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Pulmonary Cell News 2.21 May 30, 2013
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Control of Alveolar Differentiation by the Lineage Transcription Factors GATA6 and HOPX Inhibits Lung Adenocarcinoma Metastasis
In lung cancers, scientists uncovered a transcriptional program that is preferentially associated with distal airway epithelial differentiation and lung adenocarcinoma (ADC) progression. This program is regulated in part by the lineage transcription factors GATA6 and HOPX. These factors can cooperatively limit the metastatic competence of ADC cells, by modulating overlapping alveolar differentiation and invasogenic target genes. [Cancer Cell] Abstract | Graphical Abstract

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Evidence for Multiple Roles for Grainyheadlike 2 in the Establishment and Maintenance of Human Mucociliary Airway Epithelium
Researchers focused on the role of grainyheadlike (GRHL)2 in primary human bronchial epithelial cells, both as undifferentiated progenitors and as they differentiate in air-liquid interface culture into an organized mucociliary epithelium with transepithelial resistance. Using a dominant-negative protein or shRNA to inhibit GRHL2, they followed changes in epithelial phenotype and gene transcription using RNA sequencing or microarray analysis. [Proc Natl Acad Sci USA] Abstract | Full Article

Dysregulation of Alveolar Macrophages Unleashes Dendritic Cell-Mediated Mechanisms of Allergic Airway Inflammation
To understand the implication of alveolar macrophages (AM) in lung immunity, the authors investigated the influence of AM sensitization status on lung dendritic cell (DC) activation induced by allergen challenge in vivo. Rat sensitized to ovalbumin developed airway inflammation and demonstrated myeloid DC activation following allergen exposure. [Mucosal Immun] Abstract

Metformin Reduces Airway Glucose Permeability and Hyperglycemia-Induced Staphylococcus aureus Load Independently of Effects on Blood Glucose
Scientists investigated whether elevation of basolateral/blood glucose concentration promotes airway Staphylococcus aureus growth and whether pretreatment with the antidiabetic drug metformin affects this relationship. Apical S. aureus growth increased with basolateral glucose concentration in an in vitro airway epithelia-bacteria co-culture model. [Thorax] Full Article

Eosinophils Promote Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition of Bronchial Epithelial Cells
Researchers hypothesized that infiltrating eosinophils promote airway remodeling in bronchial asthma. To demonstrate this hypothesis they evaluated the effect of eosinophils on epithelial to mesenchymal transition by in vitro and in vivo studies. [PLoS One] Full Article

The Activation of HMGB1 as a Progression Factor on Inflammation Response in Normal Human Bronchial Epithelial Cells through RAGE/JNK/NF-κB Pathway
The inflammation response in normal human bronchial epithelial cells was stimulated by 2.5, 5, and 10 μg/ml high-mobility group box-1 (HMGB-1). However, the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) blocker RAGE-Ab or 10 μM c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNK) inhibitor SP600125 could inhibit HMGB1-induced the release of inflammation cytokines including TNF-α, IL-8, IL-10, and MCP-1 in a dose-dependent manner. [Mol Cell Biochem] Abstract


Ectopic Activation of Germline and Placental Genes Identifies Aggressive Metastasis-Prone Lung Cancers
Activation of normally silent tissue-specific genes and the resulting cell “identity crisis” are the unexplored consequences of malignant epigenetic reprogramming. Scientists designed a strategy for investigating this reprogramming, which consisted of identifying a large number of tissue-restricted genes that are epigenetically silenced in normal somatic cells and then detecting their expression in cancer. [Sci Transl Med] Abstract

Sarcomatoid Lung Carcinomas Show High Levels of Programmed Death Ligand-1 (PD-L1)
Investigators report the expression of PD-L1 in 13 sarcomatoid carcinomas (SCs) from two large retrospective lung cancer cohorts. Using automated quantitative immunofloresence and a mouse monoclonal antibody directed against the extracellular domain of PD-L1, they showed that 9 of 13 patients with SCs are positive for PD-L1 and their levels are higher than in conventional non-small-cell lung carcinoma. [J Thorac Oncol] Abstract

Involvement of Intermediate Filament Nestin in Cell Growth of Small-Cell Lung Cancer
Researchers investigated the expression and function of nestin in small-cell lung cancer (SCLC). Nestin was expressed in nine of ten SCLC cell lines. The nestin expression level was significantly higher in SCLC cell lines than in NSCLC cell lines. [Lung Cancer] Abstract

The MicroRNA-200 Family Targets Multiple Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Prognostic Markers in H1299 Cells and BEAS-2B Cells
Scientists investigated whether the microRNA-200 (miR-200) family regulates our previously identified non-small cell lung cancer prognostic marker genes associated with metastasis, as potential molecular targets. Reinforced miR-200b expression results in downregulation of DLC1, HNRNPA3 and HFE. Additionally, miR-200 family downregulates HNRNPR3, HFE and ATRX in BEAS-2B immortalized lung epithelial cells in quantitative RT-PCR and western blot assays. [Int J Oncol] Abstract

PRC2 Overexpression and PRC2-Target Gene Repression Relating to Poorer Prognosis in Small Cell Lung Cancer
Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is a subtype of lung cancer with poor prognosis. Treatment with EZH2 inhibitors, DZNep and GSK126, resulted in growth repression of SCLC cell lines. [Sci Rep] Full Article

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Adapting Global Influenza Management Strategies to Address Emerging Viruses
Although the influenza pandemic of 2009 emphasized the need for the rapid standardization of global surveillance methods and the preparation and dissemination of global assay standards for improved reporting and diagnostic tools, outbreaks of novel influenza strains continue to occur, and current efforts must be enhanced by aggressive public education programs to promote increased vaccination rates in the global population. [Am J Physiol-Lung C] Abstract | Full Article | Press Release

Airway Inflammation in Cystic Fibrosis: Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Implications
Airway epithelial cells and immune cells participate in the inflammatory process responsible for much of the pathology found in the lung of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Intense bronchial neutrophilic inflammation and release of proteases and oxygen radicals perpetuate the vicious cycle and progressively damage the airways. In vitro studies suggest that CF transmembrane conductance regulator-deficient airway epithelial cells display signaling abnormalities and aberrant intracellular processes which lead to transcription of inflammatory mediators. [Thorax] Abstract

Mesenchymal Stem Cells as Vectors for Lung Cancer Therapy
This review outlines various agents which can be delivered by mesenchymal stem cells with substantial emphasis on TRAIL (tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand). [Respiration] Full Article

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OncoGenex Announces Plans for the Initiation of the Cedar™ Clinical Trial Evaluating OGX-427 in Combination with Chemotherapy in Advanced Squamous Cell Lung Cancer
OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced plans for the initiation of the Cedar™ clinical trial, an investigator-sponsored, randomized, open-label Phase II trial evaluating OGX-427 in previously untreated patients with advanced squamous cell lung cancer. [OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals, Inc.] Press Release

GTx to Present on Enobosarm for Muscle Wasting in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer at an Industry Expert Theater During the 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting
GTx, Inc. announced that the company will showcase the development of enobosarm at an Industry Expert Theater Presentation during the upcoming 2013 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. [GTx, Inc.] Press Release

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NEW 14th International TNF Conference: Tumor Necrosis Factor 2013
July 3-7, 2013
Quebec City, Canada

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NEW Postdoctoral Position – Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (MedImmune UK Ltd)

Postdoctoral Position – Lung Development and Repair (Boston University Pulmonary Center)

PhD Studentships – Pulmonary Biology and Medicine (University of Giessen and Marburg Lung Center)

PhD Studentship – Pulmonary Medicine (Erasmus MC)

Postdoctoral Fellow – Stem Cell and Cancer Biology (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)

Postdoctoral Position – Respiratory Research (INSERM)

Postdoctoral Researcher – Sensory Pathways in Mammalian Airway Epithelia (Washington University)

Postdoctoral Position – Cardiopulmonary Molecular Biology (Hannover Medical School)

Post-doctoral Position – Mucosal Immunology (University of Southern California)

PhD Opportunity – Biofunctionalization of Liposomes for Tumor-Targeted Drug Delivery (University of East Anglia)

Postdoctoral Position – Pulmonary Research (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)

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