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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526755/the-matrix-protein-tiggrin-regulates-plasmatocyte-maturation-in-drosophila-larva
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Chen U Zhang, Ken M Cadigan
The lymph gland (LG) is a major source of hematopoiesis during Drosophila development. In this tissue, prohemocytes differentiate into multiple lineages including macrophage-like plasmatocytes, which comprise the vast majority of mature hemocytes. Previous studies have uncovered genetic pathways that regulate prohemocyte maintenance and some cell fate choices between hemocyte lineages. However, less is known about how the plasmatocyte pool of the LG is established and matures. Here we report that Tiggrin, a matrix protein expressed in the LG, is a specific regulator of plasmatocyte maturation...
May 19, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516247/genetic-heterogeneity-among-slow-acetylator-n-acetyltransferase-2-phenotypes-in-cryopreserved-human-hepatocytes
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Mark A Doll, David W Hein
Genetic polymorphisms in human N-acetyltransferase 2 (NAT2) modify the metabolism of numerous drugs and carcinogens. These genetic polymorphisms modify both drug efficacy and toxicity and cancer risk associated with carcinogen exposure. Previous studies have suggested phenotypic heterogeneity among different NAT2 slow acetylator genotypes. NAT2 phenotype was investigated in vitro and in situ in samples of human hepatocytes obtained from various NAT2 slow and intermediate NAT2 acetylator genotypes. NAT2 gene dose response (NAT2*5B/*5B > NAT2*5B/*6A > NAT2*6A/*6A) was observed towards the N-acetylation of the NAT2-specific drug sulfamethazine by human hepatocytes both in vitro and in situ...
May 17, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515876/population-genomics-reveals-a-candidate-gene-involved-in-bumble-bee-pigmentation
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Meaghan L Pimsler, Jason M Jackson, Jeffrey D Lozier
Variation in bumble bee color patterns is well-documented within and between species. Identifying the genetic mechanisms underlying such variation may be useful in revealing evolutionary forces shaping rapid phenotypic diversification. The widespread North American species Bombus bifarius exhibits regional variation in abdominal color forms, ranging from red-banded to black-banded phenotypes and including geographically and phenotypically intermediate forms. Identifying genomic regions linked to this variation has been complicated by strong, near species level, genome-wide differentiation between red- and black-banded forms...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515300/a-novel-a-h7n2-influenza-virus-isolated-from-a-veterinarian-caring-for-cats-in-a-new-york-city-animal-shelter-causes-mild-disease-and-transmits-poorly-in-the-ferret-model
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Jessica A Belser, Joanna A Pulit-Penaloza, Xiangjie Sun, Nicole Brock, Claudia Pappas, Hannah M Creager, Hui Zeng, Terrence M Tumpey, Taronna R Maines
In December 2016, a low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) A(H7N2) virus was identified as the causative source of an outbreak in a cat shelter in New York City, which subsequently spread to multiple shelters in New York and Pennsylvania. One person with occupational exposure to infected cats became infected with the virus, representing the first LPAI H7N2 human infection in North America since 2003. Considering the close contact that frequently occurs between companion animals and humans, it was critical to assess the relative risk of this novel virus to public health...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512143/diverse-roles-of-guanine-nucleotide-exchange-factors-in-regulating-collective-cell-migration
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Assaf Zaritsky, Yun-Yu Tseng, M Angeles Rabadán, Shefali Krishna, Michael Overholtzer, Gaudenz Danuser, Alan Hall
Efficient collective migration depends on a balance between contractility and cytoskeletal rearrangements, adhesion, and mechanical cell-cell communication, all controlled by GTPases of the RHO family. By comprehensive screening of guanine nucleotide exchange factors (GEFs) in human bronchial epithelial cell monolayers, we identified GEFs that are required for collective migration at large, such as SOS1 and β-PIX, and RHOA GEFs that are implicated in intercellular communication. Down-regulation of the latter GEFs differentially enhanced front-to-back propagation of guidance cues through the monolayer and was mirrored by down-regulation of RHOA expression and myosin II activity...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511381/prevalence-of-carbapenem-resistant-non-fermenting-gram-negative-bacterial-infection-and-identification-of-carbapenemase-producing-nfgnb-isolates-by-simple-phenotypic-tests
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Jane Esther, Diego Edwin, Uma
INTRODUCTION: Non-Fermenting Gram negative bacilli (NFGNB) are emerging multi-drug resistant pathogens causing nosocomial infections. In recent years, carbapenem resistance in NFGNB has increased due to a variety of drug resistance mechanisms, the most common being production of carbapenemases. AIM: To detect carbapenemase and metallo-β-lactamase (MBL) production in NFGNBs by four phenotypic tests and to compare the various phenotypic methods for detection of carbapenemase and MBL production in nosocomial NFGNB isolates...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511321/-impact-of-cyp2c19-genotype-and-platelet-function-on-clinical-outcome-in-coronary-atherosclerotic-heart-diseases-patients-received-clopidogrel-post-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#7
Y Wu, X X Zhang, L Tian, J J Jiang, L Xu, Y L Huang, H Liu, Y S Li
Objective: To analyze association of CYP2C19 genotype and platelet function phenotype and their impact on clinical outcomes including bleeding events of coronary artery disease(CAD) patients received clopidogrel post percutaneous coronary intervention(PCI). Methods: Coronary atherosclerotic heart diseases patients underwent elective PCI and coronary stent implantation in Fuwai hospital were prospectively enrolled during May 2012 to April 2013. Patients were assigned into groups by genotype of CYP2C19 (extensive metabolizers, intermediate metabolizers, and poor metabolizers) and phenotype of platelet function (clopidogrel responders, semi-responders, and non-responders)...
May 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510021/molecular-assembly-and-structure-of-the-bacteriophage-t4-tail
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Fumio Arisaka, Moh Lan Yap, Shuji Kanamaru, Michael G Rossmann
The tail of bacteriophage T4 undergoes large structural changes upon infection while delivering the phage genome into the host cell. The baseplate is located at the distal end of the contractile tail and plays a central role in transmitting the signal to the tail sheath that the tailfibers have been adsorbed by a host bacterium. This then triggers the sheath contraction. In order to understand the mechanism of assembly and conformational changes of the baseplate upon infection, we have determined the structure of an in vitro assembled baseplate through the three-dimensional reconstruction of cryo-electron microscopy images to a resolution of 3...
December 2016: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509990/transient-activation-of-reprogramming-transcription-factors-using-protein-transduction-facilitates-conversion-of-human-fibroblasts-toward-cardiomyocyte-like-cells
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Zaniar Ghazizadeh, Hassan Rassouli, Hananeh Fonoudi, Mehdi Alikhani, Mahmood Talkhabi, Amir Darbandi-Azar, Shuibing Chen, Hossein Baharvand, Nasser Aghdami, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh
Derivation of cardiomyocytes directly from patients' own fibroblasts could offer a new therapeutic approach for those with ischemic heart disease. An essential step toward clinical application is to establish safe conversion of human fibroblasts into a cardiac fate. Here we aimed to efficiently and safely generate cardiomyocytes from human fibroblasts by direct delivery of reprogramming recombinant cell permeant form of reprogramming proteins followed by cardio-inductive signals. Human fetal and adult fibroblasts were transiently exposed to transactivator of transcription-fused recombinant OCT4, SOX2, KLF4 and c-MYC for 2 weeks and then were directly differentiated toward protein-induced cardiomyocyte-like cells (p-iCLCs) in a cardiac fate niche, carried out by treatment with a set of cardiogenic small molecules (sequential treatment of Chir, and IWP-2, SB431542 and purmorphamine)...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507526/behavioral-and-neural-manifestations-of-reward-memory-in-carriers-of-low-expressing-versus-high-expressing-genetic-variants-of-the-dopamine-d2-receptor
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Anni Richter, Adriana Barman, Torsten Wüstenberg, Joram Soch, Denny Schanze, Anna Deibele, Gusalija Behnisch, Anne Assmann, Marieke Klein, Martin Zenker, Constanze Seidenbecher, Björn H Schott
Dopamine is critically important in the neural manifestation of motivated behavior, and alterations in the human dopaminergic system have been implicated in the etiology of motivation-related psychiatric disorders, most prominently addiction. Patients with chronic addiction exhibit reduced dopamine D2 receptor (DRD2) availability in the striatum, and the DRD2 TaqIA (rs1800497) and C957T (rs6277) genetic polymorphisms have previously been linked to individual differences in striatal dopamine metabolism and clinical risk for alcohol and nicotine dependence...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506760/patients-double-seropositive-for-anca-and-anti-gbm-antibodies-have-varied-renal-survival-frequency-of-relapse-and-outcomes-compared-to-single-seropositive-patients
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Stephen P McAdoo, Anisha Tanna, Zdenka Hrušková, Lisa Holm, Maria Weiner, Nishkantha Arulkumaran, Amy Kang, Veronika Satrapová, Jeremy Levy, Sophie Ohlsson, Vladimir Tesar, Mårten Segelmark, Charles D Pusey
Co-presentation with both ANCA and anti-GBM antibodies is thought to be relatively rare. Current studies of such 'double-positive' cases report small numbers and variable outcomes. To study this further we retrospectively analyzed clinical features and long-term outcomes of a large cohort of 568 contemporary patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis, 41 patients with anti-GBM disease, and 37 double-positive patients with ANCA and anti-GBM disease from four European centers. Double-positive patients shared characteristics of ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV), such as older age distribution and longer symptom duration before diagnosis, and features of anti-GBM disease, such as severe renal disease and high frequency of lung hemorrhage at presentation...
May 12, 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503627/two-novel-kcnq2-mutations-in-2-families-with-benign-familial-neonatal-convulsions
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Ghalia Al Yazidi, Michael I Shevell, Myriam Srour
Benign familial neonatal convulsion is a rare autosomal dominant inherited epilepsy syndrome characterized by unprovoked seizures in the first few days of life, normal psychomotor development, and a positive intergenerational family history of neonatal seizures. Over 90% of the affected individuals have inherited causal mutations in KCNQ2, which encodes for the potassium voltage-gated channel subfamily Q, member 2. Mutations in KCNQ2 are also associated with a severe neonatal encephalopathy phenotype associated with poor seizure control and neurodevelopmental deficits...
January 2017: Child Neurol Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502933/sustained-tubulointerstitial-inflammation-in-kidney-with-severe-leptospirosis
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Keiko Tanaka, Katsuyuki Tanabe, Naoko Nishii, Keiichi Takiue, Hitoshi Sugiyama, Jun Wada
Leptospirosis is frequently associated with acute kidney injury. Some survivors are known to progress to chronic kidney disease due to sustained tubulointerstitial inflammation. We present a case of severe leptospirosis with acute renal failure. Although antibiotic therapy resolved the infection, moderate renal dysfunction remained. A renal biopsy demonstrated marked inflammatory infiltration in the tubules and interstitium. Many of the inflammatory cells were CD68-positive monocytes/macrophages, predominantly M1 phenotype...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500772/a-test-of-genomic-modularity-among-life-history-adaptations-promoting-speciation-with-gene-flow
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Gregory J Ragland, Meredith M Doellman, Peter Meyers, Glen R Hood, Scott P Egan, Thomas H Q Powell, Daniel A Hahn, Patrik Nosil, Jeffrey L Feder
Speciation-with-gene-flow may require adaptive divergence of multiple traits to generate strong ecologically based reproductive isolation. Extensive negative pleiotropy or physical linkage of genes in the wrong phase affecting these diverging traits may therefore hinder speciation, while genetic independence or 'modularity' among phenotypic traits may reduce constraints and facilitate divergence. Here, we test whether the genetics underlying two components of diapause life history, initial diapause intensity and diapause termination timing, constrain differentiation between sympatric hawthorn and apple-infesting host races of the fly Rhagoletis pomonella through analysis of 10,256 SNPs measured via Genotyping-By-Sequencing (GBS)...
May 13, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495198/phenotypic-expression-of-parasite-susceptibility-to-haemonchus-contortus-in-pelibuey-sheep
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N F Ojeda-Robertos, J F J Torres-Acosta, R González-Garduño, D R Notter
The objective of this study was to determine if the mean faecal egg count (FEC) from a first experimental Haemonchus contortus infection could be used to classify parasite-naïve Pelibuey hair sheep as parasite-resistant high responders and parasite-susceptible low responders. Twenty 6- to 7-month-old Pelibuey male sheep raised free of gastrointestinal nematodes were challenged with 7500±1412 H. contortus L3 larvae administrated orally on day 0 of the study. Faecal samples from each lamb were obtained daily from 21 to 41days post-infection (Stage I)...
May 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494052/association-of-minimal-residual-disease-with-clinical-outcome-in-pediatric-and-adult-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-a-meta-analysis
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Donald A Berry, Shouhao Zhou, Howard Higley, Lata Mukundan, Shuangshuang Fu, Gregory H Reaman, Brent L Wood, Gary J Kelloff, J Milburn Jessup, Jerald P Radich
Importance: Minimal residual disease (MRD) refers to the presence of disease in cases deemed to be in complete remission by conventional pathologic analysis. Assessing the association of MRD status following induction therapy in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) with relapse and mortality may improve the efficiency of clinical trials and accelerate drug development. Objective: To quantify the relationships between event-free survival (EFS) and overall survival (OS) with MRD status in pediatric and adult ALL using publications of clinical trials and other databases...
May 11, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487031/hmec-1-adopt-the-mixed-amoeboid-mesenchymal-migration-type-during-endmt
#17
Jakub Kryczka, Patrycja Przygodzka, Helena Bogusz, Joanna Boncela
The contribution of endothelial cells to scar and fibrotic tissue formation is undisputedly connected to their ability to undergo the endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) towards fibroblast phenotype-resembling cells. The migration model of fibroblasts and fibroblast-resembling cells is still not fully understood. It may be either a Rho/ROCK-independent, an integrin- and MMP-correlated ECM degradation-dependent, a mesenchymal model or Rho/ROCK-dependent, integrin adhesion- and MMP activity-independent, an amoeboid model...
April 24, 2017: European Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484447/hiv-1-and-siv-predominantly-use-ccr5-expressed-on-a-precursor-population-to-establish-infection-in-t-follicular-helper-cells
#18
Yin Xu, Chansavath Phetsouphanh, Kazuo Suzuki, Anu Aggrawal, Stephanie Graff-Dubois, Michael Roche, Michelle Bailey, Sheilajen Alcantara, Kieran Cashin, Rahuram Sivasubramaniam, Kersten K Koelsch, Brigitte Autran, Richard Harvey, Paul R Gorry, Arnaud Moris, David A Cooper, Stuart Turville, Stephen J Kent, Anthony D Kelleher, John Zaunders
BACKGROUND: T follicular helper (Tfh) cells are increasingly recognized as a major reservoir of HIV infection that will likely need to be addressed in approaches to curing HIV. However, Tfh express minimal CCR5, the major coreceptor for HIV-1, and the mechanism by which they are infected is unclear. We have previously shown that macaque Tfh lack CCR5, but are infected in vivo with CCR5-using SIV at levels comparable to other memory CD4(+) T cells. Similarly, human splenic Tfh cells are highly infected with HIV-1 DNA...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475648/hiv-1-competition-experiments-in-humanized-mice-show-that-apobec3h-imposes-selective-pressure-and-promotes-virus-adaptation
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Yusuke Nakano, Naoko Misawa, Guillermo Juarez-Fernandez, Miyu Moriwaki, Shinji Nakaoka, Takaaki Funo, Eri Yamada, Andrew Soper, Rokusuke Yoshikawa, Diako Ebrahimi, Yuuya Tachiki, Shingo Iwami, Reuben S Harris, Yoshio Koyanagi, Kei Sato
APOBEC3 (A3) family proteins are DNA cytosine deaminases recognized for contributing to HIV-1 restriction and mutation. Prior studies have demonstrated that A3D, A3F, and A3G enzymes elicit a robust anti-HIV-1 effect in cell cultures and in humanized mouse models. Human A3H is polymorphic and can be categorized into three phenotypes: stable, intermediate, and unstable. However, the anti-viral effect of endogenous A3H in vivo has yet to be examined. Here we utilize a hematopoietic stem cell-transplanted humanized mouse model and demonstrate that stable A3H robustly affects HIV-1 fitness in vivo...
May 5, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475172/keratins-regulate-colonic-epithelial-cell-differentiation-through-the-notch1-signalling-pathway
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Iris A K Lähdeniemi, Julia O Misiorek, Christian J M Antila, Sebastian K-J Landor, Carl-Gustaf A Stenvall, Lina E Fortelius, Linda K Bergström, Cecilia Sahlgren, Diana M Toivola
Keratins (K) are intermediate filament proteins important in stress protection and mechanical support of epithelial tissues. K8, K18 and K19 are the main colonic keratins, and K8-knockout (K8(-/-)) mice display a keratin dose-dependent hyperproliferation of colonic crypts and a colitis-phenotype. However, the impact of the loss of K8 on intestinal cell differentiation has so far been unknown. Here we show that K8 regulates Notch1 signalling activity and differentiation in the epithelium of the large intestine...
May 5, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
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