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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542611/no-molecular-or-serological-evidence-of-zikavirus-infection-among-healthy-blood-donors-living-in-or-travelling-to-regions-where-aedes-albopictus-circulates
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Wegene Borena, Tamara Hofer, Karin Stiasny, Stephan W Aberle, Manfred Gaber, Dorothee von Laer, Harald Schennach
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that Zika virus can infect and be transmitted by A. albopictus. The World Health organization (WHO) has raised concerns of autochthonous transmission of the virus in regions where the vector is endemic. The aim of this pilot study was to assess the occurrence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in western Austria (Tyrol) especially after a history of travel to A. albopictus endemic regions. METHODS: The study participants were healthy blood donors at randomly selected donation sites in the west Austrian region Tyrol...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541377/asap-a-web-based-platform-for-the-analysis-and-interactive-visualization-of-single-cell-rna-seq-data
#2
Vincent Gardeux, Fabrice P A David, Adrian Shajkofci, Petra C Schwalie, Bart Deplancke
Motivation: Single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) allows whole transcriptome profiling of thousands of individual cells, enabling the molecular exploration of tissues at the cellular level. Such analytical capacity is of great interest to many research groups in the world, yet these groups often lack the expertise to handle complex scRNA-seq data sets. Results: We developed a fully integrated, web-based platform aimed at the complete analysis of scRNA-seq data post genome alignment: from the parsing, filtering, and normalization of the input count data files, to the visual representation of the data, identification of cell clusters, differentially expressed genes (including cluster-specific marker genes), and functional gene set enrichment...
May 24, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539447/a-map-of-the-arenavirus-nucleoprotein-host-protein-interactome-reveals-that-jun%C3%A3-n-virus-selectively-impairs-the-antiviral-activity-of-pkr
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Benjamin R King, Dylan Hershkowitz, Philip L Eisenhauer, Marion E Weir, Christopher M Ziegler, Joanne Russo, Emily A Bruce, Bryan A Ballif, Jason Botten
Arenaviruses are enveloped negative-strand RNA viruses that cause significant human disease. Encoding only four proteins to accomplish the viral life cycle, each arenavirus protein likely plays unappreciated accessory roles during infection. Here, we used immunoprecipitation and mass spectrometry to identify human proteins that interact with the nucleoprotein (NP) of the Old World arenavirus lymphocytic choriomeningitis (LCMV) and the New World arenavirus Junín Candid #1 (JUNV). Bioinformatic analysis of the identified protein partners of NP revealed that host translation appears to be a key biological process engaged during infection...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535929/genetic-coding-and-united-hypercomplex-systems-in-the-models-of-algebraic-biology
#4
REVIEW
Sergey V Petoukhov
Structured alphabets of DNA and RNA in their matrix form of representations are connected with Walsh functions and a new type of systems of multidimensional numbers. This type generalizes systems of complex numbers and hypercomplex numbers, which serve as the basis of mathematical natural sciences and many technologies. The new systems of multi-dimensional numbers have interesting mathematical properties and are called in a general case as "systems of united-hypercomplex numbers" (or briefly "U-hypercomplex numbers")...
May 20, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534707/type-ia-topoisomerases-can-be-magicians-for-both-dna-and-rna-in-all-domains-of-life
#5
Muzammil Ahmad, Dongyi Xu, Weidong Wang
Topoisomerases solve critical topological problems in DNA metabolism and have long been regarded as the "magicians" of the DNA world. Here we present views from two of our recent studies indicating that Type IA topoisomerases from all domains of life often possess dual topoisomerase activities for both DNA and RNA. In animals, one of the two Type IA topoisomerases, Top3β, contains an RNA-binding domain, possesses RNA topoisomerase activity, binds mRNAs, interacts with mRNA-binding proteins, and associates with active mRNA translation machinery...
May 23, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533924/interferon-free-treatments-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-genotype-1-4-infections-in-a-real-world-setting
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Huascar Ramos, Pedro Linares, Ester Badia, Isabel Martín, Judith Gómez, Carolina Almohalla, Francisco Jorquera, Sara Calvo, Isidro García, Pilar Conde, Begoña Álvarez, Guillermo Karpman, Sara Lorenzo, Visitación Gozalo, Mónica Vásquez, Diana Joao, Marina de Benito, Lourdes Ruiz, Felipe Jiménez, Federico Sáez-Royuela, Asociación Castellano Y Leonesa de Hepatología ACyLHE
AIM: To investigated the real-world effectiveness and safety of various regimens of interferon-free treatments in patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). METHODS: We performed an observational study to analyze different antiviral treatments administered to 462 HCV-infected patients, of which 56.7% had liver cirrhosis. HCV RNA after 4 wk of treatment and at 12 wk after treatment sustained virologic response (SVR) as well as serious adverse events (SAEs) was analyzed first for the whole cohort and then separately in patients who met or did not meet the inclusion criteria of a clinical trial (CT-met and CT-unmet, respectively)...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523555/alzheimer-s-disease-and-ncrnas
#7
Rotem Maoz, Benjamin P Garfinkel, Hermona Soreq
Alzheimer's disease is a devastating neurodegenerative disorder affecting a significant portion of the world's rapidly growing aging population. In spite of its prevalence, the etiology of the disease is still poorly understood, and effective therapy is all but unavailable. Over the past decade, noncoding RNA, including microRNA (miRNA), has emerged as a major class of regulatory molecules involved in virtually all physiological and disease states. The specificity provided by miRNA sequence complementarity, together with the ability of these molecules to regulate complex networks of genes, has made them exciting novel targets for therapeutic agents...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523520/hepatitis-e-virus-serology-and-pcr-does-the-methodology-matter
#8
Lien Cattoir, Frederik Van Hoecke, Tom Van Maerken, Eveline Nys, Inge Ryckaert, Matthias De Boulle, Anja Geerts, Xavier Verhelst, Isabelle Colle, Veronik Hutse, Vanessa Suin, Magali Wautier, Steven Van Gucht, Hans Van Vlierberghe, Elizaveta Padalko
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) genotype 3 is an emerging pathogen in the developed world. As the clinical manifestations and routine laboratory parameters are often nonspecific, accurate diagnostic tests are crucial. In the current study, the performance of six serological assays and three PCR assays for the detection of HEV was evaluated. In the setting of the Ghent University Hospital, patients with clinically suspected HEV infection were tested for the presence of HEV IgM and IgG as well as HEV RNA. Serology was performed using six commercial HEV ELISA assays: Biorex, Wantai and Mikrogen IgM and IgG...
May 18, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514737/integration-of-phytochemicals-and-phytotherapy-into-cancer-precision-medicine
#9
REVIEW
Thomas Efferth, Mohamed E M Saeed, Elhaj Mirghani, Awadh Alim, Zahir Yassin, Elfatih Saeed, Hassan E Khalid, Salah Daak
Concepts of individualized therapy in the 1970s and 1980s attempted to develop predictive in vitro tests for individual drug responsiveness without reaching clinical routine. Precision medicine attempts to device novel individual cancer therapy strategies. Using bioinformatics, relevant knowledge is extracted from huge data amounts. However, tumor heterogeneity challenges chemotherapy due to genetically and phenotypically different cell subpopulations, which may lead to refractory tumors. Natural products always served as vital resources for cancer therapy (e...
April 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507114/antiviral-activity-of-nordihydroguaiaretic-acid-and-its-derivative-tetra-o-methyl-nordihydroguaiaretic-acid-against-west-nile-virus-and-zika-virus
#10
Teresa Merino-Ramos, Nereida Jiménez de Oya, Juan-Carlos Saiz, Miguel A Martín-Acebes
Flaviviruses are positive strand RNA viruses distributed all over the world that infect millions of people every year, and for which no specific antiviral agents have been approved. These viruses include the mosquito-borne West Nile virus (WNV) responsible for outbreaks of meningitis and encephalitis. Considering that nordihydroguaiaretic acid (NDGA) has been previously shown to inhibit the multiplication of the related dengue virus and hepatitis C virus, we have evaluated the effect of NDGA, and its methylated derivative tetra-O-methyl nordihydroguaiaretic (M4N), on the infection of WNV...
May 15, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503500/the-correlation-between-different-risk-factors-of-hepatitis-c-and-different-genotypes
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Mozhgan Mokhtari, Hanieh Basirkazeruni, Mojtaba Rostami
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C infection is one of the health problems in the world. Several known risk factors are responsible in transmission of this infection. We are going to study the prevalence of these risk factors for different genotypes of hepatitis C and if possible, specify probable relations between each risk factor and transmission of each genotype. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a cross-sectional study done on 270 people who had positive anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody and HCV RNA...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503069/downregulation-of-long-noncoding-rna-tug1-inhibits-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-through-the-tug1-mir-142-zeb2-axis-in-bladder-cancer-cells
#12
Qian Liu, Hui Liu, Hepeng Cheng, Yang Li, Xiaodong Li, Chaoyang Zhu
BACKGROUND: Bladder cancer is a common serious disease around the world. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been demonstrated to participate in the development and progression of various cancers, including bladder cancer. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of lncRNA taurine upregulated gene 1 (TUG1) on proliferation and apoptosis in bladder cancer cell lines and the underlying mechanism. METHODS: The levels of TUG1 were detected by quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) in bladder cancer tissues and cells...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498311/differential-immune-responses-to-new-world-and-old-world-mammalian-arenaviruses
#13
REVIEW
Hinh Ly
Some New World (NW) and Old World (OW) mammalian arenaviruses are emerging, zoonotic viruses that can cause lethal hemorrhagic fever (HF) infections in humans. While these are closely related RNA viruses, the infected hosts appear to mount different types of immune responses against them. Lassa virus (LASV) infection, for example, results in suppressed immune function in progressive disease stage, whereas patients infected with Junín virus (JUNV) develop overt pro-inflammatory cytokine production. These viruses have also evolved different molecular strategies to evade host immune recognition and activation...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495776/analysis-of-an-rna-seq-strand-specific-library-from-an-east-timorese-cucumber-sample-reveals-a-complete-cucurbit-aphid-borne-yellows-virus-genome
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Solomon Maina, Owain R Edwards, Luis de Almeida, Abel Ximenes, Roger A C Jones
Analysis of an RNA-seq library from cucumber leaf RNA extracted from a fast technology for analysis of nucleic acids (FTA) card revealed the first complete genome of Cucurbit aphid-borne yellows virus (CABYV) from East Timor. We compare it with 35 complete CABYV genomes from other world regions. It most resembled the genome of the South Korean isolate HD118.
May 11, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495401/transcriptomic-analysis-of-porcine-pbmcs-in-response-to-fmdv-infection
#15
Fu-Rong Zhao, Yin-Li Xie, Ze-Zhong Liu, Jun-Jun Shao, Shi-Fang Li, Peng Zhou, Yong-Guang Zhang, Hui-Yun Chang
Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) is a significant zoonotic infectious disease. It has an important economic impact throughout the world. As well, it is a considerable threat to food security. At present, the molecular mechanism of FMDV infection is not clear to a large extent. Innate immune response is the first line of defense against infectious diseases. The systematic analysis of the host immune response to infection has an important role in understanding the pathogenesis of infection. However, there are few reports about effect of immune regulation on virus replication in the interaction of virus and host cellular...
May 8, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489856/randomized-trial-of-stopping-or-continuing-art-among-postpartum-women-with-pre-art-cd4-%C3%A2-400-cells-mm3
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Judith S Currier, Paula Britto, Risa M Hoffman, Sean Brummel, Gaerolwe Masheto, Esau Joao, Breno Santos, Linda Aurpibul, Marcelo Losso, Marie F Pierre, Adriana Weinberg, Devasena Gnanashanmugam, Nahida Chakhtoura, Karin Klingman, Renee Browning, Anne Coletti, Lynne Mofenson, David Shapiro, Jose Pilotto
BACKGROUND: Health benefits of postpartum antiretroviral therapy (ART) for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive women with high CD4+ T-counts have not been assessed in randomized trials. METHODS: Asymptomatic, HIV-positive, non-breastfeeding women with pre-ART CD4+ T-cell counts ≥ 400 cells/mm3 started on ART during pregnancy were randomized up to 42 days after delivery to continue or discontinue ART. Lopinavir/ritonavir plus tenofovir/emtricitabine was the preferred ART regimen...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488960/towards-pathogen-inactivation-of-red-blood-cells-and-whole-blood-targeting-viral-dna-rna-design-technologies-and-future-prospects-for-developing-countries
#17
REVIEW
Victor J Drew, Lassina Barro, Jerard Seghatchian, Thierry Burnouf
Over 110 million units of blood are collected yearly. The need for blood products is greater in developing countries, but so is the risk of contracting a transfusion-transmitted infection. Without efficient donor screening/viral testing and validated pathogen inactivation technology, the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections correlates with the infection rate of the donor population. The World Health Organization has published guidelines on good manufacturing practices in an effort to ensure a strong global standard of transfusion and blood product safety...
April 13, 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484474/transcriptomics-analyses-reveal-wheat-responses-to-drought-stress-during-reproductive-stages-under-field-conditions
#18
Jun Ma, Ruiqi Li, Hongguang Wang, Dongxiao Li, Xingyi Wang, Yuechen Zhang, Wenchao Zhen, Huijun Duan, Guijun Yan, Yanming Li
Drought is a major abiotic stress that limits wheat production worldwide. To ensure food security for the rapidly increasing world population, improving wheat yield under drought stress is urgent and relevant. In this study, an RNA-seq analysis was conducted to study the effect of drought on wheat transcriptome changes during reproductive stages under field conditions. Our results indicated that drought stress during early reproductive periods had a more severe impact on wheat development, gene expression and yield than drought stress during flowering...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479381/integrated-clinicopathological-features-and-gene-microarray-analysis-of-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
#19
Huaqiang Zhou, Qinchang Chen, Wulin Tan, Zeting Qiu, Si Li, Yiyan Song, Shaowei Gao
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors are relatively rare pancreatic neoplasms over the world. Investigations about molecular biology of PNETs are insufficient for nowadays. We aimed to explore the expression of messenger RNA and regulatory processes underlying pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors from different views. The expression profile of GSE73338 were downloaded, including samples with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. First, the Limma package was utilized to distinguish the differentially expressed messenger RNA...
May 4, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479349/development-of-the-abbott-realtime-zika-assay-for-the-qualitative-detection-of-zika-virus-rna-from-serum-plasma-urine-and-whole-blood-specimens-using-the-m2000-system
#20
Matthew B Frankel, Kinnari Pandya, Jeffrey Gersch, Sarah Siddiqui, George J Schneider
Zika virus is an arthropod-borne flavivirus that has rapidly developed into a world-wide concern. Discovered in 1947, the virus was relatively obscure until an outbreak occurred in 2007 in the Yap islands and spread eventually to the Americas in 2015. Only 20% of patients infected with Zika virus develop symptoms. However, there can be serious consequences of infection including birth defects in developing fetuses and links to Guillain-Barré syndrome. The swift rise in infections has necessitated the development of diagnostic tests for both the detection of viral RNA and the presence of virus-specific antibodies...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
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