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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437453/three-dominant-awnless-genes-in-common-wheat-fine-mapping-interaction-and-contribution-to-diversity-in-awn-shape-and-length
#1
Motohiro Yoshioka, Julio C M Iehisa, Ryoko Ohno, Tatsuro Kimura, Hiroyuki Enoki, Satoru Nishimura, Shuhei Nasuda, Shigeo Takumi
The awn is a long needle-like structure formed at the tip of the lemma in the florets of some grass species. It plays a role in seed dispersal and protection against animals, and can contribute to the photosynthetic activity of spikes. Three main dominant inhibitors of awn development (Hd, B1 and B2) are known in hexaploid wheat, but the causal genes have not been cloned yet and a genetic association with awn length diversity has been found only for the B1 allele. To analyze the prevalence of these three awning inhibitors, we attempted to predict the genotypes of 189 hexaploid wheat varieties collected worldwide using markers tightly linked to these loci...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436985/functional-screen-of-msi2-interactors-identifies-an-essential-role-for-syncrip-in-myeloid-leukemia-stem-cells
#2
Ly P Vu, Camila Prieto, Elianna M Amin, Sagar Chhangawala, Andrei Krivtsov, M Nieves Calvo-Vidal, Timothy Chou, Arthur Chow, Gerard Minuesa, Sun Mi Park, Trevor S Barlowe, James Taggart, Patrick Tivnan, Raquel P Deering, Lisa P Chu, Jeong-Ah Kwon, Cem Meydan, Javier Perales-Paton, Arora Arshi, Mithat Gönen, Christopher Famulare, Minal Patel, Elisabeth Paietta, Martin S Tallman, Yuheng Lu, Jacob Glass, Francine E Garret-Bakelman, Ari Melnick, Ross Levine, Fatima Al-Shahrour, Marcus Järås, Nir Hacohen, Alexia Hwang, Ralph Garippa, Christopher J Lengner, Scott A Armstrong, Leandro Cerchietti, Glenn S Cowley, David Root, John Doench, Christina Leslie, Benjamin L Ebert, Michael G Kharas
The identity of the RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) that govern cancer stem cells remains poorly characterized. The MSI2 RBP is a central regulator of translation of cancer stem cell programs. Through proteomic analysis of the MSI2-interacting RBP network and functional shRNA screening, we identified 24 genes required for in vivo leukemia. Syncrip was the most differentially required gene between normal and myeloid leukemia cells. SYNCRIP depletion increased apoptosis and differentiation while delaying leukemogenesis...
April 24, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436434/phosphatidylethanolamine-dynamics-are-required-for-osteoclast-fusion
#3
Atsushi Irie, Kei Yamamoto, Yoshimi Miki, Makoto Murakami
Osteoclasts, responsible for bone resorption, are multinucleated cells formed by cell-cell fusion of mononuclear pre-osteoclasts. Although osteoclast fusion is a pivotal step for osteoclastogenesis, little is known about the mechanism involved. To clarify the underlying process, we investigated dynamics of membrane phospholipids during osteoclastogenesis in vitro. We found that the cellular content of phospholipids, phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) in particular, was increased during osteoclast differentiation...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436325/photoperiodic-responses-and-characterization-of-the-cmvvd-gene-encoding-a-blue-light-photoreceptor-from-the-medicinal-caterpillar-fungus-cordyceps-militaris-ascomycetes
#4
Xin Zhang, Xiaoming Dong, Xinhua Song, Fen Wang, Caihong Dong
Light is a necessary environmental factor for production of conidia and pigment, formation of stroma, and development of Cordyceps militaris, a well-known edible and medicinal mushroom. In this study, an obvious rhythm loop was observed in certain strains of C. militaris under conditions of alternating 12-hour intervals of dark and light. A possibly related gene, Cmvvd, the homologue of the blue-light photoreceptor of Neurospora crassa, was cloned from the genome of C. militaris. The protein CmVVD is predicted to be 203 amino acids in length and is characterized by the presence of a light, oxygen, or voltage domain...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436261/a-qrt-pcr-and-gene-functional-enrichment-study-focused-on-downregulation-of-mir-141-3p-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-its-clinicopathological-significance
#5
Cui-Zhen Liu, Zhi-Hua Ye, Jie Ma, Rong-Quan He, Hai-Wei Liang, Zhi-Gang Peng, Gang Chen
BACKGROUND: The clinical significance of miR-141-3p in hepatocellular carcinoma has not been verified. Therefore, we conducted this study to examine miR-141-3p expression and its clinical significance in hepatocellular carcinoma and to investigate the functions of its potential targets. METHODS: The Cancer Genome Atlas database and the Gene Expression Omnibus database were used to explore the aberrant expression of miR-141-3p in hepatocellular carcinoma. Furthermore, we assessed the miR-141-3p levels in 95 hepatocellular carcinoma tissues with 95 matched adjacent tissues using real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
January 1, 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436000/foxo3a-suppression-and-vps34-activity-are-essential-to-anti-atrophic-effects-of-leucine-in-skeletal-muscle
#6
Igor L Baptista, João G Silvestre, William J Silva, Siegfried Labeit, Anselmo S Moriscot
Our aim is to gain insight into the mechanisms underlying the anti-atrophic effects of leucine, namely, the way that this amino acid can restrain the up-regulation of MuRF1 and Mafbx/Atrogin-1 in muscle atrophy. Male rats received dietary leucine supplementation for 1-3 days, during which time their hind limbs were immobilized. Our results showed that leucine inhibited Forkhead Box O3 (FoxO3a) translocation to cell nuclei. In addition, leucine was able to reverse the expected reduction of FoXO3a ubiquitination caused by immobilization...
April 24, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435893/opacification-domain-of-serum-opacity-factor-inhibits-beta-hemolysis-and-contributes-to-virulence-of-streptococcus-pyogenes
#7
Luchang Zhu, Randall J Olsen, James M Musser
Serum opacity factor (SOF) is a cell surface virulence factor made by the human pathogen Streptococcus pyogenes. We found that S. pyogenes strains with naturally occurring truncation mutations in the sof gene have markedly enhanced beta-hemolysis. Moreover, deletion of the sof gene in a SOF-positive parental strain resulted in significantly increased beta-hemolysis. Together, these observations suggest that SOF is an inhibitor of beta-hemolysis. SOF has two major functional domains, including an opacification domain and a fibronectin-binding domain...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435841/evading-plant-immunity-feedback-control-of-the-t3ss-in-pseudomonas-syringae
#8
COMMENT
Christopher Waite, Jörg Schumacher, Milija Jovanovic, Mark Bennett, Martin Buck
Microbes are responsible for over 10% of the global yield losses in staple crops such as wheat, rice, and maize. Understanding the decision-making strategies that enable bacterial plant pathogens to evade the host immune system and cause disease is essential for managing their ever growing threat to food security. Many utilise the needle-like type III secretion system (T3SS) to suppress plant immunity, by injecting effector proteins that inhibit eukaryotic signalling pathways into the host cell cytoplasm. Plants can in turn evolve resistance to specific pathogens via recognition and blocking of the T3SS effectors, so leading to an ongoing co-evolutionary 'arms race' between pathogen and host pairs...
March 17, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435838/thiol-trapping-and-metabolic-redistribution-of-sulfur-metabolites-enable-cells-to-overcome-cysteine-overload
#9
Anup Arunrao Deshpande, Muskan Bhatia, Sunil Laxman, Anand Kumar Bachhawat
Cysteine is an essential requirement in living organisms. However, due to its reactive thiol side chain, elevated levels of intracellular cysteine can be toxic and therefore need to be rapidly eliminated from the cellular milieu. In mammals and many other organisms, excess cysteine is believed to be primarily eliminated by the cysteine dioxygenase dependent oxidative degradation of cysteine, followed by the removal of the oxidative products. However, other mechanisms of tackling excess cysteine are also likely to exist, but have not thus far been explored...
March 27, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435837/staphylococcus-aureus-type-i-signal-peptidase-essential-or-not-essential-that-s-the-question
#10
COMMENT
Wouter L Hazenbos, Elizabeth Skippington, Man-Wah Tan
Secretion of proteins into the extracellular environment is crucial for the normal physiology and virulence of pathogenic bacteria. Type I signal peptidase (SPase I) mediates the final step of bacterial secretion, by cleaving proteins at their signal peptide once they are translocated by the Sec or twin-arginine (Tat) translocon. SPase I has long been thought to be essential for viability in multiple bacterial pathogens. Challenging this view, we and others have recently created Staphylococcus aureus bacteria lacking the SPase I SpsB that are viable and able to grow in vitro when over-expressing a native gene cassette encoding for a putative ABC transporter...
March 17, 2017: Microbial Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435697/calcium-phosphates-and-silicon-exploring-methods-of-incorporation
#11
Ana I Rodrigues, Rui L Reis, Clemens A van Blitterswijk, Isabel B Leonor, Pamela Habibović
BACKGROUND: Bioinorganics have been explored as additives to ceramic bone graft substitutes with the aim to improve their performance in repair and regeneration of large bone defects. Silicon (Si), an essential trace element involved in the processes related to bone formation and remodeling, was shown not only to enhance osteoblasts proliferation but also to stimulate the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and preosteoblasts into the osteogenic lineage. In this study, the added value of Si to calcium phosphate (CaP) coatings was evaluated...
2017: Biomaterials Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435477/acrodermatitis-enteropathica-in-a-pair-of-twins
#12
Abdullatif Al Rashed, Mohja Al Shehri, Feroze Kaliyadan
BACKGROUND: Acrodermatitis enteropathica (AE) is a rare autosomal recessive metabolic disorder. First described by Brandt in 1936 and was named by Danbolt. A mutation in the SLC39A4 gene on chromosome 8 q24.3 is responsible for this disorder, which encodes zinc transporter Zip4. The diagnosis is made by the clinical presentation and histopathology and laboratory tests. In this case, we reported a twin presented with a typical rash and low zinc level. To our knowledge, very few cases reported as a twin with typical acrodermatitis enteropathica presentation...
December 31, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434979/synergistic-effects-of-bmp-2-bmp-6-or-bmp-7-with-human-plasma-fibronectin-onto-hydroxyapatite-coatings-a-comparative-study
#13
Isabelle Brigaud, Rémy Agniel, Johanne Leroy Dudal, Sabrina Kellouche, Arnaud Ponche, Tahar Bouceba, Natalia Mihailescu, Mihai Sopronyi, Eric Viguier, Carmen Ristoscu, Felix Sima, Ion N Mihailescu, Ana Claudia O Carreira, Mari Cleide Sogayar, Olivier Gallet, Karine Anselme
Design of new osteoinductive biomaterials to reproduce an optimized physiological environment capable of recruiting stem cells and instructing their fate towards the osteoblastic lineage has become a priority in orthopedic surgery. This work aims at evaluating the bioactivity of BMP combined with human plasma fibronectin (FN/BMP) delivered in solution or coated onto titanium-hydroxyapatite (TiHA) surfaces. Herein, we focus on the comparison of in vitro osteogenic efficacy in mouse C2C12 pre-osteoblasts of three BMP members, namely: BMP-2, BMP-6 and BMP-7...
April 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434876/dual-targeting-small-molecule-inhibitors-of-the-staphylococcus-aureus-fmn-riboswitch-disrupt-riboflavin-homeostasis-in-an-infectious-setting
#14
Hao Wang, Paul A Mann, Li Xiao, Charles Gill, Andrew M Galgoci, John A Howe, Artjohn Villafania, Christopher M Barbieri, Juliana C Malinverni, Xinwei Sher, Todd Mayhood, Megan D McCurry, Nicholas Murgolo, Amy Flattery, Matthias Mack, Terry Roemer
Riboswitches are bacterial-specific, broadly conserved, non-coding RNA structural elements that control gene expression of numerous metabolic pathways and transport functions essential for cell growth. As such, riboswitch inhibitors represent a new class of potential antibacterial agents. Recently, we identified ribocil-C, a highly selective inhibitor of the flavin mononucleotide (FMN) riboswitch that controls expression of de novo riboflavin (RF, vitamin B2) biosynthesis in Escherichia coli. Here, we provide a mechanistic characterization of the antibacterial effects of ribocil-C as well as of roseoflavin (RoF), an antimetabolite analog of RF, among medically significant Gram-positive bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Enterococcus faecalis...
April 18, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434869/worms-on-the-spectrum-c-elegans-models-in-autism-research
#15
REVIEW
Kathrin Schmeisser, J Alex Parker
The small non-parasitic nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is widely used in neuroscience thanks to its well-understood development and lineage of the nervous system. Furthermore, C. elegans has been used to model many human developmental and neurological conditions to better understand disease mechanisms and identify potential therapeutic strategies. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the most prevalent of all neurodevelopmental disorders, and the C. elegans system may provide opportunities to learn more about this complex disorder...
April 20, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434702/inhibition-or-deletion-of-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptor-suppresses-elastase-induced-experimental-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
#16
Haojun Xuan, Baohui Xu, Wei Wang, Hiroki Tanaka, Naoki Fujimura, Masaaki Miyata, Sara A Michie, Ronald L Dalman
OBJECTIVE: Angiotensin (Ang) II type 1 receptor (AT1) activation is essential for the development of exogenous Ang II-induced abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) in hyperlipidemic animals. Experimental data derived from this modeling system, however, provide limited insight into the role of endogenous Ang II in aneurysm pathogenesis. Consequently, the potential translational value of AT1 inhibition in clinical AAA disease management remains incompletely understood on the basis of the existing literature...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434086/the-inability-of-bacillus-licheniformis-perr-mutant-to-grow-is-mainly-due-to-the-lack-of-perr-mediated-fur-repression
#17
Jung-Hoon Kim, Yoon-Mo Yang, Chang-Jun Ji, Su-Hyun Ryu, Young-Bin Won, Shin-Yeong Ju, Yumi Kwon, Yeh-Eun Lee, Hwan Youn, Jin-Won Lee
PerR, a member of Fur family protein, is a metal-dependent H2O2 sensing transcription factor that regulates genes involved in peroxide stress response. Industrially important bacterium Bacillus licheniformis contains three PerR-like proteins (PerRBL, PerR2, and PerR3) compared to its close relative Bacillus subtilis. Interestingly, unlike other bacteria including B. subtilis, no authentic perR BL null mutant could be established for B. licheniformis. Thus, we constructed a conditional perR BL mutant using a xylose-inducible promoter, and investigated the genes under the control of PerRBL...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434033/the-gut-microbiome-as-a-target-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-hyperglycaemia-in-type-2-diabetes-from-current-human-evidence-to-future-possibilities
#18
REVIEW
Louise Brunkwall, Marju Orho-Melander
The totality of microbial genomes in the gut exceeds the size of the human genome, having around 500-fold more genes that importantly complement our coding potential. Microbial genes are essential for key metabolic processes, such as the breakdown of indigestible dietary fibres to short-chain fatty acids, biosynthesis of amino acids and vitamins, and production of neurotransmitters and hormones. During the last decade, evidence has accumulated to support a role for gut microbiota (analysed from faecal samples) in glycaemic control and type 2 diabetes...
April 22, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433688/vitamin-d-downregulates-the-il-23-receptor-pathway-in-human-mucosal-ilc3
#19
Viktoria Konya, Paulo Czarnewski, Marianne Forkel, Anna Rao, Efthymia Kokkinou, Eduardo J Villablanca, Sven Almer, Ulrik Lindforss, Danielle Friberg, Charlotte Höög, Peter Bergman, Jenny Mjösberg
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The IL-23-driven tissue-resident ILC3 play essential roles in intestinal immunity, and targeting IL-23/12 is a promising approach in IBD therapy. OBJECTIVE: We set out to define the role of 1α,25-dihydroxy vitamin D3 (1,25D) in regulating functional responses of human mucosal ILC3 to IL-23 plus IL-1β stimulation. METHODS: Transcriptomes of sorted tonsil ILC3 were assessed by microarray analysis...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433684/activating-transcription-factor-6-dependent-sestrin-2-induction-ameliorates-er-stress-mediated-liver-injury
#20
Kyung Hwan Jegal, Sang Mi Park, Sam Seok Cho, Sung Hui Byun, Sae Kwang Ku, Sang Chan Kim, Sung Hwan Ki, Il Je Cho
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is characterized by an accumulation of misfolded proteins, and ER stress reduction is essential for maintaining tissue homeostasis. However, the molecular mechanisms that protect cells from ER stress are not completely understood. The present study investigated the role of sestrin 2 (SESN2) on ER stress and sought to elucidate the mechanism responsible for the hepatoprotective effect of SESN2 in vitro and in vivo. Treatment with tunicamycin (Tm) increased SESN2 protein and mRNA levels and reporter gene activity...
April 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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