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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446235/differential-expression-of-cell-cycle-and-wnt-pathway-related-genes-accounts-for-differences-in-the-growth-and-differentiation-potential-of-wharton-s-jelly-and-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Aristea K Batsali, Charalampos Pontikoglou, Dimitrios Koutroulakis, Konstantia I Pavlaki, Athina Damianaki, Irene Mavroudi, Kalliopi Alpantaki, Elisavet Kouvidi, George Kontakis, Helen A Papadaki
BACKGROUND: In view of the current interest in exploring the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from different sources, we performed a side-by-side comparison of the biological properties of MSCs isolated from the Wharton's jelly (WJ), the most abundant MSC source in umbilical cord, with bone marrow (BM)-MSCs, the most extensively studied MSC population. METHODS: MSCs were isolated and expanded from BM aspirates of hematologically healthy donors (n = 18) and from the WJ of full-term neonates (n = 18)...
April 26, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428831/cord-blood-hematopoietic-cells-from-preterm-infants-display-altered-dna-methylation-patterns
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Olivia M de Goede, Pascal M Lavoie, Wendy P Robinson
BACKGROUND: Premature infants are highly vulnerable to infection. This is partly attributable to the preterm immune system, which differs from that of the term neonate in cell composition and function. Multiple studies have found differential DNA methylation (DNAm) between preterm and term infants' cord blood; however, interpretation of these studies is limited by the confounding factor of blood cell composition. This study evaluates the epigenetic impact of preterm birth in isolated hematopoietic cell populations, reducing the concern of cell composition differences...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410545/lps-stimulation-of-cord-blood-reveals-a-newborn-specific-neutrophil-transcriptomic-response-and-cytokine-production
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Brittany Mathias, Juan C Mira, Jonathan P Rehfuss, Jaimar C Rincon, Ricardo Ungaro, Dina C Nacionales, M Cecilia Lopez, Henry V Baker, Lyle L Moldawer, Shawn D Larson
BACKGROUND: The neonatal innate immune system differs to microbial infection both quantitatively and qualitatively when compared with adults. Here, we provide the first genome-wide ex-vivo expression profile of umbilical cord blood (UCB) neutrophils from full-term infants prior to and in response to whole-blood lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation. Additionally, we provide cytokine expression prior to and following LPS stimulation. The genomic expression and cytokine profile are compared with LPS-stimulated whole blood from healthy adult subjects (HC)...
May 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407733/the-kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-factor-9-cistrome-in-mouse-hippocampal-neurons-reveals-predominant-transcriptional-repression-via-proximal-promoter-binding
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Joseph R Knoedler, Arasakumar Subramani, Robert J Denver
BACKGROUND: Krüppel-like factor 9 (Klf9) is a zinc finger transcription factor that functions in neural cell differentiation, but little is known about its genomic targets or mechanism of action in neurons. RESULTS: We used the mouse hippocampus-derived neuronal cell line HT22 to identify genes regulated by Klf9, and we validated our findings in mouse hippocampus. We engineered HT22 cells to express a Klf9 transgene under control of the tetracycline repressor, and used RNA sequencing to identify genes modulated by Klf9...
April 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405742/crispr-cas9-mediated-deletion-of-lncrna-gm26878-in-the-distant-foxf1-enhancer-region
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Przemyslaw Szafranski, Justyna A Karolak, Denise Lanza, Marzena Gajęcka, Jason Heaney, Paweł Stankiewicz
Recent genome editing techniques, including CRISPR mutagenesis screens, offer unparalleled opportunities to study the regulatory non-coding genomic regions, enhancers, promoters, and functional non-coding RNAs. Heterozygous point mutations in FOXF1 and genomic deletion copy-number variants at chromosomal region 16q24.1 involving FOXF1 or its regulatory region mapping ~300 kb upstream of FOXF1 and leaving it intact have been identified in the vast majority of patients with a lethal neonatal lung disease, alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins (ACDMPV)...
April 12, 2017: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384714/organotypic-cultures-of-adult-mouse-retina-morphologic-changes-and-gene-expression
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Brigitte Müller, Franziska Wagner, Birgit Lorenz, Knut Stieger
Purpose: The purpose of this study was characterization of adult murine neuroretina in organ culture to investigate its suitability for use in preclinical therapeutic applications. In retinal disorders, neurodegeneration of mature retinal cells takes place. Therefore, neonatal retina cultures are not adequate for therapeutic applications, such as genome editing, as the retina is still developing with cells dividing and differentiating into highly specialized cell types such as photoreceptors...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347852/first-report-of-human-parechovirus-type-3-infection-in-a-pregnant-woman
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Makiko Shinomoto, Tatsuya Kawasaki, Takuya Sugahara, Keiko Nakata, Tomoya Kotani, Hidetaka Yoshitake, Kento Yuasa, Masashi Saeki, Yasuhiro Fujiwara
Human parechovirus type 3 (HPeV3) can cause serious conditions in neonates, such as sepsis and encephalitis, but data for adults are lacking. The case of a pregnant woman with HPeV3 infection is reported herein. A 28-year-old woman at 36 weeks of pregnancy was admitted because of myalgia and muscle weakness. Her grip strength was 6.0kg for her right hand and 2.5kg for her left hand. The patient's symptoms, probably due to fasciitis and not myositis, improved gradually with conservative treatment, however labor pains with genital bleeding developed unexpectedly 3 days after admission...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345563/chlamydial-eye-infections-current-perspectives
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Gita Satpathy, Himanshu Sekhar Behera, Nishat Hussain Ahmed
Chlamydia trachomatis, an obligate intraocular bacteria causing trachoma, adult and neonatal inclusion conjunctivitis, was the leading cause of blindness in the last century worldwide. Improvement in socioeconomic and living conditions, availability of antibiotics, and introduction of National Trachoma Control Programmes reduced the prevalence in developed countries, but it persisted in resource-poor settings of Africa and Asia, including India. In 2016, as per the WHO report, trachoma is restricted to 42 countries, causing blindness/visual impairment in ~1...
February 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337265/pulmonary-surfactant-synthesis-in-mirna-26a-1-mirna-26a-2-double-knockout-mice-generated-using-the-crispr-cas9-system
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Ying-Hui Zhang, Li-Zhi Wu, Hong-Lu Liang, Yang Yang, Jie Qiu, Qing Kan, Wen Zhu, Cheng-Ling Ma, Xiao-Yu Zhou
Pulmonary surfactant (PS), which is synthesized by type II alveolar epithelial cells (AECIIs), maintains alveolar integrity by reducing surface tension. Many premature neonates who lack adequate PS are predisposed to developing respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), one of the leading causes of neonatal morbidity and mortality. PS synthesis is influenced and regulated by various factors, including microRNAs. Previous in vitro studies have shown that PS synthesis is regulated by miR-26a in fetal rat AECIIs. This study aimed to investigate the role of miR-26a in PS synthesis in vivo...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334351/effects-of-antenatal-maternal-depressive-symptoms-and-socio-economic-status-on-neonatal-brain-development-are-modulated-by-genetic-risk
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Anqi Qiu, Mojun Shen, Claudia Buss, Yap-Seng Chong, Kenneth Kwek, Seang-Mei Saw, Peter D Gluckman, Pathik D Wadhwa, Sonja Entringer, Martin Styner, Neerja Karnani, Christine M Heim, Kieran J O'Donnell, Joanna D Holbrook, Marielle V Fortier, Michael J Meaney
This study included 168 and 85 mother-infant dyads from Asian and United States of America cohorts to examine whether a genomic profile risk score for major depressive disorder (GPRSMDD) moderates the association between antenatal maternal depressive symptoms (or socio-economic status, SES) and fetal neurodevelopment, and to identify candidate biological processes underlying such association. Both cohorts showed a significant interaction between antenatal maternal depressive symptoms and infant GPRSMDD on the right amygdala volume...
March 18, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333320/cross-resistance-to-lincosamides-streptogramins-a-and-pleuromutilins-in-streptococcus-agalactiae-isolates-from-the-usa
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Paulina A Hawkins, Caitlin S Law, Benjamin J Metcalf, Sopio Chochua, Delois M Jackson, Lars F Westblade, Robert Jerris, Bernard W Beall, Lesley McGee
Background: Streptococcus agalactiae (Group B Streptococcus, GBS) is a leading cause of meningitis, sepsis and pneumonia in neonates in the United States. GBS also causes invasive disease in older infants, pregnant women, children and young adults with underlying medical conditions, and older adults. Resistance to lincosamides in the absence of erythromycin resistance is rare in GBS, but has been previously reported in clinical isolates, both on its own or in combination with resistance to streptogramins A and pleuromutilins (L/LSA/LSAP phenotypes)...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333300/comparison-of-global-gene-expression-profiles-of-microdissected-human-foetal-leydig-cells-with-their-normal-and-hyperplastic-adult-equivalents
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Grete Lottrup, Kirstine Belling, Henrik Leffers, John E Nielsen, Marlene D Dalgaard, Anders Juul, Niels E Skakkebæk, Søren Brunak, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts
STUDY QUESTION: Do human adult Leydig cells (ALCs) within hyperplastic micronodules display characteristics of foetal LCs (FLCs)? SUMMARY ANSWER: The gene expression profiles of FLCs and all ALC subgroups were clearly different, but there were no significant differences in expressed genes between the normally clustered and hyperplastic ALCs. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: LCs are the primary androgen producing cells in males throughout development and appear in chronologically distinct populations; FLCs, neonatal LCs and ALCs...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332498/a-genome-wide-screen-identifies-yap-wbp2-interplay-conferring-growth-advantage-on-human-epidermal-stem-cells
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Gernot Walko, Samuel Woodhouse, Angela Oliveira Pisco, Emanuel Rognoni, Kifayathullah Liakath-Ali, Beate M Lichtenberger, Ajay Mishra, Stephanie B Telerman, Priyalakshmi Viswanathan, Meike Logtenberg, Lisa M Renz, Giacomo Donati, Sven R Quist, Fiona M Watt
Individual human epidermal cells differ in their self-renewal ability. To uncover the molecular basis for this heterogeneity, we performed genome-wide pooled RNA interference screens and identified genes conferring a clonal growth advantage on normal and neoplastic (cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, cSCC) human epidermal cells. The Hippo effector YAP was amongst the top positive growth regulators in both screens. By integrating the Hippo network interactome with our data sets, we identify WW-binding protein 2 (WBP2) as an important co-factor of YAP that enhances YAP/TEAD-mediated gene transcription...
March 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330080/transgenic-rice-plants-expressing-synthetic-cry2ax1-gene-exhibits-resistance-to-rice-leaffolder-cnaphalocrosis-medinalis
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R Manikandan, N Balakrishnan, D Sudhakar, V Udayasuriyan
Bacillus thuringiensis is a major source of insecticidal genes imparting insect resistance in transgenic plants. Level of expression of transgenes in transgenic plants is important to achieve desirable level of resistance against target insects. In order to achieve desirable level of expression, rice chloroplast transit peptide sequence was fused with synthetic cry2AX1 gene to target its protein in chloroplasts. Sixteen PCR positive lines of rice were generated by Agrobacterium mediated transformation using immature embryos...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322586/the-neonatal-methylome-as-a-gatekeeper-in-the-trajectory-to-childhood-asthma
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Avery DeVries, Donata Vercelli
Asthma is a heterogeneous group of conditions that typically begin in early life and result in recurrent, reversible bronchial obstruction. The role played by epigenetic mechanisms in the pathogenesis of childhood asthma is understood only in part. Here we discuss asthma epigenetics within a developmental perspective based on our recent demonstration that the epigenetic trajectory to childhood asthma begins at birth. We next discuss how this trajectory may be affected by prenatal environmental exposures. Finally, we examine in vitro studies that model the impact of asthma-associated exposures on the epigenome...
March 21, 2017: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320034/variations-in-infant-cyp2b6-genotype-associated-with-the-need-for-pharmacological-treatment-for-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome-in-infants-of-methadone-maintained-opioid-dependent-mothers
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Helen Mactier, Poppy McLaughlin, Cheryl Gillis, Michael David Osselton
Background Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in infants of methadone-maintained opioid-dependent (MMOD) mothers cannot be predicted in individual cases. We investigated whether variation in infant genotype is associated with severity of NAS. Methods This is a pilot observational cohort study of 21 MMOD mothers and their newborns. Infant buccal swabs were obtained soon after delivery, together with a maternal blood sample for the determination of maternal plasma methadone concentration. Genomic variation in five opioid-related genes (ABCB1, COMT, CYP2B6, CYP2D6, and OPRM1) was ascertained from infant buccal swabs and related to need for pharmacological treatment of NAS...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317342/genetic-determinants-of-adiponectin-regulation-revealed-by-pregnancy
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Marie-France Hivert, Denise M Scholtens, Catherine Allard, Michael Nodzenski, Luigi Bouchard, Diane Brisson, Lynn P Lowe, Ian McDowell, Tim Reddy, Zari Dastani, J Brent Richards, M Geoffrey Hayes, William L Lowe
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated genetic determinants of adiponectin during pregnancy to reveal novel biology of adipocyte regulation. METHODS: A genome-wide association study was conducted in 1,322 pregnant women from the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome Study with adiponectin measured at ∼28 weeks of gestation. Variants reaching P < 5×10(-5) for de novo genotyping in two replication cohorts (Genetics of Glycemic regulation in Gestation and Growth N = 522; ECOGENE-21 N = 174) were selected...
May 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290770/in-vivo-characterization-of-cyp2d6-12-29-and-84-using-dextromethorphan-as-a-probe-drug-a-case-report
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Andrea Gaedigk, Greyson P Twist, Emily G Farrow, Jennifer A Lowry, Sarah E Soden, Neil A Miller
CYP2D6*84 was first described in a Black South African subject, however, its function remains unknown. Astrolabe, a probabilistic scoring tool developed in our laboratory to call genotypes from whole genome sequence, identified CYP2D6*84 in a trio. The father presented with intermediate metabolism when challenged with the CYP2D6 probe drug dextromethorphan (DM/dextrorphan [DX] = 0.0839). Since his second allele, CYP2D6*12, is nonfunctional, the observed activity is derived by CYP2D6*84. This finding suggests that the allele's hallmark P267H causes decreased activity toward DM and that this allele should receive a value of 0...
March 14, 2017: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289594/a-9-year-old-girl-with-phelan-mcdermid-syndrome-who-had-been-diagnosed-with-an-autism-spectrum-disorder
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I Görker, H Gürkan, S Demir Ulusal, E Atlı, E Ikbal Atlı
Phelan McDermid Syndrome (PHMDS) (OMIM #606232), is a contiguous gene disorder resulting from deletion of the distal long arm of chromosome 22. The 22q13.3 deletions and mutations that lead to a loss of a functional copy of SHANK3 (OMIM *606230) cause the syndrome, characterized by moderate to profound intellectual disability, severely delayed or absent speech, hypotonia, and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or ASD traits. In this study, we present the case of a 9-year-old girl who had earlier been diagnosed with an ASD...
December 1, 2016: Balkan Journal of Medical Genetics: BJMG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284624/attenuation-of-an-original-us-porcine-epidemic-diarrhea-virus-strain-pc22a-via-serial-cell-culture-passage
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Chun-Ming Lin, Yixuan Hou, Douglas G Marthaler, Xiang Gao, Xinsheng Liu, Lanlan Zheng, Linda J Saif, Qiuhong Wang
Although porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) has caused huge economic losses in the pork industry worldwide, an effective live, attenuated vaccine is lacking. In this study, an original US, highly virulent PED virus (PEDV) strain PC22A was serially passaged in Vero CCL81 and Vero BI cells. The virus growth kinetics in cell culture, virulence in neonatal pigs and the whole genomic sequences of selected passages were examined. Increased virus titers and sizes of syncytia were observed at the 65th passage level (P65) and P120, respectively...
March 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
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