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Hanseol Kim, Jihye Ryu, Chaeyoung Lee
A genome-wide association study was conducted to identify expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) for human telomerase.We tested the genetic associations of nucleotide variants with expression of the genes encoding human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) and telomerase RNA components (TERC) in lymphoblastoid cell lines derived from 373 Europeans.Our results revealed 6 eQTLs associated with hTERT (P < 5 × 10). One eQTL (rs17755753) was located in the intron 1 of the gene encoding R-spondin-3 (RSPO3), a well-known Wnt signaling regulator...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Min-Jun Park, Ji-Hye Song, Myung-Soo Shon, Hae Ok Kim, O Jun Kwon, Seong-Soo Roh, Choon Young Kim, Gyo-Nam Kim
Obesity is a major risk factor for various metabolic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes mellitus. In this study, we prepared ethanol extracts from Agastache rugosa (ARE), Chrysanthemum zawadskii (CZE), Mentha arvensis (MAE), Perilla frutescens (PFE), Leonurus sibiricus (LSE), Gardenia jasminoides (GJE), and Lycopus coreanus (LCE). The anti-oxidant and anti-adipogenic effects were evaluated. The IC50 values for ascorbic acid and LCE against 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radicals were 246...
September 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
P-M Martin, R E Stanley, A P Ross, A E Freitas, C E Moyer, A C Brumback, J Iafrati, K S Stapornwongkul, S Dominguez, S Kivimäe, K A Mulligan, M Pirooznia, W R McCombie, J B Potash, P P Zandi, S M Purcell, S J Sanders, Y Zuo, V S Sohal, B N R Cheyette
Mice lacking DIX domain containing-1 (DIXDC1), an intracellular Wnt/β-catenin signal pathway protein, have abnormal measures of anxiety, depression and social behavior. Pyramidal neurons in these animals' brains have reduced dendritic spines and glutamatergic synapses. Treatment with lithium or a glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK3) inhibitor corrects behavioral and neurodevelopmental phenotypes in these animals. Analysis of DIXDC1 in over 9000 cases of autism, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia reveals higher rates of rare inherited sequence-disrupting single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) in these individuals compared with psychiatrically unaffected controls...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
Satomi Nadanaka, Hiroki Kinouchi, Hiroshi Kitagawa
Chondroitin sulfate (CS) proteoglycans are abundant extracellular and cell surface molecules that consist of a protein core to which highly sulfated CS chains are covalently attached. The CS backbone is composed of repeating disaccharide units [-GlcA-GalNAc-]n, and during synthesis the CS chains acquire structural variability due to the action of sulfotransferases. Specific sulfation patterns are recognized by a large variety of proteins, including growth factors, morphogens, and extracellular matrix proteins, and these interactions regulate key events in development and normal physiology...
October 14, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Ming-Shyen Yen, Jen-Ruei Chen, Peng-Hui Wang, Kuo-Chang Wen, Yi-Jen Chen, Heung-Tat Ng
Uterine sarcoma is a very aggressive and highly lethal disease. Even after a comprehensive staging surgery or en block cytoreduction surgery followed by multimodality therapy (often chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy), many patients relapse or present with distant metastases, and finally die of diseases. The worst outcome of uterine sarcomas is partly because of their rarity, unknown etiology, and highly divergent genetic aberration. Uterine sarcomas are often classified into four distinct subtypes, including uterine leiomyosarcoma, low-grade uterine endometrial stromal sarcoma, high-grade uterine endometrial stromal sarcoma, and undifferentiated uterine sarcoma...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Logan Horne, Frank R Avilucea, Huifeng Jin, Jared J Barrott, Kyllie Smith-Fry, Yanliang Wang, Bang H Hoang, Kevin B Jones
Previous reports document expression of low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 5 (LRP5) in osteosarcoma (OS) tissue. Expression of this Wnt receptor correlated with metastatic disease and poor disease-free survival. Forced expression of dominant-negative LRP5 (dnLRP5), which lacks the membrane binding domain of the native protein and therefore functions as a soluble receptor-sponge for Wnt ligands, reduced in vitro cellular invasion and in vivo xenograft tumor growth for osteosarcoma cell lines. Here, we use a genetically engineered mouse model of osteosarcomagenesis with and without expression of dnLRP5 to assess to what degree tumorigenesis is affected and whether Wnt/β-catenin signaling is circumvented or maintained...
October 2016: Translational Oncology
Elsa Perrody, Laurence Abrami, Michal Feldman, Beatrice Kunz, Sylvie Urbé, Gisou van der Goot
Many membrane proteins fold inefficiently and require the help of enzymes and chaperones. Here we reveal a novel folding assistance system that operates on membrane proteins from the cytosolic side of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). We show that folding of the Wnt signaling coreceptor LRP6 is promoted by ubiquitination of a specific lysine, retaining it in the ER while avoiding degradation. Subsequent ER exit requires removal of ubiquitin from this lysine by the deubiquitinating enzyme USP19. This ubiquitination-deubiquitination is conceptually reminiscent of the glucosylation-deglucosylation occurring in the ER lumen during the calnexin/calreticulin folding cycle...
October 18, 2016: ELife
Elissaveta Petrova, Arne Scholz, Juliane Paul, Andrea Sturz, Katja Haike, Franziska Siegel, Dominik Mumberg, Ningshu Liu
Acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC) is the rate-limiting enzyme in de novo fatty acid synthesis, and its ACC1 isoform is overexpressed in pancreatic and various other cancers. The activity of many oncogenic signaling molecules, including WNT and Hedgehog (HH), is post-translationally modified by lipidation. Here, we report that inhibition of ACC by a small molecule inhibitor, BAY ACC002, blocked WNT3A lipidation, secretion, and signaling. In pancreatic cancer cells, where WNT and HH are key oncogenic drivers, ACC inhibition simultaneously suppressed WNT and HH signaling, and led to anti-proliferative effects...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Michael Saul, Petra Majdak, Samuel Perez, Matthew Reilly, Theodore Garland, Justin S Rhodes
Though exercise is critical for health, many lack the motivation to exercise, and it is unclear how motivation might be increased. To uncover the molecular underpinnings of increased motivation for exercise, we analyzed the transcriptome of the striatum in four mouse lines selectively bred for high voluntary wheel running and four non-selected control lines. The striatum was dissected and RNA was extracted and sequenced from four individuals of each line. We found multiple genes and gene systems with strong relationships to both selection and running history over the previous 6 days...
October 17, 2016: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
Olivier Boucherat, Kim Landry-Truchon, Rifdat Aoidi, Nicolas Houde, Valérie Nadeau, Jean Charron, Lucie Jeannotte
BACKGROUND: Reciprocal epithelial-mesenchymal communications are critical throughout lung development, dictating branching morphogenesis and cell specification. Numerous signaling molecules are involved in these interactions but how epithelial-mesenchymal crosstalk is coordinated remains unclear. The ERK/MAPK pathway transduces several important signals in lung formation. Epithelial inactivation of both Mek genes, encoding ERK/MAPK kinases, causes lung agenesis and death. Conversely, Mek mutation in mesenchyme results in lung hypoplasia, trachea cartilage malformations, kyphosis, omphalocele and death...
October 17, 2016: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
Bo Gao, Wang Sun, Xianzhi Meng, Dongbo Xue, Weihui Zhang
Hematological abnormalities are frequently observed in patients with liver cirrhosis (LC). A previous study demonstrated that the apoptosis and damage of endothelial cells could cause the hematological abnormalities in LC. Protein kinases are one of the most important factors that regulate cell behavior, and are potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of a number of diseases. In a previous study, whole genome profiling was used to identify differentially expressed genes in human bone marrow endothelial cells treated with serum from 26 patients with LC...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Elizabeth S Ng, Lisa Azzola, Freya F Bruveris, Vincenzo Calvanese, Belinda Phipson, Katerina Vlahos, Claire Hirst, Vanta J Jokubaitis, Qing C Yu, Jovana Maksimovic, Simone Liebscher, Vania Januar, Zhen Zhang, Brenda Williams, Aude Conscience, Jennifer Durnall, Steven Jackson, Magdaline Costa, David Elliott, David N Haylock, Susan K Nilsson, Richard Saffery, Katja Schenke-Layland, Alicia Oshlack, Hanna K A Mikkola, Edouard G Stanley, Andrew G Elefanty
The ability to generate hematopoietic stem cells from human pluripotent cells would enable many biomedical applications. We find that hematopoietic CD34(+) cells in spin embryoid bodies derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) lack HOXA expression compared with repopulation-competent human cord blood CD34(+) cells, indicating incorrect mesoderm patterning. Using reporter hESC lines to track the endothelial (SOX17) to hematopoietic (RUNX1C) transition that occurs in development, we show that simultaneous modulation of WNT and ACTIVIN signaling yields CD34(+) hematopoietic cells with HOXA expression that more closely resembles that of cord blood...
October 17, 2016: Nature Biotechnology
Sumit Murab, Shibu Chameettachal, Sourabh Ghosh
Macular corneal dystrophy (MCD) is characterized by multiple punctate gray-white opacities in the corneal stromal region, due to the accumulation of abnormally sulfated keratan sulfates. We attempted to develop an in vitro model of MCD by simulating the sulfation inhibition using sodium chlorate, a chemical inhibitor of 3'-phosphoadenosine-5'-phosphosulfate (PAPs). The SEM and micro-Raman spectroscopy results showed the hallmark feature of MCD. Further the gene expression studies elucidated the direct effect of sulfation inhibition on the WNT pathway, that in turn downregulated production of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), which causes abnormal matrix deposits leading to loss of transparency in vivo...
October 17, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
Xuan Liang, Hecheng Li, Delai Fu, Tie Chong, Ziming Wang, Zhaolun Li
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been known to be implicated in tumorigenic programs. miR-1297 has been reported to be dysregulated and involved in cancer progression in many types of human cancers. However, the expression level and the role of miR-1297 in prostate cancer remain unclear. Herein, we aimed to investigate the potential role and molecular mechanism of miR-1297 in prostate cancer progression. We found that miR-1297 was significantly downregulated in human prostate cancer specimens as well as in several prostate cancer cell lines...
October 13, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Melissa V Gammons, Trevor J Rutherford, Zachary Steinhart, Stephane Angers, Mariann Bienz
Dishevelled (DVL) assembles Wnt signalosomes through dynamic head-to-tail polymerisation by means of its DIX domain. It thus transduces Wnt signals to cytoplasmic effectors including β-catenin, to control cell fates during normal development, tissue homeostasis and also in cancer. To date, most functional studies of Dishevelled relied on its Wnt-independent signalling activity resulting from overexpression, which is sufficient to trigger polymerisation, bypassing the requirement for Wnt signals. Here, we generate a human cell line devoid of endogenous Dishevelled (DVL1- DVL3), which lacks Wnt signal transduction to β-catenin...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Haolin Chen, Yiyan Wang, Renshan Ge, Barry R Zirkin
Adult Leydig cells develop from undifferentiated mesenchymal-like stem cells (stem Leydig cells, SLCs) present in the interstitial compartment of the early postnatal testis. Putative SLCs also have been identified in peritubular and perivascular locations of the adult testis. The latter cells, which normally are quiescent, are capable of regenerating new Leydig cells upon the loss of the adult cells. Recent studies have identified several protein markers to identify these cells, including nestin, PDGFRα, COUP-TFII, CD51 and CD90...
October 12, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Paul Kostenuik, Faisal M Mirza
Delayed healing and nonunion of fractures represent enormous burdens to patients and healthcare systems. There are currently no approved pharmacological agents for the treatment of established nonunions, or for the acceleration of fracture healing, and no pharmacological agents are approved for promoting the healing of closed fractures. Yet several pharmacologic agents have the potential to enhance some aspects of fracture healing. In preclinical studies, various agents working across a broad spectrum of molecular pathways can produce larger, denser and stronger fracture calluses...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Dan Ouyang, Lifeng Xu, Lihua Zhang, Dongguang Guo, Xiaotong Tan, Xiaofang Yu, Junjie Qi, Yaqiong Ye, Qihong Liu, Yongjiang Ma, Yugu Li
MicroRNAs are highly conserved non-coding small RNAs participating in almost all kinds of biological activities. MiR-181a has been reported to be involved in the differentiation of porcine primary preadipocytes, but the profound effect of miR-181a-5p on 3T3-L1 adipocyte differentiation and proliferation is still unclear. In this study, we found that supplementation of miR-181a-5p in 3T3-L1 cells significantly promoted the adipogenesis and inhibited cell proliferation with increased expression of adipogenic marker genes including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (Pparγ), CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein alpha (C/ebpα), fatty acid-binding protein 4 (Fabp4), and Adiponectin, accompanied by an accumulation of lipid droplet, an increase of triglyceride content, and a decrease of cell proliferation...
October 14, 2016: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Aline G Costa, Serge Cremers, John P Bilezikian
Sclerostin a potent regulator of bone formation, is an antagonist of the Wnt-signaling pathway. The advent of assays to measure circulating sclerostin has enabled research to be performed with the aim to understand the potential role of circulating sclerostin as a pathophysiological marker in a variety of clinical settings. At this time, however, assays to measure circulating sclerostin are still relatively new and have not demonstrated consistent internal agreement in addition to which there are differences between serum and plasma levels...
October 11, 2016: Bone
Gabriel L Galea, Lance E Lanyon, Joanna S Price
Mechanical loading is the primary functional determinant of bone mass and architecture, and osteocytes play a key role in translating mechanical signals into (re)modelling responses. Although the precise mechanisms remain unclear, Wnt signalling pathway components, and the anti-osteogenic canonical Wnt inhibitor Sost/sclerostin in particular, play an important role in regulating bone's adaptive response to loading. Increases in loading-engendered strains down-regulate osteocyte sclerostin expression, whereas reduced strains, as in disuse, are associated with increased sclerostin production and bone loss...
October 11, 2016: Bone
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