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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814645/zygotic-genome-activation-occurs-shortly-after-fertilization-in-maize
#1
Junyi Chen, Nicholas Strieder, Nadia G Krohn, Philippe Cyprys, Stefanie Sprunck, Julia C Engelmann, Thomas Dresselhaus
The formation of a zygote via the fusion of an egg and sperm cell and its subsequent asymmetric division (ACD) herald the start of the plant's life cycle. Zygotic genome activation (ZGA) is thought to occur gradually, with the initial steps of zygote and embryo development being primarily maternally controlled, and subsequent steps being governed by the zygotic genome. Here, using maize (Zea mays) as a model plant system, we determined the timing of zygote development and generated RNA-Seq transcriptome profiles of gametes, zygotes, and apical and basal daughter cells...
August 16, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814521/hiv-fusion-in-dendritic-cells-mainly-occurs-at-the-surface-and-is-limited-by-low-cd4-levels
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Lise Chauveau, Daniel Aaron Donahue, Blandine Monel, Francoise Porrot, Timothée Bruel, Lea Richard, Nicoletta Casartelli, Olivier Schwartz
HIV-1 poorly infects monocyte-derived dendritic cells (MDDCs). This is in a large part due to SAMHD1, which restricts viral reverse transcription. Pseudotyping HIV-1 with VSV-G strongly enhances infection, suggesting that earlier steps of viral replication, including fusion, are also inefficient in MDDCs. The site of HIV-1 fusion remains controversial and may depend on the cell type, with reports indicating that it occurs at the plasma membrane or contrarily, in an endocytic compartment. Here, we examined the pathways of HIV-1 entry in MDDCs...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813671/oct4-and-sox2-work-as-transcriptional-activators-in-reprogramming-human-fibroblasts
#3
Santosh Narayan, Gene Bryant, Shivangi Shah, Georgina Berrozpe, Mark Ptashne
SOX2 and OCT4, in conjunction with KLF4 and cMYC, are sufficient to reprogram human fibroblasts to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), but it is unclear if they function as transcriptional activators or as repressors. We now show that, like OCT4, SOX2 functions as a transcriptional activator. We substituted SOX2-VP16 (a strong activator) for wild-type (WT) SOX2, and we saw an increase in the efficiency and rate of reprogramming, whereas the SOX2-HP1 fusion (a strong repressor) eliminated reprogramming...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811660/transcription-factor-znf148-is-a-negative-regulator-of-human-muscle-differentiation
#4
Jesse Bakke, William C Wright, Anthony E Zamora, Su Sien Ong, Yue-Ming Wang, Jessica D Hoyer, Christopher T Brewer, Paul G Thomas, Taosheng Chen
Muscle differentiation is a complex process in which muscle progenitor cells undergo determination and eventually cellular fusion. This process is heavily regulated by such master transcription factors as MYOD and members of the MEF2 family. Here, we show that the transcription factor ZNF148 plays a direct role in human muscle cell differentiation. Downregulation of ZNF148 drives the formation of a muscle phenotype with rapid expression of myosin heavy chain, even in proliferative conditions. This phenotype was most likely mediated by the robust and swift upregulation of MYOD and MEF2C...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810637/binding-of-line-1-rna-to-psf-transcriptionally-promotes-gage6-and-regulates-cell-proliferation-and-tumor-formation-in-vitro
#5
Jiao Lv, Ziyi Zhao
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has one of the highest mortality rates among numerous types of cancer. It has been demonstrated that in hepatitis B (HBV)-associated HCC, the expression of chimeric fusion transcript HBx-long interspersed nuclear element-1 (LINE-1) initiated by HBV integration is correlated with hepatocarcinogenesis and poor patient survival rates. Furthermore, increased rates of LINE-1 hypomethylation have been detected in HCC tissues compared with adjacent tissues. This suggests that individual LINE-1 RNA (L1 RNA) serves an important role in the processes of hepatocarcinogenesis...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808448/relevance-of-the-nr4a-sub-family-of-nuclear-orphan-receptors-in-trophoblastic-bewo-cell-differentiation
#6
Sudha Saryu Malhotra, Satish Kumar Gupta
Nur-77, a member of the NR4A sub-family of nuclear orphan receptors, is downregulated in the placentae of pre-eclamptic women. Here, we investigate the relevance of Nor-1, Nurr-1 and Nur-77 in trophoblastic cell differentiation. Their transcript levels were found to be significantly upregulated in BeWo cells treated with forskolin. The maximum increase was observed after 2 h, with a second peak in the expression levels after 48 h. The expression of NR4A sub-family members was also found to be upregulated in BeWo cells after treatment with hCG and GnRH...
2017: Cellular & Molecular Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808086/a-pharmacological-study-of-arabidopsis-cell-fusion-between-the-persistent-synergid-and-endosperm
#7
Kazuki Motomura, Tomokazu Kawashima, Frédéric Berger, Tetsu Kinoshita, Tetsuya Higashiyama, Daisuke Maruyama
Cell fusion is a pivotal process in fertilization and multinucleate cell formation. A plant cell is ubiquitously surrounded by hard cell wall, and very few cell fusions have been observed except for gamete fusions. We recently reported that the fertilized central cell (the endosperm) absorbs the persistent synergid, a highly differentiated cell necessary for pollen tube attraction. The synergid-endosperm fusion (SE fusion) appears to eliminate the persistent synergid from fertilized ovule in Arabidopsis thaliana Here, we analyzed the effects of various inhibitors on SE fusion by an in vitro-culture system...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806978/transcriptome-sequencing-in-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-identifies-fusion-genes-associated-with-distinct-dna-methylation-profiles
#8
Yanara Marincevic-Zuniga, Johan Dahlberg, Sara Nilsson, Amanda Raine, Sara Nystedt, Carl Mårten Lindqvist, Eva C Berglund, Jonas Abrahamsson, Lucia Cavelier, Erik Forestier, Mats Heyman, Gudmar Lönnerholm, Jessica Nordlund, Ann-Christine Syvänen
BACKGROUND: Structural chromosomal rearrangements that lead to expressed fusion genes are a hallmark of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). In this study, we performed transcriptome sequencing of 134 primary ALL patient samples to comprehensively detect fusion transcripts. METHODS: We combined fusion gene detection with genome-wide DNA methylation analysis, gene expression profiling, and targeted sequencing to determine molecular signatures of emerging ALL subtypes...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806415/synthetic-mrna-is-a-more-reliable-tool-for-the-delivery-of-dna-targeting-proteins-into-the-cell-nucleus-than-fusion-with-a-protein-transduction-domain
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Ivan Leontovyc, David Habart, Sarka Loukotova, Lucie Kosinova, Jan Kriz, Frantisek Saudek, Tomas Koblas
Cell reprogramming requires efficient delivery of reprogramming transcription factors into the cell nucleus. Here, we compared the robustness and workload of two protein delivery methods that avoid the risk of genomic integration. The first method is based on fusion of the protein of interest to a protein transduction domain (PTD) for delivery across the membranes of target cells. The second method relies on de novo synthesis of the protein of interest inside the target cells utilizing synthetic mRNA (syn-mRNA) as a template...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806414/alpha-tocopherol-attenuates-the-anti-tumor-activity-of-crizotinib-against-cells-transformed-by-npm-alk
#10
Yuki Uchihara, Fumihito Ueda, Kenji Tago, Yosuke Nakazawa, Tomoyuki Ohe, Tadahiko Mashino, Shigenobu Yokota, Tadashi Kasahara, Hiroomi Tamura, Megumi Funakoshi-Tago
Anaplastic large cell lymphomas (ALCL) are mainly characterized by harboring the fusion protein nucleophosmin-anaplastic lymphoma kinase (NPM-ALK). The ALK inhibitor, crizotinib specifically induced apoptosis in Ba/F3 cells expressing NPM-ALK by inhibiting the activation of NPM-ALK and its downstream molecule, signal transducer and activator of transcription factor 3 (STAT3). We found that α-tocopherol, a major component of vitamin E, attenuated the effects of crizotinib independently of its anti-oxidant properties...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803964/tgf%C3%AE-smad-signalling-modulates-mll-and-mll-af4-mediated-5-lipoxygenase-promoter-activation
#11
Meike J Saul, Florian Groher, Anett B Hegewald, Michaela Müller-McNicoll, Rolf Marschalek, Beatrix Suess, Dieter Steinhilber
5-Lipoxygenase (5-LO) catalyzes the initial two steps of the conversion of arachidonic acid to leukotrienes which represent a group of pro-inflammatory lipid mediators involved in immune defense reactions as well as inflammation, allergy and cancer. Transforming growth factor-β (TGFβ) and calcitriol strongly upregulate 5-LO expression during myeloid cell differentiation and MLL-AF4 has been shown to strongly activate the 5-LO promoter. Here, we investigated the role of TGFβ/SMAD signalling in 5-LO promoter activation...
August 10, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803895/periderm-life-cycle-and-function-during-orofacial-and-epidermal-development
#12
REVIEW
Nigel L Hammond, Jill Dixon, Michael J Dixon
Development of the secondary palate involves a complex series of embryonic events which, if disrupted, result in the common congenital anomaly cleft palate. The secondary palate forms from paired palatal shelves which grow initially vertically before elevating to a horizontal position above the tongue and fusing together in the midline via the medial edge epithelia. As the epithelia of the vertical palatal shelves are in contact with the mandibular and lingual epithelia, pathological fusions between the palate and the mandible and/or the tongue must be prevented...
August 10, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802831/validation-of-a-targeted-rna-sequencing-assay-for-kinase-fusion-detection-in-solid-tumors
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Julie W Reeser, Dorrelyn Martin, Jharna Miya, Esko A Kautto, Ezra Lyon, Eliot Zhu, Michele R Wing, Amy Smith, Matthew Reeder, Eric Samorodnitsky, Hannah Parks, Karan R Naik, Joseph Gozgit, Nicholas Nowacki, Kurtis D Davies, Marileila Varella-Garcia, Lianbo Yu, Aharon G Freud, Joshua Coleman, Dara L Aisner, Sameek Roychowdhury
Kinase gene fusions are important drivers of oncogenic transformation and can be inhibited with targeted therapies. Clinical grade diagnostics using RNA sequencing to detect gene rearrangements in solid tumors are limited, and the few that are available require prior knowledge of fusion break points. To address this, we have analytically validated a targeted RNA sequencing assay (OSU-SpARKFuse) for fusion detection that interrogates complete transcripts from 93 kinase and transcription factor genes. From a total of 74 positive and 36 negative control samples, OSU-SpARKFuse had 93...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799023/expression-of-cholesterol-hydroxylase-lyase-system-proteins-in-yeast-s-cerevisiae-cells-as-a-self-processing-polyprotein
#14
Vera S Efimova, Ludmila V Isaeva, Desislava S Makeeva, Mikhail A Rubtsov, Ludmila A Novikova
2A peptide discovered in Picornaviridae is capable of self-cleavage providing an opportunity to carry out synthesis of several proteins using one transcript. Dissociation in the 2A sequence during translation leads to the individual proteins formation. We constructed cDNA including genes of the bovine cholesterol hydroxylase/lyase (CHL) system proteins-cytochrome P450scc (CYP11A1), adrenodoxin (Adx) and adrenodoxin reductase (AdR), that are fused into a single ORF using FMDV 2A nucleotide sequences. The constructed vectors direct the expression of cDNA encoding polyprotein P450scc-2A-Adx-2A-AdR (CHL-2A) in Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
August 10, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798075/cytokines-of-the-il-1-family-recognized-targets-in-chronic-inflammation-underrated-in-organ-transplantations
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REVIEW
Ilja Striz
Interleukin 1 (IL-1) family is a group of cytokines with multiple local and systemic effects, which regulates both innate and adaptive immune responses. Generally, most IL-1 family cytokines express prevailing pro-inflammatory activities (IL-1α, IL-1β, IL-18, IL-33, IL-36 α, β, γ), whereas others are anti-inflammatory (IL-1Ra (IL-1 receptor antagonist), IL-36Ra, IL-38, IL-37). In addition to their immunomodulatory roles, some of them are also involved in the physiological modulation of homeostatic processes and directly affect mRNA transcription...
September 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797504/update-on-families-of-round-cell-sarcomas-other-than-classical-ewing-sarcomas
#16
REVIEW
Francois Le Loarer, Daniel Pissaloux, Jean Michel Coindre, Franck Tirode, Dominique Ranchere Vince
This article focuses on families of round cell sarcomas other than classical Ewing sarcomas. Until recently, these tumors were referred to as so-called Ewing-like tumors, as they morphologically resemble Ewing sarcomas but are negative for canonical fusion transcripts of Ewing sarcomas involving gene members of the ETS family of transcription factors. Clinicopathologic and molecular evidence has dramatically influenced the diagnostic approach of these tumors in recent years. Molecular data that support these sarcoma subtypes are biologically distinct from those of Ewing sarcomas, thereby advocating discarding the all-embracing and confusing terminology of "Ewing-like tumors...
September 2017: Surgical Pathology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794284/genomic-profiling-of-er-breast-cancers-after-short-term-estrogen-suppression-reveals-alterations-associated-with-endocrine-resistance
#17
Jennifer M Giltnane, Katherine E Hutchinson, Thomas P Stricker, Luigi Formisano, Christian D Young, Monica V Estrada, Mellissa J Nixon, Liping Du, Violeta Sanchez, Paula Gonzalez Ericsson, Maria G Kuba, Melinda E Sanders, Xinmeng J Mu, Eliezer M Van Allen, Nikhil Wagle, Ingrid A Mayer, Vandana Abramson, Henry Gόmez, Monica Rizzo, Weiyi Toy, Sarat Chandarlapaty, Erica L Mayer, Jason Christiansen, Danielle Murphy, Kerry Fitzgerald, Kai Wang, Jeffrey S Ross, Vincent A Miller, Phillip J Stephens, Roman Yelensky, Levi Garraway, Yu Shyr, Ingrid Meszoely, Justin M Balko, Carlos L Arteaga
Inhibition of proliferation in estrogen receptor-positive (ER(+)) breast cancers after short-term antiestrogen therapy correlates with long-term patient outcome. We profiled 155 ER(+)/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (HER2(-)) early breast cancers from 143 patients treated with the aromatase inhibitor letrozole for 10 to 21 days before surgery. Twenty-one percent of tumors remained highly proliferative, suggesting that these tumors harbor alterations associated with intrinsic endocrine therapy resistance...
August 9, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793778/peroxiredoxin-2-a-novel-regulator-of-iron-homeostasis-in-ineffective-erythropoiesis
#18
Alessandro Matte, Luigia De Falco, Enrica Federti, Anna Cozzi, Achille Iolascon, Sonia Levi, Narla Mohandas, Alberto Zamo, Mariasole Bruno, Christophe Leboeuf, Anne Janin, Angela Siciliano, Thomas Ganz, Giorgia Federico, Francesca Carlomagno, Sebastian Mueller, Ines Silva, Carmine Carbone, Davide Melisi, D W Kim, Soo Young Choi, Lucia DE Franceschi
AIMS: Iron-overload (IO) is a life-threatening complication of chronic hemolytic disorders such as β-thalassemia. IO results in severe cellular oxidative damage, leading to organ failure. Peroxiredoxin-2 (Prx2), a typical 2-cysteine-(Cys)-peroxiredoxin, is an important component of cyto-protective system, but its response to IO is still to be fully defined. RESULTS: We studied the effects of IO on Prx2-knockout mice (Prx2-/-). The absence of Prx2 enhanced toxicity due to IO on erythropoiesis...
August 10, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783165/tmprss2-erg-fusion-co-opts-master-transcription-factors-and-activates-notch-signaling-in-primary-prostate-cancer
#19
Ken J Kron, Alexander Murison, Stanley Zhou, Vincent Huang, Takafumi N Yamaguchi, Yu-Jia Shiah, Michael Fraser, Theodorus van der Kwast, Paul C Boutros, Robert G Bristow, Mathieu Lupien
TMPRSS2-ERG (T2E) structural rearrangements typify ∼50% of prostate tumors and result in overexpression of the ERG transcription factor. Using chromatin, genomic and expression data, we show distinct cis-regulatory landscapes between T2E-positive and non-T2E primary prostate tumors, which include clusters of regulatory elements (COREs). This difference is mediated by ERG co-option of HOXB13 and FOXA1, implementing a T2E-specific transcriptional profile. We also report a T2E-specific CORE on the structurally rearranged ERG locus arising from spreading of the TMPRSS2 locus pre-existing CORE, assisting in its overexpression...
August 7, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782279/biosynthesis-of-the-antimicrobial-cyclic-lipopeptides-nunamycin-and-nunapeptin-by-pseudomonas-fluorescens-strain-in5-is-regulated-by-the-luxr-type-transcriptional-regulator-nunf
#20
Rosanna C Hennessy, Christopher B W Phippen, Kristian F Nielsen, Stefan Olsson, Peter Stougaard
Nunamycin and nunapeptin are two antimicrobial cyclic lipopeptides (CLPs) produced by Pseudomonas fluorescens In5 and synthesized by nonribosomal synthetases (NRPS) located on two gene clusters designated the nun-nup regulon. Organization of the regulon is similar to clusters found in other CLP-producing pseudomonads except for the border regions where putative LuxR-type regulators are located. This study focuses on understanding the regulatory role of the LuxR-type-encoding gene nunF in CLP production of P...
August 6, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
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