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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346922/epigenetics-in-gastrointestinal-health-and-disease-spotlight-on-dna-methylation-in-the-intestinal-epithelium
#1
Matthias Zilbauer, Judith Kraiczy
Epigenetics can be defined as stable, potentially heritable changes in cellular phenotype caused by mechanisms other than alterations in the underlying DNA sequence. DNA methylation is amongst the most intensely studied epigenetic mechanisms and has been shown to play a major role in regulating fundamental aspects of cell biology including cellular differentiation, organ development, and cell type-specific gene expression. Importantly, it is becoming increasingly clear that epigenetic mechanisms operate at the interface between the genetic code and our environment and are able to mediate environmental changes into stable phenotypic alterations...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346703/tunable-glut-hexose-binding-and-transport-via-modulation-of-hexose-c-3-hydrogen-bonding-capabilities
#2
Venkata Pavan Kondapi, Olivier Mohamad Soueidan, Christopher I Cheeseman, F G West
The importance of the hydrogen bonding interactions in the GLUT-hexose binding process has been demonstrated by studying the binding of structurally modified D-fructose analogues to GLUTs, and in one case its transport into cells. The presence of a hydrogen bond donor at the C-3 position of 2,5-anhydro-D-mannitol derivatives is essential for effective binding to GLUT5 and transport into tumor cells. Surprisingly, installation of a group that can function only as a hydrogen bond acceptor at C-3 resulted in selective recognition by GLUT1 rather than GLUT5...
March 27, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346520/downregulation-of-mir-139-5p-contributes-to-the-antiapoptotic-effect-of-liraglutide-on-the-diabetic-rat-pancreas-and-ins-1-cells-by-targeting-irs1
#3
Jin Li, Lei Su, Ying-Ying Gong, Mei-Lin Ding, Shu-Bin Hong, Shuang Yu, Hai-Peng Xiao
Liraglutide is administered as glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist for diabetic patients and can protect pancreatic β-cells by inhibiting their apoptosis. MicroRNA-139-5p (miRNA-139-5p) participates in the regulation of cancer cell apoptosis. However, it is not clear whether miR-139-5p contributes to the anti-apoptotic effect of liraglutide in β-cells. The objective of the present study was to investigate the role of miR-139-5p on apoptosis of pancreatic β-cells. MicroRNA levels in pancreatic tissue from diabetic rats and INS-1 cells treated with liraglutide were measured by real-time quantitative RT-PCR...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346457/confined-space-facilitates-g-quadruplex-formation
#4
Prakash Shrestha, Sagun Jonchhe, Tomoko Emura, Kumi Hidaka, Masayuki Endo, Hiroshi Sugiyama, Hanbin Mao
Molecular simulations suggest that the stability of a folded macromolecule increases in a confined space due to entropic effects. However, due to the interactions between the confined molecular structure and the walls of the container, clear-cut experimental evidence for this prediction is lacking. Here, using DNA origami nanocages, we show the pure effect of confined space on the property of individual human telomeric DNA G-quadruplexes. We induce targeted mechanical unfolding of the G-quadruplex while leaving the nanocage unperturbed...
March 27, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346365/an-amylase-like-protein-amyd-is-the-major-negative-regulator-for-%C3%AE-glucan-synthesis-in-aspergillus-nidulans-during-the-asexual-life-cycle
#5
Xiaoxiao He, Shengnan Li, Susan Kaminskyj
α-Glucan affects fungal cell-cell interactions and is important for the virulence of pathogenic fungi. Interfering with production of α-glucan could help to prevent fungal infection. In our previous study, we reported that an amylase-like protein, AmyD, could repress α-glucan accumulation in Aspergillus nidulans. However, the underlying molecular mechanism was not clear. Here, we examined the localization of AmyD and found it was a membrane-associated protein. We studied AmyD function in α-glucan degradation, as well as with other predicted amylase-like proteins and three annotated α-glucanases...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346356/microinjection-of-antibodies-targeting-the-lamin-a-c-histone-binding-site-blocks-mitotic-entry-and-reveals-separate-chromatin-interactions-with-hp1-cenpb-and-pml
#6
Charles R Dixon, Melpomeni Platani, Alexandr A Makarov, Eric C Schirmer
Lamins form a scaffold lining the nucleus that binds chromatin and contributes to spatial genome organization; however, due to the many other functions of lamins, studies knocking out or altering the lamin polymer cannot clearly distinguish between direct and indirect effects. To overcome this obstacle, we specifically targeted the mapped histone-binding site of A/C lamins by microinjecting antibodies specific to this region predicting that this would make the genome more mobile. No increase in chromatin mobility was observed; however, interestingly, injected cells failed to go through mitosis, while control antibody-injected cells did...
March 25, 2017: Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346319/effect-of-combination-antiretroviral-therapy-on-hiv-1-specific-antibody-dependent-cellular-cytotoxicity-responses-in-subtype-b-and-subtype-c-infected-cohorts
#7
Vijaya Madhavi, Archana Kulkarni, Ashwini Shete, Wen Shi Lee, Milla R Mclean, Anne B Kristensen, Manisha Ghate, Bruce D Wines, P Mark Hogarth, Matthew S Parsons, Anthony Kelleher, David A Cooper, Janaki Amin, Sean Emery, Madhuri Thakar, Stephen J Kent
BACKGROUND: There is growing interest in immune therapies to clear the latent HIV-1 after combination antiretroviral therapy (cART). There is limited information on the effect of cART on antibody-dependent cellular cytotoxicity (ADCC) and no studies have directly compared ADCC in HIV-1 subtype B- and subtype C-infected subjects. The effect of improving immunocompetence on ADCC to influenza also remains unexplored. METHODS: The effect of cART on HIV-1- and influenza-specific ADCC was analyzed in two cohorts (39 subtype B- and 47 subtype C-infected subjects) before and after two years of cART...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346011/various-plus-unique-viral-protein-u-as-a-plurifunctional-protein-for-hiv-1-replication
#8
Andrew Soper, Guillermo Juarez-Fernandez, Hirofumi Aso, Miyu Moriwaki, Eri Yamada, Yusuke Nakano, Yoshio Koyanagi, Kei Sato
Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), the causative agent of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, encodes four accessory genes, one of which is viral protein U (Vpu). Recently, the study of Vpu has been of great interest. For instance, various cellular proteins are degraded (e.g. CD4) and down-modulated (e.g. tetherin) by Vpu. Vpu also antagonizes the function of tetherin and inhibits NF-κB. Moreover, Vpu is a viroporin forming ion channels and may represent a promising target for anti-HIV-1 drugs. In this review, we summarize the domains/residues that are responsible for Vpu's functions, describe the current understanding of the role of Vpu in HIV-1-infected cells, and review the effect of Vpu on HIV-1 in replication and pathogenesis...
April 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345835/evolution-of-the-histo-epidemiological-profile-of-urological-cancers-in-togo
#9
Tchin Darré, Koué Folligan, Tchilabalo Matchonna Kpatcha, Kokou Kanassoua, Edoe Sewa, Sassil Daré, Kodjo Tengue, Koffi Amégbor, Gado Napo Koura
Background: Urological cancers are an important public health issue and pose problems with diagnosis and adequate management in developing countries. Our aim was to determine and report epidemiological and histological features of urological cancers in Togo. Materials and methods: A retrospective descriptive study was conducted of cases of urological cancers observed in the laboratory of pathological anatomy of the CHU Tokoin over the last 4 years (2012-2016). The parameters studied were frequency, age, sex, sites of development and histological type...
February 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345447/urea-enhances-cell-lysis-of-schizosaccharomyces-pombe-ura4-mutants
#10
Kohei Nishino, Misaki Kushima, Tomohiro Kaino, Yasuhiro Matsuo, Makoto Kawamukai
Cell lysis is induced in Schizosaccharomyces pombe ∆ura4 cells grown in YPD medium, which contains yeast extract, polypeptone, and glucose. To identify the medium components that induce cell lysis, we first tested various kinds of yeast extracts from different suppliers. Cell lysis of ∆ura4 cells on YE medium was observed when yeast extracts from OXOID, BD, Oriental, and Difco were used, but not when using yeast extract from Kyokuto. To determine which compounds induced cell lysis, we subjected yeast extract and polypeptone to GC-MS analysis...
March 27, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345250/the-application-of-constitutively-solvent-tolerant-p-taiwanensis-vlb120%C3%AE-c%C3%AE-ttgv-for-stereospecific-epoxidation-of-toxic-styrene-alleviates-carrier-solvent-use
#11
Jan Volmer, Andreas Schmid, Bruno Bühler
For whole-cell biotransformations involving toxic organic compounds, two-liquid phase setups are typically applied employing an apolar extractive phase. Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (BEHP) has proven to be an ideal solvent for stereospecific styrene epoxidation with recombinant E. coli, providing excellent extractive properties and a high biocompatibility. In eco-efficiency evaluations, BEHP, however, has been identified as a critical factor regarding costs and environmental impact. In this study, the constitutive solvent tolerance of P...
March 27, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345032/agrobacterium-delivers-vire2-protein-into-host-cells-via-clathrin-mediated-endocytosis
#12
Xiaoyang Li, Shen Q Pan
Agrobacterium tumefaciens can cause crown gall tumors on a wide range of host plants. As a natural genetic engineer, the bacterium can transfer both single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) [transferred DNA (T-DNA)] molecules and bacterial virulence proteins into various recipient cells. Among Agrobacterium-delivered proteins, VirE2 is an ssDNA binding protein that is involved in various steps of the transformation process. However, it is not clear how plant cells receive the T-DNA or protein molecules. Using a split-green fluorescent protein approach, we monitored the VirE2 delivery process inside plant cells in real time...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344929/comparing-regional-precipitation-and-temperature-extremes-in-climate-model-and-reanalysis-products
#13
Oliver Angélil, Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, Lisa V Alexander, Dáithí Stone, Markus G Donat, Michael Wehner, Hideo Shiogama, Andrew Ciavarella, Nikolaos Christidis
A growing field of research aims to characterise the contribution of anthropogenic emissions to the likelihood of extreme weather and climate events. These analyses can be sensitive to the shapes of the tails of simulated distributions. If tails are found to be unrealistically short or long, the anthropogenic signal emerges more or less clearly, respectively, from the noise of possible weather. Here we compare the chance of daily land-surface precipitation and near-surface temperature extremes generated by three Atmospheric Global Climate Models typically used for event attribution, with distributions from six reanalysis products...
September 2016: Weather Clim Extrem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344907/grape-seed-proanthocyanidin-extract-protects-lymphocytes-against-histone-induced-apoptosis
#14
Ping Chang, Bing Mo, David M Cauvi, Ying Yu, Zhenhui Guo, Jian Zhou, Qiong Huang, Qitao Yan, Guiming Chen, Zhanguo Liu
Apoptosis of lymphocytes is associated with immunosuppression and poor prognosis in sepsis. Our previous report showed that histones, nuclear proteins released from damaged or dying cells in sepsis, can mediate lymphocyte apoptosis via mitochondria damage. Grape seed proanthocyanidin extract (GSPE), a natural substance with protective properties against oxidative stress, plays a vital role in cell and mitochondria protection. We thus hypothesized that GSPE may play a protective role in histone-induced lymphocyte apoptosis through its anti-oxidative properties...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344892/clear-cell-ovarian-cancers-with-microsatellite-instability-a-unique-subset-of-ovarian-cancers-with-increased-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes-and-pd-1-pd-l1-expression
#15
Brooke E Howitt, Kyle C Strickland, Lynette M Sholl, Scott Rodig, Lauren L Ritterhouse, Dipanjan Chowdhury, Alan D D'Andrea, Ursula A Matulonis, Panagiotis A Konstantinopoulos
Clear cell ovarian carcinoma (CCOC) represents a distinct histologic subtype of ovarian cancer associated with significantly worse prognosis across all stages and no effective therapeutic options. Here, we report a rare but clinically important cohort of CCOCs with microsatellite instability (MSI) (MSI-CCOCs), which are highly immunogenic and may thus be very responsive to immune checkpoint blockade. CCOCs with MSI exhibit a significantly higher number of CD8(+) TILs, higher CD8(+)/CD4(+) ratio, and higher PD-1(+) TILs compared with microsatellite stable (MSS) CCOCs and compared with high grade serous ovarian cancers, which are the most common histologic subtype of ovarian cancer...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344878/targeting-cytokine-signaling-checkpoint-cis-activates-nk-cells-to-protect-from-tumor-initiation-and-metastasis
#16
Eva M Putz, Camille Guillerey, Kevin Kos, Kimberley Stannard, Kim Miles, Rebecca B Delconte, Kazuyoshi Takeda, Sandra E Nicholson, Nicholas D Huntington, Mark J Smyth
The cytokine-induced SH2-containing protein CIS belongs to the suppressor of cytokine signaling (SOCS) protein family. Here, we show the critical role of CIS in suppressing natural killer (NK) cell control of tumor initiation and metastasis. Cish-deficient mice were highly resistant to methylcholanthrene-induced sarcoma formation and protected from lung metastasis of B16F10 melanoma and RM-1 prostate carcinoma cells. In contrast, the growth of primary subcutaneous tumors, including those expressing the foreign antigen OVA, was unchanged in Cish-deficient mice...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344860/il-32-induces-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-cd1c-dendritic-cells-and-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-cd163-macrophages-relevance-to-mycosis-fungoides-progression
#17
Hanako Ohmatsu, Daniel Humme, Juana Gonzalez, Nicholas Gulati, Markus Möbs, Wolfram Sterry, James G Krueger
Mycosis fungoides (MF) progresses from patch to tumor stage by expansion of malignant T-cells that fail to be controlled by protective immune mechanisms. In this study, we focused on IL-32, a cytokine, highly expressed in MF lesions. Depending on the other cytokines (IL-4, GM-CSF) present during in vitro culture of healthy volunteers' monocytes, IL-32 increased the maturation of CD11c(+) myeloid dendritic cells (mDC) and/or CD163(+) macrophages, but IL-32 alone showed a clear ability to promote dendritic cell (DC) differentiation from monocytes...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344808/safety-tumor-trafficking-and-immunogenicity-of-chimeric-antigen-receptor-car-t-cells-specific-for-tag-72-in-colorectal-cancer
#18
Kristen M Hege, Emily K Bergsland, George A Fisher, John J Nemunaitis, Robert S Warren, James G McArthur, Andy A Lin, Jeffrey Schlom, Carl H June, Stephen A Sherwin
BACKGROUND: T cells engineered to express chimeric antigen receptors (CARs) have established efficacy in the treatment of B-cell malignancies, but their relevance in solid tumors remains undefined. Here we report results of the first human trials of CAR-T cells in the treatment of solid tumors performed in the 1990s. METHODS: Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) were treated in two phase 1 trials with first-generation retroviral transduced CAR-T cells targeting tumor-associated glycoprotein (TAG)-72 and including a CD3-zeta intracellular signaling domain (CART72 cells)...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344788/lymphoma-development-and-survival-in-refractory-coeliac-disease-type-ii-histological-response-as-prognostic-factor
#19
P Nijeboer, Rlj van Wanrooij, T van Gils, N J Wierdsma, G J Tack, B I Witte, H J Bontkes, O Visser, Cjj Mulder, G Bouma
BACKGROUND: Refractory coeliac disease type II (RCDII) frequently transforms into an enteropathy-associated T-cell lymphoma (EATL) and therefore requires intensive treatment. Current evaluated treatment strategies for RCDII include cladribine (2-CdA) and autologous stem cell transplantation (auSCT). OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate long-term survival and define clear prognostic criteria for EATL development comparing two treatment strategies...
March 2017: United European Gastroenterology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344332/molecular-and-functional-heterogeneity-of-early-postnatal-porcine-satellite-cell-populations-is-associated-with-bioenergetic-profile
#20
Claudia Miersch, Katja Stange, Silvio Hering, Martin Kolisek, Torsten Viergutz, Monika Röntgen
During postnatal development, hyperplastic and hypertrophic processes of skeletal muscle growth depend on the activation, proliferation, differentiation, and fusion of satellite cells (SC). Therefore, molecular and functional SC heterogeneity is an important component of muscle plasticity and will greatly affect long-term growth performance and muscle health. However, its regulation by cell intrinsic and extrinsic factors is far from clear. In particular, there is only minor information on the early postnatal period which is critical for muscle maturation and the establishment of adult SC pools...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
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