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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786878/dietary-omega-3-fatty-acids-differentially-impact-acute-ethanol-responsive-behaviors-and-ethanol-consumption-in-dba-2j-versus-c57bl-6j-mice
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Jennifer T Wolstenholme, M Scott Bowers, Alexander B Pais, A Christian Pais, Ryan S Poland, Justin L Poklis, Andrew G Davies, Jill C Bettinger
BACKGROUND: Complex interactions between environmental and genetic factors influence the risk for developing alcohol use disorder (AUD) in humans. To date, studies of the impact of environment on AUD risk have primarily focused on psychological characteristics or on the effects of developmental exposure to ethanol. We recently observed that modifying levels of the long-chain ω-3 (LC ω-3) fatty acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), alters acute physiological responses to ethanol in C. elegans...
May 22, 2018: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785035/optimized-delivery-of-sirna-into-3d-tumor-spheroid-cultures-in-situ
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R G Morgan, A C Chambers, D N Legge, S J Coles, A Greenhough, A C Williams
3D tissue culture provides a physiologically relevant and genetically tractable system for studying normal and malignant human tissues. Despite this, gene-silencing studies using siRNA has proved difficult. In this study, we have identified a cause for why traditional siRNA transfection techniques are ineffective in eliciting gene silencing in situ within 3D cultures and proposed a simple method for significantly enhancing siRNA entry into spheroids/organoids. In 2D cell culture, the efficiency of gene silencing is significantly reduced when siRNA complexes are prepared in the presence of serum...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784935/a-causal-mechanism-for-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukaemia
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REVIEW
Mel Greaves
In this Review, I present evidence supporting a multifactorial causation of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), a major subtype of paediatric cancer. ALL evolves in two discrete steps. First, in utero initiation by fusion gene formation or hyperdiploidy generates a covert, pre-leukaemic clone. Second, in a small fraction of these cases, the postnatal acquisition of secondary genetic changes (primarily V(D)J recombination-activating protein (RAG) and activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID)-driven copy number alterations in the case of ETS translocation variant 6 (ETV6)-runt-related transcription factor 1 (RUNX1)+ ALL) drives conversion to overt leukaemia...
May 21, 2018: Nature Reviews. Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782316/from-subjective-cognitive-decline-to-alzheimer-s-disease-the-predictive-role-of-neuropsychological-assessment-personality-traits-and-cognitive-reserve-a-7-year-follow-up-study
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Valentina Bessi, Salvatore Mazzeo, Sonia Padiglioni, Carolina Piccini, Benedetta Nacmias, Sandro Sorbi, Laura Bracco
The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of neuropsychological assessment in predicting conversion from subjective cognitive decline (SCD) and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer's disease (AD) and the effect of personality traits and cognitive reserve in progression from SCD to MCI. As part of a longitudinal, clinical-neuropsychological-genetic survey on SCD and MCI, 284 patients referred to our hospital between 1990 and 2017 were included. All patients underwent clinical-extensive neuropsychological evaluation and Apolipoprotein E genotyping; personality traits were assessed in a subgroup...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780638/molecular-genetics-of-pigment-dispersion-syndrome-and-pigmentary-glaucoma-new-insights-into-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Adrian A Lahola-Chomiak, Michael A Walter
We explore the ideas and advances surrounding the genetic basis of pigment dispersion syndrome (PDS) and pigmentary glaucoma (PG). As PG is the leading cause of nontraumatic blindness in young adults and current tailored interventions have proven ineffective, a better understanding of the underlying causes of PDS, PG, and their relationship is essential. Despite PDS being a subclinical disease, a large proportion of patients progress to PG with associated vision loss. Decades of research have supported a genetic component both for PDS and conversion to PG...
2018: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777385/changes-in-selection-intensity-on-the-mitogenome-of-subterranean-and-fossorial-rodents-respective-to-aboveground-species
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William Corrêa Tavares, Hector N Seuánez
Several rodent lineages independently acquired the ability to dig complex networks of tunnels where fossorial and subterranean species spend part or their whole life, respectively. Their underground lifestyles imposed harsh physiological demands, presumably triggering strong selective pressures on genes involved in energy metabolism like those coding for mitochondrial proteins. Moreover, underground lifestyles must have increased inbreeding and susceptibility to population bottlenecks as well as restricted migration, leading to small effective population size (Ne ) that, in turn, must have reduced the effectiveness of selection...
May 18, 2018: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774427/largely-flat-latitudinal-life-history-clines-in-the-dung-fly-sepsis-fulgens-across-europe-diptera-sepsidae
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Jeannine Roy, Wolf U Blanckenhorn, Patrick T Rohner
Clinal variation in body size and related life history traits is common and has stimulated the postulation of several eco-geographical rules. Whereas some clinal patterns are clearly adaptive, the causes of others remain obscure. We investigated intra-specific body size, development time and female fecundity (egg size and number) clines across 13 European populations of the dung fly Sepsis fulgens spanning 20° latitude from southern Italy to Estonia in a genetic common garden approach. Despite very short generation times (ca...
May 17, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773902/nedd9-promotes-oncogenic-signaling-a-stem-mesenchymal-gene-signature-and-aggressive-ovarian-cancer-growth-in-mice
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Rashid Gabbasov, Fang Xiao, Caitlin G Howe, Laura E Bickel, Shane W O'Brien, Daniel Benrubi, Thuy-Vy Do, Yan Zhou, Emmanuelle Nicolas, Kathy Q Cai, Samuel Litwin, Sachiko Seo, Erica A Golemis, Denise C Connolly
Neural precursor cell expressed, developmentally downregulated 9 (NEDD9) supports oncogenic signaling in a number of solid and hematologic tumors. Little is known about the role of NEDD9 in ovarian carcinoma (OC), but available data suggest elevated mRNA and protein expression in advanced stage high-grade cancers. We used a transgenic MISIIR-TAg mouse OC model combined with genetic ablation of Nedd9 to investigate its action in the development and progression of OC. A Nedd9-/- genotype delayed tumor growth rate, reduced incidence of ascites, and reduced expression and activation of signaling proteins including SRC, STAT3, E-cadherin, and AURKA...
May 18, 2018: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773317/influence-of-the-bioturbator-upogebia-cf-pusilla-on-trace-metal-remobilization-does-parasitism-matter
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Annabelle Dairain, Xavier de Montaudouin, Patrice Gonzalez, Aurélie Ciutat, Magalie Baudrimont, Olivier Maire, Pierre-Yves Gourves, Guillemine Daffe, Alexia Legeay
Marine sediments are an important source of contaminants since they are susceptible to be remobilized to the water column. By modifying the physical and biogeochemical characteristics of sediments, bioturbation can influence contaminants remobilization. Within bioturbators, mud shrimp are considered as among the most influential organisms in marine soft-bottom environments. The physiological state of mud shrimp can be impaired by bopyrid parasites. The present study aims to evaluate the influence of bopyrid-uninfested and bopyrid-infested mud shrimp on sediment contaminants resuspension...
May 8, 2018: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771182/ciliogenesis-is-reciprocally-regulated-by-ppara-and-nr1h4-fxr-through-controlling-autophagy-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Zhi-Qiang Liu, Joon No Lee, Myeongjoo Son, Jae-Young Lim, Raghbendra Kumar Dutta, Yunash Maharjan, SeongAe Kwak, Goo Taeg Oh, Kyunghee Byun, Seong-Kyu Choe, Raekil Park
The primary cilia are evolutionarily conserved microtubule-based cellular organelles that perceive metabolic status and thus link the sensory system to cellular signaling pathways. Therefore, ciliogenesis is thought to be tightly linked to autophagy, which is also regulated by nutrient-sensing transcription factors, such as PPARA (peroxisome proliferator activated receptor alpha) and NR1H4/FXR (nuclear receptor subfamily 1, group H, member 4). However, the relationship between these factors and ciliogenesis has not been clearly demonstrated...
May 17, 2018: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770843/patterns-and-severity-of-vascular-amyloid-in-alzheimer-s-disease-associated-with-duplications-and-missense-mutations-in-app-gene-down-syndrome-and-sporadic-alzheimer-s-disease
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David M A Mann, Yvonne S Davidson, Andrew C Robinson, Nancy Allen, Tadafumi Hashimoto, Anna Richardson, Matthew Jones, Julie S Snowden, Neil Pendleton, Marie-Claude Potier, Annie Laquerrière, Vee Prasher, Takeshi Iwatsubo, Andre Strydom
In this study, we have compared the severity of amyloid plaque formation and cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), and the subtype pattern of CAA pathology itself, between APP genetic causes of AD (APPdup, APP mutations), older individuals with Down syndrome (DS) showing the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and individuals with sporadic (early and late onset) AD (sEOAD and sLOAD, respectively). The aim of this was to elucidate important group differences and to provide mechanistic insights related to clinical and neuropathological phenotypes...
May 16, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769556/optimal-design-of-miniaturized-reflecting-metasurfaces-for-ultra-wideband-and-angularly-stable-polarization-conversion
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Michele Borgese, Filippo Costa, Simone Genovesi, Agostino Monorchio, Giuliano Manara
An ultra-wideband linear polarization converter based on a reflecting metasurface is presented. The polarizer is composed by a periodic arrangement of miniaturized metallic elements printed on a grounded dielectric substrate. In order to achieve broadband polarization converting properties, the metasurface is optimized by employing a genetic algorithm (GA) which imposes the minimization of the amplitude of the co-polar reflection coefficient over a wide frequency band. The enhanced angular stability of the polarization converter is due to the miniaturized unit cell which is obtained by imposing the maximum periodicity of the metasurface in the GA optimization process...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769098/wing-morphometrics-of-aedes-ochlerotatus-albifasciatus-macquart-1838-diptera-culicidae-from-different-climatic-regions-of-argentina
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Maximiliano J Garzón, Nicolás Schweigmann
BACKGROUND: Gene flow restrictions between populations of Aedes albifasciatus, the vector of Western equine encephalitis and Dirophilaria immitis, have been described in the central region of Argentina. Genetic and eco-physiological variations usually result in local forms reflecting the climatic regions. Mosquito wings and their different parts have ecological functions in flight and communication. Therefore, wing shape could be considered an aspect of sexual dimorphism, and its eco-physiological responses can be expressed as morphological changes induced by the environment...
May 16, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768302/pharmacogenomics-in-papua-new-guineans-unique-profiles-and-implications-for-enhancing-drug-efficacy-while-improving-drug-safety
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Joseph D Tucci, Paul P Pumuye, Nuala A Helsby, Daniel T Barratt, Percy P Pokeya, Francis Hombhanje, Andrew A Somogyi
Papua New Guinea (PNG) can be roughly divided into highland, coastal and island peoples with significant mitochondrial DNA differentiation reflecting early and recent distinct migrations from Africa and East Asia, respectively. Infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV severely impact on the health of its peoples for which drug therapy is the major treatment and pharmacogenetics has clinical relevance for many of these drugs. Although there is generally little information about known single nucleotide polymorphisms in the population, in some instances, their frequencies have been shown to be higher than anywhere worldwide...
June 2018: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768211/long-term-persistence-of-exhausted-cd8-t-cells-in-chronic-infection-is-regulated-by-microrna-155
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Erietta Stelekati, Zeyu Chen, Sasikanth Manne, Makoto Kurachi, Mohammed-Alkhatim Ali, Keith Lewy, Zhangying Cai, Kito Nzingha, Laura M McLane, Jennifer L Hope, Adam J Fike, Peter D Katsikis, E John Wherry
Persistent viral infections and tumors drive development of exhausted T (TEX ) cells. In these settings, TEX cells establish an important host-pathogen or host-tumor stalemate. However, TEX cells erode over time, leading to loss of pathogen or cancer containment. We identified microRNA (miR)-155 as a key regulator of sustained TEX cell responses during chronic lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) infection. Genetic deficiency of miR-155 ablated CD8 T cell responses during chronic infection. Conversely, enhanced miR-155 expression promoted expansion and long-term persistence of TEX cells...
May 15, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765380/the-complete-plastome-sequences-of-seven-species-in-gentiana-sect-kudoa-gentianaceae-insights-into-plastid-gene-loss-and-molecular-evolution
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Shan-Shan Sun, Peng-Cheng Fu, Xiao-Jun Zhou, Yan-Wei Cheng, Fa-Qi Zhang, Shi-Long Chen, Qing-Bo Gao
The chloroplast (cp) genome is useful in the study of phylogenomics, molecular dating, and molecular evolution. Gentiana sect. Kudoa is a predominantly alpine flowering plant that is valued for its contributions to medicine, ecology, and horticulture. Previous evolutionary studies showed that the plastid gene loss pattern and intra-sectional phylogenetics in sect. Kudoa are still unclear. In this study, we compared 11 Gentiana plastomes, including 7 newly sequenced plastomes from sect. Kudoa , to represent its three serious: ser...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765047/tip60-mediated-lipin-1-acetylation-and-er-translocation-determine-triacylglycerol-synthesis-rate
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Terytty Yang Li, Lintao Song, Yu Sun, Jingyi Li, Cong Yi, Sin Man Lam, Dijin Xu, Linkang Zhou, Xiaotong Li, Ying Yang, Chen-Song Zhang, Changchuan Xie, Xi Huang, Guanghou Shui, Shu-Yong Lin, Karen Reue, Sheng-Cai Lin
Obesity is characterized by excessive fatty acid conversion to triacylglycerols (TAGs) in adipose tissues. However, how signaling networks sense fatty acids and connect to the stimulation of lipid synthesis remains elusive. Here, we show that homozygous knock-in mice carrying a point mutation at the Ser86 phosphorylation site of acetyltransferase Tip60 (Tip60 SA/SA ) display remarkably reduced body fat mass, and Tip60 SA/SA females fail to nurture pups to adulthood due to severely reduced milk TAGs. Mechanistically, fatty acids stimulate Tip60-dependent acetylation and endoplasmic reticulum translocation of phosphatidic acid phosphatase lipin 1 to generate diacylglycerol for TAG synthesis, which is repressed by deacetylase Sirt1...
May 15, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765016/b-cell-activation-and-plasma-cell-differentiation-are-inhibited-by-de-novo-dna-methylation
#18
Benjamin G Barwick, Christopher D Scharer, Ryan J Martinez, Madeline J Price, Alexander N Wein, Robert R Haines, Alexander P R Bally, Jacob E Kohlmeier, Jeremy M Boss
B cells provide humoral immunity by differentiating into antibody-secreting plasma cells, a process that requires cellular division and is linked to DNA hypomethylation. Conversely, little is known about how de novo deposition of DNA methylation affects B cell fate and function. Here we show that genetic deletion of the de novo DNA methyltransferases Dnmt3a and Dnmt3b (Dnmt3-deficient) in mouse B cells results in normal B cell development and maturation, but increased cell activation and expansion of the germinal center B cell and plasma cell populations upon immunization...
May 15, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764941/a-trypanosome-specific-protein-cooperates-with-the-cif1-protein-to-promote-cytokinesis-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#19
Yasuhiro Kurasawa, Huiqing Hu, Qing Zhou, Ziyin Li
Cytokinesis, the terminal step in cell division, in the protist human pathogen Trypanosoma brucei occurs along the longitudinal axis from the anterior tip of the new flagellum attachment zone (FAZ) towards the posterior cell tip. This process is regulated by a signaling cascade composed of the Polo-like kinase homolog TbPLK, the Aurora B kinase homolog TbAUK1, and the trypanosome-specific CIF1-CIF2 protein complex. However, the regulatory mechanism and the signaling pathway for this unusual mode of cytokinesis remain poorly understood...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764837/il22-promotes-kras-mutant-lung-cancer-by-induction-of-a-pro-tumor-immune-response-and-protection-of-stemness-properties
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Nasim Khosravi, Mauricio S Caetano, Amber M Cumpian, Nese Unver, Cynthia De la Garza Ramos, Oscar Noble, Soudabeh Daliri, Belinda J Hernandez, Berenice A Gutierrez, Scott E Evans, Samir Hanash, Andrei M Alekseev, Yi Yang, Seon Hee Chang, Roza Nurieva, Humam Kadara, Jichao Chen, Edwin J Ostrin, Seyed Javad Moghaddam
Somatic KRAS mutations are the most common oncogenic variants in lung cancer and are associated with poor prognosis. Using a Kras-induced lung cancer mouse model, CC-LR, we previously showed a role for inflammation in lung tumorigenesis through activation of the NF-kB pathway, along with induction of interleukin 6 (IL6) and an IL17-producing CD4+ T-helper cell response. IL22 is an effector molecule secreted by CD4+ and γδ T cells that we previously found to be expressed in CC-LR mice. IL22 mostly signals through the STAT3 pathway and is thought to act exclusively on non-hematopoietic cells with basal IL22 receptor (IL22R) expression on epithelial cells...
May 15, 2018: Cancer Immunology Research
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