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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222377/identification-of-autophagy-related-genes-lc3-and-atg4-from-yellow-catfish-pelteobagrus-fulvidraco-and-their-transcriptional-responses-to-waterborne-and-dietborne-zinc-exposure
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Chuan-Chuan Wei, Zhi Luo, Yu-Feng Song, Ya-Xiong Pan, Kun Wu, Wen-Jing You
Autophagy mediates the regulation of lipid metabolism. Moreover, our recent study indicated that waterborne and dietborne zinc (Zn) exposure differentially influenced lipid metabolism in a fish species of significance for aquaculture, yellow catfish Pelteobagrus fulvidraco, but further mechanism remained unknown. The hypothesis of the present study is that autophagy mediated the Zn-induced changes of lipid metabolism of yellow catfish subjected to different exposure pathways. To this end, we cloned key genes involved in autophagy in yellow catfish, explored their mRNA expressions in responses to different Zn exposure pathways...
February 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220134/genome-wide-dissection-of-the-heat-shock-transcription-factor-family-genes-in-arachis
#2
Pengfei Wang, Hui Song, Changsheng Li, Pengcheng Li, Aiqin Li, Hongshan Guan, Lei Hou, Xingjun Wang
Heat shock transcription factors (Hsfs) are important transcription factors (TFs) in protecting plants from damages caused by various stresses. The released whole genome sequences of wild peanuts make it possible for genome-wide analysis of Hsfs in peanut. In this study, a total of 16 and 17 Hsf genes were identified from Arachis duranensis and A. ipaensis, respectively. We identified 16 orthologous Hsf gene pairs in both peanut species; however HsfXs was only identified from A. ipaensis. Orthologous pairs between two wild peanut species were highly syntenic...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220018/germline-variants-in-familial-pituitary-tumour-syndrome-genes-are-common-in-young-patients-and-families-with-additional-endocrine-tumours
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Sunita Mc De Sousa, Mark J McCabe, Kathy Wu, Tony Roscioli, Velimir Gayevskiy, Katelyn Brook, Lesley Rawlings, Hamish S Scott, Tanya J Thompson, Peter Earls, Anthony J Gill, Mark J Cowley, Marcel E Dinger, Ann I McCormack
Objective: Familial pituitary tumour syndromes (FPTS) account for 5% of pituitary adenomas. Multi-gene analysis via next generation sequencing (NGS) may unveil greater prevalence and inform clinical care. We aimed to identify germline variants in selected patients with pituitary adenomas using a targeted NGS panel. Design: We undertook a nation-wide cross-sectional study of patients with pituitary adenomas with onset ≤40 years of age and/or other personal/family history of endocrine neoplasia. A custom NGS panel was performed on germline DNA to interrogate eight FPTS genes...
February 20, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218681/the-intra-s-checkpoint-responses-to-dna-damage
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REVIEW
Divya Ramalingam Iyer, Nicholas Rhind
Faithful duplication of the genome is a challenge because DNA is susceptible to damage by a number of intrinsic and extrinsic genotoxins, such as free radicals and UV light. Cells activate the intra-S checkpoint in response to damage during S phase to protect genomic integrity and ensure replication fidelity. The checkpoint prevents genomic instability mainly by regulating origin firing, fork progression, and transcription of G1/S genes in response to DNA damage. Several studies hint that regulation of forks is perhaps the most critical function of the intra-S checkpoint...
February 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215351/a-genomic-comparison-of-putative-pathogenicity-related-gene-families-in-five-members-of-the-ophiostomatales-with-different-lifestyles
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Ljerka Lah, Ulrike Löber, Tom Hsiang, Stefanie Hartmann
Ophiostomatoid fungi are vectored by their bark-beetle associates and colonize different host tree species. To survive and proliferate in the host, they have evolved mechanisms for detoxification and elimination of host defence compounds, efficient nutrient sequestration, and, in pathogenic species, virulence towards plants. Here, we assembled a draft genome of the spruce pathogen Ophiostoma bicolor. For our comparative and phylogenetic analyses, we mined the genomes of closely related species (Ophiostoma piceae, Ophiostoma ulmi, Ophiostoma novo-ulmi, and Grosmannia clavigera)...
March 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213513/runx1-cooperates-with-flt3-itd-to-induce-leukemia
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Kira Behrens, Katrin Maul, Nilgün Tekin, Neele Kriebitzsch, Daniela Indenbirken, Vladimir Prassolov, Ursula Müller, Hubert Serve, Jörg Cammenga, Carol Stocking
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is induced by the cooperative action of deregulated genes that perturb self-renewal, proliferation, and differentiation. Internal tandem duplications (ITDs) in the FLT3 receptor tyrosine kinase are common mutations in AML, confer poor prognosis, and stimulate myeloproliferation. AML patient samples with FLT3-ITD express high levels of RUNX1, a transcription factor with known tumor-suppressor function. In this study, to understand this paradox, we investigated the impact of RUNX1 and FLT3-ITD coexpression...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213042/gene-duplication-conservation-and-divergence-of-heme-oxygenase-2-genes-in-blunt-snout-bream-megalobrama-amblycephala-and-their-responses-to-hypoxia
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Xue-Li Zhang, Yi-Wen Sun, Jie Chen, Xia-Yun Jiang, Shu-Ming Zou
Heme oxygenase (HO) that catalyzes the degradation of heme, is involved in responding and using oxygen in teleost fish. Physiologic heme degradation can be catalyzed by two isozymes of HO (HO-1 and HO-2). In fish, the molecular constructions, expression characteristics and hypoxic regulation of HO-2 are still not well known. Here, we report the isolation and characterization of duplicated HO-2 genes in blunt snout bream, a hypoxia sensitive fish species. Blunt snout bream HO-2a and -2b genes shared a relatively low sequence identity of 67%...
February 14, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212807/prevalence-of-brca1-and-brca2-large-genomic-rearrangements-in-tunisian-high-risk-breast-ovarian-cancer-families-implications-for-genetic-testing
#8
Aouatef Riahi, Habiba Chabouni-Bouhamed, Maher Kharrat
Germline mutations in the BRCA tumor suppressor genes account for a substantial proportion of hereditary breast/ovarian cancer. However, this contribution is lower than expected. This underestimation can partly be explained by the BRCA alterations missed by using Sanger sequencing methods. Thus, large genomic rearrangements (LGRs) in BRCA1 and BRCA2 are responsible for 4-28% of all inherited BRCA mutations. In this study, Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) assay was used for detection of large rearrangements of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes in 36 unrelated high-risk breast/ovarian cancer patients negative for BRCA1/2 point mutations...
January 2017: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211977/1q21-3-deletion-involving-gatad2b-an-emerging-recurrent-microdeletion-syndrome
#9
Thipwimol Tim-Aroon, Natini Jinawath, Weerin Thammachote, Praweena Sinpitak, Anchalee Limrungsikul, Chaiyos Khongkhatithum, Duangrurdee Wattanasirichaigoon
GATAD2B gene is involved in chromatin modification and transcription activity. Loss-of-function mutations of GATAD2B have recently been defined to cause a recognizable syndrome with intellectual disability (ID). Human TPM3 gene encoding thin filament protein is associated with myopathies. Both genes are located on chromosome 1q21.3. We herein report an infant with feeding difficulty, developmental delay, hypotonia, and dysmorphic features including small palpebral fissures, telecanthus, sparse hair and eyebrow, cup-shaped ears, and clinodactyly...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211519/palindromic-amplification-of-the-erbb2-oncogene-in-primary-her2-positive-breast-tumors
#10
Michael Marotta, Taku Onodera, Jeffrey Johnson, G Thomas Budd, Takaaki Watanabe, Xiaojiang Cui, Armando E Giuliano, Atsushi Niida, Hisashi Tanaka
Oncogene amplification confers a growth advantage to tumor cells for clonal expansion. There are several, recurrently amplified oncogenes throughout the human genome. However, it remains unclear whether this recurrent amplification is solely a manifestation of increased fitness resulting from random amplification mechanisms, or if a genomic locus-specific amplification mechanism plays a role. Here we show that the ERBB2 oncogene at 17q12 is susceptible to palindromic gene amplification, a mechanism characterized by the inverted (palindromic) duplication of genomic segments, in HER2-positive breast tumors...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211484/regulation-of-mrna-splicing-by-mecp2-via-epigenetic-modifications-in-the-brain
#11
Tian-Lin Cheng, Jingqi Chen, Huida Wan, Bin Tang, Weidong Tian, Lujian Liao, Zilong Qiu
Mutations of X-linked gene Methyl CpG binding protein 2 (MECP2) are the major causes of Rett syndrome (RTT), a severe neurodevelopmental disorder. Duplications of MECP2-containing genomic segments lead to severe autistic symptoms in human. MECP2-coding protein methyl-CpG-binding protein 2 (MeCP2) is involved in transcription regulation, microRNA processing and mRNA splicing. However, molecular mechanisms underlying the involvement of MeCP2 in mRNA splicing in neurons remain largely elusive. In this work we found that the majority of MeCP2-associated proteins are involved in mRNA splicing using mass spectrometry analysis with multiple samples from Mecp2-null rat brain, mouse primary neuron and human cell lines...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209133/house-spider-genome-uncovers-evolutionary-shifts-in-the-diversity-and-expression-of-black-widow-venom-proteins-associated-with-extreme-toxicity
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Kerry L Gendreau, Robert A Haney, Evelyn E Schwager, Torsten Wierschin, Mario Stanke, Stephen Richards, Jessica E Garb
BACKGROUND: Black widow spiders are infamous for their neurotoxic venom, which can cause extreme and long-lasting pain. This unusual venom is dominated by latrotoxins and latrodectins, two protein families virtually unknown outside of the black widow genus Latrodectus, that are difficult to study given the paucity of spider genomes. Using tissue-, sex- and stage-specific expression data, we analyzed the recently sequenced genome of the house spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum), a close relative of black widows, to investigate latrotoxin and latrodectin diversity, expression and evolution...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209129/orthograph-a-versatile-tool-for-mapping-coding-nucleotide-sequences-to-clusters-of-orthologous-genes
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Malte Petersen, Karen Meusemann, Alexander Donath, Daniel Dowling, Shanlin Liu, Ralph S Peters, Lars Podsiadlowski, Alexandros Vasilikopoulos, Xin Zhou, Bernhard Misof, Oliver Niehuis
BACKGROUND: Orthology characterizes genes of different organisms that arose from a single ancestral gene via speciation, in contrast to paralogy, which is assigned to genes that arose via gene duplication. An accurate orthology assignment is a crucial step for comparative genomic studies. Orthologous genes in two organisms can be identified by applying a so-called reciprocal search strategy, given that complete information of the organisms' gene repertoire is available. In many investigations, however, only a fraction of the gene content of the organisms under study is examined (e...
February 16, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207760/preferential-expression-of-scores-of-functionally-and-evolutionarily-diverse-dna-and-rna-binding-proteins-during-oxytricha-trifallax-macronuclear-development
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Zachary T Neeb, Daniel J Hogan, Sol Katzman, Alan M Zahler
During its sexual reproduction, the stichotrichous ciliate Oxytricha trifallax orchestrates a remarkable transformation of one of the newly formed germline micronuclear genomes. Hundreds of thousands of gene pieces are stitched together, excised from chromosomes, and replicated dozens of times to yield a functional somatic macronuclear genome composed of ~16,000 distinct DNA molecules that typically encode a single gene. Little is known about the proteins that carry out this process. We profiled mRNA expression as a function of macronuclear development and identified hundreds of mRNAs preferentially expressed at specific times during the program...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205535/phylogenetic-analysis-of-eukaryotic-neet-proteins-uncovers-a-link-between-a-key-gene-duplication-event-and-the-evolution-of-vertebrates
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Madhuri A Inupakutika, Soham Sengupta, Rachel Nechushtai, Patricia A Jennings, Jose' N Onuchic, Rajeev K Azad, Pamela Padilla, Ron Mittler
NEET proteins belong to a unique family of iron-sulfur proteins in which the 2Fe-2S cluster is coordinated by a CDGSH domain that is followed by the "NEET" motif. They are involved in the regulation of iron and reactive oxygen metabolism, and have been associated with the progression of diabetes, cancer, aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Despite their important biological functions, the evolution and diversification of eukaryotic NEET proteins are largely unknown. Here we used the three members of the human NEET protein family (CISD1, mitoNEET; CISD2, NAF-1 or Miner 1; and CISD3, Miner2) as our guides to conduct a phylogenetic analysis of eukaryotic NEET proteins and their evolution...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203345/sweet-s-syndrome-associated-with-clonal-hematopoiesis-of-indeterminate-potential-responsive-to-5-azacitidine
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REVIEW
George Yaghmour, Eric Wiedower, Bassam Yaghmour, Sara Nunnery, Eric Duncavage, Mike G Martin
Sweet's syndrome (SS) is a rare condition characterized by the abrupt appearance of painful skin lesions due to neutrophilic dermal infiltration. Hematologic neoplasms, particularly acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDSs), have been commonly reported in association with SS. Clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential (CHIP) is an emerging entity that is a precursor state to myeloid neoplasms. CHIP has not been previously associated with SS. We report the case of a 71-year-old man who presented with recurrent, painful edematous and erythematous papules and nodules for 18 months despite treatment with corticosteroids...
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203231/error-prone-dnae2-balances-the-genome-mutation-rates-in-myxococcus-xanthus-dk1622
#17
Ran Peng, Jiang-He Chen, Wan-Wan Feng, Zheng Zhang, Jun Yin, Ze-Shuo Li, Yue-Zhong Li
dnaE is an alpha subunit of the tripartite protein complex of DNA polymerase III that is responsible for the replication of bacterial genome. The dnaE gene is often duplicated in many bacteria, and the duplicated dnaE gene was reported dispensable for cell survivals and error-prone in DNA replication in a mystery. In this study, we found that all sequenced myxobacterial genomes possessed two dnaE genes. The duplicate dnaE genes were both highly conserved but evolved divergently, suggesting their importance in myxobacteria...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202598/early-flowering-3-redundancy-fine-tunes-photoperiod-sensitivity
#18
Andrew J S Rubenach, Valerie Fg Hecht, Jacqueline K Vander Schoor, Lim Chee Liew, Gregoire Aubert, Judith Burstin, James L Weller
Three pea loci controlling photoperiod sensitivity, HIGH RESPONSE (HR), DIE NEUTRALIS (DNE) and STERILE NODES (SN) have recently been shown to correspond to orthologs of Arabidopsis circadian clock genes EARLY FLOWERING3 (ELF3), ELF4, and LUX ARRHYTHMO, respectively. A fourth pea locus, PHOTOPERIOD (PPD), also contributes to the photoperiod response in a similar manner to SN and DNE, and recessive ppd mutants on a spring-flowering hr mutant background show early, photoperiod-insensitive flowering. However, the molecular identity of PPD has so far remained elusive...
February 15, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201991/plasmid-diversity-and-phylogenetic-consistency-in-the-lyme-disease-agent-borrelia-burgdorferi
#19
Sherwood R Casjens, Eddie B Gilcrease, Marija Vujadinovic, Emmanuel F Mongodin, Benjamin J Luft, Steven E Schutzer, Claire M Fraser, Wei-Gang Qiu
BACKGROUND: Bacteria from the genus Borrelia are known to harbor numerous linear and circular plasmids. We report here a comparative analysis of the nucleotide sequences of 236 plasmids present in fourteen independent isolates of the Lyme disease agent B. burgdorferi. RESULTS: We have sequenced the genomes of 14 B. burgdorferi sensu stricto isolates that carry a total of 236 plasmids. These individual isolates carry between seven and 23 plasmids. Their chromosomes, the cp26 and cp32 circular plasmids, as well as the lp54 linear plasmid, are quite evolutionarily stable; however, the remaining plasmids have undergone numerous non-homologous and often duplicative recombination events...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201990/a-vast-genomic-deletion-in-the-c56bl-6-genome-affects-different-genes-within-the-ifi200-cluster-on-chromosome-1-and-mediates-obesity-and-insulin-resistance
#20
Heike Vogel, Markus Jähnert, Mandy Stadion, Daniela Matzke, Stephan Scherneck, Annette Schürmann
BACKGROUND: Obesity, the excessive accumulation of body fat, is a highly heritable and genetically heterogeneous disorder. The complex, polygenic basis for the disease consisting of a network of different gene variants is still not completely known. RESULTS: In the current study we generated a BAC library of the obese-prone NZO strain to clarify the genomic alteration within the gene cluster Ifi200 on chr.1 including Ifi202b, an obesity gene that is in contrast to NZO not expressed in the lean B6 mouse...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
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