1. Novel patient-derived xenograft and cell line models for therapeutic testing of pediatric liver cancer.

    Journal of Hepatology 65(2):325 (2016) PMID 27117591

    Pediatric liver cancer is a rare but serious disease whose incidence is rising, and for which the therapeutic options are limited. Development of more targeted, less toxic therapies is hindered by the lack of an experimental animal model that captures the heterogeneity and metastatic capability ...
  2. Ampullary Cancers Harbor ELF3 Tumor Suppressor Gene Mutations and Exhibit Frequent WNT Dysregulation.

    Cell Reports 14(4):907 (2016) PMID 26804919 PMCID PMC4982376

    The ampulla of Vater is a complex cellular environment from which adenocarcinomas arise to form a group of histopathologically heterogenous tumors. To evaluate the molecular features of these tumors, 98 ampullary adenocarcinomas were evaluated and compared to 44 distal bile duct and 18 duodenal ...
  3. O-GlcNAcylation of master growth repressor DELLA by SECRET AGENT modulates multiple signaling pathways in Arabidopsis.

    Genes & Development 30(2):164 (2016) PMID 26773002 PMCID PMC4719307

    The DELLA family of transcription regulators functions as master growth repressors in plants by inhibiting phytohormone gibberellin (GA) signaling in response to developmental and environmental cues. DELLAs also play a central role in mediating cross-talk between GA and other signaling pathways ...
  4. Exome sequencing in mostly consanguineous Arab families with neurologic disease provides a high potential molecular diagnosis rate.

    BMC Medical Genomics 9(1):42 (2016) PMID 27435318 PMCID PMC4950750

    Neurodevelopment is orchestrated by a wide range of genes, and the genetic causes of neurodevelopmental disorders are thus heterogeneous. We applied whole exome sequencing (WES) for molecular diagnosis and in silico analysis to identify novel disease gene candidates in a cohort from Saudi Arabia...
  5. An open access pilot freely sharing cancer genomic data from participants in Texas.

    Scientific data 3:160010 (2016) PMID 26882539 PMCID PMC4755126

    Genomic data sharing in cancer has been restricted to aggregate or controlled-access initiatives to protect the privacy of research participants. By limiting access to these data, it has been argued that the autonomy of individuals who decide to participate in data sharing efforts has been super...
  6. Functional characterization and developmental expression profiling of gibberellin signalling components in Vitis vinifera.

    Journal of Experimental Botany 66(5):1463 (2015) PMID 25588745 PMCID PMC4339604

    Gibberellins (GAs) regulate numerous developmental processes in grapevine (Vitis vinifera) such as rachis elongation, fruit set, and fruitlet abscission. The ability of GA to promote berry enlargement has led to its indispensable use in the sternospermocarpic ('seedless') table grape industry wo...
  7. Mutually exclusive recurrent somatic mutations in MAP2K1 and BRAF support a central role for ERK activation in LCH pathogenesis.

    Blood 124(19):3007 (2014) PMID 25202140 PMCID PMC4224195

    Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a myeloproliferative disorder characterized by lesions composed of pathological CD207(+) dendritic cells with an inflammatory infiltrate. BRAFV600E remains the only recurrent mutation reported in LCH. In order to evaluate the spectrum of somatic mutations i...
  8. KSHV miRNAs decrease expression of lytic genes in latently infected PEL and endothelial cells by targeting host transcription factors.

    Viruses 6(10):4005 (2014) PMID 25341664 PMCID PMC4213575

    Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) microRNAs are encoded in the latency-associated region. Knockdown of KSHV miR-K12-3 and miR-K12-11 increased expression of lytic genes in BC-3 cells, and increased virus production from latently infected BCBL-1 cells. Furthermore, iSLK cells infecte...
  9. Role of the gibberellin receptors GID1 during fruit-set in Arabidopsis.

    Plant Journal 79(6):1020 (2014) PMID 24961590 PMCID PMC4403254

    Gibberellins (GAs) play a critical role in fruit-set and fruit growth. Gibberellin is perceived by its nuclear receptors GA INSENSITIVE DWARF1s (GID1s), which then trigger degradation of downstream repressors DELLAs. To understand the role of the three GA receptor genes (GID1A, GID1B and GID1C) ...
  10. Genomic and proteomic analysis of transcription factor TFII-I reveals insight into the response to cellular stress.

    Nucleic Acids Research 42(12):7625 (2014) PMID 24875474 PMCID PMC4081084

    The ubiquitously expressed transcription factor TFII-I exerts both positive and negative effects on transcription. Using biotinylation tagging technology and high-throughput sequencing, we determined sites of chromatin interactions for TFII-I in the human erythroleukemia cell line K562. This ana...
  11. LANA binds to multiple active viral and cellular promoters and associates with the H3K4methyltransferase hSET1 complex.

    PLoS Pathogens 10(7):e1004240 (2014) PMID 25033463 PMCID PMC4102568

    Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is a γ-herpesvirus associated with KS and two lymphoproliferative diseases. Recent studies characterized epigenetic modification of KSHV episomes during latency and determined that latency-associated genes are associated with H3K4me3 while most lyti...
  12. LEVERAGING BIOLOGICAL REPLICATES TO IMPROVE ANALYSIS IN CHIP-SEQ EXPERIMENTS

    Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal 9(13):1 (2014) PMID 24688750 PMCID PMC3962196

    ChIP-seq experiments identify genome-wide profiles of DNA-binding molecules including transcription factors, enzymes and epigenetic marks. Biological replicates are critical for reliable site discovery and are required for the deposition of data in the ENCODE and modENCODE projects. Wh...
  13. Testing Rhodiola sachalinensis saccharide as cryoprotectant for bovine spermatozoa

    Journal of Dairy Science 96(11):6965 (2013) PMID 23992977

    Rhodiola sachalinensis saccharide (RSS) was extracted from the rhizome of Herba Rhodiolae and was expected as a novel cryoprotectant. The aim of this study was to test the effects of RSS on motility of bull sperm and the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), lactate dehydrogenase (...
  14. Persistent human herpesvirus-6 infection in patients with an inherited form of the virus.

    Journal of Medical Virology 85(11):1940 (2013) PMID 23893753 PMCID PMC3779660

    Human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6)A and 6B are ubiquitous betaherpesviruses viruses with lymphotropic and neurotropic potential. As reported earlier, these viruses establish latency by integration into the telomeres of host chromosomes. Chromosomally integrated HHV-6 (CIHHV-6) can be transmitted vertic...
  15. Biological characterization and next-generation genome sequencing of the unclassified Cotia virus SPAn232 (Poxviridae).

    Journal of Virology 86(9):5039 (2012) PMID 22345477 PMCID PMC3347363

    Cotia virus (COTV) SPAn232 was isolated in 1961 from sentinel mice at Cotia field station, São Paulo, Brazil. Attempts to classify COTV within a recognized genus of the Poxviridae have generated contradictory findings. Studies by different researchers suggested some similarity to myxoma virus an...
  16. High level expression of recombinant human antithrombin in the mammary gland of rabbits by adenoviral vectors infection.

    Animal Biotechnology 23(2):89 (2012) PMID 22537058

    Expression of recombinant pharmaceutical proteins in the mammalian mammary gland is of great interest for the medical industry. This study was designed to express recombinant human antithrombin (rhAT) in the mammary gland of rabbits by adenovirus vectors infection. Replication-defective adenovir...
  17. Ago HITS-CLIP expands understanding of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus miRNA function in primary effusion lymphomas.

    PLoS Pathogens 8(8):e1002884 (2012) PMID 22927820 PMCID PMC3426530

    KSHV is the etiological agent of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS), primary effusion lymphoma (PEL), and a subset of multicentricCastleman's disease (MCD). The fact that KSHV-encoded miRNAs are readily detectable in all KSHV-associated tumors suggests a potential role in viral pathogenesis and tumorigenesis...
  18. Scarecrow-like 3 promotes gibberellin signaling by antagonizing master growth repressor DELLA in Arabidopsis.

    PNAS 108(5):2160 (2011) PMID 21245327 PMCID PMC3033277

    The diterpenoid phytohormone gibberellin (GA) controls diverse developmental processes throughout the plant life cycle. DELLA proteins are master growth repressors that function immediately downstream of the GA receptor to inhibit GA signaling. By doing so, DELLAs also play pivotal roles as inte...
  19. Mutational analysis of the latency-associated nuclear antigen DNA-binding domain of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus reveals structural conservation among gammaherpesvirus origin-binding proteins.

    Journal of General Virology 91(Pt 9):2203 (2010) PMID 20484563 PMCID PMC3066550

    The latency-associated nuclear antigen (LANA) of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus functions as an origin-binding protein (OBP) and transcriptional regulator. LANA binds the terminal repeats via the C-terminal DNA-binding domain (DBD) to support latent DNA replication. To date, the structu...
  20. Involvement of SSRP1 in latent replication of Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus.

    Journal of Virology 83(21):11051 (2009) PMID 19710137 PMCID PMC2772803

    Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (also named human herpesvirus 8) is a gamma-herpesvirus that undergoes both lytic and latent infection. During latent infection, two viral elements are required: latency-associated nuclear antigen (LANA), which functions as an origin binding protein, and t...