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Andrea Moretti, Jianfeng Li, Stefano Donini, Robert W Sobol, Menico Rizzi, Silvia Garavaglia
The aldehyde dehydrogenase family 1 member A3 (ALDH1A3) catalyzes the oxidation of retinal to the pleiotropic factor retinoic acid using NAD(+). The level of ALDHs enzymatic activity has been used as a cancer stem cell marker and seems to correlate with tumour aggressiveness. Elevated ALDH1A3 expression in mesenchymal glioma stem cells highlights the potential of this isozyme as a prognosis marker and drug target. Here we report the first crystal structure of human ALDH1A3 complexed with NAD(+) and the product all-trans retinoic acid (REA)...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yanhui Zhang, Baocun Sun, Xiulan Zhao, Huizhi Sun, Wei Cui, Zhiyong Liu, Xin Yao, Xueyi Dong
BACKGROUND: Recently, tumor initiating cells (TICs), which possess self-renewal and other stem cell properties, are regarded as the cause of tumor initiation, recurrence and metastasis. The isolation and identification of TICs could help to develop novel therapeutic strategies. METHODS: In this study, we isolated spheroid cells from human renal cell carcinoma (RCC) cell line SN12C in stem cell-conditioned medium. The stemness characteristics of spheroid cells, including tumorigenicity, self-renewal, proliferation and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity were evaluated; the expression levels of stemness genes and related proteins were assessed...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Jose C Jimenez-Lopez, Francisco J Lopez-Valverde, Paula Robles-Bolivar, Elena Lima-Cabello, Emma W Gachomo, Simeon O Kotchoni
Aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDHs) is a protein superfamily that catalyzes the oxidation of aldehyde molecules into their corresponding non-toxic carboxylic acids, and responding to different environmental stresses, offering promising genetic approaches for improving plant adaptation. The aim of the current study is the functional analysis for systematic identification of S. lycopersicum ALDH gene superfamily. We performed genome-based ALDH genes identification and functional classification, phylogenetic relationship, structure and catalytic domains analysis, and microarray based gene expression...
2016: PloS One
Yoshihiro Kokubo
Hypertension is one of the strongest risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Recently, accumulating evidence also indicates that hypertension has been linked with non-cardiovascular diseases including dementia, cancer, oral health diseases and so on. In general, elderly individuals tend to have multiple diseases as getting older. Preventing of hypertension is also benefit for other diseases.In the Hisayama Study, hypertension increased the risk of vascular dementia, but were not associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer disease, and that subjects with hypertension in midlife and normotension and hypertension in late-life increased risks of incident vascular dementia...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Deeksha Pal, Venkatesh Kolluru, Balaji Chanderashekar, Becca V Baby, Mazzy Aman, Suman Suman, Suman Sirimulla, Mary Ann Sanders, Praveen Seshabhatter, Houda Alatassi, Murali K Ankem, Chendil Damodaran
We have previously reported that high aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) enzyme activity in breast cancer cells results in breast cancer stem cell (BCSC) properties by upregualting Notch-1 and epithelial mesenchymal markers. This results in chemoresistance in breast cancer. Here, we examined the functional and clinical significance of ALDH expression by measuring the ALDH levels in breast cancer tissues by immunohistochemistry. There was a significantly higher ALDH expression in higher grade breast cancer tumor tissues (Grade- II and III) versus normal breast tissues...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Li Lin, David Jou, Yina Wang, Haiyan Ma, Tianshu Liu, James Fuchs, Pui-Kai Li, Jiagao Lü, Chenglong Li, Jiayuh Lin
Persistent activation of signal transducers and activators of transcription 3 (STAT3) is commonly detected in many types of cancer including pancreatic cancer. Whether STAT3 is activated in stem cell-like pancreatic cancer cells and the effect of STAT3 inhibition, is still unknown. Flow cytometry was used to isolate pancreatic cancer stem-like cells which are identified by both aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH)-positive (ALDH+) as well as cluster of differentiation (CD) 44-positive/CD24-positive subpopulations (CD44+/CD24+)...
October 12, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Xiang Yuan, Jinyu Kong, Zhikun Ma, Na Li, Ruinuo Jia, Yiwen Liu, Fuyou Zhou, Qimin Zhan, Gang Liu, Shegan Gao
Our studies investigating the existence of tumor-initiating cell (TIC) populations in human esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) had identified a subpopulation of cells isolated from ESCC patient-derived tumor specimens marked by an ALDH(bri+) phenotype bear stem cell-like features. Importantly, KDM4C, a histone demethylase was enhanced in ALDH(bri+) subpopulation, suggesting that strategies interfering with KDM4C may be able to target these putative TICs. In the present study, by genetic and chemical means, we demonstrated that, KDM4C blockade selectively decreased the ESCC ALDH(bri+) TICs population in vitro and specifically targeted the TICs in ALDH(bri+)-derived xenograft, retarding engraftment...
October 2016: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
Vishal R Mali, Guodong Pan, Mandar Deshpande, Rajarajan A Thandavarayan, Jiang Xu, Xiao-Ping Yang, Suresh S Palaniyandi
Aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) 2 is a mitochondrial isozyme of the heart involved in the metabolism of toxic aldehydes produced from oxidative stress. We hypothesized that hyperglycemia-mediated decrease in ALDH2 activity may impair mitochondrial respiration and ultimately result in cardiac damage. A single dose (65 mg/kg; i.p.) streptozotocin injection to rats resulted in hyperglycemia with blood glucose levels of 443 ± 9 mg/dl versus 121 ± 7 mg/dl in control animals, p<0.0001, N = 7-11. After 6 months of diabetes mellitus (DM) induction, the rats were sacrificed after recording the functionality of their hearts...
2016: PloS One
Wenwen Wang, Elena Foerner, Eike Buss, Anna Jauch, Volker Eckstein, Patrick Wuchter, Anthony D Ho, Christoph Lutz
In B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) separation of normal hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) has so far been limited to a subgroup of patients. As aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH)-activity is enriched in various stem cells we investigated its value for HSC isolation in adult B-ALL. Based on ALDH-activity patients could be stratified in ALDH-numerous (≥1.9% ALDH(+ )cells) and ALDH-rare (<1.9% ALDH(+ )cells) cases. In ALDH-rare B-ALL clonal-marker negative HSC could be separated by the CD34(+)CD38(-)ALDH(+ ) phenotype, whereas this separation was not possible in ALDH-numerous B-ALL...
October 13, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Marjorie Flahaut, Nicolas Jauquier, Nadja Chevalier, Katya Nardou, Katia Balmas Bourloud, Jean-Marc Joseph, David Barras, Christian Widmann, Nicole Gross, Raffaele Renella, Annick Mühlethaler-Mottet
BACKGROUND: The successful targeting of neuroblastoma (NB) by associating tumor-initiating cells (TICs) is a major challenge in the development of new therapeutic strategies. The subfamily of aldehyde dehydrogenases 1 (ALDH1) isoenzymes, which comprises ALDH1A1, ALDH1A2, and ALDH1A3, is involved in the synthesis of retinoic acid, and has been identified as functional stem cell markers in diverse cancers. By combining serial neurosphere passages with gene expression profiling, we have previously identified ALDH1A2 and ALDH1A3 as potential NB TICs markers in patient-derived xenograft tumors...
October 10, 2016: BMC Cancer
Karolina Orywal, Wojciech Jelski, Tadeusz Werel, Maciej Szmitkowski
OBJECTIVES: Studies on alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity in the sera of patients with malignant neoplasms show that cancer cells in many organs may release ADH isoenzymes into the blood. The aim of this study was to investigate the differences in the activity of ADH isoenzymes and ALDH in the sera of patients with bladder cancer (BCa), and with different grades of the disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Blood samples were taken from 39 patients with BCa (15 patients with low-grade and 24 with high-grade BCa) and from 60 healthy subjects...
October 8, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Lai Peng, Stephanie Piekos, Grace L Guo, Xiao-Bo Zhong
The expression of phase-I drug metabolizing enzymes in liver changes dramatically during postnatal liver maturation. Farnesoid X receptor (FXR) is critical for bile acid and lipid homeostasis in liver. However, the role of FXR in regulating ontogeny of phase-I drug metabolizing genes is not clear. Hence, we applied RNA-sequencing to quantify the developmental expression of phase-I genes in both Fxr-null and control (C57BL/6) mouse livers during development. Liver samples of male C57BL/6 and Fxr-null mice at 6 different ages from prenatal to adult were used...
September 2016: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
Y J Yang, Z B Li, G R Zhang, L J Wu, J Y Yu, L J Hu, Y L Zhou, H D Wang, D Liang
Biological changes in Snail-overexpressed SGC7901 cells were studied by establishing a pEGFP-C1-Snail carrier. The significance of Snail in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) as well as the invasion and metastatic capacity of gastric cancer cells was also discussed; moreover, we attempted to verify the probable cancer stem cell characteristics of Snail-overexpressed cells. A pEGFP-C1-Snail eukaryotic expression plasmid was constructed and pEGFP-C1(-) and pEGFP-C1-Snail plasmids were extracted and transfected into SGC7901 cells using Lipofectamine 2000...
August 29, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Yang Yu, Yu-Yi Wang, Yi-Qin Wang, Xia Wang, Yan-Yang Liu, Jian-Tao Wang, Chi Du, Li Wang, Mei Li, Feng Luo, Ming Jiang
Antiangiogenic therapy is becoming a promising option for cancer treatment. However, many investigations have recently indicated that these therapies may have limited efficacy, and the cancers in most patients eventually develop resistance to these therapies. There is considerable recently acquired evidence for an association of such resistance with cancer stem-like cells (CSLCs). Here, we used xenograft tumor murine models to further suggest that antiangiogenic agents actually increase the invasive and metastatic properties of lung cancer cells...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Sarah D Ahadome, David J Abraham, Suryanarayana Rayapureddi, Valerie P Saw, Daniel R Saban, Virginia L Calder, Jill T Norman, Markella Ponticos, Julie T Daniels, John K Dart
Mucous membrane pemphigoid (MMP) is a systemic mucosal scarring disease, commonly causing blindness, for which there is no antifibrotic therapy. Aldehyde dehydrogenase family 1 (ALDH1) is upregulated in both ocular MMP (OMMP) conjunctiva and cultured fibroblasts. Application of the ALDH metabolite, retinoic acid (RA), to normal human conjunctival fibroblasts in vitro induced a diseased phenotype. Conversely, application of ALDH inhibitors, including disulfiram, to OMMP fibroblasts in vitro restored their functionality to that of normal controls...
August 4, 2016: JCI Insight
Ching-Wen Chang, Yu-Syuan Chen, Chien-Chih Chen, Ik-On Chan, Chin-Chu Chen, Sen-Je Sheu, Ting-Wei Lin, Shiu-Huey Chou, Chung-Ji Liu, Te-Chang Lee, Jeng-Fan Lo
Cancer initiating cells (CICs) represent a subpopulation of cancer cells, which are responsible for tumor growth and resistance to chemotherapy. Herein, we first used a cell-based aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity assay to identify that YMGKI-2 (also named as Ergone), an active component purified from Antrodia cinnamomea Mycelia extract (ACME), effectively abrogated the ALDH activity and abolished the CICs in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma cells (HNSCCs). Consequently, YMGKI-2 treatment suppressed self-renewal ability and expression of stemness signature genes (Oct-4 and Nanog) of sphere cells with enriched CICs...
September 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Min Luo, Thameesha T Gamage, Benjamin W Arentson, Katherine N Schlasner, Donald F Becker, John J Tanner
Aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDHs) catalyze the NAD(P)(+)-dependent oxidation of aldehydes to carboxylic acids and are important for metabolism and detoxification. Although the ALDH superfamily fold is well established, some ALDHs contain an uncharacterized domain of unknown function (DUF) near the C-terminus of the polypeptide chain. Herein, we report the first structure of a protein containing the ALDH superfamily DUF. Proline utilization A from Sinorhizobium meliloti (SmPutA) is a 1233-residue bifunctional enzyme that contains the DUF in addition to proline dehydrogenase and L-glutamate-γ-semialdehyde dehydrogenase catalytic modules...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Marissa Opelt, Emrah Eroglu, Markus Waldeck-Weiermair, Michael Russwurm, Doris Koesling, Roland Malli, Wolfgang F Graier, John T Fassett, Astrid Schrammel, Bernd Mayer
Aldehyde dehydrogenase-2 (ALDH2) catalyzes vascular bioactivation of the antianginal drug nitroglycerin (GTN), resulting in activation of soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) and cGMP-mediated vasodilation. We have previously shown that a minor reaction of ALDH2-catalyzed GTN bioconversion, accounting for about 5% of the main clearance-based turnover yielding inorganic nitrite, results in direct nitric oxide (NO) formation and concluded that this minor pathway could provide the link between vascular GTN metabolism and activation of sGC...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Jiangang Yu, Xiaohong Liao, Luying Li, Lei Lv, Xiuling Zhi, Jerry Yu, Ping Zhou
Tumor stem cell theory may well explain a variety of malignant behaviors of tumors. Cells undergoing epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) share many characteristics with tumor stem cells. Our previous studies showed that extracellular -5'- nucleotidase (CD73), one of the important surface markers of mesenchymal stem cells, may promote growth and metastasis of breast cancer cells both in vivo and in vitro. In this study, we assessed breast cancer stem cell (BCSC) markers [acetaldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH)(+) and CD44(+)CD24(-)] in various breast cancer cell lines with flow cytometry after overexpression (by lentivirus infection) or suppression (by siRNA interference) of CD73...
September 26, 2016: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Lauren D Van Wassenhove, Daria Mochly-Rosen, Kenneth I Weinberg
Maintenance of the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) compartment depends on the ability to metabolize exogenously and endogenously generated toxins, and to repair cellular damage caused by such toxins. Reactive aldehydes have been demonstrated to cause specific genotoxic injury, namely DNA interstrand cross-links. Aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) is a member of a 19 isoenzyme ALDH family with different substrate specificities, subcellular localization, and patterns of expression. ALDH2 is localized in mitochondria and is essential for the metabolism of acetaldehyde, thereby placing it directly downstream of ethanol metabolism...
September 2016: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
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