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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641400/cytosolic-delivery-of-sirna-by-ultra-high-affinity-dsrna-binding-proteins
#1
Nicole J Yang, Monique J Kauke, Fangdi Sun, Lucy F Yang, Katie F Maass, Michael W Traxlmayr, Yao Yu, Yingda Xu, Robert S Langer, Daniel G Anderson, K Dane Wittrup
Protein-based methods of siRNA delivery are capable of uniquely specific targeting, but are limited by technical challenges such as low potency or poor biophysical properties. Here, we engineered a series of ultra-high affinity siRNA binders based on the viral protein p19 and developed them into siRNA carriers targeted to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Combined in trans with a previously described endosome-disrupting agent composed of the pore-forming protein Perfringolysin O (PFO), potent silencing was achieved in vitro with no detectable cytotoxicity...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640945/production-of-human-vitronectin-in-nicotiana-benthamiana-using-the-inpact-hyper-expression-platform
#2
Benjamin Dugdale, Maiko Kato, Pradeep Deo, Manuel Plan, Mark Harrison, Robyn Lloyd, Terry Walsh, Robert Harding, James Dale
Human vitronectin (hVN) is a glycoprotein that functions as a cell adhesion molecule and a regulator of coagulation in blood plasma and the extracellular matrix. In vitro, hVN is added to serum-free media in order to promote the adhesion of animal cells to tissue culture surfaces and the proliferation of undifferentiated stem cells. Here, we report the production of hVN in Nicotiana benthamiana using the inducible In Plant Activation (INPACT) hyper-expression platform. N. benthamiana plants were transformed with an INPACT expression cassette encoding hVN, and both the Tobacco yellow dwarf virus Rep/RepA activator and Tomato bushy stunt virus p19 gene under the transcriptional control of the ethanol-inducible AlcR:alcA gene switch...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637452/downregulation-of-talin-1-expression-associates-with-increased-proliferation-and-migration-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-aortic-dissection
#3
Xiaolong Wei, Yudong Sun, Yani Wu, Jiang Zhu, Bin Gao, Han Yan, Zhiqing Zhao, Jian Zhou, Zaiping Jing
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to assessed whether Talin-1 is involved in the pathogenesis of aortic dissection via regulating vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) biological function. METHODS: Human aortic samples were obtained from organ donors who died from nonvascular diseases as normal controls and from patients undergoing surgical repair of thoracic aortic dissection. The expression level and distribution of Talin-1 were detected using westernblot analysis and immunohistochemistry in each sample...
June 20, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636437/tobacco-rattle-virus-trv-mediated-silencing-of-nicotiana-benthamiana-argonautes-nbagos-reveals-new-antiviral-candidates-and-dominant-effects-of-trv-nbago1
#4
Denis Odokonyero, Maria R Mendoza, Peter Moffett, Herman B Scholthof
The objective of this study was to determine the contribution of different ARGONAUTE proteins in Nicotiana benthamiana (NbAGOs) to the defense against silencing sensitive GFP-expressing viral constructs based on Tomato bushy stunt virus (TBSV) (Tombusvirus), Sunn-hemp mosaic virus (Tobamovirus), and Foxtail mosaic virus (Potexvirus). Upon Tobacco rattle virus (TRV)-mediated down-regulation of NbAGO1, 4, 5, or 6, no effects were noted on susceptibility to any virus construct, whereas knockdown of NbAGO2 specifically prevented silencing of P19-defective TBSV (TGdP19)...
June 21, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613007/transcriptional-coactivator-with-pdz-binding-motif-is-required-to-sustain-testicular-function-on-aging
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Mi Gyeong Jeong, Hyuna Song, Ji Hyun Shin, Hana Jeong, Hyo Kyeong Kim, Eun Sook Hwang
Transcriptional coactivator with PDZ-binding motif (TAZ) directly interacts with transcription factors and regulates their transcriptional activity. Extensive functional studies have shown that TAZ plays critical regulatory roles in stem cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival and also modulates the development of organs such as the lung, kidney, heart, and bone. Despite the importance of TAZ in stem cell maintenance, TAZ function has not yet been evaluated in spermatogenic stem cells of the male reproductive system...
June 14, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602636/extensive-phenotyping-of-two-arx-polyalanine-expansion-mutation-mouse-models-that-span-clinical-spectrum-of-intellectual-disability-and-epilepsy
#6
Matilda R Jackson, Kristie Lee, Tessa Mattiske, Emily J Jaehne, Ezgi Ozturk, Bernhard T Baune, Terence J O'Brien, Nigel Jones, Cheryl Shoubridge
The Aristaless-related homeobox gene (ARX) is a known intellectual disability (ID) gene that frequently presents with X-linked infantile spasm syndrome as a comorbidity. ID with epilepsy in children is a chronic and devastating disorder that has poor treatment options and disease outcomes. To gain a better understanding of the role that mutations in ARX play in ID and epilepsy, we investigate ARX patient mutations modelled in mice. Over half of all ARX mutations result from expansions of the first two polyalanine (PA1 and PA2 respectively) tracts...
June 8, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602625/a-notch-independent-mechanism-contributes-to-the-induction-of-hes1-gene-expression-in-response-to-hypoxia-in-p19-cells
#7
Xiaofeng Zheng, Sampath Narayanan, Xiaowei Zheng, Sandra Luecke-Johansson, Katarina Gradin, Sergiu-Bogdan Catrina, Lorenz Poellinger, Teresa S Pereira
Hes1 is a Notch target gene that plays a major role during embryonic development. Previous studies have shown that HIF-1α can interact with the Notch intracellular domain and enhance Notch target gene expression. In this study, we have identified a Notch-independent mechanism that regulates the responsiveness of the Hes1 gene to hypoxia. Using P19 cells we show that silencing the Notch DNA binding partner CSL does not prevent hypoxia-dependent upregulation of Hes1 expression. In contrast to CSL, knockdown of HIF-1α or Arnt expression prevents Hes1 induction in hypoxia...
June 9, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600778/semisynthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-prenylated-resveratrol-derivatives-as-multi-targeted-agents-for-alzheimer-s-disease
#8
Thanchanok Puksasook, Shinya Kimura, Sarin Tadtong, Jutamas Jiaranaikulwanitch, Jaturong Pratuangdejkul, Worawan Kitphati, Khanit Suwanborirux, Naoki Saito, Veena Nukoolkarn
A series of prenylated resveratrol derivatives were designed, semisynthesized and biologically evaluated for inhibition of β-secretase (BACE1) and amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation as well as free radical scavenging and neuroprotective and neuritogenic activities, as potential novel multifunctional agents against Alzheimer's disease (AD). The results showed that compound 4b exhibited good anti-Aβ aggregation (IC50 = 4.78 µM) and antioxidant activity (IC50 = 41.22 µM) and moderate anti-BACE1 inhibitory activity (23...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600433/sr-proteins-to-shuttle-or-not-to-shuttle-that-is-the-question
#9
Marie-Louise Hammarskjold, David Rekosh
Serine- and arginine-rich proteins play important roles in splicing, nuclear export, and translation. In this issue, Botti et al. (2017. J. Cell Biol https://doi.org/10.1083/jcb.201610051) show that SRSF2 and SRSF5, previously thought to be nuclear, shuttle with messenger RNA to the cytoplasm in pluripotent P19 cells, but not in differentiated cells.
June 9, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597057/an-l-glutamine-transporter-isoform-for-neurogenesis-facilitated-by-l-theanine
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REVIEW
Yukio Yoneda
L-Theanine (=γ-glutamylethylamide) is an amino acid ingredient in green tea with a structural analogy to L-glutamine (L-GLN) rather than L-glutamic acid (L-GLU), with regards to the absence of a free carboxylic acid moiety from the gamma carbon position. L-theanine markedly inhibits [(3)H]L-GLN uptake without affecting [(3)H]L-GLU uptake in cultured neurons and astroglia. In neural progenitor cells with sustained exposure to L-theanine, upregulation of the L-GLN transporter isoform Slc38a1 expression and promotion of both proliferation and neuronal commitment are seen along with marked acceleration of the phosphorylation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and relevant downstream proteins...
June 9, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596043/tildrakizumab-versus-placebo-or-etanercept-for-chronic-plaque-psoriasis-resurface-1-and-resurface-2-results-from-two-randomised-controlled-phase-3-trials
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Kristian Reich, Kim A Papp, Andrew Blauvelt, Stephen K Tyring, Rodney Sinclair, Diamant Thaçi, Kristine Nograles, Anish Mehta, Nicole Cichanowitz, Qing Li, Kenneth Liu, Carmen La Rosa, Stuart Green, Alexa B Kimball
BACKGROUND: Tildrakizumab is a high-affinity, humanised, IgG1 κ antibody targeting interleukin 23 p19 that represents an evolving treatment strategy in chronic plaque psoriasis. Previous research suggested clinical improvement with inhibition of interleukin 23 p19. We did two phase 3 trials to investigate whether tildrakizumab is superior to placebo and etanercept in the treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis. METHODS: We did two three-part, parallel group, double-blind, randomised controlled studies, reSURFACE 1 (at 118 sites in Australia, Canada, Japan, the UK, and the USA) and reSURFACE 2 (at 132 sites in Europe, Israel, and the USA)...
June 5, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593439/clinical-and-histopathological-amelioration-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-by-aav-vectors-expressing-a-soluble-interleukin-23-receptor
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Marta Miralles, Herena Eixarch, Marcos Tejero, Carme Costa, Keiji Hirota, A Raul Castaño, Meritxell Puig, Gitta Stockinger, Xavier Montalban, Assumpció Bosch, Carmen Espejo, Miguel Chillon
The role of the T helper (Th)17 pathway has been clearly demonstrated in the onset and progression of autoimmune diseases, where interleukin (IL)-23 is a key molecule in maintaining the response mediated by Th17 cells. As a consequence, recent strategies based on blocking the interaction between IL-23 and its receptor (IL-23R), for example the anti-p19 antibody tildrakizumab, have been developed to regulate the Th17 pathway from the initial stages of the disease. Here, a soluble (s)IL-23R cDNA was cloned in expression plasmids and viral vectors...
June 7, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593173/a-type-iii-effector-nlef-from-ehec-inhibits-epithelial-inflammatory-cell-death-by-targeting-caspase-4
#13
Ting Song, Kaiwu Li, Wei Zhou, Jing Zhou, Yuan Jin, Hongmei Dai, Tingting Xu, Mingda Hu, Hongguang Ren, Junjie Yue, Long Liang
Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) is a highly pathogenic bacterial strain capable of inducing severe gastrointestinal disease. Here, we show that EHEC uses the T3SS effector NleF to counteract the host inflammatory response by dampening caspase-4-mediated inflammatory epithelial cell death and by preventing the production of IL-1β. The other two inflammatory caspases, caspase-1 and caspase-5, are not involved in EHEC ΔnleF-induced inflammatory cell death. We found that NleF not only interrupted the heterodimerization of caspase-4-p19 and caspase-4-p10, but also inhibited the interaction of caspase-1 and caspase-4...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593132/activation-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-by-lithium-chloride-attenuates-d-galactose-induced-neurodegeneration-in-the-auditory-cortex-of-a-rat-model-of-aging
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Ming-Yu Xia, Xue-Yan Zhao, Qi-Lin Huang, Hai-Ying Sun, Chen Sun, Jie Yuan, Chang He, Yu Sun, Xiang Huang, Wen Kong, Wei-Jia Kong
Degeneration of the central auditory system, which is characterized by reduced understanding of speech and source localization of sounds, is an important cause of age-related hearing loss (presbycusis). Accumulating evidence has demonstrated that Wnt/β-catenin signaling plays an essential role in the development of the auditory system but its potential role in presbycusis remains unclear. In this study, we used a rat model of aging, created by chronic systemic exposure to d-galactose (d-gal), and explored changes in Wnt/β-catenin signaling in the auditory cortex...
June 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592444/cellular-differentiation-state-modulates-the-mrna-export-activity-of-sr-proteins
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Valentina Botti, François McNicoll, Michaela C Steiner, Florian M Richter, Anfisa Solovyeva, Marius Wegener, Oliver D Schwich, Ina Poser, Kathi Zarnack, Ilka Wittig, Karla M Neugebauer, Michaela Müller-McNicoll
SR proteins function in nuclear pre-mRNA processing, mRNA export, and translation. To investigate their cellular dynamics, we developed a quantitative assay, which detects differences in nucleocytoplasmic shuttling among seven canonical SR protein family members. As expected, SRSF2 and SRSF5 shuttle poorly in HeLa cells but surprisingly display considerable shuttling in pluripotent murine P19 cells. Combining individual-resolution cross-linking and immunoprecipitation (iCLIP) and mass spectrometry, we show that elevated arginine methylation of SRSF5 and lower phosphorylation levels of cobound SRSF2 enhance shuttling of SRSF5 in P19 cells by modulating protein-protein and protein-RNA interactions...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584022/ikk%C3%AE-mediated-resistance-to-skin-cancer-development-is-ink4a-arf-dependent
#16
Angustias Page, Ana Bravo, Cristian Suárez-Cabrera, Josefa P Alameda, M LLanos Casanova, Corina Lorz, Carmen Segrelles, Jose C Segovia, Jesus M Paramio, Manuel Navarro, Angel Ramírez
IKKβ (encoded by IKBKB) is a protein kinase that regulates the activity of numerous proteins important in several signaling pathways, such as the nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) pathway. IKKβ exerts a pro-tumorigenic role in several animal models of lung, hepatic, intestinal and oral cancer. In addition, genomic and proteomic studies of human tumors also indicate that IKBKB gene is amplified or overexpressed in multiple tumor types. Here, the relevance of IKKβ in skin cancer was determined by performing carcinogenesis studies in animal models overexpressing IKKβ in the basal skin layer...
June 5, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583171/comparison-of-neurons-derived-from-mouse-p19-rat-pc12-and-human-sh-sy5y-cells-in-the-assessment-of-chemical-and-toxin-induced-neurotoxicity
#17
Dina Popova, Jessica Karlsson, Stig O P Jacobsson
BACKGROUND: Exposure to chemicals might be toxic to the developing brain. There is a need for simple and robust in vitro cellular models for evaluation of chemical-induced neurotoxicity as a complement to traditional studies on animals. In this study, neuronally differentiated mouse embryonal carcinoma P19 cells (P19 neurons) were compared with human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells and rat adrenal pheochromocytoma PC12 cells for their ability to detect toxicity of methylmercury (MeHg), okadaic acid and acrylamide...
June 5, 2017: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580172/ralbp1-and-p19-vhl-play-an-oncogenic-role-and-p30-vhl-plays-a-tumor-suppressor-role-during-the-blebbishield-emergency-program
#18
Goodwin G Jinesh, Ashish M Kamat
Cancer stem cells evade apoptotic death by blebbishield emergency program, which constructs blebbishields from apoptotic bodies and drives cellular transformation. Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) plays both tumor suppressor and oncogenic roles, and the reason behind is poorly understood. Here we demonstrate that dimers and trimers of p19-VHL interact with RalBP1 to construct blebbishields. Expression of RalBP1, p19-VHL, and high-molecular weight VHL is required to evade apoptosis by blebbishield-mediated transformation...
2017: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577303/hhex-regulates-hematopoietic-stem-cell-self-renewal-and-stress-hematopoiesis-via-repression-of-cdkn2a
#19
Jacob T Jackson, Benjamin J Shields, Wei Shi, Ladina Di Rago, Donald Metcalf, Nicos A Nicola, Matthew P McCormack
The hematopoietically expressed homeobox transcription factor (Hhex) is important for the maturation of definitive hematopoietic progenitors and B-cells during development. We have recently shown that in adult hematopoiesis, Hhex is dispensable for maintenance of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and myeloid lineages but essential for the commitment of common lymphoid progenitors (CLPs) to lymphoid lineages. Here, we show that during serial bone marrow transplantation, Hhex-deleted HSCs are progressively lost, revealing an intrinsic defect in HSC self-renewal...
June 2, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573047/simultaneous-fluorescein-angiography-and-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-correlate-retinal-thickness-changes-to-vascular-abnormalities-in-an-in-vivo-mouse-model-of-retinopathy-of-prematurity
#20
Olachi J Mezu-Ndubuisi, Lauren K Taylor, Jamee A Schoephoerster
BACKGROUND: Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) is a condition of abnormal retinal vascular development (RVD) in premature infants. Fluorescein angiography (FA) has depicted phases (early, mid, late, and mature) of RVD in oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) mice. We sought to establish the relationship between retinal structural and vascular changes using simultaneous FA and spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). METHOD: 63 mice were exposed to 77% oxygen at postnatal day 7 (P7) for 5 days, while 63 mice remained in room air (RA)...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
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