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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933271/functional-significance-of-aurora-kinases-p53-protein-family-interactions-in-cancer
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REVIEW
Kaori Sasai, Warapen Treekitkarnmongkol, Kazuharu Kai, Hiroshi Katayama, Subrata Sen
Aurora kinases play critical roles in regulating spindle assembly, chromosome segregation, and cytokinesis to ensure faithful segregation of chromosomes during mitotic cell division cycle. Molecular and cell biological studies have revealed that Aurora kinases, at physiological levels, orchestrate complex sequential cellular processes at distinct subcellular locations through functional interactions with its various substrates. Aberrant expression of Aurora kinases, on the other hand, cause defects in mitotic spindle assembly, checkpoint response activation, and chromosome segregation leading to chromosomal instability...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933213/molecular-pathology-of-cancer-how-to-communicate-with-disease
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REVIEW
Peter Birner, Gerald Prager, Berthold Streubel
: Recent technical advances have brought insights into the biology of cancer in human, establishing it as a disease driven by genetic mutations. Beside inherited family tumour syndromes caused by germline mutations, somatic genetic alterations occur early in tumourigenesis, which accumulate during the progression of the disease and its treatment. Based on these observations, medical oncology has started to enter an era of stratified medicine, where treatment selection is becoming tailored to drugable molecular pathways...
2016: ESMO Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932498/harnessing-molecular-motors-for-nanoscale-pulldown-in-live-cells
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Jonathan E Bird, Melanie Barzik, Meghan C Drummond, Daniel C Sutton, Spencer M Goodman, Eva L Morozko, Stacey M Cole, Alexandra K Boukhvalova, Jennifer Skidmore, Diana Syam, Elizabeth A Wilson, Tracy Fitzgerald, Atteeq U Rehman, Donna M Martin, Erich T Boger, Inna A Belyantseva, Thomas B Friedman
Protein-protein interactions (PPIs) regulate assembly of macromolecular complexes, yet these remain challenging to study within the native cytoplasm where they normally exert their biological effect. Here, we miniaturize the concept of affinity pulldown, a gold-standard in vitro PPI interrogation technique, to perform nanoscale pulldowns (NanoSPD) within living cells. NanoSPD hijacks the normal process of intracellular trafficking by myosin motors to forcibly pull fluorescently-tagged protein complexes along filopodial actin filaments...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932441/trophoblast-cells-inhibit-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-formation-and-enhance-apoptosis-through-vasoactive-intestinal-peptide-mediated-pathways
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Guillermina Calo, Florencia Sabbione, Daiana Vota, Daniel Paparini, Rosanna Ramhorst, Analía Trevani, Claudia Pérez Leirós
STUDY QUESTION: Do human trophoblast cells modulate neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation, reactive oxygen species (ROS) synthesis and neutrophil apoptosis through mechanisms involving vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP)? SUMMARY ANSWER: Trophoblast cells inhibited NET formation and ROS synthesis and enhanced neutrophil apoptosis through VIP-mediated pathways in a model of maternal-placental interaction. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Immune homeostasis maintenance at the maternal-placental interface is mostly coordinated by trophoblast cells...
December 7, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931287/ttf1-nps-induce-ers-mediated-apoptosis-and-inhibit-human-hepatoma-cell-growth-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Bin Xiao, Chao Liu, Bing-Tong Liu, Xuan Zhang, Rong-Rong Liu, Xue-Wu Zhang
Previous studies have shown that 5,2,4-trihydroxy-6,7,5-trimethoxyflavone (TTF1) is the primary anticancer constituent of the traditional Chinese medicinal plant Sorbaria sorbifolia (SS), which has been applied to treat cancer in China. In this study, we investigated the in vitro and in vivo antitumor effects and biological mechanisms of small-molecule TTF1 nanoparticles (TTF1-NPs). The effects of TTF1-NPs on cell growth and apoptosis were investigated using human hepatoma cells. The molecular changes associated with the effects of TTF1-NPs were analyzed by immunocytochemistry and Western blot analysis...
May 2016: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928742/implementation-of-infrared-and-raman-modalities-for-glycosaminoglycan-characterization-in-complex-systems
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Hossam Taha Mohamed, Valérie Untereiner, Ganesh D Sockalingum, Stéphane Brézillon
Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are natural, linear and negatively charged heteropolysaccharides which are incident in every mammalian tissue. They consist of repeating disaccharide units, which are composed of either sulfated or non-sulfated monosaccharides. Depending on tissue types, GAGs exhibit structural heterogeneity such as the position and degree of sulfation or within their disaccharide units composition being heparin, heparan sulfate, chondroitine sulfate, dermatan sulfate, keratan sulfate, and hyaluronic acid...
December 7, 2016: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927231/identification-of-a-potent-small-molecule-capable-of-regulating-polyploidization-megakaryocyte-maturation-and-platelet-production
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Nick Huang, Mabel Lou, Hua Liu, Cecilia Avila, Yupo Ma
BACKGROUND: Megakaryocytic cell maturation involves polyploidization, and megakaryocyte (MK) ploidy correlates with their maturation and platelet production. Retardation of MK maturation is closely associated with poor MK engraftment after cord blood transplantation and neonatal thrombocytopenia. Despite the high prevalence of thrombocytopenia in a range of setting that affect infants to adults, there are still very limited modalities of treatment. METHODS: Human CD34(+) cells were isolated from cord blood or bone marrow samples acquired from consenting patients...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925190/s100a1-and-s100b-calcium-sensors-at-the-cross-roads-of-multiple-chondrogenic-pathways
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REVIEW
José Diaz-Romero, Dobrila Nesic
The S100 protein family comprises more than 20 members of small calcium binding proteins operating as Ca2 + -activated switches that interact and modulate the activity of a large number of targets. S100A1 and S100B, two members of this family, have been recently associated with the differentiation status of human articular chondrocytes. Both proteins are homogeneously expressed in all cartilage zones, their expression decreases during chondrocyte dedifferentiation, and can be induced under conditions promoting redifferentiation...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924588/antioxidant-micronutrients-and-oxidative-stress-biomarkers
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Iain L C Chapple, Helen R Griffiths, Mike R Milward, Martin R Ling, Melissa M Grant
Chronic inflammatory diseases are the major causes of mortality in humans and recent research has improved our understanding of the major impact of life-style factors upon inflammatory diseases and conditions. One of the most influential of these is nutrition, which may drive both pro-inflammatory as well as anti-inflammatory cascades at molecular and cellular levels. There are a variety of model systems that may be employed to investigate the impact of micronutrients and macronutrients upon inflammatory pathways, many of which operate through oxidative stress, either at the level of controlling the redox state of the cell and downstream redox-regulated gene transcription factors, and other acting as free radical generating or scavenging agents...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924559/isolation-and-characterization-of-intrinsically-active-mek-independent-mutants-of-mpk1-erk
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Tal Goshen-Lago, Dganit Melamed, Arie Admon, David Engelberg
The extracellular-regulated kinase (Erk) pathway is a major determinant in the control of diverse cellular processes, such as proliferation, differentiation, survival, and motility. The pathway executes its effects through kinases of the Erk family. Erks are not only critical for a variety of physiological processes, but are also associated with neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and a large number of human cancers. However, the exact role of each Erk molecule in these biological and pathological processes is not fully determined...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924528/mycotoxins-an-underhand-food-problem
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Antonio Moretti, Antonio F Logrieco, Antonia Susca
Among the food safety issues, the occurrence of fungal species able to produce toxic metabolites on the agro-food products has acquired a general attention. These compounds, the mycotoxins, generally provided of low molecular weight, are the result of the secondary metabolism of the toxigenic fungi. They may have toxic activity toward the plants, but mostly represent a serious risk for human and animal health worldwide, since they can be accumulated on many final crop products and they have a broad range of toxic biological activities...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924488/elucidating-mechanisms-of-molecular-recognition-between-human-argonaute-and-mirna-using-computational-approaches
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Hanlun Jiang, Lizhe Zhu, Amélie Héliou, Xin Gao, Julie Bernauer, Xuhui Huang
MicroRNA (miRNA) and Argonaute (AGO) protein together form the RNA-induced silencing complex (RISC) that plays an essential role in the regulation of gene expression. Elucidating the underlying mechanism of AGO-miRNA recognition is thus of great importance not only for the in-depth understanding of miRNA function but also for inspiring new drugs targeting miRNAs. In this chapter we introduce a combined computational approach of molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, Markov state models (MSMs), and protein-RNA docking to investigate AGO-miRNA recognition...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924337/allosteric-effects-of-gold-nanoparticles-on-human-serum-albumin
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Qing Shao, Carol K Hall
The ability of nanoparticles to alter protein structure and dynamics plays an important role in their medical and biological applications. We investigate allosteric effects of gold nanoparticles on human serum albumin protein using molecular simulations. The extent to which bound nanoparticles influence the structure and dynamics of residues distant from the binding site is analyzed. The root mean square deviation, root mean square fluctuation and variation in the secondary structure of individual residues on a human serum albumin protein are calculated for four protein-gold nanoparticle binding complexes...
December 7, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924064/toward-the-use-of-precision-medicine-for-the-treatment-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Wang Gong, Yandi Xiao, Zihao Wei, Yao Yuan, Min Qiu, Chongkui Sun, Xin Zeng, Xinhua Liang, Mingye Feng, Qianming Chen
Precision medicine is a new strategy that aims at preventing and treating human diseases by focusing on individual variations in people's genes, environment and lifestyle. Precision medicine has been used for cancer diagnosis and treatment and shows evident clinical efficacy. Rapid developments in molecular biology, genetics and sequencing technologies, as well as computational technology, has enabled the establishment of "big data", such as the Human Genome Project, which provides a basis for precision medicine...
December 4, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923813/the-chemical-basis-of-thiol-addition-to-nitro-conjugated-linoleic-acid-a-protective-cell-signaling-lipid
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Lucia Turell, Dario A Vitturi, E Laura Coitiño, Lourdes Lebrato, Matias N Moller, Camila Sagasti, Sonia R Salvatore, Steven R Woodcock, Beatriz Alvarez, Francisco J Schopfer
Nitroalkene fatty acids are formed in vivo and exert protective and anti-inflammatory effects via reversible Michael addition to thiol-containing proteins in key signaling pathways. Nitro-conjugated linoleic acid (NO2-CLA) is preferentially formed, constitutes the most abundant nitrated fatty acid in humans and contains two carbons that could potentially react with thiols, modulating signaling actions and levels. In this work, we examined the reactions of NO2-CLA with low molecular weight thiols (glutathione, cysteine, homocysteine, cysteinylglycine and β mercaptoethanol) and human serum albumin (HSA)...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921458/metabolic-profile-of-human-coelomic-fluid
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C Virgiliou, L Valianou, M Witting, F Moritz, C Fotakis, P Zoumpoulakis, A C Chatziioannou, L Lazaros, G Makrydimas, K Chatzimeletiou, N Raikos, G A Theodoridis
AIM: Till now there is very limited knowledge on the molecular content of coelomic fluid and cells. This study presents the first attempt to elucidate the metabolic profile of such samples. METHODOLOGY: Samples were collected via coelocentesis from 41 women during the first trimester of gestation. Metabolic content was assessed using four different analytical platforms. For targeted analysis a hydrophilic interaction chromatography ultra high performance LC-MS/MS method was applied...
January 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920554/next-generation-sequence-detects-arap3-as-a-novel-oncogene-in-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
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Qing-Xuan Wang, En-Dong Chen, Ye-Feng Cai, Yi-Li Zhou, Zhou-Ci Zheng, Ying-Hao Wang, Yi-Xiang Jin, Wen-Xu Jin, Xiao-Hua Zhang, Ou-Chen Wang
PURPOSE: Thyroid cancer is the most frequent malignancies of the endocrine system, and it has became the fastest growing type of cancer worldwide. Much still remains unknown about the molecular mechanisms of thyroid cancer. Studies have found that some certain relationship between ARAP3 and human cancer. However, the role of ARAP3 in thyroid cancer has not been well explained. This study aimed to investigate the role of ARAP3 gene in papillary thyroid carcinoma. METHODS: Whole exon sequence and whole genome sequence of primary papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) samples and matched adjacent normal thyroid tissue samples were performed and then bioinformatics analysis was carried out...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920384/antibiotic-resistance-in-the-wild-an-eco-evolutionary-perspective
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REVIEW
Teppo Hiltunen, Marko Virta, Anna-Liisa Laine
The legacy of the use and misuse of antibiotics in recent decades has left us with a global public health crisis: antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise, making it harder to treat infections. At the same time, evolution of antibiotic resistance is probably the best-documented case of contemporary evolution. To date, research on antibiotic resistance has largely ignored the complexity of interactions that bacteria engage in. However, in natural populations, bacteria interact with other species; for example, competition and grazing are import interactions influencing bacterial population dynamics...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920038/tgf-%C3%AE-family-signaling-in-the-control-of-cell-proliferation-and-survival
#19
Yun Zhang, Peter B Alexander, Xiao-Fan Wang
The transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) family controls many fundamental aspects of cellular behavior. With advances in the molecular details of the TGF-β signaling cascade and its cross talk with other signaling pathways, we now have a more coherent understanding of the cytostatic program induced by TGF-β. However, the molecular mechanisms are still largely elusive for other cellular processes that are regulated by TGF-β and determine a cell's proliferation and survival, apoptosis, dormancy, autophagy, and senescence...
December 5, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919709/evaluation-of-anti-zika-virus-activities-of-broad-spectrum-antivirals-and-nih-clinical-collection-compounds-using-a-cell-based-high-throughput-screen-assay
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Robert S Adcock, Yong-Kyu Chu, Jennifer E Golden, Dong-Hoon Chung
Recent studies have clearly underscored the association between Zika virus (ZIKV) and severe neurological diseases such as microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Given the historical complacency surrounding this virus, however, no significant antiviral screenings have been performed to specifically target ZIKV. As a result, there is an urgent need for a validated screening method and strategy that is focused on highlighting potential anti-ZIKV inhibitors that can be further advanced via rigorous validation and optimization...
December 2, 2016: Antiviral Research
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