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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643451/polyclonal-and-monoclonal-b-lymphocytes-response-in-hcv-patients-treated-with-direct-acting-antiviral-agents
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Alvise Schiavinato, Alberto Zanetto, Giorgia Pantano, Francesca Tosato, Mitja Nabergoj, Paola Fogar, Elisa Piva, Martina Gambato, Enrica Franceschet, Annarosa Floreani, Fabio Farinati, Patrizia Burra, Francesco Paolo Russo, Mario Plebani
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) chronic infection can be associated with extrahepatic manifestations such as mixed cryoglobulinemia and lymphoproliferative disorders that are endowed with increased rates of morbidity and all-cause mortality. In this study we used flow cytometry to evaluate the effect of Interferon-free antiviral treatment on peripheral blood lymphocytes in HCV patients with or without associated lymphoproliferative disorders. Flow cytometry analysis of peripheral blood lymphocytes were performed at baseline and at the end of treatment...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640870/dominance-of-community-associated-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-clones-in-a-maternity-hospital
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Edet E Udo, Noura Al-Sweih
BACKGROUND: Methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major pathogen causing healthcare- and community- acquired infections. The purpose of this study was to characterize MRSA isolated at the Maternity Hospital between 2006 and 2011 for their genetic relatedness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The MRSA isolates were investigated using a combination of antibiogram, Staphylococcal chromosome cassette mec (SCCmec) and spa typing to determine their relatedness to MRSA isolated in other Kuwait hospitals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636094/characterization-of-clonal-philadelphia-negative-cytogenetic-abnormalities-in-a-large-cohort-of-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
#3
Xiangjun Chen, Jine Zheng, Kaiwei Liang, Yanli He, Wen Du, Juan Li, Wei Liu, Yanjie Hu, Junxia Yao
OBJECTIVES: Clonal Philadelphia-negative Cytogenetic Abnormalities (CPCA) have been reported in chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) patients treated with either interferon or tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI). However, the incidences and types of these cytogenetic abnormalities after treatment vary due to the limited populations enrolled. METHODS: We analysed the frequency and types of CPCA in a cohort of 607 CML patients in the chronic phase after TKI treatment. We also followed up these CPCA with a median of 31...
June 21, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635968/sex-biased-dispersal-creates-spatial-genetic-structure-in-a-parthenogenetic-ant-with-a-dependent-lineage-reproductive-system
#4
A Kuhn, D Bauman, H Darras, S Aron
Reproduction and dispersal are key aspects of species life history that influence spatial genetic structure in populations. Several ant species in the genus Cataglyphis have evolved a unique breeding system in which new reproductives (that is, queens and males) are produced asexually by parthenogenesis; in contrast, non-reproductives (that is, workers) are produced via sexual reproduction by mates from distinct genetic lineages. We investigated how these two coexisting reproductive methods affect population-level spatial genetic structure using the ant Cataglyphis mauritanica as a model...
June 21, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634182/sf3b1-initiating-mutations-in-mds-with-ring-sideroblasts-target-lymphomyeloid-hematopoietic-stem-cells
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Teresa Mortera-Blanco, Marios Dimitriou, Petter S Woll, Mohsen Karimi, Edda Elvarsdottir, Simona Conte, Magnus Tobiasson, Monika Jansson, Iyadh Douagi, Matahi Moarii, Leonie Saft, Elli Papaemmanuil, Sten Eirik W Jacobsen, Eva Hellström-Lindberg
Mutations in the RNA splicing gene SF3B1 are found in more than 80% of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome with ring sideroblasts (MDS-RS). We investigated the origin of SF3B1 mutations within the bone marrow hematopoietic stem and progenitor cell compartments in patients with MDS-RS. Screening for recurrently mutated genes in the mononuclear cell fraction revealed mutations in SF3B1 in 39 of 40 cases (97.5%), combined with TET2 and DNMT3A in 11 (28%) and 6 (15%) patients, respectively. All recurrent mutations identified in mononuclear cells could be tracked back to the phenotypically defined hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) compartment in all investigated patients, and were also present in downstream myeloid and erythroid progenitor cells...
June 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628041/hiv-persistence-clonal-expansion-of-cells-in-the-latent-reservoir
#6
Kyungyoon J Kwon, Robert F Siliciano
While antiretroviral therapy (ART) can reduce HIV-1 to undetectable levels, the virus generally reappears if treatment is stopped. Resurgence of the virus is due to the reactivation of T cells harboring latent integrated provirus, and recent studies indicate that proliferation of these latently infected cells helps maintain the HIV-1 reservoir. In this issue of the JCI, Lee et al. evaluated CD4+ T cell subsets to determine whether certain populations are more likely to harbor full-length, replication-competent provirus...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625126/enhanced-risk-for-specific-somatic-myeloproliferative-neoplastic-mutations-in-patients-with-stroke
#7
Chih-Cheng Chen, Chia-Chen Hsu, Cih-En Huang, Yi-Yang Chen, Jrhau Lung, Hsing-Ying Ho, Chian-Pei Li, Jiann-Der Lee
BACKGROUND: Somatic mutations of Janus kinase 2 (JAK2V617F), calreticulin (CALR), and myeloproliferative leukemia virus oncogene (MPL) are the major clonal molecules that drive the pathogenesis of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN). It is well recognized that MPN patients carry an excessive risk of thrombohemorrhagic complications. However, little is known about the prevalence of these clonal markers in patients with cerebral vascular disease. METHODS: To address this issue, 153 consecutive stroke patients in Taiwan were enrolled in the study...
June 18, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622368/minimal-genetic-change-in-vibrio-cholerae-in-mozambique-over-time-multilocus-variable-number-tandem-repeat-analysis-and-whole-genome-sequencing
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Marcelino Garrine, Inácio Mandomando, Delfino Vubil, Tacilta Nhampossa, Sozinho Acacio, Shan Li, Joseph N Paulson, Mathieu Almeida, Daryl Domman, Nicholas R Thomson, Pedro Alonso, Oscar Colin Stine
Although cholera is a major public health concern in Mozambique, its transmission patterns remain unknown. We surveyed the genetic relatedness of 75 Vibrio cholerae isolates from patients at Manhiça District Hospital between 2002-2012 and 3 isolates from river using multilocus variable-number tandem-repeat analysis (MLVA) and whole genome sequencing (WGS). MLVA revealed 22 genotypes in two clonal complexes and four unrelated genotypes. WGS revealed i) the presence of recombination, ii) 67 isolates descended monophyletically from a single source connected to Wave 3 of the Seventh Pandemic, and iii) four clinical isolates lacking the cholera toxin gene...
June 16, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620844/comparison-of-the-characteristics-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-isolates-from-sputum-and-lung-lesions-in-chronic-tuberculosis-patients
#9
M-S Hong, Y Kim, E-J Cho, J-S Lee, H-K Kwak, J-H Kim, C-T Kim, J-S Cho, S-K Park, D Jeon, Y-I Choi, H Lee, S-Y Eum
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) in sputum originates from lung cavities in tuberculosis (TB) patients. But drug susceptibility testing (DST) of sputum Mtb can not be conducted the same as in the lung because mutagenesis of bacilli may be happening in the lung during treatment and result in the possibility of the presence of heterogeneous drug-resistant subpopulations in the different lung lesions. This could be one of the reasons for low cure rates for multi-drug resistant (MDR)-TB. We studied the resected lungs of nine surgery patients with chronic TB...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620653/successive-annual-influenza-vaccination-induces-a-recurrent-oligoclonotypic-memory-response-in-circulating-t-follicular-helper-cells
#10
Ramin Sedaghat Herati, Alexander Muselman, Laura Vella, Bertram Bengsch, Kaela Parkhouse, Daniel Del Alcazar, Jonathan Kotzin, Susan A Doyle, Pablo Tebas, Scott E Hensley, Laura F Su, Kenneth E Schmader, E John Wherry
T follicular helper (Tfh) CD4 cells are crucial providers of B cell help during adaptive immune responses. A circulating population of CD4 T cells, termed cTfh, have similarity to lymphoid Tfh, can provide B cell help, and responded to influenza vaccination. However, it is unclear whether human vaccination-induced cTfh respond in an antigen-specific manner and whether they form long-lasting memory. Here, we identified a cTfh population that expressed multiple T cell activation markers and could be readily identified by coexpression of ICOS and CD38...
February 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620370/environmental-t4-family-bacteriophages-evolve-to-escape-abortive-infection-via-multiple-routes-in-a-bacterial-host-employing-altruistic-suicide-through-type-iii-toxin-antitoxin-systems
#11
Bihe Chen, Chidiebere Akusobi, Xinzhe Fang, George P C Salmond
Abortive infection is an anti-phage mechanism employed by a bacterium to initiate its own death upon phage infection. This reduces, or eliminates, production of viral progeny and protects clonal siblings in the bacterial population by an act akin to an "altruistic suicide." Abortive infection can be mediated by a Type III toxin-antitoxin system called ToxINPa consisting of an endoribonuclease toxin and RNA antitoxin. ToxINPa is a heterohexameric quaternary complex in which pseudoknotted RNA inhibits the toxicity of the toxin until infection by certain phages causes destabilization of ToxINPa, leading to bacteriostasis and, eventually, lethality...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619759/modelling-therapy-resistance-in-brca1-2-mutant-cancers
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Amy Dréan, Chris T Williamson, Rachel Brough, Inger Brandsma, Malini Menon, Asha Konde, Isaac Garcia-Murillas, Helen N Pemberton, Jessica Frankum, Rumana Rafiq, Nicholas Badham, James Campbell, Aditi Gulati, Nicholas C Turner, Stephen J Pettitt, Alan Ashworth, Christopher J Lord
Although PARP inhibitors target BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutant tumour cells, drug resistance is a problem. PARP inhibitor resistance is sometimes associated with the presence of secondary or "revertant" mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 Whether secondary mutant tumour cells are selected for in a Darwinian fashion by treatment is unclear. Furthermore, how PARP inhibitor resistance might be therapeutically targeted is also poorly understood. Using CRISPR-mutagenesis, we generated isogenic tumour cell models with secondary BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615877/pcr-rflp-based-genotyping-of-indian-isolates-of-toxoplasma-gondii
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Hilal Ahmad Rather, Mir Mehraj Din, Aasif Ahmad Sheikh, Anup Kumar Tewari, Biswa Ranjan Maharana
Toxoplasma gondii is an apicomplexan parasite capable of infecting a wide variety of warm-blooded animals, including birds and humans and is zoonotically important too. Felidae serve its definitive hosts and most infections are inoccous while in various intermediate hosts (e.g. sheep), it is responsible for abortion, still births. Humans which are immune compromised are also susceptible to toxoplasmosis. Most of the epidemiological studies have revealed it to be belonging to three clonal types with exceptions in South Africa having atypical isolates...
June 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613977/the-scientific-economic-and-social-impacts-of-the-new-zealand-outbreak-of-bacterial-canker-of-kiwifruit-pseudomonas-syringae-pv-actinidiae
#14
Joel L Vanneste
The introduction of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) severely damaged the New Zealand kiwifruit industry, which in 2010 was based on only two cultivars. Despite an extraordinarily quick and strong response by industry, government, and scientists to minimize the economic and social impacts, the economic consequences of this outbreak were severe. Although our understanding of Psa epidemiology and control methods increased substantively over the past six years, the kiwifruit industry largely recovered because of the introduction of a less-susceptible yellow-fleshed cultivar...
June 14, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611743/identification-and-characterization-of-mycoplasma-feriruminatoris-sp-nov-strains-isolated-from-alpine-ibex-a-4th-species-in-the-mycoplasma-mycoides-cluster-hosted-by-non-domesticated-ruminants
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Chloé Ambroset, Corinne Pau-Roblot, Yvette Game, Patrice Gaurivaud, Florence Tardy
The genus Mycoplasma, a group of free-living, wall-less prokaryotes includes more than 100 species of which dozens are primary pathogens of humans and domesticated animals. Mycoplasma species isolated from wildlife are rarely investigated but could provide a fuller picture of the evolutionary history and diversity of this genus. In 2013 several isolates from wild Caprinae were tentatively assigned to a new species, Mycoplasma (M.) feriruminatoris sp. nov., characterized by an unusually rapid growth in vitro and close genetic proximity to ruminant pathogenic species...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607470/a-phase-ii-multicentre-trial-of-decitabine-in-higher-risk-chronic-myelomonocytic-leukemia
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V Santini, B Allione, G Zini, D Gioia, M Lunghi, A Poloni, D Cilloni, A Sanna, E Masiera, M Ceccarelli, O Abdel-Wahab, A Terenzi, E Angelucci, C Finelli, F Onida, A M Pelizzari, D Ferrero, G Saglio, M Figueroa, A Levis
Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) is a complex clonal hematological disorder classified among myelodysplastic/myeloproliferative neoplasms (MDS/MPNs). Prognosis is poor and there is a lack of effective treatments. The hypomethylating agent decitabine has shown activity against MDS and elderly acute myeloid leukemia, but there is little data focusing specifically on its efficacy in CMML. In this prospective, phase 2 Italian study, CMML patients received i.v. decitabine 20 mg/m(2)/day on Days 1 to 5 of a 28-day treatment cycle...
June 13, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607461/geographic-variation-in-pneumococcal-vaccine-efficacy-estimated-from-dynamic-modeling-of-epidemiological-data-post-pcv7
#17
Erida Gjini
Although mean efficacy of multivalent pneumococcus vaccines has been intensively studied, variance in vaccine efficacy (VE) has been overlooked. Different net individual protection across settings can be driven by environmental conditions, local serotype and clonal composition, as well as by socio-demographic and genetic host factors. Understanding efficacy variation has implications for population-level effectiveness and other eco-evolutionary feedbacks. Here I show that realized VE can vary across epidemiological settings, by applying a multi-site-one-model approach to data post-vaccination...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602650/generation-of-single-cell-transcript-variability-by-repression
#18
Vlatka Antolović, Agnes Miermont, Adam M Corrigan, Jonathan R Chubb
Gene expression levels vary greatly within similar cells, even within clonal cell populations [1]. These spontaneous expression differences underlie cell fate diversity in both differentiation and disease [2]. The mechanisms responsible for generating expression variability are poorly understood. Using single-cell transcriptomics, we show that transcript variability emerging during Dictyostelium differentiation is driven predominantly by repression rather than activation. The increased variability of repressed genes was observed over a broad range of expression levels, indicating that variability is actively imposed and not a passive statistical effect of the reduced numbers of molecules accompanying repression...
June 19, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600759/whole-genome-enrichment-using-rna-probes-and-sequencing-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-directly-from-clinical-samples
#19
Amanda Claire Brown, Mette T Christiansen
Whole-genome sequencing is a powerful, high-resolution tool that can be used to generate accurate data on bacterial population structure, phylogeography, and mutations associated with antimicrobial resistance. The ability to sequence pathogen genomes directly from clinical specimens, without the requirement for in vitro culturing, is attractive in terms of time- and labor-saving, especially in the case of slow-growing, or obligate intracellular pathogens, such as Chlamydia trachomatis. However clinical samples typically contain too low levels of pathogen nucleic acid, plus relatively high levels of human and natural microbiota DNA/RNA, to make this a viable option...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597535/epidemiology-of-campylobacteriosis-in-denmark-2000-2015
#20
K G Kuhn, E M Nielsen, K Mølbak, S Ethelberg
Campylobacter is the most frequently occurring cause of bacterial gastroenteritis in Europe. Unlike other zoonotic diseases, European-wide incidences of Campylobacter infections have increased during the past decade, resulting in a significant disease burden. In Denmark, campylobacteriosis is notifiable by laboratory and a unique registration system of electronic transfer and storage of notified Campylobacter cases linked to the national person register of age, gender and geographical location allows collection of comprehensive case data...
June 9, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
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