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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724198/direct-and-topoisomerase-ii-mediated-dna-damage-by-bis-3-chloropiperidines-the-importance-of-being-an-earnest-g
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Alice Sosic, Ivonne Zuravka, Nina-Katharina Schmitt, Angelica Miola, Richard Göttlich, Dan Fabris, Barbara Gatto
Bis-3-chloropiperidines are a new class of DNA-active compounds capable of alkylating nucleobases and inducing strand cleavage. In this report, we investigated the reactivity of these mustard-based agents with both single- and double-stranded DNA constructs. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE) and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) were employed to obtain valuable insights into their mechanism at the molecular level and to investigate their time- and concentration-dependence. The results revealed the preferential formation of mono- and bifunctional adducts at nucleophilic guanine sites...
July 19, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723412/identification-of-a-viroid-like-rna-in-a-lychee-transcriptome-shotgun-assembly
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Jihong Jiang, Zhixiang Zhang, Bing Hu, Guibing Hu, Hongqing Wang, Chantal Faure, Armelle Marais, Thierry Candresse, Shifang Li
In the course of a systematic screen of plant transcriptomic data, the sequence of a novel viroid-like RNA was identified in four contigs in a recent Transcriptome Shotgun Assembly (TSA) from lychee in China. Portions of this sequence are closely related to the central conserved region (CCR) and terminal conserved region (TCR) present in members of the genus Apscaviroid, sequences that are important criteria for viroid classification. RT-PCR with two divergent adjacent primers amplified the full 304 nucleotide sequence of this viroid-like RNA which can be folded into the rod-like secondary structure that is a typical feature of viroids in the family Pospiviroidae...
July 16, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722485/characterization-of-nontyphoidal-salmonella-isolates-from-asymptomatic-migrant-food-handlers-in-peninsular-malaysia
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Pei Yee Woh, Kwai Lin Thong, Jerzy Marian Behnke, John Watkin Lewis, Siti Nursheena Mohd Zain
Asymptomatic Salmonella carriers who work as food handlers pose food safety and public health risks, particularly during food preparation, and this has serious implications for the disease burden in society. Therefore, we conducted a study to determine the number of Salmonella carriers in a migrant cohort in several food establishments in three major cities in Peninsular Malaysia. Sociodemographic data and stool samples were collected and analyzed using standard methods of detection and isolation. Antimicrobial susceptibility tests of the positive samples were also performed...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721851/development-and-evaluation-of-a-multiple-locus-variable-number-tandem-repeats-analysis-assay-for-subtyping-salmonella-typhi-strains-from-sub-saharan-africa
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Nomsa P Tau, Anthony M Smith, John R Wain, Andrew Tarupiwa, Kalpy J Coulibaly, Karen H Keddy, Germs-Sa
PURPOSE: Molecular epidemiological investigations of the highly clonal Salmonella enterica subspecies enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi) are important in outbreak detection and in tracking disease transmission. In this study, we developed and evaluated a multiple-locus variable-number tandem-repeats (VNTR) analysis (MLVA) assay for characterization of S. Typhi isolates from sub-Saharan Africa. METHODOLOGY: Twelve previously reported VNTR loci were evaluated and an MLVA assay consisting of five polymorphic loci was adopted...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721745/pesticide-genotoxicity-in-cotton-picking-women-in-pakistan-evaluated-using-comet-assay
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Tayyaba Ali, Muhammad Ismail, Farkhanda Asad, Asma Ashraf, Usman Waheed, Qaiser M Khan
To control agricultural pests and meet the increasing food demands, pesticides use has been increased substantially over time. Although pesticides are relatively specific to their targets, they can affect non-target organisms and are hazardous for the population around the application areas particularly to the individuals engaged in different types of agricultural activities. This situation is worse in developing and under-developed countries where personal protective equipment is merely used and regulatory guidelines are hardly practiced...
July 19, 2017: Drug and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721511/molecular-and-phylogenetic-characterization-of-bovine-coronavirus-virus-isolated-from-dairy-cattle-in-central-region-thailand
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Kanokwan Singasa, Taweesak Songserm, Preeda Lertwatcharasarakul, Pipat Arunvipas
Bovine coronavirus (BCoV) is involved mainly in enteric infections in cattle. This study reports the first molecular detection of BCoV in a diarrhea outbreak in dairy cows in the Central Region, Thailand. BCoV was molecularly detected from bloody diarrheic cattle feces by using nested PCR. Agarose gel electrophoresis of three diarrheic fecal samples yielded from the 25 samples desired amplicons that were 488 base pairs and sequencing substantiated that have BCoV. The sequence alignment indicated that nucleotide and amino acid sequences, the three TWD isolated in Thailand, were more quite homologous to each other (amino acid at position 39 of TWD1, TWD3 was proline, but TWD2 was serine) and closely related to OK-0514-3strain (virulent respiratory strain; RBCoV)...
July 18, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721477/imipenem-resistant-gram-negative-bacterial-isolates-carried-by-persons-upon-medical-examination-in-korea
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So Yeon Kim, Sang Yop Shin, Ji-Young Rhee, Kwan Soo Ko
Carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria (CR-GNB) have emerged and disseminated worldwide, become a great concern worldwide including Korea. The prevalence of fecal carriage of imipenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria (IR-GNB) in persons in Korea was investigated. Stool samples were collected from 300 persons upon medical examination. Samples were screened for IR-GNB by using MacConkey agar with 2 μl/ml imipenem. Species were identified by 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, and antimicrobial susceptibility was determined by the broth microdilution method...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721300/extracellular-matrix-alterations-in-the-peyronie-s-disease
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Marcelo Silva Watanabe, Thérèse Rachel Theodoro, Natália Lima Coelho, Aline Mendes, Monica Luzia Pereira Leonel, Ana Maria Mader, Helena Bonciani Nader, Sidney Glina, Maria Aparecida Silva Pinhal
Peyronie's disease is characterized by fibrous plaque formation of the tunica albuginea, causing penile deformity and fertility problems. The aim of the present study was to investigate alterations in the extracellular matrix in Peyronie's disease. The study used tissues collected by surgical procedure from individuals that presented a well-established disease, while control samples were obtained by biopsies of fresh cadavers. Immunohistochemistry analysis followed by digital quantification was performed to evaluate TGF-β, heparanases and metalloproteinases (MMPs)...
July 2017: Journal of Advanced Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720375/protective-role-of-antioxidant-compounds-against-peroxynitrite-mediated-modification-of-r54c-mutant-%C3%AE-a-crystallin
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Kazem Khoshaman, Reza Yousefi, Ali Akbar Moosavi-Movahedi
As a highly potent reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, peroxynitrite (PON) has endogenous production in the eye ball and contributes to a variety of ocular disorders. In the current study the structural characteristics, chaperone-like activity and conformational stability of R54C mutant αA-crystallin (αA-Cry) were studied upon modification with PON and in the presence of three antioxidant compounds such as ascorbic acid (ASA), glutathione (GSH) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC) using gel electrophoresis and different spectroscopy methods...
July 15, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719858/interfacial-analysis-of-sirna-complexes-with-poly-ethylenimine-pei-or-pamam-dendrimers-in-gene-delivery
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Patrick K C Chang, Clive A Prestidge, Kristen E Bremmell
Solution and interfacial analysis has been employed to gain insight into the complexation of siRNA using either G4 PAMAM dendrimers or 25kDa branched poly-ethylenimine (bPEI). The size, charge and shape/structure of the complexing agents were probed using atomic force microscopy (AFM), circular dichroism spectrometry (CD), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and gel electrophoresis (GE). The binding capability of these cationic polymers to the siRNA molecule, subsequently controls the surface/adsorption behaviour of the complexes to a negatively charged surface...
July 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719635/differential-protein-expression-profile-in-the-hypothalamic-gt1-7-cell-line-after-exposure-to-anabolic-androgenic-steroids
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Freddyson J Martínez-Rivera, Juliana Pérez-Laspiur, María E Santiago-Gascot, Abner G Alemán-Reyes, Emanuel García-Santiago, Yolanda Rodríguez-Pérez, Cristhian Calo-Guadalupe, Inelia Otero-Pagán, Roxsana N Ayala-Pagán, Magdiel Martínez, Yisel M Cantres-Rosario, Loyda M Meléndez, Jennifer L Barreto-Estrada
The abuse of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) has been considered a major public health problem during decades. Supraphysiological doses of AAS may lead to a variety of neuroendocrine problems. Precisely, the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis is one of the body systems that is mainly influenced by steroidal hormones. Fluctuations of the hormonal milieu result in alterations of reproductive function, which are made through changes in hypothalamic neurons expressing gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717322/th1-th2-balance-and-humoral-immune-response-to-potential-antigens-as-early-diagnostic-method-of-equine-strongylus-nematode-infection
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Faten A M Abo-Aziza, Seham H M Hendawy, Amira H El Namaky, Heba M Ashry
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the early diagnosis of strongyle infection based on early changes in Th1 and Th2 cytokines beside the diagnostic accuracy values and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and western blotting profiles using prepared strongyles antigens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 73 donkeys had a mean age of 4-32 years old were parasitologically examined for strongyle infection. The early changes in Th1 and Th2 cytokines were determined, and the diagnostic accuracy values and SDS-PAGE and western blotting profiles were performed using prepared strongyles antigens; crude somatic Strongylusvulgaris (CSS), excretory-secretory S...
June 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717103/metabolomics-of-an-in-vitro-liver-model-containing-primary-hepatocytes-assembling-around-an-endothelial-cell-network-comparative-study-on-the-metabolic-stability-and-the-effect-of-acetaminophen-treatment
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Yu Toyoda, Kasumi Kashikura, Tomoyoshi Soga, Yoh-Ichi Tagawa
Recently, a novel culture system consisting of primary hepatocytes structured over a network of endothelial cells on the Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm (EHS) gel has been reported. This in vitro liver model on the EHS gel (IVLEHS) has been shown to maintain the expression of hepatic genes and their functional activity. Moreover, the IVLEHS was more sensitive to xenobiotics than hepatocyte monocultures, suggesting the potential utility of this culture system for compound hepatotoxicity screening. However, the effect of this three-dimensional structure formation on the cellular metabolic profile of hepatocytes in the IVLEHS is not well understood...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716373/loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-in-disposable-polyester-toner-microdevices
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Kezia Gomes de Oliveira, Juliane Cristina Borba, Alexandre Melo Bailão, Célia Maria de Almeida Soares, Emanuel Carrilho, Gabriela Rodrigues Mendes Duarte
In recent years, isothermal DNA amplification methods have emerged as an alternative in molecular diagnostics due to its ease of operation. The purpose of using isothermal amplification is to simplify the diagnostics work by i) eliminating heating cycles, ii) reducing equipment costs, and iii) providing rapid and accurate results in laboratories with limited resources. Here we show a simple and fast method for E. coli detection in disposable polyester-toner (PeT) microdevice. The amplification by LAMP of the malB gene from E...
July 14, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715381/modified-terminal-restriction-fragment-analysis-for-quantifying-telomere-length-using-in-gel-hybridization
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Frank J Jenkins, Charles M Kerr, Elise Fouquerel, Dana H Bovbjerg, Patricia L Opresko
There are several different techniques for measuring telomere length, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The traditional approach, Telomere Restriction Fragment (TRF) analysis, utilizes a DNA hybridization technique whereby genomic DNA samples are digested with restriction enzymes, leaving behind telomere DNA repeats and some sub-telomeric DNA. These are separated by agarose gel electrophoresis, transferred to a filter membrane and hybridized to oligonucleotide probes tagged with either chemiluminescence or radioactivity to visualize telomere restriction fragments...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715365/analysis-of-the-c-kit-ligand-promoter-using-chromatin-immunoprecipitation
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Pingyu Zhang, Andres Rojas, Boris Blechacz
Multiple cellular processes, including DNA replication and repair, DNA recombination, and gene expression, require interactions between proteins and DNA. Therefore, DNA-protein interactions regulate multiple physiological, pathophysiological, and biological functions, such as cell differentiation, cell proliferation, cell cycle control, chromosome stability, epigenetic gene regulation, and cell transformation. In eukaryotic cells, the DNA interacts with histone and nonhistone proteins and is condensed into chromatin...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713357/extensively-drug-resistant-klebsiella-pneumoniae-causing-nosocomial-bloodstream-infections-in-china-molecular-investigation-of-antibiotic-resistance-determinants-informing-therapy-and-clinical-outcomes
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Wenzi Bi, Haiyang Liu, Rhys A Dunstan, Bin Li, Von Vergel L Torres, Jianming Cao, Lijiang Chen, Jonathan J Wilksch, Richard A Strugnell, Trevor Lithgow, Tieli Zhou
The rise in diversity of antimicrobial resistance phenotypes seen in Klebsiella pneumoniae is becoming a serious antibiotic management problem. We sought to investigate the molecular characteristics and clinical implications of extensively drug-resistant (XDR) K. pneumoniae isolated from different nosocomial bloodstream infections (BSIs) patients from July 2013 to November 2015. Even in combination treatment, meropenem did not protect against mortality of BSIs patients (P = 0.015). In contrast, tigecycline in combination with other antimicrobial agents significantly protected against mortality (P = 0...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713028/the-effect-of-fusarium-culmorum-infection-and-deoxynivalenol-don-application-on-proteome-response-in-barley-cultivars-chevron-and-pedant
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Klára Kosová, Jana Chrpová, Jiří Šantrůček, Radovan Hynek, Lenka Štěrbová, Pavel Vítámvás, Jana Bradová, Ilja Tom Prášil
Fusarium head blight (FHB) disease adversely affects grain quality and final yield in small-grain cereals including barley. In the present study, the effect of an artificial infection with Fusarium culmorum and an application of deoxynivalenol (DON) on barley spikes of cultivars Chevron and Pedant during flowering was investigated at grain mid-dough stage (BBCH 73) 10days after pathogen inoculation (10 dai). Proteomic analysis using a two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) technique coupled with LC-MS/MS investigated 98 protein spots revealing quantitative or qualitative differences between the experimental variants...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712509/genetic-diversity-of-thermotolerant-campylobacter-spp-isolates-from-different-stages-of-the-poultry-meat-supply-chain-in-argentina
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María V Zbrun, Analía Romero-Scharpen, Carolina Olivero, Jorge A Zimmermann, Eugenia Rossler, Lorena P Soto, Diego M Astesana, Jesica E Blajman, Ayelén Berisvil, Laureano S Frizzo, Marcelo L Signorini
The objective of this study was to investigate a clonal relationship among thermotolerant Campylobacter spp. isolates from different stages of the poultry meat supply chain in Argentina. A total of 128 thermotolerant Campylobacter spp. (89 C. jejuni and 39 C. coli) isolates from six poultry meat chains were examined. These isolates were from: a) hens from breeder flocks, b) chickens on the farm (at ages 1 wk and 5 wk), c) chicken carcasses in the slaughterhouse, and d) chicken carcasses in the retail market...
July 13, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
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
#20
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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