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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904786/a-targeted-metabolomics-assay-to-measure-eight-purines-in-the-diet-of-common-bottlenose-dolphins-tursiops-truncatus
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A J Ardente, T J Garrett, R S Wells, M Walsh, C R Smith, J Colee, R C Hill
Bottlenose dolphins managed under human care, human beings and Dalmatian dogs are prone to forming urate uroliths. Limiting dietary purine intake limits urate urolith formation in people and dogs because purines are metabolized to uric acid, which is excreted in urine. Managed dolphins develop ammonium urate nephroliths, whereas free-ranging dolphins do not. Free-ranging dolphins consume live fish, whereas managed dolphins consume different species that have been stored frozen and thawed. Differences in the purine content of fish consumed by dolphins under human care versus in the wild may be responsible for the difference in urolith prevalence...
October 2016: Journal of Chromatography & Separation Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904447/long-term-survival-in-glioblastoma-methyl-guanine-methyl-transferase-mgmt-promoter-methylation-as-independent-favourable-prognostic-factor
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Uros Smrdel, Mara Popovic, Matjaz Zwitter, Emanuela Bostjancic, Andrej Zupan, Viljem Kovac, Damjan Glavac, Drago Bokal, Janja Jerebic
BACKGROUND: In spite of significant improvement after multi-modality treatment, prognosis of most patients with glioblastoma remains poor. Standard clinical prognostic factors (age, gender, extent of surgery and performance status) do not clearly predict long-term survival. The aim of this case-control study was to evaluate immuno-histochemical and genetic characteristics of the tumour as additional prognostic factors in glioblastoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Long-term survivor group were 40 patients with glioblastoma with survival longer than 30 months...
December 1, 2016: Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903915/max-is-an-epigenetic-sensor-of-5-carboxylcytosine-and-is-altered-in-multiple-myeloma
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Dongxue Wang, Hideharu Hashimoto, Xing Zhang, Benjamin G Barwick, Sagar Lonial, Lawrence H Boise, Paula M Vertino, Xiaodong Cheng
The oncogenic transcription factor MYC and its binding partner MAX regulate gene expression by binding to DNA at enhancer-box (E-box) elements 5'-CACGTG-3'. In mammalian genomes, the central E-box CpG has the potential to be methylated at the 5-position of cytosine (5mC), or to undergo further oxidation to the 5-hydroxymethyl (5hmC), 5-formyl (5fC), or 5-carboxyl (5caC) forms. We find that MAX exhibits the greatest affinity for a 5caC or unmodified C-containing E-box, and much reduced affinities for the corresponding 5mC, 5hmC or 5fC forms...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903647/the-production-and-utilization-of-gdp-glucose-in-the-biosynthesis-of-trehalose-6-phosphate-by-streptomyces-venezuelae
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Matías D Asencion Diez, Farzana Miah, Clare E M Stevenson, David M Lawson, Alberto A Iglesias, Stephen Bornemann
Trehalose-6-phosphate synthase OtsA from streptomycetes is unusual in that it uses GDP-glucose as the donor substrate rather than the more commonly used UDP-glucose. We now confirm that OtsA from Streptomyces venezuelae has such a preference for GDP-glucose and can utilise ADP-glucose to some extent too. A crystal structure of the enzyme shows that it shares twin Rossmann-like domains with the UDP-glucose-specific OtsA from Escherichia coli However, it is structurally more similar to Streptomyces hygroscopicus VldE, a GDP-valienol-dependent pseudo-glycosyltransferase enzyme...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903453/repair-of-8-oxo-7-8-dihydroguanine-in-prokaryotic-and-eukaryotic-cells-properties-and-biological-roles-of-the-fpg-and-ogg1-dna-n-glycosylases
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Serge Boiteux, Franck Coste, Bertrand Castaing
Oxidatively damaged DNA results from the attack of sugar and base moieties by reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are formed as byproducts of normal cell metabolism and during exposure to endogenous or exogenous chemical or physical agents. Guanine, having the lowest redox potential, is the DNA base the most susceptible to oxidation, yielding products such as 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine (8-oxoG) and 2-6-diamino-4-hydroxy-5-formamidopyrimidine (FapyG). In DNA, 8-oxoG was shown to be mutagenic yielding GC to TA transversions upon incorporation of dAMP opposite this lesion by replicative DNA polymerases...
November 26, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903255/epigenetic-evidence-for-involvement-of-the-oxytocin-receptor-gene-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Carolina Cappi, Juliana Belo Diniz, Guaraci L Requena, Tiaya Lourenço, Bianca Cristina Garcia Lisboa, Marcelo Camargo Batistuzzo, Andrea H Marques, Marcelo Q Hoexter, Carlos A Pereira, Euripedes Constantino Miguel, Helena Brentani
BACKGROUND: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder that affects up to 3% of the general population. Although epigenetic mechanisms play a role in neurodevelopment disorders, epigenetic pathways associated with OCD have rarely been investigated. Oxytocin is a neuropeptide involved in neurobehavioral functions. Oxytocin has been shown to be associated with the regulation of complex socio-cognitive processes such as attachment, social exploration, and social recognition, as well as anxiety and other stress-related behaviors...
November 30, 2016: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902448/rasgrp1-promotes-amphetamine-induced-motor-behavior-through-a-rhes-interaction-network-rhesactome-in-the-striatum
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Neelam Shahani, Supriya Swarnkar, Vincenzo Giovinazzo, Jenny Morgenweck, Laura M Bohn, Catherina Scharager-Tapia, Bruce Pascal, Pablo Martinez-Acedo, Kshitij Khare, Srinivasa Subramaniam
The striatum of the brain coordinates motor function. Dopamine-related drugs may be therapeutic to patients with striatal neurodegeneration, such as Huntington's disease (HD) and Parkinson's disease (PD), but these drugs have unwanted side effects. In addition to stimulating the release of norepinephrine, amphetamines, which are used for narcolepsy and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), trigger dopamine release in the striatum. The guanosine triphosphatase Ras homolog enriched in the striatum (Rhes) inhibits dopaminergic signaling in the striatum, is implicated in HD and L-dopa-induced dyskinesia, and has a role in striatal motor control...
November 15, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901530/noncovalent-and-site-directed-spin-labeling-of-duplex-rna
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Nilesh R Kamble, Markus Gränz, Thomas F Prisner, Snorri Th Sigurdsson
An isoindoline-nitroxide derivative of guanine (Ǵ, "G-spin") was shown to bind specifically and effectively to abasic sites in duplex RNAs. Distance measurements on a Ǵ-labeled duplex RNA with PELDOR (DEER) showed a strong orientation dependence. Thus, Ǵ is a readily synthesized, orientation-selective spin label for "mix and measure" PELDOR experiments.
November 30, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901495/air-pollution-and-dna-methylation-alterations-in-lung-cancer-a-systematic-and-comparative-study
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Cheng-Lan Jiang, Shui-Wang He, Yun-Dong Zhang, He-Xian Duan, Tao Huang, Yun-Chao Huang, Gao-Feng Li, Ping Wang, Li-Ju Ma, Guang-Biao Zhou, Yi Cao
The lung cancer incidence in the Xuanwei and neighboring region, Yunnan, China, is among the highest in China and is attributed to severe air pollution with high benzo(a)pyrene levels. We systematically and comparatively analyzed DNA methylation alterations at genome and gene levels in Xuanwei lung cancer tissues and cell lines, as well as benzo(a)pyrene-treated cells and mouse samples. We obtained a comprehensive dataset of genome-wide cytosine-phosphate-guanine island methylation in air pollution-related lung cancer samples...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900608/interaction-of-epac-with-non-canonical-cyclic-nucleotides
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Holger Rehmann
Epac1 and Epac2 are cyclic nucleotide-binding (CNB) domain containing proteins, which were originally identified as cAMP-regulated guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) for the small G-protein Rap. Therefore, Epac proteins founded next to protein kinase A (PKA) and cyclic nucleotide-regulated ion channels the third group of cAMP-responsive proteins in higher organisms. Epac proteins are involved in the regulation of several physiological processes. In particular Epac1 mediates the regulation of molecular processes underlying cell adhesion and mobility...
November 30, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900026/clinical-implication-of-tiam1-overexpression-in-the-prognosis-of-patients-with-serous-ovarian-carcinoma
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Huiwen Li, Xuelian Cui, Dingbao Chen, Yang Yang, Junjie Piao, Zhenhua Lin, Guanghai Yan, Danhua Shen
T lymphoma invasion and metastasis 1 (Tiam1), a guanine nucleotide exchange factor, was originally identified as an invasion- and metastasis-inducing gene in T lymphoma cells. High expression levels of the human Tiam1 gene have been found in numerous human malignancies, suggesting a potential role as a modifier of tumor initiation and progression. However, little is known about the status of Tiam1 in ovarian carcinoma. The present study aimed to investigate the clinicopathological significance of high Tiam1 expression in serous ovarian carcinoma...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899568/assembly-of-supramolecular-dna-complexes-containing-both-g-quadruplexes-and-i-motifs-by-enhancing-the-g-repeat-bearing-capacity-of-i-motifs
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Yanwei Cao, Shang Gao, Yuting Yan, Michael F Bruist, Bing Wang, Xinhua Guo
The single-step assembly of supramolecular complexes containing both i-motifs and G-quadruplexes (G4s) is demonstrated. This can be achieved because the formation of four-stranded i-motifs appears to be little affected by certain terminal residues: a five-cytosine tetrameric i-motif can bear ten-base flanking residues. However, things become complex when different lengths of guanine-repeats are added at the 3' or 5' ends of the cytosine-repeats. Here, a series of oligomers d(XGiXC5X) and d(XC5XGiX) (X = A, T or none; i < 5) are designed to study the impact of G-repeats on the formation of tetrameric i-motifs...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898263/genetic-alterations-affecting-gtpases-and-t-cell-receptor-signaling-in-peripheral-t-cell-lymphomas
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Rebecca L Boddicker, Gina L Razidlo, Andrew L Feldman
Peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCLs) are rare, heterogeneous tumors with poor response to standard therapy and few targeted treatments available. The identification of mutations in the T-cell receptor (TCR) signaling pathway that either directly or indirectly affect Ras- and Rho-family GTPases is an emerging theme across PTCL subtypes. This review summarizes the role of GTPases in TCR signaling and highlights the constellation of mutations in this pathway among PTCLs. In particular, focus is given to the functional impact of the mutations and opportunities for targeted therapy...
November 29, 2016: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898091/restoring-ureagenesis-in-hepatocytes-by-crispr-cas9-mediated-genomic-addition-to-arginase-deficient-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Patrick C Lee, Brian Truong, Agustin Vega-Crespo, W Blake Gilmore, Kip Hermann, Stephanie Ak Angarita, Jonathan K Tang, Katherine M Chang, Austin E Wininger, Alex K Lam, Benjamen E Schoenberg, Stephen D Cederbaum, April D Pyle, James A Byrne, Gerald S Lipshutz
Urea cycle disorders are incurable enzymopathies that affect nitrogen metabolism and typically lead to hyperammonemia. Arginase deficiency results from a mutation in Arg1, the enzyme regulating the final step of ureagenesis and typically results in developmental disabilities, seizures, spastic diplegia, and sometimes death. Current medical treatments for urea cycle disorders are only marginally effective, and for proximal disorders, liver transplantation is effective but limited by graft availability. Advances in human induced pluripotent stem cell research has allowed for the genetic modification of stem cells for potential cellular replacement therapies...
November 29, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897350/cooperativity-in-the-self-assembly-of-the-guanine-nucleobase-into-quartet-and-ribbon-structures-on-surfaces
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Gabor Paragi, Célia Fonseca Guerra
The guanine nucleobase can self-assemble into tetrameric or ribbon structures on surfaces or in solution. The origin for the occurrence of different aggregation patterns has not been investigated yet. Here, we present a quantum chemical study on the different self-assembled structures of guanine and xanthine using dispersion-corrected density functional theory. Our theoretical investigations explain from an electronic point of view the differences between the experimental findings. With quantitative Kohn-Sham molecular orbital theory and the accompanying energy decomposition analysis, we disclose the hydrogen bonding mechanism within the guanine ribbons and explain the preferred self-assembled structures under different experimental conditions...
November 29, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897204/human-mitochondrial-transcriptional-factor-a-breaks-the-mitochondria-mediated-vicious-cycle-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Sugako Oka, Julio Leon, Kunihiko Sakumi, Tomomi Ide, Dongchon Kang, Frank M LaFerla, Yusaku Nakabeppu
In the mitochondria-mediated vicious cycle of Alzheimer's disease (AD), intracellular amyloid β (Aβ) induces mitochondrial dysfunction and reactive oxygen species, which further accelerate Aβ accumulation. This vicious cycle is thought to play a pivotal role in the development of AD, although the molecular mechanism remains unclear. Here, we examined the effects of human mitochondrial transcriptional factor A (hTFAM) on the pathology of a mouse model of AD (3xTg-AD), because TFAM is known to protect mitochondria from oxidative stress through maintenance of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895808/mendelian-inheritance-of-trimodal-cpg-methylation-sites-suggests-distal-cis-acting-genetic-effects
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Shaza B Zaghlool, Mashael Al-Shafai, Wadha A Al Muftah, Pankaj Kumar, Christian Gieger, Melanie Waldenberger, Mario Falchi, Karsten Suhre
BACKGROUND: Environmentally influenced phenotypes, such as obesity and insulin resistance, can be transmitted over multiple generations. Epigenetic modifications, such as methylation of DNA cytosine-guanine (CpG) pairs, may be carriers of inherited information. At the population level, the methylation state of such "heritable" CpG sites is expected to follow a trimodal distribution, and their mode of inheritance should be Mendelian. METHODS: Using the Illumina Infinium 450 K DNA methylation array, we determined DNA CpG-methylation in blood cells from a family cohort 123 individuals of Arab ethnicity, including 18 elementary father-mother-child trios, we asked whether Mendelian inheritance of CpG methylation is observed, and most importantly, whether it is independent of any genetic signals...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894771/radiation-induced-dna-protein-cross-links-mechanisms-and-biological-significance
#18
Toshiaki Nakano, Xu Xu, Amir M H Salem, Mahmoud I Shoulkamy, Hiroshi Ide
Ionizing radiation produces various DNA lesions such as base damage, DNA single-strand breaks (SSBs), DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), and DNA-protein cross-links (DPCs). Of these, the biological significance of DPCs remains elusive. In this article, we focus on radiation-induced DPCs and review the current understanding of their induction, properties, repair, and biological consequences. When cells are irradiated, the formation of base damage, SSBs, and DSBs are promoted in the presence of oxygen. Conversely, that of DPCs is promoted in the absence of oxygen, suggesting their importance in hypoxic cells, such as those present in tumors...
November 25, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892614/validation-of-a-prognostic-index-for-huntington-s-disease
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Jeffrey D Long, Douglas R Langbehn, Sarah J Tabrizi, Bernhard G Landwehrmeyer, Jane S Paulsen, John Warner, Cristina Sampaio
BACKGROUND: Characterizing progression in Huntington's disease is important for study the natural course and selecting appropriate participants for clinical trials. OBJECTIVES: The aim was to develop a prognostic index for motor diagnosis in Huntington's disease and examine its predictive performance in external observational studies. METHODS: The prediagnosis Neuro-biological Predictors of Huntington's Disease study (N = 945 gene-positive) was used to select a Cox regression model for computing a prognostic index...
November 28, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890638/aberrant-base-excision-repair-pathway-of-oxidatively-damaged-dna-implications-for-degenerative-diseases
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Ibtissam Talhaoui, Bakhyt T Matkarimov, Thierry Tchenio, Dmitry O Zharkov, Murat K Saparbaev
In cellular organisms composition of DNA is constrained to only four nucleobases A, G, T and C, except for minor DNA base modifications such as methylation which serves for defence against foreign DNA or gene expression regulation. Interestingly, this severe evolutionary constraint among other things demands DNA repair systems to discriminate between regular and modified bases. DNA glycosylases specifically recognize and excise damaged bases among vast majority of regular bases in the base excision repair (BER) pathway...
November 24, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
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