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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922856/building-up-absence-seizures-in-the-somatosensory-cortex-from-network-to-cellular-epileptogenic-processes
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Guillaume Jarre, Tristan Altwegg-Boussac, Mark S Williams, Florian Studer, Mathilde Chipaux, Olivier David, Stéphane Charpier, Antoine Depaulis, Séverine Mahon, Isabelle Guillemain
The epileptogenic processes leading to recurrent seizures in Genetic Epilepsies are largely unknown. Using the Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rat from Strasbourg, we investigated in vivo the network and single neuron mechanisms responsible for the early emergence of epileptic activity. Local field potential recordings in the primary somatosensory cortex (SoCx), from the second post-natal week to adulthood, showed that immature cortical discharges progressively evolved into typical spike-and-wave discharges following a 3-step maturation process...
September 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922833/the-knockout-of-synapsin-ii-in-mice-impairs-social-behavior-and-functional-connectivity-generating-an-asd-like-phenotype
#2
Caterina Michetti, Angela Caruso, Marco Pagani, Mara Sabbioni, Lucian Medrihan, Gergely David, Alberto Galbusera, Monica Morini, Alessandro Gozzi, Fabio Benfenati, Maria Luisa Scattoni
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and epilepsy are neurodevelopmental conditions that appear with high rate of co-occurrence, suggesting the possibility of a common genetic basis. Mutations in Synapsin (SYN) genes, particularly SYN1 and SYN2, have been recently associated with ASD and epilepsy in humans. Accordingly, mice lacking Syn1 or Syn2, but not Syn3, experience epileptic seizures and display autistic-like traits that precede the onset of seizures. Here, we analyzed social behavior and ultrasonic vocalizations emitted in 2 social contexts by SynI, SynII, or SynIII mutants and show that SynII mutants display the most severe ASD-like phenotype...
October 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922804/hunting-for-agile-prey-trophic-specialisation-in-leptophryid-amoebae-vampyrellida-rhizaria-revealed-by-two-novel-predators-of-planktonic-algae
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Sebastian Hess
Vampyrellid amoebae (Vampyrellida, Rhizaria) are widespread in freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems and consume a wide range of eukaryotes, e.g. algae, fungi and micrometazoa. Environmental sequences indicate that only a small fraction of their genetic diversity is phenotypically characterised, emphasising the need to further explore unknown vampyrellids and their interactions with prey organisms. This study tests the prey range specificity of three vampyrellid amoebae with 49 strains of three common groups of freshwater algae (Zygnematophyceae, Euglenophyceae and Volvocales), and documents specific interactions by time-lapse microscopy...
September 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922794/genome-wide-variation-patterns-uncover-the-origin-and-selection-in-cultivated-ginseng-panax-ginseng-meyer
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Ming-Rui Li, Feng-Xue Shi, Ya-Ling Li, Peng Jiang, Lili Jiao, Bao Liu, Lin-Feng Li
Chinese ginseng (Panax ginseng Meyer) is a medicinally important herb and plays crucial roles in traditional Chinese medicine. Pharmacological analyses identified diverse bioactive components from Chinese ginseng. However, basic biological attributes including domestication and selection of the ginseng plant remain under-investigated. Here, we presented a genome-wide view of the domestication and selection of cultivated ginseng based on the whole genome data. A total of 8,660 protein-coding genes were selected for genome-wide scanning of the 30 wild and cultivated ginseng accessions...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922779/targeting-the-myofibroblastic-cancer-associated-fibroblast-phenotype-through-inhibition-of-nox4
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Christopher J Hanley, Massimiliano Mellone, Kirsty Ford, Steve M Thirdborough, Toby Mellows, Steven J Frampton, David M Smith, Elena Harden, Cedric Szyndralewiez, Marc Bullock, Fergus Noble, Karwan A Moutasim, Emma V King, Pandurangan Vijayanand, Alex H Mirnezami, Timothy J Underwood, Christian H Ottensmeier, Gareth J Thomas
Background: Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are tumor-promoting and correlate with poor survival in many cancers, which has led to their emergence as potential therapeutic targets. However, effective methods to manipulate these cells clinically have yet to be developed. Methods: CAF accumulation and prognostic significance in head and neck cancer (oral, n = 260; oropharyngeal, n = 271), and colorectal cancer (n = 56) was analyzed using immunohistochemistry...
January 1, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922761/rapid-mapping-and-cloning-of-the-virescent-1-gene-in-cotton-by-bulked-segregant-analysis-next-generation-sequencing-and-virus-induced-gene-silencing-strategies
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Jiankun Zhu, Jiedan Chen, Fengkai Gao, Chenyu Xu, Huaitong Wu, Kun Chen, Zhanfeng Si, Hu Yan, Tianzhen Zhang
Map-based gene cloning is a vital strategy for the identification of the quantitative trait loci or genes underlying important agronomic traits. The conventional map-based cloning method is powerful but generally time-consuming and labor-intensive. In this context, we introduce an improved bulked segregant analysis method in combination with a virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) strategy for rapid and reliable gene mapping, identification and functional verification. This method was applied to a multiple recessive marker line of upland cotton, Texas 582 (T582), and identified unique genomic positions harboring mutant loci, showing the reliability and efficacy of this method...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922760/the-roles-of-pleiotropy-and-close-linkage-as-revealed-by-association-mapping-of-yield-and-correlated-traits-of-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l
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Albert W Schulthess, Jochen C Reif, Jie Ling, Jörg Plieske, Sonja Kollers, Erhard Ebmeyer, Viktor Korzun, Odile Argillier, Gunther Stiewe, Martin W Ganal, Marion S Röder, Yong Jiang
Grain yield (GY) of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is quantitatively inherited. Correlated GY-syndrome traits such as plant height (PH), heading date (HD), thousand grain weight (TGW), test weight (TW), grains per ear (GPE), and ear weight (EW) influence GY. Most quantitative genetics studies assessed the multiple-trait (MT) complex of GY-syndrome using single-trait approaches, and little is known about its underlying pleiotropic architecture. We investigated the pleiotropic architecture of wheat GY-syndrome through MT association mapping (MT-GWAS) using 372 varieties phenotyped in up to eight environments and genotyped with 18 832 single nucleotide polymorphisms plus 24 polymorphic functional markers...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922752/current-understanding-of-the-pathways-of-flavonoid-biosynthesis-in-model-and-crop-plants
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Takayuki Tohge, Leonardo Perez de Souza, Alisdair R Fernie
Flavonoids are a signature class of secondary metabolites formed from a relatively simple collection of scaffolds. They are extensively decorated by chemical reactions including glycosylation, methylation, and acylation. They are present in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and as such in Western populations it is estimated that 20-50 mg of flavonoids are consumed daily per person. In planta they have demonstrated to contribute to both flower color and UV protection. Their consumption has been suggested to presenta wide range of health benefits...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922745/big-brother-uncouples-cell-proliferation-from-elongation-in-the-arabidopsis-primary-root
#9
Pietro Cattaneo, Christian S Hardtke
Plant organ size is sensitive to environmental conditions, but is also limited by hardwired genetic constraints. In Arabidopsis, a few organ size regulators have been identified. Among them, the BIG BROTHER (BB) gene has a prominent role in the determination of flower organ and leaf size. BB loss-of-function mutations result in a prolonged proliferation phase during leaf(-like) organ formation, and consequently larger leaves, petals and sepals. Whether BB has a similar role in root growth is unknown. Here we describe a novel bb allele which carries a P235L point mutation in the BB RING finger domain...
September 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922744/sugar-transporters-in-plants-new-insights-and-discoveries
#10
Benjamin T Julius, Kristen A Leach, Thu M Tran, Rachel A Mertz, David M Braun
Carbohydrate partitioning is the process of carbon assimilation and distribution from source tissues, such as leaves, to sink tissues, such as stems, roots and seeds. Sucrose, the primary carbohydrate transported long distance in many plant species, is loaded into the phloem and unloaded into distal sink tissues. However, many factors, both genetic and environmental, influence sucrose metabolism and transport. Therefore, understanding the function and regulation of sugar transporters and sucrose metabolic enzymes is key to improving agriculture...
September 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922727/the-relevance-of-gastric-cancer-biomarkers-in-prognosis-and-pre-and-post-chemotherapy-in-clinical-practice
#11
REVIEW
Muhammad Abbas, Murad Habib, Muhammad Naveed, Kumaragurubaran Karthik, Kuldeep Dhama, Meiqi Shi, Chen Dingding
Gastric cancer (GC) is one among the major cancer types, causing human deaths and present noticeable heterogeneity. The incidences and mortality rates are higher in males in comparison to females with a male to female ratio of 2.3:1. A lot of studies have revealed out the molecular basis, pathogenesis, invasion and metastasis related findings of gastric stomach cancer. Present review encompasses the salient information on various biomarkers for the early diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of gastric cancer elaborate the clinical importance of serum tumor markers in patients with this cancer as well as checking the growths, together with epigenetic changes and genetic polymorphisms...
September 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922724/oyster-ostrea-plicatula-gmelin-polysaccharides-intervention-ameliorates-cyclophosphamide-induced-genotoxicity-and-hepatotoxicity-in-mice-via-the-nrf2-are-pathway
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Shuting Lin, Gengxin Hao, Min Long, Fei Lai, Qingqin Li, Yongmei Xiong, Yan Tian, Dong Lai
In this study, we explored the protective effects of oyster (Ostrea plicatula Gmelin) polysaccharides (OPS) against genotoxicity and liver injury induced by cyclophosphamide (CP) in BALB/c mice. OPS was administered to mice at doses of 100 and 200mg/kg for 7 consecutive days, then 50mg/kg CP was injected via abdomen. Then mice were sacrificed and samples were collected. Bone marrow micronuclei (MN) and polychromatic erythrocytes (PCE): normochromatic erythrocytes (NCE) ratio were calculated to evaluate CP induced genetic toxicity...
September 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922694/a-novel-c-240_241insgg-mutation-in-ndp-gene-in-a-family-with-norrie-disease
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Monavvar Andarva, Javad Jamshidi, Hamid Ghaedi, Narsis Daftarian, Babak Emamalizadeh, Elham Alehabib, Shaghyegh Taghavi, Ramin Pouriran, Hossein Darvish
BACKGROUND: Norrie disease (ND) is a rare, X-linked recessive disorder with the main characteristic of early childhood blindness. The aim of the present study was to identify the genetic cause of the disease and the phenotypic characteristics of the patients in an Iranian family with four affected males with ND. METHODS: Norrie disease pseudoglioma (NDP) gene was sequenced and clinical examination was performed on patients. RESULTS: A GG dinucleotide insertion in exon 3 (c...
September 18, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922645/spectrophotometric-determination-of-fluoxetine-by-molecularly-imprinted-polypyrrole-and-optimization-by-experimental-design-artificial-neural-network-and-genetic-algorithm
#14
Azizollah Nezhadali, Maryam Omidvar Motlagh, Samira Sadeghzadeh
A selective method based on molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) solid-phase extraction (SPE) using UV-Vis spectrophotometry as a detection technique was developed for the determination of fluoxetine (FLU) in pharmaceutical and human serum samples. The MIPs were synthesized using pyrrole as a functional monomer in the presence of FLU as a template molecule. The factors that affecting the preparation and extraction ability of MIP such as amount of sorbent, initiator concentration, the amount of monomer to template ratio, uptake shaking rate, uptake time, washing buffer pH, take shaking rate, Taking time and polymerization time were considered for optimization...
September 13, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922626/the-typhi-colonization-factor-tcf-is-encoded-by-multiple-non-typhoidal-salmonella-serovars-but-exhibits-a-varying-expression-profile-and-interchanging-contribution-to-intestinal-colonization
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Shalhevet Azriel, Alina Goren, Inna Shomer, Gili Aviv, Galia Rahav, Ohad Gal-Mor
Salmonella enterica serovars Typhi and Paratyphi A are human-restricted pathogens and the leading causative agents of enteric fever. The Typhi colonization factor (Tcf) is a chaperone-usher fimbria, thought to play a role in the host-specificity of typhoidal serovars. Here we show that the tcf cluster (tcfABCD tinR tioA) is present in at least 25 non-typhoidal Salmonella (NTS) serovars and demonstrate its native expression in clinically-important serovars including Schwarzengrund, 9,12:l,v:-, Choleraesuis, Bredeney, Heidelberg, Montevideo, Virchow and Infantis...
September 18, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922610/symbiosis-of-selected-rhizobium-leguminosarum-bv-viciae-strains-with-diverse-pea-genotypes-effects-on-biological-nitrogen-fixation
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Chao Yang, Rosalind Bueckert, Jeff Schoenau, Axel Diederichsen, Hossein Zakeri, Thomas Warkentin
Biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) can be improved by optimizing the interaction between the rhizobial inoculant and pea (Pisum sativum L.), leading to increased productivity and reduced nitrogen (N) fertilizer use. Eight Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae strains were used to inoculate super-nodulating pea mutant Rondo-nod3(fix+), hyper-nodulating pea mutant Frisson P88 Sym29, CDC Meadow commercial control, and a non-nodulating mutant Frisson P56 (nod-) to evaluate BNF in a greenhouse assay. Significant differences in strain×cultivar interactions were detected for shoot and root dry weight which ranged from 1...
September 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922497/mutual-independence-of-alkaline-and-calcium-mediated-signalling-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-refutes-the-existence-of-a-conserved-druggable-signalling-nexus
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Omar Loss, Margherita Bertuzzi, Yu Yan, Natalie Fedorova, Bethany L McCann, Darius Armstrong-James, Eduardo A Espeso, Nick D Read, William C Nierman, Elaine M Bignell
Functional coupling of calcium- and alkaline responsive signalling occurs in multiple fungi to afford efficient cation homeostasis. Host microenvironments exert alkaline stress and potentially toxic concentrations of Ca(2+) , such that highly conserved regulators of both calcium- (Crz) and pH- (PacC/Rim) responsive signalling are crucial for fungal pathogenicity. Drugs targeting calcineurin are potent antifungal agents but also perturb human immunity thereby negating their use as anti-infectives, abrogation of alkaline signalling has therefore been postulated as an adjunctive antifungal strategy...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922471/a-phenotype-combining-hidradenitis-suppurativa-with-dowling-degos-disease-caused-by-a-founder-mutation-in-psenen
#18
M Pavlovsky, O Sarig, M Eskin-Schwartz, N Malchin, R Bochner, J Mohamad, A Gat, A Peled, A Hafner, E Sprecher
Dowling-Degos disease, featuring reticulate pigmentation, and familial hidradenitis suppurativa share many clinical features including autosomal dominant inheritance, flexural location and follicular defects. The co-existence of the two disorders was recently found to result from mutations in PSENEN, encoding protein presenilin enhancer gamma-secretase subunit. Here we report 4 additional families of Jewish Ashkenazi origin who presented with clinical features characteristic of both disorders. All patients were found to carry the same, heterozygous mutation in PSENEN (c...
September 18, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922436/genetic-risk-factors-for-autoimmune-thyroid-disease-might-affect-the-susceptibility-to-and-modulate-the-progression-of-primary-biliary-cholangitis
#19
Aleksander Kuś, Magdalena Arłukowicz-Grabowska, Konrad Szymański, Ewa Wunsch, Małgorzata Milkiewicz, Rafał Płoski, Zakera Shums, Gary L Norman, Piotr Milkiewicz, Tomasz Bednarczuk, Marcin Krawczyk
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) frequently suffer from extrahepatic autoimmune conditions, of which autoimmune thyroid disease (AITD) is one of the most common. Previous studies identified several genetic variants increasing the odds of developing AITD. Here we investigate whether AITD-associated polymorphisms might also play a role in the development and clinical course of PBC and PBC associated with AITD (PBC-AITD). METHODS: To this end, we prospectively recruited 230 patients with PBC and 421 healthy controls...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922434/association-of-microrna-polymorphisms-with-the-risk-of-gastric-cancer-in-a-romanian-population
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Ion Rogoveanu, Florin Burada, Mihai Gabriel Cucu, Cristin Constantin Vere, Mihai Ioana, Raluca Alexandra Cîmpeanu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play an important role in the occurrence and progression of human cancers, including gastric cancer. Our hospital-based case-control study aimed to investigate whether four commonly studied single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have effects on susceptibility to gastric cancer in a Romanian population. METHOD: We genotyped the miR-27a rs895819, miR-146a rs2910164, miR-196a2 rs11614913 and miR-499 rs3746444 SNPs by real-time PCR using predesignated TaqMan assays in 430 individuals (142 gastric cancer patients and 288 age and gender matched cancer-free controls)...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
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