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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538663/the-cytokine-flt3-ligand-in-normal-and-malignant-hematopoiesis
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REVIEW
Panagiotis Tsapogas, Ciaran James Mooney, Geoffrey Brown, Antonius Rolink
The cytokine Fms-like tyrosine kinase 3 ligand (FL) is an important regulator of hematopoiesis. Its receptor, Flt3, is expressed on myeloid, lymphoid and dendritic cell progenitors and is considered an important growth and differentiation factor for several hematopoietic lineages. Activating mutations of Flt3 are frequently found in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients and associated with a poor clinical prognosis. In the present review we provide an overview of our current knowledge on the role of FL in the generation of blood cell lineages...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538178/wolf-hirschhorn-syndrome-candidate-1-is-necessary-for-correct-hematopoietic-and-b-cell-development
#2
Elena Campos-Sanchez, Nerea Deleyto-Seldas, Veronica Dominguez, Enrique Carrillo-de-Santa-Pau, Kiyoe Ura, Pedro P Rocha, JungHyun Kim, Arafat Aljoufi, Anna Esteve-Codina, Marc Dabad, Marta Gut, Holger Heyn, Yasufumi Kaneda, Keisuke Nimura, Jane A Skok, Maria Luisa Martinez-Frias, Cesar Cobaleda
Immunodeficiency is one of the most important causes of mortality associated with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (WHS), a severe rare disease originated by a deletion in chromosome 4p. The WHS candidate 1 (WHSC1) gene has been proposed as one of the main genes responsible for many of the alterations in WHS, but its mechanism of action is still unknown. Here, we present in vivo genetic evidence showing that Whsc1 plays an important role at several points of hematopoietic development. Particularly, our results demonstrate that both differentiation and function of Whsc1-deficient B cells are impaired at several key developmental stages due to profound molecular defects affecting B cell lineage specification, commitment, fitness, and proliferation, demonstrating a causal role for WHSC1 in the immunodeficiency of WHS patients...
May 23, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538176/tonic-lat-hdac7-signals-sustain-nur77-and-irf4-expression-to-tune-naive-cd4%C3%A2-t-cells
#3
Darienne R Myers, Tannia Lau, Evan Markegard, Hyung W Lim, Herbert Kasler, Minghua Zhu, Andrea Barczak, John P Huizar, Julie Zikherman, David J Erle, Weiguo Zhang, Eric Verdin, Jeroen P Roose
CD4(+) T cells differentiate into T helper cell subsets in feedforward manners with synergistic signals from the T cell receptor (TCR), cytokines, and lineage-specific transcription factors. Naive CD4(+) T cells avoid spontaneous engagement of feedforward mechanisms but retain a prepared state. T cells lacking the adaptor molecule LAT demonstrate impaired TCR-induced signals yet cause a spontaneous lymphoproliferative T helper 2 (TH2) cell syndrome in mice. Thus, LAT constitutes an unexplained maintenance cue...
May 23, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538171/proliferation-drives-aging-related-functional-decline-in-a-subpopulation-of-the-hematopoietic-stem-cell-compartment
#4
Kristina Kirschner, Tamir Chandra, Vladimir Kiselev, David Flores-Santa Cruz, Iain C Macaulay, Hyun Jun Park, Juan Li, David G Kent, Rupa Kumar, Dean C Pask, Tina L Hamilton, Martin Hemberg, Wolf Reik, Anthony R Green
Aging of the hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) compartment is characterized by lineage bias and reduced stem cell function, the molecular basis of which is largely unknown. Using single-cell transcriptomics, we identified a distinct subpopulation of old HSCs carrying a p53 signature indicative of stem cell decline alongside pro-proliferative JAK/STAT signaling. To investigate the relationship between JAK/STAT and p53 signaling, we challenged HSCs with a constitutively active form of JAK2 (V617F) and observed an expansion of the p53-positive subpopulation in old mice...
May 23, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538166/an-evolutionary-perspective-on-plasmid-lifestyle-modes
#5
REVIEW
Nils Hülter, Judith Ilhan, Tanita Wein, A Samer Kadibalban, Katrin Hammerschmidt, Tal Dagan
Plasmids are extra-chromosomal genetic elements whose ecology and evolution depend on their genetic repertoire and interaction with the host. We review the events that lead to transitions between plasmid lifestyle modes - invasion, host range, plasmid persistence and adaptation - from a plasmid perspective. Plasmid lifestyle is determined by various traits, including mobility, stability and indispensability that vary in their magnitude. Transitions between the plasmid lifestyles, invasion, host range, plasmid persistence and adpatation, are caused by the interplay between plasmid traits and host biology...
May 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535392/nervous-system-development-temporal-patterning-of-large-neural-lineages
#6
Stefan Thor
Neural progenitor cells in most, if not all, systems generate different cell types according to a fixed birth-order. Studies in the Drosophila central nervous system now identify an expanding regulatory network underlying temporal diversification of very large neural lineages.
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535373/a-molecular-switch-regulating-cell-fate-choice-between-muscle-progenitor-cells-and-brown-adipocytes
#7
Yitai An, Gang Wang, Yarui Diao, Yanyang Long, Xinrong Fu, Mingxi Weng, Liang Zhou, Kun Sun, Tom H Cheung, Nancy Y Ip, Hao Sun, Huating Wang, Zhenguo Wu
During mouse embryo development, both muscle progenitor cells (MPCs) and brown adipocytes (BAs) are known to derive from the same Pax7(+)/Myf5(+) progenitor cells. However, the underlying mechanisms for the cell fate control remain unclear. In Pax7-null MPCs from young mice, several BA-specific genes, including Prdm16 and Ucp1 and many other adipocyte-related genes, were upregulated with a concomitant reduction of Myod and Myf5, two muscle lineage-determining genes. This suggests a cell fate switch from MPC to BA...
May 22, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535371/repression-of-interstitial-identity-in-nephron-progenitor-cells-by-pax2-establishes-the-nephron-interstitium-boundary-during-kidney-development
#8
Natalie Naiman, Kaoru Fujioka, Mari Fujino, M Todd Valerius, S Steven Potter, Andrew P McMahon, Akio Kobayashi
The kidney contains the functional units, the nephrons, surrounded by the renal interstitium. Previously we discovered that, once Six2-expressing nephron progenitor cells and Foxd1-expressing renal interstitial progenitor cells form at the onset of kidney development, descendant cells from these populations contribute exclusively to the main body of nephrons and renal interstitial tissues, respectively, indicating a lineage boundary between the nephron and renal interstitial compartments. Currently it is unclear how lineages are regulated during kidney organogenesis...
May 22, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535367/pax2-a-keep-to-the-path-sign-on-waddington-s-epigenetic-landscape
#9
Jamie Davies
Developing kidneys have Foxd1(+) stromogenic stem cells and [Six2(+), Pax2(+)] nephrogenic stem cells. In this issue of Developmental Cell, Naiman et al. (2017) show that targeted Pax2 deletion converts nephrogenic cells to the stromogenic path, suggesting that Pax2 normally represses an otherwise inevitable transition between sister lineages.
May 22, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535292/adaptive-radiation-of-p-fluorescens-sbw25-in-experimental-microcosms-provides-an-understanding-of-the-evolutionary-ecology-and-molecular-biology-of-a-l-interface-biofilm-formation
#10
Anna Koza, Anna Kusmierska, Kimberley McLaughlin, Olena Moshynets, Andrew J Spiers
Combined experimental evolutionary and molecular biology approaches have been used to investigate the adaptive radiation of Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25 in static microcosms leading to the colonisation of the air-liquid interface by biofilm-forming mutants such as the Wrinkly Spreader. In these microcosms, the ecosystem engineering of the early wild-type colonists establish the niche space for subsequent WS evolution and colonisation. Random WS mutations occurring in the developing population that de-regulate diguanylate cyclases and c-di-GMP homeostasis result in cellulose-based biofilms at the air-liquid interface...
May 23, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535261/recruitment-of-a-lineage-specific-virulence-regulatory-pathway-promotes-intracellular-infection-by-a-plant-pathogen-experimentally-evolved-into-a-legume-symbiont
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Delphine Capela, Marta Marchetti, Camille Clérissi, Anthony Perrier, Dorian Guetta, Carine Gris, Marc Valls, Alain Jauneau, Stéphane Cruveiller, Eduardo P C Rocha, Catherine Masson-Boivin
Ecological transitions between different lifestyles, such as pathogenicity, mutualism and saprophytism, have been very frequent in the course of microbial evolution, and often driven by horizontal gene transfer. Yet, how genomes achieve the ecological transition initiated by the transfer of complex biological traits remains poorly known. Here we used experimental evolution, genomics, transcriptomics and high-resolution phenotyping to analyze the evolution of the plant pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum into legume symbionts, following the transfer of a natural plasmid encoding the essential mutualistic genes...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534836/differentiation-and-structure-in-sulfolobus-islandicus-rod-shaped-virus-populations
#12
Maria A Bautista, Jesse A Black, Nicholas D Youngblut, Rachel J Whitaker
In the past decade, molecular surveys of viral diversity have revealed that viruses are the most diverse and abundant biological entities on Earth. In culture, however, most viral isolates that infect microbes are represented by a few variants isolated on type strains, limiting our ability to study how natural variation affects virus-host interactions in the laboratory. We screened a set of 137 hot spring samples for viruses that infect a geographically diverse panel of the hyperthemophilic crenarchaeon Sulfolobus islandicus...
May 19, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534535/the-potential-of-organoids-in-urological-cancer-research
#13
REVIEW
Shangqian Wang, Dong Gao, Yu Chen
Technical advances in the development of organoid systems enable cell lines, primary adult cells, or stem or progenitor cells to develop into diverse, multicellular entities, which can self-renew, self-organize, and differentiate. These 3D organoid cultures have proven to be of value in increasing our understanding of the biology of disease and offer the potential of regenerative and genetic therapies. The successful application of 3D organoids derived from adult tissue into urological cancer research can further our understanding of these diseases and could also provide preclinical cancer models to realize the precision medicine paradigm by therapeutic screening of individual patient samples ex vivo...
May 23, 2017: Nature Reviews. Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534517/prolonged-exposure-to-extracellular-lumican-restrains-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-growth
#14
X Li, Y Kang, D Roife, Y Lee, M Pratt, M R Perez, B Dai, E J Koay, J B Fleming
We previously demonstrated that pancreatic stellate cells within pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) stroma secrete lumican and its presence is associated with prolonged survival of patients with localized PDAC. Here, we observed that extracellular lumican decreases PDAC tumour cell growth in xenograft and syngeneic orthotopic animal models, and induces growth inhibition of low-passage human PDAC cells in a species-specific manner. PDAC cells grown in variant culture conditions and exposed to extracellular lumican display typical characterizations of cancer cell in a quiescent state, such as growth inhibition, apoptosis, G0/G1 arrest and chemoresistance...
May 22, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534508/utx-promotes-hormonally-responsive-breast-carcinogenesis-through-feed-forward-transcription-regulation-with-estrogen-receptor
#15
G Xie, X Liu, Y Zhang, W Li, S Liu, Z Chen, B Xu, J Yang, L He, Z Zhang, T Jin, X Yi, L Sun, Y Shang, J Liang
UTX is implicated in embryonic development and lineage specification. However, how this X-linked histone demethylase contributes to the occurrence and progression of breast cancer remains to be clarified. Here we report that UTX is physically associated with estrogen receptor (ER) and functions in ER-regulated transcription. We showed that UTX coordinates with JHDM1D and CBP to direct H3K27 methylation-acetylation transition and to create a permissive chromatin state on ER targets. Genome-wide analysis of the transcriptional targets of UTX by ChIP-seq identified a set of genes such as chemokine receptor CXCR4 that are intimately involved in breast cancer tumorigenesis and metastasis...
May 22, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534504/crystal-structure-of-the-receptor-binding-domain-of-the-spike-glycoprotein-of-human-betacoronavirus-hku1
#16
Xiuyuan Ou, Hongxin Guan, Bo Qin, Zhixia Mu, Justyna A Wojdyla, Meitian Wang, Samuel R Dominguez, Zhaohui Qian, Sheng Cui
Human coronavirus (CoV) HKU1 is a pathogen causing acute respiratory illnesses and so far little is known about its biology. HKU1 virus uses its S1 subunit C-terminal domain (CTD) and not the N-terminal domain like other lineage A β-CoVs to bind to its yet unknown human receptor. Here we present the crystal structure of HKU1 CTD at 1.9 Å resolution. The structure consists of three subdomains: core, insertion and subdomain-1 (SD-1). While the structure of the core and SD-1 subdomains of HKU1 are highly similar to those of other β-CoVs, the insertion subdomain adopts a novel fold, which is largely invisible in the cryo-EM structure of the HKU1 S trimer...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534452/the-recurrent-domestication-of-viruses-major-evolutionary-transitions-in-parasitic-wasps
#17
Jérémy Gauthier, Jean-Michel Drezen, Elisabeth A Herniou
Several lineages of endoparasitoid wasps, which develop inside the body of other insects, have domesticated viruses, used as delivery tools of essential virulence factors for the successful development of their progeny. Virus domestications are major evolutionary transitions in highly diverse parasitoid wasps. Much progress has recently been made to characterize the nature of these ancestrally captured endogenous viruses that have evolved within the wasp genomes. Virus domestication from different viral families occurred at least three times in parasitoid wasps...
May 23, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534179/spines-vs-microspines-an-overview-of-the-sculpture-exine-in-selected-basal-and-derived-asteraceae-with-focus-on-asteroideae
#18
María C Tellería
This study presents a detailed examination of the echinate and microechinate sculpturing in relation to the size of pollen grains in 31 selected species of Asteraceae belonging to the subfamilies Barnadesioideae, Mutisioideae, Carduoideae and Asteroideae. The aims were to recognize sculpturing patterns, under LM and SEM, within large and small pollen of both basal and derived species and to explore the features that could have taxonomic value to apply in palynological disciplines. The detailed examination of the exine surface showed both the relevance and limits of sculptural patterns for taxonomy...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534115/complexity-of-bone-marrow-hematopoietic-stem-cell-niche
#19
REVIEW
Noboru Asada, Shoichiro Takeishi, Paul S Frenette
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) that produce a variety of hematopoietic lineage cells throughout the life reside in specialized microenvironment called "niche" in the bone marrow (BM) where they are tightly regulated. With the recent advances in experimental technologies enabling the selective deletion of molecules, various types of cells in the BM have been proposed to contribute to HSC niche activity. Among these are stromal cells closely associated with the vasculature. In this review, we provide an overview of recent advances in HSC niche research, and focus on the studies describing the functional roles of perivascular cells for HSC maintenance and mobilization...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534106/detection-and-prevalence-of-haemoproteus-archilochus-haemosporida-haemoproteidae-in-two-species-of-california-hummingbirds
#20
A C Bradshaw, L A Tell, H B Ernest, S Bahan, J Carlson, R N M Sehgal
Haemosporidian blood parasites are transmitted to a wide range of avian hosts via blood-sucking dipteran vectors. Microscopy has revealed an impressive diversity of avian haemosporidia with more than 250 species described. Moreover, PCR and subsequent sequence analyses have suggested a much greater diversity of haemosporidia than morphological analyses alone. Given the importance of these parasites, very few studies have focused on the charismatic hummingbirds. To date, three Haemoproteus species (Haemoproteus archilochus, Haemoproteus trochili, and Haemoproteus witti) and one Leucocytozoon species (Leucocytozoon quynzae) have been described in blood samples taken from hummingbirds (Trochilidae)...
May 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
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