(1/180) Characterization of prethymic progenitors within the chicken embryo.

The thymic primordium in both birds and mammals is first colonized by cells emerging from the intra-embryonic mesenchyme but the nature of these precursors is poorly understood. We demonstrate here an early embryonic day 7 prethymic population with T lymphoid potential. Our work is a phenotypic analysis of, to date, the earliest embryonic prethymic progenitors arising in the avian para-aortic area during ontogeny. The phenotype of these cells, expressing the cell surface molecules alpha2beta1 integrin, c-kit, thrombomucin/MEP21, HEMCAM and chL12, reflects functional properties required for cell adhesion, migration and growth factor responsiveness. Importantly, the presence of these antigens was found to correlate with the recolonization of the recipient thymus following intrathymic cell transfers. These intra-embryonic cells were also found to express the Ikaros transcription factor, the molecular function of which is considered to be prerequisite for embryonic lymphoid development.  (+info)

(2/180) Synovial fluid CD146 (MUC18), a marker for synovial membrane angiogenesis in rheumatoid arthritis.

OBJECTIVE: CD146 (MUC18/MCAM/S-Endo) is a marker of tumor progression and metastasis formation in human melanoma. This molecule has also been identified in smooth muscle, endothelial cells, and activated T lymphocytes. We measured the synovial fluid levels of soluble CD146 in various human joint diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition, we studied the distribution of CD146 in normal and RA synovial tissues. METHODS: CD146 was isolated from MEL-OH melanoma cells and characterized by Coomassie blue staining and Western blotting. Soluble CD146 was measured by competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in synovial fluids of 3 healthy individuals and 7 cadavers (controls), as wells as in patients with traumatic joint injury (n = 10), osteoarthritis (OA; n = 10), psoriatic arthritis (PsA; n = 10), other non-RA polyarthritis (NRAP; n = 10), and RA (n = 31). Immunohistochemistry was performed on 3 normal and 3 RA synovial tissues. Flow cytometric, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction, and Western blot analyses were performed on enzymatically separated RA synovial tissue cells. RESULTS: Compared with controls (mean +/- SD 10 +/- 2 ng/ml), significantly elevated synovial fluid levels of soluble CD146 were detected in patients with OA, PsA, and RA (17 +/- 7, 21 +/- 11, and 39 +/- 16 ng/ml, respectively; P < 0.02-0.001), but not in patients with traumatic joint injury or NRAP. Patients with early RA (<1 year after diagnosis) revealed the highest levels (51 +/- 15 ng/ml, n = 10; P < 0.001 versus controls). In RA, soluble CD146 correlated significantly with morning stiffness (P < 0.001), the number of tender joints (P < 0.02), and the number of swollen joints (P < 0.005), but not with the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (P = 0.07) or the C-reactive protein level (P = 0.57). CONCLUSION: Since CD146 is expressed almost exclusively by vascular endothelium, high levels of soluble CD146 found in RA synovial fluid, particularly in patients with early disease, could reflect increased activity of endothelial cells and angiogenesis.  (+info)

(3/180) Polymerase chain reaction-based detection of circulating melanoma cells as an effective marker of tumor progression. Melanoma Cooperative Group.

PURPOSE: Reverse transcriptase (RT) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) with multiple markers has been demonstrated to be highly sensitive in detecting circulating cells from patients with malignant melanoma (MM). We evaluated the clinical significance of the presence in peripheral blood of specific PCR-positive mRNA markers as an expression of circulating melanoma cells. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Total cellular RNA was obtained from the peripheral blood of 235 patients with either localized (n = 154) or metastatic (n = 81) melanoma. We performed RT-PCR using tyrosinase, p97, MUC18, and MelanA/MART1 as gene markers. The PCR products were analyzed by gel electrophoresis and Southern blot hybridization. In addition, 20 healthy subjects and 21 patients with nonmelanoma cancer were used as negative controls. RESULTS: Although detected at various levels among assessable patients, each mRNA marker was significantly correlated with disease stage. A significant correlation with disease stage was demonstrated for patients who were positive to all four markers (P < .0001) or to at least three markers (P < .001). Univariate analysis showed a significant correlation between risk of recurrence (evaluated in stage I, II, and III patients) and increasing number of PCR-positive markers (P = .0002). Logistic regression multivariate analysis indicated that each single marker (except tyrosinase) and, more especially, the presence of four PCR-positive markers remained statistically independent prognostic factors for tumor progression. CONCLUSION: Our data establish the existence of a significant correlation among clinical stages, tumor progression, and presence of circulating melanoma-associated antigens in peripheral blood of MM patients. Preliminary assessment of a subset of patients with a higher risk of recurrence needs longer follow-up and further studies to define the role of RT-PCR in monitoring MM patients.  (+info)

(4/180) Genomic analysis of a murine cell-surface sialomucin, MGC-24/CD164.

MGC-24 is a sialomucin originally found in human gastric carcinoma cells, and in human hematopoietic progenitor cells. In the human, soluble and transmembrane forms of MGC-24 are present, and the transmembrane form has been implicated in adhesion of hematopoietic progenitor cells to marrow stroma cells. In the mouse, we found that only the transmembrane form was expressed in many organs. Northern blotting and in situ hybridization analysis showed that MGC-24 mRNA was widely expressed in various adult and embryonic tissues. The mouse MGC-24 gene, which we isolated, spanned about 12 kb and was comprised of six exons. The transmembrane domain and the cytoplasmic domain were encoded by a single exon; the finding agrees with the absence of an alternatively spliced product of mouse MGC-24. The minimal promoter of mouse MGC-24 was embedded in GC-rich sequences, in which two Sp1 binding motifs were found, but it lacked TATA and CAAT boxes. That the promoter resembles that of house-keeping genes is consistent with the broad expression of mouse MGC-24 mRNA.  (+info)

(5/180) Endolyn is a mucin-like type I membrane protein targeted to lysosomes by its cytoplasmic tail.

Endolyn (endolyn-78) is a membrane protein found in lysosomal and endosomal compartments of mammalian cells. Unlike 'classical' lysosomal membrane proteins, such as lysosome-associated membrane protein (lamp)-1, it is also present in a subapical compartment in polarized WIF-B hepatocytes. The structural features that determine sorting of endolyn are unknown. We have identified a rat endolyn cDNA by expression screening. The cDNA encodes a ubiquitously expressed type I membrane protein with a short cytoplasmic tail of 13 amino acids and many putative sites for N- and O-linked glycosylation in the predicted luminal domain. Endolyn is closely related to two human mucin-like proteins, multi-glycosylated core protein (MGC)-24 and CD164 (MGC-24v), expressed in gastric carcinoma cells and bone marrow stromal and haematopoietic precursor cells respectively. The predicted transmembrane and cytoplasmic tail domains of endolyn, as well as parts of its luminal domain, also show some similarities with lamp-1 and lamp-2. Like these and other known lysosomal membrane proteins, endolyn contains a YXXO motif at the C-terminus of its cytoplasmic tail (where O is a bulky hydrophobic amino acid), but with no preceding glycine. Nonetheless, the last ten amino acids of this tail, when transplanted on to human CD8, caused efficient targeting of the chimaeric protein to endosomes and lysosomes in transfected normal rat kidney cells.  (+info)

(6/180) Elevated levels of shed membrane microparticles with procoagulant potential in the peripheral circulating blood of patients with acute coronary syndromes.

BACKGROUND: Apoptotic microparticles are responsible for almost all tissue factor activity of the plaque lipid core. We hypothesized that elevated levels of procoagulant microparticles could also circulate in the peripheral blood of patients with recent clinical signs of plaque disruption and thrombosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 39 patients with coronary heart disease, including 12 patients with stable angina and 27 patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS), and 12 patients with noncoronary heart disease. We isolated the circulating microparticles by capture with annexin V and determined their procoagulant potential with a prothrombinase assay. The cell origins of microparticles were determined in an additional 22 patients by antigenic capture with specific antibodies. The level of procoagulant microparticles did not differ between stable angina patients and noncoronary patients (10.1+/-1.6 nmol/L phosphatidylserine [PS] equivalent versus 9.9+/-1.6 nmol/L PS equivalent, respectively). However, procoagulant microparticles were significantly elevated in patients with ACS (22.2+/-2.7 nmol/L PS equivalent) compared with other coronary (P<0.01) or noncoronary (P<0.01) patients. Microparticles of endothelial origin were significantly elevated in patients with ACS (P<0.01), which suggests an important role for endothelial injury in inducing the procoagulant potential. CONCLUSIONS: High levels of procoagulant endothelial microparticles are present in the circulating blood of patients with ACS and may contribute to the generation and perpetuation of intracoronary thrombi.  (+info)

(7/180) E-cadherin expression in melanoma cells restores keratinocyte-mediated growth control and down-regulates expression of invasion-related adhesion receptors.

In human epidermis, functional symbiosis requires homeostatic balance between keratinocytes and melanocytes. Compelling evidence from co-culture studies demonstrated a sophisticated, multileveled regulation of normal melanocytic phenotype orchestrated by undifferentiated, basal-type keratinocytes. Keratinocytes control cell growth and dendricity, as well as expression of melanoma-associated cell surface molecules of normal melanocytes. In contrast, melanoma cells are refractory to the keratinocyte-mediated regulation. The loss of regulatory dominance by keratinocytes occurs in concert with down-regulation of E-cadherin expression in melanoma cells. To investigate the potential role of E-cadherin in melanoma-keratinocyte interaction, we transduced E-cadherin-negative melanoma cells with full-length E-cadherin cDNA using an adenoviral vector. Our results show that functional E-cadherin expression in melanoma cells leads to cell adhesion to keratinocytes rendering them susceptible for keratinocyte-mediated control. In a skin reconstruction model, ectopic E-cadherin expression inhibits invasion of melanoma cells into dermis by down-regulating invasion-related adhesion receptors, MelCAM/MUC18 and beta3 integrin subunit, and by induction of apoptosis. Thus, disruption of the E-cadherin-mediated, normal regulatory control from keratinocytes may represent one of the mechanisms accounting for melanocyte transformation.  (+info)

(8/180) Functionally defined CD164 epitopes are expressed on CD34(+) cells throughout ontogeny but display distinct distribution patterns in adult hematopoietic and nonhematopoietic tissues.

Three distinct classes of epitopes on human CD164 have been identified. Two of these, recognized by the monoclonal antibodies 105A5 and 103B2/9E10, are the CD164 class I and class II functionally defined epitopes, which cooperate to regulate adhesion and proliferation of CD34(+) cell subsets. In this article, we demonstrate that these 2 CD164 epitopes are expressed on CD34(+) cells throughout ontogeny, in particular on CD34(+ )cell clusters associated with the ventral floor of the dorsal aorta in the developing embryo and on CD34(+) hematopoietic precursor cells in fetal liver, cord blood, and adult bone marrow. While higher levels of expression of these CD164 epitopes occur on the more primitive AC133(hi)CD34(hi)CD38(lo/-) cell population, they also occur on most cord blood Lin(-)CD34(lo/-)CD38(lo/- )cells, which are potential precursors for the AC133(hi)CD34(hi)CD38(lo/-) subset. In direct contrast to these common patterns of expression on hematopoietic precursor cells, notable differences in expression of the CD164 epitopes were observed in postnatal lymphoid and nonhematopoietic tissues, with the class I and class II CD164 epitopes generally exhibiting differential and often reciprocal cellular distribution patterns. This is particularly striking in the colon, where infiltrating lymphoid cells are CD164 class I-positive but class II-negative, while epithelia are weakly CD164 class II-positive. Similarly, in certain lymphoid tissues, high endothelial venules and basal and subcapsular epithelia are CD164 class II-positive, while lymphoid cells are CD164 class I-positive. It therefore seems highly likely that these CD164 class I and II epitopes will mediate reciprocal homing functions in these tissue types.  (+info)