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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736996/phytochemical-investigation-antitumor-activity-and-hepatoprotective-effects-of-acrocarpus-fraxinifolius-leaf-extract
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Heba A S El-Nashar, Omayma A Eldahshan, Omama E Elshawi, Abdel Nasser B Singab
Preclinical Research Nine known phenolic compounds were isolated from an aqueous methanolic extract of Acrocarpus fraxinifolius Weight and Arn leaves (AFL) family Fabaceae. This extract of AFL contained approximately 169 mg gallic acid/g as assessed by HPLC. The AFL extract had marginal antitumor activity (IC50  > 200 µL/mL) but showed a concentration-dependent hepatoprotective effect against CCl4 -induced hepatotoxicity in vitro. Cell viability was increased, ALT and AST activity declined and reduced GSH concentration and SOD activity were restored as compared with silymarin...
July 24, 2017: Drug Development Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678443/mitochondrial-ribosome-mitoribosome-profiling-for-monitoring-mitochondrial-translation-in-vivo
#2
Mary T Couvillion, L Stirling Churchman
Translation in the mitochondria is regulated by mechanisms distinct from those acting in the cytosol and in bacteria, yet precise methods for investigating it have lagged behind. This unit describes an approach, mitochondrial ribosome (mitoribosome) profiling, to quantitatively monitor mitochondrial translation with high temporal and spatial resolution in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Mitoribosomes are immunoprecipitated from whole-cell lysate and the protected mRNA fragments are isolated. These fragments are then converted to sequencing libraries or analyzed by northern blot hybridization to reveal the distribution of mitoribosomes across the mitochondrial transcriptome...
July 5, 2017: Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654728/finding-similar-nucleotide-sequences-using-network-blast-searches
#3
Istvan Ladunga
The Basic Local Alignment Search Tool (BLAST) is the first tool in the annotation of nucleotide or amino acid sequences. BLAST is a flagship of bioinformatics due to its performance and user-friendliness. Beginners and intermediate users will learn how to design and submit blastn and Megablast searches on the Web pages at the National Center for Biotechnology Information. We map nucleic acid sequences to genomes, find identical or similar mRNAs, expressed sequence tag, and noncoding RNA sequences, and run Megablast searches, which are much faster than blastn...
June 27, 2017: Current Protocols in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654727/using-the-noncode-database-resource
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Li Xiyuan, Bu Dechao, Sun Liang, Wu Yang, Fang Shuangsang, Li Hui, Luo Haitao, Luo Chunlong, Fang Wenzheng, Chen Runsheng, Zhao Yi
NONCODE is a comprehensive database that aims to present the most complete collection and annotation of non-coding RNAs, especially long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA genes), and thus NONCODE is essential to modern biological and medical research. Scientists are producing a flood of new data from which new lncRNA genes and lncRNA-disease relationships are continually being identified. NONCODE assimilates such information from a wide variety of sources including published articles, RNA-seq data, micro-array data and databases on genetic variation (dbSNP) and genome-wide associations (GWAS)...
June 27, 2017: Current Protocols in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639574/mir-551b-5p-contributes-to-pathogenesis-of-vein-graft-failure-via-upregulating-early-growth-response-1-expression
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Ran Dong, Kui Zhang, Yue-Li Wang, Feng Zhang, Jian Cao, Ju-Bing Zheng, Hong-Jia Zhang
BACKGROUND: Vein graft failure (VGF) is a serious complication of coronary artery bypass graft, although the mechanism remains unclear. The study aimed to investigate the effects of microRNAs (miRNAs) on the endothelial dysfunction involved in VGF. METHODS: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were subjected to mechanical stretch stimulation to induce endothelial dysfunction. Genome-wide transcriptome profiling was performed using the Human miRNA OneArray® V4 (PhalanxBio Inc...
July 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628208/carbocyclic-c-c-bond-formation-intramolecular-radical-ring-closure-to-yield-diastereomerically-pure-7-s-me-or-7-r-me-carba-lna-nucleotide-analogs
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Oleksandr Plashkevych, Ram Shankar Upadhayaya, Jyoti Chattopadhyaya
In light of the impressive gene-silencing properties of carba-LNA modified oligo DNA and RNA, both in antisense RNA and siRNA approaches, which have been confirmed as proof-of-concept for biochemical applications in post-transcriptional gene silencing, we envision the true potential of carba-LNA modifications to be revealed soon. Herein we provide detailed protocols for synthesis of carba-LNA-A, -G, -(5-Me) C, and -T nucleosides on a medium/large scale (gram scale), as well as important guidelines for incorporation of these modified carba-LNAs into DNA or RNA oligonucleotides...
June 19, 2017: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628203/photoactivated-in-vivo-proximity-labeling
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David B Beck, Roberto Bonasio
Identification of molecular interactions is paramount to understanding how cells function. Most available technologies rely on co-purification of a protein of interest and its binding partners. Therefore, they are limited in their ability to detect low-affinity interactions and cannot be applied to proteins that localize to difficult-to-solubilize cellular compartments. In vivo proximity labeling (IPL) overcomes these obstacles by covalently tagging proteins and RNAs based on their proximity in vivo to a protein of interest...
June 19, 2017: Current Protocols in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612367/association-between-genetic-variants-in-the-promoter-region-of-a-novel-antisense-long-noncoding-rna-rp11-392p7-6-and-colorectal-cancer-risk
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Mingjuan Jin, Simeng Gu, Ding Ye, Yingjun Li, Fangyuan Jing, Qilong Li, Kun Chen
There is a widespread occurrence of antisense transcripts' regulation on cancer-related genes in cancer biology. RP11-392P7.6 is antisense to the coding region of cancer-related gene GPRC5D, which has been found recently. The aim of this study was to investigate the associations of tagSNPs in the promoter region of RP11-392P7.6 with the risk of colorectal cancer. We conducted a two-stage case-control study, with a discovery set (320 cases and 319 controls) and a validation set (501 cases and 538 controls). Four tagSNPs (rs1531970, rs1642199, rs4763903, and rs10845671) were selected based on 1000 Genomes Project data and genotyped by using the Sequenom MassARRAY genotyping platform...
June 14, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463400/using-3drna-for-rna-3-d-structure-prediction-and-evaluation
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Jian Wang, Yi Xiao
This unit describes how to use 3dRNA to predict RNA 3-D structures from their sequences and secondary (2-D) structures, and how to use 3dRNAscore to evaluate the predicted structures. The predicted RNA 3-D structures can be used to predict or understand their functions and can also be used to find the interactions between the RNA and other molecules. © 2017 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
May 2, 2017: Current Protocols in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450173/a-method-for-the-improved-detection-of-aerosolized-influenza-viruses-and-the-male-specific-f-rna-coliphage-ms2
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J C Chandler, J W Schaeffer, M Davidson, S L Magzamen, A Pérez-Méndez, S J Reynolds, L D Goodridge, J Volckens, A B Franklin, S A Shriner, B Bisha
The detection of aerosolized viruses can serve as an important surveillance and control tool in agriculture, human health, and environmental settings. Here, we adapted an anion exchange resin-based method, initially developed to concentrate negatively charged viruses from water, to liquid impingement-based bioaerosol sampling. In this method, aerosolized viruses are collected in a 20ml liquid sample contained within widely used impingers, BioSamplers (SKC Inc., Eighty Four, PA), and further concentrated via adsorption to an anion exchange resin that is suspended within this liquid...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444712/the-urinary-microbiome-and-its-contribution-to-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-ici-rs-2015
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Marcus J Drake, Nicola Morris, Apostolos Apostolidis, Mohammad S Rahnama'i, Julian R Marchesi
AIMS: The microbiome is the term used for the symbiotic microbial colonisation of healthy organs. Studies have found bacterial identifiers within voided urine which is apparently sterile on conventional laboratory culture, and accordingly there may be health and disease implications. METHODS: The International Consultation on Incontinence Research Society (ICI-RS) established a literature review and expert consensus discussion focussed on the increasing awareness of the urinary microbiome, and potential research priorities...
April 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419777/micrornas-as-biomarkers-for-psychiatric-disorders-with-a-focus-on-autism-spectrum-disorder-current-progress-in-genetic-association-studies-expression-profiling-and-translational-research
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REVIEW
Yubin Hu, Erik A Ehli, Dorret I Boomsma
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a group of small noncoding RNA molecules, 18-25 nucleotides in length, which can negatively regulate gene expression at the post-transcriptional level by binding to messenger RNAs. About half of all identified miRNAs in humans are expressed in the brain and display regulatory functions important for many biological processes related to the development of the central nervous system (CNS). Disruptions in miRNA biogenesis and miRNA-target interaction have been related to CNS diseases, including psychiatric disorders...
April 17, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370415/top2b-is-involved-in-the-formation-of-outer-segment-and-synapse-during-late-stage-photoreceptor-differentiation-by-controlling-key-genes-of-photoreceptor-transcriptional-regulatory-network
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Ying Li, Hailing Hao, Mavis R Swerdel, Hyeon-Yeol Cho, Ki-Bum Lee, Ronald P Hart, Yi Lisa Lyu, Li Cai
Topoisomerase II beta (Top2b) is an enzyme that alters the topologic states of DNA during transcription. Top2b deletion in early retinal progenitor cells causes severe defects in neural differentiation and affects cell survival in all retinal cell types. However, it is unclear whether the observed severe phenotypes are the result of cell-autonomous/primary defects or non-cell-autonomous/secondary defects caused by alterations of other retinal cells. Using photoreceptor cells as a model, we first characterized the phenotypes in Top2b conditional knockout...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370177/blood-safety-implications-of-donors-using-hiv-pre-exposure-prophylaxis
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C R Seed, H Yang, J F Lee
HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the use of one or more antiretroviral medications (in combination) to prevent HIV infection. The most commonly used PrEP medication (Truvada(®) , Gilead Sciences, Inc.) acts by inhibiting HIV-1 reverse transcriptase. If someone who is using PrEP unknowingly becomes HIV infected (termed 'PrEP breakthrough infection'), there may be suppressed viral replication resulting in a virus level undetectable by the most sensitive HIV NAT. Failure to seroconvert and seroreversion (loss of previously detectable HIV antibodies) have also both been observed with 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation screening immunoassays, as well as Western blot assays...
March 31, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369676/transcriptome-wide-identification-of-rna-binding-protein-binding-sites-using-photoactivatable-ribonucleoside-enhanced-crosslinking-immunoprecipitation-par-clip
#15
Henrike Maatz, Marcin Kolinski, Norbert Hubner, Markus Landthaler
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) mediate important co- and post-transcriptional gene regulation by binding pre-mRNA in a sequence- and/or structure-specific manner. For a comprehensive understanding of RBP function, transcriptome-wide mapping of the RNA-binding sites is essential, and CLIP-seq methods have been developed to elucidate protein/RNA interactions at high resolution. CLIP-seq combines protein/RNA UV-crosslinking with immunoprecipitation (CLIP) followed by high-throughput sequencing of crosslinked RNA fragments...
April 3, 2017: Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349780/ganoderic-acid-targeting-nuclear-factor-erythroid-2-related-factor-2-in-lung-cancer
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Balraj Singh Gill, Sanjeev Kumar, Navgeet
Lung cancer causes huge mortality worldwide, and targeting new pathway may provide an alternative in modulating signaling in cancer. Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 is the major regulator of endogenous and exogenous stress by activating numerous antioxidant genes critical in cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and inflammatory bowel diseases. Ganoderic acid is a triterpene from basiodiomycetes fungus Ganoderma lucidum with numerous therapeutic effects. In this study, ganoderic acid and its 50 isomers and natural activators were docked by receptor-based molecular docking using Maestro 9...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323041/quantitative-analyses-of-the-3d-nuclear-landscape-recorded-with-super-resolved-fluorescence-microscopy
#17
Volker J Schmid, Marion Cremer, Thomas Cremer
Recent advancements of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy have revolutionized microscopic studies of cells, including the exceedingly complex structural organization of cell nuclei in space and time. In this paper we describe and discuss tools for (semi-) automated, quantitative 3D analyses of the spatial nuclear organization. These tools allow the quantitative assessment of highly resolved different chromatin compaction levels in individual cell nuclei, which reflect functionally different regions or sub-compartments of the 3D nuclear landscape, and measurements of absolute distances between sites of different chromatin compaction...
July 1, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256719/rna-whole-mount-in-situ-hybridization-proximity-ligation-assay-rish-pla-an-assay-for-detecting-rna-protein-complexes-in-intact-cells
#18
Ioannis M Roussis, Fiona A Myers, Garry P Scarlett
Techniques for studying RNA-protein interactions have lagged behind those for DNA-protein interactions as a consequence of the complexities associated with working with RNA. This unit describes a method for the adaptation of the In Situ Hybridization-Proximity Ligation Assay (ISH-PLA) to the study of RNA regulation (rISH-PLA). The rISH-PLA assay allows the identification of a given RNA-protein complex at subcellular and single-cell resolution, thus avoiding the lack of spatial resolution and sensitivity associated with assaying heterogeneous cell populations from which conventional RNA-protein interaction detection techniques suffer...
March 3, 2017: Current Protocols in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252184/using-morpholinos-to-control-gene-expression
#19
Jon D Moulton
Morpholino oligonucleotides are stable, uncharged, water-soluble molecules used to block complementary sequences of RNA, preventing processing, read-through, or protein binding at those sites. Morpholinos are typically used to block translation of mRNA and to block splicing of pre-mRNA, though they can block other interactions between biological macromolecules and RNA. Morpholinos are effective, specific, and lack non-antisense effects. They work in any cell that transcribes and translates RNA, but must be delivered into the nuclear/cytosolic compartment to be effective...
March 2, 2017: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252182/synthesis-of-geranyl-2-thiouridine-modified-rna
#20
Rui Wang, Phensinee Haruehanroengra, Jia Sheng
This unit describes the chemical synthesis of the S-geranyl-2-thiouridine (ges(2) U) phosphoramidite and its incorporation into RNA oligonucleotides through solid-phase synthesis. Starting from the 2-thiouracil nucleobase and the protected ribose, the 2-thiouridine is synthesized and the geranyl functionality is introduced into the 2-thio position by using geranyl bromide as the geranylating reagent before the conversion of this modified nucleoside into a phosphoramidite building block. The modified phosphoramidite is used to make the geranyl-RNA oligonucleotides with a solid-phase DNA synthesizer...
March 2, 2017: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
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