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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931236/a-molecular-assay-to-quantify-male-and-female-plasmodium-falciparum-gametocytes-results-from-2-randomized-controlled-trials-using-primaquine-for-gametocyte-clearance
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Will Stone, Patrick Sawa, Kjerstin Lanke, Sanna Rijpma, Robin Oriango, Maureen Nyaurah, Paul Osodo, Victor Osoti, Almahamoudou Mahamar, Halimatou Diawara, Rob Woestenenk, Wouter Graumans, Marga van de Vegte-Bolmer, John Bradley, Ingrid Chen, Joelle Brown, Giulia Siciliano, Pietro Alano, Roly Gosling, Alassane Dicko, Chris Drakeley, Teun Bousema
Background: Single low-dose primaquine (PQ) reduces Plasmodium falciparum infectivity before it impacts gametocyte density. Here, we examined the effect of PQ on gametocyte sex ratio as a possible explanation for this early sterilizing effect. Methods: Quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction assays were developed to quantify female gametocytes (targeting Pfs25 messenger RNA [mRNA]) and male gametocytes (targeting Pf3D7_1469900 mRNA) in 2 randomized trials in Kenya and Mali, comparing dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP) alone to DP with PQ...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931210/long-noncoding-rna-pcat-1-promotes-invasion-and-metastasis-via-the-mir-129-5p-hmgb1-signaling-pathway-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Deyuan Zhang, Jinyu Cao, Qingling Zhong, Liangtao Zeng, Chang Cai, Lang Lei, Wen Zhang, Fanrong Liu
OBJECTIVE: The long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) prostate cancer-associated transcript 1(PCAT-1) has been shown to be dysregulated and exert vital roles in tumorigenesis and progression of various malignancies. However, the precise molecular mechanism in the metastasis and invasion of HCC remain unclear. METHODS: The expression levels of PCAT1 derived from human HCC tissues and cell lines were analyzed through quantitative real-time PCR. QRT-PCR was also applied to detect the expression of HMGB1 and miR-129-5p...
September 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931177/effects-of-aldosterone-on-chemerin-expression-and-secretion-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes
#3
Junhua Ma, Fei Sun, Jingnan Wang, He Jiang, Jiancan Lu, Xing Wang, Jichen Zhang, Chao Shi, Wen You, Xiangqi Li, Hongling Zhu, Mingjun Gu
Aldosterone plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease; however, the underlying mechanisms have not been clarified. Chemerin has been characterized as an adipokine with crucial roles in obesity-associated disorders and cardiovascular homeostasis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the direct effects of aldosterone on chemerin expression and secretion in 3T3-L1 adipocytes and to identify the potential signalling pathways involved. Chemerin mRNA levels were measured using real-time PCR, whereas the levels of secreted chemerin in the culture media were determined using ELISA...
September 20, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931076/ghrelin-mediated-inhibition-of-the-tsh-stimulated-function-of-differentiated-human-thyrocytes-ex-vivo
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Maria Barington, Marianne Møller Brorson, Jacob Hofman-Bang, Åse Krogh Rasmussen, Birgitte Holst, Ulla Feldt-Rasmussen
Ghrelin is a peptide hormone produced mainly in the gastrointestinal tract known to regulate several physiological functions including gut motility, adipose tissue accumulation and hunger sensation leading to increased bodyweight. Studies have found a correlation between the plasma levels of thyroid hormones and ghrelin, but an effect of ghrelin on the human thyroid has never been investigated even though ghrelin receptors are present in the thyroid. The present study shows a ghrelin-induced decrease in the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)-induced production of thyroglobulin and mRNA expression of thyroperoxidase in a primary culture of human thyroid cells obtained from paranodular tissue...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931068/erk1-2-signalling-protects-against-apoptosis-following-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-but-cannot-provide-long-term-protection-against-bax-bak-independent-cell-death
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Nicola J Darling, Kathryn Balmanno, Simon J Cook
Disruption of protein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) causes ER stress. Activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR) acts to restore protein homeostasis or, if ER stress is severe or persistent, drive apoptosis, which is thought to proceed through the cell intrinsic, mitochondrial pathway. Indeed, cells that lack the key executioner proteins BAX and BAK are protected from ER stress-induced apoptosis. Here we show that chronic ER stress causes the progressive inhibition of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK1/2) signalling pathway...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931048/mir-181a-decelerates-proliferation-in-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma-by-targeting-the-proto-oncogene-kras
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Johannes Neu, Piotr Jan Dziunycz, Andreas Dzung, Karine Lefort, Martin Falke, Rémy Denzler, Sandra Nicole Freiberger, Guergana Iotzova-Weiss, Aleksandar Kuzmanov, Mitchell Paul Levesque, Gian-Paolo Dotto, Günther Franz L Hofbauer
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common human skin cancer with a rapidly increasing incidence among the Caucasian population. Among the many regulators, responsible for cancer progression and growth, microRNAs (miRNA) are generally accepted as key players by now. In our current study we found that microRNA-181a (miR-181a) shows low abundance in SCC compared to normal epidermal skin. In vitro, miRNA downregulation in normal primary keratinocytes induced increased proliferation, while in vivo miR-181a downregulation in HaCaT normal keratinocytes showed tumor-like growth increase up to 50%...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931009/ndfip-allows-nedd4-nedd4l-induced-aqp2-ubiquitination-and-degradation
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Christiane Trimpert, Daniel Wesche, Theun de Groot, Martha M Pimentel Rodriguez, Victoria Wong, Dennis T M van den Berg, Lydie Cheval, Carolina A Ariza, Alain Doucet, Igor Stagljar, Peter M T Deen
Regulation of our water homeostasis is fine-tuned by dynamic translocation of Aquaporin-2 (AQP2)-bearing vesicles to and from the plasma membrane of renal principal cells. Whereas binding of vasopressin to its type-2 receptor initiates a cAMP-protein kinase A cascade and AQP2 translocation to the apical membrane, this is counteracted by protein kinase C-activating hormones, resulting in ubiquitination-dependent internalization of AQP2. The proteins targeting AQP2 for ubiquitin-mediated degradation are unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930962/attenuation-of-hemorrhage-associated-lung-injury-by-adjuvant-treatment-with-c23-an-oligopeptide-derived-from-cold-inducible-rna-binding-protein
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Fangming Zhang, Weng-Lang Yang, Max Brenner, Ping Wang
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic shock (HS) is an important cause of mortality. HS is associated with an elevated incidence of acute lung injury and acute respiratory distress syndrome, significantly contributing to HS morbidity and mortality. Cold-inducible RNA-binding protein (CIRP) is released into the circulation during HS and can cause lung injury. C23 is a CIRP-derived oligopeptide that binds with high affinity to the CIRP receptor and inhibits CIRP-induced phagocyte secretion of TNF-α...
October 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930842/type-4b-hereditary-hemochromatosis-associated-with-a-novel-mutation-in-the-slc40a1-gene-a-case-report-and-a-review-of-the-literature
#9
Wei Zhang, Tingxia Lv, Jian Huang, Xiaojuan Ou
RATIONALE: Hereditary hemochromatosis can be divided into HFE- and non-HFE-related based on genetic mutations in different genes. HFE-related hemochromatosis is the most common inherited genetic disease in European populations but rare in Asia-pacific region. Recently, non-HFE-related hemochromatosis has been reported in patients from the Asian countries. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report the case of a 48-year-old Chinese Han woman who presented with abnormal liver function, diabetes mellitus, hyperferritinemia, and high transferrin saturation, with severe iron overload in parenchymal cells, Kupffer cells, and periportal fibrosis on liver biopsy...
September 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930757/high-expression-of-ccr7-predicts-lymph-node-metastasis-and-good-prognosis-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#10
Xuelu Li, Siwen Sun, Ning Li, Jiyue Gao, Jing Yu, Jinbo Zhao, Man Li, Zuowei Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Previous preclinical and clinical studies have reported a positive correlation between the expression of the C-C chemokine receptor 7 (CCR7) and the incidence of lymph node metastasis in breast cancer. However, the prognostic relevance of CCR7 expression in breast cancer remains contradictory till now. The aim of this study is to assess the correlation of the CCR7 expression with other clinicopathological features and prognosis in breast cancer. METHODS: The CCR7 gene amplification and mRNA expression levels from approximately 3,000 patients were retrieved from human breast cancer databases and analyzed...
September 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930669/a-highly-specific-escherichia-coli-qpcr-and-its-comparison-with-existing-methods-for-environmental-waters
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David I Walker, Jonathan McQuillan, Michael Taiwo, Rachel Parks, Craig A Stenton, Hywel Morgan, Matthew C Mowlem, David N Lees
The presence of Escherichia coli in environmental waters is considered as evidence of faecal contamination and is therefore commonly used as an indicator in both water quality and food safety analysis. The long period of time between sample collection and obtaining results from existing culture based methods means that contamination events may already impact public health by the time they are detected. The adoption of molecular based methods for E. coli could significantly reduce the time to detection. A new quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) assay was developed to detect the ybbW gene sequence, which was found to be 100% exclusive and inclusive (specific and sensitive) for E...
August 25, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930587/prenylcysteine-oxidase-1-a-pro-oxidant-enzyme-of-low-density-lipoproteins
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Luis V Herrera-Marcos, Jose M Lou-Bonafonte, Maria V Martinez-Gracia, Carmen Arnal, María A Navarro, Jesus Osada
Elevated levels of low density lipoproteins (LDLs) cause atherosclerotic disease, and proteomic analyses have found that these lipoproteins are endowed with prenylcysteine lyase. This systematic review summarizes current understanding of this enzyme, now known as prenylcysteine oxidase 1 (PCYOX1), which hydrolyzes the thioether bond of prenylcysteines in the final step in the degradation of prenylated proteins, releasing hydrogen peroxide, cysteine and the isoprenoid aldehyde. Despite the high variability of the PCYOX1 gene, no polymorphism has yet been associated with any disease...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930552/microrna-181a-inhibits-autophagy-by-targeting-atg5-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Jun Yang, Youzhao He, Niankuan Zhai, Sheng Ding, Jianping Li, Zhihai Peng
Available evidence suggests that autophagy may serve as a tumor suppressor in cases of chronic liver disease and liver cirrhosis and that autophagic deficiency may lead to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Recent studies suggested that the development of several tumor types could be regulated by microRNA-181a. However, the role of miR-181a in the autophagy of HCC remains unclear. In this study, we aimed to investigate the role of miR-181a in the autophagy of HCC. We found that the mRNA expression of miR-181a is higher but the level of autophagy is lower in human HCC compared to normal liver tissue...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930190/oligonol-a-low-molecular-weight-polyphenol-derived-from-lychee-alleviates-muscle-loss-in-diabetes-by-suppressing-atrogin-1-and-murf1
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Hung-Wen Liu, Yen-Ju Chen, Yun-Ching Chang, Sue-Joan Chang
Stimulation of the ubiquitin-proteasome pathway-especially E3 ubiquitin ligases Atrogin-1 and MuRF1-is associated with muscle loss in diabetes. Elevated lipid metabolites impair myogenesis. Oligonol, a low molecular weight polyphenol derived from lychee, exhibited anti-diabetic and anti-obesity properties, suggesting it could be a proper supplement for attenuating muscle loss. Dietary (10 weeks) oligonol supplementation (20 or 200 mg/kg diet) on the skeletal muscle loss was investigated in diabetic db/db mice...
September 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930151/perk-signal-modulated-protein-translation-promotes-the-survivability-of-dengue-2-virus-infected-mosquito-cells-and-extends-viral-replication
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Jiun-Nan Hou, Tien-Huang Chen, Yi-Hsuan Chiang, Jing-Yun Peng, Tsong-Han Yang, Chih-Chieh Cheng, Eny Sofiyatun, Cheng-Hsun Chiu, Chuan Chiang-Ni, Wei-June Chen
Survival of mosquitoes from dengue virus (DENV) infection is a prerequisite of viral transmission to the host. This study aimed to see how mosquito cells can survive the infection during prosperous replication of the virus. In C6/36 cells, global protein translation was shut down after infection by DENV type 2 (DENV2). However, it returned to a normal level when infected cells were treated with an inhibitor of the protein kinase RNA (PKR)-like ER kinase (PERK) signaling pathway. Based on a 7-Methylguanosine 5'-triphosphate (m7GTP) pull-down assay, the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4F (eIF4F) complex was also identified in DENV2-infected cells...
September 20, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929987/cell-and-genetic-predictors-of-human-blastocyst-hatching-success-in-assisted-reproduction
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Anastasiya G Syrkasheva, Nataliya V Dolgushina, Andrey Yu Romanov, Olga V Burmenskaya, Nataliya P Makarova, Espet O Ibragimova, Elena A Kalinina, Gennady T Sukhikh
The aim was to identify cell and genetic predictors of human blastocyst hatching success in assisted reproduction programmes via a prospective case-control study. Blastocysts, donated by couples in assisted reproduction programmes were used. Hatching success assessment was performed after 144-146 h post-fertilization. The mRNA expression levels of cathepsin V (CTSV), GATA-binding protein 3 (GATA3) and human chorionic gonadotropin beta subunit 3, 5, 7 and 8 (CGB) genes were detected by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction...
September 20, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929824/size-and-methylation-mosaicism-in-males-with-fragile-x-syndrome
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Poonnada Jiraanont, Madhur Kumar, Hiu-Tung Tang, Glenda Espinal, Paul J Hagerman, Randi J Hagerman, Nuanchan Chutabhakdikul, Flora Tassone
OBJECTIVES: Size and methylation mosaicism are a common phenomenon in Fragile X syndrome (FXS). Here, the authors report a study on twelve fragile X males with atypical mosaicism, seven of whom presented with autism spectrum disorder. METHODS: Southern Blot and PCR analysis was used for CGG allele sizing and methylation. FMR1 mRNA and FMRP expression were measured by qRT-PCR and by Homogeneous Time Resolved Fluorescence methodology respectively. RESULTS: DNA analysis showed atypical size- or methylation-mosaicism with both, full mutation and smaller (normal to premutation) alleles, as well as a combination of methylated and unmethylated alleles...
September 20, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929662/-effect-of-astragaloside-on-mrna-expression-of-pi3k-akt-mtor-signal-transduction-in-anemia-model-mice-induced-by-chemotherapy
#18
Tie Qiao, Ke Liang, Jin Ma, Shu-Ru Lin, Bing-Yuan Zheng, Li-de Zhang
To study the influence of astragaloside on mRNA expression of PI3K/Akt/mTOR signal transduction in anemia model mice induced by chemotherapy, 48 male BALB/c mice which were 6-7 week old were picked as the research objects and randomly divided into four groups, blank group, model group, astragaloside group and astragaloside IV group. Each group was 12 mice. Chemotherapy anemia model was established by cyclophosphamide. The mice were drawn blood from eyeball after 14 days treatment. The QPCR was used to test the mRNA concentrations of Akt, PI3K, BCL-xl, bad, FoxO, mTOR, PTEN in mouse spleen...
October 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929622/endonuclease-regnase-1-monocyte-chemotactic-protein-1-induced-protein-1-mcpip1-in-controlling-immune-responses-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Osamu Takeuchi
The activation of inflammatory cells is controlled at transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels. Posttranscriptional regulation modifies mRNA stability and translation, allowing for elaborate control of proteins required for inflammation, such as proinflammatory cytokines, prostaglandin synthases, cell surface co-stimulatory molecules, and even transcriptional modifiers. Such regulation is important for coordinating the initiation and resolution of inflammation, and is mediated by a set of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs), including Regnase-1, Roquin, Tristetraprolin (TTP), and AU-rich elements/poly(U)-binding/degradation factor 1 (AUF1)...
September 20, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929517/neural-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-with-human-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-gene-modified-in-functionalized-self-assembling-peptide-hydrogel-in-vitro
#20
Hongbin Luo, Changsheng Xu, Zhiwei Liu, Lin Yang, Yunda Hong, Guisheng Liu, Huifen Zhong, Xinyi Cai, Xuping Lin, Xiaokun Chen, Changsheng Wang, Nanwen Zhang, Weihong Xu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the biocompatibility and differentiation of human brain-derived neurotrophic factor (hBDNF) gene-modified bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (hBDNF-rMSCs) in a functionalized self-assembling peptide hydrogel. METHODS: hBDNF were engineered in rMSCs using adenovirus vector and the enhanced green fluorescence protein (eGFP) was used as a reporter gene. MSC-specific surface markers (CD90,CD29 and CD45)were used for identifying rMSCs. Fluorescence microscope was used to detect the transfection of rMSCs...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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