It is well recognized that patients with immunodeficiency have a high risk of development of lymphoproliferative disorders (LPDs), and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is associated with the occurrence of LPDs. Methotrexate (MTX) is one of the common cause of iatrogenic-associated LPD, and approximately 40-50% of MTX-related LPD cases occur in extranodal sites. However, the occurrence of MTX-related LPD in the gingiva is extremely rare. Herein, we report the fourth documented case of MTX-related EBV-associated LPD occurring in the gingiva of a patient with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A 76-year-old Japanese female with a 10-year history of RA, who was treated with MTX and infliximab, presented with a tumorous lesion in the gingiva. Biopsy of the gingiva tumor revealed diffuse proliferation of large-sized lymphoid cells with cleaved nuclei containing conspicuous nucleoli. These lymphoid cells were CD20- and EBER-positive. Therefore, a diagnosis of MTX-related EBV-associated LPD showing features of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) that occurred in the gingiva was made. Although the occurrence of LPD in the oral region, as seen in the present case, is rare, the prevalence of this disorder may be on the rise due to the increased number of patients undergoing immunosuppression therapy. Moreover, immunosenescence can also be a cause of EBV-associated LPD. Therefore, recognition of the occurrence of this disorder in the oral cavity and consideration of the clinical history can facilitate the correct diagnosis.
Lymphoproliferative disorder; Epstein-Barr virus; methotrexate; gingiva
Deoxynivalenol (DON) is a natural toxin of fungi that cause Fusarium head blight disease of wheat and other small-grain cereals. DON accumulates in infected grains and promotes the spread of the infection on wheat, posing serious problems to grain production. The elucidation of DON-catabolic genes and enzymes in DON-degrading microbes will provide new approaches to decrease DON contamination. Here, we report a cytochrome P450 system capable of catabolizing DON in Sphingomonas sp. strain KSM1, a DON-utilizing bacterium newly isolated from lake water. The P450 gene ddnA was cloned through an activity-based screening of a KSM1 genomic library. The genes of its redox partner candidates (flavin adenine dinucleotide [FAD]-dependent ferredoxin reductase and mitochondrial-type [2Fe-2S] ferredoxin) were not found adjacent to ddnA; the redox partner candidates were further cloned separately based on conserved motifs. The DON-catabolic activity was reconstituted in vitro in an electron transfer chain comprising the three enzymes and NADH, with a catalytic efficiency (kcat/Km) of 6.4 mM−1 s−1. The reaction product was identified as 16-hydroxy-deoxynivalenol. A bioassay using wheat seedlings revealed that the hydroxylation dramatically reduced the toxicity of DON to wheat. The enzyme system showed similar catalytic efficiencies toward nivalenol and 3-acetyl deoxynivalenol, toxins that frequently cooccur with DON. These findings identify an enzyme system that catabolizes DON, leading to reduced phytotoxicity to wheat.
Major outputs of the neocortex are conveyed by corticothalamic axons (CTA), which form reciprocal connections with thalamocortical axons, and corticosubcerebral axons (CSA) headed to more caudal parts of the nervous system. Previous findings establish that transcriptional programs define cortical neurons identity and suggest that CTA and thalamic axons may guide each other, but the mechanisms governing CTA versus CSA pathfinding remain elusive. Here, we show that thalamocortical axons are required to guide pioneer CTA away from a default CSA-like trajectory. This process relies on a hold in the progression of cortical axons, or waiting period, during which thalamic projections navigate towards cortical axons. At the molecular level, Sema3E/PlexinD1 signaling in pioneer cortical neurons mediates a “waiting signal” required to orchestrate the mandatory meeting with reciprocal thalamic axons. Our study reveals that temporal control of axonal progression contributes to spatial pathfinding of cortical projections and opens novel perspectives on brain wiring.
corticothalamic; thalamocortical; axon guidance; reciprocal connections; waiting period; Sema3E; PlexinD1; handshake
Tenascin-C (TNC), a large hexameric extracellular glycoprotein, is a pleiotropic molecule with multiple domains binding to a variety of receptors mediating a wide range of cellular functions. We earlier reported that TNC induces epithelial–mesenchymal transition (EMT)-like change in breast cancer cells. In the present study, we clarified TNC receptor involvement in this process. Among integrins previously reported as TNC receptors, substantial expression of αv, α2, β1 and β6 subunits was detected by quantitative PCR and immunoblotting in MCF-7 cells. Integrin β6 mRNA was remarkably upregulated by transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 treatment, and protein expression was prominently increased by additional exposure to TNC. Immunofluorescent labeling demonstrated integrin αvβ6 accumulation in focal adhesions after TNC treatment, especially in combination with TGF-β1. The α2 and β1 subunits were mainly localized at cell–cell contacts, αv being found near cell cluster surfaces. Immunoprecipitation showed increase in αvβ1 heterodimers, but not α2β1, after TNC treatment. Activated β1 subunits detected by an antibody against the Ca2+-dependent epitope colocalized with αv in focal adhesion complexes, associated with FAK phosphorylation at tyrosine 925. Neutralizing antibodies against αv and β1 blocked EMT-like change caused by TNC alone. In addition, anti-αv and combined treatment with anti-β1 and anti-αvβ6 inhibited TGF-β1/TNC-induced EMT, whereas either of these alone did not. Integrin subunits αv, β1 and β6, but not α2, bound to TNC immobilized on agarose beads in a divalent cation-dependent manner. Treatments with neutralizing antibodies against β1 and αvβ6 reduced αv subunit bound to the beads. Immunohistochemistry of these receptors in human breast cancer tissues demonstrated frequent expression of β6 subunits in cancer cells forming scattered nests localized in TNC-rich stroma. These findings provide direct evidence that binding of αvβ6 and αvβ1 integrins to TNC as their essential ligand induces EMT-like change in breast cancer cells.
breast cancer cells; epithelial–mesenchymal transition; integrin αvβ1; integrin αvβ6; tenascin-c; transforming growth factor β
Gelatinous bone marrow transformation (GMT) is a rare disorder characterized by the presence of fat cell atrophy, loss of hematopoietic cells, and deposition of extracellular gelatinous materials. GMT is not a specific disease, but is strongly associated with malnutrition and drugs. Albeit extremely rare, GMT has been reported in patients with myeloproliferative disorders. Herein, we report the second documented case of hypoplastic myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) accompanying GMT. A 73-year-old Japanese male with excellent nutrition status and no history of alcohol or drug intake was detected with pancytopenia. The initial bone marrow aspirate specimen reveled hypocellular marrow without dysplastic signs in the myeloid cells. Bone marrow biopsy demonstrated hypocellular bone marrow with prominent GMT. He received blood transfusions, however, pancytopenia continued to progress. The second bone marrow aspirate specimen showed dysplastic changes, such as pseudo-Pelger-Huët cells, hypogranular or agranular granulocytes, and megakaryocytes with multiple small nuclei. Cytogenetic study demonstrated deletion of chromosome 7. Therefore, an ultimate diagnosis of hypoplastic MDS accompanying GMT was made. Only a limited number of cases of myeloproliferative disorders with GMT have been reported. Our analysis of these cases revealed that chromosome 7 abnormality is frequently observed in this condition. Moreover, findings from the current case suggested that myeloproliferative disorders including MDS must be included in the differential diagnostic considerations of GMT patients, who have no history of malnutrition or drugs, and careful examination of the bone marrow smear specimen and cytogenetic analysis are necessary for early detection of underlying myeloproliferative disorders.
Gelatinous bone marrow transformation; myelodysplastic syndrome; bone marrow
Acute hemiparesis is a common initial presentation of ischemic stroke. Although hemiparesis due to spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma (SSEH) is an uncommon symptom, a few cases have been reported and misdiagnosed as cerebral infarction.
Case reports of SSEH with acute hemiparesis.
In these two cases, acute stroke was suspected initially and administration of intravenous alteplase therapy was considered. In one case, the presentation was neck pain and in the other case, it was Lhermitte's sign; brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance angiography were negative for signs of ischemic infarction, hemorrhage, or arterial dissection. Cervical MRI was performed and demonstrated SSEH.
Clinicians who perform intravenous thrombolytic treatment with alteplase need to be aware of this possible contraindication.
Spontaneous spinal epidural hematoma; Hemiparesis; Tetraparesis; Lhermitte's sign; Cerebral infarction; Intravenous thrombolytic treatment; Magnetic resonance imaging; Computerized tomography; Alteplase
Bone defects and nonunions are major clinical skeletal problems. Growth factors are commonly used to promote bone regeneration; however, the clinical impact is limited because the factors do not last long at a given site. The introduction of tissue engineering aimed to deter the diffusion of these factors is a promising therapeutic strategy. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the in vivo osteogenic capability of an engineered bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP4) fusion protein.
BMP4 was fused with a nanosized carrier, collagen-binding domain (CBD), derived from fibronectin. The stability of the CBD-BMP4 fusion protein was examined in vitro and in vivo. Osteogenic effects of CBD-BMP4 were evaluated by computer tomography after intramedullary injection without a collagen–sponge scaffold. Recombinant BMP-4, CBD, or vehicle were used as controls. Expressions of bone-related genes and growth factors were compared among the groups. Osteogenesis induced by CBD-BMP4, BMP4, and CBD was also assessed in a bone-defect model.
In vitro, CBD-BMP4 was retained in a collagen gel for at least 7 days while BMP4 alone was released within 3 hours. In vivo, CBD-BMP4 remained at the given site for at least 2 weeks, both with or without a collagen–sponge scaffold, while BMP4 disappeared from the site within 3 days after injection. CBD-BMP4 induced better bone formation than BMP4 did alone, CBD alone, and vehicle after the intramedullary injection into the mouse femur. Bone-related genes and growth factors were expressed at higher levels in CBD-BMP4-treated mice than in all other groups, including BMP4-treated mice. Finally, CBD-BMP4 potentiated more bone formation than did controls, including BMP4 alone, when applied to cranial bone defects without a collagen scaffold.
Altogether, nanocarrier-CBD enhanced the retention of BMP4 in the bone, thereby promoting augmented osteogenic responses in the absence of a scaffold. These results suggest that CBD-BMP4 may be clinically useful in facilitating bone formation.
BMP4; bone repair; bone tissue engineering; osteogenesis
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with sarcomatoid change is a rare neoplasm of the liver, and recurrent therapies for HCC such as transcatheter arterial chemoembolization and percutaneous ablation therapy are presumed to promote sarcomatoid change. A 73-year-old man was admitted to our hospital diagnosed as having liver cancer originating from hepatitis C-related cirrhosis without any previous treatment for HCC. Ultrasonography showed that the tumor was hypoechoic, 3 cm in diameter, with unclear margins. Computed tomography demonstrated a low-density lesion with ring enhancement on delayed phase. Under a diagnosis of poorly differentiated HCC the patient underwent liver resection. Histologically, the tumor consisted of proliferation of spindle-shaped sarcomatoid carcinoma cells with unclear trabecular and pseudoglandular structures including a nodule of typical moderately differentiated HCC, which was observed to shift mutually in one region. Here, we report a case of sarcomatoid HCC with a review of the literature.
Sarcomatoid hepatocellular carcinoma; Transcatheter arterial chemoembolization; Radiofrequency ablation; Immunohistochemistry
Although iodine is not an essential nutrient for higher plants, their roots take up and transport the element. However, the exact mechanisms involved in iodine uptake and metabolism in higher plants have yet to be elucidated. In this study, we compared two cultivars differing in iodine tolerance (“Nipponbare” and “Gohyakumangoku”) to increasing levels of I− and IO−3 in the root solutions of water-cultured rice (Oryza sativa L.). We found that IO−3 added to the root solutions was converted to I− in the presence of roots. Iodate reduction occurred over the course of several hours. Furthermore, the iodate reduction activity of “Nipponbare” (iodine-sensitive) and “Gohyakumangoku” (iodine-tolerant) roots increased after adding IO−3 or I−. The roots of barley and soybean also showed iodate reduction activity and the activity responded to iodine treatment either with IO−3 and I−. This study suggests that plant roots biologically reduce iodate to iodide and indicates that the iodate reduction activity of roots responds to external iodine conditions.
iodine; reduction; rice; barley; soybean; root
Peripheral nerve damage of the cornea is a complication following surgery or infection which may lead to decreased visual function. We examined the efficacy of the semaphorin 3A inhibitor, SM-345431, in promoting regeneration of peripheral nerves in a mouse corneal transplantation model.
P0-Cre/Floxed-EGFP mice which express EGFP in peripheral nerves cells were used as recipients of corneal transplantation with syngeneic wild-type mouse cornea donors. SM-345431 was administered subconjunctivally every 2 days while control mice received vehicle only. Mice were followed for 3 weeks and the length of regenerating nerves was measured by EGFP fluorescence and immunohistochemistry against βIII tubulin. Cornea sensitivity was also measured by the Cochet-Bonnet esthesiometer. CD31 staining was used to determine corneal neovascularization as a possible side effect of SM-345431. Regeneration of βIII tubulin positive peripheral nerves was significantly higher in SM-345431 treated mice compared to control. Furthermore, corneal sensitivity significantly improved in the SM-345431 group by 3 weeks after transplantation. Neovascularization was limited to the peripheral cornea with no difference between SM-345431 group and control.
Subconjunctival injections of SM-345431 promoted a robust network of regenerating nerves as well as functional recovery of corneal sensation in a mouse keratoplasty model, suggesting a novel therapeutic strategy for treating neurotrophic corneal disease.
Lifestyle-related diseases represented by metabolic syndrome develop as results of complex interaction. By using health check-up data from two large studies collected during a long-term follow-up, we searched for risk factors associated with the development of metabolic syndrome.
In our original study, we selected 77 case subjects who developed metabolic syndrome during the follow-up and 152 healthy control subjects who were free of lifestyle-related risk components from among 1803 Japanese male employees. In a replication study, we selected 2196 case subjects and 2196 healthy control subjects from among 31343 other Japanese male employees. By means of a bioinformatics approach using a fuzzy neural network (FNN), we searched any significant combinations that are associated with MetS. To ensure that the risk combination selected by FNN analysis was statistically reliable, we performed logistic regression analysis including adjustment.
We selected a combination of an elevated level of γ-glutamyltranspeptidase (γ-GTP) and an elevated white blood cell (WBC) count as the most significant combination of risk factors for the development of metabolic syndrome. The FNN also identified the same tendency in a replication study. The clinical characteristics of γ-GTP level and WBC count were statistically significant even after adjustment, confirming that the results obtained from the fuzzy neural network are reasonable. Correlation ratio showed that an elevated level of γ-GTP is associated with habitual drinking of alcohol and a high WBC count is associated with habitual smoking.
This result obtained by fuzzy neural network analysis of health check-up data from large long-term studies can be useful in providing a personalized novel diagnostic and therapeutic method involving the γ-GTP level and the WBC count.
Data mining; Combinational risk factor; Fuzzy neural network; Glutamyltranspeptidase; Lifestyle disease; Personalized diagnostic method; White blood cell
To investigate the feasibility of image-based intracavitary brachytherapy (IBICBT) for uterine cervical cancer, we evaluated the dose–volume histograms (DVHs) for the tumor and organs at risk (OARs) and compared results from the IBICBT plan and the standard Manchester system (Manchester plan) in eight patients as a simulation experiment. We performed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) following MRI-adapted applicator insertion, then superimposed MR images on the planning CT images to describe the contours of high-risk clinical target volume (HR CTV) and OARs. The median volume of HR CTV was 29 cm3 (range, 21–61 cm3). Median D90 (HR CTV) and V100 (HR CTV) were 116.1% prescribed doses (PD) (90.0–150.8%) and 96.7% (84.2–100%), respectively, for the Manchester plan. In comparison, we confirmed that the median D90 (HR CTV) was 100% PD in the IBICBT plan for all patients. Mean D2cc (bladder) was 101.8% PD for the Manchester plan and 83.2% PD for the IBICBT plan. Mean D2cc (rectum) was 80.1% PD for the Manchester plan and 64.2% PD for the IBICBT plan. Mean D2cc (sigmoid) was 75% PD for the Manchester plan and 57.5% PD for the IBICBT plan. One patient with a large tumor (HR CTV, 61 cm3) showed lower D90 (HR CTV) with the Manchester plan than with the IBICBT plan. The Manchester plan may represent overtreatment for small tumors but insufficient dose distribution for larger tumors. The IBICBT plan could reduce OAR dosage while maintaining adequate tumor coverage.
Image-based intracavitary brachytherapy; MRI-adapted applicator; uterine cervical cancer; dose–volume histogram
Protochlamydia, an environmental chlamydia and obligate amoebal endosymbiotic bacterium, evolved to survive within protist hosts, such as Acanthamobae, 700 million years ago. However, these bacteria do not live in vertebrates, including humans. This raises the possibility that interactions between Protochlamydia and human cells could induce a novel cytopathic effect, leading to new insights into host-parasite relationships. Therefore, we studied the effect of Protochlamydia on the survival of human immortal cell line, HEp-2 cells and primary peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC). Using mainly 4′,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole staining, fluorescent in situ hybridization, transmission electron microscopy, and also TUNEL and Transwell assays, we demonstrated that the Protochlamydia induced apoptosis in HEp-2 cells. The attachment of viable bacterial cells, but not an increase of bacterial infectious progenies within the cells, was required for the apoptosis. Other chlamydiae [Parachlamydia acanthamoebae and Chlamydia trachomatis (serovars D and L2)] did not induce the same phenomena, indicating that the observed apoptosis may be specific to the Protochlamydia. Furthermore, the bacteria had no effect on the survival of primary PBMCs collected from five volunteers, regardless of activation. We concluded that Protochlamydia induces apoptosis in human-immortal HEp-2 cells and that this endosymbiont could potentially be used as a biological tool for the elucidation of novel host-parasite relationships.
Inhibition of p110α or of the downstream PI3K signaling pathway components PDK1 and Akt, as well as phosphoinositide sequestration, blocks invadopodia formation in breast cancer cells.
Invadopodia are extracellular matrix–degrading protrusions formed by invasive cancer cells that are thought to function in cancer invasion. Although many invadopodia components have been identified, signaling pathways that link extracellular stimuli to invadopodia formation remain largely unknown. We investigate the role of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling during invadopodia formation. We find that in human breast cancer cells, both invadopodia formation and degradation of a gelatin matrix were blocked by treatment with PI3K inhibitors or sequestration of D-3 phosphoinositides. Functional analyses revealed that among the PI3K family proteins, the class I PI3K catalytic subunit p110α, a frequently mutated gene product in human cancers, was selectively involved in invadopodia formation. The expression of p110α with cancerous mutations promoted invadopodia-mediated invasive activity. Furthermore, knockdown or inhibition of PDK1 and Akt, downstream effectors of PI3K signaling, suppressed invadopodia formation induced by p110α mutants. These data suggest that PI3K signaling via p110α regulates invadopodia-mediated invasion of breast cancer cells.
Application of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells in regenerative medicine will bypass ethical issues associated with use of embryonic stem cells. In addition, patient-specific IPS cells can be useful to elucidate the pathophysiology of genetic disorders, drug screening, and tailor-made medicine. However, in order to apply iPS cells to mitotic tissue, induction of tissue stem cells that give rise to progeny of the target organ is required.
We induced stratified epithelial cells from mouse iPS cells by co-culture with PA6 feeder cells (SDIA-method) with use of BMP4. Clusters of cells positive for the differentiation markers KRT1 or KRT12 were observed in KRT14-positive colonies. We successfully cloned KRT14 and p63 double-positive stratified epithelial progenitor cells from iPS-derived epithelial cells, which formed stratified epithelial sheets consisting of five- to six-polarized epithelial cells in vitro. When these clonal cells were cultured on denuded mouse corneas, a robust stratified epithelial layer was observed with physiological cell polarity including high levels of E-cadherin, p63 and K15 expression in the basal layer and ZO-1 in the superficial layer, recapitulating the apico-basal polarity of the epithelium in vivo.
These results suggest that KRT14 and p63 double-positive epithelial progenitor cells can be cloned from iPS cells in order to produce polarized multilayer epithelial cell sheets.
We investigated the inhibitory effect of three glycyrrhizin derivatives, such as Glycyrrhizin (compound 1), dipotassium glycyrrhizate (compound 2) and glycyrrhetinic acid (compound 3), on the activity of mammalian pols. Among these derivatives, compound 3 was the strongest inhibitor of mammalian pols α, β, κ, and λ, which belong to the B, A, Y, and X families of pols, respectively, whereas compounds 1 and 2 showed moderate inhibition. Among the these derivatives tested, compound 3 displayed strongest suppression of the production of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in a cell-culture system using mouse macrophages RAW264.7 and peritoneal macrophages derived from mice. Moreover, compound 3 was found to inhibit the action of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) in engineered human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells. In addition, compound 3 caused greater reduction of 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate-(TPA-) induced acute inflammation in mouse ear than compounds 1 and 2. In conclusion, this study has identified compound 3, which is the aglycone of compounds 1 and 2, as a promising anti-inflammatory candidate based on mammalian pol inhibition.
The CogState Schizophrenia Battery (CSB), a computerized cognitive battery, covers all the same cognitive domains as the Measurement and Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia (MATRICS) Consensus Cognitive Battery but is briefer to conduct. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the criterion and construct validity of the Japanese language version of the CSB (CSB-J) in Japanese patients with schizophrenia.
Forty Japanese patients with schizophrenia and 40 Japanese healthy controls with matching age, gender, and premorbid intelligence quotient were enrolled. The CSB-J and the Brief Assessment of Cognition in Schizophrenia, Japanese-language version (BACS-J) were performed once. The structure of the CSB-J was also evaluated by a factor analysis. Similar to the BACS-J, the CSB-J was sensitive to cognitive impairment in Japanese patients with schizophrenia. Furthermore, there was a significant positive correlation between the CSB-J composite score and the BACS-J composite score. A factor analysis showed a three-factor model consisting of memory, speed, and social cognition factors.
This study suggests that the CSB-J is a useful and rapid automatically administered computerized battery for assessing broad cognitive domains in Japanese patients with schizophrenia.
The lipids extracted from rice brans were classified by thin-layer chromatography into eight fractions, and their fatty acid (FA) compositions were investigated among five different Japanese cultivars. The lipids of these rice brans comprised mainly triacylglycerols (TAG; 84.9-86.0 wt%), free FA (4.2-4.6 wt%), and phospholipids (PL; 6.5-6.7 wt%), whilst other components were also detected in minor proportions (0.2-2.1 wt%). The PL components included phosphatidyl choline (43.3-46.8 wt%) phosphatidyl ethanolamine (25.0-27.3 wt%) and phosphatidyl inositol (20.2-23.2 wt%). Comparison of the different cultivars showed, with a few exceptions, no substantial difference (P > 0.05) in FA distribution. FA distribution of TAG among the five cultivars was characterized as: unsaturated FA predominantly concentrated at the sn-2 position and saturated FA primarily occupying the sn-1 or sn-3 position in these lipids. These results suggest that the rice bran lipids may be well incorporated into our daily diet to improve nutritional value of the Japanese diet.
different acyl lipids; fatty acid distributions; phospholipids; rice bran lipids; triacylglycerols
There is growing evidence that adiponectin, a physiologically active polypeptide secreted by adipocytes, controls not only adipose tissue but also bone metabolism. However, a role for adiponectin in bone development remains controversial.
We therefore investigated the endocrine effects of adiponectin on bone metabolism using 12-week-old male transgenic (Ad-Tg) mice with significant hyperadiponectinemia overexpressing human full-length adiponectin in the liver.
In Ad-Tg mice, the serum level of osteocalcin was significantly increased, but the levels of RANKL, osteoprotegerin, and TRAP5b were not. Bone mass was significantly greater in Ad-Tg mice with increased bone formation. In contrast, bone resorption parameters including the number of osteoclasts and eroded surface area did not differ between Ad-Tg and their littermates.
These findings demonstrate that hyperadiponectinemia enhances bone formation in mice.
Hypertension and diabetes mellitus are important risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD). We previously showed that the C→T polymorphism (rs6929846) of BTN2A1 was significantly associated with myocardial infarction. The purpose of the present study was to examine an association of rs6929846 of BTN2A1 with CKD in individuals with or without hypertension or diabetes mellitus, thereby contributing to the personalized prevention of CKD in such individuals separately. The study population comprised 7,542 unrelated individuals, including 2,289 subjects with CKD [estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) <60 ml/min/1.73 m2] and 5,253 controls (eGFR ≥60 ml/min/1.73 m2) with or without hypertension or diabetes mellitus. The Chi-square test, a multivariable logistic regression analysis with adjustment for covariates, as well as a stepwise forward selection procedure revealed that the C→T polymorphism (rs6929846) of BTN2A1 was significantly associated with CKD in normotensive individuals, in diabetic individuals and in individuals with hypertension and diabetes mellitus, or without either condition, with the T allele representing a risk factor for CKD. Stratification of subjects based on hypertension or diabetes mellitus may thus be important in order to achieve personalized prevention of CKD with the use of genetic information.
genetics; polymorphism; chronic kidney disease; diabetes mellitus; hypertension
Cell membranes are composed of many different lipids and protein receptors, which are important for regulating intracellular functions and cell signaling. To orchestrate these activities, the cell membrane is compartmentalized into microdomains that are stably or transiently formed. These compartments are called “lipid rafts”. In gamete cells that lack gene transcription, distribution of lipids and proteins on these lipid rafts is focused during changes in their structure and functions such as starting flagella movement and membrane fusion. In this paper, we describe the role of lipid rafts in gamete maturation, fertilization, and early embryogenesis.
Previously, we reported that vitamin K3 (VK3), but not VK1 or VK2 (=MK-4), inhibits the activity of human DNA polymerase γ (pol γ). In this study, we chemically synthesized three intermediate compounds between VK2 and VK3, namely MK-3, MK-2 and MK-1, and investigated the inhibitory effects of all five compounds on the activity of mammalian pols. Among these compounds, MK-2 was the strongest inhibitor of mammalian pols α, κ and λ, which belong to the B, Y and X families of pols, respectively; whereas VK3 was the strongest inhibitor of human pol γ, an A-family pol. MK-2 potently inhibited the activity of all animal species of pol tested, and its inhibitory effect on pol λ activity was the strongest with an IC50 value of 24.6 μM. However, MK-2 did not affect the activity of plant or prokaryotic pols, or that of other DNA metabolic enzymes such as primase of pol α, RNA polymerase, polynucleotide kinase or deoxyribonuclease I. Because we previously found a positive relationship between pol λ inhibition and anti-inflammatory action, we examined whether these compounds could inhibit inflammatory responses. Among the five compounds tested, MK-2 caused the greatest reduction in 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA)-induced acute inflammation in mouse ear. In addition, in a cell culture system using mouse macrophages, MK-2 displayed the strongest suppression of the production of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Moreover, MK-2 was found to inhibit the action of nuclear factor (NF)-κB. In an in vivo mouse model of LPS-evoked acute inflammation, intraperitoneal injection of MK-2 in mice led to suppression of TNF-α production in serum. In conclusion, this study has identified VK2 and VK3 intermediates, such as MK-2, that are promising anti-inflammatory candidates.
vitamin K; MK-2; DNA polymerase λ; enzyme inhibitor; anti-inflammation
To examine the preliminary survival outcomes and treatment-related toxicity for elderly patients with cervical cancer treated with radiotherapy (RT).
Forty patients ≥75 years old with cervical cancer who were treated with RT were evaluated. Of these 40 patients, 25 were classified as FIGO stage I or II and 15 as stage III or IVA. Thirty-five patients were treated with radical RT (RRT), and five were treated with surgery plus adjuvant RT (S + ART). External beam radiotherapy combined with high-dose-rate intracavitary brachytherapy was performed on 31 patients who were treated with RRT and on 2 patients who were treated with S + ART because of positive vaginal surgical margins. The patients’ median age was 78 years (range 75–89 years). Concurrent chemotherapy (CCT) was performed on five patients (RRT: 3, S + ART: 2).
The median follow-up period was 20 months (range 1–85 months). Only one patient could not complete RT. The 3-year overall and disease-specific survival (OS and DSS) rates for all patients were 58 and 80%, respectively. Five patients experienced Grade 3 acute toxicity; two were treated with RRT (2/35), and three were treated with S + ART (3/5, 2 of them with CCT). Two patients experienced Grade 3 late toxicity; one was treated with RRT (1/35, with CCT) and the other was treated with S + ART (1/5). No Grade 4 or higher toxicity was experienced.
RRT for elderly patients with cervical cancer is generally effective and safe, but severe toxicity may occur with more aggressive treatment modalities.
Cervical cancer; Radiotherapy; Elderly patients; Treatment-related toxicity
Regiospecific distributions of fatty acids (FA) of triacylglycerols (TAG) and phospholipids (PL) isolated from five cultivars of adzuki beans (Vigna angularis) were investigated. The lipids comprised mainly PL (72.2-73.4 wt-%) and TAG (20.6-21.9 wt-%), whilst other components were detected in minor proportions (0.1-3.4 wt-%). The principal profiles of the FA distribution in the TAG and PL were evident in the beans among the five cultivars: unsaturated FA were predominantly distributed in the sn-2 position, whilst saturated FA primarily occupied the sn-1 or the sn-3 position in the these lipids. The results would be useful information to both producers and consumers for manufacturing traditional adzuki confectionaries such as wagashi in Japan.
adzuki beans (Vigna angularis); fatty acids; phosphatidylcholine; phosphatidyl- ethanolamine; phosphatidylinositol; regiospecific characteristics; triacylglycerols
Hypertension and diabetes mellitus are important risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD). The purpose of the present study was to identify genetic variants that confer susceptibility to CKD in individuals with or without hypertension or diabetes mellitus, thereby contributing to the personalized prevention of CKD in such individuals separately. The study population comprised 5835 unrelated Japanese individuals, including 1763 subjects with CKD and 4072 controls. The 150 polymorphisms were selected by genome-wide association studies of ischemic stroke and myocardial infarction with the use of the GeneChip Human Mapping 500K Array Set (Affymetrix). The genotypes for these polymorphisms were determined by a method that combines polymerase chain reaction and sequence-specific oligonucleotide probes with suspension array technology. The χ2 test, multivariable logistic regression analysis with adjustment for covariates, as well as a stepwise forward selection procedure revealed that two different polymorphisms were significantly (P<0.005) associated with the prevalence of CKD in individuals with or without hypertension or diabetes mellitus: the A→G (Lys625Arg) polymorphism of CDH4 (rs6142884) in individuals without diabetes mellitus, and the C→T polymorphism of PTPRN2 (rs1638021) in individuals with hypertension and diabetes mellitus. No polymorphism was significantly associated with CKD in individuals with or without hypertension, in those with diabetes mellitus, or in those without hypertension or diabetes mellitus. Stratification of subjects based on hypertension or diabetes mellitus may thus be fundamental to achieving the personalized prevention of CKD with the use of genetic information.
genetics; polymorphism; chronic kidney disease; diabetes mellitus; hypertension