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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823071/accelerating-the-integration-of-distributed-water-solutions-a-conceptual-financing-model-from-the-electricity-sector
#1
Kimberly J Quesnel, Newsha K Ajami, Noemi Wyss
Modern challenges require new approaches to urban water management. One solution in the portfolio of potential strategies is the integration of distributed water infrastructure, practices, and technologies into existing systems. However, many practical barriers have prevented the widespread adoption of these systems in the US. The objective of this paper is to address these challenges by developing a conceptual model encompassing regulatory, financial, and governance components that can be used to incorporate new distributed water solutions into our current network...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821740/irs4-a-novel-modulator-of-bmp-smad-and-akt-signalling-during-early-muscle-differentiation
#2
Gina Dörpholz, Arunima Murgai, Jerome Jatzlau, Daniel Horbelt, Mohammad Poorgholi Belverdi, Christina Heroven, Isabelle Schreiber, Gisela Wendel, Karen Ruschke, Sigmar Stricker, Petra Knaus
Elaborate regulatory networks of the Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) pathways ensure precise signalling outcome during cell differentiation and tissue homeostasis. Here, we identified IRS4 as a novel regulator of BMP signal transduction and provide molecular insights how it integrates into the signalling pathway. We found that IRS4 interacts with the BMP receptor BMPRII and specifically targets Smad1 for proteasomal degradation consequently leading to repressed BMP/Smad signalling in C2C12 myoblasts while concomitantly activating the PI3K/Akt axis...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821632/transcriptomic-and-epigenetic-regulation-of-disuse-atrophy-and-the-return-to-activity-in-skeletal-muscle
#3
Andrew G Fisher, Robert A Seaborne, Thomas M Hughes, Alex Gutteridge, Claire Stewart, Judy M Coulson, Adam P Sharples, Jonathan C Jarvis
Physical inactivity and disuse are major contributors to age-related muscle loss. Denervation of skeletal muscle has been previously used as a model with which to investigate muscle atrophy following disuse. Although gene regulatory networks that control skeletal muscle atrophy after denervation have been established, the transcriptome in response to the recovery of muscle after disuse and the associated epigenetic mechanisms that may function to modulate gene expression during skeletal muscle atrophy or recovery have yet to be investigated...
August 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820723/a-lncrna-fine-tunes-the-dynamics-of-a-cell-state-transition-involving-lin28-let-7-and-de-novo-dna-methylation
#4
Meng Amy Li, Paulo P Amaral, Priscilla Cheung, Jan H Bergmann, Masaki Kinoshita, Tüzer Kalkan, Meryem Ralser, Sam Robson, Ferdinand von Meyenn, Maike Paramor, Fengtang Yang, Caifu Chen, Jennifer Nichols, David L Spector, Tony Kouzarides, Lin He, Austin Smith
Execution of pluripotency requires progression from the naïve status represented by mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) to a state capacitated for lineage specification. This transition is coordinated at multiple levels. Non-coding RNAs may contribute to this regulatory orchestra. We identified a rodent-specific long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) linc1281, hereafter Ephemeron (Eprn), that modulates the dynamics of exit from naïve pluripotency. Eprn deletion delays the extinction of ESC identity, an effect associated with perduring Nanog expression...
August 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820316/cell-cycle-related-metabolism-and-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-a-replication-competent-pancreatic-beta-cell-line
#5
Chiara Montemurro, Suryakiran Vadrevu, Tatyana Gurlo, Alexandra E Butler, Kenny E Vongbunyong, Anton Petcherski, Orian S Shirihai, Leslie S Satin, Daniel Braas, Peter C Butler, Slavica Tudzarova
Cell replication is a fundamental attribute of growth and repair in multicellular organisms. Pancreatic beta-cells in adults rarely enter cell cycle, hindering the capacity for regeneration in diabetes. Efforts to drive beta-cells into cell cycle have so far largely focused on regulatory molecules such as cyclins and cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs). Investigations in cancer biology have uncovered that adaptive changes in metabolism, the mitochondrial network, and cellular Ca(2+) are critical for permitting cells to progress through the cell cycle...
August 18, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819455/microvesicles-as-potential-biomarkers-for-the-identification-of-senescence-in-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#6
Qian Lei, Teng Liu, Fei Gao, Hui Xie, Li Sun, Aiqi Zhao, Wenxiang Ren, Hao Guo, Liming Zhang, Hongxiang Wang, Zhichao Chen, An-Yuan Guo, Qiubai Li
Senescence in human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) not only contributes to organism aging and the development of a variety of diseases but also severely impairs their therapeutic properties as a promising cell therapy. Studies searching for efficient biomarkers that represent cellular senescence have attracted much attention; however, no single marker currently provides an accurate cell-free representation of cellular senescence. Here, we studied characteristics of MSC-derived microvesicles (MSC-MVs) that may reflect the senescence in their parental MSCs...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819095/non-coding-rnas-participate-in-the-regulatory-network-of-cldn4-via-cerna-mediated-mirna-evasion
#7
Yong-Xi Song, Jing-Xu Sun, Jun-Hua Zhao, Yu-Chong Yang, Jin-Xin Shi, Zhong-Hua Wu, Xiao-Wan Chen, Peng Gao, Zhi-Feng Miao, Zhen-Ning Wang
Thousands of genes have been well demonstrated to play important roles in cancer progression. As genes do not function in isolation, they can be grouped into "networks" based on their interactions. In this study, we discover a network regulating Claudin-4 in gastric cancer. We observe that Claudin-4 is up-regulated in gastric cancer and is associated with poor prognosis. Claudin-4 reinforce proliferation, invasion, and EMT in AGS, HGC-27, and SGC-7901 cells, which could be reversed by miR-596 and miR-3620-3p...
August 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818840/hcn4-ion-channel-function-is-required-for-early-events-that-regulate-anatomical-left-right-patterning-in-a-nodal-and-lefty-asymmetric-gene-expression-independent-manner
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Vaibhav P Pai, Valerie Willocq, Emily J Pitcairn, Joan M Lemire, Jean-François Paré, Nian-Qing Shi, Kelly A McLaughlin, Michael Levin
Laterality is a basic characteristic of all life forms, from single cell organisms to complex plants and animals. For many metazoans, consistent left-right asymmetric patterning is essential for the correct anatomy of internal organs, such as the heart, gut, and brain; disruption of left-right asymmetry patterning leads to an important class of birth defects in human patients. Laterality functions across multiple scales, where early embryonic, subcellular and chiral cytoskeletal events are coupled with asymmetric amplification mechanisms and gene regulatory networks leading to asymmetric physical forces that ultimately result in distinct left and right anatomical organ patterning...
August 17, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818668/a-bipolar-role-of-the-transcription-factor-erg-for-cnidarian-germ-layer-formation-and-apical-domain-patterning
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Aldine R Amiel, Hereroa Johnston, Taylor Chock, Paul Dahlin, Marta Iglesias, Michael Layden, Eric Röttinger, Mark Q Martindale
Germ layer formation and axial patterning are biological processes that are tightly linked during embryonic development of most metazoans. In addition to canonical WNT, it has been proposed that ERK-MAPK signaling is involved in specifying oral as well as aboral territories in cnidarians. However, the effector and the molecular mechanism underlying latter phenomenon is unknown. By screening for potential effectors of ERK-MAPK signaling in both domains, we identified a member of the ETS family of transcription factors, Nverg that is bi-polarily expressed prior to gastrulation...
August 14, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818098/sex-chromosomes-drive-gene-expression-and-regulatory-dimorphisms-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Rachael J Werner, Bryant M Schultz, Jacklyn M Huhn, Jaroslav Jelinek, Jozef Madzo, Nora Engel
BACKGROUND: Pre-implantation embryos exhibit sexual dimorphisms in both primates and rodents. To determine whether these differences reflected sex-biased expression patterns, we generated transcriptome profiles for six 40,XX, six 40,XY, and two 39,X mouse embryonic stem (ES) cells by RNA sequencing. RESULTS: We found hundreds of coding and non-coding RNAs that were differentially expressed between male and female cells. Surprisingly, the majority of these were autosomal and included RNA encoding transcription and epigenetic and chromatin remodeling factors...
August 17, 2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817804/structural-mechanism-for-modulation-of-synaptic-neuroligin-neurexin-signaling-by-mdga-proteins
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Jonathan Elegheert, Vedrana Cvetkovska, Amber J Clayton, Christina Heroven, Kristel M Vennekens, Samuel N Smukowski, Michael C Regan, Wanyi Jia, Alexandra C Smith, Hiro Furukawa, Jeffrey N Savas, Joris de Wit, Jo Begbie, Ann Marie Craig, A Radu Aricescu
Neuroligin-neurexin (NL-NRX) complexes are fundamental synaptic organizers in the central nervous system. An accurate spatial and temporal control of NL-NRX signaling is crucial to balance excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission, and perturbations are linked with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. MDGA proteins bind NLs and control their function and interaction with NRXs via unknown mechanisms. Here, we report crystal structures of MDGA1, the NL1-MDGA1 complex, and a spliced NL1 isoform. Two large, multi-domain MDGA molecules fold into rigid triangular structures, cradling a dimeric NL to prevent NRX binding...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817668/titanium-biomaterials-with-complex-surfaces-induced-aberrant-peripheral-circadian-rhythms-in-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
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Nathaniel Hassan, Kirstin McCarville, Kenzo Morinaga, Cristiane M Mengatto, Peter Langfelder, Akishige Hokugo, Yu Tahara, Christopher S Colwell, Ichiro Nishimura
Circadian rhythms maintain a high level of homeostasis through internal feed-forward and -backward regulation by core molecules. In this study, we report the highly unusual peripheral circadian rhythm of bone marrow mesenchymal stromal cells (BMSCs) induced by titanium-based biomaterials with complex surface modifications (Ti biomaterial) commonly used for dental and orthopedic implants. When cultured on Ti biomaterials, human BMSCs suppressed circadian PER1 expression patterns, while NPAS2 was uniquely upregulated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816053/in-vitro-exposure-systems-and-dosimetry-assessment-tools-for-inhaled-tobacco-products-workshop-proceedings-conclusions-and-paths-forward-for-in-vitro-model-use
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Holger Behrsing, Erin Hill, Hans Raabe, Raymond Tice, Suzanne Fitzpatrick, Robert Devlin, Kent Pinkerton, Günter Oberdörster, Chris Wright, Roman Wieczorek, Michaela Aufderheide, Sandro Steiner, Tobias Krebs, Bahman Asgharian, Richard Corley, Michael Oldham, Jason Adamson, Xiang Li, Irfan Rahman, Sonia Grego, Pei-Hsuan Chu, Shaun McCullough, Rodger Curren
In 2009, the passing of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act facilitated the establishment of the FDA Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), and gave it regulatory authority over the marketing, manufacture and distribution of tobacco products, including those termed 'modified risk'. On 4-6 April 2016, the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, Inc. (IIVS) convened a workshop conference entitled, In Vitro Exposure Systems and Dosimetry Assessment Tools for Inhaled Tobacco Products, to bring together stakeholders representing regulatory agencies, academia and industry to address the research priorities articulated by the FDA CTP...
July 2017: Alternatives to Laboratory Animals: ATLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815544/technological-developments-in-lncrna-biology
#14
Sonali Jathar, Vikram Kumar, Juhi Srivastava, Vidisha Tripathi
It is estimated that more than 90% of the mammalian genome is transcribed as non-coding RNAs. Recent evidences have established that these non-coding transcripts are not junk or just transcriptional noise, but they do serve important biological purpose. One of the rapidly expanding fields of this class of transcripts is the regulatory lncRNAs, which had been a major challenge in terms of their molecular functions and mechanisms of action. The emergence of high-throughput technologies and the development in various conventional approaches have led to the expansion of the lncRNA world...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814968/asp-based-method-for-the-enumeration-of-attractors-in-non-deterministic-synchronous-and-asynchronous-multi-valued-networks
#15
Emna Ben Abdallah, Maxime Folschette, Olivier Roux, Morgan Magnin
BACKGROUND: This paper addresses the problem of finding attractors in biological regulatory networks. We focus here on non-deterministic synchronous and asynchronous multi-valued networks, modeled using automata networks (AN). AN is a general and well-suited formalism to study complex interactions between different components (genes, proteins,...). An attractor is a minimal trap domain, that is, a part of the state-transition graph that cannot be escaped. Such structures are terminal components of the dynamics and take the form of steady states (singleton) or complex compositions of cycles (non-singleton)...
2017: Algorithms for Molecular Biology: AMB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814967/kalman-filtering-for-genetic-regulatory-networks-with-missing-values
#16
Qiongbin Lin, Qiuhua Liu, Tianyue Lai, Wu Wang
The filter problem with missing value for genetic regulation networks (GRNs) is addressed, in which the noises exist in both the state dynamics and measurement equations; furthermore, the correlation between process noise and measurement noise is also taken into consideration. In order to deal with the filter problem, a class of discrete-time GRNs with missing value, noise correlation, and time delays is established. Then a new observation model is proposed to decrease the adverse effect caused by the missing value and to decouple the correlation between process noise and measurement noise in theory...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814964/milk-disrupts-p53-and-dnmt1-the-guardians-of-the-genome-implications-for-acne-vulgaris-and-prostate-cancer
#17
Bodo C Melnik
There is accumulating evidence that milk shapes the postnatal metabolic environment of the newborn infant. Based on translational research, this perspective article provides a novel mechanistic link between milk intake and milk miRNA-regulated gene expression of the transcription factor p53 and DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1), two guardians of the human genome, that control transcriptional activity, cell survival, and apoptosis. Major miRNAs of milk, especially miRNA-125b, directly target TP53 and complex p53-dependent gene regulatory networks...
2017: Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814798/genetic-polymorphisms-of-lncrna-p53-regulatory-network-genes-are-associated-with-concurrent-chemoradiotherapy-toxicities-and-efficacy-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients
#18
Youhong Wang, Zhen Guo, Yu Zhao, Yi Jin, Liang An, Bin Wu, Zhaoqian Liu, Xiaoping Chen, Xiang Chen, Honghao Zhou, Hui Wang, Wei Zhang
The relevance of the transcription factor p53 in cancer is inarguable, and numerous lncRNAs are involved in the p53 regulatory network as either regulators or effectors, triggering a transcriptional response that causes either cell arrest or apoptosis following DNA damage in a p53-dependent manner. Despite the fact that the therapeutic response is improved in NPC, heterogeneity among people remains with regard to the susceptibility of adverse effects and the efficacy of treatments. Therefore, we analysed eight potentially functional SNPs of five genes in the lncRNA-p53 regulatory network in a discovery cohort of 505 NPC patients...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814746/rewiring-of-the-ftsh-regulatory-network-by-a-single-nucleotide-change-in-saes-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#19
Qian Liu, Mo Hu, Won-Sik Yeo, Lei He, Tianming Li, Yuanjun Zhu, Hongwei Meng, Yanan Wang, Hyunwoo Lee, Xiaoyun Liu, Min Li, Taeok Bae
In the Gram-positive pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, the membrane-bound ATP-dependent metalloprotease FtsH plays a critical role in resistance to various stressors. However, the molecular mechanism of the FtsH functions is not known. Here, we identified core FtsH target proteins in S. aureus. In the strains Newman and USA300, the abundance of 33 proteins were altered in both strains, of which 11 were identified as core FtsH substrate protein candidates. In the strain Newman and some other S. aureus strains, the sensor histidine kinase SaeS has an L18P (T53C in saeS) substitution, which transformed the protein into an FtsH substrate...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814742/the-candida-albicans-hir-histone-chaperone-regulates-the-yeast-to-hyphae-transition-by-controlling-the-sensitivity-to-morphogenesis-signals
#20
Sabrina Jenull, Michael Tscherner, Megha Gulati, Clarissa J Nobile, Neeraj Chauhan, Karl Kuchler
Morphological plasticity such as the yeast-to-hyphae transition is a key virulence factor of the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans. Hyphal formation is controlled by a multilayer regulatory network composed of environmental sensing, signaling, transcriptional modulators as well as chromatin modifications. Here, we demonstrate a novel role for the replication-independent HIR histone chaperone complex in fungal morphogenesis. HIR operates as a crucial modulator of hyphal development, since genetic ablation of the HIR complex subunit Hir1 decreases sensitivity to morphogenetic stimuli...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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