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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290557/ectopic-expression-of-arabidopsis-fd-and-fd-paralogue-in-rice-results-in-dwarfism-with-size-reduction-of-spikelets
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Seonghoe Jang, Hsing-Yi Li, Mei-Lin Kuo
Key flowering genes, FD and FD PARALOGUE (FDP) encoding bZIP transcription factors that interact with a FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) in Arabidopsis were ectopically expressed in rice since we found AtFD and AtFDP also interact with HEADING DATE 3a (Hd3a) and RICE FLOWERING LOCUS T 1 (RFT1). Transgenic rice plants overexpressing AtFD and AtFDP caused reduction in plant height and spikelet size with decreased expression of genes involved in cell elongation without significant flowering time alteration in spite of increased expression of OsMADS14 and OsMADS15, rice homologues of APETALA1 (AP1) in the leaves...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278201/the-symbiotic-bacterial-surface-factor-polysaccharide-a-on-bacteroides-fragilis-inhibits-il-1%C3%AE-induced-inflammation-in-human-fetal-enterocytes-via-toll-receptors-2-and-4
#2
Fei Jiang, Di Meng, Meiqian Weng, Weishu Zhu, Wenxue Wu, Dennis Kasper, W Allan Walker
Colonizing bacteria interacting with the immature, unlike the mature, human intestine favors inflammation over immune homeostasis. As a result, ten percent of premature infants under 1500 grams weight develop an inflammatory necrosis of the intestine after birth, e.g., necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). NEC is a major health problem in this population causing extensive morbidity and mortality and an enormous expenditure of health care dollars. NEC can be prevented by giving preterm infants their mother's expressed breast milk or ingesting selective probiotic organisms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274746/transcription-factors-sf1-and-cjun-cooperate-to-activate-the-fdx1-promoter-in-ma-10-leydig-cells
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Pauline Roumaud, Arlette Rwigemera, Luc J Martin
The Ferredoxin 1 (FDX1) protein supports steroid biosynthesis in steroidogenic cells through electron transfer to the rate-limiting steroidogenic enzyme, CYP11A1. The latter catalyzes the conversion of cholesterol to pregnenolone through side chain cleavage inside the mitochondria. Thus far, only several transcription factors have been implicated in the regulation of mouse Fdx1 promoter activity in Leydig cells. These include the nuclear receptor SF1 and SP1. Since two conserved regulatory elements for AP1 transcription factors have been located at -764 and -617bp of the Fdx1 promoter, we hypothesized that cJUN may cooperate with other partners to regulate Fdx1 in Leydig cells...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274739/dual-role-of-act1-in-keratinocyte-differentiation-and-host-defense-traf3ip2-silencing-alters-keratinocyte-differentiation-while-inhibiting-il-17-responses
#4
Sylviane Lambert, William R Swindell, Lam C Tsoi, Stefan W Stoll, James T Elder
TRAF3IP2 is a candidate psoriasis susceptibility gene encoding Act1, an adaptor protein with ubiquitin ligase activity that couples the IL-17 receptor to downstream signaling pathways. We investigated the role of Act1 in keratinocyte responses to IL-17 using a tetracycline inducible shRNA targeting TRAF3IP2. Tet exposure for seven days effectively silenced TRAF3IP2 mRNA and Act1 protein, resulting in 761 genes with significant changes in expression (495 down, 266 up, >1.5-fold, p<0.05). Gene Ontology analysis revealed that genes affected by TRAF3IP2 silencing are involved in epidermal differentiation, with early differentiation genes (KRT1, KRT10, DSC1, DSG1) being downregulated and late differentiation genes (SPRR2, SPRR3, LCE3) being upregulated...
March 5, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267258/normal-human-immune-cells-are-sensitive-to-telomerase-inhibition-by-brassica-derived-3-3-diindolylmethane-partly-mediated-via-er%C3%AE-%C3%AE-ap1-signalling
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Corinna Herz, Hoai Thi Thu Tran, Steffen Landerer, Johanna Gaus, Nina Schlotz, Lia Lehr, Wolfgang R Schäfer, Oliver Treeck, Grace Akinyi Odongo, Ivan Skatchov, Evelyn Lamy
SCOPE: Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) and 3,3'-diindolylmethane (DIM) from Brassica plants are regarded as promising anticancer phytochemicals. The enzyme telomerase is a very attractive target for cancer therapeutics; in normal cells such as lymphocytes, it plays a decisive role for cell maintenance. The effect of I3C and DIM on telomerase in normal human immune cells (PBMC) was studied compared to leukaemia cells (HL-60). Signalling of telomerase regulation via estrogen receptor (ER) was addressed...
March 7, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266648/the-trisaccharide-raffinose-modulates-epidermal-differentiation-through-activation-of-liver-x-receptor
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Tae-Young Na, Gyeong-Hwan Kim, Hyeon-Jeong Oh, Min-Ho Lee, Yong-Hyun Han, Ki Taek Kim, Ji-Su Kim, Dae-Duk Kim, Mi-Ock Lee
The epidermal barrier function requires optimal keratinocyte differentiation and epidermal lipid synthesis. Liver X receptor (LXR) α and β, are important transcriptional regulators of the epidermal gene expression. Here, we show that raffinose, a ubiquitously present trisaccharide in plants, activated the transcriptional activity of LXRα/β, which led to the induction of genes required for keratinocyte differentiation such as involucrin and filaggrin, and genes involved in lipid metabolism and transport including SCD1 and ABCA1 in both HaCaT and normal human epidermal keratinocytes...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240606/anticancer-kinase-inhibitors-impair-intracellular-viral-trafficking-and-exert-broad-spectrum-antiviral-effects
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Elena Bekerman, Gregory Neveu, Ana Shulla, Jennifer Brannan, Szu-Yuan Pu, Stanley Wang, Fei Xiao, Rina Barouch-Bentov, Russell R Bakken, Roberto Mateo, Jennifer Govero, Claude M Nagamine, Michael S Diamond, Steven De Jonghe, Piet Herdewijn, John M Dye, Glenn Randall, Shirit Einav
Global health is threatened by emerging viral infections, which largely lack effective vaccines or therapies. Targeting host pathways that are exploited by multiple viruses could offer broad-spectrum solutions. We previously reported that AAK1 and GAK, kinase regulators of the host adaptor proteins AP1 and AP2, are essential for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, but the underlying mechanism and relevance to other viruses or in vivo infections remained unknown. Here, we have discovered that AP1 and AP2 cotraffic with HCV particles in live cells...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230834/risk-stratification-for-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-by-factors-within-24%C3%A2-h-after-birth
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K Terui, K Nagata, Y Kanamori, S Takahashi, M Hayakawa, H Okuyama, N Inamura, H Yoshida, T Taguchi, N Usui
OBJECTIVE: To establish a simple risk stratification system for patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) based on postnatal information within 24 h after birth. STUDY DESIGN: A multi-institutional retrospective cohort study was conducted including 348 neonates who had isolated CDH born between 2006 and 2010. Based on the two most powerful variables for 90-day survival selected by multivariate analyses, a risk stratification system was established. RESULTS: Multiple logistic regression analysis identified two adverse prognostic factors: an Apgar score at 1 min (Ap1) of 0-4 (odds ratio (OR) 3...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222755/wd-repeat-protein-wdr13-is-a-novel-transcriptional-regulator-of-c-jun-and-modulates-intestinal-homeostasis-in-mice
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Vijay Pratap Singh, Saritha Katta, Satish Kumar
BACKGROUND: WDR13 is a member of the WD repeat protein family and is expressed in several tissues of human and mice. Previous studies in our laboratory showed that the lack of this gene in mice resulted in mild obesity, hyperinsulinemia, enhanced beta cell proliferation and protection from inflammation. However, the molecular mechanism of WDR13 action is not well understood. METHODS: In the present study, we used AOM/DSS to induce colitis-mediated colorectal tumor after establishing expression of Wdr13 gene in colon...
February 21, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202395/sulfiredoxin-involved-in-the-protection-of-peroxiredoxins-against-hyperoxidation-in-the-early-hyperglycaemia
#10
Sa Shi, Yunqiu Guo, Yanping Lou, Quanfeng Li, Xiaona Cai, Xin Zhong, Hong Li
As a direct consequence of hyperglycaemia, the excessive generation of ROS is central to the pathogenesis of diabetic cardiomyopathy. We hypothesize that stimulation of high glucose (HG) results in an increased sulfiredoxin (Srx) expression, which regulates ROS signaling through reducing the hyperoxidized peroxiredoxins (Prxs). We show that hyperoxidized Prxs were initially reduced in the preliminary stage but then dramatically increased in advanced stage and these changes corresponded to a significant increase of Srx expression in the heart of diabetic rats...
March 15, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197812/mcpip1-contributes-to-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinomas-development
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Janusz Ligeza, Paulina Marona, Natalia Gach, Barbara Lipert, Katarzyna Miekus, Waclaw Wilk, Janusz Jaszczynski, Andrzej Stelmach, Agnieszka Loboda, Jozef Dulak, Wojciech Branicki, Janusz Rys, Jolanta Jura
Monocyte Chemoattractant protein-induced protein 1 (MCPIP1), also known as Regnase-1, is encoded by the ZC3H12a gene, and it mediates inflammatory processes by regulating the stability of transcripts coding for proinflammatory cytokines and controlling activity of transcription factors, such as NF-κB and AP1. We found that MCPIP1 transcript and protein levels are strongly downregulated in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) samples, which were derived from patients surgically treated for renal cancer compared to surrounded normal tissues...
February 14, 2017: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188290/activated-cdc42-associated-kinase-1-ack1-binds-the-sam-domain-of-adaptor-slp-76-and-phosphorylates-proximal-tyrosines
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Youg R Thaker, Asha Recino, Monika Raab, Asma Jabeen, Maja Wallberg, Nelson Fernandez, Christopher E Rudd
The adaptor protein Src homology 2 domain-containing leukocyte phospho-protein of 76 kDa (SLP-76) plays a crucial role in T-cell activation by linking antigen receptor (TCR) signals to downstream pathways. At its N-terminus, SLP-76 has three key N-terminus tyrosines (Y113, Y128 and Y145, or 3Y) as well as a sterile-α motif (SAM) domain, whose function is unclear. We previously showed that the SAM domain has two binding regions that mediate dimer and oligomer formation. In this study, we have identified SAM domain-carrying non-receptor tyrosine kinase, activated Cdc42-associated tyrosine kinase 1 (ACK1; also known as Tnk2, tyrosine kinase non receptor 2), as a novel binding partner of SLP-76...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174623/expression-patterns-of-passiflora-edulis-apetala1-fruitfull-homologues-shed-light-onto-tendril-and-corona-identities
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Livia C T Scorza, Jose Hernandes-Lopes, Gladys F A Melo-de-Pinna, Marcelo C Dornelas
BACKGROUND: Passiflora (passionflowers) makes an excellent model for studying plant evolutionary development. They are mostly perennial climbers that display axillary tendrils, which are believed to be modifications of the inflorescence. Passionflowers are also recognized by their unique flower features, such as the extra whorls of floral organs composed of corona filaments and membranes enclosing the nectary. Although some work on Passiflora organ ontogeny has been done, the developmental identity of both Passiflora tendrils and the corona is still controversial...
2017: EvoDevo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166220/neuronal-activity-modifies-the-chromatin-accessibility-landscape-in-the-adult-brain
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Yijing Su, Jaehoon Shin, Chun Zhong, Sabrina Wang, Prith Roychowdhury, Jongseuk Lim, David Kim, Guo-Li Ming, Hongjun Song
Neuronal activity-induced gene expression modulates the function and plasticity of the nervous system. It is unknown whether and to what extent neuronal activity may trigger changes in chromatin accessibility, a major mode of epigenetic regulation of gene expression. Here we compared chromatin accessibility landscapes of adult mouse dentate granule neurons in vivo before and after synchronous neuronal activation using an assay for transposase-accessible chromatin using sequencing (ATAC-seq). We found genome-wide changes 1 h after activation, with enrichment of gained-open sites at active enhancer regions and at binding sites for AP1-complex components, including c-Fos...
March 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127697/differential-mechanisms-of-inflammation-and-endothelial-dysfunction-by-hiv-1-subtype-b-and-recombinant-crf02_ag-tat-proteins-on-human-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells-implications-for-viral-neuropathogenesis
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Biju Bhargavan, Georgette D Kanmogne
The recombinant HIV-1 CRF02_AG is prevalent in West-Central Africa but its effects on the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) are not known. We analyzed the effects of Tat from HIV-1 subtype-B (Tat.B) and CRF02_AG (Tat.AG) on primary human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBMEC), the major BBB component. Exposure of HBMEC to Tat.B increased IL-6 expression and transcription by 9- (P < 0.001) and 113-fold (P < 0.001), respectively, whereas Tat.AG increased IL-6 expression and transcription by 2...
January 27, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121620/hypothalamic-%C3%AE-fosb-prevents-age-related-metabolic-decline-and-functions-via-sns
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Kazusa Sato, Anna Idelevich, Kenichi Nagano, Glenn C Rowe, Francesca Gori, Roland Baron
The ventral hypothalamus (VHT) integrates several physiological cues to maintain glucose homeostasis and energy balance. Aging is associated with increased glucose intolerance but the underlying mechanisms responsible for age-related metabolic decline, including neuronal signaling in the VHT, remain elusive. We have shown that mice with VHT-targeted overexpression of ∆FosB, a splice variant of the AP1 transcription factor FosB, exhibit increased energy expenditure, leading to decreased adiposity. Here, we show that VHT-targeted overexpression of ∆FosB also improves glucose tolerance, increases insulin sensitivity in target organs and thereby suppresses insulin secretion...
January 20, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115699/similarities-and-differences-in-the-transcriptional-control-of-expression-of-the-mouse-tslp-gene-in-skin-epidermis-and-intestinal-epithelium
#17
Krishna Priya Ganti, Atish Mukherji, Milan Surjit, Mei Li, Pierre Chambon
We previously reported that selective ablation of the nuclear receptors retinoid X receptor (RXR)-α and RXR-β in mouse epidermal keratinocytes (RXR-αβ(ep-/-)) or a topical application of active vitamin D3 (VD3) and/or all-trans retinoic acid (RA) on wild-type mouse skin induces a human atopic dermatitis-like phenotype that is triggered by an increased expression of the thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP) proinflammatory cytokine. We demonstrate here that in epidermal keratinocytes, unliganded heterodimers of vitamin D receptor (VDR)/RXR-α and retinoic acid receptor-γ (RAR-γ)/RXR-β are bound as repressing complexes to their cognate DNA-binding sequence(s) (DBS) in the TSLP promoter regulatory region...
February 7, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110870/combined-treatment-with-zingerone-and-its-novel-derivative-synergistically-inhibits-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-migration-and-invasion-of-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#18
Young-Joo Kim, Youngsic Jeon, Taejung Kim, Won-Chul Lim, Jungyeob Ham, Young Nyun Park, Tae-Jin Kim, Hyeonseok Ko
The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is an important cellular process during which polarized epithelial cells become motile mesenchymal cells, which promote cancer metastasis. Ginger, the rhizome of Zingiber officinale, is extensively used in cooking worldwide and also as a traditional medicinal herb with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties. Several pungent compounds have been identified in ginger, including zingerone, which has anticancer potential. However, the role of zingerone in EMT is unclear...
December 20, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099902/anthelmintic-mebendazole-enhances-cisplatin-s-effect-on-suppressing-cell-proliferation-and-promotes-differentiation-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-hnscc
#19
Fugui Zhang, Yong Li, Hongmei Zhang, Enyi Huang, Lina Gao, Wenping Luo, Qiang Wei, Jiaming Fan, Dongzhe Song, Junyi Liao, Yulong Zou, Feng Liu, Jianxiang Liu, Jiayi Huang, Dan Guo, Chao Ma, Xue Hu, Li Li, Xiangyang Qu, Liqun Chen, Xinyi Yu, Zhicai Zhang, Tingting Wu, Hue H Luu, Rex C Haydon, Jinlin Song, Tong-Chuan He, Ping Ji
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is one of the most common and aggressive types of human cancers worldwide. Nearly a half of HNSCC patients experience recurrence within five years of treatment and develop resistance to chemotherapy. Thus, there is an urgent clinical need to develop safe and novel anticancer therapies for HNSCC. Here, we investigate the possibility of repurposing the anthelmintic drug mebendazole (MBZ) as an anti-HNSCC agent. Using the two commonly-used human HNSCC lines CAL27 and SCC15, we demonstrate MBZ exerts more potent anti-proliferation activity than cisplatin in human HNSCC cells...
January 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098947/conservation-vs-divergence-in-leafy-and-apetala1-functions-between-arabidopsis-thaliana-and-cardamine-hirsuta
#20
Marie Monniaux, Sarah M McKim, Maria Cartolano, Emmanuel Thévenon, François Parcy, Miltos Tsiantis, Angela Hay
A conserved genetic toolkit underlies the development of diverse floral forms among angiosperms. However, the degree of conservation vs divergence in the configuration of these gene regulatory networks is less clear. We addressed this question in a parallel genetic study between the closely related species Arabidopsis thaliana and Cardamine hirsuta. We identified leafy (lfy) and apetala1 (ap1) alleles in a mutant screen for floral regulators in C. hirsuta. C. hirsuta lfy mutants showed a complete homeotic conversion of flowers to leafy shoots, mimicking lfy ap1 double mutants in A...
January 18, 2017: New Phytologist
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