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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161377/transmission-and-persistence-of-incf-conjugative-plasmids-in-the-gut-microbiota-of-full-term-infants
#1
Anuradha Ravi, Lorena Valdés-Varela, Miguel Gueimonde, Knut Rudi
Conjugative plasmids represent major reservoirs for horizontal transmission of antibiotic resistance (AR) and virulence genes. Our knowledge about the ecology and persistence of these plasmids in the gut microbiota remains limited. The IncF plasmids are the most widespread in clinical samples and in healthy humans. Therefore, the main aim is to study their ecology and association with the developing gut microbiota. Using a longitudinal (2, 10, 30 and 90 days) cohort of full-term infants, we investigated the transmission and persistence of IncFIA and IncFIB plasmids...
November 17, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161315/transcriptome-analysis-of-plasmid-induced-genes-sheds-light-on-the-role-of-type-i-ifn-as-adjuvant-in-dna-vaccine-against-infectious-salmon-anemia-virus
#2
Mehrdad Sobhkhez, Aleksej Krasnov, Chia Jung Chang, Børre Robertsen
A previous study showed that a plasmid expressing IFNa (pIFNa) strongly enhanced protection and antibody production of a DNA vaccine against infectious salmon anemia virus (ISAV) in Atlantic salmon. The vaccine consisted of a plasmid (pHE) expressing the virus hemagglutinin-esterase as an antigen. To increase the understanding of the adjuvant effect of pIFNa, we here compared transcriptome responses in salmon muscle at the injection site at week 1 and 2 after injection of pIFNa, pHE, plasmid control (pcDNA3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160840/cloning-and-molecular-characterization-of-an-alpha-glucosidase-malh-from-the-halophilic-archaeon-haloquadratum-walsbyi
#3
Mara F Cuebas-Irizarry, Ricardo A Irizarry-Caro, Carol López-Morales, Keyla M Badillo-Rivera, Carlos M Rodríguez-Minguela, Rafael Montalvo-Rodríguez
We report the heterologous expression and molecular characterization of the first extremely halophilic alpha-glucosidase (EC 3.2.1.20) from the archaeon Haloquadratum walsbyi. A 2349 bp region (Hqrw_2071) from the Hqr. walsbyi C23 annotated genome was PCR-amplified and the resulting amplicon ligated into plasmid pET28b(+), expressed in E. coli Rosetta cells, and the resulting protein purified by Ni-NTA affinity chromatography. The recombinant protein showed an estimated molecular mass of 87 kDa, consistent with the expected value of the annotated protein, and an optimal activity for the hydrolysis of α-PNPG was detected at 40 °C, and at pH 6...
November 21, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160428/plasmid-mediated-mcr-1-in-carbapenem-susceptible-escherichia-coli-st156-causing-a-blood-infection-an-unnoticeable-spread-of-colistin-resistance-in-brazil
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Flavia Rossi, Raquel Girardello, Carlos Morais, Ana Paula Cury, Layla Farage Martins, Aline Maria da Silva, Edson Abdala, João Carlos Setubal, Alberto José da Silva Duarte
OBJECTIVE: We describe an IncX4 pHC891/16mcr plasmid carrying mcr-1 in a colistin-resistant and carbapenem-susceptible E. coli isolate (HC891/16), ST156, which caused a blood infection in a Brazilian patient with gallbladder adenocarcinoma. METHODS: Strain HC891/16 was subjected to whole genome sequencing using the MiSeq Platform (Illumina, Inc., USA). Assembly was performed using Mira and ABACAS. RESULTS: The isolates showed resistance only to ciprofloxacin, ampicillin and cefoxitin, and whole-genome sequencing revealed the presence of aac(6')Ib-cr and blaTEM1...
October 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159199/dna-mediated-gene-therapy-in-a-mouse-model-of-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-2b
#5
Julia Ma, Christophe Pichavant, Haley du Bois, Mital Bhakta, Michele P Calos
Mutations in the gene for dysferlin cause a degenerative disorder of skeletal muscle known as limb girdle muscular dystrophy 2B. To achieve gene delivery of plasmids encoding dysferlin to hind limb muscles of dysferlin knockout mice, we used a vascular injection method that perfused naked plasmid DNA into all major muscle groups of the hind limb. We monitored delivery by luciferase live imaging and western blot, confirming strong dysferlin expression that persisted over the 3-month time course of the experiment...
December 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159141/the-effect-of-cell-penetrating-peptides-on-transfection-activity-and-cytotoxicity-of-polyallylamine
#6
Sarvenaz Sabouri-Rad, Reza Kazemi Oskuee, Asma Mahmoodi, Leila Gholami, Bizhan Malaekeh-Nikouei
Introduction: Cationic polymers have the potential to be modified to achieve an ideal gene vector lacking viral vector defects. The aim of the present study was to improve polyallylamine (PAA) transfection efficiency and to reduce cytotoxicity by incorporating of cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs). Methods: To prepare the peptide-based polyplexes, PAA (15 kDa) was modified with 2 peptides (TAT and CyLoP-1) by covering the 0.5% and 1% of amines. Buffer capacity and DNA condensation ability of modified polymer, particle size and zeta potential of nanoparticles, cell viability, and transfection activity of vectors were evaluated...
2017: BioImpacts: BI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158855/clinical-evaluation-of-terap-c-vaccine-in-combined-treatment-with-interferon-and-ribavirin-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c
#7
Dorta Guridi Zaily, Castellanos Fernandez Marlen, Dueñas-Carrera Santiago, Martínez Donato Gillian, Valenzuela Silva Carmen, Cinza Estevez Zurina, Arús Soler Enrique R, Alvarez-Lajonchere Liz, González Fabián Lisset, Lazo Del Vallín Sacha, Ferrer Bataille Elena
Background: An estimated 170 million individuals worldwide are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Although treatment options using a combination of pegylated interferon and ribavirin (P-IFN/RBV) are available, sustained clearance of the virus is only achieved in approximately 40% of individuals infected with HCV genotype 1. Recent advances in the treatment of HCV using directly acting antiviral agents have been achieved; however, treatment can be very expensive and is associated with substantial side effects...
2017: Current Therapeutic Research, Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158701/study-of-dna-damage-caused-by-dipyrone-in-presence-of-some-transition-metal-ions
#8
Bruna Corrêa Roriz, Horacio Dorigan Moya
The DNA damage in the presence of dipyrone (used as its sodium salt, NaDip) and some transition metal ions in an air saturated ([O2] ≈ 0.25 mM) non-buffered solution at T = (25.0 ± 0.5)°C was investigated by agarose gel electrophoresis. As metal ions Cu(2+), Fe(3+), Ni(2+) and Mn(3+) were selected and evaluated in the present study because of the important role they play in a biological system. pUC19 plasmid DNA damage-induced by NaDip (80-600 μM) was observed in the presence of 100 μM Cu(2+)...
November 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158274/dissemination-of-multidrug-resistant-proteus-mirabilis-clones-carrying-a-novel-integron-borne-blaimp-1-in-a-tertiary-hospital
#9
Ana Carolina Ramos, Rodrigo Cayô, Cecilia Godoy Carvalhaes, Thomas Jové, Greice Pereira da Silva, Fernanda Maciel Paschoin Sancho, Thomas Chagas-Neto, Eduardo Alexandrino Servolo Medeiros, Ana Cristina Gales
This study aimed to characterize multi-drug resistant P. mirabilis clones carrying a novel class 1 integron-borne blaIMP-1 In1359 was inserted into a large conjugative plasmid that also carried blaCTX-M-2 The production of carbapenemases in Enterobacteriaceae that are intrinsically resistant to polymyxins and tigecycline is very worrisome, representing a serious challenge to clinicians and infection control teams.
November 20, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158189/development-of-an-oxygen-independent-flavin-mononucleotide-based-fluorescent-reporter-system-in-clostridium-beijerinckii-and-its-applications
#10
Seung-Oh Seo, Ting Lu, Yong-Su Jin, Hans P Blaschek
Clostridium beijerinckii is a predominant solventogenic clostridia with great attraction for renewable liquid biofuel and biochemical production. Metabolic engineering and synthetic biology can be employed to engineer the strain toward desirable phenotypes. However, current limited information such as promoter strength and gene regulation may hinder the efficient engineering of strain. To investigate genetic information and complex cellular bioprocesses of C. beijerinckii, in vivo fluorescence reporter system can be employed...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158184/tgf-%C3%AE-mediated-upregulation-of-sox9-in-fibroblast-promotes-renal-fibrosis
#11
Huanan Li, Huimin Cai, Jia Deng, Xiaolong Tu, Yanyan Sun, Zhen Huang, Zhi Ding, Lei Dong, Jiangning Chen, Yuhui Zang, Junfeng Zhang
TGF-β signaling plays a principal role in renal fibrosis, but the precise mechanisms and the downstream factors are still largely unknown. Sox9 exhibits diverse roles in regulating the production of extracellular matrix proteins. Here we found that Sox9 was induced by TGF-β in the kidney fibroblast and acted as an important downstream mediator of TGF-β signaling in promoting renal fibrosis. TGF-β/Smad signaling mediated the upregulation of Sox9 in kidney fibroblast by binding to a conserved enhancer. In different mouse models of renal fibrosis, as well as in the kidney biopsy tissue from patients with renal fibrosis, Sox9 expression significantly increased...
November 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158081/streptococcus-pyogenes-nuclease-a-spna-mediated-virulence-does-not-exclusively-depend-on-nuclease-activity
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Callum Chalmers, Adrina Hema J Khemlani, Chae Ryeong Sohn, Jacelyn Mei San Loh, Catherine Jia-Yun Tsai, Thomas Proft
BACKGROUND: Streptococcus pyogenes, or Group A Streptococcus (GAS), is a human pathogen that causes a wide range of diseases, including pharyngitis, necrotizing fasciitis and toxic shock syndrome. The bacterium produces a large arsenal of virulence factors, including the cell wall-anchored Streptococcus pyogenes nuclease A (SpnA), which facilitates immune evasion by degrading the DNA backbone of neutrophil extracellular traps. SpnA consists of a C-terminal endo/exonuclease domain and a N-terminal domain of unknown function...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157978/stem-cell-based-gene-delivery-mediated-by-cationic-niosomes-for-bone-regeneration
#13
Noha Attia, Mohamed Mashal, Santiago Grijalvo, Ramon Eritja, Jon Zárate, Gustavo Puras, José Luis Pedraz
Bone morphogenetic protein-7(BMP-7) plays a pivotal role in the transformation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) into bone. However, its impact is hampered due to its short half-life. Therefore, gene therapy may be an interesting approach to deliver BMP-7 gene to D1-MSCs. In this manuscript we prepared and characterized niosomes based on cationic lipid 2,3-di(tetradecyloxy)propan-1-amine, combined with polysorbate 80 for gene delivery purposes. Niosomes were characterized and combined initially with pCMS-EGFP reporter plasmid, and later with pUNO1-hBMP-7 plasmid to evaluate osteogenesis differentiation...
November 17, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157814/mistletoe-viscum-album-extract-targets-axl-to-suppress-cell-proliferation-and-overcome-cisplatin-and-erlotinib-resistance-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells
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Soyoung Kim, Kyung-Chan Kim, ChuHee Lee
BACKGROUND: Mistletoe extract of Visucm album extract (VAE) contains many biologically active components and has been reported to be not only a complementary and alternative medicine, but also a potent therapeutic agent for many types of cancer. PURPOSE: In this study, we examined the effect of VAE on expression and activation of Axl and scrutinized the involvement of Axl in the anti-cancer activity of VAE in parental and chemo-resistant non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157810/camptothecin-producing-endophytic-bacteria-from-pyrenacantha-volubilis-hook-icacinaceae-a-possible-role-of-a-plasmid-in-the-production-of-camptothecin
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K N Soujanya, R Siva, P Mohana Kumara, Amitava Srimany, G Ravikanth, F A Mulani, T Aarthy, H V Thulasiram, T R Santhoshkumar, Karaba N Nataraja, R Uma Shaanker
BACKGROUND: Camptothecin (CPT), a quinoline alkaloid, is a potent inhibitor of eukaryotic topoisomerase I. Because of this property, several derivatives of CPT are used as chemotherapeutic agents. CPT is produced by several plant species belonging to the Asterid clade as well as by a number of endophytic fungal associates of these plants. In this study, we report the production of CPT by four bacterial endophytes and show the possible role of a plasmid in the biosynthesis of CPT. METHODS: Endophytic bacteria were isolated from leaves, stems and fruits of Pyrenacantha volubilis Hook...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156818/a-plasmid-containing-cpg-odn-as-vaccine-adjuvant-against-grass-carp-reovirus-in-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella
#16
Hang Su, Zhiwei Liao, Gailing Yuan, Jianguo Su
CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs) are proved to have strong immune stimulatory activity. Plasmids containing CpG ODNs could be conveniently and low-costly used as vaccine adjuvant. However, they are different among various plasmids, motif repeats, species, etc. In the present study, plasmid pcDNA3.1 (+) containing five repetitions of CpG ODN 1670A named pcDNA3.1-1670A*5 with strong immunostimulation was screened out from twelve recombinant plasmids and three empty vectors by cell proliferation activity, interferon promoter activities and immune related gene expressions in CIK cells...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156813/association-of-variant-in-the-adipoq-gene-and-functional-study-for-its-role-in-atherosclerosis
#17
Xinzhong Chen, Yanhong Yuan, Yufeng Gao, Qin Wang, Fei Xie, Dongsheng Xia, Yutao Wei, Ting Xie
The burden of atherosclerosis is heritable and associated with elevated risk of developing CVDs. Here, we evaluated genetic variants of adiponectin (ADIPOQ) gene, which has important role in anti- atherosclerosis, with risk of atherosclerosis among a large Chinese population. Our results show that rs74577862 was significantly associated with risk of atherosclerosis (OR=2.08; 95%CI=1.48-2.91; P=2.2×10(-5)). When stratified by atherosclerosis site, rs74577862 was associated with increased risk of both carotid atherosclerosis (OR=2...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156696/interaction-of-microrna-21-145-and-smad3-domain-specific-phosphorylation-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#18
Ji Yu Wang, Meng Fang, Alex Boye, Chao Wu, Jia Jun Wu, Ying Ma, Shu Hou, Yue Kan, Yan Yang
MicroRNAs 21 and 145 exhibit inverse expression in Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), but how they relate to Smad3 C-terminal and Link region phosphorylation (pSmad3C and pSmad3L) downstream of TGF-β/MAPK signaling, remains inconclusive. Our results suggest microRNA-145 targets Smad3 in HepG2 cells. Decreased tumor volume and increased apoptosis were produced in both microRNA-21 antagomir and microRNA-145 agomir groups compared to controls. Inhibition of TβRI and MAPK (ERK, JNK, and p38) activation respectively produced decreased microRNA-21 but increased microRNA-145 expression...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156346/abcg2-mediated-suppression-of-chlorin-e6-accumulation-and-photodynamic-therapy-efficiency-in-glioblastoma-cell-lines-can-be-reversed-by-ko143
#19
Sara A Abdel Gaber, Patricia Müller, Wolfgang Zimmermann, Dirk Hüttenberger, Rainer Wittig, Mahmoud H Abdel Kader, Herbert Stepp
BACKGROUND: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) of malignant brain tumors is a promising adjunct to standard treatment, especially if tumor stem cells thought to be responsible for tumor progression and therapy resistance were also susceptible to this kind of treatment. However, some photosensitizers have been reported to be substrates of ABCG2, one of the membrane transporters mediating resistance to chemotherapy. Here we investigate, whether inhibition of ABCG2 can restore sensitivity to photosensitizer chlorin e6-mediated PDT...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155517/expression-of-cd40-cd40l-in-colon-cancer-and-its-effect-on-proliferation-and-apoptosis-of-sw48-colon-cancer-cells
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Xueqin Pang, Lifeng Zhang, Jiaming Wu, Chen Ma, Chuanyong Mu, Guangbo Zhang, Weichang Chen
PURPOSE: To study was to study the expression of CD40/CD40L in colon cancer and investigate the effects of CD40/CD40L overexpression on the proliferation and apoptosis of SW48 colon cancer cell line. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was used to detect the expression of CD40 protein in colon cancer tissue samples from 70 patients, and 10 adjacent normal tissue samples. A CD40L gene-containing plasmid was transfected into SW48 colon cancer cells using lipofectamine 2000...
July 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
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