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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644885/organic-anion-transporting-polypeptide-1b3-can-form-homo-and-hetero-oligomers
#1
Yuchen Zhang, Kelli H Boxberger, Bruno Hagenbuch
OATP1B3 is a 12 transmembrane domain protein expressed at the basolateral membrane of human hepatocytes where it mediates the uptake of numerous drugs and endogenous compounds. Previous western blot results suggest the formation of OATP1B3 multimers. In order to better understand the function of OATP1B3 under normal physiological conditions, we investigated its oligomerization status. We transiently transfected OATP1B3 with a C-terminal His-, FLAG- or HA-tag in HEK293 cells and used co-immunoprecipitation and a Proximity Ligation Assay to detect interactions between the different constructs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640868/functional-metabolomics-as-a-tool-to-analyze-mediator-function-and-structure-in-plants
#2
Celine Davoine, Ilka N Abreu, Khalil Khajeh, Jeanette Blomberg, Brendan N Kidd, Kemal Kazan, Peer M Schenk, Lorenz Gerber, Ove Nilsson, Thomas Moritz, Stefan Björklund
Mediator is a multiprotein transcriptional co-regulator complex composed of four modules; Head, Middle, Tail, and Kinase. It conveys signals from promoter-bound transcriptional regulators to RNA polymerase II and thus plays an essential role in eukaryotic gene regulation. We describe subunit localization and activities of Mediator in Arabidopsis through metabolome and transcriptome analyses from a set of Mediator mutants. Functional metabolomic analysis based on the metabolite profiles of Mediator mutants using multivariate statistical analysis and heat-map visualization shows that different subunit mutants display distinct metabolite profiles, which cluster according to the reported localization of the corresponding subunits in yeast...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640802/peroxisomal-biogenesis-is-genetically-and-biochemically-linked-to-carbohydrate-metabolism-in-drosophila-and-mouse
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Michael F Wangler, Yu-Hsin Chao, Vafa Bayat, Nikolaos Giagtzoglou, Abhijit Babaji Shinde, Nagireddy Putluri, Cristian Coarfa, Taraka Donti, Brett H Graham, Joseph E Faust, James A McNew, Ann Moser, Marco Sardiello, Myriam Baes, Hugo J Bellen
Peroxisome biogenesis disorders (PBD) are a group of multi-system human diseases due to mutations in the PEX genes that are responsible for peroxisome assembly and function. These disorders lead to global defects in peroxisomal function and result in severe brain, liver, bone and kidney disease. In order to study their pathogenesis we undertook a systematic genetic and biochemical study of Drosophila pex16 and pex2 mutants. These mutants are short-lived with defects in locomotion and activity. Moreover these mutants exhibit severe morphologic and functional peroxisomal defects...
June 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625543/characterization-of-vibrio-cholerae-o1-strains-that-trace-the-origin-of-haitian-like-genetic-traits
#4
Priyanka Ghosh, Dhirendra Kumar, Goutam Chowdhury, Puneeta Singh, Prosenjit Samanta, Shanta Dutta, T Ramamurthy, N C Sharma, Preety Sinha, Yogendra Prasad, Sumio Shinoda, Asish K Mukhopadhyay
Vibrio cholerae O1 is the etiological agent of the severe diarrheal disease cholera. The bacterium has recently been causing outbreaks in Haiti with catastrophic effects. Numerous mutations have been reported in V. cholerae O1 strains associated with the Haitian outbreak. These mutations encompass among other the genes encoding virulence factors such as the pilin subunit of the toxin-co-regulated pilus (tcpA), cholera toxin B subunit (ctxB), repeat in toxins (rtxA), and other genes such as the quinolone resistance-determining region (QRDR) of gyrase A (gyrA), rstB of RS element along with the alteration in the number of repeat sequences at the promoter region of ctxAB...
June 15, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625484/nuclear-factor-erythroid-2-related-transcription-factor-1-nrf1-is-regulated-by-o-glcnac-transferase
#5
Jeong Woo Han, Joshua L Valdez, Daniel V Ho, Candy S Lee, Hyun Min Kim, Xiaorong Wang, Lan Huang, Jefferson Y Chan
The Nrf1 (Nuclear factor E2-related factor 1) transcription factor performs a critical role in regulating cellular homeostasis. Using a proteomic approach, we identified Host Cell Factor-1 (HCF1), a co-regulator of transcription, and O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT), the enzyme that mediates protein O-GlcNAcylation, as cellular partners of Nrf1a, an isoform of Nrf1. Nrf1a directly interacts with HCF1 through the HCF1 binding motif (HBM), while interaction with OGT is mediated through HCF1. Overexpression of HCF1 and OGT leads to increased Nrf1a protein stability...
June 15, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624514/bromodomain-containing-proteins-in-prostate-cancer
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Alfonso Urbanucci, Ian G Mills
Several oncogenic factors have been involved in prostate cancer progression. However, therapeutic approaches still focus on suppression of androgen receptor (AR) signaling. In fact, whereas the full-length AR incorporates a ligand-binding domain, which has become a drug target for competitive inhibitors, other transcription factors often do not have tractable binding pockets that aid drug development. Consequently drug development efforts have turned to transcription co-regulators, often chromatin-modifying enzymes or factors that bind to epigenetic modifications to chromatin...
June 14, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623280/ev-3-an-endogenous-human-erythropoietin-isoform-with-distinct-functional-relevance
#7
Christel Bonnas, Liane Wüstefeld, Daniela Winkler, Romy Kronstein-Wiedemann, Ekrem Dere, Katja Specht, Melanie Boxberg, Torsten Tonn, Hannelore Ehrenreich, Herbert Stadler, Inge Sillaber
Generation of multiple mRNAs by alternative splicing is well known in the group of cytokines and has recently been reported for the human erythropoietin (EPO) gene. Here, we focus on the alternatively spliced EPO transcript characterized by deletion of exon 3 (hEPOΔ3). We show co-regulation of EPO and hEPOΔ3 in human diseased tissue. The expression of hEPOΔ3 in various human samples was low under normal conditions, and distinctly increased in pathological states. Concomitant up-regulation of hEPOΔ3 and EPO in response to hypoxic conditions was also observed in HepG2 cell cultures...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619028/in-vitro-downregulated-hypoxia-transcriptome-is-associated-with-poor-prognosis-in-breast-cancer
#8
Basel Abu-Jamous, Francesca M Buffa, Adrian L Harris, Asoke K Nandi
BACKGROUND: Hypoxia is a characteristic of breast tumours indicating poor prognosis. Based on the assumption that those genes which are up-regulated under hypoxia in cell-lines are expected to be predictors of poor prognosis in clinical data, many signatures of poor prognosis were identified. However, it was observed that cell line data do not always concur with clinical data, and therefore conclusions from cell line analysis should be considered with caution. As many transcriptomic cell-line datasets from hypoxia related contexts are available, integrative approaches which investigate these datasets collectively, while not ignoring clinical data, are required...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616083/outer-membrane-phospholipase-a-s-roles-in-helicobacter-pylori-acid-adaptation
#9
Hilde S Vollan, Tone Tannæs, Dominique A Caugant, Gert Vriend, Geir Bukholm
BACKGROUND: The pH of the human gastric mucosa varies around 2.5 so that only bacteria with strong acidic stress tolerance can colonize it. The ulcer causing Helicobacter pylori thrives in the gastric mucosa. We analyse the roles of the key outer membrane protein OMPLA in its roles in acid tolerance. RESULTS: The homology model of Helicobacter pylori outer membrane phospholipase A (OMPLA) reveals a twelve stranded β-barrel with a pore that allows molecules to pass with a diameter up to 4 Å...
2017: Gut Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603035/evolution-of-the-mir5200-flowering-locus-t-flowering-time-regulon-in-the-temperate-grass-subfamily-pooideae
#10
Meghan McKeown, Marian Schubert, Jill C Preston, Siri Fjellheim
Flowering time is a carefully regulated trait controlled primarily through the action of the central genetic regulator, FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT). Recently it was demonstrated that a microRNA, miR5200, targets the end of the second exon of FT under short-day photoperiods in the grass subfamily Pooideae, thus preventing FT transcripts from reaching threshold levels under non-inductive conditions. Pooideae are an interesting group in that they rapidly diversified from the tropics into the northern temperate region during a major global cooling event spanning the Eocene-Oligocene transition...
June 8, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600135/human-dna-cytosine-5-methyltransferases-a-functional-and-structural-perspective-for-epigenetic-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Grégoire Rondelet, Johan Wouters
Epigenetic modifications modulate chromatin states to regulate gene expression. Among them, DNA methylation and histone modifications play a crucial role in the establishment of the epigenome. In cancer, these epigenetic events may act in concert to repress tumor suppressor genes or promote transcription of oncogenes and genes up-regulated by oncoproteins. In the context of cancer initiation and progression, recruitment of DNA (cytosine-5)-methyltransferases to specific genomic regions is mainly mediated by histone epigenetic marks, transcription factors and co-regulators as part of a dynamic process...
June 6, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599143/guaranteeing-a-captive-audience-coordinated-regulation-of-gene-transfer-agent-gta-production-and-recipient-capability-by-cellular-regulators
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Alexander B Westbye, J Thomas Beatty, Andrew S Lang
Gene transfer agents (GTAs) are bacteriophage-like particles produced by many prokaryotes. Several members of the Alphaproteobacteria produce a class of genetically-related GTAs that is best studied in Rhodobacter capsulatus. DNA transfer by the R. capsulatus GTA (RcGTA) combines aspects of both transduction and natural transformation, as recipient cells require a natural transformation-like system to incorporate donated DNA. The genes involved in RcGTA production and recipient capability are located at multiple loci in the bacterial genome; however, a conserved phosphorelay containing the response regulator CtrA and a quorum sensing system regulate both RcGTA production and recipient capability...
June 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597177/dynamical-systems-modeling-of-couple-interaction-a-new-method-for-assessing-intervention-impact-across-the-transition-to-parenthood
#13
Mark E Feinberg, Mengya Xia, Gregory M Fosco, Richard E Heyman, Sy-Miin Chow
This study explored the use of dynamical systems modeling techniques to evaluate self- and co-regulation of affect in couples' interactions before and after the transition to parenthood, and the impact of the Family Foundations program on these processes. Thirty-four heterosexual couples, randomized to intervention and control conditions, participated in videotaped dyadic interaction tasks at pretest (during pregnancy) and posttest (1 year after birth). Husbands' and wives' positivity and negativity were micro-coded throughout interactions...
June 9, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592659/mitochondrial-dna-3243a-g-heteroplasmy-is-associated-with-changes-in-cytoskeletal-protein-expression-and-cell-mechanics
#14
Judith Kandel, Martin Picard, Douglas C Wallace, David M Eckmann
Mitochondrial and mechanical alterations in cells have both been shown to be hallmarks of human disease. However, little research has endeavoured to establish connections between these two essential features of cells in both functional and dysfunctional situations. In this work, we hypothesized that a specific genetic alteration in mitochondrial function known to cause human disease would trigger changes in cell mechanics. Using a previously characterized set of mitochondrial cybrid cell lines, we examined the relationship between heteroplasmy for the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) 3243A>G mutation, the cell cytoskeleton, and resulting cellular mechanical properties...
June 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586037/transcriptional-co-regulator-rip140-an-important-mediator-of-the-inflammatory-response-and-its-associated-diseases-review
#15
Zhu-Jun Yi, Jian-Ping Gong, Wei Zhang
The inflammatory response is a physiological process that is essential for maintaining homeostasis of the immune system. Inflammation is classified into acute inflammation and chronic inflammation, both of which pose a risk to human health. However, specific regulatory mechanisms of the inflammatory response remain to be elucidated. Receptor interacting protein (RIP) 140 is a nuclear receptor that affects an extensive array of biological and pathological processes in the body, including energy metabolism, inflammation and tumorigenesis...
June 2, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584275/physiological-characteristics-of-magnetospirillum-gryphiswaldense-msr-1-that-control-cell-growth-under-high-iron-and-low-oxygen-conditions
#16
Qing Wang, Xu Wang, Weijia Zhang, Xianyu Li, Yuan Zhou, Dan Li, Yinjia Wang, Jiesheng Tian, Wei Jiang, Ziding Zhang, Youliang Peng, Lei Wang, Ying Li, Jilun Li
Magnetosome formation by Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense MSR-1 is dependent on iron and oxygen levels. We used transcriptome to evaluate transcriptional profiles of magnetic and non-magnetic MSR-1 cells cultured under high-iron and low-iron conditions. A total of 80 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were identified, including 53 upregulated and 27 downregulated under high-iron condition. These DEGs belonged to the functional categories of biological regulation, oxidation-reduction process, and ion binding and transport, and were involved in sulfur metabolism and cysteine/methionine metabolism...
June 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582664/interactions-between-water-activity-and-temperature-on-the-aspergillus-flavus-transcriptome-and-aflatoxin-b1-production
#17
Angel Medina, Matthew K Gilbert, Brian M Mack, Gregory R OBrian, Alicia Rodríguez, Deepak Bhatnagar, Gary Payne, Naresh Magan
Effects of Aspergillus flavus colonization of maize kernels under different water activities (aw; 0.99 and 0.91) and temperatures (30, 37°C) on (a) aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) production and (b) the transcriptome using RNAseq were examined. There was no significant difference (p=0.05) in AFB1 production at 30 and 37°C and 0.99 aw. However, there was a significant (p=0.05) increase in AFB1 at 0.91 aw at 37°C when compared with 30°C/0.99 aw. Environmental stress effects using gene ontology enrichment analysis of the RNA-seq results for increasing temperature at 0...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580958/transcriptional-determination-and-functional-specificity-of-myeloid-cells-making-sense-of-diversity
#18
REVIEW
Silvia Monticelli, Gioacchino Natoli
Early responses to invading pathogens and to non-microbial danger signals are mediated by different innate immune and parenchymal tissue cells, which are able to respond to a variety of pathogen- and danger-associated molecular patterns. In most if not all instances, innate immune responses to a given molecule are not uniquely confined to one responding cell type, but instead involve the engagement of different cells with intrinsically distinct properties. In this Review, we discuss the molecular basis of the differentiation of myeloid cells, which is controlled by transcription factors, transcriptional co-regulators and post-transcriptional mechanisms, and examine how the functional specification of the resulting mature immune cells of the myeloid lineage affects their response to danger signals...
June 5, 2017: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579979/why-quorum-sensing-controls-private-goods
#19
Martin Schuster, D Joseph Sexton, Burkhard A Hense
Cell-cell communication, also termed quorum sensing (QS), is a widespread process that coordinates gene expression in bacterial populations. The generally accepted view is that QS optimizes the cell density-dependent benefit attained from cooperative behaviors, often in the form of secreted products referred to as "public goods." This view is challenged by an increasing number of cell-associated products or "private goods" reported to be under QS-control for which a collective benefit is not apparent. A prominent example is nucleoside hydrolase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a periplasmic enzyme that catabolizes adenosine...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578517/phosphate-transporters-expression-in-patients-with-primary-familial-brain-calcifications
#20
L F Pimentel, R R Lemos, J R Oliveira
Primary familial brain calcification (PFBC), formerly known as Fahr disease, is a rare neurological disorder characterized by extensive calcification deposits in the brain. So far, four genes have been reported with variations associated with PFBC, SLC20A2, PDGFβ, PDGFRβ, and XPR1. Using real-time qPCR, we analyzed the expression of three inorganic phosphate (Pi) transporters (SLC20A1, SLC20A2, and XPR1) in patients with PFBC. Our results showed a significant reduction (~40%) of SLC20A2 expression in the patients carrying mutation whereas no significant change was observed within the patients without known mutations...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
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