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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647534/molecular-cell-biology-of-complement-membrane-attack
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B Paul Morgan, Courtney Boyd, Doryen Bubeck
The membrane attack complex (MAC) is the pore-forming toxin of the complement system, a relatively early evolutionary acquisition that confers upon complement the capacity to directly kill pathogens. The MAC is more than just a bactericidal missile, having the capacity when formed on self-cells to initiate a host of cell activation events that can have profound consequences for tissue homeostasis in the face of infection or injury. Although the capacity of complement to directly kill pathogens has been recognised for over a century, and the pore-forming killing mechanism for at least 50 years, there remains considerable uncertainty regarding precisely how MAC mediates its killing and cell activation activities...
June 21, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647515/a-phytoestrogen-supplement-prevents-the-altered-gene-expression-associated-with-pregnancy-implantation-induced-by-il-1%C3%AE-in-endometrial-epithelial-cells
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Sayaka Suzuki, Noe Nakashima, Masakatsu Kageyama, Kazuo Yamagata
Phytoestrogens stimulate expression of the uterine estrogen receptor and regulate uterine functions in reproductive tissues. However, comprehensive understanding of the beneficial impacts of phytoestrogens on uterine biology at the molecular level remains unexplored. Interleukin-1β (IL-1β) expression is increased in the inflamed decidua and is associated with first trimester pregnancy loss. AglyMax-Sup has the same composition as that of the phytoestrogen supplement AglyMax but with added vitamins and other components...
June 21, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647490/sex-biased-eicosanoid-biology-impact-for-sex-differences-in-inflammation-and-consequences-for-pharmacotherapy
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Simona Pace, Lidia Sautebin, Oliver Werz
The incidence, severity and progression of autoimmune diseases (e.g. scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis) and certain inflammatory diseases (e.g. asthma) are sex-biased where these pathologies dominate in women. However, other immune disorders such as sepsis, post-surgery infections and gout display higher incidence and severity in men. The molecular and cellular basis underlying this sex dimorphism remains incompletely elucidated but may provide important insights for sex-specific pharmacotherapy...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647055/uncovering-gene-regulatory-networks-controlling-plant-cell-differentiation
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Colleen Drapek, Erin E Sparks, Philip N Benfey
The development of multicellular organisms relies on the precise regulation of cellular differentiation. As such, there has been significant effort invested to understand the process through which an immature cell undergoes differentiation. In this review, we highlight key discoveries and advances that have contributed to our understanding of the transcriptional networks underlying Arabidopsis root endodermal differentiation. To conclude, we propose perspectives on how advances in molecular biology, microscopy, and nucleotide sequencing will provide the tools to test the biological significance of these gene regulatory networks (GRN)...
June 21, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646471/decoding-early-myelopoiesis-from-dynamics-of-core-endogenous-network
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Hang Su, Gaowei Wang, Ruoshi Yuan, Junqiang Wang, Ying Tang, Ping Ao, Xiaomei Zhu
A decade ago mainstream molecular biologists regarded it impossible or biologically ill-motivated to understand the dynamics of complex biological phenomena, such as cancer genesis and progression, from a network perspective. Indeed, there are numerical difficulties even for those who were determined to explore along this direction. Undeterred, seven years ago a group of Chinese scientists started a program aiming to obtain quantitative connections between tumors and network dynamics. Many interesting results have been obtained...
May 29, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646406/podocytes-and-the-quest-for-precision-medicines-for-kidney-diseases
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Peter Mundel
In this review, I describe a 30-year journey in the quest for precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases. In 1987, when I started my reseach career, most scientists studying glomerular disease biology were focused on mesangial cells. The crucial role of the podocyte in many kidney diseases characterized by proteinuria, including focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and diabetic nephropathy, had not yet been recognized. We were not aware of genetic causes or drivers of kidney diseases nor of molecular markers and cell culture systems for mechanistic studies of podocyte biology...
June 23, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646353/creb1-regulates-glucose-transport-of-glioma-cell-line-u87-by-targeting-glut1
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Jiaying Chen, Can Zhang, Yang Mi, Fuxue Chen, Dongshu Du
Glioma is stemmed from the glial cells in the brain, which is accounted for about 45% of all intracranial tumors. The characteristic of glioma is invasive growth, as well as there is no obvious boundary between normal brain tissue and glioma tissue, so it is difficult to resect completely with worst prognosis. The metabolism of glioma is following the Warburg effect. Previous researches have shown that GLUT1, as a glucose transporter carrier, affected the Warburg effect, but the molecular mechanism is not very clear...
June 23, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646284/chd1l-expression-increases-tumor-progression-and-acts-as-a-predictive-biomarker-for-poor-prognosis-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Chuan Liu, Xiaowei Fu, Zhiwei Zhong, Jing Zhang, Haiyan Mou, Qiong Wu, Tianle Sheng, Bo Huang, Yeqing Zou
BACKGROUND: The chromodomain helicase/ATPase DNA binding protein 1-like gene (CHD1L) plays a key role in controlling various cellular phenomena, including immune-mediated inflammation, transformation, apoptosis, cell cycle progression, and proliferation. METHODS: This study investigated the function and clinical significance of CHD1L protein expression in pancreatic cancer (PC). We analyzed CHD1L expression in surgical specimens from 112 PC patients. The correlation between the clinical characteristics and prognosis was also determined...
June 23, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646221/aberrant-activation-of-the-human-sex-determining-gene-in-early-embryonic-development-results-in-postnatal-growth-retardation-and-lethality-in-mice
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Tatsuo Kido, Zhaoyu Sun, Yun-Fai Chris Lau
Sexual dimorphisms are prevalent in development, physiology and diseases in humans. Currently, the contributions of the genes on the male-specific region of the Y chromosome (MSY) in these processes are uncertain. Using a transgene activation system, the human sex-determining gene hSRY is activated in the single-cell embryos of the mouse. Pups with hSRY activated (hSRY(ON)) are born of similar sizes as those of non-activated controls. However, they retard significantly in postnatal growth and development and all die of multi-organ failure before two weeks of age...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645641/homogenizing-bacterial-cell-factories-analysis-and-engineering-of-phenotypic-heterogeneity
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Dennis Binder, Thomas Drepper, Karl-Erich Jaeger, Frank Delvigne, Wolfgang Wiechert, Dietrich Kohlheyer, Alexander Grünberger
In natural habitats, microbes form multispecies communities that commonly face rapidly changing and highly competitive environments. Thus, phenotypic heterogeneity has evolved as an innate and important survival strategy to gain an overall fitness advantage over cohabiting competitors. However, in defined artificial environments such as monocultures in small- to large-scale bioreactors, cell-to-cell variations are presumed to cause reduced production yields as well as process instability. Hence, engineering microbial production toward phenotypic homogeneity is a highly promising approach for synthetic biology and bioprocess optimization...
June 20, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645312/phf21b-overexpression-promotes-cancer-stem-cell-like-traits-in-prostate-cancer-cells-by-activating-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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Qiji Li, Liping Ye, Wei Guo, Min Wang, Shuai Huang, Xinsheng Peng
BACKGROUND: PHF21B is newly identified to be involved in the tumor progression; however, its biological role and molecular mechanism in prostate cancer have not been defined. This study is aimed to study the role of PHF21B in the progression of prostate cancer. METHODS: Real-time PCR, immunohistochemistry and western blotting analysis were used to determine PHF21B expression in prostate cancer cell lines and clinical specimens. The role of PHF21B in maintaining prostate cancer stem cell-like phenotype was examined by tumor-sphere formation assay and expression levels of stem cell markers...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645238/new-world-arenavirus-biology
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Nicolás Sarute, Susan R Ross
Hemorrhagic fevers caused by viruses were identified in the late 1950s in South America. These viruses have existed in their hosts, the New World rodents, for millions of years. Their emergence as infectious agents in humans coincided with changes in the environment and farming practices that caused explosions in their host rodent populations. Zoonosis into humans likely occurs because the pathogenic New World arenaviruses use human transferrin receptor 1 to enter cells. The mortality rate after infection with these viruses is high, but the mechanism by which disease is induced is still not clear...
June 23, 2017: Annual Review of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645172/the-biogenesis-pathway-of-trna-derived-pirnas-in-bombyx-germ-cells
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Shozo Honda, Takuya Kawamura, Phillipe Loher, Keisuke Morichika, Isidore Rigoutsos, Yohei Kirino
Transfer RNAs (tRNAs) function in translational machinery and further serves as a source of short non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs). tRNA-derived ncRNAs show differential expression profiles and play roles in many biological processes beyond translation. Molecular mechanisms that shape and regulate their expression profiles are largely unknown. Here, we report the mechanism of biogenesis for tRNA-derived Piwi-interacting RNAs (td-piRNAs) expressed in Bombyx BmN4 cells. In the cells, two cytoplasmic tRNA species, tRNAAspGUC and tRNAHisGUG, served as major sources for td-piRNAs, which were derived from the 5΄-part of the respective tRNAs...
June 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644743/sarcocystis-jamaicensis-n-sp-from-red-tailed-hawks-buteo-jamaicensis-definitive-host-and-ifn-%C3%AE-gene-knockout-mice-as-experimental-intermediate-host
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Shiv Verma, Alexa Rosypal Von Dohlen, J Mowery, D Scott, B Rosenthal, J P Dubey, David Lindsay
Here, we report a new species of Sarcocystis with red-tailed hawk (RTH) as the natural definitive host and IFN-γ gene knockout (KO) mice as an experimental intermediate host in which sarcocysts form in muscle. Two RTHs submitted to the Carolina Raptor Center, Huntersville, North Carolina, were euthanized because they could not be rehabilitated and released. Fully sporulated 12.5 x 9.9 m sized sporocysts were found in intestinal scrapings of both hawks. Sporocysts were orally fed to laboratory-reared outbred Swiss Webster mice (SW) (Mus musculus) and also to KO mice...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644609/galnac-tyrosine-is-a-ligand-of-plant-lectins-antibodies-and-human-and-murine-macrophage-galactose-type-lectins
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Ruslan Gibadullin, David Wayne Farnsworth, Joseph J Barchi, Jeffrey C Gildersleeve
In 2011, a new type of protein O-glycosylation was discovered in which N-acetylgalactosamine is attached to the side chain of tyrosine (GalNAc-Tyr). While present on dozens of proteins, the biological roles of GalNAc-Tyr are unknown. To gain insight into this new type of modification, we synthesized a group of GalNAc-Tyr glycopeptides, constructed microarrays, and evaluated potential recognition of GalNAc-Tyr by a series of glycan-binding proteins. Through a series of >150 microarray experiments, we assessed binding properties of a variety of plant lectins, monoclonal antibodies, and endogenous lectins...
June 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644443/unexpected-genomic-features-in-widespread-intracellular-bacteria-evidence-for-motility-of-marine-chlamydiae
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Astrid Collingro, Stephan Köstlbacher, Marc Mussmann, Ramunas Stepanauskas, Steven J Hallam, Matthias Horn
Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular bacteria comprising important human pathogens and symbionts of protists. Molecular evidence indicates a tremendous diversity of chlamydiae particularly in marine environments, yet our current knowledge is based mainly on terrestrial representatives. Here we provide first insights into the biology of marine chlamydiae representing three divergent clades. Our analysis of single-cell amplified genomes revealed hallmarks of the chlamydial lifestyle, supporting the ancient origin of their characteristic developmental cycle and major virulence mechanisms...
June 23, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644007/cyclotides-as-tools-in-chemical-biology
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Simon J de Veer, Joachim Weidmann, David J Craik
Among the various molecules that plants produce for defense against pests and pathogens, cyclotides stand out as exceptionally stable and structurally unique. These ribosomally synthesized peptides are around 30 amino acids in size, and are stabilized by a head-to-tail cyclic peptide backbone and three disulfide bonds that form a cystine knot. They occur in certain plants of the Rubiaceae, Violaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Fabaceae, and Solanaceae families, with an individual plant producing up to hundreds of different cyclotides...
June 23, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643992/recent-perspectives-of-molecular-aberrations-in-pediatric-high-grade-glioma
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Zhengwei Li, Qingzeng Sun, Yingchun Shi
Paediatric high-grade glioma (HGG), including diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) are highly aggressive tumours with no effective cures. Lack of understanding of the molecular biology of these tumours, in part due to lack of well-characterized pre-clinical models, is a great challenge in the development of novel therapies. Recent studies have shown that paediatric HGG short-term cell cultures retain many of the tumour characteristics in vivo and at present one of the best choices for in-vivo experimental studies...
June 22, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643925/a-new-cyte-in-orthodontics-osteocytes-in-tooth-movement
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E E Bumann, S A Frazier-Bowers
Orthodontic tooth movement (OTM) relies on the orchestration of clinical and biologic events that include the application of clinical force followed by a cascade of cellular and molecular responses. Our understanding about OTM today has evolved from, and is largely based on historic studies. However, the advances in bone biology and clinical orthodontics today continue to pave the pathway towards an improved knowledge base, and state of the art therapeutics in OTM. Osteoblasts and osteoclasts have been the primary cells analyzed in OTM...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643176/a-promising-tool-in-retina-regeneration-current-perspectives-and-challenges-when-using-mesenchymal-progenitor-stem-cells-in-veterinary-and-human-ophthalmological-applications
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Anna Cislo-Pakuluk, Krzysztof Marycz
Visual impairment is a common ailment of the current world population, with more exposure to CCD screens and fluorescent lighting, approximately 285 billion people suffer from this deficiency and 13% of those are considered clinically blind. More common causes for visual impairment include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy (Zhu et al. Molecular Medicine Reports, 2015; Kolb et al. 2007; Machalińska et al. Current Eye Research, 34(9),748-760, 2009) among a few. As cases of retinal and optic nerve diseases rise, it is vital to find a treatment, which has led to investigation of the therapeutic potential of various stem cells types (Bull et al...
June 22, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
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