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Gu Z.-M.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Wu Y.-L.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Zhou M.-Y.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Liu C.-X.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | And 6 more authors.
Blood | Year: 2010

All-trans retinoic acid (ATRA), a natural ligand for the retinoic acid receptors (RARs), induces clinical remission in most acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) patients through the induction of differentiation and/or eradication of leukemia-initiating cells. Here, we identify a novel natural ent-kaurene diterpenoid derived from Isodon pharicus leaves, called pharicin B, that can rapidly stabilize RAR-α protein in various acute myeloid leukemic (AML) cell lines and primary leukemic cells from AML patients, even in the presence of ATRA, which is known to induce the loss of RAR-α protein. Pharicin B also enhances ATRA-dependent the transcriptional activity of RAR-α protein in the promyelocytic leukemia-RARα-positive APL cell line NB4 cells. We also showed that pharicin B presents a synergistic or additive differentiation-enhancing effect when used in combination with ATRA in several AML cell lines and, especially, some primary leukemic cells from APL patients. In addition, pharicin B can overcome retinoid resistance in 2 of 3 NB4-derived ATRA-resistant subclones. These findings provide a good example for chemical biology-based investigations of pathophysiological and therapeutic significances of RAR-α and PML-RAR-α proteins. The effectiveness of the ATRA/pharicin B combination warrants further investigation on their use as a therapeutic strategy for AML patients. © 2010 by The American Society of Hematology.

Qing P.,Minhang District Central Hospital | Han L.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Bin L.,Rui Jin Hospital | Yan L.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Ping W.X.,Minhang District Central Hospital
Journal of Cellular Biochemistry | Year: 2011

Human helicase-like transcription factor (HLTF) is a functional homologue of yeast Rad5 that regulates error-free replication through DNA lesions. HLTF promotes the Lys-63-linked polyubiquitination of proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) that is required for maintaining genomic stability. Here, we identified the deubiquitylating enzyme ubiquitin-specific protease 7 (USP7) as a novel regulator of HLTF stability. We found that USP7 interacted with and stabilized HLTF after genotoxic stress. Furthermore, USP7 mediated deubiquitination significantly prolonged the half-life of HLTF, which in turn increased PCNA polyubiquitination. More intriguingly, silencing of USP7 rendered A549 cells highly sensitive to DNA damage and over-expression of HLTF attenuated this sensitivity. Thus, our results delineate a previously unknown USP7-HLTF-PCNA molecular network controlling DNA damage response. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Chen X.,Zhengzhou University | Cao X.,Henan Tumor Hospital | Dong W.,Rui Jin Hospital | Xia M.,University of Hong Kong | And 3 more authors.
Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications | Year: 2010

Cystatin M is a secreted inhibitor of lysosomal cysteine proteases and increasing evidences indicate that it is a novel target for epigenetic silencing during mammary tumorigenesis. Aberrant promoter methylation is a well-known mechanism that participates in cystatin M silencing in breast cancer. However, the role of cystatin M in the gastric cancer remains to be elucidated. Immunohistochemistry was used to investigate the expression of cystatin M in 60 gastric carcinomas. Hypermethylation of cystatin M promoter was evaluated by the methylation-specific PCR (MSP) method in gastric carcinomas (tumor and paired adjacent non-tumor tissues). Reverse-transcriptase PCR and BSP were also performed on gastric cancer cell lines before and after treatment with 5-aza-2′-deoxycytidine (5-Aza-dC). Lost expression of cystatin M was observed in 42 of 60 (70%) gastric carcinomas. 55% (33 of 60) of primary tumors analyzed displayed cystatin M promoter hypermethylation, indicating that this aberrant characteristic is common in gastric malignancies. Moreover, a statistically significant inverse association was found between cystatin M methylation status and expression of the cystatin M protein in tumor tissues (p = 0.027). We also found that patients with cystatin M promoter methylation had a significantly shorter survival time than those without this methylation (p = 0.020). These results suggest that cystatin M promoter hypermethylation is one of the molecular mechanisms that accounts for reduced cystatin M gene expression in gastric carcinomas. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Zhou C.-X.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Wang C.-L.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Yu A.-L.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | Wang Q.-Y.,Shanghai JiaoTong University | And 9 more authors.
Oncotarget | Year: 2016

MicroRNAs have been integrated into tumorigenic programs as either oncogenes or tumor suppressor genes. The miR-630 was reported to be deregulated and involved in tumor progression of several human malignancies. However, its expression regulation shows diversity in different kinds of cancers and its potential roles remain greatly elusive. Herein, we demonstrate that miR-630 is significantly suppressed in human breast cancer specimens, as well as in various breast cancer cell lines. In aggressive MDA-MB-231-luc and BT549 breast cancer cells, ectopic expression of miR- 630 strongly inhibits cell motility and invasive capacity in vitro. Moreover, lentivirus delivered miR-630 bestows MDA-MB-231-luc cells with the ability to suppress cell colony formation in vitro and pulmonary metastasis in vivo. Further studies identify metadherin (MTDH) as a direct target gene of miR-630. Functional studies shows that MTDH contributes to miR-630-endowed effects including cell migration and invasion as well as colony formation in vitro. Taken together, these findings highlight an important role for miR-630 in the regulation of metastatic potential of breast cancer and suggest a potential application of miR-630 in breast cancer treatment.

Song J.-H.,Sungkyunkwan University | Hsueh P.-R.,National Taiwan University Hospital | Chung D.R.,Sungkyunkwan University | Ko K.S.,Asia Pacific Foundation for Infectious Diseases APFID | And 22 more authors.
Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy | Year: 2011

Objectives: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is highly prevalent in hospitals in many Asian countries. Recent emergence of community-associated (CA) MRSA worldwide has added another serious concern to the epidemiology of S. aureus infections. To understand the changing epidemiology of S. aureus infections in Asian countries, we performed a prospective, multinational surveillance study with molecular typing analysis. Methods: We evaluated the prevalence of methicillin resistance in S. aureus isolates in CA and healthcareassociated (HA) infections, and performed molecular characterization and antimicrobial susceptibility tests of MRSA isolates. Results: MRSA accounted for 25.5% of CA S. aureus infections and 67.4% of HA infections. Predominant clones of CA-MRSA isolates were ST59-MRSA-SCCmec type IV-spa type t437, ST30-MRSA-SCCmec type IV-spa type t019 and ST72-MRSA-SCCmec type IV-spa type t324. Previously established nosocomial MRSA strains including sequence type (ST) 239 and ST5 clones were found among CA-MRSA isolates from patients without any risk factors for HA-MRSA infection. CA-MRSA clones such as ST59, ST30 and ST72 were also isolated from patients with HA infections. Conclusions: Our findings confirmed that MRSA infections in the community have been increasing in Asian countries. Data also suggest that various MRSA clones have spread between the community and hospitals as well as between countries. © The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. All rights reserved.

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