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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549350/an-anti-cancer-wxxxe-containing-azurin-polypeptide-inhibits-rac1-dependent-stat3-and-erk-gsk-3%C3%AE-signaling-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Zhe Zhang, Zhiyong Luo, Wenpu Min, Lin Zhang, Yaqun Wu, Xiaopeng Hu
In our previous study, we characterized a mycoplasmal small GTPase-like polypeptide of 240 amino acids that possesses an N-terminal WVLGE sequence. The N-terminal WVLGE sequence promotes activation of Rac1 and subsequent host cancer cell proliferation. To investigate the function of the WxxxE motif in the interaction with Rac1 and host tumor progression, we synthesized a 35-amino acid WVLGE-containing polypeptide derived from a cell-penetrating peptide derived from the azurin protein. We verified that the WVLGE-containing polypeptide targeted MCF-7 cells rather than MCF-10A cells...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549342/mgr1-antigen-37-kda-laminin-receptor-precursor-promotes-cellular-prion-protein-induced-multi-drug-resistance-of-gastric-cancer
#2
Guanhong Luo, Weijie Wang, Qiong Wu, Yuanyuan Lu, Tao Su, Nan Gu, Kai Li, Jingbo Wang, Rui Du, Xiaodi Zhao, Xiaohua Li, Rui Fan, Hongbo Zhang, Yongzhan Nie, Xinmin Zhou, Yongquan Shi, Jie Liang, Xin Wang, Daiming Fan
Cellular prion protein (PrPC), the infective agent of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, is thought to be related to several cellular physiological and physiopathological processes. We have previously reported that PrPC participates in multi-drug-resistance of gastric cancer. As the salient ligand molecule of PrP for participating in internalization and propagation of the scrapie form of prion protein (PrPSc), 37 kDa laminin receptor precursor protein (37LRP) shared the same gene coding sequence of MGr1-Ag, another protein previously found to be involved in multi-drug-resistance of gastric cancer in our lab...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549128/atad3-gene-cluster-deletions-cause-cerebellar-dysfunction-associated-with-altered-mitochondrial-dna-and-cholesterol-metabolism
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Radha Desai, Ann E Frazier, Romina Durigon, Harshil Patel, Aleck W Jones, Ilaria Dalla Rosa, Nicole J Lake, Alison G Compton, Hayley S Mountford, Elena J Tucker, Alice L R Mitchell, Deborah Jackson, Abdul Sesay, Miriam Di Re, Lambert P van den Heuvel, Derek Burke, David Francis, Sebastian Lunke, George McGillivray, Simone Mandelstam, Fanny Mochel, Boris Keren, Claude Jardel, Anne M Turner, P Ian Andrews, Jan Smeitink, Johannes N Spelbrink, Simon J Heales, Masakazu Kohda, Akira Ohtake, Kei Murayama, Yasushi Okazaki, Anne Lombès, Ian J Holt, David R Thorburn, Antonella Spinazzola
Although mitochondrial disorders are clinically heterogeneous, they frequently involve the central nervous system and are among the most common neurogenetic disorders. Identifying the causal genes has benefited enormously from advances in high-throughput sequencing technologies; however, once the defect is known, researchers face the challenge of deciphering the underlying disease mechanism. Here we characterize large biallelic deletions in the region encoding the ATAD3C, ATAD3B and ATAD3A genes. Although high homology complicates genomic analysis of the ATAD3 defects, they can be identified by targeted analysis of standard single nucleotide polymorphism array and whole exome sequencing data...
June 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549094/a-novel-dominant-mutation-in-sag-the-arrestin-1-gene-is-a-common-cause-of-retinitis-pigmentosa-in-hispanic-families-in-the-southwestern-united-states
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Lori S Sullivan, Sara J Bowne, Daniel C Koboldt, Elizabeth L Cadena, John R Heckenlively, Kari E Branham, Dianna H Wheaton, Kaylie D Jones, Richard S Ruiz, Mark E Pennesi, Paul Yang, David Davis-Boozer, Hope Northrup, Vsevold V Gurevich, Rui Chen, Mingchu Xu, Yumei Li, David G Birch, Stephen P Daiger
Purpose: To identify the causes of autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP) in a cohort of families without mutations in known adRP genes and consequently to characterize a novel dominant-acting missense mutation in SAG. Methods: Patients underwent ophthalmologic testing and were screened for mutations using targeted-capture and whole-exome next-generation sequencing. Confirmation and additional screening were done by Sanger sequencing. Haplotypes segregating with the mutation were determined using short tandem repeat and single nucleotide variant polymorphisms...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549082/pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-propofol-changes-in-patients-with-frontal-brain-tumours
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M M Sahinovic, D J Eleveld, T Miyabe-Nishiwaki, M M R F Struys, A R Absalom
Background: Models of propofol pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics developed in patients without brain pathology are widely used for target-controlled infusion (TCI) during brain tumour excision operations. The goal of this study was to determine if the presence of a frontal brain tumour influences propofol pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics and existing PK-PD model performance. Methods: Twenty patients with a frontal brain tumour and 20 control patients received a propofol infusion to achieve an induction-emergence-induction anaesthetic sequence...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549066/alternative-exon-definition-events-control-the-choice-between-nuclear-retention-and-cytoplasmic-export-of-u11-u12-65k-mrna
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Jens Verbeeren, Bhupendra Verma, Elina H Niemelä, Karen Yap, Eugene V Makeyev, Mikko J Frilander
Cellular homeostasis of the minor spliceosome is regulated by a negative feed-back loop that targets U11-48K and U11/U12-65K mRNAs encoding essential components of the U12-type intron-specific U11/U12 di-snRNP. This involves interaction of the U11 snRNP with an evolutionarily conserved splicing enhancer giving rise to unproductive mRNA isoforms. In the case of U11/U12-65K, this mechanism controls the length of the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR). We show that this process is dynamically regulated in developing neurons and some other cell types, and involves a binary switch between translation-competent mRNAs with a short 3'UTR to non-productive isoforms with a long 3'UTR that are retained in the nucleus or/and spliced to the downstream amylase locus...
May 26, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549037/evaluation-of-a-dna-extraction-and-purification-protocol-using-archived-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-tissues-for-braf-mutations-analysis-in-papillary-thyroid-microcarcinomas
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Adela Nechifor-Boilă, Andrada Loghin, Françoise Descotes, Myriam Decaussin-Petrucci, Angela Borda
The isolation of good quality genomic DNA from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues is challenging, especially in cases of small tissue specimens. The aim of our study was to evaluate a DNA extraction protocol using formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues in our laboratory and apply this method to a series of papillary thyroid microcarcinomas (PTMCs). A total of 25 PTMCs and 3 papillary thyroid carcinoma control cases were included in the study. We assessed a DNA extraction protocol on the basis of a precipitation method (MasterPure DNA purification kit, Epicentre), according to the manufacturer's instructions...
May 25, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548879/ras-and-rho-gtpase-regulation-of-pol-ii-transcription-a-shortcut-model-revisited
#8
Zhi-Liang Zheng
Transcriptional control is critical in relaying signals mediated by Ras and Rho family small GTPases to effect gene expression. In the classical model, signaling components such as MAP kinase target sequence-specific transcription factors, which in turn recruit RNA polymerase (Pol) II holoenzyme to the promoter and activate transcription. Findings in recent years have led to the proposal of a shortcut model in which the mediator components of the Pol II holoenzyme are regulated by signaling pathways. A very recent finding shows that an evolutionarily conserved Rho GTPase signaling pathway can directly modulate the Pol II C-terminal domain (CTD) phosphorylation by inhibiting the CTD phosphatase in yeast and Arabidopsis...
May 26, 2017: Transcription
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548660/transcriptomic-and-micrornaomic-profiling-reveals-multi-faceted-mechanisms-to-cope-with-phosphate-stress-in-a-dinoflagellate
#9
Xinguo Shi, Xin Lin, Ling Li, Meizhen Li, Brian Palenik, Senjie Lin
Although gene regulation can occur at both transcriptional and epigenetic (microRNA) levels, combined transcriptomic and microRNAomic responses to environmental stress are still largely unexplored for marine plankton. Here, we conducted transcriptome and microRNAome sequencing for Prorocentrum donghaiense to understand the molecular mechanisms by which this dinoflagellate copes with phosphorus (P) deficiency. Under P-depleted conditions, G1/S specific cyclin gene was markedly downregulated, consistent with growth inhibition, and genes related to dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP) hydrolysis, carbon fixation, nitrate assimilation, glycolysis, and cellular motility were upregulated...
May 26, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548489/glycosaminoglycans-specific-cell-targeting-and-imaging-using-fluorescent-nanodiamonds-coated-with-viral-envelope-proteins
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Minh D Pham, Chandra Prakash Epperla, Chia-Lung Hsieh, Wen Chang, Huan-Cheng Chang
Understanding virus-host interactions is crucial for vaccine development. This study investigates such interactions using fluorescent nanodiamonds (FNDs) coated with vaccinia envelope proteins as the model system. To achieve this goal, we noncovalently conjugated 100-nm FND with A27(aa 21-84), a recombinant envelope protein of vaccinia virus, for glycosaminoglycans (GAGs)-specific targeting and imaging of living cells. Another recombinant protein A27(aa 33-84) that removes the GAGs-binding sequences was also used for comparison...
May 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548470/whole-exome-sequencing-of-etv6-runx1-in-four-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukaemia-cases
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Zubaidah Zakaria, Norodiyah Othman, Azli Ismail, Nor Rizan Kamaluddin, Ezalia Esa, Eni Juraida Abdul Rahman, Yuslina Mat Yusoff, Fazlin Mohd Fauzi, Ten Sew Keoh
Background: ETV6/RUNX1 gene fusion is the most frequently seen chromosomal abnormality in childhood acute lymphobastic leukamia (ALL). However, additional genetic changes are known to be required for the development of this type of leukaemia. Therefore, we here aimed to assess the somatic mutational profile of four ALL cases carrying the ETV6/RUNX1 fusion gene using whole-exome sequencing. Methods: DNA was isolated from bone marrow samples using a QIAmp DNA Blood Mini kit and subsequently sequenced using the Illumina MiSeq system...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548292/hypertriglyceridemic-acute-pancreatitis-in-an-emergency-department-the-typical-clinical-features-and-genetic-variants
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Wan Jun Chen, Xiao Fan Sun, Rui Xue Zhang, Min Jie Xu, Tong Hai Dou, Xiao Bin Zhang, Min Zhong, Wei Qiang Yang, Li Liu, Xiao Ye Lu, Chang Qing Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical characteristics of hypertriglyceridemic acute pancreatitis (HTGAP), and the molecular foundation contributing to the hypertriglyceridemia in this group of patients. METHODS: Clinical data from 329 patients with AP were collected and analyzed. All the patients were divided into 1) HTGAP group (n = 40), with fasting serum triglyceride ≥ 500 mg/dL; and 2) NHTGAP group (n = 289). Next, the targeted next-generation sequencing was applied in 11 HTGAP patients to detect the genetic mutation associated with hypertriglyceridemia that included apolipoprotein A-5 (APOA5), apolipoprotein C-3 (APOC3), apolipoprotein E (APOE), BLK proto-oncogene, lipoprotein lipase (LPL), apolipoprotein C-2 (APOC2), glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchored high density lipoprotein binding protein-1(GPIHBP1), and lipase maturation factor-1(LMF1)...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548125/next-generation-sequencing-based-molecular-characterization-of-primary-urinary-bladder-adenocarcinoma
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Somak Roy, Dinesh Pradhan, Wayne L Ernst, Stephanie Mercurio, Yana Najjar, Rahul Parikh, Anil V Parwani, Reetesh K Pai, Rajiv Dhir, Marina N Nikiforova
Primary bladder adenocarcinoma is a rare and aggressive tumor with poor clinical outcomes and no standard of care therapy. Molecular biology of this tumor is unknown due to the lack of comprehensive molecular profiling studies. The study aimed to identify genomic alterations of clinical and therapeutic significance using next-generation sequencing and compare genomic profile of primary bladder adenocarcinoma with that of high-grade urothelial carcinoma and colorectal adenocarcinoma. A cohort of 15 well-characterized primary bladder adenocarcinoma was subjected to targeted next-generation sequencing for the identification of mutations and copy-number changes in 51 cancer-related genes...
May 26, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548121/ebv-negative-aggressive-nk-cell-leukemia-lymphoma-a-clinical-and-pathological-study-from-a-single-institution
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Juehua Gao, Amir Behdad, Peng Ji, Kristy L Wolniak, Olga Frankfurt, Yi-Hua Chen
Aggressive natural killer (NK)-cell leukemia/lymphoma is a systemic NK-cell neoplasm that preferentially affects Asians with a fulminant clinical course and is almost always associated with Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). The data on EBV-negative aggressive NK-cell leukemia/lymphoma are limited. Here we report a series of three patients (two Caucasians, one African-American) with EBV-negative aggressive NK-cell leukemia/lymphoma from a single institution, including a case diagnosed on post-mortem examination. Similar to EBV-positive aggressive NK-cell leukemia/lymphoma, our patients presented with constitutional symptoms and hepatosplenomegaly, and followed a highly aggressive clinical course...
May 26, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548104/genomic-analysis-of-oesophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-identifies-alcohol-drinking-related-mutation-signature-and-genomic-alterations
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Jiang Chang, Wenle Tan, Zhiqiang Ling, Ruibin Xi, Mingming Shao, Mengjie Chen, Yingying Luo, Yanjie Zhao, Yun Liu, Xiancong Huang, Yuchao Xia, Jinlin Hu, Joel S Parker, David Marron, Qionghua Cui, Linna Peng, Jiahui Chu, Hongmin Li, Zhongli Du, Yaling Han, Wen Tan, Zhihua Liu, Qimin Zhan, Yun Li, Weimin Mao, Chen Wu, Dongxin Lin
Approximately half of the world's 500,000 new oesophageal squamous-cell carcinoma (ESCC) cases each year occur in China. Here, we show whole-genome sequencing of DNA and RNA in 94 Chinese individuals with ESCC. We identify six mutational signatures (E1-E6), and Signature E4 is unique in ESCC linked to alcohol intake and genetic variants in alcohol-metabolizing enzymes. We discover significantly recurrent mutations in 20 protein-coding genes, 4 long non-coding RNAs and 10 untranslational regions. Functional analyses show six genes that have recurrent copy-number variants in three squamous-cell carcinomas (oesophageal, head and neck and lung) significantly promote cancer cell proliferation, migration and invasion...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548094/targeted-recombination-between-homologous-chromosomes-for-precise-breeding-in-tomato
#16
Shdema Filler Hayut, Cathy Melamed Bessudo, Avraham A Levy
Homologous recombination (HR) between parental chromosomes occurs stochastically. Here, we report on targeted recombination between homologous chromosomes upon somatic induction of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) via CRISPR-Cas9. We demonstrate this via a visual and molecular assay whereby DSB induction between two alleles carrying different mutations in the PHYTOENE SYNTHASE (PSY1) gene results in yellow fruits with wild type red sectors forming via HR-mediated DSB repair. We also show that in heterozygote plants containing one psy1 allele immune and one sensitive to CRISPR, repair of the broken allele using the unbroken allele sequence template is a common outcome...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547993/conformational-heterogeneity-and-dna-recognition-by-the-morphogen-bicoid
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Ramkrishna Adhikary, Yun Xuan Tan, Jian Liu, Jörg Zimmermann, Matthew Holcomb, Carolyn Yvellez, Philip E Dawson, Floyd E Romesberg
The morphogenic activity of the Drosophila transcription factor bicoid (Bcd), the first morphogenic protein identified, is controlled by its DNA binding homeodomain. Homeodomains mediate developmental processes in all multicellular organisms, but the Bcd homeodomain appears to be unique as it can bind multiple DNA sequences and even RNA. All homeodomain proteins adopt a three-helix fold, with residues of the third helix mediating recognition of the nucleic acid target via interactions with the major groove...
May 26, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547661/targeting-sclerostin-in-postmenopausal-osteoporosis-focus-on-romosozumab-and-blosozumab
#18
Ian R Reid
Most current treatments for osteoporosis inhibit bone resorption and reduce total fracture numbers by about one-quarter. The identification of the osteocytic protein sclerostin as a potent regulator of bone turnover and bone density has led to the development of a new therapeutic class-agents that inhibit sclerostin activity, resulting in increased bone formation and reduced bone resorption. Romosozumab and blosozumab are monoclonal antibodies that bind to sclerostin, reducing its inhibition of Wnt signaling...
May 25, 2017: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547571/clinical-presentations-and-molecular-studies-of-invasive-renal-epithelioid-angiomyolipoma
#19
Cheng-Keng Chuang, Hsin Chia Angela Lin, Han-Yu Tasi, Kun-Han Lee, Yuting Kao, Fukai Leo Chuang, Ying-Hsu Chang, Po-Hung Lin, Chung-Yi Liu, See-Tong Pang
PURPOSE: Epithelioid angiomyolipoma (EAML) is a rare variant of renal angiomyolipoma with malignant potential, and the cytogenetic and clinical behavior of EAML remains a challenging issue. METHODS: We retrospectively analyze the clinical courses of five EAML, the use of everolimus on metastatic EAML, and next-generation sequencing (NGS) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) studies to investigate the gene mutation of TSC and the impact of PI3K/Akt/mTOR signaling pathway in metastatic EAML...
May 25, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547342/trichosporon-asteroides-isolated-from-cutaneous-lesions-of-a-suspected-case-of-paracoccidioidomycosis-ceti-in-a-bottlenose-dolphin-tursiops-truncatus
#20
Keiichi Ueda, Ichiro Nakamura, Eiko Nakagawa Itano, Kazunori Takemura, Yasutomo Nakazato, Ayako Sano
"Paracoccidioidomycosis ceti" is a rare zoonotic fungal infection affecting dolphins and is endemic worldwide. The causative agents are Paracoccidioides species; however, it is impossible to isolate the fungal species. We isolated Trichosporon asteroides from multifocal, irregularly raised skin lesions on a female bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) captured off coast of Japan, which was suspected to have "paracoccidioidomycosis ceti." An abundance of round, yeast-like cells was detected in a potassium hydroxide direct-mount specimen of the skin samples; however, nested PCR targeting the partial sequence of 43-kDa glycoprotein-coding gene correspondent to Paracoccidioides sp...
May 25, 2017: Mycopathologia
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