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Yue Feng ◽  
Zhao Wang ◽  
Nan Yang ◽  
Sijia Liu ◽  
Jiazhuo Yan ◽  

Cervical cancer as a common gynecological malignancy threatens the health and lives of women. Resistance to radiotherapy is the primary cause of treatment failure and is mainly related to difference in the inherent vulnerability of tumors after radiotherapy. Here, we investigated signature genes associated with poor response to radiotherapy by analyzing an independent cervical cancer dataset from the Gene Expression Omnibus, including pre-irradiation and mid-irradiation information. A total of 316 differentially expressed genes were significantly identified. The correlations between these genes were investigated through the Pearson correlation analysis. Subsequently, random forest model was used in determining cancer-related genes, and all genes were ranked by random forest scoring. The top 30 candidate genes were selected for uncovering their biological functions. Functional enrichment analysis revealed that the biological functions chiefly enriched in tumor immune responses, such as cellular defense response, negative regulation of immune system process, T cell activation, neutrophil activation involved in immune response, regulation of antigen processing and presentation, and peptidyl-tyrosine autophosphorylation. Finally, the top 30 genes were screened and analyzed through literature verification. After validation, 10 genes (KLRK1, LCK, KIF20A, CD247, FASLG, CD163, ZAP70, CD8B, ZNF683, and F10) were to our objective. Overall, the present research confirmed that integrated bioinformatics methods can contribute to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms and potential therapeutic targets underlying radiotherapy resistance in cervical cancer.

Xinshi Wang ◽  
Hai-Jun He ◽  
Xi Xiong ◽  
Shuoting Zhou ◽  
Wen-Wen Wang ◽  

Mitochondria in neurons generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP) to provide the necessary energy required for constant activity. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is a vital intermediate metabolite involved in cellular bioenergetics, ATP production, mitochondrial homeostasis, and adaptive stress responses. Exploration of the biological functions of NAD+ has been gaining momentum, providing many crucial insights into the pathophysiology of age-associated functional decline and diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Here, we systematically review the key roles of NAD+ precursors and related metabolites in AD models and show how NAD+ affects the pathological hallmarks of AD and the potential mechanisms of action. Advances in understanding the molecular roles of NAD+-based neuronal resilience will result in novel approaches for the treatment of AD and set the stage for determining whether the results of exciting preclinical trials can be translated into the clinic to improve AD patients’ phenotypes.

2021 ◽  
Shuchi Xia ◽  
Yiqun Ma

Abstract Background: Osteosarcomas (OS) are the most frequent primary malignant bone tumor. Emerging evidence revealed that karyopherin alpha 2 (KPNA2) was strongly associated with the tumorigenesis and development of numerous human cancers. The aim of the present study was to investigate the expression pattern, biological functions and underlying mechanism of KPNA2 in OS. Methods: Bioinformatics TFBIND online was applied to forecast the transcription factor (TF) binding sites in the promoter region of KPNA2. The expression profile of KPNA2 in OS tissues were firstly assessed using TARGET dataset. The expression of KPNA2 in clinical OS samples and normal human adjacent samples were analyzed by RT-qPCR and western blot. CCK8, colony formation, wound-healing, and Transwell assays were used to assess cell viability, proliferation and migration in vitro, and in vivo experiments were performed to explore the effects of KPNA2 and interferon regulatory factor-2 (IRF2) on tumor growth. In addition, the correlation between IRF2 and KPNA2, and their roles on the NF-κB/p65 was investigated using chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), RT-qPCR, western blot and dual-luciferase assays. Results: KPNA2 was obviously upregulated while IRF2 was significantly decreased in OS tissues and cell lines, as well as they were negatively correlated with each other. KPNA2 knockdown remarkably suppressed OS cell growth, migration, invasion in vitro and tumor growth in vivo, while IRF2 knockdown exerts an opposing effect. IRF2 binds to KPNA2 promoter to modulate the tumorigenic malignant phenotypes of OS via regulating NF-κB/p65 signaling. Conclusion: The present study demonstrated that KPNA2 performed the oncogenic function, possibly regulating tumorigenesis through NF-κB/p65 signaling pathway. Importantly, IRF2 was confirmed to serve a potential upstream TF of KPNA2 involving in the regulation of NF-κB/p65 pathway in OS.

2021 ◽  
Vol 11 ◽  
Huahui Li ◽  
Yuting Li ◽  
Ying Zhang ◽  
Binbin Tan ◽  
Tuxiong Huang ◽  

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains a devastating malignancy worldwide due to lack of effective therapy. The immune-rich contexture of HCC tumor microenvironment (TME) makes this tumor an appealing target for immune-based therapies; however, the immunosuppressive TME is still a major challenge for more efficient immunotherapy in HCC. Using bioinformatics analysis based on the TCGA database, here we found that MAPK10 is frequently down-regulated in HCC tumors and significantly correlates with poor survival of HCC patients. HCC patients with low MAPK10 expression have lower expression scores of tumor infiltration lymphocytes (TILs) and stromal cells in the TME and increased scores of tumor cells than those with high MAPK10 expression. Further transcriptomic analyses revealed that the immune activity in the TME of HCC was markedly reduced in the low-MAPK10 group of HCC patients compared to the high-MAPK10 group. Additionally, we identified 495 differentially expressed immune-associated genes (DIGs), with 482 genes down-regulated and 13 genes up-regulated in parallel with the decrease of MAPK10 expression. GO enrichment and KEGG pathway analyses indicated that the biological functions of these DIGs included cell chemotaxis, leukocyte migration and positive regulation of the response to cytokine–cytokine receptor interaction, T cell receptor activation and MAPK signaling pathway. Protein–protein interaction (PPI) analyses of the 495 DIGs revealed five potential downstream hub genes of MAPK10, including SYK, CBL, VAV1, LCK, and CD3G. Several hub genes such as SYK, LCK, and VAV1 could respond to the immunological costimulatory signaling mediated by the transmembrane protein ICAM1, which was identified as a down-regulated DIG associated with low-MAPK10 expression. Moreover, ectopic overexpression or knock-down of MAPK10 could up-regulate or down-regulate ICAM1 expression via phosphorylation of c-jun at Ser63 in HCC cell lines, respectively. Collectively, our results demonstrated that MAPK10 down-regulation likely contributes to the immunosuppressive TME of HCC, and this gene might serve as a potential immunotherapeutic target and a prognostic factor for HCC patients.

Ekaterina Migunova ◽  
Joanna Theophilopoulos ◽  
Marisa Mercadante ◽  
Jing Men ◽  
Chao Zhou ◽  

A severe form of infantile cardiomyopathy (CM) has been linked to ELAC2 gene mutations. ELAC2 is a highly conserved human gene. It encodes RNaseZL endoribonuclease that plays an essential role in the production of mature tRNAs. To establish a causal connection between ELAC2 variants and CM, here we use a model organism Drosophila melanogaster, which carries ELAC2 homolog - dRNaseZ. Even though dRNaseZ and ELAC2 have diverged in some of their biological functions, our study demonstrates the utility of the fly model to study the mechanism of ELAC2 related pathology. We established transgenic lines harboring dRNaseZ with CM-linked mutations in the background of endogenous dRNaseZ knockout. Importantly, we found that the phenotype of these flies is consistent with pathological features in human patients. Specifically, expression of CM-linked variants in flies causes heart hypertrophy and leads to reduction in cardiac contractility associated with a rare form of CM. This study provides first experimental evidence for the pathogenicity of CM-causing mutations in the ELAC2 protein and lay the foundation to improve our understanding and diagnosis of this rare infantile disease.

Biomedicines ◽  
2021 ◽  
Vol 9 (8) ◽  
pp. 931
Yu-Chan Chang ◽  
Ming-Hsien Chan ◽  
Chien-Hsiu Li ◽  
Chih-Yeu Fang ◽  
Michael Hsiao ◽  

The relatively high incidence and mortality rates for colorectal carcinoma (CRC) make it a formidable malignant tumor. Comprehensive strategies have been applied to predict patient survival and diagnosis. Various clinical regimens have also been developed to improve the therapeutic outcome. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are recently proposed cellular structures that can be produced by natural or artificial methods and have been extensively studied. In addition to their innate functions, EVs can be manipulated to be drug carriers and exert many biological functions. The composition of EVs, their intravesicular components, and the surrounding tumor microenvironment are closely related to the development of colorectal cancer. Determining the expression profiles of exocytosis samples and using them as indicators for selecting effective combination therapy is an indispensable direction for EV study and should be regarded as a novel prediction platform in addition to cancer stage, prognosis, and other clinical assessments. In this review, we summarize the function, regulation, and application of EVs in the colon cancer research field. We provide an update on and discuss potential values for clinical applications of EVs. Moreover, we illustrate the specific markers, mediators, and genetic alterations of EVs in colorectal carcinogenesis. Furthermore, we outline the vital markers present in the EVs and discuss their plausible uses in colon cancer patient therapy in combination with the currently used clinical strategies. The development and application of these EVs will significantly improve the accuracy of diagnosis, lead to more precise prognoses, and may lead to the improved treatment of colorectal cancer.

2021 ◽  
Vol 11 (43) ◽  
pp. 90-100
Akhmad Madaminov ◽  
Akbar Khasanov ◽  
Shuhrat Khatamov ◽  
Otabek Abdurakhmonov ◽  
Anvar Amonov ◽  

Abstract According to scientific data, cancer is a very ancient disease, and along with the perfection of humanity it becomes more progressive. The development of technologies that detect molecular changes in the pathogenesis and subsequent development of carcinogenesis has led to the beginning of a new era in oncology. The cell cycle is tightly controlled by a group of protein kinases, including cyclin and cyclin-dependent kinases. These events occur in a strictly regulated time sequence supported by consistent restriction points. p53, p21, p16, retinoblastoma (and other proteins), cyclins and cyclin-related kinases repair DNA before the cell cycle enters the phase of synthesis and mitosis. Loss of regulatory activity of p53 and pRB, stable activation of E2F stimulates uncontrolled cell proliferation, leading to neoplastic cell growth. The Ras/Raf/MEK/ERK signalling pathway is also a complex network of sequentially activated proteins that play a major role in the onset and development of cancer. It can regulate not only the biological functions, such as cell proliferation, cycle regulation, cell differentiation, apoptosis and tissue formation, but it is also associated with tumor development. Stable mutations in the genome or defects in the epigenome lead to dysregulation in the normal biological cycle of the cell, underlying DNA chain damage or dysfunction in the control system, determined by various types of carcinogenic factors, both known and unknown.

2021 ◽  
Vol 38 (9) ◽  
Richard C. Zieren ◽  
Liang Dong ◽  
David J. Clark ◽  
Morgan D. Kuczler ◽  
Kengo Horie ◽  

AbstractRenal cell carcinoma (RCC) accounts for over 400,000 new cases and 175,000 deaths annually. Diagnostic RCC biomarkers may prevent overtreatment in patients with early disease. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are a promising source of RCC biomarkers because EVs carry proteins and messenger RNA (mRNA) among other biomolecules. We aimed to identify biomarkers and assess biological functions of EV cargo from clear cell RCC (ccRCC), papillary RCC (pRCC), and benign kidney cell lines. EVs were enriched from conditioned cell media by size exclusion chromatography. The EV proteome was assessed using Tandem Mass Tag mass spectrometry (TMT-MS) and NanoString nCounter technology was used to profile 770 cancer-related mRNA present in EVs. The heterogeneity of protein and mRNA abundance and identification highlighted the heterogeneity of EV cargo, even between cell lines of a similar pathological group (e.g., ccRCC or pRCC). Overall, 1726 proteins were quantified across all EV samples, including 181 proteins that were detected in all samples. In the targeted profiling of mRNA by NanoString, 461 mRNAs were detected in EVs from at least one cell line, including 159 that were present in EVs from all cell lines. In addition to a shared EV cargo signature, pRCC, ccRCC, and/or benign renal cell lines also showed unique signatures. Using this multi-omics approach, we identified 34 protein candidate pRCC EV biomarkers and 20 protein and 8 mRNA candidate ccRCC EV biomarkers for clinical validation.

2021 ◽  
Vol 8 ◽  
Wenjie Shi ◽  
Daojun Hu ◽  
Yu Xing ◽  
Rui Zhuo ◽  
Qiufeng Lao ◽  

Vacuolar protein sorting–associated protein 28 (VPS28), one of the four cytosolic proteins comprising the endosomal sorting complex required for the transport I (ESCRT-I) component, has been reported to be linked to various cancers. However, less evidence is available regarding the involvement of VPS28 in breast cancer. To this end, this study focused on exploring the function of VPS28 in breast cancer cells using the in silico analysis. VPS28 expression pattern data in breast cancer tissues were collected using the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) databases and analyzed to assess the association of VPS28 with breast cancer prognosis. The elevated VPS28 expression was found in breast cancer tissues and was associated with a poor prognosis (p < 0.001). A higher VPS28 expression indicated a short survival duration (HR = 2.43; 95% CI: 1.44–4.1; p < 0.001). The CCLE database showed that VPS28 was expressed in breast cancer cell lines. The upstream targets of VPS28 were identified using the mirDIP, starBase, and TargetScan online tools. The correlation and binding relationship between miR-491-5p and VPS28 was analyzed. VPS28 or miR-491-5p gain and loss of function experiments were performed to verify their potential effect on the biological functions of breast cancer cells. Knockdown of VPS28 was shown to suppress the biological functions and enhance the apoptosis of breast cancer cell lines. Micro RNA-491-5p, identified as a posttranscriptional regulator of VPS28, was downregulated in breast cancer tissues. In contrast to the miR-491-5p inhibitor, the miR-491-5p mimic could suppress the migration, wound healing ability, and proliferation, while accelerating apoptosis. However, co-transfection of VPS28 and miR-491-5p counteracted the effect of the miR-491-5p mimic on breast cancer cell functions. Thus, our in silico analysis demonstrates that miR-491-5p can suppress breast cancer progression by attenuating the expression of VPS28.

2021 ◽  
Vol 20 (1) ◽  
Xiao-Huan Tang ◽  
Ting Guo ◽  
Xiang-Yu Gao ◽  
Xiao-Long Wu ◽  
Xiao-Fang Xing ◽  

AbstractExosomes are a subpopulation of the tumour microenvironment (TME) that transmit various biological molecules to promote intercellular communication. Exosomes are derived from nearly all types of cells and exist in all body fluids. Noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) are among the most abundant contents in exosomes, and some ncRNAs with biological functions are specifically packaged into exosomes. Recent studies have revealed that exosome-derived ncRNAs play crucial roles in the tumorigenesis, progression and drug resistance of gastric cancer (GC). In addition, regulating the expression levels of exosomal ncRNAs can promote or suppress GC progression. Moreover, the membrane structures of exosomes protect ncRNAs from degradation by enzymes and other chemical substances, significantly increasing the stability of exosomal ncRNAs. Specific hallmarks within exosomes that can be used for exosome identification, and specific contents can be used to determine their origin. Therefore, exosomal ncRNAs are suitable for use as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers or therapeutic targets. Regulating the biogenesis of exosomes and the expression levels of exosomal ncRNAs may represent a new way to block or eradicate GC. In this review, we summarized the origins and characteristics of exosomes and analysed the association between exosomal ncRNAs and GC development.

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