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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913741/aik1-a-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-modulates-abscisic-acid-responses-through-the-mkk5-mpk6-kinase-cascade
#1
Kun Li, Fengbo Yang, Guozeng Zhang, Shufei Song, Yuan Li, Yuchen Miao, Dongtao Ren, Chun-Peng Song
The mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade is an evolutionarily conserved signal transduction module involved in transducing extracellular signals to the nucleus for appropriate cellular adjustment. This cascade essentially consists of three components, a MAPK kinase kinase (MAPKKK), a MAPK kinase (MAPKK) and a MAPK, connected to each other by the event of phosphorylation. Here we report the characterization of a MAPKKK, AIK1, which regulates abscisic acid (ABA) responses in Arabidopsis. T-DNA insertion mutants of AIK1 showed insensitivity to ABA in terms of both root growth and stomatal response...
December 2, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913728/fission-yeast-stn1-is-crucial-for-semi-conservative-replication-at-telomeres-and-subtelomeres
#2
Masahiro Takikawa, Yusuke Tarumoto, Fuyuki Ishikawa
The CST complex is a phylogenetically conserved protein complex consisting of CTC1/Cdc13, Stn1 and Ten1 that protects telomeres on linear chromosomes. Deletion of the fission yeast homologs stn1 and ten1 results in complete telomere loss; however, the precise function of Stn1 is still largely unknown. Here, we have isolated a high-temperature sensitive stn1 allele (termed stn1-1). stn1-1 cells abruptly lost telomeric sequence almost completely at the restrictive temperature. The loss of chromosomal DNA happened without gradual telomere shortening, and extended to 30 kb from the ends of chromosomes...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913202/adiponectin-gene-polymorphism-and-ischemic-stroke-subtypes-in-a-chinese-population
#3
Shanshan Li, Ning Lu, Zhongnan Li, Bin Jiao, Hanping Wang, Jia Yang, Tao Yu
As an adipose tissue-specific protein, adiponectin has been suggested as a protective factor for stroke, acting through anti-inflammatory and antiatherogenic effects. Therefore, we aimed to investigate whether 3 polymorphisms (rs1501299, rs2241767, and rs3774261) in the adiponectin (ADIPOQ) gene and their haplotypes were associated with ischemic stroke (IS) and its subtypes in a Chinese population. ADIPOQ gene rs1501299, rs2241767, and rs3774261 polymorphisms were analyzed in 385 IS patients, including 182 patients with large-artery atherosclerosis (LAA), 203 patients with small-vessel occlusion (SVO), and 418 matched controls...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913189/construction-and-analysis-of-a-human-testis-sperm-enriched-interaction-network-unraveling-the-ppp1cc2-interactome
#4
Joana Vieira Silva, Sooyeon Yoon, Pieter-Jan De Bock, Alexander V Goltsev, Kris Gevaert, José Fernando F Mendes, Margarida Fardilha
BACKGROUND: Phosphoprotein phosphatase 1 catalytic subunit gamma 2 (PPP1CC2), a PPP1CC tissue-specific alternative splice restricted to testicular germ cells and spermatozoa, is essential for spermatogenesis and spermatozoa motility. The key to understand PPP1CC2 regulation lies on the characterization of its interacting partners. METHODS: We construct a testis/sperm-enriched protein interaction network and analyzed the topological properties and biological context of the network...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911331/excitation-contraction-coupling-alterations-in-myopathies
#5
Isabelle Marty, Julien Fauré
During the complex series of events leading to muscle contraction, the initial electric signal coming from motor neurons is transformed into an increase in calcium concentration that triggers sliding of myofibrils. This process, referred to as excitation-contraction coupling, is reliant upon the calcium-release complex, which is restricted spatially to a sub-compartment of muscle cells ("the triad") and regulated precisely. Any dysfunction in the calcium-release complex leads to muscle impairment and myopathy...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Neuromuscular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911006/lrrk2-levels-and-phosphorylation-in-parkinson-s-disease-brain-and-cases-with-restricted-lewy-bodies
#6
Nicolas Dzamko, Amanda M Gysbers, Rina Bandopadhyay, Marc F Bolliger, Akiko Uchino, Ye Zhao, Masaki Takao, Sandrine Wauters, Wilma D J van de Berg, Junko Takahashi-Fujigasaki, R Jeremy Nichols, Janice L Holton, Shigeo Murayama, Glenda M Halliday
BACKGROUND: Leucine rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) is a promising target for the treatment of Parkinson's disease; however, little is known about the expression of LRRK2 in human brain and if/how LRRK2 protein levels are altered in Parkinson's disease. OBJECTIVES: We measured the protein levels of LRRK2 as well as its phosphorylation on serines 910, 935, and 973 in the postmortem brain tissue of Parkinson's disease patients and aged controls with and without Lewy bodies...
December 2, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909914/association-of-snp-variants-of-mhc-class-ii-drb-gene-with-thermo-physiological-traits-in-tropical-goats
#7
Abdulmojeed Yakubu, Adebowale E Salako, Marcos De Donato, Sunday O Peters, Michael I Takeet, Mathew Wheto, Moses Okpeku, Ikhide G Imumorin
Host defense in vertebrates depend on many secreted regulatory proteins such as major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II which provide important regulatory and effector functions of T cells. Gene polymorphism in the second exon of Capra-DRB gene in three major Nigerian goat breeds [West African Dwarf (WAD), Red Sokoto (RS), and Sahel (SH)] was analyzed by restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLP). Four restriction enzymes, BsaHI, AluI, HaeIII, and SacII, were utilized. The association between the polymorphic sites and some heat tolerance traits were also investigated in a total of 70 WAD, 90 RS, and 50 SH goats...
December 1, 2016: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909306/rpl5-on-1p22-1-is-recurrently-deleted-in-multiple-myeloma-and-its-expression-is-linked-to-bortezomib-response
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I J F Hofman, M Van Duin, E De Bruyne, L Fancello, G Mulligan, E Geerdens, E Garelli, C Mancini, H Lemmens, M Delforge, P Vandenberghe, I Wlodarska, A Aspesi, L Michaux, K Vanderkerken, P Sonneveld, K De Keersmaecker
Chromosomal region 1p22 is deleted in ⩾20% of multiple myeloma (MM) patients, suggesting the presence of an unidentified tumor suppressor. Using high-resolution genomic profiling, we delimit a 58 kb minimal deleted region (MDR) on 1p22.1 encompassing two genes: ectopic viral integration site 5 (EVI5) and ribosomal protein L5 (RPL5). Low mRNA expression of EVI5 and RPL5 was associated with worse survival in diagnostic cases. Patients with 1p22 deletion had lower mRNA expression of EVI5 and RPL5, however, 1p22 deletion status is a bad predictor of RPL5 expression in some cases, suggesting that other mechanisms downregulate RPL5 expression...
December 2, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909054/identification-of-a-substrate-selective-exosite-within-the-metalloproteinase-anthrax-lethal-factor
#9
Allison B Goldberg, Eunice Cho, Chad J Miller, Hua Jane Lou, Benjamin E Turk
The metalloproteinase anthrax lethal factor (LF) is secreted by Bacillus anthracis to promote disease virulence through disruption of host signaling pathways. LF is a highly specific protease, exclusively cleaving mitogen-activated protein kinase kinases (MKKs) and rodent NACHT leucine-rich repeat and pyrin domain containing protein 1B (NLRP1B). How LF achieves such restricted substrate specificity is not understood. Previous studies have suggested the existence of an exosite interaction between LF and MKKs that promotes cleavage efficiency and specificity...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907166/vaccinia-virus-protein-c6-inhibits-type-i-ifn-signalling-in-the-nucleus-and-binds-to-the-transactivation-domain-of-stat2
#10
Jennifer H Stuart, Rebecca P Sumner, Yongxu Lu, Joseph S Snowden, Geoffrey L Smith
The type I interferon (IFN) response is a crucial innate immune signalling pathway required for defense against viral infection. Accordingly, the great majority of mammalian viruses possess means to inhibit this important host immune response. Here we show that vaccinia virus (VACV) strain Western Reserve protein C6, is a dual function protein that inhibits the cellular response to type I IFNs in addition to its published function as an inhibitor of IRF-3 activation, thereby restricting type I IFN production from infected cells...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906186/preimplantation-factor-is-an-anti-apoptotic-effector-in-human-trophoblasts-involving-p53-signaling-pathway
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Hadia Moindjie, Esther Dos Santos, Rita-Josiane Gouesse, Nelly Swierkowski-Blanchard, Valérie Serazin, Eytan R Barnea, François Vialard, Marie-Noëlle Dieudonné
From the earliest stages of gestation, embryonic-maternal interaction has a key role in a successful pregnancy. Various factors present during gestation may significantly influence this type of juxta/paracrine interaction. PreImplantation Factor (PIF) is a recently identified factor with activity at the fetomaternal interface. PIF is secreted by viable embryos and directly controls placental development by increasing the invasive capacity of human extravillous trophoblasts (EVTs). To further specify PIF's role in the human placenta, we analyzed the genome-wide expression profile of the EVT in the presence of a synthetic PIF analog (sPIF)...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906095/resveratrol-and-acetyl-resveratrol-modulate-activity-of-vegf-and-il-8-in-ovarian-cancer-cell-aggregates-via-attenuation-of-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-protein
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Alexandria B Tino, Kenny Chitcholtan, Peter H Sykes, Ashley Garrill
BACKGROUND: Key features of advanced ovarian cancer include metastasis via cell clusters in the abdominal cavity and increased chemoresistance. Resveratrol and derivatives of resveratrol have been shown to have antitumour properties. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of resveratrol and acetyl-resveratrol on 3D cell aggregates of ovarian cancer, and establish if NF-κB signalling may be a potential target. METHODS: Poly-HEMA coated wells were used to produce 3D aggregates of two ovarian cancer cell lines, SKOV-3 and OVCAR-5...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Ovarian Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906065/dystrophin-deficient-dogs-with-reduced-myostatin-have-unequal-muscle-growth-and-greater-joint-contractures
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Joe N Kornegay, Daniel J Bogan, Janet R Bogan, Jennifer L Dow, Jiahui Wang, Zheng Fan, Naili Liu, Leigh C Warsing, Robert W Grange, Mihye Ahn, Cynthia J Balog-Alvarez, Steven W Cotten, Monte S Willis, Candice Brinkmeyer-Langford, Hongtu Zhu, Joe Palandra, Carl A Morris, Martin A Styner, Kathryn R Wagner
BACKGROUND: Myostatin (Mstn) is a negative regulator of muscle growth whose inhibition promotes muscle growth and regeneration. Dystrophin-deficient mdx mice in which myostatin is knocked out or inhibited postnatally have a less severe phenotype with greater total mass and strength and less fibrosis and fatty replacement of muscles than mdx mice with wild-type myostatin expression. Dogs with golden retriever muscular dystrophy (GRMD) have previously been noted to have increased muscle mass and reduced fibrosis after systemic postnatal myostatin inhibition...
April 4, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906063/characterization-of-a-multiprotein-complex-involved-in-excitation-transcription-coupling-of-skeletal-muscle
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Manuel Arias-Calderón, Gonzalo Almarza, Alexis Díaz-Vegas, Ariel Contreras-Ferrat, Denisse Valladares, Mariana Casas, Héctor Toledo, Enrique Jaimovich, Sonja Buvinic
BACKGROUND: Electrical activity regulates the expression of skeletal muscle genes by a process known as "excitation-transcription" (E-T) coupling. We have demonstrated that release of adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) during depolarization activates membrane P2X/P2Y receptors, being the fundamental mediators between electrical stimulation, slow intracellular calcium transients, and gene expression. We propose that this signaling pathway would require the proper coordination between the voltage sensor (dihydropyridine receptor, DHPR), pannexin 1 channels (Panx1, ATP release conduit), nucleotide receptors, and other signaling molecules...
April 11, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906051/the-lysine-methyltransferase-ehmt2-g9a-is-dispensable-for-skeletal-muscle-development-and-regeneration
#15
Regan-Heng Zhang, Robert N Judson, David Y Liu, Jürgen Kast, Fabio M V Rossi
BACKGROUND: Euchromatic histone-lysine N-methyltransferase 2 (G9a/Ehmt2) is the main enzyme responsible for the apposition of H3K9 di-methylation on histones. Due to its dual role as an epigenetic regulator and in the regulation of non-histone proteins through direct methylation, G9a has been implicated in a number of biological processes relevant to cell fate control. Recent reports employing in vitro cell lines indicate that Ehmt2 methylates MyoD to repress its transcriptional activity and therefore its ability to induce differentiation of activated myogenic cells...
May 27, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905985/tlr7-8-agonist-induces-a-post-entry-samhd1-independent-block-to-hiv-1-infection-of-monocytes
#16
Henning Hofmann, Bénédicte Vanwalscappel, Nicolin Bloch, Nathaniel R Landau
BACKGROUND: Monocytes, the primary myeloid cell-type in peripheral blood, are resistant to HIV-1 infection as a result of the lentiviral restriction factor SAMHD1. Toll-like receptors recognize microbial pathogen components, inducing the expression of antiviral host proteins and proinflammatory cytokines. TLR agonists that mimic microbial ligands have been found to have activity against HIV-1 in macrophages. The induction of restriction factors in monocytes by TLR agonist activation has not been well studied...
December 1, 2016: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905160/improving-the-solubility-of-artificial-ligands-of-streptavidin-to-enable-more-practical-reversible-switching-of-protein-localization-in-cells
#17
Ryo Tachibana, Takuya Terai, Gaelle Boncompain, Shigeru Sugiyama, Nae Saito, Franck Perez, Yasuteru Urano
Chemical inducers that can control target protein localization in living cells are powerful tools to investigate dynamic biological systems. We recently reported the "retention using selective hook" (RUSH) system for reversible localization change of proteins of interest by addition/washout of small molecules called artificial ligands of streptavidin (ALiS). However, the utility of previously developed ALiS is restricted by limited solubility in water. Here, we overcome this problem by X-ray crystal structure-guided design of a more soluble ALiS derivative (ALiS-3), which retains sufficient streptavidin-binding affinity for use in the RUSH system...
November 30, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904507/impact-of-variants-in-cetp-and-apo-ai-genes-on-serum-hdl-cholesterol-levels-in-men-and-women-from-the-polish-population
#18
Marta Włodarczyk, Małgorzata Wrzosek, Grażyna Nowicka, Beata Jabłonowska-Lietz
INTRODUCTION: Polymorphisms in the cholesterol ester transfer protein (CETP) gene and apolipoprotein AI (apo AI) gene are identified as the most common genetic factors influencing high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) levels. Low HDL cholesterol is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. We investigated the effect of the TaqIB polymorphism of the CETP gene and the 75G/A polymorphism of the apo AI gene on the HDL cholesterol concentration in a sample of Polish adults...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903803/the-human-cytomegalovirus-ie1-protein-antagonizes-pml-nuclear-body-mediated-intrinsic-immunity-via-the-inhibition-of-pml-de-novo-sumoylation
#19
Eva-Maria Schilling, Myriam Scherer, Nina Reuter, Johannes Schweininger, Yves A Muller, Thomas Stamminger
: PML nuclear bodies (NBs) are accumulations of cellular proteins embedded in a scaffold-like structure built by SUMO-modified PML/TRIM19. PML and other NB proteins act as cellular restriction factors against human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), however, this intrinsic defense is counteracted by the immediate-early protein 1 (IE1) of HCMV. IE1 directly interacts with the PML coiled-coil domain via its globular core region and disrupts NB foci by inducing a loss of PML SUMOylation. Here, we demonstrate that IE1 acts via abrogating the de novo SUMOylation of PML...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903752/hexim1-as-a-robust-pharmacodynamic-marker-for-monitoring-target-engagement-of-bet-family-bromodomain-inhibitors-in-tumors-and-surrogate-tissues
#20
Xiaoyu Lin, Xiaoli Huang, Tamar Uziel, Paul Hessler, Daniel H Albert, Lisa A Roberts-Rapp, Keith F McDaniel, Warren M Kati, Yu Shen
An increasing number of BET family protein inhibitors have recently entered clinical trials. It has been reported that attempts of monitoring target engagement of the BET bromodomain inhibitor OTX015 using literature-described putative pharmacodynamic (PD) markers such as c-Myc, BRD2, etc. failed to detect PD marker responses in AML patients treated at active dose and those with clinical responses. Here we report the identification and characterization of HEXIM1 and other genes as robust PD markers for BET inhibitors...
November 30, 2016: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
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