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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712500/use-of-zinc-finger-nucleases-for-crop-improvement
#1
John P Davies, Sandeep Kumar, Lakshmi Sastry-Dent
Over the past two decades, new technologies enabling targeted modification of plant genomes have been developed. Among these are zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs) which are composed of engineered zinc-finger DNA-binding domains fused with a nuclease, generally the FokI nuclease. The zinc-finger domains are composed of a series of four to six 30 amino acid domains that can bind to trinucleotide sequences giving the entire DNA-binding domain specificity to 12-18 nucleotides. Since the FokI nuclease functions as a dimer, pairs of zinc-finger domains are designed to bind upstream and downstream of the cut site which increases the specificity of the complete ZFN to 24-36 nucleotides...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705213/the-therapeutic-landscape-of-hiv-1-via-genome-editing
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Alexander Kwarteng, Samuel Terkper Ahuno, Godwin Kwakye-Nuako
Current treatment for HIV-1 largely relies on chemotherapy through the administration of antiretroviral drugs. While the search for anti-HIV-1 vaccine remain elusive, the use of highly active antiretroviral therapies (HAART) have been far-reaching and has changed HIV-1 into a manageable chronic infection. There is compelling evidence, including several side-effects of ARTs, suggesting that eradication of HIV-1 cannot depend solely on antiretrovirals. Gene therapy, an expanding treatment strategy, using RNA interference (RNAi) and programmable nucleases such as meganuclease, zinc finger nuclease (ZFN), transcription activator-like effector nuclease (TALEN), and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated proteins (CRISPR-Cas9) are transforming the therapeutic landscape of HIV-1...
July 14, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697775/the-relationship-between-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-polymorphism-and-deciduous-tooth-decay-in-chinese-children
#3
Yuan-Yuan Kong, Jian-Mao Zheng, Wen-Juan Zhang, Qian-Zhou Jiang, Xue-Chao Yang, Miao Yu, Su-Juan Zeng
BACKGROUND: In the present study, we explored the link between vitamin D receptor (VDR) BsmI, TaqI, ApaI and FokI gene polymorphisms with deciduous tooth decay in Chinese children. METHODS: Our study included 380 Chinese children aged 4-7 years, whose DNA sample was collected from the buccal mucosa. VDR gene polymorphisms was determined by PCR-RFLP. RESULTS: The adjusted logistic regression analysis demonstrated that BsmI containing the Bb genotype was linked with the increased risk of deciduous tooth decay (OR = 1...
July 11, 2017: BMC Oral Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643246/current-overview-of-talen-construction-systems
#4
Tetsushi Sakuma, Takashi Yamamoto
Transcription activator-like effector (TALE) nuclease (TALEN) is the second-generation genome editing tool consisting of TALE protein containing customizable DNA-binding repeats and nuclease domain of FokI enzyme. Each DNA-binding repeat recognizes one base of double-strand DNA, and functional TALEN can be created by a simple modular assembly of these repeats. To easily and efficiently assemble the highly repetitive DNA-binding repeat arrays, various construction systems such as Golden Gate assembly, serial ligation, and ligation-independent cloning have been reported...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636576/vitamin-d-levels-and-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-polymorphism-in-major-depression
#5
Merve Şahin Can, Hayriye Baykan, Özgür Baykan, Nevin Erensoy, Tunay Karlıdere
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to evaluate vitamin D levels and rs2228570 (FokI) polymorphism of vitamin D in patients with established diagnosis of major depressive disorder in order to investigate the impact of vitamin D levels and genetic polymorphisms on etiology and/or severity of the disease. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The study included 86 patients who were diagnosed with major depressive disorder in Hospital of Balıkesir University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, and 89 healthy volunteers with similar age, sex, education level and BMI...
June 2017: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612095/maternal-fetal-vitamin-d-receptor-polymorphisms-significantly-associated-with-preterm-birth
#6
Talya Rosenfeld, Hagit Salem, Gheona Altarescu, Sorina Grisaru-Granovsky, Aharon Tevet, Ruth Birk
PURPOSE: Preterm birth (PTB) is a complex trait with strong genetic background, whose etiology is not fully understood. It was recently suggested that pregnancy duration is affected by fetal genetic variation even more than by the maternal genome. Vitamin D receptor (VDR) is involved in embryonic implantation and fertility. We studied the association between both maternal and neonatal vitamin D receptor (VDR) genetic variation and PTB. METHODS: Maternal and fetal (umbilical cord) DNA was isolated from Jewish Israeli idiopathic preterm newborns (24-36 weeks, n = 146) and control term newborns (>37 weeks, n = 229)...
August 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607807/immunohistochemical-evaluation-of-vitamin-d-receptor-vdr-expression-in-cutaneous-melanoma-tissues-and-four-vdr-gene-polymorphisms
#7
Francesco La Marra, Giuseppe Stinco, Cinzia Buligan, Giovanni Chiriacò, Diego Serraino, Carla Di Loreto, Sabina Cauci
OBJECTIVE: : Vitamin D receptor (VDR) mediates vitamin D activity. We examined whether VDR expression in excised melanoma tissues is associated with VDR gene (VDR) polymorphisms. METHODS: : We evaluated VDR protein expression (by monoclonal antibody immunostaining), melanoma characteristics, and carriage of VDR-FokI-rs2228570 (C>T),VDR-BsmI-rs1544410 (G>A),VDR-ApaI-rs7975232 (T>G), andVDR-TaqI-rs731236 (T>C) polymorphisms (by restriction fragment length polymorphism)...
May 2017: Cancer Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601283/the-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-foki-polymorphism-and-multiple-sclerosis-in-a-northern-portuguese-population
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Andreia Bettencourt, Daniela Boleixa, Ana Luísa Guimarães, Bárbara Leal, Cláudia Carvalho, Sandra Brás, Raquel Samões, Ernestina Santos, Paulo Pinho Costa, Berta Silva, Ana Martins da Silva
BACKGROUND: The cause of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) remains poorly understood, but it is widely believed to be an autoimmune disease occurring in genetically susceptible individuals after exposure to as-yet undefined environmental factors. One of these environmental factors is vitamin D, a well-known immune modulator. The biologically active form of vitamin D, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3, has been shown to exert its immune modulatory properties through its nuclear receptor (VDR) namely by inhibiting the proliferation of Th cells...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527290/association-of-polymorphic-variants-of-ptpn22-tnf-and-vdr-genes-in-children-with-lupus-nephritis-a-study-in-colombian-family-triads
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Gloria Garavito, Eduardo Egea, Luis Fang, Clara Malagón, Carlos Olmos, Luz González, Pilar Guarnizo, Gustavo Aroca, Guillermo López, Antonio Iglesias
INTRODUCTION: Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease in which the severity varies according to race, sex and age of onset. This variation is also observed in the genetic markers associated with the disease, including PTPN22, VDR and TNF genes. The genetic stratification in different populations worldwide can influence the variability. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the heritability of PTPN22, VDR and TNF genetic variants and their association with pediatric lupus nephritis in Colombian families...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492361/influence-of-rs2228570-on-transcriptional-activation-by-the-vitamin-d-receptor-in-human-gingival-fibroblasts-and-periodontal-ligament-cells
#10
Kaining Liu, Bing Han, Huanxin Meng, Jianxia Hou
BACKGROUND: Rs2228570 is the only known single nucleotide polymorphism of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) that alters the protein structure. VDRs can be distinguished using the restriction endonuclease FokI, and accordingly divided into three genotypes: FF, Ff and ff. The influence of rs2228570 on transcriptional activation by VDR in human gingival fibroblasts (hGFs) and periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs) was investigated in this study. METHODS: hGFs and hPDLCs from 15 donors were cultured, genomic DNA was extracted, and genotypes were determined using the PCR-RFLP method...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477125/studies-of-the-dna-damage-response-by-using-the-lac-operator-repressor-laco-lacr-tethering-system
#11
Rossana Piccinno, Marta Cipinska, Vassilis Roukos
Maintaining the integrity of genetic information is essential for the survival of cells. Recent advances in cell biological and microscopy methodologies have complemented traditional genetic and biochemical approaches, and they now permit the observation of spatiotemporal aspects of damaged chromosomal loci. In one of these approaches, integrated LacO/TetO operator sequences can be used as binding sites to physically tether onto chromatin any protein of interest when genetically fused to the respective repressors (LacR/TetR)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471689/the-effect-of-tonsillotomy-on-chronic-recurrent-tonsillitis-in-children
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Elisabeth Foki, Rudolf Seemann, Klaus Stelter, Claudia Lill
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to determine whether partial tonsillectomy (tonsillotomy) impacts the occurrence of acute or recurrent tonsillitis in children. METHODS: One hundred and eighty patients (1-14 years) were retrospectively surveyed by a questionnaire or by data analysis of a regional database. Subjects who suffered from severe systemic diseases or immunodeficiency syndromes were excluded. Episodes of acute tonsillitis before and after surgery, rate of antibiotic treatment, postoperative hemorrhage, and re-operation were obtained...
May 4, 2017: Acta Oto-laryngologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432711/vdr-gene-methylation-as-a-molecular-adaption-to-light-exposure-historic-recent-and-genetic-influences
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Emma L Beckett, Patrice Jones, Martin Veysey, Konsta Duesing, Charlotte Martin, John Furst, Zoe Yates, Nina G Jablonski, George Chaplin, Mark Lucock
OBJECTIVES: The vitamin D receptor (VDR) is a member of the nuclear receptor family of transcription factors. We examined whether degree of VDR gene methylation acts as a molecular adaptation to light exposure. We explored this in the context of photoperiod at conception, recent UV irradiance at 305 nm, and gene-latitude effects. METHODS: Eighty subjects were examined for VDR gene-CpG island methylation density. VDR gene variants were also examined by PCR-RFLP. RESULTS: Photoperiod at conception was significantly positively related to VDR methylation density, explaining 17% of the variance in methylation (r(2)  = 0...
April 22, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411367/serum-25-oh-d-concentration-common-variants-of-the-vdr-gene-and-lung-cancer-occurrence
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Tomasz Gromowski, Paulina Gapska, Rodney J Scott, Krzysztof Kąklewski, Wojciech Marciniak, Katarzyna Durda, Marcin Lener, Bohdan Górski, Cezary Cybulski, Grzegorz Sukiennicki, Katarzyna Kaczmarek, Katarzyna Jaworska-Bieniek, Katarzyna Paszkowska-Szczur, Piotr Waloszczyk, Jan Lubiński, Tadeusz Dębniak
The first aim of our study was to examine the association between common variants in VDR [rs2228570 (FokI), rs1544410 (BsmI), rs7975232 (ApaI), rs731236 (TaqI) and rs11568820 (Cdx2)] and lung cancer risk in the Polish population. Genotyping and statistical analysis which included Chi-square test with Yates correction and haplotype frequency analysis were performed on a series of 840 consecutively collected lung cancer patients and 920 healthy controls. The second aim was to evaluate the link between serum 25(OH)D concentration and the number of lung cancers in a subgroup of 200 patients...
July 15, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407346/vitamin-d-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-in-serbian-patients-with-bronchial-asthma-a-case-control-study
#15
Milena Despotovic, Tatjana Jevtovic Stoimenov, Ivana Stankovic, Jelena Basic, Dusica Pavlovic
Vitamin D and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene are potentially involved in the pathogenesis of bronchial asthma (BA); however, precise mechanisms by which vitamin D reduces the inflammation and the role of VDR SNPs in BA are not completely understood. The aim of this study was to examine the possible associations of FokI, BsmI, ApaI, and TaqI SNPs with BA. A total of 168 subjects were screened for VDR SNPs using polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406554/vitamin-d-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-association-with-the-risk-of-sepsis-and-mortality
#16
K Zeljic, A Elkilany, G Supic, M Surbatovic, D Djordjevic, Z Magic, B Bozic
Association of vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene polymorphisms with sepsis risk and mortality was studied. VDR FokI CC genotype was associated with increased sepsis risk (OR = 13.396, p = .000009) compared to the TT genotype. Results suggest possible role of VDR FokI (rs2228570) as a molecular biomarker of increased sepsis risk.
April 12, 2017: International Journal of Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392355/association-of-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-with-metabolic-syndrome-and-its-components-among-adult-arabs-from-the-united-arab-emirates
#17
Hayder A Hasan, Ra'ed O AbuOdeh, Wan Abdul Manan Bin Wan Muda, Hamid Jan Bin Jan Mohamed, Ab Rani Samsudin
AIMS: The aim was to investigate relationships of Vitamin D receptor gene (VDR) polymorphisms to the components of MetS among Arabs adult residing in the United Arab Emirates. METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 198 Arabs adult (50 males and 148 females). Serum levels of glucose, vitamin D, HDL-C, and TG, and blood pressure were measured. FokI, BsmI & TaqI genotyping of VDR were investigated using PCR-RFLP technique. RESULTS: Age of the participants was 21(9) years with a BMI of 26...
April 2, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388281/the-vitamin-d-receptor-functional-variant-rs2228570-c-t-does-not-associate-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#18
Laura Bertoccini, Federica Sentinelli, Frida Leonetti, Diego Bailetti, Danila Capoccia, Flavia A Cimini, Ilaria Barchetta, Michela Incani, Andrea Lenzi, Efisio Cossu, M Gisella Cavallo, Marco G Baroni
AIM: Vitamin D acts through the binding to the vitamin D receptor (VDR). Several polymorphisms in VDR gene have been studied. Among these, the rs2228570 C>T (FokI) variant has been demonstrated to be functional, leading to a protein with a different size and activity. So far, genetic studies on the association between VDR gene rs2228570 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) showed contradictory results. Thus, we performed an association study in a large cohort of adult Italian subjects with T2DM and in nondiabetic controls...
April 7, 2017: Endocrine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376475/osteopontin-bone-morphogenetic-protein-4-and-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-in-the-susceptibility-and-clinical-severity-of-spinal-tuberculosis
#19
Guohua Wang, Liangyi Xie, Jianzhong Hu, Hongbin Lu, Xiangyang Liu, Yong Cao, Bin Liu, Yi Zhang, Xiongjie Shen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Spinal tuberculosis (TB) is a common and dangerous form of extrapulmonary TB with unclear mechanisms in its occurrence and progression. This study investigated the clinical significances of bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP-4), osteopontin (OPN), and vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene polymorphism, mRNA and protein expression in spinal TB patients. METHODS: BMP-4 and OPN gene polymorphisms were detected by direct DNA sequencing, while VDR-FokI polymorphisms were analyzed using PCR-RFLP...
2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351026/common-variants-of-vitamin-d-receptor-gene-polymorphisms-and-susceptibility-to-coronary-artery-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
Shahab Alizadeh, Kurosh Djafarian, Hamzeh Alizadeh, Reza Mohseni, Sakineh Shab-Bidar
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: ApaI, FokI, TaqI, and BsmI polymorphisms in the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene have been reported to be associated with the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), although the results of previous studies have been inconsistent. The aim of this study was to explore whether these polymorphisms play a role in the genetic susceptibility to CAD. METHODS: A comprehensive search of Medline and Embase databases was conducted for studies evaluating the association between the VDR polymorphisms and CAD risk...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics
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