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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224010/microrna-195-suppresses-the-progression-of-pancreatic-cancer-by-targeting-dclk1
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Bin Zhou, Chuandong Sun, Xiao Hu, Hanxiang Zhan, Hao Zou, Yujie Feng, Fabo Qiu, Shun Zhang, Liqun Wu, Bingyuan Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Doublecortin-like kinase 1 (DCLK1) is emerging as a tumor-specific stem cell marker in pancreatic cancer (PC). MicroRNA-195 (miR-195) plays an important role in many types of tumors. However, the roles of DCLK1 in cancer and miRNAs that directly regulate DCLK1 have not been elucidated. The goal of this study is to assess the effects of miR-195 on inhibiting DCLK1 and to clarify the regulating mechanism of miR-195-DCLK1 in PC cells. METHODS: The expression of DCLK1 protein and miR-195 in PC tissues and adjacent healthy pancreatic tissues was detected by Western blot and quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), respectively and the correlation between overall survival of PC patients and expression of DCLK1 was measured by Kaplan-Meier analysis...
December 8, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223394/islet-%C3%AE-cell-an-endocrine-cell-secreting-mirnas
#2
Aisen Zhang, Dameng Li, Yucheng Liu, Jing Li, Yujing Zhang, Chen-Yu Zhang
The pancreas is an important endocrine organ. Pancreatic beta (β) cells secrete insulin to regulate the metabolism of glucose and maintain the stability of blood glucose. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), small (20-25 nt) non-coding RNA molecules, function in target gene silencing through post-transcriptional patterns, and multiple miRNAs regulate insulin secretion, insulin signaling pathways in pancreatic β cells and islet activity. In recent years, it has been found that many types of cells can secrete regulatory miRNA, but whether islet cells can secrete miRNA has not been clarified yet...
December 6, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223357/phylogenomic-detection-and-functional-prediction-of-genes-potentially-important-for-plant-meiosis
#3
Luoyan Zhang, Hongzhi Kong, Hong Ma, Ji Yang
Meiosis is a specialized type of cell division necessary for sexual reproduction in eukaryotes. A better understanding of the cytological procedures of meiosis has been achieved by comprehensive cytogenetic studies in plants, while the genetic mechanisms regulating meiotic progression remain incompletely understood. The increasing accumulation of complete genome sequences and large-scale gene expression datasets has provided a powerful resource for phylogenomic inference and unsupervised identification of genes involved in plant meiosis...
December 6, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223340/silencing-of-histone-deacetylase-slhdt3-delays-fruit-ripening-and-suppresses-carotenoid-accumulation-in-tomato
#4
Jun-E Guo, Zongli Hu, Fenfen Li, Lincheng Zhang, Xiaohui Yu, Boyan Tang, Guoping Chen
The acetylation levels of histones on lysine residues are regulated by histone acetyltransferases and histone deacetylases, which play an important but understudied role in the control of gene expression in plants. There is an increasing research focus on histone deacetylation in crops, but to date, there is little information regarding tomato. With the aim of characterizing the tomato HD2 family of histone deacetylases, an RNA interference (RNAi) expression vector of SlHDT3 was constructed and transformed into tomato plants...
December 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223334/expression-of-phytoglobin-affects-nitric-oxide-metabolism-and-energy-state-of-barley-plants-exposed-to-anoxia
#5
Devin W Cochrane, Jay K Shah, Kim H Hebelstrup, Abir U Igamberdiev
Class 1 plant hemoglobins (phytoglobins) are upregulated during low-oxygen stress and participate in metabolism and cell signaling via modulation of the levels of nitric oxide (NO). We studied the effects of overexpression and knockdown of the class 1 phytoglobin gene in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) under low-oxygen stress. The overexpression of phytoglobin reduced the amount of NO released, while knockdown significantly stimulated NO emission. It has previously been shown that NO inhibits aconitase activity, so decreased aconitase activity in knockdown plants acts as a biomarker for high internal NO levels...
December 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223330/expression-of-a-populus-histone-deacetylase-gene-84khda903-in-tobacco-enhances-drought-tolerance
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Xujun Ma, Bing Zhang, Chunjuan Liu, Botong Tong, Tao Guan, Dean Xia
Histone deacetylases (HDACs) play a key role in regulating plant growth, development and stress responses. However, functions of HDACs in woody plants are largely unknown. In this study, a novel gene encoding a RPD3/HDA1-type histone deacetylase was cloned from 84K poplar (Populus alba×Populus glandulosa) and designated as 84KHDA903. The 84KHDA903 encodes a protein composed of 500 amino acid residues, which contains a conserved HDAC domain. Transient expression of 84KHDA903 in onion epidermal cells suggested that it was exclusively localized in nucleus...
December 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222842/kinetic-characterisation-of-wild-type-and-mutant-human-thioredoxin-glutathione-reductase-defines-its-reaction-and-regulatory-mechanisms
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Christina Brandstaedter, Karin Fritz-Wolf, Stine Weder, Marina Fischer, Beate Hecker, Stefan Rahlfs, Katja Becker
In most cells the thioredoxin (Trx) and glutathione systems are essentially involved in maintaining redox homeostasis. The selenoprotein thioredoxin glutathione reductase (TGR) is a hybrid enzyme in which a glutaredoxin (Grx) domain is linked to a thioredoxin reductase (TrxR). Notably, the protein is also capable of reducing glutathione disulfide (GSSG) thus representing an important link between the two redox systems. In this study, we recombinantly produced human TGR (hTGR wild type) by fusing its open reading frame with a bacterial SECIS element and co-expressing the construct in E...
December 8, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222092/targeted-disruption-of-the-kcnj5-gene-in-the-female-mouse-lowers-aldosterone-levels
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Iris Hardege, Lu Long, Raya Al Maskari, Nicola Figg, Kevin M O'Shaughnessy
Aldosterone is released from adrenal zona glomerulosa cells and plays an important role in Na and K homeostasis. Mutations in the human KCNJ5 gene encoding the GIRK4 potassium channel cause abnormal aldosterone secretion and hypertension. To better understand the role of wild-type (WT) GIRK4 in regulating aldosterone release we have looked at aldosterone secretion in a Kcnj5 knock-out (KO) mouse.  We found that female, but not male, KO mice have reduced aldosterone levels compared to WT female controls, but higher levels of aldosterone after Ang-II stimulation...
December 8, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222050/effects-of-the-rna-binding-protein-ksrp-on-innate-immune-response-against-helicobacter-pylori-infection-in-mice
#9
Ningzhe Li, Mei Cao, Sijun Yi, Juan Cheng, Lei Wang, Yuwei Tao, Daoyan Wu, Jingshan Peng, Mao Zhang, Panpan Qi, Jian Zhao
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) contributes to various gastric diseases such as chronic gastritis, gastric ulcer, and gastric carcinoma. Host innate immune response against the pathogen plays a significant role in elimination of pathogen infection. Importantly, pathogen elimination is closely related to numerous inflammatory-related genes that participate in complex biological response of cells to harmful stimuli. Here we studied effects of the KH-type splicing regulatory protein (KSRP), a RNA-binding protein, on innate immune response against H...
December 5, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222027/tbk1-from-orange-spotted-grouper-exerts-antiviral-activity-against-fish-viruses-and-regulates-interferon-response
#10
Yin Hu, Youhua Huang, Jiaxin Liu, Jingcheng Zhang, Qiwei Qin, Xiaohong Huang
TANK-binding kinase-1 (TBK1) has been well studied in mammals because of its importance in type I interferon induction in antiviral immunity. However, the roles of fish TBK1 in virus infection still remained largely uncertain. In the current study, a TBK1 homolog from orange-spotted grouper (Epinephelus coioides) (EcTBK1) was cloned and its roles in fish viral infections were investigated. Sequence analysis showed that EcTBK1 encoded a 723-amino acid peptide which shared 98% and 73% identity to large yellow croaker (Larimichthys crocea) and human (homo sapiens), respectively...
December 5, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221855/toll-like-receptor-4-regulates-anxiety-like-behavior-and-darpp-32-phosphorylation
#11
T Femenia, Y Qian, T Arentsen, H Forssberg, R Diaz Heijtz
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a crucial role in early innate immune responses to inflammatory agents and pathogens. In the brain, some members of the TLR family are expressed in glial cells and neurons. In particular, TLR4 has been involved in learning and memory processes, stress-induced adaptations, and pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders. However, the role of TLR4 in emotional behaviors and their underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the role of TLR4 in emotional and social behavior by using different behavioral approaches, and assessed potential molecular alterations in important brain areas involved in emotional responses...
December 5, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221160/circular-rna-profile-indicates-circular-rna-vrk1-is-negatively-related-with-breast-cancer-stem-cells
#12
Ningning Yan, Haiyan Xu, Jinnan Zhang, Liang Xu, Yanyun Zhang, Le Zhang, Yingchun Xu, Fengchun Zhang
Circular RNAs (circRNAs), a novel type of noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs), have been shown to be implicated in biological processes including cancer as gene expression regulators. However, the roles of circRNAs in cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been unexplored. In the present study, we screened the circRNA profile in breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs) using RNA-Sequencing. Here, 27 circRNAs were found to be aberrantly expressed. Of these, 19 circRNAs were downregulated and 8 were upregulated and some of these circRNAs were validated by Q-PCR...
November 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221158/epigenetic-silencing-of-mir-296-and-mir-512-ensures-htert-dependent-apoptosis-protection-and-telomere-maintenance-in-basal-type-breast-cancer-cells
#13
Roberto Dinami, Valentina Buemi, Rosanna Sestito, Antonina Zappone, Yari Ciani, Miguel Mano, Eleonora Petti, Andrea Sacconi, Giovanni Blandino, Mauro Giacca, Silvano Piazza, Roberta Benetti, Stefan Schoeftner
The catalytic subunit of the telomerase complex, hTERT, ensures unlimited proliferative potential of cancer cells by maintaining telomere function and protecting from apoptosis. Using a miRNA screening approach we identified miR-296-5p and miR-512-5p as miRNAs that target hTERT in breast cancer cells. Ectopic miR-296-5p and miR-512-5p reduce telomerase activity, drive telomere shortening and cause proliferation defects by enhancing senescence and apoptosis in breast cancer cells. In line with the relevance of hTERT expression for human cancer we found that miR-296-5p and miR-512-5p expression is reduced in human breast cancer...
November 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220798/aegeline-inspired-synthesis-of-novel-amino-alcohol-and-thiazolidinedione-hybrids-with-antiadipogenic-activity-in-3t3-l1-cells
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Sabbu Satish, Ankita Srivastava, Pragya Yadav, Salil Varshney, Rakhi Choudhary, Vishal M Balaramnavar, Tadigoppula Narender, Anil Nilkanth Gaikwad
Excess adiposity is a hallmark of obesity, which is caused due to an imbalance between energy intake and energy consumed. Obesity is often associated with several metabolic disorders like dyslipidemia, cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. Earlier, our group had reported natural product Aegeline (amino-alcohol) isolated from the plant Aegle marmelos as an anti-diabetic and anti-dyslipidemic compound. With this background, we synthesized a series of novel amino alcohol and thiazolidinedione hybrid molecules and studied their antiadipogenic activity...
November 26, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220674/actb-loss-of-function-mutations-result-in-a-pleiotropic-developmental-disorder
#15
Sara Cuvertino, Helen M Stuart, Kate E Chandler, Neil A Roberts, Ruth Armstrong, Laura Bernardini, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Bert Callewaert, Jill Clayton-Smith, Cristina Hernando Davalillo, Charu Deshpande, Koenraad Devriendt, Maria C Digilio, Abhijit Dixit, Matthew Edwards, Jan M Friedman, Antonio Gonzalez-Meneses, Shelagh Joss, Bronwyn Kerr, Anne Katrin Lampe, Sylvie Langlois, Rachel Lennon, Philippe Loget, David Y T Ma, Ruth McGowan, Maryse Des Medt, James O'Sullivan, Sylvie Odent, Michael J Parker, Céline Pebrel-Richard, Florence Petit, Zornitza Stark, Sylvia Stockler-Ipsiroglu, Sigrid Tinschert, Pradeep Vasudevan, Olaya Villa, Susan M White, Farah R Zahir, Adrian S Woolf, Siddharth Banka
ACTB encodes β-actin, an abundant cytoskeletal housekeeping protein. In humans, postulated gain-of-function missense mutations cause Baraitser-Winter syndrome (BRWS), characterized by intellectual disability, cortical malformations, coloboma, sensorineural deafness, and typical facial features. To date, the consequences of loss-of-function ACTB mutations have not been proven conclusively. We describe heterozygous ACTB deletions and nonsense and frameshift mutations in 33 individuals with developmental delay, apparent intellectual disability, increased frequency of internal organ malformations (including those of the heart and the renal tract), growth retardation, and a recognizable facial gestalt (interrupted wavy eyebrows, dense eyelashes, wide nose, wide mouth, and a prominent chin) that is distinct from characteristics of individuals with BRWS...
December 7, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220510/ciliopathy-associated-mutations-of-ift122-impair-ciliary-protein-trafficking-but-not-ciliogenesis
#16
Mariko Takahara, Yohei Katoh, Kentaro Nakamura, Tomoaki Hirano, Maho Sugawa, Yuta Tsurumi, Kazuhisa Nakayama
The intraflagellar transport (IFT) machinery containing the IFT-A and IFT-B complexes mediates ciliary protein trafficking. Mutations in the genes encoding the six subunits of the IFT-A complex (IFT43, IFT121, IFT122, IFT139, IFT140, and IFT144) are known to cause skeletal ciliopathies, including cranioectodermal dysplasia (CED). As the IFT122 subunit connects the core and peripheral subcomplexes of the IFT-A complex, it is expected to play a pivotal role in the complex. Indeed, we here showed that knockout (KO) of the IFT122 gene in hTERT-RPE1 cells using the CRISPR/Cas9 system led to a severe ciliogenesis defect, whereas KO of other IFT-A genes had minor effects on ciliogenesis but impaired ciliary protein trafficking...
December 6, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220385/secreted-dual-reporter-assay-with-gaussia-luciferase-and-the-red-fluorescent-protein-mcherry
#17
Diana Wider, Didier Picard
The availability of a wide range of reporter proteins, which can easily be quantitated, has had a major impact on many fields of biomedical research. In some experiments with tissue culture cells, it is necessary to control for differences in transfection efficiency and in other expression parameters. This requirement has been very conveniently met with the popular dual luciferase assay. Its disadvantages are the requirement for cell lysis, the inability to analyze the same cells repeatedly, and the cost, at least in its most commonly used commercial format...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219210/bioenergetic-regulation-of-microglia
#18
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Soumitra Ghosh, Erika Castillo, Elma S Frias, Raymond A Swanson
Microglia have diverse actions, ranging from synapse pruning in development to cytotoxic effects in disease. Brain energy metabolism and substrate availability vary under normal and disease states, but how these variations influence microglial function is relatively unknown. Microglia, like most other cell types, express the full complement of gene products required for both glycolytic and oxidative metabolism. Evidence suggests that microglia increase aerobic glycolysis and decrease respiration when activated by various stimuli...
December 8, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219208/lncrna-h19-promotes-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-emt-by-targeting-mir-484-in-human-lung-cancer-cells
#19
Qianqian Zhang, Xiaoliang Li, Xiao Li, Xiaosu Li, Zhuochang Chen
BACKGROUND: Recently, the long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) H19 has been identified as an oncogenic gene in multiple cancer types. However, the molecular basis for this observation has not been characterized in lung cancer, especially during epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) progression. METHODS: Cell viability, migration, invasion, and apoptosis were measured using trypan blue exclusion assay, Transwell migration/invasion assay, andflow cytometry, respectively...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218912/network-analysis-of-pseudogene-gene-relationships-from-pseudogene-evolution-to-their-functional-potentials
#20
Travis S Johnson, Sihong Li, Jonathan R Kho, Kun Huang, Yan Zhang
Pseudogenes are fossil relatives of genes. Pseudogenes have long been thought of as "junk DNAs", since they do not code proteins in normal tissues. Although most of the human pseudogenes do not have noticeable functions, ∼20% of them exhibit transcriptional activity. There has been evidence showing that some pseudogenes adopted functions as lncRNAs and work as regulators of gene expression. Furthermore, pseudogenes can even be "reactivated" in some conditions, such as cancer initiation. Some pseudogenes are transcribed in specific cancer types, and some are even translated into proteins as observed in several cancer cell lines...
2018: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
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