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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219352/retinoic-acid-promotes-expression-of-germline-specific-genes-in-chicken-blastoderm-cells-by-stimulating-smad1-5-phosphorylation-in-a-feeder-free-culture-system
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Xiaochuan Tang, Shiyong Xu, Hongpeng Zhang, Qing Chen, Rongyang Li, Wangjun Wu, Minli Yu, Honglin Liu
BACKGROUND: Producing transgenic chickens with chicken blastodermal cells (cBCs) is inefficient due to the extremely low germline transmission capacity of cBCs. As chicken primordial germ cells (PGCs) have been reported as an efficient method for producing transgenic chickens, the inefficiency of cBCs could potentially be resolved by inducing them to differentiate into germ cells. However, whether chemical inducers are able to enhance cBCs germline competence in vitro is unknown and the molecular mechanisms of differentiation of chicken pluripotent cells into germ cells are poorly understood...
February 20, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219204/-correlation-between-expression-of-long-non-coding-rna-zxf1-and-prognosis-of-lung-adenocarcinoma-and-its-potential-molecular-mechanism
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G F Pan, X F Zhou, J P Zhao
Objective: To investigate the correlation between expression of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) ZXF1 and clinicopathological characteristics, as well as prognosis of lung adenocarcinoma; and to explore its potential molecular mechanism. Methods: A total of 83 lung adenocarcinoma tissue samples and 83 paracancerous lung tissue samples from lung adenocarcinoma patients were collected. The mRNA expression of ZXF1 in the tumors and the corresponding adjacent non-tumor tissues were determined by real-time fluorescence quantitative PCR...
February 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219123/identification-of-core-gene-networks-and-hub-genes-associated-with-progression-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-by-rna-sequencing
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Kikuko Hotta, Masataka Kikuchi, Takuya Kitamoto, Aya Kitamoto, Yuji Ogawa, Yasushi Honda, Takaomi Kessoku, Kaori Kobayashi, Masato Yoneda, Kento Imajo, Wataru Tomeno, Akihiro Nakaya, Yutaka Suzuki, Satoru Saito, Atsushi Nakajima
AIM: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) progresses because of the interaction between numerous genes. Thus, we performed weighted gene co-expression network analysis to identify core gene networks and key genes associated with NAFLD progression. METHODS: We enrolled 39 patients with mild NAFLD (fibrosis stages 0 to 2) and 21 with advanced NAFLD (fibrosis stages 3 or 4). Total RNA was extracted from frozen liver biopsies, and sequenced to capture a large dynamic range of expression levels...
February 20, 2017: Hepatology Research: the Official Journal of the Japan Society of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216464/exosomes-as-novel-bio-carriers-for-gene-and-drug-delivery
#4
REVIEW
Xin-Chi Jiang, Jian-Qing Gao
Clinical treatments have stalled in certain diseases due to a lack of proper therapeutic delivery systems. Recent studies have identified exosomes for their potential use as cell-free therapies, which may provide a novel mechanism for solving this problem. Exosomes are nanoscale extracellular vesicles that can transport rich cargos of proteins, lipids, DNA, and RNA. It is increasingly recognized that exosomes play a complex role in not only the physiological conditions but also pathological ones. Accumulating evidence suggests that exosomes are of paramount importance in distant cell-cell communication because they can enter the circulation when secreted and pass through additional biological barriers...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216149/direct-generation-of-human-neuronal-cells-from-adult-astrocytes-by-small-molecules
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Longfei Gao, Wuqiang Guan, Min Wang, Huihan Wang, Jiali Yu, Qing Liu, Binlong Qiu, Yongchun Yu, Yifang Ping, Xiuwu Bian, Li Shen, Gang Pei
Astrocytes, due to the proximity to neuronal lineage and capability to proliferate, are ideal starting cells to regenerate neurons. Human fetal astrocytes have been successfully converted into neuronal cells by small molecules, which offered a broader range of further applications than transcription factor-mediated neuronal reprogramming. Here we report that human adult astrocytes could also be converted into neuronal cells by a different set of small molecules. These induced cells exhibited typical neuronal morphologies, expressed neuronal markers, and displayed neuronal electrophysiological properties...
February 7, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215654/dendritic-cell-vaccination-in-combination-with-docetaxel-for-patients-with-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-a-randomized-phase-ii-study
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Per Kongsted, Troels Holz Borch, Eva Ellebaek, Trine Zeeberg Iversen, Rikke Andersen, Özcan Met, Morten Hansen, Henriette Lindberg, Lisa Sengeløv, Inge Marie Svane
BACKGROUND AIMS: We investigated whether the addition of an autologous dendritic cell-based cancer vaccine (DCvac) induces an immune response in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer treated with docetaxel. METHODS: Forty-three patients were randomized 1:1 to receive up to 10 cycles of docetaxel alone, 75 mg/m(2) every 3 weeks or in combination with DCvac. Monocytes were harvested following a leukapheresis procedure, matured ex vivo and subsequently transfected with messenger RNA encoding multiple tumor-associated antigens (TAAs)...
February 15, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215631/posttranscriptional-chemical-labeling-of-rna-by-using-bioorthogonal-chemistry
#7
REVIEW
Jerrin Thomas George, Seergazhi G Srivatsan
Recent developments in RNA labeling technology have provided viable tools to analyze RNA synthesis, processing and function in cell-free and cellular environments. Notably, emerging methodologies based on posttranscriptional chemical labeling by using bioorthogonal chemistry have enabled the visualization and profiling of exogenous and endogenous RNA transcripts. In this review, we first give an overview of different RNA labeling strategies based on chemical as well as genetically encoded systems. Subsequently, we provided a detailed discussion on methodologies that have been developed to introduce various bioorthogonal reactive groups into RNA transcripts, which are compatible for posttranscriptional functionalization...
February 16, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213378/prognostic-role-of-circulating-exosomal-mirnas-in-multiple-myeloma
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Salomon Manier, Chia-Jen Liu, Hervé Avet-Loiseau, Jihye Park, Jiantao Shi, Federico Campigotto, Karma Z Salem, Daisy Huynh, Siobhan V Glavey, Bradley Rivotto, Antonio Sacco, Aldo M Roccaro, Juliette Bouyssou, Stéphane Minvielle, Philippe Moreau, Thierry Facon, Xavier Leleu, Edie Weller, Lorenzo Trippa, Irene M Ghobrial
Exosomes, secreted by several cell types, including cancer cells, can be isolated from the peripheral blood and have been shown to be powerful markers of disease progression in cancer. In this study, we examined the prognostic significance of circulating exosomal microRNAs (miRNAs) in multiple myeloma (MM). A cohort of 156 patients with newly diagnosed MM, uniformly treated and followed, was studied. Circulating exosomal miRNAs were isolated and used to perform small RNA sequencing analysis on 10 samples and a qRT-PCR array on 156 samples...
February 17, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213128/quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-human-testis-reveals-system-wide-molecular-and-cellular-pathways-associated-with-non-obstructive-azoospermia
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Mehdi Alikhani, Mehdi Mirzaei, Marjan Sabbaghian, Pouria Parsamatin, Razieh Karamzadeh, Samane Adib, Niloofar Sodeifi, Mohammad Ali Sadighi Gilani, Masoud Zabet-Moghaddam, Lindsay Parker, Yunqi Wo, Vivek Gupta, Paul A Haynes, Hamid Gourabi, Hossein Baharvand, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh
: Male infertility accounts for half of the infertility problems experienced by couples. Azoospermia, having no measurable level of sperm in seminal fluid, is one of the known conditions resulting in male infertility. In order to elucidate the complex molecular mechanisms causing male azoospermia, label-free quantitative shotgun proteomics was carried out on testicular tissue specimens from patients with obstructive azoospermia and non-obstructive azoospermia, including maturation arrest (MA) and Sertoli cell only syndrome (SCOS)...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205069/transcriptomic-analysis-of-thp-1-macrophages-exposed-to-lipoprotein-hydrolysis-products-generated-by-lipoprotein-lipase
#10
Narmadaa Thyagarajan, Jenika D Marshall, Arthur T Pickett, Clemens Schumacher, Yanbo Yang, Sherri L Christian, Robert J Brown
Macrophage lipoprotein lipase (LPL) induces lipid accumulation and promotes atherosclerosis. However, the effects of lipoprotein hydrolysis products generated by LPL on macrophage-derived foam cell formation are not clearly understood. Thus, we analyzed the transcriptomic response to hydrolysis products via microarray analyses on RNA isolated from human THP-1 macrophages incubated with total lipoprotein hydrolysis products generated by LPL. The expression of 183 transcripts was significantly upregulated and 133 transcripts were significantly downregulated...
February 15, 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202759/relationship-between-measures-of-hiv-reactivation-and-the-decline-of-latent-reservoir-under-latency-reversing-agents
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Janka Petravic, Thomas A Rasmussen, Sharon R Lewin, Stephen J Kent, Miles P Davenport
Antiretroviral-free HIV remission requires substantial reduction of the number of latently infected cells and enhanced immune control of viremia. Latency-reversing agents (LRA) aim to eliminate latently infected cells by increasing the rate of reactivation of HIV transcription, which exposes these cells to killing by the immune system. As LRA are explored in clinical trials, it becomes increasingly important to assess the effect of increased HIV reactivation rate on the decline of latently infected cells, and estimate LRA efficacy in increasing virus reactivation...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202709/understanding-in-line-probing-experiments-by-modeling-cleavage-of-non-reactive-rna-nucleotides
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Vojtech Mlynsky, Giovanni Bussi
Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is involved in many regulatory and catalytic processes in the cell. The function of any RNA molecule is intimately related with its structure. In-line probing experiments provide valuable structural datasets for a variety of RNAs and are used to characterize conformational changes in riboswitches. However, the structural determinants that lead to differential reactivities in unpaired nucleotides have not been investigated yet. In this work we used a combination of theoretical approaches, i...
February 15, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197383/analysis-of-the-prognostic-role-of-an-immune-checkpoint-score-in-resected-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
#13
Marta Usó, Eloísa Jantus-Lewintre, Silvia Calabuig-Fariñas, Ana Blasco, Eva García Del Olmo, Ricardo Guijarro, Miguel Martorell, Carlos Camps, Rafael Sirera
Tumors develop mechanisms to recruit tolerogenic immune cells and to induce the expression of molecules that act as immune checkpoints. This regulation of the immune microenvironment favors immune tolerance to the neoplastic cells. In this study, we have investigated the prognostic role of immune-checkpoint expression markers in a cohort of resectable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. RNA was isolated from fresh-frozen lung specimens (tumor and normal lung) (n = 178). RTqPCR was performed to analyze the relative expression of 20 immune-related genes that were normalized by the use of endogenous genes selected by GeNorm algorithm...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191331/development-of-dual-taqman-based-one-step-rrt-pcr-assay-panel-for-rapid-and-accurate-diagnostic-test-of-mers-cov-a-novel-human-coronavirus-ahead-of-hajj-pilgrimage
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Mohammad Sadegh Hashemzadeh, Rahimeh Rasouli, Bentolhoda Zahraei, Morteza Izadi, Mahdi Tat, Seyed Hassan Saadat, Mohammad Najarasl, Behzad Khansari Nejad, Ruhollah Dorostkar
BACKGROUND: Coronaviruses (CoVs) are large ribonucleic acid (RNA) viruses causing primarily respiratory disease in humans. A novel human coronavirus, subsequently named middle east respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), was first reported in Saudi Arabia in September of 2012. With increasing numbers of infections and deaths from MERS-CoV, development of a rapid and reliable kit was crucial to prevent further spread of MERS-CoV. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we present two real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) assays for in-house rapid and sensitive diagnostic testing of MERS-CoV, detecting the regions upstream of the envelope gene (upE) and open reading frame (ORF) 1b, respectively, for initial screening and final confirmation of MERS-CoV infection, as recommended by the world health organization (WHO)...
November 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188414/a-potential-panel-of-four-long-noncoding-rna-signature-in-prostate-cancer-predicts-biochemical-recurrence-free-survival-and-disease-free-survival
#15
Tian-Bao Huang, Chuan-Peng Dong, Guang-Chen Zhou, Sheng-Ming Lu, Yang Luan, Xiao Gu, Lei Liu, Xue-Fei Ding
PURPOSES: Growing evidences showed that lncRNAs abnormally expressed in cancer tissues and played irreplaceable roles in tumorigenesis, progression and metastasis. In present study, we aimed to identify lncRNA expression signature that can predict biochemical recurrence-free (BCR-free) survival of prostate cancer (PCa) patients. METHODS: A total of 291 patients with pathologic confirmed PCa in The Cancer Genome Atlas dataset were recruited and included. With the specific risk score formula, patients were further classified into high-risk group and low-risk group...
February 10, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188071/a-good-manufacturing-practice-grade-standard-protocol-for-exclusively-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-derived-extracellular-vesicles
#16
Karin Pachler, Thomas Lener, Doris Streif, Zsuzsanna A Dunai, Alexandre Desgeorges, Martina Feichtner, Michaela Öller, Katharina Schallmoser, Eva Rohde, Mario Gimona
BACKGROUND AIMS: Extracellular vesicles (EVs) released by mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) may contribute to biological processes such as tissue regeneration, immunomodulation and neuroprotection. Evaluation of their therapeutic potential and application in future clinical trials demands thorough characterization of EV content and production under defined medium conditions, devoid of xenogenic substances and serum-derived vesicles. Addressing the apparent need for such a growth medium, we have developed a medium formulation based on pooled human platelet lysate (pHPL), free from animal-derived xenogenic additives and depleted of EVs...
February 7, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187376/genome-wide-analysis-of-excretory-secretory-proteins-in-root-knot-nematode-meloidogyne-incognita-provides-potential-targets-for-parasite-control
#17
Shachi Gahoi, Budhayash Gautam
The root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne incognita causes significant damage to various economically important crops. Infection is associated with secretion of effector proteins into host cytoplasm and interference with host innate immunity. To combat this infection, the identification and functional annotations of Excretory/Secretory (ES) proteins serve as a key to produce durable control measures. The identification of ES proteins through experimental methods are expensive and time consuming while bioinformatics approaches are cost-effective by prioritizing the experimental analysis of potential drug targets for parasitic diseases...
February 1, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186774/quantitative-map-of-%C3%AE-lactone-induced-virulence-regulation
#18
Joanna Krysiak, Matthias Stahl, Jan Vomacka, Christian Fetzer, Markus Lakemeyer, Anja Fux, Stephan A Sieber
β-Lactones have recently been introduced as the first selective ClpP inhibitors that attenuate virulence of both sensitive Staphylococcus aureus and multiresistant strains (MRSA). Although previous knockout studies showed that ClpP is essential for S. aureus alpha-toxin production, a link between β-lactone inhibition and molecular virulence mechanisms has been lacking so far. We here perform a chemical-proteomic approach to elucidate antivirulence pathways. First, we demonstrate by gel-free activity-based protein profiling that ClpP is the predominant target of β-lactones...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185545/mirnatip-a-som-based-mirna-target-interactions-predictor
#19
Antonino Fiannaca, Massimo La Rosa, Laura La Paglia, Riccardo Rizzo, Alfonso Urso
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNA sequences with regulatory functions to post-transcriptional level for several biological processes, such as cell disease progression and metastasis. MiRNAs interact with target messenger RNA (mRNA) genes by base pairing. Experimental identification of miRNA target is one of the major challenges in cancer biology because miRNAs can act as tumour suppressors or oncogenes by targeting different type of targets. The use of machine learning methods for the prediction of the target genes is considered a valid support to investigate miRNA functions and to guide related wet-lab experiments...
September 22, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181434/equilibrium-denaturation-and-preferential-interactions-of-an-rna-tetraloop-with-urea
#20
Jacob C Miner, Angel E García
Urea is an important organic cosolute with implications in maintaining osmotic stress in cells and differentially stabilizing ensembles of folded biomolecules. We report an equilibrium study of urea-induced denaturation of a hyperstable RNA tetraloop through unbiased replica exchange molecular dynamics. We find that, in addition to destabilizing the folded state, urea smooths the RNA free energy landscape by destabilizing specific configurations, and forming favorable interactions with RNA nucleobases. A linear concentration-dependence of the free energy (m-value) is observed, in agreement with the results of other RNA hairpins and proteins...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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