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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109165/melatonin-and-sirtuins-a-not-so-unexpected-relationship
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Juan C Mayo, Rosa M Sainz, Pedro González Menéndez, Vanesa Cepas, Dun-Xian Tan, Russel J Reiter
Epigenetic modifications, including methylation or acetylation as well as posttranscriptional modifications are mechanisms used by eukaryotic cells to increase the genome diversity in terms of differential gene expression and protein diversity. Among these modifying enzymes, sirtuins, a class III histone deacetylase (HDAC) enzymes are of particular importance. Sirtuins regulate the cell cycle, DNA repair, cell survival and apoptosis, thus having important roles in normal and cancer cells. Sirtuins can also regulate metabolic pathways by changing preference for glycolysis under aerobic conditions as well as glutaminolysis...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109115/-research-progress-of-mirnas-targeting-gsk-3%C3%AE-in-regulation-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-invasion-and-metastasis
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Song-Qi He, Bin Wen, Guan-Xin Chen, Hai-Tao Sun, Jia-Ling Sun, Xue-Mei Yang
Invasion and metastasis are key factors contributing to the high mortality rate of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) involving a complex mechanism. In the invasion and metastasis of HCC, miRNAs can serve as either oncogenes or tumor suppressor genes to regulate the differentiation and proliferation of tumor cells being and play important roles in tumorigenesis, angiogenesis, invasion and metastasis. This review summarizes the recent progress in research of the molecular mechanisms by which miRNAs targeting GSK-3β regulate HCC invasion and metastasis and examines the roles of miRNAs in hepatocellular carcinoma cell proliferation, apoptosis, invasion, metastasis, and GSK-3β regulation...
January 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109053/frogs-model-man-in-vivo-thyroid-hormone-signaling-during-development
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REVIEW
Laurent M Sachs, Daniel R Buchholz
Thyroid hormone (TH) signaling comprises TH transport across cell membranes, metabolism by deiodinases, and molecular mechanisms of gene regulation. Proper TH signaling is essential for normal perinatal development, most notably for neurogenesis and fetal growth. Knowledge of perinatal TH endocrinology needs improvement to provide better treatments for premature infants and endocrine diseases during gestation and to counteract effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Studies in amphibians have provided major insights to understand in-vivo mechanisms of TH signaling...
January 21, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108736/long-non-coding-rnas-a-rising-biotarget-in-colorectal-cancer
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Jian Luo, Jian Qu, Dong-Kai Wu, Zhi-Li Lu, Yue-Sheng Sun, Qiang Qu
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a common gastrointestinal cancer, with a high incidence and high mortality. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are involved in the development, invasion and metastasis, early diagnosis, prognosis, the chemoresistance and radioresistance of CRC through interference with mRNA activity, directly combining with proteins to regulate their activity or alter their localization, influencing downstream gene expression by inhibiting RNA polymerase and regulating gene expression as competing endogenous RNAs...
January 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108348/epigenetic-basis-of-cancer-health-disparities-looking-beyond-genetic-differences
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Aamir Ahmad, Shafquat Azim, Haseeb Zubair, Mohammad Aslam Khan, Seema Singh, James E Carter, Rodney Rocconi, Ajay P Singh
Despite efforts at various levels, racial health disparities still exist in cancer patients. These inequalities in incidence and/or clinical outcome can only be explained by a multitude of factors, with genetic basis being one of them. Several investigations have provided convincing evidence to support epigenetic regulation of cancer-associated genes, which results in the differential transcriptome and proteome, and may be linked to a pre-disposition of individuals of certain race/ethnicity to early or more aggressive cancers...
January 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108074/photo-fermentative-hydrogen-production-from-crop-residue-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Quanguo Zhang, Yi Wang, Zhiping Zhang, Duu-Jong Lee, Xuehua Zhou, Yanyan Jing, Xumeng Ge, Danping Jiang, Jianjun Hu, Chao He
Photofermentative hydrogen production from crop residues, if feasible, can lead to complete conversion of organic substances to hydrogen (and carbon dioxide). This mini review lists the studies on photofermentative hydrogen production using crop residues as feedstock. Pretreatment methods, substrate structure, mechanism of photosynthetic bacteria growth and metabolism were discussed. Photofermentative hydrogen production from pure culture, consortia and mutants, and the geometry, light sources, mass transfer resistances and the operational strategies of the photo-bioreactor were herein reviewed...
January 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106859/burkholderia-cepacia-complex-regulation-of-virulence-gene-expression-a-review
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Sílvia A Sousa, Joana R Feliciano, Tiago Pita, Soraia I Guerreiro, Jorge H Leitão
Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) bacteria emerged as opportunistic pathogens in cystic fibrosis and immunocompromised patients. Their eradication is very difficult due to the high level of intrinsic resistance to clinically relevant antibiotics. Bcc bacteria have large and complex genomes, composed of two to four replicons, with variable numbers of insertion sequences. The complexity of Bcc genomes confers a high genomic plasticity to these bacteria, allowing their adaptation and survival to diverse habitats, including the human host...
January 19, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106858/regulation-of-dna-replication-in-early-embryonic-cleavages
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Chames Kermi, Elena Lo Furno, Domenico Maiorano
Early embryonic cleavages are characterized by short and highly synchronous cell cycles made of alternating S- and M-phases with virtually absent gap phases. In this contracted cell cycle, the duration of DNA synthesis can be extraordinarily short. Depending on the organism, the whole genome of an embryo is replicated at a speed that is between 20 to 60 times faster than that of a somatic cell. Because transcription in the early embryo is repressed, DNA synthesis relies on a large stockpile of maternally supplied proteins stored in the egg representing most, if not all, cellular genes...
January 19, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106510/a-drive-in-suvs-from-development-to-disease
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Vinay Kumar Rao, Ananya Pal, Reshma Taneja
Progression of cells through distinct phases of the cell cycle, and transition into out-of-cycling states, such as terminal differentiation and senescence, is accompanied by specific patterns of gene expression. These cell fate decisions are mediated not only by distinct transcription factors, but also chromatin modifiers that establish heritable epigenetic patterns. Lysine methyltransferases (KMTs) that mediate methylation marks on histone and non-histone proteins are now recognized as important regulators of gene expression in cycling and non-cycling cells...
January 20, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106010/models-of-life-epigenetics-diversity-cycles
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Kim Sneppen
This review emphasize aspects of biology that can be understood through repeated applications of simple causal rules. The selected topics include perspectives on gene regulation, phage lambda development, epigenetics, microbial ecology, as well as model approaches to diversity and punctuated equilibrium in evolution. Two outstanding features are repeatedly described. One is minimal rules to sustain specific states of a complex systems for a long time. The other is the collapse of such states and the subsequent dynamical cycle of situations that later return to new metastable states...
January 20, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105929/a-compendium-of-human-genes-regulating-feeding-behavior-and-body-weight-its-functional-characterization-and-identification-of-gwas-genes-involved-in-brain-specific-ppi-network
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Elena V Ignatieva, Dmitry A Afonnikov, Olga V Saik, Evgeny I Rogaev, Nikolay A Kolchanov
BACKGROUND: Obesity is heritable. It predisposes to many diseases. The objectives of this study were to create a compendium of genes relevant to feeding behavior (FB) and/or body weight (BW) regulation; to construct and to analyze networks formed by associations between genes/proteins; and to identify the most significant genes, biological processes/pathways, and tissues/organs involved in BW regulation. RESULTS: The compendium of genes controlling FB or BW includes 578 human genes...
December 22, 2016: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104575/modulation-of-proteostasis-by-transcription-factor-nrf2-and-impact-in-neurodegenerative-diseases
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REVIEW
Marta Pajares, Antonio Cuadrado, Ana I Rojo
Neurodegenerative diseases are linked to the accumulation of specific protein aggregates, suggesting an intimate connection between injured brain and loss of proteostasis. Proteostasis refers to all the processes by which cells control the abundance and folding of the proteome thanks to a wide network that integrates the regulation of signaling pathways, gene expression and protein degradation systems. This review attempts to summarize the most relevant findings about the transcriptional modulation of proteostasis exerted by the transcription factor NRF2 (nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2)...
January 10, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104433/micrornas-in-the-pathophysiology-of-epilepsy
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Gary P Brennan, David C Henshall
Temporal lobe epilepsy is a common and often drug-resistant seizure disorder. The underlying pathological processes which give rise to the development of spontaneous seizures include neuroinflammation, cell loss, neurogenesis and dendritic abnormalities and many of these are driven by insult-induced changes in gene expression and gene expression regulation. MicroRNAs are powerful modulators of post-transcriptional gene expression which are dysregulated during epileptogenesis. The advent of locked nucleic acid (LNA) based inhibitory methods and mimic technology has facilitated in vivo functional assessment of these molecules in epilepsy...
January 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104276/optogenetic-toolkit-for-precise-control-of-calcium-signaling
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Guolin Ma, Shufan Wen, Lian He, Yun Huang, Youjun Wang, Yubin Zhou
Calcium acts as a second messenger to regulate a myriad of cell functions, ranging from short-term muscle contraction and cell motility to long-term changes in gene expression and metabolism. To study the impact of Ca(2+)-modulated 'ON' and 'OFF' reactions in mammalian cells, pharmacological tools and 'caged' compounds are commonly used under various experimental conditions. The use of these reagents for precise control of Ca(2+) signals, nonetheless, is impeded by lack of reversibility and specificity. The recently developed optogenetic tools, particularly those built upon engineered Ca(2+) release-activated Ca(2+) (CRAC) channels, provide exciting opportunities to remotely and non-invasively modulate Ca(2+) signaling due to their superior spatiotemporal resolution and rapid reversibility...
January 16, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103776/small-and-hungry-micrornas-in-micronutrient-homeostasis-of-plants
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Prashanti Patel, Karuna Yadav, Thumballi Ramabhatta Ganapathi
MicroRNAs are emerging players in plant development and response to stresses, both biotic and abiotic such as micronutrient deficiency. These small RNAs regulate cognate downstream targets either by transcript cleavage or translational inhibition. Micronutrient deficiencies lead to poor quality and yield of crops and impaired human health. Over the years several microRNAs have been identified which regulate expression of genes controlling uptake, mobilization and homeostasis of macronutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur to ensure sufficiency without toxicity...
January 17, 2017: MicroRNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103525/micrornas-in-ectodermal-appendages
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D'Juan T Farmer, Michael T McManus
The surface ectoderm is the source of ectodermal appendages including hair, teeth, and many glands. The development and function of ectodermal appendages has been researched extensively, but many of the molecular mechanisms that govern the developmental programs of ectodermal appendages remain elusive. While several protein-coding genes are established as key regulators of ectodermal appendage development, the role of noncoding RNAs is an emerging area of investigation. This review highlights recent advances in studies of microRNA-mediated control of ectodermal appendage development using mouse models...
January 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103497/host-microbiota-interactions-epigenomic-regulation
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Vivienne Woo, Theresa Alenghat
The coevolution of mammalian hosts and their commensal microbiota has led to the development of complex symbiotic relationships between resident microbes and mammalian cells. Epigenomic modifications enable host cells to alter gene expression without modifying the genetic code, and therefore represent potent mechanisms by which mammalian cells can transcriptionally respond, transiently or stably, to environmental cues. Advances in genome-wide approaches are accelerating our appreciation of microbial influences on host physiology, and increasing evidence highlights that epigenomics represent a level of regulation by which the host integrates and responds to microbial signals...
January 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103468/poly-a-binding-proteins-are-required-for-translational-regulation-in-vertebrate-oocytes-and-early-embryos
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Saffet Ozturk, Fatma Uysal
Poly(A)-binding proteins (PABPs) function in the timely regulation of gene expression during oocyte maturation, fertilisation and early embryo development in vertebrates. To this end, PABPs bind to poly(A) tails or specific sequences of maternally stored mRNAs to protect them from degradation and to promote their translational activities. To date, two structurally different PABP groups have been identified: (1) cytoplasmic PABPs, including poly(A)-binding protein, cytoplasmic 1 (PABPC1), embryonic poly(A)-binding protein (EPAB), induced PABP and poly(A)-binding protein, cytoplasmic 3; and (2) nuclear PABPs, namely embryonic poly(A)-binding protein 2 and nuclear poly(A)-binding protein 1...
January 20, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102546/ataluren-and-similar-compounds-specific-therapies-for-premature-termination-codon-class-i-mutations-for-cystic-fibrosis
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Aisha A Aslam, Colin Higgins, Ian P Sinha, Kevin W Southern
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is a common life-shortening genetic disorder in the Caucasian population (less common in other ethnic groups) caused by the mutation of a single gene that codes for the production of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein. This protein coordinates the transport of salt (and bicarbonate) across cell surfaces and the mutation most notably affects the airways. In the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, defective protein results in a dehydrated surface liquid and compromised mucociliary clearance...
January 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101865/tropomyosin-structure-function-and-interactions-a-dynamic-regulator
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Sarah E Hitchcock-DeGregori, Bipasha Barua
Tropomyosin is the archetypal-coiled coil, yet studies of its structure and function have proven it to be a dynamic regulator of actin filament function in muscle and non-muscle cells. Here we review aspects of its structure that deviate from canonical leucine zipper coiled coils that allow tropomyosin to bind to actin, regulate myosin, and interact directly and indirectly with actin-binding proteins. Four genes encode tropomyosins in vertebrates, with additional diversity that results from alternate promoters and alternatively spliced exons...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
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