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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938719/population-wide-sampling-of-retrotransposon-insertion-polymorphisms-using-deep-sequencing-and-efficient-detection
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Qichao Yu, Wei Zhang, Xiaolong Zhang, Yongli Zeng, Yeming Wang, Yanhui Wang, Liqin Xu, Xiaoyun Huang, Nannan Li, Xinlan Zhou, Jie Lu, Xiaosen Guo, Guibo Li, Yong Hou, Shiping Liu, Bo Li
Active retrotransposons play important roles during evolution and continue to shape our genomes today, especially in genetic polymorphisms underlying a diverse set of diseases. However, studies of human retrotransposon insertion polymorphisms (RIPs) based on whole-genome deep sequencing at the population level have not been sufficiently undertaken, despite the obvious need for a thorough characterization of RIPs in the general population. Herein, we present a novel and efficient computational tool called Specific Insertions Detector (SID) for the detection of non-reference RIPs...
September 1, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938651/positive-transcription-elongation-factor-b-p-tefb-is-a-therapeutic-target-in-human-multiple-myeloma
#2
Yu Zhang, Liang Zhou, Yun Leng, Yun Dai, Robert Z Orlowski, Steven Grant
The role of the positive RNA Pol II regulator, P-TEFb (positive transcription elongation factor b), in maintenance of the anti-apoptotic protein Mcl-1 and bortezomib (btz) resistance was investigated in human multiple myeloma (MM) cells. Mcl-1 was up-regulated in all MM lines tested, including bortezomib-resistant lines, human MM xenograft mouse models, and primary CD138(+) MM cells. Mcl-1 over-expression significantly reduced bortezomib lethality, indicating a functional role for Mcl-1 in bortezomib resistance...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938629/role-of-caspase-3-e-cadherin-in-helicobacter-pylori-induced-apoptosis-of-gastric-epithelial-cells
#3
Yongmei Yang, Jie Du, Fen Liu, Xiaoyan Wang, Xiaohui Li, Yuanjian Li
This study was designed to investigate the role of caspase-3/E-cadherin in Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) -induced gastric epithelial apoptosis in cells, animal models and clinical gastritis patients. In cultured gastric mucosal epithelial cells, gastric glandular epithelial cells and C57BL/6 mice, H. pylori infection significantly induced apoptosis of gastric epithelial cells, down-regulated full-length E-cadherin and Bcl-2 expression, and up-regulated cleaved-caspase-3, E-cadherin/carboxy-terminal fragment 3 and Bax expression...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938597/3-decylcatechol-induces-autophagy-mediated-cell-death-through-the-ire1%C3%AE-jnk-p62-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Da-Hye Go, Yu Geon Lee, Da-Hye Lee, Jin-A Kim, In-Hwa Jo, Yeon Soo Han, Yong Hun Jo, Kwang-Youn Kim, Young-Kyo Seo, Jae-Hak Moon, Chang Hwa Jung, Tae-Il Jeon
The natural, phenolic lipid urushiol exhibits both antioxidant and anticancer activities; however, its biological activity on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has not been previously investigated. Here, we demonstrate that an urushiol derivative, 3-decylcatechol (DC), induces human HCC Huh7 cell death by induction of autophagy. DC initiates the autophagic process by activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin signaling pathway via Unc-51-like autophagy activating kinase 1, leading to autophagosome formation...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938575/down-regulation-of-microrna-155-promotes-selenium-deficiency-induced-apoptosis-by-tumor-necrosis-factor-receptor-superfamily-member-1b-in-the-broiler-spleen
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Ci Liu, Zhepeng Sun, Zhe Xu, Tianqi Liu, Tingru Pan, Shu Li
The aim of this work was to explore the microRNA profile and the effect of microRNA-155 on apoptosis in the spleen of selenium-deficient broilers. We replicated the splenic-apoptotic model in selenium-deficient broilers. In vitro, microRNA-155 oligonucleotides were transfected into lymphocytes and subsequently treated with H2O2. We observed that selenium deficiency altered the microRNA profile and decreased the expression of microRNA-155 in the broiler spleens. Tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily member 1B was verified as a target of microRNA-155 in the splenocytes...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938450/sex-specific-modulation-of-fetal-adipogenesis-by-gestational-bisphenol-a-and-bisphenol-s-exposure
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Yong Pu, Jeremy Gingrich, Juan P Steibel, Almudena Veiga-Lopez
The endocrine disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA) increases adipose tissue mass in vivo and promotes adipogenesis in vitro. However, mechanisms explaining BPA's obesogenic effect remain unknown. We investigated the effects of gestational BPA and its analogue, bisphenol S (BPS), exposure on the adipogenic differentiation ability of fetal preadipocytes and the role of endoplasmic reticulum stress in regulating this process. Pregnant sheep (n=7-8/group) mated to the same male were exposed to BPA or BPS from days 30 to 100 of gestation, and pregnancies terminated 20 days later...
September 14, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938428/glp-1-receptor-activation-inhibits-palmitate-induced-apoptosis-via-ceramide-in-human-cardiac-progenitor-cells
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Anna Leonardini, Rossella D'Oria, Maria Angela Incalza, Cristina Caccioppoli, Valentina Andrulli Buccheri, Angelo Cignarelli, Domenico Paparella, Vito Margari, Annalisa Natalicchio, Sebastio Perrini, Francesco Giorgino, Luigi Laviola
Context: Increased apoptosis of cardiomyocytes and cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) in response to saturated fatty acids (SFA) can lead to myocardial damage and dysfunction. Ceramides mediate lipotoxicity-induced apoptosis. GLP-1 receptor (GLP1R) agonists exert beneficial effects on cardiac cells in experimental models. Objective: To investigate the protective effects of GLP1R activation on SFA-mediated apoptotic death of human CPCs. Design: Human CPCs were isolated from cardiac appendages of non-diabetic donors and then exposed to palmitate with or without pre-treatment with the GLP1R agonist exendin-4...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938427/calreticulin-is-involved-in-invasion-of-human-extravillous-trophoblasts-through-functional-regulation-of-integrin-%C3%AE-1
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Madoka Yamamoto, Midori Ikezaki, Saori Toujima, Naoyuki Iwahashi, Mika Mizoguchi, Sakiko Nanjo, Sawako Minami, Yoshito Ihara, Kazuhiko Ino
Calreticulin (CRT), a molecular chaperone in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), plays a variety of roles in cell growth, differentiation, apoptosis, immunity, and cancer biology. It has been reported that CRT is expressed in the human placenta, although its function in placental development is poorly understood. Appropriate invasion of extravillous trophoblasts (EVTs) into the maternal decidua is necessary for successful pregnancy. The objective of the present study was to investigate the expression and functional role of CRT in EVTs by utilizing the human EVT cell line HTR8/SVneo, in which CRT gene expression was knocked down...
August 29, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938401/n-glycomic-profiling-of-pheochromocytomas-and-paragangliomas-separates-metastatic-and-non-metastatic-disease
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Helena Leijon, Tuomas Kaprio, Annamari Heiskanen, Tero Satomaa, Jukka O Hiltunen, Markku M Miettinen, Johanna Arola, Caj Haglund
Context: No effective methods for separating primary pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas with metastatic potential are currently available. The identification of specific asparagine-linked glycan (N-glycan) structures, which are associated with metastasized pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas, may serve as a new diagnostic tool. Objective: To identify differences in N-glycomic profiles of primary metastasized and non-metastasized pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938400/il-1%C3%AE-inhibits-connexin-43-and-disrupts-decidualization-of-human-endometrial-stromal-cells-through-erk1-2-and-p38-map-kinase
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Jie Yu, Sarah L Berga, Wei Zou, D Grace Yook, Joshua C Pan, Aurora Arroyo Andrade, Lijuan Zhao, Neil Sidell, Indrani C Bagchi, Milan K Bagchi, Robert N Taylor
Inflammation can interfere with endometrial receptivity. We examined how IL-1β affects expression of the uterine gap junction protein, Cx43, which is known to be critical for embryonic implantation. We used an in vitro model of human endometrial stromal cells (ESC), Western blotting and a combination of validated, selective kinase inhibitors to evaluate five canonical IL-1β signaling pathways. Cx43 and two other markers of ESC differentiation (prolactin and VEGF) were inhibited predominantly via IL-1β-activated ERK1/2 and p38 MAP kinase cascades...
September 11, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938016/a-feed-forward-regulation-of-endothelin-receptors-by-c-jun-in-human-non-pigmented-ciliary-epithelial-cells-and-retinal-ganglion-cells
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Junming Wang, Hai-Ying Ma, Raghu R Krishnamoorthy, Thomas Yorio, Shaoqing He
c-Jun, c-Jun N-terminal kinase(JNK) and endothelin B (ETB) receptor have been shown to contribute to the pathogenesis of glaucoma. Previously, we reported that an increase of c-Jun and CCAAT/enhancer binding protein β (C/EBPβ) immunohistostaining is associated with upregulation of the ETB receptor within the ganglion cell layer of rats with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP). In addition, both transcription factors regulate the expression of the ETB receptor in human non-pigmented ciliary epithelial cells (HNPE)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938008/vca-nanobodies-target-n-wasp-to-reduce-invadopodium-formation-and-functioning
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Tim Hebbrecht, Isabel Van Audenhove, Olivier Zwaenepoel, Adriaan Verhelle, Jan Gettemans
Invasive cancer cells develop small actin-based protrusions called invadopodia, which perform a primordial role in metastasis and extracellular matrix remodelling. Neural Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (N-WASp) is a scaffold protein which can directly bind to actin monomers and Arp2/3 and is a crucial player in the formation of an invadopodium precursor. Expression modulation has pointed to an important role for N-WASp in invadopodium formation but the role of its C-terminal VCA domain in this process remains unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937961/regulation-of-chromatin-assembly-and-cell-transformation-by-formaldehyde-exposure-in-human-cells
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Danqi Chen, Lei Fang, Shenglin Mei, Hongjie Li, Xia Xu, Thomas L Des Marais, Kun Lu, X Shirley Liu, Chunyuan Jin
BACKGROUND: Formaldehyde (FA) is an environmental and occupational chemical carcinogen. Recent studies have shown that exogenous FA causes only a modest increase in DNA adduct formation compared with the amount of adducts formed by endogenous FA, raising the possibility that epigenetic mechanisms may contribute to FA-mediated carcinogenicity. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the effects of FA exposure on histone modifications and chromatin assembly. We also examined the role of defective chromatin assembly in FA-mediated transcription and cell transformation...
September 21, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937952/modeling-the-long-term-consequences-of-repeated-blast-induced-mild-traumatic-brain-injuries
#14
Denes V Agoston
Repeated mild traumatic brain injury (rmTBI) caused by playing collision sports or by exposure to blasts during military operations can lead to late onset, chronic diseases such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a progressive neurodegenerative condition that manifests in increasingly severe neuropsychiatric abnormalities years after the last injury. Currently, because of the heterogeneity of the clinical presentation, confirmation of a CTE diagnosis requires post-mortem examination of the brain. The hallmarks of CTE are abnormal accumulation of phosphorylated tau protein, TDP-43 immunoreactive neuronal cytoplasmic inclusions, and astroglial abnormalities, but the pathomechanism leading to these terminal findings remains unknown...
September 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937873/effect-of-parathyroidectomy-on-osteopontin-and-undercarboxylated-osteocalcin-in-patients-with-primary-hyperparathyroidism
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Raelene E Maser, M James Lenhard, Ryan T Pohlig, P Babu Balagopal, Raafat Abdel-Misih
PURPOSE: Surgical treatment for primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) improves bone metabolism. Osteocalcin (OC) and its undercarboxylated form (ucOC) are associated with bone and energy metabolism. Osteopontin (OPN), a multifunctional protein expressed in bone, is involved in resorption, along with β-carboxyl-terminal cross-linking telopeptide of type 1 collagen (β-CTX), and osteoprotegerin (OPG). Our aim was to investigate these biomarkers of bone metabolism in patients with PHPT. METHODS: We examined 30 individuals with PHPT, in a clinical research facility, before and 1 month following parathyroidectomy...
September 22, 2017: Endocrine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937835/protective-effect-of-sulforaphane-against-retinal-degeneration-in-the-pde6-rd10-mouse-model-of-retinitis-pigmentosa
#16
Kai Kang, Minzhong Yu
PURPOSE: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) is a group of inherited diseases characterized by the death of rod photoreceptors, followed by the death of cone photoreceptors, progressively leading to partial or complete blindness. Currently no specific treatment is available for RP patients. Sulforaphane (SFN) has been confirmed to be an effective antioxidant in the treatment of many diseases. In this study, we tested the therapeutic effects of SFN against photoreceptor degeneration in Pde6b(rd10) mice...
September 22, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937773/probing-the-hiv-1-ncp7-nucleocapsid-protein-with-site-specific-gold-i-phosphine-complexes
#17
Raphael E F de Paiva, Zhifeng Du, Erica J Peterson, Pedro P Corbi, Nicholas P Farrell
In this work, we examined a series of thiophilic Au(I) compounds based on [Au(L)(PR3)] (L = Cl(-), 4-dimethylaminopyridine (dmap); R= ethyl (Et), cyclohexyl (Cy)) for chemoselective auration of the C-terminal HIV nucleocapsid protein NCp7 F2 and the "full" HIV NCp7 (NC, zinc finger (ZnF)) as probes of nucleocapsid topography. The choice of phosphine allowed electronic and steric effects to be considered. The use of the heterocycle "leaving group" allowed us to study the effect of possible π-stacking with the essential tryptophan residue of NC on the reactivity and selectivity, mimicking the naturally occurring interaction between the zinc finger and nucleic acids...
September 22, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937631/cellular-entry-of-the-diphtheria-toxin-does-not-require-the-formation-of-the-open-channel-state-by-its-translocation-domain
#18
Alexey S Ladokhin, Mauricio Vargas-Uribe, Mykola V Rodnin, Chiranjib Ghatak, Onkar Sharma
Cellular entry of diphtheria toxin is a multistage process involving receptor targeting, endocytosis, and translocation of the catalytic domain across the endosomal membrane into the cytosol. The latter is ensured by the translocation (T) domain of the toxin, capable of undergoing conformational refolding and membrane insertion in response to the acidification of the endosomal environment. While numerous now classical studies have demonstrated the formation of an ion-conducting conformation-the Open-Channel State (OCS)-as the final step of the refolding pathway, it remains unclear whether this channel constitutes an in vivo translocation pathway or is a byproduct of the translocation...
September 22, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937604/asymmetric-cryo-em-structure-of-anthrax-toxin-protective-antigen-pore-with-lethal-factor-n-terminal-domain
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Alexandra J Machen, Narahari Akkaladevi, Caleb Trecazzi, Pierce T O'Neil, Srayanta Mukherjee, Yifei Qi, Rebecca Dillard, Wonpil Im, Edward P Gogol, Tommi A White, Mark T Fisher
The anthrax lethal toxin consists of protective antigen (PA) and lethal factor (LF). Understanding both the PA pore formation and LF translocation through the PA pore is crucial to mitigating and perhaps preventing anthrax disease. To better understand the interactions of the LF-PA engagement complex, the structure of the LFN-bound PA pore solubilized by a lipid nanodisc was examined using cryo-EM. CryoSPARC was used to rapidly sort particle populations of a heterogeneous sample preparation without imposing symmetry, resulting in a refined 17 Å PA pore structure with 3 LFN bound...
September 22, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937526/comparison-of-corneal-wetting-properties-of-different-dispersive-ophthalmic-viscosurgical-devices-an-optical-coherence-tomography-study
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Cagatay Karaca, Mustafa Ozkose, Metin Unlu, Duygu Gulmez Sevim, Ertugrul Mirza
PURPOSE: To compare corneal wetting performances of different dispersive ophthalmic viscosurgical devices. METHODS: Three different types of dispersive ophthalmic viscosurgical devices, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose %2 (HPMC), sodium hyaluronate %3-sodium chondroitin sulphate %4 (HACS), and sodium hyaluronate %3 (HA), were applied on corneal surfaces of 10 healthy volunteer subjects repeatedly at 3 different time points. Corneal wetting properties of the ophthalmic viscosurgical devices were compared qualitatively and quantitatively by anterior segment optical coherence tomography for 30 minutes...
September 20, 2017: Retina
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