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Takahiko Otsuki, Taku Nakashima, Hironobu Hamada, Yusuke Takayama, Shin Akita, Takeshi Masuda, Yasushi Horimasu, Shintaro Miyamoto, Hiroshi Iwamoto, Kazunori Fujitaka, Yoshihiro Miyata, Masayuki Miyake, Nobuoki Kohno, Morihito Okada, Noboru Hattori
Angiogenesis is a crucial factor in the progression of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), and antiangiogenic strategies might be effective against MPM. Aminopeptidase N/CD13 (APN/CD13) promotes tumour angiogenesis and is associated with poor prognosis; however, its clinical significance in MPM remains unclear.In 37 consecutive patients with surgically resected MPM, we evaluated the association between immunohistochemical APN/CD13 expression in resected tumours and survival. Additionally, the antitumour and antiangiogenic effects of MT95-4, a fully humanized anti-APN/CD13 monoclonal antibody, were evaluated in mice orthotopically implanted with EHMES-10 (abundantly expressing APN/CD13) and MSTO-211H (scarcely expressing APN/CD13) MPM cells...
March 8, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Hanae Morio, Yuchen Sun, Manami Harada, Hideyuki Ide, Osamu Shimozato, Xujia Zhou, Kenjirou Higashi, Ryuzaburo Yuki, Naoto Yamaguchi, Josefina Piñón Hofbauer, Christina Guttmann-Gruber, Naohiko Anzai, Hidetaka Akita, Kan Chiba, Tomomi Furihata
Cancer-type organic anion transporting polypeptide 1B3 (Ct-OATP1B3) mRNA is a variant isoform of the liver-type OATP1B3. Because Ct-OATP1B3 mRNA shows an excellent cancer-specific expression profile in colorectal cancer (CRC), and that its expression levels are associated with CRC prognosis, it holds the potential to become a useful CRC detection and diagnosis biomarker. While the potential is currently justified only at the tissue level, if existence of Ct-OATP1B3 mRNA in CRC-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) is validated, the findings could enhance its translational potential as a CRC detection and diagnosis biomarker...
2018: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Yingchao Zhou, Hong Xiao, Jianfei Wu, Lingfeng Zha, Mengchen Zhou, Qianqian Li, Mengru Wang, Shumei Shi, Yanze Li, Liangkun Lyu, Qing Wang, Xin Tu, Qiulun Lu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Diabetes mellitus (DM) has been demonstrated to have a strong association with heart failure. Conventional echocardiographic analysis cannot sensitively monitor cardiac dysfunction in type I diabetic Akita hearts, but the phenotype of heart failure is observed in molecular levels during the early stages. METHODS: Male Akita (Ins2WT/C96Y) mice were monitored with echocardiographic imaging at various ages, and then with conventional echocardiographic analysis and speckle-tracking based strain analyses...
February 21, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Shyam S Chaurasia, Rayne R Lim, Bhav H Parikh, Yeo Sia Wey, Bo Bo Tun, Tien Yin Wong, Chi D Luu, Rupesh Agrawal, Arkasubhra Ghosh, Alessandra Mortellaro, Elizabeth Rackoczy, Rajiv R Mohan, Veluchamy A Barathi
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a retinal microvascular disease characterized by inflammatory and angiogenic pathways. In this study, we evaluated NLRP3 inflammasome in a double transgenic mouse model, Akimba (Ins2 Akita xVEGF +/- ), which demonstrates hyperglycemia, vascular hyperpermeability and neovascularization seen in the proliferative DR. Retinal structural integrity, vascular leakage and function were examined by fundus photography, fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, retinal flat mounts, laser speckle flowgraphy (LSFG), and electroretinography in Akimba and its parental strains, Akita (Ins2 Akita ) and Kimba (trVEGF029) mice...
February 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kazuo Takayama, Naoki Akita, Natsumi Mimura, Rina Akahira, Yukimasa Taniguchi, Makoto Ikeda, Fuminori Sakurai, Osamu Ohara, Tomohiro Morio, Kiyotoshi Sekiguchi, Hiroyuki Mizuguchi
Hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) differentiated from human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are expected to be applied for regenerative medicine. In this study, we attempted to generate safe and therapeutically effective human iPS-HLCs for hepatocyte transplantation. First, human iPS-HLCs were generated from a human leukocyte antigen-homozygous donor on the assumption that the allogenic transplantation might be carried out. Highly efficient hepatocyte differentiation was performed under a feeder-free condition using human recombinant laminin 111, laminin 511, and type IV collagen...
December 2017: Hepatology Communications
Hiroki Mutoh, Mitsuhiro Kato, Tenpei Akita, Takuma Shibata, Hiroyuki Wakamoto, Hiroko Ikeda, Hiroki Kitaura, Kazushi Aoto, Mitsuko Nakashima, Tianying Wang, Chihiro Ohba, Satoko Miyatake, Noriko Miyake, Akiyoshi Kakita, Kensuke Miyake, Atsuo Fukuda, Naomichi Matsumoto, Hirotomo Saitsu
Early-onset epileptic encephalopathies, including West syndrome (WS), are a group of neurological disorders characterized by developmental impairments and intractable seizures from early infancy. We have now identified biallelic CNPY3 variants in three individuals with WS; these include compound-heterozygous missense and frameshift variants in a family with two affected siblings (individuals 1 and 2) and a homozygous splicing variant in a consanguineous family (individual 3). All three individuals showed hippocampal malrotation...
January 26, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
Ebrahim Aboualizadeh, Christine M Sorenson, Alex J Schofield, Miriam Unger, Nader Sheibani, Carol J Hirschmugl
To discover the mechanisms underlying the progression of diabetic retinopathy (DR), a more comprehensive understanding of the biomolecular processes in individual retinal cells subjected to hyperglycemia is required. Despite extensive studies, the changes in the biochemistry of retinal layers during the development of DR are not well known. In this study, we aimed to determine a more detailed understanding of the natural history of DR in Akita/+ (type 1 diabetes model) male mice with different duration of diabetes...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jungmi Choi, Hatasu Kobayashi, Hiroko Okuda, Kouji H Harada, Midori Takeda, Hiroyuki Fujimoto, Shunsuke Yamane, Daisuke Tanaka, Shohab Youssefian, Nobuya Inagaki, Akio Koizumi
Adiponectin, a metabolically-active cytokine secreted from adipose tissue, is reported to have anti-apoptotic effects on β-cells as well as anti-hyperglycemic effects through adiponectin receptor signaling. However, the anti-apoptotic effects of adiponectin on β-cells have not been confirmed in established diabetic models, and the anti-hyperglycemic effects and their associated signal cascades remain controversial. To investigate the effects of adiponectin on β-cell protection and its down-stream signaling events, we have generated β-cell-specific rat insulin promoter (RIP)-AdipoR1 transgenic mice (AdipoR1 mice), in which the adiponectin receptor, AdipoR1, is overexpressed in β-cells in a manner synchronous with insulin demand...
2018: PloS One
Shuiling Zhao, Anindya Ghosh, Chao-Sheng Lo, Isabelle Chenier, James W Scholey, Janos G Filep, Julie R Ingelfinger, Shao-Ling Zhang, John S D Chan
We investigated the role of nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) in renin-angiotensin system (RAS) gene expression in renal proximal tubule cells (RPTCs) and in the development of systemic hypertension and kidney injury in diabetic Akita mice. We used adult male Akita Nrf2 knockout mice and Akita mice treated with trigonelline (an Nrf2 inhibitor) or oltipraz (an Nrf2 activator). We also examined rat immortalized RPTCs (IRPTCs) stably transfected with control plasmids or plasmids containing rat angiotensinogen (Agt), angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (Ace2), or angiotensin 1-7 (Ang 1-7) receptor (MasR) gene promoters...
February 1, 2018: Endocrinology
Bo Zeng, Gui-Lan Chen, Eliana Garcia-Vaz, Sunil Bhandari, Nikoleta Daskoulidou, Lisa M Berglund, Hongni Jiang, Thomas Hallett, Lu-Ping Zhou, Li Huang, Zi-Hao Xu, Viji Nair, Robert G Nelson, Wenjun Ju, Matthias Kretzler, Stephen L Atkin, Maria F Gomez, Shang-Zhong Xu
Impaired albumin reabsorption by proximal tubular epithelial cells (PTECs) has been highlighted in diabetic nephropathy (DN), but little is known about the underlying molecular mechanisms. Here we find that ORAI1-3, are preferentially expressed in PTECs and downregulated in patients with DN. Hyperglycemia or blockade of insulin signaling reduces the expression of ORAI1-3. Inhibition of ORAI channels by BTP2 and diethylstilbestrol or silencing of ORAI expression impairs albumin uptake. Transgenic mice expressing a dominant-negative Orai1 mutant (E108Q) increases albuminuria, and in vivo injection of BTP2 exacerbates albuminuria in streptozotocin-induced and Akita diabetic mice...
December 4, 2017: Nature Communications
Jingqi Fu, Hongzhi Zheng, Qi Cui, Chengjie Chen, Simeng Bao, Jing Sun, Lu Li, Bei Yang, Huihui Wang, Yongyong Hou, Yuanyuan Xu, Yuanhong Xu, Qiang Zhang, Jingbo Pi
The transcription factor nuclear factor erythroid 2-like 1 (NFE2L1 or NRF1) is involved in various critical cell processes such as maintenance of ubiquitin-proteasome system and regulation of the cellular antioxidant response. We previously determined that pancreatic β-cell-specific Nfe2l1 -knockout mice had hyperinsulinemia and that silencing of Nfe2l1 in mouse islets or MIN6 insulinoma β-cells induced elevated basal insulin release and altered glucose metabolism. Hypoglycemia is a major issue with aggressive insulinomas, although a role of NFE2L1 in this pathology is not defined...
March 2018: Endocrine-related Cancer
Odunayo O Mugisho, Colin R Green, Jie Zhang, Nicolette Binz, Monica L Acosta, Elizabeth Rakoczy, Ilva D Rupenthal
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) develops due to hyperglycemia and inflammation-induced vascular disruptions in the retina with connexin43 expression patterns in the disease still debated. Here, the effects of hyperglycemia and inflammation on connexin43 expression in vitro in a mouse model of DR and in human donor tissues were evaluated. Primary human retinal microvascular endothelial cells (hRMECs) were exposed to high glucose (HG; 25 mM) or pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1β and TNF-α (10 ng/mL each) or both before assessing connexin43 expression...
November 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Shannon M Harlan, Kathleen M Heinz-Taheny, John M Sullivan, Tao Wei, Hana E Baker, Dianna L Jaqua, Zhonghua Qi, Martin S Cramer, Tatiyana L Shiyanova, Matthew D Breyer, Josef G Heuer
Progress in research and developing therapeutics to prevent diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is limited by a lack of animal models exhibiting progressive kidney disease. Chronic hypertension, a driving factor of disease progression in human patients, is lacking in most available models of diabetes. We hypothesized that superimposition of hypertension on diabetic mouse models would accelerate DKD. To test this possibility, we induced persistent hypertension in three mouse models of type 1 diabetes and two models of type 2 diabetes by adeno-associated virus delivery of renin (ReninAAV)...
October 23, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Yuri Akita, Shinichiro Kuroshima, Kazunori Nakajima, Hiroki Hayano, Riho Kanai, Muneteru Sasaki, Takashi Sawase
Osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), which is a rare but severe adverse effect, mainly occurs in oncology patients receiving chemotherapeutic agents and bisphosphonates. However, the combined impact of chemotherapy and bisphosphonates on wound healing after tooth extraction remains unknown. The aim of this study was to determine the precise etiology of ONJ induced by chemotherapy and bisphosphonate combination therapy. Mice received zoledronate (ZA) monotherapy, cyclophosphamide (CY) monotherapy or CY/ZA combination therapy...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
A M Sashi Papu John, Sourav Kundu, Sathnur Pushpakumar, Maura Fordham, Gregory Weber, Manas Mukhopadhyay, Utpal Sen
The relationship between hydrogen sulfide (H2S), microRNAs (miRs), matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and poly-ADP-ribose-polymerase-1 (PARP-1) in diabetic kidney remodeling remains mostly obscured. We aimed at investigating whether alteration of miR-194-dependent MMPs and PARP-1 causes renal fibrosis in diabetes kidney, and whether H2S ameliorates fibrosis. Wild type, diabetic Akita mice as well as mouse glomerular endothelial cells (MGECs) were used as experimental models, and GYY4137 as H2S donor. In diabetic mice, plasma H2S levels were decreased while ROS and expression of its modulator (ROMO1) were increased...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
Varun Kesherwani, Hamid R Shahshahan, Paras K Mishra
Although diabetes mellitus (DM) causes cardiomyopathy and exacerbates heart failure, the underlying molecular mechanisms for diabetic cardiomyopathy/heart failure are poorly understood. Insulin2 mutant (Ins2+/-) Akita is a mouse model of T1DM, which manifests cardiac dysfunction. However, molecular changes at cardiac transcriptome level that lead to cardiomyopathy remain unclear. To understand the molecular changes in the heart of diabetic Akita mice, we profiled cardiac transcriptome of Ins2+/- Akita and Ins2+/+ control mice using next generation sequencing (NGS) and microarray, and determined the implications of differentially expressed genes on various heart failure signaling pathways using Ingenuity pathway (IPA) analysis...
2017: PloS One
Masahisa Jinushi, Tomoko Morita, Zhihang Xu, Ichiro Kinoshita, Hirotoshi Dosaka-Akita, Hideo Yagita, Yutaka Kawakami
Autophagy is a vital process controlling the lysosomal degradation of cellular organelles and thereby regulating tissue homeostasis in an environment-dependent fashion. Recent studies have unveiled the critical role of tumor cell-derived autophagy in regulating pro-tumor and anti-tumor processes depending on different stages and tumor microenvironments. However, the precise mechanism whereby autophagy regulates tumor progression remains largely unclear. Since myeloid cells contribute to tumor progression and metastasis, we evaluated the role of myeloid cell-specific autophagy in the regulation of tumor progression...
2017: PloS One
Mina Yoshida, Naoki Cho, Hidetaka Akita, Kaoru Kobayashi
Treatment with benzbromarone can be associated with liver injury, but the detailed mechanism remains unknown. Our recent studies demonstrated that benzbromarone was metabolized to 1',6-dihydroxybenzbromarone and followed by formation of reactive intermediates that were trapped by glutathione, suggesting that the reactive intermediates may be responsible for the liver injury. The aim of this study was to clarify whether the reactive intermediates derived from 1',6-dihydroxybenzbromarone is a risk factor of liver injury in mice...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
Wenzhong Liu, Shoujian Wang, Brian Soetikno, Ji Yi, Kevin Zhang, Siyu Chen, Robert A Linsenmeier, Christine M Sorenson, Nader Sheibani, Hao F Zhang
Purpose: To investigate inner retinal oxygen metabolic rate (IRMRO2) during early stages of type 1 diabetes in a transgenic mouse model. Methods: In current study, we involved seven diabetic mice (Akita/+, TSP1-/-) and seven control mice (TSP1-/-), and applied visible-light optical coherence tomography (vis-OCT) to image functional parameters including retinal blood flow rate, oxygen saturation (sO2) and the IRMRO2 value longitudinally from 5 weeks of age to 13 weeks of age...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Hongwei Jin, Charles M Welzig, Mark Aronovitz, Farzad Noubary, Robert Blanton, Bo Wang, Mohammad Rajab, Alfred Albano, Mark S Link, Sami F Noujaim, Ho-Jin Park, Jonas B Galper
BACKGROUND: The incidence of sudden arrhythmic death is markedly increased in diabetics. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to develop a mouse model for postmyocardial infarction (post-MI) ventricular tachycardia (VT) in the diabetic heart and determine the mechanism of an antiarrhythmic effect of statins. METHODS: ECG transmitters were implanted in wild-type (WT), placebo, and pravastatin-treated type I diabetic Akita mice. MIs were induced by coronary ligation, and Ca2+ transients were studied by optical mapping, and Ca2+ transients and sparks in left ventricular myocytes (VM) by the Ionoptix system and confocal microscopy...
September 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
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