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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775864/exogenous-hydrogen-peroxide-inhibits-primary-root-gravitropism-by-regulating-auxin-distribution-during-arabidopsis-seed-germination
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Lina Zhou, Hongzhou Hou, Tao Yang, Yuke Lian, Yan Sun, Zhiyuan Bian, Chongying Wang
Hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) is the key factor in many physiological and metabolic processes in plants. During seed germination, exogenous H2 O2 application influences gravitropism and induces curvature of the primary root in grass pea and pea seedlings. However, it remains unclear whether and how this happens in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. In the present study, the effect of exogenous H2 O2 on the gravitropic response of primary roots during Arabidopsis seed germination was studied using histology and molecular biology approaches...
May 15, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775627/acquisition-of-tumorigenic-potential-and-therapeutic-resistance-in-cd133-subpopulation-of-prostate-cancer-cells-exhibiting-stem-cell-like-characteristics
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Rajnee Kanwal, Sanjeev Shukla, Ethan Walker, Sanjay Gupta
The role of CD133 (Prominin-1) as a cancer stem cell marker may be useful for therapeutic approaches and prognostication in prostate cancer patients. We investigated the stem-cell-related function and biological features of a subpopulation of CD133+ cells isolated from established primary human prostate cancer cell lines. The CD133+ cells sorted from human prostate cancer 22Rv1 exhibited high clonogenic and tumorigenic capabilities, sphere forming capacity and serially reinitiated transplantable tumors in NOD-SCID mice...
May 15, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775576/the-quest-for-stability-during-times-of-change
#3
Quincey Justman
Experimental tools that are designed to perturb biological functions are often used to understand how cells change over time. However, in two recent papers, Segall-Shapiro et al. (2018; in Nature Biotechnology) and Rullan et al. (2018; in this issue of Molecular Cell) present tools engineered to keep cells the same. Both tools achieve perfect adaptation, that is, the ability to hold a value, in this case gene expression, constant over time despite disruptions and disturbances. Together, these papers highlight how influential dynamics can be when shaping biological functions, even when the goal is to stay constant...
May 17, 2018: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775474/the-cryptococcus-neoformans-titan-cell-is-an-inducible-and-regulated-morphotype-underlying-pathogenesis
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Ivy M Dambuza, Thomas Drake, Ambre Chapuis, Xin Zhou, Joao Correia, Leanne Taylor-Smith, Nathalie LeGrave, Tim Rasmussen, Matthew C Fisher, Tihana Bicanic, Thomas S Harrison, Marcel Jaspars, Robin C May, Gordon D Brown, Raif Yuecel, Donna M MacCallum, Elizabeth R Ballou
Fungal cells change shape in response to environmental stimuli, and these morphogenic transitions drive pathogenesis and niche adaptation. For example, dimorphic fungi switch between yeast and hyphae in response to changing temperature. The basidiomycete Cryptococcus neoformans undergoes an unusual morphogenetic transition in the host lung from haploid yeast to large, highly polyploid cells termed Titan cells. Titan cells influence fungal interaction with host cells, including through increased drug resistance, altered cell size, and altered Pathogen Associated Molecular Pattern exposure...
May 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774626/analysis-of-intra-tumor-heterogeneity-in-neurofibromatosis-type-1-plexiform-neurofibromas-and-neurofibromas-with-atypical-features-correlating-histological-and-genomic-findings
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Meritxell Carrió, Bernat Gel, Ernest Terribas, Adriana Carolina Zucchiatti, Teresa Moliné, Inma Rosas, Álex Teulé, Santiago Ramón Y Cajal, Juan Carlos López-Gutiérrez, Ignacio Blanco, Elisabeth Castellanos, Conxi Lázaro, Anat Stemmer-Rachamimov, Cleofé Romagosa, Eduard Serra
Plexiform neurofibromas (PNFs) are benign peripheral nerve sheath tumors involving large nerves present in 30-50% Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) patients. Atypical neurofibromas (ANF) are distinct nodular lesions with atypical features on histology that arise from PNFs. The risk and timeline of malignant transformation in ANF is difficult to assess. A recent NIH workshop has stratified ANFs and separated a subgroup with multiple atypical features and higher risk of malignant transformation termed atypical neurofibromatous neoplasms with uncertain biological potential (ANNUBP)...
May 17, 2018: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774118/proteomic-profiling-of-skeletal-and-cardiac-muscle-in-cancer-cachexia-alterations-in-sarcomeric-and-mitochondrial-protein-expression
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Angie M Y Shum, Anne Poljak, Nicholas L Bentley, Nigel Turner, Timothy C Tan, Patsie Polly
Background: Cancer cachexia is observed in more than 50% of advanced cancer patients, and impairs quality of life and prognosis. A variety of pathways are likely to be dysregulated. Hence, a broad-spectrum understanding of the disease process is best achieved by a discovery based approach such as proteomics. Results: More than 300 proteins were identified with > 95% confidence in correct sequence identification, of which 5-10% were significantly differentially expressed in cachectic tissues ( p -value of 0...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774098/establishment-of-primary-cell-culture-and-an-intracranial-xenograft-model-of-pediatric-ependymoma-a-prospect-for-therapy-development-and-understanding-of-tumor-biology
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Lorena Favaro Pavon, Tatiana Tais Sibov, Silvia Regina Caminada de Toledo, Daniela Mara de Oliveira, Francisco Romero Cabral, Jean Gabriel de Souza, Pamela Boufleur, Luciana C Marti, Jackeline Moraes Malheiros, Edgar Ferreira da Cruz, Fernando F Paiva, Suzana M F Malheiros, Manoel A de Paiva Neto, Alberto Tannús, Sérgio Mascarenhas de Oliveira, Nasjla Saba Silva, Andrea Maria Cappellano, Antonio Sérgio Petrilli, Ana Marisa Chudzinski-Tavassi, Sérgio Cavalheiro
Background: Ependymoma (EPN), the third most common pediatric brain tumor, is a central nervous system (CNS) malignancy originating from the walls of the ventricular system. Surgical resection followed by radiation therapy has been the primary treatment for most pediatric intracranial EPNs. Despite numerous studies into the prognostic value of histological classification, the extent of surgical resection and adjuvant radiotherapy, there have been relatively few studies into the molecular and cellular biology of EPNs...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774079/long-non-coding-rnas-ac026904-1-and-uca1-a-one-two-punch-for-tgf-%C3%AE-induced-snai2-activation-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-breast-cancer
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Guo-Yin Li, Wei Wang, Jian-Yong Sun, Bo Xin, Xiang Zhang, Ting Wang, Qian-Feng Zhang, Li-Bo Yao, Hua Han, Dai-Ming Fan, An-Gang Yang, Lin-Tao Jia, Lei Wang
Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) has received much attention as a major inducer of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) during cancer progression, mainly by activating a set of pleiotropic transcription factors including SNAI2/Slug. However, the involvement of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in TGF-β-induced Slug activation and EMT remains largely unknown. Methods: In this study, we used microarray analysis to compare lncRNA expression profiles between TGF-β treated and untreated breast cancer cells...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774077/long-noncoding-rna-mir503hg-a-prognostic-indicator-inhibits-tumor-metastasis-by-regulating-the-hnrnpa2b1-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Hui Wang, Linhui Liang, Qiongzhu Dong, Lin Huan, Jia He, Botai Li, Chen Yang, Haojie Jin, Lin Wei, Chengtao Yu, Fangyu Zhao, Jinjun Li, Ming Yao, Wenxin Qin, Lunxiu Qin, Xianghuo He
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but the underlying molecular mechanisms of their specific association with hepatocarcinogenesis have not been fully explored. Methods: miR503HG was identified by microarray and validated by real-time PCR. Survival analysis was evaluated using the Kaplan-Meier method and assessed using the log-rank test. In vitro and in vivo assays were preformed to explore the biological effects of miR503HG in HCC cells. The interaction of miR503HG with HNRNPA2B1 was identified by RNA pull-down and RNA immunoprecipitation...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774041/report-on-the-current-inventory-of-the-toolbox-for-plant-cell-wall-analysis-proteinaceous-and-small-molecular-probes
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REVIEW
Maja G Rydahl, Aleksander R Hansen, Stjepan K Kračun, Jozef Mravec
Plant cell walls are highly complex structures composed of diverse classes of polysaccharides, proteoglycans, and polyphenolics, which have numerous roles throughout the life of a plant. Significant research efforts aim to understand the biology of this cellular organelle and to facilitate cell-wall-based industrial applications. To accomplish this, researchers need to be provided with a variety of sensitive and specific detection methods for separate cell wall components, and their various molecular characteristics in vitro as well as in situ ...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773993/diabetic-cardiomyopathy-impact-of-biological-sex-on-disease-development-and-molecular-signatures
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REVIEW
Ryan Toedebusch, Anthony Belenchia, Lakshmi Pulakat
Diabetic cardiomyopathy refers to a unique set of heart-specific pathological variables induced by hyperglycemia and insulin resistance. Given that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the world, and type 2 diabetes incidence continues to rise, understanding the complex interplay between these two morbidities and developing novel therapeutic strategies is vital. Two hallmark characteristics specific to diabetic cardiomyopathy are diastolic dysfunction and cardiac structural mal-adaptations, arising from cardiac cellular responses to the complex toxicity induced by hyperglycemia with or without hyperinsulinemia...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773873/therapeutic-nanoparticles-penetrate-leaves-and-deliver-nutrients-to-agricultural-crops
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Avishai Karny, Assaf Zinger, Ashima Kajal, Janna Shainsky-Roitman, Avi Schroeder
As the world population grows, there is a need for efficient agricultural technologies to provide global food requirements and reduce environmental toll. In medicine, nanoscale drug delivery systems grant improved therapeutic precision by overcoming biological barriers and enhancing drug targeting to diseased tissues. Here, we loaded nanoscale drug-delivery systems with agricultural nutrients, and applied them to the leaves of tomato plants. We show that the nanoparticles - liposomes composed of plant-derived lipids, penetrate the leaf and translocate in a bidirectional manner, distributing to other leaves and to the roots...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773865/perlecan-a-heparan-sulfate-proteoglycan-regulates-systemic-metabolism-with-dynamic-changes-in-adipose-tissue-and-skeletal-muscle
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Yuri Yamashita, Satoshi Nakada, Toshinori Yoshihara, Takeshi Nara, Norihiko Furuya, Takashi Miida, Nobutaka Hattori, Eri Arikawa-Hirasawa
Perlecan (HSPG2), a heparan sulfate proteoglycan, is a component of basement membranes and participates in a variety of biological activities. Here, we show physiological roles of perlecan in both obesity and the onset of metabolic syndrome. The perinatal lethality-rescued perlecan knockout (Hspg2-/- -Tg) mice showed a smaller mass and cell size of white adipose tissues than control (WT-Tg) mice. Abnormal lipid deposition, such as fatty liver, was not detected in the Hspg2-/- -Tg mice, and those mice also consumed more fat as an energy source, likely due to their activated fatty acid oxidation...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773584/mechanisms-in-endocrinology-cell-cycle-regulation-in-adrenocortical-carcinoma
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Sofia Pereira, Mariana P Monteiro, Isabelle Bourdeau, Andre Lacroix, Duarte Pignatelli
Adrenocortical carcinomas are rather rare endocrine tumors that often have a poor prognosis. The reduced survival rate associated with these tumors is due to their aggressive biological behavior, combined with the scarcity of effective treatment options that are currently available. The recent identification of the genomic alterations present in ACC have provided further molecular mechanisms to develop consistent strategies for the diagnosis, prevention of progression and treatment of advanced ACCs. Taken together, molecular and genomic advances could be leading the way to develop personalized medicine in ACCs similarly to similar developments in lung or breast cancers...
May 17, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773172/seleno-l-methionine-and-l-ascorbic-acid-differentiate-the-biological-activity-of-doxorubicin-and-its-metal-complexes-as-a-new-anticancer-drugs-candidate
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Marzena Matejczyk, Grzegorz Świderski, Renata Świsłocka, Stanisław Józef Rosochacki, Włodzimierz Lewandowski
The most important problems of anti-cancer therapy include the toxicity of the drugs applied to healthy cells and the multi-drug cells resistance to chemotherapeutics. One of the most commonly used anticancer drugs is doxorubicin (DOX) used to treat certain leukemias and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas, as well as bladder, breast, stomach, lung, ovarian, thyroid, multiple myeloma and other cancers. Preliminary studies showed that metal complex with DOX improve its cytostatic activity with changes in their molecular structure and distribution of electrons, resulting in a substantial change of its biological activity (including antitumor activity)...
July 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772845/doxycycline-impairs-mitochondrial-function-and-protects-human-glioma-cells-from-hypoxia-induced-cell-death-implications-of-using-tet-inducible-systems
#16
Anna-Luisa Luger, Benedikt Sauer, Nadja I Lorenz, Anna L Engel, Yannick Braun, Martin Voss, Patrick N Harter, Joachim P Steinbach, Michael W Ronellenfitsch
Inducible gene expression is an important tool in molecular biology research to study protein function. Most frequently, the antibiotic doxycycline is used for regulation of so-called tetracycline (Tet)-inducible systems. In contrast to stable gene overexpression, these systems allow investigation of acute and reversible effects of cellular protein induction. Recent reports have already called for caution when using Tet-inducible systems as the employed antibiotics can disturb mitochondrial function and alter cellular metabolism by interfering with mitochondrial translation...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772746/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-benzimidazole-derived-biocompatible-copper-ii-and-zinc-ii-complexes-as-anticancer-chemotherapeutics
#17
Mohamed F AlAjmi, Afzal Hussain, Md Tabish Rehman, Azmat Ali Khan, Perwez Alam Shaikh, Rais Ahmad Khan
Herein, we have synthesized and characterized a new benzimidazole-derived "BnI" ligand and its copper(II) complex, [Cu(BnI)₂], 1 , and zinc(II) complex, [Zn(BnI)₂], 2 , using elemental analysis and various spectroscopic techniques. Interaction of complexes 1 and 2 with the biomolecules viz. HSA (human serum albumin) and DNA were studied using absorption titration, fluorescence techniques, and in silico molecular docking studies. The results exhibited the significant binding propensity of both complexes 1 and 2 , but complex 1 showed more avid binding to HSA and DNA...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772699/synthesis-molecular-structure-anticancer-activity-and-qsar-study-of-n-aryl-heteroaryl-4-1-h-pyrrol-1-yl-benzenesulfonamide-derivatives
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Beata Żołnowska, Jarosław Sławiński, Zdzisław Brzozowski, Anna Kawiak, Mariusz Belka, Joanna Zielińska, Tomasz Bączek, Jarosław Chojnacki
A series of N -(aryl/heteroaryl)-4-(1 H -pyrrol-1-yl)benzenesulfonamides were synthesized from 4-amino- N -(aryl/heteroaryl)benzenesulfonamides and 2,5-dimethoxytetrahydrofuran. All the synthesized compounds were evaluated for their anticancer activity on HeLa, HCT-116, and MCF-7 human tumor cell lines. Compound 28 , bearing 8-quinolinyl moiety, exhibited the most potent anticancer activity against the HCT-116, MCF-7, and HeLa cell lines, with IC50 values of 3, 5, and 7 µM, respectively. The apoptotic potential of the most active compound ( 28 ) was analyzed through various assays: phosphatidylserine translocation, cell cycle distribution, and caspase activation...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772648/adhesion-in-physiological-benign-and-malignant-proliferative-states-of-the-endometrium-microenvironment-and-the-clinical-big-picture
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REVIEW
Emily J Rutherford, Arnold D K Hill, Ann M Hopkins
Although the developments in cellular and molecular biology over the last few decades have significantly advanced our understanding of the processes and players that regulate invasive disease, many areas of uncertainty remain. This review will discuss the contribution of dysregulated cell⁻cell and cell⁻matrix adhesion to the invasion in both benign and malignant contexts. Using the endometrium as an illustrative tissue that undergoes clinically significant invasion in both contexts, the adhesion considerations in the cells ("seed") and their microenvironment ("soil") will be discussed...
May 16, 2018: Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772469/synthesis-of-steroidal-imidazolidinthiones-as-potential-apoptotic-agents-investigation-by-theoretical-and-experimental-studies
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Ayaz Mahmood Dar, Rizwan Nabi, Shafia Mir, Manzoor Ahmad Gatoo, Shamsuzzaman, Shabir H Lone
New steroidal imidazolidinthione derivatives (4-6) were synthesized from steroidal thiosemicarbazones and dichloroethane. The synthesized compounds were characterized using spectral data analysis. Theoretical DFT involving B3LYP/6-31G∗∗ level of theory was employed to gain insights into the molecular structure of the target compounds. MEPS and FMO analysis were carried out. HOMO-LUMO energy gap was determined which helped to evaluate various global descriptors like hardness, chemical potential, electronegativity, nucleophilicity and electrophilicity index, etc...
May 2, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
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