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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546954/pleiotropic-cytotoxicity-of-vaca-toxin-in-host-cells-and-its-impact-on-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Farnaz Fahimi, Mohammad Reza Tohidkia, Mehdi Fouladi, Reza Aghabeygi, Naser Samadi, Yadollah Omidi
Introduction: In the recent decades, a number of studies have highlighted the importance of Helicobacter pylori in the initiation and development of peptic ulcer and gastric cancer. Some potential virulence factors (e.g., urease, CagA, VacA, BabA) are exploited by this microorganism, facilitating its persistence through evading human defense mechanisms. Among these toxins and enzymes, vacuolating toxin A (VacA) is of a great importance in the pathogenesis of H. pylori. VacA toxin shows different pattern of cytotoxicity through binding to different cell surface receptors in various cells...
2017: BioImpacts: BI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546657/statins-reduce-lipopolysaccharide-induced-cytokine-and-inflammatory-mediator-release-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-microglial-like-cells
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A J McFarland, A K Davey, S Anoopkumar-Dukie
The anti-inflammatory effects of statins (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors) within the cardiovascular system are well-established; however, their neuroinflammatory potential is unclear. It is currently unknown whether statins' neurological effects are lipid-dependent or due to pleiotropic mechanisms. Therefore, the assumption that all statin compounds will have the same effect within the central nervous system is potentially inappropriate, with no studies to date having compared all statins in a single model. Thus, the aim of this study was to compare the effects of the six statins (atorvastatin, fluvastatin, pitavastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, and simvastatin) within a single in vitro model of neuroinflammation...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546545/extensive-phenotypic-characterization-of-a-new-transgenic-mouse-reveals-pleiotropic-perturbations-in-physiology-due-to-mesenchymal-hgh-minigene-expression
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Aimilios Kaklamanos, Jan Rozman, Manolis Roulis, Niki Karagianni, Maria Armaka, Moya Wu, Laura Brachthäuser, Julia Calzada-Wack, Marion Horsch, Johannes Beckers, Birgit Rathkolb, Thure Adler, Frauke Neff, Eckhard Wolf, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, George Kollias
The human growth hormone (hGH) minigene used for transgene stabilization in mice has been recently identified to be locally expressed in the tissues where transgenes are active and associated with phenotypic alterations. Here we extend these findings by analyzing the effect of the hGH minigene in TgC6hp55 transgenic mice which express the human TNFR1 under the control of the mesenchymal cell-specific CollagenVI promoter. These mice displayed a fully penetrant phenotype characterized by growth enhancement accompanied by perturbations in metabolic, skeletal, histological and other physiological parameters...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546126/role-of-xyloglucan-in-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum-l-fiber-elongation-of-the-short-fiber-mutant-ligon-lintless-2-li2
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Marina Naoumkina, Doug J Hinchliffe, David D Fang, Christopher B Florane, Gregory N Thyssen
Xyloglucan is a matrix polysaccharide found in the cell walls of all land plants. In growing cells, xyloglucan is thought to connect cellulose microfibrils and regulate their separation during wall extension. Ligon lintless-2 (Li2) is a monogenic dominant cotton fiber mutation that causes extreme reduction in lint fiber length with no pleiotropic effects on vegetative growth. Li2 represents an excellent model system to study fiber elongation. To understand the role of xyloglucan in cotton fiber elongation we used the short fiber mutant Li2 and its near isogenic wild type for analysis of xyloglucan content and expression of xyloglucan-related genes in developing fibers...
May 22, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545898/risk-averse-personalities-have-a-systemically-potentiated-neuroendocrine-stress-axis-a-multilevel-experiment-in-parus-major
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Alexander T Baugh, Rebecca A Senft, Marian Firke, Abigail Lauder, Julia Schroeder, Simone L Meddle, Kees van Oers, Michaela Hau
Hormonal pleiotropy-the simultaneous influence of a single hormone on multiple traits-has been hypothesized as an important mechanism underlying personality, and circulating glucocorticoids are central to this idea. A major gap in our understanding is the neural basis for this link. Here we examine the stability and structure of behavioral, endocrine and neuroendocrine traits in a population of songbirds (Parus major). Upon identifying stable and covarying behavioral and endocrine traits, we test the hypothesis that risk-averse personalities exhibit a neuroendocrine stress axis that is systemically potentiated-characterized by stronger glucocorticoid reactivity and weaker negative feedback...
May 22, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544390/phenotypic-plasticity-and-remodeling-in-the-stress-induced-caenorhabditis-elegans-dauer
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REVIEW
Rebecca J Androwski, Kristen M Flatt, Nathan E Schroeder
Organisms are often capable of modifying their development to better suit their environment. Under adverse conditions, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans develops into a stress-resistant alternative larval stage called dauer. The dauer stage is the primary survival stage for C. elegans in nature. Large-scale tissue remodeling during dauer conveys resistance to harsh environments. The environmental and genetic regulation of the decision to enter dauer has been extensively studied. However, less is known about the mechanisms regulating tissue remodeling...
May 24, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543362/commd1-a-multifunctional-regulatory-protein
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Mario Riera Romo
The COMMD Protein Family is highly conserved among multicellular eukaryotic organisms and many orthologs of human COMMD genes have been found in different species of plants, invertebrates, lower vertebrates and mammals. COMMD1 is the best characterized member of the family and is conserved among vertebrates. This protein represents a pleiotropic factor involved in the regulation of many cellular and physiological processes that include copper and cholesterol homeostasis, ionic transport, oxidative stress, protein aggregation, protein trafficking, NF-κB-mediated transcription, hypoxia induced transcription, DNA damage response and oncogenesis...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542559/fluvastatin-inhibits-age-induced-cell-proliferation-and-migration-via-an-erk5-dependent-nrf2-pathway-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
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Ae-Rang Hwang, Jung-Hwa Han, Jae Hyang Lim, Young Jin Kang, Chang-Hoon Woo
Advanced glycation endproduct (AGE)-induced vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production are emerging as important mechanisms of diabetic vasculopathy, but little is known about the molecular mechanism responsible for the antioxidative effects of statins on AGEs. It has been reported that statins exert pleiotropic effects on the cardiovascular system due to decreases in AGE-induced cell proliferation, migration, and vascular inflammation. Thus, in the present study, the authors investigated the molecular mechanism by which statins decrease AGE-induced cell proliferation and VSMC migration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542368/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-characterization-of-ddrc-a-dna-damage-response-protein-in-deinococcus-radiodurans-bacterium
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Claire Bouthier de la Tour, Martine Mathieu, Laura Meyer, Pauline Dupaigne, Fanny Passot, Pascale Servant, Suzanne Sommer, Eric Le Cam, Fabrice Confalonieri
The bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans possesses a set of Deinococcus-specific genes highly induced after DNA damage. Among them, ddrC (dr0003) was recently re-annotated, found to be in the inverse orientation and called A2G07_00380. Here, we report the first in vivo and in vitro characterization of the corrected DdrC protein to better understand its function in irradiated cells. In vivo, the ΔddrC null mutant is sensitive to high doses of UV radiation and the ddrC deletion significantly increases UV-sensitivity of ΔuvrA or ΔuvsE mutant strains...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542363/tnf%C3%AE-promotes-proliferation-of-human-synovial-mscs-while-maintaining-chondrogenic-potential
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Mikio Shioda, Takeshi Muneta, Kunikazu Tsuji, Mitsuru Mizuno, Keiichiro Komori, Hideyuki Koga, Ichiro Sekiya
Synovial mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a candidate cell source for cartilage and meniscus regeneration. If we can proliferate synovial MSCs more effectively, we can expand clinical applications to patients with large cartilage and meniscus lesions. TNFα is a pleiotropic cytokine that can affect the growth and differentiation of cells in the body. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of TNFα on proliferation, chondrogenesis, and other properties of human synovial MSCs. Passage 1 human synovial MSCs from 2 donors were cultured with 2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542128/hmg-coa-reductase-promotes-protein-prenylation-and-therefore-is-indispensible-for-t-cell-survival
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Sonja M Lacher, Julia Bruttger, Bettina Kalt, Jean Berthelet, Krishnaraj Rajalingam, Simone Wörtge, Ari Waisman
Statins are a well-established family of drugs that lower cholesterol levels via the competitive inhibition of the enzyme 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase (HMGCR). In addition, the pleiotropic anti-inflammatory effects of statins on T cells make them attractive as therapeutic drugs in T-cell-driven autoimmune disorders. Since statins do not exclusively target HMGCR and thus might have varying effects on different cell types, we generated a new mouse strain allowing for the tissue-specific deletion of HMGCR...
May 25, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541476/7-8-dihydroxyflavone-ameliorates-cognitive-and-motor-deficits-in-a-huntington-s-disease-mouse-model-through-specific-activation-of-the-plc%C3%AE-1-pathway
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Gerardo García-Díaz Barriga, Albert Giralt, Marta Anglada-Huguet, Nuria Gaja-Capdevila, Javier G Orlandi, Jordi Soriano, Josep-Maria Canals, Jordi Alberch
Huntington's disease (HD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease with motor, cognitive and psychiatric impairment. Dysfunctions in HD models have been related to reduced levels of striatal brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and imbalance between its receptors TrkB and p75(NTR). Thus, molecules with activity on the BDNF/TrkB/p75 system can have therapeutic potential. 7,8-Dihydroxyflavone (7,8-DHF) was described as a TrkB agonist in several models of neuro-degenerative diseases, however, its TrkB activation profile needs further investigation due to its pleiotropic properties and divergence from BDNF effect...
May 24, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539339/mif-2-d-dt-enhances-proximal-tubular-cell-regeneration-through-slpi-and-atf4-dependent-mechanisms
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Akinobu Ochi, Dong Chen, Wibke Schulte, Lin Leng, Nickolas Gilbert Moeckel, Marta Piecychna, Luisa Averdunk, Christian Stoppe, Richard Bucala, Gilbert W Moeckel
Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is a cytokine with pleiotropic actions that is produced by several organs and cell types. Depending on the target cell and the inflammatory context, MIF can engage its two component receptor complex CD74 and CD44, and the chemokine receptors CXCR2/4. MIF is constitutively expressed in renal proximal tubular cells, stored in intracellular preformed pools and is released at a low rate. Recently a second MIF-like protein (i.e. MIF-2/D-DT) has been characterized in mammals...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539119/towards-the-concept-of-disease-modifier-in-post-stroke-or-vascular-cognitive-impairment-a-consensus-report
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Régis Bordet, Ralf Ihl, Amos D Korczyn, Giuseppe Lanza, Jelka Jansa, Robert Hoerr, Alla Guekht
BACKGROUND: Vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) is a complex spectrum encompassing post-stroke cognitive impairment (PSCI) and small vessel disease-related cognitive impairment. Despite the growing health, social, and economic burden of VCI, to date, no specific treatment is available, prompting the introduction of the concept of a disease modifier. CONSENSUS AND SUGGESTIONS: Within this clinical spectrum, VCI and PSCI remain advancing conditions as neurodegenerative diseases with progression of both vascular and degenerative lesions accounting for cognitive decline...
May 24, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537769/the-ksr2-rs7973260-polymorphism-is-associated-with-metabolic-phenotypes-but-not-psychological-phenotypes-in-chinese-elders
#15
Yong Wang, Teng Ma, Yin-Sheng Zhu, Xue-Feng Chu, Shun Yao, Hong-Fei Wang, Jian Cai, Xiao-Feng Wang, Xiao-Yan Jiang
OBJECTIVE: To examine the associations between genetic variants KSR2 (kinase suppressor of RAS)-rs7973260, RAPGEF6 (guanine nucleotide exchange factor 6)-rs3756290, LOC105377703-rs4481363, and subjective well-being (SWB) and depressive symptoms (DSs) in Chinese elders, which were recently associated in a genome-wide association study conducted in Caucasians. The pleiotropic effects of KSR2-rs7973260 on metabolic phenotypes were also explored. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used data of 1788 older individuals aged 70-84 years from the aging arm of the Rugao Longevity and Aging Study, a population-based cohort study conducted in the Jiangsu province of China...
May 24, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536559/new-functions-and-subcellular-localization-patterns-of-c-di-gmp-components-ggdef-domain-proteins-in-b-subtilis
#16
Patricia Bedrunka, Peter L Graumann
The universal and pleiotropic cyclic dinucleotide second messenger c-di-GMP is most prominently known to inversely regulate planktonic and sessile lifestyles of Gram-negative species. In the Gram-positive model organism Bacillus subtilis, intracellular c-di-GMP levels are modulated by a concise set of three diguanylate cylases (DgcK, DgcP, DgcW) and one phosphodiesterase (PdeH). Two recent studies have reported the negative influence of the c-di-GMP receptor DgrA (PilZ domain protein) on swarming motility indicating a conserved role of this second messenger across the bacterial domain...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536482/nad-loss-a-new-player-in-ahr-biology-prevention-of-thymus-atrophy-and-hepatosteatosis-by-nad-repletion
#17
Silvia Diani-Moore, Jenny Shoots, Rubi Singh, Joshua B Zuk, Arleen B Rifkind
Dioxin (2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin, TCDD) is a carcinogenic and highly toxic industrial byproduct that persists in the environment and produces a pleiotropic toxicity syndrome across vertebrate species that includes wasting, hepatosteatosis, and thymus atrophy. Dioxin toxicities require binding and activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a ligand activated transcription factor. However, after nearly 50 years of study, it remains unknown how AhR activation by dioxin produces toxic effects...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536157/identification-of-a-conformational-heparin-recognition-motif-on-the-peptide-hormone-secretin-key-role-for-cell-surface-binding
#18
Noe Quittot, Phuong Trang Nguyen, Armelle Tchoumi Nerée, Marc P Lussier, Steve Bourgault
Secretin is a peptide hormone that exerts pleiotropic physiological functions by specifically binding to its cognate membrane-bound receptor. The membrane catalysis model of peptide-receptor interactions states that soluble peptidic ligands initially interact with the plasma membrane. This interaction increases the local concentration and structures the peptide, enhancing the rate of receptor binding. However, this model does not consider the dense network of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) at the surface of eukaryotic cells...
May 23, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535292/adaptive-radiation-of-p-fluorescens-sbw25-in-experimental-microcosms-provides-an-understanding-of-the-evolutionary-ecology-and-molecular-biology-of-a-l-interface-biofilm-formation
#19
Anna Koza, Anna Kusmierska, Kimberley McLaughlin, Olena Moshynets, Andrew J Spiers
Combined experimental evolutionary and molecular biology approaches have been used to investigate the adaptive radiation of Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25 in static microcosms leading to the colonisation of the air-liquid interface by biofilm-forming mutants such as the Wrinkly Spreader. In these microcosms, the ecosystem engineering of the early wild-type colonists establish the niche space for subsequent WS evolution and colonisation. Random WS mutations occurring in the developing population that de-regulate diguanylate cyclases and c-di-GMP homeostasis result in cellulose-based biofilms at the air-liquid interface...
May 23, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533790/aapdr3-a-pdr-transporter-3-is-involved-in-sesquiterpene-%C3%AE-caryophyllene-transport-in-artemisia-annua
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Xueqing Fu, Pu Shi, Qian He, Qian Shen, Yueli Tang, Qifang Pan, Yanan Ma, Tingxiang Yan, Minghui Chen, Xiaolong Hao, Pin Liu, Ling Li, Yuliang Wang, Xiaofen Sun, Kexuan Tang
Artemisinin, a sesquiterpenoid endoperoxide, isolated from the plant Artemisia annua L., is widely used in the treatment of malaria. Another sesquiterpenoid, β-caryophyllene having antibiotic, antioxidant, anticarcinogenic and local anesthetic activities, is also presented in A. annua. The role played by sesquiterpene transporters in trichomes and accumulation of these metabolites is poorly understood in A. annua and in trichomes of other plant species. We identified AaPDR3, encoding a pleiotropic drug resistance (PDR) transporter located to the plasma membrane from A...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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