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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434038/emerging-potential-of-gene-silencing-approaches-targeting-anti-chondrogenic-factors-for-cell-based-cartilage-repair
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Andrea Lolli, Letizia Penolazzi, Roberto Narcisi, Gerjo J V M van Osch, Roberta Piva
The field of cartilage repair has exponentially been growing over the past decade. Here, we discuss the possibility to achieve satisfactory regeneration of articular cartilage by means of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) depleted of anti-chondrogenic factors and implanted in the site of injury. Different types of molecules including transcription factors, transcriptional co-regulators, secreted proteins, and microRNAs have recently been identified as negative modulators of chondroprogenitor differentiation and chondrocyte function...
April 22, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434000/apolipoprotein-a1-inhibits-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-human-coronary-artery-endothelial-cells
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Juling Feng, Jingjing Zhang, Ampadu O Jackson, Xiao Zhu, Hainan Chen, Wen Chen, Qingjun Gui, Kai Yin
OBJECTIVE: Transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) is the major cytokine for stimulating endothelial cells (ECs) to transdifferentiate to mesenchymal cells (MCs) in the process known as endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT). Recently, TGF-β1-induced EndMT has been implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis (AS). It has been identified that apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA-I) obstructs TGF-β1-induced endothelial dysfunction, providing a protective effect for ECs and also anti-AS activity...
April 22, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433629/a-novel-strategy-to-dissect-endogenous-gene-transcriptional-regulation-in-live-cells
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Wenqing Yang, Siliang Zhang, Yi Zhang, Xin Huang
Gene transcription is a central tenet of biology, traditionally measured by RT-PCR, microarray, or more recently, RNA sequencing. However, these measurements only provide a snapshot of the state of gene transcription and only represent an overall readout of complex transcriptional networks that regulate gene expression. In this report, we describe a novel strategy to dissect endogenous gene transcription regulation in live cells by knocking in a reporter gene, EGFP, under the control of the endogenous gene promoter, using the ARID1A gene as an example...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433608/toward-biotechnology-in-space-high-throughput-instruments-for-in-situ-biological-research-beyond-earth
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Fathi Karouia, Kianoosh Peyvan, Andrew Pohorille
Space biotechnology is a nascent field aimed at applying tools of modern biology to advance our goals in space exploration. These advances rely on our ability to exploit in situ high throughput techniques for amplification and sequencing DNA, and measuring levels of RNA transcripts, proteins and metabolites in a cell. These techniques, collectively known as "omics" techniques have already revolutionized terrestrial biology. A number of on-going efforts are aimed at developing instruments to carry out "omics" research in space, in particular on board the International Space Station and small satellites...
April 19, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433606/in-silico-methods-for-co-transcriptional-rna-secondary-structure-prediction-and-for-investigating-alternative-rna-structure-expression
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Irmtraud M Meyer
RNA transcripts are the primary products of active genes in any living organism, including many viruses. Their cellular destiny not only depends on primary sequence signals, but can also be determined by RNA structure. Recent experimental evidence shows that many transcripts can be assigned more than a single functional RNA structure throughout their cellular life and that structure formation happens co-transcriptionally, i.e. as the transcript is synthesised in the cell. Moreover, functional RNA structures are not limited to non-coding transcripts, but can also feature in coding transcripts...
April 19, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433382/applications-of-the-crispr-cas9-system-in-kidney-research
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Yoshiki Higashijima, Seiichi Hirano, Masaomi Nangaku, Osamu Nureki
The recently discovered clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)-CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) is an RNA-guided DNA nuclease, and has been harnessed for the development of simple, efficient, and relatively inexpensive technologies to precisely manipulate the genomic information in virtually all cell types and organisms. The CRIPSR-Cas9 systems have already been effectively used to disrupt multiple genes simultaneously, create conditional alleles, and generate reporter proteins, even in vivo...
April 19, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432871/mir-24-3p-is-overexpressed-in-hodgkin-lymphoma-and-protects-hodgkin-and-reed-sternberg-cells-from-apoptosis
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Ye Yuan, Joost Kluiver, Jasper Koerts, Debora de Jong, Bea Rutgers, Fazlyn Reeny Abdul Razak, Martijn Terpstra, Boudewijn Plaat, Ilja M Nolte, Arjan Diepstra, Lydia Visser, Klaas Kok, Anke van den Berg
miRNAs play important roles in biological processes, such as proliferation, metabolism, differentiation, and apoptosis, whereas altered expression levels contribute to diseases, such as cancers. We identified miRNAs with aberrant expression in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and investigated their role in pathogenesis. Small RNA sequencing revealed 84 significantly differentially expressed miRNAs in HL cell lines as compared to germinal center B cells. Three up-regulated miRNAs-miR-23a-3p, miR-24-3p, and miR-27a-3p-were derived from one primary miRNA transcript...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432817/factors-involved-in-early-polarization-of-the-anterior-posterior-axis-in-the-milkweed-bug-oncopeltus-fasciatus
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Neta Ginzburg, Mira Cohen, Ariel D Chipman
The axes of insect embryos are defined early in the blastoderm stage. Genes involved in this polarization are well known in Drosophila, but less so in other insects, such as the milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus. Using quantitative PCR, we looked at differential expression of several candidate genes for early anterior-posterior patterning and found that none of them are expressed asymmetrically in the early blastoderm. We then used an RNA-Seq approach to identify novel candidate genes that might be involved in early polarization in Oncopeltus...
April 22, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432336/structure-function-analysis-of-the-dna-binding-domain-of-a-transmembrane-transcriptional-activator
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Andreas Schlundt, Sophie Buchner, Robert Janowski, Thomas Heydenreich, Ralf Heermann, Jürgen Lassak, Arie Geerlof, Ralf Stehle, Dierk Niessing, Kirsten Jung, Michael Sattler
The transmembrane DNA-binding protein CadC of E. coli, a representative of the ToxR-like receptor family, combines input and effector domains for signal sensing and transcriptional activation, respectively, in a single protein, thus representing one of the simplest signalling systems. At acidic pH in a lysine-rich environment, CadC activates the transcription of the cadBA operon through recruitment of the RNA polymerase (RNAP) to the two cadBA promoter sites, Cad1 and Cad2, which are directly bound by CadC...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432125/sequential-adaptive-changes-in-a-c-myc-driven-model-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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James M Dolezal, Huabo Wang, Sucheta Kulkarni, Laura Jackson, Jie Lu, Sarangarajan Ranganathan, Eric S Goetzman, Sivakama Bharathi, Kevin Beezhold, Craig A Byersdorfer, Edward V Prochownik
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a common cancer that frequently over-expresses the c-Myc (Myc) oncoprotein. Using a mouse model of Myc-induced HCC, we studied the metabolic, biochemical and molecular changes accompanying HCC progression, regression and recurrence. These involved altered rates of pyruvate and fatty acid β-oxidation and the likely re-directing of glutamine into biosynthetic rather than energy-generating pathways. Initial tumors also showed reduced mitochondrial mass and differential contributions of electron transport chain Complexes I and II to respiration...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432092/a-genome-wide-investigation-on-biofilm-formation-in-bacillus-cereus
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Fang Yan, Yiyang Yu, Kevin Gozzi, Yun Chen, Jian-Hua Guo, Yunrong Chai
Bacillus cereus is a soil-dwelling Gram-positive bacterium capable of forming structured multicellular communities, or biofilms. However, the regulatory pathways controlling biofilm formation are less well understood in B. cereus In this work, we developed a method to study B. cereus biofilms formed at the air-liquid interface. We applied two genome-wide approaches, random transposon insertion mutagenesis to identify genes that are potentially important for biofilm formation, and transcriptome analyses by RNA-seq to characterize genes that are differentially expressed in B...
April 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431938/selective-inhibition-of-ezh2-by-a-small-molecule-inhibitor-regulates-microglial-gene-expression-essential-for-inflammation
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Sarder Arifuzzaman, Amitabh Das, Sun Hwa Kim, Taeho Yoon, Young Seek Lee, Kyoung Hwa Jung, Young Gyu Chai
Multiple studies have documented that Enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) could play a role in inflammation and a wide range of malignancies; however, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unaddressed. Microglial activation is a key process in the production and release of numerous pro-inflammatory mediators that play important roles in inflammation and neurodegeneration in the central nervous system (CNS). Therefore, our aim was to investigate whether inhibition of EZH2 with the selective small molecule inhibitor EPZ-6438 protects against neonatal microglial activation...
April 18, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431855/relationship-between-long-noncoding-rnas-and-physiological-risk-factors-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Moshen Mazidi, Peter Penson, Anna Gluba-Brzozka, Jacek Rysz, Maciej Banach
Long noncoding ribonucleic acids (lncRNAs) are an important category of noncoding RNAs that play crucial roles in controlling the expression of genes in health and in a range of illnesses including cardiovascular disease. A large body of genetic, experimental, and epidemiologic evidence suggests roles for an increasing number of lncRNAs in the regulation of metabolism, lipid profile, inflammation, and glucose metabolism in type II diabetes. Importantly, it has been suggested that lncRNAs can regulate chromatin alteration, messenger RNA stability, microRNA action, and can control transcription factors...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431586/expression-of-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-in-the-infrapatellar-fat-pad-in-knee-osteoarthritis-patients
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Jun Aikawa, Kentaro Uchida, Shotaro Takano, Gen Inoue, Atsushi Minatani, Masayuki Miyagi, Dai Iwase, Hiroyuki Sekiguchi, Manabu Mukai, Masashi Takaso
BACKGROUND: The infrapatellar fat pad (IPFP) has been implicated as a possible source of osteoarthritis (OA) development and knee pain due to the production of inflammatory mediators and the existence of nerve fibers within this structure. Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is a vasodilatory neuropeptide that is localized to joint tissues and has recently been implicated in the development of knee OA and OA pain. To date, however, the expression levels of CGRP in the IPFP of human knee OA patients have not been examined...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431513/functional-characterization-of-cucumber-cucumis-sativus-l-clade-v-mlo-genes
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Jeroen A Berg, Michela Appiano, Gerard Bijsterbosch, Richard G F Visser, Henk J Schouten, Yuling Bai
BACKGROUND: Powdery mildew (PM) causing fungi are well-known pathogens, infecting over 10.000 plant species, including the economically important crop cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.). Loss-of-function mutations in clade V MLO genes have previously been shown to lead to recessively inherited broad-spectrum resistance to PM in several species. In cucumber, one clade V MLO homolog (CsaMLO8) was previously identified as being a susceptibility factor to PM. Two other closely related homologs (CsaMLO1 and CsaMLO11) were found, but their function was not yet unravelled...
April 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431495/iron-regulated-small-rna-expression-as-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-fa-1090-transitions-into-stationary-phase-growth
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Lydgia A Jackson, Michael Day, Jennie Allen, Edgar Scott, David W Dyer
BACKGROUND: For most pathogens, iron (Fe) homeostasis is crucial for maintenance within the host and the ability to cause disease. The primary transcriptional regulator that controls intracellular Fe levels is the Fur (ferric uptake regulator) protein, which exerts its action on transcription by binding to a promoter-proximal sequence termed the Fur box. Fur-regulated transcriptional responses are often fine-tuned at the post-transcriptional level through the action of small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs)...
April 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431265/nucleolar-reorganization-in-response-to-rdna-damage
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REVIEW
Marjolein van Sluis, Brian McStay
Nucleoli, sites of ribosome biogenesis, form around nucleolar organizer regions (NORs) comprising rDNA arrays, located on human acrocentric chromosome p-arms. NORs provide an opportunity to investigate the DNA double strand break (DSB) response at highly transcribed, repetitive, essential loci. Targeted introduction of DSBs into rDNA results in ATM-dependent inhibition of RNA-polymerase I transcription, coupled with movement of rDNA from the nucleolar interior to anchoring points at the periphery. Reorganization renders rDNA accessible to repair factors, normally excluded from nucleoli...
April 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431179/mirna-regulation-in-gliomas-usual-suspects-in-glial-tumorigenesis-and-evolving-clinical-applications
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Heather Ames, Marc K Halushka, Fausto J Rodriguez
In recent years, an increasing role for noncoding small RNAs (miRNA) has been uncovered in carcinogenesis. These oligonucleotides can promote degradation and/or inhibit translation of key mRNAs. Recent studies have also highlighted a possible role for miRNAs in adult and pediatric brain tumors, including high- and low-grade gliomas, medulloblastoma, ependymoma, and neoplasms associated with neurofibromatosis type 1. Gliomas represent the most common category of primary intraparenchymal brain tumors, and, for example, manipulation of signaling pathways, through inhibition of PTEN transcription appears to be an important function of miRNA dysregulation through miR-21, miR-106b, and miR-26a...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431120/solution-structure-of-a-reverse-transcriptase-recognition-site-of-a-line-rna-from-zebrafish
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Maina Otsu, Masaki Kajikawa, Norihiro Okada, Gota Kawai
Long interspersed nuclear element (LINE) is known to be transposed by reverse transcription using its RNA transcript. Recognition of the 3' stem-loop of LINE RNA by its reverse transcriptase (RT) is an important step of the retrotransposition. Our previous study revealed that the second G residue (G8) in the GGAUA loop of a 17mer LINE RNA from eel, UnaL2-17, is recognized by its RT and the U residue (U10) in the same loop is required to maintain the loop structure (Baba et al., 2004). ZfL2-2, a LINE from zebrafish, has the same 3' stem-loop with UnaL2 and ZfL2-1 has similar but distinct 3' stem-loop with an insertion which can form an additional stem-loop...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431015/large-scale-collection-of-full-length-cdna-and-transcriptome-analysis-in-hevea-brasiliensis
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Yuko Makita, Kiaw Kiaw Ng, G Veera Singham, Mika Kawashima, Hideki Hirakawa, Shusei Sato, Ahmad Sofiman Othman, Minami Matsui
Natural rubber has unique physical properties that cannot be replaced by products from other latex-producing plants or petrochemically produced synthetic rubbers. Rubber from Hevea brasiliensis is the main commercial source for this natural rubber that has a cis-polyisoprene configuration. For sustainable production of enough rubber to meet demand elucidation of the molecular mechanisms involved in the production of latex is vital. To this end, we firstly constructed rubber full-length cDNA libraries of RRIM 600 cultivar and sequenced around 20,000 clones by the Sanger method and over 15,000 contigs by Illumina sequencer...
April 1, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
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