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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526928/exosomes-in-cardiovascular-medicine
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Iain M Dykes
Exosomes are small, extracellular membrane-bound particles that mediate intercellular transport of a cytosolic cargo. Exosomal transfer of micro-RNA can modify gene expression in targeted cells. Exosome-based endocrine/paracrine signaling has been shown to be involved in a wide range of physiological processes including those associated with cardiovascular injury and disease, but remains relatively poorly understood. Exosomes offer great potential to the clinical field, with applications in both diagnostics and therapeutics...
May 19, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526340/unfolding-the-pathogenesis-of-scleroderma-through-genomics-and-epigenomics
#2
REVIEW
Pei-Suen Tsou, Amr H Sawalha
With unknown etiology, scleroderma (SSc) is a multifaceted disease characterized by immune activation, vascular complications, and excessive fibrosis in internal organs. Genetic studies, including candidate gene association studies, genome-wide association studies, and whole-exome sequencing have supported the notion that while genetic susceptibility to SSc appears to be modest, SSc patients are genetically predisposed to this disease. The strongest genetic association for SSc lies within the MHC region, with loci in HLA-DRB1, HLA-DQB1, HLA-DPB1, and HLA-DOA1 being the most replicated...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526201/viral-exploitation-of-the-mek-erk-pathway-a-tale-of-vaccinia-virus-and-other-viruses
#3
REVIEW
Cláudio A Bonjardim
The VACV replication cycle is remarkable in the sense that it is performed entirely in the cytoplasmic compartment of vertebrate cells, due to its capability to encode enzymes required either for regulating the macromolecular precursor pool or the biosynthetic processes. Although remarkable, this gene repertoire is not sufficient to confer the status of a free-living microorganism to the virus, and, consequently, the virus relies heavily on the host to successfully generate its progeny. During the complex virus-host interaction, viruses must deal not only with the host pathways to accomplish their temporal demands but also with pathways that counteract viral infection, including the inflammatory, innate and acquired immune responses...
July 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521391/role-of-stem-cell-derived-exosomes-in-cancer
#4
Junyi Wu, Zhen Qu, Zi-Wei Fei, Jun-Hua Wu, Chun-Ping Jiang
Exosomes are small, extracellular membrane- enclosed vesicles that contain a variety of molecules, including proteins, DNA, mRNA and non-coding RNA; these vesicles have been defined as new tools for intercellular communication between cells. Numerous types of cells, including stem cells, secrete exosomes into the extracellular environment, and are significant communicators in the tumor microenvironment. Stem cells are a unique cell population defined by their ability to indefinitely self-renew, differentiate into a variety of cell lines, and form clonal cell populations...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515914/analysis-of-the-function-of-microrna-375-in-humans-using-bioinformatics
#5
Xiaohua Chen, Baoxia Li, Rongcheng Luo, Sina Cai, Cao Zhang, Xiaolong Cao
MicroRNA-375 (miR-375) is expressed at low levels in many types of solid tumor, particularly in gastrointestinal tumors. It is considered to be important in the development of cancer and certain diseases. Thus, more detailed knowledge is required on the particular functions of miR-375. miRs function by regulating target genes. Therefore, in the current study, miRWalk (which includes the data from 10 prediction software programs) was used to predict the target genes of miR-375. The genes, which were co-predicted using five different software programs were further analyzed using Database for Annotation, Visualization and Integrated Discovery online software [including gene ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathway analysis]...
May 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515440/a-highly-potent-class-of-halogenated-phenazine-antibacterial-and-biofilm-eradicating-agents-accessed-through-a-modular-wohl-aue-synthesis
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Hongfen Yang, Yasmeen Abouelhassan, Gena M Burch, Dimitris Kallifidas, Guangtao Huang, Hussain Yousaf, Shouguang Jin, Hendrik Luesch, Robert W Huigens
Unlike individual, free-floating planktonic bacteria, biofilms are surface-attached communities of slow- or non-replicating bacteria encased within a protective extracellular polymeric matrix enabling persistent bacterial populations to tolerate high concentrations of antimicrobials. Our current antibacterial arsenal is composed of growth-inhibiting agents that target rapidly-dividing planktonic bacteria but not metabolically dormant biofilm cells. We report the first modular synthesis of a library of 20 halogenated phenazines (HP), utilizing the Wohl-Aue reaction, that targets both planktonic and biofilm cells...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515293/virus-like-vesicles-of-kaposi-s-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-activate-lytic-replication-through-triggering-differentiation-signaling
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Danyang Gong, Xinghong Dai, Yuchen Xiao, Yushen Du, Travis J Chapa, Jeffrey R Johnson, Xinmin Li, Nevan J Krogan, Hongyu Deng, Ting-Ting Wu, Ren Sun
Virus-like vesicles (VLVs) are membrane enclosed vesicles that resemble native enveloped viruses in organization, but lack viral capsid and genome. During the productive infection of tumor associated gamma-herpesviruses, both virions and VLVs are produced and released into the extracellular space. However, studies of gamma-herpesvirus associated VLVs have been largely restricted by the technical difficulty of separating VLVs from mature virions. Here, we report a strategy of using a Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) mutant defective in small capsid protein, unable to produce mature virions, to selectively isolate VLVs...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513871/potential-role-of-long-non-coding-rna-anril-in-pediatric-medulloblastoma-through-promotion-on-proliferation-and-migration-by-targeting-mir-323
#8
Hong Zhang, Xiuli Wang, Xinxin Chen
Medulloblastoma (MB) is a common primary tumor of the central nervous system diagnosed in pediatric patients. Survivors of MB are frequently accompanied by severe side effects, thus it is urgent to explore novel therapeutic target. First of all, the level of antisense non-coding RNA in the INK4 locus (ANRIL) in normal cerebellum and DAOY cells were evaluated. Then, the effect of ANRIL on DAOY cell proliferation, migration and apoptosis were tested. Then, qRT-PCR was performed to explore whether ANRIL acted as a sponge of miR-323...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508547/functional-phosphatome-requirement-for-protein-homeostasis-networked-mitochondria-and-sarcomere-structure-in-c-%C3%A2-elegans-muscle
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Susann Lehmann, Joseph J Bass, Thomas F Barratt, Mohammed Z Ali, Nathaniel J Szewczyk
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle is central to locomotion and metabolic homeostasis. The laboratory worm Caenorhabditis elegans has been developed into a genomic model for assessing the genes and signals that regulate muscle development and protein degradation. Past work has identified a receptor tyrosine kinase signalling network that combinatorially controls autophagy, nerve signal to muscle to oppose proteasome-based degradation, and extracellular matrix-based signals that control calpain and caspase activation...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504717/fibulin-3-promotes-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer
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A L Han, B A Veeneman, L El-Sawy, K C Day, M L Day, S A Tomlins, E T Keller
Urothelial carcinoma is the most common type of bladder cancer and can be categorized as either non-muscle-invasive (Ta-T1) or muscle-invasive (⩾T2). The majority of bladder cancers are non-muscle-invasive at presentation; however, the recurrence rate for these tumors is high and a subset can progress to T2. In this study, we aimed to identify genes differentially expressed between T1 vs T2 bladder cancer to identify key regulators of bladder cancer progression and/or invasion. We performed RNA-Seq on T1 and T2 bladder cancer tissues and used publicly available bladder cancer profiling studies to prioritize differentially expressed genes for validation and functional assessment...
May 15, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504693/cyclin-dependent-kinase-7-is-a-therapeutic-target-in-high-grade-glioma
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S A Greenall, Y C Lim, C B Mitchell, K S Ensbey, B W Stringer, A L Wilding, G M O'Neill, K L McDonald, D J Gough, B W Day, T G Johns
High-grade glioma (HGG) is an incurable brain cancer. The transcriptomes of cells within HGG tumors are highly heterogeneous. This renders the tumors unresponsive or able to adapt to therapeutics targeted at single pathways, thereby causing treatment failure. To overcome this, we focused on cyclin-dependent kinase 7 (CDK7), a ubiquitously expressed molecule involved in two major drivers of HGG pathogenesis: cell cycle progression and RNA polymerase-II-based transcription. We tested the activity of THZ1, an irreversible CDK7 inhibitor, on patient-derived primary HGG cell lines and ex vivo HGG patient tissue slices, using proliferation assays, microarray analysis, high-resolution respirometry, cell cycle analysis and in vivo tumor orthografts...
May 15, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503490/the-distinct-transcriptional-response-of-the-midgut-of-amblyomma-sculptum-and-amblyomma-aureolatum-ticks-to-rickettsia-rickettsii-correlates-to-their-differences-in-susceptibility-to-infection
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Larissa A Martins, Maria F B de Melo Galletti, José M Ribeiro, André Fujita, Francisco B Costa, Marcelo B Labruna, Sirlei Daffre, Andréa C Fogaça
Rickettsia rickettsii is a tick-borne obligate intracellular bacterium that causes Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF). In Brazil, two species of ticks in the genus Amblyomma, A. sculptum and A. aureolatum, are incriminated as vectors of this bacterium. Importantly, these two species present remarkable differences in susceptibility to R. rickettsii infection, where A. aureolatum is more susceptible than A. sculptum. In the current study, A. aureolatum and A. sculptum ticks were fed on suitable hosts previously inoculated with R...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502000/reverse-phase-protein-microarrays
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Elisa Baldelli, Valerie Calvert, Alex Hodge, Amy VanMeter, Emanuel F Petricoin, Mariaelena Pierobon
While genes and RNA encode information about cellular status, proteins are considered the engine of the cellular machine, as they are the effective elements that drive all cellular functions including proliferation, migration, differentiation, and apoptosis. Consequently, investigations of the cellular protein network are considered a fundamental tool for understanding cellular functions.Alteration of the cellular homeostasis driven by elaborate intra- and extracellular interactions has become one of the most studied fields in the era of personalized medicine and targeted therapy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501774/tuning-of-major-signaling-networks-tgf-%C3%AE-wnt-notch-and-hedgehog-by-mirnas-in-human-stem-cells-commitment-to-different-lineages-possible-clinical-application
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REVIEW
Sedigheh Fekri Aval, Hajie Lotfi, Roghayeh Sheervalilou, Nosratollah Zarghami
Two distinguishing characteristics of stem cells, their continuous division in the undifferentiated state and growth into any cell types, are orchestrated by a number of cell signaling pathways. These pathways act as a niche factor in controlling variety of stem cells. The core stem cell signaling pathways include Wingless-type (Wnt), Hedgehog (HH), and Notch. Additionally, they critically regulate the self-renewal and survival of cancer stem cells. Conversely, stem cells' main properties, lineage commitment and stemness, are tightly controlled by epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation, histone modifications and non-coding RNA-mediated regulatory events...
May 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501566/dna-methylation-regulated-gene-expression-in-organ-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Xiangyu Zhang, Min Hu, Xing Lyu, Chun Li, Victor J Thannickal, Yan Y Sanders
DNA methylation is a major epigenetic mechanism to regulate gene expression. Epigenetic regulation, including DNA methylation, histone modifications and RNA interference, results in heritable changes in gene expression independent of alterations in DNA sequence. Epigenetic regulation often occurs in response to aging and environment stimuli, including exposures and diet. Studies have shown that DNA methylation is critical in the pathogenesis of fibrosis involving multiple organs sytems, contributing to significant morbidity and mortality...
May 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500324/labeling-extracellular-vesicles-for-nanoscale-flow-cytometry
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Aizea Morales-Kastresana, Bill Telford, Thomas A Musich, Katherine McKinnon, Cassandra Clayborne, Zach Braig, Ari Rosner, Thorsten Demberg, Dionysios C Watson, Tatiana S Karpova, Gordon J Freeman, Rosemarie H DeKruyff, George N Pavlakis, Masaki Terabe, Marjorie Robert-Guroff, Jay A Berzofsky, Jennifer C Jones
Extracellular vesicles (EVs), including exosomes and microvesicles, are 30-800 nm vesicles that are released by most cell types, as biological packages for intercellular communication. Their importance in cancer and inflammation makes EVs and their cargo promising biomarkers of disease and cell-free therapeutic agents. Emerging high-resolution cytometric methods have created a pressing need for efficient fluorescent labeling procedures to visualize and detect EVs. Suitable labels must be bright enough for one EV to be detected without the generation of label-associated artifacts...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500298/zbp1-phosphorylation-at-serine-181-regulates-its-dendritic-transport-and-the-development-of-dendritic-trees-of-hippocampal-neurons
#17
Anna S Urbanska, Aleksandra Janusz-Kaminska, Katarzyna Switon, Alicia L Hawthorne, Malgorzata Perycz, Malgorzata Urbanska, Gary J Bassell, Jacek Jaworski
Local protein synthesis occurs in axons and dendrites of neurons, enabling fast and spatially restricted responses to a dynamically changing extracellular environment. Prior to local translation, mRNA that is to be translated is packed into ribonucleoprotein particles (RNPs) where RNA binding proteins ensure mRNA silencing and provide a link to molecular motors. ZBP1 is a component of RNP transport particles and is known for its role in the local translation of β-actin mRNA. Its binding to mRNA is regulated by tyrosine 396 phosphorylation, and this particular modification was shown to be vital for axonal growth and dendritic branching...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498357/adiponectin-is-involved-in-connective-tissue-growth-factor-induced-proliferation-migration-and-overproduction-of-the-extracellular-matrix-in-keloid-fibroblasts
#18
Limin Luo, Jun Li, Han Liu, Xiaoqing Jian, Qianlei Zou, Qing Zhao, Qu Le, Hongdou Chen, Xinghua Gao, Chundi He
Adiponectin, an adipocyte-derived hormone, exerts pleiotropic biological effects on metabolism, inflammation, vascular homeostasis, apoptosis and immunity. Recently, adiponectin has been suggested to attenuate the progression of human dermal fibrosis. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is induced in keloids and is thought to be participated in the formation of keloid fibrosis. However, the roles played by adiponectin in keloids remain unclear. In this study, we explored the effects of adiponectin on CTGF-induced cell proliferation, migration and the deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) and their associated intracellular signalling pathways in keloid fibroblasts (KFs)...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495858/comparative-functional-analysis-of-ribonuclease-1-homologs-molecular-insights-into-evolving-vertebrate-physiology
#19
Jo E Lomax, Chelcie H Eller, Ronald T Raines
Pancreatic-type ribonucleases (ptRNases) comprise a class of highly conserved secretory endoribonucleases in vertebrates. The prototype of this enzyme family is ribonuclease 1 (RNase 1). Understanding the physiological roles of RNase 1 is becoming increasingly important, as engineered forms of the enzyme progress through clinical trials as chemotherapeutic agents for cancer. Here we present an in-depth biochemical characterization of RNase 1 homologs from a broad range of mammals (human, bat, squirrel, horse, cat, mouse, and cow) and non-mammalian species (chicken, lizard, and frog)...
May 11, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491057/identification-of-genes-controlled-by-the-essential-yycfg-two-component-system-reveals-a-role-for-biofilm-modulation-in-staphylococcus-epidermidis
#20
Tao Xu, Yang Wu, Zhiwei Lin, Ralph Bertram, Friedrich Götz, Ying Zhang, Di Qu
Biofilms play a crucial role in the pathogenicity of Staphylococcus epidermidis, while little is known about whether the essential YycFG two-component signal transduction system (TCS) is involved in biofilm formation. We used antisense RNA (asRNA) to silence the yycFG TCS in order to study its regulatory functions in S. epidermidis. Strain 1457 expressing asRNA yycF exhibited a significant delay (~4-5 h) in entry to log phase, which was partially complemented by overexpressing ssaA. The expression of asRNA yycF and asRNA yycG resulted in a 68 and 50% decrease in biofilm formation at 6 h, respectively, while they had no significant inhibitory effect on 12 h biofilm formation...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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