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Xiao X.,CAS Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences | Tang J.-J.,CAS Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences | Peng C.,Chinese Academy of Sciences | Wang Y.,Molecular Therapeutics | And 13 more authors.
Molecular Cell | Year: 2017

Hedgehog (Hh) has been known as the only cholesterol-modified morphogen playing pivotal roles in development and tumorigenesis. A major unsolved question is how Hh signaling regulates the activity of Smoothened (SMO). Here, we performed an unbiased biochemical screen and identified that SMO was covalently modified by cholesterol on the Asp95 (D95) residue through an ester bond. This modification was inhibited by Patched-1 (Ptch1) but enhanced by Hh. The SMO(D95N) mutation, which could not be cholesterol modified, was refractory to Hh-stimulated ciliary localization and failed to activate downstream signaling. Furthermore, homozygous SmoD99N/D99N (the equivalent residue in mouse) knockin mice were embryonic lethal with severe cardiac defects, phenocopying the Smo−/− mice. Together, the results of our study suggest that Hh signaling transduces to SMO through modulating its cholesterylation and provides a therapeutic opportunity to treat Hh-pathway-related cancers by targeting SMO cholesterylation. © 2017 Elsevier Inc.


Huang S.-Q.,Central China Normal University | Wang X.-P.,Wuhan UniversityWuhan | Sun S.-G.,Central China Normal University
Journal of Integrative Plant Biology | Year: 2016

The evolution of long corolla tubes has been hypothesized to be driven by long-tongued pollinators. Corolla tubes in Pedicularis species can be longer than 10 cm which may function as flower stalks to increase visual attractiveness to pollinators because these species provide no nectar and are pollinated by bumblebees. The corolla tube length was manipulated (shorter or longer) in two Pedicularis species in field to examine whether longer tubes are more attractive to pollinators and produce more seeds than short tubes. Our results did not support the pollinator attraction hypothesis, leaving the evolution of long tubes in Pedicularis remains mysterious. © 2015 Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences


PubMed | Wuhan UniversityWuhan, Hubei University of Education and Lishui University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: American journal of translational research | Year: 2016

Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is a member of the CCN super family and is reported to widely participate in bone development and regeneration. This study aimed to restore murine femoral segmental defect using CTGF-overexpressing MC3T3-E1 cells. MC3T3-E1 cells were transinfected by lenti-CTGF (LvCTGF) and lenti-negative control (LvNC) virus to obtain stably transinfected cells. Real-time PCR, Western blot, alkaline phosphatase activity assay, and alizarin red staining demonstrated that the overexpression of CTGF enhanced osteogenesis in vitro. Cell migration assay results showed that LvCTGF cells expressed higher migration ability than LvNC cells, while CCK-8 assay revealed no significant difference in cell proliferation. The LvCTGF and LvNC cells were then seeded into a chitosan/-TCP scaffold and were used to restore a murine femoral segmental defect. Samples were harvested by the end of 2 and 5 weeks respectively. Micro-CT analysis and Massons trichrome staining results showed that the LvCTGF-scaffold group expressed better bone healing compared with the LvNC-scaffold and scaffold-only groups. CTGF-overexpressed cells serve as an efficient source of seeding cells for bone regeneration.


PubMed | Wuhan UniversityWuhan and Wuhan University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: American journal of translational research | Year: 2016

P21 activated kinase 2 (PAK2) is a member of Group I PAKs family and highly expressed in various cancers. Current studies have demonstrated that PAK2 played a pivotal role in tumor progression. However, the role of PAK2 in salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma is still unclear. This study aims to explore the expression and the function of PAK2 in AdCC. Human salivary gland tissue microarray, including 18 normal salivary glands (NSG), 12 pleomorphic adenoma (PMA) and 72 AdCC, and immunohistochemistry were used to evaluate the expression of PAK2. The result showed that PAK2 was significantly increased in AdCC compared with NSG and PMA. Then the Pearson correlation analysis using serial tissue sections showed a close correlation of PAK2 with Cyclin D1, Phospho-STAT3 at Tyrosine 705 (p-STAT3) and Ki-67. Further in vitro study utilizing PAK2 knockdown via siRNA transfection revealed significantly reduced migration and proliferation of AdCC cell lines compared with control group. Knockdown of PAK2 decreased the expression of Cyclin D1 in AdCC cell lines. In addition, the inhibition of STAT3 reduced the expression of PAK2 in AdCC cell lines. These findings suggested that PAK2 promotes AdCC cell migration and proliferation and may be a potential therapeutic target.


PubMed | Liuzhou Peoples Hospital Guangxi, Wuhan UniversityWuhan, Hubei University of Education, Qingdao University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Type: Journal Article | Journal: American journal of translational research | Year: 2016

EphA2 is associated with tumor growth and distant metastasis in numerous human tumors. Considering the controversial effects of EphA2 in different tumors and the lack of reports in salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma (SACC), we evaluated the effects of EphA2 inhibition by short hairpin RNA on SACC through in vivo and in vitro researches for the first time. Real-time reverse transcriptase-PCR and western blot analysis were conducted to verify the interference effect on SACC cells. Using Cell Counting Kit-8, wound healing, Transwell and Matrigel adhesion assays, we confirm that inhibition of EphA2 promotes the migration, invasion and adhesion ability of SACC cells. In vivo research, we prove that silencing of EphA2 significantly accelerates tumor growth and lung metastasis ability by establishing xenograft models in mice, including subcutaneous inoculation and tail vein injection. In addition, immunostaining of EphA2, E-cadherin and Slug from 40 specimens and in vitro simulation of perineural invasion (PNI) assay imply that suppression of EphA2 partially contribute to epithelial-mesenchymal transition and enhancement of PNI in SACC. In conclusion, all the data suggest that EphA2 may act as a tumor suppressor in SACC progression.


Li Z.,Wuhan UniversityWuhan | Wang C.,Wuhan UniversityWuhan | Zhu J.,Wuhan UniversityWuhan | Bai Y.,Wuhan UniversityWuhan | And 8 more authors.
Environmental Toxicology | Year: 2015

Epidemiological studies suggest that the increasing incidence of childhood leukemia may be due to maternal exposure to benzene, which is a known human carcinogen; however, the mechanisms involved remain unknown. Liver Kinase B1 (LKB1) acts as a regulator of cellular energy metabolism and functions to regulate hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) homeostasis. We hypothesize that LKB1 contributes to the deregulation of fetal or bone hematopoiesis caused by the benzene metabolite hydroquinone (HQ). To evaluate this hypothesis, we compared the effects of HQ on murine fetal liver hematopoietic stem cells (FL-HSCs) and bone marrow hematopoietic stem cells (BM-HSCs). FL-HSCs and BM-HSCs were isolated and enriched by a magnetic cell sorting system and exposed to various concentrations of HQ (0, 1.25, 2.5, 5, 10, 20, and 40 μM) for 24 h. We found that the inhibition of differentiation and growth, as well as the apoptosis rate of FL-HSCs, induced by HQ were consistent with the changes in BM-HSCs. Furthermore, G1 cell cycle arrest was observed in BM-HSCs and FL-HSCs in response to HQ. Importantly, FL-HSCs were more sensitive than BM-HSCs after exposure to HQ. The highest induction of LKB1 and adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) was observed with a much lower concentration of HQ in FL-HSCs than in BM-HSCs. LKB1 may play a critical role in apoptosis and cell cycle arrest of HQ-treated HSCs. This research has developed innovative ideas concerning benzene-induced hematopoietic toxicity or embryotoxicity, which can provide a new experimental evidence for preventing childhood leukemia. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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