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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160864/clonal-expansion-behind-a-marine-diatom-bloom
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Maria Valeria Ruggiero, Domenico D'Alelio, Maria Immacolata Ferrante, Mariano Santoro, Laura Vitale, Gabriele Procaccini, Marina Montresor
Genetic diversity is what selection acts on, thus shaping the adaptive potential of populations. We studied micro-evolutionary patterns of the key planktonic diatom Pseudo-nitzschia multistriata at a long-term sampling site over 2 consecutive years by genotyping isolates with 22 microsatellite markers. We show that both sex and vegetative growth interplay in shaping intraspecific diversity. We document a brief but massive demographic and clonal expansion driven by strains of the same mating type. The analysis of an extended data set (6 years) indicates that the genetic fingerprint of P...
November 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159320/immunogenicity-and-persistence-of-the-13-valent-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-pcv13-in-patients-with-untreated-smoldering-multiple-myeloma-smm-a-pilot-study
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Mathilde Bahuaud, Hélène Bodilis, Marion Malphettes, Anaïs Maugard Landre, Caroline Matondo, Didier Bouscary, Frédéric Batteux, Odile Launay, Jean-Paul Fermand
Smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) is an asymptomatic clonal plasma cell disorder that frequently progress to multiple myeloma (MM), a disease at high risk of pneumococcal infections. Moreover, if the polysaccharide vaccine is poorly immunogenic in MM, the 13-valent conjugated vaccine has never been tested in clonal plasma cell disorders. We evaluated its immunogenicity for 7 serotypes in 20 patients ≥ 50 years of age with smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) pre and post routine-vaccination with PCV13. Concentrations of IgG specific for 7 serotypes were measured at baseline, 1, 6, and 12 months after vaccination by standardized ELISA and an Opsonophagocytic Assay (OPA)...
November 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158446/drosophila-embryonic-type-ii-neuroblasts-origin-temporal-patterning-and-contribution-to-the-adult-central-complex
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Kathleen T Walsh, Chris Q Doe
Drosophila neuroblasts are an excellent model for investigating how neuronal diversity is generated. Most brain neuroblasts generate a series of ganglion mother cells (GMCs) that each make two neurons (type I lineage), but sixteen brain neuroblasts generate a series of intermediate neural progenitors (INPs) that each produce 4-6 GMCs and 8-12 neurons (type II lineage). Thus, type II lineages are similar to primate cortical lineages, and may serve as models for understanding cortical expansion. Yet the origin of type II neuroblasts remains mysterious: do they form in the embryo or larva? If they form in the embryo, do their progeny populate the adult central complex, as do the larval type II neuroblast progeny? Here we present molecular and clonal data showing that all type II neuroblasts form in the embryo, produce INPs, and express known temporal transcription factors...
November 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157101/expression-and-function-of-protein-a-in-staphylococcus-pseudintermedius
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Manasi Balachandran, David A Bemis, Stephen A Kania
Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is an opportunistic pathogen in dogs and the most frequent cause of canine pyoderma. Protein A, a potent virulence factor in S. aureus is encoded by the spa gene. S. pseudintermedius possesses genes seemingly analogous to spa, but the expression and the characteristics of their products have not been directly determined. The purpose of this study was to test isolates from major clonal groups for the presence of spa gene orthologs, quantitate their expression levels, and to characterize protein A in S...
November 20, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156680/vemurafenib-resistance-via-de-novo-rbm-genes-mutations-and-chromosome-5-aberrations-is-overcome-by-combined-therapy-with-palbociclib-in-thyroid-carcinoma-with-braf-v600e
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Zeus A Antonello, Nancy Hsu, Manoj Bhasin, Giovanni Roti, Mukta Joshi, Paul Van Hummelen, Emily Ye, Agnes S Lo, S Ananth Karumanchi, Christine R Bryke, Carmelo Nucera
Purpose: Papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) is the most frequent endocrine tumor. BRAF(V600E) represents the PTC hallmark and is targeted with selective inhibitors (e.g. vemurafenib). Although there have been promising results in clinical trials using these inhibitors, most patients develop resistance and progress. Tumor clonal diversity is proposed as one mechanism underlying drug resistance. Here we have investigated mechanisms of primary and secondary resistance to vemurafenib in BRAF(WT/V600E)-positive PTC patient-derived cells with P16(-/-) (CDKN2A(-/-))...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156578/pancreatic-cancer-molecular-characterization-clonal-evolution-and-cancer-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Elvira Pelosi, Germana Castelli, Ugo Testa
Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related death and is the most lethal of common malignancies with a five-year survival rate of <10%. PDAC arises from different types of non-invasive precursor lesions: intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms, mucinous cystic neoplasms and pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia. The genetic landscape of PDAC is characterized by the presence of four frequently-mutated genes: KRAS, CDKN2A, TP53 and SMAD4. The development of mouse models of PDAC has greatly contributed to the understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms through which driver genes contribute to pancreatic cancer development...
November 18, 2017: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155998/limited-impact-of-adolescent-meningococcal-acwy-vaccination-on-group-w-carriage-in-university-students
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Neil J Oldfield, Luke R Green, Julian Parkhill, Christopher D Bayliss, David P J Turner
Background: In the UK rising disease levels due to Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W clonal complex ST-11 (MenW:cc11) strains led to introduction of conjugate MenACWY vaccination for teenagers. We investigated the impact of immunization on carriage of targeted meningococci by whole genome sequencing of isolates recovered from a cohort of vaccinated university students. Methods: Strain designation data were extracted from whole genome sequence data. Genomes from carried and invasive MenW:cc11 were compared using a gene-by-gene approach...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155241/multilocus-sequence-typing-based-analysis-of-moraxella-catarrhalis-population-structure-reveals-clonal-spreading-of-drug-resistant-strains-isolated-from-childhood-pneumonia
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Yinju Du, Haijian Zhou, Fei Wang, Shengnan Liang, Lihong Cheng, Xiaofei Du, Feng Pang, Jinjing Tian, Jinxing Zhao, Biao Kan, Jianguo Xu, Juan Li, Furong Zhang
This work revealed the drug resistance and population structure of Moraxella catarrhalis strains isolated from children less than three years old with pneumonia. Forty-four independent M. catarrhalis strains were analyzed using broth dilution antimicrobial susceptibility testing and multilocus sequence typing (MLST). The highest non-susceptibility rate was observed for amoxicillin (AMX), which reached 95.5%, followed by clindamycin (CLI) (n=33; 75.0%), azithromycin (AZM) (61.4%), cefaclor (CEC) (25.0%), trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (SXT) (15...
November 15, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153095/circulating-cell-free-dna-mutation-patterns-in-early-and-late-stage-colon-and-pancreatic-cancer
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Eveline E Vietsch, Garrett T Graham, Justine N McCutcheon, Aamir Javaid, Giuseppe Giaccone, John L Marshall, Anton Wellstein
Cancer is a heterogeneous disease harboring diverse subclonal populations that can be discriminated by their DNA mutations. Environmental pressure selects subclones that ultimately drive disease progression and tumor relapse. Circulating cell-free DNA (ccfDNA) can be used to approximate the mutational makeup of cancer lesions and can serve as a marker for monitoring disease progression at the molecular level without the need for invasively acquired samples from primary or metastatic lesions. This potential for molecular analysis makes ccfDNA attractive for the study of clonal evolution and for uncovering emerging therapeutic resistance or sensitivity...
December 2017: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150050/cytogenetic-changes-in-the-bhopal-population-exposed-to-methyl-isocyanate-mic-in-1984-then-and-30-years-later
#10
Bani Bandana Ganguly, Shouvik Mandal
Following the 1984 Bhopal methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas disaster, genetic alterations were sporadically reported on small cohorts. However, the outcome of the multi-center cytogenetic screening conducted at that time remains unknown and no follow-up studies on the long-term effects of MIC exposure have been published. The present work examines genetic changes in the exposed population,with the aim of identifying any long-term effects of MIC. G-Banded metaphases were studied in lymphocytes of 130 individuals. Chromosomal aberrations (CA) were broadly grouped as abnormal cells (Abc), aberrations (Abn), and aberration/abnormal cell (Abn/Abc)...
December 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149743/multigenerational-effects-of-salinity-in-six-clonal-lineages-of-daphnia-longispina
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C Venâncio, R Ribeiro, A M V M Soares, I Lopes
Sea level rise, as a consequence of climate changes, is already causing seawater intrusion in some freshwater coastal ecosystems worldwide. The increase in salinity at these freshwater coastal ecosystems may occur gradually (through groundwater) or abruptly (through extreme weather events). Moreover, many of them are also being altered and threatened by anthropogenic activities. Accordingly, the present study aimed at assessing the multigenerational lethal and sublethal effects caused by increased salinity in six clonal lineages of the freshwater cladoceran Daphnia longispina differing in their sensitivity to lethal levels of copper...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147867/population-structure-of-candida-parapsilosis-no-genetic-difference-between-french-and-urugayan-isolates-using-microsatellite-length-polymorphism
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Marie Desnos-Ollivier, Victoria Bórmida, Philippe Poirier, Céline Nourrisson, Dinorah Pan, Stéphane Bretagne, Andrès Puime, Françoise Dromer
Candida parapsilosis is a human commensal yeast, frequently involved in infection worldwide and especially in neonates. It is the second species responsible for bloodstream infections in Uruguay and the third species in France. We were interested in knowing whether the population structure of isolates responsible for candidemia in France and in Uruguay was different. Genotyping methods based on microsatellite length polymorphism (MLP) have been described and are especially used for investigation of local outbreaks...
November 16, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145855/generation-of-a-platform-strain-for-ionic-liquid-tolerance-using-adaptive-laboratory-evolution
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Elsayed T Mohamed, Shizeng Wang, Rebecca M Lennen, Markus J Herrgård, Blake A Simmons, Steven W Singer, Adam M Feist
BACKGROUND: There is a need to replace petroleum-derived with sustainable feedstocks for chemical production. Certain biomass feedstocks can meet this need as abundant, diverse, and renewable resources. Specific ionic liquids (ILs) can play a role in this process as promising candidates for chemical pretreatment and deconstruction of plant-based biomass feedstocks as they efficiently release carbohydrates which can be fermented. However, the most efficient pretreatment ILs are highly toxic to biological systems, such as microbial fermentations, and hinder subsequent bioprocessing of fermentative sugars obtained from IL-treated biomass...
November 16, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144541/genetic-landscape-of-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma-in-the-chinese-population
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Jialong Liang, Wanshi Cai, Dongdong Feng, Huajing Teng, Fengbiao Mao, Yi Jiang, Shanshan Hu, Xianfeng Li, Yujie Zhang, Baoguo Liu, Zhong Sheng Sun
Improvement in the clinical outcome of human cancers requires characterization of genetic alterations underlying their pathogenesis. Large-scale genomic and transcriptomic characterization of papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTCs) in Western populations has revealed multiple oncogenic drivers which are essential for understanding pathogenic mechanisms of this disease; while so far, the genetic landscape in Chinese patients with PTC remains uncharacterized. Here, we conducted a largescale genetic analysis of PTCs from patients in China to determine the mutational landscape of this cancer...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142973/renal-amyloidosis-associated-with-5-novel%C3%A2-variants-in-the-fibrinogen-a-alpha-chain-protein
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Dorota Rowczenio, Maria Stensland, Gustavo A de Souza, Erik H Strøm, Janet A Gilbertson, Graham Taylor, Nigel Rendell, Shane Minogue, Yvonne A Efebera, Helen J Lachmann, Ashutosh D Wechalekar, Philip N Hawkins, Ketil R Heimdal, Kristian Selvig, Inger K Lægreid, Nathalie Demoulin, Selda Aydin, Julian D Gillmore, Tale N Wien
Introduction: Fibrinogen A alpha chain amyloidosis is an autosomal dominant disease associated with mutations in the fibrinogen A alpha chain (FGA) gene, and it is the most common cause of hereditary renal amyloidosis in the UK. Patients typically present with kidney impairment and progress to end-stage renal disease over a median time of 4.6 years. Methods: Six patients presented with proteinuria, hypertension, and/or lower limb edema and underwent detailed clinical and laboratory investigations...
May 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141705/phenotypic-and-molecular-genetic-characteristics-of-yersinia-pestis-at-an-emerging-natural-plague-focus-junggar-basin-china
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Yujiang Zhang, Tao Luo, Chao Yang, Xihong Yue, Rong Guo, Xinhui Wang, Mingde Buren, Yuqin Song, Ruifu Yang, Hanli Cao, Yujun Cui, Xiang Dai
The 15th natural plague focus in China, the Junggar Basin plague focus, is located near an important communication route connecting China and Central Asia and was discovered after 2005. To characterize the phenotypic and genetic diversity of the Yersinia pestis population in this newly established focus, we collected 25 Y. pestis strains from six counties across Junggar Basin in 2005-2006, and determined their biochemical features and genotypes based on multiple-locus variable number of tandem repeats analysis and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats analysis...
October 23, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136164/habitat-heterogeneity-host-population-structure-and-parasite-local-adaptation
#17
Curtis M Lively
Reciprocal-transplant experiments have proven to be a powerful tool for detecting local adaptation (LA). More recently, reciprocal cross-inoculation experiments have been used to evaluate adaptation by parasites to their local host populations. These experiments are conceptually similar to reciprocal-transplant experiments, except that the "environment" (the host population) may have evolved in response to changes in the parasite population. Here, I use analytical tools and computer simulations to determine when parasites would be expected to be more infective to their local host populations than to allopatric host populations...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135361/molecular-characteristics-of-new-clonal-complexes-of-staphylococcus-pseudintermedius-from-clinically-normal-dogs
#18
Jae-Ik Han, Haerin Rhim, Cheol-Ho Yang, Hee-Myung Park
BACKGROUND: High prevalence of methicillin resistance among clinical isolates of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius obtained from dogs was reported in Seoul metropolitan area, South Korea. However, no information on genetic lineage and clonal spread is currently available. OBJECTIVE: To identify the genetic diversity of methicillin-resistant or -susceptible S. pseudintermedius (MRSP and MSSP, respectively) from healthy dogs. ANIMALS AND METHODS: From 119 healthy dogs, 29 isolates consisting of 20 MRSP and 9 MSSP were collected from June 2013 to February 2014...
November 14, 2017: Veterinary Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133135/characterization-detection-and-treatment-approaches-for-homologous-recombination-deficiency-in-cancer
#19
REVIEW
Grainne M O'Kane, Ashton A Connor, Steven Gallinger
Investigations of carcinogenesis have evolved from the identification of clonal driver mutations in candidate genes to the integration of large volumes of genomic and transcriptomic data revealing recurrently altered pathways and signatures of mutational processes. Inactivation of BRCA1, BRCA2, or PALB2 impairs efficient double-strand break repair (DSBR), giving rise to a spectrum of homologous recombination deficiency (HRD) cancer phenotypes. Harnessing HRD therapeutically has been promising in a number of tumors; these approaches include leveraging synthetic lethality by targeting alternative repair pathways via PARP inhibition, inducing HRD to modulate potential tumor vulnerabilities, and preventing mechanisms of drug resistance...
November 10, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132919/clonal-replacement-and-expansion-among-invasive-meningococcal-isolates-of-serogroup-w-in-france
#20
Eva Hong, Anne-Sophie Barret, Aude Terrade, Mélanie Denizon, Denise Antona, Myriam Aouiti-Trabelsi, Ala-Eddine Deghmane, Isabelle Parent du Châtelet, Daniel Levy-Bruhl, Muhamed-Kheir Taha
Background Neisseria meningitidis group W (NmW) belonging to the clonal complex ST-11 (NmW/cc11) spread in Europe and in France in 2000 and declined thereafter. In France, invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) due to NmW increased again in 2012 and thereafter since 2015. Several sub-lineages of NmW/cc11 are circulating worldwide with successive epidemic waves. We aimed to describe recent epidemiological trends of NmW in France and to explore the microbiological and epidemiological characteristics associated with different NmW/cc11 sub-lineages...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Infection
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