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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582473/connectivity-in-ictal-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-perfusion-a-cortico-cortical-evoked-potential-study
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Simon Tousseyn, Balu Krishnan, Zhong I Wang, Sattawut Wongwiangjunt, Chetan S Nayak, John C Mosher, Guiyun Wu, Wim Van Paesschen, Richard M Leahy, Jorge A Gonzalez-Martinez, Juan Bulacio, Imad M Najm, Andreas V Alexopoulos, Dileep R Nair
Subtraction ictal and interictal single photon emission computed tomography can demonstrate complex ictal perfusion patterns. Regions with ictal hyperperfusion are suggested to reflect seizure onset and propagation pathways. The significance of ictal hypoperfusion is not well understood. The aim of this study was to verify whether ictal perfusion changes, both hyper- and hypoperfusion, correspond to electrically connected brain networks. A total of 36 subtraction ictal and interictal perfusion studies were analysed in 31 consecutive medically refractory focal epilepsy patients, evaluated by stereo-electroencephalography that demonstrated a single focal onset...
June 3, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554479/rice-pcg-gene-osemf2b-controls-seed-dormancy-and-seedling-growth-by-regulating-the-expression-of-osvp1
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Min Chen, Shiyong Xie, Yidan Ouyang, Jialing Yao
The induction and release of seed dormancy are a precisely regulated process that influences seed germination. ABA promotes seed dormancy but suppresses seed germination and seedling growth. However, how chromatin and epigenetic mechanisms regulate the expression of ABA related genes during these processes remains unclear. Polycomb gene OsEMF2b was required for regulation of seed dormancy and seedling growth by dynamically activating and repressing ABA signal response genes. Downregulation of OsEMF2b led to vivipary and decreased expression level of OsVP1, which was involved in ABA signal pathway in seed dormancy...
July 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535128/low-and-high-let-ionizing-radiation-induces-delayed-homologous-recombination-that-persists-for-two-weeks-before-resolving
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Christopher P Allen, Hirokazu Hirakawa, Nakako Izumi Nakajima, Sophia Moore, Jingyi Nie, Neelam Sharma, Mayumi Sugiura, Yuko Hoki, Ryoko Araki, Masumi Abe, Ryuichi Okayasu, Akira Fujimori, Jac A Nickoloff
Genome instability is a hallmark of cancer cells and dysregulation or defects in DNA repair pathways cause genome instability and are linked to inherited cancer predisposition syndromes. Ionizing radiation can cause immediate effects such as mutation or cell death, observed within hours or a few days after irradiation. Ionizing radiation also induces delayed effects many cell generations after irradiation. Delayed effects include hypermutation, hyper-homologous recombination, chromosome instability and reduced clonogenic survival (delayed death)...
May 23, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508477/the-novel-intracellular-protein-creg-inhibits-hepatic-steatosis-obesity-and-insulin-resistance
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Quan-Yu Zhang, Ling-Ping Zhao, Xiao-Xiang Tian, Cheng-Hui Yan, Yang Li, Yan-Xia Liu, Pi-Xiao Wang, Xiao-Jing Zhang, Ya-Ling Han
Cellular repressor of E1A-stimulated genes (CREG), a novel cellular glycoprotein, has been identified as a suppressor of various cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) because of its capacity to reduce hyperplasia, maintain vascular homeostasis, and promote endothelial restoration. However, the effects and mechanism of CREG in metabolic disorder and hepatic steatosis remain unknown. Here, we report that hepatocyte-specific CREG deletion dramatically exacerbates high fat diet (HFD) and leptin deficiency-induced (ob/ob) adverse effects such as obesity, hepatic steatosis and metabolic disorders, whereas a beneficial effect is conferred by CREG overexpression...
May 15, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502844/a-novel-approach-to-map-induced-activation-of-neuronal-networks-using-chemogenetics-and-functional-neuroimaging-in-rats-a-proof-of-concept-study-on-the-mesocorticolimbic-system
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Theresia J M Roelofs, Jeroen P H Verharen, Geralda A F van Tilborg, Linde Boekhoudt, Annette van der Toorn, Johannes W de Jong, Mieneke C M Luijendijk, Willem M Otte, Roger A H Adan, Rick M Dijkhuizen
Linking neural circuit activation at whole-brain level to neuronal activity at cellular level remains one of the major challenges in neuroscience research. We set up a novel functional neuroimaging approach to map global effects of locally induced activation of specific midbrain projection neurons using chemogenetics (Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs (DREADD)-technology) combined with pharmacological magnetic resonance imaging (phMRI) in the rat mesocorticolimbic system. Chemogenetic activation of DREADD-targeted mesolimbic or mesocortical pathways, i...
May 11, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429652/atypical-regulators-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-as-potential-therapeutic-targets-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Jianxiang Chen, Muthukumar Rajasekaran, Kam M Hui
Hepatocellular carcinoma is one of the most common causes of cancer-related death worldwide. Hepatocellular carcinoma development depends on the inhibition and activation of multiple vital pathways, including the Wnt signaling pathway. The Wnt/β-catenin pathway lies at the center of various signaling pathways that regulate embryonic development, tissue homeostasis and cancers. Activation of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway has been observed frequently in hepatocellular carcinoma. However, activating mutations in β-catenin, Axin and Adenomatous Polyposis Coli only contribute to a portion of the Wnt signaling hyper-activation observed in hepatocellular carcinoma...
June 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425930/the-peculiar-glycolytic-pathway-in-hyperthermophylic-archaea-understanding-its-whims-by-experimentation-in-silico
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Yanfei Zhang, Theresa Kouril, Jacky L Snoep, Bettina Siebers, Matteo Barberis, Hans V Westerhoff
Mathematical models are key to systems biology where they typically describe the topology and dynamics of biological networks, listing biochemical entities and their relationships with one another. Some (hyper)thermophilic Archaea contain an enzyme, called non-phosphorylating glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPN), which catalyzes the direct oxidation of glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate to 3-phosphoglycerate omitting adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) formation by substrate-level-phosphorylation via phosphoglycerate kinase...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379062/inhibition-of-microrna-21-by-an-antagomir-ameliorates-allergic-inflammation-in-a-mouse-model-of-asthma
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Hwa Young Lee, Hea Yon Lee, Joon Young Choi, Jung Hur, In Kyoung Kim, Young Kyoon Kim, Ji Young Kang, Sook Young Lee
AIM OF THE STUDY: MicroRNA-21 (miR-21) is up-regulated during allergic airway inflammation, reflecting a Th2 immune response. We investigated the effects of an miR-21 antagomir and its mechanism of action in a mouse model of acute bronchial asthma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: BALB/c mice were sensitized and challenged with ovalbumin (OVA). The anti-miR-21 antagomir was administered by intranasal inhalation from the day of sensitization. Changes in cell counts, Th2 cytokine levels in bronchoalveolar (BAL) fluid, and airway hyper-responsiveness (AHR) were examined...
April 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174173/the-apc-c-e3-ligase-complex-activator-fzr1-restricts-braf-oncogenic-function
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Lixin Wan, Ming Chen, Juxiang Cao, Xiangpeng Dai, Qing Yin, Jinfang Zhang, Su-Jung Song, Ying Lu, Jing Liu, Hiroyuki Inuzuka, Jesse M Katon, Kelsey Berry, Jacqueline Fung, Christopher Ng, Pengda Liu, Min Sup Song, Lian Xue, Roderick T Bronson, Marc W Kirschner, Rutao Cui, Pier Paolo Pandolfi, Wenyi Wei
BRAF drives tumorigenesis by coordinating the activation of the RAS/RAF/MEK/ERK oncogenic signaling cascade. However, upstream pathways governing BRAF kinase activity and protein stability remain undefined. Here, we report that in primary cells with active APC(FZR1), APC(FZR1) earmarks BRAF for ubiquitination-mediated proteolysis, whereas in cancer cells with APC-free FZR1, FZR1 suppresses BRAF through disrupting BRAF dimerization. Moreover, we identified FZR1 as a direct target of ERK and CYCLIN D1/CDK4 kinases...
April 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28147277/regulation-of-serine-threonine-kinase-akt-activation-by-nad-dependent-deacetylase-sirt7
#10
Jia Yu, Bo Qin, Fengying Wu, Sisi Qin, Somaira Nowsheen, Shan Shan, Jacqueline Zayas, Huadong Pei, Zhenkun Lou, Liewei Wang
The Akt pathway is a central regulator that promotes cell survival in response to extracellular signals. Depletion of SIRT7, an NAD(+)-dependent deacetylase that is the least-studied sirtuin, is known to significantly increase Akt activity in mice through unknown mechanisms. In this study, we demonstrate that SIRT7 depletion in breast cancer cells results in Akt hyper-phosphorylation and increases cell survival following genotoxic stress. Mechanistically, SIRT7 specifically interacts with and deacetylates FKBP51 at residue lysines 28 and 155 (K28 and K155), resulting in enhanced interactions among FKBP51, Akt, and PHLPP, as well as Akt dephosphorylation...
January 31, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121425/biosensor-based-evolution-and-elucidation-of-a-biosynthetic-pathway-in-escherichia-coli
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Yongfei Liu, Yinyin Zhuang, Dongqin Ding, Yiran Xu, Jibin Sun, Dawei Zhang
The successful evolution of metabolite-producing microbes requires a high-throughput screening method to obtain the desired properties within a short time. In this study, we developed a transcription-factor-driven device that combines a metabolite-responsive element and a selection module. This device was able to specifically sense intracellular l-phenylalanine (l-Phe) and convert this signal into an observable phenotype. Applying this device, we successfully improved l-Phe production by screening hyperproducing phenotypes from a ribonucleotide binding site library and a random mutagenesis library...
February 10, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065737/osmoregulatory-role-of-vasotocinergic-and-isotocinergic-systems-in-the-gilthead-sea-bream-sparus-aurata-l
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Juan Miguel Mancera, Gonzalo Martínez-Rodríguez, Arleta Krystyna Skrzynska, Juan Antonio Martos-Sitcha
Gilthead sea bream, Sparus aurata L., is an important fish species for the Mediterranean aquaculture and is considered a good model for studying the osmoregulatory process, due to its capacity to cope with great changes in environmental salinity (5-60‰). Our group studied the osmoregulatory role of different endocrine systems in this species, focusing on the vasotocinergic and isotocinergic systems over several years. For this purpose, the cDNAs coding for pro-vasotocin (pro-vt), pro-isotocin (pro-it), two arginine vasotocin (AVT) receptors (avtr v1a2- and v2-types) and one IT receptor (itr) were cloned...
January 5, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061745/large-scale-transcriptome-comparison-of-sunflower-genes-responsive-to-verticillium-dahliae
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Shuchun Guo, Yongchun Zuo, Yanfang Zhang, Chengyan Wu, Wenxia Su, Wen Jin, Haifeng Yu, Yulin An, Qianzhong Li
BACKGROUND: Sunflower Verticillium wilt (SVW) is a vascular disease caused by root infection with Verticillium dahliae (V. dahlia). It is a serious threat to the yield and quality of sunflower. However, chemical and agronomic measures for controlling this disease are not effective. The selection of more resistant genotypes is a desirable strategy to reduce contamination. A deeper knowledge of the molecular mechanisms and genetic basis underlying sunflower Verticillium wilt is necessary to accelerate breeding progress...
January 6, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995987/intrinsic-photosensitivity-enhances-motility-of-t-lymphocytes
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Thieu X Phan, Barbara Jaruga, Sandeep C Pingle, Bidhan C Bandyopadhyay, Gerard P Ahern
Sunlight has important biological effects in human skin. Ultraviolet (UV) light striking the epidermis catalyzes the synthesis of Vitamin D and triggers melanin production. Although a causative element in skin cancers, sunlight is also associated with positive health outcomes including reduced incidences of autoimmune diseases and cancers. The mechanisms, however, by which light affects immune function remain unclear. Here we describe direct photon sensing in human and mouse T lymphocytes, a cell-type highly abundant in skin...
December 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886185/hyper-il-6-a-potent-and-efficacious-stimulator-of-rgc-regeneration
#15
D Fischer
Mature retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) normally fail to regenerate injured axons and die soon after optic nerve injury. Research over the last two decades has demonstrated that application of IL-6-like cytokines or activation of respective downstream signaling pathways promote neuroprotection and optic nerve regeneration. However, the overall beneficial effects of natural cytokines remain usually rather moderate, possibly due to intrinsic signaling pathway inhibitors, such as PTEN or SOCS3, or a limited expression of specific cytokine receptors in RGCs...
February 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874229/exopolysaccharides-promote-myxococcus-xanthus-social-motility-by-inhibiting-cellular-reversals
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Tianyi Zhou, Beiyan Nan
The biofilm-forming bacterium Myxococcus xanthus moves on surfaces as structured swarms utilizing type IV pili-dependent social (S) motility. In contrast to isolated cells that reverse their moving direction frequently, individual cells within swarms rarely reverse. The regulatory mechanisms that inhibit cellular reversal and promote the formation of swarms are not well understood. Here we show that exopolysaccharides (EPS), the major extracellular components of M. xanthus swarms, inhibit cellular reversal in a concentration-dependent manner...
November 22, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751503/the-role-of-dopamine-in-positive-and-negative-prediction-error-utilization-during-incidental-learning-insights-from-positron-emission-tomography-parkinson-s-disease-and-huntington-s-disease
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David Mathar, Leonora Wilkinson, Anna K Holl, Jane Neumann, Lorenz Deserno, Arno Villringer, Marjan Jahanshahi, Annette Horstmann
Incidental learning of appropriate stimulus-response associations is crucial for optimal functioning within our complex environment. Positive and negative prediction errors (PEs) serve as neural teaching signals within distinct ('direct'/'indirect') dopaminergic pathways to update associations and optimize subsequent behavior. Using a computational reinforcement learning model, we assessed learning from positive and negative PEs on a probabilistic task (Weather Prediction Task - WPT) in three populations that allow different inferences on the role of dopamine (DA) signals: (1) Healthy volunteers that repeatedly underwent [(11)C]raclopride Positron Emission Tomography (PET), allowing for assessment of striatal DA release during learning, (2) Parkinson's disease (PD) patients tested both on and off L-DOPA medication, (3) early Huntington's disease (HD) patients, a disease that is associated with hyper-activation of the 'direct' pathway...
September 19, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27596138/the-effect-of-the-nmda-receptor-dependent-signaling-pathway-on-cell-morphology-and-melanosome-transfer-in-melanocytes
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Jing Ni, Nan Wang, Lili Gao, Lili Li, Siwen Zheng, Yuejian Liu, Molu Ozukum, Anna Nikiforova, Guangming Zhao, Zhiqi Song
BACKGROUND: The pigmentation of skin and hair in mammals is driven by the intercellular transfer of melanosome from the melanocyte to surrounding keratinocytes However, the detailed molecular mechanism is still a subject of investigation. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of N-methyl-d-aspartate (NMDA) receptor-dependent signaling pathway on melanocyte morphologic change and melanosome transfer between melanocytes and keratinocytes. METHODS: The expression and the intracellular distribution of NMDA receptor in human melanocyte were analyzed by Western blot and immunofluorescence staining...
December 2016: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27559126/menainv-mediates-synergistic-cross-talk-between-signaling-pathways-driving-chemotaxis-and-haptotaxis
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Madeleine J Oudin, Miles A Miller, Joelle A Z Klazen, Tatsiana Kosciuk, Alisha Lussiez, Shannon K Hughes, Jenny Tadros, James E Bear, Douglas A Lauffenburger, Frank B Gertler
Directed cell migration, a key process in metastasis, arises from the combined influence of multiple processes, including chemotaxis-the directional movement of cells to soluble cues-and haptotaxis-the migration of cells on gradients of substrate-bound factors. However, it is unclear how chemotactic and haptotactic pathways integrate with each other to drive overall cell behavior. Mena(INV) has been implicated in metastasis by driving chemotaxis via dysregulation of phosphatase PTP1B and more recently in haptotaxis via interaction with integrin α5β1...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27531891/wnt-signalling-is-a-bi-directional-vulnerability-of-cancer-cells
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David J Duffy, Aleksandar Krstic, Thomas Schwarzl, Melinda Halasz, Kristiina Iljin, Dirk Fey, Bridget Haley, Jenny Whilde, Saija Haapa-Paananen, Vidal Fey, Matthias Fischer, Frank Westermann, Kai-Oliver Henrich, Steffen Bannert, Desmond G Higgins, Walter Kolch
Wnt signalling is involved in the formation, metastasis and relapse of a wide array of cancers. However, there is ongoing debate as to whether activation or inhibition of the pathway holds the most promise as a therapeutic treatment for cancer, with conflicting evidence from a variety of tumour types. We show that Wnt/β-catenin signalling is a bi-directional vulnerability of neuroblastoma, malignant melanoma and colorectal cancer, with hyper-activation or repression of the pathway both representing a promising therapeutic strategy, even within the same cancer type...
September 13, 2016: Oncotarget
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