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Z Xing, H-Y Wang, W-Y Su, Y-F Liu, X-X Wang, P Zhan, T-F Lv, Y Song
OBJECTIVE: Aberrant activation of (Wingless and mouse homolog Int-1) Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathways closely involved in the occurrence and progression of several types of human malignancies. This research was undertaken to elucidate the important role of (Wingless and mouse homolog Int-1) in lung cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Wnt3 expression in lung cancers and their respective normal tissues were examined by immunoblotting and immunohistochemistry. Then, Wnt3 was regulated with RNA interference (RNAi) technology in human lung cancer A549 cells, and the cell proliferation, cell cycle, cell invasion/metastasis, and apoptosis were evaluated...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
B Song, H-X Lin, L-L Dong, J-J Ma, Z-G Jiang
OBJECTIVE: Emerging evidence suggests aberrant microRNAs (miRNAs) expression is involved in cancer development through multiple. Although miR338 has shown to have tumor suppression ability and anti-migration effects in some cancers, its regulatory role and molecular mechanism in the development of gastric cancer cells yet remains little known. This work aims to investigate miR-338 in regulating Wnt/β-catenin pathway in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in gastric cancers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human gastric cancer cells were transfected with either miR-338 mimic or erythropoietin-producing hepatocellular (Eph)A2-targeting siRNA...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Julia Christina Gross, Laura Cecilia Zelarayán
Wnt signaling is an important pathway in health and disease and a key regulator of stem cell maintenance, differentiation, and proliferation. During heart development, Wnt signaling controls specification, proliferation and differentiation of cardiovascular cells. In this regard, the role of activated Wnt signaling in cardiogenesis is well defined. However, the knowledge about signaling transmission has been challenged. Recently, the packaging of hydrophobic Wnt proteins on extracellular vesicles (EVs) has emerged as a mechanism to facilitate their extracellular spreading and their functioning as morphogens...
2018: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Emiko Niiro, Sachiko Morioka, Kana Iwai, Yuki Yamada, Kenji Ogawa, Naoki Kawahara, Hiroshi Kobayashi
Cases of mucinous ovarian cancer are predominantly resistant to chemotherapies. The present review summarizes current knowledge of the therapeutic potential of targeting the Wingless (WNT) pathway, with particular emphasis on preclinical and clinical studies, for improving the chemoresistance and treatment of mucinous ovarian cancer. A review was conducted of English language literature published between January 2000 and October 2017 that concerned potential signaling pathways associated with the chemoresistance of mucinous ovarian cancer...
March 2018: Biomedical Reports
Hai Shang, Zhi Qiang Hao, Xi Bo Fu, Xiang Dong Hua, Zuo Hong Ma, Fu Lu Ai, Zhao Qiang Feng, Kun Wang, Wen Xin Li, Bo Li
The proliferative activity of hepatic carcinoma cells is directly associated with tumorigenesis, tumor development, metastasis and invasion. A variety of cytokines and peptides serve important roles in the development of hepatic carcinoma. The aim of the present study was to examine the effect of intermedin (IMD) on hepatic carcinoma cell proliferation and its mechanism of action. HepG2 hepatic carcinoma cell lines were treated with human recombinant IMD1-53 and its receptor antagonist IMD17-47. Cell proliferation was detected using a Cell Counting kit-8...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Yanquan Zhang, Shiyan Wang, Wei Kang, Chunxiao Liu, Yujuan Dong, Fangli Ren, Yinyin Wang, Jinglin Zhang, Guoping Wang, Ka Fai To, Xueji Zhang, Joseph Jy Sung, Zhijie Chang, Jun Yu
Using whole genome sequencing, we identified gene amplification of CREPT in colorectal cancer (CRC). In this study, we aim to clarify its clinical significance, biological effects, and mechanism in CRC. CREPT was upregulated in CRC cell lines and in 47.37% (72/152) of primary CRC tumors. Amplification of CREPT was detected in 48.28% (56/116) of primary CRC tumors, which was positively correlated with its overexpression (P < 0.001). Multivariate analysis showed that CRC patients with CREPT protein overexpression were significantly associated with poor disease-free survival (P < 0...
March 22, 2018: Oncogene
Camila M Barrios-Camacho
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March 21, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Khosrow Siamak Houschyar, Malcolm P Chelliah, Susanne Rein, Zeshaan N Maan, Kristian Weissenberg, Dominik Duscher, Ludwik K Branski, Frank Siemers
Despite the development of modern intensive care and new antimicrobial agents, the mortality of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock remains high. Systemic inflammation is a consequence of activation of the innate immune system. It is characterized by the intravascular release of proinflammatory cytokines and other vasoactive mediators, with concurrent activation of innate immune cells. The Wnt signaling pathway plays a critical role in the development of multicellular organisms. Abnormal Wnt signaling has been associated with many human diseases, ranging from inflammation and degenerative diseases to cancer...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Joo-Hung Park, Jeong-Min Lee, Eun-Jin Lee, Won-Bhin Hwang, Da-Jeong Kim
Using an in vitro model of intestinal organoids derived from intestinal crypts, we examined effects of indole-3-carbinol (I3C), a phytochemical that has anticancer and aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR)-activating abilities and thus is sold as a dietary supplement, on the development of intestinal organoids and investigated the underlying mechanisms. I3C inhibited the in vitro development of mouse intestinal organoids. Addition of α-naphthoflavone, an AhR antagonist or AhR siRNA transfection, suppressed I3C function, suggesting that I3C-mediated interference with organoid development is AhR-dependent...
March 21, 2018: Molecules and Cells
Veronica Mendoza-Reinoso, Annemiek Beverdam
The skin constantly self-renews throughout adult life. Wnt/β-catenin signaling plays a key role in promoting keratinocyte proliferation in the hair follicles and in the interfollicular epidermis. A recent report demonstrated that epidermal YAP activity drives β-catenin activation to promote keratinocyte proliferation in the murine skin. However, it remains unclear whether this is caused by paracrine activation of canonical Wnt signaling or through other YAP/β-catenin regulatory interactions. In the present study, we found that XAV939-inhibition of canonical WNT signaling in skin of YAP2-5SA-ΔC mice resulted in diminished β-catenin activation, reduced keratinocyte proliferation, and a mitigation of the hyperplastic abnormalities in the interfollicular epidermis, signifying a canonical WNT ligand-dependent mechanism...
March 10, 2018: Stem Cell Research
M E Ward, M A Daniëls, E C van Kappel, M M Maurice, M Baldus
We report solid-state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (ssNMR) studies on amyloid-like protein complexes formed by DIX domains that mediate key protein interactions in the Wnt signalling pathway. Our results provide insight into the 3D fold of the self-associated Axin-DIX domain and identify a potential lipid cofactor.
March 21, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Fang-Yu Liu, Te-Cheng Hsu, Patrick Choong, Min-Hsuan Lin, Yung-Jen Chuang, Bor-Sen Chen, Che Lin
BACKGROUND: Regeneration is an important biological process for the restoration of organ mass, structure, and function after damage, and involves complex bio-physiological mechanisms including cell differentiation and immune responses. We constructed four regenerative protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks using dynamic models and AIC (Akaike's Information Criterion), based on time-course microarray data from the regeneration of four zebrafish organs: heart, cerebellum, fin, and retina...
March 19, 2018: BMC Systems Biology
Guanman Li, Qiao Su, Haibo Liu, Dong Wang, Wenhui Zhang, Zhenhai Lu, Yu Chen, Xiaohui Huang, Wen Li, Changhua Zhang, Yulong He, Li Fu, Jiong Bi
Aberrant activation of Wnt signaling is a crucial event in tumor development and metastasis. Wnt signaling is commonly divided into canonical and non-canonical signaling pathways based on whether β-catenin is activated (canonical). The two signaling pathways are initiated by Wnt ligand binding to the surface Frizzled (FZD) receptors, and regulate cancer stem cell self-renewal and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Frizzled 7 (FZD7), a member of Frizzled family, promotes cell proliferation and invasiveness in many cancers, suggesting that FZD7 transmitting Wnt signaling is important for driving cancer growth...
2018: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Gediminas Greicius, Zahra Kabiri, Kristmundur Sigmundsson, Chao Liang, Ralph Bunte, Manvendra K Singh, David M Virshup
Wnts and R-spondins (RSPOs) support intestinal homeostasis by regulating crypt cell proliferation and differentiation. Ex vivo, Wnts secreted by Paneth cells in organoids can regulate the proliferation and differentiation of Lgr5 -expressing intestinal stem cells. However, in vivo, Paneth cell and indeed all epithelial Wnt production is completely dispensable, and the cellular source of Wnts and RSPOs that maintain the intestinal stem-cell niche is not known. Here we investigated both the source and the functional role of stromal Wnts and RSPO3 in regulation of intestinal homeostasis...
March 20, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Guo Nan Yin, Hai-Rong Jin, Min-Ji Choi, Anita Limanjaya, Kalyan Ghatak, Nguyen Nhat Minh, Jiyeon Ock, Mi-Hye Kwon, Kang-Moon Song, Heon Joo Park, Ho Min Kim, Young-Guen Kwon, Ji-Kan Ryu, Jun-Kyu Suh
Penile erection requires well-coordinated interactions between vascular and nervous system. Penile neurovascular dysfunction is a major cause of erectile dysfunction (ED) in patients with diabetes, which causes poor response to oral phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors. Dickkopf2 (DKK2), a Wnt antagonist, is known to promote angiogenesis. Here, using DKK2-Tg mice or DKK2 protein administration, we demonstrate that overexpression of DKK2 in diabetic mice enhances penile angiogenesis and neural regeneration and restores erectile function...
March 20, 2018: Diabetes
Monica Sharma, Isabel Castro-Piedras, Glenn E Simmons, Kevin Pruitt
The Dishevelled gene was first identified in Drosophila mutants with disoriented hair and bristle polarity [1-3]. The Dsh gene (Dsh/Dvl, in Drosophila and vertebrates respectively) gained popularity when it was discovered that it plays a key role in segment polarity during early embryonic development in Drosophila [4]. Subsequently, the vertebrate homolog of Dishevelled genes were identified in Xenopus (Xdsh), mice (Dvl1, Dvl2, Dvl3), and in humans (DVL1, DVL2, DVL3) [5-10]. Dishevelled functions as a principal component of Wnt signaling pathway and governs several cellular processes including cell proliferation, survival, migration, differentiation, polarity and stem cell renewal...
March 17, 2018: Cellular Signalling
Ralph Witzgall
Primary cilia represent small, yet distinct compartments of the plasma membrane. They are speculated to exercise chemo- and mechanosensory functions and to serve as signaling hubs for crucial pathways such as the Wnt and hedgehog cascades. It is therefore necessary that specific integral membrane proteins, in particular sensors and receptors, are sorted to the cilium and not to the surrounding somatic plasma membrane upon being synthesized at the rough endoplasmic reticulum. Apparently no singular "zip code" for the primary cilium exists but rather several ciliary targeting signals whose biochemical and cell biological implications are just about being unravelled...
March 17, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
A Held, A Glas, L Dietrich, M Bollmann, K Brandstädter, T N Grossmann, C H Lohmann, T Pap, J Bertrand
OBJECTIVE: The canonical Wnt signaling pathway has been shown to be involved in regulating chondrocyte hypertrophic differentiation during OA. The aim of this study was to test the therapeutic potential of two stapled peptide canonical Wnt inhibitors - SAH-Bcl9 and StAx-35R - in preventing Wnt induced cartilage changes in OA. METHODS: Primary neonatal murine chondrocytes and cartilage explants from OA patients undergoing total joint replacement for knee OA, were used for microscopy to determine matrix and cell penetrating capacity of FITC-tagged SAH-Bcl9 and StAx-35R peptides...
March 17, 2018: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Jian Weng, Yan-Hua Wang, Ming Li, Dian-Ying Zhang, Bao-Guo Jiang
Delay of axon regeneration after peripheral nerve injury usually leads to progressive muscle atrophy and poor functional recovery. The Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway is considered to be one of the main molecular mechanisms that lead to skeletal muscle atrophy in the elderly. We hold the hypothesis that the innervation of target muscle can be promoted by accelerating axon regeneration and decelerating muscle cell degeneration so as to improve functional recovery of skeletal muscle following peripheral nerve injury...
February 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
Gurpreet Kaur, Praveen Sharma, Nilambra Dogra, Sandeep Singh
The cells of malignant cancers result in the evolution of cells with stem-like characteristics, commonly known as cancer stem cells (CSCs). Progress of anticancer therapies is severely hampered because of disease relapse mostly in a more aggressive form due to CSCs. These CSCs are more or less like embryonic or tissue stem cells, known for their capacity of self-renewal, exactly recapitulate of the original tumor. Deregulation of key stem cell pathways like Wnt, Hedgehog (Hh), and Notch is attributed towards the rise of CSCs...
March 20, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
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