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Ruiting Lin, Siyuan Xia, Changliang Shan, Dong Chen, Yijie Liu, Xue Gao, Mei Wang, Hee-Bum Kang, Yaozhu Pan, Shuangping Liu, Young Rock Chung, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Taha Merghoub, Michael Rossi, Ragini R Kudchadkar, David H Lawson, Fadlo R Khuri, Sagar Lonial, Jing Chen
Dietary supplements such as vitamins and minerals are widely used in the hope of improving health but may have unidentified risks and side effects. In particular, a pathogenic link between dietary supplements and specific oncogenes remains unknown. Here we report that chondroitin-4-sulfate (CHSA), a natural glycosaminoglycan approved as a dietary supplement used for osteoarthritis, selectively promotes the tumor growth potential of BRAF V600E-expressing human melanoma cells in patient- and cell line-derived xenograft mice and confers resistance to BRAF inhibitors...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Cell
Y Ni, Y Qin, Z Fang, Z Zhang
PURPOSE: Dysfunction or death of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells is a common pathogenesis of various types of retinal degenerative diseases. Recent reports indicated that ROCK pathway inhibitors regulate cell proliferation or apoptosis in a cell-type-dependent manner. Here, we aim to investigate the effect of ROCK inhibitor Y-27632 on the human retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) in vitro. METHODS: Cell proliferation and apoptosis were analyzed by CCK-8 and flow cytometry respectively...
March 16, 2018: Current Molecular Medicine
Shigeru Kinoshita, Noriko Koizumi, Morio Ueno, Naoki Okumura, Kojiro Imai, Hiroshi Tanaka, Yuji Yamamoto, Takahiro Nakamura, Tsutomu Inatomi, John Bush, Munetoyo Toda, Michio Hagiya, Isao Yokota, Satoshi Teramukai, Chie Sotozono, Junji Hamuro
BACKGROUND: Corneal endothelial cell (CEC) disorders, such as Fuchs's endothelial corneal dystrophy, induce abnormal corneal hydration and result in corneal haziness and vision loss known as bullous keratopathy. We investigated whether injection of cultured human CECs supplemented with a rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) inhibitor into the anterior chamber could increase CEC density. METHODS: We performed an uncontrolled, single-group study involving 11 persons who had received a diagnosis of bullous keratopathy and had no detectable CECs...
March 15, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
Richard T Amison, Shirin Jamshidi, Khondaker M Rahman, Clive P Page, Simon C Pitchford
Platelet P2Y1 receptor signaling via RhoGTPases is necessary for platelet-dependent leukocyte recruitment, where no platelet aggregation is observed. We investigated signaling cascades involved in distinct P2Y1 -dependent platelet activities in vitro, using specific inhibitors for phospholipase C (PLC) (U73122, to inhibit the canonical pathway), and RhoGTPases: Rac1 (NSC23766) and RhoA (ROCK inhibitor GSK429286). Human platelet rich plasma (for platelet aggregation) or isolated washed platelets (for chemotaxis assays) was treated with U73122, GSK429286 or NSC23766 prior to stimulation with adenosine diphosphate (ADP) or the P2Y1 specific agonist MRS2365...
March 10, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Yuan Dai, Weijia Luo, Jiang Chang
Rho kinases (ROCKs) are the first discovered RhoA effectors that are now widely known for their effects on actin organization. Recent studies have shown that ROCKs play important roles in cardiac physiology. Abnormal activation of ROCKs participate in multiple cardiovascular pathological processes, including cardiac hypertrophy, apoptosis, fibrosis, systemic hypertension, and pulmonary hypertension. ROCK inhibitors, fasudil and statins, have shown beneficial cardiovascular effects in many animal studies, clinical trials, and applications...
February 2018: Current Opinion in Physiology
Yu Bin Lee, Eun Mi Kim, Hayeon Byun, Hyung-Kwan Chang, Kwanghee Jeong, Zachary M Aman, Yu Suk Choi, Jungyul Park, Heungsoo Shin
Numerous methods have been reported for the fabrication of 3D multi-cellular spheroids and their use in stem cell culture. Current methods typically relying on the self-assembly of trypsinized, suspended stem cells, however, show limitations with respect to cell viability, throughput, and accurate recapitulation of the natural microenvironment. In this study, we developed a new system for engineering cell spheroids by self-assembly of micro-scale monolayer of stem cells. We prepared synthetic hydrogels with the surface of chemically formed micropatterns (squares/circles with width/diameter of 200 μm) on which mesenchymal stem cells isolated from human nasal turbinate tissue (hTMSCs) were selectively attached and formed a monolayer...
March 1, 2018: Biomaterials
Etsuo Chihara, Galina Dimitrova, Tomoyuki Chihara
PURPOSE: To assess the responses of the superficial peripapillary retinal vessel density (VD) and prelaminar flow index (PLFI) to topical Rho-assisted coiled-coil forming protein kinase (ROCK) inhibitor ripasudil and alpha-2 agonist brimonidine using optical coherence tomography angiography. METHODS: This is a prospective, non-randomized, comparative cohort study. We studied the response of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) parameters to drugs in 24 eyes treated with ripasudil and 23 eyes treated with brimonidine at the Sensho-kai Eye Institute...
March 8, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Anthony Tolcher, Keith Flaherty, Geoffrey I Shapiro, Jordan Berlin, Thomas Witzig, Thomas Habermann, Andrea Bullock, Edwin Rock, Agnes Elekes, Chester Lin, Dusan Kostic, Naoto Ohi, Drew Rasco, Kyriakos P Papadopoulos, Amita Patnaik, Lon Smith, Gregory M Cote
LESSONS LEARNED: OPB-111077 is a novel inhibitor of STAT3 and mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation that exhibited promising anticancer activity in preclinical models.In this first-in-human phase I study of OPB-111077 in unselected advanced cancers, treatment-emergent adverse events, most frequently nausea, fatigue, and vomiting, were generally mild to moderate in intensity and could be medically managed.Overall, only modest clinical activity was observed after OPB-111077 given as monotherapy...
March 6, 2018: Oncologist
Allison F Carey, Jeremy M Rock, Inna V Krieger, Michael R Chase, Marta Fernandez-Suarez, Sebastien Gagneux, James C Sacchettini, Thomas R Ioerger, Sarah M Fortune
Once considered a phenotypically monomorphic bacterium, there is a growing body of work demonstrating heterogeneity among Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) strains in clinically relevant characteristics, including virulence and response to antibiotics. However, the genetic and molecular basis for most phenotypic differences among Mtb strains remains unknown. To investigate the basis of strain variation in Mtb, we performed genome-wide transposon mutagenesis coupled with next-generation sequencing (TnSeq) for a panel of Mtb clinical isolates and the reference strain H37Rv to compare genetic requirements for in vitro growth across these strains...
March 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Ajay Vikram Singh, Timotheus Jahnke, Vimal Kishore, Byung-Wook Park, Madu Batuwangala, Joachim Bill, Metin Sitti
Cancer cells have the capacity to synthesize nanoparticles (NPs). The detailed mechanism of this process is not very well documented. We report the mechanism of biomineralization of aqueous gold chloride into NPs and microplates in the breast-cancer cell line MCF7. Spherical gold NPs are synthesized in these cells in the presence of serum in the culture media by the reduction of HAuCl4 . In the absence of serum, the cells exhibit gold microplate formation through seed-mediate growth albeit slower reduction...
February 27, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Jiayin Han, Yong Zhao, Yushi Zhang, Chunying Li, Yan Yi, Chen Pan, Jingzhuo Tian, Yifei Yang, Hongyu Cui, Lianmei Wang, Suyan Liu, Jing Liu, Nuo Deng, Aihua Liang
Background: Shuanghuanglian injection (SHLI) is a famous Chinese medicine used as an intravenous preparation for the treatment of acute respiratory tract infections. In the recent years, the immediate hypersensitivity reactions induced by SHLI have attracted broad attention. However, the mechanism involved in these reactions has not yet been elucidated. The present study aims to explore the characteristics of the immediate hypersensitivity reactions induced by SHLI and deciphers the role of the RhoA/ROCK signaling pathway in these reactions...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Jingjing Wang, Jian Xu, Xinyun Zhao, Weiping Xie, Hong Wang, Hui Kong
Regulation of leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions and of vascular permeability plays a critical role in the maintenance of functional pulmonary microvascular barriers. Little is yet known about the effect of the Rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) inhibitor fasudil on leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions or the underlying mechanism. In the present study, as evaluated using co-culture systems of neutrophils and human pulmonary microvascular endothelial cells (HPMECs), fasudil dose-dependently suppressed neutrophil chemotaxis by decreasing the production of chemotactic factors in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated HPMECs...
February 23, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
A Yuda, W S Lee, P Petrovic, C A McCulloch
Cell extensions are critical structures that enable matrix remodeling in wound healing and cancer invasion but the regulation of their formation is not well-defined. We searched for new proteins that mediated cell extension formation over collagen by tandem mass tagged mass spectrometry analysis of purified extensions in 3T3 fibroblasts. Unexpectedly, importin-5, ENH isoform 1b (PDLIM5) and 26 S protease regulatory subunit 6B (PSMC4) were more abundant (> 10-fold) in membrane-penetrating cell extensions than cell bodies, which was confirmed by immunostaining and immunoblotting and also observed in human gingival fibroblasts...
February 21, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
Sung-Yup Cho, Chang Ohk Sung, Jeesoo Chae, Jieun Lee, Deukchae Na, Wonyoung Kang, Jinjoo Kang, Seoyeon Min, Ahra Lee, Eunhye Kwak, Jooyoung Kim, Boram Choi, Hyunsoo Kim, Jeffrey H Chuang, Hyo-Kyung Pak, Chan-Sik Park, Sanghui Park, Young Hyeh Ko, Dakeun Lee, Jin Roh, Min-Sun Cho, Seongyeol Park, Young Seok Ju, Yun-Suhk Suh, Seong-Ho Kong, Hyuk-Joon Lee, James Keck, Jacques Banchereau, Edison T Liu, Woo-Ho Kim, Hansoo Park, Han-Kwang Yang, Jong-Il Kim, Charles Lee
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-positive diffuse large B cell lymphomas (EBV+ -DLBLs) tend to occur in immunocompromised patients, such as the elderly or those undergoing solid organ transplantation. The pathogenesis and genomic characteristics of EBV+ -DLBLs are largely unknown because of the limited availability of human samples and lack of experimental animal models. We observed the development of 25 human EBV+ -DLBLs during the engraftment of gastric adenocarcinomas into immunodeficient mice. An integrated genomic analysis of the human-derived EBV+ -DLBLs revealed enrichment of mutations in Rho pathway genes, including RHPN2 , and Rho pathway transcriptomic activation...
February 23, 2018: Blood
Joon Tae Park, Hyun Tae Kang, Chi Hyun Park, Young-Sam Lee, Kyung A Cho, Sang Chul Park
In our previous study, we uncovered a novel mechanism in which amelioration of Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) phenotype is mediated by mitochondrial functional recovery upon rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) inhibition. However, it remains elusive whether this mechanism is also applied to the amelioration of normal aging cells. In this study, we used Y-27632 and fasudil as effective ROCK inhibitors, and examined their role in senescence. We found that ROCK inhibition induced the functional recovery of the mitochondria as well as the metabolic reprogramming, which are two salient features that are altered in normal aging cells...
February 20, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
Moriah E Katt, Raleigh M Linville, Lakyn N Mayo, Zinnia S Xu, Peter C Searson
BACKGROUND: Transwell-based models of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) incorporating monolayers of human brain microvascular endothelial cells (dhBMECs) derived from induced pluripotent stem cells show many of the key features of the BBB, including expression of transporters and efflux pumps, expression of tight junction proteins, and physiological values of transendothelial electrical resistance. The fabrication of 3D BBB models using dhBMECs has so far been unsuccessful due to the poor adhesion and survival of these cells on matrix materials commonly used in tissue engineering...
February 20, 2018: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS
Stefania Rocca, Giovanna Carrà, Pietro Poggio, Alessandro Morotti, Mara Brancaccio
Atypical Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (aCML) is a myeloproliferative neoplasm characterized by neutrophilic leukocytosis and dysgranulopoiesis. From a genetic point of view, aCML shows a heterogeneous mutational landscape with mutations affecting signal transduction proteins but also broad genetic modifiers and chromatin remodelers, making difficult to understand the molecular mechanisms causing the onset of the disease. The JAK-STAT, MAPK and ROCK pathways are known to be responsible for myeloproliferation in physiological conditions and to be aberrantly activated in myeloproliferative diseases...
February 19, 2018: Molecular Cancer
Surmil Shah, Bhumika Patel, Jignasa K Savjani
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February 12, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Leyla Sahın, Ozge Selin Cevık, Dilan Deniz Koyuncu, Kansu Buyukafsar
AIMS: Rho/Rho-kinase (ROCK) signaling has extensively been shown to take part in mammalian smooth muscle contractions in response to diverse agents yet its role in the contraction of amphibian smooth muscle has not been investigated. Therefore, we aimed to explore any role of this pathway in the contractions of frog stomach smooth. MAIN METHODS: The strips were prepared and suspended in organ baths filled with Ringer solution. Changes in the circular strips of the frog stomach muscle length were recorded isotonically with a force transducer in organ baths...
February 15, 2018: Life Sciences
Zhongwei Liu, Raouf A Khalil
Vascular smooth muscle (VSM) plays an important role in the regulation of vascular function. Identifying the mechanisms of VSM contraction has been a major research goal in order to determine the causes of vascular dysfunction and exaggerated vasoconstriction in vascular disease. Major discoveries over several decades have helped to better understand the mechanisms of VSM contraction. Ca 2+ has been established as a major regulator of VSM contraction, and its sources, cytosolic levels, homeostatic mechanisms and subcellular distribution have been defined...
February 13, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
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