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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934747/untangling-longevity-dauer-and-healthspan-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-insulin-igf-1-signalling
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Collin Yvès Ewald, Jorge Iván Castillo-Quan, T Keith Blackwell
The groundbreaking discovery that lower levels of insulin/IGF-1 signaling (IIS) can induce lifespan extension was reported 24 years ago in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. In this organism, mutations in the insulin/IGF-1 receptor gene daf-2 or other genes in this pathway can double lifespan. Subsequent work has revealed that reduced IIS (rIIS) extends lifespan across diverse species, possibly including humans. In C. elegans, IIS also regulates development into the diapause state known as dauer, a quiescent larval form that enables C...
September 22, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934695/type-1-diabetes-and-viral-infections-what-is-the-relationship
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REVIEW
Nicola Principi, Maria Giulia Berioli, Sonia Bianchini, Susanna Esposito
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is the most common chronic metabolic disorder in children. Epigenetic and environmental factors capable of altering the penetrance of major susceptibility genes or capable of increasing the penetrance of low-risk genes are currently thought to play a role in triggering autoimmunity and T1D development. This paper discusses the current knowledge of the role of viruses in T1D. Most studies that have evaluated the potential association between viral infections and T1D have indicated that it is highly likely that some of these infectious agents play a role in T1D development...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934416/transporter-engineering-in-biomass-utilization-by-yeast
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Kiyotaka Y Hara, Jyumpei Kobayashi, Ryosuke Yamada, Daisuke Sasaki, Yuki Kuriya, Yoko Hirono-Hara, Jun Ishii, Michihiro Araki, Akihiko Kondo
Biomass resources are attractive carbon sources for bioproduction because of their sustainability. Many studies have been performed using biomass resources to produce sugars as carbon sources for cell factories. Expression of biomass hydrolyzing enzymes in cell factories is an important approach for constructing biomass-utilizing bioprocesses because external addition of these enzymes is expensive. In particular, yeasts have been extensively engineered to be cell factories that directly utilize biomass because of their manageable responses to many genetic engineering tools, such as gene expression, deletion and editing...
November 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934395/abnormal-polyamine-metabolism-is-unique-to-the-neuropathic-forms-of-mps-potential-for-biomarker-development-and-insight-into-pathogenesis
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Christian Hinderer, Nathan Katz, Jean-Pierre Louboutin, Peter Bell, Jakub Tolar, Paul J Orchard, Troy C Lund, Mohamad Nayal, Liwei Weng, Clementina Mesaros, Carolina F M de Souza, Amauri Dalla Corte, Roberto Giugliani, James M Wilson
The mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) are rare genetic disorders marked by severe somatic and neurological symptoms. Development of treatments for the neurological manifestations of MPS has been hindered by the lack of objective measures of central nervous system disease burden. Identification of biomarkers for central nervous system disease in MPS patients would facilitate the evaluation of new agents in clinical trials. High throughput metabolite screening of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from a canine model of MPS I revealed a marked elevation of the polyamine, spermine, in affected animals, and gene therapy studies demonstrated that reduction of CSF spermine reflects correction of brain lesions in these animals...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934385/hearing-loss-without-overt-metabolic-acidosis-in-atp6v1b1-deficient-mrl-mice-a-new-genetic-model-for-non-syndromic-deafness-with-enlarged-vestibular-aqueducts
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Cong Tian, Leona H Gagnon, Chantal Longo-Guess, Ron Korstanje, Susan M Sheehan, Kevin K Ohlemiller, Angela D Schrader, Jaclynn M Lett, Kenneth R Johnson
Mutations of the human ATP6V1B1 gene cause distal renal tubular acidosis (dRTA; OMIM #267300) often associated with sensorineural hearing impairment; however, mice with a knockout mutation of Atp6v1b1 were reported to exhibit a compensated acidosis and normal hearing. We discovered a new spontaneous mutation (vortex, symbol vtx) of Atp6v1b1 in an MRL/MpJ (MRL) colony of mice. In contrast to the reported phenotype of the knockout mouse, which was developed on a primarily C57BL/6 (B6) strain background, MRL-Atp6v1b1vtx/vtx mutant mice exhibit profound hearing impairment, which is associated with enlarged endolymphatic compartments of the inner ear...
October 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934298/transcriptome-analysis-of-callery-pear-pyrus-calleryana-reveals-a-comprehensive-signalling-network-in-response-to-alternaria-alternata
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Jialiang Kan, Tingli Liu, Na Ma, Hui Li, Xiaogang Li, Jinyan Wang, Baolong Zhang, Youhong Chang, Jing Lin
The pear is an important temperate fruit worldwide that is produced by a group of species in the genus Pyrus. Callery pear (Pyrus calleryana Decne) is characterized by high resistance to multiple diseases, good adaptability, and high ornamental value, and is therefore widely planted in pear orchards for edible fruit production or as stock. Plant pathogens are a major threat to pear yield. Black spot disease, caused by the filamentous fungus Alternaria alternata, is one of the most serious diseases in pear. Elucidation of resistant genes to black spot disease is extremely important for understanding the underlying mechanisms as well as for the development of resistant cultivars...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934216/genetic-polymorphisms-of-cytochrome-p450-1a2-cyp1a2-among-emiratis
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Mohammad M Al-Ahmad, Naheed Amir, Subramanian Dhanasekaran, Anne John, Yousef M Abdulrazzaq, Bassam R Ali, Salim M A Bastaki
Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) is one of the CYP450 mixed-function oxidase system that is of clinical importance due to the large number of drug interactions associated with its induction and inhibition. In addition, significant inter-individual differences in the elimination of drugs metabolized by CYP1A2 enzyme have been observed which are largely due to the highly polymorphic nature of CYP1A2 gene. However, there are limited studies on CYP1A2 phenotypes and CYP1A2 genotypes among Emiratis and thus this study was carried out to fill this gap...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933767/hemin-improves-insulin-sensitivity-and-lipid-metabolism-in-cultured-hepatocytes-and-mice-fed-a-high-fat-diet
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Yi Luan, Fang Zhang, Yalan Cheng, Jun Liu, Rui Huang, Menghong Yan, Yuangao Wang, Zhishui He, Hejin Lai, Hui Wang, Hao Ying, Feifan Guo, Qiwei Zhai
Hemin is a breakdown product of hemoglobin. It has been reported that the injection of hemin improves lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity in various genetic models. However, the effect of hemin supplementation in food on lipid metabolism and insulin sensitivity is still unclear, and whether hemin directly affects cellular insulin sensitivity is yet to be elucidated. Here we show that hemin enhances insulin-induced phosphorylation of insulin receptors, Akt, Gsk3β, FoxO1 and cytoplasmic translocation of FoxO1 in cultured primary hepatocytes under insulin-resistant conditions...
July 26, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933412/genetic-substrate-reduction-therapy-a-promising-approach-for-lysosomal-storage-disorders
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REVIEW
Maria Francisca Coutinho, Juliana Inês Santos, Liliana Matos, Sandra Alves
Lysosomal storage diseases are a group of rare genetic disorders characterized by the accumulation of storage molecules in late endosomes/lysosomes. Most of them result from mutations in genes encoding for the catabolic enzymes that ensure intralysosomal digestion. Conventional therapeutic options include enzyme replacement therapy, an approach targeting the functional loss of the enzyme by injection of a recombinant one. Even though this is successful for some diseases, it is mostly effective for peripheral manifestations and has no impact on neuropathology...
November 9, 2016: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933074/-genomic-research-of-traditional-chinese-medicines-in-vivo-metabolism
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Shui-Ming Xiao, Rui Bai, Xiao-Yan Zhang
Gene is the base of in vivo metabolism and effectiveness for traditional Chinese medicines (TCM), and the gene expression, regulation and modification are used as the research directions to perform the TCM multi-component, multi-link and multi-target in vivo metabolism studies, which will improve the research on TCM metabolic proecess, effect target and molecular mechanism. Humans are superorganisms with 1% genes inherited from parents and 99% genes from various parts of the human body, mainly coming from the microorganisms in intestinal flora...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932199/bacillus-a-biological-tool-for-crop-improvement-through-bio-molecular-changes-in-adverse-environments
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REVIEW
Ramalingam Radhakrishnan, Abeer Hashem, Elsayed F Abd Allah
Crop productivity is affected by environmental and genetic factors. Microbes that are beneficial to plants are used to enhance the crop yield and are alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Pseudomonas and Bacillus species are the predominant plant growth-promoting bacteria. The spore-forming ability of Bacillus is distinguished from that of Pseudomonas. Members of this genus also survive for a long time under unfavorable environmental conditions. Bacillus spp. secrete several metabolites that trigger plant growth and prevent pathogen infection...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931650/epigenetic-inactivation-of-tumour-suppressor-coding-and-non-coding-genes-in-human-cancer-an-update
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REVIEW
Pere Llinàs-Arias, Manel Esteller
Cancer cells undergo many different alterations during their transformation, including genetic and epigenetic events. The controlled division of healthy cells can be impaired through the downregulation of tumour suppressor genes. Here, we provide an update of the mechanisms in which epigenetically altered coding and non-coding tumour suppressor genes are implicated. We will highlight the importance of epigenetics in the different molecular pathways that lead to enhanced and unlimited capacity of division, genomic instability, metabolic shift, acquisition of mesenchymal features that lead to metastasis, and tumour plasticity...
September 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931550/variation-in-akt-protein-kinases-in-human-populations
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Peter Rotwein
The three AKT kinases are related proteins that are essential for normal growth and metabolic regulation, and are implicated as key signaling mediators in many physiological and patho-physiological processes. Each AKT is activated by common biochemical signals that act downstream of growth factor and hormone receptors via phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase, and each controls several downstream pathways. The importance of AKT actions in human physiology is strengthened by the rarity of modifying mutations in their genes, and by the devastating impact caused by these mutations on growth and development, and in disorders such as cancer...
September 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930984/high-fat-diet-feeding-and-high-throughput-triacylglyceride-assay-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#14
Soda Balla Diop, Ryan T Birse, Rolf Bodmer
Heart disease is the number one cause of human death worldwide. Numerous studies have shown strong connections between obesity and cardiac malfunction in humans, but more tools and research efforts are needed to better elucidate the mechanisms involved. For over a century, the genetically highly tractable model of Drosophila has been instrumental in the discovery of key genes and molecular pathways that proved to be highly conserved across species. Many biological processes and disease mechanisms are functionally conserved in the fly, such as development (e...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930152/proteomic-analysis-of-the-chlorophyta-dunaliella-new-strain-al-1-revealed-global-changes-of-metabolism-during-high-carotenoid-production
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Faten Ben Amor, Fatma Elleuch, Hajer Ben Hlima, Matthieu Garnier, Bruno Saint-Jean, Mohamed Barkallah, Chantal Pichon, Slim Abdelkafi, Imen Fendri
The green microalgae Dunaliella genus is known for the production of high added value molecules. In this study, strain AL-1 was isolated from the Sebkha of Sidi El Hani (Sousse, Tunisia). This isolate was identified both morphologically and genetically via 18S rRNA gene sequence as a member of the genus Dunaliella. Strain AL-1 was found to be closely related to Dunaliella salina, Dunaliella quartolecta and Dunaliella polymorpha with more than 97% similarity. Response surface methodology was used to maximize carotenoid production by strain AL-1 by optimizing its growth conditions...
September 20, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929094/gestational-age-dependent-increase-of-survival-motor-neuron-protein-in-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Sota Iwatani, Nur Imma Fatimah Harahap, Dian Kesumapramudya Nurputra, Shinya Tairaku, Akemi Shono, Daisuke Kurokawa, Keiji Yamana, Khin Kyae Mon Thwin, Makiko Yoshida, Masami Mizobuchi, Tsubasa Koda, Kazumichi Fujioka, Mariko Taniguchi-Ikeda, Hideto Yamada, Ichiro Morioka, Kazumoto Iijima, Hisahide Nishio, Noriyuki Nishimura
BACKGROUND: Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the most common genetic neurological disease leading to infant death. It is caused by loss of survival motor neuron (SMN) 1 gene and subsequent reduction of SMN protein in motor neurons. Because SMN is ubiquitously expressed and functionally linked to general RNA metabolism pathway, fibroblasts (FBs) are most widely used for the assessment of SMN expression in SMA patients but usually isolated from skin biopsy samples after the onset of overt symptoms...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928460/molecular-dissection-of-transcriptional-reprogramming-of-steviol-glycosides-synthesis-in-leaf-tissue-during-developmental-phase-transitions-in-stevia-rebaudiana-bert
#17
Gopal Singh, Gagandeep Singh, Pradeep Singh, Rajni Parmar, Navgeet Paul, Radhika Vashist, Mohit Kumar Swarnkar, Ashok Kumar, Sanatsujat Singh, Anil Kumar Singh, Sanjay Kumar, Ram Kumar Sharma
Stevia is a natural source of commercially important steviol glycosides (SGs), which share biosynthesis route with gibberellic acids (GAs) through plastidal MEP and cytosolic MVA pathways. Ontogeny-dependent deviation in SGs biosynthesis is one of the key factor for global cultivation of Stevia, has not been studied at transcriptional level. To dissect underlying molecular mechanism, we followed a global transcriptome sequencing approach and generated more than 100 million reads. Annotation of 41,262 de novo assembled transcripts identified all the genes required for SGs and GAs biosynthesis...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928232/sdhd-ablation-promotes-thyroid-tumorigenesis-by-inducing-a-stem-like-phenotype
#18
Amruta Ashtekar, Danielle Huk, Alexa Magner, Krista La Perle, Xiaoli Zhang, Jose Piruat, Jose Lopez-Barneo, Sissy Jhiang, Lawrence Kirschner
Mutations in genes encoding enzymes in the tricarboxylic acid cycle (TCA, also known as the Krebs cycle) have been implicated as causative genetic lesions in a number of human cancers, including renal cell cancers, glioblastomas, and pheochromocytomas. In recent studies, missense mutations in the Succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) complex have also been proposed to cause differentiated thyroid cancer. In order to gain mechanistic insight into this process, we generated mice lacking the SDH subunit D (SDHD) in the thyroid...
September 19, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927691/comparative-genomics-of-four-mycoplasma-species-of-the-human-urogenital-tract-analysis-of-their-core-genomes-and-virulence-genes
#19
Orville St E Roachford, Karen E Nelson, Bidyut R Mohapatra
The variation in Mycoplasma lipoproteins attributed to genome rearrangements and genetic insertions leads to phenotypic plasticity that allows for the evasion of the host's defence system and pathogenesis. This paper compared for the first time the genomes of four human urogenital Mycoplasma species (M. penetrans HF-2, M. fermentans JER, M. genitalium G37 and M. hominis PG21) to categorise the metabolic functions of the core genes and to assess the effects of tandem repeats, phage-like genetic elements and prophages on the virulence genes...
September 5, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927358/understanding-fe-2-toxicity-and-p-deficiency-tolerance-in-rice-for-enhancing-productivity-under-acidic-soils
#20
Sudip Das, Wricha Tyagi, Mayank Rai, Julia S Yumnam
Plants experience low phosphorus (P) and high iron (Fe) levels in acidic lowland soils that lead to reduced crop productivity. A better understanding of the relationship between these two stresses at molecular and physiological level will lead to development of suitable strategies to increase crop productivity in such poor soils. Tolerance for most abiotic stresses including P deficiency and Fe toxicity is a quantitative trait in rice. Recent studies in the areas of physiology, genetics, and overall metabolic pathways in response to P deficiency of rice plants have improved our understanding of low P tolerance...
April 2017: Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering Reviews
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