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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521201/validation-of-the-use-of-an-artificial-mitochondrial-reporter-dna-vector-containing-a-cytomegalovirus-promoter-for-mitochondrial-transgene-expression
#1
Yuma Yamada, Takuya Ishikawa, Hideyoshi Harashima
Mitochondria have their own gene expression system that is independent of the nuclear system, and control cellular functions in cooperation with the nucleus. While a number of useful technologies for achieving nuclear transgene expression have been reported, only a few have focused on mitochondria. In this study, we validated the utility of an artificial mitochondrial DNA vector with a virus promoter on mitochondrial transgene expression. We designed and constructed pCMV-mtLuc (CGG) that contains a CMV promotor derived from Cytomegalovirus and an artificial mitochondrial genome with a NanoLuc (Nluc) luciferase gene that records adjustments to the mitochondrial codon system...
May 10, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514743/htlv-1-tax-upregulates-early-growth-response-protein-1-through-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
#2
Qingsong Huang, Zhiguo Niu, Jingxian Han, Xihong Liu, Zhuangwei Lv, Huanhuan Li, Lixiang Yuan, Xiangping Li, Shuming Sun, Hui Wang, Xinxiang Huang
Human T cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) is a complex retrovirus that causes adult T cell leukemia (ATL) in susceptible individuals. The HTLV-1-encoded oncoprotein Tax induces persistent activation of the nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) pathway. Early growth response protein 1 (EGR1) is overexpressed in HTLV-1-infected T cell lines and ATL cells. Here, we showed that both Tax expression and HTLV-1 infection promoted EGR1 overexpression. Loss of the NF-κB binding site in the EGR1 promotor or inhibition of NF-κB activation reduced Tax-induced EGR1 upregulation...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510097/ago-austria-recommendation-on-screening-and-diagnosis-of-lynch-syndrome-ls
#3
Alain G Zeimet, Harald Mori, Edgar Petru, Stephan Polterauer, Alexander Reinthaller, Christian Schauer, Tonja Scholl-Firon, Christian Singer, Katharina Wimmer, Johannes Zschocke, Christian Marth
PURPOSE: This manuscript reports the consensus recommendations on screening and diagnosis of Lynch syndrome (LS) in patients with endometrial or ovarian cancer as well as on possible preventive measures in effectively LS-diagnosed women. The recommendations are issued by the Austrian Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Gynäkologische Onkologie (AGO) of the Österreichischen Gesellschaft für Gynäkologie und Geburtshilfe (OEGGG) after consultation of the most recent and relevant literature and following deliberation by the Genetic Task-Force convoked May, 2015 by the AGO Council...
May 16, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508327/assessment-of-molecular-markers-demonstrates-concordance-between-samples-acquired-via-stereotactic-biopsy-and-open-craniotomy-in-both-anaplastic-astrocytomas-and-glioblastomas
#4
Florian Gessler, Peter Baumgarten, Joshua D Bernstock, Patrick Harter, Stephanie Lescher, Christian Senft, Volker Seifert, Gerhard Marquardt, Lutz Weise
The classification, treatment and prognosis of high-grade gliomas has been shown to correlate with the expression of molecular markers (e.g. MGMT promotor methylation and IDH1 mutations). Acquisition of tumor samples may be obtained via stereotactic biopsy or open craniotomy. Between the years 2009 and 2013, 22 patients initially diagnosed with HGGs via stereotactic biopsy, that ultimately underwent open craniotomy for resection of their tumor were prospectively included in an institutional glioma database...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501567/depletion-of-jmjd1c-impairs-adipogenesis-in-murine-3t3-l1-cells
#5
Florian Buerger, Silvana Müller, Nadja Ney, Juliane Weiner, John T Heiker, Sonja Kallendrusch, Peter Kovacs, Dorit Schleinitz, Joachim Thiery, Sonja C Stadler, Ralph Burkhardt
Differentiation of adipocytes is a highly regulated process modulated by multiple transcriptional co-activators and co-repressors. JMJD1C belongs to the family of jumonji C (jmjC) domain-containing histone demethylases and was originally described as a ligand-dependent co-activator of thyroid hormone and androgen receptors. Here, we explored the potential role of Jmjd1c in white adipocyte differentiation. To investigate the relevance of Jmjd1c in adipogenesis, murine 3T3-L1 preadipocyte cells with transient knock-down of Jmjd1c (3T3_Jmjd1c) were generated...
May 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498356/nine-different-chemical-species-and-action-mechanisms-of-pancreatic-lipase-ligands-screened-out-from-forsythia-suspensa-leaves-all-at-one-time
#6
Tinggui Chen, Yayun Li, Liwei Zhang
It is difficult to screen out as many active components as possible from natural plants all at one time. In this study, subfractions of Forsythia suspensa leaves were firstly prepared; then, their inhibitive abilities on pancreatic lipase were tested; finally, the highest inhibiting subfraction was screened by self-made immobilized pancreatic lipase. Results showed that nine ligands, including eight inhibitors and one promotor, were screened out all at one time. They were three flavonoids (rutin, IC50: 149 ± 6...
May 12, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495314/a-novel-approach-for-construction-of-an-inactivated-typhoid-vaccine-candidate-that-effectively-augments-both-humoral-and-cellular-immune-responses
#7
Gayeon Won, Boram Kim, John Hwa Lee
Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi ghost was constructed as a vaccine candidate against typhoid fever. An asd(+) plasmid pJHL187 harboring a ghost cassette comprised of PhiX 174 E lysis gene stringently controlled under the convergent promotor components and was transformed into the asd gene-deleted mutant S. Typhi Ty21a strain (STG). Twenty female BALB/c mice randomly assigned into two groups were subcutaneously vaccinated at 5weeks of age to assess immunogenic characteristics of the constructed STG. The level of serum IgG in the immunized mice was significantly increased during the observational period (P<0...
May 8, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495172/cysteine-cathepsins-b-and-x-promote-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-tumor-cells
#8
Ana Mitrović, Urša Pečar Fonović, Janko Kos
Cathepsins B and X are lysosomal cysteine carboxypeptidases suggested as having a redundant role in cancer. They are involved in a number of processes leading to tumor progression but their role in the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) remains unknown. We have investigated the contribution of both cathepsins B and X in EMT using tumor cell lines differing in their expression of epithelial and mesenchymal markers and cell morphology. Higher levels of both cathepsins are shown to promote EMT and are associated with the mesenchymal-like cell phenotype...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489587/ngs-based-identification-of-mutational-hotspots-for-targeted-therapy-in-anaplastic-thyroid-carcinoma
#9
Vera Tiedje, Saskia Ting, Thomas Herold, Sarah Synoracki, Soeren Latteyer, Lars C Moeller, Denise Zwanziger, Martin Stuschke, Dagmar Fuehrer, Kurt Werner Schmid
CONTEXT: Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) represents one of the most aggressive carcinomas with no consistent survival benefit when treated with conventional radiochemotherapy. Approaches targeting "oncogene addiction" of ATC are increasingly explored and first promising results have been reported in single case studies. OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of mutations in known thyroid oncogenes and signalling pathways amendable to targeted therapy in a large cohort of ATC...
April 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484518/importance-of-biomarkers-in-glioblastomas-patients-receiving-local-bcnu-wafer-chemotherapy
#10
Steffi Urbschat, Christoph Sippl, Jana Engelhardt, Kai Kammers, Joachim Oertel, Ralf Ketter
BACKGROUND: To assess the influence of molecular markers with potential prognostic value to groups of patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients were examined: group A with 36 patients (surgical resection plus standard combined chemoradiotherapy) and group B with 36 patients (surgical resection, standard combined chemoradiotherapy plus carmustine wafer implantation). Our aim was to determine chromosomal alterations, methylation status of MGMT, p15, and p16 (CDKN2A) in order to analyse the influence on patient survival time as well as radio- and chemotherapy responses...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472924/identification-of-differentially-expressed-atlantic-salmon-mirnas-responding-to-salmonid-alphavirus-sav-infection
#11
Rune Andreassen, Nardos Tesfaye Woldemariam, Ine Østråt Egeland, Oleg Agafonov, Hilde Sindre, Bjørn Høyheim
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) control multiple biological processes including the innate immune responses by negative post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. As there were no studies on the role(s) of miRNAs in viral diseases in Atlantic salmon, we aimed to identify miRNAs responding to salmonid alphavirus (SAV) infection. Their expression were studied at different time points post infection with SAV isolates associated with different mortalities. Furthermore, the genome sequences of the identified miRNAs were analysed to reveal putative cis-regulatory elements, and, finally, their putative target genes were predicted...
May 4, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458392/il-17-triggered-downregulation-of-mir-497-results-in-high-hif-1%C3%AE-expression-and-consequent-il-1%C3%AE-and-il-6-production-by-astrocytes-in-eae-mice
#12
Kai Shan, Rongrong Pang, Chenhui Zhao, Xiaomei Liu, Wenxing Gao, Jing Zhang, Dan Zhao, Yingwei Wang, Wen Qiu
Interleukin 17 (IL-17) is increasingly recognized as a key factor that contributes to the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS) and its experimental mouse autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model. However, the roles and regulatory mechanisms of IL-17-induced pro-inflammatory cytokine production in EAE mice remain largely unclear. In this study, the expression of IL-17, hypoxia inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α), IL-1β, IL-6 and microRNA-497 (miR-497), as well as their intrinsic associations, was investigated using EAE model mice and cultured astrocytes exposed to IL-17 in vitro...
May 1, 2017: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447621/direct-involvement-of-androgen-receptor-in-oxytocin-gene-expression-possible-relevance-for-mood-disorders
#13
Dan Dai, Qiao-Chu Li, Qiong-Bin Zhu, Shao-Hua Hu, Rawien Balesar, Dick Swaab, Ai-Min Bao
Oxytocin (OXT), synthesized in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) and then released into different brain areas, may play a crucial role in various behaviors and neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression. Testosterone has been proposed by clinical studies to have the opposite effect of oxytocin in these disorders. We began by studying, in the postmortem hypothalamus of fifteen patients with mood disorders and fifteen matched controls, the expression of OXT in the PVN by means of immunocytochemistry (ICC) and the co-localization of OXT and androgen receptor (AR) by means of double labeling ICC...
April 27, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444861/lncrna-malat1-is-dysregulated-in-diabetic-nephropathy-and-involved-in-high-glucose-induced-podocyte-injury-via-its-interplay-with-%C3%AE-catenin
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Mengsi Hu, Rong Wang, Xiaobing Li, Minghua Fan, Jiangong Lin, Junhui Zhen, Liqun Chen, Zhimei Lv
Metastasis associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1(MALAT1) is a long non-coding RNA, broadly expressed in mammalian tissues including kidney and up-regulated in a variety of cancer cells. To date, its functions in podocytes are largely unknown. β-catenin is a key mediator in the canonical and non-canonical Wnt signalling pathway; its aberrant expression promotes podocyte malfunction and albuminuria, and contributes to kidney fibrosis. In this study, we found that MALAT1 levels were increased in kidney cortices from C57BL/6 mice with streptozocin (STZ)-induced diabetic nephropathy, and dynamically regulated in cultured mouse podocytes stimulated with high glucose, which showed a trend from rise to decline...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422998/reducing-dna-context-dependence-in-bacterial-promoters
#15
Swati B Carr, Jacob Beal, Douglas M Densmore
Variation in the DNA sequence upstream of bacterial promoters is known to affect the expression levels of the products they regulate, sometimes dramatically. While neutral synthetic insulator sequences have been found to buffer promoters from upstream DNA context, there are no established methods for designing effective insulator sequences with predictable effects on expression levels. We address this problem with Degenerate Insulation Screening (DIS), a novel method based on a randomized 36-nucleotide insulator library and a simple, high-throughput, flow-cytometry-based screen that randomly samples from a library of 436 potential insulated promoters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418873/combined-inhibition-of-gli-and-flt3-signaling-leads-to-effective-anti-leukemic-effects-in-human-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#16
Emily-Marie Latuske, Hauke Stamm, Marianne Klokow, Gabi Vohwinkel, Jana Muschhammer, Carsten Bokemeyer, Manfred Jücker, Maxim Kebenko, Walter Fiedler, Jasmin Wellbrock
Activation of the Hedgehog pathway has been implicated in the pathogenesis of several tumor types including myeloid leukemia. Previously we demonstrated that overexpression of Hedgehog downstream mediators GLI1/2 confers an adverse prognosis to patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and is correlated with a FLT3 mutated status. To analyze a possible non-canonical activation of the Hedgehog pathway via FLT3 and PI3K, we performed blocking experiments utilizing inhibitors for FLT3 (sunitinib), PI3K (PF-04691502) and GLI1/2 (GANT61) in FLT3-mutated and FLT3 wildtype AML cell lines and primary blasts...
April 25, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414318/initial-sites-of-hepadnavirus-integration-into-host-genome-in-human-hepatocytes-and-in-the-woodchuck-model-of-hepatitis-b-associated-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#17
R Chauhan, N D Churchill, P M Mulrooney-Cousins, T I Michalak
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and the closely related woodchuck hepatitis virus (WHV) are potent carcinogens that trigger development of primary hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The initial sites of hepadnavirus-host genome integration, their diversity and kinetics of formation can be central to virus persistence and the initiation and progression of HCC. To recognize the nature of the very early virus-host interactions, we explored de novo infection of human hepatocyte-like HepaRG cells with authentic HBV and naive woodchucks with WHV...
April 17, 2017: Oncogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408542/acyl-coa-lysophosphatidylethanolamine-acyltransferase-activity-affects-growth
#18
Katarzyna Jasieniecka-Gazarkiewicz, Ida Lager, Anders Carlsson, Katharina Gutbrod, Helga Peisker, Peter Dörmann, Sten Stymne, Antoni Banas
Arabidopsis contains two enzymes (encoded by the At1g80950 and At2g456702 genes) preferentially acylating lyso-phosphatidylethanolamine (LPE) with acyl-CoA, designated lyso-phosphatidylethanolamine acyltransferase 1 (LPEAT1) and lyso-phosphatidylethanolamine acyltransferase 2 (LPEAT2). T-DNA insertion mutants of lpeat2 and double mutants of lpeat1 lpeat2 showed impaired growth, smaller leaves, shorter roots, less seed setting and reduced lipid content per FW in roots and seeds and large increases in LPE and lyso-phosphatidylcholine (LPC) contents in leaves...
April 13, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402957/chromatin-state-dynamics-during-nk-cell-activation
#19
Yang Li, Jin Wang, Jie Yin, Xinhua Liu, Minghang Yu, Ting Li, Han Yan, Xi Wang
Studies of Natural Killer (NK) cell cytotoxicity have mainly focused on the balance of activating and inhibitory receptors, signaling transduction, calcium influx, formation of immune synapse, and cytolytic degranulation. However, little is known about the chromatin state of NK cells and the impact of its changes during target recognition. In this study, we investigate the contribution of chromatin state dynamics during NK cell activation by comprehensively analyzing a set of microarray data and two sets of Chromatin Immunoprecipitation-Sequencing (ChIP-seq) data...
March 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397772/gold-nanoparticles-deposited-on-surface-modified-carbon-xerogels-as-reusable-catalysts-for-cyclohexane-c-h-activation-in-the-presence-of-co-and-water
#20
Ana Paula da Costa Ribeiro, Luísa Margarida Dias Ribeiro de Sousa Martins, Sónia Alexandra Correia Carabineiro, José Luís Figueiredo, Armando José Latourrette Pombeiro
The use of gold as a promotor of alkane hydrocarboxylation is reported for the first time. Cyclohexane hydrocarboxylation to cyclohexanecarboxylic acid (up to 55% yield) with CO, water, and peroxodisulfate in a water/acetonitrile medium at circa 50 °C has been achieved in the presence of gold nanoparticles deposited by a colloidal method on a carbon xerogel in its original form (CX), after oxidation with HNO₃ (-ox), or after oxidation with HNO₃ and subsequent treatment with NaOH (-ox-Na). Au/CX-ox-Na behaves as re-usable catalyst maintaining its initial activity and selectivity for at least seven consecutive cycles...
April 9, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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