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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527916/cadmium-stimulates-metastasis-associated-phenotype-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells-through-integrin-and-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Zhengxi Wei, Zahir A Shaikh
Cadmium (Cd) is a carcinogenic heavy metal which is implicated in breast cancer development. While the mechanisms of Cd-induced breast cancer initiation and promotion have been studied, the molecular processes involved in breast cancer progression remain to be investigated. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the influence of Cd on metastasis-associated phenotypes, such as cell adhesion, migration, and invasion in triple-negative breast cancer cells. Treatment of MDA-MB-231 cells with 1μM Cd increased cell spreading and cell migration...
May 17, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527896/molecular-characterization-and-expression-analyses-of-the-solea-senegalensis-interferon-stimulated-gene-15-isg15-following-nnv-infections
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Daniel Álvarez-Torres, Ana María Podadera, M Carmen Alonso, Isabel Bandín, Julia Béjar, Esther García-Rosado
Interferons are essential in fish resistance to viral infections. They induce interferon-stimulated genes, such as isg15. In this study, the Senegalese sole isg15 gene (ssisg15) has been characterized. As other isg15, ssisg15 contains a 402-bp intron sited in the 5'-UTR, and the full length cDNA is 1492-bp, including a 480-bp ORF. The expression analyses revealed basal levels of isg15 transcripts, and a clear induction after poly I:C injection, that reached maximum values in brain, head kidney and gills. The ssisg15 induction patterns were similar in RGNNV- and SJNNV-inoculated fish, whereas the reassortant (RG/SJ) isolate, which has higher replication fitness, triggered delayed but higher transcript levels...
May 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526608/microrna-analysis-of-taenia-crassiceps-cysticerci-under-praziquantel-treatment-and-genome-wide-identification-of-taenia-solium-mirnas
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Matías Gastón Pérez, Natalia Macchiaroli, Gabriel Lichtenstein, Gabriela Conti, Sebastián Asurmendi, Diego Humberto Milone, Georgina Stegmayer, Laura Kamenetzky, Marcela Cucher, Mara Cecilia Rosenzvit
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that have emerged as important regulators of gene expression and perform critical functions in development and disease. In spite of the increased interest in miRNAs from helminth parasites, no information is available on miRNAs from Taenia solium, the causative agent of cysticercosis, a neglected disease affecting millions of people worldwide. Here we performed a comprehensive analysis of miRNAs from Taenia crassiceps, a laboratory model for T. solium studies, and identified miRNAs in the T...
May 16, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526070/the-golden-retriever-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Joe N Kornegay
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked disease caused by mutations in the DMD gene and loss of the protein dystrophin. The absence of dystrophin leads to myofiber membrane fragility and necrosis, with eventual muscle atrophy and contractures. Affected boys typically die in their second or third decade due to either respiratory failure or cardiomyopathy. Despite extensive attempts to develop definitive therapies for DMD, the standard of care remains prednisone, which has only palliative benefits. Animal models, mainly the mdx mouse and golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) dog, have played a key role in studies of DMD pathogenesis and treatment development...
May 19, 2017: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525294/the-cambia-sojourns-scholars-leadership-program-conversations-with-emerging-leaders-in-palliative-care
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Dulce M Cruz-Oliver, Rachelle Bernacki, Zara Cooper, Corita Grudzen, Seiko Izumi, Deborah Lafond, Daniel Lam, Thomas W LeBlanc, Jennifer Tjia, Jennifer Walter
BACKGROUND: There is a pressing workforce shortage and leadership scarcity in palliative care to adequately meet the demands of individuals with serious illness and their families. To address this gap, the Cambia Health Foundation launched its Sojourns Scholars Leadership Program in 2014, an initiative designed to identify, cultivate, and advance the next generation of palliative care leaders. This report intends to summarize the second cohort of Sojourns Scholars' projects and their reflection on their leadership needs...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524697/emerging-functions-of-multi-protein-complex-mediator-with-special-emphasis-on-plants
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Naveen Malik, Pinky Agarwal, Akhilesh Tyagi
Mediator is a multi-subunit protein complex which is involved in transcriptional regulation in yeast and other eukaryotes. As a co-activator, it connects information from transcriptional activators/repressors to transcriptional machinery including RNA polymerase II and general transcription factors. It is not only involved in transcription initiation but also has important roles to play in transcription elongation and termination. Functional attributes of different Mediator subunits have been largely defined in yeast and mammalian systems earlier, while such studies in plants have gained momentum recently...
May 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524096/itraq-mitoproteome-analysis-reveals-mechanisms-of-programmed-cell-death-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-induced-by-ochratoxin-a
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Yan Wang, Xiaoli Peng, Zhuojun Yang, Weiwei Zhao, Wentao Xu, Junran Hao, Weihong Wu, Xiao Li Shen, Yunbo Luo, Kunlun Huang
Ochratoxin A (OTA) is one of the most common and dangerous mycotoxins in the world. Previous work indicated that OTA could elicit spontaneous HR-like lesions formation Arabidopsis thaliana, reactive oxygen species (ROS) play an important role in OTA toxicity, and their major endogenous source is mitochondria. However, there has been no evidence as to whether OTA induces directly PCD in plants until now. In this study, the presence of OTA in Arabidopsisthaliana leaves triggered accelerated respiration, increased production of mitochondrial ROS, the opening of ROS-dependent mitochondrial permeability transition pores and a decrease in mitochondrial membrane potential as well as the release of cytochrome c into the cytosol...
May 18, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522359/a-novel-specialized-single-linkage-clustering-algorithm-for-taxonomically-ordered-data
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Markus Schmidt, Arne Kutzner, Klaus Heese
Similarities among ortholog genes for a given set of species S can be expressed by alignment matrices, where each matrix cell results from aligning a gene transcript against the genome of a species within S. Gene clusters can be computed by using single-linkage clustering in time n*m, where n denotes the number of ortholog genes and m denotes the number of inspected assemblies. Our approach can break the O(n*m) complexity of single-linkage clustering by exploiting an order among species that results from an in-order traversal of a given phylogenetic tree...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521739/drosophila-melanogaster-positive-transcriptional-elongation-factors-regulate-metabolic-and-sex-biased-expression-in-adults
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Haiwang Yang, Denis Basquin, Daniel Pauli, Brian Oliver
BACKGROUND: Transcriptional elongation is a generic function, but is also regulated to allow rapid transcription responses. Following relatively long initiation and promoter clearance, RNA polymerase II can pause and then rapidly elongate following recruitment of positive elongation factors. Multiple elongation complexes exist, but the role of specific components in adult Drosophila is underexplored. RESULTS: We conducted RNA-seq experiments to analyze the effect of RNAi knockdown of Suppressor of Triplolethal and lilliputian...
May 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521482/microrna-204-suppressed-proliferation-and-motility-capacity-of-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-via-directly-targeting-zinc-finger-e-box-binding-homeobox-2
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Bin Hu, Ming Sun, Jiajun Liu, Guolin Hong, Qin Lin
Abnormal expression levels of microRNA-204 (miR-204) have been identified in various types of human cancer. However, the expression and functions of miR-204, and the underlying molecular mechanism involved in the initiation and progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), require further investigation. The results of the present study demonstrated that miR-204 is downregulated in HCC tissues and cell lines. Notably, zinc finger E-box binding homeobox 2 (ZEB2) was identified as a direct target of miR-204 in HCC...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521289/role-of-transgelin-2-in-diabetes-associated-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Yan Sun, Weiwei He, Man Luo, Yuhong Zhou, Guilin Chang, Weiying Ren, Kefen Wu, Xi Li, Jiping Shen, Xiaoping Zhao, Yu Hu
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is an aggressive malignancy with poor prognosis. Diabetes is a significant risk factor for PDAC and >50% of PDAC patients have concomitant diabetes. How diabetes influences the initiation and progression of PDAC remains elusive. Here, we show that transgelin-2 is dominantly expressed in PDAC tissues compared with adjacent normal tissues. The high level of transgelin-2 indicates poor survival of patients with PDAC. Remarkably, transgelin-2 expression is correlated with diabetic status...
April 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521247/cognitive-performance-of-juvenile-monkeys-after-chronic-fluoxetine-treatment
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Mari S Golub, Edward P Hackett, Casey E Hogrefe, Csaba Leranth, John D Elsworth, Robert H Roth
Potential long term effects on brain development are a concern when drugs are used to treat depression and anxiety in childhood. In this study, male juvenile rhesus monkeys (three-four years of age) were dosed with fluoxetine or vehicle (N=16/group) for two years. Histomorphometric examination of cortical dendritic spines conducted after euthanasia at one year postdosing (N=8/group) suggested a trend toward greater dendritic spine synapse density in prefrontal cortex of the fluoxetine-treated monkeys. During dosing, subjects were trained for automated cognitive testing, and evaluated with a test of sustained attention...
May 1, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521011/translation-initiation-events-on-structured-eukaryotic-mrnas-generate-gene-expression-noise
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Estelle Dacheux, Naglis Malys, Xiang Meng, Vinoy Ramachandran, Pedro Mendes, John Eg McCarthy
Gene expression stochasticity plays a major role in biology, creating non-genetic cellular individuality and influencing multiple processes, including differentiation and stress responses. We have addressed the lack of knowledge about posttranscriptional contributions to noise by determining cell-to-cell variations in the abundance of mRNA and reporter protein in yeast. Two types of structural element, a stem-loop and a poly(G) motif, not only inhibit translation initiation when inserted into an mRNA 5΄ untranslated region, but also generate noise...
May 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520982/genome-wide-mrna-processing-in-methanogenic-archaea-reveals-post-transcriptional-regulation-of-ribosomal-protein-synthesis
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Lei Qi, Lei Yue, Deqin Feng, Fengxia Qi, Jie Li, Xiuzhu Dong
Unlike stable RNAs that require processing for maturation, prokaryotic cellular mRNAs generally follow an 'all-or-none' pattern. Herein, we used a 5΄ monophosphate transcript sequencing (5΄P-seq) that specifically captured the 5΄-end of processed transcripts and mapped the genome-wide RNA processing sites (PSSs) in a methanogenic archaeon. Following statistical analysis and stringent filtration, we identified 1429 PSSs, among which 23.5% and 5.4% were located in 5΄ untranslated region (uPSS) and intergenic region (iPSS), respectively...
May 18, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520979/the-dead-box-helicase-mss116-plays-distinct-roles-in-mitochondrial-ribogenesis-and-mrna-specific-translation
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Dasmanthie De Silva, Sarah Poliquin, Rui Zeng, Angelica Zamudio-Ochoa, Natalie Marrero, Xochitl Perez-Martinez, Flavia Fontanesi, Antoni Barrientos
Members of the DEAD-box family are often multifunctional proteins involved in several RNA transactions. Among them, yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae Mss116 participates in mitochondrial intron splicing and, under cold stress, also in mitochondrial transcription elongation. Here, we show that Mss116 interacts with the mitoribosome assembly factor Mrh4, is required for efficient mitoribosome biogenesis, and consequently, maintenance of the overall mitochondrial protein synthesis rate. Additionally, Mss116 is required for efficient COX1 mRNA translation initiation and elongation...
May 18, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520978/ldb1-mediated-enhancer-looping-can-be-established-independent-of-mediator-and-cohesin
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Ivan Krivega, Ann Dean
Mechanistic studies in erythroid cells indicate that LDB1, as part of a GATA1/TAL1/LMO2 complex, brings erythroid-expressed genes into proximity with enhancers for transcription activation. The role of co-activators in establishing this long-range interaction is poorly understood. Here we tested the contributions of the RNA Pol II pre-initiation complex (PIC), mediator and cohesin to establishment of locus control region (LCR)/β-globin proximity. CRISPR/Cas9 editing of the β-globin promoter to eliminate the RNA Pol II PIC by deleting the TATA-box resulted in loss of transcription, but enhancer-promoter interaction was unaffected...
May 18, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520954/h2b-ubiquitylation-and-the-histone-chaperone-asf1-cooperatively-mediate-the-formation-and-maintenance-of-heterochromatin-silencing
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Meng-Ying Wu, Chia-Yeh Lin, Hsin-Yi Tseng, Fei-Man Hsu, Pao-Yang Chen, Cheng-Fu Kao
Heterochromatin is a heritable form of gene repression, with critical roles in development and cell identity. Understanding how chromatin factors results in such repression is a fundamental question. Chromatin is assembled and disassembled during transcription, replication and repair by anti-silencing function 1 (Asf1), a highly conserved histone chaperone. Transcription and DNA replication are also affected by histone modifications that modify nucleosome dynamics, such as H2B ubiquitylation (H2Bub). We report here that H2Bub and Asf1 cooperatively promote transcriptional silencing at yeast telomeres and mating loci...
May 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520932/translational-control-and-rho-dependent-transcription-termination-are-intimately-linked-in-riboswitch-regulation
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Laurène Bastet, Adrien Chauvier, Navjot Singh, Antony Lussier, Anne-Marie Lamontagne, Karine Prévost, Eric Massé, Joseph T Wade, Daniel A Lafontaine
Riboswitches are regulatory elements that control gene expression by altering RNA structure upon the binding of specific metabolites. Although Bacillus subtilis riboswitches have been shown to control premature transcription termination, less is known about regulatory mechanisms employed by Escherichia coli riboswitches, which are predicted to regulate mostly at the level of translation initiation. Here, we present experimental evidence suggesting that the majority of known E. coli riboswitches control transcription termination by using the Rho transcription factor...
May 18, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520732/differential-gene-expression-along-the-animal-vegetal-axis-in-the-ascidian-embryo-is-maintained-by-a-dual-functional-protein-foxd
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Shin-Ichi Tokuhiro, Miki Tokuoka, Kenji Kobayashi, Atsushi Kubo, Izumi Oda-Ishii, Yutaka Satou
In many animal embryos, a specific gene expression pattern is established along the animal-vegetal axis soon after zygotic transcription begins. In the embryo of the ascidian Ciona intestinalis, soon after the division that separates animal and vegetal hemispheres into distinct blastomeres, maternal Gata.a and β-catenin activate specific genes in the animal and vegetal blastomeres, respectively. On the basis of these initial distinct gene expression patterns, gene regulatory networks promote animal cells to become ectodermal tissues and vegetal cells to become endomesodermal tissues and a part of the nerve cord...
May 17, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520534/cpg-island-methylation-correlates-with-the-use-of-alternative-promoter-for-usp44-gene-expression-in-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-and-testis
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Philippe Tropel, Laura Jung, Cécile André, Adeline Ndandougou, Stéphane Viville
Deubiquitinating enzymes may play a major regulatory role in pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) but few studies have investigated this topic. Within this family of enzymes, we found that the ubiquitin specific peptidase, USP44, is highly expressed in embryonic stem cells, induced PSCs and testes as compared to differentiated progenies and somatic organs. Analysis by qPCR and 5'RACE showed that alternate promoters are responsible for expression in PSCs and organs. We noticed 7 regions of transcription initiation, some of them with cell- or tissue-specific activity...
May 18, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
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