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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430827/dual-role-of-the-toxoplasma-gondii-clathrin-adaptor-ap1-in-the-sorting-of-rhoptry-and-microneme-proteins-and-in-parasite-division
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Kannan Venugopal, Elisabeth Werkmeister, Nicolas Barois, Jean-Michel Saliou, Anais Poncet, Ludovic Huot, Fabien Sindikubwabo, Mohamed Ali Hakimi, Gordon Langsley, Frank Lafont, Sabrina Marion
Toxoplasma gondii possesses a highly polarized secretory system, which efficiently assembles de novo micronemes and rhoptries during parasite replication. These apical secretory organelles release their contents into host cells promoting parasite invasion and survival. Using a CreLox-based inducible knock-out strategy and the ddFKBP over-expression system, we unraveled novel functions of the clathrin adaptor complex TgAP1. First, our data indicate that AP1 in T. gondii likely functions as a conserved heterotetrameric complex composed of the four subunits γ, β, μ1, σ1 and interacts with known regulators of clathrin-mediated vesicular budding such as the unique ENTH-domain containing protein, which we named Epsin-like protein (TgEpsL)...
April 21, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424666/napa-mediates-a-redox-regulation-of-the-antioxidant-response-carbon-utilization-and-development-in-aspergillus-nidulans
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Ariann E Mendoza-Martínez, Fernando Lara-Rojas, Olivia Sánchez, Jesús Aguirre
The redox-regulated transcription factors (TFs) of the bZIP AP1 family, such as yeast Yap1 and fission yeast Pap1, are activated by peroxiredoxin proteins (Prxs) to regulate the antioxidant response. Previously, Aspergillus nidulans mutants lacking the Yap1 ortholog NapA have been characterized as sensitive to H2O2 and menadione. Here we study NapA roles in relation to TFs SrrA and AtfA, also involved in oxidant detoxification, showing that these TFs play different roles in oxidative stress resistance, catalase gene regulation and development, during A...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424250/unifying-mechanism-for-different-fibrotic-diseases
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Gerlinde Wernig, Shih-Yu Chen, Lu Cui, Camille Van Neste, Jonathan M Tsai, Neeraja Kambham, Hannes Vogel, Yaso Natkunam, D Gary Gilliland, Garry Nolan, Irving L Weissman
Fibrotic diseases are not well-understood. They represent a number of different diseases that are characterized by the development of severe organ fibrosis without any obvious cause, such as the devastating diseases idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and scleroderma. These diseases have a poor prognosis comparable with endstage cancer and are uncurable. Given the phenotypic differences, it was assumed that the different fibrotic diseases also have different pathomechanisms. Here, we demonstrate that many endstage fibrotic diseases, including IPF; scleroderma; myelofibrosis; kidney-, pancreas-, and heart-fibrosis; and nonalcoholic steatohepatosis converge in the activation of the AP1 transcription factor c-JUN in the pathologic fibroblasts...
April 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423685/tumor-fibroblast-interactions-stimulate-tumor-vascularization-by-enhancing-cytokine-driven-production-of-mmp9-by-tumor-cells
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Michelle Limoge, Alfiya Safina, Amy Beattie, Lauren Kapus, Alexander M Truskinovsky, Andrei V Bakin
Advance-stage breast carcinomas include significant amounts of fibroblasts and infiltrating immune cells which have been implicated in tumor growth, recurrence, and response to therapy. The present study investigated the contribution of fibroblasts to tumor growth using direct tumor-fibroblast co-cultures and tumor xenograft models. Our findings revealed that fibroblasts enhance breast carcinoma growth by promoting the tumor vasculature via the MMP9-dependent mechanism. In tumor-fibroblast co-cultures, fibroblasts increased expression of TGF-β, TNF, and IL-1β cytokines in tumor cells...
March 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414166/evaluation-and-application-of-molecular-genotyping-on-nosocomial-pathogen-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-in-guangzhou-representative-of-southern-china
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Jian Miao, Lequn Chen, Jingwen Wang, Wenxin Wang, Dingqiang Chen, Lin Li, Bing Li, Yang Deng, Zhenbo Xu
Staphylococcus aureus is recognized as a typical food-born pathogen in food safety, and its rapid detection and typing methods are in desperate need. To study their evolution characteristics and drug resistance condition, Staphylococci isolates were subject to the investigation. Strain identification were subjected to standard procedures (colony morphology, Gram staining, Vitek 2 automated system and the API commercial kit), and fingerprinting was then performed with RAPD-PCR amplification. In this study, 179 isolated staphylococci were identified as MRSA...
April 14, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408756/apple-pomace-improves-the-quality-of-pig-manure-aerobic-compost-by-reducing-emissions-of-nh3-and-n2o
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Hui Mao, Teng Zhang, Ronghua Li, Bingnian Zhai, Zhaohui Wang, Quan Wang, Zengqiang Zhang
In this study, the effects of apple pomace (AP) addition (0%, 5%, 10%, and 20% on a dry weight basis, named as control, AP1, AP2, and AP3) and citric acid (CA) addition on nitrogen conservation were investigated during aerobic composting of pig manure. Gaseous emissions of NH3 and N2O were inhibited by AP and CA addition, with AP's effect greater. The inhibition improved with increasing AP addition. The AP3 treatment was the most effective on NH3 adsorption and transformation to [Formula: see text]-N, improved with subsequent transformation to [Formula: see text]-N, and inhibition of N2O and [Formula: see text] production...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386268/doap1-promotes-flowering-in-the-orchid-dendrobium-chao-praya-smile
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Nunchanoke Sawettalake, Sumontip Bunnag, Yanwen Wang, Lisha Shen, Hao Yu
APETALA1 (AP1) encodes a key MADS-box transcription factor that specifies the floral meristem identity on the flank of the inflorescence meristem, and determines the identity of perianth floral organs in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Orchids are members of the Orchidaceae, one of the largest families of angiosperms. Although the expression patterns of a few AP1-like genes in orchids have been reported, their actual functions in orchid reproductive development are so far largely unknown. In this study, we isolated and characterized an AP1 ortholog, DOAP1, from Dendrobium Chao Praya Smile...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385730/transcription-factor-interplay-between-leafy-and-apetala1-cauliflower-during-floral-initiation
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Kevin Goslin, Beibei Zheng, Antonio Serrano-Mislata, Liina Rae, Patrick T Ryan, Kamila Kwaśniewska, Bennett Thomson, Diarmuid O'Maoileidigh, Francisco Madueno, Frank Wellmer, Emmanuelle Graciet
The transcription factors LEAFY (LFY) and APETALA1 (AP1), together with the AP1 paralog CAULIFLOWER (CAL), control the onset of flower development in a partially redundant manner. This redundancy is thought to be mediated, at least in part, through the regulation of a shared set of target genes. However, whether these genes are independently or cooperatively regulated by LFY and AP1/CAL, is currently unknown. To better understand the regulatory relationship between LFY and AP1/CAL during floral initiation, we monitored the activity of LFY in the absence of AP1/CAL function...
April 6, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370545/molecular-mechanism-of-feedback-regulation-of-17%C3%AE-estradiol-on-two-kiss-genes-in-the-protogynous-orange-spotted-grouper-epinephelus-coioides
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Yin Guo, Qingqing Wang, Gaofei Li, Meng He, Haipei Tang, Haifa Zhang, Xiaoli Yang, Xiaochun Liu, Haoran Lin
Kisspeptins are considered critical regulators in the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis because they can stimulate secretion of Gonadotropin-releasing hormone in mammals, and may also mediate the feedback regulation of sex steroids in the hypothalamus. Two kiss1 paralogues (kiss1 and kiss2) were identified in teleosts, hinting at their increased complexity of signaling for sex-steroid feedback regulation. In the present study, molecular pathways by which 17β-estradiol (E2 ) exerted feedback regulation on two kiss genes, via three types of estrogen receptors, were investigated in the protogynous orange-spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides)...
March 30, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369444/med12-related-xlid-disorders-are-dose-dependent-of-immediate-early-genes-iegs-expression
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Lise-Marie Donnio, Baptiste Bidon, Satoru Hashimoto, Melanie May, Alexei Epantchintsev, Colm Ryan, William Allen, Anna Hackett, Jozef Gecz, Cindy Skinner, Roger E Stevenson, Arjan P M de Brouwer, Charles Coutton, Christine Francannet, Pierre-Simon Jouk, Charles E Schwartz, Jean-Marc Egly
Mediator occupies a key role in protein coding genes expression in mediating the contacts between gene specific factors and the basal transcription machinery but little is known regarding the role of each Mediator subunits. Mutations in MED12 are linked with a broad spectrum of genetic disorders with X-linked intellectual disability that are difficult to range as Lujan, Opitz-Kaveggia or Ohdo syndromes. Here, we investigated several MED12 patients mutations (p.R206Q, p.N898D, p.R961W, p.N1007S, p.R1148H, p...
March 24, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366453/genetic-correction-of-sod1-mutant-ipscs-reveals-erk-and-jnk-activated-ap1-as-a-driver-of-neurodegeneration-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Akshay Bhinge, Seema C Namboori, Xiaoyu Zhang, Antonius M J VanDongen, Lawrence W Stanton
Although mutations in several genes with diverse functions have been known to cause amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), it is unknown to what extent causal mutations impinge on common pathways that drive motor neuron (MN)-specific neurodegeneration. In this study, we combined induced pluripotent stem cells-based disease modeling with genome engineering and deep RNA sequencing to identify pathways dysregulated by mutant SOD1 in human MNs. Gene expression profiling and pathway analysis followed by pharmacological screening identified activated ERK and JNK signaling as key drivers of neurodegeneration in mutant SOD1 MNs...
April 11, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365222/signaling-pathways-linking-inflammation-to-insulin-resistance
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Hamid Zand, Nava Morshedzadeh, Farnush Naghashian
Inflammation is closely linked to the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and chronic inflammation is one of the main causes of insulin resistance. Insulin pathway is very important for the regulation of glucose, lipid, and energy homeostasis, growth and mitogenic. Proinflammatory mediators can be related to obesity and induce insulin- resistance in adipose tissue. Signaling pathways of transcription factors, particularly NF-κB signaling, are involved in insulin-sensitivity. In addition, the crosstalk between M1-M2 macrophage polarizing plays an essential role in insulin resistance by switching from an M1 to an M2 phenotype and also activation of transcription factors such as NF-κB and AP1...
March 10, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362994/identification-of-genes-related-to-floral-organ-development-in-pak-choi-by-expression-profiling
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H X Song, A M Ping, M X Sun, X H Qi, M Y Gao, X Y Xu, Z J Zhu, M L Li, L P Hou
Pak choi is a highly nutritious vegetable that is widely grown in China, Southeast Asia, and other parts of the world. Because it reproduces by seed, it is very important to understand the mechanism of floral organ development. Therefore, using the Chinese cabbage genome as a reference, this study analyzed the expression profiles of shoot apex genes at flower bud differentiation stages 1 and 5, in order to identify genes related to floral organ development. The results showed that the proportion of mapped genes was high, with 84...
March 30, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361995/comparative-transcriptomic-analysis-of-vernalization-and-cytokinin-induced-floral-transition-in-dendrobium-nobile
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Zhenzhen Wen, Wenzhong Guo, Jinchi Li, Haisheng Lin, Chunmei He, Yunquan Liu, Qunyu Zhang, Wei Liu
Vernalization is required for floral initiation in Dendrobium. Interestingly, those beneficial effects can also be achieved by exogenous cytokinin application in greenhouses. Thus, an as yet unknown crosstalk/interaction may exist between vernalization and cytokinin signaling pathways. In this study, we showed, by de novo transcriptome assembly using RNA-seq data from both vegetative and reproductive tissue samples, that some floral transition-related genes-DnVRN1, FT, SOC1, LFY and AP1-were differentially expressed in low-temperature-challenged (LT) or thidiazuron (TDZ)-treated plants, compared to those mock-treated (CK)...
March 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348568/a-bacterial-artificial-chromosome-reporter-system-for-expression-of-the-human-foxp3-gene-in-mouse-regulatory-t-cells
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Masato Tsuda, Yukiko Tone, Chihiro Ogawa, Yoshiko Nagaoka, Makoto Katsumata, Andra Necula, Duncan Howie, Esteban Masuda, Herman Waldmann, Masahide Tone
The transcription factor FOXP3 plays key roles in the development and function of regulatory T cells (Treg) capable of preventing and correcting immunopathology. There has been much interest in exploiting Treg as adoptive cell therapy in man, but issues of lack of nominal antigen-specificity and stability of FoxP3 expression in the face of pro-inflammatory cytokines have been a concern. In order to enable fundamental studies of human FOXP3 (hFOXP3) gene regulation and to provide preclinical tools to guide the selection of drugs that might modulate hFOXP3 expression for therapeutic purposes, we generated hFOXP3/AmCyan bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) transgenic mice and transfectants, wherein hFOXP3 expression was read out as AmCyan expression...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347804/o-glcnac-transferase-promotes-fatty-liver-associated-liver-cancer-through-inducing-palmitic-acid-and-activating-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Weiqi Xu, Xiang Zhang, Jian-Lin Wu, Li Fu, Ken Liu, Dabin Liu, George Gong Chen, Paul Bo-San Lai, Nathalie Wong, Jun Yu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) is a unique glycosyltransferase involved in metabolic reprogramming. We investigated the functional role of OGT in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease-associated hepatocellular carcinoma (NAFLD-HCC). METHODS: The biological function of OGT in NAFLD-HCC was determined by gain- or loss- of OGT functional assays in vitro and in nude mice. OGT target factors and pathways were identified by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS), promoter luciferase assay, DNA binding activity assay and Western blot...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
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
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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
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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
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