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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793090/anti-haemostatic-compounds-from-the-vampire-snail-cumia-reticulata-molecular-cloning-and-in-silico-structure-function-analysis
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Maria Vittoria Modica, Jonathan Reinoso Sánchez, Andrea Pasquadibisceglie, Marco Oliverio, Paolo Mariottini, Manuela Cervelli
Blood-feeding animals are known for their ability to produce bioactive compounds to impair haemostasis and suppress pain perception in the host. These compounds are extremely appealing for pharmacological development since they are generally very effective and specific for their molecular target. A preliminary RNA-Seq based characterization of the secretion from salivary and mid-oesophageal tissues of the vampire snail Cumia reticulata, revealed a complex mixture of feeding-related transcripts with potential anaesthetic and anticoagulant action...
May 16, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793031/cloning-overexpression-and-purification-of-a-gene-of-unknown-function-of-prophage-loci-from-candidatus-liberibacter-asiaticus-the-destructive-bacterial-pathogen-of-huanglongbing-disease-in-citrus-plants
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Duangtip Sudhan, Thamrongjet Puttamuk, Supachai Vuttipongchaikij, Pitak Chuawong
Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening is one of the most destructive diseases affecting citrus industry worldwide. The causal agent in Asia is a phloem-limited, Gram-negative bacterium, 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus' (CLas). Within the genome of CLas lies prophage regions, classified as Type-A, B, C, and D. In particular, Type-D has been indicated to correlate with the blotchy-mottle symptoms of citrus trees. Here we reported the cloning, overexpression, and purification of the ORF1, an open reading frame from the partial Type-D region of CLas obtained from an infected lime tree (Citrus aurantifolia Swingle)...
May 21, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792964/a-family-30-glucurono-xylanase-from-bacillus-subtilis-lc9-expression-characterization-and-its-application-in-chinese-bread-making
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Yalan Guo, Zhen Gao, Jiaxing Xu, Siyuan Chang, Bin Wu, Bingfang He
A GH30-8 endoxylanase was identified from an environmental Bacillus subtilis isolate following growth selection on aspen wood glucuronoxylan. The putative endoxylanase was cloned for protein expression and characterization in the Gram-positive protease deficient protein expression host B. subtilis WB800. The extracellular activity obtained was 55 U/mL, which was 14.5-fold higher than that obtained with the native species. The apparent molecular mass of BsXyn30 was estimated as 43 kDa by SDS-PAGE. BsXyn30 showed an optimal activity at pH 7...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792310/bet-inhibition-overcomes-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-mediated-cetuximab-resistance-in-hnscc
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Brandon Leonard, Toni M Brand, Rachel A O'Keefe, Eliot Lee, Yan Zang, Jacquelyn D Kemmer, Hua Li, Jennifer R Grandis, Neil E Bhola
Cetuximab, the FDA-approved anti-EGFR antibody for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), has displayed limited efficacy due to the emergence of intrinsic and acquired resistance. We and others have demonstrated that cetuximab resistance in HNSCC is driven by alternative receptor tyrosine kinases (RTK) including HER3, MET, and AXL. In an effort to overcome cetuximab resistance and circumvent toxicities associated with the administration of multiple RTK inhibitors, we sought to identify a common molecular target that regulates expression of multiple RTK...
May 23, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787919/optimal-use-of-novel-agents-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#5
Mitchell R Smith, Robert F Weiss
Novel agents are changing therapy for patients with CLL, but their optimal use remains unclear. We model the clinical situation in which CLL responds to therapy, but resistant clones, generally carrying del17p, progress and lead to relapse. Sub-clones of varying growth rates and treatment sensitivity affect predicted therapy outcomes. We explore effects of different approaches to starting novel agent in relation to bendamustine-rituximab induction therapy: at initiation of therapy, at the end of chemo-immunotherapy, at molecular relapse, or at clinical detection of relapse...
May 7, 2018: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785216/-staphylococcus-aureus-surface-protein-g-is-an-immunodominant-protein-and-a-possible-target-in-an-anti-biofilm-drug-development
#6
Yury Belyi, Ivan Rybolovlev, Nikita Polyakov, Alena Chernikova, Irina Tabakova, Alexandre Gintsburg
Background: Staphylococcus aureus is a Gram-positive bacterium that causes severe illnesses in the human population. The capacity of S. aureus strains to form biofilms on biotic and abiotic surfaces creates serious problems for treatment of hospital infections and has stimulated efforts to develop new means of specific protection or immunotherapy. Material and Methods: We found that rabbit serum raised against crude concentrated S. aureus liquid culture significantly decreased the development of staphylococcal biofilm in vitro ...
2018: Open Microbiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784783/postsynaptic-%C3%AE-1-glutamate-receptor-assembles-and-maintains-hippocampal-synapses-via-cbln2-and-neurexin
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Wucheng Tao, Javier Díaz-Alonso, Nengyin Sheng, Roger A Nicoll
The δ1 glutamate receptor (GluD1) was cloned decades ago and is widely expressed in many regions of the brain. However, its functional roles in these brain circuits remain unclear. Here, we find that GluD1 is required for both excitatory synapse formation and maintenance in the hippocampus. The action of GluD1 is absent in the Cbln2 knockout mouse. Furthermore, the GluD1 actions require the presence of presynaptic neurexin 1β carrying the splice site 4 insert (+S4). Together, our findings demonstrate that hippocampal synapse assembly and maintenance require a tripartite molecular complex in which the ligand Cbln2 binds with presynaptic neurexin 1β (+S4) and postsynaptic GluD1...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784674/clinically-relevant-cytotoxic-immune-cell-signatures-and-clonal-expansion-of-t-cell-receptors-in-high-risk-mycn-not-amplified-human-neuroblastoma
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Jun S Wei, Igor B Kuznetsov, Shile Zhang, Young K Song, Shahab Asgharzadeh, Sivasish Sindiri, Xinyu Wen, Rajesh Patidar, Sushma Nagaraj, Ashley Walton, Jaime M Guidry Auvil, Daniela S Gerhard, Aysen Yuksel, Daniel R Catchpoole, Stephen M Hewitt, Paul M Sondel, Robert C Seeger, John M Maris, Javed Khan
PURPOSE: High-risk neuroblastoma is an aggressive disease. DNA sequencing studies have revealed a paucity of actionable genomic alterations and a low mutation burden, posing challenges to develop effective novel therapies. We used RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) to investigate the biology of this disease including a focus on tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We performed deep RNA-seq on pre-treatment diagnostic tumors from 129 high-risk and 21 low- or intermediate-risk patients with neuroblastomas...
May 21, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783967/characterization-of-a-novel-thermostable-and-xylose-tolerant-gh-39-%C3%AE-xylosidase-from-dictyoglomus-thermophilum
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Qi Li, Tao Wu, Zhipeng Qi, Linguo Zhao, Jianjun Pei, Feng Tang
BACKGROUND: β-D-xylosidase is a vital exoglycosidase with the ability to hydrolyze xylooligosaccharides to xylose and to biotransform some saponins by cleaving outer β-xylose. β-D-xylosidase is widely used as one of the xylanolytic enzymes in a diverse range of applications, such as fuel, food and the pharmaceutical industry; therefore, more and more studies have focused on the thermostable and xylose-tolerant β-D-xylosidases. RESULTS: A thermostable β-xylosidase gene (xln-DT) of 1509 bp was cloned from Dictyoglomus thermophilum and expressed in E...
May 21, 2018: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783951/the-transcriptomic-and-proteomic-responses-of-daphnia-pulex-to-changes-in-temperature-and-food-supply-comprise-environment-specific-and-clone-specific-elements
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Dörthe Becker, Yann Reydelet, Jacqueline A Lopez, Craig Jackson, John K Colbourne, Susan Hawat, Michael Hippler, Bettina Zeis, Rüdiger J Paul
BACKGROUND: Regulatory adjustments to acute and chronic temperature changes are highly important for aquatic ectotherms because temperature affects their metabolic rate as well as the already low oxygen concentration in water, which can upset their energy balance. This also applies to severe changes in food supply. Thus, we studied on a molecular level (transcriptomics and/or proteomics) the immediate responses to heat stress and starvation and the acclimation to different temperatures in two clonal isolates of the model microcrustacean Daphnia pulex from more or less stressful environments, which showed a higher (clone M) or lower (clone G) tolerance to heat and starvation...
May 21, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783112/the-neuropeptides-of-asian-freshwater-clam-corbicula-fluminea-as-new-molecular-biomarker-basing-on-the-responses-of-organophosphate-chemicals-exposure
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Qi Wang, Xiangsheng Hong, Huihui Chen, Lilai Yuan, Jinmiao Zha
In the present study, to discover new biomarker of Asian freshwater clam (Corbicula fluminea) to assess impact of environmental pollutions, cholecystokinin (CCK), conopressin, and Neuropeptide FF (FFamide) in C. fluminea were selected as potent biomarkers. Therefore, their full-length cDNAs were cloned and characterized to investigate the molecular characteristics and expression patterns of neuropeptides in C. fluminea. According to the sequence analysis, CCK, conopressin, and FFamide encoded proteins of 173, 152, and 90 amino acids, respectively...
May 18, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782536/fungal-type-carbohydrate-binding-modules-from-the-coccolithophore-emiliania-huxleyi-show-binding-affinity-to-cellulose-and-chitin
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Bart J M Rooijakkers, Martina S Ikonen, Markus B Linder
Six fungal-type cellulose binding domains were found in the genome of the coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi and cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli. Sequence comparison indicate high similarity to fungal cellulose binding domains, raising the question of why these domains exist in coccolithophores. The proteins were tested for binding with cellulose and chitin as ligands, which resulted in the identification of two functional carbohydrate binding modules: EHUX2 and EHUX4. Compared to benchmark fungal cellulose binding domain Cel7A-CBM1 from Trichoderma reesei, these proteins showed slightly lower binding to birch and bacterial cellulose, but were more efficient chitin binders...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781985/testing-the-role-of-multicopy-plasmids-in-the-evolution-of-antibiotic-resistance
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Jose Antonio Escudero, R Craig MacLean, Alvaro San Millan
Multicopy plasmids are extremely abundant in prokaryotes but their role in bacterial evolution remains poorly understood. We recently showed that the increase in gene copy number per cell provided by multicopy plasmids could accelerate the evolution of plasmid-encoded genes. In this work, we present an experimental system to test the ability of multicopy plasmids to promote gene evolution. Using simple molecular biology methods, we constructed a model system where an antibiotic resistance gene can be inserted into Escherichia coli MG1655, either in the chromosome or on a multicopy plasmid...
May 2, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781609/enhancement-and-analysis-of-human-anti-aflatoxin-b1-afb1-scfv-antibody-ligand-interaction-using-chain-shuffling
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Kuntalee Rangnoi, Kiattawee Choowongkomon, Richard O'Kennedy, Florian Rüker, Montarop Yamabhai
A human anti-aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) scFv antibody (yAFB1-c3), selected from a naïve human phage-displayed scFv library, was used as a template for improving and analysis of antibody-ligand interactions using the chain-shuffling technique. The variable heavy and variable light (VH/VL) shuffled library was constructed from the VH of 25 pre-selected clones recombined with the VL of yAFB1-c3 and vice versa. Affinity selection from these library demonstrated that the VH domain played an important role in the binding of scFv to free AFB1...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780592/preleukemic-and-second-hit-mutational-events-in-an-acute-myeloid-leukemia-patient-with-a-novel-germline-runx1-mutation
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Isaac Ks Ng, Joanne Lee, Christopher Ng, Bustamin Kosmo, Lily Chiu, Elaine Seah, Michelle Meng Huang Mok, Karen Tan, Motomi Osato, Wee-Joo Chng, Benedict Yan, Lip Kun Tan
Background: Germline mutations in the RUNX1 transcription factor give rise to a rare autosomal dominant genetic condition classified under the entity: Familial Platelet Disorders with predisposition to Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (FPD/AML). While several studies have identified a myriad of germline RUNX1 mutations implicated in this disorder, second-hit mutational events are necessary for patients with hereditary thrombocytopenia to develop full-blown AML. The molecular picture behind this process remains unclear...
2018: Biomarker Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780401/molecular-characterization-of-squamosa-promoter-binding-protein-like-spl-gene-family-in-betula-luminifera
#16
Xiu-Yun Li, Er-Pei Lin, Hua-Hong Huang, Ming-Yue Niu, Zai-Kang Tong, Jun-Hong Zhang
As a major family of plant-specific transcription factors, SQUAMOSA PROMOTER BINDING PROTEIN-LIKE ( SPL ) genes play vital regulatory roles in plant growth, development and stress responses. In this study, 18 SPL genes were identified and cloned from Betula luminifera . Two zinc finger-like structures and a nuclear location signal (NLS) segments were existed in the SBP domains of all BlSPLs. Phylogenetic analysis showed that these genes were clustered into nine groups (group I-IX). The intron/exon structure and motif composition were highly conserved within the same group...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780013/use-of-internal-transcribed-spacer-sequence-polymorphisms-as-a-method-for-trichomonas-vaginalis-genotyping
#17
Hatice Ertabaklar, Sema Ertuğ, Serçin Özlem Çalışkan, Erdoğan Malatyalı, Bülent Bozdoğan
OBJECTIVE: Trichomonas vaginalis is the most common non-viral, sexually transmitted pathogen with a worldwide distribution. The aim of the present study was to design a new genotyping tool for T. vaginalis isolates using internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences. METHODS: First, a total of 20 cryopreserved T. vaginalis isolates were thawed and genomic DNA was isolated from fresh cultures. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) was performed to amplify the ITS regions and the amplicons were sequenced...
March 2018: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776807/public-health-surveillance-of-multidrug-resistant-clones-of-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-in-europe-a-genomic-survey
#18
Simon R Harris, Michelle J Cole, Gianfranco Spiteri, Leonor Sánchez-Busó, Daniel Golparian, Susanne Jacobsson, Richard Goater, Khalil Abudahab, Corin A Yeats, Beatrice Bercot, Maria José Borrego, Brendan Crowley, Paola Stefanelli, Francesco Tripodo, Raquel Abad, David M Aanensen, Magnus Unemo
BACKGROUND: Traditional methods for molecular epidemiology of Neisseria gonorrhoeae are suboptimal. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) offers ideal resolution to describe population dynamics and to predict and infer transmission of antimicrobial resistance, and can enhance infection control through linkage with epidemiological data. We used WGS, in conjunction with linked epidemiological and phenotypic data, to describe the gonococcal population in 20 European countries. We aimed to detail changes in phenotypic antimicrobial resistance levels (and the reasons for these changes) and strain distribution (with a focus on antimicrobial resistance strains in risk groups), and to predict antimicrobial resistance from WGS data...
May 15, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776372/curation-of-microarray-oligonucleotides-and-corresponding-ests-cdnas-used-for-gene-expression-analysis-in-zebra-finches
#19
Peter V Lovell, Nicole A Huizinga, Abel Getachew, Brianna Mees, Samantha R Friedrich, Morgan Wirthlin, Claudio V Mello
OBJECTIVES: Zebra finches are a major model organism for investigating mechanisms of vocal learning, a trait that enables spoken language in humans. The development of cDNA collections with expressed sequence tags (ESTs) and microarrays has allowed for extensive molecular characterizations of circuitry underlying vocal learning and production. However, poor database curation can lead to errors in transcriptome and bioinformatics analyses, limiting the impact of these resources. Here we used genomic alignments and synteny analysis for orthology verification to curate and reannotate ~ 35% of the oligonucleotides and corresponding ESTs/cDNAs that make-up Agilent microarrays for gene expression analysis in finches...
May 18, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775866/identification-of-udp-glucosyltransferases-from-the-aluminum-resistant-tree-eucalyptus-camaldulensis-forming-%C3%AE-glucogallin-the-precursor-of-hydrolyzable-tannins
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Ko Tahara, Mitsuru Nishiguchi, Andrej Frolov, Juliane Mittasch, Carsten Milkowski
In the highly aluminum-resistant tree Eucalyptus camaldulensis, hydrolyzable tannins are proposed to play a role in internal detoxification of aluminum, which is a major factor inhibiting plant growth on acid soils. To understand and modulate the molecular mechanisms of aluminum detoxification by hydrolyzable tannins, the biosynthetic genes need to be identified. In this study, we identified and characterized genes encoding UDP-glucose:gallate glucosyltransferase, which catalyzes the formation of 1-O-galloyl-β-d-glucose (β-glucogallin), the precursor of hydrolyzable tannins...
May 15, 2018: Phytochemistry
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