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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222432/extracellular-hmgb1-modulates-glutamate-metabolism-associated-with-kainic-acid-induced-epilepsy-like-hyperactivity-in-primary-rat-neural-cells
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Yuji Kaneko, Colleen Pappas, Teresita Malapira, Fernando Ĺ Vale, Naoki Tajiri, Cesar V Borlongan
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Neuroinflammatory processes have been implicated in the pathophysiology of seizure/epilepsy. High mobility group box 1 (HMGB1), a non-histone DNA binding protein, behaves like an inflammatory cytokine in response to epileptogenic insults. Kainic acid (KA) is an excitotoxic reagent commonly used to induce epilepsy in rodents. However, the molecular mechanism by which KA-induced HMGB1 affords the initiation of epilepsy, especially the role of extracellular HMGB1 in neurotransmitter expression, remains to be elucidated...
February 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221340/archaeogenomic-evidence-reveals-prehistoric-matrilineal-dynasty
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Douglas J Kennett, Stephen Plog, Richard J George, Brendan J Culleton, Adam S Watson, Pontus Skoglund, Nadin Rohland, Swapan Mallick, Kristin Stewardson, Logan Kistler, Steven A LeBlanc, Peter M Whiteley, David Reich, George H Perry
For societies with writing systems, hereditary leadership is documented as one of the hallmarks of early political complexity and governance. In contrast, it is unknown whether hereditary succession played a role in the early formation of prehistoric complex societies that lacked writing. Here we use an archaeogenomic approach to identify an elite matriline that persisted between 800 and 1130 CE in Chaco Canyon, the centre of an expansive prehistoric complex society in the Southwestern United States. We show that nine individuals buried in an elite crypt at Pueblo Bonito, the largest structure in the canyon, have identical mitochondrial genomes...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221120/molecular-verification-of-new-world-mansonella-perstans-parasitemias
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Lucyane Bastos Tavares da Silva, James Lee Crainey, Túllio Romão Ribeiro da Silva, Uziel Ferreira Suwa, Ana Carolina Paulo Vicente, Jansen Fernandes de Medeiros, Felipe Arley Costa Pessoa, Sérgio Luiz Bessa Luz
We obtained ribosomal and mitochondrial DNA sequences from residents of Amazonas state, Brazil, with Mansonella parasitemias. Phylogenetic analysis of these sequences confirm that M. ozzardi and M. perstans parasites occur in sympatry and reveal the close relationship between M. perstans in Africa and Brazil, providing insights into the parasite's New World origins.
March 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220277/establishment-of-a-heteroplasmic-mouse-strain-with-interspecific-mitochondrial-dna-haplotypes-and-improvement-of-a-pcr-rflp-based-measurement-system-for-estimation-of-mitochondrial-dna-heteroplasmy
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Hiroshi Shitara, Liqin Cao, Midori Yamaguchi, Hiromichi Yonekawa, Choji Taya
Mitochondrial DNA segregation is one of the characteristic modes of mitochondrial inheritance in which the heteroplasmic state of mitochondrial DNA is transmitted to the next generation in variable proportions. To analyze mitochondrial DNA segregation, we produced a heteroplasmic mouse strain with interspecific mitochondrial DNA haplotypes, which contains two types of mitochondrial DNA derived from C57BL/6J and Mus spretus strains. The strain was produced on a C57BL/6J nuclear genomic background by microinjection of donor cytoplasm into fertilized eggs...
February 20, 2017: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220120/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-and-its-implications-in-inflammation-an-overview
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Vidal Delgado-Rizo, Marco A Martínez-Guzmán, Liliana Iñiguez-Gutierrez, Alejandra García-Orozco, Anabell Alvarado-Navarro, Mary Fafutis-Morris
In addition to physical barriers, neutrophils are considered a part of the first line of immune defense. They can be found in the bloodstream, with a lifespan of 6-8 h, and in tissue, where they can last up to 7 days. The mechanisms that neutrophils utilize for host defense are phagocytosis, degranulation, cytokine production, and, the most recently described, neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) production. NETs are DNA structures released due to chromatin decondensation and spreading, and they thus occupy three to five times the volume of condensed chromatin...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219702/genetic-alterations-in-krebs-cycle-and-its-impact-on-cancer-pathogenesis
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Karishma Sajnani, Farhadul Islam, Robert Anthony Smith, Vinod Gopalan, Alfred King-Yin Lam
Cancer cells exhibit alterations in many cellular processes, including oxygen sensing and energy metabolism. Glycolysis in non-oxygen condition is the main energy production process in cancer rather than mitochondrial respiration as in benign cells. Genetic and epigenetic alterations of Krebs cycle enzymes favour the shift of cancer cells from oxidative phosphorylation to anaerobic glycolysis. Mutations in genes encoding aconitase, isocitrate dehydrogenase, succinate dehydrogenase, fumarate hydratase, and citrate synthase are noted in many cancers...
February 17, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219700/inhibition-of-ros-production-autophagy-or-apoptosis-signaling-reversed-the-anticancer-properties-of-antrodia-salmonea-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-mda-mb-231-cells
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Chia-Ting Chang, Mallikarjuna Korivi, Hui-Chi Huang, Varadharajan Thiyagarajan, Kai-Yuan Lin, Pei-Jane Huang, Jer-Yuh Liu, You-Cheng Hseu, Hsin-Ling Yang
We investigated the in vitro and in vivo anticancer properties of Antrodia salmonea (AS), a well-known edible/medicinal mushroom in Taiwan, on human triple-negative breast cancer (MDA-MB-231) cells and xenografted nude mice; and revealed the underlying molecular mechanisms involved in autophagic- and apoptotic-cell death. Treatment of MDA-MB-231 cells with fermented culture broth of AS (0-200 μg/mL) inhibited cell viability/growth. AS-induced autophagy was evidenced via increased LC3-II accumulation, GFP-LC3 puncta and AVOs formation in MDA-MB-231 cells...
February 17, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219335/stress-responsive-pathways-and-small-rna-changes-distinguish-variable-developmental-phenotypes-caused-by-msh1-loss
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Mon-Ray Shao, Sunil Kumar Kenchanmane Raju, John D Laurie, Robersy Sanchez, Sally A Mackenzie
BACKGROUND: Proper regulation of nuclear-encoded, organelle-targeted genes is crucial for plastid and mitochondrial function. Among these genes, MutS Homolog 1 (MSH1) is notable for generating an assortment of mutant phenotypes with varying degrees of penetrance and pleiotropy. Stronger phenotypes have been connected to stress tolerance and epigenetic changes, and in Arabidopsis T-DNA mutants, two generations of homozygosity with the msh1 insertion are required before severe phenotypes begin to emerge...
February 20, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215859/evaluation-of-molecular-methods-for-the-field-study-of-the-natural-history-of-dicrocoelium-dendriticum
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Gillian Mitchell, Grace Cuthill, Alex Haine, Ruth Zadoks, Umer Chaudhry, Philip Skuce, Neil Sargison
There is a need for improved methods for the study of the impacts of climatic and livestock management change on the epidemiology of production-limiting helminth parasitic diseases. In this study we report the application of molecular methods to describe the natural history of the small lancet fluke, Dicrocoelium dendriticum on Machair pastures on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Coll. Our results build upon those of the only previous historic field study of D. dendriticum in the British Isles that had been undertaken on the same study site...
February 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215858/molecular-survey-of-dirofilaria-immitis-and-dirofilaria-repens-by-new-real-time-taqman-%C3%A2-pcr-assay-in-dogs-and-mosquitoes-diptera-culicidae-in-corsica-france
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Djamel Tahir, Fadi Bittar, Hélène Barré-Cardi, Doudou Sow, Mustapha Dahmani, Oleg Mediannikov, Didier Raoult, Bernard Davoust, Philippe Parola
Dirofilaria immitis and D. repens are filarioid nematodes of animals and humans, transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes. Domestic and wild canids are a major natural host and reservoir for these parasites. In this study, we designed a duplex real-time PCR protocol targeting the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene, detecting both D. immitis and D. repens using two primer pairs and two Dirofilaria-specific hydrolysable probes. The sensitivity and specificity of the primers and probes were tested in both experimental and naturally infected samples...
February 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215683/effects-of-hormonal-stimulation-on-the-concentration-and-quality-of-excreted-spermatozoa-in-the-critically-endangered-panamanian-golden-frog-atelopus-zeteki
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Gina Della Togna, Vance L Trudeau, Brian Gratwicke, Matthew Evans, Lauren Augustine, Han Chia, Edward J Bronikowski, James B Murphy, Pierre Comizzoli
Knowledge of basic gamete biology is critical to better protect and propagate endangered amphibian species and also to develop reproductive technologies combined with germplasm cryopreservation. The objectives of the study were to test different hormonal stimulations and then characterize the quantity and quality of Panamanian golden frog (Atelopus zeteki) spermatozoa. Following intraperitoneal injection of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (des-Gly(10), D-Ala(6), Pro-NHEt(9-)-GnRH 1, 2 or 4 μg/g of body weight), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG; 5 or 10 IU/gbw), or Amphiplex™ (0...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215579/mitochondrial-dna-maintenance-defects
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REVIEW
Ayman W El-Hattab, William J Craigen, Fernando Scaglia
The maintenance of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) depends on a number of nuclear gene-encoded proteins including a battery of enzymes forming the replisome needed to synthesize mtDNA. These enzymes need to be in balanced quantities to function properly that is in part achieved by exchanging intramitochondrial contents through mitochondrial fusion. In addition, mtDNA synthesis requires a balanced supply of nucleotides that is achieved by nucleotide recycling inside the mitochondria and import from the cytosol. Mitochondrial DNA maintenance defects (MDMDs) are a group of diseases caused by pathogenic variants in the nuclear genes involved in mtDNA maintenance resulting in impaired mtDNA synthesis leading to quantitative (mtDNA depletion) and qualitative (multiple mtDNA deletions) defects in mtDNA...
February 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215537/genetic-variations-of-mitochondrial-genome-modify-risk-and-prognosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients
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Cheng Chen, Yanna Ba, Deyang Li, Xiaohong Du, Xin Lia, Hai Yang, Jiaze An, Jinliang Xing, Hushan Yang, Guanglong Dong, Xu Guo
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have indicated that mitochondrial genetic variations were associated with the risk of many cancers. However, there are few reports on the association between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) or haplogroups of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and the risk or prognosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: In order to investigate the predictive and prognostic role of mtDNA SNPs and haplogroups in HCC, the mitochondrial genome of 188 HCC patients and 344 healthy controls were sequenced by next generation sequencing technology...
February 16, 2017: Clinics and Research in Hepatology and Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215509/triphenylphosphonium-modified-poly-ethylene-glycol-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-micelles-for-mitochondria-targeted-gambogic-acid-delivery
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Yingqi Xu, Shengpeng Wang, Hon Fai Chan, Yuling Liu, Hui Li, Chengwei He, Zeyong Li, Meiwan Chen
Mitochondria are important targets for the intracellular delivery of drugs and DNA. For mitochondria-targeted delivery, a mitochondriotropic molecule, triphenylphosphonium (TPP), was applied to the synthesis of amphiphilic TPP-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(ε-caprolactone) (TPP-PEG-PCL) polymers. The TPP-PEG-PCL polymer was used to prepare micelles using a solvent evaporation method for the delivery of gambogic acid (GA) (GA-TPP). The micelles were obtained with a favorable particle size of 150.07±11.71nm and an encapsulation efficiency of 80...
February 12, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214560/mitochondrial-genotype-modulates-mtdna-copy-number-and-organismal-phenotype-in-drosophila
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Tiina S Salminen, Marcos T Oliveira, Giuseppe Cannino, Päivi Lillsunde, Howard T Jacobs, Laurie S Kaguni
We evaluated the role of natural mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variation on mtDNA copy number, biochemical features and life history traits in Drosophila cybrid strains. We demonstrate the effects of both coding region and non-coding A+T region variation on mtDNA copy number, and demonstrate that copy number correlates with mitochondrial biochemistry and metabolically important traits such as development time. For example, high mtDNA copy number correlates with longer development times. Our findings support the hypothesis that mtDNA copy number is modulated by mtDNA genome variation and suggest that it affects OXPHOS efficiency through changes in the organization of the respiratory membrane complexes to influence organismal phenotype...
February 15, 2017: Mitochondrion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214275/detection-of-pneumocystis-jirovecii-by-nested-pcr-in-hiv-negative-patients-with-pulmonary-disease
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Cristina Rodrigues Santos, Ângela M de Assis, Edson A Luz, Luzia Lyra, Ivan F Toro, José Claudio C Seabra, Dira H Daldin, Tathiane U Marcalto, Marcos T Galasso, Ronaldo F Macedo, Angélica Z Schreiber, Francisco H Aoki
BACKGROUND: Nested PCR can be used to determine the status of Pneumocystis jirovecii infection in other lung diseases. AIMS: This study sought to detect a target DNA fragment (mitochondrial large subunit rRNA or mtL SUrRNA) of P. jirovecii in patients with lung disease who underwent bronchoscopy with collection of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). METHODS: The results from toluidine blue staining were compared with those obtained using molecular methods that included an "in house" DNA extraction procedure, PCR and nested PCR...
February 14, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213961/chrysin-induces-death-of-prostate-cancer-cells-by-inducing-ros-and-er-stress
#17
Soomin Ryu, Whasun Lim, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
Chrysin is a natural flavone found in numerous plant extracts, honey and propolis that has multiple biological activities including anti-cancer effects. Understanding of biological mechanisms mediated in response to chrysin in cancerous cells may provide novel insight into chemotherapeutic approaches with reduced side effects in cancers. In the present study, we investigated functional roles of chrysin in progression of prostate cancer cells using DU145 and PC-3 cell lines. The results showed that chrysin induced apoptosis of cells evidenced by DNA fragmentation and increasing the population of both DU145 and PC-3 cells in the sub-G1 phase of the cell cycle...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213701/ursolic-acid-mediated-changes-in-glycolytic-pathway-promote-cytotoxic-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-phenotypically-different-breast-cancer-cells
#18
Anna Lewinska, Jagoda Adamczyk-Grochala, Ewa Kwasniewicz, Anna Deregowska, Maciej Wnuk
Plant-derived pentacyclic triterpenotids with multiple biological activities are considered as promising candidates for cancer therapy and prevention. However, their mechanisms of action are not fully understood. In the present study, we have analyzed the effects of low dose treatment (5-20 µM) of ursolic acid (UA) and betulinic acid (BA) on breast cancer cells of different receptor status, namely MCF-7 (ER(+), PR(+/-), HER2(-)), MDA-MB-231 (ER(-), PR(-), HER2(-)) and SK-BR-3 (ER(-), PR(-), HER2(+)). UA-mediated response was more potent than BA-mediated response...
February 17, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213331/mitochondrial-metabolism-and-energy-sensing-in-tumor-progression
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REVIEW
Luisa Iommarini, Anna Ghelli, Giuseppe Gasparre, Anna Maria Porcelli
Energy homeostasis is pivotal for cell fate since metabolic regulation, cell proliferation and death are strongly dependent on the balance between catabolic and anabolic pathways. In particular, metabolic and energetic changes have been observed in cancer cells even before the discovery of oncogenes and tumor suppressors, but has been neglected for a long time. Instead, during the past 20years a renaissance of the study of tumor metabolism has led to a revised and more accurate sight of the metabolic landscape of cancer cells...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213053/nerol-triggers-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-disruption-via-elevation-of-ca-2-and-ros-in-candida-albicans
#20
Jun Tian, Zhaoqun Lu, Yanzhen Wang, Man Zhang, Xueyan Wang, Xudong Tang, Xue Peng, Hong Zeng
The antifungal activity of Nerol (NEL) against Candida albicans, a pathogenic fungus, has a minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 4.4mM that causes noteworthy candidacidal activity through an apoptosis-like mechanism. Calcium (Ca(2+)) levels and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, which are the major causes of apoptosis, were determined in C. albicans cells treated with NEL and were found to increase, which related to mitochondrial dysfunction and disruption. A series of characteristic changes of apoptosis caused by NEL, including mitochondrial membrane depolarization, cytochrome c (cyt c) release, and metacaspase activation were examined using a flow cytometer and Western blot...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
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