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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911363/generation-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-from-human-melanoma-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes
#1
Hidehito Saito, Kumiko Iwabuchi, Noemi Fusaki, Fumito Ito
Adoptive transfer of ex vivo expanded autologous tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) can mediate durable and complete responses in significant subsets of patients with metastatic melanoma. Major obstacles of this approach are the reduced viability of transferred T cells, caused by telomere shortening, and the limited number of TILs obtained from patients. Less-differentiated T cells with long telomeres would be an ideal T cell subset for adoptive T cell therapy;however, generating large numbers of these less-differentiated T cells is problematic...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910017/fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-probe-preparation
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Doron Tolomeo, Roscoe R Stanyon, Mariano Rocchi
The public human genome sequencing project utilized a hierarchical approach. A large number of BAC/PAC clones, with an insert size approximate from 50 kb to 300 kb, were identified and finely mapped with respect to the Sequence Tagged Site (STS) physical map and with respect to each other. A "golden path" of BACs, covering the entire human genome, was then selected and each clone was fully sequenced. The large number of remaining BACs was not fully sequenced, but the availability of the end sequence (~800-1000 bp) at each end allowed them to be very precisely mapped on the human genome...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909726/microrna%C3%A2-21-promotes-migration-and-invasion-of-glioma-cells-via-activation-of-sox2-and-%C3%AE-%C3%A2-catenin-signaling
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Guoxuan Luo, Wentao Luo, Xiaohui Sun, Jinzhi Lin, Mo Wang, Yang Zhang, Weishi Luo, Yong Zhang
The expression of microRNA 21 (miR-21) has been reported to be upregulated in various types of cancer, including malignant gliomas. However, its functions and mechanisms in glioma remain to be fully elucidated. The present study established miRNA‑21 overexpression and knockdown cell lines using SRY‑box 2 (Sox2) small interfering RNA (siRNA) to knockdown expression and Sox2 cDNA was cloned into pcDNA 3.1 mammalian expression vector for ectopic expression. BIO and XAV‑939 were used for β‑catenin signaling activation and knockdown, respectively...
November 28, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909397/novel-non-phosphorylated-serine-9-21-gsk3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-antibodies-expanding-the-tools-for-studying-gsk3-regulation
#4
Tessa Grabinski, Nicholas M Kanaan
Glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) β and α are serine/threonine kinases involved in many biological processes. A primary mechanism of GSK3 activity regulation is phosphorylation of N-terminal serine (S) residues (S9 in GSK3β, S21 in GSK3α). Phosphorylation is inhibitory to GSK3 kinase activity because the phosphorylated N-terminus acts as a competitive inhibitor for primed substrates. Despite widespread interest in GSK3 across most fields of biology, the research community does not have reagents that specifically react with nonphosphoS9/21 GSK3β/α (the so-called "active" form)...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908241/molecular-cloning-biochemical-characterization-and-antitumor-properties-of-a-novel-l-asparaginase-from-synechococcus-elongatus-pcc6803
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R Kebeish, A El-Sayed, H Fahmy, A Abdel-Ghany
L-asparaginase (EC 3.5.1.1), which catalyzes the deamidation of L-asparagine to L-aspartic acid and ammonia, has been widely used as a key therapeutic tool in the treatment of tumors. The current commercially available L-asparaginases, produced from bacteria, have signs of toxicity and hypersensitivity reactions during the course of tumor therapy. Therefore, searching for L-asparaginases with unique biochemical properties and fewer adverse effects was the objective of this work. In this study, cyanobacterial strain Synechococcus elongatus PCC6803 was found as a novel source of L-asparaginase...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906638/gene-duplications-and-losses-among-vertebrate-deoxyribonucleoside-kinases-of-the-non-tk1-family
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Zeeshan Mutahir, Louise Slot Christiansen, Anders R Clausen, Martin W Berchtold, Zoran Gojkovic, Birgitte Munch-Petersen, Wolfgang Knecht, Jure Piškur
Deoxyribonucleoside kinases (dNKs) salvage deoxyribonucleosides (dNs) and catalyze the rate limiting step of this salvage pathway by converting dNs into corresponding monophosphate forms. These enzymes serve as an excellent model to study duplicated genes and their evolutionary history. So far, among vertebrates only four mammalian dNKs have been studied for their substrate specificity and kinetic properties. However, some vertebrates, such as fish, frogs, and birds, apparently possess a duplicated homolog of deoxycytidine kinase (dCK)...
December 2016: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906032/infection-of-rhesus-macaques-with-a-pool-of-simian-immunodeficiency-virus-with-the-envelope-genes-from-acute-hiv-1-infections
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Kendall C Krebs, Meijuan Tian, Mohammed Asmal, Binhua Ling, Kenneth Nelson, Kenneth Henry, Richard Gibson, Yuejin Li, Weining Han, Robin J Shattock, Ronald S Veazey, Norman Letvin, Eric J Arts, Yong Gao
BACKGROUND: New simian-human immunodeficiency chimeric viruses with an HIV-1 env (SHIVenv) are critical for studies on HIV pathogenesis, vaccine development, and microbicide testing. Macaques are typically exposed to single CCR5-using SHIVenv which in most instances does not reflect the conditions during acute/early HIV infection (AHI) in humans. Instead of individual and serial testing new SHIV constructs, a pool of SHIVenv_B derived from 16 acute HIV-1 infections were constructed using a novel yeast-based SHIV cloning approach and then used to infect macaques...
November 25, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905892/mir-491-regulates-glioma-cells-proliferation-by-targeting-trim28-in-vitro
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Zengxin Qi, Shengyong Cai, Jiajun Cai, Lingchao Chen, Yu Yao, Liang Chen, Ying Mao
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs are significantly involved in tumorigenesis and progression of glioma. However, the critical part they play in glioma have not been fully elaborated. miR-491 and Tripartite motif containing 28 (TRIM28) are reported to aberrantly express in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Here, we detected miR-491 and TRIM28 expression and function in glioma cells. METHODS: We analyzed miR-491 expressions in 20 primary human GBM tissues and 6 control brain tissues by qRT-PCR assays and searched for The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) database...
December 1, 2016: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903891/cloning-independent-markerless-gene-editing-in-streptococcus-sanguinis-novel-insights-in-type-iv-pilus-biology
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Ishwori Gurung, Jamie-Lee Berry, Alexander M J Hall, Vladimir Pelicic
Streptococcus sanguinis, a naturally competent opportunistic human pathogen, is a Gram-positive workhorse for genomics. It has recently emerged as a model for the study of type IV pili (Tfp)-exceptionally widespread and important prokaryotic filaments. To enhance genetic manipulation of Streptococcus sanguinis, we have developed a cloning-independent methodology, which uses a counterselectable marker and allows sophisticated markerless gene editing in situ We illustrate the utility of this methodology by answering several questions regarding Tfp biology by (i) deleting single or mutiple genes, (ii) altering specific bases in genes of interest, and (iii) engineering genes to encode proteins with appended affinity tags...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903799/cxcr6-mediated-sivagmsab-entry-into-sabaeus-african-green-monkey-lymphocytes-implicates-widespread-use-of-non-ccr5-pathways-in-natural-host-infections
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Katherine S Wetzel, Yanjie Yi, Sarah T C Elliott, Dino Romero, Beatrice Jacquelin, Beatrice H Hahn, Michaela Muller-Trutwin, Cristian Apetrei, Ivona Pandrea, Ronald G Collman
: African green monkeys (AGM) and sooty mangabeys (SM) are well-studied natural hosts of SIV, which do not progress to AIDS when infected with their species-specific viruses. SIV natural hosts express very low levels of the canonical entry coreceptor CCR5, and recent studies have shown that CCR5 is dispensable for SIV infection of SM in vivo, and blocking CCR5 does not prevent ex vivo infection of PBMC from SM or vervet AGM. In both hosts, CXCR6 is an efficient entry pathway in vitro...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903649/structural-mechanism-underpinning-cross-reactivity-of-a-cd8-t-cell-clone-that-recognises-a-peptide-derived-from-human-telomerase-reverse-transcriptase
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David K Cole, Hugo A van den Berg, Angharad Lloyd, Michael D Crowther, Konrad Beck, Julia Ekeruche-Makinde, John J Miles, Anna M Bulek, Garry Dolton, Andrea J Schauenburg, Aaron Wall, Anna Fuller, Mathew Clement, Bruno Laugel, Pierre J Rizkallah, Linda Wooldridge, Andrew K Sewell
T-cell cross-reactivity is essential for effective immune surveillance, but has also been implicated as a pathway to autoimmunity. Previous studies have demonstrated that T-cell receptors (TCRs) that focus on a minimal motif within the peptide are able to facilitate a high level of T-cell cross-reactivity. However, the structural database shows that most TCRs exhibit less focussed antigen binding involving contact with more peptide residues. To further explore the structural features that allow the clonally expressed TCR to functionally engage with multiple peptide-major histocompatibility complexes (pMHCs), we examined the ILA1 CD8+ T-cell clone that responds to a peptide sequence derived from human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902467/autocrine-il-6-mediates-pituitary-tumor-senescence
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Melanie Sapochnik, Mariana R Haedo, Mariana Fuertes, Pablo Ajler, Guillermo Carrizo, Andrés Cervio, Gustavo Sevlever, Günter K Stalla, Eduardo Arzt
Cellular senescence is a stable proliferative arrest state. Pituitary adenomas are frequent and mostly benign, but the mechanism for this remains unknown. IL-6 is involved in pituitary tumor progression and is produced by the tumoral cells. In a cell autonomous fashion, IL-6 participates in oncogene-induced senescence in transduced human melanocytes. Here we prove that autocrine IL-6 participates in pituitary tumor senescence. Endogenous IL-6 inhibition in somatotroph MtT/S shRNA stable clones results in decreased SA-β-gal activity and p16INK4a but increased pRb, proliferation and invasion...
November 24, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902400/a-comparative-analysis-of-phenol-soluble-modulin-production-and-g-mellonella-killing-by-community-associated-and-healthcare-associated-mrsa-strains
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Eve Boakes, Helene Marbach, Steven Lynham, Malcolm Ward, Jonathan Edgeworth, Jonathan Otter
Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) have emerged globally and have been associated with more severe disease than healthcare-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA). The purpose of this study was to determine whether laboratory measures of virulence can distinguish dominant CA-MRSA clones from HA-MRSA clones. We compared the production of Phenol Soluble Modulins (PSM) and ability to kill Galleria mellonella caterpillars for a range of CA- and HA-MRSA strains. 22 HA-MRSA strains (ST22-IV (EMRSA-15), ST36-II (EMRSA-16), and ST239-III) and 26 CA-MRSA strains (ST1-IV (PVL+ USA400), ST1-IV (PVL-), ST8-IV (USA300), ST22-IV (PVL+), ST30-IV, ST59-IV and ST80-IV) were analysed...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900564/effects-of-rnai-mediated-tusc3-silencing-on-radiation-induced-autophagy-and-radiation-sensitivity-of-human-lung-adenocarcinoma-cell-line-a549-under-hypoxic-condition
#14
Ya-Guang Li, Nai-Xin Liang, Ying-Zhi Qin, Dong-Jie Ma, Chang-Jin Huang, Lei Liu, Shan-Qing Li
This study examined the effects of RNAi-mediated TUSC3 silencing on radiation-induced autophagy and radiation sensitivity of human lung adenocarcinoma cell line A549 under hypoxic condition. Different CoCl2 concentrations were used to treat A549 cells and establish a CoCl2-induced hypoxic model of A549 cells. MTT and clone formation assays were used to determine the effects of different concentrations of CoCl2 on the growth and proliferation of A549 cells treated by different doses of X-ray irradiation. The siRNA-expressing vector was transfected by liposomes and for silencing of TUSC3...
November 30, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899975/in-vitro-antitumor-activity-of-latcripin-15-regulator-of-chromosome-condensation-1-domain-protein
#15
Li Tian, Xiaoli Wang, Xingyun Li, Ben Liu, Wei Zhang, Jing Cao, Anhong Ning, Min Huang, Mintao Zhong
Cancer is one of the most significant health problems worldwide and thus the development of novel therapeutic agents with fewer side effects is required. The present study investigated the in vitro anticancer effects of a newly isolated fungal protein. In this study, Latcripin-15 (LP-15) regulator of chromosome condensation 1 (RCC1) domain protein, which is obtained from the Lentinula edodes C91-3 fungal strain, was identified, cloned, expressed, purified and re-folded to assess the in vitro antitumor activity of the protein...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899664/integration-defective-lentiviral-vector-mediates-efficient-gene-editing-through-homology-directed-repair-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#16
Yebo Wang, Yingjia Wang, Tammy Chang, He Huang, Jiing-Kuan Yee
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are used as platforms for disease study, drug screening and cell-based therapy. To facilitate these applications, it is frequently necessary to genetically manipulate the hESC genome. Gene editing with engineered nucleases enables site-specific genetic modification of the human genome through homology-directed repair (HDR). However, the frequency of HDR remains low in hESCs. We combined efficient expression of engineered nucleases and integration-defective lentiviral vector (IDLV) transduction for donor template delivery to mediate HDR in hESC line WA09...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899647/spliceosomal-protein-eftud2-mutation-leads-to-p53-dependent-apoptosis-in-zebrafish-neural-progenitors
#17
Lei Lei, Shou-Yu Yan, Ran Yang, Jia-Yu Chen, Yumei Li, Ye Bu, Nannan Chang, Qinchao Zhou, Xiaojun Zhu, Chuan-Yun Li, Jing-Wei Xiong
Haploinsufficiency of EFTUD2 (Elongation Factor Tu GTP Binding Domain Containing 2) is linked to human mandibulofacial dysostosis, Guion-Almeida type (MFDGA), but the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms remain to be addressed. We report here the isolation, cloning and functional analysis of the mutated eftud2 (snu114) in a novel neuronal mutant fn10a in zebrafish. This mutant displayed abnormal brain development with evident neuronal apoptosis while the development of other organs appeared less affected...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898090/lips-a3s-a-human-genomic-site-for-robust-expression-of-inserted-transgenes
#18
Andriana G Kotini, Michel Sadelain, Eirini P Papapetrou
Transgenesis of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) can enable and empower a variety of studies in stem cell research, including lineage tracing and functional genetics studies. While in recent years much progress has been made in the development of tools for gene targeting, little attention has been given to the identification of sites in the human genome where transgenes can be inserted and reliably expressed. In order to find human genomic sites capable of supporting long-term and high-level transgene expression in hPSCs, we performed a lentiviral screen in human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)...
November 29, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895635/molecular-characteristic-and-virulence-gene-profiles-of-community-associated-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-from-pediatric-patients-in-shanghai-china
#19
Xing Wang, Xia Li, Wei Liu, Weichun Huang, Qihua Fu, Min Li
Staphylococcus aureus is a globally important human pathogen, especially among children and immunocompromised patients. The emergence and spread of community-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (CA-MRSA) has become a serious public health problem worldwide. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence, molecular characteristics and virulence profiles of CA-MRSA infections from pediatric patients in a university hospital in Shanghai, China. A total of 80 CA-MRSA isolates were collected from July 2012 to December 2013 in Shanghai Children's Medical Center and analyzed by multilocus sequence typing, staphylococcus chromosomal cassette mec (SCCmec) typing, and spa typing...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895277/triatoma-infestans-calreticulin-gene-cloning-and-expression-of-a-main-domain-that-interacts-with-the-host-complement-system
#20
Katherine Weinberger, Norberto Collazo, Juan Carlos Aguillón, María Carmen Molina, Carlos Rosas, Jaime Peña, Javier Pizarro, Ismael Maldonado, Pedro E Cattan, Werner Apt, Arturo Ferreira
Triatoma infestans is an important hematophagous vector of Chagas disease, a neglected chronic illness affecting approximately 6 million people in Latin America. Hematophagous insects possess several molecules in their saliva that counteract host defensive responses. Calreticulin (CRT), a multifunctional protein secreted in saliva, contributes to the feeding process in some insects. Human CRT (HuCRT) and Trypanosoma cruzi CRT (TcCRT) inhibit the classical pathway of complement activation, mainly by interacting through their central S domain with complement component C1...
November 28, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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