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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219702/genetic-alterations-in-krebs-cycle-and-its-impact-on-cancer-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Karishma Sajnani, Farhadul Islam, Robert Anthony Smith, Vinod Gopalan, Alfred King-Yin Lam
Cancer cells exhibit alterations in many cellular processes, including oxygen sensing and energy metabolism. Glycolysis in non-oxygen condition is the main energy production process in cancer rather than mitochondrial respiration as in benign cells. Genetic and epigenetic alterations of Krebs cycle enzymes favour the shift of cancer cells from oxidative phosphorylation to anaerobic glycolysis. Mutations in genes encoding aconitase, isocitrate dehydrogenase, succinate dehydrogenase, fumarate hydratase, and citrate synthase are noted in many cancers...
February 17, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208209/the-emergence-of-tnik-inhibitors-in-cancer-therapeutics
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Tesshi Yamada, Mari Masuda
The outcome of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer remains unsatisfactory. To improve patient prognosis, it will be necessary to identify new drug targets based on molecules that are essential for colorectal carcinogenesis, and to develop therapeutics that target such molecules. The great majority of colorectal cancers (>90%) have mutations in at least one Wnt signaling pathway gene. Aberrant activation of Wnt signaling is a major force driving colorectal carcinogenesis. Several therapeutics targeting Wnt pathway molecules, including porcupine, frizzled receptors, and tankyrases, have been developed, but none of them have yet been incorporated into clinical practice...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203648/gene-regulatory-effects-of-disease-associated-variation-in-the-nrf2-network
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Sarah E Lacher, Matthew Slattery
Reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are both a natural byproduct of oxidative metabolism and an undesirable byproduct of many environmental stressors, can damage all classes of cellular macromolecules and promote diseases from cancer to neurodegeneration. The actions of ROS are mitigated by the transcription factor NRF2, which regulates expression of antioxidant genes via its interaction with cis-regulatory antioxidant response elements (AREs). However, despite the seemingly straightforward relationship between the opposing forces of ROS and NRF2, regulatory precision in the NRF2 network is essential...
December 2016: Curr Opin Toxicol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197772/-genetics-of-cryopyrin-associated-periodic-syndrome
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J B Kümmerle-Deschner, P Lohse
Familial cold autoinflammatory syndrome (FCAS), Muckle-Wells syndrome (MWS) and chronic infantile neurological, cutaneous and articular syndrome/neonatal onset multisystem inflammatory disease (CINCA/NOMID) were originally described as three distinct diseases. After the identification of their common genetic origin in 2001 and 2002, they are now perceived as a continuum of one disease entity and labelled cryopyrin-associated periodic syndromes (CAPS). Mutations in the NLRP3 gene on chromosome 1q44 can be detected in many affected patients...
February 14, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196070/differential-paralog-divergence-modulates-genome-evolution-across-yeast-species
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Monica R Sanchez, Aaron W Miller, Ivan Liachko, Anna B Sunshine, Bryony Lynch, Mei Huang, Erica Alcantara, Christopher G DeSevo, Dave A Pai, Cheryl M Tucker, Margaret L Hoang, Maitreya J Dunham
Evolutionary outcomes depend not only on the selective forces acting upon a species, but also on the genetic background. However, large timescales and uncertain historical selection pressures can make it difficult to discern such important background differences between species. Experimental evolution is one tool to compare evolutionary potential of known genotypes in a controlled environment. Here we utilized a highly reproducible evolutionary adaptation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to investigate whether experimental evolution of other yeast species would select for similar adaptive mutations...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195574/muscle-specific-crispr-cas9-dystrophin-gene-editing-ameliorates-pathophysiology-in-a-mouse-model-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Niclas E Bengtsson, John K Hall, Guy L Odom, Michael P Phelps, Colin R Andrus, R David Hawkins, Stephen D Hauschka, Joel R Chamberlain, Jeffrey S Chamberlain
Gene replacement therapies utilizing adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors hold great promise for treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). A related approach uses AAV vectors to edit specific regions of the DMD gene using CRISPR/Cas9. Here we develop multiple approaches for editing the mutation in dystrophic mdx(4cv) mice using single and dual AAV vector delivery of a muscle-specific Cas9 cassette together with single-guide RNA cassettes and, in one approach, a dystrophin homology region to fully correct the mutation...
February 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173748/susceptibility-to-type-2-diabetes-may-be-modulated-by-haplotypes-in-g6pc2-a-target-of-positive-selection
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Nasser M Al-Daghri, Chiara Pontremoli, Rachele Cagliani, Diego Forni, Majed S Alokail, Omar S Al-Attas, Shaun Sabico, Stefania Riva, Mario Clerici, Manuela Sironi
BACKGROUND: The endoplasmic reticulum enzyme glucose-6-phosphatase catalyzes the common terminal reaction in the gluconeogenic/glycogenolytic pathways and plays a central role in glucose homeostasis. In most mammals, different G6PC subunits are encoded by three paralogous genes (G6PC, G6PC2, and G6PC3). Mutations in G6PC and G6PC3 are responsible for human mendelian diseases, whereas variants in G6PC2 are associated with fasting glucose (FG) levels. RESULTS: We analyzed the evolutionary history of G6Pase genes...
February 7, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168444/fluid-shear-stress-induced-tgf-%C3%AE-alk5-signaling-in-renal-epithelial-cells-is-modulated-by-mek1-2
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Steven J Kunnen, Wouter N Leonhard, Cor Semeins, Lukas J A C Hawinkels, Christian Poelma, Peter Ten Dijke, Astrid Bakker, Beerend P Hierck, Dorien J M Peters
Renal tubular epithelial cells are exposed to mechanical forces due to fluid flow shear stress within the lumen of the nephron. These cells respond by activation of mechano-sensors located at the plasma membrane or the primary cilium, having crucial roles in maintenance of cellular homeostasis and signaling. In this paper, we applied fluid shear stress to study TGF-β signaling in renal epithelial cells with and without expression of the Pkd1-gene, encoding a mechano-sensor mutated in polycystic kidney disease...
February 6, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163853/bilateral-cryptorchidism-a-rare-presentation-for-persistent-m%C3%A3-llerian-duct-syndrome
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Abdullah Al-Faris, Mosleh Jabari, Mohammed Al-Sayed, Hassan Al-Shehri
Persistent Müllerian duct syndrome (PMDS) is a rare, sex-limited, autosomal recessive disorder representing male pseudo-hermaphroditism. It is observed in males with the presence of female reproductive organs such as the uterus, cervix, and bilateral fallopian tubes along with normally developed male reproductive organs. It generally occurs during embryogenesis due to mutation in anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) gene, i.e., AMH gene or AMH receptor (AMHR2) gene. The present case reports a male infant with inflammation in the right groin who was admitted to Security Forces Hospital in 2015...
December 2016: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161395/somatic-clonal-evolution-a-selection-centric-perspective
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Jacob Scott, Andriy Marusyk
It is generally accepted that the initiation and progression of cancers is the result of somatic clonal evolution. Despite many peculiarities, evolution within populations of somatic cells should obey the same Darwinian principles as evolution within natural populations, i.e. variability of heritable phenotypes provides the substrate for context-specific selection forces leading to increased population frequencies of phenotypes, which are better adapted to their environment. Yet, within cancer biology, the more prevalent way to view evolution is as being entirely driven by the accumulation of "driver" mutations...
February 1, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138077/both-maintenance-and-avoidance-of-rna-binding-protein-interactions-constrain-coding-sequence-evolution
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Savisaar Rosina, Laurence D Hurst
While the principal force directing coding sequence (CDS) evolution is selection on protein function, to ensure correct gene expression CDSs must also maintain interactions with RNA-binding proteins (RBPs). Understanding how our genes are shaped by these RNA-level pressures is necessary for diagnostics and for improving transgenes. However, the evolutionary impact of the need to maintain RBP interactions remains unresolved. Are coding sequences constrained by the need to specify RBP binding motifs? If so, what proportion of mutations are affected? Might sequence evolution also be constrained by the need not to specify motifs that might attract unwanted binding, for instance because it would interfere with exon definition? Here, we have scanned human CDSs for motifs that have been experimentally determined to be recognized by RBPs...
January 30, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131339/review-epistasis-and-dominance-in-the-emergence-of-catalytic-function-as-exemplified-by-the-evolution-of-plant-terpene-synthases
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Jitender Cheema, Juan A Faraldos, Paul E O'Maille
Epistasis, the interaction between mutations and the genetic background, is a pervasive force in evolution that is difficult to predict yet derives from a simple principle - biological systems are interconnected. Therefore, one effect may be intimately linked to another, hence interdependent. Untangling epistatic interactions between and within genes is a vibrant area of research. Deriving a mechanistic understanding of epistasis is a major challenge. Particularly, elucidating how epistasis can attenuate the effects of otherwise dominant mutations that control phenotypes...
February 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129404/synthetic-lethal-mutations-in-the-cyclin-a-interface-of-human-cytomegalovirus
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Henry Weisbach, Christoph Schablowsky, Barbara Vetter, Iris Gruska, Christian Hagemeier, Lüder Wiebusch
Generally, the antagonism between host restriction factors and viral countermeasures decides on cellular permissiveness or resistance to virus infection. Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) has evolved an additional level of self-imposed restriction by the viral tegument protein pp150. Depending on a cyclin A-binding motif, pp150 prevents the onset of viral gene expression in the S/G2 cell cycle phase of otherwise fully permissive cells. Here we address the physiological relevance of this restriction during productive HCMV infection by employing a cyclin A-binding deficient pp150 mutant virus...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107384/an-approach-to-elucidate-nbs1-function-in-dna-repair-using-frequent-nonsynonymous-polymorphism-in-wild-medaka-oryzias-latipes-populations
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Kento Igarashi, Junya Kobayashi, Takafumi Katsumura, Yusuke Urushihara, Kyohei Hida, Tomomi Watanabe-Asaka, Hiroki Oota, Shoji Oda, Hiroshi Mitani
Nbs1 is one of the genes responsible for Nijmegen breakage syndrome, which is marked with high radiosensitivity. In human NBS1 (hNBS1), Q185E polymorphism is known as the factor to cancer risks, although its DSB repair defect has not been addressed. Here we investigated the genetic variations in medaka (Oryzias latipes) wild populations, and found 40 nonsynonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in medaka nbs1 (olnbs1) gene within 5 inbred strains. A mutation to histidine in Q170 residue in olNbs1, which corresponds to Q185 residue of hNBS1, was widely distributed in the closed colonies derived from the eastern Korean population of medaka...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102546/ataluren-and-similar-compounds-specific-therapies-for-premature-termination-codon-class-i-mutations-for-cystic-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Aisha A Aslam, Colin Higgins, Ian P Sinha, Kevin W Southern
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis is a common life-shortening genetic disorder in the Caucasian population (less common in other ethnic groups) caused by the mutation of a single gene that codes for the production of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein. This protein coordinates the transport of salt (and bicarbonate) across cell surfaces and the mutation most notably affects the airways. In the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, defective protein results in a dehydrated surface liquid and compromised mucociliary clearance...
January 19, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101863/lessons-from-animal-models-of-cytoplasmic-intermediate-filament-proteins
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Jamal-Eddine Bouameur, Thomas M Magin
Cytoplasmic intermediate filaments (IFs) represent a major cytoskeletal network contributing to cell shape, adhesion and migration as well as to tissue resilience and renewal in numerous bilaterians, including mammals. The observation that IFs are dispensable in cultured mammalian cells, but cause tissue-specific, life-threatening disorders, has pushed the need to investigate their function in vivo. In keeping with human disease, the deletion or mutation of murine IF genes resulted in highly specific pathologies...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078645/parp-inhibitors-in-reproductive-system-cancers-current-use-and-developments
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REVIEW
Geraldine O'Sullivan Coyne, Alice P Chen, Robert Meehan, James H Doroshow
The repair of DNA damage is a critical cellular process governed by multiple biochemical pathways that are often found to be defective in cancer cells. The poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) family of proteins controls response to single-strand DNA breaks by detecting these damaged sites and recruiting the proper factors for repair. Blocking this pathway forces cells to utilize complementary mechanisms to repair DNA damage. While PARP inhibition may not, in itself, be sufficient to cause tumor cell death, inhibition of DNA repair with PARP inhibitors is an effective cytotoxic strategy when it is used in patients who carry other defective DNA-repair mechanisms, such as mutations in the genes BRCA 1 and 2...
February 2017: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069867/the-carboxyl-terminal-region-of-dok-7-plays-a-key-but-not-essential-role-in-activation-of-muscle-specific-receptor-kinase-musk-and-neuromuscular-synapse-formation
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Ryo Ueta, Tohru Tezuka, Yosuke Izawa, Sadanori Miyoshi, Satoru Nagatoishi, Kouhei Tsumoto, Yuji Yamanashi
As the synapse between a motor neuron and skeletal muscle, the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is required for muscle contraction. The formation and maintenance of NMJs are controlled by the muscle-specific receptor kinase MuSK. Dok-7 is the essential cytoplasmic activator of MuSK, and indeed mice lacking Dok-7 form no NMJs. Moreover, DOK7 gene mutations underlie DOK7 myasthenia, an NMJ synaptopathy. Previously, we failed to detect MuSK activation in myotubes by Dok-7 mutated in the N-terminal pleckstrin homology (PH) or phosphotyrosine binding (PTB) domain or that lacked the C-terminal region (Dok-7-ΔC)...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052327/tissue-disruption-increases-stochastic-gene-expression-thus-producing-tumours-cancer-initiation-without-driver-mutation
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REVIEW
Jean-Pascal Capp
Cancer research produced many paradoxical results in recent years. The reductionist approach now shows its limits. Considering the origin of the disease at the tissue level and increased stochastic gene expression (SGE) as a driving force, while admitting a role for genetic alterations in cancer progression, might solve these contradictions. Undifferentiated cells are characterized by open and accessible chromatin generating global and highly SGE (high expression noise) which is a hallmark of pluripotency, while differentiation is associated with progressive chromatin closing and decreased noise...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043510/effects-of-sorbitol-and-glycerol-on-the-structure-dynamics-and-stability-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-pyrazinamidase
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Mehrnoosh Khajehzadeh, Faramarz Mehrnejad, Mohammad Pazhang, Farahnoosh Doustdar
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium tuberculosis pyrazinamidase (PZase) is known an enzyme that is involved in degradation of pyrazinamide to ammonia and pyrazinoic acid. Pyrazinamide is an important first-line drug used in the short-course treatment of tuberculosis. Previous investigations have indicated that the pyrazinamide (PZA)-resistant M. tuberculosis strains are caused by point mutations in the PZase enzyme which is the activator of the prodrug PZA. Although the general fold of PZase was determined, the structural and functional properties of the enzyme in solution were not understood very well...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
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