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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334402/noninvasive-reconstruction-of-placental-methylome-from-maternal-plasma-dna-potential-for-prenatal-testing-and-monitoring
#1
Kun Sun, Fiona M F Lun, Tak Y Leung, Rossa W K Chiu, Y M Dennis Lo, Hao Sun
OBJECTIVE: During human pregnancy, the DNA methylation of placental tissue is highly relevant to the normal growth and development of the fetus, therefore methylomic analysis of the placental tissue possesses high research and clinical value in prenatal testing and monitoring. Thus our aim is to develop an approach for reconstruction of the placental methylome, which should be completely noninvasive and achieve high accuracy and resolution. RESULTS: We propose a novel size-based algorithm, FEMER, to noninvasively reconstruct the placental methylome by genomewide bisulfite sequencing and size-based analysis of maternal plasma DNA...
January 15, 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334376/positively-selected-enhancer-elements-endow-osteosarcoma-cells-with-metastatic-competence
#2
James J Morrow, Ian Bayles, Alister P W Funnell, Tyler E Miller, Alina Saiakhova, Michael M Lizardo, Cynthia F Bartels, Maaike Y Kapteijn, Stevephen Hung, Arnulfo Mendoza, Gursimran Dhillon, Daniel R Chee, Jay T Myers, Frederick Allen, Marco Gambarotti, Alberto Righi, Analisa DiFeo, Brian P Rubin, Alex Y Huang, Paul S Meltzer, Lee J Helman, Piero Picci, Henri Versteeg, John Stamatoyannopolus, Chand Khanna, Peter C Scacheri
Metastasis results from a complex set of traits acquired by tumor cells, distinct from those necessary for tumorigenesis. Here, we investigate the contribution of enhancer elements to the metastatic phenotype of osteosarcoma. Through epigenomic profiling, we identify substantial differences in enhancer activity between primary and metastatic human tumors and between near isogenic pairs of highly lung metastatic and nonmetastatic osteosarcoma cell lines. We term these regions metastatic variant enhancer loci (Met-VELs)...
January 15, 2018: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334374/transitory-presence-of-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-in-neonates-is-critical-for-control-of-inflammation
#3
Yu-Mei He, Xing Li, Michela Perego, Yulia Nefedova, Andrew V Kossenkov, Erik A Jensen, Valerian Kagan, Yu-Feng Liu, Shu-Yu Fu, Qing-Jian Ye, Yan-Hong Zhou, Lai Wei, Dmitry I Gabrilovich, Jie Zhou
Myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) are pathologically activated and relatively immature myeloid cells that have been implicated in the immunological regulation of many pathologic conditions. Phenotypically and morphologically, MDSCs are similar to neutrophils (PMN-MDSCs) and monocytes (M-MDSCs). However, they have potent suppressive activity and distinct gene expression profiles and biochemical characteristics. No or very few MDSCs are observed in steady-state physiological conditions. Therefore, until recently, accumulation of MDSCs was considered a consequence of pathological processes or pregnancy...
January 15, 2018: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334313/pneumonia-infection-in-mice-reveals-the-involvement-of-the-feoa-gene-in-the-pathogenesis-of-acinetobacter-baumannii
#4
Laura Álvarez-Fraga, Juan C Vázquez-Ucha, Marta Martínez-Guitián, Juan A Vallejo, Germán Bou, Alejandro Beceiro, Margarita Poza
Acinetobacter baumannii has emerged in the last decade as an important nosocomial pathogen. To identify genes involved in the course of a pneumonia infection, gene expression profiles were obtained from A. baumannii ATCC 17978 grown in mouse infected lungs and in culture medium. Gene expression analysis allowed us to determine a gene, the A1S_0242 gene (feoA), over-expressed during the pneumonia infection. In the present work, we evaluate the role of this gene, involved in iron uptake. The inactivation of the A1S_0242 gene resulted in an increase susceptibility to oxidative stress and a decrease in biofilm formation, in adherence to A549 cells and in fitness...
January 15, 2018: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334255/ngs-based-methylation-profiling-differentiates-tcf3-hlf-and-tcf3-pbx1-positive-b-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Priyadarshini Kachroo, Silke Szymczak, Femke-Anouska Heinsen, Michael Forster, Jörn Bethune, Georg Hemmrich-Stanisak, Lewis Baker, Martin Schrappe, Martin Stanulla, Andre Franke
AIM: To determine whether methylation differences between mostly fatal TCF3-HLF and curable TCF3-PBX1 pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia subtypes can be associated with differential gene expression and remission. MATERIALS & METHODS: Five (extremely rare) TCF3-HLF versus five (very similar) TCF3-PBX1 patients were sampled before and after remission and analyzed using reduced representation bisulfite sequencing and RNA-sequencing. RESULTS: We identified 7000 differentially methylated CpG sites between subtypes, of which 78% had lower methylation levels in TCF3-HLF...
January 15, 2018: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333702/maml1-and-twist1-co-overexpression-promote-invasion-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Sima Ardalan Khales, Ehsan Ebrahimi, Eisa Jahanzad, Sahar Ardalan Khales, Mohammad Mahdi Forghanifard
AIMS: Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is the seventh most common cancer worldwide with considerable morbidity and mortality. Invasion and metastasis of HNSCC is a complex process involving multiple molecules and signaling pathways. Twist Family BHLH Transcription Factor 1 (TWIST1) and Mastermind-like 1 (MAML1) are essential in induction of epithelial-mesenchymal transition through direct regulation of implicated molecules in cellular adhesion, migration and invasion. Our aim in this study was to assess the clinical significance of MAML1 and TWIST1 expression in HNSCC, and elucidate the probable correlation between these genes to exhibit their possible associations with progression and metastasis of the disease...
January 15, 2018: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333697/lactic-acid-bacteria-may-impact-intestinal-barrier-function-by-modulating-goblet-cells
#7
Chengcheng Ren, Jelleke Dokter-Fokkens, Susana Figueroa Lozano, Qiuxiang Zhang, Bart J de Haan, Hao Zhang, Marijke M Faas, Paul de Vos
SCOPE: Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) are recognized to promote gastrointestinal health by mechanisms that are not fully understood. LABs might modulate the mucus and thereby enhance intestinal barrier function. Herein, we investigated effects of different LAB strains and species on goblet cell genes involved in mucus synthesis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Gene expression profiles of goblet cell-associated products (mucin MUC2, trefoil factor 3, resistin-like molecule β, carbohydrate sulfotransferase 5, and galactose-3-O-sulfotransferase 2) induced by LAB or their derived conditioned medium in human goblet cell line LS174T were studied...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333657/gelatin-methacryloyl-hydrogels-in-the-absence-of-a-crosslinker-as-3d-glioblastoma-multiforme-gbm-mimetic-microenvironment
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Pelin Erkoc, Fidan Seker, Tugba Bagci-Onder, Seda Kizilel
3D platforms are important for monitoring tumor progression and screening drug candidates to eradicate tumors such as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a malignant type of human brain tumor. Here, a new strategy is reported that exploits visible-light-induced crosslinking of gelatin where the reaction is carried out in the absence of an additional crosslinker. Visible light-induced crosslinking promotes the design of cancer microenvironment-mimetic system without compromising the cell viability during the process and absence of crosslinker facilitates the synthesis of the unique construct...
January 15, 2018: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333563/aldehyde-dehydrogenase-activity-in-adipose-tissue-isolation-and-gene-expression-profile-of-distinct-sub-population-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
#9
Mehdi Najar, Emerence Crompot, Leo A van Grunsven, Laurent Dollé, Laurence Lagneaux
Thanks to their relative abundance and easier collection, adipose tissue (AT) is considered an alternative source for the isolation of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). MSCs have great therapeutic values and are thus under investigations for several clinical indications such as regenerative medicine and immunomodulation. In this work, we aimed to identify, isolate and characterize AT-MSCs based on their aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) activity known to be a classical feature of stem cells. FACS technology allowed to isolate two different populations of AT-MSCs according to their ALDH activity (referred as ALDH+ and ALDH-)...
January 15, 2018: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333098/mir-22-3p-regulates-cell-proliferation-and-inhibits-cell-apoptosis-through-targeting-the-eif4ebp3-gene-in-human-cervical-squamous-carcinoma-cells
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Kang-Tai Lv, Zhu Liu, Jie Feng, Wei Zhao, Tao Hao, Wen-Yan Ding, Jing-Ping Chu, Ling-Juan Gao
Background: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are non-coding small RNAs that function as negative regulators of gene expression and are involved in tumour biology. The eIF4E-binding proteins (eIF4EBPs) play essential roles in preventing translation initiation and inhibiting protein synthesis at a global or message-specific level in a variety of tumours. Methods: According to comparative miRNA profiles of clinical cervical cancer and non-cancerous cervical tissue specimens, several miRNAs were aberrantly expressed in the cervical cancer samples...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333090/gene-and-protein-expression-profiles-in-a-mouse-model-of-collagen-induced-arthritis
#11
Sun-Yeong Gwon, Ki-Jong Rhee, Ho Joong Sung
The risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease, in the elderly population increases along with that of atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. Identifying specific biomarkers for RA can clarify the underlying molecular mechanisms and can aid diagnosis and patient care. To this end, the present study investigated the genes and proteins that are differentially expressed in RA using a mouse collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) model. We performed gene microarray and proteome array analyses using blood samples from the mice and found that 50 genes and 24 proteins were upregulated and 48 genes were downregulated by more than 2-fold in the CIA model relative to the control...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332623/gene-expression-and-lymphocyte-population-at-the-fetal-maternal-interface-in-sheep-pregnancies-established-by-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer
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Jason A Koroghli, Elizabeth Floyd, Misha Regouski, Kerry Rood, Kirsten Gash, Kip Panter, Rusty Stott, Christopher J Davies, Irina A Polejaeva, Heloisa M Rutigliano
The hypothesis of this study was that the leukocyte populations and expression levels of genes related to immune response, growth factors and apoptosis would be altered at the fetal-maternal interface in somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT)-generated sheep pregnancies. Placental and endometrial samples from sheep pregnancies established by SCNT and natural breeding (control) were collected at 45 days and at term. Expression of genes related to growth factors, apoptosis and immune response was examined using quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction...
January 15, 2018: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332587/lysosomal-acid-lipase-deficiency-could-dyslipidemia-drive-the-diagnosis
#13
Ornella Guardamagna
LAL-deficiency (LAL-D) is a rare and systemic condition, secondary to LIPA gene mutations, responsible for lysosomal accumulation of cholesteryl esters and triglycerides, whose manifestations are very heterogeneous in terms of age of onset, severity and type of clinical and radiological manifestations. Dyslipidemia, hepatomegaly and hepatosteatosis with increased levels of transaminases are the most common features. The increased risk of premature atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disorders,, secondary to a generalized alteration of lipid profile and lipoprotein dysfunction associated with LAL-D, has been increasingly pointed out...
January 11, 2018: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332575/protective-role-of-italian-juglans-regia-l-nut-ethanolic-extract-in-human-keratinocytes-under-oxidative-and-inflammatory-stress
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Cinzia Calcabrini, Umberto Mancini, Roberta De Bellis, Alessandra Frati, Anna Rita Mastrogiacomo, Giosue Annibalini, Piero Sestili, Luigi Cucchiarini, Vilberto Stocchi, Lucia Potenza
OBJECTIVE: In this research, fatty acid profile and polyphenolic content of an ethanolic extract of walnut from Juglans regia L. collected in Central Italy, were performed. The potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of the extract were investigated in the human keratinocytes cell line. METHODS: Fatty acid profile was determined by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis, total phenolic content by Folin-Ciocalteu method and aluminum chloride colorimetric method was used for determination of total flavonoids...
January 12, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332359/novel-molecular-and-metabolic-aspects-in-osteosarcoma
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Evangelos Tsiambas, Panagiotis P Fotiades, Chrissa Sioka, Dimitrios Kotrotsios, Evangelia Gkika, Andreas Fotopoulos, Stylianos N Mastronikolis, Ilianna E Armata, Evangelos Giotakis, Vasileios Ragos
Osteosarcoma (OS) is the most frequent bone-forming malignancy in children and adolescents. Concerning its molecular landscape, there is no a direct relationship with a specific gene, but a combination of genetic events. A broad spectrum of activated oncogenes and downregulated suppressor genes has been already explored and considered crucial for its progressive pathogenesis. Mechanisms of gene deregulation include amplifications, point mutations, allelic losses and also epigenetic abnormalities such as aberrant promoter methylation...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332336/downregulation-of-guanine-nucleotide-binding-protein-beta-1-gnb1-is-associated-with-worsened-prognosis-of-clearcell-renal-cell-carcinoma-and-is-related-to-vegf-signaling-pathway
#16
C Chen, H Chi, L Min, Z Junhua
PURPOSE: Clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is characterized by genetic abnormalities, while the role of Guanine Nucleotide-Binding Protein Beta 1 (GNB1) in ccRCC has not been studied. We thus aimed to evaluate the expression and prognostic value of GNB1 in ccRCC. METHODS: A two-stage study (exploration and validation) was conducted using in silico and immunohistochemical (IHC) scoring of ccRCC samples from our institute, to evaluate the association between GNB1 expression and clinicopathological parameters of ccRCC patients...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332190/transcriptomic-profiling-of-developing-fiber-in-levant-cotton-gossypium-herbaceum-l
#17
Mithil J Parekh, Sushil Kumar, Ranbir S Fougat, Harshvardhan N Zala, Ramesh J Pandit
Cotton (Gossypium spp.) is an imperative economic crop of the globe due to its natural textile fiber. Molecular mechanisms of fiber development have been greatly revealed in allotetraploid cotton but remained unexplored in Gossypium herbaceum. G. herbaceum can withstand the rigors of nature like drought and pests but produce coarse lint. This undesirable characteristic strongly needs the knowledge of fiber development at molecular basis. The present study reported the transcriptome sequence of the developing fiber of G...
January 13, 2018: Functional & Integrative Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332189/the-arabidopsis-histone-chaperone-fact-is-required-for-stress-induced-expression-of-anthocyanin-biosynthetic-genes
#18
Alexander Pfab, Matthias Breindl, Klaus D Grasser
The histone chaperone FACT is involved in the expression of genes encoding anthocyanin biosynthetic enzymes also upon induction by moderate high-light and therefore contributes to the stress-induced plant pigmentation. The histone chaperone FACT consists of the SSRP1 and SPT16 proteins and associates with transcribing RNAPII (RNAPII) along the transcribed region of genes. FACT can promote transcriptional elongation by destabilising nucleosomes in the path of RNA polymerase II, thereby facilitating efficient transcription of chromatin templates...
January 13, 2018: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332125/icg-001-exerts-potent-anticancer-activity-against-uveal-melanoma-cells
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Salma Kaochar, Jianrong Dong, Marie Torres, Kimal Rajapakshe, Fotis Nikolos, Christel M Davis, Erik A Ehli, Cristian Coarfa, Nicholas Mitsiades, Vasiliki Poulaki
Purpose: Uveal melanoma (UM) is uniformly refractory to all available systemic chemotherapies, thus creating an urgent need for novel therapeutics. In this study, we investigated the sensitivity of UM cells to ICG-001, a small molecule reported to suppress the Wnt/β-catenin-mediated transcriptional program. Methods: We used a panel of UM cell lines to examine the effects of ICG-001 on cellular proliferation, migration, and gene expression. In vivo efficacy of ICG-001 was evaluated in a UM xenograft model...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331751/comprehensive-genomic-profiling-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-reveals-fgfr1-amplifications-and-tumour-genomic-alterations-burden-as-prognostic-biomarkers-of-survival
#20
C Dubot, V Bernard, M P Sablin, S Vacher, W Chemlali, A Schnitzler, G Pierron, K Ait Rais, N Bessoltane, E Jeannot, J Klijanienko, O Mariani, T Jouffroy, V Calugaru, C Hoffmann, M Lesnik, N Badois, F Berger, C Le Tourneau, M Kamal, I Bieche
BACKGROUND: We aimed at identifying deleterious genomic alterations from untreated head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients, and assessing their prognostic value. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrieved 122 HNSCC patients who underwent primary surgery. Targeted NGS was used to analyse a panel of 100 genes selected among the most frequently altered genes in HNSCC and potential therapeutic targets. We selected only deleterious (activating or inactivating) single nucleotide variations, and copy number variations for analysis...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
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