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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815502/flping-genes-on-and-off-in-drosophila
#1
Bonnie M Weasner, Jinjin Zhu, Justin P Kumar
The fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has been a favorite experimental system of developmental biologists for more than a century. One of the most attractive features of this model system is the clarity by which one can analyze mutant phenotypes. Most genes are found in single copies, and loss-of-function mutants often have obvious phenotypes that can be analyzed during development and in adulthood. As with all metazoans, a significant fraction of Drosophila genes are used during both embryonic and postembryonic development, and null mutants often die during embryogenesis thereby precluding the analysis of postembryonic tissues...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815391/the-role-of-epigenetics-in-type-1-diabetes
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REVIEW
Samuel T Jerram, Mary N Dang, R David Leslie
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Epigenetics is defined as mitotically heritable changes in gene expression that do not directly alter the DNA sequence. By implication, such epigenetic changes are non-genetically determined, although they can be affected by inherited genetic variation. Extensive evidence indicates that autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes are determined by the interaction of genetic and non-genetic factors. Much is known of the genetic causes of these diseases, but the non-genetic effects are less clear-cut...
August 16, 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813500/telomere-biology-and-telomerase-mutations-in-cirrhotic-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Flávia S Donaires, Natália F Scatena, Raquel M Alves-Paiva, Joshua D Podlevsky, Dhenugen Logeswaran, Barbara A Santana, Andreza C Teixeira, Julian J-L Chen, Rodrigo T Calado, Ana L C Martinelli
Telomeres are repetitive DNA sequences at linear chromosome termini, protecting chromosomes against end-to-end fusion and damage, providing chromosomal stability. Telomeres shorten with mitotic cellular division, but are maintained in cells with high proliferative capacity by telomerase. Loss-of-function mutations in telomere-maintenance genes are genetic risk factors for cirrhosis development in humans and murine models. Telomerase deficiency provokes accelerated telomere shortening and dysfunction, facilitating genomic instability and oncogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807940/mitotic-vulnerability-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-associated-with-lin9-is-targetable-with-bet-inhibitors
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Jennifer M Sahni, Sylvia S Gayle, Bryan Webb, Kristen L Weber-Bonk, Darcie D Seachrist, Salendra Singh, Steven T Sizemore, Nicole A Restrepo, Gurkan Bebek, Peter Scacheri, Vinay Varadan, Matthew K Summers, Ruth A Keri
Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) are highly aggressive, lack FDA-approved targeted therapies, and frequently recur, making the discovery of novel therapeutic targets for this disease imperative. Our previous analysis of the molecular mechanisms of action of Bromodomain and extraterminal protein inhibitors (BETi) in TNBC revealed these drugs cause multinucleation, indicating BET proteins are essential for efficient mitosis and cytokinesis. Here, using live cell imaging, we show that BET inhibition prolonged mitotic progression and induced mitotic cell death, both of which are indicative of mitotic catastrophe...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807937/hnf1b-loss-exacerbates-the-development-of-chromophobe-renal-cell-carcinomas
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Eric Jonasch, Mianen Sun, Pan Tong, Wen Kong, Baijun Dong, Yiran Huang, In Young Park, Lijun Zhou, Xian-De Liu, Zhiyong Ding, Xuesong Zhang, Shanshan Bai, Peter German, Reid Powell, Quan Wang, Xuefei Tong, Nizar M Tannir, Surena F Matin, W Kimryn Rathmell, Gregory N Fuller, Ian E McCutcheon, Cheryl Lyn Walker, Jing Wang
Chromophobe renal cell carcinoma (ChRCC) is characterized by major changes in chromosomal copy number (CN). No model is available to precisely elucidate the molecular drivers of this tumor type. HNF1B is a master regulator of gene expression. Here we report that the transcription factor HNF1B is downregulated in the majority of ChRCC and that the magnitude of HNF1B loss is unique to ChRCC. We also observed a strong correlation between reduced HNF1B expression and aneuploidy in ChRCC patients. In murine embryonic fibroblasts or ACHN cells, HNF1B deficiency reduced expression of the spindle checkpoint proteins MAD2L1 and BUB1B, and the cell cycle checkpoint proteins RB1 and p27...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806906/age-associated-mrna-expression-changes-in-bovine-endometrial-cells-in-vitro
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Nao Tanikawa, Ayaka Ohtsu, Ryouka Kawahara-Miki, Koji Kimura, Shuichi Matsuyama, Hisataka Iwata, Takehito Kuwayama, Koumei Shirasuna
BACKGROUND: Endometrial cells secrete various cytokines and the dysfunction of endometrial cells may directly lead to infertility. Interferon tau (IFNT) secreted by trophoblast cells, a well-known pregnancy recognition signal in ruminants, acts on the uterus to prepare for pregnancy. Aging causes cellular and organ dysfunction, and advanced maternal age is associated with reduced fertility. However, few studies have investigated age-dependent changes in the uterus. METHODS: Using next generation sequencing and real-time PCR, we examined mRNA expression in bovine endometrial cells in vitro obtained from young (mean 45...
August 14, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806136/harnessing-olig2-function-in-tumorigenicity-and-plasticity-to-target-malignant-gliomas
#7
Jennifer Kosty, Fanghui Lu, Robert Kupp, Shwetal Mehta, Q Richard Lu
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most prevalent and malignant brain tumor, displaying notorious resistance to conventional therapy, partially due to molecular and genetic heterogeneity. Understanding the mechanisms for gliomagenesis, tumor stem/progenitor cell propagation and phenotypic diversity is critical for devising effective and targeted therapy for this lethal disease. The basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor OLIG2, which is universally expressed in gliomas, has emerged as an important player in GBM cell reprogramming, genotoxic resistance, and tumor phenotype plasticity...
August 14, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803909/depletion-of-the-mitotic-kinase-cdc5p-in-candida-albicans-results-in-the-formation-of-elongated-buds-that-switch-to-the-hyphal-fate-over-time-in-a-ume6p-and-hgc1p-dependent-manner
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Amandeep Glory, Chloë Triplet van Oostende, Anja Geitmann, Catherine Bachewich
The fungal pathogen Candida albicans differentiates between yeast, hyphae and pseudohyphae in order to enhance survival in the human host. Environmental cues induce hyphal development and expression of hyphal-specific genes. Filaments also result from yeast cell cycle arrest, but the nature of these cells and their mechanisms of formation are less clear. We previously demonstrated that depletion of the mitotic polo-like kinase Cdc5p resulted in the production of filaments under yeast growth conditions that were distinct from hyphae with respect to several criteria, yet expressed hyphal-specific genes at later stages of development...
August 10, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803871/an-rnai-screen-in-a-novel-model-of-oriented-divisions-identifies-the-actin-capping-protein-z-%C3%AE-as-an-essential-regulator-of-spindle-orientation
#9
Florencia di Pietro, Léo Valon, Yingbo Li, Rosette Goïame, Auguste Genovesio, Xavier Morin
Oriented cell divisions are controlled by a conserved molecular cascade involving Gαi, LGN, and NuMA. We developed a new cellular model of oriented cell divisions combining micropatterning and localized recruitment of Gαi and performed an RNAi screen for regulators acting downstream of Gαi. Remarkably, this screen revealed a unique subset of dynein regulators as being essential for spindle orientation, shedding light on a core regulatory aspect of oriented divisions. We further analyze the involvement of one novel regulator, the actin-capping protein CAPZB...
August 4, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795287/recent-advances-in-the-classification-and-treatment-of-ependymomas
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REVIEW
Heather Leeper, Michelle M Felicella, Tobias Walbert
Ependymomas are a subgroup of ependymal glia-derived neoplasms that affect children as well as adults. Arising within any CNS compartment, symptoms at presentation can range from acute onset due to increased intracranial pressure to insidious myelopathy. The overall survival (OS) outcomes in adult patients across the subgroups is heterogeneous with subependymoma having an excellent prognosis often even in the absence of any treatment, whereas supratentorial ependymomas tend to be higher grade in nature and may have an OS of 5 years despite gross total resection and adjuvant radiation...
August 10, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791777/mutations-in-the-katnb1-gene-cause-left-right-asymmetry-and-heart-defects
#11
M B Furtado, D J Merriner, S Berger, D Rhodes, D Jamsai, M K O'Bryan
BACKGROUND: The microtubule-severing protein complex katanin is composed two subunits, the ATPase subunit, KATNA1, and the non-catalytic regulatory subunit, KATNB1. Recently, the Katnb1 gene has been linked to infertility, regulation of centriole and cilia formation in fish and mammals, as well as neocortical brain development. KATNB1 protein is expressed in germ cells in humans and mouse, mitotic/meiotic spindles and cilia, although the full expression pattern of the Katnb1 gene has not been described...
August 9, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777490/a-novel-genetic-syndrome-with-stard9-mutation-and-abnormal-spindle-morphology
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Nobuhiko Okamoto, Yuki Tsuchiya, Fuyuki Miya, Tatsuhiko Tsunoda, Kumiko Yamashita, Keith A Boroevich, Mitsuhiro Kato, Shinji Saitoh, Mami Yamasaki, Yonehiro Kanemura, Kenjiro Kosaki, Daiju Kitagawa
Intellectual disability (ID) is one of neurodevelopmental disorders characterized by serious defects in both intelligence and adaptive behavior. Although it has been suggested that genetic aberrations associated with the process of cell division underlie ID, the cytological evidence for mitotic defects in actual patient's cells is rarely reported. Here, we report a novel mutation in the STARD9 (also known as KIF16A) gene found in a patient with severe ID, characteristic features, epilepsy, acquired microcephaly, and blindness...
August 4, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777004/whole-exome-sequencing-identify-the-6q12-q16-linkage-region-and-a-candidate-gene-ttk-for-pulmonary-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-disease
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Fei Chen, Eva P Szymanski, Kenneth N Olivier, Xinyue Liu, Hervé Tettelin, Steven M Holland, Priya Duggal
RATIONALE: Pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterial (PNTM) disease often affects white postmenopausal women, with a tall and lean body habitus and higher rates of scoliosis, pectus excavatum, mitral valve prolapse, and mutations in the CFTR gene. These clinical features and the familial clustering of the disease suggest an underlying genetic mechanism. OBJECTIVES: To map the genes associated with PNTM, whole-exome sequencing (WES) was conducted in 12 PNTM families and 57 sporadic cases recruited at the NIH Clinical Center during 2001-2013...
August 4, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774758/dmrt-proteins-and-coordination-of-mammalian-spermatogenesis
#14
Teng Zhang, David Zarkower
DMRT genes encode a deeply conserved family of transcription factors that share a unique DNA binding motif, the DM domain. DMRTs regulate development in a broad variety of metazoans and they appear to have controlled sexual differentiation for hundreds of millions of years. In mice, starting during embryonic development, three Dmrt genes act sequentially to help establish and maintain spermatogenesis. Dmrt1 has notably diverse functions that include repressing pluripotency genes and promoting mitotic arrest in embryonic germ cells, reactivating prospermatogonia perinatally, establishing and maintaining spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs), promoting spermatogonial differentiation, and controlling the mitosis/meiosis switch...
July 25, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770220/transcriptome-based-modeling-reveals-that-oxidative-stress-induces-modulation-of-the-atfa-dependent-signaling-networks-in-aspergillus-nidulans
#15
Erzsébet Orosz, Károly Antal, Zoltán Gazdag, Zsuzsa Szabó, Kap-Hoon Han, Jae-Hyuk Yu, István Pócsi, Tamás Emri
To better understand the molecular functions of the master stress-response regulator AtfA in Aspergillus nidulans, transcriptomic analyses of the atfA null mutant and the appropriate control strains exposed to menadione sodium bisulfite- (MSB-), t-butylhydroperoxide- and diamide-induced oxidative stresses were performed. Several elements of oxidative stress response were differentially expressed. Many of them, including the downregulation of the mitotic cell cycle, as the MSB stress-specific upregulation of FeS cluster assembly and the MSB stress-specific downregulation of nitrate reduction, tricarboxylic acid cycle, and ER to Golgi vesicle-mediated transport, showed AtfA dependence...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767401/the-diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-chfr-hypermethylation-in-colorectal-cancer-a-meta-analysis-and-literature-review
#16
Zhulei Sun, Juncai Liu, Hong Jing, Shu-Xiao Dong, Jiang Wu
The Checkpoint with Forkhead-associated and Ring finger domains (CHFR) is a mitotic checkpoint and tumor-suppressor gene, its loss contributes tumorigenesis of epithelial cancers including colorectal carcinoma (CRC). The diagnostic and prognostic value of CHFR promoter hypermethylation in CRC remains unclear. This study aimed to conduct a meta-analysis and literature review and investigate clinicopathological significance of CHFR promoter hypermethylation in CRC. The following online database were used: PubMed, EMBASE, and Web of Science up to March 2017...
July 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763871/-the-function-of-aurora-a-and-its-role-in-the-development-of-liver-cancer
#17
M Li, Z G Ren
Aurora A plays a key role in cellular mitosis. It is located in the centrosome and spindle, and is mainly involved in the processes of centrosome maturation and separation, bipolar spindle assembly, and the regulation of mitotic progression. Recent studies have suggested that Aurora A is involved in tumorigenesis and tumor development through multiple mechanisms. Overexpression of Aurora A could cause abnormal centrosome amplification, aneuploidy formation, and G2/M checkpoint defects, which result in chromosome instability and imbalance between cell division and apoptosis, and eventually leads to abnormal cell proliferation...
June 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759889/mitotic-progression-following-dna-damage-enables-pattern-recognition-within-micronuclei
#18
Shane M Harding, Joseph L Benci, Jerome Irianto, Dennis E Discher, Andy J Minn, Roger A Greenberg
Inflammatory gene expression following genotoxic cancer therapy is well documented, yet the events underlying its induction remain poorly understood. Inflammatory cytokines modify the tumour microenvironment by recruiting immune cells and are critical for both local and systemic (abscopal) tumour responses to radiotherapy. A poorly understood feature of these responses is the delayed onset (days), in contrast to the acute DNA-damage responses that occur in minutes to hours. Such dichotomous kinetics implicate additional rate-limiting steps that are essential for DNA-damage-induced inflammation...
July 31, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759878/thienopyrimidine-derivatives-exert-their-anticancer-efficacy-via-apoptosis-induction-oxidative-stress-and-mitotic-catastrophe
#19
Haneen Amawi, Chandrabose Karthikeyan, Rekha Pathak, Noor Hussein, Ryann Christman, Robert Robey, Charles R Ashby, Piyush Trivedi, Ashim Malhotra, Amit K Tiwari
In this study, a series of 13 structural variants of thieno[2,3d]pyrimidine derivatives (6a-6m) were synthesized and screened for cytotoxicity in a panel of colorectal, ovarian, and brain cancer cell lines. The selectivity of the compounds was assessed by determining the cytotoxicity in normal epithelial cell line (CHO). The most potent compound, 6j, was efficacious (with IC50 range of 0.6-1.2 μM) in colon (HCT116 and HCT15), brain (LN-229 and GBM-10) and ovarian (A2780 and OV2008) cancer cell lines. In contrast, in the normal cell line (CHO), the IC50 values for 6j were 14 ± 1...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754846/overexpression-of-the-e2f-target-gene-cenpi-promotes-chromosome-instability-and-predicts-poor-prognosis-in-estrogen-receptor-positive-breast-cancer
#20
Pulari U Thangavelu, Cheng-Yu Lin, Srividya Vaidyanathan, Thu H M Nguyen, Eloise Dray, Pascal H G Duijf
During cell division, chromosome segregation is facilitated by the mitotic checkpoint, or spindle assembly checkpoint (SAC), which ensures correct kinetochore-microtubule attachments and prevents premature sister-chromatid separation. It is well established that misexpression of SAC components on the outer kinetochores promotes chromosome instability (CIN) and tumorigenesis. Here, we study the expression of CENP-I, a key component of the HIKM complex at the inner kinetochores, in breast cancer, including ductal, lobular, medullary and male breast carcinomas...
July 10, 2017: Oncotarget
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