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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931068/erk1-2-signalling-protects-against-apoptosis-following-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-but-cannot-provide-long-term-protection-against-bax-bak-independent-cell-death
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Nicola J Darling, Kathryn Balmanno, Simon J Cook
Disruption of protein folding in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) causes ER stress. Activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR) acts to restore protein homeostasis or, if ER stress is severe or persistent, drive apoptosis, which is thought to proceed through the cell intrinsic, mitochondrial pathway. Indeed, cells that lack the key executioner proteins BAX and BAK are protected from ER stress-induced apoptosis. Here we show that chronic ER stress causes the progressive inhibition of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK1/2) signalling pathway...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930602/molecular-biology-of-tick-acetylcholinesterases
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Kevin Bruce Temeyer
Ticks vector many pathogens with major health and economic impacts and have developed resistance to most acaricides used for tick control. Organophosphate (OP) acaricides target acetylcholinesterase (AChE) critical to tick central nervous system function. Mutations producing tick AChEs resistant to OPs were characterized; but tick OP-resistance is not fully elucidated, due to remarkable complexity of tick cholinergic systems. Three paralogous tick AChEs exhibiting differences in primary structure and biochemical kinetics are encoded by amplified genes with developmentally regulated expression...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930581/biophysical-mechanisms-complementing-classical-cell-biology
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Richard H W Funk
This overview addresses phenomena in cell- and molecular biology which are puzzling by their fast and highly coordinated way of organization. Generally, it appears that informative processes probably involved are more on the biophysical than on the classical biochemical side. The coordination problem is explained within the first part of the review by the topic of endogenous electrical phenomena. These are found e.g. in fast tissue organization and reorganization processes like development, wound healing and regeneration...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928963/recent-advances-in-understanding-the-roles-of-whole-genome-duplications-in-evolution
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REVIEW
Carol MacKintosh, David E K Ferrier
Ancient whole-genome duplications (WGDs)- paleopolyploidy events-are key to solving Darwin's 'abominable mystery' of how flowering plants evolved and radiated into a rich variety of species. The vertebrates also emerged from their invertebrate ancestors via two WGDs, and genomes of diverse gymnosperm trees, unicellular eukaryotes, invertebrates, fishes, amphibians and even a rodent carry evidence of lineage-specific WGDs. Modern polyploidy is common in eukaryotes, and it can be induced, enabling mechanisms and short-term cost-benefit assessments of polyploidy to be studied experimentally...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928474/using-experimental-evolution-to-identify-druggable-targets-that-could-inhibit-the-evolution-of-antimicrobial-resistance
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Heer H Mehta, Amy G Prater, Yousif Shamoo
With multi-drug and pan-drug-resistant bacteria becoming increasingly common in hospitals, antibiotic resistance has threatened to return us to a pre-antibiotic era that would completely undermine modern medicine. There is an urgent need to develop new antibiotics and strategies to combat resistance that are substantially different from earlier drug discovery efforts. One such strategy that would complement current and future antibiotics would be a class of co-drugs that target the evolution of resistance and thereby extend the efficacy of specific classes of antibiotics...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927585/whole-genome-and-transcriptome-sequencing-of-prostate-cancer-identify-new-genetic-alterations-driving-disease-progression
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Shancheng Ren, Gong-Hong Wei, Dongbing Liu, Liguo Wang, Yong Hou, Shida Zhu, Lihua Peng, Qin Zhang, Yanbing Cheng, Hong Su, Xiuqing Zhou, Jibin Zhang, Fuqiang Li, Hancheng Zheng, Zhikun Zhao, Changjun Yin, Zengquan He, Xin Gao, Haiyen E Zhau, Chia-Yi Chu, Jason Boyang Wu, Colin Collins, Stanislav V Volik, Robert Bell, Jiaoti Huang, Kui Wu, Danfeng Xu, Dingwei Ye, Yongwei Yu, Lianhui Zhu, Meng Qiao, Hang-Mao Lee, Yuehong Yang, Yasheng Zhu, Xiaolei Shi, Rui Chen, Yang Wang, Weidong Xu, Yanqiong Cheng, Chuanliang Xu, Xu Gao, Tie Zhou, Bo Yang, Jianguo Hou, Li Liu, Zhensheng Zhang, Yao Zhu, Chao Qin, Pengfei Shao, Jun Pang, Leland W K Chung, Jianfeng Xu, Chin-Lee Wu, Weide Zhong, Xun Xu, Yingrui Li, Xiuqing Zhang, Jian Wang, Huanming Yang, Jun Wang, Haojie Huang, Yinghao Sun
BACKGROUND: Global disparities in prostate cancer (PCa) incidence highlight the urgent need to identify genomic abnormalities in prostate tumors in different ethnic populations including Asian men. OBJECTIVE: To systematically explore the genomic complexity and define disease-driven genetic alterations in PCa. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: The study sequenced whole-genome and transcriptome of tumor-benign paired tissues from 65 treatment-naive Chinese PCa patients...
September 15, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927525/alpha-1-antitrypsin-deficiency-genetic-variations-clinical-manifestations-and-therapeutic-interventions
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REVIEW
Younis Mohammad Hazari, Arif Bashir, Mudasir Habib, Samirul Bashir, Huma Habib, M Abul Qasim, Naveed Nazir Shah, Ehtishamul Haq, Jeffrey Teckman, Khalid Majid Fazili
Alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) is an acute phase secretory glycoprotein that inhibits neutrophil proteases like elastase and is considered as the archetype of a family of structurally related serine-protease inhibitors termed serpins. Serum AAT predominantly originates from liver and increases three to five fold during host response to tissue injury and inflammation. The AAT deficiency is unique among the protein-misfolding diseases in that it causes target organ injury by both loss-of-function and gain-of-toxic function mechanisms...
July 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926960/genetic-and-hormonal-regulation-of-chlorophyll-degradation-during-maturation-of-seeds-with-green-embryos
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Galina Smolikova, Elena Dolgikh, Maria Vikhnina, Andrej Frolov, Sergei Medvedev
The embryos of some angiosperms (usually referred to as chloroembryos) contain chlorophylls during the whole period of embryogenesis. Developing embryos have photochemically active chloroplasts and are able to produce assimilates, further converted in reserve biopolymers, whereas at the late steps of embryogenesis, seeds undergo dehydration, degradation of chlorophylls, transformation of chloroplast in storage plastids, and enter the dormancy period. However, in some seeds, the process of chlorophyll degradation remains incomplete...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924877/diagnostic-approach-to-neurotransmitter-monoamine-disorders-experience-from-clinical-biochemical-and-genetic-profiles
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Alice Kuster, Jean-Baptiste Arnoux, Magalie Barth, Delphine Lamireau, Nada Houcinat, Cyril Goizet, Bérénice Doray, Stéphanie Gobin, Manuel Schiff, Aline Cano, Daniel Amsallem, Christine Barnerias, Boris Chaumette, Marion Plaze, Abdelhamid Slama, Christine Ioos, Isabelle Desguerre, Anne-Sophie Lebre, Pascale de Lonlay, Laurence Christa
BACKGROUND AND AIM: To improve the diagnostic work-up of patients with diverse neurological diseases, we have elaborated specific clinical and CSF neurotransmitter patterns. METHODS: Neurotransmitter determinations in CSF from 1200 patients revealed abnormal values in 228 (19%) cases. In 54/228 (24%) patients, a final diagnosis was identified. RESULTS: We have reported primary (30/54, 56%) and secondary (24/54, 44%) monoamine neurotransmitter disorders...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924541/the-lrp1-gene-polymorphism-is-associated-with-increased-risk-of-metabolic-syndrome-prevalence-in-the-serbian-population
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N Vučinić, E Stokić, I Djan, D Obreht, N Veličković, K Stankov, M Djan
The determination of genetic background in metabolic syndrome (MetS) represents one of the necessary steps to prevent the disorder, thus reducing the cost of medical treatments and helping to design targeted therapy. The study explores the association between individual alleles of the LRP1 gene and the diagnosis of MetS to find correlation between the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related (LRP1) gene polymorphism and each individual anthropometric and biochemical parameter. The study included 93 males and females, aged from 19 to 65, divided into two groups...
June 30, 2017: Balkan Journal of Medical Genetics: BJMG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924058/localization-of-cdc7-protein-kinase-during-dna-replication-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Daniel Rossbach, D Suzi Bryan, Jay R Hesselberth, Robert Sclafani
DDK, a conserved serine-threonine protein kinase composed of a regulatory subunit, Dbf4, and a catalytic subunit, Cdc7, is essential for DNA replication initiation during S phase of the cell cycle through MCM2-7 helicase phosphorylation. The biological significance of DDK is well characterized, but the full mechanism of how DDK associates with substrates remains unclear. Cdc7 is bound to chromatin in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome throughout the cell cycle, but there is little empirical evidence as to specific Cdc7 binding locations...
September 18, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924032/staphylococcus-aureus-strain-newman-d2c-contains-mutations-in-major-regulatory-pathways-that-cripple-its-pathogenesis
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William E Sause, Richard Copin, Aidan O'malley, Rita Chan, Brian J Morrow, Peter T Buckley, Jeffrey Fernandez, A Simon Lynch, Bo Shopsin, Victor J Torres
Staphylococcus aureus is a major human pathogen that imposes a great burden on the healthcare system. In the development of anti-staphylococcal modalities intended to reduce the burden of staphylococcal disease, it is imperative to select appropriate models of S. aureus strains when assessing the efficacy of novel agents. Here, using whole genome sequencing, we reveal that the commonly used strain Newman D2C from the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) contains mutations that render the strain essentially avirulent...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923608/molecular-characterization-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-highly-pathogenic-vibrio-alginolyticus-strains-isolated-during-mortality-outbreaks-in-cultured-ruditapes-decussatus-juvenile
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Badreddine Mechri, Monastiri Abir, Amel Medhioub, Mohamed Nejib Medhioub, Mahjoub Aouni
In the summer of 2008 and 2009, a series of mortalities in growing out seeds of R. decussatus juveniles were occurred in the eastern Tunisian littoral. Nine predominant bacterial strains were isolated from dead and moribund juveniles and characterized as Vibrio alginolyticus. These isolates were subjected to biochemical and molecular characterization. All the Vibrio strains were tested for their susceptibility against the most widely used antibiotic in aquaculture as well as, the assessment of the presence of erythromycin (emrB) and tetracycline (tetS) resistance genes among the tested bacteria...
September 15, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923556/de-novo-assembly-and-transcriptome-characterization-of-the-freshwater-prawn-palaemonetes-argentinus-implications-for-a-detoxification-response
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C Fernando García, Nicolas Pedrini, Arturo Sánchez-Paz, Carlos S Reyna-Blanco, Sabrina Lavarias, Adriana Muhlia-Almazán, Analía Fernández-Giménez, Aldana Laino, Enrique de-la-Re-Vega, German Lukaszewicz, Alonso A López-Zavala, Luis G Brieba, Michael F Criscitello, Jesús S Carrasco-Miranda, Karina D García-Orozco, Adrian Ochoa-Leyva, Enrique Rudiño-Piñera, Alejandro Sanchez-Flores, Rogerio R Sotelo-Mundo
Palaemonetes argentinus, an abundant freshwater prawn species in the northern and central region of Argentina, has been used as a bioindicator of environmental pollutants as it displays a very high sensitivity to pollutants exposure. Despite their extraordinary ecological relevance, a lack of genomic information has hindered a more thorough understanding of the molecular mechanisms potentially involved in detoxification processes of this species. Thus, transcriptomic profiling studies represent a promising approach to overcome the limitations imposed by the lack of extensive genomic resources for P...
September 8, 2017: Marine Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923481/adam17-is-the-main-sheddase-for-the-generation-of-human-triggering-receptor-expressed-in-myeloid-cells-htrem2-ectodomain-and-cleaves-trem2-after-histidine-157
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Dominik Feuerbach, Patrick Schindler, Carmen Barske, Stefanie Joller, Edwige Beng-Louka, Katie A Worringer, Sravya Kommineni, Ajamete Kaykas, Daniel J Ho, Chaoyang Ye, Karl Welzenbach, Gaelle Elain, Laurent Klein, Irena Brzak, Anis K Mir, Christopher J Farady, Reiner Aichholz, Simone Popp, Nathalie George, Ulf Neumann
Triggering receptor expressed in myeloid cells (TREM2) is a member of the immunoglobulin superfamily and is expressed in macrophages, dendritic cells, microglia, and osteoclasts. TREM2 plays a role in phagocytosis, regulates release of cytokine, contributes to microglia maintenance, and its ectodomain is shed from the cell surface. Here, the question was addressed at which position sheddases cleave TREM2 and what are the proteases involved in this process. Using both pharmacological and genetic approaches we report that the main protease contributing to the release of TREM2 ectodomain is ADAM17, (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase domain containing protein, also called TACE, TNFα converting enzyme) while ADAM10 plays a minor role...
September 15, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922436/genetic-risk-factors-for-autoimmune-thyroid-disease-might-affect-the-susceptibility-to-and-modulate-the-progression-of-primary-biliary-cholangitis
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Aleksander Kuś, Magdalena Arłukowicz-Grabowska, Konrad Szymański, Ewa Wunsch, Małgorzata Milkiewicz, Rafał Płoski, Zakera Shums, Gary L Norman, Piotr Milkiewicz, Tomasz Bednarczuk, Marcin Krawczyk
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) frequently suffer from extrahepatic autoimmune conditions, of which autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) is one of the most common. Previous studies identified several genetic variants increasing the odds of developing AITD. Here we investigate whether AITD-associated polymorphisms might also play a role in the development and clinical course of PBC and PBC associated with AITD (PBC-AITD). METHODS: To this end, we prospectively recruited 230 patients with PBC and 421 healthy controls...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919904/plasticity-of-sorghum-stem-biomass-accumulation-in-response-to-water-deficit-a-multiscale-analysis-from-internode-tissue-to-plant-level
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Lisa Perrier, Lauriane Rouan, Sylvie Jaffuel, Anne Clément-Vidal, Sandrine Roques, Armelle Soutiras, Christelle Baptiste, Denis Bastianelli, Denis Fabre, Cécile Dubois, David Pot, Delphine Luquet
Sorghum is increasingly used as a biomass crop worldwide. Its genetic diversity provides a large range of stem biochemical composition suitable for various end-uses as bioenergy or forage. Its drought tolerance enables it to reasonably sustain biomass production under water limited conditions. However, drought effect on the accumulation of sorghum stem biomass remains poorly understood which limits progress in crop improvement and management. This study aimed at identifying the morphological, biochemical and histological traits underlying biomass accumulation in the sorghum stem and its plasticity in response to water deficit...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918941/modulation-of-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-secretases-as-early-prevention-against-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Iryna Voytyuk, Bart De Strooper, Lucía Chávez-Gutiérrez
The genetic evidence implicating amyloid-β in the initial stage of Alzheimer's disease is unequivocal. However, the long biochemical and cellular prodromal phases of the disease suggest that dementia is the result of a series of molecular and cellular cascades whose nature and connections remain unknown. Therefore, it is unlikely that treatments directed at amyloid-β will have major clinical effects in the later stages of the disease. We discuss the two major candidate therapeutic targets to lower amyloid-β in a preventive mode, i...
August 10, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918451/quantitative-18-f-dopa-pet-ct-in-pheochromocytoma-the-relationship-between-tumor-secretion-and-its-biochemical-phenotype
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Vincent Amodru, Carole Guerin, Sarkis Delcourt, Pauline Romanet, Anderson Loundou, Bruna Viana, Thierry Brue, Frédéric Castinetti, Frédéric Sebag, Karel Pacak, David Taïeb
INTRODUCTION: (18)F-FDOPA illustrates the properties of uptake and storage of catecholamines in pheochromocytomas (PHEOs). Until now, the relationship between (18)F-FDOPA quantitative parameters and a PHEO secretory profile has not been specifically evaluated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-six patients (56% females, median age: 47.5 yrs) with non-metastatic PHEO, evaluated by (18)F-FDOPA PET/CT, were included in this retrospective study. Forty-five patients had negative genetic testing (80...
September 16, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917055/identification-of-genetic-disorders-causing-disruption-of-selenoprotein-biosynthesis
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Erik Schoenmakers, Krishna Chatterjee
Disorders of selenoprotein biosynthesis in humans, due to mutations in three genes (SECISBP2, TRU-TCA1-1, and SEPSECS) involved in the selenocysteine insertion pathway, have been described. Patients with SECISBP2 and TRU-TCA1-1 defects manifest a multisystem disorder with a biochemical signature of abnormal thyroid function tests due to the impaired activity of deiodinase selenoenzymes, myopathic features linked to SEPN1 deficiency and phenotypes resulting from increased levels of reactive oxygen species attributable to lack of antioxidant selenoenzymes...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
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