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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331931/resting-state-fmri-signals-in-offspring-of-parents-with-bipolar-disorder-at-the-high-risk-and-ultra-high-risk-stages-and-their-relations-with-cognitive-function
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Kangguang Lin, Robin Shao, Rui Lu, Kun Chen, Weicong Lu, Ting Li, Jiehua Kong, Kwok-Fai So, Guiyun Xu
BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder (BD) has been associated with dysfunctional resting-state brain functioning. However, it is still not known whether the aberrant functioning occurs and predict cognitive functioning before illness onset. AIMS: We examined the resting-state regional and network dysfunctioning, and their correlates with neurocognitive performance, in the high-risk (HR) and ultra-high-risk (UHR) stages of bipolar disorder. METHODS: Using amplitude of low-frequency fluctuations (ALFF), region homogeneity (ReHo) and hypothesis-driven region-of-interest (ROI)-based connectivity, we examined resting-state fMRI data of 8- to 25-year-old healthy offspring (HR, n = 28) and offspring with subthreshold syndromes (UHR, n = 22) of a BD parent, and age-matched healthy controls without any personal or family psychopathology (HC, n = 46)...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331478/comprehensive-analysis-of-lncrnas-and-mrnas-with-associated-co-expression-and-cerna-networks-in-c2c12-myoblasts-and-myotubes
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Rui Chen, Ting Jiang, Yanling She, Sidong Xie, Shanyao Zhou, Cheng Li, Jun Ou, Yulin Liu
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as important regulators in the modulation of muscle development and muscle-related diseases. To explore potential regulators of muscle differentiation, we determined the expression profiles of lncRNAs and mRNAs in C2C12 mouse myoblast cell line using microarray analysis. Gene ontology and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes pathway enrichment analyses were performed to explore their function. We also constructed co-expression, cis/trans-regulation, and competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) networks with bioinformatics methods...
January 10, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331233/a-biophysical-modelling-platform-of-the-cochlear-nucleus-and-other-auditory-circuits-from-channels-to-networks
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Paul B Manis, Luke Campagnola
Models of the auditory brainstem have been an invaluable tool for testing hypotheses about auditory information processing and for highlighting the most important gaps in the experimental literature. Due to the complexity of the auditory brainstem, and indeed most brain circuits, the dynamic behavior of the system may be difficult to predict without a detailed, biologically realistic computational model. Despite the sensitivity of models to their exact construction and parameters, most prior models of the cochlear nucleus have incorporated only a small subset of the known biological properties...
December 28, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331040/jun-gal-cd74-and-c1qb-as-potential-indicator-for-neuropathic-pain
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Ji-An Yang, Jun-Min He, Jing-Min Lu, Li-Juan Ji
Neuropathic pain is a kind of pain caused by primary or secondary impairment or dysfunction of peripheral or central nervous system. Patients with neuropathic pain were often with poor clinical outcome. We screened the differentially expressed genes between sciatic nerve injury and dorsal root ganglion gene in the sham operation model. Microarray and the spared nerve injury module were used to explore the molecular mechanism of neuropathic pain by injuries and the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were identified out...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330521/rgs7-is-recurrently-mutated-in-melanoma-and-promotes-migration-and-invasion-of-human-cancer-cells
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Nouar Qutob, Ikuo Masuho, Michal Alon, Rafi Emmanuel, Isadora Cohen, Antonella Di Pizio, Jason Madore, Abdel Elkahloun, Tamar Ziv, Ronen Levy, Jared J Gartner, Victoria K Hill, Jimmy C Lin, Yael Hevroni, Polina Greenberg, Alexandra Brodezki, Steven A Rosenberg, Mickey Kosloff, Nicholas K Hayward, Arie Admon, Masha Y Niv, Richard A Scolyer, Kirill A Martemyanov, Yardena Samuels
Analysis of 501 melanoma exomes revealed RGS7, which encodes a GTPase-accelerating protein (GAP), to be a tumor-suppressor gene. RGS7 was mutated in 11% of melanomas and was found to harbor three recurrent mutations (p.R44C, p.E383K and p.R416Q). Structural modeling of the most common recurrent mutation of the three (p.R44C) predicted that it destabilizes the protein due to the loss of an H-bond and salt bridge network between the mutated position and the serine and aspartic acid residues at positions 58 as 61, respectively...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330500/integration-of-gwas-pathway-and-network-analyses-reveals-novel-mechanistic-insights-into-the-synthesis-of-milk-proteins-in-dairy-cows
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Sara Pegolo, Núria Mach, Yuliaxis Ramayo-Caldas, Stefano Schiavon, Giovanni Bittante, Alessio Cecchinato
The quantities and proportions of protein fractions have notable effects on the nutritional and technological value of milk. Although much is known about the effects of genetic variants on milk proteins, the complex relationships among the set of genes and pathways regulating the different protein fractions synthesis and secretion into milk in dairy cows are still not completely understood. We conducted genome-wide association studies (GWAS) for milk nitrogen fractions in a cohort of 1,011 Brown Swiss cows, which uncovered 170 significant single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs), mostly located on BTA6 and BTA11...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330181/a-novel-l-glutamate-exporter-of-corynebacterium-glutamicum
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Yu Wang, Guoqiang Cao, Deyu Xu, Liwen Fan, Xinyang Wu, Xiaomeng Ni, Shuxin Zhao, Ping Zheng, Jibin Sun, Yanhe Ma
Besides metabolic pathways and regulatory networks, transport systems are also pivotal for cellular metabolism and hyper-production of biochemicals using microbial cell factories. Identification and characterization of transporters are therefore of great significance for understanding and engineering of transport reactions. Herein, a novel l-glutamate exporter MscCG2 that extensively exists in Corynebacterium glutamicum strains but is distinct from the only known l-glutamate exporter MscCG was discovered in an industrial l-glutamate producing C...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329594/modelling-the-structure-of-a-cerna-theoretical-bipartite-microrna-mrna-interaction-network-regulating-intestinal-epithelial-cellular-pathways-using-r-programming
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J M Robinson, W A Henderson
OBJECTIVE: We report a method using functional-molecular databases and network modelling to identify hypothetical mRNA-miRNA interaction networks regulating intestinal epithelial barrier function. The model forms a data-analysis component of our cell culture experiments, which produce RNA expression data from Nanostring Technologies nCounter® system. The epithelial tight-junction (TJ) and actin cytoskeleton interact as molecular components of the intestinal epithelial barrier. Upstream regulation of TJ-cytoskeleton interaction is effected by the Rac/Rock/Rho signaling pathway and other associated pathways which may be activated or suppressed by extracellular signaling from growth factors, hormones, and immune receptors...
January 12, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329366/delineating-differential-regulatory-signatures-of-the-human-transcriptome-in-the-choriodecidua-and-myometrium-at-term-labor
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Sylvia Lui, Cyntia Duval, Farkhondeh Farrokhnia, Sylvie Girard, Lynda K Harris, Clare L Tower, Adam Stevens, Rebecca L Jones
Background: Preterm deliveries remain the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Current therapies target only myometrial contractions and are largely ineffective. As labor involves multiple coordinated events across maternal and fetal tissues, identifying fundamental regulatory pathways of normal term labor is vital to understanding successful parturition and consequently labor pathologies. We aimed to identify transcriptomic signatures of human normal term labor of two tissues: in the fetal-facing choriodecidua and the maternal myometrium...
January 10, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328442/identification-of-differentially-expressed-genes-and-regulatory-relationships-in-huntington-s-disease-by-bioinformatics-analysis
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Xiaoyu Dong, Shuyan Cong
Huntington's disease (HD) is an inherited, progressive neurodegenerative disease caused by a CAG expansion in the huntingtin (HTT) gene; various dysfunctions of biological processes in HD have been proposed. However, at present the exact pathogenesis of HD is not fully understood. The present study aimed to explore the pathogenesis of HD using a computational bioinformatics analysis of gene expression. GSE11358 was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus andthe differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in the mutant HTT knock‑in cell model STHdhQ111/Q111 were predicted...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328431/bioinformatic-analysis-of-gene-expression-profiling-of-intracranial-aneurysm
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Lijuan Bo, Bo Wei, Zhanfeng Wang, Chaohui Li, Zheng Gao, Zhuang Miao
Intracranial aneurysm (IA) is a severe clinical condition of primary concern and currently, there is no effective therapeutic reagent. The present study aimed to investigate the molecular mechanism of IA via bioinformatic analysis. Various gene expression profiles (GSE26969) were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database, including 3 IA and 3 normal superficial temporal artery samples. Firstly, the limma package in R language was used to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs; P‑value <0...
December 29, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328410/cldn5-affects-lncrnas-acting-as-cerna-dynamics-contributing-to-regulating-blood%C3%A2-brain-barrier-permeability-in-tumor-brain-metastasis
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Shun-Chang Ma, Qi Li, Jia-Yi Peng, Jian-Long Zhouwen, Dai-Nan Zhang, Chuan-Bao Zhang, Wen-Guo Jiang, Wang Jia
The blood‑brain barrier (BBB) constitutes an efficient organization of tight junctions that limits the delivery of tumor to the brain. The principal tight junction protein in BBB is claudin‑5 (CLDN5), but its mechanism of action remains largely unknown. Long non‑coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are aberrantly expressed in many cancers, some lncRNAs play key roles in regulating BBB permeability and are involved in tumor brain metastasis. In particular, lncRNAs can function as competing endogenous RNAs (ceRNAs). Herein, we investigated whether ceRNA dysregulation is associated with alterations of the level of CLDN5 in human brain vascular endothelial hCMEC/D3 cells...
January 10, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328395/bioinformatic-identification-of-chemoresistance-associated-micrornas-in-breast-cancer-based-on-microarray-data
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Ya-Wen Wang, Weiguo Zhang, Rong Ma
Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among females, and chemoresistance constitutes a major clinical obstacle to the treatment of this disease. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are related to human cancer development, progression and drug resistance. To identify breast cancer chemoresistance-associated miRNAs, miRNA microarray dataset GSE71142, including five chemoresistant breast cancer tissues and five chemosensitive tissues, was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus (GEO) database. Differentially expressed miRNAs (DE-miRNAs) were obtained by t-test and the potential target genes were predicted by miRWalk2...
January 10, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328377/feature-genes-in-metastatic-breast-cancer-identified-by-metade-and-svm-classifier-methods
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Youlin Tuo, Ning An, Ming Zhang
The aim of the present study was to investigate the feature genes in metastatic breast cancer samples. A total of 5 expression profiles of metastatic breast cancer samples were downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database, which were then analyzed using the MetaQC and MetaDE packages in R language. The feature genes between metastasis and non‑metastasis samples were screened under the threshold of P<0.05. Based on the protein‑protein interactions (PPIs) in the Biological General Repository for Interaction Datasets, Human Protein Reference Database and Biomolecular Interaction Network Database, the PPI network of the feature genes was constructed...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327492/a-five-gene-signature-may-predict-sunitinib-sensitivity-and-serve-as-prognostic-biomarkers-for-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Yuan-Lei Chen, Guang-Ju Ge, Chao Qi, Huan Wang, Huai-Lan Wang, Li-Yang Li, Gong-Hui Li, Li-Qun Xia
Sunitinib resistance is, nowadays, the major challenge for advanced renal cell carcinoma patients. Illuminating the potential mechanisms and exploring effective strategies to overcome sunitinib resistance are highly desired. We constructed a reliable gene signature which may function as biomarkers for prediction of sunitinib sensitivity and clinical prognosis. The gene expression profiles were obtained from The Cancer Genome Atlas database. By performing GEO2R analysis, numerous differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were found to be associated with sunitinib resistance...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326231/linked-networks-for-learning-and-expressing-location-specific-threat
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Benjamin Suarez-Jimenez, James A Bisby, Aidan J Horner, John A King, Daniel S Pine, Neil Burgess
Learning locations of danger within our environment is a vital adaptive ability whose neural bases are only partially understood. We examined fMRI brain activity while participants navigated a virtual environment in which flowers appeared and were "picked." Picking flowers in the danger zone (one-half of the environment) predicted an electric shock to the wrist (or "bee sting"); flowers in the safe zone never predicted shock; and household objects served as controls for neutral spatial memory. Participants demonstrated learning with shock expectancy ratings and skin conductance increases for flowers in the danger zone...
January 11, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325119/mir-96-is-required-for-normal-development-of-the-auditory-hindbrain
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Tina Schlüter, Christina Berger, Elena Rosengauer, Pascal Fieth, Constanze Krohs, Kathy Ushakov, Karen P Steel, Karen B Avraham, Alexander Hartmann, Felix Felmy, Hans Gerd Nothwang
The peripheral deafness gene Mir96 is expressed in both the cochlea and central auditory circuits. To investigate whether it plays a role in the auditory system beyond the cochlea, we characterized homozygous Dmdo/Dmdo mice with a point mutation in miR-96. Anatomical analysis demonstrated a significant decrease in volume of auditory nuclei in Dmdo/Dmdo mice. This decrease resulted from decreased cell size. Non-auditory structures in the brainstem of Dmdo/Dmdo mice or auditory nuclei of the congenital deaf Cldn14-/- mice revealed no such differences...
January 9, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325115/fast-sleep-spindle-density-is-associated-with-rs4680-val108-158met-genotype-of-catechol-o-methyltransferase-comt
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Claudia Schilling, Lena Gappa, Michael Schredl, Fabian Streit, Jens Treutlein, Josef Frank, Michael Deuschle, Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, Marcella Rietschel, Stephanie H Witt
Study Objectives: Sleep spindles are a hallmark of NREM stage 2 sleep. Fast sleep spindles correlate with cognitive functioning, and are reduced in schizophrenia. Although spindles are highly genetically determined, distinct genetic mechanisms influencing sleep spindle activity have not been identified so far. Spindles are generated within a thalamo-cortical network. Dopaminergic neurotransmission modulates activity within this network and importantly depends on activity of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT)...
January 6, 2018: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323046/non-concomitant-cortical-structural-and-functional-alterations-in-sensorimotor-areas-following-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury
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Yu Pan, Wei-Bei Dou, Yue-Heng Wang, Hui-Wen Luo, Yun-Xiang Ge, Shu-Yu Yan, Quan Xu, Yuan-Yuan Tu, Yan-Qing Xiao, Qiong Wu, Zhuo-Zhao Zheng, Hong-Liang Zhao
Brain plasticity, including anatomical changes and functional reorganization, is the physiological basis of functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI). The correlation between brain anatomical changes and functional reorganization after SCI is unclear. This study aimed to explore whether alterations of cortical structure and network function are concomitant in sensorimotor areas after incomplete SCI. Eighteen patients with incomplete SCI (mean age 40.94 ± 14.10 years old; male:female, 7:11) and 18 healthy subjects (37...
December 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322927/cpredictor3-0-detecting-protein-complexes-from-ppi-networks-with-expression-data-and-functional-annotations
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Ying Xu, Jiaogen Zhou, Shuigeng Zhou, Jihong Guan
BACKGROUND: Effectively predicting protein complexes not only helps to understand the structures and functions of proteins and their complexes, but also is useful for diagnosing disease and developing new drugs. Up to now, many methods have been developed to detect complexes by mining dense subgraphs from static protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks, while ignoring the value of other biological information and the dynamic properties of cellular systems. RESULTS: In this paper, based on our previous works CPredictor and CPredictor2...
December 21, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
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