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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333092/role-of-apobec3h-in-the-viral-control-of-hiv-elite-controller-patients
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José M Benito, Julia Hillung, Clara Restrepo, José M Cuevas, Agathe León, Ezequiel Ruiz-Mateos, Rosario Palacios-Muñoz, Miguel Górgolas, Rafael Sanjuán, Norma Rallón
Background APOBEC3H (A3H) gene presents variation at 2 positions (rs139297 and rs79323350) leading to a non-functional protein. So far, there is no information on the role played by A3H in spontaneous control of HIV. The aim of this study was to evaluate the A3H polymorphisms distribution in a well-characterized group of Elite Controller (EC) subjects. Methods We analyzed the genotype distribution of two different SNPs (rs139297 and rs79323350) of A3H in 30 EC patients and compared with 11 non-controller (NC) HIV patients...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331591/brochosomins-and-other-novel-proteins-from-brochosomes-of-leafhoppers-insecta-hemiptera-cicadellidae
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Roman Rakitov, Alexander A Moysa, Arthur T Kopylov, Sergei A Moshkovskii, Ralph S Peters, Karen Meusemann, Bernhard Misof, Christopher H Dietrich, Kevin P Johnson, Lars Podsiadlowski, Kimberly K O Walden
Brochosomes (BS) are secretory granules resembling buckyballs, produced intracellularly in specialized glandular segments of the Malpighian tubules and forming superhydrophobic coatings on the integuments of leafhoppers (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae). Their composition is poorly known. Using a combination of SDS-PAGE, LC-MS/MS, next-generation sequencing (RNAseq) and bioinformatics we demonstrate that the major structural component of BS of the leafhopper Graphocephala fennahi Young is a novel family of 21-40-kDa secretory proteins, referred to herein as brochosomins (BSM), apparently cross-linked by disulfide bonds...
January 10, 2018: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331538/differential-lipid-metabolism-outcomes-associated-with-adrb2-gene-polymorphisms-in-response-to-two-dietary-interventions-in-overweight-obese-subjects
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O Ramos-Lopez, J I Riezu-Boj, F I Milagro, L Goni, M Cuervo, J A Martinez
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A precise nutrigenetic management of hypercholesterolemia involves the understanding of the interactions between the individual's genotype and dietary intake. The aim of this study was to analyze the response to two dietary energy-restricted interventions on cholesterol changes in carriers of two ADRB2 polymorphisms. METHODS AND RESULTS: A 4-month nutritional intervention was conducted involving two different hypo-energetic diets based on low-fat (LF) and moderately high-protein (MHP) dietary patterns...
December 5, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331522/nanos3-not-nanos1-and-nanos2-is-a-germ-cell-marker-gene-in-large-yellow-croaker-during-embryogenesis
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Kunhuang Han, Shihai Chen, Mingyi Cai, Yonghua Jiang, Ziping Zhang, Yilei Wang
In this study, three nanos gene subtypes (Lcnanos1, Lcnanos2 and Lcnanos3) from Larimichthys crocea, were cloned and characterized. We determined the spatio-temporal expression patterns of each subtype in tissues as well as the cellular localization of mRNA in embryos. Results showed that deduced Nanos proteins have two main homology domains: N-terminal CCR4/NOT1 deadenylase interaction domain and highly conserved carboxy-terminal region bearing two conserved CCHC zinc-finger motifs. The expression levels of Lcnanos1 in testis were significantly higher than other tissues, followed by heart, brain, eye, and ovary...
January 10, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331464/somatic-cell-count-based-selection-reduces-susceptibility-to-energy-shortage-during-early-lactation-in-a-sheep-model
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J Bouvier-Muller, C Allain, F Enjalbert, Y Farizon, D Portes, G Foucras, R Rupp
During the transition from late gestation to early lactation ruminants experience a negative energy balance (NEB), which is considered to increase susceptibility to mammary infections. Our previous study in 2 divergent lines of sheep selected for high and low somatic cell score (SCS) suggested an association between the response to NEB and genetic susceptibility to mastitis. Forty-eight early-lactation primiparous dairy ewes from the 2 SCS genetic lines were allocated to 2 homogeneous subgroups-an NEB group, which was energy restricted and received 60% of the energy requirements for 15 d, and a control-fed group-to obtain 4 balanced groups of 12 ewes: high-SCS positive energy balance, low-SCS positive energy balance, high-SCS NEB, and low-SCS NEB...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331419/the-therapeutic-potential-of-human-adipose-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-producing-cxcl10-in-a-mouse-melanoma-lung-metastasis-model
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Hamed Mirzaei, Hossein Salehi, Reza Kazemi Oskuee, Ali Mohammadpour, Hamid Reza Mirzaei, Mohammad Reza Sharifi, Reza Salarinia, Hossein Yousofi Darani, Mojgan Mokhtari, Aria Masoudifar, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Rasoul Salehi, Mahmoud Reza Jaafari
Interferon γ-induced protein 10 kDa (IP-10) is a potent chemoattractant and has been suggested to enhance antitumor activity and mediate tumor regression through multiple mechanisms of action. Multiple lines of evidence have indicated that genetically-modified adult stem cells represent a potential source for cell-based cancer therapy. In the current study, we assessed therapeutic potential of human adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells (hADSC) genetically-modified to express IP-10 for the treatment of lung metastasis in an immunocompetent mouse model of metastatic melanoma...
January 10, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331172/blood-phenylalanine-reduction-corrects-cns-dopamine-and-serotonin-deficiencies-and-partially-improves-behavioral-performance-in-adult-phenylketonuric-mice
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Shelley R Winn, Tanja Scherer, Beat Thöny, Ming Ying, Aurora Martinez, Sydney Weber, Jacob Raber, Cary O Harding
Central nervous system (CNS) deficiencies of the monoamine neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin have been implicated in the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric dysfunction in human phenylketonuria (PKU). In this study, we confirmed the occurrence of brain dopamine and serotonin deficiencies in association with severe behavioral alterations and cognitive impairments in hyperphenylalaninemic C57BL/6-Pahenu2/enu2 mice, a model of human PKU. Phenylalanine-reducing treatments, including either dietary phenylalanine restriction or liver-directed gene therapy, initiated during adulthood were associated with increased brain monoamine content along with improvements in nesting behavior but without a change in the severe cognitive deficits exhibited by these mice...
January 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330921/four-and-a-half-domain-2-fhl2-scaffolding-protein-is-a-marker-of-connective-tissues-of-developing-digits-and-regulates-fibrogenic-differentiation-of-limb-mesodermal-progenitors
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C I Lorda-Diez, J A Montero, C Sanchez-Fernandez, J A Garcia-Porrero, J Chimal-Monroy, J M Hurle
FHL2 is a multifunctional scaffolding protein of well-known function regulating cell signaling cascades and gene transcription in cancer tissues. However, its function in embryonic systems is poorly characterized. Here, we show that Fhl2 is involved in the differentiation of connective tissues of developing limb autopod. We show that Fhl2 exhibits spatially restricted and temporally dynamic expression around the tendons of developing digits, interphalangeal joint capsules, and fibrous peridigital tissue. Immunolabeling analysis of the skeletal progenitors identified a predominant, but not exclusive, cytoplasmic distribution of FHL2 being associated with focal adhesions and actin cytoskeleton...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330920/macronutrient-and-fibre-intake-of-young-spanish-children-with-reference-to-their-in-utero-growth-status-are-they-eating-a-healthy-diet
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Rozina Nuruddin, Mireia Urpi-Sarda, Merida Rodriguez-Lopez, Dolores Garcia-Arenas, Eduard Gratacos, Fatima Crispi, Ruthy Acosta-Rojas
AIM: To compare macronutrient and fibre intake by pre-school children born with intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR) or as appropriate for gestational age (AGA) and to compare their intake with paediatric nutritional recommendations for identification of potential areas of modification during early life. METHODS: A parental 3-day dietary record was obtained for children of age 1-6 years, born at Hospital Clinic, Barcelona, Spain (2002-2007) with IUGR (n = 37) or AGA (n = 53)...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330484/single-cell-rna-sequencing-resolves-self-antigen-expression-during-mtec-development
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Ricardo J Miragaia, Xiuwei Zhang, Tomás Gomes, Valentine Svensson, Tomislav Ilicic, Johan Henriksson, Gozde Kar, Tapio Lönnberg
The crucial capability of T cells for discrimination between self and non-self peptides is based on negative selection of developing thymocytes by medullary thymic epithelial cells (mTECs). The mTECs purge autoreactive T cells by expression of cell-type specific genes referred to as tissue-restricted antigens (TRAs). Although the autoimmune regulator (AIRE) protein is known to promote the expression of a subset of TRAs, its mechanism of action is still not fully understood. The expression of TRAs that are not under the control of AIRE also needs further characterization...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330461/comparing-olive-oil-and-c4-dietary-oil-a-prodrug-for-the-gpr119-agonist-2-oleoyl-glycerol-less-energy-intake-of-the-latter-is-needed-to-stimulate-incretin-hormone-secretion-in-overweight-subjects-with-type-2-diabetes
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Mette Johannsen Mandøe, Katrine Bagge Hansen, Johanne Agerlin Windeløv, Filip Krag Knop, Jens Frederik Rehfeld, Mette Marie Rosenkilde, Jens Juul Holst, Harald Severin Hansen
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: After digestion, dietary triacylglycerol stimulates incretin release in humans, mainly through generation of 2-monoacylglycerol, an agonist for the intestinal G protein-coupled receptor 119 (GPR119). Enhanced incretin release may have beneficial metabolic effects. However, dietary fat may promote weight gain and should therefore be restricted in obesity. We designed C4-dietary oil (1,3-di-butyryl-2-oleoyl glycerol) as a 2-oleoyl glycerol (2-OG)-generating fat type, which would stimulate incretin release to the same extent while providing less calories than equimolar amounts of common triglycerides, e...
January 12, 2018: Nutrition & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330299/effects-of-allelic-variations-in-the-human-myxovirus-resistance-protein-a-on-its-antiviral-activity
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Laura Graf, Alexej Dick, Franziska Sendker, Emanuel Barth, Manja Marz, Oliver Daumke, Georg Kochs
Only a minority of patients infected with seasonal influenza A viruses exhibits a severe or fatal outcome of infection, but the reasons for this inter-individual variability in influenza susceptibility are unclear. To gain further insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying this variability, we investigated naturally occurring allelic variations of the myxovirus resistance 1 (MX1) gene coding for the influenza restriction factor MxA. The interferon-induced dynamin-like GTPase consists of an N-terminal GTPase domain, a bundle signaling element, and a C-terminal stalk responsible for oligomerization and viral target recognition...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330289/brca1-through-its-e3-ligase-activity-regulates-the-transcription-factor-oct1-and-carbohydrate-metabolism
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Karina Vázquez-Arreguín, Jessica Maddox, Jinsuk Kang, Dongju Park, Reuben R Cano, Rachel E Factor, Thomas Ludwig, Dean Tantin
The tumor suppressor BRCA1 regulates the DNA damage response (DDR) and other processes that remain incompletely defined. Among these, BRCA1 heterodimerizes with BARD1 to ubiquitylate targets via its N-terminal E3 ligase activity. Here it is demonstrated that BRCA1 promotes oxidative metabolism by degrading Oct1 (POU2F1), a transcription factor with pro-glycolytic and tumorigenic effects. BRCA1 E3 ubiquitin ligase mutation skews cells towards a glycolytic metabolic profile while elevating Oct1 protein. CRISPR-mediated Oct1 deletion reverts the glycolytic phenotype...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329923/different-protein-composition-of-low-calorie-diet-differently-impacts-adipokine-profile-irrespective-of-weight-loss-in-overweight-and-obese-women
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R Mateo-Gallego, I Lamiquiz-Moneo, S Perez-Calahorra, V Marco-Benedí, A M Bea, L Baila-Rueda, M Laclaustra, J L Peñalvo, F Civeira, A Cenarro
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: High-protein (HP) diets have shown benefits in cardiometabolic markers such as insulin or triglycerides but the responsible mechanisms are not known. We aimed to assess the effect of three energy-restricted diets with different protein contents (20%, 27%, and 35%; ∼80% coming from animal source) on plasma adipokine concentration and its association with changes in cardiometabolic markers. METHODS: Seventy-six women (BMI 32.8 ± 2.93) were randomized to one of three calorie-reduced diets, with protein, 20%, 27%, or 35%; carbohydrates, 50%, 43%, or 35%; and fat, 30%, for 3 months...
November 4, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329585/involvement-of-hedgehog-pathway-in-early-onset-aggressive-molecular-subtypes-and-metastatic-potential-of-breast-cancer
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Syeda Kiran Riaz, Jahangir Sarwar Khan, Syed Tahir Abbas Shah, Fen Wang, Lin Ye, Wen G Jiang, Muhammad Faraz Arshad Malik
BACKGROUND: Dysregulation of hedgehog pathway is observed in numerous cancers. Relevance of hedgehog pathway genes in cancer cohort and inhibition of its downstream effector (GLI1) towards metastasis in cell lines are explored in the study. METHOD: One hundred fifty fresh tumours of breast cancer patients were collected for the study. Based on differential expression, panel of 6 key regulators of the pathway (SHH, DHH, IHH, PTCH1, SMO and GLI1) in microarray datasets were identified...
January 8, 2018: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329501/sustained-plasma-hepcidin-suppression-and-iron-elevation-by-anticalin-derived-hepcidin-antagonist-in-cynomolgus-monkey
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Andreas M Hohlbaum, Hendrik Gille, Stefan Trentmann, Maria Kolodziejczyk, Barbara Rattenstetter, Coby M Laarakkers, Galina Katzmann, Hans Jürgen Christian, Nicole Andersen, Andrea Allersdorfer, Shane A Olwill, Bernd Meibohm, Laurent P Audoly, Dorine W Swinkels, Rachel P L van Swelm
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Anaemia of chronic disease (ACD) has been linked to iron restricted erythropoiesis imposed by high circulating levels of hepcidin, a 25 amino acid hepatocyte-derived peptide that controls systemic iron homeostasis. Here we report the engineering of the human lipocalin-derived, small protein-based Anticalin PRS-080 hepcidin antagonist with high affinity and selectivity. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Anticalin- and hepcidin-specific pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic modelling was used to design and select the suitable drug candidate based on half life extension and duration of hepcidin suppression...
January 12, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329412/lhx8-ablation-leads-to-massive-autophagy-of-mouse-oocytes-associated-with-dna-damage
#17
Emanuele Pelosi, Laura D'Ignazio, Marc Michel, Melissa Beyer, Kassimier Thompson, Antonino Forabosco, David Schlessinger
Following proliferation of oogonia in mammals, great numbers of germ cells are discarded, primarily by apoptosis, while the remainder form primordial follicles (the ovarian reserve) that determine fertility and reproductive lifespan. More massive, rapid, and essentially total loss of oocytes, however, occurs when the transcription factor Lhx8 is ablated-though the cause and mechanism of germ cell loss from the Lhx8-/- ovaries has been unknown. We found that Lhx8-/- ovaries maintain the same number of germ cells throughout embryonic development; rapid decrease in the pool of oocytes starts shortly before birth...
January 10, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328375/the-role-of-il%C3%A2-16-gene-polymorphisms-in-endometriosis
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Michail Matalliotakis, Maria I Zervou, Elias Eliopoulos, Charoula Matalliotaki, Nilufer Rahmioglu, Ioannis Kalogiannidis, Krina Zondervan, Demetrios A Spandidos, Ioannis Matalliotakis, George N Goulielmos
Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases affecting up to 10% of the female population of childbearing age and a major cause of pain and infertility. It is influenced by multiple genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors. Interleukin‑16 (IL‑16) is a proinflammatory cytokine playing a pivotal role in many inflammatory and autoimmune diseases as well as in the pathogenesis of endometriosis. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the association of two IL‑16 gene single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), rs4072111 and rs11556218, with the risk of endometriosis in women from Greece as well as to gain insight about the structural consequences of these two exonic SNPs regarding development of the disease...
January 9, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327679/natural-and-artificial-strategies-to-control-the-conjugative-transmission-of-plasmids
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María Getino, Fernando de la Cruz
Conjugative plasmids are the main carriers of transmissible antibiotic resistance (AbR) genes. For that reason, strategies to control plasmid transmission have been proposed as potential solutions to prevent AbR dissemination. Natural mechanisms that bacteria employ as defense barriers against invading genomes, such as restriction-modification or CRISPR-Cas systems, could be exploited to control conjugation. Besides, conjugative plasmids themselves display mechanisms to minimize their associated burden or to compete with related or unrelated plasmids...
January 2018: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326312/foxo3a-forkhead-transcription-factor-o-subfamily-member-3a-links-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-apoptosis-matrix-breakdown-atherosclerosis-and-vascular-remodeling-through-a-novel-pathway-involving-mmp13-matrix-metalloproteinase-13
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Haixiang Yu, Adam Fellows, Kirsty Foote, Zhaoqing Yang, Nichola Figg, Trevor Littlewood, Martin Bennett
OBJECTIVE: Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) apoptosis accelerates atherosclerosis and promotes breakdown of the extracellular matrix, but the mechanistic links between these 2 processes are unknown. The forkhead protein FOXO3a (forkhead transcription factor O subfamily member 3a) is activated in human atherosclerosis and induces a range of proapoptotic and other transcriptional targets. We, therefore, determined the mechanisms and consequences of FOXO3a activation in atherosclerosis and arterial remodeling after injury...
January 11, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
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