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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088515/the-membrane-tethered-nac-transcription-factor-atntl7-contributes-to-er-stress-resistance-in-arabidopsis
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Yong Hun Chi, Sarah Mae Boyles Melencion, Cresilda Vergara Alinapon, Min Ji Kim, Eun Seon Lee, Seol Ki Paeng, Joung Hun Park, Ganesh M Nawkar, Young Jun Jung, Ho Byeong Chae, Chang Ho Kang, Sang Yeol Lee
We screened for endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-resistant mutants among 25 mutants of the Arabidopsis NTL (NAC with Transmembrane motif 1-Like) family. We identified a novel mutant, SALK_044777, showing strong resistance to ER stress. RT-PCR and genomic DNA sequence analyses identified the mutant as atntl7, which harbors a T-DNA insertion in the fourth exon of AtNTL7. Two other atntl7-mutant alleles, in which T-DNA was inserted in the second exon and third intron of AtNTL7, respectively, showed ER-stress sensitive phenotypes, suggesting that SALK_044777 is a gain-of-function mutant...
January 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088446/identification-and-characterization-of-cell-bound-membrane-vesicles
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Qisheng Tang, Xiaojun Zhang, Wendiao Zhang, Siyuan Zhao, Yong Chen
In contrast to the released/circulating membrane vesicles (extracellular vesicles), cell-bound membrane vesicles are poorly identified and characterized. In this study, cell-bound membrane vesicles on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and human hepatoma HepG-2 cells were investigated. We identified that cell-bound membrane vesicles are not co-localized with the major markers for extracellular vesicles (e.g. phosphatidylserine, CD63, CD107α, CD31, and DNA fragments for the three well-known types of extracellular vesicles) and for intracellular organelles with similar sizes (e...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088146/photoinduced-c-i-bond-homolysis-of-5-iodouracil-a-singlet-predissociation-pathway
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Xiaojuan Dai, Di Song, Kunhui Liu, Hongmei Su
5-Iodouracil (5-IU) can be integrated into DNA and acts as a UV sensitive chromophore suitable for probing DNA structure and DNA-protein interactions based on the photochemical reactions of 5-IU. Here, we perform joint studies of time-resolved Fourier transform infrared (TR-FTIR) spectroscopy and ab initio calculations to examine the state-specific photochemical reaction mechanisms of the 5-IU. The fact that uracil (U) is observed in TR-FTIR spectra after 266 nm irradiation of 5-IU in acetonitrile and ascribed to the product of hydrogen abstraction by the uracil-5-yl radical (U·) provides experimental evidence for the C-I bond homolysis of 5-IU...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088103/chemically-enzymatic-synthesis-of-photosensitive-dna
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Kinga Westphal, Magdalena Zdrowowicz, Agnieszka Zylicz-Stachula, Janusz Rak
The sensitizing propensity of radio-/photosensitizing nucleoside depends on DNA sequence surrounding a sensitizer. Therefore, in order to compare sensitizers with regard to their ability to induce a DNA damage one has to study the sequence dependence of damage yield. However, chemical synthesis of oligonucleotides labeled with sensitizing nucleosides is hindered due to the fact that a limited number of such nucleoside phosphoramidites are accessible. Here, we report on a chemically-enzymatic method, employing a DNA polymerase and ligase, that enables a modified nucleoside, in the form of its 5'-triphosphate, to be incorporated into DNA fragment in a pre-determined site...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088021/sanguinarine-induced-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-like-programmed-cell-death-al-pcd-in-root-meristem-cells-of-allium-cepa
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Aneta Żabka, Konrad Winnicki, Justyna Teresa Polit, Janusz Maszewski
A vast number of studies on plant cell systems clearly indicate that various biotic and abiotic stresses give rise to the uncontrolled increase in the level of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Excess concentrations of ROS result in damage to proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, and DNA, which may lead, in consequence, to the apoptotic cell death. The current study investigates the effects of sanguinarine (SAN), a natural alkaloid derived from the roots of Sanguinaria canadensis, on root apical meristem cells of Allium cepa...
January 4, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087649/identification-of-unique-essential-proteins-from-a-m-tuberculosis-f15-lam4-kzn-phage-secretome-library
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Thamsanqa Emmanuel Chiliza, Manormoney Pillay, Balakrishna Pillay
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) is the causative agent of tuberculosis disease (TB), the leading cause of death from bacterial infection worldwide. Although treatable, the resurgence of multi- and extensively-drug resistance TB is a major setback for the fight against TB globally. Consequently, there is an urgent need for new Mtb derived biomarkers for use in the design of new drugs and rapid point-of-care diagnostic or prognostic tools for management of TB transmission. Therefore, the present study aimed to identify unique Mtb secreted proteins from the extensively drug resistant Mtb F15/LAM4/KZN phage secretome library...
January 12, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087460/identification-of-the-doublesex-protein-binding-sites-that-activate-expression-of-lozenge-in-the-female-genital-disc-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Shunsuke Wagamitsu, Dan Takase, Fugaku Aoki, Masataka G Suzuki
Normal sexual differentiation in the genital organs is essential for the animal species that use sexual reproduction. Although it is known that doublesex (dsx) is required for the sexual development of the genitalia in various insect species, the direct target genes responsible for the sexual differentiation of the genitalia have not been identified. The lozenge (lz) gene is expressed in the female genital disc and is essential for developments of spermathecae and accessory glands in Drosophila melanogaster...
January 10, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081461/bdnf-gene-delivery-mediated-by-neuron-targeted-nanoparticles-is-neuroprotective-in-peripheral-nerve-injury
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Cátia D F Lopes, Nádia P Gonçalves, Carla P Gomes, Maria J Saraiva, Ana P Pêgo
Neuron-targeted gene delivery is a promising strategy to treat peripheral neuropathies. Here we propose the use of polymeric nanoparticles based on thiolated trimethyl chitosan (TMCSH) to mediate targeted gene delivery to peripheral neurons upon a peripheral and minimally invasive intramuscular administration. Nanoparticles were grafted with the non-toxic carboxylic fragment of the tetanus neurotoxin (HC) to allow neuron targeting and were explored to deliver a plasmid DNA encoding for the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in a peripheral nerve injury model...
December 24, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081278/population-structure-of-annona-crassiflora-an-endemic-plant-species-of-the-brazilian-cerrado
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R Gwinner, T A Setotaw, F A Rodrigues, D V C França, F A da Silveira, L A S Pio, M Pasqual
Habitat fragmentation has numerous consequences, particularly to endemic species, and has a negative impact on the genetic diversity of neglected species, leading to genetic drift. Annona crassiflora Mart. is a species that is endemic to Brazil, and its incidence in the Cerrado biome has decreased. The identification and characterization of its remaining diversity is necessary for its conservation. Our aim was to study the population structure of A. crassiflora populations from different Cerrado regions in Minas Gerais State, Brazil (Corinto, Curvelo, Carmo da Mata, Boa Esperança, and Paraguaçu) using inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) markers and DNA content...
December 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081275/role-of-xrcc1-gene-polymorphisms-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cisplatin-based-chemotherapy-and-their-effect-on-clinical-and-pathological-characteristics
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H F Liu, J S Liu, J H Deng, R R Wu
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common cancer globally. The XRCC1 protein interacts with ligase and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase to repair cisplatin-induced DNA damage. The authors of previous studies have reported XRCC1 Arg399Gln, Arg280His, and Arg194Trp polymorphisms and advanced NSCLC prognosis, but the results are inconclusive. We investigated the association between clinical outcome and XRCC1 Arg399Gln, Arg280His, and Arg194Trp polymorphisms in advanced NSCLC patients treated with cisplatin...
December 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081274/role-of-methylenetetrahydrofolate-reductase-c677t-and-a1298c-polymorphisms-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-risk
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J B Wu, J F Zhai, J Yang
Polycystic ovary syndrome is one of the most frequently encountered endocrine malfunctions. Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) plays a vital role in folate metabolism, DNA methylation, and RNA synthesis. We carried out a study to investigate the association between MTHFR C677T and A1298C genetic variations and the risk of polycystic ovary syndrome in a Chinese population. We recruited 244 patients and 257 control subjects from an Inner Mongolian Medical University to this hospital-based, case-control study...
December 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081183/circulating-cell-free-dna-in-dogs-with-mammary-tumors-short-and-long-fragments-and-integrity-index
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Giorgia Beffagna, Alessandro Sammarco, Chiara Bedin, Chiara Romualdi, Marta Mainenti, Antonio Mollo, Laura Cavicchioli, Silvia Ferro, Davide Trez, Raffaella De Maria, Donato Nitti, Andrea Saccani, Michelangelo Campanella, Marco Agostini, Valentina Zappulli
Circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) has been considered an interesting diagnostic/prognostic plasma biomarker in tumor-bearing subjects. In cancer patients, cfDNA can hypothetically derive from tumor necrosis/apoptosis, lysed circulating cells, and some yet unrevealed mechanisms of active release. This study aimed to preliminarily analyze cfDNA in dogs with canine mammary tumors (CMTs). Forty-four neoplastic, 17 non-neoplastic disease-bearing, and 15 healthy dogs were recruited. Necrosis and apoptosis were also assessed as potential source of cfDNA on 78 CMTs diagnosed from the 44 dogs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079877/genome-wide-transposon-screening-and-quantitative-insertion-site-sequencing-for-cancer-gene-discovery-in-mice
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Mathias J Friedrich, Lena Rad, Iraad F Bronner, Alexander Strong, Wei Wang, Julia Weber, Matthew Mayho, Hannes Ponstingl, Thomas Engleitner, Carolyn Grove, Anja Pfaus, Dieter Saur, Juan Cadiñanos, Michael A Quail, George S Vassiliou, Pentao Liu, Allan Bradley, Roland Rad
Transposon-mediated forward genetics screening in mice has emerged as a powerful tool for cancer gene discovery. It pinpoints cancer drivers that are difficult to find with other approaches, thus complementing the sequencing-based census of human cancer genes. We describe here a large series of mouse lines for insertional mutagenesis that are compatible with two transposon systems, PiggyBac and Sleeping Beauty, and give guidance on the use of different engineered transposon variants for constitutive or tissue-specific cancer gene discovery screening...
February 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079299/a-platinum-blue-complex-exerts-its-cytotoxic-activity-via-dna-damage-and-induces-apoptosis-in-cancer-cells
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Zelal Adiguzel, Seniz Ozalp-Yaman, Gokalp Celik, Safia Salem, Tugba Bagci-Onder, Filiz Senbabaoglu, Yüksel Cetin, Ceyda Acilan
Here, we describe the characteristics of a Pt-blue complex [Pt4 (2-atp)8 (H2 O)(OH)] (2-atp: 2-aminothiophenol) as a prodrug for its DNA-binding properties and its use in cancer therapy. The nature of the interaction between the Pt-blue complex and DNA was evaluated based on spectroscopic measurements, the electronic absorption spectra, thermal behavior, viscosity, fluorometric titration and agarose gel electrophoresis. Our results suggested that the compound was able to partially intercalate DNA and appeared to induce both single and double stranded breaks (DBS) on DNA in vitro, but no DSBs in cells...
January 12, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079019/an-efficient-targeted-nuclease-strategy-for-high-resolution-mapping-of-dna-binding-sites
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Peter J Skene, Steven Henikoff
We describe Cleavage Under Targets and Release Using Nuclease (CUT&RUN), a chromatin profiling strategy in which antibody-targeted controlled cleavage by micrococcal nuclease releases specific protein-DNA complexes into the supernatant for paired-end DNA sequencing. Unlike Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP), which fragments and solubilizes total chromatin, CUT&RUN is performed in situ, allowing for both quantitative high-resolution chromatin mapping and probing of the local chromatin environment. When applied to yeast and human nuclei, CUT&RUN yielded precise transcription factor profiles while avoiding cross-linking and solubilization issues...
January 12, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078247/effects-of-biebersteinia-multifida-hydro-ethanol-extract-on-proliferation-and-apoptosis-of-human-prostate-cancer-and-human-embryonic-kidney-cells
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Alireza Golshan, Samira Hassanzadeh, Maryam Mojdekanloo, Zahra Tayarani-Najaran
OBJECTIVE: Biebersteinia (Geraniaceae) has a history of use in traditional medicine in some countries including Iran. In the present study, cytotoxic and apoptogenic properties of hydro-ethanol extract of B. multifidi was investigated on human prostate cancer cell lines (PC3 and DU 145) and human embryonic kidney 293 (HEK293) cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cells were cultured in RPMI-1640 medium supplemented with 10% FBS at 37ºC in a humidified atmosphere of 95% air and 5% CO2...
November 2016: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078226/clinical-utility-of-sperm-dna-fragmentation-testing-practice-recommendations-based-on-clinical-scenarios
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REVIEW
Ashok Agarwal, Ahmad Majzoub, Sandro C Esteves, Edmund Ko, Ranjith Ramasamy, Armand Zini
Sperm DNA fragmentation (SDF) has been generally acknowledged as a valuable tool for male fertility evaluation. While its detrimental implications on sperm function were extensively investigated, little is known about the actual indications for performing SDF analysis. This review delivers practice based recommendations on commonly encountered scenarios in the clinic. An illustrative description of the different SDF measurement techniques is presented. SDF testing is recommended in patients with clinical varicocele and borderline to normal semen parameters as it can better select varicocelectomy candidates...
December 2016: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077290/hidden-symmetries-of-dna-molecule
#18
Alexander A Tulub, Vassily E Stefanov
Despite the fact that DNA molecule is studied up and down, we know very little about the role of DNA triplets in coding amino acids and stop-codons. The paper aims to fill this gap through attracting spintronic ideas and carrying out QM/MM computations on a full-turn DNA fragment. The computations reveal two hidden symmetries: the spin splitting (the Rashba effect), confined within each triplet, and the quantum "phase" link between the triplet nature (in total, 64 triplets) and the corresponding amino acid and three stop-codons...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076980/status-of-sperm-born-oocyte-activating-factors-pawp-plc%C3%AE-and-sperm-chromatin-in-uncapacitated-capacitated-and-acrosome-reacted-conditions
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Marziyeh Tavalaee, Kazem Parivar, Abdol-Hossein Shahverdi, Kamran Ghaedi, Mohammad Hossein Nasr-Esfahani
The aim of this study was to investigate the value of sperm factors PAWP and PLCζ involved in oocyte activation and sperm chromatin status, as indicators of sperm quality during uncapacitated, capacitated and acrosome-reacted conditions. Semen samples collected from 10 normozoospermic men and sperm factors PAWP, PLCζ, protamine deficiency and DNA fragmentation evaluated in fresh samples, processed sample by DGC (density gradient centrifugation), capacitated and acrosome reacted sperm, using immunofluorescence and flow cytometry...
January 12, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076792/the-mre11-nbs1-interface-is-essential-for-viability-and-tumor-suppression
#20
Jun Hyun Kim, Malgorzata Grosbart, Roopesh Anand, Claire Wyman, Petr Cejka, John H J Petrini
The Mre11 complex (Mre11, Rad50, and Nbs1) is integral to both DNA repair and ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM)-dependent DNA damage signaling. All three Mre11 complex components are essential for viability at the cellular and organismal levels. To delineate essential and non-essential Mre11 complex functions that are mediated by Nbs1, we used TALEN-based genome editing to derive Nbs1 mutant mice (Nbs1(mid) mice), which harbor mutations in the Mre11 interaction domain of Nbs1. Nbs1(mid) alleles that abolished interaction were incompatible with viability...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
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