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Bernice M Benoit, Neha Jariwala, Geraldine O'Connor, Landon K Oetjen, Timothy M Whelan, Adrienne Werth, Andrea B Troxel, Hélène Sicard, Lisa Zhu, Christopher Miller, Junko Takeshita, Daniel W McVicar, Brian S Kim, Alain H Rook, Maria Wysocka
Sézary syndrome (SS), a leukemic variant of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), is associated with a significantly shorter life expectancy compared to skin-restricted mycosis fungoides. Early diagnosis of SS is, therefore, key to achieving enhanced therapeutic responses. However, the lack of a biomarker(s) highly specific for malignant CD4(+) T cells in SS patients has been a serious obstacle in making an early diagnosis. We recently demonstrated the high expression of CD164 on CD4(+) T cells from Sézary syndrome patients with a wide range of circulating tumor burdens...
October 20, 2016: Archives of Dermatological Research
Michail Rovatsos, Martina Johnson Pokorná, Marie Altmanová, Lukáš Kratochvíl
Geckos in general show extensive variability in sex determining systems, but only male heterogamety has been demonstrated in the members of their legless family Pygopodidae. In the pioneering study published more than 45 years ago, multiple sex chromosomes of the type X1X1X2X2/X1X2Y were described in Burton's legless lizard (Lialisburtonis) based on conventional cytogenetic techniques. We conducted cytogenetic analyses including comparative genomic hybridization and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with selected cytogenetic markers in this species and the previously cytogenetically unstudied Papua snake lizard (Lialis jicari) to better understand the nature of these sex chromosomes and their differentiation...
October 21, 2016: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
Fabiana de Salvi Guimarães, Wilson Max Almeida Monteiro de Moraes, Luis Henrique Marchesi Bozi, Pâmela R Souza, Ednei Luiz Antonio, Danilo Sales Bocalini, Paulo José Ferreira Tucci, Daniel Araki Ribeiro, Patricia Chakur Brum, Alessandra Medeiros
Dexamethasone is a potent and widely used anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive drug. However, recent evidences suggest that dexamethasone cause pathologic cardiac remodeling, which later impairs cardiac function. The mechanism behind the cardiotoxic effect of dexamethasone is elusive. The present study aimed to verify if dexamethasone-induced cardiotoxicity would be associated with changes in the cardiac net balance of calcium handling protein and calcineurin signaling pathway activation. Wistar rats (~400 g) were treated with dexamethasone (35 µg/g) in drinking water for 15 days...
October 19, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Andrew Holowiecki, Britton O'Shields, Matthew J Jenny
Heme oxygenase 1 (HMOX1) degrades heme into biliverdin, which is subsequently converted to bilirubin by biliverdin reductase (BVRa or BVRb) in a manner analogous to the classic anti-oxidant glutathione-recycling pathway. To gain a better understanding of the potential antioxidant roles the BVR enzymes may play during development, the spatiotemporal expression and transcriptional regulation of zebrafish hmox1a, bvra and bvrb were characterized under basal conditions and in response to pro-oxidant exposure. All three genes displayed spatiotemporal expression patterns consistent with classic hematopoietic progenitors during development...
October 17, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
Venetia Bigley, Dawn Barge, Matthew Collin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Dendritic cells are specialized antigen-presenting cells which link innate and adaptive immunity, through recognition and presentation of antigen to T cells. Although the importance of dendritic cells has been demonstrated in many animal models, their contribution to human immunity remains relatively unexplored in vivo.Given their central role in infection, autoimmunity, and malignancy, dendritic cell deficiency or dysfunction would be expected to have clinical consequences...
October 17, 2016: Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Mir A Hossain, Yong Shen, Isaac Knudson, Shaleen Thakur, Jared R Stees, Yi Qiu, Betty S Pace, Kenneth R Peterson, Jörg Bungert
Reactivation of γ-globin expression has been shown to ameliorate disease phenotypes associated with mutations in the adult β-globin gene, including sickle cell disease. Specific mutations in the promoter of the γ-globin genes are known to prevent repression of the genes in the adult and thus lead to hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin. One such hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin is associated with a sequence located 567 bp upstream of the Gγ-globin gene which assembles a GATA-containing repressor complex...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Lauriane Galle-Treger, Yuzo Suzuki, Nisheel Patel, Ishwarya Sankaranarayanan, Jennifer L Aron, Hadi Maazi, Lin Chen, Omid Akbari
Allergic asthma is a complex and chronic inflammatory disorder that is associated with airway hyperreactivity (AHR) and driven by Th2 cytokine secretion. Type 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) produce large amounts of Th2 cytokines and contribute to the development of AHR. Here, we show that ILC2s express the α7-nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR), which is thought to have an anti-inflammatory role in several inflammatory diseases. We show that engagement of a specific agonist with α7nAChR on ILC2s reduces ILC2 effector function and represses ILC2-dependent AHR, while decreasing expression of ILC2 key transcription factor GATA-3 and critical inflammatory modulator NF-κB, and reducing phosphorylation of upstream kinase IKKα/β...
October 18, 2016: Nature Communications
C Du, Y Xu, K Yang, S Chen, X Wang, S Wang, C Wang, M Shen, F Chen, M Chen, D Zeng, F Li, T Wang, F Wang, J Zhao, G Ai, T Cheng, Y Su, J Wang
Estrogen is reported to be involved in thrombopoiesis and the disruption of its signaling may cause myeloproliferative disease, yet the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. GATA-binding factor 1 (GATA1) is a key regulator of megakaryocyte differentiation and its deficiency will lead to megakaryoblastic leukemia. Here, we show that estrogen can dose-dependently promote megakaryocyte polyploidization and maturation via activation of estrogen receptor beta (ERβ), accompanied by a significant up-regulation of GATA1...
October 17, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Yonggang Zhang, Fang Li, Xiao Xiao, Wu Deng, Chaoran Yin, Ting Zhang, Karnam S Murthy, Wenhui Hu
GATA transcription factors regulate an array of genes important in cell proliferation and differentiation. Here we report the identification of regulator of G protein signaling 4 (RGS4) as a novel target for GATA-6 transcription factor. Although three sites (a, b, c) within the proximal region of rabbit RGS4 promoter for GATA transcription factors were predicted by bioinformatics analysis, only GATA-a site (16 bp from the core TATA box) is essential for RGS4 transcriptional regulation. RT-PCR analysis demonstrated that only GATA-6 was highly expressed in rabbit colonic smooth muscle cells but GATA-4/6 were expressed in cardiac myocytes and GATA-1/2/3 expressed in blood cells...
October 13, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Sooyeon Song, Sei-Jung Lee, Dong-June Park, Sejong Oh, Kye-Taek Lim
Recently, interest in the beneficial role of probiotics in the protection and management of allergic diseases caused by immune disorders has been increasing. This study investigated the inhibitory effect of Lactobacillus plantarum L67 on induced allergic inflammatory response in bisphenol A-treated rat basophilic leukemia 2H3 (RBL-2H3) cells and mouse splenocytes. We also evaluated the applicability of L. plantarum L67 as a yogurt starter culture. We measured the ability of Lactobacillus strains to induce the production of IL-12 and IFN- γ in cultured splenocytes by ELISA...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
Christina Stoeckle, Barbara Geering, Shida Yousefi, Saša Rožman, Nicola Andina, Charaf Benarafa, Hans-Uwe Simon
Eosinophils are frequently elevated in pathological conditions and can cause tissue damage and disease exacerbation. The number of eosinophils in the blood is largely regulated by factors controlling their production in the bone marrow. While several exogenous factors, such as interleukin-5, have been described to promote eosinophil differentiation, comparatively little is known about eosinophil-intrinsic factors that control their de novo generation. Here, we report that the small atypical GTPase RhoH is induced during human eosinophil differentiation, highly expressed in mature blood eosinophils and further upregulated in patients suffering from a hypereosinophilic syndrome...
October 14, 2016: Cell Death and Differentiation
Philipp Lohneis, Stephan Wienert, Frederick Klauschen, Ioannis Anagnostopoulos, Korinna Jöhrens
There is evidence from studies on fibrotic diseases that a TH2 polarized immune response, characterized by the production of cytokines like IL-4, IL-5, and IL-13 is important for fibrosis development. Data concerning the role of TH2 polarized immune response for fibrogenesis in lymphomas are scarce. Using immunohistochemistry, we investigated paraffin embedded tissue specimens of 58 follicular lymphomas (FL) grade 1/2 with and without fibrosis. In FL with fibrosis, we detected more interfollicular GATA-3 positive lymphocytes and a shift towards a TH2 immune response...
October 13, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Sampurna Garai, Naveen Chandra Joshi, Baishnab C Tripathy
Uroporphyrinogen III methyl transferase (UPM1) and Sirohydrochlorin ferrochelatase (SIRB) are the important genes involved in the biosynthesis of siroheme, the prosthetic group of nitrite reductases (NiR) and sulfite reductases (SiR) involved in nitrogen and sulfur assimilation. Both UPM1 and SIRB could be potential candidate genes targeted for sustainable agriculture especially in N-deficient soil. The phylogenetic analysis revealed that these genes are highly conserved among algae, bryophytes and vascular plants including dicots and monocots...
July 2016: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
Biagio Ricciuti, Giulia Costanza Leonardi, Noemi Ravaioli, Andrea De Giglio, Marta Brambilla, Enrico Prosperi, Franca Ribacchi, Marialuisa Meacci, Lucio Crinò, Daniele Maiettini, Rita Chiari, Giulio Metro
Breast cancer metastases to the gastrointestinal tract are very rare occurrences. Among the histological subtypes of breast cancer, invasive lobular carcinomas have a high capacity of metastasis to uncommon sites including the stomach. Conversely, there has not been sufficient evidence supporting the gastric metastasis of invasive ductal carcinoma. Herein, we report a unique case of metastatic ductal breast carcinoma mimicking primary linitis plastica in a male patient, particularly focusing on the clinical and pathological features of presentation...
September 2016: Journal of Breast Cancer
Misty R Riddle, Erik A Spickard, Angela Jevince, Ken C Q Nguyen, David H Hall, Pradeep M Joshi, Joel H Rothman
The differentiated cell identities and structure of fully formed organs are generally stable after their development. In contrast, we report here that development of the C. elegans proximal somatic gonad (hermaphrodite uterus and spermathecae, and male vas deferens) can be redirected into intestine-like organs by brief expression of the ELT-7 GATA transcription factor. This process converts one developing organ into another and can hence be considered "transorganogenesis." We show that, following pulsed ELT-7 expression, cells of the uterus activate and maintain intestine-specific gene expression and are transformed at the ultrastructural level to form an epithelial tube resembling the normal intestine formed during embryogenesis...
October 4, 2016: Developmental Biology
Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad, Mushtaq Ahmad Ansari, Ahmed Nadeem, Khairy M A Zoheir, Saleh A Bakheet, Abdulaziz M S Alsaad, Othman A Al-Shabanah, Sabry M Attia
We set out to investigate the influence of STA-21, a dynamic STAT-3 inhibitor, on the expansion and progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and to determine its potential mechanisms of action in a mouse model of collagen antibody-induced arthritis (CAIA). To this end, arthritis was induced via intravenous (IV) injection of Balb/c mice with a cocktail of antibodies directed against type II collagen (1.5μg/mouse, IV), followed by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) at a dose of (25μg/mouse, i.p.) on day 3. Mice were then left untreated or were simultaneously treated with STA-21 (0...
October 3, 2016: Immunobiology
Wei Guan, Fangyun Cheng, Hao Wu, Qing Cao, Xiaofei Zhu, Yan Fan, Huixia Zhu, Yajun Zhou
Accumulating evidence reveals that hormone leptin, mainly produced by adipocyte, plays a unique role in promotion of liver fibrosis. Hepatic stellate cell (HSC) activation is a key step in liver fibrosis and peroxisome-proliferator activated receptor γ (PPARγ) exerts a crucial role in inhibition of HSC activation. Our previous researches demonstrated that leptin reduced PPARγ1 (a major subtype of PPARγ in HSCs) expression through GATA binding protein 2 (GATA2) binding to a site around -2323 in PPARγ1 promoter...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Kaoru S Imai, Clare Hudson, Izumi Oda-Ishii, Hitoyoshi Yasuo, Yutaka Satou
Many animal embryos use nuclear β-catenin (nβ-catenin) during the segregation of endomesoderm (or endoderm) from ectoderm. This mechanism is thus likely to be evolutionarily ancient. In the ascidian embryo, nβ-catenin reiteratively drives binary fate decisions between ectoderm and endomesoderm at the 16-cell stage, and then between endoderm and margin (mesoderm and caudal neural) at the 32-cell stage. At the 16-cell stage, nβ-catenin activates endomesoderm genes in the vegetal hemisphere. At the same time, nβ-catenin suppresses the DNA-binding activity of a maternal transcription factor Gata...
October 5, 2016: Development
Tobias Wiesenfahrt, Erin Osborne Nishimura, Janette Y Berg, James D McGhee
The ELT-2 GATA factor is the predominant transcription factor regulating gene expression in the C. elegans intestine, following endoderm specification. We comment on our previous study (Wiesenfahrt et al., 2016) that investigated how the elt-2 gene is controlled by END-1, END-3 and ELT-7, the 3 endoderm specific GATA factors that lie upstream in the regulatory hierarchy. We also discuss the unexpected result that ELT-2, if expressed sufficiently early and at sufficiently high levels, can specify the C. elegans endoderm, replacing the normal functions of END-1 and END-3...
2016: Worm
Ashley J Waardenberg, Bernou Homan, Stephanie Mohamed, Richard P Harvey, Romaric Bouveret
The ability to accurately predict the DNA targets and interacting cofactors of transcriptional regulators from genome-wide data can significantly advance our understanding of gene regulatory networks. NKX2-5 is a homeodomain transcription factor that sits high in the cardiac gene regulatory network and is essential for normal heart development. We previously identified genomic targets for NKX2-5 in mouse HL-1 atrial cardiomyocytes using DNA-adenine methyltransferase identification (DamID). Here, we apply machine learning algorithms and propose a knowledge-based feature selection method for predicting NKX2-5 protein : protein interactions based on motif grammar in genome-wide DNA-binding data...
September 2016: Open Biology
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