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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214218/implication-of-downregulation-and-prospective-pathway-signaling-of-microrna-375-in-lung-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Wen-Jie Chen, Ting-Qing Gan, Hui Qin, Su-Ning Huang, Li-Hua Yang, Ye-Ying Fang, Zu-Yun Li, Lin-Jiang Pan, Gang Chen
BACKGROUND: Lung cancer is one of the most typical cancers in the world. Altered expression profiles of microRNA-375(miR-375) are linked to many diseases including lung cancer. However, the relationship between miR-375 and lung squamous cell carcinoma (LUSC) is controversial. METHODS: We first evaluated the 23 LUSCs and the paired normal lung tissues by qRT-PCR. Then we analyzed the LUSC samples with miR-375 expression based on The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO)...
January 22, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214100/nlrp6-a-multifaceted-innate-immune-sensor
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REVIEW
Maayan Levy, Hagit Shapiro, Christoph A Thaiss, Eran Elinav
NLRP6, a member of the nucleotide-binding domain, leucine-rich repeat-containing (NLR) innate immune receptor family, regulates inflammation and host defense against microorganisms. Similar to other NLRs, NLRP6 not only participates in inflammasome formation, but is also involved in nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling regulation and facilitation of gastrointestinal antiviral effector functions. Additionally, NLRP6 contributes to the regulation of mucus secretion and antimicrobial peptide production, thereby impacting intestinal microbial colonization and associated microbiome-related infectious, autoinflammatory, metabolic, and neoplastic diseases...
February 14, 2017: Trends in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213832/dynamic-fluorescence-microscopy-of-cellular-uptake-of-intercalating-model-drugs-by-ultrasound-activated-microbubbles
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B H A Lammertink, R Deckers, M Derieppe, I De Cock, I Lentacker, G Storm, C T W Moonen, C Bos
PURPOSE: The combination of ultrasound and microbubbles can facilitate cellular uptake of (model) drugs via transient permeabilization of the cell membrane. By using fluorescent molecules, this process can be studied conveniently with confocal fluorescence microscopy. This study aimed to investigate the relation between cellular uptake and fluorescence intensity increase of intercalating model drugs. PROCEDURES: SYTOX Green, an intercalating fluorescent dye that displays >500-fold fluorescence enhancement upon binding to nucleic acids, was used as a model drug for ultrasound-induced cellular uptake...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213613/an-atf4-atg5-signaling-in-hypothalamic-pomc-neurons-regulates-fat-mass-via-affecting-energy-expenditure
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Yuzhong Xiao, Yalan Deng, Feixiang Yuan, Tingting Xia, Hao Liu, Zhigang Li, Zhixue Liu, Hao Ying, Yi Liu, Qiwei Zhai, Shanghai Chen, Feifan Guo
Although many biological functions of activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4) have been identified, a role of hypothalamic ATF4 in the regulation of energy homeostasis is poorly understood. Here, we showed that hypothalamic pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons specific ATF4 knockout (PAKO) mice are lean and have higher energy expenditure. Furthermore, PAKO mice were resistant to high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obesity, glucose intolerance and leptin resistance. Moreover, the expression of autophagy protein 5 (ATG5) was increased or decreased by ATF4 knockdown or over-expression, respectively, and ATF4 inhibited the transcription of ATG5 by binding to the basic zipper-containing protein (bZIP) sites on its promoter...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213370/promiscuity-among-the-mraps
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Adrian J L Clark, Li F Chan
The melanocortin 2 receptor accessory protein (MRAP) was originally discovered to be an essential co-receptor for the ACTH receptor/melanocortin 2 receptor, and it physically interacts with this receptor and is required for receptor trafficking and ligand binding. A related molecule, MRAP2, is mainly expressed in the CNS and appears to have a role with the melanocortin 4 receptor. Consistent with this is the observation that a massively obese phenotype develops when the Mrap2 gene is deleted in mice. However, the characteristics of this phenotype differ from those of Mc4r deleted mice, and suggest that an additional role, possibly resulting from an interaction with other receptors is possible...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213328/an-integrated-dual-functional-recognition-amplification-bio-label-for-the-one-step-impedimetric-detection-of-micro-rna-21
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Sawsen Azzouzi, Wing Cheung Mak, Kamalodin Kor, Anthony P F Turner, Mounir Ben Ali, Valerio Beni
Alteration in expression of miRNAs has been correlated with different cancer types, tumour stage and response to treatments. In this context, a structurally responsive oligonucleotide-based electrochemical impedimetric biosensor has been developed for the simple and sensitive detection of miRNA-21. A highly specific biotinylated DNA/LNA molecular beacon (MB) probe was conjugated with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to create an integrated, dual function bio-label (biotin-MB-AuNPs) for both biorecognition and signal generation...
February 10, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213267/ferulic-acid-inhibits-neuro-inflammation-in-mice-exposed-to-chronic-unpredictable-mild-stress
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Ya-Min Liu, Ji-Duo Shen, Li-Ping Xu, Han-Bing Li, Yu-Cheng Li, Li-Tao Yi
Ferulic acid is a hydroxycinnamic acid that widely presents in plant cell wall components. It has been demonstrated that ferulic acid can attenuate depressive-like behaviors in both forced swimming test and tail suspension test. Considering that depression is an inflammatory related mental disease, our present study was aimed to investigate the role of ferulic acid in the regulation of microglia activation, pro-inflammatory cytokines, nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) and nucleotide binding and oligomerization domain-like receptor family pyrin domain-containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome in mice exposed to chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS)...
February 14, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212897/representing-composed-meanings-through-temporal-binding
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Hugh Rabagliati, Leonidas A A Doumas, Douglas K Bemis
A key feature of human thought and language is compositionality, the ability to bind pre-existing concepts or word meanings together in order to express new ideas. Here we ask how newly composed complex concepts are mentally represented and matched to the outside world, by testing whether it is harder to verify if a picture matches the meaning of a phrase, like big pink tree, than the meaning of a single word, like tree. Five sentence-picture verification experiments provide evidence that, in fact, the meaning of a phrase can often be checked just as fast as the meaning of one single word (and sometimes faster), indicating that the phrase's constituent concepts can be represented and checked in parallel...
February 14, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212896/having-control-over-the-external-world-increases-the-implicit-sense-of-agency
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Brianna Beck, Steven Di Costa, Patrick Haggard
The sense of agency refers to the feeling of control over one's actions, and, through them, over external events. One proposed marker of implicit sense of agency is 'intentional binding'-the tendency to perceive voluntary actions and their outcomes as close in time. Another is attenuation of the sensory consequences of a voluntary action. Here we show that the ability to choose an outcome through action selection contributes to implicit sense of agency. We measured intentional binding and stimulus intensity ratings using painful and non-painful somatosensory outcomes...
February 14, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212747/catalytic-independent-functions-of-parp-1-determine-sox2-pioneer-activity-at-intractable-genomic-loci
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Ziying Liu, W Lee Kraus
Pioneer transcription factors (TFs) function as genomic first responders, binding to inaccessible regions of chromatin to promote enhancer formation. The mechanism by which pioneer TFs gain access to chromatin remains an important unanswered question. Here we show that PARP-1, a nucleosome-binding protein, cooperates with intrinsic properties of the pioneer TF Sox2 to facilitate its binding to intractable genomic loci in embryonic stem cells. These actions of PARP-1 occur independently of its poly(ADP-ribosyl) transferase activity...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212672/cytokeratin7-and-cytokeratin19-expression-in-high-grade-cervical-intraepithelial-neoplasm-and-squamous-cell-carcinoma-and-their-possible-association-in-cervical-carcinogenesis
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Hojung Lee, Hyekyung Lee, Yong Kyun Cho
BACKGROUND: High risk human papillomavirus (HR HPV) infects cells at the squamocolumnar junction (SCJ) of the cervix, causing cancer. Cytokeratin (CK)7 is an SCJ marker, and stains cervical neoplasia. CK19 is a binding partner of CK7 and expressed in cervical cancer. Despite this possible association between CK7/CK19 and cervical cancer, not much is known about the mechanism of CK7/CK19 involvement in HR HPV-mediated cervical carcinogenesis. METHODS: We analyzed the expression pattern of CK7, CK19, and p16 by using immunohistochemistry and HPV infection by in situ hybridization in 25 cases of high grade cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN3) and in 30 cases of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)...
February 17, 2017: Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212627/genome-wide-identification-of-direct-hbx-genomic-targets
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Francesca Guerrieri, Laura Belloni, Daniel D'Andrea, Natalia Pediconi, Loredana Le Pera, Barbara Testoni, Cecilia Scisciani, Oceane Floriot, Fabien Zoulim, Anna Tramontano, Massimo Levrero
BACKGROUND: The Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) HBx regulatory protein is required for HBV replication and involved in HBV-related carcinogenesis. HBx interacts with chromatin modifying enzymes and transcription factors to modulate histone post-translational modifications and to regulate viral cccDNA transcription and cellular gene expression. Aiming to identify genes and non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) directly targeted by HBx, we performed a chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-Seq) to analyse HBV recruitment on host cell chromatin in cells replicating HBV...
February 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212615/molecular-pathways-underlying-inhibitory-effect-of-antimicrobial-peptide-nal-p-113-on-bacteria-biofilms-formation-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis-w83-by-dna-microarray
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Hong-Yan Wang, Li Lin, Li-Si Tan, Hui-Yuan Yu, Jya-Wei Cheng, Ya-Ping Pan
BACKGROUND: Wound-related infection remains a major challenge for health professionals. One disadvantage in conventional antibiotics is their inability to penetrate biofilms, the main protective strategy for bacteria to evade irradiation. Previously, we have shown that synthetic antimicrobial peptides could inhibit bacterial biofilms formation. RESULTS: In this study, we first delineated how Nal-P-113, a novel antimicrobial peptide, exerted its inhibitory effects on Porphyromonas gingivalis W83 biofilms formation at a low concentration...
February 17, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212562/overexpression-of-mir-29a-reduces-the-oncogenic-properties-of-glioblastoma-stem-cells-by-downregulating-quaking-gene-isoform-6
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Zhuo Xi, Ping Wang, Yixue Xue, Chao Shang, Xiaobai Liu, Jun Ma, Zhiqing Li, Zhen Li, Min Bao, Yunhui Liu
Glioblastoma is the most common type of malignant primary brain tumor and has high recurrence and lethality rates. Glioblastoma stem cells (GSCs), a subpopulation of glioblastoma cells, may promote rapid tumor recurrence and therapy resistance. Because altered microRNA (miR) expression in GSCs may lead to glioblastoma progression, we assessed the effects of miR-29a expression on the oncogenic behavior of GSCs. MiR-29a expression was lower in GSCs than non-GSCs, and overexpression of miR-29a in GSCs inhibited cell proliferation, migration and invasion, but promoted apoptosis...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212453/bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-hybridized-with-nano-anchored-oligonucleotides-on-titanium-implants-enhances-osteogenic-differentiation-in-vivo
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Florian Böhrnsen, Jennifer Rublack, Nelia Aeckerle, Anne Foerster, Bernd Schwenzer, Judith Reichert, Dieter Scharnweber, Henning Schliephake
PURPOSE: Previous in vitro studies have shown that DNA oligonucleotides (ODN) can be successfully used as anchor strands for the binding and retarded release of biologically active recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 2 (rhBMP-2). The aim of the present study was to test the hypothesis that rhBMP-2 bound to the surface of titanium implants through hybridization with nano-anchored ODN strands is biologically active and can enhance the induction of osteogenic markers in peri-implant bone in vivo...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212278/the-effect-of-the-human-peptide-ghk-on-gene-expression-relevant-to-nervous-system-function-and-cognitive-decline
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Loren Pickart, Jessica Michelle Vasquez-Soltero, Anna Margolina
Neurodegeneration, the progressive death of neurons, loss of brain function, and cognitive decline is an increasing problem for senior populations. Its causes are poorly understood and therapies are largely ineffective. Neurons, with high energy and oxygen requirements, are especially vulnerable to detrimental factors, including age-related dysregulation of biochemical pathways caused by altered expression of multiple genes. GHK (glycyl-l-histidyl-l-lysine) is a human copper-binding peptide with biological actions that appear to counter aging-associated diseases and conditions...
February 15, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211947/insulin-like-growth-factor-1-promotes-osteogenic-differentiation-and-collagen-i-alpha-2-synthesis-via-induction-of-mrna-binding-protein-larp6-expression
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Yue Guo, Chen-Yi Tang, Xiao-Fei Man, Hao-Neng Tang, Jun Tang, Ci-La Zhou, Shu-Wen Tan, Min Wang, Yun-Zhi Feng, Hou-De Zhou
This study explored the mechanism underlying the stimulation of collagen synthesis and osteoblastic differentiation by insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) in primary mouse osteoblasts. Primary mouse calvarial osteoblasts were cultured and treated with various doses of IGF1 before transfection with siRNA targeting the collagen type I alpha 2 (Col1a2) or La ribonucleoprotein domain family member 6 (Larp6) genes. Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, osteocalcin staining, alizarin red quantification and the expression level of runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2) were performed to assess the differentiation of pre-osteoblasts...
February 17, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211873/the-p53-family-members-have-distinct-roles-during-mammalian-embryonic-development
#18
Jeanine L Van Nostrand, Margot E Bowen, Hannes Vogel, Maria Barna, Laura D Attardi
The p53 tumor suppressor is a member of a multi-protein family, including the p63 and p73 transcription factors. These proteins can bind to the same consensus sites in DNA and activate the same target genes, suggesting that there could be functional redundancy between them. Indeed, double mutant mice heterozygous for any two family member-encoding genes display enhanced cancer phenotypes relative to single heterozygous mutants. However, whether the family members play redundant roles during embryonic development has remained largely unexplored...
February 17, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211697/benchmarking-density-functionals-for-chemical-bonds-of-gold
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Kasper Planeta Kepp
Gold plays a major role in nanochemistry, catalysis, and electrochemistry. Accordingly, hundreds of studies apply density functionals to study chemical bonding with gold, yet there is no systematic attempt to assess the accuracy of these methods applied to gold. This paper reports a benchmark against 51 experimental bond enthalpies of AuX systems and seven additional polyatomic and cationic molecules. 12 density functionals were tested, covering meta functionals, hybrids with variable HF exchange, double-hybrid, dispersion-corrected and non-hybrid GGA functionals...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211620/benchmark-ditopic-binding-of-cl-and-cs-by-the-macrocycle-hexacyclen
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Juan Ramon Aviles-Moreno, Giel Berden, Jos Oomens, Bruno Martinez-Haya
The ditopic binding of organic and inorganic anions and cations constitutes a distinct feature of polyazamacrocycles that underlies their action as intermediate docking and exchange ionophoric sites for tailored supramolecular synthesis and sensors. This work investigates the Cl- and Cs+ complexes formed by hexacyclen (1,4,7,10,13,16-hexaazacyclooctadecane, ha18c6), a benchmark building block of ion-pair polyamine receptors. Infrared action spectroscopy is employed to characterize the anionic and cationic complexes under controlled environmental conditions in an ion trap...
February 17, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
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