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Shu Meng, Qilin Gu, Xiaojie Yang, Jie Lv, Iris Owusu, Gianfranco Matrone, Kaifu Chen, John P Cooke, Longhou Fang
Background -Angiogenesis is integral for embryogenesis, and targeting angiogenesis improves the outcome of many pathological conditions in patients. TBX20 is a crucial transcription factor for embryonic development, and its deficiency is associated with congenital heart disease. However, the role of TBX20 in angiogenesis has not been described. Methods -Loss- and gain-of-function approaches were used to explore the role of TBX20 in angiogenesis both in vitro and in vivo Angiogenesis gene array was used to identify key downstream targets of TBX20...
March 15, 2018: Circulation
Yunlong Zou, Zhiyuan Li, Yunjing Zou, Haiyang Hao, Ning Li, Qiuyan Li
The regulatory function of Fbxo40 has been well characterized in mice. As a key component of the SCF-E3 ubiquitin ligase complex, Fbxo40 induces IRS1 ubiquitination, thus inactivating the IGF1/Akt pathway. The expression of Fbxo40 is restricted to muscle, and mice with an Fbxo40 null mutation exhibit muscle hypertrophy. However, the function of FBXO40 has not been elucidated in pigs, and it is not known whether FBXO40 mutations affect their health. We therefore generated FBXO40 knockout pigs using somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) technology...
March 12, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Christopher J Lambert, Briana C Freshner, Arlen Chung, Tamara J Stevenson, D Miranda Bowles, Raheel Samuel, Bruce K Gale, Joshua L Bonkowsky
Zebrafish are a valuable model organism in biomedical research. Their rapid development, ability to model human diseases, utility for testing genetic variants identified from next-generation sequencing, amenity to CRISPR mutagenesis, and potential for therapeutic compound screening, has led to their wide-spread adoption in diverse fields of study. However, their power for large-scale screens is limited by the absence of automated genotyping tools for live animals. This constrains potential drug screen options, limits analysis of embryonic and larval phenotypes, and requires raising additional animals to adulthood to ensure obtaining an animal of the desired genotype...
2018: PloS One
Michael W Deem, Melia Elizabeth Bonomo
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) and CRISPR-associated proteins (Cas) constitute a multi-functional, constantly evolving immune system in bacteria and archaea cells. A heritable, molecular memory is generated of phage, plasmids, or other mobile genetic elements that attempt to attack the cell. This memory is used to recognize and interfere with subsequent invasions from the same genetic elements. This versatile prokaryotic tool has also been used to advance applications in biotechnology...
March 15, 2018: Physical Biology
Magdalena Dabrowska, Wojciech Juzwa, Wlodzimierz J Krzyzosiak, Marta Olejniczak
Huntington's disease (HD) is a progressive autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder caused by the expansion of CAG repeats in the first exon of the huntingtin gene ( HTT ). The accumulation of polyglutamine-rich huntingtin proteins affects various cellular functions and causes selective degeneration of neurons in the striatum. Therapeutic strategies used to date to silence the expression of mutant HTT include antisense oligonucleotides, RNA interference-based approaches and, recently, genome editing with the CRISPR/Cas9 system...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Abulajiang Abudureheman, Julaiti Ainiwaer, Zhichao Hou, Madiniyat Niyaz, Abdugheni Turghun, Ayshamgul Hasim, Haiping Zhang, Xiaomei Lu, Ilyar Sheyhidin
BACKGROUND: MLL2 has been identified as one of the most frequently mutated genes in a variety of cancers including esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). However, its clinical significance and prognostic value in ESCC has not been elucidated. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the expression and role of MLL2 in ESCC. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry (IHC) and qRT-PCR were used to examine the expression profile of MLL2. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and univariate and multivariate Cox analyses were used to investigate the clinical and prognostic significance of MLL2 expression in Kazakh ESCC patients...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Yanjie Zhang, Qiuyue Guan, Yin Liu, Yuwei Zhang, Yulong Chen, Jinglu Chen, Yulan Liu, Zhiguang Su
Hepatic gluconeogenesis is essential to maintain the blood glucose levels, and its abnormal activation leads to hyperglycemia and type 2 diabetes. However, the molecular mechanisms in the regulation of hepatic gluconeogenesis remain to be fully defined. In this study, using murine hepatocytes and a liver-specific knockout mouse model, we explored the physiological role of nuclear factor Y (NF-Y) in regulating hepatic glucose metabolism and the underlying mechanism. We found that NF-Y targets the gluconeogenesis pathway in the liver...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Dong-Li Zhu, Xiao-Feng Chen, Wei-Xin Hu, Shan-Shan Dong, Bing-Jie Lu, Yu Rong, Yi-Xiao Chen, Hao Chen, Hlaing Nwe Thynn, Nai-Ning Wang, Yan Guo, Tie-Lin Yang
RANKL is a key regulator involved in bone metabolism, and a drug target for osteoporosis. The clinical diagnosis and assessment of osteoporosis are mainly based on bone mineral density (BMD). Previous powerful genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified multiple intergenic single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) located over 100 kb upstream of RANKL and 65 kb downstream of AKAP11 at 13q14.11 for osteoporosis. Whether these SNPs exert their roles on osteoporosis through RANKL is unknown. In this study, we conducted integrative analyses combining expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL), genomic chromatin interaction (Hi-C), epigenetic annotation and a series of functional assays...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Min Zhou, Xinjian Liu, Zonghai Li, Qian Huang, Fang Li, Chuan-Yuan Li
Caspase-3 (CASP3) is a major mediator of apoptosis activated during cellular exposure to cytotoxic drugs, radiotherapy, or immunotherapy. It is often used as a marker for efficacy of cancer therapy. However, recent reports indicate that caspase-3 also has non-apoptotic roles such as promotion of tumor relapse and tumor angiogenesis. Therefore, the roles of caspase-3 in tumor progression remains to be defined clearly. In this study, we established caspase-3 knockout (KO) colon cancer cell lines by use of the CRISPR technology...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Jessica A Kretzmann, Cameron W Evans, Marck Norret, Pilar Blancafort, K Swaminathan Iyer
The potential impact of CRISPR/Cas9, TALE, and zinc finger technology is immense, both with respect to their use as tools for understanding the roles and functions of the genomic elements and epigenome modifications in an endogenous context and as new methods for treatment of diseases. Application of such technologies has drawn attention, however, to the prevailing lack of effective delivery methods. Promising viral and non-viral methods both currently fall short when the efficient delivery of large plasmids or multiple plasmids is required...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Charlene Babra Waryah, Colette Moses, Mahira Arooj, Pilar Blancafort
The completion of genome, epigenome, and transcriptome mapping in multiple cell types has created a demand for precision biomolecular tools that allow researchers to functionally manipulate DNA, reconfigure chromatin structure, and ultimately reshape gene expression patterns. Epigenetic editing tools provide the ability to interrogate the relationship between epigenetic modifications and gene expression. Importantly, this information can be exploited to reprogram cell fate for both basic research and therapeutic applications...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Marianne G Rots, Albert Jeltsch
The introduction of CRISPR/Cas has resulted in a strong impulse for the field of gene-targeted epigenome reprogramming. In this approach EpiEditors are applied in cells, which consist of a DNA-binding part for targeting and a functional part to induce chromatin modifications at targeted genome loci. The accumulating evidence of epigenetic reprogramming of a given genomic locus resulting in gene expression changes indicated causal relationships of epigenetic marks instructing gene expression and opened the field for mainstream applications...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
P Zhang, W Zhang, D Zhang, M Wang, R Aprecio, N Ji, O Mohamed, Y Li, Y Ding, Q Wang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Periodontitis is an increasingly prevalent complication of diabetes mellitus (known as diabetes mellitus-associated periodontitis), and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25VD3 ) was recently found to be a critical regulator of innate immunity in this disease, but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. T-cell protein tyrosine phosphatase non-receptor type 2 (PTPN2) is a potential downstream protein of the 25VD3 /vitamin D receptor pathway. The aim of this study was to investigate the regulation of PTPN2 in periodontal inflammation in diabetes mellitus-associated periodontitis...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Periodontal Research
Minjung Song, Suresh Ramakrishna
Programmable nucleases including zinc finger nucleases, transcription activator-like effector nucleases, and clustered regularly interspaced short palindrome repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein have tremendous potential biological and therapeutic applications as novel genome editing tools. These nucleases enable precise modification of the gene of interest by disruption, insertion, or correction. The application of genome editing technology to pluripotent stem cells or hematopoietic stem cells has the potential to remarkably advance the contribution of this technology to life sciences...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Biotechnology
Landon Mott, Kai Su, Daniel W Pack
Basal-like breast cancer (BLBC) is a malignant carcinoma with aggressive motility and rapid growth. Accounting for 15% of breast cancers, BLBC often exhibits a poor prognosis and tends to metastasize to the brain and lungs. Because most BLBC display a triple-negative phenotype (ER-, PR-, and HER2-), conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy remains the only treatment option despite poor success and high rate of relapse. The overexpression of the forkhead-box transcription factor C1 (FOXC1) was recently identified as a biomarker of BLBC...
March 6, 2018: Cancer Gene Therapy
Qiyu Wang, Jiujiu Yu, Tatenda Kadungure, Joseph Beyene, Hong Zhang, Quan Lu
Majority of disease-modifying therapeutic targets are restricted to the intracellular space and are therefore not druggable using existing biologic modalities. The ability to efficiently deliver macromolecules inside target cells or tissues would greatly expand the current landscape of therapeutic targets for future generations of biologic drugs, but remains challenging. Here we report the use of extracellular vesicles, known as arrestin domain containing protein 1 [ARRDC1]-mediated microvesicles (ARMMs), for packaging and intracellular delivery of a myriad of macromolecules, including the tumor suppressor p53 protein, RNAs, and the genome-editing CRISPR-Cas9/guide RNA complex...
March 6, 2018: Nature Communications
Julia Drube, Thomas Ernst, Markus Pfirrmann, Benadict Vincent Albert, Sebastian Drube, Daniela Reich, Anne Kresinsky, Kathrin Halfter, Claudio Sorio, Christian Fabisch, Andreas Hochhaus, Frank-D Böhmer
The introduction of second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) targeting the protein-tyrosine kinase (PTK) BCR-ABL1 has improved treatment response in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). However, in some patients response still remains suboptimal. Protein-tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) are natural counter-actors of PTK activity and can affect TKI sensitivity, but the impact of PTPs on treatment response to second-generation TKIs is unknown. We assessed the mRNA expression level of 38 PTPs in 66 newly diagnosed CML patients and analyzed the potential relation with treatment outcome after 9 months of nilotinib medication...
February 6, 2018: Oncotarget
Matthew Dodson, Pengfei Liu, Tao Jiang, Andrew J Ambrose, Gang Luo, Montserrat Rojo de la Vega, Aram B Cholanians, Pak Kin Wong, Eli Chapman, Donna D Zhang
Environmental exposure to arsenic is linked to adverse health effects including cancer and diabetes. Pleiotropic cellular effects are observed with arsenic exposure. Previously, we demonstrated that arsenic dysregulated the autophagy pathway at low, environmentally relevant concentrations. Here, we show that arsenic blocks autophagy by preventing autophagosome-lysosome fusion. Specifically, arsenic disrupts formation of the STX17-SNAP29-VAMP8 SNARE complex, where SNAP29 mediates vesicle fusion through bridging STX17-containing autophagosomes to VAMP8-bearing lysosomes...
March 5, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Peng Zhang, Yarong Song, Yadong Sun, Xuechao Li, Lifeng Chen, Likun Yang, Yifei Xing
Prostate cancer (PCa) represents one of the most common solid neoplasms, and metastasis is the second leading cause of death in adult males. Anoikis is a programmed cell death that is induced upon cell detachment from the extracellular matrix (ECM), which behaves as a critical protective mechanism for anchorage-independent cell growth and metastasis formation. However, in the absence of ECM attachment, shift of metabolic pattern and tolerance to anoikis facilitate the survival of aggressive cancer cells in the circulatory system as well as their metastasis to distant sites...
March 5, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Mikael Bjursell, Michelle J Porritt, Elke Ericson, Amir Taheri-Ghahfarokhi, Maryam Clausen, Lisa Magnusson, Therese Admyre, Roberto Nitsch, Lorenz Mayr, Leif Aasehaug, Frank Seeliger, Marcello Maresca, Mohammad Bohlooly-Y, John Wiseman
α1-antitrypsin (AAT) is a circulating serine protease inhibitor secreted from the liver and important in preventing proteolytic neutrophil elastase associated tissue damage, primarily in lungs. In humans, AAT is encoded by the SERPINA1 (hSERPINA1) gene in which a point mutation (commonly referred to as PiZ) causes aggregation of the miss-folded protein in hepatocytes resulting in subsequent liver damage. In an attempt to rescue the pathologic liver phenotype of a mouse model of human AAT deficiency (AATD), we used adenovirus to deliver Cas9 and a guide-RNA (gRNA) molecule targeting hSERPINA1...
February 19, 2018: EBioMedicine
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