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Exploiting Unique Biological Features Of Leukemia Stem Cells For Therapeutic Benefit, Haojian Zhang, Shaoguang Li Apr 2019

Exploiting Unique Biological Features Of Leukemia Stem Cells For Therapeutic Benefit, Haojian Zhang, Shaoguang Li

Open Access Articles

Cancer stem cells play a critical role in disease initiation and insensitivity to chemotherapy in numerous hematologic malignancies and some solid tumors, and these stem cells need to be eradicated to achieve a cure. Key to successful targeting of cancer stem cells is to identify and functionally test critical target genes and to fully understand their associated molecular network in these stem cells. Human chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is well accepted as one of the typical types of hematopoietic malignancies that are derived from leukemia stem cells (LSCs), serving as an excellent model disease for understanding the biology of LSCs ...


Characterization Of Theranostic Peptides For Glioblastoma Multiforme, Aaron Mellesmoen Aug 2018

Characterization Of Theranostic Peptides For Glioblastoma Multiforme, Aaron Mellesmoen

All NMU Master's Theses

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a type of primary CNS tumor in which viable treatment options do not exist. Standard of care including tumor resection, chemotherapy, and radiation does little to extend the 5-year survival expectancy past 5.1%. Herein, two small-peptide molecules with inherent antitumor activity, blood-brain barrier permeability, and capability for tumor-specific drug deliverance and intraoperative visualization (termed theranostic) were of focus. Confocal microscopy was employed to characterize in vitro specificity of chlorotoxin, a 4 kDa scorpion venom peptide, and rBSG, the recombinant 25 kDa non-glycosylated extracellular domain of extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN; Basigin ...


Electrotransfer Of Different Control Plasmids Elicits Different Antitumor Effectiveness In B16.F10 Melanoma, Masa Bosnjak, Tanjo Jesenko, Urska Kamensek, Gregor Sersa, Jaka Lavrencak, Loree Heller, Maja Cemazar Jan 2018

Electrotransfer Of Different Control Plasmids Elicits Different Antitumor Effectiveness In B16.F10 Melanoma, Masa Bosnjak, Tanjo Jesenko, Urska Kamensek, Gregor Sersa, Jaka Lavrencak, Loree Heller, Maja Cemazar

Bioelectrics Publications

Several studies have shown that different control plasmids may cause antitumor action in different murine tumor models after gene electrotransfer (GET). Due to the differences in GET protocols, plasmid vectors, and experimental models, the observed antitumor effects were incomparable. Therefore, the current study was conducted comparing antitumor effectiveness of three different control plasmids using the same GET parameters. We followed cytotoxicity in vitro and the antitumor effect in vivo after GET of control plasmids pControl, pENTR/U6 scr and pVAX1 in B16.F10 murine melanoma cells and tumors. Types of cell death and upregulation of selected cytosolic DNA sensors and ...


Endocytic Trafficking Of The Amyloid Precursor Protein In Rat Cortical Neurons, Sahily Reyes Dec 2017

Endocytic Trafficking Of The Amyloid Precursor Protein In Rat Cortical Neurons, Sahily Reyes

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Amyloid-beta (Aβ) aggregation and deposition into extracellular plaques is a hallmark of the most common forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The Aβ-containing plaques result from pathogenic cleavage of amyloid precursor protein (APP) by secretases resulting in intracellular production of Aβ peptides that are secreted and accumulate extracellularly. Despite considerable progress towards understanding APP processing and Aβ aggregation, the mechanisms underlying endosomal production of Aβ peptides and their secretion remain unclear. Using endosomes isolated from cultured primary neurons, we determined that the trafficking of APP from the endosomal membrane into internal vesicles of late endosome/multivesicular bodies (MVB) is ...


Platelet Transcriptome Heterogeneity: A Role For Rna Uptake In Vascular Health And Disease, Lauren R. Clancy Aug 2017

Platelet Transcriptome Heterogeneity: A Role For Rna Uptake In Vascular Health And Disease, Lauren R. Clancy

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

As our understanding of the platelet’s systemic role continues to expand beyond hemostasis and thrombosis, interrogation of the platelet’s ability to affect diverse biological processes is required. Studies of the platelet’s non-traditional roles have focused on developing our understanding of the platelet’s relation to specific disease phenotypes as well as elucidation of platelet characteristics, content, and function. The generic content, traditional function and heterogeneity of platelets have long been accepted; more ambiguous and controversial has been how these factors are interrelated.

Investigation of platelet content revealed the presence of biologically functional RNA in anucleated platelets, the ...


Preclinical Development Of Therapeutic Strategies Against Triple-Negative And Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Angie M. Torres-Adorno Aug 2017

Preclinical Development Of Therapeutic Strategies Against Triple-Negative And Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Angie M. Torres-Adorno

UT GSBS Dissertations and Theses (Open Access)

Triple-negative (TNBC) and inflammatory (IBC) breast cancer are the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, accounting for 20% and 10% of cancer-related deaths, respectively. Among IBC cases, 30% are additionally classified with TNBC molecular pathology, a diagnosis that significantly worsens patient’s prognosis. The current lack of TNBC and IBC molecular understanding prevents the development of effective therapeutic strategies. To identify effective treatments, we explored aberrant apoptosis pathways and cell membrane fluidity as novel therapeutic targets.

We first identified an effective therapeutic strategy against TNBC and IBC by pro-apoptotic protein NOXA-mediated inhibition of the anti-apoptotic protein MCL1 following inhibition of ...


Invitro-Q: A High-Throughput Biosensor Used To Evaluate The Mechanism Of Phagocytosis Of Macrophages Using Different Particles, Marynawal Abdou, Abiche H. Dewilde May 2017

Invitro-Q: A High-Throughput Biosensor Used To Evaluate The Mechanism Of Phagocytosis Of Macrophages Using Different Particles, Marynawal Abdou, Abiche H. Dewilde

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

The method of phagocytosis of a particle can provide information on how macrophages respond to a detected particle. The response elicited varies based on the nature of the particle and in turn changes which receptor-mediated phagocytosis is initiated. We have developed a multi-well cell-based sensor that can monitor real-time biological changes in living cells, such as mass redistribution, and viscoelasticity. This system provides unique kinetic information regarding the phenotypic change in the cells post treatment. As a proof of principle study, we evaluate macrophage phagocytosis using three different particles: latex beads, Zymosan A, and Staphylococcus aureus. These studies show the ...


Broad Repertoire Of T Cell Autoreactivity Directly From Islets Of Donors With Type 1 Diabetes (T1d), Jenny Aurielle B. Babon, Megan E. Denicola, David M. Blodgett, Inne Crevecoeur, Thomas S. Buttrick, Rene Maehr, Rita Bottino, Ali Naji, John Kaddis, Wassim Elyaman, Eddie A. James, Rachana Haliyur, Marcela Brissova, Lut Overburgh, Chantal Mathieu, Thomas Delong, Kathryn Haskins, Alberto Pugliese, Martha Campbell-Thompson, Clayton Mathews, Mark A. Atkinson, Alvin C. Powers, David Harlan, Sally C. Kent May 2017

Broad Repertoire Of T Cell Autoreactivity Directly From Islets Of Donors With Type 1 Diabetes (T1d), Jenny Aurielle B. Babon, Megan E. Denicola, David M. Blodgett, Inne Crevecoeur, Thomas S. Buttrick, Rene Maehr, Rita Bottino, Ali Naji, John Kaddis, Wassim Elyaman, Eddie A. James, Rachana Haliyur, Marcela Brissova, Lut Overburgh, Chantal Mathieu, Thomas Delong, Kathryn Haskins, Alberto Pugliese, Martha Campbell-Thompson, Clayton Mathews, Mark A. Atkinson, Alvin C. Powers, David Harlan, Sally C. Kent

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the infiltration of lymphocytes into the insulin-producing β-cells in the pancreas. We have isolated live T cells sorted or grown directly from the isolated, handpicked islets of human donors with T1D. We received ~500 islet equivalent EQ of variable purity (10-90%) from 12 donors with T1D (disease duration 0.42-20 years) and from seven control donors and two donors with type 2 diabetes (T2D). A total of 321 T cell lines and clones were derived from the islets of donors with T1D (3 lines from the 9 control donors). These ...


C1qbp Inhibits Dux4-Dependent Gene Activation And Can Be Targeted With 4mu, Alec M. Desimone, Genila Bibat, Kathryn Wagner, Guido Stadler, Woodring E. Wright, John D. Leszyk, Charles P. Emerson Jr. May 2017

C1qbp Inhibits Dux4-Dependent Gene Activation And Can Be Targeted With 4mu, Alec M. Desimone, Genila Bibat, Kathryn Wagner, Guido Stadler, Woodring E. Wright, John D. Leszyk, Charles P. Emerson Jr.

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

FSHD is linked to the misexpression of the DUX4 gene contained within the D4Z4 repeat array on chromosome 4. The gene encodes the DUX4 protein, a cytotoxic transcription factor that presumably causes the symptoms of the disease. However, individuals have been identified who express DUX4 in their muscle biopsies, but who remain asymptomatic, suggesting that there are other factors that modify FSHD penetrance or severity. We hypothesized that an FSHD-modifying factor would physically interact with DUX4, and we took a proteomic approach to identify DUX4-interacting proteins. We identified the multifunctional C1QBP protein as one such factor. C1QBP is known to ...


Optimizing Microfluidic Design For Cell Separation, Joseph Wakim, Marisel De Jesus Vega, Nese Orbey, Carol Barry May 2017

Optimizing Microfluidic Design For Cell Separation, Joseph Wakim, Marisel De Jesus Vega, Nese Orbey, Carol Barry

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

To evaluate the performance of various designs of crossflow filtration microfluidic devices, blood flow was modeled using computational fluid dynamics software (COMSOL Multiphysics). Velocity profiles were generated and used to analyze four critical design parameters: pillar size, pillar shape, gap size, and wall length. These parameters were optimized to yield greatest flow from an unfiltered main channel into two filtered side channels of the device, thereby maximizing filtration capacity.

Devices containing pillars of 10 µm diameter yielded a significantly greater filtration capacity than devices with pillars of 20 µm diameter. Flow patterns from the main channel to the side channels ...


Lysosomal Storage Diseases, Carlos Ferreira, William Gahl Jan 2017

Lysosomal Storage Diseases, Carlos Ferreira, William Gahl

Pediatrics Faculty Publications

Lysosomes are cytoplasmic organelles that contain a variety of different hydrolases. A genetic deficiency in the enzymatic activity of one of these hydrolases will lead to the accumulation of the material meant for lysosomal degradation. Examples include glycogen in the case of Pompe disease, glycosaminoglycans in the case of the mucopolysaccharidoses, glycoproteins in the cases of the oligosaccharidoses, and sphingolipids in the cases of Niemann-Pick disease types A and B, Gaucher disease, Tay-Sachs disease, Krabbe disease, and metachromatic leukodystrophy. Sometimes, the lysosomal storage can be caused not by the enzymatic deficiency of one of the hydrolases, but by the deficiency ...


A Novel Protocol For Directed Differentiation Of C9orf72-Associated Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Into Contractile Skeletal Myotubes, Elliot W. Swartz, Jaeyun Baek, Mochtar Pribadi, Kevin J. Wojta, Sandra Almeida, Anna M. Karydas, Fen-Biao Gao, Bruce L. Miller, Giovanni Coppola Nov 2016

A Novel Protocol For Directed Differentiation Of C9orf72-Associated Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells Into Contractile Skeletal Myotubes, Elliot W. Swartz, Jaeyun Baek, Mochtar Pribadi, Kevin J. Wojta, Sandra Almeida, Anna M. Karydas, Fen-Biao Gao, Bruce L. Miller, Giovanni Coppola

Open Access Articles

Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) offer an unlimited resource of cells to be used for the study of underlying molecular biology of disease, therapeutic drug screening, and transplant-based regenerative medicine. However, methods for the directed differentiation of skeletal muscle for these purposes remain scarce and incomplete. Here, we present a novel, small molecule-based protocol for the generation of multinucleated skeletal myotubes using eight independent iPSC lines. Through combinatorial inhibition of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) and glycogen synthase kinase 3beta (GSK3beta) with addition of bone morphogenic protein 4 (BMP4) and fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2), we report up to 64% conversion of ...


Microengineering Approaches For Regenerative Medicine, Yubing Sun May 2016

Microengineering Approaches For Regenerative Medicine, Yubing Sun

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Stem cells, especially human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), hold significant promise for modeling developmental and disease processes, drug and toxicology screening, and cell-based regenerative medicine. Most hPSC studies have so far focused on identifying extrinsic soluble factors, intracellular signaling pathways, and transcriptional regulatory networks involved in regulating hPSC behaviors. We focus on the development and applications of some novel synthetic micromechanical systems to understand the mechano-sensitive and -responsive properties of hPSCs and their functional regulation of self-renewal, directed differentiation, and survival of hPSCs. First, we have demonstrated that rigid PDMS micropost arrays (PMAs) support the maintenance of pluripotency of hPSCs ...


Overlapping Functions Of The Map4k Family Kinases Hppy And Msn In Hippo Signaling, Shuangxi Li, Yong Suk Cho, Tao Yue, Y. Tony Ip, Jin Jiang Nov 2015

Overlapping Functions Of The Map4k Family Kinases Hppy And Msn In Hippo Signaling, Shuangxi Li, Yong Suk Cho, Tao Yue, Y. Tony Ip, Jin Jiang

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Supported Publications

The Hippo (Hpo) tumor suppressor pathway is an evolutionarily conserved signaling pathway that controls tissue growth and organ size in species ranging from Drosophila to human, and its malfunction has been implicated in many types of human cancer. In this study, we conducted a kinome screen and identified Happyhour (Hppy)/MAP4K3 as a novel player in the Hpo pathway. Our biochemical study showed that Hppy binds and phosphorylates Wts. Our genetic experiments suggest that Hppy acts in parallel and partial redundantly with Misshapen (Msn)/MAP4K4 to regulate Yki nuclear localization and Hpo target gene expression in Drosophila wing imaginal discs ...


Centrosome-Intrinsic Mechanisms Modulate Centrosome Integrity During Fever, Anastassiia Vertii, Wendy Zimmerman, Mariya Ivshina, Stephen J. Doxsey Oct 2015

Centrosome-Intrinsic Mechanisms Modulate Centrosome Integrity During Fever, Anastassiia Vertii, Wendy Zimmerman, Mariya Ivshina, Stephen J. Doxsey

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Supported Publications

The centrosome is critical for cell division, ciliogenesis, membrane trafficking, and immunological synapse function. The immunological synapse is part of the immune response, which is often accompanied by fever/heat stress (HS). Here we provide evidence that HS causes deconstruction of all centrosome substructures primarily through degradation by centrosome-associated proteasomes. This renders the centrosome nonfunctional. Heat-activated degradation is centrosome selective, as other nonmembranous organelles (midbody, kinetochore) and membrane-bounded organelles (mitochondria) remain largely intact. Heat-induced centrosome inactivation was rescued by targeting Hsp70 to the centrosome. In contrast, Hsp70 excluded from the centrosome via targeting to membranes failed to rescue, as did ...


The Role Of Mmp9 In Satellite Cell Activation After Increased Activity, Mike H.M.H. Pang, Jung A. Kim, Gary E. Mccall, Ryan S. Mehan, J-P Hyatt Jan 2015

The Role Of Mmp9 In Satellite Cell Activation After Increased Activity, Mike H.M.H. Pang, Jung A. Kim, Gary E. Mccall, Ryan S. Mehan, J-P Hyatt

Summer Research

The unique adaptive ability of skeletal muscle to meet functional demands is exemplified in its response to exercise. Though little is known about the molecular mechanisms that regulate this plasticity, the extracellular matrix (ECM) is believed to play a large role. The basal lamina is a specialized layer of ECM that lies in direct contact with the cell membrane of muscle fibers and facilitates environment-to-cell interactions. Matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) is an enzyme in the basal lamina that regulates much of these adaptive processes. During exercise, the regenerative process of damaged tissue requires the activation of muscle-specific stem cells known as ...


Exosome-Mediated Delivery Of Rna Interference And Mirna Mimic, Fatemeh Momen-Heravi, Shashi Bala, Terence N. Bukong, Gyongyi Szabo Nov 2014

Exosome-Mediated Delivery Of Rna Interference And Mirna Mimic, Fatemeh Momen-Heravi, Shashi Bala, Terence N. Bukong, Gyongyi Szabo

Gyongyi Szabo

Exosomes, membranous nanovesicles, naturally carry bio-macromolecules and play pivotal roles in both physiological intercellular crosstalk and disease pathogenesis. Here, we showed that B cell-derived exosomes can function as vehicles to deliver exogenous miRNA-155 mimic or inhibitor into hepatocytes or macrophages, respectively. Stimulation of B cells significantly increased exosome production. Unlike in parental cells, baseline level of miRNA-155 was very low in exosomes derived from stimulated B cells. Exosomes loaded with a miRNA-155 mimic significantly increased miRNA-155 levels in primary mouse hepatocytes and the liver of miRNA-155 knockout mice. Treatment of RAW macrophages with miRNA-155 inhibitor loaded exosomes resulted in statistically ...


Enteroendocrine Cells Support Intestinal Stem-Cell-Mediated Homeostasis In Drosophila, Alla Amcheslavsky, Wei Song, Qi Li, Yingchao Nie, Ivan Bragatto, Dominique Ferrandon, Norbert Perrimon, Y. Tony Ip Oct 2014

Enteroendocrine Cells Support Intestinal Stem-Cell-Mediated Homeostasis In Drosophila, Alla Amcheslavsky, Wei Song, Qi Li, Yingchao Nie, Ivan Bragatto, Dominique Ferrandon, Norbert Perrimon, Y. Tony Ip

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Supported Publications

Intestinal stem cells in the adult Drosophila midgut are regulated by growth factors produced from the surrounding niche cells including enterocytes and visceral muscle. The role of the other major cell type, the secretory enteroendocrine cells, in regulating intestinal stem cells remains unclear. We show here that newly eclosed scute loss-of-function mutant flies are completely devoid of enteroendocrine cells. These enteroendocrine cell-less flies have normal ingestion and fecundity but shorter lifespan. Moreover, in these newly eclosed mutant flies, the diet-stimulated midgut growth that depends on the insulin-like peptide 3 expression in the surrounding muscle is defective. The depletion of Tachykinin-producing ...


Tlr Sorting By Rab11 Endosomes Maintains Intestinal Epithelial-Microbial Homeostasis, Shiyan Yu, Yingchao Nie, Y. Tony Ip, Nan Gao Sep 2014

Tlr Sorting By Rab11 Endosomes Maintains Intestinal Epithelial-Microbial Homeostasis, Shiyan Yu, Yingchao Nie, Y. Tony Ip, Nan Gao

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Supported Publications

Compartmentalization of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) in intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) regulates distinct immune responses to microbes; however, the specific cellular machinery that controls this mechanism has not been fully identified. Here we provide genetic evidences that the recycling endosomal compartment in enterocytes maintains a homeostatic TLR9 intracellular distribution, supporting mucosal tolerance to normal microbiota. Genetic ablation of a recycling endosome resident small GTPase, Rab11a, a gene adjacent to a Crohn's disease risk locus, in mouse IECs and in Drosophila midgut caused epithelial cell-intrinsic cytokine production, inflammatory bowel phenotype, and early mortality. Unlike wild-type controls, germ-free Rab11a-deficient mouse intestines failed ...


Gene Expression Profiling Identifies The Zinc-Finger Protein Charlatan As A Regulator Of Intestinal Stem Cells In Drosophila, Alla Amcheslavsky, Yingchao Nie, Qi Li, Feng He, Leo Tsuda, Michele Markstein, Y. Tony Ip Jul 2014

Gene Expression Profiling Identifies The Zinc-Finger Protein Charlatan As A Regulator Of Intestinal Stem Cells In Drosophila, Alla Amcheslavsky, Yingchao Nie, Qi Li, Feng He, Leo Tsuda, Michele Markstein, Y. Tony Ip

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Supported Publications

Intestinal stem cells (ISCs) in the adult Drosophila midgut can respond to tissue damage and support repair. We used genetic manipulation to increase the number of ISC-like cells in the adult midgut and performed gene expression profiling to identify potential ISC regulators. A detailed analysis of one of these potential regulators, the zinc-finger protein Charlatan, was carried out. MARCM clonal analysis and RNAi in precursor cells showed that loss of Chn function caused severe ISC division defects, including loss of EdU incorporation, phosphorylated histone 3 staining and expression of the mitotic protein Cdc2. Loss of Charlatan also led to a ...


Activin Limits Progenitor Capability By Promoting Epithelial Cell Differentiation In The Mammary Gland, Karen A. Dunphy, Thiruppavai Chandrasekaran, Niraj Bhatt, Michelle Chen, Amy L. Roberts, Mary Hagen, D. Joseph Jerry May 2014

Activin Limits Progenitor Capability By Promoting Epithelial Cell Differentiation In The Mammary Gland, Karen A. Dunphy, Thiruppavai Chandrasekaran, Niraj Bhatt, Michelle Chen, Amy L. Roberts, Mary Hagen, D. Joseph Jerry

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) and activin utilize common signaling pathways, via smad2/3 and smad4, to mediate tumor suppression by effecting cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Differences in temporal expression patterns suggest that each cytokine has specific roles in mammary gland development. Activin is expressed during pregnancy and lactation and is required for branching and lactogenesis, implying a role in mammary gland maturation. In contrast, TGF-beta is expressed during involution during mammary gland regression and functions to re-organize the mammary epithelial content to the non-lactating state. Previously, we found that TGF-beta and activin do share common signaling pathways allowing ...


High Performance Amphiphilic Polymer/Hydroxyapatite Composite Tissue Scaffolds, Artem B. Kutikov, Jie Song May 2014

High Performance Amphiphilic Polymer/Hydroxyapatite Composite Tissue Scaffolds, Artem B. Kutikov, Jie Song

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

There is a critical clinical need for alternatives to autograft and allograft bone for over 500,000 bone grafting operations performed each year in the United States. Current synthetic bone grafts suffer from poor handling characteristics, brittle mechanical properties, and inconsistent bioactivity. By blending a biodegradable amphiphilic polymer with hydroxyapatite (HA), the main mineral component in bone, we developed an improved synthetic bone graft. The polymer/HA composites were fabricated in both 2-D and 3-D forms by electrospinning and 3-D printing. These materials exhibited unique handling characteristics such as high tensile elasticity (>200% failure strain) and self-stiffening properties upon hydration ...


Pericyte Nf-Κb Activation Enhances Endothelial Cell Proliferation And Proangiogenic Cytokine Secretion, Katherine E. Labarbera, Robert D. Hyldahl, Sarah Witkowski May 2014

Pericyte Nf-Κb Activation Enhances Endothelial Cell Proliferation And Proangiogenic Cytokine Secretion, Katherine E. Labarbera, Robert D. Hyldahl, Sarah Witkowski

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Pericytes are skeletal muscle resident, multipotent stem cells that are localized to capillaries. They respond to damage through activation of nuclear-factor kappa-B (NF-κB), a transcription factor that regulates many cellular processes including inflammation. Research has shown that pericyte NF-κB activation positively affects myoblast proliferation. It is unknown how pericyte NF-κB affects signaling and proliferation of endothelial cells, an important component of muscle tissue microcirculation.

PURPOSE: To determine the effects of altered pericyte NF-κB activity on endothelial cell proliferation and identify inflammatory factors involved in this cell-cell signaling.

METHODS: Human primary pericytes were transfected with vectors designed to increase or decrease ...


Exosome-Mediated Delivery Of Rna Interference And Mirna Mimic, Fatemeh Momen-Heravi, Shashi Bala, Terence N. Bukong, Gyongyi Szabo May 2014

Exosome-Mediated Delivery Of Rna Interference And Mirna Mimic, Fatemeh Momen-Heravi, Shashi Bala, Terence N. Bukong, Gyongyi Szabo

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Exosomes, membranous nanovesicles, naturally carry bio-macromolecules and play pivotal roles in both physiological intercellular crosstalk and disease pathogenesis. Here, we showed that B cell-derived exosomes can function as vehicles to deliver exogenous miRNA-155 mimic or inhibitor into hepatocytes or macrophages, respectively. Stimulation of B cells significantly increased exosome production. Unlike in parental cells, baseline level of miRNA-155 was very low in exosomes derived from stimulated B cells. Exosomes loaded with a miRNA-155 mimic significantly increased miRNA-155 levels in primary mouse hepatocytes and the liver of miRNA-155 knockout mice. Treatment of RAW macrophages with miRNA-155 inhibitor loaded exosomes resulted in statistically ...


Anti-Ppkcθ (T538) Delivery Via Cell Penetrating Peptide Mimics As A Novel Treatment Of Aplastic Anemia, Emrah Ilker Ozay, Gabriela Gonzalez-Perez, Joe Torres, Gregory N. Tew, Lisa M. Minter May 2014

Anti-Ppkcθ (T538) Delivery Via Cell Penetrating Peptide Mimics As A Novel Treatment Of Aplastic Anemia, Emrah Ilker Ozay, Gabriela Gonzalez-Perez, Joe Torres, Gregory N. Tew, Lisa M. Minter

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

The objective of this study is to deliver anti-pPKCθ (T538) into T cells (hPBMCs) by using cell penetrating peptide mimics (CPPMs) to neutralize PKCθ activity both in vitro and in vivo, with the eventual goal of treating aplastic anemia (AA). AA is an immune-mediated bone marrow failure disease caused by T helper type 1 (Th1) autoimmune responses, which destroy blood cell progenitors. It was previously reported that protein kinase C theta (PKCθ), expressed specifically in T cells, plays an important role in T cell signaling by mediating Th1 differentiation. Mice treated with Rottlerin, a pharmacological inhibitor of PKCθ, are rescued ...


Multiple Approaches To Determine Toxicity Of Micro And Nano-Sized Titanium Dioxide Materials When Exposed To Human Red Blood Cells, Aaron Stella, Shu-Feng Hsieh, Dhimiter Bello, Daniel Schmidt, Eugene Rodgers May 2014

Multiple Approaches To Determine Toxicity Of Micro And Nano-Sized Titanium Dioxide Materials When Exposed To Human Red Blood Cells, Aaron Stella, Shu-Feng Hsieh, Dhimiter Bello, Daniel Schmidt, Eugene Rodgers

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Introduction: The utility of engineered nanomaterials’ is growing, particularly the titanium dioxide (TiO2) polymorphs. TiO2 is very useful for brightening paints, and coloring foods. Nano-sized TiO2 is also useful for sunscreens, cosmetics, and can be utilized as a photocatalyst. However, the nanometer size and the large specific surface area of the TiO2 materials are physicochemical characteristics which may contribute to human red blood cell (RBC) damage. Using RBCs as a cellular model, we have evaluated the effects of TiO2 nanoparticle exposure to RBCs by quantifying oxidized glutathione, oxidized membrane vitamin E, hemolysis, hemoglobin adsorption, and cellular aggregation. Results: Red blood ...


Transdifferentiation Of Α- To Β-Cells Is Enhanced In Fstl3 Ko Mice, Alan Schneyer, Danielle Andrzejewski, Amy Burnside, Melissa Brown May 2014

Transdifferentiation Of Α- To Β-Cells Is Enhanced In Fstl3 Ko Mice, Alan Schneyer, Danielle Andrzejewski, Amy Burnside, Melissa Brown

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes involve loss of functional pancreatic B-cells which is driving research into potential replacement sources. Expansion of functional B-cell mass, such as through induction of B-cell neogenesis or through transdifferentiation of A-cells into functional B-cells represent appealing therapeutic solutions to restoring glucose control. To date, however, these processes have been induced through genetic manipulation or severe pancreatic injury. It remains to be determined whether transdifferentiation or neogenesis contribute to functional B-cell mass under normal physiological conditions and/or contribute to B-cell expansion and how these processes are regulated.

We have reported that inactivation of ...


Molecular Mechanisms Of Fsh Muscular Dystrophy Pathogenesis, Peter L. Jones, Takako I. Jones May 2013

Molecular Mechanisms Of Fsh Muscular Dystrophy Pathogenesis, Peter L. Jones, Takako I. Jones

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Discussion of a new research initiative at UMass Medical School focused on the pathogenesis of Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) and efforts towards diagnostics and therapeutics. This presentation is part of the retreat mini-symposium entitled: Neuromuscular Diseases: Pathogenesis and the Road to Therapeutics.


Activation Of The Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (Egrf) Is Required For Cxcl12 Mediated Erk And Akt Signaling During Prostate Myofibroblast Phenoconversion, Jose A. Rodriguez-Nieves, Jill A. Macoska May 2013

Activation Of The Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (Egrf) Is Required For Cxcl12 Mediated Erk And Akt Signaling During Prostate Myofibroblast Phenoconversion, Jose A. Rodriguez-Nieves, Jill A. Macoska

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), a condition of the prostate common in aging in men, is associated with urinary voiding dysfunction, or Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS). Although inflammation and abnormal muscle contraction are known to be key players in the development of LUTS, tissue fibrosis may also be an important and previously unrecognized contributing factor. Tissue fibrosis arises from the differentiation of fibroblasts into myofibroblasts, which produce and secrete collagens and fibronectins that remodel the extracellular matrix (ECM). This differentiation process is usually accomplished by activation of the TGF-β/TGFβRII axis. However, in this study we report that the CXC-type ...


Obesity-Induced Diabetes And Lower Urinary Tract Fibrosis Promote Urinary Voiding Dysfunction In A Mouse Model, Mehrnaz Gharaee−Kermani, Jose A. Rodriguez-Nieves, Jill A. Macoska May 2013

Obesity-Induced Diabetes And Lower Urinary Tract Fibrosis Promote Urinary Voiding Dysfunction In A Mouse Model, Mehrnaz Gharaee−Kermani, Jose A. Rodriguez-Nieves, Jill A. Macoska

UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science Research Retreat

Background: Progressive aging- and inflammation-associated fibrosis effectively remodels the extracellular matrix to increase prostate tissue stiffness and reduce urethral flexibility, resulting in urinary flow obstruction and Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS). In the current study we sought to test whether senescence-accelerated mouse prone (SAMP)6 mice, which were reported to develop prostatic fibrosis, would also develop LUTS, and whether these symptoms would be exacerbated by diet-induced obesity and concurrent Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM).

Methods: To accomplish this, SAMP6 and AKR/J background strain mice were fed regular mouse chow, low fat diet chow, or high fat diet chow for ...