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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734226/inhibition-of-prb-pathway-differentially-modulates-apoptosis-in-esophageal-cancer-cells
#1
Rossana C Soletti, Deborah Biasoli, Nathassya A L V Rodrigues, João M A Delou, Renata Maciel, Vera L A Chagas, Rodrigo A P Martins, Stevens K Rehen, Helena L Borges
Esophageal cancer is the sixth most common cause of cancer-related death worldwide. Current chemotherapy regimens include a combination of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and cisplatin, but more efficient therapy strategies are needed to increase 5-year survival. Alterations in the signaling pathway of the tumor suppressor gene Rb-1, which encodes a phosphoprotein (pRB) that negatively regulates the G1/S transition of the cell cycle, are present in 70% of all tumors, but its role in esophageal cancer is still unclear...
July 19, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734141/new-dinuclear-palladium-ii-complexes-studies-of-the-nucleophilic-substitution-reactions-dna-bsa-interactions-and-cytotoxic-activity
#2
Dušan Ćoćić, Snežana Jovanović, Marija Nišavić, Dejan Baskić, Danijela Todorović, Suzana Popović, Živadin D Bugarčić, Biljana Petrović
Six new dinuclear Pd(II) complexes, [{Pd(2,2'-bipy)Cl}2(μ-pz)](ClO4)2 (Pd1), [{Pd(dach)Cl}2(μ-pz)](ClO4)2 (Pd2), [{Pd(en)Cl}2(μ-pz)](ClO4)2 (Pd3), [{Pd(2,2'-bipy)Cl}2(μ-4,4'-bipy)](ClO4)2 (Pd4), [{Pd(dach)Cl}2(μ-4,4'-bipy)](ClO4)2 (Pd5) and [{Pd(en)Cl}2(μ-4,4'-bipy)](ClO4)2 (Pd6) (where 2,2'-bipy=2,2'-bipyridyl, pz=pyrazine, dach=trans-(±)-1,2-diaminocyclohexane, en=ethylenediamine, 4,4'-bipy=4,4'-bipyridyl) have been synthesized and characterized by elemental microanalysis, IR, (1)H NMR and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732438/investigation-of-killer-immunoglobulin-like-receptor-kir-and-hla-genotypes-to-predict-the-occurrence-of-acute-allograft-rejection-after-kidney-transplantation
#3
Davood Jafari, Mohsen Nafar, Mir Saeed Yekaninejad, Razieh Abdolvahabi, Mahboob Lesan Pezeshki, Efat Razaghi, Ali Akbar Amirzargar
After kidney transplantation, natural killer (NK) cells play a pivotal role in triggering the immune response to the allogeneic grafts primarily by their killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR). This process may be one mechanism that contributes to graft rejection. In this study, we have evaluated whether acute rejection after kidney transplantation was associated with predicted NK cell alloreactivity based on KIR gene and ligand along with KIR/HLA compound genotype analysis. After kidney transplantation, natural killer (NK) cells play a pivotal role in triggering the immune response to the allogeneic grafts primarily by their killer-cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR)...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732355/checkpoint-kinase-1-inhibition-sensitises-transformed-cells-to-dihydroorotate-dehydrogenase-inhibition
#4
Stéphanie Arnould, Geneviève Rodier, Gisèle Matar, Charles Vincent, Nelly Pirot, Yoann Delorme, Charlène Berthet, Yoan Buscail, Jean Yohan Noël, Simon Lachambre, Marta Jarlier, Florence Bernex, Hélène Delpech, Pierre Olivier Vidalain, Yves L Janin, Charles Theillet, Claude Sardet
Reduction in nucleotide pools through the inhibition of mitochondrial enzyme dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH) has been demonstrated to effectively reduce cancer cell proliferation and tumour growth. The current study sought to investigate whether this antiproliferative effect could be enhanced by combining Chk1 kinase inhibition. The pharmacological activity of DHODH inhibitor teriflunomide was more selective towards transformed mouse embryonic fibroblasts than their primary or immortalised counterparts, and this effect was amplified when cells were subsequently exposed to PF477736 Chk1 inhibitor...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732331/an-evaluation-of-dna-damage-in-human-lymphocytes-and-sperm-exposed-to-methyl-methanesulfonate-involving-the-regulation-pathways-associated-with-apoptosis
#5
Khaled Habas, Mojgan Najafzadeh, Adolf Baumgartner, Martin H Brinkworth, Diana Anderson
Exposure to DNA-damaging agents produces a range of stress-related responses. These change the expression of genes leading to mutations that cause cell cycle arrest, induction of apoptosis and cancer. We have examined the contribution of haploid and diploid DNA damage and genes involved in the regulation of the apoptotic process associated with exposure, The Comet assay was used to detect DNA damage and quantitative RT-PCR analysis (qPCR) to detect gene expression changes in lymphocytes and sperm in response to methyl methanesulfonate...
June 23, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732309/zebularine-induces-replication-dependent-double-strand-breaks-which-are-preferentially-repaired-by-homologous-recombination
#6
Manuel Luis Orta, Nuria Pastor, Estefanía Burgos-Morón, Inmaculada Domínguez, José Manuel Calderón-Montaño, Carlos Huertas Castaño, Miguel López-Lázaro, Thomas Helleday, Santiago Mateos
Zebularine is a second-generation, highly stable hydrophilic inhibitor of DNA methylation with oral bioavailability that preferentially target cancer cells. It acts primarily as a trap for DNA methyl transferases (DNMTs) protein by forming covalent complexes between DNMT protein and zebularine-substrate DNA. It's well documented that replication-blocking DNA lesions can cause replication fork collapse and thereby to the formation of DNA double-strand breaks (DSB). DSB are dangerous lesions that can lead to potentially oncogenic genomic rearrangements or cell death...
July 12, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732241/generation-of-skeletal-myogenic-progenitors-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells-using-non-viral-delivery-of-minicircle-dna
#7
Jaemin Kim, Vanessa K P Oliveira, Ami Yamamoto, Rita C R Perlingeiro
Currently, the most efficient and promising approach for generating large numbers of engraftable human skeletal myogenic progenitors from pluripotent stem cells requires the conditional in vitro overexpression of PAX7 using lentiviral vectors. Because a non-integrating approach would be preferable to eliminate or minimize the risk associated with random genomic integration, here we investigate whether transient expression of PAX7 using minicircle DNA would enable the generation of functional pluripotent stem cell-derived myogenic progenitors, equivalent to those generated by lentivirus...
July 12, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732204/put-your-mark-where-your-damage-is-acetyl-coa-production-by-acly-promotes-dna-repair
#8
Samantha J Linder, Raul Mostoslavsky
In this issue of Molecular Cell, Sivanand et al. (2017) describe the importance for nuclear ACLY-mediated production of acetyl-CoA, which promotes histone acetylation, BRCA1 recruitment, and subsequent HR-mediated DNA repair in response to DNA damage, thus drawing a direct link between DNA repair and cellular metabolism.
July 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732180/the-role-of-noncoding-genetic-variation-in-isolated-orofacial-clefts
#9
F Thieme, K U Ludwig
In the past decade, medical genetic research has generated multiple discoveries, many of which were obtained via genome-wide association studies (GWASs). A major GWAS finding is that the majority of risk variants for complex traits map to noncoding regions. This has resulted in a paradigm shift in terms of the interpretation of human genomic sequence variation, with more attention now being paid to what was previously termed "junk DNA." Translation of genetic findings into biologically meaningful results requires 1) large-scale and cell-specific efforts to annotate non-protein-coding regions and 2) the integration of comprehensive genomic data sets...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732066/inhibition-of-pulmonary-%C3%AE-carotene-15-15-oxygenase-expression-by-glucocorticoid-involves-ppar%C3%AE
#10
Xiaoming Gong, Raju Marisiddaiah, Lewis P Rubin
β-carotene 15,15'-oxygenase (BCO1) catalyzes the first step in the conversion of dietary provitamin A carotenoids to vitamin A. This enzyme is expressed in a variety of developing and adult tissues, suggesting that its activity may regulate local retinoid synthesis. Vitamin A and related compounds (retinoids) are critical regulators of lung epithelial development, integrity, and injury repair. A balance between the actions of retinoids and glucocorticoids (GCs) promotes normal lung development and, in particular, alveolarization...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732061/melatonin-pre-treatment-mitigates-shsy-5y-cells-against-oxaliplatin-induced-mitochondrial-stress-and-apoptotic-cell-death
#11
Mohammad Waseem, Upasana Sahu, Mohd Salman, Arnab Choudhury, Sudeshna Kar, Heena Tabassum, Suhel Parvez
Oxaliplatin (Oxa) treatment to SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells has been shown by previous studies to induce oxidative stress, which in turn modulates intracellular signaling cascades resulting in cell death. While this phenomenon of Oxa-induced neurotoxicity is known, the underlying mechanisms involved in this cell death cascade must be clarified. Moreover, there is still little known regarding the roles of neuronal mitochondria and cytosolic compartments in mediating Oxa-induced neurotoxicity. With a better grasp of the mechanisms driving neurotoxicity in Oxa-treated SH-SY5Y cells, we can then identify certain pathways to target in protecting against neurotoxic cell damage...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732046/qualitative-differences-in-cellular-immunogenicity-elicited-by-hepatitis-c-virus-t-cell-vaccines-employing-prime-boost-regimens
#12
Wendy G Tan, Iryna Zubkova, Alla Kachko, Frances Wells, Heiko Adler, Gerd Sutter, Marian E Major
T-cell based vaccines have been considered as attractive candidates for prevention of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections. In this study we compared the magnitude and phenotypic characteristics of CD8+ T-cells induced by three commonly used viral vectors, Adenovirus-5 (Ad5), Vaccinia virus (VV) and Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) expressing the HCV NS3/4A protein. C57/BL6 mice were primed with DNA expressing NS3/4A and boosted with each of the viral vectors in individual groups of mice. We then tracked the vaccine-induced CD8+ T-cell responses using pentamer binding and cytokine production analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732013/the-kp1_4563-gene-is-regulated-by-the-camp-receptor-protein-and-controls-type-3-fimbrial-function-in-klebsiella-pneumoniae-ntuh-k2044
#13
Mei Luo, Shiya Yang, Xuan Li, Pin Liu, Jian Xue, Xipeng Zhou, Kewen Su, Xuan Xu, Ying Qing, Jingfu Qiu, Yingli Li
Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae) is an opportunistic pathogen that can adhere to host cells or extracellular matrix via type 1 and type 3 fimbriae. KP1_4563 is a gene encoding a hypothetical protein in K. pneumoniae NTUH-K2044. KP1_4563 is located between the type 1 and type 3 fimbrial gene clusters and is likely associated with fimbrial function given its putative conserved domains of unknown function (DUF1471). Cyclic AMP receptor protein (CRP) regulates virulence-related gene expression and is a crucial transcriptional regulator in many bacteria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731845/rho-protein-roles-and-mechanisms
#14
Pallabi Mitra, Gairika Ghosh, Md Hafeezunnisa, Ranjan Sen
At the end of the multistep transcription process, the elongating RNA polymerase (RNAP) is dislodged from the DNA template either at specific DNA sequences, called the terminators, or by a nascent RNA-dependent helicase, Rho. In Escherichia coli, about half of the transcription events are terminated by the Rho protein. Rho utilizes its RNA-dependent ATPase activities to translocate along the mRNA and eventually dislodges the RNAP via an unknown mechanism. The transcription elongation factor NusG facilitates this termination process by directly interacting with Rho...
July 21, 2017: Annual Review of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731685/lipophilic-polycation-vehicles-display-high-plasmid-dna-delivery-to-multiple-cell-types
#15
Yaoying Wu, Adam E Smith, Theresa M Reineke
A class of cationic poly(alkylamidoamine)s (PAAAs) containing lipophilic methylene linkers were designed and examined as in vitro plasmid DNA (pDNA) delivery agents. The PAAAs were synthesized via step-growth polymerization between a diamine monomer and each of four different diacid chloride monomers with varying methylene linker lengths, including glutaryl chloride, adipoyl chloride, pimeloyl chloride, and suberoyl chloride, which served to systematically increase the lipophilicity of the polymers. The synthesized polymers successfully complexed with pDNA in reduced serum medium at N/P ratios of 5 and greater, resulting in polyplexes with hydrodynamic diameters of approximately 1 μm...
July 21, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731615/the-prevalence-of-ccr5-%C3%AE-32-mutation-in-a-cohort-of-saudi-stem-cell-donors
#16
M Alarifi, F Al-Amro, A Alalwan, A Al-Turki, H Fakhoury, N Atallah, M Al Muallimi, M Al-Balwi, M ALzahrani, A Alaskar, A Hajeer, D Jawdat
CCR5 is a chemokine receptor that also was found to be used by HIV as a co-receptor for entering target cells. A 32 bp deletion was described in certain people that rendered CCR5 non-functional. The mutant allele CCR5-Δ32 has been shown to prevent HIV infection. In addition, stem cell transplantation with the CCR5-Δ32 homozygous genotype can lead to clearance of HIV infection. In this study, our aim was to investigate the frequency of CCR5-Δ32 mutation in a cohort of stem cell donors from cord blood bank and stem cell donor registry...
July 21, 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731469/novel-chaperonins-are-prevalent-in-the-virioplankton-and-demonstrate-links-to-viral-biology-and-ecology
#17
Rachel L Marine, Daniel J Nasko, Jeffrey Wray, Shawn W Polson, K Eric Wommack
Chaperonins are protein-folding machinery found in all cellular life. Chaperonin genes have been documented within a few viruses, yet, surprisingly, analysis of metagenome sequence data indicated that chaperonin-carrying viruses are common and geographically widespread in marine ecosystems. Also unexpected was the discovery of viral chaperonin sequences related to thermosome proteins of archaea, indicating the presence of virioplankton populations infecting marine archaeal hosts. Virioplankton large subunit chaperonin sequences (GroELs) were divergent from bacterial sequences, indicating that viruses have carried this gene over long evolutionary time...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731467/uncultivated-microbes-in-need-of-their-own-taxonomy
#18
Konstantinos T Konstantinidis, Ramon Rosselló-Móra, Rudolf Amann
The great majority of microbial species remains uncultured, severely limiting their taxonomic characterization and thus communication among scientists. Although Candidatus was devised as a provisional category to classify uncultured taxa, it has not been widely accepted owing to technical limitations and lack of priority of Candidatus names in the official nomenclature. High-throughput sequencing provides the potential for data-rich taxonomic descriptions of uncultivated microbes, comparable in quality to those of cultured organisms...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731465/pr-set7-deficiency-limits-uterine-epithelial-population-growth-hampering-postnatal-gland-formation-in-mice
#19
Tongtong Cui, Bo He, Shuangbo Kong, Chan Zhou, Hangxiao Zhang, Zhangli Ni, Haili Bao, Jingtao Qiu, Qiliang Xin, Danny Reinberg, John P Lydon, Jinhua Lu, Haibin Wang
Formation of secretary endometrial glands in the uterus known as adenogenesis is a typical process of branching morphogenesis involving dynamic epithelial growth and differentiation. Unsuccessful adenogenesis often leads to female infertility. However, it remains largely unexplored so far regarding the epigenetic machinery governing normal endometrial gland formation. Here, we demonstrated that PR-Set7, an epigenetic regulator for H4K20me1 modification, was extensively expressed in the postnatal uteri, and its conditional deletion resulted in a complete lack of endometrial glands and infertility in mice...
July 21, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731456/upregulation-of-tet-activity-with-ascorbic-acid-induces-epigenetic-modulation-of-lymphoma-cells
#20
N Shenoy, T Bhagat, E Nieves, M Stenson, J Lawson, G S Choudhary, T Habermann, G Nowakowski, R Singh, X Wu, A Verma, T E Witzig
The Ten Eleven Translocation (TET) enzymes have been found to be mutated in both diffuse large B-cell (DLBCL) and peripheral T-cell (PTCL) lymphomas resulting in DNA hypermethylation. Recent studies in embryonal stem cells showed that ascorbic acid (AA) is a cofactor for TET with a binding site at the catalytic domain, and enhances TET activity. We hypothesized that AA could potentially enhance TET activity in lymphoma cells to cause DNA demethylation, reactivate expression of tumor suppressor genes and enhance chemosensitivity...
July 21, 2017: Blood Cancer Journal
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