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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346614/crosstalk-between-transforming-growth-factor-beta-2-and-toll-like-receptor-4-in-the-trabecular-meshwork
#1
Humberto Hernandez, Wanda E Medina-Ortiz, Tomi Luan, Abbot F Clark, Colleen M McDowell
Purpose: The trabecular meshwork (TM) is involved in the outflow of aqueous humor and intraocular pressure (IOP) regulation. Regulation of the extracellular matrix (ECM) by TGFβ2 signaling pathways in the TM has been extensively studied. Recent evidence has implicated toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in the regulation of ECM and fibrogenesis in liver, kidney, lung, and skin. Here, we investigated the role of TGFβ2-TLR4 signaling crosstalk in the regulation of the ECM in the TM and ocular hypertension...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346493/aberrant-neuronal-activity-induced-signaling-and-gene-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-rasopathy
#2
Franziska Altmüller, Santosh Pothula, Anil Annamneedi, Saeideh Nakhei-Rad, Carolina Montenegro-Venegas, Eneko Pina-Fernández, Claudia Marini, Monica Santos, Denny Schanze, Dirk Montag, Mohammad R Ahmadian, Oliver Stork, Martin Zenker, Anna Fejtova
Noonan syndrome (NS) is characterized by reduced growth, craniofacial abnormalities, congenital heart defects, and variable cognitive deficits. NS belongs to the RASopathies, genetic conditions linked to mutations in components and regulators of the Ras signaling pathway. Approximately 50% of NS cases are caused by mutations in PTPN11. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying cognitive impairments in NS patients are still poorly understood. Here, we report the generation and characterization of a new conditional mouse strain that expresses the overactive Ptpn11D61Y allele only in the forebrain...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346477/disruption-of-sorcs2-reveals-differences-in-the-regulation-of-stereociliary-bundle-formation-between-hair-cell-types-in-the-inner-ear
#3
Andrew Forge, Ruth R Taylor, Sally J Dawson, Michael Lovett, Daniel J Jagger
Behavioural anomalies suggesting an inner ear disorder were observed in a colony of transgenic mice. Affected animals were profoundly deaf. Severe hair bundle defects were identified in all outer and inner hair cells (OHC, IHC) in the cochlea and in hair cells of vestibular macular organs, but hair cells in cristae were essentially unaffected. Evidence suggested the disorder was likely due to gene disruption by a randomly inserted transgene construct. Whole-genome sequencing identified interruption of the SorCS2 (Sortilin-related VPS-10 domain containing protein) locus...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346462/wnt-tcf1-pathway-restricts-embryonic-stem-cell-cycle-through-activation-of-the-ink4-arf-locus
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Anchel De Jaime-Soguero, Francesco Aulicino, Gokhan Ertaylan, Anna Griego, Aniello Cerrato, Aravind Tallam, Antonio Del Sol, Maria Pia Cosma, Frederic Lluis
Understanding the mechanisms regulating cell cycle, proliferation and potency of pluripotent stem cells guarantees their safe use in the clinic. Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) present a fast cell cycle with a short G1 phase. This is due to the lack of expression of cell cycle inhibitors, which ultimately determines naïve pluripotency by holding back differentiation. The canonical Wnt/β-catenin pathway controls mESC pluripotency via the Wnt-effector Tcf3. However, if the activity of the Wnt/β-catenin controls the cell cycle of mESCs remains unknown...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346439/hippo-signalling-governs-cytosolic-nucleic-acid-sensing-through-yap-taz-mediated-tbk1-blockade
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Qian Zhang, Fansen Meng, Shasha Chen, Steven W Plouffe, Shiying Wu, Shengduo Liu, Xinran Li, Ruyuan Zhou, Junxian Wang, Bin Zhao, Jianming Liu, Jun Qin, Jian Zou, Xin-Hua Feng, Kun-Liang Guan, Pinglong Xu
The Hippo pathway senses cellular conditions and regulates YAP/TAZ to control cellular and tissue homeostasis, while TBK1 is central for cytosolic nucleic acid sensing and antiviral defence. The correlation between cellular nutrient/physical status and host antiviral defence is interesting but not well understood. Here we find that YAP/TAZ act as natural inhibitors of TBK1 and are vital for antiviral physiology. Independent of transcriptional regulation and through the transactivation domain, YAP/TAZ associate directly with TBK1 and abolish virus-induced TBK1 activation, by preventing TBK1 Lys63-linked ubiquitylation and the binding of adaptors/substrates...
March 27, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346422/the-metastatic-suppressor-ndrg1-inhibits-emt-migration-and-invasion-through-interaction-and-promotion-of-caveolin-1-ubiquitylation-in-human-colorectal-cancer-cells
#6
L Mi, F Zhu, X Yang, J Lu, Y Zheng, Q Zhao, X Wen, A Lu, M Wang, M Zheng, J Ji, J Sun
N-myc downstream-regulated gene 1 (NDRG1) has been reported to act as a key regulatory molecule in tumor progression-related signaling pathways, especially in tumor metastasis. However, the related mechanism has not been fully discovered yet. Herein we demonstrated that the novel molecule of cell migration and invasion, caveolin-1, has direct interaction with NDRG1 in human colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. Moreover, we discovered that NDRG1 reduces caveolin-1 protein expression through promoting its ubiquitylation and subsequent degradation via the proteasome in CRC cells...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346420/hepatic-cyclooxygenase-2-overexpression-induced-spontaneous-hepatocellular-carcinoma-formation-in-mice
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H Chen, W Cai, E S H Chu, J Tang, C-C Wong, S H Wong, W Sun, Q Liang, J Fang, Z Sun, J Yu
Cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 is upregulated in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the direct causative effect of COX-2 in spontaneous HCC formation remains unknown. We thus investigate the role and molecular pathogenesis of COX-2 in HCC by using liver-specific COX-2 transgenic (TG) mice. We found spontaneous HCC formation with elevated inflammatory infiltrates and neovessels in male TG mice (3/21, 14.3%), but not in any of male WT mice (0/19). Reduced representation bisulfite sequencing (RRBS) and gene expression microarrays were performed in the HCC tumor and non-HCC liver tissues to investigate the molecular mechanisms of COX-2-driven HCC...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346397/the-process-and-regulatory-components-of-inflammation-in-brain-oncogenesis
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REVIEW
A G M Mostofa, Surendra R Punganuru, Hanumantha Rao Madala, Mohammad Al-Obaide, Kalkunte S Srivenugopal
Central nervous system tumors comprising the primary cancers and brain metastases remain the most lethal neoplasms and challenging to treat. Substantial evidence points to a paramount role for inflammation in the pathology leading to gliomagenesis, malignant progression and tumor aggressiveness in the central nervous system (CNS) microenvironment. This review summarizes the salient contributions of oxidative stress, interleukins, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), cyclooxygenases, and transcription factors such as signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B-cells (NF-κB) and the associated cross-talks to the inflammatory signaling in CNS cancers...
March 27, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346394/engineered-resistant-starch-ers-diet-shapes-colon-microbiota-profile-in-parallel-with-the-retardation-of-tumor-growth-in-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-pancreatic-cancer-models
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Concetta Panebianco, Kaarel Adamberg, Signe Adamberg, Chiara Saracino, Madis Jaagura, Kaia Kolk, Anna Grazia Di Chio, Paolo Graziano, Raivo Vilu, Valerio Pazienza
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Pancreatic cancer (PC) is ranked as the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. Despite recent advances in treatment options, a modest impact on the outcome of the disease is observed so far. We have previously demonstrated that short-term fasting cycles have the potential to improve the efficacy of chemotherapy against PC. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of an engineered resistant-starch (ERS) mimicking diet on the growth of cancer cell lines in vitro, on the composition of fecal microbiota, and on tumor growth in an in vivo pancreatic cancer mouse xenograft model...
March 27, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346354/anti-inflammatory-properties-of-irisin-mediator-of-physical-activity-are-connected-with-tlr4-myd88-signaling-pathway-activation
#10
Agnieszka Irena Mazur-Bialy, Ewa Pocheć, Marcin Zarawski
Irisin, an adipomiokine known as a mediator of physical activity, induces the browning of adipose tissue and it has potentially protective properties in the development of obesity-related states, such as insulin resistance, arteriosclerosis, and type 2 diabetes. Despite numerous studies conducted on this factor, still little is known about its impact on the functioning of immunocompetent cells, but its potential anti-inflammatory properties were previously suggested. In the current study we investigated the role of irisin (0-100 nM) in the downstream pathway activation of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in RAW 264...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346237/current-and-future-pharmacologic-treatment-of-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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Bubu A Banini, Arun J Sanyal
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), the aggressive form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), can progress to cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer in 5-15% of patients and is rapidly becoming the leading cause for end-stage liver disease. Dietary caloric restriction and exercise, currently the cornerstone of therapy for NAFLD, can be difficult to achieve and maintain, underscoring the dire need for pharmacotherapy. This review presents the agents currently used in managing NAFLD and their pharmacologic targets...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346224/mutant-%C3%AE-2-chimaerin-signals-via-bidirectional-ephrin-pathways-in-duane-retraction-syndrome
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Alicia A Nugent, Jong G Park, Yan Wei, Alan P Tenney, Nicole M Gilette, Michelle M DeLisle, Wai-Man Chan, Long Cheng, Elizabeth C Engle
Duane retraction syndrome (DRS) is the most common form of congenital paralytic strabismus in humans and can result from α2-chimaerin (CHN1) missense mutations. We report a knockin α2-chimaerin mouse (Chn1KI/KI) that models DRS. Whole embryo imaging of Chn1KI/KI mice revealed stalled abducens nerve growth and selective trochlear and first cervical spinal nerve guidance abnormalities. Stalled abducens nerve bundles did not reach the orbit, resulting in secondary aberrant misinnervation of the lateral rectus muscle by the oculomotor nerve...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346099/development-of-novel-cell-lines-for-high-throughput-screening-to-detect-estrogen-related-receptor-alpha-modulators
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Christina T Teng, Jui-Hua Hsieh, Jinghua Zhao, Ruili Huang, Menghang Xia, Negin Martin, Xiaohua Gao, Darlene Dixon, Scott S Auerbach, Kristine L Witt, B Alex Merrick
Estrogen-related receptor alpha (ERRα), the first orphan nuclear receptor discovered, is crucial for the control of cellular energy metabolism. ERRα and its coactivator, peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1-alpha (PGC-1α), are required for rapid energy production in response to environmental challenges. They have been implicated in the etiology of metabolic disorders such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. ERRα also plays a role in the pathogenesis of breast cancer. Identification of compounds that modulate ERRα signaling may elucidate environmental factors associated with these diseases...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346015/the-role-of-exosomes-derived-from-cerebrospinal-fluid-of-spinal-cord-injury-in-neuron-proliferation-in-vitro
#14
Fan-Long Kong, Xiao-Ping Wang, Ya-Nan Li, Hai-Xu Wang
Exosomes is a key component of cell paracrine secretion and can exert important effects in various disease models. However, the role of exosomes in neuron repair of spinal cord injury (SCI) has rarely been reported. In this study, Exosomes were isolated from cerebrospinal fluid of SCI and normal, and incubated neuron in vitro respectively to research its biological function in cell proliferation. The results demonstrated these exosomes all expressed CD9, CD63, CD81, Alix and Tsg101; however, only exosomes derived from cerebrospinal fluid of SCI could promote proliferation of neuron via ERK signaling pathway, and decrease cell apoptosis...
March 27, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346008/wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-is-required-for-distraction-osteogenesis-in-rats
#15
Xuemei Wang, En Luo, Ruiye Bi, Bin Ye, Jing Hu, Shujuan Zou
OVERVIEW: The Wnt signaling pathway plays crucial roles in embryonic skeletal development and postnatal bone regeneration. However, mechanisms of Wnt signaling functioning in distraction osteogenesis (DO) haven't been well characterized. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We established a DO model using Sprague-Dawley rat tibia. And a Wnt signaling blocking agent, recombinant rat Dickkopf-related protein 1 (rrDkk1), was locally applied in the distracted gap to study the role of Wnt signaling during DO process...
March 1, 2017: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345832/metformin-inhibits-migration-and-invasion-of-cholangiocarcinoma-cells
#16
Son Xuan Trinh, Huyen Thi Bich Nguyen, Kween Saimuang, Virapong Prachayasittikul, Waraporn Chan On
Background: Metformin is an oral anti-diabetic agent that has been widely prescribed for treatment of type II diabetes. Anti-cancer properties of metformin have been revealed for numerous human malignancies including cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) with anti-proliferative effects in vitro. However, effects on CCA cell migration and invasion have not been fully investigated. The present study aimed to explore the inhibitory effects of metformin on motility, migration and invasion of the CCA cell line HuCCT1, and examine molecular mechanisms underlying metformin effects...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345781/apoptotic-pathways-of-macrophages-within-osteolytic-interface-membrane-in-periprosthestic-osteolysis-after-total-hip-replacement
#17
Guoyin Liu, Ting Guo, Yong Zhang, Naicheng Liu, Jiangning Chen, Jianmin Chen, Junfeng Zhang, Jianning Zhao
Macrophage apoptosis in interface membrane, which occurs through either death receptor, mitochondrion, or endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress pathways, has been suggested to play an important role in promoting osteolysis. However, how and why macrophage apoptosis originates and the correlation among these apoptotic pathways is not yet clear. The objective of this study was to identify the apoptotic mechanism of macrophages, and to explore the relationship between the apoptotic pathways and progression of osteolysis...
March 27, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345770/effect-of-1-25-oh-2-d3-and-20-oh-d3-on-interleukin-1%C3%AE-stimulated-interleukin-6-and-8-production-by-human-gingival-fibroblasts
#18
V Nakashyan, D A Tipton, A Karydis, R Livada, S H Stein
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Vitamin D-1,25(OH)2 D3 or 1,25D3-maintains healthy osseous tissue, stimulates the production of the antimicrobial peptide cathelicidin and has anti-inflammatory effects, but it can cause hypercalcemia. Evidence links diminished serum levels of 1,25D3 with increased gingival inflammation. Periodontitis progression is associated with increased local production of inflammatory mediators by immune cells and gingival fibroblasts. These include interleukin (IL)-6, a regulator of osteoclastic bone resorption, and the neutrophil chemoattractant IL-8, both regulated by signaling pathways, including NF-κB and MAPK/AP-1...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345768/mycophenolate-mofetil-and-rapamycin-induce-apoptosis-in-the-human-monocytic-u937-cell-line-through-two-different-pathways
#19
Maxime Nowak, Sylviane Tardivel, Thao Nguyen-Khoa, Sonia Abreu, Fatima Allaoui, Natalie Fournier, Pierre Chaminade, Jean-Louis Paul, Bernard Lacour
Transplant vasculopathy may be considered as an accelerated form of atherosclerosis resulting in chronic rejection of vascularized allografts. After organ transplantation, a diffuse intimal thickening is observed, leading to the development of an atherosclerosis plaque due to a significant monocyte infiltration. This results from a chronic inflammatory process induced by the immune response. In this study, we investigated the impact of two immunosuppressive drugs used in therapy initiated after organ transplantation, mycophenolate mofetil and rapamycin, on the apoptotic response of monocytes induced or not by oxidized LDL...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345670/domain-dependent-effects-of-insulin-and-igf-1-receptors-on-signalling-and-gene-expression
#20
Weikang Cai, Masaji Sakaguchi, Andre Kleinridders, Gonzalo Gonzalez-Del Pino, Jonathan M Dreyfuss, Brian T O'Neill, Alfred K Ramirez, Hui Pan, Jonathon N Winnay, Jeremie Boucher, Michael J Eck, C Ronald Kahn
Despite a high degree of homology, insulin receptor (IR) and IGF-1 receptor (IGF1R) mediate distinct cellular and physiological functions. Here, we demonstrate how domain differences between IR and IGF1R contribute to the distinct functions of these receptors using chimeric and site-mutated receptors. Receptors with the intracellular domain of IGF1R show increased activation of Shc and Gab-1 and more potent regulation of genes involved in proliferation, corresponding to their higher mitogenic activity. Conversely, receptors with the intracellular domain of IR display higher IRS-1 phosphorylation, stronger regulation of genes in metabolic pathways and more dramatic glycolytic responses to hormonal stimulation...
March 27, 2017: Nature Communications
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