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Osna N.A.,Research Service 151 | Osna N.A.,82000 Nebraska Medical Center | Feng D.,Research Service 151 | Feng D.,82000 Nebraska Medical Center | And 8 more authors.
World Journal of Gastroenterology | Year: 2016

AIM To investigate the hypothesis that exposure to guanidinoacetate (GAA, a potent methyl-group consumer) either alone or combined with ethanol intake for a prolonged period of time would cause more advanced liver pathology thus identifying methylation defects as the initiator and stimulator for progressive liver damage. METHODS Adult male Wistar rats were fed the control or ethanol Lieber DeCarli diet in the absence or presence of GAA supplementation. At the end of 6 wk of the feeding regimen, various biochemical and histological analyses were conducted. RESULTS Contrary to our expectations, we observed that GAA treatment alone resulted in a histologically normal liver without evidence of hepatosteatosis despite persistence of some abnormal biochemical parameters. This protection could result from the generation of creatine from the ingested GAA. Ethanol treatment for 6 wk exhibited changes in liver methionine metabolism and persistence of histological and biochemical defects as reported before. Further, when the rats were fed the GAA-supplemented ethanol diet, similar histological and biochemical changes as observed after 2 wk of combined treatment, including inflammation, macroand micro-vesicular steatosis and a marked decrease in the methylation index were noted. In addition, rats on the combined treatment exhibited increased liver toxicity and even early fibrotic changes in a subset of animals in this group. The worsening liver pathology could be related to the profound reduction in the hepatic methylation index, an increased accumulation of GAA and the inability of creatine generated to exert its hepato-protective effects in the setting of ethanol. CONCLUSION To conclude, prolonged exposure to a methyl consumer superimposed on chronic ethanol consumption causes persistent and pronounced liver damage. © The Author(s) 2016.


Osna N.A.,Research Service | Osna N.A.,82000 Nebraska Medical Center | Carter W.G.,University of Nottingham | Ganesan M.,Research Service | And 9 more authors.
World Journal of Gastroenterology | Year: 2016

It is likely that the majority of proteins will undergo post-translational modification, be it enzymatic or non-enzymatic. These modified protein(s) regulate activity, localization and interaction with other cellular molecules thereby maintaining cellular hemostasis. Alcohol exposure significantly alters several of these post-translational modifications leading to impairments of many essential physiological processes. Here, we present new insights into novel modifications following ethanol exposure and their role in the initiation and progression of liver injury. This critical review condenses the proceedings of a symposium at the European Society for the Biomedical Research on Alcoholism Meeting held September 12-15, 2015, in Valencia, Spain. © The Author(s) 2016. Published by Baishideng Publishing Group Inc. All rights reserved.


Kaur S.,85870 Nebraska Medical Center | Kumar S.,85870 Nebraska Medical Center | Momi N.,85870 Nebraska Medical Center | Sasson A.R.,University of Nebraska Medical Center | Batra S.K.,85870 Nebraska Medical Center
Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology | Year: 2013

Pancreatic cancer remains a lethal malignancy with poor prognosis owing to therapeutic resistance, frequent recurrence and the absence of treatment strategies that specifically target the tumour and its supporting stroma. Deregulated cell-surface proteins drive neoplastic transformations and are envisioned to mediate crosstalk between the tumour and its microenvironment. Emerging studies have elaborated on the role of mucins in diverse biological functions, including enhanced tumorigenicity, invasiveness, metastasis and drug resistance through their characteristic O-linked and N-linked oligosaccharides (glycans), extended structures and unique domains. Multiple mucin domains differentially interact and regulate different components of the tumour microenvironment. This Review discusses: the expression pattern of various mucins in the pancreas under healthy, inflammatory, and cancerous conditions; the context-dependent attributes of mucins that differ under healthy and pathological conditions; the contribution of the tumour microenvironment in pancreatic cancer development and/or progression; diagnostic and/or prognostic efficacy of mucins; and mucin-based therapeutic strategies. Overall, this information should help to delineate the intricacies of pancreatic cancer by exploring the family of mucins, which, through various mechanisms in both tumour cells and the microenvironment, worsen disease outcome. © 2013 Macmillan Publishers Limited.


Zhang L.,85870 Nebraska Medical Center | Zhang L.,Hunan Normal University | Sun S.,85870 Nebraska Medical Center | Sun S.,Hunan Normal University | And 21 more authors.
Antioxidants and Redox Signaling | Year: 2011

The Akt signaling pathway plays a key role in promoting the survival of various types of cells from stress-induced apoptosis, and different members of the Akt family display distinct physiological roles. Previous studies have shown that in response to UV irradiation, Akt2 is sensitized to counteract the induced apoptosis. However, in response to oxidative stress such as hydrogen peroxide, it remains to be elucidated what member of the Akt family would be activated to initiate the signaling cascades leading to resistance of the induced apoptosis. In the present study, we present the first evidence that knockdown of Akt1 enhances cell survival under exposure to 50μM H 2O2. This survival is derived from selective upregulation and activation of Akt2 but not Akt3, which initiates 3 major signaling cascades. First, murine double minute 2 (MDM2) is hyperphosphorylated, which promotes p53 degradation and attenuates its Ser-15 phosphorylation, significantly attenuating Bcl-2 homologous antagonist killer (Bak) upregulation. Second, Akt2 activation inactivates glycogen synthase kinase 3 beta (GSK-3β) to promote stability of myeloid leukemia cell differentiation protein 1 (MCL-1). Finally, Akt2 activation promotes phosphorylation of FOXO3A toward cytosolic export and thus downregulates Bim expression. Overexpression of Bim enhances H 2O2-induced apoptosis. Together, our results demonstrate that among the Akt family members, Akt2 is an essential kinase in counteracting oxidative-stress-induced apoptosis through multiple signaling pathways. © 2011 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.


PubMed | 85870 Nebraska Medical Center
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Nature reviews. Gastroenterology & hepatology | Year: 2013

Pancreatic cancer remains a lethal malignancy with poor prognosis owing to therapeutic resistance, frequent recurrence and the absence of treatment strategies that specifically target the tumour and its supporting stroma. Deregulated cell-surface proteins drive neoplastic transformations and are envisioned to mediate crosstalk between the tumour and its microenvironment. Emerging studies have elaborated on the role of mucins in diverse biological functions, including enhanced tumorigenicity, invasiveness, metastasis and drug resistance through their characteristic O-linked and N-linked oligosaccharides (glycans), extended structures and unique domains. Multiple mucin domains differentially interact and regulate different components of the tumour microenvironment. This Review discusses: the expression pattern of various mucins in the pancreas under healthy, inflammatory, and cancerous conditions; the context-dependent attributes of mucins that differ under healthy and pathological conditions; the contribution of the tumour microenvironment in pancreatic cancer development and/or progression; diagnostic and/or prognostic efficacy of mucins; and mucin-based therapeutic strategies. Overall, this information should help to delineate the intricacies of pancreatic cancer by exploring the family of mucins, which, through various mechanisms in both tumour cells and the microenvironment, worsen disease outcome.


PubMed | Eppley Institute, 85870 Nebraska Medical Center and 85900 Nebraska Medical Center
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Oncotarget | Year: 2016

Pharmacological inhibition of RAS, the master regulator of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), continues to be a challenge. Mutations in various isoforms of RAS gene, including KRAS are known to upregulate CXC chemokines; however, their precise role in KRAS-driven pancreatic cancer remains unclear. In this report, we reveal a previously unidentified tumor cell-autonomous role of KRAS(G12D)-induced CXCR2 signaling in mediating growth of neoplastic PDAC cells. Progressively increasing expression of mCXCR2 and its ligands was detected in the malignant ductal cells of Pdx1-cre;LSL-Kras(G12D) mice. Knocking-down CXCR2 in KRAS(G12D)-bearing human pancreatic duct-derived cells demonstrated a significant decrease in the in vitro and in vivo tumor cell proliferation. Furthermore, CXCR2 antagonists showed selective growth inhibition of KRAS(G12D)-bearing cells in vitro. Intriguingly, both genetic and pharmacological inhibition of CXCR2 signaling in KRAS(G12D)-bearing pancreatic ductal cells reduced the levels of KRAS protein, strongly implying the presence of a KRAS-CXCR2 feed-forward loop. Together, these data demonstrate the role of CXCR2 signaling in KRAS(G12D)-induced growth transformation and progression in PDAC.


PubMed | 85870 Nebraska Medical Center
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Current molecular medicine | Year: 2010

SUMOylation, a posttranslational modification process in which SUMO, the small ubiquitin-related modifier or small ubiquitin-like modifier, is added to the target proteins, plays an important role in regulating a variety of cellular processes including protein-protein interactions, subcellular localization, protein-DNA interactions and enzyme activity. This process adds another layer of control in eukaryote gene expression, and it regulates both transcriptional activation and repression. In the present review, we summarized the currently emerging information regarding the function of SUMOylation in ocular development and pathology.

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