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The E1B19K-deleted oncolytic adenovirus mutant AdΔ19K sensitizes pancreatic cancer cells to drug-induced DNA-damage by down-regulating Claspin and Mre11.Friday, February 12, 2016
Pantelidou C, Cherubini G, Lemoine NR, Halldén G,
Oncotarget. 10-Feb-2016
Adenovirus-mediated sensitization of cancer cells to cytotoxic drugs depends on simultaneous interactions of early viral genes with cell death and survival pathways. It is unclear what cellular factors mediate these interactions in the presence of DNA-damaging drugs. We found that adenovirus prevents Chk1-mediated checkpoint activation through inactivation of Mre11 and downregulation of the pChk1 adaptor-protein, Claspin, in cells with high levels of DNA-damage induced by the cytotoxic drugs gemcitabine and irinotecan. The mechanisms for Claspin downregulation involve decreased transcription and increased degradation, further attenuating pChk1-mediated signalling. Live cell imaging demonstrated that low doses of gemcitabine caused multiple mitotic aberrations including multipolar spindles, micro- and multi-nucleation and cytokinesis failure. A mutant virus with the anti-apoptotic E1B19K-gene deleted (AdΔ19K) further enhanced cell killing, Claspin downregulation, and potentiated drug-induced DNA damage and mitotic aberrations. Decreased Claspin expression and inactivation of Mre11 contributed to the enhanced cell killing in combination with DNA-damaging drugs. These results reveal novel mechanisms that are utilised by adenovirus to ensure completion of its life cycle in the presence of cellular DNA damage. Taken together, our findings reveal novel cellular targets that may be exploited when developing improved anti-cancer therapeutics.
Enhanced eryptosis contributes to anemia in lung cancer patients.Friday, February 12, 2016
Bissinger R, Schumacher C, Qadri SM, Honisch S, Malik A, Götz F, Kopp HG, Lang F,
Oncotarget. 9-Feb-2016
Anemia in LC patients with and without cytostatic treatment is paralleled by increased eryptosis, which is triggered, at least in part, by increased oxidative stress and ceramide formation.
Holistic Evaluation of Quality Consistency of Ixeris sonchifolia (Bunge) Hance Injectables by Quantitative Fingerprinting in Combination with Antioxidant Activity and Chemometric Methods.Friday, February 12, 2016
Yang L, Sun G, Guo Y, Hou Z, Chen S,
PloS one. 9-2-2016
A widely used herbal medicine, Ixeris sonchifolia (Bge.) Hance Injectable (ISHI) was investigated for quality consistency. Characteristic fingerprints of 23 batches of the ISHI samples were generated at five wavelengths and evaluated by the systematic quantitative fingerprint method (SQFM) as well as simultaneous analysis of the content of seven marker compounds. Chemometric methods, i.e., support vector machine (SVM) and principal component analysis (PCA) were performed to assist in fingerprint evaluation of the ISHI samples. Qualitative classification of the ISHI samples by SVM was consistent with PCA, and in agreement with the quantitative evaluation by SQFM. In addition, the antioxidant activities of the ISHI samples were determined by both the off-line and on-line DPPH (2, 2-diphenyl-1-picryldrazyl) radical scavenging assays. A fingerprint-efficacy relationship linking the chemical components and in vitro antioxidant activity was established and validated using the partial least squares (PLS) and orthogonal projection to latent structures (OPLS) models; and the online DPPH assay further revealed those components that had position contribution to the total antioxidant activity. Therefore, the combined use of the chemometric methods, quantitative fingerprint evaluation by SQFM, and multiple marker compound analysis in conjunction with the assay of antioxidant activity provides a powerful and holistic approach to evaluate quality consistency of herbal medicines and their preparations.
A Rapid and Low-Cost PCR Thermal Cycler for Infectious Disease Diagnostics.Friday, February 12, 2016
Chan K, Wong PY, Yu P, Hardick J, Wong KY, Wilson SA, Wu T, Hui Z, Gaydos C, Wong SS,
PloS one. 12-2-2016
The ability to make rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases broadly available in a portable, low-cost format would mark a great step forward in global health. Many molecular diagnostic assays are developed based on using thermal cyclers to carry out polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and reverse-transcription PCR for DNA and RNA amplification and detection, respectively. Unfortunately, most commercial thermal cyclers are expensive and need continuous electrical power supply, so they are not suitable for uses in low-resource settings. We have previously reported a low-cost and simple approach to amplify DNA using vacuum insulated stainless steel thermoses food cans, which we have named it thermos thermal cycler or TTC. Here, we describe the use of an improved set up to enable the detection of viral RNA targets by reverse-transcription PCR (RT-PCR), thus expanding the TTC's ability to identify highly infectious, RNA virus-based diseases in low resource settings. The TTC was successful in demonstrating high-speed and sensitive detection of DNA or RNA targets of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, Ebola hemorrhagic fever, and dengue fever. Our innovative TTC costs less than $200 to build and has a capacity of at least eight tubes. In terms of speed, the TTC's performance exceeded that of commercial thermal cyclers tested. When coupled with low-cost endpoint detection technologies such as nucleic acid lateral-flow assay or a cell-phone-based fluorescence detector, the TTC will increase the availability of on-site molecular diagnostics in low-resource settings.
An in-house real-time polymerase chain reaction: standardisation and comparison with the Cobas Amplicor HBV monitor and Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HBV tests for the quantification of hepatitis B virus DNA.Saturday, February 13, 2016
Santos AP, Levi JE, Lemos MF, Calux SJ, Oba IT, Moreira RC,
Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz. Feb-2016
This study aimed to standardise an in-house real-time polymerase chain reaction (rtPCR) to allow quantification of hepatitis B virus (HBV) DNA in serum or plasma samples, and to compare this method with two commercial assays, the Cobas Amplicor HBV monitor and the Cobas AmpliPrep/Cobas TaqMan HBV test. Samples from 397 patients from the state of São Paulo were analysed by all three methods. Fifty-two samples were from patients who were human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C virus positive, but HBV negative. Genotypes were characterised, and the viral load was measure in each sample. The in-house rtPCR showed an excellent success rate compared with commercial tests; inter-assay and intra-assay coefficients correlated with commercial tests (r = 0.96 and r = 0.913, p < 0.001) and the in-house test showed no genotype-dependent differences in detection and quantification rates. The in-house assay tested in this study could be used for screening and quantifying HBV DNA in order to monitor patients during therapy.
Acculturation and Plasma Fatty Acid Concentrations in Hispanic and Chinese-American Adults: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.Friday, February 12, 2016
Diep CS, Lemaitre RN, Chen TA, Baranowski T, Lutsey PL, Manichaikul AW, Rich SS, St-Jules DE, Steffen BT, Tsai MY, Siscovick DS, Frazier-Wood AC,
PloS one. 28-10-2015
Absence of associations between acculturation and plasma phospholipid fatty acids suggests that changes in the plasma phospholipid fatty acids studied do not account for the observed associations of acculturation to the U.S. and cardiovascular disease risk. Similar findings were observed for eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, when using dietary intake. However, the observed associations between dietary n-6 fatty acids and acculturation in Hispanic individuals suggest that dietary intake may be more informative than phospholipids when investigating acculturation effects. In Chinese individuals, acculturation may have a possible protective effect through decreased arachidonic acid intake. Further research on dietary fatty acids and other cardiovascular disease biomarkers is needed to identify possible etiologic mechanisms between acculturation and cardiovascular disease.
A prospective study to assess the diagnostic performance of the Sofia(®) Immunoassay for Influenza and RSV detection.Friday, February 12, 2016
Gomez S, Prieto C, Folgueira L,
Journal of clinical virology : the official publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology. 4-Feb-2016
The results showed high sensitivity and specificity values for influenza A and RSV detection, but values were lower for influenza B. More information is needed regarding the performance for influenza B given the small number of positive samples assessed.
Polycyclic Spiro Lignans and Biphenyl Tetrahydrofuranone Lignans from Gymnotheca involucrata.Friday, February 12, 2016
Xiao SJ, Guo DL, Xia B, Allen S, Gu YC, Chen F, Ding LS, Zhou Y,
Planta medica. 12-Feb-2016
Four rare polycyclic spiro lignans (1-4) and four new biphenyl tetrahydrofuranone lignans (5-8) were isolated from the whole plant of Gymnotheca involucrata. The structures of the new compounds were elucidated on the basis of detailed spectroscopic analysis and the absolute configuration of 1 was confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction. Bioassay results showed that compounds 2 and 6 exhibited weak antifungal activity against Uromyces viciae-fabae at 100 ppm in leaf-disc assays, while compound 3 demonstrated moderate insecticidal activity against Diabrotica balteata at 500 ppm in an artificial diet assay.
Prediction of the Passive Intestinal Absorption of Medicinal Plant Extract Constituents with the Parallel Artificial Membrane Permeability Assay (PAMPA).Friday, February 12, 2016
Petit C, Bujard A, Skalicka-Woźniak K, Cretton S, Houriet J, Christen P, Carrupt PA, Wolfender JL,
Planta medica. 12-Feb-2016
At the early drug discovery stage, the high-throughput parallel artificial membrane permeability assay is one of the most frequently used in vitro models to predict transcellular passive absorption. While thousands of new chemical entities have been screened with the parallel artificial membrane permeability assay, in general, permeation properties of natural products have been scarcely evaluated. In this study, the parallel artificial membrane permeability assay through a hexadecane membrane was used to predict the passive intestinal absorption of a representative set of frequently occurring natural products. Since natural products are usually ingested for medicinal use as components of complex extracts in traditional herbal preparations or as phytopharmaceuticals, the applicability of such an assay to study the constituents directly in medicinal crude plant extracts was further investigated. Three representative crude plant extracts with different natural product compositions were chosen for this study. The first extract was composed of furanocoumarins (Angelica archangelica), the second extract included alkaloids (Waltheria indica), and the third extract contained flavonoid glycosides (Pueraria montana var. lobata). For each medicinal plant, the effective passive permeability values Pe (cm/s) of the main natural products of interest were rapidly calculated thanks to a generic ultrahigh-pressure liquid chromatography-UV detection method and because Pe calculations do not require knowing precisely the concentration of each natural product within the extracts. The original parallel artificial membrane permeability assay through a hexadecane membrane was found to keep its predictive power when applied to constituents directly in crude plant extracts provided that higher quantities of the extract were initially loaded in the assay in order to ensure suitable detection of the individual constituents of the extracts. Such an approach is thus valuable for the high-throughput, cost-effective, and early evaluation of passive intestinal absorption of active principles in medicinal plants. In phytochemical studies, obtaining effective passive permeability values of pharmacologically active natural products is important to predict if natural products showing interesting activities in vitro may have a chance to reach their target in vivo.
Coenzyme Q10 Exerts Anti-Inflammatory Activity and Induces Treg in Graft Versus Host Disease.Friday, February 12, 2016
Lee SH, Park MJ, Lee SH, Cho ML,
Journal of medicinal food. 12-Feb-2016
The objective of this study was to determine whether coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) can reduce the severity of graft versus host disease (GVHD) by inducing regulatory T cells (Tregs). CoQ10 or vehicle was orally administrated once a day for 22 days to mice with GVHD. We measured the alloresponse of the T cells and the GVHD clinical scores. Real-time polymerase chain reaction was used to examine messenger RNA (mRNA) level. Flow cytometry and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay were used to evaluate protein expression. CoQ10 reduced the T-cell alloresponse and the expression of interferon (IFN)-γ and interleukin (IL)-17. The severity of GVHD and gene expressions of IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α decreased with CoQ10 treatment. Furthermore, CoQ10 promoted weight gain and survival in GVHD mice. Flow cytometry revealed that CoQ10 dose dependently induced Treg differentiation, but FK506, an immunosuppressive drug, decreased Treg differentiation dose dependently. In conclusion, CoQ10 downregulates the alloreactivity of T cells and reduces GVHD severity, enhancing the differentiation of Tregs.
Thrombin Generation in Zebrafish Blood.Friday, February 12, 2016
Schurgers E, Moorlag M, Hemker C, Lindhout T, Kelchtermans H, de Laat B,
PloS one. 12-2-2016
To better understand hypercoagulability as an underlying cause for thrombosis, the leading cause of death in the Western world, new assays to study ex vivo coagulation are essential. The zebrafish is generally accepted as a good model for human hemostasis and thrombosis, as the hemostatic system proved to be similar to that in man. Their small size however, has been a hurdle for more widespread use in hemostasis related research. In this study we developed a method that enables the measurement of thrombin generation in a single drop of non-anticoagulated zebrafish blood. Pre-treatment of the fish with inhibitors of FXa and thrombin, resulted in a dose dependent diminishing of thrombin generation, demonstrating the validity of the assay. In order to establish the relationship between whole blood thrombin generation and fibrin formation, we visualized the resulting fibrin network by scanning electron microscopy. Taken together, in this study we developed a fast and reliable method to measure thrombin generation in whole blood collected from a single zebrafish. Given the similarities between coagulation pathways of zebrafish and mammals, zebrafish may be an ideal animal model to determine the effect of novel therapeutics on thrombin generation. Additionally, because of the ease with which gene functions can be silenced, zebrafish may serve as a model organism for mechanistical research in thrombosis and hemostasis.
Sub-diffuse optical biomarkers characterize localized microstructure and function of cortex and malignant tumor.Saturday, February 13, 2016
Bravo JJ, Paulsen KD, Roberts DW, Kanick SC,
Optics letters. 15-Feb-2016
This study uses a sub-diffusive light transport model to analyze fiber-optic measurements of reflectance spectra to recover endogenous tissue biomarkers and to correct raw fluorescence emissions for distortions from background optical properties. Measurements in tissue-simulating phantoms validated accurate recovery of the reduced scattering coefficient [(0.3-3.4  mm-1), error 10%], blood volume fraction [(1-3 vol%), error 7%], and a dimensionless metric of anisotropic scattering, γ, that is sensitive to submillimeter tissue ultrastructure [(1.29-2.06), error 11%]. In vivo sub-diffusive optical data acquired during clinical neurosurgeries characterize differences in microstructure (γ), perfusion (blood volume), and metabolism (PpIX fluorescence) between normal cortex and malignant tumor.
Slow light Mach-Zehnder interferometer as label-free biosensor with scalable sensitivity.Saturday, February 13, 2016
Qin K, Hu S, Retterer ST, Kravchenko II, Weiss SM,
Optics letters. 15-Feb-2016
The design, fabrication, and characterization of a label-free Mach-Zehnder interferometer (MZI) optical biosensor that incorporates a highly dispersive one-dimensional (1D) photonic crystal in one arm are presented. The sensitivity of this slow light MZI-based sensor scales with the length of the slow light photonic crystal region. The numerically simulated sensitivity of a MZI sensor with a 16 μm long slow light region is 115,000 rad/RIU-cm, which is sevenfold higher than traditional MZI biosensors with millimeter-length sensing regions. An experimental bulk refractive index detection sensitivity of 84,000 rad/RIU-cm is realized and nucleic acid detection is also demonstrated.
Real-time fluorescence lifetime actuation for cell sorting using a CMOS SPAD silicon photomultiplier.Saturday, February 13, 2016
Rocca FM, Nedbal J, Tyndall D, Krstajić N, Li DD, Ameer-Beg SM, Henderson RK,
Optics letters. 15-Feb-2016
Time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) is a fundamental fluorescence lifetime measurement technique offering high signal to noise ratio (SNR). However, its requirement for complex software algorithms for histogram processing restricts throughput in flow cytometers and prevents on-the-fly sorting of cells. We present a single-point digital silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) detector accomplishing real-time fluorescence lifetime-activated actuation targeting cell sorting applications in flow cytometry. The sensor also achieves burst-integrated fluorescence lifetime (BIFL) detection by TCSPC. The SiPM is a single-chip complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) sensor employing a 32×32 single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) array and eight pairs of time-interleaved time to digital converters (TI-TDCs) with a 50 ps minimum timing resolution. The sensor's pile-up resistant embedded center of mass method (CMM) processor accomplishes low-latency measurement and thresholding of fluorescence lifetime. A digital control signal is generated with a 16.6 μs latency for cell sorter actuation allowing a maximum cell throughput of 60,000 cells per second and an error rate of 0.6%.
Neighborhood Regularized Logistic Matrix Factorization for Drug-Target Interaction Prediction.Friday, February 12, 2016
Liu Y, Wu M, Miao C, Zhao P, Li XL,
PLoS computational biology. Feb-2016
In pharmaceutical sciences, a crucial step of the drug discovery process is the identification of drug-target interactions. However, only a small portion of the drug-target interactions have been experimentally validated, as the experimental validation is laborious and costly. To improve the drug discovery efficiency, there is a great need for the development of accurate computational approaches that can predict potential drug-target interactions to direct the experimental verification. In this paper, we propose a novel drug-target interaction prediction algorithm, namely neighborhood regularized logistic matrix factorization (NRLMF). Specifically, the proposed NRLMF method focuses on modeling the probability that a drug would interact with a target by logistic matrix factorization, where the properties of drugs and targets are represented by drug-specific and target-specific latent vectors, respectively. Moreover, NRLMF assigns higher importance levels to positive observations (i.e., the observed interacting drug-target pairs) than negative observations (i.e., the unknown pairs). Because the positive observations are already experimentally verified, they are usually more trustworthy. Furthermore, the local structure of the drug-target interaction data has also been exploited via neighborhood regularization to achieve better prediction accuracy. We conducted extensive experiments over four benchmark datasets, and NRLMF demonstrated its effectiveness compared with five state-of-the-art approaches.
Thymoquinone Rescues T Lymphocytes from Gamma Irradiation-Induced Apoptosis and Exhaustion by Modulating Pro-Inflammatory Cytokine Levels and PD-1, Bax, and Bcl-2 Signaling.Friday, February 12, 2016
Guida MS, El-Aal AA, Kafafy Y, Salama SF, Badr BM, Badr G,
Cellular physiology and biochemistry : international journal of experimental cellular physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology. 15-Feb-2016
Our results provide evidence for the beneficial effects of TQ as an effective radioprotective candidate that enhances cellular immunity.
Fully unsupervised inter-individual IR spectral histology of paraffinized tissue sections of normal colon.Friday, February 12, 2016
Nguyen TN, Jeannesson P, Groh A, Piot O, Guenot D, Gobinet C,
Journal of biophotonics. 12-Feb-2016
In label-free Fourier-transform infrared histology, spectral images are individually recorded from tissue sections, pre-processed and clustered. Each single resulting color-coded image is annotated by a pathologist to obtain the best possible match with tissue structures revealed after Hematoxylin-Eosin staining. However, the main limitations of this approach are the empirical choice of the number of clusters in unsupervised classification, and the marked color heterogeneity between the clustered spectral images. Here, using normal murine and human colon tissues, we developed an automatic multi-image spectral histology to simultaneously analyze a set of spectral images (8 images mice samples and 72 images human ones). This procedure consisted of a joint Extended Multiplicative Signal Correction (EMSC) to numerically deparaffinize the tissue sections, followed by an automated joint K-Means (KM) clustering using the hierarchical double application of Pakhira-Bandyopadhyay-Maulik (PBM) validity index. Using this procedure, the main murine and human colon histological structures were correctly identified at both the intra- and the inter-individual levels, especially the crypts, secreted mucus, lamina propria and submucosa. Here, we show that batched multi-image spectral histology procedure is insensitive to the reference spectrum but highly sensitive to the paraffin model of joint EMSC. In conclusion, combining joint EMSC and joint KM clustering by double PBM application allows to achieve objective and automated batched multi-image spectral histology.
Missense Variant in MAPK Inactivator PTPN5 Is Associated with Decreased Severity of Post-Burn Hypertrophic Scarring.Friday, February 12, 2016
Sood RF, Arbabi S, Honari S, Gibran NS,
PloS one. 12-2-2016
We report PTPN5 as a novel genetic locus associated with HTS severity. PTPN5 is a MAPK inhibitor expressed in neurons, suggesting a potential role for neurotrophic factors and neuroinflammatory signaling in HTS pathophysiology.
Cerebrospinal fluid chitinase-3-like 2 and chitotriosidase are potential prognostic biomarkers in early multiple sclerosis.Friday, February 12, 2016
Møllgaard M, Degn M, Sellebjerg F, Frederiksen JL, Modvig S,
European journal of neurology. 12-Feb-2016
CHI3L2 and chitotriosidase are promising biomarkers in patients with a first demyelinating episode. Our findings thus support a role for these proteins as biomarkers in early MS.
OncoBinder facilitates interpretation of proteomic interaction data by capturing coactivation pairs in cancer.Friday, February 12, 2016
Coillie SV, Liang L, Zhang Y, Wang H, Fang JY, Xu J,
Oncotarget. 10-Feb-2016
High-throughput methods such as co-immunoprecipitationmass spectrometry (coIP-MS) and yeast 2 hybridization (Y2H) have suggested a broad range of unannotated protein-protein interactions (PPIs), and interpretation of these PPIs remains a challenging task. The advancements in cancer genomic researches allow for the inference of "coactivation pairs" in cancer, which may facilitate the identification of PPIs involved in cancer. Here we present OncoBinder as a tool for the assessment of proteomic interaction data based on the functional synergy of oncoproteins in cancer. This decision tree-based method combines gene mutation, copy number and mRNA expression information to infer the functional status of protein-coding genes. We applied OncoBinder to evaluate the potential binders of EGFR and ERK2 proteins based on the gastric cancer dataset of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). As a result, OncoBinder identified high confidence interactions (annotated by Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) or validated by low-throughput assays) more efficiently than co-expression based method. Taken together, our results suggest that evaluation of gene functional synergy in cancer may facilitate the interpretation of proteomic interaction data. The OncoBinder toolbox for Matlab is freely accessible online.
Integrated multi-omics analyses reveal the biochemical mechanisms and phylogenetic relevance of anaerobic androgen biodegradation in the environment.Friday, February 12, 2016
Yang FC, Chen YL, Tang SL, Yu CP, Wang PH, Ismail W, Wang CH, Ding JY, Yang CY, Yang CY, Chiang YR,
The ISME journal. 12-Feb-2016
Steroid hormones, such as androgens, are common surface-water contaminants. However, literature on the ecophysiological relevance of steroid-degrading organisms in the environment, particularly in anoxic ecosystems, is extremely limited. We previously reported that Steroidobacter denitrificans anaerobically degrades androgens through the 2,3-seco pathway. In this study, the genome of Sdo. denitrificans was completely sequenced. Transcriptomic data revealed gene clusters that were distinctly expressed during anaerobic growth on testosterone. We isolated and characterized the bifunctional 1-testosterone hydratase/dehydrogenase, which is essential for anaerobic degradation of steroid A-ring. Because of apparent substrate preference of this molybdoenzyme, corresponding genes, along with the signature metabolites of the 2,3-seco pathway, were used as biomarkers to investigate androgen biodegradation in the largest sewage treatment plant in Taipei, Taiwan. Androgen metabolite analysis indicated that denitrifying bacteria in anoxic sewage use the 2,3-seco pathway to degrade androgens. Metagenomic analysis and PCR-based functional assays showed androgen degradation in anoxic sewage by Thauera spp. through the action of 1-testosterone hydratase/dehydrogenase. Our integrative 'omics' approach can be used for culture-independent investigations of the microbial degradation of structurally complex compounds where isotope-labeled substrates are not easily available.
The Angiogenic Effect of microRNA-21 Targeting TIMP3 through the Regulation of MMP2 and MMP9.Friday, February 12, 2016
Hu J, Ni S, Cao Y, Zhang T, Wu T, Yin X, Lang Y, Lu H,
PloS one. 12-2-2016
microRNAs are a novel set of small, non-protein-coding nucleotide RNAs that negatively regulate the expression of target mRNAs. miRNA-21 is a microRNA that is highly enriched in endothelial cells. miRNA-21 has been shown to be a potential pro-angiogenic factor in some biological systems. Our previous study showed that the expression of miRNA-21 was up-regulated after spinal cord injury. However, the effect of miRNA-21 on angiogenesis in the spinal cord was unclear. In this study, to understand the role of miRNA-21 on injured endothelial cells exclusively, an oxygen and glucose deprivation model of endothelial cells was constructed, and the up-regulation of miRNA-21 was discovered in this model. An increased level of miRNA-21 by mimics promoted the survival, migration and tube formation of endothelial cells, which simultaneously inhibited tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-3 (TIMP3) expression and promoted matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP2) and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP9) expression and secretion. A decreased level of miRNA-21 by antagomir exerted an opposite effect. As is well known, survival, migration and tube formation of endothelial cells are necessary prerequisites for angiogenesis after injury. TIMP3 was validated as a direct target of miRNA-21 by dual-luciferase reporter assay. Silencing with small interfering RNA against TIMP3 promoted tube formation and increased MMP2 and MMP9 expression at the protein level. In vivo, we found that decreased levels of miRNA-21 inhibited angiogenesis after spinal cord injury in rats using synchrotron radiation micro-computed tomography. In summary, these findings suggest that miRNA-21 has a protective effect on angiogenesis by reducing cell death and promoting cell survival, migration and tube formation via partially targeting the TIMP3 by potentially regulating MMP2 and MMP9. TIMP3 is a functional target gene. Identifying the role of miRNA-21 in the protection of angiogenesis might offer a novel therapeutic target for secondary spinal cord injury, in which angiogenesis is indispensable.
Compensatory Increase of Transglutaminase 2 Is Responsible for Resistance to mTOR Inhibitor Treatment.Friday, February 12, 2016
Cao J, Huang W,
PloS one. 12-2-2016
The mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) plays a crucial role in controlling cell growth and homeostasis. Deregulation of mTOR signaling is frequently observed in some cancers, making it an attractive drug target for cancer therapy. Although mTORC1 inhibitor rapalog-based therapy has shown positive results in various pre-clinical animal cancer studies, tumors rebound upon treatment discontinuation. Moreover, several recent clinical trials showed that the mTORC1 inhibitors rapamycin and rapalog only reduce the capacity for cell proliferation without promoting cell death, consistent with the concept that rapamycin is cytostatic and reduces disease progression but is not cytotoxic. It is imperative that rapamycin-regulated events and additional targets for more effective drug combinations be identified. Here, we report that rapamycin treatment promotes a compensatory increase in transglutaminase 2 (TGM2) levels in mTORC1-driven tumors. TGM2 inhibition potently sensitizes mTORC1-hyperactive cancer cells to rapamycin treatment, and a rapamycin-induced autophagy blockade inhibits the compensatory TGM2 upregulation. More importantly, tumor regression was observed in MCF-7-xenograft tumor-bearing mice treated with both mTORC1 and TGM2 inhibitors compared with those treated with either a single inhibitor or the vehicle control. These results demonstrate a critical role for the compensatory increase in transglutaminase 2 levels in promoting mTORC1 inhibitor resistance and suggest that rational combination therapy may potentially suppress cancer therapy resistance.
MicroRNA-361-5p Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth by Targeting CXCR6 in Hepatocellular Carcinoma.Friday, February 12, 2016
Sun JJ, Chen GY, Xie ZT,
Cellular physiology and biochemistry : international journal of experimental cellular physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology. 15-Feb-2016
Our results indicate that miR-361-5p acts as a tumor suppressor and might serve as a novel therapeutic target for the treatment of HCC patients.
Colonic response to laxative ingestion as assessed by MRI differs in constipated irritable bowel syndrome compared to functional constipation.Friday, February 12, 2016
Lam C, Chaddock G, Marciani L, Costigan C, Paul J, Cox E, Hoad C, Menys A, Pritchard S, Garsed K, Taylor S, Atkinson D, Gowland P, Spiller R,
Neurogastroenterology and motility : the official journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society. 12-Feb-2016
Our objective MRI biomarkers allow a distinction between FC and IBS-C.
The N-Terminal of Aquareovirus NS80 Is Required for Interacting with Viral Proteins and Viral Replication.Friday, February 12, 2016
Zhang J, Guo H, Chen Q, Zhang F, Fang Q,
PloS one. 12-2-2016
Reovirus replication and assembly occurs within viral inclusion bodies that formed in specific intracellular compartments of cytoplasm in infected cells. Previous study indicated that aquareovirus NS80 is able to form inclusion bodies, and also can retain viral proteins within its inclusions. To better understand how NS80 performed in viral replication and assembly, the functional regions of NS80 associated with other viral proteins in aquareovirus replication were investigated in this study. Deletion mutational analysis and rotavirus NSP5-based protein association platform were used to detect association regions. Immunofluorescence images indicated that different N-terminal regions of NS80 could associate with viral proteins VP1, VP4, VP6 and NS38. Further co-immunoprecipitation analysis confirmed the interaction between VP1, VP4, VP6 or NS38 with different regions covering the N-terminal amino acid (aa, 1-471) of NS80, respectively. Moreover, removal of NS80 N-terminal sequences required for interaction with proteins VP1, VP4, VP6 or NS38 not only prevented the capacity of NS80 to support viral replication in NS80 shRNA-based replication complementation assays, but also inhibited the expression of aquareovirus proteins, suggesting that N-terminal regions of NS80 are necessary for viral replication. These results provided a foundational basis for further understanding the role of NS80 in viral replication and assembly during aquareovirus infection.
Mechanisms and biomaterials in pH-responsive tumour targeted drug delivery: A review.Friday, February 12, 2016
Kanamala M, Wilson WR, Yang M, Palmer BD, Wu Z,
Biomaterials. 29-Jan-2016
As the mainstay in the treatment of various cancers, chemotherapy plays a vital role, but still faces many challenges, such as poor tumour selectivity and multidrug resistance (MDR). Targeted drug delivery using nanotechnology has provided a new strategy for addressing the limitations of the conventional chemotherapy. In the last decade, the volume of research published in this area has increased tremendously, especially with functional nano drug delivery systems (nanocarriers). Coupling a specific stimuli-triggered drug release mechanism with these delivery systems is one of the most prevalent approaches for improving therapeutic outcomes. Among the various stimuli, pH triggered delivery is regarded as the most general strategy, targeting the acidic extracellular microenvironment and intracellular organelles of solid tumours. In this review, we discuss recent advances in the development of pH-sensitive nanocarriers for tumour-targeted drug delivery. The review focuses on the chemical design of pH-sensitive biomaterials, which are used to fabricate nanocarriers for extracellular and/or intracellular tumour site-specific drug release. The pH-responsive biomaterials bring forth conformational changes in these nanocarriers through various mechanisms such as protonation, charge reversal or cleavage of a chemical bond, facilitating tumour specific cell uptake or drug release. A greater understanding of these mechanisms will help to design more efficient drug delivery systems to address the challenges encountered in conventional chemotherapy.
The development of a tissue-engineered tracheobronchial epithelial model using a bilayered collagen-hyaluronate scaffold.Friday, February 12, 2016
O'Leary C, Cavanagh B, Unger RE, Kirkpatrick CJ, O'Dea S, O'Brien FJ, Cryan SA,
Biomaterials. 1-Feb-2016
Today, chronic respiratory disease is one of the leading causes of mortality globally. Epithelial dysfunction can play a central role in its pathophysiology. The development of physiologically-representative in vitro model systems using tissue-engineered constructs might improve our understanding of epithelial tissue and disease. This study sought to engineer a bilayered collagen-hyaluronate (CHyA-B) scaffold for the development of a physiologically-representative 3D in vitro tracheobronchial epithelial co-culture model. CHyA-B scaffolds were fabricated by integrating a thin film top-layer into a porous sub-layer with lyophilisation. The film layer firmly connected to the sub-layer with delamination occurring at stresses of 12-15 kPa. Crosslinked scaffolds had a compressive modulus of 1.9 kPa and mean pore diameters of 70 μm and 80 μm, depending on the freezing temperature. Histological analysis showed that the Calu-3 bronchial epithelial cell line attached and grew on CHyA-B with adoption of an epithelial monolayer on the film layer. Immunofluorescence and qRT-PCR studies demonstrated that the CHyA-B scaffolds facilitated Calu-3 cell differentiation, with enhanced mucin expression, increased ciliation and the formation of intercellular tight junctions. Co-culture of Calu-3 cells with Wi38 lung fibroblasts was achieved on the scaffold to create a submucosal tissue analogue of the upper respiratory tract, validating CHyA-B as a platform to support co-culture and cellular organisation reminiscent of in vivo tissue architecture. In summary, this study has demonstrated that CHyA-B is a promising tool for the development of novel 3D tracheobronchial co-culture in vitro models with the potential to unravel new pathways in drug discovery and drug delivery.
Pathway Analysis of Proteomics Profiles in Rabies Infection: Towards Future Biomarkers?Saturday, February 13, 2016
Mehta S, Sreenivasamurthy S, Banerjee S, Mukherjee S, Prasad K, Chowdhary A,
Omics : a journal of integrative biology. Feb-2016
Rabies is a zoonotic viral disease that invariably leads to fatal encephalitis, which can be prevented provided post-exposure prophylaxis is initiated timely. Ante-mortem diagnostic tests are inconclusive, and rabies is nontreatable once the clinical signs appear. A large number of host factors are responsible for the altered neuronal functions observed in rabies; however their precise role remains uninvestigated. We therefore used two-dimensional electrophoresis and mass spectrometry analysis to identify differentially expressed host proteins in an experimental murine model of rabies. We identified 143 proteins corresponding to 45 differentially expressed spots (p < 0.05) in neuronal tissues of Swiss albino mice in response to infection with neurovirulent rabies strains. Time series analyses revealed that a majority of the alterations occur at 4 to 6 days post infection, in particular affecting the host's cytoskeletal architecture. Extensive pathway analysis and protein interaction studies using the bioinformatic tools such as Ingenuity Pathway Analysis and STRING revealed novel pathways and molecules (e.g., protein ubiquitination) unexplored hitherto. Further activation/inhibition studies of these pathway molecular leads would be relevant to identify novel biomarkers and mechanism-based therapeutics for rabies, a disease that continues to severely impact global health.
Anatomic Mesenchymal Stem Cell-Based Engineered Cartilage Constructs for Biologic Total Joint Replacement.Saturday, February 13, 2016
Saxena V, Kim M, Keah NM, Neuwirth AL, Stoeckl BD, Bickard K, Restle DJ, Salowe R, Wang MY, Steinberg DR, Mauck RL,
Tissue engineering. Part A. Feb-2016
Cartilage has a poor healing response, and few viable options exist for repair of extensive damage. Hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogels seeded with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) polymerized through UV crosslinking can generate functional tissue, but this crosslinking is not compatible with indirect rapid prototyping utilizing opaque anatomic molds. Methacrylate-modified polymers can also be chemically crosslinked in a cytocompatible manner using ammonium persulfate (APS) and N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine (TEMED). The objectives of this study were to (1) compare APS/TEMED crosslinking with UV crosslinking in terms of functional maturation of MSC-seeded HA hydrogels; (2) generate an anatomic mold of a complex joint surface through rapid prototyping; and (3) grow anatomic MSC-seeded HA hydrogel constructs using this alternative crosslinking method. Juvenile bovine MSCs were suspended in methacrylated HA (MeHA) and crosslinked either through UV polymerization or chemically with APS/TEMED to generate cylindrical constructs. Minipig porcine femoral heads were imaged using microCT, and anatomic negative molds were generated by three-dimensional printing using fused deposition modeling. Molded HA constructs were produced using the APS/TEMED method. All constructs were cultured for up to 12 weeks in a chemically defined medium supplemented with TGF-β3 and characterized by mechanical testing, biochemical assays, and histologic analysis. Both UV- and APS/TEMED-polymerized constructs showed increasing mechanical properties and robust proteoglycan and collagen deposition over time. At 12 weeks, APS/TEMED-polymerized constructs had higher equilibrium and dynamic moduli than UV-polymerized constructs, with no differences in proteoglycan or collagen content. Molded HA constructs retained their hemispherical shape in culture and demonstrated increasing mechanical properties and proteoglycan and collagen deposition, especially at the edges compared to the center of these larger constructs. Immunohistochemistry showed abundant collagen type II staining and little collagen type I staining. APS/TEMED crosslinking can be used to produce MSC-seeded HA-based neocartilage and can be used in combination with rapid prototyping techniques to generate anatomic MSC-seeded HA constructs for use in filling large and anatomically complex chondral defects or for biologic joint replacement.
Coculturing Human Islets with Proangiogenic Support Cells to Improve Islet Revascularization at the Subcutaneous Transplantation Site.Saturday, February 13, 2016
Buitinga M, Janeczek Portalska K, Cornelissen DJ, Plass J, Hanegraaf M, Carlotti F, de Koning E, Engelse M, van Blitterswijk C, Karperien M, van Apeldoorn A, de Boer J,
Tissue engineering. Part A. Feb-2016
While subcutaneous tissue has been proposed as a clinically relevant site for pancreatic islet transplantation, a major issue of concern remains, which is its poor vascular state. In an effort to overcome this limitation, we present an efficient and reproducible method to form human composite islets (CIs) with proangiogenic cell types in a controlled manner using nonadherent agarose microwell templates. In this study, we assessed the three-dimensional structure, function, and angiogenic potential of human CIs with human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs), with or without human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs), and preconditioned hMSCs (PC-hMSCs) in EGM-2 under shear stress. Distinct cellular rearrangements could be observed in CIs, but islet functionality was maintained. In vitro angiogenesis assays found significantly enhanced sprout formation in case of CIs. In particular, the number of sprouts emanating from CIs with PC-hMSCs was significantly increased compared to other conditions. Subsequent in vivo assessment confirmed the proangiogenic potential of CIs. However, in contrast to our in vitro angiogenesis assays, CIs with hMSCs and HUVECs exhibited a higher in vivo angiogenic potential compared to control islets or islets combined with hMSCs or PC-hMSCs. These findings highlight the importance and necessity of verifying in vitro studies with in vivo models to reliably predict, in this case, revascularization outcomes. Regardless, we demonstrate here the therapeutic potential of CIs with proangiogenic support cells to enhance islet revascularization at a clinically relevant, although poorly vascularized, transplantation site.
Adipose-Derived Stem Cell-Seeded Hydrogels Increase Endogenous Progenitor Cell Recruitment and Neovascularization in Wounds.Saturday, February 13, 2016
Kosaraju R, Rennert RC, Maan ZN, Duscher D, Barrera J, Whittam AJ, Januszyk M, Rajadas J, Rodrigues M, Gurtner GC,
Tissue engineering. Part A. Feb-2016
Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) are appealing for cell-based wound therapies because of their accessibility and ease of harvest, but their utility is limited by poor cell survival within the harsh wound microenvironment. In prior work, our laboratory has demonstrated that seeding ASCs within a soft pullulan-collagen hydrogel enhances ASC survival and improves wound healing. To more fully understand the mechanism of this therapy, we examined whether ASC-seeded hydrogels were able to modulate the recruitment and/or functionality of endogenous progenitor cells. Employing a parabiosis model and fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis, we demonstrate that application of ASC-seeded hydrogels to wounds, when compared with injected ASCs or a noncell control, increased the recruitment of provascular circulating bone marrow-derived mesenchymal progenitor cells (BM-MPCs). BM-MPCs comprised 23.0% of recruited circulating progenitor cells in wounds treated with ASC-seeded hydrogels versus 8.4% and 2.1% in those treated with controls, p < 0.05. Exploring the potential for functional modulation of BM-MPCs, we demonstrate a statistically significant increase in BM-MPC migration, proliferation, and tubulization when exposed to hydrogel-seeded ASC-conditioned medium versus control ASC-conditioned medium (73.8% vs. 51.4% scratch assay closure; 9.1% vs. 1.4% proliferation rate; 10.2 vs. 5.5 tubules/HPF; p < 0.05 for all assays). BM-MPC expression of genes related to cell stemness and angiogenesis was also significantly increased following exposure to hydrogel-seeded ASC-conditioned medium (p < 0.05). These data suggest that ASC-seeded hydrogels improve both progenitor cell recruitment and functionality to effect greater neovascularization.
Validation of Serological Antibody Profiles Against Human Papillomavirus Type 16 Antigens as Markers for Early Detection of Cervical Cancer.Saturday, February 13, 2016
Salazar-Piña DA, Pedroza-Saavedra A, Cruz-Valdez A, Ortiz-Panozo E, Maldonado-Gama M, Chihu-Amparan L, Rodriguez-Ocampo AN, Orozco-Fararoni E, Esquivel-Guadarrama F, Gutierrez-Xicotencatl L,
Medicine. Feb-2016
Cervical cancer (CC) is the second most frequent neoplasia among women worldwide. Cancer prevention programs around the world have used the Papanicolaou (Pap) smear as the primary diagnostic test to reduce the burden of CC. Nevertheless, such programs have not been effective in developing countries, thus leading to research on alternative tests for CC screening. During the virus life cycle and in the process toward malignancy, different human papillomavirus (HPV) proteins are expressed, and they induce a host humoral immune response that can be used as a potential marker for different stages of the disease. We present a new Slot blot assay to detect serum antibodies against HPV16 E4, E7, and VLPs-L1 antigens. The system was validated with sera from a female population (n = 485) aged 18 to 64 years referred to the dysplasia clinic at the General Hospital in Cuautla, Morelos, Mexico. To evaluate the clinical performance of the serological markers, the sensitivity, specificity, positive, and negative predictive values and receiver-operating characteristic curves (for antibodies alone or in combination) were calculated in groups of lesions of increasing severity. The results showed high prevalence of anti-E4 (73%) and anti-E7 (80%) antibodies in the CC group. Seropositivity to 1, 2, or 3 antigens showed associations of increasing magnitude with CC (odds ratio [OR] = 12.6, 19.9, and 58.5, respectively). The highest association with CC was observed when the analysis was restricted to only anti-E4+E7 antibodies (OR = 187.7). The best clinical performance to discriminate CC from cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 2 to 3 was the one for the combination of anti-E4 and/or anti-E7 antibodies, which displayed high sensitivity (93.3%) and moderate specificity (64.1%), followed by anti-E4 and anti-E7 antibodies (73.3% and 80%; 89.6% and 66%, respectively). In addition, the sensitivity of anti-E4 and/or anti-E7 antibodies is high at any time of sexual activity (TSA), which suggests they can be biomarkers for the early detection of CC. The sensitivity of anti-E4 antibodies was low (<10%) when the TSA was <10 years, and it increased up to 100% in relation to the TSA, suggesting that anti-E4 antibodies can be useful as HPV exposure markers at early stages of the disease.
Effects of Heart Bypass Surgery on Plasma Aβ40 and Aβ42 Levels in Infants and Young Children.Saturday, February 13, 2016
Hu Y, Shi S, Liu X, Hu Z, Huang W, Wang D, Xu J, Cheng B, Fang X, Shu Q,
Medicine. Feb-2016
Accumulation of β-amyloid (Aβ) plaques is a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer disease. Aβ levels in animals and adults were reported to be associated with postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD). Our goal was to determine the plasma levels of Aβ in infants and young children after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB).Forty-two infants and young children aged from 1 to 35 months undergoing cardiac surgery with general anesthetics were prospectively enrolled from January to June 2014 at a tertiary medical center. Perioperative plasma samples were obtained, and Aβ42 and Aβ40 levels were measured using ELISA. Other clinical characteristics of the patients were also recorded.Plasma levels of Aβ42 and Aβ40 decreased dramatically 2 hours after surgery and remained significantly lower 6 hours after operation. Baseline Aβ42 level correlated significantly with surgical intensive care unit (SICU) length of stay (LOS) and was an independent predictor for SICU LOS on multivariate analysis.Cardiac surgery with CPB decreases plasma Aβ levels. Plasma levels of Aβ42 and Aβ40 might be used as novel biomarkers for predicting outcomes in the patient population.
Plasma and Synovial Fluid TrxR Levels are Correlated With Disease Risk and Severity in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis.Saturday, February 13, 2016
Xie Z, Sun J, Li H, Shao T, Wang D, Zheng Q, Wen C,
Medicine. Feb-2016
This study was designed and performed to establish the relationship between plasma and synovial fluid (SF) levels of thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) and disease activity in Chinese patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).This study consisted of a total of 224 patients diagnosed with RA, 224 age and sex-matched healthy controls, and 156 patient controls. The disease activity of RA patients was calculated as diseases activity score that include 28-joint counts (DAS 28), which was divided into low-diseases activity (LDA) and high-diseases activity (HDA) groups.Increased plasma TrxR was detected in patients with RA than healthy controls (P < 0.0001). With an area under the curve (AUC) of 0.874, plasma TrxR showed a evidently greater discriminatory ability than C-reactive protein (CRP; AUC, 0.815), antistreptolysin-O (ASO; AUC, 0.631), rheumatoid factor (RF, AUC, 0.793), and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR, AUC, 0.789) in diagnosing RA. RA patients with HDA had significantly elevated TrxR levels in plasma and SF than did those with LDA (P < 0.0001). With an AUC of 0.874, plasma TrxR levels as an indicator for screening of HDA showed a significantly greater discriminatory ability than CRP (AUC, 0.690), ASO (AUC, 0.597), RF (AUC, 0.657), and ESR (AUC, 0.603). Similarly, SF TrxR levels as an indicator for screening of HDA also showed a significantly greater discriminatory ability as compared with above biomarkers.TrxR levels in plasma and SF were positively correlated with the severity of RA. TrxR levels may therefore serve as a new biomarker in addition of the traditional biomarkers for assessing the risk and severity of RA. Further analysis of TrxR release machinery may give us a new understanding of pathogenesis of RA.
Systematic drug perturbations on cancer cells reveal diverse exit paths from proliferative state.Friday, February 12, 2016
Zhou JX, Isik Z, Xiao C, Rubin I, Kauffman SA, Schroeder M, Huang S,
Oncotarget. 9-Feb-2016
During a cell state transition, cells travel along trajectories in a gene expression state space. This dynamical systems framework complements the traditional concept of molecular pathways that drive cell phenotype switching. To expose the structure that hinders cancer cells from exiting robust proliferative state, we assessed the perturbation capacity of a drug library and identified 16 non-cytotoxic compounds that stimulate MCF7 breast cancer cells to exit from proliferative state to differentiated state. The transcriptome trajectories triggered by these drugs diverged, then converged. Chemical structures and drug targets of these compounds overlapped minimally. However, a network analysis of targeted pathways identified a core signaling pathway - indicating common stress-response and down-regulation of STAT1 before differentiation. This multi-trajectory analysis explores the cells' state transition with a multitude of perturbations in combination with traditional pathway analysis, leading to an encompassing picture of the dynamics of a therapeutically desired cell-state switching.
Key Role of ROS in the Process of 15-Lipoxygenase/15-Hydroxyeicosatetraenoiccid-Induced Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling in Hypoxia Pulmonary Hypertension.Friday, February 12, 2016
Li Q, Mao M, Qiu Y, Liu G, Sheng T, Yu X, Wang S, Zhu D,
PloS one. 9-2-2016
We previously reported that 15-lipoxygenase (15-LO) and its metabolite 15-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (15-HETE) were up-regulated in pulmonary arterial cells from both pulmonary artery hypertension patients and hypoxic rats and that these factors mediated the progression of pulmonary hypertension (PH) by affecting the proliferation and apoptosis of pulmonary arterial (PA) cells. However, the underlying mechanisms of the remodeling induced by 15-HETE have remained unclear. As reactive oxygen species (ROS) and 15-LO are both induced by hypoxia, it is possible that ROS are involved in the events of hypoxia-induced 15-LO expression that lead to PH. We employed immunohistochemistry, tube formation assays, bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) incorporation assays, and cell cycle analyses to explore the role of ROS in the process of 15-HETE-mediated hypoxic pulmonary hypertension (HPH). We found that exogenous 15-HETE facilitated the generation of ROS and that this effect was mainly localized to mitochondria. In particular, the mitochondrial electron transport chain and nicotinamide-adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase 4 (Nox4) were responsible for the significant 15-HETE-stimulated increase in ROS production. Moreover, ROS induced by 15-HETE stimulated endothelial cell (EC) migration and promoted pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell (PASMC) proliferation under hypoxia via the p38 MAPK pathway. These results indicated that 15-HETE-regulated ROS mediated hypoxia-induced pulmonary vascular remodeling (PVR) via the p38 MAPK pathway.
Intact Cohesion, Anaphase, and Chromosome Segregation in Human Cells Harboring Tumor-Derived Mutations in STAG2.Friday, February 12, 2016
Kim JS, He X, Orr B, Wutz G, Hill V, Peters JM, Compton DA, Waldman T,
PLoS genetics. Feb-2016
Somatic mutations of the cohesin complex subunit STAG2 are present in diverse tumor types. We and others have shown that STAG2 inactivation can lead to loss of sister chromatid cohesion and alterations in chromosome copy number in experimental systems. However, studies of naturally occurring human tumors have demonstrated little, if any, correlation between STAG2 mutational status and aneuploidy, and have further shown that STAG2-deficient tumors are often euploid. In an effort to provide insight into these discrepancies, here we analyze the effect of tumor-derived STAG2 mutations on the protein composition of cohesin and the expected mitotic phenotypes of STAG2 mutation. We find that many mutant STAG2 proteins retain their ability to interact with cohesin; however, the presence of mutant STAG2 resulted in a reduction in the ability of regulatory subunits WAPL, PDS5A, and PDS5B to interact with the core cohesin ring. Using AAV-mediated gene targeting, we then introduced nine tumor-derived mutations into the endogenous allele of STAG2 in cultured human cells. While all nonsense mutations led to defects in sister chromatid cohesion and a subset induced anaphase defects, missense mutations behaved like wild-type in these assays. Furthermore, only one of nine tumor-derived mutations tested induced overt alterations in chromosome counts. These data indicate that not all tumor-derived STAG2 mutations confer defects in cohesion, chromosome segregation, and ploidy, suggesting that there are likely to be other functional effects of STAG2 inactivation in human cancer cells that are relevant to cancer pathogenesis.
Correction: Strong Associations Exist among Oxidative Stress and Antioxidant Biomarkers in the Circulating, Cellular and Urinary Anatomical Compartments in Guatemalan Children from the Western Highlands.Friday, February 12, 2016
Soto-Méndez MJ, Aguilera CM, Mesa MD, Campaña-Martín L, Martín-Laguna V, Solomons NW, Schümann K, Gil Á,
PloS one. 12-2-2016
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146921.].
MicroRNAs Are Involved in the Regulation of Ovary Development in the Pathogenic Blood Fluke Schistosoma japonicum.Friday, February 12, 2016
Zhu L, Zhao J, Wang J, Hu C, Peng J, Luo R, Zhou C, Liu J, Lin J, Jin Y, Davis RE, Cheng G,
PLoS pathogens. Feb-2016
Schistosomes, blood flukes, are an important global public health concern. Paired adult female schistosomes produce large numbers of eggs that are primarily responsible for the disease pathology and critical for dissemination. Consequently, understanding schistosome sexual maturation and egg production may open novel perspectives for intervening with these processes to prevent clinical symptoms and to interrupt the life-cycle of these blood-flukes. microRNAs (miRNAs) are key regulators of many biological processes including development, cell proliferation, metabolism, and signal transduction. Here, we report on the identification of Schistosoma japonicum miRNAs using small RNA deep sequencing in the key stages of male-female pairing, gametogenesis, and egg production. We identified 38 miRNAs, including 10 previously unknown miRNAs. Eighteen of the miRNAs were differentially expressed between male and female schistosomes and during different stages of sexual maturation. We identified 30 potential target genes for 16 of the S. japonicum miRNAs using antibody-based pull-down assays and bioinformatic analyses. We further validated some of these target genes using either in vitro luciferase assays or in vivo miRNA suppression experiments. Notably, suppression of the female enriched miRNAs bantam and miR-31 led to morphological alteration of ovaries in female schistosomes. These findings uncover key roles for specific miRNAs in schistosome sexual maturation and egg production.
Effect of Dietary Restriction and Subsequent Re-Alimentation on the Transcriptional Profile of Bovine Skeletal Muscle.Friday, February 12, 2016
Keogh K, Kenny DA, Cormican P, McCabe MS, Kelly AK, Waters SM,
PloS one. 12-2-2016
Compensatory growth (CG), an accelerated growth phenomenon which occurs following a period of dietary restriction is exploited worldwide in animal production systems as a method to lower feed costs. However the molecular mechanisms regulated CG expression remain to be elucidated fully. This study aimed to uncover the underlying biology regulating CG in cattle, through an examination of skeletal muscle transcriptional profiles utilising next generation mRNA sequencing technology. Twenty Holstein Friesian bulls were fed either a restricted diet for 125 days, with a target growth rate of 0.6 kg/day (Period 1), following which they were allowed feed ad libitum for a further 55 days (Period 2) or fed ad libitum for the entirety of the trial. M. longissimus dorsi biopsies were harvested from all bulls on days 120 and 15 of periods 1 and 2 respectively and RNAseq analysis was performed. During re-alimentation in Period 2, previously restricted animals displayed CG, growing at 1.8 times the rate of the ad libitum control animals. Compensating animals were also more feed efficient during re-alimentation and compensated for 48% of their previous dietary restriction. 1,430 and 940 genes were identified as significantly differentially expressed (Benjamini Hochberg adjusted P < 0.1) in periods 1 and 2 respectively. Additionally, 2,237 genes were differentially expressed in animals undergoing CG relative to dietary restriction. Dietary restriction in Period 1 was associated with altered expression of genes involved in lipid metabolism and energy production. CG expression in Period 2 occurred in association with greater expression of genes involved in cellular function and organisation. This study highlights some of the molecular mechanisms regulating CG in cattle. Differentially expressed genes identified are potential candidate genes for the identification of biomarkers for CG and feed efficiency, which may be incorporated into future breeding programmes.
Multiplexed Intact-Tissue Transcriptional Analysis at Cellular Resolution.Saturday, February 13, 2016
Sylwestrak EL, Rajasethupathy P, Wright MA, Jaffe A, Deisseroth K,
Cell. 11-Feb-2016
In recently developed approaches for high-resolution imaging within intact tissue, molecular characterization over large volumes has been largely restricted to labeling of proteins. But volumetric nucleic acid labeling may represent a far greater scientific and clinical opportunity, enabling detection of not only diverse coding RNA variants but also non-coding RNAs. Moreover, scaling immunohistochemical detection to large tissue volumes has limitations due to high cost, limited renewability/availability, and restricted multiplexing capability of antibody labels. With the goal of versatile, high-content, and scalable molecular phenotyping of intact tissues, we developed a method using carbodiimide-based chemistry to stably retain RNAs in clarified tissue, coupled with amplification tools for multiplexed detection. The resulting technology enables robust measurement of activity-dependent transcriptional signatures, cell-identity markers, and diverse non-coding RNAs in rodent and human tissue volumes. The growing set of validated probes is deposited in an online resource for nucleating related developments from across the scientific community.
Molecular Epidemiology and Transmission Dynamics of Recent and Long-Term HIV-1 Infections in Rural Western Kenya.Friday, February 12, 2016
Zeh C, Inzaule SC, Ondoa P, Nafisa LG, Kasembeli A, Otieno F, Vandenhoudt H, Amornkul PN, Mills LA, Nkengasong JN,
PloS one. 4-10-2015
Recent HIV-1 infection was more frequent among 13-19 year olds compared with older age groups, underscoring the ongoing risk and susceptibility of younger persons for acquiring HIV infection. Our findings also provide evidence of sexual networks. The association of recent infections with clustering suggests that early infections may be contributing significant proportions of onward transmission highlighting the need for early diagnosis and treatment as prevention for ongoing prevention. Larger studies are needed to better understand the structure of these networks and subsequently implement and evaluate targeted interventions.
Prospective Evaluation of a Panel of Plasma Cytokines and Chemokines as Potential Markers of Pelvic Endometriosis in Symptomatic Women.Friday, February 12, 2016
Rocha AL, Vieira EL, Maia LM, Teixeira AL, Reis FM,
Gynecologic and obstetric investigation. 13-Feb-2016
Although previously shown to be altered in women with endometriosis compared to healthy women, the tested cytokines and chemokines were not useful to predict the presence of endometriosis among symptomatic women. This finding suggests that inflammatory markers modified by endometriosis may also be altered by other conditions associated with similar symptoms, which limits their use in clinical practice.
Analysis of aDR5scFv with Specific Identification and Function.Saturday, February 13, 2016
Cheng X, Meng Q, Gao C, Zhuang G, Huang X, Zhang J, Liu B, Fan X, Zhang M,
Monoclonal antibodies in immunodiagnosis and immunotherapy. Feb-2016
Death receptor 5 (DR5) can selectively induce cell death in a wide variety of tumor cells. However, at least certain versions of the recombinant soluble TRAIL (sTRAIL) or anti-DR5 monoclonal antibody (mAb) are also shown to cause apoptosis in normal cells (especially in hepatocytes), hampering its clinical use for cancer therapy. Recently, the development of small recombinant antibody fragments as high-affinity therapeutic reagents with reduced immunogenicity has come under the spotlight. A popular format of engineered recombinant antibody fragment is the single-chain fixed-variable (scFv) molecule, in which the VH and VL regions of the parental antibody are joined by a polypeptide linker. The scFv fragment retains the target specificity and antigen binding affinity of the intact antibody, whereas it can be genetically designed and produced in large quantities by ectopically expressing both VH and VL regions from a single cDNA in cells. In this study, an aDR5scFv was constructed and expressed, and it was conformed so that it could recognize and bind eDR5 specifically. The therapeutic effects on human lung adenocarcinoma cells lines 973 in vitro and in vivo were detected by MTT assay, flow cytometry, hematoxylin and eosin staining, and TUNEL assay. aDR5scFv was able to induce 973 cell apoptosis in an in vitro system. The protein expressions of caspase-3, Bax, and cytochrome c were raised, and aDR5scFv also inhibited tumor growth in mice with its effect as well as with radiotherapy. It is concluded that aDR5scFv could possibly be considered as a novel therapeutic candidate for the treatment of tumors.
G protein-coupled receptor GPR160 is associated with apoptosis and cell cycle arrest of prostate cancer cells.Friday, February 12, 2016
Zhou C, Dai X, Chen Y, Shen Y, Lei S, Xiao T, Bartfai T, Ding J, Wang MW,
Oncotarget. 10-Feb-2016
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) represent the largest membrane protein family implicated in the therapeutic intervention of a variety of diseases including cancer. Exploration of biological actions of orphan GPCRs may lead to the identification of new targets for drug discovery. This study investigates potential roles of GPR160, an orphan GPCR, in the pathogenesis of prostate cancer. The transcription levels of GPR160 in the prostate cancer tissue samples and cell lines, such as PC-3, LNCaP, DU145 and 22Rv1 cells, were significantly higher than that seen in normal prostate tissue and cells. Knockdown of GPR160 by lentivirus-mediated short hairpin RNA constructs targeting human GPR160 gene (ShGPR160) resulted in prostate cancer cell apoptosis and growth arrest both in vitro and in athymic mice. Differential gene expression patterns in PC-3 cells infected with ShGPR160 or scramble lentivirus showed that 815 genes were activated and 1193 repressed. Functional annotation of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) revealed that microtubule cytoskeleton, cytokine activity, cell cycle phase and mitosis are the most evident functions enriched by the repressed genes, while regulation of programmed cell death, apoptosis and chemotaxis are enriched significantly by the activated genes. Treatment of cells with GPR160-targeting shRNA lentiviruses or duplex siRNA oligos increased the transcription of IL6 and CASP1 gene significantly. Our data suggest that the expression level of endogenous GPR160 is associated with the pathogenesis of prostate cancer.
Mutanome and expression of immune response genes in microsatelite stable colon cancer.Friday, February 12, 2016
Sanz-Pamplona R, Gil-Hoyos R, López-Doriga A, Alonso MH, Aussó S, Molleví DG, Santos C, Sanjuán X, Salazar R, Alemany R, Moreno V,
Oncotarget. 9-Feb-2016
The aim of this study was to analyze the impact of the mutanome in the prognosis of microsatellite stable stage II CRC tumors. The exome of 42 stage II, microsatellite stable, colon tumors (21 of them relapse) and their paired mucosa were sequenced and analyzed. Although some pathways accumulated more mutations in patients exhibiting good or poor prognosis, no single somatic mutation was associated with prognosis. Exome sequencing data is also valuable to infer tumor neoantigens able to elicit a host immune response. Hence, putative neoantigens were identified by combining information about missense mutations in each tumor and HLAs genotypes of the patients. Under the hypothesis that neoantigens should be correctly presented in order to activate the immune response, expression levels of genes involved in the antigen presentation machinery were also assessed. In addition, CD8A level (as a marker of T-cell infiltration) was measured. We found that tumors with better prognosis showed a tendency to generate a higher number of immunogenic epitopes, and up-regulated genes involved in the antigen processing machinery. Moreover, tumors with higher T-cell infiltration also showed better prognosis. Stratifying by consensus molecular subtype, CMS4 tumors showed the highest association of expression levels of genes involved in the antigen presentation machinery with prognosis. Thus, we hypothesize that a subset of stage II microsatellite stable CRC tumors are able to generate an immune response in the host via MHC class I antigen presentation, directly related with a better prognosis.
MALAT1 long ncRNA promotes gastric cancer metastasis by suppressing PCDH10.Friday, February 12, 2016
Qi Y, Ooi HS, Wu J, Chen J, Zhang X, Tan S, Yu Q, Li YY, Kang Y, Li H, Xiong Z, Zhu T, Liu B, Shao Z, Zhao X,
Oncotarget. 9-Feb-2016
EZH2, the catalytic component of polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2), is frequently overexpressed in human cancers and contributes to tumor initiation and progression, in part through transcriptional silencing of tumor suppressor genes. A number of noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) recruit EZH2 to specific chromatin loci, where they modulate gene expression. Here, we used RNA immunoprecipitation sequencing (RIP-seq) to profile EZH2-associated transcripts in human gastric cancer cell lines. We identified 8,256 transcripts, including both noncoding and coding transcripts, some of which were derived from cancer-related loci. In particular, we found that long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) MALAT1 binds EZH2, suppresses the tumor suppressor PCDH10, and promotes gastric cellular migration and invasion. Our work thus provides a global view of the EZH2-associated transcriptome and offers new insight into the function of EZH2 in gastric tumorigenesis.
Genetic variants in multisynthetase complex genes are associated with DNA damage levels in Chinese populations.Friday, February 12, 2016
Liu J, Zhu M, Chen W, Xie K, Shen W, Yuan J, Cheng Y, Geng L, Wang Y, Jin G, Dai J, Ma H, Du J, Wang M, Zhang Z, Hu Z, Wu T, Shen H,
Mutation research. 25-Jan-2016
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (ARSs) and ARS-interacting multi-functional proteins (AIMPs) form a multisynthetase complex (MSC) and play an important role in the process of DNA damage repair. We hypothesized that genetic variants in key ARSs and AIMPs might regulate the DNA damage response. Therefore, we systematically screened 23 potentially functional polymorphisms in MSC genes and evaluated the association between the genetic variants and DNA damage levels in 307 subjects from three cities in southern, central and northern China (Zhuhai, Wuhan and Tianjin, respectively). We examined personal 24-h PM2.5 exposure levels and DNA damage levels in peripheral blood lymphocytes for each subject. We found that the variant allele of rs12199241 in AIMP3 was significantly associated with DNA damage levels (β=0.343, 95%CI: 0.133-0.554, P=0.001). Meanwhile, the results of rs5030754 in EPRS and rs3784929 in KARS indicated their suggestive roles in DNA damage processes (β=0.331, 95%CI: 0.062-0.599, P=0.016 for rs5030754; β=0.192, 95%CI: 0.016-0.368, P=0.033 for rs3784929, respectively). After multiple testing, rs12199241 was still significantly associated with DNA damage levels. Combined analysis of these three polymorphisms showed a significant allele-dosage association between the number of risk alleles and higher DNA damage levels (Ptrend<0.001). These findings indicate that genetic variants in MSC genes may account for PM2.5-modulated DNA damage levels in Chinese populations.
Influence of x03B3;-Secretase Inhibitor 24-Diamino-5-Phenylthiazole DAPT on Platelet Activation.Friday, February 12, 2016
Liu G, Liu G, Chatterjee M, Umbach AT, Chen H, Gawaz M, Lang F,
Cellular physiology and biochemistry : international journal of experimental cellular physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology. 15-Feb-2016
The x03B3;-secretase inhibitor DAPT counteracts agonist induced platelet activation, apoptosis and aggregation.
Human classical monocytes display unbalanced M1/M2 phenotype with increased atherosclerotic risk and presence of disease.Friday, February 12, 2016
Williams H, Cassorla G, Pertsoulis N, Patel V, Vicaretti M, Marmash N, Hitos K, Fletcher JP, Medbury H,
International angiology : a journal of the International Union of Angiology. 12-Feb-2016
We conclude that monocyte subsets show functional and phenotypic changes in cardiovascular disease and such changes are likely to contribute to atherosclerotic progression.
Prevalence of metabolic syndrome in patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty and relevance of biomarkers.Friday, February 12, 2016
Saluk JL, Banos AL, Hopkinson WL, Rees HL, Syed D, Hoppensteadt D, Abro S, Iqbal O, Fareed J,
International angiology : a journal of the International Union of Angiology. 12-Feb-2016
Overall, the differing metabolic profile seen in patients undergoing TJA suggest ongoing metabolic dysfunction. Insulin and c-peptide patterns among the different test groups hint toward a complex and dysfunctional metabolic process involved, with leptin and underlying insulin resistance playing a role. Increased resistin in TJA+MetS, but not in TJA-MetS, compared to normal, suggests that while elevated resistin levels may be associated with the osteoarthritic process, levels are further attenuated by MetS, which is highly prevalent in this population. Increased TNFα in TJA-MetS compared to TJA+MetS may be an artifact of differing sample populations or a true complication of the complex pathophysiology and medical regimen seen in patients with both OA and MetS. The lack of difference seen in the remaining biomarkers suggest that having MetS as a comorbidity does not contribute to the elevated levels seen in patients undergoing TJA.
Pharmacogenetics of Cytochrome P450 Enzymes in American Indian and Caucasian Children Admitted to a Psychiatric Hospital.Friday, February 12, 2016
McGrane IR, Loveland JG,
Journal of child and adolescent psychopharmacology. 12-Feb-2016
This study is the first to identify differences in polymorphism frequencies of the CYP450 system in AIs and Caucasian youth admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Our findings warrant further study of these populations to determine if these differences are generalizable to the larger population of Caucasian and AI/Alaska Native youth in the Northwestern United States.
OX130 Monoclonal Antibody Recognizes Human SIRPβ1 but Cross-Reacts on SIRPα from One Allele.Friday, February 12, 2016
Hatherley D, Aknin ML, Barclay N,
Monoclonal antibodies in immunodiagnosis and immunotherapy. 21-Jan-2016
The SIRP family of myeloid-paired receptors are characterized by having both activating and inhibiting members with extracellular regions that are relatively similar. Making good reagents to these receptors is not straightforward, particularly as they are relatively polymorphic. We describe the production of a monoclonal antibody (MAb) called OX130 that recognizes both common alleles of the human activating SIRPβ1 receptor but also cross-reacts with one of the common alleles of the inhibitory human SIRPα receptor. Thus one might get different outcomes when this MAb is used in assays from different individuals and shows the importance of characterizing SIRP MAb in this way.
Utilizing a Key Aptamer Structure-Switching Mechanism for the Ultra-High Frequency Detection of Cocaine.Friday, February 12, 2016
Neves MA, Blaszykowski C, Thompson M,
Analytical chemistry. 12-Feb-2016
Aptasensing of small molecules remains a challenge as detection often requires the use of labels or signal amplification methodologies, resulting in both difficult-to-prepare sensor platforms and multi-step, complex assays. Furthermore, many ap-tasensors rely on the binding mechanism or structural changes associated with target capture by the aptameric probe, resulting in a detection scheme customized to each aptamer. It is in this context that we report herein a sensitive cocaine aptasensor that offers both real-time and label-free measurement capabilities. Detection relies on the electromagnetic piezoelectric acoustic sensor (EMPAS) platform. The sensing interface consists of a S-(11-trichlorosilyl-undecanyl)-benzenethiosulfonate (BTS) adlayer-coated quartz disc onto which a structure-switching cocaine aptamer (MN6) is immobilized, completing the preparation of the MN6 co-caine aptasensor (M6CA). The EMPAS system has recently been employed as the foundation of a cocaine aptasensor based on a structurally-rigid cocaine aptamer variant (MN4), an aptasensor referred to by analogy as M4CA. M6CA represents a significant increase in terms of analytical performance, not only compared to M4CA but also other cocaine aptamer-based sensors that do not rely on signal amplification, producing an apparent Kd of 27 ± 6 µM and a 0.3 µM detection limit. Remarkably, the latter is in the range of that achieved by cocaine aptasensors relying on signal amplification. Furthermore, M6CA proved not only to be capable of regaining its cocaine-binding ability via simple buffer flow over the sensing interface (i.e. without the necessity to implement an additional regeneration step, such as in the case of M4CA), but also of detecting cocaine in a multicomponent matrix possessing potentially assay-interfering species. Finally, through observation of the distinct shape of its response profiles to cocaine injection, demonstration was made that the EMPAS system in practice offers the possibility to distinguish between the binding mechanisms of structure-switching (MN6) vs. rigid (MN4) aptameric probes. An ability that could allow the EMPAS to provide a more univer-sal aptasensing platform than what is ordinarily observed in the literature.
A General Approach for Generating Fluorescent Probes to Visualize Piconewton Forces at the Cell Surface.Friday, February 12, 2016
Chang Y, Liu Z, Zhang Y, Galior K, Yang J, Salaita K,
Journal of the American Chemical Society. 12-Feb-2016
Mechanical forces between cells and their extracellular matrix (ECM) are mediated by hundreds of different receptors. These biophysical interactions play fundamental roles in processes ranging from cellular development to tumor progression. However, mapping the spatial and temporal dynamics of tension among various receptor-ligand pairs remains a significant challenge. To address this issue, we have developed a synthetic strategy to generate modular tension probes combining the native chemical ligation (NCL) reaction with solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS). In principle, this approach accommodates virtually any peptide or expressed protein amenable to NCL. We generated a small library of tension probes displaying different ligands, flexible linkers, and fluorescent reporters, thus mapping integrin and cadherin tension, and demonstrating the first example of long-term (~3 days) molecular tension imaging. This approach provides a toolset to better under-stand mechanotransduction events fundamental to cell biology.
Caetano-Pinto P, Janssen MJ, Gijzen L, Verscheijden L, Wilmer MJ, Masereeuw R,
Molecular pharmaceutics. 12-Feb-2016
Apical transport is key in renal function, and the activity of efflux transporters and receptor-mediated endocytosis is pivotal in this process. The conditionally immortalized proximal tubule epithelial cell line (ciPTEC) endogenously expresses these systems. Here, we used ciPTEC to investigate the activity of three major efflux transporters, viz. breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP), multidrug resistance protein 4 (MRP4) and P-glycoprotein (P-gp), as well as protein uptake through receptor-mediated endocytosis using a fluorescence-based setup for transport assays. To this end, cells were exposed to Hoechst33342, chloromethylfluorescein-diacetate (CMFDA) and calcein-AM in presence or absence of model inhibitors for BCRP (KO143), P-gp (PSC833) or MRP's (MK571). Overexpression cell lines MDCKII-BCRP and MDCKII-P-gp were used as positive controls and membrane vesicles over-expressing one transporter were used to determine substrate and inhibitor specificities. Receptor-mediated endocytosis was investigated by determining the intracellular accumulation of fluorescently labeled receptor associated protein (RAP-GST). In ciPTEC, BCRP and P-gp showed similar expressions and activities while MRP4 was more abundantly expressed. Hoechst33342, GS-MF and calcein are retained in the presence of KO143, MK571 and PSC833, showing clearly redundancy between the transporters. Noteworthy is the fact that both KO143 and MK571 can block BCRP, P-gp and MRP's, while PSC833 appears a potent inhibitor for BCRP and P-gp, but not the MRP's. Furthermore, ciPTEC accumulate RAP-GST in intracellular vesicles in a dose and time dependent manner, which was reduced in megalin-deficient cells. In conclusion, fluorescent probe-based assays are fast and reproducible in determining apical transport mechanisms, in vitro. We demonstrate that typical substrates and inhibitors are not specific for the designated transporters, reflecting the complex interactions that can take place in vivo. The set of tools we describe are also compatible with innovative kidney culture models, and allows studying transport mechanisms that are central to drug absorption, disposition and detoxification.
Lipid tethering of breast tumor cells enables real-time imaging of free-floating cell dynamics and drug response.Friday, February 12, 2016
Chakrabarti KR, Andorko JI, Whipple RA, Zhang P, Sooklal EL, Martin SS, Jewell CM,
Oncotarget. 8-Feb-2016
Free-floating tumor cells located in the blood of cancer patients, known as circulating tumor cells (CTCs), have become key targets for studying metastasis. However, effective strategies to study the free-floating behavior of tumor cells in vitro have been a major barrier limiting the understanding of the functional properties of CTCs. Upon extracellular-matrix (ECM) detachment, breast tumor cells form tubulin-based protrusions known as microtentacles (McTNs) that play a role in the aggregation and re-attachment of tumor cells to increase their metastatic efficiency. In this study, we have designed a strategy to spatially immobilize ECM-detached tumor cells while maintaining their free-floating character. We use polyelectrolyte multilayers deposited on microfluidic substrates to prevent tumor cell adhesion and the addition of lipid moieties to tether tumor cells to these surfaces through interactions with the cell membranes. This coating remains optically clear, allowing capture of high-resolution images and videos of McTNs on viable free-floating cells. In addition, we show that tethering allows for the real-time analysis of McTN dynamics on individual tumor cells and in response to tubulin-targeting drugs. The ability to image detached tumor cells can vastly enhance our understanding of CTCs under conditions that better recapitulate the microenvironments they encounter during metastasis.
Usefulness of Flow Cytometric Mepacrine Uptake/Release Combined with CD63 Assay in Diagnosis of Patients with Suspected Platelet Dense Granule Disorder.Friday, February 12, 2016
Cai H, Mullier F, Frotscher B, Briquel ME, Toussaint M, Massin F, Lecompte T, Latger-Cannard V,
Seminars in thrombosis and hemostasis. 12-Feb-2016
Dense granule disorder is one of the most common platelet abnormalities, resulting from dense granule deficiency or secretion defect. This study was aimed to evaluate the clinical usefulness of the flow cytometric combination of mepacrine uptake/release assay and CD63 expression detection in the management of patients with suspected dense granule disorder. Over a period of 5 years, patients with abnormal platelet aggregation and/or reduced adenosine triphosphate (ATP) secretion suggestive of dense granule disorder were consecutively enrolled. The flow cytometric assays were systematically performed to further investigate dense granule functionality. Among the 26 included patients, 18 cases showed impaired mepacrine uptake/release and reduced CD63 expression on activated platelets, consistent with δ-storage pool deficiency (SPD). Another seven patients showed decrease in mepacrine release and CD63 expression but mepacrine uptake was normal, indicating secretion defect rather than δ-SPD. Unfortunately, ATP secretion could not be measured in 7 out of the 26 patients due to insufficient sample and/or severe thrombocytopenia. This test combination provides a rapid and effective method to detect the heterogeneous abnormalities of platelet dense granule by distinguishing between storage and release defects. This combination is particularly advantageous for severely thrombocytopenic patients and pediatric patients in which only minimal sample is required.
Regulatory effects of genomic translocations at the human carboxylesterase-1 (CES1) gene locus.Friday, February 12, 2016
Sanford JC, Wang X, Shi J, Barrie ES, Wang D, Zhu HJ, Sadee W,
Pharmacogenetics and genomics. 11-Feb-2016
The frequent translocation variant CES1VAR reduces mRNA expression of CES1 in the liver by ∼30%, but protein expression and metabolizing activity in the liver were not detectably altered - possibly because of variable CES1 expression masking small allelic effects. Whether drug therapies are affected by CES1VAR will require further in-vivo studies.
Integrative microRNA and gene profiling data analysis reveals novel biomarkers and mechanisms for lung cancer.Friday, February 12, 2016
Hu L, Ai J, Long H, Liu W, Wang X, Zuo Y, Li Y, Wu Q, Deng Y,
Oncotarget. 8-Feb-2016
Our results demonstrate that integrating miRNAs and target genes are valuable for identifying promising biomarkers, and provided a new insight on underlying mechanism of NSCLC. Further, our well-designed validation studies surely warrant the investigation of the role of target genes related to these 14 miRNAs in the prediction and development of NSCLC.
Histone acetyltransferase inhibitor CPTH6 preferentially targets lung cancer stem-like cells.Friday, February 12, 2016
Di Martile M, Desideri M, De Luca T, Gabellini C, Buglioni S, Eramo A, Sette G, Milella M, Rotili D, Mai A, Carradori S, Secci D, De Maria R, Del Bufalo D, Trisciuoglio D,
Oncotarget. 8-Feb-2016
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) play an important role in tumor initiation, progression, therapeutic failure and tumor relapse. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of the thiazole derivative 3-methylcyclopentylidene-[4-(4'-chlorophenyl)thiazol-2-yl]hydrazone (CPTH6), a novel pCAF and Gcn5 histone acetyltransferase inhibitor, as a small molecule that preferentially targets lung cancer stem-like cells (LCSCs) derived from non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Notably, although CPTH6 inhibits the growth of both LCSC and NSCLC cell lines, LCSCs exhibit greater growth inhibition than established NSCLC cells. Growth inhibitory effect of CPTH6 in LCSC lines is primarily due to apoptosis induction. Of note, differentiated progeny of LCSC lines is more resistant to CPTH6 in terms of loss of cell viability and reduction of protein acetylation, when compared to their undifferentiated counterparts. Interestingly, in LCSC lines CPTH6 treatment is also associated with a reduction of stemness markers. By using different HAT inhibitors we provide clear evidence that inhibition of HAT confers a strong preferential inhibitory effect on cell viability of undifferentiated LCSC lines when compared to their differentiated progeny. In vivo, CPTH6 is able to inhibit the growth of LCSC-derived xenografts and to reduce cancer stem cell content in treated tumors, as evidenced by marked reduction of tumor-initiating capacity in limiting dilution assays. Strikingly, the ability of CPTH6 to inhibit tubulin acetylation is also confirmed in vivo. Overall, our studies propose histone acetyltransferase inhibition as an attractive target for cancer therapy of NSCLC.
RV-Typer: A Web Server for Typing of Rhinoviruses Using Alignment-Free Approach.Friday, February 12, 2016
Kolekar PS, Waman VP, Kale MM, Kulkarni-Kale U,
PloS one. 8-2-2016
Rhinoviruses (RV) are increasingly being reported to cause mild to severe infections of respiratory tract in humans. RV are antigenically the most diverse species of the genus Enterovirus and family Picornaviridae. There are three species of RV (RV-A, -B and -C), with 80, 32 and 55 serotypes/types, respectively. Antigenic variation is the main limiting factor for development of a cross-protective vaccine against RV.Serotyping of Rhinoviruses is carried out using cross-neutralization assays in cell culture. However, these assays become laborious and time-consuming for the large number of strains. Alternatively, serotyping of RV is carried out by alignment-based phylogeny of both protein and nucleotide sequences of VP1. However, serotyping of RV based on alignment-based phylogeny is a multi-step process, which needs to be repeated every time a new isolate is sequenced. In view of the growing need for serotyping of RV, an alignment-free method based on "return time distribution" (RTD) of amino acid residues in VP1 protein has been developed and implemented in the form of a web server titled RV-Typer. RV-Typer accepts nucleotide or protein sequences as an input and computes return times of di-peptides (k = 2) to assign serotypes. The RV-Typer performs with 100% sensitivity and specificity. It is significantly faster than alignment-based methods. The web server is available at
Luteoloside Acts as 3C Protease Inhibitor of Enterovirus 71 In Vitro.Friday, February 12, 2016
Cao Z, Ding Y, Ke Z, Cao L, Li N, Ding G, Wang Z, Xiao W,
PloS one. 12-2-2016
Luteoloside is a member of the flavonoids family that exhibits several bioactivities including anti-microbial and anti-cancer activities. However, the antiviral activity of luteoloside against enterovirus 71 (EV71) and the potential mechanism(s) responsible for this effect remain unknown. In this study, the antiviral potency of luteoloside against EV71 and its inhibitory effects on 3C protease activity were evaluated. First, we investigated the cytotoxicity of luteoloside against rhabdomyosarcoma (RD) cells, which was the cell line selected for an in vitro infection model. In a subsequent antiviral assay, the cytopathic effect of EV71 was significantly and dose-dependently relieved by the administration of luteoloside (EC50 = 0.43 mM, selection index = 5.3). Using a plaque reduction assay, we administered luteoloside at various time points and found that the compound reduced EV71 viability in RD cells rather than increasing defensive mobilization or viral absorption. Moreover, biochemical studies focused on VP1 (a key structural protein of EV71) mRNA transcript and protein levels also revealed the inhibitory effects of luteoloside on the EV71 viral yield. Finally, we performed inhibition assays using luteoloside to evaluate its effect on recombinant 3C protease activity. Our results demonstrated that luteoloside blocked 3C protease enzymatic activity in a dose-dependent manner (IC50 = 0.36 mM) that was similar to the effect of rutin, which is a well-known C3 protease inhibitor. Collectively, the results from this study indicate that luteoloside can block 3C protease activity and subsequently inhibit EV71 production in vitro.
Development of a Topical Treatment for Psoriasis Targeting RORγ: From Bench to Skin.Friday, February 12, 2016
Smith SH, Peredo CE, Takeda Y, Bui T, Neil J, Rickard D, Millerman E, Therrien JP, Nicodeme E, Brusq JM, Birault V, Viviani F, Hofland H, Jetten AM, Cote-Sierra J,
PloS one. 12-2-2016
Our work describes a progressive series of assays to demonstrate the potential clinical value of a novel RORγ inverse agonist small molecule with high potency and selectivity, which will enter clinical trials in late 2015 for psoriasis patients.
Antifibrotic Therapies: Where Are We Now?Saturday, February 13, 2016
Yoon YJ, Friedman SL, Lee YA,
Seminars in liver disease. Feb-2016
Fibrosis is the wound-healing response of tissues to injury. Extensive characterization of organ fibrosis mechanisms has identified common core pathways in renal, pulmonary, skin, and liver fibrosis that offer novel antifibrotic approaches across tissues, in addition to organ-specific and/or disease-specific pathways. A growing number of small molecules and biologics have been identified that are reaching clinical trials for one or more fibrotic diseases, making new antifibrotic options for liver fibrosis an emerging reality. The accelerating pace of drug development, which will also include drug repurposing or combination therapies, heightens the need for novel methods for noninvasive fibrosis assessment without liver biopsy, which is critical to establishing surrogate endpoints for patients in clinical trials who have a low risk of hepatic decompensation. In this article the authors review mechanisms of liver fibrosis and outline potential therapeutic targets and antifibrotic therapies in preclinical studies and clinical trials.
Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Beyond Ursodeoxycholic Acid.Saturday, February 13, 2016
Corpechot C,
Seminars in liver disease. Feb-2016
Although ursodeoxycholic acid remains the only approved pharmacotherapy for patients with primary biliary cirrhosis, the better characterization of factors responsible for the poor response to this drug and the emergence of several new putative therapeutic targets now offer significant opportunities to improve the management of patients and our capacity to treat them more efficiently. The availability of novel treatment options, such as fibrates, budesonide, and obeticholic acid, all capable of improving prognostic markers, invites us to reconsider our management and treatment strategies. Early identification of high-risk patients should remain a priority to deliver adjunctive therapies to appropriately selected populations and increase their chances of success. Given the absence of comparative trials, the choice between second-line treatments should be dictated by the biochemical, histological, and expected tolerance profiles. Here the author presents a brief overview of what should be known in this field and proposes a practical approach to facilitate decision making.
Recent advances in understanding the enzymatic reactions of [4+2] cycloaddition and spiroketalization.Friday, February 12, 2016
Zheng Q, Tian Z, Liu W,
Current opinion in chemical biology. 9-Feb-2016
Diels-Alder-like [4+2] cycloaddition and ketalization of dihydroxy ketones are cyclization reactions with different mechanisms that produce characteristic cyclohexene and spiroketal units, respectively. Here, we review newly identified, naturally occurring '[4+2] cycloadditionases' and 'spiroketalases' and reveal several similarities between the two types of enzymes. During catalysis, these enzymes control product stereochemistry or/and enhance the transformation rate. They exhibit convergent evolution of [4+2] cycloaddition or spiroketalization activity, which is likely dependent on interactions of variable protein folds with specialized chemical structures. An understanding of these similarities is expected to allow for establishment of the underlying principles for the application and catalyst design of associated enzymatic reactions in organic chemistry and synthetic biology.
Sarcocystid organisms found in bile from a dog with acute hepatitis: a case report and review of intestinal and hepatobiliary Sarcocystidae infections in dogs and cats.Friday, February 12, 2016
Irvine KL, Walker JM, Friedrichs KR,
Veterinary clinical pathology / American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology. 12-Feb-2016
Sarcocystidae is a family of coccidian protozoa from the phylum Apicomplexa that includes Toxoplasma, Neospora, Sarcocystis, Hammondia, and Besnoitia spp. All species undergo a 2-host sexual and asexual cycle. In the definitive host, replication is enteroepithelial, and infection is typically asymptomatic or less commonly causes mild diarrhea. Clinical disease is most frequently observed in the intermediate host, often as an aberrant infection, and is mostly associated with neurologic, muscular, or hepatic inflammation. Here, we review the literature regarding intestinal Sarcocystidae infections in dogs and cats, with emphasis on the life cycle stages and the available diagnostic assays and their limitations. We also report the diagnostic findings for an 11-year-old dog with acute neutrophilic hepatitis, biliary protozoa, and negative biliary culture. Although Toxoplasma and Neospora IgG titers were both high, PCR for these 2 organisms was negative for bile. The organisms were identified by 18S rDNA PCR as most consistent with Hammondia, either H heydorni or H triffittae. This is the first report of presumed Hammondia organisms being found in canine bile.
Role of NADPH oxidases in inducing a selective increase of oxidant stress and cyclin D1 and checkpoint 1 over-expression during progression to human gastric adenocarcinoma.Friday, February 12, 2016
Montalvo-Javé EE, Olguín-Martínez M, Hernández-Espinosa DR, Sánchez-Sevilla L, Mendieta-Condado E, Contreras-Zentella ML, Oñate-Ocaña LF, Escalante-Tatersfield T, Echegaray-Donde A, Ruiz-Molina JM, Herrera MF, Morán J, Hernández-Muñoz R,
European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990). 9-Feb-2016
Chronically injured gastric mucosa increases lipoperoxidative events and cell proliferation. In the adenocarcinoma, cell proliferation was further enhanced, oxidant stress decreased which seemed to be linked to NOX1, MDC1 and cyclin D1 over-expression, but with a lower NOXs activity leading a 'low tone' of ROS formation. Therefore, our results could be useful for early detection and treatment of gastric adenocarcinoma.
Knockdown of golgi phosphoprotein 2 inhibits hepatocellular carcinoma cell proliferation and motility.Friday, February 12, 2016
Liu Y, Zhang X, Sun T, Jiang J, Li Y, Chen M, Wei Z, Jiang W, Zhou L,
Oncotarget. 8-Feb-2016
Golgi phosphoprotein 2 (GP73) is highly expressed in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, where it serves as a biomarker and indicator of disease progression. We used MTS assays, anchorage-independent cell colony formation assays and a xenograft tumor model to show that GP73-specific siRNAs inhibit HCC proliferation in HepG2, SMMC-7721, and Huh7 cell lines and in vivo. Following GP73 silencing, levels of p-Rb, a factor related to metastasis, were reduced, but cell cycle progression was unaffected. Our results suggest that GP73 silencing may not directly suppress proliferation, but may instead inhibit cell motility. Results from proliferation assays suggest GP73 reduces expression of epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT)-related factors and promotes cell motility, while transwell migration and invasion assays indicated a possible role in metastasis. Immunofluorescence co-localization microscopy and immunoblotting showed that GP73 decreases expression of N-cadherin and E-cadherin, two key factors in EMT, which may in turn decrease intracellular adhesive forces and promote cell motility. This study confirmed that GP73 expression leads to increased expression of EMT-related proteins and that GP73 silencing reduces HCC cell migration in vitro. These findings suggest that GP73 silencing through siRNA delivery may provide a novel low-toxicity therapy for the inhibition of tumor proliferation and metastasis.
RHAMM splice variants confer radiosensitivity in human breast cancer cell lines.Friday, February 12, 2016
Schütze A, Vogeley C, Gorges T, Twarock S, Butschan J, Babayan A, Klein D, Knauer SK, Metzen E, Müller V, Jendrossek V, Pantel K, Milde-Langosch K, Fischer JW, Röck K,
Oncotarget. 8-Feb-2016
Biomarkers for prognosis in radiotherapy-treated breast cancer patients are urgently needed and important to stratify patients for adjuvant therapies. Recently, a role of the receptor of hyaluronan-mediated motility (RHAMM) has been suggested for tumor progression. Our aim was (i) to investigate the prognostic value of RHAMM in breast cancer and (ii) to unravel its potential function in the radiosusceptibility of breast cancer cells. We demonstrate that RHAMM mRNA expression in breast cancer biopsies is inversely correlated with tumor grade and overall survival. Radiosusceptibility in vitro was evaluated by sub-G1 analysis (apoptosis) and determination of the proliferation rate. The potential role of RHAMM was addressed by short interfering RNAs against RHAMM and its splice variants. High expression of RHAMMv1/v2 in p53 wild type cells (MCF-7) induced cellular apoptosis in response to ionizing radiation. In comparison, in p53 mutated cells (MDA-MB-231) RHAMMv1/v2 was expressed sparsely resulting in resistance towards irradiation induced apoptosis. Proliferation capacity was not altered by ionizing radiation in both cell lines. Importantly, pharmacological inhibition of the major ligand of RHAMM, hyaluronan, sensitized both cell lines towards radiation induced cell death. Based on the present data, we conclude that the detection of RHAMM splice variants in correlation with the p53 mutation status could help to predict the susceptibility of breast cancer cells to radiotherapy. Additionally, our studies raise the possibility that the response to radiotherapy in selected cohorts may be improved by pharmaceutical strategies against RHAMM and its ligand hyaluronan.
Neuromuscular junction degeneration in muscle wasting.Friday, February 12, 2016
Rudolf R, Deschenes MR, Sandri M,
Current opinion in clinical nutrition and metabolic care. 11-Feb-2016
Basic research has revealed that maintenance of neuromuscular junctions and a few signaling pathways are important in the context of age-dependent and other forms of muscle wasting. These findings have recently started to enter clinical practice, but further research needs to substantiate and refine our knowledge.
Inhalational Alzheimer's disease: an unrecognized - and treatable - epidemic.Friday, February 12, 2016
Bredesen DE,
Aging. 10-Feb-2016
Alzheimer's disease is one of the most significant healthcare problems today, with a dire need for effective treatment. Identifying subtypes of Alzheimer's disease may aid in the development of therapeutics, and recently three different subtypes have been described: type 1 (inflammatory), type 2 (non-inflammatory or atrophic), and type 3 (cortical). Here I report that type 3 Alzheimer's disease is the result of exposure to specific toxins, and is most commonly inhalational (IAD), a phenotypic manifestation of chronic inflammatory response syndrome (CIRS), due to biotoxins such as mycotoxins. The appropriate recognition of IAD as a potentially important pathogenetic condition in patients with cognitive decline offers the opportunity for successful treatment of a large number of patients whose current prognoses, in the absence of accurate diagnosis, are grave.
Plasma Biomarkers of HIV-associated Cognitive Disease.Friday, February 12, 2016
Winston A, Underwood J,
EBioMedicine. Jan-2016
Environmental Enteropathy, Oral Vaccine Failure and Growth Faltering in Infants in Bangladesh.Friday, February 12, 2016
Naylor C, Lu M, Haque R, Mondal D, Buonomo E, Nayak U, Mychaleckyj JC, Kirkpatrick B, Colgate R, Carmolli M, Dickson D, van der Klis F, Weldon W, Steven Oberste M, Ma JZ, Petri WA,
EBioMedicine. Nov-2015
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (OPP1017093).
Associated Links Among Smoking, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and Small Cell Lung Cancer: A Pooled Analysis in the International Lung Cancer Consortium.Friday, February 12, 2016
Huang R, Wei Y, Hung RJ, Liu G, Su L, Zhang R, Zong X, Zhang ZF, Morgenstern H, Brüske I, Heinrich J, Hong YC, Kim JH, Cote M, Wenzlaff A, Schwartz AG, Stucker I, Mclaughlin J, Marcus MW, Davies MP, Liloglou T, Field JK, Matsuo K, Barnett M, Thornquist M, Goodman G, Wang Y, Chen S, Yang P, Duell EJ, Andrew AS, Lazarus P, Muscat J, Woll P, Horsman J, Dawn Teare M, Flugelman A, Rennert G, Zhang Y, Brenner H, Stegmaier C, van der Heijden EH, Aben K, Kiemeney L, Barros-Dios J, Pérez-Ríos M, Ruano-Ravina A, Caporaso NE, Bertazzi PA, Landi MT, Dai J, Shen H, Fernandez-Tardon G, Rodriguez-Suarez M, Tardon A, Christiani DC,
EBioMedicine. Nov-2015
Distinct Transcriptional and Anti-Mycobacterial Profiles of Peripheral Blood Monocytes Dependent on the Ratio of Monocytes: Lymphocytes.Friday, February 12, 2016
Naranbhai V, Fletcher HA, Tanner R, O'Shea MK, McShane H, Fairfax BP, Knight JC, Hill AV,
EBioMedicine. Nov-2015
The ratio of monocytes and lymphocytes (ML ratio) in peripheral blood is associated with tuberculosis and malaria disease risk and cancer and cardiovascular disease outcomes. We studied anti-mycobacterial function and the transcriptome of monocytes in relation to the ML ratio. Mycobacterial growth inhibition assays of whole or sorted blood were performed and mycobacteria were enumerated by liquid culture. Transcriptomes of unstimulated CD14 + monocytes isolated by magnetic bead sorting were characterised by microarray. Transcript expression was tested for association with ML ratio calculated from leucocyte differential counts by linear regression. The ML ratio was associated with mycobacterial growth in vitro (β = 2.23, SE 0.91, p = 0.02). Using sorted monocytes and lymphocytes, in vivo ML ratio (% variance explained R(2) = 11%, p = 0.02) dominated over in vitro ratios (R(2) = 5%, p = 0.10) in explaining mycobacterial growth. Expression of 906 genes was associated with the ML ratio and 53 with monocyte count alone. ML-ratio associated genes were enriched for type-I and -II interferon signalling (p = 1.2 × 10(- 8)), and for genes under transcriptional control of IRF1, IRF2, RUNX1, RELA and ESRRB. The ML-ratio-associated gene set was enriched in TB disease (3.11-fold, 95% CI: 2.28-4.19, p = 5.7 × 10(- 12)) and other inflammatory diseases including atopy, HIV, IBD and SLE. The ML ratio is associated with distinct transcriptional and anti-mycobacterial profiles of monocytes that may explain the disease associations of the ML ratio.
A Novel Class of Small Molecule Compounds that Inhibit Hepatitis C Virus Infection by Targeting the Prohibitin-CRaf Pathway.Friday, February 12, 2016
Liu S, Wang W, Brown LE, Qiu C, Lajkiewicz N, Zhao T, Zhou J, Porco JA, Wang TT,
EBioMedicine. Nov-2015
Identification of novel drug targets and affordable therapeutic agents remains a high priority in the fight against chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Here, we report that the cellular proteins prohibitin 1 (PHB1) and 2 (PHB2) are pan-genotypic HCV entry factors functioning at a post-binding step. While predominantly found in mitochondria, PHBs localize to the plasma membrane of hepatocytes through their transmembrane domains and interact with both EGFR and CRaf. Targeting PHB by rocaglamide (Roc-A), a natural product that binds PHB1 and 2, reduced cell surface PHB1 and 2, disrupted PHB-CRaf interaction, and inhibited HCV entry at low nanomolar concentrations. A structure-activity analysis of 32 synthetic Roc-A analogs indicated that the chiral, racemic version of aglaroxin C, a natural product biosynthetically related to Roc-A, displayed improved potency and therapeutic index against HCV infection. This study reveals a new class of HCV entry inhibitors that target the PHB1/2-CRaf pathway.
Detecting Aquaporin Function and Regulation.Friday, February 12, 2016
Madeira A, Moura TF, Soveral G,
Frontiers in chemistry. 2016
Water is the major component of cells and tissues throughout all forms of life. Fluxes of water and solutes through cell membranes and epithelia are essential for osmoregulation and energy homeostasis. Aquaporins are membrane channels expressed in almost every organism and involved in the bidirectional transfer of water and small solutes across cell membranes. Aquaporins have important biological roles and have been implicated in several pathophysiological conditions suggesting a great translational potential in aquaporin-based diagnostics and therapeutics. Detecting aquaporin function is critical for assessing regulation and screening for new activity modulators that can prompt the development of efficient medicines. Appropriate methods for functional analysis comprising suitable cell models and techniques to accurately evaluate water and solute membrane permeability are essential to validate aquaporin function and assess short-term regulation. The present review describes established assays commonly used to assess aquaporin function in cells and tissues, as well as the experimental biophysical strategies required to reveal functional regulation and identify modulators, the first step for aquaporin drug discovery.
Radiation Metabolomics: Current Status and Future Directions.Friday, February 12, 2016
Menon SS, Uppal M, Randhawa S, Cheema MS, Aghdam N, Usala RL, Ghosh SP, Cheema AK, Dritschilo A,
Frontiers in oncology. 2016
Human exposure to ionizing radiation (IR) disrupts normal metabolic processes in cells and organs by inducing complex biological responses that interfere with gene and protein expression. Conventional dosimetry, monitoring of prodromal symptoms, and peripheral lymphocyte counts are of limited value as organ- and tissue-specific biomarkers for personnel exposed to radiation, particularly, weeks or months after exposure. Analysis of metabolites generated in known stress-responsive pathways by molecular profiling helps to predict the physiological status of an individual in response to environmental or genetic perturbations. Thus, a multi-metabolite profile obtained from a high-resolution mass spectrometry-based metabolomics platform offers potential for identification of robust biomarkers to predict radiation toxicity of organs and tissues resulting from exposures to therapeutic or non-therapeutic IR. Here, we review the status of radiation metabolomics and explore applications as a standalone technology, as well as its integration in systems biology, to facilitate a better understanding of the molecular basis of radiation response. Finally, we draw attention to the identification of specific pathways that can be targeted for the development of therapeutics to alleviate or mitigate harmful effects of radiation exposure.
Report from the Second International Conference of Traditional and Complementary Medicine on Health 2015.Friday, February 12, 2016
Isidoro C, Huang CC, Sheen LY,
Journal of traditional and complementary medicine. Jan-2016
The Second International Conference of Traditional and Complementary Medicine on Health was held from October 24th through 27th at the GIS National Taiwan University Convention Center in Taipei. Twenty-seven invited speakers, representative of fourteen Countries, delivered their lecture in front of an audience of more than two hundreds of attendees. In addition, a poster exhibition with seventy-two presenters completed the scientific sessions. The leitmotif of the Conference was to promote a common platform in which all medical knowledge is integrated to improve the health care system. Traditional medicine and complementary medicine are characterized by a holistic approach to prevent and cure diseases, making use of natural products and/or physical manipulations. In this context, the Conference emphasized the importance of the Quality Control and of standardized methods for the authentication, preparation and characterization of the herbal products and nutrient supplements, as well as the need for controlled clinical trials and for experimental studies to demonstrate the efficacy and to understand the underlying mechanisms of the preventive and curative treatments. In this report, we highlight the novel findings and the perspectives in Traditional and Complementary Medicine (TCM; chuán tǒng jì hù bǔ yī xué) that emerged during the conference.
Exploration of the anticandidal mechanism of Cassia spectabilis in debilitating candidiasis.Friday, February 12, 2016
Torey A, Vijayarathna S, Jothy SL, Gothai S, Chen Y, Latha LY, Kanwar JR, Dharmaraj S, Sasidharan S,
Journal of traditional and complementary medicine. Jan-2016
Candida albicans has become resistant to the commercially available, toxic, and expensive anti-Candida agents that are on the market. These factors force the search for new antifungal agents from natural resources. Cassia spectabilis had been traditionally employed by healers for many generations. The possible mechanisms of the C. spectabilis leaf extract were determined by potassium leakage study and the effect of the extract on the constituents of the cell wall and enzymes as well as the morphological changes on C. albicans cells were studied along with cytotoxicity assays. The cytotoxicity result indicated that the extract is nontoxic as was clearly substantiated by a half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) value of 59.10 μg/mL. The treated cells (C. spectabilis extract) demonstrated potassium leakage of 1039 parts per million (ppm) compared to Amphotericin B (AmpB)-treated cells with a released potassium value of 1115 ppm. The effects of the extract on the cell wall proteins illustrated that there were three major types of variations in the expression of treated cell wall proteins: the presence of new proteins, the absence of proteins, and the amount of expressed protein. The activities of two enzymes, α-glucosidase and proteinase, were determined to be significantly high, thereby not fully coinciding with the properties of the antifungal reaction triggered by C. spectabilis. The morphology of C. albicans cells treated with the C. spectabilis extract showed that the cells had abnormalities and were damaged or detached within the microcolonies. Our study verifies C. spectabilis leaf extract as an effective anti-C. albicans agent.
Comparison of efficacy of alternative medicine with allopathy in treatment of oral fungal infection.Friday, February 12, 2016
Maghu S, Desai VD, Sharma R,
Journal of traditional and complementary medicine. Jan-2016
This clinical study assessed and compared the efficacy of tea tree oil (TTO), an alternative form of medicine, with clotrimazole (i.e., allopathy) and a conservative form of management in the treatment of oral fungal infection. In this interventional, observational, and comparative study, we enrolled 36 medically fit individuals of both sexes who were aged 20-60 years old. The participants were randomly assigned to three groups. Group I was given TTO (0.25% rinse) as medicament, Group II was given clotrimazole, and Group III was managed with conservative treatment. The results were analyzed from the clinical evaluation of lesions, changes in four most common clinical parameters of lesions, and subjective symptoms on periodic follow-up. Based on the results, the percentage efficiency of the two groups were taken and compared through a bar graph on the scale of 1. No toxicity to TTO was reported. Group I (TTO) was found to be more efficient than the other two groups, as changes in four parameter indices of lesions were noted, and results for all three groups were compared on a percentage basis. The study concluded that TTO, being a natural product, is a better nontoxic modality compared to clotrimazole, in the treatment of oral fungal infection and has a promising future for its potential application in oral health products.
Nitrate-containing beetroot enhances myocyte metabolism and mitochondrial content.Friday, February 12, 2016
Vaughan RA, Gannon NP, Carriker CR,
Journal of traditional and complementary medicine. Jan-2016
Beetroot ( tián cài) juice consumption is of current interest for improving aerobic performance by acting as a vasodilator and possibly through alterations in skeletal muscle metabolism and physiology. This work explored the effects of a commercially available beetroot supplement on metabolism, gene expression, and mitochondrial content in cultured myocytes. C2C12 myocytes were treated with various concentrations of the beetroot supplement for various durations. Glycolytic metabolism and oxidative metabolism were quantified via measurement of extracellular acidification and oxygen consumption, respectively. Metabolic gene expression was measured using quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, and mitochondrial content was assessed with flow cytometry and confocal microscopy. Cells treated with beetroot exhibited significantly increased oxidative metabolism, concurrently with elevated metabolic gene expression including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator-1 alpha, nuclear respiratory factor 1, mitochondrial transcription factor A, and glucose transporter 4, leading to increased mitochondrial biogenesis. Our data show that treatment with a beetroot supplement increases basal oxidative metabolism. Our observations are also among the first to demonstrate that beetroot extract is an inducer of metabolic gene expression and mitochondrial biogenesis. These observations support the need for further investigation into the therapeutic and pharmacological effects of nitrate-containing supplements for health and athletic benefits.
Infected cell protein 0 functional domains and their coordination in herpes simplex virus replication.Friday, February 12, 2016
Gu H,
World journal of virology. 12-Feb-2016
Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) is a ubiquitous human pathogen that establishes latent infection in ganglia neurons. Its unique life cycle requires a balanced "conquer and compromise" strategy to deal with the host anti-viral defenses. One of HSV-1 α (immediate early) gene products, infected cell protein 0 (ICP0), is a multifunctional protein that interacts with and modulates a wide range of cellular defensive pathways. These pathways may locate in different cell compartments, which then migrate or exchange factors upon stimulation, for the purpose of a concerted and effective defense. ICP0 is able to simultaneously attack multiple host pathways by either degrading key restrictive factors or modifying repressive complexes. This is a viral protein that contains an E3 ubiquitin ligase, translocates among different cell compartments and interacts with major defensive complexes. The multiple functional domains of ICP0 can work independently and at the same time coordinate with each other. Dissecting the functional domains of ICP0 and delineating the coordination of these domains will help us understand HSV-1 pathogenicity as well as host defense mechanisms. This article focuses on describing individual ICP0 domains, their biochemical properties and their implication in HSV-1 infection. By putting individual domain functions back into the picture of host anti-viral defense network, this review seeks to elaborate the complex interactions between HSV-1 and its host.
Analysis of hair cortisol levels in captive chimpanzees: Effect of various methods on cortisol stability and variability.Friday, February 12, 2016
Yamanashi Y, Teramoto M, Morimura N, Hirata S, Suzuki J, Hayashi M, Kinoshita K, Murayama M, Idani G,
MethodsX. 2016
Hair cortisol has been reported to be a useful measure of long-term hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activation in several species. It serves as a practical tool for long-term stress assessment, but it is important to understand the methodological factors that can affects hair cortisol assays to avoid methodological artifacts. To that end, we tested several procedures for measuring cortisol levels in hair collected from captive chimpanzees. The results showed that reproducibility was high, and we found no differences in cortisol levels among the various storage, drying, and sampling methods. However, the fineness of homogenized hair, sample weight, and extraction time affected absolute hair cortisol concentration. Although hair cortisol levels were stable over time, factors that may influence measurement results should be kept constant throughout a study.•We modified and validated a methodology involving enzyme immunoassays to reliably measure the hair cortisol levels of captive chimpanzees.•The results revealed that the fineness of homogenized hair, sample weight, and extraction time caused variations in absolute hair cortisol concentrations in chimpanzees. In contrast, storage, drying, and sampling from similar body parts did not affect the results.
Muscle-Derived Proteins as Serum Biomarkers for Monitoring Disease Progression in Three Forms of Muscular Dystrophy.Friday, February 12, 2016
Burch PM, Pogoryelova O, Goldstein R, Bennett D, Guglieri M, Straub V, Bushby K, Lochmüller H, Morris C,
Journal of neuromuscular diseases. 2-Sep-2015
These proteins, therefore, are potential muscular dystrophy biomarkers for monitoring disease progression and therapeutic response in both preclinical and clinical studies.
HAFNI-enabled largescale platform for neuroimaging informatics (HELPNI).Friday, February 12, 2016
Makkie M, Zhao S, Jiang X, Lv J, Zhao Y, Ge B, Li X, Han J, Liu T,
Brain informatics. 13-2-2016
Tremendous efforts have thus been devoted on the establishment of functional MRI informatics systems that recruit a comprehensive collection of statistical/computational approaches for fMRI data analysis. However, the state-of-the-art fMRI informatics systems are especially designed for specific fMRI sessions or studies of which the data size is not really big, and thus has difficulty in handling fMRI 'big data.' Given the size of fMRI data are growing explosively recently due to the advancement of neuroimaging technologies, an effective and efficient fMRI informatics system which can process and analyze fMRI big data is much needed. To address this challenge, in this work, we introduce our newly developed informatics platform, namely, 'HAFNI-enabled largescale platform for neuroimaging informatics (HELPNI).' HELPNI implements our recently developed computational framework of sparse representation of whole-brain fMRI signals which is called holistic atlases of functional networks and interactions (HAFNI) for fMRI data analysis. HELPNI provides integrated solutions to archive and process large-scale fMRI data automatically and structurally, to extract and visualize meaningful results information from raw fMRI data, and to share open-access processed and raw data with other collaborators through web. We tested the proposed HELPNI platform using publicly available 1000 Functional Connectomes dataset including over 1200 subjects. We identified consistent and meaningful functional brain networks across individuals and populations based on resting state fMRI (rsfMRI) big data. Using efficient sampling module, the experimental results demonstrate that our HELPNI system has superior performance than other systems for large-scale fMRI data in terms of processing and storing the data and associated results much faster.
Identification of fibrillogenic regions in human triosephosphate isomerase.Friday, February 12, 2016
Carcamo-Noriega EN, Saab-Rincon G,
PeerJ. 2016
Background. Amyloid secondary structure relies on the intermolecular assembly of polypeptide chains through main-chain interaction. According to this, all proteins have the potential to form amyloid structure, nevertheless, in nature only few proteins aggregate into toxic or functional amyloids. Structural characteristics differ greatly among amyloid proteins reported, so it has been difficult to link the fibrillogenic propensity with structural topology. However, there are ubiquitous topologies not represented in the amyloidome that could be considered as amyloid-resistant attributable to structural features, such is the case of TIM barrel topology. Methods. This work was aimed to study the fibrillogenic propensity of human triosephosphate isomerase (HsTPI) as a model of TIM barrels. In order to do so, aggregation of HsTPI was evaluated under native-like and destabilizing conditions. Fibrillogenic regions were identified by bioinformatics approaches, protein fragmentation and peptide aggregation. Results. We identified four fibrillogenic regions in the HsTPI corresponding to the β3, β6, β7 y α8 of the TIM barrel. From these, the β3-strand region (residues 59-66) was highly fibrillogenic. In aggregation assays, HsTPI under native-like conditions led to amorphous assemblies while under partially denaturing conditions (urea 3.2 M) formed more structured aggregates. This slightly structured aggregates exhibited residual cross-β structure, as demonstrated by the recognition of the WO1 antibody and ATR-FTIR analysis. Discussion. Despite the fibrillogenic regions present in HsTPI, the enzyme maintained under native-favoring conditions displayed low fibrillogenic propensity. This amyloid-resistance can be attributed to the three-dimensional arrangement of the protein, where β-strands, susceptible to aggregation, are protected in the core of the molecule. Destabilization of the protein structure may expose inner regions promoting β-aggregation, as well as the formation of hydrophobic disordered aggregates. Being this last pathway kinetically favored over the thermodynamically more stable fibril aggregation pathway.
Crystal structure of (9S,10S)-10-eth-oxy-9-hy-droxy-6,6,9-trimethyl-3-pentyl-7,8,9,10-tetra-hydro-6H-benzo[c]chromen-1-yl 4-methyl-benzene-sulfonate.Friday, February 12, 2016
Gul W, Galal A, ElSohly MA, Carvalho P,
Acta crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic communications. 1-Dec-2015
In the structure of the title compound, C30H40O6S, the cyclo-hexene and heterocyclic rings are linked by a double bond. The cyclo-hexene ring has a half-chair conformation (the methyl-ene group adjacent to the hy-droxy substituent lies above the remaining atoms) and the hy-droxy and eth-oxy groups have equatorial and bis-ectional dispositions, respectively. The heterocyclic ring has an envelope conformation (with the CMe2 C atom being the flap). The dihedral angle between the aromatic rings is 53.88 (10)°. A long intra-molecular C-H⋯S inter-action is noted. In the mol-ecular packing, hy-droxy-O-H⋯O(sulfonate) hydrogen bonds lead to a helical chain along [010]. Connections between chains are of the type methyl-C-H⋯O(sulfonate) and lead to supra-molecular layers that lie parallel to (001). The studied crystal was an inversion twin.
Key design considerations on comparative clinical efficacy studies for biosimilars: adalimumab as an example.Friday, February 12, 2016
Lai Z, La Noce A,
RMD open. 2016
The global development of a biosimilar product is a methodologically complex affair, lined with potential design pitfalls and operational missteps to be avoided. Without careful attention to experimental design and meticulous execution, a development programme may fail to demonstrate equivalence, as would be anticipated for a biosimilar product, and not receive regulatory approval based on current guidance. In order to demonstrate similarity of a biosimilar product versus the originator (ie, the branded product), based on regulatory guidance, a stepwise approach is usually taken, starting with a comprehensive structural and functional characterisation of the new biological moiety. Given the sequential nature of the review process, the extent and nature of the non-clinical in vivo studies and the clinical studies to be performed depend on the level of evidence obtained in these previous step(s). A clinical efficacy trial is often required to further demonstrate biosimilarity of the two products (biosimilar vs branded) in terms of comparative safety and effectiveness. Owing to the focus on demonstrating biosimilarity and not safety and efficacy de novo, designing an adequate phase III (potentially pivotal) clinical efficacy study of a biosimilar may present some unique challenges. Using adalimumab as an example, we highlight design elements that may deserve special attention.
Systemic lupus erythematosus and primary fibromyalgia can be distinguished by testing for cell-bound complement activation products.Friday, February 12, 2016
Wallace DJ, Silverman SL, Conklin J, Barken D, Dervieux T,
Lupus science & medicine. 2016
Our data indicate that CB-CAPs in MAAA can distinguish FM from SLE.
Peptide binding to a bacterial signal peptidase visualized by peptide tethering and carrier-driven crystallization.Friday, February 12, 2016
Ting YT, Harris PW, Batot G, Brimble MA, Baker EN, Young PG,
IUCrJ. 1-Jan-2016
Bacterial type I signal peptidases (SPases) are membrane-anchored serine proteases that process the signal peptides of proteins exported via the Sec and Tat secretion systems. Despite their crucial importance for bacterial virulence and their attractiveness as drug targets, only one such enzyme, LepB from Escherichia coli, has been structurally characterized, and the transient nature of peptide binding has stymied attempts to directly visualize SPase-substrate complexes. Here, the crystal structure of SpsB, the type I signal peptidase from the Gram-positive pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, is reported, and a peptide-tethering strategy that exploits the use of carrier-driven crystallization is described. This enabled the determination of the crystal structures of three SpsB-peptide complexes, both with cleavable substrates and with an inhibitory peptide. SpsB-peptide interactions in these complexes are almost exclusively limited to the canonical signal-peptide motif Ala-X-Ala, for which clear specificity pockets are found. Minimal contacts are made outside this core, with the variable side chains of the peptides accommodated in shallow grooves or exposed faces. These results illustrate how high fidelity is retained despite broad sequence diversity, in a process that is vital for cell survival.
Increased erythropoietin levels as a biomarker of pancreatic adenocarcinoma: A case report.Friday, February 12, 2016
Khan R, Nai Q, Zhang P, Luo H, Sen S, Sidhom I, Mathew T, Islam M, Sen S, Yousif A,
Molecular and clinical oncology. Jan-2016
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers commonly diagnosed at an advanced stage. Early diagnosis is crucial for the timely and potentially curative treatment of this highly fatal disease. Although screening tests have improved the survival rate in malignancies such as colon, breast, cervical and prostate cancer, there is currently no effective screening method available for the early detection of pancreatic cancer. As the sensitivity and specificity of existing biomarkers, such as carbohydrate antigen 19-9, for the early detection of pancreatic cancer is low, there is a pressing need for the identification of novel cancer markers. An increase in erythropoietin (EPO) levels has been observed in several cases of pancreatic neoplasms. However, the potential role of EPO as a biomarker of pancreatic cancer or malignant transformation requires further investigation. We herein present a case of increased EPO levels in an adult male patient with stage IV pancreatic cancer.
Impact of single-nucleotide polymorphisms on radiation pneumonitis in cancer patients.Friday, February 12, 2016
Guo CX, Wang J, Huang LH, Li JG, Chen X,
Molecular and clinical oncology. Jan-2016
Radiation pneumonitis (RP) is one of the most important dose-limiting toxicities in the radiotherapy of thoracic tumors, which reduces the rate of local tumor control and overall survival and severely affects the patients' quality of life. Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have recently attracted increasing attention as biomarkers for predicting the development of RP. SNPs in inflammation-related, DNA repair-related, stress response-related and angiogenesis-related genes were proved to be associated with RP, with different underlying mechanisms. Radiogenomics focuses on the differences in radiosensitivity caused by gene sequence variation, which may prove helpful in investigating the abovementioned associations. In this review, we aimed to investigate the associations between RP and SNPs reported in recent studies and highlight the main content and prospects of radiogenomics.
Assessment of biochemical parameters and characterization of TNFα -308G/A and PTPN22 +1858C/T gene polymorphisms in the risk of obesity in adolescents.Friday, February 12, 2016
Salinas-Santander MA, León-Cachón RB, Cepeda-Nieto AC, Sánchez-Domínguez CN, González-Zavala MA, Gallardo-Blanco HL, Esparza-González SC, González-Madrazo MÁ,
Biomedical reports. Jan-2016
Obesity is currently considered an inflammatory condition associated with autoimmune diseases, suggesting a common origin. Among other factors, candidate genes may explain the development of this disease. Polymorphisms in the tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) and lymphoid protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTPN22) genes lead to an increased risk to development of immune and inflammatory diseases. The aim of the present study was to analyze the biochemical parameters and the effect of the TNFα -308G/A and PTPN22 +1858C/T polymorphisms in the susceptibility of adolescents to obesity. A group of 253 adolescent subjects were recruited and classified as obese, overweight or normal weight according to their nutritional status. Anthropometric measurements, clinical and biochemical data were analyzed. DNA was extracted from peripheral blood samples by the phenol-chloroform method, and TNFα -308G/A and PTPN22 1858C/T polymorphisms were determined by polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism assays. Clinical, genetic and biochemical parameters were analyzed to determine the existence of a possible association with the development of obesity. Statistically significant differences in body mass index, insulin, triglyceride levels and homeostatic model assessment for insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) index were observed among the three groups analyzed (P≤0.05). The studied polymorphisms did not confer a risk for developing obesity in the analyzed population (P>0.05); however, significantly low levels of insulin and decreased rates of HOMA-IR were observed in the 1858 CT genotype carriers of the PTPN22 gene. In conclusion, no association between the TNFα -308G/A and PTPN22 +1858C/T polymorphisms and the risk to development of obesity in the adolescent population analyzed was observed. However, the 1858 CT genotype of the PTPN22 gene was associated with variations of certain biochemical parameters analyzed.
Study of the biological features of in vitro cultured γδ T cells.Friday, February 12, 2016
Zhang Y, Zhi L, Zhang Z,
Biomedical reports. Jan-2016
The aim of the present study was to investigate the biological features of in vitro cultured γδ T cells. The γδ T cells were in vitro cultured and on different culture days cell proliferation, phenotype, killing activity and the secretion of cytokines were analyzed. Cell numbers were counted by an automated cell counter, phenotype of the cells and cytokines were analyzed by flow cytometry, and killing activities of the cells against gastric cancer SGC-7901 cells were tested using the cell counting kit-8. From days 7 to 14, in vitro cultured γδ T cells enter the exponential phase. On day 14, maximum proliferation fold was observed, and on day 10, the maximum specific growth rate µmax was achieved. Flow phenotype cluster of differentiation 3(+)-T-cell receptor γδ(+) of the γδ T cells in the first 7-17 days achieved a higher proportion and showed no significant differences between 10 days. Secretion of the cytokines interferon-γ and tumor necrosis factor-α gradually increased in the first 7-14 days. The maximum was achieved on day 14, and subsequently began to decrease. The cytolytic activity of the γδ T cells to kill the SGC-7901 cells in the first 7-14 days had an improved killing effect, a slight decline from the first 17 days; in the effector cell to target cell (E:T) ratio 20:1, 10:1 and 5:1 conditions, γδ T cells kill SGC-7901 cells more effectively than 1:1 and 1:2. In conclusion, γδ T cells cultured in the first 7-14 days are suitable for clinical transfusion, and the optimal transfusion time is day 10. An E:T ratio >5:1 is preferred.
Ex vivo induction of antitumor DEC-205(+) CD11c(+) cells in a murine neuroblastoma model by co-stimulation with doxorubicin, lipopolysaccharide and interleukin-4.Friday, February 12, 2016
Inoue S, Setoyama Y, Beck Y, Kitagawa D, Odaka A,
Biomedical reports. Jan-2016
The antigen-presenting capacity of specific cells and tumor immunogenicity involved in innate cellular immunity are important for initiating an antitumor response to advanced neuroblastoma. The present study was performed to establish a method of producing antigen-presenting cells that induced an immune response to murine neuroblastoma cells through culture with neuroblastoma cells that had undergone immunogenic cell death. Immunogenic death of neuro-2a murine neuroblastoma cells was induced by exposure to doxorubicin. Mouse bone marrow cells were cultured in medium containing granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, followed by the addition of doxorubicin-treated neuro-2a cells to the culture with or without lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and/or interleukin-4. Subsequently, cluster of differentiation (CD) 8α(+) lymphocytes were co-cultured with neuro-2a cells and the adherent bone marrow cells obtained by the above procedure to evaluate CD8α(+) lymphocyte proliferation and interferon-γ production. Furthermore, the surface antigen profile of adherent bone marrow cells was analyzed by flow cytometry. When adherent bone marrow cells were treated with LPS and/or interleukin-4, followed by co-culture with CD8α(+) lymphocytes and neuro-2a cells, interferon-γ production by the CD8α(+) cells increased in response to anti-CD3/CD28 antibody stimulation. CD11c major histocompatibility complex II (MHC II) double-positive cells were increased among adherent cells derived from cultured bone marrow cells. These cells were positive for DEC-205, but not CD8α. These findings suggest that co-culture of bone marrow-derived cells with tumor cells (that have undergone immunogenic death by exposure to doxorubicin) plus stimulation by LPS and interleukin-4 induces antigen-presenting cells that can evoke an immune response to neuroblastoma. Bone marrow-derived DEC-205(+) CD11c(+) MHC II(+) dendritic cells are key antigen-presenting cells in the induction of an immune response following phagocytosis of doxorubicin-treated neuroblastoma cells.
Optical characterization of epidermal cells and their relationship to DNA recovery from touch samples.Friday, February 12, 2016
Stanciu CE, Philpott MK, Kwon YJ, Bustamante EE, Ehrhardt CJ,
F1000Research. 2015
The goal of this study was to investigate the relative contributions of different cellular and genetic components to biological samples created by touch or contact with a surface - one of the most challenging forms of forensic evidence. Touch samples were generated by having individuals hold an object for five minutes and analyzed for quantity of intact epidermal cells, extracellular DNA, and DNA from pelleted cell material after elution from the collection swab. Comparisons were made between samples where individuals had washed their hands immediately prior to handling and those where hand washing was not controlled. The vast majority (84-100%) of DNA detected in these touch samples was extracellular and was uncorrelated to the number of epidermal cells detected. Although little to no extracellular or cell pellet-associated DNA was detected when individuals washed their hands prior to substrate handling, we found that a significant number of epidermal cells (between ~5x10 (3) and ~1x10 (5)) could still be recovered from these samples, suggesting that other types of biological information may be present even when no amplifiable nuclear DNA is present. These results help to elucidate the biological context for touch samples and characterize factors that may contribute to patterns of transfer and persistence of genetic material in forensic evidence.
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