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ovarian growth factors

Muhammad Khairi Ahmad, Nur Ainina Abdollah, Nurul Husna Shafie, Narazah Mohd Yusof, Siti Razila Abdul Razak
Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) are the main regulators of cellular proliferation, growth, and survival in physiological or pathological conditions. Aberrant MAPK signaling plays a pivotal role in carcinogenesis, which leads to development and progression of human cancer. Dual-specificity phosphatase 6 (DUSP6), a member of the MAPK phosphatase family, interacts with specifically targeted extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 via negative feedback regulation in the MAPK pathway of mammalian cells...
February 2018: Cancer Biology & Medicine
Martina Belli, Shunichi Shimasaki
Growth and differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) and bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP15) are oocyte-secreted factors with a leading role in the control of ovarian function in female reproduction, modulating both the cell fate of the somatic granulosa cells and the quality and developmental competence of the egg. This short review aims to consolidate the molecular aspects of GDF9 and BMP15 and their integral actions in female fertility to understand particularly their effects on oocyte quality and fetal growth. The significant consequences of mutations in the GDF9 and BMP15 genes in women with dizygotic twins as well as the clinical relevance of these oocyte factors in the pathogenesis of primary ovarian insufficiency and polycystic ovary syndrome are also addressed...
2018: Vitamins and Hormones
Sheena L P Regan, Phil G Knight, John L Yovich, Yee Leung, Frank Arfuso, Arun Dharmarajan
Primordial germ cells migrate to the fetal gonads and proliferate during gestation to generate a fixed complement of primordial follicles, the so-called ovarian reserve. Primordial follicles comprise an oocyte arrested at the diplotene stage of meiosis, surrounded by a layer of pregranulosa cells. Activation of primordial follicles to grow beyond this arrested stage is of particular interest because, once activated, they are subjected to regulatory mechanisms involved in growth, selection, maturation, and ultimately, ovulation or atresia...
2018: Vitamins and Hormones
Jill Bennett-Toomey, Carlos Stocco
GATA4 and GATA6 are the sole GATA factors expressed in the ovary during embryonic development and adulthood. Up today, GATA4 and GATA6 are the only transcription factors that have been conditionally deleted during ovarian development and at each major stage of follicle maturation. The evidence from these transgenic mice revealed that GATA4 and GATA6 are crucial for follicles assembly, granulosa cell differentiation, postnatal follicle growth, and luteinization. Thus, conditional knockdown of both factors in the granulosa cells at any stage of development leads to female infertility...
2018: Vitamins and Hormones
Jing Zhang, Yinghong Cui, Shuwen Sun, Jianguo Cao, Xiaoling Fang
Casticin inhibits migration, invasion and induced apoptosis in numerous cancer cells; however, the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway is a key factor in the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). The present study aimed to assess whether casticin affects the expression of members of the Hh signaling pathway and EMT effectors in ovarian carcinoma. The ovarian cancer SKOV3 cell line was incubated in the presence of various concentrations of casticin or cyclopamine. Next, the expression levels of the main Hh signaling effector glioma-associated oncogene-1 (Gli-1) and EMT-associated factors [Twist-related protein 1 (Twist1), E-cadherin and N-cadherin] were determined by western blotting and reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
B Borghese, P Santulli, L Marcellin, C Chapron
Endometriosis and adenomyosis are histologically defined. The frequency of endometriosis cannot be precisely estimated in the general population. Endometriosis is considered a disease when it causes pain and/or infertility. Endometriosis is a heterogeneous disease with three well-recognized subtypes that are often associated with each other: superficial endometriosis (SUP), ovarian endometrioma (OMA), and deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE). DIE is frequently multifocal and mainly affects the following structures: the uterosacral ligaments, the posterior vaginal cul-de-sac, the bladder, the ureters, and the digestive tract (rectum, recto-sigmoid junction, appendix)...
March 11, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
Liang Tang, Jianming Li, Meihua Bao, Ju Xiang, Yiwei Chen, Yan Wang
Objective: The estrogen receptor (ER) and the human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) each play an important role in female cancers. This study aimed to investigate the genetic association between three common single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and the risk of ovarian cancer. The SNPs investigated in this study were ESR2 rs1271572 and rs3020450 and HER2 rs1801200. Methods: In this study, databases were electronically searched in a meta-analysis. Databases used were PubMed, Embase, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), Wanfang and Cochrane library...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
Kelli A Davis, Kristin M Klohonatz, Darcy S O Mora, Hannah M Twenter, Peter E Graham, Pablo Pinedo, Douglas C Eckery, Jason E Bruemmer
Currently there is no contraceptive vaccine that can cause permanent sterility in mares. This study investigates the effect of vaccination against oocyte-specific growth factors, Bone Morphogenetic Protein 15 (BMP-15) and Growth Differentiation Factor 9 (GDF-9), on ovarian function of mares. It was hypothesized that immunization against these growth factors would prevent ovulation and/or accelerate depletion of the oocyte reserve. For this study, 30 mares were randomly assigned to three groups (n = 10/group) and vaccinated with BMP-15 or GDF-9 peptides conjugated to KLH and adjuvant, or a control of phosphate buffered saline and adjuvant...
March 6, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Asokan Devarajan, Feng Su, Victor Grijalva, Meghna Yalamanchi, Ashna Yalamanchi, Feng Gao, Hannah Trost, Josephine Nwokedi, Gina Farias-Eisner, Robin Farias-Eisner, Alan M Fogelman, Srinivasa T Reddy
Ovarian cancer (OC) is most lethal malignancy among all gynecological cancer. Large bodies of evidences suggest that mitochondrial-derived ROS play a critical role in the development and progression of OC. Paraoxonase 2 (PON2) is a membrane-associated lactonase with anti-oxidant properties. PON2 deficiency aggravates mitochondrial ROS formation, systemic inflammation, and atherosclerosis. The role of PON2 in cancer development remains unknown. In this report, in human, we identified that PON2 expression is higher in early stages (but not in late stages) of OC when compared to normal tissue...
March 12, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Luisa Bonilla, Amit Oza, Stephanie Lheureux
Epithelial Ovarian Cancer (EOC) is the most lethal gynecological malignancy. EOC outcomes remain unsatisfactory despite aggressive surgical approach, disease chemo-sensitivity and recent introduction of agents targeting angiogenesis and tumour genome instability. Advances in EOC research have allowed for a tailored treatment approach and accelerated development of novel treatments strategies from bench to bed side, anticipated to improve patient outcomes. Areas covered: Comprehensive review of growth factor receptor antagonists for EOC treatment currently in different stages of development was performed...
March 2018: Expert Opinion on Emerging Drugs
Chenyue Ding, Qinyan Zou, Fuxin Wang, Huihua Wu, Rulei Chen, Jinghuan Lv, Mingfa Ling, Jian Sun, Wei Wang, Hong Li, Boxian Huang
BACKGROUND: Although many reports show that various kinds of stem cells have the ability to recover function in premature ovarian aging, few studies have looked at stem cell treatment of natural ovarian aging (NOA). We designed this experimental study to investigate whether human amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (hAMSCs) retain the ability to restore ovarian function, and how hAMSCs work in this process. METHODS: To build the NOA mouse model, the mice were fed for 12-14 months normally with young fertile female mice as the normal control group (3-5 months old)...
March 9, 2018: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Jan Hauke, Judit Horvath, Eva Groß, Andrea Gehrig, Ellen Honisch, Karl Hackmann, Gunnar Schmidt, Norbert Arnold, Ulrike Faust, Christian Sutter, Julia Hentschel, Shan Wang-Gohrke, Mateja Smogavec, Bernhard H F Weber, Nana Weber-Lassalle, Konstantin Weber-Lassalle, Julika Borde, Corinna Ernst, Janine Altmüller, Alexander E Volk, Holger Thiele, Verena Hübbel, Peter Nürnberg, Katharina Keupp, Beatrix Versmold, Esther Pohl, Christian Kubisch, Sabine Grill, Victoria Paul, Natalie Herold, Nadine Lichey, Kerstin Rhiem, Nina Ditsch, Christian Ruckert, Barbara Wappenschmidt, Bernd Auber, Andreas Rump, Dieter Niederacher, Thomas Haaf, Juliane Ramser, Bernd Dworniczak, Christoph Engel, Alfons Meindl, Rita K Schmutzler, Eric Hahnen
The prevalence of germ line mutations in non-BRCA1/2 genes associated with hereditary breast cancer (BC) is low, and the role of some of these genes in BC predisposition and pathogenesis is conflicting. In this study, 5589 consecutive BC index patients negative for pathogenic BRCA1/2 mutations and 2189 female controls were screened for germ line mutations in eight cancer predisposition genes (ATM, CDH1, CHEK2, NBN, PALB2, RAD51C, RAD51D, and TP53). All patients met the inclusion criteria of the German Consortium for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer for germ line testing...
March 9, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Justin M Renkema, Lindsy E Iglesias, Phanie Bonneau, Oscar E Liburd
BACKGROUND: Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) is a major fruit pest in temperate regions worldwide, but in sub-tropical Florida, winter-grown strawberries have not been severely affected. Zaprionus indianus Gupta is another invasive drosophilid species and a pest of some tropical fruits. To improve monitoring, trapping systems for D. suzukii and Z. indianus were tested. Morphology, ovarian status and suitability and availability of non-crop hosts as possible D. suzukii population-limiting factors were assessed...
March 8, 2018: Pest Management Science
Christoph Engel, Kerstin Rhiem, Eric Hahnen, Sibylle Loibl, Karsten E Weber, Sabine Seiler, Silke Zachariae, Jan Hauke, Barbara Wappenschmidt, Anke Waha, Britta Blümcke, Marion Kiechle, Alfons Meindl, Dieter Niederacher, Claus R Bartram, Dorothee Speiser, Brigitte Schlegelberger, Norbert Arnold, Peter Wieacker, Elena Leinert, Andrea Gehrig, Susanne Briest, Karin Kast, Olaf Riess, Günter Emons, Bernhard H F Weber, Jutta Engel, Rita K Schmutzler
BACKGROUND: There is no international consensus up to which age women with a diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) and no family history of breast or ovarian cancer should be offered genetic testing for germline BRCA1 and BRCA2 (gBRCA) mutations. Here, we explored the association of age at TNBC diagnosis with the prevalence of pathogenic gBRCA mutations in this patient group. METHODS: The study comprised 802 women (median age 40 years, range 19-76) with oestrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and human epidermal growth factor receptor type 2 negative breast cancers, who had no relatives with breast or ovarian cancer...
March 7, 2018: BMC Cancer
Kejuan Song, Teng Lv, Yulong Chen, Yuchao Diao, Qin Yao, Yankui Wang
Ovarian cancer is a highly metastatic malignancy and a leading cause of cancer-related death in postmenopausal women. Emodin is a natural anthraquinone isolated from several traditional Chinese medicines including Rhubarb and Polygonum cuspidatum. Recently, emodin was demonstrated to reduce the growth of human ovarian carcinoma cells. However, the mechanism remains unclear. In the present study, we identified that transforming growth factor (TGF)-β2 was significantly affected by emodin treatment in A2780 cells using microarray analysis...
March 6, 2018: Oncology Reports
E H Ernst, S Franks, K Hardy, P Villesen, K Lykke-Hartmann
STUDY QUESTION: Can novel genetic candidates involved in follicle dormancy, activation and integrity be identified from transcriptomic profiles of isolated granulosa cells from human primordial and primary follicles? SUMMARY ANSWER: The granulosa cell compartment of the human primordial and primary follicle was extensively enriched in signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) and cAMP-response element binding protein (CREB) signalling, and several other putative signalling pathways that may also be mediators of follicle growth and development were identified...
February 28, 2018: Human Reproduction
T D Tremaine, A A Fouladi-Nashta
The vascular changes associated with endometrial maturation in preparation for embryo implantation depend on numerous growth factors, known to regulate key angiogenic events. Primarily, the vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) family promotes vascular growth, whilst the angiopoietins maintain blood vessel integrity. The aim was to analyse protein levels of VEGFA ligand and receptors, Angiopoietin-1 and 2 (ANG1/2) and endothelial cell receptor tyrosine kinase (TIE-2) in the ovine endometrium in the follicular and luteal phases of the oestrus cycle and in response to ovarian steroids...
March 5, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Kelley E McQueeney, Joseph M Salamoun, James C Burnett, Nektarios Barabutis, Paula Pekic, Sophie L Lewandowski, Danielle C Llaneza, Robert Cornelison, Yunpeng Bai, Zhong-Yin Zhang, John D Catravas, Charles N Landen, Peter Wipf, John S Lazo, Elizabeth R Sharlow
Overexpression of protein tyrosine phosphatase PTP4A oncoproteins is common in many human cancers and is associated with poor patient prognosis and survival. We observed elevated levels of PTP4A3 phosphatase in 79% of human ovarian tumor samples, with significant overexpression in tumor endothelium and pericytes. Furthermore, PTP4A phosphatases appear to regulate several key malignant processes, such as invasion, migration, and angiogenesis, suggesting a pivotal regulatory role in cancer and endothelial signaling pathways...
February 2, 2018: Oncotarget
Bingjun Bai, Binbin Xie, Zongyou Pan, Lina Shan, Jianpei Zhao, Hongbo Zhu
The incidence and development of colorectal cancer (CRC) is a process with multiple gene interactions. We have previously demonstrated that ATP synthase-coupling factor 6, mitochondrial (ATP5J) is associated with CRC migration and 5-fluorouracil resistance; nevertheless, the exact molecular mechanism remains unclear. The following study uses microarray and bioinformatics methods to identify candidate genes and long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in CRC cells (two pairs) with upregulated and downregulated ATP5J...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Oncology
Rebecca Troisi, Tone Bjørge, Mika Gissler, Tom Grotmol, Cari M Kitahara, Solbjørg Makalani Myrtveit Saether, Anne Gulbech Ording, Camilla Sköld, Henrik Toft Sørensen, Britton Trabert, Ingrid Glimelius
An understanding of the origin of cancer is critical for cancer prevention and treatment. Complex biological mechanisms promote carcinogenesis, and there is increasing evidence that pregnancy-related exposures influence fetal growth cell division and organ functioning and may have a long-lasting impact on health and disease susceptibility in the mothers and offspring. Nulliparity is an established risk factor for breast, ovarian, endometrial, and possibly pancreatic cancer, while the risk of kidney cancer is elevated in parous compared with nulliparous women...
February 24, 2018: Journal of Internal Medicine
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