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Ming-Shyen Yen, Jen-Ruei Chen, Peng-Hui Wang, Kuo-Chang Wen, Yi-Jen Chen, Heung-Tat Ng
Uterine sarcoma is a very aggressive and highly lethal disease. Even after a comprehensive staging surgery or en block cytoreduction surgery followed by multimodality therapy (often chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy), many patients relapse or present with distant metastases, and finally die of diseases. The worst outcome of uterine sarcomas is partly because of their rarity, unknown etiology, and highly divergent genetic aberration. Uterine sarcomas are often classified into four distinct subtypes, including uterine leiomyosarcoma, low-grade uterine endometrial stromal sarcoma, high-grade uterine endometrial stromal sarcoma, and undifferentiated uterine sarcoma...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
James C Lin, Wei-Wen Kuo, Rathinasamy Baskaran, Ming-Cheng Chen, Tsung-Jung Ho, Ray-Jade Chen, Ya-Fang Chen, Viswanadha Vijaya Padma, Ing-Shiow Lay, Chih-Yang Huang
BACKGROUND: Beta-catenin has been implicated in cell-cell communication in a wide variety of developmental and physiological processes. Defective Wnt signaling could result in various cardiac and vascular abnormalities. Little is known regarding Wnt/frizzled pathway in cardiomyocyte apoptosis. METHODS: In this study, the role of β-catenin in apoptosis was investigated in H9c2 cardiomyocytes and primary cardiomyocytes isolated in diabetic Wistar rats. The cardiomyocytes were transfected with porcine cytomegalovirus (pCMV)-β-catenin plasmid in order to overexpress β-catenin...
October 13, 2016: Cardiology Journal
Junsheng Li, Barbara Kwiatkowska, Hao Lu, Maren Voglstätter, Erika Ueda, Michael Grunze, Jonathan Sleeman, Pavel A Levkin, Irina Nazarenko
Malignant transformation is associated with enhancement of cell plasticity, which allows cancer cells to survive under different conditions by adapting to their microenvironment during growth and metastatic spread. Much effort has been devoted to understanding the molecular mechanisms of these processes. Although the importance of the extracellular matrix and of surface properties in these mechanisms is evident, the direct impact of distinct physical and chemical surfaces characteristics on cell fate remains unclear...
October 12, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Chi Huang, Younan Wang, Hao Fan, Xiang Ma, Ran Tang, Xiangkun Huan, Yi Zhu, Zekuan Xu, Hao Xu, Li Yang
PURPOSE: Disheveled-binding antagonist of beta-catenin 1 (DACT1) is involved in tumorigenesis through influencing cell apoptosis and proliferation. We aimed to investigate the effect of three tag single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in DACT1 (rs863091 C>T, rs17832998 C>T, and rs167481 C>T) on the occurrence of gastric cancer (GC), their association with specific clinical characteristics, and consideration of the functional relevance of GC-related SNPs. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: In this hospital-based case-control study, the genotypes were acquired using the TaqMan-MGB method consisting of 602 cases and 602 controls...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
Xia Yang, Jian-Ning Lv, Hui Li, Bo Jiao, Qiu-Hong Zhang, Yong Zhang, Jie Zhang, Yan-Qin Liu, Ming Zhang, Hu Shan, Jin-Zhao Zhang, Run-Miao Wu, Ya-Li Li
OBJECTIVES: Asthma is a chronic inflammatory, heterogeneous airway disease affecting millions of people around the world. Curcumin has been found to have anti-inflammatory and antifibrosis effects. Researchers reported that curcumin regulated Wnt/b-catenin signaling in lots of cells. However, whether curcumin regulates the levels of Wnt/ b-Catenin signaling in lung tissues and DCs (dendritic cells) remains unclear. In this study, we assessed the effects of curcumin on DCs and asthma. METHODS: C57BL/6 mice immunized with OVA (ovalbumin) were challenged thrice with an aerosol of OVA every second day for 8 days...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
Daniele Pereira Jardim, Paula Cristina Eiras Poço, Alexandre Holthausen Campos
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a worldwide public health problem that affects millions of men and women of all ages and racial groups. Loss of mesangial cells (MC) represents an early common feature in the pathogenesis of CKD. Transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) is a key inducer of kidney damage and triggers several pathological changes in renal cells, notably MC apoptosis. However, the mechanism of MC apoptosis induced by TGF-β1 remains elusive. Here we demonstrate for the first time a novel regulatory pathway in which the disheveled-binding antagonist of beta-catenin 1 (Dact1) gene is upregulated by TGF-β1, inducing MC apoptosis...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Rafael H Abduch, Ana Carolina Bueno, Leticia F Leal, Marcelo M Cavalcanti, Débora C Gomes, Silvia R Brandalise, Maria J Masterallo, José A Yunes, Carlos E Martinelli, Luiz G Tone, Silvio Tucci, Carlos A F Molina, Fernando S Ramalho, Ayrton C Moreira, Izilda A Cardinalli, Carlos A Scrideli, Leandra N Z Ramalho, Margaret de Castro, Sonir R Antonini
BACKGROUND: Overexpression of the oncogene yes-associated-protein-1 (YAP1) is associated with increased cell proliferation in human cancers. YAP1 is a potential target of the Wnt/beta-catenin pathway, which plays an important role in adrenocortical tumors (ACT). The role of YAP1 in adrenocortical tumorigenesis has not been assessed. AIMS: To evaluate YAP1 expression in normal adrenals and pediatric ACT and its association with disease outcome. To investigate the interaction between YAP1 and the Wnt/beta-catenin pathway in adrenocortical cells...
October 1, 2016: Oncotarget
Dorota Gil, Dorota Ciołczyk-Wierzbicka, Joanna Dulińska-Litewka, Piotr Laidler
Cadherin switch is specific of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and is closely related to tumor cell invasion. However, the molecular mechanism that promotes the phenotypic changes remains unclear and elusive. We found that integrin-linked kinase (ILK) is a key factor involved in cadherin switch. The expression and activity of ILK are elevated in a variety of cancers but its mechanisms are not exactly understood. In this report, we studied the role and mechanism of ILK in EMT of human bladder cancer...
September 28, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Lina Cheng, Fan Yang, Bingxi Zhou, Hui Yang, Yuan Yuan, Xiuling Li, Shuangyin Han
RAB23, a member of Ras-related small GTPase family, has been reported to be up-regulated in several cancer types. However, its biological functions and the underlying molecular mechanisms for its oncogenic roles in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remain unknown. In this study, we have shown that the expression of RAB23 was elevated in ESCC tissues and ESCC cells. Overexpression of RAB23 promoted the growth and migration of the ESCC cells, while knocking down the expression RAB23 inhibited the growth, migration and metastasis of the ESCC cells...
September 19, 2016: Gene
Manisha Sharma, Cara Jamieson, Christina Lui, Beric R Henderson
β-catenin is a key mediator of Wnt signaling and its deregulated nuclear accumulation can drive cancer progression. While the central armadillo (Arm) repeats of β-catenin stimulate nuclear entry, the N- and C-terminal "tail" sequences are thought to regulate turnover and transactivation. We show here that the N- and C-tails are also potent transport sequences. The unstructured tails of β-catenin, when individually fused to a GFP-reporter, could enter and exit the nucleus rapidly in live cells. Proximity ligation assays and pull-down assays identified a weak interaction between the tail sequences and the FG-repeats of nucleoporins, consistent with a possible direct translocation of β-catenin through the nuclear pore complex...
September 19, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Maroof Alam, Audrey Bouillez, Ashujit Tagde, Rehan Ahmad, Hasan Rajabi, Takahiro Maeda, Masayuki Hiraki, Yozo Suzuki, Donald Kufe
: Apical-basal polarity and epithelial integrity are maintained in part by the Crumbs (CRB) complex. The C-terminal subunit of MUC1 (MUC1-C) is a transmembrane protein that is expressed at the apical border of normal epithelial cells and aberrantly at high levels over the entire surface of their transformed counterparts. However, it is not known if MUC1-C contributes to this loss of polarity that is characteristic of carcinoma cells. Here it is demonstrated that MUC1-C downregulates expression of the Crumbs complex CRB3 protein in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells...
September 22, 2016: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
Ciqing Yang, Xiaoying Li, Congrui Wang, Sulei Fu, Han Li, Zhikun Guo, Shanting Zhao, Juntang Lin
N-cadherin is a calcium-sensitive cell adhesion molecule that plays an important role in the formation of the neural circuit and the development of the nervous system. In the present study, we investigated the function of N-cadherin in cell-cell connection in vitro with HEK293T cells, and in commissural axon projections in the developing chicken spinal cord using in ovo electroporation. Cell-cell connections increased with N-cadherin overexpression in HEK293T cells, while cell contacts disappeared after co-transfection with an N-cadherin-shRNA plasmid...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Molecular Histology
Chiara E Mussi, Piergiuseppe Colombo, Chiara Lo Russo, Anaid Kasangian, Ferdinando Cananzi, Andrea Marrari, Emanuela Morenghi, Rita De Sanctis, Vittorio Quagliuolo
PURPOSE: Before the wait-and-see policy became the standard approach in abdominal wall desmoid tumors, surgery was performed on a systematic basis. Surgery remains indicated for progressing tumors but its extent is debatable. The abdominal wall is a common site of origin of sporadic desmoids, usually associated with a favorable prognosis. We analyzed the results of surgery at this specific site. METHODS: Data from 33 patients affected by sporadic desmoid tumors of the abdominal wall (31 primary, 2 recurrent) consecutively treated at our cancer center between January 2000 and September 2013 were retrospectively studied...
September 3, 2016: Tumori
J H L Neumann
In colorectal cancer (CRC) distant metastases essentially determine the overall survival and prognosis. Biomarkers that correlate with the presence of distant metastases are therefore of great clinical importance for risk stratification and clinical treatment decisions. As part of the habilitation project various prognostic biomarkers were analyzed and correlated with the occurrence of distant metastases and different patterns of distant spread in CRC. It could be demonstrated that CRC with microsatellite instability (MSI), as detected by a loss of hMLH1 protein expression, have a very low risk of distant metastases...
September 14, 2016: Der Pathologe
Nives Pećina-Šlaus, Anja Kafka, Tomislav Vladušić, Hrvoje Ivan Pećina, Reno Hrašćan
BACKGROUND/AIM: Tumor suppressor gene AXIN1 is an inhibitor of Wnt signaling pathway. It down-regulates the pathway's main signaling effector molecule, beta-catenin, in an AXIN-based destruction complex. In the present study we investigated the involvement of AXIN1 in intracranial meningioma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Loss of heterozygosity and microsatellite instability analyses were performed. The consequences of genetic changes on protein expression levels were studied in the same patients by immunohistochemistry...
September 2016: Anticancer Research
Chiara Fiorentini, Martina Fragni, Paola Perego, Sara Vezzoli, Sara A Bonini, Monica Tortoreto, Diego Galli, Melanie Claps, Guido A Tiberio, Massimo Terzolo, Cristina Missale, Maurizio Memo, Giuseppe Procopio, Nadia Zaffaroni, Alfredo Berruti, Sandra Sigala
CONTEXT: Patients with adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) frequently suffer from cortisol excess, which portends a negative prognosis. Rapid control of cortisol hypersecretion and tumor growth are the main goals of ACC therapy. Abiraterone acetate (AA) is a potent inhibitor of 17alpha-hydroxylase/17,20-lyase, a key enzyme of adrenal steroidogenesis. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the therapeutic use of AA in preclinical models of ACC. DESIGN: AA antisecretive and antiproliferative effects were investigated in vitro using NCI-H295R and SW13 ACC cell lines and human primary ACC cell cultures, as well as in vivo using immunodeficient mice...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Guillaume Renner, Fanny Noulet, Marie-Cécile Mercier, Laurence Choulier, Nelly Etienne-Selloum, Jean-Pierre Gies, Maxime Lehmann, Isabelle Lelong-Rebel, Sophie Martin, Monique Dontenwill
The Wnt/beta catenin pathway has been highlighted as an important player of brain tumors aggressiveness and resistance to therapies. Increasing knowledges of the regulation of beta-catenin transactivation point out its hub position in different pathophysiological outcomes in glioma such as survival and migration. Crosstalks between integrins and beta-catenin pathways have been suggested in several tumor tissues. As we demonstrated earlier that α5β1 integrin may be considered as a therapeutic target in high grade glioma through its contribution to glioma cell migration and resistance to chemotherapy, we addressed here the potential relationship between α5β1 integrin and beta-catenin activation in glioma cells...
August 23, 2016: Oncotarget
James A McCubrey, Dariusz Rakus, Agnieszka Gizak, Linda S Steelman, Steve L Abrams, Kvin Lertpiriyapong, Timothy L Fitzgerald, Li V Yang, Giuseppe Montalto, Melchiorre Cervello, Massimo Libra, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Aurora Scalisi, Francesco Torino, Concettina Fenga, Luca M Neri, Sandra Marmiroli, Lucio Cocco, Alberto M Martelli
Glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3) is a serine/threonine kinase that participates in an array of critical cellular processes. GSK-3 was first characterized as an enzyme that phosphorylated and inactivated glycogen synthase. However, subsequent studies have revealed that this moon-lighting protein is involved in numerous signaling pathways that regulate not only metabolism but also have roles in: apoptosis, cell cycle progression, cell renewal, differentiation, embryogenesis, migration, regulation of gene transcription, stem cell biology and survival...
September 6, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Sharada Prakash, Uma Swaminathan, B R Nagamalini, Ashwini Balkuntla Krishnamurthy
In continuation with the previous review on "β-catenin in health", in this review we discuss the role of β-catenin in the pathogenesis of common oral lesions in the oral and maxillofacial region- oral potentially malignant disorders, their progression to oral squamous cell carcinoma, salivary gland tumors and odontogenic tumours. This review is based on a pubmed search of all the lesions included in the review.
May 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
Hideyuki Ishiguro, Takehiro Wakasugi, Yukio Terashita, Nobuhiro Sakamoto, Tatsuya Tanaka, Koji Mizoguchi, Hiroyuki Sagawa, Tomotaka Okubo, Hiromitsu Takeyama
BACKGROUND: E-cadherin/CDH1 is one of the proteins involved in cell adhesion, and it is known that decreased expression of E-cadherin induces lymph node metastasis in esophageal cancer. Beta catenin/CTNNB1, which is an important component of the Wnt signaling pathway, binds to E-cadherin at the cell membrane, where the complex of these two proteins functions in the stabilization of cell adhesion. However, its role in the pathogenesis of esophageal cancer is still unknown. METHODS: This study included 86 patients with esophageal cancer who underwent surgery between 1998 and 2007...
2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
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