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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229269/in-arabidopsis-thaliana-distinct-alleles-encoding-mitochondrial-rna-processing-factor-4-support-the-generation-of-additional-5-termini-of-ccmb-transcripts
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Katrin Stoll, Christian Jonietz, Sarah Schleicher, Catherine Colas des Francs-Small, Ian Small, Stefan Binder
In plant mitochondria, the 5' ends of many transcripts are generated post-transcriptionally. We show that the pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) protein RNA PROCESSING FACTOR 4 (RPF4) supports the generation of extra 5' ends of ccmB transcripts in Landsberg erecta (Ler) and a number of other Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes. RPF4 was identified in Ler applying a forward genetic approach supported by complementation studies of ecotype Columbia (Col), which generates the Ler-type extra ccmB 5' termini only after the introduction of the RPF4 allele from Ler...
February 22, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226658/on-an-analogue-signal-processing-circuit-in-the-nematode-c-elegans
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Roghieh Skandari, Yuichi Iino, Jonathan H Manton, Roghieh Skandari, Yuichi Iino, Jonathan H Manton, Roghieh Skandari, Yuichi Iino, Jonathan H Manton
In this work we will work on analogue signal processing in the neural circuit of C. elegans which is able to detect the analogue signals from the environment and produce locomotive behaviours which are in accordance with experiments. The signals in C. elegans are processed in a purely analogue procedure, since no action potential has been recorded in its neural activity. We aim to show how signal processing can be executed in analogue domain in a living creature. In order to do that we will model two different behaviours of C...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226441/intelligent-hearing-aids-the-next-revolution
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Tao Zhang, Fred Mustiere, Christophe Micheyl, Tao Zhang, Fred Mustiere, Christophe Micheyl, Tao Zhang, Christophe Micheyl, Fred Mustiere
The first revolution in hearing aids came from nonlinear amplification, which allows better compensation for both soft and loud sounds. The second revolution stemmed from the introduction of digital signal processing, which allows better programmability and more sophisticated algorithms. The third revolution in hearing aids is wireless, which allows seamless connectivity between a pair of hearing aids and with more and more external devices. Each revolution has fundamentally transformed hearing aids and pushed the entire industry forward significantly...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223495/secretagogin-dependent-matrix-metalloprotease-2-release-from-neurons-regulates-neuroblast-migration
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János Hanics, Edit Szodorai, Giuseppe Tortoriello, Katarzyna Malenczyk, Erik Keimpema, Gert Lubec, Zsófia Hevesi, Mirjam I Lutz, Márk Kozsurek, Zita Puskár, Zsuzsanna E Tóth, Ludwig Wagner, Gábor G Kovács, Tomas G M Hökfelt, Tibor Harkany, Alán Alpár
The rostral migratory stream (RMS) is viewed as a glia-enriched conduit of forward-migrating neuroblasts in which chemorepulsive signals control the pace of forward migration. Here we demonstrate the existence of a scaffold of neurons that receive synaptic inputs within the rat, mouse, and human fetal RMS equivalents. These neurons express secretagogin, a Ca(2+)-sensor protein, to execute an annexin V-dependent externalization of matrix metalloprotease-2 (MMP-2) for reconfiguring the extracellular matrix locally...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218791/development-and-validation-of-the-first-ssr-markers-for-mimosa-scabrella-benth
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F A Saiki, A P Bernardi, M S Reis, H Faoro, E M Souza, F O Pedrosa, A Mantovani, A F Guidolin
Mimosa scabrella Benth., popularly known as ''bracatinga'', is a pioneer and endemic species of Brazil, occurring in Mixed Ombrophilous Forest associated with Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest biomes. It is a fast-growing tree of the Fabaceae family that facilitates the dynamics of ecological succession. SSR development, when there is no genome sequence, is time and labor intensive and there are no molecular markers for M. scabrella. We developed and validated the first microsatellite markers for this tetraploid species, evaluating mother trees and progenies...
February 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213160/molecular-pathogenesis-of-peripheral-neuropathies-insights-from-drosophila-models
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REVIEW
Julia Bussmann, Erik Storkebaum
Peripheral neuropathies are characterized by degeneration of peripheral motor, sensory and/or autonomic axons, leading to progressive distal muscle weakness, sensory deficits and/or autonomic dysfunction. Acquired peripheral neuropathies, e.g., as a side effect of chemotherapy, are distinguished from inherited peripheral neuropathies (IPNs). Drosophila models for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy and several IPNs have provided novel insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying axonal degeneration...
February 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211862/moving-forward-with-forward-genetic-screens
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Dustin M Graham
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: Lab Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211791/motor-control-of-drosophila-feeding-behavior
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Olivia Schwarz, Ali Asgar Bohra, Xinyu Liu, Heinrich Reichert, Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan, Jan Pielage
The precise coordination of body parts is essential for survival and behavior of higher organisms. While progress has been made towards the identification of central mechanisms coordinating limb movement, only limited knowledge exists regarding the generation and execution of sequential motor action patterns at the level of individual motoneurons. Here we use Drosophila proboscis extension as a model system for a reaching-like behavior. We first provide a neuroanatomical description of the motoneurons and muscles contributing to proboscis motion...
February 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211582/what-can-genome-wide-association-studies-tell-us-about-the-evolutionary-forces-maintaining-genetic-variation-for-quantitative-traits
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REVIEW
Emily B Josephs, John R Stinchcombe, Stephen I Wright
I. II. III. IV. V. References SUMMARY: Understanding the evolutionary forces that shape genetic variation within species has long been a goal of evolutionary biology. Integrating data for the genetic architecture of traits from genome-wide association mapping studies (GWAS) along with the development of new population genetic methods for identifying selection in sequence data may allow us to evaluate the roles of mutation-selection balance and balancing selection in shaping genetic variation at various scales...
February 17, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209166/intra-tumor-heterogeneity-from-a-cancer-stem-cell-perspective
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REVIEW
Pramudita R Prasetyanti, Jan Paul Medema
Tumor heterogeneity represents an ongoing challenge in the field of cancer therapy. Heterogeneity is evident between cancers from different patients (inter-tumor heterogeneity) and within a single tumor (intra-tumor heterogeneity). The latter includes phenotypic diversity such as cell surface markers, (epi)genetic abnormality, growth rate, apoptosis and other hallmarks of cancer that eventually drive disease progression and treatment failure. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been put forward to be one of the determining factors that contribute to intra-tumor heterogeneity...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202520/evolution-of-cancer-stem-like-cells-in-endocrine-resistant-metastatic-breast-cancers-is-mediated-by-stromal-microvesicles
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Pasquale Sansone, Marjan Berishaj, Vinagolu K Rajasekhar, Claudio Ceccarelli, Qing Chang, Antonio Strillacci, Claudia Savini, Lauren Shapiro, Robert Bowman, Chiara Mastroleo, Sabrina De Carolis, Laura Daly, Alberto Benito-Martin, Fabiana Perna, Nicola Fabbri, John H Healey, Enzo Spisni, Monica Cricca, David Lyden, Massimiliano Bonafé, Jacqueline Bromberg
The hypothesis that microvesicle (MV)-mediated microRNA transfer converts non-cancer stem cells into cancer stem cells (CSCs) leading to therapy resistance remains poorly investigated. Here we provide direct evidence supporting this hypothesis, by demonstrating how MV derived from cancer associated fibroblasts (CAF) transfer miR-221 to promote hormonal therapy resistance (HTR) in models of luminal breast cancer. We determined that CAF-derived MV horizontally transferred miR221 to tumor cells and, in combination with hormone therapy activated an ERlo/Notchhi feed-forward loop responsible for the generation of CD133hi CSC...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199003/applications-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-technologies-in-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Narihito Nagoshi, Hideyuki Okano
Numerous basic research studies have suggested the potential efficacy of neural precursor cell (NPC) transplantation in spinal cord injury (SCI). However, in most such studies the origin of the cells used was mainly fetal tissue or embryonic stem cells, both of which carry potential ethical concerns with respect to clinical use. The development of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) opened a new path toward regenerative medicine for SCI. iPSCs can be generated from somatic cells by induction of transcription factors, and induced to differentiate into NPCs with characteristics of cells of the central nervous system...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193485/exposing-the-diversity-of-multiple-infection-patterns
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Mircea T Sofonea, Samuel Alizon, Yannis Michalakis
Natural populations often have to cope with genetically distinct parasites that can coexist, or not, within the same hosts. Theoretical models addressing the evolution of virulence have considered two within host infection outcomes, namely superinfection and coinfection. The field somehow became limited by this dichotomy that does not correspond to an empirical reality, as other infection patterns, namely sets of within-host infection outcomes, are possible. We indeed formally prove there are over one hundred different infection patterns solely for recoverable chronic infections caused by two genetically distinct horizontally-transmitted microparasites...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181694/a-genome-wide-association-study-identifies-two-sex-specific-loci-at-sptb-and-izumo3-influencing-pediatric-bone-mineral-density-at-multiple-skeletal-sites
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Alessandra Chesi, Jonathan A Mitchell, Heidi J Kalkwarf, Jonathan P Bradfield, Joan M Lappe, Diana L Cousminer, Sani M Roy, Shana E McCormack, Vicente Gilsanz, Sharon E Oberfield, Hakon Hakonarson, John A Shepherd, Andrea Kelly, Babette S Zemel, Struan F A Grant
Failure to achieve optimal bone mineral accretion during childhood and adolescence results in subsequent suboptimal peak bone mass, contributing to osteoporosis risk later in life. To identify novel genetic factors that influence pediatric bone mass at discrete skeletal sites, we performed a sex-stratified genome-wide association study of areal bone mineral density (BMD) measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry at the 1/3 distal radius, spine, total hip and femoral neck in a cohort of 933 healthy European American children...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181587/using-information-of-relatives-in-genomic-prediction-to-apply-effective-stratified-medicine
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S Hong Lee, W M Shalanee P Weerasinghe, Naomi R Wray, Michael E Goddard, Julius H J van der Werf
Genomic prediction shows promise for personalised medicine in which diagnosis and treatment are tailored to individuals based on their genetic profiles for complex diseases. We present a theoretical framework to demonstrate that prediction accuracy can be improved by targeting more informative individuals in the data set used to generate the predictors ("discovery sample") to include those with genetically close relationships with the subjects put forward for risk prediction. Increase of prediction accuracy from closer relationships is achieved under an additive model and does not rely on any family or interaction effects...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168222/tgprelid-a-mitochondrial-protein-linked-to-multidrug-resistance-in-the-parasite-toxoplasma-gondii
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Victoria Jeffers, Edwin T Kamau, Ananth R Srinivasan, Jonathan Harper, Preethi Sankaran, Sarah E Post, Joseph M Varberg, William J Sullivan, Jon P Boyle
New drugs to control infection with the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii are needed as current treatments exert toxic side effects on patients. Approaches to develop novel compounds for drug development include screening of compound libraries and targeted inhibition of essential cellular pathways. We identified two distinct compounds that display inhibitory activity against the parasite's replicative stage: F3215-0002, which we previously identified during a compound library screen, and I-BET151, an inhibitor of bromodomains, the "reader" module of acetylated lysines...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167505/acquired-resistance-to-the-hsp90-inhibitor-ganetespib-in-kras-mutant-nsclc-is-mediated-via-reactivation-of-the-erk-p90rsk-mtor-signaling-network
#17
Suman Chatterjee, Eric H-B Huang, Ian Christie, Brenda F Kurland, Timothy F Burns
Approximately 25% of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients have KRAS mutations and no effective therapeutic strategy exists for these patients. The use of Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) inhibitors in KRAS mutant NSCLC appeared to be a promising approach since these inhibitors target many KRAS downstream effectors, however, limited clinical efficacy has been observed due to resistance. Here, we examined the mechanism(s) of acquired resistance to the Hsp90 inhibitor, ganetespib, and identified novel and rationally devised Hsp90 inhibitor combinations which may prevent and overcome resistance to Hsp90 inhibitors...
February 6, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167336/trans-generation-enrichment-of-clozapine-responsiveness-trait-in-mice-using-a-subchronic-hypo-glutamatergic-model-of-schizophrenia-a-preliminary-study
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Amir Krivoy, Irit Gil-Ad, Igor Tarasenko, Abraham Weizman, Michal Taler
BACKGROUND: Schizophrenia patients who do not respond to clozapine treatment represent the most debilitating type of schizophrenia with unmet needs for novel interventions. To date there is no validated animal model for clozapine-refractory schizophrenia. METHODS: We used poor performance in the social preference (SP) test of C57/BL mice exposed to subchronic phencyclidine (PCP) as a correlate of negative signs of schizophrenia. Subsequently the mice were treated with clozapine and according to their SP they were defined as responding (i...
February 3, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166442/exosomes-in-cancer-theranostic-diamonds-in-the-rough
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Marine Cordonnier, Gaëtan Chanteloup, Nicolas Isambert, Renaud Seigneuric, Pierre Fumoleau, Carmen Garrido, Jessica Gobbo
During the last 10 years, exosomes, which are small vesicles of 50-200 nm diameter of endosomal origin, have aroused a great interest in the scientific and clinical community for their roles in intercellular communication in almost all physiological and pathological processes. Most cells can potentially release these nanovesicles that share with the parent cell a similar lipid bilayer with transmembrane proteins and a panel of enclosed soluble proteins such as heat shock proteins and genetic material, thus acting as potential nanoshuttles of biomarkers...
February 6, 2017: Cell Adhesion & Migration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166267/bacterial-internalization-is-required-to-trigger-nik-dependent-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-in-response-to-the-bacterial-type-three-secretion-system
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Miles C Duncan, Natalia G Herrera, Kevin S Johnson, Joanne N Engel, Victoria Auerbuch
Infection of human cells with Yersinia pseudotuberculosis expressing a functional type III secretion system (T3SS) leads to activation of host NF-κB. We show that the Yersinia T3SS activates distinct NF-κB pathways dependent upon bacterial subcellular localization. We found that wildtype Yersinia able to remain extracellular triggered NF-κB activation independently of the non-canonical NF-κB kinase NIK in HEK293T cells. In contrast, Yersinia lacking the actin-targeting effectors YopEHO, which become internalized into host cells, induce a NIK-dependent response and nuclear entry of the non-canonical NF-κB subunit p52...
2017: PloS One
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