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Camilo Correa-Gallego, Danilo Maddalo, Alexandre Doussot, Nancy Kemeny, T Peter Kingham, Peter J Allen, Michael I D'Angelica, Ronald P DeMatteo, Doron Betel, David Klimstra, William R Jarnagin, Andrea Ventura
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are potential biomarkers in various malignancies. We aim to characterize miRNA expression in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) and identify circulating plasma miRNAs with potential diagnostic and prognostic utility. METHODS: Using deep-sequencing techniques, miRNA expression between tumor samples and non-neoplastic liver parenchyma were compared. Overexpressed miRNAs were measured in plasma from an independent cohort of patients with cholangiocarcinoma using RT-qPCR and compared with that healthy volunteers...
2016: PloS One
Gaoxin Xiong, Zhang Huang, Hua Jiang, Zhengjun Pan, Jie Xie, Shuangli Wang
OBJECTIVES: MicroRNA-21 (miR21) is aberrantly elevated in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, the significance of this microRNA in RA pathogenesis and treatment, however, has not been investigated. In this study, by using RA-derived fibroblast-like synoviocyte (FLS) cells as a model, we investigated the effect and corresponding mechanism of miR21 inhibition on FLSs invasion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: miR21 expression in synovial tissue and FLSs in RA patients and non-RA controls were determined by stem-loop RT-PCR...
July 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Dong Li, Junjun Sun, Wenfang Liu, Xuan Wang, Robert Bals, Junlu Wu, Wenqiang Quan, Yiwen Yao, Yu Zhang, Hong Zhou, Kaiyin Wu
The expression of the retinoic acid-induced G (Rig-G) gene, an all trans retinoic acid (ATRA)-inducible gene, was observed in multiple cancer cells, including lung cancer cells. However, whether Rig-G is a tumor suppressor in lung cancer is unknown. Here, we found that ectopic expression of Rig-G can lead to a significant decrease in proliferation of lung cancer cells, resulting in an inhibition of tumor growth. Rig-G knockdown results in a modest increase in cell proliferation, as well as confers an increase in colony formation...
September 1, 2016: Oncotarget
Vahid Khori, Ali Mohammad Alizadeh, Zohre Gheisary, Sadaf Farsinejad, Farrokh Najafi, Solmaz Khalighfard, Fatemeh Ghafari, Maryam Hadji, Hamid Khodayari
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a form of photon therapy which can be a non-invasive therapeutic procedure in cancer therapy using low-intensity light in the range of 450-800 nm. One of the main functional features of laser therapy is the photobiostimulation effects of low-level lasers on various biological systems including altering DNA synthesis and modifying gene expression, and stopping cellular proliferation. This study investigated the effects of LLLT on mice mammary tumor and the expression of Let-7a, miR155, miR21, miR125, and miR376b in the plasma and tumor samples...
August 12, 2016: Lasers in Medical Science
Maisarah Mohamad, Norhazlina Abdul Wahab, Rosna Yunus, Nor Azian Abdul Murad, Zulkifli Md Zainuddin, Murali Sundaram, Norfilza Mohd Mokhtar
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing concern in the role of microRNA (miRNA) in the pathogenesis of bone metastasis (BM) secondary to prostate cancer (CaP). In this exploratory study, we hypothesized that the expression of vinculin (VCL) and chemokine X3C ligand 1 (CX3CL1) might be downregulated in clinical samples, most likely due to the posttranscriptional modification by microRNAs. Targeted genes would be upregulated upon transfection of the bone metastatic prostate cancer cell line, PC3, with specific microRNA inhibitors...
2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
Wafa Majeed, Asra Iftikhar, Tanweer Khaliq, Bilal Aslam, Humaira Muzaffar, Komal Atta, Aisha Mahmood, Shahid Waris
Gastric cancer is generally associated with poor survival rates and accounts for a remarkable proportion of global cancer mortality. The prevalence of gastric carcinoma varies in different regions of world and across teh various ethnic groups. On the basis of pathological assessment, gastric cancer can be categorized as intestinal and diffuse carcinomas. The etiology is diverse, including chemical carcinogen exposure, and high salt intake Helicobacter pylori also plays a vital role in the pathogenesis of certain gastric carcinomas...
2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
Shanshan Li, Afshin Hosseini, Marina Danes, Carolina Jacometo, Jianxin Liu, Juan J Loor
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to study how changing the ratio of Lys to Thr, Lys to His, and Lys to Val affects the expression of lipogenic genes and microRNA (miRNA) in bovine mammary epithelial cells. RESULTS: Triplicate cultures with the respective "optimal" amino acid (AA) ratio (OPAA = Lys:Met 2.9:1; Thr:Phe 1.05:1; Lys:Thr 1.8:1; Lys:His 2.38:1; Lys:Val 1.23:1) plus rapamycin (OPAARMC; positive control), OPAA, Lys:Thr 2.1:1 (LT2.1), Lys:Thr 1...
2016: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Yan-Ran Wu, Hai-Jun Qi, Dan-Fang Deng, Ying-Ying Luo, Sheng-Lan Yang
Our study aimed to explore associations between microRNA-21 (miR-21) and PTEN/PI3K/AKT signaling pathway and, further, to elucidate the regulation of miR-21 on biological behaviors in human esophageal cancer cells. The expressions of miR-21, PTEN, PI3K, and AKT were detected in 89 esophageal cancer samples and 58 adjacent normal tissues respectively. The human esophageal cancer cells (TE11) were grouped as following: blank (TE11 cells without transfection), negative (TE11 cells with miR-21 negative inhibitor), and Inhibition-miR21 (TE11 cells with miR-21 inhibitor)...
May 17, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Mian Cheng, Gang Wu, Yue Song, Lin Wang, Ling Tu, Lizhi Zhang, Cuntai Zhang
UNLABELLED: Backgroud: Myocardial fibrosis results in myocardial remodelling and dysfunction. Celastrol, a traditional oriental medicine, has been suggested to have cardioprotective effects. However, its underlying mechanism is unknown. This study investigated the ability of celastrol to prevent cardiac fibrosis and dysfunction and explored the underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Animal and cell models of cardiac fibrosis were used in this study. Myocardial fibrosis was induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC) in mice...
2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Daniela Di Girolamo, Raffaele Ambrosio, Maria A De Stefano, Giuseppina Mancino, Tommaso Porcelli, Cristina Luongo, Emery Di Cicco, Giulia Scalia, Luigi Del Vecchio, Annamaria Colao, Andrzej A Dlugosz, Caterina Missero, Domenico Salvatore, Monica Dentice
The thyroid hormone-inactivating (TH-inactivating) enzyme type 3 iodothyronine deiodinase (D3) is an oncofetal protein that is rarely expressed in adult life but has been shown to be reactivated in the context of proliferation and neoplasms. D3 terminates TH action within the tumor microenvironment, thereby enhancing cancer cell proliferation. However, the pathological role of D3 and the contribution of TH metabolism in cancer have yet to be fully explored. Here, we describe a reciprocal regulation between TH action and the cancer-associated microRNA-21 (miR21) in basal cell carcinoma (BCC) skin tumors...
June 1, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Joshua D Campbell, Anton Alexandrov, Jaegil Kim, Jeremiah Wala, Alice H Berger, Chandra Sekhar Pedamallu, Sachet A Shukla, Guangwu Guo, Angela N Brooks, Bradley A Murray, Marcin Imielinski, Xin Hu, Shiyun Ling, Rehan Akbani, Mara Rosenberg, Carrie Cibulskis, Aruna Ramachandran, Eric A Collisson, David J Kwiatkowski, Michael S Lawrence, John N Weinstein, Roel G W Verhaak, Catherine J Wu, Peter S Hammerman, Andrew D Cherniack, Gad Getz, Maxim N Artyomov, Robert Schreiber, Ramaswamy Govindan, Matthew Meyerson
To compare lung adenocarcinoma (ADC) and lung squamous cell carcinoma (SqCC) and to identify new drivers of lung carcinogenesis, we examined the exome sequences and copy number profiles of 660 lung ADC and 484 lung SqCC tumor-normal pairs. Recurrent alterations in lung SqCCs were more similar to those of other squamous carcinomas than to alterations in lung ADCs. New significantly mutated genes included PPP3CA, DOT1L, and FTSJD1 in lung ADC, RASA1 in lung SqCC, and KLF5, EP300, and CREBBP in both tumor types...
June 2016: Nature Genetics
Kazunari Hayashi, Yoko Tabe, Takashi Miida
BACKGROUND: Circulating microRNA (miRNA) biomarkers have attracted attention as possible blood-based indicators of disease. However, pre-analytic technical issues including serum preparation remain problematic for the clinical translation of such technology. This study investigated the effect of decreased sample preparation time on miRNA measurement. METHODS: Blood samples obtained from healthy donors were drawn into blood collection tubes with or without clot activator, and sera were obtained at different preparation time points...
2016: Clinical Laboratory
Daniel W Binzel, Yi Shu, Hui Li, Meiyan Sun, Qunshu Zhang, Dan Shu, Bin Guo, Peixuan Guo
Both siRNA and miRNA can serve as powerful gene-silencing reagents but their specific delivery to cancer cells in vivo without collateral damage to healthy cells remains challenging. We report here the application of RNA nanotechnology for specific and efficient delivery of anti-miRNA seed-targeting sequence to block the growth of prostate cancer in mouse models. Utilizing the thermodynamically ultra-stable three-way junction of the pRNA of phi29 DNA packaging motor, RNA nanoparticles were constructed by bottom-up self-assembly containing the anti-prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) RNA aptamer as a targeting ligand and anti-miR17 or anti-miR21 as therapeutic modules...
August 2016: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Michele Benigni, Claudia Ricci, Ashley R Jones, Fabio Giannini, Ammar Al-Chalabi, Stefania Battistini
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neurodegenerative disorder. Since no diagnostic laboratory test exists, the identification of specific biomarkers could be fundamental in clinical practice. microRNAs (miRNAs) are considered promising biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases. The aim of the study was to identify a CSF miRNA set that could differentiate ALS from non-ALS condition. miRNA profiling in CSF from ALS patients (n = 24; eight with C9orf72 expansion) and unaffected control subjects (n = 24) by quantitative reverse transcription PCR identified fourteen deregulated miRNAs...
April 27, 2016: Neuromolecular Medicine
Elane C Wright, Benjamin J Hale, Cai-Xia Yang, Josephat G Njoka, Jason W Ross
BACKGROUND: MicroRNA (miRNA) are small non-coding RNA molecules critical for regulating cellular function, and are abundant in the maturing oocyte and developing embryo. MiRNA-21 (MIR21) has been shown to elicit posttranscriptional gene regulation in several tissues associated with rapid cell proliferation in addition to demonstrating anti-apoptotic features through interactions with PDCD4 mRNA and other targets. In many tissues, MIR21 interacts and suppresses PDCD4 due to the strong complementation between MIR21 and the PDCD4 3'UTR...
2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Chi Lam Au Yeung, Ngai-Na Co, Tetsushi Tsuruga, Tsz-Lun Yeung, Suet-Ying Kwan, Cecilia S Leung, Yong Li, Edward S Lu, Kenny Kwan, Kwong-Kwok Wong, Rosemarie Schmandt, Karen H Lu, Samuel C Mok
Advanced ovarian cancer usually spreads to the visceral adipose tissue of the omentum. However, the omental stromal cell-derived molecular determinants that modulate ovarian cancer growth have not been characterized. Here, using next-generation sequencing technology, we identify significantly higher levels of microRNA-21 (miR21) isomiRNAs in exosomes and tissue lysates isolated from cancer-associated adipocytes (CAAs) and fibroblasts (CAFs) than in those from ovarian cancer cells. Functional studies reveal that miR21 is transferred from CAAs or CAFs to the cancer cells, where it suppresses ovarian cancer apoptosis and confers chemoresistance by binding to its direct novel target, APAF1...
2016: Nature Communications
J van Scheppingen, A M Iyer, A S Prabowo, A Mühlebner, J J Anink, T Scholl, M Feucht, F E Jansen, W G Spliet, P Krsek, J Zamecnik, A M Buccoliero, F Giordano, L Genitori, K Kotulska, S Jozwiak, J Jaworski, E Liszewska, E A van Vliet, E Aronica
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is a genetic disease presenting with multiple neurological symptoms including epilepsy, mental retardation, and autism. Abnormal activation of various inflammatory pathways has been observed in astrocytes in brain lesions associated with TSC. Increasing evidence supports the involvement of microRNAs in the regulation of astrocyte-mediated inflammatory response. To study the role of inflammation-related microRNAs in TSC, we employed real-time PCR and in situ hybridization to characterize the expression of miR21, miR146a, and miR155 in TSC lesions (cortical tubers and subependymal giant cell astrocytomas, SEGAs)...
June 2016: Glia
Kosuke Mima, Reiko Nishihara, Juhong Yang, Ruoxu Dou, Yohei Masugi, Yan Shi, Annacarolina da Silva, Yin Cao, Mingyang Song, Jonathan Nowak, Mancang Gu, Wanwan Li, Teppei Morikawa, Xuehong Zhang, Kana Wu, Hideo Baba, Edward L Giovannucci, Jeffrey A Meyerhardt, Andrew T Chan, Charles S Fuchs, Zhi Rong Qian, Shuji Ogino
PURPOSE: Prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2 (PTGS2, cyclooxygenase-2; a target of aspirin) produces inflammatory mediator prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), and contributes to colorectal neoplasia development. PTGS2-driven inflammatory responses can induce tumor expression of microRNA MIR21 (miR-21) that can increase local PGE2 level by downregulating PGE2-metabolizing enzymes. We hypothesized that the prognostic association of tumor MIR21 expression level in colorectal carcinoma might depend on inflammatory tumor microenvironment and be stronger in tumors expressing high-level PTGS2...
August 1, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Deepa Rajwar, Gopal Ammanath, Jamal Ahmed Cheema, Alagappan Palaniappan, Umit Hakan Yildiz, Bo Liedberg
Here we report on the design and synthesis of cationic water-soluble thiophene copolymers as reporters for colorimetric detection of microRNA (miRNA) in human plasma. Poly(3-alkoxythiophene) (PT) polyelectrolytes with controlled ratios of pendant groups such as triethylamine/1-methyl imidazole were synthesized for optimizing interaction with target miRNA sequence (Tseq). Incorporation of specific peptide nucleic acid (PNA) sequences with the cationic polythiophenes yielded distinguishable responses upon formation of fluorescent PT-PNA-Tseq triplex and weakly fluorescent PT-Tseq duplex, thereby enabling selective detection of target miRNA...
April 6, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Fan Yang, Yao Wang, Jun Xue, Qian Ma, Juan Zhang, Yun-Fei Chen, Zhen-Zhong Shang, Quan-Qiang Li, Shu-Ling Zhang, Lei Zhao
This study sought to investigate the anti-fibrotic effect of Corilagin via interference with the miR-21/smad7/ERK signaling pathway in a schistosomiasis-induced hepatic fibrosis mouse model. Mice were infected with Schistosoma japonicum cercaria to establish the mouse model of schistosomiasis-induced hepatic fibrosis. At four weeks after infection, the groups were given different medications. The living conditions were observed. Real-time PCR was employed to detect the mRNA levels of miR-21, smad7 and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), and western blotting was used to examine the protein levels of smad7, CTGF, smad1, p-smad1, smad2, p-smad2, ERK1/2, p-ERK1/2 and TGF-β receptor I...
August 2016: Parasitology International
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