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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542453/extracellular-calcium-promotes-bone-formation-from-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-amplifying-the-effects-of-bmp-2-on-smad-signalling
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Rubén Aquino-Martínez, Natalia Artigas, Beatriz Gámez, José Luis Rosa, Francesc Ventura
Understanding the molecular events that regulate osteoblast differentiation is essential for the development of effective approaches to bone regeneration. In this study, we analysed the osteoinductive properties of extracellular calcium in bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cell (BM-MSC) differentiation. We cultured BM-MSCs in 3D gelatin scaffolds with Ca2+ and BMP-2 as osteoinductive agents. Early and late osteogenic gene expression and bone regeneration in a calvarial critical-size defect model demonstrate that extracellular Ca2+ enhances the effects of BMP-2 on Osteocalcin, Runx2 and Osterix expression and promotes bone regeneration in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541545/kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-factors-compete-for-promoters-and-enhancers-to-fine-tune-transcription
#2
Melissa D Ilsley, Kevin R Gillinder, Graham W Magor, Stephen Huang, Timothy L Bailey, Merlin Crossley, Andrew C Perkins
Krüppel-like factors (KLFs) are a family of 17 transcription factors characterized by a conserved DNA-binding domain of three zinc fingers and a variable N-terminal domain responsible for recruiting cofactors. KLFs have diverse functions in stem cell biology, embryo patterning, and tissue homoeostasis. KLF1 and related family members function as transcriptional activators via recruitment of co-activators such as EP300, whereas KLF3 and related members act as transcriptional repressors via recruitment of C-terminal Binding Proteins...
May 24, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540681/exploring-microrna-target-regulatory-interactions-by-computing-technologies
#3
Yue Hu, Wenjun Lan, Daniel Miller
MiRNA genes (miRNA precursor genes) share some common structural elements with protein genes. As with protein genes, the promoters of miRNA genes are necessary to regulate the expression of miRNA. The computation methods used to find the promoter regions of the protein genes have been applied to miRNA genes and some methods have been designed specifically to find the promoter regions of miRNA genes. The transcription factors (TFs), miRNA, and the targeted genes can form complex regulatory networks in the cells that can be divided into circuits...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534508/utx-promotes-hormonally-responsive-breast-carcinogenesis-through-feed-forward-transcription-regulation-with-estrogen-receptor
#4
G Xie, X Liu, Y Zhang, W Li, S Liu, Z Chen, B Xu, J Yang, L He, Z Zhang, T Jin, X Yi, L Sun, Y Shang, J Liang
UTX is implicated in embryonic development and lineage specification. However, how this X-linked histone demethylase contributes to the occurrence and progression of breast cancer remains to be clarified. Here we report that UTX is physically associated with estrogen receptor (ER) and functions in ER-regulated transcription. We showed that UTX coordinates with JHDM1D and CBP to direct H3K27 methylation-acetylation transition and to create a permissive chromatin state on ER targets. Genome-wide analysis of the transcriptional targets of UTX by ChIP-seq identified a set of genes such as chemokine receptor CXCR4 that are intimately involved in breast cancer tumorigenesis and metastasis...
May 22, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533273/akt-signaling-is-sustained-by-a-cd44-splice-isoform-mediated-positive-feedback-loop
#5
Sali Liu, Chonghui Cheng
Tumor cells nearly invariably evolve sustained PI3K/Akt signaling as an effective means to circumvent apoptosis and maintain survival. However, for those tumor cells that do not acquire PI3K/Akt mutations to achieve this end the underlying mechanisms have remained obscure. Here we describe the discovery of a splice isoform-dependent positive feedback loop that is essential to sustain PI3K/Akt signaling in breast cancer. Splice isoform CD44s promoted expression of the hyaluronan synthase HAS2 by activating the Akt signaling cascade...
May 22, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532217/integration-of-bacterial-small-rnas-in-regulatory-networks
#6
Mor Nitzan, Rotem Rehani, Hanah Margalit
Small RNAs (sRNAs) are central regulators of gene expression in bacteria, controlling target genes posttranscriptionally by base pairing with their mRNAs. sRNAs are involved in many cellular processes and have unique regulatory characteristics. In this review, we discuss the properties of regulation by sRNAs and how it differs from and combines with transcriptional regulation. We describe the global characteristics of the sRNA-target networks in bacteria using graph-theoretic approaches and review the local integration of sRNAs in mixed regulatory circuits, including feed-forward loops and their combinations, feedback loops, and circuits made of an sRNA and another regulator, both derived from the same transcript...
May 22, 2017: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528964/inhibitory-interneurons-and-their-circuit-motifs-in-the-many-layers-of-the-barrel-cortex
#7
Dirk Feldmeyer, Guanxiao Qi, Vishalini Emmenegger, Jochen F Staiger
Recent years have seen substantial progress in studying the structural and function properties of GABAergic interneurons and their roles in the neuronal networks of barrel cortex. Although GABAergic interneurons represent only about 12% of the total number of neocortical neurons, they are extremely diverse with respect to their structural and functional properties. It has become clear that barrel cortex interneurons not only serve the maintenance of an appropriate excitation/inhibition balance but also are directly involved in sensory processing...
May 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525678/feed-forward-control-for-magnetic-shape-memory-alloy-actuators-based-on-the-radial-basis-function-neural-network-model
#8
Miaolei Zhou, Yifan Wang, Rui Xu, Qi Zhang, Dong Zhu
Hysteresis exists in magnetic shape memory alloy (MSMA) actuators, which restricts MSMA actuators' application. To describe hysteresis of the MSMA actuators, a hysteresis model based on the radial basis function neural network (RBFNN) is put forward. Then, an inverse RBFNN model is set up, and it is compared with the inverse model based on the traditional cut-and-try method. Finally, to solve hysteresis of the actuators, an inverse model for MSMA actuators is used to build feed-forward controller. Simulation results show the maximum modeling error for inverse hysteresis model designed by neural network is 0...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515285/cortical-amplification-models-of-the-experience-dependent-development-of-selective-columns-and-response-sparsification
#9
Ian Kaplan Christie, Paul Miller, Stephen D Van Hooser
The development of direction-selective cortical columns requires visual experience, but the neural circuits and plasticity mechanisms that are responsible for this developmental transition are unknown. To gain insight into the mechanisms that could underlie experience-dependent increases in selectivity, we explored families of cortical amplifier models that enhance weakly biased feed-forward signals. Here, we focused exclusively on possible contributions of cortico-cortical connections and took feed-forward input to be constant...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498128/multi-parameter-based-coagulant-dosing-control
#10
L Manamperuma, L Wei, H Ratnaweera
The required coagulant dosage is strongly related to the quality of raw water or wastewater. Online sensors for most quality parameters are now readily available to treatment facilities, yet remain rarely used in treatment process control. This paper presents the evaluation of an advanced coagulant dosing control system based on online measurements in full-scale processes. The popular multivariate analytical method, partial least square regression, was used to build up the relationship between the coagulant dose and wastewater quality...
May 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494861/excitatory-microcircuits-within-superficial-layers-of-the-medial-entorhinal-cortex
#11
Jochen Winterer, Nikolaus Maier, Christian Wozny, Prateep Beed, Jörg Breustedt, Roberta Evangelista, Yangfan Peng, Tiziano D'Albis, Richard Kempter, Dietmar Schmitz
The distinctive firing pattern of grid cells in the medial entorhinal cortex (MEC) supports its role in the representation of space. It is widely believed that the hexagonal firing field of grid cells emerges from neural dynamics that depend on the local microcircuitry. However, local networks within the MEC are still not sufficiently characterized. Here, applying up to eight simultaneous whole-cell recordings in acute brain slices, we demonstrate the existence of unitary excitatory connections between principal neurons in the superficial layers of the MEC...
May 9, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491031/control-of-absence-seizures-by-the-thalamic-feed-forward-inhibition
#12
Mingming Chen, Daqing Guo, Yang Xia, Dezhong Yao
As a subtype of idiopathic generalized epilepsies, absence epilepsy is believed to be caused by pathological interactions within the corticothalamic (CT) system. Using a biophysical mean-field model of the CT system, we demonstrate here that the feed-forward inhibition (FFI) in thalamus, i.e., the pathway from the cerebral cortex (Ctx) to the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) and then to the specific relay nuclei (SRN) of thalamus that are also directly driven by the Ctx, may participate in controlling absence seizures...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487634/ryr2-mediated-ca-2-release-and-mitochondrial-ros-generation-partake-in-the-synaptic-dysfunction-caused-by-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptide-oligomers
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Carol D SanMartín, Pablo Veloso, Tatiana Adasme, Pedro Lobos, Barbara Bruna, Jose Galaz, Alejandra García, Steffen Hartel, Cecilia Hidalgo, Andrea C Paula-Lima
Amyloid β peptide oligomers (AβOs), toxic aggregates with pivotal roles in Alzheimer's disease, trigger persistent and low magnitude Ca(2+) signals in neurons. We reported previously that these Ca(2+) signals, which arise from Ca(2+) entry and subsequent amplification by Ca(2+) release through ryanodine receptor (RyR) channels, promote mitochondrial network fragmentation and reduce RyR2 expression. Here, we examined if AβOs, by inducing redox sensitive RyR-mediated Ca(2+) release, stimulate mitochondrial Ca(2+)-uptake, ROS generation and mitochondrial fragmentation, and also investigated the effects of the antioxidant N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and the mitochondrial antioxidant EUK-134 on AβOs-induced mitochondrial dysfunction...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487630/analysis-of-interrelationships-among-voluntary-and-prosthetic-leg-joint-parameters-using-cyclograms
#14
Farahiyah Jasni, Nur Azah Hamzaid, Nor Elleeiana Mohd Syah, Tze Y Chung, Noor Azuan Abu Osman
The walking mechanism of a prosthetic leg user is a tightly coordinated movement of several joints and limb segments. The interaction among the voluntary and mechanical joints and segments requires particular biomechanical insight. This study aims to analyze the inter-relationship between amputees' voluntary and mechanical coupled leg joints variables using cyclograms. From this analysis, the critical gait parameters in each gait phase were determined and analyzed if they contribute to a better powered prosthetic knee control design...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486402/compensating-unknown-time-varying-delay-in-opto-electronic-platform-tracking-servo-system
#15
Ruihong Xie, Tao Zhang, Jiaquan Li, Ming Dai
This paper investigates the problem of compensating miss-distance delay in opto-electronic platform tracking servo system. According to the characteristic of LOS (light-of-sight) motion, we setup the Markovian process model and compensate this unknown time-varying delay by feed-forward forecasting controller based on robust H∞ control. Finally, simulation based on double closed-loop PI (Proportion Integration) control system indicates that the proposed method is effective for compensating unknown time-varying delay...
May 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484077/epstein-barr-virus-induced-vegf-and-gm-csf-drive-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-metastasis-via-recruitment-and-activation-of-macrophages
#16
Di Huang, Shijian Song, Zi-Zhao Wu, Wei Wu, Xiuying Cui, Jia-Ning Chen, Mu-Sheng Zeng, Shicheng Su
Chronic inflammation induced by persistent microbial infection plays an essential role in tumor progression. Although it is well documented that Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection is closely associated with nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), how EBV-induced inflammation promotes NPC progression remains largely unknown. Here we report that tumor infiltration of tumor associated macrophages (TAM) and expression of CCL18, the cytokine preferentially secreted by TAM, closely correlate with serum EBV infection titers and tumor progression in two cohorts of NPC patients...
May 8, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484033/ectopic-protein-interactions-within-brd4-chromatin-complexes-drive-oncogenic-megadomain-formation-in-nut-midline-carcinoma
#17
Artyom A Alekseyenko, Erica M Walsh, Barry M Zee, Tibor Pakozdi, Peter Hsi, Madeleine E Lemieux, Paola Dal Cin, Tan A Ince, Peter V Kharchenko, Mitzi I Kuroda, Christopher A French
To investigate the mechanism that drives dramatic mistargeting of active chromatin in NUT midline carcinoma (NMC), we have identified protein interactions unique to the BRD4-NUT fusion oncoprotein compared with wild-type BRD4. Using cross-linking, affinity purification, and mass spectrometry, we identified the EP300 acetyltransferase as uniquely associated with BRD4 through the NUT fusion in both NMC and non-NMC cell types. We also discovered ZNF532 associated with BRD4-NUT in NMC patient cells but not detectable in 293T cells...
May 8, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482118/autoantigens-adamtsl5-and-ll37-are-significantly-upregulated-in-active-psoriasis-and-localized-with-keratinocytes-dendritic-cells-and-other-leukocytes
#18
Judilyn Fuentes-Duculan, Kathleen M Bonifacio, Jason E Hawkes, Norma Kunjravia, Inna Cueto, Xuan Li, Juana Gonzalez, Sandra Garcet, James G Krueger
Psoriasis is a common immune-mediated disease that affects 2-4% of individuals in North America and Europe. In the past decade, advances in research have led to an improved understanding of immune pathways involved in the pathogenesis of psoriasis and has spurred the development of targeted therapeutics. Recently, three psoriasis autoantigens have been described: cathelicidin (LL37), a disintegrin and metalloprotease domain containing thrombospondin type 1 motif-like 5 (ADAMTSL5), and lipid antigens generated by phospholipase A2 (PLA2) group IVD (PLA2G4D)...
May 8, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481867/the-rb-il-6-axis-controls-self-renewal-and-endocrine-therapy-resistance-by-fine-tuning-mitochondrial-activity
#19
S Kitajima, A Yoshida, S Kohno, F Li, S Suzuki, N Nagatani, Y Nishimoto, N Sasaki, H Muranaka, Y Wan, T C Thai, N Okahashi, F Matsuda, H Shimizu, T Nishiuchi, Y Suzuki, K Tominaga, N Gotoh, M Suzuki, M E Ewen, D A Barbie, O Hirose, T Tanaka, C Takahashi
Retinoblastoma (RB) protein inactivation during tumor progression is often associated with acquisition of immature phenotypes and resistance to therapy. Determination of an RB inactivation signature in a context of gaining undifferentiated phenotype in a p53-null sarcoma system revealed a critical role for interleukin (IL)-6. Using a Gene Set Enrichment Analysis (GSEA), we discovered that poorly differentiated breast cancers are enriched for this RB inactivation signature. Accelerated IL-6 secretion following RB inactivation in an RB-intact luminal-type breast cancer cell line MCF-7 promoted a positive feed forward loop between IL-6 and STAT3 driving tumor growth and endocrine therapy resistance...
May 8, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479142/role-of-addiction-and-stress-neurobiology-on-food-intake-and-obesity
#20
Rajita Sinha
The US remains at the forefront of a global obesity epidemic with a significant negative impact on public health. While it is well known that a balance between energy intake and expenditure is homeostatically regulated to control weight, growing evidence points to multifactorial social, neurobehavioral and metabolic determinants of food intake that influence obesity risk. This review presents factors such as the ubiquitous presence of rewarding foods in the environment and increased salience of such foods that stimulate brain reward motivation and stress circuits to influence eating behaviors...
May 4, 2017: Biological Psychology
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