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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214862/differential-clonal-expansion-in-an-invading-cell-population-clonal-advantage-or-dumb-luck
#1
Donald F Newgreen, Dongcheng Zhang, Bevan L Cheeseman, Benjamin J Binder, Kerry A Landman
In neoplastic cell growth, clones and subclones are variable both in size and mutational spectrum. The largest of these clones are believed to represent those cells with mutations that make them the most "fit," in a Darwinian sense, for expansion in their microenvironment. Thus, the degree of quantitative clonal expansion is regarded as being determined by innate qualitative differences between the cells that originate each clone. Here, using a combination of mathematical modelling and clonal labelling experiments applied to the developmental model system of the forming enteric nervous system, we describe how cells which are qualitatively identical may consistently produce clones of dramatically different sizes: most clones are very small while a few clones we term "superstars" contribute most of the cells to the final population...
2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212996/analysis-of-a-panel-of-druggable-gene-mutations-and-of-alk-and-pd-l1-expression-in-a-series-of-thymic-epithelial-tumors-tets
#2
Marcello Tiseo, Angela Damato, Lucia Longo, Fausto Barbieri, Federica Bertolini, Alessandro Stefani, Mario Migaldi, Letizia Gnetti, Roberta Camisa, Paola Bordi, Sebastiano Buti, Giulio Rossi
INTRODUCTION: Thymic epithelial tumors (TETs) are rare neoplasms with different prognosis lacking consistent molecular alterations possibly leading to targeted therapy. We collected a consecutive series of TETs aimed at investigating the mutational status of druggable genes (EGFR, c-KIT, KRAS, BRAF, PDGFR-alpha and -beta, HER2 and c-MET) and the expression of ALK and PD-L1. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred twelve consecutive cases of TETs and relative clinico-pathologic features were collected...
February 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212557/using-high-sensitivity-sequencing-for-the-detection-of-mutations-in-btk-and-plc%C3%AE-2-genes-in-cellular-and-cell-free-dna-and-correlation-with-progression-in-patients-treated-with-btk-inhibitors
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Adam Albitar, Wanlong Ma, Ivan DeDios, Jeffrey Estella, Inhye Ahn, Mohammed Farooqui, Adrian Wiestner, Maher Albitar
Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) that develop resistance to Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitors are typically positive for mutations in BTK or phospholipase c gamma 2 (PLCγ2). We developed a high sensitivity (HS) assay utilizing wild-type blocking polymerase chain reaction achieved via bridged and locked nucleic acids. We used this high sensitivity assay in combination with Sanger sequencing and next generation sequencing (NGS) and tested cellular DNA and cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from patients with CLL treated with the BTK inhibitor, ibrutinib...
February 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212528/the-crispr-cas9%C3%A2-system-efficiently-reverts-the-tumorigenic-ability-of-bcr-abl-in-vitro-and-in-a-xenograft-model-of-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
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Ignacio García-Tuñón, María Hernández-Sánchez, José Luis Ordoñez, Veronica Alonso-Pérez, Miguel Álamo-Quijada, Rocio Benito, Carmen Guerrero, Jesús María Hernández-Rivas, Manuel Sánchez-Martín
CRISPR/Cas9 technology was used to abrogate p210 oncoprotein expression in the Boff-p210 cell line, a pro-B line derived from interlukin-3-dependent Baf/3, that shows IL-3-independence arising from the constitutive expression of BCR-ABL p210. Using this approach, pools of Boff-p210-edited cells and single edited cell-derived clones were obtained and functionally studied in vitro. The loss of p210 expression in Boff-p210 cells resulted in the loss of ability to grow in the absence of IL-3, as the Baf/3 parental line, showing significantly increased apoptosis levels...
February 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202733/specificity-of-genome-evolution-in-experimental-populations-of-escherichia-coli-evolved-at-different-temperatures
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Daniel E Deatherage, Jamie L Kepner, Albert F Bennett, Richard E Lenski, Jeffrey E Barrick
Isolated populations derived from a common ancestor are expected to diverge genetically and phenotypically as they adapt to different local environments. To examine this process, 30 populations of Escherichia coli were evolved for 2,000 generations, with six in each of five different thermal regimes: constant 20 °C, 32 °C, 37 °C, 42 °C, and daily alternations between 32 °C and 42 °C. Here, we sequenced the genomes of one endpoint clone from each population to test whether the history of adaptation in different thermal regimes was evident at the genomic level...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197728/linezolid-resistant-enterococci-in-polish-hospitals-species-clonality-and-determinants-of-linezolid-resistance
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I Gawryszewska, D Żabicka, W Hryniewicz, E Sadowy
The significant increase of the linezolid-resistant enterococci (LRE) has been observed in Polish hospitals since 2012 and our study aimed at elucidating the possible reasons for this phenomenon. Polish LRE isolates were analysed by multilocus-sequence typing (MLST) and multiple locus variable-number tandem repeat (VNTR) analysis (MLVA), polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) to establish clonal relatedness and mechanism of linezolid resistance, respectively...
February 14, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197164/isolation-characterization-and-transcriptome-analysis-of-a-cytokinin-receptor-mutant-osckt1-in-rice
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Wona Ding, Huishan Tong, Wenjuan Zheng, Jing Ye, Zhichong Pan, Botao Zhang, Shihua Zhu
Cytokinins play important roles in regulating plant development, including shoot and root meristems, leaf longevity, and grain yield. However, the in planta functions of rice cytokinin receptors have not been genetically characterized yet. Here we isolated a rice mutant, Osckt1, with enhanced tolerance to cytokinin treatment. Further analysis showed that Osckt1 was insensitive to aromatic cytokinins but responded normally to isoprenoid and phenylurea-type cytokinins. Map-based cloning revealed that the mutation occurred in a putative cytokinin receptor gene, histidine kinase 6 (OsHK6)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196656/a-cdna-clone-launched-platform-for-high-yield-production-of-inactivated-zika-vaccine
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Yujiao Yang, Chao Shan, Jing Zou, Antonio E Muruato, Diniz Nunes Bruno, Barbosa de Almeida Medeiros Daniele, Pedro F C Vasconcelos, Shannan L Rossi, Scott C Weaver, Xuping Xie, Pei-Yong Shi
A purified inactivated vaccine (PIV) using the Zika virus (ZIKV) Puerto Rico strain PRVABC59 showed efficacy in monkeys, and is currently in a phase I clinical trial. High-yield manufacture of this PIV is essential for its development and vaccine access. Here we report an infectious cDNA clone-launched platform to maximize its yield. A single NS1 protein substitution (K265E) was identified to increase ZIKV replication on Vero cells (a cell line approved for vaccine production) for both Cambodian FSS13025 and Puerto Rico PRVABC59 strains...
February 6, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194039/donor-cell-leukemia-arising-from-preleukemic-clones-with-a-novel-germline-ddx41-mutation-after-allogenic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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S Kobayashi, A Kobayashi, Y Osawa, S Nagao, K Takano, Y Okada, N Tachi, M Teramoto, T Kawamura, T Horiuchi, S Kato, T Maekawa, T Yamamura, J Watanabe, Y Harada, H Harada, K Sato, F Kimura
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193649/pbp2x-in-streptococcus-pseudopneumoniae-an-insight-into-the-diversity-of-pbp2x-alleles-and-mutations-in-viridans-streptococci
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Mark van der Linden, Julia Otten, Carina Bergmann, Cristina Latorre, Josefina Liñares, Regine Hakenbeck
Speciation of commensal streptococci is an everlasting problem due to their ability for genetic transformation. A new challenge in this respect is the recently described S. pseudopneumoniae as a new species, distinguished from closely related pathogenic S. pneumoniae and commensal S. mitis by a variety of physiological and molecular biological tests. Fortyone atypical S. pneumoniae have been collected at the National Reference Center for Streptococci (NRSG) in Germany. MLST analysis confirmed the species S...
February 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193203/first-insight-into-the-somatic-mutation-burden-of-neurofibromatosis-type-2-associated-grade-i-and-grade-ii-meningiomas-a-case-report-comprehensive-genomic-study-of-two-cranial-meningiomas-with-vastly-different-clinical-presentation
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Ramita Dewan, Alexander Pemov, Amalia S Dutra, Evgenia D Pak, Nancy A Edwards, Abhik Ray-Chaudhury, Nancy F Hansen, Settara C Chandrasekharappa, James C Mullikin, Ashok R Asthagiri, John D Heiss, Douglas R Stewart, Anand V Germanwala
BACKGROUND: Neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) is a rare autosomal dominant nervous system tumor predisposition disorder caused by constitutive inactivation of one of the two copies of NF2. Meningiomas affect about one half of NF2 patients, and are associated with a higher disease burden. Currently, the somatic mutation landscape in NF2-associated meningiomas remains largely unexamined. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we present an in-depth genomic study of benign and atypical meningiomas, both from a single NF2 patient...
February 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191591/plasmacytoid-dendritic-cell-proliferations-and-neoplasms-involving-the-bone-marrow-summary-of-the-workshop-cases-submitted-to-the-18th-meeting-of-the-european-association-for-haematopathology-eahp-organized-by-the-european-bone-marrow-working-group-basel-2016
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Alexandar Tzankov, Konnie Hebeda, Markus Kremer, Roos Leguit, Attilio Orazi, Jon van der Walt, Umberto Gianelli
Two distinct forms of neoplasms derived from plasmacytoid dendritic cells (PDC) exist: mature PDC proliferations associated with myeloid neoplasms and blastic PDC neoplasms (BPDCN). Ten cases of PDC proliferations and neoplasms in the bone marrow have been submitted to the bone marrow workshop held at the 18th EAHP meeting. Based on observations from the submitted cases, scattered PDC (≤1% of cells) and PDC aggregates (≤10 PDC/HPF) reflect the normal bone marrow composition, while in myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), there is a propensity for larger/more PDC aggregates (1-5% and 35 PDC/HPF)...
February 12, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188893/ultra-deep-next-generation-mitochondrial-genome-sequencing-reveals-widespread-heteroplasmy-in-chinese-hamster-ovary-cells
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Paul S Kelly, Colin Clarke, Alan Costello, Craig Monger, Justine Meiller, Heena Dhiman, Nicole Borth, Michael J Betenbaugh, Martin Clynes, Niall Barron
Recent sequencing of the Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell and Chinese hamster genomes has dramatically advanced our ability to understand the biology of these mammalian cell factories. In this study, we focus on the powerhouse of the CHO cell, the mitochondrion. Utilizing a high-resolution next generation sequencing approach we sequenced the Chinese hamster mitochondrial genome for the first time and surveyed the mutational landscape of CHO cell mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Depths of coverage ranging from ~3,319X to 8,056X enabled accurate identification of low frequency mutations (>1%) revealing that mtDNA heteroplasmy is widespread in CHO cells...
February 7, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188826/convenient-expression-purification-and-quantitative-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-based-analysis-of-tet2-5-methylcytosine-demethylase
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Mohit Jaiswal, Subhradeep Bhar, Harika Vemula, Swami Prakash, V K Chaithanya Ponnaluri, William G Gutheil, Mridul Mukherji
5-Methylcytosine within CpG islands in DNA plays a crucial role in epigenetic transcriptional regulation during metazoan development. Recently, it has been established that the Ten-Eleven Translocation (TET) family, Fe(II)- and 2-oxoglutarate (2OG/αKG)-dependent oxygenases initiate 5-methylcytosine demethylation by iterative oxidation reactions. Mutations in the TET2 gene are frequently detected in patients with myeloid malignancies. Here, we describe the cloning of untagged human TET2 demethylase using Gateway technology and its efficient expression in E...
February 8, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188264/immortalized-human-myotonic-dystrophy-muscle-cell-lines-to-assess-therapeutic-compounds
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Arandel Ludovic, Polay-Espinosa Micaela, Matloka Magdalena, Bazinet Audrey, De Dea Diniz Damily, Naouar Naïra, Rau Frédérique, Jollet Arnaud, Edom-Vovard Frédérique, Mamchaoui Kamel, Tarnopolsky Mark, Puymirat Jack, Battail Christophe, Boland Anne, Deleuze Jean-Francois, Mouly Vincent, Klein F Arnaud, Furling Denis
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) and type 2 (DM2) are autosomal dominant neuromuscular diseases caused by microsatellite expansions and belong to the family of RNA dominant disorders. Availability of cellular models in which the DM mutation is expressed within its natural context is essential to facilitate efforts to identify new therapeutic compounds. Here we generated immortalized DM1 and DM2 human muscle cell lines that display nuclear RNA-aggregates of expanded repeats, a hallmark of myotonic dystrophy. Selected clones of DM1 and DM2 immortalized myoblasts behave as parental primary myoblasts with a reduced fusion capacity of immortalized DM1 myoblasts when compared to control and DM2 cells...
February 10, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187829/cross-resistance-patterns-to-acetolactate-synthase-als-inhibiting-herbicides-of-flixweed-descurainia-sophia-l-conferred-by-different-combinations-of-als-isozymes-with-a-pro-197-thr-mutation-or-a-novel-trp-574-leu-mutation
#16
Wei Deng, Qian Yang, Yongzhi Zhang, Hongtao Jiao, Yu Mei, Xuefeng Li, Mingqi Zheng
Acetolactate synthase (ALS) is the common target of ALS-inhibiting herbicides, and target-site ALS mutations are the main mechanism of resistance to ALS-inhibiting herbicides. In this study, ALS1 and ALS2 genes with full lengths of 2004bp and 1998bp respectively were cloned in individual plants of susceptible (S) or resistant (R) flixweed (Descurainia sophia L.) populations. Two ALS mutations of Pro-197-Thr and/or Trp-574-Leu were identified in plants of three R biotypes (HB24, HB30 and HB42). In order to investigate the function of ALS isozymes in ALS-inhibiting herbicide resistance, pHB24 (a Pro-197-Thr mutation in ALS1 and a wild type ALS2), pHB42 (a Trp-574-Leu mutation in ALS1 and a wild type ALS2) and pHB30 (a Trp-574-Leu mutation in ALS1 and a Pro-197-Thr mutation in ALS2) subpopulations individually homozygous for different ALS mutations were generated...
March 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186597/-serological-and-molecular-study-of-three-cases-with-a-rare-bx02-blood-group
#17
Bin Han, Peiyan Liu, Xiaohua Liu, Zhihui Feng
OBJECTIVE: To determine the genotypes of three blood samples suspected as B subtype through DNA sequencing. METHODS: The samples were first genotyped with PCR-SSP. Exons 6 and 7 of the ABO genes were subjected to PCR, direct sequencing, and cloned sequencing to determine the genotypes. RESULTS: Serological results of the three samples were similar, with red cells being weakly agglutinatable by anti-B and serum containing anti-B. The samples were preliminarily genotyped as B/O1...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182400/an-engineered-survival-selection-assay-for-extracellular-protein-expression-uncovers-hypersecretory-phenotypes-in-escherichia-coli
#18
Aravind Natarajan, Charles H Haitjema, Robert Lee, Jason T Boock, Matthew P DeLisa
The extracellular expression of recombinant proteins using laboratory strains of Escherichia coli is now routinely achieved using naturally secreted substrates, such as YebF or the osmotically inducible protein Y (OsmY), as carrier molecules. However, secretion efficiency through these pathways needs to be improved for most synthetic biology and metabolic engineering applications. To address this challenge, we developed a generalizable survival-based selection strategy that effectively couples extracellular protein secretion to antibiotic resistance and enables facile isolation of rare mutants from very large populations (i...
February 16, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180917/improvement-of-enzyme-activity-of-%C3%AE-1-3-1-4-glucanase-from-paenibacillus-sp-x4-by-error-prone-pcr-and-structural-insights-of-mutated-residues
#19
Seung Cheol Baek, Thien-Hoang Ho, Hyun Woo Lee, Won Kyeong Jung, Hyo-Seung Gang, Lin-Woo Kang, Hoon Kim
β-1,3-1,4-Glucanase (BGlc8H) from Paenibacillus sp. X4 was mutated by error-prone PCR or truncated using termination primers to improve its enzyme properties. The crystal structure of BGlc8H was determined at a resolution of 1.8 Å to study the possible roles of mutated residues and truncated regions of the enzyme. In mutation experiments, three clones of EP 2-6, 2-10, and 5-28 were finally selected that exhibited higher specific activities than the wild type when measured using their crude extracts. Enzyme variants of BG2-6, BG2-10, and BG5-28 were mutated at two, two, and six amino acid residues, respectively...
February 8, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179528/identification-of-novel-functions-for-hepatitis-c-virus-envelope-glycoprotein-e1-in-virus-entry-and-assembly
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Juliano Haddad, Yves Rouillé, Xavier Hanoulle, Véronique Descamps, Monzer Hamze, Fouad Dabboussi, Thomas F Baumert, Gilles Duverlie, Muriel Lavie, Jean Dubuisson
Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) envelope glycoprotein complex is composed of E1 and E2 subunits. E2 is the receptor-binding protein as well as the major target of neutralizing antibodies, whereas the functions of E1 remain poorly defined. Here, we took advantage of the recently published structure of the N-terminal region of E1 ectodomain to interrogate the functions of this glycoprotein by mutating residues within this 79 amino acid region in the context of an infectious clone. The phenotypes of the mutants were characterized to determine the effects of the mutations on virus entry, replication and assembly...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
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