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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222152/alteration-of-the-exdna-profile-in-blood-serum-of-llc-bearing-mice-under-the-decrease-of-tumour-invasion-potential-by-bovine-pancreatic-dnase-i-treatment
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Ludmila A Alekseeva, Nadezhda L Mironova, Evgenyi V Brenner, Alexander M Kurilshikov, Olga A Patutina, Marina A Zenkova
Taking into account recently obtained data indicating the participation of circulating extracellular DNA (exDNA) in tumorigenesis, enzymes with deoxyribonucleic activity have again been considered as potential antitumour and antimetastatic drugs. Previously, using murine Lewis lung carcinoma and hepatocellular carcinoma A1 tumour models, we have shown the antimetastatic activity of bovine DNase I, which correlates with an increase of DNase activity and a decrease of exDNA concentration in the blood serum of tumour-bearing mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209295/aluternative-regulation-for-gene-expression
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REVIEW
Ling-Ling Chen, Li Yang
Alu elements belong to the primate-specific SINE family of retrotransposons and constitute almost 11% of the human genome. Alus are transcribed by RNA polymerase (Pol) III and are inserted back into the genome with the help of autonomous LINE retroelements. Since Alu elements are preferentially located near to or within gene-rich regions, they can affect gene expression by distinct mechanisms of action at both DNA and RNA levels. In this review we focus on recent advances of how Alu elements are pervasively involved in gene regulation...
February 10, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198841/optical-neutrality-invisibility-without-cloaking
#3
Reed Hodges, Cleon Dean, Maxim Durach
We show that it is possible to design an invisible wavelength-sized metal-dielectric metamaterial object without evoking cloaking. Our approach is an extension of the neutral inclusion concept by Zhou and Hu [Phys. Rev. E74, 026607 (2006)PLEEE81063-651X10.1103/PhysRevE.74.026607] to Mie scatterers. We demonstrate that an increase of metal fraction in the metamaterial leads to a transition from dielectric-like to metal-like scattering, which proceeds through invisibility or optical neutrality of the scatterer...
February 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196413/alu-derived-alternative-splicing-events-specific-to-macaca-lineages-in-ctsf-gene
#4
Ja-Rang Lee, Sang-Je Park, Young-Hyun Kim, Se-Hee Choe, Hyeon-Mu Cho, Sang-Rae Lee, Sun-Uk Kim, Ji-Su Kim, Bo-Woong Sim, Bong-Seok Song, Kang-Jin Jeong, Youngjeon Lee, Yeung Bae Jin, Philyong Kang, Jae-Won Huh, Kyu-Tae Chang
Cathepsin F, which is encoded by CTSF, is a cysteine proteinase ubiquitously expressed in several tissues. In a previous study, novel transcripts of the CTSF gene were identified in the crab-eating monkey deriving from the integration of an Alu element-AluYRa1. The occurrence of AluYRa1-derived alternative transcripts and the mechanism of exonization events in the CTSF gene of human, rhesus monkey, and crabeating monkey were investigated using PCR and reverse transcription PCR on the genomic DNA and cDNA isolated from several tissues...
February 14, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192786/static-non-reciprocity-in-mechanical-metamaterials
#5
Corentin Coulais, Dimitrios Sounas, Andrea Alù
Reciprocity is a general, fundamental principle governing various physical systems, which ensures that the transfer function-the transmission of a physical quantity, say light intensity-between any two points in space is identical, regardless of geometrical or material asymmetries. Breaking this transmission symmetry offers enhanced control over signal transport, isolation and source protection. So far, devices that break reciprocity (and therefore show non-reciprocity) have been mostly considered in dynamic systems involving electromagnetic, acoustic and mechanical wave propagation associated with fields varying in space and time...
February 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174046/prenatal-exposure-to-drinking-water-disinfection-by-products-and-dna-methylation-in-cord-blood
#6
Pan Yang, Bin Zhou, Wen-Cheng Cao, Yi-Xin Wang, Zhen Huang, Jin Li, Wen-Qing Lu, Qiang Zeng
Maternal exposure to drinking water disinfection by-products (DBPs) during pregnancy has been related to adverse birth outcomes. While experimental studies have shown that exposure to DBPs induce DNA hypomethylation, evidence from humans is limited. This study aimed to examine whether prenatal exposure to drinking water DBPs was associated with DNA methylation in cord blood. Maternal biomarkers of exposure to drinking water DBPs including blood trihalomethanes [THMs, including chloroform (TCM), bromodichloromethane (BDCM), dibromochloromethane (DBCM), and bromoform (TBM)] and urinary trichloroacetic acid (TCAA) were measured during late pregnancy...
February 4, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166060/metamaterial-plasmonic-and-nanophotonic-devices
#7
Francesco Monticone, Andrea Alù
The field of metamaterials has opened landscapes of possibilities in basic science, and a paradigm shift in the way we think about and design emergent material properties. In many scenarios, metamaterial concepts have helped overcome long-held scientific challenges, such as the absence of optical magnetism and the limits imposed by diffraction in optical imaging. As the potential of metamaterials, as well as their limitations, become clearer, these advances in basic science have started to make an impact on several applications in different areas, with far-reaching implications for many scientific and engineering fields...
February 6, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164316/first-description-of-a-d-ce-d-hybrid-gene-on-a-weak-d-type-2-molecular-background
#8
Thomas Granier, Jacques Chiaroni, Pascal Bailly, Monique Silvy
BACKGROUND: RhD phenotypes that express a significantly reduced amount of RhD antigen per red blood cell may be mistyped as RhD-negative by standard serologic methods. The molecular identification of weak D Type 1, 2, or 3 carriers allows managing them as RhD-positive and, thus, rationalizes the use of RhD-negative stock units and the administration of Rh-immunoglobulin prophylaxis, avoiding unnecessary costs and possible side effects. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: One sample was investigated for confirming a D-C-E+c+e- phenotype...
February 5, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160561/an-association-between-overexpression-of-dna-methyltransferase-3b4-and-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
#9
You Liu, Liantao Sun, Peter Fong, Jie Yang, Zhuxia Zhang, Shuihui Yin, Shuyuan Jiang, Xiaolei Liu, Hongge Ju, Lihua Huang, Jing Bai, Kerui Gong, Shaochun Yan, Chunyang Zhang, Guo Shao
It is well known that abnormal DNA methylations occur frequently in kidney cancer. However, it remains unclear exactly which types of DNA methyltransferases (DNMT) contribute to the pathologies of kidney cancers. In order to determine the functions of DNA methyltransferase in kidney tumorigenesis on the molecular level, we examined the mRNA expression levels of DNMT1, DNMT3A, DNMT3B, and DNMT3B variants in renal cell carcinoma tissue. Both mRNA and protein levels of DNMT3B4, a splice variant of DNMT3B, were increased in renal cell carcinoma tissue compared with adjacent control tissues...
February 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147216/an-emerging-role-of-alu-rna-in-geographic-atrophy-pathogenesis-the-implication-for-novel-therapeutic-strategies
#10
Xiying Mao, Wangyi Fang, Qinghuai Liu
It is generally accepted that geographic atrophy (GA), a currently untreatable advanced form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is a multifactorial disease resulting in gradual and permanent blindness. Various risk factors are demonstrated to be responsible for its pathogenesis, such as aging, light exposure, and smoking. Molecular components associated with those risk factors form a complex and interwoven network at the confluence of inflammation, highlighting the significance of inflammasome activation in GA progression...
December 2016: Discovery Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139237/retrotransposon-expression-and-incorporation-of-cloned-human-and-mouse-retroelements-in-human-spermatozoa
#11
Leandros Lazaros, Chrysoula Kitsou, Charilaos Kostoulas, Sofia Bellou, Elissavet Hatzi, Paris Ladias, Theodoros Stefos, Sofia Markoula, Vasiliki Galani, Georgios Vartholomatos, Theodore Tzavaras, Ioannis Georgiou
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the expression of long interspersed element (LINE) 1, human endogenous retrovirus (HERV) K10, and short interspersed element-VNTR-Alu element (SVA) retrotransposons in ejaculated human spermatozoa by means of reverse-transcription (RT) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis as well as the potential incorporation of cloned human and mouse active retroelements in human sperm cell genome. DESIGN: Laboratory study. SETTING: University research laboratories and academic hospital...
January 27, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138075/transposable-element-mediated-balancing-selection-at-hsp90-underlies-embryo-developmental-variation
#12
Bing Chen, Bo Zhang, Lingling Xu, Qing Li, Feng Jiang, Pengcheng Yang, Yanan Xu, Le Kang
Understanding the roles of transposable elements (TEs) in the evolution of genome and adaptation is a long-sought goal. Here, we present a new model of TE co-option, in which a TE is harnessed by an essential gene and confers local adaptation through heterozygote advantage. We characterized a human Alu-like TE family, the Lm1 elements, in the genome of the migratory locust Locusta migratoria that harbors 0.7 million copies of the elements. Scanning Lm1 insertions in the natural locust populations revealed the widespread high polymorphism of Lm1 An Lm1 was recruited into the coding region of Heat-shock protein 90 (Hsp90), an important molecular chaperone for diverse signal transduction and developmental pathways...
January 30, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130850/demethylating-and-anti-hepatocarcinogenic-potential-of-hesperidin-a-natural-polyphenol-of-citrus-juices
#13
Zahira Fernández-Bedmar, Jaouad Anter, Angeles Alonso-Moraga, Juana Martín de Las Mulas, Yolanda Millán-Ruiz, Silvia Guil-Luna
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a neoplasia representing the fifth most common malignancy worldwide and the third cause of death from cancer. Diets with high content in fruits and vegetables are widely recommended for their health-promoting properties, among them, the protection against diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Hesperidin is the most important phenol in the orange fruit with well-known health benefits. Diet components have been used as possible modulator agents of DNA methylation in cancer cells and epigenetic therapy against their harmful effects could be a potential tool in chemotherapy...
January 27, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120825/chirality-detection-of-enantiomers-using-twisted-optical-metamaterials
#14
Yang Zhao, Amir N Askarpour, Liuyang Sun, Jinwei Shi, Xiaoqin Li, Andrea Alù
Many naturally occurring biomolecules, such as amino acids, sugars and nucleotides, are inherently chiral. Enantiomers, a pair of chiral isomers with opposite handedness, often exhibit similar physical and chemical properties due to their identical functional groups and composition, yet show different toxicity to cells. Detecting enantiomers in small quantities has an essential role in drug development to eliminate their unwanted side effects. Here we exploit strong chiral interactions with plasmonic metamaterials with specifically designed optical response to sense chiral molecules down to zeptomole levels, several orders of magnitude smaller than what is typically detectable with conventional circular dichroism spectroscopy...
January 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120777/muir-torre-syndrome-caused-by-exonic-deletion-of-mlh1-due-to-homologous-recombination
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Mirei Shiki, Tokimasa Hida, Kokichi Sugano, Rie Kaneko, Takafumi Kamiya, Akihiro Sakurai, Toshiharu Yamashita
BACKGROUND: Muir-Torre syndrome (MTS) is characterized by sebaceous neoplasms with internal malignancies and regarded as a variant of hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC). Pathogenic variations of MTS have been identified in the MSH2, MLH1, and MSH6 genes, with the majority of variations located in MSH2. OBJECTIVES: To present an MTS patient who was the only individual with skin malignancies within a cancer-prone pedigree and to show the usefulness of RNA-based genetic analysis in the investigation of MTS...
February 1, 2017: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104803/microrna-processing-enzymes-are-essential-for-survival-and-function-of-mature-retinal-pigmented-epithelial-cells-in-mice
#16
Thomas R Sundermeier, Sanae Sakami, Bhubanananda Sahu, Scott J Howell, Songqi Gao, Zhiqian Dong, Marcin Golczak, Akiko Maeda, Krzysztof Palczewski
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a major cause of irreversible vision loss. The neovascular or "wet" form of AMD can be treated to a varying degree with anti-angiogenic drugs, but geographic atrophy (GA) is an advanced stage of the more prevalent "dry" form of AMD for which there is no effective treatment. Development of GA has been linked to loss of the microRNA (miRNA)-processing enzyme DICER1 in the mature retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE). This loss results in the accumulation of toxic transcripts of Alu transposable elements which activate the NLRP3 inflammasome and additional downstream pathways that compromise the integrity and function of the RPE...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100588/involvement-of-conserved-amino-acids-in-the-c-terminal-region-of-line-1-orf2p-in-retrotransposition
#17
Claiborne M Christian, Mark Sokolowski, Dawn deHaro, Kristine J Kines, Victoria P Belancio
Long Interspersed Element 1 (LINE-1 or L1) is the only currently active autonomous retroelement in the human genome. Along with the parasitic SVA and SINE Alu, L1 is the source of DNA damage induced by retrotransposition, a copy-and-paste process that has the potential to disrupt gene function and cause human disease. The retrotransposition process is dependent upon the ORF2 protein (ORF2p). However, it is unknown whether most of the protein is important for retrotransposition. In particular, other than the Cys motif, the C-terminus of the protein has not been intensely examined in the context of retrotransposition...
January 18, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095911/mistreatment-of-women-during-childbirth-in-abuja-nigeria-a-qualitative-study-on-perceptions-and-experiences-of-women-and-healthcare-providers
#18
Meghan A Bohren, Joshua P Vogel, Özge Tunçalp, Bukola Fawole, Musibau A Titiloye, Akinpelu Olanrewaju Olutayo, Modupe Ogunlade, Agnes A Oyeniran, Olubunmi R Osunsan, Loveth Metiboba, Hadiza A Idris, Francis E Alu, Olufemi T Oladapo, A Metin Gülmezoglu, Michelle J Hindin
BACKGROUND: Global efforts have increased facility-based childbirth, but substantial barriers remain in some settings. In Nigeria, women report that poor provider attitudes influence their use of maternal health services. Evidence also suggests that women in Nigeria may experience mistreatment during childbirth; however, there is limited understanding of how and why mistreatment this occurs. This study uses qualitative methods to explore women and providers' experiences and perceptions of mistreatment during childbirth in two health facilities and catchment areas in Abuja, Nigeria...
January 17, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089755/biodistribution-and-retention-of-locally-administered-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-quantitative-polymerase-chain-reaction-based-detection-of-human-dna-in-murine-organs
#19
Michael Creane, Linda Howard, Timothy O'Brien, Cynthia M Coleman
BACKGROUND: Determining the distributive fate and retention of a cell therapy product after administration is an essential part of characterizing it's biosafety profile. Therefore, regulatory guidelines stipulate that biodistribution assays are a requirement prior to advancing a cell therapy to the clinic. Here the development of a highly sensitive quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)-based method of tracking the biodistribution and retention of human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs) in mice, rats or rabbits is described...
January 12, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068183/nucleolar-aggresomes-mediate-release-of-pericentric-heterochromatin-and-nuclear-destruction-of-genotoxically-treated-cancer-cells
#20
Kristine Salmina, Anda Huna, Inna Inashkina, Alexander Belyayev, Jekabs Krigerts, Ladislava Pastova, Alejandro Vazquez-Martin, Jekaterina Erenpreisa
The role of the nucleolus and autophagy in maintenance of nuclear integrity is poorly understood. In addition, the mechanisms of nuclear destruction in cancer cells senesced after conventional chemotherapy are unclear. In an attempt to elucidate these issues, we studied teratocarcinoma PA1 cells treated with Etoposide (ETO), focussing on the nucleolus. Following treatment, most cells enter G2 arrest, display persistent DNA damage and activate p53, senescence, and macroautophagy markers. 2-5 µm sized nucleolar aggresomes (NoA) containing fibrillarin (FIB) and damaged rDNA, colocalised with ubiquitin, pAMPK, and LC3-II emerge, accompanied by heterochromatin fragments, when translocated perinuclearly...
January 9, 2017: Nucleus
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