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Constanze Hantel, Igor Shapiro, Giada Poli, Costanza Chiapponi, Martin Bidlingmaier, Martin Reincke, Michaela Luconi, Sara Jung, Felix Beuschlein
In recent years it has been recognized that clinical translation of novel therapeutic strategies for patients with adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) often fails. These disappointing results indicate that the currently utilized tumor models only poorly reflect relevant pathophysiology and, thereby, do not predict clinical applicability of novel pharmacological approaches. However, also the development of new preclinical ACC models has remained a challenge with only one human cell line (NCI-H295R) and one recently established human pediatric xenograft model (SJ-ACC3) being available for this highly heterogeneous malignancy...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
Xiao-Pei Yang, Ji-Yang Fu, Rui-Cheng Yang, Wen-Tong Liu, Tao Zhang, Bo Yang, Ling Miao, Bei-Bei Dou, Chen Tan, Huan-Chun Chen, Xiang-Ru Wang
BACKGROUND: Streptococcus suis serotype 2 (SS2) is an important zoonotic bacterial pathogen in both humans and animals, which can cause high morbidity and mortality. Meningitis is one of the major clinical manifestations of SS2 infection. However, the specific process of SS2 meningitis and its molecular mechanisms remain unclear. Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) has been reported to initiate transduction of intracellular signals and regulate host inflammatory responses. Whether and how EGFR contributes to the development of S...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Silvia Mahmood, Andrea Evinová, Mária Škereňová, Igor Ondrejka, Ján Lehotský
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a main public health concern worldwide. Despite extensive investigations, the exact mechanisms responsible for MDD have not been identified. Epidermal growth factor (EGF) and insulin growth factor binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) are involved in brain function. Tumour suppressor protein p53 is widely involved in neuronal death in response to different forms of acute insults and neurological disorders. The present study focuses on the possible associations of the single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) of EGF A61G (rs4444903), IGFBP-3 C32G (rs2854746) and TP53 G72C (rs1042522) genes with MDD risk in the Slovak population...
September 2016: Central European Journal of Public Health
Ari L Mendell, Carolyn E Creighton, Bettina E Kalisch, Neil J MacLusky
Low free testosterone levels in men are associated with age-related cognitive decline and increased risk for neurotoxicity, resulting in disease. The mechanisms underlying these observations remain poorly defined. While rapid, androgen receptor-dependent activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) has been postulated as a neurotrophic and neuroprotective mechanism, actions of testosterone metabolites such as 5α-androstane-3α,17β-diol (3α-diol) may also be involved. We investigated the influence of 3α-diol on the induction of ERK phosphorylation in SH-SY5Y human female neuroblastoma cells and primary cortical neurons from male and female mice...
October 18, 2016: Endocrinology
Caojian Zuo
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac fibroblasts play a vital role in the progression of fibrotic cardiac remodeling in hypertensive and failing heart. Osteoglycin (OGN) is implicated as a key regulator of left ventricular mass. However, its precise molecular role in cardiac fibrosis remains unknown. This study aims to investigate the impact of OGN in hypertensive cardiac remodeling. DESIGN AND METHOD: OGN deficient mice and its wildtype (WT) littermates were subjected to either angiotensin II (Ang II) infusion or pressure overload induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Johanne Tremblay, Carole G Campion, Thomas Verissimo, Suzanne Cossette, Hiroyuki Matsuda, Pavel Hamet
OBJECTIVE: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling plays a dual role in hypertension-induced kidney damage. EGFR is critically involved in angiotensin II-induced renal lesions and fibrosis but is also engaged in kidney tissue repair. Consequently, targeting EGFR in renal diseases is complex because even if inhibition of EGFR activity would be beneficial, a minimal EGFR activity is needed to recover from harmful insults. Our group has identified HCaRG (Hypertension-related, Calcium-Regulated Gene) whose expression is increased in kidneys of hypertensive rats and mice...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kallirroi Voudouri, Dragana Nikitovic, Aikaterini Berdiaki, John Tsiaoussis, Dimitris Kletsas, Nikos K Karamanos, George N Tzanakakis
In this data article, the potential role of p53 tumor suppressor gene (p53) on the attachment ability of MCF-7 breast cancer cells was investigated. In our main article, "IGF-I/ EGF and E2 signaling crosstalk through IGF-IR conduit point affect breast cancer cell adhesion" (K. Voudouri, D. Nikitovic, A. Berdiaki, D. Kletsas, N.K. Karamanos, G.N. Tzanakakis, 2016) [1], we describe the key role of IGF-IR in breast cancer cell adhesion onto fibronectin (FN). p53 tumor suppressor gene is a principal regulator of cancer cell proliferation...
December 2016: Data in Brief
Dimple Chouhan, Bijayshree Chakraborty, Samit K Nandi, Biman B Mandal
Bombyx mori silk fibroin (BMSF) as biopolymer has been extensively explored in wound healing applications. However, limited study is available on the potential of silk fibroin (SF) from non-mulberry (Antheraea assama and Philosamia ricini) silk variety. Herein, we have developed non-mulberry SF (NMSF) based electrospun mats functionalized with epidermal growth factor (EGF) and ciprofloxacin HCl as potential wound dressing. The NMSF based mats exhibited essential properties of wound dressing like biocompatibility, high water retention capacity (440%), water vapour transmission rate (∼2330 gm(-2)day(-1)), high elasticity (∼2...
October 13, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Veenu Tripathi, Katherine M Sixt, Shaojian Gao, Xuan Xu, Jing Huang, Roberto Weigert, Ming Zhou, Ying E Zhang
In advanced stages of cancers, TGF-β promotes tumor progression in conjunction with inputs from receptor tyrosine kinase pathways. However, mechanisms that underpin the signaling cooperation and convert TGF-β from a potent growth inhibitor to a tumor promoter are not fully understood. We report here that TGF-β directly regulates alternative splicing of cancer stem cell marker CD44 through a phosphorylated T179 of SMAD3-mediated interaction with RNA-binding protein PCBP1. We show that TGF-β and EGF respectively induce SMAD3 and PCBP1 to colocalize in SC35-positive nuclear speckles, and the two proteins interact in the variable exon region of CD44 pre-mRNA to inhibit spliceosome assembly in favor of expressing the mesenchymal isoform CD44s over the epithelial isoform CD44E...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Cell
Natàlia Vilà, Jacqueline Coblentz, Carlos Moreira-Neto, Vasco Bravo-Filho, Pablo Zoroquiain, Miguel N Burnier
PURPOSE: To determine whether pretreatment of retinal pigmented epithelial (RPE) cells with lutein can affect the response of cells to bevacizumab therapy. METHODS: One human RPE cell line (ARPE-19) was used for all experiments. The cells were treated with lutein in different concentrations (0.01, 0.1, 1, 10, or 100 μg/ml). After 24 h, all plates were treated with bevacizumab (0.25 mg/ml). Media were harvested 24 h later for sandwich ELISA-based angiogenesis arrays...
October 15, 2016: Ophthalmic Research
María S Brea, Romina G Díaz, Daiana S Escudero, Claudia I Caldiz, Enrique L Portiansky, Patricio E Morgan, Néstor G Pérez
BACKGROUND: Myocardial stretch increases force biphasically: the Frank-Starling mechanism followed by the slow force response (SFR). Based on pharmacological strategies, we proposed that epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor (EGFR or ErbB1) activation is crucial for SFR development. Pharmacological inhibitors could block ErbB4, a member of the ErbB family present in the adult heart. We aimed to specifically test the role of EGFR activation after stretch, with an interference RNA incorporated into a lentiviral vector (small hairpin RNA [shRNA]-EGFR)...
October 15, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Ali Said Durmus, Mehmet Tuzcu, Oguzhan Ozdemir, Cemal Orhan, Nurhan Sahin, Ibrahim Hanifi Ozercan, James Richard Komorowski, Shakir Ali, Kazim Sahin
Arginine silicate inositol (ASI) complex is a composition of arginine, silicon, and inositol that has been shown to have beneficial effects on vascular health. This study reports the effects of an ASI ointment on wound healing in rats. A full-thickness excision wound was created by using a disposable 5 mm diameter skin punch biopsy tool. In this placebo-controlled study, the treatment group's wound areas were covered by 4 or 10 % ASI ointments twice a day for 5, 10, or 15 days. The rats were sacrificed either 5, 10, or 15 days after the wounds were created, and biopsy samples were taken for biochemical and histopathological analysis...
October 14, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Shiho Sugawara, Masahiko Maeno, Cliff Lee, Shigemi Nagai, David M Kim, John Da Silva, Masazumi Nagai, Hisatomo Kondo
The aim of this study was to produce epithelial attachment on a typical implant abutment surface of smooth titanium. A challenging complication that hinders the success of dental implants is peri-implantitis. A common cause of peri-implantitis may results from the lack of epithelial sealing at the peri-implant collar. Histologically, epithelial sealing is recognized as the attachment of the basement membrane (BM). BM-attachment is promoted by activated platelet aggregates at surgical wound sites. On the other hand, platelets did not aggregate on smooth titanium, the surface typical of the implant abutment...
2016: PloS One
Tanit Haddad, Samantha Noel, Benoît Liberelle, Rouwayda El Ayoubi, Abdellah Ajji, Gregory De Crescenzo
In an effort to design biomaterials that may promote repair of the central nervous system, 3-dimensional scaffolds made of electrospun poly lactic acid nanofibers with interconnected pores were fabricated. These scaffolds were functionalized with polyallylamine to introduce amine groups by wet chemistry. Experimental conditions of the amination protocol were thoroughly studied and selected to introduce a high amount of amine group while preserving the mechanical and structural properties of the scaffold. Subsequent covalent grafting of epidermal growth factor was then performed to further tailor these aminated structures...
October 14, 2016: Biomatter
Behnam Behinaein, Karen Rudie, Waheed Sangrar
Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) signaling to the Ras-MAPK pathway is implicated in the development and progression of cancer and is a major focus of targeted combination therapies. Physiochemical models have been used for identifying and testing the signal-inhibiting potential of targeted therapies, however, their application to larger multi-pathway networks is limited by the availability of experimentally-determined rate and concentration parameters. An alternate strategy for identifying and evaluating drug-targetable nodes is proposed...
October 3, 2016: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Wen-Juan Lu, Scheffer C G Tseng, Shuangling Chen, Sean Tighe, Yuan Zhang, Xin Liu, Szu-Yu Chen, Chen-Wei Su, Ying-Ting Zhu
Human corneal endothelial cells (HCECs) have limited proliferative capacity due to "contact-inhibition" at G1 phase. Such contact-inhibition can be delayed from Day 21 to Day 42 by switching EGF-containing SHEM to LIF/bFGF-containing MESCM through transient activation of LIF-JAK1-STAT3 signaling that delays eventual nuclear translocation of p16(INK4a). Using the latter system, we have reported a novel tissue engineering technique by implementing 5 weekly knockdowns with p120 catenin (p120) and Kaiso siRNAs since Day 7 to achieve effective expansion of HCEC monolayers to a transplantable size with a normal HCEC density, through reprogramming of HCECs into neural crest progenitors by activating p120-Kaiso-RhoA-ROCK-canonical BMP signaling...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zhao Luo, Xue-Wei Cao, Chen Li, Miao-Dan Wu, Xu-Zhong Yang, Jian Zhao, Fu-Jun Wang
Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) have been shown to be potential drug carriers for cancer therapy. The inherently low immunogenicity and cytotoxicity of human-derived CPPs make them more suitable for intracellular drug delivery compared to other delivery vehicles. In this work, the protein transduction ability of a novel CPP (termed HBP) derived from the heparin-binding domain of HB-EGF was evaluated. Our data shows, for the first time, that HBP possesses similar properties to typical CPPs and is a potent drug delivery vector for improving the antitumor activity of impermeable MAP30...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
Jyotsna Nambiar, Chinchu Bose, Meera Venugopal, Asoke Banerji, Tarun B Patel, Geetha B Kumar, Bipin G Nair
Earlier studies from our laboratory have identified Anacardic acid (AA) as a potent inhibitor of gelatinases (MMP-2 and 9), which are over-expressed in a wide variety of cancers (Omanakuttan et al., 2012). Disruption of the finely tuned matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activator/inhibitor balance plays a decisive role in determining the fate of the cell. The present study demonstrates for the first time, that in addition to regulating the expression as well as activity of gelatinases, AA also inhibits the expression of its endogenous activators like MMP-14 and Extracellular Matrix MetalloProteinase Inducer (EMMPRIN) and induces the expression of its endogenous inhibitor, REversion-inducing Cysteine-rich protein with Kazal motifs (RECK)...
October 10, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Katharina Müller, Philipp M Klein, Philipp Heissig, Andreas Roidl, Ernst Wagner
Antitumoral siRNA and miRNA delivery was demonstrated by epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) targeted oligoaminoamide polyplexes. For this purpose, the T-shaped lipo-oligomer 454 was used to complex RNA into a core polyplex, which was subsequently functionalized with the targeting peptide ligand GE11 via a polyethylene glycol (PEG) linker. To this end, free cysteines on the surface of 454 polyplex were coupled with a maleimide-PEG-GE11 reagent (Mal-GE11). Resulting particles with sizes of 120-150 nm showed receptor-mediated uptake into EGFR-positive T24 bladder cancer cells, MDA-MB 231 breast cancer cells and Huh7 liver cancer cells...
October 13, 2016: Nanotechnology
Yoshiki Tanaka, Natsuki Ono, Takahiro Shima, Gaku Tanaka, Yohei Katoh, Kazuhisa Nakayama, Hiroyuki Takatsu, Hye-Won Shin
Type IV P-type ATPases (P4-ATPases) are phospholipid flippases that translocate phospholipids from the exoplasmic (or luminal) to the cytoplasmic leaflet of lipid bilayers. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, P4-ATPases are localized to specific subcellular compartments and play roles in compartment-mediated membrane trafficking; however, roles of mammalian P4-ATPases in membrane traffic are poorly understood. We previously reported that ATP9A, one of 14 human P4-ATPases, is localized to endosomal compartments and the Golgi complex...
October 12, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
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