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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149092/analysis-of-the-roles-of-the-arabidopsis-nmat2-and-pmh2-proteins-provided-with-new-insights-into-the-regulation-of-group-ii-intron-splicing-in-land-plant-mitochondria
#1
Michal Zmudjak, Sofia Shevtsov, Laure D Sultan, Ido Keren, Oren Ostersetzer-Biran
Plant mitochondria are remarkable with respect to the presence of numerous group II introns which reside in many essential genes. The removal of the organellar introns from the coding genes they interrupt is essential for respiratory functions, and is facilitated by different enzymes that belong to a diverse set of protein families. These include maturases and RNA helicases related proteins that function in group II intron splicing in different organisms. Previous studies indicate a role for the nMAT2 maturase and the RNA helicase PMH2 in the maturation of different pre-RNAs in Arabidopsis mitochondria...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149090/computational-methods-for-modeling-aptamers-and-designing-riboswitches
#2
REVIEW
Sha Gong, Yanli Wang, Zhen Wang, Wenbing Zhang
Riboswitches, which are located within certain noncoding RNA region perform functions as genetic "switches", regulating when and where genes are expressed in response to certain ligands. Understanding the numerous functions of riboswitches requires computation models to predict structures and structural changes of the aptamer domains. Although aptamers often form a complex structure, computational approaches, such as RNAComposer and Rosetta, have already been applied to model the tertiary (three-dimensional (3D)) structure for several aptamers...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149079/sphingosine-1-phosphate-s1p-signaling-in-glioblastoma-multiforme-a-systematic-review
#3
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Shailaja Mahajan-Thakur, Sandra Bien-Möller, Sascha Marx, Henry Schroeder, Bernhard H Rauch
The multifunctional sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a lipid signaling molecule and central regulator in the development of several cancer types. In recent years, intriguing information has become available regarding the role of S1P in the progression of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most aggressive and common brain tumor in adults. S1P modulates numerous cellular processes in GBM, such as oncogenesis, proliferation and survival, invasion, migration, metastasis and stem cell behavior. These processes are regulated via a family of five G-protein-coupled S1P receptors (S1PR1-5) and may involve mainly unknown intracellular targets...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149058/neurotrophic-and-neuroregenerative-effects-of-gh-igf1
#4
Vittorio Emanuele Bianchi, Vittorio Locatelli, Laura Rizzi
INTRODUCTION: Human neurodegenerative diseases increase progressively with age and present a high social and economic burden. Growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) are both growth factors exerting trophic effects on neuronal regeneration in the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS). GH and IGF-1 stimulate protein synthesis in neurons, glia, oligodendrocytes, and Schwann cells, and favor neuronal survival, inhibiting apoptosis. This study aims to evaluate the effect of GH and IGF-1 on neurons, and their possible therapeutic clinical applications on neuron regeneration in human subjects...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149055/exploration-for-the-salinity-tolerance-related-genes-from-xero-halophyte-atriplex-canescens-exploiting-yeast-functional-screening-system
#5
Gang Yu, Jingtao Li, Xinhua Sun, Yanzhi Liu, Xueliang Wang, Hao Zhang, Hongyu Pan
Plant productivity is limited by salinity stress, both in natural and agricultural systems. Identification of salt stress-related genes from halophyte can provide insights into mechanisms of salt stress tolerance in plants. Atriplex canescens is a xero-halophyte that exhibits optimum growth in the presence of 400 mM NaCl. A cDNA library derived from highly salt-treated A. canescens plants was constructed based on a yeast expression system. A total of 53 transgenic yeast clones expressing enhanced salt tolerance were selected from 10⁵ transformants...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149051/molecular-alliance-of-lymantria-dispar-multiple-nucleopolyhedrovirus-and-a-short-unmodified-antisense-oligonucleotide-of-its-anti-apoptotic-iap-3-gene-a-novel-approach-for-gypsy-moth-control
#6
Volodymyr V Oberemok, Kateryna V Laikova, Aleksei S Zaitsev, Maksym N Shumskykh, Igor N Kasich, Nikita V Gal'chinsky, Viktoriya V Bekirova, Valentin V Makarov, Alexey A Agranovsky, Vladimir A Gushchin, Ilya V Zubarev, Anatoly V Kubyshkin, Iryna I Fomochkina, Mikhail V Gorlov, Oleksii A Skorokhod
Baculovirus IAP (inhibitor-of-apoptosis) genes originated by capture of host genes. Unmodified short antisense DNA oligonucleotides (oligoDNAs) from baculovirus IAP genes can down-regulate specific gene expression profiles in both baculovirus-free and baculovirus-infected insects. In this study, gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) larvae infected with multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (LdMNPV), and LdMNPV-free larvae, were treated with oligoDNA antisense to the RING (really interesting new gene) domain of the LdMNPV IAP-3 gene...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149031/anti-inflammatory-and-antinociceptive-effects-of-ethyl-acetate-fraction-of-an-edible-red-macroalgae-sarcodia-ceylanica
#7
Chieh-Chih Shih, Hwong-Ru Hwang, Chi-I Chang, Huei-Meei Su, Pei-Chin Chen, Hsiao-Mei Kuo, Pei-Jyuan Li, Hui-Min David Wang, Kuan-Hao Tsui, Yu-Chi Lin, Shi-Ying Huang, Zhi-Hong Wen
Research so far has only shown that edible red macroalgae, Sarcodia ceylanica has the ability to eliminate free radicals and anti-diabetic, anti-bacterial properties. This study was conducted both in vitro and in vivo on the ethyl acetate extract (PD1) of farmed red macroalgae in order to explore its anti-inflammatory properties. In order to study the in vitro anti-inflammatory effects of PD1, we used lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to induce inflammatory responses in murine macrophages. For evaluating the potential in vivo anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive effects of PD1, we used carrageenan-induced rat paw edema to produce inflammatory pain...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149030/using-next-generation-sequencing-to-detect-differential-expression-genes-in-bradysia-odoriphaga-after-exposure-to-insecticides
#8
Haoliang Chen, Lulu Lin, Farman Ali, Minghui Xie, Guangling Zhang, Weihua Su
Bradysia odoriphaga (Diptera: Sciaridae) is the most important pest of Chinese chive. Insecticides are used widely and frequently to control B. odoriphaga in China. However, the performance of the insecticides chlorpyrifos and clothianidin in controlling the Chinese chive maggot is quite different. Using next generation sequencing technology, different expression unigenes (DEUs) in B. odoriphaga were detected after treatment with chlorpyrifos and clothianidin for 6 and 48 h in comparison with control. The number of DEUs ranged between 703 and 1161 after insecticide treatment...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149028/changes-of-cerebral-and-or-peripheral-adenosine-a%C3%A2-receptor-and-igf-i-concentrations-under-extended-sleep-duration-in-rats
#9
Mounir Chennaoui, Pierrick J Arnal, Rodolphe Dorey, Fabien Sauvet, Sylvain Ciret, Thierry Gallopin, Damien Leger, Catherine Drogou, Danielle Gomez-Merino
Extended sleep improves sustained attention and reduces sleep pressure in humans. Downregulation of adenosine A₁ receptor (A₁R) and modulation of the neurotrophic factor insulin growth factor-1 (IGF-I) in brain structures controlling attentional capacities could be involved. In the frontal cortex and hippocampus of rats, we measured adenosine A₁R and IGF-I protein concentrations after photoperiod-induced sleep extension. Two groups of twelve rats were adapted over 14 days to a habitual (CON) 12:12 light-dark (LD) schedule and an extended (EXT) 16:8 LD schedule...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149026/non-catalytic-roles-of-the-topoisomerase-ii%C3%AE-c-terminal-domain
#10
REVIEW
Duncan J Clarke, Yoshiaki Azuma
DNA Topoisomerase IIα (Topo IIα) is a ubiquitous enzyme in eukaryotes that performs the strand passage reaction where a double helix of DNA is passed through a second double helix. This unique reaction is critical for numerous cellular processes. However, the enzyme also possesses a C-terminal domain (CTD) that is largely dispensable for the strand passage reaction but is nevertheless important for the fidelity of cell division. Recent studies have expanded our understanding of the roles of the Topo IIα CTD, in particular in mitotic mechanisms where the CTD is modified by Small Ubiquitin-like Modifier (SUMO), which in turn provides binding sites for key regulators of mitosis...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149020/role-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-in-uterine-fibroid-biology
#11
REVIEW
Michał Ciebiera, Marta Włodarczyk, Małgorzata Wrzosek, Błażej Męczekalski, Grażyna Nowicka, Krzysztof Łukaszuk, Magdalena Ciebiera, Aneta Słabuszewska-Jóźwiak, Grzegorz Jakiel
Uterine fibroids (UFs) are benign tumors of the female genital tract made of the smooth muscle of the uterus. UF growth depends mostly on the influence of the steroid hormones and selected growth factors. Transforming growth factor β (TGF-βs) is a polypeptide that consists of three isoforms: TGF-β1, TGF-β2, and TGF-β3. At present, TGF-β is considered to be one of the key factors in the pathophysiology of UFs. It plays a major role in cellular migration within the tumor, stimulates tumor growth, and enhances tumor metabolism...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144443/a-genomic-survey-of-scpp-family-genes-in-fishes-provides-novel-insights-into-the-evolution-of-fish-scales
#12
Yunyun Lv, Kazuhiko Kawasaki, Jia Li, Yanping Li, Chao Bian, Yu Huang, Xinxin You, Qiong Shi
The family of secretory calcium-binding phosphoproteins (SCPPs) have been considered vital to skeletal tissue mineralization. However, most previous SCPP studies focused on phylogenetically distant animals but not on those closely related species. Here we provide novel insights into the coevolution of SCPP genes and fish scales in 10 species from Otophysi. According to their scale phenotypes, these fishes can be divided into three groups, i.e., scaled, sparsely scaled, and scaleless. We identified homologous SCPP genes in the genomes of these species and revealed an absence of some SCPP members in some genomes, suggesting an uneven evolutionary history of SCPP genes in fishes...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144435/dysregulated-collagen-homeostasis-by-matrix-stiffening-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1-in-fibroblasts-from-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis-patients-role-of-fak-akt
#13
Alícia Giménez, Paula Duch, Marta Puig, Marta Gabasa, Antoni Xaubet, Jordi Alcaraz
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is an aggressive disease in which normal lung parenchyma is replaced by a stiff dysfunctional scar rich in activated fibroblasts and collagen-I. We examined how the mechanochemical pro-fibrotic microenvironment provided by matrix stiffening and TGF-β1 cooperates in the transcriptional control of collagen homeostasis in normal and fibrotic conditions. For this purpose we cultured fibroblasts from IPF patients or control donors on hydrogels with tunable elasticity, including 3D collagen-I gels and 2D polyacrylamide (PAA) gels...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144434/the-role-of-non-coding-rnas-in-cytoplasmic-male-sterility-in-flowering-plants
#14
REVIEW
Helena Štorchová
The interactions between mitochondria and nucleus substantially influence plant development, stress response and morphological features. The prominent example of a mitochondrial-nuclear interaction is cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS), when plants produce aborted anthers or inviable pollen. The genes responsible for CMS are located in mitochondrial genome, but their expression is controlled by nuclear genes, called fertility restorers. Recent explosion of high-throughput sequencing methods enabled to study transcriptomic alterations in the level of non-coding RNAs under CMS biogenesis...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144411/nucleic-acid-aptamers-emerging-applications-in-medical-imaging-nanotechnology-neurosciences-and-drug-delivery
#15
REVIEW
Pascal Röthlisberger, Cécile Gasse, Marcel Hollenstein
Recent progresses in organic chemistry and molecular biology have allowed the emergence of numerous new applications of nucleic acids that markedly deviate from their natural functions. Particularly, DNA and RNA molecules-coined aptamers-can be brought to bind to specific targets with high affinity and selectivity. While aptamers are mainly applied as biosensors, diagnostic agents, tools in proteomics and biotechnology, and as targeted therapeutics, these chemical antibodies slowly begin to be used in other fields...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144390/rna-sequencing-and-coexpression-analysis-reveal-key-genes-involved-in-%C3%AE-linolenic-acid-biosynthesis-in-perilla-frutescens-seed
#16
Tianyuan Zhang, Chi Song, Li Song, Zhiwei Shang, Sen Yang, Dong Zhang, Wei Sun, Qi Shen, Degang Zhao
Perillafrutescen is used as traditional food and medicine in East Asia. Its seeds contain high levels of α-linolenic acid (ALA), which is important for health, but is scarce in our daily meals. Previous reports on RNA-seq of perilla seed had identified fatty acid (FA) and triacylglycerol (TAG) synthesis genes, but the underlying mechanism of ALA biosynthesis and its regulation still need to be further explored. So we conducted Illumina RNA-sequencing in seven temporal developmental stages of perilla seeds...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144382/treatment-approaches-to-moderate-to-severe-psoriasis
#17
REVIEW
Paolo Gisondi, Micol Del Giglio, Giampiero Girolomoni
Psoriasis is a common disease, which has a considerable impact on patients and the health care system. Treatment approaches to the disease may be various because some issues are not definitely addressed. Moreover, the therapeutic paradigms are continuously changing because of the recent approval of new treatments for psoriasis such as interleukin (IL)-17 inhibitors and apremilast. In this review, the factors influencing psoriasis severity, the indications for systemic treatments, the overall parameters to be considered in the treatment choice, life style interventions, and the recommendations for the use, screening, and monitoring of systemic therapies available including acitretin, cyclosporine, methotrexate, apremilast, adalimumab, etanercept, infliximab, secukinumab, ixekizumab, and ustekinumab are discussed...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140303/two-cycloartenol-synthases-for-phytosterol-biosynthesis-in-polygala-tenuifolia-willd
#18
Mei Lan Jin, Woo Moon Lee, Ok Tae Kim
Oxidosqualene cyclases (OSCs) are enzymes that play a key role in control of the biosynthesis of phytosterols and triterpene saponins. In order to uncover OSC genes from Polygala tenuifolia seedlings induced by methyl jasmonate (MeJA), RNA-sequencing analysis was performed using the Illumina sequencing platform. A total of 148,488,632 high-quality reads from two samples (control and the MeJA treated) were generated. We screened genes related to phytosterol and triterpene saponin biosynthesis and analyzed the transcriptional changes of differentially expressed unigene (DEUG) values calculated by fragments per kilobase million (FPKM)...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140301/catalytic-oxidation-of-lignins-into-the-aromatic-aldehydes-general-process-trends-and-development-prospects
#19
REVIEW
Valery E Tarabanko, Nikolay Tarabanko
This review discusses principal patterns that govern the processes of lignins' catalytic oxidation into vanillin (3-methoxy-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde) and syringaldehyde (3,5-dimethoxy-4-hydroxybenzaldehyde). It examines the influence of lignin and oxidant nature, temperature, mass transfer, and of other factors on the yield of the aldehydes and the process selectivity. The review reveals that properly organized processes of catalytic oxidation of various lignins are only insignificantly (10-15%) inferior to oxidation by nitrobenzene in terms of yield and selectivity in vanillin and syringaldehyde...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140300/novel-strategies-on-personalized-medicine-for-breast-cancer-treatment-an-update
#20
REVIEW
Carmen W H Chan, Bernard M H Law, Winnie K W So, Ka Ming Chow, Mary M Y Waye
Breast cancer is the most common cancer type among women worldwide. With breast cancer patients and survivors being reported to experience a repertoire of symptoms that are detrimental to their quality of life, the development of breast cancer treatment strategies that are effective with minimal side effects is therefore required. Personalized medicine, the treatment process that is tailored to the individual needs of each patient, is recently gaining increasing attention for its prospect in the development of effective cancer treatment regimens...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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