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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936492/lncrna-a-versatile-regulator-of-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-circuit
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REVIEW
Xiaohua Mao, Zhenyi Su, Adnan K Mookhtiar
The Nuclear Factor-κB (NF-κB) family of transcription factors play an essential role for the regulation of inflammatory responses, immune function and malignant transformation. Aberrant activity of this signaling pathway may lead to inflammation, autoimmune diseases and oncogenesis. Over the last two decades great progress has been made in the understanding of NF-κB activation and how the response is counteracted for maintaining tissue homeostasis. Therapeutic targeting of this pathway has largely remained ineffective due to the widespread role of this vital pathway and the lack of specificity of the therapies currently available...
December 9, 2016: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936460/b-cells-present-skewed-profile-and-lose-the-function-of-supporting-t-cell-inflammation-after-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass
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Xiaojiang Dai, Weiguo Zhao, Junfang Zhan, Songhua Zeng, Dongzhi Ran, Hongbin Zhang, Zhigao Song, Ken H Song, Liangping Wu
Bariatric surgeries, including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) are currently the best treatment for obesity and obesity-related comorbidities, such as type 2 diabetes. However, the underlying mechanism of bariatric surgeries is not entirely understood. Further investigations are needed to improve the success rate and achieve sustained health benefits. Given that B cell dysregulation is a critical component of etiology in inflammatory diseases, whereas obesity and type 2 diabetes represent two major inflammatory disorders, we investigated the effect of RYGB on B cell inflammation...
December 6, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936345/targeting-integrin-linked-kinase-to-suppress-oncogenic-kras-signaling-in-pancreatic-cancer
#3
Po-Chen Chu, Samuel K Kulp, Tanios Bekaii-Saab, Ching-Shih Chen
Although oncogenic KRAS represents a therapeutically relevant target in pancreatic cancer, it is deemed "non-druggable" because of the intrinsic difficulty in designing direct inhibitors of KRAS. Our recent work demonstrated a KRAS-integrin-linked kinase (ILK) regulatory feedback loop that allows pancreatic cancer cells to regulate KRAS expression and to interact with the tumor microenvironment to promote aggressive phenotype. KRAS induces E2F1-mediated transcriptional activation of ILK expression, and ILK, in turn, controls KRAS expression via hnRNPA1, which binds and destabilizes the G-quadruplex in the KRAS promoter...
December 9, 2016: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936335/rac2-p38-mapk-dependent-nadph-oxidase-activity-is-associated-with-the-resistance-of-quiescent-cells-to-ionizing-radiation
#4
Hailong Pei, Jian Zhang, Jing Nie, Nan Ding, Wentao Hu, Junrui Hua, Ryoichi Hirayama, Yoshiya Furusawa, Cuihua Liu, Bingyan Li, Tom K Hei, Guangming Zhou
Our recent study showed that quiescent G0 cells are more resistant to ionizing radiation than G1 cells; however, the underlying mechanism for this increased radioresistance is unknown. Based on the relatively lower DNA damage induced in G0 cells, we hypothesize that these cells are exposed to less oxidative stress during exposure. As a catalytic subunit of NADPH oxidase, Ras-related C3 botulinum toxin substrate 2 (RAC2) may be involved in the cellular response to ionizing radiation. Here, we show that RAC2 was expressed at low levels in G0 cells but increased substantially in G1 cells...
December 9, 2016: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936288/staple-crops-biofortified-with-increased-vitamins-and-minerals-considerations-for-a-public-health-strategy
#5
Maria Nieves Garcia-Casal, Juan Pablo Peña-Rosas, Boitshepo Giyose
Biofortification of staple crops has been proposed as a strategy to address micronutrient malnutrition, particularly with respect to insufficient intake of vitamin A, iron, zinc, and folate. The World Health Organization, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences, convened a technical consultation entitled "Staple Crops Biofortified with Vitamins and Minerals: Considerations for a Public Health Strategy" in April 2016...
December 9, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936208/developmental-stage-muscle-and-genetic-type-modify-muscle-transcriptome-in-pigs-effects-on-gene-expression-and-regulatory-factors-involved-in-growth-and-metabolism
#6
Miriam Ayuso, Almudena Fernández, Yolanda Núñez, Rita Benítez, Beatriz Isabel, Ana I Fernández, Ana I Rey, Antonio González-Bulnes, Juan F Medrano, Ángela Cánovas, Clemente J López-Bote, Cristina Óvilo
Iberian pig production includes purebred (IB) and Duroc-crossbred (IBxDU) pigs, which show important differences in growth, fattening and tissue composition. This experiment was conducted to investigate the effects of genetic type and muscle (Longissimus dorsi (LD) vs Biceps femoris (BF)) on gene expression and transcriptional regulation at two developmental stages. Nine IB and 10 IBxDU piglets were slaughtered at birth, and seven IB and 10 IBxDU at four months of age (growing period). Carcass traits and LD intramuscular fat (IMF) content were measured...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936166/increased-age-but-not-parity-predisposes-to-higher-bacteriuria-burdens-due-to-streptococcus-urinary-tract-infection-and-influences-bladder-cytokine-responses-which-develop-independent-of-tissue-bacterial-loads
#7
Matthew J Sullivan, Alison J Carey, Sophie Y Leclercq, Chee K Tan, Glen C Ulett
Streptococcus agalactiae causes urinary tract infection (UTI) in pregnant adults, non-pregnant adults, immune-compromised individuals and the elderly. The pathogenesis of S. agalactiae UTI in distinct patient populations is poorly understood. In this study, we used murine models of UTI incorporating young mice, aged and dam mice to show that uropathogenic S. agalactiae causes bacteriuria at significantly higher levels in aged mice compared to young mice and this occurs coincident with equivalent levels of bladder tissue colonisation at 24 h post-infection (p...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936160/a-cbl-interacting-protein-kinase-tacipk2-confers-drought-tolerance-in-transgenic-tobacco-plants-through-regulating-the-stomatal-movement
#8
Yan Wang, Tao Sun, Tingting Li, Meng Wang, Guangxiao Yang, Guangyuan He
In plants, the CBL-CIPK signaling pathways play key roles in the response to abiotic stresses. However, functional studies of CIPKs in the important staple crop wheat are very rare. In this study, we identified a CIPK gene from wheat, designated TaCIPK2. Expression analysis results showed that TaCIPK2 could be up-regulated in wheat leaves by polyethylene glycol, abscisic acid and H2O2 treatments. Subcellular localization analyses revealed that TaCIPK2 was present in whole wheat epidermal cells. A yeast two-hybrid assay indicated that TaCIPK2 interacted with TaCBL1, 2, 3 and 4 in vitro...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936142/gene-co-expression-network-analysis-unraveling-transcriptional-regulation-of-high-altitude-adaptation-of-tibetan-pig
#9
Cunling Jia, Xiaoyan Kong, James E Koltes, Xiao Gou, Shuli Yang, Dawei Yan, Shaoxiong Lu, Zehui Wei
Tibetan pigs have survived at high altitude for millennia and they have a suite of adaptive features to tolerate the hypoxic environment. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of hypoxia-adaptive phenotypes have not been completely elucidated. In this study, we analyzed differentially expressed genes (DEGs), biological pathways and constructed co-expression regulation networks using whole-transcriptome microarrays from lung tissues of Tibetan and Duroc pigs both at high and low altitude...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936097/petmbase-a-database-of-plant-endogenous-target-mimics-etms
#10
Gökhan Karakülah, Kuaybe Yücebilgili Kurtoğlu, Turgay Unver
MicroRNAs (miRNA) are small endogenous RNA molecules, which regulate target gene expression at post-transcriptional level. Besides, miRNA activity can be controlled by a newly discovered regulatory mechanism called endogenous target mimicry (eTM). In target mimicry, eTMs bind to the corresponding miRNAs to block the binding of specific transcript leading to increase mRNA expression. Thus, miRNA-eTM-target-mRNA regulation modules involving a wide range of biological processes; an increasing need for a comprehensive eTM database arose...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936095/dual-specificity-phosphatase-5-is-essential-for-t-cell-survival
#11
Raman G Kutty, Gang Xin, David M Schauder, Stephanie M Cossette, Michelle Bordas, Weiguo Cui, Ramani Ramchandran
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway regulates many key cellular processes such as differentiation, apoptosis, and survival. The final proteins in this pathway, ERK1/2, are regulated by dual specificity phosphatase 5 (DUSP5). DUSP5 is a nuclear, inducible phosphatase with high affinity and fidelity for ERK1/2. By regulating the final step in the MAPK signaling cascade, DUSP5 exerts strong regulatory control over a central cellular pathway. Like other DUSPs, DUSP5 plays an important role in immune function...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936058/modeling-the-role-of-lanthionine-synthetase-c-like-2-lancl2-in-the-modulation-of-immune-responses-to-helicobacter-pylori-infection
#12
Andrew Leber, Josep Bassaganya-Riera, Nuria Tubau-Juni, Victoria Zoccoli-Rodriguez, Monica Viladomiu, Vida Abedi, Pinyi Lu, Raquel Hontecillas
Immune responses to Helicobacter pylori are orchestrated through complex balances of host-bacterial interactions, including inflammatory and regulatory immune responses across scales that can lead to the development of the gastric disease or the promotion of beneficial systemic effects. While inflammation in response to the bacterium has been reasonably characterized, the regulatory pathways that contribute to preventing inflammatory events during H. pylori infection are incompletely understood. To aid in this effort, we have generated a computational model incorporating recent developments in the understanding of H...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935991/a-competency-model-for-clinical-physicians-in-china-a-cross-sectional-survey
#13
Zhuang Liu, Lei Tian, Qing Chang, Baozhi Sun, Yuhong Zhao
BACKGROUND: Around the world, regulatory bodies have taken the lead in determining the competencies required to become a physician. As a first step in addressing this project, it was decided to develop a set of core competencies that were unique to China and that might serve as a basis for medical education. The purpose of this paper was to construct a competency model for clinical physicians in China. METHODS: Data was collected using a cross-sectional survey of 6247 clinicians from seven administrative regions (31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities directly under the central government) in China...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935838/the-paralogous-histone-deacetylases-rpd3-and-rpd31-play-opposing-roles-in-regulating-the-white-opaque-switch-in-the-fungal-pathogen-candida-albicans
#14
Jing Xie, Sabrina Jenull, Michael Tscherner, Karl Kuchler
: Chromatin modifications affect gene regulation in response to environmental stimuli in numerous biological processes. For example, N-acetyl-glucosamine and CO2 induce a morphogenetic conversion between white (W) and opaque (O) cells in MTL (mating-type locus) homozygous and heterozygous ( A: /α) strains of the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans Here, we identify 8 histone-modifying enzymes playing distinct roles in the regulation of W/O switching in MTL homozygous and heterozygous strains...
November 15, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935836/the-pas-domain-containing-protein-heur-regulates-heme-uptake-in-campylobacter-jejuni
#15
Jeremiah G Johnson, Jennifer A Gaddy, Victor J DiRita
Campylobacter jejuni is a leading cause of bacterially derived gastroenteritis. A previous mutant screen demonstrated that the heme uptake system (Chu) is required for full colonization of the chicken gastrointestinal tract. Subsequent work identified a PAS domain-containing regulator, termed HeuR, as being required for chicken colonization. Here we confirm that both the heme uptake system and HeuR are required for full chicken gastrointestinal tract colonization, with the heuR mutant being particularly affected during competition with wild-type C...
November 15, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935425/how-is-herstatin-a-tumour-suppressor-splice-variant-of-the-oncogene-her2-regulated
#16
Marco Silipo, Hannah Gautrey, Swapna Satam, Thomas Lennard, Alison Tyson-Capper
The human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)/receptor tyrosine-protein kinasebB-2 (ERBB2) is over-expressed in 20-30% of breast tumours leading to faster growing and more aggressive tumours. Alternative splicing generates a functionally distinct HER2 variant called Herstatin, which is produced by the inclusion of intron 8. Herstatin acts as a tumour suppressor by effectively blocking HER2 activity and cell proliferation, while promoting apoptosis. In the present study we investigated HER2 pre-mRNA regulatory sequences and splicing factors which regulate the alternative splicing of Herstatin...
December 9, 2016: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935424/structural-dynamics-and-dna-interaction-of-human-tfiid
#17
Eva Nogales, Jie Fang, Robert K Louder
TFIID is a large protein complex required for the recognition and binding of eukaryotic gene core promoter sequences and for the recruitment of the rest of the general transcription factors involved in initiation of eukaryotic protein gene transcription. Cryo-electron microscopy studies have demonstrated the conformational complexity of human TFIID, where one third of the mass of the complex can shift its position by well over 100 Å. This conformational plasticity appears to be linked to the capacity of TFIID to bind DNA and suggests how it would allow both the recognition of different core promoter elements and the tuning of its binding affinity by regulatory factors...
December 9, 2016: Transcription
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935411/climacteric-ripening-of-apple-fruit-is-regulated-by-transcriptional-circuits-stimulated-by-cross-talks-between-ethylene-and-auxin
#18
Nicola Busatto, Alice Tadiello, Livio Trainotti, Fabrizio Costa
Apple is a fleshy fruit distinguished by a climacteric type of ripening, since most of the relevant physiological changes are triggered and governed by the action of ethylene. After its production, this hormone is perceived by a series of receptors to regulate, through a signaling cascade, downstream ethylene related genes. The possibility to control the effect of ethylene opened new horizons to the improvement of the postharvest fruit quality. To this end, 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), an ethylene antagonist, is routinely used to modulate the ripening progression increasing storage life...
December 9, 2016: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935293/redox-switch-for-the-inhibited-state-of-yeast-glycogen-synthase-mimics-regulation-by-phosphorylation
#19
Krishna Kishore Mahalingan, Sulochanadevi Baskaran, Anna A Depaoli-Roach, Peter J Roach, Thomas D Hurley
Glycogen synthase (GS) is the rate limiting enzyme in the synthesis of glycogen. Eukaryotic GS is negatively regulated by covalent phosphorylation and allosterically activated by glucose-6-phosphate (G6P). To gain structural insights into the inhibited state of the enzyme, we solved the crystal structure of yGsy2-R589A/R592A to a maximum resolution of 3.3 Å. The double mutant has an activity ratio similar to the phosphorylated enzyme and also retains the ability to be activated by G6P. When compared to the 2...
December 9, 2016: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935241/what-training-and-skills-will-the-ecotoxicologists-of-the-future-require
#20
Meagan J Harris, Duane B Huggett, Jane P Staveley, John P Sumpter
Students and academic researchers conduct a diverse range of studies that add to the growing body of ecotoxicology research. Once an academic researcher entertains an applied research topic, there is potential for that research to be used in local, state or federal regulatory decision or action. The ability of regulatory decision makers to use academic studies to inform decisions is dependent on 1) the relevance of the experiment to regulatory decisions, 2) the reliability of the laboratory and the study itself, and 3) quality reporting of data such that study relevance and reliability are evident...
December 9, 2016: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
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