1 strain defective in glucose repression of aerial mycelium formation and found it suitable for the overproduction of AmfS. Two expression vectors carrying the strong and constitutive ermE2 promoter were constructed using a multicopy number plasmid, pIJ702. The use of the Grd1 strain combined with the expression vectors enabled high production of AmfS by S...
October 3, 2016: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Estelle Ayme-Dietrich, Sophie M Banas, Laurent Monassier, Luc Maroteaux
Serotonin and bone-marrow-derived stem cells participate together in triggering pulmonary hypertension. Our work has shown that the absence of 5-HT2B receptors generates permanent changes in the composition of the blood and bone-marrow in the myeloid lineages, particularly in endothelial cell progenitors. The initial functions of 5-HT2B receptors in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are restricted to bone-marrow cells. They contribute to the differentiation/proliferation/mobilization of endothelial progenitor cells from the bone-marrow...
2016: Biologie Aujourd'hui
Alice H Reis, Marcela M Moreno, Lorena A Maia, Fernanda P Oliveira, Andressa S Santos, José Garcia Abreu
Wnt/β-catenin has been described as crucial for dorsal-ventral and antero-posterior patterning, playing multiple roles at different stages of development. Cholesterol-rich membrane microdomains (CRMMs), cholesterol- and sphingolipid-enriched domains of the plasma membrane, are known as platforms for signaling pathways. Although we have demonstrated the importance of the CRMMs for head development, how they participate in prechordal plate formation and embryo axis patterning remains an open question. Moreover, the participation of the CRMMs in the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway activity in vivo is unclear, particularly during embryonic development...
September 26, 2016: Mechanisms of Development
Myka R Ababon, Bo I Li, Paul G Matteson, James H Millonig
Retinoic acid (RA) is an important developmental morphogen that coordinates anteroposterior and dorsoventral axis patterning, somitic differentiation, neurogenesis, patterning of the hindbrain and spinal cord, and the development of multiple organ systems. Due to its chemical nature as a small amphipathic lipid, direct detection and visualization of RA histologically remains technically impossible. Currently, methods used to infer the presence and localization of RA make use of reporter systems that detect the biological activity of RA...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Patrick Hillenbrand, Ulrich Gerland, Gašper Tkačik
A crucial step in the early development of multicellular organisms involves the establishment of spatial patterns of gene expression which later direct proliferating cells to take on different cell fates. These patterns enable the cells to infer their global position within a tissue or an organism by reading out local gene expression levels. The patterning system is thus said to encode positional information, a concept that was formalized recently in the framework of information theory. Here we introduce a toy model of patterning in one spatial dimension, which can be seen as an extension of Wolpert's paradigmatic "French Flag" model, to patterning by several interacting, spatially coupled genes subject to intrinsic and extrinsic noise...
2016: PloS One
Claudio A Franco, Holger Gerhardt
Bone morphogenic proteins (BMPs) and blood flow regulate vascular remodeling and homeostasis. In this issue, Baeyens et al. (2016. J. Cell Biol show that blood flow sensitizes endothelial cells to BMP9 signaling by triggering Alk1/ENG complexing to suppress cell proliferation and to recruit mural cells, thereby establishing endothelial quiescence.
September 26, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
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