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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924582/modeling-rasopathies-with-genetically-modified-mouse-models
#1
Isabel Hernández-Porras, Carmen Guerra
The RAS/MAPK signaling pathway plays key roles in development, cell survival and proliferation, as well as in cancer pathogenesis. Molecular genetic studies have identified a group of developmental syndromes, the RASopathies, caused by germ line mutations in this pathway. The syndromes included within this classification are neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), Noonan syndrome (NS), Noonan syndrome with multiple lentigines (NS-ML, formerly known as LEOPARD syndrome), Costello syndrome (CS), cardio-facio-cutaneous syndrome (CFC), Legius syndrome (LS, NF1-like syndrome), capillary malformation-arteriovenous malformation syndrome (CM-AVM), and hereditary gingival fibromatosis (HGF) type 1...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924011/roles-for-aprin-pds5b-in-homologous-recombination-and-in-ovarian-cancer-prediction
#2
Anthony M Couturier, Hubert Fleury, Anne-Marie Patenaude, Victoria L Bentley, Amélie Rodrigue, Yan Coulombe, Joshi Niraj, Joris Pauty, Jason N Berman, Graham Dellaire, Javier M Di Noia, Anne-Marie Mes-Masson, Jean-Yves Masson
APRIN (PDS5 cohesin associated factor B) interacts with both the cohesin complex and the BRCA2 tumor suppressor. How APRIN influences cohesion and DNA repair processes is not well understood. Here, we show that APRIN is recruited to DNA damage sites. We find that APRIN interacts directly with RAD51, PALB2 and BRCA2. APRIN stimulates RAD51-mediated DNA strand invasion. APRIN also binds DNA with an affinity for D-loop structures and single-strand (ss) DNA. APRIN is a new homologous recombination (HR) mediator as it counteracts the RPA inhibitory effect on RAD51 loading to ssDNA...
October 24, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923599/the-role-of-the-atm-chk-p53-pathway-in-mediating-dna-damage-in-hand-foot-syndrome-induced-by-pld
#3
Jie Yang, Long Qiao, Zhen Zeng, Junnai Wang, Tao Zhu, Juncheng Wei, Mingfu Wu, Shuangmei Ye, Xiaoyuan Huang, Ding Ma, Ronghua Liu, Qinglei Gao
Pegylated liposomal doxorubicin (PLD) has been approved to treat patients with various types of cancers because it rarely caused side effects, such as cardiotoxicity, in comparison to doxorubicin, but it frequently results in hand-foot syndrome (HFS). This may affect the quality of life and require a reduction in the PLD dose. The pathophysiology of HFS was not well understood. This study was aimed at exploring the mechanism of HFS induced by PLD. We compared the effects of different doses of PLD on the proliferation inhibition and apoptosis in vitro in HaCaT cells and analyzed the skin changes and skin cell DNA damage in vivo using a zebrafish model...
December 3, 2016: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918645/redox-and-ph-dual-responsive-polymer-based-nanoparticles-for-in-vivo-drug-delivery
#4
Chung Yen Ang, Si Yu Tan, Cathleen Teh, Jia Min Lee, Mun Fei Eddy Wong, Qiuyu Qu, Li Qing Poh, Menghuan Li, Yuanyuan Zhang, Vladimir Korzh, Yanli Zhao
Responsive nanomaterials have emerged as promising candidates as drug delivery vehicles in order to address biomedical diseases such as cancer. In this work, polymer-based responsive nanoparticles prepared by a supramolecular approach are loaded with doxorubicin (DOX) for the cancer therapy. The nanoparticles contain disulfide bonds within the polymer network, allowing the release of the DOX payload in a reducing environment within the endoplasm of cancer cells. In addition, the loaded drug can also be released under acidic environment...
December 5, 2016: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918540/in-vivo-quantification-of-spatially-varying-mechanical-properties-in-developing-tissues
#5
Friedhelm Serwane, Alessandro Mongera, Payam Rowghanian, David A Kealhofer, Adam A Lucio, Zachary M Hockenbery, Otger Campàs
The mechanical properties of the cellular microenvironment and their spatiotemporal variations are thought to play a central role in sculpting embryonic tissues, maintaining organ architecture and controlling cell behavior, including cell differentiation. However, no direct in vivo and in situ measurement of mechanical properties within developing 3D tissues and organs has yet been performed. Here we introduce a technique that employs biocompatible, magnetically responsive ferrofluid microdroplets as local mechanical actuators and allows quantitative spatiotemporal measurements of mechanical properties in vivo...
December 5, 2016: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901050/the-use-of-the-nedd8-inhibitor-mln4924-pevonedistat-in-a-cyclotherapy-approach-to-protect-wild-type-p53-cells-from-mln4924-induced-toxicity
#6
Lara J Bou Malhab, Simon Descamps, Benedicte Delaval, Dimitris P Xirodimas
Targetting the ubiquitin pathway is an attractive strategy for cancer therapy. The inhibitor of the ubiquitin-like molecule NEDD8 pathway, MLN4924 (Pevonedistat) is in Phase II clinical trials. Protection of healthy cells from the induced toxicity of the treatment while preserving anticancer efficacy is a highly anticipated outcome in chemotherapy. Cyclotherapy was proposed as a promising approach to achieve this goal. We found that cytostatic activation of p53 protects cells against MLN4924-induced toxicity and importantly the effects are reversible...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895047/innovative-approaches-to-establish-and-characterize-primary-cultures-an-ex-vivo-3d-system-and-the-zebrafish-model
#7
Chiara Liverani, Federico La Manna, Arwin Groenewoud, Laura Mercatali, Gabri Van Der Pluijm, Federica Pieri, Davide Cavaliere, Alessandro De Vita, Chiara Spadazzi, Giacomo Miserocchi, Alberto Bongiovanni, Federica Recine, Nada Riva, Dino Amadori, Ennio Tasciotti, Ewa Snaar-Jagalska, Toni Ibrahim
Patient-derived specimens are an invaluable resource to investigate tumor biology. However, in vivo studies on primary cultures are often limited by the small amount of material available, while conventional in vitro systems might alter the features and behavior that characterize cancer cells. We present our data obtained on primary dedifferentiated liposarcoma cells cultured in a 3D scaffold-based system and injected into a zebrafish model. Primary cells were characterized in vitro for their morphological features, sensitivity to drugs and biomarker expression, and in vivo for their engraftment and invasiveness abilities...
November 28, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882487/delivery-of-small-interfering-rna-to-inhibit-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-in-zebrafish-using-natural-brain-endothelia-cell-secreted-exosome-nanovesicles-for-the-treatment-of-brain-cancer
#8
Tianzhi Yang, Brittany Fogarty, Bret LaForge, Salma Aziz, Thuy Pham, Leanne Lai, Shuhua Bai
Although small interfering RNA (siRNA) holds great therapeutic promise, its delivery to the disease site remains a paramount obstacle. In this study, we tested whether brain endothelial cell-derived exosomes could deliver siRNA across the blood-brain barrier (BBB) in zebrafish. Natural exosomes were isolated from brain endothelial bEND.3 cell culture media and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) siRNA was loaded in exosomes with the assistance of a transfection reagent. While fluorescence-activated cell flow cytometry and immunocytochemistry staining studies indicated that wild-type exosomes significantly increased the uptake of fluorescence-labeled siRNA in the autologous brain endothelial cells, decreased fluorescence intensity was observed in the cells treated with the tetraspanin CD63 antibody-blocked exosome-delivered formulation (p < 0...
November 23, 2016: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879444/histologic-and-immunohistochemical-analyses-of-soft-tissue-sarcomas-from-brca2-mutant-tp53-mutant-zebrafish-are-consistent-with-neural-crest-schwann-cell-origin
#9
L A White, J M Sexton, H R Shive
The zebrafish (Danio rerio) provides a powerful model for analyzing genetic contributors to cancer. Multiple zebrafish lines with cancer-associated genetic mutations develop soft tissue sarcomas that are histologically consistent with malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor (MPNST). The goal of this study was to determine the phenotype of soft tissue sarcomas in a brca2-mutant/tp53-mutant zebrafish line using immunohistochemical markers that are commonly expressed in mammalian MPNST. We classified 70 soft tissue sarcomas from a brca2-mutant/tp53-mutant zebrafish cohort as MPNST, undifferentiated sarcoma, or other tumor based on histologic features...
November 22, 2016: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879396/integrating-network-reconstruction-with-mechanistic-modeling-to-predict-cancer-therapies
#10
Melinda Halasz, Boris N Kholodenko, Walter Kolch, Tapesh Santra
Signal transduction networks are often rewired in cancer cells. Identifying these alterations will enable more effective cancer treatment. We developed a computational framework that can identify, reconstruct, and mechanistically model these rewired networks from noisy and incomplete perturbation response data and then predict potential targets for intervention. As a proof of principle, we analyzed a perturbation data set targeting epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF1R) pathways in a panel of colorectal cancer cells...
November 22, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870831/asymmetric-division-coordinates-collective-cell-migration-in-angiogenesis
#11
Guilherme Costa, Kyle I Harrington, Holly E Lovegrove, Donna J Page, Shilpa Chakravartula, Katie Bentley, Shane P Herbert
The asymmetric division of stem or progenitor cells generates daughters with distinct fates and regulates cell diversity during tissue morphogenesis. However, roles for asymmetric division in other more dynamic morphogenetic processes, such as cell migration, have not previously been described. Here we combine zebrafish in vivo experimental and computational approaches to reveal that heterogeneity introduced by asymmetric division generates multicellular polarity that drives coordinated collective cell migration in angiogenesis...
November 21, 2016: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868117/heteroleptic-mononuclear-compounds-of-ruthenium-ii-synthesis-structural-analyses-in-vitro-antitumor-activity-and-in-vivo-toxicity-on-zebrafish-embryos
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O A Lenis-Rojas, A R Fernandes, C Roma-Rodrigues, P V Baptista, F Marques, D Pérez-Fernández, J Guerra-Varela, L Sánchez, D Vázquez-García, M López Torres, A Fernández, J J Fernández
The limitations of platinum complexes in cancer treatment have motivated the extensive investigation into other metal complexes such as ruthenium. We herein present the synthesis and characterization of a new family of ruthenium compounds 1a-5a with the general formula [Ru(bipy)2L][CF3SO3]2 (bipy = 2,2'-bipyridine; L = bidentate ligand: N,N; N,P; P,P; P,As) which have been characterized by elemental analysis, ES-MS, (1)H and (31)P-{(1)H} NMR, FTIR and conductivity measurements. The molecular structures of four Ru(ii) complexes were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction...
November 21, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865929/g2-m-cell-cycle-arrest-on-ht-29-cancer-cells-and-toxicity-assessment-of-triphenylphosphanegold-i-carbonimidothioates-ph3pau-sc-or-nph-r-me-et-and-ipr-during-zebrafish-development
#13
Kah Kooi Ooi, Chien Ing Yeo, Theventhiran Mahandaran, Kok Pian Ang, Abdah Md Akim, Yoke-Kqueen Cheah, Hoi-Ling Seng, Edward R T Tiekink
Phosphanegold(I) thiolates, Ph3PAu[SC(OR)=NPh], R=Me (1), Et (2) and iPr (3), were previously shown to be significantly cytotoxic toward HT-29 cancer cells and to induce cell death by both intrinsic and extrinsic apoptotic pathways whereby 1 activated the p73 gene, and each of 2 and 3 activated p53; 2 also caused apoptotic cell death via the c-Jun N-terminal kinase/mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway. Apoptosis pathways have been further evaluated by mitochondrial cytochrome c measurements and annexin V screening, confirming apoptotic pathways of cell death...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835901/mutational-activation-of-braf-confers-sensitivity-to-transforming-growth-factor-beta-inhibitors-in-human-cancer-cells
#14
Lindsay C Spender, G John Ferguson, Sijia Liu, Chao Cui, Maria Romina Girotti, Gary Sibbet, Ellen B Higgs, Morven K Shuttleworth, Tom Hamilton, Paul Lorigan, Michael Weller, David F Vincent, Owen J Sansom, Margaret Frame, Peter Ten Dijke, Richard Marais, Gareth J Inman
Recent data implicate elevated transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ) signalling in BRAF inhibitor drug-resistance mechanisms, but the potential for targeting TGFβ signalling in cases of advanced melanoma has not been investigated. We show that mutant BRAFV600E confers an intrinsic dependence on TGFβ/TGFβ receptor 1 (TGFBR1) signalling for clonogenicity of murine melanocytes. Pharmacological inhibition of the TGFBR1 blocked the clonogenicity of human mutant BRAF melanoma cells through SMAD4-independent inhibition of mitosis, and also inhibited metastasis in xenografted zebrafish...
November 9, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835571/aeg-1-knockdown-in-colon-cancer-cell-lines-inhibits-radiation-enhanced-migration-and-invasion-in-vitro-and-in-a-novel-in-vivo-zebrafish-model
#15
Sebastian Gnosa, Alessandra Capodanno, Raghavendra Vasudeva Murthy, Lasse Dahl Ejby Jensen, Xiao-Feng Sun
BACKGROUND: Radiotherapy is a well-established anti-cancer treatment. Although radiotherapy has been shown to significantly decrease the local relapse in rectal cancer patients, the rate of distant metastasis is still very high. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether AEG-1 is involved in radiation-enhanced migration and invasion in vitro and in a novel in vivo zebrafish model. RESULTS: Migration and invasion were decreased in all the AEG-1 knockdown cell lines...
November 7, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827822/ndrg1b-and-fam49ab-modulate-the-pten-pathway-to-control-t-cell-lymphopoiesis-in-the-zebrafish
#16
Roman A Li, David Traver, Thomas Matthes, Julien Y Bertrand
During hematopoiesis, the balance between proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis is tightly regulated in order to maintain homeostasis. Failure in these processes can ultimately lead to uncontrolled proliferation and leukemia. Phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) is one of the molecular pathways involved in this balance. By opposing PI3-Kinases, PTEN inhibits proliferation and promotes differentiation, and is thus considered a tumor suppressor. Indeed, PTEN is frequently mutated in many cancers, including leukemias...
November 8, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822138/the-zebrafish-as-a-model-for-studying-neuroblastoma
#17
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Diana Corallo, Simona Candiani, Michela Ori, Sanja Aveic, Gian Paolo Tonini
Neuroblastoma is a tumor arising in the peripheral sympathetic nervous system and is the most common cancer in childhood. Since most of the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neuroblastoma onset and progression remain unknown, the generation of new in vivo models might be appropriate to better dissect the peripheral sympathetic nervous system development in both physiological and disease states. This review is focused on the use of zebrafish as a suitable and innovative model to study neuroblastoma development...
2016: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821592/bromodomain-and-extra-terminal-proteins-bet-inhibitors-suppress-chondrocyte-differentiation-and-restrain-bone-growth
#18
Ningning Niu, Rui Shao, Guang Yan, Weiguo Zou
Small-molecule inhibitors for bromodomain and extra-terminal proteins (BET) have recently emerged as potential therapeutic agents in clinical trials for various cancers. However, to date, it is unknown whether these inhibitors have side effects on bone structures. Here, we report that inhibition of BET bromodomain proteins may suppress chondrocyte differentiation and restrain bone growth. We generated a luciferase reporter system using the chondrogenic cell line, ATDC5, in which the luciferase gene was driven by the promoter of Col2a1, an elementary collagen of chondrocyte...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810924/single-cell-imaging-of-normal-and-malignant-cell-engraftment-into-optically-clear-prkdc-null-scid-zebrafish
#19
John C Moore, Qin Tang, Nora Torres Yordán, Finola E Moore, Elaine G Garcia, Riadh Lobbardi, Ashwin Ramakrishnan, Dieuwke L Marvin, Anthony Anselmo, Ruslan I Sadreyev, David M Langenau
Cell transplantation into immunodeficient mice has revolutionized our understanding of regeneration, stem cell self-renewal, and cancer; yet models for direct imaging of engrafted cells has been limited. Here, we characterize zebrafish with mutations in recombination activating gene 2 (rag2), DNA-dependent protein kinase (prkdc), and janus kinase 3 (jak3). Histology, RNA sequencing, and single-cell transcriptional profiling of blood showed that rag2 hypomorphic mutant zebrafish lack T cells, whereas prkdc deficiency results in loss of mature T and B cells and jak3 in T and putative Natural Killer cells...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27783941/mek-inhibitors-reverse-growth-of-embryonal-brain-tumors-derived-from-oligoneural-precursor-cells
#20
Katarzyna Modzelewska, Elena F Boer, Timothy L Mosbruger, Daniel Picard, Daniela Anderson, Rodney R Miles, Mitchell Kroll, William Oslund, Theodore J Pysher, Joshua D Schiffman, Randy Jensen, Cicely A Jette, Annie Huang, Rodney A Stewart
Malignant brain tumors are the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children. Primitive neuroectodermal tumors of the CNS (CNS-PNETs) are particularly aggressive embryonal tumors of unknown cellular origin. Recent genomic studies have classified CNS-PNETs into molecularly distinct subgroups that promise to improve diagnosis and treatment; however, the lack of cell- or animal-based models for these subgroups prevents testing of rationally designed therapies. Here, we show that a subset of CNS-PNETs co-express oligoneural precursor cell (OPC) markers OLIG2 and SOX10 with coincident activation of the RAS/MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) pathway...
October 25, 2016: Cell Reports
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