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Jin Cai, Gengze Wu, Pedro A Jose, Chunyu Zeng
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are small membrane vesicles including exosomes and shedding vesicles that mediated a cell-to-cell communication. EVs are released from almost all cell types under both physiological and pathological conditions and incorporate nuclear and cytoplasmic molecules for intercellular delivery. Besides protein, mRNA, and microRNA of these molecules, as recent studies show, specific DNA are prominently packaged into EVs. It appears likely that some of exosomes or shedding vesicles, bearing nuclear molecules are released upon bubble-like blebs...
October 14, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Hyun Jeong Oh, Yoojin Shin, Seok Chung, Do Won Hwang, Dong Soo Lee
The effective role of exosome delivering neurogenic microRNA (miRNA) enables to induce efficient differentiation process during neurogenesis. The microfludic system capable of visualizing the exosomal behavior such as secretion, migration, and uptake of individual exosomes can be used as a robust technique to understand the exosome-mediated change of cellular behavior. Here, we developed the exosome-tracing microfluidic system to visualize exosomal transport carrying the neurogenic miRNA from leading to neighboring cells, and found a new mode of exosome-mediated cell-non-autonomous neurogenesis...
October 5, 2016: Biomaterials
Lucia Geis-Asteggiante, Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Catherine Fenselau, Nathan J Edwards
Spectral counting is a straightforward label-free quantitation strategy used in bottom-up proteomics workflows. The application of spectral counting in label-free top-down proteomics workflows can be similarly straightforward, but has not been applied as widely as quantitation by chromatographic peak areas or peak intensities. In this study, we evaluate spectral counting for quantitative comparisons in label-free top-down proteomics workflows by comparison with chromatographic peak areas and intensities. We tested these quantitation approaches by spiking standard proteins into a complex protein background and comparing relative quantitation by spectral counts with normalized chromatographic peak areas and peak intensities from deconvoluted extracted ion chromatograms of the spiked proteins...
October 17, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Ikuhiko Nakase, Kosuke Noguchi, Ikuo Fujii, Shiroh Futaki
Extracellular vesicles (EVs, exosomes) are approximately 30- to 200-nm-long vesicles that have received increased attention due to their role in cell-to-cell communication. Although EVs are highly anticipated to be a next-generation intracellular delivery tool because of their pharmaceutical advantages, including non-immunogenicity, their cellular uptake efficacy is low because of the repulsion of EVs and negatively charged cell membranes and size limitations in endocytosis. Here, we demonstrate a methodology for achieving enhanced cellular EV uptake using arginine-rich cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) to induce active macropinocytosis...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jason Zhu, John H Strickler
"Liquid biopsies" are blood based assays used to detect and analyze circulating tumor products, including circulating tumor cells (CTCs), circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA), circulating messenger RNA (mRNA), circulating microRNA (miRNA), circulating exosomes, and tumor educated platelets (TEP). For patients with gastrointestinal (GI) malignancies, blood based biopsies may offer several advantages. First, tumor tissue samples are often challenging to procure, and when obtainable, are often insufficient for genomic profiling...
October 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
Maria-Luisa Alegre, Fadi G Lakkis, Adrian E Morelli
Transplantation of solid organs between genetically distinct individuals leads, in the absence of immunosuppression, to T cell-dependent transplant rejection. Activation of graft-reactive T cells relies on the presentation of transplant-derived antigens (intact donor MHC molecules or processed peptides on host MHC molecules) by mature dendritic cells (DCs). This review focuses on novel insights regarding the steps for maturation and differentiation of DCs that are necessary for productive presentation of transplant antigens to host T cells...
October 12, 2016: Trends in Immunology
Jin Lin, Yan Wang, Ye-Qing Zou, Xin Chen, Bo Huang, Jing Liu, Yan-Mei Xu, Jing Li, Jing Zhang, Wei-Ming Yang, Qing-Hua Min, Fan Sun, Shu-Qi Li, Qiu-Fang Gao, Xiao-Zhong Wang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been found to play important regulatory roles in various physiological and pathological processes. MiRNAs also exhibit high stability and are present at high concentrations in human bodily fluids. Consequently, miRNAs may represent attractive and novel diagnostic biomarkers for certain clinical conditions. Recently, the capacity for extracellular vesicles, including microvesicles and exosomes, to carry miRNAs that participate in cell-to-cell communication has been described. In the present study, the miRNA expression patterns for three kinds of pleural effusions that were obtained from patients with pneumonia (group A), pulmonary tuberculosis (group B), and lung cancer (group C) were detected with high-throughput sequencing...
October 14, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Ioulia Vardaki, Claire Sanchez, Pedro Fonseca, Magnus Olsson, Dimitrios Chioureas, George Rassidakis, Anders Ullén, Boris Zhivotovsky, Magnus Björkholm, Theocharis Panaretakis
The intercellular crosstalk between hematological malignancies and the tumor microenvironment is mediated by cell to cell interactions and soluble factors. One component of the secretome that is gaining increasing attention are the extracellular vesicles and in particular the exosomes. Apart from the role as vectors of molecular information, exosomes have been shown to possess intrinsic biological activity. In this study we have found that caspase-3 is activated in L88 bone marrow stroma cell-derived exosomes and identified one of the substrates to be the anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-xL...
October 14, 2016: Blood
Pinar Kanlikilicer, Mohammed Saber, Recep Bayraktar, Rahul Mitra, Cristina Ivan, Burcu Aslan, Xinna Zhang, Justyna Filant, Andreia M Silva, Cristian Rodriguez-Aguayo, Emine Bayraktar, Martin Pichler, Bulent Ozpolat, George A Calin, Anil K Sood, Gabriel Lopez-Berestein
Cancer cells actively promote their tumorigenic behavior by reprogramming gene expression. Loading intraluminal vesicles with specific miRNAs and releasing them into the tumor microenvironment as exosomes is one mechanism of reprogramming whose regulation remains to be elucidated. Here, we report that miR-6126 is ubiquitously released in high abundance from both chemosensitive and chemoresistant ovarian cancer cells via exosomes. Overexpression of miR-6126 was confirmed in healthy ovarian tissue compared to ovarian cancer patient samples and correlated with better overall survival in high-grade serous ovarian cancer patients...
October 14, 2016: Cancer Research
Zhaogang Yang, Jing Xie, Jing Zhu, Chen Kang, Chiling Chiang, Xinmei Wang, Xiaobing Wang, Tairong Kuang, Feng Chen, Zhou Chen, Aili Zhang, Bo Yu, Robert J Lee, Lesheng Teng, L James Lee
Exosomes, the smallest subgroup of extracellular vesicles, have been recognized as extracellular organelles that contain genetic and proteomic information for long distance intercellular communication. Exosome-based drug delivery is currently a subject of intensive research. Here, we report a novel strategy to produce nanoscale exosome-mimics (EMs) in sufficient quantity for gene delivery in cancer both in vitro and in vivo. Size-controllable EMs were generated at a high yield by serial extrusion of non-tumorigenic epithelial MCF-10A cells through filters with different pore sizes...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
Igor Slivac, David Guay, Mathias Mangion, Juliette Champeil, Bruno Gaillet
Delivery of nucleic acid-based molecules in human cells is a highly studied approach for the treatment of several disorders including monogenic diseases and cancers. Non-viral vectors for DNA and RNA transfer, although in general less efficient than virus-based systems, are particularly well adapted mostly due to the absence of biosafety concerns. Non-viral methods could be classified in two main groups: physical and vector-assisted delivery systems. Both groups comprise several different methods, none of them universally applicable...
October 14, 2016: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
C M Wong, L A Nash, J Del Papa, K L Poulin, T Falls, J C Bell, R J Parks
When injected directly into a tumor mass, adenovirus (Ad) vectors only transduce cells immediately along the injection tract. Expression of fusogenic proteins from the Ad vector can lead to syncytium formation, which efficiently spreads the therapeutic effect. Fusogenic proteins can also cause cancer cell death directly, and enhance the release of exosome-like particles containing tumor-associated antigens, which boosts the anti-tumor immune response. In this study, we have examined whether delivery of an early region 1 (E1)-deleted, replication-defective Ad vector encoding the reptilian reovirus p14 fusion-associated small transmembrane (FAST) protein can provide therapeutic efficacy in an immunocompetent mouse tumor model...
October 14, 2016: Cancer Gene Therapy
Shamila D Alipoor, Esmaeil Mortaz, Johan Garssen, Masoud Movassaghi, Mehdi Mirsaeidi, Ian M Adcock
Exosomes are nanosized vesicles released from every cell in the body including those in the respiratory tract and lungs. They are found in most body fluids and contain a number of different biomolecules including proteins, lipids, and both mRNA and noncoding RNAs. Since they can release their contents, particularly miRNAs, to both neighboring and distal cells, they are considered important in cell-cell communication. Recent evidence has shown their possible importance in the pathogenesis of several pulmonary diseases...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
Ximena Doldán, Pablo Fagúndez, Alfonso Cayota, Justo Laíz, Juan Pablo Tosar
Extracellular vesicles (EVs), namely exosomes and microvesicles, are important mediators of intercellular communication pathways. Since EVs can be detected in a variety of biofluids and contain a specific set of biomarkers which are reminiscent of their parental cells, they show great promise in clinical diagnostics as EV analysis can be performed in minimally-invasive liquid biopsies. However, reliable, fast and cost-effective methods for their determination are still needed, especially if decentralized analysis is intended...
October 13, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Li Chen, David R Brigstock
Liver fibrosis occurs during chronic injury and represents, in large part, an exaggerated matrigenic output by hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) which become activated as a result of injury-induced signaling pathways in parenchymal and inflammatory cells (hepatocytes, macrophages, etc.). The molecular components in these pathways (e.g., CCN proteins) are modulated by transcription factors as well as by factors such as microRNAs (miRs) that act posttranscriptionally. MiRs are small (~23 nt) noncoding RNAs that regulate gene expression by specifically interacting with the 3' untranslated region (UTR) of target gene mRNA to repress translation or enhance mRNA cleavage...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Xi Fang, Matthew J Stroud, Kunfu Ouyang, Li Fang, Jianlin Zhang, Nancy D Dalton, Yusu Gu, Tongbin Wu, Kirk L Peterson, Hsien-Da Huang, Ju Chen, Nanping Wang
Adipose tissue is a key endocrine organ that governs systemic homeostasis. PPARγ is a master regulator of adipose tissue signaling that plays an essential role in insulin sensitivity, making it an important therapeutic target. The selective PPARγ agonist rosiglitazone (RSG) has been used to treat diabetes. However, adverse cardiovascular effects have seriously hindered its clinical application. Experimental models have revealed that PPARγ activation increases cardiac hypertrophy. RSG stimulates cardiac hypertrophy and oxidative stress in cardiomyocyte-specific PPARγ knockout mice, implying that RSG might stimulate cardiac hypertrophy independently of cardiomyocyte PPARγ...
October 6, 2016: JCI Insight
Marzia Del Re, Elisa Biasco, Stefania Crucitta, Lisa Derosa, Eleonora Rofi, Cinzia Orlandini, Mario Miccoli, Luca Galli, Alfredo Falcone, Guido W Jenster, Ron H van Schaik, Romano Danesi
BACKGROUND: The androgen receptor splice variant 7 (AR-V7) is associated with resistance to hormonal therapy in castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Due to limitations of the methods available for AR-V7 analysis, the identification of a reliable detection method may facilitate the use of this biomarker in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: To confirm AR-V7 as a predictor of resistance to hormonal therapy and develop a new approach to assess AR-V7 by highly sensitive digital droplet polymerase chain reaction (ddPCR) in plasma-derived exosomal RNA...
August 26, 2016: European Urology
Nambin Yim, Chulhee Choi
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are natural carriers of biomolecules that play central roles in cell-to-cell communications. Based on this, there have been many attempts to use EVs as therapeutic drug carriers. Various macromolecules, from chemical reagents to nucleic acids, were successfully loaded into EVs; however, loading of proteins with high molecular weight has been huddled with several problems. Purification of recombinant proteins is expensive and time consuming, and easily results in modification of proteins by physical or chemical forces...
October 13, 2016: BMB Reports
Laura Santangelo, Giorgio Giurato, Carla Cicchini, Claudia Montaldo, Carmine Mancone, Roberta Tarallo, Cecilia Battistelli, Tonino Alonzi, Alessandro Weisz, Marco Tripodi
Despite clear evidence that exosomal microRNAs (miRNAs) are able to modulate the cellular microenvironment and that exosomal RNA cargo selection is deregulated in pathological conditions, the mechanisms controlling specific RNA sorting into extracellular vesicles are still poorly understood. Here, we identified the RNA binding protein SYNCRIP (synaptotagmin-binding cytoplasmic RNA-interacting protein; also known as hnRNP-Q or NSAP1) as a component of the hepatocyte exosomal miRNA sorting machinery. SYNCRIP knockdown impairs sorting of miRNAs in exosomes...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
Thomas Westergard, Brigid K Jensen, Xinmei Wen, Jingli Cai, Elizabeth Kropf, Lorraine Iacovitti, Piera Pasinelli, Davide Trotti
Aberrant hexanucleotide repeat expansions in C9orf72 are the most common genetic change underlying amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). RNA transcripts containing these expansions undergo repeat-associated non-ATG translation (RAN-T) to form five dipeptide repeat proteins (DPRs). DPRs are found as aggregates throughout the CNS of C9orf72-ALS/FTD patients, and some cause degeneration when expressed in vitro in neuronal cultures and in vivo in animal models. The spread of characteristic disease-related proteins drives the progression of pathology in many neurodegenerative diseases...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
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