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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324765/brassinosteroids-regulate-root-growth-by-controlling-reactive-oxygen-species-homeostasis-and-dual-effect-on-ethylene-synthesis-in-arabidopsis
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Bingsheng Lv, Huiyu Tian, Feng Zhang, Jiajia Liu, Songchong Lu, Mingyi Bai, Chuanyou Li, Zhaojun Ding
The brassinosteroids (BRs) represent a class of phytohormones, which regulate numerous aspects of growth and development. Here, a det2-9 mutant defective in BR synthesis was identified from an EMS mutant screening for defects in root length, and was used to investigate the role of BR in root development in Arabidopsis. The det2-9 mutant displays a short-root phenotype, which is result from the reduced cell number in root meristem and decreased cell size in root maturation zone. Ethylene synthesis is highly increased in the det2-9 mutant compared with the wild type, resulting in the hyper-accumulation of ethylene and the consequent inhibition of root growth...
January 11, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321253/role-of-the-hof1-cyk3-interaction-in-cleavage-furrow-ingression-and-primary-septum-formation-during-yeast-cytokinesis
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Meng Wang, Ryuichi Nishihama, Masayuki Onishi, John R Pringle
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, it is well established that Hof1, Cyk3, and Inn1 contribute to septum formation and cytokinesis. Because hof1∆ and cyk3∆ single mutants have relatively mild defects but hof1∆ cyk3∆ double mutants are nearly dead, it has been hypothesized that these proteins contribute to parallel pathways. However, there is also evidence that they interact physically. In this study, we examined this interaction and its functional significance in detail. Our data indicate that the interaction (i) is mediated by a direct binding of the Hof1 SH3 domain to a proline-rich motif in Cyk3; (ii) occurs specifically at the time of cytokinesis but is independent of the (hyper)phosphorylation of both proteins that occurs at about the same time; (iii) is dispensable for the normal localization of both proteins; (iv) is essential for normal primary-septum formation and a normal rate of cleavage-furrow ingression; and (v) becomes critical for growth when either Inn1 or the type II myosin Myo1 (a key component of the contractile actomyosin ring) is absent...
January 10, 2018: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236724/the-role-of-cortical-oscillations-in-a-spiking-neural-network-model-of-the-basal-ganglia
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Zafeirios Fountas, Murray Shanahan
Although brain oscillations involving the basal ganglia (BG) have been the target of extensive research, the main focus lies disproportionally on oscillations generated within the BG circuit rather than other sources, such as cortical areas. We remedy this here by investigating the influence of various cortical frequency bands on the intrinsic effective connectivity of the BG, as well as the role of the latter in regulating cortical behaviour. To do this, we construct a detailed neural model of the complete BG circuit based on fine-tuned spiking neurons, with both electrical and chemical synapses as well as short-term plasticity between structures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212878/a-complex-molecular-switch-directs-stress-induced-cyclin-c-nuclear-release-through-scfgrr1-mediated-degradation-of-med13
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David C Stieg, Stephen D Willis, Vidyaramanan Ganesan, Kai Li Ong, Joseph Scurozo, Mia Song, Julianne Grose, Randy Strich, Katrina F Cooper
In response to oxidative stress, cells decide whether to mount a survival or cell death response. The conserved cyclin C and its kinase partner Cdk8 play a key role in this decision. Both are members of the Cdk8 kinase module that, with Med12 and Med13, associate with the core mediator complex of RNA polymerase II. In S. cerevisiae, oxidative stress triggers Med13 destruction, which thereafter releases cyclin C into the cytoplasm. Cytoplasmic cyclin C associates with mitochondria where it induces hyper-fragmentation and regulated cell death...
December 6, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177441/de-novo-mutations-in-caudal-type-homeo-box-transcription-factor-2-cdx2-in-patients-with-persistent-cloaca
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Jacob S J Hsu, Manting So, Clara S M Tang, Karim Anwarul, Robert M Porsch, Carol Wong, Michelle Yu, Fanny Yeung, Huimin Xia, Ruizhong Zhang, Stacey S Cherny, Patrick H Y Chung, K Y Wong Kenneth, Pak C Sham, Ngoc Diem Ngo, Miaoxin Li, Paul K H Tam, Vincent C H Lui, Maria-Mercè Garcia-Barcelo
The cloaca is an embryonic cavity that is divided into the urogenital sinus and rectum upon differentiation of the cloacal epithelium triggered by tissue-specific transcription factors including CDX2. Defective differentiation leads to persistent cloaca in humans (PC), a phenotype recapitulated in Cdx2 mutant mice. PC is linked to hypo/hyper-vitaminosis A. Although no gene has ever been identified, there is a strong evidence for a genetic contribution to PC. We applied whole-exome sequencing and copy-number-variants analyses to 21 PC patients and their unaffected parents...
November 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167757/amino-acid-catabolism-directed-biofuel-production-in-clostridium-sticklandii-an-insight-into-model-driven-systems-engineering
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REVIEW
C Sangavai, P Chellapandi
Model-driven systems engineering has been more fascinating process for the microbial production of biofuel and bio-refineries in chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Genome-scale modeling and simulations have been guided for metabolic engineering of Clostridium species for the production of organic solvents and organic acids. Among them, Clostridium sticklandii is one of the potential organisms to be exploited as a microbial cell factory for biofuel production. It is a hyper-ammonia producing bacterium and is able to catabolize amino acids as important carbon and energy sources via Stickland reactions and the development of the specific pathways...
December 2017: Biotechnology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046870/salmonella-populations-inside-host-cells
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REVIEW
Sónia Castanheira, Francisco García-Del Portillo
Bacteria of the Salmonella genus cause diseases ranging from gastroenteritis to life-threatening typhoid fever and are among the most successful intracellular pathogens known. After the invasion of the eukaryotic cell, Salmonella exhibits contrasting lifestyles with different replication rates and subcellular locations. Although Salmonella hyper-replicates in the cytosol of certain host cell types, most invading bacteria remain within vacuoles in which the pathogen proliferates at moderate rates or persists in a dormant-like state...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018800/asthma-endotypes-and-an-overview-of-targeted-therapy-for-asthma
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REVIEW
Sarah Svenningsen, Parameswaran Nair
Guidelines for the management of severe asthma do not emphasize the measurement of the inflammatory component of airway disease to indicate appropriate treatments or to monitor response to treatment. Inflammation is a central component of asthma and contributes to symptoms, physiological, and structural abnormalities. It can be assessed by a number of endotyping strategies based on "omics" technology such as proteomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics. It can also be assessed using simple cellular responses by quantitative cytometry in sputum...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28972144/resistance-to-pyridine-based-inhibitor-kf116-reveals-an-unexpected-role-of-integrase-in-hiv-1-gag-pol-proteolytic-processing
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Ashley C Hoyte, Augusta V Jamin, Pratibha C Koneru, Matthew J Kobe, Ross C Larue, James R Fuchs, Alan N Engelman, Mamuka Kvaratskhelia
The pyridine-based multimerization selective HIV-1 integrase (IN) inhibitors (MINIs) are a distinct subclass of allosteric IN inhibitors. MINIs potently inhibit HIV-1 replication during virion maturation by inducing hyper or aberrant IN multimerization, yet are largely ineffective during the early steps of viral replication. Here, we investigated the mechanism for the evolution of a triple IN substitution (T124N/V165I/T174I) that emerges in cell culture with a representative MINI KF116. We show that HIV-1NL4-3 IN(T124N/V165I/T174I) confers marked (>2000-fold) resistance to KF116...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947916/network-reconstruction-and-systems-analysis-of-plant-cell-wall-deconstruction-by-neurospora-crassa
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Areejit Samal, James P Craig, Samuel T Coradetti, J Philipp Benz, James A Eddy, Nathan D Price, N Louise Glass
BACKGROUND: Plant biomass degradation by fungal-derived enzymes is rapidly expanding in economic importance as a clean and efficient source for biofuels. The ability to rationally engineer filamentous fungi would facilitate biotechnological applications for degradation of plant cell wall polysaccharides. However, incomplete knowledge of biomolecular networks responsible for plant cell wall deconstruction impedes experimental efforts in this direction. RESULTS: To expand this knowledge base, a detailed network of reactions important for deconstruction of plant cell wall polysaccharides into simple sugars was constructed for the filamentous fungus Neurospora crassa...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916199/erk-and-rock-functionally-interact-in-a-signaling-network-that-is-compensationally-upregulated-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy
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Niko Hensel, Svetlana Baskal, Lisa Marie Walter, Hella Brinkmann, Manuela Gernert, Peter Claus
Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) is a motoneuron disease caused by low levels of functional survival of motoneuron protein (SMN). Molecular disease mechanisms downstream of functional SMN loss are still largely unknown. Previous studies suggested an involvement of Rho kinase (ROCK) as well as the extracellular signal-regulated kinases (ERK) pathways in the pathomechanism. Both pathways are bi-directionally linked and inhibit each other. Thus, we hypothesize that both pathways regulate SMA pathophysiology in vivo in a combined manner rather than acting separately...
September 12, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911859/recent-development-of-signaling-pathways-inhibitors-of-melanogenesis
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REVIEW
Thanigaimalai Pillaiyar, Manoj Manickam, Sang-Hun Jung
Human skin, eye and hair color rely on the production of melanin, depending on its quantity, quality, and distribution, Melanin plays a monumental role in protecting the skin against the harmful effect of ultraviolet radiation and oxidative stress from various environmental pollutants. However, an excessive production of melanin causes serious dermatological problems such as freckles, solar lentigo (age spots), melasma, as well as cancer. Hence, the regulation of melanin production is important for controlling the hyper-pigmentation...
December 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887034/a-novel-gene-cilia-flagella-associated-protein-44-encoding-an-enzyme-cleaving-ftsz-and-tubulin-contributes-to-the-regulation-of-secretory-pathway
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Akiko S Tanaka, Masahiko Tanaka
We identified a novel gene, encoding the central region of the cilia and flagella associated protein 44 (Cfap44), that regulates trafficking of cellular components and morphology via the cleavage of cellular proteins (particularly β-tubulin). Although Cfap44 is registered in GenBank, the functions of both the central part and full-length protein are unknown except for a polymorphism associated with proprotein convertase 9 activity, the third gene of familiar hyper-cholesterolemia. In mice and humans, both unspliced and spliced RNAs were transcribed, and the spliced form was predominantly transcribed in the brain and embryonic tissues...
November 4, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859967/a-jak2-selective-inhibitor-potently-reverses-the-immune-suppression-by-modulating-the-tumor-microenvironment-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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Wei He, Yi Zhu, Ruoyu Mu, Jinzhi Xu, Xiaoyi Zhang, Chunming Wang, Qiu Li, Zhen Huang, Junfeng Zhang, Yi Pan, Jianlin Han, Lei Dong
Small molecule therapeutics can be potent tools for cancer immunotherapy. They may be devised to target the tumor associated macrophages (TAMs) and regulatory T cells (Treg), which are major immunosuppressive cells in the tumor microenvironment. The infiltration and functionalization of these cells, which essentially promote tumor development, are mediated by the hyper-activation of the Jak-STAT3 signaling pathway. Here, we demonstrated that compound 9#, a novel inhibitor of Jak2, could suppress Jak2-STAT3 signaling in macrophages (peritoneal macrophages and THP-1 cells) and direct the macrophages toward the pro-inflammatory (M1-like) phenotype...
August 30, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818497/drp1-regulates-mitochondrial-morphology-and-cell-proliferation-in-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Shinya Kitamura, Teruki Yanagi, Keisuke Imafuku, Hiroo Hata, Riichiro Abe, Hiroshi Shimizu
BACKGROUND: Dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1) mediates mitochondrial fission. Recently, several studies have shown that Drp1 plays an important role in some cancers. However, little is known about Drp1 in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of Drp1 in the tumorigenesis of cutaneous SCCs. METHODS AND RESULTS: We investigated cell proliferation, cell cycle, mitochondrial morphology, and MAPK signaling pathway using cutaneous SCC A431 and DJM1 cells that were transfected with shRNA vectors targeting Drp1...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777000/quantitative-proteomics-reveals-temporal-proteomic-changes-in-signaling-pathways-during-bv2-mouse-microglial-cell-activation
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Jongmin Woo, Dohyun Han, Joseph Injae Wang, Joonho Park, Hyunsoo Kim, Youngsoo Kim
The development of systematic proteomic quantification techniques in systems biology research has enabled one to perform an in-depth analysis of cellular systems. We have developed a systematic proteomic approach that encompasses the spectrum from global to targeted analysis on a single platform. We have applied this technique to an activated microglia cell system to examine changes in the intracellular and extracellular proteomes. Microglia become activated when their homeostatic microenvironment is disrupted...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762854/lethal-concentration-of-perfluoroisobutylene-induces-acute-lung-injury-in-mice-mediated-via-cytokine-storm-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis
#17
Yingjie Zhang, Lei Fan, Ronggang Xi, Zhonghua Mao, Dan Shi, Ding Ding, Zhiran Zhang, Xiaobo Wang
Perfluoroisobutylene (PFIB) is a highly toxic gas that targets the lungs. Low-level inhalation of the gas can lead to acute lung injury (ALI), pulmonary edema and even death. No specific anti-PFIB drugs are currently available and the pathogenesis of PFIB-induced ALI is not fully understood. Early direct oxidative injury and a secondary hyper-inflammatory response are recognized as the primary mechanisms of PFIB-induced ALI. In the present study, our data demonstrate for the first time that a cytokine storm is associated with PFIB-induced ALI...
August 1, 2017: Inhalation Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728506/microsatellite-instability-and-promoter-hypermethylation-of-dna-repair-genes-in-hematologic-malignancies-a-forthcoming-direction-toward-diagnostics
#18
Priyanjali Bhattacharya, Trupti N Patel
OBJECTIVE: The objective of our review is to highlight the significance of microsatellite hypervariation in diagnostics of hematologic malignancies. METHODS: For the past few decades, extensive experiments in cancer research have explored all the possible pathways and a number of deleterious mutations that either make the tumor suppressor genes (TSGs) dysfunctional or cause the proto-oncogenes to behave abnormally by changing the cellular phenotype hence rendering disease...
July 20, 2017: Hematology (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679532/the-non-homologous-end-joining-factor-nej1-inhibits-resection-mediated-by-dna2-sgs1-nuclease-helicase-at-dna-double-strand-breaks
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Kyle S Sorenson, Brandi L Mahaney, Susan P Lees-Miller, Jennifer A Cobb
Double strand breaks (DSBs) represent highly deleterious DNA damage and need to be accurately repaired. Homology-directed repair and non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) are the two major DSB repair pathways that are highly conserved from yeast to mammals. The choice between these pathways is largely based on 5' to 3' DNA resection, and NHEJ proceeds only if resection has not been initiated. In yeast, yKu70/80 rapidly localizes to the break, protecting DNA ends from nuclease accessibility, and recruits additional NHEJ factors, including Nej1 and Lif1...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672003/endogenous-small-interfering-rnas-associated-with-maize-embryonic-callus-formation
#20
Fei Ge, Xing Huang, Hongmei Hu, Yanling Zhang, Zhaoling Li, Chaoying Zou, Huanwei Peng, Lujiang Li, Shibin Gao, Guangtang Pan, Yaou Shen
The induction efficiency of maize embryonic callus is highly dependent on the genotype, and only a few lines possess a high capacity for callus formation. Although certain genes and pathways have been reported to contribute to the regulation of callus induction, to the best of our knowledge, the functions of the small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) involved in this process remain unknown. In this study, we identified 861 differentially expressed siRNAs and 576 target genes in the callus induction process. These target genes were classified into 3 clusters, and their functions involve controlling metalloexopeptidase activity, catalase activity, transcription regulation, and O-methyltransferase activity...
2017: PloS One
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