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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346922/epigenetics-in-gastrointestinal-health-and-disease-spotlight-on-dna-methylation-in-the-intestinal-epithelium
#1
Matthias Zilbauer, Judith Kraiczy
Epigenetics can be defined as stable, potentially heritable changes in cellular phenotype caused by mechanisms other than alterations in the underlying DNA sequence. DNA methylation is amongst the most intensely studied epigenetic mechanisms and has been shown to play a major role in regulating fundamental aspects of cell biology including cellular differentiation, organ development, and cell type-specific gene expression. Importantly, it is becoming increasingly clear that epigenetic mechanisms operate at the interface between the genetic code and our environment and are able to mediate environmental changes into stable phenotypic alterations...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346827/effects-of-cerium-oxide-and-ferrocene-nanoparticles-addition-as-fuel-borne-catalysts-on-diesel-engine-particulate-emissions-environmental-and-health-implications
#2
Zhi-Hui Zhang, Rajasekhar Balasubramanian
This study systematically examined the potential impacts of doping CeO2 and Fe(C5H5)2 nanoparticles as fuel-borne catalysts (FBCs) to ultralow sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel on the physical, chemical and toxicological characteristics of diesel particulate matter (DPM). The FBCs-doped fuels are effective in promoting soot oxidation and reducing the DPM mass emissions, but lead to a significant increase in the total particle counts due to the formation of self-nucleated metallic nanoparticles. Compared to undoped ULSD, the FBCs-doped fuels result in higher concentrations of particle-phase polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and n-alkanes, higher fractions of organic carbon (OC) and water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) in particles, show slight alterations in soot nanostructure, reduce soot ignition temperature and activation energy...
March 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346710/the-arabidopsis-thiamin-deficient-mutant-pale-green1-lacks-thiamin-monophosphate-phosphatase-of-the-vitamin-b1-biosynthesis-pathway
#3
Wei-Yu Hsieh, Jo-Chien Liao, Hsin-Tzu Wang, Tzu-Huan Hung, Ching-Chih Tseng, Tsui-Yun Chung, Ming-Hsiun Hsieh
Thiamin diphosphate (TPP, vitamin B1) is an essential coenzyme present in all organisms. Animals obtain TPP from their diets, but plants synthesize TPP de novo. We isolated and characterized an Arabidopsis pale green1 (pale1) mutant that contained higher concentrations of thiamin monophosphate (TMP) and less thiamin and TPP than the wild type. Supplementation with thiamin, but not the thiazole and pyrimidine precursors, rescued the mutant phenotype, indicating that the pale1 mutant is a thiamin-deficient mutant...
March 27, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346477/disruption-of-sorcs2-reveals-differences-in-the-regulation-of-stereociliary-bundle-formation-between-hair-cell-types-in-the-inner-ear
#4
Andrew Forge, Ruth R Taylor, Sally J Dawson, Michael Lovett, Daniel J Jagger
Behavioural anomalies suggesting an inner ear disorder were observed in a colony of transgenic mice. Affected animals were profoundly deaf. Severe hair bundle defects were identified in all outer and inner hair cells (OHC, IHC) in the cochlea and in hair cells of vestibular macular organs, but hair cells in cristae were essentially unaffected. Evidence suggested the disorder was likely due to gene disruption by a randomly inserted transgene construct. Whole-genome sequencing identified interruption of the SorCS2 (Sortilin-related VPS-10 domain containing protein) locus...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346473/oral-administration-of-bifidobacterium-bifidum-g9-1-alleviates-rotavirus-gastroenteritis-through-regulation-of-intestinal-homeostasis-by-inducing-mucosal-protective-factors
#5
Tomohiro Kawahara, Yutaka Makizaki, Yosuke Oikawa, Yoshiki Tanaka, Ayako Maeda, Masaki Shimakawa, Satoshi Komoto, Kyoko Moriguchi, Hiroshi Ohno, Koki Taniguchi
Human rotavirus (RV) infection is a leading cause of dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide. Since therapeutic approaches to RV gastroenteritis are limited to alleviation of dehydration with oral rehydration solutions, more direct approaches to palliate symptoms of RV gastroenteritis are required. Treatments with probiotics have been increasingly recognized as alternative safe and low cost treatments for moderate infectious diarrhea. In this study, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1 (BBG9-1), which has been used as an intestinal drug for several decades, was shown to have a remarkable protective effect against RV gastroenteritis in a suckling mice model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346429/deletion-of-endothelial-cell-specific-liver-kinase-b1-increases-angiogenesis-and-tumor-growth-via-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor
#6
W Zhang, Y Ding, C Zhang, Q Lu, Z Liu, K Coughlan, I Okon, M-H Zou
Liver kinase B1 (LKB1) is a serine/threonine protein kinase ubiquitously expressed in mammalian cells. It was first identified in Peutz-Jeghers syndrome as a tumor suppressor gene. Whether endothelial LKB1 regulates angiogenesis and tumor growth is unknown. In this study, we generated endothelial cell-specific LKB1-knockout (LKB1(endo-/-)) mice by crossbreeding vascular endothelial-cadherin-Cre mice with LKB1(flox/flox) mice. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) level was highly co-stained in endothelial cells but not in macrophages in LKB1(endo-/-) mice...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346410/quality-of-tcr-signaling-determined-by-differential-affinities-of-enhancers-for-the-composite-batf-irf4-transcription-factor-complex
#7
Arifumi Iwata, Vivek Durai, Roxane Tussiwand, Carlos G Briseño, Xiaodi Wu, Gary E Grajales-Reyes, Takeshi Egawa, Theresa L Murphy, Kenneth M Murphy
Variable strengths of signaling via the T cell antigen receptor (TCR) can produce divergent outcomes, but the mechanism of this remains obscure. The abundance of the transcription factor IRF4 increases with TCR signal strength, but how this would induce distinct types of responses is unclear. We compared the expression of genes in the TH2 subset of helper T cells to enhancer occupancy by the BATF-IRF4 transcription factor complex at varying strengths of TCR stimulation. Genes dependent on BATF-IRF4 clustered into groups with distinct TCR sensitivities...
March 27, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346141/insights-into-electrosensory-organ-development-physiology-and-evolutionfrom-a-lateral-line-enriched-transcriptome
#8
Melinda S Modrell, Mike Lyne, Adrian R Carr, Harold H Zakon, David Buckley, Alexander S Campbell, Marcus C Davis, Gos Micklem, Clare Vh Baker
The anamniote lateral line system, comprising mechanosensory neuromasts and electrosensory ampullary organs, is a useful model for investigating the developmental and evolutionary diversification of different organs and cell types. Zebrafish neuromast development is increasingly well understood, but neither zebrafish nor Xenopus is electroreceptive and our molecular understanding of ampullary organ development is rudimentary. We have used RNA-seq to generate a lateral line-enriched gene-set from late-larval paddlefish (Polyodon spathula)...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345785/nanog-overexpression-and-its-correlation-with-stem-cell-and-differentiation-markers-in-meningiomas-of-different-who-grades
#9
Diana Freitag, Aaron Lawson McLean, Michèle Simon, Arend Koch, Susanne Grube, Jan Walter, Rolf Kalff, Christian Ewald
NANOG, as a key regulator of pluripotency and acting synergistically with other factors, has been described as a crucial transcription factor in various types of cancer. In meningiomas the expression of this marker has not yet been described. With our study, we aimed to identify and localize Nanog and other possible markers of pluripotency, stem cell properties and differentiation in meningioma tissue, to elucidate a possible effect on tumorigenesis. The gene expression levels of NANOG (NANOG1 and NANOGP8), SOX2, OCT4, KLF4, ABCG2, CMYC, MSI1, CD44, NOTCH1, NES, SALL4B, TP53 and EPAS1 were quantitatively examined using RT-qPCR in 33 surgical specimens of low- (WHO grade I) as well as in atypical and anaplastic (WHO grade II/III) meningiomas with dural tissue as reference...
March 27, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345732/comparative-analysis-in-continuous-expansion-of-bovine-and-human-primary-nucleus-pulposus-cells-for-tissue-repair-applications
#10
D H Rosenzweig, J Tremblay Gravel, D Bisson, J A Ouellet, M H Weber, L Haglund
Autologous NP cell implantation is a potential therapeutic avenue for intervertebral disc (IVD) degeneration. However, monolayer expansion of cells isolated from surgical samples may negatively impact matrix production by way of dedifferentiation. Previously, we have used a continuous expansion culture system to successfully preserve a chondrocyte phenotype. In this work, we hypothesised that continuous expansion culture could also preserve nucleus pulposus (NP) phenotype. We confirmed that serial passaging drove NP dedifferentiation by significantly decreasing collagen type II, aggrecan and chondroadherin (CHAD) gene expression, compared to freshly isolated cells...
March 24, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345676/bioconversion-of-stilbenes-in-genetically-engineered-root-and-cell-cultures-of-tobacco
#11
Diego Hidalgo, Ascensión Martínez-Márquez, Elisabeth Moyano, Roque Bru-Martínez, Purificación Corchete, Javier Palazon
It is currently possible to transfer a biosynthetic pathway from a plant to another organism. This system has been exploited to transfer the metabolic richness of certain plant species to other plants or even to more simple metabolic organisms such as yeast or bacteria for the production of high added value plant compounds. Another application is to bioconvert substrates into scarcer or biologically more interesting compounds, such as piceatannol and pterostilbene. These two resveratrol-derived stilbenes, which have very promising pharmacological activities, are found in plants only in small amounts...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345629/wt1-expression-in-breast-cancer-disrupts-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-balance-of-tumour-cells-and-correlates-with-the-metabolic-response-to-docetaxel
#12
Mara Artibani, Andrew H Sims, Joan Slight, Stuart Aitken, Anna Thornburn, Morwenna Muir, Valerie G Brunton, Jorge Del-Pozo, Linda R Morrison, Elad Katz, Nicholas D Hastie, Peter Hohenstein
WT1 is a transcription factor which regulates the epithelial-mesenchymal balance during embryonic development and, if mutated, can lead to the formation of Wilms' tumour, the most common paediatric kidney cancer. Its expression has also been reported in several adult tumour types, including breast cancer, and usually correlates with poor outcome. However, published data is inconsistent and the role of WT1 in this malignancy remains unclear. Here we provide a complete study of WT1 expression across different breast cancer subtypes as well as isoform specific expression analysis...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345488/deep-infiltrating-endometriosis-and-endometrial-adenocarcinoma-express-high-levels-of-myostatin-and-its-receptors-messenger-rnas
#13
Patrizia Carrarelli, Lucia Funghi, Pasquapina Ciarmela, Gabriele Centini, Fernando M Reis, Cynthia Dela Cruz, Alberto Mattei, Silvia Vannuccini, Felice Petraglia
Myostatin is a growth factor member of the transforming growth factor β superfamily, which is known to play major roles in cell proliferation and differentiation. The present study investigated the messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of myostatin and myostatin receptors (activin receptor-like kinase 4 [ALK4], transforming growth factor (TGF)-β type I receptor kinase [ALK5] and activin receptor type IIB [ActRIIB]) in endometrium of healthy women during menstrual cycle as well as in benign (endometriosis, polyps) and malignant (endometrial adenocarcinoma) conditions...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345336/proteomic-identification-of-eef1a1-as-a-molecular-target-of-curcumol-for-suppressing-metastasis-of-mda-mb-231-cells
#14
Hongyi Qi, Ling Ning, Zanyang Yu, Guojun Dou, Li Li
Curcumol, a major volatile component in Rhizoma Curcumae, exhibited potent anti-metastatic effect on breast cancer cells. However, its molecular mechanism remains poorly understood. In this study, we employed a 2-DE based proteomics to investigate the cellular targets of curcumol in MDA-MB-231 cells, and identified 10 differentially expressed proteins. Moreover, Gene Ontology analysis revealed that those proteins mainly get involved in 9 types of cellular components, 7 different biological processes and 9 kinds of molecular functions, and 35 pathways (p < 0...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345001/effective-depletion-of-pre-existing-anti-aav-antibodies-requires-broad-immune-targeting
#15
Victoria M Velazquez, Aaron S Meadows, Ricardo J Pineda, Marybeth Camboni, Douglas M McCarty, Haiyan Fu
Pre-existing antibodies (Abs) to AAV pose a critical challenge for the translation of gene therapies. No effective approach is available to overcome pre-existing Abs. Given the complexity of Ab production, overcoming pre-existing Abs will require broad immune targeting. We generated a mouse model of pre-existing AAV9 Abs to test multiple immunosuppressants, including bortezomib, rapamycin, and prednisolone, individually or in combination. We identified an effective approach combining rapamycin and prednisolone, reducing serum AAV9 Abs by 70%-80% at 4 weeks and 85%-93% at 8 weeks of treatment...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344996/codon-optimization-leads-to-functional-impairment-of-rd114-tr-envelope-glycoprotein
#16
Eleonora Zucchelli, Monika Pema, Anna Stornaiuolo, Claudia Piovan, Cinzia Scavullo, Erica Giuliani, Sergio Bossi, Stefano Corna, Claudia Asperti, Claudio Bordignon, Gian-Paolo Rizzardi, Chiara Bovolenta
Lentiviral vectors (LVs) are a highly valuable tool for gene transfer currently exploited in basic, applied, and clinical studies. Their optimization is therefore very important for the field of vectorology and gene therapy. A key molecule for LV function is the envelope because it guides cell entry. The most commonly used in transiently produced LVs is the vesicular stomatitis virus glycoprotein (VSV-G) envelope, whose continuous expression is, however, toxic for stable LV producer cells. In contrast, the feline endogenous retroviral RD114-TR envelope is suitable for stable LV manufacturing, being well tolerated by producer cells under constitutive expression...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344902/isolation-and-characterization-of-human-articular-chondrocytes-from-surgical-waste-after-total-knee-arthroplasty-tka
#17
Jakob Naranda, Lidija Gradišnik, Mario Gorenjak, Matjaž Vogrin, Uroš Maver
BACKGROUND: Cartilage tissue engineering is a fast-evolving field of biomedical engineering, in which the chondrocytes represent the most commonly used cell type. Since research in tissue engineering always consumes a lot of cells, simple and cheap isolation methods could form a powerful basis to boost such studies and enable their faster progress to the clinics. Isolated chondrocytes can be used for autologous chondrocyte implantation in cartilage repair, and are the base for valuable models to investigate cartilage phenotype preservation, as well as enable studies of molecular features, nature and scales of cellular responses to alterations in the cartilage tissue...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344889/loss-of-tapasin-in-human-lung-and-colon-cancer-cells-and-escape-from-tumor-associated-antigen-specific-ctl-recognition
#18
Yosuke Shionoya, Takayuki Kanaseki, Sho Miyamoto, Serina Tokita, Ayumi Hongo, Yasuhiro Kikuchi, Vitaly Kochin, Kazue Watanabe, Ryota Horibe, Hiroshi Saijo, Tomohide Tsukahara, Yoshihiko Hirohashi, Hiroki Takahashi, Noriyuki Sato, Toshihiko Torigoe
Cytotoxic T-lymphocytes (CTLs) lyse target cells after recognizing the complexes of peptides and MHC class I molecules (pMHC I) on cell surfaces. Tapasin is an essential component of the peptide-loading complex (PLC) and its absence influences the surface repertoire of MHC class I peptides. In the present study, we assessed tapasin expression in 85 primary tumor lesions of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, demonstrating that tapasin expression positively correlated with patient survival. CD8(+) T-cell infiltration of tumor lesions was synergistically observed with tapasin expression and correlated positively with survival...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344882/tumor-pd-l1-expression-is-correlated-with-increased-tils-and-poor-prognosis-in-penile-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#19
Chuangzhong Deng, Zaishang Li, Shengjie Guo, Peng Chen, Xiaofeng Chen, Qianghua Zhou, Jieping Chen, Xingsu Yu, Xiaoliang Wu, Wenjuan Ma, Qiankun Xie, Yunlin Ye, Yonghong Li, Zike Qin, Zhuowei Liu, Ranyi Liu, Zhenfeng Zhang, Kai Yao, Hui Han, Fangjian Zhou
Despite its rare incidence worldwide, penile squamous cell carcinoma (PeSCC) still presents with significant morbidity and mortality due to the limited treatment options for advanced patients, especially those in developing countries. The program death-1 (PD-1)/PD-1 ligand (PD-L1) axis has been demonstrated to play an important role in tumor immune escape, and immunotherapies targeting this pathway have shown great success in certain cancer types. Here, we analyzed the expression pattern of PD-L1 in tumor cells and tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in PeSCC with a multi-center cohort...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344876/2b4-sap-signaling-is-required-for-the-priming-of-naive-cd8-t-cells-by-antigen-expressing-b-cells-and-b-lymphoma-cells
#20
Yu-Hsuan Huang, Kevin Tsai, Sara Y Tan, Sohyeong Kang, Mandy L Ford, Kenneth W Harder, John J Priatel
Mutations in SH2D1A gene that encodes SAP (SLAM-associated protein) result in X-linked lymphoproliferative disease (XLP), a rare primary immunodeficiency disease defined by exquisite sensitivity to the B-lymphotropic Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and B cell lymphomas. However, the precise mechanism of how the loss of SAP function contributes to extreme vulnerability to EBV and the development of B cell lymphomas remains unclear. Here, we investigate the hypothesis that SAP is critical for CD8(+) T cell immune surveillance of antigen (Ag)-expressing B cells or B lymphoma cells under conditions of defined T cell receptor (TCR) signaling...
2017: Oncoimmunology
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