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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809397/fibroblasts-in-an-endocardial-fibroelastosis-disease-model-mainly-originate-from-mesenchymal-derivatives-of-epicardium
#1
Hui Zhang, Xiuzhen Huang, Kuo Liu, Juan Tang, Lingjuan He, Wenjuan Pu, Qiaozhen Liu, Yan Li, Xueying Tian, Yue Wang, Libo Zhang, Ying Yu, Hongyan Wang, Ronggui Hu, Fengchao Wang, Ting Chen, Qing-Dong Wang, Zengyong Qiao, Li Zhang, Kathy O Lui, Bin Zhou
Endocardial fibroelastosis (EFE) refers to the thickening of the ventricular endocardium as a result of de novo deposition of subendocardial fibrous tissue layers during neonatal heart development. The origin of EFE fibroblasts is proposed to be postnatal endocardial cells that undergo an aberrant endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT). Genetic lineage tracing of endocardial cells with the inducible endocardial Cre line Npr3-CreER and the endothelial cell tracing line Cdh5-CreER on an EFE-like model did not reveal any contribution of neonatal endocardial cells to fibroblasts in the EFE-like tissues...
August 15, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809396/ipa1-functions-as-a-downstream-transcription-factor-repressed-by-d53-in-strigolactone-signaling-in-rice
#2
Xiaoguang Song, Zefu Lu, Hong Yu, Gaoneng Shao, Jinsong Xiong, Xiangbing Meng, Yanhui Jing, Guifu Liu, Guosheng Xiong, Jingbo Duan, Xue-Feng Yao, Chun-Ming Liu, Hongqing Li, Yonghong Wang, Jiayang Li
Strigolactones (SLs), a group of carotenoid derived terpenoid lactones, are root-to-shoot phytohormones suppressing shoot branching by inhibiting the outgrowth of axillary buds. DWARF 53 (D53), the key repressor of the SL signaling pathway, is speculated to regulate the downstream transcriptional network of the SL response. However, no downstream transcription factor targeted by D53 has yet been reported. Here we report that Ideal Plant Architecture 1 (IPA1), a key regulator of the plant architecture in rice, functions as a direct downstream component of D53 in regulating tiller number and SL-induced gene expression...
August 15, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809395/cryo-em-structures-of-the-80s-ribosomes-from-human-parasites-trichomonas-vaginalis-and-toxoplasma-gondii
#3
Zhifei Li, Qiang Guo, Lvqin Zheng, Yongsheng Ji, Yi-Ting Xie, De-Hua Lai, Zhao-Rong Lun, Xun Suo, Ning Gao
As an indispensable molecular machine universal in all living organisms, the ribosome has been selected by evolution to be the natural target of many antibiotics and small-molecule inhibitors. High-resolution structures of pathogen ribosomes are crucial for understanding the general and unique aspects of translation control in disease-causing microbes. With cryo-electron microscopy technique, we have determined structures of the cytosolic ribosomes from two human parasites, Trichomonas vaginalis and Toxoplasma gondii, at resolution of 3...
August 15, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809394/smad5-signaling-more-than-meets-the-nuclei
#4
John Orlowski
SMADs are essential transcriptional effectors of transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ)/TGFβ-related signaling that underlies embryonic development and adult homeostasis. A recent study by Fang et al. in Cell Research adds to this biological complexity by demonstrating an atypical cytoplasmic role for SMAD5 in modulating the bioenergetic homeostasis (i.e., glycolysis and mitochondrial respiration) of cells in response to fluctuations in intracellular pH that is independent of receptor signaling.
August 15, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809393/ythdc2-is-an-n-6-methyladenosine-binding-protein-that-regulates-mammalian-spermatogenesis
#5
Phillip J Hsu, Yunfei Zhu, Honghui Ma, Yueshuai Guo, Xiaodan Shi, Yuanyuan Liu, Meijie Qi, Zhike Lu, Hailing Shi, Jianying Wang, Yiwei Cheng, Guanzheng Luo, Qing Dai, Mingxi Liu, Xuejiang Guo, Jiahao Sha, Bin Shen, Chuan He
N(6)-methyladenosine (m(6)A) is the most common internal modification in eukaryotic mRNA. It is dynamically installed and removed, and acts as a new layer of mRNA metabolism, regulating biological processes including stem cell pluripotency, cell differentiation, and energy homeostasis. m(6)A is recognized by selective binding proteins; YTHDF1 and YTHDF3 work in concert to affect the translation of m(6)A-containing mRNAs, YTHDF2 expedites mRNA decay, and YTHDC1 affects the nuclear processing of its targets. The biological function of YTHDC2, the final member of the YTH protein family, remains unknown...
August 15, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809392/mettl3-mediated-m-6-a-regulates-spermatogonial-differentiation-and-meiosis-initiation
#6
Kai Xu, Ying Yang, Gui-Hai Feng, Bao-Fa Sun, Jun-Qing Chen, Yu-Fei Li, Yu-Sheng Chen, Xin-Xin Zhang, Chen-Xin Wang, Li-Yuan Jiang, Chao Liu, Ze-Yu Zhang, Xiu-Jie Wang, Qi Zhou, Yun-Gui Yang, Wei Li
METTL3 catalyzes the formation of N(6)-methyl-adenosine (m(6)A) which has important roles in regulating various biological processes. However, the in vivo function of Mettl3 remains largely unknown in mammals. Here we generated germ cell-specific Mettl3 knockout mice and demonstrated that Mettl3 was essential for male fertility and spermatogenesis. The ablation of Mettl3 in germ cells severely inhibited spermatogonial differentiation and blocked the initiation of meiosis. Transcriptome and m(6)A profiling analysis revealed that genes functioning in spermatogenesis had altered profiles of expression and alternative splicing...
August 15, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28785017/cardiotrophin-1-stimulates-beneficial-myogenic-and-vascular-remodeling-of-the-heart
#7
Mohammad Abdul-Ghani, Colin Suen, Baohua Jiang, Yupu Deng, Jonathan J Weldrick, Charis Putinski, Steve Brunette, Pasan Fernando, Tom T Lee, Peter Flynn, Frans H H Leenen, Patrick G Burgon, Duncan J Stewart, Lynn A Megeney
The post-natal heart adapts to stress and overload through hypertrophic growth, a process that may be pathologic or beneficial (physiologic hypertrophy). Physiologic hypertrophy improves cardiac performance in both healthy and diseased individuals, yet the mechanisms that propagate this favorable adaptation remain poorly defined. We identify the cytokine cardiotrophin 1 (CT1) as a factor capable of recapitulating the key features of physiologic growth of the heart including transient and reversible hypertrophy of the myocardium, and stimulation of cardiomyocyte-derived angiogenic signals leading to increased vascularity...
August 8, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776570/non-canonical-regulation-of-spl-transcription-factors-by-a-human-otub1-like-deubiquitinase-defines-a-new-plant-type-rice-associated-with-higher-grain-yield
#8
Shuansuo Wang, Kun Wu, Qian Qian, Qian Liu, Qi Li, Yajun Pan, Yafeng Ye, Xueying Liu, Jing Wang, Jianqing Zhang, Shan Li, Yuejin Wu, Xiangdong Fu
Achieving increased grain productivity has long been the overriding focus of cereal breeding programs. The ideotype approach has been used to improve rice yield potential at the International Rice Research Institute and in China. However, the genetic basis of yield-related traits in rice remains unclear. Here, we show that a major quantitative trait locus, qNPT1, acts through the determination of a 'new plant type' (NPT) architecture characterized by fewer tillers, sturdier culms and larger panicles, and it encodes a deubiquitinating enzyme with homology to human OTUB1...
August 4, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741620/altered-neurogenesis-and-disrupted-expression-of-synaptic-proteins-in-prefrontal-cortex-of-shank3-deficient-non-human-primate
#9
Hui Zhao, Zhuchi Tu, Huijuan Xu, Sen Yan, Huanhuan Yan, Yinghui Zheng, Weili Yang, Jiezhao Zheng, Zhujun Li, Rui Tian, Youming Lu, Xiangyu Guo, Yong-Hui Jiang, Xiao-Jiang Li, Yong Q Zhang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 25, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731031/nlrp9b-a-novel-rna-sensing-inflammasome-complex
#10
Chinh Ngo, Si Ming Man
Inflammasome sensors recognize pathogens and danger signals and assemble an immune signaling complex, which induces the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-1β and IL-18, and pyroptosis. A new study published in Nature now describes a new inflammasome sensor NLRP9b in intestinal epithelial cells, which in concert with the RNA sensor DHX9, recognize short dsRNA from Rotavirus.
July 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731030/cryo-em-structure-and-biochemical-analysis-reveal-the-basis-of-the-functional-difference-between-human-pi3kc3-c1-and-c2
#11
Meisheng Ma, Jun-Jie Liu, Yan Li, Yuwei Huang, Na Ta, Yang Chen, Hua Fu, Ming-Da Ye, Yuehe Ding, Weijiao Huang, Jia Wang, Meng-Qiu Dong, Li Yu, Hong-Wei Wang
Phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PI3P) plays essential roles in vesicular trafficking, organelle biogenesis and autophagy. Two class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3KC3) complexes have been identified in mammals, the ATG14L complex (PI3KC3-C1) and the UVRAG complex (PI3KC3-C2). PI3KC3-C1 is crucial for autophagosome biogenesis, and PI3KC3-C2 is involved in various membrane trafficking events. Here we report the cryo-EM structures of human PI3KC3-C1 and PI3KC3-C2 at sub-nanometer resolution. The two structures share a common L-shaped overall architecture with distinct features...
July 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707671/cardiomyocyte-proliferation-remove-brakes-and-push-accelerators
#12
Lingjuan He, Bin Zhou
Adult mammalian hearts cannot repair by themselves after injury due to limited proliferation of cardiomyocytes; removal of cell cycle blocker and/or addition of drugs that boost proliferation of cardiomyocytes provide potential means to cardiac regeneration. Three publications that appeared recently in Nature and Cell Research now provide new hope to the treatment of heart injuries.
July 14, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695889/coding-gpcr-g-protein-specificity
#13
Sebastian Gb Furness, Patrick M Sexton
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are ubiquitous gatekeepers of cellular response and signal predominantly by recruitment and activation of G proteins. In a recent paper in Nature, Flock et al. use large-scale bioinformatics to build a model of GPCR-G protein selectivity and an interactive database to interrogate potential receptor-G protein interactions.
July 11, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685773/inhibition-of-the-b7-h3-immune-checkpoint-limits-tumor-growth-by-enhancing-cytotoxic-lymphocyte-function
#14
Young-Hee Lee, Natalia Martin-Orozco, Peilin Zheng, Jing Li, Peng Zhang, Haidong Tan, Hyun Jung Park, Mira Jeong, Seon Hee Chang, Byung-Seok Kim, Wei Xiong, Wenjuan Zang, Li Guo, Yang Liu, Zhong-Jun Dong, Willem W Overwijk, Patrick Hwu, Qing Yi, Larry Kwak, Zhiying Yang, Tak W Mak, Wei Li, Laszlo G Radvanyi, Ling Ni, Dongfang Liu, Chen Dong
The interaction between tumor and the immune system is still poorly understood. Significant clinical responses have been achieved in cancer patients treated with antibodies against the CTLA4 and PD-1/PD-L1 checkpoints; however, only a small portion of patients responded to the therapies, indicating a need to explore additional co-inhibitory molecules for cancer treatment. B7-H3, a member of the B7 superfamily, was previously shown by us to inhibit T-cell activation and autoimmunity. In this study, we have analyzed the function of B7-H3 in tumor immunity...
July 7, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685772/genetic-enhancement-in-cultured-human-adult-stem-cells-conferred-by-a-single-nucleotide-recoding
#15
Jiping Yang, Jingyi Li, Keiichiro Suzuki, Xiaomeng Liu, Jun Wu, Weiqi Zhang, Ruotong Ren, Weizhou Zhang, Piu Chan, Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, Jing Qu, Fuchou Tang, Guang-Hui Liu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 7, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685771/it-takes-two-to-transport-via-an-elevator
#16
Bernadette Byrne
Membrane transporter proteins are critical for cellular uptake and export of molecules, and are reported to function by a number of different molecular mechanisms. The new occluded state structure of the uracil transporter, UraA, from Escherichia coli, reveals that both coordinated movement of the two domains of a single protomer together with dimer formation are important for transport activity.
July 7, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685770/existing-drugs-as-broad-spectrum-and-potent-inhibitors-for-zika-virus-by-targeting-ns2b-ns3-interaction
#17
Zhong Li, Matthew Brecher, Yong-Qiang Deng, Jing Zhang, Srilatha Sakamuru, Binbin Liu, Ruili Huang, Cheri A Koetzner, Christina A Allen, Susan A Jones, Haiying Chen, Na-Na Zhang, Min Tian, Fengshan Gao, Qishan Lin, Nilesh Banavali, Jia Zhou, Nathan Boles, Menghang Xia, Laura D Kramer, Cheng-Feng Qin, Hongmin Li
Recent outbreaks of Zika virus (ZIKV) highlight an urgent need for therapeutics. The protease complex NS2B-NS3 plays essential roles during flaviviral polyprotein processing, and thus represents an attractive drug target. Here, we developed a split luciferase complementation-based high-throughput screening assay to identify orthosteric inhibitors that directly target flavivirus NS2B-NS3 interactions. By screening a total of 2 816 approved and investigational drugs, we identified three potent candidates, temoporfin, niclosamide, and nitazoxanide, as flavivirus NS2B-NS3 interaction inhibitors with nanomolar potencies...
July 7, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675158/smad5-acts-as-an-intracellular-ph-messenger-and-maintains-bioenergetic-homeostasis
#18
Yujiang Fang, Zhongliang Liu, Zhenyu Chen, Xiangjie Xu, Mengtao Xiao, Yanyan Yu, Yuanyuan Zhang, Xiaobai Zhang, Yanhua Du, Cizhong Jiang, Yuzheng Zhao, Yiran Wang, Beibei Fan, Daniel Terheyden-Keighley, Yang Liu, Lei Shi, Yi Hui, Xin Zhang, Bowen Zhang, Hexi Feng, Lin Ma, Quanbin Zhang, Guohua Jin, Yi Yang, Bin Xiang, Ling Liu, Xiaoqing Zhang
Both environmental cues and intracellular bioenergetic states profoundly affect intracellular pH (pHi). How a cell responds to pHi changes to maintain bioenergetic homeostasis remains elusive. Here we show that Smad5, a well-characterized downstream component of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling responds to pHi changes. Cold, basic or hypertonic conditions increase pHi, which in turn dissociates protons from the charged amino acid clusters within the MH1 domain of Smad5, prompting its relocation from the nucleus to the cytoplasm...
July 4, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621329/single-cell-multi-omics-sequencing-of-mouse-early-embryos-and-embryonic-stem-cells
#19
Fan Guo, Lin Li, Jingyun Li, Xinglong Wu, Boqiang Hu, Ping Zhu, Lu Wen, Fuchou Tang
Single-cell epigenome sequencing techniques have recently been developed. However, the combination of different layers of epigenome sequencing in an individual cell has not yet been achieved. Here, we developed a single-cell multi-omics sequencing technology (single-cell COOL-seq) that can analyze the chromatin state/nucleosome positioning, DNA methylation, copy number variation and ploidy simultaneously from the same individual mammalian cell. We used this method to analyze the reprogramming of the chromatin state and DNA methylation in mouse preimplantation embryos...
June 16, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621328/live-cell-screening-platform-identifies-ppar%C3%AE-as-a-regulator-of-cardiomyocyte-proliferation-and-cardiac-repair
#20
Ajit Magadum, Yishu Ding, Lan He, Teayoun Kim, Mohankrishna Dalvoy Vasudevarao, Qinqiang Long, Kevin Yang, Nadeera Wickramasinghe, Harsha V Renikunta, Nicole Dubois, Gilbert Weidinger, Qinglin Yang, Felix B Engel
Zebrafish can efficiently regenerate their heart through cardiomyocyte proliferation. In contrast, mammalian cardiomyocytes stop proliferating shortly after birth, limiting the regenerative capacity of the postnatal mammalian heart. Therefore, if the endogenous potential of postnatal cardiomyocyte proliferation could be enhanced, it could offer a promising future therapy for heart failure patients. Here, we set out to systematically identify small molecules triggering postnatal cardiomyocyte proliferation. By screening chemical compound libraries utilizing a Fucci-based system for assessing cell cycle stages, we identified carbacyclin as an inducer of postnatal cardiomyocyte proliferation...
June 16, 2017: Cell Research
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