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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788434/a-novel-mouse-model-of-testicular-granulosa-cell-tumors
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Xin Fang, Nan Ni, Yang Gao, David F Vincent, Laurent Bartholin, Qinglei Li
STUDY QUESTION: What is the role of dysregulated transforming growth factor beta (TGFB) signaling in the development of sex cord-stromal tumors in the testis? SUMMARY ANSWER: Overactivation of TGFB signaling results in the development of testicular tumors resembling granulosa cell tumors (GrCTs). WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In an earlier study, we demonstrated that constitutively active TGFB receptor 1 (TGFBR1) in ovarian somatic cells promotes the development of ovarian GrCTs...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786763/mir-124-promotes-proliferation-and-neural-differentiation-of-neural-stem-cells-through-targeting-dact1-and-activating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathways
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Shujie Jiao, Yaling Liu, Yaobing Yao, Junfang Teng
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are multipotent and undifferentiated cells with the potential to differentiate into neuronal lineages and gliocytes. NSCs have the ability to generate and regenerate the brain, indicating the possibility of cell-based therapies for neurological disorders. miR-124 has been demonstrated as a modulator in the survival, expansion, and differentiation of NSCs. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of miR-124 in NSC development are still far from being understood. The expressions of miR-124, dishevelled binding antagonist of beta-catenin 1 (DACT1), ki-67, Nestin, β-tubulin III, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), β-catenin, cyclinD1, and glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) were examined by qRT-PCR or western blot...
May 21, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783020/immune-modulation-of-a-novel-lipid-soluble-extract-of-pinellia-pedatisecta-schott-in-the-tumor-microenvironment-of-an-hpv-tumor-burdened-mouse-model
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Haixia Huang, Mingxing Zhang, Meng Zhang, Jing Peng, Guiling Li, Congjian Xu, Suiqi Gui
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Pinellia pedatisecta Schott extract (PE), a traditional Chinese medicine, has been used to reduce swelling, dry dampness and suppress cervical tumors. AIMS: To evaluate the roles of PE in the regulation of anti-tumor effects and the cellular immune response in the tumor microenvironment. METHODS: The immune microenvironment of HPV+ TC-1 tumors was examined by immunohistochemistry, real-time PCR and flow cytometry...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777274/the-natural-agent-4-vinylphenol-targets-metastasis-and-stemness-features-in-breast-cancer-stem-like-cells
#4
Hoi-Wing Leung, Chun-Hay Ko, Grace Gar-Lee Yue, Ingrid Herr, Clara Bik-San Lau
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cancer stem-like cells (CSC) are regarded as the source of tumour origins, metastasis and drug resistance, and limits current treatment regimens. Previously, we reported the first study of the anti-angiogenic and anti-tumour activities of 4-vinylphenol. To further examine the therapeutic role of 4-vinylphenol, the inhibitory effects of 4-vinylphenol on cancer stemness, drug resistance and metastasis in breast cancer were investigated in the present study. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We enriched parental MDA-MB-231 cells with CSCs in serum-free medium to give spheroids...
May 18, 2018: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776636/molecular-diagnostics-in-the-neoplasms-of-the-pancreas-liver-gallbladder-and-extrahepatic-biliary-tract-2018-update
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REVIEW
Lei Zhang, Martin H Bluth, Amarpreet Bhalla
Pancreatic neoplasms, including ductal adenocarcinoma, solid pseudopapillary neoplasm, pancreatic endocrine neoplasms, acinar cell carcinoma, and pancreatoblastoma, are associated with different genetic abnormalities. Hepatic adenomas with beta-catenin exon 3 mutation are associated with a high risk of malignancy. Hepatic adenoma with arginosuccinate synthetase 1 expression or sonic hedgehog mutations are associated with a risk of bleeding. Hepatocellular carcinoma and choangiocarcinoma display heterogeneity at both morphologic and molecular levels Cholangiocellular carcinoma is most commonly associated with IDH 1/2 mutations...
June 2018: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775598/selective-cytotoxicity-of-the-nampt-inhibitor-fk866-toward-gastric-cancer-cells-with-markers-of-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-due-to-loss-of-naprt
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Jooyoung Lee, Hyosil Kim, Jae Eun Lee, Su-Jin Shin, Sejin Oh, Sungjin Kwon, Hakhyun Kim, Yoon Young Choi, Michael A White, Soonmyung Paik, Jae-Ho Cheong, Hyun Seok Kim
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Markers of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in gastric tumor tissues are associated with poor outcomes of patients. We performed a screen to identify pharmacologic compounds that kill gastric cancer cells with EMT-associated gene expression patterns and investigate their mechanisms. METHODS: We identified 29 gastric cancer cell lines with gene expression signature previously associated with an EMT subtype, based on data from RNA sequence analyses, and confirmed their mesenchymal phenotypes of 7 lines (Hs746T, SNU1750, MKN1, SK4, SNU484, SNU668, and YCC11), based in invasive activity and protein markers...
May 15, 2018: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763908/connexin-43-modulates-osteogenic-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-through-gsk-3beta-beta-catenin-signaling-pathways
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Fei-Xiang Lin, Gui-Zhou Zheng, Bo Chang, Rong-Chun Chen, Qi-Hao Zhang, Peng Xie, Da Xie, Guo-Yong Yu, Qin-Xiao Hu, De-Zhong Liu, Shi-Xin Du, Xue-Dong Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) are multipotent precursors that give rise to osteoblasts, and contribute directly to bone formation. Connexin 43 (Cx43) is the most ubiquitous gap junction protein expressed in bone cell types, and plays crucial roles in regulating intercellular signal transmission for bone development, differentiation and pathology. However, the precise role and mechanism of Cx43 in BMSCs are less known. Here, we investigate the function of Cx43 in osteogenic differentiation of BMSCs in vitro...
May 10, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760406/lncrna-pvt1-regulates-triple-negative-breast-cancer-through-klf5-beta-catenin-signaling
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Jianming Tang, Yanxin Li, Youzhou Sang, Bo Yu, Deguan Lv, Weiwei Zhang, Haizhong Feng
Recent molecularly targeted approach gains advance in breast cancer treatment. However, the estimated 5-year survival rate has not met the desired expectation for improvement, especially for patients with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Here we report that the lncRNA PVT1 promotes KLF5/beta-catenin signaling to drive TNBC tumorigenesis. PVT1 is upregulated in clinical TNBC tumors. Using genetic approaches targeting PVT1 in TNBC cells, we found that PVT1 depletion inhibited cell proliferation, colony formation, and orthotopic xenograft tumor growth...
May 15, 2018: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758594/phox2b-is-a-reliable-immunomarker-in-distinguishing-peripheral-neuroblastic-tumors-from-cns-embryonal-tumors
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Sanda Alexandrescu, Vera Paulson, Adrian Dubuc, Azra Ligon, Hart G Lidov
INTRODUCTION: The PHOX2B gene regulates neuronal maturation in the brain stem nuclei associated with cardiorespiratory function, and in the autonomic sympathetic and enteric nervous system. PHOX2B expression is a reliable immunomarker for peripheral neuroblastic tumors, however no systematic evaluation of CNS embryonal tumors was included in the studies. We encountered two cases in which the differential diagnosis included neuroblastoma and CNS embryonal tumor, and we hypothesized that PHOX2B immunostain would be helpful establishing the diagnosis...
May 14, 2018: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755772/histological-and-immunohistochemical-study-of-hepatoblastoma-correlation-with-tumour-behaviour-and-survival
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Kala Gnanasekaran Kiruthiga, Banumathi Ramakrishna, Soumitra Saha, Sudipta Sen
Background: Hepatoblastoma (HB) has different histological subtypes, with varying prognosis. Though the survival has drastically improved, subsets of patients are not responsive to therapy. Therefore, it becomes important to determine the factors which affect the behaviour of the tumour. This study was aimed to look at the histopathological subtypes and compare with immunohistochemical (IHC) expression of CK19, beta-catenin and EpCAM and survival. Methods: This study included 55 cases of HB...
April 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754632/genetics-of-cushing-s-syndrome
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REVIEW
Laura C Hernández-Ramírez, Constantine A Stratakis
The knowledge on the molecular and genetic causes of Cushing's syndrome (CS) has greatly increased in the recent years. Somatic mutations leading to overactive 3',5'-cyclic adenosine monophosphate/protein kinase A and wingless-type MMTV integration site family/beta-catenin pathways are the main molecular mechanisms underlying adrenocortical tumorigenesis. Corticotropinomas are characterized by resistance to glucocorticoid negative feedback, impaired cell cycle control and overexpression of pathways sustaining ACTH secretion...
June 2018: Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29726953/genetic-characterization-of-gnrh-lh-responsive-primary-aldosteronism
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Nadia Gagnon, Katia Caceres, Gilles Corbeil, Nada El Ghorayeb, Natasha Ludwig, Mathieu Latour, André Lacroix, Isabelle Bourdeau
Background: Recently, somatic beta-catenin mutations (CTNNB1) identified in aldosterone-producing adenomas (APA) from 3 women, were suggested to be responsible for the aberrant overexpression of LHCGR and GNRHR in the APA. Objective: To genetically characterize patients with primary aldosteronism (PA) evaluated in vivo for GnRH/LH responsive aldosterone secretion. Method: Patients with PA were evaluated in vivo to determine the possible regulation of aldosterone secretion by GnRH or LH...
May 2, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29724044/mechanisms-of-intrinsic-tumor-resistance-to-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
John Rieth, Subbaya Subramanian
An increased understanding of the interactions between the immune system and tumors has opened the door to immunotherapy for cancer patients. Despite some success with checkpoint inhibitors including ipilimumab, pembrolizumab, and nivolumab, most cancer patients remain unresponsive to such immunotherapy, likely due to intrinsic tumor resistance. The mechanisms most likely involve reducing the quantity and/or quality of antitumor lymphocytes, which ultimately are driven by any number of developments: tumor mutations and adaptations, reduced neoantigen generation or expression, indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) overexpression, loss of phosphatase and tensin homologue (PTEN) expression, and overexpression of the Wnt⁻β-catenin pathway...
May 2, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29718933/a20-regulates-canonical-wnt-signaling-through-an-interaction-with-ripk4
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Brooke N Nakamura, Alison Glazier, Michael G Kattah, Bao Duong, Yanxia Jia, Daniel Campo, Ling Shao
A20 is a ubiquitin-editing enzyme that is known to regulate inflammatory signaling and cell death. However, A20 mutations are also frequently found in multiple malignancies suggesting a potential role as a tumor suppressor as well. We recently described a novel role for A20 in regulating the wnt-beta-catenin signaling pathway and suppressing colonic tumor development in mice. The underlying mechanisms for this phenomenon are unclear. To study this, we first generated A20 knockout cell lines by genome-editing techniques...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29705331/disparate-levels-of-beta-catenin-activity-determine-nephron-progenitor-cell-fate
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Harini Ramalingam, Alicia R Fessler, Amrita Das, M Todd Valerius, Jeannine Basta, Lynn Robbins, Aaron C Brown, Leif Oxburgh, Andrew P McMahon, Michael Rauchman, Thomas J Carroll
Formation of a functional kidney depends on the balance between renewal and differentiation of nephron progenitors. Failure to sustain this balance can lead to kidney failure or stem cell tumors. For nearly 60 years, we have known that signals from an epithelial structure known as the ureteric bud were essential for maintaining this balance. More recently it was discovered that one molecule, Wnt9b, was necessary for both renewal and differentiation of the nephron progenitor cells. How one ligand signaling through one transcription factor promoted two seemingly contradictory cellular processes was unclear...
April 26, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29704527/tacrine-derivatives-stimulate-human-glioma-sf295-cell-death-and-alter-important-proteins-related-to-disease-development-an-old-drug-for-new-targets
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Fernanda Nunes, Letícia Barros Silva, Evelyn Winter, Adny Henrique Silva, Leônidas João de Melo, Michele Rode, Marcos Antônio Pinto Martins, Nilo Zanatta, Sarah Coelho Feitosa, Hélio Gauze Bonacorso, Tânia Beatriz Creczynski-Pasa
Glioblastoma is the most common and aggressive glioma, characterized by brain invasion capability. Being very resistant to the current therapies, since even under treatment, surgery, and chemotherapy with temozolomide (TMZ), patients achieve a median survival of one year. In the search for more effective therapies, new molecules have been designed. For nervous system cancers, molecules able to cross the blood-brain barrier are handled with priority. Accordingly, tacrine was chosen for this study and the inclusion of spiro-heterocyclic rings was done in its structure resulting in new compounds...
April 25, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29693240/comparative-study-of-%C3%AE-catenin-and-cd44-immunoexpression-in-oral-lichen-planus-and-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#17
Massoumeh Zargaran, Fahimeh Baghaei, Abbas Moghimbeigi
BACKGROUND: Dysfunction of adhesion molecules is believed to play an early and important role in developing cancer. Accordingly, this study aims to compare beta-catenin (β-catenin) and CD44 expression in oral lichen planus (OLP) as a condition with malignant potential and oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). METHODS: β-Catenin and CD44 expression were evaluated in 15 patients with epithelial hyperplasia (group A), 20 OLP (group B), and 20 OSCC (group C) by immunohistochemistry...
April 24, 2018: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673151/tumor-molecular-profiling-for-an-individualized-approach-to-the-treatment-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-patient-case-study
#18
Kristine Posadas, Anita Ankola, Zhaohai Yang, Nelson S Yee
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is increasing in incidence, and the associated mortality rate remains among the highest. For advanced HCC, sorafenib has been shown to slightly prolong survival, and regorafenib and nivolumab, both recently approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), may produce clinical benefits to a limited extent. Systemic chemotherapy has been shown to produce a modest response, but there is no clinically valid biomarker that can be used to predict which patients may benefit...
April 17, 2018: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668981/wnts-role-in-bovine-folliculogenesis-and-estrogen-production
#19
B I Gomez, B H Aloqaily, C A Gifford, D M Hallford, J A Hernandez Gifford
Appreciation of mechanisms that affect steroidogenesis is critical to identifying compromising signals that may decrease reproductive efficiency. Follicle maturation and steroidogenesis requires coordinated actions from the pituitary gonadotropins, and local ovarian signaling molecules. Beta-catenin (CTNNB1), the lynchpin molecule of canonical wingless-type mouse mammary tumor virus integration site (WNT) signaling is required for maximal gonadotropin stimulation of steroid production from granulosa (GC) and luteal cells...
April 13, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666300/a-pan-cancer-landscape-of-interactions-between-solid-tumors-and-infiltrating-immune-cell-populations
#20
David Tamborero, Carlota Rubio-Perez, Ferran Muiños, Radhakrishnan Sabarinathan, Josep Maria Piulats, Aura Muntasell, Rodrigo Dienstmann, Nuria Lopez-Bigas, Abel Gonzalez-Perez
PURPOSE: Throughout their development tumors are challenged by the immune system and they acquire features to evade its surveillance. A systematic view of these traits which sheds light on how tumors respond to immunotherapies is still lacking. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Here, we computed the relative abundance of an array of immune cell populations to measure the immune infiltration pattern of 9,174 tumors of 29 solid cancers. We then clustered tumors with similar infiltration pattern to define immune-phenotypes...
April 17, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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