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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793215/in-silico-insight-into-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-1-7-inhibition-for-anti-pain-drug-discovery
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Mingxing Wang, Wei Li, Ying Wang, Yongbo Song, Jian Wang, Maosheng Cheng
Studies on human genetics have implicated the voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.7 as an appealing target for the treatment of pain. In this study, we put forward a ligand-based pharmacophore for the first time, which was generated by a set of multiple chemical scaffolds including sulfonamide and non-sulfonamide derivatives and consisted of four chemical features: an aromatic ring, a hydrophobic group and two hydrogen acceptors. The active cavity was divided into three regions according to the properties of the amino acids surrounded and was used for the docking of 16 known active inhibitors...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793164/childhood-socioeconomic-status-and-longitudinal-patterns-of-alcohol-problems-variation-across-etiological-pathways-in-genetic-risk
#2
Peter B Barr, Judy Silberg, Danielle M Dick, Hermine H Maes
Childhood socioeconomic status (SES) is an important aspect of early life environment associated with later life health/health behaviors, including alcohol misuse. However, alcohol misuse is modestly heritable and involves differing etiological pathways. Externalizing disorders show significant genetic overlap with substance use, suggesting an impulsivity pathway to alcohol misuse. Alcohol misuse also overlaps with internalizing disorders, suggesting alcohol is used to cope. These differing pathways could lead to different patterns over time and/or differential susceptibility to environmental conditions, such as childhood SES...
May 14, 2018: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793141/new-contributions-to-gruberia-lanceolata-gruber-1884-kahl-1932-based-on-analyses-of-multiple-populations-and-genes-ciliophora-heterotrichea-gruberiidae
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Xiangrui Chen, Shahed Uddin Ahmed Shazib, Ji Hye Kim, Min Seok Kim, Mann Kyoon Shin
Gruberia Kahl, 1932 is a species-poor genus comprising only seven named species. Most of these species have not been reinvestigated since the original reports. In the present work, we investigated the taxonomy and phylogeny of Gruberia lanceolata (Gruber, 1884) Kahl, 1932 based on analyses of morphology and multiple gene sequences from four South Korean populations. This species is mainly characterized by a well-developed peristome region, segmented paroral membrane, and moniliform macronucleus. Some morphological features were not stable among the four populations investigated, such as body shape and size, cell color, and the ratio of oral length to body length...
May 9, 2018: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793100/the-still-uncertain-identity-of-the-channel-forming-unit-s-of-the-mitochondrial-permeability-transition-pore
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REVIEW
Christopher P Baines, Manuel Gutiérrez-Aguilar
Mitochondria from different organisms can undergo a sudden process of inner membrane unselective leakiness to molecules known as the mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT). This process has been studied for nearly four decades and several proteins have been claimed to constitute, or at least regulate the usually inactive pore responsible for this transition. However, no protein candidate proposed as the actual pore-forming unit has passed rigorous gain- or loss-of-function genetic tests. Here we review evidence for -and against- putative channel-forming components of the MPT pore...
May 16, 2018: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793060/a-computational-framework-for-the-detection-of-subcortical-brain-dysmaturation-in-neonatal-mri-using-3d-convolutional-neural-networks
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Rafael Ceschin, Alexandria Zahner, William Reynolds, Jenna Gaesser, Giulio Zuccoli, Cecilia W Lo, Vanathi Gopalakrishnan, Ashok Panigrahy
Deep neural networks are increasingly being used in both supervised learning for classification tasks and unsupervised learning to derive complex patterns from the input data. However, the successful implementation of deep neural networks using neuroimaging datasets requires adequate sample size for training and well-defined signal intensity based structural differentiation. There is a lack of effective automated diagnostic tools for the reliable detection of brain dysmaturation in the neonatal period, related to small sample size and complex undifferentiated brain structures, despite both translational research and clinical importance...
May 21, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793059/longitudinal-surveillance-of-drug-resistance-in-plasmodium-falciparum-isolates-from-the-china-myanmar-border-reveals-persistent-circulation-of-multidrug-resistant-parasites
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Yao Bai, Jiaqi Zhang, Jinting Geng, Shiling Xu, Shuang Deng, Weilin Zeng, Zenglei Wang, Huguette Gaelle Ngassa Mbenda, Jie Zhang, Na Li, Yanrui Wu, Cuiying Li, Huae Liu, Yonghua Ruan, Yaming Cao, Zhaoqing Yang, Liwang Cui
Multidrug-resistant Plasmodium falciparum in the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia is a major threat to malaria elimination and requires close surveillance. In this study, we collected 107 longitudinal clinical samples of P. falciparum in 2007-2012 from the malaria hypoendemic region of the China-Myanmar border and measured their in vitro susceptibilities to 10 antimalarial drugs. Overall, parasites had significantly different IC50 values to all the drugs tested as compared to the reference 3D7 strain...
May 21, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793047/transcript-profiling-of-salt-tolerant-tobacco-mutants-generated-via-mutation-breeding
#7
Özge Çelik, Aybüke Ekşioğlu, Enes Yağız Akdaş
The main aim of the study is to identify the genes differentially, predominantly or specifically expressed in salt tolerant tobacco mutants, improved from Akhisar 97 and İzmir Özbaş varieties via mutation breeding, with respect to unstressed control plants. Seven tobacco mutants which have different salt tolerance capacities were evaluated by Gene Fishing analysis. Under stress conditions differentially expressed 100 reproducible bands were identified (74 of up-regulated and 20 of down-regulated while 6 were unknown)...
May 21, 2018: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792990/identification-of-group-a-rotaviruses-from-zambian-fruit-bats-provides-evidence-for-long-distance-dispersal-events-in-africa
#8
Michihito Sasaki, Masahiro Kajihara, Katendi Changula, Akina Mori-Kajihara, Hirohito Ogawa, Bernard M Hang'ombe, Aaron S Mweene, Martin Simuunza, Reiko Yoshida, Michael Carr, Yasuko Orba, Ayato Takada, Hirofumi Sawa
Group A rotavirus (RVA) is a major cause of diarrhea in children worldwide. Although RVA infects many animals, little is known about RVA in bats. The present study investigated the genetic diversity of RVA in Zambian bats. We identified RVA from two straw-colored fruit bats (Eidolon helvum) and an Egyptian fruit bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus), and analyzed the genome sequences of these strains. Genome segments of the RVA strains from Zambian E. helvum showed 97%-99% nucleotide sequence identity with those of other RVA strains from E...
May 21, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792989/novel-genotypes-and-multilocus-genotypes-of-enterocytozoon-bieneusi-in-pigs-in-northwestern-china-a-public-health-concern
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Sha-Sha Wang, Jun-Qiang Li, Yun-Hui Li, Xiang-Wei Wang, Xian-Chen Fan, Xin Liu, Zi-Juan Li, Jun-Ke Song, Long-Xian Zhang, Guang-Hui Zhao
Enterocytozoon bieneusi, the most important and common microsporidian species, inhabits in most animals and humans causing diarrhea and systemic diseases. The objectives of the present study were to examine the prevalence and genetic variability of E. bieneusi in pigs in Shaanxi province, northwestern China. A total of 560 pig faecal samples were collected from five different farms in Shaanxi province and molecularly characterized using multilocus genotyping (MLST) technology. High E. bieneusi infection rate (78...
May 21, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792983/impact-of-genetic-influence-on-serum-total-and-free-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-in-humans
#10
Balázs Szili, Boglárka Szabó, Péter Horváth, Bence Bakos, Györgyi Kirschner, János P Kósa, Erzsébet Toldy, Zsuzsanna Putz, Péter Lakatos, Ádám Tabák, István Takács
Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D /25OHD/ levels in humans are determined primarily by environmental factors such as UV-B radiation and diet, including vitamin D intake. Although some genetic determinants of 25OHD levels have been shown, the magnitude of this association has not yet been clarified. The present study evaluates the genetic contribution to total- /t-25OHD/ and free-25OHD /f-25OHD/ in a representative sample of the Hungarian population (n = 462). The study was performed at the end of winter to minimize the effect of sunlight, which is a major determinant of serum vitamin D levels...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792944/enrichment-of-low-density-symbiont-dna-from-minute-insects
#11
Corinne M Stouthamer, Suzanne Kelly, Martha S Hunter
Symbioses between bacteria and insects are often associated with changes in important biological traits that can significantly affect host fitness. To a large extent, studies of these interactions have been based on physiological changes or induced phenotypes in the host, and the genetic mechanisms by which symbionts interact with their hosts have only recently become better understood. Learning about symbionts has been challenging in part due to difficulties such as obtaining enough high quality genomic material for high throughput sequencing technology, especially for symbionts present in low titers, and in small or difficult to rear non-model hosts...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792937/a-reliable-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-strategy-for-diagnosis-of-myopathies-and-muscular-dystrophies-especially-for-the-giant-titin-and-nebulin-genes
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Reda Zenagui, Delphine Lacourt, Henri Pegeot, Kevin Yauy, Raul Juntas Morales, Corine Theze, François Rivier, Claude Cances, Guilhem Sole, Dimitri Renard, Ulrike Walther-Louvier, Xavier Ferrer-Monasterio, Caroline Espil, Marie-Christine Arné-Bes, Pascal Cintas, Emmanuelle Uro-Coste, Marie-Laure Martin Negrier, Valérie Rigau, Eric Bieth, Cyril Goizet, Mireille Claustres, Michel Koenig, Mireille Cossée
Myopathies and muscular dystrophies (M-MDs) are genetically heterogeneous diseases, with more than 100 identified genes, including the giant and complex titin (TTN) and nebulin (NEB) genes. Next-generation sequencing technology revolutionized M-MD diagnosis and revealed high frequency of TTN and NEB variants. We developed a next-generation sequencing diagnostic strategy targeted on the coding sequences of 135 M-MD genes. Comparison of two targeted capture technologies (SeqCap EZ Choice library capture kit (Roche-Nimblegen) and Nextera Rapid Capture Custom Enrichment kit (Illumina)) and of two whole exome sequencing kits (SureSelect V5 (Agilent) and TruSeq RapidExome capture (Illumina)) revealed best coverage with the SeqCap EZ Choice protocol...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792931/engineering-the-production-of-dipicolinic-acid-in-e-coli
#13
Maria K McClintock, Grant W Fahnhorst, Thomas R Hoye, Kechun Zhang
Dicarboxylic acids, such as the phthalic acids and their derivatives, are monomeric components in several important polyesters and polyamides. In most cases, these compounds are derived from fossil fuels and are not easily biodegradable. Dipicolinic acid (DPA) is a biologically derived aromatic di-acid that has a similar structure to isophthalic acid. Furthermore, DPA has been shown to make polyesters, is readily biodegradable, and is non-toxic. DPA is naturally produced by Bacillus and Clostridium species during sporulation and can comprise up to 15% of the dry weight...
May 21, 2018: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792923/high-throughput-sequencing-identifies-chilling-responsive-genes-in-sweetpotato-ipomoea-batatas-lam-during-storage
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Zeyi Xie, Zhilin Zhou, Hongmin Li, Jingjing Yu, Jiaojiao Jiang, Zhonghou Tang, Daifu Ma, Baohong Zhang, Yonghua Han, Zongyun Li
Sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas L.) is a globally important economic food crop. It belongs to Convolvulaceae family and origins in the tropics; however, sweetpotato is sensitive to cold stress during storage. In this study, we performed transcriptome sequencing to investigate the sweetpotato response to chilling stress during storage. A total of 110,110 unigenes were generated via high-throughput sequencing. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) analysis showed that 18,681 genes were up-regulated and 21,983 genes were down-regulated in low temperature condition...
May 21, 2018: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792913/comparison-of-cerebral-ventricular-volumes-and-cortical-thicknesses-in-normal-rats-and-genetic-absence-epilepsy-gaers-a-developmental-study
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Özlem Kirazlı, Hüsniye Hacıoğlu Bay, Yusuf Özgür Çakmak, Filiz Onat, Safiye Çavdar
Ventricular enlargement and cortical atrophy have been associated with various central nervous system diseases. The aim of the present study was to measure the volumes of the lateral (LV) and third (3V) ventricles and to determine the cortical thickness for the motor (MCx), somatosensory (SSCx), visual (VCx) and auditory (AuCx) cortex and the striatum of Wistar rats, in a developmental series at 10, 20, 30, and 60 days postnatal, and to compare them with similar data from genetic absence epilepsy rats from Strasbourg (GAERS)...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792907/electrocortical-reactivity-to-negative-and-positive-facial-expressions-in-individuals-with-a-family-history-of-major-depression
#16
Anna J Watters, Anthony W F Harris, Leanne M Williams
Facial expressions signaling threat and mood-congruent loss have been used to probe abnormal neural reactivity in major depressive disorder (MDD) and may be implicated in genetic vulnerability to MDD. This study investigated electro-cortical reactivity to facial expressions 101 unaffected, adult first degree relatives of probands with MDD and non-relative controls (n = 101). We investigated event-related potentials (ERPs) to five facial expressions of basic emotion: fear, anger, disgust, sadness and happiness under both subliminal (masked) and conscious (unmasked) presentation conditions, and the source localization of group differences...
May 21, 2018: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792895/pharmacogenomics-of-drug-induced-liver-injury-dili-molecular-biology-to-clinical-applications
#17
REVIEW
Kalaiyarasi Kaliyaperumal, Jane I Grove, Robin M Delahay, William J H Griffiths, Adam Duckworth, Guruprasad P Aithal
A number of drug-specific and host-related factors contribute to the development of drug-induced liver injury (DILI). Investigations focused on genetic susceptibility to DILI have advanced our understanding of the pathogenesis of this rare, yet potentially life-threatening adverse reaction. Candidate gene studies involving well-characterized patients with DILI and drug-exposed controls have identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) affecting the metabolism and clearance of specific drugs and hence, influencing individual's susceptibility to DILI...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792880/molecular-alterations-during-larval-development-of-haemonchus-contortus-in-vitro-are-under-tight-post-transcriptional-control
#18
Guangxu Ma, Tao Wang, Pasi K Korhonen, Ching-Seng Ang, Nicholas A Williamson, Neil D Young, Andreas J Stroehlein, Ross S Hall, Anson V Koehler, Andreas Hofmann, Robin B Gasser
In this study, we explored the molecular alterations in the developmental switch from the L3 to the exsheathed L3 (×L3) and to the L4 stage of Haemonchus contortus in vitro using an integrated transcriptomic, proteomic and bioinformatic approach. Totals of 9,754 mRNAs, 88 microRNAs (miRNAs) and 1,591 proteins were identified, and 6,686 miRNA-mRNA pairs inferred in all larval stages studied. Approximately 16% of transcripts in the combined transcriptome (representing all three larval stages) were expressed as proteins, and there were positive correlations (r = 0...
May 22, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792872/association-of-glucocerebrosidase-polymorphisms-and-mutations-with-dementia-in-incident-parkinson-s-disease
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Kristin Aaser Lunde, Janete Chung, Ingvild Dalen, Kenn Freddy Pedersen, Jan Linder, Magdalena E Domellöf, Eva Elgh, Angus D Macleod, Charalampos Tzoulis, Jan Petter Larsen, Ole-Bjørn Tysnes, Lars Forsgren, Carl E Counsell, Guido Alves, Jodi Maple-Grødem
INTRODUCTION: Both polymorphisms and mutations in glucocerebrosidase (GBA) may influence the development of dementia in patients with Parkinson's disease. METHODS: Four hundred forty-two patients and 419 controls were followed for 7 years. Dementia was diagnosed using established criteria. Participants were analyzed for GBA genetic variants, including E326K, T369M, and L444P. Associations between GBA carrier status and dementia were assessed with Cox survival analysis...
May 21, 2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792847/the-polymorphisms-of-atoh-7-et-1-and-ace-in-non-arteritic-anterior-ischemic-optic-neuropathy
#20
Ting Chen, Jin Ma, Guangliang Shan, Yong Zhong
Non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) is a common cause of acute optic neuropathy in the elderly. The role of the genetic polymorphisms of Atonal Homolog 7 (ATOH7), Endothelin-1 (ET-1) and Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) in NAION and the combined effects of the gene-gene and gene-medical comorbidities on NAION were not clear. We conducted a perspective, case-control study. 71 NAION patients and 142 age and sex-matched healthy controls were enrolled. Single nucleotide polymorphisms of ATOH7 (rs1900004), ET-1 (rs5370) and ACE (rs1799752) were identified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method and all PCR products were screened with Sanger sequencing...
May 21, 2018: Experimental Eye Research
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