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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646159/yvck-a-protein-required-for-cell-wall-integrity-and-optimal-carbon-source-utilization-binds-uridine-diphosphate-sugars
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Elodie Foulquier, Anne Galinier
In Bacillus subtilis, Listeria monocytogenes and in two Mycobacteria, it was previously shown that yvcK is a gene required for normal cell shape, for optimal carbon source utilization and for virulence of pathogenic bacteria. Here we report that the B. subtilis protein YvcK binds to Uridine diphosphate-sugars like Uridine diphosphate-Glucose (UDP-Glc) and Uridine diphosphate-N-acetylglucosamine (UDP-GlcNAc) in vitro. Using the crystal structure of Bacillus halodurans YvcK, we identified residues involved in this interaction...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646112/crispr-cas12a-assisted-recombineering-in-bacteria
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Mei-Yi Yan, Hai-Qin Yan, Gai-Xian Ren, Ju-Ping Zhao, Xiao-Peng Guo, Yi-Cheng Sun
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas12a (Cpf1) has emerged as an effective genome editing tool in many organisms. Here, we developed and optimized a CRISPR-Cas12a assisted recombineering system to facilitate genetic manipulation in bacteria. Using this system, point mutations, deletions, insertions, and gene replacements can be easily generated on the chromosome or native plasmids in Escherichia coli, Yersinia pestis, and Mycobacterium smegmatis Because CRISPR-Cas12a-assisted recombineering does not require introduction of an antibiotic resistance gene into the chromosome to select for recombinants, it is an efficient approach for generating markerless and scarless mutations in bacteria...
June 23, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645918/phosphorylation-of-argonaute-proteins-affects-mrna-binding-and-is-essential-for-microrna-guided-gene-silencing-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Miguel Quévillon Huberdeau, Daniela M Zeitler, Judith Hauptmann, Astrid Bruckmann, Lucile Fressigné, Johannes Danner, Sandra Piquet, Nicholas Strieder, Julia C Engelmann, Guillaume Jannot, Rainer Deutzmann, Martin J Simard, Gunter Meister
Argonaute proteins associate with microRNAs and are key components of gene silencing pathways. With such a pivotal role, these proteins represent ideal targets for regulatory post-translational modifications. Using quantitative mass spectrometry, we find that a C-terminal serine/threonine cluster is phosphorylated at five different residues in human and Caenorhabditis elegans In human, hyper-phosphorylation does not affect microRNA binding, localization, or cleavage activity of Ago2. However, mRNA binding is strongly affected...
June 23, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645531/new-protein-structures-provide-an-updated-understanding-of-phenylketonuria
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Eileen K Jaffe
Phenylketonuria (PKU) and less severe hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA) constitute the most common inborn error of amino acid metabolism, and is most often caused by defects in phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) function resulting in accumulation of Phe to neurotoxic levels. Despite the success of dietary intervention in preventing permanent neurological damage, individuals living with PKU clamor for additional non-dietary therapies. The bulk of disease-associated mutations are PAH missense variants, which occur throughout the entire 452 amino acid human PAH protein...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644872/helicobacter-pylori-gene-silencing-in-vivo-demonstrates-urease-is-essential-for-chronic-infection
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Aleksandra W Debowski, Senta M Walton, Eng-Guan Chua, Alfred Chin-Yen Tay, Tingting Liao, Binit Lamichhane, Robyn Himbeck, Keith A Stubbs, Barry J Marshall, Alma Fulurija, Mohammed Benghezal
Helicobacter pylori infection causes chronic active gastritis that after many years of infection can develop into peptic ulceration or gastric adenocarcinoma. The bacterium is highly adapted to surviving in the gastric environment and a key adaptation is the virulence factor urease. Although widely postulated, the requirement of urease expression for persistent infection has not been elucidated experimentally as conventional urease knockout mutants are incapable of colonization. To overcome this constraint, conditional H...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644570/clinical-and-genetic-analysis-of-patients-with-cherubism
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R A Machado, H A R Pontes, F R Pires, H M Silveira, A Bufalino, R Carlos, F M Tuji, D B M Alves, A R Santos-Silva, M A Lopes, H M Capistrano, R D Coletta, F P Fonseca
OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical and genetic features of patients with cherubism. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A descriptive analysis of 14 cases from 9 different families was carried out. Clinicopathological, imaging and follow-up data were retrieved from patients' medical files and correlated with the genetic profile of each patient. Genomic DNA isolated from buccal mucosa cells was subjected to direct sequencing analysis of the SH3BP2 gene. RESULTS: Females were more affected than males (8:6), and the mean age at diagnosis was 8...
June 23, 2017: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644114/midostaurin-plus-chemotherapy-for-acute-myeloid-leukemia-with-a-flt3-mutation
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Richard M Stone, Sumithra J Mandrekar, Ben L Sanford, Kristina Laumann, Susan Geyer, Clara D Bloomfield, Christian Thiede, Thomas W Prior, Konstanze Döhner, Guido Marcucci, Francesco Lo-Coco, Rebecca B Klisovic, Andrew Wei, Jorge Sierra, Miguel A Sanz, Joseph M Brandwein, Theo de Witte, Dietger Niederwieser, Frederick R Appelbaum, Bruno C Medeiros, Martin S Tallman, Jürgen Krauter, Richard F Schlenk, Arnold Ganser, Hubert Serve, Gerhard Ehninger, Sergio Amadori, Richard A Larson, Hartmut Döhner
Background Patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and a FLT3 mutation have poor outcomes. We conducted a phase 3 trial to determine whether the addition of midostaurin - an oral multitargeted kinase inhibitor that is active in patients with a FLT3 mutation - to standard chemotherapy would prolong overall survival in this population. Methods We screened 3277 patients, 18 to 59 years of age, who had newly diagnosed AML for FLT3 mutations. Patients were randomly assigned to receive standard chemotherapy (induction therapy with daunorubicin and cytarabine and consolidation therapy with high-dose cytarabine) plus either midostaurin or placebo; those who were in remission after consolidation therapy entered a maintenance phase in which they received either midostaurin or placebo...
June 23, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643785/dnmt3a-mutant-transcript-levels-persist-in-remission-and-do-not-predict-outcome-in-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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V I Gaidzik, D Weber, P Paschka, A Kaumanns, S Krieger, A Corbacioglu, J Krönke, S Kapp-Schwoerer, D Krämer, H-A Horst, I Schmidt-Wolf, G Held, A Kündgen, M Ringhoffer, K Götze, T Kindler, W Fiedler, M Wattad, R F Schlenk, L Bullinger, V Teleanu, B Schlegelberger, F Thol, M Heuser, A Ganser, H Döhner, K Döhner
We investigated the prognostic impact of minimal residual disease (MRD) monitoring in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients harboring DNA methyltransferase 3A-R882H/-R882C mutations (DNMT3A(mut)). MRD was determined by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RQ-PCR) in 1,494 samples of 181 DNMT3A(mut) patients. At the time of diagnosis, DNMT3A(mut) transcript levels did not correlate with presenting clinical characteristics, concurrent gene mutations as well as the survival endpoints. In Cox regression analyses, bone marrow DNMT3A(mut) transcript levels (log 10 transformed continuous variable) were not associated with the rate of relapse or death...
June 23, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642967/strategies-for-characterization-of-enzymatic-nucleic-acids
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Fatemeh Javadi-Zarnaghi, Claudia Höbartner
Practical application of enzymatic nucleic acids has received more attention in recent years. Understanding the mechanism of catalysis and availability of information on potentials and limitations of these enzymes expands their application scope. A general approach for characterization of functional macromolecules including enzymatic nucleic acids is to perturb a specific set of condition and to follow the perturbation effect by biophysical and biochemical methods. This chapter reviews several perturbation strategies for functional nucleic acids, including deletion, mutation, and modifications of backbone and nucleobases, and consequent kinetic analysis, spectroscopic investigations, and probing assays...
June 23, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642681/%C3%AE-1-containing-gaba-a-receptors-cluster-at-synapses-where-they-mediate-slower-synaptic-currents-than-%C3%AE-2-containing-gaba-a-receptors
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Christine L Dixon, Pankaj Sah, Angelo Keramidas, Joseph W Lynch, Nela Durisic
GABA-A receptors (GABAARs) are pentameric ligand-gated ion channels that are assembled mainly from α (α1-6), β (β1-3) and γ (γ1-3) subunits. Although GABAARs containing γ2L subunits mediate most of the inhibitory neurotransmission in the brain, significant expression of γ1 subunits is seen in the amygdala, pallidum and substantia nigra. However, the location and function of γ1-containing GABAARs in these regions remains unclear. In "artificial" synapses, where the subunit composition of postsynaptic receptors is specifically controlled, γ1 incorporation slows the synaptic current decay rate without affecting channel deactivation, suggesting that γ1-containing receptors are not clustered and therefore activated by diffuse neurotransmitter...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642045/mutations-on-ftsz-lateral-helix-h3-that-disrupt-cell-viability-hamper-reorganization-of-polymers-on-lipid-surfaces
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Ileana F Márquez, Pablo Mateos-Gil, Jae Yen Shin, Rosalba Lagosb, Octavio Monasterio, Marisela Vélez
FtsZ filaments localize at the middle of the bacterial cell and participate in the formation of a contractile ring responsible for cell division. Previous studies demonstrated that the highly conserved negative charge of glutamate 83 and the positive charge of arginine 85 located in the lateral helix H3 bend of Escherichia coli FtsZ are required for in vivo cell division. In order to understand how these lateral mutations impair the formation of a contractile ring, we extend previous in vitro characterization of these mutants in solution to study their behavior on lipid modified surfaces...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641978/angptl4-t266m-variant-is-associated-with-reduced-cancer-invasiveness
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Zhen Wei Tan, Ziqiang Teo, Carol Tan, Chee Chong Choo, Wei Sheng Loo, Yiyang Song, Zhi Yang Tam, Sean Pin Ng, Hong Zheng Koh, Yi Siang Ng, Susana Geifman Shochat, Yin Hoe Yau, Pengcheng Zhu, Nguan Soon Tan
Angiopoietin-like 4 (ANGPTL4) is a secretory protein that can be cleaved to form a N-terminal and a C-terminal protein. Studies performed thus far have linked ANGPTL4 to several cancer-related and metabolic processes. Notably, several point mutations in the C-terminal ANGPTL4 (cANGPTL4) have been reported, although no studies have been performed that ascribed these mutations to cancer-related and metabolic processes. In this study, we compared the characteristics of tumors with and without wild-type (wt) cANGPTL4 and tumors with cANGPTL4 bearing the T266M mutation (T266M cANGPTL4)...
June 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641778/clinical-presentations-metabolic-abnormalities-and-end-organ-complications-in-patients-with-familial-partial-lipodystrophy
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Baris Akinci, Huseyin Onay, Tevfik Demir, Şenay Savas-Erdeve, Ramazan Gen, Ilgin Yildirim Simsir, Fatma Ela Keskin, Mehmet Sercan Erturk, Ayse Kubat Uzum, Guzin Fidan Yaylali, Nilufer Kutbay Ozdemir, Tahir Atik, Samim Ozen, Banu Sarer Yurekli, Tugce Apaydin, Canan Altay, Gulcin Akinci, Leyla Demir, Abdurrahman Comlekci, Mustafa Secil, Elif Arioglu Oral
OBJECTIVE: Familial partial lipodystrophy (FPLD) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by partial lack of subcutaneous fat. METHODS: This multicenter prospective observational study included data from 56 subjects with FPLD (18 independent Turkish families). Thirty healthy controls were enrolled for comparison. RESULTS: Pathogenic variants of the LMNA gene were determined in nine families. Of those, typical exon 8 codon 482 pathogenic variants were identified in four families...
July 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640891/baculoviral-delivery-of-crispr-cas9-facilitates-efficient-genome-editing-in-human-cells
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Sanne Hindriksen, Arne J Bramer, My Anh Truong, Martijn J M Vromans, Jasmin B Post, Ingrid Verlaan-Klink, Hugo J Snippert, Susanne M A Lens, Michael A Hadders
The CRISPR/Cas9 system is a highly effective tool for genome editing. Key to robust genome editing is the efficient delivery of the CRISPR/Cas9 machinery. Viral delivery systems are efficient vehicles for the transduction of foreign genes but commonly used viral vectors suffer from a limited capacity in the genetic information they can carry. Baculovirus however is capable of carrying large exogenous DNA fragments. Here we investigate the use of baculoviral vectors as a delivery vehicle for CRISPR/Cas9 based genome-editing tools...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640841/a-sorghum-sorghum-bicolor-mutant-with-altered-carbon-isotope-ratio
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Govinda Rizal, Shanta Karki, Vivek Thakur, Samart Wanchana, Hugo Alonso-Cantabrana, Jacque Dionora, John E Sheehy, Robert Furbank, Susanne von Caemmerer, William Paul Quick
Recent efforts to engineer C4 photosynthetic traits into C3 plants such as rice demand an understanding of the genetic elements that enable C4 plants to outperform C3 plants. As a part of the C4 Rice Consortium's efforts to identify genes needed to support C4 photosynthesis, EMS mutagenized sorghum populations were generated and screened to identify genes that cause a loss of C4 function. Stable carbon isotope ratio (δ13C) of leaf dry matter has been used to distinguishspecies with C3 and C4 photosynthetic pathways...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640690/a-new-layer-of-rrna-regulation-by-small-interference-rnas-and-the-nuclear-rnai-pathway
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Xufei Zhou, Xiangyang Chen, Yun Wang, Xuezhu Feng, Shouhong Guang
Ribosome biogenesis drives cell growth and proliferation, but mechanisms that modulate this process remain poorly understood. For a long time, small ribosomal RNA sequences have been widely treated as non-specific degradation products and neglected as garbage sequences. Recently, we identified a new class of antisense ribosomal siRNAs (risiRNAs) that downregulate pre-rRNA through the nuclear RNAi pathway in C. elegans. risiRNAs exhibit sequence characteristics similar to 22G RNA while complement to 18S and 26S rRNA...
June 22, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639748/expansion-of-the-phenotype-of-kosaki-overgrowth-syndrome
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Mari Minatogawa, Toshiki Takenouchi, Yu Tsuyusaki, Fuminori Iwasaki, Tomoko Uenara, Kenji Kurosawa, Kenjiro Kosaki, Cynthia J Curry
Skeletal overgrowth is a characteristic of several genetic disorders that are linked to specific molecular signaling cascades. Recently, we established a novel overgrowth syndrome (Kosaki overgrowth syndrome, OMIM #616592) arising from a de novo mutation in PDGFRB, that is, c.1751C>G p.(Pro584Arg). Subsequently, other investigators provided in vitro molecular evidence that this specific mutation in the juxtamembrane domain of PDGFRB causes an overgrowth phenotype and is the first gain-of-function point mutation of PDGFRB to be reported in humans...
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639312/quantification-of-transmission-risk-in-a-male-patient-with-a-flnb-mosaic-mutation-causing-larsen-syndrome-implications-for-genetic-counselling-in-post-zygotic-mosaicism-cases
#18
Marie Bernkopf, David Hunt, Nils Koelling, Tim Morgan, Amanda L Collins, Joanna Fairhurst, Stephen P Robertson, Andrew G L Douglas, Anne Goriely
We report the case of a male patient with Larsen syndrome found to be mosaic for a novel point mutation in FLNB in whom it was possible to provide evidence-based personalised counselling on transmission risk to future offspring. Using dideoxy-sequencing, a low-level FLNB c.698A>G, encoding p.(Tyr233Cys) mutation was detected in buccal mucosa and fibroblast DNA. Mutation quantification was performed by deep Next-Generation sequencing (NGS) of DNA extracted from three somatic tissues (blood, fibroblasts, saliva) and a sperm sample...
June 21, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639280/mutational-profiles-of-brenner-tumors-show-distinctive-features-uncoupling-urothelial-carcinomas-and-ovarian-carcinoma-with-transitional-cell-histology
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Nicole Pfarr, Silvia Darb-Esfahani, Jonas Leichsenring, Eliane Taube, Melanie Boxberg, Ioana Braicu, Moritz Jesinghaus, Roland Penzel, Volker Endris, Aurelia Noske, Wilko Weichert, Peter Schirmacher, Carsten Denkert, Albrecht Stenzinger
Brenner tumors (BT) are rare ovarian tumors encompassing benign, borderline and malignant variants. While the histopathology of BTs and their clinical course is well described, little is known about the underlying genetic defects. We employed targeted next generation sequencing to analyze the mutational landscape in a cohort of 23 BT cases (17 benign, 2 borderline, 4 malignant) and 3 ovarian carcinomas with transitional cell histology (TCC). Copy number variations (CNV) were validated by fluorescence in-situ hybridization (FISH) and quantitative PCR-based copy number assays...
June 22, 2017: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638988/same-day-genomic-and-epigenomic-diagnosis-of-brain-tumors-using-real-time-nanopore-sequencing
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Philipp Euskirchen, Franck Bielle, Karim Labreche, Wigard P Kloosterman, Shai Rosenberg, Mailys Daniau, Charlotte Schmitt, Julien Masliah-Planchon, Franck Bourdeaut, Caroline Dehais, Yannick Marie, Jean-Yves Delattre, Ahmed Idbaih
Molecular classification of cancer has entered clinical routine to inform diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment decisions. At the same time, new tumor entities have been identified that cannot be defined histologically. For central nervous system tumors, the current World Health Organization classification explicitly demands molecular testing, e.g., for 1p/19q-codeletion or IDH mutations, to make an integrated histomolecular diagnosis. However, a plethora of sophisticated technologies is currently needed to assess different genomic and epigenomic alterations and turnaround times are in the range of weeks, which makes standardized and widespread implementation difficult and hinders timely decision making...
June 21, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
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