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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911252/chapparvoviruses-occur-in-at-least-three-vertebrate-classes-and-have-a-broad-biogeographic-distribution
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William Marciel de Souza, Marilia Farignoli Romeiro, Marcílio Jorge Fumagalli, Sejal Modha, Jansen de Araujo, Luzia Helena Queiroz, Edison Luiz Durigon, Luiz Tadeu Moraes Figueiredo, Pablo Ramiro Murcia, Robert Gifford
Chapparvoviruses are a highly divergent group of parvoviruses (family Parvoviridae) that have recently been identified via metagenomic sampling of animal faeces. Here we report the sequences of six novel chapparvoviruses identified through both metagenomic sampling of bat tissues and in silico screening of published vertebrate genome assemblies. The novel chapparvoviruses share several distinctive genomic features, and group together as a robustly supported monophyletic clade in phylogenetic trees. Our data indicate that chapparvoviruses have a broad host range in vertebrates, and a global distribution...
December 2, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909649/in-silico-profiling-of-cell-growth-and-succinate-production-in-escherichia-coli-nzn111
#2
Xingxing Jian, Ningchuan Li, Cheng Zhang, Qiang Hua
BACKGROUND: Succinic acid is a valuable product due to its wide-ranging utilities. To improve succinate production and reduce by-products formation, Escherichia coli NZN111 was constructed by insertional inactivation of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and pyruvate formate lyase (PFL) encoded by the genes ldhA and pflB, respectively. However, this double-deletion mutant is incapable of anaerobically growing on glucose in rich or minimal medium even with acetate supplementation. A widespread hold view is that the inactivation of NADH-dependent LDH limits the regeneration of NAD(+) and consequently disables proper growth under anaerobic conditions...
2016: Bioresources and Bioprocessing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909409/3-5-3-triiodo-l-thyronine-and-3-5-diiodo-l-thyronine-affected-metabolic-pathways-in-liver-of-ldl-receptor-deficient-mice
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Maria Moreno, Elena Silvestri, Maria Coppola, Ira J Goldberg, Li-Shin Huang, Anna M Salzano, Fulvio D'Angelo, Joel R Ehrenkranz, Fernando Goglia
3,5,3'-triiodo-L-thyronine (T3) and 3,5-diiodo-L-thyronine (T2), when administered to a model of familial hypercholesterolemia, i.e., low density lipoprotein receptor (LDLr)-knockout (Ldlr(-/-)) mice fed with a Western type diet (WTD), dramatically reduce circulating total and very low-density lipoprotein/LDL cholesterol with decreased liver apolipoprotein B (ApoB) production. The aim of the study was to highlight putative molecular mechanisms to manage cholesterol levels in the absence of LDLr. A comprehensive comparative profiling of changes in expression of soluble proteins in livers from Ldlr(-/-) mice treated with either T3 or T2 was performed...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909054/identification-of-a-substrate-selective-exosite-within-the-metalloproteinase-anthrax-lethal-factor
#4
Allison B Goldberg, Eunice Cho, Chad J Miller, Hua Jane Lou, Benjamin E Turk
The metalloproteinase anthrax lethal factor (LF) is secreted by Bacillus anthracis to promote disease virulence through disruption of host signaling pathways. LF is a highly specific protease, exclusively cleaving mitogen-activated protein kinase kinases (MKKs) and rodent NACHT leucine-rich repeat and pyrin domain containing protein 1B (NLRP1B). How LF achieves such restricted substrate specificity is not understood. Previous studies have suggested the existence of an exosite interaction between LF and MKKs that promotes cleavage efficiency and specificity...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908889/microrna-146a-induces-lineage-negative-bone-marrow-cell-apoptosis-and-senescence-by-targeting-polo-like-kinase-2-expression
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Shanming Deng, Huilan Wang, Chunling Jia, Shoukang Zhu, Xianming Chu, Qi Ma, Jianqin Wei, Emily Chen, Wei Zhu, Conrad J Macon, Dushyantha T Jayaweera, Derek M Dykxhoorn, Chunming Dong
OBJECTIVE: Lineage-negative bone marrow cells (lin- BMCs) are enriched in endothelial progenitor cells and mediate vascular repair. Aging-associated senescence and apoptosis result in reduced number and functionality of lin- BMCs, impairing their prorepair capacity. The molecular mechanisms underlying lin- BMC senescence and apoptosis are poorly understood. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate many important biological processes. The identification of miRNA-mRNA networks that modulate the health and functionality of lin- BMCs is a critical step in understanding the process of vascular repair...
December 1, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908735/unr-csde1-drives-a-post-transcriptional-program-to-promote-melanoma-invasion-and-metastasis
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Laurence Wurth, Panagiotis Papasaikas, David Olmeda, Nadine Bley, Guadalupe T Calvo, Santiago Guerrero, Daniela Cerezo-Wallis, Javier Martinez-Useros, María García-Fernández, Stefan Hüttelmaier, Maria S Soengas, Fátima Gebauer
RNA binding proteins (RBPs) modulate cancer progression through poorly understood mechanisms. Here we show that the RBP UNR/CSDE1 is overexpressed in melanoma tumors and promotes invasion and metastasis. iCLIP sequencing, RNA sequencing, and ribosome profiling combined with in silico studies unveiled sets of pro-metastatic factors coordinately regulated by UNR as part of RNA regulons. In addition to RNA steady-state levels, UNR was found to control many of its targets at the level of translation elongation/termination...
November 14, 2016: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908705/a-novel-method-for-in-silico-identification-of-regulatory-snps-in-human-genome
#7
Rong Li, Dexing Zhong, Ruiling Liu, Hongqiang Lv, Xinman Zhang, Jun Liu, Jiuqiang Han
Regulatory single nucleotide polymorphisms (rSNPs), kind of functional noncoding genetic variants, can affect gene expression in a regulatory way, and they are thought to be associated with increased susceptibilities to complex diseases. Here a novel computational approach to identify potential rSNPs is presented. Different from most other rSNPs finding methods which based on hypothesis that SNPs causing large allele-specific changes in transcription factor binding affinities are more likely to play regulatory functions, we use a set of documented experimentally verified rSNPs and nonfunctional background SNPs to train classifiers, so the discriminating features are found...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908490/y-chromosomal-haplogroup-distribution-in-the-tuzla-canton-of-bosnia-and-herzegovina-a-concordance-study-using-four-different-in-silico-assignment-algorithms-based-on-y-str-data
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S Dogan, N Babic, C Gurkan, A Goksu, D Marjanovic, V Hadziavdic
Y-chromosomal haplogroups are sets of ancestrally related paternal lineages, traditionally assigned by the use of Y-chromosomal single nucleotide polymorphism (Y-SNP) markers. An increasingly popular and a less labor-intensive alternative approach has been Y-chromosomal haplogroup assignment based on already available Y-STR data using a variety of different algorithms. In the present study, such in silico haplogroup assignments were made based on 23-loci Y-STR data for 100 unrelated male individuals from the Tuzla Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) using the following four different algorithms: Whit Athey's Haplogroup Predictor, Jim Cullen's World Haplogroup & Haplogroup-I Subclade Predictor, Vadim Urasin's YPredictor and the NevGen Y-DNA Haplogroup Predictor...
November 1, 2016: Homo: Internationale Zeitschrift Für die Vergleichende Forschung Am Menschen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908235/pentatricopeptide-motifs-in-the-n-terminal-extension-domain-of-yeast-mitochondrial-rna-polymerase-rpo41p-are-not-essential-for-its-function
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J Kruszewski, P Golik
The core mitochondrial RNA polymerase is a single-subunit enzyme that in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is encoded by the nuclear RPO41 gene. It is an evolutionary descendant of the bacteriophage RNA polymerases, but it includes an additional unconserved N-terminal extension (NTE) domain that is unique to the organellar enzymes. This domain mediates interactions between the polymerase and accessory regulatory factors, such as yeast Sls1p and Nam1p. Previous studies demonstrated that deletion of the entire NTE domain results only in a temperature-dependent respiratory deficiency...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907195/novel-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-agonist-suppresses-migration-and-invasion-of-breast-cancer-cells
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Hamza Hanieh, Omar Mohafez, Villianur Ibrahim Hairul-Islam, Abdullah Alzahrani, Mohammad Bani Ismail, Krishnaraj Thirugnanasambantham
BACKGROUND: Despite the remarkable progress to fight against breast cancer, metastasis remains the dominant cause of treatment failure and recurrence. Therefore, control of invasiveness potential of breast cancer cells is crucial. Accumulating evidences suggest Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (Ahr), a helix-loop-helix transcription factor, as a promising target to control migration and invasion in breast cancer cells. Thus, an Ahr-based exploration was performed to identify a new Ahr agonist with inhibitory potentials on cancer cell motility...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907175/p53-specifically-binds-triplex-dna-in-vitro-and-in-cells
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Marie Brázdová, Vlastimil Tichý, Robert Helma, Pavla Bažantová, Alena Polášková, Aneta Krejčí, Marek Petr, Lucie Navrátilová, Olga Tichá, Karel Nejedlý, Martin L Bennink, Vinod Subramaniam, Zuzana Bábková, Tomáš Martínek, Matej Lexa, Matej Adámik
Triplex DNA is implicated in a wide range of biological activities, including regulation of gene expression and genomic instability leading to cancer. The tumor suppressor p53 is a central regulator of cell fate in response to different type of insults. Sequence and structure specific modes of DNA recognition are core attributes of the p53 protein. The focus of this work is the structure-specific binding of p53 to DNA containing triplex-forming sequences in vitro and in cells and the effect on p53-driven transcription...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906974/in-silico-knockout-studies-of-xenophagic-capturing-of-salmonella
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Jennifer Scheidel, Leonie Amstein, Jörg Ackermann, Ivan Dikic, Ina Koch
The degradation of cytosol-invading pathogens by autophagy, a process known as xenophagy, is an important mechanism of the innate immune system. Inside the host, Salmonella Typhimurium invades epithelial cells and resides within a specialized intracellular compartment, the Salmonella-containing vacuole. A fraction of these bacteria does not persist inside the vacuole and enters the host cytosol. Salmonella Typhimurium that invades the host cytosol becomes a target of the autophagy machinery for degradation...
December 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905547/in-silico-mapping-of-protein-unfolding-mutations-for-inherited-disease
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Caitlyn L McCafferty, Yuri V Sergeev
The effect of disease-causing missense mutations on protein folding is difficult to evaluate. To understand this relationship, we developed the unfolding mutation screen (UMS) for in silico evaluation of the severity of genetic perturbations at the atomic level of protein structure. The program takes into account the protein-unfolding curve and generates propensities using calculated free energy changes for every possible missense mutation at once. These results are presented in a series of unfolding heat maps and a colored protein 3D structure to show the residues critical to the protein folding and are available for quick reference...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904888/rna-dactyloscopy
#14
Marta Magdalena Gabryelska, Eliza Wyszko, Jan Barciszewski
Despite the wealth of data on RNA secondary structure, conformational dynamics and tertiary structure in vitro and in vivo, predicting RNA biological activity in cellular environments remains difficult. Here, we present a comparison between in silico RNA fingerprinting and published experimental data that sheds light on efficient design of the hammerhead ribozyme molecules with a high intracellular efficiency. Our method, which we call RNA dactyloscopy, is a reliable tool for assessing the catalytic properties, modeling and design of RNA...
December 1, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904805/hypothesis-on-serenoa-repens-bartram-small-extract-inhibition-of-prostatic-5%C3%AE-reductase-through-an-in-silico-approach-on-5%C3%AE-reductase-x-ray-structure
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Paolo Governa, Daniela Giachetti, Marco Biagi, Fabrizio Manetti, Luca De Vico
Benign prostatic hyperplasia is a common disease in men aged over 50 years old, with an incidence increasing to more than 80% over the age of 70, that is increasingly going to attract pharmaceutical interest. Within conventional therapies, such as α-adrenoreceptor antagonists and 5α-reductase inhibitor, there is a large requirement for treatments with less adverse events on, e.g., blood pressure and sexual function: phytotherapy may be the right way to fill this need. Serenoa repens standardized extract has been widely studied and its ability to reduce lower urinary tract symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia is comprehensively described in literature...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903835/identification-of-microrna-signature-and-potential-pathway-targets-in-prostate-cancer
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Ahmed A Moustafa, Mohammed Ziada, Abubaker Elshaikh, Amrita Datta, Hogyoung Kim, Krzysztof Moroz, Sudesh Srivastav, Raju Thomas, Jonathan L Silberstein, Krishnarao Moparty, Fatma Elzahraa H Salem, Ola H El-Habit, Asim B Abdel-Mageed
Prostate cancer (PC) is the most common and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among American men. Early diagnosis is a prerequisite to improving therapeutic benefits. However, the current clinical biomarkers for PC do not reliably decipher indolent PC from other urogenital disorders. Thus, effective clinical intervention necessitates development of new biomarkers for early detection of PC. The present study aimed to identify the miRNA signature in organ-confined (Gleason Score 6) prostate tumors...
November 29, 2016: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903825/synthetic-biology-routes-to-bio-artificial-intelligence
#17
REVIEW
Darren N Nesbeth, Alexey Zaikin, Yasushi Saka, M Carmen Romano, Claudiu V Giuraniuc, Oleg Kanakov, Tetyana Laptyeva
The design of synthetic gene networks (SGNs) has advanced to the extent that novel genetic circuits are now being tested for their ability to recapitulate archetypal learning behaviours first defined in the fields of machine and animal learning. Here, we discuss the biological implementation of a perceptron algorithm for linear classification of input data. An expansion of this biological design that encompasses cellular 'teachers' and 'students' is also examined. We also discuss implementation of Pavlovian associative learning using SGNs and present an example of such a scheme and in silico simulation of its performance...
November 30, 2016: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903457/glass-forming-ability-of-compounds-in-marketed-amorphous-drug-products
#18
Nicole Wyttenbach, Martin Kuentz
This note is about the glass-forming ability (GFA) of drugs marketed as amorphous solid dispersions or as pure amorphous compounds. A thermoanalytical method was complemented with an in silico study, which made use of molecular properties that were identified earlier as being relevant for GFA. Thus, molar volume together with effective numbers of torsional bonds and hydrogen bonding were used to map drugs that are as amorphous products on the market either as solid dispersion of without co-processed carrier as amorphous drug in a solid dosage form...
November 27, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903241/abundant-rna-editing-sites-of-chloroplast-protein-coding-genes-in-ginkgo-biloba-and-an-evolutionary-pattern-analysis
#19
Peng He, Sheng Huang, Guanghui Xiao, Yuzhou Zhang, Jianing Yu
BACKGROUND: RNA editing is a posttranscriptional modification process that alters the RNA sequence so that it deviates from the genomic DNA sequence. RNA editing mainly occurs in chloroplasts and mitochondrial genomes, and the number of editing sites varies in terrestrial plants. Why and how RNA editing systems evolved remains a mystery. Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest seed plants and has an important evolutionary position. Determining the patterns and distribution of RNA editing in the ancient plant provides insights into the evolutionary trend of RNA editing, and helping us to further understand their biological significance...
December 1, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903217/rational-drug-discovery-of-hcv-helicase-inhibitor-improved-docking-accuracy-with-multiple-seedings-of-autodock-vina-and-in-situ-minimization
#20
SeeKhai Lim, Rozana Othman, Rohana Yusof, ChoonHan Heh
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C is a significant cause for end-stage liver diseases and liver transplantation which affects approximate 3% of the global populations. Despite the present of several direct antiviral agents in the treatment of hepatitis C, the standard treatment for HCV is accompanied by several drawbacks such as adverse side effects, high pricing of medications and the rapid emerging rate of resistant HCV variants. OBJECTIVES: To discover potential inhibitors for HCV helicase through an optimized in silico approach...
November 30, 2016: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
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