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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821607/two-plant-derived-aporphinoid-alkaloids-exert-their-antifungal-activity-by-disrupting-mitochondrial-iron-sulfur-cluster-biosynthesis
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Siddharth K Tripathi, Tao Xu, Qin Feng, Bharathi Avula, Xiaomin Shi, Xuewen Pan, Melanie M Mask, Scott R Baerson, Melissa R Jacob, Ranga Rao Ravu, Shabana I Khan, Xing-Cong Li, Ikhlas A Khan, Alice M Clark, Ameeta K Agarwal
Eupolauridine and liriodenine are plant-derived aporphinoid alkaloids that exhibit potent inhibitory activity against the opportunistic fungal pathogens Candida albicans and Cryptococcus neoformans However, the molecular mechanism of this antifungal activity is unknown. In this study, we show that eupolauridine 9591 (E9591), a synthetic analog of eupolauridine, and liriodenine methiodide (LMT), a methiodide salt of liriodenine, mediate their antifungal activities by disrupting mitochondrial iron-sulfur (Fe-S) cluster synthesis...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821015/extracting-replicable-associations-across-multiple-studies-empirical-bayes-algorithms-for-controlling-the-false-discovery-rate
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David Amar, Ron Shamir, Daniel Yekutieli
In almost every field in genomics, large-scale biomedical datasets are used to report associations. Extracting associations that recur across multiple studies while controlling the false discovery rate is a fundamental challenge. Here, we propose a new method to allow joint analysis of multiple studies. Given a set of p-values obtained from each study, the goal is to identify associations that recur in at least k > 1 studies while controlling the false discovery rate. We propose several new algorithms that differ in how the study dependencies are modeled, and compare them and extant methods under various simulated scenarios...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818331/molecular-epidemiology-of-epizootic-haematopoietic-necrosis-virus-ehnv
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Paul M Hick, Kuttichantran Subramaniam, Patrick M Thompson, Thomas B Waltzek, Joy A Becker, Richard J Whittington
Low genetic diversity of Epizootic haematopoietic necrosis virus (EHNV) was determined for the complete genome of 16 isolates spanning the natural range of hosts, geography and time since the first outbreaks of disease. Genomes ranged from 125,591-127,487 nucleotides with 97.47% pairwise identity and 106-109 genes. All isolates shared 101 core genes with 121 potential genes predicted within the pan-genome of this collection. There was high conservation within 90,181 nucleotides of the core genes with isolates separated by average genetic distance of 3...
August 14, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813663/a-crispr-activation-screen-identifies-a-pan-avian-influenza-virus-inhibitory-host-factor
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Brook E Heaton, Edward M Kennedy, Rebekah E Dumm, Alfred T Harding, Matthew T Sacco, David Sachs, Nicholas S Heaton
Influenza A virus (IAV) is a pathogen that poses significant risks to human health. It is therefore critical to develop strategies to prevent influenza disease. Many loss-of-function screens have been performed to identify the host proteins required for viral infection. However, there has been no systematic screen to identify the host factors that, when overexpressed, are sufficient to prevent infection. In this study, we used CRISPR/dCas9 activation technology to perform a genome-wide overexpression screen to identify IAV restriction factors...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812021/association-analysis-of-arsenic-induced-straighthead-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l-based-on-the-selected-population-with-a-modified-model
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Xiaobai Li, Biaolin Hu, Xuhao Pan, Ning Zhang, Dianxing Wu
A rice physiological disorder makes mature panicle keep erect with empty grains termed as "straighthead." Straighthead causes yield losses and is a serious threat to rice production worldwide. Here, a new study of association mapping was conducted to identify QTL involved in straighthead. A subset of 380 accessions was selected from the USDA rice core collection and genotyped with 72 genome-wide SSR markers. An optimal model implemented with principle components (PCs) was used in this association mapping. As a result, five markers were identified to be significantly associated with straighthead...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808009/a-protein-complex-regulates-rna-processing-of-intronic-heterochromatin-containing-genes-in-arabidopsis
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Cheng-Guo Duan, Xingang Wang, Lingrui Zhang, Xiansong Xiong, Zhengjing Zhang, Kai Tang, Li Pan, Chuan-Chih Hsu, Huawei Xu, W Andy Tao, Heng Zhang, Jian-Kang Zhu
In several eukaryotic organisms, heterochromatin (HC) in the introns of genes can regulate RNA processing, including polyadenylation, but the mechanism underlying this regulation is poorly understood. By promoting distal polyadenylation, the bromo-adjacent homology (BAH) domain-containing and RNA recognition motif-containing protein ASI1 and the H3K9me2-binding protein EDM2 are required for the expression of functional full-length transcripts of intronic HC-containing genes in Arabidopsis Here we report that ASI1 and EDM2 form a protein complex in vivo via a bridge protein, ASI1-Immunoprecipitated Protein 1 (AIPP1), which is another RNA recognition motif-containing protein...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806393/craf-gene-fusions-in-pediatric-low-grade-gliomas-define-a-distinct-drug-response-based-on-dimerization-profiles
#7
P Jain, T M Fierst, H J Han, T E Smith, A Vakil, P J Storm, A C Resnick, A J Waanders
Pediatric low-grade gliomas (PLGGs) are commonly associated with BRAF gene fusions that aberrantly activate the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway. This has led to PLGG clinical trials utilizing RAF- and MAPK pathway-targeted therapeutics. Whole-genome profiling of PLGGs has also identified rare gene fusions involving another RAF isoform, CRAF/RAF1, in PLGGs and cancers occuring in adults. Whereas BRAF fusions primarily dysregulate MAPK signaling, the CRAF fusions QKI-RAF1 and SRGAP3-RAF1 aberrantly activate both the MAPK and phosphoinositide-3 kinase/mammalian target of rapamycin (PI3K/mTOR) signaling pathways...
August 14, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805616/prenatal-diagnosis-and-molecular-cytogenetic-characterization-of-mosaicism-for-a-small-supernumerary-marker-chromosome-derived-from-chromosome-16
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Chih-Ping Chen, Tsang-Ming Ko, Schu-Rern Chern, Peih-Shan Wu, Shin-Wen Chen, Shih-Ting Lai, Chien-Wen Yang, Chen-Wen Pan, Wayseen Wang
OBJECTIVE: We present prenatal diagnosis and molecular cytogenetic characterization of a small supernumerary marker chromosome (sSMC) derived from chromosome 16. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old woman underwent amniocentesis at 17 weeks of gestation because of abnormal maternal serum screening for Down syndrome. Amniocentesis revealed a karyotype of 47,XY,+mar[5]/46,XY[9]. Parental karyotypes were normal. Prenatal ultrasound findings were unremarkable. Array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) analysis of cultured amniocytes revealed a de novo 16% gene dosage increase of 16q11...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805612/detection-of-paternal-uniparental-disomy-9-in-a-neonate-with-prenatally-detected-mosaicism-for-a-small-supernumerary-marker-chromosome-9-and-a-supernumerary-ring-chromosome-9
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Chih-Ping Chen, Ming Chen, Liang-Kai Wang, Schu-Rern Chern, Peih-Shan Wu, Shin-Wen Chen, Shih-Ting Lai, Shun-Ping Chang, Chien-Wen Yang, Chen-Wen Pan, Wayseen Wang
OBJECTIVE: We present the association of paternal uniparental disomy (UPD) 9 with mosaicism for a small supernumerary marker chromosome 9 [sSMC(9)] and a supernumerary ring chromosome 9 [r(9)]. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 38-year-old woman underwent amniocentesis at 17 weeks of gestation because of advanced maternal age. Amniocentesis revealed a karyotype of 47,XY,+mar [25]/48,XY,+mar,+r(9) [4]/47,XY,+r(9) [1]/46,XY [6]. The parental karyotypes were normal. Array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) of cultured amniocytes revealed a result of de novo 9p13...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800138/phylogenetically-conserved-resource-partitioning-in-the-coastal-microbial-loop
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Samuel Bryson, Zhou Li, Francisco Chavez, Peter K Weber, Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Robert L Hettich, Chongle Pan, Xavier Mayali, Ryan S Mueller
Resource availability influences marine microbial community structure, suggesting that population-specific resource partitioning defines discrete niches. Identifying how resources are partitioned among populations, thereby characterizing functional guilds within the communities, remains a challenge for microbial ecologists. We used proteomic stable isotope probing (SIP) and NanoSIMS analysis of phylogenetic microarrays (Chip-SIP) along with 16S rRNA gene amplicon and metagenomic sequencing to characterize the assimilation of six (13)C-labeled common metabolic substrates and changes in the microbial community structure within surface water collected from Monterey Bay, CA...
August 11, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798737/complete-genome-analysis-of-thermus-parvatiensis-and-comparative-genomics-of-thermus-spp-provide-insights-into-genetic-variability-and-evolution-of-natural-competence-as-strategic-survival-attributes
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Charu Tripathi, Harshita Mishra, Himani Khurana, Vatsala Dwivedi, Komal Kamra, Ram K Negi, Rup Lal
Thermophilic environments represent an interesting niche. Among thermophiles, the genus Thermus is among the most studied genera. In this study, we have sequenced the genome of Thermus parvatiensis strain RL, a thermophile isolated from Himalayan hot water springs (temperature >96°C) using PacBio RSII SMRT technique. The small genome (2.01 Mbp) comprises a chromosome (1.87 Mbp) and a plasmid (143 Kbp), designated in this study as pTP143. Annotation revealed a high number of repair genes, a squeezed genome but containing highly plastic plasmid with transposases, integrases, mobile elements and hypothetical proteins (44%)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798362/a-large-family-with-inherited-optic-disc-anomalies-a-correlation-between-a-new-genetic-locus-and-complex-ocular-phenotypes
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Decai Wang, Xinyuan Pan, Jiangdong Ji, Shun Gu, Xiantao Sun, Chao Jiang, Weiyi Xia, Zhihua Qiu, Xiaoli Kang, Sijia Ding, Qinghuai Liu, Xue Chen, Fang Lu, Chen Zhao
Congenital cavitary optic disc anomalies (CODA) is clinically typified by an enlarged excavation of optic disc in diverse degrees. Here, we report the clinical and genetic findings in a four-generation Chinese family with a complicated form of autosomal dominant CODA. Cardinal manifestations included bilateral excavated optic disc with multiple cilioretinal vessels emerging and bilateral retinoschisis with great variability in the range of extension and severity. Other intra-familial phenotypic diversities were also noted, including severity in retinal atrophy, onset age of visual impairment and presence of congenital nystagmus and strabismus...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798252/pollen-induced-oxidative-dna-damage-response-regulates-mirnas-controlling-allergic-inflammation
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Leopoldo Aguilera-Aguirre, Wenjing Hao, Lang Pan, Xiaoxue Li, Alfredo Saavedra-Molina, Attila Bacsi, Zsolt Radak, Sanjiv Sur, Allan R Brasier, Xueqing Ba, Istvan Boldogh
A mucosal oxidative burst is a hallmark response to pollen exposure that promotes allergic inflammatory responses. Reactive species constituents of oxidative stress signal via the modification of cellular molecules including nucleic acids. One of the most abundant oxidative genomic base damage is 8-oxo-7,8-dihydroguanine (8-oxoG), which is removed from DNA by 8-oxoguanine DNA glycosylase1 (OGG1). OGG1 in complex with 8-oxoG acts as a GDP-GTP exchange factor and induces acute inflammation; however, the mechanism(s) by which OGG1 signaling regulates allergic airway inflammation is not known...
August 10, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797226/network-design-and-analysis-for-multi-enzyme-biocatalysis
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Lisa Katharina Blaß, Christian Weyler, Elmar Heinzle
BACKGROUND: As more and more biological reaction data become available, the full exploration of the enzymatic potential for the synthesis of valuable products opens up exciting new opportunities but is becoming increasingly complex. The manual design of multi-step biosynthesis routes involving enzymes from different organisms is very challenging. To harness the full enzymatic potential, we developed a computational tool for the directed design of biosynthetic production pathways for multi-step catalysis with in vitro enzyme cascades, cell hydrolysates and permeabilized cells...
August 10, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793798/dual-aav-gene-therapy-for-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-with-a-7-kb-mini-dystrophin-gene-in-the-canine-model
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Kasun Kodippili, Chady Hakim, Xiufang Pan, Hsiao T Yang, Yongping YUe, Yadong Zhang, Jin-Hong Shin, Nora N Yang, Dongsheng Duan
Dual adeno-associated virus (AAV) technology was developed in 2000 to double the packaging capacity of the AAV vector. The proof-of-principle has been demonstrated in various mouse models. Yet, pivotal evidence is lacking in large animal models of human diseases. Here we report expression of a 7-kb canine ∆H2-R15 mini-dystrophin gene using a pair of dual AAV vectors in the canine model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The ∆H2-R15 minigene is by far the most potent synthetic dystrophin gene engineered for DMD gene therapy...
August 10, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783349/orthogonal-ribosome-bio-firewall
#16
Bin Jia, Hao Qi, Bing-Zhi Li, Shuo Pan, Duo Liu, Hong Liu, Yizhi Cai, Ying-Jin Yuan
Biocontainment systems are crucial for preventing genetically modified organisms from escaping into natural ecosystems. Here, we describe the orthogonal ribosome bio-firewall, which consists of an activation circuit and a degradation circuit. The activation circuit is a genetic AND gate based on activation of the encrypted pathway by the orthogonal ribosome in response to specific environmental signals. The degradation circuit is a genetic NOT gate with an output of I-SceI homing endonuclease, which conditionally degrades the orthogonal ribosome genes...
August 7, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777863/-application-of-chromosome-microarray-analysis-for-the-delineation-of-pathogenesis-for-fetal-ventriculomegaly
#17
Zhouzhou Li, Fang Fu, Tingying Lei, Ru Li, Xiangyi Jing, Xin Yang, Jin Han, Min Pan, Li Zhen, Can Liao
OBJECTIVE: To assess the value of genome-wide high-resolution chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) for the delineation of pathogenesis for fetal ventriculomegaly diagnosed by ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Three hundred and forty-one cases of fetal ventriculomegaly were collected. The samples were grouped based on the extent of lateral ventricular dilatation, presence of additional features, site of occurrence, and the maternal age. All samples were subjected to karyotyping analysis...
August 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777853/-genetic-analysis-of-a-mental-retardation-patient-with-a-rare-karyotype-involving-complex-rearrangements-of-five-chromosomes
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Qiong Pan, Xin Jin, Liyan Zhu, Yue Hu, Fengting Zhang, Longfei Cheng, Ying Ning
OBJECTIVE: To explore the genetic cause of a female patient with severe mental retardation and a history of adverse pregnancy. METHODS: The patient was subjected to G-banded chromosome analysis and single nucleotide polymorphism array (SNP-array) assaying. The correlation between genomic variations and the phenotype was explored. RESULTS: The patient was found to have a complex chromosome rearrangement involving 5 chromosomes. The karyotypes of her parents were both normal...
August 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776568/clinical-analysis-of-nsclc-patients-reveals-lack-of-association-between-egfr-mutation-and-tet1-downregulation
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J-I Lai, Y-C Lai, Y-C Chen, N-K Wang, J-N Pan, W-S Wang, S-C Chang
Lung cancer is one of the leading causes of death from cancer worldwide, with a poor prognosis in advanced cases. In the past decade, epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitors have shown significant efficacy towards treatment for EGFR mutant lung cancer. Expanding our knowledge of oncogenic EGFR signaling pathways is therefore of highly importance for the cancer field. Recently it has been proposed that mutant EGFR transcriptionally silences the TET1 (ten-eleven translocation methylcytosine dioxygenase 1) gene in cellular and animal models of lung cancer...
August 4, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775315/pan-urologic-cancer-genomic-subtypes-that-transcend-tissue-of-origin
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Fengju Chen, Yiqun Zhang, Dominick Bossé, Aly-Khan A Lalani, A Ari Hakimi, James J Hsieh, Toni K Choueiri, Don L Gibbons, Michael Ittmann, Chad J Creighton
Urologic cancers include cancers of the bladder, kidney, prostate, and testes, with common molecular features spanning different types. Here, we show that 1954 urologic cancers can be classified into nine major genomic subtypes, on the basis of multidimensional and comprehensive molecular characterization (including DNA methylation and copy number, and RNA and protein expression). Tissue dominant effects are first removed computationally in order to define these subtypes, which reveal common processes-reflecting in part tumor microenvironmental influences-driving cellular behavior across tumor lineages...
August 4, 2017: Nature Communications
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