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Juanjuan Gao, Qi Tang, Xiaohui Zhu, Shihua Wang, Yongli Zhang, Wenbin Liu, Zhiqiang Gao, Hua Yang
Cholesteatoma is a pathologically benign but clinically destructive middle ear disease, which is caused by excessive epidermal migration and uncontrolled hyperproliferation of keratinocytes of squamous epithelium, leading to various clinical manifestations and serious complications, such as hearing loss, dizziness, facial paralysis, meningitis, and hydrocephalus. However, the pathogenesis of cholesteatoma is still not fully understood. Herein, we performed microarray analysis to identify the differentially expressed patterns of lncRNAs in cholesteatoma for the first time...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Lingci Zhao, Irina P Suarez, Diego F Gauto, Rodolfo M Rasia, Jin Wang
The intrinsically disordered protein domain DCL1-A is the first report of a complete double stranded RNA binding domain folding upon binding. DCL1-A recognizes the dsRNA by acquiring a well-folded structure after engagement with its interaction partner. Despite the structural characterization of the interaction complex underlying the recognition of dsRNA has been established, the dynamics of disorder-to-order transitions in the binding process remains elusive. Here we have developed a coarse-grained structure-based model with consideration of electrostatic interactions to explore the mechanism of the coupled folding and binding...
March 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Yoshihiro Morita, Macall Leslie, Hiroyasu Kameyama, David E Volk, Takemi Tanaka
Aptamer-related technologies represent a revolutionary advancement in the capacity to rapidly develop new classes of targeting ligands. Structurally distinct RNA and DNA oligonucleotides, aptamers mimic small, protein-binding molecules and exhibit high binding affinity and selectivity. Although their molecular weight is relatively small-approximately one-tenth that of monoclonal antibodies-their complex tertiary folded structures create sufficient recognition surface area for tight interaction with target molecules...
March 19, 2018: Cancers
Brant Gracia, Hashim M Al-Hashimi, Namita Bisaria, Rhiju Das, Daniel Herschlag, Rick Russell
Large-scale, cooperative rearrangements underlie the functions of RNA in RNA-protein machines and gene regulation. To understand how such rearrangements are orchestrated, we used high-throughput chemical footprinting to dissect a seemingly concerted rearrangement in P5abc RNA, a paradigm of RNA folding studies. With mutations that systematically disrupt or restore putative structural elements, we found that this transition reflects local folding of structural modules, with modest and incremental cooperativity that results in concerted behavior...
March 20, 2018: Cell Reports
Andrea Cipriano, Monica Ballarino
The completion of the human genome sequence together with advances in sequencing technologies have shifted the paradigm of the genome, as composed of discrete and hereditable coding entities, and have shown the abundance of functional noncoding DNA. This part of the genome, previously dismissed as "junk" DNA, increases proportionally with organismal complexity and contributes to gene regulation beyond the boundaries of known protein-coding genes. Different classes of functionally relevant nonprotein-coding RNAs are transcribed from noncoding DNA sequences...
2018: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Chandrika Bhattacharyya, Partha Pratim Majumder, Bhaswati Pandit
INTRODUCTION: Variability in clinical outcome of tuberculosis infection is dependent, among other factors, on variation in host immunological response to the infection, which is modulated, in part by genetic variations present in the host. We undertook a study to identify host factors associated with such clinical variability. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A comparative study between groups of active TB patients vs. clinically normal household contacts, family members living under the same roof with the patients for a long period of time, was carried out...
March 2018: Tuberculosis
Choung-Soo Kim, Hyunsu Choi, Ki Cheol Park, Sung Won Kim, Dong-Il Sun
Objective This study investigated the ability of implanted human nasal inferior turbinate-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hTMSCs) to repair injured vocal folds. To this end, we used quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to analyze the early phase of wound healing and histopathological analysis to explore the late phase of wound healing in xenograft animal models. Study Design Prospective animal study. Setting Research laboratory. Subjects and Methods The right-side lamina propria of the vocal fold was injured in 20 rabbits and 30 rats...
March 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Alex H F Lee, Steven F Gessert, Yutao Chen, Nikolay V Sergeev, Babak Haghiri
In this work, a robust synthetic pathway for magnetic core preparation and silica surface coating of magnetic microparticles is presented. Silica-coated magnetic particles are widely used to extract DNA and RNA from various biological samples. We present a novel route for the synthesis of iron oxide silica particles (Fe3 O4 @Silica) and demonstrate their performance for extracting ZIKA viral RNA from serum. The iron (II, III) oxide (Fe3 O4 ), magnetite core is first prepared by ammonia neutralization of ferrous and ferric chloride aqueous solution under argon, followed by the addition of citrate salt to stabilize the surface of the resultant magnetic nanospheres...
March 2018: Heliyon
Jiehua Zhou, Daniel Lazar, Haitang Li, Xin Xia, Sangeetha Satheesan, Paige Charlins, Denis O'Mealy, Ramesh Akkina, Sheena Saayman, Marc S Weinberg, John J Rossi, Kevin V Morris
Gene-based therapies represent a promising therapeutic paradigm for the treatment of HIV-1, as they have the potential to maintain sustained viral inhibition with reduced treatment interventions. Such an option may represent a long-term treatment alternative to highly active antiretroviral therapy. Methods: We previously described a therapeutic approach, referred to as transcriptional gene silencing (TGS), whereby small noncoding RNAs directly inhibit the transcriptional activity of HIV-1 by targeting sites within the viral promoter, specifically the 5' long terminal repeat (LTR)...
2018: Theranostics
Guiping Wang, Jeffrey R Moffitt, Xiaowei Zhuang
As an image-based single-cell transcriptomics approach, multiplexed error-robust fluorescence in situ hybridization (MERFISH) allows hundreds to thousands of RNA species to be identified, counted and localized in individual cells while preserving the native spatial context of RNAs. In MERFISH, RNAs are identified via a combinatorial labeling approach that encodes RNA species with error-robust barcodes followed by sequential rounds of single-molecule FISH (smFISH) to read out these barcodes. The accuracy of RNA identification relies on spatially separated signals from individual RNA molecules, which limits the density of RNAs that can be measured and makes the multiplexed imaging of a large number of high-abundance RNAs challenging...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kai Luo, Shuhuan Zhang, Dongdong Tang, Lihai Xia, Weihua Gao, Guangming Tian, Zhitao Qi, Qiaoqing Xu, Wenbing Zhang
Teleost fish have more complex interferon receptor systems than mammals. In the present study, genes encoding four cytokine receptor family B (CRFBs) and two interferon gamma receptors (IFNGRs) in Dabry's sturgeon (Acipenser dabryanus) were identified by RNA-sequencing. Sequence analysis revealed that the Dabry's sturgeon CRFBs and IFNGRs contained several conserved characteristics features, including signal peptides and a transmembrane domain. Phylogenetic analysis suggested that they belong to the CRFB3, CRFB5, and IFNGR protein families, and were named CRFB3a, CRFB3b, CRFB5a, CRFB5b, IFNGR1, and IFNGR2...
March 16, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
Yiling Li, Bin He, Jiejun Gao, Qian S Liu, Runzeng Liu, Guangbo Qu, Jianbo Shi, Ligang Hu, Guibin Jiang
The neurotoxic effects of methylmercury (MeHg) have been intensively studied. However, the molecular mechanisms responsible for the neurotoxicity of MeHg are not fully understood. To decipher these mechanisms, proteomic and high-throughput mRNA sequencing (RNA-seq) technique were utilized, comprehensively evaluating the cellular responses of human neuroblastoma SK-N-SH cells to MeHg exposure. Proteomic results revealed that MeHg exposure interfered with RNA splicing via splicesome, along with the known molecular mechanisms of mercury-related neurotoxicity (e...
March 16, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Julie Kovářová, Andrew W Pountain, David Wildridge, Stefan Weidt, Frédéric Bringaud, Richard J S Burchmore, Fiona Achcar, Michael P Barrett
Transketolase (TKT) is part of the non-oxidative branch of the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP). Here we describe the impact of removing this enzyme from the pathogenic protozoan Leishmania mexicana. Whereas the deletion had no obvious effect on cultured promastigote forms of the parasite, the Δtkt cells were not infective to mice. Δtkt promastigotes were more susceptible to oxidative stress and various leishmanicidal drugs than wild-type, and metabolomics analysis revealed profound changes to metabolism in these cells...
March 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
Takuma Iguchi, Noriyo Niino, Satoshi Tamai, Ken Sakurai, Kazuhiko Mori
RT-qPCR is one of the most common methods to assess individual target miRNAs. MiRNAs levels are generally measured relative to a reference sample. This approach is appropriate for examining physiological changes in target gene expression levels. However, absolute quantification using better statistical analysis is preferable for a comprehensive assessment of gene expression levels. Absolute quantification is still not in common use. This report describes a protocol for measuring the absolute levels of plasma miRNA, using RT-qPCR with or without pre-amplification...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Jun Li, Qian Li, Ling Chen, Yanli Gao, Bei Zhou, Jingyun Li
Infantile hemangioma (IH) is the most common vascular tumour in infants. The pathogenesis of IH is complex and poorly understood. Therefore, achieving a deeper understanding of IH pathogenesis is of great importance. Here, we used the Ribo-Zero RNA-Seq and HiSeq methods to examine the global expression profiles of protein-coding transcripts and non-coding RNAs, including miRNAs and lncRNAs, in IH and matched normal skin controls. Bioinformatics assessments including gene ontology (GO) and kyoto encyclopedia of genes and genomes (KEGG) pathway analyses were performed...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Rui Chen, Wenjia Xia, Xiaoxiao Wang, Mantang Qiu, Rong Yin, Siwei Wang, Xiaoxiang Xi, Jie Wang, Youtao Xu, Gaochao Dong, Lin Xu, Wei De
Esophageal cancer is one of the most common types of malignant tumors located within the digestive system, with >50% of esophageal cancer cases worldwide occurring in China. Recent studies have demonstrated that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are frequently dysregulated in cancer; however, few lncRNAs have been characterized in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). In the present study, a novel lncRNA, SET-binding factor 2 (SBF2) antisense RNA1 (SBF2-AS1) was exhibited in ESCC. Expression levels of SBF2-AS1 in ESCC and adjacent non-cancerous tissues were detected using the reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Andrej Steyer, Tilen Konte, Martin Sagadin, Marko Kolenc, Andrej Škoberne, Julija Germ, Tadeja Dovč-Drnovšek, Miha Arnol, Mateja Poljšak-Prijatelj
Noroviruses are the leading cause of acute gastroenteritis, and they can affect humans of all age groups. In immunocompromised patients, norovirus infections can develop into chronic diarrhea or show prolonged asymptomatic virus shedding. Chronic norovirus infections are frequently reported for solid organ transplant recipients, with rapid intrahost norovirus evolution seen. In this report, we describe a case of chronic norovirus infection in an immunocompromised patient who was followed up for over 5 years...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Anthony M Mustoe, Steven Busan, Greggory M Rice, Christine E Hajdin, Brant K Peterson, Vera M Ruda, Neil Kubica, Razvan Nutiu, Jeremy L Baryza, Kevin M Weeks
mRNAs can fold into complex structures that regulate gene expression. Resolving such structures de novo has remained challenging and has limited our understanding of the prevalence and functions of mRNA structure. We use SHAPE-MaP experiments in living E. coli cells to derive quantitative, nucleotide-resolution structure models for 194 endogenous transcripts encompassing approximately 400 genes. Individual mRNAs have exceptionally diverse architectures, and most contain well-defined structures. Active translation destabilizes mRNA structure in cells...
March 13, 2018: Cell
Camilla Björkegren, Laura Baranello
Although our knowledge of chromatin organization has advanced significantly in recent years, much about the relationships between different features of genome architecture is still unknown. Folding of mammalian genomes into spatial domains is thought to depend on architectural proteins, other DNA-binding proteins, and different forms of RNA. In addition, emerging evidence points towards the possibility that the three-dimensional organisation of the genome is controlled by DNA topology. In this scenario, cohesin, CCCTC-binding factor (CTCF), transcription, DNA supercoiling, and topoisomerases are integrated to dictate different layers of genome organization, and the contribution of all four to gene control is an important direction of future studies...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Caitlin M Davis, Martin Gruebele
Qualitative imaging of biomolecular localization and distribution inside cells has revolutionized cell biology. Most of these powerful techniques require modifications to the target biomolecule. Over the past 10 years, these techniques have been extended to quantitative measurements, from in-cell protein folding rates, to complex dissociation constants, to RNA lifetimes. Such measurements can be affected even when a target molecules is just mildly perturbed by its labels. Here, the impact of labeling on protein (and RNA) structure, stability, and function in cells are discussed via practical examples from recent literature...
March 16, 2018: Biochemistry
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