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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231674/-a-preliminary-study-on-the-molecular-characteristics-of-d-cycloserine-resistance-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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C Li, G L Li, Q Luo, S J Li, R B Wang, Y L Lou, J X Lyu, K L Wan
Objective: To investigate the relationship between D-cycloserine resistance and the gene mutations of alrA, ddlA and cycA of Mycobacterium (M.) tuberculosis, as well as the association between D-cycloserine resistance and spoligotyping genotyping. Methods: A total of 145 M. tuberculosis strains were selected from the strain bank. D-cycloserine resistant phenotypes of the strains were determined by the proportion method and the minimal inhibitory concentration was determined by resazurin microtiter assay. PCR amplification and DNA direct sequencing methods were used for the analysis of gene mutations...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231576/molecular-markers-involved-in-tumorigenesis-of-thyroid-carcinoma-focus-on-aggressive-histotypes
#2
Gustavo C Penna, Fernanda Vaisman, Mario Vaisman, Manuel Sobrinho-Simões, Paula Soares
Thyroid cancer derived from follicular cells (TCDFC) comprises well-differentiated (papillary and follicular) carcinoma, poorly differentiated carcinoma, and anaplastic carcinoma. Papillary thyroid carcinoma is the most common endocrine cancer, and its incidence is steadily increasing. Lethality and aggressiveness of TCDFC is inversely correlated with differentiation degree. In this review, an emphasis has been put on molecular markers involved in tumorigenesis of thyroid carcinoma with a focus on aggressive histotypes and the role of such biomarkers in predicting thyroid cancer outcome...
February 24, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231563/hypoxia-pathway-mutations-in-pheochromocytomas-and-paragangliomas
#3
Diana Amorim-Pires, Joana Peixoto, Jorge Lima
Pheochromocytomas (PCC) and sympathetic paragangliomas (PGL) are rare neuroendocrine tumors, which derive from chromaffin cells occurring in the adrenal medulla and extra-adrenal sympathetic paraganglia. PCC and PGL are often benign, catecholamine-producing tumors, responsible for a myriad of symptoms that may be potentially hazardous to the patient. In contrast, nonsecreting parasympathetic PGL, derived from chief cells, develop mainly in the head and neck region. Although PCC/PGL are more commonly sporadic tumors, germline mutations are present in up to 40% of the patients, ranking these tumors among those with the highest degree of heritability...
February 24, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231559/prostate-cancer-heterogeneity-discovering-novel-molecular-targets-for-therapy
#4
REVIEW
Chiara Ciccarese, Francesco Massari, Roberto Iacovelli, Michelangelo Fiorentino, Rodolfo Montironi, Vincenzo Di Nunno, Francesca Giunchi, Matteo Brunelli, Giampaolo Tortora
Prostate cancer (PCa) shows a broad spectrum of biological and clinical behavior, which represents the epiphenomenon of an extreme genetic heterogeneity. Recent genomic profiling studies have deeply improved the knowledge of the genomic landscape of localized and metastatic PCa. The AR and PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathways are the two most frequently altered, representing therefore interestingly targets for therapy. Moreover, somatic or germline aberrations of DNA repair genes (DRGs) have been observed at high frequency, supporting the potential role of platinum derivatives and PARP inhibitors as effective therapeutic strategies...
February 11, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231468/parkinson-sac-domain-mutation-in-synaptojanin-1-impairs-clathrin-uncoating-at-synapses-and-triggers-dystrophic-changes-in-dopaminergic-axons
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Mian Cao, Yumei Wu, Ghazaleh Ashrafi, Amber J McCartney, Heather Wheeler, Eric A Bushong, Daniela Boassa, Mark H Ellisman, Timothy A Ryan, Pietro De Camilli
Synaptojanin 1 (SJ1) is a major presynaptic phosphatase that couples synaptic vesicle endocytosis to the dephosphorylation of PI(4,5)P2, a reaction needed for the shedding of endocytic factors from their membranes. While the role of SJ1's 5-phosphatase module in this process is well recognized, the contribution of its Sac phosphatase domain, whose preferred substrate is PI4P, remains unclear. Recently a homozygous mutation in its Sac domain was identified in early-onset parkinsonism patients. We show that mice carrying this mutation developed neurological manifestations similar to those of human patients...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231462/the-complicated-relationship-between-gaucher-disease-and-parkinsonism-insights-from-a-rare-disease
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REVIEW
Elma Aflaki, Wendy Westbroek, Ellen Sidransky
The discovery of a link between mutations in GBA1, encoding the lysosomal enzyme glucocerebrosidase, and the synucleinopathies directly resulted from the clinical recognition of patients with Gaucher disease with parkinsonism. Mutations in GBA1 are now the most common known genetic risk factor for several Lewy body disorders, and an inverse relationship exists between levels of glucocerebrosidase and oligomeric α-synuclein. While the underlying mechanisms are still debated, this complicated association is shedding light on the role of lysosomes in neurodegenerative disorders, demonstrating how insights from a rare disorder can direct research into the pathogenesis and therapy of seemingly unrelated common diseases...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231406/fungal-adaptation-to-contemporary-fungicide-applications-the-case-of-botrytis-cinerea-populations-from-champagne-vineyards-france
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A-S Walker, V Ravigne, A Rieux, S Ali, F Carpentier, E Fournier
In addition to being one of the most acute problems impeding chemical control of fungal diseases, the evolution of fungicide resistance is an emblematic case of local adaptation to spatially heterogeneous and temporally variable selection pressures. Here we dissected the adaptation of Botrytis cinerea (the causal agent of grey mould) populations on grapes to several fungicides. We carried out a two-year survey (four collection dates) on three treated/untreated pairs of plots from vineyards in Champagne (France), and monitored the frequency of four resistant phenotypes that are unambiguously associated to four distinct genotypes...
February 23, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231297/cytoplasmic-deadenylase-ccr4-is-required-for-translational-repression-of-lrg1-mrna-in-the-stationary-phase
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Duong Long Duy, Yasuyuki Suda, Kenji Irie
Ccr4 is a major cytoplasmic deadenylase involved in mRNA poly(A) tail shortening in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We have previously shown that Ccr4 negatively regulates expression of LRG1 mRNA encoding a GTPase-activating protein for the small GTPase Rho1, a component of cell wall integrity pathway, and deletion of LRG1 suppresses the temperature-sensitive growth defect of the ccr4Δ mutant. We have also shown that the slow growth of the ccr4Δ mutant is suppressed by deletion of another gene, PBP1, encoding a poly(A)-binding protein (Pab1)-binding protein 1; however, the underlying mechanism still remains unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231281/the-intron-in-centromeric-noncoding-rna-facilitates-rnai-mediated-formation-of-heterochromatin
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Masatoshi Mutazono, Misato Morita, Chihiro Tsukahara, Madoka Chinen, Shiori Nishioka, Tatsuhiro Yumikake, Kohei Dohke, Misuzu Sakamoto, Takashi Ideue, Jun-Ichi Nakayama, Kojiro Ishii, Tokio Tani
In fission yeast, the formation of centromeric heterochromatin is induced through the RNA interference (RNAi)-mediated pathway. Some pre-mRNA splicing mutants (prp) exhibit defective formation of centromeric heterochromatin, suggesting that splicing factors play roles in the formation of heterochromatin, or alternatively that the defect is caused by impaired splicing of pre-mRNAs encoding RNAi factors. Herein, we demonstrate that the splicing factor spPrp16p is enriched at the centromere, and associates with Cid12p (a factor in the RNAi pathway) and the intron-containing dg ncRNA...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231280/alkbh7-variant-related-to-prostate-cancer-exhibits-altered-substrate-binding
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Alice R Walker, Pavel Silvestrov, Tina A Müller, Robert H Podolsky, Gregory Dyson, Robert P Hausinger, Gerardo Andrés Cisneros
The search for prostate cancer biomarkers has received increased attention and several DNA repair related enzymes have been linked to this dysfunction. Here we report a targeted search for single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and functional impact characterization of human ALKBH family dioxygenases related to prostate cancer. Our results uncovered a SNP of ALKBH7, rs7540, which is associated with prostate cancer disease in a statistically significantly manner in two separate cohorts, and maintained in African American men...
February 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231271/applying-antibody-sensitive-hypervariable-region-1-deleted-hepatitis-c-virus-to-the-study-of-escape-pathways-of-neutralizing-human-monoclonal-antibody-ar5a
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Rodrigo Velázquez-Moctezuma, Mansun Law, Jens Bukh, Jannick Prentoe
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major cause of end-stage liver diseases. With 3-4 million new HCV infections yearly, a vaccine is urgently needed. A better understanding of virus escape from neutralizing antibodies and their corresponding epitopes are important for this effort. However, for viral isolates with high antibody resistance, or antibodies with moderate potency, it remains challenging to induce escape mutations in vitro. Here, as proof-of-concept, we used antibody-sensitive HVR1-deleted (ΔHVR1) viruses to generate escape mutants for a human monoclonal antibody, AR5A, targeting a rare cross-genotype conserved epitope...
February 23, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231257/targeted-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-sh2d1a-pathogenic-variant-in-a-chinese-family-carrier-screening-and-prenatal-genetic-testing
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Jun-Yu Zhang, Song-Chang Chen, Yi-Yao Chen, Shu-Yuan Li, Lan-Lan Zhang, Ying-Hua Shen, Chun-Xin Chang, Yu-Qian Xiang, He-Feng Huang, Chen-Ming Xu
X-linked lymphoproliferative disease type 1 (XLP1) is a rare primary immunodeficiency characterized by a clinical triad consisting of severe EBV-induced hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, B-cell lymphoma, and dysgammaglobulinemia. Mutations in SH2D1A gene have been revealed as the cause of XLP1. In this study, a pregnant woman with recurrence history of birthing immunodeficiency was screened for pathogenic variant because the proband sample was unavailable. We aimed to clarify the genetic diagnosis and provide prenatal testing for the family...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231254/rapid-generation-of-drug-resistance-alleles-at-endogenous-loci-using-crispr-cas9-indel-mutagenesis
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Jonathan J Ipsaro, Chen Shen, Eri Arai, Yali Xu, Justin B Kinney, Leemor Joshua-Tor, Christopher R Vakoc, Junwei Shi
Genetic alterations conferring resistance to the effects of chemical inhibitors are valuable tools for validating on-target effects in cells. Unfortunately, for many therapeutic targets such alleles are not available. To address this issue, we evaluated whether CRISPR-Cas9-mediated insertion/deletion (indel) mutagenesis can produce drug-resistance alleles at endogenous loci. This method takes advantage of the heterogeneous in-frame alleles produced following Cas9-mediated DNA cleavage, which we show can generate rare alleles that confer resistance to the growth-arrest caused by chemical inhibitors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231233/association-of-topoisomerase-ii-top2a-and-dual-specificity-phosphatase-6-dusp6-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-with-radiation-treatment-response-and-prognosis-of-lung-cancer-in-han-chinese
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Tian-Lu Wang, Yang-Wu Ren, He-Tong Wang, Hong Yu, Yu-Xia Zhao
BACKGROUND Mutations of DNA topoisomerase II (TOP2A) are associated with chemotherapy resistance, whereas dual-specificity phosphatase 6 (DUSP6) negatively regulates members of the mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase superfamily to control cell proliferation. This study assessed TOP2A and DUSP6 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients for association with chemoradiotherapy responses and prognosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 140 Chinese patients with histologically confirmed NSCLC were enrolled and subjected to genotyping of TOP2A rs471692 and DUSP6 rs2279574 using Taqman PCR...
February 23, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230975/tuning-of-recombinant-protein-expression-in-escherichia-coli-by-manipulating-transcription-translation-initiation-rates-and-incorporation-of-non-canonical-amino-acids
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Orr Schlesinger, Yonatan Chemla, Mathias Heltberg, Eden Ozer, Ryan Marshall, Vincent Noireaux, Mogens Hogh Jensen, Lital Alfonta
Protein synthesis in cells has been thoroughly investigated and characterized over the past 60 years. However, some fundamental issues remain unresolved, including the reasons for genetic code redundancy and codon bias. In this study, we changed the kinetics of the E. coli transcription and translation processes by mutating the promoter and ribosome binding domains and by using genetic code expansion. The results expose a counterintuitive phenomenon, whereby an increase in the initiation rates of transcription and translation lead to a decrease in protein expression...
February 23, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230926/association-between-high-expression-of-phosphorylated-akt-and-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-and-improved-survival-in-salivary-gland-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma
#16
Dai-Qiao Ouyang, Li-Zhong Liang, Zun-Fu Ke, Guang-Sen Zheng, De-Sheng Weng, Wei-Fa Yang, Yu-Xiong Su, Gui-Qing Liao
BACKGROUND: Previous genomic studies revealed phosphotidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway mutation in human salivary gland adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC). No validation of its prognostic value has been reported. METHODS: P-Akt, pan-Akt, phosphorylated-mammalian target of rapamycin (p-mTOR), PI3K, and insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor beta (IGF-1Rβ) were detected on 120 salivary gland ACC/adjacent salivary gland pairs immunohistochemically and were correlated with clinicopathological data...
February 23, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230921/prevalence-of-promoter-mutations-in-the-tert-gene-in-oral-cavity-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#17
Kai-Ping Chang, Chun-I Wang, Curtis R Pickering, Yenlin Huang, Chi-Neu Tsai, Ngan-Ming Tsang, Huang-Kai Kao, Ming-Huei Cheng, Jeffrey N Myers
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the human telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) promoter contribute to increased TERT activity. The purpose of the present study was to assess the prevalence of TERT promoter mutations in oral cavity squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). METHODS: Total DNA was extracted from 201 oral cavity SCC tumors and adjacent normal tissues. Primers were used to amplify the sequence region containing 2 TERT promoter mutations (C228T and C250T) that were then sequenced using the Sanger method...
February 23, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230868/tuning-calcium-biosensors-with-a-single-site-mutation-structural-dynamics-insights-from-femtosecond-raman-spectroscopy
#18
Sean R Tachibana, Longteng Tang, Yanli Wang, Liangdong Zhu, Weimin Liu, Chong Fang
Fluorescent protein biosensors are popular reporters for biological processes and life sciences, but their fundamental working mechanisms remain unclear. To characterize the functional fluorescence events on their native timescales, we implemented wavelength-tunable femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) to shed light on a blue-green emission-ratiometric fluorescent protein based Ca(2+) biosensor with a single Pro377Arg mutation. The transient Raman modes of the embedded chromophore from ca. 1000-1650 cm(-1) exhibit characteristic intensity and frequency dynamics which infer the underlying atomic motions and photochemical reaction stages...
February 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230866/oridonin-induces-autophagy-via-inhibition-of-glucose-metabolism-in-p53-mutated-colorectal-cancer-cells
#19
Zhuo Yao, Fuhua Xie, Min Li, Zirui Liang, Wenli Xu, Jianhua Yang, Chang Liu, Hongwangwang Li, Hui Zhou, Liang-Hu Qu
The Warburg effect is an important characteristic of tumor cells, making it an attractive therapeutic target. Current anticancer drug development strategies predominantly focus on inhibitors of the specific molecular effectors involved in tumor cell proliferation. These drugs or natural compounds, many of which target the Warburg effect and the underlying mechanisms, still need to be characterized. To elucidate the anticancer effects of a natural diterpenoid, oridonin, we first demonstrated the anticancer activity of oridonin both in vitro and in vivo in colorectal cancer (CRC) cells...
February 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230863/oncogenic-role-of-rab-escort-protein-1-through-egfr-and-stat3-pathway
#20
Un-Jung Yun, Jee Young Sung, Seog-Yun Park, Sang-Kyu Ye, Jaegal Shim, Jae-Seon Lee, Masahiko Hibi, Young-Ki Bae, Yong-Nyun Kim
Rab escort protein-1 (REP1) is linked to choroideremia (CHM), an X-linked degenerative disorder caused by mutations of the gene encoding REP1 (CHM). REP1 mutant zebrafish showed excessive cell death throughout the body, including the eyes, indicating that REP1 is critical for cell survival, a hallmark of cancer. In the present study, we found that REP1 is overexpressed in human tumor tissues from cervical, lung, and colorectal cancer patients, whereas it is expressed at relatively low levels in the normal tissue counterparts...
February 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
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