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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341830/pregnancy-related-hormones-progesterone-and-human-chorionic-gonadotrophin-upregulate-expression-of-maternal-plasma-gelsolin
#1
Renu Garg, Nagesh Peddada, Kunzes Dolma, Neeraj Khatri, Ashish Ashish
Plasma gelsolin (pGSN), a protein primarily involved in clearance of circulating actin filaments, is an upcoming novel biomarker. Its level changes in multiple disease and injury conditions, attributable mainly to its consumption during actin clearance, the endogenous regulation of its expression, however, remains elusive as well as unexplored. Here, we are reporting first isolation of the promoter region of pGSN gene and investigation of its transcriptional regulation during pregnancy (a natural process associated with a well programmed injury course of parturition)...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338682/soybean-mads-box-gene-gmagl1-promotes-flowering-via-the-photoperiod-pathway
#2
Xuanrui Zeng, Hailun Liu, Hongyang Du, Sujing Wang, Wenming Yang, Yingjun Chi, Jiao Wang, Fang Huang, Deyue Yu
BACKGROUND: The MADS-box transcription factors are an ancient family of genes that regulate numerous physiological and biochemical processes in plants and facilitate the development of floral organs. However, the functions of most of these transcription factors in soybean remain unknown. RESULTS: In this work, a MADS-box gene, GmAGL1, was overexpressed in soybean. Phenotypic analysis showed that GmAGL1 overexpression not only resulted in early maturation but also promoted flowering and affected petal development...
January 16, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329928/cloning-and-characterization-of-%C3%A2-6-%C3%A2-5-fatty-acyl-desaturase-fad-gene-promoter-in-the-marine-teleost-siganus-canaliculatus
#3
Yewei Dong, Jianhong Zhao, Junliang Chen, Shuqi Wang, Yang Liu, Qinghao Zhang, Cuihong You, Óscar Monroig, Douglas R Tocher, Yuanyou Li
The rabbitfish Siganus canaliculatus was the first marine teleost demonstrated to have the ability of biosynthesizing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) from C18 PUFA precursors, and all genes encoding the key enzymes for LC-PUFA biosynthesis have been cloned and functionally characterized, which provides us a potential model to study the regulatory mechanisms of LC-PUFA biosynthesis in teleosts. As the primary step to clarify such mechanisms, present research focused on promoter analysis of gene encoding ∆6/∆5 fatty acyl desaturase (Fad), a rate-limiting enzyme catalyzing the first step in the conversion of C18 PUFA to LC-PUFA...
January 9, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286093/identifying-hub-genes-and-potential-mechanisms-associated-with-senescence-in-human-annulus-cells-by-gene-expression-profiling-and-bioinformatics-analysis
#4
Chao Liu, Nong Chen, Kai Huang, Minbo Jiang, He Liang, Zhongyi Sun, Jiwei Tian, Deguo Wang
The aim of the present study was to reveal the potential hub genes and regulatory mechanisms associated with senescence in human annulus cells by analyzing microarray data using bioinformatics. The gene expression dataset GSE17077, of senescent and non‑senescent annulus cells obtained from patients with disc degenerative diseases (DDD), was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were identified. Functional and pathway annotations were performed using Gene Ontology and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes terms, respectively...
December 20, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278651/ap1-mediates-upa-upar-induced-fut4-expression-and-trophoblast-invasion
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Qin Zheng, Yu Yang, Xinyuan Cui, Dandan Zhang, Shuai Liu, Qiu Yan
Placental trophoblast invasion is crucial for embryo implantation and successful pregnancy. Urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA)/urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) are expressed on trophoblasts and involved in trophoblast invasion. The transcription factor activator protein 1 (AP-1) (c-FOS and c-JUN) and fucosyltransferase IV (FUT4) have been found to be involved in trophoblast invasion. However, the relationship of uPA/uPAR, AP1 and FUT4 is unclear in trophoblast invasion. The current study aimed to investigate the role of AP1 in uPA/uPAR-induced FUT4 expression and trophoblast invasion...
December 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219182/the-emerging-role-of-hippo-signaling-pathway-in-regulating-osteoclast-formation
#6
REVIEW
Wanlei Yang, Weiqi Han, An Qin, Ziyi Wang, Jiake Xu, Yu Qian
A delicate balance between osteoblastic bone formation and osteoclastic bone resorption is crucial for bone homeostasis. This process is regulated by the Hippo signaling pathway including key regulatory molecules RASSF2, NF2, MST1/2, SAV1, LATS1/2, MOB1, YAP and TAZ. It is well established that the Hippo signaling pathway plays an important part in regulating osteoblast differentiation, but its role in osteoclast formation and activation remains poorly understood. In this review, we discuss the emerging role of Hippo-signaling pathway in osteoclast formation and bone homeostasis...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215000/the-evolution-of-the-macrophage-specific-enhancer-fms-intronic-regulatory-element-within-the-csf1r-locus-of-vertebrates
#7
David A Hume, Evi Wollscheid-Lengeling, Rocio Rojo, Clare Pridans
The Csf1r locus encodes the receptor for macrophage colony-stimulating factor, which controls the proliferation, differentiation and survival of macrophages. The 300 bp Fms intronic regulatory element (FIRE), within the second intron of Csf1r, is necessary and sufficient to direct macrophage-specific transcription. We have analysed the conservation and divergence of the FIRE DNA sequence in vertebrates. FIRE is present in the same location in the Csf1r locus in reptile, avian and mammalian genomes. Nearest neighbor analysis based upon this element alone largely recapitulates phylogenies inferred from much larger genomic sequence datasets...
December 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203528/elevated-sodium-chloride-drives-type-i-interferon-signaling-in-macrophages-and-increases-antiviral-resistance
#8
Wu-Chang Zhang, Lin-Juan Du, Xiao-Jun Zheng, Xiao-Qing Chen, Chaoji Shi, Bo-Yan Chen, Xue-Nan Sun, Chao Li, Yu-Yao Zhang, Yan Liu, Hui Xiao, Qibin Leng, Xinquan Jiang, Zhiyuan Zhang, Shuyang Sun, Sheng-Zhong Duan
Type I IFN production and signaling in macrophages play critical roles in innate immune responses. High salt (i.e. high concentrations of NaCl) has been proposed to be an important environmental factor that influences immune responses in multiple ways. However, it remains unknown whether high salt regulates type I IFN production and signaling in macrophages. Here, we demonstrated that high salt promoted IFNβ production and its signaling in both human and mouse macrophages, and consequentially primed macrophages for strengthened immune sensing and signaling when challenged with viruses or viral nucleic acid analogues...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194686/new-insights-into-the-role-and-mechanism-of-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-signaling-in-the-pathobiology-of-liver-diseases
#9
REVIEW
Sanda Win, Tin Aung Than, Jun Zhang, Christina Oo, Robert Win Maw Min, Neil Kaplowitz
Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling in the liver occurs in response to physical and chemical stress, including alterations in nutrients, growth factors, cytokines, extracellular matrix, DNA damage, drugs and toxins. This signaling pathway plays a role in liver injury and diseases such as drug induced hepatotoxicity, viral hepatitis, infection and inflammation, NAFLD, NASH, ALD, ischemia/reperfusion, fibrosis, regeneration, and carcinogenesis (1-4). In mammals, three major groups of MAPK have been identified...
November 30, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186616/junb-governs-a-feed-forward-network-of-tgf%C3%AE-signaling-that-aggravates-breast-cancer-invasion
#10
Anders Sundqvist, Masato Morikawa, Jiang Ren, Eleftheria Vasilaki, Natsumi Kawasaki, Mai Kobayashi, Daizo Koinuma, Hiroyuki Aburatani, Kohei Miyazono, Carl-Henrik Heldin, Hans van Dam, Peter Ten Dijke
It is well established that transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ) switches its function from being a tumor suppressor to a tumor promoter during the course of tumorigenesis, which involves both cell-intrinsic and environment-mediated mechanisms. We are interested in breast cancer cells, in which SMAD mutations are rare and interactions between SMAD and other transcription factors define pro-oncogenic events. Here, we have performed chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP)-sequencing analyses which indicate that the genome-wide landscape of SMAD2/3 binding is altered after prolonged TGFβ stimulation...
November 23, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147012/piperidylmethyloxychalcone-improves-immune-mediated-acute-liver-failure-via-inhibiting-tak1-activity
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Sun Hong Park, Jeong-Ah Kwak, Sang-Hun Jung, Byeongwoo Ahn, Won-Jea Cho, Cheong-Yong Yun, Chang Seon Na, Bang Yeon Hwang, Jin Tae Hong, Sang-Bae Han, Youngsoo Kim
Mice deficient in the toll-like receptor (TLR) or the myeloid differentiation factor 88 (MyD88) are resistant to acute liver failure (ALF) with sudden death of hepatocytes. Chalcone derivatives from medicinal plants protect from hepatic damages including ALF, but their mechanisms remain to be clarified. Here, we focused on molecular basis of piperidylmethyloxychalcone (PMOC) in the treatment of TLR/MyD88-associated ALF. C57BL/6J mice were sensitized with D-galactosamine (GalN) and challenged with Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharide (LPS, TLR4 agonist) or oligodeoxynucleotide containing unmethylated CpG motif (CpG ODN, TLR9 agonist) for induction of ALF...
November 17, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145394/unc-16-jip3-regulates-early-events-in-synaptic-vesicle-protein-trafficking-via-lrk-1-lrrk2-and-ap-complexes
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Bikash Choudhary, Madhushree Kamak, Neena Ratnakaran, Jitendra Kumar, Anjali Awasthi, Chun Li, Ken Nguyen, Kunihiro Matsumoto, Naoki Hisamoto, Sandhya P Koushika
JIP3/UNC-16/dSYD is a MAPK-scaffolding protein with roles in protein trafficking. We show that it is present on the Golgi and is necessary for the polarized distribution of synaptic vesicle proteins (SVPs) and dendritic proteins in neurons. UNC-16 excludes Golgi enzymes from SVP transport carriers and facilitates inclusion of specific SVPs into the same transport carrier. The SVP trafficking roles of UNC-16 are mediated through LRK-1, whose localization to the Golgi is reduced in unc-16 animals. UNC-16, through LRK-1, also enables Golgi-localization of the μ-subunit of the AP-1 complex...
November 16, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142074/stat3-controls-col1a2-enhancer-activation-cooperatively-with-junb-regulates-type-i-collagen-synthesis-post-transcriptionally-and-is-essential-for-lung-myofibroblast-differentiation
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Ioannis Papaioannou, Shiwen Xu, Christopher P Denton, David J Abraham, Markella Ponticos
Fibroblast differentiation is key cellular process that underlies the process of fibrosis, a deadly complication of fibrotic diseases like Scleroderma (SSc). This transition coincides with the overproduction of Collagen type I (COL1) and other extracellular matrix proteins. High level expression of the collagen type 1α2 subunit (COL1A2), requires the engagement of a far upstream enhancer, whose activation is strongly dependent on the AP1 factor JunB. We now report that STAT3 also binds the COL1A2 enhancer and is essential for RNA polymerase recruitment, without affecting JunB binding...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137393/synergistic-effect-of-eribulin-and-cdk-inhibition-for-the-treatment-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer
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Shreyas S Rao, Jenna Stoehr, Danijela Dokic, Lei Wan, Joseph T Decker, Kristine Konopka, Alexandra L Thomas, Jia Wu, Virginia G Kaklamani, Lonnie D Shea, Jacqueline S Jeruss
Activation of CDK2 in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) can contribute to non-canonical phosphorylation of a TGFβ signaling component, Smad3, promoting cell proliferation and migration. Inhibition of CDK2 was shown to decrease breast cancer oncogenesis. Eribulin chemotherapy was used effectively in the treatment of TNBC. To this end, we tested therapeutic efficacy of a novel CDK2/9 inhibitor, CYC065, eribulin, and the combination of CYC065 and eribulin in 3 different TNBC cell lines, and an in vivo xenograft model...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131082/aspirin-inhibits-platelet-derived-sphingosine-1-phosphate-induced-endothelial-cell-migration
#15
Amin Polzin, Betül Knoop, Andreas Böhm, Lisa Dannenberg, Mark Zurek, Tobias Zeus, Malte Kelm, Bodo Levkau, Bernhard H Rauch
BACKGROUND: Aspirin plays a crucial role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. We previously described that aspirin has effects beyond inhibition of platelet aggregation, as it inhibited thrombin-mediated release of sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) from human platelets. S1P is a bioactive lipid with important functions on inflammation and apoptosis. In endothelial cells (EC), S1P is a key regulator of cell migration. In this study, we aimed to analyze the effects of aspirin on platelet-induced EC migration...
2018: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114247/elusive-role-of-the-cd94-nkg2c-nk-cell-receptor-in-the-response-to-cytomegalovirus-novel-experimental-observations-in-a-reporter-cell-system
#16
Aldi Pupuleku, Marcel Costa-García, Domènec Farré, Hartmut Hengel, Ana Angulo, Aura Muntasell, Miguel López-Botet
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection promotes the differentiation and persistent expansion of a mature NK cell subset, which displays high surface levels of the activating CD94/NKG2C NK cell receptor, together with additional distinctive phenotypic and functional features. The mechanisms underlying the development of adaptive NK cells remain uncertain but some observations support the involvement of a cognate interaction of CD94/NKG2C with ligand(s) displayed by HCMV-infected cells. To approach this issue, the heterodimer and its adaptor (DAP12) were expressed in the human Jurkat leukemia T cell line; signaling was detected by transfection of a reporter plasmid encoding for Luciferase (Luc) under NFAT/AP1-dependent control...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113328/diabetes-and-risk-of-kaposi-s-sarcoma-effects-of-high-glucose-on-reactivation-and-infection-of-kaposi-s-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus
#17
Pey-Jium Chang, Yao-Hsu Yang, Pau-Chung Chen, Lee-Wen Chen, Shie-Shan Wang, Ying-Ju Shih, Li-Yu Chen, Chi-Jen Chen, Chien-Hui Hung, Chun-Liang Lin
Patients with diabetes are generally prone to pathogen infection and tumor progression. Here, we investigated the potential association between diabetes and Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), a tumor linked to infection with Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV). By using Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database, we found that diabetes is statistically associated with increased risk of KS in a case-control study. Since a high level of blood sugar is the hallmark of diabetes, we determined whether high glucose promotes both KSHV reactivation and infection, which are crucial for KS pathogenesis...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103863/impact-of-antiplatelets-and-anticoagulants-on-the-prognosis-of-intracerebral-hemorrhage
#18
Masaaki Hokari, Daisuke Shimbo, Katsuyuki Asaoka, Kazuki Uchida, Koji Itamoto
BACKGROUND: Intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) associated with antithrombotic therapy (AT) is becoming more common as the use of those medications increases in the aging population. METHODS: This study included 490 consecutive patients hospitalized for nontraumatic ICH in a single center during an 8-year period, which was subdivided into former (2008-2011) and latter (2012-2015). Patients were classified into those with no antithrombotic drugs (NATs) and those with AT...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29072679/anp-promotes-proliferation-and-inhibits-apoptosis-of-ovarian-granulosa-cells-by-npra-pgrmc1-egfr-complex-and-improves-ovary-functions-of-pcos-rats
#19
Qin Zheng, Yulin Li, Dandan Zhang, Xinyuan Cui, Kuixing Dai, Yu Yang, Shuai Liu, Jichun Tan, Qiu Yan
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a complicated reproductive endocrine disease characterized by polycystic ovaries, hyperandrogenism and anovulation. It is one of the main causes of infertility. RU486 is an antagonist of progesterone receptor, and most commonly used as a contraceptive. However, whether RU486 is correlated with PCOS remains unclear. Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) is a small peptide with natriuretic and diuretic functions, and its availability to be used in PCOS treatment is unknown. Here, we showed that the serum ANP level was lower in PCOS patients than that in healthy women, and it was also decreased in the serum and ovarian tissues of RU486-induced PCOS rats compared with the control rats...
October 26, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053714/atopic-asthmatic-immune-phenotypes-associated-with-airway-microbiota-and-airway-obstruction
#20
Benjamin A Turturice, Halvor S McGee, Brian Oliver, Melissa Baraket, Brian T Nguyen, Christian Ascoli, Ravi Ranjan, Asha Rani, David L Perkins, Patricia W Finn
BACKGROUND: Differences in asthma severity may be related to inflammation in the airways. The lower airway microbiota has been associated with clinical features such as airway obstruction, symptom control, and response to corticosteroids. OBJECTIVE: To assess the relationship between local airway inflammation, severity of disease, and the lower airway microbiota in atopic asthmatics. METHODS: A cohort of young adult, atopic asthmatics with intermittent or mild/moderate persistent symptoms (n = 13) were assessed via bronchoscopy, lavage, and spirometry...
2017: PloS One
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