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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107769/the-transcriptional-modulator-ifrd1-controls-pgc-1%C3%AE-expression-under-short-term-adrenergic-stimulation-in-brown-adipocytes
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Gyujin Park, Tetsuhiro Horie, Takashi Kanayama, Kazuya Fukasawa, Takashi Iezaki, Yuki Onishi, Kakeru Ozaki, Yukari Nakamura, Yukio Yoneda, Takeshi Takarada, Eiichi Hinoi
Sympathetic tone activates the function of classical brown adipocytes, which constitutively exist in the brown adipose tissue, and inducible brown adipocytes (so-called beige adipocytes), which sporadically reside within the white adipose tissue. Here we identified the transcriptional modulator interferon-related developmental regulator 1 (Ifrd1) as a negative regulator of thermogenic and mitochondrial gene expression in brown adipocytes. Ifrd1 expression was markedly induced by cold exposure and administration of CL-316243 (a β3 adrenergic agonist) in interscapular brown adipose and inguinal subcutaneous white adipose tissues, but not in epididymal visceral white adipose tissue, in vivo...
January 20, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107663/antibacterial-anti-oxidant-electroactive-injectable-hydrogel-as-self-healing-wound-dressing-with-hemostasis-and-adhesiveness-for-cutaneous-wound-healing
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Xin Zhao, Hao Wu, Baolin Guo, Ruonan Dong, Yusheng Qiu, Peter X Ma
Injectable self-healing hydrogel dressing with multifunctional properties including anti-infection, anti-oxidative and conductivity promoting wound healing process will be highly desired in wound healing application and its design is still a challenge. We developed a series of injectable conductive self-healed hydrogels based on quaternized chitosan-g-polyaniline (QCSP) and benzaldehyde group functionalized poly(ethylene glycol)-co-poly(glycerol sebacate) (PEGS-FA) as antibacterial, anti-oxidant and electroactive dressing for cutaneous wound healing...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107649/rpa-interacts-with-hira-and-regulates-h3-3-deposition-at-gene-regulatory-elements-in-mammalian-cells
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Honglian Zhang, Haiyun Gan, Zhiquan Wang, Jeong-Heon Lee, Hui Zhou, Tamas Ordog, Marc S Wold, Mats Ljungman, Zhiguo Zhang
The histone chaperone HIRA is involved in depositing histone variant H3.3 into distinct genic regions, including promoters, enhancers, and gene bodies. However, how HIRA deposits H3.3 to these regions remains elusive. Through a short hairpin RNA (shRNA) screening, we identified single-stranded DNA binding protein replication protein A (RPA) as a regulator of the deposition of newly synthesized H3.3 into chromatin. We show that RPA physically interacts with HIRA to form RPA-HIRA-H3.3 complexes, and it co-localizes with HIRA and H3...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107648/parp-1-controls-the-adipogenic-transcriptional-program-by-parylating-c-ebp%C3%AE-and-modulating-its-transcriptional-activity
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Xin Luo, Keun Woo Ryu, Dae-Seok Kim, Tulip Nandu, Carlos J Medina, Rebecca Gupte, Bryan A Gibson, Raymond E Soccio, Yonghao Yu, Rana K Gupta, W Lee Kraus
Poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation (PARylation) is a post-translational modification of proteins mediated by PARP family members, such as PARP-1. Although PARylation has been studied extensively, few examples of definitive biological roles for site-specific PARylation have been reported. Here we show that C/EBPβ, a key pro-adipogenic transcription factor, is PARylated by PARP-1 on three amino acids in a conserved regulatory domain. PARylation at these sites inhibits C/EBPβ's DNA binding and transcriptional activities and attenuates adipogenesis in various genetic and cell-based models...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107533/improvement-of-therapeutic-efficacy-of-oral-immunotherapy-in-combination-with-regulatory-t-cell-inducer-kakkonto-in-a-murine-food-allergy-model
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Yuka Nagata, Takeshi Yamamoto, Michie Hayashi, Shusaku Hayashi, Makoto Kadowaki
Oral immunotherapy (OIT) has been considered a promising approach for food allergies (FAs). However, the current OIT strategy is limited in terms of the long-term efficacy and safety. We have previously demonstrated that kakkonto, a traditional Japanese herbal medicine, suppresses the occurrence of allergic symptoms in a murine model of ovalbumin (OVA)-induced FA, which is attributed to the induction of the Foxp3+ CD4+ regulatory T cells. In this study, we established an OIT model using the FA mice with already established allergic symptoms and determined whether kakkonto could improve the efficacy of OIT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107480/drosophila-vps13-is-required-for-protein-homeostasis-in-the-brain
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Jan J Vonk, Wondwossen M Yeshaw, Francesco Pinto, Anita I E Faber, Liza L Lahaye, Bart Kanon, Marianne van der Zwaag, Antonio Velayos-Baeza, Raimundo Freire, Sven C van IJzendoorn, Nicola A Grzeschik, Ody C M Sibon
Chorea-Acanthocytosis is a rare, neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive loss of locomotor and cognitive function. It is caused by loss of function mutations in the Vacuolar Protein Sorting 13A (VPS13A) gene, which is conserved from yeast to human. The consequences of VPS13A dysfunction in the nervous system are still largely unspecified. In order to study the consequences of VPS13A protein dysfunction in the ageing central nervous system we characterized a Drosophila melanogaster Vps13 mutant line...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107425/using-an-inducible-promoter-of-a-gene-encoding-penicillium-verruculosum-glucoamylase-for-production-of-enzyme-preparations-with-enhanced-cellulase-performance
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Alexander G Bulakhov, Pavel V Volkov, Aleksandra M Rozhkova, Alexander V Gusakov, Vitaly A Nemashkalov, Aidar D Satrutdinov, Arkady P Sinitsyn
BACKGROUND: Penicillium verruculosum is an efficient producer of highly active cellulase multienzyme system. One of the approaches for enhancing cellulase performance in hydrolysis of cellulosic substrates is to enrich the reaction system with β -glucosidase and/or accessory enzymes, such as lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMO) displaying a synergism with cellulases. RESULTS: Genes bglI, encoding β-glucosidase from Aspergillus niger (AnBGL), and eglIV, encoding LPMO (formerly endoglucanase IV) from Trichoderma reesei (TrLPMO), were cloned and expressed by P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107193/microrna-744-promotes-prostate-cancer-progression-through-aberrantly-activating-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Han Guan, Chunhui Liu, Fang Fang, Yeqing Huang, Tao Tao, Zhixin Ling, Zonghao You, Xu Han, Shuqiu Chen, Bin Xu, Ming Chen
Accumulated evidence indicate that miR-744 functions as either tumor suppressor or oncogene in the progression of a variety of tumors, with a tumor type-specific way. However, little is known about how miR-744 impacts on the tumorigenesis of human prostate cancer. In this study, employing the analyses of microarray, qRT-PCR and re-analysis of MSKCC data, we found that CRPC tissues expressed much more miR-744 than ADPC tissues did, and the expression level of miR-744 was inversely associated with survival of CRPC patients...
January 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107189/docosahexaenoic-acid-and-disulfiram-act-in-concert-to-kill-cancer-cells-a-mutual-enhancement-of-their-anticancer-actions
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Yang Jiao, Bethany N Hannafon, Roy R Zhang, Kar-Ming Fung, Wei-Qun Ding
We previously reported a synergistic anticancer action of clioquinol and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in human cancer cells. However, clioquinol has been banned from the clinic due to its neurotoxicity. This study identified disulfiram (DSF) as a substitute compound to clioquinol, acting in concert with DHA to more effectively kill cancer cells and suppress tumor growth. Treatment with DSF and DHA induced greater apoptotic cell death and suppression of tumor growth in vitro and in vivo, as compared to DSF and DHA used alone...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106797/the-complex-relationship-between-virulence-and-antibiotic-resistance
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Meredith Schroeder, Benjamin D Brooks, Amanda E Brooks
Antibiotic resistance, prompted by the overuse of antimicrobial agents, may arise from a variety of mechanisms, particularly horizontal gene transfer of virulence and antibiotic resistance genes, which is often facilitated by biofilm formation. The importance of phenotypic changes seen in a biofilm, which lead to genotypic alterations, cannot be overstated. Irrespective of if the biofilm is single microbe or polymicrobial, bacteria, protected within a biofilm from the external environment, communicate through signal transduction pathways (e...
January 18, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106724/osteocalcin-mediates-biomineralization-during-osteogenic-maturation-in-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
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Yu-Tzu Tsao, Yi-Jeng Huang, Hao-Hsiang Wu, Yu-An Liu, Yi-Shiuan Liu, Oscar K Lee
There is a growing interest in cell therapies using mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) for repairing bone defects. MSCs have the ability to differentiate into osteoprogenitors and osteoblasts as well as to form calcified bone matrix. However, the molecular mechanisms governing mineralization during osteogenic differentiation remain unclear. Non-collagenous proteins in the extracellular matrix are believed to control different aspects of the mineralization. Since osteocalcin is the most abundant non-collagenous bone matrix protein, the purpose of this study is to investigate the roles of osteocalcin in mineral species production during osteogenesis of MSCs...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106473/overexpression-of-buffy-enhances-the-loss-of-parkin-and-suppresses-the-loss-of-pink1-phenotypes-in-drosophila
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P Githure M'Angale, Brian E Staveley
Mutations in parkin (PARK2) and Pink1 (PARK6) are responsible for autosomal recessive forms of early onset Parkinson's disease (PD). Attributed to the failure of neurons to clear dysfunctional mitochondria, loss of gene expression leads to loss of nigrostriatal neurons. The Pink1/parkin pathway plays a role in the quality control mechanism aimed at eliminating defective mitochondria, and the failure of this mechanism results in a reduced lifespan and impaired locomotor ability, among other phenotypes. Inhibition of parkin or Pink1 through the induction of stable RNAi transgene in the Ddc-Gal4-expressing neurons results in such phenotypes to model PD...
December 22, 2016: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106296/pten-plays-dual-roles-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-osteosarcoma-cells
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Yongming Xi, Yan Chen
Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most common primary bone cancer, which occurs primarily in children and adolescents. Functional loss of the tumor suppressor PTEN has been demonstrated in bone malignancies including OS. We have recently reported that Pten expression inversely correlates with OS aggressiveness in mouse models. However, the mechanism whereby PTEN exerts its anti-tumor effect remains unknown. In this study, we first examined the expression of PTEN in human OS cell lines including U2OS, MG63 and Saos-2, and found that PTEN expression is reduced as compared to normal human osteoblasts...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106085/the-%C3%AE-globin-replicator-greatly-enhances-the-potential-of-s-mar-based-episomal-vectors-for-gene-transfer-into-human-haematopoietic-progenitor-cells
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Eleana F Stavrou, Vassileios M Lazaris, Aristeidis Giannakopoulos, Eirini Papapetrou, Alexandros Spyridonidis, Nikolas C Zoumbos, Antonis Gkountis, Aglaia Athanassiadou
Specific human chromosomal elements enhance the performance of episomal gene-transfer vectors. S/MAR-based episomal vector pEPI-eGFP transfects CD34(+) haematopoietic cells, but only transiently. To address this issue we reinforced (1) transgene transcription by replacing the CMV promoter driving eGFP with the EF1/HTLV or SFFV promoters to produce vectors pEPI-EF1/HTLV and pEPI-SFFV, respectively; and (2) plasmid replication by inserting the replication-Initiation Region (IR) from the β-globin locus into vector pEPI-SFFV to produce vector pEP-IR...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105955/small-rna-profiles-in-soybean-primary-root-tips-under-water-deficit
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Yun Zheng, Vandana Hivrale, Xiaotuo Zhang, Babu Valliyodan, Christine Lelandais-Brière, Andrew D Farmer, Gregory D May, Martin Crespi, Henry T Nguyen, Ramanjulu Sunkar
BACKGROUND: Soybean (Glycine max) production is significantly hampered by frequent droughts in many regions of the world including the United States. Identifying microRNA (miRNA)-controlled posttranscriptional gene regulation under drought will enhance our understanding of molecular basis of drought tolerance in this important cash crop. Indeed, miRNA profiles in soybean exposed to drought were studied but not from the primary root tips, which is not only a main zone of water uptake but also critical for water stress sensing and signaling...
December 5, 2016: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105684/bacterial-microcompartment-directed-polyphosphate-kinase-promotes-stable-polyphosphate-accumulation-in-e-coli
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Mingzhi Liang, Stefanie Frank, Heinrich Lünsdorf, Martin J Warren, Michael B Prentice
Processes for the biological removal of phosphate from wastewater rely on temporary manipulation of bacterial polyphosphate levels by phased environmental stimuli. In E. coli polyphosphate levels are controlled via the polyphosphate-synthesizing enzyme polyphosphate kinase (PPK1) and exopolyphosphatases (PPX and GPPA), and are temporarily enhanced by PPK1 overexpression and reduced by PPX overexpression. We hypothesised that partitioning PPK1 from cytoplasmic exopolyphosphatases would increase and stabilise E...
January 20, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105648/4-hydroxybenzoic-acid-is-a-diffusible-factor-that-connects-metabolic-shikimate-pathway-to-the-biosynthesis-of-a-unique-antifungal-metabolite-in-lysobacter-enzymogenes
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Zhenhe Su, Hongfu Chen, Ping Wang, Simon Tombosa, Liangcheng Du, Yong Han, Yuemao Shen, Guoliang Qian, Fengquan Liu
Heat-Stable Antifungal Factor (HSAF) produced by Lysobacter enzymogenes is a potential lead compound for developing new antibiotics. Yet, how L. enzymogenes regulates the HSAF biosynthesis remains largely unknown. Here, we show that 4-hydroxybenzoic acid (4-HBA) serves as a diffusible factor for regulating HSAF biosynthesis. The biosynthesis of 4-HBA involved an oxygenase, LenB2, and mutation of lenB2 almost completely abolished 4-HBA production, leading to significantly impaired HSAF production. Introduction of a heterologous gene coding for 4-HBA biosynthetic enzyme into the lenB2 mutant restored the production of 4-HBA and HSAF to their corresponding wild-type levels...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105240/transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-enhances-stemness-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cells-through-activation-of-wnt-signaling
#18
Woo-Jin Bae, Sang-Hyuk Lee, Young-Soo Rho, Bon-Seok Koo, Young-Chang Lim
Transforming growth factor β (TGFβ) ligands, including TGFβ1, are multifunctional cytokines known as key regulators of cell growth, differentiation and inflammation. Dysregulated TGFβ signaling is common in numerous solid tumors, including head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Previously, TGFβ ligands were also reported to be associated with an enhancement of stemness in glioma stem-like cells. However, their role in HNSCC cancer stem cells (CSCs) has not been explored. The present study demonstrated that TGFβ1 enriches the properties of HNSCC CSCs...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105223/mirna-129-5p-suppresses-cell-proliferation-and-invasion-in-lung-cancer-by-targeting-microspherule-protein-1-e-cadherin-and-vimentin
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Yongzhou Zhang, Jihong An, Weiling Lv, Tingting Lou, Yunxin Liu, Wenyi Kang
Downregulation of microRNA-129 (miR-129) has been described in various types of cancer, however, the significance of miR-129 in lung cancer has not been investigated. The present study, for the first time, determined miR-129-5p expression levels in both lung cancer cell lines and primary lung cancer tissues and also studied the effect of miR-129-5p on the proliferation and invasiveness of lung cancer cells. The results showed that miR-129-5p expression was significantly reduced in both lung cancer cell lines and primary lung cancer tissues (P<0...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105192/akt-dependent-activation-of-erk-by-cyclin-d1b-contributes-to-cell-invasiveness-and-tumorigenicity
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Chul Jang Kim, Yukihiro Tambe, Ken-Ichi Mukaisho, Hiroyuki Sugihara, Akihiro Kawauchi, Hirokazu Inoue
A total of two major isoforms, cyclin D1a and cyclin D1b, are generated from the human cyclin D1 gene by alternative splicing. Cyclin D1b is scarcely expressed in normal tissues; however, it is expressed at a high frequency in certain types of cancerous tissue. The present authors previously constructed cyclin D1b transgenic (Tg) mice and identified rectal tumors, including adenocarcinoma and sessile serrated adenoma, in 62.5% of female Tg mice. In addition, the present authors indicated that cyclin D1b expression enhances phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (Erk) in these rectal tumors, and in mouse embryonic fibroblast (MEF) cells and human 293T cells...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
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