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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641405/biotransformation-of-ferulic-acid-to-protocatechuic-acid-by-corynebacterium-glutamicum-atcc-21420-engineered-to-express-vanillate-o-demethylase
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Naoko Okai, Takaya Masuda, Yasunobu Takeshima, Kosei Tanaka, Ken-Ichi Yoshida, Masanori Miyamoto, Chiaki Ogino, Akihiko Kondo
Ferulic acid (4-hydroxy-3-methoxycinnamic acid, FA) is a lignin-derived phenolic compound abundant in plant biomass. The utilization of FA and its conversion to valuable compounds is desired. Protocatechuic acid (3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid, PCA) is a precursor of polymers and plastics and a constituent of food. A microbial conversion system to produce PCA from FA was developed in this study using a PCA-producing strain of Corynebacterium glutamicum F (ATCC 21420). C. glutamicum strain F grown at 30 °C for 48 h utilized 2 mM each of FA and vanillic acid (4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzoic acid, VA) to produce PCA, which was secreted into the medium...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641368/glomerular-hyperfiltration-in-obese-african-american-hypertensive-patients-is-associated-with-elevated-urinary-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number
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Alfonso Eirin, Ahmed Saad, John R Woollard, Luis A Juncos, David A Calhoun, Hui Tang, Amir Lerman, Stephen C Textor, Lilach O Lerman
BACKGROUND: Glomerular hyperfiltration may contribute to the high incidence of renal disease in Obese African Americans essential hypertensive (ObAAEH) patients, but the precise mechanisms responsible for renal injury have not been elucidated. Mitochondria are important determinants of renal injury in hypertension, and increased levels of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in the urine may indicate renal mitochondrial injury. We hypothesized that urine mtDNA copy numbers would be higher in ObAAEH compared to Caucasian essential hypertensive (CEH) patients...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641043/radiogenomics-of-high-grade-serous-ovarian-cancer-multireader-multi-institutional-study-from-the-cancer-genome-atlas-ovarian-cancer-imaging-research-group
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Hebert Alberto Vargas, Erich P Huang, Yulia Lakhman, Joseph E Ippolito, Priya Bhosale, Vincent Mellnick, Atul B Shinagare, Maria Anello, Justin Kirby, Brenda Fevrier-Sullivan, John Freymann, C Carl Jaffe, Evis Sala
Purpose To evaluate interradiologist agreement on assessments of computed tomography (CT) imaging features of high-grade serous ovarian cancer (HGSOC), to assess their associations with time-to-disease progression (TTP) and HGSOC transcriptomic profiles (Classification of Ovarian Cancer [CLOVAR]), and to develop an imaging-based risk score system to predict TTP and CLOVAR profiles. Materials and Methods This study was a multireader, multi-institutional, institutional review board-approved, HIPAA-compliant retrospective analysis of 92 patients with HGSOC (median age, 61 years) with abdominopelvic CT before primary cytoreductive surgery available through the Cancer Imaging Archive...
June 22, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640915/physiological-and-genomic-features-of-a-novel-violacein-producing-bacterium-isolated-from-surface-seawater
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Yue-Hong Wu, Hong Cheng, Lin Xu, Xiong-Bin Jin, Chun-Sheng Wang, Xue-Wei Xu
Strains JW1T and JW3, isolated from surface seawater of the Arabian Sea, were subjected to polyphasic taxonomic analysis. Cells of both strains were Gram-stain-negative, aerobic, and rod-shaped. They formed violet pigment and produced violacein. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, strains JW1T and JW3 showed high 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity with Pseudoalteromonas byunsanensis JCM12483T (98.2%), P. shioyasakiensis SE3T (97.8%), P. arabiensis JCM 17292T (97.3%), and P. gelatinilytica NH153T (97...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640905/an-efficient-method-for-transgenic-callus-induction-from-vitis-amurensis-petiole
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Tingting Zhao, Zemin Wang, Lingye Su, Xiaoming Sun, Jun Cheng, Langlang Zhang, Sospeter Karanja Karungo, Yuepeng Han, Shaohua Li, Haiping Xin
Transformation is the main platform for genetic improvement and gene function studies in plants. However, the established somatic embryo transformation system for grapevines is time-consuming and has low efficiency, which limits its utilization in functional genomics research. Vitis amurensis is a wild Vitis species with remarkable cold tolerance. The lack of an efficient genetic transformation system for it has significantly hindered the functional identification of cold stress related genes in the species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640831/ribosomal-dna-copy-number-loss-and-sequence-variation-in-cancer
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Baoshan Xu, Hua Li, John M Perry, Vijay Pratap Singh, Jay Unruh, Zulin Yu, Musinu Zakari, William McDowell, Linheng Li, Jennifer L Gerton
Ribosomal DNA is one of the most variable regions in the human genome with respect to copy number. Despite the importance of rDNA for cellular function, we know virtually nothing about what governs its copy number, stability, and sequence in the mammalian genome due to challenges associated with mapping and analysis. We applied computational and droplet digital PCR approaches to measure rDNA copy number in normal and cancer states in human and mouse genomes. We find that copy number and sequence can change in cancer genomes...
June 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640820/whole-genome-analysis-of-selected-human-and-animal-rotaviruses-identified-in-uganda-from-2012-to-2014-reveals-complex-genome-reassortment-events-between-human-bovine-caprine-and-porcine-strains
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Josephine Bwogi, Khuzwayo C Jere, Charles Karamagi, Denis K Byarugaba, Prossy Namuwulya, Frederick N Baliraine, Ulrich Desselberger, Miren Iturriza-Gomara
Rotaviruses of species A (RVA) are a common cause of diarrhoea in children and the young of various other mammals and birds worldwide. To investigate possible interspecies transmission of RVAs, whole genomes of 18 human and 6 domestic animal RVA strains identified in Uganda between 2012 and 2014 were sequenced using the Illumina HiSeq platform. The backbone of the human RVA strains had either a Wa- or a DS-1-like genetic constellation. One human strain was a Wa-like mono-reassortant containing a DS-1-like VP2 gene of possible animal origin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640810/lassim-a-network-inference-toolbox-for-genome-wide-mechanistic-modeling
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Rasmus Magnusson, Guido Pio Mariotti, Mattias Köpsén, William Lövfors, Danuta R Gawel, Rebecka Jörnsten, Jörg Linde, Torbjörn Nordling, Elin Nyman, Sylvie Schulze, Colm E Nestor, Huan Zhang, Gunnar Cedersund, Mikael Benson, Andreas Tjärnberg, Mika Gustafsson
Recent technological advancements have made time-resolved, quantitative, multi-omics data available for many model systems, which could be integrated for systems pharmacokinetic use. Here, we present large-scale simulation modeling (LASSIM), which is a novel mathematical tool for performing large-scale inference using mechanistically defined ordinary differential equations (ODE) for gene regulatory networks (GRNs). LASSIM integrates structural knowledge about regulatory interactions and non-linear equations with multiple steady state and dynamic response expression datasets...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640739/hepatitis-b-virus-core-antigen-mutations-predict-post-operative-prognosis-of-patients-with-primary-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#9
Jian'an Jia, Huiming Li, Hui Wang, Shipeng Chen, Mengmeng Wang, Huijuan Feng, Yuzhen Gao, Yunjiu Wang, Meng Fang, Chunfang Gao
The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between hepatitis B virus (HBV) core antigen (HBc) mutations and the post-operative prognosis of HBV-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In total, 98 patients suffering from HBV-related HCC and treated with surgery were enrolled, with a 48 month follow-up. The preCore/Core region of the HBV genome from tumour tissue (TT) and paired adjacent non-tumour tissue (ANTT) of these patients was sequenced, and a phylogenetic tree was reconstructed. The correlations between the viral features and evolutionary divergence of preCore/Core amino acid sequences from 67 paired TTs and ANTTs were analysed...
June 22, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640705/genomic-analysis-of-childhood-brain-tumors-methods-for-genome-wide-discovery-and-precision-medicine-become-mainstream
#10
Stephen C Mack, Paul A Northcott
Recent breakthroughs in next-generation sequencing technology and complementary genomic platforms have transformed our capacity to interrogate the molecular landscapes of human cancers, including childhood brain tumors. Numerous high-throughput genomic studies have been reported for the major histologic brain tumor entities diagnosed in children, including interrogations at the level of the genome, epigenome, and transcriptome, many of which have yielded essential new insights into disease biology. The nature of these discoveries has been largely platform dependent, exemplifying the usefulness of applying different genomic and computational strategies, or integrative approaches, to address specific biologic and/or clinical questions...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640696/insights-from-molecular-profiling-of-adult-glioma
#11
Phedias Diamandis, Kenneth D Aldape
The comprehensive molecular profiling of cancer has resulted in new insights into the biology and classification of numerous tumor types. In the case of primary brain tumors that commonly affect adults, an emerging set of disease-defining biomarker sets is reshaping existing diagnostic entities that had previously been defined on the basis of their microscopic appearance. Substantial progress has been made in this regard for common primary brain tumors in adults, especially diffuse gliomas, where large-scale profiling efforts have led to the incorporation of highly prevalent molecular alterations that promote a biologically based classification as an adjunct to the traditional histopathologic approach...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640667/restricting-retrotransposons-adar1-is-another-guardian-of-the-human-genome
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Elisa Orecchini, Loredana Frassinelli, Alessandro Michienzi
ADAR1 is an enzyme that belongs to the Adenosine Deaminases Acting on RNA (ADARs) family. These enzymes deaminate adenosines to inosines (RNA editing A-to-I) within double-stranded RNA regions in transcripts. Since inosines are recognized as guanosines by the cellular machinery, RNA editing mediated by ADARs can either lead to the formation of an altered protein (recoding) or affect different aspects of RNA metabolism. Recently, a proteomic analysis led to the identification of novel ADAR1-associated factors and found that a good fraction of them is shared with the Long Interspersed Element 1 (LINE-1 or L1) ribonucleoparticles (RNPs)...
June 22, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640655/usual-interstitial-pneumonia-can-be-detected-in-transbronchial-biopsies-using-machine-learning
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Daniel G Pankratz, Yoonha Choi, Urooj Imtiaz, Grażyna M Fedorowicz, Jessica D Anderson, Thomas V Colby, Jeffrey L Myers, David A Lynch, Kevin K Brown, Kevin R Flaherty, Mark P Steele, Steve D Groshong, Ganesh Raghu, Neil M Barth, P Sean Walsh, Jing Huang, Giulia C Kennedy, Fernando J Martinez
RATIONALE: Usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) is the histopathologic hallmark of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. While UIP can be detected by high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) of the chest, HRCT results are frequently inconclusive, and pathology from transbronchial biopsy (TBB) has poor sensitivity. Surgical lung biopsy (SLB) may be necessary for a definitive diagnosis. OBJECTIVES: To develop a genomic classifier in tissue obtained by TBB that distinguishes UIP from non-UIP, trained against central pathology as the reference standard...
June 22, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637346/an-ion-beam-induced-arabidopsis-mutant-with-marked-chromosomal-rearrangement
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Ayako N Sakamoto, Vo Thi Thuong Lan, Satoru Fujimoto, Sachihiro Matsunaga, Atsushi Tanaka
Ion beams have been used as an effective tool in mutation breeding for the creation of crops with novel characteristics. Recent analyses have revealed that ion beams induce large chromosomal alterations, in addition to small mutations comprising base changes or frameshifts. In an effort to understand the potential capability of ion beams, we analyzed an Arabidopsis mutant possessing an abnormal genetic trait. The Arabidopsis mutant uvh3-2 is hypersensitive to UVB radiation when photoreactivation is unavailable...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637339/emergence-of-ceftazidime-avibactam-non-susceptibility-in-an-mdr-klebsiella-pneumoniae-isolate
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Anna Both, Henning Büttner, Jiabin Huang, Markus Perbandt, Cristina Belmar Campos, Martin Christner, Florian P Maurer, Stefan Kluge, Christina König, Martin Aepfelbacher, Dominic Wichmann, Holger Rohde
Background: Avibactam is a novel broad-range β-lactamase inhibitor active against Ambler class A (including ESBL and KPC) and some Ambler class C and D (e.g. OXA-48) enzymes. We here report on the emergence of ceftazidime/avibactam resistance in clinical, multiresistant, OXA-48 and CTX-M-14-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae isolate DT12 during ceftazidime/avibactam treatment. Methods and results: Comparative whole-genome sequence analysis identified two SNPs in the CTX-M-14-encoding gene leading to two amino acid changes (P170S and T264I)...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637314/dna-methylation-signatures-and-coagulation-factors-in-the-peripheral-blood-leucocytes-of-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
#16
Lian Li, Hong Zheng, Yubei Huang, Caiyun Huang, Shuang Zhang, Jing Tian, Pei Li, Anil K Sood, Wei Zhang, Kexin Chen
Solid tumors are increasingly recognized as a systemic disease that is manifested by changes in DNA, RNA, proteins, and metabolites in the blood. Whereas many studies have reported gene mutation events in the circulation, few studies have focused on epigenetic DNA methylation markers. To identify DNA methylation biomarkers in peripheral blood for ovarian cancer, we performed a two-stage epigenome-wide association study. In the discovery stage, we measured genome wide DNA methylation for 485,000 CpG sites in peripheral blood in 24 epithelial ovarian cancer cases and 24 age-matched healthy controls...
June 16, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637269/announcing-the-genome-atlas-of-bamboo-and-rattan-gabr-project-promoting-research-in-evolution-and-in-economically-and-ecologically-beneficial-plants
#17
Hansheng Zhao, Shancen Zhao, Benhua Fei, Huan Liu, Huanming Yang, Honghai Dai, Dan Wang, Wei Jin, Feng Tang, Qiang Gao, Hang Xun, Yuwei Wang, Lianghua Qi, Xianghua Yue, Shuyan Lin, Lianfeng Gu, Lubin Li, Tiansheng Zhu, Qiang Wei, Zhen Su, Tarmeze Bin Wan Ariffin Wan, Daniel A Ofori, George Mbeva Muthike, Yigardu Mulatu Mengesha, Roberto Magno de Castro E Silva, Antonio Ludovico Beraldo, Zhimin Gao, Xin Liu, Zehui Jiang
Bamboo and rattan are widely grown for manufacturing, horticulture, and agroforestry. Bamboo and rattan production might help reduce poverty, boost economic growth, mitigate climate change, and protect the natural environment. Despite progress in research, sufficient molecular and genomic resources to study these species are lacking. We launched the Genome Atlas of Bamboo and Rattan (GABR) project, a comprehensive, coordinated international effort to accelerate understanding of BR genetics through genome analysis...
June 16, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637243/nanopore-sequencing-data-analysis-state-of-the-art-applications-and-challenges
#18
Alberto Magi, Roberto Semeraro, Alessandra Mingrino, Betti Giusti, Romina D'Aurizio
The nanopore sequencing process is based on the transit of a DNA molecule through a nanoscopic pore, and since the 90s is considered as one of the most promising approaches to detect polymeric molecules. In 2014, Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) launched a beta-testing program that supplied the scientific community with the first prototype of a nanopore sequencer: the MinION. Thanks to this program, several research groups had the opportunity to evaluate the performance of this novel instrument and develop novel computational approaches for analyzing this new generation of data...
June 16, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637232/phyloligo-a-package-to-identify-contaminant-or-untargeted-organism-sequences-in-genome-assemblies
#19
Ludovic Mallet, Tristan Bitard-Feildel, Franck Cerutti, Hélène Chiapello
Motivation: Genome sequencing projects sometimes uncover more organisms than expected, especially for complex and/or non-model organisms. It is therefore useful to develop software to identify mix of organisms from genome sequence assemblies. Here we present PhylOligo, a new package including tools to explore, identify and extract organism-specific sequences in a genome assembly using the analysis of their DNA compositional characteristics. Availability: The tools are written in Python3 and R under the GPLv3 Licence and can be found at https://github...
June 15, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637218/genome-wide-characterization-and-expression-analysis-enables-identification-of-abiotic-stress-responsive-myb-transcription-factors-in-cassava-manihot-esculenta
#20
Meng-Bin Ruan, Xin Guo, Bin Wang, Yi-Ling Yang, Wen-Qi Li, Xiao-Ling Yu, Peng Zhang, Ming Peng
The myeloblastosis (MYB) transcription factor superfamily is the largest transcription factor family in plants, playing different roles during stress response. However, abiotic stress-responsive MYB transcription factors have not been systematically studied in cassava (Manihot esculenta), an important tropical tuber root crop. In this study, we used a genome-wide transcriptome analysis to predict 299 putative MeMYB genes in the cassava genome. Under drought and cold stresses, many MeMYB genes exhibited different expression patterns in cassava leaves, indicating that these genes might play a role in abiotic stress responses...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
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