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Reafa A Hossain, Nicholas R Dunham, Raymond A Enke, Christopher E Berndsen
Purpose: DNA methylation is a well-characterized epigenetic repressor of mRNA transcription in many plant and vertebrate systems. However, the mechanism of this repression is not fully understood. The process of transcription is controlled by proteins that regulate recruitment and activity of RNA polymerase by binding to specific cis-regulatory sequences. Cone-rod homeobox (CRX) is a well-characterized mammalian transcription factor that controls photoreceptor cell-specific gene expression...
2018: Molecular Vision
Heng Zhang, Bo Zhou, Su Qin, Jing Xu, Rachel Harding, Wolfram Tempel, Vinod Nayak, Yanjun Li, Peter Loppnau, Yali Dou, Jinrong Min
The mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL)-AF10 fusion oncoprotein recruits DOT1L to the homeobox A ( HOXA ) gene cluster through the octapeptide motif leucine zipper (OM-LZ), thereby inducing and maintaining the MLL-AF10-associated leukemogenesis. However, the recognition mechanism between DOT1L and MLL-AF10 is unclear. Here, we present the crystal structures of both apo AF10OM-LZ and its complex with the coiled-coil domain of DOT1L. Disruption of the DOT1L-AF10 interface abrogates MLL-AF10-associated leukemic transformation...
March 21, 2018: Genes & Development
Ege Riza Karagur, Cennet Ozay, Ramazan Mammadov, Hakan Akca
Scientists are increasingly focusing attention on natural products of plant origin for use as agents in cancer protection and treatment. Cyclamen L. tuber extracts contain saponin glycosides that have been shown to have anti-cancer and other biological activities. The epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is thought to enhance malignant tumour progress. The transcriptional repressor zinc-finger E-box binding homeobox 1 (ZEB1) is an important inducer of EMT in different human tumours and has recently been shown to boost invasion by tumour cells...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Natural Medicines
K Imakawa, R Bai, K Kusama
During the peri-implantation period, ruminant conceptuses go through rapid elongation, followed by their attachment to the uterine endometrial epithelial cells, during which interferon-tau (IFNT), a trophectodermal cytokine required for the process of maternal recognition of pregnancy, is expressed in a temporal and spatial manner. On d 22 (d 0 = day of estrus), 2 to 3 d after the initiation of bovine conceptus attachment to the uterine epithelium, when IFNT production begins to subside, the expression of molecules related to epithelial-mesenchymal transition, zinc finger E-box binding homeobox 1, snail family transcriptional repressor 2, N-cadherin and vimentin was found in the trophectoderm...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
Yang Guo, Ying Hu, Mingming Hu, Jiabei He, Baolan Li
Lung cancer is among the leading causes of cancer-associated mortality worldwide, with a low 5-year survival rate of 16.1%. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms behind lung cancer tumorigenesis remain largely unknown. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been demonstrated to serve a function in the tumorigenesis of multiple types of cancer. The objective of the present study was to identify the function of a newly identified lncRNA zinc finger E-box-binding homeobox 2 antisense RNA 1 (ZEB2-AS1) in human lung cancer...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Baimou Li, Xiaopeng Mao, Hua Wang, Guanyu Su, Chengqiang Mo, Kaiyuan Cao, Shaopeng Qiu
The aim of the present study was to investigate the associations between vasculogenic mimicry (VM) and zinc finger E-box binding homeobox 1 (ZEB1) in bladder cancer. VM structure and ZEB1 expression were analyzed by cluster of differentiation 34/periodic acid Schiff (PAS) double staining and immunohistochemical staining in 135 specimens from patients with bladder cancer, and a further 12 specimens from normal bladder tissues. Three-dimensional (3-D) culture was used to detect VM formation in the bladder transitional cancer cell lines UM-UC-3 and J82, and the immortalized human bladder epithelium cell line SV-HUC-1 in vitro ...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Ruinian Zheng, Shunhuan Lin, Ling Guan, Huiling Yuan, Kejun Liu, Chun Liu, Weibiao Ye, Yuting Liao, Jun Jia, Ruopeng Zhang
Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) is an important member of non-coding RNA family and emerging evidence has indicated that it plays a pivotal role in many physiological and pathological processes. The lncRNA X inactive specific transcript (XIST) is a potential tumour suppressor in some types of cancers. However, the expression and function of XIST in breast cancer remain largely unclear. The objective of this study was to evaluate the expression and biological role of XIST in breast cancer. The results showed that XIST was significantly down-regulated in breast cancer tissues and cell lines...
March 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Qiang Hao, Lei He, Jiming Zhou, Yuan Yuan, Xiaowen Ma, Zhijun Pang, Weina Li, Yingqi Zhang, Wei Zhang, Cun Zhang, Meng Li
BACKGROUND: Thymosin beta 4 (Tβ4) is a 43-amino-acid peptide with protective properties in myocardium injury. Previously, we produced a recombinant human dimeric Tβ4 (DTβ4). Here, the cardioprotective effects of DTβ4 and the molecular mechanisms underlying its enhanced activity were investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS: Echocardiography measurements showed that the cardioprotective effect of DTβ4 in myocardial infarction mice was significantly higher than that of wild-type Tβ4...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Amelia Weber Hall, Anna M Battenhouse, Haridha Shivram, Adam R Morris, Matthew C Cowperthwaite, Max Shpak, Vishwanath R Iyer
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) can be clustered by gene expression into four main subtypes associated with prognosis and survival, but enhancers and other gene regulatory elements have not yet been identified in primary tumors. Here, we profiled six histone modifications and CTCF binding as well as gene expression in primary gliomas, and identified chromatin states that define distinct regulatory elements across the tumor genome. Enhancers in mesenchymal and classical tumor subtypes drove gene expression associated with cell migration and invasion, while enhancers in proneural tumors controlled genes associated with a less aggressive phenotype in GBM...
March 16, 2018: Cancer Research
Kiminobu Tanizawa, Kazuo Chin
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is characterized by repetitive episodes of decreased or arrested respiratory airflow during sleep. SDB is common and affects approximately 20% of the Japanese general population. Most traits of normal sleep and SDB show familial aggregation, suggesting significant effects of genetic factors. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type of SDB and has a high heritability. Regardless of high heritability, no risk locus for OSA has reached a genome-wide level of significance (P < 5×10-8 ) in linkage or candidate gene analysis...
March 2018: Respiratory Investigation
Sara Touhami, Fanny Beguier, Sébastien Augustin, Hugo Charles-Messance, Lucile Vignaud, Emeline F Nandrot, Sacha Reichman, Valérie Forster, Thibaud Mathis, José-Alain Sahel, Bahram Bodaghi, Xavier Guillonneau, Florian Sennlaub
BACKGROUND: The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a monolayer of pigmented cells with important barrier and immuno-suppressive functions in the eye. We have previously shown that acute stimulation of RPE cells by tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) downregulates the expression of OTX2 (Orthodenticle homeobox 2) and dependent RPE genes. We here investigated the long-term effects of TNFα on RPE cell morphology and key functions in vitro. METHODS: Primary porcine RPE cells were exposed to TNFα (at 0...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Qingqing Wei, Ruiqi Li, Liang Zhong, Haiyuan Mu, Shaopeng Zhang, Liang Yue, Jinzhu Xiang, Enhong Li, Minglei Zhi, Suying Cao, Jianyong Han
After zygotic genome activation and lineage specification, zygotes develop into late blastocysts comprising three distinct cell types. The molecular mechanisms underlying this progress are largely unknown in pigs. Here, we intended to analyze an extensive set of regulators at the single-cell level to define the events involved in the development of the porcine blastocysts. Using a quantitative microfluidics approach in single cells, we detected mRNA levels of 96 genes known to function in early embryonic development and maintenance of stem cell pluripotency simultaneously in 480 individual cells derived from porcine preimplantation embryos...
March 13, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
Rachel C Lombardo, Aleksey Porollo, James F Cnota, Robert J Hopkin
PurposeCongenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS, OMIM 209880) is a rare autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutation in PHOX2B that manifests as a consequence of abnormal neural crest cell migration during embryogenesis. Unlike other neurocristopathies, however, its impact on the cardiovascular system has not been previously assessed. This study was an effort to characterize the association between congenital heart disease (CHD) and mutations in PHOX2B in patients with CCHS.MethodsA retrospective review of patients with CCHS in conjunction with functional analysis of PHOX2B mutations associated with CHD was performed...
March 15, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Weijie Gu, Beihe Wang, Fangning Wan, Junlong Wu, Xiaolin Lu, Hongkai Wang, Yao Zhu, Hailiang Zhang, Guohai Shi, Bo Dai, Dingwei Ye
Sex-determining region Y-box protein (SOX) genes serve an important role in cancer growth and metastasis. The present study aimed to determine the predictive ability of SOX and associated genes identified through molecular network in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC). A total of 505 patients with clear cell RCC from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) cohorts were collected in this study. The expression profile of SOX and associated genes were obtained from the TCGA RNAseq database. Clinicopathological characteristics, including age, gender, tumor grade, stage, laterality disease-free-survival and overall survival (OS) were collected...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Ling Xu, Jun Xu, Zheng Hu, Baohua Yang, Lifeng Wang, Xiao Lin, Ziyin Xia, Zhiling Zhang, Yunheng Zhu
DNA methylation is associated with tumorigenesis and may act as a potential biomarker for detecting cervical cancer. The aim of the present study was to explore the methylation status of the paired box gene 1 (PAX1) and the LIM homeobox transcription factor 1 α (LMX1A) gene in a spectrum of cervical lesions in an Eastern Chinese population. This single-center study involved 121 patients who were divided into normal cervix (NC; n=28), low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (LSIL; n=32), high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL; n=34) and cervical squamous cell carcinoma (CSCC; n=27) groups, according to biopsy results...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Guangzhong Xu, Kai Li, Nengwei Zhang, Bin Zhu, Guosheng Feng, Qing Fan
Colorectal cancer is a common malignancy with a high prevalence and associated mortality rate. However, the preclinical tools currently used for drug development are insufficient. The aim of the present study was to establish and characterize a specific patient-derived colon cancer xenograft (PDCCX) mouse model for drug testing. Primary colon tumors were obtained from 10 patients by surgical resection, and tumor tissues were subsequently grafted into nude mice followed by consecutive passages. Primary tumors and xenograft tumors were collected and processed for DNA sequencing, histological evaluation and immunohistochemical staining...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Antoine Abou Jaoude, Lise Badiqué, Mohamed Mlih, Sara Awan, Sunning Guo, Alexandre Lemle, Clauda Abboud, Sophie Foppolo, Lionel Host, Jérôme Terrand, Hélène Justiniano, Joachim Herz, Rachel L Matz, Philippe Boucher
ShcA is an adaptor protein that binds to the cytoplasmic tail of receptor tyrosine kinases and of the Low Density Lipoprotein-related receptor 1 (LRP1), a trans-membrane receptor that protects against atherosclerosis. Here, we examined the role of endothelial ShcA in atherosclerotic lesion formation. We found that atherosclerosis progression was markedly attenuated in mice deleted for ShcA in endothelial cells, that macrophage content was reduced at the sites of lesions, and that adhesion molecules such as the intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) were severely reduced...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Yousef Zakharia, Arup Bhattacharya, Youcef M Rustum
Selenium (Se)-containing molecules exert antioxidant properties and modulate targets associated with tumor growth, metastasis, angiogenesis, and drug resistance. Prevention clinical trials with low-dose supplementation of different types of Se molecules have yielded conflicting results. Utilizing several xenograft models, we earlier reported that the enhanced antitumor activity of various chemotherapeutic agents by selenomethione and Se-methylselenocysteine in several human tumor xenografts is highly dose- and schedule-dependent...
February 13, 2018: Oncotarget
Evelyn Nathalia, Madelaine Skolastika Theardy, Sharleen Elvira, Graciella Rosellinny, Andrew Steven Liyanto, Michael Putra Utama, Anton Sumarpo
INTRODUCTION: LIM Homeobox 6 (LHX6) encodes a LIM homeodomain transcription factor, contributes to tissue development and morphogenesis, and is mostly expressed in medial ganglionic eminence and odontogenic mesenchyme. However, it has been reported to play a role in cancer progression. This narrative review summarizes literatures that emphasize the molecular regulation of LHX6 in tumorigenesis. METHODS: In our systematic review, the PubMed database was used for the literature search using the combination of words that included "LHX6" and "cancer"...
March 9, 2018: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
T Porseryd, N Reyhanian Caspillo, K Volkova, L Elabbas, T Källman, P Dinnétz, P-E Olsson, I Porsch-Hällström
17α-Ethinylestradiol (EE2 ) is a ubiquitous aquatic contaminant shown to decrease fish fertility at low concentrations, especially in fish exposed during development. The mechanisms of the decreased fertility are not fully understood. In this study, we perform transcriptome analysis by RNA sequencing of testes from zebrafish with previously reported lowered fertility due to exposure to low concentrations of EE2 during development. Fish were exposed to 1.2 and 1.6 ng/L (measured concentration; nominal concentrations 3 and 10 ng/L) of EE2 from fertilization to 80 days of age, followed by 82 days of remediation in clean water...
March 8, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
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