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Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326644/hiv-1-susceptibility-of-transgenic-rat-derived-primary-macrophage-t-cells-and-a-t-cell-line-that-express-human-receptors-cyclint1-and-crm1-genes
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Hisatoshi Shida, Hiroyuki Okada, Hajime Suzuki, Xianfeng Zhang, Jing Chen, Yasuko Tsunetsugu-Yokota, Yuetsu Tanaka, Fumika Yakushiji, Yoshio Hayashi
We developed transgenic (Tg) rats that express human CD4, CCR5, CXCR4, CyclinT1, and CRM1 genes. Tg rat macrophages were efficiently infected with HIV-1 and supported production of infectious progeny virus. By contrast, both rat primary CD4(+) T cells and established T cell lines expressing human CD4, CCR5, CyclinT1, and CRM1 genes were infected inefficiently, but this was ameliorated by inhibition of cyclophilin A. The infectivity of rat T cell-derived virus was lower than that of human T cell-derived virus...
March 22, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318078/chromatin-tethering-to-the-nuclear-envelope-by-nuclear-actin-filaments-a-novel-role-of-the-actin-cytoskeleton-in-the-xenopus-blastula
#2
Haruka Oda, Natsuki Shirai, Naoko Ura, Keita Ohsumi, Mari Iwabuchi
The Xenopus oocyte is known to accumulate filamentous or F-actin in the nucleus, but it is currently unknown whether F-actin also accumulates in embryo nuclei. Using fluorescence-labeled actin reporters, we examined the actin distribution in Xenopus embryonic cells and found that F-actin accumulates in nuclei during the blastula stage but not during the gastrula stage. To further investigate nuclear F-actin, we devised a Xenopus egg extract that reproduces the formation of nuclei in which F-actin accumulates...
March 20, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318075/thymine-dna-glycosylase-modulates-dna-damage-response-and-gene-expression-by-base-excision-repair-dependent-and-independent-mechanisms
#3
Tomohumi Nakamura, Kouichi Murakami, Haruto Tada, Yoshihiko Uehara, Jumpei Nogami, Kazumitsu Maehara, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Hisato Saitoh, Hideo Nishitani, Tetsuya Ono, Ryotaro Nishi, Masayuki Yokoi, Wataru Sakai, Kaoru Sugasawa
Thymine DNA glycosylase (TDG) is a base excision repair (BER) enzyme, which is implicated in correction of deamination-induced DNA mismatches, the DNA demethylation process and regulation of gene expression. Because of these pivotal roles associated, it is crucial to elucidate how the TDG functions are appropriately regulated in vivo. Here, we present evidence that the TDG protein undergoes degradation upon various types of DNA damage, including ultraviolet light (UV). The UV-induced degradation of TDG was dependent on proficiency in nucleotide excision repair and on CRL4(CDT)(2) -mediated ubiquitination that requires a physical interaction between TDG and DNA polymerase clamp PCNA...
March 20, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299863/dickkopf-3-attenuates-xanthine-dehydrogenase-expression-to-prevent-oxidative-stress-induced-apoptosis
#4
Shuang Qui, Junko Kano, Masayuki Noguchi
Dickkopf (DKK) 3 is a DKK glycoprotein family member that controls cell fate during embryogenesis and exerts opposing effects on survival in a cell type-dependent manner; however, the mechanisms governing its pro-apoptosis versus pro-survival functions remain unclear. Here, we investigated DKK3 function in Li21 hepatoma cells and tPH5CH immortalized hepatocytes. DKK3 knockdown by siRNA resulted in reactive oxygen species accumulation and subsequent apoptosis, which were abrogated by administration of the antioxidant N-acetyl-cysteine...
March 15, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296014/geminin-is-an-indispensable-inhibitor-of-cdt1-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
#5
Masaki Hosogane, Lena Bosu, Emiko Fukumoto, Hidetoshi Yamada, Soichiro Sato, Keiko Nakayama
Geminin is implicated in regulation of the cell cycle and differentiation. Although loss of Geminin triggers unscheduled DNA rereplication as a result of interruption of its interaction with Cdt1 in some somatic cancer cells, whether such cell cycle regulation also operates in embryonic stem cells (ESCs) has remained unclear. To characterize the Geminin-Cdt1 axis in ESCs and compare it with that in somatic cells, we established conditional knockout (KO) of Geminin in mouse ESCs and mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs)...
March 14, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251761/3d-structural-analysis-of-protein-o-mannosyl-kinase-pomk-a-causative-gene-product-of-dystroglycanopathy
#6
Masamichi Nagae, Sushil K Mishra, Makiko Neyazaki, Rika Oi, Akemi Ikeda, Naohiro Matsugaki, Satoko Akashi, Hiroshi Manya, Mamoru Mizuno, Hirokazu Yagi, Koichi Kato, Toshiya Senda, Tamao Endo, Terukazu Nogi, Yoshiki Yamaguchi
Orchestration of the multiple enzymes engaged in O-mannose glycan synthesis provides a matriglycan on α-dystroglycan (α-DG) which attracts extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins such as laminin. Aberrant O-mannosylation of α-DG leads to severe congenital muscular dystrophies due to detachment of ECM proteins from the basal membrane. Phosphorylation at C6-position of O-mannose catalyzed by protein O-mannosyl kinase (POMK) is a crucial step in the biosynthetic pathway of O-mannose glycan. Several mis-sense mutations of the POMK catalytic domain are known to cause a severe congenital muscular dystrophy, Walker-Warburg syndrome...
March 2, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251751/histone-h1-chaperone-activity-of-taf-i-is-regulated-by-its-subtype-dependent-intramolecular-interaction
#7
Kaori Kajitani, Kohsuke Kato, Kyosuke Nagata
Linker histone H1 is involved in the regulation of gene activity through the maintenance of higher-order chromatin structure. Previously, we have shown that template activating factor-I (TAF-I or protein SET) is involved in linker histone H1 dynamics as a histone H1 chaperone. In human and murine cells, two TAF-I subtypes exist, namely TAF-Iα and TAF-Iβ. TAF-I has a highly acidic amino acid cluster in its C-terminal region and forms homo- or heterodimers through its dimerization domain. Both dimer formation and the C-terminal region of TAF-I are essential for the histone chaperone activity...
March 2, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233440/xeroderma-pigmentosum-group-c-protein-interacts-with-histones-regulation-by-acetylated-states-of-histone-h3
#8
Erina Kakumu, Seiya Nakanishi, Hiromi M Shiratori, Akari Kato, Wataru Kobayashi, Shinichi Machida, Takeshi Yasuda, Naoko Adachi, Naoaki Saito, Tsuyoshi Ikura, Hitoshi Kurumizaka, Hiroshi Kimura, Masayuki Yokoi, Wataru Sakai, Kaoru Sugasawa
In the mammalian global genome nucleotide excision repair pathway, two damage recognition factors, XPC and UV-DDB, play pivotal roles in the initiation of the repair reaction. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying regulation of the lesion recognition process in the context of chromatin structures remain to be understood. Here, we show evidence that damage recognition factors tend to associate with chromatin regions devoid of certain types of acetylated histones. Treatment of cells with histone deacetylase inhibitors retarded recruitment of XPC to sites of UV-induced DNA damage and the subsequent repair process...
February 24, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205312/essential-roles-of-tbx3-in-embryonic-skin-development-during-epidermal-stratification
#9
Ryo Ichijo, Yui Iizuka, Hirokazu Kubo, Fumiko Toyoshima
Stepwise differentiation of epidermal cells is essential for development of stratified epithelium, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here, we show that Tbx3, a member of the T-box family of transcription factors, plays a pivotal role in this mechanism. Tbx3 is expressed in both basal and suprabasal cells in the interfollicular epidermis of mouse embryos. Epidermis-specific Tbx3 conditional knockout (cKO) embryos are small in size and display a thinner epidermis with an impaired barrier function...
February 16, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185378/ric-8a-an-activator-protein-of-g%C3%AE-i-controls-mammalian-epithelial-cell-polarity-for-tight-junction-assembly-and-cystogenesis
#10
Kanako Chishiki, Sachiko Kamakura, Junya Hayase, Hideki Sumimoto
Correct cyst morphogenesis of epithelial cells requires apical-basal polarization, which is partly regulated by mitotic spindle orientation, a process dependent on the heterotrimeric G protein subunit Gαi and its binding protein LGN. Here, we show that in three-dimensional culture of mammalian epithelial Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cells, the Gαi-activating protein Ric-8A is crucial for orientation of the mitotic spindle and formation of normal cysts that comprise a single layer of polarized cells with their apical surfaces lining an inner lumen...
February 10, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185367/codon-degeneracy-and-amino-acid-abundance-influence-the-measures-of-codon-usage-bias-improved-nc-n%C3%AC-c-and-encprime-n%C3%AC-c-measures
#11
Siddhartha Sankar Satapathy, Ajit Kumar Sahoo, Suvendra Kumar Ray, Tapash Chandra Ghosh
Effective number of codons (N^c) and its variant N^'c (effective number of codons prime) are the two widely used methods for measuring unequal usage of synonymous codons in coding sequences, known as the codon usage bias (CUB). The mathematical formula used in calculating N^c and N^'c values is giving inappropriate measures of CUB in case of low abundance of amino acids. In addition, the magnitude of error also varies according to codon degeneracy. In this study, a modified formula for N^c and N^'c has been developed to measure the CUB more accurately...
February 10, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151579/mediator-cyclin-dependent-kinases-upregulate-transcription-of-inflammatory-genes-in-cooperation-with-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-c-ebp%C3%AE-on-stimulation-of-toll-like-receptor-9
#12
Seiji Yamamoto, Tomoko Hagihara, Yoshiyuki Horiuchi, Akira Okui, Shotaro Wani, Tokuyuki Yoshida, Takao Inoue, Aki Tanaka, Takashi Ito, Yutaka Hirose, Yoshiaki Ohkuma
In eukaryotes, the Mediator complex has important roles in regulation of transcription by RNA polymerase II. Mediator is a large complex with more than 20 subunits that form head, middle, tail and CDK/cyclin modules. Among them, CDK8 and/or CDK19 (CDK8/19), and their counterpart cyclin C, form the CDK/cyclin module together with Mediator subunits MED12 and MED13. Despite evidences of both activation and repression, the precise functional roles of CDK8/19 in transcription are still elusive. Our previous results indicate that CDK8/19 recruits epigenetic regulators to repress immunoresponse genes...
February 2, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124402/knock-in-strategy-at-3-end-of-crx-gene-by-crispr-cas9-system-shows-the-gene-expression-profiles-during-human-photoreceptor-differentiation
#13
Kohei Homma, Sumiko Usui, Makoto Kaneda
Fluorescent reporter gene knock-in induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines have been used to evaluate the efficiency of differentiation into specific cell lineages. Here, we report a knock-in strategy for the generation of human iPSC reporter lines in which a 2A peptide sequence and a red fluorescent protein (E2-Crimson) gene were inserted at the termination codon of the cone-rod homeobox (Crx) gene, a photoreceptor-specific transcriptional factor gene. The knock-in iPSC lines were differentiated into fluorescence-expressing cells in 3D retinal differentiation culture, and the fluorescent cells also expressed Crx specifically in the nucleus...
January 26, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295900/corrigendum
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March 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111885/severe-damage-to-the-placental-fetal-capillary-network-causes-mid-to-late-fetal-lethality-and-reduction-in-placental-size-in-peg11-rtl1-ko-mice
#15
Moe Kitazawa, Masaru Tamura, Tomoko Kaneko-Ishino, Fumitoshi Ishino
Paternally expressed 11/Retrotransposon-like 1 (Peg11/Rtl1) knockout (KO) mice show mid- to late fetal lethality or late fetal growth retardation associated with frequent neonatal lethality. The lethal phenotype is largely dependent on genetic background and becomes more severe with each succeeding generation in the course of backcross experiments to C57BL/6 (B6). We previously suggested that these lethal and growth phenotypes in the fetal stages were due to severe defects in placental fetal capillaries in the labyrinth layer...
February 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105749/octopamine-enhances-oxidative-stress-resistance-through-the-fasting-responsive-transcription-factor-daf-16-foxo-in%C3%A2-c-%C3%A2-elegans
#16
Haruka Hoshikawa, Masaharu Uno, Sakiko Honjoh, Eisuke Nishida
Dietary restriction regimens lead to enhanced stress resistance and extended life span in many species through the regulation of fasting and/or diet-responsive mechanisms. The fasting stimulus is perceived by sensory neurons and causes behavioral and metabolic adaptations. Octopamine (OA), one of the Caenorhabditis elegans neurotransmitters, is involved in behavioral adaptations, and its levels are increased under fasting conditions. However, it remains largely unknown how OA contributes to the fasting responses...
February 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105742/yeasts-for-global-happiness-report-of-the-14th-international-congress-on-yeasts-icy14-held-in-awaji-island
#17
Daisuke Watanabe, Hiroshi Takagi
The 14th International Congress on Yeasts (ICY14) was held at Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center (Awaji, Hyogo) in Japan from 11 to 15 September 2016. The main slogan of ICY14 was 'Yeasts for Global Happiness', which enabled us to acknowledge the high-potential usefulness of yeasts contributing to the global happiness in terms of food/beverage, health/medicine and energy/environment industries, as well as to basic biosciences. In addition, two more concepts were introduced: 'from Japan to the world' and 'from senior to junior'...
February 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102564/pkn2-is-essential-for-mouse-embryonic-development-and-proliferation-of-mouse-fibroblasts
#18
Sally Danno, Koji Kubouchi, Mona Mehruba, Manabu Abe, Rie Natsume, Kenji Sakimura, Satoshi Eguchi, Masahiro Oka, Masanori Hirashima, Hiroki Yasuda, Hideyuki Mukai
PKN2, a member of the protein kinase N (PKN) family, has been suggested by in vitro culture cell experiments to bind to Rho/Rac GTPases and contributes to cell-cell contact and cell migration. To unravel the in vivo physiological function of PKN2, we targeted the PKN2 gene. Constitutive disruption of the mouse PKN2 gene resulted in growth retardation and lethality before embryonic day (E) 10.5. PKN2(-/-) embryo did not undergo axial turning and showed insufficient closure of the neural tube. Mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) derived from PKN2(-/-) embryos at E9...
February 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097777/activin-a-in-combination-with-erk1-2-mapk-pathway-inhibition-sustains-propagation-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
#19
Yuhei Ashida, May Nakajima-Koyama, Akira Hirota, Takuya Yamamoto, Eisuke Nishida
The Activin/Nodal/TGF-β signaling pathway plays a major role in maintaining mouse epiblast stem cells (EpiSCs). The EpiSC-maintaining medium, which contains Activin A and bFGF, induces differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to EpiSCs. Here, we show that Activin A also has an ability to efficiently propagate ESCs without differentiation to EpiSCs when combined with a MEK inhibitor PD0325901. ESCs cultured in Activin+PD retained high-level expression of naive pluripotency-related transcription factors...
February 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097745/immature-core-protein-of-hepatitis-c-virus-induces-an-unfolded-protein-response-through-inhibition-of-erad-l-in-a-yeast-model-system
#20
Shota Takahashi, Naoko Sato, Junichi Kikuchi, Hideaki Kakinuma, Jun Okawa, Yukiko Masuyama, Singo Iwasa, Hayato Irokawa, Gi-Wook Hwang, Akira Naganuma, Michinori Kohara, Shusuke Kuge
The structural protein Core of hepatitis C virus (HCV), a cytosolic protein, induces endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and unfolded protein response (UPR) in hepatocytes, and is responsible for the pathogenesis of persistent HCV infection. Using yeast as a model system, we evaluated mechanisms underlying Core-induced interference of ER homeostasis and UPR, and found that UPR is induced by the immature Core (aa 1-191, Core191) but not by the mature Core (aa 1-177, Core177). Interestingly, Core191 inhibits both ERAD-L, a degradation system responsible for misfolded/unfolded proteins in the ER lumen, and ERAD-M, a degradation system responsible for proteins carrying a misfolded/unfolded region in the ER membrane...
February 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
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