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Qiuju Wu, Zekun Chen, Guihua Zhang, Wenhui Zhou, You Peng, Rong Liu, Ceshi Chen, Jing Feng
Breast cancer is one of the most common malignancies in women. ERα, PR, and HER2 triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is the current research focus because of the lack of effective targeted therapies. In our study, lentivirus systems were used to overexpress EZH2 and miR-1301 in TNBC cell lines. Western blot analysis and RT-qPCR were used to detect the protein and microRNA levels. The TCGA and Kaplan Meier plotter databases were used to analyze the EZH2 and miR-1301 expression levels in breast cancer. The effect of miR-1301 overexpression on cell proliferation, migration and colony formation were determined by using the sulforhodamine B (SRB) assay, wound healing assay and colony formation assay, respectively...
May 22, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Judong Luo, Hong Zhu, Hua Jiang, Yayun Cui, Mengjie Wang, Xinye Ni, Changsheng Ma
Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide, and nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for 80% of all pulmonary carcinomas. Recently, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been paid attention for exploring treatment of various diseases. Upregulation of DiGeorge syndrome critical region gene 5 (DGCR5) predicts better lung squamous cell carcinoma prognosis; therefore, we explore the role of DGCR5 in lung cancer in our present study. Consecutive patients with LC were treated in our hospital between January 2015 and January 2016...
May 23, 2018: Cancer Medicine
Ke Yang, Haixia Yan, Li Song, Pengfei Jin, Weiguo Miao, Hongguang Cui
The complete genomic sequence of a telosma mosaic virus (TeMV) isolate (named PasFru), identified in passion fruit in China, was determined. The entire RNA genome of PasFru comprises 10,049 nucleotides (nt) excluding the poly(A) tail and encodes a polyprotein of 3,173 amino acids (aa), flanked by 5' and 3' untranslated regions (UTR) of 276 and 251 nt, respectively. Compared with the previous TeMV isolate Hanoi from Telosma cordata, the only documented isolate with the entire genome sequence annotated, PasFru had an extra 87 nt and 89 aa residues at the 3'-end of 5'UTR and the N-terminus of the P1 protein, respectively, which contributed to the genome size difference between PasFru and Hanoi (10,049 nt versus 9,689 nt)...
May 22, 2018: Archives of Virology
Ivan N Shatsky, Ilya M Terenin, Victoria V Smirnova, Dmitri E Andreev
Eukaryotic translation initiation relies on the m7 G cap present at the 5' end of all mRNAs. Some viral mRNAs employ alternative mechanisms of initiation based on internal ribosome entry. The 'IRES ideology' was adopted by researchers to explain the differential translation of cellular mRNAs when the cap recognition is suppressed. However, some cellular IRESs have already been challenged and others are awaiting their validation. As an alternative cap-independent mechanism, we propose adopting the concept of cap-independent translation enhancers (CITEs) for mammalian mRNAs...
May 19, 2018: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
M Gong, C Chen, H Zhao, M Sun, M Song
Cervical cancer (CC) is one of the most common gynecological malignancies in women worldwide. Recently increasing evidences indicate aberrant expression of miR-506 was reported to be associated with a variety of tumors. The aimof this study was to evaluate the potential role of miR-506 in CC and verify its effect on the regulation of ABCC4. The expression of miR-506 in cervical cancer tissues and HeLa and C33A cell lines was examined using quantitative Real-time PCR. MTT assay and animals studies were use to examine the effects of miR-506 on cervical cancer proliferation...
March 14, 2018: Neoplasma
Meina Wang, Lulu Li, Rui Liu, Yuwei Song, Xinxin Zhang, Weijing Niu, Alagamuthu Karthick Kumar, Zhigang Guo, Zhigang Hu
Scavenger Receptor B1 (SR-B1) is an 82 kDa integral membrane glycoprotein that mediates selective uptake of high-density lipoprotein cholesteryl ester (CE) in vitro and in vivo. Previously, we defined several kinds of regulatory mechanisms of SR-B1 expression and function. Here, we have dissected the function of a novel miR-24 on SR-B1 expression, HDL uptake and lipid metabolism. We showed that miR-24 was upregulated in HepG2 cells cultured in the mimicked hyperlipidemic condition and in the livers of dietary induced and genetic obesity mice...
May 19, 2018: Gene
Panagiotis G Adamopoulos, Georgios D Raptis, Christos K Kontos, Andreas Scorilas
The human SR-related CTD associated factor 1 (SCAF1) gene is a new member of the human SR (Ser/Arg-rich) superfamily of pre-mRNA splicing factors, which has been discovered and cloned by members of our lab. SCAF1 interacts with the CTD domain of the RNA polymerase II polypeptide A and is firmly involved in pre-mRNA splicing. Although it was found to be expressed widely in multiple human tissues, its mRNA levels vary a lot. The significant relation of SCAF1 with cancer has been confirmed by many studies, since SCAF1 mRNA transcript was found to be overexpressed in breast and ovarian tumors, confirming its significant prognostic value as a cancer biomarker in both these human malignancies...
May 19, 2018: Gene
Sheng-Nan Wang, Xing-Qi Zhao, Bin Yu, Bo-Wei Wang
BACKGROUND: miR-193a has been shown to be involved in a variety of biological processes, including cell proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis. However, little is known about how miR-193a regulates osteogenic differentiation. METHODS: We employed RT-qPCR to determine the level of miR-193a and mRNA level of HMGB1 and osteoblast-specific markers (Runx2, ALP, OSX, OCN). Besides, westernblot was used to probe protein level of phosphorylated MAPK family members and β-catenin...
May 19, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Manjusha Vaidya, Michael Bacchus, Kiminobu Sugaya
NANOG has been demonstrated to play an essential role in the maintenance of embryonic stem cells, and its pseudogene, NANOGP8, is suggested to promote the cancer stem cell phenotype. As the roles of these genes are intimately involved with glioblastoma multiforme progression and exosomes are critical in intercellular communication, we conducted a detailed analysis of the association of the NANOG gene family with exosomes to identify diagnostic markers for cancer. Exosomes were precipitated from conditioned culture media from various cell lines, and NANOG gene fragments were directly amplified without DNA isolation using multiple primer sets...
2018: PloS One
Xiangjun Liu, Xiaohui Xu
Osteoporosis is defined as a loss of bone mass and deterioration of its architecture resulting in bone weakness, which becomes prone to fracture. The objective of this study was to investigate the molecular mechanism by which miR-137 can reduce the risk of fracture in patients with osteoporosis. An online miRNA database and a luciferase reporter assay system were used to confirm that leucine-rich repeat-containing G-protein-coupled receptor 4 (LGR4) was the target of miR-137. Real-time PCR and western blot analysis were used to study miR-137 mRNA, the expression of LGR4 mRNA and protein among different groups or cells transfected with a scrambled miRNA control, miR-137 mimic, LGR4 siRNA and miR-137 inhibitor...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Wen Luo, Jiahui Chen, Limin Li, Xueyi Ren, Tian Cheng, Shiyi Lu, Raman Akinyanju Lawal, Qinghua Nie, Xiquan Zhang, Olivier Hanotte
The transcription factor c-Myc is an important regulator of cellular proliferation, differentiation and embryogenesis. While c-Myc can inhibit myoblast differentiation, the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. Here, we found that c-Myc does not only inhibits myoblast differentiation but also promotes myoblast proliferation and muscle fibre hypertrophy. By performing chromatin immunoprecipitation and high-throughput sequencing (ChIP-seq), we identified the genome-wide binding profile of c-Myc in skeletal muscle cells...
May 21, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Hyun Jung Park, Ping Ji, Soyeon Kim, Zheng Xia, Benjamin Rodriguez, Lei Li, Jianzhong Su, Kaifu Chen, Chioniso P Masamha, David Baillat, Camila R Fontes-Garfias, Ann-Bin Shyu, Joel R Neilson, Eric J Wagner, Wei Li
Widespread mRNA 3' UTR shortening through alternative polyadenylation 1 promotes tumor growth in vivo 2 . A prevailing hypothesis is that it induces proto-oncogene expression in cis through escaping microRNA-mediated repression. Here we report a surprising enrichment of 3'UTR shortening among transcripts that are predicted to act as competing-endogenous RNAs (ceRNAs) for tumor-suppressor genes. Our model-based analysis of the trans effect of 3' UTR shortening (MAT3UTR) reveals a significant role in altering ceRNA expression...
May 21, 2018: Nature Genetics
Yuhong Wang, Shuzhen Zhao, Lihong Zhu, Quanle Zhang, Yanfang Ren
Ovarian cancer is the most lethal malignancy of the women genital tract. Exploring novel factors involved in the development of ovarian cancer and characterizing the molecular mechanisms by which regulate the tumorigenesis of ovarian cancer are quite necessary. Here, we found that miR-19a was highly expressed in ovarian cancer tissues and cell lines. Overexpression of miR-19a promoted the viability of ovarian cancer cells, while down-regulation of miR-19a inhibited the growth of ovarian cancer cells. To further understand the underlying molecular mechanism of miR-19a in regulating ovarian cancer cell growth, the downstream targets of miR-19a were predicted...
May 18, 2018: Gene
Chao Wang, Wenjing Zhang, Zehui Li, Zhen Li, Yingjun Bi, Nigel M Crawford, Yong Wang
Unraveling the molecular mechanisms of nitrate regulation and deciphering the underlying genetic network is vital for elucidating nitrate uptake and utilization in plants. Such knowledge could lead to the improvement of nitrogen-use efficiency in agriculture. Here, we report that the FIP1 gene (factor interacting with poly(A) polymerase 1) plays an important role in nitrate signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana. FIP1 encodes a putative core component of the polyadenylation factor complex. We found that FIP1 interacts with the cleavage and polyadenylation specificity factor 30-L (CPSF30-L), which is also an essential player in nitrate signaling...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Sheng Tan, Hua Li, Weijie Zhang, Yunying Shao, Yuan Liu, Haiyang Guan, Jun Wu, Yani Kang, Junsong Zhao, Qing Yu, Yunzhao Gu, Keshuo Ding, Min Zhang, Wenchang Qian, Yong Zhu, Huayong Cai, Changyu Chen, Peter E Lobie, Xiaodong Zhao, Jielin Sun, Tao Zhu
Alternative polyadenylation (APA) is an important post-transcriptional regulatory mechanism and involved in many diseases, including cancer. CFIm25, a subunit of the cleavage factor I encoded by NUDT21, is required for 3'RNA cleavage and polyadenylation. Although it has been recently reported to be involved in glioblastoma tumor suppression, its roles and the underlying functional mechanism remain unclear in other types of cancer. In this study, we characterized NUDT21 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Reduced expression of NUDT21 was observed in HCC tissue compared to adjacent non-tumorous compartment...
May 21, 2018: Oncogene
Chintamani Atreya, Neetu Dahiya
BACKGROUND: A small GTPase protein, the Ras-related protein 1 (RAP1), abundant in platelets is known to be activated following agonist induced platelet activation, suggesting that RAP1 downregulation could in turn reduce platelet activation in storage. Our objective of this study is to identify RAP1 regulating miRNAs and their role in platelet activation during storage. METHODS: We applied MS2-TRAP (tagged RNA affinity purification) methodology to enrich miRNAs that target the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) of RAP1 mRNA in two mammalian cell lines followed by miRNA identification by microarray of total RNA samples enriched for miRNAs...
May 20, 2018: MicroRNA
Hildegard Kehrer-Sawatzki, Uwe Kordes, Simone Seiffert, Anna Summerer, Christian Hagel, Ulrich Schüller, Said Farschtschi, Reinhard Schneppenheim, Martin Bendszus, Tim Godel, Victor-Felix Mautner
BACKGROUND: The clinical phenotype associated with germline SMARCB1 mutations has as yet not been fully documented. It is known that germline SMARCB1 mutations may cause rhabdoid tumor predisposition syndrome (RTPS1) or schwannomatosis. However, the co-occurrence of rhabdoid tumor and schwannomas in the same patient has not so far been reported. METHODS: We investigated a family with members harboring a germline SMARCB1 deletion by means of whole-body MRI as well as high-resolution microstructural magnetic resonance neurography (MRN)...
May 20, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Xin Tang, Feng Wu, Jinshuo Fan, Yang Jin, Jianjun Wang, Guanghai Yang
The importance of understanding how interleukin-33 (IL-33) is regulated (particularly by miRs) is critical in IL-33 biology, and evidence of this in asthma pathology is limited. MicroRNA profiling of cells isolated from bronchoalveolar lavage of 14 asthmatic patients and 11 healthy controls revealed miR-200b and miR-200c were significantly reduced in asthmatic patients compared with healthy controls. The reduction was validated in two independent models of allergen-induced allergic airway inflammation and further demonstrated to be inversely correlated with asthma severity, as well as increased IL-33 production in asthmatic patients...
April 25, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Jie Zhou, Zhiyou He, Le Guo, Jizhang Zeng, Pengfei Liang, Licheng Ren, Minghua Zhang, Pihong Zhang, Xiaoyuan Huang
Lymphangiogenesis has been regarded as a physiological response to pathologic stimuli. The abnormal proliferation of lymphatic endothelial cell (LECs) and lymphangiogenesis is involved in the development of lymphatic disorders. Reportedly, VEGFC/VEGFR3 plays a key role in lymphangiogenesis; moreover, VEGFC/VEGFR3 exerts their cellular effects through activation of Ca2+ signaling in several cell types. Herein, we demonstrated that VEGFC significantly up-regulated LEC proliferation through VEGFR3; moreover, VEGFC/VEGFR3 induced Ca2+ signaling activation...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Ling He, Dijuan Meng, Shi-Hu Zhang, Yi Zhang, Zhengming Deng, Lian-Bao Kong
Over-expression of the bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) family protein BRD4 is associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) progression. In the present study, we indentified a novel putative anti-BRD4 microRNA: microRNA-608 ("miR-608"). In HepG2 cells and primary human HCC cells, over-expression of miR-608, using a lentiviral construct, induced BRD4 downregulation and proliferation inhibition. Conversely, transfection of the miR-608 inhibitor increased BRD4 expression to promote HepG2 cell proliferation...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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