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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549899/utility-of-published-dna-reactivity-alerts
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Alun Myden, Sebastien Guesne, Alex Cayley, Richard V Williams
The identification of impurities with mutagenic potential is required for any potential pharmaceutical. The ICH M7 guidelines state that two complementary in silico toxicity prediction tools may be used to predict the mutagenic potential of pharmaceutical impurities. An expert review of the resulting in silico predictions is required, and numerous publications have been released to guide the expert review process. One such publication suggests that literature-based structural alerts (LBSAs) may provide a suitable aid in the expert review process...
May 23, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548882/finding-conducting-and-nurturing-science-a-virologist-s-memoir
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Anna Marie Ann Skalka Skalka
My laboratory investigations have been driven by an abiding interest in understanding the consequences of genetic rearrangement in evolution and disease, and in using viruses to elucidate fundamental mechanisms in biology. Starting with bacteriophages and moving to the retroviruses, my use of the tools of genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and biophysics has spanned more than half a century-from the time when DNA structure was just discovered to the present day of big data and epigenetics. Both riding and contributing to the successive waves of technology, my laboratory has elucidated fundamental mechanisms in DNA replication, repair, and recombination...
May 26, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546713/current-concepts-of-epigenetics-in-testicular-cancer
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Alfredo Harb-De la Rosa, Meenakkshy Manoharan, Ahmed Saeed Goolam
Testicular germ cell tumors (GCTs) are characterized into seminomas (SGCTs) and non-seminomatous testicular germ cell tumors (NSGCTs). Serum tumor markers (STMs) play an important role in testicular cancer as they provide useful information for diagnosis, staging, and detection of recurrence. Nonetheless, additional tumor markers for early diagnosis and therapeutic options are required to enhance specificity of serological diagnosis of testes cancers. Epigenetics is defined as inherited changes in gene expression that are not encoded in the DNA structure...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540211/delayed-enhancement-cardiac-computed-tomography-for-the-assessment-of-myocardial-infarction-from-bench-to-bedside
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Gaston A Rodriguez-Granillo
A large number of studies support the increasingly relevant prognostic value of the presence and extent of delayed enhancement (DE), a surrogate marker of fibrosis, in diverse etiologies. Gadolinium and iodinated based contrast agents share similar kinetics, thus leading to comparable myocardial characterization with cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and cardiac computed tomography (CT) at both first-pass perfusion and DE imaging. We review the available evidence of DE imaging for the assessment of myocardial infarction (MI) using cardiac CT (CTDE), from animal to clinical studies, and from 16-slice CT to dual-energy CT systems (DECT)...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534207/construction-of-polyarylenes-with-various-structural-features-via-bergman-cyclization-polymerization
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Youfu Wang, Shudan Chen, Aiguo Hu
Synthetic polymer chemistry is a fundamental part of polymer science, and highly efficient polymerization reactions are essential for the synthesis of high-performance polymers. Development of new synthetic methods for emerging polymer science is of great importance in this regard. Bergman cyclization is a chemical process in which highly reactive aryl diradicals form from enediyne precursors, having a strong impact in a number of fields including pharmaceutics, synthetic chemistry, and materials science. Diradical intermediates stemming from enediynes can cause DNA cleavage under physiological conditions, leading to the strong cytotoxicity of many naturally occurring enediyne antibiotics...
June 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533023/the-rna-modification-n-6-methyladenosine-and-its-implications-in-human-disease
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Pedro J Batista
Impaired gene regulation lies at the heart of many disorders, including developmental diseases and cancer. Furthermore, the molecular pathways that control gene expression are often the target of cellular parasites, such as viruses. Gene expression is controlled through multiple mechanisms that are coordinated to ensure the proper and timely expression of each gene. Many of these mechanisms target the life cycle of the RNA molecule, from transcription to translation. Recently, another layer of regulation at the RNA level involving RNA modifications has gained renewed interest of the scientific community...
May 19, 2017: Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530531/the-complexity-of-dek-signaling-in-cancer-progression
#7
Yong Teng, Liwei Lang, Catherine E Jauregui
The DNA binding protein and chromatin structural regulator DEK regulates many cellular processes. These include proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis, senescence, DNA repairing and the maintenance of stem cell phenotype. DEK is increasingly recognized as a crucial player in many steps of cancer initiation and progression, and is precisely regulated by abundant promoting and inhibiting factors directly or indirectly. DEK may serve as an architectural modulating protein to regulate the expression and function of multiple human genes in cancer cells...
May 21, 2017: Current Cancer Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529715/inducing-death-in-tumor-cells-roles-of-the-inhibitor-of-apoptosis-proteins
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Darren Finlay, Peter Teriete, Mitchell Vamos, Nicholas D P Cosford, Kristiina Vuori
The heterogeneous group of diseases collectively termed cancer results not just from aberrant cellular proliferation but also from a lack of accompanying homeostatic cell death. Indeed, cancer cells regularly acquire resistance to programmed cell death, or apoptosis, which not only supports cancer progression but also leads to resistance to therapeutic agents. Thus, various approaches have been undertaken in order to induce apoptosis in tumor cells for therapeutic purposes. Here, we will focus our discussion on agents that directly affect the apoptotic machinery itself rather than on drugs that induce apoptosis in tumor cells indirectly, such as by DNA damage or kinase dependency inhibition...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528444/assembly-and-egress-of-an-alphaherpesvirus-clockwork
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Gregory A Smith
All viruses produce infectious particles that possess some degree of stability in the extracellular environment yet disassemble upon cell contact and entry. For the alphaherpesviruses, which include many neuroinvasive viruses of mammals, these metastable virions consist of an icosahedral capsid surrounded by a protein matrix (referred to as the tegument) and a lipid envelope studded with glycoproteins. Whereas the capsid of these viruses is a rigid structure encasing the DNA genome, the tegument and envelope are dynamic assemblies that orchestrate a sequential series of events that ends with the delivery of the genome into the nucleus...
2017: Advances in Anatomy, Embryology, and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528442/herpesvirus-capsid-assembly-and-dna-packaging
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Jason D Heming, James F Conway, Fred L Homa
Herpes simplex virus type I (HSV-1) is the causative agent of several pathologies ranging in severity from the common cold sore to life-threatening encephalitic infection. During productive lytic infection, over 80 viral proteins are expressed in a highly regulated manner, resulting in the replication of viral genomes and assembly of progeny virions. The virion of all herpesviruses consists of an external membrane envelope, a proteinaceous layer called the tegument, and an icosahedral capsid containing the double-stranded linear DNA genome...
2017: Advances in Anatomy, Embryology, and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528358/dna-topoisomerase-targeting-chemotherapeutics-what-s-new
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Selma M Cuya, Mary-Ann Bjornsti, Robert C A M van Waardenburg
To resolve the topological problems that threaten the function and structural integrity of nuclear and mitochondrial genomes and RNA molecules, human cells encode six different DNA topoisomerases including type IB enzymes (TOP1 and TOP1mt), type IIA enzymes (TOP2α and TOP2β) and type IA enzymes (TOP3α and TOP3β). DNA entanglements and the supercoiling of DNA molecules are regulated by topoisomerases through the introduction of transient enzyme-linked DNA breaks. The covalent topoisomerase-DNA complexes are the cellular targets of a diverse group of cancer chemotherapeutics, which reversibly stabilize these reaction intermediates...
May 20, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526340/unfolding-the-pathogenesis-of-scleroderma-through-genomics-and-epigenomics
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REVIEW
Pei-Suen Tsou, Amr H Sawalha
With unknown etiology, scleroderma (SSc) is a multifaceted disease characterized by immune activation, vascular complications, and excessive fibrosis in internal organs. Genetic studies, including candidate gene association studies, genome-wide association studies, and whole-exome sequencing have supported the notion that while genetic susceptibility to SSc appears to be modest, SSc patients are genetically predisposed to this disease. The strongest genetic association for SSc lies within the MHC region, with loci in HLA-DRB1, HLA-DQB1, HLA-DPB1, and HLA-DOA1 being the most replicated...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525308/toxin-antitoxin-systems-implications-for-plant-disease
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T Shidore, L R Triplett
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are gene modules that are ubiquitous in freeliving prokaryotes. Diverse in structure, cellular function, and fitness roles, TA systems are defined by the presence of a toxin gene that suppresses bacterial growth and a toxin-neutralizing antitoxin gene, usually encoded in a single operon. Originally viewed as DNA maintenance modules, TA systems are now thought to function in many roles, including bacterial stress tolerance, virulence, phage defense, and biofilm formation. However, very few studies have investigated the significance of TA systems in the context of plant-microbe interactions...
May 19, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523552/epigenetics-of-huntington-s-disease
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Silvia Bassi, Takshashila Tripathi, Alan Monziani, Francesca Di Leva, Marta Biagioli
Huntington's disease (HD) is a genetic, fatal autosomal dominant neurodegenerative disorder typically occurring in midlife with symptoms ranging from chorea, to dementia, to personality disturbances (Philos Trans R Soc Lond Ser B Biol Sci 354:957-961, 1999). HD is inherited in a dominant fashion, and the underlying mutation in all cases is a CAG trinucleotide repeat expansion within exon 1 of the HD gene (Cell 72:971-983, 1993). The expanded CAG repeat, translated into a lengthened glutamine tract at the amino terminus of the huntingtin protein, affects its structural properties and functional activities...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523428/the-potential-role-of-kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-zinc-finger-protein-glis3-in-genetic-diseases-and-cancers
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REVIEW
Chon-Kit Chou, Chin-Ju Tang, Han-Lin Chou, Chun-Yen Liu, Ming-Chong Ng, Yu-Ting Chang, Shyng-Shiou F Yuan, Eing-Mei Tsai, Chien-Chih Chiu
Gli-similar 3 (Glis3) belongs to a Glis subfamily of Krüppel-like zinc-finger transcription factors characterized to regulate a set of downstream targets essential for cellular functions, including pancreatic development, β-cell maturation and maintenance, and insulin production. Examination of the DNA-binding domain of Glis3 reveals that this domain contains a repeated cysteine 2/histidine 2 (Cys2/His2) zinc-finger motif in the central region where the recognized DNA sequence binds. The loss of the production of pancreatic hormones, such as insulin 1 and 2, is linked to the down-regulation of β cells-related genes and promotes the apoptotic death of β cells found in mutant Glis3...
May 18, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523272/structural-elements-regulating-aaa-protein-quality-control-machines
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Chiung-Wen Chang, Sukyeong Lee, Francis T F Tsai
Members of the ATPases Associated with various cellular Activities (AAA+) superfamily participate in essential and diverse cellular pathways in all kingdoms of life by harnessing the energy of ATP binding and hydrolysis to drive their biological functions. Although most AAA+ proteins share a ring-shaped architecture, AAA+ proteins have evolved distinct structural elements that are fine-tuned to their specific functions. A central question in the field is how ATP binding and hydrolysis are coupled to substrate translocation through the central channel of ring-forming AAA+ proteins...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521962/the-functional-roles-of-pml-nuclear-bodies-in-genome-maintenance
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Hae Ryung Chang, Anudari Munkhjargal, Myung-Jin Kim, Seon Young Park, Eunyoung Jung, Jae-Ha Ryu, Young Yang, Jong-Seok Lim, Yonghwan Kim
In the nucleus, there are several membraneless structures called nuclear bodies. Among them, promyelocytic leukemia nuclear bodies (PML-NBs) are involved in multiple genome maintenance pathways including the DNA damage response, DNA repair, telomere homeostasis, and p53-associated apoptosis. In response to DNA damage, PML-NBs are coalesced and divided by a fission mechanism, thus increasing their number. PML-NBs also play a role in repairing DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) by homologous recombination (HR). Clinically, the dominant negative PML-RARα fusion protein expressed in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) inhibits the transactivation of downstream factors and disrupts PML function, revealing the tumor suppressor role of PML-NBs...
May 5, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521327/epigenomics-pharmacoepigenomics-and-personalized-medicine-in-cervical-cancer
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Shama Prasada Kabekkodu, Sanjiban Chakrabarty, Supriti Ghosh, Angela Brand, Kapaettu Satyamoorthy
Epigenomics encompasses the study of genome-wide changes in DNA methylation, histone modifications and noncoding RNAs leading to altered transcription, chromatin structure, and posttranscription RNA processing, respectively, resulting in an altered rate of gene expression. The role of epigenetic modifications facilitating human diseases is well established. Previous studies have identified histone and cytosine code during normal and pathological conditions with special emphasis on how these modifications regulate transcriptional events...
May 19, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516087/dna-sequence-analysis-in-clinical-medicine-proceeding-cautiously
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REVIEW
Moyra Smith
Delineation of underlying genomic and genetic factors in a specific disease may be valuable in establishing a definitive diagnosis and may guide patient management and counseling. In addition, genetic information may be useful in identification of at risk family members. Gene mapping and initial genome sequencing data enabled the development of microarrays to analyze genomic variants. The goal of this review is to consider different generations of sequencing techniques and their application to exome sequencing and whole genome sequencing and their clinical applications...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513534/unraveling-prion-protein-interactions-with-aptamers-and-other-prp-binding-nucleic-acids
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REVIEW
Bruno Macedo, Yraima Cordeiro
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are a group of neurodegenerative disorders that affect humans and other mammals. The etiologic agents common to these diseases are misfolded conformations of the prion protein (PrP). The molecular mechanisms that trigger the structural conversion of the normal cellular PrP (PrP(C)) into the pathogenic conformer (PrP(Sc)) are still poorly understood. It is proposed that a molecular cofactor would act as a catalyst, lowering the activation energy of the conversion process, therefore favoring the transition of PrP(C) to PrP(Sc)...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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