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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324206/indeterminate-domain-protein-binding-sequences-in-the-5-untranslated-region-and-promoter-of-the-scarecrow-gene-play-crucial-and-distinct-roles-in-regulating-scarecrow-expression-in-roots-and-leaves
#1
Atsushi Kobayashi, Satoshi Miura, Akiko Kozaki
SCARECROW (SCR) and SHORT-ROOT (SHR), which belong to the GRAS transcription factor family, are key regulators of root and leaf growth and development. Despite the importance of SCR expression for proper plant development, the mechanism of SCR regulation has not been clarified. A previous study showed that an INDETERMINATE DOMAIN transcription factor, JACKDAW (JKD), is essential for the expression of SCR in combination with SCR and SHR. In this study, we characterized possible binding sequences of INDETERMINATE DOMAIN PROTEIN in the 1...
March 21, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324063/dio2-thr92ala-reduces-deiodinase-2-activity-and-serum-t3-levels-in-thyroid-deficient-patients
#2
M G Castagna, M Dentice, S Cantara, R Ambrosio, F Maino, T Porcelli, C Marzocchi, C Garbi, F Pacini, D Salvatore
Context: A significant proportion of athyreotic LT4-treated patients experience hypothyroid-like symptoms. During LT4 replacement, levels of the active hormone triiodothyronine (T3) strictly depend on type-2-deiodinase (D2)-mediated activation of LT4. The Thr92Ala polymorphism and the 258 G/A in the DIO2 gene have been associated with various clinical conditions. Objectives: To investigate the effects of DIO2 polymorphisms in thyroid hormone homeostasis. Design: We compared the pre-surgical hormonal status of thyroidectomized LT4-treated patients who had a similar TSH level, to their post-surgery status, and analyzed their DIO2 genotype in a subgroup of 102/140 (72...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324044/inverse-regulation-of-dht-synthesis-enzymes-5%C3%AE-reductase-types-1-and-2-by-the-androgen-receptor-in-prostate-cancer
#3
Étienne Audet-Walsh, Tracey Yee, Ingrid S Tam, Vincent Giguère
5α-reductase types 1 and 2, encoded by SRD5A1 and SRD5A2, are the two enzymes that can catalyze the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, the most potent androgen receptor (AR) agonist in prostate cells. 5α-reductase type 2 is the predominant isoform expressed in the normal prostate. However, its expression decreases during prostate cancer (PCa) progression, while SRD5A1 increases and the mechanism underlying this transcriptional regulatory switch is still unknown. Interrogation of SRD5A mRNA expression in three publicly available datasets confirmed that SRD5A1 is increased in primary and metastatic PCa compared to non-tumoral prostate tissues, while SRD5A2 is decreased...
January 23, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319697/genetic-variants-of-the-kynurenine-3-monooxygenase-and-postpartum-depressive-symptoms-after-cesarean-section-in-chinese-women
#4
Sai-Ying Wang, Kai-Ming Duan, Xiao-Fang Tan, Ji-Ye Yin, Xiao-Yuan Mao, Wei Zheng, Chun-Yan Wang, Mi Yang, Cheng Peng, Hong-Hao Zhou, Zhao-Qian Liu
BACKGROUND: New conceptualizations of depression have emphasized the role of the kynurenine pathway (KP) in the pathogenesis of postpartum depressive symptoms (PDS). Kynurenine 3-monooxygenase (KMO) is a rate-limiting enzyme of the KP, where it catalyzes the conversion of kynurenine (KYN) to 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-HK). Previous work indicates that KMO is closely linked to the pathophysiology of depressive disorders. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether variations in the KMO gene affect PDS development after cesarean section...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319062/ctcf-genetic-alterations-in-endometrial-carcinoma-are-pro-tumorigenic
#5
A D Marshall, C G Bailey, K Champ, M Vellozzi, P O'Young, C Metierre, Y Feng, A Thoeng, A M Richards, U Schmitz, M Biro, R Jayasinghe, L Ding, L Anderson, E R Mardis, J E J Rasko
CTCF is a haploinsufficient tumour suppressor gene with diverse normal functions in genome structure and gene regulation. However the mechanism by which CTCF haploinsufficiency contributes to cancer development is not well understood. CTCF is frequently mutated in endometrial cancer. Here we show that most CTCF mutations effectively result in CTCF haploinsufficiency through nonsense-mediated decay of mutant transcripts, or loss-of-function missense mutation. Conversely, we identified a recurrent CTCF mutation K365T, which alters a DNA binding residue, and acts as a gain-of-function mutation enhancing cell survival...
March 20, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319057/the-poly-a-tail-blocks-rdr6-from-converting-self-mrnas-into-substrates-for-gene-silencing
#6
Kyungmin Baeg, Hiro-Oki Iwakawa, Yukihide Tomari
It remains unclear how post-transcriptional gene silencing (PTGS) in plants discriminates aberrant RNAs from canonical messenger RNAs (mRNAs). The key step of plant PTGS is the conversion of aberrant RNAs into double-stranded RNAs by RNA-DEPENDENT RNA POLYMERASE6 (RDR6). Here, we show that RDR6 itself selects aberrant poly(A)-less mRNAs over canonical polyadenylated mRNAs as templates at the initiation step of complementary strand synthesis. This mechanism can be viewed as an innate safeguard against 'self-attack' by PTGS...
March 20, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317921/self-renewal-and-phenotypic-conversion-are-the-main-physiological-responses-of-macrophages-to-the-endogenous-estrogen-surge
#7
Giovanna Pepe, Daniele Braga, Tiziana A Renzi, Alessandro Villa, Chiara Bolego, Francesca D'Avila, Cristina Barlassina, Adriana Maggi, Massimo Locati, Elisabetta Vegeto
Beyond the physiology of reproduction, estrogen controls the homeostasis of several tissues. Although macrophages play a key role in tissue remodeling, the interplay with estrogen is still ill defined. Using a transcriptomic approach we first obtained a comprehensive list of genes that are differentially expressed in peritoneal macrophages in response to physiological levels of 17β-estradiol (E2) injected in intact female mice. Our data also showed the dynamic nature of the macrophage response to E2 and pointed to specific biological programs induced by the hormone, with cell proliferation, immune response and wound healing being the most prominent functional categories...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317026/toxoplasma-gondii-ap2ix-4-regulates-gene-expression-during-bradyzoite-development
#8
Sherri Huang, Michael J Holmes, Joshua B Radke, Dong-Pyo Hong, Ting-Kai Liu, Michael W White, William J Sullivan
Toxoplasma gondii is a protozoan parasite of great importance to human and animal health. In the host, this obligate intracellular parasite persists as a tissue cyst that is imperceptible to the immune response and unaffected by current therapies. The tissue cysts facilitate transmission through predation and give rise to chronic cycles of toxoplasmosis in immunocompromised patients. Transcriptional changes accompany conversion of the rapidly replicating tachyzoites into the encysted bradyzoites, and yet the mechanisms underlying these alterations in gene expression are not well defined...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316001/associations-of-polymorphisms-in-the-candidate-genes-for-alzheimer-s-disease-bin1-clu-cr1-and-picalm-with-gestational-diabetes-and-impaired-glucose-tolerance
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Gabriela Vacínová, D Vejražková, P Lukášová, O Lischková, K Dvořáková, R Rusina, I Holmerová, H Vaňková, J Včelák, B Bendlová, M Vaňková
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia, with a prevalence that is rising every year. AD is associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and insulin resistance, and is therefore sometimes called "type 3 diabetes mellitus". The aim of this study was to examine whether the variants of some candidate genes involved in the development of AD, namely BIN1 (rs744373), CLU (rs11136000), CR1 (rs3818361), and PICALM (rs3851179), are related to several disorders of glucose metabolism-gestational diabetes (GDM), T2DM and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)...
March 18, 2017: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315454/astragaloside-iv-attenuates-lead-acetate-induced-inhibition-of-neurite-outgrowth-through-activation-of-akt-dependent-nrf2-pathway-in-vitro
#10
Chunlei Yu, Siwen Pan, Miaoxian Dong, Yingcai Niu
Recently, oxidative stress is strongly associated with lead (Pb)-induced neurotoxicity. We reported previously that Astragaloside IV (AS-IV) possesses potent antioxidant properties. Here, we evaluate the hypothesis that AS-IV attenuates lead acetate (PbAc)-mediated inhibition of neurite outgrowth might mainly result from its antioxidant property via serine/threonine protein kinase (Akt)-dependent activation of the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) pathway. Interestingly, AS-IV attenuates PbAc-induced inhibition of neurite outgrowth and displayed potential antioxidant properties by inhibiting reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
March 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315330/microrna-29-regulates-myocardial-microvascular-endothelial-cells-proliferation-and-migration-in-association-with-igf1-in-type-2-diabetes
#11
Zhenjie Li, Qingcai Yue, Haiying Peng
BACKGROUND: In our study, we investigated the expression and function of microRNA-29 in myocardial microvascular endothelial cells (MMEVC) in type 2 diabetic Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats. METHODS: MiR-29 gene expression was compared, by qRT-PCR between diabetic GK rat MMEVC and non-diabetic Wistar rat MMEVC. MiR-29 was downregulated in GK MMEVC and its effect on angiogenic properties of proliferation and migration was examined. Potential downstream target gene of miR-29, insulin growth factor 1 (IGF1), was assessed by dual-luciferase reporter assay, qRT-PCR and western blot in GK MMEVC...
March 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314283/stable-shrna-silencing-of-lactate-dehydrogenase-a-ldha-in-human-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cells-fails-to-alter-lactic-acid-production-glycolytic-activity-atp-or-survival
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Nzinga Mack, Elizabeth A Mazzio, David Bauer, Hernan Flores-Rozas, Karam F A Soliman
BACKGROUND: In the US, African Americans have a high death rate from triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), characterized by lack of hormone receptors (ER, PR, HER2/ERRB2) which are otherwise valuable targets of chemotherapy. There is a need to identify novel targets that negatively impact TNBC tumorigenesis. TNBCs release an abundance of lactic acid, under normoxic, hypoxic and hyperoxic conditions; this referred to as the Warburg effect. Accumulated lactic acid sustains peri-cellular acidity which propels metastatic invasion and malignant aggressive transformation...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314267/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-related-genes-contribute-to-de-differentiation-in-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Daisuke Takeda, Takumi Hasegawa, Takeshi Ueha, Eiji Iwata, Risa Harada, Akiko Sakakibara, Teruya Kawamoto, Tsutomu Minamikawa, Yoshitada Sakai, Takahide Komori
BACKGROUND/AIM: Cancer stem cells are suspected to contribute to malignancy in tumors. Hypoxia affects cell differentiation and induces stem-cell-like characteristics in malignancies. Induced pluripotency was demonstrated in mouse fibroblasts by reprogramming with four transcriptional factors: Oct3/4, Sox2, c-Myc, and Klf4. Conversely, oncogenic transformations frequently express transcriptional factors and Nanog. Therefore, cancer cells present some similarities with induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303890/baf60b-mediated-atm-p53-activation-blocks-cell-identity-conversion-by-sensing-chromatin-opening
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Shuyi Ji, Linying Zhu, Yimeng Gao, Xiaoran Zhang, Yupeng Yan, Jin Cen, Rongxia Li, Rong Zeng, Lujian Liao, Chunhui Hou, Yawei Gao, Shaorong Gao, Gang Wei, Lijian Hui
Lineage conversion by expression of lineage-specific transcription factors is a process of epigenetic remodeling that has low efficiency. The mechanism by which a cell resists lineage conversion is largely unknown. Using hepatic-specific transcription factors Foxa3, Hnf1α and Gata4 (3TF) to induce hepatic conversion in mouse fibroblasts, we showed that 3TF induced strong activation of the ATM-p53 pathway, which led to proliferation arrest and cell death, and it further prevented hepatic conversion. Notably, ATM activation, independent of DNA damage, responded to chromatin opening during hepatic conversion...
March 17, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303416/microrna-24-modulates-staphylococcus-aureus-induced-macrophage-polarization-by-suppressing-chi3l1
#15
Zhang Jingjing, Zhang Nan, Wu Wei, Guo Qinghe, Wang Weijuan, Wang Peng, Wang Xiangpeng
Macrophages play a crucial role in host innate anti-Staphylococcus aureus defense, which is tightly regulated by multiple factors, including microRNAs. A recent study showed that miR-24 plays an important role in macrophage polarization. Here, we investigated the biological function of miR-24 in S. aureus-stimulated macrophages. The results revealed that miR-24 expression was significantly decreased in both human and mouse macrophage cell lines with S. aureus stimulation in a time-dependent manner. Moreover, miR-24 overexpression significantly decreased the production of M1 phenotype markers, such as IL-6, iNOS, TNF-α, CD86, and CD80, whereas it increased the production of M2 markers, such as Arg1, CCL17, CCL22, CD163, and CD206, in S...
March 16, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303348/y-chromosome-palindromes-and-gene-conversion
#16
REVIEW
Beniamino Trombetta, Fulvio Cruciani
The presence of large and near-identical inverted repeat sequences (called palindromes) is a common feature of the constitutively haploid sex chromosomes of different species. Despite the fact palindromes originated in a non-recombining context, they have evolved a strong recombinational activity in the form of abundant arm-to-arm gene conversion. Their independent appearance in different species suggests they can have a profound biological significance that has yet to be fully clarified. It has been theorized that natural selection may have favored palindromic organization of male-specific genes and that the establishment of intra-palindrome gene conversion has strong adaptive significance...
March 16, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303192/adaptation-of-acaricide-stress-facilitates-tetranychus-urticae-expanding-against-tetranychus-cinnabarinus-in-china
#17
Wencai Lu, Mengyao Wang, Zhifeng Xu, Guangmao Shen, Peng Wei, Ming Li, William Reid, Lin He
The two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae, and the carmine spider mite, Tetranychus cinnabarinus, are invasive and native species in China, respectively. Compared with T. cinnabarinus, T. urticae has expanded into most parts of China and has become the dominant species of spider mite since 1983, when it was first reported in China. However, the mechanism of the demographic conversion has not been illuminated. In this study, one T. urticae field population and one T. cinnabarinus field population were isolated from the same plant in the same field, and the toxicological characteristics were compared between these two species...
February 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303150/development-of-synebrick-vectors-as-a-synthetic-biology-platform-for-gene-expression-in-synechococcus-elongatus-pcc-7942
#18
Wook Jin Kim, Sun-Mi Lee, Youngsoon Um, Sang Jun Sim, Han Min Woo
Cyanobacteria are oxygenic photosynthetic prokaryotes that are able to assimilate CO2 using solar energy and water. Metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria has suggested the possibility of direct CO2 conversion to value-added chemicals. However, engineering of cyanobacteria has been limited due to the lack of various genetic tools for expression and control of multiple genes to reconstruct metabolic pathways for biochemicals from CO2. Thus, we developed SyneBrick vectors as a synthetic biology platform for gene expression in Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 as a model cyanobacterium...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302129/cholesterol-lowing-effect-of-taurine-in-hepg2-cell
#19
Junxia Guo, Ya Gao, Xuelian Cao, Jing Zhang, Wen Chen
BACKGROUND: A number of studies indicate that taurine promotes cholesterol conversion to bile acids by upregulating CYP7A1 gene expression. Few in vitro studies are concerned the concentration change of cholesterol and its product of bile acids, and the molecular mechanism of CYP7A1 induction by taurine. METHODS: The levels of intracellular total cholesterol (TC), free cholesterol (FC), cholesterol ester (EC), total bile acids (TBA) and medium TBA were determined after HepG2 cells were cultured for 24/48 h in DMEM supplemented with taurine at the final concentrations of 1/10/20 mM respectively...
March 16, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302049/increased-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-sugarcane-bagasse-by-a-novel-glucose-and-xylose-stimulated-%C3%AE-glucosidase-from-anoxybacillus-flavithermus-subsp-yunnanensis-e13-t
#20
Yang Liu, Rui Li, Jing Wang, Xiaohan Zhang, Rong Jia, Yi Gao, Hui Peng
BACKGROUND: β-Glucosidase is claimed as a key enzyme in cellulose hydrolysis. The cellulosic fibers are usually entrapped with hemicelluloses containing xylose. So there is ongoing interest in searching for glucose- and xylose-stimulated β-glucosidases to increase the efficiency of hydrolysis of cellulosic biomass. RESULTS: A thermostable β-glucosidase gene (Bglp) was cloned from Anoxybacillus flavithermus subsp. yunnanensis E13(T) and characterized. Optimal enzyme activity was observed at 60 °C and pH 7...
March 16, 2017: BMC Biochemistry
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