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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434033/the-gut-microbiome-as-a-target-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-hyperglycaemia-in-type-2-diabetes-from-current-human-evidence-to-future-possibilities
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Louise Brunkwall, Marju Orho-Melander
The totality of microbial genomes in the gut exceeds the size of the human genome, having around 500-fold more genes that importantly complement our coding potential. Microbial genes are essential for key metabolic processes, such as the breakdown of indigestible dietary fibres to short-chain fatty acids, biosynthesis of amino acids and vitamins, and production of neurotransmitters and hormones. During the last decade, evidence has accumulated to support a role for gut microbiota (analysed from faecal samples) in glycaemic control and type 2 diabetes...
April 22, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433606/in-silico-methods-for-co-transcriptional-rna-secondary-structure-prediction-and-for-investigating-alternative-rna-structure-expression
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Irmtraud M Meyer
RNA transcripts are the primary products of active genes in any living organism, including many viruses. Their cellular destiny not only depends on primary sequence signals, but can also be determined by RNA structure. Recent experimental evidence shows that many transcripts can be assigned more than a single functional RNA structure throughout their cellular life and that structure formation happens co-transcriptionally, i.e. as the transcript is synthesised in the cell. Moreover, functional RNA structures are not limited to non-coding transcripts, but can also feature in coding transcripts...
April 19, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433477/novel-mutations-in-the-c-terminal-region-of-gmppb-causing-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-overlapping-with-congenital-myasthenic-syndrome
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Sushan Luo, Shuang Cai, Susan Maxwell, Dongyue Yue, Wenhua Zhu, Kai Qiao, Zhen Zhu, Lei Zhou, Jianying Xi, Jiahong Lu, David Beeson, Chongbo Zhao
Mutations in the GMPPB gene may underlie both limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) and congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS). Forty-one cases have been reported to date and hotspot mutations are emerging in the Caucasian population. Clinical and pathological features of 5 patients with compound heterozygous GMPPB mutations were collected and retrospectively reviewed. In vitro functional analysis was performed to investigate the pathogeneity of GMPPB variants. The patients presented with proximal limb weakness in their first to second decades...
March 10, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432378/advances-in-anti-viral-immune-defence-revealing-the-importance-of-the-ifn-jak-stat-pathway
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Nicola Raftery, Nigel J Stevenson
Interferon-alpha (IFN-α) is a potent anti-viral cytokine, critical to the host immune response against viruses. IFN-α is first produced upon viral detection by pathogen recognition receptors. Following its expression, IFN-α embarks upon a complex downstream signalling cascade called the JAK/STAT pathway. This signalling pathway results in the expression of hundreds of effector genes known as interferon stimulated genes (ISGs). These genes are the basis for an elaborate effector mechanism and ultimately, the clearance of viral infection...
April 21, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431407/prognositic-value-of-cd73-adenosinergic-pathway-in-solid-tumor-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
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Rong Wang, Yingying Zhang, Xia Lin, Yalin Gao, Ying Zhu
CD73 is a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchored cell surface protein that is encoded by NT5E gene, plays multiple roles in tumor processes. Previous studies have presented a potential value of CD73 served as a detectable biomarker for prognosis of several solid tumors, but the results were more controversially. A comprehensive meta-analysis was conducted to precisely evaluate the prognostic role of CD73 in solid tumors. The included studies were searched in PubMed, Web of Science and EBSCO from Jan 1990 to Jan 2016...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431277/endocrine-disruption-by-environmental-gestagens-in-amphibians-a-short-review-supported-by-new-in%C3%A2-vitro-data-using-gonads-of-xenopus-laevis
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Andrea Ziková, Claudia Lorenz, Frauke Hoffmann, Wibke Kleiner, Ilka Lutz, Matthias Stöck, Werner Kloas
Endocrine disruption caused by various anthropogenic compounds is of persisting concern, especially for aquatic wildlife, because surface waters are the main sink of these so-called endocrine disruptors (ED). In the past, research focused on (anti)estrogenic, (anti)androgenic, and (anti)thyroidal substances, affecting primarily reproduction and development in vertebrates; however, other endocrine systems might be also targeted by ED. Environmental gestagens, including natural progestogens (e.g. progesterone (P4)) and synthetic progestins used for contraception, are supposed to affect vertebrate reproduction via progesterone receptors...
April 5, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431259/allosteric-regulation-of-metabolism-in-cancer-endogenous-mechanisms-and-considerations-for-drug-design
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Jamie A Macpherson, Dimitrios Anastasiou
Alterations in metabolic processes have been linked to various diseases, including cancer. Although gene expression can dictate long-term metabolic adaptation, many metabolic changes found in cancer are associated with altered allosteric properties of the underlying enzymes. Small molecule-protein interactions and intracellular signalling converge to orchestrate these allosteric mechanisms, which, emerging evidence suggests, constitute a promising therapeutic avenue. In this review we focus on glucose and energy metabolism to illustrate the role of allostery in cancer physiology and we discuss approaches to streamline the process of targeting aberrant allosteric pathways with small molecules...
April 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431155/motoring-through-the-role-of-kinesin-superfamily-proteins-in-female-meiosis
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Nicole J Camlin, Eileen A McLaughlin, Janet E Holt
BACKGROUND: The kinesin motor protein family consists of 14 distinct subclasses and 45 kinesin proteins in humans. A large number of these proteins, or their orthologues, have been shown to possess essential function(s) in both the mitotic and the meiotic cell cycle. Kinesins have important roles in chromosome separation, microtubule dynamics, spindle formation, cytokinesis and cell cycle progression. This article contains a review of the literature with respect to the role of kinesin motor proteins in female meiosis in model species...
April 18, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430948/functional-relevance-of-water-and-glycerol-channels-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Farzana Sabir, Maria C Loureiro-Dias, Graça Soveral, Catarina Prista
Our understanding of the functional relevance of orthodox aquaporins and aquaglyceroporins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is essentially based on phenotypic variations obtained by expression/overexpression/deletion of these MIPs in selected strains. These water/glycerol channels are considered crucial during various life-cycle phases, such as sporulation and mating and in some life-processes like rapid freeze-thaw tolerance, osmoregulation and phenomena associated with cell surface. Despite their putative functional roles not only as channels but also as sensors, their underlying mechanisms and their regulation are still poorly understood...
April 19, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430808/quantification-of-hypoxia-related-gene-expression-as-a-potential-approach-for-clinical-outcome-prediction-in-breast-cancer
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Abderrahim El Guerrab, Anne Cayre, Fabrice Kwiatkowski, Maud Privat, Jean-Marc Rossignol, Fabrice Rossignol, Frédérique Penault-Llorca, Yves-Jean Bignon
Breast cancers are solid tumors frequently characterized by regions with low oxygen concentrations. Cellular adaptations to hypoxia are mainly determined by "hypoxia inducible factors" that mediate transcriptional modifications involved in drug resistance and tumor progression leading to metastasis and relapse occurrence. In this study, we investigated the prognostic value of hypoxia-related gene expression in breast cancer. A systematic review was conducted to select a set of 45 genes involved in hypoxia signaling pathways and breast tumor progression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430673/antimicrobial-resistant-streptococcus-pneumoniae-prevalence-mechanisms-and-clinical-implications
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Regine Cherazard, Marcia Epstein, Thien-Ly Doan, Tanzila Salim, Sheena Bharti, Miriam A Smith
BACKGROUND: Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major cause of pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis, bacteremia, and otitis media. S. pneumoniae has developed increased resistance to multiple classes of antibiotics. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic literature review of prevalence, mechanisms, and clinical implications in S. pneumoniae resistance. AREAS OF UNCERTAINTY: Since S. pneumoniae resistance to penicillin was first reported with subsequent development of resistance to other classes of drugs, selection of appropriate antibiotic treatment is challenging...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430163/long-non-coding-rnas-key-regulators-of-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-tumour-drug-resistance-and-cancer-stem-cells
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Richard Heery, Stephen P Finn, Sinead Cuffe, Steven G Gray
Epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT), the adoption by epithelial cells of a mesenchymal-like phenotype, is a process co-opted by carcinoma cells in order to initiate invasion and metastasis. In addition, it is becoming clear that is instrumental to both the development of drug resistance by tumour cells and in the generation and maintenance of cancer stem cells. EMT is thus a pivotal process during tumour progression and poses a major barrier to the successful treatment of cancer. Non-coding RNAs (ncRNA) often utilize epigenetic programs to regulate both gene expression and chromatin structure...
April 21, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428964/micrornas-mediated-regulation-of-skeletal-muscle-glut4-expression-and-translocation-in-insulin-resistance
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João Victor Esteves, Francisco Javier Enguita, Ubiratan Fabres Machado
The solute carrier family 2 facilitated glucose transporter member 4 (GLUT4) plays a key role in the insulin-induced glucose uptake by muscle and adipose tissues. In prediabetes and diabetes, GLUT4 expression/translocation has been detected as reduced, participating in mechanisms that impair glycemic control. Recently, a class of short endogenous noncoding RNAs named microRNAs (miRNAs) has been increasingly described as involved in the posttranscriptional epigenetic regulation of gene expression. The present review focuses on miRNAs potentially involved in the expression of GLUT4 expression, and proteins related to GLUT4 and translocation in skeletal muscle, seeking to correlate them with insulin resistance and diabetes...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428957/coordinating-regulation-of-gene-expression-in-cardiovascular-disease-interactions-between-chromatin-modifiers-and-transcription-factors
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REVIEW
Ashley J Bauer, Kathleen A Martin
Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death with increasing economic burden. The pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases is complex, but can arise from genetic and/or environmental risk factors. This can lead to dysregulated gene expression in numerous cell types including cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells, vascular smooth muscle cells, and inflammatory cells. While initial studies addressed transcriptional control of gene expression, epigenetics has been increasingly appreciated to also play an important role in this process through alterations in chromatin structure and gene accessibility...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428927/limitations-of-personalized-medicine-and-gene-assays-for-breast-cancer
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David Tiberi, Laura Masucci, Daniel Shedid, Isabelle Roy, Toni Vu, Erica Patocskai, André Robidoux, Philip Wong
Adjuvant systemic treatments reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence following the local treatment of primary stage I-III breast cancers. For patients with hormone-positive breast cancers receiving hormonal therapy, the risk of distant recurrence is under 20% and therefore, many patients may potentially be spared of chemotherapy. Consequently, several molecular signatures based on gene expression were developed to better determine which breast cancer patients would benefit from chemotherapy. We present the case of a 62-year-old woman diagnosed with an early stage hormone receptor-positive breast cancer that was treated with a partial mastectomy...
March 17, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428810/recent-achievements-obtained-by-chloroplast-transformation
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REVIEW
Muhamed Adem, Dereje Beyene, Tileye Feyissa
Chloroplasts play a great role for sustained wellbeing of life on the planet. They have the power and raw materials that can be used as sophisticated biological factories. They are rich in energy as they have lots of pigment-protein complexes capable of collecting sunlight, in sugar produced by photosynthesis and in minerals imported from the plant cell. Chloroplast genome transformation offers multiple advantages over nuclear genome which among others, include: integration of the transgene via homologus recombination that enables to eliminate gene silencing and position effect, higher level of transgene expression resulting into higher accumulations of foreign proteins, and significant reduction in environmental dispersion of the transgene due to maternal inheritance which helps to minimize the major critic of plant genetic engineering...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428362/hepatic-lipid-accumulation-cause-and-consequence-of-dysregulated-glucoregulatory-hormones
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Caroline E Geisler, Benjamin Jennings Renquist
Fatty liver can be diet, endocrine, genetic, viral, or drug induced. Independent of cause, hepatic lipid accumulation promotes systemic metabolic dysfunction. By acting as peroxisome proliferator activated receptor (PPAR) ligands, hepatic non-esterified fatty acids upregulate expression of gluconeogenic, beta-oxidative, lipogenic, and ketogenic genes, promoting hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and ketosis. The typical hormonal environment in fatty liver disease consists of hyperinsulinemia, hyperglucagonemia, hypercortisolemia, growth hormone deficiency, and elevated sympathetic tone...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428271/master-transcriptional-regulators-in-cancer-discovery-via-reverse-engineering-approaches-and-subsequent-validation
#18
REVIEW
Bruce Moran, Arman Rahman, Katja Palonen, Fiona T Lanigan, William M Gallagher
Reverse engineering of transcriptional networks using gene expression data enables identification of genes that underpin the development and progression of different cancers. Methods to this end have been available for over a decade and, with a critical mass of transcriptomic data in the oncology arena having been reached, they are ever more applicable. Extensive and complex networks can be distilled into a small set of key master transcriptional regulators (MTR), genes that are very highly connected and have been shown to be involved in processes of known importance in disease...
April 20, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428114/epigenetics-the-third-pillar-of-nitric-oxide-signaling
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REVIEW
Samantha Socco, Rhea C Bovee, Marianne B Palczewski, Jason R Hickok, Douglas D Thomas
Nitric oxide (NO), the endogenously produced free radical signaling molecule, is generally thought to function via its interactions with heme-containing proteins, such as soluble guanylyl cyclase (sGC), or by the formation of protein adducts containing nitrogen oxide functional groups (such as S-nitrosothiols, 3-nitrotyrosine, and dinitrosyliron complexes). These two types of interactions result in a multitude of down-stream effects that regulate numerous functions in physiology and disease. Of the numerous purported NO signaling mechanisms, epigenetic regulation has gained considerable interest in recent years...
April 17, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427560/stress-adaptive-response-in-ovarian-cancer-drug-resistance-role-of-trap1-in-oxidative-metabolism-driven-inflammation
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Maria Rosaria Amoroso, Danilo Swann Matassa, Ilenia Agliarulo, Rosario Avolio, Francesca Maddalena, Valentina Condelli, Matteo Landriscina, Franca Esposito
Metabolic reprogramming is one of the most frequent stress-adaptive response of cancer cells to survive environmental changes and meet increasing nutrient requirements during their growth. These modifications involve cellular bioenergetics and cross talk with surrounding microenvironment, in a dynamic network that connect different molecular processes, such as energy production, inflammatory response, and drug resistance. Even though the Warburg effect has long been considered the main metabolic feature of cancer cells, recent reports identify mitochondrial oxidative metabolism as a driving force for tumor growth in an increasing number of cellular contexts...
2017: Advances in Protein Chemistry and Structural Biology
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