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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823021/control-by-low-levels-of-calcium-of-mammalian-cell-membrane-electropermeabilization
#1
Ciobanu Florin, Golzio Muriel, Kovacs Eugenia, Teissié Justin
Electric pulses, when applied to a cell suspension, induce a reversible permeabilization of the plasma membrane. This permeabilized state is a long-lived process (minutes). The biophysical molecular mechanisms supporting the membrane reorganization associated to its permeabilization remain poorly understood. Modeling the transmembrane structures as toroidal lipidic pores cannot explain why they are long-lived and why their resealing is under the control of the ATP level. Our results describe the effect of the level of free Calcium ions...
August 20, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821775/atf3-negatively-regulates-cellular-antiviral-signaling-and-autophagy-in-the-absence-of-type-i-interferons
#2
Vikas Sood, Kiran Bala Sharma, Vishal Gupta, Dhurjhoti Saha, Parashar Dhapola, Manish Sharma, Utsav Sen, Shigetaka Kitajima, Shantanu Chowdhury, Manjula Kalia, Sudhanshu Vrati
Stringent regulation of antiviral signaling and cellular autophagy is critical for the host response to virus infection. However, little is known how these cellular processes are regulated in the absence of type I interferon signaling. Here, we show that ATF3 is induced following Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) infection, and regulates cellular antiviral and autophagy pathways in the absence of type I interferons in mouse neuronal cells. We have identified new targets of ATF3 and show that it binds to the promoter regions of Stat1, Irf9, Isg15 and Atg5 thereby inhibiting cellular antiviral signaling and autophagy...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821614/multiple-circadian-transcriptional-elements-cooperatively-regulate-cell-autonomous-transcriptional-oscillation-of-period3-a-mammalian-clock-gene
#3
Ritsuko Matsumura, Makoto Akashi
Cell-autonomous oscillation in clock gene expression drives circadian rhythms. The development of comprehensive analytical techniques, such as bioinformatics and ChIP-sequencing, has enabled the genome-wide identification of potential circadian transcriptional elements that regulate the transcriptional oscillation of clock genes. However, detailed analyses using traditional biochemical and molecular-biological approaches, such as binding and reporter assays, are still necessary to determine whether these potential circadian transcriptional elements are actually functional and how significantly they contribute to driving transcriptional oscillation...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820910/impaired-dendritic-growth-and-positioning-of-cortical-pyramidal-neurons-by-activation-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-signaling-in-the-developing-mouse
#4
Eiki Kimura, Ken-Ichiro Kubo, Toshihiro Endo, Wenting Ling, Kazunori Nakajima, Masaki Kakeyama, Chiharu Tohyama
The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors exert multiple functions in mammalian cerebral cortex development. The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a member of the bHLH-Per-Arnt-Sim subfamily, is a ligand-activated transcription factor reported to regulate nervous system development in both invertebrates and vertebrates, but the functions that AhR signaling pathway may have for mammalian cerebral cortex development remains elusive. Although the endogenous ligand involved in brain developmental process has not been identified, the environmental pollutant dioxin potently binds AhR and induces abnormalities in higher brain function of laboratory animals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820880/knock-out-of-a-mitochondrial-sirtuin-protects-neurons-from-degeneration-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#5
Rachele Sangaletti, Massimo D'Amico, Jeff Grant, David Della-Morte, Laura Bianchi
Sirtuins are NAD⁺-dependent deacetylases, lipoamidases, and ADP-ribosyltransferases that link cellular metabolism to multiple intracellular pathways that influence processes as diverse as cell survival, longevity, and cancer growth. Sirtuins influence the extent of neuronal death in stroke. However, different sirtuins appear to have opposite roles in neuronal protection. In Caenorhabditis elegans, we found that knock-out of mitochondrial sirtuin sir-2.3, homologous to mammalian SIRT4, is protective in both chemical ischemia and hyperactive channel induced necrosis...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820389/hippo-pathway-brief-overview-of-its-relevance-in-cancer
#6
A L Zygulska, K Krzemieniecki, P Pierzchalski
The Hippo pathway is the major regulator of organ growth and proliferation. Described initially in Drosophila, it is now recognized as one of the most conserved molecular pathways in all metazoan. Recent studies have revealed the Hippo signalling pathway might contribute to tumorigenesis and cancer development. The core components of the Hippo pathway include the mammalian sterile 20-like kinases (MSTs), large tumour suppressor kinases (LATSs), the adaptor proteins Salvador homologue 1 (SAV1, also called WW45) and Mps One Binder kinase activator proteins...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819113/insights-into-the-role-of-endonuclease-v-in-rna-metabolism-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Daniel García-Caballero, Guiomar Pérez-Moreno, Antonio M Estévez, Luis Miguel Ruíz-Pérez, Antonio E Vidal, Dolores González-Pacanowska
Inosine may arise in DNA as a result of oxidative deamination of adenine or misincorporation of deoxyinosine triphosphate during replication. On the other hand, the occurrence of inosine in RNA is considered a normal and essential modification induced by specific adenosine deaminases acting on mRNA and tRNA. In prokaryotes, endonuclease V (EndoV) can recognize and cleave inosine-containing DNA. In contrast, mammalian EndoVs preferentially cleave inosine-containing RNA, suggesting a role in RNA metabolism for the eukaryotic members of this protein family...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818867/exploring-potential-germline-associated-roles-of-the-trim-nhl-protein-nhl-2%C3%A2-through-rnai-screening
#8
Gregory M Davis, Wai Y Low, Joshua W T Anderson, Peter R Boag
TRIM-NHL proteins are highly conserved regulators of developmental pathways in vertebrates and invertebrates. The TRIM-NHL family member, NHL-2 in Caenorhabditis elegans functions as a miRNA cofactor to regulate developmental timing. Similar regulatory roles have been reported in other model systems, with the mammalian orthologue in mice, TRIM32, contributing to muscle and neuronal cell proliferation via miRNA activity. Given the interest associated with TRIM-NHL family proteins, we aimed to further investigate the role of NHL-2 in C...
August 17, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818616/molecular-insights-of-two-stat1-variants-from-rock-bream-oplegnathus-fasciatus-and-their-transcriptional-regulation-in-response-to-pathogenic-stress-interleukin-10-and-tissue-injury
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S D N K Bathige, Navaneethaiyer Umasuthan, G I Godahewa, William Shanthakumar Thulasitha, J D H E Jayasinghe, Qiang Wan, Jehee Lee
Signal transducers and activators of transcription 1 (STAT1) is critically involved in mediating cytokine-driven signaling, and triggers the transcription of target genes to activate cellular functions. Although the structural and functional aspects of STAT members have been well described in mammals, only limited information is available for the STAT genes in teleost fishes. In the present study, two variants of STAT1 genes (RbSTAT1 and RbSTAT1L) were identified from rock bream and characterized at the cDNA and genomic sequence levels...
August 14, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817954/dissecting-amyloid-beta-deposition-using-distinct-strains-of-the-neurotropic-parasite-toxoplasma-gondii-as-a-novel-tool
#10
Carla M Cabral, Kathryn E McGovern, Wes R MacDonald, Jenna Franco, Anita A Koshy
Genetic and pathologic data suggest that amyloid beta (Aβ), produced by processing of the amyloid precursor protein, is a major initiator of Alzheimer's disease (AD). To gain new insights into Aβ modulation, we sought to harness the power of the coevolution between the neurotropic parasite Toxoplasma gondii and the mammalian brain. Two prior studies attributed Toxoplasma-associated protection against Aβ to increases in anti-inflammatory cytokines (TGF-β and IL-10) and infiltrating phagocytic monocytes. These studies only used one Toxoplasma strain making it difficult to determine if the noted changes were associated with Aβ protection or simply infection...
July 2017: ASN Neuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817234/osmium-mediated-4su-to-c-transformation-as-key-to-study-rna-dynamics-by-sequencing-tuc-seq
#11
Christian Riml, Thomas Amort, Dietmar Rieder, Catherina Gasser, Alexandra Lusser, Ronald Micura
To understand the functional roles of RNA in the cell, it is essential to elucidate the dynamics of their production, processing and decay. A recent method for assessing mRNA dynamics is metabolic labeling with 4-thiouridine (4sU), followed by thio-selective attachment of affinity tags. Detection of labeled transcripts by affinity purification and hybridization to microarrays or by deep sequencing then reveals RNA expression levels. Here, we present a novel sequencing method that eliminates affinity purification and allows for direct assessment of 4sU labeled RNA...
August 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817115/administration-of-follicle-stimulating-hormone-induces-autophagy-via-upregulation-of-hif-1%C3%AE-in-mouse-granulosa-cells
#12
Jilong Zhou, Wang Yao, Chengyu Li, Wangjun Wu, Qifa Li, Honglin Liu
Recent studies reported the important role of autophagy in follicular development. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain elusive. In this study, we investigated the effect of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) on mouse granulosa cells (MGCs). Results indicated that autophagy was induced by FSH, which is known to be the dominant hormone regulating follicular development and granulosa cell (GC) proliferation. The activation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), a master regulator of autophagy, was inhibited during the process of MGC autophagy...
August 17, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815541/long-noncoding-rnas-in-cancer-and-therapeutic-potential
#13
Arun Renganathan, Emanuela Felley-Bosco
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are the major elements of the mammalian transcriptome that is emerging as a central player controlling diverse cellular mechanisms. Most of the well-studied lncRNAs so far are found to be crucial in regulating cellular processes such as cell cycle, growth, and apoptosis that ensure homeostasis. Owing to their location and distribution in the genome, lncRNAs influence the transcription of a wide range of proteins directly or indirectly by transcriptional and posttranscriptional alterations, which opens up the "LncRNA-cancer paradigm" in a context-dependent manner, i...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815501/immunohistochemical-procedures-for-characterizing-the-retinal-expression-patterns-of-cre-driver-mouse-lines
#14
Qi Lu, Zhuo-Hua Pan
The retina is a thin neural tissue sitting on the backside of the eye, composed of light-sensing cells, interneurons, and output ganglion neurons. The latter send electrical signals to higher visual centers in the brain. Transgenic mouse lines are becoming one of the most valuable mammalian animal models for the study of visual signal processing within the retina. Especially, the generation of Cre recombinase transgenic mouse lines provides a powerful tool for genetic manipulation. A key step for the utilization of transgenic lines is the characterization of their transgene expression patterns in the retina...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815217/deletion-of-cytoplasmic-double-stranded-rna-sensors-does-not-uncover-viral-small-interfering-rna-production-in-human-cells
#15
Susan Schuster, Lotte E Tholen, Gijs J Overheul, Frank J M van Kuppeveld, Ronald P van Rij
Antiviral immunity in insects and plants is mediated by the RNA interference (RNAi) pathway in which viral long double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) is processed into small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) by Dicer enzymes. Although this pathway is evolutionarily conserved, its involvement in antiviral defense in mammals is the subject of debate. In vertebrates, recognition of viral RNA induces a sophisticated type I interferon (IFN)-based immune response, and it has been proposed that this response masks or inhibits antiviral RNAi...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815215/structural-characterization-of-acidic-m17-leucine-aminopeptidases-from-the-tritryps-and-evaluation-of-their-role-in-nutrient-starvation-in-trypanosoma-brucei
#16
Jennifer Timm, Maria Valente, Daniel García-Caballero, Keith S Wilson, Dolores González-Pacanowska
Leucine aminopeptidase (LAP) is found in all kingdoms of life and catalyzes the metal-dependent hydrolysis of the N-terminal amino acid residue of peptide or amino acyl substrates. LAPs have been shown to participate in the N-terminal processing of certain proteins in mammalian cells and in homologous recombination and transcription regulation in bacteria, while in parasites, they are involved in host cell invasion and provision of essential amino acids for growth. The enzyme is essential for survival in Plasmodium falciparum, where its drug target potential has been suggested...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814817/conjugated-polymers-mediate-effective-activation-of-the-mammalian-ion-channel-transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-1
#17
F Lodola, N Martino, G Tullii, G Lanzani, M R Antognazza
Selective and rapid regulation of ionic channels is pivotal to the understanding of physiological processes and has a crucial impact in developing novel therapeutic strategies. Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channels are emerging as essential cellular switches that allow animals to respond to their environment. In particular, the Vanilloid Receptor 1 (TRPV1), besides being involved in the body temperature regulation and in the response to pain, has important roles in several neuronal functions, as cytoskeleton dynamics, injured neurons regeneration, synaptic plasticity...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814570/eb1-and-eb3-regulate-microtubule-minus-end-organization-and-golgi-morphology
#18
Chao Yang, Jingchao Wu, Cecilia de Heus, Ilya Grigoriev, Nalan Liv, Yao Yao, Ihor Smal, Erik Meijering, Judith Klumperman, Robert Z Qi, Anna Akhmanova
End-binding proteins (EBs) are the core components of microtubule plus end tracking protein complexes, but it is currently unknown whether they are essential for mammalian microtubule organization. Here, by using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knockout technology, we generated stable cell lines lacking EB2 and EB3 and the C-terminal partner-binding half of EB1. These cell lines show only mild defects in cell division and microtubule polymerization. However, the length of CAMSAP2-decorated stretches at noncentrosomal microtubule minus ends in these cells is reduced, microtubules are detached from Golgi membranes, and the Golgi complex is more compact...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813678/therapeutic-antibodies-to-ganglioside-gd2-evolved-from-highly-selective-germline-antibodies
#19
Eric Sterner, Megan L Peach, Marc C Nicklaus, Jeffrey C Gildersleeve
Antibodies play a crucial role in host defense and are indispensable research tools, diagnostics, and therapeutics. Antibody generation involves binding of genomically encoded germline antibodies followed by somatic hypermutation and in vivo selection to obtain antibodies with high affinity and selectivity. Understanding this process is critical for developing monoclonal antibodies, designing effective vaccines, and understanding autoantibody formation. Prior studies have found that antibodies to haptens, peptides, and proteins evolve from polyspecific germline antibodies...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812267/oxytocin-and-parental-behaviors
#20
Chihiro Yoshihara, Michael Numan, Kumi O Kuroda
The oxytocin/vasopressin ancestor molecule has been regulating reproductive and social behaviors for more than 500 million years. In all mammals, oxytocin is the hormone indispensable for milk-ejection during nursing (maternal milk provision to offspring), a process that is crucial for successful mammalian parental care. In laboratory mice, a remarkable transcriptional activation occurs during parental behavior within the anterior commissural nucleus (AC), the largest magnocellular oxytocin cell population within the medial preoptic area (although the transcriptional activation was limited to non-oxytocinergic neurons in the AC)...
August 16, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
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