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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092677/wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-regulates-mitochondrial-activity-to-alter-the-oncogenic-potential-of-melanoma-in-a-pten-dependent-manner
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K Brown, P Yang, D Salvador, R Kulikauskas, H Ruohola-Baker, A M Robitaille, A J Chien, R T Moon, V Sherwood
Aberrant regulation of WNT/β-catenin signaling has a crucial role in the onset and progression of cancers, where the effects are not always predictable depending on tumor context. In melanoma, for example, models of the disease predict differing effects of the WNT/β-catenin pathway on metastatic progression. Understanding the processes that underpin the highly context-dependent nature of WNT/β-catenin signaling in tumors is essential to achieve maximal therapeutic benefit from WNT inhibitory compounds. In this study, we have found that expression of the tumor suppressor, phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN), alters the invasive potential of melanoma cells in response to WNT/β-catenin signaling, correlating with differing metabolic profiles...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090567/the-rna-polymerase-iii-subunit-polr3b-is-required-for-the-maintenance-of-small-intestinal-crypts-in-mice
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Julia Kieckhaefer, Sabina Lukovac, Diana Z Ye, Dolim Lee, Danielle J Beetler, Michael Pack, Klaus H Kaestner
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The continuously self-renewing mammalian intestinal epithelium, with high cellular turnover, depends on adequate protein synthesis for its proliferative capacity. RNA polymerase III activity is closely related to cellular growth and proliferation. Here, we studied the role of Polr3b, a large RNA polymerase III subunit, in the mammalian intestinal epithelium. METHODS: We derived mice with an intestinal epithelium-specific hypomorphic mutation of the Polr3b gene, using VillinCre-mediated gene ablation...
November 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090074/targeting-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-by-anthelmintic-drug-pyrvinium-enhances-sensitivity-of-ovarian-cancer-cells-to-chemotherapy
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Chongyuan Zhang, Zhenge Zhang, Shuirong Zhang, Wenrong Wang, Ping Hu
BACKGROUND Aberrant activation of Wnt/β-catenin has been shown to promote ovarian cancer proliferation and chemoresistance. Pyrvinium, an FDA-approved anthelmintic drug, has been identified as a potent Wnt inhibitor. Pyrvinium may sensitize ovarian cancer cells to chemotherapy. MATERIAL AND METHODS The effect of pyrvinium alone and its combination with paclitaxel in ovarian cancer was investigated using an in vitro culture system and in vivo xenograft models. The mechanisms of its action were also analyzed, focusing on the Wnt/β-catenin pathway...
January 16, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089670/in%C3%A2-vitro-propagation-and-branching-morphogenesis-from-single-ureteric-bud%C3%A2-cells
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Shunsuke Yuri, Masaki Nishikawa, Naomi Yanagawa, Oak D Jo, Norimoto Yanagawa
A method to maintain and rebuild ureteric bud (UB)-like structures from UB cells in vitro could provide a useful tool for kidney regeneration. We aimed in our present study to establish a serum-free culture system that enables the expansion of UB progenitor cells, i.e., UB tip cells, and reconstruction of UB-like structures. We found that fibroblast growth factors or retinoic acid (RA) was sufficient for the survival of UB cells in serum-free condition, while the proliferation and maintenance of UB tip cells required glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor together with signaling from either WNT-β-catenin pathway or RA...
January 5, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088671/melatonin-attenuates-titanium-particle-induced-osteolysis-via-activation-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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Zichuan Ping, Xuanyang Hu, Liangliang Wang, Jiawei Shi, Yunxia Tao, Xiexing Wu, Zhenyang Hou, Xiaobin Guo, Wen Zhang, Huilin Yang, Yaozeng Xu, Zhirong Wang, Dechun Geng
: Wear debris-induced inhibition of bone regeneration and extensive bone resorption were common features in peri-prosthetic osteolysis (PPO). Here, we investigated the effect of melatonin on titanium particle-stimulated osteolysis in a murine calvariae model and mouse-mesenchymal-stem cells (mMSCs) culture system. Melatonin inhibited titanium particle-induced osteolysis and increased bone formation at osteolytic sites, confirmed by radiological and histomorphometric data. Furthermore, osteoclast numbers decreased dramatically in the low- and high-melatonin administration mice, as respectively, compared with the untreated animals...
January 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088670/fibrin-hydrogels-induce-mixed-dorsal-ventral-spinal-neuron-identities-during-differentiation-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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John M Edgar, Meghan Robinson, Stephanie M Willerth
: We hypothesized that generating spinal motor neurons (sMNs) from human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived neural aggregates (NAs) using a chemically-defined differentiation protocol would be more effective inside of 3D fibrin hydrogels compared to 2D poly-L-ornithine(PLO)/laminin-coated tissue culture plastic surfaces. We performed targeted RNA-Seq using next generation sequencing to determine the substrate-specific differences in gene expression that regulate cell phenotype...
January 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088346/msi1-promotes-tumor-progression-by-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-cervical-cancer
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Pijun Gong, Yidong Wang, Yane Gao, Mei Gao, Lixia Liu, Ping Qu, Xinxing Jin, Qing Gao
Musashi1 (Msi1) is an RNA-binding protein that has been reported to be a pivotal regulator in tumorigenesis and progression in several cancers. However, its function and mechanism in cervical cancer is still unknown. In this study, Msi1 expression was found elevated in cervical cancers by immunohistochemistry and correlated with poor outcomes. Then, endogenous Msi1 was silenced in cervical cancer cell lines by short hairpin RNA (shRNA), and its function and mechanism were determined. The results showed that the silencing of Msi1 in SiHa and HeLa cells inhibited the cells' migratory and invasive abilities in vitro and tumor progression in vivo...
January 11, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086904/the-lncrna-crnde-promotes-colorectal-cancer-cell-proliferation-and-chemoresistance-via-mir-181a-5p-mediated-regulation-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Peng Han, Jing-Wen Li, Bo-Miao Zhang, Jia-Chen Lv, Yong-Min Li, Xin-Yue Gu, Zhi-Wei Yu, Yun-He Jia, Xue-Feng Bai, Li Li, Yan-Long Liu, Bin-Bin Cui
BACKGROUND: With more than 600,000 mortalities each year, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most commonly diagnosed type of cancer worldwide. Recently, mechanisms involving noncoding RNAs have been implicated in the development of CRC. METHODS: We examined expression levels of lncRNA CRNDE and miR-181a-5p in 64 cases of CRC tissues and cell lines by qRT-PCR. Gain-of-function and loss-of-function assays were performed to examine the effect of CRNDE and miR-181a-5p on proliferation and chemoresistance of CRC cells...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081224/resveratrol-impairs-glioma-stem-cells-proliferation-and-motility-by-modulating-the-wnt-signaling-pathway
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Chiara Cilibrasi, Gabriele Riva, Gabriele Romano, Massimiliano Cadamuro, Riccardo Bazzoni, Valentina Butta, Laura Paoletta, Leda Dalprà, Mario Strazzabosco, Marialuisa Lavitrano, Roberto Giovannoni, Angela Bentivegna
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a grade IV astrocytoma and the most common form of malignant brain tumor in adults. GBM remains one of the most fatal and least successfully treated solid tumors: current therapies provide a median survival of 12-15 months after diagnosis, due to the high recurrence rate. Glioma Stem Cells (GSCs) are believed to be the real driving force of tumor initiation, progression and relapse. Therefore, better therapeutic strategies GSCs-targeted are needed. Resveratrol is a polyphenolic phytoalexin found in fruits and vegetables displaying pleiotropic health benefits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078320/lgr4-and-lgr5-function-redundantly-during-human-endoderm-differentiation
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Yu-Hwai Tsai, David R Hill, Namit Kumar, Sha Huang, Alana M Chin, Briana R Dye, Melinda S Nagy, Michael P Verzi, Jason R Spence
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The Lgr family of transmembrane proteins (Lgr4, 5, 6) act as functional receptors for R-spondin proteins (Rspo 1, 2, 3, 4), and potentiate Wnt signaling in different contexts. Lgr5 is arguably the best characterized of the Lgr family members in a number of adult and embryonic contexts in mice. However, the function of LGR family members in early embryonic development is unclear, and has not been explored during human development or tissue differentiation in detail. METHODS: We interrogated the function and expression of LGR family members using human pluripotent stem cell-derived tissues including definitive endoderm, mid/hindgut, and intestinal organoids...
September 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077784/identification-and-characterization-of-hpv-independent-cervical-cancers
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Carolyn E Banister, Changlong Liu, Lucia Pirisi, Kim E Creek, Phillip J Buckhaults
BACKGROUND: Human papillomavirus (HPV) initiates cervical cancer, and continuous expression of HPV oncogenes E6 and E7 is thought to be necessary to maintain malignant growth. Current therapies target proliferating cells, rather than specific pathways, and most experimental therapies specifically target E6/E7. We investigated the presence and expression of HPV in cervical cancer, to correlate HPV oncogene expression with clinical and molecular features of these tumors that may be relevant to new targeted therapies...
January 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077724/trem2-promotes-microglial-survival-by-activating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
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Honghua Zheng, Lin Jia, Chia-Chen Liu, Zhouyi Rong Li Zhong, Longyu Yang, Xiao-Fen Chen, John D Fryer, Xin Wang, Yun-Wu Zhang, Huaxi Xu, Guojun Bu
: Triggering Receptor Expressed on Myeloid cells 2 (TREM2), expressed on myeloid cells including microglia in the central nervous system (CNS), has recently been identified as a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease (AD). TREM2 transmits intracellular signals through its trans-membrane binding partner DNAX-activating protein 12 (DAP12). Homozygous mutations inactivating TREM2 or DAP12 lead to Nasu-Hakola disease (NHD); however, how AD risk-conferring variants increase AD risk is not clear...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077488/id2-controls-specification-of-lgr5-intestinal-stem-cell-progenitors-during-gut-development
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Lira Nigmatullina, Maxim Norkin, Margarita M Dzama, Berith Messner, Sergi Sayols, Natalia Soshnikova
The adult intestinal stem cells (ISCs), their hierarchies, mechanisms of maintenance and differentiation have been extensively studied. However, when and how ISCs are established during embryogenesis remains unknown. We show here that the transcription regulator Id2 controls the specification of embryonic Lgr5(+) progenitors in the developing murine small intestine. Cell fate mapping analysis revealed that Lgr5(+) progenitors emerge at E13.5 in wild-type embryos and differ from the rest on the intestinal epithelium by a characteristic ISC signature...
January 11, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077379/effects-of-supplementation-with-nondigestible-carbohydrates-on-fecal-calprotectin-and-on-epigenetic-regulation-of-sfrp1-expression-in-the-large-bowel-mucosa-of-healthy-individuals
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Fiona C Malcomson, Naomi D Willis, Iain McCallum, Long Xie, Idoia Ibero-Baraibar, Wing C Leung, Seamus Kelly, D Michael Bradburn, Nigel J Belshaw, Ian T Johnson, John C Mathers
BACKGROUND: Hyperactive Wnt signaling is frequently observed in colorectal cancer. Higher intakes of dietary fiber [nondigestible carbohydrates (NDCs)] and the fermentation product butyrate are protective against colorectal cancer and may exert their preventative effects via modulation of the Wnt pathway. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the effects of supplementing healthy individuals with 2 NDCs [resistant starch (RS) and polydextrose] on fecal calprotectin concentrations and Wnt pathway-related gene expression...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076890/suppression-of-osteogenic-activity-by-regulation-of-wnt-and-bmp-signaling-during-titanium-particle-induced-osteolysis
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Ju-Suk Nam, Ashish Ranjan Sharma, Supriya Jagga, Dong-Hyun Lee, Garima Sharma, Lich Thi Nguyen, Yeon Hee Lee, Jun-Dong Chang, Chiranjib Chakraborty, Sang-Soo Lee
Periprosthetic osteolysis remains the leading obstacle for total joint replacements. Primarily, it was thought that aseptic loosening is mainly caused by macrophage mediated inflammatory process arising from production of wear debris. The role of osteoclasts and its sequential bone resorption ability has been extensively studied, but little is known about impaired osteogenesis during osteolysis. In the current study, we have tried to delineate the regulatory mechanism of osteogenic signals by Ti particles in osteoprogenitor cells as well its participatory role in wear debris induced osteolysis...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076827/new-diphenylmethane-derivatives-as-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-alpha-gamma-dual-agonists-endowed-with-anti-proliferative-effects-and-mitochondrial-activity
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Luca Piemontese, Carmen Cerchia, Antonio Laghezza, Pamela Ziccardi, Sabina Sblano, Paolo Tortorella, Vito Iacobazzi, Vittoria Infantino, Paolo Convertini, Fabrizio Dal Piaz, Angelo Lupo, Vittorio Colantuoni, Antonio Lavecchia, Fulvio Loiodice
We screened a short series of new chiral diphenylmethane derivatives and identified potent dual PPARα/γ partial agonists. As both enantiomers of the most active compound 1 displayed an unexpected similar transactivation activity, we performed docking experiments to provide a molecular understanding of their similar partial agonism. We also evaluated the ability of both enantiomers of 1 and racemic 2 to inhibit colorectal cancer cells proliferation: (S)-1 displayed a more robust activity due, at least in part, to a partial inhibition of the Wnt/β-catenin signalling pathway that is upregulated in the majority of colorectal cancers...
December 24, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076475/expression-of-e-cadherin-and-wnt-pathway-proteins-betacatenin-apc-tcf-4-and-survivin-in-gastric-adenocarcinoma-clinical-and-pathological-implication
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Rodrigo Rego Lins, Celina Tizuko Fujiyama Oshima, Levindo Alves de Oliveira, Marcelo Souza Silva, Ana Maria Amaral Antonio Mader, Jaques Waisberg
Background: Gastric cancer is the fifth most frequent cancer and the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide.It has been reported that Wnt/ betacatenin pathway is activated in 30-50% of these tumors. However,the deregulation of this pathway has not been fully elucidated. Aim: To determine the expression of E-cadherin, betacatenin, APC, TCF-4 and survivin proteins in gastric adenocarcinoma tissues and correlate with clinical and pathological parameters...
November 2016: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cirurgia Digestiva: ABCD, Brazilian Archives of Digestive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075444/the-role-of-lncrna-malat1-in-the-regulation-of-hepatocyte-proliferation-during-liver-regeneration
#18
Cuicui Li, Lei Chang, Zhiquan Chen, Zhongzhong Liu, Yanfeng Wang, Qifa Ye
Exploring the biological functions of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) has come to the foreground in recent years. Studies have indicated that the lncRNA metastasis‑associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1) not only regulates tumorigenesis in hepatocellular carcinoma, but also controls cell cycle progression in hematopoietic cells. The present study was designed to investigate the biological role of lncRNA MALAT1 in liver regeneration. We carried out a series of assays during liver regeneration following 2/3 partial hepatectomy in mice...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074862/hypoxia-activates-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-by-regulating-the-expression-of-bcl9-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Wei Xu, Wang Zhou, Mo Cheng, Jing Wang, Zhian Liu, Shaohui He, Xiangji Luo, Wending Huang, Tianrui Chen, Wangjun Yan, Jianru Xiao
The Wnt/β-catenin signaling is abnormally activated in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). BCL9 is an essential co-activator in the Wnt/β-catenin signaling. Importantly, BCL9 is absent from tumors originating from normal cellular counterparts and overexpressed in many cancers including HCC. But the mechanism for BCL9 overexpression remains unknown. Ample evidence indicates that hypoxia inducible factors (HIFs) play a role in the development of HCC. It was found in our study that BCL9 was overexpressed in both primary HCC and bone metastasis specimens; loss of BCL9 inhibited the proliferation, migration and angiogenesis of HCC; and that that hypoxia mechanically induced the expression of BCL9...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072465/splicing-regulation-and-dysregulation-of-cholinergic-genes-expressed-at-the-neuromuscular-junction
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Kinji Ohno, Mohammad Alinoor Rahman, Mohammad Nazim, Farhana Nasrin, Yingni Lin, Jun-Ichi Takeda, Akio Masuda
We humans have evolved by acquiring diversity of alternative RNA metabolisms including alternative means of splicing and transcribing non-coding genes, and not by acquiring new coding genes. Tissue-specific and developmental stage-specific alternative RNA splicing is achieved by tightly regulated spatiotemporal regulation of expressions and activations of RNA-binding proteins that recognize their cognate splicing cis-elements on nascent RNA transcripts. Genes expressed at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) are also alternatively spliced...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
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