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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640975/nac-transcription-factor-jungbrunnen1-enhances-drought-tolerance-in-tomato
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Venkatesh P Thirumalaikumar, Vikas Devkar, Nikolay Mehterov, Shawkat Ali, Rengin Ozgur, Ismail Turkan, Bernd Mueller-Roeber, Salma Balazadeh
Water deficit (drought stress) massively restricts plant growth and the yield of crops; reducing the deleterious effects of drought is therefore of high agricultural relevance. Drought triggers diverse cellular processes including the inhibition of photosynthesis, the accumulation of cell-damaging reactive oxygen species, and gene expression reprogramming, besides others. Transcription factors (TF) are central regulators of transcriptional reprogramming and expression of many TF genes is affected by drought, including members of the NAC family...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630930/real-time-quantitative-analysis-of-metabolic-flux-in-live-cells-using-a-hyperpolarized-micromagnetic-resonance-spectrometer
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Sangmoo Jeong, Roozbeh Eskandari, Sun Mi Park, Julio Alvarez, Sui Seng Tee, Ralph Weissleder, Michael G Kharas, Hakho Lee, Kayvan R Keshari
Metabolic reprogramming is widely considered a hallmark of cancer, and understanding metabolic dynamics described by the conversion rates or "fluxes" of metabolites can shed light onto biological processes of tumorigenesis and response to therapy. For real-time analysis of metabolic flux in intact cells or organisms, magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy and imaging methods have been developed in conjunction with hyperpolarization of nuclear spins. These approaches enable noninvasive monitoring of tumor progression and treatment efficacy and are being tested in multiple clinical trials...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630068/ehrlichia-chaffeensis-trp120-moonlights-as-a-hect-e3-ligase-involved-in-self-and-host-ubiquitination-to-influence-protein-interactions-and-stability-for-intracellular-survival
#3
Bing Zhu, Seema Das, Shubhajit Mitra, Tierra R Farris, Jere W McBride
Ehrlichia chaffeensis secretes tandem repeat protein (TRP) effectors that are involved in a diverse array of host cell interactions, some of which directly activate cell signaling pathways, and reprogram host gene transcription to promote survival in the mononuclear phagocyte. However, the molecular details of these effector-host interactions and roles in pathobiology are incompletely understood. In this study, we determined that the E. chaffeensis effector, TRP120, is post-translationally modified by ubiquitin (Ub), and ubiquitination occurs through intrinsic and host-mediated HECT ligase activity...
June 19, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621664/post-meiotic-dna-double-strand-breaks-occur-in-tetrahymena-and-require-topoisomerase-ii-and-spo11
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Takahiko Akematsu, Yasuhiro Fukuda, Jyoti Garg, Jeffrey S Fillingham, Ronald E Pearlman, Josef Loidl
Based on observations of markers for DNA lesions, such as phosphorylated histone H2AX (γH2AX) and open DNA ends, it has been suggested that post-meiotic DNA double-strand breaks (PM-DSBs) enable chromatin remodeling during animal spermiogenesis. However, the existence of PM-DSBs is unconfirmed, and the mechanism responsible for their formation is unclear. Here, we report the first direct observation of programmed PM-DSBs via the electrophoretic separation of DSB-generated DNA fragments in the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila...
June 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621172/direct-reprogramming-into-endothelial-cells-a-new-source-for-vascular-regeneration
#5
Sangho Lee, Jin Eyun Kim, Brandon Al Johnson, Adinarayana Andukuri, Young-Sup Yoon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 16, 2017: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605832/comparison-of-reprogramming-methods-for-generation-of-induced-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells
#6
Eun-Hye Lee, Chang-Hwan Park
Direct conversion by trans-differentiation is of growing interest in cell therapy for incurable diseases. The efficiency of cell reprogramming and functionality of converted cells are important considerations in cell transplantation therapy. Here, we compared two representative protocols for the generation of induced-oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (iOPCs) from mouse and rat fibroblasts. Then, we showed that induction of Nkx6.2, Olig2, and Sox10 (NOS) was more effective in mouse fibroblasts and that induction of Olig2, Sox10, and Zfp536 (OSZ) was more effective at reprogramming iOPCs from rat fibroblasts...
June 14, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604752/tumor-cell-derived-lactate-induces-taz-dependent-upregulation-of-pd-l1-through-gpr81-in-human-lung-cancer-cells
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J Feng, H Yang, Y Zhang, H Wei, Z Zhu, B Zhu, M Yang, W Cao, L Wang, Z Wu
The clinical success of immunotherapy that inhibits the negative immune regulatory pathway programmed cell death protein 1/PD-1 ligand (PD-1/PD-L1) has initiated a new era in the treatment of metastatic cancer. PD-L1 expression is upregulated in many solid tumors including lung cancer and functions predominantly in lactate-enriched tumor microenvironments. Here, we provided evidence for PD-L1 induction in response to lactate stimulation in lung cancer cells. Lactate-induced PD-L1 induction was mediated by its receptor GPR81...
June 12, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602651/a-bhlh-code-for-sexually-dimorphic-form-and-function-of-the-c-%C3%A2-elegans-somatic-gonad
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Maria D Sallee, Hana E Littleford, Iva Greenwald
How sexually dimorphic gonads are generated is a fundamental question at the interface of developmental and evolutionary biology [1-3]. In C. elegans, sexual dimorphism in gonad form and function largely originates in different apportionment of roles to three regulatory cells of the somatic gonad primordium in young larvae. Their essential roles include leading gonad arm outgrowth, serving as the germline niche, connecting to epithelial openings, and organizing reproductive organ development. The development and function of the regulatory cells in both sexes requires the basic-helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor HLH-2, the sole ortholog of the E proteins mammalian E2A and Drosophila Daughterless [4-8], yet how they adopt different fates to execute their different roles has been unknown...
June 19, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602395/reprogramming-of-the-tumor-in-the-hypoxic-niche-the-emerging-concept-and-associated-therapeutic-strategies
#9
REVIEW
Guan-Zhong Qiu, Ming-Zhu Jin, Jin-Xiang Dai, Wei Sun, Ji-Hong Feng, Wei-Lin Jin
Hypoxia exerts a profound impact on diverse aspects of cancer biology. Increasing evidence has revealed novel functions of hypoxia in cancer cell epigenomics, epitranscriptomics, metabolism, and intercellular communication, all hotspots of cancer research. Several drugs have been developed to target intratumoral hypoxia and have entered clinical trials to treat refractory tumors. However, direct targeting of hypoxia signaling still has limitations in the clinic with regard to cancer progression and resistance to therapy...
June 8, 2017: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597071/the-novel-tool-of-cell-reprogramming-for-applications-in-molecular-medicine
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REVIEW
Moritz Mall, Marius Wernig
Recent discoveries in the field of stem cell biology have enabled scientists to "reprogram" cells from one type to another. For example, it is now possible to place adult skin or blood cells in a dish and convert them into neurons, liver, or heart cells. It is also possible to literally "rejuvenate" adult cells by reprogramming them into embryonic-like stem cells, which in turn can be differentiated into every tissue and cell type of the human body. Our ability to reprogram cell types has four main implications for medicine: (1) scientists can now take skin or blood cells from patients and convert them to other cells to study disease processes...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596599/the-mir-125a-hk2-axis-regulates-cancer-cell-energy-metabolism-reprogramming-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Fangfang Jin, Yanbo Wang, Yanan Zhu, Shan Li, Ying Liu, Cheng Chen, Xiaohua Wang, Ke Zen, Limin Li
The Warburg effect is a metabolic hallmark of cancer. Tumor cells rapidly adjust their energy source to glycolysis in order to efficiently proliferate in a hypoxic environment, but the mechanism underlying this switch remains incompletely understood. Here, we show that hypoxia potently induces the down-regulation of miR-125a expression in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells and tumors. Furthermore, we demonstrate that miR-125a could decrease the production of lactate, the uptake of glucose, and the levels of ATP and reactive oxygen species (ROS) in HCC cells...
June 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595528/type-1-diabetes-treatments-based-on-stem-cells
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Miriam Araña, Anujith Kumar, Ashwini Ashwathnarayan, Maher Atari, Miguel Barajas
More than a decade ago, a new research field named Stem Cell Therapy emerged in Health Science. Initially, it was considered that cells owned a differentiation capability; however, this dogma has changed when new results have been published regarding the ability of the cells to differentiate into different cell tissue mainly due to the novel reprogramming strategies. Accordingly, cells from an adult tissue source may be potentially capable of originating cells of a very different cell type. The possibility of transplanting these cells into damaged organs has triggered many studies to understand the plasticity of stem cells...
June 9, 2017: Current Diabetes Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595038/bio-electric-field-enhancement-the-influence-on-hyaluronan-mediated-motility-receptors-in-human-breast-carcinoma
#13
Marcy C Purnell
Mechanisms that regulate cancer cell metastasis are often intricately linked to mechanisms that control cell migration in wound repair. Hyaluronan Mediated Motility Receptor (HMMR) encodes a receptor for hyaluronan-mediated motility (RHAMM), a non-integral cell surface hyaluronan receptor and intracellular protein that promotes mitotic spindle formation and cell motility. RHAMM has been found to have increased expression in both cancers and wounds, and when cancers show increased RHAMM expression poor outcomes have occurred...
April 2017: Discovery Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593187/the-esophageal-squamous-epithelial-cell-still-a-reasonable-candidate-for-the%C3%A2-barrett-s-esophagus-cell-of%C3%A2-origin
#14
David H Wang
Barrett's esophagus is the metaplastic change of the squamous epithelium lining the distal esophagus into an intestinalized columnar epithelium that predisposes to esophageal adenocarcinoma development. The cell that gives rise to Barrett's esophagus has not been identified definitively, although several sources for the Barrett's esophagus cell of origin have been postulated. One possible source is a fully differentiated squamous epithelial cell or a squamous epithelial progenitor or stem cell native to the esophagus that, through molecular reprogramming, either transdifferentiation or transcommitment, could give rise to an intestinalized columnar cell...
July 2017: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591641/cardiac-stem-cells-for-myocardial-regeneration-promising-but-not-ready-for-prime-time
#15
REVIEW
Joshua Lader, Maxine Stachel, Lei Bu
Remarkable strides have been made in the treatment of ischemic heart disease in decades. As the initial loss of cardiomyocytes associated with myocardial infarction serves as an impetus for myocardial remodeling, the ability to replace these cells with healthy counterparts would represent an effective treatment for many forms of cardiovascular disease. The discovery of cardiac stem cells (that can differentiate into multiple lineages) highlighted the possibility for development of cell-based therapeutics to achieve this ultimate goal...
June 4, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587331/directly-reprogramming-fibroblasts-into-adipogenic-neurogenic-and-hepatogenic-differentiation-lineages-by-defined-factors
#16
Wei Wu, Yu-Qing Jin, Zhen Gao
The reprogramming of adult cells into pluripotent cells or directly into alternative adult cell types represents a great potential technology for regenerative medicine. In the present study, the potential of key developmental adipogenic, neurogenic and hepatogenic regulators to reprogram human fibroblasts into adipocytes, neurocytes and hepatocytes was investigated. The results demonstrated that direct reprogramming of octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (Oct4) and CCAAT-enhancer-binding protein (C/EBP)β activated C/EBPα and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ expression, inducing the conversion of fibroblasts into adipocytes...
June 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580187/associations-among-metabolism-circadian-rhythm-and-age-associated-diseases
#17
REVIEW
Yiwei Cao, Rui-Hong Wang
Accumulating epidemiological studies have implicated a strong link between age associated metabolic diseases and cancer, though direct and irrefutable evidence is missing. In this review, we discuss the connection between Warburg effects and tumorigenesis, as well as adaptive responses to environment such as circadian rhythms on molecular pathways involved in metabolism. We also review the central role of the sirtuin family of proteins in physiological modulation of cellular processes and age-associated metabolic diseases...
May 2017: Aging and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580167/sequential-emt-met-induces-neuronal-conversion-through-sox2
#18
Songwei He, Jinlong Chen, Yixin Zhang, Mengdan Zhang, Xiao Yang, Yuan Li, Hao Sun, Lilong Lin, Ke Fan, Lining Liang, Chengqian Feng, Fuhui Wang, Xiao Zhang, Yiping Guo, Duanqing Pei, Hui Zheng
Direct neuronal conversion can be achieved with combinations of small-molecule compounds and growth factors. Here, by studying the first or induction phase of the neuronal conversion induced by defined 5C medium, we show that the Sox2-mediated switch from early epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) to late mesenchymal-epithelial transition (MET) within a high proliferation context is essential and sufficient for the conversion from mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) to TuJ(+) cells. At the early stage, insulin and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF)-induced cell proliferation, early EMT, the up-regulation of Stat3 and Sox2, and the subsequent activation of neuron projection...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566691/substrate-rigidity-controls-activation-and-durotaxis-in-pancreatic-stellate-cells
#19
Dariusz Lachowski, Ernesto Cortes, Daniel Pink, Antonios Chronopoulos, Saadia A Karim, Jennifer P Morton, Armando E Del Río Hernández
Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is an aggressive malignancy characterised by the presence of extensive desmoplasia, thought to be responsible for the poor response of patients to systemic therapies. Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) are key mediators in the production of this fibrotic stroma, upon activation transitioning to a myofibroblast-like, high matrix secreting phenotype. Given their importance in disease progression, characterisation of PSC activation has been extensive, however one aspect that has been overlooked is the mechano-sensing properties of the cell...
May 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560692/engineering-kidney-cells-reprogramming-and-directed-differentiation-to-renal-tissues
#20
REVIEW
Michael M Kaminski, Jelena Tosic, Roman Pichler, Sebastian J Arnold, Soeren S Lienkamp
Growing knowledge of how cell identity is determined at the molecular level has enabled the generation of diverse tissue types, including renal cells from pluripotent or somatic cells. Recently, several in vitro protocols involving either directed differentiation or transcription-factor-based reprogramming to kidney cells have been established. Embryonic stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells can be guided towards a kidney fate by exposing them to combinations of growth factors or small molecules. Here, renal development is recapitulated in vitro resulting in kidney cells or organoids that show striking similarities to mammalian embryonic nephrons...
July 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
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