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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346922/epigenetics-in-gastrointestinal-health-and-disease-spotlight-on-dna-methylation-in-the-intestinal-epithelium
#1
Matthias Zilbauer, Judith Kraiczy
Epigenetics can be defined as stable, potentially heritable changes in cellular phenotype caused by mechanisms other than alterations in the underlying DNA sequence. DNA methylation is amongst the most intensely studied epigenetic mechanisms and has been shown to play a major role in regulating fundamental aspects of cell biology including cellular differentiation, organ development, and cell type-specific gene expression. Importantly, it is becoming increasingly clear that epigenetic mechanisms operate at the interface between the genetic code and our environment and are able to mediate environmental changes into stable phenotypic alterations...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346890/high-throughput-system-wide-engineering-and-screening-for-microbial-biotechnology
#2
REVIEW
Yannick Vervoort, Alicia Gutiérrez Linares, Miguel Roncoroni, Chengxun Liu, Jan Steensels, Kevin J Verstrepen
Genetic engineering and screening of large number of cells or populations is a crucial bottleneck in today's systems biology and applied (micro)biology. Instead of using standard methods in bottles, flasks or 96-well plates, scientists are increasingly relying on high-throughput strategies that miniaturize their experiments to the nanoliter and picoliter scale and the single-cell level. In this review, we summarize different high-throughput system-wide genome engineering and screening strategies for microbes...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346849/clostridium-perfringens-type-a-isolates-of-animal-origin-with-decreased-susceptibility-to-metronidazole-show-extensive-genetic-diversity
#3
Sergio Álvarez-Pérez, José L Blanco, Marta E García
Metronidazole is a first-line drug for the treatment of human infections caused by anaerobic bacteria. Although most Clostridium perfringens isolates are susceptible to metronidazole, a number of strains with decreased susceptibility have been obtained in clinical and environmental surveys. However, little is known yet about the toxinotype and genetic diversity of metronidazole-resistant C. perfringens strains. We tested for susceptibility to metronidazole and assessed the toxigenic status and amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) diversity of a collection of 80 C...
March 27, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346839/characterization-of-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecalis-and-enterococcus-faecium-isolated-from-fresh-produces-and-human-fecal-samples
#4
Min-Chan Kim, Min-Hyeok Cha, Jae-Gee Ryu, Gun-Jo Woo
Increased enterococcal infections in hospitals and multidrug-resistant and vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) isolated from humans, animals, and food sources raised public health concern on the presence of VRE in multiple sources. We performed a comparative analysis of the antimicrobial resistance and genetics of VRE isolates derived from fresh produce and human fecal samples. Of 389 Enterococcus isolates, 8 fecal and 3 produce isolates were resistant to vancomycin and teicoplanin; all harbored vanA gene...
March 27, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346838/hiv-1-transmission-networks-across-south-korea
#5
Mi Young Ahn, Joel O Wertheim, Woo Joo Kim, Shin-Woo Kim, Jin Soo Lee, Hea Won Ann, Yongduk Jeon, Jin Young Ahn, Je Eun Song, Dong Hyun Oh, Yong Chan Kim, Eun Jin Kim, In Young Jung, Moo Hyun Kim, Wooyoung Jeong, Su Jin Jeong, Nam Su Ku, June Myung Kim, Davey M Smith, Jun Yong Choi
Molecular epidemiology can help clarify the properties and dynamics of HIV-1 transmission networks in both global and regional scales. We studied 143 HIV-1-infected individuals recruited from four medical centers of three cities in South Korea between April 2013 and May 2014. HIV-1 env V3 sequence data were generated (337-793 bp) and analyzed using a pairwise distance-based clustering approach to infer putative transmission networks. Participants whose viruses were ≤2.0% divergent according to Tamura-Nei 93 genetic distance were defined as clustering...
March 27, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346824/weighted-pseudolikelihood-for-snp-set-analysis-with-multiple-secondary-outcomes-in-case-control-genetic-association-studies
#6
Tamar Sofer, Elizabeth D Schifano, David C Christiani, Xihong Lin
We propose a weighted pseudolikelihood method for analyzing the association of a SNP set, example, SNPs in a gene or a genetic pathway or network, with multiple secondary phenotypes in case-control genetic association studies. To boost analysis power, we assume that the SNP-specific effects are shared across all secondary phenotypes using a scaled mean model. We estimate regression parameters using Inverse Probability Weighted (IPW) estimating equations obtained from the weighted pseudolikelihood, which accounts for case-control sampling to prevent potential ascertainment bias...
March 27, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346818/regulation-of-low-temperature-stress-in-plants-by-micrornas
#7
REVIEW
Swati Megha, Urmila Basu, Nat N V Kav
Low temperature is one of the most common environmental stresses that seriously affects the growth and development of plants. However, plants have the plasticity in their defense mechanisms enabling them to tolerate and, sometimes, even survive adverse environmental conditions. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs, approximately 19-21 nucleotides in length, and are being increasingly recognized as regulators of gene expression at the post-transcriptional level and have the ability to influence a broad range of biological processes...
March 27, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346723/a-systematic-review-of-genetic-syndromes-with-obesity
#8
REVIEW
Y Kaur, R J de Souza, W T Gibson, D Meyre
Syndromic monogenic obesity typically follows Mendelian patterns of inheritance and involves the co-presentation of other characteristics, such as mental retardation, dysmorphic features and organ-specific abnormalities. Previous reviews on obesity have reported 20 to 30 syndromes but no systematic review has yet been conducted on syndromic obesity. We searched seven databases using terms such as 'obesity', 'syndrome' and 'gene' to conduct a systematic review of literature on syndromic obesity. Our literature search identified 13,719 references...
March 27, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346698/how-do-rivers-geographic-distance-and-dispersal-behavior-influence-genetic-structure-in-two-sympatric-new-world-monkeys
#9
Emilie Lecompte, Mohand-Ameziane Bouanani, Benoît de Thoisy, Brigitte Crouau-Roy
Dispersal, one of the major factors affecting the gene flow between populations, shapes the spatial distribution of genetic diversity within species. Alouatta macconnelli and Saguinus midas are two Neotropical monkey species that sympatrically inhabit the Guiana shield in northern Amazonia and are likely to differ in their dispersal behavior and vagility. We took advantage of their sympatry to investigate, over a fine geographical scale (∼50 km long), the relationship between spatial genetic structure, on the one hand, and geographical features and the species' dispersal behavior on the other...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346697/car-t-cell-therapy-for-pancreatic-cancer
#10
REVIEW
Carl J DeSelm, Zachary E Tano, Anna M Varghese, Prasad S Adusumilli
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy utilizes genetic engineering to redirect a patient's own T cells to target cancer cells. The remarkable results in hematological malignancies prompted investigating this approach in solid tumors such as pancreatic cancer. The complex tumor microenvironment, stromal hindrance in limiting immune response, and expression of checkpoint blockade on T cells pose hurdles. Herein, we summarize the opportunities, challenges, and state of knowledge in targeting pancreatic cancer with CAR T-cell therapy...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346690/the-benefits-and-limitations-of-cell-free-dna-screening-for-47-xxy-klinefelter-syndrome
#11
Carole Samango-Sprouse, Colleen Keen, Teresa Sadeghin, Andrea Gropman
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the 47, XXY syndrome, which is the most commonly occurring X and Y chromosomal variation. This paper seeks to review what is currently known of noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and 47, XXY, and investigate potential risks and benefits of prenatal identification. METHOD: A literature review of NIPT and 47, XXY was performed to identify limitations of current NIPT techniques. RESULTS: As NIPT becomes an increasingly more routine procedure, prenatal findings of 47, XXY may increase...
March 27, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346670/neospora-caninum-in-beef-herds-in-new-south-wales-australia-2-analysis-of-risk-factors
#12
B J Moloney, C Heuer, P D Kirkland
OBJECTIVE: To determine the influence of farm-level and animal-level factors on the seroprevalence of antibodies to Neospora caninum and associations between seropositivity and reproductive outcomes. METHODS: A questionnaire for a cross-sectional survey was posted to the 63 properties with a herd size ≥50 beef breeding cows that had participated in a previous seroprevalence study. Correspondence analysis, which does not appear to have been used previously in any Australian studies of livestock diseases, was used in conjunction with logistic regression to analyse the data...
April 2017: Australian Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346546/antimicrobial-susceptibility-and-multilocus-sequence-typing-of-mycoplasma-capricolum-subsp-capricolum
#13
Juan Tatay-Dualde, Miranda Prats-van der Ham, Christian de la Fe, Ana Paterna, Antonio Sánchez, Juan Carlos Corrales, Antonio Contreras, Sebastiana Tola, Ángel Gómez-Martin
Mycoplasma capricolum subsp. capricolum is one of the causative agents of contagious agalactia (CA). Nevertheless, there is still a lack of information about its antimicrobial susceptibility and genetic characteristics. Therefore, the aim of this work was to study the antimicrobial and genetic variability of different Mycoplasma capricolum subsp. capricolum field isolates. For this purpose, the growth inhibition effect of 18 antimicrobials and a multilocus sequence typing (MLST) scheme based on five housekeeping genes (fusA, glpQ, gyrB, lepA and rpoB) were performed on 32 selected field isolates from Italy and Spain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346524/rare-mutations-and-potentially-damaging-missense-variants-in-genes-encoding-fibrillar-collagens-and-proteins-involved-in-their-production-are-candidates-for-risk-for-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes
#14
Bhavi P Modi, Maria E Teves, Laurel N Pearson, Hardik I Parikh, Piya Chaemsaithong, Nihar U Sheth, Timothy P York, Roberto Romero, Jerome F Strauss
Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is the leading identifiable cause of preterm birth with ~ 40% of preterm births being associated with PPROM and occurs in 1% - 2% of all pregnancies. We hypothesized that multiple rare variants in fetal genes involved in extracellular matrix synthesis would associate with PPROM, based on the assumption that impaired elaboration of matrix proteins would reduce fetal membrane tensile strength, predisposing to unscheduled rupture. We performed whole exome sequencing (WES) on neonatal DNA derived from pregnancies complicated by PPROM (49 cases) and healthy term deliveries (20 controls) to identify candidate mutations/variants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346493/aberrant-neuronal-activity-induced-signaling-and-gene-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-rasopathy
#15
Franziska Altmüller, Santosh Pothula, Anil Annamneedi, Saeideh Nakhei-Rad, Carolina Montenegro-Venegas, Eneko Pina-Fernández, Claudia Marini, Monica Santos, Denny Schanze, Dirk Montag, Mohammad R Ahmadian, Oliver Stork, Martin Zenker, Anna Fejtova
Noonan syndrome (NS) is characterized by reduced growth, craniofacial abnormalities, congenital heart defects, and variable cognitive deficits. NS belongs to the RASopathies, genetic conditions linked to mutations in components and regulators of the Ras signaling pathway. Approximately 50% of NS cases are caused by mutations in PTPN11. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying cognitive impairments in NS patients are still poorly understood. Here, we report the generation and characterization of a new conditional mouse strain that expresses the overactive Ptpn11D61Y allele only in the forebrain...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346491/a-genetic-switch-controls-the-production-of-flagella-and-toxins-in-clostridium-difficile
#16
Brandon R Anjuwon-Foster, Rita Tamayo
In the human intestinal pathogen Clostridium difficile, flagella promote adherence to intestinal epithelial cells. Flagellar gene expression also indirectly impacts production of the glucosylating toxins, which are essential to diarrheal disease development. Thus, factors that regulate the expression of the flgB operon will likely impact toxin production in addition to flagellar motility. Here, we report the identification a "flagellar switch" that controls the phase variable production of flagella and glucosylating toxins...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346478/association-of-enos-and-cav-1-gene-polymorphisms-with-susceptibility-risk-of-large-artery-atherosclerotic-stroke
#17
Hann-Yeh Shyu, Ming-Hua Chen, Yi-Hsien Hsieh, Jia-Ching Shieh, Ling-Rong Yen, Hsiao-Wei Wang, Chun-Wen Cheng
Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) is localized in caveole and has important effects on caveolar coordination through its interaction with caveolin-1 (Cav-1), which supports normal functioning of vascular endothelial cells. However, the relationship between genotypic polymorphisms of e-NOS and Cav-1 genes and ischemic stroke (IS) remains lesser reported. This hospital-based case-control study aimed to determine the genetic polymorphisms of the eNOS (Glu298Asp) and Cav-1 (G14713A and T29107A) genes in association with susceptibility risk in patients who had suffered from a large artery atherosclerotic (LAA) stroke...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346476/reduced-dosage-of-%C3%AE-catenin-provides-significant-rescue-of-cardiac-outflow-tract-anomalies-in-a-tbx1-conditional-null-mouse-model-of-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome
#18
Silvia E Racedo, Erica Hasten, Mingyan Lin, Gnanapackiam Sheela Devakanmalai, Tingwei Guo, Ertugrul M Ozbudak, Chen-Leng Cai, Deyou Zheng, Bernice E Morrow
The 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS; velo-cardio-facial syndrome; DiGeorge syndrome) is a congenital anomaly disorder in which haploinsufficiency of TBX1, encoding a T-box transcription factor, is the major candidate for cardiac outflow tract (OFT) malformations. Inactivation of Tbx1 in the anterior heart field (AHF) mesoderm in the mouse results in premature expression of pro-differentiation genes and a persistent truncus arteriosus (PTA) in which septation does not form between the aorta and pulmonary trunk...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346466/common-and-rare-exonic-muc5b-variants-associated-with-type-2-diabetes-in-han-chinese
#19
Guanjie Chen, Zhenjian Zhang, Sally N Adebamowo, Guozheng Liu, Adebowale Adeyemo, Yanxun Zhou, Ayo P Doumatey, Chuntao Wang, Jie Zhou, Wenqiang Yan, Daniel Shriner, Fasil Tekola-Ayele, Amy R Bentley, Congqing Jiang, Charles N Rotimi
Genome-wide association studies have identified over one hundred common genetic risk variants associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D). However, most of the heritability of T2D has not been accounted for. In this study, we investigated the contribution of rare and common variants to T2D susceptibility by analyzing exome array data in 1,908 Han Chinese genotyped with Affymetrix Axiom® Exome Genotyping Arrays. Based on the joint common and rare variants analysis of 57,704 autosomal SNPs within 12,244 genes using Sequence Kernel Association Tests (SKAT), we identified significant associations between T2D and 25 variants (9 rare and 16 common) in MUC5B, p-value 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346465/sept12-phosphorylation-results-in-loss-of-the-septin-ring-sperm-annulus-defective-sperm-motility-and-poor-male-fertility
#20
Yi-Ru Shen, Han-Yu Wang, Yung-Che Kuo, Shih-Chuan Shih, Chun-Hua Hsu, Yet-Ran Chen, Shang-Rung Wu, Chia-Yih Wang, Pao-Lin Kuo
Septins are critical for numerous cellular processes through the formation of heteromeric filaments and rings indicating the importance of structural regulators in septin assembly. Several posttranslational modifications (PTMs) mediate the dynamics of septin filaments in yeast. However, little is known about the role of PTMs in regulating mammalian septin assembly, and the in vivo significance of PTMs on mammalian septin assembly and function remains unknown. Here, we showed that SEPT12 was phosphorylated on Ser198 using mass spectrometry, and we generated SEPT12 phosphomimetic knock-in (KI) mice to study its biological significance...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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