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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445870/klk4-gene-and-dental-decay-replication-in-a-south-brazilian-population
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Tayla Cavallari, Simone Tetu Moyses, Samuel Jorge Moyses, Renata Iani Werneck
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this research was to identify and replicate the participation of KLK4 gene polymorphisms in the susceptibility to dental decay. METHODS: A total of 200 patients were recruited using ICDAS criteria - 100 of them with dental caries and 100 with no history of the disease. Buccal cells were collected and the DNA was extracted and amplified using PCR. RESULTS: During the descriptive analysis, the variables ethnicity, biofilm, and gingivitis and the markers rs2242670 and rs2978642 were statistically significant...
April 27, 2017: Caries Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445592/polo-like-kinase-1-is-a-proviral-host-factor-for-hepatitis-b-virus-replication
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Ahmed M Diab, Adrien Foca, Floriane Fusil, Thomas Lahlali, Pascal Jalaguier, Fouzia Amirache, Lia N'Guyen, Nathalie Isorce, François-Loïc Cosset, Fabien Zoulim, Ourania M Andrisani, David Durantel
Chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection is a major risk factor for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and current treatments for CHB and HCC are perfectible. Herein, we identified cellular Serine/Threonine Polo-like-kinase 1 (PLK1) as a positive effector of HBV replication. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the proviral role of PLK1 in HBV biosynthesis and validate PLK1 inhibition a potential antiviral strategy. To this end, we employed physiologically relevant HBV infection models of Primary Human Hepatocytes (PHH) and differentiated HepaRG cells, in conjunction with pharmacologic PLK1 inhibitors, siRNA-mediated knockdown, and overexpression of constitutively active PLK1 (PLK1(CA) )...
April 26, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445142/potential-biomarkers-of-dna-replication-stress-in-cancer
#3
Liqun Ren, Long Chen, Wei Wu, Lorenza Garribba, Huanna Tian, Zihui Liu, Ivan Vogel, Chunhui Li, Ian D Hickson, Ying Liu
Oncogene activation is an established driver of tumorigenesis. An apparently inevitable consequence of oncogene activation is the generation of DNA replication stress (RS), a feature common to most cancer cells. RS, in turn, is a causal factor in the development of chromosome instability (CIN), a near universal feature of solid tumors. It is likely that CIN and RS are mutually reinforcing drivers that not only accelerate tumorigenesis, but also permit cancer cells to adapt to diverse and hostile environments...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445124/a-novel-triazolonaphthalimide-induces-apoptosis-and-inhibits-tumor-growth-by-targeting-dna-and-dna-associated-processes
#4
Liyan Ji, Simin Yang, Shasha Li, Shan Liu, Shunan Tang, Zhongqiu Liu, Xiangbao Meng, Siwang Yu
DNA and DNA-associated processes have been classes of the most important targets of chemotherapeutic drugs. As classic DNA intercalators and topoisomerase inhibitors, naphthalimides have been extensively investigated as potential anti-cancer drugs. We recently synthesized a novel series of triazolonaphthalimides with excellent anti-cancer activities. In the present study, one of the most potent triazolonaphthalimides, LSS-11, was investigated. LSS-11 bound to DNA in vitro and in cell mainly by minor groove binding and significantly increased the stability of DNA, which could be fundamental for the biological activities of LSS-11...
April 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444910/characterization-of-porcine-endogenous-retrovirus-expression-in-neonatal-and-adult-pig-pancreatic-islets
#5
Nizar I Mourad, Claire Crossan, Victoria Cruikshank, Linda Scobie, Pierre Gianello
BACKGROUND: Pig islets represent an alternative to the current modes of treatment for patients with diabetes. However, the concerns over pathogen transmission including that of PERV limit their immediate, widespread usage in humans. It has been previously demonstrated that PERV copy number and particularly expression levels can vary considerably between individuals and within different tissues of a single animal. In general, expression levels have been found to be particularly low in the pancreas compared to other porcine tissues suggesting a reduced risk associated with the use of this tissue...
April 26, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444888/bacteriophge-exclusion-brex-a-novel-anti-phage-mechanism-in-the-arsenal-of-bacterial-defense-system
#6
Kulbhushan Chaudhary
The arm race between bacteria and phages leads to the development of many phage resistance mechanisms. Bacteria are perpetually changing their strategy to avert phage infection and killing. Recently, a study published that shed light on a novel bacterial defense system called bacteriophge exclusion (BREX). BREX system is a six-gene cassette in Bacillus cereus which provides complete phage resistance to a broad range of phages, including lytic and temperate ones. It's a novel defense strategy which involves DNA methylation of the host cell and block phage DNA replication...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444219/dna-methylation-of-a-novel-pak4-locus-influences-ototoxicity-susceptibility-following-cisplatin-and-radiation-therapy-for-pediatric-embryonal-tumors
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Austin L Brown, Kayla L Foster, Philip J Lupo, Erin C Peckham-Gregory, Jeffrey C Murray, M Fatih Okcu, Ching C Lau, Surya P Rednam, Murali Chintagumpala, Michael E Scheurer
Background: Ototoxicity is a common adverse side effect of platinum chemotherapy and cranial radiation therapy; however, individual susceptibility is highly variable. Therefore, the objective of this study was to conduct an epigenome-wide association study to identify differentially methylated CpG sites associated with ototoxicity susceptibility among cisplatin-treated pediatric patients with embryonal tumors. Methods: Samples were collected for a discovery (n=62) and a replication cohort (n=18) of medulloblastoma and primitive neuroectodermal tumor patients...
April 24, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443631/a-peripheral-epigenetic-signature-of-immune-system-genes-is-linked-to-neocortical-thickness-and-memory
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Virginie Freytag, Tania Carrillo-Roa, Annette Milnik, Philipp G Sämann, Vanja Vukojevic, David Coynel, Philippe Demougin, Tobias Egli, Leo Gschwind, Frank Jessen, Eva Loos, Wolfgang Maier, Steffi G Riedel-Heller, Martin Scherer, Christian Vogler, Michael Wagner, Elisabeth B Binder, Dominique J-F de Quervain, Andreas Papassotiropoulos
Increasing age is tightly linked to decreased thickness of the human neocortex. The biological mechanisms that mediate this effect are hitherto unknown. The DNA methylome, as part of the epigenome, contributes significantly to age-related phenotypic changes. Here, we identify an epigenetic signature that is associated with cortical thickness (P=3.86 × 10(-8)) and memory performance in 533 healthy young adults. The epigenetic effect on cortical thickness was replicated in a sample comprising 596 participants with major depressive disorder and healthy controls...
April 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443125/viral-vectors-for-plant-genome-engineering
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Syed Shan-E-Ali Zaidi, Shahid Mansoor
Recent advances in genome engineering (GE) has made it possible to precisely alter DNA sequences in plant cells, providing specifically engineered plants with traits of interest. Gene targeting efficiency depends on the delivery-method of both sequence-specific nucleases and repair templates, to plant cells. Typically, this is achieved using Agrobacterium mediated transformation or particle bombardment, both of which transform only a subset of cells in treated tissues. The alternate in planta approaches, stably integrating nuclease-encoding cassettes and repair templates into the plant genome, are time consuming, expensive and require extra regulations...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442604/hepatitis-c-virus-indirectly-disrupts-dna-damage-induced-p53-responses-by-activating-protein-kinase-r
#10
Jonathan K Mitchell, Bentley R Midkiff, Benjamin Israelow, Matthew J Evans, Robert E Lanford, Christopher M Walker, Stanley M Lemon, David R McGivern
Many DNA tumor viruses promote cellular transformation by inactivating the critically important tumor suppressor protein p53. In contrast, it is not known whether p53 function is disrupted by hepatitis C virus (HCV), a unique, oncogenic RNA virus that is the leading infectious cause of liver cancer in many regions of the world. Here we show that HCV-permissive, liver-derived HepG2 cells engineered to constitutively express microRNA-122 (HepG2/miR-122 cells) have normal p53-mediated responses to DNA damage and that HCV replication in these cells potently suppresses p53 responses to etoposide, an inducer of DNA damage, or nutlin-3, an inhibitor of p53 degradation pathways...
April 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441466/biomonitoring-of-marine-vertebrates-in-monterey-bay-using-edna-metabarcoding
#11
Elizabeth A Andruszkiewicz, Hilary A Starks, Francisco P Chavez, Lauren M Sassoubre, Barbara A Block, Alexandria B Boehm
Molecular analysis of environmental DNA (eDNA) can be used to assess vertebrate biodiversity in aquatic systems, but limited work has applied eDNA technologies to marine waters. Further, there is limited understanding of the spatial distribution of vertebrate eDNA in marine waters. Here, we use an eDNA metabarcoding approach to target and amplify a hypervariable region of the mitochondrial 12S rRNA gene to characterize vertebrate communities at 10 oceanographic stations spanning 45 km within the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441348/deoxynucleoside-salvage-in-fission-yeast-allows-rescue-of-ribonucleotide-reductase-deficiency-but-not-spd1-mediated-inhibition-of-replication
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Oliver Fleck, Ulrik Fahnøe, Katrine Vyff Løvschal, Marie-Fabrice Uwamahoro Gasasira, Irina N Marinova, Birthe B Kragelund, Antony M Carr, Edgar Hartsuiker, Christian Holmberg, Olaf Nielsen
In fission yeast, the small, intrinsically disordered protein S-phase delaying protein 1 (Spd1) blocks DNA replication and causes checkpoint activation at least in part, by inhibiting the enzyme ribonucleotide reductase, which is responsible for the synthesis of DNA. The CRL4(Cdt2) E3 ubiquitin ligase mediates degradation of Spd1 and the related protein Spd2 at S phase of the cell cycle. We have generated a conditional allele of CRL4(Cdt2), by expressing the highly unstable substrate-recruiting protein Cdt2 from a repressible promoter...
April 25, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440785/impacts-of-hbv-rth55r-polymerase-substitution-on-viral-replication-and-rtm204i-v-resistance-to-nucleoside-nucleotide-antiviral-drugs
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Kuan-Hui Xiang, Cheng-Yu Zhao, Shuai Wang, Yao Li, Ming-Ze Su, Qiang-Yi Wang, Xi-Zhan Xu, Juan Deng, Hui Zhuang, Tong Li
BACKGROUND: High genetic variability at reverse transcriptase (RT) region of hepatitis B virus (HBV) could confer resistance to nucleos(t)ide analogues (NUCs). The aim of this study was to identify new RT amino acid (AA) substitutions related to NUCs resistance. METHODS: HBV RT sequences of genotype C from 501 chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients were analyzed to identify potential RT substitutions related to NUCs resistance. In vitro studies without and with NUCs were performed in HepG2 cell line transfected by clones with RT harboring wild-type or substituted AA(s) of interest...
April 25, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440732/expression-of-microrna-let-7a-positively-correlates-with-hepatitis-b-virus-replication-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-tissues
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Dongni Qiu, Jian Chen, Jie Liu, Zhongguang Luo, Weiru Jiang, Jianping Huang, Zhibing Qiu, Wenjie Yue, Lijun Wu
Let-7a miRNA is downregulated in various cancers. However, in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV), the relationship between let-7a and HBV replication has not been fully elucidated. Liver specimens were collected from 23 HCC patients with chronically active HBV. The serum levels of the HBV antigens hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and hepatitis B virus e antigen (HBeAg), and the HBV antibodies, anti-HBs, anti-HBe and anti-hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) were measured using the microparticle enzyme immunoassay...
May 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440484/expression-of-programmed-cell-death1-in-t-follicular-helper-cells-is-regulated-by-prostaglandin-e2-secreted-by-hbv-infected-hepg2-2-1-5-cells
#15
Zhefeng Sui, Ying Shi, Zhiling Gao, Deguang Yang, Zhihao Wang
The present study aimed to investigate the distribution of T follicular helper (Tfh)-cell subsets in patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and determine the underlying mechanism of HBV regulation of Tfh cells. The frequency of peripheral blood Tfh subsets was analyzed using flow cytometry. The expression level of programmed cell death‑1 (PD‑1) and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) was quantified using reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting. The PGE2 level in culture supernatant was detected using enzyme‑linked immunosorbent assay...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440220/rapid-evolution-of-the-human-mutation-spectrum
#16
Kelley Harris, Jonathan K Pritchard
DNA is a remarkably precise medium for copying and storing biological information. This high fidelity results from the action of hundreds of genes involved in replication, proofreading, and damage repair. Evolutionary theory suggests that in such a system, selection has limited ability to remove genetic variants that change mutation rates by small amounts or in specific sequence contexts. Consistent with this, using SNV variation as a proxy for mutational input, we report here that mutational spectra differ substantially among species, human continental groups and even some closely-related populations...
April 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439900/herpes-b-virus-replication-and-viral-lesions-in-the-liver-of-a-cynomolgus-macaque-which-died-from-severe-disease-with-rapid-onset
#17
Stefan Pöhlmann, Michael Suntz, Valerij Akimkin, Martina Bleyer, Artur Kaul
Herpes B virus (BV, Macacine alphaherpesvirus 1) infects macaques asymptomatically, with rare exceptions, but can cause fatal encephalitis in humans. Here, we report disseminated BV infection in a cynomolgus macaque that had died within 12 hour after the onset of unspecific symptoms. Multifocal lesions surrounded by viral antigen were detected in liver while other organs remained inconspicuous, indicating that the liver is a major target. Moreover, high copy numbers of viral DNA were found in feces, underlining the excrements are a potential source of transmission...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439531/genome-and-cd4-t-cell-methylome-wide-association-study-of-circulating-trimethylamine-n-oxide-in-the-genetics-of-lipid-lowering-drugs-and-diet-network-goldn
#18
Stella Aslibekyan, Marguerite R Irvin, Bertha A Hidalgo, Rodney T Perry, Elias J Jeyarajah, Erwin Garcia, Irina Shalaurova, Paul N Hopkins, Michael A Province, Hemant K Tiwari, Jose M Ordovas, Devin M Absher, Donna K Arnett
BACKGROUND: Trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO), an atherogenic metabolite species, has emerged as a possible new risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Animal studies have shown that circulating TMAO levels are regulated by genetic and environmental factors. However, large-scale human studies have failed to replicate the observed genetic associations, and epigenetic factors such as DNA methylation have never been examined in relation to TMAO levels. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used data from the family-based Genetics of Lipid Lowering Drugs and Diet Network (GOLDN) to investigate the heritable determinants of plasma TMAO in humans...
June 2017: Journal of Nutrition & Intermediary Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439026/the-sp100-component-of-nd10-enhances-accumulation-of-pml-and-suppresses-replication-and-the-assembly-of-hsv-replication-compartments
#19
Pei Xu, Bernard Roizman
Nuclear domain 10 (ND10) bodies are small (0.1-1 μM) nuclear structures containing both constant [e.g., promyelocytic leukemia protein (PML), SP100, death domain-associated protein (Daxx)] and variable proteins, depending on the function of the cells or the stress to which they are exposed. In herpes simplex virus (HSV)-infected cells, ND10 bodies assemble at the sites of DNA entering the nucleus after infection. In sequence, the ND10 bodies become viral replication compartments, and ICP0, a viral E3 ligase, degrades both PML and SP100...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439015/mutant-p53-perturbs-dna-replication-checkpoint-control-through-topbp1-and-treslin
#20
Kang Liu, Fang-Tsyr Lin, Joshua D Graves, Yu-Ju Lee, Weei-Chin Lin
Accumulating evidence supports the gain-of-function of mutant forms of p53 (mutp53s). However, whether mutp53 directly perturbs the DNA replication checkpoint remains unclear. Previously, we have demonstrated that TopBP1 forms a complex with mutp53s and mediates their gain-of-function through NF-Y and p63/p73. Akt phosphorylates TopBP1 and induces its oligomerization, which inhibits its ATR-activating function. Here we show that various contact and conformational mutp53s bypass Akt to induce TopBP1 oligomerization and attenuate ATR checkpoint response during replication stress...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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