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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543935/neurodegeneration-in-ataxia-telangiectasia-multiple-roles-of-atm-kinase-in-cellular-homeostasis
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Kay Rui Choy, Dianne J Watters
Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T) is characterized by neuronal degeneration, cancer, diabetes, immune deficiency and increased sensitivity to ionizing radiation. A-T is attributed to the deficiency of the protein kinase coded by the ATM (Ataxia-Telangiectasia Mutated) gene. ATM is a sensor of DNA Double Strand Breaks and signals to cell cycle checkpoints and the DNA repair machinery. ATM phosphorylates numerous substrates and activates many cell-signalling pathways. There has been considerable debate about whether a defective DNA damage response is causative of the neurological aspects of the disease...
May 22, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543798/mucosal-melanoma-clinical-histological-and-c-kit-gene-mutational-profile-of-86-french-cases
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E Cinotti, J Chevallier, B Labeille, F Cambazard, L Thomas, B Balme, M T Leccia, M D'Incan, P Vercherin, C Douchet, P Rubegni, J L Perrot
BACKGROUND: Mucosal melanomas are rare and highly aggressive tumors. Few studies evaluated mucosal melanomas of locations other than the head and neck region, and other than those of the Asian population. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to analyze the clinical and histological features, as well as the mutational status of c-kit and b-raf gene of mucosal melanoma in any localization in a French series. METHODS: We investigated clinical (sex, age, performance status, survival, treatment of the patients and lack of pigmentation of the tumors) and histopathologic features (ulceration, Breslow's index, mitotic rate), as well as the mutational status of c-kit and b-raf of 86 mucosal melanomas diagnosed in 15 years in four French University Hospitals...
May 22, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542137/dt-13-synergistically-enhanced-vinorelbine-mediated-mitotic-arrest-through-inhibition-of-foxm1-bicd2-axis-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells
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Hongyang Li, Li Sun, Hang Li, Xiaodan Lv, Herve Semukunzi, Ruiming Li, Jun Yu, Shengtao Yuan, Sensen Lin
Non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most commonly diagnosed malignant disease with the leading cause of cancer-related death. Combination treatment remains the major strategy in the clinical therapy of NSCLC. Vinorelbine (NVB), a semi-synthetic vinca alkaloid, is used for advanced and metastatic NSCLC by destabilizing microtubule formation to induce mitotic arrest and cell death. However, the side effect of NVB heavily affected its effectiveness in clinical therapy. Hence, it is of great significance to develop new agents to synergize with NVB and decrease the adverse effect...
May 25, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534989/enhanced-cancer-stem-cell-properties-of-a-mitotically-quiescent-subpopulation-of-p75ntr-positive-cells-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Hirofumi Kojima, Tomoyuki Okumura, Tetsuji Yamaguchi, Takeshi Miwa, Yutaka Shimada, Takuya Nagata
Mitotically quiescent cancer stem cells (CSCs) possess higher malignant potential than other CSCs, indicating their higher contribution to therapeutic resistance than that of other CSCs. In esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR) is expressed in a candidate CSC population showing high tumorigenicity and chemoresistance. In the present study, we isolated and characterized quiescent CSCs population in ESCC based on p75NTR expression and cell cycle status. Expression of p75NTR and Ki-67 in ESCC cell lines (KYSE cells) and surgically resected ESCC specimens was detected by performing immunocytochemical analysis...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533810/tc003132-is-essential-for-the-follicle-stem-cell-lineage-in-telotrophic-tribolium-oogenesis
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Matthias Teuscher, Nadi Ströhlein, Markus Birkenbach, Dorothea Schultheis, Michael Schoppmeier
BACKGROUND: Stem cells are undifferentiated cells with a potential for self-renewal, which are essential to support normal development and homeostasis. To gain insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying adult stem cell biology and organ evolution, we use the telotrophic ovary of the beetle Tribolium. To this end, we participated in a large-scale RNAi screen in the red flour beetle Tribolium, which identified functions in embryonic and postembryonic development for more than half of the Tribolium genes...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526731/validated-bayesian-differentiation-of-causative-and-passenger-mutations
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Frederick R Cross, Michal Breker, Kristi Lieberman
In many contexts, the problem arises of determining which of many candidate mutations is the most likely to be causative for some phenotype. It is desirable to have a way to evaluate this probability that relies as little as possible on previous knowledge, to avoid bias against discovering new genes or functions. We are isolating mutants with blocked cell cycle progression in Chlamydomonas, and determining mutant genome sequences. Due to the intensity of UV mutagenesis required for efficient mutant collection, the mutants contain multiple mutations altering coding sequence...
May 19, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524267/synaptic-activity-suppresses-expression-of-neurogenic-differentiation-factor-2-in-an-nmda-receptor-dependent-manner
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Fading Chen, Benjamin J Hall
Neurogenic differentiation factor 2 (NeuroD2) is a highly expressed transcription factor in the developing central nervous system. In newborn neurons, NeuroD2-mediated gene expression promotes differentiation, maturation, and survival. In addition to these early, cell-intrinsic developmental processes, NeuroD2 in post-mitotic neurons also regulates synapse growth and ion channel expression to control excitability. While NeuroD2 transactivation can be induced in an activity-dependent manner, little is known about how expression of NeuroD2 itself is regulated...
May 19, 2017: Synapse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514649/widespread-mitotic-bookmarking-by-histone-marks-and-transcription-factors-in-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Yiyuan Liu, Bobbie Pelham-Webb, Dafne Campigli Di Giammartino, Jiexi Li, Daleum Kim, Katsuhiro Kita, Nestor Saiz, Vidur Garg, Ashley Doane, Paraskevi Giannakakou, Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis, Olivier Elemento, Effie Apostolou
During mitosis, transcription is halted and many chromatin features are lost, posing a challenge for the continuity of cell identity, particularly in fast cycling stem cells, which constantly balance self-renewal with differentiation. Here we show that, in pluripotent stem cells, certain histone marks and stem cell regulators remain associated with specific genomic regions of mitotic chromatin, a phenomenon known as mitotic bookmarking. Enhancers of stem cell-related genes are bookmarked by both H3K27ac and the master regulators OCT4, SOX2, and KLF4, while promoters of housekeeping genes retain high levels of mitotic H3K27ac in a cell-type invariant manner...
May 16, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512144/tog-tubulin-binding-specificity-promotes-microtubule-dynamics-and-mitotic-spindle-formation
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Amy E Byrnes, Kevin C Slep
XMAP215, CLASP, and Crescerin use arrayed tubulin-binding tumor overexpressed gene (TOG) domains to modulate microtubule dynamics. We hypothesized that TOGs have distinct architectures and tubulin-binding properties that underlie each family's ability to promote microtubule polymerization or pause. As a model, we investigated the pentameric TOG array of a Drosophila melanogaster XMAP215 member, Msps. We found that Msps TOGs have distinct architectures that bind either free or polymerized tubulin, and that a polarized array drives microtubule polymerization...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505193/the-drosophila-orthologue-of-the-int6-onco-protein-regulates-mitotic-microtubule-growth-and-kinetochore-structure
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Fioranna Renda, Claudia Pellacani, Anton Strunov, Elisabetta Bucciarelli, Valeria Naim, Giuseppe Bosso, Elena Kiseleva, Silvia Bonaccorsi, David J Sharp, Alexey Khodjakov, Maurizio Gatti, Maria Patrizia Somma
INT6/eIF3e is a highly conserved component of the translation initiation complex that interacts with both the 26S proteasome and the COP9 signalosome, two complexes implicated in ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation. The INT6 gene was originally identified as the insertion site of the mouse mammary tumor virus (MMTV), and later shown to be involved in human tumorigenesis. Here we show that depletion of the Drosophila orthologue of INT6 (Int6) results in short mitotic spindles and deformed centromeres and kinetochores with low intra-kinetochore distance...
May 15, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504655/transcription-factors-sohlh1-and-sohlh2-coordinate-oocyte-differentiation-without-affecting-meiosis-i
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Yong-Hyun Shin, Yu Ren, Hitomi Suzuki, Kayla J Golnoski, Hyo Won Ahn, Vasil Mico, Aleksandar Rajkovic
Following migration of primordial germ cells to the genital ridge, oogonia undergo several rounds of mitotic division and enter meiosis at approximately E13.5. Most oocytes arrest in the dictyate (diplotene) stage of meiosis circa E18.5. The genes necessary to drive oocyte differentiation in parallel with meiosis are unknown. Here, we have investigated whether expression of spermatogenesis and oogenesis bHLH transcription factor 1 (Sohlh1) and Sohlh2 coordinates oocyte differentiation within the embryonic ovary...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504190/expression-and-alternative-splicing-of-the-cyclin-dependent-kinase-inhibitor-3-gene-in-human-cancer
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W Douglas Cress, Peng Yu, Jie Wu
The cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor-3 (CDKN3) gene encodes a dual-specificity protein tyrosine phosphatase that dephosphorylates CDK1/CDK2 and other proteins. CDKN3 is often overexpressed in human cancer, and this overexpression correlates with reduced survival in several types of cancer. CDKN3 transcript variants and mutations have also been reported. The mechanism of CDKN3 overexpression and the role of CDKN3 transcript variants in human cancer are not entirely clear. Here, we review the literature and provide additional data to assess the correlation of CDKN3 expression with patient survival...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501567/depletion-of-jmjd1c-impairs-adipogenesis-in-murine-3t3-l1-cells
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Florian Buerger, Silvana Müller, Nadja Ney, Juliane Weiner, John T Heiker, Sonja Kallendrusch, Peter Kovacs, Dorit Schleinitz, Joachim Thiery, Sonja C Stadler, Ralph Burkhardt
Differentiation of adipocytes is a highly regulated process modulated by multiple transcriptional co-activators and co-repressors. JMJD1C belongs to the family of jumonji C (jmjC) domain-containing histone demethylases and was originally described as a ligand-dependent co-activator of thyroid hormone and androgen receptors. Here, we explored the potential role of Jmjd1c in white adipocyte differentiation. To investigate the relevance of Jmjd1c in adipogenesis, murine 3T3-L1 preadipocyte cells with transient knock-down of Jmjd1c (3T3_Jmjd1c) were generated...
May 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500258/transposon-driven-transcription-is-a-conserved-feature-of-vertebrate-spermatogenesis-and-transcript-evolution
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Matthew P Davis, Claudia Carrieri, Harpreet K Saini, Stijn van Dongen, Tommaso Leonardi, Giovanni Bussotti, Jack M Monahan, Tania Auchynnikava, Angelo Bitetti, Juri Rappsilber, Robin C Allshire, Alena Shkumatava, Dónal O'Carroll, Anton J Enright
Spermatogenesis is associated with major and unique changes to chromosomes and chromatin. Here, we sought to understand the impact of these changes on spermatogenic transcriptomes. We show that long terminal repeats (LTRs) of specific mouse endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) drive the expression of many long non-coding transcripts (lncRNA). This process occurs post-mitotically predominantly in spermatocytes and round spermatids. We demonstrate that this transposon-driven lncRNA expression is a conserved feature of vertebrate spermatogenesis...
May 12, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497073/integrase-deficient-lentiviral-vector-as-an-all-in-one-platform-for-highly-efficient-crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-editing
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Pavel I Ortinski, Bernadette O'Donovan, Xiaoyu Dong, Boris Kantor
The CRISPR/Cas9 systems have revolutionized the field of genome editing by providing unprecedented control over gene sequences and gene expression in many species, including humans. Lentiviral vectors (LVs) are one of the primary delivery platforms for the CRISPR/Cas9 system due to their ability to accommodate large DNA payloads and sustain robust expression in a wide range of dividing and non-dividing cells. However, long-term expression of LV-delivered Cas9/guide RNA may lead to undesirable off-target effects characterized by non-specific RNA-DNA interactions and off-target DNA cleavages...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496335/knockdown-of-a-dis3l2-promoter-upstream-long-noncoding-rna-ac105461-1-enhances-colorectal-cancer-stem-cell-properties-in-vitro-by-down-regulating-dis3l2
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Wei Liu, Qiang Yu, Jun Ma, Yong Cheng, Hongbo Zhang, Wengguang Luo, Jie Yao, Hongyan Zhang
A large number of studies have identified plentiful long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) associated with the development of multiple cancers. Some lncRNAs have also been found to be strongly linked with stem cell properties such as pluripotency and differentiation. However, only in a few cases have cancer stem cell (CSC)-related lncRNAs been studied. Commonly, the expression and function of lncRNAs are associated with adjacent protein coding transcripts. In the present study, we found an lncRNA (AC105461.1), a promoter upstream transcript of DIS3 mitotic control homolog (Saccharomyces cerevisiae)-like 2 (DIS3L2), may be closely connected with "stem cell-like" properties...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494349/trabectedin-and-campthotecin-synergistically-eliminate-cancer-stem-cells-in-cell-of-origin-sarcoma-models
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Lucia Martinez-Cruzado, Juan Tornin, Aida Rodriguez, Laura Santos, Eva Allonca, Maria Teresa Fernandez-Garcia, Aurora Astudillo, Juana Maria Garcia-Pedrero, Rene Rodriguez
Trabectedin has been approved for second-line treatment of soft tissue sarcomas. However, its efficacy to target sarcoma initiating cells has not been addressed yet. Here, we used pioneer models of myxoid/round cell liposarcoma (MRCLS) and undifferentiated pleomorphic sarcoma (UPS) developed from transformed human mesenchymal stromal/stem cells (MSCs) to evaluate the effect of trabectedin in the cell type responsible for initiating sarcomagenesis and their derived cancer stem cells (CSC) subpopulations. We found that low nanomolar concentrations of trabectedin efficiently inhibited the growth of sarcoma-initiating cells, induced cell cycle arrest, DNA damage and apoptosis...
May 8, 2017: Neoplasia: An International Journal for Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488934/the-zebrafish-curly-fry-is-required-for-proper-centrosome-and-mitotic-spindle-assembly
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Mi Hye Song, Jeffrey C Medley, John Y Kuwada
The zebrafish curly fry (cfy) mutation leads to a dramatic increase in mitotic index and cell death starting during neural tube formation. The mutant phenotype is cell autonomous and does not result from defects in apical/basal polarity within the neuroepithelium. The increase in mitotic index could be due to increased proliferation or cell cycle arrest in mitosis. cfy embryos were analyzed to examine these two possibilities. By labeling embryos with a pulse of BrdU and anti-phospho-histone 3 and examining the DNA content by fluorescence activated cell sorting, we show that cfy mutants exhibit no increase in proliferation, but a significant increase in the number of cells arrested in mitosis...
May 10, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484117/highly-efficient-liposome-mediated-transformation-system-for-the-basidiomycetous-fungus-flammulina-velutipes
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Liang Shi, Dongdong Chen, Chao Xu, Ang Ren, Hanshou Yu, Mingwen Zhao
Flammulina velutipes is a well-known edible mushroom cultivated all over the world. However, because of the low transformation frequency, the expensive instruments required, and the complicated, time-consuming procedures necessary, there is insufficient genetic research on F. velutipes. In this study, we report a liposome-mediated transformation (LMT) system for the genetic transformation of F. velutipes. Using the LMT system, we obtained 82 ± 4 stable F. velutipes transformants per 10(5) protoplasts, which is a clear increase in transformation frequency compared to the other methods used...
May 2, 2017: Journal of General and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484079/intrinsic-antiproliferative-activity-of-the-innate-sensor-sting-in-t-lymphocytes
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Silvia Cerboni, Nadia Jeremiah, Matteo Gentili, Ulf Gehrmann, Cécile Conrad, Marie-Claude Stolzenberg, Capucine Picard, Bénédicte Neven, Alain Fischer, Sébastian Amigorena, Frédéric Rieux-Laucat, Nicolas Manel
Activation of the cyclic dinucleotide sensor stimulator of interferon (IFN) genes (STING) is critical for IFN and inflammatory gene expression during innate immune responses. However, the role of STING in adaptive immunity is still unknown. In this study, we show that STING activation reduces the proliferation of T lymphocytes. This activity was independent of TBK1 and IRF3 recruitment and of type I IFN but required a distinct C-terminal domain of STING that activates NF-κB. Inhibition of cell proliferation by STING required its relocalization to the Golgi apparatus and caused mitotic errors...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
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