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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630007/rna-localization-making-its-way-to-the-center-stage
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REVIEW
Ashley Chin, Eric Lécuyer
Cells are highly organized entities that rely on intricate addressing mechanisms to sort their constituent molecules to precise subcellular locations. These processes are crucial for cells to maintain their proper organization and carry out specialized functions in the body, while genetic perturbations that clog up these addressing systems can contribute to disease aetiology. The trafficking of RNA molecules represents an important layer in the control of cellular organization, a process that is both highly prevalent and for which features of the regulatory machineries have been deeply conserved evolutionarily...
June 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627759/vibrational-biospectroscopy-characterises-biochemical-differences-between-cell-types-used-for-toxicological-investigations-and-identifies-alterations-induced-by-environmental-contaminants
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Kelly A Heys, Richard F Shore, M Glória Pereira, Francis L Martin
The use of cell-based assays is essential in reducing the number of vertebrates used in the investigation of chemical toxicities and in regulatory toxicology assessment. An important factor in obtaining meaningful results which can be accurately extrapolated is the use of biologically appropriate cell lines. In this preliminary study, ATR-FTIR spectroscopy with multivariate analysis was used to assess the fundamental biomolecular differences between a commonly used cell line, MCF-7 cells, and an environmentally relevant cell line derived from Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) dermal fibroblasts...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627731/cell-migration-analysis-a-low-cost-laboratory-experiment-for-cell-and-developmental-biology-courses-using-keratocytes-from-fish-scales
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Daniel Prieto, Gonzalo Aparicio, Jose R Sotelo-Silveira
Cell and developmental processes are complex, and profoundly dependent on spatial relationships that change over time. Innovative educational or teaching strategies are always needed to foster deep comprehension of these processes and their dynamic features. However, laboratory exercises in cell and developmental biology at the undergraduate level do not often take into account the time dimension. In this article, we provide a laboratory exercise focused in cell migration, aiming to stimulate thinking in time and space dimensions through a simplification of more complex processes occurring in cell or developmental biology...
June 19, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620095/responses-to-cytokines-and-interferons-that-depend-upon-jaks-and-stats
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George R Stark, HyeonJoo Cheon, Yuxin Wang
Many cytokines and all interferons activate members of a small family of kinases (the Janus kinases [JAKs]) and a slightly larger family of transcription factors (the signal transducers and activators of transcription [STATs]), which are essential components of pathways that induce the expression of specific sets of genes in susceptible cells. JAK-STAT pathways are required for many innate and acquired immune responses, and the activities of these pathways must be finely regulated to avoid major immune dysfunctions...
June 15, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612300/effects-of-photobiomodulation-therapy-on-bothrops-moojeni-snake-envenomed-gastrocnemius-of-mice-using-enzymatic-biomarkers
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Doroty Mesquita Dourado, Rosemary Matias, Marcos Barbosa-Ferreira, Baldomero Antonio Kato da Silva, Jéssica de Araujo Isaias Muller, Willians Fernando Vieira, Maria Alice da Cruz-Höfling
Bothropic venom contains a range of biologically active substances capable of causing severe local and systemic envenoming symptomatology within its victims. The snake anti-venom is effective against systemic effects but has no neutralizing effect against the fast developing local effects. Herein, mice gastrocnemius injected with Bothrops moojeni venom (40 μg/kg) or saline solution were irradiated with HeNe (632.8 nm) and GaAs (904 nm) lasers (daily energy density of 4 J/cm(2); 0.03/0.21 power density; 0...
June 13, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601063/molecular-mechanisms-of-ovarian-carcinoma-metastasis-key-genes-and-regulatory-micrornas
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E A Braga, M V Fridman, N E Kushlinskii
Metastasis of primary tumors progresses stepwise - from change in biochemistry, morphology, and migratory patterns of tumor cells to the emergence of receptors on their surface that facilitate directional migration to target organs followed by the formation of a specific microenvironment in a target organ that helps attachment and survival of metastatic cells. A set of specific genes and signaling pathways mediate this process under control of microRNA. The molecular mechanisms underlying biological processes associated with tumor metastasis are reviewed in this publication using ovarian cancer, which exhibits high metastatic potential, as an example...
May 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585084/glycomic-and-glycoproteomic-analysis-of-glycoproteins-a-tutorial
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Asif Shajahan, Christian Heiss, Mayumi Ishihara, Parastoo Azadi
The structural analysis of glycoproteins is a challenging endeavor and is under steadily increasing demand, but only a very limited number of labs have the expertise required to accomplish this task. This tutorial is aimed at researchers from the fields of molecular biology and biochemistry that have discovered that glycoproteins are important in their biological research and are looking for the tools to elucidate their structure. It provides brief descriptions of the major and most common analytical techniques used in glycomics and glycoproteomics analysis, including explanations of the rationales for individual steps and references to published literature containing the experimental details necessary to carry out the analyses...
June 6, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578654/progressive-resistance-training-in-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-during-concomitant-chemoradiotherapy-design-of-the-dahanca-31-randomized-trial
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Camilla K Lonkvist, Simon Lønbro, Anders Vinther, Bo Zerahn, Eva Rosenbom, Hanne Primdahl, Pernille Hojman, Julie Gehl
BACKGROUND: Head and neck cancer patients undergoing concomitant chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) frequently experience loss of muscle mass and reduced functional performance. Positive effects of exercise training are reported for many cancer types but biological mechanisms need further elucidation. This randomized study investigates whether progressive resistance training (PRT) may attenuate loss of muscle mass and functional performance. Furthermore, biochemical markers and muscle biopsies will be investigated trying to link biological mechanisms to training effects...
June 3, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578161/examining-the-intersection-between-splicing-nuclear-export-and-small-rna-pathways
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Amena Nabih, Julia A Sobotka, Monica Z Wu, Christopher J Wedeles, Julie M Claycomb
BACKGROUND: Nuclear Argonaute/small RNA pathways in a variety of eukaryotic species are generally known to regulate gene expression via chromatin modulation and transcription attenuation in a process known as transcriptional gene silencing (TGS). However, recent data, including genetic screens, phylogenetic profiling, and molecular mechanistic studies, also point to a novel and emerging intersection between the splicing and nuclear export machinery with nuclear Argonaute/small RNA pathways in many organisms...
May 31, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573376/maximal-clique-method-for-the-automated-analysis-of-nmr-tocsy-spectra-of-complex-mixtures
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Da-Wei Li, Cheng Wang, Rafael Brüschweiler
Characterization of the chemical components of complex mixtures in solution is important in many areas of biochemistry and chemical biology, including metabolomics. The use of 2D NMR total correlation spectroscopy (TOCSY) experiments has proven very useful for the identification of known metabolites as well as for the characterization of metabolites that are unknown by taking advantage of the good resolution and high sensitivity of this homonuclear experiment. Due to the complexity of the resulting spectra, automation is critical to facilitate and speed-up their analysis and enable high-throughput applications...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572423/cell-scientist-to-watch-lidia-vasilieva
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Lidia received a bachelor's degree from Krasnoyarsk State University in Russia and a master's degree from the Institute of Protein Research in Moscow. She then moved to Finland to work with Leevi Kääriäinen on the replication of RNA viruses for her PhD. Her postdoctoral studies led her to Harvard Medical School with a fellowship from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Under the supervision of Steve Buratowski, Lidia focused on transcriptional regulation in eukaryotes. In 2009, Lidia obtained a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship and started her own research group at the Department of Biochemistry in Oxford...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551182/identification-and-functional-analysis-of-bull-bos-taurus-cauda-epididymal-fluid-proteome
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B Westfalewicz, M A Dietrich, A Mostek, A Partyka, W Bielas, W Niżański, A Ciereszko
Despite recent advances in bull epididymal fluid proteome research, significant numbers of proteins secreted to epididymal lumen remain unidentified. The objective of this study was to expand the number of identified cauda epididymal fluid proteins in bulls and to contextualize them in a broader view of their mutual interactions and involvement in biological processes and pathways, to fully elucidate the ways in which epididymal fluid proteins are involved in storage and maturation of spermatozoa in epididymis...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549626/cell-biology-metabolic-crosstalk-in-glioma
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REVIEW
Alison Colquhoun
The renewed interest in cancer metabolism in recent years has been fuelled by the identification of the involvement of key oncogenes and tumour suppressor genes in the control of metabolic pathways. Many of these alterations lead to dramatic changes in bioenergetics, biosynthesis and redox balance within tumour cells. The complex relationship between tumour cell metabolism and the tumour microenvironment has turned this field of biochemistry and cell biology into a challenging and exciting area for study. In the case of gliomas the involvement of altered metabolic pathways including glycolysis, oxidative phosphorylation and glutaminolysis are pointing the way to new possibilities for treatment...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545257/the-reactive-sulfur-species-concept-15-years-on
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Gregory I Giles, Muhammad Jawad Nasim, Wesam Ali, Claus Jacob
Fifteen years ago, in 2001, the concept of "Reactive Sulfur Species" or RSS was advocated as a working hypothesis. Since then various organic as well as inorganic RSS have attracted considerable interest and stimulated many new and often unexpected avenues in research and product development. During this time, it has become apparent that molecules with sulfur-containing functional groups are not just the passive "victims" of oxidative stress or simple conveyors of signals in cells, but can also be stressors in their own right, with pivotal roles in cellular function and homeostasis...
May 23, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542437/cp5-system-for-simple-and-highly-efficient-protein-purification-with-a-c-terminal-designed-mini-tag
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Hiroyuki Takeda, Wei Zhou, Kohki Kido, Ryoji Suno, Takahiro Iwasaki, Takuya Kobayashi, Tatsuya Sawasaki
There are many strategies to purify recombinant proteins of interest, and affinity purification utilizing monoclonal antibody that targets a linear epitope sequence is one of the essential techniques used in current biochemistry and structural biology. Here we introduce a new protein purification system using a very short CP5 tag. First, we selected anti-dopamine receptor D1 (DRD1) rabbit monoclonal antibody clone Ra62 (Ra62 antibody) as capture antibody, and identified its minimal epitope sequence as a 5-amino-acid sequence at C-terminal of DRD1 (GQHPT-COOH, D1CE sequence)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520272/a-focus-on-polarity-investigating-the-role-of-orientation-cues-in-mediating-student-performance-on-mrna-synthesis-tasks-in-an-introductory-cell-and-molecular-biology-course
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Jeffrey T Olimpo, Daniel A Quijas, Anita M Quintana
The central dogma has served as a foundational model for information flow, exchange, and storage in the biological sciences for several decades. Despite its continued importance, however, recent research suggests that novices in the domain possess several misconceptions regarding the aforementioned processes, including those pertaining specifically to the formation of messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) transcripts. In the present study, we sought to expand upon these observations through exploration of the influence of orientation cues on students' aptitude at synthesizing mRNAs from provided deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) template strands...
May 18, 2017: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498721/mechanisms-of-deubiquitinase-specificity-and-regulation
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Tycho E T Mevissen, David Komander
Protein ubiquitination is one of the most powerful posttranslational modifications of proteins, as it regulates a plethora of cellular processes in distinct manners. Simple monoubiquitination events coexist with more complex forms of polyubiquitination, the latter featuring many different chain architectures. Ubiquitin can be subjected to further posttranslational modifications (e.g., phosphorylation and acetylation) and can also be part of mixed polymers with ubiquitin-like modifiers such as SUMO (small ubiquitinrelated modifier) or NEDD8 (neural precursor cell expressed, developmentally downregulated 8)...
May 12, 2017: Annual Review of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496395/a-relative-quantitative-positive-negative-ion-switching-method-for-untargeted-lipidomics-via-high-resolution-lc-ms-ms-from-any-biological-source
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Susanne B Breitkopf, Stéphane J H Ricoult, Min Yuan, Ying Xu, David A Peake, Brendan D Manning, John M Asara
INTRODUCTION: Advances in high-resolution mass spectrometry have created renewed interest for studying global lipid biochemistry in disease and biological systems. OBJECTIVES: Here, we present an untargeted 30 min. LC-MS/MS platform that utilizes positive/negative polarity switching to perform unbiased data dependent acquisitions (DDA) via higher energy collisional dissociation (HCD) fragmentation to profile more than 1000-1500 lipid ions mainly from methyl-tert-butyl ether (MTBE) or chloroform:methanol extractions...
March 2017: Metabolomics: Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484166/molecular-genetics-biochemistry-and-biology-of-pnh
#19
Taroh Kinoshita
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) manifests by clonal expansion of mutant hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) bearing a somatic mutation in the X-linked PIGA gene. PIGA mutations cause defective biosynthesis of GPI and cell surface deficiency of GPI-anchored proteins such as DAF and CD59, leading to intravascular hemolysis and thrombosis. These two major symptoms of PNH can be controlled by eculizumab, an anti-C5 monoclonal antibody. Bone marrow failure, the third major symptom of PNH, is autoimmune-mediated and contributes to the clonal expansion of GPI-defective HSCs by selectively attacking GPI-positive wild-type HSCs...
2017: [Rinshō Ketsueki] the Japanese Journal of Clinical Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470848/iron-catalysis-at-the-origin-of-life
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Eloi Camprubi, Sean F Jordan, Rafaela Vasiliadou, Nick Lane
Iron-sulphur proteins are ancient and drive fundamental processes in cells, notably electron transfer and CO2 fixation. Iron-sulphur minerals with equivalent structures could have played a key role in the origin of life. However, the 'iron-sulphur world' hypothesis has had a mixed reception, with questions raised especially about the feasibility of a pyrites-pulled reverse Krebs cycle. Phylogenetics suggests that the earliest cells drove carbon and energy metabolism via the acetyl CoA pathway, which is also replete in Fe(Ni)S proteins...
May 3, 2017: IUBMB Life
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