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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110396/application-of-%C3%AE-glucuronidase-gusa-as-an-effective-reporter-for-extremely-acidophilic-acidithiobacillus-ferrooxidans
#1
Huiyan Wang, Liangyan Fang, Qing Wen, Jianqun Lin, Xiangmei Liu
Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans is a model organism for investigating metal sulfide bioleaching. The regulatory mechanism of gene expression by metabolizing various substrates is critical for understanding its role in bioleaching processes. However, no reporter has been successfully employed to study gene expression in A. ferrooxidans to date. In this study, a sensitive and robust reporter system based on β-glucuronidase (GusA) was described for feasible application in A. ferrooxidans. A set of vectors, which contained the transcriptional and translational fusions of gusA, were constructed and employed to analyze promoter activity and efficiency of translation initiation in A...
January 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110323/aggf1-attenuates-hepatic-inflammation-and-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-by-repressing-ccl2-transcription
#2
Xu Wenping, Zeng Sheng, Li Min, Fan Zhiwen, Zhou Bisheng
Liver injury represents a continuum of pathophysiological processes involving a complex interplay between hepatocytes, macrophages, and hepatic stellate cells. The mechanism whereby these intercellular interactions contribute to liver injury and fibrosis is not completely understood. We report here that angiogenic factor with G patch and FHA domains 1 (Aggf1) was downregulated in the livers of cirrhotic patients compared to healthy controls and in primary hepatocytes in response to carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) stimulation...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110208/inflammatory-pathway-genes-associated-with-inter-individual-variability-in-the-trajectories-of-morning-and-evening-fatigue-in-patients-receiving-chemotherapy
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Fay Wright, Marilyn Hammer, Steven M Paul, Bradley E Aouizerat, Kord M Kober, Yvette P Conley, Bruce A Cooper, Laura B Dunn, Jon D Levine, Gail DEramo Melkus, Christine Miaskowski
Fatigue, a highly prevalent and distressing symptom during chemotherapy (CTX), demonstrates diurnal and interindividual variability in severity. Little is known about the associations between variations in genes involved in inflammatory processes and morning and evening fatigue severity during CTX. The purposes of this study, in a sample of oncology patients (N=543) with breast, gastrointestinal (GI), gynecological (GYN), or lung cancer who received two cycles of CTX, were to determine whether variations in genes involved in inflammatory processes were associated with inter-individual variability in initial levels as well as in the trajectories of morning and evening fatigue...
January 19, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110180/combinatorial-function-of-transcription-factors-and-cofactors
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REVIEW
Franziska Reiter, Sebastian Wienerroither, Alexander Stark
Differential gene expression gives rise to the many cell types of complex organisms. Enhancers regulate transcription by binding transcription factors (TFs), which in turn recruit cofactors to activate RNA Polymerase II at core promoters. Transcriptional regulation is typically mediated by distinct combinations of TFs, enabling a relatively small number of TFs to generate a large diversity of cell types. However, how TFs achieve combinatorial enhancer control and how enhancers, enhancer-bound TFs, and the cofactors they recruit regulate RNA Polymerase II activity is not entirely clear...
January 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110067/poly-glycerol-sebacate-elastomer-supports-bone-regeneration-by-its-mechanical-properties-being-closer-to-osteoid-tissue-rather-than-to-mature-bone
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S H Zaky, K W Lee, J Gao, A Jensen, K Verdelis, Y Wang, A J Almarza, C Sfeir
: Mechanical load influences bone structure and mass. Arguing the importance of load-transduction, we investigated the mechanisms inducing bone formation using an elastomeric substrate. We characterized Poly (glycerol sebacate) (PGS) in-vitro for its mechanical properties, compatibility with osteoprogenitor cells regarding adhesion, proliferation, differentiation under compression versus static cultures and in-vivo for the regeneration of a rabbit ulna critical size defect. The load-transducing properties of PGS were compared in-vitro to a stiffer poly lactic-co- glycolic-acid (PLA/PGA) scaffold of similar porosity and interconnectivity...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109910/induction-of-neuroendocrine-differentiation-in-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-cells-by-adipocyte-differentiation-related-protein-adrp-delivered-by-exosomes
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Li-Chiung Lin, Allen C Gao, Chih-Ho Lai, Jer-Tsong Hsieh, Ho Lin
Although overall mortality rate of prostate cancer (PCa) declines in recent years, castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) remains incurable. Clinical evidence indicates that CRPC recurred from hormonal therapy exhibits neuroendocrine differentiated (NED) phenotypes, which could contribute to therapeutic resistance and poor survival. Understanding the onset of NED could lead us to develop new therapeutic strategies for CRPC. Although PCa is known as a lipid-enriched tumor, its role in CRPC development is not fully understood...
January 18, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109909/erk2-zeb1-mir-101-1-axis-contributes-to-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-cell-migration-in-cancer
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Kailash Chandra Mangalhara, Siddharth Manvati, Sunil Kumar Saini, Kalaiarasan Ponnusamy, Gaurav Agarwal, Suresh K Abraham, Rameshwar N K Bamezai
Regulation of metastasis continues to remain enigmatic despite our improved understanding of cancer. Identification of microRNAs associated with metastasis in the recent past has provided a new hope. Here, we show how microRNA-101 (miR-101) regulates two independent processes of cellular metastasis by targeting pro-metastatic upstream regulatory transcription factors, ZEB1 and ZEB2, and downstream effector-actin modulators, RHOA and RAC1, providing a single target for therapeutic intervention. Further, we depict how down-regulation of miR-101 by extracellular signal-regulated kinase-2 (ERK2) is vital for MAP kinase pathway induced cellular migration and mesenchymal transition...
January 18, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109900/microcystin-lr-retards-gonadal-maturation-through-disrupting-the-growth-hormone-insulin-like-growth-factors-system-in-zebrafish
#8
Jie Hou, Yujing Su, Wang Lin, Honghui Guo, Ping Xie, Jun Chen, Zemao Gu, Li Li
Recent studies have documented that microcystins (MCs) have potential toxic effects on growth and reproduction in fish. However, no systematic data exist on whether MCs cause gonadal development retardation through disrupting the growth hormone/insulin-like growth factors (GH/IGFs) system. To this end, zebrafish hatchlings (5 d post-fertilization) were exposed to 0, 0.3, 3 and 30µg/L microcystin-LR (MC-LR) for 90 d until they reached sexual maturity. Life-cycle exposure to MC-LR caused delayed ovarian maturation and sperm development along with ultrapathological lesions in the brain and liver...
January 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109892/lipid-oxidation-products-in-the-pathogenesis-of-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis
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REVIEW
Francesco Bellanti, Rosanna Villani, Antonio Facciorusso, Gianluigi Vendemiale, Gaetano Serviddio
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the major public health challenge for hepatologists in the twenty-first century. NAFLD comprises a histological spectrum ranging from simple steatosis or fatty liver, to steatohepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. It can be categorized into two principal phenotypes: (1) non-alcoholic fatty liver (NAFL), and (2) non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The mechanisms of NAFLD progression consist of lipid homeostasis alterations, redox unbalance, insulin resistance, and inflammation in the liver...
January 18, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109866/microrna-214-inhibits-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-osteoblasts-through-the-direct-regulation-of-baculoviral-iap-repeat-containing-7
#10
Jianmin Liu, Yan Li, Ming Luo, Zhi Yuan, Jian Liu
Osteoblasts and osteoclasts coordinate to monitor the dynamic osteogenic balance between bone formation and bone resorption. Hence, an investigation of the regulatory mechanisms underlying osteogenic osteoblast differentiation will provide more methods for bone repair and bone regeneration. In the present study, human osteoblast hFOB 1.19 cells were cultured. MicroRNA-214 (miR-214) expression significantly down-regulated during the osteogenic differentiation of hFOB 1.19 cells. In addition, miR-214 overexpression by miR-214 precursor transfection markedly inhibited the expression of alkaline phosphatase (ALP), collagen type I α1 (col1α1) and runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), which concomitantly decreased ALP activity and the number of mineralized nodules but promoted the expression of signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1), an osteogenesis blocker...
January 18, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109840/isoform-specific-phosphorylation-in-human-hsp90%C3%AE-affects-interaction-with-clients-and-the-cochaperone-cdc37
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Minh T N Nguyen, Robert A Knieß, Soumya Daturpalli, Laura Le Breton, Xiangyu Ke, Xuemei Chen, Matthias P Mayer
Hsp90s assist maturation of many key regulators of signal transduction pathways and cellular control circuits like protein kinases and transcription factors and chaperone their stability and activity. In this function Hsp90s cooperate with some 30 cochaperones and they are themselves subject to regulation by numerous posttranslational modifications. In vertebrates two major isoforms exist in the cytosol, Hsp90α and Hsp90β, which share a high degree of sequence identity and are expressed in tissue- and environmental conditions-dependent manner...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109803/shedding-light-on-no-homeostasis-light-as-a-key-regulator-of-glutathione-and-nitric-oxide-metabolisms-during-seedling-deetiolation
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Rafael Zuccarelli, Aline C P Coelho, Lazaro E P Peres, Luciano Freschi
Despite the significant impacts of light on nitric oxide (NO) levels in plants, the mechanism underlying the influence of this environmental factor on NO metabolism remains poorly understood. A critical mechanism controlling NO levels in plant cells relies on the S-nitrosylation of glutathione (GSH), giving rise to S-nitrosoglutathione (GSNO), which can be either stored or degraded depending on the cellular context. Here, we demonstrate that a strict balance is maintained between NO generation and scavenging during tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) seedling deetiolation...
January 18, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109721/inflammasome-priming-in-sterile-inflammatory-disease
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REVIEW
Meghana N Patel, Richard G Carroll, Silvia Galván-Peña, Evanna L Mills, Robin Olden, Martha Triantafilou, Amaya I Wolf, Clare E Bryant, Kathy Triantafilou, Seth L Masters
The inflammasome is a cytoplasmic protein complex that processes interleukins (IL)-1β and IL-18, and drives a form of cell death known as pyroptosis. Oligomerization of this complex is actually the second step of activation, and a priming step must occur first. This involves transcriptional upregulation of pro-IL-1β, inflammasome sensor NLRP3, or the non-canonical inflammasome sensor caspase-11. An additional aspect of priming is the post-translational modification of particular inflammasome constituents...
January 18, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109704/nicotine-promotes-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-secretion-by-human-trophoblast-cells-under-hypoxic-conditions-and-improves-the-proliferation-and-tube-formation-capacity-of-human-umbilical-endothelial-cells
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Hongbo Zhao, Lanxiang Wu, Yahui Wang, Jiayi Zhou, Ruixia Li, Jiabing Zhou, Zehua Wang, Congjian Xu
Pre-eclampsia, characterized as defective uteroplacental vascularization, remains the major cause of maternal and fetal mortality and morbidity. Previous epidemiological studies demonstrated that cigarette smoking reduced the risk of pre-eclampsia. However, the molecular mechanism remains elusive. In the present study, it is demonstrated that a low dose of nicotine decreased soluble vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 1 (sFlt1) secretion in human trophoblast cells under hypoxic conditions. Nicotine was then observed to promote vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) secretion by reducing sFlt1 secretion and increasing VEGF mRNA transcription...
January 17, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109598/identification-and-analysis-of-the-expression-of-microrna-from-lactating-and-nonlactating-mammary-glands-of-the-chinese-swamp-buffalo
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Xiaoyan Cai, Qingyou Liu, Xiaoxi Zhang, Yanping Ren, Xiaocan Lei, Sheng Li, Qiuping Chen, Kai Deng, Ping Wang, Haihang Zhang, Deshun Shi
To study the role of microRNA (miR) in the lactation physiology of water buffalo, 2 multiparous dairy buffaloes (including an 8-yr-old buffalo that had been lactating for 3 mo, as well as a 10-yr-old nonlactating, nonpregnant buffalo) were used for miR library construction. The profile of differentially expressed miR in lactating and nonlactating mammary gland tissues of these water buffalo were investigated using Illumina-Solexa high-throughput sequencing technology (Illumina, San Diego, CA). The data identified 259 miR families, 359 mature miR, 363 pre-miR, 230 novel buffalo miR, and 5 buffalo-specific miR that were expressed in mammary tissues...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109594/characteristics-of-resistance-and-virulence-factors-in-different-species-of-coagulase-negative-staphylococci-isolated-from-milk-of-healthy-sheep-and-animals-with-subclinical-mastitis
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Katheryne B Martins, Patricia Y Faccioli, Mariana F Bonesso, Simone Fernandes, Aline A Oliveira, Ariane Dantas, Luiz F Zafalon, Maria de Lourdes R S Cunha
Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) are among the main responsible agents for mastitis in sheep. Cure rates can be reduced due to several causes, such as those related to virulence factors presented by microorganisms. This study aims at characterizing the virulence and resistance factors to antimicrobial agents in different CNS species isolated from sheep milk. After collecting milk samples, the samples were analyzed and the CNS species were identified. After identification, the susceptibility-sensitivity profile was examined using the disk diffusion technique for 10 antimicrobial agents...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109308/semaphorin-7a-as-a-potential-immune-regulator-and-promising-therapeutic-target-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#17
Jianmin Xie, Hao Wang
BACKGROUND: Semaphorin 7A (Sema7A) is expressed by several different classes of lymphoid and myeloid cells and is a potent immunomodulator. We examined the role of Sema7A in modulating cellular immune responses and to provide experimental data validating the therapeutic potential of Sema7A in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Soluble Sema7A (sSema7A) levels in the serum and synovial fluid from patients with RA or osteoarthritis, as well as cytokine secretions, were analyzed with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
January 21, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109177/glutamine-synthetase-stabilizes-the-binding-of-glnr-to-nitrogen-fixation-gene-operators
#18
Gabriela de Carvalho Fernandes, Ksenia Hauf, Fernando Hayashi Sant'Anna, Karl Forchhammer, Luciane Maria Pereira Passaglia
Biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) is a high energy demanding process carried out by diazotrophic microorganisms that supply combined nitrogen to the biosphere. The genes related to BNF are strictly regulated, but these mechanisms are poorly understood in Gram-positive bacteria. The transcription factor GlnR was proposed to regulate nitrogen fixation related genes based on Paenibacillus comparative genomics. In order to validate this proposal, we investigated BNF regulatory sequences in Paenibacillus riograndensis SBR5(T) genome...
January 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109147/-co-culture-with-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-promotes-the-synthesis-and-mechnism-of-milk-protein-in-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
#19
Yankun Zhao, Wei Shao, Chenglong Luo, Kaile Wu, Xiong Yu
Objective To explore the possible mechanism of umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (UCMSCs) regulating milk protein synthesis in bovine mammary gland epithelial cells (BMECs). Methods UCMSCs and BMECs were co-cultured by double-chamber Transwell(TM), and other BMECs were cultured alone as a control group. Insulin like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) inhibitor AG1024 was used to treat cells. IGF-1, β casein (CSN2) and κ casein (CSN3) content in the supernatants were determined by ELISA; the relative expression abundance of Janus kinase and signal transducer and activator of transcription factor (JAK/STAT) signaling pathway-related genes were detected by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR); and after the cells were treated with JAK2 signal blocker AG490, qRT-PCR was performed to test the relative expression abundance of CSN2 and CSN3 mRNAs...
February 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109084/mir-5195-3p-inhibits-proliferation-and-invasion-of-human-bladder-cancer-cells-by-directly-targeting-oncogene-klf5
#20
Zhangjie Jiang, Yida Zhang, Runfu Cao, Li Li, Kezhao Zhong, Qingsheng Chen, Jianjun Xiao
MiRNAs played key roles in carcinogenesis of many cancers including bladder cancer. In current study, the role of miR-5195-3p, a quite recently discovered and poorly studied miRNA, in the proliferation and invasion of human bladder cancer cells was investigated. Our data displayed that, compared with the healthy volunteers (control) and SU-HUC-1 human normal bladder epithelial cells, miR-5195-3p was sharply down-regulated in the bladder cancer patients and 5 human bladder cancer cell lines. Then, the oligo miR-5195-3p mimic or miR-5195-3p antagomir was respectively transfected into both T24 and BIU-87 bladder cancer cell lines...
January 20, 2017: Oncology Research
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