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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817493/dna-methylation-of-the-glucocorticoid-receptor-gene-promoter-in-the-placenta-is-associated-with-blood-pressure-regulation-in-human-pregnancy
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Sulistyo E Dwi Putra, Christoph Reichetzeder, Martin Meixner, Karsten Liere, Torsten Slowinski, Berthold Hocher
BACKGROUND: Blood pressure (BP) regulation during pregnancy is influenced by hormones of placental origin. It was shown that the glucocorticoid system is altered in hypertensive pregnancy disorders such as preeclampsia. Epigenetic mechanism might influence the activity of genes involved in placental hormone/hormone receptor synthesis/action during pregnancy. METHOD: In the current study, we analyzed the association of 5'-C-phosphate-G-3' (CpG) site methylation of different glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1) promoter regions with BP during pregnancy...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801786/the-grapevine-vvcax3-is-a-cation-h-exchanger-involved-in-vacuolar-ca-2-homeostasis
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Viviana Martins, Filipa Carneiro, Carlos Conde, Mariana Sottomayor, Hernâni Gerós
The grapevine VvCAX3 mediates calcium transport in the vacuole and is mostly expressed in green grape berries and upregulated by Ca (2+) , Na (+) and methyl jasmonate. Calcium is an essential plant nutrient with important regulatory and structural roles in the berries of grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.). On the other hand, the proton-cation exchanger CAX proteins have been shown to impact Ca(2+) homeostasis with important consequences for fruit integrity and resistance to biotic/abiotic stress. Here, the CAX gene found in transcriptomic databases as having one of the highest expressions in grapevine tissues, VvCAX3, was cloned and functionally characterized...
August 11, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792376/construction-of-an-inactivated-typhoid-vaccine-candidate-expressing-escherichia-coli-heat-labile-enterotoxin-b-subunit-and-evaluation-of-its-immunogenicity-in-a-murine-model
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Boram Kim, Gayeon Won, John Hwa Lee
PURPOSE: Typhoid fever caused by Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi has contributed to the global public health burden, particularly in developing countries. In this study, an S. Typhi ghost was developed and its capacity as a vaccine candidate against typhoid fever was assessed. METHODOLOGY: An asd+ plasmid pJHL187 harbouring a ghost cassette comprising the PhiX 174 Elysis gene tightly controlled under the convergent promotor system was transformed into an asd gene-deleted mutant S...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791452/long-term-daily-temozolomide-with-dose-dependent-efficacy-in-mgmt-promotor-methylation-negative-recurrent-high-grade-astrocytoma
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Zhengqiu Zhou, Tracy A Howard, John L Villano
Temozolomide (TMZ) for malignant gliomas is traditionally dosed in 5 out of a 28-day cycle, however alternative regimens exist, including dose-dense. Continuous daily dosing is available, but the acceptable dose and duration of therapy is unknown. We document a 40-year-old male with recurrent anaplastic astrocytoma, IDH mutant and MGMT promotor methylation negative, who has well-tolerated continuous daily TMZ for 20 months at 100 mg per day for nearly the length of this period. A trial at 80 mg per day demonstrated disease progression with response upon return to 100 mg per day...
August 8, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777432/comparison-of-a-prototype-reverse-hybridization-assay-and-methylight-for-detection-of-sfrp2-promotor-methylation-in-fecal-dna
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Gernot Kriegshäuser, Dietmar Enko, Matthias Zitt, Michael Oberwalder, Christian Oberkanins, Dietmar Öfner, Robert Zeillinger, Hannes Maximilian Müller
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to evaluate the diagnostic performance of a novel nonquantitative methylation-specific reverse hybridization (MSRH) assay to detect secreted frizzled-related protein 2 (SFRP2) promotor methylation in fecal DNA. METHODS: SFRP2 promoter methylation was investigated in stool DNA isolated from 18 colorectal cancer (CRC) patients and 22 healthy controls using the MSRH assay based on methylation-specific DNA amplification followed by reverse hybridization of biotinylated amplicons to sequence-specific methylation detection probes, with MethyLight serving as a reference method...
July 26, 2017: International Journal of Biological Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776955/antineoplastic-effects-of-histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-in-neuroendocrine-cancer-cells-are-mediated-through-transcriptional-regulation-of-notch1-by-activator-protein-1
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Samuel Jang, Haining Jin, Madhuchhanda Roy, Alice L Ma, Shaoqin Gong, Renata Jaskula-Sztul, Herbert Chen
Notch signaling is minimally active in neuroendocrine (NE) cancer cells. While histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) suppress NE cancer growth by inducing Notch, the molecular mechanism underlying this interplay has not yet been defined. NE cancer cell lines BON, H727, and MZ-CRC-1 were treated with known HDACi Thailadepsin-A (TDP-A) and valproic acid (VPA), and Notch1 mRNA expression was measured with RT-PCR. Truncated genomic fragments of the Notch1 promotor region fused with luciferase reporter were used to identify the potential transcription factor (TF) binding site...
August 4, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774282/interaction-between-nfatc2-and-the-transcription-factor-sp1-in-pancreatic-carcinoma-cells-patu-8988t
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Manuela Malsy, Bernhard Graf, Katrin Almstedt
BACKGROUND: Nuclear factors of activated T-cells (NFATs) have been mainly characterized in the context of immune response regulation because, as transcription factors, they have the ability to induce gene transcription. NFAT proteins are found in several types of tumors, for instance, pancreatic carcinoma. The role of NFATs in carcinogenesis is regulating central genes in cell differentiation and cell growth. NFAT proteins are primarily located in cytoplasm and only transported to the cell nucleus after activation...
August 3, 2017: BMC Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768829/the-saga-complex-together-with-transcription-factors-and-the-endocytic-protein-rvs167p-coordinate-the-reprofiling-of-gene-expression-in-response-to-changes-in-sterol-composition-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Gisèle Dewhurst-Maridor, Daniel Abegg, Fabrice P A David, Jacques Rougemont, Cameron C Scott, Alexander Adibekian, Howard Riezman
Changes in cellular sterol species and concentrations can have profound effects on the transcriptional profile. In yeast, mutants defective in sterol biosynthesis show a wide range of changes in transcription, including a co-induction of anaerobic genes and ergosterol biosynthesis genes, biosynthesis of basic amino acids, and several stress genes. However the mechanisms underlying these changes are unknown. We identified mutations in the SAGA complex, a co-activator of transcription, which abrogate the ability to carry out most of these sterol-dependent transcriptional changes...
August 2, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755557/amphiphilic-gemini-pyridinium-mediated-incorporation-of-zn-ii-meso-tetrakis-4-carboxyphenyl-porphyrin-into-water-soluble-gold-nanoparticles-for-photodynamic-therapy
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María E Alea-Reyes, Jorge Soriano, Inma Mora-Espí, Mafalda Rodrigues, David A Russell, Leonardo Barrios, Lluïsa Pérez-García
Zn-containing porphyrins are intensely investigated for their ability to form reactive oxygen species and thereby being potent photosensitizers for use in photodynamic therapy (PDT). Some of the drawbacks of the PDT approach, such as unspecific distribution, could be addressed by means of photosensitizer drug delivery systems. In this work, we synthesize and characterize new water-soluble gold nanoparticles (GNP) stabilized by a mixture of a polyethyleneglycol-containing thiol (to improve water solubility) and a new amphiphilic gemini-type pyridinium salt, which also acts as promotor of the incorporation of the anionic photosensitizer Na-ZnTCPP into the GNP...
July 18, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755245/in-silico-analysis-of-fatty-acid-desaturase-genes-and-proteins-in-grasses
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Marina Lucía Díaz, Selva Cuppari, Daniela Soresi, Alicia Carrera
Fatty acid desaturases (FADs) catalyze the introduction of a double bond into acyl chains. Two FAD groups have been identified in plants: acyl-acyl carrier proteins (ACPs) and acyl-lipid or membrane-bound FAD. The former catalyze the conversion of 18:0 to 18:1 and to date have only been identified in plants. The latter are found in eukaryotes and bacteria and are responsible for multiple desaturations. In this study, we identified 82 desaturase gene and protein sequences from 10 grass species deposited in GenBank that were analyzed using bioinformatic approaches...
July 28, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727761/genome-wide-identification-of-the-potato-wrky-transcription-factor-family
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Chao Zhang, Dongdong Wang, Chenghui Yang, Nana Kong, Zheng Shi, Peng Zhao, Yunyou Nan, Tengkun Nie, Ruoqiu Wang, Haoli Ma, Qin Chen
WRKY transcription factors play pivotal roles in regulation of stress responses. This study identified 79 WRKY genes in potato (Solanum tuberosum). Based on multiple sequence alignment and phylogenetic relationships, WRKY genes were classified into three major groups. The majority of WRKY genes belonged to Group II (52 StWRKYs), Group III had 14 and Group I consisted of 13. The phylogenetic tree further classified Group II into five sub-groups. All StWRKY genes except StWRKY79 were mapped on potato chromosomes, with eight tandem duplication gene pairs and seven segmental duplication gene pairs found from StWRKY family genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726522/steerable-induction-of-the-thymosin-%C3%A3-4-mrtf-a-pathway-via-aav-based-overexpression-induces-therapeutic-neovascularization
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Tilman Ziegler, Markus Kraus, Wira Husada, Florian Gesenhues, Qui Jiang, Olaf Pinkenburg, Teresa Trenkwalder, Karl-Ludwig Laugwitz, Ferdinand le Noble, Christian Weber, Christian Kupatt, Rabea Hinkel
Viral vectors have been frequently used in a variety of preclinical animal models to deliver genetic constructs into tissues. Among the vectors used, adeno-associated viral vectors (AAVs) may be targeted to specific tissues, depending on the serotype used. Moreover, they show robust expression for prolonged periods of time and have a low immunogenic potential. Furthermore, AAVs, unlike other vector systems, only display a low rate of genomic integration. However, to ensure efficient transgene production, expression is typically driven by constitutively active promoters, such as the CMV promotor...
July 20, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716280/association-of-polymorphisms-and-reduced-expression-levels-of-the-nr4a2-gene-with-parkinson-s-disease-in-a-mexican-population
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Elizabeth Ruiz-Sánchez, Petra Yescas, Mayela Rodríguez-Violante, Nancy Martínez-Rodríguez, Jesica N Díaz-López, Adriana Ochoa, Sergio S Valdes-Rojas, Daniel Magos-Rodríguez, Julio C Rojas-Castañeda, Amin Cervantes-Arriaga, Samuel Canizales-Quinteros, Patricia Rojas
INTRODUCTION: The NR4A2 transcription factor is important in the development, survival and phenotype of dopaminergic neurons and it is postulated as a possible biomarker for Parkinson's disease (PD). Therefore, our aim was to analyze in a sample of a Mexican population with idiopathic PD, mutations (in two hotspot mutation regions) and two polymorphisms (rs34884856 in promotor and rs35479735 intronic regions) of the NR4A2 gene. We also evaluate the levels of NR4A2 gene expression in peripheral blood for a Mexican population, and identify whether they are associated with NR4A2 gene polymorphisms...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715805/an-alternative-promoter-in-intron1-of-the-renin-gene-is-regulated-by-glucose-starvation-via-serum-response-factor
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Philipp Lutze, Heike Wanka, Inga Bäumgen, Doreen Staar, Bianka Grunow, Jörg Peters
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Renin is known as a secretory glycoprotein that ultimately leads to angiotensin II generation. In this way renin exerts pro-inflammatory effects and promotes cardiac injury. Additional transcripts have been identified encoding for a cytosolic renin isoform that - in contrast to secretory renin - exhibits cardioprotective effects under ischemic conditions. The promoter of these transcripts is unknown. METHODS: Using qRT-PCR and dual-luciferase reporter assay we examined the expression and promotor activity of cytosolic renin as well as the regulation by glucose starvation in H9c2 cardiomyoblasts...
July 17, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714542/two-enabling-strategies-for-the-stereoselective-conversion-of-internal-alkynes-into-trisubstituted-alkenes
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Alois Fürstner, Nikolas Huwyler, Karin Radkowski, Stephan M Rummelt
An expedient method for the C-methylation of alkenylstannanes with formation of trisubstituted alkenes is described, which relies on the use of MeI in combination with copper thiophene-2-carboxylate (CuTC) as promotor and tetra-n-butylammonium diphenylphosphinate as an effective tin scavenger; in some cases, it proved beneficial to further supplement the mixture with catalytic amounts of Pd(PPh3)4. Under these conditions, the reaction proved robust, high yielding and compatible with many functional groups that might not subsist under more traditional conditions used to C-alkylate organotin derivatives...
July 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711285/anti-il-21-monoclonal-antibody-combined-with-liraglutide-effectively-reverses-established-hyperglycemia-in-mouse-models-of-type-1-diabetes
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Anna K Rydén, Nikole R Perdue, Philippe P Pagni, Claire B Gibson, Sowbarnika S Ratliff, Rikke K Kirk, Travis J Friesen, Claus Haase, Ken Coppieters, Matthias G von Herrath, Tamar E Boursalian
Immunotherapy for type 1 diabetes (T1D) has previously focused on suppressing the autoimmune response against pancreatic beta cells to preserve endogenous insulin production and regulate glucose levels. With increased attention toward combination therapy strategies, studies indicate the multifunctional cytokine interleukin-21 (IL-21) may be a suitable target as an immuno-modulatory arm, while glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor (GLP-1R) agonists may be appropriate as a beta cell protective arm in combination therapy for T1D...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708324/ferrichrome-has-found-its-match-biomimetic-analogs-with-diversified-activity-map-discrete-microbial-targets
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Jenny Besserglick, Evgenia Olshvang, Agnieszka Szebesczyk, Joseph Englander, Dana Levinson, Yitzhak Hadar, Elzbieta Gumienna-Kontecka, Abraham Shanzer
Siderophores provide an established platform for studying molecular recognition principles in biological systems. Herein we describe the preparation of ferrichrome biomimetic analogs varying in length and polarity of the amino acid chain separating between the tripodal scaffold and the pendent FeIII chelating hydroxamic acid groups. Spectroscopic and potentiometric titrations determined their iron affinity to be within the range of efficient chelators. Microbial growth promotion and iron uptake studies were conducted on E...
July 14, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706134/heparin-antagonizes-cisplatin-resistance-of-a2780-ovarian-cancer-cells-by-affecting-the-wnt-signaling-pathway
#18
Daniel Bastian Pfankuchen, Fabian Baltes, Tahira Batool, Jin-Ping Li, Martin Schlesinger, Gerd Bendas
Low molecular weight heparin (LMWH), the guideline based drug for prophylaxis and treatment of cancer-associated thrombosis, was recently shown to sensitize cisplatin resistant A2780cis human ovarian cancer cells for cisplatin cytotoxicity upon 24 h pretreatment with 50 μg × mL-1 of the LMWH tinzaparin in vitro, equivalent to a therapeutic dosage. Thereby, LMWH induced sensitization by transcriptional reprogramming of A2780cis cells via not yet elucidated mechanisms that depend on cellular proteoglycans. Here we aim to illuminate the underlying molecular mechanisms of LMWH in sensitizing A2780cis cells for cisplatin...
June 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701913/common-hepatic-branch-of-vagus-nerve-dependent-expression-of-immediate-early-genes-in-the-mouse-brain-by-intraportal-l-arginine-comparison-with-cholecystokinin-8
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Daisuke Yamada, Peter Koppensteiner, Saori Odagiri, Megumi Eguchi, Shun Yamaguchi, Tetsuya Yamada, Hideki Katagiri, Keiji Wada, Masayuki Sekiguchi
Information from the peripheral organs is thought to be transmitted to the brain by humoral factors and neurons such as afferent vagal or spinal nerves. The common hepatic branch of the vagus (CHBV) is one of the main vagus nerve branches, and consists of heterogeneous neuronal fibers that innervate multiple peripheral organs such as the bile duct, portal vein, paraganglia, and gastroduodenal tract. Although, previous studies suggested that the CHBV has a pivotal role in transmitting information on the status of the liver to the brain, the details of its central projections remain unknown...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688997/maternal-body-mass-index-impacts-fetal-placental-size-at-birth-and-umbilical-cord-oxygen-values-with-implications-for-regulatory-mechanisms
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Bryan S Richardson, Stephanie Ruttinger, Hilary K Brown, Timothy R H Regnault, Barbra de Vrijer
BACKGROUND: Maternal under- and over-nutrition are known to effect fetal growth with altered placental development and nutrient transport, but whether fetal oxygenation is also altered remains unknown. AIMS: To examine linkages between maternal BMI and birth weights, placental weights, and umbilical vein and artery PO2, with implications for signaling mechanisms. STUDY DESIGN: Population-based cohort study. SUBJECTS: Analysis of hospital database information on all patients with pre-pregnant BMI values delivering viable, singleton infants between Jan 1, 1999 and Dec 31, 2010 (N=29,212)...
July 6, 2017: Early Human Development
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