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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437591/fluorofenidone-attenuates-il-1%C3%AE-production-by-interacting-with-nlrp3-inflammasome-in-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction
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Linfeng Zheng, Jin Zhang, Xiangning Yuan, Juan Tang, Sisi Qiu, Zhangzhe Peng, Qiongjing Yuan, Yanyun Xie, Wenjuan Mei, Yiting Tang, Jie Meng, Gaoyun Hu, Lijian Tao
AIM: We explored whether Fluorofenidone reduced IL-1β production by interacting with NLRP3 inflammasome in unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO). METHODS: UUO rats were treated with Fluorofenidone (500 mg · kg · d) for 3, 7 days. Morphologic analysis and leukocytes infiltration were assessed in ligated kidneys. Furthermore, plasmids of NLRP3, ASC, pro-Caspase-1, pro-IL-1β were co-transfected into 293 T cells, and then treated with Fluorofenidone (2 mM)...
April 24, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437526/prominin-1-is-a-novel-regulator-of-autophagy-in-the-human-retinal-pigment-epithelium
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Sujoy Bhattacharya, Jinggang Yin, Christina S Winborn, Qiuhua Zhang, Junming Yue, Edward Chaum
Purpose: Prominin-1 (Prom1) is a transmembrane glycoprotein, which is expressed in stem cell lineages, and has recently been implicated in cancer stem cell survival. Mutations in the Prom1 gene have been shown to disrupt photoreceptor disk morphogenesis and cause an autosomal dominant form of Stargardt-like macular dystrophy (STGD4). Despite the apparent structural role of Prom1 in photoreceptors, its role in other cells of the retina is unknown. The purpose of this study is to investigate the role of Prom1 in the highly metabolically active cells of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437481/firemaster%C3%A2-550-and-its-components-isopropylated-triphenyl-phosphate-and-triphenyl-phosphate-enhance-adipogenesis-and-transcriptional-activity-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-ppar%C3%AE-on-the-adipocyte-protein-2-ap2-promoter
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Emily W Y Tung, Shaimaa Ahmed, Vian Peshdary, Ella Atlas
Firemaster® 550 (FM550) is a chemical mixture currently used as an additive flame retardant in commercial products, and is comprised of 2-ethylhexyl-2,3,4,5-tertrabromobenzoate (TBB), bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate (TBPH), triphenyl phosphate (TPP), and isopropylated triphenyl phosphate (IPTP). Animal and in vitro studies suggest that FM550, TPP and IPTP may have adipogenic effects and may exert these effects through PPARγ activation. Using murine 3T3-L1 preadipocytes, we investigated the detailed expression of transcription factors and adipogenic markers in response to FM550 and its components...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436474/interactions-of-amtn-odam-and-scpppq1-proteins-of-a-specialized-basal-lamina-that-attaches-epithelial-cells-to-tooth-mineral
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Aurélien Fouillen, Juliana Dos Santos Neves, Charline Mary, Jean-Daniel Castonguay, Pierre Moffatt, Christian Baron, Antonio Nanci
A specialized basal lamina (sBL) mediates adhesion of certain epithelial cells to the tooth. It is distinct because it does not contain collagens type IV and VII, is enriched in laminin-332, and includes three novel constituents called amelotin (AMTN), odontogenic ameloblast-associated (ODAM), and secretory calcium-binding phosphoprotein proline-glutamine rich 1 (SCPPPQ1). The objective of this study was to clarify the structural organization of the sBL. Fluorescence and immunogold labeling showed that the three proteins co-localize...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435063/regulation-of-nampt-expression-by-transcriptional-coactivator-ncoa6-in-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells
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Jin Yoon, Kyung Jin Lee, Gyun Sik Oh, Geun Hyang Kim, Seung-Whan Kim
Nuclear receptor coactivator 6 (NCOA6) is a transcriptional coactivator and crucial for insulin secretion and glucose metabolism in pancreatic β-cells. However, the regulatory mechanism of β-cell function by NCOA6 is largely unknown. In this study, we found that the transcript levels of nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (Nampt) were decreased in islets of NCOA6(+/-) mice compared with NCOA6(+/+) mice. Moreover, NCOA6 overexpression increased the levels of Nampt transcripts in the mouse pancreatic β-cell line NIT-1...
April 20, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434151/cbf2a-cbf4b-genomic-region-copy-numbers-alongside-the-circadian-clock-play-key-regulatory-mechanisms-driving-expression-of-fr-h2-cbfs
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Taniya Dhillon, Kengo Morohashi, Eric J Stockinger
The C-Repeat Binding Factors (CBFs) are DNA-binding transcriptional activators that were identified using Arabidopsis thaliana. In barley, Hordeum vulgare, a cluster of CBF genes reside at FROST RESISTANCE-H2, one of two loci having major effects on winter-hardiness. FR-H2 was revealed in a population derived from the winter barley 'Nure' and the spring barley 'Trèmois'. 'Nure' harbors two to three copies of CBF2A and CBF4B as a consequence of tandem iteration of the genomic region encompassing these genes whereas 'Trèmois' harbors single copies, and these copy number differences are associated with their transcript level differences...
April 22, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433418/binge-alcohol-alters-pnpla3-levels-in-liver-through-epigenetic-mechanism-involving-histone-h3-acetylation
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Ricardo J Restrepo, Robert W Lim, Ronald J Korthuis, Shivendra D Shukla
The human PNPLA3 (patatin-like phospholipase domain-containing 3) gene codes for a protein which is highly expressed in adipose tissue and liver, and is implicated in lipid homeostasis. While PNPLA3 protein contains regions homologous to functional lipolytic proteins, the regulation of its tissue expression is reflective of lipogenic genes. A naturally occurring genetic variant of PNPLA3 in humans has been linked to increased susceptibility to alcoholic liver disease. We have examined the modulatory effect of alcohol on PNPLA3 protein and mRNA expression as well as the association of its gene promoter with acetylated histone H3K9 by chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assay in rat hepatocytes in vitro, and in vivo in mouse and rat models of acute binge, chronic, and chronic followed by acute binge ethanol administration...
March 12, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432871/mir-24-3p-is-overexpressed-in-hodgkin-lymphoma-and-protects-hodgkin-and-reed-sternberg-cells-from-apoptosis
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Ye Yuan, Joost Kluiver, Jasper Koerts, Debora de Jong, Bea Rutgers, Fazlyn Reeny Abdul Razak, Martijn Terpstra, Boudewijn Plaat, Ilja M Nolte, Arjan Diepstra, Lydia Visser, Klaas Kok, Anke van den Berg
miRNAs play important roles in biological processes, such as proliferation, metabolism, differentiation, and apoptosis, whereas altered expression levels contribute to diseases, such as cancers. We identified miRNAs with aberrant expression in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and investigated their role in pathogenesis. Small RNA sequencing revealed 84 significantly differentially expressed miRNAs in HL cell lines as compared to germinal center B cells. Three up-regulated miRNAs-miR-23a-3p, miR-24-3p, and miR-27a-3p-were derived from one primary miRNA transcript...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432355/basal-autophagy-prevents-autoactivation-or-enhancement-of-inflammatory-signals-by-targeting-monomeric-myd88
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Takeshi Into, Toshi Horie, Megumi Inomata, Jin Gohda, Jun-Ichiro Inoue, Yukitaka Murakami, Shumpei Niida
Autophagy, the processes of delivery of intracellular components to lysosomes, regulates induction of inflammation. Inducible macroautophagy degrades inflammasomes and dysfunctional mitochondria to downregulate inflammatory signals. Nonetheless, the effects of constitutive basal autophagy on inflammatory signals are largely unknown. Here, we report a previously unknown effect of basal autophagy. Lysosomal inhibition induced weak inflammatory signals in the absence of a cellular stimulus and in the presence of a nutrient supply, and their induction was impaired by MyD88 deficiency...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431522/comparative-proteomic-analysis-of-neisseria-meningitidis-wildtype-and-dpra-null-mutant-strains-links-dna-processing-to-pilus-biogenesis
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Getachew Tesfaye Beyene, Shewit Kalayou, Tahira Riaz, Tone Tonjum
BACKGROUND: DNA processing chain A (DprA) is a DNA binding protein which is ubiquitous in bacteria, and is required for DNA transformation to various extents among bacterial species. However, the interaction of DprA with competence and recombination proteins is poorly understood. Therefore, the proteomes of whole Neisseria meningitidis (Nm) wildtype and dprA mutant cells were compared. Such a comparative proteomic analysis increases our understanding of the interactions of DprA with other Nm components and may elucidate its potential role beyond DNA processing in transformation...
April 21, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431232/genome-wide-mapping-of-drosha-cleavage-sites-on-primary-micrornas-and-noncanonical-substrates
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Baekgyu Kim, Kyowon Jeong, V Narry Kim
MicroRNA (miRNA) maturation is initiated by DROSHA, a double-stranded RNA (dsRNA)-specific RNase III enzyme. By cleaving primary miRNAs (pri-miRNAs) at specific positions, DROSHA serves as a main determinant of miRNA sequences and a highly selective gatekeeper for the canonical miRNA pathway. However, the sites of DROSHA-mediated processing have not been annotated, and it remains unclear to what extent DROSHA functions outside the miRNA pathway. Here, we establish a protocol termed "formaldehyde crosslinking, immunoprecipitation, and sequencing (fCLIP-seq)," which allows identification of DROSHA cleavage sites at single-nucleotide resolution...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430879/role-of-phosphatase-and-tensin-homolog-pten-in-hypoxic-pulmonary-vasoconstriction
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Adrienn Krauszman, Tak Mak, Katalin Szaszi, Wolfgang M Kuebler
AIMS: Hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction (HPV) redistributes blood flow from poorly ventilated to better aerated areas in the lung, thereby optimizing ventilation-perfusion ratio (V/Q). Pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell (PASMC) contraction in response to hypoxia is triggered by Ca2+ influx via transient receptor potential canonical 6 (TRPC6) cation channels that have translocated to caveolae in the plasma membrane. Since phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) was suggested to regulate TRPC6 in endothelial cells, we aimed to define its role in the hypoxic response of PASMCs and as a putative mediator of HPV...
April 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429836/increased-levels-of-soluble-hla-g-molecules-in-tunisian-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-infection
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Ahmed Baligh Laaribi, Daria Bortolotti, Naila Hannachi, Asma Mehri, Olfa Hazgui, Hamza Ben Yahia, Wafa Babay, Manel Belhadj, Houda Chaouech, Salwa Yacoub, Amel Letaief, Imene Ouzari, Abdellatif Boudabous, Dario Di Luca, Jalel Boukadida, Roberta Rizzo, Ines Zidi
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global health problem. The mechanisms of immune tolerance in HBV infection are still unclear. The host immune response plays a critical role in determining the outcome of HBV infection. Human leukocyte antigen-G (HLA-G) is involved in immunotolerogenic process and infectious diseases. The present study aimed to explore the implication of soluble HLA-G (sHLA-G) and its isoforms in HBV infection. Total sHLA-G (including shedding HLA-G1 and HLA-G5) was analysed by ELISA in 95 chronic HBV patients, 83 spontaneously resolvers and 100 healthy controls...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429532/neu1-sialidase-interacts-with-perilipin-1-on-lipid-droplets-and-inhibits-lipolysis-in-3t3-l1-adipocytes
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Yujin Natori, Miwako Nasui, Fumiko Kihara-Negishi
Fatty acids are stored within adipocytes in lipid droplets (LDs) as triacylglycerol (TG), which is converted to free fatty acid (FFA) and glycerol via lipolysis. Increased plasma FFA levels in obesity are associated with several clinical conditions. We previously found that Neu1 activity is aberrant in the epididymal fat and liver of obese and diabetic mice. Here, we examined involvement of Neu1 in lipolysis in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Small interfering RNA against Neu1 was introduced into adipocytes, and glycerol concentrations were measured in the culture medium...
April 21, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429366/analysis-of-transcriptional-activities-of-angiogenic-biomarkers-during-intrauterine-complications-leading-to-preterm-birth
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M Rabajdová, R Dudič, P Urban, V Dudičová, P Urdzík, M Mareková
OBJECTIVE: Pre-eclampsia, growth retardation and preterm delivery are the most common reasons leading to increased maternal and perinatal mortality. The increased expression of hypoxia induced factors, such as HIF-1, triggers the overexpression of anti-angiogenic genes. The aim of this study was to determine the transcriptional activity of individual pro- and anti-angiogenic markers (VEGF, HIF-1, sEng, Flt-1, PlGF-1) in maternal blood samples from patients with spontaneous preterm labor, preterm labor in combination with pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction in comparison with physiologically terminated pregnancies...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428825/comprehensive-evaluation-of-genome-wide-5-hydroxymethylcytosine-profiling-approaches-in-human-dna
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Ksenia Skvortsova, Elena Zotenko, Phuc-Loi Luu, Cathryn M Gould, Shalima S Nair, Susan J Clark, Clare Stirzaker
BACKGROUND: The discovery that 5-methylcytosine (5mC) can be oxidized to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) by the ten-eleven translocation (TET) proteins has prompted wide interest in the potential role of 5hmC in reshaping the mammalian DNA methylation landscape. The gold-standard bisulphite conversion technologies to study DNA methylation do not distinguish between 5mC and 5hmC. However, new approaches to mapping 5hmC genome-wide have advanced rapidly, although it is unclear how the different methods compare in accurately calling 5hmC...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428710/cma-down-regulates-p53-expression-through-degradation-of-hmgb1-protein-to-inhibit-irradiation-triggered-apoptosis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Jing-Hua Wu, Jia-Pei Guo, Jun Shi, Hui Wang, Lei-Lei Li, Bin Guo, Dian-Xing Liu, Qing Cao, Zhi-Yong Yuan
AIM: To investigate the mechanism of chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA)-induced resistance to irradiation-triggered apoptosis through regulation of the p53 protein in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: Firstly, we detected expression of lysosome-associated membrane protein 2a (Lamp-2a), which is the key protein of CMA, by western blot in HepG2 and SMMC7721 cells after irradiation. We further used shRNA Lamp-2a HCC cells to verify the radioresistance induced by CMA...
April 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428611/transcription-factor-antagonism-controls-enteroendocrine-cell-specification-from-intestinal-stem-cells
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Yumei Li, Zhimin Pang, Huanwei Huang, Chenhui Wang, Tao Cai, Rongwen Xi
The balanced maintenance and differentiation of local stem cells is required for Homeostatic renewal of tissues. In the Drosophila midgut, the transcription factor Escargot (Esg) maintains undifferentiated states in intestinal stem cells, whereas the transcription factors Scute (Sc) and Prospero (Pros) promote enteroendocrine cell specification. However, the mechanism through which Esg and Sc/Pros coordinately regulate stem cell differentiation is unknown. Here, by combining chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis with genetic studies, we show that both Esg and Sc bind to a common promoter region of pros...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428430/collagen-beta-1-o-galactosyltransferase-1-glt25d1-is-required-for-the-secretion-of-high-molecular-weight-adiponectin-and-affects-lipid-accumulation
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Julie A Webster, Zhe Yang, Yu-Hee Kim, Dorothy Loo, Rasha M Mosa, Hongzhuo Li, Chen Chen
Secretion of high molecular weight (HMW) adiponectin is dependent on post-translational modification (PTM) of conserved lysines in the collagenous domain. This work aims to characterize the enzymes responsible for the PTM of conserved lysines which leads to HMW adiponectin secretion, and to define its significance in relation to obesity.  Collagen beta (1- O ) galactosyltransferase 1 (GLT25D1) was knocked down in HEK cells modified for the stable expression of adiponectin (Adipo-HEK cells) as well as in Simpson Golabi-Behmel-Syndrome (SGBS) adipocytes...
April 20, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428333/the-microrna-199a-214-cluster-targets-e-cadherin-and-claudin-2-and-promotes-high-glucose-induced-peritoneal-fibrosis
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Mingwen Che, Tiantian Shi, Shidong Feng, Huan Li, Xiaomin Zhang, Ning Feng, Weijuan Lou, Jianhua Dou, Guangbo Tang, Chen Huang, Guoshuang Xu, Qi Qian, Shiren Sun, Lijie He, Hanmin Wang
Serum response factor (SRF) was found to be involved in the phenotypic transition and fibrosis of the peritoneal membrane during treatment with peritoneal dialysis (PD), but the exact mechanism remains unclear. SRF regulates microRNAs (miRNAs) that contain the SRF-binding consensus (CArG) element in the promoter region. Therefore, we investigated whether the miR-199a/214 gene cluster, which contains a CArG element in its promoter, is directly regulated by SRF. High-glucose (HG) treatment significantly unregulated the expression of the miR-199a-5p/214-3p gene cluster in human peritoneal mesothelial cells (HPMCs)...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
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