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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736549/cloning-expression-isotope-labeling-and-purification-of-transmembrane-protein-merf-from-mercury-resistant-enterobacter-sp-az-15-for-nmr-studies
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Aatif Amin, Zakia Latif
Mercury resistant (Hg(R)) Enterobacter sp. AZ-15 was isolated from heavy metal polluted industrial wastewater samples near to districts Kasur and Sheikhupura, Pakistan. 16S rDNA ribotyping and phylogentic analysis showed 98% homology with already reported Enterobacter species. The merF gene encoding transmembrane protein-MerF was amplified from genomic DNA and ligated into pET31b+ vector using restriction endonucleases, SphI and XhoI. The genetic codons of merF gene encoding cysteine residues were mutated into codons, translating into serine residues by site-directed mutagenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735882/antibiotic-resistance-and-population-structure-of-cystic-fibrosis-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-isolates-from-a-spanish-multi-centre-study
#2
Carla López-Causapé, Juan de Dios-Caballero, Marta Cobo, Amparo Escribano, Óscar Asensio, Antonio Oliver, Rosa Del Campo, Rafael Cantón
The first Spanish multi-centre study on the microbiology of cystic fibrosis (CF) was conducted from 2013 to 2014. The study involved 24 CF units from 17 hospitals, and recruited 341 patients. The aim of this study was to characterise Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates, 79 of which were recovered from 75 (22%) patients. The study determined the population structure, antibiotic susceptibility profile and genetic background of the strains. Fifty-five percent of the isolates were multi-drug-resistant, and 16% were extensively-drug-resistant...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734506/phenotypic-and-genetic-characteristics-of-fluoroquinolone-and-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Antonio Moreno-Flores, Carmen Potel-Alvarellos, Susana Otero-Varela, Maximiliano Álvarez-Fernández
INTRODUCTION: Fluoroquinolone resistance in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has increased in recent years. The objective of this study was to characterise two MRSA populations, one susceptible to fluoroquinolones and other resistant identifying the clonal types and the differential characteristics of both MRSA populations. METHODS: Molecular typing using PFGE, MLST, spa and SSCmec was performed on 192 MRSA strains isolated from 2009 to 2011, 49 only oxacillin-resistant (OX-R) and 143 oxacillin and levofloxacin-resistant (OX-R-LEV-R)...
July 19, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733852/wax-crystal-sparse-leaf-4-encoding-a-%C3%AE-ketoacyl-coenzyme-a-synthase-6-is-involved-in-rice-cuticular-wax-accumulation
#4
Lu Gan, Shanshan Zhu, Zhichao Zhao, Linglong Liu, Xiaole Wang, Zhe Zhang, Xin Zhang, Jie Wang, Jiulin Wang, Xiuping Guo, Jianmin Wan
WSL4 encodes a KCS6 protein which is required for cuticular wax accumulation in rice. Very long chain fatty acids (VLCFAs) are essential precursors for cuticular wax biosynthesis. VLCFA biosynthesis occurs in the endoplasmic reticulum and requires the fatty acid elongase (FAE) complex. The β-ketoacyl-coenzyme A synthase (KCS) catalyzes the first step of FAE-mediated VLCFA elongation. Here we characterized the Wax Crystal-Sparse Leaf 4 (WSL4) gene involved in leaf cuticular wax accumulation in rice. The wsl4 mutant displayed a pleiotropic phenotype including dwarfism, less tiller numbers and reduced surface wax load...
July 21, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733468/management-impact-effects-on-quality-of-life-and-prognosis-in-men1
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Francesca Marini, Francesca Giusti, Francesco Tonelli, Maria Luisa Brandi
Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) is an autosomal dominant endocrine tumor syndrome, caused by inactivating mutations of the MEN1 tumor suppressor gene at 11q13 locus, which predisposes to develop tumors in target neuroendocrine tissues. Since the positional cloning and identification of the causative gene in 1997, genetic diagnosis, by the sequencing-based research of gene mutations, has become an important tool in the early and differential diagnosis of the disease. Application of the genetic test, in MEN1 index cases and in first degree relatives of mutated patients, has been constantly increasing during the last two decades, also thanks to the establishment of multidisciplinary referral centers and specific genetic counselling, and thanks to the wide availability of high throughput instruments for gene sequencing and gene mutation identification...
July 21, 2017: Endocrine-related Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733428/tcr-repertoire-intratumor-heterogeneity-in-localized-lung-adenocarcinomas-an-association-with-predicted-neoantigen-heterogeneity-and-postsurgical-recurrence
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Alexandre Reuben, Rachel M Gittelman, Jianjun Gao, Jiexin Zhang, Erik Yusko, Chang-Jiun Wu, Ryan Emerson, Jianhua Zhang, Christopher M Tipton, Jun Li, Kelly Quek, Vancheswaran Gopalakrishnan, Runzhe Chen, Luis Vence, Tina Cascone, Marissa Vignali, Junya Fujimoto, Jaime Rodriguez-Canales, Edwin R Parra, Latasha D Little, Curtis Gumbs, Marie-Andrée Forget, Lorenzo Federico, Cara Haymaker, Carmen Behrens, Sharon Benzeno, Chantale Bernatchez, Boris Sepesi, Don L Gibbons, Jennifer A Wargo, William N William, Stephen G Swisher, John Heymach, Harlan Robins, J Jack Lee, Padmanee Sharma, James P Allison, P Andrew Futreal, Ignacio I Wistuba, Jianjun Zhang
Genomic intratumor heterogeneity (ITH) may be associated with postsurgical relapse of localized lung adenocarcinomas. Recently, mutations, through generation of neoantigens were shown to alter tumor immunogenicity through T cell responses. Here, we performed sequencing of the T cell receptor (TCR) in 45 tumor regions from 11 localized lung adenocarcinomas and observed substantial intratumor differences in T cell density and clonality with the majority of T cell clones restricted to individual tumor regions...
July 21, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732215/a-method-for-next-generation-sequencing-of-paired-diagnostic-and-remission-samples-to-detect-mitochondrial-dna-mutations-associated-with-leukemia
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Ilaria S Pagani, Chung H Kok, Verity A Saunders, Mark B Van der Hoek, Susan L Heatley, Anthony P Schwarer, Christopher N Hahn, Timothy P Hughes, Deborah L White, David M Ross
Somatic mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations have been identified in many human cancers, including leukemia. To identify somatic mutations, it is necessary to have a control tissue from the same individual for comparison. When patients with leukemia achieve remission, the remission peripheral blood may be a suitable and easily accessible control tissue, but this approach has not previously been applied to the study of mtDNA mutations. We have developed and validated a next-generation sequencing approach for the identification of leukemia-associated mtDNA mutations in 26 chronic myeloid leukemia patients at diagnosis using either nonhematopoietic or remission blood samples as the control...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730764/mtor-deregulation-in-oral-cavity-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Nicholas S Mastronikolis, Evangelos Tsiambas, Theodoros A Papadas, Panagiotis P Fotiades, Athanasios T Papadas, Stylianos N Mastronikolis, Ioannis Kastanioudakis, Vasileios Ragos
Signal transduction pathways consist of a variety of inter- and intra-cellular molecules. They act as supporting mechanisms for cell survival and homeostasis. Among them, the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/tumor suppressor phosphatase and tensin homologue deleted on chromosome ten (PTEN)/protein kinase B (Akt)/mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway plays a crucial role in regulating normal cell growth based on growth factor receptors (GFRs) interaction, including epidermal GFR (type II-HER2) and insulin GFR (IGF)...
May 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729543/evaluation-of-atm-heterozygous-mutations-underlying-individual-differences-in-radiosensitivity-using-genome-editing-in-human-cultured-cells
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Ekaterina Royba, Tatsuo Miyamoto, Silvia Natsuko Akutsu, Kosuke Hosoba, Hiroshi Tauchi, Yoshiki Kudo, Satoshi Tashiro, Takashi Yamamoto, Shinya Matsuura
Ionizing radiation (IR) induces DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs), which are an initial step towards chromosomal aberrations and cell death. It has been suggested that there are individual differences in radiosensitivity within human populations, and that the variations in DNA repair genes might determine this heterogeneity. However, it is difficult to quantify the effect of genetic variants on the individual differences in radiosensitivity, since confounding factors such as smoking and the diverse genetic backgrounds within human populations affect radiosensitivity...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729249/deletion-of-transcription-factor-binding-motifs-using-the-crispr-spcas9-system-in-the-%C3%AE-globin-lcr
#10
Yea Woon Kim, AeRi Kim
Transcription factors play roles in gene transcription through direct binding to their motifs in genome, and inhibiting this binding provides an effective strategy for studying their roles. Here we applied the CRISPR/spCas9 system to mutate the binding motifs of transcription factors. Binding motifs for erythroid specific transcription factors were mutated in the locus control region hypersensitive sites of the human β-globin locus. Guide RNAs targeting binding motifs were cloned into lentiviral CRISPR vector containing the spCas9 gene, and transduced into MEL/ch11 cells carrying a human chromosome 11...
July 20, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725653/calr-positive-myeloproliferative-disorder-in-a-patient-with-ph-positive-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-in-durable-treatment-free-remission-a-case-report
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Irene Dogliotti, Carmen Fava, Anna Serra, Enrico Gottardi, Filomena Daraio, Francesca Carnuccio, Emilia Giugliano, Monica Bocchia, Giuseppe Saglio, Giovanna Rege-Cambrin
Current diagnostic criteria for Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasia (MPN) have been redefined by the discovery of Janus kinase 2 (JAK2), myeloproliferative leukemia (MPL) and calreticulin (CALR) genetic alterations. Only few cases of coexistence of CALR-mutated MPN and Philadelphia-positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) have been described so far. Here we report the case of a patient with CML diagnosed in 2001, treated with imatinib and pegylated interferon (IFN) frontline. She reached complete molecular remission (CMR) and discontinued imatinib, maintaining treatment free remission...
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723629/stat3-mutation-impacts-biological-and-clinical-features-of-t-lgl-leukemia
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Antonella Teramo, Gregorio Barilà, Giulia Calabretto, Chiara Ercolin, Thierry Lamy, Aline Moignet, Mikael Roussel, Cédric Pastoret, Matteo Leoncin, Cristina Gattazzo, Anna Cabrelle, Elisa Boscaro, Sara Teolato, Elisa Pagnin, Tamara Berno, Elena De March, Monica Facco, Francesco Piazza, Livio Trentin, Gianpietro Semenzato, Renato Zambello
STAT3 mutations have been described in 30-40% of T-large granular lymphocyte (T-LGL) leukemia patients, leading to STAT3 pathway activation. Considering the heterogeneity of the disease and the several immunophenotypes that LGL clone may express, the aim of this work was to evaluate whether STAT3 mutations might be associated with a distinctive LGL immunophenotype and/or might be indicative for specific clinical features.Our series of cases included a pilot cohort of 101 T-LGL leukemia patients (68 CD8+/CD4- and 33 CD4+/CD8±) from Padua Hematology Unit (Italy) and a validation cohort of additional 20 patients from Rennes Hematology Unit (France)...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720543/involvement-of-the-bh3-only-pro-apoptotic-bik-nbk-in-braf-mek-inhibitor-induced-apoptosis-in-melanoma-cell-lines
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Andreas Borst, Sebastian Haferkamp, Johannes Grimm, Manuel Rösch, Guannan Zhu, Sen Guo, Chunying Li, Tianwen Gao, Svenja Meierjohann, David Schrama, Roland Houben
In patients with BRAF-mutated melanoma specific inhibitors of BRAF(V600E) and MEK1/2 frequently induce initial tumor reduction, frequently followed by relapse. As demonstrated previously, BRAF(V600E)-inhibition induces apoptosis only in a fraction of treated cells, while the remaining arrest and survive providing a source or a niche for relapse. To identify factors contributing to the differential initial response towards BRAF/MEK inhibition, we established M14 melanoma cell line-derived single cell clones responding to treatment with BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib and MEK inhibitor trametinib predominantly with either cell cycle arrest (CCA-cells) or apoptosis (A-cells)...
July 15, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719630/oligo-and-dsdna-mediated-genome-editing-using-a-teta-dual-selection-system-in-escherichia-coli
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Young Shin Ryu, Sathesh-Prabu Chandran, Kyungchul Kim, Sung Kuk Lee
The ability to precisely and seamlessly modify a target genome is needed for metabolic engineering and synthetic biology techniques aimed at creating potent biosystems. Herein, we report on a promising method in Escherichia coli that relies on the insertion of an optimized tetA dual selection cassette followed by replacement of the same cassette with short, single-stranded DNA (oligos) or long, double-stranded DNA and the isolation of recombinant strains by negative selection using NiCl2. This method could be rapidly and successfully used for genome engineering, including deletions, insertions, replacements, and point mutations, without inactivation of the methyl-directed mismatch repair (MMR) system and plasmid cloning...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719183/streptomyces-virginiae-ppdc-is-a-new-type-of-phenylpyruvate-decarboxylase-composed-of-two-subunits
#15
Xiaoshu Xu, Chao Wang, Jun Chen, Sheng Yang
Streptomyces virginiae phenylpyruvate decarboxylase (PPDC) has not been identified before. Two putative branched-chain α-keto acid dehydrogenase subunit genes bkdC and bkdD from S. virginiae are similar to halves of other PPDC coding sequences. We cloned and characterized them biochemically in this work. The two proteins formed a stable complex attested by pull-down assay, consistent with the finding that their soluble expression was obtained only when they were coexpressed in Escherichia coli. The subunits were redesignated as SvPPDCα and SvPPDCβ, because the SvPPDCα/β complex catalyzed the conversion of phenylpyruvate to phenylacetaldehyde, reflecting the nature of the enzyme...
July 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718437/mutations-cancer-and-the-telomere-length-paradox
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Abraham Aviv, James J Anderson, Jerry W Shay
Individuals with short telomeres should be at increased risk for cancer, since short telomeres lead to genomic instability - a hallmark of cancer. However, individuals with long telomeres also display an increased risk for major cancers, thus creating a cancer-telomere length (TL) paradox. The two-stage clonal expansion model we propose is based on the thesis that a series of mutational hits (1st Hit) at the stem-cell level generates a clone with replicative advantage. A series of additional mutational hits (2nd Hit) transforms the expanding clone into cancer...
April 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717172/evolution-of-the-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-mutational-resistome-in-an-international-cystic-fibrosis-clone
#17
Carla López-Causapé, Lea Mette Sommer, Gabriel Cabot, Rosa Rubio, Alain A Ocampo-Sosa, Helle Krogh Johansen, Joan Figuerola, Rafael Cantón, Timothy J Kidd, Soeren Molin, Antonio Oliver
Emergence of epidemic clones and antibiotic resistance development compromises the management of Pseudomonas aeruginosa cystic fibrosis (CF) chronic respiratory infections. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) was used to decipher the phylogeny, interpatient dissemination, WGS mutator genotypes (mutome) and resistome of a widespread clone (CC274), in isolates from two highly-distant countries, Australia and Spain, covering an 18-year period. The coexistence of two divergent CC274 clonal lineages was revealed, but without evident geographical barrier; phylogenetic reconstructions and mutational resistome demonstrated the interpatient transmission of mutators...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716709/isolation-and-characterization-of-the-5-flanking-region-of-the-human-pdxk-gene
#18
ShuoHao Huang, ZhengQing Liu, ZhenQiao Ma, JianYun Zhang, LongQuan Huang
Pyridoxal kinase is a key enzyme for the biosynthesis of pyridoxal 5'-phosphate. Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate is the catalytically active form of vitamin B6, and acts as a cofactor in >140 different enzyme reactions. It is still unknown how the kinase synthesis is regulated in the cells, and nothing has been reported about the gene promoter. In the present study, based on the bioinformatics analysis of the 5'-flanking region of the human PDXK gene, we cloned the promoter region by PCR. Through the construction of a series of luciferase expression vectors containing the human PDXK promoter region, we characterized the promoter in terms of its structure and function...
July 14, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713859/fungus-causing-white-nose-syndrome-in-bats-accumulates-genetic-variability-in-north-america-with-no-sign-of-recombination
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Jigar Trivedi, Josianne Lachapelle, Karen J Vanderwolf, Vikram Misra, Craig K R Willis, John M Ratcliffe, Rob W Ness, James B Anderson, Linda M Kohn
Emerging fungal diseases of wildlife are on the rise worldwide, and the white-nose syndrome (WNS) epidemic in North American bats is a catastrophic example. The causal agent of WNS is a single clone of the fungus Pseudogymnoascus destructans. Early evolutionary change in this clonal population has major implications for disease ecology and conservation. Accumulation of variation in the fungus through mutation, and shuffling of variation through recombination, could affect the virulence and transmissibility of the fungus and the durability of what appears to be resistance arising in some bat populations...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712383/retrospective-genomic-analysis-of-vibrio-cholerae-o1-el-tor-strains-from-different-places-in-india-reveals-the-presence-of-ctxb-7-allele-found-in-haitian-isolates
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R DE, T Ramamurthy, B L Sarkar, A K Mukhopadhyay, G P Pazhani, S Sarkar, S Dutta, G B Nair
A total of 45 strains of Vibrio cholerae O1 isolated from 10 different places in India where they were associated with cases of cholera between the years 2007 and 2008 were examined by molecular methods. With the help of phenotypic and genotypic tests the strains were confirmed to be O1 El Tor biotype strains with classical ctxB gene. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis by double - mismatch amplification mutation assay PCR showed 16 of these strains carried the ctxB-7 allele reported in Haitian strains...
August 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
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