Thongchot S, Aksonnam K, Thuwajit P, Yenchitsomanus PT, Thuwajit C (2023) Nucleolin‑based targeting strategies in cancer treatment: Focus on cancer immunotherapy (Review). Int J Mol Med 52(3):81. doi: 10.3892/ijmm.2023.5284 PMID: 37477132
Objective: The authors review the mechanisms through which the multiple functions of NCL can participate in the progression of cancer. In addition, the studies that define the utility of NCL‑dependent anticancer therapies are summarized, with specific focus being paid to cancer immunotherapeutic approaches.
Summary: NCL is a multifunctional protein abundantly distributed in the nucleus, cytoplasm and cell membrane. It influences carcinogenesis, and the proliferation, survival and metastasis of cancer cells, leading to cancer progression. The overexpression of nucleolin (NCL) in a number of types of cancer provides an attractive antigen target for the development of novel anticancer immunotherapeutic treatments.
Usage: The mice were treated with 0.5 mg/kg body weight of SAP-N6L via intraperitoneal injection.
Ploeg E (2023) Novel approaches towards cancer-directed immune checkpoint inhibition. Univ Groningen Thesis. doi: 10.33612/diss.737906343
Objective: To evaluate a novel bispecific antibody, bsAb CD73xEGFR, that inhibits the immunosuppressive enzyme CD73 on cancer cells in an EGFR-directed manner.
Summary: The researchers constructed a bispecific antibody, bsAb CD73xEGFR, that binds to both CD73 and EGFR on cancer cells. In preclinical studies, they found that bsAb CD73xEGFR was more effective than the monospecific anti-CD73 antibody oleclumab at reducing tumor growth and enhancing anti-tumor immune responses, likely due to its ability to direct CD73 inhibition specifically to cancer cells overexpressing EGFR.
Usage: Cancer cells were incubated with bsAb CD73xEGFR (1 μg/ml) (or controls) in the presence of Fab-ZAP human (Cat. #IT-51). Apoptotic cancer cell death was evaluated after 24 h by flow cytometry using Annexin-V/PI staining.
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Pathophysiological roles and applications of glycosphingolipids in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer diseases
Jin X, Yang GY (2023) Pathophysiological roles and applications of glycosphingolipids in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer diseases. Prog Lipid Res 101241. doi: 10.1016/j.plipres.2023.101241 PMID: 37524133
Objective: The authors review the tumor-related biological functions of GSLs and recent progress in using GSLs and related enzymes to diagnose and treat tumor diseases.
Summary: Glycosphingolipids (GSLs) are glycolipids present on the surface of living cell membranes. Specific GSLs and related enzymes are abnormally expressed in many cancer diseases and affect the malignant characteristics of tumors. The regulatory roles of GSLs in signaling pathways suggest that they are involved in tumor pathogenesis. GSLs have therefore been widely studied as diagnostic markers of cancer diseases and important targets of immunotherapy.
Usage: The stage-specific embryonic antigen-4 (SSEA4) mAb, MC-813-70, was mixed with Mab-ZAP at a molar ratio of approximately 3:1 with the complex used at nanomolar concentrations on MDA-MB-231 cells, a triple negative breast cancer cell known to express SSEA-4. The conjugate was able to reduce tumor viability in vitro.
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Zhang H, Zhu Y, Chen S, Deng K, Zheng M, Zeng Z, Wang Q, Cai H, Lu Z (2023) Autonomic nerve and its modulation approaches for heart failure. Brain & Heart doi: 10.36922/bh.0913
Objective: Authors review neural modulation approaches that can assist in the management of heart failure.
Summary: The autonomic nervous system governs the heart’s neurological regulation through opposing functions of its sympathetic and parasympathetic components. Potential treatments for heart failure include inhibiting the sympathetic nerve’s overactivity and restoring parasympathetic activity in the heart. CTB-SAP was used to ablate cardiac sympathetic neurons via retrograde transport on stellate ganglion neurons.
Usage: CTB-SAP was injected into the right superior vervical ganglion of adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (50 ug/rat).
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Mobilization-based engraftment of haematopoietic stem cells: a new perspective for chemotherapy-free gene therapy and transplantation
Canarutto D, Omer Javed A, Pedrazzani G, Ferrari S, Naldini L (2023) Mobilization-based engraftment of haematopoietic stem cells: a new perspective for chemotherapy-free gene therapy and transplantation. Br Med Bull ldad017. doi: 10.1093/bmb/ldad017 PMID: 37460391
Objective: The authors review alternative chemotherapy-free approaches to niche voidance that could replace conventional regimens and alleviate the morbidity of the procedure.
Summary: In haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) from a healthy donor replace the patient’s. Ex vivo HSC gene therapy (HSC GT) is a form of HSCT in which HSCs are genetically modified before infusion, to generate a progeny of gene-modified cells. In HSCT and HSC-GT, chemotherapy is administered before infusion to free space in the bone marrow niche, which is required for the engraftment of infused cells. One approach reviewed by the authors involves Anti-CD45-SAP. The conjugate was shown to clear the white blood cell compartment. Administration into mice prior to HSCT resulted in comparable haematopoietic reconstitution as total body irradiation, with less side effects (Palchaudhuri R. et al, 2016) and faster T-cell repopulation likely due to sparing radio damage to the thymic stroma (Schiroli G et al., 2017).
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- Palchaudhuri R et al. Non-genotoxic conditioning for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation using a hematopoietic-cell-specific internalizing immunotoxin. Nat Biotechnol 34:738-745, 2016.
- Schiroli G et al. Preclinical modeling highlights the therapeutic potential of hematopoietic stem cell gene editing for correction of SCID-X1. Sci Transl Med 9(411):eaan0820, 2017.
The bone marrow stroma in human myelodysplastic syndrome reveals alterations that regulate disease progression
Kfoury YS, Ji F, Jain E, Mazzola MC, Schiroli G, Papazian A, Mercier FE, Sykes DB, Kiem A, Randolph MA, Abdel-Wahab OI, Calvi LM, Sadreyev R, Scadden DT (2023) The bone marrow stroma in human myelodysplastic syndrome reveals alterations that regulate disease progression. Blood Adv bloodadvances.2022008268. doi: 10.1182/bloodadvances.2022008268 PMID: 37450380
Objective: Evaluate mesenchymal cell molecular features searching for modifications that could impact Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and offer potential therapeutics.
Summary: MDS is a heterogenous group of diseases affecting hematopoietic stem cells and are curable only by stem cell transplantation. Animal models of MDS indicate that changes in specific mesenchymal progenitor subsets in the BM can induce or select for abnormal hematopoietic cells. The authors identified that osteopontin (SPP1) is overexpressed in human bone marrow mesenchymal cells. SPP1 expression in comparable mesenchymal stromal cell populations plays protective roles in disease progression in an MDS mouse model.
Usage: Streptavidin-ZAP was combined with biotinylated CD117 (cKit) Ab in a 1:1 molar ratio. Mice were dosed with the conjugate at 3 mg/kg. The authors used the antibody-drug conjugate as a conditioning strategy that spares the non-hematopoietic microenvironment in the BM from genotoxic injury. This approach has been shown to deplete host hematopoietic stem cells with minimal toxicity effectively.
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Low ZXB, Lee XR, Soga T, Goh BH, Alex D, Kumari Y (2023) Cannabinoids: Emerging sleep modulator. Biomed Pharmacother 165:115102. doi: 10.1016/j.biopha.2023.115102 PMID: 37406510
Objective: To review the modulation of sleep by cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system.
Summary: This review article discusses the role of cannabinoids, including endocannabinoids like anandamide and phytocannabinoids like THC and CBD, in regulating the sleep-wake cycle. The authors review evidence that cannabinoids act on areas of the brain involved in promoting sleep, like the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus, and inhibit wake-promoting areas, like the locus coeruleus.
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Kim JS, Williams KC, Kirkland RA, Schade R, Freeman KG, Cawthon CR, Rautmann AW, Smith JM, Edwards GL, Glenn TC, Holmes PV, de Lartigue G, de La Serre CB (2023) The gut-brain axis mediates bacterial driven modulation of reward signaling. Mol Metab 26:101764. doi: 10.1016/j.molmet.2023.101764 PMID: 37380023
Objective: To investigate the role of gut microbiota and vagal signaling in modulating brain dopamine reward pathways and appetitive feeding behavior.
Summary: The study found that high-fat diet and transfer of high-fat microbiota to germ-free rats reduced dopamine signaling and motivated feeding behavior compared to chow-fed and low-fat microbiota groups. Vagal deafferentation restored dopamine signaling and feeding motivation in high-fat microbiota rats, indicating gut bacteria signals that dampen reward are vagally mediated.
Usage: Animals were injected bilaterally into the nodose ganglion with either Saporin or CCK-SAP. A pulled glass micropipette containing either CCK-SAP (240 ng/ml in 0.1 M phosphate buffer) or SAP alone was inserted under the sheath of the cervical vagus and into the NG, the injection was done with a pressure-injector into two sites (one proximal and one distal, total volume, 1 µl).
Porello I, Cellesi F (2023) Intracellular delivery of therapeutic proteins. New advancements and future directions. Front Bioeng Biotechnol 11:1211798. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2023.1211798 PMID: 37304137
Objective: To provide a brief overview of the current methods for intracellular protein delivery to mammalian cells.
Summary: The field of intracellular protein delivery is still a relatively young area of research and further advancements in this field will require the integration of chemistry, materials science, formulation science, nanomedicine, and biomedical engineering.
Usage: Saporin was referenced as a molecule with the advantage of being able to block the synthesis of proteins in cells.
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Tongue exercise-induced functional and structural upper airway plasticity in a rodent model of hypoglossal (XII) motor neuron loss
Keilholz A, Homan C, Schroeder A, Osman K, Smith C, Pathak I, Streeter K, Ozden I, Ma L, Lever T, Nichols N (2023) Tongue exercise-induced functional and structural upper airway plasticity in a rodent model of hypoglossal (XII) motor neuron loss. American Physiology Summit 2023 Meeting Abstracts 38(S1)
Objective: Examine if upper airway function/coordination can be improved in lower motor neuron (LMN) degeneration by tongue exercise-induced axis plasticity.
Summary: Tongue muscle weakness in patients with motor neuron diseases suggests a potential role for therapeutic exercise but lacks evidence due to lack of an appropriate model. Data suggests that tongue exercise in CTB-SAP rats results in enhanced XII motor plasticity and mitigates structural airway changes. In conclusion, tongue exercise appears to cause XII-tongue axis plasticity to improve upper airway function and coordination in the face of XII LMN degeneration.
Usage: The authors developed a novel rodent model using intralingual injections of CTB-SAP to induce targeted loss of XII motor neurons and motor output.
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Gastric vagal afferent signaling to the basolateral amygdala mediates anxiety-like behaviors in experimental colitis mice
Chen CH, Tsai TC, Wu YJ, Hsu KS (2023) Gastric vagal afferent signaling to the basolateral amygdala mediates anxiety-like behaviors in experimental colitis mice. JCI Insight e161874. doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.161874 PMID: 37200091
Objective: This study aimed to characterize gut-to-brain signaling and brain circuitry responsible for anxiety-like behaviors in a mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease.
Summary: The researchers found that mice with experimental colitis induced by dextran sulfate sodium administration displayed increased anxiety-like behaviors, which were prevented by cutting the vagus nerve connecting the gut to the brain. Further experiments showed that silencing brain cells in the locus coeruleus that project to the basolateral amygdala reduced anxiety behaviors in the colitis mice.
Usage: CCK-SAP (250 ng/µl) or Blank-SAP (250 ng/µl) were unilaterally or bilaterally injected to rostral (0.5 µl) and caudal (0.5 µl) parts of the nodose ganglia using a beveled injection pipette controlled by a microprocessor-controlled injector at the speed of 50 nl/sec.
Sainz AE (2023) The effects of loss of orexin neurons on attention. William & Mary Thesis.
Objective: This paper examines the effects of loss of orexin neurons on attention in mice.
Summary: This undergraduate honors thesis from William & Mary tested attention in mice after selective loss of orexin neurons, which are important for arousal. The researchers found impairments in sustained attention and cognitive flexibility in the mice missing orexin neurons.
Usage: 0.5 µl of Orexin-B-SAP (0.4 µg/µl) or saline was administered to both sides of the lateral hypothalamus for 30 seconds using a 1 µl syringe.
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The VLM a1/c1 ca/npy neuronal projections to the perifornical area of the lateral hypothalamus and its functional role in glucoprivic feeding
Choi P (2023) The VLM a1/c1 ca/npy neuronal projections to the perifornical area of the lateral hypothalamus and its functional role in glucoprivic feeding. Washington State Univ Thesis.
Objective: This dissertation aimed to determine the role of neuropeptide Y (NPY) receptor signaling from the ventrolateral medulla (VLM) catecholamine (CA) neurons in the lateral hypothalamus (LHA) for glucoprivic feeding.
Summary: The results showed that NPY receptor-expressing neurons in the perifornical area of the LHA are required for glucoprivic feeding evoked by 2-deoxyglucose. Furthermore, antagonism of NPY Y1 or Y2 receptors in the LHA attenuated feeding evoked by chemogenetic activation of VLM CA neurons, indicating NPY release from VLM neurons activates LHA NPY receptors to elicit glucoprivic feeding.
Usage: NPY-SAP (50 ng per 100 nL/site) or control Blank-SAP (50 ng per 100 nL/site) dissolved in 0.01 M phosphate buffer was infused slowly over a 5 minute period directly into the perifornical lateral hypothalamic (stereotaxic coordinate: 2.8 mm caudal from bregma, +/- 1.2 mm lateral to the midline, and -7.4 mm from the dura mater) through a pulled glass capillary pipette (30 µm tip diameter) connected to a Picospritzer. The rats were allowed at least 7 days for a full recovery from surgery and NPY-SAP-induced neuronal ablation.
Yaksh TL, dos Santo G, Lemes J, Malange K (2023) Neuraxial drug delivery in pain management: An overview of past, present, and future. Anaesthesiology doi: 10.1016/j.bpa.2023.04.003
Objective: Activation of neuraxial nociceptive linkages leads to a high level of encoding of the message that is transmitted to the brain and that can initiate a pain state with its attendant emotive covariates. The authors review the encoding of this message and describe the how it is subject to regulation by pharmacological targeting of dorsal root ganglion and dorsal horn systems.
Summary: Authors provide an overview of the past, present and future directions of the biology, pharmacology and technology relevant to the use of the neuraxial route. SP-SAP was used as a neuraxial toxin to eliminate NK1R expressing cells, which characteristic of neurons known to be the second order neurons responding to C fiber input. Delivery of SP-SAP results in long-lasting loss of NK1 bearing dorsal horn neurons and analgesia.
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Targeting a vulnerable septum-hippocampus cholinergic circuit in a critical time window ameliorates tau-impaired memory consolidation
Wu D, Yu N, Gao Y, Xiong R, Liu L, Lei H, Jin S, Liu J, Liu Y, Xie J, Liu E, Zhou Q, Liu Y, Li S, Wei L, Lv J, Yu H, Zeng W, Zhou Q, Xu F, Luo MH, Zhang Y, Yang Y, Wang JZ (2023) Targeting a vulnerable septum-hippocampus cholinergic circuit in a critical time window ameliorates tau-impaired memory consolidation. Mol Neurodegener 18(1):23. doi: 10.1186/s13024-023-00614-7 PMID: 37060096
Objective: There is an urgent need to study the targeting strategy for the MS-hippocampus cholinergic pathway to rescue tau-impaired memory.
Summary: Abnormal tau accumulation and cholinergic degeneration are hallmark pathologies in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, the sensitivity of cholinergic neurons to AD-like tau accumulation and strategies to ameliorate tau-disrupted spatial memory in terms of neural circuits still remain elusive. The authors found that cholinergic neurons with an asymmetric discharge characteristic in the MS-hippocampal CA1 pathway are vulnerable to tau accumulation. Photoactivating MS-CA1 cholinergic inputs within a critical 3 h time window during memory consolidation efficiently improved tau-induced spatial memory deficits in a theta rhythm dependent manner. 192-IgG-Saporin was used to create an Alzheimer’s Disease animal model.
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Karthikeyan R, Davies WIL, Gunhaga L (2023) Non-image-forming functional roles of OPN3, OPN4 and OPN5 photopigments. J Photochem Photobiol 15:100177. doi: 10.1016/j.jpap.2023.100177
Objective: To review recent studies that focus on the non-image-forming functional roles of the OPN3, OPN4, and OPN5 photopigments.
Summary: This publication explores the non-image-forming functions of OPN3, OPN4, and OPN5 photopigments, highlighting their roles in various physiological processes such as regulation of circadian rhythms, pupillary light responses, modulation of sleep, mood, and hormone secretion, providing insights into the diverse functions of these photopigments beyond vision.
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Nestor CC, Merkley CM, Lehman MN, Hileman SM, Goodman RL (2023) KNDy neurons as the GnRH pulse generator: Recent studies in ruminants. Peptides 164:171005. doi: 10.1016/j.peptides.2023.171005 PMID: 36990389
Objective: This publication aims to summarize and provide an overview of recent studies investigating the role of KNDy neurons as the pulse generator for gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) release in ruminants.
Summary: Recent studies in ruminants, specifically sheep and cows, have investigated the role of KNDy neurons in driving the pulsatile release of GnRH. These studies have demonstrated the rhythmic electrical activity of KNDy neurons, coinciding with the pulsatile secretion of GnRH in ewes, suggesting their central role as the pulse generator. Additionally, the expression patterns of genes related to KNDy neurons and GnRH pulsatility have been examined in cows, revealing variations throughout the estrous cycle and indicating a potential involvement of KNDy neurons in regulating GnRH release in this species. These findings contribute to our understanding of reproductive physiology in ruminants and have implications for both animal and human reproductive health.
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Temporal multimodal single-cell profiling of native hematopoiesis illuminates altered differentiation trajectories with age
Konturek-Ciesla A, Dhapola P, Zhang Q, Säwén P, Wan H, Karlsson G, Bryder D (2023) Temporal multimodal single-cell profiling of native hematopoiesis illuminates altered differentiation trajectories with age. Cell Rep 42(4):112304. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2023.112304 PMID: 36961818
Objective: Using single-cell transcriptome and epitope profiling to study hematopoiesis and the effects from aging.
Summary: The contribution from Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) to mature blood cells decline with age. The authors used transcriptome and epitope profiling to reconstruct early hematopoiesis and assessed HSC-specific lineage tracing. Their analysis identified previously uncharacterized cell populations which included multipotent progenitor cells (MPP) Ly-1 and Ly-II. Flt3 is a marker indicative of early differentiation found on MPP cells and was targeted for elimination via an antibody to Flt3 combined with Streptavidin-ZAP. This cell depletion provided evidence for the lack of self-renewal of Ly-1 and Ly-II cells in a transplantation setting and suggests that they need to be continuously replenished by upstream HSPCs.
Usage: Biotinylated anti-CD135 (clone A2F10) was combined with Streptavidin-ZAP at a 1:1 molar ratio, diluted in PBS to 0.2 mg/ml and injected into mice at 3 mg/kg.
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Locus coeruleus-noradrenergic modulation of trigeminal pain: Implications for trigeminal neuralgia and psychiatric comorbidities
Donertas-Ayaz B, Caudle RM (2023) Locus coeruleus-noradrenergic modulation of trigeminal pain: Implications for trigeminal neuralgia and psychiatric comorbidities. Neurobiol Pain 13:100124. doi: 10.1016/j.ynpai.2023.100124 PMID: 36974102
Objective: To summarize the knowledge about the involvement of noradrenaline in acute and chronic trigeminal pain conditions and how the activity of the locus coeruleus (LC) noradrenergic neurons changes in response to acute and chronic pain conditions and how these changes might be involved in pain-related comorbidities including anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance.
Summary: LC inhibition of nociceptive transmission in acute pain and in longterm neuropathic pain increases the tonic activity of LC-NA neurons. These changes may contribute to impaired descending pain modulation and pain-related comorbidities such as depression, anxiety, and sleep disorders.
Usage: Elimination of NA neurons via injection of anti-dopamine β-hydroxylase-saporin (Anti-DBH-SAP) into the lateral ventricle and trigeminal brainstem nuclei three weeks after infraorbital nerve injury attenuated mechanical allodynia
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Acute and chronic lipopolysaccharide-induced stress changes expression of proinflammatory cytokine genes in the rat brain region-specifically and affects learning and memory.
Zaichenko MI, Philenko P, Sidorina V, Grigoryan GA (2023) Acute and chronic lipopolysaccharide-induced stress changes expression of proinflammatory cytokine genes in the rat brain region-specifically and affects learning and memory. Biochemistry Moscow 88:526-538. doi: 10.1134/S0006297923040089
Objective: Goal of the work was to conduct comparative analysis of the effects of acute and chronic lipopolysaccharide- induced stress on the behavior of rats in the Morris water maze test and on expression of mRNA of proinflammatory cytokines and BDNF in different brain structures.
Summary: Chronic stress, depression, and other neuropsychiatric disorders have been often associated with inflammation processes and activity of the brain immune system. In order to investigate association of neuroinflammation with such disorders the model of proinflammatory bacterial lipopolysaccharide intoxication was used. In the experiments with rats, acute lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced stress improved learning in the Morris water maze and caused substantial increase of the TNF-α and IL-1β mRNA concentrations in the hippocampus and amygdala, but not in the frontal lobe in comparison with the control animals. Hprt and Ywhaz genes were selected for use as molecular biology reference genes based on the analysis of the rat hippocampus transcriptome from the work done by Dobryakova, Y.V. et. al (2018) Intracerebroventricular administration of 192IgG-saporin alters expression of microglia-associated genes in the dorsal but not ventral hippocampus.
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