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Shery Park, Hu Zhao, Mark Urata, Yang Chai
Repair of calvarial bony defects remains challenging for craniofacial surgeons. Injury experiments on animal calvarial bones are widely used to study healing mechanisms and test tissue engineering approaches. Previously we identified Gli1+ cells within the calvarial sutures as stem cells supporting calvarial bone turnover and injury repair. In this study, we tested the regenerative capacity of the suture region compared to other areas of calvarial bone. Injuries were made to mouse sagittal sutures or other areas of the calvarial bone at varying distances from the suture...
October 20, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Meng Wu, Lishann Ingram, Ezequiel J Tolosa, Renzo E Vera, Qianjin Li, Sungjin Kim, Yongjie Ma, Demetri D Spyropoulos, Zanna Beharry, Jiaoti Huang, Martin E Fernandez-Zapico, Houjian Cai
Although the differentiation of oncogenically transformed basal progenitor cells is one of the key steps in prostate tumorigenesis, the mechanisms mediating this cellular process are still largely unknown. Here we demonstrated that an expanded p63+ and CK5+ basal/progenitor cell population, induced by the concomitant activation of oncogenic Kras(G12D) and androgen receptor (AR) signaling, underwent cell differentiation in vivo. The differentiation process led to suppression of the p63 expressing cells with a decreased number of CK5+ basal cells, but an increase of CK8+ luminal tumorigenic cells, and revealed a hierarchal lineage pattern consisting of p63+/CK5+ progenitor, CK5+/CK8+ transitional progenitor, and CK8+ differentiated luminal cells...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Yan Wang, Jung-Mao Hsu, Ya'an Kang, Yongkun Wei, Pei-Chih Lee, Shing-Jyh Chang, Yi-Hsin Hsu, Jennifer L Hsu, Hung-Ling Wang, Wei-Chao Chang, Chia-Wei Li, Hsin-Wei Liao, Shih-Shin Chang, Weiya Xia, How-Wen Ko, Chao-Kai Chou, Jason B Fleming, Huamin Wang, Rosa F Hwang, Yue Chen, Jun Qin, Mien-Chie Hung
The oncogenic transcription factor Gli1 is a critical effector in the Hedgehog (Hh) pathway which is necessary for the development and progression of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). While TGF-β and K-Ras are known regulators of Gli1 gene transcription in this setting, it is not understood how Gli1 functional activity is regulated. Here we report the identification of Gli1 as a substrate for the protein arginine N-methyltransferase PRMT1 in PDAC. We found that PRMT1 methylates Gli1 at R597, promoting its transcriptional activity by enhancing the binding of Gli1 to its target gene promoters...
October 6, 2016: Cancer Research
Jun Yang, Wenjing Huang, Wenfu Tan
The major obstacle limiting the efficacy of current Smoothened (Smo) inhibitors is the primary and acquired resistance mainly caused by Smo mutations and Gli amplification. In this context, developing Hh inhibitors targeting Gli, the final effector of this signaling pathway, may combat the resistance. In this study we found that solasonine, a natural glycoalkaloid compound, significantly inhibited the hedgehog (Hh) pathway activity. Meanwhile, solasonine may obviously inhibit the alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity in C3H10T1/2 cells, concomitantly with reductions of the mRNA expression of Gli1 and Ptch1...
October 14, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Qian Sun, Jing Bai, Renrong Lv
Since hedgehog (HH)/Gli1 that contributes to cancer proliferation and metastasis has been masked for decades, the signaling pathway was investigated about its exact role in proliferation and metastasis of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Sonic hedgehog homolog (Shh), GLI family zinc finger 1 (Gli1), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) expressions in cutaneous SCC tissues were analyzed with immunohistochemistry, and their correlations with cutaneous SCC patients' prognosis were conducted with Kaplan-Meier curve...
October 17, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
F Faião-Flores, D K Alves-Fernandes, P C Pennacchi, S Sandri, A L S A Vicente, C Scapulatempo-Neto, V L Vazquez, R M Reis, J Chauhan, C R Goding, K S Smalley, S S Maria-Engler
BRAF inhibitor (BRAFi) therapy for melanoma patients harboring the V600E mutation is initially highly effective, but almost all patients relapse within a few months. Understanding the molecular mechanisms underpinning BRAFi-based therapy is therefore an important issue. Here we identified a previously unsuspected mechanism of BRAFi resistance driven by elevated Hedgehog (Hh) pathway activation that is observed in a cohort of melanoma patients after vemurafenib treatment. Specifically, we demonstrate that melanoma cell lines, with acquired in vitro-induced vemurafenib resistance, show increased levels of glioma-associated oncogene homolog 1 and 2 (GLI1/GLI2) compared with naïve cells...
October 17, 2016: Oncogene
Heng Cai, Hongxing Li, Jingmin Li, Xiaoyan Li, Yana Li, Yan Shi, Dong Wang
Although abnormal activation of the sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling pathway has been demonstrated in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients and in most HCC cell lines, the mechanism by which the Shh pathway promotes the development of HCC remains uncertain. Using a liver cancer model induced by diethylnitrosamine (DEN) which mimics the process from liver injury, abnormal hepatocyte proliferation, and hepatocirrhosis to hepatocyte canceration, we investigated the abnormal activation of the Shh pathway by examining the expression of Shh, patched-1 (Ptch), smoothened (SMO), and glioma-associated oncogene-1 (Gli1) genes...
October 15, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Zhibin Wang, Wei Li, Chun Li, Yang Yang, Wang Li, Liying Zhang, Shumei Sun, Junxiang Li, Yidong Cai
The present study aimed to investigate the expression levels of components of the Hedgehog signaling pathway (HH) during the proliferation of a liver stem cell subgroup, namely small hepatocyte-like progenitor cells (SHPCs). Retrorsine-treated Fisher 344 rats underwent a partial hepatectomy (PH) to induce the proliferation of SHPCs, after which reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (PCR), quantitative PCR, immunohistochemistry and western blot analysis were performed to analyze the expression of various components of the HH in primary SHPCs at different times points post-PH...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Hwa Jin Lee, Qian Wu, Hua Li, Gyu-Un Bae, An Keun Kim, Jae-Ha Ryu
Pancreatic cancer is aggressive and therefore difficult to treat; however, continued efforts have been made with the aim of developing an effective therapy against the disease. The Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway is reportedly involved in the proliferation and survival of pancreatic cancer cells. The transcription factor glioma-associated oncogene (Gli) is a key component of the Hh signaling pathway and the primary effector of pancreatic cancer development. Inhibiting Gli is a proven therapeutic strategy for this disease...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Hong Chen, Jingjing Wang, Hong Yang, Dan Chen, Panpan Li
Forkhead box M1 (FOXM1) and hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway are implicated in the formation and development of human tumors, including cervical cancer. Previous studies have indicated that FOXM1 may be a downstream target gene of the Hh signaling pathway, but their association in cervical cancer is largely unknown. In the present study, the expression of FOXM1 and Hh signaling molecules was evaluated by immunohistochemical analysis in a tissue microarray that contained 70 cervical cancer tissues and 10 normal cervical tissues...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Antonis Dagklis, Sofie Demeyer, Jolien De Bie, Enrico Radaelli, Daphnie Pauwels, Sandrine Degryse, Olga Gielen, Carmen Vicente, Roel Vandepoel, Ellen Geerdens, Anne Uyttebroeck, Nancy Boeckx, Charles E de Bock, Jan Cools
T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is an aggressive childhood leukemia that is caused by the accumulation of multiple genomic lesions resulting in transcriptional deregulation and increased cell proliferation and survival. Through analysis of gene expression data, we provide evidence that the hedgehog pathway is activated in 20% of T-ALL samples. Hedgehog pathway activation is associated with ectopic expression of the hedgehog ligands SHH or IHH, and with upregulation of the transcription factor GLI1...
September 30, 2016: Blood
Yumei Diao, Ani Azatyan, Mohammed Ferdous-Ur Rahman, Chunyan Zhao, Jian Zhu, Karin Dahlman-Wright, Peter G Zaphiropoulos
Anti-estrogen treatment, exemplified by tamoxifen, is a well-established adjuvant therapy for estrogen receptor alpha (ERα)-positive breast cancer. However, the effectiveness of this drug is limited due to the development of resistance. The Hedgehog (HH) signaling pathway is critical in embryonic development, and aberrant activation of this transduction cascade is linked to various malignancies. However, it remains unclear whether HH signaling is activated in human breast cancer and related to tamoxifen resistance...
September 26, 2016: Oncotarget
Zhaoting Yang, Yan Cui, Weidong Ni, Seokhyung Kim, Yanhua Xuan
PURPOSE: The hedgehog (Hh) pathway is involved in cancer stem cell (CSC) maintenance in various tumors. Glioma-associated oncogene homolog 1 (Gli1) is a key mediator of the Hh pathway; however, its expression and clinical significance in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) have not been reported. In this study, we aimed to reveal clinical significance of Gli1 expression in ESCC and further investigate the potential of Gli1 as a CSC regulator of ESCC by comparing its expression with expressions of other stemness genes in ESCC...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Kanchan Vishnoi, Sutapa Mahata, Abhishek Tyagi, Arvind Pandey, Gaurav Verma, Mohit Jadli, Tejveer Singh, Sukh Mahendra Singh, Alok C Bharti
Viral oncoproteins E6/E7 play key oncogenic role in human papillomavirus (HPV)-mediated cervical carcinogenesis in conjunction with aberrant activation of cellular signaling events. GLI-signaling has been implicated in metastasis and tumor recurrence of cervical cancer. However, the interaction of GLI-signaling with HPV oncogenes is unknown. We examined this relationship in established HPV-positive and HPV-negative cervical cancer cell lines using specific GLI inhibitor, cyclopamine and HPVE6/E7 siRNAs. Cervical cancer cell lines showed variable expression of GLI-signaling components...
September 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Andrea Aguilar
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November 2016: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
M H Shahi, S Farheen, M P M Mariyath, J S Castresana
Chemoresistance is a common hurdle for the proper treatment of gliomas. The role of Shh-Gli1 signaling in glioma progression has been reported. However, its role in glioma chemoresistance has not been well studied yet. In this work, we found that Shh-Gli1 signaling regulates the expression of one stem cell marker, BMI1 (B cell-specific Moloney murine leukemia virus), in glioma. Interestingly, we also demonstrated high expression of MRP1 (multi-drug resistance protein 1) in glioma. MRP1 expression was decreased by BMI1 siRNA and Shh-Gli1 cell signaling specific inhibitor GANT61 in our experiments...
September 23, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Xuebing Li, Xuexia Zhou, Yaguang Fan, Yalong Zhang, Lingling Zu, Feng Yao, Qinghua Zhou
Over-expression of Gli1 is very common in lung cancer. However, the underlying molecular mechanism remains largely unknown. Here, using mass spectrum, we have identified WW45 as a binding partner of Gli1. WW45 interacted with Gli1, promoted its ubiquitination and inhibited the expression of its target genes. In the functional studies, WW45 inhibited the growth and migration of lung cancer cells. Knocking down the expression of WW45 promoted the growth and migration of lung cancer cells, which was rescued by down-regulation of Gli1...
September 21, 2016: Oncotarget
Qian Zhou, Hai Feng Wu, Yuan Wei, Wen Li Zhu
We used Smo siRNA to inhibit hedgehog signaling pathway in embryonic day (E) 13 palatal shelves in organ culture. SiRNA 4 was chosen as the most efficient from four synthesized Smo siRNAs. Palatal shelf fusion rate of 4 μg/mL cyclopamine group was the lowest and significantly lower than that of blank control group (P<0.05), and that of siRNA 4 group was also lower than that of blank control group (P=0.183). At 48 h after transfection, Smo protein level of siRNA 4 group was 64.8% lower than that of blank control group (P<0...
August 2016: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
Ippei Kikuchi, Atsushi Takahashi-Kanemitsu, Natsuki Sakiyama, Chao Tang, Pei-Jung Tang, Saori Noda, Kazuki Nakao, Hidetoshi Kassai, Toshiro Sato, Atsu Aiba, Masanori Hatakeyama
Evolutionally conserved Wnt, Hedgehog (Hh) and Notch morphogen pathways play essential roles in the development, homeostasis and pathogenesis of multicellular organisms. Nevertheless, mechanisms that intracellularly coordinate these signal inputs remain poorly understood. Here we found that parafibromin, a component of the PAF complex, competitively interacts with β-catenin and Gli1, thereby potentiating transactivation of Wnt- and Hh-target genes in a mutually exclusive manner. Parafibromin also binds to the Notch intracellular domain (NICD), enabling concerted activation of Wnt- and Notch-target genes...
September 21, 2016: Nature Communications
Ting Xu, Gaoli Xu, Zhiyuan Gu, Huiling Wu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the changes in hedgehog (Hh) expression and its possible effects on cartilage degeneration in adjuvant-induced temporomandibular joint osteoarthritis (TMJOA) of rats. METHODS: Forty-eight male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into experimental osteoarthritis (OA) and sham control groups. The bilateral TMJs of six rats from each group were harvested at three, seven, 14, and 28 days. Histological changes in condylar cartilage were assessed by hematoxylin and eosin, toluidine blue, and safranin O staining...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
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