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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777274/the-natural-agent-4-vinylphenol-targets-metastasis-and-stemness-features-in-breast-cancer-stem-like-cells
#1
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/29763628/whole-snake-venoms-cytotoxic-anti-metastatic-and-antiangiogenic-properties
#2
Harald Kerkkamp, Christoph Bagowski, Jeroen Kool, Babette van Soolingen, Freek Vonk, Daniëlle Vlecken
Currently, biological and organic substances are screened in order to find a new generation of therapeutics active against cancer. Previous research has identified promising candidate peptides in snake venom. In this study, venoms from different snake species (Naja annulifera, Naja kaouthia, Ophiophagus hannah and Echis carinatus) were screened for potential anti-cancer properties using pancreatic tumour cells as the assay system. The cells were incubated with venom and then subjected to the following analyses: (i) in vitro cell death (ii) in vitro migration (iii) in vivo dissemination and (iv) in vivo angiogenesis...
May 12, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757277/profiling-dna-replication-timing-using-zebrafish-as-an-in-vivo-model-system
#3
Joseph C Siefert, Emily A Clowdus, Duane Goins, Amnon Koren, Christopher L Sansam
DNA replication timing is an important cellular characteristic, exhibiting significant relationships with chromatin structure, transcription, and DNA mutation rates. Changes in replication timing occur during development and in cancer, but the role replication timing plays in development and disease is not known. Zebrafish were recently established as an in vivo model system to study replication timing. Here is detailed the protocols for using the zebrafish to determine DNA replication timing. After sorting cells from embryos and adult zebrafish, high-resolution genome-wide DNA replication timing patterns can be constructed by determining changes in DNA copy number through analysis of next generation sequencing data...
April 30, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750281/an-orthotopic-glioblastoma-animal-model-suitable-for-high-throughput-screenings
#4
Linda Pudelko, Steven Edwards, Mirela Balan, Daniel Nyqvist, Jonathan Al-Saadi, Johannes Dittmer, Ingrid Almlöf, Thomas Helleday, Lars Bräutigam
Background: Glioblastoma (GBM) is an aggressive form of brain cancer with poor prognosis. Although murine animal models have given valuable insights into the GBM disease biology, they cannot be used in high-throughput screens to identify and profile novel therapies. The only vertebrate model suitable for large-scale screens, the zebrafish, has proven to faithfully recapitulate biology and pathology of human malignancies and clinically relevant orthotopic zebrafish models have been developed...
May 10, 2018: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748829/investigation-of-the-molecular-mechanisms-of-hepatic-injury-upon-naphthalene-exposure-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#5
Hongshan Chen, Lianxi Sheng, Zhiyuan Gong, Shaoguo Ru, Hongfeng Bian
Naphthalene has been used worldwide as a commercial insecticide for decades, which when detected in the environment can have various negative effects on non-target organism, such as hepatotoxicity. However, the molecular mechanisms of how naphthalene acts to affect the liver in zebrafish (Danio rerio) remains unknown. In this study, we evaluated the potential toxic effects of naphthalene on livers in female adult zebrafish over a 21-day subacute exposure. Global hepatic gene expression was examined by microarrays and the results indicated the regulated genes were associated significantly with vital hepatic injury pathways and GO categories upon naphthalene exposure, such as disruptions in lipid metabolism, inflammatory response, and the carcinogenic processes...
May 11, 2018: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29743725/ufd1-contributes-to-myc-mediated-leukemia-aggressiveness-through-suppression-of-the-proapoptotic-unfolded-protein-response
#6
L N Huiting, Y Samaha, G L Zhang, J E Roderick, B Li, N M Anderson, Y W Wang, L Wang, Fjf Laroche, J W Choi, C T Liu, M A Kelliher, H Feng
Despite the pivotal role of MYC in tumorigenesis, the mechanisms by which it promotes cancer aggressiveness remain incompletely understood. Here, we show that MYC transcriptionally upregulates the ubiquitin fusion degradation 1 (UFD1) gene in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). Allelic loss of ufd1 in zebrafish induces tumor cell apoptosis and impairs MYC-driven T-ALL progression but does not affect general health. As the E2 component of an endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-associated degradation (ERAD) complex, UFD1 facilitates the elimination of misfolded/unfolded proteins from the ER...
April 25, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29741159/fluorescent-single-digit-detonation-nanodiamond-for-biomedical-applications
#7
Nicholas Nunn, Marta d'Amora, Neeraj Prabhakar, Alexander M Panich, Natalya Froumin, Marco D Torelli, Igor Vlasov, Philipp Reineck, Brant Gibson, Jessica M Rosenholm, Silvia Giordani, Olga Shenderova
Detonation nanodiamonds (DNDs) have emerged as promising candidates for a variety of biomedical applications, thanks to different physicochemical and biological properties, such as small size and reactive surfaces. In this study, we propose carbon dot decorated single digit (4-5 nm diameter) primary particles of detonation nanodiamond as promising fluorescent probes. Due to their intrinsic fluorescence originating from tiny (1-2 atomic layer thickness) carbonaceous structures on their surfaces, they exhibit brightness suitable for in vitro imaging...
May 9, 2018: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735912/towards-resolving-the-pro-and-anti-tumor-effects-of-the-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor
#8
Supraja Narasimhan, Elizabeth Stanford Zulick, Olga Novikov, Ashley J Parks, Jennifer J Schlezinger, Zhongyan Wang, Fabrice Laroche, Hui Feng, Francesca Mulas, Stefano Monti, David H Sherr
We have postulated that the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) drives the later, more lethal stages of some cancers when chronically activated by endogenous ligands. However, other studies have suggested that, under some circumstances, the AHR can oppose tumor aggression. Resolving this apparent contradiction is critical to the design of AHR-targeted cancer therapeutics. Molecular (siRNA, shRNA, AHR repressor, CRISPR-Cas9) and pharmacological (AHR inhibitors) approaches were used to confirm the hypothesis that AHR inhibition reduces human cancer cell invasion (irregular colony growth in 3D Matrigel cultures and Boyden chambers), migration (scratch wound assay) and metastasis (human cancer cell xenografts in zebrafish)...
May 7, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29724298/inhibitory-effect-of-berberine-from-coptidis-rhizoma-on-melanin-synthesis-of-murine-malignant-melanoma
#9
Yonghwa Lee, Lichao Liu, Yongsub Yi
Berberine has abundant beneficial properties including anti-cancer effects. In the present study, we examined the inhibitory effect of berberine on α-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH)-induced melanogenesis in B16F1 melanoma cells. The results showed that berberine decreased the expression of tyrosinase and microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) in a dose-dependent manner. In order to observe the potential target for the inhibitory effect of berberine, we examined the effect of berberine on TRP-1 and TRP-2...
May 1, 2018: Die Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29721065/development-of-a-novel-albumin-based-and-maleimidopropionic-acid-conjugated-peptide-with-prolonged-half-life-and-increased-in-vivo-anti-tumor-efficacy
#10
Junnan Feng, Chuanke Zhao, Lixin Wang, Like Qu, Hua Zhu, Zhi Yang, Guo An, Huifang Tian, Chengchao Shou
Angiogenesis plays a critical role in tumor aggressiveness, and a lot of anti-angiogenic agents have been used in clinical therapy. The therapeutic efficacy of peptides are generally restricted by the short in vivo life-time, thus, we were interested in developing a novel albumin-based and maleimidopropionic acid-conjugated peptide to prolong the half-life and improve the anti-tumor effect. Methods: We developed a peptide F56 with a maleimidopropionic acid (MPA) at the C-terminal (denoted as F56-CM), which allows immediate and irreversible conjugation with serum albumin...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29719271/sticking-steering-squeezing-and-shearing-cell-movements-driven-by-heterotypic-mechanical-forces
#11
REVIEW
Anna Labernadie, Xavier Trepat
During development, the immune response and cancer, cells of different types interact mechanically. Here we review how such heterotypic mechanical interactions enable cell movements. We begin by analyzing the heterotypic forces that single cells use to adhere and squeeze through tight barriers, as in the case of leucocyte extravasation and cancer metastasis. We next focus on the different mechanisms by which adjacent tissues influence each other's movements, with particular emphasis on dragging forces during dorsal closure in Drosophila and shearing forces during gastrulation in zebrafish...
April 29, 2018: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29717981/electron-cryo-microscopy-structure-of-the-canonical-trpc4-ion-channel
#12
Deivanayagabarathy Vinayagam, Thomas Mager, Amir Apelbaum, Arne Bothe, Felipe Merino, Oliver Hofnagel, Christos Gatsogiannis, Stefan Raunser
Canonical transient receptor channels (TRPC) are non-selective cation channels. They are involved in receptor-operated Ca2+ signaling and have been proposed to act as store-operated channels (SOC). Their malfunction is related to cardiomyopathies and their modulation by small molecules has been shown to be effective against renal cancer cells. The molecular mechanism underlying the complex activation and regulation is poorly understood. Here, we report the electron cryo-microscopy structure of zebrafish TRPC4 in its unliganded (apo), closed state at an overall resolution of 3...
May 2, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29708138/zebrafish-as-experimental-model-to-establish-the-contribution-of-mutant-p53-and-id4-to-breast-cancer-angiogenesis-in-vivo
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COMMENT
Magdalena Pruszko, Elisa Milano, Alicja Zylicz, Maciej Zylicz, Giovanni Blandino, Giulia Fontemaggi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29707605/scaling-up-to-study-brca2-the-zeppelin-zebrafish-mutant-reveals-a-role-for-brca2-in-embryonic-development-of-kidney-mesoderm
#14
Bridgette E Drummond, Rebecca A Wingert
Specialized renal epithelial cells known as podocytes are essential components of the filtering structures within the kidney that coordinate the process of removing waste from the bloodstream. Podocyte loss initiates many human kidney diseases as it triggers subsequent damage to the kidney, leading to progressive loss of function that culminates with end stage renal failure. Podocyte morphology, function and gene expression profiles are well conserved between zebrafish and humans, making the former a relevant model to study podocyte development and model kidney diseases...
2018: Cancer Cell & Microenvironment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684697/new-arene-ruthenium-ii-complexes-of-4%C3%A2-aryl%C3%A2-4h%C3%A2-naphthopyrans-with-anticancer-and-anti-vascular-activities
#15
Florian Schmitt, Jana Kasparkova, Viktor Brabec, Gerrit Begemann, Rainer Schobert, Bernhard Biersack
A series of four 2‑amino‑3‑cyano‑4‑(3/4‑pyridyl)‑4H‑benzo[h]chromenes 2a-d and their dichlorido(p‑cymene)ruthenium(II) complexes 3a-d were tested for antiproliferative, vascular-disruptive, anti-angiogenic and DNA-binding activity. The coordination of the 4‑pyridyl‑4H‑naphthopyrans 2 to ruthenium led to complexes with pleiotropic effects. Unlike the free ligands 2a-d, their ruthenium complexes 3a-d showed a significant affinity for DNA as demonstrated by electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSA) and ethidium bromide assays...
April 5, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672841/mutant-myo1f-alters-the-mitochondrial-network-and-induces-tumor-proliferation-in-thyroid-cancer
#16
Chiara Diquigiovanni, Christian Bergamini, Cecilia Evangelisti, Federica Isidori, Andrea Vettori, Natascia Tiso, Francesco Argenton, Anna Costanzini, Luisa Iommarini, Hima Anbunathan, Uberto Pagotto, Andrea Repaci, Giulia Babbi, Rita Casadio, Giorgio Lenaz, Kerry J Rhoden, Anna Maria Porcelli, Romana Fato, Anne Bowcock, Marco Seri, Giovanni Romeo, Elena Bonora
Familial aggregation is a significant risk factor for the development of thyroid cancer and Familial Non-Medullary Thyroid Cancer (FNMTC) accounts for 5-7% of all NMTC. Whole Exome Sequencing analysis in the family affected by FNMTC with oncocytic features where our group previously identified a predisposing locus on chromosome 19p13.2, revealed a novel heterozygous mutation (c.400G>A, NM_012335; p.Gly134Ser) in exon 5 of MYO1F, mapping to the linkage locus. In the thyroid FRTL-5 cell model stably expressing the mutant MYO1F p...
April 19, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672321/metabolic-plasticity-enables-circadian-adaptation-to-acute-hypoxia-in-zebrafish-cells
#17
Adolf M Sandbichler, Bianca Jansen, Bettina A Peer, Monika Paulitsch, Bernd Pelster, Margit Egg
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Reduced oxygen availability, hypoxia, is frequently encountered by organisms, tissues and cells, in aquatic environments as well as in high altitude or under pathological conditions such as infarct, stroke or cancer. The hypoxic signaling pathway was found to be mutually intertwined with circadian timekeeping in vertebrates and, as reported recently, also in mammals. However, the impact of hypoxia on intracellular metabolic oscillations is still unknown. METHODS: For determination of metabolites we used Multilabel Reader based fluorescence and luminescence assays, circadian levels of Hypoxia Inducible Factor 1 alpha and oxidized peroxiredoxins were semi quantified by Western blotting and ratiometric quantification of cytosolic and mitochondrial H2O2 was achieved with stable transfections of a redox sensitive green fluorescent protein sensor into zebrafish fibroblasts...
April 16, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668739/physiochemical-characterization-and-cytotoxicity-evaluation-of-mercury-based-formulation-for-the-development-of-anticancer-therapeuticals
#18
Kannan N, Shanmuga Sundar S, Balaji S, Arul Amuthan, Anil Kumar Nv, Balasubramanian N
BACKGROUND: The present study is aimed to evaluate the physiochemical properties and cytotoxicity of mercury-based formulation for the development of anticancer therapeuticals. METHODS: The elemental and morphological features of the formulation were characterized by FE-SEM, XPS and EDS. The described formulation was evaluated for its cytotoxicity on Hek293 and MCF7 cell lines using MTT assay to study the in vitro effects. The in vivo developmental toxicity was also studied on zebrafish embryos and the lethal concentration (LC50) values were calculated as per the OECD regulations...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666124/generation-of-a-double-binary-transgenic-zebrafish-model-to-study-myeloid-gene-regulation-in-response-to-oncogene-activation-in-melanocytes
#19
Amy Kenyon, Daria Gavriouchkina, Jernej Zorman, Vanessa Chong-Morrison, Giorgio Napolitani, Vincenzo Cerundolo, Tatjana Sauka-Spengler
A complex network of inflammatory genes is closely linked to somatic cell transformation and malignant disease. Immune cells and their associated molecules are responsible for detecting and eliminating cancer cells as they establish themselves as the precursors of a tumour. By the time a patient has a detectable solid tumour, cancer cells have escaped the initial immune response mechanisms. Here, we describe the development of a double binary zebrafish model that enables regulatory programming of the myeloid cells as they respond to oncogene-activated melanocytes to be explored, focussing on the initial phase when cells become the precursors of cancer...
April 6, 2018: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665476/bioactive-norditerpenoids-from-cephalotaxus-fortunei-var-alpina-and-c-lanceolata
#20
Ling Ni, Xiu-Hong Zhong, Xiao-Jiao Chen, Bing-Jie Zhang, Mei-Fen Bao, Xiang-Hai Cai
Twenty-eight naturally occurring Cephalotaxus tropone analogues, including 19 previously undescribed ones, were identified from Cephalotaxus fortunei Hook. var. alpina H. L. Li and C. lanceolata K. M. Feng. The presence of the C20 cephinoids A-E revealed that these tropones were assigned to the norditerpenoids and were perhaps derived from labdane-type diterpenoids. These norditerpenoids showed excellent cytotoxicity against human cancer cells (IC50 , 20-0.1 μM) in vitro. The SAR (structure-activity relationship) analysis disclosed that the tropone moiety and the lactone ring were crucial structural features for the observed activities...
April 14, 2018: Phytochemistry
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