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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335038/a-comparative-effectiveness-education-trial-for-lifestyle-health-behavior-change-in-african-americans
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Chanita Hughes Halbert, Scarlett Bellamy, Vanessa Briggs, Ernestine Delmoor, Joseph Purnell, Rodney Rogers, Benita Weathers, Jerry C Johnson
Obesity and excess weight are significant clinical and public health issues that disproportionately affect African Americans because of physical inactivity and unhealthy eating. We compared the effects of alternate behavioral interventions on obesity-related health behaviors. We conducted a comparative effectiveness education trial in a community-based sample of 530 adult African Americans. Outcomes variables were physical activity (PA) and fruit and vegetable intake. Outcomes were evaluated at baseline and 1-month following interventions about shared risk factors for cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD) (integrated, INT) or CVD only (disease-specific)...
March 18, 2017: Health Education Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334759/highly-efficient-biallelic-genome-editing-of-human-es-ips-cells-using-a-crispr-cas9-or-talen-system
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Kazuo Takayama, Keisuke Igai, Yasuko Hagihara, Rina Hashimoto, Morifumi Hanawa, Tetsushi Sakuma, Masashi Tachibana, Fuminori Sakurai, Takashi Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Mizuguchi
Genome editing research of human ES/iPS cells has been accelerated by clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated 9 (CRISPR/Cas9) and transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALEN) technologies. However, the efficiency of biallelic genetic engineering in transcriptionally inactive genes is still low, unlike that in transcriptionally active genes. To enhance the biallelic homologous recombination efficiency in human ES/iPS cells, we performed screenings of accessorial genes and compounds...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334751/atp13a2-park9-regulates-endo-lysosomal-cargo-sorting-and-proteostasis-through-a-novel-pi-3-5-p2-mediated-scaffolding-function
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S Demirsoy, S Martin, S Motamedi, S van Veen, T Holemans, C Van den Haute, A Jordanova, V Baekelandt, P Vangheluwe, P Agostinis
ATP13A2 (also called PARK9), is a transmembrane endo-/lysosomal-associated P5 type transport ATPase. Loss-of-function mutations in ATP13A2 result in the Kufor-Rakeb Syndrome (KRS), a form of autosomal Parkinson's disease (PD). In spite of a growing interest in ATP13A2, very little is known about its physiological role in stressed cells. Recent studies suggest that the N-terminal domain of ATP13A2 may hold key regulatory functions, but their nature remains incompletely understood. To this end, we generated a set of melanoma and neuroblastoma cell lines stably overexpressing wild-type (WT), catalytically inactive (D508N) and N-terminal mutants, or shRNA against ATP13A2...
February 22, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334101/refbool-a-reference-based-algorithm-for-discretizing-gene-expression-data
#4
Sascha Jung, Andras Hartmann, Antonio Del Sol
Motivation: The identification of genes or molecular regulatory mechanisms implicated in biological processes often requires the discretization, and in particular booleanization, of gene expression measurements. However, currently used methods mostly classify each measurement into an active or inactive state regardless of its statistical support possibly leading to downstream analysis conclusions based on spurious booleanization results. Results: In order to overcome the lack of certainty inherent in current methodologies and to improve the process of discretization, we introduce RefBool, a reference-based algorithm for discretizing gene expression data...
February 22, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333944/mechanisms-of-glycosylase-induced-genomic-instability
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Daniel E Eyler, Kylie A Burnham, Thomas E Wilson, Patrick J O'Brien
Human alkyladenine DNA glycosylase (AAG) initiates base excision repair (BER) to guard against mutations by excising alkylated and deaminated purines. Counterintuitively, increased expression of AAG has been implicated in increased rates of spontaneous mutation in microsatellite repeats. This microsatellite mutator phenotype is consistent with a model in which AAG excises bulged (unpaired) bases, altering repeat length. To directly test the role of base excision in AAG-induced mutagenesis, we conducted mutation accumulation experiments in yeast overexpressing different variants of AAG and detected mutations via high-depth genome resequencing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333549/ksr-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-ras-dependent-cancers
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Beth K Neilsen, Danielle E Frodyma, Robert E Lewis, Kurt W Fisher
Targeting downstream effectors required for oncogenic Ras signaling is a potential alternative or complement to the development of more direct approaches targeting Ras in the treatment of Ras-dependent cancers. Areas covered: Here we review literature pertaining to the molecular scaffold Kinase Suppressor of Ras (KSR) and its role in promoting signals critical to tumor maintenance. We summarize the phenotypes in knockout models, describe the role of KSR in cancer, and outline the structure and function of the KSR1 and KSR2 proteins...
March 23, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333212/structural-history-of-human-srgap2-proteins
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Michael Sporny, Julia Guez-Haddad, Annett Kreusch, Sivan Shakartzi, Avi Neznansky, Alice Cross, Michail N Isupov, Britta Qualmann, Michael M Kessels, Yarden Opatowsky
In the development of the human brain, human-specific genes are considered to play key roles, conferring its unique advantages and vulnerabilities. At the time of Homo lineage divergence from Australopithecus, SRGAP2C gradually emerged through a process of serial duplications and mutagenesis from ancestral SRGAP2A (3.4-2.4 Ma). Remarkably, ectopic expression of SRGAP2C endows cultured mouse brain cells, with human-like characteristics, specifically, increased dendritic spine length and density. To understand the molecular mechanisms underlying this change in neuronal morphology, we determined the structure of SRGAP2A and studied the interplay between SRGAP2A and SRGAP2C...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333079/marine-cyclic-guanidine-alkaloids-monanchomycalin-b-and-urupocidin-a-act-as-inhibitors-of-trpv1-trpv2-and-trpv3-but-not-trpa1-receptors
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Yuliya Korolkova, Tatyana Makarieva, Kseniya Tabakmakher, Larisa Shubina, Ekaterina Kudryashova, Yaroslav Andreev, Irina Mosharova, Hyi-Seung Lee, Yeon-Ju Lee, Sergey Kozlov
Marine sponges contain a variety of low-molecular-weight compounds including guanidine alkaloids possessing different biological activities. Monanchomycalin B and urupocidin A were isolated from the marine sponge Monanchora pulchra. We found that they act as inhibitors of the TRPV1, TRPV2, and TRPV3 channels, but are inactive against the TRPA1 receptor. Monanchomycalin B is the most active among all published marine alkaloids (EC50 6.02, 2.84, and 3.25 μM for TRPV1, TRPV2, and TRPV3, correspondingly). Moreover, monanchomycalin B and urupocidin A are the first samples of marine alkaloids affecting the TRPV2 receptor...
March 23, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332093/pathogenic-implications-of-distinct-patterns-of-iron-and-zinc-in-chronic-ms-lesions
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Bogdan F Popescu, Josa M Frischer, Samuel M Webb, Mylyne Tham, Reginald C Adiele, Christopher A Robinson, Patrick D Fitz-Gibbon, Stephen D Weigand, Imke Metz, Susan Nehzati, Graham N George, Ingrid J Pickering, Wolfgang Brück, Simon Hametner, Hans Lassmann, Joseph E Parisi, Guo Yong, Claudia F Lucchinetti
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system (CNS) in which oligodendrocytes, the CNS cells that stain most robustly for iron and myelin are the targets of injury. Metals are essential for normal CNS functioning, and metal imbalances have been linked to demyelination and neurodegeneration. Using a multidisciplinary approach involving synchrotron techniques, iron histochemistry and immunohistochemistry, we compared the distribution and quantification of iron and zinc in MS lesions to the surrounding normal appearing and periplaque white matter, and assessed the involvement of these metals in MS lesion pathogenesis...
March 22, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331807/transmission-of-hepatitis-d-virus-between-spouses-a-longitudinal-study-of-the-first-reported-canadian-case
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Carla Osiowy, Anton Andonov, Kevin Fonseca, Ken Swidinsky, Elizabeth Giles, Andrew Mason, Carla S Coffin
In chronic hepatitis B (CHB), hepatitis D virus (HDV) superinfection can lead to acute liver failure. The incidence of HDV superinfection is unknown, but is often detected in immigrants from HDV endemic countries. In this report, we characterize long-term clinical and virological outcomes in a hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected carrier before and after HDV superinfection, acquired from their spouse having HBV/HDV co-infection. A 38 year-old Mongolian male with CHB on anti-HBV therapy developed acute liver failure following HDV superinfection...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331204/two-leafy-homologs-ilfy1-and-ilfy2-control-reproductive-and-vegetative-developments-in-isoetes-l
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Tao Yang, Ming-Fang Du, You-Hao Guo, Xing Liu
LEAFY (LFY) is a plant-specific transcription factor, which is found in algae and all land plants. LFY homologs exert ancestral roles in regulating cell division and obtain novel functions to control floral identity. Isoetes L. is an ancient genus of heterosporous lycophytes. However, characters about LFY homologs in lycophytes remain poorly investigated. In this study, two LFY homologs, ILFY1 and ILFY2, were cloned from five Isoetes species, including I. hypsophila, I. yunguiensis, I. sinensis, I. orientalis, and I...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330927/e3-ubiquitin-ligase-ubr5-drives-the-growth-and-metastasis-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer
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Liqiu Liao, Mei Song, Xin Li, Lili Tang, Tuo Zhang, Lixing Zhang, Yihang Pan, Lotfi Chouchane, Xiaojing Ma
Patients with triple negative breast cancers (TNBC) are at high risk for recurrence and metastasis at an early time despite standard treatment, underscoring the need for novel therapeutic modalities. Here we report for the first time a distinctive and profound role of the E3 ubiquitin ligase UBR5 in the growth and metastasis of TNBC. An analysis of primary TNBC specimen by whole exon sequencing revealed strong gene amplifications of UBR5 associated with the disease. UBR5 overexpression in TNBC tissues was confirmed at mRNA and protein levels...
March 22, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330784/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-vegf-and-vegf-receptor-inhibitors-in-the-treatment-of-renal-cell-carcinomas
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Robert Roskoski
One Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) tumor suppressor gene is lost in most renal cell carcinomas while the nondeleted allele exhibits hypermethylation-induced inactivation or inactivating somatic mutations. As a result of these genetic modifications, there is an increased production of VEGF-A and pro-angiogenic growth factors in this disorder. The important role of angiogenesis in the pathogenesis of renal cell carcinomas and other tumors has focused the attention of investigators on the biology of VEGFs and VEGFR1-3 and to the development of inhibitors of the intricate and multifaceted angiogenic pathways...
March 18, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330493/loss-of-mmp-8-in-ductal-carcinoma-in-situ-dcis-associated-myoepithelial-cells-contributes-to-tumour-promotion-through-altered-adhesive-and-proteolytic-function
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Muge Sarper, Michael D Allen, Jenny Gomm, Linda Haywood, Julie Decock, Sally Thirkettle, Ahsen Ustaoglu, Shah-Jalal Sarker, John Marshall, Dylan R Edwards, J Louise Jones
BACKGROUND: Normal myoepithelial cells (MECs) play an important tumour-suppressor role in the breast but display an altered phenotype in ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), gaining tumour-promoter functions. Matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8) is expressed by normal MECs but is lost in DCIS. This study investigated the function of MMP-8 in MECs and the impact of its loss in DCIS. METHODS: Primary normal and DCIS-associated MECs, and normal (N-1089) and DCIS-modified myoepithelial (β6-1089) cell lines, were used to assess MMP-8 expression and function...
March 23, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330477/inhibition-of-human-endogenous-retrovirus-k-by-antiretroviral-drugs
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Richa Tyagi, Wenxue Li, Danelvis Parades, Mario A Bianchet, Avindra Nath
BACKGROUND: Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) are genomic sequences of retroviral origin which were believed to be integrated into germline chromosomes millions of years ago and account for nearly 8% of the human genome. Although mostly defective and inactive, some of the HERVs may be activated under certain physiological and pathological conditions. While no drugs are designed specifically targeting HERVs, there are a panel of antiretroviral drugs designed against the human immunodeficiency virus and approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA)...
March 22, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330257/generation-of-an-inducible-system-to-express-polo-like-kinase-cdc5-as-tap-fusion-protein-during-meiosis-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#16
Rajni Vaid, Kamal Dev, Michael Lichten, Anuradha Sourirajan
Tandem affinity purification (TAP) is a highly efficient method for isolation of protein complexes from endogenous biological macromolecules. TAP system consists of dual affinity tags that facilitates the sequential purification of the desired proteins expressed at their low levels in vivo. Polo-like kinases (PLK) are serine/threonine protein kinases that are the crucial regulators of cell cycle. Cdc5, the solitary PLK in budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, has diverse array of targets in cell cycle. The present study was undertaken to construct an estrogen-inducible system for expression of Cdc5-TAP to isolate the substrates of Cdc5 during meiosis, particularly, pachytene stage of meiosis I...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329912/structural-and-mechanistic-insights-into-homocysteine-degradation-by-a-mutant-of-methionine-%C3%AE-lyase-based-on-substrate-assisted-catalysis
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Dan Sato, Tomoo Shiba, Shunsuke Yunoto, Kazuo Furutani, Mitsuki Fukumoto, Daizou Kudou, Takashi Tamura, Kenji Inagaki, Shigeharu Harada
Methionine γ-lyse (MGL) catalyzes the α, γ-elimination of l-methionine and its derivatives as well as the α, β-elimination of l-cysteine and its derivatives to produce α-keto acids, volatile thiols, and ammonia. The reaction mechanism of MGL has been characterized by enzymological studies using several site-directed mutants. The Pseudomonas putida MGL C116H mutant showed drastically reduced degradation activity toward methionine while retaining activity toward homocysteine. To understand the underlying mechanism and to discern the subtle differences between these substrates, we analyzed the crystal structures of the reaction intermediates...
March 22, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329908/re-evaluating-the-roles-of-myosin-18a%C3%AE-and-f-actin-in-determining-golgi-morphology
#18
Kyle Bruun, Jordan R Beach, Sarah M Heissler, Kirsten Remmert, James R Sellers, John A Hammer
The peri-centrosomal localization and morphology of the Golgi apparatus depends largely on the microtubule cytoskeleton and the microtubule motor protein dynein. Recent studies proposed that myosin 18Aα (M18Aα) also contributes to Golgi morphology by binding the Golgi protein GOLPH3 and walking along adjacent actin filaments to stretch the Golgi into its classic ribbon structure. Biochemical analyses have shown, however, that M18A is not an actin-activated ATPase and lacks motor activity. Our goal, therefore, was to define the precise molecular mechanism by which M18Aα determines Golgi morphology...
March 22, 2017: Cytoskeleton
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329763/the-allosteric-inhibitor-abl001-enables-dual-targeting-of-bcr-abl1
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Andrew A Wylie, Joseph Schoepfer, Wolfgang Jahnke, Sandra W Cowan-Jacob, Alice Loo, Pascal Furet, Andreas L Marzinzik, Xavier Pelle, Jerry Donovan, Wenjing Zhu, Silvia Buonamici, A Quamrul Hassan, Franco Lombardo, Varsha Iyer, Michael Palmer, Giuliano Berellini, Stephanie Dodd, Sanjeev Thohan, Hans Bitter, Susan Branford, David M Ross, Timothy P Hughes, Lilli Petruzzelli, K Gary Vanasse, Markus Warmuth, Francesco Hofmann, Nicholas J Keen, William R Sellers
Chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) is driven by the activity of the BCR-ABL1 fusion oncoprotein. ABL1 kinase inhibitors have improved the clinical outcomes for patients with CML, with over 80% of patients treated with imatinib surviving for more than 10 years. Second-generation ABL1 kinase inhibitors induce more potent molecular responses in both previously untreated and imatinib-resistant patients with CML. Studies in patients with chronic-phase CML have shown that around 50% of patients who achieve and maintain undetectable BCR-ABL1 transcript levels for at least 2 years remain disease-free after the withdrawal of treatment...
March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329258/a-new-frailty-score-for-experimental-animals-based-on-the-clinical-phenotype-inactivity-as-a-model-of-frailty
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Mari Carmen Gomez-Cabrera, Rebeca Garcia-Valles, Leocadio Rodriguez-Mañas, Francisco Jose Garcia-Garcia, Gloria Olaso-Gonzalez, Andrea Salvador-Pascual, Francisco Jose Tarazona-Santabalbina, Jose Viña
The development of animal models to study human frailty is important to test interventions to be translated to the clinical practice. The aim of this work was to develop a score for frailty in experimental animals based in the human frailty phenotype. We also tested the effect of physical inactivity in the development of frailty as determined by our score. Male C57Bl/6J mice, individually caged, were randomly assigned to one of two groups: sedentary (inactive) or spontaneous wheel-runners. We compared the sedentary versus the active lifestyle in terms of frailty by evaluating the clinical criteria used in humans: unintentional weight loss; poor endurance (running time); slowness (running speed); weakness (grip strength), and low activity level (motor coordination) at five different ages: 17, 20, 23, 26 and 28 months of age...
January 19, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
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