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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549374/metabolic-engineering-of-escherichia-coli-to-high-efficient-synthesis-phenylacetic-acid-from-phenylalanine
#1
Lihua Zhang, Qian Liu, Hong Pan, Xun Li, Daoyi Guo
Phenylacetic acid (PAA) is a fine chemical with a high industrial demand for its widespread uses. Whereas, microorganic synthesis of PAA is impeded by the formation of by-product phenethyl alcohol due to quick, endogenous, and superfluous conversion of aldehydes to their corresponding alcohols, which resulted in less conversation of PAA from aldehydes. In this study, an Escherichia coli K-12 MG1655 strain with reduced aromatic aldehyde reduction (RARE) that does duty for a platform for aromatic aldehyde biosynthesis was used to prompt more PAA biosynthesis...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548965/inhibition-of-colorectal-cancer-genomic-copy-number-alterations-and-chromosomal-fragile-site-tumor-suppressor-fhit-and-wwox-deletions-by-dna-mismatch-repair
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Sohail Jahid, Jian Sun, Ozkan Gelincik, Pedro Blecua, Winfried Edelmann, Raju Kucherlapati, Kathy Zhou, Maria Jasin, Zeynep H Gümüş, Steven M Lipkin
Homologous recombination (HR) enables precise DNA repair after DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) using identical sequence templates, whereas homeologous recombination (HeR) uses only partially homologous sequences. Homeologous recombination introduces mutations through gene conversion and genomic deletions through single-strand annealing (SSA). DNA mismatch repair (MMR) inhibits HeR, but the roles of mammalian MMR MutL homologues (MLH1, PMS2 and MLH3) proteins in HeR suppression are poorly characterized. Here, we demonstrate that mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) carrying Mlh1, Pms2, and Mlh3 mutations have higher HeR rates, by using 7,863 uniquely mapping paired direct repeat sequences (DRs) in the mouse genome as endogenous gene conversion and SSA reporters...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548876/the-constitutive-lipid-droplet-protein-plin2-regulates-autophagy-in-liver
#3
Tsung-Huang Tsai, Elaine Chen, Lan Li, Pradip Saha, Hsiao-Ju Lee, Li-Shin Huang, Gregory S Shelness, Lawrence Chan, Benny Hung-Junn Chang
Excess triglyceride (TG) accumulation in the liver underlies fatty liver disease, a highly prevalent ailment. TG occurs in the liver sequestered in lipid droplets, the major lipid storage organelle. Lipid droplets are home to the lipid droplet proteins, the most abundant of which are the perilipins (PLINs), encoded by 5 different genes, Plin1 to Plin5. Of the corresponding gene products, PLIN2 is the only constitutive and ubiquitously expressed lipid droplet protein that has been used as a protein marker for lipid droplets...
May 26, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548630/tenogenic-differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells
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Tina P Dale, Shazia Mazher, William R Webb, Jing Zhou, Nicola Maffulli, G-Q Chen, Alicia J El Haj, Nicholas R Forsyth
Tendon healing is complex to manage because of the limited regeneration capacity of tendon tissue; stem cell-based tissue engineering approaches may provide alternative healing strategies. We sought to determine whether human embryonic stem cells (hESC) could be induced to differentiate into tendon-like cells by the addition of exogenous bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)12 (growth differentiation factor(GDF)7) and BMP13 (GDF6). hESC (SHEF-1) were maintained with or without BMP12/13 supplementation, or supplemented with BMP12/13 and the SMAD signalling cascade blocking agent, dorsomorphin...
May 26, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548583/a-modified-bisulfite-conversion-method-for-the-detection-of-dna-methylation
#5
Hanze Wang, Huican Ke, Yansong Zheng, Junzhong Lai, Qianping Luo, Qi Chen
AIM: Our purpose is to improve the conventional procedures for bisulfite conversion used to detect 5-methylcytosine in DNA. METHODS: Impacts of different bisulfite salts, bisulfite conversion temperature, antioxidants and denaturants on DNA conversion and degradation were assessed by methylation-sensitive melt curve analysis. The modified method was tested on different genes and the conversion efficiency was analyzed by bisulfite sequencing. RESULTS: We developed a modified bisulfite conversion method that completes this process within 2 h...
May 26, 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548242/enhanced-root-growth-in-phosphate-starved-arabidopsis-by-stimulating-de-novo-phospholipid-biosynthesis-through-the-overexpression-of-lysophosphatidic-acid-acyltransferase-2-lpat2
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Artik Elisa Angkawijaya, Van Cam Nguyen, Yuki Nakamura
Upon phosphate starvation, plants retard shoot growth but promote root development presumably to enhance phosphate assimilation from the ground. Membrane lipid remodeling is a metabolic adaptation that replaces membrane phospholipids by non-phosphorous galactolipids, thereby allowing plants to obtain scarce phosphate yet maintain the membrane structure. However, stoichiometry of this phospholipid-to-galactolipid conversion may not account for the massive demand of membrane lipids that enables active growth of roots under phosphate starvation, thereby suggesting the involvement of de novo phospholipid biosynthesis, which is not represented in the current model...
May 26, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546421/statins-attenuate-activation-of-the-nlrp3-inflammasome-by-oxidized-ldl-or-tnf-%C3%AE-in-vascular-endothelial-cells-through-a-pxr-dependent-mechanism
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Shaolan Wang, Xinya Xie, Ting Lei, Kang Zhang, Baochang Lai, Zihui Zhang, Youfei Guan, Guangmei Mao, Lei Xiao, Nanping Wang
Excessive activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome is implicated in cardiovascular diseases. Statins exert an anti-inflammatory effect independent of their cholesterol lowering effect. This study investigated the potential role of statins in the activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome in endothelial cells (ECs). Western blotting and qRT-PCR showed that oxidized-LDL (oxLDL) or tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) activated the NLRP3 inflammasome in ECs. Simvastatin or mevastatin significantly suppressed the effects of oxLDL or TNFα...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546339/bmp-induced-reprograming-of-the-retina-into-rpe-requires-wnt-signalling-in-the-developing-chick-optic-cup
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Jörg Steinfeld, Ichie Steinfeld, Alexander Bausch, Nicola Coronato, Meggi-Lee Hampel, Heike Depner, Paul G Layer, Astrid Vogel-Höpker
In vertebrates, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and photoreceptors of the neural retina (NR) comprise a functional unit required for vision. During vertebrate eye development, a conversion of the RPE into NR can be induced by growth factors in vivo at optic cup stages, but the reverse process, the conversion of NR tissue into RPE has not been reported. Here, we show that bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP) signalling can reprogram the NR into RPE at optic cup stages in chick. Shortly after BMP application, expression of Microphthalmia associated transcription factor (Mitf) is induced in the NR and selective cell death on the basal side of the NR induces an RPE-like morphology...
May 25, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545446/whole-genome-sequencing-reveals-within-host-genetic-changes-in-paired-meningococcal-carriage-isolates-from-ethiopia
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Guro K Bårnes, Ola Brønstad Brynildsrud, Bente Børud, Bereket Workalemahu, Paul A Kristiansen, Demissew Beyene, Abraham Aseffa, Dominique A Caugant
BACKGROUND: Meningococcal colonization is a prerequisite for transmission and disease, but the bacterium only very infrequently causes disease while asymptomatic carriage is common. Carriage is highly dynamic, showing a great variety across time and space within and across populations, but also within individuals. The understanding of genetic changes in the meningococcus during carriage, when the bacteria resides in its natural niche, is important for understanding not only the carriage state, but the dynamics of the entire meningococcal population...
May 25, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545156/the-boron-transporter-bnac4-bor1-1c-is-critical-for-inflorescence-development-and-fertility-under-boron-limitation-in-brassica-napus
#10
Quan Zhang, Haifei Chen, Mingliang He, Zhuqing Zhao, Hongmei Cai, Guangda Ding, Lei Shi, Fangsen Xu
Boron (B) is an essential micronutrient for plants, but the molecular mechanisms underlying the uptake and distribution of B in allotetraploid rapeseed (Brassica napus) are unclear. Here, we identified a B transporter of rapeseed, BnaC4.BOR1;1c, which expressed in shoot nodes and involved in distributing B to the reproductive organs. Transgenic Arabidopsis plants containing a BnaC4.BOR1;1c promoter-driven GUS reporter gene showed strong GUS activity in roots, nodal regions of the shoots and immature floral buds...
May 25, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542127/functional-screen-analysis-reveals-mir-3142-as-central-regulator-in-chemoresistance-and-proliferation-through-activation-of-the-pten-akt-pathway-in-cml
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Lifen Zhao, Yujia Shan, Bing Liu, Yang Li, Li Jia
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is caused by the constitutively active BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase. Although great progress has been made for improvement in clinical treatment during the past decades, it is common for patients to develop chemotherapy resistance. Therefore, further exploring novel therapeutic strategies are still crucial for improving disease outcome. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) represent a novel class of genes that function as negative regulators of gene expression. Recently, miRNAs have been implicated in several cancers...
May 25, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541477/mitochondrial-retroprocessing-promoted-functional-transfers-of-rpl5-to-the-nucleus-in-grasses
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Zhiqiang Wu, Daniel B Sloan, Colin W Brown, Mónica Rosenblueth, Jeffrey D Palmer, Han Chuan Ong
Functional gene transfers from the mitochondrion to the nucleus are ongoing in angiosperms and have occurred repeatedly for all 15 ribosomal protein genes, but it is not clear why some of these genes are transferred more often than others nor what the balance is between DNA- and RNA-mediated transfers. Although direct insertion of mitochondrial DNA into the nucleus occurs frequently in angiosperms, case studies of functional mitochondrial gene transfer have implicated an RNA-mediated mechanism that eliminates introns and RNA editing sites, which would otherwise impede proper expression of mitochondrial genes in the nucleus...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538409/a-case-report-of-pedigree-of-a-homozygous-mutation-of-the-steroidogenic-acute-regulatory-protein-causing-lipoid-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia
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Rong Fu, Lin Lu, Jun Jiang, Min Nie, Xiaojing Wang, Zhaolin Lu
RATIONALE: Lipoid congenital adrenal hyperplasia (LCAH) is extremely rare, but is the most fatal form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia resulting from mutations in the steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (STAR) gene. LCAH arises from severe defects in the conversion of cholesterol to pregnenolone, the precursor of all steroids. PATIENT CONCERNS: A case was reported that an 11-month-old Chinese girl who presented with a sex development disorder and hyponatremia...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538211/the-oxido-metabolic-driver-atf4-enhances-temozolamide-chemo-resistance-in-human-gliomas
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Daishi Chen, Manfred Rauh, Michael Buchfelder, Ilker Y Eyupoglu, Nicolai Savaskan
Malignant gliomas are devastating neoplasia with limited curative treatment options. Temozolomide (TMZ, Temcat®, Temodal® or Temodar®) is a first-line treatment for malignant gliomas but the development of drug resistance remains a major concern. Activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4) is a critical oxido-metabolic regulator in gliomas, and its role in the pathogenesis of TMZ-resistance remains elusive. We investigated the effect of TMZ on human glioma cells under conditions of enhanced ATF4 expression (ATF4OE) and ATF4 knock down (ATF4KD)...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536261/the-let-7-lin28-axis-regulates-activation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-in-alcoholic-liver-injury
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Kelly McDaniel, Li Huang, Keisaku Sato, Nan Wu, Tami Annable, Tianhao Zhou, Sugeily Ramos-Lorenzo, Ying Wan, Qiaobing Huang, Heather Francis, Shannon Glaser, Hidekazu Tsukamoto, Gianfranco Alpini, Fanyin Meng
The let-7/lin28 axis is associated with the regulation of key cellular regulatory genes known as microRNAs (miRNAs) in different human disorders and cancer development. This study evaluated the role of the let-7/lin28 axis in regulating a mesenchymal phenotype of hepatic stellate cells in alcoholic liver injury. We identified that ethanol feeding significantly downregulated several members of the let-7 family in mouse liver, including let-7a and let-7b. Similarly, the treatment of human hepatic stellate cells (hHSCs) with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and TGF-β significantly decreased the expressions of let-7a and let-7b...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536180/yy1-and-ctcf-orchestrate-a-3d-chromatin-looping-switch-during-early-neural-lineage-commitment
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Jonathan A Beagan, Michael T Duong, Katelyn R Titus, Linda Zhou, Zhendong Cao, Jingjing Ma, Caroline V Lachanski, Daniel R Gillis, Jennifer E Phillips-Cremins
CTCF is an architectural protein with a critical role in connecting higher-order chromatin folding in pluripotent stem cells. Recent reports have suggested that CTCF binding is more dynamic during development than previously appreciated. Here we set out to understand the extent to which shifts in genome-wide CTCF occupancy contribute to the 3-D reconfiguration of fine-scale chromatin folding during early neural lineage commitment. Unexpectedly, we observe a sharp decrease in CTCF occupancy during the transition from naive/primed pluripotency to multipotent primary neural progenitor cells (NPCs)...
May 23, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536120/hepatocyte-specific-sirtuin-6-deletion-predisposes-to-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis-by-up-regulation-of-bach1-an-nrf2-repressor
#17
Sun-O Ka, In Hyuk Bang, Eun Ju Bae, Byung-Hyun Park
Sirtuin (Sirt)6 has been implicated in negative regulation of inflammation and lipid metabolism, although its function in the progression from simple steatosis to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) remains to be defined. To explore the role of hepatocyte Sirt6 in NASH development, we generated hepatocyte-specific Sirt6 knockout (KO) mice that were fed a high-fat and high-fructose (HFHF) diet for 16 wk. HFHF-fed KO mice had increased hepatic steatosis and inflammation and aggravated glucose intolerance and insulin resistance compared with wild-type mice...
May 23, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535855/japanese-encephalitis-virus-activates-autophagy-through-xbp1-and-atf6-er-stress-sensors-in-neuronal-cells
#18
Manish Sharma, Sankar Bhattacharyya, Kiran Bala Sharma, Shailendra Chauhan, Suramya Asthana, Malik Zainul Abdin, Sudhanshu Vrati, Manjula Kalia
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and autophagy are key cellular responses to RNA virus infection. Recent studies have shown that Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV)-induced autophagy negatively influences virus replication in mouse neuronal cells and embryonic fibroblasts, and delays virus-induced cell death. Here, we evaluated the role of ER stress pathways in inducing autophagy during JEV infection. We observed that JEV infection of neuronal cells led to activation of all three sensors of ER stress mediated by eIF2α/PERK, IRE1/XBP1 and ATF6...
May 23, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534509/a-novel-interaction-of-pak4-with-ppar%C3%AE-to-regulate-nox1-and-radiation-induced-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-glioma
#19
D Kesanakurti, D Maddirela, Y K Banasavadi-Siddegowda, T-H Lai, Z Qamri, N K Jacob, D Sampath, S Mohanam, B Kaur, V K Puduvalli
Tumor recurrence in glioblastoma (GBM) is, in part, attributed to increased epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and enhanced tumor cell dissemination in adjacent brain parenchyma after ionizing radiation (IR). EMT is associated with aggressive behavior, increased stem-like characteristics and treatment resistance in malignancies; however, the underlying signaling mechanisms that regulate EMT are poorly understood. We identified grade-dependent p21-activated kinases 4 (PAK4) upregulation in gliomas and further determined its role in mesenchymal transition and radioresistance...
May 22, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533366/mechanism-of-h2s-mediated-protection-against-oxidative-stress-in-escherichia-coli
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Alexander Mironov, Tatyana Seregina, Maxim Nagornykh, Lyly G Luhachack, Natalya Korolkova, Liubov Errais Lopes, Vera Kotova, Gennady Zavilgelsky, Rustem Shakulov, Konstantin Shatalin, Evgeny Nudler
Endogenous hydrogen sulfide (H2S) renders bacteria highly resistant to oxidative stress, but its mechanism remains poorly understood. Here, we report that 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase (3MST) is the major source of endogenous H2S in Escherichia coli Cellular resistance to H2O2 strongly depends on the activity of mstA, a gene that encodes 3MST. Deletion of the ferric uptake regulator (Fur) renders ∆mstA cells hypersensitive to H2O2 Conversely, induction of chromosomal mstA from a strong pLtetO-1 promoter (P tet -mstA) renders ∆fur cells fully resistant to H2O2 Furthermore, the endogenous level of H2S is reduced in ∆fur or ∆sodA ∆sodB cells but restored after the addition of an iron chelator dipyridyl...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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