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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823056/exploiting-non-canonical-translation-to-identify-new-targets-for-t-cell-based-cancer-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Céline M Laumont, Claude Perreault
Cryptic MHC I-associated peptides (MAPs) are produced via two mechanisms: translation of protein-coding genes in non-canonical reading frames and translation of allegedly non-coding sequences. In general, cryptic MAPs are coded by relatively short open reading frames whose translation can be regulated at the level of initiation, elongation or termination. In contrast to conventional MAPs, the processing of cryptic MAPs is frequently proteasome independent. The existence of cryptic MAPs derived from allegedly non-coding regions enlarges the scope of CD8 T cell immunosurveillance from a mere ~2% to as much as ~75% of the human genome...
August 19, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823025/nanomedicine-associated-with-photodynamic-therapy-for-glioblastoma-treatment
#2
REVIEW
Leonardo B de Paula, Fernando L Primo, Antonio C Tedesco
Glioblastoma, also known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is the most recurrent and malignant astrocytic glioma found in adults. Biologically, GBMs are highly aggressive tumors that often show diffuse infiltration of the brain parenchyma, making complete surgical resection difficult. GBM is not curable with surgery alone because tumor cells typically invade the surrounding brain, rendering complete resection unsafe. Consequently, present-day therapy for malignant glioma remains a great challenge. The location of the invasive tumor cells presents several barriers to therapeutic delivery...
August 19, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822984/tbk1-mutations-in-italian-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-genetic-and-functional-characterisation
#3
Laura Pozzi, Fabiola Valenza, Lorena Mosca, Andrea Dal Mas, Teuta Domi, Alessandro Romano, Claudia Tarlarini, Yuri Matteo Falzone, Lucio Tremolizzo, Gianni Sorarù, Federica Cerri, Pilar M Ferraro, Silvia Basaia, Federica Agosta, Raffaella Fazio, Mauro Comola, Giancarlo Comi, Maurizio Ferrari, Angelo Quattrini, Christian Lunetta, Silvana Penco, Dario Bonanomi, Paola Carrera, Nilo Riva
BACKGROUND: TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) gene has been recently identified as a causative gene of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: We sequenced the TBK1 gene in a cohort of 154 Italian patients with ALS with unclear genetic aetiology. We subsequently assessed the pathogenic potential of novel identified TBK1 variants using functional in vitro studies: expression, targeting and activity were evaluated in patient-derived fibroblasts and in cells transfected with mutated-TBK1 plasmids...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822858/comparison-of-genome-engineering-using-the-crispr-cas9-system-in-c-glabrata-wild-type-and-lig4-strains
#4
Yuke Cen, Bea Timmermans, Ben Souffriau, Johan M Thevelein, Patrick Van Dijck
Candida glabrata is reported as the second most prevalent human opportunistic fungal pathogen in North America and is threatening patients all over the world. Its incidence is rising, while it has developed resistance to the most widely used antifungal drugs, necessitating new approaches based on better insight into the biology of the organism. Despite its close phylogenetic relationship with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, generating precise genomic alterations in this species is problematic. Previously we have shown that deletion of LIG4, which encodes an enzyme involved in Non-Homologous End Joining (NHEJ), strongly enhances the probability of obtaining correctly modified transformants...
August 16, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822827/host-genes-regulate-transcription-of-sperm-introduced-hepatitis-b-virus-genes-in-embryo
#5
Ying Zhong, Dong-Ling Liu, Mohamed Morsi M Ahmed, Peng-Hao Li, Xiao-Ling Zhou, Qing-Dong Xie, Xiao-Qing Xu, Ting-Ting Han, Zhi-Wei Hou, Chen-Yao Zhong, Ji-Hua Huang, Fei Zeng, Tian-Hua Huang
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) can invade the male germline, and sperm-introduced HBV genes could be transcribed in embryo. This study was to explore whether viral gene transcription is regulated by host genes. Embryos were produced by in vitro fertilization of hamster oocytes with human sperm containing the HBV genome. Total RNA extracted from test and control embryos were subjected to SMART-PCR, SSH, microarray hybridization, sequencing and BLAST analysis. Twenty-nine sequences showing significant identity to five human gene families were identified, with CSH2, EIF4G2, PCBD2, PSG4 and TTN selected to represent target genes...
August 16, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822783/the-expression-induction-and-pharmacological-activity-of-cyp1a2-are-post-transcriptionally-regulated-by-microrna-hsa-mir-132-5p
#6
Yinting Chen, Linjuan Zeng, Yong Wang, William H Tolleson, Bridgett Knox, Si Chen, Zhen Ren, Lei Guo, Nan Mei, Feng Qian, Kaihong Huang, David Liu, Weida Tong, Dianke Yu, Baitang Ning
Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) is one of the most abundant and important drug metabolizing enzymes in human liver. However, little is known about the post-transcriptional regulation of CYP1A2, especially the mechanisms involving microRNAs (miRNAs). This study applied a systematic approach to investigate the post-transcriptional regulation of CYP1A2 by miRNAs. Candidate miRNAs targeting the 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) of CYP1A2 were screened in silico, resulting in the selection of sixty-two potential miRNAs for further analysis...
August 16, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822774/effects-of-neuropeptides-and-sex-steroids-on-the-pituitary-gonadal-axis-of-pre-pubertal-f1-wreckfish-h%C3%A4-puku-polyprion-oxygeneios-in-vivo-evidence-of-inhibitory-effects-of-androgens
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Matthew J Wylie, Alvin N Setiawan, Glen W Irvine, Jane E Symonds, Abigail Elizur, P Mark Lokman
The ability to advance puberty in broodstock that have a long generation interval and mature at large size is a highly valuable tool in contemporary aquaculture enterprise. Juvenile male and female wreckfish 'hāpuku' (Polyprion oxygeneios), a candidate for commercialization in aquaculture, were subjected to treatment for 8 weeks with two implants, one containing steroid (blank; estradiol-17β, E2; 11-ketotestosterone, KT; 17 α -methyltestosterone, MT), the other peptide (blank; gonadotropin-releasing hormone analog, GnRHa; kisspeptin, Kiss2-12)...
August 16, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822769/somatic-mutation-analysis-in-melanoma-using-targeted-next-generation-sequencing
#8
Allen P Miraflor, Francine B de Abreu, Jason D Peterson, Scott A Turner, Christopher I Amos, Gregory J Tsongalis, Shaofeng Yan
Advanced stage malignant melanoma often responds poorly to therapy with low survival rates. New therapeutic approaches are based upon a growing understanding of the underlying molecular abnormalities. We demonstrate the feasibility of a next generation sequencing (NGS) assay, which targets hotspots in 50 cancer genes, to assess genotypes that may influence therapeutic selection and response. DNA was extracted from formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) melanoma specimens to create multiplexed libraries which were sequenced...
August 16, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822748/systematical-exploration-of-transcription-factors-in-cardiomyocytes-against-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-oxidative-stress-by-danhong-injection
#9
Jingjing Zhang, Feifei Guo, Junying Wei, Minghua Xian, Shihuan Tang, Ye Zhao, Mingwei Liu, Lei Song, Ya Geng, Hongjun Yang, Chen Ding, Luqi Huang
Oxidative stress plays a vital role in many pathological processes of the cardiovascular diseases. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear, especially on a transcription factor (TF) level. In this study, a new method, concatenated tandem array of consensus transcription factor response elements (catTFREs), and an Illumina-based RNA-seq technology were integrated and then combined with a network pharmacology strategy to systematically investigate the role of TFs in hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced oxidative stress in cardiomyocytes; the damage was then rescued by Danhong injection (DHI), a Chinese standardized product approved for cardiovascular diseases treatment...
August 16, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822689/cholesterol-lowering-gene-therapy-counteracts-the-development-of-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-in-mice
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Ilayaraja Muthuramu, Ruhul Amin, Andrey Postnov, Mudit Mishra, Joseph Pierre Aboumsallem, Tom Dresselaers, Uwe Himmelreich, Paul P Van Veldhoven, Olivier Gheysens, Frank Jacobs, Bart De Geest
A causal role of hypercholesterolemia in non-ischemic heart failure has never been demonstrated. Adeno-associated viral serotype 8 (AAV8)-low-density lipoprotein receptor (AAV8-LDLr) gene transfer was performed in LDLr-deficient mice without and with pressure overload induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC). AAV8-LDLr gene therapy resulted in an 82.8% (p < 0.0001) reduction of plasma cholesterol compared with controls. Mortality rate was lower (p < 0.05) in AAV8-LDLr TAC mice compared with control TAC mice (hazard ratio for mortality 0...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822642/a-suicidal-strain-of-listeria-monocytogenes-is-effective-as-a-dna-vaccine-delivery-system-for-oral-administration
#11
Shubhra Sinha, Cheng-Yi Kuo, Joan K Ho, Paul J White, Jalal A Jazayeri, Colin W Pouton
In this study we determined the in vivo activity of model ovalbumin vaccines delivered by direct intramuscular delivery of plasmid DNA or oral delivery using a recombinant suicidal Listeria monocytogenes strain (rsΔ2). In a previous report we described how rsΔ2 is capable of delivering luciferase, as protein or DNA, in vitro, into non-dividing intestinal epithelial cells (Kuo et al., 2009). This is achieved by engineering a dual expression shuttle vector, pDuLX-Luc, that replicates in E. coli and rsΔ2 and drives gene expression from the Listeria promoter (Phly) as well as the eukaryotic cytomegalovirus promoter (CMV), thereby delivering both protein and plasmid DNA to the cell cytoplasm...
August 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822598/next-generation-insect-resistant-plants-rnai-mediated-crop-protection
#12
REVIEW
Jiang Zhang, Sher Afzal Khan, David G Heckel, Ralph Bock
Plant-mediated RNA interference (RNAi) shows great potential in crop protection. It relies on plants stably expressing double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) that target essential genes in pest insects. Practical application of this strategy is challenging because producing sufficient amounts of stable dsRNA in plants has proven to be difficult to achieve with conventional transgenesis. In addition, many insects do not respond to exogenously applied dsRNAs, either degrading them or failing to import them into the cytoplasm...
May 20, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822479/next-generation-insect-resistant-plants-rnai-mediated-crop-protection
#13
REVIEW
Jiang Zhang, Sher Afzal Khan, David G Heckel, Ralph Bock
Plant-mediated RNA interference (RNAi) shows great potential in crop protection. It relies on plants stably expressing double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) that target essential genes in pest insects. Practical application of this strategy is challenging because producing sufficient amounts of stable dsRNA in plants has proven to be difficult to achieve with conventional transgenesis. In addition, many insects do not respond to exogenously applied dsRNAs, either degrading them or failing to import them into the cytoplasm...
September 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822440/-analysis-of-variants-in-complement-genes-in-han-chinese-children-with-atypical-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome
#14
C L Yi, F Zhao, H Z Qiu, L M Wang, J Huang, X J Nie, Z H Yu
Objective: To investigate the prevalence and characteristics of pathogenic variants in complement genes in Han Chinese children with atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS). Method: Eleven Han Chinese children with aHUS, including 9 boys and 2 girls aged between 1 year and 4 months and 13 years, were investigated in Department of Pediatrics, Fuzhou General Hospital, from November 1998 to February 2014. Analysis of variants of all the exons of 10 complement genes (CFH, MCP, CFI, C3, CFB, CFHR1, CFHR2, CFHR3, CFHR4 and CFHR5), including 25 bases from 3' end and 25 bases from 5' end, was performed in the 11 cases by targeted sequence capture and next generation sequencing...
August 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822335/specificity-protein-1-modulated-superoxide-dismutase-2-enhances-temozolomide-resistance-in-glioblastoma-which-is-independent-of-o-6-methylguanine-dna-methyltransferase
#15
Kwang-Yu Chang, Tsung-I Hsu, Che-Chia Hsu, Shan-Yin Tsai, Jr-Jiun Liu, Shao-Wen Chou, Ming-Sheng Liu, Jing-Ping Liou, Chiung-Yuan Ko, Kai-Yun Chen, Jan-Jong Hung, Wen-Chang Chang, Cheng-Keng Chuang, Tzu-Jen Kao, Jian-Ying Chuang
Acquisition of temozolomide (TMZ) resistance is a major factor leading to the failure of glioblastoma (GBM) treatment. The exact mechanism by which GBM evades TMZ toxicity is not always related to the expression of the DNA repair enzyme O(6)-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), and so remains unclear. In this study, TMZ-resistant variants derived from MGMT-negative GBM clinical samples and cell lines were studied, revealing there to be increased specificity protein 1 (Sp1) expression associated with reduced reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation following TMZ treatment...
August 12, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822237/beyond-genomics-targeting-the-epigenome-in-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma
#16
REVIEW
Andrea Kühnl, David Cunningham, Ian Chau
After decades of intense research on genetic alterations in cancer and successful implementation of genetically-based targeted therapies, the field of cancer epigenetics is only beginning to be fully recognized. The discovery of frequent mutations in genes modifying the epigenome in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) has highlighted the outstanding role of epigenetic deregulation in this disease. Identification of epigenetically-driven DLBCL subgroups and development of novel epigenetic drugs have rapidly advanced...
August 9, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822229/vasculogenesis-and-angiogenesis-initiation-under-normoxic-conditions-through-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-gliomas
#17
Alexandre Vallée, Rémy Guillevin, Jean-Noël Vallée
The canonical Wnt/β-catenin pathway is up-regulated in gliomas and involved in proliferation, invasion, apoptosis, vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. Nuclear β-catenin accumulation correlates with malignancy. Hypoxia activates hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α by inhibiting HIF-1α prolyl hydroxylation, which promotes glycolytic energy metabolism, vasculogenesis and angiogenesis, whereas HIF-1α is degraded by the HIF prolyl hydroxylase under normoxic conditions. We focus this review on the links between the activated Wnt/β-catenin pathway and the mechanisms underlying vasculogenesis and angiogenesis through HIF-1α under normoxic conditions in gliomas...
August 19, 2017: Reviews in the Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822173/-breakthrough-in-key-science-and-technologies-in-dendrobium-catenatum-industry
#18
Ji-Ping Si, Qi Wang, Zhong-Jian Liu, Jing-Jing Liu, Yi-Bo Luo
In view of the significant difficulties of propagation, planting and simple product in Dendrobium catenatum(D. officinale)industry development, a series of research were carried out. Genome study showed that D. catenatum is a specie of diploid with 38 chromosomes and 28 910 protein-coding genes. It was identified that specific genes accumulated in different organs at the transcriptome level. We got an insight into the gene regulation mechanism of the loss of the endospermous seed, the wide ecological adaptability and the synthesis of polysaccharides, which provided a theoretical basis for genetic engineering breeding and development and utilization of active pharmaceutical ingredients...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822161/-synergistic-mechanism-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-based-on-target-combination-of-pept1-and-ppar%C3%AE
#19
Lian-Sheng Qiao, Yan-Kun Chen, Gang-Gang Luo, Fang Lu, Si-Jia Liu, Gong-Yu Li, Yan-Ling Zhang
Synergistic effect is main pharmacological mechanism of traditional Chinese medicine(TCM). The research method based on the key targets combination is an important method to explore the synergistic effect of TCM. Peptide transporter 1 (PepT1) is an essential target for drug uptake into the bloodstream, accounting for about 50% of the total transporter protein content from the small intestine. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α(PPARα) is the lipid-lowering target of fibrates, which have a good hypolipidemic effect by activating PPARα...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822129/targeted-isolation-and-characterization-of-t-dna-mutants-defective-in-photorespiration
#20
Stefan Timm, Katharina Modde, Hermann Bauwe
Transfer DNA (T-DNA) insertional lines have facilitated reverse genetic approaches in plant science and considerably accelerated the functional characterization of genes. Typically, online databases of mutant collections are searched for suitable mutant alleles of the gene of interest (GOI). Before such lines can be characterized physiologically, the genotype of the respective mutant has to be verified followed by the quantitative examination of downstream effects on the levels of the respective mRNA and the encoded protein...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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