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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103615/radiation-induced-lung-metastasis-development-is-mt1-mmp-dependent-in-a-triple-negative-breast-cancer-mouse-model
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Gina Bouchard, Hélène Therriault, Sameh Geha, Rachel Bujold, Caroline Saucier, Benoit Paquette
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is still difficult to establish. Some TNBC benefit from radiotherapy (RT) and are cured, while in other patients metastases appear during the first 3 years after treatment. In this study, an animal model of TNBC was used to determine whether the expression of the cell membrane protease MT1-MMP in cancer cells was associated with radiation-stimulated development of lung metastases. METHODS: Using invasion chambers, irradiated fibroblasts were used as chemoattractants to assess the invasiveness of TNBC D2A1 cell lines showing downregulated expression of MT1-MMP, which were compared with D2A1-wt (wild-type) and D2A1 shMT1-mock (empty vector) cell lines...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103576/a-new-model-of-multi-visceral-and-bone-metastatic-prostate-cancer-with-perivascular-niche-targeting-by-a-novel-endothelial-specific-adenoviral-vector
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Zhi Hong Lu, Sergey Kaliberov, Rebecca E Sohn, Lyudmila Kaliberova, Yingqiu Du, Julie L Prior, Daniel J Leib, Anne Chauchereau, Jennifer K Sehn, David T Curiel, Jeffrey M Arbeit
While modern therapies for metastatic prostate cancer (PCa) have improved survival they are associated with an increasingly prevalent entity, aggressive variant PCa (AVPCa), lacking androgen receptor (AR) expression, enriched for cancer stem cells (CSCs), and evidencing epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity with a varying extent of neuroendocrine transdifferentiation. Parallel work revealed that endothelial cells (ECs) create a perivascular CSC niche mediated by juxtacrine and membrane tethered signaling. There is increasing interest in pharmacological metastatic niche targeting, however, targeted access has been impossible...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103009/fully-automated-one-step-synthesis-of-single-transcript-talen-pairs-using-a-biological-foundry
#3
Ran Chao, Jing Liang, Ipek Tasan, Tong Si, Linyang Ju, Huimin Zhao
Transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN) is a programmable genome editing tool with wide applications. Since TALENs perform cleavage of DNA as heterodimers, a pair of TALENs must be synthesized for each target genome locus. Conventionally, TALEN pairs are either expressed on separate vectors or synthesized separately and then subcloned to the same vector. Neither approach allows high-throughput construction of TALEN libraries for large-scale applications. Here we present an assembly scheme to synthesize and express a pair of TALENs in a single transcript format with the help of a P2A self-cleavage sequence...
January 19, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102960/nine-degrees-of-freedom-flexmap-for-a-cone-beam-computed-tomography-imaging-device-with-independently-movable-source-and-detector
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Peter Keuschnigg, Daniel Kellner, Karl Fritscher, Andrea Zechner, Ulrich Mayer, Philipp Huber, Felix Sedlmayer, Heinz Deutschmann, Philipp Steininger
PURPOSE: Couch-mounted cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) imaging devices with independently rotatable x-ray source and flat-panel detector arms for acquisitions of arbitrary regions of interest (ROI) have recently been introduced in image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT). This work analyzes mechanical limitations and gravity-induced effects influencing the geometric accuracy of images acquired with arbitrary angular constellations of source and detector in nonisocentric trajectories, which is considered essential for IGRT...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102851/cellular-prion-protein-mediates-early-apoptotic-proteome-alternation-and-phospho-modification-in-human-neuroblastoma-cells
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Saima Zafar, Christina Behrens, Hassan Dihazi, Matthias Schmitz, Inga Zerr, Walter J Schulz-Schaeffer, Sanja Ramljak, Abdul R Asif
Anti-apoptotic properties of physiological and elevated levels of the cellular prion protein (PrP(c)) under stress conditions are well documented. Yet, detrimental effects of elevated PrP(c) levels under stress conditions, such as exposure to staurosporine (STS) have also been described. In the present study, we focused on discerning early apoptotic STS-induced proteome and phospho-proteome changes in SH-SY5Y human neuroblastoma cells stably transfected either with an empty or PRNP-containing vector, expressing physiological or supraphysiological levels of PrP(c), respectively...
January 19, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101799/antitumor-efficacy-of-slpi-promoter-controlled-expression-of-artificial-microrna-targeting-egfr-in-a-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cell-line
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Jia Chen, Shoude Zhang, Yi Lin, Beibei Yang, Jiang Cao
The purpose of this study was to develop a recombinant adenovirus with secretory leukoprotease inhibitor (SLPI) promoter-controlled expression for gene therapy of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). An artificial microRNA targeting epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) was designed, and used to construct a replication-defective recombinant adenovirus with SLPI promoter-controlled expression. The silencing efficiency of this vector (Ad-SLPI-EGFRamiR) was detected in Hep-2 cells. Western blotting showed that the expression of 170 kD EGFR was significantly reduced in Hep-2 cells 72 h after infection with Ad-SLPI-EGFRamiR...
January 18, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101336/regulatory-elements-and-transcriptional-control-of-chicken-vasa-homologue-cvh-promoter-in-chicken-primordial-germ-cells
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So Dam Jin, Bo Ram Lee, Young Sun Hwang, Hong Jo Lee, Jong Seop Rim, Jae Yong Han
BACKGROUND: Primordial germ cells (PGCs), the precursors of functional gametes, have distinct characteristics and exhibit several unique molecular mechanisms to maintain pluripotency and germness in comparison to somatic cells. They express germ cell-specific RNA binding proteins (RBPs) by modulating tissue-specific cis- and trans-regulatory elements. Studies on gene structures of chicken vasa homologue (CVH), a chicken RNA binding protein, involved in temporal and spatial regulation are thus important not only for understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate germ cell fate, but also for practical applications of primordial germ cells...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101236/identification-of-proteins-associated-with-pediatric-bilateral-wilms-tumor
#8
Zechen Yan, Qingjun Meng, Jinjian Yang, Junjie Zhang, Wei Zhao, Fei Guo, Dongjian Song, Yuxiao Zhan, Dandan Fan, Ruiyi Zhou, Shuqiang Zuo, Zehua Wang, Jiekai Yu, Shu Zheng, Jiaxiang Wang
Wilms tumor (WT) is the most common cancer that primarily develops in abdominal solid organ of children. It has no incipient symptom, and the most frequent symptoms are a painless, palpable abdominal mass. Proteomics technology was used to select the differentially expressed proteins of bilateral Wilms tumor (BWT). Ten serum samples of children with BWT were chosen, 20 serum samples of children with unilateral WT (UWT) and 20 serum samples of healthy children were selected, and proteomics technology was used to detect and collect data...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101175/effect-of-mir-146a-and-mir-155-on-cardiac-xenotransplantation
#9
Zhicheng Zhao, Feng Qi, Tong Liu, Weihua Fu
The aim of the present study was to investigate the expression levels of miR-146a and miR-155 in a cardiac xenograft model treated with the immunosuppressant FK506, and to construct lentiviral vectors to further study the roles of miR-146a and miR-155 in cardiac xenotransplantation. Expression levels of miR-146a and miR-155 were examined by quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis and protein expression of RelA, which is a member of the nuclear factor-κB family, was examined by western blot analysis...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100871/in-vivo-direct-reprogramming-of-liver-cells-to-insulin-producing-cells-by-virus-free-overexpression-of-defined-factors
#10
Xiao-Fei Yang, Li-Wei Ren, Lu Yang, Chun-Yan Deng, Fu-Rong Li
Direct reprogramming of autologous cells from diabetes patients to insulin producing cells is a new method for pancreatic cell replacement therapy. At present, transdifferentiation among mature cells is achieved mainly by introducing foreign genes into the starting tissue with viral vector, but there are potentical safety problems. In the present study, we delivered plasmids carrying Pdx1, Neurog3 and MafA genes (PNM) into mouse hepatocytes by hydrodynamics tail vein injection, investigated islet β cells markers in transfected cells from protein and mRNA level, and then observed the long-term control of blood glucose in diabetic mice...
January 18, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100454/gene-therapy-targeting-oligodendrocytes-provides-therapeutic-benefit-in-a-leukodystrophy-model
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Elena Georgiou, Kyriaki Sidiropoulou, Jan Richter, Christos Papaneophytou, Irene Sargiannidou, Alexia Kagiava, Georg von Jonquieres, Christina Christodoulou, Matthias Klugmann, Kleopas A Kleopa
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher-like disease or hypomyelinating leukodystrophy-2 is an autosomal recessively inherited leukodystrophy with childhood onset resulting from mutations in the gene encoding the gap junction protein connexin 47 (Cx47, encoded by GJC2). Cx47 is expressed specifically in oligodendrocytes and is crucial for gap junctional communication throughout the central nervous system. Previous studies confirmed that a cell autonomous loss-of-function mechanism underlies hypomyelinating leukodystrophy-2 and that transgenic oligodendrocyte-specific expression of another connexin, Cx32 (GJB1), can restore gap junctions in oligodendrocytes to achieve correction of the pathology in a disease model...
January 18, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100163/a-vector-based-short-hairpin-rna-targeting-aurora-b-suppresses-human-prostatic-carcinoma-growth
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Mei Cao, Panpan Qi, Chong Chen, Liju Song, Xuege Wang, Ningzhe Li, Daoyan Wu, Guoku Hu, Jian Zhao
Aurora kinase B, playing a vital, important role in mitosis, is frequently detected to be overexpressed in many cancer cell lines and various tumor tissues, including prostatic carcinoma. Given the essential function of Aurora kinase B in mitosis and its association with tumorigenesis, it might be a drug target for prostatic carcinoma treatment. In our study, short hairpin RNA targeting Aurora kinase B was cloned into a pGPU6 plasmid vector and then transfected into human prostatic carcinoma cells. The expression level of Aurora kinase B was verified by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and Western blot...
February 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100034/murine-rankl-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-display-an-osteogenic-differentiation-defect-improved-by-a-rankl-expressing-lentiviral-vector
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Francesca Schena, Ciro Menale, Emanuela Caci, Lorenzo Diomede, Eleonora Palagano, Camilla Recordati, Monica Sandri, Anna Tampieri, Ileana Bortolomai, Valentina Capo, Claudia Pastorino, Arinna Bertoni, Marco Gattorno, Alberto Martini, Anna Villa, Elisabetta Traggiai, Cristina Sobacchi
Autosomal Recessive Osteopetrosis (ARO) is a severe bone disease characterized by increased bone density due to impairment in osteoclast resorptive function or differentiation. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the only available treatment; however, this therapy is not effective in RANKL-dependent ARO, since in bone this gene is mainly expressed by cells of mesenchymal origin. Of note, whether lack of RANKL production might cause a defect also in the bone marrow (BM) stromal compartment, possibly contributing to the pathology, is unknown...
January 18, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100033/relaxin-3-inputs-target-hippocampal-interneurons-and-deletion-of-hilar-relaxin-3-receptors-in-floxed-rxfp3-mice-impairs-spatial-memory
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M Haidar, G Guèvremont, C Zhang, Rad Bathgate, E Timofeeva, C M Smith, A L Gundlach
Hippocampus is innervated by γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) 'projection' neurons of the nucleus incertus (NI), including a population expressing the neuropeptide, relaxin-3 (RLN3). In studies aimed at gaining an understanding of the role of RLN3 signaling in hippocampus via its Gi/o -protein-coupled receptor, RXFP3, we examined the distribution of RLN3-immunoreactive nerve fibres and RXFP3 mRNA-positive neurons in relation to hippocampal GABA neuron populations. RLN3-positive elements were detected in close-apposition with a substantial population of somatostatin (SST)- and GABA-immunoreactive neurons, and a smaller population of parvalbumin- and calretinin-immunoreactive neurons in different hippocampal areas, consistent with the relative distribution patterns of RXFP3 mRNA and these marker transcripts...
January 18, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099492/priming-cross-protective-bovine-viral-diarrhea-virus-specific-immunity-using-live-vectored-mosaic-antigens
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Shehnaz Lokhandwala, Xin Fang, Suryakant D Waghela, Jocelyn Bray, Leo M Njongmeta, Andy Herring, Karim W Abdelsalam, Christopher Chase, Waithaka Mwangi
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) plays a key role in bovine respiratory disease complex, which can lead to pneumonia, diarrhea and death of calves. Current vaccines are not very effective due, in part, to immunosuppressive traits and failure to induce broad protection. There are diverse BVDV strains and thus, current vaccines contain representative genotype 1 and 2 viruses (BVDV-1 & 2) to broaden coverage. BVDV modified live virus (MLV) vaccines are superior to killed virus vaccines, but they are susceptible to neutralization and complement-mediated destruction triggered by passively acquired antibodies, thus limiting their efficacy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098823/integrative-mirna-gene-expression-analysis-enables-refinement-of-associated-biology-and-prediction-of-response-to-cetuximab-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-cancer
#16
Loris De Cecco, Marco Giannoccaro, Edoardo Marchesi, Paolo Bossi, Federica Favales, Laura D Locati, Lisa Licitra, Silvana Pilotti, Silvana Canevari
This paper documents the process by which we, through gene and miRNA expression profiling of the same samples of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) and an integrative miRNA-mRNA expression analysis, were able to identify candidate biomarkers of progression-free survival (PFS) in patients treated with cetuximab-based approaches. Through sparse partial least square-discriminant analysis (sPLS-DA) and supervised analysis, 36 miRNAs were identified in two components that clearly separated long- and short-PFS patients...
January 14, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098415/intracranial-aav-ifn-%C3%AE-gene-therapy-eliminates-invasive-xenograft-glioblastoma-and-improves-survival-in-orthotopic-syngeneic-murine-model
#17
Dwijit GuhaSarkar, James Neiswender, Qin Su, Guangping Gao, Miguel Sena-Esteves
The highly invasive property of glioblastoma (GBM) cells and genetic heterogeneity are largely responsible for tumor recurrence after the current standard-of-care treatment and thus a direct cause of death. Previously, we have shown that intracranial interferon-beta (IFN-β) gene therapy by locally administered adeno-associated viral vectors (AAV) successfully treats noninvasive orthotopic glioblastoma models. Here, we extend these findings by testing this approach in invasive human GBM xenograft and syngeneic mouse models...
November 9, 2016: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098337/characterisation-of-the-enzymatic-properties-of-mpapr1-an-aspartic-protease-secreted-by-the-wine-yeast-metschnikowia-pulcherrima
#18
Louwrens Wiid Theron, Marina Bely, Benoit Divol
BACKGROUND: MpAPr1, encoding an acid protease from the wine yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima IWBT Y1123, was previously isolated and shown to display potential activity against casein and grape proteins. However, its characterisation remained partial. RESULTS: MpAPr1 was cloned into the pGAPZαA vector and transformed into Komagataella pastoris X33 for heterologous expression. After verification of activity, the enzyme properties were characterised. Protease activity within the concentrated supernatant was retained over a pH range of 3...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098257/a-comprehensive-platform-for-the-analysis-of-ubiquitin-like-protein-modifications-using-in-vivo-biotinylation
#19
Lucia Pirone, Wendy Xolalpa, Jón Otti Sigurðsson, Juanma Ramirez, Coralia Pérez, Monika González, Ainara Ruiz de Sabando, Félix Elortza, Manuel S Rodriguez, Ugo Mayor, Jesper V Olsen, Rosa Barrio, James D Sutherland
Post-translational modification by ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like proteins (UbLs) is fundamental for maintaining protein homeostasis. Efficient isolation of UbL conjugates is hampered by multiple factors, including cost and specificity of reagents, removal of UbLs by proteases, distinguishing UbL conjugates from interactors, and low quantities of modified substrates. Here we describe bioUbLs, a comprehensive set of tools for studying modifications in Drosophila and mammals, based on multicistronic expression and in vivo biotinylation using the E...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097167/expression-purification-and-kinetic-characterization-of-recombinant-benzoate-dioxygenase-from-rhodococcus-ruber-ukmp-5m
#20
Arezoo Tavakoli, Ainon Hamzah, Amir Rabu
In this study, benzoate dioxygenase from Rhodococcus ruber UKMP-5M was catalyzed by oxidating the benzene ring to catechol and other derivatives. The benzoate dioxygenase (benA gene) from Rhodococcus ruber UKMP-5M was then expressed, purified, characterized, The benA gene was amplified (642 bp), and the product was cloned into a pGEM-T vector. The recombinant plasmid pGEMT-benA was digested by double restriction enzymes BamHI and HindIII to construct plasmid pET28b-benA and was then ligated into Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3)...
September 2016: Molecular Biology Research Communications
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