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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454452/flow-cytometry-based-immunophenotypic-analysis-of-primary-systemic-light-chain-amyloidosis
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Xiangwen Diao, Juan Li, Juan Ouyang, Junru Liu, Beihui Huang, Meilan Chen, Jingli Gu
Using flow cytometry, the present study aimed to investigate the immunophenotypic characteristics of malignant plasma cells (PCs) in the bone marrow of patients with primary systemic light chain amyloidosis (AL) compared with the characteristics of patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Flow cytometric results of 51 patients with AL and 150 patients with MM were reviewed. The proportion of total bone marrow PCs in the patients with AL was significantly lower than that in the patients with MM, 1.35% (0.3-9.5%) vs...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449073/genetics-of-phenotypic-plasticity-and-biomass-traits-in-hybrid-willows-across-contrasting-environments-and-years
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Sofia Berlin, Henrik R Hallingbäck, Friderike Beyer, Nils-Erik Nordh, Martin Weih, Ann-Christin Rönnberg-Wästljung
Background and Aims: Phenotypic plasticity can affect the geographical distribution of taxa and greatly impact the productivity of crops across contrasting and variable environments. The main objectives of this study were to identify genotype-phenotype associations in key biomass and phenology traits and the strength of phenotypic plasticity of these traits in a short-rotation coppice willow population across multiple years and contrasting environments to facilitate marker-assisted selection for these traits...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448491/relevant-units-of-analysis-for-applied-and-basic-research-dealing-with-neglected-transmissible-diseases-the-predominant-clonal-evolution-model-of-pathogenic-microorganisms
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Michel Tibayrenc, Francisco J Ayala
The predominant clonal evolution (PCE) model seeks to formulate a common population genetics framework for all micropathogens (namely, parasitic protozoa, fungi and yeasts, bacteria, and viruses). It relies on a definition of clonality that is only based on population structure features (namely, strongly restrained genetic recombination). Its clear-cut properties make it of strong interest for applied and basic research, since it permits the definition of stable, clearly delimited units of analysis below the species level: clonal genotypes and discrete genetic subdivisions ("near-clades")...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443987/seroprevalence-of-bactericidal-antibodies-against-serogroup-b-and-c-meningococci-in-a-university-hospital
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C A C Gioia, A P S Lemos, M C O Gorla, R Mendoza-Sassi, B S Figueredo, T Ballester, A Von Groll, B Wedig, N V Ethur, L Bragança, P E A Silva, L G Milagres
Meningococcus serogroup B (MenB), clonal complex 32 (cc 32), was the Brazilian epidemic strain of meningococcal disease (MD) in the 1990's. Currently, meningococcus serogroup C (MenC), cc 103, is responsible for most of the cases of the disease in Brazil. The aim of this study was to investigate the seroprevalence of bactericidal antibody (SBA) against representative epidemic strains of MenC, (N753/00 strain, C:23:P1.22,14-6, cc103) and MenB, (Cu385/83 strain, B:4,7:P1.15,19, cc32) in students and employees of a university hospital in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (RS, Brazil)...
April 20, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430395/flower-colour-polymorphism%C3%A2-in-the-mediterranean-basin-occurrence-maintenance-and-implications-for-speciation
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REVIEW
E Narbona, H Wang, P L Ortiz, M Arista, E Imbert
Flower colour polymorphism (FCP) is the occurrence of at least two discrete flower colour variants in the same population. Despite a vast body of research concerning the maintenance and evolutionary consequences of FCP, only recently has the spatial variation in morph frequencies among populations been explored. Here we have summarized the biochemical and genetic basis of FCP, the factors that have been proposed to explain their maintenance, and the importance of FCP and its geographic variation in the speciation process...
April 21, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424528/elucidation-of-quantitative-structural-diversity-of-remarkable-rearrangement-regions-shufflons-in-inci2-plasmids
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Tsuyoshi Sekizuka, Michiko Kawanishi, Mamoru Ohnishi, Ayaka Shima, Kengo Kato, Akifumi Yamashita, Mari Matsui, Satowa Suzuki, Makoto Kuroda
A multiple DNA inversion system, the shufflon, exists in incompatibility (Inc) I1 and I2 plasmids. The shufflon generates variants of the PilV protein, a minor component of the thin pilus. The shufflon is one of the most difficult regions for de novo genome assembly because of its structural diversity even in an isolated bacterial clone. We determined complete genome sequences, including those of IncI2 plasmids carrying mcr-1, of three Escherichia coli strains using single-molecule, real-time (SMRT) sequencing and Illumina sequencing...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420427/isolation-and-characterization-of-equine-native-msc-populations
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Cristina L Esteves, Tara A Sheldrake, Simone P Mesquita, Juan J Pesántez, Timothy Menghini, Lucy Dawson, Bruno Péault, F Xavier Donadeu
BACKGROUND: In contrast to humans in which mesenchymal stem/stromal cell (MSC) therapies are still largely in the clinical trial phase, MSCs have been used therapeutically in horses for over 15 years, thus constituting a valuable preclinical model for humans. In human tissues, MSCs have been shown to originate from perivascular cells, namely pericytes and adventitial cells, which are identified by the presence of the cell surface markers CD146 and CD34, respectively. In contrast, the origin of MSCs in equine tissues has not been established, preventing the isolation and culture of defined cell populations in that species...
April 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419868/ciprofloxacin-resistance-in-uropathogenic-escherichia-coli-isolates-causing-community-acquired-urinary-infections-in-bras%C3%A3-lia-brazil
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Rafaella Christina Rocha Moreira da Silva, Paulo de Oliveira Martins Júnior, Laura Fernandes Gonçalves, Vicente de Paulo Martins, Ana Beatriz Fabrício de Melo, André Pitondo-Silva, Tatiana Amabile de Campos
OBJECTIVES: Considering the global concern of ciprofloxacin resistance, the aim of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of ciprofloxacin-resistant (CIP-R) Escherichia coli isolated from patients with community-acquired urinary tract infections (UTIs) in Brasília, Brazil. METHODS: CIP-R E. coli isolated from different outpatients between July 2013 and April 2014 in a tertiary hospital were analysed for antibiotic resistance profile, phylotype, uropathogenic E...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419853/listeria-monocytogenes-meningitis-in-the-netherlands-1985-2014-a-nationwide-surveillance-study
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Merel M Koopmans, Merijn W Bijlsma, Matthijs C Brouwer, Diederik van de Beek, Arie van der Ende
OBJECTIVES: Listeria monocytogenes can cause sepsis and meningitis. We report national surveillance data on L. monocytogenes meningitis in the Netherlands, describing incidence changes, genetic epidemiology and fatality rate. METHODS: We analyzed data from the Netherlands Reference Laboratory of Bacterial Meningitis for cases of L.monocytogenes meningitis. Strains were assessed by serotyping and bacterial population structure by multi-locus sequence typing. RESULTS: A total of 375 cases of Listeria meningitis were identified between 1985 and 2014...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419704/robustness-of-a-model-microbial-community-emerges-from-population-structure-among-single-cells-of-a-clonal-population
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Anne W Thompson, Serdar Turkarslan, Christina E Arens, Adrián López García de Lomana, Arjun V Raman, David A Stahl, Nitin S Baliga
Microbial populations can withstand, overcome, and persist in the face of environmental fluctuation. Previously we demonstrated how conditional gene regulation in a fluctuating environment drives dilution of condition-specific transcripts, causing a population of Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hildenborough (DvH) to collapse after repeatedly transitioning from sulfate respiration to syntrophic conditions with the methanogen Methanococcus maripaludis. Failure of the DvH to successfully transition contributed to the collapse of this model community...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419691/the-low-diverse-gastric-microbiome-of-the-jellyfish-cotylorhiza-tuberculata-is-dominated-by-four-novel-taxa
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Tomeu Viver, Luis H Orellana, Janet K Hatt, Mercedes Urdiain, Sara Díaz, Michael Richter, Josefa Antón, Massimo Avian, Rudolf Amann, Konstantinos T Konstantinidis, Ramon Rosselló-Móra
Cotylorhiza tuberculata is an important scyphozoan jellyfish producing population blooms in the Mediterranean probably due to pelagic ecosystem's decay. Its gastric cavity can serve as a simple model of microbial - animal digestive associations, yet poorly characterized. Using state-of-the-art metagenomic population binning and catalyzed reporter deposition fluorescence in situ hybridization (CARD-FISH), we show that only four novel clonal phylotypes were consistently associated with multiple jellyfish adults...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419281/expression-of-the-plasmodium-falciparum-clonally-variant-clag3-genes-in-human-infections
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Sofía Mira-Martínez, Evi van Schuppen, Alfred Amambua-Ngwa, Emmanuel Bottieau, Muna Affara, Marjan Van Esbroeck, Erika Vlieghe, Pieter Guetens, Núria Rovira-Graells, Gloria P Gómez-Pérez, Pedro L Alonso, Umberto D'Alessandro, Anna Rosanas-Urgell, Alfred Cortés
Background.: Many genes of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum show clonally variant expression regulated at the epigenetic level. These genes participate in fundamental host-parasite interactions and contribute to adaptive processes. However, little is known about their expression patterns during human infections. A peculiar case of clonally variant genes are the 2 nearly identical clag3 genes, clag3.1 and clag3.2, which mediate nutrient uptake and are linked to resistance to some toxic compounds...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416542/high-resolution-melting-analysis-for-the-rapid-detection-of-sequence-type-131-escherichia-coli
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Lucas B Harrison, Nancy D Hanson
IntroductionE. coli belonging to sequence type 131 clonal complex (ST131) have been associated with the global distribution of fluoroquinolone and β-lactam resistance. Whole genome sequencing and multi-locus sequence typing identify sequence type but are expensive when evaluating large numbers of samples. This study was designed to develop a cost-effective screening tool using high resolution melting (HRM) analysis to differentiate ST131 from non-ST-131 E. coli in large sample populations in the absence of sequence analysis...
April 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414611/population-genetic-structure-of-venturia-effusa-cause-of-pecan-scab-in-the-southeastern-united-states
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Clive H Bock, Michael W Hotchkiss, Carolyn A Young, Nikki D Charlton, Mattupalli Chakradhar, Katherine L Stevenson, Bruce W Wood
Venturia effusa is the most important pathogen of pecan in the southeastern United States. Little information exists on the population biology and genetic diversity of the pathogen. A hierarchical sampling of 784 isolates from 63 trees in 11 pecan orchards in the southeastern United States were screened against a set of 30 previously characterized microsatellite markers. Populations were collected from Georgia (n = 2), Florida (n = 1), Alabama (n = 2), Mississippi (n = 1), Louisiana (n = 1), Illinois (n = 1), Oklahoma (n = 1), Texas (n = 1), and Kansas (n = 1)...
May 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412969/engagement-of-cellular-prion-protein-with-the-co-chaperone-hsp70-90-organizing-protein-regulates-the-proliferation-of-glioblastoma-stem-like-cells
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Rebeca Piatniczka Iglesia, Mariana Brandão Prado, Lilian Cruz, Vilma Regina Martins, Tiago Góss Santos, Marilene Hohmuth Lopes
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma (GBM), a highly aggressive brain tumor, contains a subpopulation of glioblastoma stem-like cells (GSCs) that play roles in tumor maintenance, invasion, and therapeutic resistance. GSCs are therefore a promising target for GBM treatment. Our group identified the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) and its partner, the co-chaperone Hsp70/90 organizing protein (HOP), as potential target candidates due to their role in GBM tumorigenesis and in neural stem cell maintenance...
April 17, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411228/day-to-day-dynamics-of-commensal-escherichia-coli-in-zimbabwean-cows-evidence-temporal-fluctuations-within-a-host-specific-population-structure
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Méril Massot, Camille Couffignal, Olivier Clermont, Camille D'Humières, Jérémie Chatel, Nicolas Plault, Antoine Andremont, Alexandre Caron, France Mentré, Erick Denamur
To get insights in the temporal pattern of commensal Escherichia coli populations, we daily sampled feces of four healthy cows from the same herd over 25 days, in the Hwange district of Zimbabwe. The cows did not receive antibiotic treatment during the 3 previous months. We performed viable E. coli counts, and characterized at a clonal level, screened for stx and eae genes, and tested for antibiotic susceptibilities the 326 isolates originating from the 98 sampled stools. We observed that E. coli counts and dominant clones were different among cows, and very few clones were shared...
April 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409824/a-comparative-genomic-hybridization-approach-to-study-gene-copy-number-variations-among-chinese-hamster-cell-lines
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Nandita Vishwanathan, Arpan Bandyopadhyay, Hsu-Yuan Fu, Kathryn C Johnson, Nathan M Springer, Wei-Shou Hu
Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells are aneuploid in nature. The genome of recombinant protein producing CHO cell lines continuously undergoes changes in its structure and organization. We analyzed nine cell lines, including parental cell lines, using a comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) array focused on gene-containing regions. The comparison of CGH with copy-number estimates from sequencing data showed good correlation. Hierarchical clustering of the gene copy number variation data from CGH data revealed the lineage relationships between the cell lines...
April 14, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401103/characterization-of-clonal-immunoglobulin-heavy-igh-v-d-j-gene-rearrangements-and-the-complementarity-determining-region-in-south-indian-patients-with-precursor-b-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#18
Natarajan Sudhakar, Thangarajan Rajkumar, Kamalalayam Raghavan Rajalekshmy, Nirmala Karunakaran Nancy
BACKGROUND: This study characterized clonal IG heavy V-D-J (IGH) gene rearrangements in South Indian patients with precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (precursor B-ALL) and identified age-related predominance in VDJ rearrangements. METHODS: IGH rearrangements were studied in 50 precursor B-ALL cases (common ALL=37, pre-B ALL=10, pro-B ALL=3) by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) heteroduplex analysis. Twenty randomly selected clonal IGH rearrangement sequences were analyzed using the IMGT/V-QUEST tool...
March 2017: Blood Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400757/streptococcus-agalactiae-causing-neonatal-infections-in-portugal-2005-2015-diversification-and-emergence-of-a-cc17-pi-2b-multidrug-resistant-sublineage
#19
Elisabete R Martins, Cristiano Pedroso-Roussado, José Melo-Cristino, Mário Ramirez
The molecular characterization of 218 GBS isolates recovered from neonatal invasive infections in Portugal in 2005-2015 revealed the existence of a small number of genetically distinct lineages that were present over a significant time-span. Serotypes III and Ia were dominant in the population, together accounting for >80% of the isolates. Clonal complex 17 included 50% of all isolates, highlighting the importance of the hypervirulent genetic lineage represented by serotype III ST17/rib/PI-1+PI-2b. Serotype Ia was represented mainly by ST23, previously reported as dominant among invasive disease in non-pregnant adults in Portugal, but also by ST24, showing an increased frequency among late-onset disease...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400021/east-and-west-african-milk-products-are-reservoirs-for-human-and-livestock-associated-staphylococcus-aureus
#20
Christoph Jans, Axel Merz, Sophia Johler, Mario Younan, Sabine A Tanner, Dasel Wambua Mulwa Kaindi, John Wangoh, Bassirou Bonfoh, Leo Meile, Taurai Tasara
Staphylococcus aureus frequently isolated from milk products in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is a major pathogen responsible for food intoxication, human and animal diseases. SSA hospital-derived strains are well studied but data on the population structure of foodborne S. aureus required to identify possible staphylococcal food poisoning sources is lacking. Therefore, the aim was to assess the population genetic structure, virulence and antibiotic resistance genes associated with milk-derived S. aureus isolates from Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya and Somalia through spa-typing, MLST, and DNA microarray analysis...
August 2017: Food Microbiology
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