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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331538/differential-lipid-metabolism-outcomes-associated-with-adrb2-gene-polymorphisms-in-response-to-two-dietary-interventions-in-overweight-obese-subjects
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O Ramos-Lopez, J I Riezu-Boj, F I Milagro, L Goni, M Cuervo, J A Martinez
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A precise nutrigenetic management of hypercholesterolemia involves the understanding of the interactions between the individual's genotype and dietary intake. The aim of this study was to analyze the response to two dietary energy-restricted interventions on cholesterol changes in carriers of two ADRB2 polymorphisms. METHODS AND RESULTS: A 4-month nutritional intervention was conducted involving two different hypo-energetic diets based on low-fat (LF) and moderately high-protein (MHP) dietary patterns...
December 5, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331019/cis-regulator-runaway-and-divergence-in-asexuals
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Frédéric Fyon, Thomas Lenormand
With the advent of new sequencing technologies, the evolution of gene expression is becoming a subject of intensive genomic research, with sparking debates upon the role played by these kinds of changes in adaptive evolution and speciation. In this paper, we model expression evolution in species differing by their reproductive systems. We consider different rates of sexual versus asexual reproduction and the different type of parthenogenesis (apomixis and the various modes of automixis). We show that competition for expression leads to two selective processes on cis-regulatory regions that act independently to organism-level adaptation...
January 13, 2018: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330684/investigation-of-mature-bdnf-and-probdnf-signaling-in-a-rat-photothrombotic-ischemic-model
#3
Mehreen Rahman, Haiyun Luo, Neil R Sims, Larisa Bobrovskaya, Xin-Fu Zhou
Treatment with mature brain-derived neurotrophic factor (mBDNF) promotes functional recovery after ischemia in animal trials but the possible role of its precursor protein proBDNF and its receptors or the factors responsible for the conversion of proBDNF to mBDNF in ischemic stroke are not known. The main aim of this study was to characterize the time-dependent expression of genes and/or proteins related to BDNF processing and signaling after ischemia as well as the sensorimotor behavioral dysfunction in a photothrombotic ischemic model in rats...
January 12, 2018: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329928/cloning-and-characterization-of-%C3%A2-6-%C3%A2-5-fatty-acyl-desaturase-fad-gene-promoter-in-the-marine-teleost-siganus-canaliculatus
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Yewei Dong, Jianhong Zhao, Junliang Chen, Shuqi Wang, Yang Liu, Qinghao Zhang, Cuihong You, Óscar Monroig, Douglas R Tocher, Yuanyou Li
The rabbitfish Siganus canaliculatus was the first marine teleost demonstrated to have the ability of biosynthesizing long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFA) from C18 PUFA precursors, and all genes encoding the key enzymes for LC-PUFA biosynthesis have been cloned and functionally characterized, which provides us a potential model to study the regulatory mechanisms of LC-PUFA biosynthesis in teleosts. As the primary step to clarify such mechanisms, present research focused on promoter analysis of gene encoding ∆6/∆5 fatty acyl desaturase (Fad), a rate-limiting enzyme catalyzing the first step in the conversion of C18 PUFA to LC-PUFA...
January 9, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329759/treatment-outcomes-of-macrolide-susceptible-mycobacterium-abscessus-lung-disease
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Hayoung Choi, Byung Woo Jhun, Su-Young Kim, Dae Hun Kim, Hyun Lee, Kyeongman Jeon, O Jung Kwon, Hee Jae Huh, Chang-Seok Ki, Nam Yong Lee, Sung Jae Shin, Charles L Daley, Won-Jung Koh
Mycobacterium abscessus lung disease is difficult to treat due to inducible resistance to macrolides. However, 15%-20% of isolates are macrolide susceptible. In 14 patients with macrolide-susceptible M. abscessus lung disease, all isolates had nonfunctional erm(41) gene, and sputum culture conversion rate was achieved in 93% (13/14) following antibiotic therapy.
December 16, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328483/mir%C3%A2-98%C3%A2-5p-promotes-osteoblast-differentiation-in-mc3t3%C3%A2-e1-cells-by-targeting-ckip%C3%A2-1
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Qiliang Liu, Yong Guo, Yang Wang, Xianqiong Zou, Zhixiong Yan
Casein kinase 2-interacting protein 1 (CKIP-1) is a negative regulator for bone formation. Previously, using bioinformatics analysis, CKIP‑1 has been predicted to serve the role of target gene of miR‑98‑5p. In the present study, the potential role of miR‑98‑5p in regulating osteoblast differentiation through CKIP‑1 was investigated. Following pre‑treatment with microRNA (miR)‑98‑5p agomir or miR‑98‑5p antagomir, MC3T3‑E1 cells were cultured in an osteoinductive medium. Subsequently, the expression of miR‑98‑5p, CKIP‑1 and levels of osteoblast differentiation markers, including alkaline phosphatase, matrix mineralization, osteocaicin, collagen type I, runt‑related transcription factor 2 and osteopontin were assayed...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328434/chemical-conversion-of-human-lung-fibroblasts-into-neuronal-cells
#7
Xiao-Yu Wan, Li-Yun Xu, Bing Li, Qiu-Hong Sun, Qiu-Liang Ji, Dong-Dong Huang, Lan Zhao, Yong-Tao Xiao
It has been previously reported that human embryonic fibroblasts and mouse embryonic fibroblasts can be converted into neuronal cells using chemical agents, along with forced expression specific transcriptional factors. However, the materials required for reprogramming in these approaches presents major technical difficulties and safety concerns. The current study investigated whether a cocktail of small molecules can convert human lung fibroblast cells into neurons. The small molecules valproic acid, CHIR99021, DMH1, Repsox, forskolin, Y‑27632 and SP600125 (VCHRFYS) were used to induce MRC‑5 cells into neuronal cells in vitro...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327817/ketonization-of-proline-residues-in-the-peptide-chains-of-actinomycins-by-a-4-oxoproline-synthase
#8
Siamak Semsary, Ivana Crnovčić, Ronja Driller, Joachim Vater, Bernhard Loll, Ullrich Keller
X-type actinomycins (Acms) contain 4-hydroxyproline (Acm X0) or 4-oxoproline (Acm X2) in their ß-pentapeptide lactone rings whereas their α-ring contains proline. We demonstrate that these Acms are formed through asymmetric condensation of Acm half molecules (Acm halves) containing proline with 4-hydroxyproline- or 4-oxo-proline-containing Acm halves. In turn we show - using an artificial Acm half analogue (PPL 1) with proline in its peptide chain - its conversion into the 4-hydroxyproline and 4-oxoproline-containing Acm halves, PPL 0 and PPL 2, in mycelial suspensions of Streptomyces antibioticus...
January 12, 2018: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327408/the-photoconversion-of-phytochrome-includes-an-unproductive-shunt-reaction-pathway
#9
Peter Hildebrandt, David Buhrke, Norbert Michael, Uwe Kuhlmann
Phytochromes are modular bimodal photoswitches that control gene expression for morphogenetic processes in plants. These functions are triggered by the photoinduced conversions between the inactive and active states of the photosensory module, denoted as Pr and Pfr, respectively. In the present time-resolved resonance Raman spectroscopic study of bacterial representatives of this photoreceptor family, we demonstrate that these phototransformations do not represent linear processes but include a branching reaction back to the initial state, prior to (de)activation of the output module...
January 11, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327394/photothermal-responsive-conjugated-polymer-nanoparticles-for-remote-control-of-gene-expression-in-living-cells
#10
Yunxia Wang, Shengliang Li, Pengbo Zhang, Haotian Bai, Liheng Feng, Fengting Lv, Libing Liu, Shu Wang
Remote control and noninvasive manipulation of cellular bioprocess has received intensive attention as a powerful technology to control cell functions. Here, a strategy is developed to remotely control intracellular gene expression with high spatial and temporal resolutions by using photothermal-responsive conjugated polymer nanoparticles (CPNs) as the transducer under near-infrared light irradiation. After being modified with positive charged peptide, the CPNs with superior photothermal conversion capacity could effectively coat on the surface of living cells and generate localized heat to trigger target gene expression...
January 12, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327293/overexpression-of-spot-gene-in-coccoid-forms-of-clinical-helicobacter-pylori-isolates
#11
Farkhondeh Poursina, Jamshid Fagri, Nasrin Mirzaei, Hajieh Ghasemian Safaei
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) can convert to coccoid form in unfavorable conditions or as a result of antibiotic treatment. In order to adapt to harsh environments, H. pylori requires a stringent response which, encoded by the spoT gene, has a bifunctional enzyme possessing both (p)ppGpp synthetic and degrading activity. Our goal in this study was to compare spoT gene expression in spiral and induced coccoid forms of H. pylori with use of amoxicillin. First, clinical isolate coccoid forms were induced with amoxicillin; then, the viability test was analyzed by flow cytometer...
January 11, 2018: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326059/differential-requirement-of-de-novo-arc-protein-synthesis-in-the-insular-cortex-and-the-amygdala-for-safe-and-aversive-taste-long-term-memory-formation
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Guzmán-Ramos Kioko, Venkataraman Archana, Morin Jean-Pascal, Osorio-Gómez Daniel, Bermúdez-Rattoni Federico
Several immediate early genes products are known to be involved in the facilitation of structural and functional modifications at distinct synapses activated through experience. The IEG-encoded protein Arc (activity regulated cytoskeletal-associated protein) has been widely implicated in long-term memory formation and stabilization. In this study, we sought to evaluate a possible role for de novo Arc protein synthesis in the insular cortex (IC) and in the amygdala (AMY) during long-term taste memory formation...
January 8, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325148/effect-of-dietary-%C3%AE-alanine-supplementation-on-growth-performance-meat-quality-carnosine-content-and-gene-expression-of-carnosine-related-enzymes-in-broilers
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Bo Qi, Jing Wang, You-Biao Ma, Shu-Geng Wu, Guang-Hai Qi, Hai-Jun Zhang
The objective of the current study was to investigate the effect of dietary β-alanine supplementation on growth performance, meat quality, antioxidant ability, carnosine content, and gene expression of carnosine-related enzymes in broiler chicks. We randomly assigned 540 1-day-old Arbor Acres broilers to 5 dietary treatments supplemented with 0 (control group), 250, 500, 1,000, or 2,000 mg/kg of β-alanine (mg β-alanine per kg feed). Each treatment included 6 replicates of 18 birds. The feeding trial lasted for 42 d...
January 6, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324855/ctls-a-new-class-of-ring-h2-ubiquitin-ligases-uncovered-by-yeell-a-motif-close-to-the-ring-domain-that-is-present-across-eukaryotes
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Domingo Jiménez-López, Laura Aguilar-Henonin, Juan Manuel González-Prieto, Victor Aguilar-Hernández, Plinio Guzmán
RING ubiquitin E3 ligases enclose a RING domain for ubiquitin ligase activity and associated domains and/or conserved motifs outside the RING domain that collectively facilitate their classification and usually reveal some of key information related to mechanism of action. Here we describe a new family of E3 ligases that encodes a RING-H2 domain related in sequence to the ATL and BTL RING-H2 domains. This family, named CTL, encodes a motif designed as YEELL that expands 21 amino acids next to the RING-H2 domain that is present across most eukaryotic lineages...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324691/physiological-and-comparative-genomic-analysis-of-arthrobacter-sp-srs-w-1-2016-provides-insights-on-niche-adaptation-for-survival-in-uraniferous-soils
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Ashvini Chauhan, Ashish Pathak, Rajneesh Jaswal, Bobby Edwards Iii, Demario Chappell, Christopher Ball, Reyna Garcia-Sillas, Paul Stothard, John Seaman
Arthrobacter sp. strain SRS-W-1-2016 was isolated on high concentrations of uranium (U) from the Savannah River Site (SRS) that remains co-contaminated by radionuclides, heavy metals, and organics. SRS is located on the northeast bank of the Savannah River (South Carolina, USA), which is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) managed ecosystem left historically contaminated from decades of nuclear weapons production activities. Predominant contaminants within the impacted SRS environment include U and Nickel (Ni), both of which can be transformed microbially into less toxic forms via metal complexation mechanisms...
January 11, 2018: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324451/aromatase-deficiency-due-to-a-homozygous-cyp19a1-mutation-in-a-46-xx-egyptian-patient-with-ambiguous-genitalia
#16
Inas Mazen, Ken McElreavey, Aya Elaidy, Alaa K Kamel, Mohamed S Abdel-Hamid
Aromatase deficiency (AD) is a very rare disorder resulting from mutations in the CYP19A1 gene encoding aromatase, a cytochrome P450 enzyme that plays a pivotal role in androgen conversion to estrogens. AD is inherited in an autosomal recessive trait, and to date only 35 cases have been described in the literature. Herein, we depict a new patient reared as a male, who presented at the age of 21 years with no palpable testis, hypoplastic scrotum, penis-like phallus (3 cm), and penoscrotal hypospadias. The patient was born to consanguineous parents, his karyotype was 46,XX, and SRY was negative...
January 12, 2018: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323472/integrated-analysis-of-the-transcriptome-and-metabolome-of-corynebacterium-glutamicum-during-penicillin-induced-glutamic-acid-production
#17
Takashi Hirasawa, Masaki Saito, Katsunori Yoshikawa, Chikara Furusawa, Hiroshi Shmizu
Corynebacterium glutamicum is known for its ability to produce glutamic acid and has been utilized for the fermentative production of various amino acids. Glutamic acid production in C. glutamicum is induced by penicillin. In this study, we analyzed the transcriptome and metabolome of C. glutamicum to understand the mechanism of penicillin-induced glutamic acid production. Transcriptomic analysis with DNA microarray revealed that expression of some glycolysis- and TCA cycle-related genes, which include those encoding the enzymes involved in conversion of glucose to 2-oxoglutaric acid, was upregulated after penicillin addition...
January 11, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322419/analysis-of-dna-methylation-in-tissues-exposed-to-inflammation
#18
Naoko Hattori, Toshikazu Ushijima
Induction of aberrant DNA methylation is one of the most important mechanisms mediating the effect of inflammation on cancer development. Aberrant methylation of promoter CpG islands of tumor suppressor genes can silence their downstream genes, and that in cancer tissues is associated with prognosis or therapeutic effects. In addition, aberrant methylation can occur in tissues exposed to specific types of inflammation, producing a so-called "epigenetic field for cancerization," and its accumulation is correlated with cancer risk...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321644/cox-2-induces-oncogenic-micro-rna-mir655-in-human-breast-cancer
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Mousumi Majumder, Leanna Dunn, Ling Liu, Asma Hasan, Krista Vincent, Muriel Brackstone, David Hess, Peeyush K Lala
We show that Cyclooxygenase-2 over-expression induces an oncogenic microRNA miR655 in human breast cancer cells by activation of EP4. MiR655 expression positively correlated with COX-2 in genetically disparate breast cancer cell lines and increased in all cell lines when grown as spheroids, implicating its link with stem-like cells (SLCs). Ectopic miR655 over-expression in MCF7 and SKBR3 cells resulted in increased proliferation, migration, invasion, spheroid formation and Epithelial to Masenchymal transition (EMT)...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321633/olfactory-memory-is-enhanced-in-mice-exposed-to-extremely-low-frequency-electromagnetic-fields-via-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-dependent-modulation-of-subventricular-zone-neurogenesis
#20
Alessia Mastrodonato, Saviana Antonella Barbati, Lucia Leone, Claudia Colussi, Katia Gironi, Marco Rinaudo, Roberto Piacentini, Christine A Denny, Claudio Grassi
Exposure to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields (ELFEF) influences the expression of key target genes controlling adult neurogenesis and modulates hippocampus-dependent memory. Here, we assayed whether ELFEF stimulation affects olfactory memory by modulating neurogenesis in the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the lateral ventricle, and investigated the underlying molecular mechanisms. We found that 30 days after the completion of an ELFEF stimulation protocol (1 mT; 50 Hz; 3.5 h/day for 12 days), mice showed enhanced olfactory memory and increased SVZ neurogenesis...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
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