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Soo Min Noh, Seunghyeon Shin, Gyun Min Lee
To characterize a glutamine synthetase (GS)-based selection system, monoclonal antibody (mAb) producing recombinant CHO cell clones were generated by a single round of selection at various methionine sulfoximine (MSX) concentrations (0, 25, and 50 μM) using two different host cell lines (CHO-K1 and GS-knockout CHO). Regardless of the host cell lines used, the clones selected at 50 μM MSX had the lowest average specific growth rate and the highest average specific production rates of toxic metabolic wastes, lactate and ammonia...
March 29, 2018: Scientific Reports
Lai-Hua Liu, Teng-Fei Fan, Dong-Xue Shi, Chang-Jun Li, Ming-Jie He, Yi-Yin Chen, Lei Zhang, Chao Yang, Xiao-Yuan Cheng, Xu Chen, Di-Qin Li, Yi-Chen Sun
Although many members encoding different ammonium- and nitrate-transporters (AMTs, NRTs) were identified and functionally characterized from several plant species, little is known about molecular components for [Formula: see text]- and [Formula: see text] acquisition/transport in tobacco, which is often used as a plant model for biological studies besides its agricultural and industrial interest. We reported here the first molecular identification in tobacco ( Nicotiana tabacum ) of nine AMTs and four NRTs , which are respectively divided into four ( AMT1/2/3/4 ) and two ( NRT1/2 ) clusters and whose functionalities were preliminarily evidenced by heterologous functional-complementation in yeast or Arabidopsis...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Tina Becic, Darko Kero, Katarina Vukojevic, Snjezana Mardesic, Mirna Saraga-Babic
The expression pattern of fibroblast growth factors FGF8 and FGF2 and their receptor FGFR1, transcription factors MSX-1 and MSX-2, as well as cell proliferation (Ki-67) and cell death associated caspase-3, p19 and RIP5 factors were analyzed in histological sections of eight 4th-9th-weeks developing human limbs by immunohistochemistry and semi-thin sectioning. Increasing expression of all analyzed factors (except FGF8) characterized both the multilayered human apical ectodermal ridge (AER), sub-ridge mesenchyme (progress zone) and chondrocytes in developing human limbs...
April 2018: Acta Histochemica
Da Young Yu, Sang Yoon Lee, Gyun Min Lee
Previously, it was inferred that a high glutamine synthetase (GS) activity in human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293E cells results in elevated resistance to methionine sulfoximine (MSX) and consequently hampers GS-mediated gene amplification and selection by MSX. To overcome this MSX resistance in HEK293E cells, a GS-knockout HEK293E cell line was generated using the CRISPR/Cas9 system to target the endogenous human GS gene. The GS-knockout in the HEK293E cell line (RK8) was confirmed by Western blot analysis of GS and by observation of glutamine-dependent growth...
May 2018: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
Jayashree Subramanian, Rigzen P S Aulakh, Parbir S Grewal, Mark Sanford, Abigail F J Pynn, Inn H Yuk
Cryopreservation provides the foundation for research, development, and manufacturing operations in the CHO-based biopharmaceutical industry. Despite its criticality, studies are lacking that explicitly demonstrate that the routine cell banking process and the potential stress and damage during cryopreservation and recovery from thaw have no lasting detrimental effects on CHO cells. Statistics are also scarce on the decline of cell-specific productivity (Qp ) over time for recombinant CHO cells developed using the glutamine synthetase (GS)-based methionine sulfoximine (MSX) selection system...
January 5, 2018: Biotechnology Progress
Eric Van Otterloo, Hong Li, Kenneth L Jones, Trevor Williams
The evolution of a hinged moveable jaw with variable morphology is considered a major factor behind the successful expansion of the vertebrates. DLX homeobox transcription factors are crucial for establishing the positional code that patterns the mandible, maxilla and intervening hinge domain, but how the genes encoding these proteins are regulated remains unclear. Herein, we demonstrate that the concerted action of the AP-2α and AP-2β transcription factors within the mouse neural crest is essential for jaw patterning...
January 25, 2018: Development
Xiao-Yu Feng, Xiao-Shan Wu, Jin-Song Wang, Chun-Mei Zhang, Song-Lin Wang
Homeobox protein MSX-1 (hereafter referred to as MSX-1) is essential for early tooth-germ development. Tooth-germ development is arrested at bud stage in Msx1 knockout mice, which prompted us to study the functions of MSX-1 beyond this stage. Here, we investigated the roles of MSX-1 during late bell stage. Mesenchymal cells of the mandibular first molar were isolated from mice at embryonic day (E)17.5 and cultured in vitro. We determined the expression levels of β-catenin, bone morphogenetic protein 2 (Bmp2), Bmp4, and lymphoid enhancer-binding factor 1 (Lef1) after knockdown or overexpression of Msx1...
February 2018: European Journal of Oral Sciences
Jennifer J Tate, Rajendra Rai, Terrance G Cooper
Gln3 is responsible for Nitrogen Catabolite Repression-sensitive transcriptional activation in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae In nitrogen-replete medium, Gln3 is cytoplasmic and NCR-sensitive transcription is repressed. In nitrogen-limiting medium, in cells treated with TorC1 inhibitor, rapamycin, or the glutamine synthetase inhibitor, methionine sulfoximine (Msx), Gln3 becomes highly nuclear and NCR-sensitive transcription derepressed. Previously, nuclear Gln3 localization was concluded to be mediated by a single nuclear localization sequence, NLS1...
January 2018: Genetics
Sandra F Gallego, Kurt Højlund, Christer S Ejsing
Reliable, cost-effective, and gold-standard absolute quantification of non-esterified cholesterol in human plasma is of paramount importance in clinical lipidomics and for the monitoring of metabolic health. Here, we compared the performance of three mass spectrometric approaches available for direct detection and quantification of cholesterol in extracts of human plasma. These approaches are high resolution full scan Fourier transform mass spectrometry (FTMS) analysis, parallel reaction monitoring (PRM), and novel multiplexed MS/MS (MSX) technology, where fragments from selected precursor ions are detected simultaneously...
January 2018: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
Darko Kero, Katarina Vukojevic, Petra Stazic, Danijela Sundov, Snjezana Mardesic Brakus, Mirna Saraga-Babic
Before the secretion of hard dental tissues, tooth germs undergo several distinctive stages of development (dental lamina, bud, cap and bell). Every stage is characterized by specific proliferation patterns, which is regulated by various morphogens, growth factors and homeodomain proteins. The role of MSX homeodomain proteins in odontogenesis is rather complex. Expression domains of genes encoding for murine Msx1/2 during development are observed in tissues containing highly proliferative progenitor cells. Arrest of tooth development in Msx knockout mice can be attributed to impaired proliferation of progenitor cells...
October 2, 2017: Organogenesis
Ian Fisher, George Kastl, Arumugam Sathasivan
Accurate modelling of chlorine concentrations throughout a drinking water system needs sound mathematical descriptions of decay mechanisms in bulk water and at pipe walls. Wall-reaction rates along pipelines in three different systems were calculated from differences between field chlorine profiles and accurately modelled bulk decay. Lined pipes with sufficiently large diameters (>500 mm) and higher chlorine concentrations (>0.5 mg/L) had negligible wall-decay rates, compared with bulk-decay rates. Further downstream, wall-reaction rate consistently increased (peaking around 0...
November 15, 2017: Water Research
Sayuri Sumida, Makoto Ito, Ivan Galis, Hiroko Nakatani, Tomonori Shinya, Kouhei Ohnishi, Yasufumi Hikichi, Akinori Kiba
Pseudomonas syringae pv. tabaci causes wildfire disease by the action of tabtoxinine-β-lactam (TβL), a non-specific bacterial toxin. To better understand the molecular mechanisms of wildfire disease and its development, we focused on the phosphoinositide 3-kinase in Nicotiana benthamiana (NbPI3K) and its potential role in the disease outbreak, using l-methionine sulfoximine (MSX) as an easily accessible mimic of the TβL action. The NbPI3K-silenced plants showed accelerated induction of cell death and necrotic lesion formation by MSX, and the expression of hin1, marker gene for the programmed cell death, was strongly induced in the plants...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Danming Tang, Cynthia Lam, Salina Louie, Kam Hon Hoi, David Shaw, Mandy Yim, Brad Snedecor, Shahram Misaghi
In the process of generating stable monoclonal antibody (mAb) producing cell lines, reagents such as methotrexate (MTX) or methionine sulfoximine (MSX) are often used. However, using such selection reagent(s) increases the possibility of having higher occurrence of sequence variants in the expressed antibody molecules due to the effects of MTX or MSX on de novo nucleotide synthesis. Since MSX inhibits glutamine synthase (GS) and results in both amino acid and nucleoside starvation, it is questioned whether supplementing nucleosides into the media could lower sequence variant levels without affecting titer...
January 2018: Biotechnology Journal
Lihuan Wang, Diana C Tranca, Jian Zhang, Yanpeng Qi, Stavroula Sfaelou, Tao Zhang, Renhao Dong, Xiaodong Zhuang, Zhikun Zheng, Gotthard Seifert
The fundamental understanding of electrocatalytic active sites for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is significantly important for the development of metal complex involved carbon electrocatalysts with low kinetic barrier. Here, the MSx Ny (M = Fe, Co, and Ni, x/y are 2/2, 0/4, and 4/0, respectively) active centers are immobilized into ladder-type, highly crystalline coordination polymers as model carbon-rich electrocatalysts for H2 generation in acid solution. The electrocatalytic HER tests reveal that the coordination of metal, sulfur, and nitrogen synergistically facilitates the hydrogen ad-/desorption on MSx Ny catalysts, leading to enhanced HER kinetics...
July 25, 2017: Small
Yongbin Li, Di Zhao, Takeo Horie, Geng Chen, Hongcun Bao, Siyu Chen, Weihong Liu, Ryoko Horie, Tao Liang, Biyu Dong, Qianqian Feng, Qinghua Tao, Xiao Liu
The lateral neural plate border (NPB), the neural part of the vertebrate neural border, is composed of central nervous system (CNS) progenitors and peripheral nervous system (PNS) progenitors. In invertebrates, PNS progenitors are also juxtaposed to the lateral boundary of the CNS. Whether there are conserved molecular mechanisms determining vertebrate and invertebrate lateral neural borders remains unclear. Using single-cell-resolution gene-expression profiling and genetic analysis, we present evidence that orthologs of the NPB specification module specify the invertebrate lateral neural border, which is composed of CNS and PNS progenitors...
August 1, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Peizhen Li, Bo Wang, Dandan Cao, Yuezhong Liu, Quanqi Zhang, Xubo Wang
PR domain containing protein 1 (Prdm1) is a transcriptional repressor identified in various species and plays multiple important roles in immune response and embryonic development. However, little is known about the transcriptional regulation of the prdm1 gene. This study aims to characterize the promoter of Paralichthys olivaceus prdm1 (Po-prdm1) gene and determine the regulatory mechanism of Po-prdm1 expression. A 2000bp-long 5'-flanking region (translation initiation site designated as +1) of the Po-prdm1 gene was isolated and characterized...
October 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Adeline Poulain, Sylvie Perret, Félix Malenfant, Alaka Mullick, Bernard Massie, Yves Durocher
To rapidly produce large amounts of recombinant proteins, the generation of stable Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cell pools represents a useful alternative to large-scale transient gene expression (TGE). We have developed a cell line (CHO(BRI/rcTA)) allowing the inducible expression of recombinant proteins, based on the cumate gene switch. After the identification of optimal plasmid DNA topology (supercoiled vs linearized plasmid) for PEIpro™ mediated transfection and of optimal conditions for methionine sulfoximine (MSX) selection, we were able to generate CHO(BRI/rcTA) pools producing high levels of recombinant proteins...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
Leila Taghiyar, Mahdi Hesaraki, Forough Azam Sayahpour, Leila Satarian, Samaneh Hosseini, Naser Aghdami, Mohamadreza Baghaban Eslaminejad
Amputation of the proximal region in mammals is not followed by regeneration because blastema cells (BCs) and expression of regenerative genes, such as Msh homeobox ( Msx ) genes, are absent in this animal group. The lack of BCs and positional information in other cells is therefore the main obstacle to therapeutic approaches for limb regeneration. Hence, this study aimed to create blastema-like cells (BlCs) by overexpressing Msx1 and Msx2 genes in mouse bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (mBMSCs) to regenerate a proximally amputated digit tip...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Huma Shahzad, Nelli Giribabu, Kamarulzaman Karim, Normadiah Kassim, Sekaran Muniandy, Kilari Eswar Kumar, Naguib Salleh
HYPOTHESIS: Quercetin could induce changes to the fluid volume and receptivity development of the uterus during peri-implantation period. METHODS: Female rats were treated with quercetin (10, 25 and 50mg/kg/day) subcutaneously beginning from day-1 pregnancy. Uterus was harvested at day-4 (following three days quercetin treatment) for morphological, ultra-structural, protein and mRNA expressional changes and plasma sex-steroid levels analyses. In another cohort of rats, implantation rate was determined at day-6 (following five days quercetin treatment)...
April 18, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
Demian Koop, Paula Cisternas, Valerie B Morris, Dario Strbenac, Jean Yee Hwa Yang, Gregory A Wray, Maria Byrne
BACKGROUND: The molecular mechanisms underlying the development of the unusual echinoderm pentameral body plan and their likeness to mechanisms underlying the development of the bilateral plans of other deuterostomes are of interest in tracing body plan evolution. In this first study of the spatial expression of genes associated with Nodal and BMP2/4 signalling during the transition to pentamery in sea urchins, we investigate Heliocidaris erythrogramma, a species that provides access to the developing adult rudiment within days of fertilization...
February 13, 2017: BMC Developmental Biology
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