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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684857/microrna-449a-functions-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-pancreatic-cancer-by-the-epigenetic-regulation-of-atdc-expression
#1
Feng Li, Jing Liang, Lu Bai
A growing body of evidence has suggested that microRNAs (miRNAs) play a pivotal role in the development and progression of pancreatic cancer. miRNA-449a (miR-449a) has attracted particular interest due to its critical role in regulating cancer biology in numerous cancer types. However, whether miR-449a is involved in the regulation of pancreatic cancer development and progression remains unknown. In this study, we aimed to investigate the expression pattern and potential biological function of miR-449a in pancreatic cancer...
April 20, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684818/glut1-protects-prostate-cancer-cells-from-glucose-deprivation-induced-oxidative-stress
#2
Pedro Gonzalez-Menendez, David Hevia, Rebeca Alonso-Arias, Alejandro Alvarez-Artime, Aida Rodriguez-Garcia, Sandrina Kinet, Ivan Gonzalez-Pola, Naomi Taylor, Juan C Mayo, Rosa M Sainz
Glucose, chief metabolic support for cancer cell survival and growth, is mainly imported into cells by facilitated glucose transporters (GLUTs). The increase in glucose uptake along with tumor progression is due to an increment of facilitative glucose transporters as GLUT1. GLUT1 prevents cell death of cancer cells caused by growth factors deprivation, but there is scarce information about its role on the damage caused by glucose deprivation, which usually occurs within the core of a growing tumor. In prostate cancer (PCa), GLUT1 is found in the most aggressive tumors, and it is regulated by androgens...
April 12, 2018: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684754/increases-in-helminth-induced-il-21-protein-levels-disappear-upon-sample-freezing
#3
Anupama Ariyaratne, Edina K Szabo, Joel Bowron, Constance A M Finney
IL-21 is a much studied cytokine that has been implicated in the regulation of TH1, TH2, TH17 and regulatory immune responses; its signalling is a promising therapeutic target for autoimmune, inflammatory and infectious diseases. Despite its biological importance, measuring IL-21 reliably has proved difficult. ELISAs are commonly used to measure cytokines in various biological samples. However, results obtained are only as good as the quality of the sample. Here, we show that when using fresh samples, a significant increase in IL-21 was measured in the intestinal homogenate of mice infected with the intestinal worm Heligmosomoides polygyrus...
April 20, 2018: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684709/the-role-of-natural-selection-in-shaping-genetic-variation-in-a-promising-chagas-disease-drug-target-trypanosoma-cruzi-trans-sialidase
#4
Joseph P Gallant, Raquel Asunción Lima-Cordón, Silvia Justi, Maria Carlota Monroy, Toni Viola, Lori Stevens
Rational drug design creates innovative therapeutics based on knowledge of the biological target to provide more effective and responsible therapeutics. Chagas disease, endemic throughout Latin America, is caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, a protozoan parasite. Current therapeutics are problematic with widespread calls for new approaches. Researchers are using rational drug design for Chagas disease and one target receiving considerable attention is the T. cruzi trans-sialidase protein (TcTS). In T. cruzi, trans-sialidase catalyzes the transfer of sialic acid from a mammalian host to coat the parasite surface membrane and avoid immuno-detection...
April 20, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684704/nitrate-mediated-control-of-root-nodule-symbiosis
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REVIEW
Hanna Nishida, Takuya Suzaki
Nitrogen is an indispensable inorganic nutrient that is required by plants throughout their life. Root nodule symbiosis (RNS) is an important strategy mainly adopted by legumes to enhance nitrogen acquisition, where several key processes required for the establishment of the symbiosis, are pleiotropically controlled by nitrate availability in soil. Although the autoregulation of nodulation (AON), a systemic long-range signaling, has been suggested to be implicated in nitrate-induced control of RNS, AON alone is insufficient to fully explain the pleiotropic regulation that is induced by nitrate...
April 20, 2018: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684687/arsenic-trioxide-inhibits-proliferation-and-induced-apoptosis-of-leukemia-stem-cells-with-drug-resistance
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Chunxia Liu, Hulai Wei, Xiaojian Yao, Bei Liu, Yaming Xi, Li Zhao
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients show high relapse rates and some develop conventional chemotherapy resistance. Leukemia Stem Cells (LSCs) are the main player for AML relapses and drug resistance. K562/ADM cell, a leukemia resistant cell subtype, was used as leukemia multidrug resistant model to explore drug resistance of leukemia cells. We found that CD34+ CD38- , CD34+ CD38- CD123+ , cell surface markers of LSCs were significantly high expressed in K562/ADM cell, not in K562 cell with less drug resistance; compared with LSCs from K562, multidrug resistance protein P-gp and BCRP expression were significantly higher in K562/ADM cell...
March 2, 2018: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684686/a-comprehensive-profile-and-inter-individual-variations-analysis-of-the-human-normal-amniotic-fluid-proteome
#7
Xiang Liu, Yijun Song, Zhengguang Guo, Wei Sun, Juntao Liu
Amniotic fluid contains large amounts of proteins produced by amnion epithelial cells, fetal tissues, fetal excretions and placental tissues; thus, it is an important potential source of biomarkers for identifying fetal pathologies. In this study, a pooled AF sample from 7 healthy volunteers was used to provide a comprehensive profile of normal human AF proteome using immunoaffinity depletion of 14 high-abundance proteins. Each individual AF sample was used to analyze inter-individual variations with iTRAQ method...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684681/quantitative-proteomics-identify-an-association-between-extracellular-matrix-degradation-and-immunopathology-of-genotype-vii-newcastle-disease-virus-in-the-spleen-in-chickens
#8
Zenglei Hu, Han Gu, Jiao Hu, Shunlin Hu, Xiaoquan Wang, Xiaowen Liu, Xinan Jiao, Xiufan Liu
Pathogenesis of genotype VII Newcastle disease virus (NDV) is characterized with remarkable immunopathology in the spleen in chickens. However, the mechanism for this unique pathological phenotype is not fully understood. Previous transcriptomics data showed that genotype VII NDV JS5/05 caused a greater downregulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) genes than genotype IV virus Herts/33 in the spleen. In this study, the role of ECM in pathology of genotype VII NDV was investigated using quantitative proteomics...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684677/human-stem-cell-based-corneal-tissue-mimicking-structures-using-laser-assisted-3d-bioprinting-and-functional-bioinks
#9
Anni Sorkio, Lothar Koch, Laura Koivusalo, Andrea Deiwick, Susanna Miettinen, Boris Chichkov, Heli Skottman
There is a high demand for developing methods to produce more native-like 3D corneal structures. In the present study, we produced 3D cornea-mimicking tissues using human stem cells and laser-assisted bioprinting (LaBP). Human embryonic stem cell derived limbal epithelial stem cells (hESC-LESC) were used as a cell source for printing epithelium-mimicking structures, whereas human adipose tissue derived stem cells (hASCs) were used for constructing layered stroma-mimicking structures. The development and optimization of functional bioinks was a crucial step towards successful bioprinting of 3D corneal structures...
April 16, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684674/natural-products-targeting-er-stress-pathway-for-the-treatment-of-cardiovascular-diseases
#10
REVIEW
Ker Woon Choy, Dharmani Murugan, Mohd Rais Mustafa
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is the main organelle for the synthesis, folding, and processing of secretory and transmembrane proteins. Pathological stimuli including hypoxia, ischaemia, inflammation and oxidative stress interrupt the homeostatic function of ER, leading to accumulation of unfolded proteins, a condition referred to as ER stress. ER stress triggers a complex signalling network referred as the unfolded protein response (UPR). Extensive studies have demonstrated that ER stress plays an important role in the pathogenesis of various cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure, ischemic heart disease and atherosclerosis...
April 20, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684670/evaluation-of-the-bisap-scoring-system-in-prognostication-of-acute-pancreatitis-a-prospective-observational-study
#11
Sumitra Hagjer, Nitesh Kumar
INTRODUCTION: Severe acute pancreatitis has a high mortality and its early identification is important for management and risk stratification. The bedside index for severity in acute pancreatitis (BISAP) is a simple scoring system done at admission which predicts the severity of pancreatitis. Procalcitonin is an inflammatory marker which is raised very early and helps in early prediction of the severity of disease. This study aims to evaluate the BISAP score and Procalcitonin in prognostication of acute pancreatitis...
April 20, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684657/engineering-low-cadmium-rice-through-stress-inducible-expression-of-oxs3-family-member-genes
#12
Changhu Wang, Weili Guo, Xingzhe Cai, Ruyu Li, David W Ow
Cadmium (Cd) as a carcinogen poses a great threat to food security and public health through plant-derived foods such as rice, the staple for nearly half of the world's population. We have previously reported that overexpression of truncated gene fragments derived from the rice genes OsO3L2 and OsO3L3 could reduce Cd accumulation in transgenic rice. However, we did not test the full length genes due to prior work in Arabidopsis where overexpression of these genes caused seedling lethality. Here, we report on limiting the overexpression of OsO3L2 and OsO3L3 through the use of the stress- inducible promoter RD29B...
April 20, 2018: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684601/the-effect-of-intermittent-hypoxia-under-different-temperature-on-the-immunomodulation-in-streptococcus-agalactiae-vaccinated-nile-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
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Jing Wang, Dan-Qi Lu, Biao Jiang, Heng-Li Luo, Ge-Ling Lu, An-Xing Li
Dissolved oxygen (DO) and temperature are the potential immunomodulators in fish and play the important roles in regulating immunity. We studied the effect of intermittent hypoxia under different temperature on the immunomodulation in vaccinated Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus). The expression of immune-related genes, enzymatic activities, histology, cumulative mortality, and S. agalactiae clearance were assessed. Study conditions were intermittently hypoxic (4.0 ± 1.0 mg/L DO) at 30 ± 0.5 °C or 35 ± 0...
April 20, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684597/comparative-chloroplast-genomics-between-the-invasive-weed-mikania-micrantha-and-its-indigenous-congener-mikania-cordata-structure-variation-identification-of-highly-divergent-regions-divergence-time-estimation-and-phylogenetic-analysis
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Yingjuan Su, Lu Huang, Zhen Wang, Ting Wang
Mikania micrantha and Mikania cordata are the only two species in genus Mikania (Asteraceae) in China. They share very similar morphological and life-history characteristics but occupy quite different habitats. Most importantly, they generate totally different ecological consequences. While M. micrantha has become an exotic invasive weed, M. cordata exists as an indigenous species with no harmful effects on native plants or habitats. As a continuous study of our previously reported M. micrantha chloroplast (cp) genome, in this study we have further sequenced the M...
April 20, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684585/nogo-b-reticulon-4b-functions-as-a-negative-regulator-of-the-apoptotic-pathway-through-the-interaction-with-c-flip-in-colorectal-cancer-cells
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Nao Kawaguchi, Keitaro Tashiro, Kohei Taniguchi, Masaru Kawai, Keitaro Tanaka, Junji Okuda, Michihiro Hayashi, Kazuhisa Uchiyama
Nogo-B is a member of the Nogo/Reticulon-4 family and has been reported to be an inducer of apoptosis in certain types of cancer cells. However, the role of Nogo-B in human cancer remains less understood. Here, we demonstrated the functions of Nogo-B in colorectal cancer cells. In clinical colorectal cancer specimens, Nogo-B was obviously overexpressed, as determined by immunohistochemistry; and Western blot analysis showed its expression level to be significantly up-regulated. Furthermore, knockdown of Nogo-B in two colorectal cancer cell lines, SW480 and DLD-1, by transfection with si-RNA (siR) resulted in significantly reduced cell viability and a dramatic increase in apoptosis with insistent overexpression of cleaved caspase-8 and cleaved PARP...
April 20, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684584/deletion-of-epithelial-cell-specific-cdc42-leads-to-enamel-hypermaturation-in-a-conditional-knockout-mouse-model
#16
Zhihui Tian, Xiaolin Lv, Min Zhang, Xueer Wang, Yinghua Chen, Pei Tang, Pengcheng Xu, Lu Zhang, Buling Wu, Lin Zhang
Recent evidence suggests that GTPases Rho family plays an important role in tooth development; however, the role of Cdc42 in tooth development remains unclear. We aimed to investigate the function of Cdc42 in tooth development and amelogenesis. We generated an epithelial cell-specific K5-Cdc42 knockout (KO) mouse to evaluate post-eruption dental phenotypes using a K5-Cre driver line. This model overcomes the previously reported perinatal lethality. Tooth phenotypes were analyzed by micro X-ray, micro-computed tomography (CT), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), wear rate, shear strength, and a microhardness test...
April 20, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684512/functional-characterization-and-molecular-modeling-of-the-mutations-in-cyp21a2-gene-from-patients-with-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia
#17
Ragini Khajuria, Rama Walia, Anil Bhansali, Rajendra Prasad
Steroid 21-Hydroxylase deficiency is an inherited autosomal recessive metabolic disorder of the adrenal steroidogenesis caused due to mutations in the CYP21A2 gene in 95% of CAH cases. Notably, the de novo mutations arise at the rate of 3-5%, therefore the functional characterization is of utmost importance for categorization of the novel mutations. Herein, we have functionally characterized the CYP21A2 missense mutations viz., p. F306V and p. H365 N. Notably, both the mutations were harbored by the patients exhibiting the non classical phenotype...
April 20, 2018: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684483/three-dimensional-protein-shape-similarity-analysis-based-on-hybrid-features
#18
Zhong Li, Jiangjiang Yu, Hailong Hu, Shuiwang Ji
The analysis of protein similarity is a matter of concern in the bioinformatics field, since studying the protein similarity can help understand the protein structure-function relationship. To this aim, several methods have been proposed, but currently, protein similarity results are still not satisfactory. Here we presented a novel method for evaluating the similarity of 3D protein models based on hybrid features, including the local diameter (LD), the salient geometric feature (SGF) and the heat kernel signature (HKS)...
April 20, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684469/imaging-techniques-to-study-drug-transporter-function-in-vivo
#19
REVIEW
Nicolas Tournier, Bruno Stieger, Oliver Langer
Transporter systems involved in the permeation of drugs and solutes across biological membranes are recognized as key determinants of pharmacokinetics. Typically, the action of membrane transporters on drug exposure to tissues in living organisms is inferred from invasive procedures, which cannot be applied in humans. In recent years, imaging methods have greatly progressed in terms of instruments, synthesis of novel imaging probes as well as tools for data analysis. Imaging allows pharmacokinetic parameters in different tissues and organs to be obtained in a non-invasive or minimally invasive way...
April 20, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684441/cloning-and-characterization-of-apcystatin-a-plant-cystatin-gene-from-agapanthus-praecox-ssp-orientalis-responds-to-abiotic-stress
#20
Guan-Qun Chen, Di Zhang, Xiao-Hui Shen
Plant cystatins are involved in the regulation of protein turnover and play important roles in defense mechanisms. We cloned the ApCystatin gene from Agapanthus praecox ssp. orientalis, a famous ornamental and medical plant. The complete cDNA sequence of ApCystatin is comprised of 1446 nucleotides with a 420 bp ORF encoding 140 amino acids. The mRNA level of ApCystatin was significantly up-regulated under various abiotic stress, such as salt, osmosis, oxidative and cold stresses, which suggested that ApCystatin participated in the plant's resistance to stress...
April 20, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
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