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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742796/leukocyte-telomere-length-and-renal-cell-carcinoma-survival-in-two-studies
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Catherine L Callahan, Kendra Schwartz, Julie J Ruterbusch, Brian Shuch, Barry I Graubard, Qing Lan, Richard Cawthon, Andrea A Baccarelli, Wong-Ho Chow, Nathaniel Rothman, Jonathan N Hofmann, Mark P Purdue
BACKGROUND: Leukocyte telomere length (LTL) is a potential biomarker of cancer prognosis; however, evidence for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is inconsistent. METHODS: We investigated LTL and RCC-specific survival among 684 cases from the US kidney cancer study (USKC) and 241 cases from the prostate, lung, colorectal, and ovarian cancer screening trial (PLCO). Leukocyte telomere length was measured by quantitative polymerase chain reaction, and hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) computed using multivariable Cox models...
July 25, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741802/cytogenetic-tests-for-animal-production-state-of-the-art-and-perspectives
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REVIEW
I Udroiu, A Sgura
Cytogenetic tests are effective tools for monitoring the health status of livestock and improving their genetic value. Cytogenetic screening allows for the detection of animals carrying chromosomal aberrations and to avoid using them as breeders. Progress in karyotype monitoring, with new molecular probes and automation, has greatly increased the productivity of this procedure. Several genotoxicity tests are available to detect the possible presence and effects of pollutants or drugs. Among these, the micronucleus test and the Comet assay are the most convenient in terms of costs and benefits...
July 25, 2017: Animal Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741793/telomerase-enzyme-deficiency-promotes-metabolic-dysfunction-in-murine-hepatocytes-upon-dietary-stress
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Raquel M Alves-Paiva, Sachiko Kajigaya, Xingmin Feng, Jichun Chen, Marie Desierto, Susan Wong, Danielle M Townsley, Flávia S Donaires, Adeline Bertola, Bin Gao, Neal S Young, Rodrigo T Calado
Short telomeres and genetic telomerase defects are risk factors for some human liver diseases, ranging from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) to cirrhosis. In murine models, telomere dysfunction has been shown to metabolically compromise hematopoietic cells, liver, and heart via the activation of the p53-PGC axis METHODS: Tert- and Terc-deficient mice were challenged with liquid high fat diet (HFD). Liver metabolic contents were analyzed by CE-TOFMS and liver fat content was confirmed by confocal and electronic microscopy RESULTS: Tert-deficient but not Terc-deficient mice develop hepatocyte injury and frank steatosis when challenged with liquid HFD...
July 25, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740738/shorter-leukocyte-telomere-length-in-relation-to-presumed-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-mexican-american-men-in-nhanes-1999-2002
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Janet M Wojcicki, David Rehkopf, Elissa Epel, Philip Rosenthal
Leukocyte telomere length is shorter in response to chronic disease processes associated with inflammation such as diabetes mellitus and coronary artery disease. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 1999 to 2002 was used to explore the relationship between leukocyte telomere length and presumed NAFLD, as indicated by elevated serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels, obesity, or abdominal obesity. Logistic regression models were used to evaluate the relationship between telomere length and presumed markers of NAFLD adjusting for possible confounders...
2017: International Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740573/telomere-length-regulation-through-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-signaling-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Titto Augustine, Radhashree Maitra, Sanjay Goel
Length of the telomere (TL), a structure at the tip of chromosome that protects and ensures stability, is determined by multi-protein complexes such as telosome/shelterin and telomerase. Earlier studies from our laboratory show that longer TL has potential to be positive predictive biomarker of clinical outcome to anti-epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) monoclonal antibody therapy in patients with KRAS WT metastatic colorectal cancer. Although there is extensive literature suggesting the role of shelterin and telomerase, not much literature exists that describes the role of EGFR and KRAS pathway in regulating TL...
May 2017: Genes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739643/histone-methyltransferase-dot1l-is-a-coactivator-for-thyroid-hormone-receptor-during-xenopus-development
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Luan Wen, Liezhen Fu, Yun-Bo Shi
Histone modifications are associated with transcriptional regulation by diverse transcription factors. Genome-wide correlation studies have revealed that histone activation marks and repression marks are associated with activated and repressed gene expression, respectively. Among the histone activation marks is histone H3 K79 methylation, which is carried out by only a single methyltransferase, disruptor of telomeric silencing-1-like (DOT1L). We have been studying thyroid hormone (T3)-dependent amphibian metamorphosis in two highly related species, the pseudo-tetraploid Xenopus laevis and diploid Xenopus tropicalis, as a model for postembryonic development, a period around birth in mammals that is difficult to study...
July 24, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739207/obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-hallmarks-of-aging
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REVIEW
Laetitia S Gaspar, Ana Rita Álvaro, Joaquim Moita, Cláudia Cavadas
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is one of the most common sleep disorders. Since aging is a risk factor for OSA development, it is expected that its prevalence will increase with the current increase in life span. In recent years, several studies have shown that OSA potentially contributes to functional decline, mainly prompted by chronic intermittent hypoxia and sleep fragmentation. Here, we propose that OSA might anticipate/aggravate aging by inducing cellular and molecular impairments that characterize the aging process, such as stem cell exhaustion, telomere attrition and epigenetic changes...
July 21, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738460/-association-between-sleep-and-leukocyte-telomere-length-in-middle-aged-and-older-adults
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H F Liu, F Li, Y H Wang, J H Chen, D X Peng, J Chen, L H Tan, X Mi, B H Zhao
Objective: To understand the association between peripheral leukocytes telomere length (TL) and sleep in middle-aged and old adults. Methods: A total of 176 middle-aged and old adults were investigated by using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and questionnaire. TL was measured by fluorescence quantitative PCR. The correlation and regression analysis between sleep and telomere length was performed. Results: TL had a mean T/S ratio of 0.995±0.23. There was a negative correlation between TL and age (r=-0.241, P=0...
July 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738367/extensive-amplification-of-telomeric-repeats-in-the-karyotypically-highly-diverse-african-pygmy-mice
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Victor Colomina, Josette Catalan, Janice Britton-Davidian, Frédéric Veyrunes
Telomeres are ribonucleoprotein structures protecting the physical ends of eukaryotic chromosomes. However, telomeric sequences can also occur at non-terminal regions of chromosomes, forming the so-called interstitial telomeric sequences (ITSs). Some ITSs are considered as relics of past chromosomal rearrangements and as such provide important insights into karyotype evolution. By FISH, we explored the distribution of telomeric motifs in the genome of a complex of mammalian species that has long been recognized for its extraordinary karyotypic diversity: the African pygmy mice...
July 22, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737924/linking-ph-temperature-and-k-concentration-for-dna-i-motif-formation
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Tra Nguyen, Claudette Fraire, Richard D Sheardy
The conformation a particular DNA segment assumes depends upon its sequence context and the environment under which it is prepared. To complement our findings with G-rich sequences related to the human telomere, we have been investigating the pH induced transition from single strand to i-motif for sequences related to the human telomere C-rich strand. We have carried out titrations of (CCCTAA)4 from pH 7.0 to pH 5.0 at temperatures ranging from 15 to 45 (o)C at 115 mM K(+) and at K(+) concentrations ranging from 15 to 315 mM at 25 (o)C...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737902/absorption-of-low-energy-uv-radiation-by-human-telomere-g-quadruplexes-generates-long-lived-guanine-radical-cations
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Akos Banyasz, Lara Martínez-Fernández, Clémence Balty, Marion Perron, Thierry Douki, Roberto Improta, Dimitra Markovitsi
Telomeres, which are involved in cell division, carcinogenesis, and aging and constitute important therapeutic targets, are prone to oxidative damage. This propensity has been correlated with the presence of guanine-rich sequences, capable of forming four-stranded DNA structures (G-quadruplexes). Here, we present the first study on oxidative damage of human telomere G-quadruplexes without mediation of external molecules. Our investigation has been performed for G-quadruplexes formed by folding of GGG(TTAGGG)3 single strands in buffered solutions containing Na(+) cations (TEL21/Na(+))...
July 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737715/latency-integration-and-reactivation-of-human-herpesvirus-6
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REVIEW
Shara N Pantry, Peter G Medveczky
Human herpesvirus-6A (HHV-6A) and human herpesvirus-6B (HHV-6B) are two closely related viruses that infect T-cells. Both HHV-6A and HHV-6B possess telomere-like repeats at the terminal regions of their genomes that facilitate latency by integration into the host telomeres, rather than by episome formation. In about 1% of the human population, human herpes virus-6 (HHV-6) integration into germline cells allows the viral genome to be passed down from one generation to the other; this condition is called inherited chromosomally integrated HHV-6 (iciHHV-6)...
July 24, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737386/telomerase-inhibition-and-human-telomeric-g-quadruplex-dna-stabilization-by-a-%C3%AE-carboline-benzimidazole-derivative-at-low-concentration
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Kranthikumar Yadav, Penchala Narasimha Rao Meka, Sudeshna Sadhu, Sravanthi Devi Guggilapu, Jeshma Kovvuri, Ahmed Kamal, Ragampeta Srinivas, Panuganti Devayani, Bathini Nagendra Babu, Narayana Nagesh
Guanine rich regions in DNA, which can form highly stable secondary structures, namely, G-quadruplex or G4 DNA structures, affects DNA replication and transcription. Molecules that stabilize G4 DNA have attained importance in recent years. In the present study, G4 DNA stabilization, inhibition of telomerase and anticancer activity of synthetic β-carboline-benzimidazoles (5a, 5d, 5h and 5r), were studied. Among them, derivatives containing a 4-methoxyphenyl ring at C1 and 6-methoxy substituted benzimidazole at C3 (5a) was found to stabilize telomeric G-quadruplex DNA efficiently...
July 24, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733957/a-review-of-biomarkers-for-alzheimer-s-disease-in-down-syndrome
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REVIEW
Ni-Chung Lee, Yin-Hsiu Chien, Wuh-Liang Hwu
Down syndrome (Trisomy 21; DS) is a unique disease known to be associated with early-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). The initial presentation of AD in DS is usually difficult to recognize, owing to the underlying intellectual disabilities. Using biomarkers as a prediction tool for detecting AD in at-risk people with DS may benefit patient care. The objective of this review is to discuss the utility of biomarkers in DS on the basis of the pathophysiology of the disease and to provide an update on recent studies in this field...
July 2017: Neurology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732250/structural-biology-of-telomerase-and-its-interaction-at-telomeres
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REVIEW
Yaqiang Wang, Juli Feigon
Telomerase is an RNP that synthesizes the 3' ends of linear chromosomes and is an important regulator of telomere length. It contains a single long non-coding telomerase RNA (TER), telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT), and other proteins that vary among organisms. Recent progress in structural biology of telomerase includes reports of the first cryo-electron microscopy structure of telomerase, from Tetrahymena, new crystal structures of TERT domains, telomerase RNA structures and models, and identification in Tetrahymena telomerase holoenzyme of human homologues of telomere-associated proteins that have provided a more unified view of telomerase interaction at telomeres as well as insights into the role of telomerase RNA in activity and assembly...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730343/age-at-maturation-has-sex-and-temperature-specific-effects-on-telomere-length-in-a-fish
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Kristina Noreikiene, Anna Kuparinen, Juha Merilä
Telomeres are highly conserved nucleoprotein structures which protect genome integrity. The length of telomeres is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors, but relatively little is known about how different hereditary and environmental factors interact in determining telomere length. We manipulated growth rates and timing of maturation by exposing full-sib nine-spined sticklebacks (Pungitius pungitius) to two different temperature treatments and quantified the effects of temperature treatments, sex, timing of maturation, growth rate and family (genetic influences) on telomere length...
July 20, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729448/network-mendelian-randomization-study-design-to-assess-factors-mediating-the-causal-link-between-telomere-length-and-heart-disease
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EDITORIAL
R Garrett Morgan
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July 21, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729218/spectroscopic-study-of-fluorescent-probes-based-on-g-quadruplex-oligonucleotides-labeled-with-ethynylpyrenyldeoxyuridine
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Angelika Switalska, Ryszard Kierzek, Anna Dembska, Bernard Juskowiak
The design, synthesis, and spectral properties of four pyrene labeled oligonucleotide probes with G-quadruplex structure (Tel22-Tpy, Tel22-Upy, Tel22-6Upy, Tel22-18Upy) based on the 22-mer human telomeric sequence (Tel22) have been reported. Pyrene labels in the form of ethynylpyrenyldeoxyuridine have been inserted efficiently into oligodeoxynucleotides probes using phosphoramidite chemistry. The probes exhibited abilities to fold into G-quadruplex structures and to bind metal cations (Na(+) and K(+)). Folding properties of probes and their spectral behavior were examined by recording the UV-Vis, fluorescence, and CD spectra as well as by analyzing melting profiles...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727527/television-watching-and-telomere-length-among-adults-in-southwest-china
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Hong-Mei Xue, Qian-Qian Liu, Guo Tian, Li-Ming Quan, Yong Zhao, Guo Cheng
OBJECTIVES: To explore the independent associations of sedentary behavior and physical activity with telomere length among Chinese adults. METHODS: Data on total time of sedentary behavior, screen-based sedentary behavior (including television watching and computer or phone use), moderate to vigorous physical activity, and dietary intake of 518 adults in Chengdu, Guizhou, and Xiamen in China (54.25% women) aged 20 to 70 years were obtained between 2013 and 2015 through questionnaires...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726394/human-cst-prefers-g-rich-but-not-necessarily-telomeric-sequences
#20
Robert A Hom, Deborah Sharon Wuttke
The human CST (CTC1-STN1-TEN1) heterotrimeric complex plays roles in both telomere maintenance and DNA replication through its ability to interact with ssDNA of a variety of sequences. The precise sequence specificity required to execute these functions is unknown. Telomere-binding proteins have been shown to specifically recognize key telomeric sequence motifs within ssDNA while accommodating non-specifically recognized sequences through conformationally plastic interfaces. To better understand the role CST plays in these processes, we have produced highly purified heterotrimer and elucidated the sequence requirements for CST recognition of ssDNA in vitro...
July 20, 2017: Biochemistry
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