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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806784/structural-analysis-of-p-falciparum-kahrp-and-pfemp1-complexes-with-host-erythrocyte-spectrin-suggests-a-model-for-cytoadherent-knob-protrusions
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Erin E Cutts, Niklas Laasch, Dirk M Reiter, Raphael Trenker, Leanne M Slater, Phillip J Stansfeld, Ioannis Vakonakis
Plasmodium falciparum Erythrocyte Membrane Protein 1 (PfEMP1) and Knob-associated Histidine-rich Protein (KAHRP) are directly linked to malaria pathology. PfEMP1 and KAHRP cluster on protrusions (knobs) on the P. falciparum-infected erythrocyte surface and enable pathogenic cytoadherence of infected erythrocytes to the host microvasculature, leading to restricted blood flow, oxygen deprivation and damage of tissues. Here we characterize the interactions of PfEMP1 and KAHRP with host erythrocyte spectrin using biophysical, structural and computational approaches...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806761/transcriptome-analysis-of-pdgfr%C3%AE-cells-identifies-t-type-ca2-channel-cacna1g-as-a-new-pathological-marker-for-pdgfr%C3%AE-cell-hyperplasia
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Se Eun Ha, Moon Young Lee, Masaaki Kurahashi, Lai Wei, Brian G Jorgensen, Chanjae Park, Paul J Park, Doug Redelman, Kent C Sasse, Laren S Becker, Kenton M Sanders, Seungil Ro
Platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRα)+ cells are distributed into distinct morphological groups within the serosal, muscular, and submucosal layers as well as the myenteric and deep muscular plexi. PDGFRα+ cells directly interact with interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) and smooth muscle cells (SMC) in gastrointestinal smooth muscle tissue. These three cell types, SMC, ICC, and PDGFRα+ cells (SIP cells), form an electrical syncytium, which dynamically regulates gastrointestinal motility. We have previously reported the transcriptomes of SMC and ICC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805732/the-mechanistic-links-between-insulin-and-cystic-fibrosis-transmembrane-conductance-regulator-cftr-cl-channel
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REVIEW
Yoshinori Marunaka
The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) Cl(-) channel belongs to the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter superfamily and regulates Cl(-) secretion in epithelial cells for water secretion. Loss-of-function mutations to the CFTR gene cause dehydrated mucus on the apical side of epithelial cells and increase the susceptibility of bacterial infection, especially in the airway and pulmonary tissues. Therefore, research on the molecular properties of CFTR, such as its gating mechanism and subcellular trafficking, have been intensively pursued...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804564/incrna-h19-promotes-tongue-squamous-cell-carcinoma-progression-through-%C3%AE-catenin-gsk3%C3%AE-emt-signaling-via-association-with-ezh2
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Da-Ming Zhang, Zhao-Yu Lin, Zhao-Hui Yang, You-Yuan Wang, Di Wan, Jiang-Long Zhong, Pei-Lin Zhuang, Zhi-Quan Huang, Bin Zhou, Wei-Liang Chen
H19 is involved in tumor metastasis and associated with tumor progression. Enhancer of zest homolog 2 (EZH2) is overexpressed in multiple cancer types and correlates with tumor proliferation, epithelial-mesenchymal transition, and poor prognosis. However, the interaction between H19 and EZH2 to promote tongue squamous cell carcinoma (TSCC) progression remains largely uncharacterized. Insitu hybridization and quantitative reverse-transcription PCR (qRT-PCR) were performed to measure H19 expression in primary TSCC and adjacent normal tissues and cell lines...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803955/valproic-acid-exposure-decreases-the-mrna-stability-of-bcl-2-via-up-regulating-mir-34a-in-the-cerebellum-of-rat
#5
Xufang Dai, Yunhou Yin, Liyan Qin
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, limited verbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Previous studies have shown that the level of Bcl-2 in the brain tissues of ASD patients is significantly decreased. However, the mechanisms underlie the down-regulation of Bcl-2 in ASD is still unknown. In this study, we investigated the alteration of Bcl-2 level and associated mechanisms in valproic acid (VPA) exposed ASD rats. VPA exposure resulted in ASD-like behaviors in rats, such as repetitive behavior and social interaction impairment...
August 10, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803875/a-novel-plasma-membrane-anchored-protein-regulates-xylem-cell-wall-deposition-through-microtubule-dependent-lateral-inhibition-of-rho-gtpase-domains
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Yuki Sugiyama, Mayumi Wakazaki, Kiminori Toyooka, Hiroo Fukuda, Yoshihisa Oda
Spatial control of cell-wall deposition is essential for determining plant cell shape [1]. Rho-type GTPases, together with the cortical cytoskeleton, play central roles in regulating cell-wall patterning [2]. In metaxylem vessel cells, which are the major components of xylem tissues, active ROP11 Rho GTPases form oval plasma membrane domains that locally disrupt cortical microtubules, thereby directing the formation of oval pits in secondary cell walls [3-5]. However, the regulatory mechanism that determines the planar shape of active Rho of Plants (ROP) domains is still unknown...
August 7, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803361/toxoplasma-gondii-and-neospora-caninum-induce-different-host-cell-responses-at-proteome-wide-phosphorylation-events-a-step-forward-for-uncovering-the-biological-differences-between-these-closely-related-parasites
#7
Mariwan M M Al-Bajalan, Dong Xia, Stuart Armstrong, Nadine Randle, Jonathan M Wastling
Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum are closely related intracellular protozoan parasites and tissue cyst-forming Coccidia of the phylum Apicomplexa. There are remarkable similarities between the morphology, genomes and transcriptomes of both parasites. Toxoplasma is zoonotic, with a wide host range and is mainly transmitted horizontally between its definitive host, the cat, and its intermediate hosts. Neospora causes disease within a narrow host range and with reduced virulence potential to the hosts. The dog is the definitive host of Neospora and its epidemiology in cattle mainly depends on vertical transmission...
August 12, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803237/atf3-dependent-regulation-of-egr1-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#8
Ilona Schoen, Sabine Koitzsch
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Activating transcription factor 3 (ATF3) and early growth response protein 1 (EGR1) are reported to interact, but their use as prognostic factors in cancer is discussed controversially. METHODS: We measured ATF3 and EGR1 gene expression changes in human mini-organ cultures (MOCs) of healthy nasal epithelia, UM-SCC-22B, and FADUDD cells after acid reflux exposure. Next, ATF3 and EGR1 gene expression was analysed in tumour tissues and related to the median expression of autologous reference tissue samples...
August 12, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803127/direct-antioxidant-properties-of-methotrexate-inhibition-of-malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde-protein-adduct-formation-and-superoxide-scavenging
#9
Matthew C Zimmerman, Dahn L Clemens, Michael J Duryee, Cleofes Sarmiento, Andrew Chiou, Carlos D Hunter, Jun Tian, Lynell W Klassen, James R O'Dell, Geoffrey M Thiele, Ted R Mikuls, Daniel R Anderson
Methotrexate (MTX) is an immunosuppressant commonly used for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Recent observations have shown that patients treated with MTX also exhibit a reduced risk for the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although MTX reduces systemic inflammation and tissue damage, the mechanisms by which MTX exerts these beneficial effects are not entirely known. We have previously demonstrated that protein adducts formed by the interaction of malondialdehyde (MDA) and acetaldehyde (AA), known as MAA-protein adducts, are present in diseased tissues of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or CVD...
August 2, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802581/pkm2-aggravates-palmitate-induced-insulin-resistance-in-hepg2-cells-via-stat3-pathway
#10
Ling Chen, Zhuqi Tang, Xiaohua Wang, Hong Ma, Dandan Shan, Shiwei Cui
Studies have identified that PKM2 is related to the development of glucose intolerance and insulin resistance in rodents and humans. However, the underlying mechanism remains largely unknown. In the present study, we found that PKM2 expression was significantly elevated in insulin-resistant hepatic tissues and hepatocytes, implicating an association between PKM2 expression and hepatic insulin resistance (IR). In vitro study revealed that overexpression of PKM2 impaired the insulin signaling pathway by decreasing the phosphorylation of protein kinase B (Akt) and glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK3β)...
August 9, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802252/exploiting-radiation-induced-signaling-to-increase-the-susceptibility-of-resistant-cancer-cells-to-targeted-drugs-akt-and-mtor-inhibitors-as-an-example
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Iris Eke, Adeola Y Makinde, Molykutty J Aryankalayil, Veit Sandfort, Sanjeewani T Palayoor, Barbara H Rath, Lance Liotta, Mariaelena Pierobon, Emanuel F Petricoin, Matthew F Brown, Jayne M Stommel, Mansoor M Ahmed, C Norman Coleman
Implementing targeted drug therapy in radio-oncologic treatment regimens has greatly improved the outcome of cancer patients. However, the efficacy of molecular targeted drugs such as inhibitory antibodies or small molecule inhibitors essentially depends on target expression and activity, which both can change during the course of treatment. Radiotherapy has previously been shown to activate pro-survival pathways which can help tumor cells to adapt and thereby survive treatment. Therefore, we aimed to identify changes in signaling induced by radiation and evaluate the potential of targeting these changes with small molecules to increase the therapeutic efficacy on cancer cell survival...
August 11, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802102/pnipaam-co-jeffamine-%C3%A2-pnj-scaffolds-as-in%C3%A2-vitro-models-for-niche-enrichment-of-glioblastoma-stem-like-cells
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John M Heffernan, James B McNamara, Sabine Borwege, Brent L Vernon, Nader Sanai, Shwetal Mehta, Rachael W Sirianni
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common adult primary brain tumor, and the 5-year survival rate is less than 5%. GBM malignancy is driven in part by a population of GBM stem-like cells (GSCs) that exhibit indefinite self-renewal capacity, multipotent differentiation, expression of neural stem cell markers, and resistance to conventional treatments. GSCs are enriched in specialized niche microenvironments that regulate stem phenotypes and support GSC radioresistance. Therefore, identifying GSC-niche interactions that regulate stem phenotypes may present a unique target for disrupting the maintenance and persistence of this treatment resistant population...
May 6, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801570/the-buckling-instability-of-aggregating-red-blood-cells
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Daniel Flormann, Othmane Aouane, Lars Kaestner, Christian Ruloff, Chaouqi Misbah, Thomas Podgorski, Christian Wagner
Plasma proteins such as fibrinogen induce the aggregation of red blood cells (RBC) into rouleaux, which are responsible for the pronounced shear thinning behavior of blood, control the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) - a common hematological test - and are involved in many situations of physiological relevance such as structuration of blood in the microcirculation or clot formation in pathological situations. Confocal microscopy is used to characterize the shape of RBCs within rouleaux at equilibrium as a function of macromolecular concentration, revealing the diversity of contact zone morphology...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801283/-expression-of-mier3-in-colorectal-cancer-and-bioinformatic-analysis-of-mier3-interacting-proteins
#14
Wen Song, Man Peng, Shi-Yu Duan, Chuang Lin, Qiong Xu, Jun Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To explore role of MIER3 gene in the development and progression of human colorectal carcinoma (CRC) and analyze the proteins that interact with MIER3 using bioinformatic techniques. METHODS: MIER3 mRNA and protein expressions were detected in 8 CRC biopsy samples and paired adjacent tissues using real-time PCR and Western blotting. A recombinant eukaryotic expression vector pcDNA3-MIER3 was constructed and its effect on the proliferation and invasion of CRC cells were tested using CCK8 assay and Transwell migration assay...
August 20, 2017: Nan Fang Yi Ke da Xue Xue Bao, Journal of Southern Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800781/knowledge-guided-gene-prioritization-reveals-new-insights-into-the-mechanisms-of-chemoresistance
#15
Amin Emad, Junmei Cairns, Krishna R Kalari, Liewei Wang, Saurabh Sinha
BACKGROUND: Identification of genes whose basal mRNA expression predicts the sensitivity of tumor cells to cytotoxic treatments can play an important role in individualized cancer medicine. It enables detailed characterization of the mechanism of action of drugs. Furthermore, screening the expression of these genes in the tumor tissue may suggest the best course of chemotherapy or a combination of drugs to overcome drug resistance. RESULTS: We developed a computational method called ProGENI to identify genes most associated with the variation of drug response across different individuals, based on gene expression data...
August 11, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800542/digitoflavone-dg-attenuates-lps-induced-acute-lung-injury-through-reducing-oxidative-stress-and-inflammatory-response-dependent-on-the-suppression-of-txnip-nlrp3-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
#16
Min Meng
Acute lung injury is a severe disease with a high rate of mortality. Digitoflavone (DG) was suggested to possess bioactivities to reduce oxidative stress, inflammation and to regulate apoptosis. In our study, the normal saline, a low dose of DG (12.5mg/kg), a medium dose of DG (25mg/kg) and a high dose of DG (50mg/kg) were administered to male C57BL/6 mice by gavage. And then, the mice were intratracheally injected with either normal saline or lipopolysaccharide (LPS). We found that DG ameliorated LPS-induced lung injury and platelets activation, accompanied with reduced CD41 expression and neutrophil platelet aggregates (NPAs)...
August 8, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800314/long-noncoding-rna-pvt1-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-progression-through-regulating-mir-214
#17
Xun Gou, Xiyan Zhao, Zhengrong Wang
BACKGROUND: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNA) have been verified to be involved in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) progression. However, the potential biologic function of PVT1 in HCC is not still fully known. METHODS: PVT1 and miR-214 were detected by qRT-PCR assays in HCC tissues and adjacent normal tissues. CCK8, cell colony and transwell invasion assays were performed to evaluate cell proliferation and invasion abilities. Western-blot assay was performed to detect the protein of E-cadherin and Vimentin...
July 31, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799653/kindlin-2-interacts-with-endothelial-adherens-junctions-to-support-vascular-barrier-integrity
#18
Elzbieta Pluskota, Kamila M Bledzka, Katarzyna Bialkowska, Dorota Szpak, Dmitry A Soloviev, Sidney Jones, Dmitriy Verbovetskiy, Edward F Plow
Endothelial cells (EC) establish a physical barrier between the blood and surrounding tissue. Impairment of this barrier can occur during inflammation, ischemia or sepsis and cause severe organ dysfunction. Kindlin-2, primarily recognized as a focal adhesion protein in EC, was not anticipated to have a role in vascular barrier. We tested the role of Kindlin-2 in regulating vascular integrity using several different approaches to decrease Kindlin-2 levels in EC. Reduced levels of Kindlin-2 in Kindlin-2(+/-) mice, aortic endothelial cells (MAECs) from these(-) mice, and human umbilical ECs (HUVEC) treated with Kindlin-2 siRNA showed enhanced basal and Platelet Activating Factor (PAF) or lipopolysaccharide-stimulated vascular leakage compared to wild-type (WT) counterparts...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799584/molecular-determinants-involved-in-differential-behaviour-between-soluble-tissue-factor-and-full-length-tissue-factor-towards-factor-viia
#19
Ramesh Prasad, Prosenjit Sen
During blood-coagulation, the transmembrane protein tissue factor (TF) binds to its ligand, factor (F)VII, activating and allosterically modifying it to form a mature active binary complex (TF-FVIIa). Although the extracellular domain of TF (sTF) can bind to FVII, it fails to activate it. Binding of TF with FVIIa only partially enhances FVIIa proteolytic activity. Our previous kinetic study revealed that sTF has a lower binding capacity with FVIIa compared to membrane bound full-length (fl)TF. The reason behind this incapability of FVII activation and reduced catalytic activity remains unexplored due to the lack of an flTF crystal structure...
August 11, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799266/wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-during-early-vertebrate-neural-development
#20
REVIEW
David Brafman, Karl Willert
The vertebrate central nervous (CNS) is comprised of vast number of distinct cell types arranged in a highly organized manner. This high degree of complexity is achieved by cellular communication, including direct cell-cell contact, cell-matrix interactions, and cell-growth factor signaling. Among the several developmental signals controlling the development of the CNS, Wnt proteins have emerged as particularly critical and, hence, have captivated the attention of many researchers. With Wnts' evolutionarily conserved function as primordial symmetry breaking signals, these proteins and their downstream effects are responsible for simultaneously establishing cellular diversity and tissue organization...
August 11, 2017: Developmental Neurobiology
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