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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346416/decoding-the-network-of-trypanosoma-brucei-proteins-that-determines-sensitivity-to-apolipoprotein-l1
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Rachel B Currier, Anneli Cooper, Hollie Burrell-Saward, Annette MacLeod, Sam Alsford
In contrast to Trypanosoma brucei gambiense and T. b. rhodesiense (the causative agents of human African trypanosomiasis), T. b. brucei is lysed by apolipoprotein-L1 (apoL1)-containing human serum trypanolytic factors (TLF), rendering it non-infectious to humans. While the mechanisms of TLF1 uptake, apoL1 membrane integration, and T. b. gambiense and T. b. rhodesiense apoL1-resistance have been extensively characterised, our understanding of the range of factors that drive apoL1 action in T. b. brucei is limited...
January 18, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345010/genetic-variation-in-the-shape-of-cold-survival-curves-in-a-single-fly-population-suggests-potential-for-selection-from-climate-variability
#2
Nicholas M Teets, Daniel A Hahn
Temperature variation is one of the primary challenges facing ectotherms, and the ability to tolerate a range of thermal environments is critical for setting current and future species distributions. Low temperature is particularly challenging for ectotherms because winter conditions have strong latitudinal and temporal variation. Lower lethal temperature (LLT) is a common metric of cold tolerance used in studies of local adaptation and plasticity. Comparisons of LLT across groups typically assume parallel S-shaped survival curves, but genetic variation in the shape of survival vs...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343265/rnase-if-treated-quantitative-pcr-for-dsrna-quantitation-of-rnai-trait-in-genetically-modified-crops
#3
Po-Hao Wang, Greg Schulenberg, Shannon Whitlock, Andrew Worden, Ning Zhou, Stephen Novak, Wei Chen
BACKGROUND: RNA interference (RNAi) technology has been widely used to knockdown target genes via post-transcriptional silencing. In plants, RNAi is used as an effective tool with diverse applications being developed such as resistance against insects, fungi, viruses, and metabolism manipulation. To develop genetically modified (GM) RNAi traits for insect control, a transgene is created and composed of an inversely-repeated sequence of the target gene with a spacer region inserted between the repeats...
January 17, 2018: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342168/reduction-in-musca-domestica-fecundity-by-dsrna-mediated-gene-knockdown
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Neil D Sanscrainte, Hanayo Arimoto, Christy M Waits, Lucy Y Li, Dana Johnson, Chris Geden, James J Becnel, Alden S Estep
House flies (Musca domestica) are worldwide agricultural pests with estimated control costs at $375 million annually in the U.S. Non-target effects and widespread resistance challenge the efficacy of traditional chemical control. Double stranded RNA (dsRNA) has been suggested as a biopesticide for M. domestica but a phenotypic response due to the induction of the RNAi pathway has not been demonstrated in adults. In this study female house flies were injected with dsRNA targeting actin-5C or ribosomal protein (RP) transcripts RPL26 and RPS6...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341438/natural-antisense-transcripts-in-diseases-from-modes-of-action-to-targeted-therapies
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Elżbieta Wanowska, Magdalena Regina Kubiak, Wojciech Rosikiewicz, Izabela Makałowska, Michał Wojciech Szcześniak
Antisense transcription is a widespread phenomenon in mammalian genomes, leading to production of RNAs molecules referred to as natural antisense transcripts (NATs). NATs apply diverse transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulatory mechanisms to carry out a wide variety of biological roles that are important for the normal functioning of living cells, but their dysfunctions can be associated with human diseases. In this review, we attempt to provide a molecular basis for the involvement of NATs in the etiology of human disorders such as cancers and neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases...
January 17, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339453/pgrmc1-localization-and-putative-function-in-the-nucleolus-of-bovine-granulosa-cells-and-oocytes
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Laura Terzaghi, Alberto Maria Luciano, Priscila C Dall Acqua, Silvia Modina, John J Peluso, Valentina Lodde
Progesterone Receptor Membrane Component-1 (PGRMC1) is a highly conserved multifunctional protein that is found in numerous systems, including reproductive system. Interestingly, PGRMC1 is expressed at several intracellular locations, including the nucleolus. The aim of this study is to investigate the functional relationship between PGRMC1 and nucleolus. Immunofluorescence experiments confirmed PGRMC1's nucleolar localization in cultured bovine granulosa cells (bGC) and oocytes. Additional experiments conducted on bGC revealed that PGRMC1 co-localizes with nucleolin (NCL), a major nucleolar protein...
January 16, 2018: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339143/gene-silencing-reveals-multiple-functions-of-na-k-atpase-in-the-salmon-louse-lepeophtheirus-salmonis
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Anna Z Komisarczuk, Heidi Kongshaug, Frank Nilsen
Na+/K+-ATPase has a key function in a variety of physiological processes including membrane excitability, osmoregulation, regulation of cell volume, and transport of nutrients. While knowledge about Na+/K+-ATPase function in osmoregulation in crustaceans is extensive, the role of this enzyme in other physiological and developmental processes is scarce. Here, we report characterization, transcriptional distribution and likely functions of the newly identified L. salmonis Na+/K+-ATPase (LsalNa+/K+-ATPase) α subunit in various developmental stages...
January 12, 2018: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336483/glucose-metabolism-during-in-vitro-maturation-of-mouse-oocytes-an-study-using-rna-interference
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Hong-Li Xie, Shuai Zhu, Jie Zhang, Jing Wen, Hong-Jie Yuan, Liu-Zhu Pan, Ming-Jiu Luo, Jing-He Tan
In previous studies on glucose metabolism during in vitro maturation, intact cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) were treated with enzyme inhibitors/activators. Because inhibitors/activators may have non-specificity and/or toxicity, and culture of COCs cannot differentiate whether glucose metabolism of cumulus cells (CCs) or that of the oocyte supports oocyte maturation, results from the previous studies must be verified by silencing genes in either CCs or cumulus-denuded oocytes (DOs). In this study, RNAi was adopted to specify the effects of glucose metabolism in CCs or DOs on oocyte maturation...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333089/lentivirus-mediated-shrna-targeting-cnn2-inhibits-hepatocarcinoma-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Xueqing Kang, Feng Wang, Xiuwan Lan, Xiaolong Li, Shunxin Zheng, Zhilue Lv, Yuan Zhuang, Yongxiang Zhao, Sufang Zhou
Objective: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignant tumors with a high rate of mortality. Our previous study shows the expression of calponin 2 (CNN2) is up-regulated in hepatocellular carcinoma tissues, especially in metastatic ones. To better understand the role of CNN2 in HCC, RNA interference (RNAi) was used to explore its role in tumor growth and metastasis. Methods: Lentivirus-mediated CNN2-shRNA was transfected into SK-hep-1 cells, and the efficacy of CNN2 expression, cell migration, invasion, proliferation and cell cycles were evaluated by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), Western blot (WB), Transwell assay, methyl thiazol tetrazolium assay and flow cytometry, respectively...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331583/importins-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-signaling-mediates-endothelial-cell-inflammation-and-barrier-disruption
#10
Antony Leonard, Arshad Rahman, Fabeha Fazal
Nucleocytoplasmic shuttling via importins is central to the function of eukaryotic cells and an integral part of the processes that lead to many human diseases. In this study, we addressed the role of α and β importins in the mechanism of endothelial cell (EC) inflammation and permeability, important pathogenic features of many inflammatory diseases such as acute lung injury and atherosclerosis. RNAi-mediated knockdown of importin α4 or α3 each inhibited NF-κB activation, proinflammatory gene (ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and IL-6) expression, and thereby endothelial adhesivity towards HL-60 cells, upon thrombin challenge...
January 10, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330785/genetic-knockdown-and-pharmacologic-inhibition-of-hypoxia-inducible-factor-hif-hydroxylases
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Christina Pickel, Cormac T Taylor, Carsten C Scholz
Reduced oxygen supply that does not satisfy tissue and cellular demand (hypoxia) regularly occurs both in health and disease. Hence, the capacity for cellular oxygen sensing is of vital importance for each cell to be able to alter its energy metabolism and promote adaptation to hypoxia. The hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) prolyl hydroxylases 1-3 (PHD1-3) and the asparagine hydroxylase factor-inhibiting HIF (FIH) are the primary cellular oxygen sensors, which confer cellular oxygen-dependent sensitivity upon HIF as well as other hypoxia-sensitive pathways, such as nuclear factor κB (NF-κB)...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330449/lithium-chloride-effectively-kills-the-honey-bee-parasite-varroa-destructor-by-a-systemic-mode-of-action
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Bettina Ziegelmann, Elisabeth Abele, Stefan Hannus, Michaela Beitzinger, Stefan Berg, Peter Rosenkranz
Honey bees are increasingly important in the pollination of crops and wild plants. Recent reports of the weakening and periodical high losses of managed honey bee colonies have alarmed beekeeper, farmers and scientists. Infestations with the ectoparasitic mite Varroa destructor in combination with its associated viruses have been identified as a crucial driver of these health problems. Although yearly treatments are required to prevent collapses of honey bee colonies, the number of effective acaricides is small and no new active compounds have been registered in the past 25 years...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329327/selection-of-housekeeping-genes-and-demonstration-of-rnai-in-cotton-leafhopper-amrasca-biguttula-biguttula-ishida
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Satnam Singh, Mridula Gupta, Suneet Pandher, Gurmeet Kaur, Pankaj Rathore, Subba Reddy Palli
Amrasca biguttula biguttula (Ishida) commonly known as cotton leafhopper is a severe pest of cotton and okra. Not much is known on this insect at molecular level due to lack of genomic and transcriptomic data. To prepare for functional genomic studies in this insect, we evaluated 15 common housekeeping genes (Tub, B-Tub, EF alpha, GADPH, UbiCF, RP13, Ubiq, G3PD, VATPase, Actin, 18s, 28s, TATA, ETF, SOD and Cytolytic actin) during different developmental stages and under starvation stress. We selected early (1st and 2nd), late (3rd and 4th) stage nymphs and adults for identification of stable housekeeping genes using geNorm, NormFinder, BestKeeper and RefFinder software...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327101/fundamentals-of-sirna-and-mirna-therapeutics-and-a-review-of-targeted-nanoparticle-delivery-systems-in-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Tamkin Ahmadzada, Glen Reid, David R McKenzie
Gene silencing via RNA interference (RNAi) is rapidly evolving as a personalized approach to cancer treatment. The effector molecules-small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) and microRNAs (miRNAs)-can be used to silence or "switch off" specific cancer genes. Currently, the main barrier to implementing siRNA- and miRNA-based therapies in clinical practice is the lack of an effective delivery system that can protect the RNA molecules from nuclease degradation, deliver to them to tumor tissue, and release them into the cytoplasm of the target cancer cells, all without inducing adverse effects...
January 11, 2018: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325547/paracrine-and-epigenetic-control-of-caf-induced-metastasis-the-role-of-hotair-stimulated-by-tgf-%C3%A3-1-secretion
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Yu Ren, Huan-Huan Jia, Yi-Qi Xu, Xuan Zhou, Xiao-Hui Zhao, Yun-Fei Wang, Xin Song, Zhi-Yan Zhu, Ting Sun, Yan Dou, Wei-Ping Tian, Xiu-Lan Zhao, Chun-Sheng Kang, Mei Mei
BACKGROUND: The communication between carcinoma associated fibroblasts (CAFs) and cancer cells facilitate tumor metastasis. In this study, we further underlying the epigenetic mechanisms of CAFs feed the cancer cells and the molecular mediators involved in these processes. METHODS: MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 cells were treated with CAFs culture conditioned medium, respectively. Cytokine antibody array, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, western blotting and immunofluorescence were used to identify the key chemokines...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325071/viral-suppressors-of-rnai-employ-a-rapid-screening-mode-to-discriminate-viral-rna-from-cellular-small-rna
#16
Mohamed Fareh, Jasper van Lopik, Iason Katechis, Alfred W Bronkhorst, Anna C Haagsma, Ronald P van Rij, Chirlmin Joo
RNA interference (RNAi) is an indispensable mechanism for antiviral defense in insects, including mosquitoes that transmit human diseases. To escape this antiviral defense system, viruses encode suppressors of RNAi that prevent elimination of viral RNAs, and thus ensure efficient virus accumulation. Although the first animal Viral Suppressor of RNAi (VSR) was identified more than a decade ago, the molecular basis of RNAi suppression by these viral proteins remains unclear. Here, we developed a single-molecule fluorescence assay to investigate how VSRs inhibit the recognition of viral RNAs by Dcr-2, a key endoribonuclease enzyme in the RNAi pathway...
January 9, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325014/cdkn1c-p57-one-of-the-determinants-of-human-endometrial-stromal-cell-decidualization
#17
Lan Wang, Hui Yang, Linli Hu, Dan Hu, Shuxia Ma, Xuejiao Sun, Liu Jiang, Jianyuan Song, Licheng Ji, Jackson Ferdinand Masau, Hanwang Zhang, Kun Qian
Decidualization is regulated by crosstalk of progesterone and the cAMP pathway. It involves extensive reprogramming of gene expression and includes a wide range of functions. To investigate how cell cycle regulatory genes drive the human endometrial stromal cell (ESC) exit cell cycle and enter differentiation, primary cultured ESC was treated with 8-Br-cAMP and MPA and cell cycle distribution was investigated by flow cytometry. High-throughput cell cycle regulatory gene expression was also studied by microarray...
January 9, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324872/lin-4-and-the-nrde-pathway-are-required-to-activate-a-transgenic-lin-4-reporter-but-not-the-endogenous-lin-4-locus-in-c-elegans
#18
Alan L Jiao, Daniel J Foster, Julia Dixon, Frank J Slack
As the founding member of the microRNA (miRNA) gene family, insights into lin-4 regulation and function have laid a conceptual foundation for countless miRNA-related studies that followed. We previously showed that a transcriptional lin-4 reporter in C. elegans was positively regulated by a lin-4-complementary element (LCE), and by lin-4 itself. In this study, we sought to (1) identify additional factors required for lin-4 reporter expression, and (2) validate the endogenous relevance of a potential positive autoregulatory mechanism of lin-4 expression...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323738/an-epididymis-specific-secretory-protein-clpsl2-critically-regulates-sperm-motility-acrosomal-integrity-and-male-fertility
#19
Xiaosheng Lu, Fei Ding, Zizhen Lian, Lei Chen, Zuowu Cao, Yiqing Guan, Ran Chen, Dongqing Cai, Yanhong Yu
The epididymis performs an important role in the maturation of spermatozoa including their acquisition of progressive motility and fertilizing ability. However, the molecular mechanisms that govern these maturational events are still poorly defined. Here we report that Clpsl2, a novel colipase homology, is exclusively expressed in the caupt epididymis and conserved in mammalian. Clpsl2 was secreted into the lumen and covered the acrosome region and principal piece of spermatozoa tail. And during epididymal transit, the binding rate between Clpsl2 protein and the spermatozoa gradually decreased...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323699/leukotriene-b4-receptor-2-regulates-the-proliferation-migration-and-barrier-integrity-of-bronchial-epithelial-cells
#20
Min Liu, Juan Shen, Huimin Yuan, Fengling Chen, Huaidong Song, Hui Qin, Yanqin Li, Jiabo Xu, Qing Ye, Shenxian Li, Kazuko Saeki, Takehiko Yokomizo
The airway epithelium plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of asthma. The functions of leukotriene B4 receptor 2 (BLT2) on the airway epithelial cells remains unknown. In our study, BLT2 expression in 16HBE bronchial epithelial cells were manipulated by transfection with BLT2 overexpression plasmid or BLT2 small interference RNA. 16HBE cells were then exposed to BLT2 antagonist (LY255283) or BLT2 agonist (12(S)-hydroxyheptadeca-5Z,8E,10E-trienoic acid [12-HHT] or CAY10583). The results showed that BLT2 overexpression, 12-HHT stimulation or CAY10583 treatment resulted in the enhanced proliferation and migration of 16HBE cells...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
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