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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214876/the-snail-family-in-normal-and-malignant-haematopoiesis
#1
Catherine L Carmichael, Jody J Haigh
Snail family proteins are key inducers of the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a critical process required for normal embryonic development. They have also been strongly implicated in regulating the EMT-like processes required for tumour cell invasion, migration, and metastasis. Whether these proteins also contribute to normal blood cell development, however, remains to be clearly defined. Increasing evidence supports a role for the Snail family in regulating cell survival, migration, and differentiation within the haematopoietic system, as well as potentially an oncogenic role in the malignant transformation of haematopoietic stem cells...
February 20, 2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214747/immunorecognition-magnetic-supports-for-the-development-of-an-electrochemical-immunoassay-for-azaspiracid-detection-in-mussels
#2
Sandra Leonardo, Maria Rambla-Alegre, Ingunn A Samdal, Christopher O Miles, Jane Kilcoyne, Jorge Diogène, Ciara K O'Sullivan, Mònica Campàs
As azaspiracids (AZAs) are being reported from the coastal waters of an increasing number of countries on a global scale, the need for rapid, simple and cost-effective methods to detect these marine toxins and protect seafood consumers' health is becoming evident. A magnetic bead (MB)-based direct immunoassay for the detection of AZAs, using protein G-coated MBs as supports for antibody immobilisation and peroxidase-labelled AZA as a tracer is detailed. A colorimetric approach was first developed to optimise the experimental parameters and establish the cross-reactivity factors for AZA-1-10...
February 10, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214745/rapid-detection-and-quantification-of-enterovirus-71-by-a-portable-surface-plasmon-resonance-biosensor
#3
Briliant Adhi Prabowo, Robert Y L Wang, Muhammad Khari Secario, Po-Ting Ou, Azharul Alom, Jia-Jung Liu, Kou-Chen Liu
This study presents the first report on a label-free detection and rapid quantification method for human enterovirus 71 (EV71) using a portable surface plasmon resonance (SPR) system. The SPR sensor instrument was configured to run on low power in a miniaturized platform to improve the device portability for a wider application both in laboratories and in the field. A color tunable organic light emitting diode in red spectrum was attached on a trapezoidal prism for the disposable light source module. The SPR signal processing using integration area under the reflectivity curve is applied for optimum signal to noise ratio (SNR) enhancement...
January 21, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214702/triploid-atlantic-salmon-shows-similar-performance-fatty-acid-composition-and-proteome-response-to-diploids-during-early-freshwater-rearing
#4
Waldo G Nuez-Ortín, Chris G Carter, Richard Wilson, Ira R Cooke, Gianluca Amoroso, Jennifer M Cobcroft, Peter D Nichols
There is currently renewed interest in farming triploid Atlantic salmon. Improving farming requires identifying triploid specific phenotypic and physiological traits that are uniquely derived from ploidy per se and developed under optimal growing conditions. This study investigated firstly, the impact of ploidy on growth performance and whole body composition of Atlantic salmon at different early freshwater stages [34dph (days post-hatching) alevin, 109dph fry, and 162dph parr] and secondly, whether phenotypic differences at these stages were reflected in protein samples collected from whole fish, white muscle or liver tissue...
February 11, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214660/enhancer-of-zeste-homologue-2-plays-an-important-role-in-neuroblastoma-cell-survival-independent-of-its-histone-methyltransferase-activity
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Laurel T Bate-Eya, Hinco J Gierman, Marli E Ebus, Jan Koster, Huib N Caron, Rogier Versteeg, M Emmy M Dolman, Jan J Molenaar
Neuroblastoma is predominantly characterised by chromosomal rearrangements. Next to V-Myc Avian Myelocytomatosis Viral Oncogene Neuroblastoma Derived Homolog (MYCN) amplification, chromosome 7 and 17q gains are frequently observed. We identified a neuroblastoma patient with a regional 7q36 gain, encompassing the enhancer of zeste homologue 2 (EZH2) gene. EZH2 is the histone methyltransferase of lysine 27 of histone H3 (H3K27me3) that forms the catalytic subunit of the polycomb repressive complex 2. H3K27me3 is commonly associated with the silencing of genes involved in cellular processes such as cell cycle regulation, cellular differentiation and cancer...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214654/programmed-cell-death-protein-1-pd-1-inhibitor-therapy-in-patients-with-advanced-melanoma-and-preexisting-autoimmunity-or-ipilimumab-triggered-autoimmunity
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Ralf Gutzmer, Anika Koop, Friedegund Meier, Jessica C Hassel, Patrick Terheyden, Lisa Zimmer, Lucie Heinzerling, Selma Ugurel, Claudia Pföhler, Anja Gesierich, Elisabeth Livingstone, Imke Satzger, Katharina C Kähler
AIM: Programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) inhibitors are a common treatment strategy for metastatic melanoma and other tumour entities. Clinical trials usually exclude patients with preexisting autoimmune diseases, thus experience with PD-1 inhibitor (PD-1i) in this patient population is limited. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Metastatic melanoma patients with preexisting autoimmune disorders or previous ipilimumab-triggered immune-related adverse events (irAE) undergoing treatment with PD-1i from seven German skin cancer centres were evaluated retrospectively with regard to flare of the preexisting autoimmunity and development of new, not preexisting irAE as well as response to PD-1i therapy...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214646/new-rna-seq-approaches-for-the-study-of-bacterial-pathogens
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Antoine-Emmanuel Saliba, Sara C Santos, Jörg Vogel
Understanding how bacteria cause disease requires knowledge of which genes are expressed and how they are regulated during infection. While RNA-seq is now a routine method for gene expression analysis in bacterial pathogens, the past years have also witnessed a surge of novel RNA-seq based approaches going beyond standard mRNA profiling. These include variations of the technique to capture post-transcriptional networks controlled by small RNAs and to discover associated RNA-binding proteins in the pathogen itself...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214522/prelimbic-cortex-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-1-2-activation-is-required-for-memory-retrieval-of-long-term-inhibitory-avoidance
#8
Fei Luo, Jian Zheng, Xuan Sun, Wei-Ke Deng, Fang Liu, Bao-Ming Li
Neural mechanism underlying memory retrieval has been extensively studied in the hippocampus and amygdala. However, little is known about the role of medial prefrontal cortex in long-term memory retrieval. We evaluate this issue in one-trial step-through inhibitory avoidance (IA) paradigm. Our results showed that, 1) inactivation of mPFC by local infusion of GABAA-receptor agonist muscimol caused severe deficits in retrieval of 1-day and 7-day but had no effects on 2-hour inhibitory avoidance memory; 2) the protein level of phosphorylated-ERK1/2 in mPFC were significantly increased following retrieval of 1-day and 7-day IA memory, so did the numbers of phosphorylated-ERK (pERK) and phosphorylated-CREB (pCREB) labeled neurons; 3) intra-mPFC infusion of ERK kinase inhibitor PD98095 significantly reduced phosphorylated ERK1/2 levels and phosphorylated-ERK1/2 and phosphorylated-CREB labeled cells, and severely impaired retrieval of 7-day IA memory when the drugs were administrated 30 min prior to test...
February 15, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214511/identification-of-a-degradation-signal-sequence-within-substrates-of-the-mitochondrial-i-aaa-protease
#9
Anthony J Rampello, Steven E Glynn
The i-AAA protease is a component of the mitochondrial quality control machinery that regulates respiration, mitochondrial dynamics, and protein import. The protease is required to select specific substrates for degradation from among the diverse complement of proteins present in mitochondria, yet the rules that govern this selection are unclear. Here, we reconstruct the yeast i-AAA protease, Yme1p, to examine the in vitro degradation of two intermembrane space chaperone subunits, Tim9 and Tim10. Yme1p degrades Tim10 more rapidly than Tim9 despite high sequence and structural similarity, and loss of Tim10 is accelerated by disruption of conserved disulfide bonds within the substrate...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214471/che-1-sustains-hypoxic-response-of-colorectal-cancer-cells-by-affecting-hif-1%C3%AE-stabilization
#10
Tiziana Bruno, Mariacristina Valerio, Luca Casadei, Francesca De Nicola, Frauke Goeman, Matteo Pallocca, Valeria Catena, Simona Iezzi, Cristina Sorino, Agata Desantis, Cesare Manetti, Giovanni Blandino, Aristide Floridi, Maurizio Fanciulli
BACKGROUND: Solid tumours are less oxygenated than normal tissues. Consequently, cancer cells acquire to be adapted to a hypoxic environment. The poor oxygenation of solid tumours is also a major indicator of an adverse cancer prognosis and leads to resistance to conventional anticancer treatments. We previously showed the involvement of Che-1/AATF (Che-1) in cancer cell survival under stress conditions. Herein we hypothesized that Che-1 plays a role in the response of cancer cells to hypoxia...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214344/neferine-potentiates-the-antitumor-effect-of-cisplatin-in-human-lung-adenocarcinoma-cells-via-a-mitochondria-mediated-apoptosis-pathway
#11
Kalai Selvi Sivalingam, Poornima Paramasivan, Ching Feng Weng, Viswanadha Vijaya Padma
Cisplatin is one of the most potent chemotherapeutic agents for the treatment of many types of solid tumors but its efficacy is often limited by the development of resistance and dose limiting toxicity. Neferine is an alkaloid isolated from seed embryo of Nelumbo nucifera, it has recently been shown to have anticancer effects in various human cancer cell lines. The present investigation is designed to study the chemosensitizing ability of neferine with cisplatin in A549 cells. Neferine potentiates the cisplatin induced apoptosis through the exploration of characteristic apoptotic morphological changes, induced sub-G0/G1 cell cycle arrest, ROS hypergeneration, significant loss of cellular antioxidant enzymes as well as loss of mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨM)...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214340/molecular-tiling-on-the-surface-of-a-bacterial-spore-the-exosporium-of-the-bacillus-anthracis-cereus-thuringiensis-group
#12
Cassandra Terry, Shuo Jiang, David S Radford, Wan Qiang, Svetomir Tzokov, Anne Moir, Per A Bullough
Bacteria of the genera Bacillus and Clostridium form highly resistant spores, which in the case of some pathogens act as the infectious agents. An exosporium forms the outermost layer of some spores; it plays roles in protection, adhesion, dissemination, host targeting in pathogens, and germination control. The exosporium of the Bacillus cereus group, including the anthrax pathogen, contains a 2D-crystalline basal layer, overlaid by a hairy nap. BclA and related proteins form the hairy nap, and require ExsFA (BxpB) for their localisation on the basal layer...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214231/mechanisms-of-action-and-structure-activity-relationships-of-cytotoxic-flavokawain-derivatives
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Charlotte Thieury, Nicolas Lebouvier, Rémy Le Guével, Yann Barguil, Gaëtan Herbette, Cyril Antheaume, Edouard Hnawia, Yoshinori Asakawa, Mohammed Nour, Thierry Guillaudeux
22 Flavokawain derivatives (FKd) were obtained by one step syntheses in order to conduct a SAR study to understand the structural requirements for optimum and selective cytotoxicity. FKd and natural flavokawains A and B found into kava, a South Pacific traditional beverage, were evaluated against nine cancer and one healthy cell lines. The targeted cell cycle phases as well as the effects on the induction of apoptosis and cell cycle protein levels were investigated. Therapeutic improvements (more activity and selectivity) were achieved with FKd compared to natural flavokawains and notably with the 2',3,4',6'-tetramethoxychalcone (FKd 19)...
February 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214040/reinforcement-of-intestinal-epithelial-barrier-by-arabinoxylans-in-overweight-and-obese-subjects-a-randomized-controlled-trial-arabinoxylans-in-gut-barrier
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Bouke N Salden, Freddy J Troost, Ellen Wilms, Pilar Truchado, Ramiro Vilchez-Vargas, Dietmar H Pieper, Ruy Jáuregui, Massimo Marzorati, Tom van de Wiele, Sam Possemiers, Ad A Masclee
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Obesity and metabolic diseases are associated with alterations in microbial composition and impaired gut barrier. Previous in vitro and animal studies have shown that arabinoxylans (AX) have the potential to modulate gut microbiota and gut barrier and therefore could have a protective role. Primary aim of the study was to investigate the effect of AX on intestinal permeability. Secondary aims included the effect of AX on gene transcription and protein expression of tight junctions (TJ), intestinal microbiota composition and activity, immune response and metabolic markers in overweight and obese individuals...
February 3, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213898/nuclear-localization-of-a-putative-phytophthora-sojae-bzip1-transcription-factor-is-mediated-by-multiple-targeting-motifs
#15
Yufeng Fang, Brett M Tyler
Oomycetes are fungal-like eukaryotic microbes in the kingdom Stramenopila. We recently found that the oomycete plant pathogen Phytophthora sojae uses nuclear localization signals (NLSs) for translocation of proteins into the nucleus that differ from conventional well-characterized NLSs from mammals and yeast. Here we have characterized in depth the nuclear localization signals of a P. sojae basic leucine zipper transcription factor, PsbZIP1. Nuclear localization of PsbZIP1 was determined by a central conserved region overlapping the DNA binding domain...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213825/pyrophosphate-hydrolysis-in-the-extremely-halophilic-archaeon-haloarcula-japonica-is-catalyzed-by-a-single-enzyme-with-a-broad-ionic-strength-range
#16
Satoshi Wakai, Akihiro Abe, Sotaro Fujii, Kaoru Nakasone, Yoshihiro Sambongi
The soluble protein fraction of the extremely halophilic archaeon Haloarcula japonica exhibits substantial inorganic pyrophosphate (PPi) hydrolysis activity in the presence of 2-4 M NaCl (Wakai et al, J Biol Chem 288:29247-29251, 2013), which provides high ionic strength (2-4). In this study, much higher PPi hydrolysis activity was unexpectedly detected, even with 0 M NaCl in the presence of 100-200 mM MgSO4, providing a much lower ionic strength of 0.4-0.8, in the same protein fraction. Na(+) and Mg(2+) ions were required for activity under high and low ionic strength conditions, respectively...
February 17, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213566/a-randomised-phase-iib-study-of-mavrilimumab-a-novel-gm-csf-receptor-alpha-monoclonal-antibody-in-the-treatment-of-rheumatoid-arthritis
#17
Gerd R Burmester, Iain B McInnes, Joel Kremer, Pedro Miranda, Mariusz Korkosz, Jiri Vencovsky, Andrea Rubbert-Roth, Eduardo Mysler, Matthew A Sleeman, Alex Godwood, Dominic Sinibaldi, Xiang Guo, Wendy I White, Bing Wang, Chi-Yuan Wu, Patricia C Ryan, David Close, Michael E Weinblatt
OBJECTIVES: Despite the therapeutic value of current rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treatments, agents with alternative modes of action are required. Mavrilimumab, a fully human monoclonal antibody targeting the granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor receptor-α, was evaluated in patients with moderate-to-severe RA. METHODS: In a phase IIb study (NCT01706926), patients with inadequate response to ≥1 synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug(s), Disease Activity Score 28 (DAS28)-C reactive protein (CRP)/erythrocyte sedimentation rate ≥3...
February 17, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213559/an-organelle-rna-recognition-motif-protein-is-required-for-photosynthetic-subunit-psbf-transcript-editing
#18
Justin B Hackett, Xiaowen Shi, Amy T Kobylarz, Meriah K Lucas, Ryan L Wessendorf, Kevin M Hines, Stephane Bentolila, Maureen Hanson, Yan Lu
Loss-of-function mutations in Organelle RNA Recognition Motif Protein 6 (ORRM6) result in near absence of RNA editing of psbF-C77 and reduction in accD-C794 editing in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). The orrm6 mutants have decreased levels of PSII proteins, especially PsbF, lower PSII activity, pale green pigmentation, smaller leaf and plant sizes, and retarded growth. Stable expression of ORRM6 rescues orrm6 editing defects and mutant phenotype. Unlike ORRM1, the other known ORRM plastid editing factor, ORRM6 does not contain RNA editing interacting protein/multiple organellar RNA editing factor (RIP/MORF) boxes, which are required for ORRM1 to interact with site-specific pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) protein editing factors...
February 17, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213525/conformational-profiling-of-the-at1-angiotensin-ii-receptor-reflects-biased-agonism-g-protein-coupling-and-cellular-context
#19
Dominic Devost, Rory Sleno, Darlaine Petrin, Alice Zhang, Yuji Shinjo, Rakan Okde, Junken Aoki, Asuka Inoue, Terence E Hebert
Here, we report the design and use of GPCR-based biosensors to monitor ligand-mediated conformational changes in receptors in intact cells. These biosensors use Bioluminescence Resonance Energy Transfer (BRET) with Renilla luciferase (RlucII) as an energy donor, placed at the distal end of the receptor C-tail and the small fluorescent molecule FlAsH, as an energy acceptor, its binding site inserted at different positions throughout the intracellular loops and carboxy-terminal tail of the angiotensin II type I receptor (AT1R)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213517/the-p53-binding-protein-1-tudor-interacting-repair-regulator-complex-participates-in-the-dna-damage-response
#20
Aili Zhang, Bo Peng, Ping Huang, Junjie Chen, Zihua Gong
The 53BP1-dependent end-joining pathway plays a critical role in DSB repair and is uniquely responsible for cellular sensitivity to PARPi in BRCA1-deficient cancers. We and others have investigated the downstream effectors of 53BP1, including replication timing regulatory factor 1 (RIF1) and Pax transactivation domain-interacting protein (PTIP), in the past few years to elucidate how loss of the 53BP1-dependent repair pathway results in PARPi resistance in BRCA1 patients. However, questions regarding the upstream regulation of the 53BP1 pathway remain unanswered...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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