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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437785/the-retina-of-asian-and-african-elephants-comparison-of-newborn-and-adult
#1
Heidrun Kuhrt, Andreas Bringmann, Wolfgang Härtig, Gudrun Wibbelt, Leo Peichl, Andreas Reichenbach
Elephants are precocial mammals that are relatively mature as newborns and mobile shortly after birth. To determine whether the retina of newborn elephants is capable of supporting the mobility of elephant calves, we compared the retinal structures of 2 newborn elephants (1 African and 1 Asian) and 2 adult animals of both species by immunohistochemical and morphometric methods. For the first time, we present here a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative characterization of the cellular composition of the newborn and the adult retinas of 2 elephant species...
April 25, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436560/development-of-a-high-throughput-genotoxicity-assay-using-umu-test-strains-expressing-human-cytochrome-p450s-and-nadph-p450-reductase-and-bacterial-o-acetyltransferase
#2
Hisako Hori, Daisuke Hirata, Wataru Fujii, Yoshimitsu Oda
Umu test is one of the in vitro genotoxicity test that has been used widely. It was developed as a high-throughput test system using the 96-well microplate. We have previously constructed new umu test strains for the evaluation of genotoxicity of procarcinogenic metabolic products formed by cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes. In this study, a highly sensitive high-throughput genotoxicity test was developed using four umu test strains (OY1002/1A1, OY1002/1B1, OY1002/1A2, and OY1002/3A4) that express human CYPs and NADPH-P450 reductase...
April 24, 2017: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436122/metabolic-engineering-of-escherichia-coli-for-production-of-2-phenylethylacetate-from-l-phenylalanine
#3
Daoyi Guo, Lihua Zhang, Hong Pan, Xun Li
In order to meet the need of consumer preferences for natural flavor compounds, microbial synthesis method has become a very attractive alternative to the chemical production. The 2-phenylethanol (2-PE) and its ester 2-phenylethylacetate (2-PEAc) are two extremely important flavor compounds with a rose-like odor. In recent years, Escherichia coli and yeast have been metabolically engineered to produce 2-PE. However, a metabolic engineering approach for 2-PEAc production is rare. Here, we designed and expressed a 2-PEAc biosynthetic pathway in E...
April 24, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431792/changes-to-histone-modifications-following-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-an-emerging-picture
#4
REVIEW
Eric J Chater-Diehl, Benjamin I Laufer, Shiva M Singh
Epigenetic mechanisms are important for facilitating gene-environment interactions in many disease etiologies, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Extensive research into the role of DNA methylation and miRNAs in animal models has illuminated the complex role of these mechanisms in FASD. In contrast, histone modifications have not been as well researched, due in part to being less stable than DNA methylation and less well-characterized in disease. It is now apparent that even changes in transient marks can have profound effects if they alter developmental trajectories...
February 4, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428427/microtubules-acquire-resistance-from-mechanical-breakage-through-intralumenal-acetylation
#5
Zhenjie Xu, Laura Schaedel, Didier Portran, Andrea Aguilar, Jérémie Gaillard, M Peter Marinkovich, Manuel Théry, Maxence V Nachury
Eukaryotic cells rely on long-lived microtubules for intracellular transport and as compression-bearing elements. We considered that long-lived microtubules are acetylated inside their lumen and that microtubule acetylation may modify microtubule mechanics. Here, we found that tubulin acetylation is required for the mechanical stabilization of long-lived microtubules in cells. Depletion of the tubulin acetyltransferase TAT1 led to a significant increase in the frequency of microtubule breakage. Nocodazole-resistant microtubules lost upon removal of acetylation were largely restored by either pharmacological or physical removal of compressive forces...
April 21, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427146/microrna-200c-141-upregulates-serpinb2-to-promote-breast-cancer-cell-metastasis-and-reduce-patient-survival
#6
Tiefeng Jin, Hoe Suk Kim, Sul Ki Choi, Eun Hye Hwang, Jisu Woo, Han Suk Ryu, Kwangsoo Kim, Aree Moon, Woo Kyung Moon
The microRNA-200 (miR-200) family is associated with tumor metastasis and poor patient prognosis. We found that miR-200c/141 cluster overexpression upregulated SerpinB2 in the MDA-MB-231 triple-negative (TN) breast cancer cell line. We observed transcription factor (c-Jun, c-Fos, and FosB) upregulation, nuclear localization of c-Jun, and increased SerpinB2 promoter-directed chloramphenicol acetyltransferase activity in miR-200c/141 cluster-overexpressing cells relative to controls. Additionally, miR-124a and miR-26b, which directly target SepinB2, were downregulated compared to controls...
February 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426192/profiling-cellular-substrates-of-lysine-acetyltransferases-gcn5-and-p300-with-orthogonal-labeling-and-click-chemistry
#7
Zhen Han, Chau-Wen Chou, Xiangkun Yang, Michael G Bartlett, Y George Zheng
p300 and GCN5 are two representative histone/lysine acetyltransferase (HAT/KAT) enzymes in mammalian cells. It was recently reported that they possess multiple acyltransferase activities including acetylation, propionylation, and butyrylation of the -amino group of lysine residues of histones and non-histone protein substrates. Although thousands of acetylated substrates and acetylation sites have been identified by mass spectrometry-based proteomic screening, our knowledge about protein acylation, especially the causative connection between individual KAT members and their substrates remain limited...
April 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424482/logistic-bayesian-lasso-for-genetic-association-analysis-of-data-from-complex-sampling-designs
#8
Yuan Zhang, Jonathan N Hofmann, Mark P Purdue, Shili Lin, Swati Biswas
Detecting gene-environment interactions with rare variants is critical in dissecting the etiology of common diseases. Interactions with rare haplotype variants (rHTVs) are of particular interest. At the same time, complex sampling designs, such as stratified random sampling, are becoming increasingly popular for designing case-control studies, especially for recruiting controls. The US Kidney Cancer Study (KCS) is an example, wherein all available cases were included while the controls at each site were randomly selected from the population by frequency matching with cases based on age, sex and race...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424240/the-histone-acetyltransferase-gcn5-positively-regulates-t-cell-activation
#9
Beixue Gao, Qingfei Kong, Yana Zhang, Chawon Yun, Sharon Y R Dent, Jianxun Song, Donna D Zhang, Yiming Wang, Xuemei Li, Deyu Fang
Histone acetyltransferases (HATs) regulate inducible transcription in multiple cellular processes and during inflammatory and immune response. However, the functions of general control nonrepressed-protein 5 (Gcn5), an evolutionarily conserved HAT from yeast to human, in immune regulation remain unappreciated. In this study, we conditionally deleted Gcn5 (encoded by the Kat2a gene) specifically in T lymphocytes by crossing floxed Gcn5 and Lck-Cre mice, and demonstrated that Gcn5 plays important roles in multiple stages of T cell functions including development, clonal expansion, and differentiation...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423064/biochemical-evaluation-of-the-anticancer-potential-of-the-polyamine-based-nanocarrier-nano11047
#10
Tracy Murray-Stewart, Elena Ferrari, Ying Xie, Fei Yu, Laurence J Marton, David Oupicky, Robert A Casero
Synthesizing polycationic polymers directly from existing drugs overcomes the drug-loading limitations often associated with pharmacologically inert nanocarriers. We recently described nanocarriers formed from a first-generation polyamine analogue, bis(ethyl)norspermine (BENSpm), that could simultaneously target polyamine metabolism while delivering therapeutic nucleic acids. In the current study, we describe the synthesis and evaluation of self-immolative nanocarriers derived from the second-generation polyamine analogue PG-11047...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419375/transcriptional-profiling-of-cholinergic-neurons-from-basal-forebrain-identifies-changes-in-expression-of-genes-between-sleep-and-wake-mrna-profiling-in-basal-forebrain-with-sleep-sleep-deprivation
#11
Elena V Nikonova, Jason DA Gilliland, Keith Q Tanis, Alexei A Podtelezhnikov, Alison M Rigby, Raymond J Galante, Eva M Finney, David J Stone, John J Renger, Allan I Pack, Christopher J Winrow
Study objective: To assess differences in gene expression in cholinergic basal forebrain cells between sleeping and sleep deprived mice sacrificed at the same time of day. Methods: Tg(ChAT-eGFP)86Gsat mice expressing eGFP under control of the choline acetyltransferase (Chat) promoter were utilized to guide laser capture of cholinergic cells in basal forebrain. mRNA expression levels in these cells were profiled using microarrays. Gene expression in eGFP(+) neurons was compared (1) to that in eGFP(-) neurons and to adjacent white matter, (2) between 7:00 am (lights on) and 7:00 pm (lights off), (3) between sleep deprived and sleeping animals at 0, 3, 6, 9 hrs from lights on...
April 13, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418615/co-expression-of-gr79-epsps-and-gat-yields-herbicide-resistant-cotton-with-low-glyphosate-residues
#12
Chengzhen Liang, Bao Sun, Zhigang Meng, Zhaohong Meng, Yuan Wang, Guoqing Sun, Tao Zhu, Wei Lu, Wei Zhang, Waqas Malik, Min Lin, Rui Zhang, Sandui Guo
Glyphosate resistant (GR) crops have been adopted on a massive scale by North and South American farmers. Currently, about 80% of the 120 million hectares of the global genetically-modified (GM) crops are GR crop varieties. However, the adoption of GR plants in China has not occurred at the same pace, owing to several factors including, among other things, labor markets and the residual effects of glyphosate in transgenic plants. Here, we report the co-expression of codon-optimized forms of GR79 EPSPS and N-acetyltransferase (GAT) genes in cotton...
April 18, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418019/live-imaging-of-h3k9-acetylation-in-plant-cells
#13
Kazuki Kurita, Takuya Sakamoto, Noriyoshi Yagi, Yuki Sakamoto, Akihiro Ito, Norikazu Nishino, Kaori Sako, Minoru Yoshida, Hiroshi Kimura, Motoaki Seki, Sachihiro Matsunaga
Proper regulation of histone acetylation is important in development and cellular responses to environmental stimuli. However, the dynamics of histone acetylation at the single-cell level remains poorly understood. Here we established a transgenic plant cell line to track histone H3 lysine 9 acetylation (H3K9ac) with a modification-specific intracellular antibody (mintbody). The H3K9ac-specific mintbody fused to the enhanced green fluorescent protein (H3K9ac-mintbody-GFP) was introduced into tobacco BY-2 cells...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416460/regional-distribution-of-cholinergic-catecholaminergic-serotonergic-and-orexinergic-neurons-in-the-brain-of-two-carnivore-species-the-feliform-banded-mongoose-mungos-mungo-and-the-caniform-domestic-ferret-mustela-putorius-furo
#14
Sashrika Pillay, Adhil Bhagwandin, Mads F Bertelsen, Nina Patzke, Gerhard Engler, Andreas K Engel, Paul R Manger
The nuclear organization of the cholinergic, catecholaminergic, serotonergic and orexinergic neurons in the brains of two species of carnivore, the banded mongoose (Mungos mungo) and domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo), is presented. The banded mongoose belongs to the feliform suborder and the domestic ferret to the caniform suborder, having last shared a common ancestor approximately 53 million years ago; however, they have a very similar overall morphology and life history, presenting an interesting opportunity to examine the extent of evolutionary plasticity in these systems...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414442/stolonidiol-synthesis-target-identification-and-mechanism-for-choline-acetyltransferase-activation
#15
Jeremy W Mason, Cullen L Schmid, Laura M Bohn, William R Roush
Stolonidiol, a marine natural product, has been reported to potentiate the activity of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), the enzyme that produces the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Here we report the total synthesis of stolonidiol starting from (R)-(+)-limonene. To identify the mechanism by which ChAT activity is increased, we sought to identify the biological target of stolonidiol. We show that stolonidiol binds to the phorbol ester binding site of protein kinase C (PKC), induces translocation of PKC to the cell membrane, and activates kinase activity...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414426/two-distinct-assembly-states-of-cysteine-regulatory-complex-of-salmonella-typhimurium-are-regulated-by-enzyme-substrate-cognate-pairs
#16
Abhishek Kaushik, Mary Krishna Ekka, Sangaralingam Kumaran
Serine acetyltransferase (SAT) and O-acetylserine sulfhydrylase (OASS), which catalyze last two steps of cysteine biosynthesis, interact and form Cysteine Regulatory Complex (CRC). The current model of Salmonella typhimurium predicts that CRC is composed of one [SAT]hexmer unit and two molecules of [OASS]dimer. However, it is not clear why [SAT]hexamer can not engage all of its six high-affinity binding sites. We examined the assembly state(s) of CRC by size exclusion chromatography (SEC), analytical ultracentrifugation (AUC), isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) approaches...
April 17, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413987/alzheimer-s-disease-like-early-phase-brain-pathogenesis-self-curing-amelioration-of-neurodegeneration-from-pro-inflammatory-wounding-to-anti-inflammatory-healing
#17
Jiang He, Tao Liao, Guo-Xin Zhong, Ji-Da Zhang, Yan-Ping Chen, Qi Wang, Qing-Ping Zeng
The etiological initiators of neuroinflammation remain inclusive, and effective interventions to block neurodegeneration are unavailable. Surprisingly, we found collagen II-combined complete Freund's adjuvant (CC) that usually induces rheumatoid arthritis (RA) also drives Alzheimer's disease (AD)-like neurodegeneration in mice. CC not only upregulates the cerebral pro-inflammatory cytokines including tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) and interleukin 8 (IL-8), but also downregulates the cerebral interleukin 10 (IL-10), an anti-inflammatory cytokine, and tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), a rate-limiting enzyme for biosynthesis of the anti-inflammatory neurotransmitter dopamine...
April 17, 2017: Current Alzheimer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412741/opposite-effects-of-gcn5-and-pcaf-knockdowns-on-the-alternative-mechanism-of-telomere-maintenance
#18
Maya Jeitany, Dalal Bakhos-Douaihy, David C Silvestre, Jose R Pineda, Nicolas Ugolin, Angela Moussa, Laurent R Gauthier, Didier Busso, Marie-Pierre Junier, Hervé Chneiweiss, Sylvie Chevillard, Chantal Desmaze, François D Boussin
Cancer cells can use a telomerase-independent mechanism, known as alternative lengthening of telomeres (ALT), to elongate their telomeres. General control non-derepressible 5 (GCN5) and P300/CBP-associated factor (PCAF) are two homologous acetyltransferases that are mutually exclusive subunits in SAGA-like complexes. Here, we reveal that down regulation of GCN5 and PCAF had differential effects on some phenotypic characteristics of ALT cells. Our results suggest that GCN5 is present at telomeres and opposes telomere recombination, in contrast to PCAF that may indirectly favour them in ALT cells...
February 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412357/crystal-structure-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-n-acetyltransferase-pa4534
#19
Sungwook Shin, Jungwoo Choe
The GCN5-related N-acetyltransferase (GNAT) superfamily includes a large and diverse group of enzymes that catalyzes the transfer of an acetyl group from acetyl coenzyme A (Ac-CoA) to the amine group of a substrate. Substrates include protein N-terminus, lysine of histone tails, and other small molecules such as aminoglycoside, serotonin, and glucose-6-phosphate. GNAT superfamily of proteins is involved in many physiologically important reactions in eukaryotes and prokaryotes. However, functions of many GNATs remain unknown and PA4534 is one of those uncharacterized GNAT proteins from Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
April 12, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408940/laser-acupuncture-exerts-neuroprotective-effects-via-regulation-of-creb-bdnf-bcl-2-and-bax-gene-expressions-in-the-hippocampus
#20
Yeong-Chan Yun, Dongyeop Jang, Sun-Bee Yoon, Dohyeong Kim, Dong-Hee Choi, O-Sang Kwon, Yu-Mi Lee, Daehwan Youn
Acupuncture has a positive effect on cognitive deficits. However, the effects of laser acupuncture (LA) on cognitive function and its mechanisms of action are unclear. The present study aimed to evaluate the effects of LA on middle cerebral artery occlusion- (MCAO-) induced cognitive impairment and its mechanisms of action. Transient focal cerebral ischemia was modeled in adult Sprague-Dawley rats by MCAO. After LA or manual-acupuncture (MA) treatment at the GV20 and HT7 for 2 weeks, hippocampal-dependent memory was evaluated using the Morris water maze (MWM) test...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
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