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Rahul Thadani, Julia Kamenz, Sebastian Heeger, Sofía Muñoz, Frank Uhlmann
Eukaryotic cells inherit their genomes in the form of chromosomes, which are formed from the compaction of interphase chromatin by the condensin complex. Condensin is a member of the structural maintenance of chromosomes (SMC) family of ATPases, large ring-shaped protein assemblies that entrap DNA to establish chromosomal interactions. Here, we use the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae to dissect the role of the condensin ATPase and its relationship with cell-cycle-regulated chromosome binding dynamics...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
Thomas G Gligoris
Cohesin and condensin are Smc-kleisin complexes responsible for shaping our chromosomes. Despite extensive genetic and genomic information available on their function, their biochemistry has been hard to study. Two recent studies finally bring exciting new insights into their enzymology.
May 21, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Y Fu, Y M Lin, J H Winston, R Radhakrishnan, L-Y M Huang, X Z Shi
BACKGROUND: Previous studies found that visceral sensitivity is increased in bowel obstruction (BO). We hypothesized that mechanical stress-induced expression of BDNF in smooth muscle cells (SMC) of the distended bowel plays a critical role in visceral hypersensitivity in BO by altering voltage-gated K+ channel (Kv ) activity in sensory neurons. METHODS: Partial colon obstruction was maintained in rats for 7 days. Colon-projecting neurons in the dorsal root ganglia (DRG, T13 to L2) were isolated for electrophysiological and gene expression studies...
May 21, 2018: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
Stefania Rizzo, Matteo Coen, Antonija Sakic, Monica De Gaspari, Gaetano Thiene, Giulio Gabbiani, Cristina Basso, Marie-Luce Bochaton-Piallat
BACKGROUND: Culprit coronary atherosclerotic plaques (APs) from young sudden cardiac death (SCD) victims are mostly non-atheromatous, i.e., consisting of proliferative smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Coronary vasospasm has been advocated to explain plaque instability in the absence of thrombosis. Our aim was to characterize the SMC phenotype in the intima and media of coronary arteries from young SCD victims. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 38 coronary artery segments were studied: (a) 18 APs from young (≤40 years old) SCD patients, (b) 9 APs from old (>40 years old) SCD patients, (c) 11 non-atherosclerotic coronary arteries from young patients (≤40 years old)...
August 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Muhammed Rasi M, K P Zuhail, Arun Roy, Surajit Dhara
The competing effect of surface anchoring of dispersed microparticles and elasticity of nematic and cholesteric liquid crystals has been shown to stabilize a variety of topological defects. Here we study a pair of colloidal microparticles with homeotropic and planar surface anchoring across N-SmA-SmC phase transitions. We show that below the SmA-SmC phase transition the temperature dependence of interparticle separation (D) of colloids with homeotropic anchoring shows a power-law behavior; D∼(1-T/T_{AC})^{α}, with an exponent α≈0...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
Zhixiong Dong, Changjun Zhu, Qimin Zhan, Wei Jiang
The chromokinesin Kif4A controls proper chromosome condensation, congression/alignment, and cytokinesis to ensure faithful genetic inheritance. Here, we report that Cdk phosphorylation of human Kif4A at T1161 licenses Kif4A chromosomal localization, which, in turn, controls Kif4A early mitotic function. Phosphorylated Kif4A (Kif4AWT) or Cdk phospho-mimetic Kif4A mutant (Kif4ATE) associated with chromosomes and condensin I (non-SMC subunit CAP-G and core subunit SMC2) to regulate chromosome condensation, spindle morphology, and chromosome congression/alignment in early mitosis...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Molecular Cell Biology
Joseph A Bentil, Anders Thygesen, Moses Mensah, Lene Lange, Anne S Meyer
White-rot basidiomycetous (WRB) fungi are a group of wood-decaying fungi that are known to be endowed with the ability to secrete enzymes that can catalyze decomposition of a range of plant cell wall polysaccharides, including cellulose and lignin. Expression of these enzymes is induced by the substrate and the enzyme yields obtained depend on the growth of the fungi and thus the mode of cultivation. In order to exploit WRB fungi for local enzyme production for converting lignocellulosic materials in biorefinery processes, the fungi can principally be cultivated in either solid-state (SSC) or submerged cultivation (SmC) systems...
May 15, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Xueyan Ma, Qijin He, Guangsheng Zhou
The sequence of changes in crop responding to soil water deficit and related critical thresholds are essential for better drought damage classification and drought monitoring indicators. This study was aimed to investigate the critical thresholds of maize growth and physiological characteristics responding to changing soil water and to reveal the sequence of changes in maize responding to soil water deficit both in seedling and jointing stages based on 2-year's maize field experiment responding to six initial soil water statuses conducted in 2013 and 2014...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Pablo Vinuesa, Luz E Ochoa-Sánchez, Bruno Contreras-Moreira
The massive accumulation of genome-sequences in public databases promoted the proliferation of genome-level phylogenetic analyses in many areas of biological research. However, due to diverse evolutionary and genetic processes, many loci have undesirable properties for phylogenetic reconstruction. These, if undetected, can result in erroneous or biased estimates, particularly when estimating species trees from concatenated datasets. To deal with these problems, we developed GET_PHYLOMARKERS, a pipeline designed to identify high-quality markers to estimate robust genome phylogenies from the orthologous clusters, or the pan-genome matrix (PGM), computed by GET_HOMOLOGUES...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Almut Zeeck, Beate Herpertz-Dahlmann, Hans-Christoph Friederich, Timo Brockmeyer, Gaby Resmark, Ulrich Hagenah, Stefan Ehrlich, Ulrich Cuntz, Stephan Zipfel, Armin Hartmann
Background: The aim of the study was a systematic review of studies evaluating psychotherapeutic treatment approaches in anorexia nervosa and to compare their efficacy. Weight gain was chosen as the primary outcome criterion. We also aimed to compare treatment effects according to service level (inpatient vs. outpatient) and age group (adolescents vs. adults). Methods: The data bases PubMed, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, Cinahl, and PsychInfo were used for a systematic literature search (until Feb 2017)...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
Emmanuel Klinger, Dennis Rickert, Jan Hasenauer
Summary: Likelihood-free methods are often required for inference in systems biology. While Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) provides a theoretical solution, its practical application has often been challenging due to its high computational demands. To scale likelihood-free inference to computationally demanding stochastic models we developed pyABC: a distributed and scalable ABC-Sequential Monte Carlo (ABC-SMC) framework. It implements a scalable, runtime-minimizing parallelization strategy for multi-core and distributed environments scaling to thousands of cores...
May 14, 2018: Bioinformatics
Yandong Wang, Jun Yang, Jiping Liang, Yanfang Qiang, Shanqi Fang, Minxue Gao, Xiaoyu Fan, Gaihe Yang, Baowen Zhang, Yongzhong Feng
The environmental behavior of farmers plays an important role in exploring the causes of non-point source pollution and taking scientific control and management measures. Based on the theory of planned behavior (TPB), the present study investigated the environmental behavior of farmers in the Water Source Area of the Middle Route of the South-to-North Water Diversion Project in China. Results showed that TPB could explain farmers' environmental behavior (SMC=0.26) and intention (SMC=0.36) well. Furthermore, the farmers' attitude towards behavior (AB), subjective norm (SN), and perceived behavioral control (PBC) positively and significantly influenced their environmental intention; their environmental intention further impacted their behavior...
August 15, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Melina M Musri, Núria Coll-Bonfill, Bradley A Maron, Víctor I Peinado, Ruisheng Wang, Jordi Altirriba, Isabel Blanco, William M Oldham, Olga Tura-Ceide, Jessica García-Lucio, Benjamin de la Cruz-Thea, Gunter Meister, Joseph Loscalzo, Joan A Barberà
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary vascular remodeling is an angiogenic-related process involving changes in smooth muscle cell (SMC) homeostasis, which is frequently observed in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that regulate mRNA expression levels of many genes leading to the manifestation of cell identity and specific cellular phenotypes. Here we evaluate the miRNA expression profiles of pulmonary arteries (PA) of patients with COPD and its relationship with the regulation of SMC phenotypic change...
May 14, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Sho Torii, Kazuyuki Yahagi, Hiroyoshi Mori, Emanuel Harari, Maria E Romero, Frank D Kolodgie, Brandt Young, Anthony Ragheb, Renu Virmani, Aloke V Finn
PURPOSE: To compare the drug effect in treated vessels and downstream effects in distal skeletal muscle of drug-coated balloons (DCBs) and drug-eluting stents (DESs) in a healthy preclinical swine model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four groups of treated iliofemoral arteries (percutaneous transluminal angioplasty [PTA]+DES, DCB+DES, DCB+bare metal stent [BMS], and DCB alone) of 12 healthy swine were assessed, with euthanasia at 30 days. Biological drug effect was evaluated using smooth muscle cell (SMC) loss score according to both depth and circumference as well a neointimal fibrin and medial proteoglycan scores which were compared between the 4 groups...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
Madhusudhan Srinivasan, Johanna C Scheinost, Naomi J Petela, Thomas G Gligoris, Maria Wissler, Sugako Ogushi, James E Collier, Menelaos Voulgaris, Alexander Kurze, Kok-Lung Chan, Bin Hu, Vincenzo Costanzo, Kim A Nasmyth
As predicted by the notion that sister chromatid cohesion is mediated by entrapment of sister DNAs inside cohesin rings, there is perfect correlation between co-entrapment of circular minichromosomes and sister chromatid cohesion. In most cells where cohesin loads without conferring cohesion, it does so by entrapment of individual DNAs. However, cohesin with a hinge domain whose positively charged lumen is neutralized loads and moves along chromatin despite failing to entrap DNAs. Thus, cohesin engages chromatin in non-topological, as well as topological, manners...
April 30, 2018: Cell
Isobel Pearson, Ben Rothwell, Andrew Olaye, Christopher Knight
OBJECTIVES: To identify challenges that affect the feasibility and rigor of economic models in rare diseases and strategies that manufacturers have employed in health technology assessment submissions to demonstrate the value of new orphan products that have limited study data. METHODS: Targeted reviews of PubMed, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's (NICE's) Highly Specialised Technologies (HST), and the Scottish Medicines Consortium's (SMC's) ultra-orphan submissions were performed...
May 2018: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Reem Basuodan, Anna P Basu, Gavin J Clowry
Human neural stem cells (hNSC) derived from induced pluripotent stem cells can be differentiated into neurons that could be used for transplantation to repair brain injury. In this study we dispersed such hNSC in a three-dimensional artificial extracellular matrix (aECM) and compared their differentiation in vitro and following grafting into the sensorimotor cortex (SMC) of postnatal day (P)14 rat pups lesioned by localised injection of endothelin-1 at P12. After 10-43 days of in vitro differentiation, a few cells remained as PAX6+ neuroprogenitors but many more resembled post-mitotic neurons expressing doublecortin, β-tubulin and MAP2...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Anatomy
Xiang Tang, Bin Li, Jing Ding, Lei Zhang, Lan Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To analyze gene expression profiles analysis during the differentiation of sheep muscle-derived stem cells (MDSCs) into smooth muscle cells (SMCs) in sheep. METHODS: A modified preplate technique was employed to isolation of the MDSCs from sheep. The MDSCs were subjected to flow cytometry analysis targeting CD44, CD31, CD45, CD14, and CD49f and were treated with TGF-β1 at a concentration of 10 ng/ml for ten days. The expression levels of smooth muscle α-actin (α-SMA) and calponin after treatment with TGF-β1 were determined by western blotting and immunofluorescence staining...
2018: American Journal of Translational Research
Xingya Xu, Ryuta Kanai, Norihiko Nakazawa, Li Wang, Chikashi Toyoshima, Mitsuhiro Yanagida
Cohesin is a fundamental protein complex that holds sister chromatids together. Separase protease cleaves a cohesin subunit Rad21/SCC1, causing the release of cohesin from DNA to allow chromosome segregation. To understand the functional organization of cohesin, we employed next-generation whole-genome sequencing and identified numerous extragenic suppressors that overcome either inactive separase/Cut1 or defective cohesin in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe Unexpectedly, Cut1 is dispensable if suppressor mutations cause disorders of interfaces among essential cohesin subunits Psm1/SMC1, Psm3/SMC3, Rad21/SCC1, and Mis4/SCC2, the crystal structures of which suggest physical and functional impairment at the interfaces of Psm1/3 hinge, Psm1 head-Rad21, or Psm3 coiled coil-Rad21...
May 7, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Stefano Evangelista, Chiara Traini, Maria Giuliana Vannucchi
Otilonium bromide (OB) is a drug with spasmolytic activity belonging to quaternary ammonium derivatives and extensively used to treat patients affected by the irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Thanks to its peculiar pharmacokinetic, OB concentrates in the large bowel wall and acts locally. From the pharmacodynamics point of view, OB is able to inhibit i) the main patterns of human colonic motility in vitro; ii) the contractility caused by excitatory motor neurons stimulation (pre-synaptic action) and iii) the contractility caused by the direct action of excitatory neurotransmitters (post-synaptic action)...
May 7, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
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