Squamous cell carcinoma is the major pathology type of esophageal cancer in China, where adenocarcinoma is rare and adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) is more rare comparing to the western countries. We report the surgical and pathologic findings of two cases of primary ACC of the esophagus, and review of the Chinese literature of this tumor.
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Adenoid cystic carcinoma; Esophagus; Surgery
The myelodysplastic syndromes are a group of hematologic disorders that often evolve into secondary acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The genetic changes that underlie progression from the myelodysplastic syndromes to secondary AML are not well understood.
We performed whole-genome sequencing of seven paired samples of skin and bone marrow in seven subjects with secondary AML to identify somatic mutations specific to secondary AML. We then genotyped a bone marrow sample obtained during the antecedent myelodysplastic-syndrome stage from each subject to determine the presence or absence of the specific somatic mutations. We identified recurrent mutations in coding genes and defined the clonal architecture of each pair of samples from the myelodysplastic-syndrome stage and the secondary-AML stage, using the allele burden of hundreds of mutations.
Approximately 85% of bone marrow cells were clonal in the myelodysplastic-syndrome and secondary-AML samples, regardless of the myeloblast count. The secondary-AML samples contained mutations in 11 recurrently mutated genes, including 4 genes that have not been previously implicated in the myelodysplastic syndromes or AML. In every case, progression to acute leukemia was defined by the persistence of an antecedent founding clone containing 182 to 660 somatic mutations and the outgrowth or emergence of at least one subclone, harboring dozens to hundreds of new mutations. All founding clones and subclones contained at least one mutation in a coding gene.
Nearly all the bone marrow cells in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes and secondary AML are clonally derived. Genetic evolution of secondary AML is a dynamic process shaped by multiple cycles of mutation acquisition and clonal selection. Recurrent gene mutations are found in both founding clones and daughter subclones. (Funded by the National Institutes of Health and others.)
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are hematopoietic stem cell disorders that often progress to chemotherapy-resistant secondary acute myeloid leukemia (sAML). We used whole genome sequencing to perform an unbiased comprehensive screen to discover all the somatic mutations in a sAML sample and genotyped these loci in the matched MDS sample. Here we show that a missense mutation affecting the serine at codon 34 (S34) in U2AF1 was recurrently mutated in 13/150 (8.7%) de novo MDS patients, with suggestive evidence of an associated increased risk of progression to sAML. U2AF1 is a U2 auxiliary factor protein that recognizes the AG splice acceptor dinucleotide at the 3′ end of introns and mutations are located in highly conserved zinc fingers in U2AF11,2. Mutant U2AF1 promotes enhanced splicing and exon skipping in reporter assays in vitro. This novel, recurrent mutation in U2AF1 implicates altered pre-mRNA splicing as a potential mechanism for MDS pathogenesis.
Alterations in DNA methylation have been implicated in the pathogenesis of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), although the underlying mechanism remains largely unknown. Methylation of CpG dinucleotides is mediated by DNA methyltransferases, including DNMT1, DNMT3A, and DNMT3B. DNMT3A mutations have recently been reported in patients with de novo acute myeloid leukemia (AML), providing a rationale for examining the status of DNMT3A in MDS samples. Here, we report the frequency of DNMT3A mutations in patients with de novo MDS, and their association with secondary AML. We sequenced all coding exons of DNMT3A using DNA from bone marrow and paired normal cells from 150 patients with MDS and identified 13 heterozygous mutations with predicted translational consequences in 12/150 patients (8.0%). Amino acid R882, located in the methyltransferase domain of DNMT3A, was the most common mutation site, accounting for 4/13 mutations. DNMT3A mutations were expressed in the majority of cells in all tested mutant samples regardless of blast counts, suggesting that DNMT3A mutations occur early in the course of MDS. Patients with DNMT3A mutations had worse overall survival compared to patients without DNMT3A mutations (p=0.005) and more rapid progression to AML (p=0.007), suggesting that DNMT3A mutation status may have prognostic value in de novo MDS.
myelodysplastic syndrome; DNMT3A; mutation
Membrane tethers or nanotubes play a critical role in a variety of cellular and subcellular processes such as leukocyte rolling and intercellular mass transport. The current constitutive equations that describe the relationship between the pulling force and the tether velocity during tether extraction have serious limitations. Here we propose a new phenomenological constitutive equation that captures all known characteristics of nanotube formation, including nonlinearity, nonzero threshold force, and possible negative tether velocity. We used tether extraction from endothelial cells as a prototype to illustrate how to obtain the material constants in the constitutive equation. With the micropipette aspiration technique, we measured tether pulling forces at both positive and negative tether velocities. We also determined the threshold force of 55 pN experimentally for the first time. This new constitutive equation unites two established ones and provides us a unified platform to better understand not only the physiological role of tether extraction during leukocyte rolling and intercellular or intracellular transport, but also the physics of membrane tether growth or retraction.
Membrane nanotube; leukocyte rolling; threshold force; intercellular transport; intracellular transport; micropipette aspiration
Angiogenesis and osteogenesis are tightly coupled during bone development and regeneration. Mesenchymal cells in the developing stroma elicit angiogenic signals to recruit new blood vessels into bone. Reciprocal signals, likely emanating from the incoming vascular endothelium, stimulate mesenchymal cell specification through additional interactions with cells within the vascular stem cell niche. The hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1) pathway has been identified as a key component in this process. We demonstrated that overexpression of HIF-1 in mature osteoblasts through disruption of the von Hippel-Lindau protein profoundly increases angiogenesis and osteogenesis; these processes appear to be coupled by cell nonautonomous mechanisms involving the action of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) on the endothelial cells. The same occurred in the model of injury-mediated bone regeneration (distraction osteogenesis). Surprisingly, manipulation of HIF-1 does not influence angiogenesis of the skull bones, where earlier activation of HIF-1 in the condensing mesenchyme upregulates osterix during cranial bone formation.
knockout mice; osteoblasts; hypoxia-inducible factor; angiogenesis
The micropipette aspiration technique (MAT) has been successfully applied to many studies in cell adhesion such as leukocyte-endothelium interactions. However, this technique has never been validated experimentally and it has been only employed to impose constant forces. In this study, we validated the force measurement of the MAT with the optical trap and analyzed two technical issues of the MAT, force-transducer offset and cell-micropipette gap, with finite element simulation. We also modified the MAT so that increasing or decreasing forces can be applied. With the modified MAT, we studied tether extraction from endothelial cells by pulling single tethers at increasing velocities and constant force loading rates. Before the onset of tether extraction, an apparently-linear surface protrusion of a few hundred nanometers was observed, which is likely related to membrane receptors pulling on the underlying cytoskeleton. The strength of the modified MAT lies in its capability and consistency to apply a wide range of force loading rates from several piconewtons per second up to thousands of piconewtons per second. With this modification, the MAT becomes more versatile in the study of single molecule and single cell biophysics.
cell adhesion; cellular mechanics; molecular biomechanics; optical trap; finite element analysis; tether extraction
In cellular and molecular biomechanics, extensional stiffness of rod-like structures such as leukocyte microvilli can be easily measured with many techniques, but not many techniques are available for measuring their flexural stiffness. In this paper, we report a novel technique of measuring the flexural stiffness of rod-like structures. This technique is based on image deconvolution and, as an example, it was used for determining the flexural stiffness of neutrophil microvilli. The probes we used were 40-nm-diameter fluorescent beads, which were bound to the tips of neutrophil microvilli by anti-L-selectin antibody. The fluorescent images of the bead, which was positioned at the center of the cell bottom, were acquired with high magnification and long exposure time (3 s). Using a Gaussian function as the point spread function of our imaging system, we established a convolution equation based on Boltzmann’s law, which yields an analytical expression that relates the bead image profile to the flexural stiffness of the microvillus. The flexural stiffness was then obtained by the least squares regression. On average, the flexural stiffness was determined to be 7 pN/μm for single neutrophil microvilli. With the resolution of our imaging system, this technique can be used for measuring any flexural stiffness smaller than 34 pN/μm and it has great potential in single molecule biomechanics.
biomechanics; microvillus; leukocyte; micropipette; point spread function; deconvolution
Deletions spanning chromosome 5q31.2 are among the most common recurring cytogenetic abnormalities detectable in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Prior genomic studies have suggested that haploinsufficiency of multiple 5q31.2 genes may contribute to MDS pathogenesis. However, this hypothesis has never been formally tested. Therefore, we designed this study to systematically and comprehensively evaluate all 28 chromosome 5q31.2 genes and directly test whether haploinsufficiency of a single 5q31.2 gene may result from a heterozygous nucleotide mutation or microdeletion. We selected paired tumor (bone marrow) and germline (skin) DNA samples from 46 de novo MDS patients (37 without a cytogenetic 5q31.2 deletion) and performed total exonic gene resequencing (479 amplicons) and array comparative genomic hybridization (CGH). We found no somatic nucleotide changes in the 46 MDS samples, and no cytogenetically silent 5q31.2 deletions in 20/20 samples analyzed by array CGH. Twelve novel single nucleotide polymorphisms were discovered. The mRNA levels of 7 genes in the commonly deleted interval were reduced by 50% in CD34+ cells from del(5q) MDS samples, and no gene showed complete loss of expression. Taken together, these data show that small deletions and/or point mutations in individual 5q31.2 genes are not common events in MDS, and implicate haploinsufficiency of multiple genes as the relevant genetic consequence of this common deletion.
The cation of the title compound, C36H34N6O2
−, lies across a crystallographic inversion centre. The imidazole and pyridine rings form dihedral angles of 82.28 (5)° and 11.87 (7)°, respectively, with the anthracene ring system. The crystal packing is stabilized by π–π interactions between the pyridine ring and the central ring of anthracene, with a ring centroid–centroid distance of 3.684 (3) Å. The PF6
− anion is disordered over three different positions with occupancies of 0.284 (6), 0.354 (8) and 0.362 (9).
The multi-billion dollar US tree nut industries rely heavily on methyl bromide fumigation for postharvest insect control and are facing a major challenge with the mandated cessation by 2005 of its use for most applications. There is an urgent need to develop effective and economically viable alternative treatments to replace current phytosanitary and quarantine practices in order to maintain the competitiveness of US agriculture in domestic and international markets. With the reliable heating block system, the thermal death kinetics for fifth-instar codling moth, Indianmeal moth, and navel orangeworm were determined at a heating rate of 18 °C/min. A practical process protocol was developed to control the most heat resistant insect pest, fifth-instar navel orangeworm, in in-shell walnuts using a 27 MHz pilot scale radio frequency (RF) system. RF heating to 55 °C and holding in hot air for at least 5 min resulted in 100% mortality of the fifth-instar navel orangeworm. Rancidity, sensory qualities and shell characteristics were not affected by the treatments. If this method can be economically integrated into the handling process, it should have excellent potential as a disinfestation method for in-shell walnuts.
Disinfestation; Heat; Nut; Postharvest; Radio frequency