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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100850/molecular-characteristic-and-physiological-role-of-dopa-decarboxylase
#1
Joanna Guenter, Robert Lenartowski
The enzyme DOPA decarboxylase (aromatic-L-amino-acid decarboxylase, DDC) plays an important role in the dopaminergic system and participates in the uptake and decarboxylation of amine precursors in the peripheral tissues. Apart from catecholamines, DDC catalyses the biosynthesis of serotonin and trace amines. It has been shown that the DDC amino acid sequence is highly evolutionarily conserved across many species. The activity of holoenzyme is regulated by stimulation/blockade of membrane receptors, phosphorylation of serine residues, and DDC interaction with regulatory proteins...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087091/effect-of-single-dose-of-tolvaptan-in-neurocritical-patients-with-hyponatremia-due-to-syndrome-of-inappropriate-antidiuretic-hormone-secretion
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J A Llompart-Pou, J Pérez-Bárcena, M Novo, J M Raurich
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 10, 2017: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073447/potential-impact-of-an-exceptional-bloom-of-karenia-mikimotoi-on-dissolved-oxygen-levels-in-waters-off-western-ireland
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Shane O'Boyle, Georgina McDermott, Joe Silke, Caroline Cusack
In the summer of 2005 an exceptional bloom of the dinoflagellate Karenia mikimotoi occurred along Ireland's Atlantic seaboard and was associated with the mass mortality of both benthic and pelagic marine life. Oxygen depletion, cellular toxicity and physical smothering, are considered to be the main factors involved in mortality. In this paper we use a theoretical approach based on stoichiometry (the Anderson ratio) and an average K. mikimotoi cellular carbon content of 329pgCcell(-1) (n=20) to calculate the carbonaceous and nitrogenous oxygen demand following bloom collapse...
March 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051029/a-pou3f4-mutation-causes-nonsyndromic-hearing-loss-in-a-chinese-x-linked-recessive-family
#4
Wan Du, Ming-Kun Han, Da-Yong Wang, Bing Han, Liang Zong, Lan Lan, Ju Yang, Qi Shen, Lin-Yi Xie, Lan Yu, Jing Guan, Qiu-Ju Wang
BACKGROUND: The molecular genetic research showed the association between X-linked hearing loss and mutations in POU3F4. This research aimed to identify a POU3F4 mutation in a nonsyndromic X-linked recessive hearing loss family. METHODS: A series of clinical evaluations including medical history, otologic examinations, family history, audiologic testing, and a high-resolution computed tomography scan were performed for each patient. Bidirectional sequencing was carried out for all polymerase chain reaction products of the samples...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044321/combined-effect-of-virus-infection-and-water-stress-on-water-flow-and-water-economy-in-grapevines
#5
Hanan El Aou-Ouad, Alicia Pou, Magdalena Tomàs, Rafael Montero, Miquel Ribas-Carbo, Hipólito Medrano, Josefina Bota
Water limitation is one of the major threats affecting grapevine production. Thus, improving water use efficiency (WUE) is crucial for a sustainable viticulture industry in Mediterranean regions. Under field conditions, water stress is often combined with viral infections since those are present in major grape-growing areas worldwide. Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3 (GLRaV-3) is one of the most important viruses, affecting grapevines. Indeed, the optimization of water use in a real context of virus infection is an important topic that needs to be understood...
January 3, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013048/pou1f1-the-key-transcription-factor-related-to-somatic-growth-in-tilapia-orechromis-niloticus-is-regulated-by-two-independent-post-transcriptional-regulation-mechanisms
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Dongfang Wang, Jingkai Qin, Jirong Jia, Peipei Yan, Wensheng Li
This study aims to determine the post-transcriptional regulation mechanism of the transcription factor pou1f1 (pou class 1 homeobox 1), which is the key gene for pituitary development, somatic growth in vertebrates, and transcription of several hormone genes in teleost fish. MicroRNA miR-223-3p was identified as a bona fide target of pou1f; overexpression of miR-223-3p in primary pituitary cells led to the down-regulation of pou1f1 and downstream genes, and inhibition of miR-223-3p led to the up-regulation of pou1f1 in Nile tilapia dispersed primary pituitary cells...
December 22, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007765/changing-pou-dimerization-preferences-converts-oct6-into-a-pluripotency-inducer
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Stepan Jerabek, Calista Kl Ng, Guangming Wu, Marcos J Arauzo-Bravo, Kee-Pyo Kim, Daniel Esch, Vikas Malik, Yanpu Chen, Sergiy Velychko, Caitlin M MacCarthy, Xiaoxiao Yang, Vlad Cojocaru, Hans R Schöler, Ralf Jauch
The transcription factor Oct4 is a core component of molecular cocktails inducing pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), while other members of the POU family cannot replace Oct4 with comparable efficiency. Rather, group III POU factors such as Oct6 induce neural lineages. Here, we sought to identify molecular features determining the differential DNA-binding and reprogramming activity of Oct4 and Oct6. In enhancers of pluripotency genes, Oct4 cooperates with Sox2 on heterodimeric SoxOct elements. By re-analyzing ChIP-Seq data and performing dimerization assays, we found that Oct6 homodimerizes on palindromic OctOct more cooperatively and more stably than Oct4...
December 22, 2016: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006058/an-expansile-mass-of-the-sphenoid-sinus-or-petrous-apex
#8
Jason D Pou, Michael J Marino, Rizwan Aslam
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 22, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986639/identification-of-the-binding-domains-and-key-amino-acids-for-the-interaction-of-the-transcription-factors-bmpoum2-and-bmabd-a-in-bombyx-mori
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Yong He, Huimin Deng, Qihao Hu, Zidan Zhu, Lin Liu, Sichun Zheng, Qisheng Song, Qili Feng
The transcription factor BmPOUM2 interacted with another transcription factor BmAbd-A to regulate the expression of the wing cuticle protein gene BmWCP4 in Bombyx mori. In this study, the binding domains and amino acids for the interaction between BmPOUM2 and BmAbd-A were reported. Two isoforms of BmPOUM2 were identified. The short isoform (BmPOUM2-S) lacks a 114-amino acid sequence containing a POU-homeodomain and a nuclear localization signal peptide (NLS), as compared to the full-length isoform (BmPOUM2)...
December 14, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941302/effects-of-downregulating-tead4-transcripts-by-rna-interference-on-early-development-of-bovine-embryos
#10
Nobuyuki Sakurai, Kazuki Takahashi, Natsuko Emura, Tsutomu Hashizume, Ken Sawai
Transcription factor TEA domain family transcription factor 4 (Tead4) is one of the key factors involved in the differentiation of the trophectoderm (TE) in murine embryos. However, knowledge on the roles of TEAD4 in preimplantation development during bovine embryos is currently limited. This study examined the transcript and protein expression patterns of TEAD4 and attempted to elucidate the functions of TEAD4 during bovine preimplantation development using RNA interference. TEAD4 mRNA was found to be upregulated between the 16-cell and morula stages, and nuclear localization of the TEAD4 protein was detected at the morula stage, as well as in subsequent developmental stages...
December 11, 2016: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930301/reprogramming-cell-fate-with-a-genome-scale-library-of-artificial-transcription-factors
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Asuka Eguchi, Matthew J Wleklinski, Mackenzie C Spurgat, Evan A Heiderscheit, Anna S Kropornicka, Catherine K Vu, Devesh Bhimsaria, Scott A Swanson, Ron Stewart, Parameswaran Ramanathan, Timothy J Kamp, Igor Slukvin, James A Thomson, James R Dutton, Aseem Z Ansari
Artificial transcription factors (ATFs) are precision-tailored molecules designed to bind DNA and regulate transcription in a preprogrammed manner. Libraries of ATFs enable the high-throughput screening of gene networks that trigger cell fate decisions or phenotypic changes. We developed a genome-scale library of ATFs that display an engineered interaction domain (ID) to enable cooperative assembly and synergistic gene expression at targeted sites. We used this ATF library to screen for key regulators of the pluripotency network and discovered three combinations of ATFs capable of inducing pluripotency without exogenous expression of Oct4 (POU domain, class 5, TF 1)...
December 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929731/autophagic-homeostasis-is-required-for-the-pluripotency-of-cancer-stem-cells
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Tanveer Sharif, Emma Martell, Cathleen Dai, Barry E Kennedy, Patrick Murphy, Derek R Clements, Youra Kim, Patrick W K Lee, Shashi A Gujar
Pluripotency is an important feature of cancer stem cells (CSCs) that contributes to self-renewal and chemoresistance. The maintenance of pluripotency of CSCs under various pathophysiological conditions requires a complex interaction between various cellular pathways including those involved in homeostasis and energy metabolism. However, the exact mechanisms that maintain the CSC pluripotency remain poorly understood. In this report, using both human and murine models of CSCs, we demonstrate that basal levels of autophagy are required to maintain the pluripotency of CSCs, and that this process is differentially regulated by the rate-limiting enzyme in the NAD(+) synthesis pathway NAMPT (nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase) and the transcription factor POU5F1/OCT4 (POU class 5 homeobox 1)...
December 8, 2016: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923066/somatic-genomics-and-clinical-features-of-lung-adenocarcinoma-a-retrospective-study
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Jianxin Shi, Xing Hua, Bin Zhu, Sarangan Ravichandran, Mingyi Wang, Cu Nguyen, Seth A Brodie, Alessandro Palleschi, Marco Alloisio, Gianluca Pariscenti, Kristine Jones, Weiyin Zhou, Aaron J Bouk, Joseph Boland, Belynda Hicks, Adam Risch, Hunter Bennett, Brian T Luke, Lei Song, Jubao Duan, Pengyuan Liu, Takashi Kohno, Qingrong Chen, Daoud Meerzaman, Crystal Marconett, Ite Laird-Offringa, Ian Mills, Neil E Caporaso, Mitchell H Gail, Angela C Pesatori, Dario Consonni, Pier Alberto Bertazzi, Stephen J Chanock, Maria Teresa Landi
BACKGROUND: Lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD) is the most common histologic subtype of lung cancer and has a high risk of distant metastasis at every disease stage. We aimed to characterize the genomic landscape of LUAD and identify mutation signatures associated with tumor progression. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We performed an integrative genomic analysis, incorporating whole exome sequencing (WES), determination of DNA copy number and DNA methylation, and transcriptome sequencing for 101 LUAD samples from the Environment And Genetics in Lung cancer Etiology (EAGLE) study...
December 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919897/genetic-evidence-for-cytochrome-b-qi-site-inhibition-by-4-1h-quinolone-3-diarylethers-and-antimycin-in-toxoplasma-gondii
#14
P Holland Alday, Igor Bruzual, Aaron Nilsen, Sovitj Pou, Rolf Winter, Choukri Ben Mamoun, Michael K Riscoe, J Stone Doggett
Toxoplasma gondii is an apicomplexan parasite that causes fatal and debilitating brain and eye disease. Endochin-like-quinolones (ELQs) are preclinical compounds that are efficacious against apicomplexan-caused diseases including toxoplasmosis, malaria and babesiosis. Of the ELQs, ELQ-316 has demonstrated the greatest efficacy against acute and chronic experimental toxoplasmosis. Although genetic analyses in other organisms have highlighted the importance of the cytochrome bc1 complex Qi site for ELQ sensitivity, the mechanism of action of ELQs against T...
December 5, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915232/quantitative-profiling-of-selective-sox-pou-pairing-on-hundreds-of-sequences-in-parallel-by-coop-seq
#15
Yiming K Chang, Yogesh Srivastava, Caizhen Hu, Adam Joyce, Xiaoxiao Yang, Zheng Zuo, James J Havranek, Gary D Stormo, Ralf Jauch
Cooperative binding of transcription factors is known to be important in the regulation of gene expression programs conferring cellular identities. However, current methods to measure cooperativity parameters have been laborious and therefore limited to studying only a few sequence variants at a time. We developed Coop-seq (cooperativity by sequencing) that is capable of efficiently and accurately determining the cooperativity parameters for hundreds of different DNA sequences in a single experiment. We apply Coop-seq to 12 dimer pairs from the Sox and POU families of transcription factors using 324 unique sequences with changed half-site orientation, altered spacing and discrete randomization within the binding elements...
December 2, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909559/identification-of-dietary-patterns-in-urban-population-of-argentina-study-on-diet-obesity-relation-in-population-based-prevalence-study
#16
Sonia Alejandra Pou, María Del Pilar Díaz, Ana Gabriela De La Quintana, Carla Antonella Forte, Laura Rosana Aballay
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: In Argentina, obesity prevalence rose from 14.6% in 2005 to 20.8% in 2013. Although the number of studies on noncommunicable diseases and dietary patterns as a unique dietary exposure measure has increased, information on this topic remains scarce in developing countries. This is the first population-based study investigating the association between diet and obesity using a dietary pattern approach in Argentina. We aimed (a) to identify current dietary patterns of the population of Córdoba city, (b) to investigate its association with obesity prevalence, and (c) to identify and describe dietary patterns from the subgroup of people with obesity...
December 2016: Nutrition Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895270/dicrocoelium-dendriticum-an-unusual-parasitological-diagnosis-in-a-reference-international-health-unit
#17
Zaira Moure, Francesc Zarzuela, Mateu Espasa, Diana Pou, Nuria Serre-Delcor, Begoña Treviño, Cristina Bocanegra, Israel Molina, Tomas Pumarola, Elena Sulleiro
Finding Dicrocoelium dendriticum eggs in human feces is exceptional and there are few prevalence data available. True infection occurs after accidental ingestion of ants containing metacercariae and spurious infection through the consumption of infected animal liver. Differential diagnosis between true and pseudo-infections is performed through stool examination after a diet free of liver. In addition, microscopy can help to differentiate the type of infection. We report six cases, all from sub-Saharan Africa, detection of this fluke at the Tropical Medicine Unit Vall d'Hebron-Drassanes (Barcelona, Spain)...
November 28, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885216/a-novel-heterozygous-intronic-mutation-in-pou1f1-is-associated-with-combined-pituitary-hormone-deficiency
#18
Masaki Takagi, Hotaka Kamasaki, Hiroko Yagi, Ryuji Fukuzawa, Satoshi Narumi, Tomonobu Hasegawa
POU class 1 homeobox 1 (POU1F1) regulates pituitary cell-specific gene expression of somatotropes, lactotropes, and thyrotropes. In humans, two POU1F1 isoforms (long and short isoform), which are generated by the alternative use of the splice acceptor site for exon 2, have been identified. To date, more than 30 POU1F1 mutations in patients with combined pituitary hormone deficiency (CPHD) have been described. All POU1F1 variants reported to date affect both the short and long isoforms of the POU1F1 protein; therefore, it is unclear at present whether a decrease in the function of only one of these two isoforms is sufficient for disease onset in humans...
November 22, 2016: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863625/facial-nerve-stimulation-following-cochlear-implantation-for-x-linked-stapes-gusher-syndrome-leading-to-identification-of-a-novel-pou3f4-mutation
#19
Jacob L Wester, Catherine Merna, Kevin A Peng, Rebecca Lewis, Ali R Sepahdari, Gail Ishiyama, Kumiko Hosokawa, Kozo Kumakawa, Akira Ishiyama
We report a case of a nine-year-old male who presented with facial nerve stimulation four years after cochlear implantation. Computed tomography was performed revealing a dilated internal auditory meatus and the cochlear implant electrode was found to be protruding into the fallopian canal at the level of the geniculate ganglion. Subsequent genetic analysis demonstrated X-linked deafness type 2 (DFNX2) caused by a novel c.769C > T nucleotide change in the POU domain, class 3, transcription factor 4 gene (POU3F4)...
December 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847552/schisandrin-b-a-double-edged-sword-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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REVIEW
Pou Kuan Leong, Kam Ming Ko
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a spectrum of liver lesions ranging from hepatic steatosis, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, hepatic cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. The high global prevalence of NAFLD has underlined the important public health implications of this disease. The pathogenesis of NAFLD involves the abnormal accumulation of free fatty acids, oxidative stress, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, and a proinflammatory state in the liver. Schisandrin B (Sch B), an active dibenzooctadiene lignan isolated from the fruit of Schisandra chinensis (a traditional Chinese herb), was found to possess antihyperlipidemic, antioxidant, anti-ER stress, and anti-inflammatory activities in cultured hepatocytes in vitro and in rodent livers in vivo...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
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