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Yingbin Zhong, Qiang Ye, Chengyan Chen, Mingyong Wang, Han Wang
EZH2 is a subunit of polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2) that silences gene transcription via H3K27me3 and was shown to be essential for mammalian liver circadian regulation and hematopoiesis through gene silencing. Much less, however, is known about how Ezh2 acts in live zebrafish. Here, we show that zebrafish ezh2 is regulated directly by the circadian clock via both E-box and RORE motif, while core circadian clock genes per1a, per1b, cry1aa and cry1ab are down-regulated in ezh2 null mutant and ezh2 morphant zebrafish, and either knockdown or overexpression of ezh2 alters locomotor rhythms, indicating that Ezh2 is required for zebrafish circadian regulation...
February 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Anning Yang, Yun Jiao, Songhao Yang, Mei Deng, Xiaoling Yang, Caiyan Mao, Yue Sun, Ning Ding, Nan Li, Minghao Zhang, Shaoju Jin, Huiping Zhang, Yideng Jiang
Elevated homocysteine (Hcy) levels have been reported to be involved in liver injury, and autophagy plays an important role in normal hepatic physiology and pathophysiology, but the mechanism underlying Hcy regulated autophagy is currently unknown. In this study, CBS+/- mice were fed with regular diet for 12 weeks to establish a hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) model and HL-7702 cells were treated with Hcy, we found that Hcy increases autophagy and aggravates liver injury by downregulation of cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) expression in vivo and in vitro...
February 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Myth T S Mok, Jingying Zhou, Wenshu Tang, Xuezhen Zeng, Antony W Oliver, Simon E Ward, Alfred S L Cheng
Cyclin-dependent kinase 20 (CDK20), or more commonly referred to as cell cycle-related kinase (CCRK), is the latest member of CDK family with strong linkage to human cancers. Accumulating studies have reported the consistent overexpression of CCRK in cancers arising from brain, colon, liver, lung and ovary. Such aberrant up-regulation of CCRK is clinically significant as it correlates with tumor staging, shorter patient survival and poor prognosis. Intriguingly, the signalling molecules perturbed by CCRK are divergent and cancer-specific, including the cell cycle regulators CDK2, cyclin D1, cyclin E and RB in glioblastoma, ovarian carcinoma and colorectal cancer, and KEAP1-NRF2 cytoprotective pathway in lung cancer...
January 21, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Shichang Cui, Yanlei Sun, Yang Liu, Chengbiao Liu, Jinbao Wang, Guang Hao, Qidong Sun
A variety of microRNAs (miRs) have been demonstrated to be associated with the development and malignant progression of human cancer; however, the regulatory mechanism of miR‑137 underlying hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) growth and metastasis still remains to be fully revealed. In the present study, reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot were used to examine mRNA and protein expression. MTT assay, wound healing assay and Transwell assay were performed to determine cell proliferation, migration and invasion...
December 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Xiaomin Fu, Jizhen Lin, Fujun Qin, Zihe Yang, Yuechao Ding, Yong Zhang, Lu Han, Xiaoyan Zhu, Qinxian Zhang
Liver tumor initiating cells (TICs), a small subset cells in tumor bulk, are responsible for liver tumor initiation, metastasis, and relapse. However, the regulatory mechanism of liver TICs remains largely unknown. Here we found a long noncoding RNA lncAPC, locating near from APC locus, was highly expressed in liver cancer and liver TICs. LncAPC was required for liver TIC self-renewal. Silencing and overexpressing lncAPC showed impaired and enhanced sphere formation capacity of liver TICs, respectively. By recruiting EZH2 to APC promoter, LncAPC inhibits APC transcription and thus drives the activation of Wnt/β-catenin signaling...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Jun Wang, Fang Huang, Jian Huang, Jindan Kong, Shenglan Liu, Jun Jin
Liver cancer is one of the most common types of cancer among human malignancies. Four and a half LIM domains 1 (FHL1), as a tumor suppressor gene, is frequently downregulated in multiple types of human cancer. However, the role and specific mechanisms of FHL1 as a tumor suppressor in liver cancer are poorly understood. The present study aimed to investigate the role and associated mechanisms of FHL1 in human liver cancer. The level of FHL1 mRNA in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) tissue specimens and cell lines derived from the human liver was determined using reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and western blot analysis...
November 2017: Oncology Letters
Huanyu Zhao, Zhecheng Wang, Fan Tang, Yan Zhao, Dongcheng Feng, Yang Li, Yan Hu, Chao Wang, Junjun Zhou, Xiaofeng Tian, Jihong Yao
Quiescent hepatic stellate cell (HSC) activation and subsequent conversion into myofibroblasts is the central event in hepatic fibrosis pathogenesis. Epithelial - mesenchymal transition (EMT), another vital participant in liver fibrosis, has the potential to initiate HSC activation, which promotes abundant myofibroblast production. Previous studies suggest that Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2 (EZH2) plays a significant role in myofibroblast transdifferentiation; however, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unaddressed...
October 26, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Min Li, Wenxuan Hong, Chenzhi Hao, Luyang Li, Dongmei Wu, Aiguo Shen, Jun Lu, Yuanlin Zheng, Ping Li, Yong Xu
Hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) are a major source of fibrogenesis in the liver contributing to cirrhosis. When activated, HSCs transdifferentiate into myofibroblast and undergo profound functional alterations paralleling an overhaul of the transcriptome, the mechanism of which remains largely undefined. We investigated the involvement of the class III deacetylase sirtuin (silent information regulator 1, SIRT1) in HSC activation and liver fibrosis. SIRT1 levels were down-regulated in the livers in mouse models of liver fibrosis, in patients with cirrhosis, and in activated HSCs as opposed to quiescent HSCs...
September 26, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Jingying Zhou, Man Liu, Hanyong Sun, Yu Feng, Liangliang Xu, Anthony W H Chan, Joanna H Tong, John Wong, Charing Ching Ning Chong, Paul B S Lai, Hector Kwong-Sang Wang, Shun-Wa Tsang, Tyler Goodwin, Rihe Liu, Leaf Huang, Zhiwei Chen, Joseph Jy Sung, King Lau Chow, Ka Fai To, Alfred Sze-Lok Cheng
OBJECTIVE: Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) contribute to tumour immunosuppressive microenvironment and immune-checkpoint blockade resistance. Emerging evidence highlights the pivotal functions of cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) in tumour immunity. Here we elucidated the role of tumour-intrinsic CDK20, or cell cycle-related kinase (CCRK) on immunosuppression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). DESIGN: Immunosuppression of MDSCs derived from patients with HCC and relationship with CCRK were determined by flow cytometry, expression analyses and co-culture systems...
September 22, 2017: Gut
Francesco Vasuri, Deborah Malvi, Sonia Bonora, Silvia Fittipaldi, Matteo Renzulli, Francesco Tovoli, Rita Golfieri, Luigi Bolondi, Antonia D'Errico
AIMS: The aims of this study were to: validate the use of the immunohistochemical (IHC) markers glutamine synthetase (GS), glypican-3 (GPC3), heat shock protein-70 (HSP70) and enhancer of zeste homologue 2 (EZH2) in liver biopsies for the differential diagnosis between small hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and non-neoplastic liver nodules, with special attention to <10-mm nodules; and assess the actual sensitivity and specificity of the single markers, and their combination, in needle biopsies...
February 2018: Histopathology
G X Feng, J Li, Z Yang, S Q Zhang, Y X Liu, W Y Zhang, L H Ye, X D Zhang
Hepatitis B virus (HBV)-induced liver necrosis takes great part in liver cirrhosis progression. However, less is known about whether hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) has effect on liver fibrosis. Here, we report that HBV leads to liver fibrosis and hepatocarcinogenesis through miR-30e targeting P4HA2. HBV transgenic mouse was treated by CCl4 to generate a model of liver fibrosis. A crucial enzyme catalyzing collagen formation, prolyl 4-hydroxylase subunit α2 (P4HA2) was evaluated by immunohistochemistry, western blotting or quantitative reverse transcription-PCR analysis...
August 28, 2017: Oncogene
Hui Wang, Xisong Huo, Xin-Rong Yang, Jia He, Lijun Cheng, Na Wang, Xuan Deng, Haojie Jin, Ning Wang, Cun Wang, Fangyu Zhao, Jingyuan Fang, Ming Yao, Jia Fan, Wenxin Qin
BACKGROUND: Several of the thousands of human long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been functionally characterized, yet their potential involvement in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains poorly understood. METHODS: LncRNA-HOXD-AS1 was identified by microarray and validated by real-time PCR. The clinicopathological significance of HOXD-AS1 was analyzed by Kaplan-Meier method. Chromatin immunoprecipitation was conducted to examine the mechanism of HOXD-AS1 upregulation...
August 14, 2017: Molecular Cancer
Juehua Gao, Amir Behdad, Peng Ji, Kristy L Wolniak, Olga Frankfurt, Yi-Hua Chen
Aggressive natural killer (NK)-cell leukemia/lymphoma is a systemic NK-cell neoplasm that preferentially affects Asians with a fulminant clinical course and is almost always associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). The data on EBV-negative aggressive NK-cell leukemia/lymphoma are limited. Here we report a series of three patients (two Caucasians, one African-American) with EBV-negative aggressive NK-cell leukemia/lymphoma from a single institution, including a case diagnosed on post-mortem examination. Similar to EBV-positive aggressive NK-cell leukemia/lymphoma, our patients presented with constitutional symptoms and hepatosplenomegaly, and followed a highly aggressive clinical course...
August 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Daniel Northrup, Ryoji Yagi, Kairong Cui, William R Proctor, Chaochen Wang, Katarzyna Placek, Lance R Pohl, Rongfu Wang, Kai Ge, Jinfang Zhu, Keji Zhao
BACKGROUND: Natural killer (NK)T cells and conventional T cells share phenotypic characteristic however they differ in transcription factor requirements and functional properties. The role of histone modifying enzymes in conventional T cell development has been extensively studied, little is known about the function of enzymes regulating histone methylation in NKT cells. RESULTS: We show that conditional deletion of histone demethylases UTX and JMJD3 by CD4-Cre leads to near complete loss of liver NKT cells, while conventional T cells are less affected...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
Daniela Gnani, Ilaria Romito, Simona Artuso, Marco Chierici, Cristiano De Stefanis, Nadia Panera, Annalisa Crudele, Sara Ceccarelli, Elena Carcarino, Valentina D'Oria, Manuela Porru, Ezio Giorda, Karin Ferrari, Luca Miele, Erica Villa, Clara Balsano, Diego Pasini, Cesare Furlanello, Franco Locatelli, Valerio Nobili, Rossella Rota, Carlo Leonetti, Anna Alisi
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of liver cancer in humans. The focal adhesion tyrosine kinase (FAK) is often over-expressed in human HCC and FAK inhibition may reduce HCC cell invasiveness. However, the anti-oncogenic effect of FAK knockdown in HCC cells remains to be clarified. We found that FAK depletion in HCC cells reduced in vitro and in vivo tumorigenicity, by inducing G2/M arrest and apoptosis, decreasing anchorage-independent growth, and modulating the expression of several cancer-related genes...
May 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
Yang Yang, Xiao-Xia Chen, Wan-Xia Li, Xiao-Qin Wu, Cheng Huang, Juan Xie, Yu-Xin Zhao, Xiao-Ming Meng, Jun Li
EZH2, a histone H3 lysine-27-specific methyltransferase, is involved in diverse physiological and pathological processes including cell proliferation and differentiation. However, the role of EZH2 in liver fibrosis is largely unknown. In this study, it was identified that EZH2 promoted Wnt pathway-stimulated fibroblasts in vitro and in vivo by repressing Dkk-1, which is a Wnt pathway antagonist. The expression of EZH2 was increased in CCl4 -induced rat liver and primary HSCs as well as TGF-β1-treated HSC-T6, whereas the expression of Dkk1 was reduced...
October 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Veena Kochat, Zaffar Equbal, Prakash Baligar, Vikash Kumar, Madhulika Srivastava, Asok Mukhopadhyay
The strictly regulated unidirectional differentiation program in some somatic stem/progenitor cells has been found to be modified in the ectopic site (tissue) undergoing regeneration. In these cases, the lineage barrier is crossed by either heterotypic cell fusion or direct differentiation. Though studies have shown the role of coordinated genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in cellular development and differentiation, how the lineage fate of adult bone marrow progenitor cells (BMPCs) is reprogrammed during liver regeneration and whether this lineage switch is stably maintained are not clearly understood...
2017: PloS One
Ming Xia, Lv Yao, Qiaoxia Zhang, Feng Wang, Hongbin Mei, Xiaoqiang Guo, Weiren Huang
Long Noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are a kind of non-protein coding transcripts longer than 200 nucleotides, and play important roles in diverse biological processes, such as embryonic development and apoptosis. Homeobox (HOX) transcript antisense intergenic RNA (HOTAIR) is a negative prognostic factor in a variety of human cancers, such as breast, liver and lung cancers. HOTAIR can promote cancer cell metastasis by reprogramming chromatin organization. In the present study, HOTAIR expression was elevated in tissues of renal cell carcinoma compared to adjacent normal tissues, and positively correlated with metastasis (P<0...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
N A Wijetunga, M Pascual, J Tozour, F Delahaye, M Alani, M Adeyeye, A W Wolkoff, A Verma, J M Greally
The predisposition of patients with Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) involves components of viral infection, inflammation and time. The development of multifocal, genetically distinct tumours is suggestive of a field defect affecting the entire liver. The molecular susceptibility mediating such a field defect is not understood. One potential mediator of long-term cellular reprogramming is heritable (epigenetic) regulation of transcription, exemplified by DNA methylation. We studied epigenetic and transcriptional changes in HCV-infected livers in comparison with control, uninfected livers and HCC, allowing us to identify pre-neoplastic epigenetic and transcriptional events...
April 6, 2017: Oncogene
Hussein M Atta, Ayman A Al-Hendy, Salama R Abdel Raheim, Hend Abdel-Ghany, Khalid A Nasif, Ahlam M Abdellah, Nagwa M Zenhom, Heba S Kamel
AIM OF THE STUDY: Adenovector encoding tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) was shown to reduce experimental peritoneal adhesion. We investigated the targeting potential of our modified adenovector, its ability to reduce adhesions and the epigenetic role of histone methyltransferase EZH2 in adhesion formation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Control lacZ, nonmodified tPA or modified tPA vectors were instilled in the peritoneal cavity after injury in de novo adhesions or after lysis of adhesions in recurrent adhesions...
April 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
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