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Bryan A Johnson, Heather L Aloor, Cary A Moody
Human papillomaviruses (HPV) exhibit constitutive activation of ATM and ATR DNA damage response (DDR) pathways, which are required for productive viral replication. Expression of HPV31 E7 alone is sufficient to activate the DDR through an unknown mechanism. Here, we demonstrate that the E7 Rb binding domain is required to increase levels of many DDR proteins, including ATM, Chk2, Chk1, the MRN components MRE11, Rad50, and NBS1, as well as the homologous recombination repair proteins BRCA1 and Rad51. Interestingly, we have found that the increase in these DNA repair proteins does not occur solely at the level of transcription, but that E7 broadly increases the half-life of these DDR factors, a phenotype that is lost in the E7 Rb binding mutant...
October 19, 2016: Virology
Vikram Shetty, Sriram S Ganapathy
Retinoblastoma (RB) is an aggressive intraocular tumor arising from cells of the retina. Infrequently, distant metastasis occurs in advanced stages of the disease. This case report describes the metastasis of the tumor to the mandible, an extremely rare phenomenon. This condition was observed for a recurrent tumor in a patient who initially underwent chemotherapy, making this case report unique and providing new insights into the behavior of this tumor. An overview of the management of a metastatic RB also is discussed...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Chencheng Feng, Yang Zhang, Minghui Yang, Minghong Lan, Huan Liu, Jian Wang, Yue Zhou, Bo Huang
Intervertebral disc (IVD) cell senescence is a recognized mechanism of intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). Elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying disc cell senescence will contribute to understanding the pathogenesis of IDD. We previously reported that N-acetylated proline-glycine-proline (N-Ac-PGP), a matrikine, is involved in the process of IDD. However, its roles in IDD are not well understood. Here, using rat nucleus pulposus (NP) cells, we showed that N-Ac-PGP induced premature senescence of NP cells by binding to CXCR1...
October 19, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Wohn-Jenn Leu, Sharada Prasanna Swain, She-Hung Chan, Jui-Ling Hsu, Shih-Ping Liu, Mei-Ling Chan, Chia-Chun Yu, Lih-Ching Hsu, Yen-Lin Chou, Wei-Ling Chang, Duen-Ren Hou, Jih-Hwa Guh
A series of triazole-based small molecules that mimic FTY720-mediated anticancer activity but minimize its immunosuppressive effect have been produced. SPS-7 is the most effective derivative displaying higher activity than FTY720 in anti-proliferation against human hormone-refractory prostate cancer (HRPC). It induced G1 arrest of cell cycle and subsequent apoptosis in thymidine block-mediated synchronization model. The data were supported by a decrease of cyclin D1 expression, a dramatic increase of p21 expression and an associated decrease in RB phosphorylation...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
C Dial, K Doh, I Thiam, P Ndoye Roth, C Moreira, G Woto-Gaye
OBJECTIVES: Describe the macroscopic and microscopic profiles of retinoblastoma (RB) in Senegal and correlate histological criteria with progression to establish severity factors. METHODOLOGY: We realized a retrospective study over 10 years (January 2005-December 2014). Only patients (n=67) who underwent histological analysis of the enucleation specimen (n=68) were followed until the end of the study. RESULTS: The tumor measured an average of 3...
October 17, 2016: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
Saehun Mun, Jisu Kim, David Julian McClements, Yong-Ro Kim, Yongdoo Choi
A whey protein isolate-rhodamine B conjugate (WPI-RB) was synthesized to visualize changes in the location of a protein emulsifier in oil-in-water emulsions during digestion. An oil-soluble dye (Nile Red) was used to visualize changes in the lipid phase during digestion. Protein-labeled and lipid-labeled emulsions were passed through a simulated gastrointestinal tract consisting of mouth, stomach, and intestinal phases, and changes in protein and lipid location and morphology were monitored using confocal laser scanning microscopy...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Francesca Megiorni, Simona Camero, Simona Ceccarelli, Heather P McDowell, Olga Mannarino, Francesco Marampon, Barry Pizer, Rajeev Shukla, Antonio Pizzuti, Cinzia Marchese, Anna Clerico, Carlo Dominici
Aberrant DNA methylation has been frequently observed in many human cancers, including rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), the most common soft tissue sarcoma in children. To date, the expression and function of the de novo DNA methyltransferase (DNMT) 3B in RMS have not yet been investigated. Our study show for the first time a significant up-regulation of DNMT3B levels in 14 RMS tumour samples and 4 RMS cell lines in comparison to normal skeletal muscle. Transfection of RD and TE671 cells, two in vitro models of embryonal RMS (ERMS), with a synthetic DNMT3B siRNA decreased cell proliferation by arresting cell cycle at G1 phase, as demonstrated by the reduced expression of Cyclin B1, Cyclin D1 and Cyclin E2, and by the concomitant up-regulation of the checkpoint regulators p21 and p27...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Toshihiko Shimasaki, Jin-Tae Kim, David DeMille
We report the production of ultracold (85) Rb(133) Cs molecules in their rovibronic ground state X (1) Σ(+) (v=0; J=0), by short-range photoassociation (PA) to the 2 (1) Π1 , 2 (3) Π1 , and 3 (3) Σ1+ states. In the PA frequency range from 11650 to 12150 cm(-1) (corresponding to energy levels 15500-16000 cm(-1) above the bottom of the X potential), we have observed 40 sets of new PA lines. For selected PA states, we investigate vibrational branching, rotational branching, and saturation behavior. Among these 40 new PA lines, the 3 (3) Σ1+ (v=3) state has the highest molecule production rate of 2 x 10(3)  molecules s(-1) into the rovibronic ground state...
October 20, 2016: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
J H Liang, Y Cheng, X Deng, Y Y Yu, X X Li
: Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of large spot indirect ophthalmoscopy laser alone or combined with systemic chemotherapy in the treatment of early and middle stage retinoblastoma. Methods: Retrospective series case study. Clinical data of 21 patients (22 eyes) who were diagnosed as retinoblastoma (RB) in Peking University People's Hospital from March 2009 to August 2014 were collected. Medical and family history, ocular ultrasound, orbital and cranial MRI or CT examination of RB Children were detailed recorded...
October 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
J Qian, K Xue
The management of retinoblastoma (RB) has dramatically changed over the past two decades. The introduction of chemotherapy has transformed treatment algorithms completely. Chemotherapy is currently used as a first line approach for children with RB and can be delivered by intravenous, intra-arterial and intravitreal routes. However, there still remains some controversy on the treatment of advanced RB, especially in eyeball salvage. This article described domestic and international approaches to eyeball salvage treatment...
October 11, 2016: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Shuai Gao, Yanfei Gao, Housheng Hansen He, Dong Han, Wanting Han, Amy Avery, Jill A Macoska, Xiaming Liu, Sen Chen, Fen Ma, Shaoyong Chen, Steven P Balk, Changmeng Cai
Although well characterized as a transcriptional activator that drives prostate cancer (PCa) growth, androgen receptor (AR) can function as a transcriptional repressor, and high-level androgens can suppress PCa proliferation. The molecular basis for this repression activity remains to be determined. Genes required for DNA replication are highly enriched among androgen-repressed genes, and AR is recruited to the majority of these genes, where it rapidly represses their transcription. This activity is enhanced in PCa cells expressing high AR levels and is mediated by recruitment of hypophosphorylated retinoblastoma protein (Rb)...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Jingge Gao, Jihong Zeng, Bo Guo, Weimin He, Jun Chen, Fang Lu, Danian Chen
To study the clinical presentation and treatment outcome among children in South Western China with retinoblastoma (RB) and to determine factors predictive of poor outcome.A retrospective review of children diagnosed with RB from 2006 to 2015 at West China Hospital was undertaken. Demographic and clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes were studied.A total of 253 patients (unilateral 80.2%, bilateral 19.8%) were studied. Twenty six patients (10.3%) were from minority ethnic groups of China. The median onset age was 21 months...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Mohnish Pandey, Karsten W Jacobsen, Kristian S Thygesen
Organic-inorganic halide perovskites have proven highly successful for photovoltaics, but suffer from low stability which deteriorates their performance over time. Recent experiments have demonstrated that low dimensional phases of the hybrid perovskites may exhibit improved stability, and facile routes to synthesise these compounds have also been explored. Here we report first-principles calculations of the electronic structure of the two-dimensional (2D) organometallic halide perovskites (C$_4$H$_9$NH$_3$)$_2$MX$_2$Y$_2$ where M=Pb, Ge, Sn and X,Y=Cl, Br, I...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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October 2016: MMW Fortschritte der Medizin
Ronaldo Custodio de Souza Oliveira, Rodrigo José Corrêa, Raquel Simas Pereira Teixeira, Daniela Dias Queiroz, Rodrigo da Silva Souza, Simon John Garden, Nanci Camara de Lucas, Marcos Dias Pereira, Josué Sebastián Bello Forero, Eric Cardona Romani, Emerson Schwingel Ribeiro
In the present study, SiO2 nanoparticles functionalized with 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyl group (SiNP-AAP) were used, for the first time, to covalently bond rose bengal (SiNP-AAP-RB) or 9,10-anthraquinone-2-carboxylic acid (SiNP-AAP-OCAq). The functionalized SiNP were characterized by: Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM); elemental analysis (CHN) for determination of the dye concentration; FTIR and UV-vis diffuse reflectance (DR-UV-vis) and a surface area study (BET). The functionalized SiNPs were applied in photodynamic therapy (PDT) against lung cancer cell lines...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Mark J DelloStritto, James David Kubicki, Jorge Osvaldo Sofo
We use ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations to study the effect of ions on the structure and dynamics of the quartz(101)-water interface. We study several IA (Na(+),Rb(+)) and IIA (Mg(2+),Sr(2+)) cations, with Cl(-) as counterion, adsorbed onto acidic, neutral, and basic surface configurations at 300K and 373K. We find that both cations and anions can bond directly to the surface and perturb the local H-bond network. The adsorbed ions promote the formation of intrasurface H-bonds, as shown by vibrational density of states and orientations of the surface silanols...
October 18, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Maike Zimmermann, Aruni P S Arachchige-Don, Michaela S Donaldson, Tommaso Patriarchi, Mary C Horne
Definition of cell cycle control proteins that modify tumor cell resistance to estrogen (E2) signaling antagonists could inform clinical choice for estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer (BC) therapy. Cyclin G2 (CycG2) is upregulated during cell cycle arrest responses to cellular stresses and growth inhibitory signals and its gene, CCNG2, is directly repressed by E2-bound ER complexes. Our previous studies showed that blockade of HER2, PI3K and mTOR signaling upregulates CycG2 expression in HER2+ BC cells, and that CycG2 overexpression induces cell cycle arrest...
October 18, 2016: Cell Cycle
Jenny Hsu, Julien Sage
The E2F family of transcription factors is a key determinant of cell proliferation in response to extra- and intra-cellular signals. Within this family, E2F4 is a transcriptional repressor whose activity is critical to engage and maintain cell cycle arrest in G0/G1 in conjunction with members of the retinoblastoma (RB) family. However, recent observations challenge this paradigm and indicate that E2F4 has a multitude of functions in cells besides this cell cycle regulatory role, including in embryonic and adult stem cells, during regenerative processes, and in cancer...
October 18, 2016: Cell Cycle
Dominik Kurzydłowski, Tomasz Jaroń, Andrew Ozarowski, Stephen Hill, Zvonko Jagličić, Yaroslav Filinchuk, Zoran Mazej, Wojciech Grochala
The crystal structure, magnetic properties, heat capacity, and Raman spectra of double-perovskite M2AgF4 (M = K, K3/4Rb1/4, K1/2Rb1/2, K1/4Rb3/4, and Rb) phases have been examined, adding to the body of previous results for the M = Na, Cs derivatives. The results suggest that double-perovskite K2AgF4 adopts a disordered orthorhombic Bmab structure with an antiferrodistortive arrangement of the elongated and tilted [AgF6] octahedra rather than the structure with the ferrodistortive arrangement of compressed octahedra, as suggested previously (Mazej, Z...
October 18, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Irsan E Kooi, Saskia E van Mil, David MacPherson, Berber M Mol, Annette C Moll, Hanne Meijers-Heijboer, Gertjan J L Kaspers, Jacqueline Cloos, Hein Te Riele, Josephine C Dorsman
Several murine retinoblastoma models have been generated by deleting the genes encoding for retinoblastoma susceptibility protein pRb and one of its family members p107 or p130. In Rb(-/-) p107(-/-) retinoblastomas, somatic copy number alterations (SCNAs) like Mdm2 amplification or Cdkn2a deletion targeting the p53-pathway occur, which is uncommon for human retinoblastoma. In our study, we determined SCNAs in retinoblastomas developing in Rb(-/-) p130(-/-) mice and compared this to murine Rb(-/-) p107(-/-) tumors and human tumors...
October 17, 2016: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
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