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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933755/maternal-pre-pregnancy-bmi-downregulates-neonatal-cord-blood-lep-methylation
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R Kadakia, Y Zheng, Z Zhang, W Zhang, L Hou, J L Josefson
BACKGROUND: Neonatal adiposity has many determinants and may be a risk factor for future obesity. Epigenetic regulation of metabolically important genes is a potential contributor. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study is to determine whether methylation changes in the LEP gene in cord blood DNA are impacted by the maternal environment or affect neonatal adiposity measures. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 114 full-term neonates born to healthy mothers with normal glucose tolerance was performed...
December 8, 2016: Pediatric Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933604/chemoresistant-lung-cancer-stem-cells-display-high-dna-repair-capability-to-remove-cisplatin-dna-damage
#2
Wai-Kin Yu, Zhigang Wang, Chi-Chun Fong, Dandan Liu, Tak-Chun Yip, Siu-Kie Au, Guangyu Zhu, Mengsu Yang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The persistence of lung cancer stem cells (LCSCs) has been proposed to be the main factor of lung cancer recurrence due to their high resistance to conventional chemotherapy. The underlying mechanisms, however, have not been fully addressed. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: In this study, we examined the cellular response of a human lung cancer stem cell line upon treatment with cisplatin, a DNA-damaging anticancer drug that is extensively applied in clinics...
December 9, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933583/looking-beyond-the-5-httlpr-polymorphism-genetic-and-epigenetic-layers-of-regulation-affecting-the-serotonin-transporter-gene-expression
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REVIEW
Sandra Iurescia, Davide Seripa, Monica Rinaldi
Serotonin (5-HT) is a neurotransmitter that regulates fundamental aspects of brain development, physiology and behaviour. The serotonin transporter (5-HTT) is deputized to the reuptake of 5-HT from the intersynaptic space in the presynaptic neurons. 5-HTT governs duration and magnitude of 5-HT biological actions, acting as a master regulator of the fine-tuning of 5-HT signalling. Genetic variation at SLC6A4 gene locus, encoding 5-HTT, contributes to alteration in 5-HT reuptake. The 5-HTTLPR/rs25531/rs25532 polymorphisms located in the promoter region of SLC6A4 gene have been associated with stress-related psychopathology and functional brain phenotypes...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933547/anti-neuroinflammatory-effects-of-fucoxanthin-via-inhibition-of-akt-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-mapks-ap-1-pathways-and-activation-of-pka-creb-pathway-in-lipopolysaccharide-activated-bv-2-microglial-cells
#4
Dong Zhao, Seung-Hwan Kwon, Yoon Sun Chun, Ming-Yao Gu, Hyun Ok Yang
Microglia play a critical role in controlling the homeostasis of the brain, but over-activated microglia secrete pro-inflammatory mediators and cytokines, which induce neuronal cell death. Fucoxanthin (Fx), a marine carotenoid, has demonstrated a variety of beneficial health effects. Despite accumulating evidence supporting the immune-modulating effects of Fx in vitro, the underlying signaling pathways remain unknown. In the present study, Fx dose-dependently inhibited the secretion of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced pro-inflammatory mediators including interleukin (IL)-6, tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, reactive oxygen species (ROS), prostaglandin (PG) E2, and nitric oxide (NO) productions, and also suppressed the expression of inducible NO synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 enzymes...
December 8, 2016: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933531/using-baseline-transcriptional-connectomes-in-rat-to-identify-genetic-pathways-associated-with-predisposition-to-complex-traits
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Laura Saba, Paula Hoffman, Boris Tabakoff
Although rat is a critical model organism in preclinical medications development, its use in systems genetics studies remains sparse. The PhenoGen database and website contain detailed information on the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the rat brain, liver, heart, and brown adipose transcriptome. This database has been generated using the HXB/BXH recombinant inbred panel and is being expanded to a hybrid rat diversity panel that includes many common inbred strains as well. By using such a panel, the PhenoGen project has created a renewable and cumulative resource for the rat genomics community...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933530/visualization-of-results-from-systems-genetics-studies-in-chromosomal-context
#6
Karen Y Oróstica, Ricardo A Verdugo
This chapter describes methods currently available for visualizing results from systems genetics experiments. Here, we abstract from the statistical methods used for genetic mapping, which are dependent on the specific resource being used, i.e. F2, RILs, or outbred populations among others. We use a public dataset with results from a mouse eQTL experiment for three examples of visualization: genome-wide dot plots of marker-by-gene association, karyotype-like plots, and circos plots. Dot plots give a first overview of the results from eQTL mapping, allowing detecting genome-wide patterns of cis- and trans-genetic association to transcription level...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933526/epigenetics-and-control-of-rnas
#7
Henrike Maatz, Sebastiaan van Heesch, Franziska Kreuchwig, Allison Faber, Eleonora Adami, Norbert Hubner, Matthias Heinig
Histone modifications are epigenetic marks that fundamentally impact the regulation of gene expression. Integrating histone modification information in the analysis of gene expression traits (eQTL mapping) has been shown to significantly enhance the prediction of eQTLs. In this chapter, we describe (1) how to perform quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis using histone modification levels as traits and (2) how to integrate these data with information on RNA expression for the elucidation of the epigenetic control of transcript levels...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933525/expression-qtls-mapping-and-analysis-a-bayesian-perspective
#8
Martha Imprialou, Enrico Petretto, Leonardo Bottolo
The aim of expression Quantitative Trait Locus (eQTL) mapping is the identification of DNA sequence variants that explain variation in gene expression. Given the recent yield of trait-associated genetic variants identified by large-scale genome-wide association analyses (GWAS), eQTL mapping has become a useful tool to understand the functional context where these variants operate and eventually narrow down functional gene targets for disease. Despite its extensive application to complex (polygenic) traits and disease, the majority of eQTL studies still rely on univariate data modeling strategies, i...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933513/effect-of-yiqi-tongyang-decoction-on-blood-t-cell-subsets-in-patients-with-chronic-immune-thrombocytopenia
#9
Xiu-Peng Yang, Rou Ma, Xiao-Hong Yang, Hui-Lan Zhu, Yong-Gang Xu
OBJECTIVE: To measure the proportions of blood T cell subsets, Th1, Th2, Th17, Th22, and Treg cells, and other parameters in patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia (CITP) before and after treatment with Yiqi Tongyang Decoction (, YTD) to explore T cell status of patients with CITP, and to define the mechanism of action of YTD. METHODS: The changes in peripheral blood T lymphocyte subsets, and those of Th1, Th2, Th17, Th22, and Treg cells in 30 patients with CITP (22 females and 8 males) were analyzed using multiparametric flow cytometry before and after treatment with YTD for 6 months, and 26 healthy volunteers (14 males and 12 females) acted as a control...
December 9, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933430/structural-dynamics-of-nucleosome-mediated-by-acetylations-at-h3k56-and-h3k115-122
#10
Muthukumaran Rajagopalan, Sangeetha Balasubramanian, Ilya Ioshikhes, Amutha Ramaswamy
Post translational modifications have a profound role in the regulation of several biological processes such as transcription, replication, and DNA repair. Acetylation and phosphorylation form a major class of post translational modifications involved in nucleosomal regulation by modifying its structure. The effect of post translational modifications on nucleosome structure could be better explored when the molecular trajectories explaining the time dependent structural evolution over a period of time is examined at the atomic level...
December 8, 2016: European Biophysics Journal: EBJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933338/progress-in-research-and-application-of-hiv-1-tat-derived-cell-penetrating-peptide
#11
REVIEW
Le Zou, Qilin Peng, Ping Wang, Boting Zhou
Human immunodeficiency virus type I (HIV-1) transactivator of transcription (TAT) is encoded by HIV-1. It is a peptide rich in basic amino acids and belongs to the protein transduction domain family. It has been found that HIV-1 TAT and its core peptide segment TAT47-57 play an important role in promoting the cellular uptake of coupled bioactive macromolecules, such as peptides, proteins, oligonucleotides, and drug molecules. HIV-1 TAT can also significantly increase the soluble expression of extrinsic proteins...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933319/a-metabolic-widget-adjusts-the-phosphoenolpyruvate-dependent-fructose-influx-in-pseudomonas-putida
#12
Max Chavarría, Ángel Goñi-Moreno, Víctor de Lorenzo, Pablo I Nikel
Fructose uptake in the soil bacterium Pseudomonas putida occurs through a canonical phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP)-dependent sugar transport system (PTS(Fru)). The logic of the genetic circuit that rules its functioning is puzzling: the transcription of the fruBKA operon, encoding all the components of PTS(Fru), can escape the repression exerted by the catabolite repressor/activator protein Cra solely in the presence of intracellular fructose-1-P, an agonist formed only when fructose has been already transported...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933318/global-analysis-and-comparison-of-the-transcriptomes-and-proteomes-of-group-a-streptococcus-biofilms
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Jeffrey A Freiberg, Yoann Le Breton, Bao Q Tran, Alison J Scott, Janette M Harro, Robert K Ernst, Young Ah Goo, Emmanuel F Mongodin, David R Goodlett, Kevin S McIver, Mark E Shirtliff
To gain a better understanding of the genes and proteins involved in group A Streptococcus (GAS; Streptococcus pyogenes) biofilm growth, we analyzed the transcriptome, cellular proteome, and cell wall proteome from biofilms at different stages and compared them to those of plankton-stage GAS. Using high-throughput RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) shotgun proteomics, we found distinct expression profiles in the transcriptome and proteome. A total of 46 genes and 41 proteins showed expression across the majority of biofilm time points that was consistently higher or consistently lower than that seen across the majority of planktonic time points...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933284/-we-sometimes-hold-on-to-ours-professionals-views-on-factors-that-both-delay-and-facilitate-transition-to-adult-care
#14
Susie Aldiss, Hilary Cass, Judith Ellis, Faith Gibson
BACKGROUND: The transition from child to adult services is a crucial time in the health of young people who may potentially fall into a poorly managed "care gap." Health service provision, which fails to meet the needs of young people and families at this time of significant change, may result in deterioration in health or disengagement with services, which can have negative long-term consequences. Developing transitional care packages has become a focus of activity in the United Kingdom and elsewhere...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933184/coxsackie-adenovirus-receptor-expression-is-enhanced-in-pancreas-from-patients-with-type-1-diabetes
#15
M Hodik, M Anagandula, J Fuxe, L Krogvold, K Dahl-Jørgensen, H Hyöty, L Sarmiento, G Frisk
OBJECTIVES: One of the theories connecting enterovirus (EV) infection of human islets with type 1 diabetes (T1D) is the development of a fertile field in the islets. This implies induction of appropriate proteins for the viral replication such as the coxsackie-adenovirus receptor (CAR). The aim of this study was to investigate to what extent CAR is expressed in human islets of Langerhans, and what conditions that would change the expression. DESIGN: Immunohistochemistry for CAR was performed on paraffin-embedded pancreatic tissue from patients with T1D (n=9 recent onset T1D, n=4 long-standing T1D), islet autoantibody-positive individuals (n=14) and non-diabetic controls (n=24) individuals...
2016: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933111/aberrant-dna-hypermethylation-silenced-sox21-as1-gene-expression-and-its-clinical-importance-in-oral-cancer
#16
Cheng-Mei Yang, Tsung-Han Wang, Hung-Chih Chen, Sung-Chou Li, Ming-Chien Lee, Huei-Han Liou, Pei-Feng Liu, Yu-Kai Tseng, Yow-Ling Shiue, Luo-Ping Ger, Kuo-Wang Tsai
BACKGROUND: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are more than 200 nucleotides in length and lack transcriptional ability. The biological function of lncRNAs in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) remains unclear. The aim of this study was to identify the dysfunction of lncRNA in OSCC. RESULTS: We analyzed the transcriptome profiles of human OSCC tissues and paired adjacent normal tissues from two patients through a next-generation sequencing approach. A total of 14 lncRNAs were upregulated (fold change ≥3) and 13 were downregulated (fold change ≤-3) in OSCC tissues compared with the adjacent normal tissues...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933109/functional-characterization-of-rare-foxp2-variants-in-neurodevelopmental-disorder
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Sara B Estruch, Sarah A Graham, Swathi M Chinnappa, Pelagia Deriziotis, Simon E Fisher
BACKGROUND: Heterozygous disruption of FOXP2 causes a rare form of speech and language impairment. Screens of the FOXP2 sequence in individuals with speech/language-related disorders have identified several rare protein-altering variants, but their phenotypic relevance is often unclear. FOXP2 encodes a transcription factor with a forkhead box DNA-binding domain, but little is known about the functions of protein regions outside this domain. METHODS: We performed detailed functional analyses of seven rare FOXP2 variants found in affected cases, including three which have not been previously characterized, testing intracellular localization, transcriptional regulation, dimerization, and interaction with other proteins...
2016: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933082/rna-seq-transcriptome-response-of-flax-linum-usitatissimum-l-to-the-pathogenic-fungus-fusarium-oxysporum-f-sp-lini
#18
Leonardo Galindo-González, Michael K Deyholos
Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lini is a hemibiotrophic fungus that causes wilt in flax. Along with rust, fusarium wilt has become an important factor in flax production worldwide. Resistant flax cultivars have been used to manage the disease, but the resistance varies, depending on the interactions between specific cultivars and isolates of the pathogen. This interaction has a strong molecular basis, but no genomic information is available on how the plant responds to attempted infection, to inform breeding programs on potential candidate genes to evaluate or improve resistance across cultivars...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933081/the-density-and-length-of-root-hairs-are-enhanced-in-response-to-cadmium-and-arsenic-by-modulating-gene-expressions-involved-in-fate-determination-and-morphogenesis-of-root-hairs-in-arabidopsis
#19
Ramin Bahmani, Dong G Kim, Jin A Kim, Seongbin Hwang
Root hairs are tubular outgrowths that originate from epidermal cells. Exposure of Arabidopsis to cadmium (Cd) and arsenic [arsenite, As(III)] increases root hair density and length. To examine the underlying mechanism, we measured the expression of genes involved in fate determination and morphogenesis of root hairs. Cd and As(III) downregulated TTG1 and GL2 (negative regulators of fate determination) and upregulated GEM (positive regulator), suggesting that root hair fate determination is stimulated by Cd and As(III)...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933078/citrus-leprosis-virus-c-infection-results-in-hypersensitive-like-response-suppression-of-the-ja-et-plant-defense-pathway-and-promotion-of-the-colonization-of-its-mite-vector
#20
Gabriella D Arena, Pedro L Ramos-González, Maria A Nunes, Marcelo Ribeiro-Alves, Luis E A Camargo, Elliot W Kitajima, Marcos A Machado, Juliana Freitas-Astúa
Leprosis is a serious disease of citrus caused by Citrus leprosis virus C (CiLV-C, genus Cilevirus) whose transmission is mediated by false spider mites of the genus Brevipalpus. CiLV-C infection does not systemically spread in any of its known host plants, thus remaining restricted to local lesions around the feeding sites of viruliferous mites. To get insight into this unusual pathosystem, we evaluated the expression profiles of genes involved in defense mechanisms of Arabidopsis thaliana and Citrus sinensis upon infestation with non-viruliferous and viruliferous mites by using reverse-transcription qPCR...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
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