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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103111/oxidative-stress-and-carcinogenesis-potential-of-phytochemicals-in-breast-cancer-therapy
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Gilead Ebiegberi Forcados, Dorcas Bolanle James, Abdullahi Balarabe Sallau, Aliyu Muhammad, Peace Mabeta
Breast cancer remains a burden in both developed and developing countries, with higher mortality in developing countries. Attempts to eradicate cancer have not been successful despite the progress made in the development of more novel chemotherapeutic drugs. Reactive-oxygen-species-mediated oxidative stress is known to play a role in breast cancer pathogenesis via genetic and epigenetic modifications, resulting in uncontrolled cell proliferation. Phytochemicals could provide leads for the development of alternative therapeutic agents due to their antioxidant activity, as well as their ability to induce apoptosis in cancer cells...
January 19, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102516/production-of-lovastatin-and-itaconic-acid-by-aspergillus-terreus-a-comparative-perspective
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REVIEW
Tomasz Boruta, Marcin Bizukojc
Aspergillus terreus is a textbook example of an industrially relevant filamentous fungus. It is used for the biotechnological production of two valuable metabolites, namely itaconic acid and lovastatin. Itaconic acid serves as a precursor in polymer industry, whereas lovastatin found its place in the pharmaceutical market as a cholesterol-lowering statin drug and a precursor for semisynthetic statins. Interestingly, their biosynthetic gene clusters were shown to reside in the common genetic neighborhood. Despite the genomic proximity of the underlying biosynthetic genes, the production of lovastatin and itaconic acid was shown to be favored by different factors, especially with respect to pH values of the broth...
February 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102227/singular-location-and-signaling-profile-of-adenosine-a2a-cannabinoid-cb1-receptor-heteromers-in-the-dorsal-striatum
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Estefanía Moreno, Anna Chiarlone, Mireia Medrano, Mar Puigdellívol, Lucka Bibic, Lesley A Howell, Eva Resel, Nagore Puente, María J Casarejos, Juan Perucho, Joaquín Botta, Nuria Suelves, Francisco Ciruela, Silvia Ginés, Ismael Galve-Roperh, Vicent Casadó, Pedro Grandes, Beat Lutz, Krisztina Monory, Enric I Canela, Carmen Lluís, Peter J McCormick, Manuel Guzmán
The dorsal striatum is a key node for many neurobiological processes such as motor activity, cognitive functions, and affective processes. The proper functioning of striatal neurons relies critically on metabotropic receptors. Specifically, the main adenosine and endocannabinoid receptors present in the striatum, ie, adenosine A2A receptor (A2AR) and cannabinoid CB1 receptor (CB1R), are of pivotal importance in the control of neuronal excitability. Facilitatory and inhibitory functional interactions between striatal A2AR and CB1R have been reported, and evidence supports that this cross-talk may rely, at least in part, on the formation of A2AR-CB1R heteromeric complexes...
January 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099900/skeletal-muscle-aging-influence-of-oxidative-stress-and-physical-exercise
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REVIEW
Mariana Janini Gomes, Paula Felippe Martinez, Luana Urbano Pagan, Ricardo Luiz Damatto, Marcelo Diacardia Mariano Cezar, Aline Regina Ruiz Lima, Katashi Okoshi, Marina Politi Okoshi
Skeletal muscle abnormalities are responsible for significant disability in the elderly. Sarcopenia is the main alteration occurring during senescence and a key public health issue as it predicts frailty, poor quality of life, and mortality. Several factors such as reduced physical activity, hormonal changes, insulin resistance, genetic susceptibility, appetite loss, and nutritional deficiencies are involved in the physiopathology of muscle changes. Sarcopenia is characterized by structural, biochemical, molecular and functional muscle changes...
January 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096519/the-nuclear-poly-a-binding-protein-of-mammals-but-not-of-fission-yeast-participates-in-mrna-polyadenylation
#5
Uwe Kühn, Juliane Buschmann, Elmar Wahle
The nuclear poly(A) binding protein (PABPN1) has been suggested, on the basis of biochemical evidence, to play a role in mRNA polyadenylation by strongly increasing the processivity of poly(A) polymerase. While experiments in metazoans have tended to support such a role, the results were not unequivocal, and genetic data show that the S. pombe orthologue of PABPN1, Pab2, is not involved in mRNA polyadenylation. The specific model that PABPN1 increases the rate of poly(A) tail elongation has never been examined in vivo...
January 17, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096446/the-rpn-yhga-like-proteins-of-escherichia-coli-k-12-and-their-contribution-to-reca-independent-horizontal-transfer
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Anthony W Kingston, Christine Ponkratz, Elisabeth A Raleigh
: Bacteria use a variety of DNA mobilizing enzymes to facilitate environmental niche adaptation via horizontal gene transfer. This has led to real world problems, like the spread of antibiotic resistance, yet many mobilization proteins remain undefined. Here, we investigate the uncharacterized family of YhgA-like "transposase_31" proteins (PF04754). Our primary focus was the genetic and biochemical properties of the five E. coli K-12 members of this family, which we designate RpnA-RpnE for recombination promoting nuclease...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096432/effects-of-activity-genetic-selection-and-their-interaction-on-muscle-metabolic-capacities-and-organ-masses-in-mice
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Scott A Kelly, Fernando R Gomes, Erik M Kolb, Jessica L Malisch, Theodore Garland
Chronic voluntary exercise elevates total daily energy expenditure (DEE) and food consumption, potentially resulting in organ compensation supporting nutrient extraction/utilization. Additionally, species with naturally higher DEE often have larger processing organs, which may represent genetic differences and/or phenotypic plasticity. We tested for possible adaptive changes in organ masses of 4 replicate lines of house mice selected (37 generations) for high running (HR lines) compared with 4 non-selected control (C) lines...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095893/clinical-biochemical-and-molecular-characterization-of-korean-patients-with-mucolipidosis-ii-iii-and-successful-prenatal-diagnosis
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Mina Yang, Sung Yun Cho, Hyung-Doo Park, Rihwa Choi, Young-Eun Kim, Jinsup Kim, Soo-Youn Lee, Chang-Seok Ki, Jong-Won Kim, Young Bae Sohn, Junghan Song, Dong-Kyu Jin
BACKGROUND: Mucolipidosis types II and III (ML II/III) are autosomal recessive disorders caused by a deficiency in the lysosomal enzyme N-acetylglucosamine-1-phosphotransferase. We investigated the molecular genetic characteristics of the GNPTAB gene, which codes for the alpha/beta subunits of a phosphotransferase, in Korean ML II/III patients. We included prenatal tests and evaluated the spectrum of mutations in East Asian populations with ML II/III through a literature review. METHODS: Seven patients from six families were enrolled in the study including two prenatal tests using chorionic villi samples...
January 17, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095316/rewiring-protein-synthesis-from-natural-to-synthetic-amino-acids
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REVIEW
Yongqiang Fan, Christopher R Evans, Jiqiang Ling
BACKGROUND: The protein synthesis machinery uses 22 natural amino acids as building blocks that faithfully decode the genetic information. Such fidelity is controlled at multiple steps and can be compromised in nature and in the laboratory to rewire protein synthesis with natural and synthetic amino acids. SCOPE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes the major quality control mechanisms during protein synthesis, including aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases, elongation factors, and the ribosome...
January 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095181/how-trnas-dictate-nuclear-codon-reassignments-only-a-few-can-capture-non-cognate-codons
#10
Martin Kollmar, Stefanie Mühlhausen
Messenger RNA decoding by tRNAs and tRNA charging by aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases are biochemically separated processes that nevertheless in general involve the same nucleotides. The combination of charging and decoding determines the genetic code. Codon reassignment happens when a differently charged tRNA replaces a former cognate tRNA. The recent discovery of the polyphyly of the yeast CUG sense codon reassignment challenged previous mechanistic considerations and led to the proposal of the so-called tRNA loss driven codon reassignment hypothesis...
January 17, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094805/the-genome-sequence-of-barbarea-vulgaris-facilitates-the-study-of-ecological-biochemistry
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Stephen L Byrne, Pernille Østerbye Erthmann, Niels Agerbirk, Søren Bak, Thure Pavlo Hauser, Istvan Nagy, Cristiana Paina, Torben Asp
The genus Barbarea has emerged as a model for evolution and ecology of plant defense compounds, due to its unusual glucosinolate profile and production of saponins, unique to the Brassicaceae. One species, B. vulgaris, includes two 'types', G-type and P-type that differ in trichome density, and their glucosinolate and saponin profiles. A key difference is the stereochemistry of hydroxylation of their common phenethylglucosinolate backbone, leading to epimeric glucobarbarins. Here we report a draft genome sequence of the G-type, and re-sequencing of the P-type for comparison...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093708/multiple-sclerosis-and-eif2b5-a-paradox-or-a-missing-link
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Insha Zahoor, Ehtishamul Haq, Ravouf Asimi
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an encumbering inflammatory condition of the central nervous system (CNS) caused by axonal demyelination. There is sufficient evidence suggesting role of eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2B (EIF2B) gene family encoding the five subunits of eIF2B complex-α, β, γ, δ and ε respectively, in causing vanishing white matter (VWM) disease of the brain. Incidentally researchers have proposed overlapping between MS and VWM in terms of clinical, biochemical and genetic aspects, which incited us to write this chapter to explore the association between EIF2B5 and MS...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093353/vitamin-d-metabolites-in-captivity-should-we-measure-free-or-total-25-oh-d-to-assess-vitamin-d-status
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REVIEW
Daniel Bikle, Roger Bouillon, Ravi Thadhani, Inez Schoenmakers
There is general consensus that serum 25(OH)D is the best biochemical marker for nutritional vitamin D status. Whether free 25(OH)D would be a better marker than total 25(OH)D is so far unclear. Free 25(OH)D can either be calculated based on the measurement of the serum concentrations of total 25(OH)D, vitamin D-binding protein (DBP), albumin, and the affinity between 25(OH)D and its binding proteins in physiological situations. Free 25(OH)D can also be measured directly by equilibrium dialysis, ultrafitration or immunoassays...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092605/molecular-diversity-of-clostridium-botulinum-and-phenotypically-similar-strains
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T Grenda, E Kukier, Z Sieradzki, M Goldsztejn, K Kwiatek
This study was undertaken to examine phenotypic and genetic features of strains preliminary classified as Clostridium botulinum species. The phenotypic characteristics were assessed with different culture media and biochemical tests. The genetic characterization included detection of botulinum toxin genes by PCR and macrorestriction analysis with SmaI, XhoI and SacII by PFGE (Pulsed-field Gel Electrophoresis). Despite similar biochemical properties of all analysed strains, only 47% of them contained genes determining toxicity specific to C...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092402/%C3%AE-%C3%AE-t-cells-are-indispensable-for-il-23-mediated-protection-against-cona-induced-hepatitis-in-hepatitis-b-virus-transgenic-mice
#15
Ziyu Meng, Jingya Wang, Yifang Yuan, Guangchao Cao, Shuobing Fan, Chao Gao, Li Wang, Zheng Li, Xiaoli Wu, Zhenzhou Wu, Liqing Zhao, Zhinan Yin
Hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg) carriers are highly susceptible to liver injury triggered by environmental biochemical stimulation. Previously, we have reported an inverse correlation between γδT cells and liver damage in patients with HBV. However, whether γδT cells play a role in regulating the hypersensitivity of HBsAg carriers to biochemical stimulation-induced hepatitis is unknown. In this study, using hepatitis B virus transgenic (HBs-Tg) and HBs-Tg-TCRδ(-/-) mice, we found that mice genetically deficient in γδT cells exhibited more severe liver damage upon ConcanavalinA (ConA) treatment, as indicated by substantially higher serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels, further elevated IFN-γ levels and more extensive necrosis...
January 16, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092281/renal-tubular-acidosis
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Fernando Santos, Helena Gil-Peña, Silvia Alvarez-Alvarez
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To facilitate the understanding and knowledge of renal tubular acidosis by providing a summarized information on the known clinical and biochemical characteristics of this group of diseases, by updating the genetic and molecular bases of the primary forms renal tubular acidosis and by examining some issues regarding the diagnosis of distal renal tubular acidosis (RTA) in the daily clinical practice. RECENT FINDINGS: The manuscript presents recent findings on the potential of next-generation sequencing to disclose new pathogenic variants in patients with a clinical diagnosis of primary RTA and negative Sanger sequencing of known genes...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089951/bzr1-positively-regulates-freezing-tolerance-via-cbf-dependent-and-cbf-independent-pathways-in-arabidopsis
#17
Hui Li, Keyi Ye, Yiting Shi, Jinkui Cheng, Xiaoyan Zhang, Shuhua Yang
Cold stress is a major environmental factor that adversely affects plant growth and development. The C-repeat Binding Factor/DRE Binding Factor 1 (CBF/DREB1) transcriptional regulatory cascade has been shown to play important roles in plant response to cold. Here we demonstrate that two key components of BR signaling modulate freezing tolerance of plants. The loss-of-function mutant of the GSK3-like kinases involved in BR signaling, bin2-3 bil1 bil2, showed increased freezing tolerance, whereas overexpression of BIN2 resulted in hypersensitivity to freezing stress under both non-acclimated and acclimated conditions...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089566/metformin-inhibits-hepatic-mtorc1-signaling-via-dose-dependent-mechanisms-involving-ampk-and-the-tsc-complex
#18
Jessica J Howell, Kristina Hellberg, Marc Turner, George Talbott, Matthew J Kolar, Debbie S Ross, Gerta Hoxhaj, Alan Saghatelian, Reuben J Shaw, Brendan D Manning
Metformin is the most widely prescribed drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, knowledge of the full effects of metformin on biochemical pathways and processes in its primary target tissue, the liver, is limited. One established effect of metformin is to decrease cellular energy levels. The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) complex 1 (mTORC1) are key regulators of metabolism that are respectively activated and inhibited in acute response to cellular energy depletion...
December 30, 2016: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088172/ecotilling-by-sequencing-reveals-polymorphisms-in-genes-encoding-starch-synthases-that-are-associated-with-low-glycemic-response-in-rice
#19
Ramadoss Bharathi Raja, Somanath Agasimani, Sarita Jaiswal, Venkatesan Thiruvengadam, Robin Sabariappan, Ravindra N Chibbar, Sundaram Ganesh Ram
BACKGROUND: Glycemic response, a trait that is tedious to be assayed in cereal staples, has been identified as a factor correlated with alarmingly increasing prevalence of Type II diabetes. Reverse genetics based discovery of allelic variants associated with this nutritional trait gains significance as they can provide scope for genetic improvement of this factor which is otherwise difficult to target through routine screening methods. RESULTS: Through EcoTILLING by sequencing in 512 rice accessions, we report the discovery of six deleterious variants in the genes with potential to increase Resistant Starch (RS) and reduce Hydrolysis Index (HI) of starch...
January 14, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087944/laboratory-diagnosis-and-susceptibility-testing-for-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
#20
Gary W Procop
The laboratory, which utilizes some of the most sophisticated and rapidly changing technologies, plays a critical role in the diagnosis of tuberculosis. Some of these tools are being employed in resource-challenged countries for the rapid detection and characterization of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Foremost, the laboratory defines appropriate specimen criteria for optimal test performance. The direct detection of mycobacteria in the clinical specimen, predominantly done by acid-fast staining, may eventually be replaced by rapid-cycle PCR...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
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