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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927529/targeting-telomerase-and-telomeres-to-enhance-ionizing-radiation-effects-in-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-cancer-models
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F Berardinelli, E Coluzzi, A Sgura, A Antoccia
One of the hallmarks of cancer consists in the ability of tumor cells to divide indefinitely, and to maintain stable telomere lengths throughout the activation of specific telomere maintenance mechanisms (TMM). Therefore in the last fifteen years, researchers proposed to target telomerase or telomeric structure in order to block limitless replicative potential of cancer cells providing a fascinating strategy for a broad-spectrum cancer therapy. In the present review, we report in vitro and in vivo evidence regarding the use of chemical agents targeting both telomerase or telomere structure and showing promising antitumor effects when used in combination with ionizing radiation (IR)...
July 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926727/early-pregnancy-intrauterine-fetal-exposure-to-maternal-smoking-and-impact-on-fetal-telomere-length
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Hooman Mirzakhani, Immaculata De Vivo, J Steven Leeder, Roger Gaedigk, Carrie A Vyhlidal, Scott T Weiss, Kelan Tantisira
BACKGROUND: Reduced telomere length, or its accelerated attrition, has been implicated in aging, mortality, and several human diseases, including respiratory diseases. Age dependent manifestation of telomere-mediated disease during life span indicates the role of developmental stage in these diseases and highlights the importance of fetal developmental process in utero and at earlier life stages. Environmental determinants during developmental and later stages of life could affect telomere length...
September 14, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919957/a-cytogenetic-study-of-three-parasitic-wasp-species-hymenoptera-chalcidoidea-eulophidae-trichogrammatidae-from-brazil-using-chromosome-morphometrics-and-base-specific-fluorochrome-staining
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Vladimir E Gokhman, Fabricio Fagundes Pereira, Marco Antonio Costa
Chromosomes of three chalcid wasp species from Brazil, Palmistichus elaeisis Delvare et LaSalle, 1993, Trichospilus diatraeae Cherian et Margabandhu, 1942 (both belonging to the family Eulophidae) and Trichogramma pretiosum Riley, 1879 (Trichogrammatidae), were studied using chromosome morphometrics and base-specific fluorochrome staining. The present study confirmed that these species respectively have 2n = 12, 14 and 10. Chromomycin A3 / 4', 6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (CMA3/DAPI) staining revealed a single CMA3-positive and DAPI-negative band within haploid karyotypes of both Palmistichus elaeisis and Trichogramma pretiosum...
2017: Comparative Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910544/human-microbiota-in-aging-and-infection-a-review
#4
Elisavet Stavropoulou, Eugenia Bezirtzoglou
In most developed countries, ageing of the population started more than a century ago and it seems to be emerged in a wide range of developing countries as well. Moreover, research into ageing has moved forward in extremely rapidly rhythms nowadays, and the scientific area is of great interest, as implications for nearly all sectors of society, including work, social, economic features, in addition to nutrition and health issues which are involved. The fragile elder population is affected and experienced more frequently infections than the younger population...
September 14, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904242/the-g-quadruplex-dna-stabilizing-drug-pyridostatin-promotes-dna-damage-and-downregulates-transcription-of-brca1-in-neurons
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Jose F Moruno-Manchon, Edward C Koellhoffer, Jayakrishnan Gopakumar, Shashank Hambarde, Nayun Kim, Louise D McCullough, Andrey S Tsvetkov
The G-quadruplex is a non-canonical DNA secondary structure formed by four DNA strands containing multiple runs of guanines. G-quadruplexes play important roles in DNA recombination, replication, telomere maintenance, and regulation of transcription. Small molecules that stabilize the G-quadruplexes alter gene expression in cancer cells. Here, we hypothesized that the G-quadruplexes regulate transcription in neurons. We discovered that pyridostatin, a small molecule that specifically stabilizes G-quadruplex DNA complexes, induced neurotoxicity and promoted the formation of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) in cultured neurons...
September 12, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889049/the-potential-impact-of-biochemical-mediators-on-telomere-attrition-in-major-depressive-disorder-and-implications-for-future-study-designs-a-narrative-review
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Andrei Manoliu, Oliver G Bosch, Janis Brakowski, Annette B Brühl, Erich Seifritz
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) has been proposed to represent a "disease of premature aging", which is associated with certain biomarkers of cellular ageing and numerous other age-related diseases. Over the last decade, telomere length (TL) arose as a surrogate for cellular aging. Recent data suggests that TL might be reduced in patients with MDD, however, results are still inconclusive. This might be explained by the lack of assessment of potential biochemical mediators that are directly associated with telomere shortening and frequently observed in patients with MDD...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888705/regulated-expression-of-the-lncrna-terra-and-its-impact-on-telomere-biology
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REVIEW
Diego Oliva-Rico, Luis A Herrera
The telomere protects against genomic instability by minimizing the accelerated end resection of the genetic material, a phenomenon that results in severe chromosome instability that could favor the transformation of a cell by enabling the emergence of tumor-promoting mutations. Some mechanisms that avoid this fate, such as capping and loop formation, have been very well characterized; however, telomeric non-coding transcripts, such as long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), should also be considered in this context because they play roles in the organization of telomere dynamics, involving processes such as replication, degradation, extension, and heterochromatin stabilization...
September 6, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879822/the-impact-of-pathogen-burden-on-leukocyte-telomere-length-in-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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A E Aiello, B Jayabalasingham, A M Simanek, A Diez-Roux, L Feinstein, H C S Meier, B L Needham, J B Dowd
Several infections have been linked to telomere shortening and in some cases these associations have varied by sex. We assessed the association between seropositivity to four persistent pathogens (cytomegalovirus (CMV), herpes simplex virus-1, Helicobacter pylori, Chlamydia pneumoniae), and total pathogen burden on leukocyte telomere length in a diverse US sample. Data came from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, a population-based cohort study. We utilized cross-sectional survey data, and biological samples from participants tested for pathogens and telomere length (N = 163)...
September 7, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877042/hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-for-aplastic-anemia
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Rajat Kumar, Carmem Bonfim, Biju George
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Improvements in allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) with better donor selection, conditioning regimens and graft vs. host disease prophylaxis make it reasonable to move HCT earlier in the algorithm for management of severe aplastic anemia (SAA). Recent progress in transplantation is reviewed whereas issues related to developing countries are also addressed. RECENT FINDINGS: Multiple research centers are reporting on clonality, mutations and RK1 telomere disorders in SAA, which may help to choose the most appropriate therapy upfront...
September 4, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862343/cellular-detection-of-g-quadruplexes-by-optical-imaging-methods
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Souheila Amor, Sunny Y Yang, Judy M Y Wong, David Monchaud
G-quadruplexes (G4s) are higher-order nucleic acid structures that fold from guanine (G)-rich DNA and RNA strands. This field of research gains traction as a major chemical biology area since it aims at uncovering many key cellular mechanisms in which quadruplexes are involved. The wealth of knowledge acquired over the past three decades strongly supports pivotal roles of G4 in the regulation of gene expression at both transcriptional (DNA quadruplexes) and translational levels (RNA quadruplexes). Recent biochemical discoveries uncovered myriad of additional G4 actions: from chromosomal stability to the firing of replication origins, from telomere homeostasis to functional dysregulations underlying genetic diseases (including cancers and neurodegeneration)...
September 1, 2017: Current Protocols in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861041/programmed-fetal-membrane-senescence-and-exosome-mediated-signaling-a-mechanism-associated-with-timing-of-human-parturition
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Ramkumar Menon, Sam Mesiano, Robert N Taylor
Human parturition is an inflammatory process that involves both fetal and maternal compartments. The precise immune cell interactions have not been well delineated in human uterine tissues during parturition, but insights into human labor initiation have been informed by studies in animal models. Unfortunately, the timing of parturition relative to fetal maturation varies among viviparous species-indicative of different phylogenetic clocks and alarms-but what is clear is that important common pathways must converge to control the birth process...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805708/correlation-of-leukocyte-telomere-length-measurement-methods-in-patients-with-dyskeratosis-congenita-and-in-their-unaffected-relatives
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Payal P Khincha, Casey L Dagnall, Belynda Hicks, Kristine Jones, Abraham Aviv, Masayuki Kimura, Hormuzd Katki, Geraldine Aubert, Neelam Giri, Blanche P Alter, Sharon A Savage, Shahinaz M Gadalla
Several methods have been employed to measure telomere length (TL) in human studies. It has been difficult to directly compare the results from these studies because of differences in the laboratory techniques and output parameters. We compared TL measurements (TLMs) by the three most commonly used methods, quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), flow cytometry with fluorescence in situ hybridization (flow FISH) and Southern blot, in a cohort of patients with the telomere biology disorder dyskeratosis congenita (DC) and in their unaffected relatives (controls)...
August 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789901/sirtuins-epigenetics-and-longevity
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REVIEW
Mateusz Wątroba, Ilona Dudek, Marta Skoda, Aleksandra Stangret, Przemysław Rzodkiewicz, Dariusz Szukiewicz
Aging of organisms begins from a single cell at the molecular level. It includes changes related to telomere shortening, cell senescence and epigenetic modifications. These processes accumulate over the lifespan. Research studies show that epigenetic signaling contributes to human disease, tumorigenesis and aging. Epigenetic DNA modifications involve changes in the gene activity but not in the DNA sequence. An epigenome consists of chemical modifications to the DNA and histone proteins without the changes in the DNA sequence...
August 5, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776935/shorter-telomere-length-increases-age-related-tumor-risks-in-von-hippel-lindau-disease-patients
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Jiang-Yi Wang, Shuang-He Peng, Xiang-Hui Ning, Teng Li, Sheng-Jie Liu, Jia-Yuan Liu, Bao-An Hong, Nie-Nie Qi, Xiang Peng, Bo-Wen Zhou, Jiu-Feng Zhang, Lin Cai, Kan Gong
Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease is a rare autosomal dominant cancer syndrome caused by alterations of VHL gene. Patients are predisposed to develop pheochromocytomas and solid or cystic tumors of the central nervous system, kidney, pancreas, and retina. Remarkable phenotypic heterogeneity exits in organ involvement and tumor onset age between and within VHL families. However, no reliable markers have been found to predict the age-related tumor risks in VHL patients. A large Chinese cohort composed of 300 VHL patients and 92 healthy family controls was enrolled in our study...
September 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752814/a-matter-of-scale-and-dimensions-chromatin-of-chromosome-landmarks-in-the-fungi
#15
Allyson A Erlendson, Steven Friedman, Michael Freitag
Chromatin and chromosomes of fungi are highly diverse and dynamic, even within species. Much of what we know about histone modification enzymes, RNA interference, DNA methylation, and cell cycle control was first addressed in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Aspergillus nidulans, and Neurospora crassa. Here, we examine the three landmark regions that are required for maintenance of stable chromosomes and their faithful inheritance, namely, origins of DNA replication, telomeres and centromeres...
July 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737715/latency-integration-and-reactivation-of-human-herpesvirus-6
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REVIEW
Shara N Pantry, Peter G Medveczky
Human herpesvirus-6A (HHV-6A) and human herpesvirus-6B (HHV-6B) are two closely related viruses that infect T-cells. Both HHV-6A and HHV-6B possess telomere-like repeats at the terminal regions of their genomes that facilitate latency by integration into the host telomeres, rather than by episome formation. In about 1% of the human population, human herpes virus-6 (HHV-6) integration into germline cells allows the viral genome to be passed down from one generation to the other; this condition is called inherited chromosomally integrated HHV-6 (iciHHV-6)...
July 24, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704792/cigarette-smoking-and-telomere-length-a-systematic-review-of-84-studies-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Yuliana Astuti, Ardyan Wardhana, Johnathan Watkins, Wahyu Wulaningsih
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking is a risk factor for ageing-related disease, but its association with biological ageing, indicated by telomere length, is unclear. METHODS: We systematically reviewed evidence evaluating association between smoking status and telomere length. Searches were performed in MEDLINE (Ovid) and EMBASE (Ovid) databases, combining variation of keywords "smoking" and "telomere". Data was extracted for study characteristics and estimates for association between smoking and telomere length...
October 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697478/shedding-lights-on-the-flexible-armed-porphyrins-human-telomeric-g4-dna-interaction-and-cell-photocytotoxicity-research
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Xiang-Yu Sun, Ping Zhao, Shu-Fang Jin, Min-Chao Liu, Xia-Hong Wang, Yu-Min Huang, Zhen-Feng Cheng, Si-Qi Yan, Yan-Yu Li, Ya-Qing Chen, Yan-Mei Zhong
DNA polymorphism exerts a fascination on a large scientific community. Without crystallographic structural data, clarification of the binding modes between G-quadruplex (G4) and ligand (complex) is a challenging job. In the present work, three porphyrin compounds with different flexible carbon chains (arms) were designed, synthesized and characterized. Their binding, folding and stabilizing abilities to human telomeric G4 DNA structures were comparatively researched. Positive charges at the end of the flexible carbon chains seem to be favorable for the DNA-porphyrin interactions, which were evidenced by the spectral results and further confirmed by the molecular docking calculations...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681198/childhood-maltreatment-and-hiv-associated-neurocognitive-disorders-share-similar-pathophysiology-a-potential-sensitisation-mechanism
#19
Jacqueline S Womersley, Soraya Seedat, Sian M J Hemmings
HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) are increasingly prevalent despite the use of antiretroviral therapies. Previous research suggests that individual host factors play an important role in determining susceptibility to HAND. In this review, we propose that childhood trauma (CT) and HAND share several common aetiological mechanisms, namely hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysregulation, neuroinflammation and oxidative stress. These convergent and consequent mechanisms may translate into an increased risk of developing HAND in individuals who have experienced early life stress...
July 5, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667246/genetic-profile-and-biological-implication-of-pin2-trf1-interacting-telomerase-inhibitor-1-pinx1-in-human-cancers-an-analysis-using-the-cancer-genome-atlas
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Wei-Juan Huang, Mei Li, Xiao-Han Jin, Xiao-Jia Huang, Wei Zhao, Xiao-Peng Tian
Pin2/TRF1-interacting telomere inhibitor 1 (PinX1) was originally identified as a telomerase inhibitor, involved in maintaining telomerase activity, telomere length, and chromosomal stability. However, research has shown that PinX1 can have opposing molecular status in its expression patterns in several other tumor types. We thus investigated the genetic profile and biological implication of PinX1 in several human cancers using the cBioportal database. Our results showed that PinX1 deletion accounted for the most alterations, with the frequency of its deletion regularly occurring in pathological types of carcinosarcoma and adenocarcinoma...
June 21, 2017: Oncotarget
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