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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793031/cloning-overexpression-and-purification-of-a-gene-of-unknown-function-of-prophage-loci-from-candidatus-liberibacter-asiaticus-the-destructive-bacterial-pathogen-of-huanglongbing-disease-in-citrus-plants
#1
Duangtip Sudhan, Thamrongjet Puttamuk, Supachai Vuttipongchaikij, Pitak Chuawong
Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening is one of the most destructive diseases affecting citrus industry worldwide. The causal agent in Asia is a phloem-limited, Gram-negative bacterium, 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus' (CLas). Within the genome of CLas lies prophage regions, classified as Type-A, B, C, and D. In particular, Type-D has been indicated to correlate with the blotchy-mottle symptoms of citrus trees. Here we reported the cloning, overexpression, and purification of the ORF1, an open reading frame from the partial Type-D region of CLas obtained from an infected lime tree (Citrus aurantifolia Swingle)...
May 21, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792207/metagenomic-analysis-of-viruses-associated-with-maize-lethal-necrosis-in-kenya
#2
Mwathi Jane Wamaitha, Deepti Nigam, Solomon Maina, Francesca Stomeo, Anne Wangai, Joyce Njoki Njuguna, Timothy A Holton, Bramwel W Wanjala, Mark Wamalwa, Tanui Lucas, Appolinaire Djikeng, Hernan Garcia-Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Maize lethal necrosis is caused by a synergistic co-infection of Maize chlorotic mottle virus (MCMV) and a specific member of the Potyviridae, such as Sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV), Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) or Johnson grass mosaic virus (JGMV). Typical maize lethal necrosis symptoms include severe yellowing and leaf drying from the edges. In Kenya, we detected plants showing typical and atypical symptoms. Both groups of plants often tested negative for SCMV by ELISA...
May 23, 2018: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782300/poikilodermatous-mycosis-fungoides-rare-entity-different-treatment-modalities
#3
Sandra Jerković Gulin, Romana Čeović, Ivana Ilić, Mirna Bradamante, Zrinka Bukvić Mokos, Krešimir Kostović
Poikilodermatous mycosis fungoides (PMF) is a rare clinical variant of early-stage MF with peculiar histological features. Poikiloderma occurs in many different clinical conditions, which makes a diagnostic procedure more complicated. PMF belongs to a group of MF variants with low risk of disease progression. We report a case of a 64-year-old woman, who presented with mottled skin aspect of erythema, poikilodermatous patches (hypopigmentation, hyperpigmentation, atrophy, and telangiectasia) on more than 80% of the body...
April 2018: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica: ADC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780943/longitudinal-ophthalmic-findings-in-a-child-with-helsmoortel-van-der-aa-syndrome
#4
Michael J Gale, Hope E Titus, Gareth A Harman, Talal Alabduljalil, Anna Dennis, Jenny L Wilson, David M Koeller, Erika Finanger, Peter A Blasco, Pei-Wen Chiang, Daniel J Karr, Paul Yang
Purpose: We present the first detailed ophthalmic description of a child with Helsmoortel-Van der Aa Syndrome (HVDAS), including longitudinal follow-up and analysis. Observations: After extensive workup, a young child with poor visual behavior, hypotonic cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and global developmental delay was found to have a heterozygous de novo mutation in the ADNP gene and diagnosed with HVDAS. Ophthalmic findings were remarkable for progressive nystagmus, macular pigment mottling, mild foveal hypoplasia with abnormal macular laminations, persistent rod dysfunction with electronegative waveform, and progressive cone degeneration...
June 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776926/occurrence-of-traditional-and-alternative-fecal-indicators-in-tropical-urban-environments-under-different-land-use-patterns
#5
Nazanin Saeidi, Xiaoqiong Gu, Tran Ngoc Han, Shin Giek Goh, Masaaki Kitajima, Ariel Kushmaro, Bradley William Schmitz, Karina Yew-Hoong Gin
This study evaluates the geospatial distribution of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) (i.e., E. coli , Enterococcus spp.) and the alternative fecal indicator, pepper mild mottle virus (PMMoV), in tropical freshwater environments under different land use patterns. Results show that the occurrence and concentration of microbial fecal indicators was higher for urban-dominated areas than parkland-dominated, consistent with land use weightage. Significant positive correlations with traditional FIB indicate that PMMoV is a suitable indicator of fecal contamination in tropical catchments waters (0...
May 18, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772486/quantitative-microbial-risk-assessment-of-microbial-source-tracking-markers-in-recreational-water-contaminated-with-fresh-untreated-and-secondary-treated-sewage
#6
Warish Ahmed, Kerry A Hamilton, Aldo Lobos, Bridie Hughes, Christopher Staley, Michael J Sadowsky, Valerie J Harwood
Microbial source tracking (MST) methods have provided the means to identify sewage contamination in recreational waters, but the risk associated with elevated levels of MST targets such as sewage-associated Bacteroides HF183 and other markers is uncertain. Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) modeling allows interpretation of MST data in the context of the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) illness caused by exposure to known reference pathogens. In this study, five sewage-associated, quantitative PCR (qPCR) MST markers [Bacteroides HF183 (HF183), Methanobrevibacter smithii nifH (nifH), human adenovirus (HAdV), human polyomavirus (HPyV) and pepper mild mottle virus (PMMoV)] were evaluated to determine at what concentration these nucleic acid markers reflected a significant health risk from exposure to fresh untreated or secondary treated sewage in beach water...
May 14, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763449/a-novel-specific-duplex-real-time-rt-pcr-method-for-absolute-quantitation-of-grapevine-pinot-gris-virus-in-plant-material-and-single-mites
#7
Félix Morán, Antonio Olmos, Leonidas Lotos, Lukáš Predajňa, Nikolaos Katis, Miroslav Glasa, Varvara Maliogka, Ana B Ruiz-García
Grapevine Pinot gris virus (GPGV) is a widely distributed grapevine pathogen that has been associated to the grapevine leaf mottling and deformation disease. With the aim of better understanding the disease epidemiology and providing efficient control strategies a specific and quantitative duplex TaqMan real-time RT-PCR assay has been developed. This method has allowed reliable quantitation of the GPGV titer ranging from 30 up to 3 x 108 transcript copies, with a detection limit of 70 viral copies in plant material...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748414/first-complete-genome-sequence-of-an-isolate-of-tomato-mottle-mosaic-virus-infecting-plants-of-solanum-lycopersicum-in-south-america
#8
Alice Nagai, Lígia M L Duarte, Alexandre L R Chaves, Maria A V Alexandre, Pedro L Ramos-González, Camila Chabi-Jesus, Ricardo Harakava, Déborah Y A C Dos Santos
The complete nucleotide sequence of an isolate of tomato mottle mosaic virus (ToMMV) was determined. The virus, originally isolated from symptomatic tomato plants found in a county near the city of São Paulo, Brazil, has a genome with 99% nucleotide sequence identity with ToMMV from Mexico, China, Spain, and the United States.
May 10, 2018: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29733465/vascular-morphology-in-normal-skin-studied-with-dynamic-optical-coherence-tomography
#9
Pernille Lindsø Andersen, Jonas Olsen, Kersti Brosbøl Engelund Friis, Lotte Themstrup, Kasper Grandahl, Ole Steen Mortensen, Gregor Borut Ernst Jemec
BACKGROUND: Dynamic optical coherence tomography (D-OCT) is a non-invasive imaging technique, suitable for the study of structural and dynamic features of cutaneous microvasculature. Studies with D-OCT have primarily focused on non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and a reference description of healthy skin is lacking. OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence of standard microvascular features in normal skin. METHOD: A total of 280 participants without skin disease were D-OCT scanned on four body locations; three sun-exposed areas and one unexposed: forehead, back of the neck, back of the hand and medial side of the upper arm...
May 7, 2018: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29729716/diffuse-type-gastric-mucinous-and-signet-ring-cell-adenocarcinoma-in-a-captive-california-king-snake-lampropeltis-getula-californiae
#10
C-S Hsueh, W-T Li, C-R Jeng, V F Pang, H-W Chang
An adult female California king snake (Lampropeltis getula californiae) housed in Taipei Zoo was presented with a 2-week history of anorexia, fatigue and abdominal swelling. Exploratory laparotomy revealed a gastric mass with two circular perforations and multiple mottled white to beige protuberances along the mucosal surface. Histologically, the gastric mass showed an invasive, transmural growth of epithelial cells arranged in nests, lobules, acini and sheets in the mucosa and submucosa that progressively transformed into signet ring cells in the muscularis externa and subserosa...
April 2018: Journal of Comparative Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29726114/high-fluence-1064-nm-q-switched-nd-yag-laser-safe-and-effective-treatment-of-caf%C3%A3-au-lait-macules-in-asian-patients
#11
Jin Ok Baek, Il-Joong Park, Kyung Real Lee, Ha Ryeong Ryu, Jeongsoo Kim, Seulki Lee, Yu Ri Kim, Hoon Hur
OBJECTIVES: Café-au-lait macules (CALMs) are benign cutaneous hyperpigmentary disorders. Usually, laser therapies for cosmetic concerns result in more severe side effects in the people of Asian descent than that of Caucasians. Unfortunately, there is no gold standard for the laser treatment of CALMs in skin of people of Asian descent. To investigate the efficacy and safety of a high-fluence 1064-nm Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser treatment of CALMs in Asian patients...
May 3, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29724834/first-complete-genome-sequence-of-pepper-mild-mottle-virus-from-chili-pepper-in-the-united-states
#12
Kathryn Secrist, Akhtar Ali
Pepper mild mottle virus (PMMoV) was first reported as a latent strain in the United States and then later reported in other countries around the world. Here, we report the first complete genome sequence of a PMMoV isolate (BL14) that was collected from chili pepper during the 2014 growing season in Oklahoma.
May 3, 2018: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29690028/a-new-species-of-the-remarkable-brittle-star-genus-astrophiura-echinodermata-ophiuroidea-from-the-western-atlantic-ocean
#13
David L Pawson
Astrophiura caroleae, new species, is described from off Curacao in the southern Caribbean, and from the western Gulf of Mexico, in depths of 244 to 434 meters. This new species, the first in the genus Astrophiura to be described from the Atlantic Ocean, has a distinctive combination of characters, including regularly arranged primary plates, large radial shields whose radial edges are in contact for their entire visible length, and prominent tubercles on central and radial plates. The mottled reddish coloration of the dorsal surface of this species usually contrasts with the color of the substratum, rendering it readily visible in situ, despite its disc diameter of less than 10 mm...
February 7, 2018: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29687187/complete-sequence-and-diversity-of-a-maize-associated-polerovirus-in-east-africa
#14
Deogracious P Massawe, Lucy R Stewart, Jovia Kamatenesi, Theodore Asiimwe, Margaret G Redinbaugh
Since 2011-2012, Maize lethal necrosis (MLN) has emerged in East Africa, causing massive yield loss and propelling research to identify viruses and virus populations present in maize. As expected, next generation sequencing (NGS) has revealed diverse and abundant viruses from the family Potyviridae, primarily sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV), and maize chlorotic mottle virus (MCMV) (Tombusviridae), which are known to cause MLN by synergistic co-infection. In addition to these expected viruses, we identified a virus in the genus Polerovirus (family Luteoviridae) in 104/172 samples selected for MLN or other potential virus symptoms from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania...
April 23, 2018: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679283/persistence-of-viruses-by-qpcr-downstream-of-three-effluent-dominated-rivers-in-the-western-united-states
#15
Hannah P Sassi, Koiya D Tuttle, Walter Q Betancourt, Masaaki Kitajima, Charles P Gerba
This study was designed to determine the quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) signal persistence of viruses in three effluent-dominated streams. Samples were collected from the effluent outfall of three wastewater treatment plants in the Western United States and downstream at different locations. All samples were tested for the presence of pepper mild mottle virus (PMMoV), adenoviruses, norovirus GI and GII, Aichi virus, and enteroviruses using qPCR. PMMoV was detected most frequently in 54/57 (94...
April 20, 2018: Food and Environmental Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29675258/livedo-reticularis-a-cutaneous-clue-to-an-underlying-endocrine-crisis
#16
Natasha Shrikrishnapalasuriyar, Mirena Noyvirt, Philip Evans, Bethan Gibson, Elin Foden, Atul Kalhan
A 54-year-old woman was admitted to hospital with a presumed allergic reaction to a single dose of amoxicillin given for a suspected upper respiratory tract infection. She complained of chest tightness although there was no wheeze or stridor. On examination, she was pyrexial, tachycardic, hypertensive and had a diffuse mottled rash on her lower limbs. Her initial investigations showed raised inflammatory markers. She was treated in the intensive care for a presumed anaphylactic reaction with an underlying sepsis...
2018: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663867/coiled-coil-and-leucine-rich-repeat-domain-of-the-potyvirus-resistance-protein-pvr4-has-distinct-role-in-signaling-and-pathogen-recognition
#17
Saet-Byul Kim, Hye-Young Lee, Eun-Hye Choi, Eunsook Park, Jihyun Kim, Ki-Beom Moon, Hyun-Soon Kim, Doil Choi
The pepper Pvr4 encoding coiled-coil (CC) nucleotide-binding (NB) leucine-rich repeat (LRR) protein (CC-NLR) confer hypersensitive resistance (HR) to potyviruses, including Pepper mottle virus (PepMoV) by recognizing the viral avirulence protein, NIb. To figure out the Pvr4-mediated HR mechanism, we analyzed the signaling component genes and structure-function relationships of Pvr4 using chimeras and deletion mutants in Nicotiana benthamiana. Molecular chaperone components including HSP90, SGT1 and RAR1 were required, while plant hormones and mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase signaling components had little effect on Pvr4-NIb-mediated HR cell death...
April 17, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29659405/the-safety-and-efficacy-of-treatment-with-a-1-927-nm-diode-laser-with-and-without-topical-hydroquinone-for-facial-hyperpigmentation-and-melasma-in-darker-skin-types
#18
Monique J Vanaman Wilson, Isabela T Jones, Joanna Bolton, Lisa Larsen, Sabrina Guillen Fabi
BACKGROUND: The nonablative, fractional, 1,927-nm diode laser is theoretically a safe and effective treatment for hyperpigmentation and melasma in darker skin and may potentiate topical cosmeceutical delivery. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the use of a nonablative, fractional, 1,927-nm diode laser with and without topical 2% hydroquinone (HQ) cream for moderate-to-severe facial hyperpigmentation in Fitzpatrick skin Types III-V. METHODS: Forty adults underwent 4 laser treatments at 2-week intervals and were randomized to daily application of 2% HQ cream or moisturizer...
April 13, 2018: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651773/complete-genome-sequence-of-peanut-virus-c-a-putative-novel-ilarvirus
#19
Seungmo Lim, Yun-Woo Jang, Jin Woo Bae, Yeong-Hoon Lee, Bong Choon Lee, Youngnam Yoon
We determined the complete genome sequence of a putative novel ilarvirus, tentatively named "peanut virus C" (PVC), identified in peanut (Arachis hypogaea). The three segmented genomic RNA molecules of PVC were 3474 (RNA1), 2925 (RNA2), and 2160 (RNA3) nucleotides in length, with five predicted open reading frames containing conserved domains and motifs that are typical features of ilarviruses. The three genomic RNAs shared nucleotide sequence similarity (74% identity and 93% query coverage for RNA1, 75% identity and 85% query coverage for RNA2, and 72% identity and 70% query coverage for RNA3) with the most closely related ilarvirus, parietaria mottle virus...
April 12, 2018: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29642411/presence-of-human-enteric-viruses-protozoa-and-indicators-of-pathogens-in-the-bagmati-river-nepal
#20
Sarmila Tandukar, Jeevan B Sherchand, Dinesh Bhandari, Samendra P Sherchan, Bikash Malla, Rajani Ghaju Shrestha, Eiji Haramoto
Quantification of waterborne pathogens in water sources is essential for alerting the community about health hazards. This study determined the presence of human enteric viruses and protozoa in the Bagmati River, Nepal, and detected fecal indicator bacteria (total coliforms, Escherichia coli , and Enterococcus spp.), human-fecal markers (human Bacteroidales and JC and BK polyomaviruses), and index viruses (tobacco mosaic virus and pepper mild mottle virus). During a one-year period between October 2015 and September 2016, a total of 18 surface water samples were collected periodically from three sites along the river...
April 6, 2018: Pathogens
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