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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342363/differential-effects-of-inhibitory-g-protein-isoforms-on-g-protein-gated-inwardly-rectifying-k-currents-in-adult-murine-atria
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Muriel Nobles, David Montaigne, Sonia Sebastian, Lutz Birnbaumer, Andrew Tinker
G-protein gated inwardly rectifying K+ (GIRK) channels are the major inwardly rectifying K+ currents in cardiac atrial myocytes and an important determinant of atrial electrophysiology. Inhibitory G-protein alpha subunits can both mediate activation via acetylcholine but can also supress basal currents in the absence of agonist. We studied this phenomenon using whole cell patch clamping in murine atria from mice with global genetic deletion of Gαi2, combined deletion of Gαi1/Gαi3 and littermate controls...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342280/epigenetic-differentiation-of-natural-populations-of-lilium-bosniacum-associated-with-contrasting-habitat-conditions
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V Zoldoš, I Biruš, E Muratovic, Z Šatovic, A Vojta, O Robin, F Pustahija, F Bogunic, V Vicic Bockor, S Siljak-Yakovlev
Epigenetic variation in natural populations with contrasting habitats might be an important element, in addition to the genetic variation, in plant adaptation to environmental stress. Here, we assessed genetic, epigenetic and cytogenetic structure of the three Lilium bosniacum populations growing on distinct habitats. One population was growing under habitual ecological conditions for this species and the other two were growing under stress associated with high altitude and serpentine soil. Amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) and methylation-sensitive amplification polymorphism (MSAP) analyses revealed that the three populations did not differentiate genetically, but were clearly separated in the three distinct clusters according to DNA methylation profiles...
January 12, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342184/species-delimitation-in-the-stenocereus-griseus-cactaceae-species-complex-reveals-a-new-species-s-huastecorum
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Hernán Alvarado-Sizzo, Alejandro Casas, Fabiola Parra, Hilda Julieta Arreola-Nava, Teresa Terrazas, Cristian Sánchez
The Stenocereus griseus species complex (SGSC) has long been considered taxonomically challenging because the number of taxa belonging to the complex and their geographical boundaries remain poorly understood. Bayesian clustering and genetic distance-based methods were used based on nine microsatellite loci in 377 individuals of three main putative species of the complex. The resulting genetic clusters were assessed for ecological niche divergence and areolar morphology, particularly spination patterns. We based our species boundaries on concordance between genetic, ecological, and morphological data, and were able to resolve four species, three of them corresponding to S...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341863/distinct-gene-signatures-predict-insulin-resistance-in-young-mice-with-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity
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Katherine Chen, Alice Jih, Olivia Osborn, Sarah T Kavaler, Wenxian Fu, Roman Sasik, Rintaro Saito, Jane J Kim
Highly inbred C57BL/6 mice show wide variation in their degree of insulin resistance in response to diet-induced obesity even though they are almost genetically identical. Here we employed transcriptional profiling by RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) of visceral adipose tissue (VAT) and liver in young mice to determine how gene expression patterns correlate with the later development of high-fat diet (HFD)-induced insulin resistance in adulthood. To accomplish this goal, we partially removed and banked tissues from pubertal mice...
January 8, 2018: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341216/primary-scarring-alopecia-a-retrospective-study-of-89-patients-in-taiwan
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Hsing-Jou Su, An-Yu Cheng, Cheng-Han Liu, Chia-Bau Chu, Chaw-Ning Lee, Chao-Kai Hsu, Julia Yu-Yun Lee, Chao-Chun Yang
Primary scarring alopecia (PSA) is caused by irreversible damage to the hair epithelial stem cells that reside in hair follicles. There is limited published work regarding PSA amongst the Asian population. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical features and to characterize the subtypes of PSA in southern Taiwan. In this retrospective case series, we reviewed 89 patients with pathology-confirmed PSA. The data was collected from National Cheng Kung University Hospital between 1988 through 2016. The clinical and histological data were reviewed, and the patients were characterized into different subtypes of PSA based on the clinical features and histological findings...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341150/effect-of-akt-activation-and-experimental-pharmacological-inhibition-on-responses-to-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-in-rectal-cancer
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F C Koyama, C M Lopes Ramos, F Ledesma, V A F Alves, J M Fernandes, B B Vailati, G P São Julião, A Habr-Gama, J Gama-Rodrigues, R O Perez, A A Camargo
BACKGROUND: Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT) is one of the preferred initial treatment strategies for locally advanced rectal cancer. Responses are variable, and most patients still require surgery. The aim of this study was to identify molecular mechanisms determining poor response to CRT. METHODS: Global gene expression and pathway enrichment were assessed in pretreatment biopsies from patients with non-metastatic cT2-4 N0-2 rectal cancer within 7 cm of the anal verge...
January 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341069/reliability-and-validity-of-iscoreb-instrument-for-scoring-clinical-outcomes-of-research-for-epidermolysis-bullosa
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A L Bruckner, D L Fairclough, J A Feinstein, I Lara-Corrales, Anne W Lucky, Jakub Tolar, Elena Pope
BACKGROUND: Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a group of rare and currently incurable genetic blistering disorders. As more pathogenic driven therapies are being developed, the need for EB-specific validated outcomes measures designed for use in clinical trials is becoming important. OBJECTIVES: We previously reported on development of an instrument for scoring clinical outcomes of research for Epidermolysis Bullosa (iscorEB), a new combined clinician and patient reported outcomes tool...
January 17, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340582/immune-related-transcriptional-responses-to-parasitic-infection-in-a-naturally-inbred-fish-roles-of-genotype-and-individual-variation
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Rebecca Jane Pawluk, Tamsyn M Uren Webster, Joanne Cable, Carlos Garcia de Leaniz, Sofia Consuegra
Parasites are strong drivers of evolutionary change and the genetic variation of both host and parasite populations can co-evolve as a function of parasite virulence and host resistance. The role of transcriptome variation in specific interactions between host and parasite genotypes has been less studied and can be confounded by differences in genetic variation. We employed two naturally inbred lines of a self-fertilising fish to estimate the role of host genotype in the transcriptome response to parasite infection using RNA-seq...
January 11, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340569/associations-of-the-top-20-alzheimer-disease-risk-variants-with-brain-amyloidosis
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Liana G Apostolova, Shannon L Risacher, Tugce Duran, Eddie C Stage, Naira Goukasian, John D West, Triet M Do, Jonathan Grotts, Holly Wilhalme, Kwangsik Nho, Meredith Phillips, David Elashoff, Andrew J Saykin
Importance: Late-onset Alzheimer disease (AD) is highly heritable. Genome-wide association studies have identified more than 20 AD risk genes. The precise mechanism through which many of these genes are associated with AD remains unknown. Objective: To investigate the association of the top 20 AD risk variants with brain amyloidosis. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study analyzed the genetic and florbetapir F 18 data from 322 cognitively normal control individuals, 496 individuals with mild cognitive impairment, and 159 individuals with AD dementia who had genome-wide association studies and 18F-florbetapir positron emission tomographic data from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a prospective, observational, multisite tertiary center clinical and biomarker study...
January 16, 2018: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340399/landscape-of-gene-networks-for-random-parameter-perturbation
#10
Chunhe Li
Landscape approaches have been exploited to study the stochastic dynamics of gene networks. However, how to calculate the landscape with a wide range of parameter variations and how to investigate the influence of the network topology on the global properties of gene networks remain to be elucidated. Here, I developed an approach for the landscape of random parameter perturbation (LRPP) to address this issue. Based on a self-consistent approximation approach, by making perturbations to parameters in a given range, I obtained the landscape for gene network systems...
January 17, 2018: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340059/microrna-95-promotes-myogenic-differentiation-by-down-regulation-of-aminoacyl-trna-synthase-complex-interacting-multifunctional-protein-2
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Biao Li, Shanshan Xie, Chunbo Cai, Lili Qian, Shengwang Jiang, Dezun Ma, Gaojun Xiao, Ting Gao, Jinzeng Yang, Wentao Cui
MicroRNA-95 (miR-95) is well known for its ability to promote the proliferation of a variety of cancer cells, but its function in skeletal muscle development has not been reported so far. Our laboratory has recently generated genetically engineered Meishan pigs containing a loss-of-function myostatin (MSTN) mutant (MSTN-/-). These MSTN-/- pigs grow and develop normally but show clear double muscle phenotype as observed in Belgian cattle. We observed that the expression of miR-95 was up-regulated in the longissimus dorsi from MSTN-/- Meishan pigs at day 65 during embryo development...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340030/increased-efficacy-of-metformin-corresponds-to-differential-metabolic-effects-in-the-ovarian-tumors-from-obese-versus-lean-mice
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Jianjun Han, Weiya Z Wysham, Yan Zhong, Hui Guo, Lu Zhang, Kim M Malloy, Hallum K Dickens, Gene Huh, Douglas Lee, Liza Makowski, Chunxiao Zhou, Victoria L Bae-Jump
Obesity is a significant risk factor for ovarian cancer (OC) and associated with worse outcomes for this disease. We assessed the anti-tumorigenic effects of metformin in human OC cell lines and a genetically engineered mouse model of high grade serous OC under obese and lean conditions. Metformin potently inhibited growth in a dose-dependent manner in all four human OC cell lines through AMPK/mTOR pathways. Treatment with metformin resulted in G1 arrest, induction of apoptosis, reduction of invasion and decreased hTERT expression...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339970/a-new-image-based-tool-for-the-high-throughput-phenotyping-of-pollen-viability-evaluation-of-inter-and-intra-cultivar-diversity-in-grapevine
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Javier Tello, María Ignacia Montemayor, Astrid Forneck, Javier Ibáñez
Background: Low pollen viability may limit grapevine yield under certain conditions, causing relevant economic losses to grape-growers. It is usually evaluated by the quantification of the number of viable and non-viable pollen grains that are present in a sample after an adequate pollen grain staining procedure. Although the manual counting of both types of grains is the simplest and most sensitive approach, it is a laborious and time-demanding process. In this regard, novel image-based approaches can assist in the objective, accurate and cost-effective phenotyping of this trait...
2018: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339836/the-role-of-metabolic-enzymes-in-mesenchymal-tumors-and-tumor-syndromes-genetics-pathology-and-molecular-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Inga-Marie Schaefer, Jason L Hornick, Judith V M G Bovée
The discovery of mutations in genes encoding the metabolic enzymes isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH), succinate dehydrogenase (SDH), and fumarate hydratase (FH) has expanded our understanding not only of altered metabolic pathways but also epigenetic dysregulation in cancer. IDH1/2 mutations occur in enchondromas and chondrosarcomas in patients with the non-hereditary enchondromatosis syndromes Ollier disease and Maffucci syndrome and in sporadic tumors. IDH1/2 mutations result in excess production of the oncometabolite (D)-2-hydroxyglutarate...
January 16, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339802/biases-of-structure-software-when-exploring-introduction-routes-of-invasive-species
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Eric Lombaert, Thomas Guillemaud, Emeline Deleury
Population genetic methods are widely used to retrace the introduction routes of invasive species. The unsupervised Bayesian clustering algorithm implemented in STRUCTURE is amongst the most frequently used of these methods, but its ability to provide reliable information about introduction routes has never been assessed. We simulated microsatellite datasets to evaluate the extent to which the results provided by STRUCTURE were misleading for the inference of introduction routes. We focused on an invasion scenario involving one native and two independently introduced populations, because it is the sole scenario that can be rejected when obtaining a particular clustering with a STRUCTURE analysis at K = 2 (two clusters)...
January 17, 2018: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339782/loss-of-disease-tolerance-during-citrobacter-rodentium-infection-is-associated-with-impaired-epithelial-differentiation-and-hyperactivation-of-t-cell-responses
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Eugene Kang, Guangyan Zhou, Mitra Yousefi, Romain Cayrol, Jianguo Xia, Samantha Gruenheid
Citrobacter rodentium is an intestinal mouse pathogen widely used as a model to study the mucosal response to infection. Inbred mouse strains suffer one of two fates following infection: self-limiting colitis or fatal diarrheal disease. We previously reported that Rspo2 is a major genetic determinant of the outcome of C. rodentium infection; Rspo2 induction during infection of susceptible mice leads to loss of intestinal function and mortality. Rspo2 induction does not impact bacterial colonization, but rather, impedes the ability of the host to tolerate C...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339772/foxo1-promotes-th9-cell-differentiation-and-airway-allergy
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Thomas S Buttrick, Wei Wang, Christina Yung, Kenneth G Trieu, Kruti Patel, Samia J Khoury, Xingbin Ai, Wassim Elyaman
T helper 9 (Th9) cells are effector CD4+ T cells that are characterized by the production of interleukin-9 (IL-9) and have been associated with allergic responses. Here, we found that the expression of the transcription factor forkhead box O1 (Foxo1) was induced in Th9 and Foxo1 plays a crucial role in the differentiation of Th9 cells. Pharmacological inhibition of Foxo1 or genetic disruption of Foxo1 in CD4+ T cells caused a reduction in IL-9 expression while upregulating IL-17A and IFNγ production. Furthermore, chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) followed by luciferase assays revealed direct binding of Foxo1 to both the Il9 and Irf4 promoters and induces their transactivation...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339533/learning-dependent-chromatin-remodeling-highlights-noncoding-regulatory-regions-linked-to-autism
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John N Koberstein, Shane G Poplawski, Mathieu E Wimmer, Giulia Porcari, Charlly Kao, Bruce Gomes, Davide Risso, Hakon Hakonarson, Nancy R Zhang, Robert T Schultz, Ted Abel, Lucia Peixoto
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder that is associated with genetic risk factors. Most human disease-associated single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are not located in genes but rather are in regulatory regions that control gene expression. The function of regulatory regions is determined through epigenetic mechanisms. Parallels between the cellular basis of development and the formation of long-term memory have long been recognized, particularly the role of epigenetic mechanisms in both processes...
January 16, 2018: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339339/proteomics-and-genetic-analyses-reveal-the-effects-of-arsenite-oxidation-on-metabolic-pathways-and-the-roles-of-aior-in-agrobacterium-tumefaciens-gw4
#19
Kaixiang Shi, Qian Wang, Xia Fan, Gejiao Wang
A heterotrophic arsenite [As(III)]-oxidizing bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens GW4 isolated from As(III)-rich groundwater sediment showed high As(III) resistance and could oxidize As(III) to As(V). The As(III) oxidation could generate energy and enhance growth, and AioR was the regulator for As(III) oxidase. To determine the related metabolic pathways mediated by As(III) oxidation and whether AioR regulated other cellular responses to As(III), isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) was performed in four treatments, GW4 (+AsIII)/GW4 (-AsIII), GW4-ΔaioR (+AsIII)/GW4-ΔaioR (-AsIII), GW4-ΔaioR (-AsIII)/GW4 (-AsIII) and GW4-ΔaioR (+AsIII)/GW4 (+AsIII)...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339095/patterning-the-gastrointestinal-epithelium-to-confer-regional-specific-functions
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REVIEW
Cayla A Thompson, Ann DeLaForest, Michele A Battle
The gastrointestinal (GI) tract, in simplest terms, can be described as an epithelial-lined muscular tube extending along the cephalocaudal axis from the oral cavity to the anus. Although the general architecture of the GI tract organs is conserved from end to end, the presence of different epithelial tissue structures and unique epithelial cell types within each organ enables each to perform the distinct digestive functions required for efficient nutrient assimilation. Spatiotemporal regulation of signaling pathways and downstream transcription factors controls GI epithelial morphogenesis during development to confer essential regional-specific epithelial structures and functions...
January 12, 2018: Developmental Biology
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