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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437703/antiviral-treatment-strategies-based-on-gene-silencing-and-genome-editing
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REVIEW
Roger Badia, Ester Ballana, José A Esté, Eva Riveira-Muñoz
The ability of some viruses to establish latently infected chronic reservoirs that escape to immune control becomes a major roadblock that impedes the cure of these infections. Therefore, new alternatives are needed to pursuit the eradication of viral persistent infections. Gene silencing technologies are in constant evolution and provide an outstanding sequence specificity that allows targeting any coding sequence of interest. Here we provide an overview of the development of gene silencing technologies ranging from initially RNA interference to the recently developed CRISPR/Cas9 and their potential as new antiviral strategies focusing on the eradication of HIV...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435396/lentivirus-mediated-knockdown-of-p27rf-rho-inhibits-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-growth
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Shuli Xie, Guangyi Wang, Guofu Chen, Mingguang Zhu, Guoyue Lv
AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate the effects of P27RF-Rho on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell growth and explore the possibility of using it as a novel therapeutic target for liver cancer treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: P27RF-Rho in HCC cells was silenced by lentivirus-mediated RNA interference, and the silencing effect was verified by RT-PCR. Cell proliferation was determined by MTT and clone formation assay. Cell cycle phase and apoptosis were detected through FACS...
2017: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435030/the-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-glslt2-regulates-fungal-growth-fruiting-body-development-cell-wall-integrity-oxidative-stress-and-ganoderic-acid-biosynthesis-in-ganoderma-lucidum
#3
Guang Zhang, Zehua Sun, Ang Ren, Liang Shi, Dengke Shi, Xiongbiao Li, Mingwen Zhao
The mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) are crucial signaling instruments in eukaryotes that play key roles in regulating fungal growth, development, and secondary metabolism and in adapting to the environment. In this study, we characterized an Slt2-type MAPK in Ganoderma lucidum, GlSlt2, which was transcriptionally induced during the primordium and fruiting body stages. RNA interference was used to examine the function of GlSlt2. Knockdown of GlSlt2 caused defects in growth and increased hyphal branching as well as hypersensitivity to cell wall-disturbing substances...
April 18, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434803/genetic-dissection-of-the-planarian-reproductive-system-through-characterization-of-schmidtea-mediterranea-cpeb-homologs
#4
Labib Rouhana, Junichi Tasaki, Amir Saberi, Phillip A Newmark
Cytoplasmic polyadenylation is a mechanism of mRNA regulation prevalent in metazoan germ cells; it is largely dependent on Cytoplasmic Polyadenylation Element Binding proteins (CPEBs). Two CPEB homologs were identified in the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea. Smed-CPEB1 is expressed in ovaries and yolk glands of sexually mature planarians, and required for oocyte and yolk gland development. In contrast, Smed-CPEB2 is expressed in the testes and the central nervous system; its function is required for spermatogenesis as well as non-autonomously for development of ovaries and accessory reproductive organs...
April 20, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434229/the-cell-cycle-dependent-kinase-cdk9-is-a-post-exposure-drug-target-against-human-adenoviruses
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Vibhu Prasad, Maarit Suomalainen, Silvio Hemmi, Urs F Greber
Human adenoviruses (HAdVs) infect respiratory, gastrointestinal and urinary tracts, and give rise to eye infections and epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC). They persist in lymphoid tissue, and cause morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised people. Treatments with significant post-exposure efficacy are not available. Here, we report that inhibition of the cell cycle-dependent kinase 9 (Cdk9) by RNA-interference, or the compound Flavopiridol blocked infections with HAdV-C2/5, EKC-causing HAdV-D8/37, and progeny formation in human corneal epithelial and cancer cells...
April 24, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
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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REVIEW
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
#7
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/28432834/molecular-control-of-gut-formation-in-the-spider-parasteatoda-tepidariorum
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Natália Martins Feitosa, Matthias Pechmann, Evelyn E Schwager, Vitória Tobias-Santos, Alistair P McGregor, Wim G M Damen, Rodrigo Nunes da Fonseca
The development of a digestive system is an essential feature of bilaterians. Studies of the molecular control of gut formation in arthropods have been studied in detail in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. However, little is known in other arthropods, especially in noninsect arthropods. To better understand the evolution of arthropod alimentary system, we investigate the molecular control of gut development in the spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum (Pt), the primary chelicerate model species for developmental studies...
April 22, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432535/exploring-the-carbamazepine-interaction-with-human-pregnane-x-receptor-and-effect-on-abcc2-using-in-vitro-and-in-silico-approach
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Gurpreet K Grewal, Khuraijam D Singh, Neha Kanojia, Chitra Rawat, Samiksha Kukal, Ajay Jajodia, Anshika Singhal, Richa Misra, Selvaraman Nagamani, Karthikeyan Muthusamy, Ritushree Kukreti
PURPOSE: Over expression of ATP-binding cassette transporters is considered one of the major reasons for non-responsiveness to antiepileptic drugs. Carbamazepine (CBZ), one of first line antiepileptic drug is known to influence ABCC2 expression but its exact molecular mechanism is unknown. METHODS: We investigated the effect of CBZ on expression of ABCC2 and pregnane X receptor (PXR) in HepG2 cell line and compared with hyperforin (agonist of PXR) and ketoconazole (antagonist of PXR) through realtime PCR and western blot assay...
April 21, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432348/white-spot-syndrome-virus-vp28-specific-double-stranded-rna-provides-protection-through-a-highly-focused-sirna-population
#10
Pål Nilsen, Marius Karlsen, Kallaya Sritunyalucksana, Siripong Thitamadee
Several studies have demonstrated that injection of double-stranded RNAs (dsRNA) homologous to mRNA for the white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) viral protein 28 (VP28) can induce protection in shrimp against WSSV through RNA interference (RNAi). In comparison to shrimp injected with either PBS or a green fluorescent protein (GFP) nonspecific dsRNA, we obtained nearly complete protection against WSSV infection in shrimp injected with VP28 dsRNA. Upregulation of host genes associated with small RNA silencing was measured 48 hours post treatment in groups injected with dsRNA, and although the VP28-treated group remained moderately upregulated after challenge with WSSV, many-fold higher induction was observed in both control groups reflecting the ongoing viral infection...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430919/non-coding-rnas-in-cardiovascular-diseases-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-perspectives
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Wolfgang Poller, Stefanie Dimmeler, Stephane Heymans, Tanja Zeller, Jan Haas, Mahir Karakas, David-Manuel Leistner, Philipp Jakob, Shinichi Nakagawa, Stefan Blankenberg, Stefan Engelhardt, Thomas Thum, Christian Weber, Benjamin Meder, Roger Hajjar, Ulf Landmesser
Recent research has demonstrated that the non-coding genome plays a key role in genetic programming and gene regulation during development as well as in health and cardiovascular disease. About 99% of the human genome do not encode proteins, but are transcriptionally active representing a broad spectrum of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) with important regulatory and structural functions. Non-coding RNAs have been identified as critical novel regulators of cardiovascular risk factors and cell functions and are thus important candidates to improve diagnostics and prognosis assessment...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430077/host-pathogen-interactions-modulated-by-small-rnas
#12
Waqar Islam, Zujian Wu, Saif Ul Islam
Biological processes such as defense mechanisms and microbial offence strategies are regulated through RNA induced interference in eukaryotes. Genetic mutations are modulated through biogenesis of small RNAs which directly impacts upon host development. Plant defense mechanisms are regulated and supported by a diversified group of small RNAs which are involved in streamlining several RNA interference pathways leading towards the initiation of pathogen gene silencing mechanisms. In the similar context, pathogens also utilize the support of small RNAs to launch their offensive attacks...
April 21, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429324/photomovement-in-euglena
#13
Donat-P Häder, Mineo Iseki
Motile microorganisms such as the green Euglena gracilis use a number of external stimuli to orient in their environment. They respond to light with photophobic responses, photokinesis and phototaxis, all of which can result in accumulations of the organisms in suitable habitats. The light responses operate synergistically with gravitaxis, aerotaxis and other responses. Originally the microscopically obvious stigma was thought to be the photoreceptor, but later the paraxonemal body (PAB, paraflagellar body) has been identified as the light responsive organelle, located in the trailing flagellum inside the reservoir...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429312/sox11-regulates-the-pro-apoptosis-signal-pathway-and-predicts-a-favorable-prognosis-of-mantle-cell-lymphoma
#14
Wenjuan Yang, Yanying Wang, Zhen Yu, Zengjun Li, Gang An, Wei Liu, Rui Lv, Liping Ma, Shuhua Yi, Lugui Qiu
Sex-determining region Y-box 11 (SOX11) is an important diagnostic marker in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). However, the direct oncogenic mechanisms and downstream effector pathways implicated in SOX11-driven transformation remain poorly understood. In the present study, we analyzed SOX11 expression in B-NHL, and used lentivirus-mediated RNA interference targeting SOX11 to investigate the resulting changes in cellular processes and the underlying mechanisms in MCL cell lines. We found that patients with higher SOX11 expression have superior overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) compared to those with lower SOX11 expression...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428710/cma-down-regulates-p53-expression-through-degradation-of-hmgb1-protein-to-inhibit-irradiation-triggered-apoptosis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#15
Jing-Hua Wu, Jia-Pei Guo, Jun Shi, Hui Wang, Lei-Lei Li, Bin Guo, Dian-Xing Liu, Qing Cao, Zhi-Yong Yuan
AIM: To investigate the mechanism of chaperone-mediated autophagy (CMA)-induced resistance to irradiation-triggered apoptosis through regulation of the p53 protein in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: Firstly, we detected expression of lysosome-associated membrane protein 2a (Lamp-2a), which is the key protein of CMA, by western blot in HepG2 and SMMC7721 cells after irradiation. We further used shRNA Lamp-2a HCC cells to verify the radioresistance induced by CMA...
April 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428090/preparation-and-characterization-of-lipid-nanoparticle-pdna-complexes-for-stat3-downregulation-and-overcoming-chemotherapy-resistance-in-lung-cancer-cells
#16
Mustafa Kotmakçı, Vildan Bozok Çetintaş, A Gülten Kantarcı
Developments in the field of molecular oncology have revealed that resistance to chemotherapeutics is acqured through several mechanisms including overexpression of common oncogenic proteins. Signal Transducer and Activator of Transcription 3 (STAT3) is one of these oncogenes that is overexpressed in many cancer types. RNA interference (RNAi) is proven powerful tool for downregulating STAT3, allowing re-sensitization of resistant cancer cells. However, delivery of RNA interference-mediating molecules for STAT3 downregulation in lung cancer cells is limited to a small number of studies most of which employ commercially available transfection kits...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428061/identification-and-characterization-of-an-interleukin-16-like-gene-from-pacific-white-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei
#17
Qianhui Liang, Jiefu Zheng, Hongliang Zuo, Chaozheng Li, Shengwen Niu, Linwei Yang, Muting Yan, Shao-Ping Weng, Jianguo He, Xiaopeng Xu
Interleukins are a group of cytokines that play essential roles in immune regulation. Almost all interleukin genes are only found in vertebrates. In this study, an interleukin-16-like gene (LvIL-16L) was identified from Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei. LvIL-16L was predicted to encode a precursor (pro-LvIL-16L) with 1378 amino acids, sharing similarities with predicted pro-IL-16-like proteins from insects. The C-terminus of pro-LvIL-16L protein contained two PDZ domains homologous to the mature IL-16 cytokine of vertebrates...
April 17, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428007/identification-and-characterization-of-two-rna-silencing-suppressors-encoded-by-ophioviruses
#18
Gabriel Robles Luna, Carina A Reyes, Eduardo J Peña, Eliana Ocolotobiche, Cecilia Baeza, Maria Belén Borniego, Richard Kormelink, María Laura García
Citrus psorosis virus and Mirafiori lettuce big-vein virus are two members of the genus Ophiovirus, family Ophioviridae. So far, how these viruses can interfere in the antiviral RNA silencing pathway is not known. In this study, using a local GFP silencing assay on Nicotiana benthamiana, the 24K-25K and the movement protein (MP) of both viruses were identified as RNA silencing suppressor proteins. Upon their co-expression with GFP in N. benthamiana 16c plants, the proteins also showed to suppress systemic RNA (GFP) silencing...
April 17, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427939/nrage-induces-%C3%AE-catenin-arm-o-glcnacylation-and-negatively-regulates-wnt-signaling
#19
Yuxin Chen, Lei Jin, Bin Xue, Dong Jin, Fenyong Sun, Chuanjun Wen
The Wnt pathway is crucial for animal development, as well as tumor formation. Understanding the regulation of Wnt signaling will help to elucidate the mechanism of the cell cycle, cell differentiation and tumorigenesis. It is generally accepted that in response to Wnt signals, β-catenin accumulates in the cytoplasm and is imported into the nucleus where it recruits LEF/TCF transcription factors to activate the expression of target genes. In this study, we report that human NRAGE, a neurotrophin receptor p75 (p75NTR) binding protein, markedly suppresses the expression of genes activated by the Wnt pathway...
April 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426713/metallothioneins-regulate-the-adipogenic-differentiation-of-3t3-l1-cells-via-the-insulin-signaling-pathway
#20
Yoshito Kadota, Yuriko Toriuchi, Yuka Aki, Yuto Mizuno, Takashige Kawakami, Tomoko Nakaya, Masao Sato, Shinya Suzuki
Knockout of metallothionein (MT) genes contributes to a heavier body weight in early life and the potential to become obese through the intake of a high fat diet (HFD) in mice. It has thus been suggested that MT genes regulate the formation of adipose tissue, which would become the base for later HFD-induced obesity. We evaluated the fat pads of mice during the lactation stage. The fat mass and adipocyte size of MT1 and MT2 knockout mice were greater than those of wild type mice. Next, we assayed the ability of small interfering RNA (siRNA) to silence MT genes in the 3T3-L1 cell line...
2017: PloS One
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