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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245136/small-maf-functions-in-the-maintenance-of-germline-stem-cells-in-the-drosophila-testis
#1
Sharon Wui Sing Tan, George W Yip, Toshio Suda, Gyeong Hun Baeg
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are byproducts generated during normal cellular metabolism, and redox states have been shown to influence stem cell self-renewal and lineage commitment across phyla. However, the downstream effectors of ROS signaling that control stem cell behavior remain largely unexplored. Here, we used the Drosophila testis as an in vivo model to identify ROS-induced effectors that are involved in the differentiation process of germline stem cells (GSCs). In the Affymetrix microarray analysis, 152 genes were either upregulated or downregulated during GSC differentiation induced by elevated levels of ROS, and a follow-up validation of the gene expression by qRT-PCR showed a Spearman's rho of 0...
December 8, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245011/oncogenic-role-of-thor-a-conserved-cancer-testis-long-non-coding-rna
#2
Yasuyuki Hosono, Yashar S Niknafs, John R Prensner, Matthew K Iyer, Saravana M Dhanasekaran, Rohit Mehra, Sethuramasundaram Pitchiaya, Jean Tien, June Escara-Wilke, Anton Poliakov, Shih-Chun Chu, Sahal Saleh, Keerthana Sankar, Fengyun Su, Shuling Guo, Yuanyuan Qiao, Susan M Freier, Huynh-Hoa Bui, Xuhong Cao, Rohit Malik, Timothy M Johnson, David G Beer, Felix Y Feng, Weibin Zhou, Arul M Chinnaiyan
Large-scale transcriptome sequencing efforts have vastly expanded the catalog of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) with varying evolutionary conservation, lineage expression, and cancer specificity. Here, we functionally characterize a novel ultraconserved lncRNA, THOR (ENSG00000226856), which exhibits expression exclusively in testis and a broad range of human cancers. THOR knockdown and overexpression in multiple cell lines and animal models alters cell or tumor growth supporting an oncogenic role. We discovered a conserved interaction of THOR with IGF2BP1 and show that THOR contributes to the mRNA stabilization activities of IGF2BP1...
December 14, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244714/identification-of-novel-human-nk-cell-progenitor-subsets
#3
Priyanka Sathe, Swee Heng Milon Pang, Rebecca Delconte, Ngaire Elwood, Nicholas D Huntington
Understanding the pathways and regulation of human haematopoiesis, in particular, lymphopoiesis, is vital to manipulation of these processes for therapeutic purposes. However, although haematopoiesis has been extensively characterised in mice, translation of these findings to human biology remains rudimentary. Here, we describe the isolation of three progenitor subsets from human foetal bone marrow that represent differential stages of commitment to the natural killer (NK) cell lineage based on IL-15 responsiveness...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244249/flow-cytometric-false-myeloperoxidase-positive-childhood-b-lineage-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#4
Süreyya Savaşan, Steven Buck, Manisha Gadgeel, Ali Gabali
BACKGROUND: Flow cytometric intracellular myeloperoxidase (MPO) staining of leukemic blasts is a useful tool in diagnosis of leukemia subtype. Interpretation of high MPO-positivity can be a diagnostic challenge in B-lineage acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL). While very few such cases have been reported, high MPO positive B-ALL cases without additional myeloid antigen positivity are suspect and require further investigation. METHODS: Three pediatric cases of B-ALL with strong MPO staining (clone 8E6; Invitrogen) at diagnosis and three others with negative MPO staining were studied by flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry...
December 15, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244023/osteocalcin-expressing-cells-from-tendon-sheaths-in-mice-contribute-to-tendon-repair-by-activating-hedgehog-signaling
#5
Yi Wang, Xu Zhang, Huihui Huang, Yin Xia, YiFei Yao, Arthur Fuk-Tat Mak, Patrick Shu-Hang Yung, Kai-Ming Chan, Li Wang, Chenglin Zhang, Yu Huang, Kingston King-Lun Mak
Both extrinsic and intrinsic tissues contribute to tendon repair, but the origin and molecular functions of extrinsic tissues in tendon repair are not fully understood. Here we show that tendon sheath cells harbor stem/progenitor cell properties and contribute to tendon repair by activating Hedgehog signaling. We found that Osteocalcin (Bglap) can be used as an adult tendon-sheath-specific marker in mice. Lineage tracing experiments show that Bglap-expressing cells in adult sheath tissues possess clonogenic and multipotent properties comparable to those of stem/progenitor cells isolated from tendon fibers...
December 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243741/impact-of-copy-neutral-loss-of-heterozygosity-and-total-genome-aberrations-on-survival-in-myelodysplastic-syndrome
#6
Cecilia C S Yeung, Scott McElhone, Xue Yan Chen, David Ng, Barry E Storer, H Joachim Deeg, Min Fang
Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a heterogeneous group of diseases with varying genetic aberrations. Half of MDS patients have normal karyotype, obscuring the underlying condition indicating a need for new markers for improved diagnostics and prognosis. We performed a retrospective review of sequential MDS patients who underwent chromosomal genetic array testing (CGAT) between November 2008 and March 2014. Total Genomic Aberration (TGA) scores, with and without copy-neutral loss of heterozygosity (cnLOH), were compared to pathology and clinical data...
December 15, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243391/bayesian-molecular-dating-opening-up-the-black-box
#7
Lindell Bromham, Sebastián Duchêne, Xia Hua, Andrew M Ritchie, David A Duchêne, Simon Y W Ho
Molecular dating analyses allow evolutionary timescales to be estimated from genetic data, offering an unprecedented capacity for investigating the evolutionary past of all species. These methods require us to make assumptions about the relationship between genetic change and evolutionary time, often referred to as a 'molecular clock'. Although initially regarded with scepticism, molecular dating has now been adopted in many areas of biology. This broad uptake has been due partly to the development of Bayesian methods that allow complex aspects of molecular evolution, such as variation in rates of change across lineages, to be taken into account...
December 15, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243171/ipscs-based-generation-of-vascular-cells-reprogramming-approaches-and-applications
#8
REVIEW
Diana Klein
Recent advances in the field of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) research have opened a new avenue for stem cell-based generation of vascular cells. Based on their growth and differentiation potential, human iPSCs constitute a well-characterized, generally unlimited cell source for the mass generation of lineage- and patient-specific vascular cells without any ethical concerns. Human iPSCs-derived vascular cells are perfectly suited for vascular disease modeling studies because patient-derived iPSCs possess the disease-causing mutation, which might be decisive for full expression of the disease phenotype...
December 14, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243117/epaphroditidae-sensu-novo-an-endemic-caribbean-family-of-morphologically-divergent-praying-mantises-insecta-mantodea
#9
H M Rodrigues, G J Svenson
Three endemic Caribbean praying mantis genera with a complex taxonomic history were recently discovered to be part of a lineage that colonized the Caribbean region during the Cretaceous period (Svenson & Rodrigues, Proc R Soc B Biol Sci 284, 2017). In all classification systems proposed up to now, the three genera, Callimantis, Epaphrodita, and Gonatista, were never considered as close relatives, a reflection of their divergent morphology. More recently, the genus Brancsikia was placed with Epaphrodita in a family based on the similarity of camouflage-related morphology...
December 14, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29243070/extensive-evolution-analysis-of-the-global-chikungunya-virus-strains-revealed-the-origination-of-chikv-epidemics-in-pakistan-in-2016
#10
Junming Shi, Zhengyuan Su, Zhaojun Fan, Jun Wang, Siqing Liu, Bo Zhang, Hongping Wei, Shoukat Jehan, Nadia Jamil, Shu Shen, Fei Deng
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is a mosquito-borne virus that causes epidemics widely in the world especially in the tropical and subtropical regions. Phylogenetic analysis has found that the CHIKV lineages were associated with the spatial and temporal distributions, which were related to the virus adaption to the major mosquito species and their distributions. In this study, we reported the complete genome sequences of eight CHIKV isolates from the outbreak in Pakistan last year. Then we reviewed the evolutionary history using extensive phylogenetic analysis, analyzed lineagespecific substitutions in viral proteins, and characterized the spreading pathway of CHIKV strains including the Pakistani strains...
December 11, 2017: Virologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242836/vaccination-with-a-recombinant-h7-hemagglutinin-based-influenza-virus-vaccine-induces-broadly-reactive-antibodies-in-humans
#11
Daniel Stadlbauer, Arvind Rajabhathor, Fatima Amanat, Daniel Kaplan, Abusaleh Masud, John J Treanor, Ruvim Izikson, Manon M Cox, Raffael Nachbagauer, Florian Krammer
Human influenza virus infections with avian subtype H7N9 viruses are a major public health concern and have encouraged the development of effective H7 prepandemic vaccines. In this study, baseline and postvaccination serum samples of individuals aged 18 years and older who received a recombinant H7 hemagglutinin vaccine with and without an oil-in-water emulsion (SE) adjuvant were analyzed using a panel of serological assays. While only a small proportion of individuals seroconverted to H7N9 as measured by the conventional hemagglutination inhibition assay, our data show strong induction of anti-H7 hemagglutinin antibodies as measured by an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242826/a-triassic-plesiosaurian-skeleton-and-bone-histology-inform-on-evolution-of-a-unique-body-plan
#12
Tanja Wintrich, Shoji Hayashi, Alexandra Houssaye, Yasuhisa Nakajima, P Martin Sander
Secondary marine adaptation is a major pattern in amniote evolution, accompanied by specific bone histological adaptations. In the aftermath of the end-Permian extinction, diverse marine reptiles evolved early in the Triassic. Plesiosauria is the most diverse and one of the longest-lived clades of marine reptiles, but its bone histology is least known among the major marine amniote clades. Plesiosaurians had a unique and puzzling body plan, sporting four evenly shaped pointed flippers and (in most clades) a small head on a long, stiffened neck...
December 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242774/multigene-phylogeny-of-endogonales-an-early-diverging-lineage-of-fungi-associated-with-plants
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Alessandro Desirò, William R Rimington, Alison Jacob, Natalie Vande Pol, Matthew E Smith, James M Trappe, Martin I Bidartondo, Gregory Bonito
Endogonales is a lineage of early diverging fungi within Mucoromycota. Many species in this order produce small sporophores ("sporocarps") containing a large number of zygospores, and many species form symbioses with plants. However, due to limited collections, subtle morphological differentiation, difficulties in growing these organisms in vitro, and idiosyncrasies in their rDNA that make PCR amplification difficult, the systematics and character evolution of these fungi have been challenging to resolve. To overcome these challenges we generated a multigene phylogeny of Endogonales using sporophores collected over the past three decades from four continents...
December 2017: IMA Fungus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242164/rapid-allopolyploid-radiation-of-moonwort-ferns-botrychium-ophioglossaceae-revealed-by-pacbio-sequencing-of-homologous-and-homeologous-nuclear-regions
#14
Benjamin Dauphin, Jason R Grant, Donald R Farrar, Carl J Rothfels
Polyploidy is a major speciation process in vascular plants, and is postulated to be particularly important in shaping the diversity of extant ferns. However, limitations in the availability of bi-parental markers for ferns have greatly limited phylogenetic investigation of polyploidy in this group. With a large number of allopolyploid species, the genus Botrychium is a classic example in ferns where recurrent polyploidy is postulated to have driven frequent speciation events. Here, we use PacBio sequencing and the PURC bioinformatics pipeline to capture all homeologous or allelic copies of four long (∼1kb) low-copy nuclear regions from a sample of 45 specimens (25 diploids and 20 polyploids) representing 37 Botrychium taxa, and three outgroups...
December 11, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241683/notch-pathway-signaling-in-the-skin-antagonizes-merkel-cell-development
#15
Gregory J Logan, Margaret C Wright, Adam C Kubicki, Stephen M Maricich
Merkel cells are mechanosensitive skin cells derived from the epidermal lineage whose development requires expression of the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor Atoh1. The genes and pathways involved in regulating Merkel cell development during embryogenesis are poorly understood. Notch pathway signaling antagonizes Atoh1 expression in many developing body regions, so we hypothesized that Notch signaling might inhibit Merkel cell development. We found that conditional, constitutive overexpression of the Notch intracellular domain (NICD) in mouse epidermis significantly decreased Merkel cell numbers in whisker follicles and touch domes of hairy skin...
December 11, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241664/distinguishing-three-subtypes-of-hematopoietic-cells-based-on-gene-expression-profiles-using-a-support-vector-machine
#16
Yu-Hang Zhang, Yu Hu, Yuchao Zhang, Lan-Dian Hu, Xiangyin Kong
Hematopoiesis is a complicated process involving a series of biological sub-processes that lead to the formation of various blood components. A widely accepted model of early hematopoiesis proceeds from long-term hematopoietic stem cells (LT-HSCs) to multipotent progenitors (MPPs) and then to lineage-committed progenitors. However, the molecular mechanisms of early hematopoiesis have not been fully characterized. In this study, we applied a computational strategy to identify the gene expression signatures distinguishing three types of closely related hematopoietic cells collected in recent studies: (1) hematopoietic stem cell/multipotent progenitor cells; (2) LT-HSCs; and (3) hematopoietic progenitor cells...
December 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241554/primary-patient-derived-cancer-cells-and-their-potential-for-personalized-cancer-patient-care
#17
David P Kodack, Anna F Farago, Anahita Dastur, Matthew A Held, Leila Dardaei, Luc Friboulet, Friedrich von Flotow, Leah J Damon, Dana Lee, Melissa Parks, Richard Dicecca, Max Greenberg, Krystina E Kattermann, Amanda K Riley, Florian J Fintelmann, Coleen Rizzo, Zofia Piotrowska, Alice T Shaw, Justin F Gainor, Lecia V Sequist, Matthew J Niederst, Jeffrey A Engelman, Cyril H Benes
Personalized cancer therapy is based on a patient's tumor lineage, histopathology, expression analyses, and/or tumor DNA or RNA analysis. Here, we aim to develop an in vitro functional assay of a patient's living cancer cells that could complement these approaches. We present methods for developing cell cultures from tumor biopsies and identify the types of samples and culture conditions associated with higher efficiency of model establishment. Toward the application of patient-derived cell cultures for personalized care, we established an immunofluorescence-based functional assay that quantifies cancer cell responses to targeted therapy in mixed cell cultures...
December 12, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241552/a-single-cell-rna-sequencing-study-reveals-cellular-and-molecular-dynamics-of-the-hippocampal-neurogenic-niche
#18
Benedetta Artegiani, Anna Lyubimova, Mauro Muraro, Johan H van Es, Alexander van Oudenaarden, Hans Clevers
Adult neurogenesis in the murine dentate gyrus occurs in a specialized microenvironment that sustains the generation of neurons during life. To fully understand adult neurogenesis, it is essential to determine the neural stem cell (NSC) and progenitor developmental stages, their molecular determinants, and the niche cellular and molecular composition. We report on a single-cell RNA sequencing study of the hippocampal niche, performed by isolating all the non-neuronal cell populations. Our analysis provides a comprehensive description of the dentate gyrus cells, and it allows the identification of exclusive cell-type-specific markers...
December 12, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241545/the-germline-linker-histone-dbigh1-and-the-translational-regulator-bam-form-a-repressor-loop-essential-for-male-germ-stem-cell-differentiation
#19
Albert Carbonell, Salvador Pérez-Montero, Paula Climent-Cantó, Oscar Reina, Fernando Azorín
Drosophila spermatogenesis constitutes a paradigmatic system to study maintenance, proliferation, and differentiation of adult stem cell lineages. Each Drosophila testis contains 6-12 germ stem cells (GSCs) that divide asymmetrically to produce gonialblast cells that undergo four transit-amplifying (TA) spermatogonial divisions before entering spermatocyte differentiation. Mechanisms governing these crucial transitions are not fully understood. Here, we report the essential role of the germline linker histone dBigH1 during early spermatogenesis...
December 12, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241211/the-role-of-pannexin3-modified-human-dental-pulp-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-repairing-rat-cranial-critical-sized-bone-defects
#20
Fangfang Song, Hualing Sun, Liyuan Huang, Dongjie Fu, Cui Huang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Human dental pulp-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hDPSCs) are promising seed cells for tissue engineering due to their easy accessibility and multi-lineage differentiation. Pannexin3 (Panx3) plays crucial roles during bone development and differentiation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of Panx3 on osteogenesis of hDPSCs and the underlying mechanism. METHODS: Utilizing qRT-PCR, Western blot, and immunohistochemistry, we explored the change of Panx3 during osteogenic differentiation of hDPSCs...
December 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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