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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548242/enhanced-root-growth-in-phosphate-starved-arabidopsis-by-stimulating-de-novo-phospholipid-biosynthesis-through-the-overexpression-of-lysophosphatidic-acid-acyltransferase-2-lpat2
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Artik Elisa Angkawijaya, Van Cam Nguyen, Yuki Nakamura
Upon phosphate starvation, plants retard shoot growth but promote root development presumably to enhance phosphate assimilation from the ground. Membrane lipid remodeling is a metabolic adaptation that replaces membrane phospholipids by non-phosphorous galactolipids, thereby allowing plants to obtain scarce phosphate yet maintain the membrane structure. However, stoichiometry of this phospholipid-to-galactolipid conversion may not account for the massive demand of membrane lipids that enables active growth of roots under phosphate starvation, thereby suggesting the involvement of de novo phospholipid biosynthesis, which is not represented in the current model...
May 26, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546427/spermidine-promotes-bacillus-subtilis-biofilm-formation-by-activating-expression-of-the-matrix-regulator-slrr
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Laura Hobley, Bin Li, Jennifer L Wood, Sok-Ho Kim, Jacinth Naidoo, Ana Sofia Ferreira, Maxim Khomutov, Alexey Khomutov, Nicola R Stanley-Wall, Anthony J Michael
Ubiquitous polyamine spermidine is not required for normal planktonic growth of Bacillus subtilis but is essential for robust biofilm formation. However, the structural features of spermidine required for B. subtilis biofilm formation are unknown and so are the molecular mechanisms of spermidine-stimulated biofilm development. We report here that in a spermidine-deficient B. subtilis mutant, the structural analogue norspermidine, but not homospermidine, restored biofilm formation. Intracellular biosynthesis of another spermidine analogue, aminopropylcadaverine, from exogenously supplied homoagmatine also restored biofilm formation...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546339/bmp-induced-reprograming-of-the-retina-into-rpe-requires-wnt-signalling-in-the-developing-chick-optic-cup
#3
Jörg Steinfeld, Ichie Steinfeld, Alexander Bausch, Nicola Coronato, Meggi-Lee Hampel, Heike Depner, Paul G Layer, Astrid Vogel-Höpker
In vertebrates, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and photoreceptors of the neural retina (NR) comprise a functional unit required for vision. During vertebrate eye development, a conversion of the RPE into NR can be induced by growth factors in vivo at optic cup stages, but the reverse process, the conversion of NR tissue into RPE has not been reported. Here, we show that bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP) signalling can reprogram the NR into RPE at optic cup stages in chick. Shortly after BMP application, expression of Microphthalmia associated transcription factor (Mitf) is induced in the NR and selective cell death on the basal side of the NR induces an RPE-like morphology...
May 25, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546232/genetic-defects-in-pediatric-onset-adrenal-insufficiency-in-japan
#4
Naoko Amano, Satoshi Narumi, Mie Hayashi, Masaki Takagi, Kazuhide Imai, Toshirou Nakamura, Rumi Hachiya, Goro Sasaki, Keiko Homma, Tomohiro Ishii, Tomonobu Hasegawa
CONTEXT: Most patients with pediatric-onset primary adrenal insufficiency (PAI), such as 21-hydroxylase deficiency, can be diagnosed by measuring the urine or serum levels of steroid metabolites. However, the etiology is often difficult to determine in a subset of patients lacking characteristic biochemical findings. OBJECTIVE: To assess the frequency of genetic defects in Japanese children with biochemically uncharacterized PAI, and characterize the phenotypes of mutation-carrying patients...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545453/genome-wide-methylation-analysis-reveals-differentially-methylated-loci-that-are-associated-with-an-age-dependent-increase-in-bovine-fibroblast-response-to-lps
#5
Filiz T Korkmaz, David E Kerr
BACKGROUND: Differences in DNA methylation are known to contribute to the development of immune-related disorders in humans but relatively little is known about how methylation regulates immune function in cattle. Utilizing whole-transcriptome analyses of bovine dermal fibroblasts, we have previously identified an age and breed-dependent up-regulation of genes within the toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) pathway that correlates with enhanced fibroblast production of IL-8 in response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
May 25, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544815/fabrication-of-viable-and-functional-pre-vascularized-modular-bone-tissues-by-coculturing-mscs-and-huvecs-on-microcarriers-in-spinner-flasks
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Songjie Zhang, Min Zhou, Zhaoyang Ye, Yan Zhou, Wen-Song Tan
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Slow vascularization often impedes the viability and function of engineered bone replacements. Prevascularization is a promising way to solve this problem. In this study, a new process was developed by integrating microcarrier culture and coculture to fabricate pre-vascularized bone microtissues with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and human umbilical vein endotheli-al cells (HUVECs). METHODOLOGY: Initially, coculture medium and cell ratio between MSCs and HUVECs were optimized in tissue culture plates concerning cell proliferation, osteogenesis and angiogenesis...
May 24, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544592/direct-influence-of-titanium-and-zirconia-particles-on-the-morphology-and-functionality-of-mature-human-osteoclasts
#7
Juliane Pasold, Jana Markhoff, Jenny Tillmann, Martin Krogull, Phillip Pisowocki, Rainer Bader
Within the last ten years of biomedical implants, the focus is increasingly on bioceramics, specifically on zirconia (ZrO2 ). Hence, we analyzed the impact of zirconia particles in comparison to titanium (cpTi) particles on mature human osteoclasts (OCs) as little is known about the direct effect of wear particles on mature OCs and their role in the osteolytic process during aseptic endoprosthesis loosening. Changes in cell morphology and functionality of OCs incubated with particles in different concentrations were investigated...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542805/downregulation-of-cholesteryl-ester-transfer-protein-by-glucocorticoids-a-randomized-study-on-hdl
#8
Jorien Werumeus Buning, Lidya G Dimova, Frank G Perton, Uwe J F Tietge, André P van Beek, Robin P F Dullaart
BACKGROUND: High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is not decreased in hypercortisolism despite high triglycerides, which may be ascribed to effects on the cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) pathway. We explored if CETP mRNA expression is modulated by glucocorticoid treatment in vitro. Effects of doubling the hydrocortisone (HCT) replacement dose on plasma CETP activity and HDL characteristics were tested in patients with secondary adrenal insufficiency. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human THP-1 macrophages were incubated with corticosterone in vitro in the presence or absence of a liver X receptor (LXR) agonist, followed by determination of CETP mRNA levels by quantitative real-time PCR...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542597/mir-193b-downregulated-in-ewing-sarcoma-targets-the-erbb4-oncogene-to-inhibit-anchorage-independent-growth
#9
Colin Moore, Janet K Parrish, Paul Jedlicka
Ewing Sarcoma is an aggressive, oncofusion-driven, malignant neoplasm of bone and soft tissue affecting predominantly children and young adults. Seeking to identify potential novel therapeutic targets/agents for this disease, our previous studies uncovered microRNAs regulated by EWS/Fli1, the most common oncofusion, with growth modulatory properties. In the present study, we sought to identify EWS/Fli1-repressed, growth suppressive, microRNAs potentially amenable to replacement in Ewing Sarcoma cells. Eight microRNAs (143, 153, 184, 193b, 195, 203, 206 and 223) were selected for evaluation as EWS/Fli1-repressed and underexpressed in Ewing Sarcoma cells, and reported to be growth suppressive in other pediatric or/and adult cancers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542406/human-igg3-with-extended-half-life-does-not-improve-fc-gamma-receptor-mediated-cancer-antibody-therapies-in-mice
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Rens Braster, Simran Grewal, Remco Visser, Helga K Einarsdottir, Marjolein van Egmond, Gestur Vidarsson, Marijn Bögels
BACKGROUND: Current anti-cancer therapeutic antibodies that are used in the clinic are predominantly humanized or fully human immunoglobulin G1 (IgG1). These antibodies bind with high affinity to the target antigen and are efficient in activating the immune system via IgG Fc receptors and/or complement. In addition to IgG1, three more isotypes are present in humans, of which IgG3 has been found to be superior compared to human IgG1 in inducing antibody dependent cell cytotoxicity (ADCC), phagocytosis or activation of complement in some models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542190/polymorphisms-in-the-yeast-galactose-sensor-underlie-a-natural-continuum-of-nutrient-decision-phenotypes
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Kayla B Lee, Jue Wang, Julius Palme, Renan Escalante-Chong, Bo Hua, Michael Springer
In nature, microbes often need to "decide" which of several available nutrients to utilize, a choice that depends on a cell's inherent preference and external nutrient levels. While natural environments can have mixtures of different nutrients, phenotypic variation in microbes' decisions of which nutrient to utilize is poorly studied. Here, we quantified differences in the concentration of glucose and galactose required to induce galactose-responsive (GAL) genes across 36 wild S. cerevisiae strains. Using bulk segregant analysis, we found that a locus containing the galactose sensor GAL3 was associated with differences in GAL signaling in eight different crosses...
May 24, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541721/a-joint-bayesian-model-for-integrating-microarray-and-rna-sequencing-transcriptomic-data
#12
Tianzhou Ma, Faming Liang, Steffi Oesterreich, George C Tseng
As the sequencing cost continued to drop in the past decade, RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) has replaced microarray to become the standard high-throughput experimental tool to analyze transcriptomic profile. As more and more datasets are generated and accumulated in the public domain, meta-analysis to combine multiple transcriptomic studies to increase statistical power has received increasing popularity. In this article, we propose a Bayesian hierarchical model to jointly integrate microarray and RNA-seq studies...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540703/a-novel-platform-for-high-throughput-gene-synthesis-to-maximize-recombinant-expression-in-escherichia-coli
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Ana Filipa Sequeira, Joana L A Brás, Vânia O Fernandes, Catarina I P D Guerreiro, Renaud Vincentelli, Carlos M G A Fontes
Gene synthesis is becoming an important tool in many fields of recombinant DNA technology, including recombinant protein production. De novo gene synthesis is quickly replacing the classical cloning and mutagenesis procedures and allows generating nucleic acids for which no template is available. Here, we describe a high-throughput platform to design and produce multiple synthetic genes (<500 bp) for recombinant expression in Escherichia coli. This pipeline includes an innovative codon optimization algorithm that designs DNA sequences to maximize heterologous protein production in different hosts...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539659/involvement-of-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-in-l-dopa-induced-dyskinesia
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Matthieu F Bastide, Christelle Glangetas, Evelyne Doudnikoff, Qin Li, Mathieu Bourdenx, Pierre-Olivier Fernagut, Éric C Dumont, François Georges, Erwan Bézard
A whole brain immediate early gene mapping highlighted the dorsolateral bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (dlBST) as a structure putatively involved in L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-Dopa)-induced dyskinesia (LID), the debilitating side-effects of chronic dopamine replacement therapy in Parkinson's disease (PD). dlBST indeed displayed an overexpression of ∆FosB, ARC, Zif268 and FRA2 only in dyskinetic rats. We thus hypothesized that dlBST could play a role in LID hyperkinetic manifestations. To assess the causal role of the dlBST in LID, we used Daun02 inactivation to selectively inhibit the electrical activity of dlBST ΔFosB-expressing neurons...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539218/switching-subtype-selectivity-fragment-replacement-strategy-affords-novel-class-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-ppar%C3%AE-%C3%AE-dual-agonists
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Ryuta Shioi, Shogo Okazaki, Tomomi Noguchi-Yachide, Minoru Ishikawa, Makoto Makishima, Yuichi Hashimoto, Takao Yamaguchi
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are important drug targets for treatment of dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, and great efforts have been made to develop novel PPAR ligands. However, most existing PPAR ligands contain a carboxylic acid (CA) or thiazolidinedione (TZD) structure (acidic head group) that is essential for activity. We recently discovered non-CA/TZD class PPARα/δ partial agonists, which contain an acetamide moiety and adjacent methyl group, linked to a 1,2,4-oxadiazole ring ("fragment a")...
May 13, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539044/the-effect-of-resveratrol-on-modulation-of-endothelial-cells-and-macrophages-for-rapid-vascular-regeneration-from-electrospun-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-scaffolds
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Zhihong Wang, Yifan Wu, Jianing Wang, Chuangnian Zhang, Hongyu Yan, Meifeng Zhu, Kai Wang, Chen Li, Qingbo Xu, Deling Kong
Rapid endothelialization is one key factor that determines the success of small diameter vascular grafts as an artery substitute in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Aimed to facilitate vascular regeneration, we developed a vascular scaffold loaded with resveratrol, which is a natural compound extracted from plants and showed multifaceted effects in cardiovascular protection. The tubular poly (ε-caprolactone) (PCL) scaffold was prepared by electrospinning with resveratrol in the PCL solution. In vitro assay demonstrated that resveratrol could be released from the scaffolds in a sustained and controlled manner...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539002/from-in-vivo-to-in-vitro-the-medical-device-testing-paradigm-shift
#17
Dayna Kerecman Myers, Alan M Goldberg, Albrecht Poth, Michael F Wolf, Joseph Carraway, James McKim, Kelly P Coleman, Richard Hutchinson, Ronald Brown, Harald F Krug, Anthony Bahinski, Thomas Hartung
Amid growing efforts to advance the replacement, reduction, and refinement of the use of animals in research, there is a growing recognition that in vitro testing of medical devices can be more effective, both in terms of cost and time, and also more reliable than in vivo testing. Although the technological landscape has evolved rapidly in support of these concepts, regulatory acceptance of alternative testing methods has not kept pace. Despite the acceptance by regulators of some in vitro tests (cytotoxicity, gene toxicity, and some hemocompatibility assays), many toxicity tests still rely on animals (irritation, sensitization, acute toxicity, reproductive/developmental toxicity), even where other industrial sectors have already abandoned them...
May 25, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537239/-translational-efficiency-of-bvdv-ires-and-emcv-ires-for-t7-rna-polymerase-driven-cytoplasmic-expression-in-mammalian-cell-lines
#18
F Ghassemi, O Madadgar, F Roohvand, M Rasekhian, M H Etemadzadeh, G R N Boroujeni, A G Langroudi, K Azadmanesh
Mammalian T7 polymerase-based cytoplasmic expression systems are common tool for molecular studies. The majority of these systems include the internal ribosome entry site (IRES) of the encephalomyocarditis virus (EMCV). To carry out a cap-independent translation process, this type of IRES might require the expression of an extensive array of host factors, what is a disadvantage. Other IRESes might be less dependent on the host cell factors, but their biology is characterized to a lesser degree. Here, we compare the translational efficiencies of bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) IRES with that of ECMV...
March 2017: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533979/a-genome-wide-assessment-of-stages-of-elevational-parapatry-in-bornean-passerine-birds-reveals-no-introgression-implications-for-processes-and-patterns-of-speciation
#19
Robert G Moyle, Joseph D Manthey, Peter A Hosner, Mustafa Rahman, Maklarin Lakim, Frederick H Sheldon
Topographically complex regions often contain the close juxtaposition of closely related species along elevational gradients. The evolutionary causes of these elevational replacements, and thus the origin and maintenance of a large portion of species diversity along elevational gradients, are usually unclear because ecological differentiation along a gradient or secondary contact following allopatric diversification can produce the same pattern. We used reduced representation genomic sequencing to assess genetic relationships and gene flow between three parapatric pairs of closely related songbird taxa (Arachnothera spiderhunters, Chloropsis leafbirds, and Enicurus forktails) along an elevational gradient in Borneo...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533524/enhancing-the-genome-editing-toolbox-genome-wide-crispr-arrayed-libraries
#20
Emmanouil Metzakopian, Alex Strong, Vivek Iyer, Alex Hodgkins, Konstantinos Tzelepis, Liliana Antunes, Mathias J Friedrich, Qiaohua Kang, Teresa Davidson, Jacob Lamberth, Christina Hoffmann, Gregory D Davis, George S Vassiliou, William C Skarnes, Allan Bradley
CRISPR-Cas9 technology has accelerated biological research becoming routine for many laboratories. It is rapidly replacing conventional gene editing techniques and has high utility for both genome-wide and gene-focussed applications. Here we present the first individually cloned CRISPR-Cas9 genome wide arrayed sgRNA libraries covering 17,166 human and 20,430 mouse genes at a complexity of 34,332 sgRNAs for human and 40,860 sgRNAs for the mouse genome. For flexibility in generating stable cell lines the sgRNAs have been cloned in a lentivirus backbone containing PiggyBac transposase recognition elements together with fluorescent and drug selection markers...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
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