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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913640/the-drosophila-hox-gene-ultrabithorax-acts-both-in-muscles-and-motoneurons-to-orchestrate-formation-of-specific-neuromuscular-connections
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Christian Hessinger, Gerhard M Technau, Ana Rogulja-Ortmann
Hox genes are known to specify motoneuron pools in the developing vertebrate spinal cord and to control motoneuronal targeting in several species. However, the mechanisms controlling axial diversification of muscle innervation patterns are still largely unknown. We present data showing that the Drosophila Hox gene Ultrabithorax (Ubx) acts in the late embryo to establish target specificity of ventrally projecting RP motoneurons. In abdominal segments A2 to A7, RP motoneurons innervate the ventro-lateral muscles VL1-4, with VL1 and VL2 being innervated in a Wnt4-dependent manner...
December 2, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911727/role-of-the-bone-morphogenic-protein-pathway-in-developmental-haemopoiesis-and-leukaemogenesis
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Parto Toofan, Helen Wheadon
Myeloid leukaemias share the common characteristics of being stem cell-derived clonal diseases, characterised by excessive proliferation of one or more myeloid lineage. Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) arises from a genetic alteration in a normal haemopoietic stem cell (HSC) giving rise to a leukaemic stem cell (LSC) within the bone marrow (BM) 'niche'. CML is characterised by the presence of the oncogenic tyrosine kinase fusion protein breakpoint cluster region-abelson murine leukaemia viral oncogene homolog 1 (BCR-ABL), which is responsible for driving the disease through activation of downstream signal transduction pathways...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904706/the-central-role-of-hotair-in-the-malignancy-of-cd44-human-hypopharyngeal-carcinoma-cells
#3
Hongxia Cheng, Xinhua Cui, Ying Guo, Lintao Gu, Yaning Wang, Qirong Wang, Hui Liang
Human hypopharyngeal carcinoma is one of the most common malignant tumors. CD44 could serve as a molecular marker to screen for cancer stem cells (CSCs) in hypopharyngeal cancer. The aim of this study was to identify the role of HOX transcript antisense RNA (HOTAIR) on cell proliferation and invasion in CD44+ FADU cells (human hypopharyngeal carcinoma cells). We also explored the underlying mechanism contributing to HOTAIR's observed effects. CD44+ FADU cells were sorted and purified by flow cytometry and infected with lentivirus stably expressing HOTAIR shRNA...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904675/expression-of-long-non-coding-rna-hotair-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-tca8113-cells-and-its-associated-biological-behavior
#4
Huawei Liu, Zhiyong Li, Chao Wang, Lin Feng, Haitao Huang, Changkui Liu, Fengxia Li
As a long noncoding RNA, HOX transcript antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) is highly expressed in many types of tumors. However, its expression and function in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) cells and tissues remains largely unknown. We herein studied the biological functions of HOTAIR in OSCC Tca8113 cells. Real-time quantitative PCR showed that HOTAIR, p21 and p53 mRNA expressions in doxorubicin (DOX)-treated or γ-ray-irradiated Tca8113 cells were up-regulated. Knockdown of p53 expression inhibited DOX-induced HOTAIR up-regulation, suggesting that DNA damage-induced HOTAIR expression may be associated with p53...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900563/lncrna-hotair-promotes-cisplatin-resistance-in-gastric-cancer-by-targeting-mir-126-to-activate-the-pi3k-akt-mrp1-genes
#5
Jin Yan, Yini Dang, Shiyu Liu, Yifeng Zhang, Guoxin Zhang
Altered expression of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) has shown to associate with human cancer development and progression and drug resistance. LncRNA HOX antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) regulates chromatin state and highly expressed in various human cancers. This study analyzed HOTAIR expression in gastric cancer cells and tissues and then assessed the effects of HOTAIR on modulation of gastric cancer cell sensitivity to cisplatin and the underlying molecular events. The data showed that HOTAIR was significantly upregulated in cisplatin-resistant gastric cancer cells and tissues compared with control cells and noncancerous gastric tissues...
November 30, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897239/expression-level-and-clinical-significance-of-hox-transcript-antisense-intergenic-rna-in-cervical-cancer-a-meta-analysis
#6
Shasha Liu, Min Zhang, Pengpeng Qu
The long noncoding RNA HOX transcript antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) is associated with the development and progression of several types of cancer; however, its role in cervical cancer is unclear. Here, we performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the expression levels and clinical significance of HOTAIR in cervical cancer tissue. Relevant literature published by January 2016 was identified in PubMed, EMBase, National Knowledge Infrastructure, Wanfang Database, and Chinese Biomedical Literature Database. We performed statistical analysis, calculated standard mean differences (SMDs), and determined combined odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895772/hotair-a-long-non-coding-rna-driver-of-malignancy-whose-expression-is-activated-by-foxc1-negatively-regulates-mirna-1-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#7
Dong-Na Su, Shi-Pin Wu, Hong-Tao Chen, Jin-Hua He
Evidence is rapidly accumulating that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are involved in human tumorigenesis and are dysregulated in multiple cancers, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). lncRNAs can regulate essential pathways that contribute to tumor initiation and progression with tissue specificity, which suggests that lncRNAs may be valuable biomarkers and therapeutic targets. HOX transcript antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) has previously been demonstrated to be an oncogene and a negative prognostic factor in a variety of cancers; however, the factors that contribute to the upregulation of HOTAIR and the interaction between HOTAIR and microRNAs (miRNAs or miRs) are largely unknown...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895308/epigenetic-inhibition-of-mir-663b-by-long-non-coding-rna-hotair-promotes-pancreatic-cancer-cell-proliferation-via-up-regulation-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-2
#8
Huihua Cai, Yong An, Xuemin Chen, Donglin Sun, Tongbing Chen, Yan Peng, Feng Zhu, Yong Jiang, Xiaozhou He
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly cancers with a poor prognosis. Although microRNAs are involving in the carcinogenesis and development of pancreatic cancer, little information is known regarding the role of miR-663b in pancreatic cancer. In this study, the expression of miR-663b in pancreatic cancer cells was down-regulated by hypermethylation in its putative promoter region, and overexpression of miR-663b repressed cell proliferation, invasion and migration, and induced apoptosis in pancreatic cancer cells...
November 22, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894818/supt20-is-required-for-development-of-the-axial-skeleton
#9
Sunita Warrier, Samer Nuwayhid, Julia A Sabatino, Kelsey F Sugrue, Irene E Zohn
Somitogenesis and subsequent axial skeletal development is regulated by the interaction of pathways that determine the periodicity of somite formation, rostrocaudal somite polarity and segment identity. Here we use a hypomorphic mutant mouse line to demonstrate that Supt20 (Suppressor of Ty20) is required for development of the axial skeleton. Supt20 hypomorphs display fusions of the ribs and vertebrae at lower thoracic levels along with anterior homeotic transformation of L1 to T14. These defects are preceded by reduction of the rostral somite and posterior shifts in Hox gene expression...
November 25, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889452/an-rb-ezh2-complex-mediates-silencing-of-repetitive-dna-sequences
#10
Charles A Ishak, Aren E Marshall, Daniel T Passos, Carlee R White, Seung J Kim, Matthew J Cecchini, Sara Ferwati, William A MacDonald, Christopher J Howlett, Ian D Welch, Seth M Rubin, Mellissa R W Mann, Frederick A Dick
Repetitive genomic regions include tandem sequence repeats and interspersed repeats, such as endogenous retroviruses and LINE-1 elements. Repressive heterochromatin domains silence expression of these sequences through mechanisms that remain poorly understood. Here, we present evidence that the retinoblastoma protein (pRB) utilizes a cell-cycle-independent interaction with E2F1 to recruit enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) to diverse repeat sequences. These include simple repeats, satellites, LINEs, and endogenous retroviruses as well as transposon fragments...
November 12, 2016: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889185/nup98-fusion-proteins-interact-with-the-nsl-and-mll1-complexes-to-drive-leukemogenesis
#11
Haiming Xu, Daria G Valerio, Meghan E Eisold, Amit Sinha, Richard P Koche, Wenhuo Hu, Chun-Wei Chen, S Haihua Chu, Gerard L Brien, Christopher Y Park, James J Hsieh, Patricia Ernst, Scott A Armstrong
The nucleoporin 98 gene (NUP98) is fused to a variety of partner genes in multiple hematopoietic malignancies. Here, we demonstrate that NUP98 fusion proteins, including NUP98-HOXA9 (NHA9), NUP98-HOXD13 (NHD13), NUP98-NSD1, NUP98-PHF23, and NUP98-TOP1 physically interact with mixed lineage leukemia 1 (MLL1) and the non-specific lethal (NSL) histone-modifying complexes. Chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing illustrates that NHA9 and MLL1 co-localize on chromatin and are found associated with Hox gene promoter regions...
November 15, 2016: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888797/tumorigenicity-of-ewing-sarcoma-is-critically-dependent-on-the-trithorax-proteins-mll1-and-menin
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Laurie K Svoboda, Natashay Bailey, Raelene A Van Noord, Melanie A Krook, Ashley Harris, Cassondra Cramer, Brooke Jasman, Rajiv M Patel, Dafydd Thomas, Dmitry Borkin, Tomasz Cierpicki, Jolanta Grembecka, Elizabeth R Lawlor
Developmental transcription programs are epigenetically regulated by the competing actions of polycomb and trithorax (TrxG) protein complexes, which repress and activate genes, respectively. Ewing sarcoma is a developmental tumor that is associated with widespread de-regulation of developmental transcription programs, including HOX programs. Posterior HOXD genes are abnormally over-expressed by Ewing sarcoma and HOXD13, in particular, contributes to the tumorigenic phenotype. In MLL1 fusion-driven leukemia, aberrant activation of HOXA genes is epigenetically mediated by the TrxG complex and HOXA gene expression and leukemogenesis are critically dependent on the protein-protein interaction between the TrxG proteins MLL1 and menin...
November 18, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886392/deregulated-expression-of-ezh2-in-congenital-brainstem-disconnection
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P G Barth, E Aronica, S Fox, K Fluiter, M A J Weterman, A Poretti, D C Miller, E Boltshauser, B Harding, M Santi, F Baas
Congenital brainstem disconnection (CBSD) is an enigmatic embryo-fetal defect presenting as (sub)total absence of a segment between mesencephalon and lower brainstem. Rostro-caudal limits of the defect vary while the basal pons is always involved and the cerebellum is globally hypoplastic. A recent update and review[1] lists 14 cases, including 3 brain autopsy studies[1-3]. Necrosis and glial- or inflammatory reactions were absent. Inferior olivary nuclei were small or absent, pontine nuclei depleted, and the cerebellar dentate nuclei dysplastic...
November 25, 2016: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856734/control-of-hoxd-gene-transcription-in-the-mammary-bud-by-hijacking-a-preexisting-regulatory-landscape
#14
Ruben Schep, Anamaria Necsulea, Eddie Rodríguez-Carballo, Isabel Guerreiro, Guillaume Andrey, Thi Hanh Nguyen Huynh, Virginie Marcet, Jozsef Zákány, Denis Duboule, Leonardo Beccari
Vertebrate Hox genes encode transcription factors operating during the development of multiple organs and structures. However, the evolutionary mechanism underlying this remarkable pleiotropy remains to be fully understood. Here, we show that Hoxd8 and Hoxd9, two genes of the HoxD complex, are transcribed during mammary bud (MB) development. However, unlike in other developmental contexts, their coexpression does not rely on the same regulatory mechanism. Hoxd8 is regulated by the combined activity of closely located sequences and the most distant telomeric gene desert...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855366/hox-antisense-lincrna-hoxa-as2-promotes-tumorigenesis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#15
Fuqiang Wang, Huili Yang, Zhigang Deng, Yongjie Su, QinLiang Fang, Zhenyu Yin
BACKGROUND: Recent studies reveal that long non-coding RNAs (LncRNAs) play critical roles in the proliferation and migration of human cancer. Previous report has shown that LncRNA HOXA-AS2 was involved in carcinoma processes. However, the expression and biological function of HOXA-AS2 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are poorly understood. METHODS: Quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) was performed to detect the expression of HOXA-AS2 in HCC tissues and cell lines...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853123/differential-expression-of-hox-and-notch-genes-in-larval-and-adult-stages-of-echinococcus-granulosus
#16
Ebrahim Saedi Dezaki, Mohammad Mehdi Yaghoobi, Elham Taheri, Pooya Ghaseminejad Almani, Farideh Tohidi, Bruno Gottstein, Majid Fasihi Harandi
This investigation aimed to evaluate the differential expression of HoxB7 and notch genes in different developmental stages of Echinococcus granulosus sensu stricto. The expression of HoxB7 gene was observed at all developmental stages. Nevertheless, significant fold differences in the expression level was documented in the juvenile worm with 3 or more proglottids, the germinal layer from infected sheep, and the adult worm from an experimentally infected dog. The notch gene was expressed at all developmental stages of E...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848019/non-specificity-of-transcription-factor-function-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#17
Anthony Percival-Smith
A major problem in developmental genetics is how HOX transcription factors, like Proboscipedia (PB) and Ultrabithorax (UBX), regulate distinct programs of gene expression to result in a proboscis versus a haltere, respectively, when the DNA-binding homeodomain (HD) of HOX transcription factors recognizes similar DNA-binding sequences. Indeed, the lack of DNA-binding specificity is a problem for all transcription factors (TFs), as the DNA-binding domains generally recognize small targets of five to six bases in length...
November 15, 2016: Development Genes and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846759/rationally-subdividing-the-fly-nervous-system-with-versatile-expression-reagents
#18
J H Simpson
The ability to image and manipulate specific cell populations in Drosophila enables the investigation of how neural circuits develop and coordinate appropriate motor behaviors. Gal4 lines give genetic access to many types of neurons, but the expression patterns of these reagents are often complex. Here, we present the generation and expression patterns of LexA lines based on the vesicular neurotransmitter transporters and Hox transcription factors. Intersections between these LexA lines and existing Gal4 collections provide a strategy for rationally subdividing complex expression patterns based on neurotransmitter or segmental identity...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Neurogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835600/yap1-enhances-cell-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-of-gastric-cancer-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#19
Dan Sun, Xiaoting Li, Yingjian He, Wenhui Li, Ying Wang, Huan Wang, Shanshan Jiang, Yan Xin
Yes-associated protein 1 (YAP1) plays an important role in the development of carcinomas such as breast, colorectal, and gastric (GC) cancers, but the role of YAP1 in GC has not been investigated comprehensively. The present study strongly suggests that YAP1 and P62 were significantly up-regulated in GC specimens, compared with normal gastric mucosa. In addition, the YAP1high P62high expression was independently associated with poor prognosis in GC (hazard ratio: 1.334, 95% confidence interval: 1.045-1.704, P = 0...
November 7, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27832801/gene-expression-comparison-reveals-distinct-basal-expression-of-hox-members-and-differential-tnf-induced-response-between-brain-and-spinal-cord-derived-microvascular-endothelial-cells
#20
Yves Molino, Françoise Jabès, Amandine Bonnet, Nicolas Gaudin, Anne Bernard, Philippe Benech, Michel Khrestchatisky
BACKGROUND: The heterogeneity of endothelial cell types underlies their remarkable ability to sub-specialize and provide specific requirements for a given vascular bed. Here, we compared rat microvascular endothelial cells (MECs) derived from the brain and spinal cord in both basal and inflammatory conditions. METHODS: We used whole rat genome microarrays to compare, at different time points, basal and TNF-α-induced gene expression of rat MECs from in vitro models of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and blood-spinal cord barrier (BSCB)...
November 10, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
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