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Bioinformatic Analyses In Early Host Response To Porcine Reproductive And Respiratory Syndrome Virus (Prrsv) Reveals Pathway Differences Between Pigs With Alternate Genotypes For A Major Host Response Qtl, Martine Schroyen, Christopher Eisley, James E. Koltes, Eric Fritz-Waters, Igseo Choi, Graham S. Plastow, Leluo Guan, Paul Stothard, Hua Bao, Arun Kommadath, James M. Reecy, Joan K. Lunney, Robert R. R. Rowland, Jack C. M. Dekkers, Christopher K. Tuggle 2019 Iowa State University

Bioinformatic Analyses In Early Host Response To Porcine Reproductive And Respiratory Syndrome Virus (Prrsv) Reveals Pathway Differences Between Pigs With Alternate Genotypes For A Major Host Response Qtl, Martine Schroyen, Christopher Eisley, James E. Koltes, Eric Fritz-Waters, Igseo Choi, Graham S. Plastow, Leluo Guan, Paul Stothard, Hua Bao, Arun Kommadath, James M. Reecy, Joan K. Lunney, Robert R. R. Rowland, Jack C. M. Dekkers, Christopher K. Tuggle

James M Reecy

Background: A region on Sus scrofa chromosome 4 (SSC4) surrounding single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) marker WUR10000125 (WUR) has been reported to be strongly associated with both weight gain and serum viremia in pigs after infection with PRRS virus (PRRSV). A proposed causal mutation in the guanylate binding protein 5 gene (GBP5) is predicted to truncate the encoded protein. To investigate transcriptional differences between WUR genotypes in early host response to PRRSV infection, an RNA-seq experiment was performed on globin depleted whole blood RNA collected on 0, 4, 7, 10 and 14 days post-infection (dpi) from eight littermate pairs with one ...


Head And Neck Cancers, James Liebmann, Ali Akalin, Liana Puscas, Andrew Chen, Richard S. Pieters 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Head And Neck Cancers, James Liebmann, Ali Akalin, Liana Puscas, Andrew Chen, Richard S. Pieters

Cancer Concepts: A Guidebook for the Non-Oncologist

This chapter in Cancer Concepts: A Guidebook for the Non-Oncologist presents an overview of head and neck cancers, including epidemiology, etiology, screening, pathology, staging, and treatment. The chapter focuses on cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract which are most often squamous cell carcinomas arising from the squamous epithelium that lines the tract.


Endosome To Golgi Retrieval Of The Vacuolar Protein Sorting Receptor, Vps10p, Requires The Function Of The Vps29, Vps30, And Vps35 Gene Products, Matthew N. J. Seaman, Eric G. Marcusson, Joan Lin-Cereghino, Scott D. Emr 2019 University of California, San Diego

Endosome To Golgi Retrieval Of The Vacuolar Protein Sorting Receptor, Vps10p, Requires The Function Of The Vps29, Vps30, And Vps35 Gene Products, Matthew N. J. Seaman, Eric G. Marcusson, Joan Lin-Cereghino, Scott D. Emr

Joan Lin-Cereghino

Mutations in the S. cerevisiae VPS29 and VPS30 genes lead to a selective protein sorting defect in which the vacuolar protein carboxypeptidase Y (CPY) is missorted and secreted from the cell, while other soluble vacuolar hydrolases like proteinase A (PrA) are delivered to the vacuole. This phenotype is similar to that seen in cells with mutations in the previously characterized VPS10 and VPS35 genes. Vps10p is a late Golgi transmembrane protein that acts as the sorting receptor for soluble vacuolar hydrolases like CPY and PrA, while Vps35p is a peripheral membrane protein which cofractionates with membranes enriched in Vps10p. The ...


A Human Papillomavirus-Independent Cervical Cancer Animal Model Reveals Unconventional Mechanisms Of Cervical Carcinogenesis, Chunbo He, Xiangmin Lv, Cong Huang, Peter C. Angeletti, Guohua Hua, Jixin Dong, Jin Zhou, Zhengfeng Wang, Bowen Ma, Xingcheng Chen, Paul F. Lambert, Bo R. Rueda, John S. Davis, Cheng Wang 2019 Massachusetts General Hospital & University of Nebraska Medical Center & Huazhong Agricultural University

A Human Papillomavirus-Independent Cervical Cancer Animal Model Reveals Unconventional Mechanisms Of Cervical Carcinogenesis, Chunbo He, Xiangmin Lv, Cong Huang, Peter C. Angeletti, Guohua Hua, Jixin Dong, Jin Zhou, Zhengfeng Wang, Bowen Ma, Xingcheng Chen, Paul F. Lambert, Bo R. Rueda, John S. Davis, Cheng Wang

Virology Papers

HPV infections are common in healthy women and only rarely cause cervical cancer, suggesting that individual genetic susceptibility may play a critical role in the establishment of persistent HPV infection and the development of cervical cancer. Here, we provide convincing in vitro and in vivo evidence showing that differential expression and activation of YAP1 oncogene determine individual susceptibility to HPV infection and cervical carcinogenesis. We found that hyperactivation of YAP1 in mouse cervical epithelium was sufficient to induce invasive cervical cancer. Cervical epithelial cell-specific HPV16 E6/E7 and YAP1 double-knockin mouse model demonstrated that high-risk HPV synergized with hyperactivated YAP1 ...


Receptor Interacting Protein Kinase 3 (Rip3) Regulates Ipscs Generation Through Modulating Cell Cycle Progression Genes, Ahmad Al-Moujahed, Bo Tian, Nikolaos E. Efstathiou, Eleni K. Konstantinou, Mien Hoang, Haijiang Lin, Joan W. Miller, Demetrios G. Vavvas 2019 Harvard Medical School

Receptor Interacting Protein Kinase 3 (Rip3) Regulates Ipscs Generation Through Modulating Cell Cycle Progression Genes, Ahmad Al-Moujahed, Bo Tian, Nikolaos E. Efstathiou, Eleni K. Konstantinou, Mien Hoang, Haijiang Lin, Joan W. Miller, Demetrios G. Vavvas

Open Access Articles

The molecular mechanisms involved in induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) generation are poorly understood. The cell death machinery of apoptosis-inducing caspases have been shown to facilitate the process of iPSCs reprogramming. However, the effect of other cell death processes, such as programmed necrosis (necroptosis), on iPSCs induction has not been studied. In this study, we investigated the role of receptor-interacting protein kinase 3 (RIP3), an essential regulator of necroptosis, in reprogramming mouse embryonic fibroblast cells (MEFs) into iPSCs. RIP3 was found to be upregulated in iPSCs compared to MEFs. Deletion of RIP3 dramatically suppressed the reprogramming of iPSCs (~82%). RNA-seq ...


Investigating The Role Of Free Radicals In Huntington's Disease Using Drosophila Melanogaster, Jennifer Libov 2019 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Investigating The Role Of Free Radicals In Huntington's Disease Using Drosophila Melanogaster, Jennifer Libov

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

During normal cell metabolism, reactive oxygen species (ROS) are produced as a byproduct of oxidative phosphorylation. ROS are utilized in the cell as a signaling molecule and can be maintained at healthy levels by cellular antioxidants. However, when the cell experiences oxidative stress due to environmental or genetic conditions, levels of ROS can exceed healthy levels and inhibit necessary life functions by damaging biomolecules and cellular structures. This loss of function can lead to physiological decline and neurodegeneration, such as in diseases like Alzheimer’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and, potentially, Huntington’s disease. The following experiments use the model ...


Small Peptide Ligands For Targeting Egfr In Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells, Hanieh Hossein-Nejad-Ariani, Emad Althagafi, Kamaljit Kaur 2019 Chapman University

Small Peptide Ligands For Targeting Egfr In Triple Negative Breast Cancer Cells, Hanieh Hossein-Nejad-Ariani, Emad Althagafi, Kamaljit Kaur

Pharmacy Faculty Articles and Research

The efficacy of chemotherapy for cancer treatment can be increased by targeted drug delivery to the cancer cells. This is particularly important for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) for which chemotherapy is a major form of treatment. Here we designed and screened a library of 30 peptides starting with a previously reported epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) targeting peptide GE11 (YHWYGYTPQNVI). A direct peptide array-whole cell binding assay, where the peptides are conjugated to a cellulose membrane, was used to identify four peptides with enhanced binding to TNBC cells. Next, the four peptides were synthesized as FITC-labelled soluble peptides to ...


Viral Infection Or Ifn-Alpha Alters Mitotic Spindle Orientation By Modulating Pericentrin Levels, William M. McDougall, Jill Perreira, Hui-Fang Hung, Anastassiia Vertii, E. Xiaofei, Wendy Zimmerman, Timothy F. Kowalik, Stephen J. Doxsey, Abraham L. Brass 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Viral Infection Or Ifn-Alpha Alters Mitotic Spindle Orientation By Modulating Pericentrin Levels, William M. Mcdougall, Jill Perreira, Hui-Fang Hung, Anastassiia Vertii, E. Xiaofei, Wendy Zimmerman, Timothy F. Kowalik, Stephen J. Doxsey, Abraham L. Brass

Open Access Articles

Congenital microcephaly occurs in utero during Zika virus (ZIKV) infection. The single-gene disorder, Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II (MOPDII), also leads to microcephaly and is concomitant with a decrease in the centrosomal protein, pericentrin (PCNT). This protein is a known contributor of mitotic spindle misorientation and ultimately, microcephaly. Similar to MOPDII, either viral infection or interferon (IFN)-alpha exposure reduced PCNT levels at the mitotic spindle poles. We unexpectedly found that infection of cells with any one of a diverse set of viruses, such as ZIKV, dengue virus, cytomegalovirus, influenza A virus, or hepatitis B virus, or treatment of ...


Synder: Inferring Genomic Orthologs From Synteny Maps, Zebulun Arendsee, Andrew Wilkey, Urminder Singh, Jing Li, Manhoi Hur, Eve Syrkin Wurtele 2019 Iowa State University

Synder: Inferring Genomic Orthologs From Synteny Maps, Zebulun Arendsee, Andrew Wilkey, Urminder Singh, Jing Li, Manhoi Hur, Eve Syrkin Wurtele

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Ortholog inference is a key step in understanding the evolution and function of a gene or other genomic feature. Yet often no similar sequence can be identified, or the true ortholog is hidden among false positives. A solution is to consider the sequence's genomic context. We present the generic program, synder, for tracing features of interest between genomes based on a synteny map. This approach narrows genomic search-space independently of the sequence of the feature of interest. We illustrate the utility of synder by finding orthologs for the Arabidopsis thaliana 13-member gene family of Nuclear Factor YC transcription factor ...


Huntingtin Associates With The Actin Cytoskeleton And Alpha-Actinin Isoforms To Influence Stimulus Dependent Morphology Changes, Adelaide Tousley, Maria Iuliano, Elizabeth Weisman, Ellen Sapp, Heather Richardson, Petr Vodicka, Jonathan Alexander, Neil Aronin, Marian DiFiglia, Kimberly B. Kegel-Gleason 2019 Massachusetts General Hospital

Huntingtin Associates With The Actin Cytoskeleton And Alpha-Actinin Isoforms To Influence Stimulus Dependent Morphology Changes, Adelaide Tousley, Maria Iuliano, Elizabeth Weisman, Ellen Sapp, Heather Richardson, Petr Vodicka, Jonathan Alexander, Neil Aronin, Marian Difiglia, Kimberly B. Kegel-Gleason

Open Access Articles

One response of cells to growth factor stimulus involves changes in morphology driven by the actin cytoskeleton and actin associated proteins which regulate functions such as cell adhesion, motility and in neurons, synaptic plasticity. Previous studies suggest that Huntingtin may be involved in regulating morphology however, there has been limited evidence linking endogenous Huntingtin localization or function with cytoplasmic actin in cells. We found that depletion of Huntingtin in human fibroblasts reduced adhesion and altered morphology and these phenotypes were made worse with growth factor stimulation, whereas the presence of the Huntington's Disease mutation inhibited growth factor induced changes ...


Alpha-Synuclein Toxicity Is Caused By Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Michael G. Tauro 2019 The University of Western Ontario

Alpha-Synuclein Toxicity Is Caused By Mitochondrial Dysfunction, Michael G. Tauro

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder, affecting roughly 1% of the population over the age of sixty years. Alpha-synuclein (aSyn) is a protein implicated in both familial and idiopathic forms of PD, yet despite the wealth of data implicating aSyn as a causative agent in PD, the mechanisms underlying its toxicity remain mostly unknown. Mitochondrial dysfunction is a major hallmark of PD, yet there is only limited evidence linking aSyn toxicity to mitochondrial dysfunction. My study establishes a novel aSyn model in respiring yeast cells, which allows me to explore how aSyn affects mitochondrial homeostasis ...


Identification And Characterization Of Barrier Insulator Activity In The T-Cell Receptor Alpha Locus Control Region, Gayathri Devi Raghupathy 2019 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Identification And Characterization Of Barrier Insulator Activity In The T-Cell Receptor Alpha Locus Control Region, Gayathri Devi Raghupathy

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Genes of different spatiotemporal expression profiles are often juxtaposed in the genome. This organization raises risks of cross-regulatory influences from neighboring genes; for instance heterochromatin can spread over euchromatin or long-range acting enhancers can inappropriately activate genes. Gene regulatory elements such as Locus Control Regions (LCR) and Insulators prevent such cross-communications and allow for normal gene expression patterns. In transgenic systems, LCRs limit influences from surrounding chromatin by providing site-of-integration independent and specific spatiotemporal expression upon a linked transgene. The field’s understanding of the ability of an LCR to overcome chromatin influences and allow site-of-integration independent expression is minimal ...


Multiple Variables At The Leukocyte Cell Surface Impact Fc Γ Receptor-Dependent Mechanisms, Kashyap R. Patel, Jacob T. Roberts, Adam W. Barb 2019 Iowa State University

Multiple Variables At The Leukocyte Cell Surface Impact Fc Γ Receptor-Dependent Mechanisms, Kashyap R. Patel, Jacob T. Roberts, Adam W. Barb

Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology Publications

Fc γ receptors (FcγR) expressed on the surface of human leukocytes bind clusters of immunoglobulin G (IgG) to induce a variety of responses. Many therapeutic antibodies and vaccine-elicited antibodies prevent or treat infectious diseases, cancers and autoimmune disorders by binding FcγRs, thus there is a need to fully define the variables that impact antibody-induced mechanisms to properly evaluate candidate therapies and design new intervention strategies. A multitude of factors influence the IgG-FcγR interaction; one well-described factor is the differential affinity of the six distinct FcγRs for the four human IgG subclasses. However, there are several other recently described factors that ...


Which Should Be Used First For Alk-Positive Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer: Chemotherapy Or Targeted Therapy? A Meta-Analysis Of Five Randomized Trials, Yen-Chien Lee, Chung-Cheng Hsieh, Yen-Ling Lee, Chung-Yi Li 2019 National Cheng Kung University

Which Should Be Used First For Alk-Positive Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer: Chemotherapy Or Targeted Therapy? A Meta-Analysis Of Five Randomized Trials, Yen-Chien Lee, Chung-Cheng Hsieh, Yen-Ling Lee, Chung-Yi Li

Open Access Articles

Background and objectives: Targeted therapy is widely used in the era of precision medicine. Whether the sequence in which targeted therapy and chemotherapy are performed matters, is however not known. We examined the impact of the sequential treatment of targeted therapy and chemotherapy among advanced anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK), non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients.

Materials and Methods: Randomized controlled trials comparing the use of ALK inhibitors with chemotherapy were included in this meta-analysis. We estimated the hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CI), for progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) from a random effects model. Two-sided statistical ...


Geneweld: A Method For Efficient Targeted Integration Directed By Short Homology, Wesley A. Wierson, Jordan M. Welker, Maira P. Almeida, Carla A. Mann, Dennis A. Webster, Melanie E. Torrie, Trevor J. Weiss, Macy K. Vollbrecht, Merrina Lan, Kenna C. McKeighan, Zhitao MIng, Alec Wehmeier, Christopher S. Mikelson, Jeffrey A. Haltom, Kristen M. Kwan, Chi-­Bin Chien, Darius Balciunas, Stephen C. Ekker, Karl J. Clark, Beau R. Webber, Branden Moriarity, Staci L. Solin, Daniel F. Carlson, Drena L. Dobbs, Maura McGrail, Jeffrey J. Essner 2019 Iowa State University

Geneweld: A Method For Efficient Targeted Integration Directed By Short Homology, Wesley A. Wierson, Jordan M. Welker, Maira P. Almeida, Carla A. Mann, Dennis A. Webster, Melanie E. Torrie, Trevor J. Weiss, Macy K. Vollbrecht, Merrina Lan, Kenna C. Mckeighan, Zhitao Ming, Alec Wehmeier, Christopher S. Mikelson, Jeffrey A. Haltom, Kristen M. Kwan, Chi-­Bin Chien, Darius Balciunas, Stephen C. Ekker, Karl J. Clark, Beau R. Webber, Branden Moriarity, Staci L. Solin, Daniel F. Carlson, Drena L. Dobbs, Maura Mcgrail, Jeffrey J. Essner

Maura McGrail

Choices for genome engineering and integration involve high efficiency with little or no target specificity or high specificity with low activity. Here, we describe a targeted integration strategy, called GeneWeld, and a vector series for gene tagging, pGTag (plasmids for Gene Tagging), which promote highly efficient and precise targeted integration in zebrafish embryos, pig fibroblasts, and human cells utilizing the CRISPR/Cas9 system. Our work demonstrates that in vivo targeting of a genomic locus of interest with CRISPR/Cas9 and a donor vector containing as little as 24 to 48 base pairs of homology directs precise and efficient knock-in when ...


Epigenetic Regulators Rbbp4 And Hdac1 Are Overexpressed In A Zebrafish Model Of Rb1 Embryonal Brain Tumor, And Are Required For Neural Progenitor Survival And Proliferation, Laura E. Schultz, Jeffrey A. Haltom, Maira P. Almeida, Wesley A. Wierson, Staci L. Solin, Trevor J. Weiss, Jordan A. Helmer, Elizabeth J. Sandquist, Heather R. Shive, Maura McGrail 2019 Iowa State University

Epigenetic Regulators Rbbp4 And Hdac1 Are Overexpressed In A Zebrafish Model Of Rb1 Embryonal Brain Tumor, And Are Required For Neural Progenitor Survival And Proliferation, Laura E. Schultz, Jeffrey A. Haltom, Maira P. Almeida, Wesley A. Wierson, Staci L. Solin, Trevor J. Weiss, Jordan A. Helmer, Elizabeth J. Sandquist, Heather R. Shive, Maura Mcgrail

Maura McGrail

In this study, we used comparative genomics and developmental genetics to identify epigenetic regulators driving oncogenesis in a zebrafish retinoblastoma 1 (rb1) somatic-targeting model of RB1 mutant embryonal brain tumors. Zebrafish rb1 brain tumors caused by TALEN or CRISPR targeting are histologically similar to human central nervous system primitive neuroectodermal tumors (CNS-PNETs). Like the human oligoneural OLIG2+/SOX10+ CNS-PNET subtype, zebrafish rb1 tumors show elevated expression of neural progenitor transcription factors olig2, sox10, sox8b and the receptor tyrosine kinase erbb3a oncogene. Comparison of rb1 tumor and rb1/rb1 germline mutant larval transcriptomes shows that the altered oligoneural precursor signature is ...


Microrna-29a Activates A Multi-Component Growth And Invasion Program In Glioblastoma, Yun Zhao, Wei Huang, Tae-Min Kim, Yuchae Jung, Lata G. Menon, Hongyan Xing, Hongwei Li, Rona S. Carroll, Peter J. Park, Hong Wei Yang, Mark D. Johnson 2019 Harvard Medical School

Microrna-29a Activates A Multi-Component Growth And Invasion Program In Glioblastoma, Yun Zhao, Wei Huang, Tae-Min Kim, Yuchae Jung, Lata G. Menon, Hongyan Xing, Hongwei Li, Rona S. Carroll, Peter J. Park, Hong Wei Yang, Mark D. Johnson

Open Access Articles

BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma is a malignant brain tumor characterized by rapid growth, diffuse invasion and therapeutic resistance. We recently used microRNA expression profiles to subclassify glioblastoma into five genetically and clinically distinct subclasses, and showed that microRNAs both define and contribute to the phenotypes of these subclasses. Here we show that miR-29a activates a multi-faceted growth and invasion program that promotes glioblastoma aggressiveness.

METHODS: microRNA expression profiles from 197 glioblastomas were analyzed to identify the candidate miRNAs that are correlated to glioblastoma aggressiveness. The candidate miRNA, miR-29a, was further studied in vitro and in vivo.

RESULTS: Members of the miR-29 subfamily ...


Vegf/Neuropilin Signaling In Cancer Stem Cells, Arthur M. Mercurio 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Vegf/Neuropilin Signaling In Cancer Stem Cells, Arthur M. Mercurio

Open Access Articles

The function of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in cancer extends beyond angiogenesis and vascular permeability. Specifically, VEGF-mediated signaling occurs in tumor cells and this signaling contributes to key aspects of tumorigenesis including the self-renewal and survival of cancer stem cells (CSCs). In addition to VEGF receptor tyrosine kinases, the neuropilins (NRPs) are critical for mediating the effects of VEGF on CSCs, primarily because of their ability to impact the function of growth factor receptors and integrins. VEGF/NRP signaling can regulate the expression and function of key molecules that have been implicated in CSC function including Rho family guanosine ...


Identifying Genetic Regulators Of Cancer Stem Cell Differentiation For Glioblastoma Therapy, Ann Chen, Yang Xiao, Rong Fan, Jiangbing Zhou 2019 Yale University

Identifying Genetic Regulators Of Cancer Stem Cell Differentiation For Glioblastoma Therapy, Ann Chen, Yang Xiao, Rong Fan, Jiangbing Zhou

Yale Day of Data

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and aggressive type of primary brain cancer. Even with treatment, GBM patients have a median survival rate of less than 15 months and a five-year survival rate of 2%. Poor therapeutic outcomes may be attributed to the presence of a subpopulation of cells within tumors, known as cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are resistant to conventional radiotherapy and chemotherapy. CSCs are capable of tumor initiation, sustained self-renewal, and differentiation into terminal cell types. These terminally differentiated cells make up the bulk of the tumor and are sensitive to GBM therapies. Therefore, CSC-directed therapies ...


Analyzing Neuronal Dendritic Trees With Convolutional Neural Networks, Olivier Trottier, Jonathon Howard 2019 Yale University

Analyzing Neuronal Dendritic Trees With Convolutional Neural Networks, Olivier Trottier, Jonathon Howard

Yale Day of Data

In the biological sciences, image analysis software are used to detect, segment or classify a variety of features encountered in living matter. However, the algorithms that accomplish these tasks are often designed for a specific dataset, making them hardly portable to accomplish the same tasks on images of different biological structures. Recently, convolutional neural networks have been used to perform complex image analysis on a multitude of datasets. While applications of these networks abound in the technology industry and computer science, use cases are not as common in the academic sciences. Motivated by the generalizability of neural networks, we aim ...


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