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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229923/epigenetic-regulation-of-reln-and-gad1-in-the-frontal-cortex-fc-of-autism-spectrum-disorder-asd-subjects
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Adrian Zhubi, Ying Chen, Alessandro Guidotti, Dennis R Grayson
Both Reelin (RELN) and glutamate decarboxylase 67 (GAD1) have been implicated in the pathophysiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). We have previously shown that both mRNAs are reduced in the cerebella (CB) of ASD subjects through a mechanism that involves increases in the amounts of MECP2 binding to the corresponding promoters. In the current study, we examined the expression of RELN, GAD1, GAD2, and several other mRNAs implicated in this disorder in the frontal cortices (FC) of ASD and CON subjects. We also focused on the role that epigenetic processes play in the regulation of these genes in ASD brain...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229921/protective-effect-of-a-polysaccharide-from-anoectochilus-roxburghii-against-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-acute-liver-injury-in-mice
#2
Biyu Zeng, Minghua Su, Qingxi Chen, Qiang Chang, Wei Wang, Huihua Li
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Anoectochilus roxburghii (Wall.) Lindl. is traditionally used for the treatment of various types of chronic and acute hepatitis in China. Considering that Anoectochilus roxburghii polysaccharide (ARPT) is the main constituent of Anoectochilus roxburghii, the present study was designed to investigate the hepatoprotective effect of ARPT and its possible mechanism in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced mice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The hepatoprotective activity of ARPT (150, 300 and 500 mg/kg) were investigated on CCl4-induced acute liver damage in mice...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229214/diversity-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-associated-with-banana-fruits-in-taiwan
#3
Yi-Sheng Chen, Yu-Jou Liao, Yi-Shan Lan, Hui-Chung Wu, Fujitoshi Yanagida
Banana is a popular fruit worldwide. The lactic acid bacteria (LAB) microflora in banana fruits has not been studied in detail. A total of 164 LAB were isolated from banana fruits in Taiwan. These isolates were initially divided into nine groups (r1 to r9) using restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis and 16S ribosomal DNA sequencing. Isolates belonging to Lactobacillus plantarum group were further divided into three additional groups using multiplex PCR assay targeting the recA gene. The most common bacterial genera found in banana fruits were Lactobacillus and Weissella...
February 22, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229177/advanced-glycation-end-product-3-age3-increases-apoptosis-and-the-expression-of-sclerostin-by-stimulating-tgf-%C3%AE-expression-and-secretion-in-osteocyte-like-mlo-y4-a2-cells
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Masakazu Notsu, Ippei Kanazawa, Ayumu Takeno, Maki Yokomoto-Umakoshi, Ken-Ichiro Tanaka, Toru Yamaguchi, Toshitsugu Sugimoto
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) cause bone fragility due to deterioration in bone quality. We previously reported that AGE3 induced apoptosis and inhibited differentiation via increased transforming growth factor (TGF)-β signaling in osteoblastic cells. Additionally, we demonstrated that AGE3 increased apoptosis and sclerostin expression and decreased receptor activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL) expression in osteocyte-like cells. However, it remains unclear whether TGF-β signaling is involved in the effects of AGEs on apoptosis and the expression of sclerostin and RANKL in osteocytes...
February 22, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228683/eutrema-salsugineum-cruciferae-new-to-mexico-a-surprising-generic-record-for-the-flora-of-middle-america
#5
Dmitry A German, Marcus A Koch
The paper reports Eutrema salsugineum as a novelty to the flora of Mexico and Middle America in general. The finding stands ca. 1600 km apart from the closest known locality in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA. The species is considered native to NW Mexico and its late discovery in the region is presumably explained by its tiny habit, early flowering time, and subephemeral life cycle. The phylogenetic position of this Mexican population in a haplotype network based on the chloroplast DNA fragment psbA-trnH confirms this hypothesis and also suggests, in contrast to the previously held viewpoint, multiple colonizations of North American continent from Asia...
2017: PhytoKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226256/endocrine-and-cellular-stress-effects-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-and-nifedipine-in-marsh-frogs-pelophylax-ridibundus
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Halina Falfushynska, Lesya Gnatyshyna, Oksana Horyn, Inna Sokolova, Oksana Stoliar
Freshwater organisms including amphibians experience increasing exposures to emerging pollutants such as nanoparticles and pharmaceuticals, which can affect their fitness and performance. We studied the effects of two common pollutants extensively used in industry, pharmaceutical and personal care products, nano-zinc oxide (nZnO) and a Ca-channel blocker nifedipine (Nfd), on endocrine status and cellular stress markers of the marsh frog Pelophylax ridibundus. Males were exposed for 14days to nZnO (3.1μM), Zn(2+) (3...
February 8, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225826/assessing-mycoplasma-contamination-of-cell-cultures-by-qpcr-using-a-set-of-universal-primer-pairs-targeting-a-1-5-kb-fragment-of-16s-rrna-genes
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Audrey Jean, Florence Tardy, Omran Allatif, Isabelle Grosjean, Bariza Blanquier, Denis Gerlier
Mycoplasmas (a generic name for Mollicutes) are a predominant bacterial contaminant of cell culture and cell derived products including viruses. This prokaryote class is characterized by very small size and lack of a cell wall. Consequently, mycoplasmas escape ultrafiltration and visualization under routine microscopic examination, hence the ease with which cells in culture can be contaminated, with routinely more than 10% of cell lines being contaminated. Mycoplasma are a formidable threat both in fundamental research by perverting a whole range of cell properties and functions and in the pharmacological use of cells and cell derived products...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225258/nanoparticle-based-discrimination-of-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-in-long-dna-sequences
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Maria Sanroman-Iglesias, Charles Lawrie, Luis M Liz-Marzán, Marek Grzelczak
Circulating DNA (ctDNA) and specifically the detection cancer-associated mutations in liquid biopsies promises to revolutionize cancer detection. The main difficulty however is that the length of typical ctDNA fragments (~150 bases) can form secondary structures potentially obscuring the mutated fragment from detection. We show that an assay based on gold nanoparticles (65 nm) stabilized with DNA (Au@DNA) can discriminate single nucleotide polymorphism in clinically-relevant DNA sequences (70-140 bases). The preincubation step was crucial to this process, allowing sequential bridging of Au@DNA, so that single base mutation can be discriminated, down to 100 pM concentration...
February 22, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225069/testicular-dnmt3-expression-and-global-dna-methylation-are-down-regulated-by-gonadotropin-releasing-hormones-in-the-ricefield-eel-monopterus-albus
#9
Yize Zhang, Xin Sun, Lihong Zhang, Weimin Zhang
In vertebrates, DNA methyltransferase 3 (Dnmt3) homologues are responsible for de novo DNA methylation and play important roles in germ cell development. In the present study, four dnmt3 genes, dnmt3aa, dnmt3ab, dnmt3ba and dnmt3bb.1, were identified in ricefield eels. Real-time quantitative PCR analysis showed that all four dnmt3 mRNAs were detected broadly in tissues examined, with testicular expression at relatively high levels. In the testis, immunostaining for all four Dnmt3 forms was mainly localized to spermatocytes, which also contained highly methylated DNA...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224403/association-of-follicle-stimulating-hormone-receptor-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-with-fertility-in-greek-men
#10
D Tsitlakidis, T Katopodi, D G Goulis, I Papadimas, A Kritis
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Although several epidemiological studies have been conducted, the impact of follicle-stimulating hormone receptor (FSHR) polymorphisms on male infertility remains unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of specific FSHR single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the Greek population and associate the latter with the clinical phenotype. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We enrolled 96 subjects: men with idiopathic non-obstructive azoospermia (n = 78) were compared with a control group of fertile men (n = 18) for SNPs in FSHR positions c...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224334/the-trpm4-channel-is-functionally-important-for-the-beneficial-cardiac-remodeling-induced-by-endurance-training
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Mélanie Gueffier, Justin Zintz, Karen Lambert, Amanda Finan, Franck Aimond, Nourdine Chakouri, Christophe Hédon, Mathieu Granier, Pierre Launay, Jérôme Thireau, Sylvain Richard, Marie Demion
Cardiac hypertrophy (CH) is an adaptive process that exists in two distinct forms and allows the heart to adequately respond to an organism's needs. The first form of CH is physiological, adaptive and reversible. The second is pathological, irreversible and associated with fibrosis and cardiomyocyte death. CH involves multiple molecular mechanisms that are still not completely defined but it is now accepted that physiological CH is associated more with the PI3-K/Akt pathway while the main signaling cascade activated in pathological CH involves the Calcineurin-NFAT pathway...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224196/calcium-and-oxidative-stress-mediate-perillaldehyde-induced-apoptosis-in-candida-albicans
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Hui Tian, Su Qu, Yanzhen Wang, Zhaoqun Lu, Man Zhang, Yeyun Gan, Peng Zhang, Jun Tian
New anti-Candida albicans drugs are needed due to the emergence of resistant cases in recent years. Perillaldehyde (PAE) is a natural monoterpenoid compound derived from Perilla frutescens. The minimum inhibitory concentration of PAE against C. albicans was 0.4 μL/mL. We aimed to elucidate the antifungal mode of action of PAE against C. albicans. The antifungal activity of PAE against C. albicans was found to correlate with an elevation in intracellular Ca(2+) and accumulation of ROS. Several downstream apoptosis events such as the disruption of mitochondrial membrane potential, phosphatidylserine externalization, cytochrome c release, and metacaspase activation were observed in PAE-treated cells...
February 21, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224056/evaluation-and-comparison-of-fta-card-and-ctab-dna-extraction-methods-for-non-agricultural-taxa
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Chloe S Siegel, Florence O Stevenson, Elizabeth A Zimmer
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: An efficient, effective DNA extraction method is necessary for comprehensive analysis of plant genomes. This study analyzed the quality of DNA obtained using paper FTA cards prepared directly in the field when compared to the more traditional cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)-based extraction methods from silica-dried samples. METHODS: DNA was extracted using FTA cards according to the manufacturer's protocol. In parallel, CTAB-based extractions were done using the automated AutoGen DNA isolation system...
February 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223935/morus-alba-leaf-lectin-mll-sensitizes-mcf-7-cells-to-anoikis-by-inhibiting-fibronectin-mediated-integrin-fak-signaling-through-ras-and-activation-of-p-38-mapk
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Jayaram Saranya, Ganesan Shilpa, Kozhiparambil G Raghu, Sulochana Priya
Lectins are a unique class of carbohydrate binding proteins/glycoproteins, and many of them possess anticancer properties. They can induce cell cycle arrest and apoptosis, inhibit protein synthesis, telomerase activity and angiogenesis in cancer cells. In the present study, we have demonstrated the effect of Morus alba leaf lectin (MLL) on anoikis induction in MCF-7 cells. Anoikis induction in cancer cells has a significant role in preventing early stage metastasis. MLL treatment in monolayers of MCF-7 cells caused significant detachment of cells in a time and concentration dependent manner...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223493/crystal-structure-of-aquifex-aeolicus-%C3%AF-n-bound-to-promoter-dna-and-the-structure-of-%C3%AF-n-holoenzyme
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Elizabeth A Campbell, Shreya Kamath, Kanagalaghatta R Rajashankar, Mengyu Wu, Seth A Darst
The bacterial σ factors confer promoter specificity to the RNA polymerase (RNAP). One alternative σ factor, σ(N), is unique in its structure and functional mechanism, forming transcriptionally inactive promoter complexes that require activation by specialized AAA(+) ATPases. We report a 3.4-Å resolution X-ray crystal structure of a σ(N) fragment in complex with its cognate promoter DNA, revealing the molecular details of promoter recognition by σ(N) The structure allowed us to build and refine an improved σ(N)-holoenzyme model based on previously published 3...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223457/the-source-and-evolutionary-history-of-a-microbial-contaminant-identified-through-soil-metagenomic-analysis
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Matthew R Olm, Cristina N Butterfield, Alex Copeland, T Christian Boles, Brian C Thomas, Jillian F Banfield
In this study, strain-resolved metagenomics was used to solve a mystery. A 6.4-Mbp complete closed genome was recovered from a soil metagenome and found to be astonishingly similar to that of Delftia acidovorans SPH-1, which was isolated in Germany a decade ago. It was suspected that this organism was not native to the soil sample because it lacked the diversity that is characteristic of other soil organisms; this suspicion was confirmed when PCR testing failed to detect the bacterium in the original soil samples...
February 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223140/reduced-cell-viability-and-apoptosis-induction-in-human-thyroid-carcinoma-and-mesothelioma-cells-exposed-to-cidofovir
#17
Simona Catalani, Francesco Palma, Serafina Battistelli, Barbara Nuvoli, Rossella Galati, Serena Benedetti
Besides its well-recognized antiviral activity, Cidofovir (CDV) has been shown to exert anticancer properties both within in vitro and in vivo models. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of CDV on still unexplored cultured cancer cells from human mesothelioma as well as breast, colon, liver, lung, prostate, and thyroid carcinomas. Overall, a dose- and time-dependent inhibition of cell viability was observed after CDV exposure. To clarify the mechanisms underlying CDV action, apoptotic cell death was investigated in two infected cell lines [Ist-Mes1 and Ist-Mes2 mesothelioma cells (SV40+)] and in two uninfected cell lines (NCI-H2425 mesothelioma cells and FTC-133 thyroid cancer cells), which resulted the most sensitive to CDV treatment...
February 18, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222398/isolation-of-a-new-resorcinolic-lipid-from-mangifera-zeylanica-hook-f-bark-and-its-cytotoxic-and-apoptotic-potential
#18
Meran Keshawa Ediriweera, Kamani Hemamala Tennekoon, Sameera Ranganath Samarakoon, Achyut Adhikari, Ira Thabrew, E Dilip de Silva
Mangifera zeylanica is a plant endemic to Sri Lanka and its bark has been used in traditional medicine to treat some cancers. This study was aimed to isolate potentially cytotoxic compound/s from the hexane extract of the bark of M. zeylanica by bio-activity guided fractionation. The structure of the isolated compound (1) was elucidated using (1)H, (13)C NMR and mass spectrometric techniques. Compound 1 was identified as a new resorcinolic lipid (5-((8Z, 11Z, 14Z)-hexatriaconta-8, 11, 14-trienyl) benzene-1,3-diol)...
February 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221989/evaluation-of-a-multiplex-pcr-assay-for-the-identification-of-salmonella-serovars-enteritidis-and-typhimurium-using-retail-and-abattoir-samples
#19
Dele Ogunremi, Susan Nadin-Davis, Andrée Ann Dupras, Imelda Gálvan Márquez, Katayoun Omidi, Louise Pope, John Devenish, Teresa Burke, Ray Allain, Daniel Leclair
A multiplex PCR was developed to identify the two most common serovars of Salmonella causing foodborne illness in Canada, namely, serovars Enteritidis and Typhimurium. The PCR was designed to amplify DNA fragments from four Salmonella genes, namely, invA gene (211-bp fragment), iroB gene (309-bp fragment), Typhimurium STM 4497 (523-bp fragment), and Enteritidis SE147228 (612-bp fragment). In addition, a 1,026-bp ribosomal DNA (rDNA) fragment universally present in bacterial species was included in the assay as an internal control fragment...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221880/spread-of-a-major-clone-of-salmonella-enterica-serotype-enteritidis-in-poultry-and-in-salmonellosis-outbreaks-in-southern-brazil
#20
Karen Apellanis Borges, Thales Quedi Furian, Sara Neves de Souza, Eduardo César Tondo, André Felipe Streck, Carlos Tadeu Pippi Salle, Hamilton Luiz de Souza Moraes, Vladimir Pinheiro do Nascimento
Salmonella spp. are among the most important agents of foodborne diseases all over the world. Human Salmonella outbreaks are often associated with the consumption of poultry products (meat and eggs), and one of the most prevalent serotypes associated with these products is Salmonella Enteritidis. Brazil is one of the most important poultry exporters in the world. In southern Brazil, three closely related clones of Salmonella Enteritidis have been responsible for the majority of foodborne Salmonella outbreaks over the past decade...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
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