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Renato José Mendonça Natalino, Célia Beatriz Gianotti Antoneli, Karina de Cássia Braga Ribeiro, Antônio Hugo José Fróes Marques Campos, Fernando Augusto Soares
Retinoblastoma is the most common intraocular malignant neoplasia during childhood and results from the partial or total inactivity of the retinoblastoma protein (pRb). In the absence of pRb, the E2F transcription factors increase the levels of cell cycle proteins as well as some pro-apoptotic proteins. We intended to study the immunohistochemistry profile of apoptotic-related proteins in retinoblastoma. We also evaluated the association between the expression of apoptotic protein and stage of tumor or survivor after a 5year follow up...
September 22, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
Hanna Kędzierska, Piotr Popławski, Grażyna Hoser, Beata Rybicka, Katarzyna Rodzik, Elżbieta Sokół, Joanna Bogusławska, Zbigniew Tański, Anna Fogtman, Marta Koblowska, Agnieszka Piekiełko-Witkowska
Serine and arginine rich splicing factor 2(SRSF2) belongs to the serine/arginine (SR)-rich family of proteins that regulate alternative splicing. Previous studies suggested that SRSF2 can contribute to carcinogenic processes. Clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is the most common subtype of kidney cancer, highly aggressive and difficult to treat, mainly due to resistance to apoptosis. In this study we hypothesized that SRSF2 contributes to the regulation of apoptosis in ccRCC. Using tissue samples obtained from ccRCC patients, as well as independent validation on The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) data, we demonstrate for the first time that expression of SRSF2 is decreased in ccRCC tumours when compared to non-tumorous control tissues...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Yangbai Sun, Nengbin He, Yang Dong, Chaoyin Jiang
Emerging evidence shows that microRNAs (miRNAs) act as critical regulators in the progression and chemoresistance of multiple tumors, including osteosarcoma (OS). In this study, we found that the level of miR-24 was increased in OS patients' serum, tumor tissues and OS cell lines. Furthermore, we found that knockdown of miR-24 by its specific inhibitors significantly increased the therapeutic effect of doxorubicin (DOX) on OS cell lines (MG-63 and HOS). Moreover, miR-24 inhibitors resensitized the doxorubicin-resistant MG-63 cells (MG-63/R) and HOS cells (HOS/R) to DOX...
September 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
Silvia Grancara, Shinji Ohkubo, Marco Artico, Mauro Ciccariello, Sabrina Manente, Marcantonio Bragadin, Antonio Toninello, Enzo Agostinelli
Mitochondria represent cell "powerhouses," being involved in energy transduction from the electrochemical gradient to ATP synthesis. The morphology of their cell types may change, according to various metabolic processes or osmotic pressure. A new morphology of the inner membrane and mitochondrial cristae, significantly different from the previous one, has been proposed for the inner membrane and mitochondrial cristae, based on the technique of electron tomography. Mitochondrial Ca(2+) transport (the transporter has been isolated) generates reactive oxygen species and induces the mitochondrial permeability transition of both inner and outer mitochondrial membranes, leading to induction of necrosis and apoptosis...
October 2016: Amino Acids
Mohamed El-Mesery, Mohamed E Shaker, Abdelaziz Elgaml
The inhibitors of apoptosis proteins are implicated in promoting cancer cells survival and resistance toward immune surveillance and chemotherapy. Second mitochondria-derived activator of caspases (SMAC) mimetics are novel compounds developed to mimic the inhibitory effect of the endogenous SMAC/DIABLO on these IAPs. Here, we examined the potential effects of the novel SMAC mimetic BV6 on different human cancer cell lines. Our results indicated that BV6 was able to induce cell death in different human cancer cell lines...
July 27, 2016: Experimental Biology and Medicine
N J O'Farrell, R Feighery, S L Picardo, N Lynam-Lennon, M Biniecka, S A McGarrigle, J J Phelan, F MacCarthy, D O'Toole, E J Fox, N Ravi, J V Reynolds, J O'Sullivan
BACKGROUND: Barrett's esophagus follows the classic step-wise progression of metaplasia-dysplasia-adenocarcinoma. While Barrett's esophagus is a leading known risk factor for esophageal adenocarcinoma, the pathogenesis of this disease sequence is poorly understood. Mitochondria are highly susceptible to mutations due to high levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) coupled with low levels of DNA repair. The timing and levels of mitochondria instability and dysfunction across the Barrett's disease progression is under studied...
2016: BMC Cancer
Julie Grasset, Élodie Ollivier, Bérénice Bougas, Glenn Yannic, Peter G C Campbell, Louis Bernatchez, Patrice Couture
In this study, we measured the effects of temperature (9°C, 20°C, and 28°C), metal contamination (cadmium and nickel) and their interaction on yellow perch (Perca flavescens) using liver enzymatic and transcriptomic endpoints and biometric indices. Kidney metal concentrations increased with a rise of temperature. The biometric indices analysed (Fulton condition factor, pyloric cæca, hepatosomatic and gonadosomatic indices) generally decreased with an increase of temperature but not with metal contamination...
August 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
Kyoung Jin Nho, Jin Mi Chun, Ho Kyoung Kim
Timosaponin A-III (TSA-III), a saponin isolated from the rhizome of Anemarrhena asphodeloides, exhibits potent cytotoxicity and has the potential to be developed as an anticancer agent. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the anticancer activity of TSA-III has not been fully elucidated. In this study, the apoptotic effects of TSA-III were investigated in HepG2 cells. Treatment with TSA-III significantly inhibited cell growth in a concentration- and time-dependent manner by inducing apoptosis in HepG2 cells...
July 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Niveen Madi, Mohammed Dany, Salah Abdoun, Julnar Usta
INTRODUCTION: Moringa oleifera (MO) is an important dietary component for many populations in West Africa and the Indian subcontinent. In addition to its highly nutritious value, almost all parts of this plant have been widely used in folk medicine in curing infectious, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, hepatic, and other diseases. Evidence-based research supported its versatile medicinal properties; however, more rigorous research is required to establish it in cancer therapy. As such, in this study we aim to investigate the in vitro anticancerous effect of Moringa oleifera's aqueous leaf extract...
June 17, 2016: Journal of the American College of Nutrition
Federica Frezzato, Benedetta Accordi, Valentina Trimarco, Cristina Gattazzo, Veronica Martini, Gloria Milani, Silvia Bresolin, Filippo Severin, Andrea Visentin, Giuseppe Basso, Gianpietro Semenzato, Livio Trentin
B cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is characterized by the accumulation of B lymphocytes from proliferative activity and apoptosis resistance. The increased awareness of the importance of B cell receptor signaling in CLL has raised new opportunities for targeted intervention. Herein, we describe a study performed with the high-throughput RPPA (reverse phase protein array) technique, which allowed us to simultaneously study different molecules in a large series of patients. We analyzed B lymphocytes from 57 patients with CLL and 11 healthy subjects...
June 16, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Julien Broséus, Gaili Chen, Sébastien Hergalant, Gérard Ramstein, Nicolas Mounier, Jean-Louis Guéant, Pierre Feugier, Christian Gisselbrecht, Catherine Thieblemont, Rémi Houlgatte
Despite major advances in first-line treatment, a significant proportion of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) will experience treatment failure. Prognosis is particularly poor for relapses occurring less than one year after the end of first-line treatment (early relapses/ER) compared to those occurring more than one year after (late relapses/LR). To better understand genomic alterations underlying the delay of relapse, we identified copy number variations (CNVs) on 39 tumor samples from a homogeneous series of patients included in the Collaborative Trial in Relapsed Aggressive Lymphoma (CORAL) prospective study...
June 2, 2016: Oncotarget
Hanna Mandel, Shotaro Saita, Simon Edvardson, Chaim Jalas, Avraham Shaag, Dorit Goldsher, Euvgeni Vlodavsky, Thomas Langer, Orly Elpeleg
BACKGROUND: Cell survival critically depends on the integrity of mitochondria, which play a pivotal role during apoptosis. Extensive mitochondrial damage promotes release of pro-apoptotic factors from the intermembrane space of mitochondria. Released mitochondrial proteins include Smac/DIABLO and HTRA2/Omi, which inhibit the cytosolic E3 ubiquitin ligase XIAP and other inhibitors of apoptosis proteins. AIMS: Here we investigated the cause of extreme hypertonia at birth, alternating with hypotonia, with the subsequent appearance of extrapyramidal symptoms, lack of psychomotor development, microcephaly, intractable seizures and early death in four patients from two unrelated families...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Genetics
Gabriela Brumatti, Chunyan Ma, Najoua Lalaoui, Nhu-Y Nguyen, Mario Navarro, Maria C Tanzer, Jennifer Richmond, Margherita Ghisi, Jessica M Salmon, Natasha Silke, Giovanna Pomilio, Stefan P Glaser, Elisha de Valle, Raffi Gugasyan, Mark A Gurthridge, Stephen M Condon, Ricky W Johnstone, Richard Lock, Guy Salvesen, Andrew Wei, David L Vaux, Paul G Ekert, John Silke
Resistance to chemotherapy is a major problem in cancer treatment, and it is frequently associated with failure of tumor cells to undergo apoptosis. Birinapant, a clinical SMAC mimetic, had been designed to mimic the interaction between inhibitor of apoptosis proteins (IAPs) and SMAC/Diablo, thereby relieving IAP-mediated caspase inhibition and promoting apoptosis of cancer cells. We show that acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells are sensitive to birinapant-induced death and that the clinical caspase inhibitor emricasan/IDN-6556 augments, rather than prevents, killing by birinapant...
May 18, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
Johanna Falkenhorst, Susanne Grunewald, Thomas Mühlenberg, Adrian Marino-Enriquez, Anna-Carina Reis, Christopher Corless, Michael Heinrich, Jürgen Treckmann, Lars Erik Podleska, Martin Schuler, Jonathan Alfred Fletcher, Sebastian Bauer
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) exhibit a strong oncogenic dependency on KIT and KIT inhibitors confer long lasting disease stabilization in the majority of patients. Nonetheless, KIT inhibition alone does not cure GIST as a subset of GIST cells evade apoptosis and eventually develop resistance. Inhibitors of Apoptosis Proteins (IAPs) may confer resistance to drug-induced apoptosis. We observed that the mRNA and protein of IAPs XIAP (BIRC4) and survivin (BIRC5) were highly expressed in primary GIST tumors and cell line models...
May 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Tasleem Arif, Yakov Krelin, Varda Shoshan-Barmatz
Proteins initially identified as essential for apoptosis also mediate a wide range of non-apoptotic functions that include cell cycle progression, differentiation and metabolism. As this phenomenon was mostly reported with non-cancer cells, we considered non-conventional roles for the apoptotic machinery in the cancer setting. We found that treating glioblastoma (GBM) tumors with siRNA against VDAC1, a mitochondrial protein found at the crossroads of metabolic and survival pathways and involved in apoptosis, inhibited tumor growth while leading to differentiation of tumor cells into neuronal-like cells, as reflected in the expression of specific markers...
August 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Lee Admoni-Elisha, Itay Nakdimon, Anna Shteinfer, Tal Prezma, Tasleem Arif, Nir Arbel, Anna Melkov, Ori Zelichov, Itai Levi, Varda Shoshan-Barmatz
In many cancers, cells undergo re-programming of metabolism, cell survival and anti-apoptotic defense strategies, with the proteins mediating this reprogramming representing potential biomarkers. Here, we searched for novel biomarker proteins in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) that can impact diagnosis, treatment and prognosis by comparing the protein expression profiles of peripheral blood mononuclear cells from CLL patients and healthy donors using specific antibodies, mass spectrometry and binary logistic regression analyses and other bioinformatics tools...
2016: PloS One
Charlette Tiloke, Alisa Phulukdaree, Anil A Chuturgoon
Esophageal cancer (EC) is commonly diagnosed in South Africa (SA), with high incidences occurring in SA's black population. Moringa oleifera (MO), a multipurpose tree, is used traditionally for its nutritional and medicinal properties. It has been used for the treatment of a variety of ailments, including cancer. We investigated the antiproliferative effect of MO crude aqueous leaf extract (MOE) on a cancerous esophageal cell line (SNO). SNO cells were exposed to a range of MOE dilutions to evaluate cytotoxicity (MTT assay)...
April 2016: Journal of Medicinal Food
Jacques A J Malherbe, Kathryn A Fuller, Bob Mirzai, Simon Kavanagh, Chi-Chiu So, Ho-Wan Ip, Belinda B Guo, Cecily Forsyth, Rebecca Howman, Wendy N Erber
AIMS: Megakaryocyte expansion in myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) is due to uncontrolled proliferation accompanied by dysregulation of proapoptotic and antiapoptotic mechanisms. Here we have investigated the intrinsic and extrinsic apoptotic pathways of megakaryocytes in human MPNs to further define the mechanisms involved. METHODS: The megakaryocytic expression of proapoptotic caspase-8, caspase-9, Diablo, p53 and antiapoptotic survivin proteins was investigated in bone marrow specimens of the MPNs (n=145) and controls (n=15) using immunohistochemistry...
April 8, 2016: Journal of Clinical Pathology
C A Lareau, B C White, A L Oberg, R B Kennedy, G A Poland, B A McKinney
Expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) studies have functionalized nucleic acid variants through the regulation of gene expression. Although most eQTL studies only examine the effects of single variants on transcription, a more complex process of variant-variant interaction (epistasis) may regulate transcription. Herein, we describe a tool called interaction QTL (iQTL) designed to efficiently detect epistatic interactions that regulate gene expression. To maximize biological relevance and minimize the computational and hypothesis testing burden, iQTL restricts interactions such that one variant is within a user-defined proximity of the transcript (cis-regulatory)...
June 2016: Genes and Immunity
Gui-Mei Kong, Wen-Hua Tao, Ya-Li Diao, Peng-Hua Fang, Ji-Jun Wang, Ping Bo, Feng Qian
AIM: To investigate the apoptotic effects of melittin on SGC-7901 cells via activation of the mitochondrial signaling pathway in vitro. METHODS: SGC-7901 cells were stimulated by melittin, and its effect on proliferation and apoptosis of was investigated by methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium assay, morphologic structure with transmission electron microscopy, annexin-V/propidium iodide double-staining assay, measuring mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP) levels, and analyzing reactive oxygen species (ROS) concentrations were analyzed by flow cytometry...
March 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
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