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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820880/knock-out-of-a-mitochondrial-sirtuin-protects-neurons-from-degeneration-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#1
Rachele Sangaletti, Massimo D'Amico, Jeff Grant, David Della-Morte, Laura Bianchi
Sirtuins are NAD⁺-dependent deacetylases, lipoamidases, and ADP-ribosyltransferases that link cellular metabolism to multiple intracellular pathways that influence processes as diverse as cell survival, longevity, and cancer growth. Sirtuins influence the extent of neuronal death in stroke. However, different sirtuins appear to have opposite roles in neuronal protection. In Caenorhabditis elegans, we found that knock-out of mitochondrial sirtuin sir-2.3, homologous to mammalian SIRT4, is protective in both chemical ischemia and hyperactive channel induced necrosis...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819308/an-optimal-mean-based-block-robust-feature-extraction-method-to-identify-colorectal-cancer-genes-with-integrated-data
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Jian Liu, Yuhu Cheng, Xuesong Wang, Lin Zhang, Hui Liu
It is urgent to diagnose colorectal cancer in the early stage. Some feature genes which are important to colorectal cancer development have been identified. However, for the early stage of colorectal cancer, less is known about the identity of specific cancer genes that are associated with advanced clinical stage. In this paper, we conducted a feature extraction method named Optimal Mean based Block Robust Feature Extraction method (OMBRFE) to identify feature genes associated with advanced colorectal cancer in clinical stage by using the integrated colorectal cancer data...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814801/strain-dependence-of-the-angelman-syndrome-phenotypes-in-ube3a-maternal-deficiency-mice
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Heather A Born, An T Dao, Amber T Levine, Wai Ling Lee, Natasha M Mehta, Shubhangi Mehra, Edwin J Weeber, Anne E Anderson
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a genetic neurodevelopmental disorder, most commonly caused by deletion or mutation of the maternal allele of the UBE3A gene, with behavioral phenotypes and seizures as key features. Currently no treatment is available, and therapeutics are often ineffective in controlling AS-associated seizures. Previous publications using the Ube3a maternal deletion model have shown behavioral and seizure susceptibility phenotypes, however findings have been variable and merit characterization of electroencephalographic (EEG) activity...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814537/public-health-literature-review-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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Melissa Raspa, Anne C Wheeler, Catharine Riley
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this systematic literature review is to describe what is known about fragile X syndrome (FXS) and to identify research gaps. The results can be used to help inform future public health research and provide pediatricians with up-to-date information about the implications of the condition for individuals and their families. METHODS: An electronic literature search was conducted, guided by a variety of key words. The search focused on 4 areas of both clinical and public health importance: (1) the full mutation phenotype, (2) developmental trajectories across the life span, (3) available interventions and treatments, and (4) impact on the family...
June 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814508/dynamic-functional-assembly-of-the-torsin-aaa-atpase-and-its-modulation-by-lap1
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Anna R Chase, Ethan Laudermilch, Jimin Wang, Hideki Shigematsu, Takeshi Yokoyama, Christian Schlieker
TorsinA is an essential AAA+ ATPase requiring LAP1 or LULL1 as cofactors. The dynamics of the Torsin/cofactor system remain poorly understood, with previous models invoking Torsin/cofactor assemblies with fixed stoichiometries. Here, we demonstrate that TorsinA assembles into homotypic oligomers in the presence of ATP. Torsin variants mutated at the 'back' interface disrupt homo-oligomerization but still show robust ATPase activity in the presence of its cofactors. These Torsin mutants are severely compromised in their ability to rescue nuclear envelope defects in Torsin-deficient cells, suggesting that TorsinA homo-oligomers play a key role in vivo Engagement of the oligomer by LAP1 triggers ATP hydrolysis and rapid complex disassembly...
August 16, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813599/tetraterpene-synthase-substrate-and-product-specificity-in-the-green-microalga-botryococcus-braunii-race-l
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Hem Raj Thapa, Su Tang, James C Sacchettini, Timothy P Devarenne
Recently, the biosynthetic pathway for lycopadiene, a C40 tetraterpenoid hydrocarbon, was deciphered from the L race of Botryococcus braunii, an alga that produces hydrocarbon oils capable of being converted into combustible fuels. The lycopadiene pathway is initiated by the squalene synthase (SS)-like enzyme lycopaoctaene synthase (LOS), which catalyzes the head-to-head condensation of two C20 geranylgeranyl diphosphate (GGPP) molecules to produce C40 lycopaoctaene. LOS shows unusual substrate promiscuity for SS or SS-like enzymes by utilizing C15 farnesyl diphosphate (FPP) and C20 phytyl diphosphate in addition to GGPP as substrates...
August 16, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813450/oral-microbial-community-assembly-under-the-influence-of-periodontitis
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Hongju Chen, Shuting Peng, Lin Dai, Quan Zou, Bin Yi, Xianghong Yang, Zhanshan Sam Ma
Several ecological hypotheses (e.g., specific plaque, non-specific plaque and keystone pathogen) regarding the etiology of periodontitis have been proposed since the 1990s, most of which have been centered on the concept of dysbiosis associated with periodontitis. Nevertheless, none of the existing hypotheses have presented mechanistic interpretations on how and why dysbiosis actually occurs. Hubbell's neutral theory of biodiversity offers a powerful null model to test hypothesis regarding the mechanism of community assembly and diversity maintenance from the metagenomic sequencing data, which can help to understand the forces that shape the community dynamics such as dysbiosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812093/a-convenient-approach-to-facilitate-monitoring-gaucher-disease-progression-and-therapeutic-response
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Wujuan Zhang, Melissa Oehrle, Carlos E Prada, Ida Vanessa D Schwartz, Somchai Chutipongtanate, Duangrurdee Wattanasirichaigoon, Venette Inskeep, Mei Dai, Dao Pan, Ying Sun, Kenneth D R Setchell
Gaucher disease (GD) is caused by mutations on the GBA1 gene leading to deficiency in acid β-glucosidase (GCase) and subsequent accumulation of its substrates, glucosylceramide (GlcC) and glucosylsphingosine (GlcS). GlcS in plasma has been proposed as a highly sensitive and specific biomarker for the diagnosis of GD and for monitoring disease progression and response to therapy. Here we report a novel robust and accurate hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric method (HILIC-MS/MS) for the direct measurement of glucosylsphingosine (GlcS) in dried plasma spots (DPS)...
August 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806777/a-synthetic-sickness-screen-for-senescence-re-engagement-targets-in-mutant-cancer-backgrounds
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Claire J Cairney, Lauren S Godwin, Alan E Bilsland, Sharon Burns, Katrina H Stevenson, Lynn McGarry, John Revie, Jon D Moore, Ceri M Wiggins, Rebecca S Collinson, Clare Mudd, Elpida Tsonou, Mahito Sadaie, Dorothy C Bennett, Masashi Narita, Christopher J Torrance, W Nicol Keith
Senescence is a universal barrier to immortalisation and tumorigenesis. As such, interest in the use of senescence-induction in a therapeutic context has been gaining momentum in the past few years; however, senescence and immortalisation remain underserved areas for drug discovery owing to a lack of robust senescence inducing agents and an incomplete understanding of the signalling events underlying this complex process. In order to address this issue we undertook a large-scale morphological siRNA screen for inducers of senescence phenotypes in the human melanoma cell line A375P...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805606/detection-of-sea-type-%C3%AE-thalassemia-in-embryo-biopsies-by-digital-pcr
#10
Ta-Hsien Lee, Ya-Chiung Hsu, Chia Lin Chang
OBJECTIVE: Accurate and efficient pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) based on the analysis of single or oligo-cells is needed for timely identification of embryos that are affected by deleterious genetic traits in in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the backbone of modern genetic diagnoses, and a spectrum of PCR-based techniques have been used to detect various thalassemia mutations in prenatal diagnosis (PND) and PGD. Among thalassemias, SEA-type α-thalassemia is the most common variety found in Asia, and can lead to Bart's hydrops fetalis and serious maternal complications...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800752/a-type-i-combi-targeting-approach-for-the-design-of-molecules-with-enhanced-potency-against-brca1-2-mutant-and-o6-methylguanine-dna-methyltransferase-mgmt-expressing-tumour-cells
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Zhor Senhaji Mouhri, Elliot Goodfellow, Bertrand Jean-Claude
BACKGROUND: Mutations of the DNA repair proteins BRCA1/2 are synthetically lethal with the DNA repair enzyme poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP), which when inhibited, leads to cell death due to the absence of compensatory DNA repair mechanism. The potency of PARP inhibitors has now been clinically proven. However, disappointingly, acquired resistance mediated by the reactivation of wild type BRCA1/2 has been reported. In order to improve their efficacy, trials are ongoing to explore their combinations with temozolomide (TMZ)...
August 11, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793211/design-of-elastic-networks-with-evolutionary-optimized-long-range-communication-as-mechanical-models-of-allosteric-proteins
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Holger Flechsig
Allosteric effects often underlie the activity of proteins, and elucidating generic design aspects and functional principles unique to allosteric phenomena represent a major challenge. Here an approach consisting of the in silico design of synthetic structures, which, as the principal element of allostery, encode dynamical long-range coupling among two sites, is presented. The structures are represented by elastic networks, similar to coarse-grained models of real proteins. A strategy of evolutionary optimization was implemented to iteratively improve allosteric coupling...
August 8, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792532/continuous-il-23-stimulation-drives-ilc3-depletion-in-the-upper-gi-tract-and-in-combination-with-tnf%C3%AE-induces-robust-activation-and-a-phenotypic-switch-of-ilc3
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Amanda M Schmidt Paustian, Jesus Paez-Cortez, Shaughn Bryant, Susan Westmoreland, Wendy Waegell, Gillian Kingsbury
Mutations in the Interleukin (IL)-23/IL-23 receptor loci are associated with increased inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) susceptibility, and IL-23 neutralization has shown efficacy in early clinical trials. To better understand how an excess of IL-23 affects the gastrointestinal tract, we investigated chronic systemic IL-23 exposure in healthy wildtype mice. As expected, IL-23 exposure resulted in early activation of intestinal type 3 innate lymphoid cells (ILC3), followed by infiltration of activated RORγt+ T helper cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790902/integration-of-brain-and-skull-in-prenatal-mouse-models-of-apert-and-crouzon-syndromes
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Susan M Motch Perrine, Tim Stecko, Thomas Neuberger, Ethylin W Jabs, Timothy M Ryan, Joan T Richtsmeier
The brain and skull represent a complex arrangement of integrated anatomical structures composed of various cell and tissue types that maintain structural and functional association throughout development. Morphological integration, a concept developed in vertebrate morphology and evolutionary biology, describes the coordinated variation of functionally and developmentally related traits of organisms. Syndromic craniosynostosis is characterized by distinctive changes in skull morphology and perceptible, though less well studied, changes in brain structure and morphology...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783693/primary-immunodeficiencies-suggest-redundancy-within-the-human-immune-system
#15
REVIEW
Alain Fischer, Antonio Rausell
Pathogen-driven evolution has shaped the complexity of the human immune system. Our genome contains at least 1854 gene products involved in immune responses. However, the redundancy and robustness of the immune system need further characterization. One way to examine this redundancy is through the study of monogenic primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) associated with infections. Causal mutations affecting innate immunity genes are, in relative terms, close to seven times less frequent than those affecting adaptive immunity genes in PIDs...
December 23, 2016: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782590/may-the-use-of-different-background-strains-strain-the-stress-related-phenotype-of-gr-mice
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Miriam A Vogt, Natascha Pfeiffer, Anne Marie Le Guisquet, Christiane Brandwein, Bruno Brizard, Peter Gass, Catherine Belzung, Sabine Chourbaji
Genetically altered mice are available on different background strains. While respective backcrosses are often performed for pragmatic reasons, e.g. references, comparability, or existing protocols, the interaction between the mutations per se and the background strain often remains a neglected factor. The heterozygous mutation of the glucocorticoid receptor gene (GR) represents a well-examined model for depressive-like behavior in mice. To address the question in how far a robust depressive-like phenotype on a distinct background strain may allow a generalized conclusion, we analyzed respective phenotypes in two commonly used inbred strains: i...
August 3, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768557/the-high-frequency-of-non-aspartic-acid-residues-at-ha222-in-influenza-a-h1n1-2009-pandemic-viruses-is-associated-with-mortality-during-the-upsurge-of-2015-a-molecular-and-epidemiological-study-from-central-india
#17
P V Barde, M Sahu, M K Shukla, P K Bharti, R K Sharma, L K Sahare, M J Ukey, N Singh
Influenza A(H1N1) viruses of the 2009 pandemic (A(H1N1)pdm09) continue to cause outbreaks in the post-pandemic period. During January to May 2015, an upsurge of influenza was recorded that resulted in high fatality in central India. Genetic lineage, mutations in the hemagglutinin (HA) gene and infection by quasi-species are reported to affect disease severity. The objective of this study is to present the molecular and epidemiological trends during the 2015 influenza outbreak in central India. All the referred samples were subjected to qRT-PCR for diagnosis...
August 3, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761125/modeling-dominant-and-recessive-forms-of-retinitis-pigmentosa-by-editing-three-rhodopsin-encoding-genes-in-xenopus-laevis-using-crispr-cas9
#18
Joanna M Feehan, Colette N Chiu, Paloma Stanar, Beatrice M Tam, Sheikh N Ahmed, Orson L Moritz
The utility of Xenopus laevis, a common research subject for developmental biology, retinal physiology, cell biology, and other investigations, has been limited by lack of a robust gene knockout or knock-down technology. Here we describe manipulation of the X. laevis genome using CRISPR/Cas9 to model the human disorder retinitis pigmentosa, and to introduce point mutations or exogenous DNA sequences. We introduced and characterized in-frame and out-of-frame insertions and deletions in three genes encoding rhodopsin by co-injection of Cas9 mRNA, eGFP mRNA, and single guide RNAs into fertilized eggs...
July 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760999/exploiting-conformational-plasticity-in-the-aaa-protein-vcp-p97-to-modify-function
#19
Anne Kathrin Schütz, Enrico Rennella, Lewis E Kay
p97/VCP, a member of the AAA+ (ATPases associated with diverse cellular activities) family of proteins, is implicated in the etiology of a group of degenerative diseases affecting bone and muscle tissue as well as the central nervous system. Methyl-TROSY-based NMR studies have previously revealed how disease-causing mutations deregulate a subtle dynamic conformational equilibrium involving the N-terminal domain (NTD) with implications for the binding of certain adaptors, providing insight into how disease mutations lead to abnormal function...
July 31, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760909/-span-style-font-weight-400-circulating-tumor-dna-reveals-clinically-actionable-somatic-genome-of-metastatic-bladder-cancer-span
#20
Gillian R Vandekerkhove, Tilman Todenhöfer, Matti Annala, Werner J Struss, Amanda Wong, Kevin Beja, Elie Ritch, Sonal Brahmbhatt, Stas Volik, Jörg Hennenlotter, Matti Nykter, Kim N Chi, Scott North, Arnulf Stenzl, Colin C Collins, Bernhard J Eigl, Peter C Black, Alexander W Wyatt
Targeted agents and immunotherapies promise to transform the treatment of metastatic bladder cancer (BCa), but therapy selection will depend on practical tumor molecular stratification. Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is established in several solid malignancies as a minimally-invasive tool to profile the tumor genome in real-time, but is critically under-explored in BCa. <p>Experimental Design: We applied a combination of whole exome sequencing and targeted sequencing across 50 BCa driver genes to plasma cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from 51 patients with aggressive BCa, including 37 with metastatic disease...
July 31, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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