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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933755/maternal-pre-pregnancy-bmi-downregulates-neonatal-cord-blood-lep-methylation
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R Kadakia, Y Zheng, Z Zhang, W Zhang, L Hou, J L Josefson
BACKGROUND: Neonatal adiposity has many determinants and may be a risk factor for future obesity. Epigenetic regulation of metabolically important genes is a potential contributor. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study is to determine whether methylation changes in the LEP gene in cord blood DNA are impacted by the maternal environment or affect neonatal adiposity measures. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 114 full-term neonates born to healthy mothers with normal glucose tolerance was performed...
December 8, 2016: Pediatric Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933719/depth-profiling-cross-linked-poly-methyl-methacrylate-films-a-tof-sims-approach
#2
Soheila Naderi-Gohar, Kevin M H Huang, Yiliang Wu, Woon Ming Lau, Heng-Yong Nie
RATIONALE: In order to determine the degree of cross-linking on the surface and its variations in a nanometer-scale depth of organic materials, we developed an approach based on time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), which provides rich chemical information in the form of fragment ions. TOF-SIMS is extremely surface sensitive and capable of depth profiling with the use of a sputter ion beam to remove controllable amounts of substance. METHODS: Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) films spin-coated on a Si substrate were cross-linked using a recently developed, surface sensitive, hyperthermal hydrogen projectile bombardment technique...
December 9, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933714/development-of-chemical-tools-to-monitor-and-control-isoaspartyl-peptide-methyltransferase-activity
#3
Yusuke Kimura, Toru Komatsu, Kouichi Yanagi, Kenjiro Hanaoka, Tasuku Ueno, Takuya Terai, Hirotatsu Kojima, Takayoshi Okabe, Tetsuo Nagano, Yasuteru Urano
We have established a coupled assay system targeting protein l-isoaspartyl methyltransferase (PIMT), a key enzyme in the metabolism of isoaspartyl peptides and proteins. The system utilizes a fluorogenic peptide probe containing an isoaspartyl residue at the P1' position of the caspase-3 recognition sequence. Following PIMT-catalyzed methyl transfer reaction, the methylated probe is specifically cleaved by caspase-3 to give fluorescence activation. High-throughput screening of our chemical library with this assay system identified PIMT inhibitors that may be useful as leads in the design of chemical probes for controlling PIMT activity...
December 9, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933583/looking-beyond-the-5-httlpr-polymorphism-genetic-and-epigenetic-layers-of-regulation-affecting-the-serotonin-transporter-gene-expression
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REVIEW
Sandra Iurescia, Davide Seripa, Monica Rinaldi
Serotonin (5-HT) is a neurotransmitter that regulates fundamental aspects of brain development, physiology and behaviour. The serotonin transporter (5-HTT) is deputized to the reuptake of 5-HT from the intersynaptic space in the presynaptic neurons. 5-HTT governs duration and magnitude of 5-HT biological actions, acting as a master regulator of the fine-tuning of 5-HT signalling. Genetic variation at SLC6A4 gene locus, encoding 5-HTT, contributes to alteration in 5-HT reuptake. The 5-HTTLPR/rs25531/rs25532 polymorphisms located in the promoter region of SLC6A4 gene have been associated with stress-related psychopathology and functional brain phenotypes...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933582/microrna-181c-ameliorates-cognitive-impairment-induced-by-chronic-cerebral-hypoperfusion-in-rats
#5
Chen Fang, Qian Li, Guowen Min, Min Liu, Jing Cui, Jing Sun, Liang Li
Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH) characterized by global cerebral ischemia is an important risk factor contributing to the development of dementia. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in the cellular adaptation to long-term ischemia/hypoxia by turning off or on the expression of target genes. MiR-181c is widely expressed in the nervous system, and tripartite motif 2 (TRIM2) is one of its target genes. In this work, we had identified that progressive spatial memory deficiency was induced in the bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (2-VO) rat models...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933361/biotransformation-and-detectability-of-the-new-psychoactive-substances-n-n-diallyltryptamine-dalt-derivatives-5-fluoro-dalt-7-methyl-dalt-and-5-6-methylenedioxy-dalt-in-urine-using-gc-ms-lc-ms-n-and-lc-hr-ms-ms
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Julian A Michely, Simon D Brandt, Markus R Meyer, Hans H Maurer
Derivatives of N,N-diallyltryptamine (DALT) can be classified as new psychoactive substances. Biotransformation and detectability of 5-fluoro-DALT (5-F-DALT), 7-methyl-DALT (7-Me-DALT), and 5,6-methylenedioxy-DALT (5,6-MD-DALT) are described here. Their metabolites detected in rat urine and pooled human liver microsomes were identified by liquid chromatography (LC)-high resolution (HR)-tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). In addition, the human cytochrome-P450 (CYP) isoenzymes involved in the main metabolic steps were identified and detectability tested in urine by the authors' urine screening approaches using GC-MS, LC-MS(n), or LC-HR-MS/MS...
December 8, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933337/biodegradation-of-the-herbicide-2-4-dichlorophenoxyacetic-acid-by-a-new-isolated-strain-of-achromobacter-sp-lz35
#7
Zhen-Yuan Xia, Long Zhang, Yan Zhao, Xin Yan, Shun-Peng Li, Tao Gu, Jian-Dong Jiang
In this study, a bacterial strain of Achromobacter sp. LZ35, which was capable of utilizing 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxy acetic acid (MCPA) as the sole sources of carbon and energy for growth, was isolated from the soil in a disused pesticide factory in Suzhou, China. The optimal 2,4-D degradation by strain LZ35 occurred at 30 °C and pH 8.0 when the initial 2,4-D concentration was 200 mg L(-1). Strain LZ35 harbored the conserved 2,4-D/alpha-ketoglutarate dioxygenase (96%) and 2,4-dichlorophenol hydroxylase (99%), and catabolized 2,4-D via the intermediate 2,4-dichlorophenol...
December 8, 2016: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933336/shp-1-activation-inhibits-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-and-intimal-hyperplasia-in-a-rodent-model-of-insulin-resistance-and-diabetes
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Weier Qi, Qian Li, Chong Wee Liew, Christian Rask-Madsen, Samuel M Lockhart, Lars Melholt Rasmussen, Yu Xia, Xuanchun Wang, Mogher Khamaisi, Kevin Croce, George L King
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Accelerated migration and proliferation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) enhances arterial restenosis after angioplasty in insulin resistance and diabetes. Elevation of Src homology 2-containing protein tyrosine phosphatase 1 (SHP-1) induces apoptosis in the microvasculature. However, the role of SHP-1 in intimal hyperplasia and restenosis has not been clarified in insulin resistance and diabetes. METHODS: We used a femoral artery wire injury mouse model, rodent models with insulin resistance and diabetes, and patients with type 2 diabetes...
December 9, 2016: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933111/aberrant-dna-hypermethylation-silenced-sox21-as1-gene-expression-and-its-clinical-importance-in-oral-cancer
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Cheng-Mei Yang, Tsung-Han Wang, Hung-Chih Chen, Sung-Chou Li, Ming-Chien Lee, Huei-Han Liou, Pei-Feng Liu, Yu-Kai Tseng, Yow-Ling Shiue, Luo-Ping Ger, Kuo-Wang Tsai
BACKGROUND: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are more than 200 nucleotides in length and lack transcriptional ability. The biological function of lncRNAs in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) remains unclear. The aim of this study was to identify the dysfunction of lncRNA in OSCC. RESULTS: We analyzed the transcriptome profiles of human OSCC tissues and paired adjacent normal tissues from two patients through a next-generation sequencing approach. A total of 14 lncRNAs were upregulated (fold change ≥3) and 13 were downregulated (fold change ≤-3) in OSCC tissues compared with the adjacent normal tissues...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933100/genome-and-methylome-of-the-oleaginous-diatom-cyclotella-cryptica-reveal-genetic-flexibility-toward-a-high-lipid-phenotype
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Jesse C Traller, Shawn J Cokus, David A Lopez, Olga Gaidarenko, Sarah R Smith, John P McCrow, Sean D Gallaher, Sheila Podell, Michael Thompson, Orna Cook, Marco Morselli, Artur Jaroszewicz, Eric E Allen, Andrew E Allen, Sabeeha S Merchant, Matteo Pellegrini, Mark Hildebrand
BACKGROUND: Improvement in the performance of eukaryotic microalgae for biofuel and bioproduct production is largely dependent on characterization of metabolic mechanisms within the cell. The marine diatom Cyclotella cryptica, which was originally identified in the Aquatic Species Program, is a promising strain of microalgae for large-scale production of biofuel and bioproducts, such as omega-3 fatty acids. RESULTS: We sequenced the nuclear genome and methylome of this oleaginous diatom to identify the genetic traits that enable substantial accumulation of triacylglycerol...
2016: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933036/functional-analysis-of-the-nitrogen-metabolite-repression-regulator-gene-nmra-in-aspergillus-flavus
#11
Xiaoyun Han, Mengguang Qiu, Bin Wang, Wen-Bing Yin, Xinyi Nie, Qiuping Qin, Silin Ren, Kunlong Yang, Feng Zhang, Zhenhong Zhuang, Shihua Wang
In Aspergillus nidulans, the nitrogen metabolite repression (NMR) regulator NmrA plays a major role in regulating the activity of the GATA transcription factor AreA during nitrogen metabolism. However, the function of nmrA in A. flavus has not been previously studied. Here, we report the identification and functional analysis of nmrA in A. flavus. Our work showed that the amino acid sequences of NmrA are highly conserved among Aspergillus species and that A. flavus NmrA protein contains a canonical Rossmann fold motif...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932998/gene-expression-dynamics-in-major-endocrine-regulatory-pathways-along-the-transition-from-solitary-to-social-life-in-a-bumblebee-bombus-terrestris
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Pavel Jedlička, Ulrich R Ernst, Alena Votavová, Robert Hanus, Irena Valterová
Understanding the social evolution leading to insect eusociality requires, among other, a detailed insight into endocrine regulatory mechanisms that have been co-opted from solitary ancestors to play new roles in the complex life histories of eusocial species. Bumblebees represent well-suited models of a relatively primitive social organization standing on the mid-way to highly advanced eusociality and their queens undergo both, a solitary and a social phase, separated by winter diapause. In the present paper, we characterize the gene expression levels of major endocrine regulatory pathways across tissues, sexes, and life-stages of the buff-tailed bumblebee, Bombus terrestris, with special emphasis on critical stages of the queen's transition from solitary to social life...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932878/the-effect-of-exposure-to-nanoparticles-and-nanomaterials-on-the-mammalian-epigenome
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REVIEW
M I Sierra, A Valdés, A F Fernández, R Torrecillas, M F Fraga
Human exposure to nanomaterials and nanoparticles is increasing rapidly, but their effects on human health are still largely unknown. Epigenetic modifications are attracting ever more interest as possible underlying molecular mechanisms of gene-environment interactions, highlighting them as potential molecular targets following exposure to nanomaterials and nanoparticles. Interestingly, recent research has identified changes in DNA methylation, histone post-translational modifications, and noncoding RNAs in mammalian cells exposed to nanomaterials and nanoparticles...
2016: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932423/integrated-genomic-analysis-of-survival-outliers-in-glioblastoma
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Sen Peng, Harshil Dhurv, Brock Armstrong, Bodour Salhia, Christophe Legendre, Jeffrey Kiefer, Julianna Parks, Selene Virk, Andrew E Sloan, Quinn T Ostrom, Jill S Barnholtz-Sloan, Nhan L Tran, Michael E Berens
BACKGROUND: To elucidate molecular features associated with disproportionate survival of glioblastoma (GB) patients, we conducted deep genomic comparative analysis of a cohort of patients receiving standard therapy (surgery plus concurrent radiation and temozolomide); "GB outliers" were identified: long-term survivor of 33 months (LTS; n = 8) versus short-term survivor of 7 months (STS; n = 10). METHODS: We implemented exome, RNA, whole genome sequencing, and DNA methylation for collection of deep genomic data from STS and LTS GB patients...
December 8, 2016: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932258/heteroglycan-of-an-edible-mushroom-pleurotus-cystidiosus-structural-characterization-and-study-of-biological-activities
#15
Bibhash C Panda, Prasenjit Maity, Ashis K Nandi, Manabendra Pattanayak, Dilip K Manna, Soumitra Mondal, Satyajit Tripathy, Somenath Roy, Krishnendu Acharya, Syed S Islam
A water soluble heteroglycan (PCPS) was isolated from the aqueous extract of an edible mushroom Pleurotus cystidiosus. Structural characterization of the heteroglycan was carried out using total hydrolysis, methylation analysis, periodate oxidation, Smith degradation, and 1D/2D NMR experiments. Sugar analysis indicated the presence of glucose, galactose, and mannose in a molar ratio of nearly 6:2:1 respectively. The chemical and NMR analysis of the PCPS indicated the presence of a repeating unit with a backbone consisting of one unit of (1→6)-b-D-glucopyranosyl, two (1→3)-b-D-glucopyranosyl, one (1→3)-a-D-glucopyranosyl, one (1→6)-a-D-glucopyranosyl, and two (1→6)-a-D-galactopyranosyl moieties respectively, out of which one (1→3)-b-D-glucopyranosyl residue was branched at O-6 with terminal b-D-glucopyranosyl and another (1→6)-a-D-galactopyranosyl residue was branched at O-2 with terminal b-D-mannopyranosyl moiety...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932218/bisphenol-a-bpa-in-the-serum-of-pet-dogs-following-short-term-consumption-of-canned-dog-food-and-potential-health-consequences-of-exposure-to-bpa
#16
Zoe L Koestel, Robert C Backus, Kaoru Tsuruta, William G Spollen, Sarah A Johnson, Angela B Javurek, Mark R Ellersieck, Charles E Wiedmeyer, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Jingchuan Xue, Nathan J Bivens, Scott A Givan, Cheryl S Rosenfeld
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely present endocrine disruptor chemical found in many household items. Moreover, this chemical can bioaccumulate in various terrestrial and aquatic sources; thereby ensuring continual exposure of animals and humans. For most species, including humans, diet is considered the primary route of exposure. However, there has been little investigation whether commercial-brands of dog foods contain BPA and potential health ramifications of BPA-dietary exposure in dogs. We sought to determine BPA content within dog food, whether short-term consumption of these diets increases serum concentrations of BPA, and potential health consequences, as assessed by potential hematological, serum chemistry, cortisol, DNA methylation, and gut microbiome changes, in dogs associated with short-term dietary exposure to BPA...
December 5, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932037/determination-of-arsenic-speciation-and-the-possible-source-of-methylated-arsenic-in-panax-notoginseng
#17
Meilin Zhu, Xiancai Zeng, Yanxue Jiang, Xiaoting Fan, Sihong Chao, Hongbin Cao, Wensheng Zhang
Arsenic species and a possible source of methylated arsenic in a Panax Notoginseng (PN) medicinal plant were explored to further understand the change of inorganic arsenic to the less toxic methylated form to minimize the health risks associated with its medicinal use. Arsenic speciation in PN from major planting areas was determined using high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with hydride generator-atomic fluorescence (HPLC-HG-AFS). Pot experiments were performed to explore the source of methylated arsenic in PN, and the arsenite methyltransferase (arsM) gene abundance was determined using quantitative reverse transcription PCR (q-RTPCR)...
December 5, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931521/epigenetic-regulation-of-placental-glucose-transporters-mediates-maternal-cadmium-induced-fetal-growth-restriction
#18
Peng Xu, Zhongqiang Wu, Yao Xi, Lan Wang
Cadmium (Cd) is one of the most toxic environmental pollutants that cause fetal malformation and growth restriction. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying maternal Cd toxicity on fetal growth remain largely unknown. Specifically, the role of placental nutrient transporters, including glucose transporters (GLUTs), has been poorly characterized in the etiology of Cd-induced fetal growth restriction (FGR). In the present study, we established a murine model of FGR induced by maternal Cd exposure, and examined the toxic effects of Cd on placental GLUTs...
November 30, 2016: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931506/neural-stem-cells-derived-from-human-parthenogenetic-stem-cells-engraft-and-promote-recovery-in-a-nonhuman-primate-model-of-parkinsons-disease
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Rodolfo Gonzalez, Ibon Garitaonandia, Maxim Poustovoitov, Tatiana Abramihina, Caleb McEntire, Ben Culp, Jordan Attwood, Alexander Noskov, Trudy Christiansen-Weber, Marwa Khater, Sergio Mora-Castilla, Cuong To, Andrew Crain, Glenn Sherman, Andrey Semechkin, Louise C Laurent, John D Elsworth, John Sladek, Evan Y Snyder, D Eugene Redmond, Russell A Kern
Cell therapy has attracted considerable interest as a promising therapeutic alternative for patients with Parkinsons disease (PD). Clinical studies have shown that grafted fetal neural tissue can achieve considerable biochemical and clinical improvements in PD. However, the source of fetal tissue grafts is limited and ethically controversial. Human parthenogenetic stem cells offer a good alternative because they are derived from unfertilized oocytes without destroying potentially viable human embryos and can be used to generate an unlimited supply of neural cells for transplantation...
November 2016: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931182/exposure-of-bovine-oocytes-and-embryos-to-elevated-non-esterified-fatty-acid-concentrations-integration-of-epigenetic-and-transcriptomic-signatures-in-resultant-blastocysts
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K L J Desmet, V Van Hoeck, D Gagné, E Fournier, A Thakur, A M O'Doherty, C P Walsh, M A Sirard, P E J Bols, J L M R Leroy
BACKGROUND: Metabolic stress associated with negative energy balance in high producing dairy cattle and obesity in women is a risk factor for decreased fertility. Non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) are involved in this pathogenesis as they jeopardize oocyte and embryo development. Growing evidence indicates that maternal metabolic disorders can disturb epigenetic programming, such as DNA methylation, in the offspring. Oocyte maturation and early embryo development coincide with methylation changes and both are sensitive to adverse environments...
December 8, 2016: BMC Genomics
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