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  • Göthlin Eremo, Anna, 1980-, et al. (författare)
  • HER4 tumor expression in breast cancer patients randomized to treatment with or without tamoxifen
  • 2015
  • Ingår i: International Journal of Oncology. - Athens : Spandidos publications. - 1019-6439 .- 1791-2423. ; 47:4, s. 1311-1320
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • The human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER) 4 is a relative of HER2 and has been associated to endocrine breast cancer and prediction of tamoxifen response. In addition to PI3K/Akt and MAPK pathway activation, ligand binding to HER4 triggers proteolytic cleavage and release of an intracellular receptor domain (4ICD) with signaling properties. The aim of the present study was to analyze HER4 protein expression and intracellular localization in breast cancer tissue from patients randomized to treatment with or without adjuvant tamoxifen. To investigate HER4 expression and localization in response to estradiol (E2) and 4-hydroxytamoxifen (4-OHT) exposure, we also performed in vitro studies. Cytoplasmic, nuclear and membrane expression of HER4 protein was evaluated by immunohistochemical staining in tumor tissue from 912 breast cancer patients. Three different breast epithelia cancer cell lines were exposed to E2 and 4-OHT and mRNA expression was analyzed using qPCR. Further, nuclear and cytoplasmic proteins were separated and analyzed with western blotting. We found an association between nuclear HER4 protein expression and ER-positivity (P=0.004). Furthermore, significant association was found between cytoplasmic HER4 and ER-negativity (P<0.0005), PgR-negativity (P<0.0005), tumor size >20 mm (P=0.001) and HER2-negativity (P=0.008). However, no overall significance of HER4 on recurrence-free survival was found. After E2 exposure, HER4 mRNA and protein expression had decreased in two cell lines in vitro yet no changes in nuclear or cytoplasmic protein fractions were seen. In conclusion, nuclear HER4 seem to be co-located with ER, however, we did not find support for overall HER4 expression in independently predicting response of tamoxifen treatment. The possible influence of separate isoforms was not tested and future studies may further evaluate HER4 significance.
  • Fransén, Karin, 1973-, et al. (författare)
  • Polymorphism in the retinoic acid metabolizing enzyme CYP26B1 and the development of Crohn's disease
  • 2013
  • Ingår i: PLoS ONE. - 1932-6203 .- 1932-6203. ; 8:8, s. e72739-
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Several studies suggest that Vitamin A may be involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but the mechanism is still unknown. Cytochrome P450 26 B1 (CYP26B1) is involved in the degradation of retinoic acid and the polymorphism rs2241057 has an elevated catabolic function of retinoic acid, why we hypothesized that the rs2241057 polymorphism may affect the risk of Crohn's disease (CD) and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). DNA from 1378 IBD patients, divided into 871 patients with CD and 507 with UC, and 1205 healthy controls collected at Örebro University Hospital and Karolinska University Hospital were analyzed for the CYP26B1 rs2241057 polymorphism with TaqMan® SNP Genotyping Assay followed by allelic discrimination analysis. A higher frequency of patients homozygous for the major (T) allele was associated with CD but not UC compared to the frequency found in healthy controls. A significant association between the major allele and non-stricturing, non-penetrating phenotype was evident for CD. However, the observed associations reached borderline significance only, after correcting for multiple testing. We suggest that homozygous carriers of the major (T) allele, relative to homozygous carriers of the minor (C) allele, of the CYP26B1 polymorphism rs2241057 may have an increased risk for the development of CD, which possibly may be due to elevated levels of retinoic acid. Our data may support the role of Vitamin A in the pathophysiology of CD, but the exact mechanisms remain to be elucidated.
  • Klionsky, Daniel J., et al. (författare)
  • Guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy
  • 2012
  • Ingår i: Autophagy. - : Landes Bioscience. - 1554-8635 .- 1554-8627. ; 8:4, s. 445-544
  • Forskningsöversikt (refereegranskat)abstract
    • In 2008 we published the first set of guidelines for standardizing research in autophagy. Since then, research on this topic has continued to accelerate, and many new scientists have entered the field. Our knowledge base and relevant new technologies have also been expanding. Accordingly, it is important to update these guidelines for monitoring autophagy in different organisms. Various reviews have described the range of assays that have been used for this purpose. Nevertheless, there continues to be confusion regarding acceptable methods to measure autophagy, especially in multicellular eukaryotes. A key point that needs to be emphasized is that there is a difference between measurements that monitor the numbers or volume of autophagic elements (e.g., autophagosomes or autolysosomes) at any stage of the autophagic process vs. those that measure flux through the autophagy pathway (i.e., the complete process); thus, a block in macroautophagy that results in autophagosome accumulation needs to be differentiated from stimuli that result in increased autophagic activity, defined as increased autophagy induction coupled with increased delivery to, and degradation within, lysosomes (in most higher eukaryotes and some protists such as Dictyostelium) or the vacuole (in plants and fungi). In other words, it is especially important that investigators new to the field understand that the appearance of more autophagosomes does not necessarily equate with more autophagy. In fact, in many cases, autophagosomes accumulate because of a block in trafficking to lysosomes without a concomitant change in autophagosome biogenesis, whereas an increase in autolysosomes may reflect a reduction in degradative activity. Here, we present a set of guidelines for the selection and interpretation of methods for use by investigators who aim to examine macroautophagy and related processes, as well as for reviewers who need to provide realistic and reasonable critiques of papers that are focused on these processes. These guidelines are not meant to be a formulaic set of rules, because the appropriate assays depend in part on the question being asked and the system being used. In addition, we emphasize that no individual assay is guaranteed to be the most appropriate one in every situation, and we strongly recommend the use of multiple assays to monitor autophagy. In these guidelines, we consider these various methods of assessing autophagy and what information can, or cannot, be obtained from them. Finally, by discussing the merits and limits of particular autophagy assays, we hope to encourage technical innovation in the field.
  • Paramel Varghese, Geena, 1985-, et al. (författare)
  • Expression of CARD8 in human atherosclerosis and its regulation of inflammatory proteins in human endothelial cells
  • 2020
  • Ingår i: Scientific Reports. - : Nature Publishing Group. - 2045-2322. ; 10:1
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • The Caspase activation and recruitment domain 8 (CARD8) protein is a component of innate immunity and overexpression of CARD8 mRNA was previously identified in atherosclerosis. However, very little is known about the regulation of CARD8 in endothelial cells and atherosclerosis. The aim of this study was to investigate CARD8 in the regulation of cytokine and chemokine expression in endothelial cells. Sections of human atherosclerotic lesions and non-atherosclerotic arteries were immunostained for CARD8 protein. Expression of CARD8 was correlated to mediators of inflammation in atherosclerotic lesions using Biobank of Karolinska Endarterectomies microarray data. The CARD8 mRNA was knocked-down in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) in vitro, followed by quantitative RT-PCR analysis and OLINK Proteomics. Endothelial and smooth muscle cells in arterial tissue expressed CARD8 and CARD8 correlated with vWF, CD163 and the expression of inflammatory genes, such as CXCL1, CXCL6 and PDGF-A in plaque. Knock-down of CARD8 in HUVECs significantly altered proteins involved in inflammatory response, such as CXCL1, CXCL6, PDGF-A, MCP-1 and IL-6. The present study suggest that CARD8 regulate the expression of cytokines and chemokines in endothelial cells and atherosclerotic lesions, suggesting that CARD8 plays a significant role in endothelial activation.
  • Paramel, Geena, 1985-, et al. (författare)
  • CARD8 gene encoding a protein of innate immunity is expressed in human atherosclerosis and associated with markers of inflammation
  • 2013
  • Ingår i: Clinical Science. - London, United Kingdom : Portland Press. - 0143-5221 .- 1470-8736. ; 125:8, s. 401-407
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Inflammation is a key factor in the development of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. It is promoted through the inflammasome, a molecular machine that produces IL (interleukin)-1 beta in response to cholesterol crystal accumulation in macrophages. The CARD8 (caspase recruitment domain 8) protein modulates this process by suppressing caspase 1 and the transcription factor NF-kappa B (nuclear factor kappa B). The expression of CARD8 mRNA was examined in atherosclerotic vascular tissue and the impact on MI (myocardial infarction) of a polymorphism in the CARD8 gene determined. CARD8 mRNA was analysed by microarray of human atherosclerotic tissue and compared with transplant donor arterial tissue. Microarray analysis was performed for proximal genes associated with the rs2043211 locus in plaque. The CARD8 rs2043211 polymorphism was analysed by genotyping of two Swedish MI cohorts, FIA (First Myocardial Infarction in Northern Sweden) and SCARF (Stockholm Coronary Atherosclerosis Risk Factor). The CRP (C-reactive protein) level was measured in both cohorts, but the levels of the pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1 beta, IL-18, TNF (tumour necrosis factor) and MCP-1 (monocyte chemoattractant protein) were measured in sera available from the SCARF cohort. CARD8 mRNA was highly expressed in atherosclerotic plaques compared with the expression in transplant donor vessel (P < 0.00001). The minor allele was associated with lower expression of CARD8 in the plaques, suggesting that CARD8 may promote inflammation. Carriers of the minor allele of the rs2043211 polymorphism also displayed lower circulating CRP and lower levels of the pro-atherosclerotic chemokine MCP-1. However, no significant association could be detected between this polymorphism and MI in the two cohorts. Genetic alterations in the CARD8 gene therefore seem to be of limited importance for the development of MI.
  • Paramel Varghese, Geena, 1985-, et al. (författare)
  • NLRP3 Inflammasome Expression and Activation in Human Atherosclerosis
  • 2016
  • Ingår i: Journal of the American Heart Association. - Hoboken, USA : Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc.. - 2047-9980 .- 2047-9980. ; 5:5
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Background: The NLR family, pyrin domain containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is an interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18 cytokine processing complex that is activated in inflammatory conditions. The role of the NLRP3 inflammasome in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction is not fully understood.Methods and Results: Atherosclerotic plaques were analyzed for transcripts of the NLRP3 inflammasome, and for IL-1β release. The Swedish First-ever myocardial Infarction study in Ac-county (FIA) cohort consisting of DNA from 555 myocardial infarction patients and 1016 healthy individuals was used to determine the frequency of 4 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from the downstream regulatory region of NLRP3. Expression of NLRP3, Apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a CARD (ASC), caspase-1 (CASP1), IL1B, and IL18 mRNA was significantly increased in atherosclerotic plaques compared to normal arteries. The expression of NLRP3 mRNA was significantly higher in plaques of symptomatic patients when compared to asymptomatic ones. CD68-positive macrophages were observed in the same areas of atherosclerotic lesions as NLRP3 and ASC expression. Occasionally, expression of NLRP3 and ASC was also present in smooth muscle cells. Cholesterol crystals and ATP induced IL-1β release from lipopolysaccharide-primed human atherosclerotic lesion plaques. The minor alleles of the variants rs4266924, rs6672995, and rs10733113 were associated with NLRP3 mRNA levels in peripheral blood mononuclear cells but not with the risk of myocardial infarction.Conclusions: Our results indicate a possible role of the NLRP3 inflammasome and its genetic variants in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis.
  • Ashley, S. F., et al. (författare)
  • Lifetime determination of excited states in Cd-106
  • 2007
  • Ingår i: Acta Physica Polonica B. - 0587-4254 .- 1509-5770. ; 38:4, s. 1385-1388
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Two separate experiments using the Differential Decay Curve Method have been performed to extract mean lifetimes of excited states in 106 Cd. The inedium-spin states of interest were populated by the Mo-98(C-12, 4n) Cd-106 reaction performed at the Wright Nuclear Structure Lab., Yale University. From this experiment, two isomeric state mean lifetimes have been deduced. The low-lying states were populated by the Mo-96(C-13, 3n)Cd-106 reaction performed at the Institut fur Kernphysik, Universitat zu Koln. The mean lifetime of the I-pi = 2(1)(+) state was deduced, tentatively, as 16.4(9) ps. This value differs from the previously accepted literature value from Coulomb excitation of 10.43(9) ps.
  • Elander, Nils (författare)
  • Inflammation-associated genes and genetic variations in colorectal cancer
  • 2009
  • Doktorsavhandling (övrigt vetenskapligt)abstract
    • Colorectal cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality around the world, each year affecting about one million individuals worldwide. The disease is characterized by an accumulation of genetic alterations, and a sequence of events leading to the development of an invasive and metastasising tumour. Chronic or dysregulated inflammation may contribute to tumour initiation and progression via the release and activity of various mediators – e.g. cytokines, prostaglandins, inducible nitric oxide synthase (NOS2), matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), and vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF). In the present thesis, genes and genetic alterations controlling these events were analysed and discussed within the context of colorectal cancer.Prostaglandins, being generated from arachidonic acid in reactions dependent on cyclooxygenases (COX-1, COX-2), have been implicated in carcinogenesis of many organs. Since the quite recent characterization of the terminal and specific prostaglandin synthases, which act downstream of COX enzymes, the search for molecular targets which selectively suppress individual prostanoids has been intensified. In papers I-II, the role and regulation of inducible prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) synthase - mPGES-1 - were explored within the context of intestinal cancer. mPGES-1 was genetically deleted in the ApcMin/+ mouse - yielding marked suppression of PGE2 generation in intestinal and tumour tissue. However, a shift towards enhanced generation of non-PGE2 prostanoids was observed in mPGES-1 knock out mice, and these mice developed more and larger instestinal tumours. These results therefore indicate that targeting mPGES-1 may paradoxically promote tumourigenesis, most likely by secondary effects on other potentially pro-tumoural mediators. We also explored the relation of the commonly mutated APC gene and mPGES-1 in colon tumour cells, and found that high expression of mPGES-1 was associated with the presence of wild type APC. Rather than by regulating putative β-catenin/Tcf binding sites of the mPGES-1 promoter, APC seems to influence the stabilisation of mPGES-1 mRNA.In papers III-V, the possible contribution of variations in regulatory regions of genes encoding NOS2, MMPs, and VEGF, was assessed in populations of colorectal cancer patients and healthy control individuals. A single nucleotide insertion (1G/2G) at -1607 upstream the transcription start site of the MMP-1 gene was identified to be a susceptibility factor for colorectal cancer development, although no relation with disease characteristics was observed. Except for a rather uncommon combination of two individual polymorphisms of the VEGF gene, investigated genetic variations of VEGF, other MMPs, and NOS2, were not associated with colorectal cancer susceptibility or clinicopathological characteristics. We therefore suggest that other molecular events play more significant roles for the dysregulation of these genes in colorectal tumours.In summary, accumulating evidence, including the results here presented, suggest significant albeit complex roles of inflammation-induced genes and mediators in colorectal tumourigenesis. The present results may aid in identifying or excluding potential biomarkers and drug targets within cancer-related inflammation.
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