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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538979/stanniocalcin-1-is-an-ocular-hypotensive-agent-and-a-downstream-effector-molecule-that-is-necessary-for-the-intraocular-pressure-lowering-effects-of-latanoprost
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Gavin W Roddy, Kimberly B Viker, Nelson S Winkler, Cindy K Bahler, Bradley H Holman, David Sheikh-Hamad, Uttio Roy Chowdhury, W Daniel Stamer, Michael P Fautsch
Purpose: To identify downstream signaling molecules through which intraocular pressure (IOP) is lowered following treatment with the prostaglandin analog latanoprost. Methods: Total RNA and protein isolated from primary human Schlemm's canal cells (n = 3) treated with latanoprost (free acid; 100 nM) were processed for quantitative PCR and Western blot analysis. IOP was evaluated in stanniocalcin-1 (STC-1-/-) and wild-type mice following treatment with latanoprost or Rho kinase inhibitor Y27632...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535337/overall-structural-model-of-ns5a-protein-from-hepatitis-c-virus-and-modulation-by-mutations-confering-resistance-of-virus-replication-to-cyclosporin-a
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Aurelie Badillo, Veronique Brechot, Stephane Sarrazin, François-Xavier Cantrelle, Frederic Delolme, Marie-Laure Fogeron, Jennifer Molle, Roland Montserret, Anja Bockmann, Ralf Bartenschlager, Volker Lohmann, Guy Lippens, Sylvie Ricard-Blum, Xavier Hanoulle, Francois Penin
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) is a RNA-binding phosphoprotein composed of a N-terminal membrane anchor (AH), a structured domain 1 (D1) and two intrinsically disordered domains (D2 and D3). The knowledge of the functional architecture of this multifunctional protein remains limited. We report here that NS5A-D1D2D3 produced in a wheat germ cell-free system is obtained under a highly phosphorylated state. Its NMR analysis revealed that these phosphorylations do not change the disordered nature of D2 and D3 domains but increase the number of conformers due to partial phosphorylations...
May 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534955/long-non%C3%A2-coding-rna-ab019562-promotes-cell-proliferation-and-metastasis-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Fan Wu, Jie Li, Xin Du, Weisan Zhang, Ping Lei, Qiang Zhang
Increasing evidence has supported the prognostic and therapeutic values of long non-coding RNAs (LncRNAs) in human tumorigenesis. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), as one of the most refractory diseases, continues to warrant investigation for novel clues to enable early diagnosis. In the present study, the role of LncRNA AB019562 in cell proliferation and metastasis was investigated in HCC. Reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis was performed to determine the expression of AB019562 in clinical HCC samples and cultured HCC cells...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534089/comparison-of-microbiomes-between-red-poultry-mite-populations-dermanyssus-gallinae-predominance-of-bartonella-like-bacteria
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Jan Hubert, Tomas Erban, Jan Kopecky, Bruno Sopko, Marta Nesvorna, Martina Lichovnikova, Sabine Schicht, Christina Strube, Olivier Sparagano
Blood feeding red poultry mites (RPM) serve as vectors of pathogenic bacteria and viruses among vertebrate hosts including wild birds, poultry hens, mammals, and humans. The microbiome of RPM has not yet been studied by high-throughput sequencing. RPM eggs, larvae, and engorged adult/nymph samples obtained in four poultry houses in Czechia were used for microbiome analyses by Illumina amplicon sequencing of the 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene V4 region. A laboratory RPM population was used as positive control for transcriptome analysis by pyrosequencing with identification of sequences originating from bacteria...
May 22, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530548/critical-role-of-rig-i-and-mda5-in-early-and-late-stages-of-tulane-virus-infection
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Preeti Chhabra, Priya Ranjan, Theresa Cromeans, Suryaprakash Sambhara, Jan Vinjé
Human noroviruses are a major cause of acute gastroenteritis worldwide, but the lack of a robust cell culture system or small animal model have hampered a better understanding of innate immunity against these viruses. Tulane virus (TV) is the prototype virus of a tentative new genus, Recovirus, in the family Caliciviridae. Its epidemiology and biological properties most closely resemble human norovirus. The host innate immune response to RNA virus infection primarily involves pathogen-sensing toll-like receptors (TLRs) TLR3 and TLR7 and retinoic acid-inducible gene I-like receptor RIG-I and melanoma differentiation associated gene 5 (MDA5)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527998/molecular-cloning-and-structural-modelling-of-gamma-phospholipase-a2-inhibitors-from-bothrops-atrox-and-micrurus-lemniscatus-snakes
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Carina G Picelli, Rafael J Borges, Carlos A H Fernandes, Fabio M Matioli, Carla F C Fernandes, Juliana C Sobrinho, Rudson J Holanda, Luiz S Ozaki, Anderson M Kayano, Leonardo A Calderon, Marcos R M Fontes, Rodrigo G Stábeli, Andreimar M Soares
Phospholipases A2 inhibitors (PLIs) produced by venomous and non-venomous snakes play essential role in this resistance. These endogenous inhibitors may be classified by their fold in PLIα, PLIβ and PLIγ. Phospholipases A2 (PLA2s) develop myonecrosis in snake envenomation, a consequence that is not efficiently neutralized by antivenom treatment. This work aimed to identify and characterize two PLIs from Amazonian snake species, Bothrops atrox and Micrurus lemniscatus. Liver tissues RNA of specimens from each species were isolated and amplified by RT-PCR using PCR primers based on known PLIγ gene sequences, followed by cloning and sequencing of amplified fragments...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526714/constans-imparts-dna-sequence-specificity-to-the-histone-fold-nf-yb-nf-yc-dimer
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Nerina Gnesutta, Roderick W Kumimoto, Swadhin Swain, Matteo Chiara, Chamindika Siriwardana, David Stephen Horner, Ben F Holt, Roberto Mantovani
NF-Y is a heterotrimeric transcription factor that binds CCAAT elements. The NF-Y trimer is composed of a Histone Fold Domain (HFD) dimer (NF-YB/NF-YC) and NF-YA, which confers DNA sequence-specificity. NF-YA shares a conserved domain with the CCT (CONSTANS, CONSTANS-LIKE, TOC1) proteins. We show that CONSTANS (CO/BBX1), a master flowering regulator, forms a trimer with Arabidopsis NF-YB2/NF-YC3 to efficiently bind the CORE element of the FT promoter. We term this complex NF-CO. Using saturation mutagenesis EMSAs and RNA-Seq profiling of co, nf-yb, and nf-yc mutants, we identify CCACA elements as the core NF-CO binding site...
May 19, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526543/thyroid-hormone-biosynthesis-machinery-is-altered-in-the-ischemic-myocardium-an-epigenomic-study
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Carolina Gil-Cayuela, Esther Roselló-LLetí, Estefanía Tarazón, Ana Ortega, Juan Sandoval, Luis Martínez-Dolz, Juan Cinca, Esther Jorge, José Ramón González-Juanatey, Francisca Lago, Miguel Rivera, Manuel Portolés
BACKGROUND: Abnormal thyroid hormone (TH) metabolism is significantly associated with impaired left ventricular (LV) function and death. Although TH was traditionally thought to be produced exclusively by the thyroid gland, an increasing number of studies report TH production in other tissues. Based on these findings, we evaluated whether the genes required for TH biosynthesis are expressed in the human heart, and whether their expression is altered in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) and is related to epigenetic variations...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525757/widespread-influence-of-3-end-structures-on-mammalian-mrna-processing-and-stability
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Xuebing Wu, David P Bartel
The physiological relevance of structures within mammalian mRNAs has been elusive, as these mRNAs are less folded in cells than in vitro and have predicted secondary structures no more stable than those of random sequences. Here, we investigate the possibility that mRNA structures facilitate the 3'-end processing of thousands of human mRNAs by juxtaposing poly(A) signals (PASs) and cleavage sites that are otherwise too far apart. We find that RNA structures are predicted to be more prevalent within these extended 3'-end regions than within PAS-upstream regions and indeed are substantially more folded within cells, as determined by intracellular probing...
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524836/effect-of-histone-deacetylase-inhibition-on-the-expression-of-multidrug-resistance-associated-protein-2-in-a-human-placental-trophoblast-cell-line
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Hong-Yu Duan, Dan Ma, Kai-Yu Zhou, Tao Wang, Yi Zhang, Yi-Fei Li, Jin-Lin Wu, Yi-Min Hua, Chuan Wang
BACKGROUND: Placental multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2), encoded by ABCC2 gene in human, plays a significant role in regulating drugs' transplacental transfer rates. Studies on placental MRP2 regulation could provide more therapeutic targets for individualized and safe pharmacotherapy during pregnancy. Currently, the roles of epigenetic mechanisms in regulating placental drug transporters are still unclear. This study aimed to investigate the effect of histone deacetylases (HDACs) inhibition on MRP2 expression in the placental trophoblast cell line and to explore whether HDAC1/2/3 are preliminarily involved in this process...
June 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524231/comparison-of-pre-ribosomal-rna-processing-pathways-in-yeast-plant-and-human-cells-focus-on-coordinated-action-of-endo-and-exoribonucleases
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Rafal Tomecki, Pawel J Sikorski, Monika Zakrzewska-Placzek
Proper regulation of ribosome biosynthesis is mandatory for cellular adaptation, growth and proliferation. Ribosome biogenesis is the most energetically demanding cellular process, which requires tight control. Abnormalities in ribosome production have severe consequences, including developmental defects in plants and genetic diseases (ribosomopathies) in humans. One of the processes occurring during eukaryotic ribosome biogenesis is processing of the ribosomal RNA precursor molecule (pre-rRNA), synthesized by RNA polymerase I, into mature rRNAs...
May 19, 2017: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522867/movement-protein-of-apple-chlorotic-leaf-spot-virus-is-genetically-unstable-and-negatively-regulated-by-ribonuclease-e-in-e-coli
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Rahul Mohan Singh, Dharam Singh, Vipin Hallan
Movement protein (MP) of Apple chlorotic leaf spot virus (ACLSV) belongs to "30 K" superfamily of proteins and members of this family are known to show a wide array of functions. In the present study this gene was found to be genetically unstable in E. coli when transformed DH5α cells were grown at 28 °C and 37 °C. However, genetic instability was not encountered at 20 °C. Heterologous over expression failed despite the use of different transcriptional promoters and translational fusion constructs...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522548/a-multi-purpose-toolkit-to-enable-advanced-genome-engineering-in-plants
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Tomas Cermak, Shaun J Curtin, Javier Gil-Humanes, Radim Čegan, Thomas J Y Kono, Eva Konečná, Joseph J Belanto, Colby G Starker, Jade W Mathre, Rebecca L Greenstein, Daniel F Voytas
We report a comprehensive toolkit that enables targeted, specific modification of monocot and dicot genomes using a variety of genome engineering approaches. Our reagents, based on TALENs and the CRISPR/Cas9 system, are systematized for fast, modular cloning and accommodate diverse regulatory sequences to drive reagent expression. Vectors are optimized to create either single or multiple gene knockouts and large chromosomal deletions. Moreover, integration of geminivirus-based vectors enables precise gene editing through homologous recombination...
May 18, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522268/design-and-synthesis-of-novel-photoinduced-electron-transfer-based-hybridization-probes
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Chika Yokoyama, Kosuke Nakamoto, Yoshihito Ueno
Photoinduced electron transfer (PeT)-based hybridization probe is a linear and quencher-free oligonucleotide (ON) probe for DNA or RNA detection. In this report, we designed and synthesized novel adenosine analogues for PeT-based hybridization probe. In particular, the analogue containing a piperazinomethyl moiety showed effective quenching property under physiological conditions. When the probe containing the analogue was hybridized with a complementary DNA or RNA, the fluorescence increased 3- or 4-fold, respectively, compared to the single-stranded state...
May 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522194/aptamer-mediated-gene-therapy-enhanced-antitumor-activity-against-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Shuangli Xiao, Zhongbing Liu, Ruolan Deng, Chunhong Li, Shaozhi Fu, Guilan Chen, Xiaoqin Zhang, Famin Ke, Siyun Ke, Xin Yu, Shurong Wang, Zhirong Zhong
A recombinant adenovirus carrying the tumor suppressor gene PTEN (Ad5-PTEN) is an effective antitumor agent against liver cancer. But the application of Ad5-PTEN has been greatly hindered by its auto-immunogenicity, non-specific toxicity to normal tissues, as well as poor stability in blood stream because of neutralizing antibody. Epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) is over-expressed in most solid tumors and it has been identified to be a cancer stem cell surface marker in liver cancer. An RNA aptamer EpDT3 could specially bind with EpCAM and target EpCAM-positive cells...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521463/endoplasmic-reticulum-protein-erp46-in-prostate-adenocarcinoma
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Wilhelmina C M Duivenvoorden, Sarah N Hopmans, Richard C Austin, Jehonathan H Pinthus
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) protein ERp46 is a member of the protein disulfide isomerase family of oxidoreductases, which facilitates the reduction of disulfides in proteins and their folding. Accumulation of misfolded proteins has been implicated in cancer. The objectives of the present study were to investigate the role of ERp46 in prostate cancer, its expression and its effects on prostate cancer growth. A tissue microarray with human prostate cancer and normal prostate tissue samples was stained for ERp46 followed by image analysis...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520766/transcriptomic-analysis-of-salt-stress-responsive-genes-in-rhazya-stricta
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Nahid H Hajrah, Abdullah Y Obaid, Ahmed Atef, Ahmed M Ramadan, Dhivya Arasappan, Charllotte A Nelson, Sherif Edris, Mohammed Z Mutwakil, Alawia Alhebshi, Nour O Gadalla, Rania M Makki, Madgy A Al-Kordy, Fotouh M El-Domyati, Jamal S M Sabir, Mohammad A Khiyami, Neil Hall, Ahmed Bahieldin, Robert K Jansen
Rhazya stricta is an evergreen shrub that is widely distributed across Western and South Asia, and like many other members of the Apocynaceae produces monoterpene indole alkaloids that have anti-cancer properties. This species is adapted to very harsh desert conditions making it an excellent system for studying tolerance to high temperatures and salinity. RNA-Seq analysis was performed on R. stricta exposed to severe salt stress (500 mM NaCl) across four time intervals (0, 2, 12 and 24 h) to examine mechanisms of salt tolerance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515301/the-influenza-a-virus-ns1-protein-promotes-efficient-nuclear-export-of-unspliced-viral-m1-mrna
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Carina F Pereira, Eliot K C Read, Helen M Wise, Maria J Amorim, Paul Digard
Influenza A virus mRNAs are transcribed by the viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase in the cell nucleus before being exported to the cytoplasm for translation. Segment 7 produces two major transcripts: an unspliced mRNA that encodes the M1 matrix protein and a spliced transcript that encodes the M2 ion channel. Export of both mRNAs is dependent on the cellular NXF1/TAP pathway but it is unclear how they are recruited to the export machinery or how the intron-containing but unspliced M1 mRNA bypasses the normal quality control checkpoints...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515165/zinc-supplementation-via-gpr39-upregulates-pkc%C3%AE-to-protect-intestinal-barrier-integrity-in-caco-2-cells-challenged-by-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium
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Yu-Xin Shao, Zhao Lei, Patricia G Wolf, Yan Gao, Yu-Ming Guo, Bing-Kun Zhang
Background: Zinc has been shown to improve intestinal barrier function against Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (S. typhimurium) infection, but the mechanisms involved in this process remain undefined.Objective: We aimed to explore the roles of G protein-coupled receptor (GPR)39 and protein kinase Cζ (PKCζ) in the regulation by zinc of intestinal barrier function.Methods: A Transwell Caco-2 monolayer was pretreated with 0, 50, or 100 μM Zn and then incubated with S. typhimurium for 0-6 h. Afterward, cells silenced by the small interfering RNA for GPR39 or PKCζ were pretreated with 100 μM Zn and incubated with S...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514806/human-epicardial-fat-expresses-glucagon-like-peptide-1-and-2-receptors-genes
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Gianluca Iacobellis, Vladimir Camarena, David W Sant, Gaofeng Wang
Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is an easily measurable visceral fat of the heart with unique anatomy, functionality, and transcriptome. EAT can serve as a therapeutic target for pharmaceutical agents targeting the fat. Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and GLP-2 analogues are newer drugs showing beneficial cardiovascular and metabolic effects. Whether EAT expresses GLP- 1 and 2 receptors (GLP-1R and GLP-2R) is unknown. RNA-seq analysis and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) were performed to evaluate the presence of GLP-1R and GLP-2R in EAT and subcutaneous fat (SAT) obtained from 8 subjects with coronary artery disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus undergoing elective cardiac surgery...
May 17, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
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