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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735056/distribution-of-macrolide-resistance-mechanisms-in-bulgarian-clinical-isolates-of-streptococcus-pyogenes-during-the-years-of-2013-2016
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Adile A Muhtarova, Raina T Gergova, Ivan G Mitov
Streptococcus pyogenes, or group A streptococcus (GAS), is the main etiological agent of bacterial tonsillopharyngitis and a common cause of a wide variety of other mild to severe infections. OBJECTIVES: of the present study was to determine and evaluate the distribution of genetic mechanisms associated with certain phenotypes of macrolide resistance in Bulgarian GAS isolated during the years of 2013-2016. METHODS: All GAS strains were screened for the macrolide resistance genes erm(A), erm(B) and mef(A), using multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR)...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733031/mkk4-activates-non-canonical-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-by-promoting-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb2-p100-processing
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Jeong Seon Kim, Eun Ju Kim, Hee-Sun Kim, Jonathan M Kurie, Young-Ho Ahn
The NFκB family of transcription factors is crucial for innate or adaptive immunity, inflammation, and diseases including cancer. The two NFκB signaling pathways (canonical and non-canonical) differ from each other in extracellular signals, membrane receptors, signaling adaptors, and dimer subunits. The p52 (NFκB2) subunit, which participates in the non-canonical pathway, is generated by ubiquitin-mediated processing of the p100 precursor. Here, we found that NFκB2 processing and activation were mediated by mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase-4 (MKK4) and its substrate c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK)...
July 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732730/thermo-responsive-hydroxybutyl-chitosan-hydrogel-as-artery-intervention-embolic-agent-for-hemorrhage-control
#3
Guohui Sun, Chao Feng, Changqing Jiang, Tingting Zhang, Zixian Bao, Yajun Zuo, Ming Kong, Xiaojie Cheng, Ya Liu, Xiguang Chen
This work targeted to investigate the potential of thermo-responsive hydroxybutyl chitosan (HBC) hydrogel using as an embolic material for occlusion of selective blood vessels. HBC hydrogel was prepared via an etherification reaction between chitosan (CS) and 1, 2-butene oxide. The hydroxybutyl groups were introduced into CS backbone, which endowed HBC hydrogel with properties of porous structure, favorable hydrophilia and rapid sol-gel interconvertibility. The gelation temperatures and gelation time respectively decreased from 30...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729482/brca1-and-brca2-tumor-suppressors-protect-against-endogenous-acetaldehyde-toxicity
#4
Eliana Mc Tacconi, Xianning Lai, Cecilia Folio, Manuela Porru, Gijs Zonderland, Sophie Badie, Johanna Michl, Irene Sechi, Mélanie Rogier, Verónica Matía García, Ankita Sati Batra, Oscar M Rueda, Peter Bouwman, Jos Jonkers, Anderson Ryan, Bernardo Reina-San-Martin, Joannie Hui, Nelson Tang, Alejandra Bruna, Annamaria Biroccio, Madalena Tarsounas
Maintenance of genome integrity requires the functional interplay between Fanconi anemia (FA) and homologous recombination (HR) repair pathways. Endogenous acetaldehyde, a product of cellular metabolism, is a potent source of DNA damage, particularly toxic to cells and mice lacking the FA protein FANCD2. Here, we investigate whether HR-compromised cells are sensitive to acetaldehyde, similarly to FANCD2-deficient cells. We demonstrate that inactivation of HR factors BRCA1, BRCA2, or RAD51 hypersensitizes cells to acetaldehyde treatment, in spite of the FA pathway being functional...
July 20, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726779/maml1-acts-cooperatively-with-gli-proteins-to-regulate-sonic-hedgehog-signaling-pathway
#5
Roberta Quaranta, Maria Pelullo, Sabrina Zema, Francesca Nardozza, Saula Checquolo, Dieter Matthias Lauer, Francesca Bufalieri, Rocco Palermo, Maria Pia Felli, Alessandra Vacca, Claudio Talora, Lucia Di Marcotullio, Isabella Screpanti, Diana Bellavia
Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling is essential for proliferation of cerebellar granule cell progenitors (GCPs) and its misregulation is linked to various disorders, including cerebellar cancer medulloblastoma. The effects of Shh pathway are mediated by the Gli family of transcription factors, which controls the expression of a number of target genes, including Gli1. Here, we identify Mastermind-like 1 (Maml1) as a novel regulator of the Shh signaling since it interacts with Gli proteins, working as a potent transcriptional coactivator...
July 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726547/three-dimensional-bio-printing-of-hepatic-structures-with-direct-converted-hepatocyte-like-cells
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Kyojin Kang, Yohan Kim, Seung Bum Lee, Ji Sook Kim, Sua Park, Wan-Doo Kim, Heung-Mo Yang, Sung-Joo Kim, Jaemin Jeong, Dongho Choi
Three-dimensional (3D) bio-printing technology is a promising new technology in the field of bio-artificial organ generation with regard to overcoming the limitations of organ supply. The cell source for bio-printing is very important. Here, we generated 3D hepatic scaffold with mouse induced hepatocyte-like cells (miHeps), and investigated whether their function was improved after transplantation in vivo. To generate miHeps, mouse embryonic fibroblasts were transformed with pMX retroviruses individually expressing hepatic transcription factors Hnf4a and Foxa3...
July 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712054/alcohol-exposure-promotes-dna-methyltransferase-dnmt3a-upregulation-through-reactive-oxygen-species-dependent-mechanisms
#7
Federico Miozzo, Hélène Arnould, Aurélie de Thonel, Anne-Laure Schang, Délara Sabéran-Djoneidi, Anne Baudry, Benoît Schneider, Valérie Mezger
Abundant evidence has accumulated showing that fetal alcohol exposure broadly modifies DNA methylation profiles in the brain. DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs), the enzymes responsible for DNA methylation, are likely implicated in this process. However, their regulation by ethanol exposure has been poorly addressed. Here, we show that alcohol exposure modulates DNMT protein levels through multiple mechanisms. Using a neural precursor cell line and primary mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs), we found that ethanol exposure augments the levels of Dnmt3a, Dnmt3b, and Dnmt3l transcripts...
July 15, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711353/synthesis-and-antibacterial-evaluation-of-novel-11-o-carbamoyl-clarithromycin-ketolides
#8
Li Jia, Mi Yan, Yan Shen, Yinhui Qin, Shengsheng Qiang, Shutao Ma
A series of novel 11-O-carbamoyl clarithromycin ketolides were designed, synthesized and evaluated for their in vitro antibacterial activity. The results showed that the majority of the target compounds displayed improved activity compared with references against erythromycin-resistant S. pneumoniae A22072 expressing the mef gene, S. pneumoniae B1 expressing the erm gene and S. pneumoniae AB11 expressing the mef and erm genes. In particular, compounds 9, 18, 19 and 22 showed the most potent activity against erythromycin-resistant S...
July 5, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707422/description-of-d-glucosamine-immobilization-kinetics-onto-poly-lactic-acid-surface-via-a-multistep-physicochemical-approach-for-preparation-of-novel-active-biomaterials
#9
Ahmed E Swilem, Marian Lehocký, Petr Humpolíček, Zdenka Kucekova, Igor Novák, Matej Mičušík, Hassan A Abdel-Rehim, El-Sayed A Hegazy, Ashraf A Hamed, Jaroslav Kousal
Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) has shown much success in the preparation of tissue engineering scaffolds as it can be fabricated with a tailored architecture. However, the PLA surface has drawbacks including the lack of biofunctional motifs which are essential for high affinity to biological cells. Therefore, this study describes a multistep physicochemical approach for the immobilization of D-glucosamine (GlcN), a naturally occurring monosaccharide having many biological functions, on the PLA surface aiming at enhancing the cell proliferation activity...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703301/the-xenoestrogens-biphenol-a-and-nonylphenol-differentially-regulate-metalloprotease-mediated-shedding-of-egfr-ligands
#10
Paulina Urriola-Muñoz, Xue Li, Thorsten Maretzky, David R McIlwain, Tak W Mak, Juan G Reyes, Carl P Blobel, Ricardo D Moreno
The xenoestrogens Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Nonylphenol (NP) are endocrine disruptors used in the plastic polymer industry to manufacture different products for human use. Previous studies have suggested a role of these compounds in the shedding of signaling molecules, such as tumor necrosis factor α (TNF- α). The aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of BPA and NP on the sheddase ADAM17 and its newly discovered regulators iRhom1 and iRhom2 in the release of EGFR-ligands. We report that BPA and NP can stimulate the release of the ADAM17-substrates HB-EGF and TGF- α...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702670/lmna-knockout-mouse-embryonic-fibroblasts-are-less-contractile-than-their-wild-type-counterparts
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I A E W van Loosdregt, M A F Kamps, C W J Oomens, S Loerakker, J L V Broers, C V C Bouten
In order to maintain tissue homeostasis and functionality, adherent cells need to sense and respond to environmental mechanical stimuli. An important ability that adherent cells need in order to properly sense and respond to mechanical stimuli is the ability to exert contractile stress onto the environment via actin stress fibers. The actin stress fibers form a structural chain between the cells' environment via focal adhesions and the nucleus via the nuclear lamina. In case one of the links in this chain is missing or aberrant, contractile stress generation will be affected...
July 12, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702328/ask1-map3k5-is-transcriptionally-upregulated-by-e2f1-in-adipose-tissue-in-obesity-molecularly-defining-a-human-dys-metabolic-obese-phenotype
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Yulia Haim, Matthias Blüher, Daniel Konrad, Nir Goldstein, Nora Klöting, Ilana Harman-Boehm, Boris Kirshtein, Doron Ginsberg, Tanya Tarnovscki, Yftach Gepner, Iris Shai, Assaf Rudich
OBJECTIVE: Obesity variably disrupts human health, but molecular-based patients' health-risk stratification is limited. Adipose tissue (AT) stresses may link obesity with metabolic dysfunction, but how they signal in humans remains poorly-characterized. We hypothesized that a transcriptional AT stress-signaling cascade involving E2F1 and ASK1 (MAP3K5) molecularly defines high-risk obese subtype. METHODS: ASK1 expression in human AT biopsies was determined by real-time PCR analysis, and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) adopted to AT explants was used to evaluate the binding of E2F1 to the ASK1 promoter...
July 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701722/asxl1-deficiency-in-embryonic-fibroblasts-leads-to-cellular-senescence-via-impairment-of-the-akt-e2f-pathway-and-ezh2-inactivation
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Hye Sook Youn, Tae-Yoon Kim, Ui-Hyun Park, Seung-Tae Moon, So-Jung An, Yong-Kyu Lee, Jin-Taek Hwang, Eun-Joo Kim, Soo-Jong Um
Although ASXL1 mutations are frequently found in human diseases, including myeloid leukemia, the cell proliferation-associated function of ASXL1 is largely unknown. Here, we explored the molecular mechanism underlying the growth defect found in Asxl1-deficient mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). We found that Asxl1, through amino acids 371 to 655, interacts with the kinase domain of AKT1. In Asxl1-null MEFs, IGF-1 was unable to induce AKT1 phosphorylation and activation; p27Kip1, which forms a ternary complex with ASXL1 and AKT1, therefore remained unphosphorylated...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699893/hyperactivated-mtorc1-downregulation-of-foxo3a-pdgfr%C3%AE-akt-cascade-restrains-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-associated-tumor-development
#14
Li Wang, Zhaofei Ni, Yujie Liu, Shuang Ji, Fuquan Jin, Keguo Jiang, Junfang Ma, Cuiping Ren, Hongbing Zhang, Zhongdong Hu, Xiaojun Zha
Hyperactivation of mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1), caused by loss-of-function mutations in either the TSC1 or TSC2 gene, leads to the development of tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a benign tumor syndrome with multiple affected organs. mTORC1-mediated inhibition of AKT constrains the tumor progression of TSC, but the exact mechanisms remain unclear. Herein we showed that loss of TSC1 or TSC2 downregulation of platelet-derived growth factor receptor α (PDGFRα) expression was mediated by mTORC1...
July 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699735/%C3%AF-conjugate-fluorophore-tagged-and-enzyme-responsive-l-amino-acid-polymer-nano-carrier-and-their-colour-tunable-intracellular-fret-probe-in-cancer-cells
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Sonashree Saxena, Manickam Jayakannan
The present investigation accounts one of the first example of enzyme-responsive and π-conjugate-tagged L-amino acid amphiphilic polymer and their fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) probes for colour-tunable intracellular bio-imaging in cancer cells. Melt polymerizable oligo-phenylenevinylene (OPV) -conjugated diol was tailor-made and subjected to thermo-selective melt transesterification reaction with multi-functional L-aspartic acid monomer to yield OPV-tagged amphiphilic luminescent polyesters...
July 12, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689921/the-novel-mef-c-mph-g-macrolide-resistance-genes-are-conveyed-in-the-environment-on-various-vectors
#16
Yuta Sugimoto, Satoru Suzuki, Lisa Nonaka, Chanchai Boonla, Nop Sukpanyatham, Hsin-Yiu Chou, Jer-Horng Wu
BACKGROUND: The novel tandem genes mef(C) and mph(G) have been reported in marine bacteria in Japan. This paper aimed to characterise the extent of environmental distribution of mef(C) and mph(G) as well as their dissemination and persistence in aquatic bacterial communities. METHODS: Erythromycin-resistant bacteria were isolated from Japan, Taiwan and Thailand aquaculture sites. The mef(C)-mph(G) genes were detected by PCR. The size of mobile genetic elements conveying mef(C) and mph(G) was examined by Southern blotting...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684894/mouse-ipsc-generated-with-porcine-reprogramming-factors-as-a-model-for-studying-the-effects-of-non-silenced-heterologous-transgenes-on-pluripotency
#17
Stoyan G Petkov, Silke Glage, Heiner Niemann
Mouse somatic cells can be reprogrammed to pluripotency by the ectopic expression of four pluripotency transcription factors, Oct4, Sox2, cmyc, and Klf4. Usually, silencing of the exogenous reprogramming factors is considered to be essential for complete reprogramming and differentiation. In the vast majority of studies, murine pluripotency transcription factor sequences have been used for the reprogramming of mouse fibroblasts to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). The effectiveness of xenogeneic transcription factors in miPSC generation has not yet been investigated in detail...
2017: Journal of Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684114/ectopic-expression-of-cited2-prior-to-reprogramming-promotes-and-homogenises-the-conversion-of-somatic-cells-into-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#18
João Charneca, Ana Catarina Matias, Ana Luisa Escapa, Catarina Fernandes, André Alves, João M A Santos, Rita Nascimento, José Bragança
Cited2 plays crucial roles in mouse embryonic stem cells self-renewal, the initiation of the somatic reprogramming process into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and the suppression of cell senescence. Here, we investigated the potential of CITED2 expression in combination with the Oct4, Sox2, Klf4 and c-Myc factors for reprogramming of primary mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEF) at passage 2 and 4. The ectopic CITED2 expression in primary MEF prior to the onset of the reprogramming process, generated iPSC with less variability in the expression of endogenous pluripotency-related genes...
July 3, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679290/gene-therapy-using-a-minicep290-fragment-delays-photoreceptor-degeneration-in-a-mouse-model-of-leber-congenital-amaurosis-lca
#19
Wei Zhang, Linjing Li, Qin Su, Guangping Gao, Hemant Khanna
Mutations in the cilia-centrosomal protein CEP290 are most frequently observed in autosomal recessive childhood blindness disorder Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). No treatment or cure currently exists for this disorder. The Cep290rd16 (retinal degeneration 16) (a mouse model of LCA) carries a mutation in the Cep290 gene, which leads to shorter cilia formation and defective photoreceptor structure and function. A roadblock to developing a gene replacement strategy for CEP290 using conventional Adeno-associated Virus (AAV) vectors is its large size...
July 5, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676953/regulation-of-sirt1-ampk-axis-is-critically-involved-in-gallotannin-induced-senescence-and-impaired-autophagy-leading-to-cell-death-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
#20
Hee Young Kwon, Ju-Ha Kim, Bonglee Kim, Sanjay K Srivastava, Sung-Hoon Kim
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most fatal malignancies with high mortality worldwide. Here the underlying antitumor mechanism of gallotannin was elucidated in HCC cells. Gallotannin suppressed viability and colony formation, increased subG1 portion and also induced senescence via upregulation of p21, G0/G1 arrest and higher SA-β-gal activity in HepG2 and SK-Hep1 cells. However, pan-caspase inhibitor Z-VAD-FMK reversed the ability of gallotannin to activate caspase 3 at 48 h after treatment in two HCC cells...
July 4, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
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