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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822966/inhibitory-actions-of-the-nrg-1-erbb4-pathway-in-macrophages-during-tissue-fibrosis-in-heart-skin-and-lung
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Zarha Vermeulen, Anne-Sophie Hervent, Lindsey Dugaucquier, Leni Vandekerckhove, Miche Rombouts, Matthias Beyens, Dorien M Schrijvers, Guido R Y De Meyer, Stuart Maudsley, Gilles W De Keulenaer, Vincent Fm Segers
The neuregulin-1 (NRG-1)/ErbB system is an endothelium-controlled paracrine system modulating cardiac performance and adaptation. Recent studies indicate that NRG-1 has anti-fibrotic effects in the left ventricle (LV), which were explained by direct actions on cardiac fibroblasts. However, the NRG-1/ErbB system also regulates the function of macrophages. In this study, we hypothesized that the anti-fibrotic effect of NRG-1 in the heart is at least partially mediated through inhibitory effects on macrophages...
August 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822962/glucose-transporter-4-glut4-deficient-hearts-develop-maladaptive-hypertrophy-in-response-to-physiologic-or-pathologic-stresses
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Adam Raymond Wende, Jaetaek Kim, William Holland, Benjamin E Wayment, Brian T O'Neill, Joseph Tuinei, Manoja K Brahma, Mark E Pepin, Mark A McCrory, Ivan Luptak, Ganesh V Halade, Sheldon E Litwin, E Dale Abel
Pathological cardiac hypertrophy may be associated with reduced expression of the GLUT4 glucose transporter in contrast to exercise-induced cardiac hypertrophy, where GLUT4 levels are increased. However, mice with cardiac specific deletion of GLUT4 (G4H-/-) have normal cardiac function in the unstressed state. This study tested the hypothesis that cardiac GLUT4 is required for myocardial adaptations to hemodynamic demands. G4H-/- and control littermates (Con) were subjected to either a pathological model of left ventricular pressure overload (transverse aortic constriction; TAC) or a physiological model of endurance exercise (swim training)...
August 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822274/emergent-properties-of-bacterial-chemotaxis-pathway
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Remy Colin, Victor Sourjik
The chemotaxis pathway of Escherichia coli is the most studied sensory system in prokaryotes. The highly conserved general architecture of this pathway consists of two modules which mediate signal transduction and adaptation. The signal transduction module detects and amplifies changes in environmental conditions and rapidly transmits these signals to control bacterial swimming behavior. The adaptation module gradually resets the activity and sensitivity of the first module after initial stimulation and thereby enables the temporal comparisons necessary for bacterial chemotaxis...
August 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821885/the-expression-profiles-of-mirna-mrna-of-early-response-in-genetically-improved-farmed-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus-liver-by-acute-heat-stress
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Jun Qiang, Wen J Bao, Fan Y Tao, Jie He, Xia H Li, Pao Xu, Lan Y Sun
Genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT, Oreochromis niloticus) are commercially important fish that are cultured in China. GIFT are highly susceptible to diseases when exposed to high temperatures in summer. Better understanding the GIFT regulatory response to heat stress will not only help in determining the relationship between heat stress signalling pathways and adaption mechanisms, but will also contribute to breeding new high-temperature tolerant strains of GIFT. In this study, we built control (28 °C) and heat-treated (37...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821847/overcoming-the-plasticity-of-plant-specialized-metabolism-for-selective-diterpene-production-in-yeast
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Codruta Ignea, Anastasia Athanasakoglou, Aggeliki Andreadelli, Maria Apostolaki, Minas Iakovides, Euripides G Stephanou, Antonios M Makris, Sotirios C Kampranis
Plants synthesize numerous specialized metabolites (also termed natural products) to mediate dynamic interactions with their surroundings. The complexity of plant specialized metabolism is the result of an inherent biosynthetic plasticity rooted in the substrate and product promiscuity of the enzymes involved. The pathway of carnosic acid-related diterpenes in rosemary and sage involves promiscuous cytochrome P450s whose combined activity results in a multitude of structurally related compounds. Some of these minor products, such as pisiferic acid and salviol, have established bioactivity, but their limited availability prevents further evaluation...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821788/bioenergetic-adaptations-in-chemoresistant-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Sajad Dar, Jasdeep Chhina, Ismail Mert, Dhananjay Chitale, Thomas Buekers, Hareena Kaur, Shailendra Giri, Adnan Munkarah, Ramandeep Rattan
Earlier investigations have revealed that tumor cells undergo metabolic reprogramming and mainly derive their cellular energy from aerobic glycolysis rather than oxidative phosphorylation even in the presence of oxygen. However, recent studies have shown that certain cancer cells display increased oxidative phosphorylation or high metabolically active phenotype. Cellular bioenergetic profiling of 13 established and 12 patient derived ovarian cancer cell lines revealed significant bioenergetics diversity. The bioenergetics phenotype of ovarian cancer cell lines correlated with functional phenotypes of doubling time and oxidative stress...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821714/gadd45a-plays-a-protective-role-against-temozolomide-treatment-in-glioblastoma-cells
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Hsiao-Han Wang, Tsuey-Yu Chang, Wei-Chen Lin, Kuo-Chen Wei, Jyh-Wei Shin
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is one of the most aggressive cancers. Despite recent advances in multimodal therapies, high-grade glioma remains fatal. Temozolomide (TMZ) is an alkylating agent used worldwide for the clinical treatment of GBM; however, the innate and acquired resistance of GBM limits its application. Here, we found that TMZ inhibited the proliferation and induced the G2/M arrest of GBM cells. Therefore, we performed microarrays to identify the cell cycle- and apoptosis-related genes affected by TMZ...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821655/goal-directed-visual-processing-differentially-impacts-human-ventral-and-dorsal-visual-representations
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Maryam Vaziri-Pashkam, Yaoda Xu
Recent studies have challenged the ventral/"what" and dorsal/"where" two-visual-processing-pathway view by showing the existence of "what" and "where" information in both pathways. Is the two-pathway distinction still valid? Here, we examined how goal-directed visual information processing may differentially impact visual representations in these two pathways. Using fMRI and MVPA, in three experiments on human participants (57% females), by manipulating whether color or shape were task relevant and how they were conjoined, we examined shape-based object category decoding in occipito-temporal and parietal regions...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821548/the-transcriptional-regulator-phlh-modulates-2-4-diacetylphloroglucinol-biosynthesis-in-response-to-the-biosynthetic-intermediate-and-end-product
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Xu Yan, Rui Yang, Rui-Xue Zhao, Jian-Ting Han, Wen-Juan Jia, Di-Yin Li, Yong Wang, Nannan Zhang, Yi Wu, Li-Qun Zhang, Yong-Xing He
Certain strains of biocontrol Pseudomonas fluorescens produce the secondary metabolite 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol (2,4-DAPG) to antagonize the soil-borne phytopathogens in the rhizosphere. The gene cluster responsible for the biosynthesis of 2,4-DAPG is named phlACBDEFGH and it is still unclear how the pathway-specific regulator phlH within this gene cluster regulates the metabolism of 2,4-DAPG. Here, we found that PhlH in Pseudomonas fluorescens strain 2P24 represses the expression of the phlG gene encoding the 2,4-DAPG hydrolase by binding to a sequence motif overlapping with the -35 site recognized by σ(70) factors...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821380/unique-transcriptional-profile-of-native-persisters-in-escherichia-coli
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Shinya Matsumoto, Yuto Kawai, Satoshi Miyagawa, Yuka Iwamoto, Shujiro Okuda, Alicia Sánchez-Gorostiaga, Miguel Vicente, Satoshi Tsuneda
Non-dividing persisters, bacteria that can survive in the presence of antibiotics by pausing their metabolic activity, are among the many causes of the refractory nature of bacterial infections. Here we constructed a recombinant Escherichia coli strain that enables to distinguish non-dividing from dividing cell based on Z-ring during cell division. Then, non-dividing cells and dividing cells were successfully separated using a fluorescence activated cell sorter. The sorted non-dividing cells showed significantly higher tolerance toward ofloxacin than dividing cells, which indicates that persisters were concentrated with the methodology...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821276/inflammatory-demyelination-alters-subcortical-visual-circuits
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Sheila Espírito Santo Araújo, Henrique Rocha Mendonça, Natalie A Wheeler, Paula Campello-Costa, Kimberle M Jacobs, Flávia C A Gomes, Michael A Fox, Babette Fuss
BACKGROUND: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating disease classically associated with axonal damage and loss; more recently, however, synaptic changes have been recognized as additional contributing factors. An anatomical area commonly affected in MS is the visual pathway; yet, changes other than those associated with inflammatory demyelination of the optic nerve, i.e., optic neuritis, have not been described in detail. METHODS: Adult mice were subjected to a diet containing cuprizone to mimic certain aspects of inflammatory demyelination as seen in MS...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819426/central-role-of-cemip-in-tumorigenesis-and-its-potential-as-therapeutic-target
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Li Li, Lin-Hai Yan, Shwetha Manoj, Ying Li, Lu Lu
CEMIP (KIAA1199) was identified as migratory indicator protein which had been crudely studied in the last decade. Firstly its mutation site was reported to cause hearing loss due to the folding change of protein structure, meanwhile the over-expression of CEMIP referred to dreadful invasion and uncontrolled proliferation of tumor with distant metastasis, dedifferentiation, and limited survival opportunity of patients. Especially, over-expressed CEMIP also protected malignant tumor from strict microenvironment in hypoxia, low glucose and cracked barrier, leading to enhanced adaptability of tumor by stimulating the Wnt, EGFR, FGFR pathway...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819378/hif-is-not-essential-for-suppression-of-experimental-tumor-growth-by-mtor-inhibition
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Karl X Knaup, Regina Guenther, Johanna Stoeckert, Juliana M Monti, Kai-Uwe Eckardt, Michael S Wiesener
The Hypoxia Inducible Transcription Factor (HIF) is the master regulator of cellular response to hypoxic adaptation. Solid tumors inevitably harbour hypoxic regions with subsequent stabilization and activation of HIF and HIF target genes due to poor vascularization and rapid growth. The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a global regulator of cellular growth and proliferation, which can also regulate HIF expression independantly of hypoxia via specific activation of cellular translation and transcription...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819168/resistance-training-regulates-gene-expression-of-molecules-associated-with-intramyocellular-lipids-glucose-signaling-and-fiber-size-in-old-rats
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Manoel Benício Teixeira Ribeiro, Vinicius Guzzoni, Jeffrey M Hord, Gisele Nunes Lopes, Rita de Cássia Marqueti, Rosângela Vieira de Andrade, Heloisa Sobreiro Selistre-de-Araujo, João Luiz Q Durigan
Sarcopenia is a complex multifactorial process, some of which involves fat infiltration. Intramyocellular lipid (IMCL) accumulation is postulated to play a role on sarcopenia during aging, which is believed to be due alterations in glucose homeostasis in the skeletal muscle. Sarcopenia, along with intramuscular lipids, is associated with physical inactivity. Resistance training (RT) has been indicated to minimize the age-induced muscle skeletal adaptations. Thus, we aimed to investigate the effects of RT on mRNA levels of regulatory components related to intramyocellular lipid, glucose metabolism and fiber size in soleus and gastrocnemius muscles of aged rats...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819136/the-possible-molecular-mechanisms-of-bisphenol-a-action-on-porcine-early-embryonic-development
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Jing Guo, Ming-Hui Zhao, Kyung-Tae Shin, Ying-Jie Niu, Yong-Dae Ahn, Nam-Hyung Kim, Xiang-Shun Cui
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an environmental contaminant widely used in the plastic industry. BPA has been demonstrated to be an endocrine disruptor and has an adverse effect on the embryonic development of mammals. However, the mechanism of action of BPA is limited. In this study, we investigated the role and mechanism of BPA in porcine embryonic development. First, the parthenotes were treated with different concentrations of BPA. We found that blastocyst formation was impaired and the parthenotes were arrested at the 4-cell stage after treatment with 100 μm BPA...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817719/t-cell-expression-of-il-18r-and-dr3-is-essential-for-non-cognate-stimulation-of-th1-cells-and-optimal-clearance-of-intracellular-bacteria
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Oanh H Pham, Hope O'Donnell, Aymen Al-Shamkhani, Tobias Kerrinnes, Renée M Tsolis, Stephen J McSorley
Th1 cells can be activated by TCR-independent stimuli, but the importance of this pathway in vivo and the precise mechanisms involved require further investigation. Here, we used a simple model of non-cognate Th1 cell stimulation in Salmonella-infected mice to examine these issues. CD4 Th1 cell expression of both IL-18R and DR3 was required for optimal IFN-γ induction in response to non-cognate stimulation, while IL-15R expression was dispensable. Interestingly, effector Th1 cells generated by immunization rather than live infection had lower non-cognate activity despite comparable IL-18R and DR3 expression...
August 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817603/expression-of-the-mhc-class-ii-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer-is-associated-with-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes-and-interferon-signaling
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In Ah Park, Seong-Hye Hwang, In Hye Song, Sun-Hee Heo, Young-Ae Kim, Won Seon Bang, Hye Seon Park, Miseon Lee, Gyungyub Gong, Hee Jin Lee
Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) have been known for their strong prognostic and predictive significance in triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Several mechanisms for TIL influx in TNBC have been elucidated. Major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC-II) is an essential component of the adaptive immune system and is generally restricted to the surface of antigen-presenting cells. However, it has been reported that interferon-gamma signaling may induce MHC-II in almost all cell types, including those derived from cancer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815504/purification-and-in-vitro-characterization-of-zinc-finger-recombinases
#18
Femi J Olorunniji, Susan J Rosser, W Marshall Stark
Zinc finger recombinases (ZFRs) are designer site-specific recombinases that have been adapted for a variety of genome editing purposes. Due to their modular nature, ZFRs can be customized for targeted sequence recognition and recombination. There has been substantial research on the in vivo properties and applications of ZFRs; however, in order to fully understand and customize them, it will be necessary to study their properties in vitro. Experiments in vitro can allow us to optimize catalytic activities, improve target specificity, measure and minimize off-target activity, and characterize key steps in the recombination pathway that might be modified to improve performance...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815391/the-role-of-epigenetics-in-type-1-diabetes
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REVIEW
Samuel T Jerram, Mary N Dang, R David Leslie
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Epigenetics is defined as mitotically heritable changes in gene expression that do not directly alter the DNA sequence. By implication, such epigenetic changes are non-genetically determined, although they can be affected by inherited genetic variation. Extensive evidence indicates that autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes are determined by the interaction of genetic and non-genetic factors. Much is known of the genetic causes of these diseases, but the non-genetic effects are less clear-cut...
August 16, 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814803/the-bhlh-transcription-factor-cgbhlh001-is-a-potential-interaction-partner-of-cdpk-in-halophyte-chenopodium-glaucum
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Juan Wang, Gang Cheng, Cui Wang, Zhuanzhuan He, Xinxin Lan, Shiyue Zhang, Haiyan Lan
Plants have evolved different abilities to adapt to the ever-fluctuating environments for sessility. Calcium-dependent protein kinase (CDPK) is believed to play a pivotal role in abiotic stress signaling. So far, study on the specific substrates that CDPK recognized in response to adversity is limited. In the present study, we revealed a potential interaction between CDPK and a bHLH transcription factor under salt stress in Chenopodium glaucum. First, we identified a CgCDPK, which was up-regulated under salt and drought stress; then by Y2H screening, CgCDPK was detected to be involved in interaction with a bHLH TF (named as CgbHLH001), which also positively respond to salt and drought stress...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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