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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432478/the-arabidopsis-splicing-factors-atu2af65-atu2af35-and-atsf1-shuttle-between-nuclei-and-cytoplasms
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Hyo-Young Park, Keh Chien Lee, Yun Hee Jang, Soon-Kap Kim, May Phyo Thu, Jeong Hwan Lee, Jeong-Kook Kim
The Arabidopsis splicing factors, AtU2AF65, AtU2AF35, and AtSF1 shuttle between nuclei and cytoplasms. These proteins also move rapidly and continuously in the nuclei, and their movements are affected by ATP depletion. The U2AF65 proteins are splicing factors that interact with SF1 and U2AF35 proteins to promote U2snRNP for the recognition of the pre-mRNA 3' splice site during early spliceosome assembly. We have determined the subcellular localization and movement of these proteins' Arabidopsis homologs. It was found that Arabidopsis U2AF65 homologs, AtU2AF65a, and AtU2AF65b proteins interact with AtU2AF35a and AtU2AF35b, which are Arabidopsis U2AF35 homologs...
April 21, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432079/regulation-of-microtubule-associated-motors-drives-intermediate-filament-network-polarization
#2
Cécile Leduc, Sandrine Etienne-Manneville
Intermediate filaments (IFs) are key players in the control of cell morphology and structure as well as in active processes such as cell polarization, migration, and mechanoresponses. However, the regulatory mechanisms controlling IF dynamics and organization in motile cells are still poorly understood. In this study, we investigate the mechanisms leading to the polarized rearrangement of the IF network along the polarity axis. Using photobleaching and photoconversion experiments in glial cells expressing vimentin, glial fibrillary acidic protein, and nestin, we show that the distribution of cytoplasmic IFs results from a continuous turnover based on the cooperation of an actin-dependent retrograde flow and anterograde and retrograde microtubule-dependent transports...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431971/influence-of-stress-associated-with-chronic-alcohol-exposure-on-drinking
#3
REVIEW
Howard C Becker
Stress is commonly regarded as an important trigger for relapse and a significant factor that promotes increased motivation to drink in some individuals. However, the relationship between stress and alcohol is complex, likely changing in form during the transition from early moderated alcohol use to more heavy uncontrolled alcohol intake. A growing body of evidence indicates that prolonged excessive alcohol consumption serves as a potent stressor, producing persistent dysregulation of brain reward and stress systems beyond normal homeostatic limits...
April 18, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431319/response-of-plasma-glucagon-like-peptide-2-to-feeding-pattern-and-intraruminal-administration-of-volatile-fatty-acids-in-sheep
#4
M Elsabagh, Y Inabu, T Obitsu, T Sugino
Glucagon-like peptide-2 (GLP-2), a gut peptide secreted by enteroendocrine L cells, has recently been identified as a key regulator of intestinal growth and absorptive function in ruminants. However, reports on GLP-2 secretion are few, and more information regarding its secretion dynamics is needed. In this study, two experiments were conducted to elucidate the daily rhythm of GLP-2 secretion in response to feeding regimen and to investigate the effect of volatile fatty acids (VFA) on GLP-2 release in sheep...
March 11, 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431252/engineered-regulatory-systems-modulate-gene-expression-of-human-commensals-in-the-gut
#5
Bentley Lim, Michael Zimmermann, Natasha A Barry, Andrew L Goodman
The gut microbiota is implicated in numerous aspects of health and disease, but dissecting these connections is challenging because genetic tools for gut anaerobes are limited. Inducible promoters are particularly valuable tools because these platforms allow real-time analysis of the contribution of microbiome gene products to community assembly, host physiology, and disease. We developed a panel of tunable expression platforms for the prominent genus Bacteroides in which gene expression is controlled by a synthetic inducer...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430399/targeting-conformational-activation-of-cdk2-kinase
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Morgan Pellerano, Sergey Tcherniuk, Corine Perals, Thi Nhu Ngoc Van, Elsa Garcin, Florence Mahuteau-Betzer, Marie-Paule Teulade-Fichou, May C Morris
Cyclin-dependent kinases constitute attractive pharmacological targets for cancer therapeutics, yet inhibitors in clinical trials target the ATP-binding pocket of the CDK and therefore suffer from limited selectivity and emergence of resistance. The more recent development of allosteric inhibitors targeting conformational plasticity of protein kinases offers promising perspectives for therapeutics. In particular tampering with T-loop dynamics of CDK2 kinase would provide a selective means of inhibiting this kinase, by preventing its conformational activation...
April 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429252/analysis-of-global-gene-expression-profiles-during-the-flowering-initiation-process-of-lilium%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-formolongi
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Yu-Fan Li, Ming-Fang Zhang, Meng Zhang, Gui-Xia Jia
The onset of flowering is critical for the reproductive development of plants. Lilium × formolongi is a lily hybrid that flowers within a year after sowing. We successfully identified four important stages during vegetative growth and flowering initiation of L. × formolongi under long day conditions. The plant tissues from the four stages were used in a genome-wide transcriptional analysis to investigate stage-specific changes of gene expression in L. × formolongi. In total, the sequence reads of the four RNA-sequencing libraries were assembled into 52,824 unigenes, of which 37,031 (70...
April 20, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428079/mineralization-inhibiting-effects-of-transglutaminase-crosslinked-polymeric-osteopontin
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Betty Hoac, Valentin Nelea, Wenge Jiang, Mari T Kaartinen, Marc D McKee
Osteopontin (OPN) belongs to the SIBLING family (Small, Integrin-Binding LIgand N-linked Glycoproteins) of mineral-binding matrix proteins found in bones and teeth. OPN is a well-known inhibitor of matrix mineralization, and enzymatic modification of OPN can affect this inhibitory function. In bone, OPN exists both as a monomer and as a high-molecular-weight polymer - the latter is formed by transglutaminase-mediated crosslinking of glutamine and lysine residues in OPN to create homotypic protein assemblies...
April 17, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427876/polar-n-terminal-residues-conserved-in-type-2-secretion-pseudopilins-determine-subunit-targeting-and-membrane-extraction-steps-during-fibre-assembly
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Javier Santos-Moreno, Alexandra East, Ingrid Guilvout, Nathalie Nadeau, Peter J Bond, Guy Tran Van Nhieu, Olivera Francetic
Bacterial type 2 secretion systems (T2SS), type 4 pili (T4P) and archaeal flagella assemble fibres from initially membrane-embedded pseudopilin and pilin subunits. Fibre subunits are made as precursors with positively charged N-terminal anchors, whose cleavage via the prepilin peptidase, essential for pilin membrane extraction and assembly, is followed by N-methylation of the mature (pseudo)pilin N-terminus. The conserved Glu residue at position 5 (E5) of mature (pseudo)pilins is essential for assembly. Unlike T4 pilins, where E5 residue substitutions also abolish N-methylation, the E5A variant of T2SS pseudopilin PulG remains N-methylated, but is affected in interaction with the T2SS component PulM...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427863/ros-in-cancer-the-burning-question
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REVIEW
Iok In Christine Chio, David A Tuveson
An unanswered question in human health is whether antioxidation prevents or promotes cancer. Antioxidation has historically been viewed as chemopreventive, but emerging evidence suggests that antioxidants may be supportive of neoplasia. We posit this contention to be rooted in the fact that ROS do not operate as one single biochemical entity, but as diverse secondary messengers in cancer cells. This cautions against therapeutic strategies to increase ROS at a global level. To leverage redox alterations towards the development of effective therapies necessitates the application of biophysical and biochemical approaches to define redox dynamics and to functionally elucidate specific oxidative modifications in cancer versus normal cells...
April 17, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426203/tyrosine-kinase-activation-and-conformational-flexibility-lessons-from-src-family-tyrosine-kinases
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Yilin Meng, Matthew P Pond, Benoît Roux
Protein kinases are enzymes that catalyze the covalent transfer of the γ-phosphate of an adenosine triphosphate (ATP) molecule onto a tyrosine, serine, threonine, or histidine residue in the substrate and thus send a chemical signal to networks of downstream proteins. They are important cellular signaling enzymes that regulate cell growth, proliferation, metabolism, differentiation, and migration. Unregulated protein kinase activity is often associated with a wide range of diseases, therefore making protein kinases major therapeutic targets...
April 20, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425914/epstein-barr-virus-ensures-b-cell-survival-by-uniquely-modulating-apoptosis-at-early-and-late-times-after-infection
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Alexander M Price, Joanne Dai, Quentin Bazot, Luv Patel, Pavel A Nikitin, Reza Djavadian, Peter S Winter, Cristina A Salinas, Ashley Perkins Barry, Kris C Wood, Eric C Johannsen, Anthony Letai, Martin J Allday, Micah A Luftig
Latent Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection is causally linked to several human cancers. EBV expresses viral oncogenes that promote cell growth and inhibit the apoptotic response to uncontrolled proliferation. The EBV oncoprotein LMP1 constitutively activates NFB and is critical for survival of EBV-immortalized B cells. However, during early infection EBV induces rapid B cell proliferation with low levels of LMP1 and little apoptosis. Therefore, we sought to define the mechanism of survival in the absence of LMP1/NFB early after infection...
April 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425622/targeted-disruption-of-nf1-in-osteocyte-increases-fgf23-and-osteoid-with-osteomalacia-like-bone-phenotype
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Nobuhiro Kamiya, Ryosuke Yamaguchi, Olumide Aruwajoye, Audrey Kim, Gen Kuroyanagi, Matthew Phipps, Naga Suresh Adapala, Jian Q Feng, Harry K W Kim
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1, OMIM 162200), caused by NF1 gene mutations, exhibits multi-system abnormalities including skeletal deformities in humans. Osteocytes play critical roles in controlling bone modeling and remodeling. However, the role of neurofibromin, the protein product of the NF1 gene, in osteocytes is largely unknown. This study investigated the role of neurofibromin in osteocytes by disrupting Nf1 under the Dmp1-promoter. The conditional knockout (Nf1 cKO) mice displayed serum profile of a metabolic bone disorder with an osteomalacia-like bone phenotype...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425525/exploiting-hydrogen-bonding-interactions-to-probe-smaller-linear-and-cyclic-diamines-binding-to-g-quadruplexes-a-dft-and-molecular-dynamics-study
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Mrinal Kanti Si, Anik Sen, Bishwajit Ganguly
G-quadruplexes are formed by the association of four guanine bases through Hoogsteen hydrogen bonding in guanine-rich sequences of DNA and exist in the telomere as well as in promoter regions of certain oncogenes. The sequences of G-quadruplex-DNA are targets for the design of molecules that can bind and can be developed as anti-cancer drugs. The linear and cyclic protonated diamines have been explored to bind to G-quadruplex-DNA through hydrogen bonding interactions. The quadruplex-DNA binders exploit π-stacking and hydrogen bonding interactions with the phosphate backbone of loops and grooves...
April 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424888/posttraumatic-growth-and-well-being-among-adolescents-and-young-adults-ayas-with-cancer-a-longitudinal-study
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O Husson, B Zebrack, R Block, L Embry, C Aguilar, B Hayes-Lattin, S Cole
PURPOSE: This study examines posttraumatic growth (PTG) among adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer, as well as its correlates and trajectories over time. The study also explores the buffering role of PTG on the associations between posttraumatic stress (PTS), health-related quality of life (HRQoL), and psychological distress. METHODS: A multicenter, longitudinal, prospective study was conducted among AYA cancer patients aged 14-39 years. One hundred sixty-nine patients completed a self-report measure of PTG (PTGI) and PTS (PDS) 6, 12, and 24 months after baseline (within the first 4 months of diagnosis)...
April 19, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424683/novel-strategy-to-expand-super-charged-nk-cells-with-significant-potential-to-lyse-and-differentiate-cancer-stem-cells-differences-in-nk-expansion-and-function-between-healthy-and-cancer-patients
#16
Kawaljit Kaur, Jessica Cook, So-Hyun Park, Paytsar Topchyan, Anna Kozlowska, Nick Ohanian, Changge Fang, Ichiro Nishimura, Anahid Jewett
Natural killer (NK) cells are known to target cancer stem cells and undifferentiated tumors. In this paper, we provide a novel strategy for expanding large numbers of super-charged NK cells with significant potential to lyse and differentiate cancer stem cells and demonstrate the differences in the dynamics of NK cell expansion between healthy donors and cancer patients. Decline in cytotoxicity and lower interferon (IFN)-γ secretion by osteoclast (OC)-expanded NK cells from cancer patients correlates with faster expansion of residual contaminating T cells within purified NK cells, whereas healthy donors' OCs continue expanding super-charged NK cells while limiting T cell expansion for up to 60 days...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424485/in-vivo-dynamics-of-aav-mediated-gene-delivery-to-sensory-neurons-of-the-trigeminal-ganglia
#17
Chung H Dang, Martine Aubert, Harshana S De Silva Feelixge, Kurt Diem, Michelle A Loprieno, Pavitra Roychoudhury, Daniel Stone, Keith R Jerome
The ability to genetically manipulate trigeminal ganglion (TG) neurons would be useful in the study of the craniofacial nervous system and latent alphaherpesvirus infections. We investigated adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors for gene delivery to the TG after intradermal whiskerpad delivery in mice. We demonstrated that AAV vectors of serotypes 1, 7, 8, and 9 trafficked from the whiskerpad into TG neurons and expressed transgenes within cell bodies and axons of sensory neurons in all three branches of the TG...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424337/physical-and-chemical-gradients-in-the-tumor-microenvironment-regulate-tumor-cell-invasion-migration-and-metastasis
#18
Madeleine J Oudin, Valerie M Weaver
Cancer metastasis requires the invasion of tumor cells into the stroma and the directed migration of tumor cells through the stroma toward the vasculature and lymphatics where they can disseminate and colonize secondary organs. Physical and biochemical gradients that form within the primary tumor tissue promote tumor cell invasion and drive persistent migration toward blood vessels and the lymphatics to facilitate tumor cell dissemination. These microenvironment cues include hypoxia and pH gradients, gradients of soluble cues that induce chemotaxis, and ions that facilitate galvanotaxis, as well as modifications to the concentration, organization, and stiffness of the extracellular matrix that produce haptotactic, alignotactic, and durotactic gradients...
April 19, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423816/a-method-for-co-designing-theory-based-behaviour-change-systems-for-health-promotion
#19
Rebecka Janols, Helena Lindgren
A methodology was defined and developed for designing theory-based behaviour change systems for health promotion that can be tailored to the individual. Theories from two research fields were combined with a participatory action research methodology. Two case studies applying the methodology were conducted. During and between group sessions the participants created material and designs following the behaviour change strategy themes, which were discussed, analysed and transformed into a design of a behaviour change system...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423671/genome-wide-dna-methylation-analysis-reveals-molecular-subtypes-of-pancreatic-cancer
#20
Nitish Kumar Mishra, Chittibabu Guda
Pancreatic cancer (PC) is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States with a five-year patient survival rate of only 6%. Early detection and treatment of this disease is hampered due to lack of reliable diagnostic and prognostic markers. Recent studies have shown that dynamic changes in the global DNA methylation and gene expression patterns play key roles in the PC development; hence, provide valuable insights for better understanding the initiation and progression of PC. In the current study, we used DNA methylation, gene expression, copy number, mutational and clinical data from pancreatic patients...
March 7, 2017: Oncotarget
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