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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911439/evidence-for-a-role-of-viruses-in-the-thermal-sensitivity-of-coral-photosymbionts
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Rachel Ashley Levin, Christian Robert Voolstra, Karen Dawn Weynberg, Madeleine Josephine Henriette van Oppen
Symbiodinium, the dinoflagellate photosymbiont of corals, is posited to become more susceptible to viral infections when heat-stressed. To investigate this hypothesis, we mined transcriptome data of a thermosensitive and a thermotolerant type C1 Symbiodinium population at ambient (27 °C) and elevated (32°C) temperatures. We uncovered hundreds of transcripts from nucleocytoplasmic large double-stranded DNA viruses (NCLDVs) and the genome of a novel positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus (+ssRNAV). In the transcriptome of the thermosensitive population only, +ssRNAV transcripts had remarkable expression levels in the top 0...
December 2, 2016: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911273/robust-detection-of-immune-transcripts-in-ffpe-samples-using-targeted-rna-sequencing
#2
Benjamin E Paluch, Sean T Glenn, Jeffrey M Conroy, Antonios Papanicolau-Sengos, Wiam Bshara, Angela R Omilian, Elizabeth Brese, Mary Nesline, Blake Burgher, Jonathan Andreas, Kunle Odunsi, Kevin Eng, Ji He, Maochun Qin, Mark Gardner, Lorenzo Galluzzi, Carl D Morrison
Current criteria for identifying cancer patients suitable for immunotherapy with immune checkpoint blockers (ICBs) are subjective and prone to misinterpretation, as they mainly rely on the visual assessment of CD274 (best known as PD-L1) expression levels by immunohistochemistry (IHC). To address this issue, we developed a RNA sequencing (RNAseq)-based approach that specifically measures the abundance of immune transcripts in formalin-fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) specimens. Besides exhibiting superior sensitivity as compared to whole transcriptome RNAseq, our assay requires little starting material, implying that it is compatible with RNA degradation normally caused by formalin...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911267/oncogenic-secretory-clusterin-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-expression-at-early-staging-and-emerging-molecular-target
#3
Wenjie Zheng, Min Yao, Qi Qian, Wenli Sai, Liwei Qiu, Junling Yang, Wei Wu, Zhizhen Dong, Dengfu Yao
Secretory clusterin (sCLU) is associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) progression by contributing to angiogenesis, chemoresistance, cell survival, and metastasis. However, the sCLU expression at early stage of HCC progression remains to be clarified. In this study, the alteration of sCLU oncogenicity was firstly evaluated in HCC- and their para-cancerous- tissues. The incidence of sCLU expression in HCC was significantly higher than that in their non-tumorous tissues at message RNA (mRNA) or protein level, gradually increasing with tumor-node-metastasis (TNM) staging...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911188/tuning-the-ribosome-the-influence-of-rrna-modification-on-eukaryotic-ribosome-biogenesis-and-function
#4
Katherine E Sloan, Ahmed S Warda, Sunny Sharma, Karl-Dieter Entian, Denis L J Lafontaine, Markus T Bohnsack
Ribosomal RNAs are extensively modified during their transcription and subsequent maturation in the nucleolus, nucleus and cytoplasm. RNA modifications, which are installed either by snoRNA-guided or by stand-alone enzymes, generally stabilise the structure of the ribosome. However, they also cluster at functionally important sites of the ribosome, such as the peptidyltransferase centre and the decoding site, where they facilitate efficient and accurate protein synthesis. The recent identification of sites of substoichiometric 2'-O-methylation and pseudouridylation has overturned the notion that all rRNA modifications are constitutively present on ribosomes, highlighting nucleotide modifications as an important source of ribosomal heterogeneity...
December 2, 2016: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911186/rna-decay-evolution-and-the-testis
#5
Samantha H Jones, Miles Wilkinson
NMD is a highly conserved pathway that degrades specific subsets of RNAs. There is increasing evidence for roles of NMD in development. In this commentary, we focus on spermatogenesis, a process dramatically impeded upon loss or disruption of NMD. NMD requires strict regulation for normal spermatogenesis, as loss of a newly discovered NMD repressor, UPF3A, also causes spermatogenic defects, most prominently during meiosis. We discuss the unusual evolution of UPF3A, whose paralog, UPF3B, has the opposite biochemical function and acts in brain development...
December 2, 2016: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910942/improved-bi-allelic-modification-of-a-transcriptionally-silent-locus-in-patient-derived-ipsc-by-cas9-nickase
#6
Reto Eggenschwiler, Mohsen Moslem, Mariane Serra Fráguas, Melanie Galla, Oliver Papp, Maximilian Naujock, Ines Fonfara, Ingrid Gensch, Annabell Wähner, Abbas Beh-Pajooh, Claudio Mussolino, Marcel Tauscher, Doris Steinemann, Florian Wegner, Susanne Petri, Axel Schambach, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Toni Cathomen, Tobias Cantz
Homology directed repair (HDR)-based genome editing via selectable long flanking arm donors can be hampered by local transgene silencing at transcriptionally silent loci. Here, we report efficient bi-allelic modification of a silent locus in patient-derived hiPSC by using Cas9 nickase and a silencing-resistant donor construct that contains an excisable selection/counter-selection cassette. To identify the most active single guide RNA (sgRNA)/nickase combinations, we employed a lentiviral vector-based reporter assay to determine the HDR efficiencies in cella...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910923/protein-expression-from-unintegrated-hiv-1-dna-introduces-bias-in-primary-in-vitro-post-integration-latency-models
#7
Pawel Bonczkowski, Marie-Angélique De Scheerder, Eva Malatinkova, Alexandra Borch, Zora Melkova, Renate Koenig, Ward De Spiegelaere, Linos Vandekerckhove
To understand the persistence of latently HIV-1 infected cells in virally suppressed infected patients, a number of in vitro models of HIV latency have been developed. In an attempt to mimic the in vivo situation as closely as possible, several models use primary cells and replication-competent viruses in combination with antiretroviral compounds to prevent ongoing replication. Latency is subsequently measured by HIV RNA and/or protein production after cellular activation. To discriminate between pre- and post-integration latency, integrase inhibitors are routinely used, preventing novel integrations upon cellular activation...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910098/gata-3-specific-dnazyme-a-novel-approach-for-stratified-asthma-therapy
#8
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Holger Garn, Harald Renz
It is now well established that type-2 immune mechanisms drive the inflammation in about 50% of asthma patients. The major cellular and molecular players regulating this important network have been identified. In terms of therapeutic intervention, cytokine and cytokine-receptor pathways have been given major attention, since these molecules are relatively easily accessible for a blockade through monoclonal antibodies, and a number of positive clinical results support this concept. However, targeting events controlling the type-2 immunity network upstream of selective cytokine pathways would be equally attractive...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909734/klf4-inhibits-tumor-growth-and-metastasis-by-targeting-microrna-31-in-human-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#9
Chuan Tian, Shanshan Yao, Li Liu, Youcheng Ding, Qingwang Ye, Xiao Dong, Yong Gao, Ning Yang, Qi Li
MicroRNAs (miRNAs or miRs) are short, endogenous non-coding RNA molecules, demonstrating abnormal expression in cancer initiation and progression. In this study, we profiled 18 differentially regulated miRNAs, including miRNA‑31, using miRNA array. Kruppel (or Krüppel)-like factor 4 (Klf4) is a transcription factor and putative tumor suppressor. Both were found to be significantly downregulated in liver cancer tissues and cells. However, little is known about the correlation between Klf4 and miRNA‑31 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
November 24, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909722/expression-of-soluble-programmed-death-1-protein-in-peripheral-blood-regulatory-t-cells-and-its-effects-on-rheumatoid-arthritis-progression
#10
Chun-Feng Ren, Ya-Xin Zhao, Chun-Feng Hou, Luan Luan, Guo-Qing Duan, Shu-Jie Li, Jian-Hong Zhao
The present study aimed to investigate the role of the soluble programmed death‑1 (sPD-1) protein, which is released by peripheral blood regulatory T cells (Treg) during the progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). From October 2012 to May 2014, 82 RA patients (RA group) and 90 healthy volunteers (healthy controls; HC) were recruited. Cluster of differentiation (CD)4, CD25 and forkhead/winged helix transcription factor p3 (Foxp3) and expression of cytotoxic T lymphocyte associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) and Foxp3 were detected by flow cytometry...
November 28, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909713/age-associated-differences-in-transporter-gene-expression-in-kidneys-of-male-rats
#11
Yong-Ji Xu, Yang Wang, Yuan-Fu Lu, Shang-Fu Xu, Qin Wu, Jie Liu
Kidney transporters are involved in the secretion and reabsorption of endogenous and exogenous molecules. Numerous factors may influence their expression and affect drug disposition, efficacy and toxicity. The present study aimed to examine the development‑ and age‑associated variations in primary renal transporters in rats, including 6 uptake transporters: Organic anion transporter (OAT) 1 and 3, organic cation transporter (OCT) 1, 2 and 3 and organic anion‑transporting polypeptide (OATP) 4C1, and 6 efflux transporters: Multidrug resistance protein 1 (MDR1), breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP), multidrug resistance‑associated protein (MRP) 2 and 4, and multidrug and toxin extrusion protein (MATE) 1 and 2‑K...
November 28, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909684/traditional-versus-3-rna-seq-in-a-non-model-species
#12
Sophie Tandonnet, Tatiana Teixeira Torres
One limitation of the widely used RNA-seq method is that long transcripts are represented by more reads than shorter transcripts, resulting in a biased estimation of expression levels. The 3' RNA-seq method, which yields only one sequence per transcript, bypasses this limitation. Here, RNA was extracted from two samples, in which we expected to find differentially expressed genes. Each was processed by both traditional and 3' RNA-seq protocols. Both methods yielded similar differentially expressed genes and estimated expression levels in a comparable way, confirming they both represent valid tools for RNA-seq analysis...
March 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909059/the-role-of-the-histone-methyltransferase-enhancer-of-zeste-homolog-2-ezh2-in-the-pathobiological-mechanisms-underlying-inflammatory-bowel-disease-ibd
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Olga F Sarmento, Phyllis A Svingen, Yuning Xiong, Zhifu Sun, Adebowale O Bamidele, Angela J Mathison, Thomas C Smyrk, Asha A Nair, Michelle M Gonzalez, Mary R Sagstetter, Saurabh Baheti, Dermot P B McGovern, Jessica J Friton, Konstantinos A Papadakis, Goel Gautam, Ramnik J Xavier, Raul A Urrutia, William A Faubion
Regulatory T (Treg) cells expressing the transcription factor FOXP3 play a pivotal role in maintaining immunologic self-tolerance. We and others have previously shown that EZH2 is recruited to the FOXP3 promoter and its targets in Treg cells. To further address the role for EZH2 in Treg cellular function, we have now generated mice that lack EZH2 specifically in Treg cells (EZH2ΔFOXP3+). We find that EZH2 deficiency in FOXP3+ T cells results in lethal multi-organ autoimmunity. We further demonstrate that EZH2ΔFOXP3+ T cells lack a regulatory phenotype in vitro and secrete pro-inflammatory cytokines...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909049/control-of-secreted-protein-gene-expression-and-the-mammalian-secretome-by-the-metabolic-regulator-pgc-1%C3%AE
#14
Neri Minsky, Robert G Roeder
Secreted proteins serve pivotal roles in the development of multicellular organisms, acting as structural matrix, extracellular enzymes and signal molecules. However, how the secretome is regulated remains incompletely understood. Here we demonstrate, unexpectedly, that peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1-alpha (PGC-1α), a critical transcriptional co-activator of metabolic gene expression, functions to down-regulate expression of diverse genes encoding secreted molecules and extracellular matrix (ECM) components to modulate the secretome...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909014/sodium-4-phenylbutyrate-attenuates-myocardial-reperfusion-injury-by-reducing-the-unfolded-protein-response
#15
Osamu Takatori, Soichiro Usui, Masaki Okajima, Shuichi Kaneko, Hiroshi Ootsuji, Shin-Ichiro Takashima, Daisuke Kobayashi, Hisayoshi Murai, Hiroshi Furusho, Masayuki Takamura
BACKGROUND: The unfolded protein response (UPR) plays a pivotal role in ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury in various organs such as heart, brain, and liver. Sodium 4-phenylbutyrate (PBA) reportedly acts as a chemical chaperone that reduces UPR. In the present study, we evaluated the effect of PBA on reducing the UPR and protecting against myocardial I/R injury in mice. METHODS: Male C57BL/6 mice were subjected to 30-minute myocardial I/R, and were treated with phosphate-buffered saline (as a vehicle) or PBA...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908783/lipid-peroxidation-in-face-of-dna-damage-dna-repair-and-other-cellular-processes
#16
Barbara Tudek, Daria Zdżalik-Bielecka, Agnieszka Tudek, Konrad Kosicki, Anna Fabisiewicz, Elżbieta Speina
Exocyclic adducts to DNA bases are formed as a consequence of exposure to certain environmental carcinogens as well as inflammation and lipid peroxidation (LPO). Complex family of LPO products gives rise to a variety of DNA adducts, which can be grouped in two classes: (i) small etheno-type adducts of strong mutagenic potential, and (ii) bulky, propano-type adducts, which block replication and transcription, and are lethal lesions. Etheno-DNA adducts are removed from the DNA by base excision repair (BER), AlkB and nucleotide incision repair enzymes (NIR), while substituted propano-type lesions by nucleotide excision repair (NER) and homologous recombination (HR)...
November 28, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908735/unr-csde1-drives-a-post-transcriptional-program-to-promote-melanoma-invasion-and-metastasis
#17
Laurence Wurth, Panagiotis Papasaikas, David Olmeda, Nadine Bley, Guadalupe T Calvo, Santiago Guerrero, Daniela Cerezo-Wallis, Javier Martinez-Useros, María García-Fernández, Stefan Hüttelmaier, Maria S Soengas, Fátima Gebauer
RNA binding proteins (RBPs) modulate cancer progression through poorly understood mechanisms. Here we show that the RBP UNR/CSDE1 is overexpressed in melanoma tumors and promotes invasion and metastasis. iCLIP sequencing, RNA sequencing, and ribosome profiling combined with in silico studies unveiled sets of pro-metastatic factors coordinately regulated by UNR as part of RNA regulons. In addition to RNA steady-state levels, UNR was found to control many of its targets at the level of translation elongation/termination...
November 14, 2016: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908532/ram-589-555-a-new-polymerase-1-inhibitor-as-innovative-targeted-treatment-for-multiple-sclerosis
#18
A Achiron, R Zilkha-Falb, R Mashiach, M Gurevich
Targeting Polymerase-1 (POL1) transcription machinery is a new strategy for suppression of multiple sclerosis (MS) disease activity that is based on suppression of ribosomal biogenesis and subsequent activation of apoptosis. We developed an oral POL1 inhibiting compound RAM-589.555, that suppress ribosomal biogenesis as an innovative therapeutic approach to ameliorate MS. RAM-589.555 shows high permeability, specificity to POL1 pathway, ability to induce apoptosis and to inhibit proliferation and viability of activated lymphocytes both in-vitro and in-vivo...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908420/biological-effects-of-tolerable-level-chronic-boron-intake-on-transcription-factors
#19
Seda Orenay Boyacioglu, Mehmet Korkmaz, Erkan Kahraman, Hatice Yildirim, Selin Bora, Osman Yavuz Ataman
The mechanism of boron effect on human transcription and translation has not been fully understood. In the current study it was aimed to reveal the role of boron on the expression of certain transcription factors that play key roles in many cellular pathways on human subjects chronically exposed to low amounts of boron. The boron concentrations in drinking water samples were 1.57±0.06mg/l for boron group while the corresponding value for the control group was 0.016±0.002mg/l. RNA isolation was performed using PAX gene RNA kit on the blood samples from the subjects...
January 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907167/infusion-advancing-discovery-of-fusion-genes-and-chimeric-transcripts-from-deep-rna-sequencing-data
#20
Konstantin Okonechnikov, Aki Imai-Matsushima, Lukas Paul, Alexander Seitz, Thomas F Meyer, Fernando Garcia-Alcalde
Analysis of fusion transcripts has become increasingly important due to their link with cancer development. Since high-throughput sequencing approaches survey fusion events exhaustively, several computational methods for the detection of gene fusions from RNA-seq data have been developed. This kind of analysis, however, is complicated by native trans-splicing events, the splicing-induced complexity of the transcriptome and biases and artefacts introduced in experiments and data analysis. There are a number of tools available for the detection of fusions from RNA-seq data; however, certain differences in specificity and sensitivity between commonly used approaches have been found...
2016: PloS One
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