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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931158/new-mitogenomes-of-two-chinese-stag-beetles-coleoptera-lucanidae-and-their-implications-for-systematics
#1
Zi-Qi Lin, Fan Song, Teng Li, Yuan-Yuan Wu, Xia Wan
Although conspicuous and well-studied, stag beetles have been slow to join the genomic era. In this study, mitochondrial genomes of two stag beetles, Sinodendron yunnanense and Prosopocoilus confucius, are sequenced for the first time. Both of their genomes consisted of 13 protein-coding genes (PCGs), 22 transfer RNA genes (tRNAs), 2 ribosomal RNAs (rRNAs), and a control region. The mitogenome of S. yunnanense was 16,921 bp in length, and P. confucius was 16,951 bp. The location of the gene trnL(UUR), between the A + T-rich and control region in S...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931091/mt-cell-responses-targeting-hiv-nef-uniquely-correlate-with-infected-cell-frequencies-after-long-term-antiretroviral-therapy
#2
Allison S Thomas, Kimberley L Jones, Rajesh T Gandhi, Deborah K McMahon, Joshua C Cyktor, Dora Chan, Szu-Han Huang, Ronald Truong, Alberto Bosque, Amanda B Macedo, Colin Kovacs, Erika Benko, Joseph J Eron, Ronald J Bosch, Christina M Lalama, Samuel Simmens, Bruce D Walker, John W Mellors, R Brad Jones
HIV-specific CD8+ T-cell responses limit viral replication in untreated infection. After the initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART), these responses decay and the infected cell population that remains is commonly considered to be invisible to T-cells. We hypothesized that HIV antigen recognition may persist in ART-treated individuals due to low-level or episodic protein expression. We posited that if persistent recognition were occurring it would be preferentially directed against the early HIV gene products Nef, Tat, and Rev as compared to late gene products, such as Gag, Pol, and Env, which have higher barriers to expression...
September 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930976/detection-of-residual-donor-erythroid-progenitor-cells-after-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-patients-with-hemoglobinopathies
#3
Roman Crazzolara, Gabriele Kropshofer, Michael Steurer, Sieghart Sopper, Wolfgang Schwinger
The presence of incomplete chimerism is noted in a large proportion of patients following bone marrow transplant for thalassemia major or sickle cell disease. This observation has tremendous implications, as subsequent therapeutic immunomodulation strategies can improve clinical outcome. Conventionally, polymerase chain reaction-based analysis of short tandem repeats is used to identify chimerism in donor-derived blood cells. However, this method is restricted to nucleated cells and cannot distinguish between dissociated single-cell lineages...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930914/the-protective-effect-of-a-short-peptide-derived-from-cold-inducible-rna-binding-protein-in-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#4
Joseph McGinn, Fangming Zhang, Monowar Aziz, Weng-Lang Yang, Jeffrey Nicastro, Gene F Coppa, Ping Wang
Extracellular cold-inducible RNA-binding protein (CIRP) functions as damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) and has been demonstrated to be responsible in part for the damage occurring after renal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R). A short peptide derived from CIRP, named C23, binds to myeloid differentiation factor 2 (MD2), a Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) co-receptor. We hypothesize that C23 reduces renal ischemia-reperfusion (RIR) injury by blocking CIRP. We observed that pre-treatment with C23 significantly decreased the levels of recombinant mouse CIRP-induced TNF-α in a dose-dependent fashion in cultured macrophages...
September 19, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930752/salivary-gland-neoplasms-does-morphological-diversity-reflect-tumor-heterogeneity
#5
Miguel Rito, Isabel Fonseca
Salivary gland tumor classification encompasses a vast list of benign and malignant neoplasms. Their morphological diversity is recognized not only between different entities but also within individual tumors. Tumor categories as described by the World Health Organization reflect, in part, a true genetic heterogeneity (e.g., translocations involving CRTC1 and CRTC3-MAML2 genes in mucoepidermoid carcinoma and MYB-NFIB fusion in adenoid cystic carcinoma). Carcinoma ex pleomorphic adenoma shows diversity in its histological appearance, but recurrent rearrangements on PLAG1 and HMGA2 are common to its benign precursor...
September 21, 2017: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930537/differences-in-ion-channel-phenotype-and-function-between-humans-and-animal-models
#6
Mark R Tanner, Christine Beeton
Ion channels play crucial roles in regulating a broad range of physiological processes. They form a very large family of transmembrane proteins. Their diversity results from not only a large number of different genes encoding for ion channel subunits but also the ability of subunits to assemble into homo- or heteromultimers, the existence of splice variants, and the expression of different regulatory subunits. These characteristics and the existence of very selective modulators make ion channels very attractive targets for therapy in a wide variety of pathologies...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930172/rhein-induces-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-in-mouse-blastocysts-and-has-immunotoxic-effects-during-embryonic-development
#7
Chien-Hsun Huang, Wen-Hsiung Chan
Rhein, a glucoside chemical compound found in a traditional Chinese medicine derived from the roots of rhubarb, induces cell apoptosis and is considered to have high potential as an antitumor drug. Several previous studies showed that rhein can inhibit cell proliferation and trigger mitochondria-related or endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-dependent apoptotic processes. However, the side effects of rhein on pre- and post-implantation embryonic development remain unclear. Here, we show that rhein has cytotoxic effects on blastocyst-stage mouse embryos and induces oxidative stress and immunotoxicity in mouse fetuses...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930153/selective-hdl-raising-human-apo-a-i-gene-therapy-counteracts-cardiac-hypertrophy-reduces-myocardial-fibrosis-and-improves-cardiac-function-in-mice-with-chronic-pressure-overload
#8
Ruhul Amin, Ilayaraja Muthuramu, Joseph Pierre Aboumsallem, Mudit Mishra, Frank Jacobs, Bart De Geest
Epidemiological studies support an independent inverse association between high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels and heart failure incidence. The effect of selective HDL-raising adeno-associated viral serotype 8-human apolipoprotein (apo) A-I (AAV8-A-I) gene transfer on cardiac remodeling induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC) was evaluated in C57BL/6 low-density lipoprotein receptor-deficient mice. Septal wall thickness and cardiomyocyte cross-sectional area were reduced by 16.5% (p < 0...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930090/biomimetic-matrix-fabricated-by-lmp-1-gene-transduced-mc3t3-e1-cells-for-bone-regeneration
#9
Junxuan Ma, Wei Guo, Manman Gao, Baoding Huang, Qihua Qi, Zemin Ling, Yan Chen, Hao Hu, Hailian Zhou, Fei Yu, Ke Chen, Zhiyu Zhou, Deming Xiao, Xuenong Zou
Bone healing is regulated by multiple microenvironmental signals provided by the extracellular matrix (ECM). The study aimed to mimic native osteoinductive microenvironment by developing an ECM using gene-transduced cells. LIM mineralization protein-1 (LMP-1) gene was transferred to the murine pre-osteoblast cells (MC3T3-E1) using lentiviral vectors. Western blotting essay indicated that the MC3T3-E1 cells expressed an increased level of bone morphologic protein-2, -4 and-7 (BMP-2, -4 and -7) after LMP-1 gene transduction...
September 20, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930051/addiction-and-the-role-of-circadian-genes
#10
Laura A Forde, Gursharan Kalsi
OBJECTIVE: In mammals, intimate interactions exist between the circadian system and other molecular systems, and mounting evidence is suggesting that these relationships may affect substance use disorders. Research in preclinical models supports the role of circadian genes as risk factors for addiction. Here, we explore the evidence and review human genetic studies testing the association between specific circadian genes and substance use disorders. METHOD: A literature search was conducted in PubMed for studies testing variants in eight circadian genes known to be central to the functioning of the master clock in the brain...
September 2017: Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929968/c-state-an-interactive-web-app-for-simultaneous-multi-gene-visualization-and-comparative-epigenetic-pattern-search
#11
Divya Tej Sowpati, Surabhi Srivastava, Jyotsna Dhawan, Rakesh K Mishra
BACKGROUND: Comparative epigenomic analysis across multiple genes presents a bottleneck for bench biologists working with NGS data. Despite the development of standardized peak analysis algorithms, the identification of novel epigenetic patterns and their visualization across gene subsets remains a challenge. RESULTS: We developed a fast and interactive web app, C-State (Chromatin-State), to query and plot chromatin landscapes across multiple loci and cell types...
September 13, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929967/-results-of-a-multicenter-study-investigating-plasmid-mediated-colistin-resistance-genes-mcr-1-and-mcr-2-in-clinical-enterobacteriaceae-%C3%A4-solates-from-turkey
#12
Ayşe Nur Sarı, Serap Süzük, Onur Karatuna, Dilara Öğünç, Ayşe Esra Karakoç, Zeynep Çizmeci, Hikmet Eda Alışkan, Füsun Cömert, Mustafa Zahir Bakıcı, Nezahat Akpolat, Fatma Feriha Çilli, Yasemin Zer, Aysel Karataş, Bahar Akgün Karapınar, Gülçin Bayramoğlu, Melda Özdamar, Fatma Kalem, Nuran Delialioğlu, Elif Aktaş, Nisel Yılmaz, Şaban Gürcan, Zeynep Gülay
Colistin is a polymyxin antibiotic which is considered as one of the last line agents against infections due to multidrug resistant or carbapenem resistant gram-negative pathogens. Colistin resistance is associated with chromosomal alterations which can usually cause mutations in genes coding specific two component regulator systems. The first plasmid-mediated colistin resistance gene, mcr-1 was described in Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates in December 2015 and followed by another plasmid-mediated colistin resistance gene mcr-2 in 2016...
July 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929955/editorial-gene-therapy-for-fanconi-anemia-enters-a-new-clinical-era
#13
EDITORIAL
E Verhoeyen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Current Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929929/face-forward-gene-variants-pathways-and-therapies-for-craniofacial-anomalies
#14
J M Richman, B C Schutte
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929578/horizontal-transfer-of-mir-23a-from-hypoxic-tumor-cell-colonies-can-induce-angiogenesis
#15
T V Sruthi, Lincy Edatt, Grace R Raji, Haritha K, S Sharath Shankar, Vandana Shankar, Vishnu R, Aswini P, V B Sameer Kumar
Neo vessel formation by angiogenesis is an important event during many pathological conditions including cancer, where it is indispensable for tumor growth and survival. Although, various pro-angiogenic cytokines and soluble factors, secreted by tumor cells, have been reported to promote angiogenesis, recent studies have shown regulatory role of exosomes, secreted by tumor cells in the process of angiogenesis. These exosomes are capable of carrying nucleic acids, proteins etc. as their cargo. Under the light of these facts and considering the presence of miRNAs, the non-coding RNAs capable of regulating target gene expression, as one of the major cargos in the exosomes, we investigated, whether exosomes derived from normoxic and hypoxic tumor cell colonies exhibit difference in levels of miR-23∼27∼24 cluster members and if so, to check the significance of their horizontall transfer on the process of angiogenesis...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929469/chondrocyte-expansion-is-associated-with-loss-of-primary-cilia-and-disrupted-hedgehog-signalling
#16
C L Thompson, J C Plant, A K Wann, C L Bishop, P Novak, H M Mitchison, P L Beales, J P Chapple, M M Knight
Tissue engineering-based therapies targeting cartilage diseases, such as osteoarthritis, require in vitro expansion of articular chondrocytes. A major obstacle for these therapies is the dedifferentiation and loss of phenotype accompanying chondrocyte expansion. Recent studies suggest that manipulation of hedgehog signalling may be used to promote chondrocyte re-differentiation. Hedgehog signalling requires the primary cilium, a microtubule-based signalling compartment, the integrity of which is linked to the cytoskeleton...
September 20, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929430/new-drugs-in-the-pipeline-for-the-treatment-of-hiv-a-review
#17
REVIEW
Leigh Anne Hylton Gravatt, Crystal R Leibrand, Sulay Patel, MaryPeace McRae
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this paper is to review therapies with new mechanisms of action for the treatment of HIV that are at least in phase 2 clinical trials. RECENT FINDINGS: There are several new mechanisms of action being represented within clinical development, including histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors, gene therapies, broadly neutralizing anti-HIV antibodies, immune modulation, and drugs with new mechanisms to block HIV entry. The new therapies are being developed for both as add-on therapy to existing combination antiretroviral therapy and as agents to be used during treatment interruption...
September 19, 2017: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929212/an-insight-into-phage-diversity-at-environmental-habitats-using-comparative-metagenomics-approach
#18
Krupa Parmar, Nishant Dafale, Rajesh Pal, Hitesh Tikariha, Hemant Purohit
Bacteriophages play significant role in driving microbial diversity; however, little is known about the diversity of phages in different ecosystems. A dynamic predator-prey mechanism called "kill the winner" suggests the elimination of most active bacterial populations through phages. Thus, interaction between phage and host has an effect on the composition of microbial communities in ecosystems. In this study, secondary phage metagenome data from aquatic habitats: wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), fresh, marine, and hot water spring habitat were analyzed using MG-RAST and STAMP tools to explore the diversity of the viruses...
September 19, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929094/gestational-age-dependent-increase-of-survival-motor-neuron-protein-in-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#19
Sota Iwatani, Nur Imma Fatimah Harahap, Dian Kesumapramudya Nurputra, Shinya Tairaku, Akemi Shono, Daisuke Kurokawa, Keiji Yamana, Khin Kyae Mon Thwin, Makiko Yoshida, Masami Mizobuchi, Tsubasa Koda, Kazumichi Fujioka, Mariko Taniguchi-Ikeda, Hideto Yamada, Ichiro Morioka, Kazumoto Iijima, Hisahide Nishio, Noriyuki Nishimura
BACKGROUND: Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the most common genetic neurological disease leading to infant death. It is caused by loss of survival motor neuron (SMN) 1 gene and subsequent reduction of SMN protein in motor neurons. Because SMN is ubiquitously expressed and functionally linked to general RNA metabolism pathway, fibroblasts (FBs) are most widely used for the assessment of SMN expression in SMA patients but usually isolated from skin biopsy samples after the onset of overt symptoms...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929082/endocrine-therapy-of-estrogen-receptor-positive-breast-cancer-cells-early-differential-effects-on-stem-cell-markers
#20
Euphemia Y Leung, Marjan E Askarian-Amiri, Debina Sarkar, Carole Ferraro-Peyret, Wayne R Joseph, Graeme J Finlay, Bruce C Baguley
INTRODUCTION: Endocrine therapy of breast cancer, which either deprives cancer tissue of estrogen or prevents estrogen pathway signaling, is the most common treatment after surgery and radiotherapy. We have previously shown for the estrogen-responsive MCF-7 cell line that exposure to tamoxifen, or deprivation of estrogen, leads initially to inhibition of cell proliferation, followed after several months by the emergence of resistant sub-lines that are phenotypically different from the parental line...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
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