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Peng Hao, Bo Kang, Guoqing Yao, Wenqi Hao, Feihong Ma
Dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs/miRs) is frequently associated with cancer progression. Altered expression of miR-211 has been observed in various types of human cancer; however, its expression and role in prostate cancer (PCa) remains unknown. In the present study, the expression of miR-211 in PCa cell lines and tissues was measured by reverse transcription-quantitative PCR (qPCR), revealing that miR-211 was downregulated in PCa cell lines and tissues. Further analysis revealed that low miR-211 was associated with the tumor stage and Gleason score...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Sandra Bien-Möller, Ellen Balz, Susann Herzog, Laura Plantera, Silke Vogelgesang, Kerstin Weitmann, Carolin Seifert, Matthias A Fink, Sascha Marx, Angela Bialke, Chitra Venugopal, Sheila K Singh, Wolfgang Hoffmann, Bernhard H Rauch, Henry W S Schroeder
Patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) are at high risk to develop a relapse despite multimodal therapy. Assumedly, glioma stem cells (GSCs) are responsible for treatment resistance of GBM. Identification of specific GSC markers may help to develop targeted therapies. Here, we performed expression analyses of stem cell (ABCG2, CD44, CD95, CD133, ELF4, Nanog, and Nestin) as well as differentiation and microglia markers (GFAP, Iba1, and Sparc) in GBM compared to nonmalignant brain. Furthermore, the role of these proteins for patient survival and their expression in LN18 stem-like neurospheres was analyzed...
2018: Stem Cells International
Siddharth A Mahure, Joseph A Bosco, James D Slover, Jonathan Vigdorchik, Richard Iorio, Ran Schwarzkopf
BACKGROUND: Individuals coinfected with both hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV represent a unique and growing population of patients undergoing orthopaedic surgical procedures. Data regarding complications for HCV monoinfection or HIV monoinfection are robust, but there are no data available, to our knowledge, on patients who have both HCV and HIV infections. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: We sought to determine whether patients with coinfection differed in terms of baseline demographics and comorbidity burden as compared with patients without coinfection and whether these potential differences were translated into varying levels of postoperative complications, mortality, and hospital readmission risk...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Lindsay T McDonald, Michael R Zile, Yuhua Zhang, An O Van Laer, Catalin F Baicu, Robert E Stroud, Jeffrey A Jones, Amanda C LaRue, Amy D Bradshaw
Myocardial fibrosis and the resultant increases in LV stiffness represent pivotal consequences of chronic pressure-overload (PO) that impact both functional capacity and the rates of morbid and mortal events. However, the time course and cellular mechanisms that underlie PO-induced fibrosis have not been completely defined. Secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) is a matricellular protein shown to be required for insoluble collagen deposition and increased myocardial stiffness in response to murine PO...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Ruizeng Dong, Jianmin Guo, Zewei Zhang, Yimin Zhou, Yonghong Hua
The aim of this study was to identify the anti-cancer mechanism of Polyphyllin I (PPI) on gastric cancer cells via its activity on cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs). We cultured purified gastric CAFs obtained from fresh human gastric cancer tissue and examined the effect of Polyphyllin I on CAF proliferation using a colorimetric viability assay. In addition, we established a nude mouse xenograft model to examine the effect of Polyphyllin I administration on tumorigenesis. Using Western analysis, we quantified protein expression of the CAF-derived cytokines fibroblast activation protein alpha (FAP), secreted protein acidic and cysteine rich (SPARC), stromal cell-derived factor 1 (SDF-1), hepatocyte growth factor tenascin-C (TNC), and hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) in both in vitro and in vivo models...
February 27, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Ann Bonner, Shirley Chambers, Helen Healy, Wendy Hoy, Geoff Mitchell, Adrian Kark, Sharad Ratanjee, Patsy Yates
BACKGROUND: There is increasing recognition of the clinical need for timely and coordinated supportive and palliative care for those with terminal organ failure. OBJECTIVE: To describe symptoms, quality of life and supportive care needs in the anticipated 12-month period prior to death in adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stages 4 or 5. METHOD: An observational, prospective, longitudinal design was used to follow 19 patients. The measures used were the Chronic Kidney Disease-Symptom Burden Index (CKD-SBI), the Australian Karnofsky Performance Scale (AKPS), the Functional Assessment of Chronic illness Therapy Palliative-14 (FACIT PAL-14), the Assessment of Quality of Life 6 Dimensions (AQoL-6D) and the Sheffield Profile for Assessment and Referral for Care (SPARC)...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Renal Care
Xiaoqiang Li, Peyman Kabolizadeh, Di Yan, An Qin, Jun Zhou, Ye Hong, Thomas Guerrero, Inga Grills, Craig Stevens, Xuanfeng Ding
BACKGROUND: To evaluate spot-scanning proton arc therapy (SPArc) and multi-field robust optimized intensity modulated proton therapy (RO-IMPT) in treating stage III non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. METHODS: Two groups of stage IIIA or IIIB NSCLC patients (group 1: eight patients with tumor motion less than 5 mm; group 2: six patients with tumor motion equal to or more than 5 mm) were re-planned with SPArc and RO-IMPT. Both plans were generated using robust optimization to achieve an optimal coverage with 99% of internal target volume (ITV) receiving 66 Gy (RBE) in 33 fractions...
February 27, 2018: Radiation Oncology
Michael K Dame, Durga Attili, Shannon D McClintock, Priya H Dedhia, Peter Ouillette, Olaf Hardt, Alana M Chin, Xiang Xue, Julie Laliberte, Erica L Katz, Gina M Newsome, David R Hill, Alyssa J Miller, Yu-Hwai Tsai, David Agorku, Christopher H Altheim, Andreas Bosio, Becky Simon, Linda C Samuelson, Jay A Stoerker, Henry D Appelman, James Varani, Max S Wicha, Dean E Brenner, Yatrik M Shah, Jason R Spence, Justin A Colacino
The intestine is maintained by stem cells located at the base of crypts and distinguished by the expression of LGR5. Genetically engineered mouse models have provided a wealth of information about intestinal stem cells, while less is known about human intestinal stem cells due to difficulty detecting and isolating these cells. We established an organoid repository from patient-derived adenomas, adenocarcinomas, and normal colon, which we analyzed for variants in 71 colorectal cancer (CRC) associated genes. Normal and neoplastic colon tissue organoids were analyzed by immunohistochemistry and fluorescent-activated cell sorting for LGR5...
February 21, 2018: Development
Lu Qi, Yanqing Ding
There are many stages in the development and metastasis of colorectal cancer (CRC). In this study, we compared the differential expression genes in different stages of metastatic CRC. Then, we screened the continuously up-regulated genes and the continuously down-regulated genes that were associated with the development and metastasis of CRC. After analyzing the intersection of differential expression genes in each stage, we screened the continuously up-regulated genes and deviated genes in the extracellular matrix and the continuously down-regulated genes and deviated genes in the mitochrondia of CRC...
January 19, 2018: Oncotarget
Haiyan Song, Lei Ding, Shuang Zhang, Wei Wang
MicroRNA (miR)-29 family members have been reported to play important regulatory roles in metabolic disease. We used TargetScan to show that "secreted protein acidic rich in cysteine" (SPARC) is a target of the miR-29s. SPARC is a multifunctional secretory protein involved in a variety of biological activities, and SPARC dysregulation is associated with a wide range of obesity-related disorders, including type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). We explored whether miR-29s played roles in glucose metabolism and whether miR-29s directly targeted SPARC...
February 17, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
T Wang, X Liu, Q Tian, T Liang, P Chang
OBJECTIVE: Accumulating evidence suggests that SPARC/osteonectin, cwcv, and kazal-like domain proteoglycan 1 (SPOCK1) contributes to the initiation and progression of human cancers. However, little is known about the function mechanisms of SPOCK1 in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The aim of this study was to investigate the molecular mechanism of SPOCK1 in NSCLC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The expression levels of SPOCK1 in NSCLC tissues and cell lines were analyzed by qRT-PCR and Western blotting...
February 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Emma V Jones, Yann Bernardinelli, Juan G Zarruk, Sabrina Chierzi, Keith K Murai
The proper formation and maintenance of functional synapses in the central nervous system (CNS) requires communication between neurons and astrocytes and the ability of astrocytes to release neuromodulatory molecules. Previously, we described a novel role for the astrocyte-secreted matricellular protein SPARC (Secreted Protein, Acidic and Rich in Cysteine) in regulating α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazolepropionic acid receptors (AMPARs) and plasticity at developing synapses. SPARC is highly expressed by astrocytes and microglia during CNS development but its level is reduced in adulthood...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Anthony Mukwaya, Anton Lennikov, Maria Xeroudaki, Pierfrancesco Mirabelli, Mieszko Lachota, Lasse Jensen, Beatrice Peebo, Neil Lagali
Inflammation in the normally immune-privileged cornea can initiate a pathologic angiogenic response causing vision-threatening corneal neovascularization. Inflammatory pathways, however, are numerous, complex and are activated in a time-dependent manner. Effective resolution of inflammation and associated angiogenesis in the cornea requires knowledge of these pathways and their time dependence, which has, to date, remained largely unexplored. Here, using a model of endogenous resolution of inflammation-induced corneal angiogenesis, we investigate the time dependence of inflammatory genes in effecting capillary regression and the return of corneal transparency...
February 14, 2018: Angiogenesis
Stephan N Salzmann, Peter B Derman, Lukas P Lampe, Janina Kueper, Ting Jung Pan, Jingyan Yang, Jennifer Shue, Federico P Girardi, Stephen Lyman, Alexander P Hughes
BACKGROUND: The rate of cervical spinal fusion has been increasing significantly. However, there is paucity of literature describing trends based on surgical approach using complete population databases. We investigated the approach-based trends in epidemiology, indications and in-hospital outcomes of cervical spinal fusion. METHODS: New York's Statewide Planning and Research Cooperative System database was queried to identify patients who underwent primary subaxial cervical fusion from 1997-2012...
February 10, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Aicha Melouane, Antoine Carbonell, Mayumi Yoshioka, Jack Puymirat, Jonny St-Amand
Secreted protein, acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) is differentially associated with cell proliferation and extracellular matrix (ECM) assembly. We show here the effect of exogenous SPARC inhibition/induction on ECM and mitochondrial proteins expression and on the differentiation of C2C12 cells. The cells were cultured in growth medium (GM) supplemented with different experimental conditions. The differentiation of myoblasts was studied for 5 days, the expressions of ECM and mitochondrial proteins were measured and the formation of the myotubes was quantified after exogenous induction/inhibition of SPARC...
2018: PloS One
Bassel G Diebo, Joshua D Lavian, Daniel P Murray, Shian Liu, Neil V Shah, George A Beyer, Frank A Segreto, Lee Bloom, Dennis Vasquez-Montes, Louis M Day, Douglas A Hollern, Samantha R Horn, Qais Naziri, Daniel Cukor, Peter G Passias, Carl B Paulino
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis OBJECTIVE.: To compare long-term outcomes between patients with and without mental health comorbidities who are undergoing surgery for adult spinal deformity (ASD). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Recent literature reveals that one in three patients admitted for surgical treatment for ASD has comorbid mental health disorder. Currently, impacts of baseline mental health status on long-term outcomes following ASD surgery have not been thoroughly investigated...
February 6, 2018: Spine
Masao Nakajima, Shigefumi Yoshino, Shinsuke Kanekiyo, Noriko Maeda, Kazuhiko Sakamoto, Ryoichi Tsunedomi, Nobuaki Suzuki, Shigeru Takeda, Shigeru Yamamoto, Shoichi Hazama, Yoshinobu Hoshii, Atsunori Oga, Hiroshi Itoh, Tomio Ueno, Hiroaki Nagano
Secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC) is an extracellular matrix glycoprotein that may serve an important role in epithelial-mesenchymal transition. Recent studies have demonstrated that SPARC status is a prognostic indicator in various cancer types; however, its value remains unclear in gastric cancer (GC). In the present study, the localization and prognostic impact of SPARC expression were evaluated in patients with GC. Immunohistochemical analysis of SPARC expression was performed in 117 surgically resected GC specimens, and the localization of SPARC positive cells, as well as the rassociation between SPARC expression and clinicopathological characteristics were evaluated...
January 2018: Oncology Letters
Montserrat Torrebadell, Marina Díaz-Beyá, Susana G Kalko, Marta Pratcorona, Josep Nomdedeu, Alfons Navarro, Bernat Gel, Salut Brunet, Jorge Sierra, Mireia Camós, Jordi Esteve
In intermediate-risk cytogenetic acute myeloid leukemia (IRC-AML) patients, novel biomarkers to guide post-remission therapy are needed. We analyzed with high-density arrays 40 IRC-AML patients who received a non-allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation-based post-remission therapy, and identified a signature that correlated with early relapse. Subsequently, we analyzed selected 187 genes in 49 additional IRC-AML patients by RT-PCR. BAALC, MN1, SPARC and HOPX overexpression correlated to refractoriness...
February 2, 2018: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Bassel G Diebo, George A Beyer, Preston W Grieco, Shian Liu, Louis M Day, Roby Abraham, Qais Naziri, Peter G Passias, Aditya V Maheshwari, Carl B Paulino
INTRODUCTION: Patients with lumbar spine and hip disorders may, during the course of their treatment, undergo spinal fusion and THA. There is disagreement among prior studies regarding whether patients who undergo THA and spinal fusion are at increased risk of THA dislocation and other hip-related complications. QUESTIONS / PURPOSES: Is short or long spinal fusion associated with an increased rate of postoperative complications in patients who underwent a prior THA? PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of New York State's Department of Health database (SPARCS) was performed...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Piotr Donizy, Maciej Kaczorowski, Przemyslaw Biecek, Agnieszka Halon, Rafal Matkowski
Nuclear pseudoinclusions (NPIs) are classically found in papillary thyroid carcinoma and meningioma. Although NPIs have been described in melanocytic lesions, there is no systematic analysis of potential relationship between NPIs and other clinicopathological characteristics of melanoma. We examined the presence of NPIs in H&E-stained tissue sections form 96 melanomas and analyzed statistical associations with important clinicopathological parameters and tissue immunoreactivity for selected proteins involved in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (SPARC, N-cadherin), cell adhesion and mobility (ALCAM, ADAM-10), regulation of mitosis (PLK1), cell survival (FOXP1) and functioning of Golgi apparatus (GOLPH3, GP73)...
January 29, 2018: Pathology International
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