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Roshni Patel, Meifang Zhu, Danielle M Robertson
OBJECTIVE: The human corneal epithelium expresses both the insulin-like growth factor type 1 receptor (IGF-1R) and the IGF-1R/insulin receptor (INSR) hybrid. Despite the previous identification of IGF-1 in human tear fluid, little is known regarding the regulation of IGF-1 in tear fluid and its role in corneal epithelial homeostasis. In the present study, we investigated the impact of biological parameters on the concentration of human tear levels of IGF-1. DESIGN: Tear levels of IGF-1 were measured in 41 healthy, human volunteers without any reported symptoms of dry eye...
February 6, 2018: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
Parul Mehta, Ramakant Kaushik, Karn Pratap Singh, Ankur Sharma, Manoj Kumar Singh, Manmohan Singh Chauhan, Prabhat Palta, Suresh Kumar Singla, Radhey Sham Manik
The aim of the present study was to compare transgenic cells, containing human insulin gene kept under the control of mammary gland-specific buffalo beta-lactoglobulin promoter, and their counterparts, that is, nontransgenic cells, for examining their potential for the production of embryos following somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). The gene construct was delivered into buffalo fetal fibroblasts (BFF) by nucleofection following which, the transfected cells were selected by culture in the presence of G418 for 3 weeks...
February 15, 2018: Cellular Reprogramming
Markus Linder, Manfred Hecking, Elisabeth Glitzner, Karin Zwerina, Martin Holcmann, Latifa Bakiri, Maria Grazia Ruocco, Jan Tuckermann, Georg Schett, Erwin F Wagner, Maria Sibilia
Mice deficient in epidermal growth factor receptor (Egfr -/- mice) are growth retarded and exhibit severe bone defects that are poorly understood. Here we show that EGFR-deficient mice are osteopenic and display impaired endochondral and intramembranous ossification resulting in irregular mineralization of their bones. This phenotype is recapitulated in mice lacking EGFR exclusively in osteoblasts, but not in mice lacking EGFR in osteoclasts indicating that osteoblasts are responsible for the bone phenotype...
February 14, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
Takako Kawanami, Tomoko Tanaka, Yuriko Hamaguchi, Takashi Nomiyama, Hajime Nawata, Tosihiko Yanase
We previously identified a novel selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM), S42, which does not stimulate prostate growth but has a beneficial effect on lipid metabolism. In the prostate cancer (PC) cell line LNCaP, S42 did not induce androgen receptor (AR) transactivation but antagonized 5α-dihydrotestosterone (DHT)-induced AR activation. Next, we investigated whether S42 suppresses the growth of PC cell lines. Basal growth of LNCaP cells was significantly suppressed by treatment with S42 compared with vehicle, as determined by cell counting and BrdU assays...
February 12, 2018: Endocrinology
Ashish Jain, Madhu B Anand-Srivastava
Hypertension is associated with vascular remodeling due to hyperproliferation and hypertrophy of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). Recently, we showed the implication of enhanced expression of Gqα and PLCβ1 proteins in hypertrophy of VSMCs from 16-week-old spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). The aim of this study was to investigate whether C-ANP4-23 , a natriuretic peptide receptor-C (NPR-C) ligand that was shown to inhibit vasoactive peptide-induced enhanced protein synthesis in A10 VSMC could also attenuate hypertrophy of VSMC isolated from rat model of cardiac hypertrophy and to further explore the possible involvement of Gqα/PLCβ1 proteins and ROS-mediated signaling in this effect...
February 2018: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
Jordan Rowlands, Vinicius Cruzat, Rodrigo Carlessi, Philip Newsholme
Pharmacological long lasting Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogues, such as Exendin-4, have become widely used diabetes therapies. Chronic GLP-1R stimulation has been linked to β-cell protection and these pro-survival actions of GLP-1 are dependent on the activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) leading to accumulation of Hypoxia inducible factor 1 alpha (HIF-1α). Recent studies from our lab indicate that prolonged GLP-1R stimulation promotes metabolic reprograming of β-cells towards a highly glycolytic phenotype and activation of the mTOR/HIF-1α pathway was required for this action...
February 2018: Peptides
Baohui Qi, Ying Yang, Huan He, Xupeng Yue, Yuting Zhou, Xing Zhou, Yuying Chen, Min Liu, Anmian Zhang, Fachang Wei
A total of 29 novel compounds bearing N1-(2-aryl-1, 3-thiazolidin-4-one)-N3-aryl ureas were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their biological activities. The structure-activity relationships (SARs) and binding modes of this series of compounds were clarified together. Compound 29b was identified possessing high potency against multi-tyrosine kinases including Ron, c-Met, c-Kit, KDR, Src and IGF-1R, etc. In vitro antiproliferation and cytotoxicity of compound 29b against A549 cancer cell line were confirmed by IncuCyte live-cell imaging...
January 27, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Laura Mezquita, David Planchard
Despite the advances in new targeted therapies in ALK positive population, most patients progress under ALK inhibitors within first 2 years; being the brain the most frequent site of relapse. ALK mutations, in ~30% of patients, are the main known mechanism of resistance. Classically, second-generation ALK inhibitors have been the standard of care in the crizotinib-resistant population; however, each ALK inhibitor has a different spectrum of sensitivity to ALK mutations, complicating the optimal treatment strategy for the resistant population...
2018: Cancer Management and Research
Guiyi Liao, Fangmin Chen, Jinbiao Zhong, Xinan Jiang
Bladder cancer is the most frequent malignancy of the urinary tract and the seventh most common cancer worldwide. The abnormal expression of microRNAs has been frequently observed in various types of human cancers, including bladder cancer. In addition, an increasing body of evidence has demonstrated that microRNAs are potential targets for cancer diagnosis, treatments and prognosis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the expression patterns and potential roles of microRNA‑539 (miR‑539) in bladder cancer and its underlying mechanism...
January 25, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Philip Earwaker, Caroline Anderson, Frances Willenbrock, Adrian L Harris, Andrew S Protheroe, Valentine M Macaulay
The outlook for patients with advanced renal cell cancer (RCC) has been improved by targeted agents including inhibitors of the PI3 kinase (PI3K)-AKT-mTOR axis, although treatment resistance is a major problem. Here, we aimed to understand how RCC cells acquire resistance to PI3K-mTOR inhibition. We used the RCC4 cell line to generate a model of in vitro resistance by continuous culture in PI3K-mTOR kinase inhibitor NVP-BEZ235 (BEZ235, Dactolisib). Resistant cells were cross-resistant to mTOR inhibitor AZD2014...
2018: PloS One
Yu Jiali, Da Jingjing, Dong Rong, Sun Yi, Nie Yingjie, Yu Fuxun, Zuo Lima, Zha Yan
contribution of high mobility group nucleosome-binding protein 1 (HMGN1)/ Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) pathway in diabetic nephropathy (DN). And as an intervention of the potential mechanism above, the insulin growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) inhibitor was examined for its therapeutic effect in the diabetic mice. METHOD: Male C57BL/6J mice were administered streptozotocin(STZ) to induce diabetes and thus divided into 5 groups: the untreated group (DN group), the benazepril-treated group (BEN-DN group), the insulin-treated group (INS-DN group) and the IGF-1R inhibitor-treated group (IGF-DN group)...
January 30, 2018: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
Douglas Yee
Early preclinical and population data suggested a role for the type I insulin-like growth factor receptor (IGF-1R) in the regulation of breast cancer growth and survival. To target this pathway, multiple monoclonal antibodies and tyrosine kinase inhibitors were developed and tested in clinical trials. While some of the early clinical trials suggested a benefit for these drugs, none of the attempts showed improved outcomes when compared to conventional therapy. This failure of the IGF-1R inhibitors was pronounced in breast cancer; multiple trials testing IGF-1R inhibition in estrogen receptor positive breast cancer were conducted, none showed benefit...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
Adriana María Belén Abiuso, María Luisa Varela, Luis Haro Durand, Marcos Besio Moreno, Alejandra Marcos, Roberto Ponzio, Marco Aurelio Rivarola, Alicia Belgorosky, Omar Pedro Pignataro, Esperanza Berensztein, Carolina Mondillo
Leydig-cell tumours (LCTs) are rare endocrine tumours of the testicular interstitium, with recent increased incidence. Symptoms include precocious puberty in children; and erectile dysfunction, infertility and/or gynaecomastia, in adults. So far, scientific evidence points to aromatase (CYP19) overexpression and excessive oestrogen and insulin-like growth factor (IGF) -1 production as responsible for Leydig-cell tumourigenesis. LCTs are usually benign; however, malignant LCTs respond poorly to chemo/radiotherapy, highlighting the need to identify novel targets for treatment...
January 19, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Qi Wang, Fenxi Zhang, Yan Hong
Human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUCMSCs) are able to secrete growth factors, such as hepatocyte growth factor, vascular endothelial growth factor and insulin‑like growth factor‑1 (IGF‑1). The secretion of these growth factors by transplanted hUCMSCs have been identified to stimulate the growth of the host cells in the target organs or tissues. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of autocrine IGF‑1 on cell viability of hUCMSCs. The expression levels of IGF‑1 and the IGF‑1 receptor (IGF‑1R) in hUCMSCs were identified using immunocytochemistry staining...
January 17, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Chuanzong Zhao, Qian Wang, Ben Wang, Qi Sun, Zhaobin He, Jianguo Hong, Florian Kuehn, Enyu Liu, Zongli Zhang
It has been reported that the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays an important role in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the relationship between the insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and EMT of HCC was not fully elucidated. In the present work, we found that the expression of N-cadherin, Vimentin, Snail1, Snail2, and Twist1 was positively associated with IGF-1R expression, while E-cadherin expression was negatively associated with IGF-1 expression in human HCC samples. Furthermore, we observed that IGF-1 up-regulated the expression of N-cadherin, Vimentin, Snail1, Snail2 and Twist1, and down-regulated the expression of E-cadherin...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
Priscila Mendes, Raquel Martinho, Sara Leite, Leonardo Maia-Moço, Adelino F Leite-Moreira, André P Lourenço, Mónica Moreira-Rodrigues
Adrenaline-deficient phenylethanolamine-N-methyltransferase-knockout mice (Pnmt-KO) have concentric heart remodeling and though their resting blood pressure is normal, it becomes higher during acute exercise. The aim of this study was to evaluate cardiac morphological, functional and molecular alterations after chronic exercise in adrenaline-deficient mice. Genotypes at the Pnmt locus were verified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) of ear samples of Pnmt-KO and wild-type (WT) mice. These mice were submitted to chronic exercise training during 6weeks...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Dalia Ali, Sarah Abuelreich, Nora Alkeraishan, Najla Bin Shwish, Rimi Hamam, Moustapha Kassem, Musaad Alfayez, Abdullah Aldahmash, Nehad M Alajez
Bone marrow adipocyte formation plays a role in bone homeostasis and whole body energy metabolism. However, the transcriptional landscape and signaling pathways associated with adipocyte lineage commitment and maturation are not fully delineated. Thus, we performed global gene expression profiling during adipocyte differentiation of human bone marrow stromal (mesenchymal) stem cells (hMSCs) and identified 2,589 upregulated and 2,583 down regulated mRNA transcripts. Pathway analysis on the upregulated gene list untraveled enrichment in multiple signaling pathways including insulin receptor signaling, focal Adhesion, metapathway  biotransformation, a number of metabolic pathways e...
January 3, 2018: Bioscience Reports
Min-Da Liu, Hong Wu, Song Wang, Pai Pang, Shan Jin, Chang-Fu Sun, Fa-Yu Liu
PURPOSE: miRNAs can play vital role in migration, invasion and proliferation in Squamous cell carcinoma of head and neck (SCCHN). In our study, we attempted to validate the expression and function of miR-1275 in SCCHN, and we also identified the mechanism by which miR-1275 affects migration, invasion and proliferation of SCCHN. METHODS: Real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was employed to evaluate the expression of miR-1275 in both SCCHN tissues and cell lines...
December 23, 2017: Gene
Rui Wei, Fei Yu, Jin Yang, Hongwei Gao, Haining Wang, Tianpei Hong
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ (PPARγ) is expressed in various types of human cancer cells including leukaemia cells, and activation of PPARγ can inhibit cancer cell growth. However, whether PPARγ is expressed in Jurkat cells, a human T-lymphocyte leukaemia cell line, and whether activation of PPARγ affects cell biological behaviours remains to be clarified. In this study, we investigated the effect of a PPARγ activator rosiglitazone, under clinically relevant pharmacological concentrations, on the growth and apoptosis of Jurkat cells in vitro and explored the possible mechanism...
December 23, 2017: Cell Biology International
Tian Shuang, Ming Fu, Guangdong Yang, Lingyun Wu, Rui Wang
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is mostly produced by cystathionine-gamma-lyase (CSE) in vascular system and it inhibits the proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), via its receptor (IGF-1R), exerts multiple physiological and pathophysiological effects on the vasculature, including stimulating SMC proliferation and migration, and inhibiting SMC apoptosis. Since H2S and IGF-1/IGF-1R have opposite effects on SMC proliferation, it becomes imperative to better understand the interaction of these two signaling mechanisms on SMC proliferation...
December 14, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
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