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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343379/hepatitis-c-virus-nonstructural-5a-protein-hcv-ns5a-inhibits-hepatocyte-apoptosis-through-the-nf-kappab-mir-503-bcl-2-pathway
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Xie Zheng Yuan, Xiao Zhi Hua, Wang Fen Fen
The nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) encoded by the human hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA genome is a multifunctional phosphoprotein. To analyse the influence of NS5A on apoptosis, we established an Hep-NS5A cell line (HepG2 cells that stably express NS5A) and induced apoptosis using tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha. We utilised the MTT assay to detect cell viability, real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Western blot to analyse gene and protein expression, and a luciferase reporter gene experiment to investigate the targeted regulatory relationship...
March 27, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343310/steroidogenic-genes-expressions-are-repressed-by-high-levels-of-leptin-and-the-jak-stat-signaling-pathway-in-ma-10-leydig-cells
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David A Landry, François Sormany, Josée Haché, Pauline Roumaud, Luc J Martin
The adipose tissue is an important endocrine organ secreting numerous peptide hormones, including leptin. Increased circulating levels of leptin, as a result of hormonal resistance in obese individuals, may contribute to lower androgen production in obese males. However, the molecular mechanisms involved need to be better defined. Androgens are mainly produced by Leydig cells within the testis. In male rodents, activation of the leptin receptor modulates a cascade of intracellular signal transduction pathways which may lead to regulation of transcription factors having influences on steroidogenesis in Leydig cells...
March 25, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343287/catabolic-effects-of-fgf-1-on-chondrocytes-and-its-possible-role-in-osteoarthritis
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Abdellatif El-Seoudi, Tarek Abd El Kader, Takashi Nishida, Takanori Eguchi, Eriko Aoyama, Masaharu Takigawa, Satoshi Kubota
Fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGF-1) is a classical member of the FGF family and is produced by chondrocytes cultured from osteoarthritic patients. Also, this growth factor was shown to bind to CCN family protein 2 (CCN2), which regenerates damaged articular cartilage and counteracts osteoarthritis (OA) in an animal model. However, the pathophysiological role of FGF-1 in cartilage has not been well investigated. In this study, we evaluated the effects of FGF-1 in vitro and its production in vivo by use of an OA model...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343235/transcription-dependent-radial-distribution-of-tcf7l2-regulated-genes-in-chromosome-territories
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Keyvan Torabi, Darawalee Wangsa, Immaculada Ponsa, Markus Brown, Anna Bosch, Maria Vila-Casadesús, Tatiana S Karpova, Maria Calvo, Antoni Castells, Rosa Miró, Thomas Ried, Jordi Camps
Human chromosomes occupy distinct territories in the interphase nucleus. Such chromosome territories (CTs) are positioned according to gene density. Gene-rich CTs are generally located in the center of the nucleus, while gene-poor CTs are positioned more towards the nuclear periphery. However, the association between gene expression levels and the radial positioning of genes within the CT is still under debate. In the present study, we performed three-dimensional fluorescence in situ hybridization experiments in the colorectal cancer cell lines DLD-1 and LoVo using whole chromosome painting probes for chromosomes 8 and 11 and BAC clones targeting four genes with different expression levels assessed by gene expression arrays and RT-PCR...
March 25, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343169/a-bayesian-semiparametric-factor-analysis-model-for-subtype-identification
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Jiehuan Sun, Joshua L Warren, Hongyu Zhao
Disease subtype identification (clustering) is an important problem in biomedical research. Gene expression profiles are commonly utilized to infer disease subtypes, which often lead to biologically meaningful insights into disease. Despite many successes, existing clustering methods may not perform well when genes are highly correlated and many uninformative genes are included for clustering due to the high dimensionality. In this article, we introduce a novel subtype identification method in the Bayesian setting based on gene expression profiles...
March 25, 2017: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343162/mesothelin-promoter-variants-are-associated-with-increased-soluble-mesothelin-related-peptide-levels-in-asbestos-exposed-individuals
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Chiara De Santi, Perla Pucci, Alessandra Bonotti, Ombretta Melaiu, Monica Cipollini, Roberto Silvestri, Veronika Vymetalkova, Elisa Barone, Elisa Paolicchi, Alda Corrado, Irene Lepori, Irene Dell'Anno, Lucia Pellè, Pavel Vodicka, Luciano Mutti, Rudy Foddis, Alfonso Cristaudo, Federica Gemignani, Stefano Landi
BACKGROUND: Soluble mesothelin-related peptide (SMRP) is a promising diagnostic biomarker for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), but various confounders hinder its usefulness in surveillance programmes. We previously showed that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) within the 3'untranslated region (3'UTR) of the mesothelin (MSLN) gene could affect the levels of SMRP. OBJECTIVES: To focus on SNPs located within MSLN promoter as possible critical genetic variables in determining SMRP levels...
March 25, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343144/gene-and-protein-expressions-and-metabolomics-exhibit-activated-redox-signaling-and-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-are-associated-with-metabolite-dysfunction-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Dan-Qian Chen, Gang Cao, Hua Chen, Dan Liu, Wei Su, Xiao-Yong Yu, Nosratola D Vaziri, Xiu-Hua Liu, Xu Bai, Li Zhang, Ying-Yong Zhao
Changes in plasma concentration of small organic metabolites could be due to their altered production or urinary excretion and changes in their urine concentration may be due to the changes in their filtered load, tubular reabsorption, and/or altered urine volume. Therefore, these factors should be considered in interpretation of the changes observed in plasma or urine of the target metabolite(s). Fasting plasma and urine samples from 180 CKD patients and 120 age-matched healthy controls were determined by UPLC-HDMS-metabolomics and quantitative real-time RT-PCR techniques...
March 23, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343084/role-of-pterostilbene-in-attenuating-immune-mediated-devastation-of-pancreatic-beta-cells-via-nrf2-signaling-cascade
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Dornadula Sireesh, Munuswamy-Ramanujam Ganesh, Umapathy Dhamodharan, Murugesan Sakthivadivel, Srinivasan Sivasubramanian, Palani Gunasekaran, Kunka Mohanram Ramkumar
Nrf2 (nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor-2) is a transcription factor that regulates oxidative/xenobiotic stress response and also suppress inflammation. Nrf2 signaling is associated with an increased susceptibility to various kinds of stress. Nrf2 has been shown as a promising therapeutic target in various human diseases including diabetes. Our earlier studies showed Pterostilbene (PTS) as a potent Nrf2 activator, and it protects the pancreatic β-cells against oxidative stress. In this study, we investigated PTS confer protection against cytokine-induced β-cell apoptosis and its role on insulin secretion in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343076/repression-of-dok7-mediated-by-dnmt3a-promotes-the-proliferation-and-invasion-of-kyse410-and-te-12-escc-cells
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Shou-Mei Yang, Su-Yi Li, Hao-Bin Yu, Jie-Ru Li, Lei-Lei Sun
Increasing evidence shows that aberrant epigenetic regulation of tumor suppressor genes is a contributing factor to their altered expression in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). In the current study, we investigate the role of DOK7 in ESCC cells. We found that enforced expression of DOK7 inhibited the proliferation and invasion of ESCC cells. We also found that treatment of ESCC cells with the DNA methylation inhibitor, 5-aza-2-deoxycytidine (5-azadC), induced the demethylation of DOK7 in promoter and DOK7 expression...
March 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343071/analgesia-effect-of-baicalein-against-ntg-induced-migraine-in-rats
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Xiao-Fan Zhang, Wen-Jun Zhang, Cui-Lan Dong, Wan-Li Hu, Yu-Yao Sun, Yarigui Bao, Chun-Feng Zhang, Chang-Run Guo, Chong-Zhi Wang, Chun-Su Yuan
BACKGROUND: Migraine is a complex nervous system disease characterized by typical throbbing and unilateral headache, which causes severe healthy and social issues worldwide. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of baicalein (BAI) on the treatment of migraine. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-four rats were randomly divided equally into four groups, including a blank group, model group, positive group (ibuprofen tablets 82mg/kg), and BAI group (60mg/kg)...
March 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343064/a-barley-homolog-of-yeast-atg6-is-involved-in-multiple-abiotic-stress-responses-and-stress-resistance-regulation
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Xiaowei Zeng, Zhanghui Zeng, Cuicui Liu, Weiyi Yuan, Ning Hou, Hongwu Bian, Muyuan Zhu, Ning Han
Autophagy is a highly conserved degradation pathway among eukaryote cells, which can recycle damaged or unwanted cell materials upon encountering stress conditions. As a key component of the Class III PI3K kinase complex, ATG6/Beclin-1 is essential for autophagosome formation. In this study, we isolated a putative HvATG6 gene in barley genome. The protein encoded by HvATG6 shares high sequence identity to ATG6 orthologs in rice and wheat, and has a typical autophagy-specific domain containing segments of repeated β-sheet-α-helix...
March 19, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343015/systemic-delivery-of-the-tumor-necrosis-factor-gene-to-tumors-by-a-novel-dual-dna-nanocomplex-in-a-nanoparticle-system
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Vasundhara Shukla, Manu Dalela, Manika Vij, Munia Ganguli, Ralph Weichselbaum, Surender Kharbanda, Donald Kufe, Harpal Singh
Many cancers fail to respond to immunotherapy as a result of immune suppression by the tumor microenvironment. The exogenous expression of immune cytokines to reprogram the tumor microenvironment represents an approach to circumvent this suppression. The present studies describe the development of a novel dual nanoparticle (DNP) system for driving DNA expression vectors encoding inflammatory cytokines in tumor cells. The DNP system consists of a DNA expression vector-cationic nanocomplex (NC) surrounded by a diblock polymeric NP...
March 22, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342987/circular-rnas-and-cancer
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Jun He, Qichao Xie, Hailin Xu, Jiantian Li, Yongsheng Li
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are a type of non-coding RNA molecules that lack a 5'-terminal cap and 3'-terminal poly A tail. A large number of circRNAs have been identified through biological experiments, computational methods and high-throughput sequencing. CircRNA sequence composition determines if a given circRNA is exonic, intronic or retained-intronic. CircRNAs are more abundant and stable than linear mRNAs, and their expression is both step- and location-specific. CircRNAs mediate transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of gene and protein expression...
March 22, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342986/oncogenic-roles-of-dna-hypomethylation-through-the-activation-of-cancer-germline-genes
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Aurélie Van Tongelen, Axelle Loriot, Charles De Smet
Global loss of DNA methylation is frequently observed in the genome of human tumors. Although this epigenetic alteration is clearly associated with cancer progression, the way it exerts its pro-tumoral effect remains incompletely understood. A remarkable consequence of DNA hypomethylation in tumors is the aberrant activation of "cancer-germline" genes (also known as "cancer-testis" genes), which comprise a diverse group of germline-specific genes that use DNA methylation as a primary mechanism for repression in normal somatic tissues...
March 22, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342977/the-role-of-mir-2%C3%A2-13%C3%A2-71-cluster-in-resistance-to-deltamethrin-in-culex-pipiens-pallens
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Qin Guo, Yun Huang, Feifei Zou, Bingqian Liu, Mengmeng Tian, Wenyun Ye, Juxin Guo, Xueli Sun, Dan Zhou, Yan Sun, Lei Ma, Bo Shen, Changliang Zhu
Excessive and continuous application of deltamethrin has resulted in the development of deltamethrin resistance among mosquitoes, which becomes a major obstacle for mosquito control. In a previous study, differentially expressed miRNAs between deltamethrin-susceptible (DS) strain and deltamethrin-resistant (DR) strain using illumina sequencing in Culex pipiens pallens were identified. In this study, we applied RNAi and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bottle bioassay to investigate the relationship between miR-2∼13∼71 cluster (miR-2, miR-13 and miR-71) and deltamethrin resistance...
March 22, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342941/is-there-any-crosstalk-between-the-chemotaxis-and-virulence-induction-signaling-in-agrobacterium-tumefaciens
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Minliang Guo, Zhiwei Huang, Jing Yang
Agrobacterium tumefaciens, a soil-born phytopathogenic bacterium, is well known as a nature's engineer due to its ability to genetically transform the host by transferring a DNA fragment (called T-DNA) from its Ti plasmid to host-cell genome. To combat the harsh soil environment and seek the appropriate host, A. tumefaciens can sense and be attracted by a large number of chemical compounds released by wounded host. As a member of α-proteobacterium, A. tumefaciens has a chemotaxis system different from that found in Escherichia coli, since many chemoattractants for A...
March 23, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342926/causes-and-clinical-features-of-infertile-men-with-non-obstructive-azoospermia-and-histopathological-diagnosis-of-hypospermatogenesis
#17
Yu-Sheng Cheng, Chun-Wun Lu, Tsung-Yen Lin, Pei-Yu Lin, Yung-Ming Lin
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the causes and the clinical features of infertile men with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) and hypospermatogenesis (HS). METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 100 patients with NOA and HS and eight patients with obstructive azoospermia and normal spermatogenesis. The severity of HS was subdivided into three groups (mild, moderate, and severe) based on spermatogenic score. Data of history, physical findings, serum hormone profiles, genetic studies and sperm retrieval rate (SRR) were collected...
March 22, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342911/basophils-high-affinity-ige-receptors-and-ccl2-in-human-anaphylaxis
#18
Peter Korosec, Paul J Turner, Mira Silar, Peter Kopac, Mitja Kosnik, Bernhard F Gibbs, Mohamed H Shamji, Adnan Custovic, Matija Rijavec
BACKGROUND: The role of basophils in anaphylaxis is unclear. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether basophils have an important role in human anaphylaxis. METHODS: In an emergency department study, we recruited 31 patients with acute anaphylaxis, predominantly to hymenoptera venom. We measured expression of basophil activation markers (CD63, CD203c), the absolute number of circulating basophils, whole-blood FcεRI, CPA3 and HDC gene expression, and serum markers (CCL2, CCL5, CCL11, IL-3, TSLP) at three time points (during the anaphylactic episode, and in convalescent samples 7 and 30 days later)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342875/the-nociception-genes-painless-and-piezo-are-required-for-the-cellular-immune-response-of-drosophila-larvae-to-wasp-parasitization
#19
Yumiko Tokusumi, Tsuyoshi Tokusumi, Robert A Schulz
In vertebrates, interaction between the nervous system and immune system is important to protect a challenged host from stress inputs from external sources. In this study, we demonstrate that sensory neurons are involved in the cellular immune response elicited by wasp infestation of Drosophila larvae. Multidendritic class IV neurons sense contacts from external stimuli and induce avoidance behaviors for host defense. Our findings show that inactivation of these sensory neurons impairs the cellular response against wasp parasitization...
March 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342874/activation-of-ppar%C3%AE-inhibits-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-production-by-upregulation-of-mir-124-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#20
Dan Wang, Liuyan Shi, Wei Xin, Jiancheng Xu, Jing Xu, Qi Li, Zhi Xu, Jianchun Wang, Guansong Wang, Wei Yao, Binfeng He, Yu Yang, Mingdong Hu
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) and miR-124 have been reported to play important roles in regulation of inflammation. However, the underlying anti-inflammatory mechanisms remain not well understood. In the present study, we demonstrated that the expression level of PPARγ is positively correlated with that of miR-124 in patients with sepsis. Activation of PPARγ upregulates miR-124 and in turn inhibits miR-124 target gene. PPARγ bound directly to PPRE in the miR-124 promoter region, and enhanced the promoter transcriptional activity...
March 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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