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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212537/itraconazole-exerts-its-anti-melanoma-effect-by-suppressing-hedgehog-wnt-and-pi3k-mtor-signaling-pathways
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Guanzhao Liang, Musang Liu, Qiong Wang, Yongnian Shen, Huan Mei, Dongmei Li, Weida Liu
Malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of all skin cancers. Itraconazole, a commonly used systemic antifungal drug, has been tested for its anti-tumor effects on basal cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer. Whether itraconazole has any specific anti-tumor effect on melanoma remains unknown. However, the goal of this study is to investigate the effect of itraconazole on melanoma and to reveal some details of its underlying mechanism. In the in vivo xenograft mouse model, we find that itraconazole can inhibit melanoma growth and extend the survival of melanoma xenograft mice, compared to non-itraconazole-treated mice...
February 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212305/epigenetic-landscape-during-coronavirus-infection
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Alexandra Schäfer, Ralph S Baric
Coronaviruses (CoV) comprise a large group of emerging human and animal pathogens, including the highly pathogenic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) strains. The molecular mechanisms regulating emerging coronavirus pathogenesis are complex and include virus-host interactions associated with entry, replication, egress and innate immune control. Epigenetics research investigates the genetic and non-genetic factors that regulate phenotypic variation, usually caused by external and environmental factors that alter host expression patterns and performance without any change in the underlying genotype...
February 15, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212091/multistability-and-bifurcation-analysis-of-inhibitory-coupled-cyclic-genetic-regulatory-networks-with-delays
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Guang Ling, Zhi-Hong Guan, Bin Hu, Qiang Lai, Yonghong Wu
Many biological systems have the conspicuous property to present more than one stable state and diverse rhythmic behaviors. A closed relationship between these complex dynamic behaviors and cyclic genetic structures has been witnessed by pioneering works. In this paper, a typical structure of inhibitory coupled cyclic genetic networks is introduced to further enlighten this mechanism of stability and biological rhythms of living cells. The coupled networks consist two identical cyclic genetic subnetworks, which inhibit each other directly...
February 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211533/integration-of-microrna-and-mrna-expression-profiles-in-the-skin-of-systemic-sclerosis-patients
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Bin Zhou, Xiao Xia Zuo, Yi Sha Li, Si Ming Gao, Xiao Dan Dai, Hong Lin Zhu, Hui Luo
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in the fibrosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc). However, the underlying miRNA-mRNA regulatory network is not fully understood. A systemic investigation of the role of miRNAs would be very valuable for increasing our knowledge of the pathogenesis of SSc. Here, we combined miRNA and mRNA expression profiles and bioinformatics analyses and then performed validation experiments. we identified 21 miRNAs and 2698 mRNAs that were differentially expressed in SSc. Among these, 17 miRNAs and their 33 target mRNAs (55 miRNA-mRNA pairs) were involved in Toll-like receptor, transforming growth factor β and Wnt signalling pathways...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210797/mathematical-modelling-of-clostridial-acetone-butanol-ethanol-fermentation
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Thomas Millat, Klaus Winzer
Clostridial acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation features a remarkable shift in the cellular metabolic activity from acid formation, acidogenesis, to the production of industrial-relevant solvents, solventogensis. In recent decades, mathematical models have been employed to elucidate the complex interlinked regulation and conditions that determine these two distinct metabolic states and govern the transition between them. In this review, we discuss these models with a focus on the mechanisms controlling intra- and extracellular changes between acidogenesis and solventogenesis...
February 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209995/rna-seq-based-transcriptomic-and-metabolomic-analysis-reveal-stress-responses-and-programmed-cell-death-induced-by-acetic-acid-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Yachen Dong, Jingjin Hu, Linlin Fan, Qihe Chen
As a typical harmful inhibitor in cellulosic hydrolyzates, acetic acid not only hinders bioethanol production, but also induces cell death in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Herein, we conducted both transcriptomic and metabolomic analyses to investigate the global responses under acetic acid stress at different stages. There were 295 up-regulated and 427 down-regulated genes identified at more than two time points during acetic acid treatment (150 mM, pH 3.0). These differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were mainly involved in intracellular homeostasis, central metabolic pathway, transcription regulation, protein folding and stabilization, ubiquitin-dependent protein catabolic process, vesicle-mediated transport, protein synthesis, MAPK signaling pathways, cell cycle, programmed cell death, etc...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209158/gene-regulatory-network-underlying-the-immortalization-of-epithelial-cells
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Luis Fernando Méndez-López, Jose Davila-Velderrain, Elisa Domínguez-Hüttinger, Christian Enríquez-Olguín, Juan Carlos Martínez-García, Elena R Alvarez-Buylla
BACKGROUND: Tumorigenic transformation of human epithelial cells in vitro has been described experimentally as the potential result of spontaneous immortalization. This process is characterized by a series of cell-state transitions, in which normal epithelial cells acquire first a senescent state which is later surpassed to attain a mesenchymal stem-like phenotype with a potentially tumorigenic behavior. In this paper we aim to provide a system-level mechanistic explanation to the emergence of these cell types, and to the time-ordered transition patterns that are common to neoplasias of epithelial origin...
February 16, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209126/a-meta-analysis-reveals-complex-regulatory-properties-at-taf14-repressed-genes
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Josipa Nemet, Nikolina Vidan, Mary Sopta
BACKGROUND: Regulation of gene transcription in response to stress is central to a cell's ability to cope with environmental challenges. Taf14 is a YEATS domain protein in S.cerevisiae that physically associates with several transcriptionally relevant multisubunit complexes including the general transcription factors TFIID and TFIIF and the chromatin-modifying complexes SWI/SNF, INO80, RSC and NuA3. TAF14 deletion strains are sensitive to a variety of stresses suggesting that it plays a role in the transcriptional stress response...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208755/micrornas-new-insight-in-modulating-follicular-atresia-a-review
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Tesfaye Worku, Zia Ur Rehman, Hira Sajjad Talpur, Dinesh Bhattarai, Farman Ullah, Ngabu Malobi, Tesfaye Kebede, Liguo Yang
Our understanding of the post-transcriptional mechanisms involved in follicular atresia is limited; however, an important development has been made in understanding the biological regulatory networks responsible for mediating follicular atresia. MicroRNAs have come to be seen as a key regulatory actor in determining cell fate in a wide range of tissues in normal and pathological processes. Profiling studies of miRNAs during follicular atresia and development have identified several putative miRNAs enriched in apoptosis signaling pathways...
February 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208522/re-integrative-analyses-reveal-a-long-noncoding-rna-mediated-sponge-regulatory-network-in-prostate-cancer
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Anthony Atala
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208333/stochastic-liouville-equation-for-particles-driven-by-dichotomous-environmental-noise
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Paul C Bressloff
We analyze the stochastic dynamics of a large population of noninteracting particles driven by a global environmental input in the form of a dichotomous Markov noise process (DMNP). The population density of particle states evolves according to a stochastic Liouville equation with respect to different realizations of the DMNP. We then exploit the connection with previous work on diffusion in randomly switching environments, in order to derive moment equations for the distribution of solutions to the stochastic Liouville equation...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207365/using-social-media-as-a-research-recruitment-tool-ethical-issues-and-recommendations
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Luke Gelinas, Robin Pierce, Sabune Winkler, I Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, Barbara E Bierer
The use of social media as a recruitment tool for research with humans is increasing, and likely to continue to grow. Despite this, to date there has been no specific regulatory guidance and there has been little in the bioethics literature to guide investigators and institutional review boards (IRBs) faced with navigating the ethical issues such use raises. We begin to fill this gap by first defending a nonexceptionalist methodology for assessing social media recruitment; second, examining respect for privacy and investigator transparency as key norms governing social media recruitment; and, finally, analyzing three relatively novel aspects of social media recruitment: (i) the ethical significance of compliance with website "terms of use"; (ii) the ethics of recruiting from the online networks of research participants; and (iii) the ethical implications of online communication from and between participants...
March 2017: American Journal of Bioethics: AJOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207192/temporal-spatial-establishment-of-initial-niche-for-the-primary-spermatogonial-stem-cell-formation-is-determined-by-an-arid4b-regulatory-network
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Ray-Chang Wu, Yang Zeng, Yu-Fang Chen, Rainer B Lanz, Mei-Yi Wu
During neonatal testis development, centrally located gonocytes migrate to basement membrane of the seminiferous cords, where physical contact with a niche established by Sertoli cells is essential for transition of gonocytes into spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs). To provide structural support and signaling stimuli for the gonocyte-to-SSC transition that occurs at a specific location during a finite phase, temporal-spatial establishment of the niche is critical. To date, the factors that guide Sertoli cells to establish the initial stem cell niche remain largely unknown...
February 16, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207000/spatial-transcriptomic-analysis-of-cryosectioned-tissue-samples-with-geo-seq
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Jun Chen, Shengbao Suo, Patrick Pl Tam, Jing-Dong J Han, Guangdun Peng, Naihe Jing
Conventional gene expression studies analyze multiple cells simultaneously or single cells, for which the exact in vivo or in situ position is unknown. Although cellular heterogeneity can be discerned when analyzing single cells, any spatially defined attributes that underpin the heterogeneous nature of the cells cannot be identified. Here, we describe how to use Geo-seq, a method that combines laser capture microdissection (LCM) and single-cell RNA-seq technology. The combination of these two methods enables the elucidation of cellular heterogeneity and spatial variance simultaneously...
March 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205554/the-oncoppi-network-of-cancer-focused-protein-protein-interactions-to-inform-biological-insights-and-therapeutic-strategies
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Zenggang Li, Andrei A Ivanov, Rina Su, Valentina Gonzalez-Pecchi, Qi Qi, Songlin Liu, Philip Webber, Elizabeth McMillan, Lauren Rusnak, Cau Pham, Xiaoqian Chen, Xiulei Mo, Brian Revennaugh, Wei Zhou, Adam Marcus, Sahar Harati, Xiang Chen, Margaret A Johns, Michael A White, Carlos Moreno, Lee A D Cooper, Yuhong Du, Fadlo R Khuri, Haian Fu
As genomics advances reveal the cancer gene landscape, a daunting task is to understand how these genes contribute to dysregulated oncogenic pathways. Integration of cancer genes into networks offers opportunities to reveal protein-protein interactions (PPIs) with functional and therapeutic significance. Here, we report the generation of a cancer-focused PPI network, termed OncoPPi, and identification of >260 cancer-associated PPIs not in other large-scale interactomes. PPI hubs reveal new regulatory mechanisms for cancer genes like MYC, STK11, RASSF1 and CDK4...
February 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205287/upstream-regulation-for-initiation-of-restricted-shh-expression-in-the-chick-limb-bud
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Haruka Matsubara, Daisuke Saito, Gembu Abe, Hitoshi Yokoyama, Takayuki Suzuki, Koji Tamura
Background The organizing center, which serves as a morphogen source, has crucial functions in morphogenesis in animal development. The center is necessarily located in a certain restricted area in the morphogenetic field, and there are several ways in which an organizing center can be restricted. The organizing center for limb morphogenesis, the ZPA (zone of polarizing activity), specifically expresses the Shh gene and is restricted to the posterior region of the developing limb bud. Results The prepattern along the limb antero-posterior axis, provided by anterior Gli3 expression and posterior Hand2 expression, seems insufficient for the initiation of Shh expression restricted to a narrow, small spot in the posterior limb field...
February 16, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203683/identification-of-unique-venous-thromboembolism-susceptibility-variants-in-african-americans
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John A Heit, Sebastian M Armasu, Bryan M McCauley, Iftikhar J Kullo, Hugues Sicotte, Jyotishman Pathak, Christopher G Chute, Omri Gottesman, Erwin P Bottinger, Joshua C Denny, Dan M Roden, Rongling Li, Marylyn D Ritchie, Mariza de Andrade
To identify novel single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with venous thromboembolism (VTE) in African-Americans (AAs), we performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of VTE in AAs using the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) Network, comprised of seven sites each with DNA biobanks (total ~39,200 unique DNA samples) with genome-wide SNP data (imputed to 1000 Genomes Project cosmopolitan reference panel) and linked to electronic health records (EHRs). Using a validated EHR-driven phenotype extraction algorithm, we identified VTE cases and controls and tested for an association between each SNP and VTE using unconditional logistic regression, adjusted for age, sex, stroke, site-platform combination and sickle cell risk genotype...
February 16, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203648/gene-regulatory-effects-of-disease-associated-variation-in-the-nrf2-network
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Sarah E Lacher, Matthew Slattery
Reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are both a natural byproduct of oxidative metabolism and an undesirable byproduct of many environmental stressors, can damage all classes of cellular macromolecules and promote diseases from cancer to neurodegeneration. The actions of ROS are mitigated by the transcription factor NRF2, which regulates expression of antioxidant genes via its interaction with cis-regulatory antioxidant response elements (AREs). However, despite the seemingly straightforward relationship between the opposing forces of ROS and NRF2, regulatory precision in the NRF2 network is essential...
December 2016: Curr Opin Toxicol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203225/regulation-of-sterol-biosynthesis-in-the-human-fungal-pathogen-aspergillus-fumigatus-opportunities-for-therapeutic-development
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REVIEW
Sourabh Dhingra, Robert A Cramer
Sterols are a major component of eukaryotic cell membranes. For human fungal infections caused by the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, antifungal drugs that target sterol biosynthesis and/or function remain the standard of care. Yet, an understanding of A. fumigatus sterol biosynthesis regulatory mechanisms remains an under developed therapeutic target. The critical role of sterol biosynthesis regulation and its interactions with clinically relevant azole drugs is highlighted by the basic helix loop helix (bHLH) class of transcription factors known as Sterol Regulatory Element Binding Proteins (SREBPs)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202588/control-and-regulation-of-pathways-via-negative-feedback
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REVIEW
Herbert M Sauro
The biochemical networks found in living organisms include a huge variety of control mechanisms at multiple levels of organization. While the mechanistic and molecular details of many of these control mechanisms are understood, their exact role in driving cellular behaviour is not. For example, yeast glycolysis has been studied for almost 80 years but it is only recently that we have come to understand the systemic role of the multitude of feedback and feed-forward controls that exist in this pathway. In this article, control theory is discussed as an approach to dissect the control logic of complex pathways...
February 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
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