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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107386/regulation-of-pi-2b-pilus-expression-in-hypervirulent-streptococcus-agalactiae-st-17-bm110
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Bruno Périchon, Noémi Szili, Laurence du Merle, Isabelle Rosinski-Chupin, Myriam Gominet, Samuel Bellais, Claire Poyart, Patrick Trieu-Cuot, Shaynoor Dramsi
The widely spread Streptococcus agalactiae (also known as Group B Streptococcus, GBS) "hypervirulent" ST17 clone is strongly associated with neonatal meningitis. The PI-2b locus is mainly found in ST17 strains but is also present in a few non ST17 human isolates such as the ST-7 prototype strain A909. Here, we analysed the expression of the PI-2b pilus in the ST17 strain BM110 as compared to the non ST17 A909. Comparative genome analyses revealed the presence of a 43-base pair (bp) hairpin-like structure in the upstream region of PI-2b operon in all 26 ST17 genomes, which was absent in the 8 non-ST17 strains carrying the PI-2b locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106924/incidence-clinicopathologic-features-and-fusion-transcript-landscape-of-translocation-renal-cell-carcinomas
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Marion Classe, Gabriel G Malouf, Xiaoping Su, Hui Yao, Erika J Thompson, Denaha J Doss, Valérie Grégoire, Julien Lenobin, Jean-Christophe Fantoni, Hélène Sudour-Bonnange, David Khayat, Sébastien Aubert, Nizar M Tannir, Xavier Leroy
AIMS: Translocation renal cell carcinoma (tRCC) is a rare subtype of kidney tumour characterized by translocations involving the transcription factor TFE3 or TFEB. tRCC was introduced into the World Health Organization classification in 2004, but much is still unknown about the natural history, clinicopathologic features, and outcomes of the disease. The aim of this study was to describe the landscape of fusion transcript in a large single-institution series of FISH confirmed tRCCs and then to confront it to morphological and clinical data...
January 20, 2017: Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105698/characterization-and-in-vivo-regulon-determination-of-an-ecf-sigma-factor-and-its-cognate-anti-sigma-factor-in-nostoc-punctiforme
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Nicole Bell, Jamie J Lee, Michael L Summers
Based on primary sequence comparisons and genomic context, Npun_F4153 (SigG)/Npun_F4154 (SapG) of the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme were hypothesized to encode an ECF sigma factor/anti-sigma factor pair. Transcription of sigG increased in heterocysts and akinetes, and after EDTA treatment. Interaction between SigG and the predicted cytoplasmic domain of SapG was observed in vitro. A SigG-GFP translational fusion protein localized to the periphery of vegetative cells in vivo, but lost this association following heat stress...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102838/autophagy-dysregulation-in-danon-disease
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Anna Chiara Nascimbeni, Marina Fanin, Corrado Angelini, Marco Sandri
The autophagy-lysosome system is critical for muscle homeostasis and defects in lysosomal function result in a number of inherited muscle diseases, generally referred to as autophagic vacuolar myopathies (AVMs). Among them, Danon Disease (DD) and glycogen storage disease type II (GSDII) are due to primary lysosomal protein defects. DD is characterized by mutations in the lysosome-associated membrane protein 2 (LAMP2) gene. The DD mouse model suggests that inefficient lysosome biogenesis/maturation and impairment of autophagosome-lysosome fusion contribute to the pathogenesis of muscle wasting...
January 19, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100566/loss-of-axin1-drives-acquired-resistance-to-wnt-pathway-blockade-in-colorectal-cancer-cells-carrying-rspo3-fusions
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Gabriele Picco, Consalvo Petti, Alessia Centonze, Erica Torchiaro, Giovanni Crisafulli, Luca Novara, Andrea Acquaviva, Alberto Bardelli, Enzo Medico
In colorectal cancer (CRC), WNT pathway activation by genetic rearrangements of RSPO3 is emerging as a promising target. However, its low prevalence severely limits availability of preclinical models for in-depth characterization. Using a pipeline designed to suppress stroma-derived signal, we find that RSPO3 "outlier" expression in CRC samples highlights translocation and fusion transcript expression. Outlier search in 151 CRC cell lines identified VACO6 and SNU1411 cells as carriers of, respectively, a canonical PTPRK(e1)-RSPO3(e2) fusion and a novel PTPRK(e13)-RSPO3(e2) fusion...
January 18, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098874/mica-il-12-a-novel-bifunctional-protein-for-killer-cell-activation
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Ashlee Tietje, Xi Yang, Xianzhong Yu, Yanzhang Wei
Natural killer (NK) cells have the potential to be effective killers of tumor cells. They are governed by inhibitory and activating receptors such as NKG2D, whose ligands are normally upregulated in cells that are stressed, like cancer cells. Advanced cancer cells, however, have ways to reduce the expression of these ligands, leaving them less detectable by NK cells. Along with these receptors, NK cells also require activating cytokines, such as IL-12. A previous study in our laboratory showed that a fusion protein of the extracellular domain of mouse UL-16 binding protein-like transcript 1 (MULT1E) and mouse interleukin 12 (IL-12) can effectively activate mouse NK cells by in vitro assays and in vivo in animal tumor models...
January 16, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089363/pertussis-toxin-targets-the-innate-immunity-through-dap12-fcr%C3%AE-and-myd88-adaptor-proteins
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Vongsavanh Phongsisay, Ei'ichi Iizasa, Hiromitsu Hara, Hiroki Yoshida
Activation of the innate immunity by adjuvants, such as pertussis toxin (PTX), in the presence of autoreactive lymphocytes and antigen mimicry is sufficient to trigger autoimmunity. Toll-like, C-type lectin, and immunglobulin-like receptors play an important role in the innate immunity by sensing a variety of microbial products through several adaptor proteins, including MyD88, DAP12, and FcRγ. This study investigated the interaction between PTX and innate immune components. The direct interactions between coated PTX and receptor-fusion proteins were examined using ELISA-based binding assays...
December 30, 2016: Immunobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081303/the-novel-fusion-transcript-nr5a2-klhl29ft-is-generated-by-an-insertion-at-the-klhl29-locus
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Zhenguo Sun, Xiquan Ke, Steven L Salzberg, Daehwan Kim, Valentin Antonescu, Yulan Cheng, Binbin Huang, Jee Hoon Song, John M Abraham, Sariat Ibrahim, Hui Tian, Stephen J Meltzer
BACKGROUND: Novel fusion transcripts (FTs) caused by chromosomal rearrangement are common factors in the development of cancers. In the current study, the authors used massively parallel RNA sequencing to identify new FTs in colon cancers. METHODS: RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) and TopHat-Fusion were used to identify new FTs in colon cancers. The authors then investigated whether the novel FT nuclear receptor subfamily 5, group A, member 2 (NR5A2)-Kelch-like family member 29 FT (KLHL29FT) was transcribed from a genomic chromosomal rearrangement...
January 12, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076791/mll-af4-spreading-identifies-binding-sites-that-are-distinct-from-super-enhancers-and-that-govern-sensitivity-to-dot1l-inhibition-in-leukemia
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Jon Kerry, Laura Godfrey, Emmanouela Repapi, Marta Tapia, Neil P Blackledge, Helen Ma, Erica Ballabio, Sorcha O'Byrne, Frida Ponthan, Olaf Heidenreich, Anindita Roy, Irene Roberts, Marina Konopleva, Robert J Klose, Huimin Geng, Thomas A Milne
Understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms of defined cancers is crucial for effective personalized therapies. Translocations of the mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL) gene produce fusion proteins such as MLL-AF4 that disrupt epigenetic pathways and cause poor-prognosis leukemias. Here, we find that at a subset of gene targets, MLL-AF4 binding spreads into the gene body and is associated with the spreading of Menin binding, increased transcription, increased H3K79 methylation (H3K79me2/3), a disruption of normal H3K36me3 patterns, and unmethylated CpG regions in the gene body...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073897/identification-of-alk-ros1-and-ret-fusions-by-a-multiplexed-mrna-based-assay-in-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-samples-from-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
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Noemí Reguart, Cristina Teixidó, Ana Giménez-Capitán, Laia Paré, Patricia Galván, Santiago Viteri, Sonia Rodríguez, Vicente Peg, Erika Aldeguer, Nuria Viñolas, Jordi Remon, Niki Karachaliou, Esther Conde, Fernando Lopez-Rios, Ernest Nadal, Sabine Merkelbach-Bruse, Reinhard Büttner, Rafael Rosell, Miguel A Molina-Vila, Aleix Prat
BACKGROUND: Anaplastic lymphoma receptor tyrosine kinase (ALK), ROS protooncogene 1, receptor tyrosine kinase (ROS1), and ret protooncogene (RET) fusions are present in 5%-7% of patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC); their accurate identification is critical to guide targeted therapies. FISH and immunohistochemistry (IHC) are considered the gold standards to determine gene fusions, they have limitations. The nCounter platform is a potentially useful genomic tool for multiplexed detection of gene fusions, but has not been validated in the clinical setting...
January 10, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071978/nup82-functions-redundantly-with-nup136-in-a-salicylic-acid-dependent-defense-response-of-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Kentaro Tamura, Yoichiro Fukao, Noriyuki Hatsugai, Fumiaki Katagiri, Ikuko Hara-Nishimura
The nuclear pore complex (NPC) comprises more than 30 nucleoporins (Nups). NPC mediates macromolecular trafficking between the nucleoplasm and the cytoplasm, but specific roles of individual Nups are poorly understood in higher plants. Here, we show that the novel nucleoporin unique to angiosperm plants (designated as Nup82) functions in a salicylic acid-dependent defense in a redundant manner with Nup136, which is a component of the nuclear basket in the NPC. Arabidopsis thaliana Nup82 had a similar amino acid sequence to the N-terminal half of Nup136 and a Nup82-GFP fusion was localized on the nuclear envelope...
January 10, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065229/detection-of-echinoderm-microtubule-associated-protein-like-4-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-fusion-genes-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-clinical-samples-by-a-real-time-quantitative-reverse-transcription-polymerase-chain-reaction-method
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Jing Zhao, Jin-Yin Zhao, Zhi-Xia Chen, Wei Zhong, Long-Yun Li, Li-Cheng Liu, Xiao-Xu Hu, Wei-Jun Chen, Meng-Zhao Wang
Objective To establish a real-time quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction assay (qRT-PCR) for the rapid, sensitive, and specific detection of echinoderm microtubule associated protein like 4-anaplastic lymphoma kinase (EML4-ALK) fusion genes in non-small cell lung cancer. Methods The specific primers for the four variants of EML4-ALK fusion genes (V1, V2, V3a, and V3b) and Taqman fluorescence probes for the detection of the target sequences were carefully designed by the Primer Premier 5...
December 20, 2016: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064313/-biological-microchip-for-establishing-the-structure-of-fusion-transcripts-involving-mll-in-children-with-acute-leukemia
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T V Nasedkina, A Yu Ikonnikova, G A Tsaur, A V Karateeva, Yu I Ammour, M A Avdonina, A I Karachunskii, A S Zasedatelev
MLL is involved in fusion genes with more than 100 partner genes, approximately 80 of which have been characterized at the molecular level. MLL fusion genes are often found in infants (60-80% of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cases and 40-50% of acute myeloblastic leukemia (AML) cases) and are appreciably rarer (8-10%) in children older than 1 year of age. MLL rearrangements are important markers in diagnosis and treatment choice. To identify the partner gene is of primary importance for prognosis and minimal residual disease monitoring...
November 2016: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063893/a-plasmid-encoded-dsba-homologue-is-a-growth-phase-regulated-thioredoxin
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Amada Díaz-Magaña, Martha P Chávez-Moctezuma, Jesús Campos-García, Martha I Ramírez-Díaz, Carlos Cervantes
The Pseudomonas aeruginosa plasmid pUM505 contains in a pathogenicity island the dsbA2 gene, which encodes a product with similarity to DsbA protein disulfide isomerases, enzymes that catalyze formation and isomerization of disulfide bonds in protein cysteine residues. Using transcriptional fusions, it was found that dsbA2 gene promoter is activated during the stationary phase, suggesting that DsbA2 protein may be required for adaptive changes that occur during this stage of bacterial growth. Transfer of the pUM505 dsbA2 gene to a cadmium-sensitive P...
January 4, 2017: Plasmid
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063722/concordance-of-two-approaches-in-monitoring-of-minimal-residual-disease-in-b-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-fusion-transcripts-and-leukemia-associated-immunophenotypes
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Ying-Jung Huang, Elaine Coustan-Smith, Hsiao-Wen Kao, Hsi-Che Liu, Shih-Hsiang Chen, Chih-Cheng Hsiao, Chao-Ping Yang, Tang-Her Jaing, Ting-Chi Yeh, Ming-Chung Kuo, Chang-Liang Lai, Chia-Hui Chang, Dario Campana, Der-Cherng Liang, Lee-Yung Shih
BACKGROUND: Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RQ-PCR) for fusion transcripts and flow cytometry for leukemia-specific markers are widely used for minimal residual disease (MRD) detection in acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but the relation between the results of either method is unclear. METHODS: Mononucleated cells from 108 bone marrow samples collected from 55 B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients (30 with t(12;21)/ETV6-RUNX1, 16 with t(9;22)/BCR-ABL1 and nine with t(1;19)/TCF3-PBX1) were examined in tandem by RQ-PCR and six-color flow cytometry...
January 4, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062562/keep-your-friends-close-cell-cell-contact-and-skeletal-myogenesis
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Robert S Krauss, Giselle A Joseph, Aviva J Goel
Development of skeletal muscle is a multistage process that includes lineage commitment of multipotent progenitor cells, differentiation and fusion of myoblasts into multinucleated myofibers, and maturation of myofibers into distinct types. Lineage-specific transcriptional regulation lies at the core of this process, but myogenesis is also regulated by extracellular cues. Some of these cues are initiated by direct cell-cell contact between muscle precursor cells themselves or between muscle precursors and cells of other lineages...
January 6, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062084/a-t-4-19-pediatric-undifferentiated-sarcoma-with-a-novel-variant-of-the-cic-dux4-fusion-transcript
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Lenka Krskova, Eva Stejskalova, Edita Kabickova, Marcela Mrhalova, Roman Kodet
We report cytogenetic and molecular genetic analysis of a pediatric tumor positive for the CIC-DUX4 fusion. The tumor belongs to a rare, diagnostically challenging subgroup of undifferentiated small round cell sarcomas. A balanced t(4;19)(q35;q13.1-2) was identified by G-banding, as a sole cytogenetic finding. The translocation was also identified by the M-FISH technique. After RT-PCR, the tumor sample was positive for the CIC-DUX4 fusion. The PCR product contains a novel, so far unreported variant of the CIC-DUX4 fusion transcript, with a fusion of the exon 20 from the CIC gene and the exon 1 from the DUX4 gene...
December 16, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054512/the-effect-of-reactions-on-the-formation-and-readout-of-the-gradient-of-bicoid
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Emiliano Perez Ipiña, Silvina Ponce Dawson
During early development, the establishment of gradients of transcriptional factors determines the patterning of cell fates. The case of Bicoid (Bcd) in <i>Drosophila melanogaster</i> embryos is well documented and studied. There are still controversies as to whether <i> SDD</i> models in which Bcd is <i>Synthesized</i> at one end, then <i>Diffuses</i> and is <i>Degraded</i> can explain the gradient formation within the timescale observed experimentally...
January 5, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050800/micro-rna-204-participates-in-tmprss2-erg-regulation-and-androgen-receptor-reprogramming-in-prostate-cancer
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Krassimira Todorova, Metodi V Metodiev, Gergana Metodieva, Milcho Mincheff, Nelson Fernández, Soren Hayrabedyan
Cancer progression is driven by genome instability incurred rearrangements such as transmembrane protease, serine 2 (TMPRSS2)/v-ets erythroblastosis virus E26 oncogene (ERG) that could possibly turn some of the tumor suppressor micro-RNAs into pro-oncogenic ones. Previously, we found dualistic miR-204 effects, acting either as a tumor suppressor or as an oncomiR in ERG fusion-dependent manner. Here, we provided further evidence for an important role of miR-204 for TMPRSS2/ERG and androgen receptor (AR) signaling modulation and fine tuning that prevents TMPRSS2/ERG overexpression in prostate cancer...
January 3, 2017: Hormones & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050661/molecular-characterisation-of-a-dreb-gene-from-sophora-moorcroftiana-an-endemic-species-of-plateau
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Huie Li, Yanfu Zhang, Qiqiang Guo, Weijie Yao
Various plant species in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau exposed to harsh conditions, such as low oxygen, drought, extremely low temperatures and salinity, have evolved both molecular and physiological adaptation strategies to deal with these multiple stresses. Sophora moorcroftiana (Benth.) Baker (Fabaceae) is a highly drought-resistant endemic Sophora shrub species in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. In our previous study, a drought-induced DREB transcription factor gene was identified and was designated as SmDREB1. SmDREB1-GFP fusion construct was introduced into Arabidopsis protoplast to characterise the function of SmDREB1 in drought resistance...
January 3, 2017: Protoplasma
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