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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037912/early-emergence-of-altered-5-ht2a-receptor-evoked-behavior-neural-activation-and-gene-expression-following-maternal-separation
#1
Ankit Sood, Sthitapranjya Pati, Amrita Bhattacharya, Karina Chaudhari, Vidita A Vaidya
The early stress of Maternal Separation (MS) contributes to the establishment of adult psychopathology. The serotonergic (5-HT) system is implicated during this temporal window in mediating the development of mood-related behaviors. MS is reported to evoke altered 5-HT2A receptor function in adulthood. However, the ontogeny of altered 5-HT2A receptor responsivity following MS remains unknown. Here, we examined 5-HT2A receptor agonist, DOI (1-(2,5-dimethoxy-4-iodophenyl)-2-aminopropane) (2mg/kg) evoked responses, namely stereotypical head-twitch behaviors in control and MS Sprague-Dawley rat pups at postnatal day 21 (P21)...
October 14, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976960/cancer-drug-addiction-is-relayed-by-an-erk2-dependent-phenotype-switch
#2
Xiangjun Kong, Thomas Kuilman, Aida Shahrabi, Julia Boshuizen, Kristel Kemper, Ji-Ying Song, Hans W M Niessen, Elisa A Rozeman, Marnix H Geukes Foppen, Christian U Blank, Daniel S Peeper
Observations from cultured cells, animal models and patients raise the possibility that the dependency of tumours on the therapeutic drugs to which they have acquired resistance represents a vulnerability with potential applications in cancer treatment. However, for this drug addiction trait to become of clinical interest, we must first define the mechanism that underlies it. We performed an unbiased CRISPR-Cas9 knockout screen on melanoma cells that were both resistant and addicted to inhibition of the serine/threonine-protein kinase BRAF, in order to functionally mine their genome for 'addiction genes'...
October 12, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945005/differential-expression-of-myometrial-ap-1-proteins-during-gestation-and-labour
#3
Lubna Nadeem, Tali Farine, Anna Dorogin, Elzbieta Matysiak-Zablocki, Oksana Shynlova, Stephen Lye
Preterm labour (PTL) is a leading cause of perinatal mortality and postnatal morbidity. Contractions of the uterine muscle (myometrium) that determine the onset of labour depend on the expression of contraction-associated proteins (CAPs, i.e. connexin43) regulated by dimeric AP-1 transcription factors. Here, we examined subcellular (by immunoblotting) and tissue expression (by immunohistochemistry) of myometrial AP-1 proteins (cJUN, JUNB, JUND, cFOS, FOSB, FRA1, FRA2) throughout gestation and TL in different species (mouse, rat and human)...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923912/exploiting-drug-addiction-mechanisms-to-select-against-mapki-resistant-melanoma
#4
Aayoung Hong, Gatien Moriceau, Lu Sun, Shirley Lomeli, Marco Piva, Robert Damoiseaux, Sheri L Holmen, Norman E Sharpless, Willy Hugo, Roger S Lo
Melanoma resistant to MAPK inhibitor(s) (MAPKi) displays loss-of-fitness upon experimental MAPKi withdrawal and, clinically, may be re-sensitized to MAPKi therapy after a drug holiday. Here, we uncovered and therapeutically exploited the mechanisms of MAPKi-addiction in MAPKi-resistant MUTBRAF or MUTNRAS melanoma. MAPKi-addiction phenotypes evident upon drug-withdrawal spanned transient cell-cycle slow-down to cell-death responses, the latter of which required a robust p-ERK rebound. Generally, drug withdrawal-induced p-ERK rebound up-regulated p38-FRA1-JUNB-CDKN1A and down-regulated proliferation, but only a robust p-ERK rebound resulted in DNA damage and parthanatos-related cell death...
September 18, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915613/alternative-promotion-and-suppression-of-metastasis-by-jnk2-governed-by-its-phosphorylation
#5
Sike Hu, Xiaoli Dong, Wenjuan Gao, Dwayne Stupack, Yanhua Liu, Rong Xiang, Na Li
Fos-related antigen 1 (Fra1) has been proposed as a gatekeeper of the mesenchymal-epithelial transition to epithelial-mesenchymal transition. Here, we showed that de-phosphorylated JNK2 increased the expression of Fra1 by promoting the expression of c-Jun and Jun-B. Conversely, phosphorylated JNK2 suppressed its expression via enhancing the ubiquitination of c-Jun and Jun-B. These data provided insights into the regulatory mechanism of JNK2 on the expression of Fra1. Our study thus demonstrated that the conversion of JNK2 from its phosphorylation to de-phosphorylation status promoted the switch of breast cancer cells from mesenchymal-epithelial transition to epithelial-mesenchymal transition...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28872777/orexin-a-increases-sympathetic-nerve-activity-through-promoting-expression-of-proinflammatory-cytokines-in-sprague-dawley-rats
#6
Y Fan, E Jiang, T Hahka, Q H Chen, J Yan, Z Shan
AIM: Accumulating evidence suggests that orexin signalling is involved in the regulation of blood pressure and cardiovascular function. However, the underlying mechanisms are not clear. Here, we test the hypothesis that upregulated orexin A signalling in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) increases sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) through stimulating expression of proinflammatory cytokines (PICs). METHODS: In vivo sympathetic nerve recordings were performed to test the impact of PVN orexin signalling on sympathetic outflow in Sprague Dawley (SD) rats...
September 5, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754138/serological-and-pcr-investigation-of-yersinia-pestis-in-potential-reservoir-hosts-from-a-plague-outbreak-focus-in-zambia
#7
S S Nyirenda, B M Hang'ombe, E Mulenga, B S Kilonzo
BACKGROUND: Plague is a bacterial zoonotic disease, caused by Yersinia pestis. Rodents are the natural hosts with fleas as the vehicle of disease transmission. Domestic and wild dogs and cats have also been identified as possible disease hosts. In Zambia, plague outbreaks have been reported in the Southern and Eastern regions in the last 20 years. Based on these observations, Y. pestis could possibly be endemically present in the area. METHODS: To substantiate such possibility, sera samples were collected from rodents, shrews, dogs and cats for detection of antibodies against Fraction 1 gene (Fra1) of Y...
July 28, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678424/the-metabolic-syndrome-alters-the-mirna-signature-of-porcine-adipose-tissue-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#8
Yu Meng, Alfonso Eirin, Xiang-Yang Zhu, Hui Tang, Pritha Chanana, Amir Lerman, Andre J Van Wijnen, Lilach O Lerman
Autologous transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is a viable option for the treatment of several diseases. Evidence indicates that MSCs release extracellular vesicles (EVs) and that EVs shuttle miRNAs to damaged parenchymal cells to activate an endogenous repair program. We hypothesize that comorbidities may interfere with the packaging of cargo in MSC-derived EVs. Therefore, we examined whether metabolic syndrome (MetS) modulates the miRNA content packed within MSC-derived EVs. MSCs were collected from swine abdominal adipose tissue after 16 weeks of lean or obese diet (n = 7 each)...
July 5, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512262/alternative-promotion-and-suppression-of-metastasis-by-jnk2-governed-by-its-phosphorylation
#9
Sike Hu, Xiaoli Dong, Wenjuan Gao, Dwayne Stupack, Yanhua Liu, Rong Xiang, Na Li
Fos-related antigen 1 (Fra1) has been proposed as a gatekeeper of the mesenchymal-epithelial transition to epithelial-mesenchymal transition. Here, we showed that de-phosphorylated JNK2 increased the expression of Fra1 by promoting the expression of c-Jun and Jun-B. Conversely, phosphorylated JNK2 suppressed its expression via enhancing the ubiquitination of c-Jun and Jun-B. These data provided insights into the regulatory mechanism of JNK2 on the expression of Fra1. Our study thus demonstrated that the conversion of JNK2 from its phosphorylation to de-phosphorylation status promoted the switch of breast cancer cells from mesenchymal-epithelial transition to epithelial-mesenchymal transition...
April 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399281/potential-roles-of-pigs-small-ruminants-rodents-and-their-flea-vectors-in-plague-epidemiology-in-sinda-district-eastern-zambia
#10
Stanley S Nyirenda, Bernard M Hang'ombe, Bukheti S Kilonzo, Henry L Kangwa, Evans Mulenga, Ladslav Moonga
A cross-sectional study was conducted in the Eastern part of Zambia that previously reported a plague outbreak. The aim of the study was to evaluate the potential role of pigs, goats, and sheep as sero-surveillance hosts for monitoring plague, and to investigate the flea vectors and potential reservoir hosts to establish the current status of plague endemicity in the district. Serum samples were collected from 96 rodents, 10 shrews, 245 domestic pigs, 232 goats, and 31 sheep, whereas 106 organs were eviscerated from rodents and shrews...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356106/protective-effects-of-various-ratios-of-dha-epa-supplementation-on-high-fat-diet-induced-liver-damage-in-mice
#11
Tingting Shang, Liang Liu, Jia Zhou, Mingzhen Zhang, Qinling Hu, Min Fang, Yongning Wu, Ping Yao, Zhiyong Gong
BACKGROUND: A sedentary lifestyle and poor diet are risk factors for the progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. However, the pathogenesis of hepatic lipid accumulation is not completely understood. Therefore, the present study explored the effects of dietary supplementation of various ratios of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) on a high-fat diet-induced lipid metabolism disorder and the concurrent liver damage. METHODS: Using high-fat diet-fed C57BL/6 J mice as the animal model, diets of various ratios of DHA/EPA (2:1, 1:1, and 1:2) with an n-6/n-3 ratio of 4:1 were prepared using fish and algae oils enriched in DHA and/or EPA and sunflower seed oils to a small extent instead of the high-fat diet...
March 29, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274739/dual-role-of-act1-in-keratinocyte-differentiation-and-host-defense-traf3ip2-silencing-alters-keratinocyte-differentiation-and-inhibits-il-17-responses
#12
Sylviane Lambert, William R Swindell, Lam C Tsoi, Stefan W Stoll, James T Elder
TRAF3IP2 is a candidate psoriasis susceptibility gene encoding Act1, an adaptor protein with ubiquitin ligase activity that couples the IL-17 receptor to downstream signaling pathways. We investigated the role of Act1 in keratinocyte responses to IL-17 using a tetracycline inducible short hairpin RNA targeting TRAF3IP2. Tetracycline exposure for 7 days effectively silenced TRAF3IP2 mRNA and Act1 protein, resulting in 761 genes with significant changes in expression (495 down, 266 up; >1.5-fold, P < 0...
July 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266648/the-trisaccharide-raffinose-modulates-epidermal-differentiation-through-activation-of-liver-x-receptor
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Tae-Young Na, Gyeong-Hwan Kim, Hyeon-Jeong Oh, Min-Ho Lee, Yong-Hyun Han, Ki Taek Kim, Ji-Su Kim, Dae-Duk Kim, Mi-Ock Lee
The epidermal barrier function requires optimal keratinocyte differentiation and epidermal lipid synthesis. Liver X receptor (LXR) α and β, are important transcriptional regulators of the epidermal gene expression. Here, we show that raffinose, a ubiquitously present trisaccharide in plants, activated the transcriptional activity of LXRα/β, which led to the induction of genes required for keratinocyte differentiation such as involucrin and filaggrin, and genes involved in lipid metabolism and transport including SCD1 and ABCA1 in both HaCaT and normal human epidermal keratinocytes...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219953/the-arabidopsis-kinesin-4-fra1-requires-a-high-level-of-processive-motility-to-function-correctly
#14
Anindya Ganguly, Logan DeMott, Ram Dixit
Processivity is important for kinesins that mediate intracellular transport. Structure-function analyses of N-terminal kinesins (i.e. kinesins comprising their motor domains at the N-terminus) have identified several non-motor regions that affect processivity in vitro However, whether these structural elements affect kinesin processivity and function in vivo is not known. Here, we used an Arabidopsis thaliana kinesin-4, called Fragile Fiber 1 (FRA1, also known as KIN4A), which is thought to mediate vesicle transport, to test whether mutations that alter processivity in vitro lead to similar changes in behavior in vivo and whether processivity is important for the function of FRA1...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111071/cooperative-binding-of-transcription-factors-orchestrates-reprogramming
#15
Constantinos Chronis, Petko Fiziev, Bernadett Papp, Stefan Butz, Giancarlo Bonora, Shan Sabri, Jason Ernst, Kathrin Plath
Oct4, Sox2, Klf4, and cMyc (OSKM) reprogram somatic cells to pluripotency. To gain a mechanistic understanding of their function, we mapped OSKM-binding, stage-specific transcription factors (TFs), and chromatin states in discrete reprogramming stages and performed loss- and gain-of-function experiments. We found that OSK predominantly bind active somatic enhancers early in reprogramming and immediately initiate their inactivation genome-wide by inducing the redistribution of somatic TFs away from somatic enhancers to sites elsewhere engaged by OSK, recruiting Hdac1, and repressing the somatic TF Fra1...
January 26, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27765636/cigarette-smoke-mediates-nuclear-to-cytoplasmic-trafficking-of-transcriptional-inhibitor-kaiso-through-muc1-and-p120-catenin
#16
Lili Zhang, Marianne Gallup, Lorna Zlock, Yu Ting Feeling Chen, Walter E Finkbeiner, Nancy A McNamara
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death, and 87% of these deaths are directly attributable to smoking. Using three-dimensional cultures of primary human bronchial epithelial cells, we demonstrated that loss of adherens junction protein, epithelial cadherin, and the aberrant interaction of its adherens junction binding partner, p120-catenin (p120ctn), with the cytoplasmic tail of apical mucin-1 (MUC1-CT) represent initiating steps in the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Smoke provoked the rapid nuclear entry of p120ctn in complex with MUC1-CT that was inhibited using the MUC1-CT inhibitory peptides, PMIP and GO-201...
December 2016: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743379/notch3-negatively-regulates-chemoresistance-in-breast-cancers
#17
Xiaoting Gu, Chunxiao Lu, Dongxu He, Yangfan Lu, Jian Jin, Dequan Liu, Xin Ma
To define the role of the NOTCH signaling pathway in the development of chemoresistance and the associated epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), we investigated the effect of Notch3 on adriamycin (ADM)-resistant human breast cancer cells (MCF-7/ADM cells). We found that Notch3 was downregulated and involved in the chemoresistance of MCF-7/ADM cells, while forced expression of Notch3 reversed the chemoresistance. Furthermore, fos-related antigen 1 (Fra1) was negatively regulated by Notch3 and was highly expressed in MCF-7/ADM cells...
October 14, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703030/the-gas6-axl-signaling-network-is-a-mesenchymal-mes-molecular-subtype-specific-therapeutic-target-for-ovarian-cancer
#18
Jane Antony, Tuan Zea Tan, Zoe Kelly, Jeffrey Low, Mahesh Choolani, Chiara Recchi, Hani Gabra, Jean Paul Thiery, Ruby Yun-Ju Huang
Ovarian cancer is a complex disease with heterogeneity among the gene expression molecular subtypes (GEMS) between patients. Patients with tumors of a mesenchymal ("Mes") subtype have a poorer prognosis than patients with tumors of an epithelial ("Epi") subtype. We evaluated GEMS of ovarian cancer patients for molecular signaling profiles and assessed how the differences in these profiles could be leveraged to improve patient clinical outcome. Kinome enrichment analysis identified AXL as a particularly abundant kinase in Mes-subtype tumor tissue and cell lines...
October 4, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27604827/tgf-%C3%AE-effects-on-prostate-cancer-cell-migration-and-invasion-require-fosb
#19
Cachétne S X Barrett, Ana C Millena, Shafiq A Khan
BACKGROUND: Activator Protein-1 (AP-1) family (cJun, JunB, JunD, cFos, FosB, Fra1, and Fra2) plays a central role in the transcriptional regulation of many genes that are associated with cell proliferation, differentiation, migration, metastasis, and survival. Many oncogenic signaling pathways converge at the AP-1 transcription complex. Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) is a multifunctional regulatory cytokine that regulates many aspects of cellular function, including cellular proliferation, differentiation, migration, apoptosis, adhesion, angiogenesis, immune surveillance, and survival...
January 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27600282/expression-patterns-of-the-activator-protein-1-ap-1-family-members-in-lymphoid-neoplasms
#20
REVIEW
Alexandra Papoudou-Bai, Eleftheria Hatzimichael, Alexandra Barbouti, Panagiotis Kanavaros
The activator protein-1 (AP-1) is a dimeric transcription factor composed of proteins belonging to the Jun (c-Jun, JunB and JunD), Fos (c-Fos, FosB, Fra1 and Fra2) and activating transcription factor protein families. AP-1 is involved in various cellular events including differentiation, proliferation, survival and apoptosis. Deregulated expression of AP-1 transcription factors is implicated in the pathogenesis of various lymphomas such as classical Hodgkin lymphomas, anaplastic large cell lymphomas, diffuse large B cell lymphomas and adult T cell leukemia/lymphoma...
August 2017: Clinical and Experimental Medicine
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