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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320091/animal-models-for-assessing-the-impact-of-natural-products-on-the-aetiology-and-metabolic-pathophysiology-of-type-2-diabetes
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Md Asrafuzzaman, Yingnan Cao, Rizwana Afroz, Danielle Kamato, Susan Gray, Peter J Little
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a complex and heterogeneous disorder which in its most common manifestation arises from insulin resistance and later insulin insufficiency. Type 2 diabetes is characterised by impaired insulin sensitivity and diagnosed as hyperglycaemia. Because of its cardiovascular consequences, Type 2 diabetes represents one of the world's leading causes of mortality and morbidity. Drug discovery and development are required to produce better ways to prevent, treat and manage diabetes and its complications...
March 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319812/exploring-sequence-space-harnessing-chemical-and-biological-diversity-towards-new-peptide-leads
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Richard Obexer, Louise J Walport, Hiroaki Suga
From their early roots in natural products, peptides now represent an expanding class of novel drugs. Their modular structures make them ideal candidates for pooled library screening approaches. Key technologies for library generation and screening, such as SICLOPPS, phage display and mRNA display, give unparalleled access to tight binding peptides. Through combination with genetic code reprogramming and chemical modifications, access to more natural product-like libraries, spanning non-canonical peptide space, is readily achievable...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319143/toxicity-effects-of-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-to-eisenia-fetida-at-enzyme-cellular-and-genetic-levels
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Tingting Ma, Wei Zhou, Li'ke Chen, Longhua Wu, Peter Christie, Haibo Zhang, Yongming Luo
Di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) is a dominant phthalic acid ester (PAE) that has aroused public concern due to its resistance to degradation and its toxicity as an endocrine-disrupting compound. Effects of different concentrations of DEHP on Eisenia fetida in spiked natural soil have been studied in the body of the earthworm by means of soil cultivation tests 7, 14, 21 and 28 days after exposure. The results indicated that, in general, superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity, malondialdehyde (MDA) content, metallothionein (MT) content, the expression of heat shock protein 70 (HSP 70) and all the tested geno-toxicity parameters are promoted as time elapses and with increasing concentration of DEHP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319134/genotype-and-local-environment-dynamically-influence-growth-disturbance-response-and-survivorship-in-the-threatened-coral-acropora-cervicornis
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Crawford Drury, Derek Manzello, Diego Lirman
The relationship between the coral genotype and the environment is an important area of research in degraded coral reef ecosystems. We used a reciprocal outplanting experiment with 930 corals representing ten genotypes on each of eight reefs to investigate the influence of genotype and the environment on growth and survivorship in the threatened Caribbean staghorn coral, Acropora cervicornis. Coral genotype and site were strong drivers of coral growth and individual genotypes exhibited flexible, non-conserved reaction norms, complemented by ten-fold differences in growth between specific G-E combinations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319100/metagenomic-discovery-of-polybrominated-diphenyl-ether-biosynthesis-by-marine-sponges
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Vinayak Agarwal, Jessica M Blanton, Sheila Podell, Arnaud Taton, Michelle A Schorn, Julia Busch, Zhenjian Lin, Eric W Schmidt, Paul R Jensen, Valerie J Paul, Jason S Biggs, James W Golden, Eric E Allen, Bradley S Moore
Naturally produced polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) pervade the marine environment and structurally resemble toxic man-made brominated flame retardants. PBDEs bioaccumulate in marine animals and are likely transferred to the human food chain. However, the biogenic basis for PBDE production in one of their most prolific sources, marine sponges of the order Dysideidae, remains unidentified. Here, we report the discovery of PBDE biosynthetic gene clusters within sponge-microbiome-associated cyanobacterial endosymbionts through the use of an unbiased metagenome-mining approach...
March 20, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319089/natural-variation-at-the-soybean-j-locus-improves-adaptation-to-the-tropics-and-enhances-yield
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Sijia Lu, Xiaohui Zhao, Yilong Hu, Shulin Liu, Haiyang Nan, Xiaoming Li, Chao Fang, Dong Cao, Xinyi Shi, Lingping Kong, Tong Su, Fengge Zhang, Shichen Li, Zheng Wang, Xiaohui Yuan, Elroy R Cober, James L Weller, Baohui Liu, Xingliang Hou, Zhixi Tian, Fanjiang Kong
Soybean is a major legume crop originating in temperate regions, and photoperiod responsiveness is a key factor in its latitudinal adaptation. Varieties from temperate regions introduced to lower latitudes mature early and have extremely low grain yields. Introduction of the long-juvenile (LJ) trait extends the vegetative phase and improves yield under short-day conditions, thereby enabling expansion of cultivation in tropical regions. Here we report the cloning and characterization of J, the major classical locus conferring the LJ trait, and identify J as the ortholog of Arabidopsis thaliana EARLY FLOWERING 3 (ELF3)...
March 20, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318817/clinical-and-mutational-characteristics-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-patients-based-on-a-comprehensive-database-in-south-china
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Dan-Ni Wang, Zhi-Qiang Wang, Lei Yan, Jin He, Min-Ting Lin, Wan-Jin Chen, Ning Wang
The development of clinical trials for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) in China faces many challenges due to limited information about epidemiological data, natural history and clinical management. To provide these detailed data, we developed a comprehensive database based on registered DMD patients from South China and analysed their clinical and mutational characteristics. The database included DMD registrants confirmed by clinical presentation, family history, genetic detection, prognostic outcome, and/or muscle biopsy...
February 21, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317975/exposing-the-g-quadruplex-to-electric-fields-the-role-played-by-telomeres-in-the-propagation-of-dna-errors
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José Pedro Cerón-Carrasco, Denis Jacquemin
To protect their core machinery from the attack of exogenous agents, cells locate DNA in their nucleus. Nevertheless, some reactive chemical species and physical agents might reach DNA and alter its natural double helix structure. For instance, pulsed electric fields can be used to selectively rewrite the stored genetic information. However, for such modification to be effective, one needs, as a prerequisite, that the replication mechanism is not stopped by the field, so that the changes propagate over the following generations...
March 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317902/a-natural-tandem-array-alleviates-epigenetic-repression-of-ipa1-and-leads-to-superior-yielding-rice
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Lin Zhang, Hong Yu, Bin Ma, Guifu Liu, Jianjun Wang, Junmin Wang, Rongcun Gao, Jinjun Li, Jiyun Liu, Jing Xu, Yingying Zhang, Qun Li, Xuehui Huang, Jianlong Xu, Jianming Li, Qian Qian, Bin Han, Zuhua He, Jiayang Li
Super hybrid rice varieties with ideal plant architecture (IPA) have been critical in enhancing food security worldwide. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying their improved yield remain unclear. Here, we report the identification of a QTL, qWS8/ipa1-2D, in the super rice Yongyou12 (YY12) and related varieties. In-depth genetic molecular characterization of qWS8/ipa1-2D reveals that this newly identified QTL results from three distal naturally occurring tandem repeats upstream of IPA1, a key gene/locus previously shown to shape rice ideal plant architecture and greatly enhance grain yield...
March 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316988/bioengineered-plants-can-be-a-useful-source-of-omega-3-fatty-acids
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REVIEW
Waleed Amjad Khan, Hu Chun-Mei, Nadeem Khan, Amjad Iqbal, Shan-Wu Lyu, Farooq Shah
Omega-3 fatty acids have proven to be very essential for human health due to their multiple health benefits. These essential fatty acids (EFAs) need to be uptaken through diet because they are unable to be produced by the human body. These are important for skin and hair growth as well as for proper visual, neural, and reproductive functions of the body. These fatty acids are proven to be extremely vital for normal tissue development during pregnancy and infancy. Omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained mainly from two dietary sources: marine and plant oils...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316114/a-single-haplotype-hyposensitive-to-light-and-requiring-strong-vernalization-dominates-arabidopsis-thaliana-populations-in-patagonia-argentina
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Luciana Kasulin, Beth Rowan, Rolando J C León, Verena J Schuenemann, Detlef Weigel, Javier F Botto
The growing collection of sequenced or genotyped Arabidopsis thaliana accessions includes mostly individuals from the native Eurasian and N. African range and introduced North American populations. Here, we describe the genetic and phenotypic diversity, along with habitats and life history, of A. thaliana plants collected at the southernmost end of its worldwide distribution. Seed samples were harvested from plants growing in four sites within a ~3500-km(2) -area in Patagonia, Argentina, and represent the first germplasm to be collected in South America for this species...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316106/chironomus-riparius-diptera-genome-sequencing-reveals-the-impact-of-minisatellite-transposable-elements-on-population-divergence
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Ann-Marie Oppold, Hanno Schmidt, Marcel Rose, Sören Lukas Hellmann, Florian Dolze, Fabian Ripp, Bettina Weich, Urs Schmidt-Ott, Erwin Schmidt, Robert Kofler, Thomas Hankeln, Markus Pfenninger
Active transposable elements (TEs) may result in divergent genomic insertion and abundance patterns among conspecific populations. Upon secondary contact, such divergent genetic backgrounds can theoretically give rise to classical Dobzhansky-Muller incompatibilities (DMI), thus contributing to the evolution of endogenous genetic barriers and eventually cause population divergence. We investigated differential TE abundance among conspecific populations of the non-biting midge Chironomus riparius and evaluated their potential role in causing endogenous genetic incompatibilities between these populations...
March 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315849/environmental-and-genetic-determinants-of-two-vitamin-d-metabolites-in-healthy-australian-children
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Abdulhadi Bima, Angela Pezic, Cong Sun, Fergus J Cameron, Christine Rodda, Ingrid van der Mei, Rachel Chiaroni-Clarke, Terence Dwyer, Andrew Kemp, Jun Qu, John Carlin, Justine A Ellis, Anne-Louise Ponsonby
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with adverse health outcomes. We examined genetic and environmental determinants of serum 25(OH)D3 and 1,25(OH)2D3 in childhood. METHODS: The study sample consisted of 322 healthy Australian children (predominantly Caucasians) who provided a venous blood sample. A parental interview was conducted and skin phototype and anthropometry measures were assessed. Concentrations of 25(OH)D3 and 1,25(OH)2D3 were measured by selective solid-phase extraction-capillary liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315745/production-of-low-expressing-recombinant-cationic-biopolymers-with-high-purity
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Xuguang Chen, Alireza Nomani, Niket Patel, Arash Hatefi
The growing complexity of recombinant biopolymers for delivery of bioactive agents requires the ability to control the biomaterial structure with high degree of precision. Genetic engineering techniques have provided this opportunity to synthesize biomaterials in an organism such as E. coli with full control over their lengths and sequences. One class of such biopolymers is recombinant cationic biopolymers with applications in gene delivery, regenerative medicine and variety of other biomedical applications...
March 15, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315651/what-goes-around-can-come-around-an-unexpected-deleterious-effect-of-using-mouse-running-wheels-for-environmental-enrichment
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Renee Y M Leduc, Gail Rauw, Glen B Baker, Heather E McDermid
Environmental enrichment items such as running wheels can promote the wellbeing of laboratory mice. Growing evidence suggests that wheel running simulates exercise effects in many mouse models of human conditions, but this activity also might change other aspects of mouse behavior. In this case study, we show that the presence of running wheels leads to pronounced and permanent circling behavior with route-tracing in a proportion of the male mice of a genetically distinct cohort. The genetic background of this cohort includes a mutation in Arhgap19, but genetic crosses showed that an unknown second-site mutation likely caused the induced circling behavior...
March 1, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315412/engineering-bacterial-translation-initiation-do-we-have-all-the-tools-we-need
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REVIEW
Justin Vigar, Hans-Joachim Wieden
BACKGROUND: Reliable tools that allow precise and predictable control over gene expression are critical for the success of nearly all bioengineering applications. Translation initiation is the most regulated phase during protein biosynthesis, and is therefore a promising target for exerting control over gene expression. At the translational level, the copy number of a protein can be fine-tuned by altering the interaction between the translation initiation region of an mRNA and the ribosome...
March 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314899/variation-in-the-prevalence-and-transmission-of-heritable-symbionts-across-host-populations-in-heterogeneous-environments
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Michelle E Sneck, Jennifer A Rudgers, Carolyn A Young, Tom E X Miller
Heritable microbes are abundant in nature and influential to their hosts and the communities in which they reside. However, drivers of variability in the prevalence of heritable symbionts and their rates of transmission are poorly resolved, particularly across host populations experiencing variable biotic and abiotic environments. To fill these gaps, we surveyed 25 populations of two native grasses (Elymus virginicus and Elymus canadensis) across the southern Great Plains (USA). Both grass species host heritable endophytic fungi (genus Epichloё) and can hybridize where their ranges overlap...
March 17, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314870/perillyl-alcohol-a-pleiotropic-natural-compound-suitable-for-brain-tumor-therapy-targets-free-radicals
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REVIEW
Aline C Gomes, Angélica L Mello, Manuel G Ribeiro, Diogo G Garcia, Clovis O Da Fonseca, Marcela D'Alincourt Salazar, Axel H Schönthal, Thereza Quirico-Santos
Monoterpenes such as limonene and perillyl alcohol (POH) are promising natural compounds with pro-oxidant properties partly due to endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-induced cytotoxicity, and antioxidant activity owing to their activity as free radical scavengers, inhibition of coenzyme Q synthesis, activation of antioxidant-responsive elements (inducing detoxification enzymes) and induction of apoptosis. Activation of ER-stress responses generates reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are highly reactive free radicals mainly produced during mitochondrial electron transfer for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis...
March 17, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314682/hereditary-leiomyomatosis-and-renal-cell-cancer-syndrome-an-update-and-review
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REVIEW
Viral M Patel, Marc Z Handler, Robert A Schwartz, W Clark Lambert
Hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer (HLRCC) syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that predisposes individuals to multiple cutaneous leiomyomas, renal cell carcinomas, and in women, uterine leiomyomas. Also known as Reed syndrome, it is caused by a germline heterozygous mutation of the fumarate hydratase tumor suppressor gene. HLRCC is associated with significant morbidity because of pain from cutaneous and uterine leiomyomas, the cutaneous pain often of unique character. Although genetic testing is currently considered the criterion standard to diagnose HLRCC, newer immunohistochemistry markers may provide rapid and cost effective alternatives to genetic testing...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314594/brain-ischemia-suppresses-immunity-in-the-periphery-and-brain-via-different-neurogenic-innervations
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Qiang Liu, Wei-Na Jin, Yaou Liu, Kaibin Shi, Haoran Sun, Fang Zhang, Chao Zhang, Rayna J Gonzales, Kevin N Sheth, Antonio La Cava, Fu-Dong Shi
Brain ischemia inhibits immune function systemically, with resulting infectious complications. Whether in stroke different immune alterations occur in brain and periphery and whether analogous mechanisms operate in these compartments remains unclear. Here we show that in patients with ischemic stroke and in mice subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion, natural killer (NK) cells display remarkably distinct temporal and transcriptome profiles in the brain as compared to the periphery. The activation of catecholaminergic and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis leads to splenic atrophy and contraction of NK cell numbers in the periphery through a modulated expression of SOCS3, whereas cholinergic innervation-mediated suppression of NK cell responses in the brain involves RUNX3...
March 8, 2017: Immunity
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