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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102430/innate-and-intrinsic-antiviral-immunity-in-drosophila
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Assel Mussabekova, Laurent Daeffler, Jean-Luc Imler
The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has been a valuable model to investigate the genetic mechanisms of innate immunity. Initially focused on the resistance to bacteria and fungi, these studies have been extended to include antiviral immunity over the last decade. Like all living organisms, insects are continually exposed to viruses and have developed efficient defense mechanisms. We review here our current understanding on antiviral host defense in fruit flies. A major antiviral defense in Drosophila is RNA interference, in particular the small interfering (si) RNA pathway...
January 19, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102366/aurora-kinase-a-is-a-biomarker-for-bladder-cancer-detection-and-contributes-to-its-aggressive-behavior
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Aaron Mobley, Shizhen Zhang, Jolanta Bondaruk, Yan Wang, Tadeusz Majewski, Nancy P Caraway, Li Huang, Einav Shoshan, Guermarie Velazquez-Torres, Giovanni Nitti, Sangkyou Lee, June Goo Lee, Enrique Fuentes-Mattei, Daniel Willis, Li Zhang, Charles C Guo, Hui Yao, Keith Baggerly, Yair Lotan, Seth P Lerner, Colin Dinney, David McConkey, Menashe Bar-Eli, Bogdan Czerniak
The effects of AURKA overexpression associated with poor clinical outcomes have been attributed to increased cell cycle progression and the development of genomic instability with aneuploidy. We used RNA interference to examine the effects of AURKA overexpression in human bladder cancer cells. Knockdown had minimal effects on cell proliferation but blocked tumor cell invasion. Whole genome mRNA expression profiling identified nicotinamide N-methyltransferase (NNMT) as a downstream target that was repressed by AURKA...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101904/functional-analysis-of-the-circadian-clock-gene-timeless-in-tribolium-castaneum
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Chengjun Li, Xiaopei Yun, Xiaojuan Yu, Bin Li
Circadian rhythms are endogenous oscillations with a period of about 24 h driven by a circadian clock. So far, the variable oscillators were designed in insects. To explore the circadian clock of Tribolium castaneum, we have cloned the clock gene timeless (Tctimeless). Its open reading frame is 3240 bp in length and consists of 10 exons. Tctimeless is highly expressed in the late pupal stage. Tissue-specific expression analysis in late adult stages revealed high expression of Tctimeless in the head, epidermis, fat body and accessory glands...
January 19, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100566/loss-of-axin1-drives-acquired-resistance-to-wnt-pathway-blockade-in-colorectal-cancer-cells-carrying-rspo3-fusions
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Gabriele Picco, Consalvo Petti, Alessia Centonze, Erica Torchiaro, Giovanni Crisafulli, Luca Novara, Andrea Acquaviva, Alberto Bardelli, Enzo Medico
In colorectal cancer (CRC), WNT pathway activation by genetic rearrangements of RSPO3 is emerging as a promising target. However, its low prevalence severely limits availability of preclinical models for in-depth characterization. Using a pipeline designed to suppress stroma-derived signal, we find that RSPO3 "outlier" expression in CRC samples highlights translocation and fusion transcript expression. Outlier search in 151 CRC cell lines identified VACO6 and SNU1411 cells as carriers of, respectively, a canonical PTPRK(e1)-RSPO3(e2) fusion and a novel PTPRK(e13)-RSPO3(e2) fusion...
January 18, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100484/atf6-knock-down-decreases-apoptosis-arrests-the-s-phase-of-the-cell-cycle-and-increases-steroid-hormone-production-in-mouse-granulosa-cells
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Yongjie Xiong, Huatao Chen, Pengfei Lin, Aihua Wang, Lei Wang, Yaping Jin
Activating transcription factor 6 (ATF6) is an important factor in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress signaling pathway. The aim of this study was to assess the role of ATF6 in mouse granulosa cells with respect to apoptosis, the cell cycle, and steroid hormone production, as well as several key genes related to follicular development, via RNA interference, immunohistochemical staining, real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction, western blotting, flow cytometry, TUNEL assay, and ELISA. Immunohistochemical staining revealed that ATF6 was extensively distributed in the granulosa cells of various ovarian follicles and oocytes in adult female mice...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099879/high-dose-baff-receptor-specific-mab-sirna-conjugate-generates-fas-expressing-b-cells-in-lymph-nodes-and-high-affinity-serum-autoantibody-in-a-myasthenia-mouse-model
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Naazneen Ibtehaj, Karl E Anderson, Ruksana Huda
We investigated potential therapeutic effects of a conjugate of BAFF receptor specific- monoclonal antibody and short interference RNA in a mouse model of myasthenia gravis (EAMG). Whereas high-dose siRNA conjugate resulted in significant accumulation of Fas expressing CD19+/ B220+ cells and concurrent expression of type 1 interferon in lymph nodes, low-dose conjugate did not induce FAS expression but caused marked BAFF receptor deficiency in lymph nodes that was further associated with improved MG symptoms...
January 15, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099521/nuclear-localization-and-cleavage-of-stat6-is-induced-by-kaposi-s-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-for-viral-latency
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Chong Wang, Caixia Zhu, Fang Wei, Shujun Gao, Liming Zhang, Yuhong Li, Yanling Feng, Yin Tong, Jianqing Xu, Bin Wang, Zhenghong Yuan, Erle S Robertson, Qiliang Cai
Emerging evidence implies that STAT6 plays an important role in both the adaptive and innate immune responses to virus infection. Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is an oncogenic γ-herpesvirus agent associated with several human malignancies, including Kaposi's sarcoma (KS) and primary effusion lymphomas (PELs). Previously, we demonstrated that KSHV blocks IL-4-induced STAT6 phosphorylation and retains a basal IL-13/STAT6 constitutive activation for cell survival and proliferation. However, the mechanism by which KSHV regulates STAT6 remains largely unknown...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099250/interleukin-36%C3%AE-induces-inflammatory-mediators-from-human-pancreatic-myofibroblasts-via-a-myd88-dependent-pathway
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Atsushi Nishida, Osamu Inatomi, Takehide Fujimoto, Hirotsugu Imaeda, Masaji Tani, Akira Andoh
OBJECTIVES: Interleukin 36 (IL-36) is a recently described proinflammatory cytokine, characterized by the induction of inflammatory mediators. In the present study, we investigated the biological activity and the signal transduction of IL-36α in human pancreatic myofibroblasts. METHODS: The mRNA and protein expression of inflammatory mediators was evaluated using real-time polymerase chain reaction and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, respectively. The expression of IL-36α and its receptor in the pancreatic tissue was evaluated using immunohistochemical technique...
January 18, 2017: Pancreas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099188/hepatitis-b-incidence-and-prevention-with-antiretroviral-therapy-among-hiv-positive-individuals-in-rakai-uganda
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Emmanuel Seremba, Victor Ssempijja, Sarah Kalibbala, Ronald H Gray, Maria J Wawer, Fred Nalugoda, Corey Casper, Warren T Phipps, Ponsiano Ocama, David Serwadda, David L Thomas, Steven Reynolds
OBJECTIVE: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) may interfere with replication of hepatitis B (HBV) raising the hypothesis that HBV infection might be prevented by ART. We investigated the incidence and risk factors associated with HBV among HIV-infected adults in Rakai, Uganda. METHODS: We screened stored sera from 944 HIV-infected adults enrolled in the Rakai Community Cohort Study between September 2003 and March 2015 for evidence of HBV exposure. Serum from participants who tested anti-HBc negative (497) at baseline were tested over 3-7 consecutive survey rounds for incident HBV...
January 17, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098555/nematophagous-fungus-arthrobotrys-oligospora-mimics-olfactory-cues-of-sex-and-food-to-lure-its-nematode-prey
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Yen-Ping Hsueh, Matthew R Gronquist, Erich M Schwarz, Ravi David Nath, Ching-Han Lee, Shalha Gharib, Frank C Schroeder, Paul W Sternberg
To study the molecular basis for predator-prey coevolution, we investigated how Caenorhabditis elegans responds to the predatory fungus Arthrobotrys oligospora. C. elegans and other nematodes were attracted to volatile compounds produced by A. oligospora. Gas-chromatographic mass-spectral analyses of A. oligospora-derived volatile metabolites identified several odors mimicking food cues attractive to nematodes. One compound, methyl 3-methyl-2-butenoate (MMB) additionally triggered strong sex- and stage-specific attraction in several Caenorhabditis species...
January 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095464/molecular-control-of-innate-immune-response-to-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infection-by-intestinal-let-7-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Lingtong Zhi, Yonglin Yu, Xueying Li, Daoyong Wang, Dayong Wang
The microRNA (miRNA) let-7 is an important miRNA identified in Caenorhabditis elegans and has been shown to be involved in the control of innate immunity. The underlying molecular mechanisms for let-7 regulation of innate immunity remain largely unclear. In this study, we investigated the molecular basis for intestinal let-7 in the regulation of innate immunity. Infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14 decreased let-7::GFP expression. Intestine- or neuron-specific activity of let-7 was required for its function in the regulation of innate immunity...
January 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094937/click-qms-identifies-piwil3-as-a-mechanistic-target-of-rna-interference-activator-enoxacin-in-cancer-cells
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Nathan Abell, Marvin Mercado, Tatiana Cañeque, Raphaël Rodriguez, Blerta Xhemalce
Enoxacin is a small molecule that stimulates RNA interference (RNAi) and acts as a growth inhibitor selectively in cancer but not in untransformed cells. Here, we used alkenox, a clickable enoxacin surrogate, coupled with quantitative Mass Spectrometry, to identify PIWIL3 as a mechanistic target of enoxacin. PIWIL3 is an Argonaut protein of the PIWI subfamily that is mainly expressed in the germline and that mediates RNAi through piRNAs. Our results suggest that cancer cells re-express PIWIL3 to repress RNAi through miRNAs and thus open a new opportunity for cancer specific targeting...
January 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094554/impact-of-phytochemicals-and-dietary-patterns-on-epigenome-and-cancer
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Wissam Zam, Aziz Khadour
Cancer remains one of the leading causes of death around the world. Initially it is recognized as a genetic disease, but now it is known to involve epigenetic abnormalities along with genetic alterations. Epigenetics refers to heritable changes that are not encoded in the DNA sequence itself, but play an important role in the control of gene expression. It includes changes in DNA methylation, histone modifications, and RNA interference. Although it is heritable, environmental factors such as diet could directly influence epigenetic mechanisms in humans...
January 17, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094453/down-regulation-of-a-chitin-synthase-a-gene-by-rna-interference-enhances-pathogenicity-of-beauveria-bassiana-anu1-against-spodoptera-exigua-h%C3%A3-bner
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Jung-Bok Lee, Hyun Soo Kim, Youngjin Park
Chitin synthase (CHS) is an important enzymatic component, which is required for chitin formation in the cuticles and cuticular linings of other tissues in insects. CHSs have been divided into two classes, classes A and B, based on their amino acid sequence similarities and functions. Class A CHS (CHS-A) is specifically expressed in the epidermis and related ectodermal cells such as tracheal cells, while class B CHS (CHS-B) is expressed in gut epithelial cells that produce peritrophic matrices. In this study, we cloned the CHS-A gene from the beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua (SeCHS-A)...
January 17, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093347/a-novel-invasive-related-biomarker-in-three-subtypes-of-non-functioning-pituitary-adenomas
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Yong Chen, Hong-Li Chuan, Sheng-Yuan Yu, Chu-Zhong Li, Zhe-Bao Wu, Gui-Lin Li, Ya-Zhuo Zhang
OBJECTIVES: To identify biomarkers key to invasiveness of the three subtypes of non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs) and provide a guidance for therapeutic decision-making and identification of potential adjuvant drugs. METHODS: Fifty NFPAs tumor tissues obtained from transsphenoidal surgery were used in the study. Three invasive NFPAs and four non-invasive NFPAs were used for gene expression microarray analyses; Additionally, there are five invasive NFPAs and four non-invasive NFPAs used for proteomic analyses...
January 13, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093313/knockdown-of-nuclease-activity-in-the-gut-enhances-rnai-efficiency-in-the-colorado-potato-beetle-leptinotarsa-decemlineata-but-not-in-the-desert-locust-schistocerca-gregaria
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Jornt Spit, Annelies Philips, Niels Wynant, Dulce Santos, Geert Plaetinck, Jozef Vanden Broeck
The responsiveness towards orally delivered dsRNA and the potency of a subsequent environmental RNA interference (RNAi) response strongly differs between different insect species. While some species are very sensitive to dsRNA delivery through the diet, others are not. The underlying reasons for this may vary, but degradation of dsRNA by nucleases in the gut lumen is believed to play a crucial role. The Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata, is a voracious defoliator of potato crops worldwide, and is currently under investigation for novel control methods based on dsRNA treatments...
January 13, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092674/a-targetable-hb-egf-cited4-axis-controls-oncogenesis-in-lung-cancer
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C-H Hsieh, Y-T Chou, M-H Kuo, H-P Tsai, J-L Chang, C-W Wu
Aberrant epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor (EGFR) signaling contributes to neoplastic initiation and progression in lung. Mutated EGFR has become as an important therapeutic target in lung cancer, whereas targeted treatment is not available for wild-type EGFR or its ligands. In this study, we found that heparin-binding (HB)-EGF, a member of the EGF family, was highly expressed in a subset of lung cancer, proliferation of which was dependent on HB-EGF signaling. Silencing of HB-EGF with RNA interference inhibited cell cycle progression in lung cancer cells...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092499/nanoparticles-for-sirna-based-gene-silencing-in-tumor-therapy
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Anish Babu, Ranganayaki Muralidharan, Narsireddy Amreddy, Meghna Mehta, Anupama Munshi, Rajagopal Ramesh
Gene silencing through RNA interference (RNAi) has emerged as a potential strategy in manipulating cancer causing genes by complementary base-pairing mechanism. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) is an important RNAi tool that has found significant application in cancer therapy. However due to lack of stability, poor cellular uptake and high probability of loss-of-function due to degradation, siRNA therapeutic strategies seek safe and efficient delivery vehicles for in vivo applications. The current review discusses various nanoparticle systems currently used for siRNA delivery for cancer therapy, with emphasis on liposome based gene delivery systems...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091965/deformability-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-is-dependent-on-vimentin-intermediate-filaments
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Poonam Sharma, Zachary T Bolten, Diane R Wagner, Adam H Hsieh
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are being studied extensively due to their potential as a therapeutic cell source for many load-bearing tissues. Compression of tissues and the subsequent deformation of cells are just one type physical strain MSCs will need to withstand in vivo. Mechanotransduction by MSCs and their mechanical properties are partially controlled by the cytoskeleton, including vimentin intermediate filaments (IFs). Vimentin IF deficiency has been tied to changes in mechanosensing and mechanical properties of cells in some cell types...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091958/identification-and-anticoagulant-activity-of-a-novel-kunitz-type-protein-ha11-from-the-salivary-gland-of-the-tick-hyalomma-asiaticum
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Houshuang Zhang, Ruiqiong Qiao, Haiyan Gong, Jie Cao, Yongzhi Zhou, Jinlin Zhou
Kunitz/bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor proteins are abundant in the salivary glands of ticks and perform multiple functions in blood feeding, including inhibiting blood coagulation, regulating host blood supply and disrupting host angiogenesis. In this study, we identified a novel gene designated HA11 (Hyalomma asiaticum 11 kDa protein) from the salivary gland of the tick H. asiaticum. HA11 is encoded by a gene with an open reading frame of 306 bp that is translated into a deduced 101 amino acid 11 kDa protein that shares 27% sequence identity with a Kunitz-like protease inhibitor precursor in Amblyomma variegatum...
January 13, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
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