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Jingjiang Pi, Jie Liu, Tao Zhuang, Lin Zhang, Huimin Sun, Xiaoli Chen, Qian Zhao, Yashu Kuang, Sheng Peng, Xiaohui Zhou, Zuoren Yu, Ting Tao, Brian Tomlinson, Paul Chan, Ying Tian, Huimin Fan, Zhongmin Liu, Xiangjian Zheng, Edward Morrisey, Yuzhen Zhang
Rationale: Angiogenesis is critical for embryonic development and microRNAs fine-tune this process, but the underlying mechanisms remain incompletely understood. Methods: Endothelial cell (EC) specific miR302-367 line was used as gain-of-function and anti-miRs as loss-of-function models to investigate the effects of miR302-367 on developmental angiogenesis with embryonic hindbrain vasculature as an in vivo model and fibrin gel beads and tube formation assay as in vitro models. Cell migration was evaluated by Boyden chamber and scratch wound healing assay and cell proliferation by cell count, MTT assay, Ki67 immunostaining and PI cell cycle analysis...
2018: Theranostics
Jiang He, Yuzu Zhao, Erhu Zhao, Xianxing Wang, Zhen Dong, Yibiao Chen, Liqun Yang, Hongjuan Cui
Background: The cancer-testis specific gene Opa interacting protein 5 (OIP5) is a testis-specific gene that is reactivated in many human cancers, but its functions in glioblastoma remain unclear. Here, we assessed the significance of OIP5 in the tumorigenesis and metastasis of glioblastoma for the first time. Methods: An immunohistochemistry assay was performed to detect OIP5 expression changes in glioblastoma patients. Overall survival analysis was performed to evaluate the prognostic significance of OIP5...
March 14, 2018: Neuro-oncology
Yuan-Yuan Ye, Jia-Wei Mei, Shan-Shan Xiang, Huai-Feng Li, Qiang Ma, Xiao-Ling Song, Zheng Wang, Yi-Chi Zhang, Yong-Chen Liu, Yun-Peng Jin, Yun-Ping Hu, Lin Jiang, Fa-Tao Liu, Yi-Jian Zhang, Ya-Juan Hao, Ying-Bin Liu
Gallbladder carcinoma (GBC), the most common malignant tumour of the bile duct, is highly aggressive and has a poor prognosis. MicroRNA-30a-5p (miR-30a-5p) is an important tumour suppressor that participates in many aspects of carcinogenesis and cancer development. However, the role of miR-30a-5p in GBC development remains to be determined, as do the mechanisms underlying its effects in GBC. Using samples collected from 42 subjects with gallbladder carcinoma (GBC), we showed decreased miR-30a-5p expression in the primary lesions vs...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Takayuki Arai, Miki Fuse, Yusuke Goto, Kanya Kaga, Akira Kurozumi, Yasutaka Yamada, Sho Sugawara, Atsushi Okato, Tomohiko Ichikawa, Tomonori Yamanishi, Naohiko Seki
Interstitial cystitis (IC), also known as bladder pain syndrome, is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the bladder. The symptoms of IC vary, including feeling an urgent need for immediate urination and of needing to urinate often, as well as bladder or pelvic pain. Despite its high incidence, no molecular diagnostic methods are available for IC, and the molecular pathogenesis is unknown. microRNAs (miRNA) can regulate expression of RNA transcripts in cells and aberrant expression of miRNAs is associated with several human diseases...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
Yuan-Liang Zhang, Jie-Wen Sun, Yin-Yin Xie, Yan Zhou, Ping Liu, Jia-Chun Song, Chun-Hui Xu, Lan Wang, Dan Liu, Ai-Ning Xu, Zhu Chen, Sai-Juan Chen, Xiao-Jian Sun, Qiu-Hua Huang
The histone H3 lysine 36 methyltransferase SETD2 is frequently mutated in various cancers, including leukemia. However, there has not been any functional model to show the contribution of SETD2 in hematopoiesis or the causal role of SETD2 mutation in tumorigenesis. In this study, using a conditional Setd2 knockout mouse model, we show that Setd2 deficiency skews hematopoietic differentiation and reduces the number of multipotent progenitors; although the number of phenotypic hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) in Setd2-deleted mice is unchanged, functional assays, including serial BM transplantation, reveal that the self-renewal and competitiveness of HSCs are impaired...
March 12, 2018: Cell Research
Yassan Abdolazimi, Sooyeon Lee, Haixia Xu, Paul Allegretti, Timothy M Horton, Benjamin Yeh, Hannah P Moeller, Robert J Nichols, David McCutcheon, Aryaman Shalizi, Mark Smith, Neali A Armstrong, Justin P Annes
Pharmacologic expansion of endogenous β-cells is a promising therapeutic strategy for diabetes. To elucidate the molecular pathways that control β-cell growth we screened ∼2,400 bioactive compounds for rat β-cell replication-modulating activity. Numerous hit compounds impaired or promoted rat β-cell replication, including CC-401, an advanced clinical candidate previously characterized as a c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) inhibitor. Surprisingly, CC-401 induced rodent (in vitro and in vivo) and human (in vitro) β-cell replication via dual specificity tyrosine-phosphorylation-regulated kinases (DYRK1A/B) inhibition...
March 5, 2018: Endocrinology
Brian D Adams, Hannah Arem, Monica J Hubal, Brenda Cartmel, Fangyong Li, Maura Harrigan, Tara Sanft, Christopher J Cheng, Lajos Pusztai, Melinda L Irwin
PURPOSE: Obesity and weight gain are associated with comorbidities including a higher risk of tumor recurrence and cancer-related deaths among breast cancer (BC) survivors; however, the underlying mechanisms linking obesity and cancer are poorly understood. Given the lack of clinically validated BC biomarkers, obesity and weight-loss studies utilize serum biomarkers as the intermediary outcomes of tumor recurrence. Studies have indicated microRNAs (miRNA)s are reliable biomarkers for cancer...
March 6, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Jessica L F Teh, Phil F Cheng, Timothy J Purwin, Neda Nikbakht, Prem Patel, Inna Chervoneva, Adam Ertel, Paolo M Fortina, Ines Kleiber, Kim HooKim, Michael A Davies, Lawrence N Kwong, Mitch P Levesque, Reinhard Dummer, Andrew E Aplin
Targeting cyclin-dependent kinases 4/6 (CDK4/6) represents a therapeutic option in combination with BRAF inhibitor and/or MEK inhibitor (MEKi) in melanoma; however, continuous dosing elicits toxicities in patients. Using quantitative and temporal in vivo reporting, we show that continuous MEKi with intermittent CDK4/6 inhibitor (CDK4/6i) led to more complete tumor responses versus other combination schedules. Nevertheless, some tumors acquired resistance that was associated with enhanced phosphorylation of ribosomal S6 protein...
March 1, 2018: Cancer Discovery
Neil O'Brien, Dylan Conklin, Richard Beckmann, Tong Luo, Kevin Chau, Josh Thomas, Ann Mc Nulty, Christophe Marchal, Ondrej Kalous, Erika von Euw, Sara Hurvitz, Colleen Mockbee, Dennis J Slamon
The cyclinD:CDK4/6:Rb axis is dysregulated in a variety of human cancers. Targeting this pathway has proven to be a successful therapeutic approach in ER+ breast cancer. In this study, in vitro and in vivo preclinical breast cancer models were used to investigate the expanded use of the CDK4/6 inhibitor, abemaciclib. Using a panel of 44 breast cancer cell lines, differential sensitivity to abemaciclib was observed and was seen predominately in the luminal ER+/HER2- and ER+/HER2+ subtypes. However, a subset of triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) cell lines with intact Rb-signaling were also found to be responsive...
February 26, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Chrysiis Michaloglou, Claire Crafter, Rasmus Siersbæk, Oona Delpuech, Jon O Curwen, Larissa S Carnevalli, Anna D Staniszewska, Urszula M Polanska, Azadeh Cheraghchi-Bashi, Mandy Lawson, Igor Chernukhin, Robert McEwen, Jason S Carroll, Sabina C Cosulich
The cyclin dependent kinase (CDK) -retinoblastoma (RB) -E2F pathway plays a critical role in the control of cell cycle in estrogen receptor positive (ER+) breast cancer. Small molecule inhibitors of CDK4/6 have shown promise in this tumour type in combination with hormonal therapies, reflecting the particular dependence of this subtype of cancer on cyclin D1 and E2F transcription factors. mTOR inhibitors have also shown potential in clinical trials in this disease setting. Recent data has suggested cooperation between the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/mTOR pathway and CDK4/6 inhibition in preventing early adaptation and eliciting growth arrest, but the mechanisms of the interplay between these pathways have not been fully elucidated...
February 26, 2018: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
Jun Gu, Yu-Qi Fan, Hui-Li Zhang, Jian-An Pan, Jian-Ying Yu, Jun-Feng Zhang, Chang-Qian Wang
The clinical use of doxorubicin (DOX) is limited by cardiotoxicity, involving the dysregulation of autophagy and apoptosis in the myocardium, which were partly reversed by resveratrol (RSV) supplement. However, a definitive mechanisms accounting for DOX's cardiotoxicity and the protective role of RSV remain poorly defined. The aim of the present study was to clarify the specific role of E2F transcription factor 1(E2F1) in regulating autophagy and apoptosis in DOX-induced cardiotoxicity as well as the protective effects of RSV...
February 20, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
Ainhoa Iglesias-Ara, Nerea Osinalde, Ana M Zubiaga
The E2F transcription factors are key targets for the retinoblastoma (RB) tumor suppressor function. The active or inactive status of RB determines the degree by which E2F-dependent gene expression will occur in a given condition. Changes in transcriptional activity in response to extracellular or intracellular stimuli are frequently measured using genetic reporter assays. In particular, dual luciferase reporter assays are most recommended for this purpose because of their improved experimental accuracy. Here we illustrate the usefulness of the dual luciferase reporter assay to detect E2F-mediated transcriptional activity upon overexpression of E2F1 in cultured cells as readout for RB status and function...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Miyoung Lee, Lorraine J Gudas, Harold I Saavedra
Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), originally developed by John T. Lis and David Gilmour in 1984, has been useful to detect DNA sequences where protein(s) of interest bind. ChIP is comprised of several steps: (1) cross-linking of proteins to target DNA sequences, (2) breaking genomic DNA into 300-1000 bp pieces by sonication or nuclease digestion, (3) immunoprecipitation of protein bound to target DNA with an antibody, (4) reverse cross-linking between target DNA and the bound protein to liberate the DNA fragments, and (5) amplification of target DNA fragment by PCR...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Sumadi Lukman Anwar, Ulrich Lehmann
The retinoblastoma protein (pRb) plays a central role in the regulation of cell cycle by interaction with members of the E2F transcription factor family. As a tumor suppressor protein, pRb is frequently dysregulated in several major cancers. In addition to mutations, inactivation of pRb is also caused by epigenetic mechanisms including alterations of DNA methylation. There are three CpG islands located within the RB1 gene that encodes pRb that are closely associated with the regulation of pRb expression. Aberrant DNA methylation at the RB1 gene has been reported in sporadic retinoblastoma as well as other cancers including glioblastoma, hepatocellular carcinoma, and breast cancer...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Eduarda Schultze, Tiago Collares, Caroline Lucas, Fabiana K Seixas
All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), a derivative of vitamin A, has been shown to potentiate cancer chemotherapy due to its ability to induce signals for cell differentiation or death, and inhibit cell proliferation. The combination of ATRA with taxoids, kinase inhibitors, natural compounds, retinoids, ER or HER2 inhibitors, chemotherapeutic drugs, proteasome inhibitors and nanoformulations of tretinoin have demonstrated additive or synergistic effects in anti-cancer activities. The mechanisms by which the compounds exert their synergistic effects depend on the tumor and the cell type...
February 16, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
Guillaume Collin, Anda Huna, Marine Warnier, Jean-Michel Flaman, David Bernard
Cellular senescence response is (i) activated by numerous stresses, (ii) is characterized by a stable proliferation arrest, and (iii) by a set of specific features. Timely regulated senescence is thought to be beneficial, whereas chronic senescence such as during normal or premature aging is deleterious as it favors most, if not all, age-related diseases. In this study, using in-house or publicly available microarray analyses of transcriptomes of senescent cells, as well as analyses of the level of expression of several DNA repair genes by RT-qPCR and immunoblot, we show that repression of DNA repair gene expression is associated with cellular senescence...
February 15, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Seong-Min Park, Eun-Young Choi, Dong-Hyuck Bae, Hyun Ahm Sohn, Seon-Young Kim, Youn-Jae Kim
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Recent studies have revealed that many long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play oncogenic or tumor-suppressive roles in various cancers. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide, and many lung cancer patients frequently relapse after surgery, even those in the early stages. However, the oncogenic or tumor-suppressive roles and clinical implications of lncRNAs in lung cancer have not been fully elucidated. METHODS: The association between an E2F-mediated cell proliferation enhancing lncRNA (EPEL) expression and lung cancer patient survival was accessed using public microarray data with clinical information...
February 9, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Marine Warnier, Jean-Michel Flaman, Christophe Chouabe, Clotilde Wiel, Baptiste Gras, Audrey Griveau, Elena Blanc, Jean-Philippe Foy, Pauline Mathot, Pierre Saintigny, Fabien Van Coppenolle, David Vindrieux, Nadine Martin, David Bernard
Oncogenic signals lead to premature senescence in normal human cells causing a proliferation arrest and the elimination of these defective cells by immune cells. Oncogene-induced senescence (OIS) prevents aberrant cell division and tumor initiation. In order to identify new regulators of OIS, we performed a loss-of-function genetic screen and identified that the loss of SCN9A allowed cells to escape from OIS. The expression of this sodium channel increased in senescent cells during OIS. This upregulation was mediated by NF-κB transcription factors, which are well-known regulators of senescence...
February 15, 2018: Aging Cell
Xingchen Dong, Xiangming Hu, Jinjing Chen, Dan Hu, Lin-Feng Chen
Small molecules targeting bromodomains of BET proteins possess strong anti-tumor activities and have emerged as potential therapeutics for cancer. However, the underlying mechanisms for the anti-proliferative activity of these inhibitors are still not fully characterized. In this study, we demonstrated that BET inhibitor JQ1 suppressed the proliferation and invasiveness of gastric cancer cells by inducing cellular senescence. Depletion of BRD4, which was overexpressed in gastric cancer tissues, but not other BET proteins recapitulated JQ1-induced cellular senescence with increased cellular SA-β-Gal activity and elevated p21 levels...
February 12, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Rui Zhang, Lin Wang, Ji-Hong Pan, Jinxiang Han
As a transcription factor, E2F2 participates in regulation of numerous genes. To investigate the role and mechnism of E2F2 in RA, expression of E2F2 in synovial tissue was detected. Proliferation, invasion, and secretion of inflammatory cytokines were measured after E2F2 was knocked-down in RASFs by siRNA transfection. Induction of TNF-α, IL-6, and LPS on expression and nuclear translocation of E2F2, and signal pathways involved in the process were tested. ChIP was used to investigate direct binding of NF-кB to the promoter of E2F2, and E2F2 to the promoter of IL-6...
February 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
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