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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230813/characterization-of-carbonic-anhydrase-9-in-the-alimentary-canal-of-aedes-aegypti-and-its-relationship-to-homologous-mosquito-carbonic-anhydrases
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Daniel P Dixon, Leslie Van Ekeris, Paul J Linser
In the mosquito midgut, luminal pH regulation and cellular ion transport processes are important for the digestion of food and maintenance of cellular homeostasis. pH regulation in the mosquito gut is affected by the vectorial movement of the principal ions including bicarbonate/carbonate and protons. As in all metazoans, mosquitoes employ the product of aerobic metabolism carbon dioxide in its bicarbonate/carbonate form as one of the major buffers of cellular and extracellular pH. The conversion of metabolic carbon dioxide to bicarbonate/carbonate is accomplished by a family of enzymes encoded by the carbonic anhydrase gene family...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230276/dissection-of-regulatory-elements-during-direct-conversion-of-somatic-cells-into-neurons
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Tahereh Soleimani, Nafiseh Falsafi, Hossein Fallahi
A revolutionary approach that involves direct conversion of somatic cells into almost any other types of cells showed promising results for regenerative medicine. Currently, producing valuable cell types including neurons, cardiomyocytes and hepatocytes through direct conversion of somatic cells appear to be a feasible option for regenerative medicine. The process involves inducing the cells by chemical cocktails or by expression of different types of transcription factors. In this concept, in vitro neurogenesis considered to be able to produce neuron cells to replace damaged neurons especially in Alzheimer and Parkinson disease...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228760/perturbed-microrna-expression-by-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-promotes-macrophage-polarization-leading-to-pro-survival-foam-cell
#3
Pankaj Kumar Ahluwalia, Rajan Kumar Pandey, Prabodh Kumar Sehajpal, Vijay Kumar Prajapati
Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the prevalent causes of death worldwide, with 95% of these deaths occurring in developing countries, like India. The causative agent, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTb) has the tenacious ability to circumvent the host's immune system for its own advantage. Macrophages are one of the phagocytic cells that are central to immunity against MTb. These are highly plastic cells dependent on the milieu and can showcase M1/M2 polarization. M1 macrophages are bactericidal in action, but M2 macrophages are anti-inflammatory in their immune response...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224884/water-soluble-co-polyelectrolytes-by-selective-modification-of-cellulose-esters
#4
Shu Liu, Kevin J Edgar
Cellulose-based materials are well-suited for biomedical uses, because of their abundance, renewable nature, biodegradability, and relatively low cost. However, the set of commercially available cellulose esters and ethers is limited in number and diversity, and contains no cationically charged cellulose esters. Herein we report a simple, efficient strategy for synthesizing cationic, water-soluble co-polyelectrolytes from commercial, hydrophobic, renewable-based cellulose esters. Cellulose acetate (degree of substitution (DS) 1...
April 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223542/the-in-vitro-and-vivo-effects-of-nuclear-and-cytosolic-parafibromin-expression-on-the-aggressive-phenotypes-of-colorectal-cancer-cells-a-search-of-potential-gene-therapy-target
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Hua-Chuan Zheng, Jia-Jie Liu, Jing Li, Ji-Cheng Wu, Lei Yang, Gui-Feng Zhao, Xin Zhao, Hua-Mao Jiang, Ke-Qiang Huang, Zhi-Jie Li
Down-regulated parafibromin is positively linked to the pathogenesis of parathyroid, lung, breast, ovarian, gastric and colorectal cancers. Here, we found that wild-type (WT) parafibromin overexpression suppressed proliferation, tumor growth, induced cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in colorectal cancer cells (p<0.05), but it was the converse for mutant-type (MT, mutation in nucleus localization sequence) parafibromin (p<0.05). Both WT and MT transfectants inhibited migration and invasion, and caused better differentiation (p<0...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223540/akirin2-promotes-slow-myosin-heavy-chain-expression-by-can-nfatc1-signaling-in-porcine-skeletal-muscle-satellite-cells
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Xiaoling Chen, Yanliu Luo, Zhiqing Huang, Guangmang Liu, Hua Zhao
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of Akirin2 on slow myosin heavy chain (slow MyHC, MyHC I) gene expression and its molecular mechanisms. In this study, we showed that the protein expression of Akirin2 in pig slow oxidative Psoas major muscle is higher than that in fast glycolytic tibialis anterior muscle, suggesting that Akirin2 may play a role in myofiber typing. Knockdown of Akirin2 decreased the MyHC I expression and the calcineurin (CaN) activity, and also decreased the expressions of NFATc1 and MCIP1...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223214/expression-studies-of-bacillus-licheniformis-chitin-deacetylase-in-e-coli-rosetta-cells
#7
Ritu Raval, Simsa Robin, Keyur Raval
Chitin, the biopolymer of the N-acetylglucosamine, is the most abundant biopolymer on the planet after cellulose. However owing to its crystalline nature, its deacetylated derivative; chitosan is industrially more potent. This conversion on an enzymatic scale can be made using chitin deacetylase. The metagenomics library constructed from the soil exposed to chitin and chitosan yielded chitin modifying enzymes, one of them being chitin deacetylase (CDA) utilized for the present study. The gene was amplified and expressed using the pET 22b vector in E...
February 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222169/decellularized-wharton-s-jelly-from-human-umbilical-cord-as-a-novel-3d-scaffolding-material-for-tissue-engineering-applications
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Sushma Jadalannagari, Gabriel Converse, Christopher McFall, Eric Buse, Michael Filla, Maria T Villar, Antonio Artigues, Adam J Mellot, Jinxi Wang, Michael S Detamore, Richard A Hopkins, Omar S Aljitawi
In tissue engineering, an ideal scaffold attracts and supports cells thus providing them with the necessary mechanical support and architecture as they reconstruct new tissue in vitro and in vivo. This manuscript details a novel matrix derived from decellularized Wharton's jelly (WJ) obtained from human umbilical cord for use as a scaffold for tissue engineering application. This decellularized Wharton's jelly matrix (DWJM) contained 0.66 ± 0.12 μg/mg sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), and was abundant in hyaluronic acid, and completely devoid of cells...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220138/de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-of-phomopsis-liquidambari-provides-insights-into-genes-associated-with-different-lifestyles-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l
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Jun Zhou, Xin Li, Yan Chen, Chuan-Chao Dai
The mechanisms that trigger the switch from endophytic fungi to saprophytic fungi are largely unexplored. Broad host range Phomopsis liquidambari is established in endophytic and saprophytic systems with rice (Oryza sativa L.). Endophytic P. liquidambari promotes rice growth, increasing rice yield and improving the efficiency of nitrogen fertilizer. This species's saprophytic counterpart can decompose rice litterfall, promoting litter organic matter cycling and the release of nutrients and improving the soil microbial environment...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220039/hormone-signaling-and-fatty-liver-in-females-analysis-of-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-mutant-mice
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S Hart-Unger, Y Arao, K J Hamilton, S L Lierz, D E Malarkey, S C Hewitt, M Freemark, K S Korach
BACKGROUND: Treatment with estrogen in early menopausal women protects against development of hepatic steatosis and NAFLD but estrogen has undesirable side effects which negate its beneficial effects in pre- and post-menopausal women. Targeted therapies require better understanding of the target sites and mechanisms by which estrogen signaling exerts its protective effects in women. ERα is thought to be the primary mediator for estrogen signaling to protect against hepatic steatosis...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220022/using-metaphors-to-explain-molecular-testing-to-cancer-patients
#11
Ana P M Pinheiro, Rachel H Pocock, Margie D Dixon, Walid L Shaib, Suresh S Ramalingam, Rebecca D Pentz
BACKGROUND: Molecular testing to identify targetable molecular alterations is routine practice for several types of cancer. Explaining the underlying molecular concepts can be difficult, and metaphors historically have been used in medicine to provide a common language between physicians and patients. Although previous studies have highlighted the use and effectiveness of metaphors to help explain germline genetic concepts to the general public, this study is the first to describe the use of metaphors to explain molecular testing to cancer patients in the clinical setting...
February 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219933/akt-signalling-as-a-mediator-of-cardiac-adaptation-to-low-birth-weight
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Kimberley Cw Wang, Kimberley J Botting, Song Zhang, Caroline McMillen, Doug A Brooks, Janna L Morrison
Intrauterine insults, such as poor nutrition and placental insufficiency, can alter cardiomyocyte development and this can have significant long-term implications for heart health. Consequently, epidemiological studies have shown that low birth weight babies have an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease in adult life. In addition, intrauterine growth restriction can result in increased left ventricular hypertrophy, which is the strongest predictor for poor health outcomes in cardiac patients. The mechanisms responsible for these associations are not clear, but a suboptimal intrauterine environment can program alternative expression of genes such as cardiac IGF-2/H19, IGF-2R and AT1R through either an increase or decrease in DNA methylation or histone acetylation at specific loci...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219675/tcf7l2-plays-crucial-roles-in-forebrain-development-through-regulation-of-thalamic-and-habenular-neuron-identity-and-connectivity
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Myungsin Lee, Jiyeon Yoon, Hobeom Song, Bumwhee Lee, Lam Tri Duc, Jaeseung Yoon, Kwanghee Baek, Hans Clevers, Yongsu Jeong
The thalamus acts as a central integrator for processing and relaying sensory and motor information to and from the cerebral cortex, and the habenula plays pivotal roles in emotive decision making by modulating dopaminergic and serotonergic circuits. These neural compartments are derived from a common developmental progenitor domain, called prosomere 2, in the caudal forebrain. Thalamic and habenular neurons exhibit distinct molecular profile, neurochemical identity, and axonal circuitry. However, the mechanisms of how their progenitors in prosomere 2 give rise to these two populations of neurons and contribute to the forebrain circuitry remains unclear...
February 17, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219347/aquaculture-genomics-genetics-and-breeding-in-the-united-states-current-status-challenges-and-priorities-for-future-research
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EDITORIAL
Hisham Abdelrahman, Mohamed ElHady, Acacia Alcivar-Warren, Standish Allen, Rafet Al-Tobasei, Lisui Bao, Ben Beck, Harvey Blackburn, Brian Bosworth, John Buchanan, Jesse Chappell, William Daniels, Sheng Dong, Rex Dunham, Evan Durland, Ahmed Elaswad, Marta Gomez-Chiarri, Kamal Gosh, Ximing Guo, Perry Hackett, Terry Hanson, Dennis Hedgecock, Tiffany Howard, Leigh Holland, Molly Jackson, Yulin Jin, Karim Kahlil, Thomas Kocher, Tim Leeds, Ning Li, Lauren Lindsey, Shikai Liu, Zhanjiang Liu, Kyle Martin, Romi Novriadi, Ramjie Odin, Yniv Palti, Eric Peatman, Dina Proestou, Guyu Qin, Benjamin Reading, Caird Rexroad, Steven Roberts, Mohamed Salem, Andrew Severin, Huitong Shi, Craig Shoemaker, Sheila Stiles, Suxu Tan, Kathy F J Tang, Wilawan Thongda, Terrence Tiersch, Joseph Tomasso, Wendy Tri Prabowo, Roger Vallejo, Hein van der Steen, Khoi Vo, Geoff Waldbieser, Hanping Wang, Xiaozhu Wang, Jianhai Xiang, Yujia Yang, Roger Yant, Zihao Yuan, Qifan Zeng, Tao Zhou
Advancing the production efficiency and profitability of aquaculture is dependent upon the ability to utilize a diverse array of genetic resources. The ultimate goals of aquaculture genomics, genetics and breeding research are to enhance aquaculture production efficiency, sustainability, product quality, and profitability in support of the commercial sector and for the benefit of consumers. In order to achieve these goals, it is important to understand the genomic structure and organization of aquaculture species, and their genomic and phenomic variations, as well as the genetic basis of traits and their interrelationships...
February 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218427/two-vitellogenins-in-the-loliginid-squid-uroteuthis-edulis-identification-and-specific-expression-in-ovarian-follicles
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Hajime Kitano, Naoki Nagano, Keishi Sakaguchi, Michiya Matsuyama
Vitellogenenesis is a physiological process common in oviparous animals. The molecular profile, modifications, and utilization of vitellogenin (VTG), a precursor of yolk protein, have been characterized in various taxa to understand oogenesis within different modes of reproduction. Hormonal regulation of VTGs has been investigated in invertebrates, such as insects and crustaceans; conversely, little is known for cephalopods. In this study, we isolated two VTG genes (ue-VTG1 and ue-VTG2) from the loliginid swordtip squid, Uroteuthis edulis, via a comprehensive survey of a transcriptome database and subsequent cDNA cloning...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217134/proteasome-activity-profiling-uncovers-alteration-of-catalytic-%C3%AE-2-and-%C3%AE-5-subunits-of-the-stress-induced-proteasome-during-salinity-stress-in-tomato-roots
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Judit Kovács, Péter Poór, Farnusch Kaschani, Balakumaran Chandrasekar, Tram N Hong, Johana C Misas-Villamil, Bo T Xin, Markus Kaiser, Herman S Overkleeft, Irma Tari, Renier A L van der Hoorn
The stress proteasome in the animal kingdom facilitates faster conversion of oxidized proteins during stress conditions by incorporating different catalytic β subunits. Plants deal with similar kind of stresses and also carry multiple paralogous genes encoding for each of the three catalytic β subunits. Here, we investigated the existence of stress proteasomes upon abiotic stress (salt stress) in tomato roots. In contrast to Arabidopsis thaliana, tomato has a simplified proteasome gene set with single genes encoding each β subunit except for two genes encoding β2...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216164/conversion-of-glioma-cells-to-glioma-stem-like-cells-by-angiocrine-factors
#17
Jun-Kyum Kim, Hye-Min Jeon, Hee-Young Jeon, Se-Yeong Oh, Eun-Jung Kim, Xiong Jin, Se-Hoon Kim, Sung-Hak Kim, Xun Jin, Hyunggee Kim
Glioma stem-like cells (GSCs) contribute to tumor initiation, progression, and therapeutic resistance, but their cellular origin remains largely unknown. Here, using a stem/progenitor cell-fate tracking reporter system in which eGFP is expressed by promoter of OCT4 that is activated in stem/progenitor cells, we demonstrate that eGFP-negative glioma cells (GCs) became eGFP-positive-GCs in both in vitro cultures and in vivo xenografts. These eGFP-positive-GCs exhibited GSC features and primarily localized to the perivascular region in tumor xenografts, similar to the existence of OCT4-expressing GCs in the perivascular region of human glioblastoma specimens...
February 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216101/genome-sequence-of-methanobacterium-congolense-strain-buetzberg-a-hydrogenotrophic-methanogenic-archaeon-isolated-from-a-mesophilic-industrial-scale-biogas-plant-utilizing-bio-waste
#18
Gonzalo Torres Tejerizo, Yong Sung Kim, Irena Maus, Daniel Wibberg, Anika Winkler, Sandra Off, Alfred Pühler, Paul Scherer, Andreas Schlüter
Methanogenic Archaea are of importance at the end of the anaerobic digestion (AD) chain for biomass conversion. They finally produce methane, the end-product of AD. Among this group of microorganisms, members of the genus Methanobacterium are ubiquitously present in anaerobic habitats, such as bioreactors. The genome of a novel methanogenic archaeon, namely Methanobacterium congolense Buetzberg, originally isolated from a mesophilic biogas plant, was completely sequenced to analyze putative adaptive genome features conferring competitiveness of this isolate within the biogas reactor environment...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216015/differential-regulation-of-nm23-h1-under-hypoxic-and-serum-starvation-conditions-in-metastatic-cancer-cells-and-its-implication-in-emt
#19
Reyaz Ur Rasool, Debasis Nayak, Souneek Chakraborty, Vijay Lakshmi Jamwal, Vidushi Mahajan, Archana Katoch, Mir Mohd Faheem, Zainab Iqra, Hina Amin, Sumit G Gandhi, Anindya Goswami
Multiple stresses are prevalent inside the tumor microenvironment rendering tumor growth, neighboring invasion and metastasis of the cancer cells to distant organs. NM23-H1 is the first metastasis suppressor gene identified and known to be implicated as an important regulator of stress-induced metastasis. Herein, we demonstrated that prototypical NM23-H1 expression diminished during hypoxia and serum starvation in Panc-1/MDA-MB-231 cells, but converse invasion patterns were obtained in these two diverse stresses...
February 4, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214891/up-regulated-atf4-expression-increases-cell-sensitivity-to-apoptosis-in-response-to-radiation
#20
Ying Zong, Shijie Feng, Jinwei Cheng, Chenlin Yu, Guocai Lu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4) is a member of the activating transcription factor family which regulates the expression of genes involved in amino acid metabolism, redox homeostasis and ER stress responses. ATF4 is also over-expressed in human solid tumors, although its effect on responsiveness to radiation is largely unexplored. METHODS: Real-time PCR was used to detect ATF4 mRNA levels in cells treated with different doses of 60Coγ radiation...
February 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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