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Li Qin, Chan Liu, Ya-Guang Ni, Ya-Ning Shi, Bao-Xue Ao, Zheng Liu, Duan-Fang Liao
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension is closely associated with profound vascular remodeling, especially proliferation and hyperplasia of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Aberrant Wnt5a signaling has been related to vascular diseases, but its role on the proliferation of VSMCs is unclear. The study evaluated the effect of Wnt5a on the proliferation of VSMCs and its possible mechanism. DESIGN AND METHOD: The capability of cell proliferation was detected by the assays of MTT, colony formation and EdU cell proliferation...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
A L R Bordinhão, A F Evangelista, R J S Oliveira, T Macedo, H C Silveira, R M Reis, M M Marques
Cediranib, a pan-tyrosine kinase inhibitor is showing promising results for the treatment of several solid tumours. In breast cancer, its effects remain unclear, and there are no predictive biomarkers. Several studies have examined the expression profiles of microRNAs (miRNAs) in response to different chemotherapy treatments and found that the expression patterns may be associated with the treatment response. Therefore, our aim was to evaluate the cellular behaviour and differential expression profiles of miRNAs in breast cancer cell lines exposed to cediranib...
October 7, 2016: Oncology Reports
Mitsuharu Endo, Guljahan Ubulkasim, Chiho Kobayashi, Reiko Onishi, Atsu Aiba, Yasuhiro Minami
Ror2 receptor tyrosine kinase plays crucial roles in developmental morphogenesis and tissue-/organo-genesis. In the developing brain, Ror2 is expressed in neural stem/progenitor cells (NPCs) and involved in the regulation of their stemness. However, it remains largely unknown about its role in the adult brain. In this study, we show that Ror2 is up-regulated in reactive astrocytes in the neocortices within 3 days following stab-wound injury. Intriguingly, Ror2-expressing astrocytes were detected primarily at the area surrounding the injury site, where astrocytes express Nestin, a marker of NPCs, and proliferate in response to injury...
October 11, 2016: Glia
Nora Bengoa-Vergniory, Irantzu Gorroño-Etxebarria, Inmaculada López-Sánchez, Michele Marra, Pierluigi Di Chiaro, Robert Kypta
Wnt proteins preferentially activate either β-catenin-dependent or β-catenin-independent signals, but the activity of a particular Wnt also depends on cellular context and receptor availability. We previously reported that Wnt-3a induces neural differentiation of human embryonic stem cell-derived neural stem cells (NSCs) in a β-catenin-independent manner by activating a signal involving JNK and the AP-1 family member ATF-2. Here, we report the results of a gene silencing approach to identify the Wnt receptors that mediate this response to Wnt-3a...
October 5, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Ripla Arora, Diana J Laird
Sertoli cells in the adult testis serve a secretory function and have a key structural role in the blood testis barrier (BTB). The BTB prevents meiotic spermatocytes from entering the blood and mounting an immune response. Spermatogonial maturation proceeds from the periphery of the seminiferous tubules towards the lumen, while maintaining constant contact with Sertoli cells. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
October 3, 2016: Molecular Reproduction and Development
Li Qin, Chan Liu, Ya-Guang Ni, Ya-Ning Shi, Bao-Xue Ao, Zheng Liu, Duan-Fang Liao
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension is closely associated with profound vascular remodeling, especially proliferation and hyperplasia of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Aberrant Wnt5a signaling has been related to vascular diseases, but its role on the proliferation of VSMCs is unclear. The study evaluated the effect of Wnt5a on the proliferation of VSMCs and its possible mechanism. DESIGN AND METHOD: The capability of cell proliferation was detected by the assays of MTT, colony formation and EdU cell proliferation...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Silvia Mazzotta, Carlos Neves, Rory J Bonner, Andreia S Bernardo, Kevin Docherty, Stefan Hoppler
Wnt signaling is a key regulator of vertebrate heart development; however, specific roles for human cardiomyocyte development remain uncertain. Here we use human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to analyze systematically in human cardiomyocyte development the expression of endogenous Wnt signaling components, monitor pathway activity, and dissect stage-specific requirements for canonical and noncanonical Wnt signaling mechanisms using small-molecule inhibitors. Our analysis suggests that WNT3 and WNT8A, via FZD7 and canonical signaling, regulate BRACHYURY expression and mesoderm induction; that WNT5A/5B, via ROR2 and noncanonical signaling, regulate MESP1 expression and cardiovascular development; and that later in development WNT2, WNT5A/5B, and WNT11, via FZD4 and FZD6, regulate functional cardiomyocyte differentiation via noncanonical Wnt signaling...
October 11, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
Sean S Q Ma, Claire E Henry, Estelle Llamosas, Rupert Higgins, Benjamin Daniels, Luke B Hesson, Nicholas J Hawkins, Robyn L Ward, Caroline E Ford
The Wnt signalling receptor receptor tyrosine kinase-like orphan receptor 2 (ROR2) is implicated in numerous human cancers. However, there have been conflicting reports regarding ROR2 expression, some studies showing upregulation and others downregulation of ROR2 in the same cancer type. The majority of these studies used immunohistochemistry (IHC) to detect ROR2 protein, without validation of the used antibodies. There appears to be currently no consensus on the antibody best suited for ROR2 detection or how ROR2 expression changes in various cancer types...
September 8, 2016: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
Carolin Schille, Michaela Bayerlová, Annalen Bleckmann, Alexandra Schambony
The receptor tyrosine kinase Ror2 is a major Wnt receptor that activates β-catenin-independent signaling and plays a conserved role in the regulation of convergent extension movements and planar cell polarity in vertebrates. Mutations in the ROR2 gene cause recessive Robinow syndrome in humans, a short-limbed dwarfism associated with craniofacial malformations. Here, we show that Ror2 is required for local upregulation of gdf6 at the neural plate border in Xenopus embryos. Ror2 morphant embryos fail to upregulate neural plate border genes and show defects in the induction of neural crest cell fate...
September 1, 2016: Development
Bo Yang, Zi Zhao Lieu, Haguy Wolfenson, Feroz M Hameed, Alexander D Bershadsky, Michael P Sheetz
To understand how cells form tissues, we need to understand how the tyrosine kinases are involved in controlling cell mechanics, whether they act directly as parts of mechanosensing machines or indirectly. Cells test the critical parameter of matrix rigidity by locally contracting ("pinching") matrices and measuring forces, and the depletion of contractile units causes transformation. We report here that knocking down the receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs), AXL, and ROR2, alters rigidity sensing and increases the magnitude or duration of local contraction events, respectively...
September 14, 2016: Nano Letters
Takeshi Shimizu, Ron Smits, Kazuhiro Ikenaka
Oligodendrocytes are myelinating cells of the central nervous system. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease characterized by both myelin loss and neuronal degeneration. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal degeneration in demyelinating disorders are not fully understood. In the experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) demyelinating mouse model of MS, inflammatory microglia produce cytokines including interleukin-1β (IL-1β). Since microglia and non-canonical Wnt signaling components in neurons, such as the co-receptor Ror2, were observed in the spinal cord of EAE mice, we postulated that the interplay between activated microglia and spinal neurons under EAE conditions is mediated through non-canonical Wnt signaling...
August 22, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Hai-Di Fu, Bei-Ke Wang, Zi-Qiu Wan, Heng Lin, Mao-Lin Chang, Guang-Li Han
Orthodontic tooth movement (OTM) is associated with bone remodeling mediated by orthodontic mechanical loading. Increasing studies reported that Wnt signaling played crucial roles in mechanical stimuli induced bone remodeling. However, little is known about the involvement of Wnt signaling in orthodontic force-induced bone formation during OTM. In virtue of the OTM mice model as we previously reported, where new bone formation was determined by micro-CT and immunoreactivity of osteocalcin and osterix, we explored the activation of Wnt signaling pathway during OTM...
October 2016: Journal of Molecular Histology
Sean S Q Ma, Sameer Srivastava, Estelle Llamosas, Nicholas J Hawkins, Luke B Hesson, Robyn L Ward, Caroline E Ford
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is closely linked to Wnt signalling, with 94 % of cases exhibiting a Wnt related mutation. ROR2 is a receptor tyrosine kinase that is thought to repress β-catenin dependent Wnt signalling. Our study aims to determine if ROR2 is epigenetically silenced in CRC and determine if in vitro silencing of ROR2 potentiates Wnt signalling, and alters the proliferative, migratory or invasive potential of cells. METHODS: ROR2 expression was examined in CRC cell lines and patient adenomas using qRT-PCR, while COBRA and bisulphite sequencing was used to analyse ROR2 promoter methylation...
2016: BMC Cancer
Andrea V Cantú, Svetlana Altshuler-Keylin, Diana J Laird
Inheritance depends on the expansion of a small number of primordial germ cells (PGCs) in the early embryo. Proliferation of mammalian PGCs is concurrent with their movement through changing microenvironments; however, mechanisms coordinating these conflicting processes remain unclear. Here, we find that PGC proliferation varies by location rather than embryonic age. Ror2 and Wnt5a mutants with mislocalized PGCs corroborate the microenvironmental regulation of the cell cycle, except in the hindgut, where Wnt5a is highly expressed...
July 18, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
Veronika Wallkamm, Karolin Rahm, Jana Schmoll, Lilian T Kaufmann, Eva Brinkmann, Jessica Schunk, Bianca Kraft, Doris Wedlich, Dietmar Gradl
BACKGROUND: A tight regulation of the Wnt-signaling network, activated by 19 Wnt molecules and numerous receptors and co-receptors, is required for the establishment of a complex organism. Different branches of this Wnt-signaling network, including the canonical Wnt/β-catenin and the non-canonical Wnt/PCP, Wnt/Ror2 and Wnt/Ca(2+) pathways, are assigned to distinct developmental processes and are triggered by certain ligand/receptor complexes. The Wnt-signaling molecules are closely related and it is still on debate whether the information for activating a specific branch is encoded by specific sequence motifs within a particular Wnt protein...
2016: BMC Biology
C E Henry, E Llamosas, A Djordjevic, N F Hacker, C E Ford
Ovarian cancer survival remains poor despite recent advances in our understanding of genetic profiles. Unfortunately, the majority of ovarian cancer patients have recurrent disease after chemotherapy and lack other treatment options. Wnt signalling has been extensively implicated in cancer progression and chemoresistance. Therefore, we investigated the previously described Wnt receptors ROR1 and ROR2 as regulators of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in a clinically relevant cell line model. The parental A2780- and cisplatin-resistant A2780-cis cell lines were used as a model of ovarian cancer chemoresistance...
2016: Oncogenesis
Ripla Arora, Emilie Abby, Adam D J Ross, Andrea V Cantu, Michael D Kissner, Vianca Castro, Hsin-Yi Henry Ho, Gabriel Livera, Diana J Laird
Mouse ovarian germ cells enter meiosis in a wave that propagates from anterior to posterior, but little is known about contribution of germ cells to initiation or propagation of meiosis. In a Ror2 mutant with diminished germ cell number and migration, we find that overall timing of meiotic initiation is delayed at the population level. We use chemotherapeutic depletion to exclude a profoundly reduced number of germ cells as a cause for meiotic delay. We rule out sex reversal or failure to specify somatic support cells as contributors to the meiotic phenotype...
July 1, 2016: Journal of Cell Science
Jen-Chih Tseng, Ching-Yu Lin, Liang-Chen Su, Hsiao-Hui Fu, Shiaw-Der Yang, Chih-Pin Chuu
Prostate cancer (PCa) was the fifth most common cancer overall in the world. More than 80% of patients died from PCa developed bone metastases. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) is a main bioactive component of honeybee hive propolis. Transwell and wound healing assays demonstrated that CAPE treatment suppressed the migration and invasion of PC-3 and DU-145 PCa cells. Gelatin zymography and Western blotting indicated that CAPE treatment reduced the abundance and activity of MMP-9 and MMP-2. Analysis using Micro-Western Array (MWA), a high-throughput antibody-based proteomics platform with 264 antibodies detecting signaling proteins involved in important pathways indicated that CAPE treatment induced receptor tyrosine kinase-like orphan receptor 2 (ROR2) in non-canonical Wnt signaling pathway but suppressed abundance of β-catenin, NF-κB activity, PI3K-Akt signaling, and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT)...
May 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Eva-Maria Brinkmann, Benjamin Mattes, Rahul Kumar, Anja I H Hagemann, Dietmar Gradl, Steffen Scholpp, Herbert Steinbeisser, Lilian T Kaufmann, Suat Özbek
Convergent extension movements during vertebrate gastrulation require a balanced activity of non-canonical Wnt signaling pathways, but the factors regulating this interplay on the molecular level are poorly characterized. Here we show that sFRP2, a member of the secreted frizzled-related protein (sFRP) family, is required for morphogenesis and papc expression during Xenopus gastrulation. We further provide evidence that sFRP2 redirects non-canonical Wnt signaling from Frizzled 7 (Fz7) to the receptor tyrosine kinase-like orphan receptor 2 (Ror2)...
June 24, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Meng'en Zhu, Xin Fang, Shaoqiong Zhou, Wei Li, Siming Guan
Vascular calcification (VC) is widely considered to be a crucial clinical indicator of cardiovascular disease. Recently, certain properties of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been hypothesized to have potential in treating cardiovascular diseases. However, their effect on the initiation and progression of VC remains controversial. The present study aimed to investigate whether MSCs indirectly mediate VC and their impact on the Wnt signaling pathways. A Transwell system was selected to establish the indirect co‑culture environment, and hence, vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) were indirectly co‑cultured in the presence or absence of MSCs at a ratio of 1:1...
June 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
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