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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352599/-detection-of-chlamydia-abortus-in-bovine-reproductive-losses-in-the-province-of-la-pampa-argentina
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María Del C Rojas, Marcelo Fort, Simone Bettermann, Carolina Entrocassi, Sixto R Costamagna, Konrad Sachse, Marcelo Rodríguez Fermepin
Reproductive losses linked to an infectious etiology in bovine cattle are a major economic concern worldwide. In Argentina, more than 50% of abortion cases have unknown causes. Species belonging to Chlamydiaceae family are frequent etiologic agents of abortion around the world; however, there is yet no information on their prevalence in Argentina. The objective of this work was to identify Chlamydia spp., and particularly C. abortus in reproductive losses from bovine cattle in La Pampa, Argentina. Real time PCR targeting Chlamydiaceae-specific DNA fragments was performed on 251 samples obtained from bovine abortions and stillborns, and ArrayTube was used for species identification on positive samples...
January 16, 2018: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352517/mirna-binding-site-variants-of-type-2-diabetes-candidate-loci-predispose-to-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-in-chinese-han-women
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Xiaojing Wang, Wei Li, Liangkun Ma, Fan Ping, Juntao Liu, Xueyan Wu, Jiangfeng Mao, Xi Wang, Min Nie
AIMS/INTRODUCTION: Emerging evidence suggested that the genetic background of GDM was analogous to T2DM. In contrast to T2DM, the genetic studies for GDM were limited. Accordingly, the aim of this study was to extensively explore the influence of miR-binding-SNPs in T2DM candidate loci on GDM susceptibility in Chinese. METERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 839 GDM and 900 controls were enrolled. Six miR-binding-SNPs were selected from 30 T2DM susceptibility loci and genotyped using TaqMan allelic discrimination assays...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352324/efficient-genome-wide-genotyping-strategies-and-data-integration-in-crop-plants
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REVIEW
Davoud Torkamaneh, Brian Boyle, François Belzile
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has revolutionized plant and animal research by providing powerful genotyping methods. This review describes and discusses the advantages, challenges and, most importantly, solutions to facilitate data processing, the handling of missing data, and cross-platform data integration. Next-generation sequencing technologies provide powerful and flexible genotyping methods to plant breeders and researchers. These methods offer a wide range of applications from genome-wide analysis to routine screening with a high level of accuracy and reproducibility...
January 19, 2018: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352165/construction-of-full-length-japanese-reference-panel-of-class-i-hla-genes-with-single-molecule-real-time-sequencing
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Takahiro Mimori, Jun Yasuda, Yoko Kuroki, Tomoko F Shibata, Fumiki Katsuoka, Sakae Saito, Naoki Nariai, Akira Ono, Naomi Nakai-Inagaki, Kazuharu Misawa, Keiko Tateno, Yosuke Kawai, Nobuo Fuse, Atsushi Hozawa, Shinichi Kuriyama, Junichi Sugawara, Naoko Minegishi, Kichiya Suzuki, Kengo Kinoshita, Masao Nagasaki, Masayuki Yamamoto
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) is a gene complex known for its exceptional diversity across populations, importance in organ and blood stem cell transplantation, and associations of specific alleles with various diseases. We constructed a Japanese reference panel of class I HLA genes (ToMMo HLA panel), comprising a distinct set of HLA-A, HLA-B, HLA-C, and HLA-H alleles, by single-molecule, real-time (SMRT) sequencing of 208 individuals included in the 1070 whole-genome Japanese reference panel (1KJPN). For high-quality allele reconstruction, we developed a novel pipeline, Primer-Separation Assembly and Refinement Pipeline (PSARP), in which the SMRT sequencing and additional short-read data were used...
January 19, 2018: Pharmacogenomics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352151/effects-of-genetic-variants-on-platelet-reactivity-and-one-year-clinical-outcomes-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-prospective-multicentre-registry-study
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Hyung Joon Joo, Sung Gyun Ahn, Jae Hyoung Park, Ji Young Park, Soon Jun Hong, Seok-Yeon Kim, WoongGil Choi, HyeonCheol Gwon, Young-Hyo Lim, Weon Kim, Woong Chol Kang, Yun-Hyeong Cho, Yong Hoon Kim, JungHan Yoon, WonYong Shin, Myeong-Ki Hong, Scot Garg, Yangsoo Jang, Do-Sun Lim
Clopidogrel is the mainstay for antiplatelet treatment after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The relationship of platelet reactivity and genetic polymorphism with clinical outcomes with newer-generation drug-eluting stents is unclear. We analysed 4,587 patients for the most powerful single-nucleotide polymorphisms (CYP2C19, CYP2C9, ABCB1, PON1, and P2Y12) related to on-treatment platelet reactivity (OPR). The optimal cut-off value of high OPR for major adverse thrombotic events was 266. CYP2C19 was significantly associated with high OPR and the number of CYP2C19*R (*2 or *3) alleles was proportional to the increased risk of high OPR...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352080/functional-analysis-of-cancer-associated-dna-polymerase-%C3%AE%C2%B5-variants-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Stephanie R Barbari, Daniel P Kane, Elizabeth A Moore, Polina V Shcherbakova
DNA replication fidelity relies on base selectivity of the replicative DNA polymerases, exonucleolytic proofreading, and post-replicative DNA mismatch repair (MMR). Ultramutated human cancers without MMR defects carry alterations in the exonuclease domain of DNA polymerase ε (Polε). They have been hypothesized to result from defective proofreading. However, modeling in yeast of the most common variant, Polε-P286R, produced an unexpectedly strong mutator effect that exceeded the effect of proofreading deficiency by two orders of magnitude and indicated the involvement of other infidelity factors...
January 19, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352010/genetics-of-syndromic-and-non-syndromic-mitral-valve-prolapse
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REVIEW
Thierry Le Tourneau, Jean Mérot, Antoine Rimbert, Solena Le Scouarnec, Vincent Probst, Hervé Le Marec, Robert A Levine, Jean-Jacques Schott
Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a common condition that affects 2%-3% of the general population. MVP is thought to include syndromic forms such as Marfan syndrome and non-syndromic MVP, which is the most frequent form. Myxomatous degeneration and fibroelastic deficiency (FED) are regarded as two different forms of non-syndromic MVP. While FED is still considered a degenerative disease associated with ageing, frequent familial clustering has been demonstrated for myxomatous MVP. Familial and genetic studies led to the recognition of reduced penetrance and large phenotypic variability, and to the identification of prodromal or atypical forms as a part of the complex spectrum of the disease...
January 19, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351920/exceptional-response-to-pembrolizumab-in-a-metastatic-chemotherapy-radiation-resistant-ovarian-cancer-patient-harboring-a-cd274-pd-l1-genetic-rearrangement
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Stefania Bellone, Natalia Buza, Jungmin Choi, Luca Zammataro, Laurie Gay, Julia A Elvin, David L Rimm, Yuting Liu, Elena Ratner, Peter E Schwartz, Alessandro D Santin
PURPOSE: Ovarian carcinoma no longer responsive to surgery and chemotherapy remains an incurable disease. Alternative therapeutic options remain desperately needed. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We describe a heavily pretreated ovarian cancer patient with recurrent disease experiencing a remarkable clinical response to treatment with the anti-PD1 immune check-point inhibitor pembrolizumab. The clinical, pathological, and genomic characteristics of this exceptional ovarian cancer responder were carefully investigated using immunohistochemistry (IHC), quantitative multiplex fluorescence methods (ie, automated quantitative analysis, AQUA) and whole exome sequencing (WES) techniques...
January 19, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351903/integrative-genomic-analysis-predicts-causative-cis-regulatory-mechanisms-of-the-breast-cancer-associated-genetic-variant-rs4415084
#9
Yi Zhang, Mohith Manjunath, Shilu Zhang, Deborah Chasman, Sushmita Roy, Jun S Song
Previous genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified several common genetic variants that may significantly modulate cancer susceptibility. However, the precise molecular mechanisms behind these associations remain largely unknown; it is often not clear whether discovered variants are themselves functional or merely genetically linked to other functional variants. Here we provide an integrated method for identifying functional regulatory variants associated with cancer and their target genes by combining analyses of expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL), a modified version of allele-specific expression (ASE) that systematically utilizes haplotype information, transcription factor (TF) binding preference, and epigenetic information...
January 19, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351780/fancm-and-recql-genetic-variants-and-breast-cancer-susceptibility-relevance-to-south-poland-and-west-ukraine
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Tú Nguyen-Dumont, Aleksander Myszka, Pawel Karpinski, Maria M Sasiadek, Hayane Akopyan, Fleur Hammet, Helen Tsimiklis, Daniel J Park, Bernard J Pope, Ryszard Slezak, Nataliya Kitsera, Aleksandra Siekierzynska, Melissa C Southey
BACKGROUND: FANCM and RECQL have recently been reported as breast cancer susceptibility genes and it has been suggested that they should be included on gene panel tests for breast cancer predisposition. However, the clinical value of testing for mutations in RECQL and FANCM remains to be determined. In this study, we have characterised the spectrum of FANCM and RECQL mutations in women affected with breast or ovarian cancer from South-West Poland and West Ukraine. METHODS: We applied Hi-Plex, an amplicon-based enrichment method for targeted massively parallel sequencing, to screen the coding exons and proximal intron-exon junctions of FANCM and RECQL in germline DNA from unrelated women affected with breast cancer (n = 338) and ovarian cancer (n = 89) from Poland (n = 304) and Ukraine (n = 123)...
January 19, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351777/are-minor-alleles-more-likely-to-be-risk-alleles
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Takashi Kido, Weronika Sikora-Wohlfeld, Minae Kawashima, Shinichi Kikuchi, Naoyuki Kamatani, Anil Patwardhan, Richard Chen, Marina Sirota, Keiichi Kodama, Dexter Hadley, Atul J Butte
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have revealed relationships between over 57,000 genetic variants and diseases. However, unlike Mendelian diseases, complex diseases arise from the interplay of multiple genetic and environmental factors. Natural selection has led to a high tendency of risk alleles to be enriched in minor alleles in Mendelian diseases. Therefore, an allele that was previously advantageous or neutral may later become harmful, making it a risk allele. METHODS: Using data in the NHGRI-EBI Catalog and the VARIMED database, we investigated whether (1) GWASs more easily detect risk alleles and (2) facilitate evolutionary insights by comparing risk allele frequencies of different diseases...
January 19, 2018: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351737/identifying-genome-wide-immune-gene-variation-underlying-infectious-disease-in-wildlife-populations-a-next-generation-sequencing-approach-in-the-gopher-tortoise
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Jean P Elbers, Mary B Brown, Sabrina S Taylor
BACKGROUND: Infectious disease is the single greatest threat to taxa such as amphibians (chytrid fungus), bats (white nose syndrome), Tasmanian devils (devil facial tumor disease), and black-footed ferrets (canine distemper virus, plague). Although understanding the genetic basis to disease susceptibility is important for the long-term persistence of these groups, most research has been limited to major-histocompatibility and Toll-like receptor genes. To better understand the genetic basis of infectious disease susceptibility in a species of conservation concern, we sequenced all known/predicted immune response genes (i...
January 19, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351600/gtc-how-to-maintain-huge-genotype-collections-in-a-compressed-form
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Agnieszka Danek, Sebastian Deorowicz
Motivation: Nowadays, genome sequencing is frequently used in many research centers. In projects, such as the Haplotype Reference Consortium or the Exome Aggregation Consortium, huge databases of genotypes in large populations are determined. Together with the increasing size of these collections, the need for fast and memory frugal ways of representation and searching in them becomes crucial. Results: We present GTC, a novel compressed data structure for representation of huge collections of genetic variation data...
January 16, 2018: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351555/omega-3-fatty-acid-desaturase-gene-family-from-two-%C3%AF-3-sources-salvia-hispanica-and-perilla-frutescens-cloning-characterization-and-expression
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Yufei Xue, Baojun Chen, Aung Naing Win, Chun Fu, Jianping Lian, Xue Liu, Rui Wang, Xingcui Zhang, Yourong Chai
Omega-3 fatty acid desaturase (ω-3 FAD, D15D) is a key enzyme for α-linolenic acid (ALA) biosynthesis. Both chia (Salvia hispanica) and perilla (Perilla frutescens) contain high levels of ALA in seeds. In this study, the ω-3 FAD gene family was systematically and comparatively cloned from chia and perilla. Perilla FAD3, FAD7, FAD8 and chia FAD7 are encoded by single-copy (but heterozygous) genes, while chia FAD3 is encoded by 2 distinct genes. Only 1 chia FAD8 sequence was isolated. In these genes, there are 1 to 6 transcription start sites, 1 to 8 poly(A) tailing sites, and 7 introns...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351237/bioengineering-of-rfviia-biopharmaceutical-and-structure-characterization-for-biosimilarity-assessment
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Othman Montacir, Houda Montacir, Murat Eravci, Andreas Springer, Stephan Hinderlich, Fereidoun Mahboudi, Amirhossein Saadati, Maria Kristina Parr
Eptacog alfa (NovoSeven®) is a vitamin K-dependent recombinant Factor VIIa produced by genetic engineering from baby hamster kidney (BHK) cells as a single peptide chain of 406 residues. After activation, it consists of a light chain (LC) of 152 amino and a heavy chain (HC) of 254 amino acids. Recombinant FVIIa undergoes many post-translational modifications (PTMs). The first ten glutamic acids of the N-terminal moiety are γ-carboxylated, Asn145 and Asn322 are N-glycosylated, and Ser52 and Ser60 are O-glycosylated...
January 19, 2018: Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351227/differential-association-of-cx37-and-cx40-genetic-variants-in-atrial-fibrillation-with-and-without-underlying-structural-heart-disease
#16
Sebastian Carballo, Anna Pfenniger, David Carballo, Nicolas Garin, Richard W James, François Mach, Dipen Shah, Brenda R Kwak
Atrial fibrillation (AF) appears in the presence or absence of structural heart disease. The majority of foci causing AF are located near the ostia of pulmonary veins (PVs), where cardiomyocytes and vascular smooth muscle cells interdigitate. Connexins (Cx) form gap junction channels and participate in action potential propagation. Genetic variants in genes encoding Cx40 and Cx37 affect their expression or function and may contribute to PV arrhythmogenicity. DNA was obtained from 196 patients with drug-resistant, symptomatic AF with and without structural heart disease, who were referred for percutaneous catheter ablation...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351172/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-genetic-risk-factors-for-neuropathic-pain
#17
Abirami Veluchamy, Harry L Hébert, Weihua Meng, Colin N A Palmer, Blair H Smith
Neuropathic pain (NP) is an increasingly common chronic pain state and a major health burden, affecting approximately 7-10% of the general population. Emerging evidence suggests that genetic factors could partially explain individual susceptibility to NP and the estimated heritability in twins is 37%. The aim of this study was to systematically review and summarize the studies in humans that have investigated the influence of genetic factors associated with NP. We conducted a comprehensive literature search and performed meta-analyses of all the potential genetic variants associated with NP...
January 18, 2018: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351105/stem-cell-modeling-of-lipid-genetics
#18
Kiran Musunuru
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize recent advances with respect to the use of human pluripotent stem cells to study the genetics of blood lipid traits. RECENT FINDINGS: Human pluripotent stem cell models have been used to elucidate the mechanisms by which genes contribute to dyslipidemia, to discover new lipid-related DNA variants and genes, and to perform drug screens. SUMMARY: In addition to enabling a better understanding of the genetic basis of lipid metabolism, human pluripotent stem cells are identifying potential therapeutic targets as well as potential therapies...
January 17, 2018: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351094/clinical-and-molecular-characterization-of-nine-chinese-patients-affected-by-hypofibrinogenemia-or-dysfibrinogenemia
#19
Yingyu Wang, Wenbai Chen, Ping Ma, Liqing Zhu, Mingshan Wang
: Congential fibrinogen deficiency is a rare bleeding disorder caused by various mutations in three fibrinogen genes. It can be subdivided into four categories: afibrinogenemia, hypofibrinogenemia, hypodysfibrinogenemia and dysfbrinogenemia. This study was to elucidate the molecular defects in nine unrelated Chinese patients with hypofibrinogenemia or dysfibrinogenemia. Three fibrinogen genes were amplified by PCR and screened for variants. The identified variants were analyzed by bioinformatics prediction and molecular modeling analysis...
January 17, 2018: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350766/untangling-the-complexity-of-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophies
#20
REVIEW
Teerin Liewluck, Margherita Milone
Limb-girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMD) are a group of genetically heterogeneous, autosomal inherited muscular dystrophies with childhood-to-adult onset, manifesting with hip and shoulder girdle muscle weakness. When the term LGMD was first conceptualized in 1954, it was thought to be a single entity. Currently, there are 8 autosomal dominant (LGMD1A-1H) and 26 autosomal recessive (LGMD2A-2Z) variants according to the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man database. In addition, there are other genetically-identified muscular dystrophies with a LGMD phenotype not yet classified as LGMD...
January 19, 2018: Muscle & Nerve
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