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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731302/lead-ii-binding-in-metallothioneins
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Daisy L Wong, Maureen E Merrifield-MacRae, Martin J Stillman
Heavy metal exposure has long been associated with metallothionein (MT) regulation and its functions. MT is a ubiquitous, cysteine-rich protein that is involved in homeostatic metal response for the essential metals zinc and copper, as well as detoxification of heavy metals; the most commonly proposed being cadmium. MT binds in vivo to a number of metals in addition to zinc, cadmium and copper, such as bismuth. In vitro, metallation with a wide range of metals (especially mercury, arsenic, and lead) has been reported using a variety of analytical methods...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724918/contrast-enhancement-of-biological-nanoporous-materials-with-zinc-oxide-infiltration-for-electron-and-x-ray-nanoscale-microscopy
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L E Ocola, V Sampathkumar, N Kasthuri, R P Winarski
We show that using infiltration of ZnO metal oxide can be useful for high resolution imaging of biological samples in electron and X-ray microscopy. The method is compatible with standard fixation techniques that leave the sample dry, such as finishing with super critical CO2 drying, or simple vacuum drying up to 95 °C. We demonstrate this technique can be applied on tooth and brain tissue samples. We also show that high resolution X-ray tomography can be performed on biological systems using Zn K edge (1s) absorption to enhance internal structures, and obtained the first nanoscale 10 KeV X-ray absorption images of the interior regions of a tooth...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717667/haploinsufficiency-of-bcl11a-associated-with-cerebellar-abnormalities-in-2p15p16-1-deletion-syndrome
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Hiroko Shimbo, Takayuki Yokoi, Noriko Aida, Seiji Mizuno, Hiroshi Suzumura, Junichi Nagai, Kazumi Ida, Yumi Enomoto, Chihiro Hatano, Kenji Kurosawa
BACKGROUND: Chromosome 2p15p16.1 deletion syndrome is a rare genetic disorder characterized by intellectual disability (ID), neurodevelopmental delay, language delay, growth retardation, microcephaly, structural brain abnormalities, and dysmorphic features. More than 30 patients with 2p15p16.1 microdeletion syndrome have been reported in the literature. METHODS: Molecular analysis was performed using microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH)...
July 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684912/the-effects-of-grafted-mesenchymal-stem-cells-labeled-with-iron-oxide-or-cobalt-zinc-iron-nanoparticles-on-the-biological-macromolecules-of-rat-brain-tissue-extracts
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Bozena Novotna, Vit Herynek, Pavel Rossner, Karolina Turnovcova, Pavla Jendelova
INTRODUCTION: Rat mesenchymal stem cells (rMSCs) labeled with 1) poly-l-lysine-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles or 2) silica-coated cobalt-zinc-iron nanoparticles were implanted into the left brain hemisphere of rats, to assess their effects on the levels of oxidative damage to biological macromolecules in brain tissue. METHODS: Controls were implanted with unlabeled rMSCs. Animals were sacrificed 24 hours or 4 weeks after the treatment, and the implantation site along with the surrounding tissue was isolated from the brain...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671686/the-methyltransferase-setdb1-regulates-a-large-neuron-specific-topological-chromatin-domain
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Yan Jiang, Yong-Hwee Eddie Loh, Prashanth Rajarajan, Teruyoshi Hirayama, Will Liao, Bibi S Kassim, Behnam Javidfar, Brigham J Hartley, Lisa Kleofas, Royce B Park, Benoit Labonte, Seok-Man Ho, Sandhya Chandrasekaran, Catherine Do, Brianna R Ramirez, Cyril J Peter, Julia T C W, Brian M Safaie, Hirofumi Morishita, Panos Roussos, Eric J Nestler, Anne Schaefer, Benjamin Tycko, Kristen J Brennand, Takeshi Yagi, Li Shen, Schahram Akbarian
We report locus-specific disintegration of megabase-scale chromosomal conformations in brain after neuronal ablation of Setdb1 (also known as Kmt1e; encodes a histone H3 lysine 9 methyltransferase), including a large topologically associated 1.2-Mb domain conserved in humans and mice that encompasses >70 genes at the clustered protocadherin locus (hereafter referred to as cPcdh). The cPcdh topologically associated domain (TAD(cPcdh)) in neurons from mutant mice showed abnormal accumulation of the transcriptional regulator and three-dimensional (3D) genome organizer CTCF at cryptic binding sites, in conjunction with DNA cytosine hypomethylation, histone hyperacetylation and upregulated expression...
July 3, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666838/mmp-2-a-modulator-of-neuronal-precursor-activity-and-cognitive-and-motor-behaviors
#6
Qi Li, Michael Michaud, Ravi Shankar, Sandra Canosa, Michael Schwartz, Joseph A Madri
Matrix Metalloproteinase2, (MMP2, gelatinase A) is a zinc-containing enzyme with a broad substrate specificity including components of the extracellular matrix, cell surface molecules and a wide range bioactive molecules. MMP2 is known to play important roles in a variety of signaling pathways and processes in a wide range of cell types and tissues. In this report we elucidate the effects of the absence of MMP2 in Neural Precursor Cells (NPC) derived from C57BL/6 MMP2 KO mice and in primary and secondary neurosphere formation...
June 27, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666327/the-rna-binding-protein-zc3h14-is-required-for-proper-poly-a-tail-length-control-expression-of-synaptic-proteins-and-brain-function-in-mice
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Jennifer Rha, Stephanie K Jones, Jonathan Fidler, Ayan Banerjee, Sara W Leung, Kevin J Morris, Jennifer C Wong, George Andrew S Inglis, Lindsey Shapiro, Qiudong Deng, Alicia A Cutler, Adam M Hanif, Machelle T Pardue, Ashleigh Schaffer, Nicholas T Seyfried, Kenneth H Moberg, Gary J Bassell, Andrew Escayg, Paul S García, Anita H Corbett
A number of mutations in genes that encode ubiquitously expressed RNA-binding proteins cause tissue specific disease. Many of these diseases are neurological in nature revealing critical roles for this class of proteins in the brain. We recently identified mutations in a gene that encodes a ubiquitously expressed polyadenosine RNA-binding protein, ZC3H14 (Zinc finger CysCysCysHis domain-containing protein 14), that cause a nonsyndromic, autosomal recessive form of intellectual disability. This finding reveals the molecular basis for disease and provides evidence that ZC3H14 is essential for proper brain function...
June 29, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661483/gene-knockout-of-zmym3-in-mice-arrests-spermatogenesis-at-meiotic-metaphase-with-defects-in-spindle-assembly-checkpoint
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Xiangjing Hu, Bin Shen, Shangying Liao, Yan Ning, Longfei Ma, Jian Chen, Xiwen Lin, Daoqin Zhang, Zhen Li, Chunwei Zheng, Yanmin Feng, Xingxu Huang, Chunsheng Han
ZMYM3, a member of the MYM-type zinc finger protein family and a component of a LSD1-containing transcription repressor complex, is predominantly expressed in the mouse brain and testis. Here, we show that ZMYM3 in the mouse testis is expressed in somatic cells and germ cells until pachytene spermatocytes. Knockout (KO) of Zmym3 in mice using the CRISPR-Cas9 system resulted in adult male infertility. Spermatogenesis of the KO mice was arrested at the metaphase of the first meiotic division (MI). ZMYM3 co-immunoprecipitated with LSD1 in spermatogonial stem cells, but its KO did not change the levels of LSD1 or H3K4me1/2 or H3K9me2...
June 29, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624432/zinc-transporter-3-znt3-and-vesicular-zinc-in-central-nervous-system-function
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REVIEW
Brendan B McAllister, Richard H Dyck
Zinc transporter 3 (ZnT3) is the sole mechanism responsible for concentrating zinc ions within synaptic vesicles in a subset of the brain's glutamatergic neurons. This vesicular zinc can then be released into the synaptic cleft in an activity-dependent fashion, where it can exert many signaling functions. This review provides a comprehensive discussion of the localization and function of ZnT3 and vesicular zinc in the central nervous system. We begin by reviewing the fundamentals of zinc homeostasis and transport, and the discovery of ZnT3...
June 15, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612134/ketamine-induced-behavioural-and-brain-oxidative-changes-in-mice-an-assessment-of-possible-beneficial-effects-of-zinc-as-mono-or-adjunct-therapy
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Olakunle James Onaolapo, Olayemi Quyyom Ademakinwa, Temitayo Opeyemi Olalekan, Adejoke Yetunde Onaolapo
RATIONALE: We studied the influence of zinc, haloperidol or olanzapine on neurobehaviour (open-field, radial arm maze and elevated plus maze) and brain antioxidant status in vehicle- or ketamine-treated mice, with the aim of ascertaining the potentials of zinc in counteracting ketamine's effects. OBJECTIVES: Experiment 1 assessed the effects of zinc in healthy animals and the relative degrees of modulation of ketamine's effects by zinc, haloperidol or olanzapine, respectively...
June 14, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598208/characterization-and-spatiotemporal-expression-of-klf4-in-large-yellow-croaker-larimichthys-crocea
#11
Yonghua Jiang, Kunhuang Han, Mingyi Cai, Yilei Wang, Ziping Zhang
As one of transcription factors and pluripotency factors, Klf4 plays a crucial role in regulation of cellular processes. In this article, we characterized Klf4 of large yellow croaker (Lc-Klf4), which encodes a 452-amino acid protein (Lc-Klf4) with three highly conserved C2H2 zinc fingers. Lc-Klf4 shares high conservative functions in teleosts with the closest relationship with Stegastes partitus. The spatiotemporal expression showed that Lc-Klf4 was expressed widely in adult tissues with gender difference as follows: brain>gill>eye>heart in female; heart>testis>gill>brain in male; male>female in heart, gill, and testis; and female>male in eye...
June 9, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596487/znf131-suppresses-centrosome-fragmentation-in-glioblastoma-stem-like-cells-through-regulation-of-haus5
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Yu Ding, Jacob A Herman, Chad M Toledo, Jackie M Lang, Philip Corrin, Emily J Girard, Ryan Basom, Jeffrey J Delrow, James M Olson, Patrick J Paddison
Zinc finger domain genes comprise ~3% of the human genome, yet many of their functions remain unknown. Here we investigated roles for the vertebrate-specific BTB domain zinc finger gene ZNF131 in the context of human brain tumors. We report that ZNF131 is broadly required for Glioblastoma stem-like cell (GSC) viability, but dispensable for neural progenitor cell (NPC) viability. Examination of gene expression changes after ZNF131 knockdown (kd) revealed that ZNF131 activity notably promotes expression of Joubert Syndrome ciliopathy genes, including KIF7, NPHP1, and TMEM237, as well as HAUS5, a component of Augmin/HAUS complex that facilitates microtubule nucleation along the mitotic spindle...
May 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596078/identification-of-an-oxytocinase-vasopressinase-like-leucyl-cystinyl-aminopeptidase-lnpep-in-teleost-fish-and-evidence-for-hypothalamic-mrna-expression-linked-to-behavioral-social-status
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Emma A Elkins, Kayla A Walti, Kathryn E Newberry, Sean C Lema
The vasotocin/vasopressin and isotocin/mesotocin/oxytocin family of nonapeptides regulate social behaviors and physiological functions associated with reproductive physiology and osmotic balance. While experimental and correlative studies provide evidence for these nonapeptides as modulators of behavior across all classes of vertebrates, mechanisms for nonapeptide inactivation in regulating these functions have been largely overlooked. Leucyl-cystinyl aminopeptidase (LNPEP) - also known as vasopressinase, oxytocinase, placental leucine aminopeptidase (P-LAP), and insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP) - is a membrane-bound zinc-dependent metalloexopeptidase enzyme that inactivates vasopressin, oxytocin, and select other cyclic polypeptides...
June 6, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595912/the-effect-of-manganese-exposure-in-atp13a2-deficient-mice
#14
Sheila M Fleming, Nicholas A Santiago, Elizabeth J Mullin, Shanta Pamphile, Swagata Karkare, Andrew Lemkuhl, Osunde R Ekhator, Stephen C Linn, John G Holden, Diana S Aga, Jerome A Roth, Benjamin Liou, Ying Sun, Gary E Shull, Patrick J Schultheis
Loss of function mutations in the P5-ATPase ATP13A2 are associated with Kufor-Rakeb Syndrome and Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis. While the function of ATP13A2 is unclear, in vitro studies suggest it is a lysosomal protein that interacts with the metals manganese (Mn) and zinc and the presynaptic protein alpha-synuclein. Loss of ATP13A2 function in mice causes sensorimotor deficits, enhanced autofluorescent storage material, and accumulation of alpha-synuclein. The present study sought to determine the effect of Mn administration on these same outcomes in ATP13A2-deficient mice...
June 6, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589569/identification-of-novel-bcl11a-variants-in-patients-with-epileptic-encephalopathy-expanding-the-phenotypic-spectrum
#15
Michiko Yoshida, Mitsuko Nakashima, Tohru Okanishi, Sotaro Kanai, Ayataka Fujimoto, Kazuya Itomi, Masafumi Morimoto, Hirotomo Saitsu, Mitsuhiro Kato, Naomichi Matsumoto, Tomohiro Chiyonobu
BCL11A encodes a zinc finger protein that is highly expressed in hematopoietic tissues and the brain, and that is known to function as a transcriptional repressor of fetal hemoglobin (HbF). Recently, de novo variants in BCL11A have been reported in individuals with intellectual disability syndrome without epilepsy. In this study, we performed whole-exome sequencing of 302 patients with epileptic encephalopathies (EEs), and identified two novel BCL11A variants, c.577delC (p.His193Metfs*3) and c.2351A>C (p...
June 6, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588449/long-term-assessment-of-aav-mediated-zinc-finger-nuclease-expression-in-the-mouse-brain
#16
Muzna Zahur, Johan Tolö, Mathias Bähr, Sebastian Kügler
Gene editing tools like TALENs, ZFNs and Crispr/Cas now offer unprecedented opportunities for targeted genetic manipulations in virtually all species. Most of the recent research in this area has concentrated on manipulation of the genome in isolated cells, which then give rise to transgenic animals or modified stem cell lines. Much less is known about applicability of genetic scissors in terminally differentiated, non-dividing cells like neurons of the adult brain. We addressed this question by expression of a pair of ZFNs targeting the murine cathepsin D gene in CNS neurons by means of an optimized AAV viral vector...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588179/childhood-wilson-disease-bangladesh-perspective
#17
M Rukunuzzaman, A B Karim, M Nurullah, F Sultana, M W Mazumder, M A Rahman, S B Billah, F Begum, M Oliullah
Wilson's disease (WD) is an autosomal recessive disorder affecting copper metabolism causing copper induced damage to various organs. In children liver is commonly involved. Central nervous system, eyes, RBC, kidneys, brain and bones may also be affected. Aim of the study is to evaluate clinical & laboratory profile of Wilson's disease in children. This cross sectional descriptive study was conducted at the department of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Dhaka, Bangladesh, from January 2011 to December, 2013...
April 2017: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587098/function-of-metallothionein-3-in-neuronal-cells-do-metal-ions-alter-expression-levels-of-mt3
#18
Jamie Bousleiman, Alexa Pinsky, Sohee Ki, Angela Su, Irina Morozova, Sergey Kalachikov, Amen Wiqas, Rae Silver, Mary Sever, Rachel Narehood Austin
A study of factors proposed to affect metallothionein-3 (MT3) function was carried out to elucidate the opaque role MT3 plays in human metalloneurochemistry. Gene expression of Mt2 and Mt3 was examined in tissues extracted from the dentate gyrus of mouse brains and in human neuronal cell cultures. The whole-genome gene expression analysis identified significant variations in the mRNA levels of genes associated with zinc homeostasis, including Mt2 and Mt3. Mt3 was found to be the most differentially expressed gene in the identified groups, pointing to the existence of a factor, not yet identified, that differentially controls Mt3 expression...
May 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579120/vitamin-d-and-the-brain-genomic-and-non-genomic-actions
#19
REVIEW
Xiaoying Cui, Helen Gooch, Alice Petty, John J McGrath, Darryl Eyles
1,25(OH)2D3 (vitamin D) is well-recognized as a neurosteroid that modulates multiple brain functions. A growing body of evidence indicates that vitamin D plays a pivotal role in brain development, neurotransmission, neuroprotection and immunomodulation. However, the precise molecular mechanisms by which vitamin D exerts these functions in the brain are still unclear. Vitamin D signalling occurs via the vitamin D receptor (VDR), a zinc-finger protein in the nuclear receptor superfamily. Like other nuclear steroids, vitamin D has both genomic and non-genomic actions...
June 1, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577822/genome-wide-association-study-of-language-performance-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#20
Kacie D Deters, Kwangsik Nho, Shannon L Risacher, Sungeun Kim, Vijay K Ramanan, Paul K Crane, Liana G Apostolova, Andrew J Saykin
Language impairment is common in prodromal stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and progresses over time. However, the genetic architecture underlying language performance is poorly understood. To identify novel genetic variants associated with language performance, we analyzed brain MRI and performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) using a composite measure of language performance from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI; n=1560). The language composite score was associated with brain atrophy on MRI in language and semantic areas...
May 31, 2017: Brain and Language
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