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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782610/castration-induces-satellite-cell-activation-that-contributes-to-skeletal-muscle-maintenance
#1
Alanna Klose, Wenxuan Liu, Nicole D Paris, Sophie Forman, John J Krolewski, Kent L Nastiuk, Joe V Chakkalakal
Background: Sarcopenia, the age-related loss of skeletal muscle, is a side effect of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer patients. Resident stem cells of skeletal muscle, satellite cells (SCs), are an essential source of progenitors for the growth and regeneration of skeletal muscle. Decreased androgen signaling and deficits in the number and function of SCs are features of aging. Although androgen signaling is known to regulate skeletal muscle, the cellular basis for ADT-induced exacerbation of sarcopenia is unknown...
2018: JCSM Rapid Commun
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780364/antibacterial-efficacy-of-polysaccharide-capped-silver-nanoparticles-is-not-compromised-by-acrab-tolc-efflux-pump
#2
Mitali Mishra, Satish Kumar, Rakesh K Majhi, Luna Goswami, Chandan Goswami, Harapriya Mohapatra
Antibacterial therapy is of paramount importance in treatment of several acute and chronic infectious diseases caused by pathogens. Over the years extensive use and misuse of antimicrobial agents has led to emergence of multidrug resistant (MDR) and extensive drug resistant (XDR) pathogens. This drastic escalation in resistant phenotype has limited the efficacy of available therapeutic options. Thus, the need of the hour is to look for alternative therapeutic approaches to mitigate healthcare concerns caused due to MDR bacterial infections...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780256/the-utilization-of-next-generation-sequencing-to-detect-somatic-mutations-and-predict-clinical-prognosis-of-chinese-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients
#3
Liming Cao, Long Long, Min Li, Huaping Yang, Pengbo Deng, Xinru Mao, Jianxing Xiang, Bing Li, Tengfei Zhang, Chengping Hu
Purpose: The development of next-generation sequencing (NGS) has revolutionized the understanding of oncogenesis of multiple types of cancer, including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, there has been some debate over the utility of NGS for predicting patient prognosis and determining molecular targeted therapy. Therefore, we sought to demonstrate the numerous applications of NGS in the prognostic predictions and treatment of NSCLC patients. Materials and methods: We performed NGS on either liquid or tissue tumor biopsies obtained from 53 NSCLC patients...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779765/prolonged-intervals-during-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-subunit-vaccine-boosting-contributes-to-eliciting-immunity-mediated-by-central-memory-like-t-cells
#4
Chunxiang Bai, Juanjuan He, Hongxia Niu, Lina Hu, Yanping Luo, Xun Liu, Liang Peng, Bingdong Zhu
It is believed that central memory T cells (TCM ) provide long-term protection against tuberculosis (TB). However, the effects of TB subunit vaccine immunization schedule, especially the vaccination intervals, on T cell immune memory is still unclear. In this study, mice were immunized with fusion protein ESAT6-Ag85B-MPT64 (190-198)-Mtb8.4-Rv2626c (LT70) based subunit vaccine three times according to the following schedules: ① 0, 3rd and 6th week respectively (0-3-6w), ② 0, 4th and 12th week (0-4-12w), and ③ 0, 4th and 24th week (0-4-24w)...
May 2018: Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779329/-mechanisms-of-recombinant-adenovirus-mediated-sd-ha-fusion-protein-proliferation-inhibition-and-induced-apoptosis-of-k562-cells
#5
Y Huang, P Zhang, L Du, M Gui, W L Feng, Z Peng
Objective: To investigate whether fusion protein SD-HA could regulate its downstream signaling molecule activity by competing with the phospho-BCR-ABL Y177 site, and its mechanisms to inhibit proliferation and induce apoptosis of K562 cells. Methods: Co-immunoprecipitation interaction technology analysis of fusion protein SD-HA functioned by potently binding to the phospho-BCR-ABL Y177 site, Ras, MAPK and Akt activities were observed in the Ad5F35-SD-HA-treated cells. Western blot analyses of SD-HA fusion protein on cell membrane receptor pathway to death cascade caspase-8, caspase-3 and PRAP were performed...
April 14, 2018: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778783/intra-vitreal-%C3%AE-b-crystallin-fused-to-elastin-like-polypeptide-provides-neuroprotection-in-a-mouse-model-of-age-related-macular-degeneration
#6
Parameswaran G Sreekumar, Zhe Li, Wan Wang, Christine Spee, David R Hinton, Ram Kannan, J Andrew MacKay
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of severe and irreversible central vision loss, and the primary site of AMD pathology is the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Geographic atrophy (GA) is an advanced form of AMD characterized by extensive RPE cell loss, subsequent degeneration of photoreceptors, and thinning of retina. This report describes the protective potential of a peptide derived from the αB crystallin protein using a sodium iodate (NaIO3 ) induced mouse model of GA. Systemic NaIO3 challenge causes degeneration of the RPE and neighboring photoreceptors, which have similarities to retinas of GA patients...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778605/proteomic-and-biochemical-comparison-of-the-cellular-interaction-partners-of-human-vps33a-and-vps33b
#7
Morag R Hunter, Geoffrey G Hesketh, Tomasz H Benedyk, Anne-Claude Gingras, Stephen C Graham
Multi-subunit tethering complexes control membrane fusion events in eukaryotic cells. CORVET and HOPS are two such complexes, both containing the Sec1/Munc18 protein subunit VPS33A. Metazoans additionally possess VPS33B, which has considerable sequence similarity to VPS33A but does not integrate into CORVET or HOPS complexes and instead stably interacts with VIPAR. It has been recently suggested that VPS33B and VIPAR comprise two subunits of a novel multi-subunit tethering complex (named "CHEVI"), perhaps analogous in configuration to CORVET and HOPS...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778469/communications-of-staphylococcus-aureus-and-non-aureus-staphylococcus-species-from-bovine-intramammary-infections-and-teat-apex-colonization
#8
Yasser S Mahmmod, Ilka Christine Klaas, Line Svennesen, Karl Pedersen, Hanne Ingmer
The role of non-aureus staphylococci (NAS) in the risk of acquisition of intramammary infections with Staphylococcus aureus is vague and still under debate. The objectives of this study were to (1) investigate the distribution patterns of NAS species from milk and teat skin in dairy herds with automatic milking systems, and (2) examine if the isolated NAS influences the expression of S. aureus virulence factors controlled by the accessory gene regulator (agr) quorum sensing system. In 8 herds, 14 to 20 cows with elevated somatic cell count were randomly selected for teat skin swabbing and aseptic quarter foremilk samples from right hind and left front quarters...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777999/targeted-delivery-of-cd44s-sirna-by-scfv-overcomes-de-novo-resistance-to-cetuximab-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#9
Wenyan Fu, Hefen Sun, Yang Zhao, Mengting Chen, Lipeng Yang, Xueli Yang, Wei Jin
The overexpression of EGFR often occurs in TNBC, and the anti-EGFR receptor antibody cetuximab is used widely to treat metastatic cancer in the clinic. However, EGFR-targeted therapies have been developed for TNBC without clinical success. In this study, we show that impaired EGFR degradation is crucial for resistance to cetuximab, which depends on the cell surface molecule CD44. To further investigate the role of CD44 in EGFR signaling and its treatment potential, we developed a targeting fusion protein composed of an anti-EGFR scFv generated from cetuximab and truncated protamine, called Ce-tP...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777875/switching-cell-penetrating-and-cxcr4-binding-activities-of-nanoscale-organized-arginine-rich-peptides
#10
Marianna Teixeira de Pinho Favaro, Naroa Serna, Laura Sánchez-García, Rafael Cubarsi, Mónica Roldán, Alejandro Sánchez-Chardi, Ugutz Unzueta, Ramón Mangues, Neus Ferrer-Miralles, Adriano Rodrigues Azzoni, Esther Vázquez, Antonio Villaverde
Arginine-rich protein motifs have been described as potent cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) but also as rather specific ligands of the cell surface chemokine receptor CXCR4, involved in the infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Polyarginines are commonly used to functionalize nanoscale vehicles for gene therapy and drug delivery, aimed to enhance cell penetrability of the therapeutic cargo. However, under which conditions these peptides do act as either unspecific or specific ligands is unknown...
May 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777695/proteasome-mediated-protein-degradation-is-enhanced-by-fusion-ubiquitin-with-unstructured-degron
#11
Tomonao Inobe, Masayuki Tsukamoto, Miyuki Nozaki
Methods to induce proteasomal degradation of unwanted proteins are valuable in biomedical studies and thus receive increasing attention. For efficient degradation, the proteasome requires both a ubiquitin tag, which delivers substrates to the proteasome, and an unstructured region, where the proteasome engages the substrate for unfolding and degradation. We fused two degron components into a single molecule to create a fusion protein comprising ubiquitin and Rpn4-derived unstructured region. We demonstrated that the fusion protein retained its function to polyubiquitinate target proteins, thereby inducing more efficient proteasomal target degradation than wild-type ubiquitin in vitro and in cells...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777599/immense-random-colocalization-revealed-by-automated-high-content-image-cytometry-seriously-questions-fish-as-gold-standard-for-detecting-eml4-alk-fusion
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Gábor Smuk, Tamás Tornóczky, László Pajor, Ilse Chudoba, Béla Kajtár, Veronika Sárosi, Gábor Pajor
EML4-ALK gene fusion (inv2(p21p23)) of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) predisposes to tyrosine kinase inhibitor treatment. One of the gold standard diagnostics is the dual color (DC) break-apart (BA) FISH technique, however, the unusual closeness of the involved genes has been suggested to raise likelihood of random co-localization (RCL) of signals. Although this is suspected to decrease sensitivity (often to as low as 40-70%), the exact level and effect of RCL has not been revealed thus far. Signal distances were analyzed to the 0...
May 19, 2018: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777171/mll-fusion-driven-leukemia-requires-setd2-to-safeguard-genomic-integrity
#13
Anna Skucha, Jessica Ebner, Johannes Schmöllerl, Mareike Roth, Thomas Eder, Adrián César-Razquin, Alexey Stukalov, Sarah Vittori, Matthias Muhar, Bin Lu, Martin Aichinger, Julian Jude, André C Müller, Balázs Győrffy, Christopher R Vakoc, Peter Valent, Keiryn L Bennett, Johannes Zuber, Giulio Superti-Furga, Florian Grebien
MLL-fusions represent a large group of leukemia drivers, whose diversity originates from the vast molecular heterogeneity of C-terminal fusion partners of MLL. While studies of selected MLL-fusions have revealed critical molecular pathways, unifying mechanisms across all MLL-fusions remain poorly understood. We present the first comprehensive survey of protein-protein interactions of seven distantly related MLL-fusion proteins. Functional investigation of 128 conserved MLL-fusion-interactors identifies a specific role for the lysine methyltransferase SETD2 in MLL-leukemia...
May 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776664/rhod-localization-and-function-is-dependent-on-its-gtp-gdp-bound-state-and-unique-n-terminal-motif
#14
Magdalena Blom, Katarina Reis, Pontus Aspenström
The atypical Rho GTPase RhoD has previously been shown to have a major impact on the organization and function of the actin filament system. However, when first discovered, RhoD was found to regulate endosome trafficking and dynamics and we therefore sought to investigate this regulation in more detail. We found that exogenously expressed RhoD in human fibroblasts localized to vesicles and the plasma membrane and that the active GTP-bound conformation was required for the plasma membrane localization but not for vesicle localization...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775899/hispidulin-alleviates-high-glucose-induced-podocyte-injury-by-regulating-protective-autophagy
#15
Fengbo Wu, Sijia Li, Nan Zhang, Wei Huang, Xiang Li, Manyi Wang, Ding Bai, Bo Han
OBJECTIVES: Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of the most common complications in patients with diabetes, and the discovery of novel targeted therapeutic approaches for DN treatment still faces severe challenges. In the current study, we aimed to discover a novel natural product for potential DN treatment and determine its molecular mechanisms. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Methylthiazoltetrazolium (MTT) assay was employed to evaluate cell viability. Transmission electron microscopy, GFP-LC3 fluorescence fusion plasmid, and Annexin V/PI apoptosis assay were carried out to determine cellular autophagy and apoptosis...
May 15, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775683/viscoelastic-modeling-of-the-fusion-of-multicellular-tumor-spheroids-in-growth-phase
#16
Guillaume Dechristé, Jérôme Fehrenbach, Elena Griseti, Valérie Lobjois, Clair Poignard
BACKGROUND: Since several decades, the experiments have highlighted the analogy of fusing cell aggregates with liquid droplets. The physical macroscopic models have been derived under incompressible assumptions. The aim of this paper is to provide a 3D model of growing spheroids, which is more relevant regarding embryo cell aggregates or tumor cell spheroids. METHODS: We extend the past approach to a compressible 3D framework in order to account for the tumor spheroid growth...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774653/matrix-glycoprotein-interactions-required-for-budding-of-a-plant-nucleorhabdovirus-and-induction-of-inner-nuclear-membrane-invagination
#17
Kai Sun, Xin Zhou, Wenye Lin, Xueping Zhou, Andrew O Jackson, Zhenghe Li
Nucleorhabdoviruses such as Sonchus yellow net virus (SYNV) replicate in the nuclei and undergo morphogenesis at the inner nuclear membrane (IM) in plant cells. Mature particles are presumed to form by budding of the Matrix (M) protein-nucleocapsid complexes through host IMs to acquire host phospholipids and the surface glycoproteins (G). To address mechanisms underlying nucleorhabdovirus budding, we generated recombinant SYNV G mutants containing a truncated amino-terminal (NT) or carboxyl-terminal (CT) domain...
May 18, 2018: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774349/role-of-arsenic-3-oxidation-state-methyltransferase-in-arsenic-mediated-apl-treatment-an-in-vitro-investigation
#18
Yasen Maimaitiyiming, Chao Wang, Shi Xu, Khairul Islam, Ye Jia Chen, Chang Yang, Qian Qian Wang, Hua Naranmandura
Arsenic (+3 oxidation state) methyltransferase (AS3MT) is a key enzyme responsible for arsenic metabolism in humans, which facilitates conversion of arsenic trioxide (As2O3) to more reactive metabolites such as monomethylarsonous acid (MMAIII) and dimethylarsinous acid (DMAIII). However, it is unclear whether the biotransformation of arsenic by AS3MT contributes to the promotion of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) therapy. In order to understand the probable role of AS3MT in APL patients, we evaluated the effects of arsenite (iAsIII) and three mixed arsenicals (i...
May 18, 2018: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774127/paf1-complex-interactions-with-setdb1-mediate-promoter-h3k9-methylation-and-transcriptional-repression-of-hoxa9-and-meis1-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#19
James Ropa, Nirmalya Saha, Zhiling Chen, Justin Serio, Wei Chen, Dattatreya Mellacheruvu, Lili Zhao, Venkatesha Basrur, Alexey I Nesvizhskii, Andrew G Muntean
The Polymerase Associated Factor 1 complex (PAF1c) is an epigenetic co-modifying complex that directly contacts RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) and several epigenetic regulating proteins. Mutations, overexpression and loss of expression of subunits of the PAF1c are observed in various forms of cancer suggesting proper regulation is needed for cellular development. However, the biochemical interactions with the PAF1c that allow dynamic gene regulation are unclear. We and others have shown that the PAF1c makes a direct interaction with MLL fusion proteins, which are potent oncogenic drivers of acute myeloid leukemia (AML)...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774126/autophagy-deficient-breast-cancer-shows-early-tumor-recurrence-and-escape-from-dormancy
#20
Hussein F Aqbi, Liliya Tyutyunyk-Massey, Rebecca C Keim, Savannah E Butler, Theresa Thekkudan, Supriya Joshi, Timothy M Smith, Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Michael O Idowu, Harry D Bear, Kyle K Payne, David A Gewirtz, Masoud H Manjili
Breast cancer patients who initially respond to cancer therapies often succumb to distant recurrence of the disease. It is not clear why people with the same type of breast cancer respond to treatments differently; some escape from dormancy and relapse earlier than others. In addition, some tumor clones respond to immunotherapy while others do not. We investigated how autophagy plays a role in accelerating or delaying recurrence of neu-overexpressing mouse mammary carcinoma (MMC) following adriamycin (ADR) treatment, and in affecting response to immunotherapy...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
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