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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109039/nkx2-5-regulates-endothelin-converting-enzyme-1-during-pharyngeal-arch-patterning
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Jennifer M Iklé, Andre L P Tavares, Marisol King, Hailei Ding, Sophie Colombo, Beth A Firulli, Anthony B Fiulli, Kimara L Targoff, Deborah Yelon, David E Clouthier
In gnathostomes, dorsoventral (D-V) patterning of neural crest cells (NCC) within the pharyngeal arches is crucial for the development of hinged jaws. One of the key signals that mediates this process is Endothelin-1 (EDN1). Loss of EDN1 binding to the Endothelin-A receptor (EDNRA) results in loss of EDNRA signaling and subsequent facial birth defects in humans, mice and zebrafish. A rate-limiting step in this crucial signaling pathway is the conversion of immature EDN1 into a mature active form by Endothelin converting enzyme-1 (ECE1)...
January 20, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108964/heme-oxygenase-1-defects-lead-to-reduced-chlorophyll-in-brassica-napus
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Lixia Zhu, Zonghui Yang, Xinhua Zeng, Jie Gao, Jie Liu, Bin Yi, Chaozhi Ma, Jinxiong Shen, Jinxing Tu, Tingdong Fu, Jing Wen
We previously described a Brassica napus chlorophyll-deficient mutant (ygl) with yellow-green seedling leaves and mapped the related gene, BnaC.YGL, to a 0.35 cM region. However, the molecular mechanisms involved in this chlorophyll defect are still unknown. In this study, the BnaC07.HO1 gene (equivalent to BnaC.YGL) was isolated by the candidate gene approach, and its function was confirmed by genetic complementation. Comparative sequencing analysis suggested that BnaC07.HO1 was lost in the mutant, while a long noncoding-RNA was inserted into the promoter of the homologous gene BnaA07...
January 20, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108864/is-raf1-protein-from-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803-really-needed-in-the-cyanobacterial-rubisco-assembly-process
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Piotr Kolesinski, Malgorzata Rydzy, Andrzej Szczepaniak
Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) is responsible for carbon dioxide conversion during photosynthesis and, therefore, is the most important protein in biomass generation. Modifications of this biocatalyst toward improvements in its properties are hindered by the complicated and not yet fully understood assembly process required for the formation of active holoenzymes. An entire set of auxiliary factors, including chaperonin GroEL/GroES and assembly chaperones RbcX or Rubisco accumulation factor 1 (RAF1), is involved in the folding and subsequent assembly of Rubisco subunits...
January 20, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108763/carbon-source-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-methylosinus-trichosporium-ob3b
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Muhammad Farhan Ul Haque, Wenyu Gu, Bipin S Baral, Alan A DiSpirito, Jeremy D Semrau
Gene expression in methanotrophs has been shown to be affected by the availability of a variety of metals, most notably copper regulating expression of alternative forms of methane monooxygenase. Here, we show that growth substrate also affects expression of genes encoding for enzymes responsible for the oxidation of methane to formaldehyde and the assimilation of carbon. Specifically, in Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b, expression of genes involved in the conversion of methane to methanol (pmoA and mmoX) and methanol to formaldehyde (mxaF, xoxF1, and xoxF2) as well as in carbon assimilation (fae1, fae2, metF, and sga) decreased when this strain was grown on methanol vs...
January 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108342/effects-of-dietary-lactobacillus-plantarum-in-different-treatments-on-growth-performance-and-immune-gene-expression-of-white-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei-under-normal-condition-and-stress-of-acute-low-salinity
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Xiao-Ting Zheng, Ya-Fei Duan, Hong-Biao Dong, Jia-Song Zhang
A 45-day feeding trial followed by an acute stress test of low salinity was done to evaluate effects of Lactobacillus plantarum on growth performance and anti-stress capability of white shrimp (Litopenaeus vannamei). Shrimp were randomly allocated in 15 tanks (100 shrimp per tank) and divided into 5 treatments with 3 replicates. Triplicate tanks were fed with a control diet or diets containing different treatments of L. plantarum (fermentation supernatant (FS), live bacteria (LB), dead bacteria (DB) and cell-free extract (CE) of L...
January 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108074/photo-fermentative-hydrogen-production-from-crop-residue-a-mini-review
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Quanguo Zhang, Yi Wang, Zhiping Zhang, Duu-Jong Lee, Xuehua Zhou, Yanyan Jing, Xumeng Ge, Danping Jiang, Jianjun Hu, Chao He
Photofermentative hydrogen production from crop residues, if feasible, can lead to complete conversion of organic substances to hydrogen (and carbon dioxide). This mini review lists the studies on photofermentative hydrogen production using crop residues as feedstock. Pretreatment methods, substrate structure, mechanism of photosynthetic bacteria growth and metabolism were discussed. Photofermentative hydrogen production from pure culture, consortia and mutants, and the geometry, light sources, mass transfer resistances and the operational strategies of the photo-bioreactor were herein reviewed...
January 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107625/gold-nanoshell-mediated-remote-myotube-activation
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Attilio Marino, Satoshi Arai, Yanyan Hou, Andrea Degl'Innocenti, Valentina Cappello, Barbara Mazzolai, Young-Tae Chang, Virgilio Mattoli, Madoka Suzuki, Gianni Ciofani
Mild heat stimulation of muscle cells within the physiological range represents an intriguing approach for the modulation of their functions. In this work, photothermal conversion was exploited to remotely stimulate striated muscle cells by using gold nanoshells (NS) in combination with near-infrared (NIR) radiation. Temperature increments of approximately 5°C were recorded by using an intracellular fluorescent molecular thermometer and were demonstrated to efficiently induce myotube contraction. The mechanism at the base of this phenomenon was thoroughly investigated and was observed to be a Ca2+-independent event directly involving actin-myosin interactions...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107425/using-an-inducible-promoter-of-a-gene-encoding-penicillium-verruculosum-glucoamylase-for-production-of-enzyme-preparations-with-enhanced-cellulase-performance
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Alexander G Bulakhov, Pavel V Volkov, Aleksandra M Rozhkova, Alexander V Gusakov, Vitaly A Nemashkalov, Aidar D Satrutdinov, Arkady P Sinitsyn
BACKGROUND: Penicillium verruculosum is an efficient producer of highly active cellulase multienzyme system. One of the approaches for enhancing cellulase performance in hydrolysis of cellulosic substrates is to enrich the reaction system with β -glucosidase and/or accessory enzymes, such as lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMO) displaying a synergism with cellulases. RESULTS: Genes bglI, encoding β-glucosidase from Aspergillus niger (AnBGL), and eglIV, encoding LPMO (formerly endoglucanase IV) from Trichoderma reesei (TrLPMO), were cloned and expressed by P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106707/association-study-between-polymorphisms-of-the-p53-and-lymphotoxin-alpha-lta-genes-and-the-risk-of-proliferative-vitreoretinopathy-retinal-detachment-in-a-mexican-population
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Natalia Quiroz-Casian, David Lozano-Giral, Antonio Miranda-Duarte, Ivan Garcia-Montalvo, Jose L Rodriguez-Loaiza, Juan C Zenteno
PURPOSE: To report the results of an association study between single-nucleotide polymorphisms of the p53 and LTA genes and the risk of proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR)/retinal detachment (RD) in a Mexican cohort. METHODS: A total of 380 unrelated subjects were studied, including 98 patients with primary rhegmatogenous RD without PVR, 82 patients with PVR after RD surgery, and 200 healthy, ethnically matched subjects. Genotyping of single-nucleotide polymorphisms rs1042522 (p53 gene) and rs2229094 (LTA gene) was performed by direct nucleotide sequencing...
January 18, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106301/uxt-is-a-lox-pp-interacting-protein-that-modulates-estrogen-receptor-alpha-activity-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Nuria Sánchez-Morgan, Kathrin H Kirsch, Philip C Trackman, Gail E Sonenshein
The lysyl oxidase proenzyme propeptide region (LOX-PP) is a tumor suppressor protein whose mechanism of action is not completely understood. Here, the Ubiquitously eXpressed Transcript (UXT) was identified in a yeast two-hybrid assay with LOX-PP as bait and confirmed as a novel LOX-PP associating protein. UXT, a prefoldin-like protein, is ubiquitous in human and mouse. Since UXT modulates androgen receptor transcriptional activity in prostate cancer, we studied its role in breast cancer. Breast tumors and derived cell lines overexpressed UXT...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106081/shigatoxin-encoding-bacteriophage-%C3%AF-24b-modulates-bacterial-metabolism-to-raise-antimicrobial-tolerance
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G S Holt, J K Lodge, A J McCarthy, A K Graham, G Young, S H Bridge, A K Brown, M Veses-Garcia, C V Lanyon, A Sails, H E Allison, D L Smith
How temperate bacteriophages play a role in microbial infection and disease progression is not fully understood. They do this in part by carrying genes that promote positive evolutionary selection for the lysogen. Using Biolog phenotype microarrays and comparative metabolite profiling we demonstrate the impact of the well-characterised Shiga toxin-prophage ϕ24B on its Escherichia coli host MC1061. As a lysogen, the prophage alters the bacterial physiology by increasing the rates of respiration and cell proliferation...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105243/detection-of-aberrant-methylated-sept9-and-ntrk3-genes-in-sporadic-colorectal-cancer-patients-as-a-potential-diagnostic-biomarker
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Shahin Behrouz Sharif, Shahriar Hashemzadeh, Reza Mousavi Ardehaie, Amirtaher Eftekharsadat, Mortaza Ghojazadeh, Amir Hossein Mehrtash, Mehrdad Asghari Estiar, Ladan Teimoori-Toolabi, Ebrahim Sakhinia
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common malignancies, and the third leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide. Timely detection of CRC in patients with earlier stages provides the highest rate of survival. Epigenetic alterations are important in the occurrence and progression of CRC, and represent the primary modifications of cancer cells. Therefore, detection of these alterations in CRC cases are thought to hold great promise as diagnostic biomarkers. It has been shown that the SEPT9 and NTRK3 genes are aberrantly methylated and their detection can be used as biomarkers for early diagnosis of CRC...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105158/time-dependent-transition-of-the-immunoglobulin-g-subclass-and-immunoglobulin-e-response-in-cancer-patients-vaccinated-with-cholesteryl-pullulan-melanoma-antigen-gene-a4-nanogel
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Noriaki Kyogoku, Hiroaki Ikeda, Takahiro Tsuchikawa, Takehiro Abiko, Aki Fujiwara, Takehiro Maki, Yoshiyuki Yamamura, Masaomi Ichinokawa, Kimitaka Tanaka, Naoko Imai, Yoshihiro Miyahara, Shinichi Kageyama, Hiroshi Shiku, Satoshi Hirano
A phase I+II clinical trial of vaccination with MAGE-A4 protein complexed with cholesteryl pullulan melanoma antigen gene-A4 nanogel (CHP-MAGE-A4) is currently underway in patients with MAGE-A4-expressing cancer. In the present study, the primary phase I endpoint was to test the safety of the administration of 300 µg CHP-MAGE-A4 with and without OK-432. Another aim of the study was to clarify the details of the specific humoral immune response to vaccination. The 9 patients enrolled for phase I were vaccinated 6 times, once every 2 weeks: 3 patients with 100 µg and 3 patients with 300 µg CHP-MAGE-A4, and 3 patients with 300 µg CHP-MAGE-A4 plus 0...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105149/t-14-18-q32-q21-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-patients-report-of-two-cases-and-a-literature-review
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Weifeng Chen, Yi Miao, Rong Wang, Yujie Wu, Hairong Qiu, Wei Xu, Jianyong Li, Lei Fan, Xin Xu
The chromosomal abnormality t(14;18)(q32;q21) is most commonly associated with germinal center-derived B-cell lymphomas, particularly follicular lymphoma (FL). Generally, it is considered a hallmark of FL. The t(14;18)(q32;q21) translocation is rare in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and its prognostic significance remains unclear. In the present study, two cases of CLL with t(14;18)(q32;q21) were diagnosed using conventional cytogenetic analysis and fluorescence in situ hybridization. Both patients presented with leukemia and the morphological features and immunophenotypes were typical of CLL...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104789/a-novel-humanized-mouse-model-of-huntington-disease-for-preclinical-development-of-therapeutics-targeting-mutant-huntingtin-alleles
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Amber L Southwell, Niels H Skotte, Erika B Villanueva, Michael E Østergaard, Xiaofeng Gu, Holly B Kordasiewicz, Chris Kay, Daphne Cheung, Yuanyun Xie, Sabine Waltl, Louisa Dal Cengio, Hailey Findlay-Black, Crystal N Doty, Eugenia Petoukhov, Diepiriye Iworima, Ramy Slama, Jolene Ooi, Mahmoud A Pouladi, William X Yang, Eric E Swayze, Punit P Seth, Michael R Hayden
Huntington disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by a mutation in the huntingtin (HTT) gene. HTT is a large protein, interacts with many partners and is involved in many cellular pathways, which are perturbed in HD. Therapies targeting HTT directly are likely to provide the most global benefit. Thus there is a need for preclinical models of HD recapitulating human HTT genetics. We previously generated a humanized mouse model of HD, Hu97/18, by intercrossing BACHD and YAC18 mice with knockout of the endogenous mouse HD homolog (Hdh)...
January 18, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104451/bovine-herpesvirus-1-can-efficiently-infect-the-human-sh-sy5y-but-not-the-mouse-neuroblastoma-cell-line-neuro-2a
#16
Prasanth Thunuguntla, Fouad S El-Mayet, Clinton Jones
Bovine herpesvirus 1 (BoHV-1) is a significant bovine pathogen that establishes a life-long latent infection in sensory neurons. Previous attempts to develop immortalized bovine neuronal cells were unsuccessful. Consequently, our understanding of the BoHV-1 latency-reactivation cycle has relied on studying complex virus-host interactions in calves. In this study, we tested whether BoHV-1 can infect human (SH-SY5Y) or mouse (Neuro-2A) neuroblastoma cells. We provide new evidence that BoHV-1 efficiently infects SH-SY5Y cells and yields virus titers approximately 100 fold less than bovine kidney cells...
January 16, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103957/rna-interference-mediated-knockdown-of-brugia-malayi-udp-galactopyranose-mutase-severely-affects-parasite-viability-embryogenesis-and-in-vivo-development-of-infective-larvae
#17
Sweta Misra, Jyoti Gupta, Shailja Misra-Bhattacharya
BACKGROUND: Galactofuranose is an essential cell surface component present in bacteria, fungi and several nematodes such as Caenorhabditis spp., Brugia spp., Onchocerca spp. and Strongyloides spp. This sugar maintains the integrity of parasite surface and is essential for virulence. UDP-Galactopyranose mutase (bmugm) plays a key role in Galf biosynthesis by catalyzing conversion of UDP-Galactopyranose into UDP-galactofuranose and knockout studies of the gene in Leishmania major, Mycobacterium and Aspergillus fumigatus displayed attenuated virulence while RNA interference study in C...
January 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102845/h19-let-7-lin28-reciprocal-negative-regulatory-circuit-promotes-breast-cancer-stem-cell-maintenance
#18
Fei Peng, Ting-Ting Li, Kai-Li Wang, Guo-Qing Xiao, Ju-Hong Wang, Hai-Dong Zhao, Zhi-Jie Kang, Wen-Jun Fan, Li-Li Zhu, Mei Li, Bai Cui, Fei-Meng Zheng, Hong-Jiang Wang, Eric W-F Lam, Bo Wang, Jie Xu, Quentin Liu
Long noncoding RNA-H19 (H19), an imprinted oncofetal gene, has a central role in carcinogenesis. Hitherto, the mechanism by which H19 regulates cancer stem cells, remains elusive. Here we show that breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs) express high levels of H19, and ectopic overexpression of H19 significantly promotes breast cancer cell clonogenicity, migration and mammosphere-forming ability. Conversely, silencing of H19 represses these BCSC properties. In concordance, knockdown of H19 markedly inhibits tumor growth and suppresses tumorigenesis in nude mice...
January 19, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101447/functional-coupling-of-v-atpase-and-clc-5
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REVIEW
Nobuhiko Satoh, Masashi Suzuki, Motonobu Nakamura, Atsushi Suzuki, Shoko Horita, George Seki, Kyoji Moriya
Dent's disease is an X-linked renal tubulopathy characterized by low molecular weight proteinuria, hypercalciuria and progressive renal failure. Disease aetiology is associated with mutations in the CLCN5 gene coding for the electrogenic 2Cl(-)/H(+) antiporter chloride channel 5 (CLC-5), which is expressed in the apical endosomes of renal proximal tubules with the vacuolar type H(+)-ATPase (V-ATPase). Initially identified as a member of the CLC family of Cl(-) channels, CLC-5 was presumed to provide Cl(-) shunt into the endosomal lumen to dissipate H(+) accumulation by V-ATPase, thereby facilitating efficient endosomal acidification...
January 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101222/frat1-expression-regulates-proliferation-in-colon-cancer-cells
#20
Kongxi Zhu, Jianqiang Guo, Hongjuan Wang, Weihua Yu
Colorectal cancer is one of the most common gastric malignancies worldwide. However, the underlying mechanism of colon cancer development and valuable indicators of the disease remain unclear. In this study, the expression of frequently rearranged in advanced T-cell lymphomas 1 (FRAT1) in colon cancer was investigated and the association between FRAT1 expression and biological properties of tumors was analyzed. A total of 147 colon cancer tissue samples and adjacent normal tissues were collected between January 2013 and June 2014...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
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