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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069592/mir-142-modulates-human-pancreatic-cancer-proliferation-and-invasion-by-targeting-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1-hif-1%C3%AE-in-the-tumor-microenvironments
#1
Yebin Lu, Niandong Ji, Wei Wei, Weijia Sun, Xuejun Gong, Xitao Wang
MicroRNAs regulate most protein-coding genes, including genes important in cancer and other diseases. In our study, we demonstrated that the expression of miR-142 could be significantly suppressed in pancreatic cancer specimens and cell lines, comparing to their adjacent tissues and normal pancreatic cells. Growth and invasion of PANC-1 and SW1990 cells were attenuated by overexpression of miR-142 in vitro With the help of bioinformatics analysis, hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1α) was identified to be a direct target of miR-142, and luciferase reporter experiment confirmed this discovery...
January 9, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069591/vasotocin-receptor-blockade-disrupts-maternal-care-of-offspring-in-a-viviparous-snake-sistrurus-miliarius
#2
Craig M Lind, Nikolette K Birky, Anita M Porth, Terence M Farrell
Parental care is a complex social behavior that is widespread among vertebrates. The neuroendocrine regulation of parent-offspring social behavior has been well-described in mammals, and, to a lesser extent, birds and fish. However, little is known regarding the underlying mechanisms that mediate the expression of care behaviors in squamate reptiles. In mammalian model species and humans, posterior pituitary hormones of the oxytocin and vasopressin families mediate parental care behaviors. To test the hypothesis that the regulatory role of posterior pituitary neuropeptides is conserved in a viviparous squamate reptile, we pharmacologically blocked the vasotocin receptor in postparturient pigmy rattlesnakes, Sistrurus miliarius, and monitored the spatial relationship between mothers and offspring relative to controls...
January 9, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069590/identification-of-ssr-markers-closely-linked-to-the-yellow-seed-coat-color-gene-in-heading-chinese-cabbage-brassica-rapa-l-ssp-pekinensis
#3
Yanjing Ren, Junqing Wu, Jing Zhao, Lingyu Hao, Lugang Zhang
Research on the yellow-seeded variety of heading Chinese cabbage will aid in broadening its germplasm resources and lay a foundation for AA genome research in Brassica crops. Here, an F2 segregating population of 1,575 individuals was constructed from two inbred lines (brown-seeded '92S105' and yellow-seeded '91-125'). This population was used to identify the linkage molecular markers of the yellow seed coat trait using simple sequence repeat (SSR) techniques combined with a bulk segregant analysis (BSA). Of the 144 SSR primer pairs on the A01- A10 chromosomes from the Brassica database (http://brassicadb...
January 9, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069589/analysis-of-the-fgfr2c342y-mouse-model-shows-condensation-defects-due-to-misregulation-of-sox9-expression-in-prechondrocytic-mesenchyme
#4
Emma Peskett, Samin Kumar, William Baird, Janhvi Jaiswal, Ming Li, Priyanca Patel, Jonathan A Britto, Erwin Pauws
Syndromic craniosynostosis caused by mutations in FGFR2 is characterised by developmental pathology in both endochondral and membranous skeletogenesis. Detailed phenotypic characterisation of features in the membranous calvarium, the endochondral cranial base and other structures in the axial and appendicular skeleton has not been performed at embryonic stages. We investigated bone development in the Crouzon mouse model (Fgfr2(C342Y)) at pre- and post-ossification stages to improve understanding of the underlying pathogenesis...
January 9, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069588/diet-quality-determines-lipase-gene-expression-and-lipase-esterase-activity-in-daphnia-pulex
#5
Apostolos-Manuel Koussoroplis, Anke Schwarzenberger, Alexander Wacker
We studied the short- (12 hours) and long-term (144h) response of Daphnia pulex lipases to quality shifts in diets consisting of different mixtures of the green alga Scenedesmus with the cyanobacterium Synechococcus, two species with contrasting lipid compositions. The lipase/esterase activity in both the gut and the body tissues responded fast to the diet shift and increased with higher dietary contributions of Synechococcus When screening the Daphnia genome for TAG lipases, we discovered a large gene-family expansion of these enzymes...
January 9, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069587/trehalose-6-phosphate-signal-is-closely-related-to-sorbitol-in-apple-fruit-malus-domestica-borkh-cv-gala
#6
Wen Zhang, John E Lunn, Regina Feil, Yufei Wang, Jingjing Zhao, Hongxia Tao, Yanping Guo, Zhengyang Zhao
Trehalose-6-phosphate (Tre6P) is a precursor of trehalose, which is widespread in nature and greatly influences plant growth and development. Tre6P acts as a signal of carbon availability in many plants, but little is known about the function of Tre6P in rosaceous plants, which have specific sorbitol biosynthesis and transportation pathways. In the present study, Tre6P levels and Sorbitol:Tre6P ratios were analyzed in apple fruit (Malus domestica, Borkh. cv. Gala). Tre6P levels were positively correlated with sorbitol content but negatively correlated with sucrose, glucose, and fructose content in developing fruit...
January 9, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011631/lipid-droplet-dynamics-during-schizosaccharomyces-pombe-sporulation-and-their-role-in-spore-survival
#7
Hui-Ju Yang, Hiroko Osakada, Tomoko Kojidani, Tokuko Haraguchi, Yasushi Hiraoka
Upon nitrogen starvation, the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe forms dormant spores; however, the mechanisms by which a spore sustains life without access to exogenous nutrients remain unclear. Lipid droplets are reservoirs of neutral lipids that act as important cellular energy resources. By using live-cell imaging analysis, we found that the lipid droplets of mother cells redistribute to their nascent spores. Notably, this process was actin polymerization-dependent and facilitated by the leading edge proteins of the forespore membrane...
January 3, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011632/a-developmental-transcriptomic-analysis-of-pax1-and-pax9-in-embryonic-intervertebral-disc-development
#8
V Sivakamasundari, Petra Kraus, Wenjie Sun, Xiaoming Hu, Siew Lan Lim, Shyam Prabhakar, Thomas Lufkin
Pax1 and Pax9 play redundant, synergistic functions in the patterning and differentiation of the sclerotomal cells that give rise to the vertebral bodies and intervertebral discs (IVD) of the axial skeleton. They are conserved in mice and humans, whereby mutations/deficiency of human PAX1/PAX9 have been associated with kyphoscoliosis. By combining cell-type specific transcriptome and ChIP-sequencing data, we identified the roles of Pax1/Pax9 in cell proliferation, cartilage development and collagen fibrillogenesis, which are vital in early IVD morphogenesis...
December 23, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011630/a-polycycstin-type-transient-receptor-potential-trp-channel-that-is-activated-by-atp
#9
David Traynor, Robert R Kay
ATP and ADP are ancient extra-cellular signalling molecules that in Dictyostelium amoebae cause rapid, transient increases in cytosolic calcium due to an influx through the plasma membrane. This response is independent of hetero-trimeric G-proteins, the putative IP3 receptor IplA and all P2X channels. We show, unexpectedly, that it is abolished in mutants of the polycystin-type transient receptor potential channel, TrpP. Responses to the chemoattractants cyclic-AMP and folic acid are unaffected in TrpP mutants...
December 23, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011629/a-feedback-mechanism-between-phospholipase-d-and-deadenylase-parn-for-the-shortening-of-eukaryotic-poly-a-mrna-tails-that-is-deregulated-in-cancer-cells
#10
Taylor E Miller, Julian Gomez-Cambronero
The removal of mRNA transcripts poly(A) tails by 3-5 exonucleases is the rate-limiting step in mRNA decay in eukaryotes. Known cellular deadenylases are, the CCR4-NOT and PAN complexes, and poly(A)-specific ribonuclease (PARN). The physiological roles and regulation for PARN is beginning to be elucidated. Since phospholipase D (PLD2 isoform) gene expression is upregulated in breast cancer cells and PARN is downregulated, we examined whether a signaling connection existed between these two enzymes. Silencing PARN with siRNA led to an increase in PLD2 protein and overexpression of PARN did the opposite...
December 23, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011628/a-genetically-encoded-biosensor-for-visualizing-hypoxia-responses-in-vivo
#11
Tvisha Misra, Martin Baccino-Calace, Felix Meyenhofer, David Rodriguez-Crespo, Hatice Akarsu, Ricardo Armenta-Calderón, Thomas A Gorr, Christian Frei, Rafael Cantera, Boris Egger, Stefan Luschnig
Cells experience different oxygen concentrations depending on location, organismal developmental stage, and physiological or pathological conditions. Responses to reduced oxygen levels (hypoxia) rely on the conserved Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1 (HIF-1). Understanding the developmental and tissue-specific responses to changing oxygen levels has been limited by the lack of adequate tools for monitoring HIF-1 in vivo. To visualise and analyse HIF-1 dynamics in Drosophila, we used a hypoxia biosensor consisting of GFP fused to the oxygen-dependent degradation domain (ODD) of the HIF-1 homologue Sima...
December 23, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011627/enhancing-nad-salvage-metabolism-is-neuroprotective-in-a-pink1-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#12
Susann Lehmann, Samantha H Y Loh, L Miguel Martins
Familial forms of Parkinson's disease (PD) caused by mutations in PINK1 are linked to mitochondrial impairment. Defective mitochondria are also found in Drosophila models of PD with pink1 mutations. The co-enzyme nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)) is essential for both generating energy in mitochondria and nuclear DNA repair through NAD(+)-consuming poly(ADP-ribose) polymerases (PARPs). We found alterations in NAD(+) salvage metabolism in Drosophila pink1 mutants and showed that a diet supplemented with the NAD(+) precursor nicotinamide rescued mitochondrial defects and protected neurons from degeneration...
December 23, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011626/meningeal-retinoic-acid-contributes-to-neocortical-lamination-and-radial-migration-during-mouse-brain-development
#13
Carole Haushalter, Brigitte Schuhbaur, Pascal Dollé, Muriel Rhinn
Retinoic acid (RA) is a diffusible molecule involved in early forebrain patterning. Its later production in the meninges by the retinaldehyde dehydrogenase RALDH2 coincides with the time of cortical neuron generation. A function of RA in this process has not been adressed directly as Raldh2(-/-) mouse mutants are embryonic lethal. Here we used a conditional genetic strategy to inactivate Raldh2 just prior to its onset of expression in the developing meninges. This inactivation does not affect the formation of the cortical progenitor populations, their rate of division, or timing of differentiation...
December 23, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965197/protein-kinase-c-is-involved-with-upstream-signaling-of-methyl-farnesoate-for-photoperiod-dependent-sex-determination-in-the-water-flea-daphnia-pulex
#14
Kenji Toyota, Tomomi Sato, Norihisa Tatarazako, Taisen Iguchi
Sex determination of Daphnia pulex is decided by environmental conditions. We established a suitable experimental system for this study using D. pulex WTN6 strain, in which the sex of the offspring can be controlled by photoperiod. Long-day conditions induced females and short-day conditions induced males. Using this system, we previously found that methy farnesoate (MF), which is a putative innate juvenile hormone molecule in daphnids, is necessary for male sex determination and that protein kinase C (PKC) is a candidate factor of male sex determiner...
December 13, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895048/parecoxib-inhibits-glioblastoma-cell-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-by-up-regulating-mirna-29c
#15
Lin-Yong Li, Jie Xiao, Qiang Liu, Kun Xia
Glioblastoma (GBM) is one of the most lethal brain cancers worldwide, and there is an urgent need for development of novel therapeutic approaches. Parecoxib is a well-known cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor, had already been developed for postoperative analgesia with high efficience and low adverse reaction. Recent study suggested that parecoxib potently enhances immunotherapeutic efficacy of GBM, but its effects on GBM growth, migration and invasion had never been studied before. In the present study, MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) and, BrdU (5-Bromo-2-deoxyUridine) incorporation assays were used to evaluate the cell proliferation of GBM cells...
November 28, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895047/innovative-approaches-to-establish-and-characterize-primary-cultures-an-ex-vivo-3d-system-and-the-zebrafish-model
#16
Chiara Liverani, Federico La Manna, Arwin Groenewoud, Laura Mercatali, Gabri Van Der Pluijm, Federica Pieri, Davide Cavaliere, Alessandro De Vita, Chiara Spadazzi, Giacomo Miserocchi, Alberto Bongiovanni, Federica Recine, Nada Riva, Dino Amadori, Ennio Tasciotti, Ewa Snaar-Jagalska, Toni Ibrahim
Patient-derived specimens are an invaluable resource to investigate tumor biology. However, in vivo studies on primary cultures are often limited by the small amount of material available, while conventional in vitro systems might alter the features and behavior that characterize cancer cells. We present our data obtained on primary dedifferentiated liposarcoma cells cultured in a 3D scaffold-based system and injected into a zebrafish model. Primary cells were characterized in vitro for their morphological features, sensitivity to drugs and biomarker expression, and in vivo for their engraftment and invasiveness abilities...
November 28, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089995/systematic-evaluation-of-markers-used-for-the-identification-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#17
Sumitha Prameela Bharathan, Kannan Vrindavan Manian, Syed Mohammed Musheer Aalam, Dhavapriya Palani, Prashant Ajit Deshpande, Mankuzhy Damodaran Pratheesh, Alok Srivastava, Shaji Ramachandran Velayudhan
Low efficiency of somatic cell reprogramming and heterogeneity among human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) demand extensive characterization of isolated clones before their use in downstream applications. By monitoring human fibroblasts undergoing reprogramming for their morphological changes and expression of fibroblast (CD13), pluripotency markers (SSEA-4 and TRA-1-60) and a retrovirally expressed red fluorescent protein (RV-RFP), we compared the efficiency of these features to identify bona fide hiPSC colonies...
January 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934662/cardiomyocyte-specific-expression-of-the-nuclear-matrix-protein-ciz1-stimulates-production-of-mono-nucleated-cells-with-an-extended-window-of-proliferation-in-the-postnatal-mouse-heart
#18
Sumia A Bageghni, Georgia A Frentzou, Mark J Drinkhill, William Mansfield, Dawn Coverley, Justin F X Ainscough
Myocardial injury in mammals leads to heart failure through pathological cardiac remodelling that includes hypertrophy, fibrosis and ventricular dilatation. Central to this is inability of the mammalian cardiomyocyte to self-renew due to entering a quiescent state after birth. Modulation of the cardiomyocyte cell-cycle after injury is therefore a target mechanism to limit damage and potentiate repair and regeneration. Here, we show that cardiomyocyte-specific over-expression of the nuclear-matrix--associated DNA replication protein, CIZ1, extends their window of proliferation during cardiac development, delaying onset of terminal differentiation without compromising function...
January 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934661/chicken-muscle-mitochondrial-content-appears-co-ordinately-regulated-and-is-associated-with-performance-phenotypes
#19
Antonio Reverter, Ron Okimoto, Robyn Sapp, Walter G Bottje, Rachel Hawken, Nicholas J Hudson
Mitochondrial content is a fundamental cellular bioenergetic phenotype. Previous work has hypothesised possible links between variation in muscle mitochondrial content and animal performance. However, no population screens have been performed in any production species. Here, we have designed a high throughput molecular approach to estimate mitochondrial content in commercial broilers. Technical validity was established using several approaches, including its performance in monoclonal DF-1 cells, cross-tissue comparisons in tissues with differing metabolic demands (white fat<breast muscle<drumstick muscle<heart muscle) and, as a negative control, a near absence of mtDNA amplification from whole blood...
January 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913454/the-anti-bat-strategy-of-ultrasound-absorption-the-wings-of-nocturnal-moths-bombycoidea-saturniidae-absorb-more-ultrasound-than-the-wings-of-diurnal-moths-chalcosiinae-zygaenoidea-zygaenidae
#20
Athanasios Ntelezos, Francesco Guarato, James F C Windmill
The selection pressure from echolocating bats has driven the development of a diverse range of anti-bat strategies in insects. For instance, several studies have proposed that the wings of some moths absorb a large portion of the sound energy contained in a bat's ultrasonic cry; as a result, the bat receives a dampened echo, and the moth becomes invisible to the bat. To test the hypothesis that greater exposure to bat predation drives the development of higher ultrasound absorbance, we used a small reverberation chamber to measure the ultrasound absorbance of the wings of nocturnal (Bombycoidea: Saturniidae) and diurnal moths (Chalcosiinae: Zygaenoidea: Zygaenidae)...
January 15, 2017: Biology Open
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