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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778048/pathogens-constancy-harbinger-of-nosocomial-infection-cum-identification-of-resistant-genes-and-drug-designing
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Sana Farooq Ahmad, Ibrar Khan, Abdul Wadood, Sadiq Azam, Noor Rehman, Muhammad Waqas, Kashif Bashir, Asaf Ali Khan
Hospitals are the most prominent places for the growth and spread of bacteria which are resistant to the available antibiotics. This antibiotic resistance is due to the over and misuse of antibiotic dosages of a high-density of patient population which are in frequent interaction with inanimate items of the hospitals and the consequent risk of cross infection. Out of 1010 samples of the current study, 510 (50.49%) were culture positive of which 329 (64.5%) were Gram-positive while 181 (35.49%) Gram negative...
April 22, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778033/weight-and-the-vitamin-k-expoxide-reductase-1-genotype-primarily-contribute-to-the-warfarin-dosing-in-pediatric-patients-with-kawasaki-disease
#2
Zhouping Wang, Li Zhang, Ping Huang, Xiaoqiong Gu, Xiaofei Xie, Yanfei Wang, Wei Li, Qiyi Zeng
INTRODUCTION: Warfarin therapy is recommended in children with giant coronary artery aneurysms (GCAAs) after Kawasaki disease (KD). Large individual variability makes it difficult to predict the warfarin dose. Polymorphisms in the vitamin K expoxide reductase 1 (VKORC1) and cytochrome P4502C9 (CYP2C9) genes have been reported to influence the warfarin dose. We investigated the effects of the VKORC1 and CYP2C9 genotypes on the warfarin dose in pediatric patients with giant CAAs after KD...
May 8, 2018: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778030/retrospective-genotype-phenotype-analysis-in-a-305-patient-cohort-referred-for-testing-of-a-targeted-epilepsy-panel
#3
Andrew N Hesse, Jennifer Bevilacqua, Kritika Shankar, Honey V Reddi
PURPOSE: Epilepsy is a diverse neurological condition with extreme genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity. The introduction of next-generation sequencing into the clinical laboratory has made it possible to investigate hundreds of associated genes simultaneously for a patient, even in the absence of a clearly defined syndrome. This has resulted in the detection of rare and novel mutations at a rate well beyond our ability to characterize their effects. This retrospective study reviews genotype data in the context of available phenotypic information on 305 patients spanning the epileptic spectrum to identify established and novel patterns of correlation...
May 16, 2018: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777910/differentially-expressed-novel-alternatively-spliced-transcript-variant-of-tumor-suppressor-stk11-gene-in-mouse
#4
Hassan Mubarak Ishqi, Tarique Sarwar, Mohammed Amir Husain, Sayeed Ur Rehman, Mohammad Tabish
Serine/threonine kinase 11 (STK11) is a protein kinase that is encoded by Stk11 gene located on chromosome 19 and 10 in humans and mouse respectively. It acts as a master kinase of adenine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathway that coordinates the regulation of cellular energy metabolism and cell division. STK11 exerts effect by activating more than 14 kinases including AMPK and AMPK-related kinases. It is also known to regulate cell polarity and acts as tumor suppressor. Alternative splicing of pre-mRNA is a mechanism which results in multiple transcript variants of a single gene...
May 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777908/breast-cancer-in-the-gcc-countries-a-focus-on-brca1-2-and-non-brca1-2-genes
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REVIEW
Sumaya Rahman, Hatem Zayed
The GCC is an economic alliance of six Arab countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates (UAE). The rate of endogamous marriage among the GCC countries is approaching 100%, with very high consanguineous marriage rates. Although breast cancer is on the rise in the GCC countries, there are dearth of studies reporting on the genetic epidemiology of breast cancer. In this study, we investigated the frequency of BRCA1/2 and non-BRCA1/2 mutations in breast cancer patients in the GCC countries...
May 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777878/pulmonary-delivery-of-polyplexes-for-combined-pai-1-gene-silencing-and-cxcr4-inhibition-to-treat-lung-fibrosis
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B S Ling Ding, B S Chenfei Zhu, M S Fei Yu, M S Pengkai Wu, M S Gang Chen, B S Aftab Ullah, Kaikai Wang, Minjie Sun, Jing Li, David Oupický
This report describes the development of polyplexes based on CXCR4-inhibiting poly(ethylenimine) derivative (PEI-C) for pulmonary delivery of siRNA to silence plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (siPAI-1) as a new combination treatment of pulmonary fibrosis (PF). Safety and delivery efficacy of the PEI-C/siPAI-1 polyplexes was investigated in vitro in primary lung fibroblasts isolated from mice with bleomycin-induced PF. Biodistribution analysis following intratracheal administration of fluorescently labeled polyplexes showed prolonged retention in the lungs...
May 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777876/poly-adenine-mediated-fluorescent-spherical-nucleic-acid-probes-for-live-cell-imaging-of-endogenous-tumor-related-mrna
#7
Dan Zhu, Dongxia Zhao, Jiaxuan Huang, Yu Zhu, Jie Chao, Shao Su, Jiang Li, Lihua Wang, Jiye Shi, Xiaolei Zuo, Lixing Weng, Qian Li, Lianhui Wang
Identification of tumor-related mRNA in living cells hold great promise for early cancer diagnosis and pathological research. Herein, we present poly-adenine (polyA)-mediated fluorescent spherical nucleic acid (FSNA) probes for intracellular mRNA detection with regulable sensitivities by programmably adjusting the loading density of DNA on gold nano-interface. Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) functionalized with polyA-tailed recognition sequences were hybridized to fluorescent "reporter" strands to fabricate fluorescence-quenched FSNA probes...
May 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777833/endocrine-disrupting-activities-and-immunomodulatory-effects-in-lymphoblastoid-cell-lines-of-diclofenac-4-hydroxydiclofenac-and-paracetamol
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Ivana Klopčič, Tijana Markovič, Irena Mlinarič-Raščan, Marija Sollner Dolenc
A critical literature review reveals that knowledge of side effects of pharmaceuticals diclofenac and paracetamol is extremely important because of their widespread use and occurrence in the environment. In order to delineate whether these compounds have endocrine activity and influence on the immune system, we assessed the potential endocrine disrupting and immunomodulatory activities of: diclofenac (DIC), its metabolite 4-hydroxydiclofenac (4-HD) and paracetamol (PAR). Herein, we report on their impact on estrogen receptor (ER), androgen receptor (AR), glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and thyroid hormone receptor (TR)...
May 16, 2018: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777802/derivation-and-characterization-of-a-ucp1-reporter-human-es-cell-line
#9
Suranjit Mukherjee, Tuo Zhang, Lauretta A Lacko, Lei Tan, Jenny Zhaoying Xiang, Jason M Butler, Shuibing Chen
Interest in human brown fat as a novel therapeutic target to tackle the growing obesity and diabetes epidemic has increased dramatically in recent years. While much insight into brown fat biology has been gained from murine cell lines and models, few resources are available to study human brown fat in vitro, which makes the need for new ways to derive and study human brown adipocytes imperative. Human ES cell based reporter systems present an excellent tool to identify, mark, and purify cell populations of choice...
April 22, 2018: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777801/computer-simulation-of-neutral-drift-among-limbal-epithelial-stem-cells-of-mosaic-mice
#10
John D West, Richard L Mort, Robert E Hill, Steven D Morley, J Martin Collinson
The use of mice that are mosaic for reporter gene expression underlies many lineage-tracing studies in stem cell biology. For example, using mosaic LacZ reporter mice, it was shown that limbal epithelial stem cells (LESCs) around the periphery of the cornea maintain radial sectors of the corneal epithelium and that radial stripe numbers declined with age. Originally, the corneal results were interpreted as progressive, age-related loss or irreversible inactivation of some LESC clones. In this study we used computer simulations to show that these results could also be explained by stochastic replacement of LESCs by neighbouring LESCs, leading to neutral drift of LESC populations...
May 13, 2018: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777793/homocysteine-induces-vascular-inflammatory-response-via-smad7-hypermethylation-in-human-umbilical-vein-smooth-muscle-cells
#11
Li-Hua Wei, Nai-Xia Chao, Si Gao, Ya-Ting Yu, Lin Shi, Xin-Bo Ma, Na Liao, Ke Lan, Yu Luo, Zheng-Yi Xie, Yuan-Yuan Li
Homocysteine (Hcy) can induce atherosclerosis through the inflammatory response and DNA methylation disorder. Our recent study has reported a novel epigenetic modified gene related to atherosclerosis -SMAD7. To further understand the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, the current study was designed to investigate an inflammatory role of Hcy in human umbilical vein smooth muscle cells (HUVSMCs) through interfering with SMAD7 methylation. Using MALDI-TOF MS, we found that Hcy increased DNA methylation levels of SMAD7 promoter in a dose and time-dependent manner in HUVSMCs...
May 16, 2018: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777775/genome-analysis-of-the-ancient-tracheophyte-selaginella-tamariscina-reveals-evolutionary-features-relevant-to-the-acquisition-of-desiccation-tolerance
#12
Zhichao Xu, Tianyi Xin, Dorothea Bartels, Ying Li, Wei Gu, Hui Yao, Sai Liu, Haoying Yu, Xiangdong Pu, Jianguo Zhou, Jiang Xu, Caicai Xi, Hetian Lei, Jingyuan Song, Shilin Chen
Resurrection plants, which are the "gifts" of natural evolution, are ideal models for studying genetic basis of plant desiccation tolerance. Here, we report a high-quality genome assembly of 301 Mb for the diploid spike moss Selaginella tamariscina, a primitive vascular resurrection plant. We predicated 27,761 protein-coding genes from the assembled S. tamariscina genome, 11.38% (2363) of which showed significant expression changes in response to desiccation. Approximately 60.58% of the S. tamariscina genome was annotated as repetitive DNA, which is almost 2-fold increase of that in the genome of desiccation-sensitive S...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777766/immune-response-and-protective-effect-against-spring-viremia-of-carp-virus-induced-by-intramuscular-vaccination-with-a-swcnts-dna-vaccine-encoding-matrix-protein
#13
Chen Zhang, Zhao Zhao, Gao-Yang Liu, Jian Li, Gao-Xue Wang, Bin Zhu
To elicit the immune protective of vaccine against the highly contagious and pathogenic disease caused by spring viremia of carp virus (SVCV), a novel functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were applied as a delivery vehicle for DNA vaccine. In this study, we report a SWCNTs-DNA vaccine encoding matrix protein of SVCV which, when injected in the muscle at a dose of 10 μg SWCNTs-pcDNA-M vaccine, confers up to 51.3% protection against intraperitoneal challenge with SVCV. In addition, SWCNTs as a promising vehicle can enhance about 17...
May 16, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777754/hmgb1-neutralization-attenuates-hippocampal-neuronal-death-and-cognitive-impairment-in-rats-with-chronic-cerebral-hypoperfusion-via-suppressing-inflammatory-responses-and-oxidative-stress
#14
Yue Hei, Rong Chen, Xicai Yi, Qianfa Long, Dakuan Gao, Weiping Liu
High mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) acts as a proinflammatory molecule once released into the extracellular space and inhibition of HMGB1 signaling has been reported be neuroprotective in neurodegenerative diseases. Besides, chronic cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH) causes cognitive impairment in neurodegenerative diseases. Here we tested the protective role of HMGB1 inhibition using anti-HMGB1 neutralizing antibody (Ab) against CCH in rats after bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (2VO). 169 male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent 2VO or sham operation...
May 16, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777729/pharmacogenetic-tests-to-guide-drug-treatment-in-depression-comparison-of-the-available-testing-kits-and-clinical-trials
#15
REVIEW
Chiara Fabbri, Joseph Zohar, Alessandro Serretti
The empirical approach to drug choice and dosing in depression often results into inadequate response and side effects. Pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing appears a promising way to implement personalized treatments. A systematic review was performed to identify available PGx tests, compare the genes they include with clinical guidelines and drug labels, and assess the quality of published clinical studies. ~40 commercial PGx tests are available and potential benefits were estimated for nine of them by clinical studies...
May 16, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777692/an-optimal-serum-free-defined-condition-for-in-vitro-culture-of-kidney-organoids
#16
Masaki Nishikawa, Hiroshi Kimura, Naomi Yanagawa, Morgan Hamon, Peter Hauser, Lifu Zhao, Oak D Jo, Norimoto Yanagawa
Kidney organoid is an emerging topic of importance for research in kidney development and regeneration. Conventional culture systems for kidney organoids reported thus far use culture media containing serum, which may compromise our understanding and the potential clinical applicability of the organoid system. In our present study, we tested two serum-free culture conditions and compared their suitability for the maintenance and growth of kidney organoids in culture. One of the serum-free culture conditions was the combination of keratinocytes serum free medium (KSFM) with knockout serum replacement (KSR) (KSFM + KSR), and the other was the combination of knockout DMEM/F12 (KD/F12) and KSR (KD/F12 + KSR)...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777485/co-suppression-of-atmips-demonstrates-cooperation-of-mips1-mips2-and-mips3-in-maintaining-myo-inositol-synthesis
#17
C M Fleet, J Y Yen, E A Hill, G E Gillaspy
Co-suppressed MIPS2 transgenic lines allow bypass of the embryo lethal phenotype of the previously published triple knock-out and demonstrate the effects of MIPS on later stages of development. Regulation of inositol production is of interest broadly for its effects on plant growth and development. The enzyme L-myo-inositol 1-phosphate synthase (MIPS, also known as IPS) isomerizes D-glucose-6-P to D-inositol 3-P, and this is the rate-limiting step in inositol production. In Arabidopsis thaliana, the MIPS enzyme is encoded by three different genes, (AtMIPS1, AtMIPS2 and AtMIPS3), each of which has been shown to produce proteins with biochemically similar properties but differential expression patterns...
May 18, 2018: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777484/identification-of-differentially-expressed-micrornas-in-sahiwal-bos-indicus-breed-of-cattle-during-thermal-stress
#18
Gyanendra Singh Sengar, Rajib Deb, Umesh Singh, Vivek Junghare, Saugata Hazra, T V Raja, Rani Alex, Ashish Kumar, R R Alyethodi, Rajiv Kant, Subhash Jakshara, C G Joshi
microRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small non-coding RNAs that play key roles in post transcriptional gene regulation that influence various fundamental cellular processes, including the cellular responses during environmental stresses. However, perusal of literatures revealed few reports on the differential expression of miRNA during thermal stress in Indian native (Bos indicus) cattle breeds. The present investigation aimed to identify differentially expressed miRNAs during thermal stress in Sahiwal (Bos indicus) dairy cattle breed of India, adapted with tropical climate over a long period of time...
May 18, 2018: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777445/a-reverse-genetics-system-for-enterovirus-d68-using-human-rna-polymerase-i
#19
Minglei Pan, Shuai Gao, Zhenwei Zhou, Keke Zhang, Sihua Liu, Zhiyun Wang, Tao Wang
Human enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is a highly contagious virus, which causes respiratory tract infections. However, no effective vaccines are currently available for controlling EV-D68 infection. Here, we developed a reverse genetics system to recover EV-D68 minireplicons and infectious EV-D68 from transfected plasmids using the RNA polymerase I (Pol I) promoter. The EV-D68 minireplicons contained the luciferase reporter gene, which flanked by the non-coding regions of the EV-D68 RNA. The luciferase signals could be detected in cells after transfection and Pol I promoter-mediated luciferase signal was significantly stronger than that mediated by the T7 promoter...
May 17, 2018: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777439/fecal-and-mucosa-associated-intestinal-microbiota-in-patients-with-diarrhea-predominant-irritable-bowel-syndrome
#20
Nitsan Maharshak, Yehuda Ringel, David Katibian, Ashley Lundqvist, R Balfour Sartor, Ian M Carroll, Tamar Ringel-Kulka
BACKGROUND: Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has been associated with changes in the intestinal microbiota. Only a few studies have explored differences in the mucosa-associated microbiota between IBS patients and healthy controls (HC). AIMS: To characterize and compare the microbiota in mucosal and fecal samples from carefully selected patients with IBS-D and HC. METHODS: The cohort was composed of 23 diarrhea-predominant IBS (IBS-D) patients and 24 HC...
May 17, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
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