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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225457/rhoa-rock-pathway-inhibition-by-fasudil-suppresses-the-vasculogenic-mimicry-of-u2os-osteosarcoma-cells-in-vitro
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Yun Xia, Xianyi Cai, Jiquan Fan, Liling Zhang, Zhenyu Li, Jinghua Ren, Gang Wu, Fang Zhu
GTPase RhoA and its downstream Rho-associated coiled-coil-containing protein kinases (ROCKs) are frequently overexpressed in human cancers. Inhibition of the RhoA/ROCK pathway blocks angiogenesis mediated by the vascular endothelial growth factor, which led us to investigate the role of this pathway in vasculogenic mimicry (VM) - a process by which aggressive cancer cells form vessel-like structures that provide adequate blood supply for tumor growth. We showed that the expression of RhoA and its effector kinases ROCK1/2 was much higher in human osteosarcoma (OS) tissues and the human OS cell line U2OS than in nontumorous tissues and cell line hFOB 1...
February 20, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225294/role-of-rock-isoforms-in-regulation-of-stiffness-induced-myofibroblast-differentiation-in-lung-fibrosis
#2
Su S Htwe, Byung H Cha, Kan Yue, Ali Khademhosseini, Alan J Knox, Amir M Ghaemmaghami
Fibrosis is a major cause of progressive organ dysfunction in several chronic pulmonary diseases. Rho associated coiled-coil forming kinase (ROCK) has shown to be involved in myofibroblast differentiation driven by altered matrix stiffness in fibrotic state. There are two known ROCK isoforms in human, ROCK1 (ROKβ) and ROCK2 (ROKα), but specific role of each isoform in myofibroblast differentiation in lung fibrosis remains unknown. To study this, we developed a Gelatin methacryloyl (GelMA) hydrogel based culture system with different stiffness levels relevant to healthy and fibrotic lungs...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205334/long-non-coding-rna-tug1-promotes-migration-and-invasion-by-acting-as-a-cerna-of-mir-335-5p-in-osteosarcoma-cells
#3
Yong Wang, Tao Yang, Zhen Zhang, Ming Lu, Wei Zhao, Xiandong Zeng, Weiguo Zhang
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have now become the new hotspots in an ocean of diseases including osteosarcoma. The function of taurine up-regulated gene 1 (TUG1) and its working mechanism in osteosarcoma remain unclear. In our research, we found that TUG1 was elevated and correlated with a poor prognosis in osteosarcoma patients. Also, the following functional experiment showed that decreased TUG1 could remarkably inhibit osteosarcoma cell migration and invasion, indicating that TUG1 functioned as an oncogene in osteosarcoma...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191820/vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-glycocalyx-mediates-shear-stress-induced-contractile-responses-via-a-rho-kinase-rock-myosin-light-chain-phosphatase-mlcp-pathway
#4
Hongyan Kang, Jiajia Liu, Anqiang Sun, Xiao Liu, Yubo Fan, Xiaoyan Deng
The vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are exposed to interstitial flow induced shear stress that may be sensed by the surface glycocalyx, a surface layer composed primarily of proteoglycans and glycoproteins, to mediate cell contraction during the myogenic response. We, therefore, attempted to elucidate the signal pathway of the glycocalyx mechanotransduction in shear stress regulated SMC contraction. Human umbilical vein SMCs (HUVSMCs) deprived of serum for 3-4 days were exposed to a step increase (0 to 20 dyn/cm(2)) in shear stress in a parallel plate flow chamber, and reduction in the cell area was quantified as contraction...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188861/functions-of-rho-family-of-small-gtpases-and-rho-associated-coiled-coil-kinases-in-bone-cells-during-differentiation-and-mineralization
#5
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Agnieszka Strzelecka-Kiliszek, Saida Mebarek, Monika Roszkowska, René Buchet, David Magne, Slawomir Pikula
BACKGROUND: Members of Rho-associated coiled-coil kinases (ROCKs) are effectors of Rho family of small GTPases. ROCKs have multiple functions that include regulation of cellular contraction and polarity, adhesion, motility, proliferation, apoptosis, differentiation, maturation and remodeling of the extracellular matrix (ECM). SCOPE OF THE REVIEW: Here, we focus on the action of RhoA and RhoA effectors, ROCK1 and ROCK2, in cells related to tissue mineralization: mesenchymal stem cells, chondrocytes, pre-osteoblasts, osteoblasts, osteocytes, lining cells and osteoclasts...
February 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184030/genetic-variants-in-rhoa-and-rock1-genes-are-associated-with-the-development-progression-and-prognosis-of-prostate-cancer
#6
Kang Liu, Xiao Li, Jie Wang, Yichun Wang, Huiyu Dong, Jie Li
The contribution of genetic variants in RhoA and ROCK1 genes towards prostate cancer risk has not been reported before. We genotyped six potentially functional genetic variants in a case-control study of 1699 subjects. Overall, we found rs2410 mutant allele and rs2269736 wild allele were risk factors for prostate cancer. Individuals carrying more than two risk alleles were exposed to hazard of prostate cancer. In addition, we demonstrated that the risk of biochemical recurrence might be linked with clinico-pathological characteristics and also genetic factors...
February 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183280/whole-genome-scan-reveals-the-genetic-signature-of-african-ankole-cattle-breed-and-potential-for-higher-quality-beef
#7
Mengistie Taye, Jaemin Kim, Sook Hee Yoon, Wonseok Lee, Olivier Hanotte, Tadelle Dessie, Stephen Kemp, Okeyo Ally Mwai, Kelsey Caetano-Anolles, Seoae Cho, Sung Jong Oh, Hak-Kyo Lee, Heebal Kim
BACKGROUND: Africa is home to numerous cattle breeds whose diversity has been shaped by subtle combinations of human and natural selection. African Sanga cattle are an intermediate type of cattle resulting from interbreeding between Bos taurus and Bos indicus subspecies. Recently, research has asserted the potential of Sanga breeds for commercial beef production with better meat quality as compared to Bos indicus breeds. Here, we identified meat quality related gene regions that are positively selected in Ankole (Sanga) cattle breeds as compared to indicus (Boran, Ogaden, and Kenana) breeds using cross-population (XP-EHH and XP-CLR) statistical methods...
February 9, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131915/rock1-p53-noxa-signaling-mediates-cardiomyocyte-apoptosis-in-response-to-high-glucose-in-vitro-and-vivo
#8
Dongmei Su, Lina Guan, Qianqian Gao, Qian Li, Cuige Shi, Yi Liu, Lei Sun, Cailing Lu, Xu Ma, Jing Zhao
Gestational diabetes mellitus is a risk factor for congenital heart defects; however, the molecular basis of the congenital heart anomalies remains obscure. Previous reports showed a positive correlation between abnormal cardiomyocyte apoptosis and ventricular wall thinness, one type of congenital heart anomaly. This work explored the expression pattern and molecular mechanism of the Rho-associated coiled-coil containing protein kinase 1 (ROCK1) gene in cardiomyocyte apoptosis and genesis of ventricular wall thinness...
January 26, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123850/microrna-101-inhibits-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-in-osteosarcoma-cells-by-targeting-rock1
#9
Rui Jiang, Chao Zhang, Guangyao Liu, Rui Gu, Han Wu
Osteosarcoma is a rare malignant bone tumor in adolescents, with high degree of malignancy, and highly incidence of recurrence and metastasis. Our study aimed to explore the role of miR-101 in osteosarcoma cells by targeting ROCK1. In the present study, reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction data revealed that miR-101 was down-regulated in the tissue samples of 20 patients with osteosarcoma compared with their matched adjacent non-tumor tissues (P < 0.01). Furthermore, miR-101 was significantly down-regulated in three common OS cell lines, MG63, U2OS, and OS732 compared with the human osteoblast cell line, hFOB1...
2017: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123576/mir-506-suppresses-neuroblastoma-metastasis-by-targeting-rock1
#10
Dianguo Li, Yanhua Cao, Jinliang Li, Jialong Xu, Qian Liu, Xiaogang Sun
Neuroblastoma is a complex form of cancer with highly heterogeneous clinical behavior that arises during childhood from precursor cells of the sympathetic nervous system. In patients with neuroblastoma, mortality often occurs as a result of metastasis. The disease predominantly spreads to bone marrow, with a survival rate of ~40%. The current study demonstrates that microRNA (miR)-506 directly targets and downregulates Rho-associated, coiled-coil containing protein kinase 1 (ROCK1) in transforming growth factor (TGF)-β non-canonical pathways...
January 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122300/y-27632-a-rho-associated-protein-kinase-inhibitor-inhibits-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#11
Yuanyuan Wang, Yang Lu, Jixia Chai, Meiqun Sun, Xiaodong Hu, Wenxin He, Min Ge, Changhao Xie
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate whether Rho-kinase inhibition (Y-27632) modulated the expressions of nuclear factor kappaB (NF-κB) in systemic lupus erythematosus. 20 wild type mice and 20 MRL/lpr mice were applied for the research. The animals were randomly assigned to wild type, wild type+Y-27632 group, MRL/lpr group and MRL/lpr+Y-27632 group. 5mg/kg Y-27632 was intravenously injected to inhibit the ROCK expressions.Y-27632 significantly decreased the serum levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-1β, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and increased IL-10 level in serum of MRL/lpr mice...
January 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120846/cortactin-deficiency-causes-increased-rhoa-rock1-dependent-actomyosin-contractility-intestinal-epithelial-barrier-dysfunction-and-disproportionately-severe-dss-induced-colitis
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A F Citalán-Madrid, H Vargas-Robles, A García-Ponce, M Shibayama, A Betanzos, P Nava, C Salinas-Lara, K Rottner, R Mennigen, M Schnoor
The intestinal epithelium constitutes a first line of defense of the innate immune system. Epithelial dysfunction is a hallmark of intestinal disorders such as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). The actin cytoskeleton controls epithelial barrier integrity but the function of actin regulators such as cortactin is poorly understood. Given that cortactin controls endothelial permeability, we hypothesized that cortactin is also important for epithelial barrier regulation. We found increased permeability in the colon of cortactin-KO mice that was accompanied by reduced levels of ZO-1, claudin-1, and E-cadherin...
January 25, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117029/microrna-148a-acts-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-osteosarcoma-via-targeting-rho-associated-coiled-coil-kinase
#13
HaiYan Yang, ZhiGang Peng, ZhenZhen Da, Xin Li, YeXiao Cheng, BinBin Tan, Xin Xiang, HaiPing Zheng, Yan Li, LanHua Chen, Ning Mo, XueXin Yan, Xiaolin Li, XiaoHua Hu
MicroRNAs (miRs) have been demonstrated to be involved in the development and progression of osteosarcoma (OS), but themolecular mechanism still remains to be fully investigated. The present study aimed to investigate the function of miR-148a in osteosarcoma, as well as the underlying mechanism. Our data showed that miR-148a was significantly downregulated in OS tissues compared to their matched adjacent normal tissues, and also in OS cell lines compared to normal human osteoblast cells. Low expression of miR-148a was significantly associated with tumor progression and poor prognosis of OS patients...
January 23, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112365/targeting-rock2-rather-than-rock1-inhibits-ewing-sarcoma-malignancy
#14
Rosa Simona Pinca, Maria Cristina Manara, Valentina Chiadini, Piero Picci, Cinzia Zucchini, Katia Scotlandi
Understanding the molecular processes characterizing Ewing sarcoma (EWS) cell migration is crucial to highlight novel therapies for patients with disseminated disease. In this study we analyzed the role of ROCK kinases in the regulation of cell migration, growth and differentiation of EWS cells. Overexpression of ROCK promotes invasion and metastasis in many solid tumors. However, the effect of ROCK in EWS has not been extensively investigated. Expression of ROCK1 and ROCK2 was analyzed by western blotting in a representative panel of human EWS cell lines, in comparison with the parameters of in vitro malignancy...
January 20, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054559/the-rhoa-rock-pathway-ameliorates-adhesion-and-inflammatory-infiltration-induced-by-ages-in-glomerular-endothelial-cells
#15
Jialing Rao, Zengchun Ye, Hua Tang, Cheng Wang, Hui Peng, Weiyan Lai, Yin Li, Wanbing Huang, Tanqi Lou
A recent study demonstrated that advanced glycation end products (AGEs) play a role in monocyte infiltration in mesangial areas in diabetic nephropathy. The Ras homolog gene family, member A Rho kinase (RhoA/ROCK) pathway plays a role in regulating cell migration. We hypothesized that the RhoA/ROCK pathway affects adhesion and inflammation in endothelial cells induced by AGEs. Rat glomerular endothelial cells (rGECs) were cultured with AGEs (80 μg/ml) in vitro. The ROCK inhibitor Y27632 (10 nmol/l) and ROCK1-siRNA were used to inhibit ROCK...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048944/rho-kinase-inhibitors-a-patent-review-2014-2016
#16
Olivier Defert, Sandro Boland
The Rho-kinases (ROCK), ROCK1 and ROCK2, are potent, widespread biochemical modulators which have been extensively studied. Due to the involvement of ROCKs in multiple biological processes, ROCK inhibitors have pleiotropic actions and may be of relevance for a number of therapeutic applications. The drawback is however that their use might be limited by occurrence of side effects. Areas covered: Since the publication of the latest review in 2014, there have been significant advances in the field of ROCK inhibitors...
January 16, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035042/rock1-but-not-rock2-contributes-to-rhoa-signaling-and-nmiia-mediated-contractility-at-the-epithelial-zonula-adherens
#17
Rashmi Priya, Xuan Liang, Jessica L Teo, Kinga Duszyc, Alpha S Yap, Guillermo A Gomez
Rho kinases (ROCK1 and ROCK2) function downstream of the small GTPase RhoA to drive actomyosin cytoskeletal remodeling. It has often been believed that ROCK1 and ROCK2 may be functionally redundant, as they share a highly conserved kinase domain. However, in this study, we report differential functional effects for these ROCKs at the epithelial zonula adherens (ZA). Using specific siRNA, we found that ROCK1 depletion disrupted cadherin organization at the ZA, accompanied by loss of F-actin and NMIIA, whereas ROCK2 knockdown had no significant effect...
January 1, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031255/rock-signaling-promotes-collagen-remodeling-to-facilitate-invasive-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-tumor-cell-growth
#18
Nicola Rath, Jennifer P Morton, Linda Julian, Lena Helbig, Shereen Kadir, Ewan J McGhee, Kurt I Anderson, Gabriela Kalna, Margaret Mullin, Andreia V Pinho, Ilse Rooman, Michael S Samuel, Michael F Olson
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a major cause of cancer death; identifying PDAC enablers may reveal potential therapeutic targets. Expression of the actomyosin regulatory ROCK1 and ROCK2 kinases increased with tumor progression in human and mouse pancreatic tumors, while elevated ROCK1/ROCK2 expression in human patients, or conditional ROCK2 activation in a Kras(G12D)/p53(R172H) mouse PDAC model, was associated with reduced survival. Conditional ROCK1 or ROCK2 activation promoted invasive growth of mouse PDAC cells into three-dimensional collagen matrices by increasing matrix remodeling activities...
February 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917311/rock-inhibition-promotes-attachment-proliferation-and-wound-closure-in-human-embryonic-stem-cell-derived-retinal-pigmented-epithelium
#19
Roxanne H Croze, William J Thi, Dennis O Clegg
PURPOSE: Nonexudative (dry) age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in the elderly, is associated with the loss of retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) cells and the development of geographic atrophy, which are areas devoid of RPE cells and photoreceptors. One possible treatment option would be to stimulate RPE attachment and proliferation to replace dying/dysfunctional RPE and bring about wound repair. Clinical trials are underway testing injections of RPE cells derived from pluripotent stem cells to determine their safety and efficacy in treating AMD...
November 2016: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890541/the-expression-of-plasticity-related-genes-in-an-acute-model-of-stress-is-modulated-by-chronic-desipramine-in-a-time-dependent-manner-within-medial-prefrontal-cortex
#20
Nicoletta Nava, Giulia Treccani, Heidi Kaastrup Müller, Maurizio Popoli, Gregers Wegener, Betina Elfving
It is well established that stress plays a major role in the pathogenesis of neuropsychiatric diseases. Stress-induced alteration of synaptic plasticity has been hypothesized to underlie the morphological changes observed by neuroimaging in psychiatric patients in key regions such as hippocampus and prefrontal cortex (PFC). We have recently shown that a single acute stress exposure produces significant short-term alterations of structural plasticity within medial PFC. These alterations were partially prevented by previous treatment with chronic desipramine (DMI)...
November 24, 2016: European Neuropsychopharmacology: the Journal of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology
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