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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337204/phenol-soluble-modulin-%C3%AE-peptide-toxins-from-aggressive-staphylococcus-aureus-induce-rapid-formation-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-through-a-reactive-oxygen-species-independent-pathway
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Halla Björnsdottir, Agnes Dahlstrand Rudin, Felix P Klose, Jonas Elmwall, Amanda Welin, Marios Stylianou, Karin Christenson, Constantin F Urban, Huamei Forsman, Claes Dahlgren, Anna Karlsson, Johan Bylund
Neutrophils have the ability to capture and kill microbes extracellularly through the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). These are DNA and protein structures that neutrophils release extracellularly and are believed to function as a defense mechanism against microbes. The classic NET formation process, triggered by, e.g., bacteria, fungi, or by direct stimulation of protein kinase C through phorbol myristate acetate, is an active process that takes several hours and relies on the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are further modified by myeloperoxidase (MPO)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325644/dnase-active-trex1-frame-shift-mutants-induce-serologic-autoimmunity-in-mice
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Tomomi Sakai, Takuya Miyazaki, Dong-Mi Shin, Yong-Soo Kim, Chen-Feng Qi, Robert Fariss, Jeeva Munasinghe, Hongsheng Wang, Alexander L Kovalchuk, Parul H Kothari, Charles S Fermaintt, John P Atkinson, Fred W Perrino, Nan Yan, Herbert C Morse
TREX1/DNASE III, the most abundant 3'-5' DNA exonuclease in mammalian cells, is tail-anchored on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). Mutations at the N-terminus affecting TREX1 DNase activity are associated with autoimmune and inflammatory conditions such as Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS). Mutations in the C-terminus of TREX1 cause loss of localization to the ER and dysregulation of oligosacchryltransferase (OST) activity, and are associated with retinal vasculopathy with cerebral leukodystrophy (RVCL) and in some cases with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325220/action-of-antibiotic-oxacillin-on-in%C3%A2-vitro-growth-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-previously-treated-with-homeopathic-medicines
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Tânia Aguiar Passeti, Leandro Ribeiro Bissoli, Ana Paula Macedo, Registila Beltrame Libame, Susana Diniz, Silvia Waisse
BACKGROUND: Resistance to antibiotics is a major public health concern worldwide. New treatment options are needed and homeopathy is one such option. We sought to assess the effect of the homeopathic medicine Belladonna (Bell) and a nosode (biotherapy) prepared from a multi-drug resistant bacterial species, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), on the same bacterium. METHODS: Bell and MRSA nosode were prepared in 6cH and 30cH potencies in 30% alcohol and sterile water, according to the Brazilian Homeopathic Pharmacopeia and tested on MRSA National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) 10442...
February 2017: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324671/dose-de-escalation-of-intrapleural-tissue-plasminogen-activator-therapy-for-pleural-infection-the-adapt-project
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Natalia Popowicz, Oliver Bintcliffe, Duneesha De Fonseka, Kevin G Blyth, Nicola A Smith, Francesco Piccolo, Geoffrey Martin, Donny Wong, Anthony Edey, Nick Maskell, Y C Gary Lee
RATIONALE: Intrapleural therapy with a combination of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) 10mg and deoxyribonuclease (DNase) 5mg administered twice daily has been shown in randomized and open-label studies to enable adequate drainage of over 90% of infected pleural effusions without surgery. Potential bleeding risks associated with intrapleural tPA and the drug costs remain important concerns. The ongoing ADAPT (Alteplase Dose Assessment for Pleural infection Therapy) project aims to investigate the efficacy and safety of dose de-escalation for intrapleural tPA...
March 21, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323953/activation-of-male-liver-chromatin-accessibility-and-stat5-dependent-gene-transcription-by-plasma-growth-hormone-pulses
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Jeannette Connerney, Dana Lau-Corona, Andy Rampersaud, David J Waxman
Sex-differences in pituitary growth hormone (GH) secretion (pulsatile in males vs near continuous/persistent in females) impart sex-dependent expression to hundreds of genes in adult mouse liver. STAT5, a GH-activated transcription factor that is essential for liver sexual dimorphism, is dynamically activated in direct response to each male plasma GH pulse. However, the impact of GH-induced STAT5 pulses on liver chromatin accessibility and downstream transcriptional events is unknown. Here, we investigate the impact of a single pulse of GH given to hypophysectomized mice on local liver chromatin accessibility [DNase hypersensitive site analysis], transcription rates [hnRNA analysis], and gene expression [quantitative PCR and RNA-Seq] determined 30, 90 or 240 min later...
February 17, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322120/capture-and-release-of-cells-using-a-temperature-responsive-surface-that-immobilizes-an-antibody-through-dna-duplex-formation
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Tsuyoshi Kimura, Naoko Nakamura, Kanji Umeda, Yoshihide Hashimoto, Akio Kishida
We synthesized a temperature-responsive surface that immobilized an antibody via DNA duplex formation for selective capture and release of target cells. Polyethylene films were modified by grafting poly(N-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylic acid) (P(NIPAAm-co-AAc)), which were prepared at various ratios of NIPAAM/AAc. The increased hydrophilicity of P(NIPAAm-co-PAA) film with decreased temperature was confirmed by water contact angle measurement. Single strand DNA (20mer) was chemically immobilized on the surface and then antibody (anti-mouse CD45, mCD45) modified with the complementary single strand DNA was immobilized on the surface through DNA duplex formation...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321907/systematical-analyses-of-variants-in%C3%A2-dnase-i-hypersensitive-sites-identified-two-novel-hepatocellular-carcinoma-susceptibility-loci-among-chinese-population
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Tao Jiang, Fangzhi Du, Na Qin, Qun Lu, Juncheng Dai, Hongbing Shen, Zhibin Hu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Although several variants located at coding and non-coding regions were evaluated by previous studies, the evidence for associations between variants located in DNase I-hypersensitive sites (DHSs) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk was still limited. Recent advances using ENCODE data indicated that genetic variants in DHSs played an important role in carcinogenesis. Therefore, systematically investigate the associations between regulatory variants in DHSs and HCC risk should be put on the agenda...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318117/transcriptional-regulation-of-cpsq-mfpabc-and-mfpabc-by-calr%C3%A2-in-vibrio-parahaemolyticus
#8
He Gao, Lingyu Zhang, George Osei-Adjei, Wenhui Yang, Dongsheng Zhou, Xinxiang Huang, Huiying Yang, Zhe Yin, Yiquan Zhang
The cpsQ-mfpABC locus is transcribed as two operons, i.e., cpsQ-mfpABC and mfpABC, in Vibrio parahaemolyticus, and both of them are all required for biofilm formation. CalR belongs to the LysR-type transcriptional regulator family, and was originally identified as a repressor of the swarming motility and T3SS1 genes expression in V. parahaemolyticus. In the present work, a combination of qRT-PCR, primer extension, LacZ fusion expression, electrophoretic mobility shift assay, and DNase I footprinting assays were employed to elucidate the regulatory mechanisms of cpsQ-mfpABC and mfpABC by CalR...
March 20, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316009/safety-assessment-of-commensal-enterococci-from-dogs
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Ivana Kubašová, Viola Strompfová, Andrea Lauková
Enterococci form a complex, diverse, and very important group of bacteria from the technological and food safety aspect, or from the health-improving aspect as probiotics. Generally, enterococci are considered to be of low pathogenic potential, which is associated mostly with clinical strains. In these strains, production of virulence factors as well as resistance to many antimicrobial drugs could complicate treatment of nosocomial infections. Because there is a lack of information on incidence of these attributes in animal commensal enterococci, we screened 160 strains originating from feces of clinically healthy dogs in Eastern Slovakia (n = 105)...
March 18, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300842/cd95-ligand-induces-senescence-in-mismatch-repair-deficient-human-colon-cancer-via-chronic-caspase-mediated-induction-of-dna-damage
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Danielle A Raats, Nicola Frenkel, Susanne J van Schelven, Inne HMBorel Rinkes, Jamila Laoukili, Onno Kranenburg
CD95 is best known for its ability to induce apoptosis via a well-characterized pathway involving caspase-mediated proteolytic events. However, in apoptosis-resistant cell lines of diverse cancer types stimulation of CD95 primarily has pro-tumorigenic effects that affect many of the hallmarks of cancer. For instance, in colon cancer cells with a mutant KRAS gene CD95 primarily promotes invasion and metastasis. In the current study, we further investigated the context dependency of the consequences of CD95 activation in colon cancer...
March 16, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300215/chromatin-modification-contributes-to-the-expression-divergence-of-three-tags2-homoeologs-in-hexaploid-wheat
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Wei Zhang, Xiaoli Fan, Yingjie Gao, Lei Liu, Lijing Sun, Qiannan Su, Jie Han, Na Zhang, Fa Cui, Jun Ji, Yiping Tong, Junming Li
Plastic glutamine synthetase (GS2) is responsible for ammonium assimilation. The reason that TaGS2 homoeologs in hexaploid wheat experience different selection pressures in the breeding process remains unclear. TaGS2 were minimally expressed in roots but predominantly expressed in leaves, and TaGS2-B had higher expression than TaGS2-A and TaGS2-D. ChIP assays revealed that the activation of TaGS2-B expression in leaves was correlated with increased H3K4 trimethylation. The transcriptional silencing of TaGS2 in roots was correlated with greater cytosine methylation and less H3K4 trimethylation...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298082/reliable-f%C3%A3-rster-resonance-energy-transfer-probe-based-on-structure-switching-dna-for-ratiometric-sensing-of-telomerase-in-living-cells
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Xue-Jiao Yang, Kai Zhang, Ting-Ting Zhang, Jing-Juan Xu, Hong-Yuan Chen
In situ detection and monitoring of telomerase is of great importance as it is a relatively specific cancer target. However, the complexity of the biological system makes it difficult for the nanoprobe to keep absolutely stable and have a low background in living cells. This study designs a probe termed Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) nanoflare to achieve ratiometric fluorescent detection of intracellular telomerase with higher specificity, which can effectively resist the disturbance from DNase I and GSH, etc...
March 24, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297665/mitotic-phosphorylation-of-trex1-c-terminus-disrupts-trex1-regulation-of-the-oligosaccharyltransferase-complex
#13
Martin Kucej, Charles S Fermaintt, Kun Yang, Ricardo A Irizarry-Caro, Nan Yan
TREX1 mutations are associated with several autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. The N-terminal DNase domain of TREX1 is important for preventing self-DNA from activating the interferon response. The C terminus of TREX1 is required for ER localization and regulation of oligosacchariyltransferase (OST) activity. Here, we show that during mitosis TREX1 is predominately phosphorylated at the C-terminal Serine-261 by Cyclin B/CDK1. TREX1 is dephosphorylated quickly at mitotic exit, likely by PP1/PP2-type serine/threonine phosphatase...
March 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294433/transcriptional-regulation-of-adhesive-properties-of-bacillus-subtilis-to-extracellular-matrix-proteins-through-the-fibronectin-binding-protein-yloa
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Facundo Rodriguez Ayala, Carlos Bauman, Marco Bartolini, Ester Saball, Marcela Salvarrey, Cecilia Leñini, Sebastián Cogliati, Mark Strauch, Roberto Grau
Bacterial adherence to extracellular matrix proteins (ECMp) plays important roles during host-pathogen interaction, however its genetic regulation remains poorly understood. yloA of the model bacterium Bacillus subtilis shows high homology to genes encoding fibronectin-binding proteins of Gram-positive pathogens. Here, we characterized the regulatory network of YloA-dependent adhesive properties of the probiotic B. subtilis natto (Bsn). YloA-proficient, but not YloA-deficient, Bsn specifically bound to ECMp in a concentration-dependent manner and were proficient in biofilm formation...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289032/vrar-binding-to-the-promoter-region-of-agr-inhibits-its-function-in-visa-h-visa
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Yuanyuan Dai, Wenjiao Chang, Changcheng Zhao, Jing Peng, Liangfei Xu, Huaiwei Lu, Shusheng Zhou, Xiaoling Ma
Acquisition of vancomycin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus is often accompanied by a reduction in virulence, but the mechanisms underlying this change remain unclear. The present study was undertaken to investigate this process in a clinical heterogeneous vancomycin-intermediate S. aureus (hVISA) strain 10827, a hVISA reference strain Mu3 and a VISA reference strain Mu50, along with their respective series of vancomycin-induced resistant strains. In these strains, increasing MICs of vancomycin were associated with increased expression of vancomycin resistance-associated regulator gene (vraR), and decreased expression of virulence genes (hla, hlb and coa) and virulence-regulated genes (RNAIII, agrA and saeR)...
March 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288000/age-associated-chromatin-relaxation-is-enhanced-in-huntington-s-disease-mice
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Myungsun Park, Byungkuk Min, Kyuheum Jeon, Sunwha Cho, Jung Sun Park, Jisun Kim, Jeha Jeon, Jinhoi Song, Seokho Kim, Sangkyun Jeong, Hyemyung Seo, Yong-Kook Kang
Expansion of polyglutamine stretch in the huntingtin (HTT) protein is a major cause of Huntington's disease (HD). The polyglutamine part in HTT interacts with various proteins implicated in epigenetic regulation of genes, suggesting that mutant HTT may disturb the integrity of the epigenetic system. Here, we used a PCRseq-based method to examine expression profile of 395 exonic segments from 260 "epi-driver" genes in splenic T lymphocytes from aged HD mice. We identified 67 exonic segments differentially expressed between young and aged HD mice, most of them upregulated in the aged...
March 12, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282965/hyper-and-hypo-nutrition-studies-of-the-hepatic-transcriptome-and-epigenome-suggest-that-ppar%C3%AE-regulates-anaerobic-glycolysis
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Anthony R Soltis, Shmulik Motola, Santiago Vernia, Christopher W Ng, Norman J Kennedy, Simona Dalin, Bryan J Matthews, Roger J Davis, Ernest Fraenkel
Diet plays a crucial role in shaping human health and disease. Diets promoting obesity and insulin resistance can lead to severe metabolic diseases, while calorie-restricted (CR) diets can improve health and extend lifespan. In this work, we fed mice either a chow diet (CD), a 16 week high-fat diet (HFD), or a CR diet to compare and contrast the effects of these diets on mouse liver biology. We collected transcriptomic and epigenomic datasets from these mice using RNA-Seq and DNase-Seq. We found that both CR and HFD induce extensive transcriptional changes, in some cases altering the same genes in the same direction...
December 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274699/members-of-a-new-subgroup-of-streptococcus-anginosus-harbor-virulence-related-genes-previously-observed-in-streptococcus-pyogenes
#18
Anshu Babbar, Venkatesan Naveen Kumar, René Bergmann, Israel Barrantes, Dietmar H Pieper, Andreas Itzek, D Patric Nitsche-Schmitz
Conventionally categorized as commensals, the Streptococci of the species S. anginosus are facultative human pathogens that are difficult to diagnose and often overlooked. Furthermore, detailed investigation and diagnosis of S. anginosus infections is hampered by unexplored taxonomy and widely elusive molecular pathogenesis. To explore their pathogenic potential, S. anginosus isolates collected from patients of two geographical locations (Vellore, India and Leipzig, Germany) were subjected to multi-locus sequence analysis (MLSA)...
February 28, 2017: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268179/vibrio-parahaemolyticus-calr-down-regulates-the-thermostable-direct-hemolysin-tdh-gene-transcription-and-thereby-inhibits-hemolytic-activity
#19
Yiquan Zhang, Ying Zhang, He Gao, Lingyu Zhang, Zhe Yin, Xinxiang Huang, Dongsheng Zhou, Huiying Yang, Wenhui Yang, Li Wang
TDH, encoded by tdh gene, is a major virulent determinant of V. parahaemolyticus that controls various biological activities, such as hemolytic activity, cytotoxicity, and enterotoxicity. The hemolytic activity on Wagatsuma agar ascribed to TDH is called Kanagawa phenomenon (KP). All KP positive strains contain tdh1 and tdh2 genes, but tdh2 is predominantly responsible for KP. CalR is a regulatory protein that was originally identified as a repressor of swarming motility and T3SS1 gene expression in V. parahaemolyticus...
May 20, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263319/asymmetric-subgenome-selection-and-cis-regulatory-divergence-during-cotton-domestication
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Maojun Wang, Lili Tu, Min Lin, Zhongxu Lin, Pengcheng Wang, Qingyong Yang, Zhengxiu Ye, Chao Shen, Jianying Li, Lin Zhang, Xiaolin Zhou, Xinhui Nie, Zhonghua Li, Kai Guo, Yizan Ma, Cong Huang, Shuangxia Jin, Longfu Zhu, Xiyan Yang, Ling Min, Daojun Yuan, Qinghua Zhang, Keith Lindsey, Xianlong Zhang
Comparative population genomics offers an excellent opportunity for unraveling the genetic history of crop domestication. Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) has long been an important economic crop, but a genome-wide and evolutionary understanding of the effects of human selection is lacking. Here, we describe a variation map for 352 wild and domesticated cotton accessions. We scanned 93 domestication sweeps occupying 74 Mb of the A subgenome and 104 Mb of the D subgenome, and identified 19 candidate loci for fiber-quality-related traits through a genome-wide association study...
March 6, 2017: Nature Genetics
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