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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539049/assembly-of-huntingtin-headpiece-into-%C3%AE-helical-bundles
#1
Beytullah Ozgur, Mehmet Sayar
Protein aggregation is a hallmark of neurodegenerative disorders. In this group of brain-related disorders, a disease-specific "host" protein or fragment misfolds and adopts a metastatic, aggregate-prone conformation. Often, this misfolded conformation is structurally and thermodynamically different from its native state. Intermolecular contacts, which arise in this non-native state, promote aggregation. In this regard, understanding the molecular principles and mechanisms that lead to the formation of such a non-native state and further promote the formation of the critical nucleus for fiber growth is essential...
May 24, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537272/fibril-polymorphism-affects-immobilized-non-amyloid-flanking-domains-of-huntingtin-exon1-rather-than-its-polyglutamine-core
#2
Hsiang-Kai Lin, Jennifer C Boatz, Inge E Krabbendam, Ravindra Kodali, Zhipeng Hou, Ronald Wetzel, Amalia M Dolga, Michelle A Poirier, Patrick C A van der Wel
Polyglutamine expansion in the huntingtin protein is the primary genetic cause of Huntington's disease (HD). Fragments coinciding with mutant huntingtin exon1 aggregate in vivo and induce HD-like pathology in mouse models. The resulting aggregates can have different structures that affect their biochemical behaviour and cytotoxic activity. Here we report our studies of the structure and functional characteristics of multiple mutant htt exon1 fibrils by complementary techniques, including infrared and solid-state NMR spectroscopies...
May 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533744/pin1-modulates-huntingtin-levels-and-aggregate-accumulation-an-in-vitro-model
#3
Alisia Carnemolla, Silvia Michelazzi, Elena Agostoni
Huntington's disease (HD) is a dominantly inherited neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a polyglutamine expansion within the N-terminal region of huntingtin protein (HTT). Cellular mechanisms promoting mutant huntingtin (mHTT) clearance are of great interest in HD pathology as they can lower the level of the mutant protein and its toxic aggregated species, thus affecting disease onset and progression. We have previously shown that the prolyl-isomerase PIN1 represents a promising negative regulator of mHTT aggregate accumulation using a genetically precise HD mouse model, namely Hdh(Q111) mice...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532681/resveratrol-protects-neuronal-like-cells-expressing-mutant-huntingtin-from-dopamine-toxicity-by-rescuing-atg4-mediated-autophagosome-formation
#4
Chiara Vidoni, Eleonora Secomandi, Andrea Castiglioni, Mariarosa A B Melone, Ciro Isidoro
Parkinsonian-like motor deficits in Huntington's Disease (HD) patients are associated with abnormal dopamine neurotransmission in the striatum. Dopamine metabolism leads to the formation of oxidized dopamine quinones that exacerbates mitochondrial dysfunction with production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that eventually lead to neuronal cell death. We have previously shown that dopamine-induced oxidative stress triggers apoptotic cell death in dopaminergic neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells hyper-expressing the mutant polyQ Huntingtin (polyQ-Htt) protein...
May 19, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499347/the-dynamics-of-early-state-transcriptional-changes-and-aggregate-formation-in-a-huntington-s-disease-cell-model
#5
Martijn van Hagen, Diewertje G E Piebes, Wim C de Leeuw, Ilona M Vuist, Willeke M C van Roon-Mom, Perry D Moerland, Pernette J Verschure
BACKGROUND: Huntington's disease (HD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder caused by a CAG expansion in the Huntingtin (HTT) gene. Proteolytic cleavage of mutant huntingtin (Htt) protein with an expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) stretch results in production of Htt fragments that aggregate and induce impaired ubiquitin proteasome, mitochondrial functioning and transcriptional dysregulation. To understand the time-resolved relationship between aggregate formation and transcriptional changes at early disease stages, we performed temporal transcriptome profiling and quantification of aggregate formation in living cells in an inducible HD cell model...
May 12, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497201/huntington-disease-as-a-neurodevelopmental-disorder-and-early-signs-of-the-disease-in-stem-cells
#6
REVIEW
Kalina Wiatr, Wojciech J Szlachcic, Marta Trzeciak, Marek Figlerowicz, Maciej Figiel
Huntington disease (HD) is a dominantly inherited disorder caused by a CAG expansion mutation in the huntingtin (HTT) gene, which results in the HTT protein that contains an expanded polyglutamine tract. The adult form of HD exhibits a late onset of the fully symptomatic phase. However, there is also a long presymptomatic phase, which has been increasingly investigated and recognized as important for the disease development. Moreover, the juvenile form of HD, evoked by a higher number of CAG repeats, resembles a neurodevelopmental disorder and has recently been the focus of additional interest...
May 11, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494017/distinct-cellular-toxicity-of-two-mutant-huntingtin-mrna-variants-due-to-translation-regulation
#7
Haifei Xu, Juan Ji An, Baoji Xu
Huntington's disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disorder caused by CAG repeat expansion within exon1 of the HTT gene. The gene generates two mRNA variants that carry either a short or long 3' untranslated region (3'UTR) while encoding the same protein. It remains unknown whether the two mRNA variants play distinct roles in HD pathogenesis. We found that the long HTT 3'UTR was capable of guiding mRNA to neuronal dendrites, suggesting that some long-form HTT mRNA is transported to dendrites for local protein synthesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475594/development-of-heterotopic-transplantation-of-the-testis-with-the-epididymis-to-evaluate-an-aspect-of-testicular-immunology-in-rats
#8
Kai Yi, Naoyuki Hatayama, Shuichi Hirai, Ning Qu, Shogo Hayashi, Shinichi Kawata, Kenta Nagahori, Munekazu Naito, Masahiro Itoh
Transplantation of testicular cells and tissues has been studied for the investigation of immunology of the testis, which is an immunologically privileged organ. However, reports of transplant of the testis at organ level have been extremely limited because of technical difficulties of the orthotopic testis transplantation (OTT) in experimental animals. In the present study, we developed a new and simple model of the heterotopic testis transplantation (HTT), which is donor testis transplantation into the cervical region of recipients, in a syngeneic model in rats [donor Lewis (LEW) graft to LEW recipient]...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465506/the-pathogenic-exon-1-htt-protein-is-produced-by-incomplete-splicing-in-huntington-s-disease-patients
#9
Andreas Neueder, Christian Landles, Rhia Ghosh, David Howland, Richard H Myers, Richard L M Faull, Sarah J Tabrizi, Gillian P Bates
We have previously shown that exon 1 of the huntingtin gene does not always splice to exon 2 resulting in the production of a small polyadenylated mRNA (HTTexon1) that encodes the highly pathogenic exon 1 HTT protein. The level of this read-through product is proportional to CAG repeat length and is present in all knock-in mouse models of Huntington's disease (HD) with CAG lengths of 50 and above and in the YAC128 and BACHD mouse models, both of which express a copy of the human HTT gene. We have now developed specific protocols for the quantitative analysis of the transcript levels of HTTexon1 in human tissue and applied these to a series of fibroblast lines and post-mortem brain samples from individuals with either adult-onset or juvenile-onset HD...
May 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465138/a-polymorphism-in-the-5-flanking-region-of-the-serotonin-transporter-5-htt-gene-affects-fear-related-behaviours-of-adult-domestic-chickens
#10
E Tobias Krause, Joergen B Kjaer, Carolin Lüders, Loc Phi van
The neural serotonin (5-HT)/serotonin transporter (5-HTT) system is involved in the regulation of physiological processes and emotional states. In humans, the short (S) allele in the 5-HTT gene-linked polymorphic region, which decreases 5-HTT expression, has been shown to be associated with behavioural changes including an increased level of anxiety. Also in birds a polymorphism in the 5-HTT gene is described, a deletion (D) has been found to have functional consequences on growth and locomotion. Furthermore, the D-allele leads to an increased 5-HTT expression compared to the wild type (W), a feature which is linked to lower levels of fear in mammalian species...
April 29, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464229/functional-characterization-of-the-neuron-restrictive-silencer-element-in-the-human-tryptophan-hydroxylase-2-gene-expression
#11
Yukino Nawa, Hanae Kaneko, Masayuki Oda, Masaaki Tsubonoya, Tomoko Hiroi, Maria Teresa Gentile, Luca Colucci-D'Amato, Ryoya Takahashi, Hiroaki Matsui
Tryptophan hydroxylase 2 (TPH2) is the key enzyme in the synthesis of neuronal serotonin. Although previous studies suggest that TPH2 NRSE (neuron-restrictive silencer element) functions as a negative regulator dependent on NRSF (neuron-restrictive silencer factor) activity, the underlying mechanisms are yet to be fully elucidated. Here, we show a detailed analysis of the NRSE-mediated repression of the human TPH2 (hTPH2) promoter activity in RN46A cells, a cell line derived from rat raphe neurons. Quantitative real-time RT-PCR analysis revealed the expression of serotonergic marker genes (Mash1, Nkx2...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462988/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-parenchymal-retention-and-efficacy-of-a-metabolically-stable-o-phosphocholine-n-docosahexaenoyl-l-serine-sirna-conjugate-in-mouse-brain
#12
Mehran Nikan, Maire F Osborn, Andrew H Coles, Annabelle Biscans, Bruno Godinho, Reka Haraszti, Ellen Sapp, Dimas Echeverria, Marian DiFiglia, Neil Aronin, Anastasia Khvorova
Ligand-conjugated siRNAs have potential to achieve targeted delivery and efficient silencing in neurons following local administration in the central nervous system (CNS). We recently described the activity and safety profile of a docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)-conjugated, hydrophobic siRNA (DHA-hsiRNA) targeting Huntingtin (Htt) mRNA in mouse brain. Here, we report the synthesis of an amide-modified, phosphocholine-containing DHA-hsiRNA conjugate (PC-DHA-hsiRNA), which closely resembles the endogenously esterified biological structure of DHA...
May 2, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458330/gender-differences-in-serotonin-signaling-in-patients-with-diarrhea-predominant-irritable-bowel-syndrome
#13
Ryo Katsumata, Akiko Shiotani, Takahisa Murao, Manabu Ishii, Minoru Fujita, Hiroshi Matsumoto, Ken Haruma
Objective Gender differences, including differences in the prevalence, subtypes and the effectiveness of treatment, are generally recognized in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Although serotonin type 3 receptor (5-HT3R) antagonists appear to be more effective in women with diarrhea predominant IBS (IBS-D) than they are in men, the mechanisms underlying these effects remain unclear. The aim of the present was to investigate the gender differences in 5-HT signaling. Methods The subjects were selected from outpatients with IBS-D and healthy controls...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450386/update-on-congenital-heart-disease-and-sudden-infant-perinatal-death-from-history-to-future-trends
#14
REVIEW
Giulia Ottaviani, L Maximilian Buja
During the 20th century, expert pathologists contributed an in-depth characterisation of the anatomical pathology and associated pathophysiology of congenital heart disease (CHD). Starting in the 1970s, the reported CHD birth prevalence has been increasing, owing to advances in diagnostic methods. Over the years, surgical treatments have been associated with an enormous reduction of CHD mortality. Advances also have been made in understanding the developmental biology and molecular pathogenesis of CHD. In developed countries, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the most frequent form of death during the first year of life, with a death rate of 0...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444137/effects-of-serotonin-transporter-gene-variation-on-impulsivity-mediated-by-default-mode-network-a-family-study-of-depression
#15
Jiook Cha, Guia Guffanti, Jay Gingrich, Ardesheer Talati, Priya Wickramaratne, Myrna Weissman, Jonathan Posner
Serotonergic neurotransmission, potentially through effects on the brain's default mode network (DMN), may regulate aspects of attention including impulse control. Indeed, genetic variants of the serotonin transporter (5-HTT) have been implicated in impulsivity and related psychopathology. Yet it remains unclear the mechanism by which the 5-HTT genetic variants contribute to individual variability in impulse control. Here, we tested whether DMN connectivity mediates an association between the 5-HTT genetic variants and impulsivity...
April 21, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436437/allele-selective-suppression-of-mutant-huntingtin-in-primary-human-blood-cells
#16
James R C Miller, Edith L Pfister, Wanzhao Liu, Ralph Andre, Ulrike Träger, Lori A Kennington, Kimberly Lo, Sipke Dijkstra, Douglas Macdonald, Gary Ostroff, Neil Aronin, Sarah J Tabrizi
Post-transcriptional gene silencing is a promising therapy for the monogenic, autosomal dominant, Huntington's disease (HD). However, wild-type huntingtin (HTT) has important cellular functions, so the ideal strategy would selectively lower mutant HTT while sparing wild-type. HD patients were genotyped for heterozygosity at three SNP sites, before phasing each SNP allele to wild-type or mutant HTT. Primary ex vivo myeloid cells were isolated from heterozygous patients and transfected with SNP-targeted siRNA, using glucan particles taken up by phagocytosis...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424236/hyalinizing-trabecular-tumour-of-the-thyroid-fine-needle-aspiration-cytological-diagnosis-and-correlation-with-histology
#17
REVIEW
Chiara Saglietti, Simonetta Piana, Stefano La Rosa, Massimo Bongiovanni
Hyalinizing trabecular tumour (HTT) is a rare thyroid neoplasm of follicular cell origin characterised by a trabecular growth pattern and prominent intratrabecular and intertrabecular hyalinisation. These peculiar histological features allow the prompt recognition of this neoplasm in surgical specimens. However, cytological diagnosis of HTT remains elusive and misleading because of overlapping characteristics with other thyroid tumours, particularly papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), medullary thyroid carcinoma (MTC) and the newly described non-invasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features (NIFTP)...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420949/removal-of-zinc-from-aqueous-solution-by-optimized-oil-palm-empty-fruit-bunches-biochar-as-low-cost-adsorbent
#18
Seyed Ali Zamani, Robiah Yunus, A W Samsuri, M A Mohd Salleh, Bahareh Asady
This study aims to produce optimized biochar from oil palm empty fruit bunches (OPEFB), as a green, low cost adsorbent for uptake of zinc from aqueous solution. The impact of pyrolysis conditions, namely, highest treatment temperature (HTT), heating rate (HR), and residence time (RT) on biochar yield and adsorption capacity towards zinc, was investigated. Mathematical modeling and optimization of independent variables were performed employing response surface methodology (RSM). HTT was found to be the most influential variable, followed by residence time and heating rate...
2017: Bioinorganic Chemistry and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416702/massive-horizontal-transfer-of-transposable-elements-in-insects
#19
Jean Peccoud, Vincent Loiseau, Richard Cordaux, Clément Gilbert
Horizontal transfer (HT) of genetic material is central to the architecture and evolution of prokaryote genomes. Within eukaryotes, the majority of HTs reported so far are transfers of transposable elements (TEs). These reports essentially come from studies focusing on specific lineages or types of TEs. Because of the lack of large-scale survey, the amount and impact of HT of TEs (HTT) in eukaryote evolution, as well as the trends and factors shaping these transfers, are poorly known. Here, we report a comprehensive analysis of HTT in 195 insect genomes, representing 123 genera and 13 of the 28 insect orders...
May 2, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413881/molecular-mechanism-of-stabilizing-the-helical-structure-of-huntingtin-n17-in-a-micellar-environment
#20
Leili Zhang, Hongsuk Kang, Francisco X Vázquez, Leticia Toledo-Sherman, Binquan Luan, Ruhong Zhou
Huntington's disease is a deadly neurodegenerative disease caused by the fibrilization of huntingtin (HTT) exon-1 protein mutants. Despite extensive efforts over the past decade, much remains unknown about the structures of (mutant) HTT exon-1 and their enigmatic roles in aggregation. Particularly, whether the first 17 residues in the N-terminal (HTT-N17) adopt a helical or a coiled structure remains unclear. Here, with the rigorous study of molecular dynamics simulations, we explored the most possible structures of HTT-N17 in both dodecylphosphocholine (DPC) micelles and aqueous solution, using three commonly applied force fields (OPLS-AA/L, CHARMM36, and AMBER99sb*-ILDNP) to examine the underlying molecular mechanisms and rule out potential artifacts...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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