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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538980/downregulation-of-lysyl-oxidase-protects-retinal-endothelial-cells-from-high-glucose-induced-apoptosis
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Dongjoon Kim, Robert P Mecham, Philip C Trackman, Sayon Roy
Purpose: To investigate the effect of reducing high glucose (HG)-induced lysyl oxidase (LOX) overexpression and increased activity on retinal endothelial cell apoptosis. Methods: Rat retinal endothelial cells (RRECs) were grown in normal (N) or HG (30 mM glucose) medium for 7 days. In parallel, RRECs were grown in HG medium and transfected with LOX small interfering RNA (siRNA), scrambled siRNA as control, or exposed to β-aminopropionitrile (BAPN), a LOX inhibitor...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538979/stanniocalcin-1-is-an-ocular-hypotensive-agent-and-a-downstream-effector-molecule-that-is-necessary-for-the-intraocular-pressure-lowering-effects-of-latanoprost
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Gavin W Roddy, Kimberly B Viker, Nelson S Winkler, Cindy K Bahler, Bradley H Holman, David Sheikh-Hamad, Uttio Roy Chowdhury, W Daniel Stamer, Michael P Fautsch
Purpose: To identify downstream signaling molecules through which intraocular pressure (IOP) is lowered following treatment with the prostaglandin analog latanoprost. Methods: Total RNA and protein isolated from primary human Schlemm's canal cells (n = 3) treated with latanoprost (free acid; 100 nM) were processed for quantitative PCR and Western blot analysis. IOP was evaluated in stanniocalcin-1 (STC-1-/-) and wild-type mice following treatment with latanoprost or Rho kinase inhibitor Y27632...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538949/the-follicular-skin-microbiome-in-patients-with-hidradenitis-suppurativa-and-healthy-controls
#3
Hans Christian Ring, Jonathan Thorsen, Ditte M Saunte, Berit Lilje, Lene Bay, Peter Theut Riis, Niels Larsen, Lee O'Brien Andersen, Henrik V Nielsen, Iben M Miller, Thomas Bjarnsholt, Kurt Fuursted, Gregor Borut Jemec
Importance: Although the pathogenesis of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) remains enigmatic, several factors point to potential involvement of the cutaneous microbiome. Insight into the cutaneous microbiome in HS using next-generation sequencing may provide novel data on the microbiological diversity of the skin. Objective: To investigate the follicular skin microbiome in patients with HS and in healthy controls. Design, Setting, and Participants: This case-control study obtained punch biopsy specimens from patients with HS (lesional and nonlesional) and healthy controls between October 1, 2014, and August 1, 2016...
May 24, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538739/multiplex-pcr-method-for-minion-and-illumina-sequencing-of-zika-and-other-virus-genomes-directly-from-clinical-samples
#4
Joshua Quick, Nathan D Grubaugh, Steven T Pullan, Ingra M Claro, Andrew D Smith, Karthik Gangavarapu, Glenn Oliveira, Refugio Robles-Sikisaka, Thomas F Rogers, Nathan A Beutler, Dennis R Burton, Lia Laura Lewis-Ximenez, Jaqueline Goes de Jesus, Marta Giovanetti, Sarah C Hill, Allison Black, Trevor Bedford, Miles W Carroll, Marcio Nunes, Luiz Carlos Alcantara, Ester C Sabino, Sally A Baylis, Nuno R Faria, Matthew Loose, Jared T Simpson, Oliver G Pybus, Kristian G Andersen, Nicholas J Loman
Genome sequencing has become a powerful tool for studying emerging infectious diseases; however, genome sequencing directly from clinical samples (i.e., without isolation and culture) remains challenging for viruses such as Zika, for which metagenomic sequencing methods may generate insufficient numbers of viral reads. Here we present a protocol for generating coding-sequence-complete genomes, comprising an online primer design tool, a novel multiplex PCR enrichment protocol, optimized library preparation methods for the portable MinION sequencer (Oxford Nanopore Technologies) and the Illumina range of instruments, and a bioinformatics pipeline for generating consensus sequences...
June 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538649/attenuation-of-hemorrhage-associated-lung-injury-by-adjuvant-treatment-with-c23-an-oligopeptide-derived-from-cold-inducible-rna-binding-protein-cirp
#5
Fangming Zhang, Weng-Lang Yang, Max Brenner, Ping Wang
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic shock (HS) is an important cause of mortality. HS is associated with an elevated incidence of acute lung injury (ALI) and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), significantly contributing to HS morbidity and mortality. Cold-inducible RNA-binding protein (CIRP) is released into the circulation during HS and can cause lung injury. C23 is a CIRP-derived oligopeptide that binds with high affinity to the CIRP receptor and inhibits CIRP-induced phagocyte secretion of TNF-α...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538438/differential-regulation-of-the-autophagy-and-proteasome-pathways-in-skeletal-muscles-in-sepsis
#6
Flavia Stana, Marija Vujovic, Dominique Mayaki, Jean-Philippe Leduc-Gaudet, Philippe Leblanc, Laurent Huck, Sabah N A Hussain
OBJECTIVES: Skeletal muscle fiber atrophy develops in response to severe sepsis, but it is unclear as to how the proteolytic pathways that are involved in its development are differentially regulated. We investigated the link between sepsis-induced fiber atrophy and activation of the proteasome and autophagy pathways and whether the degree of activation is more severe and sustained in limb muscles than it is in the diaphragm. DESIGN: Randomized controlled experiment...
May 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538253/immune-myopathy-with-perimysial-pathology-associated-with-interstitial-lung-disease-and-anti-ej-antibodies
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Patrick M Kwon, Lan Zhou, Rajeev Motiwala, Leslie D Kerr, Susan C Shin
OBJECTIVES: We report a case of immune myopathy with perimysial pathology associated with anti-glycyl-transfer RNA synthetase (anti-EJ) antibody and an excellent treatment response. METHODS: Chart review. RESULTS: A 36-year-old woman presented with 3 months of fatigue, weight loss, progressive weakness in a scapuloperoneal distribution, and dysphagia. Nerve conduction studies, electromyography, and ultrasound suggested an irritable myopathy...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuromuscular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538214/profiling-and-bioinformatic-analysis-of-circular-rna-expression-regulated-by-c-myc
#8
Qiheng Gou, Ke Wu, Jian-Kang Zhou, Yuxin Xie, Lunxu Liu, Yong Peng
The c-Myc transcription factor is involved in cell proliferation, cell cycle and apoptosis by activating or repressing transcription of multiple genes. Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are widely expressed non-coding RNAs participating in the regulation of gene expression. Using a high-throughput microarray assay, we showed that Myc regulates the expression of certain circRNAs. A total of 309 up- and 252 down-regulated circRNAs were identified. Among them, randomly selected 8 circRNAs were confirmed by real-time PCR...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538188/identification-and-characterization-of-a-class-of-malat1-like-genomic-loci
#9
Bin Zhang, Yuntao S Mao, Sarah D Diermeier, Irina V Novikova, Eric P Nawrocki, Tom A Jones, Zsolt Lazar, Chang-Shung Tung, Weijun Luo, Sean R Eddy, Karissa Y Sanbonmatsu, David L Spector
The MALAT1 (Metastasis-Associated Lung Adenocarcinoma Transcript 1) gene encodes a noncoding RNA that is processed into a long nuclear retained transcript (MALAT1) and a small cytoplasmic tRNA-like transcript (mascRNA). Using an RNA sequence- and structure-based covariance model, we identified more than 130 genomic loci in vertebrate genomes containing the MALAT1 3' end triple-helix structure and its immediate downstream tRNA-like structure, including 44 in the green lizard Anolis carolinensis. Structural and computational analyses revealed a co-occurrence of components of the 3' end module...
May 23, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538170/yap-regulates-actin-dynamics-through-arhgap29-and-promotes-metastasis
#10
Yiting Qiao, Jianxiang Chen, Ying Bena Lim, Megan Louise Finch-Edmondson, Veerabrahma Pratap Seshachalam, Lei Qin, Tingting Jiang, Boon Chuan Low, Himanshu Singh, Chwee Teck Lim, Marius Sudol
Yes-associated protein (YAP) is regulated by mechanical cues via the interaction of the Hippo pathway with cytoskeleton. Previous studies showed that YAP plays a role in regulating the actomyosin network by suppressing Rho GTPase in medaka fish. Here, we identify Rho GTPase activating protein 29 (ARHGAP29) as a transcriptional target of YAP in a human gastric cancer cell line. YAP promotes the expression of ARHGAP29 to suppress the RhoA-LIMK-cofilin pathway, destabilizing F-actin. The overexpression of YAP causes cytoskeletal rearrangement by altering the dynamics of F-actin/G-actin turnover, thus promoting migration...
May 23, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538111/cardiovascular-and-metabolic-effects-of-angptl3-antisense-oligonucleotides
#11
Mark J Graham, Richard G Lee, Teresa A Brandt, Li-Jung Tai, Wuxia Fu, Raechel Peralta, Rosie Yu, Eunju Hurh, Erika Paz, Bradley W McEvoy, Brenda F Baker, Nguyen C Pham, Andres Digenio, Steven G Hughes, Richard S Geary, Joseph L Witztum, Rosanne M Crooke, Sotirios Tsimikas
Background Epidemiologic and genomewide association studies have linked loss-of-function variants in ANGPTL3, encoding angiopoietin-like 3, with low levels of plasma lipoproteins. Methods We evaluated antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) targeting Angptl3 messenger RNA (mRNA) for effects on plasma lipid levels, triglyceride clearance, liver triglyceride content, insulin sensitivity, and atherosclerosis in mice. Subsequently, 44 human participants (with triglyceride levels of either 90 to 150 mg per deciliter [1...
May 24, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537914/epigenomic-study-identifies-a-novel-mesenchyme-homeobox2-gli1-transcription-axis-involved-in-cancer-drug-resistance-overall-survival-and-therapy-prognosis-in-lung-cancer-patients
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Leonel Armas-López, Patricia Piña-Sánchez, Oscar Arrieta, Enrique Guzman de Alba, Blanca Ortiz-Quintero, Patricio Santillán-Doherty, David C Christiani, Joaquín Zúñiga, Federico Ávila-Moreno
Several homeobox-related gene (HOX) transcription factors such as mesenchyme HOX-2 (MEOX2) have previously been associated with cancer drug resistance, malignant progression and/or clinical prognostic responses in lung cancer patients; however, the mechanisms involved in these responses have yet to be elucidated. Here, an epigenomic strategy was implemented to identify novel MEOX2 gene promoter transcription targets and propose a new molecular mechanism underlying lung cancer drug resistance and poor clinical prognosis...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537891/multiplex-pcr-approach-to-simultaneously-identify-several-mutations-in-fine-needle-cytology-thyroid-samples
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Emilia Vuttariello, Marco Borra, Elvira Mauriello, Celeste Calise, Barbara D'Andrea, Anna Capiluongo, Franco Fulciniti, Anna Cipolletta, Mario Monaco, Luciano Pezzullo, Gennaro Chiappetta
The most frequent initial manifestation of thyroid cancer is the appearance of a nodule. More than 20% of the general population has a palpable thyroid nodule and the percentage rises to 70% based on ultrasound identification. In 95% of cases the nodule is simply a hyperplastic or benign lesion. The most reliable diagnostic test for thyroid nodules is fine needle aspiration (FNA), but cytological discrimination between malignant and benign follicular neoplasms remains difficult. Cytological analysis is now, almost routinely, being combined with molecular genetics to enable the pathologist to make a more objective diagnosis...
May 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535628/-expression-and-clinical-significance-of-long-non-coding-rna-ccat1-in-gastric-cancer
#14
T Shan, Y G Chen, B Hong, H Zhou, J Z Xia
Objective: To investigate the expression and clinical significance of long non-coding RNA colon cancer associated transcript-1 (CCAT1) in gastric cancer (GC), and to further explore the effect of CCAT1 on cell proliferation of GC. Methods: The mRNA expressions of CCAT1 in GC tissues and matched adjacent normal tissues from 62 patients who received resection for gastric carcinoma between January 2013 and May 2015 in Nanjing Medical University Affiliated Wuxi Second Hospital and expressions in GC cell lines were assessed by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR)...
May 16, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535592/stream-salinization-and-fungal-mediated-leaf-decomposition-a-microcosm-study
#15
Cristina Canhoto, Sara Simões, Ana Lúcia Gonçalves, Lúcia Guilhermino, Felix Bärlocher
Salinization is of major global concern due to its effect on stream biota, and ecosystem functions and services. In small streams, litter decomposition is a key ecosystem-level process driven by decomposers, mainly fungi (aquatic hyphomycetes), which link litter and invertebrates. Here we assessed the effects of an environmentally relevant range of salt additions (0, 2, 4, 8, 16gL(-1) NaCl) on (1) fungal growth and species-specific reproductive output and (2) fungal mediated-decomposition of Quercus robur leaves...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535533/malat1-modulates-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-through-downregulation-of-mir-145
#16
Yin Xiang, Yachen Zhang, Yong Tang, Qianhui Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) plays significant roles under various pathological conditions including cardiovascular diseases, fibrosis, and cancer. EndMT of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) contributes to neointimal hyperplasia following cell therapy Metastasis-associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1) is a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) that promotes metastasis and cancer. MicroRNA-145 (miR-145) is a tumor suppressor that has been reported to inhibit SMAD3-mediated epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of cancer cells...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535511/capn4-enhances-osteopontin-expression-through-activation-of-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-to-promote-epithelial-ovarian-carcinoma-metastasis
#17
Xiaoming Yang, Jing Sun, Dandan Xia, Xupei Can, Lei Liu, Jing Zhang, Huali Xu, Na Du, Wenxue Liu, Fangqian Shen, Zhenbo Zhang, Yunyan Sun, Xiaowei Xi
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Increasing evidence shows that the calpain regulatory subunit Capn4 can modulate the proliferation and metastasis of cancer cells, and plays an important role in the development of malignant tumors. However, there is no information on the clinical significance of Capn4 in epithelial ovarian carcinoma (EOC) or the molecular mechanisms by which Capn4 promotes the growth and metastasis of EOC. Therefore, the aim of this study was to clarify the role of Capn4 in EOC. METHODS: We evaluated Capn4 and osteopontin (OPN) expression in EOC cell lines and tissues from patients with ovarian cancer by western blotting and immunohistochemical analysis...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535506/long-noncoding-rna-afap1-as1-promoted-tumor-growth-and-invasion-in-cholangiocarcinoma
#18
Xu Lu, Chuang Zhou, Renfeng Li, Yilei Deng, Longshuan Zhao, Wenlong Zhai
BACKGROUND: Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been shown to play important roles in a wide range of pathophysiological processes, including cancer progression. Our previous study has shown that AFAP1-AS1 was upregulated and acted as an oncogene in hepatocellular carcinoma. However, the expression and biological functions of lncRNA AFAP1-AS1 in intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) remains largely unknown. METHODS: The expression level of AFAP1-AS1 was measured in 56 pairs of human cholangiocarcinoma tumor tissues and corresponding adjacent normal bile duct tissues...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535504/long-non-coding-rna-kcnq1ot1-promotes-cataractogenesis-via-mir-214-and-activation-of-the-caspase-1-pathway
#19
Xin Jin, Hao Jin, Yan Shi, Yiyuan Guo, Hong Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: KCNQ1OT1 regulates the expression of tissue-specific imprinted genes within the Kcnq1 domain. Imprinted genes are positive regulators of apoptosis, one of the forms of cell death related to cataract formation, and thus may provide novel therapeutic targets for cataract treatment. Here, we studied the role of non-coding RNAs(ncRNA) in cataract formation. METHODS: Human lens epithelium cells (HLECs) were treated with H2O2, and the expression of KCNQ1OT1 and miR-214 was detected by qRT-PCR...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535500/transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-5-mediates-ca2-influx-and-inhibits-chondrocyte-autophagy-in-a-rat-osteoarthritis-model
#20
Yingliang Wei, Yanfang Wang, Yutong Wang, Lunhao Bai
BACKGROUND: Autophagy, a self-protective mechanism of chondrocytes, has become a promising target to impede the progress of osteoarthritis (OA). Autophagy is regulated by cytosolic Ca2+ activity and may thus be modified by the Ca2+ permeable transient receptor potential channel vanilloid 5 (TRPV5). Therefore, we investigated the potential role of TRPV5 in mediating Ca2+ influx and in inhibiting chondrocyte autophagy in a rat OA model. METHODS: The rat OA model was assessed by macroscopic and histological analyses...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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