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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549342/mgr1-antigen-37-kda-laminin-receptor-precursor-promotes-cellular-prion-protein-induced-multi-drug-resistance-of-gastric-cancer
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Guanhong Luo, Weijie Wang, Qiong Wu, Yuanyuan Lu, Tao Su, Nan Gu, Kai Li, Jingbo Wang, Rui Du, Xiaodi Zhao, Xiaohua Li, Rui Fan, Hongbo Zhang, Yongzhan Nie, Xinmin Zhou, Yongquan Shi, Jie Liang, Xin Wang, Daiming Fan
Cellular prion protein (PrPC), the infective agent of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, is thought to be related to several cellular physiological and physiopathological processes. We have previously reported that PrPC participates in multi-drug-resistance of gastric cancer. As the salient ligand molecule of PrP for participating in internalization and propagation of the scrapie form of prion protein (PrPSc), 37 kDa laminin receptor precursor protein (37LRP) shared the same gene coding sequence of MGr1-Ag, another protein previously found to be involved in multi-drug-resistance of gastric cancer in our lab...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549299/the-effect-of-feed-supplementation-with-effective-microorganisms-em-on-pro-and-anti-inflammatory-cytokine-concentrations-in-pigs
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Ewa Laskowska, Łukasz Jarosz, Zbigniew Grądzki
Effective microorganisms (EM) are used in numerous fields associated with agriculture. The beneficial effects of EM on the general health of pigs and on production parameters are also determined by the influence of these microbes on immunity. The aim of the study was to assess the effect of feed supplementation with EM on the concentration of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in the serum and in a culture of PBMCs with and without ConA stimulation in pigs. ELISA kits were used to determine the cytokine levels in the porcine serum and the PBMC culture supernatants...
April 14, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549232/identification-and-characterization-of-transcription-factor-zmereb94-involved-in-starch-synthesis-in-maize
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Hui Li, Qianlin Xiao, Chunxia Zhang, Jia Du, Xiao Li, Huanhuan Huang, Bin Wei, Yangping Li, Guowu Yu, Hanmei Liu, Yufeng Hu, Yinghong Liu, Junjie Zhang, Yubi Huang
Maize is an important food crop and industrial material owing to its high starch content. However, the mechanism of starch synthesis is not fully elucidated, especially with regard to the expression and regulation of starch synthetic genes. The APETALA2/Ethylene Responsive Factor (AP2/ERF) family plays a crucial role in various biological processes via regulating gene expression. In this study, the ZmEREB94 gene was identified through co-expression analysis. Bioinformatics analysis confirmed that ZmEREB94 belongs to the AP2/ERF family...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549213/binding-of-copper-and-cisplatin-to-atox1-is-mediated-by-glutathione-through-the-formation-of-metal-sulfur-clusters
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Nataliya V Dolgova, Corey Yu, John P Cvitkovic, Miroslav Hodak, Kurt Nienaber, Kelly Lynn Summers, Julien Cotelesage, Jerzy Bernholc, George A Kaminski, Ingrid J Pickering, Graham N George, Oleg Y Dmitriev
Copper is an essential nutrient required for many biological processes involved in primary metabolism, but free cop-per is toxic due to its ability to catalyze formation of free radicals. To prevent toxic effects, in the cell copper is bound to proteins and low molecular weight compounds, such as glutathione, at all times. The widely used chemotherapy agent cisplatin is known to bind to copper-transporting proteins, including copper chaperone Atox1. Cisplatin interac-tions with Atox1 and other copper transporters are linked to cancer resistance to platinum-based chemotherapy...
May 26, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549174/phosphorylated-sirt1-associates-with-replication-origins-to-prevent-excess-replication-initiation-and-preserve-genomic-stability
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Koichi Utani, Haiqing Fu, Sang-Min Jang, Anna B Marks, Owen K Smith, Ya Zhang, Christophe E Redon, Noriaki Shimizu, Mirit I Aladjem
Chromatin structure affects DNA replication patterns, but the role of specific chromatin modifiers in regulating the replication process is yet unclear. We report that phosphorylation of the human SIRT1 deacetylase on Threonine 530 (T530-pSIRT1) modulates DNA synthesis. T530-pSIRT1 associates with replication origins and inhibits replication from a group of 'dormant' potential replication origins, which initiate replication only when cells are subject to replication stress. Although both active and dormant origins bind T530-pSIRT1, active origins are distinguished from dormant origins by their unique association with an open chromatin mark, histone H3 methylated on lysine 4...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549159/a-non-photosynthetic-diatom-reveals-early-steps-of-reductive-evolution-in-plastids
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Ryoma Kamikawa, Daniel Moog, Stefan Zauner, Goro Tanifuji, Ken-Ichiro Ishida, Hideaki Miyashita, Shigeki Mayama, Tetsuo Hashimoto, Uwe-G Maier, John M Archibald, Yuji Inagaki
Non-photosynthetic plastids retain important biological functions and are indispensable for cell viability. However, the detailed processes underlying the loss of plastidal functions other than photosynthesis remain to be fully understood. In this study, we used transcriptomics, subcellular localization, and phylogenetic analyses to characterize the biochemical complexity of the non-photosynthetic plastids of the apochlorotic diatom Nitzschia sp. NIES-3581. We found that these plastids have lost isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP) biosynthesis and ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO)-based carbon fixation but have retained various proteins for other metabolic pathways, including amino acid biosynthesis, and a portion of the Calvin-Benson cycle comprised only of glycolysis/gluconeogenesis, and the reductive pentose phosphate pathway (rPPP)...
May 26, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549158/chd2-regulates-chromatin-for-proper-gene-expression-toward-differentiation-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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Yuichiro Semba, Akihito Harada, Kazumitsu Maehara, Shinya Oki, Chikara Meno, Jun Ueda, Kazuo Yamagata, Atsushi Suzuki, Mitsuho Onimaru, Jumpei Nogami, Seiji Okada, Koichi Akashi, Yasuyuki Ohkawa
Chromatin reorganization is necessary for pluripotent stem cells, including embryonic stem cells (ESCs), to acquire lineage potential. However, it remains unclear how ESCs maintain their characteristic chromatin state for appropriate gene expression upon differentiation. Here, we demonstrate that chromodomain helicase DNA-binding domain 2 (Chd2) is required to maintain the differentiation potential of mouse ESCs. Chd2-depleted ESCs showed suppressed expression of developmentally regulated genes upon differentiation and subsequent differentiation defects without affecting gene expression in the undifferentiated state...
May 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549148/risk-factors-for-invasive-fungal-disease-in-pediatric-cancer-and-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-a-systematic-review
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Brian T Fisher, Paula D Robinson, Thomas Lehrnbecher, William J Steinbach, Theoklis E Zaoutis, Bob Phillips, Lillian Sung
Background.: Although a number of risk factors have been associated with invasive fungal disease (IFD), a systematic review of the literature to document pediatric-specific factors has not been performed. Methods.: We used the Ovid SP platform to search Medline, Medline In-Process, and Embase for studies that identified risk factors for IFD in children with cancer or those who undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We included studies if they consisted of children or adolescents (<25 years) who were receiving treatment for cancer or undergoing HSCT and if the study evaluated risk factors among patients with and those without IFD...
May 26, 2017: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549102/long-non-coding-rna-ccat1-mir-148a-axis-promotes-osteosarcoma-proliferation-and-migration-through-regulating-pik3ip1
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Jingwei Zhao, Liming Cheng
Osteosarcoma is the most frequent type of malignant primary bone tumor. Although many efforts have been made, the survival rate of osteosarcoma still remains  unsatisfied. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been demonstrated to be associated with many diseases including tumors, and involved in the regulation of a wide array of pathophysiological processes. Colon-cancer-associated transcript-1 (CCAT1) was first identified in colon cancer and has subsequently been reported to perform many functions in tumor progression...
May 25, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549066/alternative-exon-definition-events-control-the-choice-between-nuclear-retention-and-cytoplasmic-export-of-u11-u12-65k-mrna
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Jens Verbeeren, Bhupendra Verma, Elina H Niemelä, Karen Yap, Eugene V Makeyev, Mikko J Frilander
Cellular homeostasis of the minor spliceosome is regulated by a negative feed-back loop that targets U11-48K and U11/U12-65K mRNAs encoding essential components of the U12-type intron-specific U11/U12 di-snRNP. This involves interaction of the U11 snRNP with an evolutionarily conserved splicing enhancer giving rise to unproductive mRNA isoforms. In the case of U11/U12-65K, this mechanism controls the length of the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR). We show that this process is dynamically regulated in developing neurons and some other cell types, and involves a binary switch between translation-competent mRNAs with a short 3'UTR to non-productive isoforms with a long 3'UTR that are retained in the nucleus or/and spliced to the downstream amylase locus...
May 26, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549038/use-of-smooth-muscle-myosin-heavy-chain-as-an-effective-marker-of-follicular-dendritic-cells
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Ioannis Ioannidis, Javier A Laurini
Smooth muscle myosin heavy chain (SMMHC) is a major structural component of the contractile apparatus in smooth muscle cells. Even though it is considered a relatively specific marker for terminal smooth muscle cell differentiation, expression in other cell types such as follicular dendritic cells (FDCs) has rarely been reported. To determine whether SMMHC represents an effective FDC marker in lymphoid tissues, we compared the immunohistochemical results for SMMHC with those of the traditional FDC markers podoplanin (D2-40) and CD21...
May 25, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548955/exploring-brusatol-as-a-new-anti-pancreatic-cancer-adjuvant-biological-evaluation-and-mechanistic-studies
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Zheng Lu, Zheng-Quan Lai, Albert W N Leung, Po Sing Leung, Zhao-Shen Li, Zhi-Xiu Lin
Pancreatic cancer is highly resistant to chemotherapeutic agents and is known to have a poor prognosis. The development of new therapeutic entities is badly needed for this deadly malignancy. In this study, we demonstrated for the first time that brusatol, a natural quassinoid isolated from a Chinese herbal medicine named Bruceae Fructus, possessed potent cytotoxic effect against different pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell lines. Its anti-pancreatic cancer effect was comparable to that of the first-line chemotherapeutic agents such as gemcitabine and 5-fluorouracil, with a more favorable safety profile...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548935/hdac4-stimulates-mrtf-a-expression-and-drives-fibrogenesis-in-hepatic-stellate-cells-by-targeting-mir-206
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Xinrui Han, Chenzhi Hao, Luyang Li, Jianfei Li, Mingming Fang, Yuanlin Zheng, Jun Lu, Ping Li, Yong Xu
Activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) is a hallmark event during liver fibrogenesis. We have previously shown that the transcriptional modulator MRTF-A contributes to liver fibrosis by programming epigenetic activation of HSCs. In the present study we investigated the mechanism whereby MRTF-A expression is regulated in this process. We report here that MRTF-A protein levels, but not mRNA levels, were up-regulated in vivo in the livers of mice induced to develop hepatic fibrosis. Pro-fibrogenic stimuli (TGF-β and PDGF-BB) also activated MRTF-A expression post-transcriptionally in vitro in cultured HSCs...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548713/co-culture-systems-based-strategies-for-articular-cartilage-tissue-engineering
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Yu Zhang, Shuyun Liu, Weimin Guo, Mingjie Wang, Chunxiang Hao, Shuang Gao, Xueliang Zhang, Li Xu, Mingxue Chen, Li Penghao, Peng Jiang, Shibi Lu, Quanyi Guo
Cartilage engineering facilitates repair and regeneration of damaged cartilage using engineered tissue that restores the functional properties of the impaired joint. The seed cells used most frequently in tissue engineering, are chondrocytes and mesenchymal stem cells. Seed cells activity plays a key role in the regeneration of functional cartilage tissue. However, seed cells undergo undesirable changes after in vitro processing procedures, such as degeneration of cartilage cells and induced hypertrophy of mesenchymal stem cells, which hinder cartilage tissue engineering...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548701/microtubules-regulate-brush-border-formation
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Facundo M Tonucci, Anabela Ferretti, Evangelina Almada, Pamela Cribb, Rodrigo Vena, Florencia Hidalgo, Cristián Favre, Matt J Tyska, Irina Kaverina, M Cecilia Larocca
Most epithelial cells contain apical membrane structures associated to bundles of actin filaments, which constitute the brush border. Whereas microtubule participation in the maintenance of the brush border identity has been characterized, their contribution to de novo microvilli organization remained elusive. Hereby, using a cell model of individual enterocyte polarization, we found that nocodazole induced microtubule depolymerization prevented the de novo brush border formation. Microtubule participation in brush border actin organization was confirmed in polarized kidney tubule MDCK cells...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548689/phenotype-of-aeromonas-salmonicida-sp-salmonicida-cyclic-adenosine-3-5-monophosphate-receptor-protein-crp-mutants-and-its-virulence-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss
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K Valderrama, M Saravia, J Santander
Precise deletion of genes related to virulence can be used as a strategy to produce attenuated bacterial vaccines. Here, we study the deletion of the cyclic-3',5'-adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) receptor protein (Crp) in Aeromonas salmonicida, the aetiologic agent of furunculosis in marine and freshwater fish. The Crp protein is a conserved global regulator, controlling physiology processes, like sugar utilization. Deletion of the crp gene has been utilized in live attenuated vaccines for mammals, birds and warm water fish...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548677/destabilization-of-human-insulin-fibrils-by-peptides-of-fruit-bromelain-derived-from-ananas-comosus-pineapple
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Sromona Das, Debasish Bhattacharyya
Deposition of insulin aggregates in human body leads to dysfunctioning of several organs. Effectiveness of fruit bromelain from pineapple in prevention of insulin aggregate was investigated. Proteolyses of bromelain was done as par human digestive system and the pool of small peptides was separated from larger peptides and proteins. Under conditions of growth of insulin aggregates from its monomers, this pool of peptides restricted the reaction upto formation of oligomers of limited size. These peptides also destabilized preformed insulin aggregates to oligomers...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548540/nicotinamide-adenine-dinucleotide-nad-sup-sup-metabolism-and-neurodegeneration
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Mariana Pehar, Benjamin A Harlan, Kelby M Killoy, Marcelo R Vargas
SIGNIFICANCE: Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD<sup>+</sup>) participates in redox reactions and NAD<sup>+</sup>-dependent signaling processes, which involve the cleavage of NAD<sup>+</sup> coupled to post-translational modifications of proteins or the production of second messengers. Either as a primary cause or as a secondary component of the pathogenic process, mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress are prominent features of several neurodegenerative diseases...
May 26, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548516/relativistic-electron-streaming-instabilities-modulate-proton-beams-accelerated-in-laser-plasma-interactions
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S Göde, C Rödel, K Zeil, R Mishra, M Gauthier, F-E Brack, T Kluge, M J MacDonald, J Metzkes, L Obst, M Rehwald, C Ruyer, H-P Schlenvoigt, W Schumaker, P Sommer, T E Cowan, U Schramm, S Glenzer, F Fiuza
We report experimental evidence that multi-MeV protons accelerated in relativistic laser-plasma interactions are modulated by strong filamentary electromagnetic fields. Modulations are observed when a preplasma is developed on the rear side of a μm-scale solid-density hydrogen target. Under such conditions, electromagnetic fields are amplified by the relativistic electron Weibel instability and are maximized at the critical density region of the target. The analysis of the spatial profile of the protons indicates the generation of B>10  MG and E>0...
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548488/a-fluorescent-split-aptamer-for-visualizing-rna-rna-assembly-in-vivo
#20
Khalid K Alam, Kwaku D Tawiah, Matthew F Lichte, David Porciani, Donald H Burke
RNA-RNA assembly governs key biological processes and is a powerful tool for engineering synthetic genetic circuits. Characterizing RNA assembly in living cells often involves monitoring fluorescent reporter proteins, which are at best indirect measures of underlying RNA-RNA hybridization events and are subject to additional temporal and load constraints associated with translation and activation of reporter proteins. In contrast, RNA aptamers that sequester small molecule dyes and activate their fluorescence are increasingly utilized in genetically encoded strategies to report on RNA-level events...
May 26, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
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