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H Toinét Cronjé, Cornelie Nienaber-Rousseau, Lizelle Zandberg, Tinashe Chikowore, Zelda de Lange, Tertia van Zyl, Marlien Pieters
Fibrinogen and its functional aspects have been linked to cardiovascular disease. There is vast discrepancy between the heritability of fibrinogen concentrations observed in twin studies and the heritability uncovered by genome wide association studies. We postulate that some of the missing heritability might be explained by the pleiotropic and polygenic co-regulation of fibrinogen through multiple targeted genes, apart from the fibrinogen genes themselves. To this end we investigated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes coding for phenotypes associated with total and γ' fibrinogen concentrations and clot properties...
October 19, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
Katsutoshi Mizuno, Erin E Dymek, Elizabeth F Smith
The complex waveforms characteristic of motile eukaryotic cilia and flagella are produced by the temporally and spatially regulated action of multiple dynein subforms generating sliding between subsets of axonemal microtubules. Multiple protein complexes have been identified that are associated with the doublet microtubules and that mediate regulatory signals between key axonemal structures, such as the radial spokes and central apparatus, and the dynein arm motors; these complexes include the N-DRC, MIA and CSC complexes...
October 22, 2016: Cytoskeleton
Srikanth Appikonda, Kaushik N Thakkar, Michelle Craig Barton
Tripartite Motif-containing protein 24 (TRIM24) functions as an E3 ligase targeting p53 for ubiquitination, a histone 'reader' that interacts with a specific signature of histone post-translational modifications and a co-regulator of nuclear receptor-regulated transcription. Although mouse models of Trim24 depletion suggest that TRIM24 may be a liver-specific tumor suppressor, several studies show that human TRIM24 is an oncogene when aberrantly over expressed. This review focuses on the mechanisms of TRIM24 functions in oncogenesis and metabolic reprogramming, which underlie recent interest in therapeutic targeting of aberrant TRIM24 in human cancers...
March 2016: Drug Discovery Today. Technologies
Lyne Jossé, Jianling Xie, Christopher Gregory Proud, C Mark Smales
Many protein-based biotherapeutics are produced in cultured Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell lines. Recent reports have demonstrated that translation of recombinant mRNAs and global control of the translation machinery via mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signalling are important determinants of the amount and quality of recombinant protein such cells can produce. mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) is a master regulator of cell growth/division, ribosome biogenesis and protein synthesis, but the relationship between mTORC1 signalling, cell growth and proliferation and recombinant protein yields from mammalian cells, and whether this master regulating signalling pathway can be manipulated to enhance cell biomass and recombinant protein production (rPP) are not well explored...
October 19, 2016: Biochemical Journal
Yaovi M G Hounmanou, Robinson H Mdegela, Tamègnon V Dougnon, Ofred J Mhongole, Edward S Mayila, Joseph Malakalinga, George Makingi, Anders Dalsgaard
BACKGROUND: Cholera, one of the world's deadliest infectious diseases, remains rampant and frequent in Tanzania and thus hinders existing control measures. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the occurrence of toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O1 in wastewater, fish and vegetables during a non-outbreak period in Morogoro, Tanzania. METHODS: From October 2014 to February 2015, 60 wastewater samples, 60 fish samples from sewage stabilization ponds and 60 wastewater irrigated vegetable samples were collected...
October 18, 2016: BMC Research Notes
Steven J Burgess, Ignasi Granero-Moya, Mathieu J Grangé-Guermente, Chris Boursnell, Matthew J Terry, Julian M Hibberd
C4 photosynthesis acts as a carbon concentrating mechanism that leads to large increases in photosynthetic efficiency. The C4 pathway is found in more than 60 plant lineages(1) but the molecular enablers of this evolution are poorly understood. In particular, it is unclear how non-photosynthetic proteins in the ancestral C3 system have repeatedly become strongly expressed and integrated into photosynthesis gene regulatory networks in C4 leaves. Here, we provide clear evidence that in C3 leaves, genes encoding key enzymes of the C4 pathway are already co-regulated with photosynthesis genes and are controlled by both light and chloroplast-to-nucleus signalling...
October 17, 2016: Nature Plants
Yanglei Xu, Xin Sui, Jiaqiao Jiang, Jin Zhai, Longcheng Gao
A CO-regulated ion nanochannel is demonstrated, which is inspired by the living activity of CO-induced smooth muscle vasodilation. The mechanism relies on the fact that CO has a higher affinity with ferroporphyrin compared to carboxyl groups on the surface of the nanochannels. The cooperation effect of the released carboxyl groups and the conical asymmetric shape leads the ion transportation to be diode-like.
October 17, 2016: Advanced Materials
Qinchang Chen, Xiaoxiang Wang, Wei Shi, Hongxia Yu, Xiaowei Zhang, John P Giesy
Some hydroxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers (HO-PBDEs), that have been widely detected in the environment and tissues of humans and wildlife, bind to thyroid hormone (TH) receptor (TR) and can disrupt functioning of systems modulated by the TR. However, the mechanism of TH disrupting effect is still equivocal. Here, disruption of functions of TH modulated pathways by HO-PBDEs were evaluated by use of assays of competitive binding, coactivator recruitment and proliferation of GH3 cells. In silico simulations considering effects of co-regulators were carried out to investigate molecular mechanisms and predict potencies for disrupting functions of the TH...
October 14, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Ilaria Forieri, Carsten Sticht, Michael Reichelt, Norbert Gretz, Malcolm J Hawkesford, Mario Malagoli, Markus Wirtz, Ruediger Hell
Deprivation of mineral nutrients causes significant retardation of plant growth. This retardation is associated with nutrient specific and general stress-induced transcriptional responses. In this study we adjusted the external supply of iron, potassium and sulfur to cause the same retardation of shoot growth. Nevertheless, limitation by individual nutrients resulted in specific morphological adaptations and distinct shifts within the root metabolite fingerprint. The metabolic shifts affected key metabolites of primary metabolism and the stress-related phytohormones, jasmonic-, salicylic- and abscisic acid...
October 10, 2016: Plant, Cell & Environment
Valentin Le Douce, Faezeh Forouzanfar, Sebastian Eilebrecht, Benoit Van Driessche, Amina Ait-Ammar, Roxane Verdikt, Yoshihito Kurashige, Céline Marban, Virginie Gautier, Ermanno Candolfi, Arndt G Benecke, Carine Van Lint, Olivier Rohr, Christian Schwartz
Among many cellular transcriptional regulators, Bcl11b/CTIP2 and HGMA1 have been described to control the establishment and the persistence of HIV-1 latency in microglial cells, the main viral reservoir in the brain. In this present work, we identify and characterize a transcription factor i.e. HIC1, which physically interacts with both Bcl11b/CTIP2 and HMGA1 to co-regulate specific subsets of cellular genes and the viral HIV-1 gene. Our results suggest that HIC1 represses Tat dependent HIV-1 transcription...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zunyong Liu, Xiaoping Zhang, Xin Liu, Chaoyu Fu, Xinyue Han, Yanni Yin, Zhonghua Ma
Fusarium graminearum contains eight chitin synthase (Chs) genes belonging to seven classes. Previous studies have found that deletion of FgChs3b is lethal to F. graminearum, and deletion of FgChs1, FgChs2, FgChs7 and FgChs5 caused diverse defects in chitin content, mycelial growth, conidiation, virulence or stress responses. However, little is known about the functional relationships among these FgChss. In this study, FgChs2 deletion mutant ΔFgChs2 exhibited reduced mycelial growth and virulence as reported previously...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Amanda Field, Jie Xiang, W Ray Anderson, Patricia Graham, Leslie Pick
The orphan nuclear receptor Ftz-F1 is expressed in all somatic nuclei in Drosophila embryos, but mutations result in a pair-rule phenotype. This was explained by the interaction of Ftz-F1 with the homeodomain protein Ftz that is expressed in stripes in the primordia of segments missing in either ftz-f1 or ftz mutants. Ftz-F1 and Ftz were shown to physically interact and coordinately activate the expression of ftz itself and engrailed by synergistic binding to composite Ftz-F1/Ftz binding sites. However, attempts to identify additional target genes on the basis of Ftz-F1/ Ftz binding alone has met with only limited success...
2016: PloS One
Yuan Fang, Lei Wang, Ximeng Wang, Qi You, Xiucai Pan, Jin Xiao, Xiu-E Wang, Yufeng Wu, Zhen Su, Wenli Zhang
BACKGROUND: Bidirectional gene pairs are highly abundant and mostly co-regulated in eukaryotic genomes. The structural features of bidirectional promoters (BDPs) have been well studied in yeast, humans and plants. However, the underlying mechanisms responsible for the coexpression of BDPs remain understudied, especially in plants. RESULTS: Here, we characterized chromatin features associated with rice BDPs. Several unique chromatin features were present in rice BDPs but were missing from unidirectional promoters (UDPs), including overrepresented active histone marks, canonical nucleosomes and underrepresented H3K27me3...
September 30, 2016: BMC Genomics
Bau-Lin Huang, Anna Trofka, Aki Furusawa, Jacqueline L Norrie, Adam H Rabinowitz, Steven A Vokes, M Mark Taketo, Jozsef Zakany, Susan Mackem
The number of phalanges and joints are key features of digit 'identity' and are central to limb functionality and evolutionary adaptation. Prior chick work indicated that digit phalanges and their associated joints arise in a different manner than the more sparsely jointed long bones, and their identity is regulated by differential signalling from adjacent interdigits. Currently, there is no genetic evidence for this model, and the molecular mechanisms governing digit joint specification remain poorly understood...
October 7, 2016: Nature Communications
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July 2016: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
Duarte Araújo, Keith Davids
Individual players act as a coherent unit during team sports performance, forming a team synergy. A synergy is a collective property of a task-specific organization of individuals, such that the degrees of freedom of each individual in the system are coupled, enabling the degrees of freedom of different individuals to co-regulate each other. Here, we present an explanation for the emergence of such collective behaviors, indicating how these can be assessed and understood through the measurement of key system properties that exist, considering the contribution of each individual and beyond These include: to (i) dimensional compression, a process resulting in independent degree of freedom being coupled so that the synergy has fewer degrees of freedom than the set of components from which it arises; (ii) reciprocal compensation, if one element do not produce its function, other elements should display changes in their contributions so that task goals are still attained; (iii) interpersonal linkages, the specific contribution of each element to a group task; and (iv), degeneracy, structurally different components performing a similar, but not necessarily identical, function with respect to context...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Chao Luan, Xu Chen, Yu Hu, Zhimin Hao, Jared M Osland, Xundi Chen, Skyler D Gerber, Min Chen, Heng Gu
Nuclear receptor interacting protein 1 (NRIP1, also known as RIP140) is a co-regulator for various transcriptional factors and nuclear receptors, and has been shown to take part in many biological and pathological processes, such as regulating mammary gland development and inflammatory response.The aim of this study is to investigate the expression of NRIP1 and to explore its roles in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. Thirty active psoriasis patients and 16 healthy volunteers were enrolled for this study. qRT-PCR analyses found that both NRIP1 and RelA/p65 were elevated in psoriatic lesions compared to psoriatic non-lesions and normal controls, and also overexpressed in peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMCs) of psoriasis patients...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Takayuki Kishi, Taira Mayanagi, Sadahiro Iwabuchi, Toshihide Akasaka, Kenji Sobue
The regulation of cell-substrate adhesion is tightly linked to the malignant phenotype of tumor cells and plays a role in their migration, invasion, and metastasis. Focal adhesions (FAs) are dynamic adhesion structures that anchor the cell to the extracellular matrix. Myocardin-related transcription factors (MRTFs), co-regulators of the serum response factor (SRF), regulate expression of a set of genes encoding actin cytoskeletal/FA-related proteins. Here we demonstrated that the forced expression of a constitutively active MRTF-A (CA-MRTF-A) in B16F10 melanoma cells induced the up-regulation of actin cytoskeletal and FA proteins, resulting in FA reorganization and the suppression of cell migration...
September 30, 2016: Oncotarget
Indumathi Chennamsetty, Michael Coronado, Kévin Contrepois, Mark P Keller, Ivan Carcamo-Orive, John Sandin, Giovanni Fajardo, Andrew J Whittle, Mohsen Fathzadeh, Michael Snyder, Gerald Reaven, Alan D Attie, Daniel Bernstein, Thomas Quertermous, Joshua W Knowles
We recently identified human N-acetyltransferase 2 (NAT2) as an insulin resistance (IR) gene. Here, we examine the cellular mechanism linking NAT2 to IR and find that Nat1 (mouse ortholog of NAT2) is co-regulated with key mitochondrial genes. RNAi-mediated silencing of Nat1 led to mitochondrial dysfunction characterized by increased intracellular reactive oxygen species and mitochondrial fragmentation as well as decreased mitochondrial membrane potential, biogenesis, mass, cellular respiration, and ATP generation...
October 4, 2016: Cell Reports
Yongcui Wang, Weiling Zhao, Xiaobo Zhou
Accurate identification of coherent transcriptional modules (subnetworks) in adipose and muscle tissues is important for revealing the related mechanisms and co-regulated pathways involved in the development of aging-related diseases. Here, we proposed a systematically computational approach, called ICEGM, to Identify the Co-Expression Gene Modules through a novel mathematical framework of Higher-Order Generalized Singular Value Decomposition (HO-GSVD). ICEGM was applied on the adipose, and heart and skeletal muscle tissues in old and young female African green vervet monkeys...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
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