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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545230/nanog-plays-a-hierarchical-role-in-the-transcription-network-regulating-the-pluripotency-and-plasticity-of-adipose-tissue-derived-stem-cells
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Maria Pitrone, Giuseppe Pizzolanti, Laura Tomasello, Antonina Coppola, Lorenzo Morini, Gianni Pantuso, Romina Ficarella, Valentina Guarnotta, Sebastio Perrini, Francesco Giorgino, Carla Giordano
The stromal vascular cell fraction (SVF) of visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue (VAT and SAT) has increasingly come into focus in stem cell research, since these compartments represent a rich source of multipotent adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs). ASCs exhibit a self-renewal potential and differentiation capacity. Our aim was to study the different expression of the embryonic stem cell markers NANOG (homeobox protein NANOG), SOX2 (SRY (sex determining region Y)-box 2) and OCT4 (octamer-binding transcription factor 4) and to evaluate if there exists a hierarchal role in this network in ASCs derived from both SAT and VAT...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545160/-99m-tc-labeled-ngr-chlorambucil-conjugate-99m-tc-hynic-clb-c-ngr-for-targeted-chemotherapy-and-molecular-imaging
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Kusum Vats, Drishty Satpati, Rohit Sharma, Chandan Kumar, Haladhar D Sarma, Ashutosh Dash
Targeted delivery of chemotherapeutic drug at the tumor site enhances the efficacy with minimum systemic exposure. Towards this drugs conjugated with peptides having affinity towards a particular molecular target are recognized as affective agents for targeted chemotherapy. Thus in the present study tumor homing NGR peptide ligand was conjugated to DNA alkylating nitrogen mustard, chlorambucil (CLB). The peptide drug conjugate (PDC), CLB-c(NGR) was radiolabeled with (99m) Tc-HYNIC core to trace its pharmacokinetics and biodistribution pattern...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545140/the-role-of-the-zinc-finger-protein-zc3h32-in-bloodstream-form-trypanosoma-brucei
#3
Cornelia Klein, Monica Terrao, Christine Clayton
Kinetoplastids rely heavily on post-transcriptional mechanisms for control of gene expression, with regulation of mRNA processing, translation and degradation by RNA-binding proteins. ZC3H32 is a cytosolic mRNA-binding protein with three non-canonical CCCH zinc finger domains. It is much more abundant in bloodstream-form Trypanosoma brucei than in procyclic forms. Tethering of ZC3H32 to a reporter mRNA suppressed translation and resulted in mRNA degradation, and deletion analysis suggested that this activity was present in both the N- and C-terminal domains, but not the central zinc finger-containing domain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545138/sumo-4-a-novel-functional-candidate-in-the-human-placental-protein-sumoylation-machinery
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Dora Baczyk, Melanie C Audette, Sascha Drewlo, Khrystyna Levytska, John C Kingdom
BACKGROUND: Small ubiquitin-like modifiers (SUMOs) conjugate to proteins post-translationally, thereby affecting target localization, activity and stability. Functional SUMO family members identified in the human placenta include SUMO-1 to SUMO-3, which are elevated in pre-eclampsia. Whether the fourth isoform, SUMO-4, plays a role in placental development and function remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: We tested the hypothesis that SUMO-4 is expressed in the human placenta and demonstrates altered SUMOylation in pre-eclamptic pregnancies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545124/cornet-assigning-function-to-networks-of-co-evolving-residues-by-automated-literature-mining
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Tom van den Bergh, Giorgio Tamo, Alberto Nobili, Yifeng Tao, Tianwei Tan, Uwe T Bornscheuer, Remko K P Kuipers, Bas Vroling, René M de Jong, Kalyanasundaram Subramanian, Peter J Schaap, Tom Desmet, Bernd Nidetzky, Gert Vriend, Henk-Jan Joosten
CorNet is a web-based tool for the analysis of co-evolving residue positions in protein super-family sequence alignments. CorNet projects external information such as mutation data extracted from literature on interactively displayed groups of co-evolving residue positions to shed light on the functions associated with these groups and the residues in them. We used CorNet to analyse six enzyme super-families and found that groups of strongly co-evolving residues tend to consist of residues involved in a same function such as activity, specificity, co-factor binding, or enantioselectivity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545104/pkng-senses-amino-acid-availability-to-control-metabolism-and-virulence-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Barbara Rieck, Giulia Degiacomi, Michael Zimmermann, Alessandro Cascioferro, Francesca Boldrin, Natalie R Lazar-Adler, Andrew R Bottrill, Fabien le Chevalier, Wafa Frigui, Marco Bellinzoni, María-Natalia Lisa, Pedro M Alzari, Liem Nguyen, Roland Brosch, Uwe Sauer, Riccardo Manganelli, Helen M O'Hare
Sensing and response to changes in nutrient availability are essential for the lifestyle of environmental and pathogenic bacteria. Serine/threonine protein kinase G (PknG) is required for virulence of the human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and its putative substrate GarA regulates the tricarboxylic acid cycle in M. tuberculosis and other Actinobacteria by protein-protein binding. We sought to understand the stimuli that lead to phosphorylation of GarA, and the roles of this regulatory system in pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria...
May 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545085/splicing-factor-sf3b1k700e-mutant-dysregulates-erythroid-differentiation-via-aberrant-alternative-splicing-of-transcription-factor-tal1
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Shuiling Jin, Hairui Su, Ngoc-Tung Tran, Jing Song, Sydney S Lu, Ying Li, Suming Huang, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Yanyan Liu, Xinyang Zhao
More than 60% of myeloid dysplasia syndrome (MDS) contains mutations in genes encoding for splicing factors such as SF3B1, U2AF, SRSF2 and ZRSR2. Mutations in SF3B1 are associated with 80% cases of refractory anemia with ring sideroblast (RARS), a subtype of MDS. SF3B1K700E is the most frequently mutated site among mutations on SF3B1. Yet the molecular mechanisms on how mutations of splicing factors lead to defective erythropoiesis are not clear. SF3B1K700E mutant binds to an RNA binding protein, RBM15, stronger than the wild type SF3B1 protein in co-immunoprecipitation assays...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545084/feasibility-study-of-tspo-quantification-with-18f-feppa-using-population-based-input-function
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Rostom Mabrouk, Antonio P Strafella, Dunja Knezevic, Christine Ghadery, Romina Mizrahi, Avideh Gharehgazlou, Yuko Koshimori, Sylvain Houle, Pablo Rusjan
PURPOSE: The input function (IF) is a core element in the quantification of Translocator protein 18 kDa with positron emission tomography (PET), as no suitable reference region with negligible binding has been identified. Arterial blood sampling is indeed needed to create the IF (ASIF). In the present manuscript we study individualization of a population based input function (PBIF) with a single arterial manual sample to estimate total distribution volume (VT) for [18F]FEPPA and to replicate previously published clinical studies in which the ASIF was used...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545065/influence-of-the-ferric-uptake-regulator-fur-protein-on-pathogenicity-in-pectobacterium-carotovorum-subsp-brasiliense
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Collins Kipngetich Tanui, Divine Yutefar Shyntum, Stefan Louis Priem, Jacques Theron, Lucy Novungayo Moleleki
Iron is an important nutrient for the survival and growth of many organisms. In order to survive, iron uptake from the environment must be strictly regulated and maintained to avoid iron toxicity. The ferric uptake regulator protein (Fur) regulates genes involved in iron homeostasis in many bacteria, including phytopathogens. However, to date, the role played by Fur in the biology of Pectobacterium carotovorum subsp. brasiliense (Pcb1692), an important pathogen of potatoes, has not yet been studied. To this end, we used the lambda recombineering method to generate a fur mutant strain of Pcb1692 and assessed the virulence and fitness of the mutant strain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545027/mir-486-5p-negatively-regulates-oncogenic-nek2-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#10
Shun-Jun Fu, Jian Chen, Fei Ji, Wei-Qiang Ju, Qiang Zhao, Mao-Gen Chen, Zhi-Yong Guo, Lin-Wei Wu, Yi Ma, Dong-Ping Wang, Xiao-Feng Zhu, Xiao-Shun He
NEK2 is a member of the NIMA-related family of serine/threonine centrosomal kinases. We analyzed the relationship between differential expression of NEK2 and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patient outcomes after liver transplants. We also studied the microRNAs that affect NEK2 expression. Analysis of multiple microarrays in the Oncomine database revealed that NEK2 expression was higher in HCC tissues than adjacent normal liver tissues. High NEK2 expression correlated with tumor size, pathological grade and macro- and microvascular invasion...
May 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545024/an-unusual-intragenic-promoter-of-piwil2-contributes-to-aberrant-activation-of-oncogenic-pl2l60
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Shan-Shan Liu, Ning Liu, Meng-Yao Liu, Lei Sun, Wu-Yan Xia, Hong-Min Lu, Yu-Jie Fu, Guo-Liang Yang, Juan-Jie Bo, Xiao-Xing Liu, Haizhong Feng, Hailong Wu, Lin-Feng Li, Jian-Xin Gao
PIWIL2-like (PL2L) protein 60 (PL2L60), a product of aberrantly activated PIWIL2 gene, is widely expressed in various types of tumors and may promote tumorigenesis. However, the mechanisms underlying the activation of expression of PL2L60 remain unknown. In this study, an intragenic promoter responsible for the activation of PL2L60 within the human PIWIL2 gene has been identified, cloned and characterized. The promoter of PL2L60 is located in the intron 10 of the host gene PIWIL2. Bioinformatic and mutagenic analysis reveals that this intragenic promoter within the sequence of 50 nucleotides contains two closely arranged cis-acting elements specific for the hepatic leukemia factor (HLF) in the positive strand and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) in the negative strand...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545023/long-non-coding-rna-hoxa-as2-promotes-proliferation-and-invasion-of-breast-cancer-by-acting-as-a-mir-520c-3p-sponge
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Yu Fang, Jingxuan Wang, Feng Wu, Ying Song, Shu Zhao, Qingyuan Zhang
The long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) HOXA cluster antisense RNA2 (HOXA-AS2) has recently been shown to be dysregulated and involved in the progression of several cancers. However, the biological role and clinical significance of HOXA-AS2 in the carcinogenesis of breast cancer are still unclear. In the present study, we found that HOXA-AS2 was up-regulated in human breast cancer tissues and cell lines and associated with clinicopathological characteristics. Silencing of HOXA-AS2 inhibited the progression of breast cancer cells in vitro and in vivo...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545020/microtubule-inhibitor-sp-6-27-inhibits-angiogenesis-and-induces-apoptosis-in-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Arpita Kulshrestha, Gajendra K Katara, Safaa A Ibrahim, Renukadevi Patil, Shivaputra A Patil, Kenneth D Beaman
In ovarian cancer (OVCA), treatment failure due to chemo-resistance is a serious challenge. It is therefore critical to identify new therapies that are effective against resistant tumors and have reduced side effects. We recently identified 4-H-chromenes as tubulin depolymerizing agents that bind to colchicine site of beta-tubulin. Here, we screened a chemical library of substituted 4-H-chromenes and identified SP-6-27 to exhibit most potent anti-proliferative activity towards a panel of human cisplatin sensitive and resistant OVCA cell lines with 50% inhibitory concentration (IC50; mean ± SD) ranging from 0...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545018/fixed-differences-in-the-3-utr-of-buffalo-prnp-gene-provide-binding-sites-for-mirnas-post-transcriptional-regulation
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Hui Zhao, Siqi Wang, Lixia Guo, Yanli Du, Linlin Liu, Tengfei Ma, Newton O Otecko, Canpeng Li, Yaping Zhang
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy, a member of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, has not been reported in buffaloes, Bubalus bubalis. Prion protein (PrP), encoded by the prion protein gene (PRNP), is fundamental in the pathogenesis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. We previously showed that buffaloes express more PrP proteins but lower PRNP mRNA than cattle in several pivotal tissues like the obex. Therefore, we sought to establish whether genetic variability in PRNP 3'UTR, mediated by miRNA down-regulation, causes PrP expression differences between cattle and buffaloes...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544984/histo-blood-group-antigens-as-mediators-of-infections
#15
REVIEW
Julie E Heggelund, Annabelle Varrot, Anne Imberty, Ute Krengel
The critical first step of a microbial infection is usually the attachment of pathogens to host cell glycans. Targets on host tissues are in particular the histo-blood group antigens (HBGAs), which are present in rich diversity in the mucus layer and on the underlying mucosa. Recent structural and functional studies have revealed significant new insight into the molecular mechanisms, explaining why individuals with certain blood groups are at increased risk of some infections. The most prominent example of blood-group-associated diseases is cholera, caused by infection with Vibrio cholerae...
May 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544964/biophysical-and-biological-studies-of-some-polymer-grafted-metallo-intercalators
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Yesaiyan Manojkumar, Subramanian Ambika, Rajendran Senthilkumar, Sankaralingam Arunachalam
Two water-soluble polymer-copper(II) complexes, [Cu(ip)2(BPEI)](ClO4)2·H2O (Complex 1) and [Cu(dppz)2BPEI](ClO4)2·H2O (Complex 2) with different degree of coordination have been synthesized and characterized. The interaction between the prepared complexes and CTDNA has been assessed by various physico-chemical methods The spectroscopic and the cyclic voltammetry studies have revealed that both the complexes interact with CTDNA through intercalation binding mode. Among the two complexes, Complex 2 has higher binding affinity with CTDNA...
May 15, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544932/vascular-homing-peptides-for-cancer-therapy
#17
REVIEW
Lan Lu, Huan Qi, Jie Zhu, Wen Xia Sun, Bin Zhang, Chun Yan Tang, Qiang Cheng
In the past 30 years, a variety of phage libraries have been extensively utilized to identify and develop tumor homing peptides (THPs). THPs specifically bind to tumor cells or elements of the tumor microenvironment while no or low affinity to normal cells. In this regard, the efficacy of therapeutic agents in cancer therapy can be enhanced by targeting strategies based on coupling with THPs that recognize receptors expressed by tumor cells or tumor vasculature. Especially, vascular-homing peptides, targeting tumor vasculature, have their receptors expressed on or around the blood vessel including pro-angiogenic factors, metalloproteinase, integrins, fibrin-fibronectin complexes, etc...
May 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544909/can-human-allergy-drug-fexofenadine-an-antagonist-of-histamine-h1-receptor-be-used-to-treat-dog-and-cat-homology-modeling-docking-and-molecular-dynamic-simulation-of-three-h1-receptors-in-complex-with-fexofenadine
#18
Safaa Sader, Jun Cai, Anna C G Muller, Chun Wu
Fexofenadine, a potent antagonist to human histamine 1 (H1) receptor, is a non-sedative third generation antihistamine that is widely used to treat various human allergic conditions such as allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and atopic dermatitis. Encouragingly, it's been successfully used to treat canine atopic dermatitis, this supports the notion that it might have a great potential for treating other canine allergic conditions and other mammal pets such as dog. Regrettably, while there is a myriad of studies conducted on the interactions of antihistamines with human H1 receptor, the similar studies on non-human pet H1 are considerably scarce...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544873/3d-qsar-studies-of-some-reversible-acetyl-cholinesterase-inhibitors-based-on-comfa-and-ligand-protein-interaction-fingerprints-using-pc-ls-svm-and-pls-ls-svm
#19
Hamidreza Ghafouri, Mohsen Ranjbar, Amirhossein Sakhteman
A great challenge in medicinal chemistry is to develop different methods for structural design based on the pattern of the previously synthesized compounds. In this study two different QSAR methods were established and compared for a series of piperidine acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. In one novel approach, PC-LS-SVM and PLS-LS-SVM was used for modeling 3D interaction descriptors, and in the other method the same nonlinear techniques were used to build QSAR equations based on field descriptors. Different validation methods were used to evaluate the models and the results revealed the more applicability and predictive ability of the model generated by field descriptors (Q(2)LOO-CV=1, R(2)ext=0...
May 10, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544872/analysis-of-the-igf-system-in-milk-from-farm-animals-occurrence-regulation-and-biomarker-potential
#20
REVIEW
Zianka Meyer, Christine Höflich, Elisa Wirthgen, Sven Olm, Harald M Hammon, Andreas Hoeflich
IGFs and IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs) are abundantly present in milk and in dairy products. Compared to the IGFs, the IGFBP have received less attention in milk, although truncated IGFBPs and IGFBP-glycosylation have been described in milk. Thereby, complex control of local IGF-effects can be assumed on the levels of IGFBPs, proteases, and protease inhibitors. The present review collects the current knowledge both on presence and regulation of IGFs and IGFBPs in milk particularly from dairy animal species...
May 12, 2017: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
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