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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545252/cpg-and-non-cpg-methylation-in-epigenetic-gene-regulation-and-brain-function
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REVIEW
Hyun Sik Jang, Woo Jung Shin, Jeong Eon Lee, Jeong Tae Do
DNA methylation is a major epigenetic mark with important roles in genetic regulation. Methylated cytosines are found primarily at CpG dinucleotides, but are also found at non-CpG sites (CpA, CpT, and CpC). The general functions of CpG and non-CpG methylation include gene silencing or activation depending on the methylated regions. CpG and non-CpG methylation are found throughout the whole genome, including repetitive sequences, enhancers, promoters, and gene bodies. Interestingly, however, non-CpG methylation is restricted to specific cell types, such as pluripotent stem cells, oocytes, neurons, and glial cells...
May 23, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545187/enterolactone-suppresses-proliferation-migration-and-metastasis-of-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cells-through-inhibition-of-upa-induced-plasmin-activation-and-mmps-mediated-ecm-remodeling
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Aniket V Mali, Asavari A Joshi, Mahabaleshwar V Hegde, Shivajirao S Kadam
Background: To enhance their own survival, tumor cells can manipulate their microenvironment through remodeling of the extra cellular matrix (ECM). The urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) system catalyzes plasmin production which further mediates activation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and plays an important role in breast cancer invasion and metastasis through ECM remodeling. This provides a potential target for therapeutic intervention of breast cancer treatment. Enterolactone (EL) is derived from dietary flax lignans in the human body and is known to have anti-breast cancer activity...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545085/splicing-factor-sf3b1k700e-mutant-dysregulates-erythroid-differentiation-via-aberrant-alternative-splicing-of-transcription-factor-tal1
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Shuiling Jin, Hairui Su, Ngoc-Tung Tran, Jing Song, Sydney S Lu, Ying Li, Suming Huang, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Yanyan Liu, Xinyang Zhao
More than 60% of myeloid dysplasia syndrome (MDS) contains mutations in genes encoding for splicing factors such as SF3B1, U2AF, SRSF2 and ZRSR2. Mutations in SF3B1 are associated with 80% cases of refractory anemia with ring sideroblast (RARS), a subtype of MDS. SF3B1K700E is the most frequently mutated site among mutations on SF3B1. Yet the molecular mechanisms on how mutations of splicing factors lead to defective erythropoiesis are not clear. SF3B1K700E mutant binds to an RNA binding protein, RBM15, stronger than the wild type SF3B1 protein in co-immunoprecipitation assays...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545036/the-long-non-coding-rna-neat1-enhances-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-and-chemoresistance-via-the-mir-34a-c-met-axis-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Fei Liu, Na Chen, Yanchun Gong, Ruihai Xiao, Weichao Wang, Zhengyue Pan
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have emerged as new gene regulators and prognostic markers in various cancers. Although the lncRNA nuclear enriched abundant transcript 1 (NEAT1) has been associated with tumorigenesis, its functions in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) have not been elucidated. We determined that NEAT1 is up-regulated in RCC tissue compared to corresponding non-tumor tissue. High NEAT1 expression was associated with tumor progression and poor survival in RCC patients. NEAT1 knockdown suppressed RCC cell proliferation by inhibiting cell cycle progression, and inhibited RCC cell migration and invasion by reversing the epithelial-to- mesenchymal transition phenotype...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545032/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-mediated-membrane-expression-of-crt-erp57-induces-immunogenic-apoptosis-in-drug-resistant-endometrial-cancer-cells
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Qin Xu, Chuanben Chen, An Lin, Yunqing Xie
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-mediated CRT/ERp57 complex expression underlying the mechanism of resistance to doxorubicin (DOX) in endometrial carcinoma (EC) in vivo and in vitro. METHODS: The expression of CRT, ERp57, p-PERK, eIF2α, p-eIF2α in EC patients and EC cells was detected by Western blots and by immunofluorescence assay. MTT assay was used to determine the LC50 of EC cells to DOX and cell viability. Apoptosis was assayed using flow cytometer...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545024/an-unusual-intragenic-promoter-of-piwil2-contributes-to-aberrant-activation-of-oncogenic-pl2l60
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Shan-Shan Liu, Ning Liu, Meng-Yao Liu, Lei Sun, Wu-Yan Xia, Hong-Min Lu, Yu-Jie Fu, Guo-Liang Yang, Juan-Jie Bo, Xiao-Xing Liu, Haizhong Feng, Hailong Wu, Lin-Feng Li, Jian-Xin Gao
PIWIL2-like (PL2L) protein 60 (PL2L60), a product of aberrantly activated PIWIL2 gene, is widely expressed in various types of tumors and may promote tumorigenesis. However, the mechanisms underlying the activation of expression of PL2L60 remain unknown. In this study, an intragenic promoter responsible for the activation of PL2L60 within the human PIWIL2 gene has been identified, cloned and characterized. The promoter of PL2L60 is located in the intron 10 of the host gene PIWIL2. Bioinformatic and mutagenic analysis reveals that this intragenic promoter within the sequence of 50 nucleotides contains two closely arranged cis-acting elements specific for the hepatic leukemia factor (HLF) in the positive strand and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) in the negative strand...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544996/temperate-bacteriophages-as-regulators-of-host-behavior
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REVIEW
Tal Argov, Gil Azulay, Anna Pasechnek, Olga Stadnyuk, Shai Ran-Sapir, Ilya Borovok, Nadejda Sigal, Anat A Herskovits
Bacteriophages are ubiquitous and affect most facets of life, from evolution of bacteria, through ecology and global biochemical cycling to human health. The interactions between phages and bacteria often lead to biological novelty and an important milestone in this process is the ability of phages to regulate their host's behavior. In this review article, we will focus on newly reported cases that demonstrate how temperate phages regulate bacterial gene expression and behavior in a variety of bacterial species, pathogenic and environmental...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544973/pegylation-of-a-tlr2-agonist-based-vaccine-delivery-system-improves-antigen-trafficking-and-the-magnitude-of-ensuing-antibody-and-cd8-t-cell-responses
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Toshiki Sekiya, Junya Yamagishi, John Henry V Gray, Paul G Whitney, Axel Martinelli, Weiguang Zeng, Chinn Yi Wong, Chihiro Sugimoto, David C Jackson, Brendon Y Chua
The lipopeptide R4Pam2Cys is an agonist for toll-like receptor-2 (TLR2), a key pathogen-associated molecular pattern receptor expressed on many antigen-presenting cells such as dendritic cells (DCs). Electrostatic association of R4Pam2Cys with soluble protein antigens significantly enhances their immunogenicity and there is evidence to suggest that reducing the size of suitably adjuvanted-antigen complexes in solution may further improve their immunostimulatory capabilities. In this study, we investigated how incorporation of polyethylene glycol (PEG) into R4Pam2Cys affects the size, activity and efficacy of formed antigen-lipopeptide complexes...
May 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544786/mir-122-modification-enhances-the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-adipose-tissue-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-against-liver-fibrosis
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Guohua Lou, Ying Yang, Feifei Liu, Bingjue Ye, Zhi Chen, Min Zheng, Yanning Liu
Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation alone may be insufficient for treatment of liver fibrosis because of complicated histopathological changes in the liver. Given that miR-122 plays an essential role in liver fibrosis by negatively regulating the proliferation and transactivation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs), this study investigated whether miR-122 modification can improve the therapeutic efficacy of adipose tissue-derived MSCs in treating liver fibrosis. MiR-122-modified AMSCs (AMSC-122) were constructed through lentivirus-mediated transfer of pre-miR-122...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544730/human-skin-gene-expression-doesn-t-correlate-with-protein-expression-unless-both-parameters-are-quantified
#10
Edwin D Lephart
Many cosmetic companies utilize in vitro gene array studies to display significant stimulation or inhibition of various human skin biomarkers to validate in vivo actions that are reported to enhance dermal health. This follows the central dogma of DNA-to-RNA results in protein expression; however, gene and protein expressions do not usually correlate. Unless both gene and protein expressions are quantified which require further investigational time and investment. Where data are available, this short commentary displays the in vitro comparison of four human skin biomarkers for the gene and protein expressions of the stimulation of collagen type I and elastin and the inhibition of matrix metalloproteinases 1 and 3, when equol was tested...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544690/deficiency-of-complement-1r-subcomponent-in-early-onset-sle-role-for-disease-modifying-alleles-in-a-monogenic-disease
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Erkan Demirkaya, Qing Zhou, Carolyne K Smith, Michael J Ombrello, Natalie Deuitch, Wanxia L Tsai, Patrycja Hoffmann, Elaine F Remmers, Masaki Takeuchi, Yong Hwan Park, JaeJin Chae, Kenan Barut, Dogan Simsek, Amra Adrovic, Sezgin Sahin, Salim Caliskan, Settara C Chandrasekharappa, Sarfaraz A Hasni, Amanda K Ombrello, Massimo Gadina, Daniel L Kastner, Mariana J Kaplan, Ozgur Kasapcopur, Ivona Aksentijevich
OBJECTIVE: To identify a genetic cause of early-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in a large consanguineous family from Turkey and to study the mechanisms of disease. METHODS: We performed whole exome sequencing (WES) and SNP array genotyping in affected and unaffected family members. Protein studies, gene expression, cytokine profiling, neutrophil extracellular trap formation, and presence of low-density granulocytes were evaluated in patient primary cells and serum samples...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544385/korean-red-ginseng-extract-enhances-the-anticancer-effects-of-sorafenib-through-abrogation-of-creb-and-c-jun-activation-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Chulwon Kim, Jong Hyun Lee, Seung Ho Baek, Jeong-Hyeon Ko, Dongwoo Nam, Kwang Seok Ahn
Although application of sorafenib in the treatment of human renal cell carcinoma (RCC) remains one of the best examples of successful targeted therapy, majority of RCC patients suffer from its side effects as well as develop resistance to this targeted therapy. Thus, there is a need to promote novel alternative therapies for the treatment of RCC. In this study, we investigated whether Korean red ginseng extract (KRGE) could inhibit the proliferation and induce chemosensitization in human renal cancer cells...
May 22, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544244/branched-chain-amino-acids-supplementation-modulates-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-signaling-pathway-and-interleukins-in-ccl4-induced-liver-fibrosis
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Naglaa F Khedr, Eman G Khedr
The alterations and low levels of circulating branched chain amino acids (BCAAs), leucine, isoleucine and valine, are associated with liver diseases. The study was designed to evaluate hepatoprotective effect of BCAAs on CCl4 -induced liver fibrosis and to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects in rats. Thirty male rats were divided into three groups. Control group (n=10), CCl4 group (n=10); rats were injected with CCl4 (1 mL/kg of 0.5:1 v/v injected i.p. twice weekly for 12 weeks). CCl4 +BCAAs group (n=10); rats were injected with similar doses of CCl4 and supplemented with a mixture of 600 mg/kg BCAAs (2: 1: 1...
May 23, 2017: Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544201/influence-of-highly-porous-electrospun-plga-pcl-nha-fibrous-scaffolds-on-the-differentiation-of-tooth-bud-cells-in-vitro
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Xinjie Cai, Sofie Ten Hoopen, Weibo Zhang, Charles Yi, Wanxun Yang, Fang Yang, John A Jansen, X Frank Walboomers, Pamela C Yelick
In this study, we investigated the use of three-dimensional electrospun poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PLGA/PCL) scaffolds seeded and cultured with postnatal dental cells, for improved dental tissue regeneration. Wet-electrospinning combined with ultrasonic treatment was studied as a method to enhance scaffold porosity and to promote cell-cell interactions. We also investigated whether nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) incorporation could enhance dental cell differentiation. All scaffolds were seeded with human tooth pulp-derived dental mesenchymal (hDM) cells, or a combination of hDM and pig dental epithelial (pDE) cells, cultured for up to 28 days...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544159/simultaneous-measurement-of-t1-b1-and-pharmacokinetic-model-parameters-using-active-contrast-encoding-ace-mri
#15
Jin Zhang, Kerryanne Winters, Olivier Reynaud, Sungheon Gene Kim
The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of combining dynamic contrast enhanced-magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) with the measurement of the radiofrequency (RF) transmit field B1 and pre-contrast longitudinal relaxation time T10 . A novel approach has been proposed to simultaneously estimate B1 and T10 from a modified DCE-MRI scan that actively encodes the washout phase of the curve with different amounts of T1 and B1 weighting using multiple flip angles and repetition times, hence referred to as active contrast encoding (ACE)-MRI...
May 22, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544111/kallistatin-reduces-vascular-senescence-and-aging-by-regulating-microrna-34a-sirt1-pathway
#16
Youming Guo, Pengfei Li, Lin Gao, Jingmei Zhang, Zhirong Yang, Grant Bledsoe, Eugene Chang, Lee Chao, Julie Chao
Kallistatin, an endogenous protein, protects against vascular injury by inhibiting oxidative stress and inflammation in hypertensive rats and enhancing the mobility and function of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs). We aimed to determine the role and mechanism of kallistatin in vascular senescence and aging using cultured EPCs, streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice, and Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans). Human kallistatin significantly decreased TNF-α-induced cellular senescence in EPCs, as indicated by reduced senescence-associated β-galactosidase activity and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 expression, and elevated telomerase activity...
May 24, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544005/hiv-1-p55-gag-protein-induces-senescence-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-reduces-their-capacity-to-support-expansion-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-in-vitro
#17
Ya-Hong Yuan, Shan-Shan Zhao, Xiao-Li Wang, Zhi-Ping Teng, Dong-Sheng Li, Yi Zeng
Patients with human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection often present with hematopoietic failure. As the important hematopoietic support cells in the bone marrow (BM), the bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) can be impacted by HIV proteins that are released by infected cells within BM. In this study, we tested whether HIV protein p55-gag could induce senescence of BMSCs and reduce their capacity to support expansion of hematopoietic stem cells in vitro. BMSCs were chronically treated with p55-gag (BMSCgag ) for up to 20 days, and their proliferative activity and senescence makers were compared to nontreated cells (BMSCcon )...
May 25, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543858/survival-improvement-in-human-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells-via-fas-receptor-targeting-by-mir-374a
#18
Nooshin Tasharrofi, Fatemeh Kouhkan, Masoud Soleimani, Zahra-Sheila Soheili, Mahboubeh Kabiri, Mohaddeseh Mahmoudi Saber, Farid Abedin Dorkoosh
Oxidative conditions of the eye could contribute to retinal cells loss through activating the Fas-L/Fas pathway. This phenomenon is one of the leading causes of some ocular diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD). By targeting proteins at their mRNA level, microRNAs (miRNAs) can regulate gene expression and cell function. The aim of the present study is to investigate Fas targeting by miR-374a and find whether it can inhibit Fas-mediated apoptosis in primary human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells under oxidative stress...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543594/the-neuroprotective-role-of-mir-124-3p-in-a-6-hydroxydopamine-induced-cell-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-via-the-regulation-of-anax5
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Rui-Fang Dong, Bing Zhang, Li-Wen Tai, Hong-Mei Liu, Fang-Kun Shi, Ning-Ning Liu
Parkinson's disease (PD), the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, is characterized by a progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons in the midbrain. Several pathogenetic factors have been involved in the onset and progression of PD, including inflammation, oxidative stress, unfolded protein accumulation, and apoptosis. Ample evidence indicates that miRNAs could regulate post-transcriptional gene expression and neuronal disease. In this study, we evaluated the effects and mechanism of miR-124-3p on 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced neurotoxicity in PC12 cells and SH-SY5Y cells...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543436/prenatal-environmental-tobacco-smoke-exposure-increases-allergic-asthma-risk-with-methylation-changes-in-mice
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Sonja Christensen, Zeina Jaffar, Elizabeth Cole, Virginia Porter, Maria Ferrini, Britten Postma, Kent E Pinkerton, Mihi Yang, Yang Jee Kim, Luke Montrose, Kevan Roberts, Andrij Holian, Yoon Hee Cho
Allergic asthma remains an inadequately understood disease. In utero exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) has been identified as an environmental exposure that can increase an individual's asthma risk. To improve our understanding of asthma onset and development, we examined the effect of in utero ETS exposure on allergic disease susceptibility in an asthmatic phenotype using a house dust mite (HDM) allergen-induced murine model. Pregnant C57BL/6 mice were exposed to either filtered air or ETS during gestation, and their offspring were further exposed to HDM at 6-7 weeks old to induce allergic inflammation...
May 25, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
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