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S Di Mauro, M Ragusa, F Urbano, A Filippello, A Di Pino, A Scamporrino, A Pulvirenti, A Ferro, A M Rabuazzo, M Purrello, F Purrello, S Piro
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) represents the most common chronic liver disease in industrialized countries. NAFLD has the potential to progress through the inflammatory phase of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) to fibrosis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Identifying patients at risk for this transition is a relevant clinical challenge. The complexity of these phenotypes in vivo made necessary the development of in vitro models in order to dissect the molecular signalling affected in NAFLD and NASH, but also to identify potential circulating biomarkers...
August 20, 2016: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
Chuan-Xin Wu, Jing Cheng, Yun-Ying Wang, Jiao-Jiao Wang, Hui Guo, Hang Sun
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to clarify the miRNA expression profiles of RAW264.7 macrophages infected by Candida albicans to elucidate the roles of differentially expressed miRNAs and to further explore the mechanisms underlying the immune response to C. albicans infection. METHODS: High-throughput miRNA microarray analysis was performed to detect differentially expressed miRNAs in control and C. albicans-infected RAW264.7 cells. Quantitative real-time PCR analysis was used to verify the microarray results...
October 5, 2016: Shock
Yi Zhi, Jinhong Pan, Wenhao Shen, Peng He, Ji Zheng, Xiaozhou Zhou, Gensheng Lu, Zhiwen Chen, Zhansong Zhou
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Ginkgolide B (GB) is currently used as an anticancer drug for treatment of some malignant cancers. However, whether it may have therapeutic effects on bladder cancer remains unknown. Here, we studied the effects of GB on bladder cancer cells. METHODS: Bladder cells were treated with different doses of GB, and the effects on ZEB1 and microRNA-223-3p (miR-223-3p) were analyzed by RT-qPCR and/or Western blot. Prediction of a regulatory relationship between miR-93 and 3'-UTR of Beclin-1 mRNA was performed by a bioinformatics algorithm and confirmed by a dual luciferase reporter assay...
October 17, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Chiara Fenoglio, Milena De Riz, Anna M Pietroboni, Alberto Calvi, Maria Serpente, Sara M G Cioffi, Marina Arcaro, Emanuela Oldoni, Elio Scarpini, Daniela Galimberti
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have recently found to be dysregulated in serum from multiple sclerosis (MS) patients. Cell free circulating miR-15b, -23a and 223 levels were analyzed by Real Time PCR in a cohort consisting of 30 serum samples from Relapsing Remitting MS patients at baseline (T0) and after three, six, nine and twelve months (T1, T2, T3, T4) after starting the treatment. A down-regulation of miRNA levels in patients at T0 compared with controls was present (p<0.001). MiRNA levels slightly increased at T1 and this trend reached the statistical significance at T2 vs T0 and remains stable at T3 and T4...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
Abderrahim Benmoussa, Chan Ho C Lee, Benoit Laffont, Patricia Savard, Jonathan Laugier, Eric Boilard, Caroline Gilbert, Ismail Fliss, Patrick Provost
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs are small, gene-regulatory noncoding RNA species present in large amounts in milk, where they seem to be protected against degradative conditions, presumably because of their association with exosomes. OBJECTIVE: We monitored the relative stability of commercial dairy cow milk microRNAs during digestion and examined their associations with extracellular vesicles (EVs). METHODS: We used a computer-controlled, in vitro, gastrointestinal model TNO intestinal model-1 (TIM-1) and analyzed, by quantitative polymerase chain reaction, the concentration of 2 microRNAs within gastrointestinal tract compartments at different points in time...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Nutrition
Zhang Zhang, Li Liang, Dong Li, Lin Nong, Jumei Liu, Linlin Qu, Yalin Zheng, Bo Zhang, Ting Li
The loss of PRDM1 expression is common in extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma, nasal type (EN-NK/T-NT), but the role of promoter methylation in silencing PRDM1 expression remains unclear. Hence, we performed pyrosequencing analysis to evaluate the promoter methylation of PRDM1 gene in vivo and in vitro, to analyze the association between methylation and its expression, and to assess cellular effects of PRDM1 reexpression. The promoter hypermethylation of PRDM1 gene was detected in 11 of 25 EN-NK/T-NT cases (44.0%) and NK92 and NKL cells...
October 5, 2016: Hematological Oncology
Claudia Cantoni, Francesca Cignarella, Laura Ghezzi, Bob Mikesell, Bryan Bollman, Melissa M Berrien-Elliott, Aaron R Ireland, Todd A Fehniger, Gregory F Wu, Laura Piccio
Myeloid-derived cells play important modulatory and effector roles in multiple sclerosis (MS) and its animal model, experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are immature myeloid cells, composed of monocytic (MO) and polymorphonuclear (PMN) fractions, which can suppress T cell activities in EAE. Their role in MS remains poorly characterized. We found decreased numbers of circulating MDSCs, driven by lower frequencies of the MO-MDSCs, and higher MDSC expression of microRNA miR-223 in MS versus healthy subjects...
October 4, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica
Dasaradha Jalapothu, Margherita Boieri, Rachel E Crossland, Pranali Shah, Isha A Butt, Jean Norden, Ralf Dressel, Anne M Dickinson, Marit Inngjerdingen
MicroRNAs (miRNA) have emerged as central regulators of diverse biological processes and contribute to driving pathology in several diseases. Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGvHD) represents a major complication after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, caused by alloreactive donor T cells attacking host tissues leading to inflammation and tissue destruction. Changes in miRNA expression patterns occur during aGvHD, and we hypothesized that we could identify miRNA signatures in target tissues of aGvHD that may potentially help understand the underlying molecular pathology of the disease...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Man Li, Yong He, Zhou Zhou, Teresa Ramirez, Yueqiu Gao, Yanhang Gao, Ruth A Ross, Haixia Cao, Yan Cai, Mingjiang Xu, Dechun Feng, Ping Zhang, Suthat Liangpunsakul, Bin Gao
OBJECTIVES: Chronic-plus-binge ethanol feeding activates neutrophils and exacerbates liver injury in mice. This study investigates how recent excessive drinking affects peripheral neutrophils and liver injury in alcoholics, and how miR-223, one of the most abundant microRNAs (miRNAs) in neutrophils, modulates neutrophil function and liver injury in ethanol-fed mice. DESIGNS: Three hundred alcoholics with (n=140) or without (n=160) recent excessive drinking and 45 healthy controls were enrolled...
September 27, 2016: Gut
Eline L Vegter, Daniela Schmitter, Yanick Hagemeijer, Ekaterina S Ovchinnikova, Pim van der Harst, John R Teerlink, Christopher M O'Connor, Marco Metra, Beth A Davison, Daniel Bloomfield, Gad Cotter, John G Cleland, Michael M Givertz, Piotr Ponikowski, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Peter van der Meer, Eugene Berezikov, Adriaan A Voors, Mohsin A F Khan
BACKGROUND: Circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) emerge as potential heart failure biomarkers. We aimed to identify associations between acute heart failure (AHF)-specific circulating miRNAs and well-known heart failure biomarkers. METHODS: Associations between 16 biomarkers predictive for 180day mortality and the levels of 12 AHF-specific miRNAs were determined in 100 hospitalized AHF patients, at baseline and 48hours. Patients were divided in 4 pre-defined groups, based on clinical parameters during hospitalization...
September 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Ozge Altintas, Mehmet Ozgen Altintas, Meltem Kumas, Talip Asil
OBJECTIVES: In this study, we aimed to evaluate the effect of the Ischemic preconditioning (IPreC) on the expression profile of cerebral miRNAs against stroke by induced transient middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAo) in diabetic rats. METHODS: Eighty male Spraque Dawley rats were allocated to eight groups. In order to evaluate the expression profile of miRNAs, we induced transient MCAo seven days after STZ-induced diabetes (DM). Also we performed IPreC 72 h before transient MCAo to assess whether IPreC could have a neuroprotective effect against ischemia-reperfusion injury...
September 16, 2016: Neurological Research
Xu Sun, Yongqing Li, Meizhu Zheng, Wenshu Zuo, Wenzhu Zheng
Drug resistance remains a significant challenge in the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Recent studies have demonstrated that this drug resistance is associated with a group of cells known as cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are believed to determine the sensitivity of tumor cells to cancer treatment. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, non-coding RNAs that play significant roles in normal and cancer cells. MiR-223 reportedly acts as a tumor suppressor in a range of cancers. However, the role of miR-223 in TNBC, especially in triple-negative breast cancer stem cells (TNBCSCs), remains unknown...
2016: PloS One
Aref Hosseini, Kamran Ghaedi, Somayeh Tanhaei, Mazdak Ganjalikhani-Hakemi, Shohreh Teimuri, Masoud Etemadifar, Mohammad Hossein Nasr Esfahani
OBJECTIVE: MicroRNAs (miRNA) are a class of non-coding RNAs which play key roles in post-transcriptional gene regulation. Previous studies indicate that miRNAs are dysregulated in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Th17 and regulatory T (Treg) cells are two subsets of CD4+T-cells which have critical functions in the onset and progression of MS. The current study seeks to distinguish fluctuations in expression of CD4+T-cell derived miR-223 during the relapsing-remitting (RR) phase of MS (RR-MS), as well as the expressions of Th17 and Treg cell markers...
2016: Cell Journal
B-S Kim, J-Y Jung, J-Y Jeon, H-A Kim, C-H Suh
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short, non-coding RNAs that regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level, which can be measured in cells, tissues, and body fluids including plasma. Differences in miRNA expression levels suggest an epigenetic mechanism and changed expression levels are emerging as a novel biomarker for various diseases. We attempted to identify circulating miRNAs associated with susceptibility to systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in the Korean population and elucidate their significance for clinical phenotype...
October 2016: HLA
Wei Lu, Yunping Hu, Qiang Ma, Linzhu Zhou, Lin Jiang, Zhizhen Li, Shuai Zhao, Yuzhen Xu, Weibin Shi, Sheng Li, Yingbin Liu
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRs) are involved in cancer carcinogenesis, and certain regulatory miRs could provide promising therapeutic methods for refractory malignancies, such as gallbladder cancer (GBC). miR-223 was found to play a pivotal role in enhancing chemotherapeutic effects, therefore evoking interest in the role of miR-223 in GBC. RESULTS: miR-223 was decreased in GBC tissues and cell lines, and ectopic miR- 223 expression exhibited multiple anti-tumorigenic effects in GBC cells, including decreased proliferation, migration and invasion in vitro...
August 26, 2016: Oncotarget
Shuhei Komatsu, Daisuke Ichikawa, Tsutomu Kawaguchi, Hiroki Takeshita, Mahito Miyamae, Takuma Ohashi, Wataru Okajima, Taisuke Imamura, Jun Kiuchi, Tomohiro Arita, Hirotaka Konishi, Atsushi Shiozaki, Hitoshi Fujiwara, Kazuma Okamoto, Eigo Otsuji
BACKGROUND: This study aims to explore novel microRNAs in plasma for predicting chemoresistance in preoperative chemotherapy of patients with esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) using a microRNA array-based approach. RESULTS: (1) Four candidate microRNAs (miR-223, 103a, 23b and 23a), which were highly expressed in the pretreatment plasma of patients with a low histopathologic response, were selected. (2) In a large-scale validation analysis by quantitative RT-PCR, plasma levels of miR-223, miR-23b and miR-23a were significantly higher in patients with a low histopathologic response than in those with a high histopathologic response (p = 0...
August 22, 2016: Oncotarget
Matthew J Shurtleff, Morayma M Temoche-Diaz, Kate V Karfilis, Sayaka Ri, Randy Schekman
Exosomes are small vesicles that are secreted from metazoan cells and may convey selected membrane proteins and small RNAs to target cells for the control of cell migration, development and metastasis. To study the mechanisms of RNA packaging into exosomes, we devised a purification scheme based on the membrane marker CD63 to isolate a single exosome species secreted from HEK293T cells. Using immunoisolated CD63-containing exosomes we identified a set of miRNAs that are highly enriched with respect to their cellular levels...
August 25, 2016: ELife
Rizky Aditiya Irwandi, Anjalee Vacharaksa
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) bind at the 3'UTR of their target mRNA to induce gene silencing. Through this mechanism, number of biological pathways implicated in developmental, physiological, and pathological processes, have been frequently found to involve miRNA functions. MiRNA functions in bone metabolism have also been reported, especially in association with receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligand (RANKL)-induced osteoclastogenesis. Expression of RANKL has been related to several inflammatory mediators, and thus some miRNAs may be implicated in the regulatory mechanism of inflammatory-induced RANKL expression as shown in periodontal resident cells such as gingival fibroblasts or periodontal ligament cells...
August 13, 2016: Archives of Oral Biology
Swati Srivastava, Gregory J Tsongalis, Prabhjot Kaur
BACKGROUND: Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most common leukemia in the Western world. The biology of this disease remains elusive. In the present times, targeted molecular therapy defines the treatment. This has made understanding the elusive biology and molecular mechanisms of the disease more relevant. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-encoding RNAs that play important gene-regulatory roles in neoplastic processes. As in silico studies list nearly hundreds and more target genes for each miRNA, it is of interest to see if there are genes that have already been implicated in this disease...
August 17, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Adam M Sheikh, Heather Yvonne Small, Gemma Currie, Christian Delles
BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia (PE) is a complex, multi-systemic condition of pregnancy which greatly impacts maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. MicroRNAs (miRs) are differentially expressed in PE and may be important in helping to understand the condition and its pathogenesis. METHODS: Case-control studies investigating expression of miRs in PE were collected through a systematic literature search. Data was extracted and compared from 58 studies to identify the most promising miRs associated with PE pathogenesis and identify areas of methodology which could account for often conflicting results...
2016: PloS One
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