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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110427/evaluation-of-inos-icam-1-and-vcam-1-gene-expression-a-study-of-adult-t-cell-leukemia-malignancy-associated-with-htlv-1
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Mahdokht Jafarian, Sayed-Hamidreza Mozhgani, Elham Patrad, Hamidreza Vaziri, Seyed Abdolrahim Rezaee, Mohammad Mehdi Aakbarin, Mehdi Norouzi
The main aim of this study was to evaluate the expression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1), and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) as host factors, and proviral load as the viral parameter, in adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) individuals and healthy carrier (HC(s)) groups. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from ATLL patients (n = 17) and HC subjects (as the control group, n = 17) were evaluated using real-time PCR to determine the levels of HTLV-1 proviral load and mRNA expression of ICAM, VCAM-1, and iNOS...
January 21, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110396/application-of-%C3%AE-glucuronidase-gusa-as-an-effective-reporter-for-extremely-acidophilic-acidithiobacillus-ferrooxidans
#2
Huiyan Wang, Liangyan Fang, Qing Wen, Jianqun Lin, Xiangmei Liu
Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans is a model organism for investigating metal sulfide bioleaching. The regulatory mechanism of gene expression by metabolizing various substrates is critical for understanding its role in bioleaching processes. However, no reporter has been successfully employed to study gene expression in A. ferrooxidans to date. In this study, a sensitive and robust reporter system based on β-glucuronidase (GusA) was described for feasible application in A. ferrooxidans. A set of vectors, which contained the transcriptional and translational fusions of gusA, were constructed and employed to analyze promoter activity and efficiency of translation initiation in A...
January 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110210/il-12-and-il-23-modulate-plasticity-of-foxp3-regulatory-t-cells-in-human-leprosy
#3
Mohd Tarique, Chaman Saini, Raza Ali Naqvi, Neena Khanna, Alpana Sharma, D N Rao
Leprosy is a bacterial disease caused by M. leprae. Its clinical spectrum reflects the host's immune response to the M. leprae and provide an ideal model to investigate the host pathogen interaction and immunological dysregulation. Tregs are high in leprosy patients and responsible for immune suppression of the host by producing IL-10 and TGF-β cytokines. In leprosy, plasticity of Tregs remain unstudied. This is the first study describing the conversion of Tregs into Th1-like and Th17-like cells using in vitro cytokine therapy in leprosy patients...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110075/tlr9-mediated-regulatory-b10-cell-amplification-following-sub-total-body-irradiation-implications-in-attenuating-eae
#4
Jinsheng Hong, Jie Fang, Ruilong Lan, Qi Tan, Yeping Tian, Mei Zhang, Paul Okunieff, Lurong Zhang, Jianhua Lin, Deping Han
Autoimmunity and inflammation are controlled in part by regulatory B (Breg) cells, including the recently identified IL-10-competent B10 cell subset that represents 1%-3% of mouse spleen B cells. In this study, the influence of irradiation on Breg/B10 cell generation and IL-10 production mediated by TLR9 signaling pathways was investigated. Spleen and peritoneal cavity Breg/B10 cell frequencies were significantly expanded three weeks after sub-total body irradiation (sub-TBI, 5Gy or 10Gy) in adult male wild type (WT) C57BL/6(B6) mice but not in TLR9(-/-) mice...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110058/threshold-dose-distribution-in-walnut-allergy
#5
Mark A Blankestijn, Ben C Remington, Geert F Houben, Joe L Baumert, André C Knulst, W Marty Blom, Rob J B Klemans, Steve L Taylor
BACKGROUND: In food allergy, eliciting doses (EDs) of foods on a population level can improve risk management and labeling strategies for the food industry and regulatory authorities. Previously, data available for walnut were unsuitable to determine EDs. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine EDs for walnut allergic adults and to compare with previously established threshold data for peanut and tree nuts. METHODS: Prospectively, adult subjects with a suspected walnut allergy underwent a low-dose double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenge...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110005/concentrations-sources-and-human-health-risk-of-inhalation-exposure-to-air-toxics-in-edmonton-canada
#6
Md Aynul Bari, Warren B Kindzierski
With concern about levels of air pollutants in recent years in the Capital Region of Alberta, an investigation of ambient concentrations, sources and potential human health risk of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) or air toxics was undertaken in the City of Edmonton over a 5-year period (2009-2013). Mean concentrations of individual HAPs in ambient air including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and trace metals ranged from 0.04 to 1.73 μg/m(3), 0.01-0.54 ng/m(3), and 0...
January 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109954/a-role-of-kit-receptor-signaling-for-proliferation-and-differentiation-of-rat-stem-leydig-cells-in-vitro
#7
Shiwen Liu, Xiaomin Chen, Yiyan Wang, Linxi Li, Guimin Wang, Xiaoheng Li, Haolin Chen, Jingjing Guo, Han Lin, Qing-Quan Lian, Ren-Shan Ge
In the testis, KIT ligand (KITL, also called stem cell factor) is expressed by Sertoli cells and its receptor (c-kit, KIT) is expressed by spermatogonia and Leydig cells. Although KITL-KIT signaling is critical for the spermatogenesis, its roles in Leydig cell development during puberty are not clear. In the present study, we investigated effects of KITL on stem Leydig cell proliferation and differentiation. Using an in vitro culture system of seminiferous tubules from Leydig cell-depleted testis, we found that KITL increased the proliferation activity of putative stem Leydig cells at higher concentration (10 and 100 ng/ml)...
January 18, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109909/erk2-zeb1-mir-101-1-axis-contributes-to-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-cell-migration-in-cancer
#8
Kailash Chandra Mangalhara, Siddharth Manvati, Sunil Kumar Saini, Kalaiarasan Ponnusamy, Gaurav Agarwal, Suresh K Abraham, Rameshwar N K Bamezai
Regulation of metastasis continues to remain enigmatic despite our improved understanding of cancer. Identification of microRNAs associated with metastasis in the recent past has provided a new hope. Here, we show how microRNA-101 (miR-101) regulates two independent processes of cellular metastasis by targeting pro-metastatic upstream regulatory transcription factors, ZEB1 and ZEB2, and downstream effector-actin modulators, RHOA and RAC1, providing a single target for therapeutic intervention. Further, we depict how down-regulation of miR-101 by extracellular signal-regulated kinase-2 (ERK2) is vital for MAP kinase pathway induced cellular migration and mesenchymal transition...
January 18, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109881/production-of-aba-responses-requires-both-the-nuclear-and-cytoplasmic-functional-involvement-of-pyr1
#9
EunJoo Park, Tae-Houn Kim
Abscisic acid (ABA) enhances stress tolerant responses in plants against unfavorable environmental conditions. In Arabidopsis, ABA promotes interactions between PYR/PYL/RCARs and PP2C, thereby allowing SnRK2s to phosphorylate downstream components required for the regulation of gene expression or for gating ion channels. Because PYR1 is known to localize to nucleus and cytoplasm it is a question whether nuclear or cytoplasmic PYR1 confer different functions to the ABA signaling pathway, as has been previously shown for regulatory proteins...
January 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109866/microrna-214-inhibits-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-osteoblasts-through-the-direct-regulation-of-baculoviral-iap-repeat-containing-7
#10
Jianmin Liu, Yan Li, Ming Luo, Zhi Yuan, Jian Liu
Osteoblasts and osteoclasts coordinate to monitor the dynamic osteogenic balance between bone formation and bone resorption. Hence, an investigation of the regulatory mechanisms underlying osteogenic osteoblast differentiation will provide more methods for bone repair and bone regeneration. In the present study, human osteoblast hFOB 1.19 cells were cultured. MicroRNA-214 (miR-214) expression significantly down-regulated during the osteogenic differentiation of hFOB 1.19 cells. In addition, miR-214 overexpression by miR-214 precursor transfection markedly inhibited the expression of alkaline phosphatase (ALP), collagen type I α1 (col1α1) and runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), which concomitantly decreased ALP activity and the number of mineralized nodules but promoted the expression of signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1), an osteogenesis blocker...
January 18, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109771/assessment-of-learning-memory-and-attention-in-developmental-neurotoxicology-regulatory-testing-commentary-on-essentiality-of-cognitive-assessment-for-protecting-child-health
#11
Charles V Vorhees
This commentary is in response to the remarks of Drs. Christina Sobin, Mari Golub, and David Herr on the Special Issue of this Journal entitled "Assessment of Learning, Memory, and Attention in Developmental Neurotoxicology Regulatory Testing." I endorse the views expressed by Drs. Sobin, Golub, and Herr and add some discussion on a recent Organization on Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) guideline, the Extended One Generation Reproductive Toxicology Guideline (OECD 446), in which testing for higher cognitive function (learning and memory) has been eliminated...
January 18, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109719/the-expanding-repertoire-of-g4-dna-structures
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Anna Varizhuk, Dmitry Ischenko, Vladimir Tsvetkov, Roman Novikov, Nikolay Kulemin, Dmitry Kaluzhny, Maria Vlasenok, Vladimir Naumov, Igor Smirnov, Galina Pozmogova
The definition of DNA and RNA G-quadruplexes (G4s) has recently been broadened to include structures with certain defects: bulges, G-vacancies or mismatches. Despite the striking progress in computational methods for assessing G4 folding propensity, predicting G4s with defects remains problematic, reflecting the enhanced sequential diversity of these motifs. "Imperfect" G4 motifs, i.e., those containing interrupted or truncated G-runs, are typically omitted from genomic analyses. We report here studies of G4s with defects and compare these structures with classical ("perfect") quadruplexes...
January 18, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109640/acute-and-chronic-dietary-exposure-to-domoic-acid-in-recreational-harvesters-a-survey-of-shellfish-consumption-behavior
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Bridget E Ferriss, David J Marcinek, Daniel Ayres, Jerry Borchert, Kathi A Lefebvre
Domoic acid (DA) is a neurotoxin that is naturally produced by phytoplankton and accumulates in seafood during harmful algal blooms. As the prevalence of DA increases in the marine environment, there is a critical need to identify seafood consumers at risk of DA poisoning. DA exposure was estimated in recreational razor clam (Siliqua patula) harvesters to determine if exposures above current regulatory guidelines occur and/or if harvesters are chronically exposed to low levels of DA. Human consumption rates of razor clams were determined by distributing 1523 surveys to recreational razor clam harvesters in spring 2015 and winter 2016, in Washington, USA...
January 18, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109598/identification-and-analysis-of-the-expression-of-microrna-from-lactating-and-nonlactating-mammary-glands-of-the-chinese-swamp-buffalo
#14
Xiaoyan Cai, Qingyou Liu, Xiaoxi Zhang, Yanping Ren, Xiaocan Lei, Sheng Li, Qiuping Chen, Kai Deng, Ping Wang, Haihang Zhang, Deshun Shi
To study the role of microRNA (miR) in the lactation physiology of water buffalo, 2 multiparous dairy buffaloes (including an 8-yr-old buffalo that had been lactating for 3 mo, as well as a 10-yr-old nonlactating, nonpregnant buffalo) were used for miR library construction. The profile of differentially expressed miR in lactating and nonlactating mammary gland tissues of these water buffalo were investigated using Illumina-Solexa high-throughput sequencing technology (Illumina, San Diego, CA). The data identified 259 miR families, 359 mature miR, 363 pre-miR, 230 novel buffalo miR, and 5 buffalo-specific miR that were expressed in mammary tissues...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109583/detection-of-recombinant-human-lactoferrin-and-lysozyme-produced-in-a-bitransgenic-cow
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Germán G Kaiser, Nicolás C Mucci, Vega González, Lourdes Sánchez, José A Parrón, María D Pérez, Miguel Calvo, Juan F Aller, Federico A Hozbor, Adrián A Mutto
Lactoferrin and lysozyme are 2 glycoproteins with great antimicrobial activity, being part of the nonspecific defensive system of human milk, though their use in commercial products is difficult because human milk is a limited source. Therefore, many investigations have been carried out to produce those proteins in biological systems, such as bacteria, yeasts, or plants. Mammals seem to be more suitable as expression systems for human proteins, however, especially for those that are glycosylated. In the present study, a bicistronic commercial vector containing a goat β-casein promoter and an internal ribosome entry site fragment between the human lactoferrin and human lysozyme genes was developed to allow the introduction of both genes into bovine adult fibroblasts in a single transfection...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109310/consolidating-drug-data-on-a-global-scale-using-linked-data
#16
Milos Jovanovik, Dimitar Trajanov
BACKGROUND: Drug product data is available on the Web in a distributed fashion. The reasons lie within the regulatory domains, which exist on a national level. As a consequence, the drug data available on the Web are independently curated by national institutions from each country, leaving the data in varying languages, with a varying structure, granularity level and format, on different locations on the Web. Therefore, one of the main challenges in the realm of drug data is the consolidation and integration of large amounts of heterogeneous data into a comprehensive dataspace, for the purpose of developing data-driven applications...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Semantics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109177/glutamine-synthetase-stabilizes-the-binding-of-glnr-to-nitrogen-fixation-gene-operators
#17
Gabriela de Carvalho Fernandes, Ksenia Hauf, Fernando Hayashi Sant'Anna, Karl Forchhammer, Luciane Maria Pereira Passaglia
Biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) is a high energy demanding process carried out by diazotrophic microorganisms that supply combined nitrogen to the biosphere. The genes related to BNF are strictly regulated, but these mechanisms are poorly understood in Gram-positive bacteria. The transcription factor GlnR was proposed to regulate nitrogen fixation related genes based on Paenibacillus comparative genomics. In order to validate this proposal, we investigated BNF regulatory sequences in Paenibacillus riograndensis SBR5(T) genome...
January 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109157/concerted-regulation-of-iswi-by-an-autoinhibitory-domain-and-the-h4-n-terminal-tail
#18
Johanna Ludwigsen, Sabrina Pfennig, Ashish K Singh, Christina Schindler, Nadine Harrer, Ignasi Forné, Martin Zacharias, Felix Mueller-Planitz
ISWI-family nucleosome remodeling enzymes need the histone H4 N-terminal tail to mobilize nucleosomes. Here we mapped the H4-tail binding pocket of ISWI. Surprisingly the binding site was adjacent to but not overlapping with the docking site of an auto-regulatory motif, AutoN, in the N-terminal region (NTR) of ISWI, indicating that AutoN does not act as a simple pseudosubstrate as suggested previously. Rather, AutoN cooperated with a hitherto uncharacterized motif, termed AcidicN, to confer H4-tail sensitivity and discriminate between DNA and nucleosomes...
January 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109145/-short-term-use-of-rapamycin-combined-with-tregs-prolongs-mouse-cardiac-graft-survival-but-attenuates-recipient-s-anti-tumor-immunity
#19
Ting Yan, Chen Luo, Xianmo Yang, Lei Ji, Shiqiao Luo
Objective To study the effect of short-term use of rapamycin(Rap) combined with regulatory T cells (Tregs) on the long-time survival of allogeneic mouse cardiac transplant, and its impact on the anti-tumor immunity of recipient. MethodsMouse Tregs were purified from recipients' spleen by magnetic activated cell sorting (MACS), and expanded by CD3/CD28 monoclonal antibody immunomagnetic beads and 2000 U/mL recombinant mouse IL-2 (rmIL-2) ex vivo. The purity was tested by fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS)...
February 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109144/-interferon-regulatory-factor-5-irf5-regulates-the-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-derived-macrophages-in-mice
#20
Kang Sun, Jianguo Qu, Jixiang Chen, Shengchun Dang, Songbing He, Jin Zhang, Rong Xie, Yun Wang, Jianxin Zhang
Objective To investigate the expression differences of interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) between M1 and M2 macrophages derived from mouse bone marrow and the effects of small interfering RNA targeting IRF5 gene (IRF5 siRNA) on macrophage differentiation. Methods With the treatment of IFN-γ and lipopolysaccharide (LPS), mouse bone marrow-derived macrophages were differentiated into M1 macrophages; while with the treatment of IL-4, mouse bone marrow-derived macrophages were differentiated into M2 macrophages...
February 2017: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
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