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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211985/a-girl-with-developmental-delay-ataxia-cranial-nerve-palsies-severe-respiratory-problems-in-infancy-expanding-ndst1-syndrome
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Linlea Armstrong, Maja Tarailo-Graovac, Graham Sinclair, Kimberly I Seath, Wyeth W Wasserman, Colin J Ross, Clara D M van Karnebeek
NDST1 encodes an enzyme involved in the first steps in the synthesis of heparan sulfate chains, proteoglycans that are regulators found on the cell surface and in the extracellular matrix. Eight individuals homozygous for one of four family-specific missense mutations in the sulfotransferase domain of the enzyme have been described. They have intellectual disability. Some additionally had hypotonia, ataxia. seizures, and/or short stature, but none had history of respiratory problems. No humans with homozygous null mutations are known...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211790/flpstop-a-tool-for-conditional-gene-control-in-drosophila
#2
Yvette Erica Fisher, Helen H Yang, Jesse Isaacman-Beck, Marjorie Xie, Daryl M Gohl, Thomas R Clandinin
Manipulating gene function cell type-specifically is a common experimental goal in Drosophila research and has been central to studies of neural development, circuit computation, and behavior. However, current cell type-specific gene disruption techniques in flies often reduce gene activity incompletely or rely on cell division. Here we describe FlpStop, a generalizable tool for conditional gene disruption and rescue in post-mitotic cells. In proof-of-principle experiments, we manipulated apterous, a regulator of wing development...
February 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211632/amp-activated-protein-kinase-activator-a-769662-increases-intracellular-calcium-and-atp-release-from-astrocytes-in-an-ampk-independent-manner
#3
Julia M Vlachaki Walker, Josephine L Robb, Ana M Cruz, Amrinder Malhi, Paul G Weightman Potter, Michael L J Ashford, Rory J McCrimmon, Kate L J Ellacott, Craig Beall
AIM: Astrocytes are the main sources of extracellular ATP (eATP) within the brain, which functions as a gliotransmitter, capable of modulating neuronal and astrocytic activity. These cells play an important role in regulating energy homeostasis partly via astrocyte-derived ATP. Given the role of AMPK in regulating intracellular ATP levels, we hypothesised that AMPK may alter ATP release from astrocytes. METHODS: Measurements of ATP release were made from human U373 astrocytoma cells, primary mouse hypothalamic (HTAS) and cortical astrocytes (CRTAS) and wild type and AMPK α1/α2 null mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs)...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211537/ambient-ultrafine-particle-ingestion-alters-gut-microbiota-in-association-with-increased-atherogenic-lipid-metabolites
#4
Rongsong Li, Jieping Yang, Arian Saffari, Jonathan Jacobs, Kyung In Baek, Greg Hough, Muriel H Larauche, Jianguo Ma, Nelson Jen, Nabila Moussaoui, Bill Zhou, Hanul Kang, Srinivasa Reddy, Susanne M Henning, Matthew J Campen, Joseph Pisegna, Zhaoping Li, Alan M Fogelman, Constantinos Sioutas, Mohamad Navab, Tzung K Hsiai
Ambient particulate matter (PM) exposure is associated with atherosclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease. Ultrafine particles (UFP, dp < 0.1-0.2 μm) are redox active components of PM. We hypothesized that orally ingested UFP promoted atherogenic lipid metabolites in both the intestine and plasma via altered gut microbiota composition. Low density lipoprotein receptor-null (Ldlr(-/-)) mice on a high-fat diet were orally administered with vehicle control or UFP (40 μg/mouse/day) for 3 days a week...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211484/regulation-of-mrna-splicing-by-mecp2-via-epigenetic-modifications-in-the-brain
#5
Tian-Lin Cheng, Jingqi Chen, Huida Wan, Bin Tang, Weidong Tian, Lujian Liao, Zilong Qiu
Mutations of X-linked gene Methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2) are the major causes of Rett syndrome (RTT), a severe neurodevelopmental disorder. Duplications of MECP2-containing genomic segments lead to severe autistic symptoms in human. MECP2-coding protein methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) is involved in transcription regulation, microRNA processing and mRNA splicing. However, molecular mechanisms underlying the involvement of MeCP2 in mRNA splicing in neurons remain largely elusive. In this work we found that the majority of MeCP2-associated proteins are involved in mRNA splicing using mass spectrometry analysis with multiple samples from Mecp2-null rat brain, mouse primary neuron and human cell lines...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210972/evidence-against-vs-in-favour-of-a%C3%A2-null-hypothesis
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Jimmie Leppink, Patricia O'Sullivan, Kal Winston
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: Perspectives on Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210900/false-responses-of-renilla-luciferase-reporter-control-to-nuclear-receptor-tr4
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Dongyun Zhang, Sam S Atlasi, Krishna K Patel, Zihao Zhuang, Anthony P Heaney
Renilla luciferase reporter is a widely used internal control in dual luciferase reporter assay system, where its transcription is driven by a constitutively active promoter. However, the authenticity of the Renilla luciferase response in some experimental settings has recently been questioned. Testicular receptor 4 (TR4, also known as NR2C2) belongs to the subfamily 2 of nuclear receptors. TR4 binds to a direct repeat regulatory element in the promoter of a variety of target genes and plays a key role in tumorigenesis, lipoprotein regulation, and central nervous system development...
February 16, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209764/kcnj11-ablation-is-associated-with-increased-nitro-oxidative-stress-during-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-implications-for-human-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
#8
Bo Zhang, Tatiana Novitskaya, Debra G Wheeler, Zhaobin Xu, Elena Chepurko, Ryan Huttinger, Heng He, Saradhadevi Varadharaj, Jay L Zweier, Yanna Song, Meng Xu, Frank E Harrell, Yan Ru Su, Tarek Absi, Mark J Kohr, Mark T Ziolo, Dan M Roden, Christian M Shaffer, Cristi L Galindo, Quinn S Wells, Richard J Gumina
BACKGROUND: Despite increased secondary cardiovascular events in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM), the expression of innate cardiac protective molecules in the hearts of patients with ICM is incompletely characterized. Therefore, we used a nonbiased RNAseq approach to determine whether differences in cardiac protective molecules occur with ICM. METHODS AND RESULTS: RNAseq analysis of human control and ICM left ventricular samples demonstrated a significant decrease in KCNJ11 expression with ICM...
February 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209731/transport-of-fungal-rab11-secretory-vesicles-involves-myosin-5-dynein-dynactin-p25-and-kinesin-1-and-is-independent-of-kinesin-3
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Miguel A Peñalva, Jun Zhang, Xin Xiang, Areti Pantazopoulou
Hyphal tip cells of the fungus Aspergillus nidulans are useful to study long-range intracellular traffic. Post-Golgi secretory vesicles (SVs) containing the RAB11 orthologue RabE engage myosin-5 as well as plus-end- and minus-end-directed microtubule motors, providing an experimental system to investigate the interplay between microtubule and actin motors acting on the same cargo. By exploiting the fact that depolymerization of F-actin 'unleashes' SVs focused at the apex by myosin-5 to microtubule-dependent motors, we establish that the minus-end directed transport of SVs requires the dynein/dynactin supercomplex...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209515/cell-type-specific-role-of-the-rna-binding-protein-nono-in-the-dna-double-strand-break-response-in-the-mouse-testes
#10
Shuyi Li, Feng-Jue Shu, Zhentian Li, Lahcen Jaafar, Shourong Zhao, William S Dynan
The tandem RNA recognition motif protein, NONO, was previously identified as a candidate DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair factor in a biochemical screen for proteins with end-joining stimulatory activity. Subsequent work showed that NONO and its binding partner, SFPQ, have many of the properties expected for bona fide repair factors in cell-based assays. Their contribution to the DNA damage response in intact tissue in vivo has not, however, been demonstrated. Here we compare DNA damage sensitivity in the testes of wild-type mice versus mice bearing a null allele of the NONO homologue (Nono (gt))...
February 10, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209301/iswi-atp-dependent-remodeling-of-nucleoplasmic-%C3%AF-speckles-in-the-brain-of-drosophila-melanogaster
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Luca Lo Piccolo, Andrea Attardi, Rosa Bonaccorso, Lorenzo Li Greci, Giorgio Giurato, Antonia Maria Rita Ingrassia, Maria Cristina Onorati
Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoproteins (hnRNPs) belong to the RNA-binding proteins family. They are involved in processing heterogeneous nuclear RNAs (hnRNAs) into mature mRNAs. These proteins participate in every step of mRNA cycle, such as mRNA export, localization, translation, stability and alternative splicing. At least 14 major hnRNPs, which have structural and functional homologues in mammals, are expressed in Drosophila melanogaster. Until now, six of these hnRNPs are known to be nucleus-localized and associated with the long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) heat shock responsive ω (hsrω) in the omega speckle compartments (ω-speckles)...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209150/penicillin-production-in-industrial-strain-penicillium-chrysogenum-p2niad18-is-not-dependent-on-the-copy-number-of-biosynthesis-genes
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Sandra Ziemons, Katerina Koutsantas, Kordula Becker, Tim Dahlmann, Ulrich Kück
BACKGROUND: Multi-copy gene integration into microbial genomes is a conventional tool for obtaining improved gene expression. For Penicillium chrysogenum, the fungal producer of the beta-lactam antibiotic penicillin, many production strains carry multiple copies of the penicillin biosynthesis gene cluster. This discovery led to the generally accepted view that high penicillin titers are the result of multiple copies of penicillin genes. Here we investigated strain P2niaD18, a production line that carries only two copies of the penicillin gene cluster...
February 16, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207953/sgs1-a-neomorphic-nac52-allele-impairing-ptgs-through-sgs3-down-regulation
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Nicolas Butel, Ivan Le Masson, Nathalie Bouteiller, Hervé Vaucheret, Taline Elmayan
Post-transcriptional gene silencing (PTGS) is a defense mechanism that targets invading nucleic acids from endogenous (transposons) or exogenous (pathogens, transgenes) origins. Genetic screens based on the reactivation of silenced transgenes have long been used to identify cellular PTGS components and regulators. Here we show that the first isolated PTGS-deficient mutant, sgs1, is impaired in the transcription factor NAC52. This mutant exhibits striking similarities with a mutant impaired in the H3K4me3 demethylase JMJ14 isolated from the same genetic screen...
February 16, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207750/functional-exploration-of-the-ift-a-complex-in-intraflagellar-transport-and-ciliogenesis
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Bing Zhu, Xin Zhu, Limei Wang, Yinwen Liang, Qianqian Feng, Junmin Pan
Intraflagellar transport (IFT) particles or trains are composed of IFT-A and IFT-B complexes. To assess the working mechanism of the IFT-A complex in IFT and ciliogenesis, we have analyzed ift43 mutants of Chlamydomnonas in conjunction with mutants of the other IFT-A subunits. An ift43 null mutant or a mutant with a partial deletion of the IFT43 conserved domain has no or short flagella. The mutants accumulate not only IFT-B but also IFT-Ain the short flagella, which is in contrast to an ift140 null mutant...
February 16, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207300/single-nucleotide-rs760370-polymorphism-at-the-main-ribavirin-transporter-gene-detection-by-pcr-rflp-assay-compared-with-the-taqman-assay-and-its-relation-to-sustained-virological-response-in-chronic-hcv-patients-treated-with-pegylated-interferon-ribavirin
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Rabab Fouad, Khaled Zachariah, Marwa Khairy, Mervat Khorshied, Wafaa Ezzat, Marwa M Sheta, Ahmed Heiba
Ribavirin clearly plays a role in chronic hepatitis C treatment response. The equilibrative nucleoside transporter-1 codified by SLC29A1 gene has been associated with ribavirin uptake into hepatocytes and erythrocytes. rs760370A>G single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) at the SLC29A1 gene may have a role in ribavirin-based regimen treatment response. Accuracy of the polymerase-chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) assay compared with the TaqMan assay for the detection of the SNP rs760370 at the main ribavirin transporter gene and its relation to sustained virological response in chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) patients treated with pegylated interferon-ribavirin therapy...
February 2017: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205408/rna-processing-and-protein-expression-of-hla-b-07-44n
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A Balas, F García-Sánchez, J L Vicario
BACKGROUND: The assignment of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) null alleles is clinically relevant in the setting of stem cell transplantation. Cell surface expression profiling and mRNA processing analysis of the HLA-B allele previously designated as B*07:44, have been performed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cell surface expression of HLA-B*07:44 was determined using flow cytometry. Genomic full-length and HLA-B*07-specific cDNA sequencing were carried out by Sanger procedure...
February 15, 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205371/integrating-gut-microbiota-immaturity-and-disease-discriminatory-taxa-to-diagnose-the-initiation-and-severity-of-shrimp-disease
#17
Jinbo Xiong, Jinyong Zhu, Wenfang Dai, Chunming Dong, Qiongfen Qiu, Chenghua Li
Increasing evidence has emerged a tight link among the gut microbiota, host age and health status. This osculating interplay impedes the definition of gut microbiome features associated with host health from that in developmental stages. Consequently, gut microbiota-based prediction of health status is promising yet not well established. Here we firstly tracked shrimp gut microbiota (N = 118) over an entire cycle of culture; shrimp either stayed healthy, or progressively transitioned into severe disease. The results showed that the gut microbiota were significantly distinct over shrimp developmental stages, and disease progression...
February 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205335/a-sweet-taste-receptor-dependent-mechanism-of-glucosensing-in-hypothalamic-tanycytes
#18
Heather Benford, Matei Bolborea, Eric Pollatzek, Kristina Lossow, Irm Hermans-Borgmeyer, Beihui Liu, Wolfgang Meyerhof, Sergey Kasparov, Nicholas Dale
Hypothalamic tanycytes are glial-like glucosensitive cells that contact the cerebrospinal fluid of the third ventricle, and send processes into the hypothalamic nuclei that control food intake and body weight. The mechanism of tanycyte glucosensing remains undetermined. While tanycytes express the components associated with the glucosensing of the pancreatic β cell, they respond to nonmetabolisable glucose analogues via an ATP receptor-dependent mechanism. Here, we show that tanycytes in rodents respond to non-nutritive sweeteners known to be ligands of the sweet taste (Tas1r2/Tas1r3) receptor...
February 16, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205048/mild-orotic-aciduria-in-umps-heterozygotes-a-metabolic-finding-without-clinical-consequences
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Saskia B Wortmann, Margaret A Chen, Roberto Colombo, Alessandro Pontoglio, Bader Alhaddad, Lorenzo D Botto, Tatiana Yuzyuk, Curtis R Coughlin, Maria Descartes, Stephanie Grűnewald, Bruno Maranda, Philippa B Mills, James Pitt, Catherine Potente, Richard Rodenburg, Leo A J Kluijtmans, Srirangan Sampath, Emil F Pai, Ron A Wevers, George E Tiller
BACKGROUND: Elevated urinary excretion of orotic acid is associated with treatable disorders of the urea cycle and pyrimidine metabolism. Establishing the correct and timely diagnosis in a patient with orotic aciduria is key to effective treatment. Uridine monophosphate synthase is involved in de novo pyrimidine synthesis. Uridine monophosphate synthase deficiency (or hereditary orotic aciduria), due to biallelic mutations in UMPS, is a rare condition presenting with megaloblastic anemia in the first months of life...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202702/congenital-myopathy-associated-with-the-triadin-knockout-syndrome
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Andrew G Engel, Keeley R Redhage, David J Tester, Michael J Ackerman, Duygu Selcen
OBJECTIVE: Triadin is a component of the calcium release complex of cardiac and skeletal muscle. Our objective was to analyze the skeletal muscle phenotype of the triadin knockout syndrome. METHODS: We performed clinical evaluation, analyzed morphologic features by light and electron microscopy, and immunolocalized triadin in skeletal muscle. RESULTS: A 6-year-old boy with lifelong muscle weakness had a triadin knockout syndrome caused by compound heterozygous null mutations in triadin...
February 15, 2017: Neurology
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