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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749252/the-role-of-dickkopf-1-as-a-potential-prognostic-marker-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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De-Jun Liu, Yue-Xia Xie, Xiao-Xing Liu, Yan-Miao Huo, Min-Wei Yang, Xue-Liang Fu, Wei Liu, Jian-Yu Yang, Jiao Li, Rong Hua, Pei-Feng Liu, Yong-Wei Sun, Jun-Feng Zhang
Dickkopf-1(DKK-1), the downstream target of β-catenin/T-cell factor, participates in a negative feedback loop in the Wnt signaling and reported as an important biomarker in many tumors. In this study, we analyzed the expression of DKK-1 in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) patients at both mRNA and protein levels. We used real-time PCR to detect the expression of DKK-1 in 32 PDAC and paired adjacent non-tumor tissues, results suggested that the expression of DKK-1 was increased in PDAC tissues. We found the similar results in the analysis of three independent microarray datasets...
July 27, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748213/metabolic-reprogramming-underlies-metastatic-potential-in-an-obesity-responsive-murine-model-of-metastatic-triple-negative-breast-cancer
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Ciara H O'Flanagan, Emily L Rossi, Shannon B McDonell, Xuewen Chen, Yi-Hsuan Tsai, Joel S Parker, Jerry Usary, Charles M Perou, Stephen D Hursting
The vast majority of cancer-related deaths are due to metastatic disease, whereby primary tumor cells disseminate and colonize distal sites within the body. Triple negative breast cancer typically displays aberrant Wnt signaling, lacks effective targeted therapies, and compared with other breast cancer subtypes, is more likely to recur and metastasize. We developed a Wnt-driven lung metastasis model of triple negative breast cancer (metM-Wnt(lung)) through serial passaging of our previously described, nonmetastatic, claudin-low M-Wnt cell line...
2017: NPJ Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747491/animal-regeneration-ancestral-character-or-evolutionary-novelty
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REVIEW
Jonathan Mw Slack
An old question about regeneration is whether it is an ancestral character which is a general property of living matter, or whether it represents a set of specific adaptations to the different circumstances faced by different types of animal. In this review, some recent results on regeneration are assessed to see if they can throw any new light on this question. Evidence in favour of an ancestral character comes from the role of Wnt and bone morphogenetic protein signalling in controlling the pattern of whole-body regeneration in acoels, which are a basal group of bilaterian animals...
July 26, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747387/molecular-characteristics-of-the-kcnj5-mutated-aldosterone-producing-adenomas
#4
Masanori Murakami, Takanobu Yoshimoto, Kazuhiko Nakabayashi, Yujiro Nakano, Takahiro Fukaishi, Kyoichiro Tsuchiya, Isao Minami, Ryotaro Bouchi, Kohji Okamura, Yasuhisa Fujii, Koshi Hashimoto, Ken-Ichiro Hata, Kazunori Kihara, Yoshihiro Ogawa
The pathophysiology of aldosterone-producing adenomas (APAs) has been investigated via genetic approaches and the pathogenic significance of a series of somatic mutations, including KCNJ5, has been uncovered. However, how the mutational status of an APA is associated with its molecular characteristics, including its transcriptome and methylome, has not been fully understood. This study was undertaken to explore the molecular characteristics of APAs, specifically focusing on APAs with KCNJ5 mutations as opposed to those without KCNJ5 mutations, by comparing their transcriptome and methylome status...
July 26, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747340/epithelial-tnf-receptor-signaling-promotes-mucosal-repair-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Emily M Bradford, Stacy H Ryu, Ajay Pal Singh, Goo Lee, Tatiana Goretsky, Preetika Sinh, David B Williams, Amber L Cloud, Elias Gounaris, Vihang Patel, Olivia F Lamping, Evan B Lynch, Mary Pat Moyer, Isabelle G De Plaen, David J Shealy, Guang-Yu Yang, Terrence A Barrett
TNF plays an integral role in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), as evidenced by the dramatic therapeutic responses in Crohn's disease (CD) patients induced by chimeric anti-TNF mAbs. However, treatment of CD patients with etanercept, a decoy receptor that binds soluble TNF, fails to improve disease. To explore this discrepancy, we investigated the role of TNF signaling in Wnt/β-catenin-mediated intestinal stem cell and progenitor cell expansion in CD patients, human cells, and preclinical mouse models. We hypothesized that TNF exerts beneficial effects on intestinal epithelial cell (IEC) responses to injury...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746879/daple-coordinates-planar-polarized-microtubule-dynamics-in-ependymal-cells-and-contributes-to-hydrocephalus
#6
Maki Takagishi, Masato Sawada, Shinya Ohata, Naoya Asai, Atsushi Enomoto, Kunihiko Takahashi, Liang Weng, Kaori Ushida, Hosne Ara, Shigeyuki Matsui, Kozo Kaibuchi, Kazunobu Sawamoto, Masahide Takahashi
Motile cilia in ependymal cells, which line the cerebral ventricles, exhibit a coordinated beating motion that drives directional cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow and guides neuroblast migration. At the apical cortex of these multi-ciliated cells, asymmetric localization of planar cell polarity (PCP) proteins is required for the planar polarization of microtubule dynamics, which coordinates cilia orientation. Daple is a disheveled-associating protein that controls the non-canonical Wnt signaling pathway and cell motility...
July 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746311/prolonged-mek1-2-suppression-impairs-the-developmental-potential-of-embryonic-stem-cells
#7
Jiho Choi, Aaron J Huebner, Kendell Clement, Ryan M Walsh, Andrej Savol, Kaixuan Lin, Hongcang Gu, Bruno Di Stefano, Justin Brumbaugh, Sang-Yong Kim, Jafar Sharif, Christopher M Rose, Arman Mohammad, Junko Odajima, Jean Charron, Toshi Shioda, Andreas Gnirke, Steven Gygi, Haruhiko Koseki, Ruslan I Sadreyev, Andrew Xiao, Alexander Meissner, Konrad Hochedlinger
Concomitant activation of the Wnt pathway and suppression of Mapk signalling by two small molecule inhibitors (2i) in the presence of leukaemia inhibitory factor (LIF) (hereafter termed 2i/L) induces a naive state in mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells that resembles the inner cell mass (ICM) of the pre-implantation embryo. Since the ICM exists only transiently in vivo, it remains unclear how sustained propagation of naive ES cells in vitro affects their stability and functionality. Here we show that prolonged culture of male mouse ES cells in 2i/L results in irreversible epigenetic and genomic changes that impair their developmental potential...
July 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745929/molecular-and-cellular-mechanisms-of-palate-development
#8
C Li, Y Lan, R Jiang
Development of the mammalian secondary palate involves highly dynamic morphogenetic processes, including outgrowth of palatal shelves from the oral side of the embryonic maxillary prominences, elevation of the initially vertically oriented palatal shelves to the horizontal position above the embryonic tongue, and subsequently adhesion and fusion of the paired palatal shelves at the midline to separate the oral cavity from the nasal cavity. Perturbation of any of these processes could cause cleft palate, a common birth defect that significantly affects patients' quality of life even after surgical treatment...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745625/a-protocol-for-multiple-gene-knockout-in-mouse-small-intestinal-organoids-using-a-crispr-concatemer
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Alessandra Merenda, Amanda Andersson-Rolf, Roxana C Mustata, Taibo Li, Hyunki Kim, Bon-Kyoung Koo
CRISPR/Cas9 technology has greatly improved the feasibility and speed of loss-of-function studies that are essential in understanding gene function. In higher eukaryotes, paralogous genes can mask a potential phenotype by compensating the loss of a gene, thus limiting the information that can be obtained from genetic studies relying on single gene knockouts. We have developed a novel, rapid cloning method for guide RNA (gRNA) concatemers in order to create multi-gene knockouts following a single round of transfection in mouse small intestinal organoids...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743881/wnt-signaling-controls-pro-regenerative-collagen-xii-in-functional-spinal-cord-regeneration-in-zebrafish
#10
Daniel Wehner, Themistoklis M Tsarouchas, Andria Michael, Christa Haase, Gilbert Weidinger, Michell M Reimer, Thomas Becker, Catherina G Becker
The inhibitory extracellular matrix in a spinal lesion site is a major impediment to axonal regeneration in mammals. In contrast, the extracellular matrix in zebrafish allows substantial axon re-growth, leading to recovery of movement. However, little is known about regulation and composition of the growth-promoting extracellular matrix. Here we demonstrate that activity of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway in fibroblast-like cells in the lesion site is pivotal for axon re-growth and functional recovery. Wnt/β-catenin signaling induces expression of col12a1a/b and deposition of Collagen XII, which is necessary for axons to actively navigate the non-neural lesion site environment...
July 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743800/in-vivo-genetic-cell-lineage-tracing-reveals-that-oviductal-secretory-cells-self-renew-and-give-rise-to-ciliated-cells
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Arnab Ghosh, Shafiq M Syed, Pradeep S Tanwar
The epithelial lining of the Fallopian tube is vital for fertility, providing nutrition to gametes, and facilitating their transport. It is composed of two major cell types: secretory cells and ciliated cells. Interestingly, human ovarian cancer precursor lesions are primarily consisting of secretory cells. It is unclear why secretory cells are the dominant cell type in these lesions. Additionally, the underlying mechanisms governing Fallopian tube epithelial homoeostasis are currently unknown. In the present study, we showed that across the different developmental stages of mouse oviduct, secretory cells are the most frequently dividing cells of the oviductal epithelium...
July 25, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743298/r-spondin2-a-novel-target-of-nobox-identification-of-variants-in-a-cohort-of-women-with-primary-ovarian-insufficiency
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Justine Bouilly, Isabelle Beau, Sara Barraud, Valérie Bernard, Brigitte Delemer, Jacques Young, Nadine Binart
BACKGROUND: R-spondin2 (Rspo2) is a secreted agonist of the canonical Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway. Rspo2 plays a key role in development of limbs, lungs and hair follicles, and more recently during ovarian follicle development. Rspo2 heterozygous deficient female mice become infertile around 4 months of age mimicking primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). The study aimed to investigate the regulation of RSPO2 and its potential involvement in pathophysiology of POI. METHODS: We cloned the RSPO2 promoter and performed transcriptional assays to determine if RSPO2 can be regulated by NOBOX, an ovarian transcription factor...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741966/the-connections-of-wnt-pathway-components-with-cell-cycle-and-centrosome-side-effects-or-a-hidden-logic
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Vítězslav Bryja, Igor Červenka, Lukáš Čajánek
Wnt signaling cascade has developed together with multicellularity to orchestrate the development and homeostasis of complex structures. Wnt pathway components - such as β-catenin, Dishevelled (DVL), Lrp6, and Axin-- are often dedicated proteins that emerged in evolution together with the Wnt signaling cascade and are believed to function primarily in the Wnt cascade. It is interesting to see that in recent literature many of these proteins are connected with cellular functions that are more ancient and not limited to multicellular organisms - such as cell cycle regulation, centrosome biology, or cell division...
July 25, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741686/gpr55-receptor-antagonist-decreases-glycolytic-activity-in-panc-1-pancreatic-cancer-cell-line-and-tumor-xenografts
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Michel Bernier, Jonathan Catazaro, Nagendra S Singh, Artur Wnorowski, Anna Boguszewska-Czubara, Krzysztof Jozwiak, Robert Powers, Irving W Wainer
The Warburg effect is a predominant metabolic pathway in cancer cells characterized by enhanced glucose uptake and its conversion to L-lactate and is associated with upregulated expression of HIF-1α and activation of the EGFR-MEK-ERK, Wnt-β-catenin and PI3K-AKT signaling pathways. (R,R')-4'-methoxy-1-naphthylfenoterol ((R,R')-MNF) significantly reduces proliferation, survival, and motility of PANC-1 pancreatic cancer cells through inhibition of the GPR55 receptor. We examined (R,R')-MNF's effect on glycolysis in PANC-1 cells and tumors...
July 25, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740755/identifying-genes-and-regulatory-pathways-associated-with-the-scleractinian-coral-calcification-process
#15
Eldad Gutner-Hoch, Hiba Waldman Ben-Asher, Ruth Yam, Aldo Shemesh, Oren Levy
Reef building corals precipitate calcium carbonate as an exo-skeleton and provide substratum for prosperous marine life. Biomineralization of the coral's skeleton is a developmental process that occurs concurrently with other proliferation processes that control the animal extension and growth. The development of the animal body is regulated by large gene regulatory networks, which control the expression of gene sets that progressively generate developmental patterns in the animal body. In this study we have explored the gene expression profile and signaling pathways followed by the calcification process of a basal metazoan, the Red Sea scleractinian (stony) coral, Stylophora pistillata...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740671/decreased-wnt4-expression-inhibits-thymoma-development-through-downregulation-of-foxn1
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Yuan Chen, Xin Liu, Yimei Liu, Yuanguo Wang, Hai Wang, Chao Lu, Peng Zhang
BACKGROUND: The Wnt signaling pathway controls the development of thymic epithelial cells by regulating the expression of FoxN1. Thymoma is a type of malignant tumor arising from the thymic epithelial cells. To determine whether Wnt4 and FoxN1 are involved in the pathogenesis of thymoma, this study determined the mRNA and protein levels of Wnt4 and Foxn1 in thymoma, and analyzed the effect of thymoma cell apoptosis and tumor growth in nude mice after Wnt4 and FoxN1 downregulation. METHODS: Wnt4 and FoxN1 mRNA and protein levels in thymoma tissues were analyzed by RT-qPCR and immunohistochemistry, respectively...
June 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740507/mir-195-inhibits-tumor-growth-and-metastasis-in-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma-cell-lines-by-targeting-ccnd1-and-fgf2
#17
Yali Yin, Shubin Hong, Shuang Yu, Yanrui Huang, Shuwei Chen, Yujie Liu, Quan Zhang, Yanbing Li, Haipeng Xiao
BACKGROUND: MicroRNA (miRNA) dysregulation was commonly seen in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), and miR-195 was verified to be downregulated in PTC by the large data set analysis from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). Our study aimed to explore the biological functions and the underlying molecular mechanisms of miR-195 in PTC. METHODS: The relative expression of miR-195 and its target genes were assessed by quantitative RT-PCR assay in 38 pairs of PTC and the adjacent thyroid tissues...
2017: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740094/fibulin-3-promotes-osteosarcoma-invasion-and-metastasis-by-inducing-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-and-activating-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
#18
Songgang Wang, Dong Zhang, Shasha Han, Peng Gao, Changying Liu, Jianmin Li, Xin Pan
This study explored the role of fibulin-3 in osteosarcoma progression and the possible signaling pathway involved. Fibulin-3 mRNA and protein expression in normal tissue, benign fibrous dysplasia, osteosarcoma, osteosarcoma cell lines (HOS and U-2OS), the normal osteoblastic cell line hFOB, and different invasive subclones was evaluated by immunohistochemistry (IHC) or immunocytochemistry (ICC) and real time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (real time qRT-PCR). To assess the role of fibulin-3 in the invasion and metastasis of osteosarcoma cells, lentiviral vectors with fibulin-3 small hairpin RNA (shRNA) and pLVX-fibulin-3 were constructed and used to infect the highly invasive and low invasive subclones...
July 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739799/lgr5-receptor-promotes-cell-cell-adhesion-in-stem-cells-and-colon-cancer-cells-via-the-iqgap1-rac1-pathway
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Kendra S Carmon, Xing Gong, Jing Yi, Ling Wu, Anthony Thomas, Catherine M Moore, Ikuo Masuho, David J Timson, Kirill A Martemyanov, Qingyun J Liu
Leucine rich repeat containing G protein coupled receptor 5 (LGR5) is a bona fide marker of adult stem cells in several epithelial tissues, most notably in the intestinal crypts and is highly upregulated in many colorectal, hepatocellular, and ovarian cancers. LGR5 activation by R-spondin (RSPO) ligands potentiates Wnt/β-catenin signaling in vitro, yet deletion of LGR5 in stem cells has little or no effect on Wnt/β-catenin signaling or cell proliferation in vivo. Remarkably, modulation of LGR5 expression has a major impact on the actin cytoskeletal structure and cell adhesion in the absence of RSPO stimulation, but the molecular mechanism is unclear...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739741/clinical-correlation-between-wisp2-and-%C3%AE-catenin-in-gastric-cancer
#20
Liting Li, Yuxin Cui, Jia F Ji, Wen G Jiang
BACKGROUND: Evidence indicates that wingless-type MMTV integration site family, member 1 (WNT1)-inducible signaling pathway protein 2 (WISP2) may play an important role in the development of gastric cancer (GC) by regulating the WNT/β-catenin signaling pathway. In the present study, we investigated whether there is correlation between WISP2 and β-catenin proteins, and their association with clinicopathological features in GC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Immunohistochemical staining was carried out on 119 paraffin-embedded gastric cancer tissues and 99 adjacent normal gastric tissues collected from patients with GC at the Beijing Cancer Hospital...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
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