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Ali Ben Djoudi Ouadda, Yi He, Viviane Calabrese, Hidetaka Ishii, Rony Chidiac, Jean-Philippe Gratton, Philippe P Roux, Nathalie Lamarche-Vane
Cdc42 GTPase-activating protein (CdGAP, also named ARHGAP31) is a negative regulator of the GTPases Rac1 and Cdc42. Associated with the rare developmental disorder Adams-Oliver Syndrome (AOS), CdGAP is critical for embryonic vascular development and VEGF-mediated angiogenesis. Moreover, CdGAP is an essential component in the synergistic interaction between TGFβ and ErbB-2 signaling pathways during breast cancer cell migration and invasion, and is a novel E-cadherin transcriptional co-repressor with Zeb2 in breast cancer...
February 20, 2018: Oncotarget
Jun Zhan, Hongquan Zhang
The Kindlins are FERM domain proteins comprising three members (Kindlin-1, -2 and -3) which are evolutionarily conserved. Kindlins bind with β-integrin cytoplasmic tails and execute broad biological functions including directed cell migration, proliferation, differentiation and survival. In light of more and more evidence point to the importance of Kindlin family members in normal development and human diseases especially in cancers, we aim to portrait the profile of Kindlins in the regulation of embryonic development and cancer progression...
March 12, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Motoko Sasaki, Yasunori Sato, Yasuni Nakanuma
Dysregulated autophagy may be a central player in trehe pathogenesis of primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) by inducing autoimmune processes via abnormal expression of mitochondrial antigens such as pyruvate dehydrogenase complex, E2 component (PDC-E2) and also by inducing cellular senescence in biliary epithelial cells (BECs) in bile duct lesions in PBC. We examined the association of an impaired "biliary bicarbonate umbrella" due to dysfunction of anion exchanger 2 (AE2) with dysregulated autophagy and cellular senescence in PBC...
March 14, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Mahmod Panahi, Naeimeh Yousefi Mesri, Eva-Britt Samuelsson, Kirsten G Coupland, Charlotte Forsell, Caroline Graff, Saara Tikka, Bengt Winblad, Matti Viitanen, Helena Karlström, Erik Sundström, Homira Behbahani
Cerebral autosomal-dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is a familial fatal progressive degenerative disorder. One of the pathological hallmarks of CADASIL is a dramatic reduction of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in cerebral arteries. Using VSMCs from the vasculature of the human umbilical cord, placenta and cerebrum of CADASIL patients, we found that CADASIL VSMCs had a lower proliferation rate compared to control VSMCs. Exposure of control VSMCs and endothelial cells (ECs) to media derived from CADASIL VSMCs lowered the proliferation rate of all cells examined...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Wei Zhang, Luc Girard, Yu-An Zhang, Tomohiro Haruki, Mahboubeh Papari-Zareei, Victor Stastny, Hans K Ghayee, Karel Pacak, Trudy G Oliver, John D Minna, Adi F Gazdar
Background: Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a deadly, high grade neuroendocrine (NE) tumor without recognized morphologic heterogeneity. However, over 30 years ago we described a SCLC subtype with "variant" morphology which did not express some NE markers and exhibited more aggressive growth. Methods: To quantitate NE properties of SCLCs, we developed a 50-gene expression-based NE score that could be applied to human SCLC tumors and cell lines, and genetically engineered mouse (GEM) models...
February 2018: Translational Lung Cancer Research
Gali Epstein Shochet, Lutz Wollin, David Shitrit
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive lung disease with poor prognosis. Activated fibroblasts are the key effector cells in fibrosis, producing excessive amounts of collagen and extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. Whether the ECM conditioned by IPF fibroblasts determines the phenotype of naïve fibroblasts is difficult to explore. METHODS: IPF-derived primary fibroblasts were cultured on Matrigel and then cleared using ammonium hydroxide, creating an IPF-conditioned matrix (CM)...
March 12, 2018: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Yaling Liu, Tulika Sharma, I-Ping Chen, Ernst Reichenberger, Yasuyoshi Ueki, Yumna Arif, Daniel Parisi, Peter Maye
We utilized a bone marrow stromal culture system to investigate changes in TGFβ signaling in a mouse model for cherubism (Sh3bp2KI/KI ). Interestingly, bone marrow cultures derived from cherubism mice not only displayed impaired osteoblast differentiation, but also had spontaneous osteoclast formation. PAI1, a target gene of TGFβ signaling, was elevated 2-fold in cherubism CD11b- ,CD45- cells compared to wild type cells, while the expression of BAMBI, an inhibitor of TGFβ signaling, was down-regulated. We also discovered that treatment of cherubism cultures with antagonists of the TGFβ signaling pathway could largely rescue osteoblast differentiation and markedly reduce spontaneous osteoclast formation...
March 9, 2018: Bone
Adriana Carino, Michele Biagioli, Silvia Marchianò, Paolo Scarpelli, Angela Zampella, Vittorio Limongelli, Stefano Fiorucci
Liver fibrosis, a major health concern worldwide, results from abnormal collagen deposition by activated hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) in a injured liver. The farnesoid-x-receptor (FXR) is a bile acid sensor that counteracts HSCs transdifferentiation. While targeting FXR holds promise, 6-ethyl-CDCA known as obeticholic acid, the first in class of FXR ligands, causes side effects, partially because the lack of selectivity toward GPBAR1, a putative itching receptor. Here, we describe the 3-deoxy-6-ethyl derivative of CDCA, BAR704, as a highly selective steroidal FXR agonist...
March 9, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Linghui Luo, Yong Gao, Cao Yang, Zengwu Shao, Xinghuo Wu, Shuai Li, Liming Xiong, Chao Chen
Most low back pain is caused by intervertebral discs (IVD) degeneration, a disease that prevalence is increasing with age. Halofuginone, an analog of ferbrifugine isolated from plant Dichroa febrifuga, has drawn much attention in recent years for the wide range of bioactivities in malaria, cancer, fibrotic and autoimmune diseases. In this study, we evaluated the benefit effects of halofuginone in IVD degeneration treatment in a validated rabbit puncture model. Halofuginone treatment could attenuate disc degeneration by suppressing the decrease of discs height and nucleus pulposus signal strength...
March 7, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Clarissa S Craft, Thomas J Broekelmann, Robert P Mecham
Microfibril-associated glycoproteins 1 and 2 (MAGP-1, MAGP-2) are protein components of extracellular matrix microfibrils. These proteins interact with fibrillin, the core component of microfibrils, and impart unique biological properties that influence microfibril function in vertebrates. MAGPs bind active forms of TGFβ and BMPs and are capable of modulating Notch signaling. Mutations in MAGP-1 or MAGP-2 have been linked to thoracic aneurysms and metabolic disease in humans. MAGP-2 has also been shown to be an important biomarker in several human cancers...
March 7, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Sofia Ferreira-Gonzalez, Wei-Yu Lu, Alexander Raven, Benjamin Dwyer, Tak Yung Man, Eoghan O'Duibhir, Philip J Starkey Lewis, Lara Campana, Tim J Kendall, Thomas G Bird, Nuria Tarrats, Juan-Carlos Acosta, Luke Boulter, Stuart J Forbes
Cellular senescence is a mechanism that provides an irreversible barrier to cell cycle progression to prevent undesired proliferation. However, under pathological circumstances, senescence can adversely affect organ function, viability and regeneration. We have developed a mouse model of biliary senescence, based on the conditional deletion of Mdm2 in bile ducts under the control of the Krt19 promoter, that exhibits features of biliary disease. Here we report that senescent cholangiocytes induce profound alterations in the cellular and signalling microenvironment, with recruitment of myofibroblasts and macrophages causing collagen deposition, TGFβ production and induction of senescence in surrounding cholangiocytes and hepatocytes...
March 9, 2018: Nature Communications
Peng Zhang, Guannan Zhao, Liang Ji, Jinggang Yin, Lu Lu, Wei Li, Guomin Zhou, Edward Chaum, Junming Yue
Proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) is a common complication of open globe injury and the most common cause of failed retinal detachment surgery. The response by retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells liberated into the vitreous includes proliferation and migration; most importantly, epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) of RPE plays a central role in the development and progress of PVR. For the first time, we show that knockdown of BIRC5, a member of the inhibitor of apoptosis family, using either lentiviral vector based CRISPR/Cas9 nickase gene editing or inhibition of survivin using the small-molecule inhibitor YM155, results in the suppression of EMT in RPE cells...
March 6, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Alice Giuliodori, Giorgia Beffagna, Giulia Marchetto, Chiara Fornetto, Francesco Vanzi, Stefano Toppo, Nicola Facchinello, Mattia Santimaria, Andrea Vettori, Stefania Rizzo, Mila Della Barbera, Kalliopi Pilichou, Francesco Argenton, Gaetano Thiene, Natascia Tiso, Cristina Basso
Aims: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (AC) is an inherited heart disease characterized by life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias and fibro-fatty replacement of the myocardium. More than 60% of AC patients show pathogenic mutations in genes encoding for desmosomal proteins. By focusing our attention on the AC8 form, linked to the junctional protein Desmoplakin (DSP), we present here a zebrafish model of DSP deficiency, exploited to identify early changes of cell signalling in the cardiac region...
March 7, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
S E Turecamo, T A Walji, T J Broekelmann, J W Williams, S Ivanov, N K Wee, J D Procknow, M R McManus, G J Randolph, E L Scheller, R P Mecham, C S Craft
Microfibril-associated glycoprotein-1 (MAGP1) is an extracellular matrix protein that interacts with fibrillin and is involved in regulating the bioavailability of signaling molecules such as TGFβ. Mice with germline MAGP1 deficiency (Mfap2-/- ) develop increased adiposity, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, bone marrow adipose tissue expansion, reduced cancellous bone mass, cortical bone thinning and bone fragility. The goal of this study was to assess whether the Mfap2-/- bone phenotypes were due to loss of MAGP1 locally or secondary to a change in whole body physiology (metabolic dysfunction)...
March 5, 2018: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Yang Yang, Yan Jiang, Dong Xie, Ming Liu, Nan Song, Junjie Zhu, Jiang Fan, Chenfang Zhu
BACKGROUND: Our previous screening study suggested that the cell-adhesions protein Dihydropyrimidinase-like 3 (DPYSL3) was a candidate metastatic lung cancer related molecule. This study aimed to analyze the correlation between DPYSL3 and metastatic lung cancer. METHODS: Stable DPYSL3 knockdown Lewis lung carcinoma (LLC) cells were constructed with a retroviral system. Cell migration and invasion assays were performed to determine the role of DPYSL3 in LLC cells' migration and invasion changes...
March 7, 2018: Respiratory Research
Kwang-Soo Kim, Jiewan Kim, Nuri Oh, Mi-Young Kim, Kyung-Soon Park
Gata3 is a master regulator that drives mammary epithelial cell differentiation, and the suppression of GATA3 expression is associated with the development of aggressive breast cancer. However, the mechanism through which GATA3 loss drives cancer development is poorly understood. Previously, we reported that ELK3 suppression in MDA-MB-231 (ELK3 KD) resulted in the reprogramming of these cells from a basal to luminal subtype, which was associated with the induction of GATA3 expression, and that the ELK3-GATA3 axis orchestrated the metastatic characteristics of MDA-MB-231...
March 3, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Nemany Abdelhamid Nemany Hanafy, Alessandra Quarta, Marzia Maria Ferraro, Luciana Dini, Concetta Nobile, Maria Luisa De Giorgi, Sonia Carallo, Cinzia Citti, Antonio Gaballo, Giuseppe Cannazza, Rosaria Rinaldi, Gianluigi Giannelli, Stefano Leporatti
LY2157299 (LY), which is very small molecule bringing high cancer diffusion, is a pathway antagonist against TGFβ. LY dosage can be diluted by blood plasma, can be captured by immune system or it might be dissolved during digestion in gastrointestinal tract. The aim of our study is to optimize a "nano-elastic" carrier to avoid acidic pH of gastrointestinal tract, colon alkaline pH, and anti-immune recognition. Polygalacturonic acid (PgA) is not degradable in the gastrointestinal tract due to its insolubility at acidic pH...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Diana Romero
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March 6, 2018: Nature Reviews. Clinical Oncology
Aude Merdrignac, Gaëlle Angenard, Coralie Allain, Kilian Petitjean, Damien Bergeat, Pascale Bellaud, Allain Fautrel, Bruno Turlin, Bruno Clément, Steven Dooley, Laurent Sulpice, Karim Boudjema, Cédric Coulouarn
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (iCCA) is a deadly liver primary cancer associated with poor prognosis and limited therapeutic opportunities. Active transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) signaling is a hallmark of the iCCA microenvironment. However, the impact of TGFβ on the transcriptome of iCCA tumor cells has been poorly investigated. Here, we have identified a specific TGFβ signature of genes commonly deregulated in iCCA cell lines, namely HuCCT1 and Huh28. Novel coding and noncoding TGFβ targets were identified, including a TGFβ-induced long noncoding RNA (TLINC), formerly known as cancer susceptibility candidate 15 (CASC15)...
March 2018: Hepatology Communications
Tarunkumar Hemraj Madne, Mark Edward Carl Dockrell
The interactions of the extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins with cells strongly regulate cell behaviour. The glomerular basement membrane (GBM) is a dynamic structure made up of protein secreted by endothelial cells and podocyte. These proteins could regulate the behaviour of these cells in health and diseases. Extra Domain A + Fn (EDA+Fn) is an alternatively spliced form of Fibronectin (Fn) recently identified in GBM and a recognised marker of various pathologies. In this study for the first time, we have investigated the responses of human podocytes cultured on different composition of GBM proteins which are cellular Fn (EDA+), plasma Fn (EDA-) and collagen IV...
February 28, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Biology
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