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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108952/transcriptional-regulators-dictate-innate-lymphoid-cell-fates
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REVIEW
Chao Zhong, Jinfang Zhu
Research on innate lymphoid cells (ILC) has recently been a fast paced topic of immunological research. As ILCs are able to produce signature Th cytokine, ILCs have garnered considerable attention and have been described to represent the innate counterpart of the CD4(+) T helper (Th) cells. The development and function of ILCs are precisely regulated by a network of crucial transcription factors, which are also involved in the development or differentiation of conventional natural killer (cNK) cells and T cells...
January 20, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108520/rna-binding-specificity-landscape-of-the-pentatricopeptide-repeat-protein-ppr10
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Rafael G Miranda, Margarita Rojas, Michael P Montgomery, Kyle P Gribbin, Alice Barkan
Pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins comprise a large family of helical repeat proteins that influence gene expression in mitochondria and chloroplasts. PPR tracts can bind RNA via a modular one repeat-one nucleotide mechanism in which the nucleotide is specified by the identities of several amino acids in each repeat. This mode of recognition, the so-called PPR code, offers opportunities for the prediction of native PPR binding sites and the design of proteins to bind specified RNAs. However, a deep understanding of the parameters that dictate the affinity and specificity of PPR-RNA interactions is necessary to realize these goals...
January 20, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108491/transcriptome-analysis-identifies-multifaceted-regulatory-mechanisms-dictating-a-genetic-switch-from-neuronal-network-establishment-to-maintenance-during-postnatal-prefrontal-cortex-development
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Yvet Kroeze, Martin Oti, Ellen van Beusekom, Roel H M Cooijmans, Hans van Bokhoven, Sharon M Kolk, Judith R Homberg, Huiqing Zhou
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is one of the latest brain regions to mature, which allows the acquisition of complex cognitive abilities through experience. To unravel the underlying gene expression changes during postnatal development, we performed RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) in the rat medial PFC (mPFC) at five developmental time points from infancy to adulthood, and analyzed the differential expression of protein-coding genes, long intergenic noncoding RNAs (lincRNAs), and alternative exons. We showed that most expression changes occur in infancy, and that the number of differentially expressed genes reduces toward adulthood...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107457/novel-analysis-of-immune-cells-from-nasal-microbiopsy-demonstrates-reliable-reproducible-data-for-immune-populations-and-superior-cytokine-detection-compared-to-nasal-wash
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Simon P Jochems, Katherine Piddock, Jamie Rylance, Hugh Adler, Beatriz F Carniel, Andrea Collins, Jenna F Gritzfeld, Carole Hancock, Helen Hill, Jesus Reiné, Alexandra Seddon, Carla Solórzano, Syba Sunny, Ashleigh Trimble, Angela D Wright, Seher Zaidi, Stephen B Gordon, Daniela M Ferreira
The morbidity and mortality related to respiratory tract diseases is enormous, with hundreds of millions of individuals afflicted and four million people dying each year. Understanding the immunological processes in the mucosa that govern outcome following pathogenic encounter could lead to novel therapies. There is a need to study responses at mucosal surfaces in humans for two reasons: (i) Immunological findings in mice, or other animals, often fail to translate to humans. (ii) Compartmentalization of the immune system dictates a need to study sites where pathogens reside...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106782/from-clinical-standards-to-translating-next-generation-sequencing-research-into-patient-care-improvement-for-hepatobiliary-and-pancreatic-cancers
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REVIEW
Ioannis D Kyrochristos, Georgios K Glantzounis, Demosthenes E Ziogas, Ioannis Gizas, Dimitrios Schizas, Efstathios G Lykoudis, Evangelos Felekouras, Anastasios Machairas, Christos Katsios, Theodoros Liakakos, William C Cho, Dimitrios H Roukos
Hepatobiliary and pancreatic (HBP) cancers are associated with high cancer-related death rates. Surgery aiming for complete tumor resection (R0) remains the cornerstone of the treatment for HBP cancers. The current progress in the adjuvant treatment is quite slow, with gemcitabine chemotherapy available only for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA). In the advanced and metastatic setting, only two targeted drugs have been approved by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which are sorafenib for hepatocellular carcinoma and erlotinib for PDA...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104892/mechanistic-basis-for-a-molecular-triage-reaction
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Sichen Shao, Monica C Rodrigo-Brenni, Maryann H Kivlen, Ramanujan S Hegde
Newly synthesized proteins are triaged between biosynthesis and degradation to maintain cellular homeostasis, but the decision-making mechanisms are unclear. We reconstituted the core reactions for membrane targeting and ubiquitination of nascent tail-anchored membrane proteins to understand how their fate is determined. The central six-component triage system is divided into an uncommitted client-SGTA complex, a self-sufficient targeting module, and an embedded but self-sufficient quality control module. Client-SGTA engagement of the targeting module induces rapid, private, and committed client transfer to TRC40 for successful biosynthesis...
January 20, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104621/high-prevalence-of-mutant-kras-in-circulating-exosome-derived-dna-from-early-stage-pancreatic-cancer-patients
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K Allenson, J Castillo, F A San Lucas, G Scelo, D U Kim, V Bernard, G Davis, T Kumar, M Katz, M J Overman, L Foretova, E Fabianova, I Holcatova, V Janout, F Meric-Bernstam, P Gascoyne, I Wistuba, G Varadhachary, P Brennan, S Hanash, D Li, A Maitra, H Alvarez
BACKGROUND: Exosomes arise from viable cancer cells and may reflect a different biology than circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) shed from dying tissues. We compare exosome-derived DNA (exoDNA) to cfDNA in liquid biopsies of patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patient samples were obtained between 2003 and 2010, with clinically annotated follow up to 2015. Droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) was performed on exoDNA and cfDNA for sensitive detection of KRAS mutants at codons 12/13...
January 18, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104587/pkc%C3%AE-expanding-role-in-hepatic-adaptation-of-cholesterol-homeostasis-to-dietary-fat-cholesterol
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Devina Mehta, Kamal D Mehta
Cholesterol homeostasis relies on an intricate network of cellular processes whose deregulation in response to Western type high-fat/cholesterol diets can lead to several life-threatening pathologies. Significant advances have been made in resolving the molecular identity and regulatory function of transcription factors sensitive to fat, cholesterol, or bile acids, but whether body senses the presence of both fat and cholesterol simultaneously is not known. Assessing the impact of a high-fat/cholesterol load, rather than an individual component alone, on cholesterol homeostasis is more physiologically relevant because Western diets deliver both fat and cholesterol at the same time...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104044/procedural-variations-in-performing-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Radhika M Mehta, Manyoo Agarwal, Ikechukwu Ifedili, Wael W Rizk, Rami N Khouzam
Multiple variations exist in performing a primary percutaneous coronary intervention (pPCI) in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) among various cardiologists. These variations range from the choice of peripheral access artery (radial vs femoral), performance or time of complete angiography including left ventriculography, and nonculprit vessel angiography before or after intervening on the culprit vessel. The reasons for such variations include emphasis on door-to-balloon time, knowledge of cardiac anatomy before proceeding with pPCI, physician expertise, and the level of comfort with radial approach...
February 2017: Current Problems in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103677/inversion-of-extender-unit-selectivity-in-the-erythromycin-polyketide-synthase-by-acyltransferase-domain-engineering
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Irina Koryakina, Christian Kasey, John B McArthur, Andrew N Lowell, Joseph A Chemler, Shasha Li, Douglas A Hansen, David H Sherman, Gavin J Williams
Acyltransferase (AT) domains of polyketide synthases (PKSs) select extender units for incorporation into polyketides and dictate large portions of the structures of clinically relevant natural products. Accordingly, there is significant interest in engineering the substrate specificity of PKS ATs in order to site-selectively manipulate polyketide structure. However, previous attempts to engineer ATs have yielded mutant PKSs with relaxed extender unit specificity, rather than an inversion of selectivity from one substrate to another...
January 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102196/whole-brain-3d-mapping-of-human-neural-transplant-innervation
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Jonas Doerr, Martin Karl Schwarz, Dirk Wiedermann, Anke Leinhaas, Alina Jakobs, Florian Schloen, Inna Schwarz, Michael Diedenhofen, Nils Christian Braun, Philipp Koch, Daniel A Peterson, Ulrich Kubitscheck, Mathias Hoehn, Oliver Brüstle
While transplantation represents a key tool for assessing in vivo functionality of neural stem cells and their suitability for neural repair, little is known about the integration of grafted neurons into the host brain circuitry. Rabies virus-based retrograde tracing has developed into a powerful approach for visualizing synaptically connected neurons. Here, we combine this technique with light sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM) to visualize transplanted cells and connected host neurons in whole-mouse brain preparations...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101131/using-flow-technologies-to-direct-the-synthesis-and-assembly-of-materials-in-solution
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REVIEW
K Robertson
In the pursuit of materials with structure-related function, directing the assembly of materials is paramount. The resultant structure can be controlled by ordering of reactants, spatial confinement and control over the reaction/crystallisation times and stoichiometries. These conditions can be administered through the use of flow technologies as evidenced by the growing widespread application of microfluidics for the production of nanomaterials; the function of which is often dictated or circumscribed by size...
2017: Chemistry Central Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099054/association-between-do-not-resuscitate-do-not-intubate-status-and-resident-physician-decision-making-a-national-survey
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Elizabeth K Stevenson, Hashim M Mehter, Allan J Walkey, Renda Soylemez Wiener
RATIONALE: Compared to their Full Code counterparts, patients with Do Not Resuscitate/Do Not Intubate (DNR/DNI) status receive fewer interventions and have higher mortality than predicted by clinical characteristics. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether internal medicine residents, the front-line providers for many hospitalized patients, would manage hypothetical patients differently based on code status. We hypothesized respondents would be less likely to provide a variety of interventions to DNR/DNI patients than Full Code patients...
January 18, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098159/fluid-shear-stress-activates-yap1-to-promote-cancer-cell-motility
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Hyun Jung Lee, Miguel F Diaz, Katherine M Price, Joyce A Ozuna, Songlin Zhang, Eva M Sevick-Muraca, John P Hagan, Pamela L Wenzel
Mechanical stress is pervasive in egress routes of malignancy, yet the intrinsic effects of force on tumour cells remain poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that frictional force characteristic of flow in the lymphatics stimulates YAP1 to drive cancer cell migration; whereas intensities of fluid wall shear stress (WSS) typical of venous or arterial flow inhibit taxis. YAP1, but not TAZ, is strictly required for WSS-enhanced cell movement, as blockade of YAP1, TEAD1-4 or the YAP1-TEAD interaction reduces cellular velocity to levels observed without flow...
January 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096882/design-and-methods-of-the-mood-disorder-cohort-research-consortium-mdcrc-study
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Chul-Hyun Cho, Yong-Min Ahn, Se Joo Kim, Tae Hyun Ha, Hong Jin Jeon, Boseok Cha, Eunsoo Moon, Dong Yeon Park, Ji Hyun Baek, Hee-Ju Kang, Vin Ryu, Hyonggin An, Heon-Jeong Lee
The Mood Disorder Cohort Research Consortium (MDCRC) study is designed as a naturalistic observational prospective cohort study for early-onset mood disorders (major depressive disorders, bipolar disorders type 1 and 2) in South Korea. The study subjects consist of two populations: 1) patients with mood disorders under 25 years old and 2) patients with mood disorders within 2 years of treatment under 35 years old. After successful screening, the subjects are evaluated using baseline assessments and serial follow-up assessments at 3-month intervals...
January 2017: Psychiatry Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096290/the-epidermal-polarity-protein-par3-is-a-non-cell-autonomous-suppressor-of-malignant-melanoma
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Melina Mescher, Peter Jeong, Sina K Knapp, Matthias Rübsam, Michael Saynisch, Marina Kranen, Jennifer Landsberg, Max Schlaak, Cornelia Mauch, Thomas Tüting, Carien M Niessen, Sandra Iden
Melanoma, an aggressive skin malignancy with increasing lifetime risk, originates from melanocytes (MCs) that are in close contact with surrounding epidermal keratinocytes (KCs). How the epidermal microenvironment controls melanomagenesis remains poorly understood. In this study, we identify an unexpected non-cell autonomous role of epidermal polarity proteins, molecular determinants of cytoarchitecture, in malignant melanoma. Epidermal Par3 inactivation in mice promotes MC dedifferentiation, motility, and hyperplasia and, in an autochthonous melanoma model, results in increased tumor formation and lung metastasis...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095685/amphiphilic-polymer-guided-plasmonic-assemblies-and-their-biomedical-applications
#17
Jibin Song, Gang Niu, Xiaoyuan Chen
Plasmonic nanostructures with unique physical and biological properties have attracted increased attention for potential biomedical applications. Polymers grafted on metal nanoparticle surface can be used as assembly regulating molecules to guide nanoparticles organize into ordered or hierarchical structures in solution, within condensed phases, or at interfaces. In this Topical Review, we will highlight recent efforts on self-assembly of gold nanoparticles coated with polymer brushes. How and what kind of polymer graft can be used to adjust nanoparticle interactions, to dictate interparticle orientation, and to determine assembled nanostructures will be discussed...
January 18, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095556/combination-therapy-for-acne-scarring-personal-experience-and-clinical-suggestions
#18
Lucija Kroepfl, Jason J Emer
Acne is one of the most prevalent skin conditions seen by dermatologists. The cosmetic sequelae of severe acne, including scarring and pigmentation, have a profound psychological impact on those in icted. Topical (eg, retinoids, antibiotics, dapsone, hydroxyacids) and oral treatments (eg, antibiotics and/or spironolactone) are often bene cial to control acne or in the instance of oral isotretinoin use, rid the acne permanently; however, these treatments have very little affect on the ultimate cosmetic outcome of the acne scarring and skin texture that results...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095400/computational-analysis-of-residue-interaction-networks-and-coevolutionary-relationships-in-the-hsp70-chaperones-a-community-hopping-model-of-allosteric-regulation-and-communication
#19
Gabrielle Stetz, Gennady M Verkhivker
Allosteric interactions in the Hsp70 proteins are linked with their regulatory mechanisms and cellular functions. Despite significant progress in structural and functional characterization of the Hsp70 proteins fundamental questions concerning modularity of the allosteric interaction networks and hierarchy of signaling pathways in the Hsp70 chaperones remained largely unexplored and poorly understood. In this work, we proposed an integrated computational strategy that combined atomistic and coarse-grained simulations with coevolutionary analysis and network modeling of the residue interactions...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095296/diverse-role-of-survival-motor-neuron-protein
#20
REVIEW
Ravindra N Singh, Matthew D Howell, Eric W Ottesen, Natalia N Singh
The multifunctional Survival Motor Neuron (SMN) protein is required for the survival of all organisms of the animal kingdom. SMN impacts various aspects of RNA metabolism through the formation and/or interaction with ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes. SMN regulates biogenesis of small nuclear RNPs, small nucleolar RNPs, small Cajal body-associated RNPs, signal recognition particles and telomerase. SMN also plays an important role in DNA repair, transcription, pre-mRNA splicing, histone mRNA processing, translation, selenoprotein synthesis, macromolecular trafficking, stress granule formation, cell signaling and cytoskeleton maintenance...
January 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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