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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454421/notch-is-a-critical-regulator-in-cervical-cancer-by-regulating-numb-splicing
#1
Cai Rong, Yu Feng, Zhou Ye
Cervical cancer, which is the second most common female malignancy, is characterized by the consistent presence of human papillomavirus. Inappropriate activation of Notch signaling has been associated with various types of cancer; however, the role of Notch in cervical cancer remains unclear. The present study aimed to investigate the role of Notch in cervical cancer. The methods used included the generation of plasmids, viability assays, polymerase chain reaction and western blotting The present findings demonstrated that cervical cancer samples also consistently exhibit abnormal activation of the Notch pathway...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454416/survivin-dex3-as-a-biomarker-of-thyroid-cancers-a-study-at-the-mrna-and-protein-level
#2
Joanna Waligórska-Stachura, Nadia Sawicka-Gutaj, Maciej Zabel, Mirosław Andrusiewicz, Paweł Gut, Agata Czarnywojtek, Marek Ruchała
Survivin and its splice variants DEx3 and 2B are involved in pathogenesis of numerous types of cancer. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) level correlates with cellular proliferation. The present study aimed to analyze the potential utility of survivin and its splice variants DEx3 and 2B as biomarkers for thyroid cancer. PCNA, survivin and its splice variants DEx3 and 2B expressions were analyzed in 22 tissue samples (15 thyroid cancers and 7 benign lesions) by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454348/effects-of-ptcs-on-nonsense-mediated-mrna-decay-are-dependent-on-ptc-location
#3
Heegyum Moon, Xuexiu Zheng, Tiing Jen Loh, Ha Na Jang, Yongchao Liu, Da-Woon Jung, Darren R Williams, Haihong Shen
The récepteur d'origine nantais (RON) gene is a proto-oncogene that is responsible for encoding the human macrophage-stimulating protein (MSP) 1 receptor. MSP activation induces RON-mediated cell dissociation, migration and matrix invasion. Isoforms of RON that exclude exons 5 and 6 encode the RONΔ160 protein, which promotes cell transformation in vitro and tumor metastasis in vivo. Premature termination codons (PTCs) in exons activate the nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) signaling pathway. The present study demonstrated that PTCs at various locations in the alternative exons 5 and 6 could induce NMD of the majority of the spliced, or partially spliced, isoforms...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454221/expression-of-inositol-requiring-enzyme-1%C3%AE-is-downregulated-in-colorectal-cancer
#4
Yalin Jiang, Yunfeng Zhou, Yufeng Zheng, Hong Guo, Lei Gao, Pan Chen, Dandan Feng, Ran Qi, Xiaozhen Li, Yongchao Chang, Fong-Fong Chu, Qiang Gao
The endoplasmic reticulum stress inositol-requiring enzyme (IRE) 1α/X-box binding protein (XBP) 1 signaling pathway is involved in the tumorigenesis of breast and prostate cancer. Mucin 2 (MUC2) protects colon tissues from the formation of tumors. In human colorectal cancer (CRC) the role of IRE1α, and its analogue, IRE1β, has yet to be elucidated. In the present study, the expression levels of IRE1α, IRE1β, un-spliced XBP1u, spliced XBP1s and MUC2 in surgically resected cancerous and adjacent non-cancerous tissues from patients with CRC were investigated...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454141/incoherent-optical-modulation-of-graphene-based-on-an-in-line-fiber-mach-zehnder-interferometer
#5
Cong Gao, Lei Gao, Tao Zhu, Guolu Yin
We investigated the incoherent optical modulation of graphene based on an in-line fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer fabricated by offset splicing of a D-shaped fiber and single-mode fibers. The D-shaped flat surface was coated with a single-layer graphene whose refractive index can be modulated by an external laser. With a backward pump-probe setup, we found that the incoherent optical modulation occurred independently of the wavelength difference between the pump and probe lasers, supporting the theoretical analysis that the incoherent optical modulation is mainly contributed by the carrier-phonon process of graphene...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453668/a-mass-graph-based-approach-for-the-identification-of-modified-proteoforms-using-top-down-tandem-mass-spectra
#6
Qiang Kou, Si Wu, Nikola Tolic, Ljiljana Paša-Tolic, Yunlong Liu, Xiaowen Liu
Motivation: Although proteomics has rapidly developed in the past decade, researchers are still in the early stage of exploring the world of complex proteoforms, which are protein products with various primary structure alterations resulting from gene mutations, alternative splicing, post-translational modifications, and other biological processes. Proteoform identification is essential to mapping proteoforms to their biological functions as well as discovering novel proteoforms and new protein functions...
May 1, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449304/a-case-of-familial-transmission-of-the-newly-described-dnmt3a-overgrowth-syndrome
#7
Gabrielle Lemire, Julie Gauthier, Jean-François Soucy, Marie-Ange Delrue
DNMT3A-Overgrowth Syndrome (also known as Tatton-Brown-Rahman Syndrome) (MIM 615879) has recently been described in 13 individuals with de novo heterozygous mutations in DNMT3A gene. This autosomal dominant condition is characterized by overgrowth, dysmorphic facial features and moderate intellectual disability. Missense and truncating point mutations, a small in-frame deletion, as well as microdeletion 2p23 have been reported. Moreover, DNMT3A is commonly somatically mutated in acute myeloid leukemia. We herein report a family with two siblings and their father affected by the syndrome...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448958/evaluation-of-f8-tnf-%C3%AE-in-models-of-early-and-progressive-metastatic-osteosarcoma
#8
Bernhard Robl, Sander Martijn Botter, Aleksandar Boro, Daniela Meier, Dario Neri, Bruno Fuchs
The targeted delivery of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) with antibodies specific to splice isoforms of fibronectin [e.g., F8-TNF, specific to the extra-domain A (EDA) domain of fibronectin] has already shown efficacy against experimental sarcomas but has not yet been investigated in orthotopic sarcomas. Here, we investigated F8-TNF in a syngeneic K7 M2-derived orthotopic model of osteosarcoma as a treatment against pulmonary metastases, the most frequent cause of osteosarcoma-related death. Immunofluorescence on human osteosarcoma tissue confirmed the presence of EDA in primary tumors (PTs) as well as metastases...
April 24, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448022/development-of-an-economical-dna-delivery-system-by-acufection-and-its-application-to-skin-research
#9
Yu-Jei Lin, Tsung-Lin Lee, Chia-Chi Ku
Dysregulation of immune response in skin is associated with numerous human skin disorders. Direct transfer of immune-related genes into skin tissue is a fascinating approach to investigate immune modulation of cutaneous inflammation in mouse models of human diseases. Here we present a cost-effective protocol that delivered naked DNA in mouse skin and leads to transgene expression. The method is coined "acufection", denoting acupuncture-mediated DNA transfection. To perform acufection, mouse skin was first infused with DNA in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) and then pricked lightly with a bundle of acupuncture needles to facilitate the absorption of DNA and transfection into cells...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447975/measurement-of-quantum-interference-in-a-silicon-ring-resonator-photon-source
#10
Jeffrey A Steidle, Michael L Fanto, Stefan F Preble, Christopher C Tison, Gregory A Howland, Zihao Wang, Paul M Alsing
Silicon photonic chips have the potential to realize complex integrated quantum information processing circuits, including photon sources, qubit manipulation, and integrated single-photon detectors. Here, we present the key aspects of preparing and testing a silicon photonic quantum chip with an integrated photon source and two-photon interferometer. The most important aspect of an integrated quantum circuit is minimizing loss so that all of the generated photons are detected with the highest possible fidelity...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447221/deleterious-abca7-mutations-and-transcript-rescue-mechanisms-in-early-onset-alzheimer-s-disease
#11
Arne De Roeck, Tobi Van den Bossche, Julie van der Zee, Jan Verheijen, Wouter De Coster, Jasper Van Dongen, Lubina Dillen, Yalda Baradaran-Heravi, Bavo Heeman, Raquel Sanchez-Valle, Albert Lladó, Benedetta Nacmias, Sandro Sorbi, Ellen Gelpi, Oriol Grau-Rivera, Estrella Gómez-Tortosa, Pau Pastor, Sara Ortega-Cubero, Maria A Pastor, Caroline Graff, Håkan Thonberg, Luisa Benussi, Roberta Ghidoni, Giuliano Binetti, Alexandre de Mendonça, Madalena Martins, Barbara Borroni, Alessandro Padovani, Maria Rosário Almeida, Isabel Santana, Janine Diehl-Schmid, Panagiotis Alexopoulos, Jordi Clarimon, Alberto Lleó, Juan Fortea, Magda Tsolaki, Maria Koutroumani, Radoslav Matěj, Zdenek Rohan, Peter De Deyn, Sebastiaan Engelborghs, Patrick Cras, Christine Van Broeckhoven, Kristel Sleegers
Premature termination codon (PTC) mutations in the ATP-Binding Cassette, Sub-Family A, Member 7 gene (ABCA7) have recently been identified as intermediate-to-high penetrant risk factor for late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD). High variability, however, is observed in downstream ABCA7 mRNA and protein expression, disease penetrance, and onset age, indicative of unknown modifying factors. Here, we investigated the prevalence and disease penetrance of ABCA7 PTC mutations in a large early onset AD (EOAD)-control cohort, and examined the effect on transcript level with comprehensive third-generation long-read sequencing...
April 27, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446664/analysis-of-competing-hiv-1-splice-donor-sites-uncovers-a-tight-cluster-of-splicing-regulatory-elements-within-exon-2-2b
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Anna-Lena Brillen, Lara Walotka, Frank Hillebrand, Lisa Müller, Marek Widera, Stephan Theiss, Heiner Schaal
The HIV-1 accessory protein Vif is essential for viral replication by counteracting the host restriction factor APOBEC3G (A3G), and balanced levels of both proteins are required for efficient viral replication. Non-coding exons 2/2b contain the Vif start codon between their alternatively used splice donors 2 and 2b (D2 and D2b). For the vif mRNA, intron 1 must be removed, while intron 2 must be retained. Thus, splice acceptor 1 (A1) must be activated by U1 snRNP binding to either D2 or D2b, while splicing at D2 or D2b must be prevented...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446598/the-histone-variant-h2a-z-promotes-efficient-cotranscriptional-splicing-in-s-cerevisiae
#13
Lauren T Neves, Stephen Douglass, Roberto Spreafico, Srivats Venkataramanan, Tracy L Kress, Tracy L Johnson
In eukaryotes, a dynamic ribonucleic protein machine known as the spliceosome catalyzes the removal of introns from premessenger RNA (pre-mRNA). Recent studies show the processes of RNA synthesis and RNA processing to be spatio-temporally coordinated, indicating that RNA splicing takes place in the context of chromatin. H2A.Z is a highly conserved histone variant of the canonical histone H2A. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, H2A.Z is deposited into chromatin by the SWR-C complex, is found near the 5' ends of protein-coding genes, and has been implicated in transcription regulation...
April 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446597/the-histone-variant-h2a-z-promotes-splicing-of-weak-introns
#14
Kelly E Nissen, Christina M Homer, Colm J Ryan, Michael Shales, Nevan J Krogan, Kristin L Patrick, Christine Guthrie
Multiple lines of evidence implicate chromatin in the regulation of premessenger RNA (pre-mRNA) splicing. However, the influence of chromatin factors on cotranscriptional splice site usage remains unclear. Here we investigated the function of the highly conserved histone variant H2A.Z in pre-mRNA splicing using the intron-rich model yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe Using epistatic miniarray profiles (EMAPs) to survey the genetic interaction landscape of the Swr1 nucleosome remodeling complex, which deposits H2A...
April 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446513/frequent-hypomorphic-alleles-account-for-a-significant-fraction-of-abca4-disease-and-distinguish-it-from-age-related-macular-degeneration
#15
Jana Zernant, Winston Lee, Frederick T Collison, Gerald A Fishman, Yuri V Sergeev, Kaspar Schuerch, Janet R Sparrow, Stephen H Tsang, Rando Allikmets
BACKGROUND: Variation in the ABCA4 gene is causal for, or associated with, a wide range of phenotypes from early onset Mendelian retinal dystrophies to late-onset complex disorders such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Despite substantial progress in determining the causal genetic variation, even complete sequencing of the entire open reading frame and splice sites of ABCA4 identifies biallelic mutations in only 60%-70% of cases; 20%-25% remain with one mutation and no mutations are found in 10%-15% of cases with clinically confirmed ABCA4 disease...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446323/-role-of-aberrant-splicing-in-pathogenesis-of-myelodysplastic-syndromes-review
#16
Lin Li, Zhi-Jian Xiao, Xue-Mei Sun
The spectrum of genetic abnormalities in myelodysplastic syndromes(MDS) has been revealed by high-throughput sequencing. However, the functional role of these mutations in occurrence and development of MDS was not delineated. The mutations in splicing factors have been identified as the commonest gene mutations in MDS. Recently, it was reported that the mutated or dysregulated splicing factors, including SF3B1, SRSF2 and U2AF1, attribute to aberrant mRNA splicing, which leads to hematopoietic dysfunction and drives MDS...
April 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445500/sf3b1-is-a-stress-sensitive-splicing-factor-that-regulates-both-hsf1-concentration-and-activity
#17
Karen S Kim Guisbert, Eric Guisbert
The heat shock response (HSR) is a well-conserved, cytoprotective stress response that activates the HSF1 transcription factor. During severe stress, cells inhibit mRNA splicing which also serves a cytoprotective function via inhibition of gene expression. Despite their functional interconnectedness, there have not been any previous reports of crosstalk between these two pathways. In a genetic screen, we identified SF3B1, a core component of the U2 snRNP subunit of the spliceosome, as a regulator of the heat shock response in Caenorhabditis elegans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445460/polyglutamine-tracts-regulate-beclin-1-dependent-autophagy
#18
Avraham Ashkenazi, Carla F Bento, Thomas Ricketts, Mariella Vicinanza, Farah Siddiqi, Mariana Pavel, Ferdinando Squitieri, Maarten C Hardenberg, Sara Imarisio, Fiona M Menzies, David C Rubinsztein
Nine neurodegenerative diseases are caused by expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) tracts in different proteins, such as huntingtin in Huntington's disease and ataxin 3 in spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3). Age at onset of disease decreases with increasing polyglutamine length in these proteins and the normal length also varies. PolyQ expansions drive pathogenesis in these diseases, as isolated polyQ tracts are toxic, and an N-terminal huntingtin fragment comprising exon 1, which occurs in vivo as a result of alternative splicing, causes toxicity...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444861/lncrna-malat1-is-dysregulated-in-diabetic-nephropathy-and-involved-in-high-glucose-induced-podocyte-injury-via-its-interplay-with-%C3%AE-catenin
#19
Mengsi Hu, Rong Wang, Xiaobing Li, Minghua Fan, Jiangong Lin, Junhui Zhen, Liqun Chen, Zhimei Lv
Metastasis associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1(MALAT1) is a long non-coding RNA, broadly expressed in mammalian tissues including kidney and up-regulated in a variety of cancer cells. To date, its functions in podocytes are largely unknown. β-catenin is a key mediator in the canonical and non-canonical Wnt signalling pathway; its aberrant expression promotes podocyte malfunction and albuminuria, and contributes to kidney fibrosis. In this study, we found that MALAT1 levels were increased in kidney cortices from C57BL/6 mice with streptozocin (STZ)-induced diabetic nephropathy, and dynamically regulated in cultured mouse podocytes stimulated with high glucose, which showed a trend from rise to decline...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444304/a-frequent-oligogenic-involvement-in-congenital-hypothyroidism
#20
Tiziana de Filippis, Giulia Gelmini, Elvezia Paraboschi, Maria Cristina Vigone, Marianna Di Frenna, Federica Marelli, Marco Bonomi, Alessandra Cassio, Daniela Larizza, Mirella Moro, Giorgio Radetti, Mariacarolina Salerno, Diego Ardissino, Giovanna Weber, Davide Gentilini, Fabiana Guizzardi, Stefano Duga, Luca Persani
Congenital Hypothyroidism (CH), the most frequent form of preventable mental retardation, is predicted to have a relevant genetic origin. However, CH is frequently reported to be sporadic and candidate gene variations were found in < 10% of the investigated patients. Here, we characterize the involvement of 11 candidate genes through a systematic Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) analysis. The NGS was performed in 177 unrelated CH patients (94 gland-in-situ; 83 dysgenesis) and in 3,538 control subjects...
April 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
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