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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445391/telomerase-inhibitory-effects-of-red-pigment-rubropunctatin-and-statin-monacolin-l-isolated-from-red-yeast-rice
#1
Baojun Xu, Qijun Wang, Changkeun Sung
In addition to the cholesterol-lowering activity of red yeast rice (RYR), its anticancer activities have been frequently reported. However, the mechanism of action of the anticancer activity of RYR is not yet fully understood. The objective of the current study was to elucidate anticancer compositions and anticancer mechanism of actions of RYR. The isolated compounds from RYR were subjected to anti-proliferation assay, apoptosis assay via flow cytometry, and telomerase inhibitory assay via telomeric repeat amplification protocol-PCR (TRAP-PCR) assay, and Western blotting assay in an in vitro cell culture system...
April 26, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441348/deoxynucleoside-salvage-in-fission-yeast-allows-rescue-of-ribonucleotide-reductase-deficiency-but-not-spd1-mediated-inhibition-of-replication
#2
Oliver Fleck, Ulrik Fahnøe, Katrine Vyff Løvschal, Marie-Fabrice Uwamahoro Gasasira, Irina N Marinova, Birthe B Kragelund, Antony M Carr, Edgar Hartsuiker, Christian Holmberg, Olaf Nielsen
In fission yeast, the small, intrinsically disordered protein S-phase delaying protein 1 (Spd1) blocks DNA replication and causes checkpoint activation at least in part, by inhibiting the enzyme ribonucleotide reductase, which is responsible for the synthesis of DNA. The CRL4(Cdt2) E3 ubiquitin ligase mediates degradation of Spd1 and the related protein Spd2 at S phase of the cell cycle. We have generated a conditional allele of CRL4(Cdt2), by expressing the highly unstable substrate-recruiting protein Cdt2 from a repressible promoter...
April 25, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441778/gene-expression-analysis-before-and-after-treatment-with-adalimumab-in-patients-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-identifies-molecular-pathways-associated-with-response-to-therapy
#3
Marzia Dolcino, Elisa Tinazzi, Andrea Pelosi, Giuseppe Patuzzo, Francesca Moretta, Claudio Lunardi, Antonio Puccetti
The etiology of Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is still unknown and the identification of the involved molecular pathogenetic pathways is a current challenge in the study of the disease. Adalimumab (ADA), an anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha agent, is used in the treatment of AS. We aimed at identifying pathogenetic pathways modified by ADA in patients with a good response to the treatment. Gene expression analysis of Peripheral Blood Cells (PBC) from six responders and four not responder patients was performed before and after treatment...
April 24, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430123/functional-analysis-of-the-rs774872314-rs116171003-rs200231898-and-rs201107751-polymorphisms-in-the-human-ror%C3%AE-t-gene-promoter-region
#4
Marcin Ratajewski, Marcin Słomka, Kaja Karaś, Marta Sobalska-Kwapis, Małgorzata Korycka-Machała, Anna Sałkowska, Jarosław Dziadek, Dominik Strapagiel, Jarosław Dastych
RAR-related orphan receptor gamma RORγT, a tissue-specific isoform of the RORC gene, plays a critical role in the development of naive CD4+ cells into fully differentiated Th17 lymphocytes. Th17 lymphocytes are part of the host defense against numerous pathogens and are also involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases, including autoimmune disorders. In this study, we functionally examined four naturally occurring polymorphisms located within one of the previously identified GC-boxes in the promoter region of the gene...
April 21, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425954/inherited-variation-in-vitamin-d-genes-and-type-1-diabetes-predisposition
#5
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Marissa Penna-Martinez, Klaus Badenhoop
The etiology and pathophysiology of type 1 diabetes remain largely elusive with no established concepts for a causal therapy. Efforts to clarify genetic susceptibility and screening for environmental factors have identified the vitamin D system as a contributory pathway that is potentially correctable. This review aims at compiling all genetic studies addressing the vitamin D system in type 1 diabetes. Herein, association studies with case control cohorts are presented as well as family investigations with transmission tests, meta-analyses and intervention trials...
April 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422071/comparative-analysis-of-the-complete-chloroplast-genome-of-four-endangered-herbals-of-notopterygium
#6
Jiao Yang, Ming Yue, Chuan Niu, Xiong-Feng Ma, Zhong-Hu Li
Notopterygium H. de Boissieu (Apiaceae) is an endangered perennial herb endemic to China. A good knowledge of phylogenetic evolution and population genomics is conducive to the establishment of effective management and conservation strategies of the genus Notopterygium. In this study, the complete chloroplast (cp) genomes of four Notopterygium species (N. incisum C. C. Ting ex H. T. Chang, N. oviforme R. H. Shan, N. franchetii H. de Boissieu and N. forrestii H. Wolff) were assembled and characterized using next-generation sequencing...
April 19, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422055/c-myc-making-liver-sick-role-of-c-myc-in-hepatic-cell-function-homeostasis-and-disease
#7
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Kang Zheng, Francisco Javier Cubero, Yulia A Nevzorova
Over 35 years ago, c-MYC, a highly pleiotropic transcription factor that regulates hepatic cell function, was identified. In recent years, a considerable increment in the number of publications has significantly shifted the way that the c-MYC function is perceived. Overexpression of c-MYC alters a wide range of roles including cell proliferation, growth, metabolism, DNA replication, cell cycle progression, cell adhesion and differentiation. The purpose of this review is to broaden the understanding of the general functions of c-MYC, to focus on c-MYC-driven pathogenesis in the liver, explain its mode of action under basal conditions and during disease, and discuss efforts to target c-MYC as a plausible therapy for liver disease...
April 19, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422050/k-mer-content-correlation-and-position-analysis-of-genome-dna-sequences-for-the-identification-of-function-and-evolutionary-features
#8
Aaron Sievers, Katharina Bosiek, Marc Bisch, Chris Dreessen, Jascha Riedel, Patrick Froß, Michael Hausmann, Georg Hildenbrand
In genome analysis, k-mer-based comparison methods have become standard tools. However, even though they are able to deliver reliable results, other algorithms seem to work better in some cases. To improve k-mer-based DNA sequence analysis and comparison, we successfully checked whether adding positional resolution is beneficial for finding and/or comparing interesting organizational structures. A simple but efficient algorithm for extracting and saving local k-mer spectra (frequency distribution of k-mers) was developed and used...
April 19, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420201/a-transcriptomic-comparison-of-two-bambara-groundnut-landraces-under-dehydration-stress
#9
Faraz Khan, Hui Hui Chai, Ishan Ajmera, Charlie Hodgman, Sean Mayes, Chungui Lu
The ability to grow crops under low-water conditions is a significant advantage in relation to global food security. Bambara groundnut is an underutilised crop grown by subsistence farmers in Africa and is known to survive in regions of water deficit. This study focuses on the analysis of the transcriptomic changes in two bambara groundnut landraces in response to dehydration stress. A cross-species hybridisation approach based on the Soybean Affymetrix GeneChip array has been employed. The differential gene expression analysis of a water-limited treatment, however, showed that the two landraces responded with almost completely different sets of genes...
April 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420161/myc-cell-competition-and-cell-death-in-cancer-the-inseparable-triad
#10
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Simone Di Giacomo, Manuela Sollazzo, Simona Paglia, Daniela Grifoni
Deregulation of MYC family proteins in cancer is associated with a global reprogramming of gene expression, ultimately promoting glycolytic pathways, cell growth, and proliferation. It is well known that MYC upregulation triggers cell-autonomous apoptosis in normal tissues, while frankly malignant cells develop resistance to apoptotic stimuli, partly resulting from MYC addiction. As well as inducing cell-autonomous apoptosis, MYC upregulation is able to trigger non cell-autonomous apoptotic death through an evolutionarily conserved mechanism known as "cell competition"...
April 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406444/identification-of-drought-responsive-micrornas-from-roots-and-leaves-of-alfalfa-by-high-throughput-sequencing
#11
Yue Li, Liqiang Wan, Shuyi Bi, Xiufu Wan, Zhenyi Li, Jing Cao, Zongyong Tong, Hongyu Xu, Feng He, Xianglin Li
Alfalfa, an important forage legume, is an ideal crop for sustainable agriculture and a potential crop for bioenergy resources. Drought, one of the most common environmental stresses, substantially affects plant growth, development, and productivity. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are newly discovered gene expression regulators that have been linked to several plant stress responses. To elucidate the role of miRNAs in drought stress regulation of alfalfa, a high-throughput sequencing approach was used to analyze 12 small RNA libraries comprising of four samples, each with three biological replicates...
April 13, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398229/controlling-the-master-chromatin-dynamics-at-the-myc-promoter-integrate-developmental-signaling
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Olga Zaytseva, Leonie M Quinn
The transcription factor and cell growth regulator MYC is potently oncogenic and estimated to contribute to most cancers. Decades of attempts to therapeutically target MYC directly have not resulted in feasible clinical applications, and efforts have moved toward indirectly targeting MYC expression, function and/or activity to treat MYC-driven cancer. A multitude of developmental and growth signaling pathways converge on the MYC promoter to modulate transcription through their downstream effectors. Critically, even small increases in MYC abundance (<2 fold) are sufficient to drive overproliferation; however, the details of how oncogenic/growth signaling networks regulate MYC at the level of transcription remain nebulous even during normal development...
April 11, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383499/eukaryotic-replicative-helicase-subunit-interaction-with-dna-and-its-role-in-dna-replication
#13
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Matthew P Martinez, Amanda L Wacker, Irina Bruck, Daniel L Kaplan
The replicative helicase unwinds parental double-stranded DNA at a replication fork to provide single-stranded DNA templates for the replicative polymerases. In eukaryotes, the replicative helicase is composed of the Cdc45 protein, the heterohexameric ring-shaped Mcm2-7 complex, and the tetrameric GINS complex (CMG). The CMG proteins bind directly to DNA, as demonstrated by experiments with purified proteins. The mechanism and function of these DNA-protein interactions are presently being investigated, and a number of important discoveries relating to how the helicase proteins interact with DNA have been reported recently...
April 6, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379189/the-role-of-c-myc-in-b-cell-lymphomas-diagnostic-and-molecular-aspects
#14
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Lynh Nguyen, Peter Papenhausen, Haipeng Shao
c-MYC is one of the most essential transcriptional factors, regulating a diverse array of cellular functions, including proliferation, growth, and apoptosis. Dysregulation of c-MYC is essential in the pathogenesis of a number of B-cell lymphomas, but is rarely reported in T-cell lymphomas. c-MYC dysregulation induces lymphomagenesis by loss of the tight control of c-MYC expression, leading to overexpression of intact c-MYC protein, in contrast to the somatic mutations or fusion proteins seen in many other oncogenes...
April 5, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375188/role-of-myc-in-b-cell-lymphomagenesis
#15
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Petra Korać, Snježana Dotlić, Maja Matulić, Matea Zajc Petranović, Mara Dominis
B cell lymphomas mainly arise from different developmental stages of B cells in germinal centers of secondary lymphoid tissue. There are a number of signaling pathways that affect the initiation and development of B cell lymphomagenesis. The functions of several key proteins that represent branching points of signaling networks are changed because of their aberrant expression, degradation, and/or accumulation, and those events determine the fate of the affected B cells. One of the most influential transcription factors, commonly associated with unfavorable prognosis for patients with B cell lymphoma, is nuclear phosphoprotein MYC...
April 4, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362357/targeting-myc-dependence-by-metabolic-inhibitors-in-cancer
#16
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Himalee S Sabnis, Ranganatha R Somasagara, Kevin D Bunting
Abstract:MYC is a critical growth regulatory gene that is commonly overexpressed in a wide range of cancers. Therapeutic targeting of MYC transcriptional activity has long been a goal, but it has been difficult to achieve with drugs that directly block its DNA-binding ability. Additional approaches that exploit oncogene addiction are promising strategies against MYC-driven cancers. Also, drugs that target metabolic regulatory pathways and enzymes have potential for indirectly reducing MYC levels. Glucose metabolism and oxidative phosphorylation, which can be targeted by multiple agents, promote cell growth and MYC expression...
March 31, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358317/the-mycn-protein-in-health-and-disease
#17
REVIEW
María Victoria Ruiz-Pérez, Aine Brigette Henley, Marie Arsenian-Henriksson
MYCN is a member of the MYC family of proto-oncogenes. It encodes a transcription factor, MYCN, involved in the control of fundamental processes during embryonal development. The MYCN protein is situated downstream of several signaling pathways promoting cell growth, proliferation and metabolism of progenitor cells in different developing organs and tissues. Conversely, deregulated MYCN signaling supports the development of several different tumors, mainly with a childhood onset, including neuroblastoma, medulloblastoma, rhabdomyosarcoma and Wilms' tumor, but it is also associated with some cancers occurring during adulthood such as prostate and lung cancer...
March 30, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350373/dna-replication-origins-and-fork-progression-at-mammalian-telomeres
#18
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Mitsunori Higa, Masatoshi Fujita, Kazumasa Yoshida
Telomeres are essential chromosomal regions that prevent critical shortening of linear chromosomes and genomic instability in eukaryotic cells. The bulk of telomeric DNA is replicated by semi-conservative DNA replication in the same way as the rest of the genome. However, recent findings revealed that replication of telomeric repeats is a potential cause of chromosomal instability, because DNA replication through telomeres is challenged by the repetitive telomeric sequences and specific structures that hamper the replication fork...
March 28, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350372/genome-wide-analysis-of-the-sucrose-synthase-gene-family-in-grape-vitis-vinifera-structure-evolution-and-expression-profiles
#19
Xudong Zhu, Mengqi Wang, Xiaopeng Li, Songtao Jiu, Chen Wang, Jinggui Fang
Sucrose synthase (SS) is widely considered as the key enzyme involved in the plant sugar metabolism that is critical to plant growth and development, especially quality of the fruit. The members of SS gene family have been identified and characterized in multiple plant genomes. However, detailed information about this gene family is lacking in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.). In this study, we performed a systematic analysis of the grape (V. vinifera) genome and reported that there are five SS genes (VvSS1-5) in the grape genome...
March 28, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350365/anatomy-of-mammalian-replication-domains
#20
REVIEW
Shin-Ichiro Takebayashi, Masato Ogata, Katsuzumi Okumura
Genetic information is faithfully copied by DNA replication through many rounds of cell division. In mammals, DNA is replicated in Mb-sized chromosomal units called "replication domains." While genome-wide maps in multiple cell types and disease states have uncovered both dynamic and static properties of replication domains, we are still in the process of understanding the mechanisms that give rise to these properties. A better understanding of the molecular basis of replication domain regulation will bring new insights into chromosome structure and function...
March 28, 2017: Genes
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