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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328977/jmjd3-aids-in-reprogramming-of-bone-marrow-progenitor-cells-to-hepatic-phenotype-through-epigenetic-activation-of-hepatic-transcription-factors
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Veena Kochat, Zaffar Equbal, Prakash Baligar, Vikash Kumar, Madhulika Srivastava, Asok Mukhopadhyay
The strictly regulated unidirectional differentiation program in some somatic stem/progenitor cells has been found to be modified in the ectopic site (tissue) undergoing regeneration. In these cases, the lineage barrier is crossed by either heterotypic cell fusion or direct differentiation. Though studies have shown the role of coordinated genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in cellular development and differentiation, how the lineage fate of adult bone marrow progenitor cells (BMPCs) is reprogrammed during liver regeneration and whether this lineage switch is stably maintained are not clearly understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328316/a-high-throughput-screening-assay-using-a-photoconvertable-protein-for-identifying-inhibitors-of-transcription-translation-or-proteasomal-degradation
#2
David K Heidary, Ashley Fox, Chris I Richards, Edith C Glazer
Dysregulated transcription, translation, and protein degradation are common features of cancer cells, regardless of specific genetic profiles. Several clinical anticancer agents take advantage of this characteristic vulnerability and interfere with the processes of transcription and translation or inhibit protein degradation. However, traditional assays that follow the process of protein production and removal require multistep processing and are not easily amenable to high-throughput screening. The use of recombinant fluorescent proteins provides a convenient solution to this problem, and moreover, photoconvertable fluorescent proteins allow for ratiometric detection of both new protein production and removal of existing proteins...
April 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327131/transcriptome-analysis-of-pancreatic-cells-across-distant-species-highlights-novel-important-regulator-genes
#3
Estefania Tarifeño-Saldivia, Arnaud Lavergne, Alice Bernard, Keerthana Padamata, David Bergemann, Marianne L Voz, Isabelle Manfroid, Bernard Peers
BACKGROUND: Defining the transcriptome and the genetic pathways of pancreatic cells is of great interest for elucidating the molecular attributes of pancreas disorders such as diabetes and cancer. As the function of the different pancreatic cell types has been maintained during vertebrate evolution, the comparison of their transcriptomes across distant vertebrate species is a means to pinpoint genes under strong evolutionary constraints due to their crucial function, which have therefore preserved their selective expression in these pancreatic cell types...
March 21, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326082/neonatal-group-b-streptococcal-disease-in-otherwise-healthy-infants-failure-of-specific-neonatal-immune-responses
#4
Alessandro Borghesi, Mauro Stronati, Jacques Fellay
Only a small proportion of newborn infants exposed to a pathogenic microorganism develop overt infection. Susceptibility to infection in preterm infants and infants with known comorbidities has a likely multifactorial origin and can be often attributed to the concurrence of iatrogenic factors, environmental determinants, underlying pathogenic processes, and probably genetic predisposition. Conversely, infection occurring in otherwise healthy full-term newborn infants is unexplained in most cases. Microbial virulence factors and the unique characteristics of the neonatal immune system only partially account for the interindividual variability in the neonatal immune responses to pathogens...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320884/replication-restart-in-bacteria
#5
Bénédicte Michel, Steven J Sandler
In bacteria replication forks assembled at a replication origin travel to the terminus, often a few megabases away. They may encounter obstacles that trigger replisome disassembly, rendering replication restart from abandoned forks crucial for cell viability. During the past 25 years the genes that encode replication restart proteins have been identified and genetically characterized. In parallel, the enzymes were purified and analyzed in vitro, where they can catalyze replication initiation in a sequence-independent manner from fork-like DNA structures...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319697/genetic-variants-of-the-kynurenine-3-monooxygenase-and-postpartum-depressive-symptoms-after-cesarean-section-in-chinese-women
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Sai-Ying Wang, Kai-Ming Duan, Xiao-Fang Tan, Ji-Ye Yin, Xiao-Yuan Mao, Wei Zheng, Chun-Yan Wang, Mi Yang, Cheng Peng, Hong-Hao Zhou, Zhao-Qian Liu
BACKGROUND: New conceptualizations of depression have emphasized the role of the kynurenine pathway (KP) in the pathogenesis of postpartum depressive symptoms (PDS). Kynurenine 3-monooxygenase (KMO) is a rate-limiting enzyme of the KP, where it catalyzes the conversion of kynurenine (KYN) to 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-HK). Previous work indicates that KMO is closely linked to the pathophysiology of depressive disorders. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether variations in the KMO gene affect PDS development after cesarean section...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319062/ctcf-genetic-alterations-in-endometrial-carcinoma-are-pro-tumorigenic
#7
A D Marshall, C G Bailey, K Champ, M Vellozzi, P O'Young, C Metierre, Y Feng, A Thoeng, A M Richards, U Schmitz, M Biro, R Jayasinghe, L Ding, L Anderson, E R Mardis, J E J Rasko
CTCF is a haploinsufficient tumour suppressor gene with diverse normal functions in genome structure and gene regulation. However the mechanism by which CTCF haploinsufficiency contributes to cancer development is not well understood. CTCF is frequently mutated in endometrial cancer. Here we show that most CTCF mutations effectively result in CTCF haploinsufficiency through nonsense-mediated decay of mutant transcripts, or loss-of-function missense mutation. Conversely, we identified a recurrent CTCF mutation K365T, which alters a DNA binding residue, and acts as a gain-of-function mutation enhancing cell survival...
March 20, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319045/akt-mediated-stabilization-of-histone-methyltransferase-whsc1-promotes-prostate-cancer-metastasis
#8
Ni Li, Wei Xue, Huairui Yuan, Baijun Dong, Yufeng Ding, Yongfeng Liu, Min Jiang, Shan Kan, Tongyu Sun, Jiale Ren, Qiang Pan, Xiang Li, Peiyuan Zhang, Guohong Hu, Yan Wang, Xiaoming Wang, Qintong Li, Jun Qin
Loss of phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) and activation of the PI3K/AKT signaling pathway are hallmarks of prostate cancer (PCa). However, these alterations alone are insufficient for cells to acquire metastatic traits. Here, we have shown that the histone dimethyl transferase WHSC1 critically drives indolent PTEN-null tumors to become metastatic PCa. In a PTEN-null murine PCa model, WHSC1 overexpression in prostate epithelium cooperated with Pten deletion to produce a metastasis-prone tumor. Conversely, genetic ablation of Whsc1 prevented tumor progression in PTEN-null mice...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317242/chemical-screening-identifies-rock-as-a-target-for-recovering-mitochondrial-function-in-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome
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Hyun Tae Kang, Joon Tae Park, Kobong Choi, Hyo Jei Claudia Choi, Chul Won Jung, Gyu Ree Kim, Young-Sam Lee, Sang Chul Park
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) constitutes a genetic disease wherein an aging phenotype manifests in childhood. Recent studies indicate that reactive oxygen species (ROS) play important roles in HGPS phenotype progression. Thus, pharmacological reduction in ROS levels has been proposed as a potentially effective treatment for patient with this disorder. In this study, we performed high-throughput screening to find compounds that could reduce ROS levels in HGPS fibroblasts and identified rho-associated protein kinase (ROCK) inhibitor (Y-27632) as an effective agent...
March 19, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316608/expression-of-16-nitrogenase-proteins-within-the-plant-mitochondrial-matrix
#10
Robert S Allen, Kimberley Tilbrook, Andrew C Warden, Peter C Campbell, Vivien Rolland, Surinder P Singh, Craig C Wood
The industrial production and use of nitrogenous fertilizer involves significant environmental and economic costs. Strategies to reduce fertilizer dependency are required to address the world's increasing demand for sustainable food, fibers, and biofuels. Biological nitrogen fixation, a process unique to diazatrophic bacteria, is catalyzed by the nitrogenase complex, and reconstituting this function in plant cells is an ambitious biotechnological strategy to reduce fertilizer use. Here we establish that the full array of biosynthetic and catalytic nitrogenase (Nif) proteins from the diazotroph Klebsiella pneumoniae can be individually expressed as mitochondrial targeting peptide (MTP)-Nif fusions in Nicotiana benthamiana...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316001/associations-of-polymorphisms-in-the-candidate-genes-for-alzheimer-s-disease-bin1-clu-cr1-and-picalm-with-gestational-diabetes-and-impaired-glucose-tolerance
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Gabriela Vacínová, D Vejražková, P Lukášová, O Lischková, K Dvořáková, R Rusina, I Holmerová, H Vaňková, J Včelák, B Bendlová, M Vaňková
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia, with a prevalence that is rising every year. AD is associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and insulin resistance, and is therefore sometimes called "type 3 diabetes mellitus". The aim of this study was to examine whether the variants of some candidate genes involved in the development of AD, namely BIN1 (rs744373), CLU (rs11136000), CR1 (rs3818361), and PICALM (rs3851179), are related to several disorders of glucose metabolism-gestational diabetes (GDM), T2DM and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT)...
March 18, 2017: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303452/should-genetic-testing-be-offered-for-children-the-perspectives-of-adolescents-and-emerging-adults-in-families-with-li-fraumeni-syndrome
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Melissa A Alderfer, Robert B Lindell, Claire I Viadro, Kristin Zelley, Jessica Valdez, Belinda Mandrell, Carol A Ford, Kim E Nichols
Whether children should be offered genetic testing for cancer risk is much debated but young voices are rarely heard in these conversations. The current study explored perspectives of genetic testing held by adolescents and emerging adults in families with Li Fraumeni syndrome (LFS). Twelve 12- to 25-year-olds in families with LFS completed qualitative interviews for this study. All believed that testing should be offered for children but many qualified this statement saying parental approval would be needed and testing should be optional...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303150/development-of-synebrick-vectors-as-a-synthetic-biology-platform-for-gene-expression-in-synechococcus-elongatus-pcc-7942
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Wook Jin Kim, Sun-Mi Lee, Youngsoon Um, Sang Jun Sim, Han Min Woo
Cyanobacteria are oxygenic photosynthetic prokaryotes that are able to assimilate CO2 using solar energy and water. Metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria has suggested the possibility of direct CO2 conversion to value-added chemicals. However, engineering of cyanobacteria has been limited due to the lack of various genetic tools for expression and control of multiple genes to reconstruct metabolic pathways for biochemicals from CO2. Thus, we developed SyneBrick vectors as a synthetic biology platform for gene expression in Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 as a model cyanobacterium...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297625/genomics-of-hairy-cell-leukemia
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Enrico Tiacci, Valentina Pettirossi, Gianluca Schiavoni, Brunangelo Falini
Hairy cell leukemia (HCL) is a chronic mature B-cell neoplasm with unique clinicopathologic features and an initial exquisite sensitivity to chemotherapy with purine analogs; however, the disease relapses, often repeatedly. The enigmatic pathogenesis of HCL was recently clarified by the discovery of its underlying genetic cause, the BRAF-V600E kinase-activating mutation, which is somatically and clonally present in almost all patients through the entire disease spectrum and clinical course. By aberrantly activating the RAF-MEK-ERK signaling pathway, BRAF-V600E shapes key biologic features of HCL, including its specific expression signature, hairy morphology, and antiapoptotic behavior...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294608/an-engineered-split-tet2-enzyme-for-inducible-epigenetic-remodeling
#15
Minjung Lee, Jia Li, Yi Liang, Guolin Ma, Jixiang Zhang, Lian He, Yuliang Liu, Qian Li, Minyong Li, Deqiang Sun, Yubin Zhou, Yun Huang
The Ten-eleven translocation (TET) family of 5-methylcytosine (5mC) dioxygenases catalyze the conversion of 5mC into 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC) and further oxidized species to promote active DNA demethylation. Here we engineered a split-TET2 enzyme to enable temporal control of 5mC oxidation and subsequent remodeling of epigenetic states in mammalian cells. We further demonstrate the use of this chemically-inducible system to dissect the correlation between DNA hydroxymethylation and chromatin accessibility in the mammalian genome...
March 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292260/ruminant-specific-multiple-duplication-events-of-prdm9-before-speciation
#16
Abinash Padhi, Botong Shen, Jicai Jiang, Yang Zhou, George E Liu, Li Ma
BACKGROUND: Understanding the genetic and evolutionary mechanisms of speciation genes in sexually reproducing organisms would provide important insights into mammalian reproduction and fitness. PRDM9, a widely known speciation gene, has recently gained attention for its important role in meiotic recombination and hybrid incompatibility. Despite the fact that PRDM9 is a key regulator of recombination and plays a dominant role in hybrid incompatibility, little is known about the underlying genetic and evolutionary mechanisms that generated multiple copies of PRDM9 in many metazoan lineages...
March 14, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289280/biochemical-physiological-and-clinical-effects-of-l-methylfolate-in-schizophrenia-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#17
J L Roffman, L J Petruzzi, A S Tanner, H E Brown, H Eryilmaz, N F Ho, M Giegold, N J Silverstein, T Bottiglieri, D S Manoach, J W Smoller, D C Henderson, D C Goff
Folic acid supplementation confers modest benefit in schizophrenia, but its effectiveness is influenced by common genetic variants in the folate pathway that hinder conversion to its active form. We examined physiological and clinical effects of l-methylfolate, the fully reduced and bioactive form of folate, in schizophrenia. In this randomized, double-blind trial, outpatients with schizophrenia (n=55) received l-methylfolate 15 mg or placebo for 12 weeks. Patients were maintained on stable doses of antipsychotic medications...
March 14, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288562/genetic-diversity-and-signatures-of-selection-in-various-goat-breeds-revealed-by-genome-wide-snp-markers
#18
Luiz F Brito, James W Kijas, Ricardo V Ventura, Mehdi Sargolzaei, Laercio R Porto-Neto, Angela Cánovas, Zeny Feng, Mohsen Jafarikia, Flávio S Schenkel
BACKGROUND: The detection of signatures of selection has the potential to elucidate the identities of genes and mutations associated with phenotypic traits important for livestock species. It is also very relevant to investigate the levels of genetic diversity of a population, as genetic diversity represents the raw material essential for breeding and has practical implications for implementation of genomic selection. A total of 1151 animals from nine goat populations selected for different breeding goals and genotyped with the Illumina Goat 50K single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) Beadchip were included in this investigation...
March 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288329/gm-biofortified-crops-potential-effects-on-targeting-the-micronutrient-intake-gap-in-human-populations
#19
REVIEW
Hans De Steur, Saurabh Mehta, Xavier Gellynck, Julia L Finkelstein
Genetic engineering has been successfully applied to increase micronutrient content in staple crops. Nutrition evidence is key to ensure scale-up and successful implementation. Unlike conventional plant breeding efforts, research on the efficacy or effectiveness of GM biofortified crops on nutritional status in human populations is lacking. This review reports on the potential role of GM biofortified crops in closing the micronutrient gap - increasing the dietary intake of micronutrients in human populations...
March 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288179/effect-of-production-quotas-on-economic-and-environmental-values-of-growth-rate-and-feed-efficiency-in-sea-cage-fish-farming
#20
M Besson, I J M de Boer, M Vandeputte, J A M van Arendonk, E Quillet, H Komen, J Aubin
In sea cage fish farming, production quotas aim to constrain the impact of fish farming on the surrounding ecosystem. It is unknown how these quotas affect economic profitability and environmental impact of genetic improvement. We combined bioeconomic modelling with life cycle assessment (LCA) to calculate the economic (EV) and environmental (ENV) values of thermal growth coefficient (TGC) and feed conversion ratio (FCR) of sea bass reared in sea cages, given four types of quota commonly used in Europe: annual production (Qprod), annual feed distributed (Qannual_feed), standing stock (Qstock), and daily feed distributed (Qdaily_feed)...
2017: PloS One
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