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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812996/reliable-detection-of-herpes-simplex-virus-sequence-variation-by-high-throughput-resequencing
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Alison M Morse, Kaitlyn R Calabro, Justin M Fear, David C Bloom, Lauren M McIntyre
High-throughput sequencing (HTS) has resulted in data for a number of herpes simplex virus (HSV) laboratory strains and clinical isolates. The knowledge of these sequences has been critical for investigating viral pathogenicity. However, the assembly of complete herpesviral genomes, including HSV, is complicated due to the existence of large repeat regions and arrays of smaller reiterated sequences that are commonly found in these genomes. In addition, the inherent genetic variation in populations of isolates for viruses and other microorganisms presents an additional challenge to many existing HTS sequence assembly pipelines...
August 16, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811877/alternative-reproductive-strategies-and-the-maintenance-of-female-color-polymorphism-in-damselflies
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Rosa A Sánchez-Guillén, Maren Wellenreuther, Jesús R Chávez-Ríos, Christopher D Beatty, Anais Rivas-Torres, María Velasquez-Velez, Adolfo Cordero-Rivera
Genetic polymorphisms are powerful model systems to study the maintenance of diversity in nature. In some systems, polymorphisms are limited to female coloration; these are thought to have arisen as a consequence of reducing male mating harassment, commonly resulting in negative frequency-dependent selection on female color morphs. One example is the damselfly Ischnura elegans, which shows three female color morphs and strong sexual conflict over mating rates. Here, we present research integrating male tactics, and female evolutionary strategies (female mating behavior and morph-specific female fecundity) in populations with different morph-specific mating frequencies, to obtain an understanding of mating rates in nature that goes beyond the mere measure of color frequencies...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810059/targeted-genome-editing-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-using-crispr-cas9
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REVIEW
Behnom Farboud
Utilization of programmable nucleases to generate DNA lesions at precise endogenous sequences has transformed the ability to edit genomes from microbes to plants and animals. This is especially true in organisms that previously lacked the means to engineer precise genomic changes, like Caenorhabditis elegans. C. elegans is a 1 mm long free-living, nonparasitic, nematode worm, which is easily cultivated in a laboratory. Its detailed genetic map and relatively compact genome (~100 megabases) helped make it the first metazoan to have its entire genome sequenced...
August 15, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809602/fertility-preservation-and-sexual-health-after-cancer-therapy
#4
Nigel Pereira, Glenn L Schattman
Recent developments in cancer diagnostics and treatments have considerably improved long-term survival rates. Despite improvements in chemotherapy regimens, more focused radiotherapy and diverse surgical options, cancer treatments often have gonadotoxic side-effects that can manifest as loss of fertility or sexual dysfunction, particularly in young cancer survivors. In this review, we focus on two pertinent quality-of-life issues in female cancer survivors of reproductive age-fertility preservation and sexual function...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808961/zebrafish-as-a-model-for-the-study-of-host-virus-interactions
#5
Peng Fei Zou, Pin Nie
Zebrafish (Danio rerio) has become an increasingly important model for in vivo and in vitro studies on host-pathogen interaction, offering scientists with optical accessibility and genetic tractability, and a vertebrate-type immunity that can be separated into innate and adaptive ones. Although it is shown in previous studies that few species of viruses can naturally infect zebrafish, the spring viraemia of carp virus (SVCV), a rhabdovirus that causes contagious acute hemorrhagic viraemia in a variety of cyprinid fishes, can infect zebrafish by both injection and static immersion methods in laboratory conditions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808769/the-genetic-characteristics-in-cytology-and-plant-physiology-of-two-wheat-triticum-aestivum-near-isogenic-lines-with-different-freezing-tolerances
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Wenqiang Wang, Qunqun Hao, Wenlong Wang, Qinxue Li, Wei Wang
Freezing tolerance in taft plants relied more upon an ABA-independent- than an ABA-dependent antifreeze signaling pathway. Two wheat (Triticum aestivum) near isogenic lines (NIL) named tafs (freezing sensitivity) and taft (freezing tolerance) were isolated in the laboratory and their various cytological and physiological characteristics under freezing conditions were studied. Proplastid, cell membrane, and mitochondrial ultrastructure were less damaged by freezing treatment in taft than tafs plants. Chlorophyll, ATP, and thylakoid membrane protein contents were significantly higher, but malondialdehyde content was significantly lower in taft than tafs plants under freezing condition...
August 14, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808732/individualized-risk-assessment-in-neuroblastoma-does-the-tumoral-metabolic-activity-on-123-i-mibg-spect-predict-the-outcome
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Julian M M Rogasch, Patrick Hundsdoerfer, Christian Furth, Florian Wedel, Frank Hofheinz, Paul-Christian Krüger, Holger Lode, Winfried Brenner, Angelika Eggert, Holger Amthauer, Imke Schatka
PURPOSE: Risk-adapted treatment in children with neuroblastoma (NB) is based on clinical and genetic factors. This study evaluated the metabolic tumour volume (MTV) and its asphericity (ASP) in pretherapeutic (123)I-MIBG SPECT for individualized image-based prediction of outcome. METHODS: This retrospective study included 23 children (11 girls, 12 boys; median age 1.8 years, range 0.3-6.8 years) with newly diagnosed NB consecutively examined with pretherapeutic (123)I-MIBG SPECT...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808560/exploring-the-relationship-between-tychoparthenogenesis-and-inbreeding-depression-in-the-desert-locust-schistocerca-gregaria
#8
Chelsea J Little, Marie-Pierre Chapuis, Laurence Blondin, Elodie Chapuis, Hélène Jourdan-Pineau
Tychoparthenogenesis, a form of asexual reproduction in which a small proportion of unfertilized eggs can hatch spontaneously, could be an intermediate evolutionary link in the transition from sexual to parthenogenetic reproduction. The lower fitness of tychoparthenogenetic offspring could be due to either developmental constraints or to inbreeding depression in more homozygous individuals. We tested the hypothesis that in populations where inbreeding depression has been purged, tychoparthenogenesis may be less costly...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808384/molecular-authentication-of-the-traditional-medicinal-plant-lakshman-booti-smithia-conferta-sm-and-its-adulterants-through-dna-barcoding
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Suraj D Umdale, Parthraj R Kshirsagar, Manoj M Lekhak, Nikhil B Gaikwad
BACKGROUND: Smithia conferta Sm. is an annual herb widely used in Indian traditional medical practice and commonly known as "Lakshman booti" in Sanskrit. Morphological resemblance among the species of genus Smithia Aiton. leads to inaccurate identification and adulteration. This causes inconsistent therapeutic effects and also affects the quality of herbal medicine. AIM: This study aimed to generate potential barcode for authentication of S. conferta and its adulterants through DNA barcoding technique...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808129/gene-duplication-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-improves-growth-on-adenosine
#10
Jean-Paul Toussaint, Anna Farrell-Sherman, Tamar Perla Feldman, Nicole E Smalley, Amy L Schaefer, E Peter Greenberg, Ajai A Dandekar
The laboratory strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, PAO1, activates genes for catabolism of adenosine using quorum sensing (QS). However, this strain is not well-adapted for growth on adenosine, with doubling times greater than 40 h. We previously showed that when PAO1 is grown on adenosine and casein, variants emerge that grow rapidly on adenosine. To understand the mechanism by which this adaptation occurs, we performed whole-genome sequencing of five isolates evolved for rapid growth on adenosine. All five genomes had a gene duplication-amplification (GDA) event covering several genes, including the quorum-regulated nucleoside hydrolase, nuh, and an adenine deaminase encoded by PA0148...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808019/next-step-in-the-ongoing-arms-race-between-myxoma-virus-and-wild-rabbits-in-australia-is-a-novel-disease-phenotype
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Peter J Kerr, Isabella M Cattadori, June Liu, Derek G Sim, Jeff W Dodds, Jason W Brooks, Mary J Kennett, Edward C Holmes, Andrew F Read
In host-pathogen arms races, increases in host resistance prompt counteradaptation by pathogens, but the nature of that counteradaptation is seldom directly observed outside of laboratory models. The best-documented field example is the coevolution of myxoma virus (MYXV) in European rabbits. To understand how MYXV in Australia has continued to evolve in wild rabbits under intense selection for genetic resistance to myxomatosis, we compared the phenotypes of the progenitor MYXV and viral isolates from the 1950s and the 1990s in laboratory rabbits with no resistance...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807864/reducing-diagnostic-turnaround-times-of-exome-sequencing-for-families-requiring-timely-diagnoses
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Aurélie Bourchany, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Daphné Lehalle, Ange-Line Bruel, Alice Masurel-Paulet, Nolwenn Jean, Sophie Nambot, Marjorie Willems, Laetitia Lambert, Salima El Chehadeh-Djebbar, Elise Schaefer, Aurélia Jaquette, Judith St-Onge, Charlotte Poe, Thibaud Jouan, Martin Chevarin, Patrick Callier, Anne-Laure Mosca-Boidron, Nicole Laurent, Mathilde Lefebvre, Frédéric Huet, Nada Houcinat, Sébastien Moutton, Christophe Philippe, Frédéric Tran-Mau-Them, Antonio Vitobello, Paul Kuentz, Yannis Duffourd, Jean-Baptiste Rivière, Julien Thevenon, Laurence Faivre
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Whole-exome sequencing (WES) has now entered medical practice with powerful applications in the diagnosis of rare Mendelian disorders. Although the usefulness and cost-effectiveness of WES have been widely demonstrated, it is essential to reduce the diagnostic turnaround time to make WES a first-line procedure. Since 2011, the automation of laboratory procedures and advances in sequencing chemistry have made it possible to carry out diagnostic whole genome sequencing from the blood sample to molecular diagnosis of suspected genetic disorders within 50 h...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807357/development-and-initial-validation-of-the-macrophage-activation-syndrome-primary-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-score-a-diagnostic-tool-that-differentiates-primary-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-from-macrophage-activation-syndrome
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Francesca Minoia, Francesca Bovis, Sergio Davì, Antonella Insalaco, Kai Lehmberg, Susan Shenoi, Sheila Weitzman, Graciela Espada, Yi-Jin Gao, Jordi Anton, Toshiyuki Kitoh, Ozgur Kasapcopur, Helga Sanner, Rosa Merino, Itziar Astigarraga, Maria Alessio, Michael Jeng, Vyacheslav Chasnyk, Kim E Nichols, Zeng Huasong, Caifeng Li, Concetta Micalizzi, Nicolino Ruperto, Alberto Martini, Randy Q Cron, Angelo Ravelli, AnnaCarin Horne
OBJECTIVE: To develop and validate a diagnostic score that assists in discriminating primary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (pHLH) from macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) related to systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis. STUDY DESIGN: The clinical, laboratory, and histopathologic features of 362 patients with MAS and 258 patients with pHLH were collected in a multinational collaborative study. Eighty percent of the population was assessed to develop the score and the remaining 20% constituted the validation sample...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806188/tubulointerstitial-nephritis-and-uveitis
#14
Kaivon Pakzad-Vaezi, Kathryn L Pepple
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Tubulointerstitial nephritis and uveitis (TINU) is an important yet underrecognized ocular inflammatory syndrome. This review summarizes key historical publications that identified and defined the syndrome, and more recent literature that reveal the importance of urinary β2-microglobulin testing and kidney biopsy in the diagnostic evaluation of patients with TINU. Additionally, research studies providing new insights into disease pathogenesis are highlighted. RECENT FINDINGS: In contrast with initial reports of TINU manifesting exclusively as an anterior uveitis in pediatric patients, more recent reports have identified TINU in patients of all ages with a wide range of ocular manifestations...
August 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806064/conditional-displacement-hybridization-assay-for-multiple-snp-phasing
#15
Tsz Wing Fan, Henson L Lee Yu, I-Ming Hsing
The two chromosomal copies of the human genome are highly polymorphic, and the allelic content on each strand can dictate a person's biological outcomes. While many of the current diagnostic tools are able to detect the presence of multiple mutations at the same time, most cannot determine the phase of these mutations unless long-range PCR or sequencing techniques are used or if templates are compartmentalized into single copies prior to amplification. Here, an enzyme-coupled hybridization assay, named Conditional Displacement Hybridization Assay (CDHA), is described for the concurrent and rapid determination of the presence and phase of SNP variants...
August 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805315/a-comparison-of-clinical-and-immunologic-phenotypes-in-familial-and-sporadic-forms-of-common-variable-immunodeficiency
#16
Amir Valizadeh, Reza Yazdani, Gholamreza Azizi, Hassan Abolhassani, Asghar Aghamohammadi
Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is the most frequent symptomatic primary immunodeficiency disease and its prevalence varies significantly among different population. Minority of CVID patients present a familial aggregation suggesting a higher probability of heritable genetic defects. A total of 235 registered CVID patients were evaluated in this cohort study. Familial and sporadic patients were stratified and demographic information, clinical records, laboratory and molecular data were compared among these two groups of patients...
August 11, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804823/an-overview-of-thrombophilia-and-associated-laboratory-testing
#17
Martina Montagnana, Giuseppe Lippi, Elisa Danese
Venous thromboembolism, usually entailing deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or both, is a complex and multifactorial disorder, in which a number of putative conditions interplay and finally contribute to propel the individual risk over a certain degree, so ultimately culminating in the development of venous occlusive disorders. Thrombophilia is commonly defined as a propensity to develop venous thromboembolism on the basis of an underlying hypercoagulable state attributable to inherited or acquired disorders of blood coagulation or fibrinolysis...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804631/the-influence-of-d-chiro-inositol-and-d-myo-inositol-in-pregnant-women-with-glucose-intolerance
#18
Domenico Dell'Edera, Francesca Sarlo, Arianna Allegretti, Francesca Simone, Maria Giovanna Lupo, Annunziata Anna Epifania
The aim of the present study was to demonstrate that the use of inositol and folic acid from the first trimester of pregnancy, counteracts the onset of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in women at risk, preserving the infants from macrosomia, hypoglycemia and preterm delivery. The authors collected data from the pregnant women at the laboratory (Unit of Cytogenic and Molecular Genetics), from January 2014 to April 2016, all with first trimester fasting plasma glucose (FPG) >92 mg/dl. A total of 40 women were treated with 250 mg/day D-chiro-inositol, 1...
August 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804505/an-etiologic-prediction-model-incorporating-biomarkers-to-predict-the-bladder-cancer-risk-associated-with-occupational-exposure-to-aromatic-amines-a-pilot-study
#19
Giuseppe Mastrangelo, Angela Carta, Cecilia Arici, Sofia Pavanello, Stefano Porru
BACKGROUND: No etiological prediction model incorporating biomarkers is available to predict bladder cancer risk associated with occupational exposure to aromatic amines. METHODS: Cases were 199 bladder cancer patients. Clinical, laboratory and genetic data were predictors in logistic regression models (full and short) in which the dependent variable was 1 for 15 patients with aromatic amines related bladder cancer and 0 otherwise. The receiver operating characteristics approach was adopted; the area under the curve was used to evaluate discriminatory ability of models...
2017: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803893/the-companion-dog-as-a-unique-translation-model-for-aging
#20
REVIEW
Andrea Mazzatenta, Camillo Di Giulio, Domenico Robbe, Augusto Carluccio, Alessandro Cellerino
The dog is a unique species due to its wide variation among breeds in size, morphology, behavior and lifespan coupled with a genetic structure that facilitates the dissection of the genetic architecture controlling those traits. Dogs and humans coevolved and share recent evolutionary selection processes like, for example, adaptations to digest starch-rich diets. Many diseases of the dog have a human counterpart, notably Alzheimer's that is otherwise difficult to model in other organisms. Unlike laboratory animals, companion dogs share the human environment and lifestyle, are exposed to the same pollutants and are faced with pathogens and infections...
August 10, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
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