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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941388/high-frequency-of-s-aureus-mssa-mrsa-in-children-under-1-year-old-with-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections
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Lorena Salazar, Judy Natalia Jimenez Quiceno
OBJECTIVE: Staphylococcus aureus is responsible for a large number of infections in pediatric population; however, information about the behavior of such infections in this population is limited. The aim of the study was to describe the clinical, epidemiological, and molecular characteristics of infections caused by methicillin-susceptible and resistant S. aureus (MSSA-MRSA) in a pediatric population. METHOD: A cross-sectional descriptive study in patients from birth to 14 years of age from three high-complexity institutions was conducted (2008-2010)...
September 20, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937809/effects-of-clonal-reproduction-on-evolutionary-lag-and-evolutionary-rescue
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Maria E Orive, Michael Barfield, Carlos Fernandez, Robert D Holt
Evolutionary lag-the difference between mean and optimal phenotype in the current environment-is of keen interest in light of rapid environmental change. Many ecologically important organisms have life histories that include stage structure and both sexual and clonal reproduction, yet how stage structure and clonality interplay to govern a population's rate of evolution and evolutionary lag is unknown. Effects of clonal reproduction on mean phenotype partition into two portions: one that is phenotype dependent, and another that is genotype dependent...
October 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933361/lysosomal-storage-disorders-and-malignancy
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Gregory M Pastores, Derralynn A Hughes
Lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs) are infrequent to rare conditions caused by mutations that lead to a disruption in the usual sequential degradation of macromolecules or their transit within the cell. Gaucher disease (GD), a lipidosis, is among the most common LSD, with an estimated incidence of 1 in 40,000 among the Caucasian, non-Jewish population. Studies have indicated an increased frequency of polyclonal and monoclonal gammopathy among patients with GD. It has been shown that two major sphingolipids that accumulate in GD, namely, β-glucosylceramide 22:0 (βGL1-22) and glucosylsphingosine (LGL1), can be recognized by a distinct subset of CD1d-restricted human and murine type II natural killer T (NKT) cells...
February 27, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931071/the-origin-of-multiple-clones-in-the-parthenogenetic-lizard-species-darevskia-rostombekowi
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Alexey P Ryskov, Fedor A Osipov, Andrey V Omelchenko, Seraphima K Semyenova, Anastasiya E Girnyk, Vitaly I Korchagin, Andrey A Vergun, Robert W Murphy
The all-female Caucasian rock lizard Darevskia rostombekowi and other unisexual species of this genus reproduce normally via true parthenogenesis. Typically, diploid parthenogenetic reptiles exhibit some amount of clonal diversity. However, allozyme data from D. rostombekowi have suggested that this species consists of a single clone. Herein, we test this hypothesis by evaluating variation at three variable microsatellite loci for 42 specimens of D. rostombekowi from four populations in Armenia. Analyses based on single nucleotide polymorphisms of each locus reveal five genotypes or presumptive clones in this species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930971/determination-of-the-optimal-chromosomal-location-s-for-a-dna-element-in-escherichia-coli-using-a-novel-transposon-mediated-approach
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Jakob Frimodt-Møller, Godefroid Charbon, Karen A Krogfelt, Anders Løbner-Olesen
The optimal chromosomal position(s) of a given DNA element was/were determined by transposon-mediated random insertion followed by fitness selection. In bacteria, the impact of the genetic context on the function of a genetic element can be difficult to assess. Several mechanisms, including topological effects, transcriptional interference from neighboring genes, and/or replication-associated gene dosage, may affect the function of a given genetic element. Here, we describe a method that permits the random integration of a DNA element into the chromosome of Escherichia coli and select the most favorable locations using a simple growth competition experiment...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930164/liver-cancer-molecular-characterization-clonal-evolution-and-cancer-stem-cells
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Germana Castelli, Elvira Pelosi, Ugo Testa
Liver cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death. The major forms of primary liver cancer are hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (iCCA). Both these tumors develop against a background of cirrhotic liver, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, chronic liver damage and fibrosis. HCC is a heterogeneous disease which usually develops within liver cirrhosis related to various etiologies: hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection (frequent in Asia and Africa), hepatitis C virus (HCV), chronic alcohol abuse, or metabolic syndrome (frequent in Western countries)...
September 20, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928395/stochastic-priming-and-spatial-cues-orchestrate-heterogeneous-clonal-contribution-to-mouse-pancreas-organogenesis
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Hjalte List Larsen, Laura Martín-Coll, Alexander Valentin Nielsen, Christopher V E Wright, Ala Trusina, Yung Hae Kim, Anne Grapin-Botton
Spatiotemporal balancing of cellular proliferation and differentiation is crucial for postnatal tissue homoeostasis and organogenesis. During embryonic development, pancreatic progenitors simultaneously proliferate and differentiate into the endocrine, ductal and acinar lineages. Using in vivo clonal analysis in the founder population of the pancreas here we reveal highly heterogeneous contribution of single progenitors to organ formation. While some progenitors are bona fide multipotent and contribute progeny to all major pancreatic cell lineages, we also identify numerous unipotent endocrine and ducto-endocrine bipotent clones...
September 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928269/perturbed-cd8-t-cell-immunity-across-universal-influenza-epitopes-in-the-elderly
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Thi H O Nguyen, Sneha Sant, Nicola L Bird, Emma J Grant, E Bridie Clemens, Marios Koutsakos, Sophie A Valkenburg, Stephanie Gras, Martha Lappas, Anthony Jaworowski, Jane Crowe, Liyen Loh, Katherine Kedzierska
Influenza epidemics lead to severe illness, life-threatening complications, and deaths, especially in the elderly. As CD8(+) T cells are associated with rapid recovery from influenza, we investigated the effects of aging on antigen-specific CD8(+) T cells across the universal influenza epitopes in humans. We show that aging is characterized by altered frequencies in T cell subsets, with naive T cells being partially replaced by activated effector/memory populations. Although we observed no striking differences in TCR signaling capacity, T cells in the elderly had increased expression of transcription factors Eomes and T-bet, and such changes were most apparent in CD8(+) T cells...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928212/population-and-whole-genome-sequence-based-characterization-of-invasive-group-a-streptococci-recovered-in-the-united-states-during-2015
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Sopio Chochua, Ben J Metcalf, Zhongya Li, Joy Rivers, Saundra Mathis, Delois Jackson, Robert E Gertz, Velusamy Srinivasan, Ruth Lynfield, Chris Van Beneden, Lesley McGee, Bernard Beall
Group A streptococci (GAS) are genetically diverse. Determination of strain features can reveal associations with disease and resistance and assist in vaccine formulation. We employed whole-genome sequence (WGS)-based characterization of 1,454 invasive GAS isolates recovered in 2015 by Active Bacterial Core Surveillance and performed conventional antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Predictions were made for genotype, GAS carbohydrate, antimicrobial resistance, surface proteins (M family, fibronectin binding, T, R28), secreted virulence proteins (Sda1, Sic, exotoxins), hyaluronate capsule, and an upregulated nga operon (encodes NADase and streptolysin O) promoter (Pnga3)...
September 19, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924377/current-progresses-of-single-cell-dna-sequencing-in-breast-cancer-research
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REVIEW
Jianlin Liu, Ragini Adhav, Xiaoling Xu
Breast cancers display striking genetic and phenotypic diversities. To date, several hypotheses are raised to explain and understand the heterogeneity, including theories for cancer stem cell (CSC) and clonal evolution. According to the CSC theory, the most tumorigenic cells, while maintaining themselves through symmetric division, divide asymmetrically to generate non-CSCs with less tumorigenic and metastatic potential, although they can also dedifferentiate back to CSCs. Clonal evolution theory recapitulates that a tumor initially arises from a single cell, which then undergoes clonal expansion to a population of cancer cells...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924231/population-genomics-of-virulence-genes-of-plasmodium-falciparum-in-clinical-isolates-from-uganda
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Shazia Ruybal-Pesántez, Kathryn E Tiedje, Gerry Tonkin-Hill, Thomas S Rask, Moses R Kamya, Bryan Greenhouse, Grant Dorsey, Michael F Duffy, Karen P Day
Plasmodium falciparum causes a spectrum of malarial disease from asymptomatic to uncomplicated through to severe. Investigations of parasite virulence have associated the expression of distinct variants of the major surface antigen of the blood stages known as Pf EMP1 encoded by up to 60 var genes per genome. Looking at the population genomics of var genes in cases of uncomplicated malaria, we set out to determine if there was any evidence of a selective sweep of specific var genes or clonal epidemic structure related to the incidence of uncomplicated disease in children...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900149/assessment-of-t-cell-receptor-repertoire-and-clonal-expansion-in-peripheral-t-cell-lymphoma-using-rna-seq-data
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Qiang Gong, Chao Wang, Weiwei Zhang, Javeed Iqbal, Yang Hu, Timothy C Greiner, Adam Cornish, Jo-Heon Kim, Raul Rabadan, Francesco Abate, Xin Wang, Giorgio G Inghirami, Timothy W McKeithan, Wing C Chan
T-cell clonality of peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) is routinely evaluated with a PCR-based method using genomic DNA. However, there are limitations with this approach. The purpose of this study was to determine the utility of RNA-seq for assessing T-cell clonality and T-cell antigen receptor (TCR) repertoire of the neoplastic T-cells in 108 PTCL samples. TCR transcripts, including complementarity-determining region 3 (CDR3) sequences, were assessed. In normal T cells, the CDR3 sequences were extremely diverse, without any clonotype representing more than 2% of the overall TCR population...
September 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894469/ex-vivo-expansion-of-human-limbal-epithelial-cells-using-human-placenta-derived-and-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Sang Min Nam, Yong-Sun Maeng, Eung Kweon Kim, Kyoung Yul Seo, Helen Lew
Ex vivo culture of human limbal epithelial cells (LECs) is used to treat limbal stem cell (LSC) deficiency, a vision loss condition, and suitable culture systems using feeder cells or serum without animal elements have been developed. This study evaluated the use of human umbilical cord or placenta mesenchymal stem cells (C-MSCs or P-MSCs, resp.) as feeder cells in an animal/serum-free coculture system with human LECs. C-/P-MSCs stimulated LEC colony formation of the stem cell markers (p63, ABCG2) and secreted known LEC clonal growth factors (keratinocyte growth factor, β-nerve growth factor)...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893937/epstein-barr-virus-infection-and-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Sai Wah Tsao, Chi Man Tsang, Kwok Wai Lo
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is associated with multiple types of human cancer, including lymphoid and epithelial cancers. The closest association with EBV infection is seen in undifferentiated nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC), which is endemic in the southern Chinese population. A strong association between NPC risk and the HLA locus at chromosome 6p has been identified, indicating a link between the presentation of EBV antigens to host immune cells and NPC risk. EBV infection in NPC is clonal in origin, strongly suggesting that NPC develops from the clonal expansion of a single EBV-infected cell...
October 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888624/changes-in-the-population-structure-of-canine-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-pseudintermedius-in-poland
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Magdalena Kizerwetter-Świda, Dorota Chrobak-Chmiel, Magdalena Rzewuska, Marian Binek
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP) is being reported with an increasing frequency in small animal veterinary practice. The molecular typing of MRSP isolates revealed that the dominating European multidrug-resistant lineage is the sequence type 71 (ST71), associated with staphylococcal chromosomal cassette SCCmec type II-III. However, the recent reports indicated the emergence of other clones. The study aimed to determine the genetic properties of MRSP isolates obtained from dogs in Poland over a ten-year period...
September 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886236/waldenstr%C3%A3-m-s-macroglobulinemia-two-malignant-clones-in-a-monoclonal-disease-molecular-background-and-clinical-reflection
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REVIEW
K Growková, E Kryukova, Z Kufová, J Filipová, T Ševčíková, L Říhová, M Kaščák, F Kryukov, R Hájek
Waldenström's macroglobulinemia (WM) is a complex disease characterized by apparent morphological heterogeneity within the malignant clonal cells representing a continuum of small lymphocytes, plasmacytoid lymphocytes, and plasma cells. At the molecular level, the neoplastic B-cell derived clone has undergone somatic hypermutation, but not isotype switching, and retains the capability of plasmacytic differentiation. Although by classical definition, WM is formed by monoclonal expansion, long-lived clonal B lymphocytes are of heterogeneous origin...
September 8, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882107/statistical-classifiers-for-diagnosing-disease-from-immune-repertoires-a-case-study-using-multiple-sclerosis
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Jared Ostmeyer, Scott Christley, William H Rounds, Inimary Toby, Benjamin M Greenberg, Nancy L Monson, Lindsay G Cowell
BACKGROUND: Deep sequencing of lymphocyte receptor repertoires has made it possible to comprehensively profile the clonal composition of lymphocyte populations. This opens the door for novel approaches to diagnose and prognosticate diseases with a driving immune component by identifying repertoire sequence patterns associated with clinical phenotypes. Indeed, recent studies support the feasibility of this, demonstrating an association between repertoire-level summary statistics (e.g., diversity) and patient outcomes for several diseases...
September 7, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878078/potent-plasmablast-derived-antibodies-elicited-by-the-nih-dengue-vaccine
#18
Diogo M Magnani, Cassia G T Silveira, Michael J Ricciardi, Lucas Gonzalez-Nieto, Núria Pedreño-Lopez, Varian K Bailey, Martin J Gutman, Helen S Maxwell, Aline Domingues, Priscilla R Costa, Lilian Ferrari, Raphaella Goulart, Mauricio A Martins, José M Martinez-Navio, Sebastian P Fuchs, Jorge Kalil, Maria do Carmo Timenetsky, Jens Wrammert, Stephen S Whitehead, Dennis R Burton, Ronald C Desrosiers, Esper G Kallas, David I Waktins
Exposure to dengue virus (DENV) is thought to elicit lifelong immunity, mediated by DENV-neutralizing antibodies (nAbs). However, Abs generated by primary infections confer serotype-specific protection, and immunity against other serotypes only develops after subsequent infections. Accordingly, the induction of these nAb responses acquired after serial DENV infections has been a long sought-after goal for vaccination. Nonetheless, it is still unclear if tetravalent vaccines can elicit or recall nAbs. Here, we have characterized the responses from a volunteer who had been previously exposed to DENV and was immunized with the live attenuated tetravalent vaccine Butantan-DV, developed by the NIH and Butantan...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878032/effect-of-aspirin-on-tumour-cell-colony-formation-and-evolution
#19
Dominik Wodarz, Ajay Goel, C Richard Boland, Natalia L Komarova
Aspirin is known to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer (CRC) incidence, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. In a previous study, we quantified the in vitro growth kinetics of different CRC tumour cell lines treated with varying doses of aspirin, measuring the rate of cell division and cell death. Here, we use these measured parameters to calculate the chances of successful clonal expansion and to determine the evolutionary potential of the tumour cell lines in the presence and absence of aspirin...
September 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877470/strong-clonal-relatedness-between-serum-and-gut-iga-despite-different-plasma-cell-origins
#20
Rasmus Iversen, Omri Snir, Maria Stensland, José E Kroll, Øyvind Steinsbø, Ilma R Korponay-Szabó, Knut E A Lundin, Gustavo A de Souza, Ludvig M Sollid
Mucosal antigens induce generation of lamina propria plasma cells (PCs) that secrete dimeric immunoglobulin A (IgA) destined for transport across the epithelium. In addition, blood contains monomeric IgA. To study the relationship between mucosal and systemic antibody responses, we took advantage of celiac disease patient samples for isolation of gut PCs as well as serum IgA and IgG reactive with a gluten-derived peptide or the autoantigen transglutaminase 2. Proteomic analysis of serum IgA revealed antigen-specific V-gene preferences, which matched those found in gut PCs...
September 5, 2017: Cell Reports
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