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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816559/the-role-of-the-lectin-like-oxldl-receptor-lox-1-in-traffic-generated-air-pollution-exposure-mediated-alteration-of-the-brain-microvasculature-in-apolipoprotein-apo-e-knockout-mice
#1
JoAnn Lucero, Usa Suwannasual, Lindsay M Herbert, Jacob D McDonald, Amie K Lund
Recent studies have shown a strong correlation between air pollution-exposure and detrimental outcomes in the central nervous system, including alterations in blood brain barrier (BBB) integrity, neuroinflammation, and neurodegeneration. However, the mechanisms mediating these pathologies have not yet been fully elucidated. We have previously reported that exposure to traffic-generated air pollution results in increased circulating oxidized low-density lipoprotein (oxLDL), associated with alterations in BBB integrity, in atherosclerotic Apolipoprotein E null (ApoE(-/-)) mice...
August 17, 2017: Inhalation Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815500/nanoparticle-mediated-recombinase-delivery-into-maize
#2
Susana Martin-Ortigosa, Brian G Trewyn, Kan Wang
We describe a non-DNA-based system for delivering Cre recombinase protein into maize tissue using gold-plated mesoporous silica nanoparticle (Au-MSN). Cre protein is first loaded into the pores of Au-MSNs and then delivered using the biolistic method to immature embryos of a maize line (Lox-corn), which harbors loxP sites flanking a selection and a reporter gene. The release of the Cre recombinase protein inside the plant cell leads to recombination at the loxP sites, eliminating both genes. Visual screening is used to identify recombination events, which can be regenerated to mature and fertile plants...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815497/viral-delivery-of-gfp-dependent-recombinases-to-the-mouse-brain
#3
Jonathan C Y Tang, Stephanie Rudolph, Constance L Cepko
Many genetic tools have been developed that use green fluorescent protein (GFP) and its derivatives for labeling specific cell populations in organisms and in cell culture. To extend the use of GFP beyond labeling purposes, we developed methods and reagents that use GFP as a driver of biological activities. We used nanobodies that bind GFP to engineer CRE-DOG and Flp-DOG, recombinases that can induce Cre/lox and Flp/FRT recombination in a GFP-dependent manner, respectively. Here, we present a protocol to deliver CRE-DOG and Flp-DOG into the mouse brain by recombinant AAV infection...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815495/ligand-controlled-site-specific-recombination-in-zebrafish
#4
Avinash Chekuru, Veronika Kuscha, Stefan Hans, Michael Brand
Cre-mediated site-specific recombination has emerged as an indispensable tool for the precise manipulation of genomes allowing lineage-tracing studies, temporal and spatial misexpressions, and in particular the generation of conditional knockout alleles. Previously, we and others showed that Cre and its ligand-inducible variant CreER(T2) are also highly efficient in the developing and adult zebrafish. The number of Cre driver and effector lines is currently still limited in zebrafish. However, the recent advent of novel genome editing tools such as TALEN and CRISPR/Cas will significantly increase interest in the conditional Cre/lox-technology in this organism...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811867/modulation-of-glutathione-hemostasis-by-inhibition-of-12-15-lipoxygenase-prevents-ros-mediated-cell-death-after-hepatic-ischemia-and-reperfusion
#5
Moritz Drefs, Michael N Thomas, Markus Guba, Martin K Angele, Jens Werner, Marcus Conrad, Christian J Steib, Lesca M Holdt, Joachim Andrassy, Andrej Khandoga, Markus Rentsch
BACKGROUND: Reactive oxygen species- (ROS-) mediated ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) detrimentally impacts liver transplantation and resection. 12/15-Lipoxygenase (12/15-LOX), an antagonistic protein of the glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPX4) signaling cascade, was proven to mediate cell death in postischemic cerebral and myocardial tissue. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of 12/15-LOX inhibition on hepatic IRI. METHODS: Livers of C57BL/6 mice were exposed to 60 minutes of partial warm ischemia and 90 minutes of reperfusion after previous Baicalein administration, an inhibitor of 12/15-LOX...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810863/multiple-essential-functions-of-plasmodium-falciparum-actin-1-during-malaria-blood-stage-development
#6
Sujaan Das, Leandro Lemgruber, Chwen L Tay, Jake Baum, Markus Meissner
BACKGROUND: The phylum Apicomplexa includes intracellular parasites causing immense global disease burden, the deadliest of them being the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, which invades and replicates within erythrocytes. The cytoskeletal protein actin is well conserved within apicomplexans but divergent from mammalian actins, and was primarily reported to function during host cell invasion. However, novel invasion mechanisms have been described for several apicomplexans, and specific functions of the acto-myosin system are being reinvestigated...
August 15, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809482/structural-dynamics-of-15-lipoxygenase-2-via-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange
#7
Kristin Diane Droege, Mary E Keithly, Charles R Sanders, Richard N Armstrong, Matthew K Thompson
Eicosanoids are inflammatory signaling lipids that are biosynthesized in response to cellular injury or threat. They were originally thought to be pro-inflammatory molecules, but at least one sub-class, the lipoxins, are able to resolve inflammation. The first step in lipoxin synthesis is the oxygenation of arachidonic acid by 15-Lipoxygenase (15-LOX). 15-LOX contains two domains: a Ca2+ binding PLAT domain and a catalytic domain. 15-LOX is a soluble cytosolic protein until Ca2+ binding to the PLAT domain promotes translocation to the membrane surface...
August 15, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808380/identification-and-analysis-of-jasmonate-pathway-genes-in-coffea-canephora-robusta-coffee-by-in-silico-approach
#8
Kosaraju Bharathi, H L Sreenath
BACKGROUND: Coffea canephora is the commonly cultivated coffee species in the world along with Coffea arabica. Different pests and pathogens affect the production and quality of the coffee. Jasmonic acid (JA) is a plant hormone which plays an important role in plants growth, development, and defense mechanisms, particularly against insect pests. The key enzymes involved in the production of JA are lipoxygenase, allene oxide synthase, allene oxide cyclase, and 12-oxo-phytodienoic reductase...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808157/cytosolic-phospholipase-a2%C3%AE-promotes-pulmonary-inflammation-and-systemic-disease-during-streptococcus-pneumoniae-infection
#9
Rudra Bhowmick, Stacie Clark, Joseph V Bonventre, John M Leong, Beth A McCormick
Pulmonary infection by Streptococcus pneumoniae is characterized by a robust alveolar infiltration of neutrophils (polymorphonuclear cells or PMNs) that can promote systemic spread of the infection if not resolved. We previously showed that 12-lipoxygenase (12-LOX), which is required to generate the PMN chemoattractant hepoxilin A3 (HXA3) from arachidonic acid (AA), promotes acute pulmonary inflammation and systemic infection after lung challenge with S. pneumoniae As phospholipase A2 (PLA2) promotes the release of AA, we investigated the role of PLA2 in local and systemic disease during S...
August 14, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806719/comparison-of-reactive-oxygen-species-metabolism-during-grape-berry-development-between-kyoho-and-its-early-ripening-bud-mutant-fengzao
#10
Fei-Fei Xi, Li-Li Guo, Yi-He Yu, Yan Wang, Qiong Li, Hui-Li Zhao, Guo-Hai Zhang, Da-Long Guo
Enzymes and non-enzyme elements related to the metabolism of reactive oxygen species (ROS), such as catalase (CAT), superoxide dismutase (SOD), ascorbic acid (AsA), glutathione (GSH), NADPH oxidase (NOX), hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), superoxide anion (O2(-)), lipoxygenase (LOX) and malondialdehyde (MDA), were measured in 'Kyoho' and its early ripening bud mutant 'Fengzao' to compare ROS level changes and investigate the potential roles of ROS in grape berry development and the ripening process. In addition, the anthocyanin and sugar contents as well as berry diameter were also investigated at different berry development stages...
August 9, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806415/synthetic-mrna-is-a-more-reliable-tool-for-the-delivery-of-dna-targeting-proteins-into-the-cell-nucleus-than-fusion-with-a-protein-transduction-domain
#11
Ivan Leontovyc, David Habart, Sarka Loukotova, Lucie Kosinova, Jan Kriz, Frantisek Saudek, Tomas Koblas
Cell reprogramming requires efficient delivery of reprogramming transcription factors into the cell nucleus. Here, we compared the robustness and workload of two protein delivery methods that avoid the risk of genomic integration. The first method is based on fusion of the protein of interest to a protein transduction domain (PTD) for delivery across the membranes of target cells. The second method relies on de novo synthesis of the protein of interest inside the target cells utilizing synthetic mRNA (syn-mRNA) as a template...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803234/rna-sequencing-and-bioinformatics-analysis-implicate-the-regulatory-role-of-a-long-noncoding-rna-mrna-network-in-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation
#12
Can-Jie Guo, Xiao Xiao, Li Sheng, Lili Chen, Wei Zhong, Hai Li, Jing Hua, Xiong Ma
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To analyze the long noncoding (lncRNA)-mRNA expression network and potential roles in rat hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) during activation. METHODS: LncRNA expression was analyzed in quiescent and culture-activated HSCs by RNA sequencing, and differentially expressed lncRNAs verified by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) were subjected to bioinformatics analysis. In vivo analyses of differential lncRNA-mRNA expression were performed on a rat model of liver fibrosis...
August 11, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801621/efficient-generation-of-conditional-knockout-mice-via-sequential-introduction-of-lox-sites
#13
Takuro Horii, Sumiyo Morita, Mika Kimura, Naomi Terawaki, Mihiro Shibutani, Izuho Hatada
Conditional knockout using Cre/lox is essential for functional analysis of genes. CRISPR/Cas in combination with two sets of guide RNAs and a single-stranded oligonucleotide enables simultaneous insertion of two lox sequences. However, this method induces double-strand breaks at two sites on the same chromosome, which causes an undesirable chromosomal deletion and reduces the flanked lox (flox) rate. To solve this problem, we investigated a method that sequentially introduces each lox sequence at the 1-cell and 2-cell embryonic stages, respectively...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800626/targeting-lysyl-oxidase-reduces-peritoneal-fibrosis
#14
Christopher R Harlow, Xuan Wu, Marielle van Deemter, Fiona Gardiner, Craig Poland, Rebecca Green, Sana Sarvi, Pamela Brown, Karl E Kadler, Yinhui Lu, J Ian Mason, Hilary O D Critchley, Stephen G Hillier
BACKGROUND: Abdominal surgery and disease cause persistent abdominal adhesions, pelvic pain, infertility and occasionally, bowel obstruction. Current treatments are ineffective and the aetiology is unclear, although excessive collagen deposition is a consistent feature. Lysyl oxidase (Lox) is a key enzyme required for crosslinking and deposition of insoluble collagen, so we investigated whether targeting Lox might be an approach to reduce abdominal adhesions. METHODS: Female C57Bl/6 mice were treated intraperitoneally with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (NT) to induce fibrosis, together with chemical (ß-aminoproprionitrile-BAPN) or miRNA Lox inhibitors, progesterone or dexamethasone...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800073/electronegative-low-density-lipoprotein-l5-impairs-viability-and-ngf-induced-neuronal-differentiation-of-pc12-cells-via-lox-1
#15
Jiz-Yuh Wang, Chiou-Lian Lai, Ching-Tien Lee, Chen-Yen Lin
There have been striking associations of cardiovascular diseases (e.g., atherosclerosis) and hypercholesterolemia with increased risk of neurodegeneration including Alzheimer's disease (AD). Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), a cardiovascular risk factor, plays a crucial role in AD pathogenesis; further, L5, a human plasma LDL fraction with high electronegativity, may be a factor contributing to AD-type dementia. Although L5 contributing to atherosclerosis progression has been studied, its role in inducing neurodegeneration remains unclear...
August 11, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797636/modulating-effect-of-inositol-hexaphosphate-on-arachidonic-acid-dependent-pathways-in-colon-cancer-cells
#16
Małgorzata Kapral, Joanna Wawszczyk, Stanisław Sośnicki, Katarzyna Jesse, Ludmiła Węglarz
Cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipoxygenase (LOX) are key enzymes of arachidonic acid metabolism. Their products, prostaglandins and leukotrienes, are involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancer. The aim of the study was to examine the influence of inositol hexaphosphate (IP6), a naturally occurring phytochemical, on the expression of genes encoding COX and LOX isoforms and synthesis of their products (PGE2 and LTB4) in colon cancer cell line Caco-2 stimulated with pro-inflammatory agents (IL-1β/TNFα)...
August 8, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793320/microsomal-triglyceride-transfer-protein-contributes-to-lipid-droplet-maturation-in-adipocytes
#17
Larry L Swift, Joseph D Love, Carla M Harris, Benny H Chang, W Gray Jerome
Previous studies in our laboratory have established the presence of MTP in both white and brown adipose tissue in mice as well as in 3T3-L1 cells. Additional studies demonstrated an increase in MTP levels as 3T3-L1 cells differentiate into adipocytes concurrent with the movement of MTP from the juxtanuclear region of the cell to the surface of lipid droplets. This suggested a role for MTP in lipid droplet biogenesis and/or maturation. To probe the role of MTP in adipocytes, we used a Cre-Lox approach with aP2-Cre and Adipoq-Cre recombinase transgenic mice to knock down MTP expression in brown and white fat of mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792146/a-novel-association-between-lysyl-oxidase-gene-polymorphism-and-intracranial-aneurysm-in-koreans
#18
Eun Pyo Hong, Jin Pyeong Jeon, Sung Eun Kim, Jin Seo Yang, Hyuk Jai Choi, Suk Hyung Kang, Yong Jun Cho
PURPOSE: Lysyl oxidase (LOX) controls the cross-linking and maturation of elastin and collagen fibers. In this study, we investigated the association between LOX gene polymorphisms and intracranial aneurysm (IA) formation in a homogeneous Korean population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study involved 80 age-sex matched patients with IA and controls. Fisher's exact test was performed to analyze allelic associations between ten single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and IA, including 41 ruptured and 39 unruptured cases...
September 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791741/molecular-dynamics-study-on-the-apo-and-holo-forms-of-5-lipoxygenase
#19
Juan Torras, Mauro Maccarrone, Enrico Dainese
Lipoxygenases (LOXs) are non-heme iron containing enzymes catalyzing the dioxygenation of polyunsaturated fatty acids. LOX catalytic activity depends on the presence of iron in the active site and the iron removal is also able to affect the membrane binding properties of the enzyme. Leukotrienes biosynthesis is initiated by the action of 5-LOX at the level of nuclear membrane and the mechanism of enzyme-membrane interaction is thought to involve structural flexibility and conformational changes at the level of the protein tertiary structure...
August 8, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776716/oak-gall-wasp-infections-of-quercus-robur-leaves-lead-to-profound-modifications-in-foliage-photosynthetic-and-volatile-emission-characteristics
#20
Yifan Jiang, Linda-Liisa Veromann-Jürgenson, Jiayan Ye, Ülo Niinemets
Oak trees (Quercus) are hosts of diverse gall-inducing parasites, but the effects of gall formation on the physiology and biochemistry on host oak leaves is poorly understood. The influence of infection by four species from two widespread gall wasp genera, Neuroterus (N. anthracinus and N. albipes) and Cynips (C. divisa and C. quercusfolii), on foliage morphology, chemistry, photosynthetic characteristics, constitutive isoprene and induced volatile emissions in Q. robur was investigated. Leaf dry mass per unit area (MA ), net assimilation rate per area (AA ), stomatal conductance (gs ), and constitutive isoprene emissions decreased with the severity of infection by all gall wasp species...
August 4, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
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