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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902472/molecular-mechanism-of-hepatitis-b-virus-hbv-on-suppression-of-raf-kinase-inhibitor-protein-rkip-expression
#1
Xiao-Ke Cheng, Guo-Zheng Yu, Xiao-Dong Li, Xue-Qun Ren
Raf kinase inhibitor protein (RKIP) has been shown to be a suppressor of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway and is reported to be involved in human malignancy. However, the molecular mechanism of hepatitis B virus (HBV) in regulating RKIP expression is not yet clarified. In this study, we compared RKIP expression in 107 pairs of matched liver cancer and adjacent non-cancerous liver tissues. Among seven HBV-encoded proteins, we found HBV X (HBX) protein could significantly inhibit the expression level of RKIP, indicating that HBV could suppress RKIP expression through regulating HBX...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864692/transglutaminase-2-is-involved-in-amyloid-beta1-42-induced-pro-inflammatory-activation-via-ap1-jnk-signalling-pathways-in-thp-1-monocytes
#2
Monica Currò, Chiara Gangemi, Maria Laura Giunta, Nadia Ferlazzo, Michele Navarra, Riccardo Ientile, Daniela Caccamo
Deposition of amyloid-beta (Aβ) peptides has been shown to induce the release of inflammatory factors by activated microglia and brain infiltrating monocytes/macrophages. Interestingly, the enzyme transglutaminase 2 (TG2) has been shown to play a key role in neuroinflammation and regulation of transcription factors involved in immunomodulation. In this study, we aimed to better elucidate the mechanisms underlying TG2 involvement in the pro-inflammatory signaling pathway activated by fibrillar Aβ1-42 in THP-1 monocytes...
November 18, 2016: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833998/functional-conservation-and-divergence-of-five-sepallata-like-genes-from-a-basal-eudicot-tree-platanus-acerifolia
#3
Sisi Zhang, Shunjiao Lu, Shuangshuang Yi, Hongji Han, Lei Liu, Jiaqi Zhang, Manzhu Bao, Guofeng Liu
Five SEP -like genes were cloned and identified from Platanus acerifolia through the analysis of expression profiles, protein-protein interaction patterns, and transgenic phenotypes, which suggested that they play conservative and diverse functions in floral initiation and development, fruit development, bud growth, and dormancy. SEPALLATA (SEP) genes have been well characterized in core eudicots and some monocots, and they play important and diverse roles in plant development, including flower meristem initiation, floral organ identity, and fruit development and ripening...
November 11, 2016: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815142/spl3-4-5-integrate-developmental-aging-and%C3%A2-photoperiodic-signals-into-the-ft-fd-module-in-arabidopsis-flowering
#4
Jae-Hoon Jung, Hyo-Jun Lee, Jae Yong Ryu, Chung-Mo Park
Environmental sensitivity varies across developmental phases in flowering plants. In the juvenile phase, microRNA156 (miR156)-mediated repression of SQUAMOSA PROMOTER-BINDING PROTEIN-LIKE (SPL) transcription factors renders Arabidopsis plants incompetent to floral inductive signals, including long-day (LD) photoperiod. During the vegetative phase transition, which accompanies a reduction of miR156 and a concomitant elevation of its targets, plants acquire reproductive competence such that LD signals promote flowering...
November 1, 2016: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27808010/role-of-neuroinflammation-and-latent-transcription-factors-in-pathogenesis-of-parkinson-s-disease
#5
Rishi Pal, Prafulla Chandra Tiwari, Rajendra Nath, Kamlesh Kumar Pant
Parkinson's disease (PD) the second most common age-associated progressive neurodegenerative disorder is characterized by loss of dopaminergic neurons, cytoplasmic inclusions of aggregated proteins (Lewy bodies), and neuroinflammation. The inflammation of neurons causes release of various inflammatory mediators (IFNs, EGF, IL5, IL6, HGF, LIF and BMP2). The hallmarks of neuroinflammation are the presence of activated microglia and reactive astrocytes in the parenchyma of the CNS and increased production of cytokines, chemokines, prostaglandins, complement cascade proteins, and reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) which in some cases can result in disruption of the blood brain barrier and direct participation of the adaptive immune system...
November 3, 2016: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787515/ap1-transcription-factors-are-required-to-maintain-the-peripheral-taste-system
#6
Jayasha Shandilya, Yankun Gao, Tapan K Nayak, Stefan G E Roberts, Kathryn F Medler
The sense of taste is used by organisms to achieve the optimal nutritional requirement and avoid potentially toxic compounds. In the oral cavity, taste receptor cells are grouped together in taste buds that are present in specialized taste papillae in the tongue. Taste receptor cells are the cells that detect chemicals in potential food items and transmit that information to gustatory nerves that convey the taste information to the brain. As taste cells are in contact with the external environment, they can be damaged and are routinely replaced throughout an organism's lifetime to maintain functionality...
October 27, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734377/promoter-analyses-of-ccn-genes
#7
Takanori Eguchi, Satoshi Kubota, Masaharu Takigawa
Promoter analysis is the most basics in the analysis of gene regulation. Luciferase gene is the most commonly used reporter gene in promoter analysis. Luciferase is an enzyme that is used when firefly and Renilla reniformis (sea pansy) emit light. The first experimental step in this reporter gene assay is to connect a particular DNA segment to a luciferase gene. The second step is to transfect the reporter construct into the cells. Thereafter, stable luciferase will be produced with the help of transcriptional machinery, mRNA transporters, and translational machinery in the cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27709833/mechanism-guided-design-and-synthesis-of-a-mitochondria-targeting-artemisinin-analogue-with-enhanced-anticancer-activity
#8
Chong-Jing Zhang, Jigang Wang, Jianbin Zhang, Yew Mun Lee, Guangxue Feng, Teck Kwang Lim, Han-Ming Shen, Qingsong Lin, Bin Liu
Understanding the mechanism of action (MOA) of bioactive natural products will guide endeavor to improve their cellular activities. Artemisinin and its derivatives inhibit cancer cell proliferation, yet with much lower efficiencies than their roles in killing malaria parasites. To improve their efficacies on cancer cells, we studied the MOA of artemisinin using chemical proteomics and found that free heme could directly activate artemisinin. We then designed and synthesized a derivative, ART-TPP, which is capable of targeting the drug to mitochondria where free heme is synthesized...
October 24, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27705804/insights-into-the-pathogenesis-of-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphoma-through-genome-wide-dna-methylation-profiling
#9
Melanie R Hassler, Walter Pulverer, Ranjani Lakshminarasimhan, Elisa Redl, Julia Hacker, Gavin D Garland, Olaf Merkel, Ana-Iris Schiefer, Ingrid Simonitsch-Klupp, Lukas Kenner, Daniel J Weisenberger, Andreas Weinhaeusel, Suzanne D Turner, Gerda Egger
Aberrant DNA methylation patterns in malignant cells allow insight into tumor evolution and development and can be used for disease classification. Here, we describe the genome-wide DNA methylation signatures of NPM-ALK-positive (ALK+) and NPM-ALK-negative (ALK-) anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL). We find that ALK+ and ALK- ALCL share common DNA methylation changes for genes involved in T cell differentiation and immune response, including TCR and CTLA-4, without an ALK-specific impact on tumor DNA methylation in gene promoters...
October 4, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27689766/the-abcs-of-flower-development-mutational-analysis-of-ap1-ful-like-genes-in-rice-provides-evidence-for-a-homeotic-a-function-in-grasses
#10
Feng Wu, Xiaowei Shi, Xuelei Lin, Yuan Liu, Kang Chong, Günter Theißen, Zheng Meng
The well-known ABC model describes the combinatorial interaction of homeotic genes in specifying floral organ identities. While the B- and C-functions are highly conserved throughout flowering plants and even in gymnosperms, the A-function, which specifies the identity of perianth organs (sepals and petals in eudicots), remains controversial. One reason for this is that in most plants that have been investigated thus far, with Arabidopsis being a remarkable exception, one does not find recessive mutants in which the identity of both types of perianth organs is affected...
September 30, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27662246/alterations-of-cortfl1-and-corap1-expression-correlate-with-major-evolutionary-shifts-of-inflorescence-architecture-in-cornus-cornaceae-a-proposed-model-for-variation-of-closed-inflorescence-forms
#11
Qing Ma, Xiang Liu, Robert G Franks, Qiu-Yun Jenny Xiang
TFL1-, AP1- and LFY-like genes are known to be key regulators of inflorescence development. However, it remains to be tested whether the evolutionary modifications of inflorescence morphology result from shifts in their expression patterns. We compared the spatiotemporal expression patterns of CorTFL1, CorAP1 and CorLFY in six closely related Cornus species that display four types of closed inflorescence morphology using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and RNA in situ hybridization...
September 23, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660012/gu-ben-fang-xiao-decoction-attenuates-sustained-airway-inflammation-by-suppressing-er-stress-response-in-a-murine-asthma-remission-model-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-infection
#12
Yuan Lu, Jian-Ya Xu, Xiao-Hua Zhang, Xia Zhao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: In recent years, asthma has increased dramatically in prevalence with a considerable economic burden all over the world. Long-term remission should be regarded as the promising and meaningful therapeutic goal in asthma management. However, the precise definition criteria and rational therapies for asthma remission have not been well-established. In academia, there is a consensus that even in those who develop asymptomatic remission of asthma, persistent airway inflammation is ubiquitous...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27637333/identification-of-novel-nuclear-factor-of-activated-t-cell-nfat-associated-proteins-in-t-cells
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Christian H Gabriel, Fridolin Gross, Martin Karl, Heike Stephanowitz, Anna Floriane Hennig, Melanie Weber, Stefanie Gryzik, Ivo Bachmann, Katharina Hecklau, Jürgen Wienands, Johannes Schuchhardt, Hanspeter Herzel, Andreas Radbruch, Eberhard Krause, Ria Baumgrass
Transcription factors of the nuclear factor of activated T cell (NFAT) family are essential for antigen-specific T cell activation and differentiation. Their cooperative DNA binding with other transcription factors, such as AP1 proteins (FOS, JUN, and JUNB), FOXP3, IRFs, and EGR1, dictates the gene regulatory action of NFATs. To identify as yet unknown interaction partners of NFAT, we purified biotin-tagged NFATc1/αA, NFATc1/βC, and NFATc2/C protein complexes and analyzed their components by stable isotope labeling by amino acids in cell culture-based mass spectrometry...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27632388/interplay-of-nuclear-receptors-er-pr-and-gr-and-their-steroid-hormones-in-mcf-7-cells
#14
Shubha M Hegde, M Naveen Kumar, K Kavya, K M Kiran Kumar, Rashmi Nagesh, Rajeshwari H Patil, R L Babu, Govindarajan T Ramesh, S Chidananda Sharma
Steroid hormones and their nuclear receptors play a major role in the development and progression of breast cancer. MCF-7 cells are triple-positive breast cancer cells expressing estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), and glucocorticoid receptor (GR). However, interaction and their role in expression pattern of activator protein (AP-1) transcription factors (TFs) are not completely understood. Hence, in our study, MCF-7 cells were used as an in vitro model system to study the interplay between the receptors and hormones...
November 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27625594/implication-of-genetic-deletion-of-wdr13-in-mice-mild-anxiety-better-performance-in-spatial-memory-task-with-upregulation-of-multiple-synaptic-proteins
#15
Shiladitya Mitra, Ghantasala S Sameer Kumar, Vivek Tiwari, B Jyothi Lakshmi, Suman S Thakur, Satish Kumar
WDR13 expresses from the X chromosome and has a highly conserved coding sequence. There have been multiple associations of WDR13 with memory. However, its detailed function in context of brain and behavior remains unknown. We characterized the behavioral phenotype of 2 month old male mice lacking the homolog of WDR13 gene (Wdr13 (-/0)). Taking cue from analysis of its expression in the brain, we chose hippocampus for molecular studies to delineate its function. Wdr13 (-/0) mice spent less time in the central area of the open field test (OFT) and with the novel object in novel object recognition test (NOR) as compared to the wild-type...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27584057/potential-therapeutic-targets-for-inflammation-in-toll-like-receptor-4-tlr4-mediated-signaling-pathways
#16
Anjali Roy, Mansi Srivastava, Uzma Saqib, Dongfang Liu, Syed M Faisal, Subi Sugathan, Suman Bishnoi, Mirza S Baig
Inflammation is set off when innate immune cells detect infection or tissue injury. Tight control of the severity, duration, and location of inflammation is an absolute requirement for an appropriate balance between clearance of injured tissue and pathogens versus damage to host cells. Impeding the risk associated with the imbalance in the inflammatory response requires precise identification of potential therapeutic targets involved in provoking the inflammation. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) primarily known for the pathogen recognition and subsequent immune responses are being investigated for their pathogenic role in various chronic diseases...
August 29, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27575987/chitinase-3-like-1-expression-by-human-mg63-osteoblasts-in-response-to-lysophosphatidic-acid-and-1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d3
#17
J P Mansell, M Cooke, M Read, H Rudd, A I Shiel, K Wilkins, M Manso
Chitinase 3-like 1, otherwise known as YKL-40, is a secreted glycoprotein purported to have a role in extracellular matrix metabolism. The first mammalian cell type found to express YKL-40 was the human osteosarcoma-derived osteoblast, MG63. In that first study the active vitamin D3 metabolite, 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol (1,25D), stimulated YKL-40 expression, thereby indicating that a vital factor for skeletal health promoted YKL-40 synthesis by bone forming cells. However, when these MG63 cells were exposed to 1,25D they were also exposed to serum, a rich source of the pleiotropic lipid mediator, lysophosphatidic acid (LPA)...
September 2016: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27550017/aqueous-extract-from-the-withania-somnifera-leaves-as-a-potential-anti-neuroinflammatory-agent-a-mechanistic-study
#18
Muskan Gupta, Gurcharan Kaur
BACKGROUND: Microglial-mediated neuroinflammation is a key factor underlying the pathogenesis of various neurodegenerative diseases and also an important target for the development of the neuroinflammation-targeted therapeutics. Conventionally, the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are prescribed, but they are associated with long-term potential risks. Natural products are the cornerstone of modern therapeutics, and Ashwagandha is one such plant which is well known for its immunomodulatory properties in Ayurveda...
2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27548324/immunopathogenesis-of-ibd-batf-as-a-key-driver-of-disease-activity
#19
Kai Hildner, Elise Punkenburg, Benjamin Abendroth, Markus F Neurath
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) represent a group of chronic immune-mediated disorders that are influenced by a genetic predisposition and additional environmental triggers. Genome-wide association studies strongly implicate that a number of immune system-related genetic variations are critically contributing to the initiation and promotion of intestinal inflammation. Especially the identification of the strong association of a series of single nucleotide polymorphisms including interleukin (IL)-23R, CCR6, signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (Stat3) and Stat4 with IBD susceptibility point at a critical involvement of T cells and especially of IL-17a-producing Th17 cells in the immune pathogenesis of IBD...
2016: Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27544415/bzip-transcription-factor-cgap1-is-essential-for-oxidative-stress-tolerance-and-full-virulence-of-the-poplar-anthracnose-fungus-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides
#20
Yingjiao Sun, Yonglin Wang, Chengming Tian
Yeast AP1 transcription factor is a regulator of oxidative stress response. Here, we report the identification and characterization of CgAP1, an ortholog of YAP1 in poplar anthracnose fungus Colletotrichum gloeosporioides. The expression of CgAP1 was highly induced by reactive oxygen species. CgAP1 deletion mutants displayed enhanced sensitivity to oxidative stress compared with the wild-type strain, and their poplar leaf virulence was obviously reduced. However, the mutants exhibited no obvious defects in aerial hyphal growth, conidia production, and appressoria formation...
October 2016: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
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