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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727810/cucumber-mosaic-virus-coat-protein-modulates-the-accumulation-of-2b-protein-and-antiviral-silencing-that-causes-symptom-recovery-in-planta
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Xiao-Peng Zhang, De-Shui Liu, Teng Yan, Xiao-Dong Fang, Kai Dong, Jin Xu, Ying Wang, Jia-Lin Yu, Xian-Bing Wang
Shoot apical meristems (SAM) are resistant to most plant viruses due to RNA silencing, which is restrained by viral suppressors of RNA silencing (VSRs) to facilitate transient viral invasion of the SAM. In many cases chronic symptoms and long-term virus recovery occur, but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. Here, we found that wild-type Cucumber mosaic virus (CMVWT) invaded the SAM transiently, but was subsequently eliminated from the meristems. Unexpectedly, a CMV mutant, designated CMVRA that harbors an alanine substitution in the N-terminal arginine-rich region of the coat protein (CP) persistently invaded the SAM and resulted in visible reductions in apical dominance...
July 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727722/an-attenuated-shigella-mutant-lacking-the-rna-binding-protein-hfq-provides-cross-protection-against-shigella-strains-of-broad-serotype
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Jiro Mitobe, Ritam Sinha, Soma Mitra, Dhrubajyoti Nag, Noriko Saito, Ken Shimuta, Nobuo Koizumi, Hemanta Koley
Few live attenuated vaccines protect against multiple serotypes of bacterial pathogen because host serotype-specific immune responses are limited to the serotype present in the vaccine strain. Here, immunization with a mutant of Shigella flexneri 2a protected guinea pigs against subsequent infection by S. dysenteriae type 1 and S. sonnei strains. This deletion mutant lacked the RNA-binding protein Hfq leading to increased expression of the type III secretion system via loss of regulation, resulting in attenuation of cell viability through repression of stress response sigma factors...
July 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726630/dissection-of-specific-binding-of-hiv-1-gag-to-the-packaging-signal-in-viral-rna
#3
Mauricio Comas-Garcia, Siddhartha Ak Datta, Laura Baker, Rajat Varma, Prabhakar R Gudla, Alan Rein
Selective packaging of HIV-1 genomic RNA (gRNA) requires the presence of a cis-acting RNA element called the "packaging signal" (Ψ). However, the mechanism by which Ψ promotes selective packaging of the gRNA is not well understood. We used fluorescence correlation spectroscopy and quenching data to monitor the binding of recombinant HIV-1 Gag protein to Cy5-tagged 190-base RNAs. At physiological ionic strength, Gag binds with very similar, nanomolar affinities to both Ψ-containing and control RNAs. We challenged these interactions by adding excess competing tRNA; introducing mutations in Gag; or raising the ionic strength...
July 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725043/mucin-2-silencing-promotes-colon-cancer-metastasis-through-interleukin-6-signaling
#4
Hui-Ping Hsu, Ming-Derg Lai, Jenq-Chang Lee, Meng-Chi Yen, Tzu-Yang Weng, Wei-Ching Chen, Jung-Hua Fang, Yi-Ling Chen
Downregulation of Mucin 2 (MUC2) expression is associated with early carcinogenesis events in colon cancer. MUC2 plays a role in the progression of colon cancer, and reduced MUC2 protein expression correlates with increased interleukin-6 (IL-6) expression. However, the interaction between MUC2 and IL-6 in colorectal cancer metastasis remains unclear. We systematically analyzed MUC2 and IL-6 expression and determined the survival of cancer patients with high or low MUC2 and IL-6 expression using the Oncomine and PrognoScan databases, respectively...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724967/a-balancing-act-rna-binding-protein-hur-ttp-axis-in-endometriosis-patients
#5
Kasra Khalaj, Soo Hyun Ahn, Mallikarjun Bidarimath, Yasmin Nasirzadeh, Sukhbir S Singh, Asgerally T Fazleabas, Steven L Young, Bruce A Lessey, Madhuri Koti, Chandrakant Tayade
Endometriosis, a major reproductive pathology affecting 8-10% of women is characterized by chronic inflammation and immune dysfunction. Human antigen R (HuR) and Tristetraprolin (TTP) are RNA binding proteins that competitively bind to cytokines involved in inflammation including: tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF), interleukin 6 (IL-6) among others, and stabilize and destabilize them, respectively. The aim of this study was to examine RNA binding protein (RNABP) HuR/TTP axis in endometriosis patients compared to menstrual stage matched healthy fertile controls in hopes of better understanding their contribution to the pathogenesis of endometriosis...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724886/modulation-of-rna-primer-formation-by-mn-ii-substituted-t7-dna-primase
#6
Stefan Ilic, Sabine R Akabayov, Roy Froimovici, Ron Meiry, Dan Vilenchik, Alfredo Hernandez, Haribabu Arthanari, Barak Akabayov
Lagging strand DNA synthesis by DNA polymerase requires RNA primers produced by DNA primase. The N-terminal primase domain of the gene 4 protein of phage T7 comprises a zinc-binding domain that recognizes a specific DNA sequence and an RNA polymerase domain that catalyzes RNA polymerization. Based on its crystal structure, the RNA polymerase domain contains two Mg(II) ions. Mn(II) substitution leads to elevated RNA primer synthesis by T7 DNA primase. NMR analysis revealed that upon binding Mn(II), T7 DNA primase undergoes conformational changes near the metal cofactor binding site that are not observed when the enzyme binds Mg(II)...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724770/rgs-cam-detects-and-counteracts-viral-rna-silencing-suppressors-in-plant-immune-priming
#7
Eun Jin Jeon, Kazuki Tadamura, Taiki Murakami, Jun-Ichi Inaba, Bo Min Kim, Masako Sato, Go Atsumi, Kazuyuki Kuchitsu, Chikara Masuta, Kenji S Nakahara
Primary infection of a plant with a pathogen that causes high accumulation of salicylic acid in the plant typically via a hypersensitive response confers enhanced resistance against secondary infection with a broad spectrum of pathogens, including viruses. This phenomenon is called systemic acquired resistance (SAR), which is a plant-priming for adaption to repeated biotic stress. However, the molecular mechanisms of SAR-mediated enhanced inhibition, especially of virus infection, remain unclear. Here, we show that SAR against cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) in tobacco plants (Nicotiana tabacum) involves a calmodulin-like protein, rgs-CaM...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724429/the-noncoding-rna-hoxd-as1-is-a-critical-regulator-of-the-metastasis-and-apoptosis-phenotype-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#8
Shan Lu, Jiansheng Zhou, Yimin Sun, Nan Li, Mingyong Miao, Binghua Jiao, Huan Chen
BACKGROUND: Despite accumulating evidence that long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are associated with cancer development in multiple types of cancer, the biological roles of many lncRNAs in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) metastasis have not been well characterized. METHODS: A lncRNA+ mRNA human gene expression microarray analysis was used to identify differentially expressed lncRNAs in metastatic HCC tissues compared to non-metastatic tissue. RESULTS: We observed remarkable overexpression of HOXD-AS1 in metastatic cancer tissues...
July 19, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723670/quaking-5-suppresses-aggressiveness-of-lung-cancer-cells-through-inhibiting-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
#9
Xuexia Zhou, Xuebing Li, Cuiyun Sun, Cuijuan Shi, Dan Hua, Lin Yu, Yanjun Wen, Feng Hua, Qian Wang, Qinghua Zhou, Shizhu Yu
Quaking-5 (QKI-5) belongs to the STAR (signal transduction and activation of RNA) family of RNA binding proteins and functions as a tumor suppressor in several human malignancies. In this study, we attempt to elucidate the role of QKI-5 in the pro-metastasis processes of lung cancer (LC) cells and the underlying mechanisms. We confirmed that QKI-5 was decreased in human LC tissues and cell lines, especially in high-metastatic cells. Moreover, QKI expression was positively correlated with LC patients' survival...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723582/overexpression-and-purification-of-dicer-and-accessory-proteins-for-biochemical-and-structural-studies
#10
Niladri K Sinha, Brenda L Bass
The Dicer family of ribonucleases plays a key role in small RNA-based regulatory pathways by generating short dsRNA fragments that modulate expression of endogenous genes, or protect the host from invasive nucleic acids. Beginning with its initial discovery, biochemical characterization of Dicer has provided insight about its catalytic properties. However, a comprehensive understanding of how Dicer's domains contribute to substrate-specific recognition and catalysis is lacking. One reason for this void is the lack of high-resolution structural information for a metazoan Dicer in the apo- or substrate-bound state...
July 16, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722665/mirna-and-lncrna-as-biomarkers-in-cholangiocarcinoma-cca
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REVIEW
Bo Zheng, Seogsong Jeong, Yanjing Zhu, Lei Chen, Qiang Xia
The microRNAs are a group of 20 nucleotides-long non-coding RNAs. By binding to the 3'UTR region of target mRNA, microRNAs can perform extensive actions mediating gene expression at post-trancriptional stages. It makes microRNAs serve as very crucial regulators in various biological progress including carcinogenesis. Long non-coding RNAs, however, are a subgroup of RNA with the length of 200 nucleotides. Unlike microRNAs, long non-coding RNAs can form secondary of tertiary domain based on their length. With the ability of directly interacting with DNA, RNA, protein, long non-coding RNAs have promoting or inhibitive functions in gene expression regulation...
July 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722347/foxo3-longevity-interactome-on-chromosome-6
#12
Timothy A Donlon, Brian J Morris, Randi Chen, Kamal H Masaki, Richard C Allsopp, D Craig Willcox, Ayako Elliott, Bradley J Willcox
FOXO3 has been implicated in longevity in multiple populations. By DNA sequencing in long-lived individuals, we identified all single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in FOXO3 and showed 41 were associated with longevity. Thirteen of these had predicted alterations in transcription factor binding sites. Those SNPs appeared to be in physical contact, via RNA polymerase II binding chromatin looping, with sites in the FOXO3 promoter, and likely function together as a cis-regulatory unit. The SNPs exhibited a high degree of LD in the Asian population, in which they define a specific longevity haplotype that is relatively common...
July 19, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722145/dendrobium-nobile-lindl-alkaloids-regulate-metabolism-gene-expression-in-livers-of-mice
#13
Yun-Yan Xu, Ya-Sha Xu, Yuan Wang, Qin Wu, Yuan-Fu Lu, Jie Liu, Jing-Shan Shi
OBJECTIVES: In our previous studies, Dendrobium nobile Lindl. alkaloids (DNLA) has been shown to have glucose-lowering and antihyperlipidaemia effects in diabetic rats, in rats fed with high-fat diets, and in mice challenged with adrenaline. This study aimed to examine the effects of DNLA on the expression of glucose and lipid metabolism genes in livers of mice. METHODS: Mice were given DNLA at doses of 10-80 mg/kg, po for 8 days, and livers were removed for total RNA and protein isolation to perform real-time RT-PCR and Western blot analysis...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722012/type-iii-crispr-cas-systems-produce-cyclic-oligoadenylate-second-messengers
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Ole Niewoehner, Carmela Garcia-Doval, Jakob T Rostøl, Christian Berk, Frank Schwede, Laurent Bigler, Jonathan Hall, Luciano A Marraffini, Martin Jinek
In many prokaryotes, type III CRISPR-Cas systems detect and degrade invasive genetic elements by an RNA-guided, RNA-targeting multisubunit interference complex. The CRISPR-associated protein Csm6 additionally contributes to interference by functioning as a standalone ribonuclease that degrades invader RNA transcripts, but the mechanism linking invader sensing to Csm6 activity is not understood. Here we show that Csm6 proteins are activated through a second messenger generated by the type III interference complex...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721653/comparison-of-flow-cytometry-and-elasa-for-screening-of-proper-candidate-aptamer-in-cell-selex-pool
#15
Maryam Sadat Nabavinia, Fahimeh Charbgoo, Mona Alibolandi, Fatemeh Mosaffa, Aida Gholoobi, Mohammad Ramezani, Khalil Abnous
Aptamers are single-stranded RNA or DNA, which bind to their target with high affinity and specificity. Method of isolating aptamers against cell surface protein is called cell-SELEX. Common approach for monitoring cell-SELEX developed aptamers is flow cytometry. Since flow cytometry is costly and requires sophisticated equipments, we suggested implementing easy access, high throughput enzyme-link apta-sorbent assay test (ELASA) to confirm the specificity of aptamers selected through cell-SELEX process. In this regard, we compared ELASA and flow cytometry techniques in order to screen potent candidate aptamers against A2780 Rcis cell line, which were selected by cell-SELEX...
July 19, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720894/coronavirus-nucleocapsid-proteins-assemble-constitutively-in-high-molecular-oligomers
#16
Yingying Cong, Franziska Kriegenburg, Cornelis A M de Haan, Fulvio Reggiori
Coronaviruses (CoV) are enveloped viruses and rely on their nucleocapsid N protein to incorporate the positive-stranded genomic RNA into the virions. CoV N proteins form oligomers but the mechanism and relevance underlying their multimerization remain to be fully understood. Using in vitro pull-down experiments and density glycerol gradients, we found that at least 3 regions distributed over its entire length mediate the self-interaction of mouse hepatitis virus (MHV) and severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) N protein...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720711/gene-expression-networks-in-the-murine-pulmonary-myocardium-provide-insight-into-the-pathobiology-of-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Jordan K Boutilier, Rhonda L Taylor, Tracy Mann, Elyshia McNamara, Gary J Hoffman, Jacob Kenny, Rodney J Dilley, Peter Henry, Grant Morahan, Nigel G Laing, Kristen J Nowak
The pulmonary myocardium is a muscular coat surrounding the pulmonary and caval veins. Although its definitive physiological function is unknown, it may have a pathological role as the source of ectopic beats initiating atrial fibrillation. How the pulmonary myocardium gains pacemaker function is not clearly defined, although recent evidence indicates that changed transcriptional gene expression networks are at fault. The gene expression profile of this distinct cell type in situ was examined to investigate underlying molecular events that might contribute to atrial fibrillation...
July 18, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720704/cytosolic-interaction-of-type-iii-human-cd38-with-cib1-modulates-cellular-cyclic-adp-ribose-levels
#18
Jun Liu, Yong Juan Zhao, Wan Hua Li, Yun Nan Hou, Ting Li, Zhi Ying Zhao, Cheng Fang, Song Lu Li, Hon Cheung Lee
CD38 catalyzes the synthesis of the Ca(2+) messenger, cyclic ADP-ribose (cADPR). It is generally considered to be a type II protein with the catalytic domain facing outside. How it can catalyze the synthesis of intracellular cADPR that targets the endoplasmic Ca(2+) stores has not been resolved. We have proposed that CD38 can also exist in an opposite type III orientation with its catalytic domain facing the cytosol. Here, we developed a method using specific nanobodies to immunotarget two different epitopes simultaneously on the catalytic domain of the type III CD38 and firmly established that it is naturally occurring in human multiple myeloma cells...
July 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720548/pxapn5-serves-as-a-functional-receptor-of-cry2ab-in-plutella-xylostella-l-and-its-binding-domain-analysis
#19
Zhi-Zhen Pan, Lian Xu, Bo Liu, Jing Zhang, Zheng Chen, Qing-Xi Chen, Yu-Jing Zhu
Lepidopteran midgut aminopeptidases N (APNs) are widely studied for their potential roles as one of the receptors for the Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) crystal insecticidal toxins. In the present study, a loss of function analyses by RNAi (RNA interference) silencing of the Plutella xylostella APN5 (PxAPN5), a binding protein of Cry2Ab, were performed. The knocking down of PxAPN5 in P. xylostella larvae greatly reduced their susceptibility to Cry2Ab and led to a decrease of Cry2Ab binding to P. xylostella midgut...
July 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720498/rna-aptamers-targeted-for-human-%C3%AE-a-crystallin-do-not-bind-%C3%AE-b-crystallin-and-spare-the-%C3%AE-crystallin-domain
#20
Prabhat K Mallik, Hua Shi, Jayanti Pande
The molecular chaperones, α-crystallins, belong to the small heat shock protein (sHSP) family and prevent the aggregation and insolubilization of client proteins. Studies in vivo have shown that the chaperone activity of the α-crystallins is raised or lowered in various disease states. Therefore, the development of tools to control chaperone activity may provide avenues for therapeutic intervention, as well as enable a molecular understanding of chaperone function. The major human lens α-crystallins, αA- (HAA) and αB- (HAB), share 57% sequence identity and show similar activity towards some clients, but differing activities towards others...
July 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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