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Zhonglin Xiao, Songjun Li, Yan Yu, Mengxia Li, Jie Chen, Feng Wang, Jian Zhang, Weifen Deng, Qing Yang, Xiujun Fan
Studies have shown that sFlt-1 overproduction stimulated by excess VEGF of deciduous origin in trophoblasts can cause preeclampsia. However, the mechanism underlying how VEGF regulates sFtl-1 expression in trophoblasts remains unknown. To address this issue, JEG3 and HTR-8/SV neo (HTR8) trophoblast cell lines were used to investigate the signaling pathways involved in the regulation of sFlt-1 production via VEGF overexpression in vitro. JEG3 (VEGF-GFP-JEG3, V-J) and HTR8 (VEGF-GFP-HTR8, V-H) cells overexpressing VEGF165 were established by infecting the JEG3 and HTR8 cell lines with lentivirus expressing VEGF165...
March 1, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Jonathan Ausman, Joelcio Abbade, Leonardo Ermini, Abby Farrell, Andrea Tagliaferro, Martin Post, Isabella Caniggia
Mitochondria are in a constant balance of fusing and dividing in response to cellular cues. Fusion creates healthy mitochondria, whereas fission results in removal of non-functional organelles. Changes in mitochondrial dynamics typify several human diseases. However, the contribution of mitochondrial dynamics to preeclampsia, a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy characterized by placental cell autophagy and death, remains unknown. Herein, we show that the mitochondrial dynamic balance in preeclamptic placentae is tilted toward fission (increased DRP1 expression/activation and decreased OPA1 expression)...
February 20, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Baozhen Zhang, Guogang Cheng, Mingbin Zheng, Jinyu Han, Baobei Wang, Mengxia Li, Jie Chen, Tianxia Xiao, Jian Zhang, Lintao Cai, Shoujun Li, Xiujun Fan
Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN) can result from the over-proliferation of trophoblasts. Treatment of choriocarcinoma, the most aggressive GTN, currently requires high doses of systemic chemotherapeutic agents, which result in indiscriminate drug distribution and severe toxicity. To overcome these disadvantages and enhance the chemotherapeutic efficacy, chondroitin sulfate A (CSA)-binding nanoparticles were developed for the targeted delivery of doxorubicin (DOX) to choriocarcinoma cells using a synthetic CSA-binding peptide (CSA-BP), derived from malarial protein, which specifically binds to the CSA exclusively expressed in the placental trophoblast...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
Michal Elbaz, Ron Hadas, Louise M Bilezikjian, Eran Gershon
BACKGROUND: Forkhead Transcription Factor L2 (FOXL2) is a member of the forkhead family with important roles in reproduction. Recent studies showed that FOXL2 is expressed in human and bovine endometrium and that its levels fluctuate during pregnancy. In this study, we aimed at evaluating the expression and function of FOXL2 in embryo implantation. METHODS: Mouse uteri at different days of pregnancy were isolated and analyzed for the expression and localization of FOXL2...
February 7, 2018: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Melissa Westwood, Khiria Al-Saghir, Sarah Finn-Sell, Cherlyn Tan, Elizabeth Cowley, Stéphane Berneau, Daman Adlam, Edward D Johnstone
INTRODUCTION: Failure of trophoblast invasion and remodelling of maternal blood vessels leads to the pregnancy complication pre-eclampsia (PE). In other systems, the sphingolipid, sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), controls cell migration therefore this study determined its effect on extravillous trophoblast (EVT) function. METHODS: A transwell migration system was used to assess the behaviour of three trophoblast cell lines, Swan-71, SGHPL-4, and JEG3, and primary human trophoblasts in the presence or absence of S1P, S1P pathway inhibitors and 1,25(OH)2 D3 ...
December 2017: Placenta
Yetao Xu, Yifan Lian, Yuanyuan Zhang, Shiyun Huang, Qing Zuo, Nana Yang, Yanzi Chen, Dan Wu, Lizhou Sun
Despite progress in diagnostics and treatment for preeclampsia, it remains the foremost cause of maternal and foetal perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Over recent years, various lines of evidence have emphasized long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) which function as an innovative regulator of biological behaviour, as exemplified by proliferation, apoptosis and metastasis. However, the role of lncRNAs has not been well described in preeclampsia. Here, we identified a lncRNA, PVT1, whose expression was down-regulated in qRT-PCR analyses in severe preeclampsia...
February 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Whasun Lim, Changwon Yang, Muhah Jeong, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
STUDY QUESTION: Does coumestrol inhibit proliferation of human placental choriocarcinoma cells? SUMMARY ANSWER: Coumestrol promotes cell death in the choriocarcinoma cells by regulating ERK1/2 MAPK and JNK MAPK signaling pathways and through disruption of Ca2+ and ROS homeostasis. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: A number of patients who suffer from choriocarcinomas fail to survive due to delayed diagnosis or a recurrent tumor and resistance to traditional chemotherapy using platinum-based agents and methotrexate...
November 1, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
Wael Traboulsi, Frédéric Sergent, Houssine Boufettal, Sophie Brouillet, Rima Slim, Pascale Hoffmann, Mohammed Benlahfid, Qun Y Zhou, Gianfranco Balboni, Valentina Onnis, Pierre A Bolze, Aude Salomon, Philippe Sauthier, François Mallet, Touria Aboussaouira, Jean J Feige, Mohamed Benharouga, Nadia Alfaidy
Purpose: Choriocarcinoma (CC) is the most malignant gestational trophoblastic disease that often develops from complete hydatidiform moles (CHM). Neither the mechanism of CC development nor its progression is yet characterized. We recently identified endocrine gland-derived vascular endothelial growth factor (EG-VEGF) as a novel key placental growth factor that controls trophoblast proliferation and invasion. EG-VEGF acts via two receptors, PROKR1 and PROKR2. Here, we demonstrate that EG-VEGF receptors can be targeted for CC therapy...
September 12, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Jingping Zhu, Kai Wang, Ting Li, Jiayu Chen, Dandan Xie, Xinwen Chang, Julei Yao, Jinting Wu, Qian Zhou, Yuanhui Jia, Tao Duan
Low oxygen is a typical extrinsic factor for the regulation of trophoblast biological function, including cell migration, invasion and proliferation. Ten-eleven translocation methylcytosine dioxygenase 1 (TET1), an enzyme converting 5-methylcytosine (5-mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5-hmC), is transcriptionally activated by hypoxia in cancer cells. Therefore, we focus on the role of TET1 on trophoblast function in a physiologically hypoxic environment (3% oxygen), which is related to early placentation. Here, we found that TET1 was highly expressed in first trimester villi compared with normal term placentas...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
Eliza Drwal, Agnieszka Rak, Adam Grochowalski, Tomasz Milewicz, Ewa Lucja Gregoraszczuk
In the preset study we measured the concentrations of 16 priority PAHs in maternal blood and placental tissue by using the GC-MS/MS system, and investigated the effects of selected PAHs (naphthalene, anthracene, phenanthrene, pyrene) and mixtures on BeWo and JEG-3 human placental cell line proliferation (Alamar Blue), cytotoxicity (3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (XTT), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), acid phosphatase (AP), endocrine activity (progesterone and estradiol secretion) and apoptosis (cyclin A1, cyclin D2, cdk 2, cdk 4, Bcl-xl, Bax, and caspase-3 protein expression)...
October 5, 2017: Toxicology Letters
Samira A Brooks, Rebecca C Fry
Preeclampsia (PE), a condition during pregnancy that involves high blood pressure and proteinuria, is potentially fatal to both mother and child. PE currently has no known etiology or cure but has been tied to poor placental trophoblast cell migration. Increased levels of the toxic metal cadmium (Cd) have been associated with increased risk of developing PE, as well as miRNA-associated regulation of the transforming growth factorbeta (TGF-β) pathway. Signal reprogramming of the TGF-β pathway via epigenetic mechanisms is hypothesized to modify placental trophoblast function...
November 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Xiao-Hui Wang, Wei Liu, Deng-Xuan Fan, Wen-Ting Hu, Ming-Qing Li, Xiao-Yong Zhu, Li-Ping Jin
Interleukin-33 (IL-33) promotes migration of cancer cells through downregulating the expression of E-cadherin. Previous studies have demonstrated that IL‑33 stimulates the proliferation of trophoblasts. However, the effect of IL‑33 on the adhesion and invasion of trophoblasts has not been investigated in detail. In the present study, the expression of IL‑33 and its receptor, IL‑1 receptor‑like 1 (ST2), was examined in villi from women during early pregnancy using immunohistochemistry. ST2 expression on human trophoblast and choriocarcinoma cell lines JAR, BeWo, JEG3 and HTR8 was confirmed by flow cytometry (FCM) assay...
October 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Jiyeon Ham, Whasun Lim, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
Silibinin is a flavonolignan extracted from seeds of milk thistles. Traditionally, it has been used as a therapeutic agent for liver disorders, and now it is well-known for its anti-cancer effects. However, studies on anti-cancer effects of silibinin on choriocarcinoma are very limited. Therefore, we performed proliferation and apoptosis assays to determine effects of silibinin on the viability of human choriocarcinoma (JAR and JEG3) cells. Our results showed that silibinin significantly inhibited proliferation and induced apoptosis in both JAR and JEG3 cells, and significantly increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) and lipid peroxidation...
February 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
J Li, J M Wang, Y H Liu, Z Zhang, N Han, J Y Wang, S H Xue, P Wang
Objective: To investigate the expression of microRNA-106b (miR-106b) in the placentas of patients with pre-eclampsia and its relationship with matrix metallopeptidase (MMP) -2, and its effect on the invasion and proliferation of trophoblasts. Methods: (1) Placental tissues were collected from patients with mild pre-eclampsia (mPE, n=30), severe pre-eclampsia (sPE, n=30) and normal pregnant women (n=40). Human choriocarcinoma cell lines JAR and JEG3 were assigned to the miR-106b mimics group, the mimics negative control group, the miR-106b inhibitor group and the inhibitor negative control group, respectively...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
Geeta Godbole, Pankaj Suman, Ankita Malik, Mosami Galvankar, Niraj Joshi, Asgerally Fazleabas, Satish Kumar Gupta, Deepak Modi
An important step toward successful pregnancy involves invasion of the trophoblast cells into the decidua for placentation. Herein, we show that in the human and baboon decidua HOXA10 expression is downregulated after implantation and that this reduction is most prominent in the decidual cells juxtaposed to the invading placental villi. The supernatants derived from HOXA10-depleted human decidual cells increase the invasiveness of the trophoblast cell lines ACH-3P and JEG3 in vitro; this increase is due to higher expression and activity of matrix metalloproteases (MMPs) and reduced expression of tissue inhibitors of MMPs in both the cell lines...
August 1, 2017: Endocrinology
Tamara Tilburgs, Torsten B Meissner, Leonardo M R Ferreira, Arend Mulder, Kiran Musunuru, Junqiang Ye, Jack L Strominger
During pregnancy, fetal extravillous trophoblasts (EVT) play a key role in the regulation of maternal T cell and NK cell responses. EVT display a unique combination of human leukocyte antigens (HLA); EVT do not express HLA-A and HLA-B, but do express HLA-C, HLA-E, and HLA-G. The mechanisms establishing this unique HLA expression pattern have not been fully elucidated. The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I and class II transcriptional activators NLRC5 and CIITA are expressed neither by EVT nor by the EVT model cell line JEG3, which has an MHC expression pattern identical to that of EVT...
April 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Katie L Togher, Louise C Kenny, Gerard W O'Keeffe
Exposure to maternal cortisol plays a crucial role in fetal organogenesis. However, fetal overexposure to cortisol has been linked to a range of short- and long-term adverse outcomes. Normally, this is prevented by the expression of an enzyme in the placenta called 11-beta hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11β-HSD2) which converts active cortisol to its inactive metabolite cortisone. Placental 11β-HSD2 is known to be reduced in a number of adverse pregnancy complications, possibly through an epigenetic mechanism...
2017: International Journal of Cell Biology
Liane Jennifer Bailey, Sruthi Alahari, Andrea Tagliaferro, Martin Post, Isabella Caniggia
Preeclampsia, a serious hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, is characterized by elevated ceramide (CER) content that is responsible for heightened trophoblast cell death rates via apoptosis and autophagy. Whether trophoblast cells undergo necroptosis, a newly characterized form of regulated necrosis, and the potential role of CER in this process remain to be established. Herein, we report that exposure of both JEG3 cells and primary isolated cytotrophoblasts to C16:0 CER in conjunction with a caspase-8 inhibitor (Q-VD-OPh) promoted necroptotic cell death, as evidenced by increased expression and association of receptor-interacting protein kinases RIP1 and RIP3, as well as phosphorylation of mixed lineage kinase domain-like (MLKL) protein...
February 2, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
Jinhui Wu, Dongshuang Wang
Chemotherapy is typically used to treat choriocarcinoma. However, a small proportion of this malignancy develops resistance to common chemotherapeutic drugs such as methotrexate (MTX) and floxuridine (FUDR). This study aimed to investigate the role and potential mechanisms of chloride intracellular channel protein 1 (CLIC1) in the development of chemoresistance in choriocarcinoma JeG3 cells. Two chemoresistant sublines were induced from their parental cell line JeG3 through intermittent exposure to MTX (named JeG3/MTX) or FUDR (named JeG3/FUDR)...
July 5, 2017: Oncology Research
Naveen K Neradugomma, Michael Z Liao, Qingcheng Mao
Opioid dependence during pregnancy is a rising concern. Maintaining addicted pregnant women on long-acting opioid receptor agonist is the most common strategy to manage drug abuse in pregnant women. Methadone (MET) and buprenorphine (BUP) are widely prescribed for opiate maintenance therapy. Norbuprenorphine (NBUP) is the primary active metabolite of BUP. These medications can cross the placenta to the fetus, leading to postpartum neonatal abstinence syndrome. Despite their use during pregnancy, little is known about the cellular changes in the placenta brought about by these drugs...
March 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
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