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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088087/ethylene-biosynthesis-and-perception-during-ripening-of-loquat-fruit-eriobotrya-japonica-lindl
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E Alos, A Martinez-Fuentes, C Reig, C Mesejo, M J Rodrigo, M Agustí, L Zacarías
In order to gain insights into the controversial ripening behavior of loquat fruits, in the present study we have analyzed the expression of three genes related to ethylene biosynthesis (ACS1, ACO1 and ACO2), two ethylene receptors (ERS1a and ERS1b), one signal transduction component (CTR1) and one transcription factor (EIL1) in peel and pulp of loquat fruit during natural ripening and also in fruits treated with ethylene (10μLL(-1)) and 1-MCP (10μLL(-1)), an ethylene action inhibitor. In fruits attached to or detached from the tree, a slight increase in ethylene production was detected at the yellow stage, but the respiration rate declined progressively during ripening...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088069/nuclear-pore-complexes-and-regulation-of-gene-expression
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REVIEW
Marcela Raices, Maximiliano A D'Angelo
Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs), are large multiprotein channels that penetrate the nuclear envelope connecting the nucleus to the cytoplasm. Accumulating evidence shows that besides their main role in regulating the exchange of molecules between these two compartments, NPCs and their components also play important transport-independent roles, including gene expression regulation, chromatin organization, DNA repair, RNA processing and quality control, and cell cycle control. Here, we will describe the recent findings about the role of these structures in the regulation of gene expression...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088038/evidence-of-functional-duplicity-of-nestin-expression-in-the-adult-mouse-midbrain
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Parisa Farzanehfar, Shi Sheng Lu, Anupa Dey, Dharshani Musiienko, Hamzah Baagil, Malcolm K Horne, Tim D Aumann
Whether or not neurogenesis occurs in the adult substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) is an important question relevant for developing better treatments for the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD). Although controversial, it is generally believed that dividing cells here remain undifferentiated or differentiate into glia, not neurons. However, there is a suggestion that Nestin-expressing neural precursor cells (NPCs) in the adult SNc have a propensity to differentiate into neurons, which we sought to confirm in the present study...
January 5, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088031/the-timing-of-zygotic-genome-activation
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REVIEW
Máté Pálfy, Shai R Joseph, Nadine L Vastenhouw
After fertilization, the embryonic genome is inactive until transcription is initiated during the maternal-to-zygotic transition. How the onset of transcription is regulated in a precisely timed manner, however, is a long standing question in biology. Several mechanisms have been shown to contribute to the temporal regulation of genome activation but none of them can fully explain the general absence of transcription as well the gene specific onset that follows. Here we review the work that has been done toward elucidating the mechanisms underlying the temporal regulation of transcription in embryos...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088010/challenges-and-opportunities-for-improving-food-quality-and-nutrition-through-plant-biotechnology
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REVIEW
David Francis, John J Finer, Erich Grotewold
Plant biotechnology has been around since the advent of humankind, resulting in tremendous improvements in plant cultivation through crop domestication, breeding and selection. The emergence of transgenic approaches involving the introduction of defined DNA sequences into plants by humans has rapidly changed the surface of our planet by further expanding the gene pool used by plant breeders for plant improvement. Transgenic approaches in food plants have raised concerns on the merits, social implications, ecological risks and true benefits of plant biotechnology...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088007/impairment-of-host-liver-repopulation-by-transplanted-hepatocytes-in-aged-rats-and-the-release-by-short-term-growth-hormone-treatment
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Peggy Stock, Maximilian Bielohuby, Martin S Staege, Mei-Ju Hsu, Martin Bidlingmaier, Bruno Christ
Hepatocyte transplantation is an alternative to whole liver transplantation. Yet, efficient liver repopulation by transplanted hepatocytes is low in livers of old animals. This restraint might be because of the poor proliferative capacity of aged donor hepatocytes or the regenerative impairment of the recipient livers. The age-dependent liver repopulation by transplanted wild-type hepatocytes was investigated in juvenile and senescent rats deficient in dipeptidyl-peptidase IV. Repopulation was quantified by flow cytometry and histochemical estimation of dipeptidyl-peptidase IV enzyme activity of donor cells in the negative host liver...
January 11, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087943/rna-interference-in-fungi-retention-and-loss
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Francisco E Nicolás, Victoriano Garre
RNA interference (RNAi) is a mechanism conserved in eukaryotes, including fungi, that represses gene expression by means of small noncoding RNAs (sRNAs) of about 20 to 30 nucleotides. Its discovery is one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the past 20 years, and it has revolutionized our perception of the functioning of the cell. Initially described and characterized in Neurospora crassa, the RNAi is widespread in fungi, suggesting that it plays important functions in the fungal kingdom. Several RNAi-related mechanisms for maintenance of genome integrity, particularly protection against exogenous nucleic acids such as mobile elements, have been described in several fungi, suggesting that this is the main function of RNAi in the fungal kingdom...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087933/ecology-of-fungal-plant-pathogens
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Aad J Termorshuizen
Fungal plant pathogens are ubiquitous and highly diverse. Key to their success is high host density, which notably is the case in agroecosystems. Several hypotheses related to the effects of plant pathogens on plant diversity (the Janzen-Connell hypothesis, the dilution effect hypothesis) and the phenomenon of higher biomass in plant mixtures (i.e., overyielding) can all be explained by the quantitative interplay between host and pathogen density. In many agroecosystems, fungal plant pathogens cause great losses, since in monocultures diseased plants cannot be replaced by healthy plants...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087927/genome-wide-approaches-to-defining-macrophage-identity-and-function
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Gregory J Fonseca, Jason S Seidman, Christopher K Glass
Macrophages play essential roles in the response to injury and infection and contribute to the development and/or homeostasis of the various tissues they reside in. Conversely, macrophages also influence the pathogenesis of metabolic, neurodegenerative, and neoplastic diseases. Mechanisms that contribute to the phenotypic diversity of macrophages in health and disease remain poorly understood. Here we review the recent application of genome-wide approaches to characterize the transcriptomes and epigenetic landscapes of tissue-resident macrophages...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087900/itraq-based-quantitative-proteomic-analysis-and-bioinformatics-study-of-proteins-in-pterygia
#10
Dandan Linghu, Lili Guo, Yinghua Zhao, Zhiming Liu, Mingwei Zhao, Lvzhen Huang, Xiaoxin Li
PURPOSE: To analysis proteins in the tissue of pterygia, and to investigate their potential roles in pterygia, using the comparative proteomic technique of Isobaric Tags for Relative and Absolute Quantitation (iTRAQ) coupled with offline 2DLC-MS/MS, Western-bolt. METHOD: The tissues of pterygia and healthy conjunctiva were collected from 10 pterygia patients (6 females, 4 males; average age was 52 years old; average course of disease was 6 years) in our hospital from September, 2015 to March, 2016...
January 13, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087896/eag-channels-expressed-in-microvillar-photoreceptors-are-unsuited-to-diurnal-vision
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Esa-Ville Immonen, Andrew S French, Päivi H Torkkeli, Hongxia Liu, Mikko Vähäsöyrinki, Roman V Frolov
The principles underlying evolutionary selection of ion channels for expression in sensory neurons are unclear. Among species possessing microvillar photoreceptors the major ionic conductances have only been identified in Drosophila melanogaster. In Drosophila depolarization is provided by light-activated TRP channels with a minor contribution from TRPL channels, while repolarization is mediated by sustained voltage-gated K(+) (Kv) channels of the Shab family. Bright light stimulates Shab channels, further restricting depolarization and improving membrane bandwidth...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087895/crohn-disease-risk-prediction-best-practices-and-pitfalls-with-exome-data
#12
Manuel Giollo, David T Jones, Marco Carraro, Emanuela Leonardi, Carlo Ferrari, Silvio C E Tosatto
The Critical Assessment of Genome Interpretation (CAGI) experiment is the first attempt to evaluate the state-of-the-art in genetic data interpretation. Among the proposed challenges, Crohn disease (CD) risk prediction has become the most classic problem spanning three editions. The scientific question is very hard: can anybody assess the risk to develop CD given the exome data alone? This is one of the ultimate goals of genetic analysis, which motivated most CAGI participants to look for powerful new methods...
January 13, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087888/simulated-microgravity-decreases-circulating-iron-in-rats-role-of-inflammation-induced-hepcidin-upregulation
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Thibault Cavey, Nicolas Pierre, Kévin Nay, Coralie Allain, Martine Ropert, Olivier Loréal, Frédéric Derbré
During spaceflight, humans exposed to microgravity exhibit an increase of iron storage and a reduction of circulating iron. Such perturbations could promote oxidative stress and anemia in astronauts. The mechanism by which microgravity modulates iron metabolism is still unknown. Herein, we hypothesized that microgravity up-regulates hepcidin, a hormone produced by the liver that is the main controller of iron homeostasis. To test this hypothesis, rats were submitted to hindlimb unloading (HU), the reference model to mimic the effects of microgravity in rodents...
January 13, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087881/role-of-stim2-in-cell-function-and-physiopathology
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Alejandro Berna-Erro, Isaac Jardin, Gines M Salido, Juan A Rosado
An endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-resident protein that regulates cytosolic and ER free-Ca(2+) concentration by induction of store-operated calcium entry. That is the original definition of STIM2 and its function. While its activity strongly depends on the amount of calcium stored in the ER, its function goes further to intracellular signalling and gene expression. Initially undercovered by the prominent function of STIM1, STIM2 became to be vital in mice, gradually emerging as an important player in the nervous system, and cooperating with STIM1 in the immune system...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087841/single-cell-transcriptome-analysis-of-fish-immune-cells-provides-insight-into-the-evolution-of-vertebrate-immune-cell-types
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Santiago J Carmona, Sarah A Teichmann, Lauren Ferreira, Iain C Macaulay, Michael J T Stubbington, Ana Cvejic, David Gfeller
The immune system of vertebrate species consists of many different cell types that have distinct functional roles and are subject to different evolutionary pressures. Here, we first analysed conservation of genes specific for all major immune cell types in human and mouse. Our results revealed higher gene turnover and faster evolution of trans-membrane proteins in NK cells compared to other immune cell types, and especially T cells, but similar conservation of nuclear and cytoplasmic protein coding genes. To validate these findings in a distant vertebrate species, we used single-cell RNA-Sequencing of lck:GFP cells in zebrafish and obtained the first transcriptome of specific immune cell types in a non-mammalian species...
January 13, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087837/off-target-effects-of-neuroleptics-and-antidepressants-on-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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M Caldara, S Graziano, M Gullì, S Cadonici, Nelson Marmiroli
Over the past years, the use of antidepressants and neuroleptics has steadily increased. Although incredibly useful to treat disorders like depression, schizophrenia, epilepsy, or mental retardation, these drugs display many side effects. Toxicogenomic studies aim to limit this problem by trying to identify cellular targets and off-targets of medical compounds. The baker yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been shown to be a key player in this approach, as it represents an incredible toolbox for the dissection of complex biological processes...
January 13, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087835/study-of-tio2-p25-nanoparticles-genotoxicity-on-lung-blood-and-liver-cells-in-lung-overload-and-non-overload-conditions-after-repeated-respiratory-exposure-in-rats
#17
Charlène Relier, Marielle Dubreuil, Omar Lozano Garcia, Eugenia Cordelli, Jorge Mejia, Patrizia Eleuteri, Franck Robidel, Thomas Loret, Francesca Pacchierotti, Stéphane Lucas, Ghislaine Lacroix, Bénédicte Trouiller
Inhaled titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) can have negative health effects, and have been shown to cause respiratory tract cancer in rats. Inflammation has been linked to oxidative stress, and both have been described as possible mechanisms for genotoxicity of NPs, but rarely examined side-by-side in animal studies. In the present study, a wide range of complementary endpoints have been performed to study TiO2 P25 NP-induced genotoxicity in lung overload and non-overload conditions. Additionally, lung burden, inflammation, cytotoxicity and oxidative stress have also been evaluated in order to link genotoxicity with these responses...
January 13, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087829/tracheophytes-contain-conserved-orthologs-of-a-basic-helix-loop-helix-transcription-factor-to-modulate-root-hair-specific-genes
#18
Youra Hwang, Hee-Seung Choi, Hyun-Min Cho, Hyung-Taeg Cho
ROOT HAIR SPECIFIC (RHS) genes, which contain the root hair-specific cis-element (RHE) in their regulatory regions, function in root hair morphogenesis. Here, we demostrate that an Arabidopsis thaliana basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor, ROOT HAIR DEFECTVE SIX-LIKE 4 (RSL4), directly binds to the RHE in vitro and in vivo, up-regulates RHS genes, and stimulates root hair formation in Arabidopsis. Orthologs of RSL4 from a eudicot (poplar, Populus trichocarpa), a monocot (rice, Oryza sativa), and a lycophyte (Selaginella moellendorffii) each restored root hair growth in the Arabidopsis rsl4 mutant...
January 13, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087808/identification-of-a-novel-liver-x-receptor-agonist-that-regulates-the-expression-of-key-cholesterol-homeostasis-genes-with-distinct-pharmacological-characteristics
#19
Ni Li, Xiao Wang, Yanni Xu, Yuan Lin, Ningyu Zhu, Peng Liu, Duo Lu, Shuyi Si
Activation of Liver X receptor (LXR) is associated with cholesterol metabolism and anti-inflammatory processes, which makes beneficial to anti-atherosclerosis. Nevertheless, existing agonists which target LXR, for example TO901317, are related to unwanted side-effects. In the present study, using a screening method we identified IMB-808, which displayed potent dual LXRα/β agonistic activity. In vitro, IMB-808 effectively increased the expressing quantity of genes related to reverse cholesterol transport process as well as those associated with cholesterol metabolism pathway in multiple cell lines...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087803/epiphytic-planctomycetes-communities-associated-with-three-main-groups-of-macroalgae
#20
Joana Bondoso, Filipa Godoy-Vitorino, Vanessa Balagué, Josep M Gasol, Jens Harder, Olga Maria Lage
Planctomycetes, a unique group of widespread and understudied bacteria, are known to be associated with macroalgae. The temporal dynamics and the host-specific association of planctomycetal communities on Fucus spiralis, Ulva sp. and Chondrus crispus from two locations in the North Coast of Portugal were assessed both by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) with group-specific primers and 16S rDNA amplicon libraries. The epiphytic planctomycetal communities showed a significant association with the host macroalgal species independently of the geographical location and the season...
January 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
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