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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646700/increased-serum-mir-7-is-a-promising-biomarker-for-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-its-microvascular-complications
#1
Shujun Wan, Jun Wang, Jing Wang, Jia Wu, Jiaxi Song, Chen-Yu Zhang, Chunni Zhang, Cheng Wang, Jun-Jun Wang
AIMS: To investigate the alteration pattern and physiologic state of islet-specific miR-7 in the serum of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and T2DM-associated microvascular complications (T2DMC) and to evaluate its clinical significance. METHODS: The levels of serum miR-7 were firstly examined and compared in 76 T2DM patients, 76 T2DMC patients and 74 age-gender matched controls using RT-qPCR. Subsequently, the physiologic state of serum miR-7 was characterized by determining its concentrations in isolated exosomes and corresponding exosome-free samples from the same three cohorts' samples...
June 11, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646204/optogenetic-protein-clustering-through-fluorescent-protein-tagging-and-extension-of-cry2
#2
Hyerim Park, Na Yeon Kim, Sangkyu Lee, Nury Kim, Jihoon Kim, Won Do Heo
Protein homo-oligomerization is an important molecular mechanism in many biological processes. Therefore, the ability to control protein homo-oligomerization allows the manipulation and interrogation of numerous cellular events. To achieve this, cryptochrome 2 (CRY2) from Arabidopsis thaliana has been recently utilized for blue light-dependent spatiotemporal control of protein homo-oligomerization. However, limited knowledge on molecular characteristics of CRY2 obscures its widespread applications. Here, we identify important determinants for efficient cryptochrome 2 clustering and introduce a new CRY2 module, named ''CRY2clust'', to induce rapid and efficient homo-oligomerization of target proteins by employing diverse fluorescent proteins and an extremely short peptide...
June 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643802/optogenetic-rewiring-of-thalamocortical-circuits-to-restore-function-in-the-stroke-injured-brain
#3
Kelly A Tennant, Stephanie L Taylor, Emily R White, Craig E Brown
To regain sensorimotor functions after stroke, surviving neural circuits must reorganize and form new connections. Although the thalamus is critical for processing and relaying sensory information to the cortex, little is known about how stroke affects the structure and function of these connections, or whether a therapeutic approach targeting these circuits can improve recovery. Here we reveal with in vivo calcium imaging that stroke in somatosensory cortex dampens the excitability of surviving thalamocortical circuits...
June 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643463/effect-of-ph-on-dentin-protease-inactivation-by-carbodiimide
#4
Roda Seseogullari-Dirihan, Mustafa M Mutluay, Leo Tjäderhane, Lorenzo Breschi, David H Pashley, Arzu Tezvergil-Mutluay
A water-soluble crosslinking agent, 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)-carbodiimide (EDC), has been used as a pretreatment of acid-etched dentin to inactivate matrix-bound endogenous dentin proteases. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of pH on the inactivation capacity of EDC. Demineralized dentin beams (1 × 2 × 6 mm) were divided into six groups (n = 8 per group). Then, EDC (0.3 M) was solubilized in distilled water with pH of 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, or 11. Control EDC was solubilized in 0.1 M 2-(N-morpholino) ethanesulfonic acid (MES) buffer and its pH was adjusted to 6...
June 23, 2017: European Journal of Oral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642978/ectopic-delivery-of-mir-200c-diminishes-hepatitis-c-virus-infectivity-through-transcriptional-and-translational-repression-of-occludin
#5
Dalia S Elhelw, Sarah E Riad, Heba Shawer, Nada El-Ekiaby, Ayman Salah, Abdelrahman Zekri, Asma Amleh, Gamal Esmat, Ahmed Ihab Abdelaziz
Occludin (OCLN) is an essential factor for HCV entry through interacting with other surface receptors. The aim of this study was to investigate the epigenetic regulation of Occludin expression and to study its impact on viral infectivity. microRNAs expression was assessed using qRT-PCR, while OCLN protein expression was investigated by indirect immunofluorescence and Western blotting. Viral infectivity was assessed by measuring viral-load using qRT-PCR. In silico analysis predicted that miR-200c targeted the OCLN 3'UTR, which was further experimentally confirmed...
June 22, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642869/detection-of-microrna-in-hepatic-cirrhosis-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-hepatitis-c-genotype-4-in-egyptian-patients
#6
Hala M Demerdash, Hend M Hussien, Ehab Hassouna, Emad A Arida
BACKGROUND: In Egypt, the prevalence of chronic hepatitis C (CHC) infection is 13.8% of whole population and about 80% of the patients with hepatocellular carcinoma have underling hepatitis C. AIM: This study was designed to assess the diagnostic value of plasma miR-122 and miR-21 in patients with CHC, genotype-4, to detect fibrosis progression versus noninvasive indices and their diagnostic value in detection of early stages of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODOLOGY: A prospective study that included 180 patients, divided into 3 groups: healthy controls (group I), CHC patients (group II), and hepatitis C patients with HCC (group III); all cases were subjected to thorough clinical, radiological, and laboratory investigations...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642734/the-short-stature-homeobox-containing-gene-shox-shox-is-required-for-the-regulation-of-cell-proliferation-and-bone-differentiation-in-zebrafish-embryo-and-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#7
Tomoaki Yokokura, Hiroyasu Kamei, Takashi Shibano, Daisuke Yamanaka, Rie Sawada-Yamaguchi, Fumihiko Hakuno, Shin-Ichiro Takahashi, Toshiaki Shimizu
The short-stature homeobox-containing gene (SHOX) was originally discovered as one of genes responsible for idiopathic short-stature syndromes in humans. Previous studies in animal models have shown the evolutionarily conserved link between this gene and skeletal formation in early embryogenesis. Here, we characterized developmental roles of shox/SHOX in zebrafish embryos and human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) using loss-of-function approaches. Morpholino oligo-mediated knockdown of zebrafish shox markedly hindered cell proliferation in the anterior region of the pharyngula embryos, which was accompanied by reduction in the dlx2 expression at mesenchymal core sites for future pharyngeal bones...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642470/quantitative-proteomics-analysis-reveals-novel-targets-of-mir-21-in-zebrafish-embryos
#8
Ying Wu, Qi-Yong Lou, Feng Ge, Qian Xiong
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are noncoding RNAs which control gene expression by the suppression of translation or the degradation of mRNAs. Dre-miR-21 (miR-21) has been reported to impact cardiac valvulogenesis in zebrafish embryos. However, the target genes of miR-21 are still largely unknown. Here a tandem isobaric mass tag (TMT)-based quantitative proteomic strategy was employed to identify the global profile of miR-21-regulated proteins. A total of 251 proteins were dysregulated after miR-21 knockdown, suggesting that they may be regulated by miR-21...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642284/excitation-of-gabaergic-neurons-in-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-triggers-immediate-transition-from-non-rapid-eye-movement-sleep-to-wakefulness-in-mice
#9
Shota Kodani, Shingo Soya, Takeshi Sakurai
Emotionally salient situations usually trigger arousal along with autonomic and neuroendocrine reactions. To examine whether the extended amygdala plays a role in sleep/wakefulness regulation, we examined the effects of optogenetic and pharmacogenetic excitation of GABAergic neurons in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (GABA(BNST) neurons). Acute optogenetic excitation of these cells during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep resulted in immediate state transition to wakefulness, while stimulation during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep showed no effect on sleep/wakefulness states in male mice...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642282/kappa-opioid-receptors-mediate-heterosynaptic-suppression-of-hippocampal-inputs-in-the-rat-ventral-striatum
#10
Julie Brooks, Patricio O'Donnell
Kappa opioid receptors (KOR) are highly enriched within the ventral striatum (VS) and are thought to modulate striatal neurotransmission. This includes presynaptic inhibition of local glutamatergic release from excitatory inputs to the VS. However, it is not known which inputs drive this modulation and what impact they have on the local circuit dynamics within the VS. Individual medium spiny neurons (MSNs) within the VS serve as a site of convergence for glutamatergic inputs arising from the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and limbic regions, such as the hippocampus (HP)...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642036/transcription-factor-decoy-technology-a-therapeutic-update
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Markus Hecker, Andreas H Wagner
Targeting transcription factors represents one possibility to interfere with a known activated regulatory pathway that promotes disease. Double-stranded transcription factor decoy (TFD) oligodeoxynucleotides (ODN) are therapeutic drug candidates, which are able to specifically target and neutralize key transcription factors involved in the pathogenesis of a given disease. These short double-stranded TFD molecules mimic the consensus DNA binding site of a specific transcription factor in the promoter region of its target genes...
June 19, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641313/evaluation-of-serum-microrna-biomarkers-for-gastric-cancer-based-on-blood-and-tissue-pools-profiling-the-importance-of-mir-21-and-mir-331
#12
Marek Sierzega, Marcin Kaczor, Piotr Kolodziejczyk, Jan Kulig, Marek Sanak, Piotr Richter
BACKGROUND: High stability and disease-specific disarrangements suggest that microRNA molecules (miRNAs) present in body fluids are ideally suited for diagnostic applications, including gastric cancer (GC). However, the actual source of circulating miRNA biomarkers in GC has not been adequately evaluated, particularly in the Western populations that have some distinct characteristics compared with Asian patients. METHODS: Twenty treatment-naive patients with GC along with 20 cancer-free controls were recruited...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641210/comparative-analysis-of-polyspecificity-of-the-endogenous-trna-synthetase-of-different-expression-host-towards-photocrosslinking-amino-acids-using-an-in-silico-approach
#13
Nadarajan Saravanan Prabhu, Hyungdon Yun
Photo-induced covalent crosslinking has emerged as the powerful strategy for analyzing and characterizing the protein-protein interaction and mapping protein 3D conformations. In the last decades, a number of photocrosslinking amino acids have been reported but only a few have been efficiently utilized for photocrosslinking purposes. Recently, incorporation of diazirine containing photoactivatable analogs such as photo-methionine, photo-leucine, photo-isoleucine and photo-lysine into target proteins were accomplished in live cells (Human A549cells, HEK 293) by depleting corresponding natural amino acid and supplementing these analogs in the medium...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639248/p2x-receptor-activation
#14
Toshimitsu Kawate
Extracellular ATP-gated P2X receptors are trimeric non-selective cation channels important for many physiological events including immune response and neural transmission. These receptors belong to a unique class of ligand-gated ion channels composed of only six transmembrane helices and a relatively small extracellular domain that harbors three ATP-binding pockets. The crystal structures of P2X receptors, including the recent P2X3 structures representing three different stages of the gating cycle, have provided a compelling structural foundation for understanding how this class of ligand-gated ion channels function...
June 22, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638915/-optogenetic-activation-of-dorsal-hippocampal-astrocytic-rac1-blocks-the-learning-of-associative-memory
#15
Xiao-Mu Guo, Zhao-Hui Liao, Ye-Zheng Tao, Fei-Fei Wang, Lan Ma
Rac1 belongs to the family of Rho GTPases, and plays important roles in the brain function. It affects the cell migration and axon guidance via regulating the cytoskeleton and cellular morphology. However, the effect of its dynamic activation in regulating physiological function remains unclear. Recently, a photoactivatable analogue of Rac1 (PA-Rac1) has been developed, allowing the activation of Rac1 by the specific wavelength of light in living cells. Thus, we constructed recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV) of PA-Rac1 and its light-insensitive mutant PA-Rac1-C450A under the control of the mouse glial fibrillary acidic protein (mGFAP) promoter to manipulate Rac1 activity in astrocytes by optical stimulation...
June 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638770/sequential-uncaging-with-green-light-can-be-achieved-by-fine-tuning-the-structure-of-a-dicyanocoumarin-chromophore
#16
Albert Gandioso, Marta Palau, Alba Nin-Hill, Ivanna Melnyk, Carme Rovira, Santi Nonell, Dolores Velasco, Jaume García-Amorós, Vicente Marchán
We report the synthesis and photochemical properties of a series of dicyanocoumarinylmethyl (DEAdcCM)- and dicyanocoumarinylethyl (DEAdcCE)-based photocages of carboxylic acids and amines with absorption maximum around 500 nm. Photolysis studies with green light have demonstrated that the structure of the coumarin chromophore as well as the nature of the leaving group and the type of bond to be photocleaved (ester or carbamate) have a strong influence on the rate and efficiency of the uncaging process. These experimental observations were also supported by DFT calculations...
June 2017: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638641/secondary-bonding-in-di-methyl-bis-morpholine-4-carbodi-thio-ato-%C3%AE%C2%BA-2-s-s-tin-iv-crystal-structure-and-hirshfeld-surface-analysis
#17
Nordiyana Binti Zaldi, Rusnah Syahila Duali Hussen, See Mun Lee, Nathan R Halcovitch, Mukesh M Jotani, Edward R T Tiekink
The title compound, [Sn(CH3)2(C5H8NOS2)2], has the Sn(IV) atom bound by two methyl groups which lie over the weaker Sn-S bonds formed by two asymmetrically chelating di-thio-carbamate ligands so that the coordination geometry is skew-trapezoidal bipyramidal. The most prominent feature of the mol-ecular packing are secondary Sn⋯S inter-actions [Sn⋯S = 3.5654 (7) Å] that lead to centrosymmetric dimers. These are connected into a three-dimensional architecture via methyl-ene-C-H⋯S and methyl-C-H⋯O(morpholino) inter-actions...
June 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638346/micrornas-in-muscle-characterizing-the-powerlifter-phenotype
#18
Randall F D'Souza, Thomas Bjørnsen, Nina Zeng, Kirsten M M Aasen, Truls Raastad, David Cameron-Smith, Cameron J Mitchell
Powerlifters are the epitome of muscular adaptation and are able to generate extreme forces. The molecular mechanisms underpinning the significant capacity for force generation and hypertrophy are not fully elucidated. MicroRNAs (miRs) are short non-coding RNA sequences that control gene expression via promotion of transcript breakdown and/or translational inhibition. Differences in basal miR expression may partially account for phenotypic differences in muscle mass and function between powerlifters and untrained age-matched controls...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638257/xrcc1-gene-polymorphisms-and-mir-21-expression-in-patients-with-colorectal-carcinoma
#19
Hanan Fouad, Dina Sabry, Heba Morsi, Hany Shehab, Naglaa F Abuzaid
OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study were to evaluate the impact of two X-ray repair cross complementing 1 (XRCC1) gene polymorphisms (Arg194Trp and Arg399Gln) on the risk of development of colorectal cancer (CRC) and to assess the expression levels of microRNA-21 (miR-21) in CRC patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A case-control cross sectional study was conducted on 50 CRC patients and 50 cancer-free subjects. DNA and miR-21 were extracted from whole blood samples...
June 2017: Eurasian Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637867/full-length-cellular-beta-secretase-has-a-trimeric-subunit-stoichiometry-and-its-sulfur-rich-transmembrane-interaction-site-modulates-cytosolic-copper-compartmentalization
#20
Filip Liebsch, Mark R P Aurousseau, Tobias Bethge, Hugo McGuire, Silvia Scolari, Andreas Herrmann, Rikard Blunck, Derek Bowie, Gerd Multhaup
The beta-secretase (BACE1) initiates processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) into Aβ peptides, which have been implicated as central players in the pathology of Alzheimer disease. BACE1 has been described as a copper-binding protein and its oligomeric state as being monomeric, dimeric, and/or multimeric, but the native cellular stoichiometry has remained elusive. Here, by using single-molecule fluorescence and in vitro cross-linking experiments with photo-activatable unnatural amino acids, we show that full-length BACE1, independently of its subcellular localization, exists as trimers in human cells...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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