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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089848/sparc-preserves-follicular-epithelium-integrity-in-insect-ovaries
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Paula Irles, Saray Ramos, Maria-Dolors Piulachs
The importance of juvenile hormone regulating insect oogenesis suggests looking for genes whose expression is regulated by this hormone. SPARC is a calcium-binding glycoprotein that forms part of the extracellular membranes, which in vertebrates participates in bones mineralization or regulating cell proliferation in some cancer types. This large number of functions described for SPARC in different species might be related to the significant differences in its structure observed when comparing different species-groups...
January 12, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087780/oncogenes-without-a-neighboring-tumor-suppressor-gene-are-more-prone-to-amplification
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William K K Wu, Xiangchun Li, Xiansong Wang, Rudin Z W Dai, Alfred S L Cheng, Maggie H T Wang, Thomas Kwong, Tai C Chow, Jun Yu, Matthew T V Chan, Sunny H Wong
Focal copy number gains or losses are important genomic hallmarks of cancer. The genomic distribution of oncogenes and tumor-suppressor genes (TSG) in relation to focal copy number aberrations is unclear. Our analysis revealed that the mean distance of TSGs from oncogenes was significantly shorter than that of non-cancer genes, suggesting that oncogenes and TSGs tend to be in close physical proximity in the human genome. Such relationship was conserved in mouse and drosophila. Pan-cancer analysis using data from The Cancer Genome Atlas indicated that oncogenes without a nearby TSG are more prone to amplification...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087714/dlg5-connects-cell-polarity-and-hippo-signaling-protein-networks-by-linking-par-1-with-mst1-2
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Julian Kwan, Anna Sczaniecka, Emad Heidary Arash, Liem Nguyen, Chia-Chun Chen, Srdjana Ratkovic, Olga Klezovitch, Liliana Attisano, Helen McNeill, Andrew Emili, Valeri Vasioukhin
Disruption of apical-basal polarity is implicated in developmental disorders and cancer; however, the mechanisms connecting cell polarity proteins with intracellular signaling pathways are largely unknown. We determined previously that membrane-associated guanylate kinase (MAGUK) protein discs large homolog 5 (DLG5) functions in cell polarity and regulates cellular proliferation and differentiation via undefined mechanisms. We report here that DLG5 functions as an evolutionarily conserved scaffold and negative regulator of Hippo signaling, which controls organ size through the modulation of cell proliferation and differentiation...
December 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079919/copper-oxide-nanoparticles-and-copper-sulphate-act-as-antigenotoxic-agents-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Mohamed Alaraby, Alba Hernández, Ricard Marcos
The biological reactivity of metal and metal oxide nanomaterials is attributed to their redox properties, which would explain their pro- or anti-cancer properties depending on exposure circumstances. In this sense, copper oxide nanoparticles (CuONP) have been proposed as a potential anti-tumoral agent. The aim of this study was to assess if CuONP can exert antigenotoxic effects using Drosophila melanogaster as an in vivo model. Genotoxicity was induced by two well-known genotoxic compounds, namely potassium dichromate (PD) and ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS)...
January 12, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070290/cancer-brings-forward-oviposition-in-the-fly-drosophila-melanogaster
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Audrey Arnal, Camille Jacqueline, Beata Ujvari, Lucas Leger, Céline Moreno, Dominique Faugere, Aurélie Tasiemski, Céline Boidin-Wichlacz, Dorothée Misse, François Renaud, Jacques Montagne, Andreu Casali, Benjamin Roche, Frédéric Mery, Frédéric Thomas
Hosts often accelerate their reproductive effort in response to a parasitic infection, especially when their chances of future reproduction decrease with time from the onset of the infection. Because malignancies usually reduce survival, and hence potentially the fitness, it is expected that hosts with early cancer could have evolved to adjust their life-history traits to maximize their immediate reproductive effort. Despite the potential importance of these plastic responses, little attention has been devoted to explore how cancers influence animal reproduction...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068320/myc-suppresses-tumor-invasion-and-cell-migration-by-inhibiting-jnk-signaling
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X Ma, J Huang, Y Tian, Y Chen, Y Yang, X Zhang, F Zhang, L Xue
Tumor metastasis, but not primary overgrowth, is the leading cause of mortality for cancer patients. During the past decade, Drosophila melanogaster has been well-accepted as an excellent model to address the intrinsic mechanism of different aspects of cancer progression, ranging from tumor initiation to metastasis. In a genetic screen performed in Drosophila, aiming to find novel modulators of tumor invasion, we identified the oncoprotein Myc as a negative regulator. While expression of Myc dramatically blocks tumor invasion and cell migration, loss of Myc promotes cell migration in vivo...
January 9, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060321/imaging-of-cell-shape-alteration-and-cell-movement-in-drosophila-gastrulation-using-de-cadherin-reporter-transgenic-flies
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M Rezaul Karim, Tomohiro Haruta, Taro Matsumoto, Hiroki Oda, Hiroaki Taniguchi
Gastrulation is the first set of morphologically dynamic events that occur during the embryonic development of multicellular animals such as Drosophila. This morphological alteration is also recognized as epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). Dysregulation of EMT is associated with fibrosis and cancer metastasis. There is emerging evidence that EMT is controlled by a number of molecular mechanisms. As such, many key genes that control apical constriction are also known to be important factors in the EMT observed in cancer metastasis...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057306/the-drosophila-accessory-gland-as-a-model-for-prostate-cancer-and-other-pathologies
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C Wilson, A Leiblich, D C I Goberdhan, F Hamdy
The human prostate is a gland of the male reproductive tract, which together with the seminal vesicles, is responsible for most seminal fluid production. It is a common site of cancer, and unlike other glands, it typically enlarges in aging men. In flies, the male accessory glands make many major seminal fluid components. Like their human equivalents, they secrete proteins from several conserved families, including proteases, lectins, and cysteine-rich secretory proteins, some of which interact with sperm and affect fertility...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057305/stem-cell-based-tumorigenesis-in-adult-drosophila
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S X Hou, S R Singh
Recent studies suggest that a small subset of cells within a tumor, the so-called cancer stem cells (CSCs), are responsible for tumor propagation, relapse, and the eventual death of most cancer patients. CSCs may derive from a few tumor-initiating cells, which are either transformed normal stem cells or reprogrammed differentiated cells after acquiring initial cancer-causing mutations. CSCs and normal stem cells share some properties, but CSCs differ from normal stem cells in their tumorigenic ability. Notably, CSCs are usually resistant to chemo- and radiation therapies...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057304/drosophila-as-a-model-for-human-diseases-focus-on-innate-immunity-in-barrier-epithelia
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P Bergman, S Seyedoleslami Esfahani, Y Engström
Epithelial immunity protects the host from harmful microbial invaders but also controls the beneficial microbiota on epithelial surfaces. When this delicate balance between pathogen and symbiont is disturbed, clinical disease often occurs, such as in inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, or atopic dermatitis, which all can be in part linked to impairment of barrier epithelia. Many innate immune receptors, signaling pathways, and effector molecules are evolutionarily conserved between human and Drosophila...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057303/modeling-human-cancers-in-drosophila
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M Sonoshita, R L Cagan
Cancer is a complex disease that affects multiple organs. Whole-body animal models provide important insights into oncology that can lead to clinical impact. Here, we review novel concepts that Drosophila studies have established for cancer biology, drug discovery, and patient therapy. Genetic studies using Drosophila have explored the roles of oncogenes and tumor-suppressor genes that when dysregulated promote cancer formation, making Drosophila a useful model to study multiple aspects of transformation. Not limited to mechanism analyses, Drosophila has recently been showing its value in facilitating drug development...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049852/in-vivo-severity-ranking-of-ras-pathway-mutations-associated-with-developmental-disorders
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Granton A Jindal, Yogesh Goyal, Kei Yamaya, Alan S Futran, Iason Kountouridis, Courtney A Balgobin, Trudi Schüpbach, Rebecca D Burdine, Stanislav Y Shvartsman
Germ-line mutations in components of the Ras/MAPK pathway result in developmental disorders called RASopathies, affecting about 1/1,000 human births. Rapid advances in genome sequencing make it possible to identify multiple disease-related mutations, but there is currently no systematic framework for translating this information into patient-specific predictions of disease progression. As a first step toward addressing this issue, we developed a quantitative, inexpensive, and rapid framework that relies on the early zebrafish embryo to assess mutational effects on a common scale...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040742/a-role-for-the-twins-protein-phosphatase-pp2a-b55-in-the-maintenance-of-drosophila-genome-integrity
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Chiara Merigliano, Antonio Marzio, Fioranna Renda, Maria Patrizia Somma, Maurizio Gatti, Fiammetta Vernì
The protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) is a conserved heterotrimeric enzyme that regulates several cellular processes including the DNA damage response and mitosis. Consistent with these functions, PP2A is mutated in many types of cancer and acts as a tumor suppressor. In mammalian cells, PP2A inhibition results in DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) and chromosome aberrations (CABs). However, the mechanisms through which PP2A prevents DNA damage are still unclear. Here, we focus on the role of the Drosophila twins (tws) gene in the maintenance of chromosome integrity; tws encodes the B regulatory subunit (B/B55) of PP2A...
December 30, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28030793/anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-l1198f-and-g1201e-mutations-identified-in-anaplastic-thyroid-cancer-patients-are-not-ligand-independent
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Jikui Guan, Georg Wolfstetter, Joachim Siaw, Damini Chand, Fredrik Hugosson, Ruth H Palmer, Bengt Hallberg
Activating mutations in full length anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) have been reported in neuroblastoma and in anaplastic thyroid cancer. ALK-L1198F and ALK-G1201E mutations were originally identified in anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) and characterized as constitutively activating mutations. In this study, we employed in vitro cell culture assays together with biochemical and in vivo Drosophila analyses to characterize their sensitivity to either activation by the FAM150A (AUG-β) and FAM150B (AUG-α) ALK ligands or inhibition by ALK inhibitors...
December 24, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28019653/mactosylceramide-prevents-glial-cell-overgrowth-by-inhibiting-insulin-and-fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-signaling
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Stine Gerdøe-Kristensen, Viktor K Lund, Hans H Wandall, Ole Kjaerulff
Receptor Tyrosine Kinase (RTK) signaling controls key aspects of cellular differentiation, proliferation, survival, metabolism, and migration. Deregulated RTK signaling also underlies many cancers. Glycosphingolipids (GSL) are essential elements of the plasma membrane. By affecting clustering and activity of membrane receptors, GSL modulate signal transduction, including that mediated by the RTK. GSL are abundant in the nervous system, and glial development in Drosophila is emerging as a useful model for studying how GSL modulate RTK signaling...
December 26, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018056/onecut-transcription-factors-in-development-and-disease
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Peter A Kropp, Maureen Gannon
Developmental processes are remarkably well conserved among species, and among the most highly conserved developmental regulators are transcription factor families. The Onecut transcription factor family consists of three members known for their single "cut" DNA-binding domain and an aberrant homeodomain. The three members of the Onecut family are highly conserved from Drosophila to humans and have significant roles in regulating the development of diverse tissues derived from the ectoderm or endoderm, where they activate a number of gene families...
2016: Trends in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011475/a-novel-nherf1-mutation-in-human-breast-cancer-and-effects-on-malignant-progression
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Xiaomei Yang, Guifang DU, Zhen Yu, Yang Si, Tracey A Martin, Junqi He, Shan Cheng, Wen G Jiang
Na(+)/H(+) exchanger regulatory factor 1 (NHERF1) has been reported to interact with post-synaptic density protein/Drosophila disc large tumour suppressor/zonula occludens 1 protein (PDZ) binding proteins by its two PDZ domains. These associations have effects on cellular signal transductions. NHERF1 has also been indicated as a cancer-related gene in several solid tumour types. We identified a novel mutation (A190D), of the PDZ2 domain of NHERF1 in breast cancer tissues. NHERF1 A190D mutation abolished NHERF1 modulation of proliferation and migration...
January 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000382/aging-impairs-double-strand-break-repair-by-homologous-recombination-in-drosophila-germ-cells
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Laetitia Delabaere, Henry A Ertl, Dashiell J Massey, Carolyn M Hofley, Faraz Sohail, Elisa J Bienenstock, Hans Sebastian, Irene Chiolo, Jeannine R LaRocque
Aging is characterized by genome instability, which contributes to cancer formation and cell lethality leading to organismal decline. The high levels of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) observed in old cells and premature aging syndromes are likely a primary source of genome instability, but the underlying cause of their formation is still unclear. DSBs might result from higher levels of damage or repair defects emerging with advancing age, but repair pathways in old organisms are still poorly understood. Here, we show that premeiotic germline cells of young and old flies have distinct differences in their ability to repair DSBs by the error-free pathway homologous recombination (HR)...
December 21, 2016: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997825/slit-robo-repulsive-signaling-extrudes-tumorigenic-cells-from-epithelia
#19
John Vaughen, Tatsushi Igaki
Cells dynamically interact throughout animal development to coordinate growth and deter disease. For example, cell-cell competition weeds out aberrant cells to enforce homeostasis. In Drosophila, tumorigenic cells mutant for the cell polarity gene scribble (scrib) are actively eliminated from epithelia when surrounded by wild-type cells. While scrib cell elimination depends critically on JNK signaling, JNK-dependent cell death cannot sufficiently explain scrib cell extirpation. Thus, how JNK executed cell elimination remained elusive...
December 19, 2016: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982483/c-myc-dependent-cell-competition-in-human-cancer-cells
#20
Manish S Patel, Heta S Shah, Neeta Shrivastava
Cell Competition is an interaction between cells for existence in heterogeneous cell populations of multicellular organisms. This phenomenon is involved in initiation and progression of cancer where heterogeneous cell populations compete directly or indirectly for the survival of the fittest based on differential gene expression. In Drosophila, cells having lower dMyc expression are eliminated by cell competition through apoptosis when present in the milieu of cells having higher dMyc expression. Thus, we designed a study to develop c-Myc (human homolog) dependent in vitro cell competition model of human cancer cells...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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