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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234126/epidermal-cornification-is-preceded-by-the-expression-of-a-keratinocyte-specific-set-of-pyroptosis-related-genes
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Julia Lachner, Veronika Mlitz, Erwin Tschachler, Leopold Eckhart
The homeostasis of the epidermis depends on keratinocyte differentiation and cornification, a mode of programmed cell death that does not elicit inflammation. Here, we report that cornification is associated with the expression of specific genes that control multiple steps of pyroptosis, another form of cell death that involves the processing and release of interleukin-1 family (IL1F) cytokines. Expression levels of pro-inflammatory IL1A and IL1B and of the pyroptotic pore-forming gasdermin (GSDM) D were downregulated during terminal differentiation of human keratinocytes in vitro...
December 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233878/host-pathogen-interactions-and-subversion-of-autophagy
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David G McEwan
Macroautophagy ('autophagy'), is the process by which cells can form a double-membraned vesicle that encapsulates material to be degraded by the lysosome. This can include complex structures such as damaged mitochondria, peroxisomes, protein aggregates and large swathes of cytoplasm that can not be processed efficiently by other means of degradation. Recycling of amino acids and lipids through autophagy allows the cell to form intracellular pools that aid survival during periods of stress, including growth factor deprivation, amino acid starvation or a depleted oxygen supply...
December 12, 2017: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232894/significant-down-regulation-of-biological-adhesion-genes-in-porcine-oocytes-after-ivm
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Joanna Budna, Piotr Celichowski, Artur Bryja, Marta Dyszkiewicz-Konwińska, Michal Jeseta, Dorota Bukowska, Paweł Antosik, Klaus Peter Brüssow, Małgorzata Bruska, Michał Nowicki, Maciej Zabel, Bartosz Kempisty
Proper maturation of the mammalian oocyte is a compound processes determining successful monospermic fertilization, however the number of fully mature porcine oocytes is still unsatisfactory. Since oocytes' maturation and fertilization involve cellular adhesion and membranous contact, the aim was to investigate cell adhesion ontology group in porcine oocytes. The oocytes were collected from ovaries of 45 pubertal crossbred Landrace gilts and subjected to two BCB tests. After the first test, only granulosa cell-free BCB⁺ oocytes were directly exposed to microarray assays and RT-qPCR ("before IVM" group), or first in vitro matured and then if classified as BCB⁺ passed to molecular analyses ("after IVM" group)...
December 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232822/microglia-m2a-polarization-as-potential-link-between-food-allergy-and-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Hans O Kalkman, Dominik Feuerbach
Atopic diseases are frequently co-morbid with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Allergic responses are associated with an activation of mast cells, innate lymphoid cells, and Th2 cells. These cells produce type-2 cytokines (IL4 and IL13), which stimulate microglia and macrophages to adopt a phenotype referred to as 'alternative activation' or 'M2A'. M2A-polarized macrophages and microglia play a physiological role in tissue repair by secreting growth factors such as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and insulin-like growth factor-1...
December 9, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230216/metabolism-controls-the-balance-of-th17-t-regulatory-cells
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Licheng Sun, Jinrong Fu, Yufeng Zhou
Accumulating evidence indicates that metabolism reprogramming is critically important to T cell differentiation, and manipulating metabolic pathways in T cells can shape their fate and function. During T cell differentiation, metabolism provides T cells with energy as well as precursors for various biological processes. Some key metabolic reactions, such as glycolysis, oxidative phosphorylation and fatty acid oxidation, are also considered to play important roles in T cell activation and differentiation. In this review, we will explain why cellular metabolism is important for the Th17/T-regulatory (Treg) cell balance and how metabolism reprogramming impacts this balance...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229864/cytoplasmic-cl-couples-membrane-remodeling-to-epithelial-morphogenesis
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Mu He, Wenlei Ye, Won-Jing Wang, Eirish S Sison, Yuh Nung Jan, Lily Yeh Jan
Chloride is the major free anion in the extracellular space (>100 mM) and within the cytoplasm in eukaryotes (10 ∼ 20 mM). Cytoplasmic Cl- level is dynamically regulated by Cl- channels and transporters. It is well established that movement of Cl- across the cell membrane is coupled with cell excitability through changes in membrane potential and with water secretion. However, whether cytoplasmic Cl- plays additional roles in animal development and tissue homeostasis is unknown. Here we use genetics, cell biological and pharmacological tools to demonstrate that TMEM16A, an evolutionarily conserved calcium-activated chloride channel (CaCC), regulates cytoplasmic Cl- homeostasis and promotes plasma membrane remodeling required for mammalian epithelial morphogenesis...
December 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229729/cdtc-induced-processing-of-membrane-bound-cdta-is-a-crucial-step-in-aggregatibacter-actinomycetemcomitans-cdt-holotoxin-formation
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Keiko Tsuruda, Oranart Matangkasombut, Masaru Ohara, Motoyuki Sugai
Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans is an oral pathogen causing periodontal disease and bacterial endocarditis. It produces cytolethal distending toxin (CDT) that could damage mammalian cells and tissues. CDT is a tripartite protein toxin composed of CdtA, CdtB and CdtC. We have previously indicated that CdtA is a lipoprotein and the proteolytic processing of CdtA is important for biogenesis and secretion of CDT holotoxin. Here we established an in vitro processing assay of CdtA and investigated the interactions of CdtA with other Cdt subunits...
December 11, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229585/oscillatory-fungal-cell-growth
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Norio Takeshita
Cells are dynamic systems, the state of which undergoes constant alteration that results in morphological changes and movement. Many dynamic cellular processes that appear continuous are driven by underlying mechanisms that oscillate with distinct periods. For example eukaryotic cells do not grow continuously, but rather by pulsed extension of the periphery. Stepwise cell extension at the hyphal tips of several filamentous fungi was discovered 20 years ago, but only a few molecular details of the mechanism have been clarified since then...
December 8, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229552/caspase-6-is-a-dispensable-enabler-of-adult-mammalian-axonal-degeneration
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V Woo, C Cheng, A Duraikannu, A Chandrasekhar, K Purdy, J A Martinez, D W Zochodne
The progress of axonal degeneration (AxD) following injury or insult impacts both recovery from axonal transection and protection of axons from diverse insults, or axonopathy. Here we provide evidence that increases in capase-6 (Casp6) expression and action contribute to the progression of AxD. The expression of Casp6 protein and mRNA in distal branches of sensory axons undergoing AxD was confirmed. We developed and utilized a new model of axonopathy in live mice by serially visualizing the viability of cutaneous axons in the ear pinna that expressed an axonal YFP transgene, in response to capasaicin-induced AxD...
December 8, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229492/programming-morphogenesis-through-systems-and-synthetic-biology
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Jeremy J Velazquez, Emily Su, Patrick Cahan, Mo R Ebrahimkhani
Mammalian tissue development is an intricate, spatiotemporal process of self-organization that emerges from gene regulatory networks of differentiating stem cells. A major goal in stem cell biology is to gain a sufficient understanding of gene regulatory networks and cell-cell interactions to enable the reliable and robust engineering of morphogenesis. Here, we review advances in synthetic biology, single cell genomics, and multiscale modeling, which, when synthesized, provide a framework to achieve the ambitious goal of programming morphogenesis in complex tissues and organoids...
December 8, 2017: Trends in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227862/genetic-maps-and-patterns-of-cerebral-cortex-folding
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Camino de Juan Romero, Víctor Borrell
Folding of the cerebral cortex during brain development is a complex process that depends on the orchestrated action of a number of factors, including generation and proliferation of basal progenitor cells, and the radial migration of neurons. Patterns of primary cortical folding are stereotyped between individuals and across phylogeny, reflecting a strong genetic regulation of the underlying cellular mechanisms. Here we summarize recent findings on cellular and genetic mechanisms regulating this fascinating process that underlies expansion and functional complexification of the mammalian cerebral cortex...
December 8, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226950/syndecans-in-chronic-inflammatory-and-autoimmune-diseases-pathological-insights-and-therapeutic-opportunities
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Solomon A Agere, Eugene Y Kim, Nahid Akhtar, Salahuddin Ahmed
Syndecans (SDCs) are a family of heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) glycoproteins ubiquitously expressed on the cell surfaces and extracellular matrix of all mammalian tissues. There are four mammalian syndecans, SDC-1 thorough 4, which play a critical role in cell adhesion, migration, proliferation, differentiation, and angiogenesis through independent and growth factor mediated signaling. An altered expression of SDCs is often observed in autoimmune disorders, cancer, HIV infection, and many other pathological conditions...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226078/identification-and-in%C3%A2-silico-structural-analysis-of-gallus-gallus-protein-arginine-methyltransferase-4-prmt4
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Hannah Berberich, Felix Terwesten, Sinja Rakow, Peeyush Sahu, Caroline Bouchard, Marion Meixner, Sjaak Philipsen, Peter Kolb, Uta-Maria Bauer
Protein arginine methyltransferase 4 (PRMT4) is an essential epigenetic regulator of fundamental and conserved processes during vertebrate development, such as pluripotency and differentiation. Surprisingly, PRMT4 homologs have been identified in nearly all vertebrate classes except the avian genome. This raises the possibility that in birds PRMT4 functions are taken over by other PRMT family members. Here, we reveal the existence of a bona fide PRMT4 homolog in the chicken, Gallus gallus. Using a biochemical approach, we initially purified a putative chicken PRMT4 protein and thus provided the first evidence for the presence of an endogenous PRMT4-specific enzymatic activity toward histone H3 arginine 17 (H3R17) in avian cells...
December 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225579/regulation-of-tissue-growth-by-the-mammalian-hippo-signaling-pathway
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Kevin I Watt, Kieran F Harvey, Paul Gregorevic
The integrative control of diverse biological processes such as proliferation, differentiation, apoptosis and metabolism is essential to maintain cellular and tissue homeostasis. Disruption of these underlie the development of many disease states including cancer and diabetes, as well as many of the complications that arise as a consequence of aging. These biological outputs are governed by many cellular signaling networks that function independently, and in concert, to convert changes in hormonal, mechanical and metabolic stimuli into alterations in gene expression...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224155/targeted-bisulfite-sequencing-using-the-seqcap-epi-enrichment-system
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Jennifer Wendt, Heidi Rosenbaum, Todd A Richmond, Jeffrey A Jeddeloh, Daniel L Burgess
Cytosine methylation has been shown to have a role in a host of biological processes. In mammalian biology these include stem cell differentiation, embryonic development, genomic imprinting, inflammation, and silencing of transposable elements. Given the central importance of these processes, it is not surprising to find aberrant cytosine methylation patterns associated with many disorders in humans, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and neurological disease. While whole genome shotgun bisulfite sequencing (WGBS) has recently become feasible, generating high sequence coverage data for the entire genome is expensive, both in terms of money and analysis time, when generally only a small subset of the genome is of interest to most researchers...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224154/large-scale-targeted-dna-methylation-analysis-using-bisulfite-padlock-probes
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Dinh Diep, Nongluk Plongthongkum, Kun Zhang
Bisulfite padlock probes (BSPP) are a method for the targeted quantification of DNA methylation in mammalian genomes. They can simultaneously characterize the level of methylcytosine modification in a large number of targeted regions at single-base resolution. A major advantage of BSPP is that it allows the flexible capture of an arbitrary subset of genomic regions (hundreds to hundreds of thousands of genomic loci) in single-tube reactions. Large number of samples can be processed efficiently and converted into multiplexed sequencing libraries with only three enzymatic steps, without the conventional library preparation procedures...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224139/antibody-based-detection-of-global-nuclear-dna-methylation-in-cells-tissue-sections-and-mammalian-embryos
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Nathalie Beaujean, Juliette Salvaing, Nur Annies Abd Hadi, Sari Pennings
Immunostaining is widely used in cell biology for the in situ detection of proteins in fixed cells. The method is based on the specificity of antibodies for recognizing and binding to a selected target, combined with immunolabeling techniques for microscopic imaging. Antibodies with high specificities for modified nucleotides have also been widely developed, and among those, antibodies that recognize modified cytosine: 5-methylcytosine (5mC), and more recently, its derivates 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), 5-formylcytosine (5fC) and 5-carboxylcytosine (5caC)...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224070/genome-wide-analysis-of-dna-methylation-in-single-cells-using-a-post-bisulfite-adapter-tagging-approach
#18
Heather J Lee, Sébastien A Smallwood
DNA methylation is an epigenetic mark implicated in the regulation of key biological processes. Using high-throughput sequencing technologies and bisulfite-based approaches, it is possible to obtain comprehensive genome-wide maps of the mammalian DNA methylation landscape with a single-nucleotide resolution and absolute quantification. However, these methods were only applicable to bulk populations of cells. Here, we present a protocol to perform whole-genome bisulfite sequencing on single cells (scBS-Seq) using a post-bisulfite adapter tagging approach...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222785/neuronal-cell-morphology-in-primary-cerebellar-granule-cells-using-high-content-analysis
#19
Nicholas Radio, Steven Frank
Neurite outgrowth, one of the underlying cellular processes that defines the development and functionality of the mammalian nervous system, is also a sensitive indicator of neuronal cell health. From screening libraries of putative neurotherapeutic compounds to analyzing the millions of environmental pollutants for which we have inadequate neurotoxicity safety data, the large volume of chemical compounds that require evaluation is a major obstacle for manual imaging and analysis methods. In this context, high-content analysis (HCA) has emerged as a sensitive and accurate method for detecting changes in neuronal cell morphology within a format applicable to screening large chemical libraries...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222175/chitin-protects-gut-epithelial-barrier-in-a-protochordate-model-of-dss-induced-colitis
#20
Assunta Liberti, Ivana Zucchetti, Daniela Melillo, Diana Skapura, Yoshimi Shibata, Rosaria De Santis, Maria Rosaria Pinto, Gary W Litman, Larry J Dishaw
The gastrointestinal tract of Ciona intestinalis, a solitary tunicate that siphon filters water, shares similarities with its mammalian counterpart. The Ciona gut exhibits other features that are unique to protochordates, including certain immune molecules, and other characteristics, e.g. chitin-rich mucus, which appears to be more widespread than considered previously. Exposure of Ciona to dextran sulphate sodium (DSS) induces a colitis-like phenotype similar to that seen in other systems and is characterized by alteration of epithelial morphology and infiltration of blood cells into lamina propria like regions...
December 8, 2017: Biology Open
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