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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334409/climate-driven-mitochondrial-selection-a-test-in-australian-songbirds
#1
Annika Mae Lamb, Han Ming Gan, Chris Greening, Leo Joseph, Yin Peng Lee, Alejandra Morán-Ordóñez, Paul Sunnucks, Alexandra Pavlova
Diversifying selection between populations that inhabit different environments can promote lineage divergence within species and ultimately drive speciation. The mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) encodes essential proteins of the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system and can be a strong target for climate-driven selection (i.e. associated with inhabiting different climates). We investigated whether Pleistocene climate changes drove mitochondrial selection and evolution within Australian birds. First, using phylogeographic analyses of the mitochondrial ND2 gene for 17 songbird species, we identified mitochondrial clades (mitolineages)...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334376/positively-selected-enhancer-elements-endow-osteosarcoma-cells-with-metastatic-competence
#2
James J Morrow, Ian Bayles, Alister P W Funnell, Tyler E Miller, Alina Saiakhova, Michael M Lizardo, Cynthia F Bartels, Maaike Y Kapteijn, Stevephen Hung, Arnulfo Mendoza, Gursimran Dhillon, Daniel R Chee, Jay T Myers, Frederick Allen, Marco Gambarotti, Alberto Righi, Analisa DiFeo, Brian P Rubin, Alex Y Huang, Paul S Meltzer, Lee J Helman, Piero Picci, Henri Versteeg, John Stamatoyannopolus, Chand Khanna, Peter C Scacheri
Metastasis results from a complex set of traits acquired by tumor cells, distinct from those necessary for tumorigenesis. Here, we investigate the contribution of enhancer elements to the metastatic phenotype of osteosarcoma. Through epigenomic profiling, we identify substantial differences in enhancer activity between primary and metastatic human tumors and between near isogenic pairs of highly lung metastatic and nonmetastatic osteosarcoma cell lines. We term these regions metastatic variant enhancer loci (Met-VELs)...
January 15, 2018: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334230/dna-methylation-changes-and-evolution-of-rna-based-duplication-in-sus-scrofa-based-on-a-two-step-strategy
#3
Chengchi Fang, Cheng Zou, Yuhua Fu, Jingxuan Li, Yao Li, Yunlong Ma, Shuhong Zhao, Changchun Li
AIM: This study aims to couple DNA methylation changes and evolution of retrogenes. MATERIALS & METHODS: A new two-step strategy was developed to screen retrogenes. Further, reduced representation bisulfite sequencing and RNA-seq data of eight tissues were used to analyze retrogenes. RESULTS: A total of 964 retrocopies were identified and new retrocopies were available for the synthesis of glycans and lipids corresponding to pig phenotypic traits...
January 15, 2018: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333687/h9n2-influenza-virus-isolated-from-minks-has-enhanced-virulence-in-mice
#4
R Xue, Y Tian, T Hou, D Bao, H Chen, Q Teng, J Yang, X Li, G Wang, Z Li, Q Liu
H9N2 is one of the major subtypes of influenza virus circulating in poultry in China, which has a wide host range from bird to mammals. Two H9N2 viruses were isolated from one mink farm in 2014. Phylogenetic analysis showed that internal genes of the H9N2 viruses have close relationship with those of H7N9 viruses. Interestingly, two H9N2 were separated in phylogenetic trees, indicating that they are introduced to this mink farm in two independent events. And further mice studies showed that one H9N2 caused obvious weight loss and 20% mortality in infected mice, while another virus did not cause any clinical sign in mice infected at the same dose...
January 14, 2018: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332587/lysosomal-acid-lipase-deficiency-could-dyslipidemia-drive-the-diagnosis
#5
Ornella Guardamagna
LAL-deficiency (LAL-D) is a rare and systemic condition, secondary to LIPA gene mutations, responsible for lysosomal accumulation of cholesteryl esters and triglycerides, whose manifestations are very heterogeneous in terms of age of onset, severity and type of clinical and radiological manifestations. Dyslipidemia, hepatomegaly and hepatosteatosis with increased levels of transaminases are the most common features. The increased risk of premature atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disorders,, secondary to a generalized alteration of lipid profile and lipoprotein dysfunction associated with LAL-D, has been increasingly pointed out...
January 11, 2018: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332575/protective-role-of-italian-juglans-regia-l-nut-ethanolic-extract-in-human-keratinocytes-under-oxidative-and-inflammatory-stress
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Cinzia Calcabrini, Umberto Mancini, Roberta De Bellis, Alessandra Frati, Anna Rita Mastrogiacomo, Giosue Annibalini, Piero Sestili, Luigi Cucchiarini, Vilberto Stocchi, Lucia Potenza
OBJECTIVE: In this research, fatty acid profile and polyphenolic content of an ethanolic extract of walnut from Juglans regia L. collected in Central Italy, were performed. The potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of the extract were investigated in the human keratinocytes cell line. METHODS: Fatty acid profile was determined by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis, total phenolic content by Folin-Ciocalteu method and aluminum chloride colorimetric method was used for determination of total flavonoids...
January 12, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331410/implementing-crispr-cas-technologies-in-conventional-and-non-conventional-yeasts-current-state-and-future-prospects
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Hana Raschmanova, Astrid Weninger, Anton Glieder, Karin Kovar, Thomas Vogl
Within five years, the CRISPR-Cas system has emerged as the dominating tool for genome engineering, while also changing the speed and efficiency of metabolic engineering in conventional (Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Schizosaccharomyces pombe) and non-conventional (Yarrowia lipolytica, Pichia pastoris syn. Komagataella phaffii, Kluyveromyces lactis, Candida albicans and C. glabrata) yeasts. Especially in S. cerevisiae, an extensive toolbox of advanced CRISPR-related applications has been established, including crisprTFs and gene drives...
January 10, 2018: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330809/analysis-of-hypoxia-and-the-hypoxic-response-in-tumor-xenografts
#8
Nuray Böğürcü, Sascha Seidel, Boyan K Garvalov, Till Acker
Solid tumors are often characterized by insufficient oxygen supply (hypoxia), as a result of inadequate vascularization, which cannot keep up with the rapid growth rate of the tumor. Tumor hypoxia is a negative prognostic and predictive factor and is associated with a more aggressive phenotype in various tumor entities. Activation of the hypoxic response in tumors, which is centered around the hypoxia-inducible transcription factors (HIFs), has been causally linked to neovascularization, increased radio- and chemoresistance, altered cell metabolism, genomic instability, increased metastatic potential, and tumor stem cell characteristics...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330804/in-vivo-manipulation-of-hif-1%C3%AE-expression-during-glioma-genesis
#9
Patricia D B Tiburcio, Séan B Lyne, L Eric Huang
Hypoxia has long been recognized as a driving force of tumor progression and therapeutic resistance, and the transcription factor HIF-1α is believed to play a crucial role in these processes. Here we describe an efficient RCAS/Nes-TVA system that allows for in vivo manipulation of HIF-1α expression in the mouse neural progenitor cells. Simple production of the recombinant avian virus RCAS enables quick delivery of gene of interest through injection into the neural progenitors of transgenic mice expressing the viral cognate receptor TVA under the nestin promoter...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330316/myosin-1c-uses-a-novel-phosphoinositide-dependent-pathway-for-nuclear-localization
#10
Ilja Nevzorov, Ekaterina Sidorenko, Weihuan Wang, Hongxia Zhao, Maria K Vartiainen
Accurate control of macromolecule transport between nucleus and cytoplasm underlines several essential biological processes, including gene expression. According to the canonical model, nuclear import of soluble proteins is based on nuclear localization signals and transport factors. We challenge this view by showing that nuclear localization of the actin-dependent motor protein Myosin-1C (Myo1C) resembles the diffusion-retention mechanism utilized by inner nuclear membrane proteins. We show that Myo1C constantly shuttles in and out of the nucleus and that its nuclear localization does not require soluble factors, but is dependent on phosphoinositide binding...
January 12, 2018: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330302/controlled-dimerization-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-and-insulin-receptors-reveal-shared-and-distinct-activities-of-holo-and-hybrid-receptors
#11
Jingci Chen, Alison M Nagle, Yu-Fen Wang, David N Boone, Adrian V Lee
Breast cancer development and progression is influenced by insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1R) and insulin receptor (InsR) signaling that drive cancer phenotypes such as cell growth, proliferation, and migration. IGF1R and InsR form IGF1R/InsR hybrid receptors (HybR) consisting of one molecule of IGF1R and one molecule of InsR. The specific signaling and functions of HybR are largely unknown as HybR is activated by both IGF1 and insulin, and no cellular system expresses HybR in the absence of holo-IGF1R or holo-InsR...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329322/methylene-tetrahydrofolate-reductase-contributes-to-allergic-airway-disease
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Kenneth R Eyring, Brent S Pedersen, Kenneth N Maclean, Sally P Stabler, Ivana V Yang, David A Schwartz
RATIONALE: Environmental exposures strongly influence the development and progression of asthma. We have previously demonstrated that mice exposed to a diet enriched with methyl donors during vulnerable periods of fetal development can enhance the heritable risk of allergic airway disease through epigenetic changes. There is conflicting evidence on the role of folate (one of the primary methyl donors) in modifying allergic airway disease. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that blocking folate metabolism through the loss of methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (Mthfr) activity would reduce the allergic airway disease phenotype through epigenetic mechanisms...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328931/biostimulation-and-bioaugmentation-of-native-microbial-community-accelerated-bioremediation-of-oil-refinery-sludge
#13
Ajoy Roy, Avishek Dutta, Siddhartha Pal, Abhishek Gupta, Jayeeta Sarkar, Ananya Chatterjee, Anumeha Saha, Poulomi Sarkar, Pinaki Sar, Sufia K Kazy
Scope for developing an engineered bioremediation strategy for the treatment of hydrocarbon-rich petroleum refinery waste was investigated through biostimulation and bioaugmentation approaches. Enhanced (46-55%) total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) attenuation was achieved through phosphate, nitrate or nitrate+phosphate amendment in the sludge with increased (upto 12%) abundance of fermentative, hydrocarbon degrading, sulfate-reducing, CO2-assimilating and methanogenic microorganisms (Bacillus, Coprothermobacter, Rhodobacter, Pseudomonas, Achromobacter, Desulfitobacter, Desulfosporosinus, T78, Methanobacterium, Methanosaeta, etc)...
January 3, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327718/epithelioid-fibrous-histiocytoma-molecular-characterization-of-alk-fusion-partners-in-23-cases
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Brendan C Dickson, David Swanson, George S Charames, Christopher Dm Fletcher, Jason L Hornick
Epithelioid fibrous histiocytoma is a rare and distinctive cutaneous neoplasm. Most cases harbor ALK rearrangement and show ALK overexpression, which distinguish this neoplasm from conventional cutaneous fibrous histiocytoma and variants. SQSTM1 and VCL have previously been shown to partner with ALK in one case each of epithelioid fibrous histiocytoma. The purpose of this study was to examine a large cohort of epithelioid fibrous histiocytomas by next-generation sequencing to characterize the nature and prevalence of ALK fusion partners...
January 12, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327348/respiratory-dysfunction-progresses-with-age-in-kcna1-null-mice-a-model-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-epilepsy
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Kristina A Simeone, Jodi Hallgren, Charles S Bockman, Ankita Aggarwal, Vikash Kansal, Lauren Netzel, Shruthi H Iyer, Stephanie A Matthews, Malavika Deodhar, Peter J Oldenburg, Peter W Abel, Timothy A Simeone
OBJECTIVE: Increased breathing rate, apnea, and respiratory failure are associated with sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). We recently demonstrated the progressive nature of epilepsy and mortality in Kcna1-/- mice, a model of temporal lobe epilepsy and SUDEP. Here we tested the hypothesis that respiratory dysfunction progresses with age in Kcna1-/- mice, thereby increasing risk of respiratory failure and sudden death (SD). METHODS: Respiratory parameters were determined in conscious mice at baseline and following increasing doses of methacholine (MCh) using noninvasive airway mechanics (NAM) systems...
January 12, 2018: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327067/overexpression-of-nogo-receptor-3-ngr3-correlates-with-poor-prognosis-and-contributes-to-the-migration-of-epithelial-cells-of-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients
#16
Jiang-Yi He, Ping Han, Yu Zhang, Yong-Dong Liu, Shi-Jian Song, Guo-Kai Feng, Yu An, Ai-Jun Zhou, Hong-Bo Wang, Li Yuan, Zhi-Rui Lin, Tian-Liang Xia, Man-Zhi Li, Yan-Min Liu, Xiao-Ming Huang, Hua Zhang, Qian Zhong
Lymph node metastasis (N classification) is one of the most important prognostic factors of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), and nerve involvement is associated with the transition of the N category in NPC patients. Although the nervous system has been reported to participate in many types of cancer progression, its functions in NPC progression remains unknown. Through analysis of gene profiling data, we demonstrate an enrichment of genes associated with neuronal development and differentiation in NPC tissues and cell lines...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326437/insertional-mutagenesis-in-a-her2-positive-breast-cancer-model-reveals-eras-as-a-driver-of-cancer-and-therapy-resistance
#17
Gerjon J Ikink, Mandy Boer, Elvira R M Bakker, Annabel Vendel-Zwaagstra, Chris Klijn, Jelle Ten Hoeve, Jos Jonkers, Lodewyk F Wessels, John Hilkens
Personalized medicine for cancer patients requires a deep understanding of the underlying genetics that drive cancer and the subsequent identification of predictive biomarkers. To discover new genes and pathways contributing to oncogenesis and therapy resistance in HER2+ breast cancer, we performed Mouse Mammary Tumor Virus (MMTV)-induced insertional mutagenesis screens in ErbB2/cNeu-transgenic mouse models. The screens revealed 34 common integration sites (CIS) in mammary tumors of MMTV-infected mice, highlighting loci with multiple independent MMTV integrations in which potential oncogenes are activated, most of which had never been reported as MMTV CIS...
January 12, 2018: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326272/antagonism-toward-the-intestinal-microbiota-and-its-effect-on-vibrio-cholerae-virulence
#18
Wenjing Zhao, Florence Caro, William Robins, John J Mekalanos
The bacterial type VI secretion system (T6SS) is a nanomachine that delivers toxic effector proteins into target cells, killing them. In mice, we found that the Vibrio cholerae T6SS attacks members of the host commensal microbiota in vivo, facilitating the pathogen's colonization of the gut. This microbial antagonistic interaction drives measurable changes in the pathogenicity of V. cholerae through enhanced intestinal colonization, expression of bacterial virulence genes, and activation of host innate immune genes...
January 12, 2018: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326230/base-resolution-analysis-of-dna-methylation-patterns-downstream-of-dnmt3a-in-mouse-na%C3%A3-ve-b-cells
#19
Christopher G Duncan, Hrisavgi D Kondilis-Mangum, Sara A Grimm, Pierre R Bushel, Kaliopi Chrysovergis, John D Roberts, Frederick L Tyson, B Alex Merrick, Paul A Wade
The DNA methyltransferase, Dnmt3a, is dynamically regulated throughout mammalian B cell development and upon activation by antigenic stimulation. Dnmt3a inactivation in hematopoietic stem cells has been shown to drive B cell-related malignancies, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and associates with specific DNA methylation patterns in transformed cells. However, while it is clear that inactivation of Dnmt3a in hematopoietic stem cells has profound functional impacts, the consequences of Dnmt3a inactivation in cells of the B lineage are unclear...
January 11, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326099/interleukin-18-diagnostically-distinguishes-and-pathogenically-promotes-human-and-murine-macrophage-activation-syndrome
#20
Eric S Weiss, Charlotte Girard-Guyonvarc'h, Dirk Holzinger, Adriana A de Jesus, Zeshan Tariq, Jennifer Picarsic, Eduardo J Schiffrin, Dirk Foell, Alexei A Grom, Sandra Ammann, Stephan Ehl, Tomoaki Hoshino, Raphaela Goldbach-Mansky, Cem Gabay, Scott W Canna
Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and Macrophage Activation Syndrome (MAS) are life-threatening hyperferritinemic systemic inflammatory disorders. Though profound cytotoxic impairment causes familial HLH (fHLH), the mechanisms driving non-fHLH and MAS are largely unknown. MAS occurs in patients with suspected rheumatic disease, but the mechanistic basis for its distinction is unclear. Recently, a syndrome of recurrent MAS with infantile enterocolitis caused by NLRC4 inflammasome hyperactivity highlighted the potential importance of Interleukin (IL)-18...
January 11, 2018: Blood
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