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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921263/overexpression-of-protein-phosphatase-1%C3%AE-pp1%C3%AE-is-associated-with-enhanced-cell-proliferation-and-poor-prognosis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Chunsun Li, Miaomiao Wu, Guijuan Zong, Chunhua Wan, Qingqing Liu, Huiling Zhou, Lu Hua, Yuyan Chen, Xudong Chen, Cuihua Lu
BACKGROUND: Protein phosphatase 1γ (PP1γ), as a member of the protein phosphatase 1 family, may be involved in regulation of multiple cellular processes, such as mitosis, cell survival, and apoptosis. However, little is known about the underlying mechanisms by which PP1γ regulates hepatocellular carcinoma development. AIM: We investigated the expression profile of PP1γ in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines and human HCC specimens, as well as its potential prognostic significance in HCC...
December 5, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920798/evolutionary-and-functional-features-of-copy-number-variation-in-the-cattle-genome
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Brittney N Keel, Amanda K Lindholm-Perry, Warren M Snelling
Genomic structural variations are an important source of genetic diversity. Copy number variations (CNVs), gains and losses of large regions of genomic sequence between individuals of a species, have been associated with a wide variety of phenotypic traits. However, in cattle, as well as many other species, relatively little is understood about CNV, including frequency of CNVs in the genome, sizes, and locations, chromosomal properties, and evolutionary processes acting to shape CNV. In this work, we focused on copy number variation in the bovine genome, with the aim to detect CNVs in Bos taurus coding sequence and explore potential evolutionary mechanisms shaping these CNV...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920338/the-plethora-gene-regulatory-network-guides-growth-and-cell-differentiation-in-arabidopsis-roots
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Luca Santuari, Gabino Sanchez-Perez, Marijn Luijten, Bas Rutjens, Inez Terpstra, Lidija Berke, Maartje Gorte, Kalika Prasad, Dongping Bao, Johanna L P M Timmermans-Hereijgers, Kenichiro Maeo, Kenzo Nakamura, Akie Shimotohno, Ales Pencik, Ondřej Novák, Karin Ljung, Sebastiaan van Heesch, Ewart de Bruijn, Edwin Cuppen, Viola Willemsen, Ari Pekka Mähönen, Wolfgang Lukowitz, Berend Snel, Dick de Ridder, Ben Scheres, Renze Heidstra
Organ formation in animals and plants relies on precise control of cell state transitions to turn stem cell daughters into fully differentiated cells. In plants, cells cannot rearrange due to shared cell walls. Thus, differentiation progression and the accompanying cell expansion must be tightly coordinated across tissues. PLETHORA (PLT) transcription factor gradients are unique in their ability to guide the progression of cell differentiation at different positions in the growing Arabidopsis root, which contrasts with well-described transcription factor gradients in animals specifying distinct cell fates within an essentially static context...
December 5, 2016: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919977/microrna-7-is-associated-with-malignant-potential-and-poor-prognosis-in-human-colorectal-cancer
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Yuka Nagano, Yuji Toiyama, Yoshinaga Okugawa, Hiroki Imaoka, Hiroyuki Fujikawa, Hiromi Yasuda, Shigeyuki Yoshiyama, Junichiro Hiro, Minako Kobayashi, Masaki Ohi, Toshimitsu Araki, Yasuhiro Inoue, Yasuhiko Mohri, Masato Kusunoki
Dysregulation pattern of microRNA-7 (miR-7) and the clinical significance of its expression in colorectal cancer (CRC) are unresolved. Here, we investigated the relationship between clinicopathological factors, including prognostic outcome, and miR-7 expression in CRC tissues. We analyzed miR-7 expression levels by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction in 210 colorectal tissues (196 CRCs and 14 normal mucosae from healthy volunteers). miR-7 expression levels were significantly up-regulated in CRC tissues compared to normal colorectal mucosae...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919967/epithelial-mesenchymal-expression-phenotype-of-primary-melanoma-and-matched-metastases-and-relationship-with-overall-survival
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Shaofeng Yan, Britt M Holderness, Zhongze Li, Gregory D Seidel, Jiang Gui, Jan L Fisher, Marc S Ernstoff
E-Cadherin and N-cadherin are important components of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). The majority of studies on EMT in melanoma have been performed with cultured cell lines or pooled melanoma samples. The goal of our study was to evaluate the expression of E-cadherin and N-cadherin in matched tissue samples from primary and metastatic sites of melanoma and to determine the correlation with survival outcome. We analyzed tissues from 42 melanoma primary lesions and their corresponding metastases, as well as 53 benign nevi, for expression levels of E-cadherin and N-cadherin using immunohistochemical methods...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919825/gene-expression-of-t3-regulated-genes-in-a-mouse-model-of-the-human-thyroid-hormone-resistance
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L A Santiago, L C Faustino, G F Pereira, G E Imperio, C C Pazos-Moura, F E Wondisford, F F Bloise, T M Ortiga-Carvalho
AIMS: To understand how thyroid hormone (TH) regulates tissue-specific gene expression in patients with the syndrome of resistance to TH (RTHβ), we used a mouse model that replicates the human RTHβ, specifically the ∆337T mutation in the thyroid hormone receptor β (THRβ). MAIN METHODS: We investigated the expression of key TH target genes in the pituitary and liver of TRβ(∆337T) and wild type THRβ mice by qPCR before and after a T3 suppression test consisting of the administration of increasing concentrations of T3 to hypothyroid mice...
December 2, 2016: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919745/biomechanics-of-cell-reorientation-in-a-three-dimensional-matrix-under-compression
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Lijie Yang, Léolène Jean Carrington, Begum Erdogan, Mingfang Ao, Bryson M Brewer, Donna J Webb, Deyu Li
Although a number of studies have reported that cells cultured on a stretchable substrate align away from or perpendicular to the stretch direction, how cells sense and respond to compression in a three-dimensional (3D) matrix remains an open question. We analyzed the reorientation of human prostatic normal tissue fibroblasts (NAFs) and cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) in response to 3D compression using a Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) method. Results show that NAFs align to specific angles upon compression while CAFs exhibit a random distribution...
December 2, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919567/splicing-factor-proline-glutamine-rich-is-a-novel-autoantigen-of-dermatomyositis-and-associated-with-anti-melanoma-differentiation-associated-gene-5-antibody
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Yuji Hosono, Ran Nakashima, Satoshi Serada, Kosaku Murakami, Yoshitaka Imura, Hajime Yoshifuji, Koichiro Ohmura, Tetsuji Naka, Tsuneyo Mimori
OBJECTIVE: Anti-MDA5 antibody positive dermatomyositis (DM) and clinically amyopathic DM (CADM) often develop into rapidly progressive interstitial lung disease, but their pathogenesis remains unclear. We observed that sera from DM/CADM patients immunoprecipitated a common 110 kDa polypeptide. We investigated this autoantigen and its clinical significance. METHODS: Autoantibodies were screened in 333 patients with various connective tissue diseases (CTDs) and 20 healthy controls (HCs) by immunoprecipitation with [(35)S]methionine-labeled HeLa cells...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919180/investigation-of-a-mortality-cluster-in-wild-adult-yellow-eyed-penguins-megadyptes-antipodes-at-otago-peninsula-new-zealand
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Brett Gartrell, David Agnew, Maurice Alley, Tim Carpenter, Hye Jeong Ha, Laryssa Howe, Stuart Hunter, Kate McInnes, Rex Munday, Roe Wendi, Young Melanie
We investigated an epidemic mortality cluster of yellow-eyed penguins (Megadyptes antipodes) that involved 67 moribund or dead birds found on various beaches of the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand, between January 21 and March 20, 2013. Twenty-four carcases were examined postmortem. Histological lesions of pulmonary, hepatic and splenic erythrophagocytosis and haemosiderosis were found in 23 of 24 birds. Fifteen birds also had haemoglobin-like protein droplets within renal tubular epithelial cells. Despite consistent histological lesions, a cause of death could not be established...
December 6, 2016: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919074/epigenetic-stress-responses-induce-muscle-stem-cell-ageing-by-hoxa9-developmental-signals
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Simon Schwörer, Friedrich Becker, Christian Feller, Ali H Baig, Ute Köber, Henriette Henze, Johann M Kraus, Beibei Xin, André Lechel, Daniel B Lipka, Christy S Varghese, Manuel Schmidt, Remo Rohs, Ruedi Aebersold, Kay L Medina, Hans A Kestler, Francesco Neri, Julia von Maltzahn, Stefan Tümpel, K Lenhard Rudolph
The functionality of stem cells declines during ageing, and this decline contributes to ageing-associated impairments in tissue regeneration and function. Alterations in developmental pathways have been associated with declines in stem-cell function during ageing, but the nature of this process remains poorly understood. Hox genes are key regulators of stem cells and tissue patterning during embryogenesis with an unknown role in ageing. Here we show that the epigenetic stress response in muscle stem cells (also known as satellite cells) differs between aged and young mice...
November 30, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917187/integrating-physiology-and-architecture-in-models-of-fruit-expansion
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Mikolaj Cieslak, Ibrahim Cheddadi, Frédéric Boudon, Valentina Baldazzi, Michel Génard, Christophe Godin, Nadia Bertin
Architectural properties of a fruit, such as its shape, vascular patterns, and skin morphology, play a significant role in determining the distributions of water, carbohydrates, and nutrients inside the fruit. Understanding the impact of these properties on fruit quality is difficult because they develop over time and are highly dependent on both genetic and environmental controls. We present a 3D functional-structural fruit model that can be used to investigate effects of the principle architectural properties on fruit quality...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917112/reproducibility-and-reliability-of-quantitative-and-weighted-t1-and-t2-%C3%A2-mapping-for-myelin-based-cortical-parcellation-at-7-tesla
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Roy A M Haast, Dimo Ivanov, Elia Formisano, Kâmil Uludaǧ
Different magnetic resonance (MR) parameters, such as R1 (=1/T1) or T2(∗), have been used to visualize non-invasively the myelin distribution across the cortical sheet. Myelin contrast is consistently enhanced in the primary sensory and some higher order cortical areas (such as MT or the cingulate cortex), which renders it suitable for subject-specific anatomical cortical parcellation. However, no systematic comparison has been performed between the previously proposed MR parameters, i.e., the longitudinal and transversal relaxation values (or their ratios), for myelin mapping at 7 Tesla...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916924/divergent-expression-patterns-in-two-vernicia-species-revealed-the-potential-role-of-the-hub-gene-vmap2-erf036-in-resistance-to-fusarium-oxysporum-in-vernicia-montana
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Qiyan Zhang, Ming Gao, Liwen Wu, Yangdong Wang, Yicun Chen
Tung oil tree (Vernicia fordii) is a promising industrial oil crop; however, this tree is highly susceptible to Fusarium wilt disease. Conversely, Vernicia montana is resistant to the pathogen. The APETALA2/ethylene-responsive element binding factor (AP2/ERF) transcription factor superfamily has been reported to play a significant role in resistance to Fusarium oxysporum. In this study, comprehensive analysis identified 75 and 81 putative Vf/VmAP2/ERF transcription factor-encoding genes in V. fordii and V. montana, respectively, which were divided into AP2, ERF, related to ABI3 and VP1 (RAV) and Soloist families...
December 1, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916787/comprehensive-mirna-expression-profiles-in-the-ilea-of-lawsonia-intracellularis-infected-pigs
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Hongyi Li, Mao Zhang, Enqin Zheng
To analyze the miRNA expression profiles in Lawsoniaintracellularis-infected porcine intestines, infected pigs were first identified using PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). Then, RNA from infected intestines and control tissues were isolated and subjected to microarray analysis and RT-PCR. Results showed that a total of 83 miRNAs were differentially expressed between the infected samples and controls, out of which 53 were upregulated and 30 were downregulated. Validation using RT-PCR showed a high degree of confidence for the obtained data...
December 4, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916526/the-mitochondrial-lon-protease-is-required-for-age-specific-and-sex-specific-adaptation-to-oxidative-stress
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Laura C D Pomatto, Caroline Carney, Brenda Shen, Sarah Wong, Kelly Halaszynski, Matthew P Salomon, Kelvin J A Davies, John Tower
Multiple human diseases involving chronic oxidative stress show a significant sex bias, including neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, immune dysfunction, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. However, a possible molecular mechanism for the sex bias in physiological adaptation to oxidative stress remains unclear. Here, we report that Drosophila melanogaster females but not males adapt to hydrogen peroxide stress, whereas males but not females adapt to paraquat (superoxide) stress. Stress adaptation in each sex requires the conserved mitochondrial Lon protease and is associated with sex-specific expression of Lon protein isoforms and proteolytic activity...
November 23, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915333/prss8-is-downregulated-and-suppresses-tumour-growth-and-metastases-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Li Zhang, Guozhan Jia, Binya Shi, Guanqun Ge, Hongbin Duan, Yunsheng Yang
BACKGROUND: Protease serine 8 (PRSS8), a trypsin-like serine peptidase, has been shown to function as a tumour suppressor in various malignancies. The present study aimed to investigate the expression pattern, prognostic value and the biological role of PRSS8 in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: PRSS8 expression in 106 HCC surgical specimens was examined by Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunohistochemistry, and its clinical significance was analysed...
December 5, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915150/effect-of-environmental-salinity-manipulation-on-uptake-rates-and-distribution-patterns-of-waterborne-amino-acids-in-the-pacific-hagfish
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Chris N Glover, Tamzin A Blewett, Chris M Wood
Among vertebrates, hagfish are the only known iono- and osmoconformers, and the only species thus far documented to absorb amino acids directly across the skin. In the current study, short-term (6h) manipulations of exposure salinities (75-125% seawater) were conducted to determine whether changes in osmotic demands influenced the uptake and tissue distribution of waterborne amino acids (alanine, glycine and phenylalanine), in the Pacific hagfish, Eptatretus stoutii. No changes in erythrocyte or muscle amino acid accumulation rates were noted, but the patterns of plasma amino acid accumulation were suggestive of regulation...
November 30, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915148/antioxidant-response-of-the-hard-shelled-mussel-mytilus-coruscus-exposed-to-reduced-ph-and-oxygen-concentration
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Yanming Sui, Menghong Hu, Yueyong Shang, Fangli Wu, Xizhi Huang, Sam Dupont, Daniela Storch, Hans-Otto Pörtner, Jiale Li, Weiqun Lu, Youji Wang
Ocean acidification (OA) and hypoxic events are increasing worldwide problems, their interactive effects have not been well clarified, although their co-occurrence is prevalent. The East China Sea (the Yangtze River estuary area) suffers from not only coastal hypoxia but also pH fluctuation, representing an ideal study site to explore the combined effect of OA and hypoxia on marine bivalves. We experimentally evaluated the antioxidant response of the mussel Mytilus coruscus exposed to three pH levels (8.1, 7...
December 1, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915129/nicotiana-benthamiana-plants-asymptomatically-infected-by-pelargonium-line-pattern-virus-show-unusually-high-accumulation-of-viral-small-rnas-that-is-neither-associated-with-dcl-induction-nor-rdr6-activity
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Miryam Pérez-Cañamás, Marta Blanco-Pérez, Javier Forment, Carmen Hernández
Pelargonium line pattern virus (PLPV, Tombusviridae) normally establishes systemic, low-titered and asymptomatic infections in its hosts. This type of interaction may be largely determined by events related to RNA silencing, a major antiviral mechanism in plants. This mechanism is triggered by double or quasi double-stranded (ds) viral RNAs which are cut by DCL ribonucleases into virus small RNAs (vsRNAs). Such vsRNAs are at the core of the silencing process as they guide sequence-specific RNA degradation Host RNA dependent-RNA polymerases (RDRs), and particularly RDR6, strengthen antiviral silencing by promoting biosynthesis of secondary vsRNAs...
December 1, 2016: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914858/heavy-metal-contamination-in-sandy-beach-macrofauna-communities-from-the-rio-de-janeiro-coast-southeastern-brazil
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Tatiana M B Cabrini, Carlos A M Barboza, Viviane B Skinner, Rachel A Hauser-Davis, Rafael C Rocha, Tatiana D Saint'Pierre, Jean L Valentin, Ricardo S Cardoso
We evaluated concentrations of eight heavy metals Cr, Zn, Pb, Ni, Cu, Cd, Co and V, in tissues of representative macrofauna species from 68 sandy beaches from the coast of Rio de Janeiro state. The links between contamination levels and community descriptors such as diversity, evenness, density and biomass, were also investigated. Metal concentrations from macrofaunal tissues were compared to maximum permissible limits for human ingestion stipulated by the Brazilian regulatory agency (ANVISA). Generalized linear models (GLM's) were used to investigate the variability in macrofauna density, richness, eveness and biomass in the seven different regions...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Pollution
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