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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220106/synchronization-by-daytime-restricted-food-access-modulates-the-presence-and-subcellular-distribution-of-%C3%AE-catenin-and-its-phosphorylated-forms-in-the-rat-liver
#1
Dalia Luz De Ita-Pérez, Mauricio Díaz-Muñoz
β-catenin, the principal effector of the Wnt pathway, is also one of the cadherin cell adhesion molecules; therefore, it fulfills signaling and structural roles in most of the tissues and organs. It has been reported that β-catenin in the liver regulates metabolic responses such as gluconeogenesis and histological changes in response to obesity-promoting diets. The function and cellular location of β-catenin is finely modulated by coordinated sequences of phosphorylation-dephosphorylation events. In this article, we evaluated the levels and cellular localization of liver β-catenin variants, more specifically β-catenin phosphorylated in serine 33 (this phosphorylation provides recognizing sites for β-TrCP, which results in ubiquitination and posterior proteasomal degradation of β-catenin) and β-catenin phosphorylated in serine 675 (phosphorylation that enhances signaling and transcriptional activity of β-catenin through recruitment of different transcriptional coactivators)...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215573/molecular-and-morphometric-data-suggest-the-presence-of-a-neglected-species-in-the-marine-gastropod-family-conidae
#2
Alyssa J Lawler, Thomas F Duda
Knowledge concerning the taxonomic diversity of marine organisms is crucial for understanding processes associated with species diversification in geographic areas that are devoid of obvious barriers to dispersal. The marine gastropod family Conidae contains many species complexes due to lack of clear morphological distinctiveness and existence of morphological intergradations among described species. Conus flavidus Lamarck, 1810 and Conus frigidus Reeve, 1848 are currently recognized as distinct taxa, but are often difficult to distinguish by morphological characters and include several synonyms, including Conus peasei Brazier, 1877...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215351/a-genomic-comparison-of-putative-pathogenicity-related-gene-families-in-five-members-of-the-ophiostomatales-with-different-lifestyles
#3
Ljerka Lah, Ulrike Löber, Tom Hsiang, Stefanie Hartmann
Ophiostomatoid fungi are vectored by their bark-beetle associates and colonize different host tree species. To survive and proliferate in the host, they have evolved mechanisms for detoxification and elimination of host defence compounds, efficient nutrient sequestration, and, in pathogenic species, virulence towards plants. Here, we assembled a draft genome of the spruce pathogen Ophiostoma bicolor. For our comparative and phylogenetic analyses, we mined the genomes of closely related species (Ophiostoma piceae, Ophiostoma ulmi, Ophiostoma novo-ulmi, and Grosmannia clavigera)...
March 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214842/inhibition-of-methylglyoxal-induced-ages-rage-expression-contributes-to-dermal-protection-by-n-acetyl-l-cysteine
#4
Chun-Tao Yang, Fu-Hui Meng, Li Chen, Xiang Li, Lai-Jian Cen, Yu-Hua Wen, Cai-Chen Li, Hui Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIM: Accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) is a major cause of diabetes mellitus (DM) skin complications. Methylglyoxal (MGO), a reactive dicarbonyl compound, is a crucial intermediate of AGEs generation. N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), an active ingredient of some medicines, can induce endogenous GSH and hydrogen sulfide generation, and set off a condensation reaction with MGO. However, there is rare evidence to show NAC can alleviate DM-induced skin injury through inhibition of AGEs generation or toxicity...
13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213279/tethering-rna-to-chromatin-for-fluorescence-microscopy-based-analysis-of-nuclear-organization
#5
Teresa Pankert, Thibaud Jegou, Maïwen Caudron-Herger, Karsten Rippe
Nuclear RNAs emerge as important factors to orchestrate the dynamic organization of the nucleus into functional subcompartments. By tethering RNAs to distinct genomic loci, the RNA-dependent chromatin changes can be dissected by fluorescence microscopic analysis. Here we describe how this approach is implemented in mammalian cells. It involves two high-affinity protein-nucleic acid interactions that can established with number of different protein domains and DNA and RNA sequences. A prototypic system is described here in detail: It consists of the binding of MS2 bacteriophage coat protein to its RNA recognition sequence and the interaction between the bacterial LacI repressor protein to its target lacO operator DNA sequences...
February 14, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212443/recurrent-rearrangements-of-the-myb-sant-like-dna-binding-domain-containing-3-gene-msantd3-in-salivary-gland-acinic-cell-carcinoma
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Nicholas Barasch, Xue Gong, Kevin A Kwei, Sushama Varma, Jewison Biscocho, Kunbin Qu, Nan Xiao, Joseph S Lipsick, Robert J Pelham, Robert B West, Jonathan R Pollack
Pathogenic gene fusions have been identified in several histologic types of salivary gland neoplasia, but not previously in acinic cell carcinoma (AcCC). To discover novel gene fusions, we performed whole-transcriptome sequencing surveys of three AcCC archival cases. In one specimen we identified a novel HTN3-MSANTD3 gene fusion, and in another a novel PRB3-ZNF217 gene fusion. The structure of both fusions was consistent with the promoter of the 5' partner (HTN3 or PRB3), both highly expressed salivary gland genes, driving overexpression of full-length MSANTD3 or ZNF217...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211852/plasmodium-falciparum-crk4-directs-continuous-rounds-of-dna-replication-during-schizogony
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Markus Ganter, Jonathan M Goldberg, Jeffrey D Dvorin, Joao A Paulo, Jonas G King, Abhai K Tripathi, Aditya S Paul, Jing Yang, Isabelle Coppens, Rays H Y Jiang, Brendan Elsworth, David A Baker, Rhoel R Dinglasan, Steven P Gygi, Manoj T Duraisingh
Plasmodium parasites, the causative agents of malaria, have evolved a unique cell division cycle in the clinically relevant asexual blood stage of infection(1). DNA replication commences approximately halfway through the intracellular development following invasion and parasite growth. The schizont stage is associated with multiple rounds of DNA replication and nuclear division without cytokinesis, resulting in a multinucleated cell. Nuclei divide asynchronously through schizogony, with only the final round of DNA replication and segregation being synchronous and coordinated with daughter cell assembly(2,3)...
February 17, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211105/joint-reconstruction-of-ictal-inter-ictal-spect-data-for-improved-epileptic-foci-localization
#8
Yothin Rakvongthai, Frederic Fahey, Korn Borvorntanajanya, Supatporn Tepmongkol, Usanee Vutrapongwatana, Katherine Zukotynski, Georges El Fakhri, Jinsong Ouyang
PURPOSE: To improve the performance for localizing epileptic foci, we have developed a joint ictal/inter-ictal SPECT reconstruction method in which ictal and inter-ictal SPECT projections are simultaneously reconstructed to obtain the differential image. METHODS: We have developed a SPECT reconstruction method that jointly reconstructs ictal and inter-ictal SPECT projection data. We performed both phantom and patient studies to evaluate the performance of our joint method for epileptic foci localization as compared with the conventional subtraction method in which the differential image is obtained by subtracting the inter-ictal image from the co-registered ictal image...
February 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210900/false-responses-of-renilla-luciferase-reporter-control-to-nuclear-receptor-tr4
#9
Dongyun Zhang, Sam S Atlasi, Krishna K Patel, Zihao Zhuang, Anthony P Heaney
Renilla luciferase reporter is a widely used internal control in dual luciferase reporter assay system, where its transcription is driven by a constitutively active promoter. However, the authenticity of the Renilla luciferase response in some experimental settings has recently been questioned. Testicular receptor 4 (TR4, also known as NR2C2) belongs to the subfamily 2 of nuclear receptors. TR4 binds to a direct repeat regulatory element in the promoter of a variety of target genes and plays a key role in tumorigenesis, lipoprotein regulation, and central nervous system development...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210240/distinctive-nuclear-localization-signals-in-the-oomycete-phytophthora-sojae
#10
Yufeng Fang, Hyo Sang Jang, Gregory W Watson, Dulani P Wellappili, Brett M Tyler
To date, nuclear localization signals (NLSs) that target proteins to nuclei in oomycetes have not been defined, but have been assumed to be the same as in higher eukaryotes. Here, we use the soybean pathogen Phytophthora sojae as a model to investigate these sequences in oomycetes. By establishing a reliable in vivo NLS assay based on confocal microscopy, we found that many canonical monopartite and bipartite classical NLSs (cNLSs) mediated nuclear import poorly in P. sojae. We found that efficient localization of P...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208060/rna-toxicity-and-foci-formation-in-microsatellite-expansion-diseases
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REVIEW
Nan Zhang, Tetsuo Ashizawa
More than 30 incurable neurological and neuromuscular diseases are caused by simple microsatellite expansions consisted of 3-6 nucleotides. These repeats can occur in non-coding regions and often result in a dominantly inherited disease phenotype that is characteristic of a toxic RNA gain-of-function. The expanded RNA adopts unusual secondary structures, sequesters various RNA binding proteins to form insoluble nuclear foci, and causes cellular defects at a multisystem level. Nuclear foci are dynamic in size, shape and colocalization of RNA binding proteins in different expansion diseases and tissue types...
February 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202838/role-of-ad4-binding-protein-steroidogenic-factor-1-in-regulating-nadph-production-in-adrenocortical-y-1-cells
#12
Bing Li, Takashi Baba, Kanako Miyabayashi, Tetsuya Sato, Yuichi Shima, Tomomi Ichinose, Daisuke Miura, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Mikita Suyama, Ken-Ichirou Morohashi
Ad4-binding protein/steroidogenic factor 1 (Ad4BP/SF-1), a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily, is expressed in steroidogenic cells and regulates all steroidogenic gene expression. We recently employed mRNA and chromatin immunoprecipitation sequence (ChIP-seq) to demonstrate that Ad4BP/SF-1 directly regulates the expression of nearly all glycolytic genes. The pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) contributes to the production of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH). Although the expression of PPP genes and intracellular NADPH were decreased by Ad4BP/SF-1 knockdown, these genes were not the direct targets of Ad4BP/SF-1...
February 14, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202452/entire-plastid-phylogeny-of-the-carrot-genus-daucus-apiaceae-concordance-with-nuclear-data-and-mitochondrial-and-nuclear-dna-insertions-to-the-plastid
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David M Spooner, Holly Ruess, Massimo Iorizzo, Douglas Senalik, Philipp Simon
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: We explored the phylogenetic utility of entire plastid DNA sequences in Daucus and compared the results with prior phylogenetic results using plastid and nuclear DNA sequences. METHODS: We used Illumina sequencing to obtain full plastid sequences of 37 accessions of 20 Daucus taxa and outgroups, analyzed the data with phylogenetic methods, and examined evidence for mitochondrial DNA transfer to the plastid (DcMP). KEY RESULTS: Our phylogenetic trees of the entire data set were highly resolved, with 100% bootstrap support for most of the external and many of the internal clades, except for the clade of D...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202347/in-silico-design-chemical-synthesis-and-toxicological-evaluation-of-1-3-thiazolidine-2-4-dione-derivatives-as-ppar%C3%AE-agonists
#14
D Alemán-González-Duhart, F Tamay-Cach, J Correa-Basurto, Padilla-Martínez, S Álvarez-Almazán, J E Mendieta-Wejebe
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are nuclear receptors involved in the metabolism of lipids and carbohydrates. The exogenous ligands of these receptors are thiazolidinediones (TZDs), which are used to treat type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2). However, drugs from this group produce adverse effects such as hepatic steatosis. Hence, the aim of this work was to design a set of small molecules that can activate the γ isoform of PPARs while minimizing the adverse effects. The derivatives were designed containing the polar head of TZD and an aromatic body, serving simultaneously as the body and tail...
February 12, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201983/comparative-analysis-of-the-mitochondrial-genomes-of-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides-sensu-lato-insights-into-the-evolution-of-a-fungal-species-complex-interacting-with-diverse-plants
#15
Xiaofei Liang, Xianglin Tian, Wenkui Liu, Tingyu Wei, Wei Wang, Qiuyue Dong, Bo Wang, Yanan Meng, Rong Zhang, Mark L Gleason, Guangyu Sun
BACKGROUND: The fungal species complex Colletotrichum gloeosporioides sensu lato contains over 20 plant-interacting species. These species exhibit different life styles (e.g., endophytes, foliar and fruit pathogens) and show considerable variation in host and tissue adaptation strategies. Accurate species delimitation in C. gloeosporioides s.l. is very challenging due to nascent lineage boundaries and phenotypic plasticity, which strongly impedes studies of the complex's host-interaction biology...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201905/accurate-ab-initio-dipole-moment-surfaces-of-ozone-first-principle-intensity-predictions-for-rotationally-resolved-spectra-in-a-large-range-of-overtone-and-combination-bands
#16
Vladimir G Tyuterev, Roman V Kochanov, Sergey A Tashkun
Ab initio dipole moment surfaces (DMSs) of the ozone molecule are computed using the MRCI-SD method with AVQZ, AV5Z, and VQZ-F12 basis sets on a dense grid of about 1950 geometrical configurations. The analytical DMS representation used for the fit of ab initio points provides better behavior for large nuclear displacements than that of previous studies. Various DMS models were derived and tested. Vibration-rotation line intensities of (16)O3 were calculated from these ab initio surfaces by the variational method using two different potential functions determined in our previous works...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201877/practical-approximation-of-the-non-adiabatic-coupling-terms-for-same-symmetry-interstate-crossings-by-using-adiabatic-potential-energies-only
#17
Kyoung Koo Baeck, Heesun An
A very simple equation, Fij(App)=[(∂(2)(Vi(a)-Vj(a))/∂Q(2))/(Vi(a)-Vj(a))](1/2)/2, giving a reliable magnitude of non-adiabatic coupling terms (NACTs, Fij's) based on adiabatic potential energies only (Vi(a) and Vj(a)) was discovered, and its reliability was tested for several prototypes of same-symmetry interstate crossings in LiF, C2, NH3Cl, and C6H5SH molecules. Our theoretical derivation starts from the analysis of the relationship between the Lorentzian dependence of NACTs along a diabatization coordinate and the well-established linear vibronic coupling scheme...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201872/online-quantification-of-criegee-intermediates-of-%C3%AE-pinene-ozonolysis-by-stabilisation-with-spin-traps-and-proton-transfer-reaction-mass-spectrometry-detection
#18
Chiara Giorio, Steven J Campbell, Maurizio Bruschi, Francesco Tampieri, Antonio Barbon, Antonio Toffoletti, Andrea Tapparo, Claudia Paijens, Andrew J Wedlake, Peter Grice, Duncan J Howe, Markus Kalberer
Biogenic alkenes, which are among the most abundant volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere, are readily oxidised by ozone. Characterising the reactivity and kinetics of the first generation products of these reactions, carbonyl oxides (often named Criegee intermediates), is essential in defining the oxidation pathways of organic compounds in the atmosphere but is highly challenging due to the short lifetime of these zwitterions. Here, we report the development of a novel online method to quantify atmospherically relevant Criegee intermediates (CIs) in the gas phase by stabilisation with spin traps and analysis with proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199101/fungal-identification-using-molecular-tools-a-primer-for-the-natural-products-research-community
#19
Huzefa A Raja, Andrew N Miller, Cedric J Pearce, Nicholas H Oberlies
Fungi are morphologically, ecologically, metabolically, and phylogenetically diverse. They are known to produce numerous bioactive molecules, which makes them very useful for natural products researchers in their pursuit of discovering new chemical diversity with agricultural, industrial, and pharmaceutical applications. Despite their importance in natural products chemistry, identification of fungi remains a daunting task for chemists, especially those who do not work with a trained mycologist. The purpose of this review is to update natural products researchers about the tools available for molecular identification of fungi...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196964/fancd2-binds-human-papillomavirus-genomes-and-associates-with-a-distinct-set-of-dna-repair-proteins-to-regulate-viral-replication
#20
Chelsey C Spriggs, Laimonis A Laimins
The life cycle of human papillomavirus (HPV) is dependent on the differentiation state of its host cell. HPV genomes are maintained as low-copy episomes in basal epithelial cells and amplified to thousands of copies per cell in differentiated layers. Replication of high-risk HPVs requires the activation of the ataxia telangiectasia-mutated (ATM) and ATM and Rad3-related (ATR) DNA repair pathways. The Fanconi anemia (FA) pathway is a part of the DNA damage response and mediates cross talk between the ATM and ATR pathways...
February 14, 2017: MBio
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