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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150934/the-current-status-and-perspectives-regarding-the-clinical-implication-of-intracellular-calcium-in-breast-cancer
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Amir Tajbakhsh, Alireza Pasdar, Mehdi Rezaee, Mostafa Fazeli, Saman Soleimanpour, Seyed Mahdi Hassanian, Zahra FarshchiyanYazdi, Tayebe Younesi Rad, Gordon A Ferns, Amir Avan
Calcium ions (Ca(2+) ) act as second messengers in intracellular signaling. Ca(2+) pumps, channels, sensors, and calcium binding proteins, regulate the concentrations of intracellular Ca(2+) as a key regulator of important cellular processes such as gene expression, proliferation, differentiation, DNA repair, apoptosis, metastasis, and hormone secretion. Intracellular Ca(2+) also influences the functions of several organelles, that include: the endoplasmic reticulum, mitochondria, the Golgi, and cell membrane both in normal and breast cancer cells...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150792/correlation-between-mgmt-promoter-methylation-and-response-to-temozolomide-based-therapy-in-neuroendocrine-neoplasms-an-observational-retrospective-multicenter-study
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Davide Campana, Thomas Walter, Sara Pusceddu, Fabio Gelsomino, Emmanuelle Graillot, Natalie Prinzi, Andrea Spallanzani, Michelangelo Fiorentino, Marc Barritault, Filippo Dall'Olio, Nicole Brighi, Guido Biasco
PURPOSE: Temozolomide (TEM) based therapy has been reported being effective in the treatment of metastatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (NEN), with response rates ranging from 30 to 70%. Among patients affected by advanced glioblastoma or melanoma and treated with TEM, loss of tumoral O6-methylguanine DNA methyltransferase (MGMT) is correlated with improved survival. In NEN patients, the role of MGMT deficiency in predicting clinical outcomes of TEM treatment is still under debate. METHODS: In this study we evaluated 95 patients with advanced NENs undergoing treatment with TEM-based therapy...
November 17, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149984/corneal-xenotransplantation-from-pig-to-rhesus-monkey-no-signs-of-transmission-of-endogenous-porcine-retroviruses
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A Li, Y Zhang, Y Liu, Z Pan
BACKGROUND: Xenotransplantations of pig corneas have become an attractive alternative to human corneas. Such xenotransplantations carry the danger, however, of transmission of porcine endogenous retroviruses (PERVs). Here, we investigated whether porcine corneas harbor viral DNA and RNA and whether transplantation to a nonhuman primate would lead to host PERV infection. METHODS: Monkey vein endothelial cells (MVECs) were inoculated with porcine aortic endothelial cell (PAEC) supernatants, and DNA and total RNA of MVECs were tested for PERV by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and reverse transcription PCR (RT-PCR) assays...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149833/g4-interacting-dna-helicases-and-polymerases-potential-therapeutic-targets
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Katrina Estep, Thomas J Butler, Jun Ding, Robert M Brosh
Guanine-rich DNA can fold into highly stable non-canonical four-stranded DNA structures called G-quadruplexes. These structures present obstacles for the DNA replication machinery, and it has been hypothesized that both eukaryotic DNA helicases and polymerases have evolved to resolve G4 DNA in vivo. Since the discovery of G-quadruplex DNA in the early 1960's, a number of studies have emerged reporting G-quadruplex DNA unfolding by helicase enzymes and DNA synthesis past G4 by specialized translesion polymerase enzymes...
November 16, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149689/an-extended-sequence-specificity-for-uv-induced-dna-damage
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Long H Chung, Vincent Murray
The sequence specificity of UV-induced DNA damage was determined with a higher precision and accuracy than previously reported. UV light induces two major damage adducts: cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) and pyrimidine(6-4)pyrimidone photoproducts (6-4PPs). Employing capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence and taking advantages of the distinct properties of the CPDs and 6-4PPs, we studied the sequence specificity of UV-induced DNA damage in a purified DNA sequence using two approaches: end-labelling and a polymerase stop/linear amplification assay...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149628/multiplex-taqman-locked-nucleic-acid-real-time-pcr-for-the-differential-identification-of-various-meat-and-meat-products
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Rusu Xu, Shuang Wei, Guangbiao Zhou, Jiao Ren, Zhongyong Liu, Shuze Tang, Peter C K Cheung, Xiyang Wu
Meat adulteration incidents have been reported frequently over the past few years, and the corresponding traceability issues attracted much more attention due to the customer's demands and administration's responsibility. Therefore, it is important to develop high-throughput and rapid detection methods to identify the specific sources from meat samples. In this study, a multiplex TaqMan locked nucleic acid real-time polymerase chain reaction assay (MLNA-RT-PCR) was developed to simultaneously detect multiple meat sources (duck, pork, beef and chicken)...
November 14, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149603/structural-basis-of-mitochondrial-transcription-initiation
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Hauke S Hillen, Yaroslav I Morozov, Azadeh Sarfallah, Dmitry Temiakov, Patrick Cramer
Transcription in human mitochondria is driven by a single-subunit, factor-dependent RNA polymerase (mtRNAP). Despite its critical role in both expression and replication of the mitochondrial genome, transcription initiation by mtRNAP remains poorly understood. Here, we report crystal structures of human mitochondrial transcription initiation complexes assembled on both light and heavy strand promoters. The structures reveal how transcription factors TFAM and TFB2M assist mtRNAP to achieve promoter-dependent initiation...
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149203/alc1-chd1l-a-chromatin-remodeling-enzyme-is-required-for-efficient-base-excision-repair
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Masataka Tsuda, Kosai Cho, Masato Ooka, Naoto Shimizu, Reiko Watanabe, Akira Yasui, Yuka Nakazawa, Tomoo Ogi, Hiroshi Harada, Keli Agama, Jun Nakamura, Ryuta Asada, Haruna Fujiike, Tetsushi Sakuma, Takashi Yamamoto, Junko Murai, Masahiro Hiraoka, Kaoru Koike, Yves Pommier, Shunichi Takeda, Kouji Hirota
ALC1/CHD1L is a member of the SNF2 superfamily of ATPases carrying a macrodomain that binds poly(ADP-ribose). Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) 1 and 2 synthesize poly(ADP-ribose) at DNA-strand cleavage sites, promoting base excision repair (BER). Although depletion of ALC1 causes increased sensitivity to various DNA-damaging agents (H2O2, UV, and phleomycin), the role played by ALC1 in BER has not yet been established. To explore this role, as well as the role of ALC1's ATPase activity in BER, we disrupted the ALC1 gene and inserted the ATPase-dead (E165Q) mutation into the ALC1 gene in chicken DT40 cells, which do not express PARP2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148923/ames-and-random-amplified-polymorphic-dna-tests-for-the-validation-of-the-mutagenic-and-or-genotoxic-potential-of-the-drinking-water-disinfection-by-products-chloroform-and-bromoform
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Messaouda Khallef, Süleyman Cenkci, Dilek Akyil, Arzu Özkara, Muhsin Konuk, Djamel Eddine Benouareth
Chloroform and Bromoform are two abundant trihalomethanes found in Algerian drinking water. The investigation of the mutagenic hazard of these disinfection by-products was studied by Ames test as prokaryotic bioassay to show their mutagenic effects. For this, Salmonella typhimurium TA98 and TA100 strains were employed. Both chloroform and bromoform showed a direct mutagenic effect since the number of revertant colonies gradually increase in dose-dependent manner with all concentrations tested with the two bacterial strains and these were both in the absence and presence of S9 metabolic activation...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148714/evaluating-the-rate-and-substrate-specificity-of-laboratory-evolved-xna-polymerases
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Ali Nikoomanzar, Matthew R Dunn, John C Chaput
Engineered polymerases that can copy genetic information between DNA and xeno-nucleic acids (XNA) hold tremendous value as reagents in future bio-technology applications. However, current XNA poly-merases function with inferior activity relative to their natural counterparts, indicating that current polymerase engineering efforts would benefit from new benchmark-ing assays. Here, we describe a highly parallel, low cost method for measuring the average rate and substrate specificity of XNA polymerases in a standard qPCR instrument...
November 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146813/structural-basis-of-bacterial-transcription-activation
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Bin Liu, Chuan Hong, Rick K Huang, Zhiheng Yu, Thomas A Steitz
In bacteria, the activation of gene transcription at many promoters is simple and only involves a single activator. The cyclic adenosine 3',5'-monophosphate receptor protein (CAP), a classic activator, is able to activate transcription independently through two different mechanisms. Understanding the class I mechanism requires an intact transcription activation complex (TAC) structure at a high resolution. Here we report a high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy structure of an intact Escherichia coli class I TAC containing a CAP dimer, a σ(70)-RNA polymerase (RNAP) holoenzyme, a complete class I CAP-dependent promoter DNA, and a de novo synthesized RNA oligonucleotide...
November 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146251/differential-protein-dna-contacts-for-activation-and-repression-by-argp-a-lysr-type-lttr-transcriptional-regulator-in-escherichia-coli
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Phu Nguyen Le Minh, Cristina Velázquez Ruiz, Steven Vandermeeren, Pamella Abwoyo, Indra Bervoets, Daniel Charlier
ArgP is a LysR-type transcriptional regulator (LTTR) that operates with two effector molecules, lysine and arginine, to differentially regulate gene expression. Effector-free ArgP stimulates transcription of all investigated regulon members, except argO, whereas lysine abolishes this effect. Activation of argO, encoding an exporter for arginine and canavanine, is strictly dependent on arginine-bound ArgP. Lysine counteracts this effect and even though lysine-bound ArgP stimulates RNA polymerase recruitment at the argO promoter, the complex is non-productive...
January 2018: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145073/target-induced-proximity-ligation-triggers-recombinase-polymerase-amplification-and-transcription-mediated-amplification-to-detect-tumor-derived%C3%A2-exosomes-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-with-high-sensitivity
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Wanli Liu, Jianpei Li, Yixian Wu, Shan Xing, Yanzhen Lai, Ge Zhang
Tumor-derived exosomes (TEXs) are extracellular vesicles that are continuously released into the blood by tumor cells and carry specific surface markers of the original tumor cells. Substantial evidence has implicated TEXs as attractive diagnostic markers for cancer. However, the detection of TEXs in blood at an early tumor stage is challenging due to their very low concentration. Here, we established a method called PLA-RPA-TMA assay that allows TEXs to be detected with high sensitivity and specificity. Based on two proximity ligation assay (PLA) probes that recognize a biomarker on a TEX, we generated a unique surrogate DNA signal for the specific biomarker, which was synchronously amplified twice by recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) coupled with transcription-mediated amplification (TMA), and then the products of the RPA-TMA reaction were quantitatively detected using a gold nanoparticle-based colorimetric assay...
November 9, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144546/presence-of-infection-and-analysis-of-hpv-subtypes-in-girls-younger-than-9-years-old-attended-at-a-referral-service-in-esp%C3%A3-rito-santo-brazil
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Mariana Penha De Nadai Sartori, Lidiane Pignaton Agostini, Thaís Tristão Tovar, Raquel Silva Dos Reis, Raquel Spinassé Dettogni, Eldamária de Vargas Wolfgramm Dos Santos, Antônio Chambô Filho, Iúri Drumond Louro
PURPOSE: Human papillomavirus is found in adults and adolescents and is associated with genital warts and cervical cancer. However, it has been detected in girls younger than 10 years old. Currently, there are no prevention methods for this age group, since it is not considered a risk group. The aim of this study was to evaluate the presence of infection and HPV subtype in girls under 9 years old attended at a referral service in the State of Espírito Santo, Brazil. METHODS: Forty-three girls younger than 9 years old had gynecological brush samples collected from vulval and perineal/anal regions...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144457/a-ubiquitin-dependent-signalling-axis-specific-for-alkbh-mediated-dna-dealkylation-repair
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Joshua R Brickner, Jennifer M Soll, Patrick M Lombardi, Cathrine B Vågbø, Miranda C Mudge, Clement Oyeniran, Renana Rabe, Jessica Jackson, Meagan E Sullender, Elyse Blazosky, Andrea K Byrum, Yu Zhao, Mark A Corbett, Jozef Gécz, Michael Field, Alessandro Vindigni, Geir Slupphaug, Cynthia Wolberger, Nima Mosammaparast
DNA repair is essential to prevent the cytotoxic or mutagenic effects of various types of DNA lesions, which are sensed by distinct pathways to recruit repair factors specific to the damage type. Although biochemical mechanisms for repairing several forms of genomic insults are well understood, the upstream signalling pathways that trigger repair are established for only certain types of damage, such as double-stranded breaks and interstrand crosslinks. Understanding the upstream signalling events that mediate recognition and repair of DNA alkylation damage is particularly important, since alkylation chemotherapy is one of the most widely used systemic modalities for cancer treatment and because environmental chemicals may trigger DNA alkylation...
November 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144219/trypanosoma-sp-diversity-in-amazonian-bats-chiroptera-mammalia-from-acre-state-brazil
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Francisco C B Dos Santos, Cristiane V Lisboa, Samanta C C Xavier, Maria A Dario, Rair de S Verde, Armando M Calouro, André Luiz R Roque, Ana M Jansen
Bats are ancient hosts of Trypanosoma species and their flying ability, longevity and adaptability to distinct environments indicate that they are efficient dispersers of parasites. Bats from Acre state (Amazon Biome) were collected in four expeditions conducted in an urban forest (Parque Zoobotânico) and one relatively more preserved area (Seringal Cahoeira) in Rio Branco and Xapuri municipalities. Trypanosoma sp. infection was detected by hemoculture and fresh blood examination. Isolated parasite species were identified by the similarity of the obtained DNA sequence from 18S rDNA polymerase chain reaction and reference strains...
November 16, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144208/high-throughput-sequencing-of-kdna-amplicons-for-the-analysis-of-leishmania-minicircles-and-identification-of-neotropical-species
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Arthur Kocher, Sophie Valière, Anne-Laure Bañuls, Jérôme Murienne
Leishmania kinetoplast DNA contains thousands of small circular molecules referred to as kinetoplast DNA (kDNA) minicercles. kDNA minicircles are the preferred targets for sensitive Leishmania detection, because they are present in high copy number and contain conserved sequence blocks in which polymerase chain reaction (PCR) primers can be designed. On the other hand, the heterogenic nature of minicircle networks has hampered the use of this peculiar genomic region for strain typing. The characterization of Leishmania minicirculomes used to require isolation and cloning steps prior to sequencing...
November 16, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144171/circadian-gene-methylation-in-rotating-shift-nurses-a-cross-sectional-study
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Edyta Reszka, Edyta Wieczorek, Monika Przybek, Ewa Jabłońska, Paweł Kałużny, Agnieszka Bukowska-Damska, Shanbeh Zienolddiny, Beata Pepłońska
Investigating the methylation status of the circadian genes may contribute to a better understanding of the shift work-related circadian disruption in individuals exposed to artificial light at night. In the present study, we determined the methylation status of the circadian genes associated with a shift work pattern among nurses and midwives participating in a cross-sectional study in Lodz, Poland. Quantitative methylation polymerase chain reaction assays were used to assess promoter CpG methylation in PER1, PER2, PER3, CRY1, CRY2, BMAL1, CLOCK, and NPAS2 in genomic DNA from whole blood of 347 women having a rotating-shift work schedule and 363 women working days only...
November 16, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142517/is-methylation-analysis-of-sfrp2-tfpi2-ndrg4-and-bmp3-promoters-suitable-for-colorectal-cancer-screening-in-the-korean-population
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Soo-Kyung Park, Hae Lim Baek, Junghee Yu, Ji Yeon Kim, Hyo-Joon Yang, Yoon Suk Jung, Kyu Yong Choi, Hungdai Kim, Hyung Ook Kim, Kyung Uk Jeong, Ho-Kyung Chun, Kyungeun Kim, Dong Il Park
Background/Aims: Colorectal cancer (CRC) screening using stool DNA was recently found to yield good detection rates. A multi-target stool DNA test (Cologuard®, Exact Sciences), including methylated genes has been recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The aim of this study was to validate these aberrantly methylated genes as stool-based DNA markers for detecting CRC and colorectal advanced adenoma (AA) in the Korean population. Methods: A single-center study was conducted in 36 patients with AA; 35 patients with CRC; and 40 endoscopically diagnosed healthy controls using CRC screening colonoscopy...
October 2017: Intestinal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142391/acacia-catechu-ethanolic-seed-extract-triggers-apoptosis-of-scc-25-cells
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Thangavelu Lakshmi, Devaraj Ezhilarasan, Upendra Nagaich, Rajagopal Vijayaragavan
Background: Acacia catechu Willd (Fabaceae), commonly known as catechu, cachou, and black cutch, has been studied for its hepatoprotective, antipyretic, antidiarrheal, hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, antinociceptive, antimicrobial, free radical scavenging, and antioxidant activities. Objective: We evaluated the cytotoxic activity of ethanol extract of A. catechu seed (ACS) against SCC-25 human oral squamous carcinoma cell line. Methods: Cytotoxic effect of ACS extract was determined by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide assay, using concentrations of 0...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
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