Am J Pathol [journal]
- Musashi1 Impacts Radio-Resistance in Glioblastoma by Controlling DNA-PKcs. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Am J Pathol 2016 Jul 25.
The conserved RNA-binding protein Musashi1 (MSI1) has been characterized as a stem cell marker, controlling the balance between self-renewal and differentiation and as a key oncogenic factor in numerous solid tumors, including glioblastoma. To explore the potential use of MSI1 targeting in therapy, we studied MSI1 in the context of radiation sensitivity. Knockdown of MSI1 led to a decrease in cell survival and an increase in DNA damage compared to control in cells treated with ionizing radiation. We subsequently examined mechanisms of double-strand break repair and found that loss of MSI1 reduces the frequency of nonhomologous end-joining. This phenomenon could be attributed to the decreased expression of DNA-protein kinase catalytic subunit, which we have previously identified as a target of MSI1. Collectively, our results suggest a role for MSI1 in double-strand break repair and that its inhibition may enhance the effect of radiotherapy.
- Collaborative Interferon-γ and Interleukin-17 Signaling Protects the Oral Mucosa from Staphylococcus aureus. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Am J Pathol 2016 Jul 25.
Infections with Staphylococcus aureus are a continuing and growing problem in community and hospital settings. Preclinical animal modeling of S. aureus relies on experimental infection, which carries some limitations. We describe here a novel, spontaneous model of oral staphylococcal infection in double knockout mice, deficient in the receptors for IL-17 (IL-17RA) and interferon (IFN)-γ (IFNγRI), beginning at 6 to 8 weeks of age. IFNγRI(-/-)IL17RA(-/-) (GRAKO) mice developed progressive oral abscesses. Cytometric methods revealed extensive neutrophilic infiltration of oral tissues in GRAKO mice; further investigation evidenced that IL-17 predominated neutrophil defects in these mice. To investigate the contribution of IFN-γ signaling to this native host defense to S. aureus, we observed perturbations of monocyte recruitment and macrophage differentiation in the oral tissues of GRAKO mice, and CXCL9/chemokine ligand receptor (CXCR)3-driven recruitment of T-cell oral tissues and draining lymph nodes. To address the former finding, we depleted macrophages and monocytes in vivo from IL17RA(-/-) mice using liposomes loaded with clodronate. This treatment elicited oral abscesses, recapitulating the phenotype of GRAKO mice. From these findings, we propose novel collaborative functions of IL-17 and IFN-γ, acting through neutrophils and macrophages, respectively, in native mucocutaneous host defenses to S. aureus.
- Corrections. [PUBLISHED ERRATUM]
- Am J Pathol 2016 Aug; 186(8):2236.
- Authors' Reply. [Letter]
- Am J Pathol 2016 Aug; 186(8):2234-5.
This correspondence is a reply to Galectin-3, Cardiac Function, and Fibrosis by Wouter C. Meijers et al.
- Galectin-3, Cardiac Function, and Fibrosis. [Letter]
- Am J Pathol 2016 Aug; 186(8):2232-4.
This Correspondence relates to the article by Frunza et al (Myocardial Galectin-3 Expression Is Associated with Remodeling of the Pressure-Overloaded Heart and May Delay the Hypertrophic Response without Affecting Survival, Dysfunction, and Cardiac Fibrosis. Am J Pathol 2016, 186:1114-1127).
- Lung Epithelial Cell-Specific Expression of Human Lysosomal Acid Lipase Ameliorates Lung Inflammation and Tumor Metastasis in Lipa(-/-) Mice. [Journal Article]
- Am J Pathol 2016 Aug; 186(8):2183-92.
Lysosomal acid lipase (LAL), a key enzyme in the metabolic pathway of neutral lipids, has a close connection with inflammation and tumor progression. One major manifestation in LAL-deficient (Lipa(-/-)) mice is an increase of tumor growth and metastasis associated with expansion of myeloid-derived suppressor cells. In the lung, LAL is highly expressed in alveolar type II epithelial cells. To assess how LAL in lung epithelial cells plays a role in this inflammation-related pathogenic process, lung alveolar type II epithelial cell-specific expression of human LAL (hLAL) in Lipa(-/-) mice was established by crossbreeding of CCSP-driven rtTA transgene and (TetO)7-CMV-hLAL transgene into Lipa(-/-) mice (CCSP-Tg/KO). hLAL expression in lung epithelial cells not only reduced tumor-promoting myeloid-derived suppressor cells in the lung, but also down-regulated the synthesis and secretion of tumor-promoting cytokines and chemokines into the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of Lipa(-/-) mice. hLAL expression reduced the immunosuppressive functions of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid cells, inhibited bone marrow cell transendothelial migration, and inhibited endothelial cell proliferation and migration in Lipa(-/-) mice. As a result, hLAL expression in CCSP-Tg/KO mice corrected pulmonary damage, and inhibited tumor cell proliferation and migration in vitro, and tumor metastasis to the lung in vivo. These results support a concept that LAL is a critical metabolic enzyme in lung epithelial cells that regulates lung homeostasis, immune response, and tumor metastasis.
- Pancreatic Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase 1B Deficiency Exacerbates Acute Pancreatitis in Mice. [Journal Article]
- Am J Pathol 2016 Aug; 186(8):2043-54.
Acute pancreatitis (AP) is a common and devastating gastrointestinal disorder that causes significant morbidity. The disease starts as local inflammation in the pancreas that may progress to systemic inflammation and complications. Protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) is implicated in inflammatory signaling, but its significance in AP remains unclear. To investigate whether PTP1B may have a role in AP, we used pancreas PTP1B knockout (panc-PTP1B KO) mice and determined the effects of pancreatic PTP1B deficiency on cerulein- and arginine-induced acute pancreatitis. We report that PTP1B protein expression was increased in the early phase of AP in mice and rats. In addition, histological analyses of pancreas samples revealed enhanced features of AP in cerulein-treated panc-PTP1B KO mice compared with controls. Moreover, cerulein- and arginine-induced serum amylase and lipase were significantly higher in panc-PTP1B KO mice compared with controls. Similarly, pancreatic mRNA and serum concentrations of the inflammatory cytokines IL-1B, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor-α were increased in panc-PTP1B KO mice compared with controls. Furthermore, panc-PTP1B KO mice exhibited enhanced cerulein- and arginine-induced NF-κB inflammatory response accompanied with increased mitogen-activated protein kinases activation and elevated endoplasmic reticulum stress. Notably, these effects were recapitulated in acinar cells treated with a pharmacological inhibitor of PTP1B. These findings reveal a novel role for pancreatic PTP1B in cerulein- and arginine-induced acute pancreatitis.
- This Month in AJP. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Am J Pathol 2016 Jul 23.
The following highlights summarize research articles that are published in the current issue of The American Journal of Pathology.
- Hodgkin Lymphoma Cells Have a Specific Long Noncoding RNA Expression Pattern. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Am J Pathol 2016 Jul 22.
This commentary highlights the article by Tayari et al that suggests studying clinical implications of long noncoding RNAs as possible diagnostic and predictive biomarkers of Hodgkin lymphoma.
- Tumor Necrosis Factor and Its Receptors Are Crucial to Control Mycobacterium bovis Bacillus Calmette-Guerin Pleural Infection in a Murine Model. [JOURNAL ARTICLE]
- Am J Pathol 2016 Jul 22.
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) is crucial to control Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection, which remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. TNF blockade compromises host immunity and may cause reactivation of latent infection, resulting in overt pulmonary, pleural, and extrapulmonary tuberculosis. Herein, we investigate the roles of TNF and TNF receptors in the control of Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) pleural infection in a murine model. As controls, wild-type mice and those with a defective CCR5, a receptor that is crucial for control of viral infection but not for tuberculosis, were used. BCG-induced pleural infection was uncontrolled and progressive in absence of TNF or TNF receptor 1 (TNFR1)/TNFR2 (TNFR1R2) with increased inflammatory cell recruitment and bacterial load in the pleural cavity, and heightened levels of pleural and serum proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines, compared to wild-type control mice. The visceral pleura was thickened with chronic inflammation, which was prominent in TNF(-/-) and TNFR1R2(-/-) mice. The parietal pleural of TNF(-/-) and TNFR1R2(-/-) mice exhibited abundant inflammatory nodules containing mycobacteria, and these mice developed nonresolving inflammation and succumbed from disseminated BCG infection. By contrast, CCR5(-/-) mice survived and controlled pleural BCG infection as wild-type control mice. In conclusion, BCG-induced pleurisy was uncontrolled in the absence of TNF or TNF receptors with exacerbated inflammatory response, impaired bacterial clearance, and defective mesothelium repair, suggesting a critical role of TNF to control mycobacterial pleurisy.